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          Beloveds, we must clear up the lie that when the Lord told Joshua he would have good success through obeying the Law, that this was meant for Christians today. The Lord told this to Joshua that in obeying the Old Covenant of the Law God would give him success in conquering certain lands and taking these lands for the nation of Israel: Joshua 1: 5 There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. 6 Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them.
          
          
          
          Also in keeping the Old Covenant of the Law, (which is all they had from God), he would not face the wrath of God and die as Aaron and Moses did for their disobedience to God in not keeping the Old Covenant of the Law: Num. 27: 12 And the LORD said unto Moses, Get thee up into this mount Abarim, and see the land which I have given unto the children of Israel. 13 And when thou hast seen it, thou also shalt be gathered unto thy people, as Aaron thy brother was gathered. 14 For ye rebelled against my commandment in the desert of Zin, in the strife of the congregation, to sanctify me at the water before their eyes: that is the water of Meribah in Kadesh in the wilderness of Zin.
          
          Moses never preached that the Old Covenant of the Law would make anyone permanently righteous in the sight of God. Here is the truth, preached by our Saviour Jesus Christ: Jhn 5:46 For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me.
          
           Luk 24:44 And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.

          Gal 2:21 I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, THEN CHRIST IS DEAD IN VAIN.
          
          See Galatians 3, which explains God’s purposes for the Law; and how Jesus Christ has delivered us from it for all time. Feel free to study on your own the numerous verses that fully declare that Jesus Christ is the eternal Saviour and final sole source of eternal salvation for all time for all who believe in Him. See John 14:6.

          

          Anyone willfully claiming salvation based on keeping the Old Covenant of the Law and/ or combining it with the New Covenant of Jesus Christ, or anything else is not considered a Christian according to the Bible.

          
          Gal 2:21 I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, THEN CHRIST IS DEAD IN VAIN.

          
          Gal 3:10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the CURSE: for it is written, CURSED is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them. 11 But that NO MAN is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith.

          1Ti. 1:5 Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned:6 From which some having swerved have turned aside unto vain jangling;
          7 Desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm.

          1Ti 1:9 Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, 10 For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine; 11 According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust.

          John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

          
          

    Wed, Feb 12th - 9:27PM



    THE MEASURE OF JESUS CHRIST

      

    Every profession, and ordinary people too have some way of satisfactorily measuring things, whether in medicine, chemistry, or baking a cake etc. to ensure the things measured will come out well for its intended uses. There are all kinds of tools of measurements most have been set to a certain standard depending upon the area the instrument is to be used. God has given us His Son, our Saviour, High Priest, Mediator/Advocate as the eternal Standard for His people. God has set the new covenant or new testament as the absolute eternal boundaries whereby we live in Him, according to His sovereign will.

     

    This is not true of the unsaved world. People will not get better, kinder or good on their own. The Bible, holy people, declares that: 2Ti 3:13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. This is because the Adamic sin nature of itself is incapable of improvement and does not get better with time. To the contrary, when men live rejecting God, there is no abomination that they will not do. We have God’s record of the former world that He had to destroy in the flood with the exception of Noah, his wife and daughters: Gen 6: 5And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 6And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. 7And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them. 8But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.

     

    God also leaves us the record in this present world the Bible of the continual degeneration of those who reject salvation: 2 Pe 3: 1This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance: 2That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour:

    3Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, 4And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. 5For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: 6Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: 7But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.

    8But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 9The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

     

    2 Pe 3: 17Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness. 18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.

     

    1 Thes 5: 1But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. 2For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. 3For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. 4But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. 5Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. 6Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober. 7For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night. 8But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation. 9For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, 10Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him. 11Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.

     

    Dearly beloveds, we have but One standard, Jesus Christ by which we measure absolutely that which is good and that which is evil. It is by His power within the fortress of the boundaries set in His precepts and commands that we overcome and endure in a dead and dying world to bring the message of hope and salvation to all that we can, while there is still time.

