Monday, 29 December 2014

Why don't you quicken the dead!

 
Charitoō

Jesus is the way. The way God do things is through His Word. In the beginning God created by speaking His Word. Jesus healed, cast out the demons, raised the dead and called those things that were not into manifestation by speaking the word.

Thursday, 25 December 2014

Many are called … few are chosen. Are You?


Jesus says in Matthew 20:16 and Matthew 22:14: … for many be called, but few chosen.

Jesus uses this phrase twice in Matthew’s account of the Gospel. The phrase follows the parable of the workers being paid a wage for a day’s work and the parable of the wedding guest dressed inappropriately.

Is this phrase significant?

Have you ever heard the legalistic preacher condemning his audience using this text then saying Get right with God or get left behind! Or Turn or burn!  Or Repent or else you will not be chosen. You’ll be with the goats instead of the sheep!

They do.

They preach like this to get everyone into their law-abiding, Pharisee mentality. In the process they do nothing but help the elect of God fall from Grace (you can only fall from Grace if you enter back into the law).

What did Jesus say when He said in Matthew 20:16 and Matthew 22:14: for many be called, but few chosen?

So, what is it then?

Jesus was quoting a prophetic word and action from 1 Samuel 16 and Isaiah 41:9 when God called and chose His beloved.

The redemption plan of God is beautifully revealed in 1Sam 16. So, it will be worth our while to look at this prophetic action to understand better what it is that Jesus is saying.

The background

God sends the prophet Samuel to anoint David (his name meaning Beloved, a man after God’s heart) as the next king of Israel. This follows the demise of king Saul (his name meaning desired or beggar, borrower).

When Samuel arrives at Jesse's homestead, he  is requires of him to bring (call) all his sons before Samuel. God speaks to Samuel in every instance concerning the candidate appearing before him indicating whether he is the chosen one or not.

The first time the words called and chosen are used together in the Word of God is here in 1 Samuel 16:8 and it says Then Jesse called Abinadab, and made him pass before Samuel. And he said, Neither hath the LORD chosen this. In fact, the whole of 1 Samuel 16 makes for very interesting Hebrew wordplay with the words called and chosen.

You’ll recall that Jesse eventually called all his sons before Samuel and Samuel inquired whether there was another. When David appears before Samuel, God immediately says This is he! The beloved is chosen.

But how are these words significant?

I suspect digging deeper into the Hebrew will provide us with a better understanding of God’s Grace here.

Let’s see.

The Hebrew word for called is qâra' קָרָא meaning to proclaim, to summon. The word-picture or pictograph is most amazing depicting least person first.

The Hebrew word for chosen is bâchar בָּחַר meaning to elect, choose, decide. The pictograph here pictures the house (of God) in man revealed.

These Hebrew words together with their word-pictures points straight towards the original design of man before time was. Man was designed to have relationship with God, housing God.

Already the Grace message is clear!

... but there is more

The names of three of Jesse’s sons are mentioned as they appear before Samuel.

During the encounter with the first son, Eliab (my father is God-like), God tells Samuel not to be deceived and not to look upon his stature and outward appearance for God looks at the heart.

The second son called is Abinadab (my father is willing or noble) shows that he has knowledge of a willing Father, but not of an able Father. Abinadab also points to man’s own works of self-righteousness.

The third son called is Shammah (horror, waste, appalling) pointing toward man malicious ascribing of evil things to YHVH, God of love and goodness and kindness, having mercy and grace being patient and abundant in love.

None of these called, and also none of the other sons whose names are not mentioned, are the chosen ones.

When Samuel inquires about another, Jesse calls the last, the youngest, insignificant, shepherd with the name David (beloved).


…he was ruddy,

and withal of a beautiful countenance,

and goodly to look to.

And the LORD said, Arise,

anoint him:

for this is he. 1Sam 16:12

The shadow come of age


1 Samuel 16:12 is exactly the way that Father God looks at us following the cross and the perfect atonement sacrifice of His Beloved Son!

Glory to Abba!

Let’s get back to Jesus.

Jesus points to this Hebrew word, qâra' meaning to proclaim, to summon - least person first when He says in Mat 20:16: So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.

In one word He immediately cancels the law concept of own works and long labour to obtain righteousness. He shows that the one who was called last, having done the least, if any work at all, earns the same wage.

Who was called?

