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Today, reply is on the morality of America using barriers and walls at its Southern border to discourage immigration and to keep out criminals, refugees, the poor, and the homeless. In the light of devastating hurricane and wildfire events around the country, that the Chief Executive Officer for the United States of America would institute a policy of shutting down the government to ensure border security and control immigration has more the appearance of criminal fraud, incompetence, and the violation of trust more than the appearance of sound management. All are being reminded that, in the modern world, there are those who believe government is to control its elected officers, legislators, and the electorate by using every available tool that may manipulate their emotional, material, mental, and spiritual person. Included are propaganda and devices that impose brutality, conflict, cruelty, disappointments, fear, indebtedness, violence, and problems that have no clear solutions. Christians are warned not to indulge judging others and pronouncing damnation, consequently, many Christians feel that all conflict, division, fighting, and quarrels are a bad thing, and should be avoided or concluded as quickly as possible. Even so, mankind also must acknowledge accountability for their own attitudes, behavior and conduct while they live, and for the conditions in the earth as their sphere of life. For Christian believers, questions of moral content for events, operations, and human process should be answered applying discernment of the character, makeup, and spiritual substance that is displayed from the divine fullness (i.e., divinity; the Godhead; the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit). Believers are to receive and pass on inseparable aspects of life essence from divinity that include faith, farsightedness, forbearance, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, oneness without sameness, righteousness, wisdom, and wrath against sin. There are multiple unmet needs and a broad range of motives among those seeking shelter within the Nation; and just as it may not be assumed that every denial of requests by those from other cultures and peoples are expressions of bias, ethnic arrogance, discrimination, hate, prejudice, racism or stubbornness, neither should it be assumed that there is unlawful damnation, wrongful judgment, a hardness of heart, and indifference toward the humanity of others. A writer in the “Yahoo! Answers” Religion and Spirituality Internet public forum who uses the ID “Christian sinner” (Level 7 with 217,275 points, a member since November 28, 2006) posted the following:

 

There are walls around Jerusalem, there are walls around the Jewish temples and the Christian churches. Are they immoral?

Update: A wall, in my view, is an immorality. It’s the least effective way to protect the border and the most costly. I can’t think of any reason why anyone would think it’s a good idea — unless this has something to do with something else,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said shortly before the government shutdown.

https://thehill.com/opinion/immigration/…

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: I lifted up mine eyes again, and looked, and behold a man with a measuring line in his hand. Then said I, Whither goest thou? And he said unto me, To measure Jerusalem, to see what is the breadth thereof, and what is the length thereof. And, behold, the angel that talked with me went forth, and another angel went out to meet him, And said unto him, Run, speak to this young man, saying, Jerusalem shall be inhabited as towns without walls for the multitude of men and cattle therein: For I, saith the LORD, will be unto her a wall of fire round about, and will be the glory in the midst of her. (Zechariah 2: 1-5, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: On Diversity and Equality (05/22/2018); Bible Borders and Walls (08/29/2017); Righteousness Exalts A Nation (07/04/2017); Installing The New President (01/20/2017); Can Christians Be Racists? (07/25/2016); Cultural, Political, Spiritual Growth? (07/10/2016); Religion And Moral Progress? (10/23/2015); Because We Are Certain (12/30/2014)

 

Christian sinner”, politics have a process and structure different than that for communities of faith, corporations, or government agencies, and therefore may be seen as an overlay, and even, a parasite that seeks to maintain its own life by controlling the distribution of resources belonging to a lawful sovereign body (we say, nation; state). While there has been talk of crisis and emergencies emerging from border security issues, the sacrifice of American government workers we are now witnessing is not in compliance with constitutional principles, standard operations, existing programs, or the projections that now serve as the blueprint and “vision” for the Nation’s future.

Many developing Christian believers look to the holy writings for commentary and guidance regarding a wall to separate America from her neighbor, because it strikes them that it opposes the will of GOD to use devices that divide and separate kindreds, tongues, peoples, and nations, at a time when his eternal purpose revealed through Jesus Christ is to transform mankind to exist as immortal, incorruptible companions of divinity. The living are to be restored through repentance and rebirth, joined together through workings of imparted, indwelling spirit, and unselfishly serve as vessels of sacred spirit substance who are offspring of GOD and a new creation.

