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?

Aside

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?

Is Avon calling?

If you Lord, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? Ps.130:3 NKJV.

Iniquities, avon, Strong’s #5771 : Evil, fault, sin, iniquities, guilt, blame, moral illness, perversion, crookedness, wickedness and rebellion.  Avon is derived from avah, to “bend” or “distort.”

So iniquity is the “evil bent” within human beings, or the “crooked” direction or warped deeds of sinners. Avon occurs more than 220 times in the O.T.

Its first mentioned in Genesis 4:13, where Cain finally understands the enormity of his deed and states, “My punishment (iniquity) is greater than I can bear.” Knowing that iniquity is something too heavy to be borne by fallen humanity, God promised that His Suffering Servant would bear the iniquities of His people.bull

Is the Holy Spirit real to you in your life or is He just a theological nuance?

So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit…” John 20:21, 22 NKJV. RICHARDCIARAN_GALLERY_AUGUST_2009_Page_03_Image_0001_fs

Jesus’ words help to set in context two different works of the person of the Holy Spirit in a believer’s life. First we are made aware on Easter night, the disciples do, in fact, “receive the Holy Spirit” as “the Spirit of life” (Rom. 8:2). Jesus’ word is direct and unequivocal: “Receive”; and in doing so, the disciples are “born again” (John 3:3) by the Holy Spirit’s regenerating work in them (Rom. 8:11-17).

This passage parallels the breath of the Father on Adam in the first creation, as Jesus breathes on them and the “new creation” is begun (2 Cor. 5:17). Second , however, on Pentecost the work of God’s Spirit as the Spirit of power (Isa. 11:2, “might”) is to enable Jesus’ disciples for ministry—witness and service —to fulfill their mission to the world.

In verse 22 “Breathed”: Makes a clear allusion to Genesis 2:7. Now Jesus breathed life into His own. Many interpret the statement “Receive the Holy Spirit” as symbolic and as anticipating Pentecost. Others interpret the Greek to mean immediacy in the sense of “receive right now,” and view the day of the Lord’s Resurrection as marking the transition from the terms of the Old Covenant to those of the New Covenant.

The old creation began with the breath of God; now the new creation began with the breath of God the Son.

 

 

Great rewards are laid up for those who fear and trust the Lord.

Oh, how great is your goodness, which You have laid up for those who fear You, Which You have prepared for those who trust You in the presence of the sons of men!  Ps. 31:19 NKJV.  2mountainshomesinvalley

Great, rab, Strong’s #7227: Great, abundant, many, large in number, of major importance; chief, weighty, significant, noble, princely. It’s from the verb rabab, “to become numerous or great.”

The title rabbi is a derivative of rab. Rabbi has been defined as “my teacher,” a more exact explanation is that it means “my great one” (full of knowledge) or “my master” (great instructor). This is the reason our Lord did not allow His followers to be called by this lofty title: He stressed that we can have but one Rabbi,  and that must be the Messiah only (Matthew 23:8).

That God has laid up goodness (rewards) for those who fear (reverence) and trust (lean on) Him is confirmed by Jesus In Matthew 5:11,12.

The Lord is One!

 

“Hear O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is One!”  Deuteronomy 6:4 NKJV.

Called Shema by orthodox Jews, after the first word, “Hear,” this famous passage supports the Trinitarian concept of deity—the Lord (Jehovah) our God (Elohim) is one Lord, the one echad, expressing compound unity, not yahid, meaning a single one. He alone to whom the name of Jehovah (Yahweh, “the self-existing One”) belongs is absolutely God (Ex. 3:14).  “Hear, O Israel: YHVH is God, YHVH alone is God,”is also an acceptable translation. good-evening-music

It is at once a testimony against Unitarianism as well as polytheism.

Because He is the one and only God, of one eternal, uncreated essence, yet manifested tripersonally as Scripture shows. He must be loved by the creature (us ins) with the whole being: heart, soul, (mind, will and emotions) and might (v.5), Jesus added the “mind” (Mark 12:30).

We who believe today know this same Yahweh, Israel Redeemer, as our Redeemer, who in the process of time became incarnate and died in our place. “We love Him, because He first loved us” (1 John 4:19).

One, echad, Strong’s # 259: One, a unit; united; unity. The root of echad is achad, to bring together, to unify; to collect one’s thoughts. Echad paints a range of meaning as “one” does in English, from the very narrowest sense (one and one only, as in Ecc.9:18, one sinner destroys much good”) to the broadest sense (one made up of many, as in Gen.2:24, where a man and his wife “shall become one flesh”).