In Matthew 22 Jesus shows just how many He called. Yet, in the end there is one man who attends the wedding feast but without the appropriate garment. This man is doomed to destruction through his own choice. 

How?

He did not clothe (merely receive) himself with the robe of righteousness (Jesus. Thus renouncing Jesus. for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousnessIsaiah 61:10)

Amazingly called and chosen go together

There exists six instances whence the two words, called and chose, are used together.

God calls all ... He chooses all, but all have a choice in choosing Him!

The called and chosen wordplay in 1 Samuel sheds a lot of light on God’s redemption plan already executed through Jesus on the cross, but the Word completely explains itself (Himself) in the very last book of the Bible in terms of who exactly are the chosen and called ones. It fits ever so beautifully with words of Jesus saying that the very purpose of His manifestation here on earth was not to condemn anyone, but that all shall be saved.

In Revelation 17:14 it says ... These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful

HalleluYAH!

You are called, beloved friend … you are chosen!

Friday, 19 December 2014

Suffer little children not!


Jesus makes a lot of little children and the Kingdom of God.

In Matthew 19:14 He makes this very profound statement, warning the wolves and scavengers, the serpents and deceivers, the mixers and matchers of the Babylonian doctrine (confusion by mixture), the Pharisees, those coming with another gospel, as Paul says. 

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Filthy rag ... or Secure Righteousness!


It is a wonderful thing when the Spirit of Truth, our Father Himself, engages with you in a dream?

It touches you and makes you stand in awe like nothing else ever could, consuming your every thought and embracing your very being to the core.

I had such an encounter in a very clear, open dream only a view days ago. 

Thursday, 11 December 2014

The Gospel dancing on the mountains!

Charitoō

Have you ever looked at those very busy pictures, overthrown with an extreme hype of activity to try and find Waldo?

Although it may take the discerned fan some time to locate Waldo, it's fun, because you know that Waldo is there ... somewhere, usually not even hiding but in plain sight. 

Thursday, 4 December 2014

An open-minded proposal ... Love -talk!

Charitoō

Sometimes we are so blinded by the deception of religion to see with open face the Glory of our Father residing right here inside of our very being!

But Daddy God says: 
Therefore, behold, I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak comfortably unto her. Hos 2:14  
The prophet Hosea warns God's people to return to Him. Making reference to their adultery and whoredom with useless idols of the pagans, He prophesied against them when Father God in His great mercy pronounced the words of Hos 2:4 to His bride.

Incidentally, the name Hosea or הוֹשֵׁעַ in the Hebrew means savior or deliverer, pointing straight to Yah'shua, Jesus! When the Jews sang "Hosanna" in Matthew 21:9, this is exactly what they sang: Hoshiya na - deliver (or save) now ... right there as the Saviour of the world entered Jerusalem!

The story of Hosea is the story of Israel and God's elect - every one. It is the story of a husband married to an adulterous wife (Gomer: meaning complete - as a reference to our own complete state in Christ). Every now and then she is found to be cheating on him with another man. Yet, every time he finds her and in love, convinces her to return to him and shows endless mercy. This is the story of a husband with so great a love for his unfaithful bride, but never for one moment does he stop pursuing her.

But let's see if the above verse can be more accurately and directly translated ...

You see God does not allure us. Nor does He place us in a wild wilderness!

Looking at the Hebrew word pâthâh translated allure here and the context of the word, it appears that it can be much better translated as: making-your-mind-open, susceptible, persuaded ... rather than luring, tempting and enticing.

What is translated here as wilderness (midbâr) can, in fact, be much more accurately translated as: pasture or open area, free area, open field, unrestricted place ...

So, What does He say?

He says: I will carry her by restoring open-mindedness because of My goodness, to a place of total freedom and speak words of comfort and love and joy to her!

Isn't that just awesome?

Isn't that just soooo the character of our Father?

... but the love-language goes on ...
And I will betroth thee unto me for ever; yea, I will betroth thee unto me in righteousness, and in judgment, and in lovingkindness, and in mercies.
I will even betroth thee unto me in faithfulness: and thou shalt know [have intimacy with] the LORD [your Husband - Yah'shua, Jesus]. Hos 2:19-20
He introduces us to our original design, made for love and peace and His every good and perfect Gift so that we may: with open face beholding as in a glass [mirror] the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord. 2Co 3:18  

HalleluYAH!
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