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Secrets

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3 Then the chief priests and the elders of the people were gathered together in the court of the high priest, named Caiaphas; 4 and they plotted together to seize Jesus by stealth […]15“What are you willing to give me to betray Him to you?” And they weighed out thirty pieces of silver to him. […] 48 Now he who was betraying Him gave them a sign, saying, “Whomever I kiss, He is the one; seize Him.” 49 Immediately Judas went to Jesus and said, “Hail, Rabbi!” and kissed Him. 50 And Jesus said to him, “Friend, do what you have come for.” Then they came and laid hands on Jesus and seized Him.
Matthew 26: 3, 4, 15, 48-50

The similarities between CPS and the Pharisees of the Gospel of Matthew have been well established in earlier posts. In Chapter 26 it is the chief priests and elders who are plotting together, out of sight from public accountability, behind the closed doors of Caiaphas. This is the way that the Division of Family and Children Services works: underhanded and in stealth mode. CPS may not pay in pieces of silver, but they do play upon human pride and self-importance. They will tell a person that they are doing a good and noble act by reporting suspicions, even though evidence is lacking. The “anonymous reporter” comes away with a sense of self-satisfaction that he/she has helped save a child. It is more likely that the information was used to rip apart the family and leave the child permanently scarred.

CPS likes to do things in secret. They will lie and claim that secrets are necessary to protect the child. That does not line up with scripture or anything else about the nature of CPS. The truth is that “men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil.” (John 3:19) Usually, the best thing for the child would be to have full transparency. It is better for CPS to cover their own guilt if the proceedings can be done in secret.

When it came to His son, God blew the plans for secrecy wide open and forced the participants to go on record in open court.

About two years after Jesus’ crucifixion, Caiaphas was deposed by the governor of Syria. Unable to bear this disgrace, Caiaphas killed himself about A.D. 35.

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Wherever the corpse is, there the vultures will gather.
Matthew 24:28

Many Bible scholars think that Jesus was quoting a folk proverb that bespoke of a general truth. A few researchers posit another explanation. The word translated as vultures here could be almost any bird of prey, so it could also mean eagles. The eagle symbol was used by the Roman legions under the direction of Titus. This would offer a narrow interpretation of the statement applying prophetically to the destruction of Jerusalem by these Roman armies. Both could be true. Additionally, Aristotle wrote The History of Animals in 350 BC, and Pliny the Elder wrote Naturalis Historia in about 77 AD, and both works refer to a bird known as the ‘vulture eagle.’

Jesus could also be making a reference to Job 39:27-30. — 27Is it at your command that the eagle mounts up and makes his nest on high? 28 On the rock he dwells and makes his home, on the rocky crag and stronghold. 29 From there he spies out the prey; his eyes behold it afar off. 30 His young ones suck up blood, and where the slain are, there is he.”

This actually depicts the nature of CPS quite well. These vulture eagles set themselves up in a high and lofty place. They build their stronghold up there, protected by the sovereign immunity afforded by the precipitous court system. They look down, not heavenward for their sustenance. The new hires are taught to suck up blood; they are trained so that their predatory practices are viewed as their strength of devotion.

If all that CPS ever did was to clean up dead things, one should argue that they held a necessary place in the ecology of society. But they don’t. Far too often, they destroy the living. They refuse to honor God’s ways, and in so doing they expand hate and violence.

The vulture eagle is an emblem for a CPS hypocrite, who, while, in his assertion of doing good and saving children, he gives the impression of rising towards heaven. In reality his eye and his heart are upon the prey on earth. He does not look to God but to his own blood thirst because he loves going in for the kill. He does not ameliorate violence; he expands it or incites other to expand it.

Some vultures do not even require a corpse! The Egyptian vulture, Neophron percnopterus, will pick up stones in its beak and throw them at ostrich eggs to break them so that the contents can be eaten. That behavior sounds remarkably like agents of CPS.

“The higher bad men sit above the resentments of the earth the nearer they ought to think themselves to the vengeance of Heaven.” – Matthew Henry

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Chapter 23 of the Book of Matthew gives Eight Woes. Seven are listed briefly and one is quoted fully.

v. 13 — for being stumbling blocks that keep people from entering the kingdom of heaven
v. 14 — for putting on a pretense of being good
v. 15 — for making other people to be like themselves
v. 16 — for making people sign hokey foolish agreements
v. 23 — for laboring over details but neglecting the big things
(like justice and mercy and faithfulness)
v. 25 — for cleaning up for outward show when their inward parts are dirty and corrupt
v. 29 — for building monuments to their ancestors, but claiming they are different

27 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which on the outside appear beautiful, but inside they are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness. 28 “So you, too, outwardly appear righteous to men, but inwardly you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.
Matthew 23:27-28

Both verse 29 and archeological data indicate that this was an era when tombs of the martyrs were being fixed up and monuments built. The implication of verse 30, where the Pharisees are quoted as saying, “If we had been living in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partners with them in shedding the blood of the prophets,” is that the honoring of the memorials was supposed to be the proof that the Pharisees were ‘reformed’ and would not persecute the prophets as their ancestors had. Yet within a short time, they would be crucifying Jesus; which shows that they were lying, self-deceived, or both. The sepultures they claimed to honor were filled with the bones of their murder victims!

The Division of Family and Children’s Services may stop a few paces short of physical crucifixion these days, but the parallels with the emotional tortures that DFCS inflict are as strong as ever.

Although their inward decay was concealed with an attractive veneer of political and social respectability, it was not hidden from the penetrating knowledge and vision of the Son of God, who knew their hearts. ~ James Burton Coffman Commentary

It is hard to tell if the commentator was speaking about the Pharisees of the first century or the government “child protection” agencies operating today. CPS is a breeding ground for hate without cause, false accusations, and secret iniquity. They collect these things, spread the slander under the guise of investigating, and make their assessments not on the basis of right and wrong, but on what makes them look the best.
Quick to dismiss every objection with the rationalization that it is ‘better’ to err on the side of the child, they refuse to admit that erring on the side of the child will most assuredly hurt the child.

Like the Pharisees of the first century who were actively trying to entrap Jesus, CPS has a strong reliance on false accusations for the hiding of their deceit.

Verse 14 is not in some of the old manuscripts of Matthew, but for those in which it does appear, the sentiment can be cross-referenced in Mark 12:40 and Luke 20:47. It says, “Therefore you shall receive the greater damnation.” In last summer’s series on what Jesus says about hell, different degrees of condemnation correspond with the depth of the sin. There are degrees of punishment in hell, and hypocrites who do oppress families under a cloak of piety will be judged more harshly than those whose sins are more open and obvious.

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43 “Therefore I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people, producing the fruit of it. 44 And he who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; but on whomever it falls, it will scatter him like dust.” Matthew 21:43-44

Unfortunately, I have heard some anti-Semitic interpretations for these verses. During my teen years I was taught that God switched His “blessings” from the Jews to the Christian Church for an indeterminate period of time known as a “dispensation.” These verses were used as ‘proof,’ and the scattering ‘like dust’ was supposedly a prophetic reference to the Diaspora.

That interpretation overlooks the word Therefore at the beginning of verse 43. The use of the therefore means that these verses relate back to the Parable of the Landowner Who Planted a Vineyard, which does not make such a distinction. Additionally, in verse 45, the chief priests understood that He was speaking about them. Jesus was speaking about the responsibilities of job performance, not ethnicity. He used a parable to say that those who do not look out for God’s interests will be deprived of sharing in His reign. Furthermore, they will not even be around to fuss about it.

If this life is basic training for the next, CPS is now in the same category as the chief priests were. As a group, they are failing to take care of and cultivate God’s interests. They do not produce good fruit. They do not know how to prune vineyards; they just chop down vines.

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In context, the mother of the sons of Zebedee came up to Jesus (with her sons,) and kneeling before Him she asked if her sons could have a position of honor in His kingdom. Jesus replies that was not his to give, and then continues with an explanation that could also apply to CPS

25 “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. 26 It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever would be first among you must be your slave,
Matthew 20:25-27

CPS is structured with the Gentile political model. They do not serve families to help them. They lord their authority over the God-designed family unit. They are godless rulers who throw their weight around.

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Giving credit where credit is due — Quoting verse 25 from the Message
 “You’ve observed how godless rulers throw their weight around, how quickly a little power goes to their heads.

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3 And Pharisees came up to him and tested him by asking, “Is it lawful to divorce one’s wife for any cause?” 4 He answered, “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, 5 and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh’? 6 So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” 7 They said to him, “Why then did Moses command one to give a certificate of divorce and to send her away?” 8 He said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart Moses allowed you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so.
Matthew 19:3-8

I have never met a CPS worker who behaved as though these verses are true. The standard practice is to “let man separate.” This is often done through the subtly of gentle words and implications that pit one family member against another. Basically, CPS throws out lies to see if they stick. Much of the time they don’t stick, and the CPS worker goes on in self-satisfaction and a free conscience that he/she successfully ruled that out! It is self-deception.

Because over time, the slime that was left on the wall when the false accusation did not stick starts to mold, and the mold grows. Long after the functionaries have gone on to their next victims, the leprous rot they left behind continues to work.

Having a job that breaks up families and separates what God joined together, even if a rationalization is possible, is corrupting to the soul. CPS employs many corrupted souls.

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Woe to the world because of its stumbling blocks! For it is inevitable that stumbling blocks come; but woe to that man through whom the stumbling block comes!
Matthew 18:7 NAS

The King James does not use the term stumblingblock. It says offence. My research came up showing that the original Greek word meant a state of offences or persecutions that would cause one to stumble. In other words, Jesus is talking about a sin that causes others to sin. He is talking about people who are playing out the role of the serpent in the Garden of Eden. He is talking about people who use purposely-crafted words.

Coffman explains why “it is inevitable that stumbling blocks come.”

The divine plan calls for man to be tried, tested, and tempted. Satan and the forbidden tree were in Eden BEFORE sin entered. God desires the love of his children; and true love requires that there be freedom of the will and opportunity to make a choice. The opportunity for temptation does not reduce the guilt of sinners, nor does the necessity for temptation mitigate the guilt of those through whom temptation comes.

Not all temptation comes in the form of enticement. A good deal comes from intimidation. CPS specializes in the coercion and threats class of stumbling blocks. They ratchet up the pressure on purpose. Woe to that person who sets out that stumbling block!

Coffman, James Burton. “Commentary on Matthew 18”. “Coffman Commentaries on the Old and New Testament”. Studylight.org. Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. 1983-1999.

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