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Saturday, 11 October 2014

God Will Not Be Mocked

Psalm 105 Douay-Rheims 

105 Alleluia. Give glory to the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.
Who shall declare the powers of the Lord? who shall set forth all his praises?
Blessed are they that keep judgment, and do justice at all times.
Remember us, O Lord, in the favour of thy people: visit us with thy salvation.
That we may see the good of thy chosen, that we may rejoice in the joy of thy nation: that thou mayst be praised with thy inheritance.
We have sinned with our fathers: we have acted unjustly, we have wrought iniquity.
Our fathers understood not thy wonders in Egypt: they remembered not the multitude of thy mercies: And they provoked to wrath going up to the sea, even the Red Sea.
And he saved them for his own name's sake: that he might make his power known.
And he rebuked the Red Sea, and it was dried up: and he led them through the depths, as in a wilderness.
10 And he saved them from the hand of them that hated them: and he redeemed them from the hand of the enemy.
11 And the water covered them that afflicted them: there was not one of them left.
12 And they believed his words: and they sang his praises.
13 They had quickly done, they forgot his works: and they waited not for his counsels.
14 And they coveted their desire in the desert: and they tempted God in the place without water.
15 And he gave them their request: and sent fulness into their souls.
16 And they provoked Moses in the camp, Aaron the holy one of the Lord.
17 The earth opened and swallowed up Dathan: and covered the congregation of Abiron.
18 And a fire was kindled in their congregation: the flame burned the wicked.
19 They made also a calf in Horeb: and they adored the graven thing.

20 And they changed their glory into the likeness of a calf that eateth grass.
21 They forgot God, who saved them, who had done great things in Egypt,
22 Wondrous works in the land of Cham: terrible things in the Red Sea.
23 And he said that he would destroy them: had not Moses his chosen stood before him in the breach: To turn away his wrath, lest he should destroy them.
24 And they set at nought the desirable land. They believed not his word,
25 And they murmured in their tents: they hearkened not to the voice of the Lord.
26 And he lifted up his hand over them: to overthrow them in the desert;
27 And to cast down their seed among the nations, and to scatter them in the countries.
28 They also were initiated to Beelphegor: and ate the sacrifices of the dead.
29 And they provoked him with their inventions: and destruction was multiplied among them.
30 Then Phinees stood up, and pacified him: and the slaughter ceased.
31 And it was reputed to him unto justice, to generation and generation for evermore.
32 They provoked him also at the waters of contradiction: and Moses was afflicted for their sakes:
33 Because they exasperated his spirit. And he distinguished with his lips.
34 They did not destroy the nations of which the Lord spoke unto them.
35 And they were mingled among the heathens, and learned their works:
36 And served their idols, and it became a stumblingblock to them.
37 And they sacrificed their sons, and their daughters to devils.
38 And they shed innocent blood: the blood of their sons and of their daughters which they sacrificed to the idols of Chanaan. And the land was polluted with blood,
39 And was defiled with their works: and they went aside after their own inventions.
40 And the Lord was exceedingly angry with his people: and he abhorred his inheritance.
41 And he delivered them into the hands of the nations: and they that hated them had dominion over them.
42 And their enemies afflicted them: and they were humbled under their hands:
43 Many times did he deliver them. But they provoked him with their counsel: and they were brought low by their iniquities.
44 And he saw when they were in tribulation: and he heard their prayer.
45 And he was mindful of his covenant: and repented according to the multitude of his mercies.
46 And he gave them unto mercies, in the sight of all those that had made them captives.
47 Save us, O Lord, our God: and gather us from among nations: That we may give thanks to thy holy name, and may glory in thy praise.
48 Blessed be the Lord the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting: and let all the people say: So be it, so be it.

Reading Psalm 105 for meditation today, I came across the name Beelphegor, the baal of the Moabites. This god, who is also a demon, as the gods are demons, demanded sacrifices as well as gross immorality in his worship.

Now, why this struck me today has to do with the overwhelming immodesty I have witnesses on this island. Fair enough, it is 80 degrees, but young and old women alike dress like prostitutes here.

They do not know this, but they have fallen into idolatry. Immodesty causes sex and immodesty is a statement of power--women using a good power to move men to love for selfish and controlling motives. Israel of old picked up the worship of Beelphegor, which included group fornication. God wiped out these idolaters, and St. Paul refers to them in 1 Corinthians.

1 Corinthians 10:8Douay-Rheims 

Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed fornication, and there fell in one day three and twenty thousand
The young people's dress, (as well as some of the middle-aged and older), as one of my friends states, "It's all about sex."  Most relationships now are based on sex and not friendship or common interests.
God was provoked, notes Psalm 105, to the point of destroying not only the leaders of the idolatrous cults, but those involved.  
If Beelphegor is still the demon being referred to in verse 37, this god demanded child sacrifice.
Abortion is child sacrifice to insure prosperity and wealth. Sounds too familiar. 
This demon in the Catholic Encyclopedia is called "the possessor". 
Now, the situation has become critical, as so many people have heard the Word of God and rejected Christ and His ways.
Pray for Malta, pray for the tourists. Verse 4 states, "and he (God) delivered them into the hands of the nations; and they that hated them had dominion over them."