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Today, reply is on recognizing the spiritual themes provided by the ministry of Jesus Christ that appear within most Bible accounts. Always uppermost are such content as sinners receiving rebirth whereby they will exist as children of GOD and joint heirs with Jesus Christ; the Incarnation of divinity; the permanent change and transformation of mankind to be life companions of immortal, incorruptible divinity; believers displaying the character, nature and substance of Jesus (we say, Christ-likeness); final judgment; the resurrection of Jesus following his death on the cross; and eternal life. A fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion and Spirituality who uses the ID “Anonymous” (no profile is shown) posted the following:

 

Why did Jesus tell Judas not to give money to poor people?

Mary took a litre of costly perfumed oil made from genuine aromatic nard and anointed the feet of Jesus and dried them with her hair; the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil.

Then Judas the Iscariot, one of his disciples, and the one who would betray him, said, “Why was this oil not sold for three hundred days’ wages and given to the poor?”

Jesus said, “Leave her alone. Let her keep this for the day of my burial. You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me.” John 12:5

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope. (Romans 15: 4, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: GOD Is With Us (03/15/2019); Called “The Anointed One” (05/08/2018); Not A Financial Transaction (01/28/2018); The Answer From GOD (05/19/2017); Laws Favoring the Poor? (03/06/2017); Warnings Against Forgetting GOD? (02/16/2017); Anointed, Consecrated and Installed (08/04/2016); The Practice of Forgiveness (07/03/2016); Anointed? (04/28/2014); No More “Mr. Nice Guy”? (04/29/2014)

 

Anonymous”, there are multiple streams of sacred knowledge and eternal purpose that flow together in the single account of Jesus Christ being anointed by a woman while the Savior was a guest in the home of a Pharisee. The thinking of a developing believer must go beyond the elements that are carnal, material, and social. Insisting that the demands of covenant law be exalted, many of the Pharisees became expert advocates of “the law and the prophets” without acknowledging the Spirit of Prophecy (we also say, the Comforter; the Holy Ghost; the Holy Spirit; the Spirit of Truth). The people were encouraged to be indifferent to the events, promises, and requirements recorded as prophecy. His coming death on the cross through crucifixion was increasingly a recurring theme of Jesus’ private discourse with his apostles; however, Christ continued to be constrained in how much he could say by the process of revelation that required discovery, gradual growth, and perception through operations by the Spirit. Acting to display love, and obeying the promptings of the Holy Spirit, the woman correctly acknowledged Jesus to be Messiah and the One Sent from GOD to fulfill the Scriptures describing his death as the Lamb of Sacrifice. The primary goal and objective of Christ appearing was not a deliverance of Israel from Roman culture, government, and politics like that provided to separate the 12 tribes from Egypt; nor was the Anointed One to usher in a new “golden age” wherein Israel would receive prosperity, riches and wealth. In the same way mortality and death are aspects of the life process for mankind, poverty is to continue as a challenge and condition that calls forth gratitude, humility, lovingkindness, respect to GOD, and unselfish service. Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

1. Matthew 16: 13-17, King James Version (KJV): 13 When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? 14 And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. 15 He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? 16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. 17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.

2. Luke 6: 30-38, KJV: 30 Give to every man that asketh of thee; and of him that taketh away thy goods ask them not again. 31 And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise. 32 For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them. 33 And if ye do good to them which do good to you, what thank have ye? for sinners also do even the same. 34 And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive, what thank have ye? for sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again. 35 But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil. 36 Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful. 37 Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven: 38 Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, 3. Luke 7: 44-50, KJV: 44 And he turned to the woman, and said unto Simon, Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house, thou gavest me no water for my feet: but she hath washed my feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head. 45 Thou gavest me no kiss: but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss my feet. 46 My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment. 47 Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little. 48 And he said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven. 49 And they that sat at meat with him began to say within themselves, Who is this that forgiveth sins also? 50 And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

 

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Today, focus is on the account of David and Goliath that appears within the Bible as part of the full revelation of GOD.  While the precipitating events that resulted in the death of Goliath were little more than name-calling and taunting Israel to challenge them in battle, Goliath represented and was the “stand-in” for all the Philistines, and was condemned as guilty before GOD their Maker and Judge as being idolatrous, lawless, rebellious, and unrepentant.  As a foreshadowing to the coming of Jesus Christ, the express will of GOD (we say, the law) was made incarnate, and appeared having material form as a shepherd boy, who served as an officer of the Divine Court (the Executioner).  That a teenager (David) would be used on a battle-field against a veteran soldier who had physical stature as a giant was to make clearly visible to Israel, the Philistines, and all mankind that GOD will impose judgment upon created beings and living creatures, and will operate as the highest authority, power, and sovereign-will present in human affairs.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” who uses the ID “Kumquat May” (Level 6 with 10,357 points, a member since April 17, 2012) posted the following:

 

The bible says thou shall not kill and turn the other cheek but when david brains Goliath dead with a rock suddenly he’s a great guy?

