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Today, focus is on the provisions of GOD to nourish and sustain Moses and the generation forced to wander in the wilderness.  While animals from the flocks and herds carried out of Egypt were used when making offerings and sacrifices, in general, they were regarded as “seed” that would be planted in the new homeland, and could not be used for regular meals to feed the people.  Moses, the tribes of Jacob, and the mixed multitude (Gentiles) did not wander within a “desert”(an arid region covered by sand); yet, the area was barren, with sparse vegetation, uncultivated, and uninhabited.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “STEVAN” (Level 4 with 3,374 points, a member since October 17, 2007) posted the following:

 

What did Moses and his gang eat in the desert when they were wandering about in it?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Egypt was glad when they departed:  for the fear of them fell upon them.  He spread a cloud for a covering; and fire to give light in the night.  The people asked, and he brought quails, and satisfied them with the bread of heaven.  He opened the rock, and the waters gushed out; they ran in the dry places like a river.  For he remembered his holy promise, and Abraham his servant.  (Psalms 105:  38-42, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Generation That Wandered (06/14/2017); Acknowledging the Divine Presence (02/22/2017); Material Things in Heaven? (11/10/2016); The Loaves and Fishes (08/09/2016); Christ Brought A New Nature? (07/15/2015); My Soul Shall Be Satisfied (10/08/2014); Salvation Before Christ? (06/24/2014); All Sins Are Equal? (06/25/2014)

 

STEVAN”, the account of those fed in the desert foreshadows the Incarnation and coming of Jesus Christ.  Correctly understood, all those who would become the covenant people of GOD carried out of Egypt would eat food from the holy altar, and the “table of GOD” in heaven.  In addition to receiving a portion of the burnt offerings and other sacrifices using their own livestock, there was the annual Passover meal, the falling of manna (called the “bread of heaven” and “angel’s food”) each morning except the Sabbath as well as a miraculous provision of millions of quail.  This was in line with the tribes of Jacob being sanctified and exalted as special to GOD above all people on the earth.  Those who expressed lack of faith would be condemned to all wander and die in the wilderness; however, their children and heirs (left behind as orphans) would be granted the privilege to receive adoption by GOD, and enjoy the fulfillment of the divine promises.  Consider again the following from the Bible:

(1.)  Deuteronomy 14:  1-3, King James Version (KJV):  1 Ye are the children of the LORD your God:  ye shall not cut yourselves, nor make any baldness between your eyes for the dead.  2 For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God, and the LORD hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth.  3 Thou shalt not eat any abominable thing.

(2.)  Numbers 14:  1-4, KJV:  1 And all the congregation lifted up their voice, and cried; and the people wept that night.  2 And all the children of Israel murmured against Moses and against Aaron:  and the whole congregation said unto them, Would God that we had died in the land of Egypt! or would God we had died in this wilderness!  3 And wherefore hath the LORD brought us unto this land, to fall by the sword, that our wives and our children should be a prey? were it not better for us to return into Egypt?  4 And they said one to another, Let us make a captain, and let us return into Egypt.

(3.)  Numbers 11:  18-23, KJV:  18 And say thou unto the people, Sanctify yourselves against to morrow, and ye shall eat flesh: for ye have wept in the ears of the LORD, saying, Who shall give us flesh to eat? for it was well with us in Egypt:  therefore the LORD will give you flesh, and ye shall eat.  19 Ye shall not eat one day, nor two days, nor five days, neither ten days, nor twenty days;  20 But even a whole month, until it come out at your nostrils, and it be loathsome unto you:  because that ye have despised the LORD which is among you, and have wept before him, saying, Why came we forth out of Egypt?  21 And Moses said, The people, among whom I am, are six hundred thousand footmen; and thou hast said, I will give them flesh, that they may eat a whole month.  22 Shall the flocks and the herds be slain for them, to suffice them? or shall all the fish of the sea be gathered together for them, to suffice them?  23 And the LORD said unto Moses, Is the LORD’s hand waxed short? thou shalt see now whether my word shall come to pass unto thee or not.

(4.)  Deuteronomy 1:  34-40, KJV:  34 And the LORD heard the voice of your words, and was wroth, and sware, saying,  35 Surely there shall not one of these men of this evil generation see that good land, which I sware to give unto your fathers.  36 Save Caleb the son of Jephunneh; he shall see it, and to him will I give the land that he hath trodden upon, and to his children, because he hath wholly followed the LORD.  37 Also the LORD was angry with me for your sakes, saying, Thou also shalt not go in thither.  38 But Joshua the son of Nun, which standeth before thee, he shall go in thither:  encourage him:  for he shall cause Israel to inherit it.  39 Moreover your little ones, which ye said should be a prey, and your children, which in that day had no knowledge between good and evil, they shall go in thither, and unto them will I give it, and they shall possess it.  40 But as for you, turn you, and take your journey into the wilderness by the way of the Red sea.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (5.)  John 6:  26-33, KJV:  26 Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled.  27 Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you:  for him hath God the Father sealed.  28 Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?  29 Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.  30 They said therefore unto him, What sign shewest thou then, that we may see, and believe thee? what dost thou work?  31 Our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat.  32 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven.  33 For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
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Today, the different generations are considered that appeared while GOD was creating the Covenant of Moses.  Along with the account of deliverance from Egypt, there also are important accounts of judgment against idolatry, lack of faith, and spiritual confusion.  Over a span of 40 years, various principles of divine ruling were quietly introduced that included requiring accountability and commitment in the expression of mature love, acknowledging collective responsibility (e.g., that an entire group may be held liable for the conduct of a single member), confession, the inheritance of spiritual promises in place of material goods, intercessory prayer, mercy, redemption, and discharging or fulfilling sacred obligation through a remnant.  GOD is revealed as the true source of all genuine inheritance for mankind.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers (Malaysia)” who uses the ID “stevan” (Level 1 with 3 points, a member since June 12, 2016) posted the following:

 

Moses got lost in the desert for 40 years. Is it actually possible to lost for so long?

He must have been a tard

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  (For the LORD thy God is a merciful God;) he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which he sware unto them.  For ask now of the days that are past, which were before thee, since the day that God created man upon the earth, and ask from the one side of heaven unto the other, whether there hath been any such thing as this great thing is, or hath been heard like it?  Did ever people hear the voice of God speaking out of the midst of the fire, as thou hast heard, and live?  Or hath God assayed to go and take him a nation from the midst of another nation, by temptations, by signs, and by wonders, and by war, and by a mighty hand, and by a stretched out arm, and by great terrors, according to all that the LORD your God did for you in Egypt before your eyes?  Unto thee it was shewed, that thou mightest know that the LORD he is God; there is none else beside him.  Out of heaven he made thee to hear his voice, that he might instruct thee:  and upon earth he shewed thee his great fire; and thou heardest his words out of the midst of the fire.  And because he loved thy fathers, therefore he chose their seed after them, and brought thee out in his sight with his mighty power out of Egypt;  To drive out nations from before thee greater and mightier than thou art, to bring thee in, to give thee their land for an inheritance, as it is this day.  Know therefore this day, and consider it in thine heart, that the LORD he is God in heaven above, and upon the earth beneath:  there is none else.  Thou shalt keep therefore his statutes, and his commandments, which I command thee this day, that it may go well with thee, and with thy children after thee, and that thou mayest prolong thy days upon the earth, which the LORD thy God giveth thee, for ever.  (Deuteronomy 4:  31-40, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Divine Law Expresses Love (05/10/2017); Kingdom and One-world Empire (09/08/2016); Slaves to Sin? (04/13/2015); Adam, Pharaoh and All Mankind? (01/28/2015); The Sheep Who Lost Their Way? (11/18/2014); Restoring The Lost? (11/19/2014); Face to Face Like Moses? (01/28/2014); Covenants and Relationships (01/29/2014)

 

“stevan”, GOD has been revealed as a deity who operates through law, judgment, and promise.  There are many points of sacred knowledge a person must have to correctly understand the account of GOD creating a new nation upon the earth by extracting a people from the populations of Egypt.  Only GOD the Creator can provide an inheritance to the offspring of Adam.  The twelve tribes of Jacob were interrelated, yet, were not “family” in the model of “one dad, one mom, and their kids” who all share within one dwelling place.  Egypt was a “one-world empire” that directly controlled the lives of its citizens, and influenced every aspect of life for those within every other existing nation.  During the years of extreme famine, in order to survive the Egyptian people willingly sold to Pharaoh their own livestock, property, and even themselves as slaves.  In the belief systems of Egypt, Pharaoh and the royal family became “gods”, and were the only persons who could be “heirs” within the economic system of their nation.  The Hebrews and other ethnic groups who had struggled to assimilate, copy, “fit in,” and be “accepted” by adopting the customs and practices of the Egyptians, would have to be separated and undergo an extended process of cleansing, growth, healing, and transformation.  Therefore, from the beginning of their exodus, those who would become the covenant people by acknowledging the divine “pass over” and leaving Egypt were a mixed multitude (we say, included Gentiles).

Throughout the Bible, a generation is a span of 40 years.  At the same time there was a generation who wandered (those aligned with Moses); there was a generation who transgressed, was judged, and saw the wrath of GOD (the “then known world” represented in Egypt and Pharaoh); a generation who violated an existing covenant (the 7 tribes living in Canaan); and a generation that would be heirs of the full set of divine promises begun in Adam, continued in Noah and amplified through Abraham.  Those who wandered were never “lost” in the sense of GOD being unable to find them; instead, it is that, they would not be taken directly and immediately into the land of inheritance that was promised to them.  As surely as GOD was always present in their midst through the Tabernacle, he guided their movements through the pillars of cloud and fire.  Because the number of men who would serve as the army of Israel was more than ½ million, the entire group of men women and children who left Egypt is estimated to have been some 3½ million.  From that number, only 2 men of the original group would stand upon their own property within the Promised Land.  Even the prophet Moses and Aaron the High Priest were both disqualified.  Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

