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.

Phinehas, the Man and the Midianite Woman performing sex acts in the Tabernacle

spear 1   While Israel dwelt in Shittim the people began to play the harlot with the daughters of Moab.  2 These invited the people to the sacrifices of their gods, and the people ate, and bowed down to their gods.  3 So Israel yoked himself to Baal of Peor. And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel;  4 and the LORD said to Moses, “Take all the chiefs of the people, and hang them in the sun before the LORD, that the fierce anger of the LORD may turn away from Israel.”  5 And Moses said to the judges of Israel, “Every one of you slay his men who have yoked themselves to Baal of Peor.” 

6   And behold, one of the people of Israel came and brought a Midianite woman to his family, in the sight of Moses and in the sight of the whole congregation of the people of Israel, while they were weeping at the door of the tent of meeting.  7 When Phinehas the son of Eleazar, son of Aaron the priest, saw it, he rose and left the congregation, and took a spear in his hand 8 and went after the man of Israel into the inner room, and pierced both of them, the man of Israel and the woman, through her body. Thus the plague was stayed from the people of Israel.  9 Nevertheless those that died by the plague were twenty-four thousand. 

10   And the LORD said to Moses,  11 “Phinehas the son of Eleazar, son of Aaron the priest, has turned back my wrath from the people of Israel, in that he was jealous with my jealousy among them, so that I did not consume the people of Israel in my jealousy.  12 Therefore say, ‘Behold, I give to him my covenant of peace;  13 and it shall be to him, and to his descendants after him, the covenant of a perpetual priesthood, because he was jealous for his God, and made atonement for the people of Israel.’” 

14   The name of the slain man of Israel, who was slain with the Midianite woman, was Zimri the son of Salu, head of a fathers’ house belonging to the Simeonites.  15 And the name of the Midianite woman who was slain was Cozbi the daughter of Zur, who was the head of the people of a fathers’ house in Midian.  Num. 25:1-15

Baal means lord, master, or husband, Peor is a mountain in Moab, but its verb root means to open wide, giving us a literal meaning of, Lord of the hole or opening.  Many have speculated that this has to do with the mod of immorality that his worship took, (pick an orifice).  Courtesan mask, 3rd or 2nd century BCE, Louvre.

We have both the Moabite and the Midianites here. Moab was the son of Lot by his eldest daughter [Gen 19]. Midian was a son of Abraham by Keturah [Gen 25]. These two nations were settled in what is now southern Jordan.

The whole passage seems out of order or fragmentary, and lacks certain details that the English thinker finds annoying to say the least. The English mind demands order and sequence. Our verb tenses force us to think in this way. We only have past, present, and future. The Hebrew thinker is very different, for their verb tenses are very different. There is complete and incomplete action, as well as several intensities of causation. In the Hebrew the daughters of Moab caused the Israelites to play the harlot. Because of this the judges went through the tribes and killed all the men that had participated in this betrayal of their God. Many of the leaders of the people were killed by the sword and hanged.

While all this carnage is going on. Moses and the people stand weeping at the tabernacle. A Simeonite named Zimri walks right pass them with a Midianite Princess into the tent. (Zimri roots from a word that means mountain goat or sheep, and Cozbi means to deceive.) They have sexual relation right in the Tent of Meeting. There is some question as to whether this is the Holy Place or the Holy of Holies. Which ever it was the whole congregation could see them. This act so enraged Phinehas that he left the weeping, and grabbed a spear and put it through both of them and on into the ground. By this act he stopped a plague.

The text never states how the plague started. This is what seems out of order. We are not told what the plague consisted of either. Nor are there any other passages that give any light to this. We only know that 24,000 died of it.

FYI: Some misguided persons in America have from time to time, have used this passage to denounce and try to make illegal interracial marriage.  Which is total nonsense as Midianites and Israelites are both descended from Abraham.

SPECULATION: Why this public display of copulation would even have occurred to Zimri and Cozbi’s minds is unclear.

  • Maybe Cozbi wanted to introduce everyone to a less jealous and hateful god.  After all there were dead bodies hanging in trees. Perhaps this is an attempt to give the people a god of love. As many people today have created a false god of love, who would never judge anybody.
  • It was common for traveling or relocated people to worship the local gods. We see this in the Samaritans [2 Kings 17:24-28].
  • Zimri may have thought that he was two important a person in Simeon for the judges to deal with. But many commentators suggest that Phinehas was more than likely one of these judges. As the Grandson of Aaron, he was more than likely one of the leaders in the tribe of Levi [Ex. 18:21], and as such a judge over thousand or perhaps hundreds. So it then is no surprise that he would stand up and do his duty.
FYI: This is the only time in Scripture where the death of a human is said to have made atonement.