Goliath’s five year old daughter: “Mummy, mummy, when’s daddy coming home. I made a thing in school out of pasta that says world’s best dad!”

Mrs Goliath: “Sit down, my poor daughter, I have terrible news. Daddy won’t be coming home. He was murdered at work today. Some short man called David threw a rock at his temple and he died having a seizure in the dirt. You’ll never see Daddy again, and now we no income it’s prostitution for me and slavery for you, if David’s army don’t rape and kill us before that happens”

Goliath’s five year old daughter: ” Noooooo! But won’t the Lord punish him, Mum, he’s against that sort of thing? It’s one of the commandments”

Mrs Goliath: “No dear, not this time. I’ve already heard he’s mind controlling one of his zombie writers to put it in his book about how great the man who murdered your father was”

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And Jonathan said to the young man that bare his armour, Come, and let us go over unto the garrison of these uncircumcised:  it may be that the LORD will work for us:  for there is no restraint to the LORD to save by many or by few.  And his armourbearer said unto him, Do all that is in thine heart:  turn thee; behold, I am with thee according to thy heart.  Then said Jonathan, Behold, we will pass over unto these men, and we will discover ourselves unto them.  If they say thus unto us, Tarry until we come to you; then we will stand still in our place, and will not go up unto them.  But if they say thus, Come up unto us; then we will go up:  for the LORD hath delivered them into our hand:  and this shall be a sign unto us.  And both of them discovered themselves unto the garrison of the Philistines:  and the Philistines said, Behold, the Hebrews come forth out of the holes where they had hid themselves.  And the men of the garrison answered Jonathan and his armourbearer, and said, Come up to us, and we will shew you a thing. And Jonathan said unto his armourbearer, Come up after me:  for the LORD hath delivered them into the hand of Israel.  And Jonathan climbed up upon his hands and upon his feet, and his armourbearer after him:  and they fell before Jonathan; and his armourbearer slew after him.  (1st Samuel 14:  6-13, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Making and Keeping Justice? (05/25/2017); Judgment, Peace and Warfare? (03/26/2017); Teach Me To Pray (03/21/2017); Carrying Out Divine Law? (03/20/2017); Restoring the Divine Presence? (03/09/2017); The Wisdom of Years? (10/31/2016); Kingdom and One-world Empire (09/08/2016); The Accounts of Giants (05/24/2016); A Note On Spirit Warfare (01/06/2016); Why So Much Murder? (01/12/2013); Confusion 2013 (01/13/2013)

 

“Kumquat May”, in the account of David and Goliath, GOD is the Judge, and David is a legitimate officer of the divine court, the Executioner.  Among mature Christian believers the account of David and Goliath is received as part of the full revelation and “self-disclosure” whereby the active presence who is GOD is made knowable, known, and “visible” to created beings and living creatures.  The Bible displays the operations of GOD upon the earth from a divine perspective—that is, using thousands of events, within thousands of lives, over the course of thousands of years.  Taken from its context, spiritual confusion surrounds that and many other accounts.  Often “David and Goliath” has been presented as merely a story or adventure tale to amuse and entertain, as questionable secular history from the Middle East, and as a peculiar form of communication using diverse literary and poetic devices (e.g., allegory, epic, hyperbole, metaphor, symbolism).  Dominated by their appetite, emotion, sensation and mental functions (we say, the flesh) awareness and self-will directs a listener or reader to focus primarily on elements such as the heroism, weakness, vulnerability, and youth of David, or the arrogance, cruelty, prowess and size of Goliath.  In effect, mockers, scoffers, sinners and unbelievers remain blind, and fail to see the actions and operations of the account’s most important figure, GOD.  They would have to be “born again” in order to clearly discern, recognize, and properly respond to the account as imparting spirit content from the makeup of GOD (such as faith, holiness, hope, longsuffering, wisdom, wrath against sin).  Using their own endowment of life essence from GOD (we also say, breath, spirit, word), the listener/reader as a new creation will experience the account as demonstrating divine integrity, righteousness in covenant relationship, the fulfillment of promise and performance of duty, and the inarguable authority, prerogative and privilege of the Creator that may appear as deliverance, judgment, salvation and victory.  Consider the following from the Bible:

