Sabbath - Priestly work
First posted: January 4, 2015
This article is the seventh in a series of articles dealing with the spiritual meaning of the Sabbath as portrayed in Matthew chapter 12. This article will share on the words spoken by the Lord in Matthew 12:36.
In Matthew 12:36, the Lord declares the following:
"But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment" (Matthew 12:36)
The word "idle" was translated from the Greek word argos, which is derived from the prefix a meaning "without" and the noun ergon meaning "work". Therefore, argos literally means "without work". To better understand the spiritual meaning behind this word, we have to consider the other passages where it is used in Scripture.
The first appearance of argos in Scripture is in Matthew 12:36 above. Its next 3 appearances are in verses 3 and 6 of the following passage, translated again as "idle":
"1 For the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which went out early in the morning to hire labourers into his vineyard. 2 And when he had agreed with the labourers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard. 3 And he went out about the third hour, and saw others standing idle in the marketplace, 4 And said unto them; Go ye also into the vineyard, and whatsoever is right I will give you. And they went their way. 5 Again he went out about the sixth and ninth hour, and did likewise. 6 And about the eleventh hour he went out, and found others standing idle, and saith unto them, Why stand ye here all the day idle? 7 They say unto him, Because no man hath hired us. He saith unto them, Go ye also into the vineyard; and whatsoever is right, that shall ye receive. 8 So when even was come, the lord of the vineyard saith unto his steward, Call the labourers, and give them their hire, beginning from the last unto the first." (Matthew 20:1-8)
As we briefly indicated in a previous posting, a detailed study of the passage above reveals that the 5 groups that are called up to work in the vineyard correspond to apostles, prophets, teachers, pastors, and evangelists, in that order. Notice that the word argos (i.e. "idle") is only used explicitly with the 2nd and 5th groups, which correspond with the prophetic and evangelistic ministries. As we have shared before, both of these ministries are "male" ministries, and both are "grace" ministries. This means that, according to the passage above, the 2 "male", "grace" ministries are the ones most susceptible to be rendered "idle". The matriarchal Church has a natural tendency to bind and shelve these endowments because of their "maleness", but, even when it gives them some leeway, it does so to utilise them in a Balaamite way, all to further temporal ends. When this happens, these endowments remain "idle" in God's eyes, since they are only truly "active" when they are used to expand the Kingdom of Heaven, as revealed by verse 1 in the passage above. All of this means that the soulish appeal of these "grace" ministries of prophet and evangelist may make them more prone to being "activated" and to appear "in use", even when they are truly "idle" because they are doing nothing to further the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth. Hence, we can say that, when they are under the pastoral tyranny, the prophetic and evangelistic endowments are at best like "idling" cars whose engines are constantly running, spewing out exhaust fumes, but without actually going anywhere.
As we said above, the first group of workers in Matthew 20:1-8 represents the apostolic endowment, which is inherently "male". The fact that the "apostolic group" initiates the work means that the apostolic endowment represents the "essence" or "foundation" of "non-idling". Thus, the "idle" state of the other 2 "male" ministries' reveals the disconnect that the soul matriarchy produces between these 2 ministries and the apostolic endowment of judgements, which the pastoral matriarchy abhors. Once disconnected from God's judgements, these "male", "grace" ministries become little more than "toys" that the soul uses to further its fleeting ends.
The prophetic and evangelistic endowments' susceptibility to being "idled" also reveals an important spiritual fact: the prophetic and the evangelistic require a proactive attitude in order to be developed. This is why the Spirit says the following:
"Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy" (1 Corinthians 14:1)
The word "charity" in the verse above was mistranslated from the Greek word agape meaning (spirit- or heart-level) love, and the word "desire" was translated from the verb zeloo, which has the connotation of a "fiery zeal". The word "gifts" does not appear in the original text, meaning that it was inserted by the KJV translators, and the word "spiritual" was translated from the noun pneumatikos, which may better be translated as "spirituals" or "spiritual things". Hence, once we remove the superfluous word "gifts", it becomes clear that the verse above is exhorting us to have a proactive zeal for things of the spirit. Since the spirit is inherently "male" and the soul is inherently "female", we can say that God is declaring that we must have a proactive zeal to go after "male" things, meaning that "male", spiritual things will not come to you by default as you sit complacently on your couch. You must deliberately seek after them, and you must feel a sense of emptiness or incompleteness when these "male", spiritual things are not being manifested in your life, just like a hungry man remains restless until he can find something to fill his belly.
