Jesus is KING OF Kings and Princes Who return to rule in Israel. Revelation 20:4+ says resurrected saints rule and reign with Christ. Jesus and saints return with a heavenly army in Jude 1:14 as Enoch the seventh from Adam prophesied. The Lord comes with ten thousands of His saints and many passages in the old and new testament confirm saints will rule. Isaiah 32:1 says the righteous reign with Messiah and princes rule with justice. Daniel and John says saints rule after the beast destroyed in Revelation 19:20 in Second Coming of Christ, reign of saints not yet come. Four kings arise out of earth but saints of Most High God will receive to possess kingdoms forever in Daniel 7:17-18. The Ancient of Days will come to judge but favour saints of Most High in Daniel 7:21-22. God’s Kingdom, dominion, greatness of kingdoms under the whole heaven given saints. Kingdom is everlasting, dominions will serve and obey Jesus in Daniel 7:27. Jesus given an authority over cities Luke 19:17-19. Not as James and John want position on left and right of Jesus share rule in Mathew 20:20, Mark 10:37. Revelation 3:21 says Jesus tells overcomers to sit with Him on His throne as He sits on His father’s throne: God’s gives high authority to the believers with Jesus on David’s throne in Matthew 25:31 as kings on this earth. This kings and priests of God’s kingdom in Revelation 5:10 reign in the FUTURE as kings and priests to God. Joint heirs with Jesus as believers in God’s Word by royal priesthood. New new creations as His special people, Body of Christ, heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ Jesus. As Jesus Rules and Reigns all in Christ will rule and reign as kings, queens and royal priests on earth. Jesus is ONLY KING’S KINGDOM citizens made Kings and Queens. People in other kingdoms are NOT ALL Kings as UNIQUE Kingdom of God. People must know because some are going around saying they kings and queens. In Deuteronomy 17:14–15, God said, “ In land the LORD your God gives you say, ‘set king over us like all nations be sure to appoint a king LORD chooses. God promised Jacob, Nations will come from you and kings among descendants in Genesis 35:11, Genesis 36:31; 49:10; Numbers 24:7–9; Deuteronomy 28:36. In Bible, Jezebel the woman she – devil in 1 Kings 16:31; 18:4-19; 19:1, 2; 21:5-25; 2 Kings 9 manipulates King Ahab to control nation. Its a misnomer to encourage the people to think all are kings and queens all at the same time. One reigning king and queen and subordinate kings and queen living in harmony. Hierarchy structure of kingship is birthright seniority from God but exceptions happen on special occasions. Hierarchy structure includes set formal positions with authority of each king. A paramount King is bowed to by lesser king during durbars. During procession event lesser king got out of his palaquin to walk on foot by a Senior King’s palace as a sign of respect and honour. Repeats again on return after procession to sit in palaquin after passing the King’s palace. Each king holds their strategic positions in battle knows which location to be in to cover the Senior King permanently associated with each kingdom. These kings meet together at international and local level to help celebrate community and to keep in touch with the citizens. Disputes or differences settled amicably but warring faction may disagree on the issues they do not see eye to eye. This is a traditional kingship which treats their king as God’s representative on earth. A lesser king brings specific gifts, tributes, to the Senior Kings. During the hunting season parts of the game veal belonging to Senior King given to them. A public sitting, arrival, processions are all based on preset protocol of Kingdom structure for thousands of years. Highly followed protocol based on hierarchy of an office and position of a king is established by the traditions. They are not based on the favouritism or popularity of the King or opinions of the people. Those close to a kings family are trained from birth to be aware of these traditions. People not familiar with a kingdom rule may find a standard protocol strange but it has the very role to establish order and security or safety. Some misunderstand protocol demand to be treated as they like do not respect a traditional setting structure. Some declare they are kings wear huge gold chains, gold teeth, distorts true reality of kingship. Lack humility and mislead people by delusion of grandeur megalomaniac impostor syndrome of a royal paranoia always feeling superior to others. Do not submit to authority or understand that kings are not arrogant pompous tyrants who order the people around. Its King makers who choose a humble considerate and pliable person they feel will cope well with position. They are trained and taught kingship is duty for life not self aggrandisement for negative attention seeking behaviour to outshine others and to show off to the world. It is essential to educate modern generations about social structure to understand role of subjects and citizens. Lack of modern education makes social media want to dictate structures they do not fully understand. Security reasons require discreet communication silence, using trained eyes, blink, wink, handle position of teacup, bags, subtle language in the presence of dignitaries. One cannot be blunt, raw or outspoken all the time for personal safety. Revelation 8:1 says when the Lamb opens seventh seal is silence in heaven for about half an hour. There is a time to speak and a time to be silent we must know when to talk and when to say nothing as Bible says in Ecclesiastes 3:17. Jesus SUBMITS to God yet He is the ONLY KING of Kings SEATED AT GOD’S RIGHT HAND. Good to know wealth or fame is not reason to become king. Some think being rich in powerful positions automatically makes them king. So make unrealistic demand on others to fulfil their fantasy so if they are rebuffed get so angry and