“Watch out w’en you’er gittin all you want. Fattenin’ hogs ain’t in luck.” Uncle Remus Plantation Proverbs
“‘Everyone has two portions, one in paradise and another in hell.’ Acheer asked Rabbi Meyer, ‘What meaneth this that is written (Ecel. vii. 14), ‘G-d also has set the one over against the other?’ Rabbi Meyer replied, ‘There is nothing which G-d has created of which He has not also created the opposite. He who created mountains and hills created also seas and rivers.’ But said Acheer to Rabbi Meyer, ‘Thy master, Rabbi Akiva, did not say so, but spake in this way: He created the righteous and also the wicked; He created paradise and hell: every man has two portions, one portion in paradise, and the other in hell. The righteous, who has personal merit, carries both his own portion of good and that of his wicked neighbor away with him to paradise; the wicked, who is guilty and condemned, carries both his own portion of evil and also that of his righteous neighbor away with him to hell.’ When Rav Mesharshia asked what Scripture guarantee there was for this, this was the reply: ‘With regard to the righteous, it is written (Isa. lxi. 7), (They shall rejoice in their portion, therefore in their land (beyond the grave) they shall possess the double.) Respecting the wicked it is written (Jer. xvii. 18), ‘And destroy them with double destruction.'” Chaggigah, fol. 15, col. 1.
“The question asked above by Acheer has been practically resolved by all wise men from the beginning of the world, but it is the boast of the Hegelians that it has for the first time been resolved philosophically by their master. Others had maintained that you could not think a thing but through its opposite; he first maintained it could not exist but through its opposite, that, in fact, the thing and its opposite must needs arise together, and that eternally, as complements of one unity: the white is not there without the black, nor the black without the white; the good is not there without the evil, nor the evil without the good.” (From the Talmud)
“When a society falls into chaos and blatant immorality, as the Western world seems to be on the verge of doing, it is evident that there is a crisis in leadership.” J. Ritenbaugh
As America comes to a ‘screeching’ halt, an Eagle at fault and to blame for hoarding persons – the poor and the lame – in an unforgivable game of employing the wicked and deceitful as labor mostly force, yet void of any real work, work ethic, righteous intent which is all waste, ridicule of abundance which instead becomes plague and reluctance to change or be held accountable, much less considered reliable, all of which is the most hateful war against humanity and its true purpose turned to rottenness and decay which stage a show called defiance of Holy Name and Zion’s Fame turned to shame everlast. More popularly known as Game of Thrones reigning as things over retarded drones who never do as they are told much less asked and do what they do out of fear of torment constantly upon them and won’t let be much less free a nation in deep, deep misery and denial of Light’s Right to shine.
‘The mouse and the cat are combined to make a feast on the fat of the unfortunate.” Ibid., fol. 105, col. 1
What a friend we have in Jesus?! What a presumptuous thing to claim!
As with incompatible spirits like the Ox and Donkey, ends are never well met nor a company resolved in an abundantly prosperous venture and agreement; but only for whatever reason and season grudgingly bent on doing what they must to get wherever the wind beckons them (Jeremiah 2:23-37).
Never fear! Cooperative spirits, like one who has a ‘familiar spirit’ only much more divinely directed and predestined to an end shared in glory are here to rescue a self-defeated nation of thieves, murderers, lazy idolators and apostate haters of the good and righteous.
And I saw the stars, that they were very great, and that one of them was nearest unto the throne of G-d; and there were many great ones which were near unto it; If two things exist, and there be one above the other, there shall be greater things above them; therefore one star is the greatest of all stars that thou hast seen, because it is nearest unto me. Now, if there be two things, one above the other, and the moon be above the earth, then it may be that a planet or a star may exist above it; and there is nothing that HaShem thy G-d shall take in his heart to do but what he will do it. Howbeit that he made the greater star; as, also, if there be two spirits, and one shall be more intelligent than the other, yet these two spirits, notwithstanding, one is more intelligent than the other, have no beginning; they existed before, they shall have no end, they shall exist after, for they are eternal. These two facts do exist, that there are two spirits, one being more intelligent than the other; there shall be another more intelligent than they; I am HaShem thy G-d, I am more intelligent than they all. I dwell in the midst of them all; I now, therefore, have come down unto thee to declare unto thee the works which my hands have made, wherein my wisdom excelleth them all, for I rule in the heavens above, and in the earth beneath, in all wisdom and prudence, over all the intelligences thine eyes have seen from the beginning; I came down in the beginning in the midst of all the intelligences thou hast seen. Now the intelligences that were organized before the world was, and among all these there were many of the noble and great ones; And G-d saw these souls that they were good, and he stood in the midst of them, and he said: These I will make my rulers; for he stood among those that were spirits, and he saw that they were good; and he said unto Abraham, thou art one of them; thou wast chosen before thou wast born. And there stood one among them that was like unto G-d, and he said unto those who were with him: We will go down, for there is space there, and we will take of these materials, and we will make an earth whereon these may dwell; And we will prove them herewith, to see if they will do all things whatsoever HaShem their G-d shall command them; And they who keep their first estate shall be added upon; and they who keep not their first estate shall not have glory in the same kingdom with those who keep their first estate; and they who keep their second estate shall have glory added upon their heads forever and ever. And HaShem said: Whom shall I send? And one answered like unto the Son of Man: Here am I, send me. And another answered and said: Here am I, send me. And HaShem said: I will send the first. -The Book of Abraham 3
And the second is satan and he ranted and raved like a spoiled child etc., and lost his place and standing in heaven ever after and fell and brought a curse upon mankind by leading Eve and Adam into sin, in that order.
But what is important, or what I was getting at was the cooperative spirits and the spirit nearest unto G-d and nearest unto His Son, which became like the anti-satan or archangel, however he is not Michael, but is know as Kolob, who had a spirit like unto the valiant of Israel and Samson who was mighty for truth in the earth. Now because of satan, there was an Elkanah who sought to kill Abraham and keep these things from being known among the children of men. And Elkanah is like or the first Master Mahan who gloried in murder and wickedness and getting power and gain thereby. All those who follow satan acknowledge these as the Baalim, or idol gods, and became as Cain and his followers, call them what you will, Belial, the order of the Nehors, they have as many names as the world has automobile types and Judah had towns named in ancient Israel but are as numerous as stars and the sand on the seashore, and terrible as they are insignificant before the Throne of G-d; well to be afraid of and kept far from as Babylon or Egypt should be fled from and not run to by any who love G-d and their soul’s welfare.
These are they who slept with the Mother of Abominations and drank of her wines and liquors and lost their glory and became as fools and now hate her as much as any self-loathing creature may.
These are they who despite the free gift of salvation being offered them, turn away because of pride and vanity. For not all are valiant for truth and holiness as angels whose might exceeds all and whose wisdom makes the beast feel its inferiority even when it has become king of a jungle of them.
But there exist the Kolob’s, Joshua’s, Caleb’s, Samson’s, David’s men, etc. Valiant men of Solomon’s Court and David’s Kingdom who are still fighting the good fight inasmuch as it may be fought anymore. As Saul turned Paul would find out, it is not possible to fight with a beast on its terms and at its level without giving heed to the Way Holy and Torah, and seating a legitimate heir to upon a seat of mercy rather than a throne of might and judgment, much less corruption and wickedness (Psalm 94:20).
Acceptance with G-d has always been impossible for fallen men, who must overcome or nullify themselves to even feel after Him.
Proving grounds for telling the difference between the men and the boys, are usually dominated by women and this is, of course, anti everything G-d may be, but a small test as to how one may quench his thirst and behave himself in common affairs and matters amongst his fellows will discover who is approved of G-d or not whenever and in whatsoever manner warfare may be called for and it is always to be eschewed when it may, but Jesus did not come to bring peace but a sword.
Who may rely on a Prince of Peace for leadership when the Word calls for bloodshed is decided in ways marvelous but the Torah may always be trusted to instruct men whatever their calling may be and to test a real McCoy from a phony in anywise and anyway and place proving may be necessary and it is always necessary and few are they who understand why any are approved and very few established, especially after this life of vanity in which the L-RD has given us to enjoy precisely the same for the most part, but for few to rejoice in knowing Him and receiving wisdom as a Pearl of Great Price may be.
Corruption never needed to lessen the difference between two spirits like one another and G-d but after a long time may make the difference as grand as a chasm. Neither were led astray so much by an inferior spirit as by a longing to enjoy the uniqueness of separateness and what most take for granted as a right to privacy. Worlds have been destroyed by the breach of the same and friendships wrecked forever. When either/or have been brought low in sin and by folly and forgetfulness gone far astray, the Way has afforded an eternally open door and Highway in or through which restoration is always possible but not by any means easy striving for! Always worth it, but just as often costs everything, and why should any destroy himself by being overwise or wear himself out before his time?
Ecclesiastes 7:16 Do not be overrighteous, neither be overwise– why destroy yourself.
Perhaps, knowing on either extreme or from an impossible depth to an impossible height makes the same worth the price of reconciliation. And it may give life new meaning in a world with many hearts and souls feeling a great void in the same category or instance.
Time never tells. Never count on a watch but be among those who keep the watch and guard the fig tree. Fruit Fullness will be far more satisfying than additional time to serve since to live is Christ and to die is gain (Proverbs 27:18; Philippians 1:21).
The difficulty arises when the same must be chosen and never denied or manipulated to serve any cause humanistic which results in otherwise lofty spirits brought down and become sadistic, or no longer possessing the complementary traits shared that made all One. Yet, longings familiar make for ‘strange bed partners’, as they say. Or unwise agreements between incompatible creatures such as the Ox and Ass; combinations in abominations, ‘deals with the devil’, necromancy, familiar spirits which may not be complimentary nor cooperative but agreed to work ‘together’ in iniquity for its own sake, to create a haven fallen in which many spirits equally damned, no longer caring about the eternal welfare of their souls nor about knowing right from wrong, but only and ever laboring for that which may never satisfy the longing soul nor bring a moment’s peace to any and all precisely opposed to the Spirit of G-d yet willing as devils united or legion many to trespass against and commit the unforgivable sin with grievous, twofold indifference for the sacredness of others and toward that which is Holy, Just and True in particular.
This was something G-d warned Israel against in the wilderness sojourn, about entering into the Holy of Holies, or Tabernacle of the Congregation, or even into the camp when unclean, nevermind approaching G-d with an unworthy attitude or lack of Holy fear, awe, and respect. Precisely why the priesthood duties were not entrusted to just any man, but the sons of Aaron for a Melchesedik eventual after the Holy order of G-d. Likewise, when the Levites were chosen for the Levitical priesthood and deemed worthy to redeem Israelites who might wish to or need to retire or fulfill some other purpose for HaShem as the Holy Spirit indicated, directed or inspired on an individual basis those who as many are One and always thus minded to bring Zion up from beneath and down from above in Love.
At any rate, drawing near holy things, holy writ, or holy performances with a lack of fear, awe and respect is deadly, and people die spiritually or as regards things pertaining unto righteousness, ever after more dead than alive to the joys and happiness that come from true virtues righteous; quite beyond any other experience One may appreciate as a Free Gift of Grace from G-d.
Another, less dramatic example, was given by Messiah to his hearers about the blessings of Faith – Yochanan 20:29 And Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach says to him, Because you have seen Me, you have emunah (faith)? Ashrey (Happy) are the ones not having seen and having emunah/yet believe.
When many have ‘seen’, experienced and felt the joy of salvation, yet turned away and lost it through whatever vice, sin, forgetfulness through the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches and fame, etc., One may, in a single generation ‘wicked’ and treacherously defiant give birth to much evil fruit – iniquity – leaving in its wake many negatively inspired ciphers (def. ‘metaphysical potencies through which creation unfolds’) possessed of the most hateful kind of worldliness, selfish and covetous, full of flattery and feigned speech empty and meaningless as the soul that dieth unto itself may feel and accept as ‘fate’ or call it what you will, it’s a sepulchre finely garnished but intending no real love or honor toward the dearly departed soul therein entombed or buried. Such is the Terror of the Ages in every land and amongst every people gone far astray from paths righteous.
Idol holidays like the Pagan Christmas Cult are enjoyed by wicked children who enjoy visiting their parents and relatives who may be more miserable than they. This is what makes them merry! But G-d has said that He will not always permit them to take happiness in wickedness.
Mormon 2:12-14 And when I saw their lamentation and their mourning and their sorrow before HaShem, my heart did begin to rejoice within me, knowing the mercies and the long-suffering of HaShem, therefore supposing that he would be merciful unto them that they would again become a righteous people. But this my joy was vain, for their sorrowing was not unto repentance, because of the goodness of G-d; but it was rather the sorrowing of the damned because HaShem would not always suffer them to take happiness in sin. And they did not come unto Jesus with broken hearts and contrite spirits, but they did curse G-d and wish to die. Nevertheless, they would struggle with the sword for their lives.
Fortunately for us, G-d is faithful, and Christ cannot deny himself.
And, as he said, ‘Salvation is of the Jews.’ In other words, once again, ‘To the Law and Testimony; if they speak not according to this Word, it is because there is no light in them.’ Isaiah 8:20
“A man’s bone and skin can be burned away into powder and ash, but what’s left is without form. Courage, duty and honor have no permanent home.”
– In Harms Way
No-man’s-land – where civility and chivalry are long rotting in their grave and tomb, as grand as either may be, they leave behind no heirs or inheritors to take up the banner brave and free, to occupy themselves with vows and oaths kept for the purposes of redeeming by Way sacrificially righteous, ensuring a future prosperity’s odds of birthing the Desire of the Ages – a righteous generation of delightsome believers devoted to the Work of Redemption.
There is a hate at work among the sons of men that is desolating the world. It is all carnal, sensual, and devilish all the time. It is the embodiment of the spirit of opposition, quite woefully agreed to work no good, no healing, no love, no hope, no faith, no charity authentic because it refuses to acknowledge sin and that of an unforgivable sort, never mind its obligation to atone for any sin, pray for any good or miracle, much less lead others to believe in the same unto Salvation. This is spiritual Babylon, whose pride is of a beast quite terrible and forever seven times more burdensome than any creature may be.
Led about by stupid fears and desires, the meekest and humblest of G-d’s creatures becomes very unlike itself, and the alienation is crippling, caustic, devious and delusional. Mirrors never did reflect the absurdities the ‘selfie’ has come to personify in a very short history of cell phone and tablet usage indeed! A very strange generation of children, all deception, and guile, yet because they really fool no one but themselves, they are quick to become problematic as the apostle assured us they would be.
2 Timothy 3:1-4 But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of G-d— having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.
Insidious is a good descriptive of this generation, but it is something more profoundly evil. They defy descriptive analogy. Brazen lunatic might be a start, but what is far better than finding a suitable definition, is not recognizing them at all. Because to do so, only, fuels the fire, or encourages more buffoonery and hateful reasoning. Such is perhaps the Beast’s due comeuppance and last chance at reconciliation with a Creator it has so deeply betrayed, dishonored and destroyed the Holy Respect due if not grateful reverent awe inspired by a life lived unto G-d.
The mother of abominations is she which has so betrayed and defiled in mockery the innocence and guileless Spirit of the children of G-d whom reveal her true essence or lack thereof as a pitiless viper lain among the ruins of a world-wide affliction she has brought down to a ridiculous state of ungrateful dependency she at one and the same time denies the existence of and quite thwarts the solution by way of hope, faith and charity authentic; misrepresenting the notion of each and all else in her own completely insane fashion meaningless, cheap and tawdry; yet, knowing the same, revels in what she is not and may never again be taken seriously by any who may have at one time loved her in vain, and now must by any means necessary escape her or perish trying for the possibilities are ever dwindling with the enemy within always contending for no real reason other than spiteful disgust for your believing in yourself or G-d.
The incapacity at one and the same time to acknowledge her and respect her runs so deep that most have come to thrive upon cruel dispositions arrogant driven by despairingly brutal consideration which is worse than no consideration at all. It’s a spirit of ingratitude, armed to the teeth and hungry as the grave.
Every kindness and consideration shown it, only increases its psychosis deeply entrenched. Every investment in her is a knave’s delight and a loss of worth and value throughout.
It’s a fool and his money completely retarded.
Can’t spend it, lend it, invest it or even give away for any good or healthy purpose.
It’s a Beast what once enforced terrible want throughout its members who now in vain mockery of all wise investment and redemptive value or worth spreads worthless monies throughout, like dung in a garden, suffocated and killed thereby rather than enriched and made fruitful, thankful and able. The stuff of a generation strengthened in iniquity, strangled in desperation, and devoted to falsehood and destruction no matter what the cost. It damns the idea of commerce yet at the same time demands all become slaves of commercial vanity.
The more absurd the expenditure, the more fruitless the investment, the more hypocritical the wages and wage earners, the more senseless and pointlessly worthless the riches stored for no reason at all, and merchandise in excess of no real demand or necessity – the more lauded for genius and excellence in insult methodical she regards all buyers, spenders, lenders, rich men, beggars, etc. Nothing matters and craftsmanship is a vain pursuit for the extremity of waste in strength and skill (Ecclesiastes/Kohelet 5:8-18).
In short, it’s vanity’s boon which reveals an excessive amount of want of a sort that may never have nor be satisfied with anything at all, ever again. A frightening absence of merciful consideration is also evident in the conscience of the creature, leaving room or space for naught but sickening perversity that pollutes absolutely.
To where shall I look for solace and consolation for such a people as this?
At once to the Law and Testimony, which as a never-failing fount of righteous inspiration for strength and Spirit, ever consoles the beleaguered believers worldwide, whether they be desert nomads, laborers struggling to make a living, whores resorting to what they must, moms and dads trying in vain to support children confused by a society and humanity with anything but their future welfare, soul’s safekeeping, fruitfulness of purpose and satisfaction with belonging to a family of Faith, never to abandon nor be abandoned by, for better or worse, richer or poorer, always consoled by the Spirit which makes the putting on of the flesh and making use of the body of any meaning whatsoever in anywise forever.
Helaman 7: 9 But behold, I am consigned that these are my days and that my soul shall be filled with sorrow because of this the wickedness of my brethren.
John 6:63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.
1 Timothy 4:8 For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.
Psalms 146:2 While I live will I praise the L-RD: I will sing praises unto my G-d while I have any being.
Psalm 139:14 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.
“The fearful and the unbelieving (Revelation 21:8)” are to be pitied and counseled wisely that they might take hold of His Strength (Isaiah 27:5) and learn of Him, come to believe and turn fear into courage, ignorance into wisdom, uncertainty into unshakable resolve and want into a never-failing source of consolation and inspiration which brings confidence and peace in assurance of pardon, renewal of promise which validates the creature’s experience as Holy and restores its wonder and miracle One naturally longs to share with all Creation in fellowship and celebrations of Life! Idolatry tends to reverse the order, turns things upside down and finds happiness only in sin and forgetting. Wickedness never was happiness. It is in turning from this and working righteousness by way of teshuva or repentance that the soul finds solace, consolation, meaning, and joy.
Whether in full vigor of youthfulness or the waning strength of many years of age, our appreciation of Truth should never change nor waxen old, as long as life should last and the Word endure; which, however unwanted and unwelcome brings with It the realization of all that is opposed to Its harmonious Way of manifesting G-d in creation.
An evil generation frightens the rhyme and reason out of creation and with vexations many makes every venture dumb and fruitless, pointless and burdensome.
One would think that over time, the good would have completely overcome the evil and that it would no longer remain an intelligent choice among the cornucopia of life-affirming, enhancing options available to intelligent, soulful beings seeking to better themselves and their world by seeking, as for buried treasure, the wisdom that is stored up in G-d and the knowledge of Him which took part in creating the world in which we may live and thrive, but it is strangely not the outcome of years of blood, sweat, and sacrifice – and what is stranger still is the source of this imbalance is not recognized and hated of all in One, who have all too often copped as a plea and desired as a bargain for vanity in the absurd! A way deeper into trouble and the mired life.
Even when, after generations of suffering the sure consequences of sin have left all the poorer and more alienated from one another than ever before, it still remains as some novelty of a ‘new’ generation’s choice. The only trouble with believing in the same, or better said, one of the many, is the painful absence of a new generation real and presently progressing to the joy and consoling charm of One as for all involved and dedicated to this fruition in exaltation quite needful and necessary above all and else besides in proving the legitimacy and truth of our claims to freedom and abundant prosperity shared with the world.
Jeremiah 6:30 Reprobate silver shall men call them because the L-RD hath rejected them.
The answer has never been far off nor beyond our reach or capacity to incorporate into our everyday lives (Deuteronomy 30:11-14).
Perhaps it has always been the fact that the Way is so simple, of ancient revelation and so sure and common that people who err in looking beyond the mark fail to obtain a simple promise hidden in their own hearts, that they are driven to become the enemies of themselves and side with the enemy of all just to glory in a moment of selfish rapture in fame so-called? The antidote for this is simple enough also but the delusion so grand and the temptation so strong, it is mind altering, which explains the popularity of drugs and their culture now only available to those willing to wage war to acquire the control of drugs. We bitterly cling to the same false notions of ourselves, our world and those around us rather than lead any and all into the Way Holy and Saving for want of any vain thrill or reward in doing so.
“Who is mighty? The one who conquers his evil inclination.” (Ethics of the Fathers 4:1)
Simplicity is the last limit of experience and the last effort of genius, someone once said, and in the same way came the Law and Torah, Holiness Code and Way in which even the ignorant and foolish cannot err; nor erelong, fail to succeed in finding One’s purpose.
Generations of an experiment lawless, rebellious, spiteful and apostate have not changed the Way nor detracted from its inherent, flawless goodness and effective saving glory.
To the contrary, It is the only Thing that has withstood the test of time, times and half a time, oblivion and no-man’s-land and every enemy and disaster foretold therein and thereby, having withstood the same to remain entirely intact, unchanged, brilliant and polished as a precious gem or metal which must undergo severe trials and furnace temperatures to prove Its worth as something wholly unique, remarkable and precious, which no matter how many times It is applied or used only becomes all the more effective, valuable and worthy through the ages, and though wrested by many to their destruction, will also save those whose Faith is equally precious and rare as Its Source. This may be likened unto the trial and testing the people Israel underwent in order to prepare them to receive the Same Priceless Gift in plainness and simplicity Itself.
As complicated and full of wonder as Torah may be, Its simplicity is Its most providential miracle worker of all. There is not the like in all the works of mankind in the history of the same, and as a blueprint for the Kingdom of Heaven on earth, It has never failed to establish the same to greater and lesser extents, according to the people’s diligence and the creature’s fidelity and rightly proved worth of prosperity by the Light of the Kingdom within shone out into our world through works of fruit bearing existence within the garden of miracles the world becomes in obedience to the everlasting gospel, a more excellent Way if such may be said to be possible, than living by every letter of the Law?! And it is more than possible but a promised covenant reality! (1 Peter/Kefa I 1:7, 18).
“Ammon’s experience might be a parallel to what may eventually happen to the Jews in Israel. There is a foundation of the kind of faith described in Ammon’s account in some of the people in Israel. Given a chance to stop and start again, many have the character to follow Ad’ni’s spirit and be part of miraculous experiences. Just look what they’ve already done without the gifts of spirit and priesthood in building a nation and restoring the land. Modern religious Jews are anticipating the return of prophets (Elijah, Moses, Joseph, and David – just to mention a few) to come with power and authority to restore the ancient kingdom and temple. The challenges lie in the conflict of ideologies and ethnic misunderstandings of some that are widely echoed in media reports. The father of Lamoni was gripped with the rhetoric and even the ‘pack of lies’ of his days. It created the animosity he felt. That kind of animosity exists in Israel, both with Arabs and Jews, fed by untruths that a few continue to propagate. In some instances, the force needs to be used to stop the hatred that develops. At times, Ammon chose to show his beliefs through force that had righteous intent. The force was necessary to protect property or to save someone. A look at modern Israel might be compared to these accounts. This could help in determining the length that Israel had to go to, or is going or might yet have to go to in fulfilling its G-d given destiny. ‘it is Thy good pleasure to restore the kingdom unto Israel raise up Jerusalem as its capital, and constitute her people a distinct nation and government, with David Thy servant, even a descendant from the loins of ancient David to be their king.’ ‘Let that nation or that people who shall take an active part in behalf of Abraham’s children, and in the raising up of Jerusalem, find favor in Thy sight, while that nation or kingdom that will not serve Thee in this glorious work must perish, according to Thy word — Yea, those nations shall be utterly wasted.'” (History of the Church, vol. 4, pp. 456-57.)
“The connection to the past and its recall can often take us beyond our present narrow focus and get beyond our present concerns. Even in their fallen state and distant from their forefather’s connection to their homeland, they called a new city, Jerusalem, City of Shalom, City of Peace. Every time peace prevailed, it was as a result of righteous ‘power and authority.’ And those that have it quite naturally want to share it!” -Daniel Rona
“It is written (Exod. xxii. 6), ‘If a fire break out and catch in thorns so that the stacks of corn, or the standing corn, or the field be consumed therewith, he that kindled the fire shall surely make restoration.’ The Holy One–blessed be He!–hath said, ‘I must both judge myself and take upon myself to indemnify the evil of the conflagration I have caused, for I have kindled a fire in Zion,’ as it is written (Lament. iv. 11), ‘He hath kindled a fire in Zion, and hath devoured the foundations thereof.) I must, therefore, rebuild her with fire, as it is written (Zech. ii. 5), ‘I will be unto her a wall of fire round about, and will be the glory in the midst of her.'” Talmud.
Psalm 139:7 Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence?
“The psalmist does not really want to flee. He is posing ideas and questions so that we can see that wherever we are, we are always under G-d’s scrutiny. G-d is a positive spirit. Everything that He creates has positive function and beauty. His intention in everything for us is always positive, right, and good. He does everything in love and concern for our well-being so that we will fit within His purpose, and it will be worked out in our lives. Psalms 139 contains no negative connotations. From this, because His mind permeates the entirety of His creation, we ought to derive great confidence that G-d is always with us. He is omnipotent. He is omnipresent. He is actively using His powers, His Spirit, to govern and manage His creation. The beginning of the source of all power is in the mind. Remember, man is in G-d’s image. A man may make tools to intensify his powers, but the real power is in the mind because, without it, he would not be able to create the tool that expands his powers. G-d’s Holy Spirit is the essence of His mind. Just like a man, His power resides there too, only He does not have to use steam shovels and power tools to get things done. He speaks, and the laws He has created go to work. The tool by which He carries everything out is His Spirit, the essence of His mind.” — John W. Ritenbaugh
Shabbat Mevarekhim Shalom