God is a great dancer

Sing praise to the Lord, you saints of His, and give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name. For His anger is but for a moment, His favor (grace) is for life; Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning. Psalm 30:4, 5 NKJV.

Verse 5 gives a good example of contrasting parallelism common in Hebrew poems.

Joy, rinnah, and Strong’s # 7440 this is a shout of rejoicing; shouting; loud cheering in triumph; singing. The description of rinnah is one of joyful shouting at the time of a great victory. Proverbs 11:10, rinnah describes the jubilation of the righteous when the wicked are eliminated.

Zephaniah 3:17 literally says that God will dance over His beloved people with singing or a shout of joy. Rinnah may best be illustrated by the testimony of the redeemed, returning from captivity.

Life in this verse equal lifetime. The plague lasted all day, so the night was full of weeping. Endure literally “lodge as a guest.” Some awesome parallelisms indeed.

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Artists comments: ”The Dance of Grace is not intended to be an illustration of a moment in the life of Jesus 2000 years ago, but rather a present depiction of the delight and celebration which He invites everyone to join in the present.
Let Him do as only He can – and join in the celebration of His love and the Dance of Grace.”
~ Mark Keathley

What do you think?

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Some see, some hear, yet, the mystery remains

 

And He said to them, “To you it has been given to know the *mystery of the kingdom of God; but to those who are outside, all things come in parables, so that seeing they may see and not perceive, and hearing they may hear and not understand; lest they should turn, and their sins be forgiven them.” Mark 4:11, 12 NKJV

*Mystery, secret or hidden truth. depths of jesus

Mystery, musterion, Strong’s # 3466 from mueo, “to initiate into the mysteries,” a secret known only to the initiated, something hidden requiring special revelation. As New Testament initiates the word means something that people could never know by their own understanding and that demands a revelation from God.

The secret thoughts, plans, dispensations of God remain hidden from unregenerate mankind, but are revealed to all believers. The “mystery of the kingdom of God” means that kingdom of God has come in the person of Jesus of Nazareth, in His words and works, a kingdom which began to penetrate the human situation in a new way in and through His ministry, which continues to do so through the Body of Christ.

Only by faith can one recognize in the lowly figure of Jesus of Nazareth, the manifestation of God’s rule.

In nonbiblical Greek musterion is knowledge withheld, concealed, or silenced (Occult). In biblical Greek it is truth revealed (Col. 1:26). NT musterion focuses on Christ’s sinless life, atoning death, powerful resurrection, and dynamic ascension.

 

Prosperity is Neither Poverty Nor Riches.

Two things I request of You (deprive me not before I die): remove falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches—feed me with food allotted to me; lest I be full and deny You, and say, “Who is the Lord?” or lest I be poor and steal, and profane the name of my God. Proverbs 30:7-9 NKJV.

This is a model prayer regarding our possessions. When we ask God to meet our needs, we struggle with how to ask Him to prosper us. Our goal is not to accumulate wealth (riches) or renounce it (poverty), but to faithfully oversee our individual portion from God and remain undistracted in our love for Him.things money cant buy

Third John two says, “I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in good health, just as your soul prospers.”

Prosperity is more than just money. It is a lifestyle that includes spiritual fullness, physical well-being, mental soundness, social friendships, and financial well-being.

Prosperity is possessing and stewarding wisely all that God gives you. Prosperity results from God’s grace and our faithfulness to follow biblical principals. A prosperous person is one who is wealthy in all things that eternally matter.

And what do you say?

 

Can a mortal be more righteous than God?

Can a mortal be more righteous than God? Can a man be more pure than his maker? Job 4:17 NKJV.

Mortal, enosh, Strong’s # 582: A man, a mortal; man in his frailty, limitation, and imperfection. Anash is a verb, meaning “to be frail, sick, weak and sad.” Enosh is one of the four primary Hebrew words for man.

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If adam is man as a species, ish is man as an individual citizen, and geber is man at the height of his manly power, then enosh is man as a basically weak creature.

Enosh occurs more than 550 times in the OT and often is simply an alternate term for adam. Yet sometimes the original connotation persists, such as in question in Psalm 8:4, “What is man (enosh) that You are mindful of him?”

In Daniel 7:13, the Aramaic equivalent bar’ enash (Son of Man) is a messianic term. The Lord Jesus repeatedly called Himself “the Son of Man.” He identified with the human race in its weakness, yet rises to a position of everlasting strength.

WHEN THE WOMB BECOMES A TOMB

WHEN THE WOMB BECOMES A TOMB
Posted by rspinos
The burning belly of Molech as a prophetic nightmare of abortion
Centuries before Christ, Molech was a demonic entity worshiped by the Ammonites. Their worship of this entity was detestable. Molech was a huge statue with arms and hands extended and curved inward to form a giant altar of burning coals. In another version, he was made with an open throat and abdomen full of fire in which children were thrown and burned alive. God completely prohibited this type of practice in Israel saying:
“There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire . . .” (Deuteronomy 18:10)
But over time the people of Israel entered into apostasy and began to practice this horrendous idol worship. God, in a cry of disappointment, confronted the situation.child-sacrifice-to-canaanite-gods
“They have built the high places of Topheth, which is in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to burn their sons and their daughters in the fire, which I did not command, and it did not come into my mind.” (Jeremiah 7:31)
Just as this verse claims, the main altar of Molech in the city of Jerusalem was located in the famous Valley of the son of Hinnom. An interesting point is that during the time of Jesus this valley where children were murdered as burning sacrifices to Molech had been transformed into the garbage dump of Jerusalem, and had become a truly cursed place. Even more interestingly is that Jesus, in the Sermon on the Mount, made a direct comparison of this valley to hell:
“If your eye causes you to stumble, throw it out; it is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye, then, having two eyes, to be cast into hell, where their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.” (Mark 9:47, 48)
In any land fill or garbage dump there are worms which feed off of the organic waste, breaking down the cells. There is also fire which incinerates and consumes all that is flammable. In other words, there is decay and destruction. Clearly, Jesus mentioned the Valley of Hinnom to use an earthly example in an attempt to explain the spiritual concept of hell in a way that was easier to understand. When Jesus mentioned this terminology “fire of Gahanna”, he was referring to the man-mad hell, where the nation burned its children as human sacrifices to Molech.
Nowadays this Valley is frequently visited by tourists, and it is common for some people who go there to worship the Lord to identify this part of the tour as the famous “worship service in hell”. In fact, the word hell, which has its origin in Latin, comes from expression “valley of the son of Hinnom” which in the Hebrew language is “Gahanna” (or Hades, in the Greek language).
The “high places of Topheth” is another term which identifies this Valley and has a significant meaning. The word Topheth refers to the drums which were played at a deafening volume to drown out the screams of the children when they were burned alive to Molech.
“For he who requires blood requires them; he does not forget the cry of the afflicted.” (Psalms 9:12)
The historic fact to be considered is that this Valley where the parents ritually murdered their children was transformed into a garbage dump; an earthly version of hell. We must understand the implied analogy at this point to children who are murdered in their mother’s womb. Jesus compared this field of blood, which would later become a garbage dump, to hell itself. This is also a depiction of the mother’s womb where the blood of abortions has been shed.
We can spiritually define abortion as a sacrifice to Molech performed on the altar of the womb. Abortion is the religion of Molech which promises prosperity to all of its worshipers. Oddly enough, they were trading prosperity for sterility in the family.
This may shock you, for now, that is my objective. It is important that we comprehend the spiritual consequences of abortion. A womb subjected to an abortion is also subject to the decay and destruction of evil spirits. It becomes a human garbage dump. These entities act as “worms” or as “the destroying fire of Molech”, resulting in sterility, infirmities, tumors, cancer and serious menstrual problems. Abortion invites a truly intra-uterine hell.
Abortion has an effect on future conception and live births where children are being formed in the tomb of their own murdered brothers or sisters. In terms of spiritual heritage, each unredeemed abortion is an open door to be afflicted by the spirit of death through the future generations. This is also one of the most powerful causes of bankruptcy. When parents invest financially in the murder of their own child, the financial situation of these people is subjugated to the spirit of death. To overcome this is necessary to administer a thorough act of redemption and deliverance.
Many women who have had abortions seek out spiritual help. This is good because I know that abortion is covered up by most people. Many of these women start their dialogues with words such as: “what I am about to tell you I have never told anyone else!” When someone musters up enough courage to make a confession like this, it breaks the bonds of darkness and they are able to be freed from the pain caused by guilt.
When a person has the courage to confess involvement in an abortion (often for the first time), it is important to spiritually disconnect the effects of the abortion considering specifically the details related to the method used. If a child was sucked out, poisoned, pulled out, etc., it is fundamental to spiritually remove these mechanisms of death from that person’s life.
Suddenly, all of the emotional and spiritual weight can overflow into powerful deliverance for these women… The purifying fire of God can come over their lives. All of the pain caused by evil spirits is cast out through their crying, shouting, and vomiting.
To the extent that women who have had an abortion begin to feel forgiven by God, they can begin to forgive others as well. It is much like the painful process of childbirth, but deliverance can be birthed in a wonderful way. The feeling of tons of weight can be removed from shoulders; as the human spirit comes alive once again. The spiritual burden, the emotional torment, the wounded memories, the curse of death, and all that an abortion which is the yoke of Molech entails can be cast off in the name of Jesus.

Let us not forget the horrors of forced abortion.

The Awakening Conscience

The Pre-Raphaelites, 1848, a group of English artists got together to challenge the “emptiness of High Art and the precedence given to Raphael.” They sought a fresh moral conscience to painting and to take precise observation of nature as their standard, rather than the style of the Old Masters. William Holman Hunt was a founder.
The Awakening Conscience is a fine example of popular Victorian painting. It tells a story. Its theme is the fate of the fallen woman. This is a genre scene, depicting a contemporary domestic interior that comments of the society of the day. Many details are intended to be read symbolically. The moral message is stern and strongly disapproving.
To achieve the greatest possible visual accuracy Hunt rented a villa in St. John’s Wood, North London, an area where rich men housed their mistresses. His model was Annie Miller, his girl friend.Hunt_1853_The-Awakening-Conscience
Hunt responded to the challenge of photography and the production of bright, new synthetic colors created for the cloth industry by using the new colors extensively and filling his canvas with detailed accuracy.
ANALYSlS
[The analysis will be by quadrants of the painting beginning in the upper right quadrant and reading clockwise.]
Upper Right Quadrant
(1)Sleeping Cupid – wall paper – “The corn and wine are left unguarded by the slumbering Cupid watchers, and the fruit is left to be preyed on by the thievish birds.” (WH Hunt) Hunt implies that women must guard their chastity as a farmer guards his crops.
(2) Nostalgic song – found on the piano – “Oft in the Stilly Night” is a song about a woman reflecting on her childhood innocence. Words of the song have stung the woman’s conscience.
(3) Cupid bound – clock decorated with the image of Chastity binding Cupid (god of love), which suggests that the gentleman will not have his “wicked” way. The picture on the wall shows the biblical story of the women taken into adultery.
(4) Flowers of deceit – flowers in the vase on the piano are the morning glory, which tangles itself with other plants. It symbolized the embroiled and complicated relationship of the woman. Tangled skeins of wool at the feet of the piano imply the same thing.
Lower right quadrant
(5) Rings of fingers – Young woman shows her hands. There’s a ring on every finger except the “wedding finger”. She is a kept woman, entirely dependent on the support and whim of the man. If he rejects her, she is likely to resort to prostitution in order to survive.
(6) Posture – She’s at the point of rising from her lover’s lap – at the precise point when her conscience is awakened. Her lover is sing and playing the piano, oblivious to her transformation
(7) Glove – soiled, discarded white glove on the floor symbolizes the woman’s fate if she stays with her lover.
Lower left quadrant
(8) “Tears Idle Tears” – music on the floor – Edward Lear’s musical adaptation of a poem by Tennyson, contrasting past innocence with present wretchedness. Like the music on the piano, it indicates sorrow over the woman’s present predicament.
(9) Artist’s initials and date – in the lower left corner – in the opposite comer is a shaft of light, falling on the foot of the piano, symbolic of the girl’s salvation; strands of wool becoming unraveled from the tapestry is a symbol of her current state, which could well have been her undoing.
(10) Cat & bird – The cat under the table plays with the bird. There could be a double meaning here: (a) cat = man; bird = mistress (b) bird seems to have escaped the grasp of the cat, suggesting her salvation.
(11) Hat and book – the hat on the table says the man is a visitor and not a permanent resident. The black bound book indicates Hunt’s plan to educate Annie Miller who was barely literate.
Upper Left quadrant
(12) Victorian gentleman – the young man, well dressed and well-to-do, visiting his mistress whom he “lodges” in a comfortable modern house. He visits when he pleases. She is in a state of undress; lace-hemmed garment is her slip.
(13) Changing expression – first owner of the painting had Hunt repaint girl’s expression because it was too painful to look at. Girl’s face illuminated by the light from the window, which appears in the mirror.
(14) – “Light of the World” – girl stares out the window at the sunlit garden reflected in the mirror. “Light of the World” is the title of this painting’s companion piece. Light represents her salvation. White roses in the garden represent purity.
Hunt exhibited the picture with an elaborately decorated frame which he designed himself. It contained appropriate emblems, such as marigolds symbolizing sorrow, and bells representing danger. It also included a quotation, “As he that taken away a garment in cold weather, so is he that singeth songs to a heavy heart.” He cited this as his inspiration.
The painting demonstrates the other side of Victorian English life, that not open to polite society, that which was discussed in Gentlemen’s Clubs, but certainly not at home. Imperialism had opened the world to men and their whims. They lived a life of adventure, of money and opportunity, all things not yet open to women. Confined and kept home a woman was not even free enough to venture out to obtain the paper to look for a job. Alcoholism was rampant (is there a connection to Freud?), but so is the temperance movement which is supported by women who see the evil and hopelessness of their plight. The AP European History student should not only look at the painting as art, but should see its connections to the activities of the era.
Source:
The analysis of this painting may be found in Robert Cumming’s Annotated Art , DK Publishing, 1995.