     

     

    Love, serola 

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    Thu, Feb 6th - 1:52PM



    THOSE PEOPLE

    The Life of Jephthah-FROM TRAGEDY TO TRIUMPH

     

    Brothers and sisters, we move forward in the story of Jephthah understanding that the Bible keeps hammering away the eternal truth that God gave no human being the authority nor autonomy on their own to worship God by sacrificing another human being, but absolutely forbade it.

     

    God’s law, brethren, let us keep in mind had an absolute standard and strict boundaries to control virtually every aspect of the life of the nation of Israel whether of the priesthood or the people. it is supremely evident in meticulous detail, that Jephthah well understood the Law of burnt offerings. God gave no command to compel people to make a vow it was completely voluntary. God also allowed people not to make any vow or oath at all without penalty: Deu 23:22 - But if thou shalt forbear to vow, it shall be no sin in thee.

     

    Once a person made a vow to devote a person or thing to God, he had to keep it, this kind of vow, which could not be redeemed by giving certain things in exchange for it to the priests. Num 30:2 - If a man vow a vow unto the LORD, or swear an oath to bind his soul with a bond; he shall not break his word, he shall do according to all that proceedeth out of his mouth.

     

    God designated both the altar and the place where all vows, and burnt offerings were to be brought: Exo 20:24 - An altar of earth thou shalt make unto me, and shalt sacrifice thereon thy burnt offerings, and thy peace offerings, thy sheep, and thine oxen: in all places where I record my name I will come unto thee, and I will bless thee.

    Deu 12:13 - Take heed to thyself that thou offer not thy burnt offerings in every place that thou seest:

    Deu 12:14 - But in the place which the LORD shall choose in one of thy tribes, there thou shalt offer thy burnt offerings, and there thou shalt do all that I command thee.

     

    Obviously, saints (G40 Hagios), the people well understood that human sacrifice on the altar was forbidden, this cannot be said often enough.

     

     

    Deu 12:26 Only thy holy things which thou hast, and thy vows, thou shalt take, and go unto the place which the LORD shall choose: 27And thou shalt offer thy burnt offerings, the flesh and the blood, upon the altar of the LORD thy God: and the blood of thy sacrifices shall be poured out upon the altar of the LORD thy God, and thou shalt eat the flesh.

     

    Again obviously, God never commanded nor permitted cannibalism. Mizpeh was God’s designated place for the congregation in the time of Jephthah: The congregation of the Lord was in Mizpeh: Jdg 21:5 - And the children of Israel said, Who is there among all the tribes of Israel that came not up with the congregation unto the LORD? For they had made a great oath concerning him that came not up to the LORD to Mizpeh, saying, He shall surely be put to death.

     

     

    Jdg 11:37And she said unto her father, Let this thing be done for me: let me alone two months, that I may go up and down upon the mountains, and bewail my virginity, I and my fellows. 38And he said, Go. And he sent her away for two months: and she went with her companions, and bewailed her virginity upon the mountains.

     

    Jdg 11: 39And it came to pass at the end of two months, that she returned unto her father, who did with her according to his vow which he had vowed: and she knew no man. And it was a custom in Israel, 40[That] the daughters of Israel went yearly to lament the daughter of Jephthah the Gileadite four days in a year.

     

    It is absolutely clear that Jephthah didn’t kill his kid and sacrifice her upon the altar as a burnt offering to God. She bewailed not her death, but that she would never marry and experience the life of an ordinary woman of Israel, but remain a virgin devoted to God. The dedication of Samuel best reflects this story, except Samuel was allowed to marry and have children to also serve God. Samuel’s family had its flaws too. Feel free to study that further on your own.

     

    Dearly beloveds, we end the story of Jephthah understanding that God never promises that we won’t suffer hardships, trials, rejections, and persecutions in this world. Despite terrible beginnings Jephthah kept the faith and raised a godly child, because he trusted in God and God saved him. Jephthah was rooted in the knowledge of the covenants, and held true to live within the fortress of its boundaries which enveloped the totality of his life. Therefore, Jephthah was saved from terrible beginnings-hatred, rejection by his bio-family and hardships Nevertheless, Jephthah chose the will of God over his own will, and overcame his past and rose to defeat the enemy of Israel and deliver his people.

