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THE KING'S COUNSEL
The Bible, the Word of God, gives the Counsel of the King
Rev. Dr. Robert E. Donaldson
Published by World Wide Web Witness Inc.
Nowadays there are so many committees and councils and bodies of judicial power to review and untenable non-truths trotted out as if there were some contest to see how many superficial nostrums and godless laws could be contrived at once (amid others of a different kind, to be sure), that it is well to consider the KING'S COUNSEL.
As we see in Psalm 33:9-12, there is a counsel of the Lord which He maintains, and there is a counsel of the nations which is brought to nothing. That nothing reminds one of a Chemistry class at one's old College, in which the teacher who had unusual poise and diction, would announce the marks achieved by each student, starting with the least. "Smith, nought!" he might proclaim (whether or not that was the actual name involved at that time).
In parallel language, God brings the plans of the nations to NOUGHT, that is the ungodly nations, those who do NOT, repeat NOT, both receive and act on His word, as at least their underlying and overseeing mandate or desire. They do not desire it, think that they need it, and indeed come to despite it, often reversing abruptly, as is the current trend in Australia, from any such association!
That, in part or in whole, is now all but universal. Two world wars and yes a third, have changed things. The looming danger of a fourth changes them more.
Manias are now as common as the atom bombs which they threaten to use. Almost any nation and many millions of persons seem to have some brouhaha religion or nostrum or idea or ideology, based on self or seduction, dream or pretence, which brings nothing in foundation and comes to nothing. But these things, idolatries because replacing God with man's ideas, submissions or worships of whatever, are even CALLED vanities or nothings, breath, uselessness in the Bible (as in Acts 14:15, Jeremiah 14:22), and God brings them, He declares in Psalm 33, to nothing. Despite their initial fizz, they are but air, coming to what they began to be, just nothing. Futility is their name, and void is their domain.
The way to nothing, as many an inheritor of a fortune learns, can be long, moving by successive steps from heights of purchasing power to ... more or less none. The spiritual capital of a person or nation, if something near to Christian in the first place, but not quite settled, can fall likewise, till nothing, even an identity crisis, is the result. Europe has come to such an identity crisis. What IS IT! Is is the result of Greece and Rome of old ? Well ... not exactly. Could it be as a Cardinal desired, an adjunct of Rome in some sense ? Well, not really. No agreement was to be found on any such premiss or notion. What then ? After all the city of Rome is clearly indicated in Revelation 17ff., and its hegemony in misleading and unchristian doctrine is noted with intense vehemence (cf. SMR pp. 946ff., 1032-1088H). It is quite prophetic that it now falls and fails to captivate a New Europe ... Europe looking for a soul.
It is a body looking for a COMMON DESTINY, we learn from its Constitution being made. Whatever it is, it is to become one, to be melded or welded or wedded in some sort of style (which is now a major topic because of problems in not really being one, while trying to have finances very much of ONE kind). The nature of that one to come is sketched out most clearly in the Bible in such sites as Revelation 13, 17, with Daniel 2, 7; and it is not a good one.
What are you doing, John ? one might have asked in the old days of responsibility and respect.
The reply might be this, "Oh, nothing..."
That "nothing" might hide a multitude of sins, or indeed, of virtues.
So is it with developing Europe, yet to find its new force, as it fumbles into life. Do not mistake: it has as the EU already done much, but a certain slackness needs and is getting correction. Joint life is NOT EASY LIFE. That financial lesson is now being imbibed. The results will be seen.
Amid all this, it is quite vital to find and contrast, for one indeed as for all, for every and any nation and every individual, two things. One is the counsel of the Lord, personally presented in Jesus Christ, and in singular propositions, in the Bible; the other is not this (as found in moving from the exuberant love of John 3:16-18, to 3:19 and then 3:36)!
The King's Counsel is seen and heard in Jesus Christ, called among other great names, Counsellor; and in His book of which Christ declared neither a jot nor so much as a tittle would fail in fulfilment! Like a knife, this cuts the meat: there are but two slices, though each contains much. One is truth; the other is not. This is a fundamental fact, whether you want to call it fundamentalism or not (preferring this or some other fundamental idea, such as man as matrix, State as sovereign, nothing as basis, or whatever other nimble notion is put up from the nothing category). The actual fundamental is God, and what He has to say. There is no use but abuse in acting as if some men hold this to be fundamental, while others hold that, as if this is relevant. It is what God, who IS fundamental to our very beings, has to say which bears in His words, that actuality. Throwing it at man is merely abuse*1.
When the dust settles, the counsel of the Lord will stand; and HE BRINGS the emptiness of vacuously aspiring human thought, to nothing. The laboratory of history is very fascinating, and it shows the task, cost and wonder of divine truth*2.
In this work, there are intended many contrasts, seen in notion, in motion and in commotion, as the end draws so near that the hiss of the serpent is becoming now almost discernible as background noise.
See The Biblical Workman,
cf. The Time is Coming
Where slither slides, wisdom requires clarity, not abuse, and rationality, not contrivance. Finding and keeping to God and His words is one way; finding anything else and excavating any foundations from God is rather like seeking a new body, and trying to remake the genes systematically, without having either the power or the wisdom to understand what is all about, far less what it is FOR!
*2 See REASON, REVELATION and the REDEEMER, for example.
The Glory of the Gospel and the Null Option
THE IMPACT OF ETERNAL LIFE IN THE OLD TESTAMENT
A swift Overview
THE TENFOLD CORD RESISTS ALL BREAKAGE
THE NEED BEING TO AWAKEN
The Dynamic Thrust of the Resurrection of Christ Jesus
DEAD SLEEPY HEADS, SLEEPY DEAD-HEADS
AND CERTAIN RECIPIENTS OF ETERNAL LIFE
THE ABSOLUTE ACTIONS IN GRACE
OF THE ABSOLUTE GOD
THE PATH OF LIFE AND THE DOOR TO IT
Matthew 7 and biblical entourage
THE TEST OF LIFE AND THE WAYS OF IT
THE NATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL AND SUPERNATIONAL APPEALS
When Moses, Samuel, Noah, Daniel and Job Cannot Help,
Ezekiel 14-16 with Jeremiah 14-15, A Grand Sweep
MAJOR MESSAGE FROM GALATIANS