Ah… back to reality

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So…

Because my posts float here to there to back again wherever, I am going to get a thousand other blogs. Yarp.

So I will post here my new blog sites, etc., so it will only be mildly confusing. Sound good? Am I insane? Shush.

I am going to (before I take off and do ‘other’ stuff i.e. make other WP sites) post what I read in the Tanakh today, specifically chapter 10. The Israelites again (and recall, if you will, that the church does the all the time. Not just one denomination, but all. And also, we individually do this. So don’t make the assumption that I am picking on Israel) messed up and immediately started worshipping other idols.

Particularly Baal — that is Dagan (Zebul) which was once renamed in derision by Israel as ‘lord of the flies.’

But back to falling into this idol worship. An idol is that which is anything or anyone that is worshipped above God. Hey, that’s just a reminder.

God had saved them over again, constantly each time they did this, from running from Egypt and on, because of His compassion and His promises. I suspect (though He already knew what was happening and that it would happen again) He heaved a sigh and said, ‘Have it Your Way,’ like the Ole Blue Eyes song, I Did it My Way.

Israel (past, present and future) were taken captive and sold to the Philistines (not Palestinians… Philistines–ya, forget it, I’ll explain another day) and Ammonites, and thoroughly crushed and oppressed, physically and spiritually. I see this spiritually in my ‘now’ as Satan trying to steal my joy, my devotion and my Promised Land. To destroy my faith.

I actually have been there. Done that. Got the tee shirt. Went to the conference called…’Been There.’ Sadly, just like Israel, more than once. Tsk.

The enemies even crossed the Jordan taking the Israelites captive from the Promised Land, that which they’d live for already more than a century.

If you know anything about human trafficking, being sold into enemy hands never turns out well.

The Israelites knew how God so often saved them (suddenly He was convenient again and they wanted Him to wave a magic wand–how many times are we just great with our own idolatry of stuff, but when something BIG happens, we remember to say God help me?), but superficially, not spiritually. Just as in the times during Rome, the leaders didn’t give a whit to changing their hearts, what they wanted was to keep their arrogance (their idolatry = themselves).

But God says, ‘let your gods save you.’ Reminiscent of Romans 1:28-32 –the future of not just folks hanging out on earth for whatever reason but for the church who follows suit. (https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Romans+1%3A28-32&version=NIV )

Finally… another sigh from God, he hears them cry out again, and saves them from themselves out of compassion. By His arm. Again, another reminder of the NT, Ephesians: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=ephesians+2&version=NIV

I implore you, look into yourselves. What is YOUR idol? I have many days by the way when I need to stop and remember who is God… me? No. My stuff? Not so much. And on and on.

So… that being shorter than many of my posts on the Tanakh, I now go to set up more sites…

Avoiding the Edit (yeesh)

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OKAY YES. I am in denial, dodging the final edit of my WIP which is really the very, very last time to look at the MS having only 20 chapters left (out of 41).

Instead, I have been fiddling with social media. Browsing Amazon. For stuff I really don’t need. The whole time. Nevertheless, there on Amazon I fondle thoughts of the ‘yeah… that would come in handy. Should I pay a bill, first? Nah. Wait. Maybe.’

Yes, Sally. The whole time. I do my best (no, no, the worst) browsing for stuff on Amazon at night. As an insomniac, it is what I do, and thankfully, not for a living. Oh, if only. I have to admit that purchasing a Ron Popeil’s Ronco Rotisserie from some TV ad was the hands down best purchase I have ever made. I’ve had 3… one too small, the next my son accidentally broke, and the next, he bought and we share. Now twice as much $ as when we bought them.

yee haw!

Along with things like lights for when the electricity goes off and we’re left in the dark (TV ad). OH. And beeswax for candles which I hand-roll for Christmas presents Amazon). And some useful appliances, most of which are non-electric (for those times when there’s no electricity, I mean, coffee is essential to life! I have a wood stove so cooking is a cinch. BBQ in the summer). See? A few things come from there. Over the past 19 years <cough>.

Lest you think I am lazy at all things, I did read Judges, chapter 9 today, which is a cool read. So, lemme get to it.

Verse 2, I just want to point out archeology has found this site and identified as Israel’s land.

Next and unfortunately, after the death of Gideon, the leaders and the entire city fell back into complete, utter slavery to evil. Abimelech became arrogant, power-hungry, murdered all but one of his brothers, and destructive of the Jewish faith by worshiping idols (sounds familiar, like ‘the devil comes to kill, steal and destroy) and decided he’d take power from God as king for himself. He destroyed the fields by salting them so the faithful would have nothing.

He went onto campaigns of murder by going after the faithful, killing men and women warriors (like martyrs of Old and New testament and even today’s world). Those faithful who fled to a stronger tower (‘resist the devil and he will flee’). A woman pushed a large ROCK (Jesus?) onto Abimelech’s head (crushing it like in Genesis 3?)

The rest of the enemies were freaked out, understandably and fled where they were destroyed (hell?)

Anywho… that is my read for the day, praying that it is correct in the interpretation.

Now, I am off to exercise self-control over social media.

Caught up in the moment…

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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.

confusion of the Midianites

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.