1. Steve Phillips: Kedem was also the name of a Prince of Ishmael.
Re: Job, His Possession, and Atonements http://britam.org/Job/Job1.html#3
PS: Kedem was also one of the princes of Ishmael. Gen. 25:15 & 1 Chron 1:31.
2. Question on Natural Recognition of a God
What do You Really Want? The Book of Job http://britam.org/Job/Job1.html#2
The Five Basic Instincts of Human Beings
(1. Acknowledgement of a Divine Authority
(5. Group Cohesion (family, tribe, nation, etc)
You imply that mankind has a natural instinct to recognize God.
Can you explain this a little more? Eli.
There is no race or tribe anywhere in the world that does not have some type of religion.
The initiates or the higher adepts of all religions at some time approached a concept of monotheism.
The rank and file however may worship all kinds of demons and saints etc but here too in general they have the idea that somewhere in the back of it all is there a Great God who rules over all.
In reality there are other forces. There are angels, ghosts, demons, etc. Who knows what? There are things created by our own will or that of others and other things that are beyond us. Parapsychology is not all bunk though much of it is and some of it may be dangerous.
People who are faced with life and death situations on a daily basis may become more aware of these matters.
The primal instinct is to believe in One God who can be approached.
Other realities of a spiritual dimensions may however interfere and be considered more immediate. The idea of God may then be pushed into the background.
The concept of God is also needed to justify the human need for justice.
These are real needs. In the same way as one needs to eat drink sleep and do everything else one also needs religion.
We are forbidden to turn to other forces (Leviticus 19:4 26:1).
We are commanded to believe only in One God (Deuteronomy 6:4) and to trust only in HIM (Deuteronomy 18:13).
God will hear whoever calls out to HIM (Psalms 28:2 145:18).
Even though the Almighty will answer all who call upon HIM Gentile Nations are ruled more indirectly.
They have Guardian Angles (Daniel 10:20).
For this and other reasons a lower level of monotheism is expected from them.
For a Gentile to be a conventional Christian it is not considered idolatry but for a Jew it would be [Numbers 23:9].
Christians who try to convert Jews to their own religion are in danger of committing a grievous offence.
The Bible warns them NOT to do that [Deuteronomy 13:6]!
The Ten Tribes technically have the same legal status in this matter as Gentiles but it is not necessarily so simple.
2 Hear the voice of my supplications
When I cry to You,
When I lift up my hands toward Your holy sanctuary.
18 The LORD is near to all who call upon Him,
To all who call upon Him in truth.
1?You shall not make idols for yourselves;
neither a carved image nor a sacred pillar shall you rear up for yourselves;
nor shall you set up an engraved stone in your land, to bow down to it;
for I am the LORD your God.
4 Do not turn to idols, nor make for yourselves molded gods: I am the LORD your God.
4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one![b] 5 You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.
13 You shall be blameless [Hebrew: tamim i.e. wholehearted] before the LORD your God.
20 Then he said, o you know why I have come to you? And now I must return to fight with the prince of Persia; and when I have gone forth, indeed the prince of Greece will come.
4 You shall walk after the LORD your God and fear Him, and keep His commandments and obey His voice; you shall serve Him and hold fast to Him. 5 But that prophet or that dreamer of dreams shall be put to death, because he has spoken in order to turn you away from the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt and redeemed you from the house of bondage, to entice you from the way in which the LORD your God commanded you to walk. So you shall put away the evil from your midst.
Wisdom and Prophecy: Michael: Guardian-Angel of Israel
The Angel of Israel and Joseph: Is it MICHAEL? http://britam.org/Daniel/Michael.html
We see that Judah is ruled over more directly by the Almighty when Judah does the will of the Almighty. If however Judah does not go in the right path they are in danger of being delivered over to the Angels of the non-Israelite Peoples.
Judah is thus more vulnerable.
Joseph is dominated more by the Angel-Prince Michael who is powerful in heaven and also allows more leeway.
The other Tribes of Israel (of the Ten Tribes) are in an intermediate position and can sway towards Judah or Joseph or towards the Angels of the non-Israelite nations which in practical terms means to be dominated by the national ethos and values of others.
3. US Christians Keep Jewish Fast Day Mourning Destruction of the Temple!
Forwarded by Joan Griffith.
Religion: Tisha b'Av
For the first time in history, Christian ministers participated last week in observing the solemn Jewish day of mourning, Tisha b'Av. Their action was expressive of the growing understanding among religious groups throughout the civilized world. Bishop Edwin V. O'Hara of Kansas City urged "all who profess the Christian faith [to] understand the declaration of Pope Pius XI that 'all Christians are spiritually Semites.' "
Tisha b'Av, the ninth of the Hebrew month of Av (July 23 in 1942), is the saddest day in the Jewish year. Dating from the destruction of the First Temple at Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar, it also commemorates the destruction of the Second Temple by the Roman Emperor Titus, the expulsion of Jews from Spain in 1492.
Tisha b'Av is really the culmination of three weeks of mourning during which yeray shamayim (a pious Jew) does not marry, eat meat, bathe in streams, lakes, seas, cut his hair. On the eve of Tisha b'Av, he goes supperless to schul (synagogue), takes off his shoes, puts on his tefillin (phylacteries?leather arm bands used in prayer) and tkalis (prayer shawl). Then he squats on the floor and in the candlelit synagogue chants the Lamentations of Jeremiah ("How doth the city sit solitary, that was full of people! How is she become as a widow! she that was great among the nations, how is she become tributary!").
Tisha b'Av is also the day when the Jews of Jerusalem gather at the Wailing Wall, all that remains of the Second Temple, to weep and pray for Zion. This year Tisha b'Av in Jerusalem was more solemn than ever, for there was scarcely a Jew who could not hear in imagination, above the ritual wails, the clank of Rommel's tanks.