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To Honor is to Esteem, Cherish, to Love

The First Commandment, with a Promise

Honor your Father and Mother, this has far reaching significance, well beyond earthly or physical relationships, indicating our true parents. This is symbolized by Truth & Love, Spirit & Truth or Heart & Mind — our Father and Mother from above. We must see beyond the literal to glean the Truth expressed by our Lord. For we have in the Heavens our Father, and Mother, and it is for our well being to see this, and more importantly to reflect this honor, and Love in Spirit and Truth.

 

“Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.

HONOR YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER (which is the first commandment with a promise),

SO THAT IT MAY BE WELL WITH YOU, AND THAT YOU MAY LIVE LONG ON THE EARTH.”

Ephesians 6:1~3

Our brother Paul was addressing family structure, and this is to be seen as applicable on earth as it is in the Heavens. This Living Word is true for all time and beyond. We must see this with His eyes of Faith.

Our True Parents are found above, as omniscient, omnipresent and omnipotent, all knowing, all present, and all powerful. With the character or personality described in a word, Love. All that is said, and accomplished within their children is for the purpose of Living Love. For us to know Love, and to reflect, embody their Nature,Love.

Paul also addressed this;

 For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by the bondwoman and one by the free woman.
But the son by the bondwoman was born according to the flesh, and the son by the free woman through the promise.
This is allegorically speaking, for these women are two covenants: one proceeding from Mount Sinai bearing children who are to be slaves; she is Hagar.
Now this Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia and corresponds to the present Jerusalem, for she is in slavery with her children.
But the Jerusalem above is free; she is our mother.

Galatians 4:22~26

This was and is the meaning of the Life of Jesus Christ, to express the perfect will of our Parents. He in Spirit and Truth displayed and communicated this in His earthly ministry. His Life reflected  Truth in Love. Revealing to us the Way to live, and that is in submission to our Father.

His Life is to become our life, and in His Faith through Grace we can become the children our Father and Mother long for, all in Spirit and Truth.

There is but one Way we accomplish this, it is in and through the Son of God, Jesus Christ. His message is crystal clear, we must have the humility to see, and the Grace to submit to His Lordship. Nothing pleases our Father more than to see His Son’s Life coming forward in His children. It is in this that we begin to know the depths of Love, the beauty, wonder, and magnificence of True Love. There is nothing in creation more precious than to know Him and the Power of His Love. This is the Good News!

The entirety of scripture reveals the Son, and the Son reveals the Father, and in this we find the meaning of Life, and how to live Life.

Near the end of Jesus’ walk on earth He knew His work was complete, and His prayer is for us to see being fulfilled in our lives and we learn to walk the path He leads us on.

“The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one; I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me.

 
“Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given Me, be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory which You have given Me, for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.

 
“O righteous Father, although the world has not known You, yet I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me; and I have made Your name known to them, and will make it known, so that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.”

John 17: 22~26

We Honor our Father and Mother by becoming conformed in the image and likeness of The Son whom He Loves.

 

 

 
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Posted by on March 16, 2017 in Jesus Christ

 

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Joseph and Benjamin

The Beauty of Relationships

The story of Jacob and his sons finding grain to sustain them during a famine in their homeland is filled with depth for us today. One of the beautiful stories within the story is the relationship of Joseph and his younger brother Benjamin. Keeping in mind Joseph had not seen his brother for many years, yet his words convey the love he has for Benjamin.

“Now the famine was severe in the land.
And when they had eaten the grain that they had brought from Egypt, their father said to them, “Go again, buy us a little food.”
But Judah said to him, “The man solemnly warned us, saying, ‘You shall not see my face unless your brother is with you.’” Genesis 43:1~3

Israel had directed his sons to return to Egypt to buy more grain, and Judah is explaining to his father why Benjamin must travel with them on the return trip. In this Judah reveals that ‘the man’ was the one who asked if there were any other brothers back with their father. Israel’s concern was he had already lost Joseph, and Simeon was being held captive.

But Judah said to him, “The man solemnly warned us, saying, ‘You shall not see my face unless your brother is with you.’

If you will send our brother with us, we will go down and buy you food.

But if you will not send him, we will not go down, for the man said to us, ‘You shall not see my face, unless your brother is with you.'”

Israel said, “Why did you treat me so badly as to tell the man that you had another brother?”

They replied, “The man questioned us carefully about ourselves and our kindred, saying, ‘Is your father still alive? Do you have another brother?’ What we told him was in answer to these questions. Could we in any way know that he would say, ‘Bring your brother down’?” Genesis 43:4~7

So the brothers return to Egypt with Benjamin and this makes a vast difference in the eyes of Joseph.

Genesis 43

16  When Joseph saw Benjamin with them, he said to his house steward, “Bring the men into the house, and slay an animal and make ready; for the men are to dine with me at noon.”

The brothers had previously met with Joseph, and he had requested they return with their other brother. There is something unique about Benjamin, his relationship to Joseph is in the natural a given, yet his presence triggers action from Joseph. Something is different about Benjamin.

17  So the man did as Joseph said, and brought the men to Joseph’s house.

18  Now the men were afraid, because they were brought to Joseph’s house; and they said, “It is because of the money that was returned in our sacks the first time that we are being brought in, that he may seek occasion against us and fall upon us, and take us for slaves with our donkeys.”

19  So they came near to Joseph’s house steward, and spoke to him at the entrance of the house,

20  and said, “Oh, my lord, we indeed came down the first time to buy food,

21  and it came about when we came to the lodging place, that we opened our sacks, and behold, each man’s money was in the mouth of his sack, our money in full. So we have brought it back in our hand.

22  “We have also brought down other money in our hand to buy food; we do not know who put our money in our sacks.”

23  He said, “Be at ease, do not be afraid. Your God and the God of your father has given you treasure in your sacks; I had your money.” Then he brought Simeon out to them.

24  Then the man brought the men into Joseph’s house and gave them water, and they washed their feet; and he gave their donkeys fodder.

25  So they prepared the present for Joseph’s coming at noon; for they had heard that they were to eat a meal there.

26  When Joseph came home, they brought into the house to him the present which was in their hand and bowed to the ground before him.

27  Then he asked them about their welfare, and said, “Is your old father well, of whom you spoke? Is he still alive?”

28  They said, “Your servant our father is well; he is still alive.” They bowed down in homage.

Here is the reuniting of Joseph and Benjamin, and a blessing is expressed.

29  As he lifted his eyes and saw his brother Benjamin, his mother’s son, he said, “Is this your youngest brother, of whom you spoke to me?” And he said, “May God be gracious to you, my son.”

30  Joseph hurried out for he was deeply stirred over his brother, and he sought a place to weep; and he entered his chamber and wept there.

The spirit of Benjamin triggered a deep response in Joseph, it caused him to weep with tears of joy, and gratitude. This is exactly what happened when Jesus and Mary met outside the tomb of Lazarus.
31  Then he washed his face and came out; and he controlled himself and said, “Serve the meal.”

Benjamin’s presence was a blessing to the rest of his brothers, and the meal was served.

32  So they served him by himself, and them by themselves, and the Egyptians who ate with him by themselves, because the Egyptians could not eat bread with the Hebrews, for that is loathsome to the Egyptians.

33  Now they were seated before him, the firstborn according to his birthright and the youngest according to his youth, and the men looked at one another in astonishment.

34  He took portions to them from his own table, but Benjamin’s portion was five times as much as any of theirs. So they feasted and drank freely with him.

Joseph sought out Benjamin just as the Lord seeks His sons, and when they are united in Spirit and Truth there is a feast.

The lesson here is the Lord is seeking those who will worship Him in sincerity and truth, who will Love Him more than their own life. May we have ears to hear what the Spirit is expressing to us.

“Clean out the old leaven so that you may be a new lump, just as you are in fact unleavened. For Christ our Passover also has been sacrificed.

Therefore let us celebrate the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.”
1 Corinthians 5;7, 8

 

 
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Posted by on October 22, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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