     

     

    Holy people, regardless of whether we came from good or bad families, we will be hated in this world. We are THOSE PEOPLE who are and will be hated because we belong to Jesus Christ.

     

    Brethren, praise God, we have the new covenant of Jesus Christ which envelops the totality of our lives. We are to live by it Standard, and our lives are to be lived within the fortress of its boundaries, which shield us in a crooked, perverse, wicked and corrupt world. Let us continually put our trust and hope in Jesus Christ. Let us, out of love, bring all the tithes of the new covenant to our only Saviour and High Priest; our time, talent, treasure, our conduct, conversation, character, our hearts, minds, spirits, feelings and emotions, intentions and motives.  We can trust Him to justly evaluate the intrinsic spiritual value of our offering to Him, as everything we give freely out of love will be stored up for our reward in heaven and earth:  Mat 6:20 - But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:

     

    Mat 6:21 - For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

     

    Let us, dearly beloveds  also quickly bring any broken hearts, hurt, our pains and suffering to our great Saviour, High Priest/Advocate Jesus Christ.

    The eternal love and truth of God is able to blot out any of our years that the canker worm ate and to make our darkness brighter than the noon day sun.

    love

    serola






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    Fri, Jan 31st - 10:32AM



    THOSE PEOPLE

    The Life of Jephthah-FROM TRAGEDY TO TRIUMPH

     

    Brothers and sisters, we understand Jephthah, that in love and devotion to the covenant, although it hurt him greatly to give up his daughter, he well accepted and understood that the real tragedy would have been for him not to keep his vow to his God. Jephthah, therefore, valued putting the will of God above his own will. Jephthah’s story is an amazing one, although he lived in the midst of a family given to corrupting, and cherry picking the word of God, and practicing abominations, some not even done by the gentile nations, Jephthah emerges as a shining example of faith and triumph in God even in the midst of the most corrupt of times and despite being abused and rejected by his family.

     

    Dearly beloveds, knowing full well from God himself  that He absolutely forbade human sacrifice to be done in worship of Him, we fully understand that Jephthah would absolutely not have been permitted by God to offer up his daughter to Him by actually burning her up as a sacrifice. Let’s get the interpretation of these verses posted earlier in terms of what God meant by putting things to death in carrying out the vow of things devoted to God:  :  Lev 27: 28Notwithstanding no devoted thing, that a man shall devote unto the LORD of all that he hath, both of man and beast, and of the field of his possession, shall be sold or redeemed: every devoted thing is most holy unto the LORD. 29None devoted, which shall be devoted of men, shall be redeemed; but shall surely be put to death.

     

    The above verses, saints (G40 hagios), were given to a people well acquainted with the Law; they knew from the Law that God was absolutely not commanding them to kill the persons that they had devoted to God, in worship of Him. Would Israel have been able to put the fields they devoted to God to death? Of course not, there is no recorded instance of Israel worshipping God by destroying fields that they had devoted to Him.  Holy people, God regulated virtually every aspect of worship as well as the daily lives of His people by the Law. This means that the devoted fields that Israel devoted to God could no longer be taken back or redeemed by the giver and put back to use by the common people ever again, instead it was to be put to use for the priests only: Lev 27:21But the field, when it goeth out in the jubile, shall be holy unto the LORD, as a field devoted; the possession thereof shall be the priest's.

     

    Regarding the devoted beasts, Israel understood and was taught that these beasts were no longer to be put to use for the common people anymore, but given over to the priests only:  Lev 27:9 And if it be a beast, whereof men bring an offering unto the LORD, all that any man giveth of such unto the LORD shall be holy.10 He shall not alter it, nor change it, a good for a bad, or a bad for a good: and if he shall at all change beast for beast, then it and the exchange thereof shall be holy.

