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The Words of Our Elders: Charles Kingsley (1819 – 1875)

There are two freedoms – the false, where a man is free to do what he likes; the true, where he is free to do what he ought.

~ Charles Kingsley

The words of our elders, are words if wisdom.

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Spiritual Intelligence: Rambling Rose

But it so happened, when Sanballat heard that we were rebuilding the wall, that he was furious and very indignant, and mocked the Jews. And he spoke before his brethren and the army of Samaria, and said, “What are these feeble Jews doing? Will they fortify themselves? Will they offer sacrifices? Will they complete it in a day? Will they revive the stones from the heaps of rubbish—stones that are burned?”

Now Tobiah the Ammonite was beside him, and he said, “Whatever they build, if even a fox goes up on it, he will break down their stone wall.”

Good morning friends. At this point in history, the children of Israel were now in exile after years of rebellion against God. After years of flirting, coveting, lusting, and serving the gods of their neighbours. In my humble opinion, no other story better captures this situation than that of Gomer. She was prophet Hosea’s lustful and adulterous wife, who he was instructed by God to go and search for and remarry, after all her lovers had forsaken her. Reminiscent to the lyrics of the song Rambling Rose by Nat King Cole, particularly the second verse:

Ramble on, ramble on
When your ramblin’ days are gone
Who will love you with a love true
When your ramblin’ days are GONE

Like Hosea, God’s love for His people is unfeigned, His words will not return to Him void. His covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; based on His love towards all humanity and their faithfulness, remained unbroken!

Nehemiah was deeply moved when he heard about the state of Judah; the wall, the gates, and the welfare of those that remained in the once exalted nation. He took up a fast and started praying for God’s mercy upon the nation. God responded to his act of faith, granted him favour with the king, and he took up the commission to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.

With this as a backdrop, let’s go back to our opening verses. When he arrived at Jerusalem, he experienced major hostility and psychological warfare from Sambalat, Tobiah and their posse of friends; but amidst these challenges he stayed focused and committed to his mission.

He maintained his faith in God, motivated the builders, and he stuck to plans without wavering. He led by example, he was selfless; depriving himself the pleasures and privileges of his office as governor of the province. His work inspired a major spiritual awakening among the people; which led to the rebuilding of the temple, and a major social reform and repatriation programme.

In the words of the psalmist:

A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, but the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous.

Nehemiah was an asset to the kingdom, a vessel of honour, who loved “rambling rose” with a love true. His work laid precedence for the establishment of Israel as an independent state within the Middle East by the United Nations in May 1948.

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~ Sabali

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Spiritual Intelligence: The Gathering

He shall call to the heavens from above, and to the earth, that He may judge His people: “Gather My saints together to Me, those who have made a covenant with Me by sacrifice.” Let the heavens declare His righteousness, for God Himself is Judge. Selah

This prophetic psalm highlights God’s position as the judge of all. This call is for the saints (those that have made a covenant by sacrifice). This call is for the called out ones; it’s a call for the church.

Good morning friends. In the Old Testament’s legal system, in order for the death sentence to be passed, their needs to be two or three witnesses. The patriarch emphatically declared in his written work:

he shall not be put to death on the testimony of one witness.

Physical death is only cessation of our body; our spirit continues existence in sleep mode until the day of judgement. While alive, we can also experience spiritual death through sin and rebellion against God; this affects the harmony between our spirit and God’s, until the process of realignment through repentance. To strengthen this argument, Paul writes to friends in Rome:

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

This principle of witness or testimony is embedded all through scriptures, affirming God’s edicts, decrees, verdict and judgement on the affairs of humankind. This also strengthens the authenticity of biblical texts, and its prophetic credentials. So, in line with this principle, let’s look at two New Testament testimonies or perhaps witness statement.

Paul wrote to the church in Corinth in the spirit of fatherhood, amidst a culture of sin and rebellion:

This will be the third time I am coming to you. “By the mouth of two or three witnesses every word shall be established.” I have told you before, and foretell as if I were present the second time, and now being absent I write to those who have sinned before, and to all the rest, that if I come again I will not spare

And Peter also made this profound statement to friends in Jerusalem, indicating that the time is upon us:

For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God?

The call is upon us dear friends, Jesus said, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock”. The call for the gathering of the saints for judgement; for without judgement, there will be no rewards or punishment.

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~ Sabali