22 October 2021

There are times when one must speak boldly, and accept the consequences. They may not be what you expect. Pastor Tamaki being strip searched because he disobeyed a judge and spoke at a picnic of a few thousand that stuck to the letter of the law but denied the spirit — which was to silence him — is the latest example.

I am not saying that Tamaki is a prophet. I am saying that his church should, like all churches, be judged by the lives it turns around and the development of a Godly inheritance that passes from generation to generation. He’s not to my taste. He’s from the margins. But you go with the leaders God called.

And those leaders at times are going to literally stick their lives on the line when preaching the word of God. Jeremiah was spared at this time from the king, but Uriah had preceded him and given the same message from God. And the king sent his agents to Egypt, to kill him in exile.

Note that this message to the people was one of hope. If they reform their ways and repent, they will be saved. This time the king did not listen, but he was restrained from doubling down and killing innocent blood. The unrighteous hate this. This sermon is from a Bishop Scheider, who is Catholic, but is is worth thinking about in the current situation.

We don’t yet know. Maybe it will come a time, when the celebration of the traditional Mass will be very much limited. In such a situation there could arise a chain of catacomb-Masses, as happens in times of emergency and persecution. Maybe many Catholics of our day shall live through a time similar to that described by St Basil the Great, during the persecution of traditional Catholics by the liberal Arian episcopate in the fourth century. He wrote:

“The mouths of true believers are dumb, while every blasphemous tongue wags free; holy things are trodden under foot; the better laity shun the churches as schools of impiety; and lift their hands in the deserts with sighs and tears to their Lord in heaven. Even you must have heard what is going on in most of our cities, how our people with wives and children and even our old men stream out before the walls, and offer their prayers in the open air, putting up with all the inconvenience of the weather with great patience, and waiting for help from the Lord.” (Ep. 92)

The same thing can be said for the faithful congregations. At present we are limited as to whom can attend at any one service, their names are recorded, and the ability to invite friends and strangers to worship is limited for us all.

Because the one thing the spirit of this age hates is when a soul repents and finds salvation.

Jeremiah 26:12-24

12 Then Jeremiah said to all the officials and all the people: “The Lord sent me to prophesy against this house and this city all the things you have heard. 13 Now reform your ways and your actions and obey the Lord your God. Then the Lord will relent and not bring the disaster he has pronounced against you. 14 As for me, I am in your hands; do with me whatever you think is good and right. 15 Be assured, however, that if you put me to death, you will bring the guilt of innocent blood on yourselves and on this city and on those who live in it, for in truth the Lord has sent me to you to speak all these words in your hearing.”

16 Then the officials and all the people said to the priests and the prophets, “This man should not be sentenced to death! He has spoken to us in the name of the Lord our God.”

17 Some of the elders of the land stepped forward and said to the entire assembly of people, 18 “Micah of Moresheth prophesied in the days of Hezekiah king of Judah. He told all the people of Judah, ‘This is what the Lord Almighty says:

“‘Zion will be plowed like a field,
Jerusalem will become a heap of rubble,
the temple hill a mound overgrown with thickets.’

19 “Did Hezekiah king of Judah or anyone else in Judah put him to death? Did not Hezekiah fear the Lord and seek his favor? And did not the Lord relent, so that he did not bring the disaster he pronounced against them? We are about to bring a terrible disaster on ourselves!”

20 (Now Uriah son of Shemaiah from Kiriath Jearim was another man who prophesied in the name of the Lord; he prophesied the same things against this city and this land as Jeremiah did. 21 When King Jehoiakim and all his officers and officials heard his words, the king was determined to put him to death. But Uriah heard of it and fled in fear to Egypt. 22 King Jehoiakim, however, sent Elnathan son of Akbor to Egypt, along with some other men. 23 They brought Uriah out of Egypt and took him to King Jehoiakim, who had him struck down with a sword and his body thrown into the burial place of the common people.)

24 Furthermore, Ahikam son of Shaphan supported Jeremiah, and so he was not handed over to the people to be put to death.

Hebrews 7:11-22

11 If perfection could have been attained through the Levitical priesthood—and indeed the law given to the people established that priesthood—why was there still need for another priest to come, one in the order of Melchizedek, not in the order of Aaron? 12 For when the priesthood is changed, the law must be changed also. 13 He of whom these things are said belonged to a different tribe, and no one from that tribe has ever served at the altar. 14 For it is clear that our Lord descended from Judah, and in regard to that tribe Moses said nothing about priests. 15 And what we have said is even more clear if another priest like Melchizedek appears, 16 one who has become a priest not on the basis of a regulation as to his ancestry but on the basis of the power of an indestructible life. 17 For it is declared:

“You are a priest forever,
in the order of Melchizedek.”

18 The former regulation is set aside because it was weak and useless 19 (for the law made nothing perfect), and a better hope is introduced, by which we draw near to God.

20 And it was not without an oath! Others became priests without any oath, 21 but he became a priest with an oath when God said to him:

“The Lord has sworn
and will not change his mind:
‘You are a priest forever.’”

22 Because of this oath, Jesus has become the guarantor of a better covenant.

By the time that Christ was born, the Jews had been under various forms of governaance.

The tribes had no king, and God sent judges, who generally managed to save their generation and perhaps their children, then the people became apostate.

Then Samuel appointed the first king (saul) and the second (David) who established a kingdom, split after Solomon, with generally bad kings that led the people apostate but times of reformation driven by prophet priest and king together.

After the exile the governance was with the staraps and the leadership of the people was with scribes and prophets, such as Ezra and Malachi.

During the Greek empire, the Jews rebelled under the Maccabean family of priests and the nation was ruled by a high priest and council.

By the time of the Romans the nation was divided, with a procurator over the province. It remained that way until it fell, during the time of Titus.

So there had been a direct theocracy, a monarchy, and a theocratic republic. None of these survived because they were human. The legacy of king and priest was lost. The prophets were silent.

But Christ is both king and priest, from eternal lines, not those made by man, but God. He is our gurantor. Not our govermnet, nor the appointed leaders of our church. Christ.

And he is faithful. In him alone is our salvation.

Let thee politicians, press, mass media and social media scream as the are ignored. We need to seek Christ.