Thursday, August 14, 2014

Acts Of Love Raise Our Frequency

In the movie, “Passions of the Christ”, right before the scourging began, Jesus said “Father, my heart is ready”.  That may not have actually occurred, but I believe the screenplay writer was inspired in writing that phrase into the script. One of the most important aspects of raising our vibrations is through the acts of love.  What greater act of love could there be then the Messiah laying down his life in payment for us.
One of the reasons for returning to 432 is to help us raise our vibrations.  Through music, which is the language of the soul, our hearts begin to yearn for things greater than we are, it seems we are drawn to all things beautiful and one of the beautiful things about life is serving one another with love, joy and gratitude.  The following stories are a reminder of those who loved so greatly that they changed hearts, redeemed mankind, and saved nations. The love you send out, will ultimately find its way back to you a hundred-fold, and in the process, hopefully you will enter into the most important relationship you can have, a relationship with the Creator.  The ultimate purpose of raising our vibrations through music, sound and service is to ascend to that God who created us.  For most, that means we have to diminish the affect that Babylon has on us.
Early on in Jesus’ ministry he gave the Sermon on the Mount.  At this time crowds were growing and the religious leaders were watching his every move.  A large crowd followed Jesus down the mountainside.  Suddenly, a man with leprosy approached him.  It’s a nice story that you have all heard before, but there is much more to it when you search and ponder.  To understand the importance of this story, you have to understand a little about leprosy.  It was a very painful disease that ate the flesh and bones of your body.  Anyone that had leprosy became an outcast.  There were strict rules found in Leviticus instructing lepers to wear torn ragged clothes, they had to let their hair go unkempt – no washing or combing or brushing.   And they had to wear a covering over the lower part of their face. If that wasn’t humiliation enough, wherever they walked they had to draw attention to themselves by crying out “unclean, unclean” to warn the people.  They were ostracized.  Can you imagine the humiliation and depression and discouragement of a leper, not to say anything about the physical pain they had to endure.  Anyone that touched a leper was considered religiously defiled and had to go to the temple and go through a cleansing/purification ritual.
Let’s return to the story.  There is a crowd coming down the mountain with Jesus, the religious leaders are watching.  A leper, clothed in rags and bandana calls out “unclean, unclean”, and then he drops to his knees in humility before the Savior.  It is a painful act for him to drop to his knees.  He then says, “Lord, if you are willing, you can heal me and make me clean.”  Now Jesus doesn’t need to come into contact with this man in order to heal him.  There are many accounts of Jesus healing by just saying the word, even people in another country.  Yet Jesus touches him.  Why?  In Mark’s version of the story he said that Jesus was moved with compassion.  Why was Jesus moved with compassion? Does it sound to you that just a “touch” was the action of being moved with compassion?  If you go to the

Greek translation of  “touch” it is translated as “cling to or hold onto”.  So let’s do this again, Jesus was moved with compassion –Jesus knew the leper was starving for human touch.  The Jesus I know would have pulled this man up from his knees into his bosom, to hold him and heal him.  That is the compassion that Jesus acted upon.
Now let’s look at another story of compassion that also has humor in it. I suspect Jesus is not only holy but joyous.  This adventure takes place a week or so after Jesus has conquered death and takes place at the sea of Tiberias.  John wrote that Simon Peter, Thomas called Didymus, Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee and two other disciples were together.  Can you imagine the feelings these men were having?  They had spent years with the Creator of the Universe, they loved him, they missed him terribly. They had been on such an emotional high because of the triumphal entry, palm branches, crowds shouting “hosanna” and then it crashed lower than any of them thought possible.  Their beloved Jesus was tortured, executed, and entombed.
But then the fantastic happened  – Jesus appeared to them as a resurrected God.

And actually Jesus appeared to them a couple of times before the famous fishing adventure. Talk about a roller-coaster of feelings. I would imagine these disciples were again grieving for the companionship of their Lord.  So what do men do when they need time to think and process things … they go fishing.  Simon said “I’m going out to fish,” and the other disciples said, “we’ll go with you”.  So they went out and got into a boat, but that night they caught nothing.  Early in the morning Jesus stood on the shore but the disciples did not recognize him.  He called out to them ‘Friends, have you any fish’, ‘No’, they answered, feeling more depressed for their unsuccessful  fishing endeavor. So Jesus said, throw out your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some”.  When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish.  And then the disciple that Jesus loved, John the Beloved, said to Peter “It is the Lord”. Now imagine this … Peter then recognizes the resurrected Christ and he hurries to put a on garment and then jumps into the water and leaves the other disciples to bring the boatful of fish back to shore.  What a reunion … can you just imagine Peter thrashing in the water as fast as he can swim to come and embrace the resurrected king of the universe?  And what has Jesus done?  He has already started a fire of burning coals with fish laid on it and bread. The god of the universe, the greatest Servant of all is making breakfast for his disciples.   Is that amazing?  Does that not tell you the nature of our Savior?  The greatest of all is the servant of all.  Should we not also serve?  

When the other disciples are on shore he said “bring some of the fish you have just caught” and Simon climbed on board and dragged the net ashore.  It was full of fish, in fact we are told in this account (John 21:1-12) that there were exactly 153 fish. Then Jesus said to them – “come and have breakfast”.  Notice how casually Jesus entered the picture.  No booming thunder nor bright lights.  He is standing on the shore like the shore he did when he first began his ministry and asked them to follow him and to be fishers of men.  This is a chiasm of his ministry.  Isn’t it incredible how the scriptures are full of hidden treasures!  Jesus is ruler of heaven and earth, he could have come with his radiant glory for them to immediately recognize. He could have said “It is I the Lord, come thou unto me” but he doesn’t. He waits upon them … is he full of grace or what? Jesus has just conquered death, he has ransomed mankind, he has been restored to his Father, his friends and the world he made.  He is in the afterglow of the greatest triumphs in the greatest battle in the history of the cosmos. He must be feeling incredible joy.  Jesus also knows of his disciple’s loneliness for him so he comes from heaven to cheer them up on a shore like unto one where he first met them. What does this tell you about our Lord?  He loved his disciples. He also deeply loves each of us.  Is there some doctrinal insight we need to know re: the 153 fish, or could it be that John is giving us a glimpse into some humor of the moment.  Maybe the disciples go to count the fish and Jesus said – oh by the way there are 153 fish in that catch.  And they go to count and sure enough – the exact amount of 153.  When you read the scriptures it is like a treasure hunt … symbolism is everywhere and you will see all the different aspects of Jesus personality - being fierce at times, being tender at others and being filled with joy and humor at others.  And what about Peter - His remorse and guilt of denying the Christ 3 times are swept away after the Lord directs him 3 times to Feed His sheep.  Jesus truly is Holy, all knowing and so merciful.

The following is about David, the exile who was shown charity … The story of Abigail and David. 
Saul was at one time a righteous king and gave his daughter to David for marriage.  But Saul turned evil and sought to kill David.  David was told about Saul’s plot and left in the middle of the night.  He had to go into hiding.  David had many opportunities to kill Saul but he would not, as David loved Saul and left it to God to take Saul’s life.  When Saul became evil, the prophet Samuel anointed David to be the future King of Israel.   Everyone in the Kingdom knew of David and his greatness of being a warrior for God.  After the death of the prophet Samuel, David and his men moved into the wilderness and became acquainted with a man named Nabal.  David sent a servant to ask Nabal to provide some necessary sustenance for him and his men but Nabal refused (1 Samuel 25:10-11).   Nabal did not care nor recognize that the spirit of God was with David.  Nabal was numb to feelings of the holy spirit.  But fortunately Nabal’s wife, Abigail recognized that the spirit dwelt with David.  One of David’s servants told Abigail concerning the insults that had been hurled by Nabal even though David’s men had protected Nabal’s men and sheep from outside forces.  As soon as Abigail heard of the mistreatment towards David and his men, she began to make preparations to make up for her husband’s foolish actions.
Without telling her husband of her plan, Abigail and her servants prepared a large amount of food and drink and traveled to where David and his men were camped.  She recognized the need to humble herself and intercede for her people and she risked her life, firstly by not telling her husband of her plans. In those times women were their husband’s property.  Nabal was a wealthy man – she could have lost everything – even her life, for taking matters into her own hands. Secondly, going to meet David was very risky – can you imagine riding into that mountain ravine on a donkey and coming towards you are 400 men with swords and an angry leader at their head? But Abigail was a courageous woman and her motive was to plead for the lives of others – she didn’t think of herself – she was prepared to die, she humbled herself and fell on her knees.
The result of Abigail’s actions was that David’s heart was softened and he was kept from bloodshed that day. He accepted her offering and granted her request.  Remember this … when someone sins, they always invite others to sin.  Abigail is considered a type and shadow of Jesus because of her intercessory actions.  After her husband Nabal died,  Abigail was rewarded for her faithfulness and became the wife of David, the future King of Israel.
JOSEPH OF EGYPT, The Cup Bearer and the Baker

Before we get into the story of Joseph, it is important to understand the importance of being a cupbearer.  Cupbearers held an important job in the historical courts of the king, but today perform certain duties in religious rituals. The historical duties and responsibilities of the cupbearer encompassed more than just delivering the wine. The Hebrew word mashkeh is translated into English as cupbearer, but literally means causing to drink.  Cupbearers held three positions – Servant, Adviser and Guard to the King.
As a Servant, the cupbearer served wine to the king and the guests at the royal table. The servant role also included the service of other drinks and refreshments. Acting as a servant did not prevent the cupbearer from holding a high rank in the royal court. The cupbearer was considered a trusted employee of the king as well as loyal servant.
Advising the king was another important duty of the cupbearer. Since the cupbearer was so trusted by the king, the king relied on the cupbearer's opinion. Everything from royal proclamations to defense of the kingdom was discussed privately by the king and cupbearer. Few individuals were given the position of cupbearer throughout history because of the irreproachable loyalty required by the position.
Guarding the king against any assassination by poison was a duty of the cupbearer. Kings feared poisoning since it was a common way of disposing of a leader in ancient times. A cupbearer was responsible for ensuring that no poison was in the drinks and food of the king before being served. Tasting each plate and cup of wine served to the king was only performed by the cupbearer.

Joseph of Egypt, the Baker and the Cup Bearer

In the book of Genesis we find a man by the name of Joseph. Joseph was the favorite son of Jacob and was the hated brother of the other sons of Jacob. He was eventually sold into slavery by his brothers, served in the house of Potiphar for 11 years where he was accused by Potiphar's wife of trying to sleep with her. That accusation landed Joseph in prison. While in prison he encountered two men who served the king of Egypt; the baker and the cup bearer. This story is found in Genesis chapters 40 and 41.  

One day, Joseph noticed the two men troubled in their spirits and so he inquired about the reason for their downcast souls. Both men told Joseph of dreams each had, of which they did not know the meaning. Now according to the Scriptures, GOD was with Joseph and being a dreamer himself, GOD would enable Joseph to interpret the dreams of others.
The Cup Bearer
To the cup bearer Joseph gave the interpretation that would be pleasing to him. In three days the cup bearer would be restored to his position serving wine to the king of Egypt. Joseph then pleaded with the cup bearer to remember him when he is restored to his position.

The Baker
To the baker Joseph gave the interpretation that was less favorable. In three days the baker would be hung on a tree.

In three days it happened as Joseph said. The story can teach us many things about dreams, destinies, being used of GOD, hope and hopelessness. But there is one grand story that is being told that the Holy Spirit has revealed. We have looked at history. Now let us look at His Story.

The Hidden Truth
Whereas many events and stories in the Scriptures (especially the book of Genesis) point to human dealings with each other and with GOD, they also serve as foreshadows of how GOD will save man through His Son, Jesus Christ. This story about Joseph, the Baker and the Cub Bearer is one of those foreshadows of the work that is wrought by the Son of GOD. Here is the explanation:

Both the baker and the cup bearer represent elements of the Sacrament. The baker represented the Bread and the cup bearer represented Wine. We know from our Lord Jesus Christ that the bread represents His Body and the wine represents His blood. But now consider what happened to these two men.

The baker was hung on a tree. (Gen 40:19). The cup bearer was restored to his position in the presence of the king. Like our Lord, His body was hung on a tree. But by His own blood He entered in the Holy Place of the 'perfect tabernacle not made with human hands' to obtain eternal redemption for us. (Heb. 9:11, 12). So when the cup bearer went back up to the king, it was through his remembrance of Joseph that he was able to appeal to the king to send for Joseph. This is a picture of the blood of Jesus which is accepted by GOD and is used to cleanse us so that our Intercessor, the Lord Jesus Christ can appeal to the Father to send for us. Without the wine ascending back up to the king, there wouldn't be any deliverance for Joseph. Without the blood of Jesus there is no deliverance for any of us, except a perpetual state of imprisonment. Yet, it is through that blood that we are not only delivered, but enthroned as Kings and Priests.

Take note of the times given. For both the baker and the cup bearer, the fulfillment of the dreams would occur in three days. This speaks of the three days of our Lord Jesus Christ. Also, consider how long the cup bearer 'forgot' to mention Joseph; two years.  Since Jesus Christ has been resurrected and ascended to the throne to be crowned by the Ancient of Days (Daniel 7:13,14) it has been 2000 years. This two years would signify the time that the King sends for those awaiting their deliverance.

That picture however is still a partial one.  For Joseph not only represents mankind in prison of sin and death, but he also represented our Lord Jesus as a man. This is a more common view of Joseph. Like our Lord Jesus Christ, He was betrayed by the sons of Israel. But the blood or the wine which was accepted, made it possible for Him to rise up and become the highest name in the land with the exception of Pharaoh. It was through Joseph that the lineage of the Israelites were saved. 

Likewise, our Lord Jesus Christ through the things He suffered was given a Name that is above all other names with the exception of the Father. The Lord Jesus must reign until all things are put under His feet, with the exception of GOD the Father. (1Cor 15:27). Returning to 432 helps us return to the love that resides in our hearts, the love that is required to change lives, to serve others, to help them see everyone for who they really are – divine sons and daughters of God.  This return ultimately helps us to ascend to the God who gave us life.

Excerpts from:
“Beautiful Outlaw” by John Eldredge

By Marti Grobecker

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