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“A Spirited and Naturally Gifted Protection”
Gregory V. Boulware
“I well know the pains they suffer… Bring My People Out of Bondage – Bring My People Home”
The other day, I heard on the radio, a news update. The report told of a woman who was very fortunate to be alive. Apparently, someone broke into her house while she lay sleeping. The crass violators, three men, ransacked the woman’s home for valuables and cash. Little did they know she was not alone…?
The ‘Blind Woman’s’ seeing-eye-dog was on duty. The dog began to bark. When the perpetrators realized that a dog was barking and making all kinds of noises, they exited the woman’s domicile. Not only was their vile intrusion of the woman’s sanctuary an unforgiveable and dastardly deed, the vicious thugs attempted to gas the innocent victim. The evil thieves tried, fortunately in vain, to kill the woman by turning on an unlit gas range in the house. The escaping gas could very well have been ignited by any small spark or flame. The explosion would have yielded a devastating blast while destroying other lives and property as well.
The ‘Seeing-Eye-Dog’ was the hero of the day…Thank God! Albeit, I did not get the full radio reports on the story at the time of this reporting. I did get enough to tell you of this filthy and hellish invasion and violation of the life of an innocent. One of the inscrutable intruders was eventually captured by the Philadelphia Police.
“Bonjour!” It’s a French greeting that a man from Yoruba has used all his life. But in November 1975, he was arrested for doing so.
He was born January first in 1944, in Malete, a suburb of Save, in central Benin. His name is Abiola, aka Pierre. In 1975, Dahomey adopted a Marxist form of government. The country’s name was changed to the People’s Republic of Benin. The daily life of its citizens also changed. The newly adopted greeting was changed from Bonjour to “Pour la revolution?” (Are you ready for the revolution?). The populace was expected to answer: “Prêt!” (I’m ready!). The Bible-trained conscience did not allow them to repeat such political slogans. The end result created vast hostilities.
When Abiola was arrested for not replying with the political slogan, he was taken to the police station, where he was beaten repeatedly. His release was procured later that day by three local ‘Jehovah Witnesses.’ He was the first Witness of Jehovah to be arrested. Many others throughout the country were arrested too. The government seized Kingdom Halls while deporting missionaries. Branch offices were closed and many Witnesses had to flee the country. They were forced to head west into Togo or east to Nigeria.
The decree that banned their religious practices and beliefs was lifted. The previous order calling for the closings and seizures of Witness Halls and offices was ordered null and void in January 1990. Many refugees returned to the region. New missionaries also arrived in Benin. Pierre’s family was able to move back to their home in Benin while an extension of the family stayed in Nigeria. It is believed that God has shown favor in the teachings of the Jehovah Witnesses in Benin. “He has richly blessed the preaching work of Jehovah’s Witnesses for delivering the message in this country,” says Pierre. “Sometimes I go to the spot where I was arrested over 30 years ago and reflect on all that has happened. I especially thank God that he has blessed my family. We have lacked nothing while I still greet everyone with “Bonjour!”
“Any effort by people to correct society radically will be unsuccessful because, to earthling man his way does not belong to man who is walking even to direct his step. All the problems will only be solved by God’s Kingdom.” As recorded – (Jeremiah 10:23) Oh Lord, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.
A few years ago, a teacher in Batumi, Georgia, asked her students to list the Ten Commandments. To her amazement, one student recited them correctly. She also answered other Bible questions in an impressive manner. You see, the teacher also gave an essay assignment. The class was to write an essay of ‘Life in Georgia. Anna was commended on her unique submission which included the verse aforementioned. The teacher asked while intrigued, how she was able to know so much. Anna replied “I belong to a group who study the Bible on a regular basis.”
One day while attending sheep, Mosses came upon a highly unusual sight. It was a bush of thorns on fire but not being consumed by the fire. He decided to go and see this wondrous thing up close. An angel stood near at the ready for translation to him, the word of God. The translation was not required because God spoke directly to Mosses from the burning bush.
“Remove thy sandals from thy feet for thy art standing upon Holy ground and in the presence of the Lord.”
Can one imagine... just close your eyes and think – because the Holy Spirit was present, the ground itself became Holy! The Lord God had reason for gaining Mosses’ attention and pulling him into conversation. “Unquestionably I have seen the difficulties and afflictions of my people who dwell upon the land, and I have heard their outcries as a result of those who drive them to work; because I well know the pains they suffer.” God did not turn a deaf ear or a blind eye to the sufferings of the people in bondage. He felt the peoples anguish because it became his own.
Faithful to the commission, Mosses led Israel out of Egypt in 1513 B.C. God has not changed. Worshippers today can be sure that he sees their adversaries and adversities while hearing their cries for help. God well knows the pains they suffer. But God does not just feel compassion for his devoted servants. The tender God is moved to act in their behalf because he cares for them.
One Christian Woman struggling with depression and discouragement found comfort in the account of Mosses’ experience with the ‘Burning Bush.’ She said, “If God can make even the dirt Holy, then maybe there is a little hope for me. This thought has helped me profoundly.”
A close relationship with God is possible…for it is God who well knows the formation of us, “We The People” - remembering that we are dust (Psalm 103:14). “For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.” (Awake, March 2009)
"The Holiness of My Great Name"
YAHshua, in the last paragraphs of the Scripture, is admonishing that a remnant must wash their robes in His blood of all that defiles including anti-Semitic attitudes (in the Gentiles), and anti-Messiah attitudes (in the Jews). Gentiles cannot go through the twelve gates of Israel (Rev 21:12) bearing anti-Semitism in their hearts, for hypocrisy and disobedience will keep them from entering those memorial gates. Likewise the Jews must humbly receive and reverence their Messiah with uncompromised obedience in order to go through their tribal gates into the eternal Promised Land. As YAHshua said, "Behold, I am coming quickly," both Jews and Gentiles must consecrate themselves to become holy priests who can stand in His eternal presence.
Many truths have been revealed and magnified. May both Jew and Gentile hearken to YAHshua who gave His life that they might live in the New YAHrusalayim united as one new man before YAHveh the King of Glory.
Guidance for the Pious:
Who believe in the unseen, and establish the prayers and of what we have provided them with, they give in the way of their Lord.
And who believe in that which hath been sent down unto thee and that which hath been sent down before thee, and of the hereafter they are sure. These are the ones on the guidance from their Lord, and these are the ones who shall be the successful ones.
Verily those who disbelieve, alike is it for them, thou warneth them or warneth them not; for they will not believe. God hath sealed up their hearts and their hearing; and upon their sight is a covering; and for them is a great chastisement.
And of the people are some who say, “We believe in God and in the Last Day of Judgment, while in fact they are not believers at all. They intend to deceive God and those who believe, while they deceive not but themselves, but they perceive it not.
In their heart is a disease, and God increaseth their disease, for them is a painful chastisement, because of the lie they were saying. And when t is said unto them, “make ye not mischief in the Earth” say they, “Verily, we are only the well-doers.” Beware! Verily, they are the mischief-mongers but they perceive it not.
When it is said unto them, “Believe ye as the other people did believe,” they say, “Shall we believe as the fools did believe?” Beware! Verily, they are the fools, but they know it not. And when they meet with those who believe, they say, “We believe” but when they go apart to their devils, they say, “Surely we are with you, verily, we did but mock.” God mocketh at them and he only alloweth them to continue bewildered in their rebellion; Those are they who purchase error for guidance, hence their transaction profitteth them not, neither are they guided aright.
The likeness of them is like unto one who kindleth a fire, and when it lighteth all around him, God taketh away the light and leaveth them in darkness, they see not. They are deaf, dumb, and blind; hence they will return not from their darkness. Or like a rainstorm from heaven fraught with darkness, thunder and lightning, they put their fingers in their ears against the thunderclaps for fear of death; and verily, God encompasseth the disbelievers.
The lightning well-nigh snatcheth away their sight from; as often as it gleameth for them, they walk therin and when it getteth dark for them, they halt; if God willed, He could take away their hearing and their sight. Verily, God hath power over all things.
(The Holy Qur’an)
Who said I can...
What if I would?
The trick is believing and knowing I could.
If I just learned to value my time...
Today for tomorrow...
My future is mine!
Fore If I try I'll make it through,
There’s so much in life that I want to do.
If I take pride
If I take charge
To educate myself so I can live large.
I won't accept no,
I belong to me
my actions all count towards what I strive to be.
I must look back for so many have lost...
I can't lose track...my life is the cost.
Education is my key to success.
No one else can do what I do best.
From this day forward I'll do my best.
Who says I can't?
I say I can
For I believe...
and know its true
I believe in
Now believe in you!
This is dedicated to all of those who thought we couldn't.
YES WE CAN!
M. Fleming, C2009
“Let My People Go!”