Deuteronomy 14:1 – We Are Sons of the Lord

Deuteronomy 14:1 “You are the sons of the LORD your God…

Who is the Lord?  Jesus.

How did He become God?  He was God before His incarnation, and He returned to that place when He was raised from the dead, taken to heaven, and installed as the king of the kingdom of God.

Is He then our Father?  Yes.

Do the Scriptures support this?  Yes.  Isaiah, for example, says that the Son will be called “Eternal Father.”

Isaiah 9:6 For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us;
And the government will rest on His shoulders;
And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.

And, as we’ve seen, Moses writes that the children of Israel are the sons of the Lord.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. (In the NASB New Testament, quotations of the Old Testament are rendered in all capital letters in order to make them easier to identify.)

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Deuteronomy 1:37-38

Deuteronomy 1:37 “The LORD was angry with me also on your account, saying, ‘Not even you shall enter there.
Deuteronomy 1:38 ‘Joshua the son of Nun, who stands before you, he shall enter there; encourage him, for he will cause Israel to inherit it.

Moses could not get the people of God into the promised land.  Another would have to take on that task.  In the flesh, it was Joshua, son of Nun.  In the spirit, it was Joshua, son of Joseph and Mary.

Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, causes true Israel to inherit the true promised land – which is the entire new creation.

Jesus is our Joshua.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted.

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1 Chronicles 4:10 – The Prayer of Jabez

1 Chronicles 4:10 Now Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, “Oh that You would bless me indeed and enlarge my border, and that Your hand might be with me, and that You would keep me from harm that it may not pain me!” And God granted him what he requested.

The prayer of Jabez should make us think of Christ.  The only impediment to this meditation, of course, would be the request of protection from harm or pain.  However, when you consider that Christ suffered briefly in comparison to the eternal redemption He is, and always will be, enjoying, it does rather seem like the pain mothers experience bringing new life into the world:

John 16:21 “Whenever a woman is in labor she has pain, because her hour has come; but when she gives birth to the child, she no longer remembers the anguish because of the joy that a child has been born into the world.

Jesus is thus our Jabez, whose “borders” have been infinitely enlarged – both geographically and chronologically.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

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The Post-Church Age

We live in the post-church age.  What was the church age?  That which we see in the New Testament.

What could be greater than the church?  The kingdom of God.

Those who seek and find the kingdom of God are the true church of God and they have no human leaders.  Jesus Christ is their Leader, and they have need of no other.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

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2 Kings 11:17

2 Kings 11:17 Then Jehoiada made a covenant between the LORD and the king and the people, that they would be the LORD’S people, also between the king and the people.

Paul said that he ministered the gospel “as a priest” (Romans 15:16).  A true priest does what Jehoida the priest did, as described in this verse.  That is, he connects the people of God to their King.  The priest does not try to become the leader of the people of God.  Rather, He points his fellow citizens to the Leader.

This is just what the priest Samuel did at the inception of Israel’s monarchy.  He anointed the king for the sake of the people.  So we should anoint Jesus with our words that He might be the king of the people.  We have no need of popes or pastors in this the post-apostolic age.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

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Adonijah and Solomon

In 1 Kings 1 we see a pattern involving Adonijah and Solomon that reminds us of 1) the man of lawlessness prophesied to rise in the latter days of the New Testament church, and 2) the shepherds who try to lord it over God’s flock in our day.

First, the apostles made clear that in the last days, “the man of lawlessness” (2 Thessalonians 2:3) or “antichrist” (1 John 2:18) would appear.   The “man of lawlessness” title refers to an outward profession of spirituality but an inward condition of death (Matthew 7:22-23).  The “antichrist” title refers to  the actual opposing of Christ – in the same way that the Pharisees and Sadducees opposed Christ and sought themselves to sit in the seat of Moses (Matthew 23:2).  Only there wouldn’t be one of them – there would be many of them.  This is why the apostle John wrote:

1 John 2:18 Children, it is the last hour; and just as you heard that antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have appeared; from this we know that it is the last hour.

And this is just as Paul himself had said things would go when he was giving his farewell exhortation to to the leaders of the church in Ephesus:

Acts 20:29 “I know that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock;
Acts 20:30 and from among your own selves men will arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after them.

For this reason the apostle Peter wrote to church leaders as follows:

1 Peter 5:1 Therefore, I exhort the elders among you, as your fellow elder and witness of the sufferings of Christ, and a partaker also of the glory that is to be revealed,
1 Peter 5:2 shepherd the flock of God among you, exercising oversight not under compulsion, but voluntarily, according to the will of God; and not for sordid gain, but with eagerness;
1 Peter 5:3 nor yet as lording it over those allotted to your charge, but proving to be examples to the flock.
1 Peter 5:4 And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.

Peter didn’t want any of the elders lording it over people as we certainly never saw the apostles lording it over people.  Peter did not worry about successors for the elders because the Lord Himself was soon coming.

This brings us to the second point: the leaders of today’s organized church.  They are seeking to take Christ’s place as shepherd of the flock.  There is, however, only one shepherd of the flock in this the eternal age.

Therefore, watch how Adonijah seeks to acquire the glory that is due the king alone.  Solomon is the true king; Adonijah is a usurper.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted.

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2 Samuel 22:3-4

2 Samuel 23:3 …
‘He who rules over men righteously,
Who rules in the fear of God,
2 Samuel 23:4 Is as the light of the morning when the sun rises,
A morning without clouds,
When the tender grass springs out of the earth,
Through sunshine after rain.’

Is this not “the strong man” who “rejoices to run his course,” the one of whom David spoke?  Yes:

Psalm 19:4 …
In them He has placed a tent for the sun,
Psalm 19:5 Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber;
It rejoices as a strong man to run his course.

And is this not “the sun” of whom Malachi spoke?  Yes.

Malachi 4:2 “But for you who fear My name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings…

In the book of Revelation the apostle John puts an exclamation point on the idea:

Revelation 1:16 … His face was like the sun shining in its strength.

Of course, by the time of the book of Revelation, we had actually seen His face.  Therefore, it was a point worth emphasizing!

This “sun” is truly “the light of the world.”

His name is Jesus.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

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2 Samuel 18:2-3

2 Samuel 18:2 David sent the people out, one third under the command of Joab, one third under the command of Abishai the son of Zeruiah, Joab’s brother, and one third under the command of Ittai the Gittite. And the king said to the people, “I myself will surely go out with you also.”
2 Samuel 18:3 But the people said, “You should not go out; for if we indeed flee, they will not care about us; even if half of us die, they will not care about us. But you are worth ten thousand of us; therefore now it is better that you be ready to help us from the city.”

The people knew that David was the one whom the enemy wanted; their own lives were inconsequential in the light of his.  Therefore, they rightly sought to guard their king at all costs.

For this reason, David’s descendant – the heir to his throne and the Messiah of Israel – said this to Pontius Pilate:

John 18:36 Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, then My servants would be fighting so that I would not be handed over to the Jews; but as it is, My kingdom is not of this realm.”

Jesus was bringing in a new covenant, wherein He would reign from heaven and not earth.  This is why David was protected but Jesus was sacrificed.  Once sacrificed, Jesus was raised from the dead, never to die again and therefore never to be at risk from enemies again.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

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He Answered Their Prayers Because They Trusted in Him

1 Chronicles 5:20 They were helped against them, and the Hagrites and all who were with them were given into their hand; for they cried out to God in the battle, and He answered their prayers because they trusted in Him.

What a felicitous promise for prayer!

How simple a construct!

Let us aspire to so live that these words be spoken of us before we leave this earth.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

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From Judah Comes the Leader

In the first book of Chronicles we find these two verses [emphasis added, here and throughout]:

1 Chronicles 5:2 Though Judah prevailed over his brothers, and from him came the leader, yet the birthright belonged to Joseph),

1 Chronicles 28:4 “Yet, the LORD, the God of Israel, chose me from all the house of my father to be king over Israel forever. For He has chosen Judah to be a leader; and in the house of Judah, my father’s house, and among the sons of my father He took pleasure in me to make me king over all Israel.

This idea of Judah being the leader goes back to the prophecy of Jacob:

Genesis 49:10 “The scepter shall not depart from Judah,
Nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet,
Until Shiloh comes,
And to him shall be the obedience of the peoples.

And thus Jesus relied upon this prophecy from His earthly ancestor when He pointed out to the Samaritan woman that it was from His side of the house of Israel and not hers that Messiah would come:

John 4:22 “You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews.

The term “Jew” is, of course, derived from the name “Judah.”

The book of Revelation adds its own emphasis to this unique role for Judah:

Revelation 5:5 and one of the elders *said to me, “Stop weeping; behold, the Lion that is from the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has overcome so as to open the book and its seven seals.”

Thus from one end of the Bible (Genesis) to the other (Revelation), the promise of salvation and thus of Messiah is through Judah.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

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