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Tuesday, November 27 2012
When Freedom Crosses The Line
"Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it"
The English word "freedom" originated from an Anglo-Saxon word, freis, that had the same root as the words for friend and to love. As it happens, it's the same meaning as the Hebrew word for "free" that is used for the freedom that the first humans had in the Garden of Eden (although the Garden is usually portrayed as lush, but wild, it was actually the job of the first humans to "dress it and to keep it" - Adam and Eve were the first grounds keepers). The first humans were free, but not free of the Law of the LORD i.e. the love of the LORD that they would turn away from by being unfaithful to Him (see also The Birth Of The Bride).
"2:15 And the LORD God [see The Kingdom Of The LORD God] took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.
Satan's temptation was an invitation to be "free" as good and evil i.e. "ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil."
"3:1 Now the serpent [see Satan's Masquerade and Sending Away The Escapades Goat] was more subtle than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
The word "beguiled" means "to cause to be enamored." The first humans made their toy freedom a matter of loving themselves, at the expense of others - in effect, if we want it, we take it, because it can't be wrong if we do it. But it was wrong. It wasn't freedom; it was evil. That first invasion, in order to commit a theft, in order to satisfy a covetous lust, was the beginning of human sin.
"3:6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. 3:7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons [see also From Figs To Furs].
"The chief captain answered, With a great sum obtained I this freedom ... they spit upon Him, and took the reed, and smote Him on the head ... and led him away to crucify Him"
What Adam and Eve did has been repeated by humans, in many ways, ever since. The Roman Empire (see The Prophet Daniel: Nebuchadnezzar's Image), as shown on the map below, was prophesied to spread "freely" by means of its power to destroy.
"2:40 And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things: and as iron that breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise." (Daniel 2:40 KJV)
The Romans however, even those who were doing the actual "breaking" and "bruising," regarded it as their "freedom" i.e. "With a great sum obtained I this freedom." When the apostle Paul was arrested for preaching the Gospel, he was saved from being tortured because he was a Roman citizen (born in Roman-occupied Turkey) - and it was only "legal" to torture people of other countries, as the Roman troops started to do when they thought Paul was a citizen of some country outside of their empire.
"22:25 And as they bound him with thongs, Paul said unto the centurion [see also Legions Of Men And Angels] that stood by, Is it lawful for you to scourge a man that is a Roman, and uncondemned?
Those same "free" Romans brutally tortured and executed the Messiah however (He was a Roman citizen too, born in Roman-occupied Judea; see also Does Rome Have Christ's Birth Certificate?). Interestingly, the "bruise" that they were prophesied to do was also done to Jesus of Nazareth ("53:5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed." Isaiah 53:5 KJV).
"27:27 Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the common hall, and gathered unto him the whole band of soldiers. 27:28 And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe. 27:29 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! 27:30 And they spit upon him, and took the reed, and smote him on the head. 27:31 And after that they had mocked him, they took the robe off from him, and put his own raiment on him, and led him away to crucify him [see Innocent Blood]." (Matthew 27:27-31 KJV)
"They answered him, We be Abraham's seed, and were never in bondage to any man ... Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin"
The same principle applied to the religious authorities who conspired against the Messiah. They accused Him of being a sinner because He didn't follow their rebellious laws that they created for themselves (see the Fact Finder question below).
"15:1 Then came to Jesus scribes and Pharisees [see also The Passed Over Pharisees and What Was The Lesson Of John 3:16?], which were of Jerusalem, saying, 15:2 Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for they wash not their hands when they eat bread.
They had created a dead-end bondage of man-made traditions for themselves, while rejecting the Law of Life (just as Adam and Eve did) that they were given by the LORD - Who was standing, as a man, right before them (see The Kingdom Of The LORD God).
"8:31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word [see What Does Word of God Mean To You?], then are ye my disciples indeed; 8:32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
Just as He said to Adam and Eve, the Messiah said it to them: "Ye are of your father the devil."
"8:42 Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me. 8:43 Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word. 8:44 Ye are of your father the devil [see The Children Of The Two Kingdoms], and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. 8:45 And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not. 8:46 Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me? 8:47 He that is of God heareth God's words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God." (John 8:42-47 KJV)
"For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness"
There are millions of Christian-professing people who claim that grace means that "the Law is done away," usually while observing their own "laws" (see Is Your Religion Your Religion?). That is exactly what Satan "beguiled" Adam and Eve to do, as the apostle Paul warned, the Corinthians ("11:3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. 11:4 For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him" 2 Corinthians 11:3-4 KJV) and the Romans:
"6:1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? 6:2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? 6:3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? 6:4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life [see also The Birth Of The Bride].
"Freedom in Christ" is not the right to live in rebellion against what He commanded His people to do, for "Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness."
"6:15 What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. 6:16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? [see Who Lights Your Walk?] 6:17 But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. 6:18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.
Peter stated it plainly also, we are to live "as free, and not using your liberty for a cloak of maliciousness, but as the servants of God."
"2:13 Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the LORD's sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; 2:14 Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well. 2:15 For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men: 2:16 As free, and not using your liberty for a cloak of maliciousness, but as the servants of God. 2:17 Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king." (1 Peter 2:13-17 KJV)
Fact Finder: (a) How did the religious authorities of Judah cross the line from the Law of God to "laws" of themselves? (b) How has the Christian-professing world done the very same thing?
This Day In History, November 27
176: Emperor Marcus Aurelius promoted his son Commodus to the rank of Imperator ("empire maker) and made him Supreme Commander of the Roman legions (see Legions Of Men And Angels).
511: Clovis, founder of the Frankish monarchy, died at age 45. His European kingdom was then divided among his four sons (large areas of both France and Germany were settled or conquered by tribes of the Franks).
1095: At the Council of Clermont, Pope Urban II called for the First Crusade (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy). Its goals were to defend the Eastern Roman Empire from the Seljuk Turks and to open Jerusalem to "Christian" pilgrims.
1382: The French nobility, led by Olivier de Clisson, defeated Flemish rebels in Flanders.
1701: Anders Celsius, inventor of the Celsius temperature scale and the Celsius thermometer, was born in Sweden.
1868: In a "punitive" raid ordered by General Philip Sheridan for attacks committed by other warriors in the area who were still trying to defend their native homelands, George Custer's 7th Cavalry slaughtered elderly Chief Black Kettle (who had already signed a peace treaty with "the white devils," as he called them), his wife (both Black Kettle and his wife were shot in the back) and about 100 Cheyenne (mostly women and children who couldn't outrun soldiers on horseback) in their winter encampment on the Washita River.
1895: Swedish inventor (e.g. of dynamite) and industrialist (e.g. manufacturing cannons and other war supplies) Alfred Nobel established the Nobel Prizes, including, ironically, the Nobel Peace Prize (considering how the originator of the prize made his fortune, and many of the war-making recipients of the "peace" prize ever since, some historians suggest that it should have been called the Nobel Hypocrite Prize).
1936: Prime Minister Anthony Eden warned Hitler that Britain would fight to protect Belgium.
1940: In Romania, the pro-Nazi Iron Guard slaughtered over 60 aides of the exiled king, including former prime minister Nicolae Jorga.
1942: The French navy at Toulon scuttled its own ships and submarines to prevent their capture by conquering German forces.
1967: French president Charles DeGaulle vetoed Britain's entry into the European Common Market.
1975: Ross McWhirter, co-editor and compiler of the Guiness Book of World Records, was shot dead in his home by "Irish Republican Army" gunmen.
1990: Britain's Conservative Party chose John Major to succeed Margaret Thatcher as party leader and prime minister.
2006: The Canadian House of Commons endorsed Prime Minister Stephen Harper's motion to declare Quebec "a nation within a unified Canada."