Archive for the ‘Samson’ 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

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      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