Deadly Viral Ark

The ark is a coffin. The deal inside is a death sentence. We are sure it had a reputation as a Weapon of Mass Destruction. It’s presentation was deceptive: it revealed perpetually unfinished business and expectations. It was a huge case of extreme Hollywood. Larceny dogged the trails of the ark’s keepers and greed and deception ruled the day. The ark is one more toy that fades when the real deal arrives. For those entities squeezing themselves into an imitation of ancient Israel the trip leads nowhere. We do not hear that the ark stands for the container of God’s will in the Messianic tradition because reverence for the ark as a law container does not fit with a God who has disarmed condemnation. We remain sure that the message for the world’s salvation is the God-with-us-man, not a deadly viral ark.

  • Should not every people have a coffin?
  • Should not every people have a priesthood for their coffin?

The sight of the ark is a temptation to talk – perhaps brag a little – when in fact there is nothing to say for a box that is disguised as treasure. Revelation 11:19 is a megaphone in this regard and follows Jeremiah’s prediction.

And when you have multiplied and been fruitful in the land, in those days, declares the Lord, they shall no more say, The ark of the covenant of the Lord. It shall not come to mind or be remembered or missed; it shall not be made again. Jeremiah 3:16

Until John sees the coffin in vision no one in the New Testament period nor in the intertestamental period mentioned the coffin. It did not even come to mind and writing the covenant all over one’s clothing and talking about it did not save a single Israelite. They ate manna and died. They and the vast majority of their descendants talked a good game and provoked God to dramatic action. When we are talking about salvation people who think that the law is the whole duty of man should keep quiet.

Now comes the truth. It’s a man named Yeshua, not a tent or a temple.

  • If that box had a command that gave eternal life everyone needs one.
  • If that box had a promise in it that lengthens life everyone needs one.
  • If everyone has a coffin then there is no distinct chosen people, such as Israel.

Real treasure is excellence in human flesh, the good thing from Nazareth, the flower in the swamp (the Black man in the White House?)

Real treasure needs a nondescript background.

Since Christ revealed his righteousness apart from law and is our atonement ( hilasmon ) and our altar ( hilasterion ) why is anyone glorifying a death-dealing box, or trying to explain salvation and holiness by using the terms and processes of a doomed priesthood and the kindergarten principles of food and drink?

Leadership under scrutiny

The company of believers who wrestle with authority pales in comparison with the number of us who blindly. The pendulum swings between being loyal moments and tuning out, not between perfect relationships and no business with God. There is no room in relationships for claims of ultimate authority. We have noticed that leaders who strive to ensure loyalty to themselves are often people who do not understand leadership and would quickly be exposed as shallow and deserving of professional scrutiny.

When scrutiny came to the door of the priesthood (Numbers 16:11) Yahweh had a swift response: wipe the plate and turn it facedown.

Therefore it is against the Lord that you and all your company have gathered together. What is Aaron that you grumble against him?

Is this not also a rejection of authoritarian elitist rule? Who really was Aaron, that he should be the object of concern or respect? Would you follow a man or woman who told you a piece of metal was your saviour?

  1. Aaron did not bring the Hebrews out of Egypt
  2. Aaron led the worship of the golden calf.

Not really in touch

Many Christians are following a levitical policy when they bend to every slogan, and enjoy every whooping and hollering preacher/teacher. Our leaders are not highpriests; many have little to show that they have been with Christ. The outcome of the three years our apostolic fathers spent with the Saviour and our decades of “Holy Spirit” guidance can be likened to eating corn on the cob versus eating corn-fed calf.

Levitical counterfeit

Levites were literate. They inherited their office and had no land inheritance. The economic system provided food and clothing for the Levites. Tithing was the means. The church of God is neither Levitical nor Sinaitic. The church God is a priesthood, and our leaders are slowminded and uninformed because they think that disguising the clergy as levitical works glorifies God. Many leaders believe that Sinai covers everything. Most believers know this is false.

The counterfeit works for people who inquire the least and say “yes” to authority, even when the authority shows every sign of being light years away from the everfresh gospel.

All the spiritual manifestations and shenanigans – prophesy, speaking in tongues, miracles, and exorcisms – do not amount to a molehill when the goal and strategy depart from the doctrines and practice of gospel light. Gospel light is in Yeshua’s face and in the words of his founding stones.

Are we ready to demand a zipped lip the next time someone demands 10% of my earnings? Maybe not, but when churches charge people with robbing God the light years between truth and mistake is clear. Next time there is an urgent need in one of the families (do not even think of doing this for the normal needs) try asking your tithing church to chip in a few hundred dollars and see how your leaders melt like wax near fire.

Doesn’t anyone dare ask “Where does Yeshua say what you just said?” Maybe not, but nothing else matters. There is no guarantee that commentaries and books will deliver the truth to our seeking minds or shield us from the flood or earthquake. Only the teaching (sayings) of Christ can do that.

Levitical leadership is outdated and practically irrelevant because levitical practice and its laws represent the childish and incarceration phase of humanity’s journey.

Have you not heard them saying “the law saves after Lamb’s blood does”.

Now if perfection had been attainable through the Levitical priesthood (for under it the people received the law), what further need would there have been for another priest to arise after the order of Melchizedek, rather than one named after the order of Aaron? For when there is a change in the priesthood, there is necessarily a change in the law as well. Hebrews 7:11-12