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joshuathedaythesunstoodstill

A depiction of Joshua and the miracle at Aijalon

 

Today, reply is on mankind being in covenant with divinity, the problem of sin as an obstacle to all existence, and the miracles at Aijalon where GOD caused the sun and moon to stand still. The holy writings report more than simply the ongoing human predicament that has resulted from sin; there are multiple accounts of one-time events on a divine scale that should be acknowledged as the primary focus of the Scriptures. The process and substance of GOD are revealed through expressions of sacred law, divine prerogative, eternal purpose, and divine fullness as the origin of life. The natural event of astronomical objects becoming fixed in the sky and suspending the operations of time and space is overshadowed and surpassed in its significance by an incontestable display of authority, power, and sovereign majesty from the Creator acting in judgment and divine wrath against sin. It is written: Joshua 24: 14-24, King James Version (KJV): 14 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. 15 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. 16 And the people answered and said, God forbid that we should forsake the LORD, to serve other gods; 17 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: 18 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. 19 And Joshua said unto the people, Ye cannot serve the LORD: for he is an holy God; he is a jealous God; he will not forgive your transgressions nor your sins. 20 If ye forsake the LORD, and serve strange gods, then he will turn and do you hurt, and consume you, after that he hath done you good. 21 And the people said unto Joshua, Nay; but we will serve the LORD. 22 And Joshua said unto the people, Ye are witnesses against yourselves that ye have chosen you the LORD, to serve him. And they said, We are witnesses. 23 Now therefore put away, said he, the strange gods which are among you, and incline your heart unto the LORD God of Israel. 24 And the people said unto Joshua, The LORD our God will we serve, and his voice will we obey. A fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion & Spirituality who uses the ID “Lighting the Way to Reality” (Level 7 with 10,947 points) posted the following:

 

Bible believers, what is the REAL problem in Joshua 10:12-13: “Let the sun stand still over Gibeon, and the moon over the valley of Aijalon”?

13 So the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, till the nation avenged itself on its enemies…”

and its supposed result of sunlight lasting into what would have been night so that the Israelites would have time to slaughter their enemies?

Never mind the problem of god stopping the rotation of the earth, or any other such “explanation” that is typically given.

If you are able to comprehend and think about that quote rationally and with an understanding of what it states, you should be able to realize what would ACTUALLY occur concerning that verse in the context of today’s knowledge.

A response of “God can do whatever he wants to do” instead of stating the problem is not an answer.

So, what do you think the REAL problem is, even if you believe your god could work around it?

Updated 45 mins ago:

Joe, passing a belief in the supernatural for an answers is an excuse, not an answer.

Regardless, what I was getting to is that if you are able think about it rationally, you should be able see what would ACTUALLY occur concerning that verse in the context of today’s knowledge.

The point is whether you have the rational capability of recognizing the problem REGARDLESS of whether you go on to pass it off to the supernatural.

Apparently you don’t.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: God is jealous, and the LORD revengeth; the LORD revengeth, and is furious; the LORD will take vengeance on his adversaries, and he reserveth wrath for his enemies. The LORD is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the LORD hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet. He rebuketh the sea, and maketh it dry, and drieth up all the rivers: Bashan languisheth, and Carmel, and the flower of Lebanon languisheth. The mountains quake at him, and the hills melt, and the earth is burned at his presence, yea, the world, and all that dwell therein. Who can stand before his indignation? and who can abide in the fierceness of his anger? his fury is poured out like fire, and the rocks are thrown down by him. The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him. But with an overrunning flood he will make an utter end of the place thereof, and darkness shall pursue his enemies. What do ye imagine against the LORD? he will make an utter end: affliction shall not rise up the second time. For while they be folden together as thorns, and while they are drunken as drunkards, they shall be devoured as stubble fully dry. (Nahum 1: 1-10, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: More Required Than Crucifixion? (12/10/2019); The Tools Of Divinity (12/09/2019); Eternal Judgment With Mercy (11/19/2019); Understanding Existence and Life (10/15/2019); The Word From GOD (12/11/2018); Judgment Against The Canaanites (08/01/2018); On Law and Sin (06/07/2017)

 

Lighting the Way to Reality”, we need to see with new eyes; to grasp the miracles at Aijalon, our focus has to be on the eternal purpose divinity addressed by making the sun and moon stand still, rather than the human aims and practical goals involved. Mature Christian believers acknowledge the existence of sin that is no imagined, occult, or supernatural thing. Sin is no carnal or material object created by GOD or man, contains no spirit substance, and has not been put forth by divinity. Even so, sin is described as having direction, effect, and presence; and sin may dominate awareness and self-will within created beings and living creatures. The operations of sin can be observed conforming to mechanical process and natural law; yet, sin itself is an enigma and a puzzle that has no answer and can not be eliminated, explained or dissolved by mankind relying on finite human tools such as intellect, logic, science and self-will (willpower). Sin opposes the continued existence of sacred law, the divine order that is our universe, the Lawgiver, and the existing spheres of life. More than simply destruction through weather events or eruptions that are natural occurrences on the earth, sin promotes a return to the conditions of chaos, confusion, and flux that were in place before the founding of heaven and earth (we say, preexistence).

For man on the earth to apprehend the problem of sin requires more than carnal reason, secular knowledge, and mental focus on material existence. Sin appears as the controlling aspect within the betrayal of divine trust made visible by covenant relationship, the transgression of divine law, and the rejection of sacred provisions for cleansing, correction, healing and restoration. Sinners who turn to divinity seeking relief from sin through Jesus Christ are granted sacred knowledge and divine resources that include a fresh endowment of life essence (breath; spirit; word) imparted from the makeup of GOD. Included are inseparable aspects of divine fullness such as balance, completeness, faith, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, personhood, oneness without sameness, righteousness, self-government, wisdom, and wrath against sin.

The process within covenant relationship between the Creator and the created is one of revelation whereby divinity is being made knowable, known, accessible, and approachable to the living. Believers are provided with the same mind-set and consciousness that was in Jesus Christ through discovery, fellowship, gradual growth, observing sacred practices (e.g., fasting, praise, prayer, worship), study of the holy writings, unselfish service, and the godly endurance of suffering. Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible, and a selection from the music ministry of the Gaither Vocal Band:

(1.) Deuteronomy 29: 29, King James Version (KJV): 29 The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.

(2.) Isaiah 55: 7-13, KJV: 7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. 8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. 9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. 10 For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: 11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. 12 For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. 13 Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree: and it shall be to the LORD for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.

(3.) Jeremiah 6: 11-19, KJV: 11 Therefore I am full of the fury of the LORD; I am weary with holding in: I will pour it out upon the children abroad, and upon the assembly of young men together: for even the husband with the wife shall be taken, the aged with him that is full of days. 12 And their houses shall be turned unto others, with their fields and wives together: for I will stretch out my hand upon the inhabitants of the land, saith the LORD. 13 For from the least of them even unto the greatest of them every one is given to covetousness; and from the prophet even unto the priest every one dealeth falsely. 14 They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace. 15 Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush: therefore they shall fall among them that fall: at the time that I visit them they shall be cast down, saith the LORD. 16 Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein. 17 Also I set watchmen over you, saying, Hearken to the sound of the trumpet. But they said, We will not hearken. 18 Therefore hear, ye nations, and know, O congregation, what is among them. 19 Hear, O earth: behold, I will bring evil upon this people, even the fruit of their thoughts, because they have not hearkened unto my words, nor to my law, but rejected it.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended (for example, (4.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TxaAmNuL7BU.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

 

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A depiction of the Angel of the Divine Presence, Melekh HaMaschiach (King Messiah), the Captain of the Host who appeared to Joshua

 

Today, reply is on the sacred events (miracles) recorded in the Bible where Joshua is visited by the Captain of the Host, and GOD caused the sun to remain in the sky shining over a battle on the earth. Readers are to understand that GOD is active against sin, and will pursue sacred law through judgment and warfare as one who is jealous, immutable, righteous, and sovereign. The seven tribes that occupied Canaan were in covenant relationship with GOD before Moses and the others left Egypt. GOD promised their territory would be given to the descendants of Abraham, because the seven tribes betrayed their divine covenant partner through pride, idol worship, and sin. All of their peoples were to be removed from the land by Moses, Joshua, and the tribes of Israel. Developing believers and those who mistakenly impose secular knowledge, mechanical process, and natural law upon the sacred events of Scripture repeatedly misapply the accounts provided to make visible the character, eternal purpose, and exalted substance of divinity. The focus of the holy writings are not human conflicts, conquest, and self-promotion; rather, they highlight the appearance and interventions of GOD that make divinity known throughout Creation, existence, and life. It is written: Joshua 10: 10-14, King James Version (KJV): 10 And the LORD discomfited them before Israel, and slew them with a great slaughter at Gibeon, and chased them along the way that goeth up to Bethhoron, and smote them to Azekah, and unto Makkedah. 11 And it came to pass, as they fled from before Israel, and were in the going down to Bethhoron, that the LORD cast down great stones from heaven upon them unto Azekah, and they died: they were more which died with hailstones than they whom the children of Israel slew with the sword. 12 Then spake Joshua to the LORD in the day when the LORD delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel, Sun, stand thou still upon Gibeon; and thou, Moon, in the valley of Ajalon. 13 And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies. Is not this written in the book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day. 14 And there was no day like that before it or after it, that the LORD hearkened unto the voice of a man: for the LORD fought for Israel. A fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion & Spirituality who uses the ID “thesun” (Level 6 with 5,680 points) posted the following:

 

If the Bible is divinely inspired by God the creator, why did Joshua ask God to stop the sun in the sky to make the day last longer..?

