* additional Bible verses added on 3rd June 2011
"Is Israel a servant? is he a homeborn slave? why is he spoiled?"
The Book of Ezekiel chapter 16 spoke of the parable of Israel, a child born and thrown into an open field with the naval cord still uncut and all covered in blood. How the Lord took the Child in and covered Her nakedness and gave her all the finest garments and fairest jewels. Yet she was not contented and played the harlot and committed adultery with strangers and committed many other sins. But the ending as in verse :60 the Lord said "Nevertheless I will remember my covenant with thee in the days of thy youth, and I will establish unto thee an everlasting covenant."
All human beings are basically born free in the eyes of God; however, when we are born into a social system in the days of our parents, which determine the degree of our freedom or born into slavery. Some of us fight our way out slavery. Some are born into a dfferent type of slavery; slavery to the falsehood of money and position, which are able to tie a person down just as firmly as indentured servitude. Either way and in any society, a person in this world is a slave to what he covets.
A servant covets freedom a life without a master. If that servant were to be granted freedom, he would most probably end up being a slave to something else; because he still needs to find work. The servant has not left the Babylon system, as such he will never be free. That is why we need The Lord to set us free. To be spiritually free and the wisdom to choose our path in the light of the Lord.
A spoiled rich man covets more riches and power and position. He may eventually end up sacrificing his own freedom and the people he loves if he does not know how to draw the line.
The Kingdom of Babylon is most coveted by the mother of harlots and abominations of the earth, its people; the people who subscribe to the Kingdom of Babylon and think that they have built this Kingdom and it is theirs for the keeping; and these are the people who give honour and power to themselves and NONE to the Lord who created them.
"The king spake, and said, Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for the house of the kingdom by the might of my power, and for the honour of my majesty?"
"While the word was in the king's mouth, there fell a voice from heaven, saying, O king Nebuchadnezzar, to thee it is spoken; The kingdom is departed from thee."
To destroy the Kingdom of Babylon is merely to detach yourselves from the rudiments of this world. When you stop subscribing to the falsehood and material world of Babylon, it will cease to exist. Babylon feeds on the human soul to expand its power. Come out of Babylon and start to live and walk the path of righteousness of the Lord is all it takes to bring the Kingdom of Babylon down.
"And the chief captain answered, With a great sum obtained I this freedom. And Paul said, But I was free born."
"I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High."
Throughout the Bible, we see narratives and parables about slaves/servants and their masters.
Not all servants are slaves; most are just contract workers. While some are freed slaves who chose to stay on to help their masters because of love and loyalty.
Why do people shun at the word "obedience" to God?
To Willingly follow the will of the Lord and to accomplish His work.
Is it so hard to follow?
As if it is a monumental impossible task that will demand great self sacrifice.
If you truly love the Lord your God thy creator, then the task to follow Him is easy and the sacrifice is nothing compared to a living a life without the Lord Most High.
As Children of God, the Lord said that "we are gods" as in Psalms 82:6.
What caused our godliness to disappear? and Our favour in the sight of the Lord to diminish.
Dare we go to courts and palaces (where gold are worthless and are used as flooring) of the Lord and reclaim our favour and love of the Most High?
Have we become beasts of the field scratching out a meal or two for survival?
In this beastly world, people kill over a small gold nugget.
Since we are "gods" what we do most definately have its repercussions. Adam and Eve chose to be disobedient, its repercussion its DEATH. Whatever we choose to do will either bring us further or closer to GOD.
Sin of course drives a wedge between our own happiness and godliness.
When you cross the road, we generally look around and to the left and right for on coming traffic before we cross the road because it could mean life or death for you, if you step infront of an on coming bus. Such ordinary day to day small efforts that we do to ensure survival, what more of major decisions that people with money and power make?
It is good to find strength to overcome a bad situation. It is also good to be able to find contentment in our lives as there will always be something higher to achieve, something more beautiful to admire, something more expensive to buy.
Life is not about the endless chase. If you already have a beautiful wife, do you go after the next person that comes along whom you think is more beautiful? Where does it stop? How many lives will get hurt?
Some people think that they can destroy this earth and move along to find another planet that can sustain life. What if you cannot find any other planet like earth? And at the edge of the universe is exactly what it is, the edge where everything stops - like in the movie The Thirteenth Floor. What would you do? Where would you go?
1st Timothy 6:5-11
:5 "Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself."
:6 "But godliness with contentment is great gain."
:7 "For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out."
:8 "And having food and raiment let us be therewith content."
:9 "But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition."
:10 "For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows."
:11 "But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness."
Movie of the week - The Thirteenth Floor (1999)
This Book by Michael Card - "A Better Freedom" made me feel rather depressing. After reading this book I do not feel the "actual" & "better" freedom that we are suppose to experience. Instead I felt as if I was brought encircling the lives of slaves; I was at some point beginning to feel like a tired old vulture. It does however have very good point of refeerences and examples.
Detailed Description extracted from Michael Card's website:
When Michael Card first started attending an African American church, he was struck by how the congregation worshiped Jesus as "Master." He soon learned that during slavery, calling Jesus "Master" was a subtle way of saying that their earthly masters were not their true Master. This insight led Card on a journey of discovery, as he wondered, "What did it mean for African American slaves to acknowledge Jesus as Master? What did Paul, Peter, Jude and James mean when they acknowledged themselves as Christ's slaves? What would it mean for you and me to take upon ourselves the title 'slave of Christ'?" A Better Freedom explores the biblical imagery of slavery as a metaphor for Christian discipleship. Michael Card shows how the early church saw Greco-Roman slavery as a window into understanding Jesus both as the Savior who took on the form of a slave, but also the true Lord and Master who sets us free from our own slavery to sin. Come, let yourself be captured by the Master. And discover how you can be truly set free.
2 Peter 1:20
"Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation."
2 Peter 1:20 are For example, when the Bible mentions the "Son of Man" it does not only refer to Jesus Christ but it also refers to every true Prophet of God to Israel.
Jesus like every other Prophet of God from Moses to Ezekiel to Isaiah to John the Baptist, are CALLED as the Son of Man in terms of them giving up their own lives to minister after the Word of God and all Prophets of God gave their own life to follow the will and work of the Lord to the detail so that the message of the Lord gets across to His people and causing many people to be saved.
"Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many."
Another example of 2 Peter 1:20 are Isaiah 52:14 & 15.
Many people popularly associate it with Jesus's crucifixion and you are not wrong. But do you know that it is also associated with the Jewish Holocaust. Whose visage was so marred more than any man, than the skeletal form of a Jewish prisoner during World War 2.
Many nations and kings shut their mouths at him and many of them could hardly believe what they saw. Do you see it now?
"As many were astonied at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men:"
"So shall he sprinkle many nations; the kings shall shut their mouths at him: for that which had not been told them shall they see; and that which they had not heard shall they consider."
There are many religious people of who think that they are saved and can do no wrong. They do not weep nor do they think that they need repentance.
They are like the brother of the prodigal son.
Well keep up the good work for all that the Father has is already yours but there are some questions that i need to ask that self righteous brother.
Why did you not attempt to talk some sense into your brother when he was a rebellious against his own father? Are you happy to get rid of your brother?
Why are you so full of discontentment (of not having enough to eat and enjoy with friends) while working for your Father?
As God's little children, we inherit not only all that belongs to Him but also we inherited His wisdom and power. Learn to use it wisely, with prudence and obedience towards the will of the Lord. The power of the gods is safely locked within us until our Father sees it fit to unleash them, otherwise we might do much harm not only to other people but mainly to ourselves as well. It is this power that the evil spirits desperately covet and hope to seek control over us the human being.
Like they say, with great power comes great responsibility.
Being a god is "who" we are and created by, mankind is "what" we are made of.
(For example, if anyone asks you, "What are you? If you are human, you would say, "I am a man" or woman or mankind.
If anyone ask you, "Who are you?
Some people would say their name.
Some would even mention their profession or work. But the kind of job that you do are not WHO you are.
Who are you?
You are your father's son or daughter.
You carry your father's surname do you not?
You carry your father's DNA and our original parents' DNA Adam and Eve's were called sons of God having the first holy spirit of life given by GOD.
You carry or inherited your creator's Heavenly Father's Holy Spirit - His breath of LIFE - that gave you your soul and spirit - your life.)
"I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance."
THE PARABLE OF THE PRODIGAL SON
LUKE chapter 15:15-20
:15 "And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine."
:16 "And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him."
:17 "And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!"
:18 "I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee,"
:19 "And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants."
:20 "And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him."
:31 "And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine."
:32 "It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found."
To the self righteous brother, do not be afraid or think negatively about obedience towards the Lord Most High. Obedience towards God does not mean that we loose our freedom of choice, but rather think of it as learning to avoid pitfalls and death traps that the Lord did foresee and that there are still many things we do not know and have yet to learn. Until we are fully grown up - not only in terms of our earthly years but also in God years, let us just for now follow what Daddy says, shall we?