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CLSF-Rosales Annual Evaluation and Planning
May 10, 2023
Updated: March 13, 2023
Above Photo by Peps: Colosseo in Rome
“O king Agrippa, I was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision,”
– Paul, a prisoner of the Gospel of Christ
In the present world of lies and trickery, to whom we shall stand in this most challenging times?
To Elijah, he strongly stood on his ground. And Elijah said to Obadiah, “the LORD of hosts liveth, before whom I stand..”
Elijah stood alone to confront Ahab and his 450 Baal prophets, including another 400 followers of Astoreth, a total of 850 false worshippers against one true prophet of God.
When Obadiah crossed path with Elijah, he recognized him right away and bowed to the ground as a gesture of respect but trembling in fear for his own life. Elijah, the topmost in the wanted list of Queen Jezebel was right before him. Any gesture of association with the most wanted man in the land of Israel would make anyone possibly an “enemy of the state.”
Seeing Elijah brought a sudden snap of his sinews in cowardice, Obadiah beggingly said, “What have I sinned, that thou wouldest deliver thy servant into the hand of Ahab, to slay me? “(1 Kings 18:9)
While Elijah exposed himself an “enemy of the state,” Obadiah was in his comfort zone, secretly hiding under government-like immunity as “palace governor” of Ahab (1 Kings 18:3).
In verse 13, Obadiah was so defensive saying to Elijah, “Was it not told my lord what I did when Jezebel slew the prophets of the LORD, how I hid an hundred men of the LORD'S prophets by fifty in a cave, and fed them with bread and water? “
Did Obadiah commit spiritual treason, as a believer of the God of Israel?
Even Jesus Christ became an “enemy of the state,” who have been arrested without fair trial, publicly made a spectacle for allegedly crime of sedition and treason.
Criminal or martyr?
Jesus was arrested on a charge of treason and was crucified, a common form of execution for condemned criminals. To the Romans, Jesus was a troublemaker who had got his just desserts, “The Roman Empire: In The 1st Century.”
When I asked the Malacanan Palace’s Chairman on Peace Process before 3,500 – 4,000 people in huge public forum this question, “Why is it our state is creating a state within a state, much more recognizing a CIA-dubbed, “international terror-group” creates a state within a state” that threatens the sovereignty of this nation, can you be charged with treason?” Presents that time, were DFA Secretary, four (4) diplomats from Indonesia, East Timor, Ireland, and from another state, including then Sen. Bong Bong Marcos, the Chair of Local Government Units (LGU’s).
She said, “It is only the state who can tell who can be charged with treason!” Fear engulfed every sinew of my being.
As the sayings goes, “Power tends to corrupt; absolute power corrupts absolutely,” no less from British historian, Lord Acton.
Again, my question is, did Obadiah commits treason hiding in the palace? Then why he was siding with King Ahab? Why Obadiah did not publicly speaks against the wicked leadership of Ahab and Jezebel while they wantonly killed the prophets of the Lord?
Is Obadiah an anti-God? Does he committed treason?
Immediately, the Scriptures answered me right away. Verse 3 says Obdaiah was " a true follower of the Lord." Then I remembered King David.
God is our hiding place.
David in his most troubled times ran away for fear of his life. He hid himself everywhere – deserts, pits, cave, valleys, name it.
He composed and sungs this song in Psalm 32:7, “ Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah. ”
“ Hiding Place “ in Hebrew :”sether,” means “a covering, shelter, hiding place, secrecy (of tongues being slanderous), protection, disguised.”
Look at the word, “disguised” like in the Greek word “acton” the Greek word of actor or in disguised or hypocrite or masked.
While Elijah was commanded by the Lord to go the open and exposed himself to Ahab, most probably, the direction of the Lord to Obadiah could be the other way around. Calling are not the same.
There are many men and women of God who hid themselves for purpose just like Obadiah did.
There were people from the Scriptures who hid themselves for a reason.
- Moses. Moseswas hidden by his mother for three months to spare his life from the hands of Pharaoh who commanded to every Hebrew midwives that every son of the Hebrew women must be killed (Exodus 1:20-22).. Again, Moses was hidden among the reeds or papyrus in the Nile River (Exodus 2:3)
- David.He disguised himself as a mad-man. 1 Samuel 17:13 “So he pretended to be insane in their presence; and while he was in their hands he acted like a madman, making marks on the doors of the gate and letting saliva run down his beard.
- The babe. The babe Jesus was hidden as well.
Matthew 1:13, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph and commanded him to hide Jesus and bring him to Egypt saying, "take the young child and his mother and flee into Egypt." Flee (pheugo) to be saved by flight, to escape safely out from danger; to escape. “ So Joseph brought his wife, Mary with him including the babe Christ.To All mothers: when your sons and daughters have a calling and they are in great dangers, YOU TOO will be included for an escape and to be given a shelter of protection. .
- Jesus.Even Jesus "did hide himself" (John 12:36)