The foundational truth for the redemption of the world is that there is one God who creates and redeems, and yet the NT shows that God is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Compare the unity of God to the unity of man made in His image: Man is comprised of spirit, soul and body (1 Thes. 5:23). Man is not three “beings” but “one being” with physical, emotional, and spiritual elements.deu-6-4-web-watermarked

The word God is used here in its plural form in the Hebrew text. So, our God, the Lord is one likely emphasizes the Christian doctrine of the trinity, three Persons of the same substance in the one Godhead; this understanding, however, would not have been apparent to the people of the OT.

Is the attitude of your soul directing you?

Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. 3 John 2 NKJV.

Prosperity is a result; as it pertains to salvation (soteria) and in the over all results God provides for believers. It is certain that God wants His children to prosper. Can anyone deny that? However, prosperity should not be the end in itself. It should be the result of a quality of life, commitment, dedication, and action that is in line with God’s Word.

In our text the word “prosper” (Greek—euodoo) literally means “to help on the road” or “succeed in reaching.”  Its meaning is significant in that divine prosperity is not a momentary, passing phenomenon, but rather it is an ongoing, progressive state of succees and well-being. It is intended for every area of our lives: the spiritual, the Physical and emotional, and the material.

However, God does not want us to unduly emphasize any one area. We must maintain a balance. The last expression of our verse translated “ just as your soul prospers,” actually means “in the measure that your soul walks in a proper and right manner.” In other words the Apostle John is saying to Gaius that his wish is that everything about him is doing well and that he is healthy, (sound) and doing well and being healthy depends upon the right direction of his soul, or his attitude.

 

A Word from the Lord.

“This is the word of the Lord Zerubbabel: ‘not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the Lord of hosts. ‘Who are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you shall become a plain! And he shall bring forth the capstone with shouts of Grace, grace to it!’” Zechariah 4:6, 7 NKJV. Zechariah-4_6-
Might, chayil, Strong’s #2428. Strength, power, force, might (especially an army); valor, substance, wealth. Its basic meaning is force, especially military strength. It may refer to the power of accumulated goods, that is, “wealth,” as in Deut 8:17.
In some instances chayil is translated “valor,” especially when describing a military man (Judg. 3:29). In the present reference, God informs the rebuilder of the temple that the task would not be accomplished through the force of an army (chayil) nor through the muscular power or physical stamina of the workman; rather, it would be accomplished by the empowering of the Holy Spirit of God.
When the temple is completed, all will acknowledge its beauty and realize it is not the result of human achievements, but rather, of God’s grace and more grace.

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Christlikeness

“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” Philippians 2:5-8 NKJV.

Humble, tapeinoo, Strong’s # 5013. Literally, “to make low,” used of a mountain in Luke 3:5. Metaphorically, the word means to debase, humble, and lower oneself. It describes a person who is devoid of all arrogance and self-exaltation—a person who is willingly submitted to God and His will.  In the manifestation of Jesus’ incarnation (Phil. 2:8), He brought about the recognition of His humanity by demonstrating His absolute dependence on His Father. washfeet1

The truth of the incarnation is expressed in the complete self-renunciation of Christ as He made Himself of no reputation (emptied Himself of His privileges) see July 8, 2014 post “The Empty God.” He veiled the manifestations of deity and assumed real humanity. Likeness suggests that Jesus was really a man, but not merely a man. His humanity was genuine, yet His being was still divine.

Human viewpoints on humility distort the idea, often “humbling” people by loveless actions that rob them of dignity and nobility. But the example of Christ like humility is manifested in the freedom of God’s Son to affirm the fullness of all of God has placed in Him, without needing to flaunt, prove, or push it through self-advancement.

Jesus’ complete absence of any need to “clutch” for power or attention is manifest humility. It is the royal spirit that the King of heaven Himself displayed in servant like graciousness. Just as Christ’s humility received ultimate exaltation (Phil. 2:9-11), so our call to “humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up” points to the way for the rise of God’s highest purpose in each of us (James 4:10).

Humbling ourselves opens us up to increased grace (1 Peter 5:5), and child likeness is the doorway to the liveliness of “kingdom come” in our life and service (Matthew 18:4). 🙂    I need more grace, how about you?

 

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