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Exodus 33:14-23 NASB
14 And He said, “My presence shall go with you, and I will give you rest.” 15 Then he said to Him, “If Your presence does not go with us, do not lead us up from here. 16 For how then can it be known that I have found favor in Your sight, I and Your people? Is it not by Your going with us, so that we, I and Your people, may be distinguished from all the other people who are upon the face of the earth?”

17 The Lord said to Moses, “I will also do this thing of which you have spoken; for you have found favor in My sight and I have known you by name.” 18 Then Moses said, “I pray You, show me Your glory!” 19 And He said, “I Myself will make all My goodness pass before you, and will proclaim the name of the Lord before you; and I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show compassion on whom I will show compassion.” 20 But He said, “You cannot see My face, for no man can see Me and live!” 21 Then the Lord said, “Behold, there is a place by Me, and you shall stand there on the rock; 22 and it will come about, while My glory is passing by, that I will put you in the cleft of the rock and cover you with My hand until I have passed by. 23 Then I will take My hand away and you shall see My back, but My face shall not be seen.”

Exodus 34:5-9 NASB
5 The Lord descended in the cloud and stood there with him as he called upon the name of the Lord. 6 Then the Lord passed by in front of him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and truth; 7 who keeps lovingkindness for thousands, who forgives iniquity, transgression and sin; yet He will by no means leave the guilty unpunished, visiting the iniquity of fathers on the children and on the grandchildren to the third and fourth generations.” 8 Moses made haste to bow low toward the earth and worship. 9 He said, “If now I have found favor in Your sight, O Lord, I pray, let the Lord go along in our midst, even though the people are so obstinate, and pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us as Your own possession.”

1 Corinthians 10:4 NASB
4 and all drank the same spiritual drink, for they were drinking from a spiritual rock which followed them; and the rock was Christ.

Declaring/knowing/’seeing’ The Lord’s glory, mercy, grace, longsuffering {slow to anger}, goodness, truth, forgiveness, greatness, justice and righteousness are part of  “standing on the Rock of Christ” proclaiming/knowing/’seeing’ His name!

Related:
Proclaim the Name of the Lord{blog}
Presence{article}

The Gamaliel Approach

Usually if a ‘move of God’ is questioned or if someone with the gift of discernment raises concern about the spirits behind the move, ‘The Gamaliel Approach’ is often quoted: do not assess it or criticise it or take action about it, and if it is not of God it will die out by itself in time and fail. Do not ‘judge’, wait to see the results.

Is this biblical?? Lets look at where this occurs in scripture.

Acts 5:33-42
Gamaliel’s Counsel

33 But when they heard this, they were cut to the quick and intended to kill them. 34 But a Pharisee named Gamaliel, a teacher of the Law, respected by all the people, stood up in the Council and gave orders to put the men outside for a short time. 35 And he said to them, “Men of Israel, take care what you propose to do with these men. 36 For some time ago Theudas rose up, claiming to be somebody, and a group of about four hundred men joined up with him. But he was killed, and all who followed him were dispersed and came to nothing. 37 After this man, Judas of Galilee rose up in the days of the census and drew away some people after him; he too perished, and all those who followed him were scattered. 38 So in the present case, I say to you, stay away from these men and let them alone, for if this plan or action is of men, it will be overthrown; 39 but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them; or else you may even be found fighting against God.

40 They took his advice; and after calling the apostles in, they flogged them and ordered them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and then released them. 41 So they went on their way from the presence of the Council, rejoicing that they had been considered worthy to suffer shame for His name. 42 And every day, in the temple and from house to house, they kept right on teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ.

Does this councel line up with the rest of scripture?

  • Notice that this councels to “judge” based on results instead of the word of God.

    We as christians are commanded to test under the direction of the Holy Spirit using the word of God, the sword of the Spirit (1Jn 4:1;Acts 17:11;Eph 6:17).

    The King’s sword, the word of God is a basic tool of discernment. (1 Ki 3:24; He 4:12)

  • Also notice who Gamaliel was – a Pharisee => is his councel really directed by the Holy Spirit?  Notice v4o – the disciples are ordered not to speak in the name of Jesus.

Related:
The Gamaliel Approach{foxes}
Twisted Scripture Refuted

The Gamaliel Approach{foxes}

Usually if a ‘move of God’ is questioned or if someone with the gift of discernment raises concern about the spirits behind the move, ‘The Gamaliel Approach’ is often quoted: do not assess it or criticise it or take action about it, and if it is not of God it will die out by itself in time and fail. Do not ‘judge’, wait to see what kind of fruit is produced!

Is this biblical?? Lets look at where this occurs in scripture.

“When they heard this, they were furious and wanted to put them (the apostles) to death. But a Pharisee named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law, who was honored by all the people, stood up in the Sanhedrin and ordered that the men be put outside for a little while. Then he addressed them: “Men of Israel, consider carefully what you intend to do to these men. Some time ago Theudas appeared, claiming to be somebody, and about four hundred men rallied to him. He was killed, all his followers were dispersed, and it all came to nothing. After him, Judas the Galilean appeared in the days of the census and led a band of people in revolt. He too was killed, and all his followers were scattered. Therefore, in the present case I advise you: Leave these men alone! Let them go! For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail. But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God. ” (Acts 5:33-39)

We see that Gamaliel was not a Christian, he was a zealous Jew opposed to Christianity on the persecutor’s side. Gamaliel was not inspired by the Holy Spirit or a friend of God.

So is this sound advice??

Gamaliel had the apostles flogged and ordered the apostles not to speak in the name of Jesus in the very next verse 40! Also consider the foxes.

Song of Solomon 2:15
Catch the foxes for us, the little foxes that are ruining the vineyards, while our vineyards are in blossom.

