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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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The obedience of Jesus to the commandment given mankind that the earth be overspread by holiness, rather than sin is considered, today. Also, there is more on time before the sun. The “Yahoo! Answers” Top Contributor using the ID “?” (Level 5 with 7,519 points, a member since May 20, 2012) posted the following:

Why didn’t the Christ Jesus obey God’s commandment given to us in Genesis 9:7?

God found a human mate worthy of giving birth of the Christ Jesus. Surely Jesus could have found a mate worthy of his holy seed, no?

God says in Genesis 38:9-10 that wasting thy seed upon the ground is wicked in the sight of the Lord. So why didn’t the Christ Jesus pick a wife and make babies?

Please do not say “because our salvation was more important.” If Jesus was half man or all man then he should do as men are commanded, no? Besides making a baby or two or three wouldn’t stop him from sacrificing himself.

Let’s face it, the only reason Jesus didn’t make any babies is because the people who concocted the story didn’t think it would benefit their cause, yes?


THE BATTLE AXE: Time Before the Sun? (04/14/2013)—(6) Ideas declaring that human life and reality depend upon the sun, the moon, or the stars come in many forms, and are rightly called “idol worship” and “idolatry”. It is a noxious truth, that there are those in the earth who deny the King of Glory. Why? Because they can tell whenever the sun is shining. See Deuteronomy 4: 15-20, Job 31: 26-28 and John 1: 1-14, KJV. (7) While existence of the sun and moon are described in an account of Creation, the divinely provided lights pertain to the proclamation of Divine name, the revelation of GOD, and that GOD is known as sovereign above all that is. As features of the natural world, the sun and moon are not eternal or permanent; yet, their status as both “universal” in human experience, and beyond human ability to alter or change them, fit the sun and moon to be used illustrating the righteousness of GOD in covenant. More than this, the supremacy of GOD is further established in the removal of sun and moon. See Joshua 10: 12-14, Jeremiah 31: 31-37, Psalms 19: 1-7 and Isaiah 24: 17-23, KJV. (8) The Advent of Christ is also signaled in natural events. Consider again, the instruction from Jesus (Matthew 24: 27-31, KJV).

THE GOLDEN ARROW: But which of you, having a servant plowing or feeding cattle, will say unto him by and by, when he is come from the field, Go and sit down to meat? And will not rather say unto him, Make ready wherewith I may sup, and gird thyself, and serve me, till I have eaten and drunken; and afterward thou shalt eat and drink? Doth he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him? I trow not. So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do. (Luke 17: 7-10, King James Version)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: A Family Affair? (04/01/2013); Emotional Appeal? (04/02/2013); Noah, A Second Adam? (03/25/2013); GOD Hiding in Plain Sight (03/26/2013); Our Need for a Son (03/04/2013); Unless You Repent (03/05/2013); The Ascension of Christ? (12/19/2012); GOD in Schools? (12/20/2012)

Dear “?”, the obedience of Jesus to commands that the earth be nourished and replenished are to be seen and understood as accomplished “in spirit,” rather than “flesh and bone.” Where men and women become perfected (i.e., mature), they correctly understand that GOD is a spirit, and we must acknowledge and worship GOD in spirit and in truth, not merely through our senses, physical matter and social being. Dutiful obedience has a peculiar place, where initiative, love (unselfish desire to benefit), and genuine union in the Divine Person have a higher place.

The offspring of Jesus are those who, believing, submit to operations by the same Spirit of GOD that established the heavens and the earth at Creation. Human nature is transformed through baptism that is spiritual death, rebirth from divine substance (holy DNA, so to speak), and regeneration. Those born again, are also spoken of as adopted through the Holy Spirit.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, there may now be billions who have come to GOD through Jesus Christ. According to the holy writings, these include Abraham, Moses, David, and me.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

The importance of resurrection to Christian belief is topic, today, along with further discussion of divine grace. A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using ID “Howard” (Level 2 with 359 points, a member since March 13, 2013) posted the following:

Can a Christian not believe in the magical resurrection of Mr. Christ and still be a Christian?

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“I don’t believe in any ‘magical’ resurrection, and I’m a Christian.” The preacher man was dead and decomposing for three days. His stinking corpse was infested with maggots. Then he rose from the dead. That is one heck of a magic trick.

My question: Is this disgusting fantasy a required belief in Christianity?

THE BATTLE AXE: The Benefit of Grace (03/19/2013)—Many confuse grace with forbearance, forgiveness, longsuffering and patience. In the holy writings, grace repeatedly comes into view as we speak of acceptance, approval, and being assigned positive value despite events that display ongoing judgment against sin. (For examples, see Genesis 6: 8 and 19: 19, Exodus 33: 17 and Ezra 9: 7-9, KJV). Men do not obtain grace from GOD on the basis of their obedience, service and good works as though grace is payment or divine reward. This allows us to say, grace is endorsement that comes through perfect dependency upon GOD, and through the elevation of divine will over self-will within created beings and living creatures. Grace does not serve to eliminate or remove challenge, condemnation, pain and suffering. Awareness of grace gives power to face up to and endure opposition. For mankind, grace is revealed and becomes most visible through human confrontations against fixed conditions of being, experience, sacred law (i.e., judgment), and human suffering. While suffering is associated with compassion and pity, suffering is not the sole cause for their appearance. Similarly, suffering has no power to generate, or call forth divine grace. While grace neither causes nor takes suffering away, ones awareness of grace continues discernment of divine presence, and permits continuous focus upon divinity throughout the outworking of divine process.

THE GOLDEN ARROW: Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device. And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead. (Acts 17: 29-31, King James Version)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Why So Much Murder? (01/12/2013); Understanding Hell (01/09/2013); Put Every Man His Sword By His Side (01/01/2013); The Common Danger (01/02/2013); The Price of Humanity? (12/13/2012); Remembering the Holocaust? (12/14/2012); Given the Cloud of Witnesses (11/29/2012); A Golden Ticket? (11/30/2012); After the Rapture? (11/01/2012); Opportunity to Repent (11/02/2012); Magick and Prayer? (10/29/2012); The Fear of GOD (10/30/2012); After We Die? (10/04/2012)

Dear Howard:

your question, and the way you have stated your feelings indicate that what you think you know about Christian belief is distorted, profane, unbiblical and warped. The mocking title (Mr. Christ), tells us you do not know Jesus in a personal way, and you presently are not welcoming a right relationship with GOD through Christ. Even so, consider the following points:

(1) It is logical and reasonable to believe that an almighty, eternal GOD having power to create all that is in the earth, the sea, and the heavens also has power over life and death. On the basis of their content of divine substance, the Creator continually examines and assigns value to the objects within the full sphere of divine presence, and thereby determines the duration of their existence. Such a divine operation could be called “judgment.”

(2) Presently, only GOD, who is spirit, is immortal. There are no created beings and living creatures that are immortal (including angels, devils, and the sacred beasts of heaven). Mankind is mortal, and must complete and fulfill specific criteria that describe human experience. Included are birth, growth, kinship, learning, repentance, and suffering.

(3) Given that self-will in the living may be dominated by sin, death is a divine tool to establish eternal life, and a stage necessary for the transformation of human makeup. Through the use of death and resurrection, mankind may be established as incorruptible and immortal.

(4) By raising Lazarus from the dead, Christ demonstrated on earth the power of GOD in heaven to revive all the dead. Nonetheless, Lazarus later died, as did Jesus. Resurrection is more than merely the reanimation of the dead; it is the entrance into divine presence and realization of ones own eternal person.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, the holy writings teach that there must be two resurrections, one for the just, one for the wicked. Just as here on earth, every person must appear before in the presence of GOD for their own judgment to personally answer the charges and indictments against themselves. That judgment is only upon the living further reveals the righteousness of GOD, the divine Judge.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

      Newness of spirit, righteousness and Sabbath keeping are major topics, today; and there is more on the promises of GOD through the root of Jesse. A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “SabbathDayFreedom” (Level 4 with 4,419 points, a member since December 1, 2007) posted the following:

When one observes the sabbath in the Newness of spirit how is that so very different from oldness of letter?

of the Law?

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How and WHY did Jesus keep God’s Law was it a have to thing or a great LOVE thing

THE BATTLE AXE: The Root of Jesse (01/03/2013)—All the promises to mankind recorded in the holy writings were first established as commitments by GOD the Father to the Son, before the creation of heaven and earth. The name “David” is used in Scripture referring to the Old Testament king of Judah as well as to Jesus of Nazareth in the New Testament, the appearance of GOD in flesh. First Adam, later David, was chosen as the one in whom, and through whom, the divine promises for an eternal kingdom, that were granted to the Son of GOD, would be fulfilled in the earth. This is a device similar to that found with Abraham: The promises of GOD to the Son appear as covenants and promises to Abraham, then, are fulfilled to and through the offspring and succeeding generations following Abraham. The promises to the Son of GOD are proclaimed in David, and carried out through his offspring that includes the Christ. More than this, the promises to the Son of GOD that were to be fulfilled through Aaron and others of Levi, that they would have an eternal priesthood, were transferred to the tribe of Judah, and therefore can be lawfully declared as fulfilled in Jesus Christ (see Hebrews 7: 11-28, King James Version).

THE GOLDEN ARROW: For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law; (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified. For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves: Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;) (Romans 2: 12-15, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Knowing Who Your Real Friends Are (12/11/2012); Scriptures To Reassure (03/05/2012); Purity of Heart (03/06/2012); Law Violated? (11/21/2011); Sunday? (01/16/2011); Childhood Cancers? (01/17/2011); Annual Feasts (12/29/2010); The Afterlife? (12/30/2010); Lord of Sabbath (12/25/2010); A Holy Ghost? (12/26/2010)

      The eternal, unchanging aspect of covenant relationship, of all divine law, of all heartfelt love, and of dutiful obedience is one and the same: righteousness. This one element underlies such diverse commands as “thou shalt not steal,” “thou shalt not commit adultery,” and “thou shalt remember the Sabbath day.” Righteousness is always demonstrated and made visible through the action and behavior of created beings and living creatures when they forgo acting upon self-will to carryout and fulfill divine purpose (as when men submit to (obey) sacred law (i.e., the expressed will of GOD).

      The voluntary putting aside of ones own will to acknowledge, benefit and respect another is one of the most powerful indicators of love. In dealing with Almighty GOD as the Creator, it is the putting aside of self-will that constitutes acknowledgment and acceptable worship. More than this, where ones will is transformed through death, rebirth, repentance, and sanctification, divinity and the law are internalized. By faith, reborn believers operate in accordance with the godly aspects of will that now reside within themselves; that is, they obey the law of GOD as the natural expression of their own makeup and person, not as an external standard from another.

      There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, the law of GOD, the Spirit of GOD, and the Word of GOD always agree; and for mature believers, there is no confusion or contradiction among them. Although believers operate as new creatures—those having the imparted, indwelling Spirit of GOD within themselves, and acknowledging the Lord our Righteousness—the new life is not one of “do as you please,” pride, and self promotion. Rather, it is heightened awareness of the Holy marked by such elements as commitment, hope, humility, and meekness spirit.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

     The prophecy of Messiah as both offspring and Lord above David is topic, today, along with more on the common danger that is sin.  The “Yahoo! Answers” writer using “Messiah” as his ID (Level 6 with 15,332 points, a member since November 30, 2010) posted the following:

How can the Lord speak to David, the root (descendant) of Jesse, and later be David’s descendant?

Jesus asked the same question as recorded by Matthew:

22:41 While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them,
22:42 Saying, What think ye of Christ? whose son is he? They say unto him, [The son] of David.
22:43 He saith unto them, How then doth David in spirit call him Lord, saying,
22:44 The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool?
22:45 If David then call him Lord, how is he his son? “

Messiah’s prophecy, quoted from Isaiah 11:10 written 700 years before Paul writes in Romans 15:12 “And again, Esaias saith, There shall be a root [ofspring] of Jesse, and He that shall rise to reign over the Gentiles; in Him shall the Gentiles trust.”

THE BATTLE AXE:  The Common Danger (01/02/2013)—While events, their connections and consequences may be easily known and documented, the spiritual content and nature of occurrences are essentially hidden and invisible to all created beings and living creatures.  Through deposits of divinity imparted from GOD as the indwelling Spirit (called the Comforter, the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of Truth, the Spirit of Prophecy), the living acquire discernment that allows correct recognition of spiritual substance within oneself and others as well as ability to accurately perceive the divine value of various goals, intent, motives and purposes.  Although we may speak of sin and wickedness as “common danger,” those reborn in Christ are encouraged to “be careful for nothing” (i.e., do not be anxious; do not worry), yet to continue in prayer and supplication.  The total eradication of sin comes by what GOD will do in authority and majesty over the universe.  The simple efforts of the created are accepted as acknowledgment, confession of need, and petition for deliverance that locate believers within the divine order as those being in harmony with the preordained, and continuing acts of Almighty GOD.  This is a single truth that none may gainsay, in heaven or earth, and that goes forth to all, to both believers and unbelievers, mockers and steadfast saints.

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And the word of the Lord came unto Jeremiah, saying,  Thus saith the LORD; If ye can break my covenant of the day, and my covenant of the night, and that there should not be day and night in their season;  Then may also my covenant be broken with David my servant, that he should not have a son to reign upon his throne; and with the Levites the priests, my ministers.  As the host of heaven cannot be numbered, neither the sand of the sea measured:  so will I multiply the seed of David my servant, and the Levites that minister unto me.   (Jeremiah 33:  19-22, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Son of Man (11/28/2012); Given the Cloud of Witnesses (11/29/2012); Jesus, King of Earth? (10/07/2012); How Was GOD Known Before Jesus? (10/06/2012); Why Jesus Prayed (08/19/2012); On The Messiah (02/19/2012); The First Jews (02/20/2012); A Fig Tree Cursed? (10/02/2010)

     Taking your question to be “what should we take this to mean”, rather than “how can GOD be able to proclaim or speak…?”, for a mature Christian understanding, the divine operations of prophecy and Incarnation must both come into view.

     David appears as a “type” and a figure representing peculiar themes that appear throughout the holy writings.  More than simply a warrior-king, David is anointed as judge, priest, and prophet.  He provides the psalms and hymns that are the liturgy for worship in the Tabernacle (later the Temple) as well as the administrative structure and schedules (called “courses”) for rotations of service by the priests.

     The promise from GOD that David’s house would be established is a promise of unending dynasty only through the eternal sovereignty whereby Almighty GOD continues as King over Israel.  Solomon was taken to be the fulfillment of GOD’s commitment, however no eternal kingdom or permanent rule emerged; and the Unified Kingdom ended with David’s grandson, Rehoboam (see 2 Samuel 7:  8-16, Daniel 2:  44, 1st Kings 3:  6, Matthew 25:  34, John 18:  36, KJV).  Until his assumption of carnal being and flesh, and appearing among mankind as Jesus Christ (called “Incarnation”), Almighty GOD was known as person and spirit, without form that can be discerned or recognized except through the objects put forth as Creation, by prophecy, and through revelation.

     There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, the birth of Jesus as heir to David is required for resolution of promise and prophecy.  More than this, all demands of the law addressing inheritance also must be met.  It is indisputably a work that may only be accomplished by One in supremacy that Messiah is at once heir to Adam, Abraham, Jacob, David, all Israel, and Almighty GOD.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC