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Today @ Healingsprings fellowship!

According to most writers in the bible, the Jews were warned against marriage to Gentiles (non-Jews), except they converted to Judaism. In fact there were clear guidelines for conversion for men and women. 

So much so that most of the prophets challenged intermarriage with neighbouring nations, and state it as the chief reason behind their inability to comply with the articles of the Covenant, which eventually leads to Yahweh’s judgement and the Exile. 

Therefore, in comparison to other books in the Old Testament, the Book of Ruth presents an unconventional story of race relations and worship for Jews in ancient antiquity. 
The story challenged social and cultural norms, and theology, in new and radical ways at the time it was written, and it still does today. 

As such questions have to asked about scriptures as presented in library of writings we know today as the Bible. 
So join us as I lay the foundations for my series on the Book of Ruth. 

As per usual, I will be doing some ground work today by way of history, background and context, to set the scene for this epic journey into purpose, meaning and destiny.

3pm

The English Room,

Bexleyheath Academy,

Woolwich Road,

Bexleyheath, 

Kent, 

DA6 7DA

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Spiritual Intelligence: What Hinders Me From Being Baptised?

So the eunuch answered Philip and said, “I ask you, of whom does the prophet say this, of himself or of some other man?” Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning at this Scripture, preached Jesus to him. Now as they went down the road, they came to some water. And the eunuch said, “See, here is water. What hinders me from being baptized?”

Then Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.”

And he answered and said, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.”

So he commanded the chariot to stand still. And both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water, and he baptized him.

Good morning friends. Everything in the bible serves a purpose, and are as relevant today as when they were inscribed. If this is not the case with you; then, like the Ethiopian Eunuch in our opening verses, I pray that you encounter a Philip to help aid your understanding. The bible also provides us with snippets and behind the scene footages of God’s big picture. I don’t know about you; but, every time I unveil or bump into these nuggets, I’m left in awe of His beauty and splendour.

By way of background, let us uncover some uncomfortable truths about this story. First stop, let’s checkout the definition of a eunuch. A eunuch can be defined as a man who has been castrated, especially (in the past) one employed to guard the women’s living areas at an oriental court. Eunuch’s were mostly slaves dedicated for service in the royal courts. In order to prevent the possibility of slave ancestry within royal lineage, they had to be made ineffective to procreate. These people were mostly prepared, educated and trained for this purpose from a very early age. And because slaves were properties of their owners, they had no rights; so, the surgery was carried out against their will. I hasten to add here that this practice was not condoned by God who’s instruction to humankind after creation was to be fruitful and multiply, not even animals were to be castrated under His laws. In the spirit of brevity we won’t explore this any further.

So, who is a eunuch today? I think a eunuch is anyone that has been shaped by situations beyond their control. For instance: someone abused as a child, modern day slaves, people affected by re-engineering of human hormones, through the effects of poisonous chemicals within our food chain and the environment…

In these passages, God demonstrates His love for all regardless of race, sexual orientation or none, background, or gender by breaking cultural convention to reach out to this fellow who was genuinely in a quest for the truth.

The Eunuch had made the effort to travel to Jerusalem on pilgrimage, even though he had limited understanding of his new found faith. In the same vain dear friends, God is no respecter of persons. He is still in the business of revealing Himself to anyone who truly desires to know Him today, even as He did then.

In the words of the Ethiopian Eunuch, “What hinders me from being baptised?”, and I hear God say, “Nothing. Just believe with all your heart”.

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~ Sabali

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Spiritual Intelligence: Race to Grace

Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

Jesus’ dialogue with the woman at the well is so beautiful. I think it demonstrates His place as our High Priest. In the words of the writer of the book of Hebrews, one that can be touched with the feelings of our infirmities. One that recognises and understands our; shortcomings, challenges, weaknesses, and inadequacies. One that can see through our motives, one that sees beyond our humanity, one that sees beyond the various masks and facades we use to hide our shame, pain and suffering.

Good morning friends. I submit to you this morning that God now seeks true worshipers, and the criteria for recruitment is our capacity for spirit worship, and I’m happy to say that its opened to all since we are all spirit beings. In his discussion with this woman, Jesus unveils to us the transition from race to grace. Through His death, His marriage with the nation of Israel is finally nullified. In spite of her unfaithfulness and serial adultery over the years, God had remained faithful. This affirms His description as a covenant keeping God! To strengthen this position, He spoke through Balam saying:

God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?

Wow!

His death at the cross opens up the possibility of a new marriage, one that is spiritual; opened to all regardless of their race, one that transcends time and space. These spirit filled people that He now marries are the called out ones, widely known as The Church, The Bride or The Body of Christ. They have been separated onto Him, and they are His. Dear friends, He is faithful; He loves, provides, and protects all those who freely come under His covering.

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~ Sabali