Instead of asking god to stop the world from turning for a while so he could finish slaughtering the Canaanites?..it is obvious that it was written by someone who thought that the earth was the centre of all creation and the sun revolved around it.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS. (Revelation 19: 11-16, KJV)

And I saw Shomayim having been opened, and, hinei, a sus lavan (white horse) and the one riding on it is called Ne’eman and Yashar, and in Tzedek [DANIEL 9:25] He judges and makes milchamah (war). [SHEMOT 15:3; TEHILLIM 96:13; YESHAYAH 11:4] And the Eynayim of Him are as a flame of eish, and on the head of Him are many atarot, and He has a Name inscribed of which no one has da’as except Himself. And He is robed in a kaftan dipped in dahm, and His Name is called, “The DVAR HASHEM.” [YESHAYAH 63:2,3] And the Tzivos Hashem (the Army of Hashem), the Tzivos HaShomayim, were following Him on susim levanim (white horses). They were dressed in fine linen, lavan (white) and tahor (clean). And out of the peh (mouth) of Him goes forth a sharp cherev, that with it He may strike the Goyim, and He will shepherd them with a shevet barzel, and He treads the press of the yayin of the fury of Charon Af of Hashem, El Shaddai. [YESHAYAH 11:4; TEHILLIM 2:9] And He has on His kaftan and on His thigh a name inscribed: MELECH HAMELACHIM AND ADON HAADONIM. (Hisgalus 19: 11-16, Orthodox Jewish Bible, OJB)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: The Sovereignty Of GOD (11/24/2019); Divine Anger at Harvest? (05/26/2019); Judgment Against The Canaanites (08/01/2018); Sacred Operations By GOD (04/12/2018); GOD Is Imparting Truth (10/30/2017); Sun Worship? (07/27/2015); Time Before the Sun? (04/14/2013)

 

thesun”, the focus of Scripture is neither mankind nor the earth. Here are some ideas that may be new for many readers, yet, have been available through those in covenant relationships with GOD as carefully preserved oral and written accounts for many centuries. Among mature Christian and Messianic believers astronomical and material Creation, the created beings and living creatures of heaven and earth, all things that have existence and life (angels, animals, spiritual beasts, etc.) are to be understood as instruments and tools used by divinity to express divine prerogative, eternal purpose, sacred presence, and the sovereign will of GOD. The holy writings document the operations, process, and substance of GOD (we also say, divine fullness; the Godhead; the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit) provided as divine order and priesthood that appear both in heaven and on the earth. Divinity remains invisible, incorruptible, and undetectable by finite human tools of the flesh and mind (e.g., smelling, tasting, touching, intellect, logic, carnal reason). Even so, the Bible is a record of GOD appearing on the earth through thousands of events, occurring within thousands of lives, over the course of thousands of years. As companions to divinity, men are to resemble, reflect, and reveal the image of GOD, and the likeness of his character and nature presented in Jesus Christ. Divine fullness is made knowable, known, accessible, and approachable to the living through devices that include discovery, fellowship, gradual growth, judgment, sacred practice (e.g., fasting, offerings, praise, prayer), study, unselfish service, and the endurance of suffering. More than this, the tools of divinity that include birth, damnation, death, and resurrection of the dead also feature imparting sacred substance from the makeup of GOD. Endowments of inseparable aspects of divine fullness are imparted to the living such as balance, completeness, faith, holiness, integrity, longsuffering, lovingkindness, oneness without sameness, personhood, wisdom, and wrath against sin. Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible, and a selection from the music ministry of Wintley Phipps:

(1.) Joshua 5: 13-15, King James Version (KJV): 13 And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, behold, there stood a man over against him with his sword drawn in his hand: and Joshua went unto him, and said unto him, Art thou for us, or for our adversaries? 14 And he said, Nay; but as captain of the host of the LORD am I now come. And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship, and said unto him, What saith my lord unto his servant? 15 And the captain of the LORD’s host said unto Joshua, Loose thy shoe from off thy foot; for the place whereon thou standest is holy. And Joshua did so.

Yehoshua 5: 13-15, Orthodox Jewish Bible (OJB): 13 And it came to pass, when Yehoshua was there by Yericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, hinei, there stood an ish in front of him with his cherev drawn in his yad; and Yehoshua went unto him, and said unto him, Art thou for us, or for our adversaries? 14 And he said, Lo (no); but as Sar Tze’va Hashem am I now come. And Yehoshua fell on his face to the ground, and did prostrate himself, and said unto him, What saith Adoni unto his eved? 15 And the Sar Tze’va Hashem said unto Yehoshua, Take off thy sandals from off thy feet; for the makom whereon thou standest is kodesh. And Yehoshua did so.

(2.) Exodus 23: 20-24, KJV: 20 Behold, I send an Angel before thee, to keep thee in the way, and to bring thee into the place which I have prepared. 21 Beware of him, and obey his voice, provoke him not; for he will not pardon your transgressions: for my name is in him. 22 But if thou shalt indeed obey his voice, and do all that I speak; then I will be an enemy unto thine enemies, and an adversary unto thine adversaries. 23 For mine Angel shall go before thee, and bring thee in unto the Amorites, and the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Canaanites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites: and I will cut them off. 24 Thou shalt not bow down to their gods, nor serve them, nor do after their works: but thou shalt utterly overthrow them, and quite break down their images.

Shemot 23: 20-24, OJB: 20 Hinei, I send Malach before thee, to be shomer over thee in the derech, and to bring thee into the place which I have prepared. 21 Pay heed to him, and obey his voice, provoke him not; for he will not pardon your peysha’im; for My Shem is in him. 22 But if thou shalt indeed obey his [bat] kol, and do all that I speak; then I will be an enemy unto thine enemies, and an adversary unto thine adversaries. 23 For My Malach shall go before thee, and bring thee in unto the Emori, and the Chitti, and the Perizzi, and the Kena’ani, the Chivi, and the Yevusi; I will cut them off. 24 Thou shalt not bow down to their elohim, nor serve them, nor follow after their works; but thou shalt utterly overthrow them, and completely break down their matztzvot (memorial columns dedicated to idols).

(3.) 1st Timothy 3: 16, KJV: 16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.

Timotiyos I 3: 16, OJB: 16 And confessedly great is the sod of chasidus [in Moshiach 3:9], who was manifested in basar, was vindicated [proven just] by the Ruach HaKodesh, was seen by malachim, was proclaimed among the Nations, was believed on in the world, was taken up in kavod.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, (4.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_z3ffJcyO9I.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

 

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A depiction of divine fullness enthroned with the 24 elders, 4 seraphim, the host of heaven, and 7 spirits

 

Today, reply is on Moses, Pharaoh of Egypt, and the revelation of sovereign divinity to the 12 tribes of Jacob who were the heirs of Abraham. Nomads do not receive or provide land and territory as an inheritance to their own offspring. Entry to the Promised Land would be denied to Moses as well as to everyone except 2 (Caleb & Joshua) from the army of more than ½ million men who had left Egypt. Believers are given an account that goes beyond the correction and punishment of Moses for losing his temper. Israel was in a process of transformation whereby they would exist as a peculiar people displaying inseparable spirit substance from the makeup of GOD that included faith, holiness, humility, longsuffering, lovingkindness, wisdom, and wrath against sin. It is written: Numbers 20: 7-12, King James Version (KJV): 7 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 8 Take the rod, and gather thou the assembly together, thou, and Aaron thy brother, and speak ye unto the rock before their eyes; and it shall give forth his water, and thou shalt bring forth to them water out of the rock: so thou shalt give the congregation and their beasts drink. 9 And Moses took the rod from before the LORD, as he commanded him. 10 And Moses and Aaron gathered the congregation together before the rock, and he said unto them, Hear now, ye rebels; must we fetch you water out of this rock? 11 And Moses lifted up his hand, and with his rod he smote the rock twice: and the water came out abundantly, and the congregation drank, and their beasts also. 12 And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron, Because ye believed me not, to sanctify me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore ye shall not bring this congregation into the land which I have given them. A fighter in “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion & Spirituality who uses the ID Tracy (Level 2 with 669 points) posted the following:

 

Why didn’t God allow Moses to enter the Promised Land?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: Then said the LORD unto Moses, Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a certain rate every day, that I may prove them, whether they will walk in my law, or no. And it shall come to pass, that on the sixth day they shall prepare that which they bring in; and it shall be twice as much as they gather daily. And Moses and Aaron said unto all the children of Israel, At even, then ye shall know that the LORD hath brought you out from the land of Egypt: And in the morning, then ye shall see the glory of the LORD; for that he heareth your murmurings against the LORD: and what are we, that ye murmur against us? And Moses said, This shall be, when the LORD shall give you in the evening flesh to eat, and in the morning bread to the full; for that the LORD heareth your murmurings which ye murmur against him: and what are we? your murmurings are not against us, but against the LORD. (Exodus 16: 4-8, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Moses Was Not Divine (04/24/2019); Sacred Characters, Not Fictional (12/12/2018); Lost For 40 Years? (09/17/2018); Judgment Against The Canaanites (08/01/2018); The Goodness of Pharaoh? (02/19/2018); The Generation That Wandered (06/14/2017); The Need For Divine Rule? (08/27/2015)

 

Tracy”, when GOD sent Moses to them, the sons of Jacob were in covenant through Abraham, yet, did not continually acknowledge the governance, power, presence, and sovereignty of GOD as a unified people. Because we mistakenly focus on Moses as important along with other human figures spoken of in the holy writings, many of us fail to realize that the Scriptures primarily are provided to give us a clear “picture” (revelation) of divinity who is immortal, incorruptible, and invisible. The Bible is a record of divine fullness (we also say, the Godhead; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit) appearing on the earth using thousands of events, within thousands of lives, over the course of thousands of years. Many think that Moses was denied the privilege of entering the Promised Land because he incurred the wrath of GOD by expressing finite human anger, frustration, and exaggerated pride, rather than speaking in a manner to exalt divinity. More correctly, we are to see that Israel had endured for hundreds of years within Egypt, a land that existed as a one-world empire under the rule of Pharaoh. From the time of Joseph and the famine, the people of Egypt, their livestock, and their land were purchased, and became the personal chattel (i.e., material goods; private property; slaves), estate, and inheritance of the Pharaohs. Not only was it necessary for Israel to be separated from Egypt for the heirs of Abraham to own property and goods maintained and transferred to their descendants by operations of law, their acknowledgment of GOD following the example of Abraham (e.g., building altars; circumcision; digging wells; herding animals for offerings and sacrifices of blood in atonement for sin, and for thanksgiving) could not be safely continued. Divinity would separate the twelve tribes and mixed multitude (we say, various Gentiles) by an exodus from Egypt that would fulfill the promise and vision granted Abraham, and break both the long-standing patterns and traditions of “man-made” government (we say, the world), and of those of heathen worship that included exalting the Pharaoh. GOD himself, not Moses, was to be acknowledged as the one who led, created, and formed Israel as a new kingdom among the nations. Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible, and the selection from the music ministry of The Barnes Family:

(1.) Genesis 15: 8-14, King James Version (KJV): 8 And he said, Lord GOD, whereby shall I know that I shall inherit it? 9 And he said unto him, Take me an heifer of three years old, and a she goat of three years old, and a ram of three years old, and a turtledove, and a young pigeon. 10 And he took unto him all these, and divided them in the midst, and laid each piece one against another: but the birds divided he not. 11 And when the fowls came down upon the carcases, Abram drove them away. 12 And when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and, lo, an horror of great darkness fell upon him. 13 And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years; 14 And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance.

(2.) Exodus 13: 17-19, KJV: 17 And it came to pass, when Pharaoh had let the people go, that God led them not through the way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near; for God said, Lest peradventure the people repent when they see war, and they return to Egypt: 18 But God led the people about, through the way of the wilderness of the Red sea: and the children of Israel went up harnessed out of the land of Egypt. 19 And Moses took the bones of Joseph with him: for he had straitly sworn the children of Israel, saying, God will surely visit you; and ye shall carry up my bones away hence with you.

(3.) 1st Samuel 12: 6-7, KJV: 6 And Samuel said unto the people, It is the LORD that advanced Moses and Aaron, and that brought your fathers up out of the land of Egypt. 7 Now therefore stand still, that I may reason with you before the LORD of all the righteous acts of the LORD, which he did to you and to your fathers.

(4.) 1st Samuel 10: 17-20, KJV: 17 And Samuel called the people together unto the LORD to Mizpeh; 18 And said unto the children of Israel, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, I brought up Israel out of Egypt, and delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians, and out of the hand of all kingdoms, and of them that oppressed you: 19 And ye have this day rejected your God, who himself saved you out of all your adversities and your tribulations; and ye have said unto him, Nay, but set a king over us. Now therefore present yourselves before the LORD by your tribes, and by your thousands.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended (for example, (5.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ug6fv8KRuCM.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

 

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Noahs Ark

Noah’s Ark, a symbol of salvation and the church of Jesus Christ

 

Today, reply is on salvation and divine grace; acknowledging baptism in the unchanging process of GOD; and water baptism as an outward and visible display for unseen, sacred operations. Sin and wickedness are re-appearances of the confusion and disorder in place during preexistence that were removed by the divine acts of Creation. Necessarily, the works to convey deliverance and salvation display much of the same process and spirit that appeared in the beginning. The fighter in the Religion and Spirituality forum at “Yahoo! Answers” who uses the ID “GRANNY NORINE” (Level 1 with 46 points, a member since May 16, 2014) posted the following:

 

“God doesn’t change” (Mal 3:6). Why was His first baptism (I Cor 10:1-2) one in which the children of Israel didn’t get wet (Exd 13:16;22)?

Update: WHY ARE WE “GETTING WET” YET “OUR EXAMPLES” (I CORINTHIANS 10:11) DIDN’T? THE (((PRINCIPLE OF GOD))) FOR BAPTISM IS FOUND IN EXODUS AND (((NO ONE GOT WET)))! WHAT ARE WE DOING?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them. But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD. (Genesis 6: 5-8, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Why Jonah Willfully Disobeyed (06/10/2018); Firstborn Of Every Creature (05/09/2018); Lessons From The Flood (01/21/2016); Ark of the Covenant? (03/17/2015); Animals Do Not Sin? (09/29/2013); GOD is Acknowledging (09/30/2013); Destroyed in Noah’s Flood? (04/28/2013); Both Born Holy? (04/29/2013)

 

GRANNY NORINE”, the themes of rebirth, resurrection and salvation that appear in water baptism (i.e., the death and burial of ones inborn spirit with birth of a new spirit from divine seed) should be understood as the same as those we see in the account of divine judgment appearing as Noah’s flood. Part of the full revelation we are being given by GOD so that we might exist in a continuing relationship with divinity includes the demonstration and reminders that mankind has been set apart by GOD to exist separated from chaos, confusion, instability, and lawlessness. Here are some further thoughts on the elements within the plan of GOD:

The operations of divine fullness (we say, the GODhead; the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit) that reveal the character, nature, and substance of GOD are inseparable, joined, sequenced and simultaneous events that establish and maintain divine order throughout the universe. Included are Creation, decree (the proclamation of sacred law), judgment (i.e., applying sacred law to resolve conflicts; lawful settlement of disputes), and sovereign rule.

The operations of sin promote death, separation from GOD, nonexistence, and the return to conditions that were in place before the founding of heaven and earth. The divine will must be imposed upon chaos, disorder, and flux (the multiple streams of undefined, unnamed and unfocused matter). This also has been described and portrayed for mankind as the world of Noah’s day; Noah’s ark as a type representing the church of Jesus Christ; the deliverance of Lot from Sodom and Gomorrah; the deliverance of Israel from Egypt; and Israel walking on dry land through the waters encouraged by Moses and Joshua.

Sin has not been created by GOD or mankind, and may not be eliminated by a simple reversal of a known process. Sin has no spirit substance or power, yet, has direction, effect, and “presence”; and sin may dominate consciousness and self-will in created beings and living creatures. Sin opposes the continued existence of divine law, the Lawgiver, and all the aspects of Creation that rely on lawful order.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, the immutable, unchanging, eternal purposes of GOD that are revealed through the holy writings include the creation of mankind to exist on the earth as a companion to divinity. Divinity has used multiple sacred tools that are not material or physical to accomplish the divine ends. Included are atonement, sacred blood, forgiveness, prophecy, sacrifice, suffering, unselfish service, and the holy writings.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

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Camp of Wandering Israel

 

Today, reply is on GOD revealed as sovereign by judgment, and the wandering of Israel following their separation from Egypt. The fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers Religion and Spirituality public forum who uses the ID “STEVAN” (Level 1 with 04 points, a member since February 02, 2017) posted the following:

 

How was it possible for Moses to get lost in the desert for so long, did he have learning difficulties or something?

Surely nobody could be lost for 40 years lol

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: Say unto them, As truly as I live, saith the LORD, as ye have spoken in mine ears, so will I do to you: Your carcases shall fall in this wilderness; and all that were numbered of you, according to your whole number, from twenty years old and upward which have murmured against me. Doubtless ye shall not come into the land, concerning which I sware to make you dwell therein, save Caleb the son of Jephunneh, and Joshua the son of Nun. But your little ones, which ye said should be a prey, them will I bring in, and they shall know the land which ye have despised. But as for you, your carcases, they shall fall in this wilderness. And your children shall wander in the wilderness forty years, and bear your whoredoms, until your carcases be wasted in the wilderness. After the number of the days in which ye searched the land, even forty days, each day for a year, shall ye bear your iniquities, even forty years, and ye shall know my breach of promise. I the LORD have said, I will surely do it unto all this evil congregation, that are gathered together against me: in this wilderness they shall be consumed, and there they shall die. And the men, which Moses sent to search the land, who returned, and made all the congregation to murmur against him, by bringing up a slander upon the land, Even those men that did bring up the evil report upon the land, died by the plague before the LORD. But Joshua the son of Nun, and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, which were of the men that went to search the land, lived still. (Numbers 14: 28-38, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Fed From The Altar? (06/19/2017); The Generation That Wandered (06/14/2017); 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); Lost Without GOD? (06/26/2013); When Does Judgment Begin? (06/27/2013)

 

STEVAN”, the twelve tribes of Jacob and the mixed multitude that left Egypt following Moses did not become “lost” in the wilderness for 40 years as an accident, as the result of opposition and warfare by desert tribes and nations, or as errors by Moses and other human leaders who served as guides. The period of 40 years (a generation) was used by GOD for divine works that included chastisement, correction, purification, revelation, and sanctification as well as the fulfillment of proclamations, promises, and prophecy. Thus, for 40 years a pillar of cloud appeared by day and a pillar of fire by night as the visible presence of GOD. For 40 years, manna was provided as food Sunday to Friday; and no manna fell on the seventh day, the Sabbath.

Practice of divine law was to become maintained where once idolatry, fitting in, and adopting the fashions and lifestyles of Egypt were widespread. New meaning, standards and values were provided that included making regular offerings and sacrifices to GOD; maintaining decency and order through sacred judgment; and the seeking of counsel from GOD who would indwell the tabernacle. The armies of Israel were created using men most of whom had been laborers, shepherds, and handlers of livestock. Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

(1.) Deuteronomy 1: 13-17, King James Version (KJV): 13 Take you wise men, and understanding, and known among your tribes, and I will make them rulers over you. 14 And ye answered me, and said, The thing which thou hast spoken is good for us to do. 15 So I took the chief of your tribes, wise men, and known, and made them heads over you, captains over thousands, and captains over hundreds, and captains over fifties, and captains over tens, and officers among your tribes. 16 And I charged your judges at that time, saying, Hear the causes between your brethren, and judge righteously between every man and his brother, and the stranger that is with him. 17 Ye shall not respect persons in judgment; but ye shall hear the small as well as the great; ye shall not be afraid of the face of man; for the judgment is God’s: and the cause that is too hard for you, bring it unto me, and I will hear it.

(2.) Deuteronomy 1: 22-27, KJV: 22 And ye came near unto me every one of you, and said, We will send men before us, and they shall search us out the land, and bring us word again by what way we must go up, and into what cities we shall come. 23 And the saying pleased me well: and I took twelve men of you, one of a tribe: 24 And they turned and went up into the mountain, and came unto the valley of Eshcol, and searched it out. 25 And they took of the fruit of the land in their hands, and brought it down unto us, and brought us word again, and said, It is a good land which the LORD our God doth give us. 26 Notwithstanding ye would not go up, but rebelled against the commandment of the LORD your God: 27 And ye murmured in your tents, and said, Because the LORD hated us, he hath brought us forth out of the land of Egypt, to deliver us into the hand of the Amorites, to destroy us.

(3.) Deuteronomy 1: 29-36, KJV: 29 Then I said unto you, Dread not, neither be afraid of them. 30 The Lord your God which goeth before you, he shall fight for you, according to all that he did for you in Egypt before your eyes; 31 And in the wilderness, where thou hast seen how that the Lord thy God bare thee, as a man doth bear his son, in all the way that ye went, until ye came into this place. 32 Yet in this thing ye did not believe the LORD your God, 33 Who went in the way before you, to search you out a place to pitch your tents in, in fire by night, to shew you by what way ye should go, and in a cloud by day. 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.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, (4.) Deuteronomy 1: 38-40, KJV: 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.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

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army_led_by_joshua
GOD created the army of Israel led by Joshua having more than 1/2 million men.

 

 

Today, reply addresses the revelation of GOD through continued ongoing judgment.   One of the fighters in the “Yahoo! Answers” Religion and Spirituality forum using the ID “Anonymous” (no profile data appears) posted the following:

 

Why did the God of the Bible wage war against the Canaanites?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And Joshua said unto the children of Israel, Come hither, and hear the words of the LORD your God.  And Joshua said, Hereby ye shall know that the living God is among you, and that he will without fail drive out from before you the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Hivites, and the Perizzites, and the Girgashites, and the Amorites, and the Jebusites.  Behold, the ark of the covenant of the Lord of all the earth passeth over before you into Jordan.  (Joshua 3:  9-11, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The First “Chosen” Chosen People (05/03/2018); Being A Holy Nation (02/20/2018); On Recognizing Divine Judgment (01/24/2018); Of War and Judgment (10/08/2013); Heart, Brain or Spirit? (10/09/2013); Moses Killed? (09/23/2013); Salted with Fire? (09/24/2013); What is Worship? (10/18/2010)

 

“Anonymous”, here are some points that many mature Christian believers are careful to consider:
(1.)  The Creator who uses divine law and judgment to establish mankind and the earth also has used condemnation and widespread destruction to express wrath against sin (e.g., Sodom and the cities of the plains).   Along with displays of awesome authority and power against defiance and rebellion, through such men as Noah, GOD has revealed divinity is forbearing, forgiving, longsuffering, patient, and willing to bestow divine grace.
(2.)  GOD first revealed himself to Moses in a way that indicated his dominion over the natural earth, and used the form of a burning bush whose flaming branches gave off no smoke and left no trace of ashes.  Moses was instructed to acknowledge that he was on ground made holy by the divine presence.  When Moses later asked to physically see the true image of divine fullness (we say, the GODhead; the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit), GOD passed before Moses once the prophet was placed within a cleft of the rock.  Displaying his deeds and the train that followed himself, GOD proclaimed that he is to be known, spoken of, and understood as a GOD of covenant, law, and judgment, who will punish the guilty, yet, will display mercy.
(3.)  The ten plagues brought against Egypt were not mere demonstrations to intimidate the Egyptians, the surrounding nations, or the 12 tribes of Jacob.  While the plagues were unleashed as an aspect of the deliverance of the twelve tribes, they were sacred events performed as judgments against Pharaoh, the Egyptian people, and the gods of Egypt.
(4.) The invasion by Jacob and plagues that accompanied them were fulfilling GOD’s word of promise and prophecy to Abram, that he would judge against the seven tribes of Canaan who were in covenant with GOD, yet, continued to practice idolatry and sin.  GOD would use his son (the tribes of Jacob) and the mixed multitude that left Egypt to remove the seven covenant-breaking tribes.
There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (5.)  Deuteronomy 7:  1-8, 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.  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.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

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Jerusalem Visit by Paul the Apostle
A depiction of James, the brother of Jesus, and the Elders in Jerusalem meeting with the Apostles Paul and Peter

 

Today, reply is made on James, Paul, Peter and Matthias; authority; and succession within the early church.  The criteria for being acknowledged as an apostle was more than simply having been in association with Jesus from the beginning of his ministry to his dying on the cross.  The apostles all were chosen and installed to testify and witness to the resurrection of Jesus, to authentic the falling of the Holy Ghost, and to certify the genuine manifestation of sacred gifts.  Jesus did not bestow on his disciples dominance and power to demand the obedience of others so much as he provided a fresh endowment of spirit substance from the makeup of divinity along with the consciousness and willpower to serve others while practicing self-government.  The leadership within the body would be acknowledged and recognized on the basis of such features as their humility, industry, meekness, and unselfishness.  One of the fighters in the “Yahoo! Answers” forum who uses the ID “Anonymous” (no profile data shared) posted the following:

 

Did the Early Church operate under valid central authority?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed:  and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.  Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.  And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.  And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.  But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.  For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;  To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;  To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:  But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.  For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body:  so also is Christ.  For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.  (1st Corinthians 12:  3-13, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Flesh As Divine Vessels? (01/14/2018); Meanings for “Apostolic Church” (05/08/2017); A True Apostle? (09/20/2015); How Many Apostles? (04/30/2014); The Ruler Of the Earth? (05/01/2014); Succession (02/05/2014); On Youth Doing Enough (02/06/2014)

 

“Anonymous”, the Holy Spirit (we also say, the Comforter, the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of Prophecy, the Spirit of Truth) was present as the spokesperson for Jesus Christ in the early church.  Responses that rely on secular knowledge will present the church as an ordinary institution, and a formally structured social organization.  Reponses that rely on sacred knowledge shared among Christian believers will describe the church as a body, or a fellowship having many distinct members with Jesus Christ as its head.  In that view, the church is most correctly portrayed as active, alive, diverse, developing, organic, and personal.

When the continued existence of the church became threatened by persecution, the believers that came to number in thousands were scattered; however, they also began to evangelize, go out, and spread the gospel in ways that otherwise would not have occurred.  It was then that James, the brother of Jesus, and others who remained in Jerusalem began to be recognized as a legitimate body to give counsel on issues of doctrine and practice, to address the challenges of embracing both Gentiles and Jews, and to resolve recurring conflicts.

While the Book of Acts reports that Peter preached a sermon on the day of Pentecost after the Holy Spirit had fallen upon the 120 men and women in the upper Room, who had fasted and prayed together awaiting the promise, Peter was not acknowledged at that time as the “successor” to Jesus, or as the chief spokesperson.  The early work among these believers included nominating candidates to fill both the office of apostle, and of bishop (elder) that had been vacated by Judas Iscariot.

A device used among the Hebrews from ancient times was employed to select the new apostle from the two proposed candidates.  The casting of lots was used with the understanding that the will of GOD would be indicated by its outcome.  This technique was akin to that used for judgment by the High Priest in the tabernacle and in the temple that involved his consecrated garments and full regalia, the breastplate, ephod, urim and thummim (also called, Lights and Perfections).  At Pentecost, the early church received multiple gifts to nourish and expand the community of faith that would establish the will of GOD in a similar way:  the word of wisdom, the word of knowledge, faith, prophecy, the working of miracles, and discerning of spirits (there were no gifts of reading minds, or predicting the future).  Consider the following that uses language from the Bible:

(1.)  Numbers 27:  20-23, King James Version (KJV):  20 And thou shalt put some of thine honour upon him, that all the congregation of the children of Israel may be obedient.  21 And he shall stand before Eleazar the priest, who shall ask counsel for him after the judgment of Urim before the LORD:  at his word shall they go out, and at his word they shall come in, both he, and all the children of Israel with him, even all the congregation.  22 And Moses did as the LORD commanded him:  and he took Joshua, and set him before Eleazar the priest, and before all the congregation:  23 And he laid his hands upon him, and gave him a charge, as the LORD commanded by the hand of Moses.

(2.)  Acts 1:  13-16, KJV:  13 And when they were come in, they went up into an upper room, where abode both Peter, and James, and John, and Andrew, Philip, and Thomas, Bartholomew, and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon Zelotes, and Judas the brother of James.  14 These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren.  15 And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples, and said, (the number of names together were about an hundred and twenty,)  16 Men and brethren, this scripture must needs have been fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost by the mouth of David spake before concerning Judas, which was guide to them that took Jesus.

(3.)  Acts 1:  22-26, KJV:  22 Beginning from the baptism of John, unto that same day that he was taken up from us, must one be ordained to be a witness with us of his resurrection.  23 And they appointed two, Joseph called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias.  24 And they prayed, and said, Thou, Lord, which knowest the hearts of all men, shew whether of these two thou hast chosen,  25 That he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place.  26 And they gave forth their lots; and the lot fell upon Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Acts 15:  12-20, KJV:  12 Then all the multitude kept silence, and gave audience to Barnabas and Paul, declaring what miracles and wonders God had wrought among the Gentiles by them.  13 And after they had held their peace, James answered, saying, Men and brethren, hearken unto me:  14 Simeon hath declared how God at the first did visit the Gentiles, to take out of them a people for his name.  15 And to this agree the words of the prophets; as it is written,  16 After this I will return, and will build again the tabernacle of David, which is fallen down; and I will build again the ruins thereof, and I will set it up:  17 That the residue of men might seek after the Lord, and all the Gentiles, upon whom my name is called, saith the Lord, who doeth all these things.  18 Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world.  19 Wherefore my sentence is, that we trouble not them, which from among the Gentiles are turned to God:  20 But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

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