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[Inner Wheels] > Isaiah 56 - Lamed - Titus
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Isaiah 56 chain Titus

His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber. Yea, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough, and they are shepherds that cannot understand: they all look to their own way, every one for his gain, from his quarter. Come ye, say they, I will fetch wine, and we will fill ourselves with strong drink; and to morrow shall be as this day, and much more abundant.

Isaiah 56 (vss. 10f)

For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed thee: If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly. For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre; But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate; Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers. For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision: Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre's sake. One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said, The Cretians are alway liars, evil beasts, slow bellies. This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith; Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth.

Book 56 (Titus 1.6f)

The Letter Lamed signifies an ox-goad. Its grammatical function reveals its essence; it is prefixed to a word to indicate the preposition "to" or "for." It is the "pointer" letter. As a word, its name is cognate with pic (Lamad, Teach) which manifests with perfect clarity in the little Book of Titus (Spoke 12, Cycle 3). Its primary force manifests in its combination with Aleph in the word pic (Lo, No/Not) - the essential prohibitive command found exemplified in the Ten Commandments. Note how this integrates with the theme of Titus and Paul's statement that:

For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed thee:

This setting of things in order, and the ordination of elders are a very "Lamed-like" thing to do. Both Isaiah 56 and Titus also speak of "holding fast" or "keeping" the Lord's judgments, His faithful word:

Isaiah 56 Book 56 (Titus)
[vss. 1f] Thus saith the LORD, Keep ye judgment, and do justice: for my salvation is near to come, and my righteousness to be revealed. Blessed is the man that doeth this, and the son of man that layeth hold on it; that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and keepeth his hand from doing any evil. Neither let the son of the stranger, that hath joined himself to the LORD, speak, saying, The LORD hath utterly separated me from his people: neither let the eunuch say, Behold, I am a dry tree. For thus saith the LORD unto the eunuchs that keep my sabbaths, and choose the things that please me, and take hold of my covenant; Even unto them will I give in mine house and within my walls a place and a name better than of sons and of daughters: I will give them an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off. Also the sons of the stranger, that join themselves to the LORD, to serve him, and to love the name of the LORD, to be his servants, every one that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and taketh hold of my covenant; [vss. 1:3f] To Titus, mine own son after the common faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour. For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed thee: If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly. For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre; But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate; Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers. For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision: Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre's sake.

The word translated as "joined" in the phrase "joined themeselves to the Lord" is the Lamed KeyWord pic (Lavah, S# H3867), which may be analyzed in terms of its elements as shown. The thematic integration of Isaiah 56 with Titus is absolutely astounding. The both Isaiah 56 and Titus address the behaviour of the Bishops or Watchmen set over God's People. In Isaiah 56, they are described as Watchtmen and those who "join themselves to the Lord, to be his servants" whereas in Titus they are called by their Christian title of Bishop. Titus declares that a "bishop must not be given to wine, while Isaiah 56 condemns those "watchmen" - the teachers/pastors - who say "Come ye ... I will fetch wine, and we will fill ourselves with strong drink". Likewise, they both speak of greed (fiulthy lucre) as well as the sin of self-serving bishops who love to drink! Here are the verses side-by-side, separated so the diffent themes will stand out more clearly:

Isaiah 56 Book 56 (Titus)
Isa 56.10 His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber. Tit 1.12 One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said, The Cretians are alway liars, evil beasts, slow bellies.
Isa 56.12 Come ye, say they, I will fetch wine, and we will fill ourselves with strong drink; and to morrow shall be as this day, and much more abundant. Tit 1.10 For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre
Isa 56.11 Yea, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough, and they are shepherds that cannot understand: they all look to their own way, every one for his gain, from his quarter. Tit 1.10 For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre






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