irrational. They live in a utopia fantasy world with blindspots not realising life is tough and challenging so must adapt and grow up. Must put other people first because life is not exclusively only all about them. There is ONLY ONE KING OF Kings Jesus Head of all Children of God. Jesus warns in the last days highminded people who feel above their station have minds on physical things not real things of God. God is not retained in their thoughts in Psalm 10:4, Romans 1, despise authority do their own thing for they think they are superior to God and Jesus. They are presumptuous, self-willed, impose their strong will on others by their way or no way behaviour, act out of dictates of their own hearts to influence public opinion than following God with humility and trusting HIM to bring HIS WILL to pass. 2 Peter 3 says: 1 Know in the last days perilous times will come 2 people will be lovers of themselves lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure than lovers of God 5 having form of godliness but deny God’s power. From such turn away 6 For this sort creep in houses and make captives of silly women load down with sins, led away by lusts 7 always learning and never able to come to knowledge of truth. 8 As Jannes and Jambres resisted Moses, resist truth, men of corrupt minds disapproved of by faith 9 will not progress their folly manifests to all they misled. Man of God using Word of God must 10 follow doctrine, lead Godly life, faith, longsuffering, love, perseverance 11 face challenges like Antioch, Iconium endured as the LORD delivered. 12 All who live Godly in Christ go through life challenges 13 as the evil men impostors grow worse deceive so deceived.2 Peter 3 says 14 You continue in things learnt in childhood 15 known Holy Scriptures to make you wise for salvation by faith in Christ. 16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God is profitable for doctrine, reproof, correction instruction, righteousness 17 man of God to be complete equipped for good works. ONLY JESUS MILLENNIAL REIGN believers made kings so don’t be deceived or think too highly of yourself not submit to God. Daniel 2:21 says God changes times seasons HE makes kings, removes kings, promote kings. HE gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the humble. A TV show put only kings in a house without servants so did chores, cooked, cleaned. SOVEREIGN LORD gave Jesus all POWER of authority in heaven and earth in Matthew 28:18-19. To teach all nations, baptizing them in Name of Father God, Son, Holy Spirit. Jesus in John 14:12–14 gives power as crucified risen Christ. But satan tries to be like Most High God in Ezekiel, Isaiah 14 cast out of heaven. So Most High God is KING could not have another king in heaven. Kings and queens in kingdoms so no two kings or queens at same time. After satan cast out of heaven to earth the world became his kingdom as ruler of world in John 12:31. Kingdom of God has One KING, Jesus Christ ruling KING in 1 Corinthians 15:28. Jesus refused the offer of satan to make him king after He fasted 40 days and nights in wilderness. In future all overcomer saints rule with Jesus as sons and daughters of God. The Kingdom of God gives leadership power of dominion to saints. Jesus is Absolute KING OF Kings and Lord of lords.
Traditional music of African continent is passed down orally and is not written. Sub-Saharan African music tradition is based on many percussion instruments including xylophones, drums, and tone-producing instruments such as mbira or “thumb piano.” The music and dance of African diaspora is from these various regions of diaspora origins. The degree of influence of African musical tradition includes American music or Caribbean genres like soca, calypso and zouk. And Latin American music genres: rumba, conga, bomba, cumbia or samba music of the music of enslaved Africans. These in turn influence African global music.Replica of a Akan West African chief’s drum used for dance music events. The artist is high ranking West African well slave community. Drum denotes a wood carving specialist but drums prohibited because white colonists feared its used to communicate for revolt. So Virginia preserved African Cultures from 1700 – 1800, drums made of animal material and Wood. Drums are oldest African-American objects collected early 1700s in Colony of Virginia in America. Drum was made in the Akan region in Ghana West Africa is played during ceremonies or social occasions. The music is fusion of sounds from Ghana, Burkina Faso, Guinea, Gambia, Uganda, Morocco, Belgium, Scotland, England, Denmark, and France. instruments include Kora, Ngoni, Gimbre, Krakab, Axatse, sticks, Gakogui, Seprewa, Sogo, Apentema, Kpanlogo, Atumpani, Fontonfrom, Dondo, Endingidi, Goje, Bolong, Atenteben Flute, the orchestral Flute and Egoe Calabash Gourd.
The drum travelled across Atlantic on a slave ship used to exercise slaves to keep healthy. Music legacy of drumming on plantations by over 12 million Africans transported to America between 1501-1800s. Provided labour for mines, plantations of sugar, rice, tobacco and cotton. Drumming, African musical tradition in colonies of different music, shouts, hollars, work songs, fife, drum and spirituals. Ghana drum opens news broadcast with ‘Ghana muntie’ ie Ghana listen.
Music of 12 million Africans into Brazil, Caribbean, America by Europeans from West Africa. Europe used war captive as slaves to farm plantations and domestic slaves. Chained below deck, did not see outside travelling on deck to breathe air or dance. Shackled, densely packed like sardines got sick some died, killed from their societies at sea. Sloane’s collected the material culture of Drum objects in African-American slave trade era. These middle passage forced Africans to dance to exercise for slave labour. Akan drum reached Virginia as musical instrument coerced circulate as cultural resources is used in African international music.
Sloane recorded slave music in Jamaica of African drum, guitar. African-Americans play guitar or drums identity of community. Planters didn’t tolerate performances of slave societies. Sloane notes instrument bans didn’t make drums ddisappear. Sloane collected slave artefacts in C18th tools, clothing, whips, nooses, weapons or anatomical remains. Objects, were gifts from correspondents or collectors, judged Sloane on Caribbean’s natural history slavery. The Akan drum donor Reverend Clerk to Sloane identified it “as Indian drum,” but its African. True identity of African objects survived and circulated by slave traders, recreated by slaves for music to dance to. According to Roots, Kunta Kinte was born circa 1750 in Mandinka village of Juffure, in Gambia. He was raised in a Muslim family. In 1767, Kunta while he searched for wood to make a drum for his younger brother, four men chased him and took him captive. Haley traced record of ship The Lord Ligonier to Maryland where Kunta arrived in chain in America. Kunta Kinte kept name of his village and native name of Gambia River origin from Portuguese cambio for exchange or trade. Kunta Kinte’s life in village is similar to Masaka Africana.
Cambio is Kamby Bolongo native trade route like Naplis is Minneapolis. By 1600s large agricultural or commercial estates in Brazil needed more slaves. Portuguese slave traders of Gambia kidnapped Kunte. He traced his roots back to the Gambia. Kunte Family was: Omoro (father) and Binta (mother); Belle (wife); Kizzy (daughter); Chicken George (grandson). Kunte was born in c. 1750 in Juffure, The Gambia and died: c. 1822 (aged c.71–77); in the Spotsylvania County, Virginia. Despite attempt by the slave master to erode his name, Kunta Kinte held onto his memories passed on to his descendants written about in his life history book, Roots made into films.
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Professor Kwesi Ampene, CU West African High Life & World Music International Team
Adam Holden, Obroni Dance Music
Anthony Appiah, Princeton University,
Alex Haley, Roots, Kunta Kinte, Virginia
James Delbourgo, Associate Professor of History, Rutgers University, USA
Patton, S.F. (1998) African-American art. Oxford, N.Y.: Oxford University Press.Hans Sloane’s collection?
Chocolate cocoa history dates to 450 BC. when the Aztecs in Latin America were seen fermenting cocoa seeds made into powder and drunk bitter. The seeds had so much value it was used as currency. Westerners observed them and tasted it but added sugar to sweeten cocoa drink. Tetteh Quashie from Ghana brought the cocoa seeds to Gold Coast and thrived so became a global commodity exported. A tropical temperature suited cocoa best it flourishes in Ghana, Ivory Coast and in Nigeria exported into Western countries Belgium, Britain Cadbury World, Nestle of Switzerland among top 15 countries. In 1591 the first transatlantic chocolate cocoa reached Spain turns into popular product as demand grew. The cocoa tree planted from seeds grown is harvested by difficult process by slaves used in its production. History of cocoa process of industrialization of chocolate used slave labour on plantations to supply world with cocoa beans to make chocolate. The islands of São Tomé and Príncipe a then colony of Portugal and West Africa archipelago were first to cultivate cocoa among the world’s largest producers in the 20thcentury. The increasing demand from Europe cleared more acres of this plantations. Slaves from Angola of more settlers and more machinery increased supply chain of cocoa and chocolates.The British Journalist Henry Nevinson documented plight of plantation slaves in articles, magazines and book Modern Slavery published in 1906 in a Harpers Monthly Magazine.“A long line of men and women at intervals of about a yard, were clearing plantation. ..To the back of every woman clung an infant’s head lay between her shoulders, bumped against her back as she struck hoe in the ground.Five or six yards behind them officers stood, white men, or three parts white, dressed in traditional planter style of big hat, white shirt, and loose trousers. Each carried an eight foot stick of hard wood, whitewood, pointed at ends” Nevinson’s work included numerous photographs, descriptions of the working conditions that fueled controversy in Great Britain.Despite attention to business practices of Cadbury company of Great Britain as biggest owner then of these plantations manufactured chocolates. It publicised situation, shows complicated network dodges blame. Public pressure results in government intervention investigations court case. Cadbury stopped purchasing from São Tomé and Príncipe tranferred the cocoa plantations into West Africa.Despite official abolition of slavery the slaves were transported another 400 years and ongoing in parts of the world. In 2001, slave ship MV Etireno carrying several hundred children from Benin were reported missing refused entry to Gabon and Cameroon rescued children. UNICEF becomes involved investigating reveals slave trafficking operation links West Africa in Ivory Coast. Ivory Coast is the world’s largest supplier of cocoa beans provide 43 % of world’s supply. The 600,000 cocoa farms in Ivory Coast account for one-third of nation’s entire economy half the world’s supply for chocolate trade. Most people who are trafficked tricked and lied to with fantastic job prospects with good pecks assured. Find themselves enslaved and victims abused by such traffickers.
