Archive for the ‘judges’ Category

      The identity of Lucifer/Satan is considered again, and there is more on the Judge Samson and King Saul. A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “Pantheist Green Nature” (Level 1 with 3 points, a member since October 31, 2012) posted the following:

Arn’t Lucifer and Satan supposed to be? buddies?

Satan works for god, as? a tester, or purger. he would appear to the sinful

THE BATTLE AXE: Hero or Zero? (12/04/2012)—Many of the lives detailed in the holy writings are opened to readers as parables and object lessons. Thus, applying one of the most useful methods for fully understanding the Bible, readers may see both Samson and Saul as types (i.e., figures who depict aspects of existence and varying relationships with GOD). As divinely appointed servants to GOD, both represent the rule of sacred law, and are symbols of Israel as a covenant nation. Accounts of their lives provide admonition and warnings against sin, and further make visible the destructive influence of sin upon the self-will of created beings and living creatures. While serving in righteous judgment from GOD, Samson and Israel were invincible. When not in service to GOD, Samson was merely a whoremonger, who could be manipulated to give up secrets by a woman’s nagging; and Israel was merely another secular state caught up in the ambitions and lusts of men. The reign of King Saul is marked by abuse of authority and malfeasance in office that negate the signal military victory over the Philistines and their champion Goliath of Gath. The man (Saul) is shown in infirmity, madness, and weakness upon the earth seeking to annul the judgment of GOD against himself, rather than abdicate, repent, resign or surrender. Like Cain, who slew his brother Abel, Samson and Saul expose the impotence of every priesthood alienated from GOD and his Christ.

THE GOLDEN ARROW: Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty. Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee. (Ezekiel 28: 12-15, King James Version)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: A Partnership? (11/05/2012); To See With New Eyes (11/06/2012) Sin Unknown? (10/10/2012); When Prayer Works (10/11/2012); By Grace (09/04/2012); Coveting the Throne (03/07/2012); Too Many Interpretations? (03/08/2012); Girdle 32: Worship GOD (12/17/2011)

      Consider the following:

      In the Bible, many figures and names are used to describe one of the two covering cherubs who appeared before the judgment seat of Almighty GOD. As described by the Ark of the Covenant (Exodus 25: 20 and Psalm 18: 11, Psalm 91: 1, King James Version), the two angelic beings were the only visible manifestation of divinity displayed before the host, and the divine presence was to be known by faith, not by sight. The first of these two is held to have been the Son of the Highest, called Michael, and the second is the one that was called Lucifer.

      The problem of sin is understood as having first arisen in heaven through Lucifer, who secretly began to challenge and question the proclamations of GOD. Lacking eternal omniscience, and not having full knowledge of divine intent and sacred purpose, Lucifer spread the notion that holy beings had no need of divine law that would limit, punish, remove, restrict, or extinguish transgressors. Using deceit and disguise, Lucifer and his companions campaigned among the angels and holy beasts of heaven. Law (in fact, divine utterance, and the expressed will of GOD), was maligned as disruptive, intrusive, oppressive, and unnecessary.

     Lucifer was given no authority in the creation of the Temple in the heavens, the creation of mankind, or the creation of the earth. When he appeared in the Garden of Eden as a marvelous and unique creature (a winged serpent that could speak), Lucifer used subtlety to introduce the same corruption of self-will that had spread among the heavenly ones.

      There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, all created beings and living creatures are subject to the will of GOD, and continue as tools of divine purpose that include the revelation of divinity. Angelic beings are neither mortal nor immortal; and do not attain to the fullness of being and purpose residing within the GODhead expressed as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Lucifer is known upon the earth as Satan (the Adversary) and the Devil (one who slanders). The Bible records that Satan confronted Job, Joshua the High Priest, and Jesus. However, Satan has no authority in final judgment to accuse, command, control, or condemn anyone to the second death. Like mankind, Satan continues in the earth only through dispensations of grace, mercy and righteousness from Almighty GOD.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX Washington, DC

      Both a judge and a king of Israel are in focus as “Bible heroes” (Samson and Saul, respectively), and there is more on how we, today, may see Jesus serving the poor. A “Yahoo! Answers” writer, “the Olmec” (Level 2 with 603 points, a member since October 8, 2012), posted the following:

Why was samson such an idiot and yet he is considered a hero and not Saul?

