The uber-legalists of the Church of God are eagerly awaiting the first mature grain of barley to be found in Israel. In their desperate search they don't concentrate upon farm fields, but spend their time running around the country look for wild barley along side the roads, in parks, along side sidewalks, and anywhere else they can find it. It's like a treasure hunt to see who can find a ripe grain first.
The Chief Pharisee of the Churches of God, James Malm, is reporting this about the idiotic hunt for a single mature grain of barley.
Update on the barley in Jerusalem…
I live close to a large park here in central Jerusalem called Bustan Lior – Lior’s garden. It is a large park, about two city blocks, on the slope of a steep hill that is left in a natural state and has heavy concentrations of wild barley. And there is a remarkable variation in the levels of maturity of the barley just within this two block area. All the barley has developed to the stage where the stems have elongated and the seed heads have emerged. Some have developed further to the flowering stage. Some have developed further to the milk stage.
Some have developed further to the soft dough stage. None has yet developed to the abib stage in this park. Nor have I found any abib barley anywhere in Jerusalem where wild barley grows in almost every open spot, and I look every day as I walk along the streets.
I will make another update when I find abib barley here in Jerusalem. Thanks.Next it seems that the Chief Pharisee and his devotees are on a search for wine that is vegan in order to maintain their hypocritical religious purity. They mooch off of others for all the money they can get and treat non-believer family members like dirt, but are oh-so-righteous when it comes to their wine.
“The majority of people are unaware that wine, although made from grapes, may have been made using animal-derived products. During the winemaking process, the liquid is filtered through substances called “fining agents.” This process is used to remove protein, yeast, cloudiness, “off” flavors and colorings, and other organic particles. Popular animal-derived fining agents used in the production of wine include blood and bone marrow, casein (milk protein), chitin (fiber from crustacean shells), egg albumen (derived from egg whites), fish oil, gelatin (protein from boiling animal parts), and isinglass (gelatin from fish bladder membranes).All of this foolishness reminds me to the legalists that infected Pasadena HQ for decades. They demanded that students scrub the teakwood floor in the student center with tooth brushes to get any crumbs out of the cracks and to use toothbrushes to clean the crevices of the dining hall chairs. Others went into catatonic fits over thousands of pounds of baking soda that were used in the natatorium pool. They demanded it be thrown out. We of course refused, which infuriated the hypocrites even more. While these same men were breeding like rabbits with coeds and were major alcoholics, there could be no bread crumbs to be found in their sinful lives.
What more can expect from men and women who worship the law more than they do that inconvenient dude who said a lot of really inconvenient things that irritate the legalists.
28Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. Luke 10: 28-30