Homily for the nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost – Being made a little lower than angels
Updated: Sep 3, 2021
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Good morning bus riders!
I hope everyone received the email with the link to the lectionary page and took the time to read all six, including the Psalms!
Remember, I talk about all of them, not just one or a part of one. So, with that said, let’s get started!
The first Old Testament option is from Job. Just a heads up, but Job will be an option for the next three Sundays also.
This past week I saw the Book of Job in a new light. We all know about the ‘patience of Job,’ but how many of you think your life will ever be as hard as Job’s was?
<Look for quizzical faces and shaking heads.>
We certainly need to see Job as a reflection of who we should be, if we are to truly be called Christians.
The thing that dawned on me the most when I read the first two chapters of Job, was how twice it tells, “One day the heavenly beings came to present themselves before Yahweh, and Satan also came among them to present himself before Yahweh.”
In that translation (where I have changed the text to say “Yahweh,” which is what was written), the words written that say “heavenly beings” are “bə·nê hā·’ĕ·lō·hîm,” or “sons the gods.”
Now the interesting thing in the translation as “heavenly beings” is the plural number of “beings.” That recognizes “elohim” as more than one; and, translators of Hebrew into English have some master directive that instructs them to take the plural “elohim” and make it the singular (and capitalized) “God.”
When “heavenly beings” are a way of saying “angels” – because, after all, who can deny the presence of angels? – then by saying they are “sons” says Yahweh is the Father of the angels … the “elohim.”
Does that make sense to you? Can you see that we are talking about a collection of “heavenly beings,” which are all eternal angels, none of which could be seen by human eyes as anything more than like a ghost?
<Look for nodding heads.>
So, seeing there is a gathering “before Yahweh” of these “sons the elohim,” we are also told this includes “Satan among them.” My question was, “Why was Satan allowed to come “before Yahweh”?" Satan was the fallen angel, right? How did he get there?
That made me see that the only reason Satan was named – and there are those who believe Moses was the one who first told the story of Job – was for the purpose of letting the reader know this series of events took place prior to the war between the angels, when Satan (he wasn’t called that by Enoch) was cast into the depths of the earth, forever forbidden from seeing Yahweh again, much less talk with Him.
That timing says Job was a Patriarch, which means he was descended of divine origin [Adam]. That can be deduced because Enoch wrote of the fallen angels and Enoch was a sixth generation of the “sons of Adam,” which would be “Sons of man.”
The reason Satan led a rebellion was he could not serve man [Adam], because his oath was to serve only Yahweh. So, Job could actually be Adam.
That was my dawning this past week.
A clue to this is when we read Yahweh tell Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man who fears elohim and turns away from evil.”
For that to be a true statement – and Yahweh does not lie – then Adam, after the death of Abel and the banishment of Cain, would have been the only one like him on earth. When Adam turned 130 years of age, he was the father of Seth; so, at that time there would be more than one like Adam.
In that statement, after having shunned turning “bə·nê hā·’ĕ·lō·hîm” into “sons the God,” recognizing the plurality, we now seen them back in the gutter turning “elohim” into the singular, as Job “fears God.”
Rather than fearing Yahweh, Yahweh was telling Satan that Job was “blameless and upright” because his soul was married to Yahweh and he feared losing that divine union. Thus, Job was a “Yahweh elohim,” as an angel created within human flesh; and, that angel inside Job knew to turn away from any “elohim” that came trying to influence him to get kicked out of heaven.
The story of Adam and Even was they were tricked once by the serpent – the wisest of the creatures in Eden – so, that would be the origin of the axiom: Fool me once, same on you; but fool me twice, shame on me.
That says Job had been fooled once before, but never again. He knew what to be on the lookout for.
Now, in the reading today we hear Job’s wife tell him, “Do you still persist in your integrity? Curse God, and die.”
In that, once again, the translators of the English text have taken “elohim” and turned it into “God.” What she actually said was, “Curse the elohim and die.”
That says Job’s wife – she is ‘named’ “ishshah” the same as was Eve, meaning “woman, female, wife” – also knew what “elohim” were. It says she knew the disease Job was dealing with was because of “elohim,” who were “gods” or “angels” that enjoyed causing pain and suffering to human beings.
Keep in mind, when Job was the only one like him on earth, that says all the animal-like forms of mankind had no knowledge of “gods” or “angels,” much less know who Yahweh was. So, for Job’s wife to even say that, she was the compliment to Job, as his companion “Yahweh elohim.” If she were indeed Eve, she was telling Job [Adam], “Do what I should have done when that serpent came up to me. If leaving Eden means having to suffer death, then curse evil and die, rather than give in to evil and still die.”
When Job replied to his wife that she spoke like a senseless woman, that was a comparison to the mortal females created by the “elohim” on Day Six. The had no knowledge of “angels.” To them, death was nothing. For Job to say that, he was a “Yahweh elohim.” As a committed servant of Yahweh, Job one of His “angels” in the flesh, one who had a ministry and purpose. He was meant to shepherd the mere mortals to know Yahweh.
Thus, Job asked, “Shall we receive the good at the hand ha-elohim, and not receive the bad?” That says Job recognized he (and his wife) were “hands" of Yahweh, as "the angels” divinely made by Him; and, to be given the “goodness” of Yahweh meant to withstand the “evils” of the world, in His name.
As the first of four Sundays when we will read more about this withstanding of evil in the world, it become essential that we come to know Job, up close and personal.
The name “Job” (although uncertain) is believed to mean “Returning.” In the sense that Adam fell from grace (along with Eve), one can presume that when he died he had met all the challenges of an evil world - remaining blameless and upright- so his soul “Returned” to be with Yahweh. That is the promise of divine marriage, for being a “Yahweh elohim.”
Still, it is this name that should be seen as Job being a reflection of Jesus, as the soul of Adam that would be “Returning” as a “blameless and upright” man, unlike any others in the world.
When we see Job, we need to see Jesus; and, when we see Jesus, we need to realize that the only way Job could withstand the punishment he withstood – much like the punishment Jesus would withstand many centuries later – is his soul was that of Jesus. Yahweh bragged on Job, because He knew His Son could handle anything thrown at him.
This is why we need to see ourselves as Job, because we must be just as married to Yahweh to survive the evils of our world. We have to be the wives of Yahweh that have given rebirth to Jesus within our souls.
Like Job, we need to be Yahweh elohim.
Now, the accompanying Psalm (26) to the Job reading immediately speaks of “integrity,” which is what the wife of Job asked: “Do you still persist in your integrity?”
Verse one of Psalm 26 is poorly translated, partly because it transforms “Yahweh” into “Lord.” It actually says, “govern me Yahweh so I in my integrity have walked.”
In that, the Hebrew word “ani” is a statement of “I,” or one’s own personal ego and self-will; but when it is Yahweh governing one’s soul, Yahweh becomes the “I” that gets credit for having walked with integrity. The "integrity" of Yahweh was the manner in which Job walked.
This makes the ‘theme statement’ of Psalm 26 be about a soul’s marriage to Yahweh. It is the “trust” that a wife has in her Husband – call that true faith – that keeps one from “wavering” in a path, keeping one “blameless and upright.”
When we read in verse two, “test me,” this makes a clear link to Job; but the word translated as “test” can be seen as “examine” or “try,” where an acceptable alternative is “prove.” This can then be seen more than some pen and paper testing – How many quotes from the Bible do you know? – to a ‘Forged in Fire’ smelting and hammering that ensures the proper strength and hardness has been forged.
When David than added, “examine my heart and my mind,” the word translated as “examine” here means “refine,” which is more of a test of purity, than one of strength. When “mind and heart” are seen as the motivators that leads one’s life, it is this refinement that gives one true “integrity.”
When you closely examine the text of all twelve verses in Psalm 26 – and I have posted an analysis of each on my website – they sing about David’s personal experience as a Yahweh elohim – an angel of Yahweh in human flesh – which knows what evil elohim offer. So, David tells the difference that is the result when one “turns away from evil.”
This then leads us to the reading from Genesis 2. The first two words of these selected verses are translated as “the Lord God.” The words clearly written are "Yahweh elohim." Simply by the words spoken by Yahweh saying, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper as his partner.”
The Hebrew word translated as "partner" is "neged," which means "in front of, in sight of, opposite to." (Strong's) When "partner" is seen as the suggestion, then a use as "opposite to" would allow for a female; but "in front of" would means someone or something that could be touched. A pet would qualify as "in front of."
Still, you have to ask yourself, “Who was Yahweh speaking to, if it was not the elohim that Job said assembled “before Yahweh,” those “heavenly beings,” those “sons ha-elohim”?
Who else would it be?
<Look for stunned faces and mouths agape.>
In the Book of Job, in chapter one, which is not read today (or ever in an Episcopal Church), there were two times Satan appeared before Yahweh, “among them" (the sons ha-elohim). In Job 1:10, Satan asked Yahweh [NRSV], “Have you not put a fence around him and his house and all that he has, on every side?” The word translated as “fence” is “suk,” which means “hedge,” as fencing as we know it today did not exist back then.
Think about that: A hedge is like a wall of dense shrubbery. In Genesis 2, where Yahweh made lots of bird and beasts of the field for Adam (“man”) to name, with none of them being a suitable “partner,” Adam was in a “garden.” The word translated as “garden” is “gan,” which equally means an “enclosure.”
When Satan was talking to Yahweh about Job, he said Job was in a protected environment, which means no evil elohim were allowed into that space. That made Eden be much like Disney World, where it looked like it was real, but it was all fantasy.
This past week, when reading these verses, I saw for the first time that all the animals formed from the earth were given life that was not a soul given to the Day Six birds, beasts, and fish. Instead, these Seventh Day were the angels planned to enter into divine animals. They were the Yahweh elohim to who Yahweh was speaking.
The protective environment that surrounded Job, the one that Satan complained to Yahweh about, was a divine place to live. Those who were humans, birds, fish, and beasts of the field that were made on Day Six were simple souls [a low-level elohim], filling bodies made of the matter of the earth – which is all dead and void of life. Adam was an angel in flesh, which was more than a simple soul; so, he classifies as a “Yahweh elohim.” The Day Six humans looked like the elohim, because “in the image of elohim mankind, male and female, they were made;” but when they died those souls simply reincarnated in the next available baby born. When Adam lived in the garden named Eden, he was immortal, like a demigod.
For the first time I realized Adam did not breathe. Because he was an angel, he was eternal, placed within a body of flesh that was also eternal … as long as Adam only fed from the tree of life. The “tree of life” became metaphor for the presence of Yahweh, as a Yahweh elohim.
That meant none of the animals given to Adam breathed either. Eden was an enclosed space of matter, where angels of Yahweh were the only one’s allowed in. None of the negative things of day-to-day existence were part of that divine environment.
Who knows? Maybe after Satan complained to Yahweh about Job being ‘off limits,’ then Yahweh let Satan be the angel that was put into the animal formed from the earth, which was a serpent … the wisest of the animals in Eden?
<Look for more stunned faces and mouths agape.>
The most important thing to catch from this reading in Genesis 2 is Yahweh elohim took “out of the ground and formed every animal of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them.” All of them were a different species. None of them breathed. None of them needed to eat, drink, or make babies. All of them were angels in forms of matter.
The caveat comes when Yahweh sees it is time to make a female Yahweh elohim that is in the form of a human.
Now, if we listen to the educated science of archeology and we believe there were Neanderthals living alongside Cro-magnums, the two were similar but different. Some think there was some cross-breeding between them, which would mean their DNA was compatible. Still, they were two separate species.
That means it would have been possible for Yahweh to make a partner for man (Adam) that could have be genetically similar, but not the same as Adam. In that situation, there would be no need to put Adam to sleep. Nothing was said about making Adam go to sleep before he was presented a new pet to name.
Sleep has to be seen as metaphor for death. This means the angelic soul of Adam was removed from his body of flesh. Because flesh is dead matter without a soul giving it life, Adam was like Lazarus, when Jesus told his disciples he was only sleeping. The reason for Adam being removed completely from his flesh was so Yahweh could replicate every cell, with a modification done to each.
This says Adam was not physically developed to make babies. He was basically a child, even if his body of flesh had spent hundred of years developing. In Eden, time would have been different. Still, it would not be as simple as going down to the sperm bank and making a deposit, which could be used to fertilize an egg. Every cell of Adam’s body would need to be replicated and modified, because Adam was immature.
When we read that Yahweh “took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh,” the “rib” is the sex chromosome of each cell. The DNA of Adam’s flesh had a sex chromosome that was “XY.” Of those two “ribs,” the “X” was taken and duplicated in each cell of the flesh that would be for Eve. When this process was completed, a twin of Adam would have been made – thus of the exact same species – with the difference being Adam was male and Eve was female.
Okay, when we read that Yahweh “brought her to the man,” it is easy to get an image of a teen Eve being walked up to Adam, as if she were made as developed as was Adam, who could have been in Eden for quite some time already.
I believe it is important to see how Adam had the mind of a ten-year old, as a boy. All the animals taken to him were like pets. I see all communication between Adam and the animals as telepathic, where each could communicate with the other; but the question is were they brought as babies that would grow over time. Or, were they brought full-grown?
I think we have to see all new creations that were formed in Eden as following the same models we see today on earth. Babies are born; and, then they grow. Thus, I see baby Eve being taken and placed in Adam’s arms, with Yahweh saying, “Name your baby sister.”
There were no names stated, like from Adam comes Eve. Adam said, “from man comes woman,” where the Hebrew word for “male” is “ish” and the Hebrew word for “female” is “ishshah.”
This is important to see as coming from a child’s mind, as being brought a baby would be how a child would know babies come from a “father and a mother.”
How old were you when you knew where babies come from?
<Look at wondering faces.>
They used to say storks brought babies, from out of the cabbage patch. Still, we know Yahweh made Adam, so Yahweh was the Father; but who was the mother?
This becomes the question, “Did Adam have a belly button?” Many people say, "No."
I think the answer to that question depends on whether or not you believe in Yahweh elohim and what “formed from the ground” means. A soul is masculine essence and the body of flesh is feminine essence. A Yahweh elohim could be a spirit of life within the earth, such as Mother Earth. If we believe Yahweh just scooped up a handful of clay and then breathed life into it, then Adam has no mother whatsoever. However, if we accept Adam’s Father as Yahweh, then we should assume Adam’s mother was equally an elohim, such as a goddess of fertility.
That would answer how Adam could say, “a man leaves his father and his mother,” but (again) the translation of “ish” as “wife” is iffy, at best. With Adam possessing a child’s mind, to say “clings to his wife” would better translate as “keep close to his female.” Adam holding his baby sister would have no concept of how to make a baby. He had to leave his flesh (die) because his body was immature. Adam had just been presented his “partner” or “helper,” which means one of his own species that was of the opposite gender. Adam was saying, “I have found my playmate that is not of a different species.”
Thus, the meaning of “they became one flesh” is they are the same. In the case of Adam, who was a Yahweh elohim in a special place that had hedges to keep the real world out and only the angels in flesh within, he then had another Yahweh elohim that was just like him – the same flesh modified. It did not matter what sex Eve was, because children do not know what adult sex means.
That needs to be seen when we get to the Gospel reading, where Jesus quoted from this reading in Genesis; and, then we hear him say, “bring the children to me.” Adult sex is not part of this lesson, as it should be read as pure innocence.
Now, the accompanying Psalm 8 begins by singing, “Yahweh our Governor, how exalted is your name in all the world!” Here, I have restored “Yahweh,” simply because that is the exalted “name in all the world.”
The word translated as “Governor” is actually a word like “elohim,” which is “adonenu,” which says “Yahweh of us lords.” Because elohim are souls married to Yahweh, thereby divine beings in human flesh, the aspect of “lords” can be seen as having a special purpose. David would be special as the King of Israel; thus he was one of “Yahweh’s lords.” Job was the same, as was Adam. The “adonenu” are all equally souls married to Yahweh, which means they all take on His “name” in that marriage.
Directly linking Psalm 8 to the Genesis reading is verse two, which is translated to say, “Out of the mouths of infants and children your majesty is praised above the heavens.” The Hebrew here can say, “out of mouth of children and nursing babies.” That image becomes a reflection of Adam holding his infant baby sister (fraternal twins), with Adam giving praise to his divine father and mother.
In verses six and seven David is making a reference to all Yahweh elohim, of which he was one and Adam and Eve were the first. It is what connects this Psalm 8 to the Hebrews reading, because Paul quoted those two verses.
David wrote [NRSV]: “You have made him but little lower than the angels; you adorn him with glory and honor; You give him mastery over the works of your hands; you put all things under his feet.”
Who was David writing about? Well, that answer comes from verse five, when he wrote “son of man” or “ben adam.” That says David knew Adam was the first “Son of man.” Paul knew Jesus was just like Adam, in that regard.
To say, “[Yahweh] has made Adam but little lower than the angels,” David wrote “me-elohim,” where the English translators shift back to the plural, turning “elohim” (“gods”) into “angels,” just like the “bene ha-elohim” of Job was “heavenly beings.”
What that means is Eden was a little lower than the invisible realm of the elohim, but it was “angels” lowered into forms of flesh.
Because Jesus had not been born when David wrote this song, the “mastery over the works of your hands” means all the Yahweh elohim were ordered by Yahweh to serve Adam, assisting his “reign” on earth.
That would be the thing Satan could not accept. Satan tried to prove to Yahweh that all human beings were flawed and imperfect, thereby easy to lead to evil ways. The logic of Satan was, “Give me a chance and I will show you how this Job fellow will fail you miserably.”
Spoiler Alert! Satan failed with Job; and, Satan failed with Jesus too.
Now, in the Hebrews reading, Paul begins by saying, “Long ago God spoke to our ancestors in many and various ways by the prophets.” The “prophets” can be defined as “those persons gifted at expositing divine truth.” (Strong's) When “divine truth” is spoken, we are always talking about Yahweh elohim.
Paul explained that, by saying, “[a prophet] is the reflection of God’s glory and the exact imprint of God’s very being.” An “exact imprint” means Yahweh incarnate, or Yahweh made flesh.
To preface his quoting from Psalm 8, Paul wrote: “Now [Yahweh] did not subject the coming world, about which we are speaking, to angels.” To make all humanity bow down before elohim [“angels”], that would be against what Yahweh told Satan about Job: “He fears elohim [angels] and turns from evil.”
So, to quote David’s song about Adam being made a little lower than angels, who were themselves subjects to him, is the point Paul was making, about human beings needing to be led by another human being.
Now, Paul expanded on the translation that the NRSV did not make, saying “for a little while lower,” rather than “a little lower.” By adding “a little while,” this becomes a statement that says a Yahweh elohim, being in human flesh, only lasts a temporal amount of time.
Adam lived 930 years. Jesus live thirty-something years. In the grand scheme of the Days of Creation, both are only “a little while.”
Paul then directly compared Jesus to Adam, saying, “so that by the grace of God [Jesus] might taste death for everyone.” That does not means Jesus died for the sins of everyone. It says the death of Jesus allowed his soul to be free to be reborn in everyone … those whose souls would marry Yahweh, becoming His wives, thereby becoming the mothers who would become the wombs where baby Jesus would be reborn, many, many, many times over.
This needs to be seen in Paul then writing, “It was fitting that God, for whom and through whom all things exist, in bringing many children to glory, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through sufferings.”
Whenever the word “sufferings” comes up, Job should come to mind. Remember, I said to see Job as yourself. Likewise, we need to be reborn as Jesus; so, perfect salvation always comes “through suffering.”
Suffering is what reduces one’s self-ego to worthlessness. As long as you kneel before self as an elohim, when it is not Yahweh elohim, then it brings evil upon that soul. Without suffering, we will not turn away from evil.
Here, I see the bus is about due to arrive; and, I am just now going into the Gospel reading from Mark. I will understand if you have to leave. This homily will be posted in its entirety on my website; so, please find the time to catch up later, if you have to catch the bus. For those who can wait for the next bus, I will keep on talking.
In the Mark reading, Jesus had gone to the region beyond the Jordan, into the area called Perea, which was like Galilee in that it was under the reign of Herod Antipas. It was outside the jurisdiction of the Temple in Jerusalem. Still, there were “some Pharisees” that were following Jesus and trying to get evidence that could be used against him.
Wherever Jesus went and his disciples followed, he was in active ministry. So, for some Pharisees to approach Jesus about the issue of “divorce,” it was most likely at a synagogue on a Shabbat, after a reading of some scroll that dealt with marriage.
It must be realized that marriage back then was not like it is today in the Western world. A daughter was, in essence, a commodity that was sold. A price for a virgin was paid. A family with a son of age would arrange for a marriage and pay the price agreed; but all marriages were written contracts between a husband and wife, which allowed for divorce.
It might be that Jesus made a comment about marriage, suggesting that marriage was supposed to be a commitment forever, which would have prompted a question about the legality of divorce.
Because Jesus quoted from Genesis 2, saying, “Because of your hardness of heart he wrote this commandment for you. But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female.’ ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.’" That could have been what was read in the synagogue, prompting Jesus to add his comment that led to the question.
When Jesus said, “So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate,” it is that last comment that is not found written in Genesis 2.
After Jesus made it clear his opinion, the Pharisees left and Jesus and his disciples went to the house where they were staying. The disciples were adding their own questions about why Moses would allow for divorce, but Jesus would say that should be avoided.
Raise your hand if you are divorced.
<Look for raised hands.>
Divorce is almost expected these days. I divorced my first wife; so, it happens. Imagine how being told, “You are going to be married next month;” and, you have had little contact with the girl you are going to marry.
I imagine every one of Jesus’ disciples were married and had children. Certainly, they all had mothers; and, you know the jokes about Jewish mothers didn’t just start a couple hundred years ago. Those jokes always get laughs because Jewish mothers have always been very involved in running the lives of their children. For a man to be paired with a girl that turns out to be like dear ole mom that might make many males check the marriage contract and the divorce clause.
When Jesus explained to his disciples privately, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her; and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery,” that says physical marriage was for one purpose only – to make babies. To divorce over sex was adulterous.
While that sounds terrible, it means sexual pleasures are what adults know, not children. A child is the combined DNA of its father and its mother. Once a child has been made (an formation guided by the hand of God), there can be no divorcing the parents from that child's DNA. Thus, divorce and remarriage is all about the sex, when children are the ones harmed (torn asunder) by divorce.
Now, in this regard, Joseph betrothed the virgin Mary because his wife died. Joseph had children from that prior marriage; but we can assume Joseph did not take a new wife because of divorce. Last Sunday, when we talked of Esther being the queen of King Ahasuerus, she was one of many; but none were divorced because they refused to dance for the king, arousing him to want sex. The same can be said about the seven hundred wives of Solomon (and three hundred concubines). A wealthy man could afford more than one wife.
As for Abram, who was married to Sarai, three times important men saw the beauty of Sarai and heard Abram introduce her as “My father’s daughter,” implying he and she were siblings. Three times the men were told Sarai was Abram’s wife, so they backed away. Still, whatever contract of marriage existed between Abram and Sarai, which could have said sterility was grounds for divorce, neither Abram or Sarai wanted divorce when childless. Abram did not know if it was him or Sarai that was barren. One way to find out would be to see if another man could impregnate her.
When you realize that the only reason for a man and a woman to marry is to make babies, then you can see that it is the babies that become the marriage contract. Divorcing and remarrying because of sex is adultery, which becomes a brain led by a lustful heart. To be caught in the act of having sex with someone other than one’s spouse, when married, meant women could be stoned to death. The motivation for having sex with someone other than one’s spouse would be because one of the partners in a marriage has a hardened heart and is using sex as a weapon, even if by withholding it.
When Jesus said Moses wrote a law that allowed divorce, he said it was because Moses knew men often have hardened hearts. When marriages are arranged and women find they don’t like sex or having babies, they can tend to let their hearts harden. Children are a natural heart softener.
Jesus said that to the Pharisees, because they saw themselves as the top Jews married to Yahweh, because they knew the law so well. They were in love with themselves and the wealth that came to them as lawyers. As far as being married to Yahweh, their hearts were quite hard. Jesus was telling them, "Be careful what you think about the divorce part of the marriage contract, because Yahweh might just tell you to hit the road; and, it will not be because of the sex. Being barren means they were not Yahweh elohim; so, that would be the truth of the grounds for divorce that Moses allowed.
Most likely, people in the house where Jesus and his disciples were staying overheard the conversation about marriage, divorce and children, so the women began bringing their children to Jesus for him to touch. The disciples saw this as a distraction and began to rebuke the women doing that. Jesus would have none of that.
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs.” This must be seen as Yahweh speaking through the Son; so, it was Yahweh speaking sternly to the disciples. This reflects back on the Genesis 2 story, where Yahweh brought a little child to Adam (the Son of man). By saying not to stop children from coming to Jesus, Yahweh said you are expected to be a child of God, in whom Jesus is resurrected. The kingdom of God is Eden, when heaven comes within one’s flesh.
To be a child of God means to receive the Spirit in marriage and then become Yahweh elohim, with the angel soul of Jesus merged with one’s soul, both in one’s body of flesh.
That become the union of Yahweh; and, therefore, “What God has joined together, let no man separate.”
Jesus then said to stop that transformation means “never entering” Eden, “never entering” the Promised Land of Salvation.
I will end with that. I want to thank all who let their bus come and go. I do appreciate your interest.
I hope everyone will hear these words spoken and let them soften your hearts for Yahweh. He has a marriage proposal for all who show promise as those who respect commitment.
The story of the ten virgins and the lamps with oil says Yahweh only marries virgins.
Since that is a Spiritual marriage and those marriages last forever and cannot be undone, if you have not yet been so married, then you are still a virgin.
Please, have a good week ahead. I look forward to seeing you all again next Sunday.