From ancient times, landmarks, natural features (e.g., forests, lakes, rivers), walls, and other structures were used as barriers against enemy invasions, and boundaries to specify the property and territory within their dominion and jurisdiction. An example of this is seen with the city of Jericho. For Jerusalem and the regions within Canaan that were visited by Abraham, the Friend of GOD, covenant promises, divinely provided law, inheritance, priestly relationship, prophecy, and a lifestyle that included worship of a living GOD who continued among them (within the Tabernacle/the Temple), divinity would be as a wall of fire by day and a pillar of cloud by night sanctifying (we say, setting apart) the tribes of Jacob as a “peculiar people” for service to divine fullness, and to be those who would occupy the land. Similarly, the followers of Jesus as High Priest and Messiah are to be recognizable through their lifestyle and day to day routines that include discovery, gradual growth, praise, prayer, renewing ones mind, rest, unselfish service, and worship. Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

1. Ephesians 1: 9-14, King James Version (KJV): 9 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: 10 That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him: 11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: 12 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. 13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, 14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

2. Ephesians 4: 4-7, KJV: 4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; 5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. 7 But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.

3. Ephesians 4: 11-16, KJV: 11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: 14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; 15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: 16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, 4. Romans 8: 5-9, KJV: 5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. 6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. 8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. 9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

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All Scripture

 

Today, the reply is on why the Scriptures are held to be difficult and offensive among some atheists and disbelievers. For developing Christian believers the holy writings are challenging because the Scriptures also should be thought of and dealt with as an appearance and manifestation of divinity that is simple yet profound. One of the fighters in the “Yahoo! Answers” Religion and Spirituality forum using the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information shared) posted the following:

 

Why do atheists hate the Word of the Lord?

Atheists claim to follow reason, yet they ignore reason when it comes to the fact that God exists and Jesus died for everyone’s sins. The Bible says that God exists, so it must be true, otherwise why would millions of freedom loving Christians follow Christ so much?

Morality comes directly from Christianity, through the teachings of Jesus. Yet atheists deny morality in favour of drugs, unmarried sex, homosexuality, murder, and other things. If anything, Atheists have rejected God in favour of immorality, so that they can feel “free” (which they obviously aren’t, since God loves each and everyone of us, and God gave us morals).

Why don’t they want moral Christians to tell them how to live your lives in a better way? Why don’t they want moral Christians to establish God’s Rule in politics?

What is it about morality that offends them? What is it about the better way that moral Christians offer them that offends them?

Why are they so delusional? Why do they hate morality so much? Why do they wish death on we the faithful?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit. Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be? Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things? 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? (John 3: 1-12, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: The Witness of Oceans (06/28/2018); Divine Knowledge And Wisdom (06/24/2018); Bible Language About Spirit? (06/13/2018); Condemned By The Bible? (06/08/2018); Life And Divine Purpose (05/04/2018); Relying on Sacred “Evidence” (11/20/2017); Bible and Spirit (04/26/2014); Personality? (04/27/2014)

 

Anonymous”, you may find this godly counsel: Many resent being labeled as “sinners” and regarded as somehow deficient because they have made no adult or mature study of the Bible, and because they lack both the sacred knowledge and rebirth as a vessel of Spirit that the holy writings are intended to nourish. Atheists refuse to accept that mankind on the earth is to be permanently changed and transformed by actions and operations of divine fullness (we say, Deity; the GODhead; the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit). Dismissing the truth of GOD as an aspect of human experience past, present and future, such thinkers can not correctly apprehend the fullness of Creation, the range of divine possibilities displayed and shared by mankind, and the integrity mankind is to maintain in order to exist as more than a brute beast or savage animal.

The Scriptures gradually become open to those who acknowledge themselves capable of being in a continuing relationship with GOD as vessels who have received divine substance. Through water baptism (i.e., the death, burial, and resurrection of ones inborn spirit), a sinner becomes “born again” and receives a fresh endowment of life essence (we say, breath; spirit; word) from the makeup of Deity. Included are faith, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, personhood, righteousness, wisdom, and wrath against sin. Those who are born again must “grow up again” and become mature as the offspring and heirs of GOD living on the earth until the Advent of Jesus Christ (we also say, his appearing; the harvest; the Rapture; the Second Coming). amenable to the existence, process, and eternal purposes of GOD.

