Wisely Unwise

It is a paradox when the wisest man that ever lived – King Solomon, advises us not lean on our own understanding. Surely the purpose of wisdom and knowledge acquisition is to have a foundation, a base of our thoughts and actions?

If we are are to acquire wisdom, what good does it do if we cannot rely on it?

Instead, Solomon says ‘trust in the Lord with all your heart’. This reveals the dichotomy of wisdom versus faith. Reasoning and believing are binary options we must choose from.

In the days of Christ’s earthly ministry (A Greater than Solomon), He came to a startling conclusion. He thanked the Father that the truth of the age was hidden from the wise and prudent and revealed to the ‘babes’ and simpletons.

How could it be? The Pharisees were the intellectual giants of Jewish theology. Each of them had invested many years of learning, discipline and argument to attain to the scholastic levels required to be a teacher of the law. The scribes and the priests too who were custodians and devoted students of the prophetic scrolls were wise and prudent. Yet they failed to see that Jesus was the Messiah.

They were leaning to their understanding and missed the object of their learning: the desire of all ages – Christ. What they sought was simply revealed to those who could accept it in its simplicity.

Which brings us to revelation. No one can ‘learn’ God except it is revealed to him. The knowledge of God cannot be attained by intellectual deduction. If it was, the Pharisees and scribes would be chosen for the twelve disciples. Infact, Jesus would have been crowned the High Priest, instead of suffering a cursed death for our sins.

It was revelation that opened Peter’s eyes to the identity of Christ. He rightly identified Him as the Son of God.

To the greatest thinkers of the age, Christ was an impostor, a Beelzebub, the Prince of devils masquerading as a holy man.

These learned folk admittedly were a minority of the Israelite population at the time. Forty years later, in 70 A.D, when Jerusalem was destroyed, the flower of Jewish learning was destroyed as well. The intellectual elite perished in their numbers. Why? The were blinded by their superiority complex and had missed their day of visitation.

The Christian folk, largely ‘ignorant and unlearned’ escaped the destruction. They had been warned by revelation. They were instructed to watch for the signs. Once the signs were manifested they were to run for dear life. They did.

Revelation comes only to the trusting not the knowing. Those who hearts are wide open will receive the knowledge that comes from above. Those who are proud and knowing will not know, while those begin from the point of unknowing will become all knowing. From knowing in part of earth, then they will know even as they are known.

Trust in the Lord, lean not to the understating garnered by years of manmade gospel.

In the great, bloodless contest with reasoning and revelation, leaning to revelation is the only option for those who want to stand after the storm’s judgement wrath is passed.

A Famine Of The Word

Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God , that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord : And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the Lord , and shall not find it.

Amos 8:11‭-‬12 KJV

 

We live in curious times. A time of material plenty and unprecedented prosperity, yet is it is also a time of hunger and famine in the world. It is a paradox of abundance that starvation occurs in a world of immense food waste and spoilage.

As it is the natural so it is the spiritual. The prophet Amos tells us a coming end-time famine, not of bread and food for natural sustenance, but of the Word of God.

At this time people will be starved of the Word. They will be spiritually famished in the midst of apparent plenty.

There is more religious literature, more sermons preached, more churches, more prolific christian media, than at any time in human history, yet astonishingly, we are, by prophecy, in the straits of a severe famine.

The Famine is here as prophesied by the infallible Word of God. Yes, there is a superfluity of food. Spiritual food abounds. What kind of spiritual food is plenty during a famine of God’s Word?

In the natural world, man’s reaction to the inadequacy of farm yields to feed the burgeoning population, has been to genetically modify or ‘hybridize’ the seeds. This has ensured a rise in output, but a decrease in the consumption of wholesome food.

Spiritually, the same has happened. To feed growing congregations, to appeal to the new frontiers of Christianity, to expand into other demographics, ministers have tweaked, modified and diluted the DNA of the Word. Inedible weeds have mixed with edible wheat in a potpourri. Now there is death in the pot.

