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Saul Attacking David (1646)
by Giovanni Francesco Barbieri (Guercino)

 

Today, reply is made on divine impartiality in judgment as the first kings of Israel, Saul and David, are contrasted.  In general the works of Saul may be spoken of as political and secular, while the works of David included a broad range of spiritual acts and prophetic demonstrations that furthered the order and beauty of priesthood.  As the heirs of Adam, both men were sinners, both were labeled by GOD as “bloody”, both men were mortals who eventually died, and both should be carefully considered for their use by divinity to make visible the aspects of sacred makeup such as faithfulness, forgiveness, longsuffering, mercy, patience, repentance, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  A fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” forum using the ID “Capricorn” (Level 1 with zero (0) points shown, a member since March 09, 2017) posted the following:

 

Why did YHWH condemn Saul to death, but he didn’t do the same to David who also sinned against God?

Scripture tells us that both Saul and David have disobeyed God, but Saul was (effectively) condemned to death, whilst God commuted David’s death penalty.

So why did God kill only one person, but not both of them if they both sinned against him?

What made Saul different from David that he should fall onto his sword and have his head put on display by his enemies?

Why was God more lenient towards David although they have both sinned against him?

Why should they be treated differently if they have both sinned against Jehovah.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Then there was a famine in the days of David three years, year after year; and David enquired of the LORD. And the LORD answered, It is for Saul, and for his bloody house, because he slew the Gibeonites.  And the king called the Gibeonites, and said unto them; (now the Gibeonites were not of the children of Israel, but of the remnant of the Amorites; and the children of Israel had sworn unto them:  and Saul sought to slay them in his zeal to the children of Israel and Judah.)  Wherefore David said unto the Gibeonites, What shall I do for you? and wherewith shall I make the atonement, that ye may bless the inheritance of the LORD?  (2nd Samuel 21:  1-3, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Prophesying By Music Ministers (11/06/2017); David, Goliath and GOD (05/26/2017); The Sin of Witchcraft? (01/24/2017); The Living Baptized for the Dead? (03/27/2015); Ark of the Covenant? (03/17/2015); The Sin of Pride? (08/13/2014); Judged For Acts and Thoughts? (08/14/2014); A Hardened Spirit? (06/12/2014); Mary (06/13/2014); Lot and the Angels (05/04/2014); Expulsion from Eden (05/05/2014)

 

“Capricorn”, the revelation of GOD is about Jesus Christ, and the lessons we are given use nations and kings such as Judah and Israel, Saul and David.  There are multiple operations and tools used by GOD to make immortal, incorruptible, unseen divinity knowable, known, accessible, and approachable.  Through the Bible we are allowed to “see” GOD from a divine point of view (i.e., appearing through thousands of events within thousands of lives over the course of thousands of years).  The peculiar study methods of comparing (showing how two figures are the same) and contrasting (showing how figures are different) appear throughout the Scriptures.  In some instances there is a direct pairing of figures (e.g., the brothers Abel and Cain, or Esau and Jacob; the prophets Balaam and  Moses; the High Priests Aaron and Melchizedek); others can be discovered easily and made the focus of detailed studies (For example, the Judge Samson can be compared to King Solomon as the judge who determines the true mother of a child in a dispute between two prostitutes.  The ruin for both these sacred figures came through their weaknesses relating to women.  Samson yielded to the nagging of one woman; while Solomon yielded to those among his 700 wives and 300 concubines.)  Keep in mind, when GOD proclaimed his glory before Moses, he declared the sins of the fathers will challenge the following four generations (i.e., as much as 160 years).

