Words and Magic

Posted on 04/22/2018 by Rev. Benjamin R. Faust D.D.

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YOU ARE
by Benjamin R. Faust

Jesus, Messiah, - our Jehovah Jireh You are
Healer, Redeemer, - Word of God inspirer You are
Alpha, Omega, - You're the story writer You're
Beginning, the ending, - blazing Lord of Fire

Yeshua Hamashiach, the perfect promise keeper You are
Father, and Mother, to the orphan and the seeker
You're the Word of God come as a man
the solid rock on which I stand and
- You are the Everlasting God

Comforter to those who sorrow
Promiser of joy tomorrow
- Bringer of peace unshaken
- Keeper of the most forsaken

- You are the shining beacon
When the waves are dark and raging
Your Voice speaks in the storm
- Peace, be, still!

When all the world is sinking sand,
You are the solid rock on which I stand, You are
Hope for the hopeless, Help for the helpless, You are
Everlasting God


YOUR WORD IS A LAMP
by Benjamin R. Faust

Your Word is a lamp unto my feet
and a light unto my path
Your Word is a lamp unto my feet
and a light unto my path

No longer do we walk in darkness
No longer do we walk in darkness
No longer do we walk in darkness

For you have called us out of darkness
into your marvelous light
We turn our backs on what is wrong
and choose to do what's right

Your blood is flowing through my veins
to cleanse until all that remains
Is clay that's molded
through the pains of life

Your Spirit blows into these bones
to claim this temple as its home
And starts a fire
that soon becomes a blaze


WITH ALL THAT I AM
by Benjamin R. Faust

I praise you Lord
I praise you Lord
With all of my heart
With all of my soul
With all of my strength
I praise you Lord

For there is nobody like you
in heaven or on earth
Who is worthy to receive
all my praise
And I praise you with all that I am
Yes I praise you with all that I am

I'll serve you Lord
I'll serve you Lord
With all of my heart
With all of my soul
With all of my strength
I'll serve you Lord

For there is nobody like you
in heaven or on earth
Who is worthy to receive
all my praise
And I'll serve you with all that I am
Yes I'll serve you with all that I am

I love you Lord and
I'll love you Lord
With all of my heart
With all of my soul
With all of my strength
I love you Lord

For there is nobody like you
in heaven or on earth
Who is worthy to receive
all my praise
And I love you with all that I am
Yes I love you with all that I am


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Today, let's talk about something I've labeled with a rather provocative title.

Words and Magic.

As people who identify with the label "Christian," and with the teachings, both Scriptural and man-made, that go along with that title, most of us label the word "Magic" as something evil.

We think we oppose it.

And yet, we unknowingly believe in it...

...very strongly.

We've fought wars defending it.

We've burned people at the stake because they challeneged it.

We've formed divisions and denominations because OUR belief in magic was different from THEIR belief in magic.


Take the word "meditation" as an example. One meaning of that word is to become inwardly still and silent. Another meaning of that word is to ponder, think about, dwell upon.

When the Scriptures and the writings of the early Church leaders mention "meditation," the word translated "meditation" or "meditate" generally refers to the latter.

"Whatsoever things are pure, lovely, worthy of praise, meditate upon these things."

And so, if someone suggests that Christians might do well to meditate, and they're referring to sitting in still silence, which I have said, other Christians have labeled me a heretic, a false prophet, a false teacher, a dangerous servant of satan, because the word "meditate" in the English Bible isn't talking about that.

The sound "meditate," since it's used in some English translations of the Bible, is attributed with magical powers. Without, of course, CALLING it "magic."

The word "meditate" is thus set in stone as belonging either to God or to the Devil. But it's just a word. It's just a pointer. It doesn't always point to the same thing. And it doesn't have to.

Unless it's magic.

OR.............

Unless it's holy, Biblical, un-Biblical, heretical, Spiritual, and so-on.


Here's another word that we can ponder. And mentioning this one in this context won't gain me any Christian friends. It's a word we adorn with magical properties.

And that word is......

JESUS.

As Biblical writings tell us, Every knee shall bow, every tongue confess, Jesus Christ is Lord.

and,

There is no other name by which we must be saved.

And so, the sound: "Gee - zus" must have magical powers.

Hang in there with me for just a minute.

Let's remember that the Bible was not written in English. The name "Jesus" is NOT IN THE BIBLE. Only in its English translation.

"Yahshua" would be more accurate, so the name "Joshuah" is closer to the Messiah's human name.

Some Christian groups, due to an old translational error, say "Yahushua" is the only right word, and other sounds are not His true name, and cannot save you.

The sounds that make up the word "Jesus" are the result of translations from Hebrew to Greek to Latin to English.


So it almost sounds as though you must become a linguist to be saved. Even then, they don't all agree.

If it's the letters or sounds we call a "name" through which we must be saved, or, you could say, through a magic word, then who knows which ones of us will end up in hell fire for all eternity.

Jesus.

Yeshuah.

Joshuah.

Yahshuah.

Some would say

Melchesidech.

Or when God walked in the Garden, they called Him...............................

What?



How about THESE words:

(LISTEN TO THE AUDIO TO HEAR THE WORDS IN THESE LANGUAGES)

In Arabic...

Chinese...

Danish...

And if you've ever watched a Japanese movie with English overdubbing, and an actor moves his mouth for two minutes before you hear,

"Let's fight!",

Japanese...



Many different sounds.


Oh, I almost forgot.

How about English?

35 "Heaven and earth shall pass away, but My words shall not pass away." -Matthew 24:35 (KJV)

Those were the words of Jesus. Or, rather, the English version of the words of Jesus.

Or Joshuah.

Or Yahushuah.

Or Yeshuah.

Or Melchesadech.

Or,
the I Am.
the Formless.
the One.

Did He mean the sounds He spoke would not pass away? We're not even certain exactly what those sounds were. Or did He mean the translations? Are all the different combinations of human vocal sounds we just heard Magic?

I know, the voices (in the recordings found in the audio) were female. And Jesus is a male. God is a male, after all. And there is something more powerful about a male.

Right?

Human vocal sounds.

Male and female.

Same thing.

Temporary forms that are all passing away.

The words are not magical any more than males are superior or more like God than females. The One Truth to which they point is what has power.

The words, on the other hand, are just sounds to which we attribute certain meanings. And those words are passing away.

As 1 Corinthians 13:8 says,

8 Love never ends. But if there are prophecies, they will expire; if there are languages, they will come to an end; if there is knowledge, it will vanish away.

Most Christians would agree that the Bible will last forever. After all, the Word of God is eternal, right? But the Bible is just a collection of human words meant to point us to The Word.

And if there are languages, they will come to an end.

8 Love never ends. But if there are prophecies, they will expire; if there are languages, they will come to an end; if there is knowledge, it will vanish away. -1 Corinthians 13:8 (TLS)

Will we have the Bible in heaven? Perhaps. Just like we have antiquities in a museum to remind us of the past.


And just in case I didn't lose you with that, here you go:

The words in the Bible have no power. They are just sounds that we recognize. Or not, depending on what human languages we understand.

And if human words are genuinely inspired by God, they will point us to His timeless, eternal nature. If they do not, they are not.

The words of Scripture are intended to point us to THE Word, which is beyond human language, and THAT Word is what has, and IS, the power that can move heaven and earth.


And consider this:

Through the mouths of infants, He has ordained praise. And the Creation is filled with, animated by, and plainly declares His Glory. So a nursing baby and a prickly porcupine can also point us to God. If we only have the ears to hear.

All our words will end. "If there are languages, they will cease."

And all that will remain is Love.


Is that some sort of Kumbaya hippy kindness, compassion, unity, and oneness... or are those just some of the manifestations of Love, or Spirit, or the Formless behind the form?


Let go of this world. Let go of its forms. Enjoy them. Work with them. Play with them. Point to the formless with them. But don't get attached
to them. Or, if you already are, don't REMAIN attached to them.

All these forms are passing away. They are not magical. The do not possess their own powers. They are tools, and toys. The LIFE you seek, they are not it. They merely flow out of it. And they remind us that He is here.