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Today, reply is on spiritual combat. Many claiming to be followers of Jesus Christ display an eagerness to physically fight with others, and a mentality declaring that GOD has granted Christians exclusive authority, divine entitlement, and full license to demonize, slander and verbally assault their enemies, to be victorious in war, to maintain stockpiles of weapons, and to deploy nuclear bombs throughout the earth at their own discretion. Properly understood, the divine goal is life using change, rather than destruction. Therefore, believers are called and recruited to serve as fishers of men, soul winners, and those who preserve communities by becoming “the salt of the earth.” The present day is a season of grace for sinners, wherein threats of damnation, punishment for sin, and the second death are replaced by opportunity for fellowship with divinity, gradual growth, rest, revelation, unselfish service, and vision. In place of coercion, brute force, deception, and lies, divinity draws to themselves and releases those living in error and sin by using sacred tools such as healing, forgiveness, mercy, nonviolence, prophecy, reconciliation, and spiritual rebirth. Christians are not to behave as hoodlums and thugs; however, neither are they to be beggarly, cowardly, undisciplined, and weak. The followers of Christ are to display the image of GOD, and will not make for others the choices others must demand from themselves. Developing and mature believers are not to shrink from the life challenges wherein sinners are helped to see and make the choice for new life through Jesus Christ. It is written: 1st Corinthians 3: 11-15, King James Version (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. 14 If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. 15 If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire. One of the fighters in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion and Spirituality who uses the ID “Anonymous” (no profile is shown) posted the following:

 

What is spiritual combat?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: 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. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS. (Revelation 19: 11-16, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Conflict Among Multiple Wills? (09/20/2019); Justified By Church Attendance? (06/21/2019); Salvation Through Jesus Christ (03/25/2019); Peace Or A Sword? (01/29/2019); The Lion of Judah (01/22/2017); War and Peace? (07/17/2014); God Bless America? (09/12/2013); Law, Slavery and Redemption (09/13/2013)

 

Anonymous”, all Christian believers on the earth are warriors in spiritual combat against the operations of sin. Sin is understood as an “enigma” for mankind (i.e., a puzzle or question that has no clear origin, no fixed answer, and no reliable solution). Divinity has not put forth sin as part of Creation, and sin has no spirit content from the makeup of GOD, yet, the operations of sin may dominate consciousness and self-will within created beings and living creatures. Sin opposes the continued existence of sacred law, the Lawgiver, and of divine order throughout the universe. Sin promotes destruction, nonexistence, and a return to the conditions of chaos, confusion, and movement of substance without direction and form that were in place before the founding of heaven and earth (we say, preexistence).

Divinity is the inseparable fullness of all spirit-matter; and where they remain in spirit, they must be known as immortal and invisible. Within the Godhead are to be found such elements as faith, holiness, forbearance, hope, longsuffering, lovingkindness, oneness without sameness, personhood, righteousness, wisdom, and wrath against sin. Using the form of human flesh, GOD has appeared through Jesus Christ to demonstrate that divinity are to be known by those on the earth through sacred operations, divine process, and by receiving fresh endowments of the same life essence (breath; spirit; word) imparted to Adam from the makeup of the Creator. The Creator is not an abstraction, an immaterial object, a mechanical device, or a man-made product from human imagination, mind, and carnal reason. Mankind is to have integrity of being, maintain self-government, and serve as a life companion to divinity; however, humanity must continue to exist within the boundaries and frameworks created and provided by divinity. Included are birth, death, resurrection, opportunity, divine prerogative, eternal purpose, possibility, reality, time and space.

The conflicts that exist within Creation are not all visible to the senses of mankind, and must be resolved without continuing corruption (decay, disintegration, rot) that is material, social, and spiritual. Believers must contend against such obstacles as anger, arrogance, covetousness, envy, fear, lust, presumption, exaggerated pride, selfishness, and stubbornness. The living are not to “fight the good fight” using gun violence and weapons of mass destruction. Rather than as the outcome of battles that exploit the mortality of mankind, the preservation of Creation and peace are the outcomes of divine judgment where conflicts are resolved and disputes are settled by applying the sanctions and standards in the law. Christians are to wage war against sin by displaying Christ-likeness and godliness in their lifestyles and daily routines. At every level—how they speak, what they say, and what they do—believers are to make choices, determinations, and sound decisions that acknowledge and conform to meaning, quality, and value from the Maker. Consider the following that uses language from the Bible, and the presentation from the music ministry of the Gaither Vocal Band:

1. Psalms 7: 9-11, King James Version (KJV): 9 Oh let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end; but establish the just: for the righteous God trieth the hearts and reins. 10 My defence is of God, which saveth the upright in heart. 11 God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day.

2. Ephesians 6: 11-18, KJV: 11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: 18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

3. 2nd Corinthians 10: 3-5, KJV: 3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: 4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) 5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example 4. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PsDCH0Y2aiU.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

 

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Today, reply is made to a question on Jesus as the “Lion of Judah.”  The many titles to acknowledge and honor Jesus Christ as the fulfillment of divine proclamations, promises and prophecies regarding divine Judgment and the rule of GOD over all existence include Alpha and Omega, Faithful and True, the Branch, the Holy One, the King of the Jews, the KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS, the Lamb of GOD, Messiah, Prince of Peace as well as The Lion of the Tribe of Judah.  The writer at “Yahoo! Answers (UK & Ireland)” using the ID “Risen Corey” (Level 5 with 7,724 points, a member since September 14, 2015) posted the following:

 

What is the Lion of Judah?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Woe to them that go down to Egypt for help; and stay on horses, and trust in chariots, because they are many; and in horsemen, because they are very strong; but they look not unto the Holy One of Israel, neither seek the LORD!  Yet he also is wise, and will bring evil, and will not call back his words:  but will arise against the house of the evildoers, and against the help of them that work iniquity.  Now the Egyptians are men, and not God; and their horses flesh, and not spirit. When the LORD shall stretch out his hand, both he that helpeth shall fall, and he that is holpen shall fall down, and they all shall fail together.  For thus hath the LORD spoken unto me, Like as the lion and the young lion roaring on his prey, when a multitude of shepherds is called forth against him, he will not be afraid of their voice, nor abase himself for the noise of them:  so shall the LORD of hosts come down to fight for mount Zion, and for the hill thereof.  As birds flying, so will the LORD of hosts defend Jerusalem; defending also he will deliver it; and passing over he will preserve it.  Turn ye unto him from whom the children of Israel have deeply revolted.  (Isaiah 31:  1-6, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Sure Mercies of David (09/19/2016); Jesus Known As Word (01/17/2016); The Lamb of GOD (08/19/2015); Why the Jews Were Called Out? (06/15/2015); About Knowing the Name of GOD (09/21/2014); About Deluding Yourself? (09/22/2014); The Root of Jesse (01/03/2013); Newness of Spirit? (01/04/2013)

 

“Risen Corey”, Christian believers speak of Jesus of Nazareth  as being the “Lion of the tribe of Judah.”  There are multiple streams of sacred covenant between the Creator and mankind that blend and come together proclaiming Jesus to be the Son of Man (Adam) and the Son of GOD who fulfills eternal promise and prophecy.  Included are the words overheard by Adam and Eve that were spoken to the serpent and that ignited their hope for forgiveness, resurrection from death, and restoration to everlasting life.  Others, such as the promises to Abraham, to Isaac, to Jacob, and Moses, clarify and crystallize the divine intent to rule through created beings and living creatures using the frameworks and elements of their existence.  From Adam, there would be an embodiment of divinity (we say, an Incarnation) whereby Deity would appear and operate upon the earth.  In preparation for this, a people would be established in covenant relationship, that first would appear as a household, then a tribe, then a nation, then a dynasty that would become the primary device to introduce the divine ruler, the Messiah.   In contrast to Satan—described as a roaring lion going to and fro upon the earth seeking whom he may devour—Jesus is called the “Lamb of GOD that taketh away the sin of the world”.  Even so, he is honored as the Lion of Judah who appears as the warrior that dares to embrace the full revelation of GOD on behalf of all who have ever existed by opening the sealed books of heaven.  Consider the following:

(1.)  Genesis 3:  14-15, King James Version (KJV):  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.

(2.)  Genesis 49:  8-11, KJV:  8 Judah, thou art he whom thy brethren shall praise:  thy hand shall be in the neck of thine enemies; thy father’s children shall bow down before thee.  9 Judah is a lion’s whelp:  from the prey, my son, thou art gone up:  he stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as an old lion; who shall rouse him up?  10 The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (3.)  Revelation 5:  1-14, KJV:  1 And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals.  2 And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof?  3 And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon.  4 And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon.  5 And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not:  behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.  6 And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.  7 And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne.  8 And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints.  9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof:  for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;  10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests:  and we shall reign on the earth.  11 And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders:  and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands;  12 Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.  13 And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.  14 And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
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Today, I share a poem to acknowledge the poet, Black American Muslim minister, Olympic gold-medalist, world-renowned athlete, and three-time boxing heavyweight champion of the world, Muhammad Ali.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  He teacheth my hands to war, so that a bow of steel is broken by mine arms.  Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation:  and thy right hand hath holden me up, and thy gentleness hath made me great.  Thou hast enlarged my steps under me, that my feet did not slip.  (Psalms 18:  34-36, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Dimensions of Death? (04/24/2016); A Note On Spirit Warfare (01/06/2016); GOD Grants License? (06/21/2013); Origin of Baptism? (06/22/2013); Must We Really Die? (05/13/2013); Can GOD Die? (05/14/2013); The Church as a Bride? (05/15/2013)

 

 

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WHAT’S IN A NAME
[A Poem Recalling a Man Who Conquered Nations, Muhammad Ali]

Shakespeare was first to speak the name to me,
“Yon Cassius has a lean and hungry look”
The words from Caesar’s mouth
In that same book where he says,
Gather ye fat men about me,
such as sleep o’er nights
Little knowing his own ambition
To protect all Rome as imperator
god, would end by Cassius
And the unkindest cut from Brutus his best friend

So when I first saw young Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr.
Sleek, lank, handsome and tall, ready to make history
A teenager, like myself, I wondered
Just where or when this champion would fall
His AAU and Golden Gloves careers began to jab
And the goal of Olympic heights
So strange for a youngster hailing from the South
Began to knock our sox off
Making the Sport of “fisticuffs”
A household name

Laurel-crowned in Rome, he leaves the rank of amateur behind
Becoming the professional he longed to be
In mind, child’s play, the competition of the Globe
Bear-baiting, entertainment for its day
Comes then young warrior coarse and loud
Cutting and strutting, drawing a crowd
“I want Sonny Liston!  I want Sonny Liston!”
A name from the “Gangster Chronicles”
and would say, titled “Champ” only because of bulk
Ready to put his name on the dotted line

A first-round KO, seconds off the clock
An unseen punch so swift, so strong, so dark
Confused and dazed, the crowd was stunned
the spark of recognition burst aflame, sweet science
And standing on the ropes, the prince proclaimed
“I’m King of the World!”, disputed king of the ring
A saga for the ages that would draw
All eyes, all envy, a bum for every month
The known, the unknown, the best, the just s0-so
And one who earned the name, “I broke his jaw.”

And then there was the struggle with the war
Announcing that the Muslim knight had come
Muhammad Ali, no more the wrestler Gorgeous George
The savvy mentors Angelo Dundee, Bundini Brown
Who had urged him float like a butterfly
Sting like a bee, and rumble, young man, rumble
Now Malcolm X and Honorable Elijah Muhammad
Would mold the gladiator-athlete, the poet bold
To minister Islam, justice, protest and peace
To carry the name of X in pride, in freedom

We haven’t heard the last yet of “the Lip” from Louisville
Acknowledging he did give the world a thrill
A record of 56 and five, the Greatest, he would say
A Southern boy, Olympian again in Atlanta
Leading the way having fought and won
The Fight of the Century, the Rumble in the Jungle

The kid grew up, and made a name for himself
Upon the world stage, so fast, he cut off the light
And was in bed before the room got dark
Where sticks and stones may break ones bones
Yet, names will never hurt

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Today, faith, jihad, judgment, and performing the duties of sacred law are topics.  Every legitimate public executioner is held accountable by principles expressed as law, and recognized by every sovereign nation.  More than this, no demand for monies are made that give off the stench of crime and extortion.  All believers must carefully examine those claiming to be “sent” who promote themselves as agents and representatives carrying out the will of Almighty GOD.  In divine judgment, it is the righteousness of GOD—not of mankind—that must appear.  The sacred process of judgment is demonstrated against chosen ones who are in service to GOD, rather than those being exalted by others like themselves.  Where what is shown the world is only condemnation, death, destruction, and self-righteousness, the supposed servants of GOD can be seen as merely presumptuous heathen, and rightly regarded as having no part with He who rules heaven, who provides eternal life.  A fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Michael Vick’s” (Level 2 with 394 points, a member since August 16, 2013) posted the following:

 

When a muslim chops off your head in the name of islam, is he just misguided and not representative of the religion?

Should we not refer to him as muslim? What do we call all these muslims chopping everyone’s head off?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God:  the powers that be are ordained of God.  Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God:  and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.  For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:  For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain:  for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.  Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.  For for this cause pay ye tribute also:  for they are God’s ministers, attending continually upon this very thing.  Render therefore to all their dues:  tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.  Owe no man any thing, but to love one another:  for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.  For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.  Love worketh no ill to his neighbour:  therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.  (Romans 13:  1-10, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Holy Wars? (11/06/2014); Crimes Christ Crucified For? (11/07/2014); A Culture of Judgment? (03/20/2014); Beyond Punishment (03/21/2014); A GOD of War? (03/12/2013); “Authorized Personnel Only” (03/13/2013); Thoughts Upon A Warrior’s Fall (11/15/2012); The Slave to Law and Sin Made Free (11/16/2012); Life and Death (09/26/2012); Mob Rule and Violence (09/27/2012); Suppose I Am Wrong? (09/28/2012)

 

“Michael Vick’s”, here are a few points now increasingly shared among Christian believers to counteract the terrible spread of ignorance about the true meanings of “duty” and “faith”:

(1.)  The term musleem (akin to “muslim” yet not the same) is understood as “being in total submission to GOD.”  The patriarch Abraham, acknowledged in the holy writings as “the Friend of GOD” also is revered as having been musleem.  Abraham established a spiritual inheritance for mankind as a covenant partner in relationship to the Creator.

(2.)  The holy writings teach that GOD used Israel as a tool in revelation to demonstrate divine authority, grace, and wrath against sin.  As surely as GOD created the armies of Israel using herders and keepers of livestock, because they lacked faith, he also denied them the place as those who would serve by populating the Promised Land.  Similarly, when King David wanted to build a Temple that would be the House of GOD, his status as a bloody warrior-king disqualified him.

(3.)  Where “faith” is understood as spirit matter that must be deposited within mankind from divinity, selected men may become recognized as those in covenant with GOD who serve as agents, apostles, imams, judges, prophets, representatives, rulers, and spokespersons provided by Deity. 

(4.)  In the same way, law enforcement officers are not judges and jurists, those claiming status as soldiers and warriors are not legitimate as executioners who are lawfully appointed officers of the court (often mistakenly seen as corrections officers, that is, prison guards).  Similarly, soldiers are not used as clerics or workers of miracles (we say, sacred events), given the great danger of increasing spiritual confusion.

(5.)  Lawful agents of a community in covenant are authorized to apply sanctions against other members within the community, however, not to those who  are “outsiders”.  Such servants must make themselves openly known, yet, can appear “wearing the mask” to maintain their integrity as agents of the law who would come under attacks from those punished through the law.  The lack of regard for law and order on a broader scale that also acknowledges operations of GOD within other communities does not continue to manifest the higher purposes of GOD proclaimed by unity.

(6.)  Sin may not be eliminated or removed by finite human tools such as emotions, intellect, logic, mathematics, philosophy, pride, and science.  Sin opposes the continued existence of divine law, the Law Giver, and the universe that requires divine order grounded in law.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (7.)  Service in combat and open warfare are declared to be “the lesser jihad.”  The “greater jihad” is the pursuit of life and peace by service to establish and maintain community.  Thus, family life, marriage, and parenting are to be ranked as blessing, more godly, and having higher sacred value.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to the measure of your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

     General Petraeus, issues of leadership, and standards for sound government are considered, today.  Also, there is more on mockers and scoffers.  A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “Joe Sch” (Level 1 with 231 points,  a member since July 17, 2011) posted the following:

Who cares that General Petraeus had an affair…why is that news?

I get that cheating on one’s spouse is bad, but why is it big news and why did he resign? It happens every day by a large portion of our society. I’m not making light of adultery, only asking why it is relevant to his position and why it is of public interest.

And no, I don’t believe that the type of character necessary to remain faithful to a spouse is necessary to be a government or military official.

THE BATTLE AXE:  Mockers in the Last Days (11/14/2012)—Many regard the increased appearance of mockers and scoffers as more than continued human error.  They realize an indication that the world is exhausting its opportunity for recovery by GOD that was granted through the birth, death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ.  While the prophecies of mockers contained within the holy writings address challenges to Jesus as Messiah, the many proclamations of the gospel, and his sacred work of salvation, the scriptures also describe a widespread condition of open cynicism, distrust, skepticism, and unbelief.  The scriptures and every basis for knowledge from GOD are opposed, including what may be regarded as the final and ultimate gift, the active presence and operation of the imparted, indwelling spirit from GOD, the Holy Ghost.

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.
(Proverbs 25:  28, King James Version)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Marriage and Civil Law (08/14/2012); Apostasy Forgiven? (08/15/2012); Jesus Our “Advocate” (08/16/2012); Wrong To Love (08/17/2012); A Sin To Question? (02/17/2012); Why Religion, Anyhow? (02/18/2012); Dispatch 11:  Peace (Hand in Hand) 08/19/2011; Conspiracy? (12/08/2010)

     The issues that must be addressed by those in government always include the maintenance of sound definitions and standards for balance, continuity, consistency, decision-making, efficiency, leadership, vision, and trust.  Among the elements that introduce weakness and that promote instability that results in collapse are such “natural” realities as ambition, anger, appetite, eccentricity, dishonor, fear, guilt, immaturity, injustice, violence, and lies. 

     Only through fundamental agreements and consensus put forth as law may any truly diverse population accomplish a minimal order that displays solidarity and unity.  Many incorrectly describe law as impersonal, inflexible and unfeeling.  However, law must be impartial, righteous, unimpeachable, and universal.

     Just as those who lead must acknowledge those by whom they are led, those who govern must acknowledge whereby they themselves are governed.  In societies that foster an illusion of equality, rejection of leadership is usually rife and widespread.  Defiance and rebellion against hierarchy are counted as vital to individuality and maturity.  True anarchy is an ideal that entails the perfection of mankind whereby conflict never occurs, or is instantly and agreeably removed.  In cultures where celebrities, elected officials, public figures and prominent persons repeatedly come under the scrutiny of those who lack talent, are undereducated, are unskilled, and “out of the loop,” there is also an illusion of oneself being invulnerable to slander, irreproachable, safe, secure, and untouchable.

     There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, the enduring accomplishments of leaders demand discipline, focus, sacrifice and self-denial.  Opposition encountered by those who lead often include aspects of their own personality.  Included are envy, pride, secrecy, and stubbornness.  For leaders and those in positions of trust, a self-destructive pattern of behavior and conduct that contradicts their most solemn word, and overturns their private lives, indicates a level of massive internal break-down.  They are become erratic, unpredictable, unreliable and whipped.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Today I present an acknowledgement of Nelson Mandela that I have been sharing with U. S. President Obama, the Ambassador of South Africa Rasool (Washington, DC), U. S. Secretary of State John Kerry, and others, a poem, ALL AFRICA REJOICING.  Just as the power of a single word, so the power of a single association or a single image.  The poem appearing upon the page is always only a fragment of the writers mind, while the other pieces are to be found within the reader.  At best, a poem is a fragment of thought, a phrase, and a small abstract of a great whole in place as the writer’s mind.  Specially for this reason, there should be some order, some direction, some integrity.  I look forward to your comments.  Be encouraged!

ALL AFRICA REJOICING
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela  (18 July 1918 – 5 December 2013)

All Africa crying
Tears of joy
The cataracts of Tugela cascading
Thunders rainbow laden
Licking her chops as a lioness over prey

Surely, it is an act of GOD
When Methodist schoolboys
Escape Bantu education
To fill their hands with King Protea blooms
Broad fields of destiny and law

The sudden prison bars of island waves
Treacherous currents that torture you
To tell all your truth
Your tribal secrets
Your names, your hearts committed

There will be a future, the defense of peace
We must hide until then by silence
Stone face, arrested smiles
Or weeping gasps and snatches of
Breath in the cosmic egg, infinity

The splendid USA, a shining revolution
A heritage of reconciliation
From a common ground of shame
Nguni and the troublemaker’s rest
Amandla

The soil of the escarpment opens to embrace
Collusion, victory
The covert ancestral home
The rich earth of sky children
And the offspring of the trek, for all are welcome

From Joburg to Harlem
From Niagara to Soweto
Hands should now clap rhythms for dancing feet
Drums should now sound for freedom dreams
Made real

A hero of the Boer Wars released
Home again from Cape Town and Pretoria
The pantheon of ancestors
The power of our believing is now increased
The vision we all bled for still alive: 

Two elephant tusks and ears of wheat
A knobkierie and a spear
The secretary bird with wings expanding
Banded warriors beneath their rising sun
All Africa rejoicing

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     Old Testament law, recognizing divine mercies, and slavery are topics, today.  Also there is more on GOD’s blessing of the nations.  A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “Speculum” (Level 3 with 1,009 points, a member since January 20, 2010) posted the following:

 

Christians what was the reason for this particular Old Testament rule made by God?

What purpose did this serve?:

Exodus 21:20 “Anyone who beats their male or female slave with a rod must be punished if the slave dies as a direct result, 21 but they are not to be punished if the slave recovers after a day or two, since the slave is their property.

Why would God allow people to beat their already unlucky person severely , and only be punished if the slave dies? Why did he allow slavery anyway? , it refers to people as property…(see above verse)

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@ naughtyd Isn’t it the same God? Didn’t those laws have consequences for the person that was a slave? I don’t understand , i get it that it was an old law , but it still circulated alot of time affecting people severely. Are you that dismissful of immoral laws just because it was * old * ?

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  God Bless America? (09/11/2013)—(6.)  To say that GOD only blesses America is untrue; and should be recognized for what it is, the sinful charge that GOD is unfit to rule or preside in judgment due to bias, favoritism and partiality.  The arrogance of those who deny GOD authority and privilege to bless the nations according to a divine plan for the universe that they themselves may not alter is already condemned and judged as blasphemy, rebellion, slander, and ungodliness.  America-bashing, and making exaggerated claims against other nations are a form of immaturity, amateurish politics, and fraudulent self-promotion.  Rightly understood, the gifts, prosperity and strength seen with America, Israel, Jordan or even India, Iraq and Pakistan, have come through hard work and industry, the careful outlay of resources, and the application of genuine wisdom.  Even so, what these nations have reaped as their harvest may also be discerned as evidence of divine favor, knowledge of sacred truth, and the active presence of GOD.  See Psalms 67:  1-7, Proverbs 14:  33-35 and Acts 10:  34-35, King James Version.  (7.)  Duty to uphold the law may not be arbitrarily dismissed and laid aside.  Through international law, the obligation of America now is to all humanity, not simply those within our own boundaries, to ones family, friends, neighbors, oneself, and ones close associates.  The operational aspects of love, divine judgment, and sacred righteousness are to be discharged including balance, courage, decisiveness, fairness, impartiality, mercy, objectivity, open-mindedness, thoroughness, truth, and wisdom.  (8.)  While it is the duty and privilege of all Christian believers to be in communion with GOD through praise and prayer, there are many who are specially anointed to serve the church as unseen prayer warriors, and spirit soldiers.  Generally, such believers are humble, meek, and unassuming.  It is their distinctive gift to make effectual, fervent prayers and supplication.  Unlike those who serve by pastoral counseling, pulpit preaching or sacred instruction, these peculiar ministers prefer to be inconspicuous, and may be thought of as “the salt of the earth,” who blend in and flavor all things.  These believers direct their speaking and spiritual activity to GOD, rather than to others of the congregation.  Like military chaplains, their most necessary service often is to the wounded and occurs upon the battlefield.  See Matthew 6:  1-21 and Luke 11:  1-13, KJV.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!  for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith:  these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.   Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel.  (Matthew 23:  26-31, King James Version)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Law in Christian Belief? (09/03/2013); A Need to Know? (09/04/2013); A Guilt Trip? (07/11/2013); Prayer not Enough? (07/12/2013); Wanting to Have Our Way (03/09/2013); Not Even Sorry? (03/10/2013); Put Every Man His Sword By His Side (01/01/2013); The Common Danger (01/02/2013); By Grace (09/04/2012); Yet If I Judge (09/05/2012)

 

     Speculum, here are a few points I may share that many Christian believers acquire through the sacred disciplines of careful prayer, and study of the holy writings.  See with new eyes, and take up a divine point of view:

(1.)  The covenant law from GOD that was to transform carnal, material and social realities, also was to reveal the nature of divine person, and cement a new spiritual relationship with the Almighty.  The Creator GOD who had fashioned the armies of Israel did not establish law to oversee conquest and the seizing of territories so much as for a full mechanism that would make divinity visible and understood as a “god of judgment.”

(2.)  The economy of Israel was created by GOD.  Provisions were made so that those of the covenant nation would no longer suffer as loosely connected family members, and opposing tribes that were living as nomads.  Divine regulations were instituted to establish distribution and stable patterns of ownership for real property (i.e., land) including provisions for restoration of property sold or under lien (see Jubilee).

(3.)  There were laws to comfort, encourage and nourish those in poverty that also addressed using fellow covenant members as employees and workers.

     There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually understood.  For example, (4.)  Those who oppose divine law, and sacred judgment, are under the influence of sin.  Sin is no material or spirit thing, yet, sin may dominate awareness and self-will in created beings and living creatures.  Sin opposes the existence of GOD and all that GOD has created.  Because of sin, what developing believers (and those outraged persons who reject Bible truth, mock, and want to find a justification for condemning GOD) read into the Scripture as a divine approval of slavery, faith reveals to be the balance, mercy, and righteousness of judgment.  Only those who were already under a divine sentence of death after breaking covenant with GOD, became captives or slaves, and were permitted to live despite the command to utterly destroy them.  Spiritually speaking, these were redeemed, and made to be living sacrifices.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

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