(1.)  1st Samuel 17:  33-37, King James Version (KJV):  33 And Saul said to David, Thou art not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him:  for thou art but a youth, and he a man of war from his youth.  34 And David said unto Saul, Thy servant kept his father’s sheep, and there came a lion, and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock:  35 And I went out after him, and smote him, and delivered it out of his mouth:  and when he arose against me, I caught him by his beard, and smote him, and slew him.  36 Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear:  and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God.  37 David said moreover, The LORD that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. And Saul said unto David, Go, and the LORD be with thee.

(2.)  1st Samuel 17:  45-48, KJV:  45 Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield:  but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.  46 This day will the LORD deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.  47 And all this assembly shall know that the LORD saveth not with sword and spear:  for the battle is the LORD’s, and he will give you into our hands.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (3.)  2nd Chronicles 20:  15-18, KJV:  15 And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the LORD unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s.  16 To morrow go ye down against them:  behold, they come up by the cliff of Ziz; and ye shall find them at the end of the brook, before the wilderness of Jeruel.  17 Ye shall not need to fight in this battle:  set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the LORD with you, O Judah and Jerusalem:  fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go out against them:  for the LORD will be with you.  18 And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground:  and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell before the LORD, worshipping the LORD.)  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 giants upon the earth appearing in the Bible along with the longevity of the patriarchs.   Accounts of giants are shared in Scripture as admonition regarding divine judgment against sin, secular history or “matter-of-fact” reports, and are not intended as stories for amusement, entertainment, and hilarity.  Where we correctly approach the holy writings for authentic statements from GOD to establish and reinforce spirit content in the living, there is no error concerning “make believe,” monsters, and mythology.  The writer at “Yahoo! Answers (Australia)” using the ID “Love Unites” (Level 7 with 38,553 points, a member since May 08, 2013) posted the following:

 

R&S, do you believe giants once existed? Such as the giants in the Bible?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  I was at ease, but he hath broken me asunder:  he hath also taken me by my neck, and shaken me to pieces, and set me up for his mark.  His archers compass me round about, he cleaveth my reins asunder, and doth not spare; he poureth out my gall upon the ground.  He breaketh me with breach upon breach, he runneth upon me like a giant.  I have sewed sackcloth upon my skin, and defiled my horn in the dust.  My face is foul with weeping, and on my eyelids is the shadow of death;  Not for any injustice in mine hands:  also my prayer is pure.  O earth, cover not thou my blood, and let my cry have no place.  Also now, behold, my witness is in heaven, and my record is on high.  My friends scorn me:  but mine eye poureth out tears unto God.  O that one might plead for a man with God, as a man pleadeth for his neighbour!  When a few years are come, then I shall go the way whence I shall not return.  (Job 16:  12-22, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Cross and Today (03/22/2016); Our Beginnings Were Perfect? (12/14/2015); Asked To Teach On Adam? (10/30/2015); Stories Repeated in the Bible? (08/30/2014); Why Similar Accounts (08/31/2014); Bible Authors and Truth? (06/19/2013); On Testing GOD (06/20/2013); Why Clothing? (10/15/2010); Known by GOD? (10/16/2010)

 

