Genesis 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. 27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. 28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
Genesis 2:7 And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
Isaiah 45:9 Woe unto him that striveth with his Maker! Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth. Shall the clay say to him that fashioneth it, What makest thou? or thy work, He hath no hands? 10 Woe unto him that saith unto his father, What begettest thou? or to the woman, What hast thou brought forth? 11 Thus saith the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker, Ask me of things to come concerning my sons, and concerning the work of my hands command ye me.
KJV Jeremiah 18:1 The word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying, 2 Arise, and go down to the potter's house, and there I will cause thee to hear my words. 3 Then I went down to the potter's house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels. 4 And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it. 5 Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying, 6 O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the Lord. Behold, as the clay is in the potter's hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel.
Isaiah 64:8 But now, O Lord, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.
John 8:6 This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not. 7 So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. 8 And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground. 9 And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. 10 When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? 11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.
John 9:4 I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. 5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world. 6 When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay, 7 And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing. 8 The neighbours therefore, and they which before had seen him that he was blind, said, Is not this he that sat and begged? 9 Some said, This is he: others said, He is like him: but he said, I am he. 10 Therefore said they unto him, How were thine eyes opened? 11 He answered and said, A man that is called Jesus made clay, and anointed mine eyes, and said unto me, Go to the pool of Siloam, and wash: and I went and washed, and I received sight. 12 Then said they unto him, Where is he? He said, I know not. 13 They brought to the Pharisees him that aforetime was blind. 14 And it was the sabbath day when Jesus made the clay, and opened his eyes. [This is what happens when you gain shared "talents" from a real <clay> man of God!] 15 Then again the Pharisees also asked him how he had received his sight. He said unto them, He put clay upon mine eyes, and I washed, and do see. 16 Therefore said some of the Pharisees, This man is not of God, because he keepeth not the sabbath day. Others said, How can a man that is a sinner do such miracles? And there was a division among them. 17 They say unto the blind man again, What sayest thou of him, that he hath opened thine eyes? He said, He is a prophet. 18 But the Jews did not believe concerning him, that he had been blind, and received his sight, until they called the parents of him that had received his sight. 19 And they asked them, saying, Is this your son, who ye say was born blind? how then doth he now see? 20 His parents answered them and said, We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind: 21 But by what means he now seeth, we know not; or who hath opened his eyes, we know not: he is of age; ask him: he shall speak for himself. 22 These words spake his parents, because they feared the Jews: for the Jews had agreed already, that if any man did confess that he was Christ, he should be put out of the synagogue. 23 Therefore said his parents, He is of age; ask him. 24 Then again called they the man that was blind, and said unto him, Give God the praise: we know that this man is a sinner. 25 He answered and said, Whether he be a sinner or no, I know not: one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see. 26 Then said they to him again, What did he to thee? how opened he thine eyes? 27 He answered them, I have told you already, and ye did not hear: wherefore would ye hear it again? will ye also be his disciples? 28 Then they reviled him, and said, Thou art his disciple; but we are Moses' disciples.
Matthew 13:3 And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow; ... 8 But other fell into good ground, (anyone who truly seeks God in the right place, Jeremiah 29:13) and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold. 9 Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.
2 Corinthians 4:6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. 7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels (human bodies), that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.
Psalm 2:7 I will declare the decree: the Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee. 8 Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. 9 Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them (human bodies) in pieces like a potter's vessel. 10 Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth. 11 Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling. 12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.
Testament of Zebulun II:22 And when he went down into Egypt, Joseph bore no malice against us. 23. To whom taking heed, do ye also, my children, approve yourselves without malice, and love one another; and DO NOT SET IN ACCOUNT, each one of you, EVIL AGAINST HIS BROTHER. 24. For this breaketh unity and divideth all kindred and troubleth the soul, and weareth away the countenance. 25. Observe, therefore, the waters, and know when they flow together, they sweep along stones, trees, earth and other things. But if they be divided into many streams, the earth swalloweth them up (via graves), and they vanish away. See as a reference: Isaiah 44:22, 57:16-19; Hosea 11:9-10; Malachi 3:6,17; 2 Corinthians 5:18-19.
Daniel 2:31 Thou, O king, sawest, and behold a great image. This great image, whose brightness was excellent, stood before thee; and the form thereof was terrible. 32 This image's head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass, 33 His legs of iron, his feet part of iron (controlling devils) and part of clay (men). 34 Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces. 35 Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth.
Revelation 12:15 And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood. 16 And the earth helped the woman, and the earth (clay ground) opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth. (many diverse religions and denominations when the believers and practitioners die their "bodies" are swallowed in "graves").
Ecclesiastes 12:7 Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit (God's son or daughter who was born into that body) shall return unto God who gave it.
From the above texts you should have learned that "clay works" are done by and with human beings. Read it again and learn what God is doing to men and also using men to do.
The Tie That Binds
A Song: "Blest be the tie that binds our hearts in Christian love; the fellowship of kindred minds is like to that above".
Look at the title of this section. What do you see? I see "the tie" which is closely related to "ti-thes" (tie these). "Tithes" did bind the Jewish people to the Levitical priesthood under the Old Covenant. The purpose of "tithes" was to support the priests whose specific job was to attend to the duties of the temple. They could not leave the temple and work for a living outside the temple. They had to maintain all those fleshy sacrifices required under that Covenant. There was a lot of killing of birds and animals, and burning them, as well as agrarian products such as wheat, barely, and flour day and night. It was gross, gruesome, and very bloody from my own personal perspective today. Had I lived in that era, I would not want to be a priest! Because of their work, these human priests needed to be supported in order to live. God required the people to give 10% of whatever they had to these priests to maintain their lives. "Tithes" was food, spices (Matthew 23:23), clothing, wooden products such as tables, stools and chairs, and jewelry and money for temple needs. Money was the least of things given as tithes. Since the Jews were agrarian and shepherds, most tithes was in the form food items and farm animals. Since Jesus is the New Covenant and dwells above in Heaven, this system is moot. Jesus does not need nor require any of these things to sustain and maintain his life as our High Priest.
Tithes was also given to Levites, widows, strangers, and to the poor. Any man can pay tithes without a penny going to a preacher or a church! It is another expression of our love-duty toward our fellowman, Deuteronomy 26:12-13. A point to note is (Microsoft founder) Bill Gates' new wife has him paying tithes, among other things, a contribution to African nations to fight the HIV "aids" virus. I am certain he might call this "charity", but from an Old Testament perspective, this is "tithes"!
Charity is the replacement terminology under the New Covenant for the tithing system of the Old Covenent. Here is Paul's take on New Testament charity (Old Testament tithing):
KJV 1Corinthians 13:1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. 2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. 4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, 5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; 6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; 7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. 8 Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. 9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. 10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. 11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. 13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.
What Do You Think?
Luke 10:30 And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. 31 And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 32 And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side. 33 But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him, 34 And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. 35 And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee. 36 Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves? 37 And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.
Continuing with Jesus' questioning, "Which one of them paid the New Testament version of Old Testament tithes? Go and do thou likewise."
There is also a Heavenly "tithing" (charity) system in place. Angelic priests, teachers, and leaders are giving 10% of their understanding to God's priests on earth. Each additional "talent" causes men to grow in light and makes their faces shine spiritually. Human "man-made" priests do not prefer this kind of reverse tithing system, because it is not "money" that they can spend. God's "money" is more wisdom and understanding. In God's system the reverse scenario is true. Angelic priests are required to pay "tithes" to human priests on earth. It is to maintain our life. It is "manna" by which we are able to "live unto God". It maintains and sustains our spiritual life, and from it we are able to grow in grace. Ministers in the churches are excluded from these things because they are employed by the Dragon. They are being paid Babylonian wages, namely money, by which they earn a living, and some become millionaires. Those who are unworthy in the least things and serve for mammon, WILL NOT be given the greater things of the Spirit! Luke 16:10-13. God does not lie about this! Babylon is ensconced in the churches through Christian related commerce. It is that "buy and sell" thing! As you know, Jesus beat the buyers and the sellers who (polluted) engaged in business in the temple and he chased them out. See our web-site, Buy and Bye! The heavenly priesthood does not use earthly money for transactions. "De" mon-ey in the hand (serving for mammon) is the mark of the Beast in the hand. "Hireling" ministers have that "green" mark (for dollars) in their hands. It is also in their bank accounts and investment portfolios! The Heavenly priesthood uses God's Words, Psalm 19:7-11. Men cannot buy Cadillacs, houses, properties, fine clothes, and attract beautiful church sisters for wives with God's Word's.
I think Buy and Bye presents many with a clear mirror. Those who throw stones based upon their perception of the faults of others do not like it when their own faults are exposed. This brings about a sense of shame. If you have carried yourself openly as an example of righteousness and your dirty underwear is shown to all openly, one tends to want to hide. No one wants to have the "mark of the beast in the hand" because of the notorious implications, but what they do not know is it refers to money (green fingers). Jesus stooped and wrote on the ground (in the clay) to symbolize "speaking to the conscience" of the men in the crowd (the clay). The low position symbolizes humility. Then he stood up symbolizing his power and authority to "draw all men unto him". Asking those without fault to cast the first stone, he found no takers. I find NO challengers to Buy and Bye! The fact is "the righteousness of men is like filthy rags" before God, Psalm 14:1-3; Isaiah 64:6.
The tie (tithes) that binds our hearts in spiritual love is the WORD OF GOD! This is how Heaven pays "tithes". God's earthly priest is given 10% of the understanding his "crown angels" have learned. They are Teachers of truth and from them God's earthly priest is able to learn and grow.
Book of Enoch 61 1 And I saw in those days how long cords were given to those angels, and they took to themselves wings and flew, and they went towards the north. 2 And I asked the angel, saying unto him: 'Why have those (angels) taken these cords and gone off?' And he said unto me: 'They have gone to measure.' 3 And the angel who went with me said unto me: 'These shall bring the measures of the righteous, And the ropes of the righteous to the righteous, That they may stay themselves on the name of the Lord of Spirits for ever and ever. 4 The elect shall begin to dwell with the elect, And those are the measures which shall be given to faith And which shall strengthen righteousness. 5 And these measures shall reveal all the secrets of the depths of the earth, And those who have been destroyed by the desert, And those who have been devoured by the beasts, And those who have been devoured by the fish of the sea, That they may return and stay themselves On the day of the Elect One; For none shall be destroyed before the Lord of Spirits, And none can be destroyed.
Psalm 16:5 The Lord is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot. 6 The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage. 7 I will bless the Lord, who hath given me counsel: my reins also instruct me in the night seasons.
Psalm 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. 2 Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. 3 There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard. 4 Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun,
Behold the power of Words! This is the way the New Covenant works. God's earthly priest in like manner gives these things to others as freely as he received them. Anyone asking for money or charging for what they have to offer IS NOT a priest of the Most High God! "The ties" that bind us to the Throne in Heaven are in the form of "talents" of light shared with all men with eyes to see, ears to hear, and Godly minds to understand. All those invited to the feast of love will discover these things as essential spiritual food at God's table. We have such a well-garnished table in the writings of the GOOD NEWS. All THE TIES (word-lines) that Heaven has given to me are "charitably" shared with our readers. As you can see, we do pay our "tithes", not just 10%, but 100% of all that God has shared with me! Hopefully we have won friends in Christian love. This kind of fellowship of kindred minds is straight from Heaven above! Can you say, "Amen"?! The mark of Babylon (commercial buying and selling) is totally "out" of the GOOD NEWS! You do not have to pay a penny, or a nickle, or a dime for any of it. ALL OF IT IS YOURS free of charge!
Educating and enlightening the children on earth is not a competitive game among opponents. All those employed by Heaven are "one" and work together as a "united" team, John 17:22-24; 1 Corinthians 12:12-25. There is a reason for the various logos we use at the GOOD NEWS. "OUR FAMILY" means just that. Both man and angel comprise one super-huge family of God. All of us were pre-numbered before God and Wisdom created us and "places have been prepared" for that complete and entire number of children! "GOOD NEWS, Inc. is a real legal name. BUT it really speaks of our work. I am a recording secretary and I work very closely with the "writer with the INKhorn", Ezekiel 9:3-4. Hence the Inc also means Ink. Incorporated also means a many-membered BODY of Heavenly Hosts. This is the group of people I refer to as the "A-Team", 2 Esdras 13. These are my "starry-crown" teachers, who have shared their wisdom and understanding in the writings of the GOOD NEWS. Because of this fact, I never sign my name as if I am the Author of any GOOD NEWS document for any reason. I take dictation and I write what I hear, and they tell me the scriptural proofs.
Isaiah 30:20 And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity, and the water of affliction, yet shall not thy teachers be removed into a corner any more, but thine eyes shall see thy teachers: 21 And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.
Psalm 91:11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. 12 They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone. 15 He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him. 16 With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation
Ode of Solomon 12.
An exceptionally high level of spiritual thought.
1 He hath filled me with words of truth; that I may speak the same; 2 And like the flow of waters flows truth from my mouth, and my lips show forth His fruit. 3 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; 4 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 the confessors of His counsel and the heralds of His thought and the chasteners of His servants. 5 For the swiftness of the Word is inexpressible, and like its expression is its swiftness and force; 6 And its course knows no limit. Never doth it fail, but it stands sure, and it knows not descent nor the way of it. 7 For as its work is, so is its end: for it is light and the dawning of thought; 8 And by it the worlds talk one to the other; and in the Word there were those that were silent; 9 And from it came love and concord; and they spake one to the other whatever was theirs; and they were penetrated by the Word; 10 And they knew Him who made them, because they were in concord; for the mouth of the Most High spake to them; and His explanation ran by means of it: 11 For the dwelling-place of the Word is man: and its truth is love. 12 Blessed are they who by means thereof have understood everything, and have known the Lord in His truth. Hallelujah.
It is one thing to be "seated in heavenly places" as Paul put it (Ephesians 2:6) and quite another to have Heaven seated in your head! Isaiah 28:5, 62:3; John 14:23. This happens when their Words and their understanding find a permanent place of residence in one's head. There is a BIG difference between the Words of Heaven and the words and the truncated understanding of men. That is why the GOOD NEWS differs so drastically from what men taught you, and why it is so unlike your earthly perception of what is true! God's thoughts cannot become like your thoughts and His ways cannot bow to your ways of seeing and doing things. But your thoughts must come up high to agree with His thoughts and your ways must be abandoned for His highest ways, Isaiah 28:18-19, 55:7-9. The tail cannot wag the body or the Head. But the Head directs the body and makes the tail move. Sooner or later ALL will agree with God's thoughts. Then we will really be "ONE" in mind and thinking where it really counts!
KJV Numbers 20:8 Take the rod, and gather thou the assembly together, thou, and Aaron thy brother, and speak ye unto the rock before their eyes; and it shall give forth his water, and thou shalt bring forth to them water out of the rock: so thou shalt give the congregation and their beasts drink. 9 And Moses took the rod from before the Lord, as he commanded him. 10 And Moses and Aaron gathered the congregation together before the rock, and he said unto them, Hear now, ye rebels; must we fetch you water out of this rock? 11 And Moses lifted up his hand, and with his rod he smote the rock twice: and the water came out abundantly, and the congregation drank, and their beasts also.
Matthew 23:9 And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.
Deuteronomy 32:18 Of the Rock that begat thee thou art unmindful, and hast forgotten God that formed thee. 29 O that they were wise, that they understood this, that they would consider their latter end! 30 How should one chase a thousand, and two put ten thousand to flight, except their Rock had sold them, and the Lord had shut them up? 31 For their rock is not as our Rock, even our enemies themselves being judges.
Psalm 18:2 The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.
Psalm 78:15 He clave the rocks in the wilderness, and gave [them] drink as [out of] the great depths. 16 He brought streams also out of the rock, and caused waters to run down like rivers. 17 And they sinned yet more against him by provoking the most High in the wilderness. 18 And they tempted God in their heart by asking meat for their lust. 19 Yea, they spake against God; they said, Can God furnish a table in the wilderness? 20 Behold, he smote the rock, that the waters gushed out, and the streams overflowed; can he give bread also? can he provide flesh for his people?
Luke 20:9 Then began he to speak to the people this parable; A certain man planted a vineyard, and let it forth to husbandmen, and went into a far country for a long time. 10 And at the season he sent a servant to the husbandmen, that they should give him of the fruit of the vineyard: but the husbandmen beat him, and sent [him] away empty. 11 And again he sent another servant: and they beat him also, and entreated [him] shamefully, and sent [him] away empty. 12 And again he sent a third: and they wounded him also, and cast [him] out. 13 Then said the lord of the vineyard, What shall I do? I will send my beloved son: it may be they will reverence [him] when they see him. 14 But when the husbandmen saw him, they reasoned among themselves, saying, This is the heir: come, let us kill him, that the inheritance may be ours. 15 So they cast him out of the vineyard, and killed [him]. What therefore shall the lord of the vineyard do unto them? 16 He shall come and destroy these husbandmen, and shall give the vineyard to others. And when they heard [it], they said, God forbid. 17 And he beheld them, and said, What is this then that is written, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner? 18 Whosoever shall fall upon that stone shall be broken; but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder. 19 And the chief priests and the scribes the same hour sought to lay hands on him; and they feared the people: for they perceived that he had spoken this parable against them.
Matthew 26:31 Then saith Jesus unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad.
John 19:34 But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water. 35 And he that saw it bare record, and his record is true: and he knoweth that he saith true, that ye might believe.
Acts 4:10 Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. 11 This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. 12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
From these texts we discover that we really have two rocks to consider. The first is our Rock, the Ancient of Days, the Father Himself. Next is the "chip off the old block", the Son, Jesus Christ. Just as the Father was challenged and verbally smitten in the wilderness by the hard-headed Hebrews who were full of doubt, even so Jesus, in acting the glory of the Father, had to be smitten, too, in His earthly representation of the Father. On the earth-stage God caused waters to flow from His "rock" allegory. Moses was told to merely "speak to the Rock". In wrath at the people, he smote it instead. As you can see anger is a very pernicious emotion even when we think it is justified. How many of us have verbally and psychologically smitten our Heavenly Father "because sinful men need light and He seems to be rather slow in answering or not answering at all"? Can God give us light when we fast and pray, but nothing new comes to us? I think you can see how we have done our Father a disservice by entertaining thoughts of doubt or even anger, because He does not convince sufficient numbers of men of His truth on earth to our satisfaction! Yet He has fed many of us with real "manna" and caused us to drink from angelic fountains straight from the Throne!
More is known about Jesus' suffering. He told the woman at the well, "If you ask me, I will give you living water", John 4:10. And yet he was smitten (beaten) many times by the clergy of his day, and in the end a Roman soldier gave him a final blow in the side with his spear, Isaiah 53:4-5. Out came blood, (wine), and water from his side. Preachers have smitten Christ in many ways, because they DO NOT discern his "body". When you malign certain authentic "books" that God knows He gave His writers just because men of the past denied them and you accept their slander, then you too smite "Christ, who comes in the volume of those books" as the entire Word-Record of God, Psalm 40:6-8; John 1:1,14. This is the work of the clergy in our day! "Demonic soldiers" using human deniers, do the rest by saying Jesus is not the Son of God, neither anyone special to God and to humanity. These are our atheists, agnostics, and competing religions that downgrade Christianity. Nevertheless Jesus gave the world "water", which is his word of testimony aptly recorded by his disciples and left as a legacy for humanity.
KJV 1 Peter 2:5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
Matthew 24:1 And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to [him] for to shew him the buildings of the temple. 2 And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.
Ezekiel 36:24 For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land. 25 Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you. 26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. 27 And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them. 28 And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be my people, and I will be your God.
As you can see "rock work" is not complete. Many of us are "hard-hearted" and we need spiritual surgery, a heart transplant. Father, the Great Physician, has a worldwide job to do. He must remove the stony hearts from our numbers and give us a new spirit. I have no doubts about the Clay-master's skills. Nothing is impossible for Him. Eventually everything that has breath will praise God and the entire creation shall bow before the Father and worship him in spirit and in truth, Isaiah 25:6-8, 45:23, 66:22-23; Revelation 5:13.