(1.)  Exodus 12:  37-41, King James Version (KJV):  37 And the children of Israel journeyed from Rameses to Succoth, about six hundred thousand on foot that were men, beside children.  38 And a mixed multitude went up also with them; and flocks, and herds, even very much cattle.  39 And they baked unleavened cakes of the dough which they brought forth out of Egypt, for it was not leavened; because they were thrust out of Egypt, and could not tarry, neither had they prepared for themselves any victual.  40 Now the sojourning of the children of Israel, who dwelt in Egypt, was four hundred and thirty years.  41 And it came to pass at the end of the four hundred and thirty years, even the selfsame day it came to pass, that all the hosts of the LORD went out from the land of Egypt.

(2.)  Numbers 14:  22-24, KJV:  22 Because all those men which have seen my glory, and my miracles, which I did in Egypt and in the wilderness, and have tempted me now these ten times, and have not hearkened to my voice;  23 Surely they shall not see the land which I sware unto their fathers, neither shall any of them that provoked me see it:  24 But my servant Caleb, because he had another spirit with him, and hath followed me fully, him will I bring into the land whereinto he went; and his seed shall possess it.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (3.)  Deuteronomy 7:  1-10, KJV:  1 When the LORD thy God shall bring thee into the land whither thou goest to possess it, and hath cast out many nations before thee, the Hittites, and the Girgashites, and the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, seven nations greater and mightier than thou;  2 And when the LORD thy God shall deliver them before thee; thou shalt smite them, and utterly destroy them; thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor shew mercy unto them:  3 Neither shalt thou make marriages with them; thy daughter thou shalt not give unto his son, nor his daughter shalt thou take unto thy son.  4 For they will turn away thy son from following me, that they may serve other gods:  so will the anger of the LORD be kindled against you, and destroy thee suddenly.  5 But thus shall ye deal with them; ye shall destroy their altars, and break down their images, and cut down their groves, and burn their graven images with fire.  6 For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God:  the LORD thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth.  7 The LORD did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people:  8 But because the LORD loved you, and because he would keep the oath which he had sworn unto your fathers, hath the LORD brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.  9 Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations;  10 And repayeth them that hate him to their face, to destroy them:  he will not be slack to him that hateth him, he will repay him to his face.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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Today, focus is on the loving purpose and severity of divine law provided those who left Egypt with Moses.  The mixed multitude that followed Moses and Aaron numbered more than six hundred thousand whom GOD would use as a military force and an instrument of divine judgment; and the total of number of men, women and children together were as many as three and a half million who would be transformed to exist as a new nation.  Corruption, idolatry, and lawlessness were so widespread among the people that their survival required a comprehensive and detailed law from GOD that was to be obeyed as shared duty and mandatory, not as a matter of private opinion and personal preference.  The fighter at “Yahoo! 7 Answers (Australia)” using the ID “Hugo610i3” (Level 1 with 20 points, a member since August 18, 2016) posted the following:

 

Since god is love why does he treat jews in exodus very bad?

The children that curse die

women can get her hands cut off if they break up a fight betwen 2 males if they grab one by the balls

You can own slaves until 7 years, beat them, and have sex (a literally slave, its written in the bible, check it out) with no consent, if you have children with them after the 7 years and you free your slave, you can keep your child even if the slave wants it back.

You cant go to church if you dont private parts.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Behold, I have taught you statutes and judgments, even as the LORD my God commanded me, that ye should do so in the land whither ye go to possess it.  Keep therefore and do them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the nations, which shall hear all these statutes, and say, Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.  For what nation is there so great, who hath God so nigh unto them, as the LORD our God is in all things that we call upon him for?  And what nation is there so great, that hath statutes and judgments so righteous as all this law, which I set before you this day?  Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life:  but teach them thy sons, and thy sons’ sons;  Specially the day that thou stoodest before the LORD thy God in Horeb, when the LORD said unto me, Gather me the people together, and I will make them hear my words, that they may learn to fear me all the days that they shall live upon the earth, and that they may teach their children.  (Deuteronomy 4:  5-10, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Held Accountable by GOD? (03/31/2017); Kingdom and One-world Empire (09/08/2016); Slaves to Sin? (04/13/2015); Adam, Pharaoh and All Mankind? (01/28/2015); Divine Love Seen As Hate? (01/29/2015); A Hardened Spirit? (06/12/2014); Mary (06/13/2014)

 

“Hugo630i3”, the work of the law once was to continue intimate relationship with GOD, was redirected to enable mankind being in peace upon the earth, and now reinforces the salvation and transformation of created beings and living creatures who are unable to eliminate sin apart from divinity.  Through operations of the Holy Spirit on behalf of Jesus Christ, Christian believers experience rebirth and permanent change whereby they become able to correctly recognize and respond to divine law as both the love of GOD, and the express will of GOD.  Divine commandments and the word of GOD (we also say, life essence, spark of life, spirit) have been imparted to mankind from the first moments when GOD breathed sacred substance from the makeup of Deity into the form that had been fashioned as a vessel that could become a “living soul.”  Included are awareness, faith, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, self-will, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  The purpose of what we now realize as “law” has always been to establish mankind in the same oneness without sameness that exists among the persons of the GODhead (we say, Father, Son, Holy Spirit).