“Love Unites”, Christian believers are to accept the accounts of “giants” that appear within the holy writings in the same way they are to acknowledge the longevity for Patriarchs (nearly 1,000 years for Adam), and the Son of GOD dying upon the cross.  His height measured in cubits (generally, 18 inches, a foot and a half), Goliath of Gath, the Philistine champion defeated by David, is not described merely to provide an exciting “bedtime story.”  Faith and the unseen must come into view.  Just as the Patriarchs lived as vessels of oral history, the Scriptures are for “revelation” (divinity being made knowable and known), and the imparting of sacred knowledge.  The Bible shares a divine point of view whereby readers who have received spirit content imparted from GOD (e.g., faith, holiness, longsuffering, wisdom, wrath against sin) are able to discern and recognize the operations of GOD displayed through thousands of events in thousands of lives, over the course of thousands of years.  Many forget the earth was once “brand new,” and the present pollution from automobiles, machines, over population, and human waste did not always exist.  Many understand that the original pair (Adam) was as much as 10 feet tall.  It was a long time before the operations of sin corrupted and debilitated the divine plan of healthy food for healthy bodies to where is today.  The Watusi tribe of North Central Africa have long been celebrated in the modern world as a race of giants.  Also, those of us who have seen the many athletes over 7 feet tall in the National Basketball Association (NBA), and big men such as Shaquille O’Neal repeatedly lift a 300 pound body off the floor and up to the net, have no doubt that it is possible for GOD, who clothed Adam and Eve with the Spirit, to have scaled Adam and Eve as what we might call “giants”.  Consider how some of this appears stated in the language of the Bible:

(1.)  Genesis 6:  3-5, King James Version (KJV):  3 And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh:  yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.  4 There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.  5 And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

(2.)  Numbers 13:  32-33, KJV:  32 And they brought up an evil report of the land which they had searched unto the children of Israel, saying, The land, through which we have gone to search it, is a land that eateth up the inhabitants thereof; and all the people that we saw in it are men of a great stature.  33 And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants:  and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.

(3.)  Deuteronomy 3:  10-12, KJV:  10 All the cities of the plain, and all Gilead, and all Bashan, unto Salchah and Edrei, cities of the kingdom of Og in Bashan.  11 For only Og king of Bashan remained of the remnant of giants; behold his bedstead was a bedstead of iron; is it not in Rabbath of the children of Ammon? nine cubits was the length thereof, and four cubits the breadth of it, after the cubit of a man.  12 And this land, which we possessed at that time, from Aroer, which is by the river Arnon, and half mount Gilead, and the cities thereof, gave I unto the Reubenites and to the Gadites.

There is far more that could be said, must be carefully examined, and spiritually understood.  (For example, (4.)  1st Samuel 17:  4-7, KJV:  4 And there went out a champion out of the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath, of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span.  5 And he had an helmet of brass upon his head, and he was armed with a coat of mail; and the weight of the coat was five thousand shekels of brass.  6 And he had greaves of brass upon his legs, and a target of brass between his shoulders.  7 And the staff of his spear was like a weaver’s beam; and his spear’s head weighed six hundred shekels of iron:  and one bearing a shield went before him.)  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 absence of information in secular accounts and records for on sacred events and miracles are considered, today.  One of the fighters at “Yahoo! Answers” who use the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information shared) posted the following:

Do you find it odd that the dead were risen from their graves after Jesus’s resurrection walked into Jerusalem?

were supposedly seen by many people and yet only one guy wrote about the occurrence?

You think the Romans would have noticed that.

Matthew 27: 51-53 At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook and the rocks split.The tombs broke open and the bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. They came out of the tombs, and after Jesus’ resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many people.

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.  Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God:  and they that hear shall live.  For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself;  And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man.  Marvel not at this:  for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice,  And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.  (John 5:  24-29, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Those Having the True Secrets? (04/14/2015); On Saying the Truth? (12/18/2014); What Is Truth? (12/19/2014); The Judges Who Condemned Jesus? (01/17/2014); About the Second Coming? (01/18/2014); Jesus Scourged (04/05/2014); Brothers, Not Equals  (04/06/2014)

“Anonymous”, when they were first written, the New Testament accounts of miracles and sacred events we now receive through writings in the public domain (or available with copyright restrictions) were originally circulated and shared as personal memoirs, private correspondence, and the peculiar inheritance and tools maintained only by apostles, priests and prophets.  Such material was not intended for those outside the circle of believers.

Christian reports and writings did not come under the severe academic, intellectual, and pedestrian scrutiny we see today.
Keep in mind that the anecdotes, gospels, epistles, testimonies, and declarations of faith valued among the followers of Jesus were of little importance within the framework for systematic military conquest and the rule of nations as pursued by Rome.  Jesus stood accused before the governor, Pontius Pilate, as an unknown figure put on trial by the Jews for their capital crime of blasphemy.  Pilate knew nothing of the crowds that had assembled to hear Jesus speak, that had been healed, and that had been convinced Jesus is the Messiah.  Knowing that such reports would be met with condemnation, indifference, and skepticism, even the Jews who accused Jesus, gave Pilate no description of Christ’s ministry.

Correctly understood, the holy writings (i.e., both Old and New Testament) convey sacred knowledge, and spirit matter from the makeup of divinity (e.g., faith, holiness, longsuffering, wisdom, wrath against sin).  The Scriptures are fitted together to exist as a closed system of divine law, history, and prophesy.  No man receives such truth except through operations of GOD.  Consider again the teachings:

(1.)  1st Corinthians 12:  3, King James Version (KJV):  3 Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed:  and that, no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.

(2.)  John 3:  12, KJV:  3 If I have told you of earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (3.)  2nd Corinthians 1:  18, KJV:  18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of 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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What is written in the law and the prophets? how readest thou?  Today, I respond to a blog follower who requested I share my understandings on the Creation of Adam.  Those who seek to discredit the Bible, the operations of faith, and the existence of a sovereign deity, are quick to complain that the texts appearing in the Bible do not provide all the necessary detail; and, according to some believers, the accounts there do not agree.  Often, it is more important to ask what are the divine principles and purposes shown in the Bible, instead of asking, What is recorded and written there (i.e., what does it say in the letter)?  Consider the following points:

(1.)  Where ones investigation of divinity starts with a focus that is in error—seeking explanations that are carnal, fleshy, and material in their nature that would apply to present day living—they can not be in harmony with the first premise for study to acquire sacred knowledge:  The aim and purpose of the Bible is to reveal divinity, not mankind.  Wrongly focused, readers naturally go on to conclusions, and a finish that are inadequate and unsatisfying.

(2.)  Many accept notions that the male was formed, became a living soul through the operations of GOD, and continued in fellowship with Deity before the creation of the female.  It is reasonable (some say, logical), therefore, to believe that sufficient feeling and knowledge were imparted to Adam from GOD that made possible the exchange, interaction, and sharing that describe a unique personal relationship.  More than simply the simultaneous existence for abstract and mechanical presence of object and maker existed with GOD, the Father, and Adam, the offspring.

(3.)  The creation of Adam should not be considered merely the beginning of a peculiar ethnic minority, or human family.  Initially, there were no language groups, tribes, or national states.  No command was given that such things be developed, and maintained.  Rather, Adam was to have dominion upon the earth, and his work would be to maintain this new sphere of life.  Only after the female was introduced, did the command become, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth.

(4.)  The creation of a female companion for Adam is regarded as a separate account of a different Creation by those who become entangled within the expressions and specific words that appear.  Because a recognizable feature of narrative (e.g., the phrase, “once upon a time”) is repeated in order to add new information, the continuation of the single account is taken to have its own beginning and end.

(5.)  Such features as atonement, forgiveness, praise, prayer, salvation, and solemn worship have been provided to encourage recovery, and their return to GOD by finite beings following the appearance of divine wrath against sin, condemnation of sin by sacred law, division, recurring separation because of sin, and divine silence.

There are many other points that should be carefully considered, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example:  (6.)  Adam was introduced to the sacred operations of death, re-awakening, and sacrifice—he laid down his life, so to speak—for the female to live.  GOD placed Adam in a profound sleep, and required all the aspects of dependence, faith, respect and trust be exercised.)  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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I share some ideas, today, on the various creation stories that feature Adam and Eve, on divine revelation through utterance (the Word), and on the accuracy of a believer’s sacred knowledge.  A reader at thoughts.com requested I share my understanding of what are found by many to be conflicting and confusing accounts of Creation from the holy writings.  In accordance with the faith from GOD deposited within me, there are no contradictions or errors within the Scriptures.  GOD is a spirit, and we must worship him in spirit and in truth.  Saying the Scriptures are “the word of GOD,” we say, the Scriptures are put forth by a spirit.  The Scriptures, therefore, must be understood through spirit content, spirit process, and spirit substance.  When taken as a product of flesh (carnal, material, social beings), the Scriptures display multiple patterns and similarities among the accounts found there that some will attribute to human characteristics, human error, and human nature.  While there are multiple ways to apply, explain and relate the information shared through sacred documents only a narrow band of these acknowledge, describe and demonstrate divine consciousness, holiness, and eternal purpose.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.  Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit.  And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.  Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.  And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.  (1st John 4:  12-16, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  To Express the Fullness of GOD? (07/09/2015); The Words Are Spirit? (06/03/2015); Getting It Right About Angels (05/10/2015); Those Who Read? (02/17/2015); The First Book of the Bible? (11/20/2014); The Beginning of Wisdom? (11/21/2014); The Male, the Female, and GOD (02/09/2014); Destroying the Resurrected Body? (02/10/2014); Before Abraham Was… (03/14/2013); A Golden Ticket? (11/30/2012); And This Was Good News (12/01/2012); Before the Fruit? (11/10/2012); Why “Mysterious” (11/11/2012)