Human trafficking and child slavery in cocoa and chocolate industry continues today. The Freedom Project investigated series by CNN broadcasted on chocolate industry and government of Ivory Coast address modern slavery in plantations.Children at seven years old are working harvesting cocoa pods and beans for the sweet chocolate delicacies of Western people. Education is not compulsory in some countries and due to school fees so many cannot afford to pay. Therefore children work family business to gain skills even if illiterate become farmers. CNN report felt public must know about it to take action and to stop it, said Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin with Rep. Eliot Engel of New York in response: “How many people know the wonderful chocolates they eat are produced by child labour.Agreed a voluntary protocol signed by heads of chocolate industry to stop child labour to certify the cocoa trade as child labour free. The working conditions in cocoa growing bring awareness of a fair trade by consumers. A researcher noted lack of evidence of ethical consumption among end-user improved situations of the child workers on West African cocoa farms. All to consider and ask questions of origins of food and conditions food is produced in. This concerns of safety of well being of those who produce food in Western countries ensures West African cocoa growers and harvesters and other workers globally afforded same rights.
God called Moses in Exodus 2:1-6 in the burning bush by name ‘Moses! Moses in verse 4. God knew and called Moses by name for God knew Moses by name and God knows your name too. In Exodus 33:17 the LORD God told Moses I will do the thing you asked for you found grace in my sight and I know you by name.1 Samuel 3:1-10 says God called Samuel by name five times that night. Samuel’s name is known by God who knows your name too. Jesus after death when ladies at His tomb told by angel, “Go tell the disciples and PETER, Jesus is going ahead of you to Galilee in Mark 16:7. Peter is named by Jesus and God knows your name too. Be confident God knows your name to care in HIS LOVE for you.Isaiah 43:1 – Bible says in Jeremiah 1:5 Before God formed you in the womb He knows you, before you were born God sanctified you, ordained you prophet to the nations. Before you were born God called you from birth and mentioned you by name in Isaiah 49:1-26. Listen, O isles, hearken people from far. The LORD called Isaiah from the womb so God mentioned Isaiah by his name.Isaiah 43:1-28, The LORD God created you Jacob and He formed you O Israel, Fear not, God redeemed you and called you by your name as God’s property. In John 10:14-15, The GOOD SHEPHERD is God HE knows HIS sheep and HIS sheep know God and hear HIS VOICE daily.In John 10:3, the Good Shepherd Jesus the door opens and the sheep hear His voice. Calls His own sheep by name and leads them into green pastures. Psalms 139:1 – 127:24, in the Psalm of David, O LORD you searched me and know me. It is written in Psalms 91:14, Because you set your love on God, therefore God will deliver you and set him on high because you know God Elohim Jehovah’s Name.In Isaiah 43:2, When you pass through the waters I will be with you through rivers they shall not overflow you. When you walk through fire you will not be burnt or flames burn you. Isaiah 43:7 Says everyone called by MY NAME is created for God’s GLORY formed by God WHO made him. Exodus 33:17 The LORD told Moses I will show you MY GLORY as you said for you found grace in my sight and I know you by your name.Moses negotiates with God to lead Israel by cloud in the day and by fire at night. Moses no longer carried the burden of leading the people allowed Moses rest to let people God tells them to move or to stop. Moses told “the LORD lead the people so everyone will know You are leading us.” God’s response in Exodus 33:17 is I will do what you ask because I know you. God knows Moses and Moses knows God will do as HE said HE will do for Moses trusts who God knows Moses. The LORD assured Moses HIS Presence will go with Israel and responded with these words in Exodus 33:17: “I will do this thing you spoke of you found grace and favour in My sight, I know you by name.” This profound statement and is confidence boosting for Moses under so much pressure from people. This truth from to Moses is significant in our lives. Leaders find people look up to them not God to settle problems. So may not seek answers in Bible for guidance look for others for advise them. God is needed despite angelic help for journey to help with challenges of life in Promised land. Moses said, “If You know my name and I find grace in Your sight be with us. The LORD knows your name HIS favour on you to truly to experience HIS presence, grace in life, family, work or future. God knew all his mistakes, his anger, pride, murder, grief of loss of Miriam, his need for a new leader to help. God knows us by name. God knows moment from time knitted in womb and named. When we feel lonely God knows we are not alone for the Father God is with us. And Jesus promised to be with us to the end. God leads and gives rest. We trust God to be with us shows up in HIS Shekinah Glory to reveal His presence to give us hope.Revelation 20:15, says God knows those whose are found written in the book of life but those found cast in a lake of fire. God sees good deeds in secret. Matthew 6:4-8, says all your gifts in secret Father see in secret to reward you openly. The Almighty God, Creator of the Universe created