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(Part 2) Say What?!? “love, justice, wisdom, power”

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Greetings Reader🙂 for current context: see/understand please.

7, 8. What attributes are often associated with the four faces of the cherubs?

With what characteristics did Bible writers who lived before Ezekiel’s time associate the lion, the eagle, and the bull? Note these Bible phrases: “The courageous man whose heart is like that of a lion.” (2 Sam. 17:10; Prov. 28:1) “An eagle flies upward,” and “its eyes look far into the distance.” (Job 39:27, 29) “The power of a bull yields an abundant harvest.” (Prov. 14:4) Based on such scriptures, the lion’s face pictures courageous justice; the eagle’s face, far-seeing wisdom; the bull’s face, irresistible power, as has often been stated in our publications.

But what about “the face of a man”? (Ezek. 10:14) It must refer to a quality that could be portrayed, not by any animal, but by humans, who are made in God’s image. (Gen. 1:27) That quality​—on earth, unique to humans—​is highlighted by God’s commands: “You must love Jehovah your God with all your heart” and “you must love your fellow man as yourself.” (Deut. 6:5; Lev. 19:18) When we obey these commands by showing unselfish love, we reflect Jehovah’s own love. As the apostle John wrote, “we love, because he first loved us.” (1 John 4:8, 19) Hence, “the face of a man” represents love.

9. To whom do the attributes associated with the cherubs’ faces belong?

To whom do these attributes belong? Since the faces belong to the cherubs, the attributes belong to all whom the visionary cherubs represent​—Jehovah’s heavenly family of loyal spirit creatures. (Rev. 5:11) Moreover, as Jehovah is the Source of the cherubs’ life, he is also the Source of their attributes. (Ps. 36:9) Thus, the cherubs’ faces picture attributes belonging to Jehovah himself. (Job 37:23; Ps. 99:4; Prov. 2:6; Mic. 7:18) What are a few ways in which Jehovah shows these outstanding attributes?

10, 11. What are some ways that we are benefiting from expressions of Jehovah’s four cardinal attributes?

10 Justice. As the God who “loves justice,” Jehovah “treats none with partiality.” (Ps. 37:28; Deut. 10:17) Thus, the opportunity to become and remain his servants and to receive eternal blessings is open to all of us regardless of our social standing or background. Wisdom. As the God who “is wise in heart,” Jehovah has provided a book full of “practical wisdom.” (Job 9:4; Prov. 2:7) Applying the Bible’s wise counsel helps us to deal with life’s day-to-day challenges and to live meaningful lives. Power. As the God who is “great in power,” Jehovah uses his holy spirit to give us “power beyond what is normal.” This strengthens us to cope with whatever severe and painful trials we may face.​—Nah. 1:3; 2 Cor. 4:7; Ps. 46:1.

11 Love. As the God “abundant in loyal love,” Jehovah never abandons his faithful worshippers. (Ps. 103:8; 2 Sam. 22:26) Thus, even if we are saddened because ill health or advanced age prevents us from doing as much in Jehovah’s service as before, we draw comfort from knowing that Jehovah remembers the labors of love we have rendered to him in the past. (Heb. 6:10) Clearly, we already greatly benefit from Jehovah’s expressions of justice, wisdom, power, and love, and we will continue to benefit from these four cardinal attributes in times to come.

12. What should we keep in mind about our ability to understand Jehovah’s qualities?

12 Of course, we should keep in mind that what we as humans are able to understand about Jehovah’s qualities amounts to “just the fringes of his ways.” (Job 26:14) “Understanding the Almighty is beyond our reach,” for “his greatness is unsearchable.” (Job 37:23; Ps. 145:3) Hence, we realize that Jehovah’s qualities cannot be numbered or put into categories. (Read Romans 11:33, 34.) In fact, Ezekiel’s vision itself reveals that God’s attributes are not limited in number or in scope. (Ps. 139:17, 18)

Significance of four:

13, 14. What do the four faces of the cherubs represent, and why can we draw that conclusion?

13 Ezekiel saw in vision that each of the cherubs had, not one, but four faces. What does that indicate? Recall that in God’s Word, the number four is often used to represent that which is fully rounded out, all embracing, or complete. (Isa. 11:12; Matt. 24:31; Rev. 7:1) Significantly, in this particular vision, Ezekiel mentions the number four no less than 11 times! (Ezek. 1:5-18) What, then, can we conclude? Just as the four cherubs represent all other loyal spirit creatures, so the four faces of the cherubs when viewed together stand for, or embrace, all the attributes that Jehovah possesses.

14 To illustrate how the meaning of the cherubs’ four faces may include more than just four qualities, consider as a comparison what takes place with the four wheels in this vision. Each wheel is impressive, but when the four wheels are viewed together, they form more than four impressive individual wheels​—they are the foundation on which the chariot rests. In a similar way, when the four faces are viewed together, they form more than four impressive individual attributes​—they are the foundation of Jehovah’s awe-inspiring personality.

[Excerpted Reading: Who Are “the Living Creatures With Four Faces”? Pure Worship of Jehovah—Restored At Last! p. 48-49] (my colorful highlights)

2/18/19 @ 2:43 p.m. (FL, USA)
Peace 🙂
p.s. me, joanie aka joan winifred..(a real (female) human (pinching my cheek now to check-lol:)) approaching 50 years on Earth) read & shared this here; goes without saying, eh? 😉
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Thank You:) for Reading …in case it isn’t obvious:

i am NO hula hooper. 😉 lol

(figuratively speaking)

An imperfect observation by me:  i can be “fussy” at times myself…we all have our preferences, and moody/ier days, eh?:)

however…i try to be forgiving and considerate of Others’, their feelings, etc.  and cooperate within a healthy reasonable spectrum…to keep the peace.  And, we all have our limitations and consciences. i know, personally, couldn’t demand/insist on Anyone breaking their conscience in some matter micro or macro…(on my behalf).

We all have our individual thresholds for being comfortable and uncomfortable. I respect that.

Some of us (perhaps sick? unreasonable? fierce? ignorant? too proud?) people are impossible/beyond pleasing; You “kindly” jump through one or two hoops, in good faith, then they unmercilessly require series of hoops and jumps…unending.

gimme a break…”not open to any agreement” is a negative trait interestingly described 2 Timothy 3:1-5: (my highlights)

But know this, that in the last days critical times hard to deal with will be here.  For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, haughty, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, disloyal,  having no natural affection, not open to any agreement, slanderers, without self-control, fierce, without love of goodness,  betrayers, headstrong, puffed up with pride, lovers of pleasures rather than lovers of God,  having an appearance of godliness but proving false to its power; and from these turn away.

So, just want to encourage any Reader:) do Your Best. Trying to Please (some) People is futile! I am no people pleaser.

I’ve found it much easier and conscience healing to please Yahweh–God of True LOVE…by trying to be forgiving, loving, giving, and genuinely-compassionate to all crossing my path…and not overly-critical, harsh and i.m.p.o.s.s.i.b.l.e. to make comfortable/happy/pleased.

questions for self-reflections:

Am i hard to make comfortable? Do i have unrealistic expectations?

am i hurting so much that i am hurting Others? Am i reasonable in my dealings with Others?

do i show fellow-feeling? and agape love/respect to all my fellow-life?

BTW: this is an honest/TRUTH FULL piece of prose..(my blog/this site) is NOT a work of fiction. i am a LEGIT person, with a LEGIT name, though Joan Winifred…i use as my “pen” name, which is my “actual” first two names given me by my parents, (what were they thinking, eh?:)

I am a female…born. I am a Mother…real since ’99, ’01, ’03, ’05  (4 offspring; 1 boy, 3 girls–vaginal births; married since ’91 to Chato/Father of said offspring). Soon to be 50. I am a legit work in progress. 🙂 Very spiritually minded. My Primary Loyalty Yahweh; meaning i love everyone else less than True God of bible revealed name Yahweh/Jehovah. (My “True” Friends accept this unreservedly about me.) And I Love Humans A VERY LOT!! which try to demonstrate by living genuine-unselfish-compassion everyday toward all life even—when very difficult— involving self-sacrifice and pain!! Favorite Books–Bible.

Learner of Fun and relaxation…and Mandarin among other languages.

Legit: Boring. Not a Quitter. Lover of Truth; Pursuer of Peace and Living Moderation in most things except study and love!:)

may be those are not humble self-descriptions, huh?

anyway trying my best…”hammering” things out…🙂 lol

Encouraging reading today:

He will not judge by what appears to his eyes, nor reprove simply according to what his ears hear. He will judge the lowly with fairness, and with uprightness he will give reproof.​—Isa. 11:3, 4.

Jehovah preserved the Law covenant for us in his Word, the Bible. He wants us, not to obsess over the details of the Law, but to discern and apply its “weightier matters,” the lofty principles that underpin its commandments. (Matt. 23:23) The Mosaic Law reflected a “framework of the knowledge and of the truth” about Jehovah and his righteous principles. (Rom. 2:20) The cities of refuge, for example, teach […] how to “judge with true justice,” and they teach all of us how to “deal with one another in loyal love and mercy.” (Zech. 7:9) [excerpted Imitate Jehovah’s Justice & Mercy w 2017]

2/12/19 @10:26 a.m.

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Spelling. Vocabulary. Comprehension.

Straightforward—aka easily understand to most—on-line dictionary definitions of above-mentioned:

spelling: the process or activity of writing or naming the letters of a word.

vocabulary: the body of words used in a particular language.

words used on a particular occasion or in a particular sphere.
the body of words known to an individual person.

 

comprehension: the action or capability of understanding something.

Many words make up a language. Our individual vocabularies differ as well as our comprehension and spelling skills and/or writing skills.

Two common words spoken/spelled/understood/embodied/expressed/written/lived in both common and uncommon ways by all of us: Love and hate.

Or strong like and/or strong dislike. Or less like or MORE LIKE..lol..:)

various gradients on the love to hate or hate to love spectrum occur.

I love love and i hate hate.

Love and hate can, at times, be viewed as “justice” terms/vocabulary.

When i love, what or who or how i love is “worthy” ? deserving of said love?!

Not to oversimplify the problems afflicting humankind, but to reduce things to a love/hate matter doesn’t seem illogical/unreasonable or overly-emotional to me.

Love and hate…false religion and true religion play major roles throughout history and modern-story continuously and as systems of so-called “justice” “law”…including today 1/23/19…on both the little screen/individual life and on the big screen/society at large.

for example,

i
HATE

false religion!!! (It rears its ugly head in different—even unexpected—places.)

it has destroyed many minds and many lives!!! 🙁 

What goes around, as the truism states, comes around..

And

FALSE RELIGION WILL BE DESERVEDLY DESTROYED!!!

It’s like an intricately decorated fake cake. Eye fooled and tooth deceived by delusions of deliciousness.

Just about everyone would agree not everything labeled “food” is healthy or nutritious, eh?! And BTW: i LOVE ‘real’ Chocolate Cake, Yummy!:)…in moderation.

And OUCH i have a (wisdom) tooth needing pulling.

Some of us can spell f.o.o.d. correctly. Just because i can spell the word doesn’t mean i can cook. Or IF i can cook–i am a good cook. Or just because i enJOY eating doesn’t mean i know how to make or that i indeed make good/healthy eating choices.

C.A.K.E.

Food come in various forms. So does religion.

From my studies, i’ve found it necessary and “healthy” (not just spiritually, but psychologically, mentally, emotionally, and physically) to clearly distinguish/differentiate between “true” and “false”.

Accurate = True. (Healthy for me.)

Inaccurate = False. (Unhealthy for me.)

False religion: It’s like a rotten-broken (so-called wisdom) tooth needing pulling…that causes excruciating pain or worse. 🙁

Or a rotten wood plank…a trap…plummeting people to the pit of hopelessness and despair and death beneath.

(The Bible truthfully foretells an Amazing Time of Divine Justice taking place.)

This will bring GREAT RELIEF TO HUMANITY!!!🙂

Love is the identifying mark of “True” religion.

Some reading:  enJOY Truth seeker…”lex talionis”

  The rule of “an eye for an eye” was part of God’s Law given by Moses to ancient Israel and was quoted by Jesus in his Sermon on the Mount. (Matthew 5:​38, King James Version; Exodus 21:24, 25; Deuteronomy 19:21) It meant that when dealing out justice to wrongdoers, the punishment should fit the crime. * (This legal principle, sometimes referred to by the Latin term lex talionis, was also reflected in the legal system of some other ancient societies.)

The rule applied to deliberate injurious acts against another person. Regarding a willful offender, the Mosaic Law stated: “Fracture for fracture, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, the same sort of injury he inflicted should be inflicted on him.”​—Leviticus 24:20.

The “eye for an eye” rule did not authorize or sanction vigilante justice. Rather, it helped appointed judges to impose punishments that were appropriate, being neither too harsh nor too lenient.

The rule also served as a deterrent to any who would intentionally harm others or scheme to do so. “Those who remain [those who observed God’s justice being carried out] will hear and be afraid,” explained the Law, “and they will never again do anything bad like this among you.”​—Deuteronomy 19:20.

To Whom does this rule apply?

No, this rule is not binding on Christians. It was part of the Mosaic Law, which Jesus’ sacrificial death abolished.​—Romans 10:4.

Even so, the rule provides insight into God’s way of thinking. For example, it shows that God values justice. (Psalm 89:14) It also reveals his standard of justice​—namely, that wrongdoers should be disciplined “to the proper degree.”​—Jeremiah 30:11.

 Misconceptions:

Misconception: The “eye for an eye” rule was excessively harsh.

Fact: The rule did not authorize a heavy-handed, cruel application of justice. Rather, when properly applied, it meant that qualified judges would impose retribution for an offense only after first considering the circumstances involved and the extent to which the offense was deliberate. (Exodus 21:28-​30; Numbers 35:22-​25) The “eye for an eye” rule thus acted as a restraint against extremes in punishment.

Misconception: The “eye for an eye” rule authorized an endless cycle of personal vengeance.

Fact: The Mosaic Law itself stated: “You must not take vengeance nor hold a grudge against the sons of your people.” (Leviticus 19:18) Rather than promoting personal vengeance, the Law encouraged people to trust in God and in the legal system that he had authorized to right any wrongs.​—Deuteronomy 32:35.

quick blurb: (my red & purple highlights)

1/23/19 @ 5:45 p.m.

From my observations/studies: remaining politically neutral at all times: this is the wisest course for me…as well as having no part of false religion and its practices; e.g., vindictive-vigilante justice.

(Religion is a lifestyle.)

(My lifestyle is living–(spelling correctly/comprehending deeply)– Agape Love to the best of my limited abilities.)

Us humans–have the imperfect/sick tendency to take our own limited sense of so-called ‘justice’ into our own ‘little’ hands…leading SADLY to very disastrous results for ourselves and others.:(

THANK YOU READER FOR LIVING AGAPE LOVE aka Divine Justice!:)

 

 

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Adorable 🙂

Hans Christian Anderson:

“If you looked down to the bottom of my soul, you would understand fully the source of my longing and – pity me. Even the open, transparent lake has its unknown depths, which no divers know.”

“Just living is not enough,” said the butterfly, “one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.”

“Where words fail, music speaks.”

“Sharp knives seemed to cut her delicate feet, yet she hardly felt them, so deep was the pain in her heart. She could not forget that this was the last night she would ever see the one for whom she had left her home and family, had given up her beautiful voice, and had day by day endured unending torment, of which he knew nothing at all. An eternal night awaited her. ”

“My life will be the best illustration of all my work.”

“It is only with the heart that one can see clearly, for the most essential things are invisible to the eye.”

Morning reading:

We should love, not in word or with the tongue, but in deed and truth.​—1 John 3:18.

practical application:

We should be willing to perform acts of love for our brothers “in secret,” or out of the limelight, when this is possible. (Matt. 6:1-4) We should also take the lead in showing honor to others. (Rom. 12:10) Jesus set the pattern in honoring others by performing the lowliest of tasks. (John 13:3-5, 12-15) We may have to work hard to develop the humility needed to show honor to others in this way. Even the apostles could not fully understand Jesus’ actions until they received holy spirit. (John 13:7) We can show honor to others by not thinking too much of ourselves because of our education, material possessions, or privileges […] (Rom. 12:3) And rather than envying those who receive praise, we rejoice with them even if we feel that we deserve equal honor or a share of the credit for what was done. [excerpted: w 17. 10 9 “Love in Deed and Truth” pars 9 & 10]

1/16/18 @ 8:26 a.m.
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