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Balaam’s Angel With Sword (reference below)

 

Today, the reply is on the divine use of animals and things in nature that appear in sacred accounts, prophetic demonstrations, and divine instruction for mankind. Included are angels, birds, great fish, rivers, storms, winds, animals speaking with a human voice, and divinity appearing in human form as in the Incarnation. The process of GOD to reveal the character, makeup and nature of divinity uses both comparison (i.e., showing sameness or similarity) and contrast (i.e., showing differences and how things are unalike) to expose the hidden aspects of mankind; of created beings, living creatures, and objects as well as of the inseparable persons within the Godhead. Divinity also uses glory, miracles, mystery, rebirth, transformation, and visions. A fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion and Spirituality who uses the ID “Anonymous” (no profile is shared) posted the following:

 

Does bible really say donkeys & snakes can talk?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 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. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. 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. (Romans 8: 1-9, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Hardened Minds and Hearts? (07/28/2017); Knowing GOD and Sin? (02/03/2017); When the Donkey Speaks? (11/03/2016); Knowing The Divine Voice? (09/02/2016); Balaam (10/15/2013); About Sabbath (10/16/2013); Why A “Spokesperson”? (01/14/2013); No Contradictions? (01/15/2013)

 

Anonymous”, because the GOD we serve as mature Christian believers is also a God of judgment, redemption and salvation, who rules and has dominion over all that exists and all that have life, the holy writings include many accounts that proclaim and reveal the authority, majesty and sovereign will of God extends over both the natural world, and the spiritual world. It is reasonable to accept that the GOD of Creation would examine and interact with all to whom integrity of being is attributed. While there are mechanical and natural laws that regulate the function and process for the things of the natural world (e.g., domestic animals; fire; fish; insects; water; weather events), there may be sacred events (we also say, miracles) that appear in accordance with divine law, sacred substance, and consecrated process (e.g., faith, holiness, prophecy, rebirth, resurrection). Ordinarily, things of the natural world do not respond to the will of God except through the processes of mechanical and natural law; and it is in this sense that secular knowledge, carnal reason, and the material world are at enmity against the law of God. Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

1. Genesis 3: 13-19, King James Version (KJV): 13 And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat. 14 And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: 15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. 16 Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee. 17 And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; 18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; 19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.

2. Numbers 22: 28-34, KJV: 28 And the LORD opened the mouth of the ass, and she said unto Balaam, What have I done unto thee, that thou hast smitten me these three times? 29 And Balaam said unto the ass, Because thou hast mocked me: I would there were a sword in mine hand, for now would I kill thee. 30 And the ass said unto Balaam, Am not I thine ass, upon which thou hast ridden ever since I was thine unto this day? was I ever wont to do so unto thee? and he said, Nay. 31 Then the LORD opened the eyes of Balaam, and he saw the angel of the LORD standing in the way, and his sword drawn in his hand: and he bowed down his head, and fell flat on his face. 32 And the angel of the LORD said unto him, Wherefore hast thou smitten thine ass these three times? behold, I went out to withstand thee, because thy way is perverse before me: 33 And the ass saw me, and turned from me these three times: unless she had turned from me, surely now also I had slain thee, and saved her alive. 34 And Balaam said unto the angel of the LORD, I have sinned; for I knew not that thou stoodest in the way against me: now therefore, if it displease thee, I will get me back again.

3. 1st Corinthians 15: 35-44, KJV: 35 But some man will say, How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come? 36 Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die: 37 And that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other grain: 38 But God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own body. 39 All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds. 40 There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another. 41 There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory. 42 So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: 43 It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power: 44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, 4. 1st Kings 19: 5-12, KJV: 5 And as he lay and slept under a juniper tree, behold, then an angel touched him, and said unto him, Arise and eat. 6 And he looked, and, behold, there was a cake baken on the coals, and a cruse of water at his head. And he did eat and drink, and laid him down again. 7 And the angel of the LORD came again the second time, and touched him, and said, Arise and eat; because the journey is too great for thee. 8 And he arose, and did eat and drink, and went in the strength of that meat forty days and forty nights unto Horeb the mount of God. 9 And he came thither unto a cave, and lodged there; and, behold, the word of the LORD came to him, and he said unto him, What doest thou here, Elijah? 10 And he said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: for the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away. 11 And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD. And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake: 12 And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

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Bronze Snake

 

Today, reply is on the divine use of material devices, and the operations of faith exercised in the use of a bronze serpent on a pole, Nehushtan. In the same way divine law for mankind also imparts the knowledge of sin, Nehushtan, that was fashioned to provide healing and salvation, also exposed and illuminated sin. Included were apostasy, idolatry, and the defilement of both anointed rule (dominion) and consecrated priesthood. That the Scripture accounts address the beginnings of Israel as a nation is not to overshadow the fact that the holy writings provide a record of revelation from GOD that includes multiple divine appearances, as well as sacred events on the earth that are yet to occur. Created beings and living creatures are challenged to apprehend immortal, invisible, incorruptible GOD having been endowed with sacred process, purpose, and spirit substance from the makeup of GOD. Deity appears using flesh and human form (we say, Incarnation); and divine deliverance, judgment, and eternal life are to be discerned as certain, ongoing, and eternal. The fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” Religion and Spirituality public forum who uses the ID “glenda” (Level 1 with 4 points, a member since March 16, 2018) posted the following:

 

What the meaning of a bronze snake on a pole in the bible. number 21:4,9,?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour. Father, glorify thy name. Then came there a voice from heaven, saying, I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again. The people therefore, that stood by, and heard it, said that it thundered: others said, An angel spake to him. Jesus answered and said, This voice came not because of me, but for your sakes. Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out. And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. This he said, signifying what death he should die. The people answered him, We have heard out of the law that Christ abideth for ever: and how sayest thou, The Son of man must be lifted up? who is this Son of man? Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth. While ye have light, believe in the light, that ye may be the children of light. These things spake Jesus, and departed, and did hide himself from them. (John 12: 27-36, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: On Recognizing Divine Judgment (01/24/2018); Flesh As Divine Vessels? (01/14/2018); Faithless Israel, Unfaithful Judah? (08/18/2017); No Other gods? (08/14/2015); Why Prophets Were Sent to Israel (11/23/2014); The Need for Prophecy Then and Now (11/24/2014); Not Images Used in Worship? (09/14/2014); Death is a Divine Tool (09/15/2014)

 

glenda”, when Moses appeared to Pharaoh, GOD used the prophet’s staff to demonstrate divine authority, power, and sacred presence that could not be displayed by the magicians of Egypt. Many Christians believe this staff was a symbol of the Son of GOD who eventually would appear on the earth in human form (we say, Incarnation). When the staff became a serpent and swallowed up the serpents from the magicians this signified that the Savior would appear to destroy the idolatry, occultism, superstitions, and spiritual confusion of Egypt, and of all mankind.

Among Christian believers there are many points of agreement and understanding shared regarding the accounts of Nehushtan (the serpent on the pole) that appear in the Bible. Nehushtan first was used as a material object that would provide a visible focus for the divine operations of faith within those who left Egypt guided by Moses and Aaron. Their deliverance, healing, and transformation to exist as a nation favored by GOD would not be merely on the basis of the 12 tribes accepting divine law they would hear proclaimed by invisible, unseen GOD. Their new life would be on the basis of their faith in his grace, divine prerogative, promises, and sovereign will demonstrated in multiple sacred events that included correction; plagues of fiery serpents; the daily appearance of a pillar of cloud by day, and fire by night; the falling of manna; and being granted divine rest as the Sabbath day. The integrity of GOD in covenant further appears as the recovery of the lost dominion of Adam through fulfillment of the promises to David, that his household would reign as a dynasty. The many errors of Israel among the heathen included continuing the worship of man-made objects (we say, idolatry; the worship of graven images) as they had done in Egypt. In the reign of Rehoboam, son of Solomon, the dynasty of King David was ended by the 10 tribes who became the Northern Kingdom (also called Israel; Samaria) while the 2 remaining tribes became known as Judah. Under Jeroboam as their king, Israel discontinued worship at the temple of Solomon, and would even revive worship of the golden calf from Egypt. The account of Hezekiah also affirms the faithfulness of GOD in covenant.

Consider again the following that uses language from the holy writings:

(1.) Numbers 21: 4-9, King James Version (KJV): 4 And they journeyed from mount Hor by the way of the Red sea, to compass the land of Edom: and the soul of the people was much discouraged because of the way. 5 And the people spake against God, and against Moses, Wherefore have ye brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? for there is no bread, neither is there any water; and our soul loatheth this light bread. 6 And the LORD sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died. 7 Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, We have sinned, for we have spoken against the LORD, and against thee; pray unto the LORD, that he take away the serpents from us. And Moses prayed for the people. 8 And the LORD said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live. 9 And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived.

(2.) 2nd Kings 18: 1-5, KJV: Now it came to pass in the third year of Hoshea son of Elah king of Israel, that Hezekiah the son of Ahaz king of Judah began to reign. 2 Twenty and five years old was he when he began to reign; and he reigned twenty and nine years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name also was Abi, the daughter of Zachariah. 3 And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that David his father did. 4 He removed the high places, and brake the images, and cut down the groves, and brake in pieces the brasen serpent that Moses had made: for unto those days the children of Israel did burn incense to it: and he called it Nehushtan. 5 He trusted in the LORD God of Israel; so that after him was none like him among all the kings of Judah, nor any that were before him.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (3.) 1st Kings 12: 26-31, KJV: 26 And Jeroboam said in his heart, Now shall the kingdom return to the house of David: 27 If this people go up to do sacrifice in the house of the LORD at Jerusalem, then shall the heart of this people turn again unto their lord, even unto Rehoboam king of Judah, and they shall kill me, and go again to Rehoboam king of Judah. 28 Whereupon the king took counsel, and made two calves of gold, and said unto them, It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem: behold thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt. 29 And he set the one in Bethel, and the other put he in Dan. 30 And this thing became a sin: for the people went to worship before the one, even unto Dan. 31 And he made an house of high places, and made priests of the lowest of the people, which were not of the sons of Levi.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

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Miracles, prophetic demonstrations, signs, and snake handling are topics, today.  Also, there is more on arguing against the Bible in church.  A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “SupaStar” (Level 6 with 20,194 points, a member since April 03, 2013) posted the following:

 

Do you think ALL Churches should take up snake handling?

Wouldn’t that solve much of the problems with many theists, that is, weeding out the most ignorant?

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  Arguing Against the Bible in Church? (01/18/2014)—The process of the church centers on meeting the needs of created beings and living creatures, rather than needs within the GODhead.  The detection of nominal Christians (i.e., those who are believers in name only), and those in service to the Adversary, is regularly accomplished by their repeated expressions of malice toward the body, and their readiness to attack the Scriptures.  Believers in Christ are to willingly accept a duty to minister unselfishly to others, therefore, ones personal agenda is routinely put aside in order to benefit the body through sacrifice.  What may not be spoken in the name of Jesus, and to the glory of the Father, is better left unsaid.  Saying this another way:  Anything we might say, and how we might say it, that would offend the Savior is not to be brought before the body.  The church is not to be a battlefield, or place of combat and confrontation.  Yet, declaring and reminding others of truth they have already been given may humble pride and sting, for the word also operates as correction, rebuke, and reproof.  Every initiative, whether among the clergy or lay persons, should acknowledge and express divine intent and sacred purpose that agrees with things recorded, and things proclaimed and prophesied that are yet to be fulfilled.  When properly carried out, challenges or objections to attitudes, behavior and doctrine within the church will be made only after invoking and acknowledging the divine presence.  There is to be a shared acknowledgment of authority from GOD as well as correct application of the divinely provided procedures for judgment and resolution of conflict.  See Matthew 20:  20-28, Galatians 2:  9-21 and Matthew 18:  15-20, King James Version.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils.  And she went and told them that had been with him, as they mourned and wept.  And they, when they had heard that he was alive, and had been seen of her, believed not.  After that he appeared in another form unto two of them, as they walked, and went into the country.  And they went and told it unto the residue:  neither believed they them.  Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen.  And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.  He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.  And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;  They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.  So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.  And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following.  Amen.  (Mark 16:  9-20, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Miracles are Sacred Events (12/20/2013); Resisting Sin (12/21/2013); A Relationship not Just Knowledge? (06/25/2013); Recognizing True Prophets (05/02/2013); Jesus, A Party Animal? (05/03/2013); Why “Mysterious” (11/11/2012); Attending Church? (11/12/2012);  The Spirit is Willing (10/20/2012); Spirit Matter (10/21/2012); Caesarea Philippi (10/22/2012);  On Cults (08/30/2012); A House of gods? (08/31/2012)

“SupaStar”, here are a few points intended for the children of GOD that should make perfect sense to a long-time investigator like yourself who has been shown many answers from the Holy Spirit:

(1.)  Snake handling is not as great a problem to Christian believers as the continuous mishandling of the word of GOD.  In addition to those who deliberately manipulate (we say, wrest) the Scriptures in order to have advantage over others, and contend against GOD, there are many who err by ignorance of the Scriptures, incorrect application of divine principles that are revealed, and satisfaction with the retarded development for their own inner Spirit.

(2.)  Once born again through baptism (we may say, reproduced from divine DNA), believers must “grow up” again, and mature while facing the same challenges of life that come against all upon the earth.  While constriction and snake venoms may destroy a person’s physical body, there is nothing that can kill or remove the imparted, indwelling Spirit from GOD.  Even so, by receiving blasphemy, heresy, and warped ideas, believers are defiled and weakened as if poison had been added to their daily meals.

(3.)  The justification for snake handling shared by many is anchored in the flesh, not the Holy Spirit.  Where there is a fascination with death, a desire to “show off” and demonstrate power, there is little more than a tempting of GOD.  The person of GOD demonstrated by Christ must be primary.  The Holy Spirit is his agent, and does not promote himself, a different agenda, a different Gospel, or a new doctrine separate and distinct from that taught by Jesus.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. ( For example, (4.)  Were you a church member showing respect to the covenants and discipline you share with others of your congregation, you would realize the ignorant are always weeded out by duty, love, regimen, sacred practices (we say, the sacraments), eternal purposes, and unchanging truth.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not;  But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.  But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:  (2nd Corinthians 4:  1-3, KJV)

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