Galilee to the North, Judah on the South and in the middle, was Samaria; three different areas of the former kingdom of Israel. And they were populated by very different individuals after Israel was deported because they broke God’s laws. The punishment, which they must have forgotten, was captivity by a foreign power; as the six tribes on Mt. Ebal read exactly what would happen to the Israel people if they disobeyed their God. The six tribes who read the curses consisted of the oldest and youngest sons of Leah: Reuben and Zebulon, and the two sons of Rachel’s handmaid and the two sons of the Leah’s handmaid. All the children of Rachel and four of the sons of Leah were assigned to read the blessings on Mt. Gerizim.
What a day that must have been. The Israelites were instructed to gather stones and put plaster over them. The Israelites were to write the laws of God on these stones that were located on either Mt. Gerizim or Mt. Ebal (there is confusion on which mountain, depending on what source you read). In addition, they were to build an altar unto the LORD their God, on which they were to offer burnt and peace offerings.
Part 1: What happened during the reigns of Ahaziah and Jehoram of the House of Israel along with Jehoram and Ahaziah of the House of Judah? What happened? Why were the kings from both houses--Israel and Judah--both murdered in the same day!
Part 2: There have been rival competing temples in the history of God's holy people. Also a discussion of the world-wide epidemic of interracial marriages.
Scripture Reading: Isaiah 44:9 “They that make a graven image are all of them vanity; and their delectable things shall not profit; and they are their own witnesses; they see not, nor know; that they may be ashamed.”
“Oh say can you see” is the first line in The Star Spangled Banner, and Francis Scott Key meant for it to mean patriotic pride after a ferocious all-night battle in the War of 1812, their flag was still visible “by the dawn's early light.” The Spirit of 1776, in the form of a flag, reflected what White Christian Americans were willing to die for, namely our freedom to worship Jesus and not be ruled by tyrants. “And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon His head, and a reed in His right hand: and they bowed the knee before Him, and mocked Him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews!” Mt. 17:29. When Jesus was abducted in the middle of the night by a mob of shameless hypocrites, the Cross of Calvary is still seen by those who have eyes to see its glory after the dawn of 2000 years. This translation of the KJV is a mockery as well, in that Jesus was not king of the jews, that is, the non-Israelite Edomite Pharisees, but rather King of the Judahites and thus Israel.
10)“And Ezra the priest stood up, and said unto them, Ye have transgressed, and have taken strange wives, to increase the trespass of Israel.
11) Now therefore make confession unto the LORD God of your fathers, and do His pleasure: and separate yourselves from the people of the land, and from the strange wives.”
Have you ever seen children of a mixed-race couple? Which race do they look like? The majority look like they are a blend of both races; they are what the Bible calls them: a “confusion of faces.” They have genes from both races, and they can usually be very confused as to what race they come from. The children are certainly not born in the image of either parent.
The Israelites had committed two main sins:
They hadn’t separated themselves from the people of the land, and
They hadn’t separated themselves from their strange wives.
Let’s go back into Chapter 9 and see if we can find what led up to the controversy in Chapter 10. Let us read verses 1-4:
From an anonymous quote I found years ago: “I see said the blind man as he opened his Bible.” A closed Bible availeth very little. The sights and sounds that Jesus spoke of in Luke were figures of speech. It was no more literal than Romans 11:25, “that blindness in part is happened to Israel.” The “blindness” was a hardening of the heart of which the good news of the Gospels could not enter a man. Thus, Jesus was speaking to His inner circle who would be receptive after being under the present influence of the Lord's teaching about Himself. Even though their faith was weak and wavering, they got a glimpse of His Divinity. It must have sunk so deep into their hearts, that they made the transition from physical sight to spiritual sight. They were blessed beyond measure. We find a lesson in Mark 8:24 in which a blind man, who was not born that way, was healed by Jesus. “Regaining his sight he said, I see people, but they look like trees walking." Interestingly, there are some who place more significance on the tree as “people”, than the knowledge of good and evil in the Garden of Eden. If we were to point out a parallel of these trees, which not everyone will see, they represent a prejudice and presumption that prevents them from seeing the intents and purposes of God. The first sin and thus the Fall of man stems from the presumption that there would be no repercussions. Eve thought, 'well, this isn't going to kill me' (Gen. 3:4-5). God knew she would disobey Him and He said, “Your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods.” Is that a good thing? Small 'g' gods are never good and you can never mix good with evil. The Fall of man was a curse, a combination of positive and negative, which results in a spiritual short circuit, the loss of immortality. Likewise, the healed blind man saw walking trees as such, because the restoration of sight was not immediate; he was seeing things in a state of confusion; obscured yet with imperfection.
This verse tells us of the objection of Cain to the LORD God of his punishment after he committed the murder of his brother Abel. The descendants of Cain were to be fugitives and vagabonds in the earth. Are they still that way? Are they still wandering all over the earth?
And what group of people would ever be described by the name of “Christ-killers”? Who would be charged with the guilt of plotting, instigating, and executing the murder of someone who they felt was an enemy; a person who was so dangerous to them that He had to be eliminated. What group of people are described in the Holy Scriptures as the ones making the following accusations against Jesus the Christ?
Forgive me for the alliteration (a series of words starting with the same letter) in our title. Perhaps a sequel could be Baal, Bongos and Babylon. The Titanic ship of Babylon keeps getting closer and closer to the iceberg of God. The Admiralty jurisdiction wants to confiscate all life preservers and life boats with the artificial storms of Marxist Dialectics. There will be some who jump ship into the great whore that sits upon many waters (Rev. 17:1, 15). They would rather surrender their souls to the final beast empire of prophecy than walking on water as Peter did momentarily. I'm waxing a bit poetic, but can you feel the crescendo of our times hitting the boiling point of Christians in the saucepan? The antichrists probably think of us as the frog, but don't want us jumping out of their century long conspiracy to boil us to death. They want voluntary compliance; for us to beg them to please turn up the heat. But be warned, the first breath you take after you surrender will not be the breath of life, but the polluted air of zombies. After so many years of senseless gun-related shootings, they envision the White Christian American to march down to their local police station and tell the Chief, “Please take my gun”. Hardly any of these sensational shootings make any sense and most have an uncanny pattern of coincidences, always aided and abetted by the mainstream jewish media. They very seldom tell the whole truth about a shooting and suppress revealing information that would suggest others were involved besides the lone nut. However, God goes so far as to say, “And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth” Rev. 18:24.
Compiled from the sermon notes of Pastor Don Elmore
October 8, 2017
Scripture Reading: Genesis 25:34
What happened at this meal between the two men who were twins: Jacob and Esau? What did Esau do to despise his birthright? Did all that he accomplished that day was to eat some bread and drink some lentil soup that was prepared by his brother? How many individuals have done this in 6000 years? Who are the descendants of Jacob and Esau?
Was that all that Esau did? There must have been something else. But what difference does it make to today’s average Christian regarding what Esau did at that time?