Saul who was the king of Israel and samson were both similar idiots,but samson is considered a hero in the bible.

THE BATTLE AXE: On Seeing Jesus Serve the Poor (12/03/2012)—Those whose hearts and minds are hardened against GOD are “blind” as were the adversaries of Moses; and no way exists for them to see what GOD presents of himself “in plain sight.” Not only did Pharaoh and the men of Egypt refuse to acknowledge that the Holy One was present and active among them, they also refused to believe that GOD was working through Moses as his agent and spokesperson. When all but two from the army of Israel (Joshua and Caleb) denied the apparent truth that GOD was present and active among them, and repeatedly denied Moses as a visible agent of the Most High, GOD proclaimed they would die in the wilderness, and that he would fulfill his word to them by blessing their children and grandchildren, who were their lawful agents and substitutes. The problem is not that GOD has abandoned mankind, or is no longer present upon the earth; it is that, to see the image of GOD, that in fact is visible through one another, men must use vision that is an operation of faith, and not any organ of the flesh. Sacred content, godly function, and divine process must be their focus; and divinity is acknowledged by its resonance with the power of ones own inner spirit. Those who “see” do not look for carnal, material and social phenomena. They realize connection, wholeness, and unity among beings, events, purposes and sacred substance. The holiness for many spirit-filled acts that comfort the poor remain unrecognized because there is no display of ceremonies, costumes, and rituals; and they do not center upon giving food, clothing, money or shelter. For many who viewed the viral photo of the NYC police officer giving shoes and sox to a homeless man, an observance of Christ’s Passion and Crucifixion was shown, the act of humility (called foot-washing). By sharing their endowment of such gifts as humility, joy, longsuffering, wisdom, and wrath against sin, believers and the poor are able to see, follow Christ, and enter the Promised Land that is the Kingdom of GOD.

THE GOLDEN ARROW: And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams. For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king. And Saul said unto Samuel, I have sinned: for I have transgressed the commandment of the LORD, and thy words: because I feared the people, and obeyed their voice. (1st Samuel 15: 22-24, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Thoughts Upon A Warrior’s Fall (11/15/2012); The Slave to Law and Sin Made Free (11/16/2012); Childlike Faith (10/18/2012); The Priesthood of Kings (10/17/2012); Lion of Judah (01/10/2011); Known by GOD (10/16/2010)

      For many mature Christian believers, Samson son of Manoah and Saul son of Kish are both tragic heroes after the morbid fashion of Greek drama, as opposed to role models and “pillars of faith.” As a divinely promoted judge for the still developing covenant nation, Samson was to serve as a deliverer, one who would be a visible expression of divine wrath against their enemies, and who would recover the people of GOD from bondage and servitude. As a divinely anointed king, Saul was to serve as the highest judge and leader within the covenant nation, who would intercede to resolve disputes, and defend their common interests. Neither of these men were called to serve as priests, those consecrated to make the sacrifices of atonement that would secure the divine covenant before GOD.

      While Samson was prepared for service by his parents through a strict upbringing and continuous devotion to GOD following a “miraculous” birth, Saul’s preparation to be king was primarily through examples from surrounding nations. Not surprisingly, much of Samson’s behavior appears as arrogance, disobedience, hubris (i.e., pride), and the rebellious, self-promotion of a youngster who wants to throw off authority, duty, and parental restraint. By contrast, Saul first behaved as one who lacked ambition, however, had no self-confidence or sense of duty. When called to the public ceremony that would affirm him as king, Saul hid himself with the baggage handlers.

      Saul did not begin his administration as did Solomon by humbling himself to GOD. Almost immediately, Saul was given his first “test” as the new king, and had to rally the armies of Israel for the defense of a city, Jabethgilead (1st Samuel 11, KJV). So to speak, Saul’s kingdom was begun through warfare, and that set the pattern for all that would follow. When commanded to carryout divine judgment against the Amalekites, Saul’s behavior displayed arrogance, disobedience, hubris (i.e., pride), idolatry, rebellion, presumption and, finally, witchcraft.

