Living Altars of Men

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* Christ, Moses, and Abraham all established altars of stones.
* The Pharisees believed in blood sacrifice on dead stones and the Essenes reading the same Torah did not. by sophistry?
* Isaiah 66:4 I also will choose their delusions [1], and will bring their fears upon them; because when I called, none did answer; when I spake, they did not hear: but they did evil before mine eyes, and chose that in which I delighted not.
Isaiah 3:4 And I will give children [2] [to be] their princes, and babes[1] shall rule over them.
* The idea of a stones upon stones is connected to unhewn stones.
Questions
* What was the golden calf?
* What was different about the altars of Nimrod?
* Were the Levites the Church in the wilderness, the called out?
* Have the metaphors and allegories of the old testament been unmoored from their true meaning by sophistry, creating a strong delusion that you might believe a lie that it is okay to pursue covetous practices to obtain social security?
* Where are the lively altars of Clay and Stone used to bind families together through charity and love rather than force and violence?
* What does it mean to eat of either the of tree of Knowledge of good and evil or the tree of Life?
* What does it mean to tithe to them according to their service?

Living Altars of Men

Christ, Moses, and Abraham realized this necessity in any society seeking freedom under God. Abraham’s and Moses’ altars were metaphors for a system of charity1 that cared for the needs of the people, without making them human resources---as was done in Babylon, Ur, Haran, Sodom and Gomorrah, Egypt, and any other government that followed that way of force, submission, and control, which takes away the natural liberty or right to choose granted by God to all mankind.

Moses made an altar of earth. The word for earth was also a metaphor for the sons of Adam.2 Was the altar made of dirt or people? We are all altars of clay. The members of a family joined together in a marriage under the authority of God are one person under God.3 The family is God’s institution. Coming together as an autonomous family without the impairment of rights granted by God requires that people care about each other as much as they care about themselves.

The family is God’s institution. It is the foundation of all society. “When the foundation fails all fails.”4If the autonomy of the family is diminished all society suffers. Coming together as a group of autonomous families without impairment of rights granted by God requires that people care about each other as much as they care about themselves. It requires that we do not covet our neighbors goods nor steal them.

In order for Israel to remain free, they were required to love justice and mercy, which is the character of God, and to love their neighbor as much as themselves. In order to practice what Moses preached in God’s name ,the Levites were called out to serve the tents of the congregations, the families of God. The Levites were not just a tribe but a body of men who were called out to serve a nation as one people under God. Their primary national law was the Ten Commandments, their courts were the congregations of the people in groups of ten, their appeals courts were the congregations of ministers.

The people were free from authoritarian rulers in a free voluntary government designed by God. The power and authority of the state was truly in the hands of the people. Everyone belonged to their families, and their possessions belonged within the family. They came together in free association.

There were attempts to consolidate the people into one body by mocking God. They placed their wealth in a central depository designed as a golden calf which had to be defended by all. They attempted to unite under leaders like Saul, rejecting God. The only system blessed by God was one based on voluntary charity through congregations of the people and their servant ministers.

In God’s government, people never give up their God given right to choose. Their leaders are titular and are chosen because of their desire and ability to serve. The people tithed to their public servants, called Levites, according to their service to the people.5 This was a government that worked for the diligent who strove for justice and mercy, devoid of covetousness, virtuous and unselfish in purpose.

Everything in the old testament society was geared to keep the people free souls under God. The free will offerings, honoring of the parents so that their days would be long on the land, the feasts that brought the people together producing family alliances by marriage from many communities, the dependence on personal and community charity - all contributed to a society bound by liberty, through hope and charity.

1See the book Thy Kingdom Comes or the article Artifice in Language Land for a clarification on living altars.

2[hmda] ‘adamah from “adam” the red earth from which Adam all mankind is made.

3Holy Matrimony vs. Marriage, 1st Chapter of The Covenants of the gods, His Church Press.

4Maxims of Law from 1856 Bouvier’s Law Dictionary

5Numbers 7:5 “Take [it] of them, that they may be to do the service of the tabernacle of the congregation; and thou shalt give them unto the Levites, to every man according to his service.”

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Footnotes

  1. 1.0 1.1 08586 ^לולעת^ ta‘aluwl \@tah-al-ool’\@ from 05953; n m; AV-babe 1, delusion 1; 2
    1) wantonness, caprice, vexation
    Hebrew letters TavAinLamedVavLemad
  2. 05288 ^רענ^ na‘ar \@nah’- ar\@ from 05287 shake out or overthrow; n m; AV-young man 76, servant 54, child 44, lad 33, young 15, children 7, youth 6, babe 1, boys 1, young 1; 238
    1) a boy, lad, servant, youth, retainer
    1a) boy, lad, youth
    1b) servant, retainer