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    KINGS 12 [Sunday sermon- Church unlimited too]

    But Christ has rescued us from the curse pronounced by the law. When he was hung on the cross, he took upon himself the curse for our wrongdoing. For it is written in the Scriptures, “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.” Gal.3:13

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    No Bull [I made this video the other day- and commented on this chapter]

    Isaiah 19:23 In that day shall there be a highway out of Egypt to Assyria, and the Assyrian shall come into Egypt, and the Egyptian into Assyria, and the Egyptians shall serve with the Assyrians.

    Isaiah 19:18 In that day shall five cities in the land of Egypt speak the language of Canaan, and swear to the LORD of hosts; one shall be called, The city of destruction.

    .Types of Christ in Kings 12
    .Review of upcoming Acts 22
    .Paul’s visions
    .Rehoboam- Jeroboam- kingdom divided
    .Solomon- Too much ‘purpose driven’
    .Jeroboam and Israels request
    .Rehoboam takes bad advice
    .Why 3 days?
    .Jesus sits on the throne of David- today
    .Listen to the elders
    .Tax man cometh
    .Prophet speaks ‘Don’t fight’
    .This thing is from God
    .Jeroboam acts out of fear- and makes a bull
    .Does this sound familiar? [see Exodus 32]
    .He says ‘these be thy gods’!
    .Who is he quoting?
    .Aaron- and God [Ex. 32:4,7-8]
    .When you use the words of the bible- out of context- you make idols
    .The New Testament says covetousness is idolatry
    Colossians 3:5
    Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:
    .Apis- the Egyptian bull god
    .Nicodemus and Jesus too
    .The snake on a pole
    John 3:14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:

    TEACHING [Past posts below]

    Rehoboam ascends to the throne- yet God fulfills the prophecy of Ahijah- given to Jeroboam in the last chapter-
    1Kings 11:31 And he said to Jeroboam, Take thee ten pieces: for thus saith the LORD, the God of Israel, Behold, I will rend the kingdom out of the hand of Solomon, and will give ten tribes to thee:

    The kingdom is rent [10 tribes] and given to Jeroboam.
    Yet- Jeroboam and Israel did try to make amends- they made a request of the new king-
    1Kings 12:3 That they sent and called him. And Jeroboam and all the congregation of Israel came, and spake unto Rehoboam, saying,
    1Kings 12:4 Thy father made our yoke grievous: now therefore make thou the grievous service of thy father, and his heavy yoke which he put upon us, lighter, and we will serve thee.
    They asked for a lighter yoke- which is a type of the true Son of David who was yet to come-

    28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
    29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
    30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
    Matt. 11

    The king tells them to depart- for 3 days- and then come again-
    1Kings 12:5 And he said unto them, Depart yet for three days, then come again to me. And the people departed.
    Jesus as the true Son of David departed for 3 days- in the tomb-
    New International Version
    For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. Matt. 12:40

    And his men did come meet him at the appointed time-

    New Living Translation
    And now, go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and he is going ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there. Remember what I have told you.” Matt. 28:7

    Rehoboam consults with 2 groups of men- the elders who ruled with his father [Solomon] and the younger generation he himself grew up with.

    He rejects the advice of the older generation- and takes the bad advice of his contemporaries-
    1Kings 12:6 And king Rehoboam consulted with the old men, that stood before Solomon his father while he yet lived, and said, How do ye advise that I may answer this people?
    1Kings 12:7 And they spake unto him, saying, If thou wilt be a servant unto this people this day, and wilt serve them, and answer them, and speak good words to them, then they will be thy servants for ever.
    1Kings 12:8 But he forsook the counsel of the old men, which they had given him, and consulted with the young men that were grown up with him, and which stood before him:
    But this was from the Lord-
    1Kings 12:24 Thus saith the LORD, Ye shall not go up, nor fight against your brethren the children of Israel: return every man to his house; for this thing is from me. They hearkened therefore to the word of the LORD, and returned to depart, according to the word of the LORD.
    Jeroboam takes rule of the 10 tribes- and out of fear- institutes idolatry into the kingdom-
    1Kings 12:27 If this people go up to do sacrifice in the house of the LORD at Jerusalem, then shall the heart of this people turn again unto their lord, even unto Rehoboam king of Judah, and they shall kill me, and go again to Rehoboam king of Judah.
    1Kings 12:28 Whereupon the king [Jeroboam] took counsel, and made two calves of gold, and said unto them, It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem: behold thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.

    It is interesting that he actually quotes Aaron- and God- in this sin-
    Yes- in exodus 32 we read-
    Exodus 32:4 And he received them at their hand, and fashioned it with a graving tool, after he had made it a molten calf: and they said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.
    Exodus 32:7 And the LORD said unto Moses, Go, get thee down; for thy people, which thou broughtest out of the land of Egypt, have corrupted themselves:
    Exodus 32:8 They have turned aside quickly out of the way which I commanded them: they have made them a molten calf, and have worshipped it, and have sacrificed thereunto, and said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which have brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.
    Yet- it was a distortion of the will of God- even though the words themselves were contained in the scripture.

    I taught more on the video- but wanted to simply comment on the types and shadows that speak to the true rule of God- and how Jesus will be the king who will lighten the yoke.

    He left- for 3 days [in the grave] and when he met us again- he came with a lighter yoke [than the law] and he was among us as one who served- the advice the older man gave to Rehoboam- lighten the yoke- and serve.

