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- Published: Tuesday, 30 April 2019 01:33
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By Augusto A. Kho
Bureau of Jail, Management & Penology (BJMP)
Are you willing to shell out big money to buy your own happiness?
Up to how much? Will you buy-out your own happiness?
The Valley Of Elah where a young lad, David picked up
five smooth stones against Goliath. Photo shows Pastor
Ed De Guzman and Lemuel praying over the area.
(Photo by Peps, Elah, Israel, 2014)
Such a thought came to me while I was in Sucat, Paranaque City on April 5, 2019 (Friday) 9:33 A.M. And on the same day, I met my son and he was thinking that I may wish to buy-out some of the shares of one logistics company, if not to put a certain investment. From there, I was thinking how Christ will be buying out the sinners’ lost souls?
Buy out according to Webster to purchase the share or interest of or to purchase the entire stock-in-trade and the goodwill of a business.
My son said, “I am giving you the leverage Pa!”
Leverage is defined as influence or power used to achieved a desired result or the increase in force gained by using a lever. Synonyms: influence, authority, clout, credit, weight.
In other words, I can exert authority which is a logistics company which includes decision-making.
Gen 17:12, “And he that is eight days old shall be circumcised among you, every man child in your generations, he that is born in the house, or bought with money of any stranger, which is not of thy seed.”
Hebrew “miqnah” (mik-naw) i.e. purchase, purchase-price, possession (gained by purchase); buying that is acquisition; concretely a piece of property (land or living); also the sum paid; possession, piece.”
Hebrew “miqneh: (mik-neh) i.. cattle, livestock, domestic animal, cow, sheep, goat,flocks, something bought that is property; acquisition; substance.
Hebrew “qanah” (kaw-naw) i.e. “to get, acquire, create, buy, possess, obtain (of God originating, creating, redeeming His people; to be bought; to get, provoke by jealousy; possess, recover, redeem, surety.”
Buying and Selling
Mark 11:15 speaks of desecration of the temple when traders has leverage over the House of Prayer. It says, “And they come to Jerusalem: and Jesus went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves;”
In the Greek culture, “agora” is the word coined to a marketplace. The term “bought” in Greek “agorazo” means “to be in the marketplace; to do business, buy or sell, to purchase, to redeem, to buy.” Root word from “agora” means “any assembly esp. people; public debating; for election, for trials, buying and selling, and for all kinds of business. Strong call it “public square” (as a place of public resort), market or thoroughfare.”
If you remember, Jesus was also brought into a public square for general trial viewed by the public. In fact, Jesus’ clothes were ripped off then sold at the public square that fulfilled a prophesy concerning him “for casting lots” His clothes in Psalm 22:18, “They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.”
When the Roman soldiers agreed these words, “Let us not rend it, but cast lots for it,” (John 19:24) in effect they are depicting an ancient tradition of retribution or punishment which is a systemic form of rendering court verdict to an accuse which is in the form of stones.
Lots Hebrew “goral” means “lot-pebbles used for systemically making decisions; a portion (things assigned by casting lots); to recompense, retribution “ Retribution is like the movie, Avengers.. We used to play holen, right, a form of game or casting lots.
Why five smooth stones
If you remember that when a lad whose name is David fought with a 9-feet tall giant named Goliath, the former picked five smooth stones from the brook at Elah Valley overlooking the mountain of Judah (1 Samuel 17:40). Sometime on June 2014, when we visited exactly the same place where David took the five smooth stones.
What these five stones represent? It represent a verdict against God’s enemy named Goliath. It is a vindicating stones that if David will miss Goliath from 1st to 4th stone, he will never gonna miss the 5th stone. However, the very first stone that David hurled against the enemy gave a great vindication to the people of God.
In the same way, you can say to your enemy should you find God as your Defender, “Limang malilit na bato ka lamang kalaban ng Dios,” (the price of your head, my enemy is merely 5 smooth stones!).
Casting lots can be in the form of stones as well just like in Revelation 2:17 that is being addressed to Pergamon Church (called Church of Satan) that says,
“He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.”
Such stone is called to be “pearl” according to James Strong called it “leukos” in Greek means “light, bright, brilliant from whiteness (garments of angels; signs of innocence; purity of soul”.
Such stone is a prophetic stone. This can change your destiny.
Stones in Greek “psephos” (psay-fos) is a small worn smooth stone, a pebble. In the ancient Courts of Justice, the accused were condemned by black pebbles and the acquitted by white (Thayer).. Strong called these stones “a ballot for verdict or acquittal; a vote, stone, voice.”
The true Avenger
When God said, “ Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord,” in Romans 12:19 then God is referring Himself as Punisher. Recompense means “Retribution, , Vindicator, or Defender” from Greek word “ekdikesis.” Meanwhile “ekdikesis” is derived from the Greek root word, “ekdikeo” meaning “The Avenger.”
So if the very reason why you are here because a policeman planted illegal drugs in your possession, then God will avenger for you. He is your Avenger. So when you are being put into prison because of false testimonies, then remember that God is your true Avenger. When the court will not fairly handle your case giving you a guilty verdict instead of not guilty, then remember that God is your Avenger. But such privilege will matter most if your believe Christ and He reigns in you.
The true stone
Whom shall you put your trust, to an ordinary stone or to the real stone?
Former PNP Chief is being called, “Bato” dela Rosa who is now running for senatorial slate. While another “stone” is mentioned from the Scriptures that can make you fall. Mat 21:42-44 says,
“ Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes? 43 cTherefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof. 44 And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.”
In Psalm 18:46 God is being called as “Rock of Salvation” and to those who believe in Christ is tagged as the “living stones” (1 Peter 2:4).
Don’t trust on flesh no matter they call themselves as “Bato” or “Rock.” They are simple humans whose power and authority is second to none because God Himself is the Rock of your Salvation.
The true and only true Avenger is here.
Galatians 5:1, “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.”
You were not meant to be a cheap commodity for others to have leverage over like Satan, Sin of Darkness. Christ has power over you for a price, His only very life. That is the leverage you’ve got!
1 Corinthians 7:23 “ Ye are bought (agorazo) with a price; be not ye the servants of men. “
You and me have been redeemed by God. We are not beholder to anyone except through Christ.
Paul said in Galatians 3:13, “ Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:”
Redeemed in Greek “exagorazo” means “to ransom; buy off i.e. buy out; metaphorically of Christ
freeing the elect from the dominion of Mosaic Law at price of His vicarious death.; to buy up; to
rescue from loss.”
So if Christ redeemed you from your sins or whatever crimes you committed or you may be a
victim of circumstances then na BUY-OUT ka na ni Kristo from the Calvary and that is your
LEVERAGE. So naka kalamang ka kaysa sa ibang walang Kristo sa buhay nila.
Even the Courts who will render your verdict for the alleged crimes you committed is also under
The authority of Christ, the AVENGER! Romans 11:35 says, “Or who hath first given to him, and it
shall be recompensed unto him again?” The word “recompensed” from the Greek “antapodidomi,”
means “reversal.” In other words, the High Court of Heaven can reverse you case
The word “redeemed” which also means “buy-out” is that in Christ you have much more leverage
to the courts and even to those charges against you. He alone has to power to make a verdict or acquit your case. That is your divine edge compared to others. God bless.