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Remembering Hugh Masekela
And the Americanization of Ooga Booga

 

Today, my annual poem acknowledging Black History Month is shared.  A griot, musician, storyteller, and teacher, Hugh Masekela was forced to flee to the United States (USA) from his home in South Africa (USA), and he carried with him the rich culture, heart, and treasure of its people to six continents.  Masekela proclaimed a “promise of the future” and, at the same time, he projected a look to the human heritage and legacy many thought were irretrievably lost.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven:  and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.  And immediately I was in the spirit:  and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.  And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone:  and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald.  And round about the throne were four and twenty seats:  and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold.  (Revelation 4:  1-4, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Acknowledging The Precious Things (02/01/2017); Prophesying By Music Ministers (11/06/2017); Poem — What’s In A Name? (06/05/2016); Poem for Amiri Baraka (01/15/2014); Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela:  An Acknowledgment (12/12/2013); GOD Speaking Through Song? (11/01/2013); Why Not One Bible? (11/02/2013); Recognizing True Prophets (05/02/2013); Jesus, A Party Animal? (05/03/2013)

 

JOHANNESBURG GOLD

For Jazz Giant, Hugh Ramapolo Masekela (1939-2018)
Black History Month 2018

 

What for?  A dust pouch fat after blasts to make the rock release its grip

To be never unknown in a place where slick is hip

A brief applause that pushes the cigarette salesman away

The wail of the coal train whistling through the starless day

From this side of the cavern to the next, from this side of the pain, to the other

It’s what I would do were I free to love again

It’s what I would do because I love my brother.

 

What for?  I stand, I teach, Pan African oneness, Negritude, escape from apartheid death

Or Miles Dewey Davis challenging me, calling forth my every living breath

Mbaqanga beginnings heard where the little head boys don’t graze

Six continents to span, to finally say, I’m here, Diaspora home, and praise

Our ancestors saying, I am here, and, free at last, and my own man

I am here and free, in a strange, new ingot hoarding land.
What is wrong with moving, changing, growing, never still

Loving long enough for sons to receive an overspill

Hear me under the earth, come up from down below

Never let injustice quench the light of possibility, or cage Unohilo

We are always safe in the arms of love, and the bishop’s gift was not by coincidence

Hear the trumpet calling us to heritage without mystery to “Ooga Booga” with new excellence

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©Michael Andrew Williams, 2018.  All rights reserved.

 

Acknowledging the fullness in the body of Christ, there is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

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Jeremiah 9 (KJV) 23, 24

 

Today, reply describes the sacred process of GOD for salvation as a transformation of ones spirit content that should not be compared to the buying and selling of material goods.  Those set apart as his “peculiar people” are held accountable as those who help each other meet all their human needs.  While it is true, the followers of Jesus are spoken of throughout the Bible using language that describes believers as an offering, a cash-crop ripening for harvest and sale, refined gold, servants, and sheep, men do not come to GOD as chattel and souls purchased using money as though slaves at auction.  He who owns and “possesses” the lives of men as their Creator also has “purchased” the lives of men through operations we speak of as atonement, rebirth, redemption, and sacrifice.  One of the fighters in the “Yahoo! Answers” forum who uses the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information shared) posted the following:

 

I just sold my soul to Jesus, will he make me rich and successful as he promised?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For the LORD thy God blesseth thee, as he promised thee:  and thou shalt lend unto many nations, but thou shalt not borrow; and thou shalt reign over many nations, but they shall not reign over thee.  If there be among you a poor man of one of thy brethren within any of thy gates in thy land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not harden thine heart, nor shut thine hand from thy poor brother:  But thou shalt open thine hand wide unto him, and shalt surely lend him sufficient for his need, in that which he wanteth.  Beware that there be not a thought in thy wicked heart, saying, The seventh year, the year of release, is at hand; and thine eye be evil against thy poor brother, and thou givest him nought; and he cry unto the LORD against thee, and it be sin unto thee.  Thou shalt surely give him, and thine heart shall not be grieved when thou givest unto him:  because that for this thing the LORD thy God shall bless thee in all thy works, and in all that thou puttest thine hand unto.  For the poor shall never cease out of the land:  therefore I command thee, saying, Thou shalt open thine hand wide unto thy brother, to thy poor, and to thy needy, in thy land.  (Deuteronomy 15:  6-11, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Giving, A Divine Discipline? (10/09/2017); The Mammon of Unrighteousness? (04/03/2017); Fundraising A Sacred Practice? (01/01/2017); Are All Debts Forgiven? (10/11/2016); To Him That Hath… (07/08/2016); Sacrificial Relationship? (10/23/2013); Relationship by Unselfish Giving? (10/24/2013)

 

“Anonymous”, be encouraged!  Those who belong to Jesus Christ enter into an organic, personal relation with divinity wherein divine fullness (we also say, the GODhead; the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit) is experienced as active and present.  Deity is no longer to be regarded as an abstraction, an academic concept, or another secular idea.  GOD is a spirit, and sinners seeking GOD must employ a new framework that accounts for the many inseparable aspects of spirit substance that includes faith, forbearance, holiness, joy, longsuffering, lovingkindness, righteousness, wisdom, and wrath against sin. 

The holy writings collected as the Bible present the new language and “way of thinking” that should appear among Christians.  Sinners who become “born again” (i.e., experience the death, burial, and resurrection of their inborn spirit from GOD) receive divine DNA, so to speak.  As “offspring” of GOD, they  acquire “an inheritance” that further makes them fit to be known as the sons and daughters of GOD.  The Scriptures themselves contain and impart aspects of divine spirit, and therefore, will nourish godliness, growth and life experience within developing believers on the earth.   The Scripture instruct developing believers using much of the same sacred knowledge and principles of belief used by Christ and all his disciples.

The process of GOD for believers who are to appear as the new creation through Jesus Christ is one of discovery, edification, gradual growth, and learning.  Throughout the Bible expressions appear from finite human events that are intended to describe sacred covenant relationship and other possibilities for exchange, interaction, and joining to divinity in oneness without sameness.   However, the plain and simply worded things, there, also are profound (deep; having broad impact; far-reaching in their application).  Just as disbelievers often do, developing believers can  misapply or misunderstand the intent, meaning, and value of statements put forth as guidance, proclamation, promise, and prophecy.  Correctly understood, created beings and living creatures must rely upon GOD to complete the many operations, establish meanings, and supply all the sacred substance that must appear.  Language devices from poetry are used for beauty and elegance (such as consonance, metaphor, simile), however, they sometimes result in misapplications by those not yet mature in their studies of divine law, sacred history, and other truth from GOD.  Thus, readers must be careful to continue their focus on things of the spirit even when words are used like “poverty”, “riches”, and “wealth”.  Appetite and carnal needs may not be the primary feature being spoken of.  Consider the following from the Bible:

(1.)  Philippians 4:  19, King James Version (KJV):  19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

(2.)  Zechariah 13:  9, KJV:  9 And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried:  they shall call on my name, and I will hear them:  I will say, It is my people:  and they shall say, The LORD is my God.

(3.)  1st Peter 1:  3-8, KJV:  3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,  4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,  5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.  6 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:  7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:  8 Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:

(4.)  Revelation 3:  17-19, KJV:  17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:  18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.  19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten:  be zealous therefore, and repent.

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (5.)  John 4:  31-34, KJV:  31 In the mean while his disciples prayed him, saying, Master, eat.  32 But he said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye know not of.  33 Therefore said the disciples one to another, Hath any man brought him ought to eat?  34 Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

 

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Today, reply is made to a question about gold existing in heaven, and whether heaven is real.  In addition to a fresh endowment of spirit substance from the makeup of divinity such as faith, holiness, wisdom, and wrath against sin, believers in Christ also must develop discernment (ability to use ones own spirit matter as a standard to recognize and respond to the sacred content in events, other persons, Scriptures, etc.), and increasingly practice meekness (humility and the ability to accept instruction, testimony, or witness from operations of the Holy Spirit, or from clergy and other believers).  Where questions arise regarding any of the information shared during a meeting (e.g., announcements, doctrines, proclamations, sermons, or even casual and offhand remarks) members are to apply the means and practices provided by GOD that include dialog with other believers (particularly, the one who was the original source of what is being shared), prayer, reflection, translation, and careful study of the holy writings.  Trust also is fostered by believers knowing that what is spoken before a congregation is often utterance guided by the Holy Spirit (we also say, the Comforter, the Spirit of Prophecy, the Spirit of Truth).  All who serve as prophets, spokespersons, and those sent in the name of divinity are in the ongoing process of divine judgment, and must speak truth only.  More than simply those who make a mistake, perjure themselves, or sin through ignorance, false prophets and liars are condemned as blasphemers against the Holy Spirit, who will never be granted divine forgiveness.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using “Anonymous” as an ID (no profile information available) posted the following thrust:

 

Is Heaven real? if so, is it really made of real Gold? That’s what the preacher said Sunday morning.?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.  Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?  Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.  Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.  But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.  This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.  For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.  But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.  And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.  (James 3:  10-18, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  How Do You Know? (02/25/2015); GOD Is A Spirit? (12/17/2014); The Storm-battered City? (03/29/2014); All Lying Forbidden? (03/04/2014); Wrong Not to Forgive? (03/05/2014); Face to Face Like Moses? (01/28/2014); Covenants and Relationships (01/29/2014);  Foolish For Not Believing? (03/22/2013); Science and the Laws of Nature? (03/23/2013); Spirit Matter (10/21/2012); Caesarea Philippi (10/22/2012); A Man in Heaven? (09/23/2012); Aliens? (09/24/2012)

 

“Anonymous”, Christian believers must hold to understandings that emerge as sacred knowledge and divine revelation.  Believers are to carefully examine what is said to them by clergy and others against the holy writings.  Thus, consider the following:

(1.)  John 3:  11-13 King James Version (KJV):  Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness.  If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?  And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.

(2.)  John 14:  1-3 (KJV):  Let not your heart be troubled:  ye believe in God, believe also in me.  In my Father’s house are many mansions:  if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

(3.)  Romans 1:  16-21 (KJV):  For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ:  for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.  For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith:  as it is written, The just shall live by faith.  For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;  Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.  For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:  Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

(4.)  1st John 5:  9-11 (KJV):  If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater:  for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son.  He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself:  he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son.  And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.

There is far more to be plainly said, correctly understood, and to get a proper grip upon.  (For example, (5.)  The idea of material things in the highest place of spirit beings (angels, sacred beasts, immortal Deity) is as difficult as the teachings about Jesus remaining incarnate (having a body of flesh and bone) and serving as High Priest within the Temple Sanctuary of Heaven.  Believers absolutely must trust that nothing is impossible for GOD.  Thus, as we continue to “grow again” (once born again), we accept that the streets of gold appear within the city, the New Jerusalem, that is to be placed upon the earth.  Nor do we doubt that the sea of glass, the tree of life, and the crowns cast away by the twenty four elders are physical and real.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
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Today, points are shared on discernment, receiving one sent, and “seeing” things invisible.  Also, there is more on divine knowledge and omniscience.  A writer at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Artemis” (Level 7 with 39,362 points, a member since November 02, 2011) posted the following originally asked on Yahoo Answers Canada:

 

Why do people believe in what Paul/Saul wrote? God’s wrath comes in the form of lust for your own gender?

Paul the Apostle, (Saul of Tarsus) was a Hebrew turned missionary who evangelized the gospel of Christ to the first-century world around 55 AD (many years after Jesus died). At first he zealously persecuted the early followers of Jesus of Nazareth and violently tried to destroy the newly forming Christian church – until he realized that he could gain more influence and power by jumping on the Christianity gravy train.

It is said that Paul’s dramatic conversion happened when he “saw” the risen Jesus on the road to Damascus – probably one of his hallucinations during epilepsy seizures. Paul’s letters DO NOT REFER directly to this experience on the Damascus road. In Galatians, he writes that God “was pleased to reveal his son to me” and in 1 Corinthians, “last of all, as to one untimely born, He appeared to me also”.

Thereafter, Paul traveled all over neighboring territories evangelizing and proselytizing Christianity. He wrote Epistles (i.e. letters) to Romans, Corinthians, Galatians etc. making up and detailing all the EVILS THAT WILL BE BROUGHT UPON THEM BY THE WRATH OF GOD, IF THEY DID NOT CONVERT to Christianity. These epistles were then collated to form the new testament.

13 of the 27 books in the New Testament are attributed to Paul, and about half of the Acts of the Apostles deals with Paul’s life and works. Only seven of the epistles can be accepted as being entirely authentic. The other 6 are believed to have come from followers writing in his name.

 

Romans 1:25: “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men… Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshiped and served the creature more than the Creator …God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature. And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly…..”

Isn’t this just to scare people – god’s wrath will fall upon people who refuse to worship him – and this wrath will be in the form of lust for the same gender? How does that make sense?

 

Why do people believe in Paul/Saul?

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  The You GOD “Knows” (02/25/2014)—(5.)  The omniscience of GOD pertains to the various eternal operations and purposes whereby cosmic and divine order are maintained.  GOD knows you as he intends that you will be:  Sanctified (i.e., cleansed and set apart for divine service); alert; alive; confident; dutiful; gentle; faithful; forgiving; kind; healthy and nourished in body, mind and spirit; endowed with godly power; merciful; respectful; reverent; righteous; and wise.  Through the operations of sin, there are now many possibilities for spiritual confusion, corruption, destruction, and disunity.  Apart from GOD, created beings and living creatures do not become aware of, or achieve all the possibilities for the excellence of their own being.  The provisions from GOD that enable resistance to sin, yet do not totally eliminate sin, include baptism (spiritual death, and rebirth having divine DNA), sacred law, praise, prayer, the practice of sacraments, and the imparted, indwelling Spirit.  Believers in Jesus as their Redeemer and Savior are cautioned against seeking a “whore’s reward,” rather than continuing to prepare for the full measure of immortality and incorruptibility they will receive at his glorious Advent.  All that glitters is not gold, so to speak; and those expecting only amusement, hilarity, and an episode of pleasure are often given instead disease, lasting shame, humiliation, and death.  We were not created to be anchored and weighed down with blasphemy, defiance, ignorance, and the worship of false gods.  Yet, many are mired in, and struggling against these and many other “quicksands” of sin.  Having no part with GOD and Christ, those whose names do not appear in the Lamb’s Book of Life will be those that GOD does not “know”.  They will be cast into the lake of fire (the second death) as though they never existed.  See Matthew:  7:  24-27, 1st Corinthians 3:  9-23, KJV.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect:  yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought:  But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:  Which none of the princes of this world knew:  for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.  But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.  But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit:  for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.  For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.  Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.  Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.  But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God:  for they are foolishness unto him:  neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.  But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.  For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? but we have the mind of Christ.  (1st Corinthians 2:  6-23, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Continuously Tested (12/31/2013); Chosen To Serve As Prophets (01/01/2014); Lawful Revenge? (01/02/2014); GOD Angry With Us? (12/08/2013); So We Could Have Life? (12/09/2013); Feeling Loved By GOD? (06/16/2013); To Find A True Christian? (06/17/2013); “Authorized Personnel Only” (03/13/2013); Before Abraham Was… (03/14/2013); Why A “Spokesperson”? (01/14/2013); No Contradictions? (01/15/2013); A Need to Fear? (12/02/2012); On Seeing Jesus Serve the Poor (12/03/2012)

 

“Artemis”, here are a few points to consider from Christian belief that have helped many recognize and escape from spiritual confusion:

(1.)  Believers are commanded to continually practice and apply discernment.  We are to use the spirit content we have within ourselves, and within the things given from GOD (e.g., events, praise, prayers, the holy writings) to correctly examine, and successfully recognize other things that will come to us as genuine sacred knowledge, prophecy, revelation, truth, and wisdom.  This is specially important for receiving divine spokespersons (we say, prophets), miracles (we say, sacred events) along with incarnations and visitations (we say, those who are sent as was Jesus, whom many among the priests and Levites denied).

(2.)  GOD is a spirit who has put forth the aspects of his own makeup as the life and existence of all created beings and living creatures.  Despite their operations through intellect, logic, reason, and science, awareness and comprehension are limited for all the many life forms of heaven and earth.  Apart from the provisions of GOD, many aspects of their own nature, substance and potential remain hidden from their own finite mind.  More than this, the details and dynamics of divine operations, sacred process and eternal purpose are invisible to any spirit not infused with divinity.  Among those on the earth, only those born again are able to grasp the unseen presence of GOD displayed in such features as consecration, faith, glory, holiness, divine love, mercy, righteousness, sovereignty, and wrath against sin.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (3.)  In the words of an old-time spiritual song, “Everybody talkin’ ’bout heaven ain’t goin’ there…”  Believers trust that what we know—and that we know—are by multiple operations of GOD.  Rightly applied, scholarship and study may focus analysis, criticism, and other tools of mankind upon the “stuff” of mankind.  Only spirit matter through endowments from the ministry of Jesus Christ may be used to achieve clear and inarguable truth from GOD.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

For I know nothing by myself; yet am I not hereby justified:  but he that judgeth me is the Lord.  (1st Corinthians 4:  4, KJV)

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

To honor GOD and strengthen understanding, the prophet Moses, and speaking to GOD “face to face” are topics, today.  Also, there is more on how GOD inhabits praise.  A writer at “Yahoo! Answers Malaysia” using the ID “Evol ruoY” (Level 1 with 72 points, a member since January 27, 2014) posted the following first asked at Yahoo Answers Canada:

Do you need to be a Moses to speak to God face to face?

THE BATTLE AXE:  GOD Inhabits Praise (01/27/2014)—As a unique appearance of divinity, praise is spirit substance that resides as an aspect of fullness within created beings and living creatures.  Because praise is also the acknowledgment, and expression of desire, longing, and love for the attributes and manifestations of divine person, we may say:  Who loveth not, praises not.  To praise is to invite and warmly welcome divine presence by adoration, attentiveness, devotedness, dutifulness, and focused action.  While praise may be offered by assemblies and congregations as part of worship, praise is intimate and personal like prayer, or the whispered conversation of a married couple.  Gestures and signals may be used that are only recognizable (and acceptable) to GOD for whom they are intended.  Praise pertains to consciousness, reverence, and survival, yet, may be invisible.  Given praise is a body or vessel of GOD, all created beings and living creatures are to be vessels of praise.  See Psalm 115:  16-18, Isaiah 38:  18-20, Psalm 78:  1-8 and Habakkuk 3:  2-4, KJV.

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And the LORD spake unto Moses that selfsame day, saying,  Get thee up into this mountain Abarim, unto mount Nebo, which is in the land of Moab, that is over against Jericho; and behold the land of Canaan, which I give unto the children of Israel for a possession:  And die in the mount whither thou goest up, and be gathered unto thy people; as Aaron thy brother died in mount Hor, and was gathered unto his people:  Because ye trespassed against me among the children of Israel at the waters of Meribah-Kadesh, in the wilderness of Zin; because ye sanctified me not in the midst of the children of Israel.  Yet thou shalt see the land before thee; but thou shalt not go thither unto the land which I give the children of Israel.  (Deuteronomy 32:  48-52, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  A Halo Upon Jesus? (09/25/2013); Moses Killed? (09/23/2013); Salted with Fire? (09/24/2013); A Relationship not Just Knowledge? (06/25/2013); Lost Without GOD? (06/26/2013); “Authorized Personnel Only” (03/13/2013); Before Abraham Was… (03/14/2013); The Meek Will Inherit (10/16/2012)

“Evol ruoY”, here are a few points many Christian believers take into account when considering Moses, and their own opportunities to have place as the children of GOD:

(1.)  Moses was flawed and imperfect in many ways:  he had a speech impediment (stuttering); he was impulsive, and often acted without first seeking the advice of others, or carefully weighing the consequences of his words and actions; and Moses was not always able to control his temper.  From the men of fighting age who formed the army of Israel created out of the multitude that left Egypt, only two actually arrived into the Promised Land (Joshua and Caleb).  Moses was only privileged to “see” the land, and was not permitted to claim a home there, because he “forgot GOD” during an angry outburst against those who had provoked Moses by their complaining.

(2.)  Moses was specially acknowledged by GOD on the basis of his meekness (we might say, he was coach-able, or because of his willingness to learn spiritual things through spiritual events and spiritual processes).  It is written:  Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth.  (Numbers 12:  3, KJV)  Like the hard and weighty metal gold, Moses is precious and valuable, because Moses is pliable.  Moses is polished and used to shine light on what is otherwise invisible:  judgment, law, mercy, repentance, piety, sanctification, and zeal.

(3.)  Intimate and personal relationship with GOD as described for Abraham, Moses, and Jesus Christ is more a “heart to heart” bond than a “face to face” interaction.  GOD is a spirit who has emanated and put forth created beings, living creatures, and material objects.  GOD is “discovered” (we say, made known, revealed) through imparted spirit content (we may say, divine DNA) that generates awareness, existence, and person.  With this correctly in view, the closeness between GOD and Moses appears through such aspects as access to divine presence, faithfulness, forbearance, forgiveness, humility, receptiveness, and unselfishness.

There is far more to be said, properly shared, and spiritually understood.  (For example, (4.)  Modern-day believers all have access to divinity and are in the presence of GOD through contemplation, giving, praise, prayer, unselfish service, witness, worship, and the presence of Christ as our High Priest.  Through the ministry of Jesus Christ, the eternal authority and sovereign power of  GOD prepare believers to be used as instruments having measurable dimensions and physical form, and thereby, divine person and Spirit are continually made to appear as also carnal and material.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.  Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.  (Ephesians 6:  12-13, KJV)

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Washington, DC