Bury the dead
Genesis 23:8,9 -
And he communed with them, saying, If it be your mind that I should bury my dead out of my sight; hear me, and intreat for me to Ephron the son of Zohar, that he may give me the cave of Machpelah, which he hath, which is in the end of his field; for as much money as it is worth he shall give it me for a possession of a buryingplace amongst you.
Many Christians have a very wrong understanding of what happens to people after they die and due to this they are deceived and follow beliefs, practices or traditions which anger God. They communicate with spirits of the dead which the Lord forbids in the Bible. It is another matter that the spirit they communicate with is not the person but something else that comes in the name of the person.
We read in the Bible people after death were buried, but in some cases if the person was of great value like a Man of God or like in today's scripture Abraham did with the body of Sarah, they kept their body in caves. Was Abraham breaking the law by not burying the body so as to let the body go back to the dust as given in scriptures?
We need to understand all parts of us have a spiritual understanding (every organ or physical part, their placement and interactions tells us volumes of the Lord which is the image of Gods in us) and when man sinned this image got corrupted. In science sickness originates from the corruption of the perfect DNA in man or from malfunctioning of the system in man due to foreign bodies or environment.
Flesh symbolizes understanding and the Hebrew word translated as flesh has that meaning. When Jesus said east my flesh, it had many meaning and one of them was to eat His Word and in no way or place did He mean to eat His real human flesh. It was the corrupt mind of the Jews that thought in that direction. If you read in genesis the curse of flesh becoming dust was a curse after sin came into man. It was for this reason the flesh of Jesus was not allowed corruption and He alone resurrected in the flesh. We are not perfect as Jesus so our flesh goes to dust but we do not, the Bible says we sleep in Him to enter Heaven when He comes.
Coming to today's message the reason people kept the bodies in caves was to maintain the bones of those who died. Bones in spirit symbolize character therefore no bone of Jesus was allowed to be broken.
Great people of God are example of character for us and we should carry them as example for us but the early people lacked understanding and took the symbol (object) not its symbolic understanding. The bones of the dead were given great importance and became religious objects. God gets very angry when people do that and for that reason God hid the body of Moses and did not let the Israelites find his body (bones) till this day. Another example is putting of dust or ash on the head, like during times of sorrow symbolized man was still under the curse of Adam. We have Christians even today who do this even though with their mouth they claim Jesus broke the curse but their actions contradict their words.
People without Spirit or spiritual understanding give importance to the bodies or part of the bodies of the dead. They roam around with parts of bodies of people thinking they are glorifying the Lord but they do not understand they are bringing God to anger.
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ please understand we humans are spirit being living our earthly lives in this body of flesh and bones. This world is temporary and everything here is symbolic. Since our understanding and our character is not perfect but under construction by the Holy Spirit, our flesh and our bones goes to dust but we that believe in Jesus Christ do not, for He broke the curse of prison (hell) for us who believe in Him.
Let us take the good understanding and the good characters of those in the Lord and passed this journey, let us stop carrying their bodies or their bones and anger God.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord, when You made us we were not restricted to our bodies, but when sin came into us we lost Truth and Righteousness therefore were imprisoned in this body of flesh and bones. With the working of the Holy Spirit - the Spirit of Truth we will receive the Truth in us and when Jesus comes again we will receive His Righteousness as a covering and once again be like we were before sin came into us. We will then get access again to the Tree of Life and thus have access to eternal life. Lord we pray for those who believe in You but have not yet received your Spirit or have not let your Spirit work in them for they are still behind tomb stones of traditions and wrapped in deceit. Lord, we pray You move these tomb stones and unwarp their minds and let your light shine in them...
This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference Scriptures ]
35 Wherefore he saith also in another psalm, Thou shalt not suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.
36 For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell on sleep, and was laid unto his fathers, and saw corruption:
37 But he, whom God raised again, saw no corruption.
John 19:36 - For these things were done, that the scripture should be fulfilled, A bone of him shall not be broken.
7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
19 And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof.
21 And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;
22 And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.
Genesis 3:9-11, 17-19
9 And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?
10 And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.
11 And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?
17 And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;
18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;
19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.
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