      There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, images in action movies and popular culture often describe a man’s struggle to achieve romantic, political and social goals as heroic. However, given such purposes depict only issues of material reality, self-will, and social process, viewers receive little spiritual instruction or nourishment for their indwelling Spirit from GOD.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIXWashington, DC

      Vigilance against sin is the topic, today, along with more on why there was warfare against Canaan. The “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “Jamaica” (Level 1 with 28 points, a member since September 25, 2012) posted the following:


What do they mean when they say ‘the soul is willing but the flesh is weak’?

The Bible often uses a figure of speech to describe the outcome of things and certain events that went on in the past and are going on right now. So what does it mean when they say your ‘soul is willing but’ your ‘flesh is weak’? Please answer me that.


THE BATTLE AXE: Why Did the Judges Fight? (10/19/2012)—Many of those who left Egypt with Moses were proud, selfish and unspiritual. To them, the conflict to gain the promised land was purely a human struggle for property and wealth that depended solely upon desire, desperation and fear. Telling their story is not the purpose of Scripture. Rightly understood, the holy writings focus entirely upon the workings of Almighty GOD upon the earth, through mankind. During the 40 years that GOD lead the covenant people through undeveloped areas and uninhabited wasteland, GOD destroyed every man who had left Egypt, pledged themselves in covenant, and then disobeyed and rebelled. Only Joshua and Caleb, two who were sent to explore the land as spies, and the offspring of those who left Egypt actually set foot in, and established their own homes within the promised land. Even Moses was denied. Later, many of the tribes made treaties and agreed to receive tribute from the enemies of GOD. They did not completely expel those who had broken covenant from the land as they had been commanded. As a result GOD allowed his enemies to continue as the enemies of Israel both surrounding and within the borders of their homeland (see, for example, Joshua 15: 63, Joshua 17: 12-13, Joshua 22: 13 and Judges 1: 21-33, KJV).

THE GOLDEN ARROW: And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour? Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done. (Matthew 26: 40-42, KJV)


THE DOUBLE DAGGER: The Spirit by Measure (09/22/2012); A Man in Heaven? (09/23/2012); Binder 15: Even From Everlasting (10/12/2011); Will in Heaven? (03/03/2011); Jephthah’s Oath? (03/04/2011)

      Here are some ideas Christ has been willing to share among his followers:

      During the night before Jesus was arrested and crucified, he cautioned the apostles to be prayerful and vigilant at all times. They were to stay alert, and recognize when they were being lead into peculiar situations that would challenge, and test the depth of their commitment and understanding. Until the falling of the imparted, indwelling Spirit from GOD, the primary tool given to mankind to make sin known and visible had been various forms of divine law. Law was “given a human face” through mechanisms that included the priesthood by heads of families (Patriarchs such as Adam, Noah, Abraham, Isaac), the covenant of Moses, the system of judges (captains over 10’s, 20’s, 50’s, 100’s, 1000’s), and a line of kings. Jesus Christ provided in the flesh a perfect and complete presentation of the righteousness and sacred spirit that are conveyed to mankind through the divine law.

      Sin was first discovered among the holy angels. However, sin is not a spirit-being, is not spirit matter, and does not operate upon living spirit. Sin is not a carnal, material, or physical thing; and sin has no dimension (e.g., height, length, shape, size, weight) or substance (e.g., matter, particles, stuff, etc.). Nevertheless sin has direction, effect, and presence. We could say, “sin is nothing”; yet, contrary to intelligence, logic, and reason, sin may dominate the will of created beings and living creatures. Sin is not created by GOD, or by the living. Sin does not obey divine will; neither is the will of GOD subject to sin. Sin opposes the existence of GOD, of divine Creation, of divine law, of eternal life, and of all that is. Apart from awareness generated from GOD, created beings and living creatures cannot detect sin as foreign and separate from ones own being; and repeatedly obedience to sin is embraced as natural and normal.

      In their creation, the holy angels were supplied with the total measure of authority, knowledge and spirit that they could receive throughout their continuance. (The angels are neither mortal nor immortal, and complete their existence only by immersion in holy fire.) In the creation of humans, divine spirit was imparted as a “breath of life.” While the holy angels do not acquire knowledge by experience as humans (i.e., learn and grow), they can be influenced by one another, and by mankind. Through Jesus Christ, provision has been made that mankind may receive additional deposits of Spirit that enable discernment of, and resistance to sin.

