Begin an authentic relationship with the Lord

Harem Dancers by Fabio Fabbi

This is not a normal teaching from your normal church.  Some experiences cannot be shared by the congregation.

This blog is not for the immature or new believer. It is for the believer who sits up one days and says “I want more, in my relationship with God. I want to be closer to my God, my King, my Redeemer, and my Beloved.”

The Song of Songs teaches that we are all in God’s harem.  We are all brides of Messiah, individually. For purposes of the blog I have substituted Harem where one would normally write congregation, church, or believers. The great love poem was left for us to understand that the  relationship with out Lord is to be as intimate as any passionate encounter.

The Battlefield of the Soul

Léon Cogniet (1794 - 1880) - The Battle Of HeliopolisOr Be Still and Know part 2

Those in the Harem to often rush about our daily tasks, keeping ourselves too busy to give ourselves time to think. For we know that in the quiet, our hidden guilt will be self-evident, and what we fear most, that experience of an undertone of self-judgment, will manifest. Like Adam and Peter we know we are unworthy.

And he said, “I heard the sound of thee in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.” Gen. 3:10

But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.” Luke 5:8 

We want God to be on the throne of our lives, at the same time there is nothing more horrifying than the thought that He is there. To be constantly accountable to a holy God is to be brought invariably into judgment. The self revelation of who we really are in light of His perfection is truly awful. Even if one triumphs in business, sports, scientific discovery, etc. our inner soul know that there is still a sense of unworthiness, and weakness.

For the man of faith (those in the harem) know that they must sally forth into this battlefield, to stand face to face with this most difficult task, a task of struggle, defeat, and failure to put aside all sin.

22 Put off your old nature which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful lusts, 23 and be renewed in the spirit of your minds, Eph. 4:22-23

That renewal of our minds is a daunting task as Paul put it-

19 For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I do. 20 Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I that do it, but sin which dwells within me. . . 

Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Rom. 7:19, 20, 24

The throne room of our soul is always a battlefield. Where daily we must struggle to keep God on the throne of our live.

Be sober, be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking some one to devour. 1 Pet. 5:8

Once we are standing in the middle of the battlefield we begin to realize that we are wholly inadequate to the task. We are not prepared for a roaring lion. We do not know how to surrender all to God. We need a Champion, who is experienced at dealing with this lion. But for that to happen we need to-

. . . give no opportunity to the devil. Eph. 4:27b

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. James 4:7

We can’t depend on our Champion at the same time we are assisting the devil. This little verse from Ephesians four is in the middle of a long explanation of things we as believer should and should not be doing. Getting it wrong gives Satan opportunities to devour souls. We need to wholly surrender to the Lamb of God,  our Champion, and stop doing all the bad things in the list, and start doing all the good things in the list. We also need to stop spending time correcting the things that the Bible does not call sin, or things that the Bible does not require that we do.  There is enough in these lists already. [c.f. Ex 20; Eph 4-6; Jam 3:13-5:11]

The war is over, the victory was won at the cross, however the battles for individual souls go on.

As David stood up to Goliath for the nation of Israel, so Messiah must Champion our cause.

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Rom. 8:1 

And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Col. 3:17

Be Still, and Know

Amerling, Friedrich Von (1803-1887) -The Oriental“Be still, and know that I am God. I am exalted among the Gentiles, I am exalted in the earth!” Psa. 46:10

The post-modern world is full of a frenzy of activity. The ability to stop, and enjoy silence is lost to a generation with cell phones, computer tablets, let alone the old TVs and radios. Everyone feels that they must be doing something all the time. The inherited churches often try to compete. They offer services that are ones of wild excitement or the euphoria of ecstatic music. They are more show than teaching. The people are entertained while their souls starve.

The inherited churches are full of platitudes on spirituality, but true spiritual depth is never offered or achieved. Those wanting spiritual enlightenment cannot turn to the inherited churches. Those hungering for such a life, often find that the only methods of spiritual enlightenment that are taught now come from pagan ideas, the spiritual methods of Buddhism, Hinduism, Native Americans, etc. These will only lead to destruction.

