Lectionary Readings for Wednesday, May 8th, 2019

Lectionary Readings for Wednesday, May 8th, 2019

Weekday Sabbath

Book of Wars Against Jehovih Chapters VIII and IX

Chapter VIII


1. Jehovih spake to God in Craoshivi, his heavenly place, saying: Behold, I have given
great light to the earth and her heavens hundreds of years; and My Gods and Lords
are becoming conceited in their own power and wisdom to rule in heavenly places.

2. Now will I try them for a season, by sending them a’ji’an darkness; for My
Gods and Lords must learn to master the elements I have created in the firmament.

3. So Jehovih brought the earth and her heavens into a dark region for a season.

4. Anuhasaj, a one-time sub-God under Ahura, the false, was cast into hell, and
then delivered out of hell, whereupon he repented, and became a Faithist in heaven;
serving many years in holy works in Ailkin, a heavenly place of great wisdom.

5. And it came to pass that Ailkin was raised into a new heavenly place, called
Varapishanaha; and in the removing, behold, Ahura ordered Anuhasaj from the line
because of his inharmony. And Anuhasaj suffered himself to become angered.

6. Satan (self) said unto Anuhasaj: Who art thou, that one of less wisdom ordereth thee?
Anuhasaj said: Alas, I am a fool, and without will to assert myself.

7. For many years Anuhasaj became a wandering spirit in heaven, going from kingdom to
kingdom, doing nothing; and at times descending to the earth, observing the kingdoms of
the earth.

8. Satan came again to him and said: Hear thou my voice, and thou shalt triumph over all
other Gods. Anuhasaj said: What shall I do? And satan said: Go thou to Ahura, who
offended thee in presence of the Chieftainess, Cpenta-armij, and say to him: O God, I
crave thy forgiveness. Thou wert right, and I was wrong. I have repented most bitterly.
Now I come to thee, with faith in Jehovih. Him will I serve forever. Turn me not off, O
Ahura; remember thine own one-time shortness; and the high Gods above thee accepted

9. Satan continued: Ahura will delight in thee and take thee at thy word. And thou shalt
enter Vara-pishanaha, asking for the lowest of places; practicing humility in all thy
behavior. But be thou fruitful in making acquaintances with such as shall serve thee

10. Satan continued: And whether it be fifty years, or a hundred, or two hundred, bide
thou thy time. But the time shall surely come when thou shalt be exalted; and thou shalt
solicit and accept a place in the dominions of the Lord God in the Lord-dom of heaven
and earth, Maitraias.

11. Satan continued: And whether it be one hundred years more, or two hundred years, it
mattereth not to thee; but thou shalt finally attain to the Lord-dom, and be duly installed
and crowned Lord God of heaven and earth.

12. And when thou art thus exalted, thou shalt seek to have appointed such Lords to the
ten divisions of earth as are thine own special friends. And it shall come to pass that the
whole earth and her heavens shall be thine, and thy title shall be Lord God, and all people
on earth and in heaven shall be thy servants.

13. Anuhasaj said: Thou art the wisest of Gods, O satan. All thou hast advised will I do;
neither shall any one in heaven or earth know my designs.

14. And it came to pass in course of another hundred years, Anuhasaj was promoted
on the staff of the Lord God, the guardian, where he served the Lord God one
hundred and seventy years. So the Lord God named Anuhasaj for his successor.

15. So God came from Craoshivi and crowned Anuhasaj Lord God of heaven and earth;
with great pageantry and display, God gave him a throne and placed him upon it. And
from this time forth Anuhasaj was known and saluted as Lord God, which is the first rank
below God.

16. The Lord God said unto satan: Who first shall I bring into my favor? Satan said:
Thou shalt first bring into thy favor Anubi, M
when thou hast this to thy liking, thou shalt call him T

17. The Lord God said unto satan: Who next shall I bring into my favor? Satan said: Thou
shalt next bring into thy favor the ten Lords of the heavenly kingdoms of the earth. And
when thou hast them to thy liking, thou shalt exalt the chief one of them to be above the
rest; and him that thou exaltest thou shalt call Osiris, for it is a name loved on earth and in

18. Satan said: Thou shalt re-establish thy Lord-dom and call it Hored, and it shall be the
central kingdom of all the heavens belonging to the earth.

19. And Anubi shall send the spirits of his department to thy heavens; and Osiris and all
the other Lords shall send the spirits of their departments to thy kingdom. And in no case
shall any more spirits be sent to Craoshivi; for all people in heaven and earth shall
be taught that thy kingdom is the All Highest Place; and that thou art the All Highest
God, even the Creator of all things; and all angels and mortals shall be thy servants.

20. Then went the Lord God to work earnestly, but slowly and surely. The Lords of all the
divisions of the earth were his special friends, and of such kind as would willingly do his
bidding. And they were learned and of high grade of heavenly experience of more than a
thousand years.

21. And the Lord God told no one in heaven or on the earth of his designs; gave no sign
or token in his behavior that would make messengers or swift messengers look at him to
read him; and he passed for the meekest and holiest of Gods.

22. But the time came at last for which the Lord God had labored hundreds of years; and
he gave a festival in his heavenly place, inviting the Lords and captains and generals and
marshals, whom he knew would willingly do his bidding.

23. And they came even as the Lord God had planned, and it was a time of great joy. And
when the feast was ended, then spake the Lord God before them, spake as one moved in
sorrow to do a solemn duty for the sake of Jehovih.

24. The Lord God said: O my brothers, hear the words of your Lord God! Behold, I have
charge of the Lord-dom of heaven and earth, I am as a guardian that standeth by a cornfield to see the corn grow unmolested. My experience is not of a year, nor of a hundred
years, but of thousands of years.

25. In Jehovih’s name I speak before you; for the love I bear for the souls of men and
angels. I belong not to the Diva as do ye Lords; my voice findeth vent in the fullness of
the Father in me.

26. Who is here that hath not seen great decline, during the last hundred years, in these
heavens, in the faith of angels in the All Person? Speak then, O ye Lords; and if ye have
hearts for more energetic service for the Father and His kingdoms, now let your tongues
have full liberty, as becometh Gods.

27. Anubi said: thou art wise, O Lord God. God of Craoshivi layeth the blame on a’ji.

28. Then spake Hi-kas, whose heavenly place was over Jaffeth, he said: My Lord God
and my Lords, before your wisdom I bow. I am but as a child in heaven, little more than a
thousand years. My tongue should be silent before you, my long experienced Lords. Hear
me though in my little wisdom, and pity me for it.

29. To the east or west, or north or south, all things grow, in heaven and on the earth; I
have seen no greater wisdom than this. One thing groweth not, the Diva. Behold, the
Diva made laws hundreds of years ago, and they were wise laws in the time they were
made. Ye and I, all of us, are bound by the old Divan laws. The laws have not grown.

30. Gods older than I am, and Lords also, tell us that the All Light is a Person and hath
Voice; and moreover that long ago He spake to high-raised Gods, saying: These things,
shall be thus and so.

31. I appeal to your judgment, O my Lord God and My Lords, was that not a wise
doctrine for the ancients? For on this authority angels and mortals fell down and
worshipped Him they saw not. And they were obedient to do the will of their masters and
teachers on this self-asserted authority of a Person no one had seen!

32. Which is to say: It is wiser to worship Him we know not, and cannot comprehend,
and is therefore as nothing before us, than to hearken to the words of most wise Gods and

33. If to worship that which we are ignorant of is the highest of worship, then the fool is
the greatest of worshippers. For he is ignorant of all things. And by virtue of this reason,
he who is the wisest must be the poorest of worshippers. And of a truth, is it not so, both
in heaven and on earth?

34. With the acquisition of knowledge, they all put away the Unknowable; the ignorant
are devout worshippers. Shall we hold our tongues, saying: Wh-ce, Wh-ce! The ignorant
must not know the truth; the whole truth!

35. To do this, are we not hypocrites? Some have come to us from far-off regions, saying
there are more delightful heavens, much higher! Why, then, shall we not all run away and
leave this?

36. My Lord God, and my Lords, these heavens are good enough, if improved. The earth
is good enough, if improved. We want larger kingdoms and more adorned thrones in our
heavens and on the earth.

37. Next spake Che-le-mung, whose heavenly kingdom was over Arabin’ya. He said: My
Lord hath spoken soul words. With knowledge, what more need angels or mortals? What
value to them is it to say: Beware! The Unseen heareth and seeth? Or, halt and consider
the Divan laws?

38. My Lord God, for the wisest and best and most honest to assume dominion, this I
have not seen. Thy kingdom should be the largest and most adorned of all kingdoms. And
thou shouldst have, to labor with thee, Lords with kingdoms greater than all Craoshivi.
Cannot our Gods and our Lords make these heavens the greatest of all regions in the
universe? Shall we and our people forever run off to etherea in search of higher heavens?
And not improve our own? To exalt a place by going away from it, who hath seen this

39. Arc-wotchissij spake next: his heavenly kingdom was over Vind’yu. He said: O that I
had not struggled so long to put away wisdom like this! All that hath been spoken I have
understood. But I curbed my soul; I thought I was alone in such reason. Now, so
suddenly, I have not words well schooled. I speak little, lest I trip myself up afterward.
It is the joy of my life to listen to such wise arguments. Another time I will say more.

40. After him spake Baal, whose heavenly kingdom was over Heleste and the south end
of Jaffeth to the sea, a young Lord of great promise. He said: How shall one of my
inexperience speak before such Gods as are here! But because ye have touched upon a
matter dear to my soul, my words will forth. I have seen all these heavens, and even
Craoshivi, waning for hundreds of years. Our kingdoms are like old women, resigned to
routine, living, but dead.

41. We have the same rites and ceremonies as the ancients; parades and salutations and
anthems sung for thousands of years; and to whom? A figure-head that is void of shape
and person and sense. Who is here that hath not deserved honor more than such a being?
My Lord God hath labored two thousand years! I have seen him in Vara-pishanaha for
more than a hundred years, stooped to the vilest labor, over bad-smelling drujas, teaching
them, washing them!

42. The Lord God should have a kingdom wide as the earth, and a million attendants to
do him honorable parade. And when he goeth forth he should have hundreds of thousands
of heralds and trumpeters to proclaim he is coming. We need such. We need wider fields
and more pomp and glory in our heavens; and kingdoms with great capital cities, and
thrones arrayed in splendor.

43. Then rose Ashtaroth, assistant to Baal, and Lordess of the East Wing of his heavenly
place. She said: Here are other Lordesses, can speak wisely. As for me, my words are
few. The ancients have taught us to be plain in all things. And we have made our heavens
like orchards stript of leaves and blossoms. As fast as angels are made bright and useful,
they are persuaded to become Brides and Bridegrooms to Jehovih, and fly off to remote
worlds. Our own beloved earth, that brought us forth, together with her heavens, are thus
forever stript of the most valuable fruitage and ornaments.

44. We all know that atmospherea is extensive enough to contain all the angels the earth
will bring forth in millions of years! I appeal to thee, my Lord God, and to ye, most wise
Lords, are not these Brides and Bridegrooms hoodwinked by the tales of the etherean
Gods? And by the parade and pageantry of the marriage ceremony? And by the fire-ships,
and pomp and splendor of the marshals, and trumpeters, and music, and the high-raised

45. Behold, we have here one who can invent all these glories, even our Lord God. He
should have such a heavenly place of splendor that the Brides and Bridegrooms would fly
to him instead of the far-off heavens.

46. After this manner spake the Lords and Lordesses, and when they had all spoken, there
rose up Anuhasaj, now lawfully anointed Lord God. He said:

Chapter IX

1. Most wise Lords, in words ye have done me great honor. There let the matter end. I
perceive what any one can understand, which is that the center of the heavens should be
here. The heirs of the earth and atmospherea, why should they be carried off to other
heavens? Sufficient is it for us that we cultivate our own. I am not competent for so
great a work. Rather shall ye choose from amongst yourselves the highest, best, wise
man, and make him your God. I will be his servant to do whatsoever he putteth upon me.

2. I have traveled far, and took the measure of many worlds. I declare unto you there are
no glories in the far-off worlds, but what can be built up in these heavens, and even on the
very earth.

3. Hear me then and judge ye, not for my fitness, but for my unfitness, and so dismiss me
save to make me your servant.

4. Send not off the highest raised angels, but make these heavens suitable unto them.

5. Make this kingdom the All Highest heavenly kingdom; and make your God the highest
of all Gods, even the Creator. Him shall ye surround with a capital city, a heavenly place
paved with diamonds and most precious gems. And his throne shall be the most exalted,
highest of all glories. To which none can approach, save by crawling on their bellies. Yea,
such majesty shall surround your God as becometh a Creator; and such newly-invented
rites and ceremonies, dazzling beyond anything in all the worlds!

6. The rites and ceremonies should be carried to the highest. Without rites and ceremonies
a people are as a dead people; they are as an army without discipline. In fact, discipline is
void without the formalities of rites and ceremonies. To not have these is to have every

one do for self, which is the dissolution of all union. Baal hath spoken wisely on this; we
need new rites and ceremonies, adapted for the highest grades. We shall no longer bow to
a God we know not, a scattered substance wide as the universe!

7. Because ye have spoken, I am pleased. Because ye have come to my feast, I am
delighted. To be with one’s own loves, what is greater than that? It hath been said, man
shall love all alike; but I say unto you that that is impossible. We have our preferences,
and we delight to come together. Who shall say us nay?

8. And yet, my Lords and Lordesses, shall we not deliberate on these things? And council
with our best loves upon it; for such is the construction of the mind that it oft seeth better
through others’eyes. And, above all, shall we not mature the subject to know if in our
own souls we are sincere, doing all things for the good of heaven and earth, and not for

9. Ye know how Ahura’s kingdom prospered until he began to work for his own glory; let
us not, then, fall into his errors, but from his errors learn to avoid similar ones. And now,
since the time of the feast is ended, and our respective kingdoms waiting us, I declare the
assembly dissolved. Arise, then, my Lords and Lordesses, and go your way. And
whatsoever ye may have on this matter, desiring to commune with me, do ye even so
through messengers, which ye already have.

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