Thursday Morning: Judges 9 : 24 – 27

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Taking a walk through Judges 9 we see that the people wanted someone to lead them in a new country that they had emigrated to, Canaan, the land of gods.  So they elected Abimelech king a watchman to guard their Temple as to what they believed in on a spiritual level.  

Just for sake of reference it probably has not occurred to too many people but the word Temple also refers to your eyes and forehead, that is where you get the scriptural term, ” between the frontlets of your eyes” this is your mind.  In the Word this is regarded as the dwelling place, of a god or gods or other objects of religious reverence residing in your soul.   On a micro scale this refers to your body as a Temple unto one God.   The Word is predicated on individual belief more so then on collective beliefs amongst a group of people with different biases.   

This is why I have stated before in the past if you serve a king ie..Roman Catholic Church, Baptist, Pentecostal, Muslim, Buddha, Hindu ect.. all you are doing is assuaging your feelings and emotions to feel good about yourself which is deceitful.   Your serving no one but another man named Abimelech who will steal your spirit and wealth.  To slay someone in the Word is to steal their core spiritual beliefs and twist them like a serpent slithering on the ground.   You thrust a spear into their side,” the blood and water gushed out”, remember.  We are all made of blood and water all of mankind.

24 That the cruelty done to the threescore and ten sons of Jerubbaal might come, and their blood be laid upon Abimelech their brother, which slew them; and upon the men of Shechem, which aided him in the killing of his brethren.

Two words to pay attention here is the word cruelty and slew.  What this is saying is a priest a pastor one who is elevated turned the eyes of all to himself and they put their trust in Abimelech and they slew the belief in one God the same as crucifying Christ hundreds of years later.   The blood of Christ will be on their shoulders.

25 And the men of Shechem set liers in wait for him in the top of the mountains, and they robbed all that came along that way by them: and it was told Abimelech.

If you remember Shechem is shoulders and liers is an archaic word which means to lay in a horizontal position their minds were laying on the ground their thoughts were not pure.   To rob someone is to take their wealth and power instead of relinquishing all control over to God in your everyday affairs.  What this is also saying is that man always wants what another man has.  They wanted what Abimelech had power and wealth and  control of others, slavery.  So now you had a division in the house of Abimelech brother fighting brother etc…

26 And Gaal the son of Ebed came with his brethren, and went over to Shechem: and the men of Shechem put their confidence in him.

So now the men wanted a changed to take place in their leadership so now comes along a contemptible person by the name of Gaal who was a slave the son of Ebed.  He tells them that he has a better idea to make themselves feel good about themselves in a harsh life.  Just follow him so the men went and followed Gaal and his worship of god was going to be different then what Abimelech offered.

27 And they went out into the fields, and gathered their vineyards, and trode the grapes, and made merry, and went into the house of their god, and did eat and drink, and cursed Abimelech.

Vineyards is plural which means they gathered their woman and children to follow a new pastor and the portion of the Lord disappeared unto all.

So basically the people changed Temples and beliefs and went with another pastor in belief that redemption would lie with him.  The gathered in a large mass, trode and put the belief of one God out of mind and they went into the house of their gods and partied and made merry and cursed the other pastor.  

Jer. 12:10 Many pastors have destroyed my vineyard, they have trodden my portion under foot, they have made my pleasant portion a desolate wilderness.

Meanwhile God who is great went to the mount of Gerizim the mount with two halves and hearken to the men to listen to Him.  He watched them in the valleys and slopes of Shechem.  Still God has not called Judgement yet upon His people however he shows His patience but the story is not over.

7 And when they told it to Jotham, he went and stood in the top of mount Gerizim

God will give you up to your ways you need a pastor to teach you instead of the Holy Spirit.  You need to hang out in a church than suffer the consequences as we will see in the later chapters, Judgement always comes to the watchman and to those that follow him.   The double portions of God do not exist in the walls to the church building, look around at America and Europe and tell me different.