Notice also that 1 Corinthians 14:1 calls for a special zeal in the pursuit of the prophetic. Zeal is inherently apostolic, as revealed by 2 Corinthians 7:8-11 and Psalm 69:9, and, when such zeal is applied to the pursuit of the prophetic endowment, it enables a mighty outpouring of the prophetic both in you and in others, just as it happened on Pentecost, right after the Church restored the apostolic endowment first (Acts 1 and 2). The apostolic endowment is inherently "persistent" and willing to run long marathons. Thus, an apostolically-zealous pursuit of the prophetic requires a willingness to insist and persist for an extended period of time until the prophetic breakthrough comes to pass (Luke 18:8). Because of the pastoral matriarchy's hatred of the apostolic, the (apostolic) zeal required to achieve transcendental prophetic breakthroughs is often absent, leading to a spiritual nation of idle believers with very minimal prophetic manifestations.
After Matthew 20:1-8, the next 2 times that argos appears in Scripture is in verse 13 of the following passage:
"9 Let not a widow be taken into the number under threescore years old, having been the wife of one man, 10 Well reported of for good works; if she have brought up children, if she have lodged strangers, if she have washed the saints' feet, if she have relieved the afflicted, if she have diligently followed every good work. 11 But the younger widows refuse: for when they have begun to wax wanton against Christ, they will marry; 12 Having damnation, because they have cast off their first faith. 13 And withal they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house; and not only idle, but tattlers also and busybodies, speaking things which they ought not." (1 Timothy 5:9-13)
Notice how idleness is spoken of in the context of a woman who has reneged on her "female" duties and who is actively doing things that she should not be doing, which emphasises the fact that idleness can hide behind external activity). As we have shared before, the washing of feet (mentioned in verse 10) is directly related to the actions that the pastoral ministry must carry out in order to strengthen those who are weary from executing "male" spiritual activities. Hence, the passage above reveals how spiritual idleness is related to "female" ministries that refuse to "stay home" and tend to the "male" ministries, choosing instead to project themselves outside of the "home" in an effort to act "male".
The word "tattlers" in verse 13 was translated from the Greek word phlyaros, which is derived from the verb phluo meaning "bubble". Therefore, it speaks of empty talk that is "full of air" and lacking in substance, which explains why matriarchal pastors have filled the Church with so many rambling sermons that are apparently full of "spiritual" words but are, in truth, lacking in spiritual substance. The word "busybodies", on the other hand, was translated from the Greek word periergos, which is derived from the prefix peri meaning "around" and the word ergos meaning "work". Hence, it has the connotation of "peripheral work", i.e. work around the edges that does not deal with the core work that needs to be done. Such work deals with side issues that are easy to the soul and that give the impression of "real work", all while neglecting the more substantive and difficult Spirit-centric work that we are called to do. In a sense, periergos correlates with a student has an important assignment to complete but who keeps postponing it by doing ancillary chores (you may refer to a video at archive.org that illustrates this). This type of behaviour results from attempting to perform the assigned work at a natural level without a willingness to rise to the supernatural level that the work requires. This is why matriarchal pastors are like a tree full of fig leaves that covers up its lack of supernatural fruit (Mark 11:11-24).
Interestingly enough, the only other time that periergos is used is in the following verse, where it is translated as "curious arts":
"Many of them also which used curious arts brought their books together, and burned them before all men: and they counted the price of them, and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver." (Acts 19:19)
In the English Standard Version, the phrase "curious arts" is translated as "magic arts". Thus, the fact that the word periergos is used to describe magic arts illustrates the deceptive nature of pastoral-matriarchy work. As you may know, magicians rely on distraction to do their acts. By creating distractions, magicians can perform their sleight of hand in plain sight and project the illusion that they are doing something that they are really not doing (this is what the matriarchal man that occupied the American White House starting in 2009 has done constantly, which is not surprising, since his illegitimate reign is the external manifestation of the Korah spirit that the matriarchal Church in America has so staunchly defended).
The fact that the word periergos is used to refer to "busybodies" in 1 Timothy 5:13 also points to the violation of privacy that the pastoral matriarchy engages in. As we have shared before, when the pastoral endowment strays from God's will, it turns Canaanite, leading it to commit spiritual adultery, which involves intruding upon a private relationship in which you do not belong. Matriarchal pastors like to step into the middle of the herd, interfering between God and His sheep, interfering between husbands and their wives, interfering between brothers ministering to other brothers. Instead of acting like the serving "females" that they should be (as described in 1 Timothy 5:9-10), they turn into women that want to be men, projecting themselves into and claiming lordship over realms that they do not belong in, thereby crippling God's people and hindering His work on Earth.
