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Today, points are shared on why the apostle Paul served as a persecutor of the early church.  As we see in modern times, many responded to Jesus and his teachings with rejection and skepticism in place of careful study and thoughtfully listening to receive sacred knowledge.  While multitudes witnessed healings, miracles, and prophetic demonstrations, the Temple establishment and government officers were stirred more by political ambitions, fear, exaggerated pride, and beliefs that were stagnant and spiritually unfruitful.  The writer at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Sally” (Level 6 with 22,200 points, a member since March 26, 2016) posted the following:

 

Why did the apostle Paul just go around killing and persecuting Christians before he was born again? What was the reason for this?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest,  And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem.  And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus:  and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven:  And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?  And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest:  it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.  And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.  And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man.  And Saul arose from the earth; and when his eyes were opened, he saw no man:  but they led him by the hand, and brought him into Damascus.  And he was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor drink.  (Acts 9:  1-9, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Proclaiming A New Kingdom? (04/13/2017); Benefits of His Kingdom? (04/11/2017); The Spirit and Prophecy (01/04/2017); The Cross and Judaism? (05/27/2016); Priesthood and The Cross (03/20/2016); Sadducees and The Cross? (03/13/2016); A True Apostle? (09/20/2015); Saul of Tarsus (03/26/2014); The Nature of Scripture (03/27/2014)

 

“Sally”, in Paul’s time, the ministry of Jesus Christ was condemned as corrupting and divisive of the covenant relationship with GOD that had been established through Moses and those who left Egypt.  Paul would be recruited to identify and completely destroy the Christian believers as a special agent of the Temple community at Jerusalem.  While Jesus, in fact, introduced few teachings that were not on record as “the law and the prophets,” thousands of years had been spent promoting customs, traditions and interpretations that advanced institutional practice, rather than the full expression of faith from GOD.  (For example, Jesus was charged with blasphemy for presenting himself as a son of GOD; yet, Moses and King David both are recorded in the holy writings acknowledging GOD as “our father.”)  The High Priests and leadership in the Sanhedrin Court of 70 Elders that insisted upon crucifying Jesus, condemned doctrine on angels and spirits; and they rejected most of the Savior’s important teachings that proclaimed the promises of GOD as the foundation of faith, and the coming gifts from the Holy Spirit (we also say, the Comforter, the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of Prophecy, the Spirit of Truth).  As a member of the Pharisees, who sought to be the “caretakers” of the law, Paul was keenly aware of various principles that gave overwhelming force and weight to the process and presence of divine law.  Examples are (a) the principle that sacred promise by GOD is continued and fulfilled after ones death through their heirs (we say, inheritance or dynasty); (b) the rule of joint accountability (the entire body will come under punishment for the error of one member); and (c) for the sake of survival (as occurred with Babylon), those in captivity or exile must cooperate with foreign oppressors as the agents of GOD for good.  Consider again the following:

(1.)  Joshua 22:  15-20, King James Version (KJV):  15 And they came unto the children of Reuben, and to the children of Gad, and to the half tribe of Manasseh, unto the land of Gilead, and they spake with them, saying,  16 Thus saith the whole congregation of the LORD, What trespass is this that ye have committed against the God of Israel, to turn away this day from following the LORD, in that ye have builded you an altar, that ye might rebel this day against the LORD?  17 Is the iniquity of Peor too little for us, from which we are not cleansed until this day, although there was a plague in the congregation of the LORD,  18 But that ye must turn away this day from following the LORD? and it will be, seeing ye rebel to day against the LORD, that to morrow he will be wroth with the whole congregation of Israel.  19 Notwithstanding, if the land of your possession be unclean, then pass ye over unto the land of the possession of the LORD, wherein the LORD’s tabernacle dwelleth, and take possession among us:  but rebel not against the LORD, nor rebel against us, in building you an altar beside the altar of the LORD our God.  20 Did not Achan the son of Zerah commit a trespass in the accursed thing, and wrath fell on all the congregation of Israel? and that man perished not alone in his iniquity.

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

(3.)  1st Chronicles 29:  10-13, KJV:  10 Wherefore David blessed the LORD before all the congregation:  and David said, Blessed be thou, LORD God of Israel our father, for ever and ever.  11 Thine, O LORD is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty:  for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O LORD, and thou art exalted as head above all.  12 Both riches and honour come of thee, and thou reignest over all; and in thine hand is power and might; and in thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all.  13 Now therefore, our God, we thank thee, and praise thy glorious name.

(4.)  John 11:  47-53, KJV:  47 Then gathered the chief priests and the Pharisees a council, and said, What do we? for this man doeth many miracles.  48 If we let him thus alone, all men will believe on him:  and the Romans shall come and take away both our place and nation.  49 And one of them, named Caiaphas, being the high priest that same year, said unto them, Ye know nothing at all,  50 Nor consider that it is expedient for us, that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation perish not.  51 And this spake he not of himself:  but being high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus should die for that nation;  52 And not for that nation only, but that also he should gather together in one the children of God that were scattered abroad.  53 Then from that day forth they took counsel together for to put him to death.

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, the words from Paul (5.)  1st Timothy 1:  12-17, KJV:  12 And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry;  13 Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.  14 And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.  15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.  16 Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.  17 Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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Today, an account of Jesus challenged by the Pharisees and points are shared on the integrity of judgment and law.  The writer at “Yahoo! 7 Answers (Australia)” using the ID “becca” (Level 1 with 86 points, a member since January 09, 2017) posted the following:

 

In John 8:9 why did Jesus ask the woman “Where are they? Has no one condemned you?”?

Who’s He talking about and why would He ask if anyone has condemned her before He says that He doesn’t condemn her? I just don’t understand that part of the scripture. Also is there a website that breaks down scripture to make it easier to understand? I googled bible study sites but I didn’t really find anything helpful.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law:  that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.  Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight:  for by the law is the knowledge of sin.  But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;  Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe:  for there is no difference:  For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;  Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:  Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;  To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness:  that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.  (Romans 3:  19-26, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Law, Vengeance, and Punishment? (09/30/2016); American Culture and Law? (07/13/2015); His Authority in Judgment? (10/03/2014); Stoning in the OT? (06/07/2014); Suffering Circumcision? (06/08/2014); Bible Justice? (01/26/2014); GOD Inhabits Praise (01/27/2014)

 

“becca”, here are some points that have been helpful to many Christian believers:

(1.)  Jesus was in the holy place (i.e., the Temple) teaching a large crowd (“all the people”), and was interrupted by the Pharisees, who counted themselves the divinely appointed caretakers of the law from GOD.  Many had been educated to be teachers, scribes, lawyers, and those serving as judges.  The Pharisees acknowledged the law as delivered by angels and prophets (those under the influence of divinity), while the Sadducees insisted there were neither angels nor indwelling spirits.

(2.)  Following the trial that concluded in a death sentence against a woman caught committing adultery, the entire courtroom (that included the accusers, scribes, Pharisees, spectators, etc.) were going to the place for execution.  On behalf of the community and nation, each person was to cast a single stone both to wound and bury the offender.  With GOD, the offense of a single person could be accounted as the shared offense of everyone within the covenant; and where the offender was not immediately punished by the divine covenant partner, the entire nation might be afflicted.

(3.)  The Pharisees wanted to challenge and discredit Jesus in front of the two crowds.  They were convinced he had no knowledge of the legal process or formal training, and would respond on the basis of emotions, errors, and sentiment.  In fact, they were sure he would attack, condemn, and teach against the law.

