Sluice Box Adventures
Believing Bible Study in the 21st century
The Androids and the Daysman
Psalms 12:6-7 "The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever."
1 Thessalonians 2:13 "For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe."
The Androids and the Daysman
Old Paths Baptist Mission © 2015 Richard St.James
He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.
He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.
And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.
Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: he shall bear their iniquities. [Isaiah 53:4-10a]
Androids and the Daysman
Do you know how to catch wild pigs?
“You catch wild pigs by finding a suitable place in the woods and putting corn on the ground. The pigs find it, and begin to come every day to eat the free corn. When they are used to coming every day, you put a fence down one side of the place where they are used to coming. When they get used to the fence, they begin to eat the corn again, and you put up another side of the fence. They get used to that, and start to eat again. You continue until you have all four sides of the fence up with a gate in the last side. The pigs, which are used to the free corn, start to come through the gate to eat, and you slam the gate on them and catch the whole herd.
Suddenly, the wild pigs have lost their freedom. They run around and around inside the fence, but they are caught. Soon they go back to eating the free corn. They are so used to it that they have forgotten how to forage in the woods for themselves, so they accept their captivity.”1 [Unknown source]
1. The Remote Siloam
2. The Coming of the Androids
3. The Real Connection
4. Trouble Is Here
5. We Need Help
6. The Daysman
1. The Remote Siloam
“There were present at that season some that told him of the Galilaeans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they suffered such things? I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem? I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.” [Luke 13:1-5]
Why is it in the 21st century that we are so remote, yet so proud [very cocky], thinking that trouble will come only to someone else, and never come to us?
Why is it that we have come to this point where we think we deserve a life full of happiness when the plight of so many others is nothing … but calamity and so much grief?
Why is it that we feel so remote, and so detached, from all those who suffer such things?
It has now been nearly two thousand years since these events of these troubles were first recorded in the Scripture, here in Luke chapter thirteen. Those events at Siloam, and what happened to these Galilaeans, are distant to us for a reason, or for a set of reasons. Yet in reality these events are close to us.
You tell me, “They got what they deserved”, or that “They were just so unlucky”, or that “The things which happened to them were recorded in the very unlucky chapter thirteen.” Hog wash!
Jesus Christ told those men “at that season” that they were no different from all those Galilaeans, or from all those folk upon whom the tower fell, who had lost their lives. Jesus made it as plain as could be that they were all sinners to the very same degree.
Now, what is the difference between you and me, though we be living today in the 21st century, and all those other people who have suffered such tragedy? I tell you, “Nothing!” Bottom-line, we are all made of the same stuff and of the same material. We are all most deserving of the very same plight that all these people went through in Luke chapter thirteen.
Observation: We are so cold, so indifferent, and so remote from other people … because we are so cold, so indifferent, and so remote from what other people are going through in life.
We are all … so very alone.
It is … at the end of this age … as Jesus Christ prophesied it would be at the end of this age … cold out there!
“And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.” [Matthew 24:12]
2. The Coming of the Androids
“Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.” [Ephesians 4:19]
An unknown word in the 21st century is the word “lasciviousness”. I will add to this. It is a word that has been [deliberately] made unknown to the people of the land. Now, this has been done in two planned steps.
First, America’s religious and political leaders [deliberately] removed all the moral boundaries so as to promote evil to flourish in the land. They removed the boundaries. In the precise archaic English language of 1611, they have removed “the bound”: “The princes of Judah were like them that remove the bound: therefore I will pour out my wrath upon them like water.” [Hosea 5:10]
Second, the religious and the political leaders [deliberately] removed the word of God [THE BIBLE] from the schools, from the newspapers [the media], and from the churches in order to erase the connection of the moral boundaries to God.
The summation is this … the free corn … is not so free.
The moral boundaries demarcated by THE BIBLE were replaced by the erection of the fences. A people who are not governed by moral boundaries of a supernatural God [living in the human conscience] will need to be confined within the fences erected by a humanistic government … in order for the people to remain governable [or controllable]. The internal controls within the human conscience, which were meant to be intimately connected to the God of the Bible, were to be replaced by the external despotic controls of the fences.
The actions of a people with God [with the God of the Bible] are restrained from within [by the conscience of man], which conscience is intimately connected to the word of God.
The actions of a people without God [without the God of the Bible] can be controlled only by the progressive building of despotic fences.
The Progressive Erection of Fence #1:
In 1947, the Supreme Court, in Everson v. Board of Education, totally pulled out of context Thomas Jefferson's reference to a "wall of separation between church and state" in his letter to the Danbury Baptist Association of January 1, 1802. The letter was to express to the Danbury Baptist Association that there was nothing to fear with respect to the federal government’s establishing a national church (or a national denomination).
The 1947 decision, in essence, declared that we were no longer a Christian nation.
Ever since then, the Supreme Court has over and over used this phrase "separation of church and state" to remove Jesus Christ out of our government and out of our public schools.
The Progressive Erection of Fence #2:
The Supreme Court, in Engel v. Vitale, decided to strike out against school prayer (June 25, 1962). The goal simply was to remove God out of our public schools.
The Progressive Erection of Fence #3:
On June 17, 1963, in Abington v. Schempp and Murray v. Curlett, the Supreme Court outlawed Bible reading in the public schools (without regard to any historical or legal precedent). In this decision, "Bible reading" was considered psychologically damaging.
The Progressive Erection of Fence #4:
With Dekalb v. DeSpain (1967) the decision was to not allow the "Ten Commandments" to be posted in the public schools of our land. Children would not be able to see "The Ten Commandments" posted on the wall of the school, telling them not to lie, cheat or steal!
And if that was not enough, in 1980, with "Stone v. Graham", the Supreme Court decided that the word of God could not even be mentioned in a public school.
We the people … are caught within … the fences!
If we are caught, then it is because we have been “overcome”.
If we are indeed “overcome” … then we are, in fact … in BONDAGE.
Question: To whom, or to what, are we in “bondage”?
Superficially we might say we are in bondage to those who built the fences, but those who built the fences are they themselves in bondage to someone, or to something else. They, and we [for it is a universal condition], are in bondage to someone who has the higher powers.
Now, are you ready for this? All men who live in this world [all of us!] have something within us called sin, and those who sin are they who are ruled by sinners, and these sinners are they who are themselves controlled by spiritual wickedness. “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” [Ephesians 6:12]
“While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.” [2 Peter 2:19]
We are now servants of corruption. Our liberty was really lost six thousand years ago. We are now [have almost become] … androids.
Now, this is God’s judgment for all this: “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” [Isaiah 5:20]
Now, lasciviousness … is a type of sin.
Now, the very presence of sin brings forth trouble.
If you want trouble to come to you, then just remove the boundaries, and then you will have nothing but trouble.
Now, what are these boundaries? Boundaries are the aggregate of limits. A specific boundary is a “limit”, and this “limit” forms a divide between two points. “This is the law of the house; Upon the top of the mountain the whole limit thereof round about shall be most holy. Behold, this is the law of the house.” [Ezekiel 43:12]
The ultimate authority in the Universe is the ONE … WHO sets the limits. GOD sets the limits; GOD is all authority: “And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM:” [Exodus 3:14a]
God’s LAW forms the aggregate of all the limits in the universe, and these limits form the divide between what is good and what is evil. When the limits are removed, confusion comes. When confusion comes … trouble comes. When trouble comes, it is because sin has arrived. “O Lord, to us belongeth confusion of face, to our kings, to our princes, and to our fathers, because we have sinned against thee.” [Daniel 9:8]
Further, trouble comes whenever lasciviousness shows up. Lasciviousness arises when the lust of the flesh is fed whatever the flesh desires.
Further, lasciviousness works all manner of “all uncleanness” till it comes up to a full head of steam, which then progressively destroys a person … a people … or a family … or even whole nations. We are witnessing today this progressive leavening effect of lasciviousness in America.
Result: People are “past feeling” for God, and for one another.
In a time when instant messaging [texting] is the preferred means of human interaction, we have lost the personal interaction gained from looking into another person’s eyes while we are directing the voice, which sends messages one to another. Instant messaging has isolated us … one from another. We conduct our lives remotely from one another. This is not good. This is not healthy. We have become for it … androids in the 21st century.
Now, what is an android? An android has a human-like form, but yet is without real life. It is robotic in form, and simulates the human being.
The ultimate android will be an image [empowered by the Devil] as seen in the book of Revelation, chapter thirteen, verse fifteen: “And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.” [Revelation 13:15]
Now, for something else, those who are androids are “past feeling”. You might say that they have become numb. They have no feelings for others.
Now, how did we get here to this place where we have become so robotic and so cold to one another? The answer is found in the Authorized Version of the Bible of 1611, commonly called the King James Bible, in the epistle to the Romans, chapter three: “There is no fear of God before their eyes.” [Romans 3:18]
Remove the “fear of God” [via Supreme Court decisions: 1947, 1962, 1963, 1967, 1980] and you will have the result we see today … as recorded in the gospel of Matthew, chapter twenty-four: “And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.” [Matthew 24:12]
· It happened by removing God from our homes.
· It happened by removing God from our schools.
· It happened by removing God from our nation.
It always results in a downward death spiral with “lasciviousness” running rampant in the forefront [whereby “iniquity” abounds], which consequently results in the waxing cold of “the love of many”. The final end result for us is … we have become android-like towards one another [and toward God].