Any thoughts?

Are you Happy or Blessed?

“If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.” John 13:17 KJV.

“If you know these things blessed are you if you do them.” John 13:17 NKJV.

It is interesting to see how we can easily invite the world’s ways into our definitions especially in the translation of God’s Word.

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From Etymology Dictionary: happy (adj.)

late 14c., “lucky, favored by fortune, being in advantageous circumstances, prosperous;” of events, “turning out well,” from hap (n.) “chance, fortune” + -y (2). Sense of “very glad” first recorded late 14c. Meaning “greatly pleased and content” is from 1520s. Old English had eadig (from ead “wealth, riches”) and gesælig, which has become silly. Old English bliðe “happy” survives as blithe. From Greek to Irish, a great majority of the European words for “happy” at first meant “lucky.” An exception is Welsh, where the word used first meant “wise.”

Happy medium “the golden mean” is from 1702. Happy ending in the literary sense recorded from 1756. Happy as a clam (1630s) was originally happy as a clam in the mud at high tide, when it can’t be dug up and eaten.

Blessed, makarios, Strong’s #3107, blessed, possessing the characteristic of deity, Makariotes. It indicates the state of the believer in Christ (Mt.5:3-11: “Blessed … for my sake;” Lk. 6:20-22, “blessed… for the Son of Man’s sake”). He is indwelt by God because of Christ and as a result is fully satisfied.

Makarios differs from happy because happy is the person who has good luck (from the root hap, favorable circumstances). A blessed person is one whom God makes fully satisfied, not because of favorable circumstances, but because He indwells the believer through Christ.

To be makarious, blessed, is equivalent to having God’s kingdom within one’s heart (Mt. 5:2, 11; Lk.17:21). Makarios is the one who is in the world yet independent of the world; his satisfaction comes from God and not from favorable circumstances.

Alright fess up all those rabbit’s foots!

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