(4.)  Jesus did not seek to reopen the case, argue that the woman was innocent, or insist she should be “given a second chance.”  He proclaimed a principle that should be acknowledged by all claiming to comprehend the law:  Only those completely and correctly in submission to the law—those having the righteousness in the law—are fit to carry out and execute the sentence of the law.  When the courtroom crowd dwindled, the woman was left standing before Jesus and the classroom crowd.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (5.)  The law is a manifestation (appearance, embodiment) of divinity described as the heart, mind, and sovereign will of the Creator.  Therefore, in addition to authority, and more important than mere punishment, there should also be the clear expression of correction, forbearance, forgiveness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, mercy, eternal purpose, rebirth, recognition of repentance, wisdom, and wrath against sin.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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Today, focus is on the ministry of Jesus Christ to restore covenant law, prophecy, and the Holy Spirit.  The message of Christ was by no means contempt, disobedience, leniency, or slackness in acknowledging and obeying sacred law.  In addition to earthly elements recognizable as customs, discipline, law, and traditions, heavenly gifts must be received for there to be uninterrupted relationship with the Creator.  Thus, the end of mortality (i.e., death) through godliness, grace, righteousness, and spirit substance are proclaimed to be the actual foundation and platform for eternal life.  The writer at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Bruce” (Level 7 with 105,495 points, a member since August 12, 2007) posted the following:

 

Was an important part of Jesus’ message not be scrupulous, i.e., not to worry about actions that do not offend God?

Examples might include drinking alcohol in moderation, eating meat (including pork), and doing good work on the Sabbath.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  He came unto his own, and his own received him not.  But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:  Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.  And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.  John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me:  for he was before me.  And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.  For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.  No man hath seen God at any time, the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.  (John 1:  11-18, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  His Birth Signals Rebirth (01/03/2017); The Firstborn of GOD (01/02/2017); The Divine Christmas Gifts? (12/26/2016); Righteousness Through Jesus Christ? (12/15/2016); Different Form, Same Relationship? (11/20/2016); The Devices for Prophecy (06/10/2016); The Forms of Prophecy? (04/26/2016); Filled With The Cross? (04/17/2016)

 

“Bruce”, more than bringing something never before seen, Jesus emphasized things that were being neglected among  the covenant people of GOD.  Foremost were faith, promise, prophecy and the Holy Spirit (we also say, the Comforter, the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of Prophecy, the Spirit of Truth).  Multiple streams of sacred truth would be unified through the birth, ministry, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Many mature Christian believers now find it helpful to understand that the essential message of Jesus illuminated the gifts and oracles for created beings and living creatures that already had been provided as an inheritance for all the offspring of Adam.  Jesus would reveal (i.e., make knowable, known, visible) the person and active presence of GOD the Father within the fullness of divinity (we say, the GODhead) to be a “spirit” who must be known through means that go beyond divine law and includes atonement, sacred events (we say, miracles), forgiveness, Incarnation, final judgment, mercy, promise, prophecy, redemption, sanctification, and salvation.  Just as the finite human tools of intellect, philosophy, politics and science can not eliminate sin, secular knowledge, carnal reason, material, and social means had repeatedly failed and been found insufficient to maintain relationship of Creator and created.  Blessing (we say, free gifts) from divinity must operate within the living as life essence (i.e., breath, spirit, word) from the makeup of Deity, and be the internal origin for their own awareness and self-will.  Sinners must be reborn and supplied with inseparable spirit content such as faith, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  Malachi was the last prophet to appear before John the Baptist, more than 400 years before the birth of Jesus.  The Sadducees, who insisted upon his crucifixion (and were represented in the High Priest of the Lord’s day), also opposed doctrine and teaching of angels, resurrection from the dead, and spirits.  Jesus did not propose denial and rejection of the law so much as grasping its eternal purpose and living spirit.  Consider again the following:

(1.)  2nd Peter 1:  2-4, King James Version (KJV):  2 Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,  3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:  4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises:  that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

(2.)  Romans 3:  1-2, KJV:  1 What advantage then hath the Jew? or what profit is there of circumcision?  2 Much every way:  chiefly, because that unto them were committed the oracles of God.