The character and spirit content of Saul began to come into view when he was introduced to divine service through an encounter with the prophet Samuel.  Saul was seeking animals (property) that had strayed from his home.  Before being supported in public as the chosen king of Israel, much to his surprise and that of everyone else, Saul first experienced an anointing among a group of prophets who were strangers to him.  At first, Saul displayed no ambition to be prophet or king, and even hid himself to avoid being taken.  Later, his determination to establish his own continuing dynasty became a form of insanity and madness.  His first “official business” as king that gained him favor was a military intervention where he would be the champion for Jabesh-gilead against the Ammonites.  (The Gibeonites in fact were Amorites (Gentiles) who had tricked those under Joshua into making a forbidden covenant.  Later, Saul would seek to eliminate them all, and following his death, Israel would be cursed with famine for three years.)  Saul accused Ahimelech of rebellion and aiding of David, and commanded 85 from the line of priests be slaughtered at Nob.  When Saul realized he no longer had the favor of GOD, and following the death of his adviser, Samuel, Saul went so far as to seek knowledge from the dead through a witch, rather than repent, or step down from being king over Israel.  Saul’s death was by suicide after being wounded in battle.

Before the defeat of the Philistine champion, Goliath, David had been anointed to be king by the Prophet Samuel.  David challenged the giant in reverence to GOD.  Even so, David’s ascendance to the throne of Israel required a full generation (40 years) that included tempering and testing through life as a fugitive, serving as a leader of refugees and those also persecuted by Saul, secretly fighting against the enemies of Israel as well as serving as king over Hebron.  David expressed devotion to GOD from his youth, and throughout his lifetime displayed a sacred anointing that included faith, gratitude, humility, longsuffering, meekness, and repentance.  GOD would not allow David to pursue his selfish plan to build a temple at Jerusalem; yet, granted that his dynasty would reign, and pledged that the promised prophet and ruler of Israel (many say, the Messiah) would come from his line. 

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and made a part of our own spiritual grasp.  (For example, David died at home in bed as did Jacob.  In addition to service as king, the anointing upon David also was that of judge, priest, and prophet.  Thus, David recovered the Ark of the Covenant, created a new tent of meeting, established the liturgy for worship as well as the schedules of service for the Levites.  Because of the coronation of Solomon before his death, Israel as a united kingdom had two consecrated monarchs on a single throne at the same time, the father and the son.)  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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Pride, self-esteem, and sin are topics, today.  Also there are more points on how Christians can believe.  The “Yahoo! Answers” fighter using ID “Violation Nation!!” (Level 3 with 2,065 points, a member since February 02, 2014) posted the following:

 

Is pride a sin? 

I know God said it was but I’m pretty sure He doesn’t know what He’s talking about.

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  How Can Christians Believe? (08/11/2014)—(4.)  Even in small children, common sense and the inarguable facts of ones own abilities being finite and limited are frameworks along with faith as the foundation for belief in GOD.  Bible accounts such as those of Creation, the Flood, and the covenant of Abraham may only accentuate, clarify, crystallize, and further verify the fundamental truths already in place as inborn consciousness.  The Bible is intended to display and reveal divine actions and operations among created beings and living creatures.  Thus, belief in what is written appears as obedience, respect, righteousness, and self-expression to maintain ones own integrity of being and person.  Asking questions to belittle, challenge, insult, or embarrass others can be taken as acting with malice, rebellion, and “showing off.”  The duty, privilege, and responsibility for Christian believers of all ages is that we give, minister and unselfishly share with others the sacred knowledge and divine content we each have been granted from GOD.  A person whose idea of “helping out” is to discourage belief, hinder confidence in the Bible, and oppose the spiritual growth of others will be held accountable by GOD.

(5.)  Because many in the church long for and insist upon believing they may have a carnal experience of GOD (where they see, hear, physically touch, or are touched by the Almighty), every meeting and assembly will include those who are confused, disappointed and frustrated.  Such persons may disguise their anger, bitterness, and malice against GOD and the church, yet, can be recognized when they begin asking questions about sacred events (we say, miracles) to demand carnal and material details that have not been provided in the Bible.  Their focus is not upon GOD as he appears in divine law, acts of power, and eternal purpose so much as upon the will of mankind and the spheres for life such as heaven and earth.  Beliefs do not determine a person’s spirit content.  Our spirit content comes to us directly from GOD; and our Spirit determines what we express and preserve as our sacred belief.

(6.)  Even unborn children are endowed with spirit content from the makeup of GOD; and there were infants among those who stood at Sinai with Moses, who also heard the voice of GOD declaring the covenant and law for mankind.  Ones spiritual content and power can not be increased through intellectual operations such as argument and debate.  Thus, infants and the smallest children who are members and part of the full church body (some call them the “cradle roll”) are supplied to recognize those things that harmonize with their inner sense of GOD.  Sacred instruction introduces information otherwise hidden and unavailable that must be immediately internalized through the “force of truth.”  The process for church instruction, then, at every level and throughout the entire community of believers is never one simply to persuade or convince, to influence a person’s psychological makeup and intellectual understanding, or to manipulate emotion and feelings.  See again 1st Samuel 1:  20-28, Psalms 8:  1-2, Psalms 131:  1-3, Mark 9:  41-43, Mark 10:  13-16, Romans 3:  3 and Hebrews 11:  6-7, KJV.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Then answered the LORD unto Job out of the whirlwind, and said,  Gird up thy loins now like a man:  I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me.  Wilt thou also disannul my judgment? wilt thou condemn me, that thou mayest be righteous?  Hast thou an arm like God? or canst thou thunder with a voice like him?  Deck thyself now with majesty and excellency; and array thyself with glory and beauty.  Cast abroad the rage of thy wrath:  and behold every one that is proud, and abase him.  Look on every one that is proud, and bring him low; and tread down the wicked in their place.  Hide them in the dust together; and bind their faces in secret.  Then will I also confess unto thee that thine own right hand can save thee.  (Job 40:  6-14, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Responsible for Sin? (05/30/2014); Choosing a Church? (05/31/2014); Salvation is Conditional? (01/30/2014); Lower-case or Capital? (01/31/2014); On Producing Atheists (03/16/2013); The Children, not the Dogs (03/17/2013); Hero or Zero? (12/04/2012); The Adversary? (12/05/2012)

 

“Violation Nation!!”, here are a few points from Christian belief that may be familiar to you that are intended to combat corruption, spiritual confusion, ignorance, and pride:

(1.)  Expressions of pride are not the same as those correctly recognizing ones own value (we say, self esteem, self regard, self appreciation).  Pride is an assignment of value that is partly distorted and exaggerated by ones inability to discern and properly acknowledge content and substance in the living that are not material, physical, and social (i.e., that are spirit such as faith, holiness, joy, love, wisdom, wrath against sin).  Therefore, pride is no less than false and unauthorized judgment of events, objects and persons under the hand of divinity.

(2.)  All sin opposes the continued existence of divine law, the word (we say, breath, spirit, utterance) from Almighty GOD, and the divine order that maintains what we understand as Creation and the universe.  In pride, finite beings (men or angels) indulge self-justification and self-promotion that foster separation from GOD and, in fact, are self-destruction.

(3.)  Pride appears as a simple act of comparing (identifying sameness) and contrasting (identifying difference) oneself to others.  At the same time a person places great value upon their own abilities, contributions, ideas and skills they fail and refuse to place correct value upon the abilities and contributions of others.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Pride is an artifact of self awareness.  Sin dominates created beings and living creatures through their awareness and self-will.  Behavior and conduct may be described as “sinful”; however, sin has not been “created by GOD”, and sin is no “thing” having measurable dimensions and form.  Sin  has direction, effect, and “presence”; and sin—like pride—can not be eliminated apart from GOD through human tools such as algebra, intellect, logic, mathematics, philosophy, reason, and science.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Today, points are shared on judgment, divine revelation, the workings of sin as seen through the contrasts between Moses and Pharaoh, and Bible accounts of the ten plagues against Egypt.  Also, there is more on GOD, adultery, and fornication.  A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using ID “Sherry” (Level 1 with zero points, a member since July 19, 2007) posted the following:

 

Why did Herod keep refusing to let Noah and the children of Israel leave Egypt even after the ten plaques ?

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  GOD and Adultery? (06/11/2014)—(5.)  Many want to criticize the teachings of the Bible on sexual relationships as too strict.  For example, our Savior, Jesus Christ, has taught that adultery and the many crimes against ones own flesh begin through desire that results in sin.  A person may become guilty of adultery by merely looking upon a man or woman with lust.  Silently indulging a sexual fantasy is the same as having engaged in intercourse with that person.  Those who seek a name and reputation for Christian innocence, righteousness and sexual purity are challenged to maintain virginity and integrity within marriage as clear demonstrations of divine discipline, and that their flesh and mind are ruled by an endowment of the same Holy Spirit that was in Jesus.  When awareness, imagination, reason, self-will, and careful thought become dominated by sin, ones knowledge of divine law and sacred truth are suppressed.  The spirit nature they display is that of an animal, and no longer shows forth the aspects of divine grace that are to indwell men and angels.   (6.)  Fornication (joining of spirits through sexual activity) is spoken of in Scripture as a sin against ones own body, because fornication results in subtle (barely visible differences, hidden shifts) and permanent changes in ones own spirit content, and that of each sexual partner.  Even where only two spirits are joined in holy matrimony, and a couple shares completing their virginity, the pair must experience inner conflict until ones inborn spirit is reconciled to the spirit from their spouse now being always present.  This reconciliation progresses smoothly where there is also the continuing presence the Spirit of GOD.  Where a couple has repeatedly engaged in casual sex, they are joined to spirits from persons they do not know, and with whom they may never have direct sexual contact.  Thus, where a male has had 10 partners (1 + 10), and a female has had eight partners (1 + 8), together they will contain multiple spirits (do the math), that may not be in agreement with their inborn spirit.  While some of the spirits introduced may improve, reinforce and strengthen the inborn spirit, the host risks an imbalance of 19 against 1.  (Suppose the 10 also each have had ten, and the 8 each have had eight…do the math.)  As surely as the fornicator may contract a sexually transmitted disease (STD), or encounter unwanted pregnancy, they may begin to display unfamiliar attitudes, desires, and impulses.  Depression, despair, fear, and an increased sense of loneliness may appear from “out of nowhere.”  As with disease and pregnancy, family, friends and others may become aware of change and strangeness in their behavior and conduct, before the fornicator can understand or realize a difference within themselves.  At first, ones spouse will only have a vague feeling that their mate is engaged in an extramarital affair.  Once jealousy (a divine spirit of accountability and commitment in relationship) has been stirred, the unsuspecting spouse will not rest until the attack against their marriage has been overturned, and their spouse has been vindicated.  Where a person repeatedly shares themselves with prostitutes or professional sex workers the number of joined spirits may be phenomenal.  The demoniac spoken of in the Bible called Legion, because he contained thousands of unclean spirits, may have welcomed and acquired them by fornication.  In a similar way, those committing rape, gang rape, and violate others by similar crimes expose themselves to total ruin, and practice self-destruction.  There is no medical cure or remedy for fornication.  Aggressiveness, hostility, pride, selfishness and violence will not cover, or hide spiritual confusion and infirmity. The chains and lasting spirit bonds made through fornication can only be broken and removed by experiences of divine presence, faith, and infusions of virtue from GOD.  See again Luke 6:  17-19, Luke 8:  26-30, Luke 15:  17-19, 1st Corinthians 6:  9-12 and 15-20, KJV.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,  Speak unto the children of Israel, that they turn and encamp before Pihahiroth, between Migdol and the sea, over against Baalzephon:  before it shall ye encamp by the sea.  For Pharaoh will say of the children of Israel, They are entangled in the land, the wilderness hath shut them in.  And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, that he shall follow after them; and I will be honoured upon Pharaoh, and upon all his host; that the Egyptians may know that I am the LORD.  And they did so.  And it was told the king of Egypt that the people fled:  and the heart of Pharaoh and of his servants was turned against the people, and they said, Why have we done this, that we have let Israel go from serving us?  And he made ready his chariot, and took his people with him:  And he took six hundred chosen chariots, and all the chariots of Egypt, and captains over every one of them.  And the LORD hardened the heart of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and he pursued after the children of Israel:  and the children of Israel went out with an high hand.  But the Egyptians pursued after them, all the horses and chariots of Pharaoh, and his horsemen, and his army, and overtook them encamping by the sea, beside Pihahiroth, before Baalzephon.  And when Pharaoh drew nigh, the children of Israel lifted up their eyes, and, behold, the Egyptians marched after them; and they were sore afraid:  and the children of Israel cried out unto the LORD.  And they said unto Moses, Because there were no graves in Egypt, hast thou taken us away to die in the wilderness? wherefore hast thou dealt thus with us, to carry us forth out of Egypt?  Is not this the word that we did tell thee in Egypt, saying, Let us alone, that we may serve the Egyptians? For it had been better for us to serve the Egyptians, than that we should die in the wilderness.  And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will shew to you to day:  for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever.  The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.  (Exodus 14:  1-14, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Face to Face Like Moses? (01/28/2014); Covenants and Relationships (01/29/2014); The Judges Who Condemned Jesus? (01/17/2014); About the Second Coming? (01/18/2014); Hardness of Heart? (11/24/2013); Prayer on Behalf of Others? (11/25/2013); “Authorized Personnel Only”? (03/13/2013); Before Abraham Was… (03/14/2013)

 

“Sherry”, here are a few of the points Christian believers use to correctly understand Bible teachings about the nature of divinity as seen through the conflict between Moses and Pharaoh:

(1.)  The ten plagues are not merely punishments intended to destroy Pharaoh and the people of Egypt.  They are divine revelations through judgment (the resolution of conflict by applying the standards from divine law; the settlement of disputes through law), and are intended to supply many different sacred displays.  Included are authority, correction (indications of what one must do to avoid repeating error), encouragement to learn and grow (we may say, change), operations by the unseen Spirit of GOD, eternal purpose, power, sacred events (we say, miracles), truth, and warning.

(2.)  The language of the Bible is that Pharaoh’s heart was hardened; and many take this to mean his emotions and feelings became angry and negative.  Showing both differences and sameness for Pharaoh and Moses, GOD portrays the outcomes for the workings of sin among all created beings and living creatures—including the holy angels in heaven among whom sin was first discovered.  Without provisions from GOD, the living are unable to discern and recognize that sin is present, or to resist sin as something contrary to their own nature, foreign, and strange.

(3.)  The divine will has not created or generated sin, and is not subject to sin.  However, sin may dominate awareness and self-will in the created.  Sin cannot be eliminated as though it were made of physical or spirit material; and sin may not be removed by a single, act of destruction from GOD without also causing upheaval for order throughout the universe.  Like sacred law, the account of the ten plagues is intended to make sin known and visible, and clarify the operations of GOD for salvation.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  GOD does not cause Pharaoh to deny Moses by introducing or increasing a spirit of cruelty, hatred, hostility, and stubbornness.  Rather, GOD turns against Pharaoh by withdrawing himself (i.e., no longer supplying and supporting the divinity contained within Pharaoh).  Pharaoh was deprived of inseparable (where you find one, you have all) aspects of the same spirit that formed heaven and earth.  Included were faith, holiness, joy, longsuffering, love, truthfulness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.).  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water:  he turneth it whithersoever he will.  (Proverbs 21:  1, KJV)

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Points are shared, today, on blasphemy against the GODhead, spiritual discernment, and the rules of sola scriptura and justification by faith.  No one having the Holy Spirit will blaspheme the Father or the Son; and there also appears to be an unwritten rule that a person must contain an endowment of the Holy Spirit to correctly acknowledge and recognize the Holy Spirit as he operates through, and resides within born-again believers, and the holy writings.  None may acknowledge Jesus as Lord without the Spirit; and blasphemy against the Spirit may occur only from those who do not have the Spirit of Christ.

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  Blasphemy Against the GODhead (05/06/2014)—(5.)  The fullness of Spirit is word with action; thus we may say, the Scriptures are an incarnation of the Spirit.  For many, the rule of sola scriptura is cancelled and overruled by the principle of justification by faith whereby otherwise impossible operations of the imparted, indwelling Spirit of GOD, the Holy Ghost, are allowed.  In their understanding, manifestations of the Spirit (e.g., healings, tongues, visions), prophecy, and supernatural phenomena directed by GOD may occur at any time, and in any place; and are not to be despised or dismissed.  However, rightly understood, the holy writings describe patterns, precepts, and principles for divine action along with the necessary frameworks for recognition of eternal purpose; and the Scriptures do not detail, foretell, or predict the specific actions of believers and their adversaries.  The Scriptures are a “body” and form that makes the active presence of the Spirit detectable and known within events, objects, and persons.

(6.)  The ministry carried out by Jesus of Nazareth conformed to the standards contained in the holy writings both as law, and as prophecy.  Jesus operated acknowledging the customs and traditions among the Jews, however, he also exercised authority and power that was clearly supernatural.  Throughout the Scriptures, miracles and supernatural events usually appear as indicators that a message or proclamation is authentic, has a divine origin, is genuinely from GOD, and is therefore certain of fulfillment.  Jesus did not demonstrate, explain, or teach the method and process for the signs and wonders that were displayed; and the proper emphasis was to be upon the doctrine from GOD, not any “strange” or surrounding events.  Thus, the acceptable and correct responses by the multitude were to be meekness (willingness to learn from GOD), praise, thanksgiving, and worship.

(7.)  In line with what it means to discern and recognize spirit matter in events, objects and persons, here is a difficult thought to consider, that nonetheless may be helpful:  Jesus cautioned those who disrespectfully accused him to develop and apply spiritual discernment.  Usually, we speak of forgiveness among mankind, as a device to continue and restore trust.  We have no conversation of forgiveness among the persons of the GODhead, as though they would ever be in conflict, or offend one another.  Regarding divine judgment, forgiveness pertains to offenses by created beings and living creatures against one another, against the spheres for their existence (we say, their environment), and transgressions of divine law.  Atonement must be made using blood for all offenses against the law.  The Son may forgive personal insults against himself, and against the Father as aspects of reconciliation and continuous process within relationships acknowledging divine love.  Included are such features as acceptance, benevolence, correction, forbearance, longsuffering, mercy, and wisdom.  The Father also may forgive denials, invective and verbal abuse against himself, and against the Son on the same basis.  The Holy Spirit does not engage created beings and living creatures through independent, interpersonal relationships as do the Father and the Son.  The Holy Spirit serves as the primary agent and representative of Jesus Christ as well as envoy of the Father.  Thus, opposition to the Spirit that may be accounted as directed against the Father or the Son, and may be accounted as merely “misplaced”, does not have the same standing in judgment as does a “personal” and complete break with the Spirit.  For it is the Spirit that establishes connection and union within the GODhead, and that must be apprehended for awareness of ones own existence and the active presence of divinity.  Consider again John 16:  12-16 & 25-27, Matthew 24: 24, Romans 8:  1-8 & 26-27 and 2nd Peter 1:  16-21, KJV.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Your words have been stout against me, saith the LORD. Yet ye say, What have we spoken so much against thee?  Ye have said, It is vain to serve God:  and what profit is it that we have kept his ordinance, and that we have walked mournfully before the LORD of hosts?  And now we call the proud happy; yea, they that work wickedness are set up; yea, they that tempt God are even delivered.  Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another:  and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name.  And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.  Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.  (Malachi 3:  13-18, KJV)

 

There is a lot more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  For example (8.)  Love of divinity is a form of self-affirmation, esteem, and respect for oneself.  Made in the image of GOD, mankind’s capacity to project and respond to the self as an object is the foundation for all human communication, exchange, introspection, and social interaction.  Saying this another way:  It is the active presence of GOD in awareness that makes possible the use of comparison and contrast among created beings and living creatures whereby we realize that we are like, yet, separate from the sphere of our existence, and from one another.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith, and the substance of divinity within you.

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.  (1st Corinthians 12:  3, KJV)

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Angels, discernment, hospitality, Lot, sacrifice, and salvation are topics, today.  Also, there is more on loving GOD before we actually see him.  The “Yahoo! Answers” writer using ID “Dexter” (Level 1 with 95 points, a member since May 04, 2014) posted the following:

 

Before Lot offered his 2 daughters to the crowd, had he known that the 2 men were Angels ? When He first knew they were Angels ?

