Baruch chapter 5
I want to assume that most, if not all, of us have already heard of the prophet Jeremiah. There are, after all, fifty-two chapters in the bible under his name. At this point however, we are going to look at the work of Jeremiah’s personal scribe Baruch, who wrote for Jeremiah by taking dictation. He not only wrote for Jeremiah but wrote a book of his own with his name as the title, Baruch.
In verse 1 of Baruch chapter 5, he tells Israel – descendants of the 12 tribes – to stop our mourning and to look pass the afflictions that are upon us and put on the decorousness of the glory of God which is made available to Israel from God forever. I know it is not easy to see our people being mistreated, murdered and overall marginalized, but Deuteronomy 28:1-14 details the promise of God to Israel if we only obey his commandments (V1. “And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the Lord thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth:”)
He said we should put on the double garment of righteousness and set a diadem on our heads. Let’s first understand what he meant by double garment of righteousness. The commandments of God are his righteousness and walking in them or keeping them would be one layer to the double garment (Psalms 119:106, Psalms 119:172, Deuteronomy 6:25 and Romans 7:12). The other layer of the double garment of righteousness is the wearing of our fringes (Numbers 15:38, Matthew 9:20 and Deuteronomy 22:12). Even our best example to live by, Jesus, wore fringes on his garments because it is a commandment.
After being dressed in our double garment of righteousness, we affix the crown of the Fruit of the Spirit on our heads, which the Lord will use to illuminate us among the people of the earth. The Fruit of the Spirit will be that special thing about us that effortlessly help our fellow Hebrew brothers and sisters believe in The Most High God. The fruit is comprised of the following :
- Love – Affectionate concern for the wellbeing of others.
- Joy – A state of happiness or felicity.
- Peace – A state of mutual harmony between people and groups.
- Longsuffering – Long and patient endurance of Injury, trouble, turmoil or provocation.
- Goodness – The quality of being morally good or virtuous. Not severe, rough or violent.
- Faith – Confidence of trust in God, belief that is not based on proof.
Slavery and colonisation have caused us to forget our heritage and to sleep and slumber spiritually. We have been living the heathen lifestyle, completely forgetting the ways of our forefathers and the ways of God and have completely neglected His commandments. Verse 5 says the days will come when we will awaken and rejoice in the remembrance of God. That time is here today! Every Israelite in 2020 – I’m going to say Blacks, Hispanics & Native Americans – should be noticing that something has change in relation to how the world sees and treats us. From the proposals to have us be the test subjects for vaccines to the surge in police brutality against us. The Spirit of God has brought about an awakening among us that has been noticed by our oppressors and have caused them to be acting out of fear and disbelief. Why do you think Blacks are killed so quickly by the other nations? They are fully aware of who we were when we walked with God back in the days. They also saw how our ancestors in very small numbers were victorious over great armies with the power of God upon them.
My beloved friends, we have the power to flip the script without violence and it as simple as repenting for our sins and with the grace of Jesus move back into living and keeping the commandments of Elohim.
Mordecai Amon Israel