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

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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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Hospitable Earth

Do not forget hospitality, for through it some unknowingly entertained angels.​—Heb. 13:2.

Windy…outdoor break with my daughter(s)…took this pic.

this afternoon.

Thinking about humans’ very-less-than-perfect ways of expressing so-called justice…and am reminded of the perfect example: Yahweh

Perfect is his activity, for all his ways are justice.”​—Deuteronomy 32:4.

People punish and exclude those they think are their so-called “enemies”…it’s so stupid and SAD:(

These encouraging thoughts are Happy thoughts about the Bible’s “Happy God”…

God is generous toward all, including those apparently undeserving. For example, “he makes his sun rise upon wicked people and good and makes it rain upon righteous people and unrighteous.” (Matthew 5:45) He treats people of all races and cultures justly, as Acts 10:34, 35 shows: “God is not partial, but in every nation the man that fears him and works righteousness is acceptable to him.” [excerpted: w 10/11 “God is Unfair–Is It True?“]

the Earth is not partial; Thankful. 🙂

1/3/19 @ 6:48 p.m.

off to mind gym: PEACE FRIEND(S) of PEACE:)

p.s.

What, then, is the source of injustice? Many people choose to act unfairly, not following God’s example of justice. (Deuteronomy 32:5) Also, the Bible shows that God is allowing his enemy, the Devil, to exercise authority over the world. (1 John 5:19) However, God’s permission of this unjust rule will soon end. He has already set in place his means to “break up the works of the Devil.”​—1 John 3:8.

How knowing the truth helps you: You might be perplexed by the seemingly endless reports of corruption, oppression, and injustice. Knowing the cause of the trouble helps you understand why conditions are so bad and why man’s best efforts to make the world a better place consistently fail. (Psalm 146:3) Rather than devoting time and energy to making changes that would be temporary at best, you can have a sound hope for the future based on trust in God’s promises.​—Revelation 21:3, 4. [excerpted: w 10/11 “God is Unfair–Is It True?“]

p.p.s.

HE = aka h(ospitable) e(arth)

“He” see above-mentioned Matthew 5:45 aka God of Justice/Jehovah/Yahweh.

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Chebar : On the Watch

Greetings Earthling:) aka Fellow-Fragile-Life/Breathing-Fragile-Life/Fellow-Fragile-Beautiful-Breathing-Life/Beautiful-Breathing-Fellow-Fragile-Life…Breathing-Fragile-Life/Beautiful-Fragile-Life aka BFL et al…ENOUGH…shut up, already! joanie!;)…get to some point, PLEASE!

For context to this post please read. For context regarding above-mentioned “BFL” terms: Around 2012 and/or 2013 began searching…my brain;)…mind for “adequate” phraseology…to employ in my writing that would convey my respect, love, appreciation, impartiality for all us humans aka brotherhood of humankind…at times, this term has encompassed non-human animals and bugs…”life” on planet depending on context of essay, post, etc. I was hoping to convey the commonality/unity/beauty/family of mankind…that we are all in this “amazing” process/boat together…”life” “living” “breathing” “changing” “growing” “transforming” works of art in progress…that it’s “precious” “fragile” “unique” “sacred” …i meant fragile in the best sense of the word…we are vessels…like fine china…to be highly valued regardless and treated kindly…and extended compassion, dignity, agape love, forgiveness and the benefit of the doubt.

I needed a “quick” term (which would break down barriers) that would roll off the tongue…to tell my Readers/Listeners:) that i am not prejudiced nor biased by whatever: socio-economic circumstance, culture, gender, education, ethnicity, etc. What description could i find to include/unite/elevate/acknowledge us all…we all breathe, we are all life, we are all fragile…no matter how strong and/or weak we may be at times…we, humans, are “finite”…life with limitations in one way or another way. We all need each other.

Breath is privilege. Life is privilege. A oneness to be found in our Fellow-Family Earth-wide. Hopefully, this explanation will help You Dear Reader 🙂 understand why i’ve used these terms in some of my writing. It’s just so sad we live in a polarized/divided world…it helps to examine our own personal attitudes and ideas…and words and actions…to see IF ? are helping to unite us or divide us as a Beautiful-Human-Brotherhood-of-Man inhabiting this Beautiful Planet.

For me i try to employ tact and respect and sensitivity to Others’ feelings when choosing my words…am politically neutral…so, i am deliberately not taking sides in politics/trending controversies of our day. “BFL,” to me, seemed a wise-neutral choice…(back in 2012/2013…2018?) Friend- ly… and not “hostile speech”.

Most of us are facing situations/circumstances/things in/out of our control that are difficult. My Brother who has survived Earthquakes, etc. in Haiti humorously said…”We were shaken, but NOT stirred!” LOL…and i would add not deterred!!…from his/a “genuine-compassion” course. We recently had an encouraging conversation and he acknowledged to me that emotional earthquakes…that some of us experience (including me in my life) can feel/be as traumatic/dramatic.

Pursuing Peace is my intention…((and by) not short-sightedly/superficially judging by outward appearance(s).) Hope You find the following excerpted reading helpful…timely reminders for all of us to view each other impartially/justly.

The scriptures say God/Yahweh/Jehovah values the inner, spiritual, positive qualities of the heart..reminds me of a fav song: lyrics: “it’s the person not the place, it’s the heart and not the face” 🙂

We need to examine ourselves carefully in the light of God’s Word to see if we are holding on to any prejudiced thoughts or feelings. (Ps. 119:105) We might also need loving help from others who may see prejudiced attitudes in us, even if we cannot see them in ourselves. (Gal. 2:11, 14) It could be that these attitudes are so ingrained in us that we are not conscious of them.

If we open our heart wide, we will allow love to replace prejudice. (2 Cor. 6:11-13) Are you in the habit of having close association only with those of your own race, ethnicity, nationality, tribe, or language group? If so, widen out. Why not invite […]them to your home for a meal or a gathering? (Acts 16:14, 15) If you do so, you will fill your heart with so much love that there will be no room for prejudice. But there are additional areas in which we tend to judge others by their outward appearance. Let us next consider material wealth.

 Holy spirit moved Solomon to record a sad truth about imperfect humans. At Proverbs 14:20, he states: “The poor man is hated even by his neighbors, but many are the friends of the rich person.” What does this proverb teach us? If we are not careful, we could desire the friendship of […] who are wealthy while shunning brothers who are poor. Why is it so dangerous to measure the value of others solely on the basis of their material wealth?

We need to see our brothers as (Yahweh)/Jehovah sees them. A person is not precious to Yahweh/Jehovah because he is wealthy or because he is poor. Our relationship with Yahweh/Jehovah will never be determined by how many material possessions we have or by what we lack…[…]We simply cannot judge a person’s relationship with Jehovah by his material possessions.

The Scriptures instruct those who are rich “to place their hope, not on uncertain riches, but on God.” (Read 1 Timothy 6:17-19.) At the same time, God’s Word admonishes all [..] rich and poor, to be careful not to love money. (1 Tim. 6:9, 10)

The Scriptures frequently instruct us to show proper respect for older ones. Leviticus 19:32 says: “Before gray hair you should rise up, and you must show honor to an older man, and you must be in fear of your God.” Proverbs 16:31 similarly instructs us that “gray hair is a crown of beauty when it is found in the way of righteousness.” Then, too, Paul admonished Timothy not to criticize an older man severely but to view such an older brother as a father. (1 Tim. 5:1, 2)

To the young man Timothy, the apostle Paul wrote: “Never let anyone look down on your youth. Instead, become an example to the faithful ones in speaking, in conduct, in love, in faith, in chasteness.” (1 Tim. 4:12)

In spite of our human imperfection, we can learn to see others through the impartial eyes of Jehovah. (Acts 10:34, 35) But it takes continual effort on our part and constant reminders from God’s Word. By applying these reminders, we will progress in obeying the command of Jesus to stop judging by the outward appearance.​—John 7:24. [Do Not Judge By Outward Appearance W August 2018]

10/17/18 @ 3:33 p.m.

questions for reflections:

am i judging by outward appearances??

by missing letters after names, missing teeth, missing showy display of money/possessions/education/status/rank…missing wrinkles?

am i judging by outward appearances??

wrinkles, possessions, clothing, vehicles, titles, etc., etc.?

are my relationships based on bias to rich or to poor?

p.s. personally, for me, a “spiritual” “scriptural” analysis of my relationships/dealings/interactions/communications with my/any Fellow-Fragile-Breathing-Life…is honest/accurate assessment.

p.p.s. meant to include this reading too…

By means of Peter, Jehovah was helping all Christians to understand that He is not partial. He places no significance on racial, ethnic, national, tribal, or linguistic differences. Any man or woman who fears God and does what is right is acceptable to him. (Gal. 3:26-28; Rev. 7:9, 10) No doubt, you acknowledge that this is true. But what if you have grown up in a land or in a home filled with prejudice? While you might see yourself as being impartial, deep inside, prejudice may linger. Even Peter, who had the privilege of revealing Jehovah’s impartiality, later manifested prejudice. (Gal. 2:11-14) [Do Not Judge By Outward Appearance W August 2018]

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(notice the shape of U…and inverted u (“n”)…treatment motion/trajectory comes back around, eh?…arrogant U/humble u

humble u/ARROGANT U,  U/U, u/u)…

U get it (.)(?)(!)
and WHY?…sobering verse from Ezekiel: (Undeniable law of Universe…aka “U/(u) reap what U/(u) sow):

“‘“But as for those whose hearts are set to continue in their disgusting things and their detestable practices, I will bring the consequences of their way upon their head,” declares the Sovereign Lord (Yahweh)/Jehovah.’”  Ezekiel 11:21

Jesus, sage of Peace, taught:

“Practice giving, and people will give to you. They will pour into your laps a fine measure, pressed down, shaken together and overflowing. For with the measure that you are measuring out, they will measure out to you in return.”​—Luke 6:37, 38.

 

3:24 p.m. 10/12/18
3:35 p.m.
p.s. sorry, but mobile view of this post does not show u and inverted u(n) trajectory…correctly; check out via computer…(no time to fix code or post)…You/u:) get the point, right/correct?!…the way we treat and the path sown…returns to us…consequence/fruit reaped.)

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