you in HIS OWN IMAGE knows your name each hair on your head. He knows details of your life and loves you, wants to spend time with you. So God is part of your life as you are in HIS Image you have God’s inbuilt nature, qualities of God. All who call upon the Name of the LORD shall be saved in Jesus NameIn Isaiah 43:1-28 The Lord who created you Jacob and formed you O Israel: says “Fear not for I redeemed you and called you by name you are mine. And when you pass through the waters I will be with you and through the rivers they will not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you will not be burned and the flame shall not consume you. For I AM the Lord your God the Holy One of Israel, your Saviour. I give Egypt as your ransom Cush and Seba in exchange for you. You are precious to me, honoured and I love you, I give men in return for you in exchange for your life. Fear not, for I AM with you and I will bring your offspring from the east and west. I will gather your children from the north.In John 10:14-15 Jesus as good shepherd knows His own and His own know Him the Father knows Jesus and Jesus knows the Father and He lays down His life for His sheep. In John 10:3 His sheep hears His Voice, and He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. Psalm 139:1-24 says, O LORD, you search and know me you know when I sit down or when I rise up. You discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down and acquainted with all my ways. Before I speak the words on my tongue O LORD you know it. Your hedge of protection is behind and before me to and keep your hands upon me. God.In Psalm 91:14 “Because we hold fast to God in love He will deliver and protect us because we knows God’s Name. And Isaiah 49:1-26 says Listen O coastlands, give attention people from far. God has called me from my mother’s womb and named me. He made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of HIS hand he hid me, made me a polished arrow in HIS quiver he hides me. God said, “You are God’s servant in whom Israel will be glorified.” I said, “I laboured in vain and spent my strength for nothing in vain its LORD God who will recompense me. So the LORD formed Isaiah from the womb to be his servant to bring Jacob back to HIM and Israel gathered to him. Isaiah is honoured in the eyes of the LORD and God is our strength in Jesus Name.
God told Israel to take off jewelry ornaments by Mount Horeb in Exodus 33:6. Israelites told to strip themselves of their jewelry to stop wearing it due to their stiff neckedness that made God angry. God’s authority as gold provider teaches them to be humble not insolent because they dress in luxury gold. God forced them to be accountable for their stiff necked behaviour in life to reflect on their actions. So must appear in deep mourning repent of their circumstances as God told Moses. They cried at the sad news Moses relayed but remorse requires practice of a demure, sombre, silence to signify sorrow, grief and regret. Luxury jewels, trinkets, ornaments taken off, hairstyle kept simple, covered or shaved to be humble in the sight of God. Some wear sandals or walk barefoot in sackcloth as sign of humility to seek face of God in prayer of repentance. Humble penitence pleases God if mankind strips off excess to lay themselves bare before God to enter HIS Presence in the temple in silence. Its a deep reflection to seek God’s grace, mercy and forgiveness to search their heart, soul in repentance. God’s decision is not cruelty but of pity and mercy of God’s concern and love for them to change. Faces must show grief, tears or grievous sighs, groaning, sobs pleading for remission of sins, promises of eternal life in Christ. God required Israelites to show true remorse in their appearance in anguish of souls at the foot of Mount Horeb. God warned them about their stiff-neckedness that results in punishment from God. Isaiah 2:19-22 in Bible says people hide in caves, holes, rocks in fear of the LORD’S GLORY and Majesty as HE rises to shake earth. 20 That day people will cast idols of silver, gold made to worship to moles and cave bats. Revelation 6:15-17 kings of the earth, princes, generals, rich, mighty, slave, free hide in caves of rocks, mountains. 16 They call mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of God who sits on the throne and from wrath of the Lamb. 17 The great day of wrath has come and who can stand God?”As Revelation 6:15-17 says The kings of earth, princes, generals, rich, mighty, slave or free hide in caves among rocks of mountains. 16 They call on mountain and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of God who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb. 17 The great day of wrath has come who can stand God?” God expects humility to see external physical norms associated with sadness or grief and sorrow. God told Moses to tell them to put off ornaments until God decides what to do with Israel to move on as God instructed Moses. This God’s command was to a “stiff neck” people in time of anger against their rebellion. It does not mean Christians must never wear gold. Neither are ornaments to be a centre of focus for wrong reasons of a negative attention seeking behaviour. In 1 Timothy 2:9 he warns Church women to dress in moderation compared to the vulgar outlandish costumes to draw an attention of moral decadence. In 1 Peter 3:3 the problems of affluence in Church meant adornment outwardly arranging the hair, wearing gold putting on fine apparels became competition to outdo each other