Isaiah 28: 5-6 “In that day the L-RD of hosts will be a crown of glory, and a diadem of beauty, to the remnant of his people; and a spirit of justice to him who sits in judgment, and strength to those who turn back the battle at the gate.”
Let’s establish a rule: People are NOT awesome.
Wicked people love themselves and vaunt loudly and proudly the virtues of humanity. But the righteous man abhors himself and rejoices in the L-RD.
The first is selfish and self-centered. The latter is selfless, full of charity and good will – God-centered.
A man may be very lowly and afflicted, despised and even hated in the eyes of the people, yet the L-RD esteems him worthy and loves him for his very lowliness, contrite spirit and broken heart.
Another man may be strong, full of health, vigor and very successful in the world, yet the L-RD is not at all in his thoughts and the L-RD abhors him and despises all his deeds.
The greater one becomes in his own estimation and that of his fellows who flatter him and earnestly think very highly of him, the more cursed he may truly be.
While the one hated of all, the L-RD esteems as a crown jewel, worthy of all acceptation.
The people must hate him whom the L-RD loves and love him whom the L-RD rejects; whom they will, sharing in his wickedness rather than recognize his folly, follow to their hurt if necessary.
All haughtiness and pride is folly. In such a proud world the only noble way through is one of brokenness, affliction and despair.
When at his lowest, the L-RD lifts the righteous to unspeakable heights of glory and imparts things unknowable otherwise.
When at the height of his pomp the L-RD destroys the proud and leaves him without root or branch, so that his fruit comes up like dust.
Man may not abide in his pomp.
But to be quiet with littleness is great wealth and an enduring name.
Yitro 18:1 Jethro…heard.
“The Sages understand that the Torah reports this event right after the encounter with Amalek (Exod. 17:8ff.) to assure us that not all the gentiles were wicked enemies of Israel. Although there are Amaleks, there are also Jethros (Ibn Ezra). The name of Jethro is perpetually linked with the reading that includes the giving of the Decalogue. We are a people who long remember the goodness of righteous gentiles. What did Jethro hear that moved him to associate himself with the people Israel? Some say he heard about their suffering in Egypt and was moved by pity. Some say he heard about their triumph over Pharaoh’s army and wanted to associate himself with a victorious people. Others say he heard that the Israelites were on their way to a rendezvous with God; that they were destined to be a special people, and he wanted to share in their destiny (Mekh. Amalek 3:1). Did not everyone hear what Jethro heard? Yes, but some people hear and do not really hear.
Jethro defines the ideal social, spiritual and moral qualifications for judges-those necessary to create and maintain a healthy and just legal order.
The new judiciary is to be a permanent, professional institution.
Doing what is right will be more important for them than popularity among their neighbors.” ~EHC
When you put aside your family and concern for your personal welfare and sacrifice all you have for God’s sake, then you may be sanctified and worthy to receive a blessing.
“Moses now seems to be ignoring his own family and relating to his father-in-law Jethro only as one dignitary to another. As sometimes happens with leaders, his official duties caused him to neglect his family and to lose his capacity for intimacy?” ~EHC
A Moses-Jethro connection may make humanity worthy.
Few people realize that the Reagan administration built an empire on impoverishing Jews in the USA and afflicting King David and his descendents in particular. Through witchcraft and the illicit use of Torah as a scoundrel may, the Gadianton Empire was indeed the height of gentile pride and delusion run amok.
The beauty of it, is that it backfired horribly in that the impoverished realized true riches and the rich were brought low and left desolate indeed, except in vain imaginations. Babylonian height and depth are in dire contrast and leave no one wanting in affliction.
If you have no concern for the heart of America, the heart of America will have no mercy upon you.
A tell would tell the tale untold, but wisdom may be in not digging up the past in this instance, but rather in letting it lie fallow indeed, yet knowing better for practicing the forbearance of saints.
Forgiving what may not be undone; carrying on in a more enlightened fashion, rising above to reconcile what may be reconciled and birthing a new nation every step of the way faithful. What is cursed of its own accord cannot be helped and of its own ill-will is its own undoing eventual. Let the judged work it out among themselves until they are no more an hindrance to the progress of we the people, and either turn and repent and join us, or divide and destroy themselves. It/they should not cumber we the people in the least as we seek to recover the lost and restore the ruins of an unjust head and body erring en masse.
We the people have noble things to plan and carry out in objective difference to the above mentioned mob.
Ignoring and frustrating all attempts to wrong the righteous or do them any harm a second time around; overlooking past offenses is a part of overcoming essential to our own salvation. It may seem high minded and rude but it is just desserts in most circumstances and fitting that the wicked should be cut off of themselves and of their own ill will and otherwise mindedness. The portion allotted to the righteous will be all the more blessed and prosperous when we have no dependency or concern for the unrighteous that isn’t found to be counter productive and afflictive in consequence.
As the L-RD saith, “Affliction shall not rise up a second time; I will make a full end.” (Nahum 1:9)
Then will the righteous go home unwearied and the leader or head not be cumbered or worn out by fulfilling his office or doing his duty.
Then shall come to pass the Scripture about Jacob and the Lamanites blossoming in the wilderness as the rose (Doctrine & Covenants: 49:24).
By keeping covenant the people inherit honors and fringe benefits/gratuities, not obligations and responsibilities. It very much matters how you receive a gift or fulfill a vow. Though they may be considered both, the fact that the first point is true ought to make the latter joyful.
What created the Vatican State must have been a collection of churlish fellows- Assyrians, Babylonians, Egyptians, what have you… all bent on dethroning and supplanting God’s Chosen, when all that matters is the irrational love of the Creator for all He created becoming as His Chosen through His servant(s); King David and his descendents in a reality that has no Statehood/Nationhood, but is truly God’s Kingdom on earth, and that without borders, Zion, the Pure in Heart.
“God, as Creator of the world, cares for all people. Israel has no monopoly on God. Israel, however, does have a special relationship to God. This is true not only when the rest of the world is pagan but will also be true in the future, even after all the nations will have turned to God. The notion that the people Israel have been chosen is not a claim of superiority. The bible never hesitates to chronicle and condemn the Israelites shortcomings and God’s disappointment with them. To speak of Israel as God’s Chosen People is a historical truth (it is through Israel that the Bible and the notion of ethical monotheism came into the world) and an assertion of divine power to select any people as bearers of that revelation. An additional dimension in the notion of chosenness is that God’s Torah belongs to an entire people, not only to professional clergy or an intellectual elite.” ~EHC
All earthly kingdoms, state and nations are corrupt in foundation, which is what makes America unique and otherwise or did and will when she is restored. We’re getting there…
And we learn in the end or at midway that God’s will is unsearchable and inscrutable and His love beyond comprehending with an heart human; and that all things are possible with Him for both the honorable and the dishonorable, and ‘telling’ the difference doesn’t so much matter as knowing the difference despite it. That is what creates freedom, justice and a way happy for all.
“Apart from us they cannot be made perfect“(Hebrews 11:40).
Isaiah 20:24-25 “In that day Israel will be the third with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing in the midst of the earth; whom the L-RD of hosts has blessed, saying ‘Blessed be Egypt my people, and Assyria the work of my hands, and Israel my heritage.’”
What is rational is not very important where God comes into play and the irrational may be at home and endure with greater insight in the building and maintaining of the home than the former may be suited to live with God when unwilling to make space and vow allegiance to the Builder’s Will be done. If you’re going to take anything at all seriously, make it the guess work. In the longer run, neatness may not count at all. Where there is a Will there will be a Way. Where there is a will opposed, there may be no way, but where there is light and insight, we may find a way to rebuild, restore, reconcile, etc.
Light in one vessel may be darkness in another unwilling to represent the mother of necessity.
Exodus 19:6 “Indeed, all the earth is Mine, but you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.”
“Sovereignty, here expressed by ‘kingdom,’ is indispensable for the proper fulfillment of Israel’s mission. Without it the nation becomes the passive tool of historical forces beyond its control. At the same time, the priest’s place and function within society must serve as the ideal model for Israel’s self-understanding of its role among the nations. The priest is set apart by a distinctive way of life, consecrated to the service of God and dedicated to ministering to the needs of the people. Striving for holiness as a people is to be a hallmark of Israel’s existence.” ~EHC
On the other hand, covet your religion and it will end in derision.
Psa 108:10-13 Who will bring me into the strong city? who will lead me into Edom?
Wilt not thou, O God, who hast cast us off? and wilt not thou, O God, go forth with our hosts?
Give us help from trouble: for vain is the help of man.
Through God we shall do valiantly: for he it is that shall tread down our enemies.
Mat 18:15 …if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother.
Converting Esau has more to do with accepting Esau for who he is, rather than Esau changing his wicked ways and accepting Torah. I think his ways may have become wicked because he was not recognized for who he is and the danger in judging him as inferior for his choice. I don’t think Esau was unwilling to accept Torah. I think he was unable to accept it and that because God made him who he is; as one star differs in glory from another in the firmament, so one son’s story differs from another in the Universe.
Burdens and kisses, perversity and regality; what one wouldn’t understand the other couldn’t see.
The difference is the dependency vs. the dependability of staff.
Egypt’s Pharaoh is compared to a staff which, when leaned upon breaks; so Israel is compared to an unbreakable reed, a never weakening source of divine inspiration and revelation.
A valid question is: Did Jacob/Israel accept the Torah immediately or only after suffering affliction and being in fear of an enemy/brother?
Was there an inherent nobility in him that Esau lacked? I think not. He just lacked something Yakov possessed. But that is precisely why, he also had something Yakov lacked and without each other, neither could have become whole.
“God is like a mirror. The mirror never changes, but everyone who looks at it sees a different face.(PdRK12).” ~EHC
God’s test –
“A Midrash compares the situation to that of a child who had fallen gravely ill. His father gave him several weeks to recuperate and only then did he let him return to school. So too, when Israel went out from Egypt some Israeliters had been disabled by the experience of slavery. God said, ‘I will wait until they are healed and then I will give them the Torah’ (Tahn.). ~EHC
God waited until the good times had passed and the effect of the miracles had worn off and the people began to complain, showing themselves clearly to be no better than Esau. Then their acceptance of Torah is the difference that raises their status-their acceptance is a completely voluntary act of commitment, and that when they have been brought very low, not raised to high in and of themselves, but because God looked upon their affliction, considered the cause and moved to prevent a recurrence in the future.
Esau had to be tricked into accepting a burden of the first born, but having endured it and at the last overcome the trouble thereof, comes to be reconciled to a troubled Jacob when he needed a brother most; a very first ‘time of Jacob’s trouble. ‘
Biblical and world history shows there would be many.
At first Esau seems perversely glad that Jacob had troubles like his own. However, at the last, he may have been offended as a brother born for times of adversity ought to be.
At home with being ever-restless, Esau could not receive Jacob’s blessing.
The whole come to pass is or seems to be all God’s will, like Joseph and his brothers, everything happened for a reason, though it caused considerable trouble for everyone involved; it is not surprising as all were as clay being molded by the Potter whose work could be marred in His Hands and fashioned anew for whatever purpose the L-RD foresaw, for very different uses in the same Kingdom. Not their kingdom, but His, in which they each played a part and fulfilled a vow made in the realm of spirits and quite forgotten when made flesh, though always known on some level of consciousness.
Jacob’s trickery was not what it seemed to be; nor was Esau’s indifference toward the birthright; either perhaps thought to highly of himself and too little of his brother and not much of God until God made Himself known to them.
Then did either realize the importance of being a family with reconcilable differences that made them greater together than either may have become apart.
That’s the Ba-yom Ha-zeh Way!
Differing talents; one class of people responds to the call or shows respect for one, another the other, but in either case, it is God’s choice and blessing that establishes one, the other or both together, making both intricately necessary to His Work on earth as it may be in heaven.
Doctrine & Covenants 84:100b
“The L-RD hath brought down Zion from above.
The L-RD hath brought up Zion from beneath.”
Esau is afflicted as a matter of course and choice and hardened because of it.
Jacob sees affliction as a course of choice that may be hard but worth enduring so as to gain entry into higher realms of consciousness/spirit.
Esau perhaps assuming his is the highest state of consciousness endures for depravity’s sake but learns on the other hand the rewards of higher conscientiousness.
Jacob may be of the manor born but Esau has bourn the manor through much of Jacob’s trouble or troubling times of his own.
Esau seems to revel in the baseness of reality rather than being captured by the heavenly. Delighting in discovering what may be troubling to Jacob and either combating it for Jacob’s sake or letting it be for otherwise. Tolerant of things Jacob would not tolerate nor wish to deal with, Esau is a realist whose capacity for absurdity is unreal.
Jacob is a dreamer whose capacity for enlightenment is unknown or untested.
Definitions matter. Esau is earthy and Jacob heavenly in mindset or imagination. Bracing for the wind or steeling for the Spirit, joining hand in hand for the Glory of God.
The one may ruin the other’s delusion, but together they may make the most of reality and unreality; dream world and concrete.
The realist may have more need for illusion than the delusional may need the reason of reality.
Isa 62:7 And give him no rest, till he establish, and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth.
Jacob/Israel had to earn his rest. Esau sought no rest.
God in Jacob needed to be stirred and even afflicted until He accomplished His ends in and through Israel, and that has more to do with Esau’s blessing than with Jacob’s.
When Jacob comes to attribute lordship to Esau, only then does he gain/fulfill his own as well.
Nobles are not nobles because they have stuff, own property, are worldly wise or rich.
Nobility is mark of God upon upon the creature or that people attain to and share.
A Statesman is not a noble, for instance, but a mechanism of either a noble or ignoble design or governorship.
Royals are not necessarily noble unless the kingdom they reign over is just and equitable and thereby gains God’s blessing.
Exodus 19:2 …’encamped’…
“Until now, all the verbs referring to Israel have been plural, ‘they journeyed,’ ‘they entered.’ Here, for the first time, the Hebrew verb for ‘encamped’ is singular suggesting that only when they transcended their differences and quarrels to become one people were they fit to receive the Torah (Rashi).” ~EHC
Only idolaters monopolize religion.
A valid question is did God set up the Vatican state so as to make Israel jealous and thereby stumble in fulfillment of Scripture by exploiting the folly of statehood in religion and show the power of the Kingdom worldwide through Diaspora?
Rom 14:17 -18 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. For he that in these things serveth HaShem is acceptable to God, and approved of men.
1Cr 4:20-21 For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.
What will ye? shall I come unto you with a rod, or in love, and in the spirit of meekness?
With all the hype/talk about returning to Israel, one has to wonder how many Jews are truly prepared or willing to, much less able.
A tourist trap does not a restoration make.
I think worldwide Judaism is more likely to take hold than a restoration of temple times Israel, though something like both eventualities is promised.
It will rather be something old and something new if it be of HaShem, and both the aged and the young will be able to rejoice therein or to be made glad in some measure.
Mat 13:52 Then said he unto them, Therefore every scribe which is instructed unto the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old.
It will have nothing to do with the inventions and imaginations of humanity but will make use of either and both . Establishing His worldwide rule is the point.
I believe restoring Israel and the Temple at Jerusalem is just one of the many fringe benefits
In the U.S. of A. we the people will enjoy the better part of a miraculous restoration of both Jewry and otherness combined and the continued enjoyment of the more spontaneous and liberating consequences of the Faith, including but not limited to the rebirth of Zionistic endeavors and Third Temple raisings in all their Phoenix-like Glory.
Prepare for collage orientation.
Bing go away and bring back my Hometown today.
Within the loss is the victory we the people must embrace to realize what we have gained and that we never really lost anything worth having to begin with.
Everyone’s to blame to a certain extent and all are to bless if they repent.
1Cr 2:1-16 And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God.
For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.
And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling.
And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:
That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God. Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought:
But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:
Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.
For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.
Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.
Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.
For who hath known the mind of HaShem, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.
The reason for success as a revelator or seer, or for anyone to be of use to God in any office or capacity, is searching for God’s will through the mind of Christ.
Spirits of just men made perfect form a foundational or constitutional body or otherwise, pirates who don’t do anything but wait for Christ to reveal what ought to come next and do whatever it takes to make that happen. In the meantime, there are an infinite number of ways to occupy until He comes, make use of probationary time, invest talents, perfect obedience and resolve through prudence and wisdom to let patience have her perfect work in you and others.
I’ve never understood people who get bored. There is always something to do or refrain from doing and each case trains in such a profitable manner it leaves me constantly in awe and woefully aware of the need of more time than we’ll ever have.
Secret prayer, for instance, accomplishes infinitely more than a grand display of reasoning or learning may and doth more effectual work than our trained hands or a legion of laborers may accomplish in a lifetime.
True prayer is more exhausting than any physical exercise may be and conquers more lands, nations and kingdoms than doth an host of angels or demons combating hand to hand, arms to arms, spirits to spirits.
Jam 5:16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.