GOD’S WAYS OVER OURS
Preached as the Oracles
of God on December 4, 2014
Message length: ( 1. 18.01 )
Prayer: 8:34 to 9:45
Main Message from 9:45 to 1.18.01
November 29, 2014 Saturday
Israel trangressed the covenant of the LORD by counting the great things of God’s law a strange thing and setting up Kings and princes of their own and not by the LORD. 1-12 vs. 4 vs. 12
Israel forgot her Maker even though they built temples unto God and offered sacrifices on many altars unto God. 13-14 vs.
they put their trust in other nations for security and wealth instead of in the LORD. vs. 9,10
they made idols out of their material wealth vs. 4b
they trusted in the calf of Samaria vs. 6b
“The sin of Samaria” refers to a name, Ashima, a Canaanite mother-goddess. This Ashima represents the importation of foreign cults and gods. Historically, Israel borrowed gods from the surrounding nations and combined their worship with that of the true God. By changing His nature, they destroyed the right image of the true God. This, in turn, changed the source of beliefs, ideals, laws, standards, ethics, and morality. Thus, when a famine of God’s Word comes (Amos 8:11), immorality swiftly sets in.
Dan was the location of one of the sanctuaries that Jeroboam I set up to imitate the Temple in Jerusalem (I Kings 12:29). His counterfeit sanctuary was made of a counterfeit Holy of Holies. Instead of cherubim, it had two golden calves arranged to form the base of a counterfeit mercyseat. Over the years, the visible presence of the calves became familiar to the Israelites, who soon were worshipping the calves as God. After a little more time, the nature of the calves became the nature of God.
Beersheba, with its false shrine associated with the patriarchs, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, was in the southern part of Judah. People made pilgrimages to Beersheba, a very long and arduous trip. Over time, they came to believe that righteousness accrued to them simply by going there. They walked “the way of Beersheba,” thinking to put God in their debt.
But God owes no one anything! He blesses those who are in the right attitude, who are following His way, who are growing and overcoming.
In the Middle East, Asima one of several deities protecting the individual cities of Samaria who are mentioned specifically by name in 2 Kings 17:30 in the Hebrew Bible. From the scribes’ point of view the cities should not have been making cult images (“idols”), because they had agreed to worship the God of the Israelites that had once lived in the land, as described in some detail in the 2 Kings 17:30
Asima was a West Semitic goddess of fate related to the Akkadian goddess Shimti (“fate”), who was a goddess in her own right but also a title of other goddesses such as Damkina and Ishtar. Damkina, for example, was titled banat shimti, “creator of fate”. The name Ashima could be translated as “the name, portion, or lot” depending on context. It is related to the same root as the Arabian qisma and the Turkish kismet.
Obermann suggests a close association with between the concept of “name” and “fate or purpose” from the West Semitic root “šm” and cites several examples in the Ugaritic text in which the naming of a person or object determines future function which is a familiar theme in many mythologies. Driver translates “šmt” as “charge, duty, function” in his glossary of Ugaritic and links this with the Akkadian “shimtu” which he translates as “appointed lot”. As a personification of fate, Ashima was cognate with the South Semitic goddess Manathu (or Manat) whose name meant “the measurer, fate, or portion” who was worshiped by theNabataean peoples of Jordan and other early South Semitic and Arabian peoples. Both names appear in alternate verses in Ugaritic texts. (In the same way, the name of the goddess Asherah appears in alternate verses with Elath to indicate that both names refer to the same goddess). Ashim-Yahu and Ashim-Beth-El are forms of her name and a variant of her name is also attested in the Hebrew temple in Elephantine in Egypt. The divine name or epithet Ashima-Yaho (haShema YHWH) which is attested in the papyri from the Yahweh temple of Elephantine in Egypt has been connected in both theme and structure with a title of Astarte which appears in the Ugaritic texts as Astarte Name-of-Baal (e.g., KTU (“Keilalphabetische Texte aus Ugarit”) 1.16.vi.56).
Some speculate that Ashima was praised by tribes in what appears to be Asia Minor and North Africa, but more specifically by Hamath, who were later deported to Samaria in the Land of Israel. The Hebrew Bible states that the goddess should not be worshiped, but that the Samaritans nevertheless worshiped her, together with other deities, clandestinely. 2Kings 17:30
December 1, 2014 Monday
To walk in love as Christ loved us requires that we walk in holiness as saints without covetous motivations which if practiced are idolatrous and lead to losing ones salvation. 1- 6
It is urgent that we do not condone unholiness but rather reprove it and separate ourselves from such practices in others so that we can be children of light that reflect the glory of the being of God’s love. 7-11
Whatever exposes what is corrupt has no corruption in it and is therefore light which comes from the ultimate negative and positive of God’s being of love in absolute purity of integrity to judge all that is contrary from which springs God’s mercy to assure forgiveness to those who repent. To accept the reproof of light is to accept the very light of God’s being in us that conquers corruption and death in us. To awake out of sleep is to arise from death and receive eternal life. 12-14
December 2, 2014 Tuesday
(Deut 4:10) [Specially] the day that thou stoodest before the LORD thy God in Horeb, when the LORD said unto me, Gather me the people together, and I will make them hear my words, that they may learn to fear me all the days that they shall live upon the earth, and [that] they may teach their children.
We are to take heed to ourselves that we do not set up an image in our hearts that becomes our focus instead of the LORD even if that is a distorted view of who the LORD is. It is when we learn to fear the LORD all our days that we are kept from the deception of idolatry.
(Deut 4:23) Take heed unto yourselves, lest ye forget the covenant of the LORD your God, which he made with you, and make you a graven image, [or] the likeness of any [thing], which the LORD thy God hath forbidden thee.
December 3, 2014 Wednesday
We are to be merciful like the Father is merciful to us. Those that use the word of God and the law of God’s Word by twisting its intent and meaning to control people instead of showing mercy and doing good to them are those that give evidence of an idolatrous misplaced heart that is only outwardly submitted to God. We are to show God’s mercy by loving our enemies and returning good for their evil to us. The evidence of a genuine heart relationship with God is that there is good fruit.
December 4, 2014 Thursday
Those that are truly thirsty will seek that which truly satisfies and is good and will diligently hearken to God in order to eat it. If we incline the ear of our heart unto Elohim we will drawn near to God by seeking Him and actually hear the speaking of Elohim that will cause our soul to live. It is then that God will make an everlasting covenant of His mercies toward us as He did with king David. 1-3
God is saying that even as He gave king David as a commander and as a leader to the nation of Israel he will also give to the body of Christ and the nation of Israel such indwelling glory from God that nations will run unto them that they did not even know because they want the same relationship with God as the Israel of God. 4-5
For God to have mercy upon His people and abundantly pardon them it is imperative that they seek Him immediately in the now while He is still near to be found and also forsake their ways and unrighteous thoughts and return unto Elohim. 6-7
People and even God’s people in apostasy are those that are trusting in their own ways and in their own thoughts in order to bring their own personal fulfillment and also national and corporate fulfillment. This is why there is no fulfillment individually and corporately. It is only God’s word that can bring fulfillment and accomplishments as it is sent forth under the utterance of the Holy Spirit in his people. 8-13