to show off even in giving. It is still an issue as Peter is talking about modesty in dress and moderation in all things. Jewelry is good as God adorns His Bride with jewels in prophecy living in Golden heavenly city bedazzled with precious jewel in New Heaven and New earth freely given to all those in Christ.But going and spending too much time preparing self with gold to look bizarre to impress to seduce in the presence of God’s house is at the heart of the matter. Gold is good to Glorify God at the heart of worship in Church in His Presence so is not fashion catwalk. Christians live in a world of luxury and decadence Peter warned of the danger of lack of modesty in adornment in the Church. A senseless extravagance to show off is not modesty to focus on God for their selfless service of goodness. Bible says Christians to be adorned modestly in humility. Timothy says ladies in church adorn your heart. I Timothy 2:9 says wear modest apparel and be properly covered. In moderation use simple braid hair, gold, pearls not a costly clothing to show off wealth. These passages confirm the notion of stripping off fine jewels and rich clothes in times of deep grief and humiliation in Micah 1:8. To wail and howl; strip in sackcloth or simple clothes to make wailing sound of mourning required by a sincere grief. In Numbers 31:50 some gave offering to the LORD gold articles, armlet bracelets, signet rings earrings, necklaces to make atonement before the LORD. 51 Moses and Eleazar the priest accepted gold, all crafted articles. 52 from commanders of thousands, commanders of hundreds so Moses and Eleazar presented gifts to the LORD weighed 16,750 shekels. 53 From soldier’s plunder. 54 Moses and Eleazar the priest took gold to tent of meeting as memorial of Israelites before the LORD.Godly sorrow and mourning has a hope of eternal life and given precious jewels. Church is not a time for fashion parades to show off gold wealth. Or of changing clothes many times during sad funerals like a wedding feast. Costs thousands to those planning funeral to spend money after death but not in the lifetime. Deep grief or sorrow strips fineries of life in sadness for a season. God expects life to return to normal after the time of sorrow and grief. In 1 Samuel 19:24 the extreme deep devotional exercise of Saul under prophetic influence strips him bare before God. Israel is humbled by God. Ancient Jewish name יהוה of Jehovah’s Divine protection in a golden ornament used to make golden calf had consequence laying naked, defenceless. All ornaments or spiritual things of God commanded to lay off and to not wear symbols of Divine protection forfeited by transgression until after repentance. God said, “That I may know what to do to Israel” under God’s Divine protection shield is commanded to put aside. Many parted with ornaments put aside and later worn again. Lots of jewels, wives, daughters, sons of 600,000 men stripped to make golden calf. Rest of ornaments later used in Tabernacle furnishing so much people were asked to stop giving it became too much in Exodus 36:5-6. A lesson here is not to put confidence in gold wealth, riches but put confidence in God. Whoever lost gold or riches God is able to restore a 100 fold in this life and in eternal life to come in heaven.
A golden was calf made as Moses stayed on the mountain, it caused people to tell Aaron to, “Come, let us make gods to go before us. Moses who brought us out of Egypt, we don’t know what happened to him in Exodus 32:1. Instead of sending a search party to check on Moses ask for a god to replace the LORD God Elohim. So 2 Aaron said, “Take off the gold earrings your wives, sons, daughters wearing to bring it to me. 3 All the people took off the earrings so brought them to Aaron. 4 He took put into fire to make idol cast calf fashioned by a tool. They said, “This is god Israel which brought you out of Egypt.”5 Aaron built altar in front of the calf said, Tomorrow will be a festival to the LORD. 6 The next day people rose early to sacrifice burnt offerings and sat down to eat, drink, indulged in revelry. 7 The LORD said to Moses, Go down, because your people you brought from Egypt became corrupt. 8 They turned from command to make idol cast calf. They bow and sacrifice to it and said, These are your gods Israel which brought you from Egypt. 9 God told Moses they are stiff-necked people so MY anger burns against them to destroy them so I will make you a great nation.” 11 Moses pleads with God, “why should your anger burn against people you brought out of Egypt with great power and mighty hand? 12 The Egyptians will say, ‘Your evil intention brought them to kill them in the mountain to wipe them off the face of the earth. Stop your fierce anger don’t bring disaster on the people. 13 Remember your servants Abraham, Isaac and Israel, to whom you swore by your self: ‘I will make your descendants as numerous as stars in the sky to give your descendants all this land promised their inheritance forever.’14 God relents and did not bring on HIS people threats. 15 Moses went from mountain with two tablets of the covenant law inscribed on 16 Are tablets God wrote and engraved. 17 Joshua heard noise of shouting said to Moses, “There is sound of war in the camp.”18 Moses said: “Its not sound of victory its sound of singing.” 19 Moses by camp saw calf and dancing, his anger burned, threw tablets out of his hands, breaking them to pieces at the foot of mountain. He took calf, burnt it in fire, ground to powder mixed in water and made Israelites drink it. 21 Asks Aaron “What did people do to you to lead them into great sin? 22 Do not be angry my lord Aaron said, “You know people these prone to evil 23 They said, ‘Make gods to go before us. Moses who brought us out of Egypt, we don’t know what happened to him. 24 I told them bring gold jewelry I threw into fire to make calf.”25 Moses saw people running wild Aaron let them get out of control and a laughingstock to their enemies. Moses stood at entrance of the camp and said, “Whoever is for the LORD, come to me all Levites went to him. 27 This is what the LORD God of Israel says: ‘Each man strap sword to his side. Go in camps from one end to other killing, brother, friend and neighbours.” 28 Levites did what Moses commanded so that day three thousand people died. 29 Moses said, “You are now set apart to the LORD today as you were against your own sons, brothers HE has blessed you this day.” 30 The next day Moses told people, “You committed a great sin so I will go to the LORD to make atonement for your sin.”31 Moses went to the Lord and said, “What great sin the people committed to make gods of gold. 32 Please forgive their sin if not, blot me out of book you have written.” 33The Lord replied to Moses, “Whoever has sinned against me I will blot out of my book. 34 Now go, lead the people to the place I spoke of, and my angel will go before you. However, when the time comes for me to punish, I will punish them for their sin.” 35 The Lord struck the people with plague because of what they did with the calf Aaron made. God of Israel freed them from their slavery in Egypt in Exodus 32:8 forgotten wants god made from their trinkets, jewelry, bangles borrowed in Egypt. Israel given gifts from God turned it into idols to replace Moses mediator with an idol of gold meant for God’s Glory. Their gifts from Egypt from God turns to evil abomination. Seems ridiculous to turn gold to idol declared “gods that brought them out of Egypt.” Israel is taken out Egypt but Egypt is not taken out of them copied idols in Egypt. Took the gifts God to Israel to worship idol not the Creator Almighty God. Knowing God deserves loyalty to be faithful to the Covenant. Impatient waiting a long time for Moses to return from Mount Sinai with the 10 Commandments. God’s timing is not by their terms, conditions, schedule but decided to take matters into own hands. God’s High Priest Aaron’s words to remind them of God’s goodness is non existent. Didn’t seek monotheistic God’s face in prayer, frustrated acted by their permissive freewill of their timetable. Force God to act quickly as HE DID and sent Moses to their own destruction by death and plagues. Aaron tried to justify his reason he set up calf with an excuse the “people made him do it.” Aaron’s job depended on the direct instruction from God not from people who mislead him. To obey God rather than men not make idol for sacrifice or feast uncalled for by God to please people out of fear. Aaron compromised but spared by God for the sake of Moses and his calling by God. God Elohim Elohim saved the children of Israel through Moses and Aaron who spoke to Pharaoh. But people forgot God did great miracles in Egypt after Moses was away for 40 days demands Aaron “make gods to go before them.”So Aaron said took gold rings and he fashioned it into molten calf said “They said, these are your gods O Israel who brought you from Egypt. So “Aaron built an altar and organised festival to celebrate god tomorrow.’ Fear of mob or doubt sets in so Aaron as a leader who should know better joined in. Moses returned from mountain shocked by their actions and broke the tablets of ten commandments. Aaron’s weak position compromised his faith so they behaved even worse after the calf was made. Wrong action Aaron took to please the crowd made it worse. Moses saw Aaron’s lack of their strong leadership and irresponsibility grinds the god calf. Moses asked him in Exodus 32:21 “Why he led people to sin? Moses angry they made idol at Sinai are told forbidden, worship it, credit it with the GLORY and HONOUR due to Elohim. Aaron’s answered, “the people prone to evil in fear put gold, silver in fire made golden calf. Aaron said, “remove gold rings in ears of your wives children” in 32:2. Aaron ask Israelites to contribute gold for Tabernacle shortly after. Made a complete U turn Aaron used jewelry for God. “These are your gods, O Israel” in Exodus 32:8 shows ignorance after all the miracles in Egypt in Exodus 12:38.Moses punished people involved killed by sword or died forced to drink water of ground golden calf, plagues, in 32:20-35. For the sake of Moses, Aaron spared by God made High Priest. And God told Moses in 32:7–8, “Go to your people you brought from Egypt made a molten calf. Moses in Exodus 28:1, pleads with God for helper God told Moses “Bring Aaron to serve Me.” God told Moses to, “bring him near.” Aaron, despite flaws chosen by God for job. Moses, Aaron had flaws too but God’s Divine Choice overruled Moses’ anger. So Aaron and Moses God permitted to enter Holy of Holies. God spoke to Moses and Aaron who told the Israelites “remove gold rings in the ears of your wives and children” in Exodus 32:2. Miracles and plagues witnessed by Israel that destroyed Egyptians by God soon forgotten by Israel. The idols gods of gold, silver, stones, statues, rocks or wood, rivers, etc. cannot compare with God Elohim. Romans 1:25 says, people changed truth of God into lie, worship and served the creature more than the Creator Elohim who is blessed for ever.