Egypt represents spiritual confusion.  The twelve tribes of Jacob and the mixed multitude from various nations that left Egypt with Moses had been struggling to survive in a human cesspool, so to speak.  Egypt became an empire that controlled the “then known world” through the policies of the Pharaoh and its dominating influence over exchange, language, politics, religious belief, and trade.  During the years of famine, the Egyptian people and others had sold their land, property, themselves and their children to Pharaoh, who numbered himself among the gods and idols to be worshipped.  While the Hebrews remained free, and were despised as handlers of livestock, they nonetheless sought to assimilate (fit in) and be successful as if they were Egyptians also.

The calling out of the Hebrews is a display of the divine mercy that may only appear through consecrated judgment.  Rather than repeat the destruction of all mankind and the entire world as seen with the flood of Noah’s day, GOD chose the sons of Jacob to serve as an ark and vessel to preserve divine law, demonstrate salvation, and thereby express divine prerogative, saving grace, and sovereign will.  Those leaving Egypt were drawn by GOD in the same way as the animals and wild beasts that assembled in pairs to board the ship built by Noah and his sons, and like the animals of the earth, were to be in covenant relationship with GOD as a remnant.  Where those from Egypt can be regarded as the “clean” beasts, those from the seven tribes who, then, occupied the “promised land” as covenant partners to GOD may be thought of as the “unclean” who were to be replaced by those of the new, Mosaic covenant.  Consider the following from the Bible:

(1.)  Deuteronomy 7:  1-5, King James Version (KJV):  1 When the LORD thy God shall bring thee into the land whither thou goest to possess it, and hath cast out many nations before thee, the Hittites, and the Girgashites, and the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, seven nations greater and mightier than thou;  2 And when the LORD thy God shall deliver them before thee; thou shalt smite them, and utterly destroy them; thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor shew mercy unto them:  3 Neither shalt thou make marriages with them; thy daughter thou shalt not give unto his son, nor his daughter shalt thou take unto thy son.  4 For they will turn away thy son from following me, that they may serve other gods:  so will the anger of the LORD be kindled against you, and destroy thee suddenly.  5 But thus shall ye deal with them; ye shall destroy their altars, and break down their images, and cut down their groves, and burn their graven images with fire.

(2.)  Deuteronomy 7:  6-10, KJV:  6 For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God:  the LORD thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth.  7 The LORD did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people:  8 But because the LORD loved you, and because he would keep the oath which he had sworn unto your fathers, hath the LORD brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.  9 Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations;  10 And repayeth them that hate him to their face, to destroy them:  he will not be slack to him that hateth him, he will repay him to his face.

(3.)  1st John 1:  3-10, KJV:  3 That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us:  and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.  4 And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.  5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.  6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:  7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.  8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  1st John 3:  7-11, KJV:  7 Little children, let no man deceive you:  he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.  8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.  9 Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him:  and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.  10 In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil:  whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.  11 For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

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Today, language in the Bible is considered that speaks of Jesus Christ as begotten and firstborn.  Saying that Jesus was “first created” (i.e., the first created thing) would not be correct, because that suggests his existence had a beginning (i.e., that he is not eternal), and his active presence began through the same process as that for all Creation.  Included would be that for beasts, fowl, insects, and physical objects that were either crafted or spoken into being.  Divinity has no beginning or end, however, Christ is associated with the beginning and end of Creation as the First and the Last, the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the Ending.  The Son of the Highest (also called, the Word) was revealed and made visible as an aspect of the full GODhead by using various created forms and materials that had been fashioned by divinity, yet, could only exist as mortal and as having temporal duration.  Christ appears through unseen sacred process in order to be known using flesh and blood.  The writer at “Yahoo! Answers (India)” using the ID “Lesley” (Level 5 with 6,880 points, a member since July 23, 2014) posted the following:

 

What is the meaning of the Bible word “firstborn” in Colossians 1:15 regarding Jesus in light of Jeremiah 31:9?

