Thursday, January 5, 2017

Breathing Life Into Dry Bones

For I Desire Mercy and not sacrifice;
And the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings
Hosea 6:6
 
 
Good day blog and anyone who intentionally or accidentally happens across this website.  It is the new year of 2017 and I fancied myself pretty much being done writing articles here.  It is hard to believe that I begin this blog in 2014 and the pace at the which the years have passed. Over the course of those two years I have been amazed by the growing the number of people who have  awakened so to speak to the identity of some Black Americans being of house of Israel.  I have detailed my own path to this discovery.  I was not necessarily looking for the identity of myself or other Black Americans in a spiritual sense but I was already on a prophetic path as it relates to Israel and the age to come. As with many people my background is one from the Christian church and more so the Black Christian church but unlike many people that I have run across on the internet, I have never felt the need to change my name, don certain clothing, argue over the exact name of God or Jesus, make youtube  videos arguing over whether or not White people are Esau, be angry at the church, leave the church or any such actions.
 
On the contrary, were it not for the church I would not be on this path.  I daresay that I could not be called prophetically without the church and being born-again of the spirit.  The reason why I have never felt the need to be fixated on any of the things above is because at the end of the day, all of those things are irrelevant to the real issue of what fulfills this age.  There is no need for me or really any Christian who comes to this knowledge to join Hebrew Camps some of  whom enjoy posting about their confrontations on the streets with various groups of people.  I have sadly seen the comments of many a supposed Black male who believes himself to be an Israelite using foul language to refer to Black women who don't conform to their ideals.  I have even heard of such men wishing violence upon women and endeavoring to live in polygamous relationships in the name of the old testament.  But with anything regarding prophetic truth you always get falseness and weirdness.  There were many prophets in Jeremiah's day declaring allegedly what "thus says the Lord" but God did not send them.  He sent Jeremiah and we know this because Judah went into exile just as he declared they were going.
 
It seems to be a common cry of many Black Israelite groups that Black people need to observe the Law and this will help our condition.  Now, I see nothing wrong if people want to observe the Sabbath on Saturday and the other feasts days, but if they have to disavow Jesus (Yeshua) to do this they are essentially back to square one. For those people who advocate repentance by observing the law and still being messianic or who still have a regard for Jesus it is a step in the right direction but falls slightly short.  The problem with many people who are transfixed by the law perspective is that there is no life to what they advocate. Essentially, the law is dead bones unless life is breathed into it. Just as Adam could not become a living being until God breathed life into him, the law was for many Israelites of the past and people today lifeless because there is no breath in it.  What do I mean by breathing life into the law? I will give some illustrations in the next paragraphs.

One of the benefits of having a legal background is you are able to hone in on an issue when there is a lot of clutter surrounding it.  It's like having bionic hearing.  You are able to drown out the noise and focus in on that still small voice of the real issue at hand.   As I stated above many Israelite groups advocate observing the law as the way to get back into God's good graces. They maintain that if the Israelites had observed the law and not served other god's which they say Black Christians do and Black Muslims than Judah would have never been exiled.  So for them, I am assuming that if Black identified Israelites begin observing the law than we would be delivered.  But here is my question. If God was that consumed with Israelites observing the law and that was His paramount concern why exile them in the first place where they would loose all remembrance of the law and fall into other types of religious practices?  Furthermore, how do you know what part of the law was violated so that it led to Judah's exile?  God never exiled Israel before he sent a prophet detailing what they were being charged with.  Would we not think it strange if someone was one day arrested at their house, brought before a judge and told they broke the law and then sentenced to life in prison and all the while they were never told what law they broke.  And if the person asked "how do I get out of here?" and the response was," you need to obey the law."  The person then asks, "what law? there are thousands of laws in the U.S. and the judge replies,  "just obey the law."  Can we not imagine the quizzical look that would shadow the person's face who sits in jail not knowing what law he was charged with violating.

Dear people if man has enough sense to let you know what law you broke in his society that would lead to your incarceration or fine, would God not let his people know what they did to merit the punishment they received.  I have yet to hear of anyone who has said he has fallen on his face and inquired of God as to what was the great trespass his ancestors committed that merited their extreme exile and troubles.  Let us take a look at breathing life into the law by looking at King Saul and David as well as Jesus.  King Saul and David were both anointed to be kings of Israel but only David was ever described of God as being a man after God's own heart. Acts 13:22.  Was David described as thus by God because he did not sin or ever do anything wrong? Of course not. Both he and Saul made mistakes but God was more forgiving of David than Saul. Why was this the case?  I believe the simple answer to this question is that David treated God like a personality. What do I mean by this? He treated God as someone with feelings, as someone who had a heart in the first place.   He wasn't just a lifeless statute or an invisible being with a set of arbitrary rules that he took great joy in burdening a select group of people with. Whenever David sinned, he didn't make excuses for himself and he knew that it was God and God alone who he offended, but God was so real to David that he even knew to appeal to his mercy when he messed up.

I can think of no other person who illuminated the law for the people of his day as Jesus did.  In Mark 2 and 3, there are two incidents where Jesus butts heads with the Pharisees over what is lawful on the Sabbath.  The first incidence is when on the Sabbath Jesus and his disciples were in some grain fields and begin to pluck the heads of grain. "And the Pharisees said to him, "Look, why do they do what is not lawful on the Sabbath? Jesus interestingly enough references David in his response to them saying, "Have you never read what David did when he was in need and hungry, he and those with him : how he went into the house of God in the days of Abiathar the high priests and ate the showbread, which is not lawful to eat, except for the priests and also gave some to those who were with him.  The Sabbath was made for man and not man for the Sabbath.  Therefore, the Son of Man is also Lord of the Sabbath. Mark 2:23-28. Now, if it had been anyone else who had done what David did, they probably would have dropped dead.  How did David know God would not take him out for being in a place only the high priest was supposed to be let alone eating the showbread!?  He knew because he knew God did not major on the petty, but understood mitigating factors.  David wasn't flouting the law, he was hungry and in need.  It is called in American jurisprudence your mens rea in other words your state of mind or intent which is based incidentally off the Torah. It is expressed in Hebrews 4:12 as thus:" For the word of God is living and powerful and sharper than a two edged sword....it is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. "

In the Mark 3, Jesus is in the synagogue on the Sabbath and there is a man who has a withered hand. The ever legalistic Pharisees are watching Jesus closely to see if he would heal the man on the Sabbath so they might accuse him.  Of course Jesus does just that but before doing so he asks them, "Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?" vs.4.  From the audience around him all he heard was crickets and croaking frogs.  I don't  know if anyone really didn't know the answer or if they were just afraid of the Pharisees but it goes on to say that Jesus looked around at them with anger being grieved by the hardness of their heart vs. 5  The Pharisees being none to happy proceeded to plot his demise.  When I say that Jesus illuminated the law, what do I mean at it's most basic? I mean that he imbued the law with common sense.  He gave it life so that it was not just the dry bones of oppression that the Pharisees inflicted upon the people.  Whenever you have a law that does not take into account the human condition and is executed void of human emotion, you have a bludgeoning instrument whose only use is to contribute to human misery.  For example, if you have a law that says if you are caught stealing, your hands will be cut off and this law is implemented without regard to why the person is stealing, you have injustice and torture as the punishment fails to fit the crime particularly if the person is caught stealing because he or she is hungry.

Another example is the woman brought to Jesus for adultery.  As was always the case, the scribes and Pharisees were trying to trap Jesus.  They cited Moses as commanding the woman to be stoned, but if they were to be accurate they should have brought the man as well.  And Jesus being the great illuminator that he was retorts, "He who is without sin among you, let him throw the first stone." Once again crickets, because those legalistic negroes and common people knew none of them fit that bill.  When it was all said and done, only Jesus and the woman was left to whom he said, " Woman where are your accusers? Has no one condemned you? She shakes her head. "Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.   Jesus in this one incidence demonstrated that God desired mercy over sacrifice and knowledge of him more than burnt offerings.  Unlike the Pharisees, Jesus could look into this woman's heart and discern why she made the choices she made. Before the eyes of his own people he was fulfilling the law, breathing life into it.

Conclusion: Made In The Image Of God
 
The book of Genesis lets us know that when God made Adam he made him in his image.  When one thinks of the word image it is easy to think of the physical aspect, but when God made Adam in his image what he really did was vest him with all the emotions that he himself possesses.  We see this throughout the books of the bible where God feels anger, love, sadness, grief, betrayal, joy, happiness a desire for justice and so forth.  We feel as human beings because he feels. No servant is greater than his master.  For instance, imagine that you have a child who you love very much and try to do the best for and one day decide to buy something very special for that child and in order to do it, you worked hard and saved your money all for this special gift.  Imagine presenting this child with the gift and later discovering that the gift was neglected and then later destroyed by the child.  How would you as a parent feel? Maybe unappreciated. What would you want to hear from your child? Most parents would at least like a sincere apology.   This was God's situation throughout his tenure with Israel. They were a nation who had the law but who had no knowledge of him with the exception of a few extraordinary people like David.  The law was dead bones for them and it had no life as it has no life for some Black Israelites today.  Unfortunately, there are people whose relationships were never strong in Christ or never born again and who come across these groups and find themselves all tangled up and looking for someone to lead them.  If you have the holy spirit, you don't need anyone to lead you and heap their version of the dry bones of the law upon you.
 
At the end of the day, who cares where White people come from?  Or what happened to Edom? What we do know is that we are in the time of the gentiles; however, pinpointing exactly which gentile is not going to lead to us to deliverance. I would like to believe as some do that the age will close in a couple of years because of the 400 year slavery being up that some people believe is the delivery date.  If it happens great! but it is not likely because people don't understand what they are charged with so they don't know the condition of their release. Moreover, as long as Black identified Israelites focus on miscellaneous details instead of the issue at hand, they are no threat to the rulers of this age both in heaven and on earth.  No one is going to just move out of Israel so you can realize your dream of having more than one wife, exacting vengeance on Esau or being the new improved version of the Pharisees. God has Japheth dwelling in your tent just for this reason.  Furthermore, the only way the kingdom of Israel is restored is upon Jesus' return and not one Black identified Israelite knows whether they will be the one he gathers for the return let alone if they are even alive. Given the hard heart of some of these people, they are not likely to be selected to be a part of the age of the priesthood.
 
It is my hope to be seated with Christ in heavenly places as  I do not see myself having a useful purpose in that age on earth. For my Christian brethren who have no idea another age is yet to come let me illuminate it for you.  Noah had three sons. Shem, Ham and Japheth.  Ham has had his age of rulership.  That is why a Black Egypt , Cush etc will never rise again.  Japheth is having his time right now.  There is no way that God is going to let Ham and Japheth have an age of preeminence and not Shem whose line he called to the priesthood.  For many of you who have children I imagine you try to treat them all fairly and equally.  It is no difference with God.  I do not know if I will be the one to provide the key to the deliverance from this age, but one thing is for sure, unless whoever comes and has a platform breathes life into the dry bones of our situation all we will ever have is people running but going no where like a hamster on a wheel.
 
To God Always,
 
The Glory