New Covenant Patriarchy
Sunday, March 18, 2007
New Covenant Patriarchy and Children
Children are the forgotten victims of the abandonment of YHWH's Law regarding marriage. Being made in the image of God we long for a Father. God our Father created us this way and thus gave children an earthly father to be a picture of their heavenly Father. A father who does not abandon them, who models self-government, honor, honesty, truthfulness, giving of himself for his family, moral and religious leadership, courage and strength. In other words, a man who cares for his family according to YHWH's LawWord, a fixed and unwavering, predictable standard of right and wrong, external to himself and to which he is accountable. (A man our humanist culture is incapable of portraying. At war with YHWH they are also at war with His image in man.)
Women who find themselves widowed or abandoned must not deny a father to their children just because the only good ones are already married. Neither should they let the state or church convince them of the doctrine of demons (1 Timothy 4:1-3) that forbids marriage.
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Friday, March 02, 2007
Men Ahead of Their Time
All of history has been predetermined by God and is working out his design, like a plant that is growing from a seed into its full flower and fruit.
Thus when we read Scripture we are seeing God's vision for that design, a world ordered according to his law as proclaimed, prophesied, and exemplified by the great patriarchs and prophets and apostles of Scripture, and fully embodied in the Messiah.
We are seeing, in them, the future, where men will deal with each other according to God's Law, reflecting His character toward one another and toward others and the world around them. We must study these men and what they wrote in order to become like them, to respond like they did in similar circumstances.
Since all history is the unfolding of such a society, where all relationships are intermediated by God's LawWord, the men of God in Scripture were in fact living out the future, our future, in their time. We must do the same in our time. In fact, only that part of ourselves that has been conformed to God's character, as written in Scripture and exemplified by Christ, will survive into the new heavens and new earth.
So do not cheat yourself of future glory by letting yourself be misled as to the importance of making God's Law your study all the day. Do not give credence to the idea that faith is somehow opposed to obedience. Moses, the Law Giver, was, as Hebrews 11 says, a man of faith. In fact it says this over and over again.
So we, by faith, must reflect God's character through obedience to His LawWord in its every detail, and beg God's forgiveness when we fall short, always upholding the holiness of His Law regardless of how lowly we hold ourselves in comparison.