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May 22, 2017
DEAD MEN’S BONES
We live in a time when many who have rejoiced at the eternal life offered by Jesus Christ, don’t quite grasp how our external behavior identifies the Spirit that emanates from within us. Many believers have a vague notion that when we come to Christ, we will have to give up many worldly practices, and change our ways to what we perceive to be the straight and narrow. It doesn’t take very long to find that the attempt at self reformation routinely fails.
Jesus regularly encountered this kind of religious crowd, who considered themselves righteous because of their conformity to the external rule set delivered by Moses in the Old Testament law. The “big ten” of the statutes are obvious, and most know about thou shalt not kill, thou shalt not steal, and thou shalt not (fill in the blank). Because of the outwardly, fleshly nature of the law, those who sought to conform to the LORD’s ways invariably became careful to posture for the public, in order to be sure the people observed their compliance.
Simultaneously the priests, the scholars, and the lawyers – divided among two denominations known as the Pharisees and the Sadducees -- relished their status in Jerusalem society.
“The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat…and love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues, and greetings in the markets, and to be [recognized and respected] of men” (Matthew 23:2, 6, 7).
Over the years, keeping the commandments of God became secondary to the accompanying task of making sure the adherence to the statutes was done in such a fashion that the people were aware of it. As time went by, the people even came to see the law of God as an obstacle to the objectives which they sought after, and the resentment set in. The set days of rest (new moons, high holy days, Sabbaths, etc) and the regularly occurring weekly Sabbath (when they were instructed to refrain from work), became decidedly inconvenient.
“Hear this, O ye that [financially oppress] the needy, even to make the poor of the land to fail, Saying, When will the new moon be gone, that we may sell corn? And the Sabbath, that we may set forth wheat?” (Amos 8:4, 5).
The prohibitions of Moses against financial trickery via unjust weights and measures, were addressed in the same passage, where the prophet says the Israelites were reproached for “making the ephah (an ancient form of mercantile measurement) small and the shekel great, and falsifying the balances by deceit” (Amos 8:5).
Modern shoppers are aware of how today’s vendors do the same thing, as they routinely repackage an item (such as a can of coffee, or a box of cereal), and market it in a slightly smaller container which holds less of the product, in order to camouflage what would otherwise require a noticeable price increase.
Another form of “falsifying balances” is seen in modern industrial concerns, which keep looking for ways to monetize the otherwise useless by-products of commerce, to increase profits. An interesting example of this fundamental dishonesty is found in the manufacture of peanut butter, which is drained of all its peanut oil (which fetches a higher price because it’s a healthy organic oil), and replaced with a cheap synthetic oil that is toxic, which contributes to all sorts of lethal maladies. A similar practice occurs in vitamin sales, such as vitamin E, where a key component (known as a tocopherol) is missing, and replaced with another inexpensive, but toxic component – yet the vendors can still legally claim it is vitamin E.
In yet another example, some are aware that fluoride is related to nuclear processes and, even though it’s incredibly lethal, wealthy corporations embarked on a disinformation campaign to convince the world it was safe to add to the drinking water – so they could sell the waste to municipalities. The poor and ignorant, oblivious to the danger, are earmarked for long range health dysfunction as they drink the tap water which is poisoned through the use of fluoride.
“That we may buy the poor for silver, and the needy for a pair of shoes; yea, and sell the refuse of the wheat” (Amos 8:6).
The prophet Isaiah, voiced the LORD’s displeasure with the ways of the Israelites, who took for granted they would always be His chosen.
“I have spread out my hands all the day unto a rebellious people, which walketh in a way that was not good, after their own thoughts; A people that provoketh me to anger continually to my face; that sacrificeth [to idols] in gardens, and burneth incense upon altars of brick;”
“Which remain among the graves [communing with the dead] and lodge in the monuments, which eat swine’s flesh, and broth of abominable things in their vessels. Which say, Stand by thyself, come not near to me; for I am holier than thou….” (Isaiah 65:2-5).
While the Christians are not as overt in their self righteousness, we are in precisely the same position as the ancient Jews. Our institutions are corrupt, and our ways are an abomination before the LORD.
The prophets of Israel sharply criticized practices that “that make the poor of the land to fail” (Amos 8:4), through laws that are supposedly here to protect the populace. Through oppressive zoning and planning practices, governments have caused the cost of building houses and apartments to soar – compelling the poor to seek assistance from those same governing authorities through various forms of governmental assistance (read rent control) —when the obvious solution is to sharply increase the number of houses and apartments through significant reductions of the regulatory burdens imposed on the construction of new houses and apartments.
“Shall the throne of iniquity have fellowship with thee, which frameth mischief by a law?” (Psalm 94:20).
In contemporary America, cities and counties around the nation have framed mischief by passing laws which allow them to seize the vehicles of poor people for failure to insure their car – a practice which is clearly unlawful as the US Constitution prohibits the government from coercing a commercial contract. A huge number of local governments seize uninsured vehicles, auction them off (mostly to used car dealers), and add the proceeds to their budgets – helping to sustain bloated bureaucracies.
The impoverished, who are frequently struggling just to survive, are then unable to travel to and from any kind of work environment. As automobile travel is imperative to the ability to make a living, this hideous practice consistently crushes poor people’s lives. Ironically, in the God fearing America of just 150 years ago, if you were to steal a man’s horse (which was his primary mode of travel), the sheriff would arrange for such a thief to be expeditiously hung. Now, the “horse” thief is the sheriff, and he is paid to practice this systemic larceny.
Many know the government has a dastardly practice of seizing assets from people who have never been accused of a crime. Claiming the Interstate highways are “drug corridors,” if you are carrying cash as you pass through certain highways, the bandits are the law enforcement authorities. The Beast government agents simply say they suspect your funds were accumulated from ill gotten gain, and they can “confiscate” it – compelling the innocent to hire an attorney just to get part of it returned through an expensive series of legal filings. Believe it or not, they claim the money itself committed a crime.
Many are unaware that if you owe back taxes, the government won’t even allow you to leave the country, giving rise to the satirical slogan that we live in the land of the fee, and the home of the slave.
In the time of Ahab and Jezebel in old Israel, the wicked king and his queen personified how religious evil had become institutionalized. The representative of the LORD, the prophet Elijah, stood against the status quo, whereas the two major denominations, the Prophets of Baal and the Prophets of the Groves, were the dominant religious power. The prophets of Yahweh had been hounded and destroyed, driving Elijah into fugitive status. Conversely, Baal’s prophets were sustained by a government financial stipend as the Scripture tells us they were nurtured by the administrative leadership, through the efforts of Jezebel, the Queen of Israel.
“…when Jezebel slew the prophets of the LORD…and [sustained] the prophets of Baal four hundred and fifty, and the prophets of the groves four hundred, which eat at Jezebel’s table” (I Kings 18:13, 19).
Few recognize that churches which have tied their God given independent status to a government issued tax exemption, voluntarily acquiesce to the regulatory authority of the Beast – and only a fool argues governmental authority is not a manifestation of the Beast in Scripture. It is self evident the straightforward statement, indicating the Prophets of Baal “eat at Jezebel’s table,” is a foreshadowing of how the Beast government engineers fiscal incentives for churches which comply with the government’s direction. Many are unaware of an actual federal program where FEMA (the Federal Emergency Management Agency) has actually “cleared” which pastors teach compliance to government edicts (via the twisting of Scripture), in anticipation of dire emergencies.
Conversely, the Bible says that “Christ is the head of the church” (as opposed to the Beast government), and we are His body. The incorporated churches of our land, although they rationalize their state sanctioned religion as an expedient way to further Christian ministry, have refused to stand for the truth, even as genuine servants of God have seen their ministry assets seized for refusing the Devil’s bargain.
The prophet Hosea succinctly summed up just why the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel. In reading the following verses, it’s difficult not to associate them with contemporary America.
“Hear the word of the Lord, ye children of Israel: for the LORD hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land. By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out [into violence], and blood [results in more] blood” (Hosea 4:2).
Since Christians are designated as the salt of the earth (which is supposed to act as a preservative), when reviewing the sins of America, we conclude the salt has “lost his savour” (Matthew 5:13).
An extremely small Remnant knows and understands the fact that, although there are many fervent believers in a multitude of assemblies, the Spiritually constituted body of Christ has been profoundly deceived, and “the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not” (I John 3:1). It was exactly the same way in Old Israel, as the nation had come to blend the religion of Baal with the truth of Yahweh. A classic example is seen when the aforementioned Jezebel arranged to frame a man named Naboth for blasphemy, so that she could steal his land for Ahab, her husband.
Few realize that Baal (which means lord) was a close counterfeit of Yahweh (the LORD’s name which our Bibles commonly render as LORD), and the chosen people had been deceived into blending Baal’s parallel mythology with the worship of the LORD. For example, when Jezebel’s plan unfolded, at a ceremonial fast for the LORD, she arranged for two Baalists to attend, and accuse Naboth of blasphemy, as the Old Covenant required two witnesses to document the crime.
“He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses” (Hebrews 10:28).
The penalty for blasphemy was stoning, so even though the false witnesses against Naboth were of Baal’s denomination, they were accepted in the assembly, and their accusations were considered valid (indicating the nation had assimilated the adjacent worship of Baal into the Israelite religion), and Naboth was stoned in accord with the law of Moses.
“They proclaimed a fast, and set Naboth [a loyal follower of Yahweh] on high among the people. And there came in two men, children of Belial, and sat before him: and the men of Belial witnessed against him, even against Naboth, in the presence of the people, saying, Naboth did blaspheme God and the king. Then they carried him forth out of the city, and stoned him with stones, that he died” (I Kings 21:12, 13).
The hypocritical apostasy of old Israel had deteriorated to such a horrendous degree that JESUS CHRIST declared the religious condition of the nation to be a complete façade, as He compared the religious leaders to be the equivalent of an attractive tomb, which presented a form of righteousness, but was only filled with Dead Men’s Bones.
“Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchers, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of Dead Men’s Bones, and of all uncleanness. Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity” (Matthew 23:27).
It should be noted this work is not embracing the apostate “Sacred Name” premise, which asserts we must use the Hebrew name for the Father, Yahweh (YHWH in the manuscripts), in order for Him to hear us. Nor is it a push for the legalists who would have us mingle the Old Covenant statutes with the freedom of the Spiritual rebirth in Christ. It is a polemic pointing us to the ancient requirement of God, that we remain separate from the ways of the world, and to continue in vigilance against the incessant encroachment on our special standing as the Sons and Daughters of God, as we are constantly assailed by the seed of men.
“Tossed to and from, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive” (Ephesians 4:14).
Since the pattern of twin timelines clearly exists, where the Old Testament history of Physical Israel foreshadows the New Testament history of Born Again Israel, the parallels between modern Christianity and ancient Israel indicate the body of Christ will also seek to integrate characteristics of an adjacent unholy religious tradition. And that’s exactly what we are seeing in our time.
“Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come” (I Corinthians 10:11).
The present work asserts that just as Israel became intertwined with the belief structure of the Mesopotamian Baal, which skewed their perceptions relative to the religion of Moses, the body of Christ has similarly assimilated doctrines from adjacent heathen traditions, and we can no longer tell the difference. But a detailed retelling of the false doctrines which are now all around us, will have to wait for another day.
-- James Lloyd
To Be Continued
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