(3.)  Romans 8:  1-4, KJV:  1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.  2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.  3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:  4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Romans 8:  14-18, KJV:  14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.  15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.  16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:  17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.  18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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Today, the testimony granted the Apostle Paul as his experience of conversion, and the parable of the Good Samaritan are considered.  Points are shared on understanding the sacred operations and active presence of GOD that many mistakenly take to be the immediate cause, origin, and purpose for sacred events.  Divinity has even been accused and charged with cruelty, error, indifference, and prejudice against mankind on the basis of actions and interventions by GOD that necessarily admonish, correct, depose those having authority, punish, impose suffering, and provide more complete revelation.  While sacred outcomes always appear where there are oneness of intent and divine substance, diversity also may appear that continues oneness without sameness.  A fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Digital” (Level 3 with 2,401 points, a member since March 12, 2014) posted the following:

 

Why did God cause the Good Samaritan, who stopped to help Jesus on the Road to Damascus, to go blind for three days?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  I verily thought with myself, that I ought to do many things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth.  Which thing I also did in Jerusalem:  and many of the saints did I shut up in prison, having received authority from the chief priests; and when they were put to death, I gave my voice against them.  And I punished them oft in every synagogue, and compelled them to blaspheme; and being exceedingly mad against them, I persecuted them even unto strange cities.  Whereupon as I went to Damascus with authority and commission from the chief priests,  At midday, O king, I saw in the way a light from heaven, above the brightness of the sun, shining round about me and them which journeyed with me.  And when we were all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice speaking unto me, and saying in the Hebrew tongue, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.  And I said, Who art thou, Lord? And he said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest.  But rise, and stand upon thy feet:  for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will appear unto thee;  Delivering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom now I send thee,  To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.  (Acts 26:  9-18, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Loaves and Fishes (08/09/2016); The Testimony From Jesus (08/05/2016); Knowing GOD For Yourself  (07/13/2016); Saul of Tarsus (03/26/2014); The Nature of Scripture (03/27/2014); Sin Causes Death? (02/04/2014); Succession (02/05/2014); Why Jesus Used Parables (11/03/2013); Denying Baptism to Others (11/04/2013)

 

“Digital”, for mature Christian believers, the answers to your question (and others like it) are determined by the character, nature, and substance of divinity, and the fact that sacred operations must establish conditions, demands, and fixed patterns that reveal and show agreement among such features as sovereign authority, sacred events, divine law, promise, prophecy, eternal purpose, divine prerogative, sacred knowledge, the stipulations of covenant relationships, and the content of open vision.

The account of the Good Samaritan appears in Scripture as a parable (i.e., a brief narrative used for illustration, and object lessons), and is different from the testimony (i.e., words that are spoken in witness to divine operations, and provided as evidence in judgment) shared by the Apostle Paul on being called by Jesus to serve the ministry of Christ.

As a Pharisee, Paul was in a condition of spiritual blindness from the time he offered himself as a champion of the covenant of Moses, a defender of the culture and tradition of the Jews, and a promoter of the peculiar politics of assimilation and compromise with Rome that were dominant throughout the Temple community.  The High Priest was among the Sadducees who had condemned the Lord to crucifixion; and they appointed and officially commissioned Paul to serve as a destroyer of Christian belief.  In effect, Paul became chief of the secret police, the Lord High executioner, and a “killing judge,” who was on his way to Damascus to eliminate what he mistakenly took to be a great threat. 

There is far more to be said, carefully examined, and spiritually understood.  (For example, the holy writings make it clear, that Paul had been chosen, was gradually built up and edified through the Spirit of Prophecy, and endowed with a broad range of special experiences that together would have the same weight as multiple physical appearances of Jesus Christ, and of the Holy Spirit.  Included were the conduct, devotion to Jesus, faithful examples, and powerful testimonies from the many believers he arrested, harassed, interrogated, imprisoned, and executed; experience of death, burial (3 days like that of Jesus) for Paul’s inborn spirit with resurrection and rebirth from divine DNA, so to speak; and realization of a new testament and a “new creation” by GOD through Christ.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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Today, points are shared on Jesus dying upon the cross, Judaism, and Israel’s denial of the Messiah.  In an effort to maintain their secular culture along with their heritage and oracles from GOD, the Jews as a Nation rejected and resisted change, and the departures from tradition that were displayed in the ministry of Jesus.  Included were attributing doctrine, prophecy, and other teachings to GOD; claiming relationship as an offspring of GOD; performing sacred events (we say, miracles) such as exorcism, healing, raising the dead; and presuming to exercise authority understood as held only by GOD such as forbearance and forgiveness of sin.  While it is true mankind deals with a Creator who is immortal, immutable, and incorruptible, even so, lasting change must occur within humankind for the living to apprehend fulfillment, growth, learning, and perfection.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Peter” (Level 3 with 2,421 points, a member since October 19, 2012) posted the following:

 

How come Jesus has nothing to do with Judaism?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead?  For if the firstfruit be holy, the lump is also holy:  and if the root be holy, so are the branches.  And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert graffed in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree;  Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee.  Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be graffed in.  Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear:  For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee.  Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God:  on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness:  otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.  And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be graffed in:  for God is able to graff them in again.  For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wert graffed contrary to nature into a good olive tree:  how much more shall these, which be the natural branches, be graffed into their own olive tree?  For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.  (Romans 11:  15-25, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  World Peace Is Coming? (05/08/2016); The Cross Broke Every Curse? (02/25/2016); Academic Language? (12/10/2015); The Remnant? (10/12/2015); Instruments, Tools and Workers? (07/23/2015); Christ Brought A New Nature? (07/15/2015); More About the Trinity? (03/30/2015); Signs of Messianic Belief? (12/16/2012); Vows and Covenants? (12/17/2012)

 

“Peter”, trusting that, through operations of the Holy Spirit, blood, correction, and truth from the cross are flowing to here and now, the issue is not that Jesus has nothing to do with Israel and Judaism, rather, the Jews as a people in covenant with GOD have denied and rejected the one sent.  A revelation of grace that is an aspect of divine, living person must come into view.  Specific terms of their covenant during the days of Moses eventually established the compact with the tribes of Jacob as (1) consecrated, (2) eternal, and (3) indissoluble (we say, unbreakable).  They went so far as to agree that God should use affliction, death and suffering to chastise and correct the Nation, instead of replacing them as he was forced to do when his original partners (the seven tribes of Canaan) repeatedly violated their covenant.  Manipulated by the Sadducees who ruled the Temple community (who did not believe in angels, spirits, or resurrection from the dead), the crowds insisted the Lord be crucified, acknowledging it also meant they and their future generations would come under the divine curse for shedding of innocent blood (we say, murder).  When openly displayed upon the cross as “King of the Jews”, the hearts of the Nation had become hardened like that of Pharaoh, and they showed contempt and disdained the Savior.  It is not possible that the salvation from GOD that provides cleansing from all sin and eternal life as companions to divinity be accomplished by obedience to covenant law, or countless offerings and animal sacrifices for sin.  The necessary fulfillment of promise and prophecy that were expected to come through the Messiah was demonstrated in Christ only to those who were spiritually receptive.  Jesus was condemned for the crime of blasphemy because long-held doctrine and tradition among the Jews could not allow for divinity appearing incarnate (using the form and process of humankind).  Nor could there be an imparting of divine substance from GOD (we say, breath, life essence, word) to indwell the living.  Even so, only in the Anointed One could atonement, forgiveness, divine government, and lasting change be displayed to prepare mankind for the further operations of GOD.  Consider again how these ideas are shared using language from the Bible:

(1.)  Romans 10:  1-4, King James Version (KJV):  1 Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.  2 For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.  3 For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.  4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.

(2.)  Hebrews 10:  1-5, KJV:  1 For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.  2 For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins.  3 But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year.  4 For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.  5 Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me:

(3.)  John 1:  10-14, KJV:  10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.  11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.  12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:  13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.  14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

There is far more that could be said, must be carefully examined, and spiritually understood.  (For example, (4.)  Philippians 3:  7-10, KJV:  7 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.  8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord:  for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,  9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:  10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
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Today, dismissing the Scriptures, Pharisees, Sadducees, and the death of Jesus Christ are in view.  Points are shared exposing the Sadducees as a threat against the covenant people of GOD that was opposed by the ministry of Jesus, and his death upon the cross.  Errors among the people could be laid to their defilement during captivity and exile, and even the latitude characterizing oral tradition.  However, for those of the Temple community, there was ignorance of prophecy and the holy writings.  Just as we see within present day congregations, some having great influence, who lacked humility,  accounted the Scriptures an obstacle to progress and survival.  Long-standing error became disguised through unquestioning acceptance, habit, and subtlety (barely visible differences; hidden shifts in meaning, purpose, and value).