The reason for all this apostasy with accompanying sexual worship is not explained until chapter 31 as being the result of the teachings of Balaam. Even though is seems that the Moabite women and the Midianite woman were separate events, both Moses and the Psalmist indicates they were one in the same.

Moses, and Eleazar the priest, and all the leaders of the congregation, went forth to meet them outside the camp.  14 And Moses was angry with the officers of the army, the commanders of thousands and the commanders of hundreds, who had come from service in the war.  15 Moses said to them,  “Have you let all the women live?  16 Behold, these caused the people of Israel, by the counsel of Balaam, to act treacherously against the LORD in the matter of Peor, and so the plague came among the congregation of the LORD.  17 Now therefore, kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman who has known man by lying with him.  18 But all the young girls who have not known man by lying with him, keep alive for yourselves.  19 Encamp outside the camp seven days; whoever of you has killed any person, and whoever has touched any slain, purify yourselves and your captives on the third day and on the seventh day.  20 You shall purify every garment, every article of skin, all work of goats’ hair, and every article of wood.” Num. 31:13 -20

They sat down to eat sacrifices offered to the dead.

Then they attached themselves to the Baal of Peor, 

   and ate sacrifices offered to the dead; 

they provoked the LORD to anger with their doings, 

   and a plague broke out among them. 

Then Phinehas stood up and interposed, 

   and the plague was stayed. 

And that has been reckoned to him as righteousness 

   from generation to generation for ever. Psa. 106:28 -31

Balaam had taught the Moabites that the only way to curse God’s people was to get them to sin so that God would judge them. For this evil teaching Balaam is used throughout the Scriptures as an anathema for those who teach compromise and the mixing of pagan festivals and ideas, with the true faith. He is condemned as a soothsayer [Josh. 13:22], and we are told to forsake his ways [2 Pet. 2:15; Rev. 2:14 ].

His advice was to cast a stumbling block before God’s people. If Moab had openly attacked the people of Israel, they would surly have been defeated. But instead they sent in beautiful women who invited them to their idolatrous feast. It is often easier to fight off a great army then to deal with a temptress. Those who conquer with charm rather than a sword, are far more dangerous to our faith.

Now these things are warnings for us, not to desire evil as they did.  7 Do not be idolaters as some of them were; as it is written,  “The people sat down to eat and drink and rose up to dance.”  8 We must not indulge in immorality as some of them did, and twenty-three thousand fell in a single day.  9 We must not put the Lord to the test, as some of them did and were destroyed by serpents;  10 nor grumble, as some of them did and were destroyed by the Destroyer.  11 Now these things happened to them as a warning, but they were written down for our instruction, upon whom the end of the ages has come.  12 Therefore let any one who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall.  13 No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your strength, but with the temptation will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. 1Cor. 10:6 -13

The people were guilty of both physical and spiritual whoredom. Not only were they being unfaithful to their God by worshiping Baal Peor, but they were openly taking on the pagan tradition of temple prostitutes. Something the Torah expressly forbid [Deut. 23:17]. Temple prostitution was quit common in the ancient world.

Phinehas is blessed because he kept the temple clean. He removed the abominable act, stopped the plague, and lead the people to worship God according to the instructions God gave, and not according to what people may want. To the 21 century American Phinehas’ actions seem rash, unjust and prejudicial. Our culture and history of jurisprudence wants rights read, an adversarial trial by jury, then and only then can there be an execution. That is not the system in the Bible. The crime was there for all to see, there is no need for trials, only justice. Which Phinehas handed out quite efficiently. As a priest is one that fears God, and stands in awe of His name [Mal 2:5]. His respect was for God and not the people. He did not bow to peer pressure. He only had respect for the unseen God and a total disregard for the fear of men. He did not need or seek their approval. He simply acted. The whole nation was drifting into idolatry and immorality. Yet his action made atonement.

There is no longer a temple of stone and wood. In our own bodies we are the temple of the Holy Spirit. It is important to God that we keep our temple clean and free of paganism.  We are our own priests.

. . . and like living stones be yourselves built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 1Pet. 2:5

We need to be free of our lusts, free of our own desires, free of our own fantasies, and totally submitted to our God.

