Odes of Solomon Speak to Jubilee 99 and Wineskins Movement
Lifting up the name of Who? Most ancient priests knew that they could enslave people by removing the Word and substituting an exciting ritual empowered by sex (dance), wine and music. Other ancient preachers knew the truth and preached it.
The Odes of Solomon show that at least one early preacher understood that the "songs" which came from God were His revelation which must be repeated to the world. However, the world was filled with professional "restrainers of the water" doing everything in their power to "ferment," "filter" or "dam up" the Word--
For thus it was from the beginning and will be to the end, that nothing should be His adversary, and nothing should stand up against Him." Odes of Solomon 6:4
The Lord has multiplied the knowledge of Himself, and is zealous that these things should be known, which by His grace have been given to us. And the praise of His name He gave us: our spirits praise His holy Spirit." Odes of Solomon 6:5-6
For there went forth a stream and became a river great and broad; for it flooded and broke up everything and it brought (water) to the Temple; and
the restrainers of the children of men were not able to restrain it, nor the arts of those whose business it is to restrain water.
For it spread over the face of the whole earth, and filled everything: and all the thirsty upon earth were given to drink of it;
and thirst was relieved and quenched: for from the Most High the draught was given." Odes of Solomon 6:7-11
Jesus agreed with this and warned of the professionals:
For they bind heavy (authority) burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on mens shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers. Mt 23:4
But all their works (occupation) they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments, Mt 23:5
And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues, Mt 23:6
And greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi. Mt 23:7
But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren. Mt 23:8
Jesus wasn't just concerned about malicious pride among those who lust to get on the lecture circuit or sell that new book or introduce that new worship gimmick. He knew that in their well-studied methods they were really taking away the key to the Word--
Woe unto you, lawyers for ye have taken away the key of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered. Lu.11:52
While this writer is no more inspired than our commentaries, he understood the teaching of the Old and perhaps New Testament. He knew that those who "take away the key to Knowledge" were the same men who tried to "restrain the waters." Certain people were given God's Word as ministers of that Word--
Blessed then are the ministers of that draught who are entrusted with that water of His: They have assuaged the dry lips, and they that had fainted they have raised up" Odes of Solomon 6:12-13
He hath filled me with words of truth; that I may speak the same Odes of Solomon 12:1
and like the flow of waters flows truth from my mouth, and my lips show forth His fruit. Odes of Solomon 12:2
And He has caused His knowledge to abound in me, because the mouth of the Lord is the true Word, and the door of His light; Odes of Solomon 12:3
and the Most High hath given it to His words, which are the interpreters of His own beauty, and the repeaters of His praise, and confessors of His counsel, and the heralds of his thoughts, and the chasteners of His servants." Odes of Solomon 12: 4
To try to make the "water into wine" may reveal a Messiah complex but then we know that Messiah didn't add yeast to the living water to make it into a deadly drug. This early preacher knew that he was not the Messiah and that God's Word is the only "interpreter" of Him. If we fall into trying to interpret rather than just delivering it "without yeast" then we put ourselves in the place of "propping up a failing god."
The common theme runs throughout this early writing that God knows what He wants to be taught and the Word is the God-given "harp" or lyre by which one praises God by returning His Words back to Him.
Paul put the teaching task in the hands of the pastor-teachers of the flock and demanded that--
He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it. Tit.1:9
Our Solomon continues:
Behold the Lord is our mirror; open the eyes and see them in Him: and learn the manner of your face: and tell forth praise to His spirit: and wipe off the filth from your face: and love His holiness, and clothe yourselves therewith" , Odes of Solomon 13:1-2
Teach me the Psalms of thy truth, that I may bring forth fruit in thee: And open to me the harp of thy Holy Spirit, that with all its notes I may praise thee, O Lord." Odes of Solomon 14:7-8
I am a priest of the Lord, and to Him I do priestly service: and to Him I offer the sacrifice of His thought. For His thought is not like the thought of the world nor the thought of the flesh, nor like them that serve carnally. The sacrifice of the Lord is righteousness, and the purity of heart and lips." Odes of Solomon 20:1-3
This noble writer would not attempt to construct a "wineskin" for God's truth any more than he would compose his own songs or invent his own harp because--
"Thou didst set me a lamp at my right hand and at my left: and in me there shall be nothing that is not bright: and I was clothed with the covering of thy Spirit, and thou didst remove from me my raiment of skin" Odes of Solomon 25:7-8
God put the gospel in "earthen vessels" which would be like new, uncontaminated wineskins. He guaranteed the purity of the Word by clothing the apostle/prophets with the Holy Spirit and thereby eliminated any of their attempts to find new "wineskins" of their own.
In parallel stories, the book of Enoch and other Apocalyptic writings show that in order to deceive the faithful, Satan "incarnated himself in another man" (or woman when attacking Adam) through apparitions or other means of deceit. He looks, for all the world, just like the faithful angel but he used error to cause the people to come down from God's Holy Mountain.
His method was always literal and musical intoxication which he knew would take the people's mind away from God's already-delivered instruction. God, in many old stories, supplies the "harp" or human lips to sing His odes. Therefore, this "Solomon" said--
"And I ran no risk, because I walked with Him; and I did not make an error in anything because I obeyed the Truth. For Error flees away from it, and meets it not: but the Truth proceeds in the right path - Odes of Solomon 38:7-8
This Solomon did not take any chances because if he did not know something then God made it clear to him. He did not consult his own mind. He saw a pattern of the Bridegroom and bride which is the opposite of that men see of Jesus at the Cana wedding. Jesus is maligned by saying that He manufactured up to 160 gallons of fermented wine and fed it to an already-drunk wedding.
Isn't it interesting that both the King of Tyre and the King of Babylon are earthly example of Satan. Both gained their power through music and both would go into Sheol along with their instruments.
However, Jesus said that the lazy, evil king would do this and this early "preacher" says that only Satan would do that. Those who fed out of a wineskin believed that they were really helping. However:
whatever I did not know, it made clear to me, all the poisons of error, and the plagues of death which they think to be sweetness: Odes of Solomon 38:8
And I saw the destroyer of destruction, when the bride who is corrupted is adorned: and the bridegroom who corrupts and is corrupted.
And I asked the Truth, 'Who are these?'; and He said to me, 'This is the deceiver and the error; Odes of Solomon 38:9-10
The Wineskin Restrainers of the Water of the Word
I just heard a music promoter declare that the music market will not be restored until a "messiah" arrives. He meant that music depends almost totally upon gurus who are worshipped. The same is true in most new religious schemes. They look like the bridegroom but some may lead astray and corrupt. In this early "sermon" the writer provided a model where the false bridegroom would lead the bride astray with wine--
"and they are alike in the beloved and in his bride: and they lead astray and corrupt the whole world: Odes of Solomon 38:11
As Satan invited the Sethites to come down from the mountain to have a festival he gave them wine, music, and other excitement to "take away the key to knowledge." Only by removing the intelligence of the people by obscuring God's Word could he make them believe that the excitement was worship--
"and they invite many to the banquet (to say festival is to say women, song and instrumental music),
and give them to drink of the wine of their intoxication,
and remove their wisdom and knowledge, and so they make them without intelligence" Odes of Solomon 38:12-13
This wineskin religion was clearly pagan worship in which the musical instruments were the actual idol from which the "god" spoke a new revelation:
What profiteth the graven image that the maker thereof hath graven it; the molten image, and a teacher of lies, that the maker of his work trusteth therein, to make dumb idols? Hab 2:18
Woe unto him that saith to the wood, Awake; to the dumb stone, Arise, it shall teach Behold, it is laid over with gold and silver, and there is no breath at all in the midst of it. Hab 2:19
But the Lord is in his holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before him. Hab 2:20
"Yobal made reed instruments, and harps, and flutes, and whistles, and the devils went and dwelt inside them. When men blew into the pipes, the devils sang inside them, and sent out sounds from inside them. Tobalkin made cymbals, and sistra, and tambourines (or drums). Click for the Story.
The book of Psalms is a poetic history covering the same periods as the rest of the Old Testament. We would not think of adopting the "prose" demands of the people for a secular king so that they could worship like the nations. While it is the inspired history of what was said and done, God's Record of their usually-destructive practices are not His endorsement. In the same way, the Psalmists had thoughts like the nations that they could arouse the harp and lyre to actually give God praise:
Awake up, my glory; awake, psaltery and harp: I myself will awake early. Psa 57:8
David praised God with my own glory. This is the meaning of halal.
Using the image of Paul to the Ephesians and Colossians and also Elihu, the writer was so filled with the "water" or truth of God that it poured forth without effort--
"As the fountain gushes forth its waters, so my heart gushes out the praise of the Lord and my lips utter praise to Him, and my tongues His psalms." Odes of Solomon 40:5
Ancient and modern schemes to commercialize "ministries" and institutions can never happen unless the group becomes addictive to a "wine" religion having rejected the "water of the Word." However, a wine religion is acceptable with God but not to produce joy--
"Give beer to those who are perishing, wine to those who are in anguish let them drink and forget their poverty and remember their misery no more. Prov 31:6-7
The same cheering power of pure wine is also attributed to good news:
"As cold water to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country" (Prov. 25:5).
The gospel as good news is compared to cold water which refreshes. It is never compared to wine.
Behold, his soul which is lifted up (swell be elated) is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith. Hab 2:4
Yea also, because he transgresseth by wine, he is a proud man, neither keepeth at home, who enlargeth his desire as hell, and is as death, and cannot be satisfied, but gathereth unto him all nations, and heapeth unto him all people: Hab 2:5
Shall not all these take up a parable against him, and a taunting proverb against him, and say, Woe to him that increaseth that which is not his how long? and to him that ladeth himself with thick clay (pawned goods)! Hab 2:6
For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea. Hab 2:14
Woe unto him that giveth his neighbour drink, that puttest thy bottle (wineskin) to him, and makest him drunken also, that thou mayest look on their nakedness Hab.2:15
Thou art filled with shame for glory: drink thou also, and let thy foreskin be uncovered: the cup of the Lords right hand shall be turned unto thee, and shameful spewing shall be on thy glory. Hab2:16
One does not have to literally engage in these practices. However, they are the natural outcome of drinking wine. Remember Noah?
The LORD's anointed, our very life breath, was caught in their traps. We thought that under his shadow we would live among the nations. Lam 4:20
Rejoice and be glad, O Daughter of Edom, you who live in the land of Uz. But to you also the cup will be passed;
you will be drunk and stripped naked. Lam 4:21
When Israel rejected the rule of God, He gave them kings. They would lead the people into captivity by adopting the worship like the nations. They were stripped naked and taken into captivity.
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