Jesus identified the error of the Pharisees as hypocrisy, imbalance and exaggeration in relying upon ceremony, legal procedure, and tradition.  The Savior warned his followers to be careful embracing the doctrine of the Pharisees, for it was “puffed up,” and had the appearance of godliness, yet, lacked sacred content and divine substance (e.g., forbearance, forgiveness, grace, healing, love, mercy, rebirth).  Even so, the greater error was that of the Sadducees, for they refused to endorse the foundation events in Scripture that were the platform for the earthly ministry of Jesus Christ.  The death of Jesus upon the cross was to be more than a “simple fix” or repair of damage and wear upon the covenants of the Jews.  Given the influence and politics of the Sadducees, the very foundation and infrastructure of Israel required an overhaul (see the following Scriptures, and the presentation below):

Mark 8:  14-16, King James Version (KJV):  14 Now the disciples had forgotten to take bread, neither had they in the ship with them more than one loaf.  15 And he charged them, saying, Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, and of the leaven of Herod.  16 And they reasoned among themselves, saying, It is because we have no bread.

Matthew 16:  11-12, KJV:  11 How is it that ye do not understand that I spake it not to you concerning bread, that ye should beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees?  12 Then understood they how that he bade them not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.

Matthew 23:  13, KJV:  13 But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men:  for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.

Matthew 23:  23, KJV:  23 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith:  these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.

Acts 23:  6-9, KJV:  6 But when Paul perceived that the one part were Sadducees, and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, Men and brethren, I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee:  of the hope and resurrection of the dead I am called in question.  7 And when he had so said, there arose a dissension between the Pharisees and the Sadducees:  and the multitude was divided.  8 For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, neither angel, nor spirit:  but the Pharisees confess both.  9 And there arose a great cry:  and the scribes that were of the Pharisees’ part arose, and strove, saying, We find no evil in this man:  but if a spirit or an angel hath spoken to him, let us not fight against God.

The Sadducees denied prophecy, resurrection from death, revelation, and the existence of angels.  Correctly understood, their belief system even denied there was a “destroyer” who passed over the homes in Egypt marked by the blood on the lintel.  Their positions also imply that no Shekhinah presence actually resided over the Ark of Covenant within the Sanctuary of the Temple.  (The High Priests who were Sadducees, Caiaphas and Annas, presided over the crucifixion of Jesus, and the persecution of the early church, and were certainly in a position to share testimony in accordance with their entering the Sanctuary annually to make atonement.)  To this very hour there are Sadducees having influence among modern day believers, and lifting up their voices against the imparting, and indwelling of blessings and gifts from the makeup of divinity. 

In effect, the teachings of those at Jerusalem  declared that mankind may only serve divinity through maintaining a consecrated priesthood authorized to approach GOD by offerings, acknowledgment of sin, and blood sacrifices.  Men may not contact, exchange, interact with, or serve (we may even say, find grace) as chosen spokespersons of GOD who is a spirit.  That beliefs among the people endorsed healing by an angel stirring the waters of a pool there, in the Temple, was dismissed as a folk custom, ignorance, and superstition.  The continuous line of prophets modeled after Moses, that had served from the time of Samuel, had ended with Malachi—more than 400 years before John the Baptist appeared.  Doctrine regarding an “anointed one” or Messiah, was counted a “cultural longing” as was hope for a King and restoration of the House of David, the recurring desire for return to a simpler, “golden age.”  The people only needed more enlightenment that would come from the priestly class, and their strict insistence upon the law (e.g., healing on the Sabbath forbidden, offering daily sacrifice approved).

