The Lord thy God is a merciful God...

Twe Stephens By Twe Stephens, 17th Feb 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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A short excerpt on the twelve tribes entering the promised land

The Lord thy God is a merciful God...

Moses paused surveying the sea of life overflowing with unbearable sadness. Disastrous events culminated in the reluctant acceptance of the judgment of The One. It was saddest moment in his life. The death toll was unimaginable; they died for nothing. He was tired, tired of the mourning, tired the misery and forlorn sadness, tired of being sick and miserable in his very soul. Why didn’t they listen – all Israel should have known something was dreadfully wrong when Joshua refused to lead the armies. The entire rebellion reeked of noxious insanity, and deep within his heart, Moses knew Lucifer played a major role in turning the hearts of the people against their Creator. He sensed the Devil laughing, accusing his people before the face of the Living God day and night – for they were stiff-necked, refusing to hear the word of The One, believing by disobeying they exalted the greatest faith.
With renewed clarity, he now understood why The One called his children sheep, for they had no instinct of spiritual survival, no innate sense of their shepherd’s desires, refusing goodness while proudly embracing noxious evil. And when it became a monster that destroyed them, for a moment they’d repent, lick their wounds, and do it all over again expecting different results, ever ready to caterwaul at correction again.
The ululating of the nation went on for weeks as distraught families unable to be comforted lamented the many dead. It was a national tragedy of prodigious proportions. Filled with inordinate depression, Moses fully understood their rationale in doing what they did. And unimaginable grief deeply wounded the populace as the mourning of the unable to be comforted tore into his soul – yet there was nothing he could do to assuage the insurmountable stratifying the whole nation.
Two thirds of the army fell to the sword in the ill-fated campaign to enter the Promised Land – an impregnable fortress of evil ruled by the Kenites, and guarded by the Giants.
Moses sighed because deep inside he understood the flesh’s natural knee-jerk fear of the Nephilim; he took a deep breath and sighing deeply, and continued his speech to his nation…
“Remember before we even sent in the spies, The One told us not to dread or neither be afraid of them. He told us he would go before us and would fight for us, according to all that he did for us in Egypt; and in the wilderness we saw how he protected us as a man carries his son, in all the days we went until we came into this place.
“Yet in this one thing we did not believe the Lord our God. Faith does not wellspring from circumstances or environment, but from the warzone of our hearts, and we as a nation have totally succumbed to the lies of Lucifer, for we believed not and called our Lord a liar. And though we may feel regret for biting his hands, The One has spoken and will not repent himself in this matter. But will still protect, continue to walk with us and be our Lord until the fullness of our determination is expired – and we will spend the eternities that he created us for with endless joy on our lips, because we will forever be with him.
“Though it seems a cruel judgment to accept, I want you to know we all wear the same sandals. And whether alive or dead, we are and will always be nothing without him - for the first law of all creation is; there is no life without The One. He has forgiven us because of our repentance, that is true – but what we failed to realize is he never negates the consequences of sin – and that is unacceptable bitterness in the throats of all flesh who love him – me included.
“In the tabernacles, we’ve studied the writings of Father Adam, Seth, and Enoch, and the death of the Mountain Nation – the first nation called by his name. The lesson is they failed miserably though they loved him – sometimes loving him is not enough; it is only the smallest step on the impossible journey of knowing him. We are the second nation to be called by his name, and he will never let us fail, for there will never be a third nation called into his service. We are the last, and by any means, he will ensure and preserve our destiny he swore under his thigh to our forefathers.
“Though it is impossible to really believe it – we are stupid sheep. We have no innate sense of the eternities that lay ahead of us, not knowing anything, not even knowing that we don’t know. For as a bird is unable to grasp the concept one plus one equals two, likewise we are unable to live our lives in any certainty of focus, for our very thoughts are always a blur, unable to construct our tomorrows or why The One does what he does. And for that very reason, is why we need a Shepherd that knows our beginnings and can shape us for the eternities we cannot envision, and make us live, despite the flesh, for our unimaginable good. Our manifest destiny is to save our brothers who slave under the heavy yoke of stupidity, and to be a nation for his determination.
“Though it seems that the thought of death is a horrible thing, to him it is a seed in the ground that dies so it may fulfill its destiny – to grow into a new creation forever seeking the brightest light. And no matter how we feel, no matter what lies ahead, no matter how we’ve failed, our predestination is to be with him forever and ever. And that should be unbelievably marvelous in our eyes. For what are we that he should love us so much, or even care – for I know his thoughts remain lovingly on us, no matter how many times we shake our fists in his face.”
Moses paused overcome by terrible emotion as the weeping of hundreds of thousands tore deep into his soul. And he couldn’t fix it; he staggered.
Joshua quickly put his hand on the old man’s shoulder, forgetting his own tears, to steady and affirm the greatest man of God in the world – the only prophet of the millions of Israel. He sadly realized the onerous burdens he bore, a burden no man could carry without fracturing – the weighty liability of an errant sophomoric nation in the face of an absolutely holy God. And for a moment, Joshua dreaded the day he would stand in this man’s sandals, for he knew the heaviest accountability with The One was leadership. That in itself was the pain within the service, the bitterness within the sweetness, the fear within the love, and the greatest responsibility given to any flesh construction – the pastoral danger of shepherding his priceless sheep.”
Moses continued with his voice cracking with emotion, “And I repeat what The One spoke to us; Go not up, neither fight; for he would not be amongst us; lest we be smitten before the enemy. I spoke unto you; and none would listen, but rebelled against the commandment of The One, and went presumptuously into the hills. And the Amorites came out against us, chased us as bees and destroyed our armies, our loved ones, in Seir, even unto Hormah. And you returned and wept before the Lord; but he refused to neither hearken to Israel nor give ear unto you.
“Let us ask the simplest interrogative. Why? Let us ask in our pain why, and in our tragic loss ask why. The answer is we forgot and minimized the wonders The One has shown us, how he protected us, and most importantly just how deeply he loves us. And we counted it as nothing, as dung in our hearts. I bring this to remembrance for it is important that we understand the heart of The One.
“We have counted as dung the covenant made to our Father Abraham. We have counted as dung how our Patriarch Joseph ruled Egypt under Pharaoh, bringing with him seventy family members, yet millions of us stand here as his testimony, as a holy nation despite all Lucifer’s attempts to defeat and destroy us. We have counted as dung what the Lord did for us when we were in brutal captivity. The trillions of frogs he wrought for our freedom, destiny, and edification; the uncountable flies, the murrain upon the innocent beasts, and the boils infecting the innocent and the guilty, children, babies, and entire families - only for our determination. We dismissed as dung the destroying hail, the locust that plagued our enemy, the endless darkness that destroyed and withered crops in a million fields, and the death of every firstborn in Egypt that became our Passover. And how he single handily robbed the wealth of millions of hard working citizens, and gave that wealth to us, destroying Egypt’s prosperity and Pharaoh – for us and only because of us.
“We have counted as dung how my staff turned into a serpent and back into a rod, how my hand becoming leprous and returned to normal, how Aaron's rod became a serpent and swallowed up the sorcerers' serpents.
“We dismissed how The One hid us with a cloud, and parted the Red Sea so that the sea bottom was dry land – not even a hint of dampness, dryer than the sands of the hottest desert. We forgot how the wheels were taken off the Egyptian chariots when they tried to cross over to follow us, before the waters drowned the Egyptian army for our safety. We forgot how he sweetened the bitter waters at Marah, and how he fed us quail when we unjustly complained after eating the slop of Egypt without recourse for so many generations. We forgot the manna that came every morning, just lying on the ground – we did not have to work, sweat, or lift a finger for our prosperity. We forgot when we were thirsty how the water came miraculously from the rock at Horeb and how fire from the Lord consumed the burnt offering, in all our faces.
“We forgot how Miriam became leprous and then was healed, and our kinsmen were burned up by The One - until I intervened with prayer? How could we forget all of this? How could we forget when fire from the Lord consumed two hundred fifty men who offered vile incense, and how the earth opened up its mouth and swallowed Korah and all his men? How could we forget when The One purged fourteen-thousand seven-hundred from Israel who offered incense, for our benefit, so we would remain a holy nation? How could we forget when Aaron’s dead staff budded by the power of God, only to show us he is a faithful God for us, though it was unnecessary in light of all he did – but he did it anyway.
“Did we forget the ten commandments, his laws, his statutes, and structure of government given to us from Heaven that makes us the greatest nation on the earth? Even the strangers amongst us know we are a special nation built on the legacy in God we trust, and they flock here to escape the sweltering madness of the nations around us - the insanity that ignores the eternities they call secularism. And The One has allowed the Egyptians and strangers to swell our ranks, though being excluded from our congregation for a season – but never from his love and acceptance. Our insanity to return to the land of slavery after all The One has done has made us unworthy of freedom he earnestly wrought for us.
“Is Israel a mad nation? Is the Lord of All only as good as yesterday? Does he have to prove himself over and over to quell our evident contempt for divine authority? I swear we have been worse than fools, and that is why he did not repent himself this time. Its purpose is to serve as a remembrance for all generations, to break the heavy chains of spiritual insanity, and a preparation for entrance into the Promised Land of those that go before us.”
Tears were streaming down Moses’ face; everyone was hypnotized, for not a single sound was uttered from the massive sea of humanity surrounding him. He continued.
“As a man chastens his son, so The One has chastened us, to humble us, to prove us, to know what’s in our hearts, whether we would obey him or not. He made us hunger to feed us manna, which you knewest not, neither did thy fathers before. The One forces our knowledge that we do not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord, does man live. Faith, fidelity, and trust are his bedrock command – we can never break that commandment again. So we must gird up our minds to accept what we have willfully brought upon ourselves, for we have truly been self-destructive, insane, and morally retarded.
“So, Aaron will give sacrifice for us, and then we will return to the wilderness, live there, die there, and return to him who loves us beyond measure, clean and blessed for all the eternities, living in the eternal Promised Land gloriously called his house. Look upon the grander and majesty of the creation The One has wrought. He is the Creator of everything seen and unseen, so let us give thanks with a grateful heart that he’s given us forty years. We are grasshoppers before his might, before his holiness, before his love, before his testimony. Let us therefore give thanks he did not slay us for our disrespect – for in the grand scheme of things, what are we that he should care so much, love us so much, and forgive us over and over. But that is the love, the power, and the hopes of the Living God to those standing here, whom he still loves deeply, despite our never-ending perfidy.”
And in one accord, the hundreds of thousands fell to their faces worshipping The One, as Aaron prayed loudly in tearful thanksgiving, and deep repentance for all of Israel.

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