Are we to understand “firstborn” as literally meaning the person who was the first to be born? And why doesn’t the Bible say Jesus was first created?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals.  And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof?  And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon.  And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon.  And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not:  behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.  And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.  And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne.  And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints.  And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof:  for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;  And hast made us unto our God kings and priests:  and we shall reign on the earth.  (Revelation 5:  1-10, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Meaning of Christmas? (12/22/2016); Blessing and Inheritance from Abraham? (06/05/2014); On Christians Executing Judgment (06/06/2014); Errors of King Solomon? (06/07/2014); Missing Information? (06/12/2013); The Firstborn, Higher than Kings? (12/18/2012); The Ascension of Christ? (12/19/2012)

 

“Lesley”, the standing and status as firstborn pertains to specific requirements in sacred law and covenant relationship as well as preeminence over all in existence.  Jesus Christ comes to mankind as that aspect of divinity that fulfills all the demands of divine law on behalf of all Creation.  For the mortal to be in relationship with the immortal, there must be several devices (e.g., longevity, promise, family, inheritance, dynasty) to maintain continuity and stability that can not be interrupted by death.  Jesus appears on the earth using flesh and form that have been created, yet, appears through direct, unseen operations of the Holy Spirit (we say, Incarnation).  In the same way, the Lord appears as the image of GOD, he also is destroyed upon the cross as the embodiment of sin.  The Savior lawfully represents every creature that is the first child born to their own mother, for the first child inherits accountability, benefits, duties, and “life conditions” that include being in relationship with Deity as an offering and sacrifice as well as their being servants, priests and kings.  So to speak, Jesus redeems a portion of all that exists and all who lives by himself being the required payment for all liens and fines against the living.  Things from the earth that belong to and are offered to GOD must be “sent” to him using fire upon an altar.  Not placed on the altar, they must be utterly destroyed, or made to be a living sacrifice through redemption.  Reuben was the first child born to Jacob; however, Ephraim, the son of Joseph, came out of Egypt, and was adopted with his older brother by his grandfather Jacob, who blessed and promoted the younger as the firstborn, indicating election by GOD, not simply carnal birth.  Consider again the following:

(1.)  Numbers 18:  15-17, King James Version (KJV):  15 Every thing that openeth the matrix in all flesh, which they bring unto the LORD, whether it be of men or beasts, shall be thine:  nevertheless the firstborn of man shalt thou surely redeem, and the firstling of unclean beasts shalt thou redeem.  16 And those that are to be redeemed from a month old shalt thou redeem, according to thine estimation, for the money of five shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary, which is twenty gerahs.  17 But the firstling of a cow, or the firstling of a sheep, or the firstling of a goat, thou shalt not redeem; they are holy:  thou shalt sprinkle their blood upon the altar, and shalt burn their fat for an offering made by fire, for a sweet savour unto the LORD.

(2.)  Hosea 11:  1-4, KJV:  1 When Israel was a child, then I loved him, and called my son out of Egypt.  2 As they called them, so they went from them:  they sacrificed unto Baalim, and burned incense to graven images.  3 I taught Ephraim also to go, taking them by their arms; but they knew not that I healed them.  4 I drew them with cords of a man, with bands of love: and I was to them as they that take off the yoke on their jaws, and I laid meat unto them.

(3.)  Colossians 1:  17-19, KJV:  17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.  18 And he is the head of the body, the church:  who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.  19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Galatians 4:  1-7, KJV:  1 Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all;  2 But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father.  3 Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world:  4 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,  5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.  6 And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.  7 Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
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Focus, today, is upon the language appearing throughout the holy writings that describes the people of GOD as “sheep”.  To be labeled as sheep or servants of GOD in the Bible is by no means intended as condemnation or insult; and the ownership by GOD of mankind and all Creation are to be proclaimed as are his majesty and sovereignty.  With the divine response to the fall of Adam, sheep became inseparable from salvation through provisions for atonement, expiation, and remission of sins by using blood from offerings and sacrifices; by GOD introducing inheritance among mankind that includes duty, priesthood, prophecy, and sacred knowledge as well as by Deity bestowing divine gifts upon those who continually display humility, love, meekness, obedience, and zeal.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Hercules” (Level 1 with 3 points, a member since May 21, 2013) posted the following:

 

Theists and atheists, is there a problem with people happily considering themselves to be ‘sheep’? Why or why not?

Update: Of course I mean in the proverbial, figurative sense, not the literal sense

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  I will feed my flock, and I will cause them to lie down, saith the Lord GOD.  I will seek that which was lost, and bring again that which was driven away, and will bind up that which was broken, and will strengthen that which was sick:  but I will destroy the fat and the strong; I will feed them with judgment.  And as for you, O my flock, thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I judge between cattle and cattle, between the rams and the he goats.  Seemeth it a small thing unto you to have eaten up the good pasture, but ye must tread down with your feet the residue of your pastures? and to have drunk of the deep waters, but ye must foul the residue with your feet?  And as for my flock, they eat that which ye have trodden with your feet; and they drink that which ye have fouled with your feet.  Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD unto them; Behold, I, even I, will judge between the fat cattle and between the lean cattle.  Because ye have thrust with side and with shoulder, and pushed all the diseased with your horns, till ye have scattered them abroad;  Therefore will I save my flock, and they shall no more be a prey; and I will judge between cattle and cattle.  And I will set up one shepherd over them, and he shall feed them, even my servant David; he shall feed them, and he shall be their shepherd.  And I the LORD will be their God, and my servant David a prince among them; I the LORD have spoken it.  (Ezekiel 34:  15-24, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Called Slaves by GOD? (02/10/2016); An Eternal Inheritance? (06/26/2016); Called To Be Servants? (11/25/2015); The Lamb of GOD (08/19/2015); The Sheep Who Lost Their Way? (11/18/2014); Restoring The Lost? (11/19/2014); Teachings on Judgment (06/06/2013); Those Who Never Heard? (06/07/2013)

 

“Hercules”, for most mature Christian believers being called “sheep” who belong to “the Good Shepherd” is thought of as a high privilege.  Keep in mind that during their more than 400-year sojourn among the Egyptians, Joseph and his brothers as Hebrews, and the house of Jacob were set apart as much by their despised occupation as keepers of livestock as by their ethnicity and family ties.  The bias, discrimination, exaggerated pride, and prejudice shown by the Egyptians further set Jacob apart as sanctified to GOD, and served as a shield and wall separating his people in a place of widespread spiritual confusion.  Because the inborn instinct within sheep makes them congregate and group together with quietness and simplicity, large flocks of sheep may be managed with relatively little manpower.  While rams within a flock will dominate all the others, sheep also are capable of distinguishing the individual humans who regularly come among them, and respond as if in a personal relationship (i.e., like pets).  Of all living creatures, a lamb was chosen to bear the wrath of GOD against the first pair (Adam and Eve); and the sentence of death required by divine law was brought against a docile and harmless substitute (we say, “an innocent”).  With this in view, the same Good Shepherd, is also the Lamb of GOD whose blood and body are provided for atonement and propitiation of sin.  Consider how some of this is stated using language from the Bible:

(1.)  Genesis 3:  21-24, King James Version (KJV):  21 Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.  22 And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil:  and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:  23 Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.  24 So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.

(2.)  Genesis 46:  31-34, KJV:  31 And Joseph said unto his brethren, and unto his father’s house, I will go up, and shew Pharaoh, and say unto him, My brethren, and my father’s house, which were in the land of Canaan, are come unto me;  32 And the men are shepherds, for their trade hath been to feed cattle; and they have brought their flocks, and their herds, and all that they have.  33 And it shall come to pass, when Pharaoh shall call you, and shall say, What is your occupation?  34 That ye shall say, Thy servants’ trade hath been about cattle from our youth even until now, both we, and also our fathers:  that ye may dwell in the land of Goshen; for every shepherd is an abomination unto the Egyptians.

(3.)  Ezekiel 34:  30-31, KJV:  30 Thus shall they know that I the LORD their God am with them, and that they, even the house of Israel, are my people, saith the Lord GOD.  31 And ye my flock, the flock of my pasture, are men, and I am your God, saith the Lord GOD.

(4.)  John 1:  29-34, KJV:  29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.  30 This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is preferred before me:  for he was before me.  31 And I knew him not:  but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water.  32 And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him.  33 And I knew him not:  but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost.  34 And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God.

(5.)  John 10:  11-16, KJV:  11 I am the good shepherd:  the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.  12 But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth:  and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep.  13 The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep.  14 I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.  15 As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father:  and I lay down my life for the sheep.  16 And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold:  them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.

There is far more to be said, carefully examined, and spiritually understood.  (For example, (6.)  1st Peter 5:  2-4, KJV:  2 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;  3 Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being examples to the flock.  4 And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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Today, points are shared on government of the earth by divinity, and two forms of political authority practiced by men.  One of the many fighters at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Anonymous” (the required profile information not shared) posted the following:

 

Why did most Greek, Roman and Egyptian kings believe they were God manifest. How did this tradition spread and where did it originate?

Update: Antiochus Epiphanes
Julius Ceasar
Augustus
Constantine
Pharaohs of Egypt
Alex the Great

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:   The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:  Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.  Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein:  for the time is at hand.  John to the seven churches which are in Asia:  Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne;  And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,  And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.  Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him:  and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.  (Revelation 1:  1-7, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Need For Divine Rule? (08/27/2015); Slaves to Sin? (04/13/2015); A Christian Dictatorship? (03/05/2015); Blessing and Inheritance from Abraham? (06/05/2014); On Christians Executing Judgment (06/06/2014); Unto Caesar…? (11/09/2012); Before the Fruit? (11/10/2012)

 

“Anonymous”, because there are so many “talking smack” these days without being anchored in divine law and sacred truth, or thoroughly prepared with correct sacred knowledge, the teachings on government from GOD are often twisted and warped to express ignorance, secular history, and the finite achievements of created beings and living creatures.  For the Holy, there is the administration and ordering of all that exists, of all that have life, of life experience, of judgment (we say, assigning value), of maintenance for Creation by its  owner/possessor as well as making things appear from nothing that exists in furtherance of revelation (divinity being made knowable, known and visible through fulfillment of proclamation, promise, and prophecy).  Mature Christian believers who rely upon Bible accounts acknowledge Nimrod (the mighty hunter) as the individual who first used force and influence to establish social units for commerce and survival that we may think of as cities, and a territory ruled by an individual or “monarch”.   Called “Babel” (and later called “Babylon”), the cities of Nimrod departed from the agricultural model (be fruitful, multiply, replenish), and began to come under and promote codes of “urban” violence.  Because dominion over the earth had been granted to Adam, the goal, to rule the entire world, was not out of line with divine intent.  Where two or more cities are a “kingdom”, a group of kingdoms are an “empire”; and a “one-world empire” seeks to generate direct and indirect control over all upon the earth with out regard to geographical boundaries, divisions, regions, and territories.  Egypt appears as the first one-world empire through such features as the union of Lower and Upper Egypt; the purchase by Pharaoh of all goods, property, and the population itself during famine; lunar cycles and changes of the Nile river that resulted in fertility and richness of the soil; economic and political control in spite of differences seen in culture, ethnicity, language, and materials (e.g., use of copper or iron for tools and weapons).  The Roman empire is a clear example of rule by expansion through military conquest.  On the surface, there is a legitimate process of growth through addition and assimilation.  However, at core there is the sin of “coveting” (i.e., undisciplined and “out of control” desire; envy; wanting to take away and possess what belongs to others).  The seven tribes in covenant with GOD before the sons of Jacob and the mixed multitude who left Egypt following Moses, were a “divine empire” in contrast to Egypt; and the calling of Hebrews into covenant may be seen as the denial of those false covenant partners, and the renewal of divine control for all the earth.  Among the people of GOD, instead of being dictators, oppressors, and tyrants, “kings” are to function as deliverers (judges), redeemers, and saviors.  Christ is the Messiah and soon-coming king.  Consider again the following from the Bible:

(1.)  Numbers 24:  16-18, King James Version (KJV):  16 He hath said, which heard the words of God, and knew the knowledge of the most High, which saw the vision of the Almighty, falling into a trance, but having his eyes open:  17 I shall see him, but not now:  I shall behold him, but not nigh:  there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel, and shall smite the corners of Moab, and destroy all the children of Sheth.  18 And Edom shall be a possession, Seir also shall be a possession for his enemies; and Israel shall do valiantly.

(2.)  Micah 5:  2-7, KJV:  2 But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.  3 Therefore will he give them up, until the time that she which travaileth hath brought forth:  then the remnant of his brethren shall return unto the children of Israel.  4 And he shall stand and feed in the strength of the LORD, in the majesty of the name of the LORD his God; and they shall abide:  for now shall he be great unto the ends of the earth.  5 And this man shall be the peace, when the Assyrian shall come into our land:  and when he shall tread in our palaces, then shall we raise against him seven shepherds, and eight principal men.  6 And they shall waste the land of Assyria with the sword, and the land of Nimrod in the entrances thereof:  thus shall he deliver us from the Assyrian, when he cometh into our land, and when he treadeth within our borders.  7 And the remnant of Jacob shall be in the midst of many people as a dew from the LORD, as the showers upon the grass, that tarrieth not for man, nor waiteth for the sons of men.

(3.)  Deuteronomy 7:  1-3, KJV:  7 When the LORD thy God shall bring thee into the land whither thou goest to possess it, and hath cast out many nations before thee, the Hittites, and the Girgashites, and the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, seven nations greater and mightier than thou;  2 And when the LORD thy God shall deliver them before thee; thou shalt smite them, and utterly destroy them; thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor shew mercy unto them:  3 Neither shalt thou make marriages with them; thy daughter thou shalt not give unto his son, nor his daughter shalt thou take unto thy son.

There is far more to be said, carefully examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Isaiah 45:  22-24, KJV:  22 Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth:  for I am God, and there is none else.  23 I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear.  24 Surely, shall one say, in the LORD have I righteousness and strength:  even to him shall men come; and all that are incensed against him shall be ashamed.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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Continuing to acknowledge Citizen Martin Luther King, Jr., topics, today, include covenant, election, godliness, and racists.  Racists are those who use physical and other differences among and within social groups as a license to abuse authority and privilege; to create conflict; to defy civil law and overthrow government; to express deep-seated bitterness, cowardice, envy, hostility, and fear; to display ill-will and resentment as well as to show undeserved contempt, disrespect, and prejudice against others.  They insist their actions and attitudes have been forced by the threat of inferiority, lowliness, or a poor quality of life that will result from others being dealt with as equals, or acknowledged as superior.  The provision of GOD arrayed against racism includes comfort, forbearance, forgiveness, final judgment, longsuffering, mercy, patience, promise, and truth.  The blood of the cross does not endorse or justify any behavior and conduct that defiles the shared communion, fellowship, praise, service, and worship that exist as the Kingdom of GOD.  Consider again the following Scriptures and the points appearing below:

Romans 3:  29, King James Version (KJV):  29 Is he the God of the Jews only? is he not also of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also:

Ezekiel 20:  8-10, KJV:  8 But they rebelled against me, and would not hearken unto me:  they did not every man cast away the abominations of their eyes, neither did they forsake the idols of Egypt:  then I said, I will pour out my fury upon them, to accomplish my anger against them in the midst of the land of Egypt.  9 But I wrought for my name’s sake, that it should not be polluted before the heathen, among whom they were, in whose sight I made myself known unto them, in bringing them forth out of the land of Egypt.  10 Wherefore I caused them to go forth out of the land of Egypt, and brought them into the wilderness.

Isaiah 63:  15-16, KJV:  15 Look down from heaven, and behold from the habitation of thy holiness and of thy glory:  where is thy zeal and thy strength, the sounding of thy bowels and of thy mercies toward me? are they restrained?  16 Doubtless thou art our father, though Abraham be ignorant of us, and Israel acknowledge us not:  thou, O LORD, art our father, our redeemer; thy name is from everlasting.

Colossians 3:  9-13, KJV:  9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;  10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:  11 Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free:  but Christ is all, and in all.  12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;  13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any:  even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.

Galatians 3:  27-29, KJV:  27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.  28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female:  for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.  29 And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

One of the fighters at “Yahoo! Answers” who uses the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information shared) posted the following:

 

Is the Christian God racist?

why doesn’t the christian god care about black people my ancestors have been raped slaved abused and held against their will and what does this loving god do absolutely nothing god doesn’t care about me my people or any minority in this world whites haven’t experienced anything as bad as blacks have and what makes me so mad is that you whites act like slavery wasn’t that bad or you say stop complaining slavery is over you whites never will and never have experienced the things blacks did during slavery

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God:  the LORD thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth.  The LORD did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people:  But because the LORD loved you, and because he would keep the oath which he had sworn unto your fathers, hath the LORD brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.  (Deuteronomy 7:  6-8, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  African American Christmas? (12/15/2015); Tools for Revelation? (10/26/2015); Why the Jews Were Called Out? (06/15/2015); The Curse of Black Skin? (02/05/2015); Not Yet Delivered From Racism? (12/21/2014); Racism Is Not From GOD (12/22/2014)

 

“Anonymous”, Ahmad, Kwame and Ausegiere want me to tell you, there is much to learn of a spiritual—not secular—nature when speaking about the character and substance of GOD as distinct from that for created beings and living creatures.   Educated men and social science professionals generally agree that “race” is a classification created by men through custom, culture, and tradition that actually describes nothing that can be scientifically measured and studied.  Therefore, we are pressured to accept that the notion of race pertains primarily to skin color and attributes assigned on the basis of hostility, ignorance, prejudice, and pride (e.g., laziness; love of peculiar foods such as fried chicken and watermelon; size of ones private parts; sexual prowess; tardiness).  Those who accept racial labels upon themselves are as much in error as those who impose racial labels upon others.

Christian believers acknowledge that the natural world (we say, earth) has been created by GOD, and displays great diversity and variety among created beings and living creatures who must co-exist within a single sphere of life.  As an expression of divine consciousness and eternal purpose, the earth is an incarnation of Deity, and reveals or shows divinity through physical forms.  Thus, we also say, mankind is made in the image of GOD.  Belief systems generated for mankind by divinity since Creation are described in the holy writings as “covenants.”  “The world” is a man-made belief system developed for communication, exchange, and survival; and it is the world, a finite product of men, not GOD, that generates and maintains racism.

Covenant with Abraham and his descendants has been established as an aspect of full transformation for mankind and the earth to exist without corruption, death, mortality, and temporal limit.  Through the operations of sin, the world system that generated cities through Nimrod the Hunter and a one-world empire through Egypt (during famine the people sold their property and themselves to a single person, Pharaoh, who then owned all the land and people on it), and made possible levels of violence previously unknown, also embraced multiple flaws that included the ethnic arrogance found among Jews; exclusion and selection on the basis of language acquisition, dialects, and rhetoric as well as genocide and political intolerance on the basis of ethnic origin, religious beliefs, and vocation.  Perhaps unintentionally, nonetheless through “human error” and sin, everywhere the Jews have gone in Diaspora, conflicts centering upon racial identity also have appeared.

Blessing, covenant, forgiveness, and the salvation of GOD, have never been on the basis of race; however the gifts from divinity have been maintained upon earth through the devices of family, inheritance, and nation.  In the true process of GOD, all must endure the same challenges from change, growth, and nurture.  Divine law is proclaimed that establishes and upholds all form, order and process for existence (including galaxies, and the universe).  Sacred law should also be understood as the expression of divine love, righteousness, eternal purpose, and sovereign mind.  Christian believers receive deposits of spirit substance from the makeup of Deity whereby they are “born again” having divine DNA (so to speak); and must mature upon the earth to become perfected at the Advent of Jesus.  It is the imparted, indwelling Spirit that makes possible godly endurance for all life challenges.  Included are bereavement and loss of loved ones; enduring discrimination, prejudice, and heathen cruelty; overcoming bad habits and error; self-deception, self-pity, and self-destruction; poverty; exaggerated pride; and suffering.

Of course, there is far more to be considered and embraced by those who are seeking godly wisdom.  Along with your study of the Scriptures, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

 

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