 

Many seek to read and study the holy writings as a narrative using chronological order, and having a beginning, a middle, and an end.  However, the intent and process of divinity is one of introducing permanent change and transformation of ones spirit content.  While the narrative can be absorbing, rich, and riveting, it is incidental and minor.  The narrative is only a device to foster spiritual focus (we say, attention), and generate an appetite for genuine sacred power.  Those who hear, who understand, and who submit to Christ are to be used as living stones for a spiritual house of GOD upon the earth.  Those in error, who want to introduce other architectural plans and blueprints, fantasies, and vulgar notions of beauty and symmetry also are willing to use foreign materials and non-biblical resources they have seen others display in houses and structures to promote philosophy, science, technology and the world.  Christian believers are challenged to operate having a new consciousness of GOD that is to gradually overcome their inner process that now upholds continuing arbitrary differences, complacency, denial, digression, inconsistency, irregularity, and straying from the path of righteousness. 

The Holy Spirit has encouraged me to understand that the books of Moses and other scriptures (e.g., Proverbs) have been developed from collections of oral histories and tribal legacies along with ancient ceremonies, mysteries (i.e., special knowledge shared only with those initiated), practices, rites, and rituals provided by divinity for a priesthood upon the earth.  Such facts as dates or names of persons, places, and bodies of water may have had more than one spelling, may have been lost, and may have become different from local group to local group among the tribes of Jacob that were challenged to escape assimilation and genocide within Egypt as a cosmopolitan empire.  In addition to introducing civil code (we say, a formal system for recording and publishing legal statutes) with a written covenant and ceremonial law, Moses began the work to transform the diverse tribesmen and a raw multitude into a polished nation before GOD.

Because our study is to gain knowledge about the attributes, character, nature, and power of the Creator and Savior who is divine, the Bible allows believers to discover and realize the existence of GOD as divinity appearing through thousands of events, occurring within thousands of lives, over the course of thousands of years.  So to speak, readers are provided a divine listening post and point of view where even the feelings and private thoughts of others are audible and visible.  Quotations and references to things spoken by others do not have to be by-the-letter, exact, and word-for-word.  It is the gist, and intent that must be conveyed.  Where multiple accounts appear, their effect is to be additive (edification; more information is being supplied through distinctive details).  The goal is not to have the peace that comes by arrogance, ignorance, neglect, presumption, or self-importance.  Rather, it is to acquire balance, certainty, fullness, maturity, peace of mind, and stability.

Information that seems absent or missing from Scripture accounts, in fact, are supplied through operations of the Holy Spirit.  Many of the facts that appear within the Bible are in the nature of abbreviations, suggestions, and a vocabulary intended to provide possible approaches, examples, guidelines, outlines for understanding, general principles, and useful terms; and are not to serve as an accurate and exact compendium of all sacred knowledge that a believer must rely upon for all truth.  Thus, there is no list naming all the children born to Adam and Eve; and, while the Egyptian name given to Joseph appears, such names do not appear for his two sons Ephraim and Manasseh.  There is much that can be dealt with as secular knowledge irrelevant to ones continuing in faith.  For this reason, readers should receive peculiar translations and versions of the Bible as aides and tools, never as idols and mandates. The reader’s need is less for accurate and exhaustive data, an ability to recall and recite obscure details of esoteric information, or the skill to amuse and entertain as would a court storyteller.  The divine intent is to provide information that lifts and maintains awareness on a cosmic scale for comprehension, discernment, exchange and revelation.

Revelation is accomplished by divinity acting to show or speaking to provide new and otherwise hidden perception as well as by reconfiguring consciousness to establish fresh comprehension or insight.  The process of divinity for salvation even includes groanings which cannot be uttered (Romans 8:26, KJV).  Sacred knowledge is not solely by the finite and mechanical operations of intellect (we say, logic, reason) or sense (e.g., seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting) within created beings and living creatures.  Flesh must be overshadowed by living Spirit.

