“no eye for the coming king and real liberation”
Deuteronomy 21, Songs of songs 1, Acts 13
On April the 27th the northern part of the Low countries celebrated Koningsdag or King’s Day (marking the birth of KingWillem-Alexander) and got a national holiday in the Kingdom of the Netherlands. In the south of those Low countries they are not so keen on their king who has his birthday on April the 15th.
In Holland Koningsdag is known for its nationwide vrijmarkt (“free market”), at which the Dutch sell their used items. It is also an opportunity for “orange madness” or oranjegekte, a kind of frenzy named for the national colour.
A few days after all the madness several people come to remember the dead at the “Dodenherdenking” Remembrance of the Dead, on May 4, for the people who fought and died during World War II and in wars in general. In the Netherlands all over cities and in the country, as well as on television remembrance gatherings can be seen. Some people still make an effort to go to the better-known National Monument on Dam Square in Amsterdam and at the Waalsdorpervlakte in the dunes near The Hague, one of the infamous Nazi execution places. Throughout the country two minutes of silence is observed at 8 pm. the day after, on May 5 the liberation is celebrated and festivals are held at most places in the Netherlands with parades of veterans and 14 musical festivals through the whole country.
With the years we saw that the orange madness could have become crazier but that those remembering the dead by wars reduced. Not so many people are still interested in liberators either.
Last weekend the Brussels national airport was black of the people going to places for relaxation and happiness. Lots of people having a holiday now do not take any time to remind themselves how their country was shaken and how in many countries all over the world there are still dying thousands of people. The killing keeps going on and people all over the world are still looking for peace and enough food.
In yesterday’s reading we could read about the Israelites warned not to be afraid to go to war against their enemies. They were not to lose their courage [L heart] or to be afraid and were told not to panic or to be frightened [in dread. We were also told that they had first to make them an offer of peace. the lessons God gives by the mouth of Moshe (Moses) is what certain religious groups the previous years took at heart to terrorise other believers. Under the name of Allah they made groups with names as Al-Qaeda (al-Qa’ida), ISIL/ISIS/Daesh, Boko Haram, a.o. militant Sunni Islamist multi-national organization. Those eager to go on holiday often seem to forget that such Islamic terrorists are active in the country where they go to sit at the swimming pool in a resort, not interested how others have already died or could be targetted.
Today’s reading warns people not to blame innocent people for the murder of some one. In ancient times the elders and priests asked the Most High God, Allah, the Elohim Hashem Jehovah, not to blame His people, the Israelites, for the murder of such an innocent person [L place the guilt of innocent blood in the midst of your people Israel]. And so the murder will be paid [atoned] for.
7 They will declare, ‘Our hands did not shed this blood; our eyes did not see it. 8 Lord, forgive Your people Israel You redeemed, and do not hold the shedding of innocent blood against them.’ Then they will be absolved of responsibility for bloodshed. (Deuteronomy 21:7-8 HCSB)
Yesterday we could learn from the reading that it implies a lack of faith in the Providence of Jehovah for those who have fear for these situations of war or who are fainthearted in such a battle. But we also learned that — Fear, like enthusiasm, is contagious.
One fear-dominated individual can discourage a whole division impregnating it with the spirit of defeatism. The word rendered “faint” in Deuteronomy 20 verse 8 signifies to melt, or to lose heart. See the adverse effects of faint-heartedness expressed in (Nu 13:31 to Nu 14:3 Nu 32:9 De 1:28-32 Jos 2:11 Jos 5:1 Jos 7:5); and note how that even Barnabas was adversely affected by the faintheartedness of Peter who feared the adverse criticism and challenge of the Judaisers. (Ga 2:13) How important it is, in times of need, to manifest faith, courage, and fearlessness in the face of opposition.
Today in the West lots of people may be so concerned about their own pleasures they do not want to see what is going on in this world. They do not want to talk empathetically about the pain of others and do not want to give help to those in need or to those fleeing countries of horror.
When we look at so many who went now on holiday, not interested in taking time to remember the dead or to think about their king or worse to think about the coming king and the real liberation, we see many not living according rules laid out in the Book of books.
From yesterday’s reading we should remember that the whole purpose of the doctrine of the atonement, as incorporated in the Law, and revealed in Christ, is designed to emphasise the defiling nature of contact with sin. Today lots of people even do not see that what they do or how they live is not according to God His Will and as such a sin. In many Christian denominations they were and/or are taught they should not worry what they do in life, because they are saved. Though such false teaching that there should be done no works of faith any more brings that people do not mind doing things which are considered sin by the Bible Truth. They forget that sin is easily transmitted from one to the other, as believers become victims of their environment. When one embraces the truth there must be complete severance from the previous way of life (see Jos 23:1-7 Jud 2:3 Ps 106:34-40). The life in Christ will only be successful if there is a ruthless suppression of fleshly desires, and refusal to condone such, or those dominated thereby (1Co 15:33 2Co 6:17 Eph 5:11 2Th 3:14 1Ti 6:5 1Ti 6:14 2Ti 2:17-18 Re 18:3-5). As the bestialities and moral depravities of the Canaanites were abominable to Jehovah (see Le 18:26-28) such bestialities today are also still an abomination in the eyes of God.
Yesterday’s chapter showed that God is active in the world recruiting saints, as ‘soldiers for the battle’ of faith (vs. 1-4 + 2Ti 2:3-4 + Eph 6:14-18 2Co 2:15-16), today’s chapter shows that redeemed people had (and still have) an obligation to endorse the Truth (De 21:8).
From these readings we should remember that the Law revealed that there is a way to liberty through love: liberty from the shackles of paganism, sin, and servitude to the wonderful privilege of spiritual marriage. It foreshadowed the liberty found Christ Through the warfare of faith.
Those who love should not be afraid to face the world and warn it about the Wrath of God and of the necessity to come to God by the way provided, Jesus Christ. He should be the king where people should look at and come to celebrate. He deserves a ‘Kingsday’ and he is the one who really can bring liberation and ‘cover the dead’.
These days the world blow hot and cold and often it comes walking on a thin line or a very high suspended thin rope to walk on. We should not be afraid to face those who ignore God, like to fight and do not mind the many killings. We should show them that it can be different, that we can come to live in a world without worries, where many peoples can live together in peace. We have them to learn to know the prince of peace who is the king of kings.
This day of remembrance we should take two minutes of silence, remembering all those who died in such ridiculous battles, which did not bring forth much goods for mankind (except some interesting inventions) but did not solve the many pains and sufferings.