Interestingly enough, the phrase "wax wanton against" in 1 Timothy 5:11 above was translated from the Greek verb katastreniao, which is derived from the verb streniao, a verb that is only used twice in Scripture, both times in Revelation 18, translated as "lived deliciously":
"5 For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities. 6 Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double. 7 How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow. 8 Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her. 9 And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning, 10 Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come." (Revelation 18:5-10)
Notice how Babylon is referred to as a "she", and notice how "she" refers to herself as a "queen" (v6), which points to how the name "Babylon" is often used by the Lord to refer to the pastoral matriarchy. Notice also how Babylon says to herself, "I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow" (v7), which emphasises its connection to the women described in 1 Timothy 5:9-13 above (which, in turn, reinforces the spiritual connection between spiritual idleness and the pastoral matriarchy). As we have shared before, marriage represents the strongest type of soul relationship. Therefore, these women's desire to marry again points to the Canaanite spirit's unending thirst for soul relationships, even when they go against God's judgements and against binding commitments made with their words. Canaanites abhor laws that bind them or dare to limit them in any way, and they abhor the judgements that emanate from such laws. This is why God makes it clear that He shall indeed judge Babylon (v8) despite her efforts to annul His judgements. As we have said before, Canaanites are pastors bent on distorted "soothing", which turns them into enemies of anything that causes soul pain. This is why the pastoral matriarchy asserts that her soulish, anti-judgement efforts will eventually enable her to "see no sorrow" (v7). However, God guarantees that the judgement she is trying to squelch shall indeed come (v10) and that the sorrow she so thoroughly abhors shall be heaved upon her, with absolutely no hope of redemption afterwards, for judgement is not followed by restoration for those unwilling to repent.
After 1 Timothy 5, the next appearance of argos is in verse 12 of the following passage, translated as "slow":
"10 For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision: 11 Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre's sake. 12 One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said, The Cretians are alway liars, evil beasts, slow bellies. 13 This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith; 14 Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth. 15 Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled. 16 They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate." (Titus 1:10-16)
Notice how spiritual idleness is once again associated with active people who are anything but "idle", at least to the natural eye. Notice also how idleness is associated with people meddling in other people's houses (v11), which correlates with Canaanite pastors' tendency to intrude on other people's private spaces. Notice also that these idle people are explicitly linked to the teaching (v11) of human traditions (v14), which, as we have seen before, points to Girgashite teachings. Thus, we can see both distortions of the "female" endowments (Canaanite pastors and Girgashite teachers) associated to spiritual idleness.
The name "Crete" literally means "fleshy". Therefore, we can say that the 3 negative qualities attributed to Cretans in verse 12 above refer to bad qualities in people who live in the flesh as opposed to the Spirit:
In short, the list of 3 evil qualities in Titus 1:12 illustrate how the idling pastoral matriarchy saps the 3 "male" endowments out of believers, emasculating them, turning them into "soulish, spiritless flesh".
The last time that the word argos appears in Scripture is in verse 8 of the following passage, oddly translated as "barren".
"2 Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, 3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: 4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. 5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; 6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; 7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. 8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. 10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall: 11 For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ." (2 Peter 1:2-11)
Notice how, Peter, who was an evangelist, speaks of God's plans for us in much grander terms than merely getting us out of literal hell. This means that, to the evangelist Peter, the salvation enabled by our "Saviour Jesus Christ" (v11) involved more than getting people to repeat a "salvation prayer" and then attend Church every week. To him, the salvation made available to us meant the potential of partaking in God's very own divine nature (v4). To him, this salvation was clearly not a free, get-out-of-hell pass that we could put away in our pockets and hand to Peter at the "pearly gates" the moment we die. To Peter, this salvation was a process you engaged in and built upon with "all diligence" (v5), which is the opposite of matriarchal idleness.
