Posts Tagged ‘Exile’

Points are shared, today, on bondage to sin and the periods of captivity and exile among the Jews.  By comparison to those from Africa who were forced to endure chattel slavery (status as another person’s belongings, goods or property) in Europe and the United States of America, the Jews have undergone discrimination, persecution, and prejudice, yet, have continued as a free and independent people.  The effects of abasement and the destruction of social institutions (e.g., customs, family, marriage, parenting, sacred practice, traditions) suffered by the sons of Africa continue among the diverse cultures of the world to this very hour.  In the holy writings, the first account of chattel slavery appears as the consolidation of Egypt.  Ownership and possession are major themes within the Scriptures.  The Jews appear to have escaped bondage, and remained the “property of GOD.”  Relief for the great famine administered by Joseph, resulted in a transformation of Egyptian government wherein the people became chattel, and the personal property of the Pharaohs.  Following their separation from the house of David under Rehoboam, son of Solomon, the Northern Kingdom (also called Israel and Samaria) condemned worship at the Temple in Jerusalem, and worship of the golden calf of Egypt was introduced.  Eventually, the North was overrun and subjugated by the Assyrians in what is called “captivity” due to the elements of forced labor, military conquest, and the people being relocated to develop weaker areas of the empire.  Hundreds of years later, the Southern Kingdom (also called, Judea) would be exploited in the same way by the Babylonians.  Where captivity is seen imposed by a foreign conqueror, exile is the lawful punishment by divinity where those in perpetual covenant for the Promised Land are banished and scattered from their homeland.  The writer at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “hiniikken” (Level 1 with 2 points, a member since November 22, 2007) posted the following:

 

John 8:33 says that the Jews told Jesus they were never slaves. But they were slaves in Egypt , and then Babylon.?

John 8:33 They answered him, “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say that we shall be set free?”

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;  And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.  For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham.  (Hebrews 2:  14-16, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Malachi (01/02/2015); Law, Slavery and Redemption (09/13/2013); Only One GOD (09/14/2013); The Slave to Law and Sin Made Free (11/16/2012); Lawful Divorce (11/17/2012); No Free Will (10/19/2010); Speaking of GOD (10/20/2010)

 

“hiniikken”, the word of GOD to Abraham as prophecy described a people being set apart and taken out (we say, sanctified) for divine service from among the sons of Adam who otherwise would remain in bondage to sin.  Consider the following:

(1.)  Genesis 15:  12-16, KJV:  12 And when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and, lo, an horror of great darkness fell upon him.  13 And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years;  14 And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge:  and afterward shall they come out with great substance.  15 And thou shalt go to thy fathers in peace; thou shalt be buried in a good old age.  16 But in the fourth generation they shall come hither again:  for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full.

(2.)  Genesis 47:  17-21, KJV:  17 And they brought their cattle unto Joseph: and Joseph gave them bread in exchange for horses, and for the flocks, and for the cattle of the herds, and for the asses:  and he fed them with bread for all their cattle for that year.  18 When that year was ended, they came unto him the second year, and said unto him, We will not hide it from my lord, how that our money is spent; my lord also hath our herds of cattle; there is not ought left in the sight of my lord, but our bodies, and our lands:  19 Wherefore shall we die before thine eyes, both we and our land? buy us and our land for bread, and we and our land will be servants unto Pharaoh:  and give us seed, that we may live, and not die, that the land be not desolate.  20 And Joseph bought all the land of Egypt for Pharaoh; for the Egyptians sold every man his field, because the famine prevailed over them:  so the land became Pharaoh’s.  21 And as for the people, he removed them to cities from one end of the borders of Egypt even to the other end thereof.

(3.)  Galatians 4:  22-26, KJV:  22 For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman.  23 But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise.  24 Which things are an allegory:  for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar.  25 For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children.  26 But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.

(4.)  Galatians 4:  30-31, KJV:  30 Nevertheless what saith the scripture? Cast out the bondwoman and her son:  for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman.  31 So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free.

(5.)  Romans 6:  11-13, KJV:  11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.  12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.  13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin:  but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.

(6.)  Romans 6:  16-17, KJV:  16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?  17 But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (7.)  Romans 6:  21-23, KJV:  21 What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death.  22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.  23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith and spiritual maturity.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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Covenant with Israel, foretelling the future, Malachi, and sacred prophecy are considered, today.  A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “Hamburai” (Level 1 with 85 points, a member since April 11, 2014) posted the following:

 

Why there is no prophet after Malachi?

Why there is no prophet Came after Malachi?
Do you think prophecy can happen again?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you.  And it shall come to pass, that every soul, which will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people.  Yea, and all the prophets from Samuel and those that follow after, as many as have spoken, have likewise foretold of these days.  Ye are the children of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying unto Abraham, And in thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed.  Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities.  (Acts 3:  22-26, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Why Prophets Were Sent to Israel (11/23/2014); The Need for Prophecy Then and Now (11/24/2014); Divine Sleep (03/28/2014); The Storm-battered City? (03/29/2014); Why Not One Bible? (11/02/2013); Why Jesus Used Parables (11/03/2013); Jesus and the Pharisees (07/14/2013); How Could Angels Fall? (07/15/2013)

 

“Hamburai”, here are some points from the sacred knowledge shared among Christian believers:

(1.)  Prophecy is an aspect of divine revelation whereby divinity is made known and recognizable to created beings and living creatures.  Prophecy displays active, organic, and personal truth from the fullness of GODhead, and is granted as the expression of grace and privilege for those in intimate relationship with GOD. 

(2.)  The substance of prophecy is not so much foretelling the future as indicating and proclaiming divine intent, eternal purpose, and ongoing sacred process.  Given that GOD is eternal, immutable and unchanging, the holy writings clearly show that essentially the same divine law, sacred promise and prophecy are repeated over time from covenant to covenant, and from generation to generation.

(3.)  GOD has shown disappointment, displeasure, and wrath against Israel as a treasured covenant partner without also denying or terminating the covenant.  Terms of the covenant provide that repentance and returning to GOD may be made by a remnant (i.e., a portion that represents all).  While those of the priesthood and the tribe of Levi were to serve as the holy portion, through the new covenant established by Christ the chosen are seen to be those having the imparted, indwelling spirit from GOD, and serving in a new ministry of righteousness.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  For a period of some 400 years, no prophet (we say, spokesperson from GOD) having the same spirit and power that operated through such men as Moses, Samuel, Elijah, and Jeremiah appeared within Israel.  Those making false claims did arise, however, until John the Baptist none appeared advancing the same sacred truths earlier proclaimed.  Despite sharp rebuke from GOD through captivity and exile, the system for atonement, offerings and sacrifices that could only be acceptably performed through the priests became so corrupt that GOD promised to send one born through a virgin.  John the Baptist appeared as the first prophet after Malachi, and the work of Jesus as Messiah centered upon the fulfillment of prophecy.  Prophecy continues today through the followers of Jesus who contain his Spirit (called the Comforter, the Holy Ghost, the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Prophecy, the Spirit of Truth.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC