I got caught up over the understanding of Christianity yesterday and didn’t share on chapter 8 of Judges. What I saw. So I will post both chapters 8 and 9. Chapter 8 is a bit longer, 9 is short.
In chapter 6 as recap, Gideon was told to take on the Midianites. Even he doubted.
Chapter 7 continues. Gideon had amassed 22,000 men willing to go into battle. God said, cut that amount to 300… against a huge military might of the Midianites– those who stopped at the stream to drink first. God ‘sifted them,’ I suspect by faith in God vs. their own arrogance. Hmm. Us? Our church leaders?
So, this small band (needed Living Water… ) and on their own were small and weak (reminds me of those in Philadelphia, the city near the modern city of Manisa in Turkey mentioned in Revelation, also called the ‘seat of Satan,’ in chapter three).
The Israelites were surrounded by evil, evil people, cruel and brutal (the same people in Genesis who sold Joseph into slavery in Egypt). The numbers were so great they were unable to count them. God gave one man a dream that Israel was about a loaf of barely. Barley was considered the inferior grain.
When he told Gideon, this encouraged him, again like in Revelation to the church of Philadelphia. Gideon separated the 300 into 3 companies with empty jars they smashed (breaking chains of evil?).
At the sound of the jars being destroyed and the trumpet (shofar), God’s very presence threw the Midianites into complete confusion and then they turned on themselves, killing one another. This original army was 135,000 give or take. The remainder of these invaders dropped to 22,000.
Many, but not all believers joined, encouraged. They captured the evil leaders of the Midianites and too the to the rock (? um… Jesus typology?), killed them (Jesus’ death on the cross, nailing sin/evil to that cross?) and brought the heads (yuck) back as a sign to the Israelites as God’s victory over demonic forces.
The weak are only strong in God. This is reiterated throughout the Tanakh and the New Testament. “The victory is the LORD’s,” “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: “Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,” says the LORD Almighty… and ”And He said to me, “My grace suffices you, for My power is perfected in weakness.” ‘Therefore will I boast rather most gladly in my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.’
Now, in chapter 8, like the time of Jesus, Jews at that time refused to 1. give help to Gideon and 2. did not recognize God as royalty with the wealth and riches of the kingdom to come and freedom, as did the Gentiles. Gideon pronounced the final judgement for those who rejected God and returned to idol worship– with their death. Sad. But historical.
A lot of people do not understand Christianity. I didn’t for a very long time. I thought it was just another religion just like every other one.
It’s not. It is the only religion that does not demand of you to be perfect, to spend all of your life and soul and even in some religions your blood or the blood of animals to erase your sin. It is the only religion where Yahweh is mentioned throughout the Old Testament (i.e. the Tanakh) and the New Testament. Reading the Tanakh is paramount to understanding Jesus’ words, which often seemed harsh and unbelievable.
It is the only religion that tells us that Yahweh loves us without condition, ‘and does not want anyone to perish but to come to the saving knowledge of Christ’ by saying simple words: ‘confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that he was raised from the dead and you will be saved.’
It is the only religion that says we are saved by faith and that given to us by God, not our own boasting. Prophetic from the word ‘go’ for the ultimate fulfillment in Yeshua (in Hebrew means ‘Yahweh saves.’ And Yahweh means, ‘I am who I am.’ Prophecy from Genesis 1:1, on. Jesus did not write the New Testament). Jesus didn’t start Christianity. He wasn’t the “first Christian.” He was born as a Jew in Bethlehem that has always been in Israel, not by any other ‘name.’
He was not a gentile that lived in an occupied land by Israel. He did live in Israel occupied by Rome (who hated Jews so much they renamed the entire country and burned Jerusalem and the Temple of Solomon to the ground in 70 AD).
His ministry was first to the Jews, though he never turned down a gentile who showed faith. The Jews condemned him spiritually, and the Romans condemned him to the most brutal of deaths, that is on the cross. His hands and feet brutally nailed so he could not stand, causing severe pain, dislocation of the shoulders, and heart failure. Yet, he willingly died for us. Every human on earth.
Yet many have refused only to condemn themselves. Many have not heard. All will hear and still have that choice.
If you’ve not read the Koran, I highly recommend it. It is all about not displeasing allah, but making sure one sacrifices as much as possible to follow that law, where martyrdom is the best option for those 72 virgins, killing infidels, and women are subjugated, considered a mistake and evil, 1/2 worthy of a man, and the reason why men rape… (Sahih Bukhari (6:301) – “[Muhammad] said, ‘Is not the evidence of two women equal to the witness of one man?’ They replied in the affirmative. He said, ‘This is the deficiency in her intelligence.’” Sahih Bukhari (6:301) – continued – “[Muhammad said] ‘Isn’t it true that a woman can neither pray nor fast during her menses?’ The women replied in the affirmative. He said, ‘This is the deficiency in her religion.’” Allah has made women deficient in the practice of their religion as well, by giving them menstrual cycles. Sahih Bukhari (2:28) & Sahih Bukhari (54:464) – Women comprise the majority of Hell’s occupants. Image thanks to Charlie Garrett of the Superior Word.
This is important because the only women in heaven mentioned explicitly by Muhammad are the virgins who serve the sexual desires of men. (A weak Hadith, Kanz al-`ummal, 22:10, even suggests that 99% of women go to Hell). A reminder: if you wear a hijab, you are submitting to that sexism, the concept that you are worthless and a mistake, and you’ll go to Hell because you aren’t a virgin, submitting yourself to an ideology of hate, to a man’s whim, and ultimately, you’ll be wearing a burka, too.
Much to be said about other religions including humanism (from Dictionary Online: “The definition of humanism is a belief that human needs and values are more important than religious beliefs, or the needs and desires of humans (does that mean like, a serial killer is okay?). An example of humanism is the belief that the person creates their own set of ethics (Is cannibalism ethical? Asking for a friend…). An example of humanism is planting vegetables in garden beds (like, with a composted corpse?)” Nihilism, here: (from Online Dictionary: *PHILOSOPHY: extreme skepticism maintaining that nothing in the world has a real existence (i.e. your atoms may simply be floating around doing what they want?). *HISTORICAL: the doctrine of an extreme Russian revolutionary party c. 1900 which found nothing to approve of in the established social order, which all depend on great deeds we do as humans that don’t count in the end (like, unless you can provide forced labor?). This is likely why Stalin had such success murdering upwards of 20 million people without compunction.
Oh yeah, good works are great, but faith in Yeshua must come first. Demands for money and works are simply not there. You count. If Jesus didn’t believe you were worth squat, He wouldn’t have taken on everyone’s sin, whipped, nailed brutally to the cross, bleeding, dying for us. Are you worthy of heaven? It’s a different word, and no we are not.
We serve the only God, Yahweh (not ‘a great god’ as some modern songs say). And the Trinity, many do not understand in a child’s eyes, the Trinity, even though they are Bible-believing Christians.
So, as you walk the talk and have faith, make sure you understand the Bible, ask for His help to understand His Word, to teach your children, to explain the faith, and for your kids to pass this habit of reading and prayer along with the defense of their belief.
This is a longer post, soooo apologies. But, necessary.
I did indeed read Joshua ch 10. But right at this moment, I am definitely doing to address something I heard this morning. A person I enjoy listening to speaking with someone about the paranormal demons in her home. OKEY DOKEY.
Later this person contradicted themselves, but later on that. The writer of a book that shall be unnamed claims that demons come into her home and move things about at night. The usual speaker agreed, golly, and suggested the other person who ‘experienced’ these things hang a cross at the door and have the house spiritually cleansed. Then the interviewee went on to speak of Jesus’ what he said in the Gospels that this was 1000% true. NO, IT IS NOT. Jesus was filled with the Holy Spirit. Demons fled. The disciples had trouble. Not THIS:
Well, let’s see. Jesus was at the time, the ONLY one filled with the Holy Spirit, but in Acts, recall that a lot of folks received the Holy Spirit right… there… and amazed people, later consistently freaking the demons out… but not by their name, but because of the presence of the Holy Spirit, they fled they pled… why? They cannot stand in the presence of God.
So in a person’s home, where the Holy Spirit dwells within you, the Holy Spirit filling the very space around you… the demons cannot stand it. Do we keep our guard up? Call on the name of Jesus? As in Ephesians chapter 6 of course. The very weapons against evil as noted in verses 10-17: ‘Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God’ (New International Version). All of which, by the way, are God’s gifts to us.
Why does this happen to her? Not ‘ghosts’, not demons and honestly I don’t have that answer but what I do know is that demons cannot stand being near people who are filled with God’s presence.
OK so much for that rant… except this person wrote a book pretty well devoted to the paranormal and that, to me, is taking the eye off God and placing a weird thought process and planting it into the minds of others, simply allowing readers to do the same or worse, think they are possessed… And right after that half-hour of nonsense, the interviewer/normal speaker condemned this practice (while early agreed)… So will I stop listening? Probably not, but we must be in the Word, prayer and be discerning.
By the way, worshipping and focusing on angels, not only evil… is idolatry.
If not, you’ll find yourself swimming in the occult. Will I confront her? I haven’t decided nor prayed about it yet. IMHO I believe the first speaker is terribly off the mark.
All of that being said, when our kids moved into the house (we have a studio on the property), we did and do pray over the home and hang a cross at the door because they and their friends are not (yet with prayer and the will of God) Christians. Folks cannot cross the threshold without seeing the cross or knowing that we have spoken the word over the home. So… none of this stuff of weirdness happens in our home.
Now TRIALS are a different matter. Trials (pain, loss, horrible diseases) are not FROM God, but these come from a fallen world and these trials are USED by God to what…? In Romans, James, Peter, Paul speak of these to be thankful that the trials strengthen our character. So put your eyes on Jesus, not the paranormal, not weird teaching, not the church only to teach you (hey he could be a Harikrishna)in disguise.
Don’t stray away from His Word into the occult, you will be driving God out and you’ll be inviting evil in. Exactly what Satan wants–for people to believe they can do both.
I believe I have been seriously lacking in the sharing department.
Been crazy busy with the stuff of writing/rewriting/self-editing and stashing $$ away for a pro-editor. So, um… sorry!
I have moved into Deuteronomy and at chapter 18 (I won’t go into chapters 1-17 for semi-brevity’s sake).
Whee, I had full 2 cups of coffee so… ok there is that. Ch 18 *remember me, zip theologian but I pray for God’s wisdom. I hope to be wise in His wisdom, not mine…
This is yet another chapter chockfull of prophecy. Those who knew the old testament would totally get this. There is no doubt. VS 1-6, the Levites mediate for the Israelites between man and God and otherwise had no inheritance of land. They were to rely on the gifts of Israel. OK let’s do a fast-forward thousands of years later.
Jesus said he had no place to lay his head. He relied on Israel to provide for his ministry of mediation. He is the one and the only priest that is our mediator, we need no more sacrifice, no other mediator (ie Mary, she is dead and buried and doesn’t/can’t answer you to mediate, speak to Jesus for us… this is not even in Scripture).
The priests (Levites) were free to move, to minister where they pleased (as did Jesus). The offerings were made by fire and oil (Holy Spirit) wine (blood), and the firstfruits, the best, the pure (Jesus). The priests’ inheritance was the LORD.
We have become priests (we don’t need another mediator ie catholic priests…ie the Pope etc). ‘No one comes to the Father but THROUGH me.’ VS 18 Jesus speaks of fulfilling the spirit of the law, not lip service. Remember: we are free from the OT and Jesus was reminding the Pharisees and religious leaders that their arrogance led them into this. He fulfilled the words of this prophecy and spoke in the name of the Lord.
This, the Israelites, the religious leaders, understood. This is why they wanted him to shut up, go away, and finally get rid of him. The Romans? Oh, so totally involved in the worst of ways. So all of mankind stands guilty of His death on the cross. Can I get an amen?? I pray today for His wisdom and that the words from me do not obsess about politics etc. etc. because my own self can stand in the way of HIS will.