The Bible’s answer is the contemplative life, where the soul is disciplined to be still.

The Language

To be still in Hebrew is rafah meaning to sink down, relax, abandon, forsake. It is only in the still moments when we have abandoned the cares of the visible world, that we can begin to see the invisible spiritual world that is all around us.

To know in Hebrew is yada’ and is the same word as in-

Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, Gen. 4:1a

It is a word of intimate relationship. As in marriage where in the quiet of the day a couple plans their future together. God also has plans and purposes that He will reveal to those who are still enough to hear.

God is exalted among the Gentiles. This is the work of Messiah, to open salvation to the whosoever will.

For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 

God is now exalted in all the earth, from the time that the teachings of Messiah began the exaltation has been growing.

Spiritual Growth

Messiah proclaimed an invisible kingdom, to a skeptical world where the established order of pagan gods and imperial power were no longer held in high esteem. Society was crumbling at its foundation. Messiah offered a kingdom of deeper values, and new view of life. As the old order was failing, Messiah promised a new kingdom of faith and service. The old order had visible gods of stone and wood, whereas Messiah offered an intimate relationship with an invisible all present God. The old order had an empire with visible solders marching about persecuting the people and fighting civil wars. Messiah offered a life of service in the Kings of King’s army, to build an invisible empire of faith.

As this new faith grew, this new army of believers took heart and turned their faces toward the front lines of this new spiritual war. A war where it was not the might of arms that won the battle, but the might of faith. Women, children, and old men were just as valuable as young men.

Recently the inherited churches have taken a set back as the world has offered the counter teachings of socialism and evolution. Both of which are total failures.

Socialism has failed everywhere it has ever been tried. But there are always gullible people who will be taken in by the idea that everyone receives an equal share of the things of life. The gullible believe that its previous failures were due to the people in charge. That they will not be like those people, and not make the same mistakes. Somehow the sinful nature of mens souls is lost on them. They believe that they will conquer this nature. This is not possible. For all are sinners.

. . . as it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one; Rom. 3:10

Evolution has failed to produce a single fact that supports the theory, Not One. All of their facts have proven to be nothing more than fakes or fictions perpetrated by frauds.

However instead of loudly explaining the facts about these humanistic philosophies many have felt a need to justify the faith by its contributions to man’s material needs. They have tried to move into political, economic and social spheres. To as it were, christianize society. This tendency is to believe or at least teach that if men are fed, clothed and recruited the social problems will solve themselves.

They are motivated by a feeling that religion is losing the battle of ideas. Let it lose. It is not about religion, it is about an intimate relationship with the King of Kings. There is a hollowness in this service of humanity, a misunderstanding of the task that was set before us. The social welfare of a population must not be measured only by outward accumulation of things, but by the spiritual inward expansion of the soul.

True faith is not about civilization. It is about a personal walk with God, with every person their own prophet, priest, and king, submitting only to the authority of the Son who is sent from the Father.

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, that you may declare the wonderful deeds of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 1Pet. 2:9 

Religious activity is not spiritual growth. We need to sit down and be still, abandon all this running around trying to make these false ideas happen. All this activity may expand ones personal life in breadth and height but depth is lost.

The still contemplative life that brings such depths is no longer sought, taught, or requested. Instead it is ridiculed for it accomplishes nothing for others. The needs of others are somehow felt to be important where the needs of the soul have been abandoned. There is a false conviction that life is determined by external earthly relationships. If those relationship are improved, then life will become satisfactory. This teaching has no ability to draw from an inner source. It does not bring peace.

We were not told to feed the poor, provide shelter, or clothing. We were told to make disciples.

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Matt. 28:19

Those that has striven for these achievements find that for all they gain with their loyalty to these religious ideals, is a lack of true power, love, and self control.

. . . for God did not give us a spirit of fear but a spirit of power and love and a sound mind. 2Tim. 1:7

The still contemplative life is one where the soul lives a life independent from the world. To triumph spiritually the soul must win an inner depth, it must fight for internal stability and peace. For the outward relationships to be right, the inner must be strong. This strength comes from testing. Temptations and persecutions must be faced not avoided. Burdens, sorrows, and inner imperfections must be faced and dealt with. Without this struggle it is possible to transcend the world and thereby gain the victory.

2   Count it all joy, my brethren, when you meet various trials,  3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.  4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. 

5   If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives to all men generously and without reproaching, and it will be given him.  6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.  7 For that person must not suppose that a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways, will receive anything from the Lord. 

9   Let the lowly brother boast in his exaltation,  10 and the rich in his humiliation, because like the flower of the grass he will pass away.  11 For the sun rises with its scorching heat and withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beauty perishes. So will the rich man fade away in the midst of his pursuits.

12   Blessed is the man who endures trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life which God has promised to those who love him.  13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted with evil and he himself tempts no one;  14 but each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire.  15 Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin; and sin when it is full-grown brings forth death. James 1:2-15

This deeper life in Messiah then becomes the worlds example. In the deeper things we find the renewal of our minds, and the strength to bring every thought captive. For all must be submitted to our Master the King.

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. Rom. 12:2

Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; 2Cor. 10:5

The first step is to be still and know that God is in control, to listen for the still small voice. Our job is to find and do His plans and purposes. It is His will that needs to be done. It is easy to do as it is all written down in the Book.

Are you a daughter of Martha or Mary? [Luke 10:38-42]

The Lord of the Harem is Truth

trinity knotLead me in thy truth, and teach me, for thou art the God of my salvation; for thee I wait all the day long. Psa. 25:5

In the post-modern world we look for truth, and fine none, everywhere there is falsehood. Here in Psalm 25 we are told that it takes patients to learn God’s truth. We may have to wait all day long if necessary. This Psalm goes on to say that He is only going to teach the humble. [Psa. 25:9] Humility is also something that our post-modern world no longer values. We like braggarts and boasters. Our heroes in sports, entertainment, politics and religion are full of these showboaters. Truth is not in them.

They tell us the universe is millions of years old, based on assumptions that everything moves, progresses, or deteriorates at the same rate as is presently being observed. This uniformitarianism is undemonstrated and leads to young scientist who feel compelled to tow the established line of thought and not look for truth.

Our entertainers flaunt their sin and immorality, those that idolize them, often follow their lifestyle to their own destruction. They become slaves to a scandalous life which for the famous might make for good publicity, but the end there of is destruction.

The politicians claim that they are helping the poor, when in reality they are making it so that they will never be self sufficient. The people become slaves with only with enough money to have food and shelter, but never build assets. For this they must do as the government says. They must not get married, so all the children are bastards, who’s parents have no assets to set them up for a better life, so now the poverty continues for generations.

They all say the same thing. That we are now free from all those old fashioned social restrictions that generations before us lived by. However this is not truth.

All the paths of the LORD are mercy and truth unto such as keep his covenant and his testimonies.  Psa. 25:10 KJV

There is that bothersome “covenant” word that the post modern Church wants nothing to do with. Neither do their braggadocios preachers, so the sinners have nothing to fear in going to church, as they will be told that such things have passed away. So they have no truth. Instead the preachers become taskmaster, inventing rules that are not in the Bible. They divide the one covenant into two or more covenants. There is one covenant for the Jews and a different covenant for the Gentiles, a covenant for their Tribulation, they have a new covenant for every occasion. However there is only one covenant, the promise of a Son, who would take away the sin of the world. It matters not whether one looks forward or backwards it is the same covenant. The only thing that was ever “new” about the covenant was its extension to the Gentiles.

God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should repent. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfil it? Num. 23:19

The truth is He promised to give a Son, [Gen 15] and so He did. [Luke 2:11] No human could make such a promise. No ordinary Son could keep that promise.

Princes or princess’s often had their freedom sacrificed in the hope that their marriage would bring peace between one small group or another. If one goes back into pagan times there were even human sacrifices that were to bring peace. However there is only one Man who brought the truth of peace between man and God, and He paid for it with His own blood.

We think it unjust for one man to pay for anthers crime. But God’s way are not our ways. His truth is not always what we think of as truth.

“The Rock, his work is perfect; for all his ways are justice. A God of faithfulness and without iniquity, just and right is he. Deut. 32:4

In this post-modern age we often get ourselves lost in the darkness of falsehood, a false notion in science, a false god, a false Jesus, a false religion. We forget to pick up the light of God’s word and turn that light on, and drive the darkness from our minds and souls, and fill our souls with the light of truth.

Thy word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Psa. 119:105 

Oh send out thy light and thy truth; let them lead me, let them bring me to thy holy hill and to thy dwelling! Psa. 43:3

Our post modern Science, and our Theology have taken very bad turns. If one makes a false assumption, no matter how logical one proceeds through the proof, the conclusion will be false. All have made assumptions that are not based on any truth, causing many to go down paths that do not lead to further knowledge or enlightenment, but to death and destruction as all falsehoods do.

You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and has nothing to do with the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks according to his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies. John 8:44

People have become enslaved to these false ideas, and teaching, because of this enslavement they follower their leader down these strange paths. We must fine the true path, for it lead to the holy hill.

Thus says the LORD: “Stand by the roads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls. But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’ Jer. 6:16

. . . bring me to thy holy hill and to thy dwelling! Psa. 43:3b

Once having obtained truth, it is important to keep hold of it. Which bring us back to those ordinances?

And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth, for my hope is in thy ordinances. Psa. 119:43

“If you love me, you will keep my commandments. John 14:15

So the law is holy, and the commandment is holy and just and good. Rom. 7:12

And by this we may be sure that we know him, if we keep his commandments. 1 John 2:3

He who says “I know him” but disobeys his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him; 1 John 2:4

Evolution has not one fact to back up their assumptions. Just as the Post-Modern Theologians have not one single verse to back up their claim that the law has passed away. They are both enslaving the people to falsehoods. Few speak up for fear they will be denounced by their peers.

Teach me thy way, O LORD, that I may walk in thy truth; unite my heart to fear thy name. Psa. 86:11

When we walk in truth people may enslave our bodies but they can never enslave out hearts and minds.

. . . and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” John 8:32

Why does God ask question?

man_leaning_on_big_red_question_markI was recently asked this question by a young person. I remember being very disturbed about this same thing when I was about the same age. How can a God who is omnipresent, omnipotent, and omniscient, not know something?

However when one looks at all the passages where God asks a question, it is not because God doesn’t know the answer, it is because the person or persons being addressed by God don’t know the answer. Take the very first question God asks. It is the saddest verse in the Bible.

But the LORD God called to the man, and said to him, “Where are you?” Gen. 3:9 

Before this Adam and Eve met and walked with God every evening. God is not asking because He doesn’t know exactly which bush they are hiding behind. It is because they have not considered why they are hiding. It is only just dawning on them that the relationship was forever marred. Until this point man was an eternal being. Now they are mortal and God’s presents is painful. His holiness alone would have been unbearable. Where they had been perfectly made and unashamed of their bodies walking about nude, now their own bodies where shameful, they felt a need to cover themselves. The image of God had been blemished. The entire universe changed that day. Death was now everywhere.

FYI: Pagan mythologies remembers this even quite differently. The serpent is celebrated as the Great Enlightener. There is a stingy selfish god who will not let mankind have light or fire, so the serpent gives them the magic fruit or fire that enlightens them.

Cain

6 The LORD said to Cain, “Why are you angry, and why has your countenance fallen? 7 If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is couching at the door; its desire is for you, but you must master it.” Gen. 4:6

When Cain’s sacrifice was rejected he was angry. It is not that God is unaware of why Cain is angry it is that He wants Cain to consider his own actions. However Cain is not an introspective man. Rather than take responsibilities for his own short comings he blamed Able and then kills his own brother for being better than him.

Then the LORD said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” He said, “I do not know; am I my brother’s keeper?” Gen. 4:9

We know God knew what has happened to Able for He says so in the next verse.

And the LORD said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood is crying to me from the ground. Gen. 4:10

“crying out” to the Lord aways bring judgement to those who are being cried against.

Then the LORD said, “I have seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt, and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters; I know their sufferings, Ex. 3:7 

. . . and when we cried to the LORD, he heard our voice, and sent an angel and brought us forth out of Egypt; and here we are in Kadesh, a city on the edge of your territory. Num. 20:16

The Sidonians also, and the Amalekites, and the Maonites, oppressed you; and you cried to me, and I delivered you out of their hand. Judg. 10:12

. . . they cried out with a loud voice, “O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long before thou wilt judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell upon the earth?” Rev. 6:10

Each and everyone of these have faced God’s judgment. Pharaoh and the Egyptians lost their first born. Ever met a Sidonian, Amalekite, or a Maonite? They are all gone. All that is left is Babylon i.e. Rome and finally the Roman Catholic Church. God has not forgotten one tear. These souls (from the Great Roman Persecution from 303-313AD) are safe under His throne, they are always in his hearing, He remembers.

The great city was split into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell, and God remembered great Babylon, to make her drain the cup of the fury of his wrath. Rev. 16:19 

Hagar

And he said, “Hagar, maid of Sarai, where have you come from and where are you going?” She said, “I am fleeing from my mistress Sarai.” Gen. 16:8

Like most of us Hagar didn’t know where she had come from or where she was going. All she knew was that she was running away. She had come from Egypt a land of paganism, and now she was fleeing from the people who knew the One True God. God informs Hagar that He will take care of her, buy sending her back to her tormenter. God’s ways are not our ways.

The Lord Himself

Thus says the LORD: “Heaven is my throne and the earth is my footstool; what is the house which you would build for me, and what is the place of my rest? Is. 66:1 

That omnipresent thing is really hard for us humans to get a handle on. We imagine that God is in need of a house, a chair, or a footstool. His question is really telling us is that He is so far and beyond and He needs none of this, we do. However It is the only way we can begin to understand Him. We need to put God in a place we can comprehend. And He allowed us to bring Himself down to what we can comprehend.

“How can I pardon you? Your children have forsaken me, and have sworn by those who are no gods. When I fed them to the full, they committed adultery and trooped to the houses of harlots. Jer. 5:7 

Here the question shows that although God’s justice is slow, it is sure. His people cannot flaunt His laws forever. Jeremiah over and over warns them that Babylon is coming and that will only be the beginning of their troubles.

The Son of Man

Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do men say that the Son of man is?” Matt. 16:13 

Messiah new exactly what the people were tinkling about Him. He wants His disciples to consider what the questions are leading to. He calls Himself the “son of Man”. He does not call Himself the son of Joseph or Mary or sen David, but rather the son given to all mankind, the son of the vatar promise in Gen 15.

And behold, the word of the LORD came to him, “This man shall not be your heir; your own son shall be your heir.” Gen. 15:4 

After a discussion of everyone else’s opinions, it is Peter who voices the right answer.

Simon Peter replied, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” Matt. 16:16

He does not call Him by the humble term “son of man” but calls Him the “Son of God” and the “Anointed One”.

All God’s questions are to make men consider their relationship with Him. Is He your friend, your father, your judge,  and/or your executioner?

He questions to all of us; Son of Adam, Daughter of Eve, “Where are you?”

The Lord of the Harem is Holy

trinity knotTo be Holy is to be set apart, that is literal what the Hebrew kadosh means. Of all of God’s attributes this one is more incomprehensible than all the others.

Many things are kadosh in the Bible; the priests, the temple, the stuff in the temple,  they have all been set apart for God. However God’s set apartness is beyond all these as He is the Creator of all. This make Him above and beyond all others. Nothing outside of Him is holy. Only that which is to be used in His service is holy, all other things or people are common or unclean. Because of this the theologians call this His “fundamental attribute,” for His justice is not like any others in all creation, it is a holy justice, His righteousness is a holy righteousness and on and on through all His attributes, His holiness is so apart that we cannot truly comprehend. We may have certain attributes ourselves but only in His use, is anything or anyone said to be holy.

The Harem is Holy

Those who belong to God’s Harem are holy. Not by some pronouncement of a Church Council or edict from the Pope, but rather because God says so. Our holiness is not because of some great feat that we have preformed, although many believers have done many great and spectacular things, our holiness is imparted to us from Messiah’s work on the cross. He choose us we did not chose Him.

. . . even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world Eph. 1:4

1   And the LORD said to Moses,  2 “Say to all the congregation of the people of Israel, You shall be holy; for I the LORD your God am holy. Lev. 19:1-2

15 but as he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in all your conduct;  16 since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” 1 Pet. 1:15-16

Holiness isn’t earned it is a gift. It is part of our salvation. We are holy because He is holy. This means that we are set apart for a purpose. Our job is to find what that purpose is and do it.

And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Col. 3:17

There are a few things that a holy being does or does not do. We owe our entire devotion to Him, because we are holy as He is holy.

44 For I am the LORD your God; consecrate yourselves therefore, and be holy, for I am holy. You shall not defile yourselves with any swarming thing that crawls upon the earth.  45 For I am the LORD who brought you up out of the land of Egypt, to be your God; you shall therefore be holy, for I am holy.” Lev. 11:44-45

19 But Joshua said to the people, “You cannot serve the LORD; for he is a holy God; he is a jealous God; he will not forgive your transgressions or your sins. 20 If you forsake the LORD and serve foreign gods, then he will turn and do you harm, and consume you, after having done you good.” 21 And the people said to Joshua, “Nay; but we will serve the LORD.” Josh 24:19-21

As we serve a holy God and should be wholly committed to that relationship.

“If you love me, you will keep my commandments. John 14:15 

His Holiness 

He is above and beyond all that we can know

 2 Above him stood the seraphim; each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew.  3 And one called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory.” Is. 6:2-3

When Isaiah was confronted with God’s Holiness he cried out “Woe is me! For I am lost.” [Is 6:3-5] The moral shock of being confronted by his own depravity, was more than he could bear. Like standing in sunlight too bright to look up, we are blinded spiritually by such purity. It is only at this moment when we find ourselves in the full light of holiness do we see ourselves the way God see us, when our own filth is fully apparent, that we begin to understand our need to humbly change our natures.

15 For thus says the high and lofty One who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with him who is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite. Is. 57:15

 11 And now I am no more in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to thee. Holy Father, keep them in thy name, which thou hast given me, that they may be one, even as we are one.  John 17:11

We are holy, because He has imparted it to us. However walking in that holiness is the goal of a lifetime.

But as for you, man of God, shun all this; aim at righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness. 1Tim. 6:11 

This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light and in him is no darkness at all. 1 John 1:5

Hosea 10

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Hosea 10

Garments of Salvation

Jewish Bride 1881 by Carbonero

Jewish Bride 1881
by Carbonero

The King of the Universe declares his love for His people in terms of a wedding.

Is. 61:10   I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall exult in my God; for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation, he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.  11 For as the earth brings forth its shoots, and as a garden causes what is sown in it to spring up, so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.  Is. 61:10 

 

5 For as a young man marries a virgin, so shall your sons marry you, and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so shall your God rejoice over you. Is. 2:5

 

Our sinful natures have been replace with garments of salvation. In this passage there are all the signs of a festival with garland and jewels. However the Hebrew word translated here as “garland” is kohen or priest in verb form, meaning to act like a priest, or minister as a priest.

. . . and you shall be to me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation. These are the words which you shall speak to the children of Israel.” Ex. 19:6

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, that you may declare the wonderful deeds of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 1 Pet. 2:9 

To often the postmodern church allows the preachers to put these kind of verses off to some perfect future. However every day is the day of salvation. Everyday we are already the bride of Messiah. Everyday our righteousness and praise is to spring forth before the nations. We must stop putting off our joy and rejoicing. For God is rejoicing over us, in the here and now.