    Thru his own bearing of the Cross for the sins of men he fulfilled the types-

    The advice of the older men was-
    1Kings 12:7 And they spake unto him, saying, If thou wilt be a servant unto this people this day, and wilt serve them, and answer them, and speak good words to them, then they will be thy servants for ever.
    Rehoboam rejected it-
    Yet Jesus himself will fulfill it down the road-

    26 But ye shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve.
    27 For whether is greater, he that sitteth at meat, or he that serveth? is not he that sitteth at meat? but I am among you as he that serveth.
    Lk. 22

    Rehoboam’s father was driven- he had goals for the kingdom- and did accomplish them.
    Yet- he was hard on the people of God- he ruled over them with a iron hand- so to speak-
    1Kings 12:4 Thy father made our yoke grievous:
    1Kings 12:10 And the young men that were grown up with him spake unto him, saying, Thus shalt thou speak unto this people that spake unto thee, saying, Thy father made our yoke heavy, but make thou it lighter unto us; thus shalt thou say unto them, My little finger shall be thicker than my father’s loins.
    1Kings 12:11 And now whereas my father did lade you with a heavy yoke, I will add to your yoke: my father hath chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions.
    The thing that Solomon forgot- was the advice that the elders gave to his son- to be a servant of the people-
    1Kings 12:7 And they spake unto him, saying, If thou wilt be a servant unto this people this day, and wilt serve them, and answer them, and speak good words to them, then they will be thy servants for ever.
    Shepherding the sheep does entail being tough at times- but the end goal is to lead them into the fullness of what God has for them-
    1Peter 5:1 The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed:
    1Peter 5:2 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;
    1Peter 5:3 Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.
    The younger men felt the answer was to go even harder on the people-
    1Kings 12:11 And now whereas my father did lade you with a heavy yoke, I will add to your yoke: my father hath chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions.
    In the end- the people walked away- and the prophecy of Ahijah was fulfilled-
    1Kings 11:35 But I will take the kingdom out of his son’s hand, and will give it unto thee, even ten tribes. [Some sites see here ]

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    2 Timothy 3:16
    All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

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    Sunday sermon videos!Aocp2PkNEAGMhSRGu1dng_0D5DEX

    .Elijah and Enoch
    .John 3- Ephesians 2
    .Galileo- Copernicus- Kepler
    .Medici family
    .Florence Italy [center of the Renaissance]
    .Scientific revolution
    .Was the controversy over a flat earth?
    .Heliocentric versus Geocentric
    .Ptolemy’s cosmos- not that bad after all
    .Alexander the great
    .The philosophers
    .The bible and science
    .What about ‘Sun rise- Sun set?’
    .Phenomenological language in scripture 
    .The higher critics- 1800’s- Germany
    .Jude and Peter
    .The development of the canon and church councils
    .The rounding of numbers in scripture- fine
    .The debate between Luther and the Catholic church in the 16th century- did Luther call James epistle a straw epistle [letter]?
    .Yes- but why?
    .Why did the original Protestant reformers settle on ‘a fallible collection of infallible books’?
    .Final word- the bible is reliable- it is the Word of God

    This Sunday I spoke too long- and talked on too much. So- instead of trying to write it all- I’ll add my past teachings below.
    I did talk about the Mass verses- the ones I heard on the radio this Sunday. And I mentioned a few verses that pastor Bil spoke on [Church Unlimited].
    Many of the subjects I talked about today I have talked about before. I guess that’s OK- recurring themes [repeating stuff] is actually a biblical principle.
    So for those who never heard some of this before- I hope it benefits you. And for those who have heard this before- maybe it will rekindle your own desire to teach- speak- and ‘argue’ for the faith.
    God bless all- John

    PAST POSTS [My past teachings that relate- Other videos below]


    Let’s pick up where we left off 2 posts back. We were talking about Martin Luther and the events that led up to the Protestant Reformation.

    In order to understand the key act that caused the protest- we will have to teach some Catholic history/doctrine.

    In the 16th century Pope Julius began the effort to build St. Peters basilica in Rome. He got as far as laying the foundation and died. Pope Leo the 10th would pick up after him.

    The church needed to raise money for the project- and the German prince- Albert- would play a major role.

    It should be noted that both Catholic and Protestant scholars agree that the Popes of the day were pretty corrupt. They came from what we call the Medici line of Popes.

    If you remember last month I wrote a post on the Renaissance- I talked about the Medici family and how they played a major role in supporting the Renaissance that took place in the 13th century in Florence Italy that would spread to the region.

    Well this very influential family also played a big role in who would get top positions in the church.

    At the time of Luther and prince Albert- if you had the right connections and the money- you could literally buy a position in the church.

    Albert already held 2 Bishop seats- and there was an opening for an Archbishops seat in Mainz [Germany] and he wanted that one too.

    It should be noted that official Canon law [church law] said you could only hold one seat at a time- Albert was bidding on his 3rd one! And he was too young for all of them.

    So even the Pope and the officials held little respect for what the church actually taught at the time.

    So Albert opens up negotiations with Leo- and the bidding starts AT 12,000 Duckets [money] Albert counters with 7,000- and they agree on 10,000. How did they justify the numbers? 12- The number of Apostles. 7- The 7 deadly sins. 10- The 10 commandments.

    Yes- the church was pretty corrupt at the time.

    So Albert works out a plan with Leo- he will borrow the money from the German banks- and pay the banks off by the Pope giving Albert the right to sell Indulgences.

    What’s an Indulgence?

    Okay- this is where it gets tricky.

    The ancient church taught a system called The Treasury of Merit. This was a sort of spiritual bank account that ‘stored up’ the good deeds of others over the years.

    You had the good deeds of Jesus at the top- but you also had Mary and Joseph- the 12 Apostles- and other various saints thru out time.

    The way the ‘bank’ worked was you could tap into the account by getting a Papal indulgence- a sort of I.O.U. that had the Popes guarantee that it would get so much time out of Purgatory for a loved one.

    The actual sacrament that accesses the account is called Penance [confession].

    When a penitent does penance- he confesses his sin to the priest- and he is absolved by the authority of the church that the priest has. The priest usually tells the person ‘say so many Hail Mary’s- Our Father’s’ and that’s a form of penance.

    One of the other things the church practiced was called Alms Deeds. This term is found in the bible and it means giving your money to the poor- it is a noble act that Jesus himself taught.

    In theory- part of the sacrament of penance was tied into Alms Deeds- you can access the account thru the practice of giving to the poor- which also meant giving to the church that helps the poor- and in the hands of the Medici line of Popes- meant outright giving money to the Pope.

    So now you see how the abuse worked its way into the pockets of the faithful.

    Albert now had the permission from Leo to sell these indulgences in Germany- and he would pick a certain corrupt priest to sell them in a place called Saxony- the region where Luther operated out of.

    It should be noted that the Catholic Church never taught the crass act of ‘buying your way out of Purgatory’. The practice of including giving money as a part of the sacrament of penance was tied into the biblical principle of giving to the poor- a good thing.

    But Tetzel and others abused the official meaning of the indulgence- and did make it sound like you could by your way out of Purgatory [in theory- a loved one might be in Purgatory for so many years- and through the indulgence you are actually getting time off for them- because the good deeds of others are now applied to the account].

    The money Albert would raise- half would go to Rome for the building of St. peters- and half would go to pay off the banks in Germany- it was a sad system- and a sad time for the church as a whole.

    It would be wrong to judge the entire church at the time as being corrupt- you did have many sincere Priests and Catholic men and women who saw the abuses and did not take part in them.

    But there was corruption at the top- and this would eventually lead to the breakup of the church- and the launching of what we now call the Protestant Movement.

    As a side note- it should be said that many Catholics and Protestants are not aware of the whole treasury of merit system- and the church never officially changed her position on the doctrine.

    There were 3 Church councils since the time [Trent- 1500’s, Vatican 1- 1800’s and Vatican 2- 1962-65]. The Treasury of Merit never came up for change.

    Obviously Protestants don’t believe in Purgatory- and it’s not my purpose in these posts to change Catholics into Protestants or vice versa- but to give all sides a clear view of the issues that divided us- and to try and be honest- and respectful during the process.

    Does the bible teach anything like a Treasury of Merit? Well actually it does. The bible teaches that the righteousness of Christ is the treasury that people can access- by faith- and become righteous in the sight if God.

    The idea- applied to Christ- is good.

    But in the hands of the Medici Popes- and the ambitious prince of Germany- it would lead to disaster.

    Alexander sought to implement the ideals of his teacher- he wanted to unify the known world under one people/culture- a belief that Aristotle held- a sort of ‘unified theory’ [Einstein] that would seek to bring all learning/knowledge together under one supreme [Divine] principle.

    Alexander’s experiment was called Hellenization- which was the Greek worlds attempt to impose Greek culture/language on all their conquered enemies- and at the same time allow them to hold on to the their own culture too. Alexander did amazingly well at this experiment- at the young age of around 24 he had accomplished most of his mission. The cities were a sort of composite of Greek culture mixed in with their own culture- this is where we get the modern term Cosmopolitan.

    Alexander died young and his kingdom was divided between 4 generals- one of them- Ptolemy- would himself make it into the history books because of his keen intellect.

    The system of cosmology developed under him would last [and work!] until some 17-18 hundred years later when it was overthrown by the Copernican revolution during the time of Copernicus and Galileo.

    Alexander’s generals would do their best to carry on the system of Hellenization- and other nation’s generals would keep the system going even after Greece fell. One of them- Octavian [Roman general] makes it into the history books by another famous name- Julius Caesar.

    Alexander established a great library in the Egyptian city of Alexandria [named after him] and many of the great writings were preserved during this time.

    The writings of Aristotle would be discovered again during the time of Thomas Aquinas [13th century Catholic genius/scholar] and this would lead to Scholasticism [a peculiar school of thought developed/revived under Aquinas] and give rise to the Renaissance.

    Okay- before the birth of Christ- the Jewish people resisted the imposing of Greek culture upon them- you had the very famous resistance under the Jewish Maccabean revolt- where the Jews rose up and fought the wicked ruler Antiochus Epiphanies- and till this day the Jewish people celebrate this victory at Hanukah.

    Eventually Rome would conquer the Greek kingdom and the Jewish people were allowed to keep their culture and temple- yet they were still a people oppressed. Hassidism [getting back to the beginning] developed during this attempt to not lose their Jewish roots- the Pharisees of Jesus day came from this movement.

    Alexander was pretty successful in his attempt to unify language- even though the bible [New Testament] was written by Jewish writers- living under Roman rule- yet the original bible is written in the Greek language.

    Bible scholars till this day study the Greek language to find the truest meaning of the actual words in the bible [I have a Greek Lexicon sitting right in front of me].

    It would take a few centuries before a Latin version appeared on the scene [the great church father- Jerome- would produce the Latin Vulgate].

    Yet it would be the re- discovery and learning of the Greek texts [under men like Erasmus- and the Protestant Reformers] that would lead to the Reformation [16th century] and other movements in church history.

    The Jews had various responses to the empires that ruled over them during various times.
    Alexander the Great instituted Hellenization- a sort of cultural compromise over the people he conquered.
    They could keep their religious/cultural roots- but would be subservient to Alexander and Greek rule.
    Some Jewish people rejected any compromise- we call them the Essenes- they moved out of town- so to speak, and lived in what we refer to as the Qumran community.
    This was a few centuries before the time of Christ- and this was where the Dead Seas Scrolls were found in the 20th century.
    A Bedouin boy was looking for his goats- threw a rock in a cave right off the Dead Sea- and that’s how we found the scrolls.
    The scrolls might have been hidden there by the Essenes-
    Now- when my friends asked me about them- I told them that it’s been a while since I read up on any of this- but to the best of my memory the thing that made them significant was the fact that they were very old manuscripts- from the bible- and they backed up what we had had all along. [Some sites see here ]

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    Galatians 5:5 For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.

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    .Not under law
    .Walk in the Spirit
    .Law fulfilled by love
    .Against such there is no law
    .Fruit of the Spirit
    .We wait for the hope of righteousness
    .Calvinism- Arminianism
    .We are all in process
    .Self-control is a fruit
    .To be effective in the kingdom you need discipline
    .Protestant Reformation- Trent responds
    .Legal fiction?
    .Evangelical reductionism
    .You are all 1 in Christ
    .MLK Jr.

    PAST POSTS [Past teaching I did that relates to today’s video- Galatians 5- verses below]

    (1335) GALATIANS 5- Paul’s main theme is if we possess the Spirit as believers [being indwelt by God’s Spirit] then let us also walk in/by the Spirit, as opposed to trying to please God by the law and being circumcised. Paul will use the somewhat controversial term ‘ye are fallen from grace’ which simply means that these Gentile believers started by faith and went back to the old Jewish system, much like the themes in the book of Hebrews. Paul says when you go back to the law you have left grace. Christ has ‘become of no effect to you, you who are justified by the law’. This is a good example of how words and certain phrases can develop over the centuries of church history and develop a different meaning over time. In essence the bible does teach that a person can ‘fall from grace’ but this does not describe what the modern reader might think. The first church father who attempted to formulate the Christian doctrine of the Trinity was a man named Tertullian, he lived in the second century and was what theologians refer to as one of the Latin fathers [as opposed to the Greek ones- Origen, etc.] Tertullian was famous for the sayings ‘what does Jerusalem have to do with Athens’ and ‘I believe because it is absurd’ he was resisting the influence of Greek philosophy on the church, he felt that Greek wisdom was influencing the church too much. He was trained in law before becoming a theologian [like Luther and Calvin of 16th century Reformation fame] and he used the words ‘God is one substance/essence and also three persons’ later church councils would agree with this language. But the word ‘person’ at Tertullian’s time was the Latin word ‘personi’ which was taken from the theater and meant a person/actor who would put on different masks during the play; the word had a little different meaning then what we think of today as ‘person’. Later centuries would come to condemn certain Christian groups who seem to have formulated language on the Trinity that expresses the same thing as what the original developer of the doctrine meant to say, but because words and their meanings change over time we get ourselves into disputes that might be getting us off track. Paul also tells the Galatians that if they become circumcised that they are obligating themselves to keep all the law. Of course the medical procedure that many have done in our day is not what he is speaking about, but in Paul’s day getting circumcised was the religious rite that placed you into the religion of Judaism, and this is what Paul is refuting among the Galatians, he tells them not to go down that road. This chapter has lots of good ‘memory verses’, the famous lists of the works of the flesh versus the fruit of the Spirit are found here, and it seems pretty clear to me that Paul identified circumcision with the moral law of the 10 commandments, that is he saw being circumcised as an act that obligated you to ‘keep all the law’ some theologians are discussing whether or not Paul meant the law of Moses when speaking about going ‘back under the law’ some think Paul was speaking only of the ceremonial law and the system of animal sacrifices when he was telling the gentiles that they should not go under the law, I believe if you read Paul in context both in this letter and the book of Romans, that he is speaking of the moral law too, not just the ceremonial law. All in all Paul exhorts these believers to fight for their right to be free from the past restraints of religion and bondage, he tells them to not desire to go back under a system of bondage, that Christ has made us free from that legalistic way of life and he has liberated us by giving us the Holy Spirit- if we ‘walk in the Spirit we will not fulfill the lusts of the flesh, for the flesh lusts against the Spirit and the Spirit against the flesh, and these two are contrary one to the other, so that you cannot do the things that you would’ amen to that.
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    KINGS 11

    Revelation 22:16
    I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.

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    .Solomon judged
    .1000 wives
    .Adversaries come
    .Hadad- Rezon
    .Hadad- the lone survivor of the slaughter of the Edomites
    .The prophet Ahijah
    .History of the church seen in the history of the division of the tribes
    .The magisterial reformers
    .Been to lake Geneva
    .Justification by faith
    .Protestants- like Judah [southern tribe] were indeed more doctrinally pure
    .Yet over time- like Judah- God rebuked them and said they were worse!
    .Why?- It was a matter of the heart
    .Solomon dies
    .Rehoboam ascends to the throne
    .Leadership principles
    .What was Solomon’s main problem- his adversaries?
    .No- his heart

    I’ll add my past commentary on this chapter below- and hit on a few points here.
    I said in the beginning of this study that Solomon’s rule is covered more than any other King in this book.
    And in this chapter- his rule comes to an end- actually a sad end.

    He is judged by God because of allowing idolatry to enter into the kingdom.
    He ‘loved’ many women- about 1000- and as he grew in years- they turned his heart after their god’s.

    God pronounces judgment- and we see 3 particular people he uses to be a thorn in the side of Solomon.
    Hadad was the lone survivor of an earlier attempt by King David [under Joab] to wipe out the Edomites.
    I find the story of Hadad interesting.

    It sort of goes along the line of Moses.
    He escapes as a young child- and is brought up in the house of Pharaoh himself.
    Over time he returns to the land of Israel- and fights against Solomon.

    Another man by the name of Rezon is also ordained of God- to be part of the opposition.
    Yet it’s a man from the nation of Israel- Jeroboam [from Ephraim] that is chosen to become the king of the 10 northern tribes.

    Yes- God takes the kingdom from Solomon- and gives 10 tribes to Jeroboam.
    But he permits Solomon’s son- Rehoboam- to rule over the Southern tribe- Judah.

    God does this to keep his promise to king David- that he will always have a son on the throne-
    1Kings 11:36 And unto his son will I give one tribe, that David my servant may have a light alway before me in Jerusalem, the city which I have chosen me to put my name there.
    The theological significance to all of this- is the promise of a coming Messiah [Jesus] is tied into the promises God made to David.
    Eventually Jesus himself comes as the ultimate fulfillment of the promise- and as I taught before- he comes from the tribe of Judah- the Son of David.

    I talked about more on the video- but wanted to add this- to keep us on track of the meaning of all of these Old testament books-
    The Prophets the Psalms the law-

    All of this history finds it’s ultimate meaning in the person of Jesus Christ-

    New Living Translation
    Then Jesus took them through the writings of Moses and all the prophets, explaining from all the Scriptures the things concerning himself. Lk. 24:27

    We should not read the history of conflict found in the bible- and relate it to actual wars that take place in our day.
    We should not use this history as a modern day plan of action between Arabs and Jews.

    Or the book of Revelation as a road map to a coming nuclear event.
    No- the books of the bible have an intent- they show us of the promise of reconciliation of all people groups thru Christ.
    The intent- spirit- of prophecy is to testify of Christ-

    Revelation 19:10
    And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellow servant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.

    The Son of David has indeed come- and thru that coming-

    All people- Jews- Arabs- all nations can become one.

    As they embrace the promised Son-

    13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
    14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;
    15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;
    Eph. 2

    NOTES- Ashtoreth was the Phoenician goddess of love and fertility- the Greek equivalent was called Astarte.
    Molech was the national god of the Amorites.
    Chemosh the god of Moab. [Some sites see here ]

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    Psalm 69:9 For the zeal of thine house hath eaten me up; and the reproaches of them that reproached thee are fallen upon me.

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    .Sally the cat
    .The discipline of routine
    .The mystery of Hudson County Park [North Bergen]
    .Who is the real Cinderella man?
    .Catholic lectionary- year A or B?
    .Bishop Mulvey
    .The 2 divisions of the 10 commandments
    .How we relate to God- and our fellow man
    .The purpose of the law
    .The Sabbath- a history
    .Its not about ‘Church day’
    .Church history
    .God’s rest
    .The money changers and zeal of the Lord
    .Jesus ‘rested’ [was dead] in the grave on the Sabbath- and rose on Sunday
    .Thus removing the accusation that he did miracles- on the Sabbath- see?
    .Holy week
    .The mystery of Hudson county park- the real name is James J Braddock park- the one and only Cinderella man from North Bergen New Jersey

    Teaching- [Past posts below]

    Today I covered a lot on the video- and will simply try and give a brief overview.
    The verses from the Mass were on the 10 commandments- and the account from John 2 where Jesus turned over the tables of the money changers-
    John 2:15 And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers’ money, and overthrew the tables;
    John 2:16 And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father’s house an house of merchandise.
    From Exodus 20 [the 10 commandments] I taught on the Sabbath day command and covered the history of how different churches have disagreed on how we ‘keep’ this command today-
    Exodus 20:8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.

    In short- it really is not a ‘command’ about what day Christians should ‘attend church’- but the Sabbath was a ‘place of rest’-

    Both in the Psalms and the letter to the Hebrews we are taught the ‘Rest’ spoken about was fulfilled in the New Covenant of Grace- a place of rest in Christ.

    Hebrews 4:10
    For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.
    In Context | Full Chapter | Other Translations

    The passage from John 2 also spoke about the Jews asking Jesus for a sign-
    John 2:18 Then answered the Jews and said unto him, What sign shewest thou unto us, seeing that thou doest these things?

    The sign that Jesus would give to them was his resurrection from the dead- that would be the ‘sign’ that all men must believe on in order to be justified in the sight of God-
    John 2:19 Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.
    John 2:20 Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days?
    John 2:21 But he spake of the temple of his body.
    John 2:22 When therefore he was risen from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this unto them; and they believed the scripture, and the word which Jesus had said.
    Jesus fulfilled all the law- he even stayed in the grave on the Sabbath day- and rose on Sunday as proof that he fulfilled all the law- paid the price for sin [death] and rose again.

    The offer of rest in Christ is still available today- to all who will believe-
    9 There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.
    10 For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.
    Heb. 4

    It is not about what day ‘church’ is- but it is about us entering into the rest spoken about after God created all things in 6 days- and rested on the 7th-

    4 For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works.
    5 And in this place again, If they shall enter into my rest.
    6 Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief:
    Heb. 4

    This rest- the grace of God- is still a ‘place’ where people enter in- they cease from their own works [the efforts of trying to be saved by the law] and believe on Christ- and freely receive the gift of grace.

    I also spoke on the verses pastor Bil preached on and will add my past commentaries below.

    The passage from Corinthians [Mass] sums it up-
    1Corinthians 1:22 For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:
    1Corinthians 1:23 But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;
    1Corinthians 1:24 But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.
    It’s not about human wisdom [how smart we are] or about signs- but the answer is in Christ crucified- to the natural mind it seems foolish- to the unbelieving intellectual it simply does not make sense.

    But to all who believe- it is in him where we find the wisdom of God- he gave the Jews the sign they asked for-

    Matthew 12:40
    For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

    And in so doing- we now have access to the true wisdom of God-
    Which is found in the one who died- and rose again-
    Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.
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    KINGS 10

    Matthew 12:42 The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for she came from the uttermost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here.

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    .View of C.C. bay
    .The queen
    .Word of mouth
    .Greater than Solomon
    .Sheba- S.W. Arabia- maybe Yemen?
    .Renaissance men
    .6 steps- and lions
    .Be open to unique insights [first things]
    .God’s wisdom revealed thru the church
    .She saw the ascent
    .Vatican 2
    .Church history
    .See the 6 steps at the end


    I’ll add my past commentary below- and just touch on a few points here-
    The queen of Sheba hears of the fame of Solomon- and decides to check it out for herself-
    1Kings 10:1 And when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon concerning the name of the LORD, she came to prove him with hard questions.
    Others already knew- and accessed the wisdom of Solomon- yet it took time before the Queen herself would come to benefit as well.

    Often times leaders do not partake of the actual wisdom available thru other channels- because they are consumed with the job of leadership itself.

    Many in modern ministry are focused on many things- finances- where will we get the resources to complete the mission.
    While those things do play a roll- yet the most important thing is walking in the wisdom of God- and being willing to sit at the table and partake from the wisdom of God- deposited in others-

    Where there is no counsel, the people fall;
    But in the multitude of counselors there is safety. Prvb. 11:14

    So when the queen herself sees all that Solomon had built- and how Solomon answered all the questions she had-
    She replies-
    1Kings 10:6 And she said to the king, It was a true report that I heard in mine own land of thy acts and of thy wisdom.1Kings 10:7 Howbeit I believed not the words, until I came, and mine eyes had seen it: and, behold, the half was not told me: thy wisdom and prosperity exceedeth the fame which I heard.
    Yes- because she too was a leader- and held a position of authority, she was able to see more- to learn more- than the others who had simply told her about Solomon.

    We as the people of God have Christ in us- this wisdom residing in the church is known to others around us- they have heard about Christ and have a witness of God that is undeniable-

    but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 1st Cor. 1:24
    Romans 1:20 [Full Chapter]
    For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

    People of other faiths hear about God- they realize Christianity plays a unique role in the affairs of men.
    Yes- they have heard of the wisdom of God in the church.

    But until they come for themselves- until they too believe and receive the Spirit of God- they are simply looking in from the outside-
    Matthew 13:11
    He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.

    But if- and when they come- like the queen- they will realize they only heard a small part of the story-

    Jesus himself talked about the queen
    Matthew 12:42 The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for she came from the uttermost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here.
    He actually commended her- because she was willing to make the trip to hear the wisdom of Solomon.
    Yet in Jesus day- there were many who claimed religion- and the worship of God- as their main goal.

    Yet- these same people bypassed Jesus-
    20 And many of them said, He hath a devil, and is mad; why hear ye him? John 10

    They judged him as a false teacher- who did miracles by satan himself-
    Matthew 12:24
    But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils.

    Right in their midst- was one who had greater wisdom than Solomon- yet they simply did not access what was right in their midst.

    There were some who began to question- to look at Jesus- and what he was doing- and realize the prejudices they had against him were wrong-
    John 3:1 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:John 3:2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.
    But for the most part- the religious leaders rejected him outright.

    In our lives- we need to take time to listen to the stories of others- what they have to share.
    The past few weeks I have had some good talks with some friends on the street.

    As I simply listen- to their experiences with God- I often see how God has revealed himself to them- worked in their lives-
    Yes- the wisdom of God often comes from vessels that we would never think to find it-
    1 Corinthians 1:27
    But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;

    It takes humility to find out for yourself- to actually go and hear from the person who you might have only heard stories about.
    The Queen heard of the fame of Solomon- many in society have heard of the fame of Jesus.

    But until you come for yourself- you only have half of the story-
    28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
    29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
    30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
    Matt. 11

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    But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all. Gal. 4:26

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    .Huey and the shrimp
    .The set time has come
    .Probation over
    .Sons- not servants
    .Abba- Father
    .Abraham’s 2 sons
    .Cast out the bond woman
    .This is an allegory
    .Is Paul talking about the ceremonial law only?
    .He says ‘Sinai’- where the law was given
    .Children of the promise
    .It’s not about Jew versus Muslim
    .It’s about law versus grace
    .Who is ‘our mother’ ?
    .We are community
    .A product of intimacy between a bridegroom and his bride [Christ and the church- the ‘mother of us all’- see?]

    TEACHING- [Past posts below]

    I just want to hit on a new theme Paul introduces in this chapter.
    He uses the story of Abraham’s 2 sons- from 2 women- and says ‘this is an allegory’-
    Galatians 4:22 For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman
    Galatians 4:23 But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise.
    Galatians 4:24 Which things are an allegory:
    Of what?
    Paul sees the message of grace versus law- contained in the 2 kids- and their mothers.
    As I have been teaching in this series- God promised a son to Abraham- and over time Abraham and Sarah agreed that he would have a child with the ‘slave’ woman- Hagar.
    Genesis 16:1 Now Sarai Abram’s wife bare him no children: and she had an handmaid, an Egyptian, whose name was Hagar.
    Genesis 16:2 And Sarai said unto Abram, Behold now, the LORD hath restrained me from bearing: I pray thee, go in unto my maid; it may be that I may obtain children by her. And Abram hearkened to the voice of Sarai.
    Sarah and Abraham were getting old- the promise seemed to be taking too much time- so- Abraham had Ishmael with Hagar.
    Genesis 16:15 And Hagar bare Abram a son: and Abram called his son’s name, which Hagar bare, Ishmael.
    But- about 12 years later- God told Abraham that Sarah would have a son- the promised one-
    Genesis 17:15 And God said unto Abraham, As for Sarai thy wife, thou shalt not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall her name be.
    Genesis 17:16 And I will bless her, and give thee a son also of her: yea, I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of people shall be of her.
    Genesis 17:17 Then Abraham fell upon his face, and laughed, and said in his heart, Shall a child be born unto him that is an hundred years old? and shall Sarah, that is ninety years old, bear?
    She indeed gets pregnant- and has Isaac.
    Ok- in Genesis 21 we read how Ishmael made fun of Isaac- and Isaac’s mom told Abraham to ‘cast out the bondwoman and her child’-
    Genesis 21:8 And the child grew, and was weaned: and Abraham made a great feast the same day that Isaac was weaned.
    Genesis 21:9 And Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, which she had born unto Abraham, mocking.
    Genesis 21:10 Wherefore she said unto Abraham, Cast out this bondwoman and her son: for the son of this bondwoman shall not be heir with my son, even with Isaac.
    So Abraham sends Ishmael away with his mother Hagar.
    Now Paul says this is a symbol of the sons born after the promise- Spirit-
    And the sons who are ‘sons of the law’.
    Galatians 4:24 Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar.
    Galatians 4:25 For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children.
    Galatians 4:26 But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.
    Those under the law- the circumcision- they will always persecute the sons of the promise-
    Galatians 4:28 Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise.
    Galatians 4:29 But as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, even so it is now.
    That was what was indeed happening with the Galatians-
    The Judiazers [those who kept the circumcision] – and ‘tried’ to keep the law- they were persecuting the Gentile believers- who were born of God.
    Justified by faith.
    And they were like Ishmael was- mocking the simple message of grace.
    Paul says these 2 sons- and their moms- represent the 2 covenants- one from Sinai [law] and the covenant of grace- the ‘New Jerusalem’.
    The community of God [the church].
    I always found this example interesting- because Paul sees so much in this simple story.
    Yet- these were things God showed him.
    Paul urges the Galatians to separate from the influence of the Judiazers-
    He says we are ‘sons of the free woman’ and they are children of the ‘bondwoman’-
    Galatians 4:30 Nevertheless what saith the scripture? Cast out the bondwoman and her son: for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman.
    If they go back under the law-
    That will indeed lead to bondage- and we are not children of the ‘bondwoman’ but of ‘the free’-
    Galatians 4:31 So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free.

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    Psalm 16:10
    For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.

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    ON VIDEO- [Mass verses- Rock City Church]
    .Abraham’s story
    .The famous test
    .Soren Kierkegaard
    .Offer your son
    .The altar
    .Issac a type of the Son
    .Abraham- a type of God
    .The mount of transfiguration
    .Moses and Elijah- the law and the prophets
    .How did Peter recognize them?
    .Tabernacle of David

    Psalm 116:7 Return unto thy rest, O my soul; for the LORD hath dealt bountifully with thee.


    I made the video on the way into Rock City Church- and only spoke on the verses from this Sunday’s mass.
    I talked about most of the verses from the Mass [added below] but will only focus on one part now-
    It was the story of Abraham and when he was tested by God to offer up Issac-
    Genesis 22:1 And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am.
    Genesis 22:2 And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.
    Most of us are familiar with the story- God made promises to Abraham that one day he would have a son- and thru that son the world would be blessed.

    The apostle Paul teaches this in his letters- that the ultimate fulfillment would come thru Jesus.
    After many years of waiting- the promised son Issac was born-
    And then the test- God tells him to offer this son on the altar.


    In Hebrews we read-
    Hebrews 11:17 By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son,
    Hebrews 11:18 Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called:
    Hebrews 11:19 Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.
    Abraham was a type of God the father- Issac a type of Jesus the son.
    We often see the symbol of the son in this story- that’s not hard.
    But what about the father?

    For Abraham to have fulfilled the symbol of God the Father- he had to come to a point in the journey where he would actually believe that if he offered Issac- that God would raise him from the dead-

    Hebrews 11:19 Accounting that God was able to raise him up,

    And after many years- Abraham did indeed get to the point in his life where he trusted God- that in his mind he simply figured God would raise the boy from the dead, look what he said on the day of the test-
    Genesis 22:5 And Abraham said unto his young men, Abide ye here with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you.
    He believed he would come back- after the offering- with the same boy that he offered.

    The theme from the other verses spoke about Jesus the Son who died for us all.
    Yet in the story of Abraham- we also see a Father- a Father who would seem to be wiling to do the unthinkable-

    A father who loved his son- and yet- because of the greater purpose of God- would be willing to offer his son in obedience.
    In the story of Abraham it was only a test- he passed the test.

    In the story of God and his Son- it was real.
    The Son did indeed die- and was raised back from the dead- so the initial promise made to Abraham would some day be fulfilled- all the nations of the earth are now blessed thru the seed of Abraham-

    Jesus- the Christ

    Galatians 3:16
    Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.

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    KINGS 9

    1Kings 9:1 And it came to pass, when Solomon had finished the building of the house of the LORD, and the king’s house, and all Solomon’s desire which he was pleased to do,1Kings 9:2 That the LORD appeared to Solomon the second time, as he had appeared unto him at Gibeon.

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    .God came again
    .Your father was a good man
    .Troy [the puppy]
    .Don’t worship false gods
    .Joseph and Pharaoh
    .20 cities
    .Solomon’s navy
    .Sons- not slaves
    .The 3 feasts
    .Apostles- colony starters
    .Britannia ruled the seas

    I’ll add my past teaching on this chapter below.
    In this chapter God tells Solomon he heard his request [chapter 8] and God will establish Solomon’s throne- if he walks in integrity and uprightness- like his father David did.
    1Kings 9:3 And the LORD said unto him, I have heard thy prayer and thy supplication, that thou hast made before me: I have hallowed this house, which thou hast built, to put my name there for ever; and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually.1Kings 9:4 And if thou wilt walk before me, as David thy father walked, in integrity of heart, and in uprightness, to do according to all that I have commanded thee, and wilt keep my statutes and my judgments:1Kings 9:5 Then I will establish the throne of thy kingdom upon Israel for ever, as I promised to David thy father, saying, There shall not fail thee a man upon the throne of Israel.
    Integrity of heart- uprightness?
    King David?

    Yes- the same king that I have taught on the past few months.
    The king who had the famous adulterous affair with Bathsheba-
    The king who then had her husband killed-
    The king whose own son mounted a rebellion against him-
    Yes- that king.

    How could God himself call David a man of integrity?
    In one of the Psalms David says- Psalm 32:1 Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.Psalm 32:2 Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.
    The apostle will use this verse in his letter on Justification by faith-

    6 Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works,
    7 Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.
    8 Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin. Romans
    David- speaking by the Spirit- tapped into the understanding that in Christ- we are made righteous in the sight of God- by faith-

    New International Version
    This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, Rom. 3:22

    God makes promises that a son of David will sit on the throne- forever-

    …10For the sake of David Your servant, Do not turn away the face of Your anointed. 11The LORD has sworn to David A truth from which He will not turnback: “Of the fruit of your body I will set upon your throne. 12″If your sons will keep My covenant And My testimony which I will teach them, Their sons also shall sit upon your throne forever.”…
    New American Standard Bible
    Ps. 131

    In Kings 9- God warns Solomon that if the king strays- and goes after other gods- then the throne will fail-
    1Kings 9:6 But if ye shall at all turn from following me, ye or your children, and will not keep my commandments and my statutes which I have set before you, but go and serve other gods, and worship them:1Kings 9:7 Then will I cut off Israel out of the land which I have given them; and this house, which I have hallowed for my name, will I cast out of my sight; and Israel shall be a proverb and a byword among all people:

    How many kings down the line will it take before they go after other gods?
    Not many-

    Because this will be the downfall of Solomon himself-
    New International Version
    As Solomon grew old, his wives turned his heart after other gods, and his heart was not fully devoted to the LORD his God, as the heart of David his father had been. Kings 11:4

    Yet the ultimate promise of a son never failing- would be fulfilled thru Jesus.
    Yes- Jesus came from the lineage of King David- and the scripture teaches us that he is the Son who sits on the throne forever
    Romans 1:3
    Verse Concepts
    concerning His Son, who was born of a descendant of David according to the flesh,
    2 Timothy 2:8
    Verse Concepts
    Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, descendant of David, according to my gospel,
    Yes- the true fulfillment of a Son on the throne- comes thru Jesus Christ.
    Solomon’s father was a man after God’s own heart-

    1 Samuel 13:14King James Version (KJV)14 But now thy kingdom shall not continue: the Lord hath sought him a man after his own heart, and the Lord hath commanded him to be captain over his people, because thou hast not kept that which the Lord commanded thee.
    Acts 13:22King James Version (KJV)22 And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave their testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will.