I was thinking about little foxes when I noticed that they ruin the vineyard not when there are grapes on the vine — but when the vineyards are in blossom or bloom. This struck me because I’d always thought these foxes wanted to ‘eat’ grapes. Vineyards in blossom have no fruit!

I found an explanation in the following commentary …

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary15. Transition to the vineyard, often formed in “stairs” (So 2:14), or terraces, in which, amidst the vine leaves, foxes hid.

foxes-generic term, including jackals. They eat only grapes, not the vine flowers; but they need to be driven out in time before the grape is ripe. She had failed in watchfulness before (So 1:6); now when converted, she is the more jealous of subtle sins (Ps 139:23). In spiritual winter certain evils are frozen up, as well as good; in the spring of revivals these start up unperceived, crafty, false teachers, spiritual pride, uncharitableness, &c. (Ps 19:12; Mt 13:26; Lu 8:14; 2Ti 2:17; Heb 12:15). “Little” sins are parents of the greatest (Ec 10:1; 1Co 5:6). Historically, John the Baptist spared not the fox-like Herod (Lu 13:32), who gave vine-like promise of fruit at first (Mr 6:20), at the cost of his life; nor the viper-Sadducees, &c.; nor the varied subtle forms of sin (Lu 3:7-14).

The time to prepare for the harvest is when the vineyard is in bloom, before the fruit becomes visible.

Little Foxes Become Full Grown

Some observations
* Song 2:15 is about ‘Little Foxes’
These foxes ‘eat’ grapes
The time to deal with them is when they are small — before the fruit appears
If they are not dealt with, they grow up and become full grown foxes

* Ezekeil 13 is about full grown Foxes
Full grown foxes are false prophets who propesy out of their own
… imaginations
They have grown unchalleneged and undealt with to such an extent that
… they are no longer connected to the Head Col 2:18-19 😦

Instead of dealing with the error or false teachings/prophesies, a whitewash has occurred.

Ezek 13:10-12
… when a flimsy wall is built, they cover it with whitewash, 11 therefore tell those who cover it with whitewash that it is going to fall. Rain will come in torrents, and I will send hailstones hurtling down, and violent winds will burst forth. 12 When the wall collapses, will people not ask you, “Where is the whitewash you covered it with?”

Related:
Twisted Scripture Refuted

 

Absolute Truth?

Is there an absolute truth?
->A good question to ask people who say, “There is no absolute truth” is this: “Are you absolutely sure of that?” If they say “yes,” they have made an absolute statement—which itself implies the existence of absolutes. They are saying that the very fact there is no absolute truth is the one and only absolute truth.

There is a price for standing up for the truth. Usually someone who stands for truth is accused of trying to “divide”, being “judgmental” and “unloving”; they urged to compromise for the sake of “unity”.
->A good response to these accusations is this, “Can there be true unity without a shared view of the truth?”
I believe the answer to this last question is no.

From Doctrine Divides Love Unifies:

True Unity – Union in Christ thru faith in the Truth
The Scriptures command us – NOT to create unity (which is there and real already) – but to preserve this true unity through acts of love in the context of local churches. (Jn 17:17,22-23; Rom 12:4-5; Eph 4:3-6,13-15; Col 3:13-16)

Love is defined in terms of obedience to the Truth/Word. (Jn 14:15,21,23-24; 1 Jn 2:3-6)

Because Christian unity comes through faith – it involves a unity in Truth and a commitment to preserve this unity by upholding the Truth(Jn 8:31-32).

Seen in this light it is actually error or the preaching of false doctrine that divides.

Can anyone actually know and understand this absolute truth?
Jesus promises that He is the truth and that you can know and understand the truth! Jn 1:14,14:6,8:31-32;1Jn2:20-21,27

IF you believe in Him AND IF you abide in His word [hold fast to His teachings and live in accordance with them]
AND that anointing is real, not counterfeit. 1Jn2:27

Zerubbabel’s Line

Zech 4:14 (AMP)
Then said he, These are the two sons of oil [Joshua the high priest and Zerubbabel the prince of Judah, the two anointed ones] who stand before the Lord of the whole earth [as His anointed instruments]. * 

Some significant things about Zerubabbel

Haggai 2:23
‘On that day,’ declares the LORD of hosts, ‘I will take you, Zerubabbel, son of Shealtiel, My servant,’ declares the LORD, ‘and I will make you like a signet ring, for I have chosen you,'” declares the LORD of hosts. 

The signet ring — a sign of the kings throne, crown, power & authority.

What is so significant about this?? About choosing Zerubbabel??

In the ancestry of Jesus, he was the last person to stand in both the bloodline of Mary (Lk 3:27) and the legal bloodline of Joseph (Mt 1:12)

*** God used these two lines of ancestry for Jesus because He placed a curse on the seed of Jechoniah (also known as Coniah or Jehoiachin) as recorded in Jere 22:30. That line was royal line of David, so if the Messiah was to qualify for the throne of David (Lk 1:31-33), he had to be of the legal line of David, yet not of his seed.

*** Jechoniah was the last legitimate king of Judah and the royal House of David goes through him. His only successor was Zedekiah, his uncle who was appointed not by right, but by an occupying Babylonian ruler (2 Kings 24:17-20). Even at the end of his life, the Babylonians recognized Jechoniah as the legitimate king of Judah (2 Kings 25:27-30))

*** Because Zerubbabel was a descendant of the last legitimate king of Judah, he could be legitimately recognized as the ruler (though not king) of the returning exiles.

Word Study

The Genealogy of Jesus Christ
Thru Mary -Lk 3:23-38 and thru Joseph -Mt 1:1-17