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  Loving Someone Unseen? (05/03/2014)—(5.)  For many of us today, behaving with respect, love, and acceptance toward someone unseen, someone we have never met fact to face, is practiced daily by millions through modern computer media, and telephone.  In addition to social conventions of courtesy, etiquette, and good manners, many are disposed to be positive with strangers, and in all their relationships because of their own emotional, intellectual and psychological makeup as well as their own upbringing and “home training.”  For Christian believers, just as ones discipline, knowledge, and orientation for ministry and priesthood are established through the content of sacred spirit matter from GOD, the appetite and hunger for Christ is permanently implanted, and firmly rooted to grow.  One may first be drawn to Christ by curiosity, the same way Moses was drawn to turn aside, and see the burning bush.  Moses only wanted a closer look at an unusual sight, and was not expecting to have an extraordinary experience of divine revelation.  Similarly, most believers do not first turn their feelings and thoughts to Christ with an intent of making a lifetime commitment.  Conviction and total surrender may seem to appear suddenly, however, before baptism, confirmation, and sanctification are complete there first will be multiple experiences of encounter with divine love and truth through Jesus Christ.  By coming to know sacred history, divine law, and eternal purposes, believers may first be exposed to GOD as Law Giver, Covenant Maker, and Eternal King.  Once they come into a mature acceptance of duty, and the abiding presence of the Holy Spirit, they begin to know GOD in intimate relationship as sons, daughters, and joint-heirs with Christ.  Consider Deuteronomy 6:  4-9, Deuteronomy 10:  12, Isaiah 61:  8, Ephesians 4:  11-16 and 1st John 3:  16-24, KJV.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;  Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;  Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;  Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.  Bless them which persecute you:  bless, and curse not.  Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.  Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate.  Be not wise in your own conceits.  Recompense to no man evil for evil.  Provide things honest in the sight of all men.  If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.  Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath:  for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.  (Romans 12:  10-19, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  (10/15/2013) Balaam (10/15/2013); About Sabbath (10/16/2013); A Visit from an Angel? (10/20/2013); The Head Not The Tail? (10/21/2013); Circumcision and Promise? (07/16/2013); The Bible and Stupid People (07/17/2013); Origin of Baptism? (06/22/2013); Those Who Never Heard? (06/07/2013); If You Are Sent…? (06/08/2013)

 

“Dexter”, here are a few points regarding the deliverance of Lot that may further enable you to overcome error, and nourish the Spirit of Christ in those who believe:

(1.)  Godly hospitality and spiritual discernment only appear through interactions and operations of the same spirit matter that are the makeup of divinity.  After living as a member of the household of Abraham, Lot continued in many customs and practices introduced to him by the Patriarch, the Friend of GOD.   In Lot’s day, mankind (even the prophets) experienced the Holy Spirit as a temporal power in visitation—something that would come and go, and would only last for a time.  The Spirit could appear in dreams, in the various forms of angelic messengers, and in human form.  Not until after the Ascension of Jesus Christ would the Spirit abide continuously within the awareness and spiritual makeup of men.

(2.)  The benefit of sacrifice was clearly known and understood by Lot and his family.  Lot therefore was under a rule that even has been practiced in modern times among nations (e.g., Snowden in Russia):  Once a person comes into your home for refuge and shelter, it is the duty of the host, his family, his servants, to entertain, feed, protect, and refresh the visitor.  In the shared commitment, no cost is spared, even to the laying down of everyone’s life, because the proper receiving of a guest is also a matter of honor.

(3.)  Lot did not have the same spiritual discernment that is established through the gifts of Pentecost.  Failing to understand the danger and the divine deliverance, Lot thought to stall the angels for more time; and the heavenly messengers had to pull him and his family away taking them by their hands like stubborn children.

There is a lot more to be said, correctly put into place, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Remember Lot’s wife.  Through the ministry of Jesus Christ, those who are baptized receive a fresh endowment of the spirit matter that was breathed into Adam.  With the death of ones inborn nature, and rebirth from divine DNA (so to speak), all believers are taken by their hands, and led into salvation.  However, like Lot who argued to be carried to safety in the plains instead of the mountains, many think the provision of GOD will not be correct for them.  All “born again” must gradually “grow up” again meeting the life challenges for all upon the earth.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith, and your integrity as a genuine believer.

Be not forgetful to entertain strangers:  for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.  (Hebrews 13:  2, KJV)

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