      There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, the flesh dominates human awareness as appetite (e.g., hunger, thirst, craving for sex), sensation (e.g., hearing, seeing, tasting, touching) and mind (e.g., desire, fantasy, imagination). As events that operate in time, the elements of flesh “come and go.” Thus, the weakness of the flesh includes exhaustion, immaturity, instability, malnutrition, and mortality.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

     Blood, covenant, judgment and war are topics, today, along with more on the meaning of childlike faith.  A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “SIMON” (Level 3 with 1,631 points, a member since January 11, 2012) posted the following:


Why did the Judges have to fight the Canaanites ?

Was it Joshua Ch24;vs1 and what significance does Exodus Ch33;vs20 have on mental health ?


THE BATTLE AXE:  Childlike Faith (10/18/2012)—Christian believers are often spoken of as if they were children.  For example, the broad dependence of children upon adults for health, nourishment, protection and shelter is used to depict rebirth, redemption and salvation.  Believers are sons and daughters of GOD, the children of GOD, through adoption of the Holy Spirit.  As such, their legitimacy may not be challenged or questioned, they have legal standing,  and they must answer to various levels of limited accountability.  Language is used whereby the operation of divine grace is spoken of as a free gift, an inheritance, and as unearned reward.  Also, being “children” the people of GOD are described as forward-looking, (having expectation, futurity, hope, and joy), and as teachable.  All continually receive chastisement and correction, and routinely display gratitude, humility, obedience, patience, unity, and zeal.  Dead to sin, yet alive to GOD through Jesus Christ, believers are also spoken of as new creatures, because they continually experience the things of GOD having a sense of amazement, awe, newness and wonder.


THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Hear, O Israel:  Thou art to pass over Jordan this day, to go in to possess nations greater and mightier than thyself, cities great and fenced up to heaven,  A people great and tall, the children of the Anakims, whom thou knowest, and of whom thou hast heard say, Who can stand before the children of Anak!  Understand therefore this day, that the LORD thy God is he which goeth over before thee; as a consuming fire he shall destroy them, and he shall bring them down before thy face:  so shalt thou drive them out, and destroy them quickly, as the LORD hath said unto thee.  Speak not thou in thine heart, after that the LORD thy God hath cast them out from before thee, saying, For my righteousness the LORD hath brought me in to possess this land:  but for the wickedness of these nations the LORD doth drive them out from before thee.  Not for thy righteousness, or for the uprightness of thine heart, dost thou go to possess their land:  but for the wickedness of these nations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee, and that he may perform the word which the LORD sware unto thy fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.  Understand therefore, that the LORD thy God giveth thee not this good land to possess it for thy righteousness; for thou art a stiffnecked people.  Remember, and forget not, how thou provokedst the LORD thy God to wrath in the wilderness: from the day that thou didst depart out of the land of Egypt, until ye came unto this place, ye have been rebellious against the LORD.  (Deuteronomy 9:  1-7, King James Version)


THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The First Jews (02/20/2012); The Cause of Unrest? (01/30/2012); The Need For GOD (01/31/2012); Dispatch 29:  More (09/08/2011); Dispatch 4:  Weapons (Man of War) 08/12/2011


     Be encouraged as you consider the following ideas shared among Christian believers as sacred history; many important points must come into view:

     The people living in the “promised land” before the tribes of Jacob came out of Egypt had been able to prosper for hundreds of years and become great nations, because they were favored by Almighty GOD through covenant.  The seven nations (the Hittites, Girgashites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites, and the Jebusites) did not maintain right relationship with the covenant-making GOD; and defiled the land by worshiping idols, and shedding human blood.  Cleansing and restoration of the land would require the blood from those who had shed blood be soaked into the soil.  Also, the sacred purposes of GOD would require that another people be chosen to inhabit the land.

     The twelve tribes, and many of the mixed multitude who followed Moses, had undergone transformation from a pastoral people, whose major vocation was herding and keeping livestock, to being subservient in the economy of Egypt as construction laborers.  GOD would carry them further to become an independent people, and an army of GOD—not for conquest and warfare—for execution of divine judgment.  Like many, today, the Canaanites were so turned away from GOD, that the will of the Creator could only be established among them through death and violence.

     As always, the issues of divine judgment go beyond punishing “bad behavior” and naughtiness.  The divinity, integrity and righteousness of GOD are in question along with the possibilities for relationship, revelation, trust and truth.  Fulfillment of a commission to remove the Canaanites from the promised land was to be “an evidence of things unseen” that would impress the hearts and minds of all mankind.   Assurance, certainty and confidence were to be imparted that Israel would continue as the people of divine covenant.

     There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, GOD is a spirit, yet we speak of Almighty GOD as if divinity can be known using the things of our carnal, material and social reality.  At best the things of our physical world only suggests truth that must be confirmed by the spirit existing within each person.  Jesus Christ may be thought of as a “bridge” whereby the divine and human spirits are re-connected, and the provider of a covenant from GOD that embraces his redeemed believers and followers.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIXWashington, DC

      The clarity and continuity of Scripture history are in view, today, as response is made to a question regarding actions taken against a High Priest by one of the anointed kings. Also, there is no BATTLE AXE presented. A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “Samuel” (Level 1 with 86 points, a member since October 3, 2011) posted the following:


why was Abiathar the priest put to death by Solomon?

1 kings 4:4

Additional Details

sorry, i meant deposed. i regret the error.


THE GOLDEN ARROW: The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified. (Isaiah 61: 1-3, KJV)


THE DOUBLE DAGGER: A House of gods? (08/31/2012); Heaven For Muhammad? (09/01/2012); Some To Rule? (03/31/2012); Exorcism In The Bible (03/24/2012); Melchizedek? (12/22/2010); Free to Eat? (12/23/2010)

    
     In the plan of GOD for the nations, Israel was to demonstrate to all mankind a proper covenant relationship through law, reverence, and worship. Such sacred process as divine atonement for sin; the fulfillment of proclamation, promise, and prophecy; the operation of mercy in godly judgment; and the revelation of grace were depicted through a system of governance, and continual sacrificial worship. The consecrated priesthood established under Moses was not charged with maintenance of civil law and routine social process. The Aaronic priest were to perform the sacred duties of the Tabernacle. After the time of Moses, when civic leaders served that were divinely appointed, the judges were understood as agents of GOD who were to function primarily as “deliverers”; however, the judges were not anointed as the priests.

      Saul was anointed to be king by the prophet Samuel (who had previously anointed David). In carrying out the office of king, Saul immediately responded as a defender of the nation, and one who leads in war (see 1st Samuel 11). Saul was to wait for the arrival of Samuel before leading the people in offerings and sacrifice. However, Samuel was delayed; and Saul presumed (i.e., unlawfully exercised authority; took it upon himself) to make policy contrary to the word of GOD (see 1st Samuel 15).
    
     The priesthood came under condemnation when Eli, through neglect and weakness, encouraged the irreverence and presumption of his two sons. Saul went into battle no longer having the support and the counsel of GOD. When the ark of GOD was brought down to the battlefield (as if an idol) to inspire the army, the ark of God was taken; and the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were slain as were Saul and his sons (see 1st Samuel 4: 11).

      David was granted godly counsel through “seers”, and the provisions from the Tabernacle of Urim and Thummim in the regalia of the High Priest were not immediately available to him. Returning the ark to Jerusalem, and the building of a permanent house of GOD, were priority to David. Once the Tabernacle was restored and in operation, David instituted courses (schedules) for the service of the priest and Levites. Additionally, he established a music ministry that also provided the liturgy through his own poems and psalms. The service of David embraced the anointing of king, priest, prophet and judge. The dynasty (“house”) granted to David saw an inheritance that was not only civil authority, it also included sacred duty.

      There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, the curse proclaimed against all the men who would come forth from Eli is seen having further fulfillment through Solomon, the son of David. The treachery of Abiathar, Joab and others (1st Kings 2: 27) could not be seen as politics to grab power over the Tabernacle; and was understood as further obedience to GOD.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC