¶ The work of God and the Church without resurrection life is a valley of dry bones. Graveyard material, just not buried! All that which lacks resurrection life lacks Christ.
|| Resurrection Life and the Word of God. ||
¶ All God's servants should ask - What is God doing and how does he do it?
Notice in the above text - "..... and with them were the prophets of God helping them". Zerubbabel and his fellow laberours built in resurrection life (God's power) and with the Prophets; which simply means with the Word of God. The prophets Haggai and Zechariah spoke and according to that Zerubbabel was raised up along with Jeshua and it was then that the building of the House of the Lord re-started for the second time.
¶ God will not build up man's cogitated ideas no matter how clever and praiseworthy they might be. God is not in the making or blessing fully, anything that is not according to his Word.
¶ This re-start of the building was in conjunction with the Word of God. Christ is "The Word" and he is "the power of God" and ALL building that qualifies to contain his Glory must be the building of his handywork and not man's. How beautiful are his creations, and what mess lies all around us of what man is up to without resurrection life.
|| Flattery Instead of Reality. ||
¶ "And they remembered that God was their rock, and the high God their redeemer.
Nevertheless they did flatter him with their mouth, and they lied unto him with their tongues.
For their heart was not right with him, neither were they stedfast in his covenant.
But he, being full of compassion, forgave their iniquity, and destroyed them not: yea, many a time turned he his anger away, and did not stir up all his wrath." [Psalm 78:35-38.]
This is a remarkable claim by the Lord about his people. Today is the age of belying flatteries. It is a sure sign of the last days and very matched with the words in 2 Timothy 3:5. "Having a form of godliness but denying the power thereof ......"
¶ The state of things with redeemed Israel as they passed through the wilderness was indeed a grave one. Excuse the pun, for all went to their graves in the wilderness, except Joshua and Caleb. Of the estimated three and a quarter million that came out of Egypt, only two entered into the Promised Land.
¶ They 'remembered' two important things; God was their 'rock' and the "high God" was their 'redeemer' yet the rest of their spiritual array was shallow and lukewarm flattery. Such was the spiritual extent. Such people were not going to reach the Promised Land and become the dwelling place of God.
¶ Who are they that become the 'House of the Lord'? Asks David, the Psalmist that desired above everything to be in the House of the Lord. He asked the question ..... "Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord?" Or "who shall stand in his holy place?" He then answers his own question - "He that hath clean hands and a pure heart and hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity nor sworn deceitfully". [Psalm 24:3-4.]
|| The Vanity that Drags us to Rags. ||
¶ O how vast is the vanity that drags at us today! Even the Christian can be besotted with the attractive vanity of the things of this world. The vanity of self prominence, self praise. The vain glory of man's flesh. Never before has 'man' been able to look so good! So glorious, so pumped up with so much vanity. Body image is all the go, even to the dangerous extents of plastic surgery. We load vanity upon our children today with a smile and admiration that a short while ago would have been judged as evil and a dangerous snare to the young.
|| Narcissistic Coliseums of Death. ||
¶ Young people are being deliberately tipped into the narcissistic coliseums of the world to their own destruction. Contesting themselves against each other in forms never seen before.
¶ Cyber bullying of the most vehement and destructive type through social media is causing wide spread grief, and so serious that law enforcement powers are grappling with the problem.
¶ One could ask - What is happening to our young people? Where are the young today that have the guts to stand up for what's right? Effeminate moves are happening on mass with young people loving to soft touch each other, daring and exposing each other’s nudity on social media and delighting to shame one another. Ruthless, with a passioned adventure for every sensual pleasure, and uncaring about the flayed hurts of others.
|| The Dark Pit of Youth Suicide. ||
¶ We will never know what is at the bottom of the dark pit of youth suicide. What grief and tears are hidden there through the awful mockery of secret sexual exploitation and entertainment.
¶ Do we think we know and that there is public awareness of the statistics of youth suicide? The horrendous hurts, questions and sensitivity surrounding such tragedy calls for a closed lid on details and a keeping close of all speculations for the sake of family respect and privacy.
¶ What a horror show the world is becoming and the youth of today are leading the way with an insatiable thirst for reveling and riot with careless abandonment. The frightening and surprising result is the capitulation of the old to loosen the reins of restraint and even revel in the modern sin. The world rejects such an analysis but the proof of such truth is - that the hard heart goes down a hard road.
¶ The young in their thousands under the age of 25 amount to 50 percent of the homeless living on the streets. Such a hard road the young should never be on. Outrageous developments in a human being over a long resistance to good is normally the vehicle that brings a person onto such a lonely homeless road, not the young of novice experience with life. But alas, because of the modern developments and temptations of high speed lawlessness and sin, the hardest roads of destruction are often found very early, giving rise to mayhem that is impossible for parents to live with.
¶ Of course there is the minority flip side, of reckless parents, given over to self pleasing revelry and neglect of children that creates a messed up dysfunctional family. Parents that are given over to sin and a self centered raging life style, sow and of course reap the same fruit in their children, culminating in a loveless hardness that brings death to every good thing.
¶ It is unthinkable but there are many children that don't have to sneak away somewhere to watch R rated movies, they are spectators and experience such real life drama in their own homes.
|| The Gaming Work of Flattery. ||
¶ The Hebrew meaning behind the English word 'flattery' is - "to make roomy" (Strongs Hebrew dictionary). How much this happens in real life. How easily can pleasantries be offered with the mouth to make false "room" for someone but under the breath something different is uttered by the tongue. That's why Jesus said that man shall give account for every idle word in the Day of Judgment. [Matthew 12:36.] Such truth is meant to pull up to a halt all insincerity in us.
¶ The Lord makes a differentiation between 'mouth' and 'tongue'. Our mouths are in public view, the tongue is concealed. In public we can appear as nice as pie but in private, reactions to loved ones can even be ugly. James says the same thing - "But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.
Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God.
Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.
Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?
Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? Either a vine, figs? So can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh." [James 3:8-12.]
¶ In this matter we have all failed, ( "no man can tame" ) but the Word of God is there to correct and make us blessed in our words and deeds.
¶ What a wonderful promise we have, that if we order our conversation aright we will be shown "the Salvation of God". [Psalm 50:23.]
¶ In Psalm 78 the people remembered that God was their rock and the high God their Redeemer, yet the Lord said they 'flattered' (made room) for him with their mouth and 'lied' with their tongue! In other words, they spoke the good, acknowledged agreement, but squeezed past living it out.
¶ Amongst Christians there can exist (and sadly does exist) a wide range of flattery exchange. There is a need to "make room" for one another but not false 'room'. Paul said to receive the weak in faith but not to doubtful disputations. [Romans 14:1.]
¶ If there is limited 'room' for the Lord there will be limited 'room' for one another in fellowship. When we 'flatter' someone we make 'room' for them but it is false. How wonderful is the love of Christ for all that are his and also for all that are not his. He was far from 'flattery' in his dealings with the Scribes and Pharisees. He countered these artistic 'flatters' with truth and light that was far from flattery! Calling someone a "viper" and a grave "full of dead man's bones and all uncleaness" [Matthew 23:27.] was the complete reversal of flattery! It was the truth.
¶ It is interesting that the Scribes and Pharisees, who were all about legal spirituality, were full of "all uncleaness" in their lives. According to Jesus all their hard earned spiritual status among men, only amounted to 'flattery' of the most poisonous type.
|| The Flattery Factory of Legalism. ||
¶ Close up flattery happens in Christian families where parents exercise a strong intolerant legalism. Children will 'flatter' (make room for) parents with strong demands of conformity to religious forms and behaviour until they are old enough or chafed enough to oppose and go their own way. Across the board of all families and all religions this delirium can produce very sad dysfunctional outcomes with many regrets. "Oppression maketh a wise man mad" [Ecclesiastes 7:7.]
|| Flattery in Crime. ||
¶ In employment and all aspects of life 'flattery' is a very versatile, very functional, and insidious monster of trickery and allusion. Much underhanded crime by influential people has been perpetrated by the stealth of high performance 'flattery'.
¶ Flattery is often a strong component in the mischief trickery of fraud and a camouflage of underhanded ruthless dealings of one gaining advantage over another. Flattery is cunning powered by sin. Kingdoms are gained by 'flattery'! Epipphanes who is a type of Antichrist whom Gabriel labeled "a vile person" obtained "the kingdom by flatteries" [Daniel 11:21.]
A person by 'flattery' may be tricked into believing someone is for them when in actual fact they are being undermined.
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TIO Nutshell Thought.
Where 'flattery' is at work, the work of God stops.
Look, listen and enjoy the much loved Gospel singer of Chicago - Jessy Dixon singing - "Gone". This song is about the resurrection of Christ and his glorious triumph over the grave.
Jessy went home to be with the Lord in 2011 at the age of 73.
Notice the expressions on the faces, and the tears, at the thrill of this Glorious truth of the song.
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