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Is knowledge passed on thru the generations of your family?

6:20–25 Teaching the children. Moses then expanded the command to teach children the facts of the faith (20–25; see v 7). The child’s question and parent’s response remind us of the pattern for the Passover celebration (Ex. 12:26–28). When the child asks about stipulations, decrees and laws (20) it is interesting that the parent answers by telling how God miraculously rescued the people from Egypt, in fulfilment of the ancient promise (21–23). The commands, then, come after the promise, and are part of God’s intention to bless his people (24b). Righteousness here has the sense of a true relationship between God and his people, and includes not only their keeping his standards, but also his commitment to save and keep them.

McConville, J. G. (1994). Deuteronomy. In D. A. Carson, R. T. France, J. A. Motyer, & G. J. Wenham (Eds.), New Bible commentary: 21st century edition (4th ed., p. 208). Leicester, England; Downers Grove, IL: Inter-Varsity Press.

This passage in Deuteronomy 6 is the fulfillment of the word being pass down thru the generations of time until it is written down in the hearts of all men.

So, it begs to ask, “Is this being done in our christian homes and communities?” Did we ever do this? In my studying of the scriptures, and the history of christianity it seems that the only time that this was even closely followed in thought or deed was the time of the Israelites in their daily reading of the ‘Law’ in the plaza of the temple. Which in turn was retold at the homes of the Israelites that evening. The ‘ritual’ of passing on the scriptures to the next generation is the foundation of knowledge being ingrained into a family, let alone a society that will incorporated a truth to hold on for eternity.

I am on a quest, a long and fulfilling quest to read alot. I am in the process of reading the apocrypha,the Pseudepigrapha, and Josephus. Now if you know anything about these chronicles is that they are long, very long. I am hoping to be finished with all three by the end of next year. That’s how long they are. They are either 1,000 pages long or 2,000 pages long or longer. What a deep and enjoyable journey to be on.

It is on this journey that while reading the Pseudepigrapha, which includes 2Enoch that I have started reading that I come across something that sorta blue my mind about reading the word in the Jewish ways and the lackadaisical effort that we have now in our religious life. This was a standard for God to Israel. But what I came across in 2Enoch is that when God Lifts up Enoch to a very High Standard of People, that He lifted Him up for real to God himself and to Heaven. God was to enlighten him upon everything that was and will be in the realm of God and his creation. It was to be Holy experience for Enoch. God told him of everything, in detail!

It is when God then tells Enoch that what he is to do with this knowledge and wisdom, to let Enoch go down to tell his family of his children and grandchildren and for them to continue the training of their heritage thru the ages. This is starting of the foundation of ‘God’s people’ being designed as there identity in the world. This is also the proclamation that is instituted in the new testament that Christians should claim these ‘laws’ to heart as a testimony to God.

This in my opinion is the downfall of christianity, for this I am always getting crucified but I will stand on it, Christians should stand on their own feet to proclaim their allegiance to God, and by doing this, they stand as a christian, without the overprotecting brick and mortal building and leader to coddle or to tell everyone the next step to christiandom! God’s people are represented not as a individual but as a body of people, a Bride for the coming kingdom. The example of the gathering of ‘the people’ was the bringing all the family of Enoch together to give them the ‘words’ from God. This was the same for Moses sharing the ‘words’ of God from Mt. Sinai down to the people of Israel.

The institution of the building,the Temple,synagogue,church, was the example of ‘where’ God’s being would come down to earth for the ‘still in touch’ with his creation symbolism since the denial of man that God was their God, only man was. It was changed in a instance when the God of man sacrifice’s his Son, for the freeing of man’s sin, to bring him back to his creator. This action by God changes the way God is communing with his people it is not a point on a corner but all of creation(the world),the land that he has promised his people is now God’s and theirs too.

Let us remember these things as we try to commune with Him, He is in Us, and We in Him. Our thinking that we are only with him in a box, is limiting God and us in our journey to the promised land. Let us stand our own and proclaim that God is alive and well in one of his creations and that there others beside us, around town, in the country, in another country, all over the world that as not as a individual but as a body of Christ, the sum of all people create the whole of God’s people.

Let us be responsible and ‘know’ and ‘See’ God in his covenants and his knowledge of Wisdom.

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Is it just me, or…..

I’m a reader,I study, I research, I explore possibilities, I never leave a stone untouched.

I ask questions, I always ask “Why”, I will look at your side, I will look at mine too.

But I never quit for the knowledge of God.

This will be a rambling of things that have gone on in the world of Christianity and it’s process that is led us to today.

Let’s start with, way back in the olden’ days, I mean When it was Just God,Son, and the Holy Spirit. Now this ring of three circle we cannot enter into, for a variety of reasons, but we can just guess. Just by the outcome of their decisions. God,Jesus, Holy Spirit were a very tight and unique unit of Holiness. It was after all, The three of eternity and beyond.

God wanted to expand his influence and purpose by creating a Universe with an representative in it. It was to become an Temple to itself. It would have a paradise of a world with all the things to sustain it with a circle of life. It would have administrator for a continued success for eternity and beyond. It would be perfect.

This world would be different than the paradigm of God tho, it would have the tainted influence of Man in a human form with the flesh to struggle with. It was the paradigm of God that was different in that it was a realm of Holiness and Love. It is this realm that we must be mindful of in the story of mankind. Holiness is a strange reality when we are looking from the outside in. But God will soon show us a way into this reality.

Where I want to go now, from this foundation of the storyline is that the thing that we are confused on in the journey to get to this Holiness, is we are trying to achieve it thru human or fleshly actions. It doesn’t work, won’t work,never will,can’t be done. Did I say that there is no hope in fleshly ways?

God, in his Son, while walking on this earth was giving us a blueprint, tips, subtle hints, out of this world picture words, or even things that we would have to imagine in our minds to perceive his ways. But one thing should(but doesn’t) all these things are not of this world! They are all from the World of God. They are Holy. They are righteous. They are of Him.

God works thru His Heavenly Realm.

God lays it out there for us to ‘See’ in His Realm.

God thru all ‘time’ has used this method of transparency for ‘US’ to ‘See’ Him.

I am a firm believer that we must ‘see’ him starting with before time started. How can we do that you say? God has worked thru mysterious ways thru time.

If God is working thru mankind, he will use man to reach itself thru the outstretched hands of God.

This will be my initial point, God uses everything that He has touched or is going to touch to let us see Him. This is where I say that mankind or even just Christianity has failed in the obvious reality that God has laid things out for us to see and to understand God even better.

God has used history of man to be used in his quest for man to know Him, but also to live it, to be the example to the world. Man has written down the stories and visions of God thru his special people throughout time. It is for this reason we have not used everything to our advantage. I believe that we are on the cusp of really being able to ‘SEE’ God for who He really is, and especially who He is to US.

I am a Preachers Kid. I have been in this Paradigm for most of my life. I have been in the circle of multiple preachers thru the years of my fathers ministry, I have been in contact with alot of the preachers kids also to continue the story. It is when I was on the other side of ‘Ministry’ that it dawned on me that this ‘ministry’ didn’t have the whole story, it was telling a story that was not complete. If you know the background of Religion you know that it has had multiple divisions along the way for the sake of the ‘right one’ being pushed. But as you can tell, these are of the human interest way of telling things, not of God. They are all like this, no exceptions.

But where did it go wrong?

In my opinion, we didn’t look at the whole picture, the whole story!

It’s like we started our story of God, in the middle of God’s story.

alas, confusing!

God has given us some new and exciting things to see and read in the last 100 years with new and old things being found in the biblical world thru archaeology. By not using these things as apart of the blueprint of God’s road map to him, would make us go down the wrong path, as I fear it already has.

I am currently reading Josephus,Apocrypha, and the Pseudepigrapha, which I fear that our predecessors have not used in their material of the blueprint to God. I am amazed at the insight it could and will give us in our journey to ‘Know’ God. I pray that you will join me in ‘Knowing’ God by knowing His life in the History of mankind.

Happy Reading!

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It’s the eternal purpose,people!

I sometimes wonder how christianity has gotten where they are by what I read in the scriptures.

Maybe if you read it enough times you start to see things that weren’t there the first time, or second time, or third time. But it is that continuing searching that it starts to show that underlying theme or storyline that come into focus for you. You just wonder with the pharisee’s and the saduccees that were known for their reading of the scriptures over and over again, why they didn’t see things that were connected to each other that would spin itself into a deep and amazing story for mankind. Maybe their ritual, or tradition was to just ‘say’ the scriptures was just a mundane chore for the day? Maybe, this was the problem with Israelite’s in that they were to much in the tradition of reading the scriptures that their was no meaning in it.

I have come to rely on history. In history we see not only actual events of time, but of the social events before and after said big event. It is how we base our understanding of mankind in all thru time. It is in this realm of digging into history we see even more and more of people in their own stories, communities of understanding everything around them and their actions and beliefs to those events. We, right now are doing the same thing, we just might not know it, we are acting and reacting to all the events around us, and to some extent to things far away from us with advent of the internet.

I have become over the last twenty years have been that forensic detective that doesn’t just ‘see’, or ‘read’, or ‘hear’ something without digging past the obvious things. This should be the mark of Jesus follower, digging deeper every day that you are a christian. What I have learned thru the years of studying the bible is that it is a goldmine of information about God and his people and his world. I once was asked ‘How long should it take to read the bible?’, the usual ‘church’ answer would be the 1 or 2 year plan that the church gives out. But this is not the ‘idea’ for what the bible is. It is to ‘know’ the Bible! My answer to the question was “50 years”, I think my answer may have been to short in its answer,tho! We can only scratch the surface with God. But I do believe that we should ‘see’ what God is telling us and showing us on what his intentions for us.

The models of what we have perceived to be the existence of God’s people in the world and how they are to be in the world, and how they are to meet, act, or to exist has be skewed in that we have not understood the eternal purpose of God.

I want to point out that this is because of a few things. One is the misunderstanding of God’s eternal purpose in mankind. We are very,very limiting of God. We have put God into thousands of little buildings all across the U.S., when the scriptures says the opposite. God will be, and is Everywhere. This was and is His Goal. But we have failed to see this in His New Covenant. It is actually following the first covenant of the Jews with God in that we were supposed to build a temple and place God there!? What’s with that? Just maybe we have not reached the understanding of the New Covenant with Christianity yet? I don’t know either. But I do ‘see’ the dawn of the light coming into the world.

The second thing, is that the failure of christians failing to read and to study the scriptures in a way that is done in a more deep and investigative way to find the truth of God. We have realized way to much on the person in front of congregation to give them snippets from the bible, as does the media on the national news. Look how that has gotten us! Until we realize that as a God believer that we dig deeper and deeper into God’s word to know him. This is not going to be a easy fix, but it can be done with the fortitude of God’s people. Where two or three people are gathered together, there also is God. He will guide and direct us in his word. I strongly suggest in having a small group of people that are in agreement in your quest in finding the truth in the word of God.

The third thing is maybe(it is) the glue that holds this all together. Jesus died on the cross, rose again to be with the father, it is in this action that God has sent someone to follow us in our journey here on earth to unite God’s people together. It is the “Holy Spirit”, this is our “Christ is in Us, We are in Him” fact that we seem to forget or just don’t understand. I tend to think the latter. Christ living ‘in’ us, We ‘in’ Him means we are in fellowship with Him, and We are ‘WORSHIPING’ Him. This is the design of God’s ultimate purpose! Why do we not see this? The Holy Spirit is our temple,church, body,bride whatever you want to define it as. (It is not to have a fellowship with other people in a building, it is to have fellowship(worship) our God. Period. This reasoning of other people as fellowship has to go away to understand the true meaning of worshiping of God!)

Now, taking those three things as corrections in our understanding of our eternal purpose as God’s people, and He our God we should be able to ‘see’,’know’,’hear’,what God’s purpose for us in the world, it is that ‘WE’,All His People are His, unto all the nations, forever and ever! Praise His Name!

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How did you learn?

Is it just assumed on how you came to knowing your theology of the bible? Have you ever had discussions in church or at home with friends on topics that may go against the beliefs of the denomination you attend? Does this change your overall belief in your theology? Have you ever had discussions with family members on different beliefs? Do you read,see,listen to other avenues of theology?

Have you ever church hopped? Going to different church’s away from your denomination? What was the experience? Was it the same, different, in what way? Why was it? It is a ‘church’. What did you need to see different in the church? People,Minister,Songs,Atmosphere, Routine, Programs, Why is this necessary,if all people in church are ‘God’s people’?

These are things that need to be asked and answered to see where we are at as God’s people. If all these things do not matter, it is what God’s design that does matter. This ‘paradigm’ of institutional people then is wrong! Our theology is wrong.Our beliefs are wrong. We are wrong.

Knowing history, knowing christian history is key to knowing how,why, when,where things changed to be ‘christianity’ as God ordained it to be. It is for us to study,read,absorb this knowledge of God’s work in previous generations before us. Taking things for granted is not wise for anything.

Until we read what was said as witnesses of the whole bible of God’s divine and eternal purpose for us and ‘SEE’ what it is, we should not ‘just’ go to a building and assume that we are doing the ‘right’ thing about being there!

I challenge you to re-read the scriptures from beginning to end, slowly soaking it in and knowing what it is really saying, not just the words or saying of the words but the forrest despite the tree in front of you. There is a storyline to the scriptures, This is what God had in mind all along, we just have to see it. Please don’t just pick one climactic moment to use and build thing around it, this is just wrong.(Alot of beliefs are built in christianity like this and it is not right) Everything is interlocking in God’s words to spell out a amazing story for us to know and believe.

The first step to this, is the hardest, you must be free from outside interference of what you have been accustomed too. Take six months to a year to start from scratch, and read the scriptures with out any preconceived notions from anything or anyone. But this might be hard in that you really have go to be focused in reading the word daily,weekly it is with this that you ‘will be’ in communion with the Lord in his ways.

This will give you will some amazing moments with God and looking at scriptures that will last forever in your journey with him. You will not regret it. Trust me, Trust God.

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