     

    Brothers and sisters, we cannot fail to understand that in the case of persons devoted to the Lord, they were taken from among the common people and put in service to the priests as handmaids or servants. We note in the new testament that the high priest had such handmaids and servants. Brethren, let us look at Jephthah’s vow again: Jdg 11:30 And Jephthah vowed a vow unto the LORD, and said, If thou shalt without fail deliver the children of Ammon into mine hands,  31 Then it shall be, that whatsoever cometh forth of the doors of my house to meet me, when I return in peace from the children of Ammon, shall surely be the LORD'S, and I will offer it up for a burnt offering.

     

    Holy people, Jephthah is not some demented psycho at all. His intention was to obey the Law concerning things God allowed Israel to voluntarily vow to devote to God. Jephthah’s vow was a vow solely related to the devotion of a person, who was to be given to the priests for service, and taken out from among the common people. This vow was not of those kinds of vows that could be fulfilled by the offering up of a burnt offering, which absolutely excluded any human being.

     

    Every and anything, recorded in the Law that could be offered to God by first killing it and then burning it up on the altar as a burnt offering in worship to God absolutely excludes human beings. We have to keep this out front, human sacrifice in worship to God was absolutely forbidden by God under pain of death.

     

    Love

    serola



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    Wed, Jan 29th - 2:26PM



    THOSE PEOPLE

    The Life of Jephthah-FROM TRAGEDY TO TRIUMPH

     

    Dearly beloveds, although Jephthah’s story is gritty, despite its harshness, and a measure of darkness of man’s capability for cruelty and sin against man, the Holy Spirit sheds a great deal of light to the broken in heart, and in this story to “those people” of the house of God, such hope and healing that cannot be found outside of His healing comfort, protection and care.

     

     In this age of assault on men and masculinity, some men fear to be seen as soft, to cry, to show emotion or tenderness. In the presence of God even in private, some may hold themselves back when they “talk” to God as though they were speaking to another man, not praying in deference to Almighty God who has no equal.

     

    But, brothers and sisters, back in the Old testament godly men did not have such problems. We see how humbly, like a child to his Father, that Jephthah requested help and victory over the enemy from the true Helper and Deliverer of Israel. Godly men, in their troubles are found frankly pouring their hearts out and crying out in humility and high- octane prayers fueled by their love, trust, and faith in God in their times of need. They put no trust in the arm of flesh: Ps 126: 3Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help.

     

    God still heals the broken hearts of His people  Psa 147:3 - He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.  Psa 147:6The LORD lifteth up the meek: he casteth the wicked down to the ground.

    Psa 113:7 - He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth the needy out of the dunghill; 8That he may set him with princes, even with the princes of his people. Jephthah most certainly had to be among those who trusted in God and had experienced His healing hands.

     

    Saints (G40 hagios), again, this is the same God that we have today that can heal even a broken heart if we will just turn to Him for His help and comfort. Keep continually in mind that God is not presenting the human family as a model in any sense as some flawless Disneyesque faux presentation of the family. All human systems including the family are marred by sin. God wants to permeate the families of those whom He has saved with His absolute standard and cause them to live within the eternal framework of His boundaries so that families can be true godly safe families. This is a work in progress within our natural families and the church as a whole, through the power of God, although we know that family can be jerks sometime.

     

    Sadly, brethren, worse things happened to children in their families back then and even worse things today. Some children do not, will not survive being members of their families, they will die. Old statistics say that one in eight children are murdered or killed in their families on a daily basis. These are old statistics, child protective agencies admit they do not have an accurate count and think it is higher, because some of these cases slip through the system and are not reported as such.

     

    We have to keep digging into scripture to understand better Jephthah’s so called “tragic vow”, which has been allowed by some to overshadow his triumph over family rejection and the enemy of Israel. We will not find one word of God’s condemnation of Jephthah’s vow. Jephthah never goes “Oops Lord, I didn’t mean to include my kid in this vow”. Indeed, Jephthah counts his own intentions irrelevant. So much so, he accepts the pain of offering his kid rather than go back on His word to God. God in His omniscience knew what Jephthah would say and do before Jephthah did; therefore, God places Jephthah for this and so much more in the roll call of faith.

