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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
Washington, DC

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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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THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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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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©Michael Andrew Williams, 2013.  All rights reserved.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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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.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

 

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     Today is the anniversary of one of the most devastating yet unifying attacks upon the United States of America as a sovereign nation, its people, and its diverse way(s) of life.  That fateful hour in 2001, as the passenger plane collided into one of the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center (New York City), I was at work on Capitol Hill; and we were all challenged to understand reports that the Capitol, the Monument, and the Pentagon were also under attack.  There were reports and rumors that the Capitol building would be evacuated; and that the Congress and President were to be taken into secure, secret settings.  The Prayer Warriors and Spirit Soldiers of our Nation immediately began to combat confusion, fear and panic.  Some in improvised “private chambers,” others while yet seated with their colleagues before TV broadcasts for the latest information, believers on the Hill began to call to GOD for America’s safety, salvation, and victory.  We trust, we were heard.

     Acknowledging that day, the lives lost, and the precious opportunities that continue to be ours, in the name of Jesus, and to his glory, I sought to restore the archive of 700 documents that had been posted to WordPress.com.  Presently there are only 70 posts available at Thoughts.com, with 296 documents posted at GOOGLE Blogger.com.  Without the blessing of Christ, no such feat of restoration may be accomplished.  May our GOD ever provide us with his shield of unknown soldiers who obey, pray, and witness in our defense.  Be encouraged!

     That GOD the Father has knowledge and information not shared with the Son of GOD is topic, today, along with more on the Bible and genealogy.  The “Yahoo! Answers” writer using ID “Emilio” (Level 1 with 107 points, a member since September 10, 2013) posted the following:

IF JESUS IS THE MOST HIGH GOD, THEN WHY DOESN’T HE KNOW THE DAY AND HOUR OF HIS COMING?

I BELIEVE JESUS IS THE SON OF GOD, THE KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS

MATTHEW 24:36 “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.

THE BATTLE AXE:  The Bible and Genealogy (09/10/2013)—(5)  Because covenant is continued through lineage, inheritance and judgment take on peculiar aspects of spiritual duty.  Included is the challenge to ones descendants and heirs that was described when GOD revealed himself to Moses as the Holy One of Israel, and a GOD whose existence and righteousness are expressed through judgment.  GOD passed before Moses and showed Moses the train of his glory while proclaiming the divine name and reputation, explaining to Moses what was being displayed.  The sins of the fathers are visited upon the children unto the third and fourth generation (i.e., as much as 160 years).  The children are not condemned or punished by GOD as though responsible for the sins of their parents.  However, the offspring must respond to continuing life conditions created by their parents (see Exodus 34:  5-8, KJV).  More than this, it is the divinely determined duty of ones heirs and offspring to complete the unfinished business of the deceased, and to correct the errors of their parents by doing works that create a new name and reputation for their parents, themselves, and that correctly acknowledges the goodness of GOD.

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up:  and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.  And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written,  The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,  To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.  And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him.  And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.  And all bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth. And they said, Is not this Joseph’s son?  And he said unto them, Ye will surely say unto me this proverb, Physician, heal thyself:  whatsoever we have heard done in Capernaum, do also here in thy country.  And he said, Verily I say unto you, No prophet is accepted in his own country.  But I tell you of a truth, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elias, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, when great famine was throughout all the land;  But unto none of them was Elias sent, save unto Sarepta, a city of Sidon, unto a woman that was a widow.  And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Eliseus the prophet; and none of them was cleansed, saving Naaman the Syrian.  And all they in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath,  And rose up, and thrust him out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the hill whereon their city was built, that they might cast him down headlong.  But he passing through the midst of them went his way,  And came down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee, and taught them on the sabbath days.  And they were astonished at his doctrine: for his word was with power.  (Luke 4:  16-32, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Why GOD Prayed to GOD (09/07/2013); Utterance is Spirit (09/08/2013); A Need to Know? (09/04/2013); Of Sure Hope and Certainty (09/05/2013); GOD the X? (07/19/2013)

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     Emilio, here are few points that most Christian believers receive after many hours and years of fellowship, prayer, and study of the holy writings.  Thanks for giving us the chance to share with you: 

(1.)  Jesus Christ has demonstrated and revealed that primary aspects of right relationship with Almighty GOD for created beings and living creatures include acceptance of divine prerogative, being anointed (we also say, being endowed with spirit content from the makeup and person of GOD), operating in faith, and continuing trust.  Along with praise and prayer, these things permit intimate communication; and they replace having full knowledge and detailed information. 

(2.)  Faith is a divine substance, and pertains to the existence of divinity.  Faith is inseparable from such other divine content as holiness, humility, joy, longsuffering, love, righteousness, truth, wisdom, and wrath against sin.

(3.)  Even the proper exercise of divine authority requires discipline, distance, and a peculiar separation of the Sovereign Judge from those over whom he must preside.  Simple beings who are apart from GOD because of ignorance and sin do not easily grasp the many subtle (i.e., barely visible, and therefore unseen) possibilities for their own destruction when they approach GOD.  Rightly understood, to enter the divine presence demands total respect, self-restraint, and appropriate reverence.

     There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually understood.  For example, (4.)  While divine law has not been given to mankind as a device to tell the future, holy law declares the end from the beginning.  Consequences and punishment for disobedience is described before any offense is committed; and so, transgressors have choice as well as duty to be circumspect and wise.  See Deuteronomy 29:  29, KJV.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

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