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.
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. Continue reading
“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. Continue reading
Lead 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. Continue reading
I 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.
To 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. Continue reading
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Jewish Bride 1881
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.