     

    God set the standard and the boundaries for virtually everything in the life of Israel. God did not grant to Israel or anyone then, now or ever the authority or right to burn up a human being in sacrifice to worship Him. We have God’s own commands He left for us to know absolutely that He would never allow or receive such worship from people.

    WHO-GOD, IN HIS OWN WORDS: Deu 18:10 - There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch,

     

    Jer 32:35 - And they built the high places of Baal, which are in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to cause their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire unto Molech; which I commanded them not, neither came it into my mind, that they should do this abomination, to cause Judah to sin.

     

    Eze 20:31 - For when ye offer your gifts, when ye make your sons to pass through the fire, ye pollute yourselves with all your idols, even unto this day: and shall I be enquired of by you, O house of Israel? As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I will not be enquired of by you.

     

    Some might say what about Abraham? We can dismiss that out of hand as God clearly stated it was a test of faith. We can see Jephthah’s vow too, as a test of faith. Keep in mind we are addressing anyone worshipping God by burning folks up as an offering. We must conclude, for it is impossible for God to lie, that He gave no one now or ever the authority to worship Him by murdering people by burning them up as a sacrifice. God expressly and abundantly warns and commands His people against this very thing. They were commanded not to imitate this abomination that was commonly practiced among the heathen. Later the record shows that Israel did start this practice, to the idols of the nations they had defeated, and God never gave any approval of it, indeed the punishment for it was death.  When people live without or reject God’s standard and boundaries, any abomination that men can do will be done.

     

    Love  

    serola 


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    Fri, Jan 24th - 3:09AM



    THOSE PEOPLE

    The Life of Jephthah- FROM TRAGEDY TO TRIUMP

    How an outcast overcame extreme rejection/deprivation

     

    Brothers and sisters, as we continue to dig into the word of God by way of the Holy Spirit, through faith in Jesus Christ, we see the necessity of adding a title that more correctly fits or identifies the story of Jephthah’s life. Whenever Christians study the Bible or it is taught, God through the Holy Spirit opens it up and reveals its absolute eternal love and truths to us as well as corrects and deepens our understanding of the word of God.

     

    Many of the studies on Jephthah, dearly beloveds, are dismissive of his triumph over  the egregious: (shocking · horrific · horrifying · horrible · terrible · awful · dreadful · ghastly), circumstances, merely focusing on him as the man who made a tragic vow. This dismissive focus, mars, hides the power of God in the life of His people, especially that Almighty God is concerned about each individual person and the whole as well. It clouds the truth that God still operates in the lives of all of His people on an individual basis as well as the whole. Through Jephthah, we learn how tender- hearted God is to us and that the Comforter, the Holy Spirit offers us tremendous comfort, hope, help, healing, and wisdom from our God and Saviour Jesus Christ, regardless of our situations, circumstances or conditions. What ever me you or any of us are going through, let us be fully persuaded, convinced and convicted that our great, All- powerful God never forgets us and still helps us as He did Jephthah. The just shall live by faith.

     

    Jephthah would not compromise, would not be discouraged or downcast, he would not give in to doubt, nor throw away his confidence in God due to his difficulties in life. Even so we, brethren, should not doubt but, remain steadfast in the faith, because God’s roll call of faith is an open book at this present time. All who believe and remain steadfast in faith and love towards Jesus Christ are written in God’s roll call of faith, just as Jephthah is. Therefore, holy people: Heb 10:35 - Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward.

     

    Don’t lose heart, don’t faint brethren, take the eternal view of this present age from God’s unchanging, uncompromising, true view point. God is not only concerned with just our physical bodies, but also the hearts, minds and the spirits of His people. The Bible is His designated place to come to know, understand, and find all of our needs to be met His way.

     

    Psychiatry, psychology, and other mind sciences, holy people, are still grappling and not even close in understanding the human mind, how to cure ills of the mind and help people be happier, and to be better people. None of the mind sciences are integrated and each field uses different terminology for helping people, mainly for billing insurance companies for payment based on the ICD 9 and/ or 10. Even now, NASA, the space agency, with all of its fabulous technology understands it will always have a glitch in its systems-man himself. The nuclear nations tremble in fear of those whom it has put in charge of its lethal powers, sleeping with one eye open and the other only half closed in watchfulness for anything out of order with them-lest they do the unthinkable and destroy them all. Sin has corrupted all mankind with all of it systems in the world. The secular activists are right about one thing they have correctly identified the core source of what is killing people, the earth, the air, animals, even the sky-Mankind. They plead with mankind in hopes of changing mankind, stopping mankind from doing bad stuff all the time. However, there is only One permanent cure for mankind and its evils.

     

    The Bible encourages, and warns that salvation through Jesus Christ is mankind’s last chance to be saved, for God the Father has set a time for this earth to be completely destroyed, and for the righteous to be rewarded and for the wicked to be punished. Brethren, we know that Mankind has now and always stellar ambitions to rule the earth forever, but God alone reigns over all now and forever, He is unbeatable, unconquerable, and none can ever defeat Him.

     

    What has arisen among us today, saints (G40 hagios) is the so- called Christian counselors or therapists claiming that they have married, or integrated the Bible with secular mind sciences, so that they can better counsel the Christian. Some of these counselors have no direct knowledge of scripture, just second- hand faulty knowledge comingled with secular theories. This is an unbiblical and disastrous course to take for anyone claiming to be a Christian. Indeed, neither they nor anyone else have absolutely no such authority from God to add or take away from the word of God. The mind sciences have some truth, but easily bends with pressures of the times to accept what God never accepts forever.

     

     One psychologist, who is a Christian posits that the church can counsel the Christian with emotional issues among others, and it should never be a paid position. Furthermore, he posits that humble brothers and sisters well grounded in scripture can counsel. This is because the Bible encompasses the field of all the sciences without error, including the mind, and nature itself, from which the Christian can counsel and draw on/depend to help those in need under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of truth.

     

    I have in earlier posts posited that a Christian who counsels for a living should be paid, but I think this brother has it right. This doesn’t mean Christians cannot go into the mind sciences field, as it is addressed to the secular world. But counseling Christians should be the domain of the body of Christ within the church for the believer and is not dependent upon having a degree from the secular world.  

     

    As mentioned earlier, brethren, in some ways this is quite an unsettling story. This is an ugly, sad, troubling, unsettling picture of the family presented by God in the Bible, but certainly not the only one. In it and many places in the Bible God unmasks the Disneyesque image of the family to expose not just its good but its failures through systemic sin. Again, all earthly systems are corrupted and damaged by sin on earth.

     

    We must keep in mind, holy people, that during the time of Jephthah, but not the only time, Israel lapsed into idolatry in serving other gods and even sacrificing their children to them.  Jdg 17: 6In those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which was right in his own eyes.

     

    Based on this, each person doing their own thing due to having no king, some wrongly say that Jephthah burned up his kid. However, this is absolutely not true. Despite, the apostasy of the times, and its evil influence upon many in Israel, Jephthah was not among them, but remained faithful to the Law of Moses out of love for God. It is true he made his vow rashly; however, it was only in the sense that he made it generally and did not designate a specific person to offer. Nevertheless, it was permissible in the Law of Moses to offer a person up for a burnt offering:  Lev 27: 28Notwithstanding no devoted thing, that a man shall devote unto the LORD of all that he hath, both of man and beast, and of the field of his possession, shall be sold or redeemed: every devoted thing is most holy unto the LORD. 29None devoted, which shall be devoted of men, shall be redeemed; but shall surely be put to death.

     

    Brothers and sisters, raise your hand if the above verses didn’t horrify you upon reading them, (I raised mine). But let us keep calm, we can count on the Holy Spirit to reveal the who, what, when, where, and why related to this kind of vow to know exactly what Jephthah did or did not do.

    love

    serola



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