Psalm 115:5 says gods have mouths but cannot speak, eyes but cannot see. And Psalm 135:16 Have mouths do not speak have eyes but do not see. Deuteronomy 4:28 says “They serve gods the works of man’s hands, wood, stone, neither see, hear, eat or smell. Daniel 5:23, you exalt yourself against the LORD of heaven, took vessels of HIS HOUSE you and your nobles, wives and concubines use to drink wine you praise gods of silver and gold, of bronze, iron, wood and stone, which do not see, hear or understand. YET God is One in whose hand your life breath is in, you do not GLORIFY HIM. So become like what they worship blind to Spirit of the Living God deaf to Word of God, dumb to the Everlating Gospel of Testimony of Jesus Christ, Revelation 5:1-14. People become like the idols they worship. What they adore is resembled but believers are to love God to conform to the Image of Christ with God. Antioch people recognised apostles and disciples being with Christ by imitating Him. In Jeremiah 10:1-10 same instructions to all to hear the words the LORD spoke to the house of Israel and to all the nations 2 Thus says the LORD Learn not ways of heathens and be not dismayed at signs of heaven; for heathen are dismayed at them. 3 The customs of the people are vain, one cuts a tree out of the forest the work of the hands of the workman with an axe. 4 Decks it with silver and gold so ties it with nails and hammers to fix it not to move. 5 Like an upright palm tree speaks not, is carried because it cannot move. Be not afraid of them they cannot do evil or is it in them to do good 6 And there is none like Elohim O LORD. You art great and your Name is mighty God. 7 Who will not fear you O King of all the nations? For to you belongs all nations And among all the wise men of nations and in all the kingdoms there is none like you. 8 So altogether is a brutish and foolish doctrine of vanities. 9 The Silver spread plates is brought from Tarshish, gold from Uphaz, work of workmen and hands of foundering blue, purple is the clothing of all the work of cunning men. 10 But the LORD is the LORD God, HE is the Living God and Everlasting KING. At HIS wrath earth tremble nations unable to abide at HIS anger.Jeroboam told people of Israel, “It is too much to go to Jerusalem to worship God so, Here are your gods O Israel, which brought you up from land of Egypt in 1 Kings 12:28. Divided kingdom period of Israel in 931-723 BC, Judah: 931-587, Jeroboam built Danite pagan altar high places of 1340-723 BC. Dan tests people through their idolatry in Israel. The sons of Dan set graven image and Jonathan son of Gershom son of Moses and sons priests to tribe Danites until day of captivity of the land in Judges 18:30. God tore Israel from house of David to make Jeroboam king he drove Israel from following the LORD to commit great sin. The sons of Israel walked in sins of Jeroboam so did not depart so God removed Israel from His sight. Israel was carried away into exile from their own land. Amos heard the LORD saying: “Strike the tops of the pillars so thresholds shake. Bring them down on heads of all the people; those left killed with the sword none will get escape. God sends earthquakes in Amos 1:1 destructive power to destroy temple and homes. Survivors of the earthquake killed by sword. The LORD’S fugitives to escape judgment no escape of avenging hand of the LORD. Dig to depths below, climb to heavens above brought down. Hides on top of Carmel is hunted down, seized, hides from MY eyes at bottom of sea but commands serpents to bite them so God finds them in grave, skies on Mt. Carmel, bottom of Mediterranean. God commands giant sea serpents to destroy Israel, all people who reject Christ Jesus.Acts 17:27 God wants all to seek HIM to reach out to find HIM HE is not far from any one of us. 27 For in HIM we live and move and have our being. 28 your poets say, ‘We are HIS offspring 29 as we are God’s offspring should not think of God in gold, silver, stone image designed by human skill 30 God overlooks ignorance but commands people to repent 31 God sets day HE will judge world justice by the man HE appointed and given proof by raising Him from the dead.”32 When they heard about resurrection of dead some sneered but others said, “We want to hear you again on this subject 33 Paul left Council 34 Some people follow Paul, believed one is Dionysius a member of Areopagus and woman named Damaris and number of others. Israel’s golf calf of pagan heathen nation spiritually God says idols of gold or silver cannot save. Hosea 14:3 tells Israel not to depend on strength and support of foreign powers or people’s own abilities to make war so asks people “Assyria cannot save us; we will not mount warhorses.” God alone saves His people not by the means of conventional weapons. People to love each by other mutual understanding and respect not by dominance and power. God’s compassion delivers Judah not bow, sword, battle, horses or horsemen in Hosea 1:7. Racist divisive leaders self-destruct through hatred.God’s love is to Israel and nations is: the LORD loves you and keeps oath sworn to your ancestors. God brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from land of slavery. The LORD God is faithful God, keeps Covenant of love to thousands of generations all who love and keep HIS commandments in Bible in Deuteronomy 7:8–9. God’s Wrath is to idol nations as Moses and Elijah warned to stop hopping between God and baal like Jezebel and Ahab. Wrath of God has consequences for all who cling to God’s creatures not Creator. So 3000 years ago God sent Moses and Elijah to confront nations to choose between idols and HIS Kingdom. Endtime those in Christ Jesus know Rapture will come to go to heaven safely with friends and family. The lost must accept Jesus as living sermon His consuming fire burns in our bones so idols cast down. Anything superseding Lordship of Christ gone, idols destroyed, fear gone. When they saw boldness of Peter and John known as uneducated men surprised, recognized they have been with Jesus in Acts 4:13. They look and sound like Jesus. Moses face shines with God on mountain. So whoever you are around reflect in your persona Bible says God is not mocked good manners is corrupted by evil idols so be careful to worship only Jehovah in Christ Jesus.