As we have shared before, the evangelistic endowment ministers to the heart, which is where the will resides. Therefore, it is no coincidence that the 8 building blocks that are listed in verses 5 through 7 point to the type of attitude that our hearts must adopt in order to work out the regenerative salvation that God has for us:
After listing this 8-step regeneration process, Peter declares in 2 Peter 1:8 that this process will prevent us becoming spiritually "idle" (argos in the Greek, translated as "barren") and fruitless. He then tells us to persist in this spiritual non-idleness in order to "make our calling and election sure" (v10), which will eventually ensure that we be given an "abundant entrance" into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Yeshua ha Mashiach (v11). Notice that this goes against the matriarchal Church's belief that our main concern should be to get a ticket out of hell and that our entrance into the Kingdom is guaranteed if we are born again. As John 3:1-5 and Matthew 3:10-11 clearly show, there is a difference between "seeing the Kingdom" and "entering into the Kingdom". We are guaranteed seeing the Kingdom when we are born again (i.e. "baptised in water"), but our entering into the Kingdom is contingent on us being born of the Spirit (i.e. "baptised in fire"), which entails a willingness to go through the process of God's judgements. The matriarchal Church cares very little about being born of fire. As long as people can be kept out of literal hell and can be turned into faithful church members that contribute continually to the church's finances, the matriarchal Church sees little else to do but to go about our lives and perform a few religious activities until the Lord comes to take us "home" (whatever "home" may mean). This is why the matriarchal Church produces generation after generation of spiritually idle believers.
"But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment" (Matthew 12:36)
As we have shared in the last two postings, the Lord's words in Matthew 12:36 were spoken in the context of the angelic actions of fallen men versus the angelic actions of God's remnant. And, as we have shared before, angelic actions involve the launching of prophetic rhema word under an apostolic foundation of righteousness and an evangelistic thrust to open doors, create spaces, and establish God's dominion on Earth. Hence, we can say that Matthew 12:36 is a word against those who perform "angelic actions" that release rhema that does not further God's Kingship but instead furthers the pastoral matriarchy. This emphasises the fact that "idleness" does not necessarily denote literal inaction.
The phrase "give account" in Matthew 12:36 was translated from the Greek words apodidomi meaning "to deliver" and logos meaning "word". The word apodidomi is derived from two words: the prefix apo that denotes "separation", "origin", or distance and the verb didomi meaning "to give". Interestingly enough, the prefix apo is also related to the word "apostle", which, as we have shared before, is related to the making of judgements. Thus, it is no coincidence that logos is also related to judgements. Therefore, the Greek words apodidomi and logos, which were translated as "give account", speak of someone having to go to the "source", "origin", or "foundation" of their actions to then take that source or foundation before a judge and explain the wisdom or judgements that undergirded their actions. This goes against the matriarchal mindset, which abhors God's judgements and sees little need to stand on them before issuing their idle rhema into the spiritual atmosphere.
To understand the connection between Matthew 12:36 and the Sabbath, we must return to the beginning of the chapter:
"1 At that time Jesus went on the sabbath day through the corn; and his disciples were an hungred, and began to pluck the ears of corn, and to eat. 2 But when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto him, Behold, thy disciples do that which is not lawful to do upon the sabbath day. 3 But he said unto them, Have ye not read what David did, when he was an hungred, and they that were with him; 4 How he entered into the house of God, and did eat the shewbread, which was not lawful for him to eat, neither for them which were with him, but only for the priests? 5 Or have ye not read in the law, how that on the sabbath days the priests in the temple profane the sabbath, and are blameless?" (Matthew 12:1-5)
Notice how priests are supposed to work on the Sabbath. We, as New Covenant priests (Revelation 1:6, 1 Peter 2:5-9, Hebrews 7), therefore, are called to be "busy" during the spiritual Sabbath. The matriarchal Church, however, turns believers into priests who are idle in God's spiritual temple during the Sabbath because they are too busy working in the pastoral temple of the soul, where the soul is revered and the spirit is forced to submit under the soul.
In a previous article, we saw how Matthew 12:1-8 points to the galloping of the white horse and Matthew 12:9-14 to the galloping of the red horse of the Apocalypse. In the next article, we saw how Matthew 12:15-21 points to the black horse of the Apocalypse. In the next article, we saw how Matthew 12:22-30 points to a transition from the black horse to the green horse of the Apocalypse. In the next article, we began to study the portion of Matthew 12 that deals fully with the green-horse stage, which begins in verse 31. In the next posting, we studied the nature of the "Sabbatical blasphemers" who blaspheme during the green-horse stage, as detailed in Matthew 12:32-34. In the previous posting, we studied on the spiritual treasures that we are to accumulate and utilise "angelically" to establish the Kingdom of God on Earth, especially during the green-horse Sabbath, when the warfare from "fallen angels" intensifies. In this posting, we studied how the matriarchal Church instils spiritual idleness in believers, preventing them carrying out their priestly Sabbath work. The accountability for this matriarchal idleness increases during the green-horse phase of the Sabbath. In a future posting, we shall continue with the verses in Matthew 12 that are also related to the green horse.