1Jo 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
Rom 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to [his] purpose.
2 Nephi 2:11 For it must needs be, that there is an opposition in all things. If not so, my first-born in the wilderness, righteousness could not be brought to pass, neither wickedness, neither holiness nor misery, neither good nor bad. Wherefore, all things must needs be a compound in one; wherefore, if it should be one body it must needs remain as dead, having no life neither death, nor corruption nor incorruption, happiness nor misery, neither sense nor insensibility.
Wherefore, it need must have been created for a thing of naught; wherefore there would have been no purpose in the end of its creation. Wherefore, this thing need must destroy the wisdom of God and his eternal purposes, and also the power, and the mercy, and the justice of God.
And if ye shall say there is no law, ye shall also say there is no sin. If ye shall say there is no sin, ye shall also say there is no righteousness. And if there be no righteousness there be no happiness. And if there be no righteousness nor happiness there be no punishment nor misery. And if these things are not there is no God. And if there is no God we are not, neither the earth; for there could have been no creation of things, neither to act nor to be acted upon; wherefore, all things must have vanished away.
And now, my sons, I speak unto you these things for your profit and learning; for there is a God, and he hath created all things, both the heavens and the earth, and all things that in them are, both things to act and things to be acted upon.
And to bring about his eternal purposes in the end of man, after he had created our first parents and the beasts of the field and the fowls of the air, and in fine, all things which are created, it must needs be that there was an opposition; even the forbidden fruit in opposition to the tree of life; the one being sweet and the other bitter.
Wherefore, the Lord God gave unto man that he should act for himself. Wherefore, man could not act for he save it should be that he was enticed by the one or the other.
Is Lot the Anti Abraham? As Lucifer is the Antichrist?
As Adonijah be the Anti Solomon? Or Paul may be the Anti Peter.
Silas the anti Mark? Etc.?
These differences are not the same or to be likened unto the differences between brothers of the same womb who became different nations, or as one to be hated and the other loved.
But as spiritual incompatibles; day and night, only One in the sense that HaShem is One and all things are subject to Him, in life and in death as He judges both the quick and the dead.
There exists no scenario where an elder may serve a younger or a servant a master or even a slave a conqueror outside of service to HaShem of hosts.
They must be utterly separate and have nothing to do with one another otherwise. They must go their separate ways. Swine and sheep cannot graze in the same pastureland, as the donkey may not be yoked with the Ox.
Lot is a complicated man (soul). Married a woman who loved the world/society/vanity/the pleasures of this world too much to the point that when she may have escaped its destruction and her own as well, she was unable to “let go” and change her ways even for a short time in order to make that escape.
I wonder if she had been married before and how many times. I wonder if she weren’t an Asmodeus’ agent and Lot as well entangled in that confederacy of dunces who use their wives and daughters as bait after having broken their chastity themselves. Swine do not mate for life but for sport.
They have no concern for posterity or namesake; they just live for pleasure and are seven times dead while they live.
1Ti 5:6 But she that liveth in pleasure is dead while she liveth.
Ecc 7:26 And I find more bitter than death the woman, whose heart is snares and nets, and her hands as bands: whoso pleaseth God shall escape from her; but the sinner shall be taken by her.
Once taken by such an one, there is no escape and I imagine one must do whatever one must to make existence bearable until one may escape or be redeemed by another, a mediator, a redeemer, through whom one may serve HaShem as men may have in the days of King David and his son Solomon, when HaShem’s House was first built.
G-d obviously cared for Lot and his soul as He must for all the souls and sons of men and angels and daughters and peoples He creates.
I seriously doubt whether Lot, who had lived among the sinful Sodomites as a friend, neighbor and fellow man could have been so naïve as to have “been made drunk“ and been duped by a ‘virgin’ daughter who was probably no virgin at all.
I think it far more likely that he and a daughter he had already violated and laid with schemed together to violate another daughter who may have still been a virgin and believed the other daughter was one too; and all this for his own sake, pride and lust.
The thing that may have made Lot “righteous” in G-d’s eyes and worthy of being ‘saved’ was the fact that he may have used his sinful life and intelligence to protect Abraham insomuch that he even thought he could protect angels with cunning and fool the Most High Himself.
Lot had a grandiose ego! But, I think also feared the L-RD.
Therein the whole story becomes comedy and tragedy at once.
The fruit falls not far from the tree.
Lot’s children are not righteous but neither are they to be considered unredeemable reprobate.
I believe they may have been created to be Israel’s servants, but in rebellion became pigs and the most wicked and treacherous ‘people’ in creation. (“Woe to you betrayer…”)
A people born and reared to speak lies and work treachery can never escape that life without some sort of Divine Intervention.
It may not be said of Lot’s children with any degree of conviction that they do not love G-d.
Vessels of dishonor they may be but not completely heartless reprobate. They possess virtue if sometimes or oft scornful and worldly obscured/perverted.
Lot knows what he has done and I believe is grieved and repentant but neither does he wish to be alone, without comrades, friends, family, purpose, pride in ability, etc., who may not be as wise and virtuous as he has been made to be in G-d.
Thus the scribe of this story may have sought to excuse his actions with a fib, a little white lie, for the sake of the innocence the L-RD wishes all His children to inherit. To retain this gift is to retain so much more than a single daughter’s lost virginity, as it would affect the entire people of the Book for generations to come; besides which, most mature readers would never believe the lie in the first place but would know it for what it were; Creative license.
As I have said in the past, what we do to avoid being lonely should not be considered sinful beyond measure or unto death. G-d made Israel into a Community of believers; at our best; holy, chaste, and righteous altogether; Law-observant in our shortcomings and failings; with right and privilege to citizenship in Zion as sons and daughters of the L-RD Most High by everlasting covenant; at our worst, ferocious animals, fighting tooth and nail against a sea of enemies.
It is men like Lot who may be best suited to find allies and obtain favors among former enemies made allegiant brothers to a brotherhood fallen, converting them to the L-RD through a foreign understanding, sometimes shameful and not to be known but in the end made wise for the folly rather than hated for the ignorance once reigning ‘Leader’ of all mankind; even the Creature, thanks be to G-d through Our Fathers Abraham, Isaac and Israel, their King David and His Son Solomon and G-d’s Son, Y’shua HaMashiach are all made worthy by association, if not direct lineage – sons of God and if sons, covenantal heirs, redeemed servants corrected in love, forgiven in atonement and accepted in the Beloved, the Mediator of a Renewed Covenant which may at long last be a Renewed Religion practiced in a New Izrael/Zion all the world over.
The difference between Lot’s wife and his seemingly more virtuous daughter is like that of an Orange and a Lemon the same sun made one juicy, plump and sweet the other sour and more narrow.
Cut by wisdom’s edge and divided among bitter partakers, the effect leaves an aftertaste neither was expecting just as the lesson learned or not was suffered for in the same degree and according to the thirst of the applicant’s desire…it is easier to gain forgiveness than permission. And one who permits may never forgive thereafter for the souring of her fruit.
The lemon though more sour is more righteous, in that the experience in creation made her more narrow and harder to access than the orange, an “all takers” fruit. Like the difference between a female dog and a sow. The one may seem to be a bitch but has more heart than the all permitting never sated sow, permanently mired, permanently hungry, devouring all in her wake.
Hence we come to the Great Pie War or the Snack Cake Whore vs. Hostess Cupcake Harlot war of the darkest age since Franklin discovered electricity and all the lights went out in Georgia…
“With all your heart” Deuteronomy 6:5
“Learn to serve God not only with our noble impulses but even with the base, selfish desires of our hearts. [M Ber. 9:5] Learn to turn to God’s service our appetites, our physical lusts, and our egocentricity; we do so by sanctifying the way we eat, the way we act sexually, and the way we earn and spend money.
It can also be thought of as “wholeheartedly.” The opposite of wholehearted love is not hatred but apathy.
As Aaron Zeitlin wrote, “Praise Me and I will know you love me./Curse Me, says God, and I will know you love me…/But if you look at the stars and yawn. / If you don’t praise and you don’t curse, / Then I created you in vain, says God.” Etz Hayim Commentary
As the Apostle Paul states;
Rom 1:20-21 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
Apathy = Spiritual Suicide.
Men were created to receive Glory, an understanding of the Most High; much more, even the ability and zeal to spread Glory, Rejoice in Glory and pass it on from generation to generation, nation to nation, as the Light of a Perfect Day brightens unto the same, Perfection.
Therefore, the spread of freedom is a farce; but the spread of Glory through religious duty, performance and Way of life is the True Liberty our nation was granted as a gift in order to perfect a Dream as ancient as creation itself and for which creation was formed to receive as naturally as dew falls upon the earth, which Glory cannot be won, fought for or achieved any other Way than that which is Perfect.
We are a people born of affliction and oppression, escaping tyranny again and again that we might be fired with Zeal, converting the heathen by our virtue and inspiration divine. Not to conquer and oppress but to convert and make free.
The spread of and institution of godliness is the intent of Zealots, Crusaders, etc. but when the struggles of the same take on the form of tyranny and oppressive force deluded by Statehood, it were destined to become as or more so bloody awful than the former kingdoms where and when honour becometh impossible to maintain for want of any fundamental concern for spiritual power and heritage divine.
Mic 2:7 O thou that art named the house of Jacob, is the spirit of the L-RD straitened? are these his doings? do not my words do good to him that walketh uprightly?
Zec 4:6b Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the L-RD of hosts.
Isa 40:29 He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.
2Cr 12:9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
All citizens in the “land of the free” are trapped as so many birds in snares. They are not free to speak their minds or give an honest witness of even the time of day. It is a matter of survival. Not that the majority wish it so, but that we fear how much worse we may fair in the future if we do not agree with whatever power insists this is this or that is that and so and so.
“The management of the creature” is a proud notion and one that afflicts more than it helps or aides.
Eze 7:10-11 Behold the day, behold, it is come: the morning is gone forth; the rod hath blossomed, pride hath budded. Violence is risen up into a rod of wickedness: none of them [shall remain], nor of their multitude, nor of any of theirs: neither shall there be wailing for them.
It is the type of militant ignorance that leads to holocaust denial and the worst part is that those who have suffered the greater afflictions are the same who have no voice and will not be heard unless they deny reality and place blinders upon themselves so as not to see, hear or speak any “evil”.
These are treacherous times born of ever more treacherous times and it is sad and frustrating for everyone involved, but we must blame no one but ourselves.
“We have the mind of Christ” is no longer true and no longer desired in ever more numbers, but remains our only justification and must, shall be and ever were the point.
We have been afflicted and robbed and despoiled because of our own sins and unwillingness to live by this Covenantal Promise, or by either/or, the Everlasting Covenant or the Free Gift which is no more than a Renewed Covenant and undue Opportunity. We break Covenant and despise Free Gift.
Apathy = Spiritual Suicide.
I think in the “Christian Experience” the fault lay in a love of folly and the miraculous that may often ensue in giving oneself wholeheartedly to the same folly yet experiencing the Grace of God nevertheless, becoming addicted to a tragic relationship rather than a glorious fulfillment of what Mormons call “Exaltation”.
Pro 18:2 A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself.
For Jews, it is different, in that they never really left the Way, struggling in each age and generation to make It possible amongst a sea of impossibilities and mockers and opposition.
They have always had a portion of “exaltation” and fulfillment in carrying out the requirements of their religion which, though gentiles have no appreciation for, is what has kept the gentile “kingdom without end” from ending.
The Jews reward, like that of their Messiah is with them. The Mitzvoth is the reward for mitzvoth, it is better to give than to receive, better to suffer wrongfully than as a wrong doer, etc.
Gentiles understand the Jewish religion differently because of Paul, who struggled with himself to do the right thing for God at all times because he never really did agree with the Jewish religion. He lowered the status of Jews to slaves of barbarians and Greeks because that was the circumstances and context he found himself in. And so, whether for his own sake or for God, did what he did. Only a Jew could make right sense of his gospel.
On the other hand, the Gentile is assured failure because Paul infers that their exaltation or fulfillment is no more than a natural ability; an inborn better man, a fundamental superiority of person. Nothing could hasten spiritual ruin quite so quickly as this delusion may.
It were flattery by Paul used in winning souls to Christ and thereby unto God, but marred by competitive zeal rather than brotherly love or holy unity; Achdus, which may have brought about the most unholy of agreements and transgressions therein that may have ever been termed and sold as pure or true religion.
A scoundrel and a holy man do not go to the widow’s home or the orphanage for the same reasons.
An erring religion will make scoundrels of otherwise noble-minded persons for the very darkness they know not they walk into for the trouble.
Isa 8:16-20 Bind up the testimony, seal the law among my disciples.
And I will wait upon the L-RD, that hideth his face from the house of Jacob, and I will look for him.
Behold, I and the children whom the L-RD hath given me are for signs and for wonders in Israel from the L-RD of hosts, which dwelleth in mount Zion.
And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter: should not a people seek unto their God? for the living to the dead?
To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.
And this is why Paul’s gospel does precisely what it says it does:
Rom 2:16 In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.
A new and more pure spiritual war had to be waged and God be praised won, in order to combat ages and generations of spiritual wickedness and presumption.
Psa 19:13 Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression.
When He is Right, in the Right you can’t pull left of center…
Deu 6:16 Ye shall not tempt the L-RD your God, as ye tempted him in Massah.
Ye shall diligently keep the commandments of the L-RD your God, and his testimonies, and his statutes, which he hath commanded thee.
And thou shalt do that which is right and good in the sight of the L-RD: that it may be well with thee, and that thou mayest go in and possess the good land which the L-RD sware unto thy fathers,
To cast out all thine enemies from before thee, as the L-RD hath spoken.
“right and good” ~ Associated elsewhere with obeying God’s commandments; and that is undoubtedly in His sight here.
One leads to waiving of privilege and sacrificing of personal gain for the Whole; the other to selfish pride.
Is the result of your lawful obedience some perfectly kept and cherished possessions or a perfectly raised prodigy?
What is perfect in an imperfect world?
A lawful society is slow, very slow in achieving great things.
It is too busy being great to worry about reward, appearance or convenience in living. It prefers in many an instance a hard way of life that is profoundly rewarding to an “easy” life that rewards not at all.
Ahead is full steam enough.
A genuinely competitive spirit produces good sportsmanship which does not transgress the Law. One otherwise minded will do anything it must in order to win, producing a self-defeating imbalance in its own efforts which it must constantly betray and continuously cheat the game of in order to survive a war, win the game it may never win, having lost the mastery of self and imperiled its soul, now existing in fear of days of vengeance.
Luk 21:19 In your patience possess ye your souls.
And so I say, the real battle of our times is not against our “crimes” but against those who more or less will not confess the L-RD knows best.
That is what is turning our nation and world into a police state more than lawlessness against that which has no intention of being lawful or of rewarding lawful citizenry.
1Pe 3:13-15 And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good? But and if ye suffer for righteousness’ sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled; But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:
It is the difference between serving or belonging to a country which requires allegiance to God and fellow in “deed” and in “truth,” rewarding citizens for the same allegiance with perfect equity and balance, or scheming to be part of a nation and people that rewards anyone, citizen or not, believer or not, criminal or not for doing absolutely nothing more or less than performing some criminal behavior or deed unlawful for an equally undue reward that profits none and enriches none, but empties and dooms all.
Act 20:29 For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.
A Wolve’s State cares nothing for the flock or its freedom, and that is ALL that “We the People” must care for, whether it be the ninety and nine that remain close at hand or the one that goeth astray.
We owe our children at the very least the right to choose whether or not they will become meat for wild dogs and beasts.
Helaman 7:19 And behold, instead of gathering you, except ye will repent, behold, he shall scatter you forth that ye shall become meat for dogs and wild beasts.
And we promise on oath to our Constitution and our God much more than this as a nation. What is the pledge of allegiance worth? What is a man’s oath worth? Divided we stand.
The thing about fighting is it’s easy to win when you are right or the L-RD is with you.
“[We] must [ensure] that there does not emerge in [our nation] a permanent underclass-persons unable to lift themselves out of poverty. Such a condition would be unfair to human beings; fashioned in God’s image, and dangerous in a society as a breeding ground for lawlessness and irresponsibility. The first step in the direction of preventing that is remission of debts in the seventh year.” Etz Hayim Commentary
The United States had been notorious for making permanent beggars of peoples of all classes and social ethnic background, especially during the Reagan and Bush years, when it permitted generations of Gentile robber barons to live and glut like kings while unforgivable acts of violence and degradation went unchecked and denied.
I have come to realize, however, that it was the L-RD’s will to prove His own people in a nation not their own by allowing the Gentile nations to afflict and rob Us according to their laws and statutes which serve only their own selfish ends and gains.
These are people in our midst who wave flags like insane maniacs, root for every hometown sports team and glut themselves on every sort of unclean flesh available at every opportunity. Spots and blemishes Paul once called them, who sport themselves as though they loved their country and fellow man. But really hate their country, think their fellow man to be stupid and are capable of the most disgusting acts of debauchery and what drove the L-RD to destroy them in ancient Canaan. They have lived grossly, fatly, and derisive, wretchedly defiled lives of depravity for generations in our country and sent our sons to war against other nations to support this sort of idolatrous and evil kingdom.
The L-RD, however, has used this grand delusion to afflict and correct his own to different extents and inasmuch as a vessel were willing to receive correction.
Unfortunately, for a time most were not seeing this and were using the delusion of the times to take whatever advantage to help themselves and most often at the greater hurt of others and themselves. People are still greedy for vanity that makes no sense to me, at the cost of everything that has ever made this nation great even if only in story.
I was an remain entirely unwilling to play the game or even see the situation from a worldly point of view but solely from a Spiritual one for the benefit, justification, and redemption of all involved.
The powers that be have whitewashed many a tomb and those who “mourn” are the same who dress the prophet’s tomb.
One cannot be part of corruption and overcome it at the same time. One must rise above and treat others as you would wish to be treated.
I witnessed such atrocities and hardness of heart here where I live for years that I would not have expected in a war zone. And now that it has been cleaned up to a great extent, and I like to think because of my witness rather than any heroism of national proportions, but just guilty people changing their ways and covering their tracks for their own sake. An honest man’s witness may be praised after all, and now that we all may enjoy a better and safer place to live, I am overjoyed and humbled that I should be a vessel in the hands of God that brought about such a victory. I would not deny what transpired nor testify falsely for my own benefit, nor to anyone else’s injury.
No honest witness was permitted to come near this territory for years, at least none that lived or escaped to tell. The sloth and treachery of State was great, suffice it to say, and I imagine that were and in some places remains the case on a nationwide scale.
That is a nation worth her banners in times of war however. Especially one so diverse and multicultural as the USA may be, and I praise God that I survived and managed to work something completely contrary and to the everlasting benefit of all, as small and insignificant as my role may have been, from small beginnings come great things(Job 8:7). And lo, I have not been alone in this war but many near and far have been aides, helps and fellow workers.
Much yet needs to be done, the workers few, the knowledgeable fewer still, but God will send and the work will be done.
His Kingdom Come.
Do not allow this generation to use the legal system to do any more harm to our nation’s historic worth. For there are many who will try to do just that, using legal speak and all manner of inconvenient nonsense to bleed the nation dry, with zero consideration for facts contrary and circumstances extenuating, they will make merchandise of any and all if they may. It’s a very abrasive and impersonal way of dealing with human beings fashioned in the image of God and is no doubt more of a means of feeding hungry beasts than of governing a free nation’s population and seeking the best for generations yet unborn.
Doing so, led to the gross and inhuman conduct on the part of many powerful people in times past and present and we must put an end to such corrupting influences as do threaten the last vestiges of what makes the USA the greatest nation on earth.
In the meantime transitional, a slow but sure change to biblical principles and judgment in law, the restoration of seven-year remissions, jubilee grants, honesty, forgiveness, humility, and charity are our best route to establishing a just and righteous nation for one as for all.
Ether 12: 35-37 Wherefore, I know by this thing which thou hast said, that if the Gentiles have not charity, because of our weakness, that thou wilt prove them, and take away their talent, yea, even that which they have received, and give unto them who shall have more abundantly. And it came to pass that I prayed unto the Lord that he would give unto the Gentiles grace, that they might have charity. And the Lord said unto me: If they have not charity it mattereth not unto thee, thou hast been faithful; wherefore, thy garments shall be made clean. And because thou hast seen thy weakness thou shalt be made strong, even unto the sitting down in the place which I have prepared in the mansions of my Father.
People affected by evil pride, such as has been the curse of upper-class white people in the USA would rather kill and steal than serve anyone they believe to be inferior to them. The more they may make it look as if they do serve their fellow man, the more they glory in their cunning in robbing and despoilment of all that is or ever may have been considered “humanity”.
Goyim peoples need Jews to bring out anything at all that may be considered good in them, for they are a people mostly void of good impulses and guileless notions.
They made their idol Jesus their slave in perpetuity as Egypt would Israel. And the white-owned slaves of history quickly became their co-conspirators and fellow thieve/tyrant god owners.
Ecc 10:7 I have seen servants upon horses, and princes walking as servants upon the earth.
It is something I liken unto keeping Jacob in everlasting sorrow over a dead son Joseph that is the intention of the evil goyim race in the USA.
To keep David in prison rather than on his throne, Solomon in vagrant obscurity and every one of their enemies upon thrones everlasting on earth as it will not be in heaven.
What ought to make America ‘We the People’?
Chaldean pride, a whore’s avarice and depression?
Nay, it is quite simply this, “Hearken and you shall be revived.” Isaiah 55:3 Then Israel will lead other nations (vv..4-5)
It is a goyish perversion to look to their own offspring for reward, protection, holiness, etc. rather than the L-RD. One which results in their having to eventually and quite brutally betray the same beneficent qualities their own offspring may possess in the L-RD. The end result is lechery and theft, betrayal and perversity on a scale galactic in proportion!
HaShem alone maketh holy and saves whom He will by Sovereign Will none may overrule or outwit or cheat.
Pro 21:30 There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the L-RD.
All we may do or even need to do is accept Him.
Nothing we do or say apart from His Will and Word may be acceptable or considered “holy” no matter how pure or undefiled it may seem or look.
Luk 16:15 And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but G-d knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is an abomination in the sight of G-d.
The American Dream came to be because the L-RD permitted mankind to rob Him, just as He let His servant be crucified to save few from the folly of many.
White Gentiles are insane, and thought that by despoiling and degrading His Chosen and other nations and quarantining their own children under sanitarium conditions, they might somehow produce a superior race of cavemen? What they got were victims of Freudian delusional science so-called. And the Jew was again their only helper.
All this, rather than through the Law make all men free to be whom the L-RD fashioned each soul to be in Him.
Why else would the L-RD pour contempt upon princes; and children of high birth rob, kill, and steal to escape home life and end up slaves to an Egyptian overlord in a country claiming to have won a war on terror?
Forgetting entirely, that it is the L-RD’s Sovereign Will to make children of despised, unclean, rejected homeless children, raising them from dunghills and seating them with princes, snatched from fires and the lion’s jaws, making well-mannered and godly dispositioned nobles of ignorant foreigners, blessing His own with more dignity than they may have inherited from sons, saints, and sages of their own tribes and peoples.
Defilement, corruption, an inward curse may be more evident in sons and daughters strong and outwardly healthy, pure, and clean but inwardly full of dead carcasses of all manner of unclean flesh and bones; servants, if not sons of that which the L-RD has cursed eternally.
Knowing the portion allotted to them is “forever” they show little or no concern for what truly matters and WAY TOO MUCH for that which matters not at all except in the eyes and ideations of men who justify themselves by themselves.
2Cr 10:12 For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.
These are always seeking justification and solidarity amongst themselves but never truly desiring to dwell in unity as brethren and sons of God.
It should always be a cheering thought that whatever we have, are or may be will never be enough to justify much less satisfy the L-RD’s longing for us to whom and from whom we owe all we have, are, may, or shall be.
You can not get to Zion by invention, device or roadway, just as apart from His Way, you may not enter or gain access to heavenly treasure or the Holy of Holies which is the only purpose for which Israel was created.
To be a striving Jew, therefore, is often marked by seeming ill-concern for worldly achievement, absolute disdain for worldly reward and/or endowment. Better is he who is cursed and afflicted for the L-RD’s sake than he who is blessed for, of and by humanity’s opinion.
The L-RD’s choice and blessing is all that matters, fulfillment of divine will is all that saves.
The results are hard if not impossible to see if your eye be divided and darkened; your will worldly and aimless.
John 9:41 Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth.
Esau fed his worldly father’s hunger/lust, Jacob took his mother’s advice and followed the will of the L-RD.
Psa 69:22 Let their table become a snare before them: and that which should have been for their welfare, let it become a trap.
The prodigal son returned wholeheartedly to his home and the L-RD or one might say with the L-RD. The son that had never left felt cheated because he knew not what a blessing he had always enjoyed in the L-RD or what a curse the prodigal had to endure for having left home.
When all is said and done, who cheated whom for a blessing or a curse? Who had ill-will within himself for his brother before either blessing or curse were or may have been bestowed? Who desired the L-RD’s will be done, and who just wished for an advantage; to be special without perceiving the L-RD’s love from being part of His reality, scorning the same for what?
An empty reward.
Esdras 7:25b Empty things are for the empty, full things are for the full.
When is a blessing more seemingly a curse than a curse a blessing in disguise?
Throughout the Scriptures we find the Chosen people being afflicted and cursed, scorned and hated, cast out by the accursed; whereas the wicked and the truly cursed are portrayed as being other than they are or may be.
And there is a fine line sometimes, because one being cursed may do much good while one being blessed may do much harm.
Pro 11:30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.
The rewards of a cursed brother would be equally if not more despised than the recompense due him may or would be abhorred and lamented and mourned over by the blessed.
And then the curse of the cursed often brings about many blessings and opportunity to rejoice over what truly makes glad the heart of Our Father in Heaven.
Is God’s hatred of Esau really that much different than His love for Jacob in the long run?
“The well-being of society depends neither on the good will of the ruler nor on the ascendance of the most capable of competitive environments but on the certainty that the law will treat all alike and will protect the most vulnerable against the most powerful. “Etz Hayim Commentary
Jacob’s struggle and trouble often seem to be more of a calamity than the expected hard knocks and rough goings of Esau.
Israel often has to endure much more, for a longer period of time by contrast and is never really made more fit for the battle nor is he immediately gratified thereby. His eye is single upon a future glory and easily endures with patience what Esau would not put up with for even a moment. Israel has a keener sense of what G-d’s Will may be for all concerned despite his brother’s seemingly ill-concern toward him which Jacob’s endurance makes turn out to be Esau’s blessing, fulfilling all in all, HaShem be praised; a gift Esau seems not the least interested in, or is insensible to, which I imagine is why G-d “hates” him. Which is better, knowing the joke for what it may be worth or enjoying the punch line and delivering the same?
Both or either may cheer the downtrodden or depressed heart of a man at odds with himself or others. One and the same G-d creates (or is) light and crafts darkness, and so we are told never to curse the dark but rather to be a light or light a candle and hope for or be sure of help when in distress.
“Whatever is not of Faith is sin.” Rom 14:23b
G-d’s power must go to your heart rather than your head.
“We must set guardians at the gates of our souls- our mouths [that we do not speak malicious gossip] our ears [that we do not be eager to hear malicious gossip] and our eyes [that we not form the habit of seeing the worst in others] (SH’nei Lahot Ha-Brit).
“[D]ue justice, Hebrew mishpat tzedek. Berkovits distinguishes between these terms; tzedek is justice in the sense of doing the right thing in a legal procedure; mishpat is justice as a cosmic principle that maintains harmony in the world and makes possible the world’s continued existence.” Etz Hayim Commentary
When we deny G-d a place in our lives and do not pursue justice by Him, we create disharmony and destroy His Creation.
Jacob/Israel is not concerned with winning a war or game, birthright or namesake so much as he is actively pursuing justice and G-d’s Will and Reality enhanced by his own obedience and awe of G-d and G-d’s Creation.
For G-d so loved the world…that He created sons in His likeness, to follow after His Spirit and be like Him in the world- Perfect, with nothing to boast of but being sons of G-d.
1Jo 3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of G-d, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
The misfortune of one man should never be the glory of another but may, if seen rightly, be an opportunity or blessing in disguise.
Psa 119:71-72 It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes. The law of thy mouth is better unto me than thousands of gold and silver.
Better still, the “curse” of hanging from a tree turned into the greatest blessing of all time. Depending on how it is endured and what “We the People” make of it.
When is a Jew not a Jew? when he is found to be among a people exploiting the privilege of being a Jew.
When Y’shua entered the House of Prayer built in His Father’s Name to overthrow the money changers tables, it was known as the “Court of the Gentiles”.
Y’shua was rescuing not only Israel but the State from the State, by pointing out the hypocrisy and lawlessness of the system that was being practiced in a House made to be a House of Prayer for All People, he was acting as a Leader/King, making the State of the Union Address to end them all.
It is the same today; what ought to make America ‘We the People’?
“Hearken and you shall be revived.” Isaiah 55:3 Then Israel will lead other nations (vv..4-5)
The devil is not necessarily anti-G-d. The devil just doesn’t give a damn and is more interested in playing a game with G-d, tempting ALL G-d’s children, to bring all down to the baseness that amuses his decrepit sense of humor, than with whether or not he may hurt anyone or win a war he knows he cannot win. He is only free because you choose to enable him to direct your life’s choices. He exists because there must needs be an opposition in all things, without the negative, you cannot have/enjoy the positive. He is freed to make trouble, which more oft than not, if a Jew be a Jew, may help a believer by enchantment or enticement which is also an opportunity to say
“no”; to turn to G-d for strength and protection, and overcome, he may be seen in that light as helping You get the Victory over evil, but cannot be said to care one way or the other. He’s in it for the business alone.
As it is written, Psa 62:9 Surely men of low degree are vanity, and men of high degree are a lie: to be laid in the balance, they are altogether lighter than vanity.
The trial is a hard one to be sure; you not only have an adversary busy trying to ensnare and bring you down, you have your own sinfulness and pride, envy, and ego to overcome as well. You cannot save yourself. That much you must decide firmly in your mind.
He loves to mock the faithful, the fundamentalist, the innocent and rejoices when anyone turns evil, becoming his captive.
Jam 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
Gentiles seem overly concerned with measuring up to their fellows and beating their opponent, whom they hold in higher esteem than one who will not join the fray.
Saints so-called of the Catholic Church, I believe, (good intentions notwithstanding) amount to a collection of old sinners, who agreed at an early age to be nothing more or less than guilty sinners, willing accomplices for favors, advantage and rewards, wages of wickedness, who act as informants for the Church. In their lifetime, they can never be found guilty or punished for any sin because the devil protects his own.
Real Saints are like Mormons who agree at an early age to live lives of extraordinary holiness and purity in direct opposition to the Catholic Imps.
So Christians form two Chief Sects completely opposed to one another that may never be One as HaShem is One.
Ecc 7:15-17 All things have I seen in the days of my vanity: there is a just man that perisheth in his righteousness, and there is a wicked man that prolongeth his life in his wickedness. Be not righteous over much; neither make thyself over wise: why shouldest thou destroy thyself? Be not over much wicked, neither be thou foolish: why shouldest thou die before thy time?
Jews, if they do not form sects, are always One, possessing a completely different and more effective Way of being/living as a Community, wherein they strive to accomplish what HaShem created them for with the talents they are given or possess. They expect to sin, wish to atone for communion with G-d in that Way that most pleases Him, and when as Solomon found out, their oil runs dry, salt goes bad, or life ebbs away they commit themselves to study of Torah and gain acceptance in society for what they may contribute in the “hereafter.” Thereby, they may have a voice or part in meting out justice among those with opportunity they no longer enjoy because their day has past. They do not become has beens, but in seeking to observe and preserve the Way of Life through righteous judgment gained from Torah study, preventing of divisions and sects, passing down wisdom, making ever more wise prosperous generations to come through guidance unobtrusive and never overbearing, harmony being the goal, enjoy the blessings with the younger generation of being a Jew rather than the curse of being otherwise minded.
Impishness, having a sense of humor, however crude and unfeeling or enlightening and lively is not, after all, forbidden, just more the result of knowing better but being unable to do better. It is a kind of mirth of circumstances beyond one’s control. Not necessarily mean-spirited, just not quite able to achieve a right spirit within for want of integrity and strength perhaps brought on by battle scars in a war to make the same possible for one’s fellows or society, or prodigy personal.
When one may not be a sage, one may at least be a helpful fool and often the latter is more helpful than the former, in the long run, and certainly more humble, if not authorized in any way to preside or pass judgment on those they assist. A certain knowing and helplessness at the calamity that mean things happen often brought on by one’s own willful, militant ignorance to one’s own self and the same “joke” being played on others as well.
“I am Jack’s snickering satisfaction.”
It may be mean-spirited or not, but is nowhere expressly forbidden in Torah unless it is rejoicing over another’s loss or calamity in which case it is evil and planning another’s downfall and finding satisfaction in the same seven times as evil (Obadiah 1:11).
However, the L-RD does permit the devil to afflict others often for their own betterment, redemption, and salvation, having more faith in His sons than they may often show or seem to have in Him.
2Ch 30:7 And be not ye like your fathers, and like your brethren, which trespassed against the L-RD God of their fathers, who therefore gave them up to desolation, as ye see. Now be ye not stiffnecked, as your fathers were, but yield yourselves unto the L-RD, and enter into his sanctuary, which he hath sanctified for ever: and serve the L-RD your God, that the fierceness of his wrath may turn away from you. For if ye turn again unto the L-RD, your brethren, and your children shall find compassion before them that lead them captive, so that they shall come again into this land: for the L-RD your God is gracious and merciful, and will not turn away his face from you, if ye return unto him.