    David was a king whom God would not count his sins against him.
    A king who understood what it meant to be blessed- with the blessing of forgiveness- by God himself.

    A King- who would some day have a Son-
    One who came from his tribe- Judah-

    New International Version
    Then one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.”

    Who would die on a cross- be buried in a tomb- and rise again the 3rd day.
    Then- he would ascend into heaven- and be seated at the right hand of God.

    So all people- regardless of their nationality-
    Men and women boys and girls-
    Could also experience the same blessedness that David spoke about in Psalm 32.

    6 Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works,
    7 Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.
    8 Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.
    9 Cometh this blessedness then upon the circumcision only…
    23 Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him;
    24 But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead;
    25 Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.
    Rom. 4
    The Son who would die for the sins of the world-
    Yes- Jesus is the one- who kept the requirements laid down by God himself- for one who would reign forever-
    Jesus was the son who never sinned-
    Hebrews 4:15
    For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

    And because he Took all of fallen humanities sins upon him-
    We too can be blessed-
    Just like David was-
    Psalm 32:1 Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.Psalm 32:2 Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.
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    KINGS 8

    Revelation 21:3
    And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.

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    .Solomon’s temple
    .Henry’s testimony
    .Seaside Heights- N.J.
    .Snow- wind and fire
    .White Castle
    .See model of ark of covenant
    .City of David
    .Tabernacle of David and Moses reunited at temple [sign of what? See notes below]
    .Hear the immigrants prayer too!
    .One new man

    Teaching- [Past posts below]

    Solomon dedicates the temple- and brings the ark of the covenant and the tabernacle [of Moses] together.
    This is the first time the ark of the covenant and the Tabernacle of Moses were reunited since the days of David.
    When David retrieved the ark that was stolen many years before- he set it up at Zion- a hill in Jerusalem.
    The ark being open under the tent of David was a type of grace- because the tabernacle of Moses- which represented law/Jew- was still standing in a place called Gibeon.
    But David had the ark set up in an open tent- which was a violation of the law concerning the ark [The ark was a box that held the 10 commandments- not talking about Noah’s ark].
    But David was a type of Christ- like Solomon.
    So God permitted the ark to be open- because it was a symbol of the future coming of Jesus- who thru the Cross would give access to God apart from the law.
    When Solomon brings the ark and the tabernacle of Moses together for the first time in many years-
    It also pictures the new covenant- because the bible tells us that in Jesus there is one new man- both Jew and Gentile are reconciled thru the Cross-
    Ephesians 2:15
    Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;
    In Context | Full Chapter | Other Translations
    And that’s what Solomon pictured here- by bringing the ark and the tabernacle of Moses together again- showing that both Jew [represented by the tabernacle of Moses] and Gentile [represented by the tabernacle of David] are now reconciled in the temple- which is a picture of the Body of Christ- Jew and Gentile.

    PAST POSTS- [Past teaching I did that relates to today’s post- KINGS 8- Verses below]
    I wrote this little book years ago- I talked about the tabernacle of David- which I taught on today’s post-

    Here’s my entire study on 1st and 2nd Samuel-
    Here’s my study on Kings-

    1ST KINGS 8- This chapter shows the coming together of the Ark and Temple at Jerusalem. Solomon makes a great dedication to the Lord. He acknowledges the reality that God does not ‘dwell in temples made with hands’ but he asks the Lord to show preference to the temple and the prayers of the people. We really have a tremendous picture of Gods kingdom and rule thru these images. The temple centers the people on the reality of God dwelling in their midst. They worship him from Jerusalem and their king honors the father and leads the people in community wide intercession. There are even provisions made for ‘strangers’ who will become influenced by God’s reality, they will hear about Gods great story with his people [narrative!]. They will then come and also make intercession to him. I find it interesting that in the book of Acts [and 1st century church history] we read about the pagan converts to Judaism, the ‘God fearers’. Israel always maintained this aspect of their culture with God, they left the door open for converts. I also find it interesting that converts came! After all, the Jews did not practice a type of ‘soul winning’ that actively sought proselytes. It was simply the reality of God working with his people that drew others in. These last few years much has been said/written on the church and her mission. Is the gospel too small or too big? Sometimes in our efforts to ‘go deep’ we make it difficult for new converts to come into the church. In all of our efforts to present a gospel that affects society as a whole, the social aspects of our calling. The greater kingdom vision of Jesus as seen in ‘the gospels’ we also want to make sure that the simple initiation of new converts is made plain and easy to understand [in essence we need the Gospels AND the epistles both. A kingdom message is not complete without the reality of Atonement!] Solomon makes a great speech/prayer in this chapter, he worships God for standing true to his promise that he made to David his father. The people hold a seven day city wide celebration and go back to their homes. Even though the temple and it’s structure were not in Gods original plan [go read about David and Nathan] yet God will honor and use this limited system for a season. In the present day reformation of the church and her structures, we always need to keep in mind that we are still dealing with the people of God. Many of them worship God in ‘limited structures’ but yet they still worship God! So as we reform and grow in the coming decades, we also want to leave room for the prayer of Solomon ‘I know you cant be limited to a structure like a temple, but please honor the prayers and simple sacrifices of your people. They are doing it out of dedication to you’ [my paraphrase]. [Some sites see here ]

    Here are my past teachings about the ark which I taught on today’s post-
    SAMUEL 6- The Philistines are reeling under the judgment of God. They call a meeting of their priests

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