“All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful.  “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be enslaved by anything.  13  “Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food” — and God will destroy both one and the other. The body is not meant for immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body.  14 And God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by his power.  15 Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I therefore take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never!  16 Do you not know that he who joins himself to a prostitute becomes one body with her? For, as it is written,  “The two shall become one flesh.”  17 But he who is united to the Lord becomes one spirit with him.  18 Shun immorality. Every other sin which a man commits is outside the body; but the immoral man sins against his own body.  19 Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God? You are not your own;  20 you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. 1Cor. 6:12-20    

“And now, O priests, this command is for you.  2 If you will not listen, if you will not lay it to heart to give glory to my name, says the LORD of hosts, then I will send the curse upon you and I will curse your blessings; indeed I have already cursed them, because you do not lay it to heart.  3 Behold, I will rebuke your offspring, and spread dung upon your faces, the dung of your offerings, and I will put you out of my presence.  4 So shall you know that I have sent this command to you, that my covenant with Levi may hold, says the LORD of hosts.  5 My covenant with him was a covenant of life and peace, and I gave them to him, that he might fear; and he feared me, he stood in awe of my name.  6 True instruction was in his mouth, and no wrong was found on his lips. He walked with me in peace and uprightness, and he turned many from iniquity.  7 For the lips of a priest should guard knowledge, and men should seek instruction from his mouth, for he is the messenger of the LORD of hosts.  8 But you have turned aside from the way; you have caused many to stumble by your instruction; you have corrupted the covenant of Levi, says the LORD of hosts,  9 and so I make you despised and abased before all the people, inasmuch as you have not kept my ways but have shown partiality in your instruction.”  Mal. 2:1 -9  

An Introduction to the Sexually Deviant in the Bible

Prostitution stands for Paganism

DionysusSatyr2Astonishingly to many people who have never read the Bible there is a surprisingly large amount of prostitution and other deviant sexual behaviors going on. Many have said that the Bible is one of the dirtiest books to survive from antiquity. Since very little has survived from antiquity, that is of an erotic nature that seems to be an unwarranted charge. These materials rarely survive as there is always some prudish person who out of guilt or shame has burned or otherwise destroyed these materials so mostly no one else thinks badly of their deceased relative, who had secretly collected these things. However the Bible is scared and no matter how prudish a person may be, those portions that are questionable cannot be destroyed because of their inviolable status.

They exist because they are there to teach what is wrong.

Now these things happened to them as a warning, but they were written down for our instruction, upon whom the end of the ages has come. 1Cor. 10:11

Most of what is written on this blog is about the hidden love song that runs through the Bible. The wonder of the seven tones that repeat over and over in perfect octaves. The passages we are going to look at here stand in perfect discord and disharmony with the seven tones. They are the six tone song of the whore.

We human were created in the image of God and our relationship with our spouse is supposed to represent God’s love for us. Anything that mares that image is unfaithfulness to God as well as our spouses, and is presented in Scripture as prostitution, whoredom, or harlotry, depending on your translation. All of these sexual deviant happenings are in the Bible as illustrations of that marred image. For when this image of love is marred it leads to prostitution, both physical and spiritual.

In Hebrew there are two words for prostitute, zonah which is an ordinary prostitute, or a woman who sells her body for material goods.

image052Then there is  kedeshah which is the word for holy kedosh in a feminine form.  The kedeshah were temple prostitutes or the holy or set apart for the god or goddess.  This form of prostitution was forbidden by God.  There were also Male cult Prostitutes: Six times these men are mentioned in the Old Testament.  However translators clearly have a problem with this one word. The King James translates it as sodomizes.  What was going on the 1611 that the translators of the KJV did this, we cannot determine.  There is no way they could be mislead as to what the Hebrew means.  For the word is Kedeshim, which is simple the wrong vowels attached to the word for holy ones or Kodoshim.  (This is not uncommon in Hebrew, as the vowels are taken from the Hebrew word besheth, or shame and attached to words or put into words e.g. Mephibosheth, Molech. The wooden translation is therefore the shameful priests or abominable ones.

“There shall be no cult prostitute of the daughters of Israel, neither shall there be a cult prostitute of the sons of Israel. Deut. 23:17  

. . . and there were also male cult prostitutes in the land. They did according to all the abominations of the nations which the LORD drove out before the people of Israel. 1Kings 14:24

He put away the male cult prostitutes out of the land, and removed all the idols that his fathers had made. 1 Kings 15:12

 And the remnant of the male cult prostitutes who remained in the days of his father Asa, he exterminated from the land. 1 Kings 22:46 

And he broke down the houses of the male cult prostitutes which were in the house of the LORD, where the women wove hangings for the Asherah. 2 Kings 23:7 

 They die in youth, and their life ends in shame (cult prostitution). Job 36:14 

I will not punish your daughters when they play the harlot, nor your brides when they commit adultery; for the men themselves go aside with harlots, and sacrifice with cult prostitutes, and a people without understanding shall come to ruin. Hos. 4:14

In the New Testament there is a word for the male prostitutes of the pagan temples. The wages of a dog, refers to these male cult prostitution. These transvestite priest were performers and dancers as well as providing patrons of the gods with their favors.

Look out for the dogs, look out for the evil-workers, look out for those who mutilate the flesh. Phil. 3:2   

Outside are the dogs and sorcerers and fornicators and murderers and idolaters, and every one who loves and practices falsehood. Rev. 22:15

In most of the cultures of the world it is the female form that is the encapsulation of earthly beauty. She is made to inspire man with wonder and awe. The delights she offers him remind him of and drive him to seek the lost Paradise, the place were all was peace and harmony, back in that long lost garden. However all this has been lost and erased from the world but not our collective memories. There was no way back.

From the time of Adam and Eve, all men knew that a redeemer was coming, and that He would be of the “seed of woman”. So naturally there was great speculation from the dawn of time as how this was to be accomplished. Over the millennia  expectations where invented. Cults both pagan and divine were looking for this redeemer. At some point unknown to the historians the Alamot were formed to look for and help enable this great event.  They danced a dance of fertility, one that would strengthen the muscles used in childbirth. They danced in both pagan and  the Divine temples. [Ps 46]

However as one pagan religion after another claimed the redeemer had already  come in the form of their pagan gods, the dances, the rites, and the rituals changed from celebrating what might be, to reenacting what they believed was. In this the pagan’s could not conceived of a virgin birth, so their goddess was impregnated by some god, but in a miraculous way, because just as universal as the birth of the redeemer god is the myth that the father of the redeemer was already dead. The great mother goddess of the fertility cults was celebrated everywhere as the mother of the redeemer.

The ancient pagans held these women in high regard. However as Christianity brought the true redeemer these women were put out of their temples and the Alamot became nothing more than temple prostitutes without a temple, and as the temples have disappeared, so they became just plain ordinary cabaret dancers and prostitutes.

Further because men were not needed directly in this child’s coming, the men were not needed in the natural way. So if they wished to serve the goddess they would need to leave what is natural for as Paul put it for what is unnatural

For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. Their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural, and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in their own persons the due penalty for their error.  Rom. 1:26-27

The Bible itself has scant information about these cults, and as cultures came under the influence Christianity and lot of this kind of information was destroyed. However we do know that fertility cults were almost universal. For this was the point of a lot of the Mystery Religions.  They were teaching that we are all worshiping the same gods under different names. So the mixing of religions was the norm. Only when these pagan cultures ran into post exile Jews and later the Christians were there people who refuse to worship any other but the one true God.

The Goddess Cybele has some surviving information.

Cybele was the goddess of nature and fertility. Because Cybele presided over mountains and fortresses, her crown was in the form of a city wall. The cult of Cybele was directed by eunuch priests called Corybantes, who led the faithful in orgiastic rites accompanied by wild cries and the frenzied music of flutes, drums, and cymbals. Her annual spring festival celebrated the death and resurrection of her beloved Attis.  Her Greek mythology counterpart was Rhea.” Cybele: by Dr Anthony E. Smart  “The god of fortresses”

The Galli or Corybantes were the eunuch i.e. self castrated priests in identification with the Phrygian goddess Cybele. They became a hierophant, a person who brings religious congregates into the presence of that which is deemed holy. (See also: Galli )

As our culture returns to our pagan roots. Turning away from true science and embracing evolution and global warming. More and more they are worshiping man and the mother earth goddess again.  However the Bible makes it quite clear that we are not to mix the pagan with the divine and hope to be able to touch the true Divine.

We must keep our faith pure simple and Biblical. Throw away anything from a pagan source. There is a prevalent teaching that all must be dissuaded from, that God’s people cannot be lead astray. If this were the case why do the following verses exist.

Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I therefore take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never!  Do you not know that he who joins himself to a prostitute becomes one body with her? For, as it is written,  “The two shall become one flesh.” 1Cor. 6:15-16 

Then I heard another voice from heaven saying,  “Come out of her, my people, lest you take part in her sins, lest you share in her plagues; Rev. 18:4

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. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

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.

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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. Continue reading