There is much more I could say that readers should carefully consider and spiritually internalize.  (For example, for the sake of completeness, the things revealed through the Scriptures also must address preexistence, the conditions and events before the creation of heaven and earth.  Yet, how much must believers know for their salvation and eternal life established through grace, by faith?  It is consistent with conceptions of divinity as having all authority, knowledge, and power that Deity should exist being immortal and sovereign as well.  Additionally, that GOD would breathe and impart substance permanently existing within divine person into figures and forms set apart to become living souls is no less appropriate as a clear and legitimate explanation for the origins of human life than the acknowledgment that mankind is an outcome of operations by an exalted will to complete deliberate, directed action upon an object composed and constructed within the divine mind.  Where we trust GOD to have given us the answers we need through the Bible, we stop asking questions to get the answers we don’t need.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

 

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

The account of Job, human suffering, and the further revelation of GOD are topics, today.  Also, there is more on the continued relevance of resurrection.  A fighter at “Yahoo! Answers UK & Ireland” using the ID “….” (Level 6 with 18,812 points, a member since December 28, 2007) posted the following:

 

If God hates to see people suffer, why did He allow satan make Job suffer in many ways?

Was Gods heart broken over Job seeing He Himself was the one who gave satan permission to harm Job with many afflictions

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  His Resurrection Still Relevant? (10/05/2014)—(5.)  The resurrection of Jesus was to be an inarguable sacred event (we say, miracle, sign) provided by GOD to prove that the doctrines, proclamations, and prophesies made by Jesus truly had come forth from GOD the Father.  The authority, duty, privilege and works demonstrated in Jesus were to be clearly understood as emblems of his identity as the Son of GOD.  See again Isaiah 55:  6-7, Matthew 11:  2-6 and 27-30, Acts 17:  29-31, 1st Corinthians 15:  12-26, Ephesians 1:  17-23, John 7:  16-18 and 1st Peter 1:  18-25, KJV.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:  But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.  If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you:  on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.  But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters.  Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.  For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God:  and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?  And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?  Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.  (1st Peter 4:  12-19, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Beyond Punishment (03/21/2014); A Guarantee of Heaven? (03/22/2014); 12/31/2013) Continuously Tested (12/31/2013); Chosen To Serve As Prophets (01/01/2014); (09/23/2013) Evil is not Sin? (09/22/2013); Moses Killed? (09/23/2013); The Power of Death? (01/01/2013); Divine Love Revealed? (01/02/2013)

 

“….”, here are a few points to consider that acknowledge the righteousness of GOD throughout the outworking of human existence:

(1.)  Job appears as an incarnation of GOD—that is, an embodiment of sacred substance—a foreshadowing of Christ, and a revelation of divine being and purpose.  In the account of Job, challenges to the purpose of GOD that mankind exist as an eternal companion to divinity are described, and the sacred process for making divinity known and visible to created beings and living creatures is further detailed.  The interaction of the Creator and creation is shown to involve the proclamation of sacred law, the establishment of access to the divine presence, the accomplishment of judgment (i.e., assigning value; the resolution of conflicts and settlement of disputes through law), the provision for direct divine intercession and mediation as well as changes in the established order that includes the priesthood for mankind originally granted to Adam.

(2.)  The account of Job may be seen as a report of necessary “growing pains” in a process of transformation to benefit mankind.  Job practiced a form of priesthood that centered upon taking initiatives within his relationship with GOD on behalf of his own family, his own property, and his own needs.  The “captivity” of Job was turned when Job began to minister in obedience by praying unselfishly for his friends.

(3.)  Job was used as a tool upon the earth to accomplish change through objective witness within the kingdom of heaven among the holy angels.  Sin was first realized to be present as an artifact of self-will among the angels that was later established upon the earth through the attack upon Adam by the serpent.  Sin opposes the continued existence of divine law, of the divine law giver, and of divine order throughout the universe dependent upon sacred law.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  GOD is not embarrassed or overwhelmed by human suffering; for there has never been anything that men undergo as aspects of their usual life process that can not be undone through the many operations of GOD performed through Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.  Godly suffering is to be understood as a divine tool for reshaping the spirit content within the living, rather than a mechanism for destruction, or a process to be used among the dead.  The outcome of suffering is to be intimate relationship with GOD that can be recognized (discerned) immediately.  Thus, after the time of Job we later see a resurrection of Christ having power to validate the suffering of all mankind as well as the incarnate ministry of Jesus.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC