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      Divine concern for human nature, and the worship of false gods and idols are topics along with more on the reproduction of spirit in the earth, and the offspring of Jesus. A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using ID “Terry” (Level 1 with 245 points, a member since April 2, 2013) posted the following:

Why would god wory about us worshiping other gods?


THE BATTLE AXE: The Obedience of Jesus? (04/15/2013)—The example given by Jesus to his disciples whereby the kingdom of GOD is replenished and continuously populated concentrates upon spiritual births, rather than reproduction of the flesh. Seed for eternal lives is to be sown; and relationships appear that center upon fellowship with GOD (Romans 8: 8-11, KJV). Those addressed by Jesus as “my little children” were usually adults, who despite having participated in the practices and traditions at the Temple in Jerusalem for many years, were nonetheless beginners and new learners seeking greater experience and knowledge in the things from GOD. Many had been “reborn” in the baptism of John; while others had come into new life baptized by the disciples of Jesus. (See Matthew 18: 3, John 13: 33, Galatians 4: 19-20, 1st John 2: 1-3, and 1st John 3: 18-19 and 1st John 4: 1-6, KJV.) The concept that sons, daughters and family are bestowed by GOD through covenant and by the bond of spirit appears for many of the Old Testament prophets, particularly Moses, Elisha and Daniel. In the New Testament, the Apostle Paul stands out declaring his love for many as his offspring through the Gospel. Included are Onesimus, Timothy and Titus. (See Isaiah 56: 1-7, Daniel 1: 1-21, Matthew 19: 11-15, 1st Corinthians 4: 14-15, Titus 1: 4 and 2nd Timothy 1: 1-2, KJV.)

THE GOLDEN ARROW: Take ye therefore good heed unto yourselves; for ye saw no manner of similitude on the day that the LORD spake unto you in Horeb out of the midst of the fire: Lest ye corrupt yourselves, and make you a graven image, the similitude of any figure, the likeness of male or female, The likeness of any beast that is on the earth, the likeness of any winged fowl that flieth in the air, The likeness of any thing that creepeth on the ground, the likeness of any fish that is in the waters beneath the earth: And lest thou lift up thine eyes unto heaven, and when thou seest the sun, and the moon, and the stars, even all the host of heaven, shouldest be driven to worship them, and serve them, which the LORD thy God hath divided unto all nations under the whole heaven. But the LORD hath taken you, and brought you forth out of the iron furnace, even out of Egypt, to be unto him a people of inheritance, as ye are this day. Furthermore the LORD was angry with me for your sakes, and sware that I should not go over Jordan, and that I should not go in unto that good land, which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance: But I must die in this land, I must not go over Jordan: but ye shall go over, and possess that good land. Take heed unto yourselves, lest ye forget the covenant of the LORD your God, which he made with you, and make you a graven image, or the likeness of any thing, which the LORD thy God hath forbidden thee. For the LORD thy God is a consuming fire, even a jealous God. (Deuteronomy 4: 15-24, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: A Godly Take on Guns (01/18/2013); No Contradictions? (01/15/2013); The Faith of Ones Parents? (11/18/2012); What is Reality (a.k.a., Truth)? (09/29/2012); Divine Self-Sacrifice? (09/30/2012); The Spirit by Measure (09/22/2012); A Man in Heaven? (09/23/2012); A House of gods? (08/31/2012); Heaven for Muhammad? (09/01/2012); Idols of Flesh (03/12/2012); The Work of Jesus (03/13/2012)

      Terry, the things of divine intent and operation usually do not become clear for most Christian believers until after they have shown respect to GOD in prayer, and “agreed” to allow their thoughts to be led, linked and reconfigured. Here are some points that should be helpful, particularly following prayer:

(1.) GOD’s concern for created beings and living creatures can only be understood where one has an in depth and mature realization of the existing patterns that describe the nature, possibilities and shortcomings of the living. Thus, for example, humans can not possibly become angels, just as cats do not become dogs; and the divine tool of death does not create new beings of any kind. By nature mankind affirms and endorses Self above all that is, and thereby fails to apprehend the truths regarding divinity.

(2.) GOD is a spirit and must be known through spirit content, and divine operations performed by GOD. Aspects of finite being exist that invite and support “forgetting GOD” (i.e., shut down of awareness; termination of communion and contact with GOD). The aspects of animation and movement important as life also generate frequent shifts in attention, concentration and focus within human beings. There are recurring events within the permanent aspects of flesh (i.e., appetite such as hunger, thirst, sexual craving; sense such as hearing, seeing, tasting; and mental functions such as desire, forgetting, imagination, memory) that dominate behavior, conduct and thought; and that also generate flawed beliefs about and unacceptable practices to acknowledge the true person of GOD. 
 
(3.) In addition to becoming incorrectly subject to features within their own person, created beings and living creatures may become subject to sin. Sin is no “thing” that exists; and is not created by GOD. Sin is without dimension and sacred substance; yet, sin does have direction, effect, and presence. Sin may dominate self-will in created beings and living creatures; however, sin cannot influence divine will. Sin cannot be detected and resisted without such tools as those provided by GOD including divine law, the holy writings, and the imparted, indwelling Spirit. Only GOD can accomplish the total elimination of sin. Many ongoing sacred operations are involved. For example, there must be death, judgment, rebirth, resurrection, and the second death.

      There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, (4.) False gods and idols generate warped notions of ones own inner power, and a believer’s true control upon objects and things made. Given that unseen elements are active (including demons and devils), the damage and influence generated by a single sinner continues to increase even long after the particular offender has been destroyed and removed. Thus, the sins of the fathers challenge their offspring for as much as four generations, 160 years.) 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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      Conquest, tribute and taxes are in view, today, as I focus on Julius Caesar and his importance as a symbol for Christian believers. A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “Milwaukee Wis King” (Level 1 with 37 points, a member since March 25, 2009) posted the following:


Give to Cesar what belongs to Cesar?….what does that mean?

Was Jesus talking about Julius Cesar? Help me understand what he mean by that


THE BATTLE AXE: On Asking Why (11/08/2012)—The revelation of GOD to created beings and living creatures continues as difficult to comprehend where we hold to secular ideas of reality that are merely emotional, intellectual, psychological and social truth. GOD is a spirit, and is known through (1) acts of divine will regarded as intervention and rule (e.g., creation, judgment and miracles); (2) the imparted substance of sacred person (e.g., faith, holiness, humility, joy, longsuffering, wisdom and wrath against sin); (3) devices the living value such as flesh, matter, and events in the natural world; and (4) operations of the imparted, indwelling spirit made visible within the lives of those reborn through Jesus Christ (e.g., forgiveness, prophesying, repentance and worship).

THE GOLDEN ARROW: Now therefore fear the LORD, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the LORD. And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD. And the people answered and said, God forbid that we should forsake the LORD, to serve other gods; For the LORD our God, he it is that brought us up and our fathers out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage, and which did those great signs in our sight, and preserved us in all the way wherein we went, and among all the people through whom we passed: And the LORD drave out from before us all the people, even the Amorites which dwelt in the land: therefore will we also serve the LORD; for he is our God. (Joshua 24: 14-18, King James Version)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: The Priesthood of Kings (10/17/2012); Childlike Faith (10/18/2012); Upon This Rock (02/21/2012); Dispatch 33: The Lamb of GOD (09/12/2011); Dispatch 11: Peace (Hand in Hand) 08/19/2011; Dispatch 10: Peace (Lovingkindnesses) 08/18/2011; Finders, Keepers? (01/26/2011); Girdle 36: Worthy Is The Lamb (12/21/2011)

      
     Many mature Christian believers trust that, were Jesus here, today, and would answer your question, he would share something like the following:

      Julius Caesar (and the long line of earthly rulers that followed in the mold cast by the Macedonians, Greeks, and Romans) represents all mankind. Caesar became prominent as a military commander entrusted with the defense of a nation, and was first called “emperor” as one who protects, rather than as one who rules. Rome was not the first to assume the goal of “one-world empire” that can be traced back to Nimrod (the founder of Babel, later called Babylon). The Egyptians were one of the first, most successful countries bent upon assimilation of smaller states, and expansion of their control over resources in neighboring territories. Egypt influenced the culture, economy and quality of life for every organized community in the then known world. More than this, Egypt became the center of spiritual confusion upon the earth.

      Like the individual who reigned as Pharaoh, the man who reigned as Caesar always demanded tribute. Tribute, not taxes, is the due of the military conqueror, and is accounted as “honor” and “respect.” Tribute is the admission of ones own limitation and weakness; and is little different than the payment one gives to a bully in order to avoid a beating. Saying this another way, tribute is more in the nature of extortion than civic duty and support of the existing government.

      Despite bitter experiences of captivity (i.e., relocation to populate and provide skills within enemy nations), by the Assyrians, the Babylonians, the Persians, and others who sought to rule the world as monarchs through dominant empires, the Jews continued in covenant to Almighty GOD. This enabled the Jews to throw off much of the idolatry, superstition, and unbelief they encountered. By returning to their roots, acknowledging and performing the law, and pursuing the things proclaimed, promised and prophesied from the Father, the Jews repeatedly were restored to their ancestral homes, and continued to receive evidences of divine care and keeping.

      There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, as many rulers of that time, Julius Caesar claimed to be descended from the gods of Rome, and therefore built a temple where prayers and worship of his own divinity would be practiced. Caesar declared himself a god.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIXWashington, DC