Just like the first hybridization of the Word in Eden, brought death, this is leading to nowhere. God is not obligated to accept a service from a church based on the adulterated word.

New demographics may have been added, new market segments may have been conquered, but there is still a famine of the true Word.

In the midst of the plenty fanfare that accompanies the current feast of religiosity, the timeless truths of the New Testament church have all but disappeared. The guests at the feast, knowing no better, believe they are eating a whole grain diet. Sadly, there are consuming sugary chaff. There is an illusion of sweetness and satiation, but little long term nutrition.

What’s the way back? Is there any? In a general sense no, for the prophecy must be fulfilled on a macro level. However the injunction to the individual; is what Peter said to the curious Jews in Acts of the Apostles. He said “Save yourselves from this untoward generation”. The path to salvation lies in the individual, not the collective.

This beaten path leads back to the Word, to the ancient landmark, away from the glitz and glamour of compromise. It will be a lonely path, trodden by a tiny group.

To those few, food will be abundant. They shall have the Bread that gives life even more abundantly. While on the other side there will be a famine of the wholesome grains, these few will feed and feast on the Word of Eternal Life.

Will Within Will

 

John 6:44 No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.

When the invisible Spirit
Moved upon the formless earth
And quickened it to life
Twas a parable of life from birth
The journey of man till death

All life came from the Spirit
All pulses from spiritual impulses
All that is swift was quickened
And all that is living was given

From creation of the physical
To birth of the spiritual
The story changes not by a jot
No man can come to Me except
The Father draws him first
You hatch because of the nest

You believed after wooing
Over heart was Spirit brooding
You opened the gate of self-will
Because the Father willed you to
So His was the Will within will

Those not drawn by the Spirit
May sometimes come drifting
Curious to see the gathering
The assembly of called and faithful
But their singular will
Flails at any buffeting wave

Those who have Will within will
Do not float mindlessly
The Will within propels
To a preordained destination
Berthing at the haven of salvation

A Tale Of Three Suppers

 

One day in the life of Abraham, he was informed by escapees that his nephew’s city had been attacked by an alliance of kings. The invading army overpowered that of the King of Sodom and his allies.

As a result most Sodomites were captured and become spoils of war for the victors.

Abraham could have demurred at that point. And why not? Lot had deserted him. He had chosen prosperity over solidarity with he that had the promise. Abraham had a good reason to shrug his shoulders and move on.

He did not. Instead he armed 318 servants (all born within his house). Abraham and this fledgling, untrained army went to war. God granted them victory against the might of gleaming swords wielded by battle hardened veterans.

He liberated all the Sodomites captured by the enemy kings including the errant Lot and his family.

Victory Supper

As his cobbled army marched back home, weary but victorious at day’s end, they met a mysterious figure named Melchizedek.

Abraham, stirred by revelation, realized who He was. Melchizedek was the Priest of the Most High God. Abraham paid tithe to Melchizedek and in return Melchizedek blessed him and gave him, bread and wine (Genesis 14:18-20).

Bread and wine. This foreshadowed the communion that was to instituted in the New Testament. This Bread and Wine was served to Abraham at the end of the longest day of his life. A day of battle, a day of winning back erring brothers and sisters, a day of fighting the enemy who came only to steal, kill and destroy.

Last Supper

God promised that He will raise up a descendant of Abraham through whom the people of all nations will be blessed. This Man would also be a priest after the order of Melchizedek (Psalm 110:4). Who is this Man, whose coming is prefigured in the Abrahamic covenant and the priesthood of Melchizedek?

That Promised Seed was Christ. He came to earth among His own. He toiled for three years and some, preaching the gospel and trying to win back his fallen brothers. His chosen people, His kinsmen in the flesh, had been captured by doctrines of devils. Lot was in physical captivity at the time Abraham rescued him. Israel was in spiritual captivity at the coming of Christ.

When Christ came to the end of His good fight, He called for a Supper, where He served exactly what Melchizedek did many centuries before.

It was at the end His earthly battle, in the evening of His Messianic day and ministry.

Marriage Supper Of The Lamb & Bride

Intriguingly, He left us a promise of another Supper. He said “I will not drink this cup again, until I drink it anew with you in my Father’s Kingdom.” (Matthew 26:29)

He had come to the end of earthly ministry, then He instituted the Supper with a solemn promise.

This promise is to us and ours, for in the book of Revelation, we see that prophecy being fulfilled.

There is an invitation to attend another supper of bread and wine – the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.

As with the two others before, it is a victory supper, a feast for only the over-comers. The rest of the dead ‘lived not for a thousand years’. (Revelation 20:5)

The Church (as the Bride of Christ) is toiling to fulfill the Master’s mission. She is fighting battles to redeem and rescue her fallen brothers like Abraham did and Jesus did during His ministry.

After the day is done and the battle is won, in the evening of her triumph, a Marriage Supper will be convoked (Revelation 19:9). The Bible was clear that it is a Supper, not a lunch or breakfast. Anything else would be breaking the congruence of the Word.

When Christ, the Melchizedek of the New Testament welcomes his victorious church after her hard-fought battle, He will as promised, drink the fruit of the vine with us again in the ramparts of heaven.

Till then, fight the good fight of faith. The reward of communing with Christ in that great Supper is for those whose swords slack not. If we are the Seed of Abraham, we shall attain with unflinching resolve, the reward of Abraham.

 

Underserved Atonement

Numbers 16:41-50

On Israel’s march to the land
Promised to them by Grace
Some men rose on pride’s wings
And flapped at the Moses’ face

It was a rebellion of equality
For as they said Moses was not
The only man called to lead
None in Israel is a robot
To follow commands without question
And rely on fabled inspiration

God in anger slew the rebels
They descended into dark hades
No tombstones or relics
No graves or digging spades
The earth swallowed them
Like you furtively swallow phlegm

Israel was aghast; Moses and Aaron
Had conspired to kill great men
They failed to see it was retribution
For defying the Anointed men
They mourned instead of learning
The sombre lessons of usurping

God’s judgment descended
A whip of a plague for the sinful
Moses with the Mind of Christ
Began to intercede for the scornful
And Aaron with censer of sacrifice
Raced through the camp of vice

The plague was stopped in its path
Pardon for the sinners obtained
They sought not but they found
Mercy over judgement had prevailed

So it was two millennia ago
While men walked in sin and scorn
Flourishing in reprobation
Defying the Royal Firstborn
Christ came to intercede
Giving mercy-our unknown need

Israel chose Korah over Moses
Again Barabbas over the Messiah
Still He pardons our ignorance
Saving us despite our desire
Let us be glad and rejoice
For He has made us His choice

End Of All Things

The world grows old and ready
For it’s fiery cleansing baptism
But love for God grows cold
Like the ashes of a cataclysm

The earth sits on a timer
Ticking merrily while iniquity
Abounds and rises to the detonation
That causes the annihilation

Some are cold because of gold
Such will attract the refiner
To purge out the dross
Cleaning like the fabled Fuller

Others are ashen and cold
For the many sundry cares
For fame, title and passion
Are fanned to slumber for years

At Year-end the credits roll
And new targets are set
An endless cycle of chasing
And getting keeps us inert

Hurry and scurry,
Flurry and flourish
Round and about
Until the volcanic kettle
Finally belches its spout

And all accomplishments of man
Melt into dark oblivion
Feats crushed by fervent heat
Greatness faces worry’s extinction

Knowing The Time

For of times and seasons
You are not woefully blind
Unlike those in the dark
Staggering in the midst of mist

There are those that flounder
Away from the coming light
And go further from the star
These are children of the night

Not you – the sun of righteousness
Is rising before your eyes
No more dozing in unbelief
Or tossing to rhythm of lies

You see the signs of His coming
It is time to be sharp and sober
We are heading out at the shout
Onward – not like the rest
Snoring in a thousand year slumber