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Today, I share a Scripture study triggered by my thinking about some ways we may worship.  Consider again that we fulfill promises and vows to GOD, keep covenant, make offerings and sacrifices, offer prayer, observe the Sabbath, praise by proclaiming the deeds and name of GOD, prophesy, rejoice and express gratitude, rebuke wickedness, spread the Gospel, and teach.

 

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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.  (John 4:  23-24, KJV)

 

Exodus 24:  1-3  (KJV)  1 And he said unto Moses, Come up unto the LORD, thou, and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel; and worship ye afar off.  2 And Moses alone shall come near the LORD:  but they shall not come nigh; neither shall the people go up with him.  3 And Moses came and told the people all the words of the LORD, and all the judgments:  and all the people answered with one voice, and said, All the words which the LORD hath said will we do.

Exodus 34:  10-16 (KJV)  10 And he said, Behold, I make a covenant: before all thy people I will do marvels, such as have not been done in all the earth, nor in any nation:  and all the people among which thou art shall see the work of the LORD:  for it is a terrible thing that I will do with thee.  11 Observe thou that which I command thee this day:  behold, I drive out before thee the Amorite, and the Canaanite, and the Hittite, and the Perizzite, and the Hivite, and the Jebusite.  12 Take heed to thyself, lest thou make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land whither thou goest, lest it be for a snare in the midst of thee:  13 But ye shall destroy their altars, break their images, and cut down their groves:  14 For thou shalt worship no other god:  for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God:  15 Lest thou make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land, and they go a whoring after their gods, and do sacrifice unto their gods, and one call thee, and thou eat of his sacrifice;  16 And thou take of their daughters unto thy sons, and their daughters go a whoring after their gods, and make thy sons go a whoring after their gods.

Deuteronomy 6:  4-9 (KJV)  4 Hear, O Israel:  The LORD our God is one LORD:  5 And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.  6 And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:  7 And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.  8 And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes.  9 And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.

Deuteronomy 10:  12-13 (KJV)  12 And now, Israel, what doth the LORD thy God require of thee, but to fear the LORD thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the LORD thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul,  13 To keep the commandments of the LORD, and his statutes, which I command thee this day for thy good?

Psalms 53:  1-4 (KJV)  1 The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.  Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity:  there is none that doeth good.  2 God looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, that did seek God.  3 Every one of them is gone back:  they are altogether become filthy; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.  4 Have the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people as they eat bread:  they have not called upon God.

Isaiah 66:  22-24 (KJV)  22 For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the LORD, so shall your seed and your name remain.  23 And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the LORD.

Acts 17:  24-31 (KJV)  24 God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands;  25 Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;  26 And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;  27 That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:  28 For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.  29 Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device.  30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:  31 Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.

Revelation 14:  6-7 (KJV)  6 And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people,  7 Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come:  and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.

Revelation 19:  9-11 (KJV)  9 And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb.  And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.  10 And I fell at his feet to worship him.  And he said unto me, See thou do it not:  I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus:  worship God:  for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.  11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.

Revelation 22:  7-9 (KJV)  7 Behold, I come quickly:  blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.  8 And I John saw these things, and heard them.  And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which shewed me these things.  9 Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not:  for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book:  worship God.

 

There is far more to be said, properly shared, and spiritually understood.  Readers are asked to add any verse or passage from Scripture that they would like to share in the comments area (see below).  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to the workings of the Spirit of Prophecy, the Spirit of Truth, and the Testimony of Jesus in you.  Grow in grace.

Doubtless thou art our father, though Abraham be ignorant of us, and Israel acknowledge us not:  thou, O LORD, art our father, our redeemer; thy name is from everlasting.  (Isaiah 63:  16, KJV)

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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Correcting church leaders, judging others, racism, and refusing to extend salvation to others are topics, today, along with more on law and prophecy in the earthly ministry of Jesus.  The “Yahoo! Answers” writer using an ID “Peter” (Level 1 with 109 points, a member since June 23, 2013) posted the following originally asked on Yahoo Answers Canada: 

Christians, what if a White Pastor refuses to Baptize a Black Man because he wants him to go to hell?

Would you leave that Church?

THE BATTLE AXE:  Why Jesus Used Parables (11/03/2013)—  (5.)  Parables were a device used by seers, one of the ancient forms of prophetic ministry established following the priesthood bestowed upon Adam, and long before the model for prophets demonstrated in Moses.  Appearing as the Messiah, Jesus was to manifest eternal person, divine sovereignty, and answer as a living accumulation (we say, adding all in one, a summation) for all the singular and unchanging purposes of GOD displayed through varying streams of prophecy.  In the same way Jesus was not sent to end the covenants or annul divine law, Jesus would fulfill and perform things proclaimed, promised, and recorded in the Scriptures as prophecy, and was not sent to discredit or end prophecy.  Jesus nourished believers using “the law and the prophets,” not “law or the prophets,” not “law without the prophets.”  Jesus exalted and revealed sacred law as eternal and unchanging, yet, prophetic in function and nature—that is, fully capable of being completed and fulfilled through operations of GOD like promise and prophecy subject to being closed, concluded, and satisfied (see Psalms 19: 7-14, Matthew 5: 18, Luke 21: 33-34, Psalms 119: 137-144 and Habakkuk 2: 1-4, KJV.)

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone:  if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother.  But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.  And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church:  but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican.  (Matthew 18:  15-17, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Confessing Only to GOD? (04/08/2013); Evidence of the Unseen Spirit? (04/09/2013); On Titles and Respect (03/15/2013); On Producing Atheists (03/16/2013); My Sheep Hear My Voice (03/08/2013); Wanting To Have Our Way (03/09/2013); Escape from Racism (10/24/2012); Christians Who Ignore GOD’s Laws (10/25/2012); The Spirit by Measure (09/22/2012); A Man in Heaven? (09/23/2012)

“Peter”, here are a few points that mature Christian believers are careful to consider when challenged by the various issues from judgment of clergy that may arise within the body of Christ:

(1.)  In the same way believers are not to “jump to conclusions”, none are to “jump to condemnation.”  A pastor’s behavior and duty as leader within the body of believers must respond to many layers that are in place to maintain continuity, divine order, predictability, and stability.  Included are the holy Scriptures; conviction through the Holy Spirit that appears as ones personal commitment; and affiliation and response to other institutions (e.g., other congregations of similar believers (we say, same denomination); oversight agencies of the denomination; parochial schools and seminaries).  The pastorate must be understood as alive, dynamic, and organic responding even to familiar, old and recurring challenges and circumstances with newness, and vision that may at first appear as contradiction, heresy, hypocrisy, partiality, and rejection of fundamental truth.

(2.)  Instead of walking away, seeking a new home church, the faithful and steadfast behavior of a congregation is its major tool for correcting pastoral errors.  The church is a gathering of believers at various levels of spiritual growth, knowledge, maturity, power, skill, and understanding.  All must submit to operations of the imparted, indwelling Spirit.  Conformity to Jesus Christ (we say, perfection) only comes through change and growth that can be instantaneous and miraculous, however, also entails movement that is gradual, and subtle (i.e., barely detectable).  Rather than condemn, the duty of believers include encouraging change, practicing forbearance, forgiving, and patiently waiting for the outworking of divinity.

(3.)  The many reasons why a person (e.g., females, gays, lesbians, ethnic minorities, transgender persons) might be denied baptism, ordination, and other privileges of the church pertain to their content of spirit substance from GOD.  Indicators of readiness for baptism should appear that include enthusiasm; humility; willingness to have ones character, personality, relationships and reputation permanently changed by GOD; and willingness to perform necessary efforts to acquire new knowledge through fellowship with believers, meditation, prayer, unselfish service, and study of the holy writings.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually understood.  (For example, (4.)  Error and sin appear in ones life like the back of their head—always present, a part of their person, often visible to others, yet, unseen to oneself.  No one fully escapes the bondage and consequences from error and sin without the operations of divine love shown through others like themselves.  We are our brothers keeper; and members of the clergy are no less our brothers.)  I trust this fragment will be useful.  Even so, be it unto you according to your faith.  Jesus is coming soon.  Grow in grace.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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Focus, today, is upon a Scripture that identifies GOD as the creator of “evil.”  Also, there is more on what it means to “come” to Christ.  The “Yahoo! Answers” writer using ID “Speculum” (Level 2 with 946 points, joined January 20, 2010) posted the following:

Why did God create evil?

Isaiah 45:7 I form the light and create darkness, I bring prosperity and create disaster; I, the LORD, do all these things.

THE BATTLE AXE:  His Burden Is Light? (09/21/2013)—To come to Christ is to acknowledge the authority, power and sovereignty of GOD; to confess having the needs of all created beings and living creatures that can only be met through the operations of GOD; to humble oneself and voluntarily cooperate as GOD alters and changes their make-up and inner substance; and to respond to life events as a new creation of GOD having awareness of divine operations, sacramental practices, sacred processes, and eternal purposes.  To lay ones burden down and to receive rest is to experience divine release from such material and social entanglements as addiction, anger, anxiety, bereavement, covetousness, disease, desire, fear, guilt, ignorance, loneliness, lust, pride, shame, worry, and uncertainty.  The call and invitation of Christ is to access GOD and to be in intimate relationship to the Almighty through the life, death, shared inheritance, priesthood, unselfish service, and work of Jesus.

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Brethren, be not children in understanding:  howbeit in malice be ye children, but in understanding be men.  In the law it is written, With men of other tongues and other lips will I speak unto this people; and yet for all that will they not hear me, saith the Lord.  Wherefore tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not:  but prophesying serveth not for them that believe not, but for them which believe.  If therefore the whole church be come together into one place, and all speak with tongues, and there come in those that are unlearned, or unbelievers, will they not say that ye are mad?  But if all prophesy, and there come in one that believeth not, or one unlearned, he is convinced of all, he is judged of all:  And thus are the secrets of his heart made manifest; and so falling down on his face he will worship God, and report that God is in you of a truth.  How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation.  Let all things be done unto edifying.  If any man speak in an unknown tongue, let it be by two, or at the most by three, and that by course; and let one interpret.  But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God.  Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge.  If any thing be revealed to another that sitteth by, let the first hold his peace.  For ye may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be comforted.  And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets.  For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.  (1st Corinthians 14:  20-33, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  All Things Possible? (09/17/2013); Can One Escape? (09/18/2013); Blessings, Curses and Woes (10/03/2012); After We Die? (10/04/2012); Sin Without Wrongdoing (08/28/2012); On Religious Items (08/29/2012)

Speculum, here are some important points of understanding mature Christian believers rely upon when responding to Isaiah 45:  7, KJV:

(1.)  In the language of the holy writings, “evil” is not “sin”, and “evil” is not “wickedness”.  When speaking of that which is put forth by GOD, “evil” is to be understood as sudden and widespread change, and therefore may include calamity, catastrophe, disaster, and upheaval.  Unplanned change and change for novelty (we say, merely for the sake of change) are regarded as change that is directly contrary to divine order, and in opposition to sacred purpose (i.e., “chaos” and “confusion”).

(2.)  The revelation of GOD to mankind has been through sacred events as well as divine utterance.  The Word that reveals GOD (the spirit) has appeared as person, praise, prayer, proclamation, promise, and prophecy.  In the same way GOD proclaimed his name to Moses, revealing the divine deeds whereby he is to be known and spoken of, the holy writings provide record of GOD’s proclamation through the Prophet Isaiah.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually understood.  For example, (3.)  There is great danger of accelerating spiritual confusion and corruption when a reader assumes the Scriptures may be read and understood without the peculiar awareness that comes by the Spirit from GOD.  A single verse out of context can never provide an accurate and complete declaration of the divine nature.)  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 covenant of Moses, the new covenant in Jesus Christ, and use of the word “law” are topics, today.  Also, there is more on escape, life and suffering.  The “Yahoo! Answers” writer using ID “Following Torah And Messiah” (Level 4 with 3,246 points, a member since November 13, 2011) posted the following:

“The law means so much to me that I want my chosen people to keep it, but…”?

“…One day I will send my son to die so that the gentiles don’t have to do any of it”

Does this sound like something Our God would say?

THE BATTLE AXE:  Can One Escape? (09/18/2013)— (4.)  The living absolutely cannot escape the full range of challenges, disappoints, duties, losses, and triumphs that together are called “the ups and downs of life.”  Because many now rely upon complaining (to get attention; dispel fear; make connection to others, even strangers; or manipulate and have advantage), what many call “sufferings” are merely the normal tasks for life in the earth.  For example, many complain daily against attending school; decease (i.e., completing ones mortality); having to correct their own mistakes; having to manage emotions and feelings; hearing, responding to, and speaking truth; and paying those who provide service, or share their resources.  Believers in Christ accept suffering as a sacred mechanism whereby those in carnal, material and social reality are used to accomplish divine purpose, demonstrate the operations of divine substance, and make visible the active presence of GOD.  (5.)  At Creation, the experience of human life was to be a balanced blend of learning, fellowship, work, and rest.  Acknowledgment of GOD through voluntary praise and worship that would express such inner states as gratitude, joy, love, respect, and trust became mandatory when division and separation increased through sin.  Formative judgment (i.e., assessment and measurement when building, creating and planning) then took on a new character as investigation and scrutiny to detect the presence of divinity, or any hidden material that is not from GOD.  (6.)  Many of the tests and trials mankind now faces are for purposes of edification, instruction, and revelation.  Each person must discover and come to know their own capacity for action, commitment, integrity, strength, and truth for these are the aspects of humanity that must be present for interaction and relationship with the Creator.  Through the ministry of Jesus Christ, believers receive a fresh endowment from the divine person that includes such spirit content as faith, holiness, righteousness, truthfulness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  Together, these make it that none appear “empty” before GOD.  See 1st Corinthians 10:  13, Hebrews 2:  1-4 and 1st Peter 4:  12-19, King James Version.

THE GOLDEN ARROW:   For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.  But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident:  for, The just shall live by faith.  And the law is not of faith:  but, The man that doeth them shall live in them.  Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:  That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.  Brethren, I speak after the manner of men; Though it be but a man’s covenant, yet if it be confirmed, no man disannulleth, or addeth thereto.  Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made.  He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.  And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect.  For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but God gave it to Abraham by promise.  Wherefore then serveth the law?  It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.  (Galatians 3:  10-19, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Law and Christian Belief (09/03/2013); A Need to Know? (09/04/2013); The Children, not the Dogs (03/17/2013); Why Jesus Must Be A Jew (03/18/2013); The Benefit of Grace (03/19/2013); On the Messiah (02/19/2012); The First Jews (02/20/2012)

“Following Torah And Messiah”, here are a few points to consider that should be useful to avoid spiritual confusion:

(1.)  The holy writings often use the word “law” speaking strictly about the covenant of Moses.  Similarly, modern speakers say “the “law” referring to the Decalogue, the Ten Commandments.  At other points, the Scriptures speak to the divine law that was in place before Creation, and that may be spoken of as eternal.  There are many uses of “law” regarding the ordinances, outcomes of judgment (we might say, precedents), and statutes instituted for the Jews.

(2.)  Careful study of the Scriptures demand that each appearance of the word “law” be examined for its peculiar application and meaning for the passage wherein it appears.  In New Testament writings, the word “law” may appear within the same paragraph multiple times, and its meaning may be changed from use to use.  For example, see Romans 3:  19-23, King James Version.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually understood.  For example, (3.)  Those who left Egypt with Moses, and stood with him and Aaron at the foot of Mount Sinai hearing the voice of GOD proclaim the covenant and the law, were a “mixed multitude.”  At no time was the law only intended exclusively for the tribes of Jacob.  Repeatedly, the Jews did not fully uphold the law (e.g., failure to expel the seven nations occupying the Promised Land; idolatry through the wives of Solomon; schism and the golden calf of Jeroboam, son of Nebat).  Therefore, many believed the promised administration of the Messiah would end what now is being called “the curse of the law.”  The Gentiles embracing the righteousness of the law in the person of Jesus Christ are being used as a divine device to recover and restore the remnant of Israel.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.  Love has spoken.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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