1 Corinthians 9
To the weak I became as weak, that I might win the weak, I have become all things to all men that I might by all means save some. Now this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I might be partakers of it with you and so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified…
Beware of priest craft and wresting the Scriptures.
Men have been crucifying the Son of Man to themselves afresh for generations and ages and frustrating the Plan of Redemption and the Kingdom for as many lifetimes as you may imagine may be possible with Christ.
John 21:25 And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen.
The Creation does Age, people age and die and are reborn, the Christ comes to fruition and replenishes the Creature in more ways than in One, and the Torah does not change. The more devoted we are to Torah observance, the more fruit, both Christ and Creation, bear and all things prosper. The better people come to understand the Torah and the point of its observance, the more fun and free and connected as a family all people will find themselves to be, ironically. Torah is what permits us to grow boundlessly (Psalm 119:96).
Only selfishness and covetousness mar the creature which results in straying from the right Way, whether to the left or to the right, one knows beforehand what the cost is and none is excused for treason unintentionally or intentionally committed for a purpose known to that person and G-d alone or wholeheartedly given to in rebellion which is to be raised in iniquity, and have the lifespan of a housefly and a reputation of horseleech’s daughter.
Remember the warning about the “very elect” being deceived and taken by the enemy.
Thereafter, all are sons of perdition by reason of the fall and association with the “prince of this world.”
I wish the whole world knew Y’shua/Jesus as he really is and not as the gospels or Paul, Peter, and the Gang would have him molded. Although all the accounts can be said to be accurate, they reveal only as much as a devoted disciple or apostle may have when Jesus first enlightened the Torah with His ministry unto men in the flesh or thereafter when they strove faithfully to accomplish Kingdom ends on earth as it may be…
You’ll note no one has ever claimed he returned or that a resurrection has ever come to pass, though in Alma 40 we read about ‘many resurrections’ and in John 12 it clearly states “Messiah will remain forever.”
G-d/HaShem is a Spirit as Jesus said, and as such has no form or body other than the risen Messiah and the members of His body.
If you have felt the power of His resurrection, surely you must witness that he is, was and shall be, and that the words which He shall speak shall be Torah and that which we must do and not just say as members of His body.
Jesus was betrayed by ALL of his followers and disciples not just Judas, who may have been more worthy than others in the end.
By limiting the Holy One of Israel from age to age men have brought forth many different realities and kingdoms, which the men of this world who built them up will or have not been willing to part with should Messiah or G-d proclaim His Kingdom Come.
There are millions of believers the world over who live lives of quiet desperation because men have used Messiah to build for and by the abomination that causes desolation.
It is especially tragic in America which has known and should know Divine Liberty like no other nation on earth and be the very reason the whole world should wish to convert to Judaism and build up the Kingdom on earth as it will be in heaven. It is a very grave sin to deny the workings of the Holy Ghost and not one easily atoned for. In America, we mock the fact that we do so in as many ways as we may on a daily basis.
I believe in what someone says if it is true, but whether it is true of that person or not only G-d knows.
If however Jesus had made full payment for anyone’s sins, they could no longer be in this world, nor exist in the flesh.
They that are in the flesh cannot please G-d.
In the Spirit, you may be cleansed and made pure from sin, but as long as you are in this tabernacle of clay, you will inevitably sin. Even unintentional/accidental sins must be atoned for and worse ones cannot be atoned for according to the Law which is why we rely upon His mercy and the Perfect substitute, but that does not clear us of responsibility, accountability nor should it quench our zeal and commitment to outdo one another in striving to do good works and enter the Kingdom of G-d Lawfully. As Jesus says, if your righteousness does not exceed that of the scribes and teachers of the Law, you will in no wise enter the Kingdom of G-d.
Herein is the Blessing upon our Nation and We The People, that we may repair the damage done, right the wrongs done our G-d, Saviour and His Chosen people in our nation over the past so many generations, and so fulfill our vows and promises in HaShem of Hosts until Kingdom Come, which the L-RD Himself will speed and bring about in due time and less if we be true and enjoy the Holy days, Festivals, and Seasons of a renewed Creation.
And in keeping festivals and holy days, we allow ourselves to enjoy much more freedom and divine liberty than is available otherwise.
HaShem takes great pleasure in the Simcha/Joy of His people and has given us these sacred occasions and holy days for that very reason and purpose, including but not limited to Sabbath Rest; One of many of His gifts to us, to be enjoyed by observance and faith.
Of course, with Paul, things change and become more liberal in many ways but more dangerous for the uninitiated as well. And when will people cease to rob Peter to pay Paul, etc.?
Only be lead by Messiah captive into captivity. Men will not judge as He would. Remember in G-d are 13 measures of mercy and compassion. With any given man, you may find a measure or two of reason never mind compassion and mercy. Life is too unfair for most to think otherwise or be otherwise. But we do our best and Kingdom living makes all the more possibilities available than otherwise.
I should say only Life in the Kingdom is fair, and not only fair but enjoyable beyond all other realities we may imagine possible or bring to fruition, and we cannot, as it is written bear fruit apart from Him.
To follow Jesus is to follow all the way through crucifixion of your own flesh and body, or to adhere to the Law and strive to enter the Kingdom through the Way narrow which few men find, and fewer still accomplish.
That’s a harsh truth to hear and who can hear it? Jews mostly, but many Christians finally submit and admit that they are or were wrong all along about their presumptions of G-d and His Son.
When I have learned the most about G-d, it is when I was failing miserably at life as a Jew, but I learned through the things which I suffered that G-d is entirely otherwise minded than most if not all of professing Christianity may be.
Hanukkah, for example, is all about a very real deliverance from our foe, the AntiChrist, rededicating our lives to G-d. Renewing vows and purifying intentions toward Him, we will still likewise fall short which is when He may intervene and ‘save’, plead mercy on behalf of a penitent sinner, but then the worst of sinners may have a more reliable G-d fearing/loving heart than the greatest of disciples and apostles, saints and sages may.
Rishon and Yom HaMashiach (Advent and Christmas) are similarly days of deliverance, renewal, reflection, repentance and preparation as we anticipate Messiah’s coming or the renewal of the Holy Spirit’s influence in We who belong to the Kingdom, whether it be his first, second, third, etc., or last, all is as one day with the L-RD and time only is measured unto man, and most of mankind, despite its grand show of clock watching and business, are beyond the days allotted them in G-d and have reached a reality in which time is anyone’s guess but no one’s right to claim as watchmakers and Swiss banks may wish us to. If we find ourselves granted another hour beyond that which was properly and justly ours to live with, it is an extension of His grace and His long-suffering and immutable will that all men should be saved. But no man cheats death or the living G-d. Fear one and stand in awe of the Other.
This is why Paul teaches that “in or out of season” he preaches the gospel, it being that which defies time and space any real claim on creature or Creator, but we men and women like to have our tyrannical hold on whatsoever we may, and usually get it to our own hurt in the long run.
Because without the gift of the washing and renewal of the Ruach HaShem during these days of the traditions of men and women, there may as well be no days kept nor season considered sacred and holy.
A friend of mine recently reacted to my claims here with the following rebuttal which I thought wisdom and worthy to repeat:
“The apostle Paul was the apostle to the gentiles (me being one) taught by the Lord Jesus Christ himself after being blinded and then having his ‘eyes opened’ – Galatians 1:11-24.
In regard to my salvation already paid for and secured by my savior the Lord Jesus Christ (my mediator), I will wait to get my glorified body until He is done with me here. I am a new creature in Christ, old things are passed away behold all things are become new – 2 Corinthians 5:17. Remember how long Abraham stood on Gods promise that he was the father of a great nation while the promise was yet unfulfilled. Because of his faith God called him righteous – imputed righteousness. God values us believing His promise(s) while we wait to see them even though in the case of my salvation (and every believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, Jew or gentile- Romans 1:16) it is already settled in heaven. That is why I/we (believers must walk by faith not sight according to the pattern of Abraham as recorded in Romans chapter 4.
Who was God referring to on the Mount of Transfiguration when He said “This is my Beloved Son in whom I am well pleased, Hear ye Him.” ?
Lastly – John chapter 9 gives an account of a man born blind who is healed. When being questioned by the Pharisees regarding this miracle of healing which troubled them so the man asks ” will ye also be his disciples?”. This is the question for every person and I ask – will you believe on the Lord Jesus Christ? He is the way, the truth, and the life. No man cometh to the Father but by him – John 14:6.
This is good but it is still and yet priest craft to an extent and very dogmatic in theory, it is taught by men. First, the proselyte has to go through or be approved of you, who are not a Jew or teacher of the Law or Paul or some other disciple not necessarily chosen by the L-RD? The only one who holds an eternal right to Priesthood is Christ Himself or those appointed by him and that not of Himself but of HaShem the Father, who has also chosen the Jews and then Messiah is subject to the whole Law upon the approval of the real Priesthood if He lives to tell the tale.
Would you or he be found among those whom the Lord said, “And why do you call me Lord, Lord and do no that which I say?”
Which would be calling unto Israel to return to the L-RD with whatever converts Abraham and Sarah may have made in the wilderness? As Paul says, the heathen are justified through Abraham as you rightly intuit?
Believers are proved by the Law and the Testimony sealed in Isaiah among the disciples who had made a covenant with the L-RD by sacrifice.
It was nothing taught or sealed by men.
This is very treacherous ground to walk on and err in so I would have you thinking about it and rethinking. Too many have already become twofold sons of hell without knowing any better and it was due to belief in priest craft that must be answered upon the head of the priest that crafts it, or the disciple that wrests the Scriptures to their own hurt or destruction.
All men want to be right and esteemed worthy and glory of heaven is the highest attainment available on earth but one step in falsehood or error may ruin the whole race run otherwise faithfully.
I would rather be known as a stranger among the Israelites or joined to them who may enjoy the same rights and privileges because that is the L-RD’s will without claiming right to priesthood or Davidic/Israelite birthline, than claim I was a Jew without claiming to represent as Chosen, because the Chosen have the obligation of upholding all those who are joined to the Commonwealth and fate of Israel under Messiah Y’shua/Jesus.
It is my belief that all believers must care foremost and first for the Chosen people and to support their work and way of life as distinctively Jewish as is possible, even as it was in Rome or ancient biblical times to the merit of foreign nations and empires to support the Jews, the Temple and the priesthood and protect them even if claiming no affiliation or faith familiar.
Even demons believe in One G-d and shudder.
Soon after I was baptized LDS were some of the last days I was able to see my family and have been cut off even until now from them. I don’t consider it a great loss, though it took me entirely by surprise and cut me deeply and the wound still hasn’t healed fully; it did a great deal of good for my walk with G-d to be on my own and driven from home and family for a time….My hope is that in vindication I may convince and be reconciled to my entire family and live together or at least near one another with a greater appreciation of who we may be in Light of G-d’s word and with respect to His will for all parties concerned.
He has not abandoned me even when I was being afflicted by my enemies both here and at my last residence and He worked marvels in both places with me and those around me.
Nothing ventured, nothing gained, I hope by losing all I may win all for everyone’s sake, even if I must lose more or be cut off for His sake.
His will not mine be done.
Fear the one we are to fear and know the one we are to know and love, serve and stand in awe of at all times…The enemy is very active and becoming more so as the time grows short for him. I pray we both remain strong and devoted during the times to come and through many temptations and afflictions may come off the victors in the end. May He see to our vindication and that right speedily.
But what do we find in the end, but that the Apostle Paul had finally learned to be a Jew like David and let others curse as HaShem was the One who moved all things, tongues and invariably winds and flames are His messengers and servants, how little of account are men in the grand scheme of things and only when moved upon by the Holy Spirit are they anything at all or less than they may or more according to the diligence and heed they pay, which is their dues to He who by the power of His Word created Heaven and Earth and all things that in them are.
In Him, we live and breathe and have our being and those who refuse do a lot of grumbling and cursing against the Holy Ghost to their own injury inevitable.
Remember Paul considered- and rightly so! himself to be Chief of sinners and unworthy to be called an apostle. When we realize we don’t know Jesus or G-d at all, then we start the journey of knowing Him or letting Him know us and as we stand naked before Him, He shines His light upon us and His spirit comes alive within us. That is what being a Christian is or was to me, and the natural next step on Jacob’s ladder was to become a Jew and go the whole thirteen steps, through fifty gates of understanding and still know nothing but Christ and Him crucified and the power that raised him from the dead; that I may be left with nothing to boast of in and of myself.
Jesus came to fulfill and renew Torah; it is the only Way for fallen creation to rightly know and please Glorified Creator.
Advent/Rishon is a season for all children of G-d to become acquainted with their Jewish ancestors and history. American history, the whole of it, is mostly a fairy tale, completely fabricated hogwash, they make up as they go along but it has its facts here and there worth noting due to G-d advents among the children of men.
By keeping the wicked traditions of gentiles, we help men and women avoid the very purpose of holy days and seasons, they can deny all reality which they really have no interest in, right to or claim to any part of when they are permitted to at the whims and carnal notions of a host of demonic spirits each wanting its own every breath to be a Word from the Almighty. This is what Christianity is all about, just any schmuck taking Messiah’s words and turning them into something otherwise minded.
The only way to know a real McCoy from a fake or a phony is by the law and testimony. If they speak not according to the Torah, there is no light in them and the light they do have which may be the Light of Christ they hate and wish to quench in every believer and advocate of the Cause of Zion and HaShem’s servant, Jesus Christ in the world.
At any rate, HaShem is Judge of the secrets, and I trust Him to judge rightly and more effectively than I.
Having been through all kinds of crazy places and situations, to the depths and heights, this much I know, that there is a G-d and I am not Him.
I do believe His Spirit brought me back from the gates of death many times, and it is only His mercy and will that is keeping me alive and free in a world that is mostly if not entirely otherwise minded, oriented and ruled.
I know this too, that “great men” who when they have worked much and striven hard for Him, or thought they had, find themselves and their works rejected at the end, may turn into the worst enemies of Christ in the world! But then the opposite is true as well.
Which is why I am glad to hear anyone say their work in the world is meaningless to them, although, if it could bring Glory to Him and be useful to his people and Kingdom, I think it would be wonderful to have and use all knowledge and skill for Him. For without Him, all knowledge is fruitless/pointless and on the other hand, some pretty crazy Shiite stuff sheds a glimmer of redemptive light on the worst of rebels, making whatever purpose they may serve in faith, useful to Him.
I do enjoy talking about Him, especially with believers. I fear most find me to be a lecturer/preacher, and they would rather have a soothsayer and be encouraged in their circumstances and according to their desires, but G-d is never such and I am glad to be among the company of those who expect more of themselves and have experienced more of G-d for the cost personal which is all we have.
All else is Legion. And the way legion works is by bullyish behavior that seems legit and rightly authorized, but it is bat sh*t, mole sh*t, troll sh*t insanity enforced by spirits bitterer than bitter. That’s Paul’s way of protecting whilst perverting sheep he has taken from the fold of the L-RD into treacherous byways, and many an addled brained schemer has taken his lead and led his own flock further from the L-RD than Lot in Sodom at the annual Ashen Faggots Parade.
I think no matter how unbearable a person’s situation may be, correction and admonition is always profitable and I feel loved deeply when I am chastened and afflicted in due measure. He never does treat us like anything but sons and that is another wonderful gift to rejoice in during this season of cold and warmth, bereavements and gifting. Indeed heir desires differ greatly from outsiders or ‘their’ desires… That’s life! Lechaim! May your gains be His gains and your losses or little of no concern for the surpassing knowledge of salvation guarded by Torah observance, all knowledge becomes good and worthy of consideration in connection with everlasting Wisdom.
Lastly, I would remind all of the Scripture, “faith without works is dead.”
I feel we must have a Third Temple in order to fulfill our vows to Him while in the flesh.
And though He never did ask for or need a House to dwell in, I believe in the priesthood and the works of the Temple/Tabernacle very much, and that our salvation depends upon them, I am sure.
I think, we, His people need a Temple more than He. But of course, He needs nothing and we everything! And He has promised to supply our every need according to His riches in Glory by Christ Jesus.
At any rate, whether this month means old sweaters and unusual humor to you with trees all aglow and frosty drinks in the snow, or menorahs all aglow and redecoration all in tow.
I wish you the very best of the Spirit’s blessings be with you and your family and loved ones all the year round. Remember those in bonds and prison as though with them and share all things in common with your fellow man.
Baruch atah Adonai hamvorakh l’olam va’ed
“Blessed be the l-rd who is blessed forever and ever.”
There are some not so warm and fuzzy traditions kept by Gentiles during the Christmas Season when many of the wicked are swept away with the storms we all endure and were the impetus for Solomon’s firm decree in patient endurance, “This Too Shall Pass.”
Those who live by the sword, die by it, and if an Xmess every year gives them more reasons than none to use their swords, they’ll suffer all manner of consumer nonsense for a chance to unsheathe a bit of Xmas leer, jeer, and cheer (bloodshed ~ avenger style) in any neighborhood the “Elf on the Shelf” may be found lurking. I’m sure Santa considers himself blessed to have a quiver full of elves, but if there is even one in your home, you have reason to fear for your lives and those of your family.
Hopefully, HaShem will sweep away all corruption and deception from the U.S.A. within a very few short years to come.
And if that means an end to Santa and Charlie Brown, Dick and Jane disaster strikes, all the better to have grown up with the jolly fat murderer and unruly beasts he may run/roll with.
I am angry at the amount of crime in America that goes unchecked and is enjoyed even as entertainment because it is wickedly presented to young minds as such. For the difference is grander than it ought to be and the very reason for have-nots not having what they may envy their neighbors seeming to have when the curse is worse on the other side of the fence even though the grass be greener. The seasons of the gentiles are much meaner than they make believe.
Ever since the corruption that took my home from me, it has been one bold bullshit move after another.
And I remember having come this way, through homeless straits and despair back in the mid-1990’s and they had the same intent even then. I didn’t think they knew of the loop HaShem intended to throw us all for!
Who would imagine an attempt to defraud sons and heirs of their heritages and right divine would turn into a world class war? All too strange politics white goyim practice in America, very self-serving and discriminatory.
One could not blame the non-native or foreigner for learning to play along and practice the same criminal alliances/allegiances as steers the entire nation toward destruction.
The fact that they use Christmas as a cover for the worst crimes they commit from generation to generation is fascinating and deeply disturbing.
Wonderful how HaShem has been with me through it all and not left me to be destroyed even when I tried to destroy myself out of despair and loneliness.
He is a marvelous and all powerful G-d indeed!
I wonder at His justice and marvel continuously at His ways which are beyond finding out.
I am glad for a lot if not all people concerned that all that has come to pass has, but the bitter roots that are to blame for a world of hurt and chaos remain protected and undetected at least to those who ought to recompense their iniquity upon their own pates.
But I leave judgment to G-d.
Nevertheless, would enjoy the opportunity to sit as at least a spectator if not judge and hear some of the excuses and tales they might tell to escape the judgment due them.
I cannot lie, everyone is to blame and so mete measure for measure where mercy is not claimed and the grudge is fixed, and parties immovable.
I cannot complain when I think of all the good that has come to pass and that may yet be reaped in the wake of an affair worse than Benghazi or the World Trade Center disaster combined in comparison…I really don’t think I exaggerate either.
And it was the entire nation against itself that caused the brutal harm and delusional mayhem that went down all over the country. The only good is that as quick as evil springs up and spreads itself, it is rooted out and destroyed. But the price, that there is no one left to enjoy safe pasture and freedom that is an American Glory and unique experience not to be imitated or enjoyed in all the world quite as it was before the wars got out of hand and the corruption at home blew up in everyone’s faces.
I should throttle and flog some of the men and women I know are behind it all and to blame for.
But then it is all water under the bridge and can’t be brought back.
The much good and blessing we the people experienced within the mess and madness of it all can’t be retrieved either and will probably never come to the light of day for Americans to enjoy and be enlightened by, but there is always hope.
That is my hope for this world anyway. That they might enjoy the kind of freedom and liberty G-d would have blessed and enhanced our lives with by way of revelation in the moments that are past somehow in the future since it is all available through the technology we’ve been misusing and abusing since Y2K.
Not that I seek the glory of the works but the fruit that may have come of it.
At any rate, why I chose to relate this seemingly fantastic and hard to be understood tale to anyone at all is for the eyes that may be watching and still wondering what to make of it all and where to go from here. Why they were sent on various errands and to battles errant and avoidable is something to reconsider and debate about such as the real cause of the 9/11 strike and other disasters like it; the gain to be had in raising a generation in Truth and Spirit rather than falsehood and delusion Babylonian. We need to justify certain alliances that can become lasting friendships that will build up the Zion in America and around the world that always should have been our priority number one, and get ‘er done.
I hope some enjoy my sense of humor and don’t take anything I say too personally or punitively?
But hopefully, this month’s come to pass will redeem many, Each day that passes brings with it a new rain of chaos and production that whitewashes as with the snowfall recent.
How fortunate for Babylonian-ish kings and their courtiers, etc. I hope the overthrow will follow and cleanse any chance of a repeat performance of olden ways here in the Burgh of Burghs!
Satan’s seat need become David and Solomon’s Mercy Seat or perhaps Joshua and Josephs’ thrones in the new Zion, Kingdom, Jerusalem in the USA and governing abroad.
I hope all had a wonderful Hanukkah and experience all the joys and wonders of the winter season and that the spring will warm and help Zion blossom as a young or slightly aged rose garden may. You are still beautiful to I and G-d.
Perception is everything.
All you need are some olive groves, grape vines, fig trees, wheat fields, orchards and pomegranates blossoming, and one won’t be able to tell the difference between new and old Jerusalem once a Temple is built in the new and the old is restored to its former glory.
All the best and more blessings than a multiplicity of priests could bestow upon You!
Personally, I always like to give people I love an extra opportunity to right wrongs done in the past and cancel out some sadness in their lives by welcoming home gladly former friends, family, and neighbors.
I know most sit in darkness and cherish enmity, especially during the holidays which gives them plenty of time to conceive of new mischief and ills to do to one another.
I always like to turn the holidays into what they ought to be – a time for giving thanks and renewing bonds, righting wrongs and rededicating self to others and G-d.
I know why and wherefore it seems to backfire most often, but every once in a while someone is stung in a good way and turns from a bad way back onto the paths of life if only to travel on them for a short while with another who enjoys them in their purity for precisely that reason. That is Paul’s gospel preached in or out of season fulfilled, and perhaps the only way gentiles will ever be willing to be Jewish in anywise and way of life, and if it helps all get along more civilized and neighborly, mazel tov! Lechaim!
Meanwhile, I am committed to the season’s joys, mitzvahs and wonders wherever I am, go, come or shall be and have gone and been.
Our Enemy is G-d Himself when we walk not in His ways and it is not like He has a choice in being otherwise. He will be G-d whether we wish to be saved and live or deny Him and die in and to our sins.
It seems unfair that our excuse of being raised in a world of unbelief and otherwise minded traditions and pastimes should be enough to secure our forgiveness and that be the final say in the matter since it is G-d Himself who forgives and overlooks our sins for His own Name’s sake. But if we have really been forgiven and taken that to heart as the greatest gift we have ever received, does it not stand to reason that we should be the first in line to change our national way of life and consideration for G-d’s gift of life and creation?
The world aims to keep us so insecure and on the run that we’ll never have time to consider nor enjoy either for what or how they may have been created and bestowed as gifts to children who had made vows to their Father in heaven to live lives becoming of children of the Most-High.
That should be a humbling thought that brings each and every man, woman and child to the dust in penitence, but at the same time lift up in sincere awe of the greatness and love of G-d.
As selfish and mean as we are and have been in our own pretended national history and behaviorism as darwin’s test monkeys, we really are sons and daughters of the Most-High, the Creator of Heaven and Earth and all things that in them are.
To neglect such a great salvation as this is beneath even humanity’s delusions of grandeur, which as I say are but the dreams of test animals in a laboratory.
If less or more, let it be as the L-RD wills and not I. I can only seek the blessing and reconciliation, He moves the hearts and hands; makes the judgments and decisions through His chosen vessels, but we must choose Him too.
Why should we list to break that which cannot be broken and be less than we ought to and have the right to be simply because it is not the popular choice?
Paul was a Trappist, he meant well, but that which he had to work with was as clay marred in his own hands, and it will not be molded or fashioned aright until it is in the Hands of HaShem of Hosts, the very creator of we the people, the G-d who granted Us liberty far from our homeland in Heaven, and far from Israel on earth, that He might fulfill His own word and promise to all nations, kindreds, tongues, and peoples.
What have we the people not seen that does not confirm the words of the prophet Malachi?
Malachi 1:5 You will see it with your own eyes and say, ‘Great is the L-rd—even beyond the borders of Israel!’
The only thing that remains for anyone with a conscience and a will to be, fulfill and succeed as a species, is but to turn, return and do.
D&C 84:53-59 And by this you may know the righteous from the wicked, and that the whole world groaneth under sin and darkness even now. And your minds in times past have been darkened because of unbelief, and because you have treated lightly the things you have received— Which vanity and unbelief have brought the whole church under condemnation. And this condemnation resteth upon the children of Zion, even all. And they shall remain under this condemnation until they repent and remember the new covenant, and the former commandments which I have given them, not only to say but to do according to that which I have written— That they may bring forth fruit meet for their Father’s kingdom; otherwise there remaineth a scourge and judgment to be poured out upon the children of Zion. For shall the children of the kingdom pollute my holy land? Verily, I say unto you, Nay.
In Egypt, Yosef reaches a time in his life when he no longer wished to reminded of his past. We all do this to differing degrees, for different reasons, usually in ignorance of what is really going on in our world and internally, within our truest selves. We like mostly to fantasize about who we’d like to be rather than deal with the reality of who we have the opportunity to be. Desiring to escape the past, oblivious to or bothered by the present- uncertain, maybe hopeful, likely anxiety filled about the future. We seek opportunity in the path of least resistance or whatever seems available and most advantageous to our situation alone, without considering others first or at all…Ease of profit and gain canceling out all care for personal integrity, afraid of becoming prey to the society we find ourselves entrapped in, knowing a single blunder could cost us everything at any time, why care about the future in anywise, when as a thief in the night all could be lost on the morrow. Especially hateful among those professing faith in G-d is this kind of ungratefulness toward His Counsel and Light.
Thinking that if we manage our affairs better than others or count on the right agreements in darkness, corruption being fair play to many and the only play to the majority, and the last ditch attempt to the minority, all fall into the same pit they dig together, while doing their best to stay afloat in the same boat of mutiny and espionage; pleasure and comfort being considered richer gains than satisfaction of hard work and endurance, perseverance and overcoming the world. Perhaps it won’t count against us that others are lost – that’s fate/fortune. Not my problem/concern.
Yosef is different because there was something better in him that he inherited from his father and his father’s fathers…He cared about others, even strangers, perhaps to his own hurt more often than not and being noble may have gone to his head at times, but he was legit, unlike so many around him sucking up to and off of him for their living. But all this is not uncommon. The uncommon part of Yosef was his empathy. He could be stubborn like his father Yisrael only differing in whose favor his stubbornness would eventually work out and the reward that was its result.
I think Pharaoh just wanted to supplant and beat Yisrael into submission, cause him to stumble, jeopardize his blessing and obliterate his heritage nationally. Yisrael did not want to budge I think mostly because G-d is an unchangeable Being. Nor did he wish to let go of whom he had become in his sufferings and accomplishments spiritual as well as physical battles. The glory of his story was first diminished by sending his sons to Egypt for help and then moving to Egypt to accept the pretended future Egypt held out to many in vain. The same Yosef had set his hopes upon and was now embroiled in the heat of moments quickly changing and becoming impossible to manage.
Thanks to HaShem and Pharaoh things were still manageable and in hand, but because the latter had no appreciation for the former, everyone lost a lot more than they gained in the bargain basement that was Egypt.
Yisrael as a people would remain stubborn and fixed in mentality wholly because of devotion to an unchanging G-d and faith tested and proved by their forefathers for generations up to the present day and crises.
Egypt had and welcomed as many gods as they imagined were in and of their vanities, inventions, and know-how- something the world would not realize and accept until the reign of King Solomon. All was flattery and deception from head to tail in Egypt.
The Religion, Faith, and Heritage that was Yisrael is really all there is in the world.
Yosef really should have returned to his home at some point and face the boy he left behind or was kidnapped as and reacquaint himself with himself as the son of his father and the brother of his brothers where he first began to realize his own potential within that context.
Pharaoh was more of a monster than a king and what he created was more nightmare than a dream but he was fighting other monsters threatening the same dreams and realities we now face as a society and people. Constantly seeking entertainment, escape, change, new fashion, gain by any means necessary, etc. was a constant burden for the world and there was no rest, not even on Sabbath. The mentality was all lust and envy, wanting anything but reality’s fruits and miracles, wonders, and enjoyments. All became the fear of lacking employment and or bread to live on…Justice and equity were nowhere to be found except in Yosef’s attempt to prepare for the worst, but even that is hard to justify having known and experienced the cost firsthand of being an impoverished, imprisoned prisoner of the same kingdom he was now trying to save.
Using the manipulation of the ‘management of the creature’ to rob everyone which is ultimately Yosef’s or Pharaoh’s fault and not his glory nor HaShem’s will necessarily.
Vast numbers of people were simply willing to betray and depart from the right way for all the wrong reasons.
It’s a lot like modern day U.S.A., but because of our Constitutional government, we have a lot more reason to support Faith-based living and a lot more obvious and painful examples of the cost of living otherwise mindedly. A hell of a lot of people are willing to be robbed and ill-treated and react as basely as animals on the constant hunt for the kill in the wilderness, that Yisrael, just by being stubborn enough to hold onto his own estate and try to raise his sons honorably in righteousness – the only reward long-term anyone ever really experienced was keeping the wilderness at bay or at staff’s length by protecting and nurturing his own as best he may with G-d’s help, which is how David and Solomon would eventually come to such heights of success- the old-fashioned way, by earning it, and what they didn’t earn they received as grace through the merit of the fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
Hell’s bells! The brothers were so easily duped into moving to Egypt, one would think the entire nation afflicted with tinnitus, but Yisrael had to be dragged there, and manipulated by his love for his children, especially his youngest Benjamin, who after losing Yosef was all he had in the world or knew of happiness.
Pharaoh’s people being mostly vile in imagination and baser still indeed, were so harden towards the wonder of being alive as a child of One G-d, maintained only a pretended abhorrence for austere values, momentary or long term self-denial, for investment in progeny’s divine right, which is not but an extension and continuation of their own.
Holy Stubbornness tends to get people where they need to be faster than innovations many, invention, speed, or imagination.
There is no substitute for ‘being there’.
Where there is no Temple and Religion of One, people tend to act out of unbelief more often than not. Yakov, though allotted the best land in Egypt, only increased and flourished because of the Faith he brought there from his home in Canaan. Promised land. America likewise is a Promised land to the House of Israel through Yosef and Ephraim’s blessing and our Faith has been our only real, lasting and effectual merit.
It was because Yisrael forgot all about what is of real worth and value that they became so poor as to completely forsake the faith of their fathers and fall in with the society of Egypt which was not but vile egoism and worship of the body and its baser functions and pleasures or even its more exalted arts, sports and performances, etc.
When found out of the Way, men must justify every step they take out of the Way or its checkmate.
The bigger the steps they wish to take, the more back-tracking they must do and the more vicious the cycle must needs become until they work their way back to the only Way there is, was or shall be.
If the road less traveled seems more desirable at first, at the last, it may not prove worth the trouble or make all the difference once thought or imagined.
Why 2 Kings?
Why two thousand soldiers?
Heralds of the Messianic Age are frustrated by they who never may list to obey a false Messiah.
There can be only One.
Zion is fled.
My country ‘tis of He, How else can She be a sweet land of liberty, agree and sing?
Selfishness and egocentricity are ruining the nation. Only through self-sacrifice and virtue may She rebuild and reclaim a lost storied past.
Obviously, Military service was never about self-sacrifice. The training is good and all that but basically enlistment has always been for beggars who had nothing and no opportunity in the land of the same because people suck.
Quick! rally about a rich phony full of himself and baloney.
Or seek the real leader in the wilderness.
1 Kings 17:2
He will drink from the brook by the Way, therefore he shall lift up his head.
“Ye serve the Lord Christ.”—Colossians 3:24.
“O what choice order of officials was this word spoken? To kings who proudly boast a right divine? Ah, no! too often do they serve themselves or Satan, and forget the God whose sufferance permits them to wear their mimic majesty for their little hour. Speaks then the apostle to those so-called “right reverend fathers in God,” the bishops, or “the venerable the archdeacons”? No, indeed, Paul knew nothing of these mere inventions of man. Not even to pastors and teachers, or to the wealthy and esteemed among believers, was this word spoken, but to servants, ay, and to slaves. Among the toiling multitudes, the journeymen, the day labourers, the domestic servants, the drudges of the kitchen, the apostle found, as we find still, some of the Lord’s chosen, and to them he says, “Whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.” This saying ennobles the weary routine of earthly employments and sheds a halo around the most humble occupations. To wash feet may be servile, but to wash His feet is royal work. To unloose the shoe-latchet is poor employ, but to unloose the great Master’s shoe is a princely privilege. The shop, the barn, the scullery, and the smithy become temples when men and women do all to the glory of God! Then “divine service” is not a thing of a few hours and a few places, but all life becomes holiness unto the Lord, and every place and thing, as consecrated as the tabernacle and its golden candlestick.”
“Teach me, my God and King, in all things Thee to see;
And what I do in anything to do it as to Thee.
All may of Thee partake, nothing can be so mean,
Which with this tincture, for Thy sake, will not grow bright
A servant with this clause makes drudgery divine;
Who sweeps a room, as for Thy laws, makes that and the action fine.”