Dead Men Walking - Zombies

   I'd like to talk to you about some unusual people I learned about in my experience as a missionary: those whom the Voodoo people call zombies.  Have you heard of them?  Listen to what one reliable source says:

The most famous result of black magic is the zombi, someone presumably brought back from the dead by a bokor (i.e. voodoo priest). It is said that the bokor steals the dead man's soul, and that is how the corpse is turned into a zombi.  People whose dead have enemies resort to all sorts of tricks to stop their deceased relation from being turned into a zombi. They build strong graves of stone. They seal the corpse's nostrils to stop the soul from escaping. But if the bokor manages to trap the dead man's soul, the game is up. The zombi['s soulless body] rises and must serve whoever has commissioned the zombification as a slave.  The zombi is the ideal slave. He works hard for his master, and if he should slacken he is subject to severe beatings, which he never resists. It is the most terrible of curses...the worst thing imagin[able].

 

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  Ephesians 2:1-10 1. And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; 2. Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: 3. Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.  4. But Yahweh Elohim, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, 5. Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Messiah, (by grace ye are saved;) 6. And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in the Anointed Yahshua: 7. That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through the Anointed Yahshua.  8. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of Yahweh Elohim: 9. Not of works, lest any man should boast. 10. For we are his workmanship, created in the Anointed Yahshua unto good works, which Yahweh Elohim hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

 The zombi is a "dead man walking" -- spiritless flesh made alive by a ruthless slave master who demands labor with no wages but beatings and death threats. The zombie dances to the beat of the master's drum, unconscious of any other way to go, the drudge of an insidiously evil superintendent.

Zombies really do exist, as many missionaries can tell you from first-hand experience.  And zombies are biblical, too.  Did you know that Paul the Apostle actually describes people who are zombies?

   Here's what he says:

(Eph 2:1,2 NRSV) You were dead through the trespasses and sins {2} in which you once lived, following the course of this world, following the ruler of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work among those who are disobedient. {3} All of us once lived among them in the passions of our flesh, following the desires of flesh and senses, and we were by nature children of wrath, like everyone else.

He’s talking about you!  You, in the past, that is.  He says, “You were dead, following the course of this world and the ruler of the air.” 

 The Natural State

   The Bible teaches that people, in their natural state, are double-dead zombies -- slaves to the dark forces behind the system that is known (in the Bible) as the mystery of iniquity. Although people walk and talk and fulfill purposes here, the Bible says they are still double dead on account of two unavoidable circumstances:

   People are by very nature sinful because they are born in “the state of sin.”  This state is as real as the state of Florida.  Paul calls this state "The Dominion of Darkness."  To be born at all is to be a natural-born sinner, dead already in a spiritual sense, and destined for physical death after a short life of deception.  And people grow up and are nurtured in sin, for those who bring them up are usually sinners living in a sinful world system regulated by the devil and his unclean spiritual crony.  People are taught by the drums to do the work of iniquity from the very first -- then they grow up to do such slave work naturally.  They know no better because the natural man is spiritually dead.  The iniquity he lives in is defined as anything that’s done in disobedience to the law of Yahweh, whether intentional or not.

 

Drum Beaters  {The drums begin.}

  The dead can't help but respond to the deafening rhythms of iniquity's percussion section; people know no better than to fandango to its seductive and irresistible beat.  Some call this dance “the rat race.”  Others say, “This is what life is all about.”  Many just hate life, yet they just go on and on in the dance macabre.  But the beat continues on while the ‘beaters’ remain invisible and unnoticed except by a few.  Among the drummers are:

   The world and what it values, it's entrapments, it's measures of success and failure, it’s vulgar attractions, compulsions, obsessions. Its prides and glories; its enslavements and enchantments.  It’s merchandise and currency.  Loud, deafening drums!  The devil and his minions of fallen angels keep the dead in line by suggesting scenarios then arranging circumstances so that the mesmerized masses might do their bidding perfectly.  Their labor is to keep dead men walking, enslaved to iniquity, bound for destruction, mindlessly compulsive in sin. Deafening, loud drums!

   Added to this is the rhythm of our own fleshly lusts and inappropriate desires for satisfying body and mind at the expense of Yahweh’s law of love.  And although we’re not naturally evil (because we’re naturally dead – the dead are neither good nor evil), evil appears, deludes and overcomes when the flesh rules. O the Drums! Drums! Drums!  Loud, constant drums!  A cacophony so earsplitting that our ‘ears’ for good become as deaf as our flesh is dead.  And so it is with the natural man, with all men – we are the dancing dead, enslaved by the world, the devil and the flesh – both naturally and “nurturally” – one feeding upon the other, keeping us deluded and unresponsive to the grace, love and direction of Yahweh and his Spirit of truth.  Thus we are, in the natural, children of disobedience -- zombies – slaves – our end is destruction.  “O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?” (Romans 7:24)

   It’s easy to understand how the murderer, the molester, the abuser, the drunkard might be a slave to sin.  But what about the housewife?  The teenager?  The pharmacist?  The nurse?  The policeman?  The pastor?  The retiree?  The teacher?  The telemarketer?  Yet these too, in their natural state, are nearly as lost, nearly as deluded, nearly as enslaved as the vilest offender.  The good, the bad and the ugly – each and all enthralled by the Voodoo of the death that the devil calls “life.”

 

   But Yahweh has good news for us! 

Ephesians 2:4-10 excerpts  But G-d, out of [his] great love, even when we were dead through our iniquity, made us alive with Messiah, raised us up and seated us in heaven.  [Why?] So that in the ages to come he might show the riches of his kindness toward us.  For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of G-d.  For we are recreated in Messiah Jesus for good works, which G-d prepared beforehand to be our way of life.

Did you hear that, devil?  Take up your drums and flee!  I said get thee behind me!

{The drums cease.}

 

Created for Good

   Whooo! Have we ever been deceived!  Hey!  Yahweh created us for good works, not for the yoke of slavery!  He created us to find life, not to be the dead burying the dead!  Yahweh moves throughout the earth; his spirit seeks and woos; his prophets rebuke and chasten; his teachers exhort and call attention to his command: “Repent, dead sinners, and believe the Gospel!  Come alive in the Messiah Yahshua and find rest for your souls.”

   Yes, those who have responded to the still voice and have answered the call – they have a chance.  Yahweh will tear them out, forcefully, undeniably, if they will, from beastly systems, to become "the children of obedience." We are no longer to be the spiritually dead zombi-slaves of the world, the flesh, and the devil, but are now

  • Alive in Messiah; dead no longer;
  • Raised with Messiah; a slave no longer, raised above beastly systems: the world, the flesh and the devil.
  • Seated beside Messiah in the heavenly dimension; not only alive and free, but now,
    • with the promised three-fold power of a throne;
    • the power to rule over the enemies of our souls;
    • the power to rule with the Savior and other children of obedience;
    • the power to rule within the lost of the world; to have compassion, and to lead others out of death and into the Messiah-life.

 

The Big Picture

   Being delivered from death and transferred to life in the “sky” allows us to see the “big picture.”  When we climb to the top of Brasstown Bald Mountain in Georgia, the state’s highest point, we can look around 360 degrees and see four other states.  That makes for a big picture, all right.  Life in Messiah takes us up high enough for to see the "big picture" -- the glorious blueprint for the ages – able to witness all the future riches of the Kingdom in kindness.

   We can easily see “future riches” in terms of the now.  We live in that future!  We have a tendency to be very myopic when we look at the Bible.  But since these words were written, 1,950 years have passed.  Now we can easily see what the writer was talking about  -- we can now see all the wonderful works of kindness that Yahweh has created within and despite beastly systems through his elect. For examples:

  • There have been "great awakenings" of spirituality in every century;
  • And great institutions of education founded through Messiah's influence;
  • And great healing hospitals established by saints and bearing their names;
  • And all the incredible works of benevolence and financial aid accomplished continually through his children of obedience on the behest of the children of disobedience.

   Where would this world be without these great institutions and movements for good?  Right here, right now, we take part in this “future” kingdom through the wonderful works of outreach you as the elect of Yahweh are accomplishing....

   Also, we see in that glorious blueprint all the future riches in terms of eternity: that the entire earth will be restored to an Edenic condition and the 'kingdom of love and light' will be manifest for all to see. Yes, everyone who has ever been born will be resurrected alive, even those who pierced Jesus and tormented his saints, to see the Kingdom they fought and died for established here on renewed ground.

   The sad fact is that most people have, in this life, seen the good works of Messiah and his elect already, and have taken advantage of the various institutions of that Kingdom, and have known and loved saintly people, but despite all evidences, have continued to march to the voodoo drums, remaining "children of disobedience."  When the perfect Kingdom is finally revealed in all its majestic glory, I expect most spiritual zombies will still not accept the free gift of Yahweh. Such will have to endure what the Bible calls "the second death" in their due time and will at some point be no more, burned out of existence to be forgotten.

   The beat of the second death is so very loud and disruptive. It’s impossible to resist without a miracle because it permeates every layer of our society, every thought that crosses our minds, every relationship that we cherish.  One father was very distraught about the type of music his teenage daughter was listening to on her sound system. The "music" was so foreign to him and seemed just to have a loud, monotonous, droning beat set to somebody screaming words that were provocative and often profane.  The message in her "music" was decadent, overtly sexual and utterly violent, with overtones of the occult, not to mention that it was just plain unbearably LOUD.

   That father thought he could reason with his daughter about her music. With a great deal of effort, he got her away from her stereo for the moment and said to her, "Sweetie, I can't understand why you listen to that all the time. There is no melody or harmony, the words seem to be against what we believe and know to be true, and that constant thumping is driving me plum crazy. What is it you like about it anyway?"  His daughter was puzzled by her father's lack of style and music appreciation. "It's the beat, Dad.  It just makes me wanna dance. The rest just comes along with it."

   So many people just don’t get it – don’t understand why they are here – don’t care to know what the Creator of their lives wants to make of them – don’t want to bothered with the deeper, more important aspects of this precious life.  For the beat of the world's music is too strong; most can't resist, nor do they want to; the beat just makes them want to dance.  It’s the Voodoo dance of disobedience that leads straight to the second death, and the second death leads to eternal destruction, annihilation, Gehenna.

 

The Zombi Becomes Self-aware

   It is said that zombies may become self-aware, their souls delivered back to them, and that they may become free.  Their freedom comes as a result of the use of a simple devise; one that is plentiful and common.  The antidote is salt. Legend has it that, if the double dead somehow taste salt in their putrid food, they may become free and return to a self-directed life.  It’s also said that very few zombies ever achieve freedom, because salt is a gift.  Their cruel masters know zombies must eat to continue to serve, but salt is strictly forbidden.  Also, salt is in short supply in some areas, and is precious. Even if some salt happens into their food, chances are they won't taste it, because the swill their masters provide is so putrid.  But when salt is tasted, the double dead slowly shake off their drowsiness and come alive.  They realize they’ve lived as slaves of the infernal drumbeater.

 

Salt is Good

   Jesus said, "Salt is good." Indeed! Let me say a five more words in favor of salt. According to the Bible:

  • Salt enhances flavor (Job 6:6).
  • Salt indicates purity in speech (Col. 4:6).
  • Salt symbolizes keeping a promise (Num. 18:19).
  • Salt speaks of goodness (Mark 9:50).
  • Perhaps salt even releases the captives of black magic.

   Jesus also said, "You are the salt of the earth." He meant that you who call yourselves "children of obedience" are to be the preservers, the promise keepers, the exposers of evil, the pure in defiance of the beastly world system of iniquity. But you can only become salty when you wake up from your own daze and taste the salt of the Holy Spirit, which is sprinkled liberally over all the earth.  There’s no dearth of Holy Spirit on earth!  He is last and sole safeguard against the enemy of our souls.  Salt is the only thing that can bring you from spiritual death into abundant life.  Yes, salt is very good.

   All people are privileged to taste a little salt, but so few "get it."  So few realize that salt is the only real hope they have for the future.  "Many are salted but few find the salt lick!"

   If you were to evaporate a ton of water from the Pacific Ocean you’d get 79 pounds of salt. A ton of Atlantic water would yield 81 pounds. And a ton from the Dead Sea yields a whopping 500 pounds of salt.  Our bodies of water vary greatly in their degree of salinity.  And so do our souls!  Are you still stumbling to the world’s beat as one of the walking dead, hearing the good news week after week, year after year, but it’s never taken hold?  Have you never gotten a taste?  Do you have some form of religion, but no power, no actions, no good words for what the salt of the Spirit is doing in this assembly?  Just how salty are you?  CHORUS: to the tune of “Yah is Moving By His Spirit”
Yahweh’s riding on the heavens; riding through all the earth.
We extol His signs and wonders.  Move, O Yah, in us.  Ps 68:4

Jackson Snyder, March 9, 1997, updated October 10, 2002