"Cry aloud, spare not, lift up your voice like a trumpet, and show my people their transgression and the house of Jacob their sins.
Notice the two group distinctions. 'My People and House of Jacob"
What is it about Jacob that is a type for us today? How did Jacobs name become Israel? What does the progression look like? Is a fully active and functional covenant more than just standing and saying "Yes"?
At the end of the Prayer for Covenant, why would the High Priest add this additional request...
" The Lord would make Himself known and His Word known,
to those who hear what comes next."
What does it look like for the Lord to make Himself known to someone, Why is His Word so important for becoming a greater follower of righteousness?. Is this 'knowing' akin to the Day of the Lord or entering into His rest where a new labor begins?
Would this have something to do with ratification of covenant status to the individual, does it accompany a name change, or a testimony? Is it related to greater knowledge and more commandments in what is coming next after we have had sufficient time to prove our faithfulness, heed and diligence in the preliminary requirements.
Yet they seek me daily and delight to know my ways, as a nation that did righteousness and forsook not the ordinance of their God. They ask of me the ordinances of justice, they take delight in approaching to God. Why have we fasted, say they, and you see not? Why have we afflicted our soul and you take no knowledge?
If we are meant to liken scripture unto ourselves, especially with this new authorized set of Restoration Edition Scriptures (which has been said is "among one of the greatest events that has occurred in history is that in our day, in your lifetime, new scriptures have become available. The extent to which that is a good work can hardly be put into words.")
Who then would be reading these words? Which group of people have valid ordinances that the Lord respects? If you can identify that particular group and the season in which the heavens are open, then what is the meaning and substance of their complaint to God?
Are people demanding the Servant teach more mysteries or esoteric teachings and the Lord give additional commandment before there is actually a prepared people? What might be the consequences of rushing the pass? Why can we not move forward as the Lords people until we take seriously what has been laid out at a great cost by sacrifice of those who went before and one who lives today?
Since 2006 in all the talks and podcasts, books and papers, including the last talk in Aravada what is the underlining theme being repeated over and over in an attempt to help us see correctly and get our hearts right?
How oft would God have gathered people together under the arms of the holy order, but mankind has not been willing or even interested. What is the hardest labor of all? Is it internal to us, is it about our hearts and the rights of the priesthood and how that priesthood is exercised?
"Adam (and his posterity) were charged to do something much different with this creation than what mankind has done. We rather brutalize it into submission. We are more vandals and raiders than husbandmen to the earth"
"There are many teachers, but perhaps not many fathers" (or mothers... my words)
I am reminded of Jacob who laments the behaviour of his people despite the ministry of his and his brother, father Nephi...
"Behold, if ye were holy, I would speak unto you of holiness; but as ye are not holy, and ye look upon me as a teacher, it must needs be expedient that I teach you the consequences of sin." (2Nephi 6:12)
"Behold, in the day of your fast, you find pleasure and exact all your labors. Behold, you fast for strife and debate, and to smite with the fist of wickedness."
What it is about the fast that the people choose that entertains their thoughts that they are pleasing the Lord in their exactitude of outward things? Did the Lord ever ask them to contend and dispute His Doctrine or ordinances through bitter disagreement and heated arguments? Is this pleasing to the Lord?
Can we severely injure, attack and even kill each other spiritually while using the Word of God as a weapon? How might this unbridled zeal be wickedness or working cross purposes against the current Dispensation?
"You shall not fast as you do this day to make your voice to be heard on high. Is it such a fast that I have chosen? A day for a man to afflict his soul? Is it to bow down his head as a bulrush, and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him? Will you call this a fast and an acceptable day to the Lord? "
Would it grieve the Lord for a person or group of people to continually cry out and perform endless ordinances without having sufficiently repented in the fruits of a broken heart and contrite spirit? How can performances remain hollow if not followed through with real change in our actions and behaviour? Would this result in a loss of light and hardening of heart?
In all that has been painstakingly dispensed and reiterated by the Hand of the Lord in our day, are we left without excuse when we choose to ignore the works and fruit that should appear in our turning to face God but we focus solely on thinking we are chosen and special because of our sackcloth and ashes? How might we hurt ourselves when we plough the same old ground over and over never growing anything of worth to feed ourselves and others?
Does the Lord want us to "Be comforted, be of good cheer, rejoice, and look up..." because of all His words that have been given to instruct us are more than enough for us to become faithful laborers protecting the garden and growing tender herbs while tending to and nurturing His animals/flock?
"Is not this the fast that I have chosen: to remove the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that you break every yoke?"
If these words are not in reference to quitting our jobs, selling our stuff, packing up and moving with a group of people to some secluded acreage and planting peas and carrots while biting each other and letting pigs destroy gardens, what aspect of Babylon are we being told to flee or fast from?
What are the austere mindsets, incorrect beliefs, harsh and unmerciful judgements and ways of Babylon that are destructive to a Zion community? Can we live in peace and participate in the day to day world while being a Zion heart and minded people?
What is the importance of charitably removing a stumbling block for a brother through our forgiveness and intercession, and allowing him to go free to the Lord by not holding an accusation against him, even if it is true?
How does knowledge of God or intelligence given through the Spirit of Truth to a clean vessel, break the many yokes of oppression that used to hold men back in cycles of waterless pits? Is this knowledge needed to begin the ascent?
"Is it not to deal your bread to the hungry, and that you bring the poor that are cast out to your house? When you see the naked, that you cover him, and that you hide not yourself from your own flesh?
It should be beyond dispute by now, that the physical needs of a sister must be taken care of in a kind, loving respectful manner, this should already be part of our humanity. If you sense/see a need that you can fill or advocate for, should you wait for them to become desperate enough to beg? Can you have intuition and fill the need as a gift so your sister or brother can keep self dignity?
What about those who are hungry for the true bread and waters of life but know not where to find it? What of their nakedness and desperate need to be clothed with the wedding garment? What obligation is devolving upon you who have been taught so much in this first sounding, to live in such a manner as to be harmless and approachable so the Lord can lead His sheep to you, in order to be fed rather than beaten and shorn and left to die.
What is of a greater witness than endless preaching from a book? How is your kindness and example of the covenant and priesthood you embody, more of a sermon to the hearts of those you are ministering to?
Why would the "poor" need to belong to a "house"? How is God going to reorganize His family through the further knowledge and commandments that are coming? Why must we belong to Gods House through connecting with the Patriarchal Fathers in this cycle of creation and how does this connection effect eternity and the coming cycle?
Why must we not hide the Light of Christ within us. Why is it so important to be authentic and real in our ministry and not feign to anything?
"Then shall your light break forth as the morning, and your health shall spring forth speedily, and your righteousness shall go before you; the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard. Then shall you call and the Lord shall answer, you shall cry and he shall say, Here I am."
"If you take away from your midst the yoke, the putting forth of the finger, and speaking vanity, and if you draw out your soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul, then shall your light rise in obscurity and your darkness be as the noonday."
Blessings of connection to the Mind of God, Blessings of the God of Abraham and the God of Sarah, as we become their children, healing rather than being spared. Protection coming from Mother Earth and Sentinels due to the knowledge and promise of hope held in those who have repented and connected to the true vine to a restored, and unbroken chain.
"And the Lord shall guide you continually, and satisfy your soul in drought, and make fat your bones; and you shall be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water whose
waters fail not."
Connected to the Fullness of the Gospel, Further covenants and ordinances to take place under the hand of the Lords High Priest in an authorized temple, being taken to Sacred Space above, receiving the sealed portion through that 'translation' from Gods own heart upon the Mount. That knowledge and conduit you will be connected to will never dry up while you tarry and minister to others here. Her open presence will also be accessible to Her children.
"And they that shall be of you shall build the old waste places. You shall raise up the foundations of many generations, and you shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of paths to dwell in."
This is all about community. This is the whole sumum bonnom of the matter. We cannot receive these blessings alone. It is foreordained from before the foundation of the earth to be bestowed on the body of Christ. When we see the whole scope and breadth of the matter, all the things that divide us fade into the background. Why would we not let go of our stakes and claims just to participate in this work and see lives change, see the world change? Not only is it about a body of Christ, a community hopefully us and other mortals the Lord will bring, but those who are coming or I should say, returning. Those fiery ones who will fall upon necks and kiss. Enoch's city and others of the Lords sheep who have been lost to our understanding. Their rich treasures of knowledge will bless the earth and everyone in that Holy city. together we will repair the breach and restore the cosmic eternal covenant.
"If you turn away your foot from the Sabbath — from doing your pleasure on my holy day — and call the Sabbath a delight, the holy of the Lord honorable, and shall honor him, not doing your own ways, nor finding your own pleasure, nor speaking your own words, then shall you delight yourself in the Lord.
And I will cause you to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father; for the mouth of the Lord has spoken it."
Those people in that near, coming day will not do their own will but the Lords will with strict precision, neither turning to the left nor the right. The Lord will honour them as they Honour Him. He will trust them. They will act in the Name of the Lord, and speak in the Name of the Lord. The fathers and mothers of the gentiles will bring many children to the Kings and Queens who will nurse them with the milk of heaven. Abraham and Sarah will have many children indeed.
These repentant gentiles and returning tribes are offered the greatest blessings. To gather the harvest others have laboured to plant. To serve with the Lord among the vineyard with beautiful clean feet, and wherever they tread those places will become holy ground.
What greater blessing is there of Jacob who became Israel, than connecting into the promises made to Father Abraham, through the Holy Order after the Order of the Son of God and receiving by inheritance, a priesthood ministry and participating as co-creators with our Lord.
Rejoicing beyond anything we can comprehend, as sheep return to their true Shepherd and by and by, the Earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.
After all, we are building an Ark, to cross the many waters of the Great Deep.