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.  Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly.  And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts:  the whole earth is full of his glory.  And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke.  Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips:  for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.  Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar:  And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged.  Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.  And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not.  Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed.  (Isaiah 6:  1-10, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Jesus Under Judgment? (12/16/2015); How Could Angels Fall? (12/17/2015); Sacred Events Were Dismissed? (11/05/2015); Sight to the Blind? (07/30/2015); Christ Brought A New Nature? (07/15/2015); Ark of the Covenant? (03/17/2015); Resurrection from the Dead? (04/23/2014); Not A Matter Of Opinion? (04/24/2014); Promise of A Spirit? (11/11/2013)

 

Sadducees are those who do not trust that, despite time and space, through operations of the Holy Spirit, blood and truth from the cross are flowing to here and now.  Their discipline and faith do not allow for such truth from the Bible as the following:

(1.)  Exodus 33:  17-18, King James Version (KJV):  17 And the LORD said unto Moses, I will do this thing also that thou hast spoken:  for thou hast found grace in my sight, and I know thee by name.  18 And he said, I beseech thee, shew me thy glory.  19 And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy.

(2.)  Exodus 12:  22-24, KJV:  22 And ye shall take a bunch of hyssop, and dip it in the blood that is in the bason, and strike the lintel and the two side posts with the blood that is in the bason; and none of you shall go out at the door of his house until the morning.  23 For the LORD will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when he seeth the blood upon the lintel, and on the two side posts, the LORD will pass over the door, and will not suffer the destroyer to come in unto your houses to smite you.  24 And ye shall observe this thing for an ordinance to thee and to thy sons for ever.

(3.)  Exodus 25:  21-23, KJV:  21 And thou shalt put the mercy seat above upon the ark; and in the ark thou shalt put the testimony that I shall give thee.  22 And there I will meet with thee, and I will commune with thee from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubims which are upon the ark of the testimony, of all things which I will give thee in commandment unto the children of Israel.

(4.)  2nd Chronicles 7:  1-3, KJV:  1 Now when Solomon had made an end of praying, the fire came down from heaven, and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices; and the glory of the LORD filled the house.  2 And the priests could not enter into the house of the LORD, because the glory of the LORD had filled the LORD’s house.  3 And when all the children of Israel saw how the fire came down, and the glory of the LORD upon the house, they bowed themselves with their faces to the ground upon the pavement, and worshipped, and praised the LORD, saying, For he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever.

(5.)  1st Chronicles 21:  15-17, KJV:  15 And God sent an angel unto Jerusalem to destroy it:  and as he was destroying, the LORD beheld, and he repented him of the evil, and said to the angel that destroyed, It is enough, stay now thine hand. And the angel of the LORD stood by the threshingfloor of Ornan the Jebusite.  16 And David lifted up his eyes, and saw the angel of the LORD stand between the earth and the heaven, having a drawn sword in his hand stretched out over Jerusalem. Then David and the elders of Israel, who were clothed in sackcloth, fell upon their faces.  17 And David said unto God, Is it not I that commanded the people to be numbered? even I it is that have sinned and done evil indeed; but as for these sheep, what have they done? let thine hand, I pray thee, O LORD my God, be on me, and on my father’s house; but not on thy people, that they should be plagued.

(6.)  Luke 2:  8-14, KJV:  8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.  9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them:  and they were sore afraid.  10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not:  for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.  11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.  12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.  13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,  14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

(7.)  Romans 10:  1-3, KJV:  1 Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.  2 For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.  3 For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.

(8.)  1st Corinthians 13:  1-6, KJV:  1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.  2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.  3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.  4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,  5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;  6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;

(9.)  1st Corinthians 15:  20-23, KJV:  20 But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.  21 For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.  22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.  23 But every man in his own order:  Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.) 

There is far more to be said, understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (10.)  Revelation 3:  7-11, KJV:  7 And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth;  8 I know thy works:  behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.  9 Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.  10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.  11 Behold, I come quickly:  hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

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