Many fail to receive blessing by the Scriptures because what the seek is by and from the flesh. The finite tools of human imagination, intellect, logic, philosophy, carnal reason, secular knowledge and science cannot replace or surpass the provision of spirit substance from the makeup of GOD. In the same way a person’s own consciousness, thoughts and self-will are important along with their material and physical body to their having or feeling completeness, the spirit aspect within the living also is important to our existing as complete and whole. Developing believers will be edified and grow in their relationship with divinity by practicing discernment, discovery, fellowship with other believers, prayer, regular study of the Scriptures, and unselfish service. Like others on the earth, believers may experience times of disappointment, hardship, reversals, sorrow, and suffering. While there are many assurances and promises from GOD written in the Scriptures that comfort a believer, there also are calls to duty, exhortations, urging and warnings intended to spark immediate action, godliness, obedience, and vigilance.

There is far more that should 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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Today, judgment of children, and the operations of sin in and through the young are considered.  Divine law indwells the living as life essence (breath, spirit, Word).  Babies and small children also heard the voice of GOD proclaim the Covenant Law at Mount Sinai, and were required to develop and mature acknowledging the same divine standards as their parents.  The principle (where there is no law, sin is not imputed) does not cover lack of knowledge, and the ignorance of children (ignorance of the law is no excuse).  Children are shown the same allowances, forbearance and mercy granted to adults who are “born again” and must complete growth and learning to become full members within the body of Christ (the church) as developing believers; thus, they both will be monitored and reviewed.  Accountability, malice, forethought, and intent for their works and deeds still will be considered.  In accordance with the Gospel and teachings from the holy writings, many Christians trust that children will be closely examined during divine judgment for such features as their content of spirit from the makeup of GOD; their commitment to and development according to mankind’s possibilities for expressing an animal, human or divine nature; and for the integrity of being that increasingly should appear through their communication, exchange, and continuing relationship with divinity.  The young will not be ignored, overlooked, or held to have no value.  For mankind, sin continues to be an inherited condition like mortality, an aspect of ones living makeup, and a peculiar context or setting wherein created beings fail to display the image of GOD.  Just as sin pertains to divine law and sacred judgment, the operations of sin oppose the workings of faith imparted from the makeup of GOD, sacred knowledge, and genuine wisdom.  Sin alters godly meaning, possibilities, quality, and value among mankind; and may not be explained, justified, or properly resisted relying only on awareness, secular knowledge, or self-will (we say, willpower).  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “ari” (Level 7 with 85,515 points, a member since March 04, 2014) posted the following:

 

The Bible says that we have all sinned and fall short of the glory of God does that include children.?

Can some mature Christian explain how soon is more then simply a moral problem and why even babies and little children are affected by it

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For he established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children:  That the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born; who should arise and declare them to their children:  That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments:  And might not be as their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation; a generation that set not their heart aright, and whose spirit was not stedfast with God. (Psalms 78:  5-8, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Starting A New Life? (11/21/2017); We Are His Children (10/16/2017); Becoming Free From Sin (07/16/2017); Determining What Is Sin (06/15/2017); Inheritance Must Become Commitment (05/15/2017); Chocolate Bunnies! Easter Eggs! (04/18/2017); “Good grief!” and Prophecy? (11/06/2016); Of Such Is The Kingdom (09/01/2015)
 

“ari”, just as the blessings of guidance, nourishment, and protection through divine law are extended to children as well as adults, divine law requires from children that they develop, discover, and contribute through lifestyles and routines of living that acknowledge accountability, obedience, respect, and restraint.  Sin is an inherited condition that determines aspects of their duration, quality of life, intimacy of relationship with divinity, and survival for all created beings and living creatures.  In the same way the Bible demonstrates and records multiple approaches and ideas to make divinity knowable, known, and “visible” within the awareness of angels, animals and men, the holy writings also reveal the otherwise hidden operations of sin.  GOD is an unseen, yet, active presence; similarly, sin is not material, tangible or visible like an ordinary person.  Sin is not created by GOD, is not a spirit, and is not an object or vessel having spirit content.  Even so, sin displays direction, effect, and presence; and, while sin may dominate awareness and self-will within the living, sin can not control or exist as having power within the dead. 

Sin opposes the continued existence of divine law that expresses the sovereign will of GOD, the continued existence of the Law Giver, and the continued existence of all Creation and divine order generated through sacred law.  The fact that the operations of sin may be recognized through attitudes, behavior, and conduct makes sin appear to be only a matter of things that are carnal, earthy, material, secular and social.  Many define “sin” as the violation of shared meanings and values within communities and groups (i.e., problems of communication, exchange and interaction; rule-breaking and crime; refusing to endorse an unspoken code (they say, morals) or social consensus), and fail to realize the cosmic truth that sin opposes the existence of the entire universe.  More than this, the operations of sin may erase or reduce to nothing the image of GOD that should be seen within the living.

Consider again the following:

(1.)  Proverbs 20:  11, King James Version (KJV):  11 Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure, and whether it be right.

(2.)  1st Corinthians 3:  11-13, KJV:  11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.  12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;  13 Every man’s work shall be made manifest:  for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.

(3.)  Hebrews 12:  4-11, KJV:  4 Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.  5 And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:  6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.  7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?  8 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.  9 Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence:  shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?  10 For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness.  11 Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous:  nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.) 

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and made a part of our own spirit makeup.  (For example, (4.)  Romans 5:  12-15, KJV:  12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:  13 (For until the law sin was in the world:  but sin is not imputed when there is no law.  14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.  15 But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.  16 And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift:  for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification.  17 For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.) )  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

 

How unsearchable are. His judgments and His ways.

 

Today, reply is on morality as a result of GOD using human form and social relationships.  While the persons of the GODhead do exchange, influence one another, and interact as three distinct appearances (manifestations), the fullness of divinity appears as a single Being who displays oneness without sameness.  Obedience and rank do not describe what occurs within and through the GODhead so much as accord and shared intent.  Even among those who are not religious believers there are clear and specific traits thought to be necessary for an exalted being or “god” as well as a long list of features that are seen when true godliness and holiness are absent.  For example, many require there be authority, goodness, immortality, integrity, order, righteousness, truth, and wisdom with disqualifying flaws and faults understood as arbitrariness, confusion, inconsistency, lying, malice, nastiness, exaggerated pride, and self-destructiveness.  One of the fighters at “Yahoo! Answers” who uses the ID “Anonymous” (no profile data shared) posted the following:

 

Why should God be moral if there is no one for him to answer to?

Christians say “Why should a social species such as us humans be moral if there is no one to answer to?”

Well, why should God be moral when he has no one to answer to?

If you can understand why God can, why is it so impossible to understand how a social species such as humans can?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said,  Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge?  Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me.  Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding.  Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it?  Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof;  When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?  Or who shut up the sea with doors, when it brake forth, as if it had issued out of the womb?  When I made the cloud the garment thereof, and thick darkness a swaddlingband for it,  And brake up for it my decreed place, and set bars and doors,  And said, Hitherto shalt thou come, but no further:  and here shall thy proud waves be stayed?  (Job 38:  1-11, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  All Divinity in ONE? (11/17/2017); A Lawless, Violent GOD? (11/16/2017); Judgment and Law Revealed (08/06/2017); GOD Indwells Divine Law (07/14/2017); Answered by The Cross? (03/14/2016); Tools for Revelation? (10/26/2015); Religion And Moral Progress? (10/23/2015); The Decalogue A Moral Guide? (04/15/2015)

 

“Anonymous”, here’s a response I respect as sharing the abundance from GOD through Jesus Christ:  Because the GOD we worship is more than an abstraction, or an impersonal, intangible object, for many Christian believers it is implicit (i.e., not stated, yet, understood in what is expressed) when considering divinity that the characteristics, makeup, process and substance of GOD exists as complete, exalted, independent, righteous, self-emanating, and unique.  GOD has imparted consciousness, life essence (we say, breath, spirit, Word) and self-will to mankind.  Thus, the Creator also makes himself known by communication, exchange, and interaction through ongoing relationships.  There is no revealed origin of Deity, and the fullness of GODhead (the totality of being described using three persons (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) ) is acknowledged and affirmed as expressing balance, feeling, holiness, person, presence, purpose, thought, and more.

Developing Christian believers are not encouraged to assume or propose that morality is a product of finite human tools such as animal intelligence and instinct, female intuition, logic, carnal reason, sensation (hearing seeing tasting touching, etc.), social consensus, or self-will (we also say, human willpower).  As an inseparable aspect of divinity, morality must be understood as defining, fixed and immutable along with such features as faith, holiness, immortality, integrity, oneness without sameness, purity, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  Judgment, correction, forgiveness, and mercy appear as devices to accomplish divine purposes that include eternal life, reconciliation, redemption, salvation, and the second death.

There is no revealed context, frameworks such as time and space, or spheres of life that impose boundaries and limits on the possibilities of GOD.  Certainty (being confident and sure; conviction of truth) regarding claims and descriptions of divine being is accomplished through operations of faith and other divine content imparted to created beings and living creatures.  Thus, anointed apostles, prophets and other spokespersons may be used, and sacred events (we say, miracles) and divine visitations will not be repeated.  The features put forth by divinity can be correctly regarded as standards and values for knowing GOD.  Included are divine law, covenant promise, divine prerogative, prophecy, eternal purpose, and sovereign will.  Consider again the following that uses language from the holy writings:

(1.)  Deuteronomy 32:  39-40, King James Version (KJV):  39 See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god with me:  I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal:  neither is there any that can deliver out of my hand.  40 For I lift up my hand to heaven, and say, I live for ever.

(2.)  Deuteronomy 4:  35-36, KJV:  35 Unto thee it was shewed, that thou mightest know that the LORD he is God; there is none else beside him.  36 Out of heaven he made thee to hear his voice, that he might instruct thee:  and upon earth he shewed thee his great fire; and thou heardest his words out of the midst of the fire.

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (3.)  Exodus 34:  5-8, KJV:  5 And the LORD descended in the cloud, and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the LORD.  6 And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth,  7 Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.  8 And Moses made haste, and bowed his head toward the earth, and worshipped.)  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, reply is made to correct errors confusing Jacob’s daughter and the daughter-in-law of Judah.  The origin for the tribe of Judah as the line that would put forth the Messiah is only dimly prefigured in the account of Tamar playing the whore at a time when temple prostitution was widely practiced in Canaan to demand justice after seeking lawful Levirate marriage with the sons of Judah.  Even so, important sacred knowledge is shared on redemption and righteousness.  “Father Dickinson” (Level 1 with 79 points, a member since August 14, 2017) posted the following:

 

This morning, a young man in my study group asked me a question I couldn’t answer. Can some good Christians help?

During my children’s group, “Touching Kids for Jesus”, a young man asked how Jacob’s daughter was moral for tricking him into sex (Genesis chapter 38). What should I have told him?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And this is the blessing of Judah:  and he said, Hear, LORD, the voice of Judah, and bring him unto his people:  let his hands be sufficient for him; and be thou an help to him from his enemies.  (Deuteronomy 33:  7, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Faithless Israel, Unfaithful Judah? (08/18/2017); Thoughts on Sexual Relationships (03/07/2017); Law Requires Genuine Righteousness (07/28/2016); Incest? (10/29/2015); Blessing and Inheritance from Abraham? (06/05/2014); On Christians Executing Judgment (06/06/2014); The Root of Jesse (01/03/2013); Newness of Spirit? (01/04/2013)

 

“Father Dickinson”, when responding to youth in Bible study and other groups within the community of faith, the safest course is to stick to the daily/weekly lesson book with its guides for teachers and other church workers.  An agreement should be in place that caretakers and teachers will refer children to their own parents for answers at home when responses to their many concerns and questions are not already agreed upon and set by the curriculum.   Given the primary focus and intent of church school studies are to establish the revelation of GOD through Jesus Christ, there are many points that could have been shared that would have been useful, and far less awkward for you.  Consider the following points:

(1.)  The laws regarding marriage as a social institution and codes of sexual behavior under the management of mankind were still developing.  Certainly, the cautions and prohibitions we practice today were not in place; and the detailed laws through the covenant of Moses were yet to become established. 

(2.)  Initially, Levirate marriage was used as a device to preserve tribal identity, cultural purity, sanctification (i.e., being set apart for use by GOD), and family stability among people who were essentially nomads defined by their association with one another, not their location, the property they owned, or territory on the earth.

(3.)  The denial of Tamar by Judah, as the head of a tribe of Jacob, to be properly acknowledged in marriage with his son was a violation of covenant law and promise.  The familial blessings and the priesthood bestowed by GOD to be the inheritance among the 12 sons of Jacob would be become shifted to no longer be on the basis of birth order.  Reuben would lose place to Joseph (Ephraim and Manasseh blessed at his death by Jacob), Joseph would lose place to Judah (blessed at his death by Moses), and Levi would have no inheritance as his brothers.

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Judah surrendered the emblems of lawful authority over the tribe bearing his name to Tamar.  The first acknowledgment of fault and sin recorded in the holy writings was made by Judah who did not continue in error, and acknowledged that the righteousness of Tamar as greater than his own.  She became the mother of twins, and her sons then became the forbearers of Messiah.)  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 importance of Jews as a people, and their use as a divine mechanism together with sacred law are the focus, today.  Many ethnic groups and nations have been used as tools to reveal the character and nature of divinity displayed as the favor and disfavor of Deity.  Consider again the following from the Bible, and the discussion appearing below:  Galatians 3:  26-29, King James Version (KJV):  26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.  27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.  28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female:  for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.  29 And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.  Isaiah 63:  7-10, KJV:  7 I will mention the lovingkindnesses of the LORD, and the praises of the LORD, according to all that the LORD hath bestowed on us, and the great goodness toward the house of Israel, which he hath bestowed on them according to his mercies, and according to his lovingkindnesses.  8 For he said, Surely, they are my people, children that will not lie:  so he was their Saviour.  9 In all their affliction, he was afflicted, and the angel of his presence saved them:  in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; and he bare them, and carried them all the days of old.  10 But they rebelled, and vexed his holy Spirit:  therefore he was turned to be their enemy, and he fought against them.  Also, Romans 2:  25-29, KJV:  25 For circumcision verily profiteth, if thou keep the law:  but if thou be a breaker of the law, thy circumcision is made uncircumcision.  26 Therefore if the uncircumcision keep the righteousness of the law, shall not his uncircumcision be counted for circumcision?  27 And shall not uncircumcision which is by nature, if it fulfill the law, judge thee, who by the letter and circumcision dost transgress the law?  28 For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:  29 But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “sevil” (Level 2 with 330 points, a member since February 12, 2010) posted the following:

Jews, how can your prophets POSSIBLY be moral examples?

jacobs dad preferred his murderous son esau, and jacob had to trick him into getting his blessing for marriage…… david did nothing when his daughter tamar was RAPED, and also committed adultery and killed the woman’s husband…. solomon charged such heavy taxes on his people for the building of fancy buildings that his people rebelled….. and finally, the jews exterminated the canaanites, killing every man, woman, child, and animal that belonged to them…. so, how on earth should your prophets be seen as moral?

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost,  That I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart.  For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh:  Who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises;  Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came, who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen.  Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect. For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel:  Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children:  but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called.  That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God:  but the children of the promise are counted for the seed.  (Romans 9:  1-8, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Religion and Moral Progress? (10/23/2015); Ye Are Abraham’s Seed (07/10/2015); Endowed With Spirit? (05/08/2015); The Decalogue A Moral Guide? (04/15/2015); Why Prophets Were Sent to Israel (11/23/2014); The Need for Prophecy Then and Now (11/24/2014); Gentiles and the Law? (09/19/2013); According to This Word (09/20/2013); Why Jesus Must Be A Jew (03/18/2013); The Benefit of Grace (03/19/2013)

“sevil”, most Christian believers have made the same mistake that appears in your question regarding the morality and uprightness of the Jews as a people.  The Jews were to be special to GOD, while not exactly so to mankind.  Because the critique is mistakenly narrowed to a single ethnic group, the opposition of sin as the common condition for all mankind is missed, and men fail to grasp the otherwise unmet needs for divine remedies for all created beings and living creatures to be in proper relationship to their Creator.  In the same way divine law has been provided to make sin known and visible, the operations of sin through mankind are to be seen as a device for sin’s exposure.  Sin opposes the continued existence of sacred law, the Law Giver, and the divine order maintained through the law.  Sin may dominate awareness and self-will in the living, and will not appear contrary to ones makeup and inborn spirit.  Through the Jews, GOD has appeared in the person of Jesus Christ to make possible humanity receiving a fresh deposit of life essence (we say, breath, spirit, Word) from the makeup of divinity.  The full revelation of divinity to the living, therefore, is through law and judgment as well as by Creation and salvation.  Consider the following points from the holy writings.  Correctly understood, the focus of the Bible is the eternal living GOD, not the Jews:

(1.)  John 4:  22-26, King James Version (KJV):  22 Ye worship ye know not what:  we know what we worship:  for salvation is of the Jews.  23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth:  for the Father seeketh such to worship him.  24 God is a Spirit:  and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.  25 The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ:  when he is come, he will tell us all things.  26 Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he.

(2.)  Romans 3:  1-3, KJV:  1 What advantage then hath the Jew? or what profit is there of circumcision?  2 Much every way:  chiefly, because that unto them were committed the oracles of God.  3 For what if some did not believe? Shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect?

(3.)  Romans 10:  16-21, KJV:  16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel.  For Esaias saith, LORD, who hath believed our report?  17 So then, faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.  18 But I say, Have they not heard?  Yes verily, their sound went unto all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world.  19 But I say, did not Israel know?  First Moses saith, I will provoke you to jealousy by them that are no people, and by a foolish nation will I anger you.  20 But Esaias is very bold, and saith, I was found of them that sought me not; I was made manifest unto them that asked not after me.  21 But to Israel he saith, All day long I have stretched forth my hands to a disobedient and gainsaying people.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Deuteronomy 7:  6-11, KJV:  6 For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God:  the LORD thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth.  7 The LORD did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people:  8 But because the LORD loved you, and because he would keep the oath which he had sworn unto you fathers, hath the LORD brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.  9 Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations;  10 And repayeth them that hate him to their face, to destroy them:  he will not be slack to him that hateth him, he will repay him to his face.  11 Thou shalt therefore keep the commandments, and the statutes, and the judgments, which I command thee this day, to do them.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Scripture points are shared, today, to distinguish Christian belief and new life from mistaken notions of civilization, evolution, or moral and social progress.  For many, the attack against religious belief continues on the basis of their desire for a higher experience of freedom through self-will.  Yet, within created beings and living creatures, awareness and self-will can be dominated and directed through sin.  Correctly understood, sin opposes the continued existence of sacred law, divinity, and the entire Creation that displays divine order through law.  Finite human tools such as intellect, logic, philosophy, and science have no power to eliminate sin.  Because only divine will is not subject to sin, mankind must turn to provisions from Deity for release and relief from sin, and its effects.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “xanas” (Level 1 with 1 point, a member since April 17, 2013) posted the following:

Moral progress has not been because of religion, but in spite of it.?

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.  Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;  And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;  In whom all the building fitly framed together growth unto an holy temple in the Lord:  In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.  (Ephesians 2:  18-22, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Evidence GOD Exists? (09/29/2015); The Preeminence of the Word (08/23/2015); To Err is Human? (07/24/2015); Christ Brought A New Nature? (07/15/2015); An Eternal Plan and Process (07/05/2015); The Decalogue A Moral Guide? (04/15/2015)

“xanas”, for many Christian believers, the focus is not upon concepts of social development, evolution, and progress to establish “civilization” so much as focus is upon permanent change (i.e., eternal life) through divine rebirth that deposits spirit content for a transformation of mankind at the Advent of Jesus Christ.  While “born again” Christians must continue upon the earth meeting the same life challenges as others, they are endowed to operate as citizens and representatives of a kingdom ruled by divinity through sacred law.  GOD is a spirit who operates using “essence” (we say, breath, spirit, utterance, word) that permits created beings and living creatures to exist in intimate relationship as children and heirs of divinity, where the living are more than merely abstractions or material objects.  What it is that mature Christians are to maintain in their living should become clearer as you consider the following points from the holy writings:

(1.)  Hebrews 1:  1-4, King James Version (KJV):  1 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,  2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; 3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; 4 Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.

(2.)  1st Peter 2:  1-3, KJV:  1 Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speaking,  2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:  3 If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.

(3.)  Romans 8:  5-9, KJV:  5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.  6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.  7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God:  for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.  8 So then they that are in the flesh can not please God.  9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you.  Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

(4.)  Hebrews 6:  1, KJV:  1 Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection:  not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God.

(5.)  1st Timothy 3:  16, KJV:  16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness:  God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (6.)  Romans 8:  14-17, KJV:  14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.  15 For we have not received a spirit of bondage again to  fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.  16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:  17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC