Updated: Feb 5
Please read these verses that come from the readings offered for today. A sermon will follow.
Genesis 25:23-26 And the Lord said to her, “Two nations are in your womb, and two peoples born of you shall be divided; the one shall be stronger than the other, the elder shall serve the younger.” When her time to give birth was at hand, there were twins in her womb. 25 The first came out red, all his body like a hairy mantle; so they named him Esau. 26 Afterward his brother came out, with his hand gripping Esau’s heel; so he was named Jacob. Psalm 119:107-110 107 I am deeply troubled; * preserve my life, O Lord, according to your word. 108 Accept, O Lord, the willing tribute of my lips, * and teach me your judgments. 109 My life is always in my hand, * yet I do not forget your law. 110 The wicked have set a trap for me, * but I have not strayed from your commandments. Isaiah 55:11; 13 so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and succeed in the thing for which I sent it. Instead of the thorn shall come up the cypress; instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle; and it shall be to the Lord for a memorial, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off. Psalm 65:2-4 2 To you that hear prayer shall all flesh come, * because of their transgressions. 3 Our sins are stronger than we are, * but you will blot them out. 4 Happy are they whom you choose and draw to your courts to dwell there! * they will be satisfied by the beauty of your house, by the holiness of your temple. Romans 8:5-8 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. For this reason the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law– indeed it cannot, and those who are in the flesh cannot please God. Matthew 13:20-22 As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; yet such a person has no root, but endures only for a while, and when trouble or persecution arises on account of the word, that person immediately falls away. As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the lure of wealth choke the word, and it yields nothing.
——————– These are excerpts from the possible readings for the Sixth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 10, Year A), which will be read aloud in Episcopal churches (those not out of business due to fear of viral disease) and/or broadcast via streaming video (live or recorded) displayed on Facebook (one of the elohim of Aquarian technology) on Sunday, July 12, 2020. These excerpts are parsed from the whole, rather than present the whole. I cut and paste here to keep wandering minds from being confused by the surrounding verbiage, thus easily confused by the ramblings of a hired hand with a political agenda. If you read the words closely, you might be able to pick up the theme of duality, where “duality” means “an instance of opposition or contrast between two concepts or two aspects of something.” (Google #2)
This should become quite evident in the Genesis reading, as God told Rebekah she would deliver twins. The two fought within her womb, causing her great concern.
Psalm 119 sings of the troubles within the righteous, based on the opposition posed by the wicked, who set traps.
Isaiah sang of the differences present in the world (the duality), all which serves a purpose. He states the duality of a thorn and a cypress and a brier and a myrtle.
Psalm 65 sings of the human duality that is sinner and Saint, where the difference is based on who chooses to “hear prayer.”
Paul wrote to the Christians of Rome, telling them of two types of human beings: those who “set their minds on the things of the flesh” and those who “set their minds on the things of the Spirit.”
Finally, Jesus explained his Parable of the Sower (to his disciples who asked for explanation – found from the missing verses in the reading), such that the seeds will always produce growths that are by design, but dependent on their environment. The duality is (basically) that of a failed purpose and a successful purpose. The duality of these readings is reflected in the news of America today.
There is fear of a pandemic getting bigger! Oh my!
There is the Caucasian mayor of New York City standing with militant Negroes painting “Black Lives Matter” on a main thoroughfare, in front of a building named after President Donald Trump.
There is the media portraying the demands to defund the police as if that were some kind of logical idea.
There are the Communist Chinese persecuting the Chinese of Hong Kong, while addle-minded (and morally corrupt) Joe Biden is propped up like a stuffed puppet, whose strings are pulled by his keepers making him condemn Donald Trump (like a pot calling a kettle black).
Donald Trump is commuting the sentence of Roger Stone, with Nancy Pelosi introducing a bill to limit presidential powers of pardon (although not a hindsighted bill that would send heinous criminals pardoned by Bill Clinton and Barack Obama back to prison).
Meanwhile, the land is being scorched by oppressive heat and humidity, making wearing a mask in public sweaty, if not life threatening. The list of terrible news goes on and on and on.
There will never be an end to the terrible news.
It is a purposeful trap played by the media (the duality of left and right wings flapping against one another in the womb of civil war).
It is the illusion of evil that attempts to replace cypress trees with thorns and drown out all ears that hear the voice of God within their minds, designed to turn human brains towards matters of the flesh.
Black lives are souls in colored flesh, are they not? What color exists in the ethereal realm? Rather than be true priests of Yahweh and speak as divine Apostles – the Saints of true Christianity – hired hands, false shepherds and community organizers with clerical collars around their necks do not teach “stay the course – keep your minds in the Spirit.”
They cannot teach that which they do not know.
One in the pews, who likewise does not know the Holy Spirit within, cannot possibly realize a hired hand, false shepherd, or social justifier is poisoning their minds with propaganda. The blind have no way of knowing who else is blind, but pretending to see. When I watch the news of the day for five minutes (given that the first four minutes are always commercials – which draw a different rise of ire within me), I cannot believe the world is allowing such things. I boil with hatred.
I turn off the television and go to the computer and log onto Facebook. I am rewarded by meme after meme of worthless clutter, with it being just like the news. I boil with the ineptitude of ‘friends’ thinking an evil world can be kept at bay by inane sayings, stupid jokes, and items of horrific news not shown on the television.
It is enough to cause such deep anger within that one wants to go into the streets shooting anything that moves.
[Calm down. Slow deep breaths. Count to ten.] To hell with some priest promoting a new protest march on the police department, planning to walk arm-in-arm with the poor Negroes (from another part of town) whose hearts are filled with such deep hatred of Caucasians that they lust for someone – anyone – to set them off as they protest, so they can capture the raw emotion of violence on a smart phone video, which they can then post on social media to further inflame souls.
I don’t need a priest to further my anger that sin has taken over the world, aiding and abetting it by becoming priests. When Jesus preached a sermon in parable that told of seed planted in good soil, that good soil is the Holy Spirit.
Our souls are the seeds.
Nothing material, physical, or fleshy human – or even American national, including any and all political philosophies coming from the physics of human brains – is the intent of Jesus’ words.
Good seed is ONLY THAT GROWN IN HOLY SOIL – as Saints reborn as Jesus Christ.
From the words of Isaiah, who wrote a song about the ones who will become good seed, the purpose of evil is to tempt.
God knows evil is in the world. God sent His Son Adam to be the first priest to open hearts and minds to the dawning of knowledge of good and evil. To preach about that knowledge, Adam had to experience that evil is as forceful as a suggestion – an idea – a whisper that asks, “Why don’t you go ahead and do it?”
Our souls are born into bodies of flesh that are bound to die. That element of death is our ultimate fear in this world. We fear death when we should only fear God – or losing God’s alliance, by turning away from God. With God within one, death becomes a joyful event.
God knows the world loves to bring death to scattered seeds – before they have any chance of doing anything good. That is the metaphor of birds eating them as soon as they are scattered. The symbolism is souls being reincarnated into a repeating of lost life in the death of flesh. God knows souls are placed in races and in places that offer little in the way of guidance towards the light of Christ. That is the metaphor of rocky ground. Those souls planted might rejoice when they see the light; but that joy is short-lived, before reality throws a soul back into the darkness of the world. God knows souls will be sown into fertile places, where Satan will be free to sow his seeds of evil alongside. That is the metaphor of the thorns [the duality of Isaiah’s cypress].
Does that not smell like the ‘freedom of Democracy’ and the governments of Republics?
No ‘slaves’ are sent out into the fields to pull the weeds up, which are there to choke the life Spirit out of good seeds, turning fertile ground into Satan’s paradise.
If a ‘slave’ was to do that, then the good would be destroyed with the bad. That is the meaning of the Parable of the Weeds. God told the “slaves’ “Let them all grow until the harvest [End Time], when a sorting will take place. Meanwhile, get the fire pit started.” Does the news in the media not tempt one to go yank the hell out of the weeds, while stomping all over the innocent lambs that live in those neighborhoods – all the big cities run by fools that promote selective anarchy (only evil has the right to be unfettered by laws)? The good soil that a seed is planted in is Jesus Christ.
Jesus was a human being, born of the earth. Adam was formed of dust, given the soul of Spiritual life that would reincarnate from the womb of the Virgin Mary. The Son of God is the Son of Adam. An Apostle is adopted into that Soul-Spirit state of being, as the fertile soil that again holds Jesus Christ.
The good soil today is a Saint that teaches other seeds of souls: “Turn off your televisions and computers. Look away from the evil in the world and look to God and Christ within. Be reborn as Jesus Christ!” Alas, where is the good soil today?
The fertile soil of America is full of weeds, all of which are preaching insanity, trying to choke out the good of the United States of America and replace it with the evil of a philosophy that is whispering, “Why don’t you go ahead and do it?” Jesus showed us how powerful evil is when he told Satan, “Get behind me!”
Jesus showed us how the demon named Legion begged not to be sent away from the flesh, crying out, “Send us into pigs!” Jesus gave those demons who possessed one man that freedom; but, then the pigs ran off a cliff and drowned.
Evil has no power other than the power you allow it to have over your soul and flesh. Fallen angels still have to do the will of souls trapped in dust and clay. God ordered it. However, God did not tell them they could not tempt; and, that temptation serves a purpose in God’s overall plan. Those who hear prayer will become stronger than the winds of suggestion. They will be able to resist temptation. When David sang: “Happy are they whom you choose and draw to your courts to dwell there! * they will be satisfied by the beauty of your house, by the holiness of your temple. Each individual is a house of the Lord. Each Saint becomes a temple for Jesus Christ.
The Israelites were taken away from the world (Egypt) and taught to live together as one separate people, not mixed and not promoted as equal to the evil of the world.
When David was pure of heart and had the Christ Mind, so too did the people of Israel. Evil always surrounded them. Evil always challenged them. It was God who always led His righteous to stand and defeat evil.
Still, defeating evil will never make evil be eliminated from the world. Evil will always be a test of righteousness. When David was still a boy, he volunteered to go to battle against Goliath. His courage was God within. With God’s help he slew the evil beast and brought the fear of Yahweh into the hearts of people who had been led by evil.
The Israelites were a nation where evil was always trying to be weeds of growth within their land. The weeds were destroyed, pulled from their midst, just as a good gardener will keep weeds controlled. The Israelites did not attempt to eradicate evil from the whole world, as they left the weeds of evil to grow in the places where the Israelites did not live.
The Jews today still try to live in cloistered places, to keep non-Jewish thoughts from infiltrating their safety zones. That becomes the model of salvation for America today. The fork in the road is upon us. America either becomes an evil nation, at which point the good seed will be destroyed or choked out for the most part by the weeds of evil. Or, America will be led by someone pure of heart and mind [like a Saintly David reincarnation], who will expel the evil from all power of influence in the nation. Evil will beg to be cast into pigs again.
Whichever way it goes, the path to the future will be drenched in blood. Ashes to ashes, dust to dust. Human blood spilled is only more of the world returned to the world. The soul cannot be killed; but, a soul can either be recycled back to the world in a new body of flesh, or it can rejoice in being placed in an exclusive neighborhood where only good souls exist – Heaven. To reach that destination, one must first be planted in the good soil of Jesus Christ, becoming a Saint. Amen