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Wednesday Morning: Evil Spirits: Judges 9 : 22 – 23

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One as to look at the times that Judges was written to understand the context that the writer had in mind when relating the events of the day.   Judaism, Islam, Christianity and elements of Buddhism are all considered monotheistic religions.   The eschatology of these religions centers around the cosmology of good and evil with evil finally coming to a demise and then each religion has their own idea of heaven.

Heaven is one of those conjectures that we like to think what things might be like in a world were we are surrounded by the spectre of death everyday.  

In the spiritual realm of  good and evil everything has a shelf life and will run its course finally ending up in a judgement.  The same being we are born and we die a finite time limit that can not be changed or altered.

Judges was written about 550 BC  a couple of years before the enslavement of the Jewish people by the Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar.  You have to have a working knowledge of the times and settings in the lands of the ancients and their worship of gods and how words were put in play which will lead us into vs. 23.  First we have to cross vs. 22:

22 When Abimelech had reigned three years over Israel,

Abimelech as it is written reigned only three years and the tide started to go against him.  He combined the belief in a monotheistic god and  the pluralism of multiple gods of the Canaanites in their Temples.   When life was going good they worshiped God and when things were going bad they worshiped the gods of the Canaanites.  They made their prescribed sacrifices and absolution’s to appease the gods to bring good tidings in whatever endeavor they fell short of within three realms, government, economic, and religious the intersections of everyday life throughout the day every day.  

They created statues to the gods and goddesses that they worshiped and if things were going wrong the statues cast an evil spirit upon the people.  All statues of gods or goddesses were given life and animated in the eyes of the people.   It was not till the 2nd century BC that the three religions Judaism, Christianity and Islam anglicized the words like evil ,demons, and the like.  Demons in the ancient semitic languages actually meant goodness.  All they did here was to alleviate man’s responsibility to himself and others it became easier to blame a cosmic entity then to accept responsibility for one’s action when things were going wrong.

23 Then God sent an evil spirit between Abimelech and the men of Shechem; and the men of Shechem dealt treacherously with Abimelech:

What we see here with Abimelech is man’s nature when he is elevated his head tends to swell and the corset of power and greed wraps itself around the men who follow him.  This no different then man’s nature you see around the world, the politician, the rulers of the nations, they forget where they came from and burden the common person with mounds of sacrilegious mush.  Who after a time and season man decides they need a new way to govern themselves.   The problem in the 5th century was the countless absolutions and mush that one had to do to appease the statues of gods which they had animated the same belief systems holds true today around the world.

Christianity has a way of castrating one over the aspect of evil if you do not support your local church you just can not serve God.  Judaism runs the same course there is multitude of absolution’s  and regulations that must be met.  Islam has a 100 tenets of their religion that one has to memorize in order to counted worthy or they will kill you.  Parts of Buddha have hundreds of regulations to follow for the females and the males to find some kind of inner peace.   Put it all together in a wrap and it becomes slavery to a particular breed of man’s altars to explain mankind’s presence in the world to dissuade the chaos of life and living everyday to bring in some kind of order.

Christianity and Islam have a commonality in regards they all put you in subjugation to their ideals and explanations of heaven if you do not believe then you are going to hell for which no one for sure knows what that is or even what heaven is like it is conjecture at best.  The Roman Catholic Church has purgatory which is a form of reincarnation which follows the ideas of Buddhism.  You keep coming back to life till you get the rigours of life all in a wrapped paradise.  Muslims believe that you kill someone in the name of Allah you receive 72 virgins.  Does not say much for the woman and the little girls ,where is their redemption, from the rigorous of life.  Intelligent design would dictate to me that you only get one shot of having a peaceful life wherever you are at in the world as long as you have some decor of morality.

I live my life under the precepts outlined in the Old Testament an essay of mans monotheistic view of evil and good.  I elect morality over evil and will not be chained to the religiosity of symbolism of the tenants of any religion.  I created my own world in the worlds of mans darkness and you to have the same opportunity to do the same today and turn your eyes away from the spirituality of Sodom. 

Good and evil all have a shelf life and when men get tired of being subjected into slavery then revolutions start and ideologies like walls come tumbling down.  Nations come and go but man’s nature stays the same immutable.

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