Partners with the Holy Spitit: Part #18

Israel was called to be a nation of priests. Priests had direct access to God. And they had no need of intermediaries, whether human or animal. This direct access to God eliminated all the idols and all humans from interfering between a person and his/her Maker. God’s Spirit did not and does not require intermediaries. The Holy Spirit has a direct line with the human spirit. The concept of direct access to God was foreign to the Hebrew people, as it is even foreign to us today, and to most religious people. Even, when God (Immanuel) invites everyone directly, man still leans on others to introduce him to God (Matthew 1:23):

Restoring God’s Image and Likeness in Man

Mammon is not a person. Mammon is the Aramaic word for "riches" and for "wealth." To Jesus, mammon was God’s strongest rival, and man’s most treacherous trap. We know mammon best by the currency, which controls all of us. We have it printed on our dollar bill, “In God we trust.” Yet, what we really mean, “In this god we trust!” Literally, Mammon forces man to depend on it for everything, including religion. Prosperity has been a sign that God, the Creator is favoring a person, a nation, or even a race. However, poverty has been taken to be a sign of displeasure or even as a curse of God. It is an incorrect presumption, but nevertheless powerful enough to create havoc in man and his world.

Restoring God’s Image and Likeness in Man

The Lamb is the bridge between God and man. The Lamb is "God’s Olive Branch" that is offered to man. Only, "God's Olive Branch" has conditions, which the Lamb mediates to the offenders and to the transgressors for God's acceptance. The atonement does not take in effect until the guilty party complies and accepts the Lamb's conditions. Therefore, the conditions of acceptance qualify the sinner for atonement. The atonement sets the sinner free from his obligation to pay for his or her crime. Revelation, chapter five, has the scene in heaven where the Lamb is the only “One” who can accept the charges of which man is being accused of.

Restoring God’s Image and likeness in Man

The Lamb is the bridge between God and man. The Lamb is "God’s Olive Branch" that is offered to man. Only, "God's Olive Branch" has conditions, which the Lamb mediates to the offenders and to the transgressors for God's acceptance. The atonement does not take in effect until the guilty party complies and accepts the Lamb's conditions. Therefore, the conditions of acceptance qualify the sinner for atonement. The atonement sets the sinner free from his obligation to pay for his or her crime. Revelation, chapter five, has the scene in heaven where the Lamb is the only “One” who can accept the charges of which man is being accused of.

The Covenant is God’s Will for Man

The impression of the writes of the Kings that Israel was a law-abiding "Monotheistic society" is simply not tenable. At best, men like Saul, David, and Solomon, were semi-monotheists. A pure and genuine “Monotheist” does not only believe in one supreme God, but he also lives by God’s Laws. Like the pagans, David did some good, but the bad outweighed the good. He wrote spiritually moving Psalms, but David's moral life, and his decisions brought him many heartaches and much sorrow. No one kept all the articles of the "Covenant," not even David. It is inconceivable that the following words did come from David's mouth:

“The Covenant is God’s Will for Man

Before the entrance of every judge, we read, "Once again the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord." Most judges were filled with the Spirit of God. The judges freed the people from their enemies. And during the duration of their life, they advised the people to obey God's Laws. These individuals displayed tremendous courage and faith. The Book of Judges lists the following: Othniel, Ehud, Shamgar (he was not a judge), Deborah, Gideon, Tola, Jair, Jephthah, Ibzan, Elon, Abdon, the colorful Samson and of course the devout Samuel.

The Covenant is God’s Will for Man

Joshua! Of all the leaders in Israel, no one was as flawless and without a single mistake than this unique and loyal servant of Moses and of Yahweh. He was the most faultless leader and man in the Old Testament. He was a true representative of the Covenant. What became tragic was that his hope of a "Theocratic Nation" did not remain faithful to the Covenant. And the "Theocratic Nation" did vanish among the nations of the world. Joshua’s work began to die immediately after he passed away.