The Apostles Were Not Trying to Be Original

The apostles of Jesus Christ were not trying to be original with their teaching.  They were loyal Jews who were merely trying to relate the understanding of the Scriptures given to them by their fellow loyal Jew – Jesus – in the wake of His resurrection from the dead.

Jesus explained to His apostles that everything that happened to Him was part of a predetermined plan of God documented in what we call the Old Testament.  The documentation of this plan was “coded” to be sure – but was there, and there in abundance.  By “coded” I simply mean that prophecies about Messiah were in riddle-like fashion, only making sense once the answer was revealed.  The answer began with the resurrection of the Messiah.

Throughout the New Testament we find vocabulary drawn from the pages of the Old Testament.  This is because the apostles weren’t teaching the New Testament – they were teaching the Old Testament, just the way Jesus had taught it to them, and just the way that the Holy Spirit was further revealing it to them.

Therefore, the best way to understand the teachings of the New Testament is to look for their roots in the Old Testament.  Conversely, the worst way to attempt to understand the New Testament is to ignore the Old Testament.  Don’t look for originality in the New Testament; look for repetition and the elevation of teaching already present in the Old Testament.  (By “elevation” I mean the transition from law to grace, from flesh to spirit, from an earthly orientation to a heavenly orientation that Jesus brought.)

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

What Great Faith the Ancients Had!

Faith is believing in the goodness of God.  The less evidence you have to work with, the greater the faith.  That is, a person who has loads of evidence for the goodness of God requires little faith to believe in the goodness of God.  The person who has far less evidence for the goodness of God exercises far more faith to reach the same conviction that God is good.

Consider then how great was the faith of Old Testament worthies when compared to us.  Abraham, Moses, David, and the others did not get to see the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ before they were called upon to believe.  As Jesus said:

Matthew 13:17 “For truly I say to you that many prophets and righteous men desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.

Let us therefore not be weak in faith but imitate the great faith of those who came before us:

Hebrews 13:7 Remember those who led you, who spoke the word of God to you; and considering the result of their conduct, imitate their faith.

Most of all, let us imitate the faith of Jesus.  For remember that when He prayed for salvation from death and delivered Himself to the cross, no one before had ever been raised from the dead in the way that He was anticipating.  No one had ever been raised without a mediator to call him forth on God’s behalf.  No one had ever been raised from the dead never to die again.  What Jesus was believing would happen was something that, while promised Him in the Scripture, had never before been experienced or witnessed by any other human being.  How could one body contain that much faith!

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

The Ancients Hoped for Resurrection

Even a man as ancient as Job hoped for a resurrection:

Job 14:14 “If a man dies, will he live again?
All the days of my struggle I will wait
Until my change comes.

Job 19:25 “As for me, I know that my Redeemer lives,
And at the last He will take His stand on the earth.

There are such hints of resurrection hope scattered throughout the Old Testament.  They were so strong that there was a widespread hope in a resurrection of the dead in 1st-century Judea – at least among the Pharisees (Acts 23:6-8).  Yet none of these hints were so strong that people knew exactly what form this resurrection would take, or exactly when and how it would take place.

If you haven’t read them already, you might want to read these three chapters of The Biblical Case for Everyone Going to Heaven to gain an appreciation of how Jesus clarified the expectation for those who had the hope of resurrection:

Chapter  6 – Coloring Death With Hope

Chapter  7 – The First Resurrection

Chapter  8 – The Resurrection of the Rest of the Dead

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.)

Job 19:25

Job 19:25 “As for me, I know that my Redeemer lives,
And at the last He will take His stand on the earth.

Job is here prophesying of Jesus Christ.  Jesus is the redeemer of humanity, who took His stand on the earth in the 1st Century A.D.  He was raised from the dead and lives forevermore as the one and only King of the kingdom of God.

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.)

Job 2:3

Job 2:3 The LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job? For there is no one like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man fearing God and turning away from evil. And he still holds fast his integrity, although you incited Me against him to ruin him without cause.”

Jesus of Nazareth was a servant of the Lord.  There was no one like Him on the earth.  He was blameless and upright, fearing God and turning away from evil.  In all His suffering, He held fast his integrity.  Truly, He was ruined without cause for no sin was found in Him.  Thus Job is a type of Jesus Christ.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

Beware the Co-opting of God’s Words

Just because someone is quoting the Bible does not mean that he is faithfully representing God.  For as long as we’ve had the Scriptures, its words have been conscripted for man-made religion (Colossians 2:23) and the philosophies of men (Colossians 2:8).

In such cases, the treasures of God’s house have been hauled off into another’s temple:

2 Chronicles 36:7 Nebuchadnezzar also brought some of the articles of the house of the LORD to Babylon and put them in his temple at Babylon.

Therefore, the citation of a Bible verse is not enough.  There must be the spirit of Jesus in the quotation – else the words have been ripped from their context.  Even the Old Testament is all about Him.

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.)

2 Chronicles 17:12

2 Chronicles 17:12 So Jehoshaphat grew greater and greater, and he built fortresses and store cities in Judah.

Jehoshaphat is a type of Christ.  The “fortresses and store cities” we see Christ building in New Testament days included the churches at Corinth, Rome, and Philippi.  Indeed, they were all places where those who hungered and thirsted for righteousness might come and be fed by the Manna sent from heaven – Christ Jesus Himself.

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.)

2 Chronicles 6:8-9

2 Chronicles 6:8 “But the LORD said to my father David, ‘Because it was in your heart to build a house for My name, you did well that it was in your heart.
2 Chronicles 6:9 ‘Nevertheless you shall not build the house, but your son who will be born to you, he shall build the house for My name.’

It was not God the Father who built the eternal house for the name of God, for He was a God of bloodshed, but it was God the Son who built the everlasting house of the name of God that we call the kingdom of God.  The Son was of peace and shed no blood.

There was no evil in the Father just as there was no evil in the Son.  They are the same, for the Father became the Son.  But the Father was forced to worked through the hardness of men’s hearts in  the evil age ruled by Satan.  In the new age, Satan has been cut out of the loop – and for this reason Jesus never had to take up the sword as David did.

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.)

2 Chronicles 2:1

2 Chronicles 2:1 Now Solomon decided to build a house for the name of the LORD and a royal palace for himself.

This Scripture was fulfilled in New Testament days, during which we see the “greater Solomon” (i.e. Jesus) building a house for the name of the Lord.  As it says in Hebrews:

Hebrews 3:5 Now Moses was faithful in all His house as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken later;
Hebrews 3:6 but Christ was faithful as a Son over His house–whose house we are, if we hold fast our confidence and the boast of our hope firm until the end.

The New Testament church, which became the kingdom of God once it was purified, was the house Jesus built for the name of God.

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. 

2 Chronicles 1:2

2 Chronicles 1:2 Solomon spoke to all Israel, to the commanders of thousands and of hundreds and to the judges and to every leader in all Israel, the heads of the fathers’ households.

We see this verse fulfilled in the book of Acts.  For there, Jesus – “the greater Solomon” – spoke to spiritual Israel and all the leaders thereof (i.e. apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers).

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.)

2 Chronicles 1:1

2 Chronicles 1:1 Now Solomon the son of David established himself securely over his kingdom, and the LORD his God was with him and exalted him greatly.

Jesus was the son of David who was “greater than Solomon” (Matthew 12:42; Luke 11:31).  This greater descendant of David has been established securely over the kingdom of God.  He is exalted greatly – above every name in every age (Philippians 2:9-11; Ephesians 1:21).

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.)

1 Chronicles 28:4

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.

Can you see how Jesus is foreseen in this verse?  He Himself stood in that same hereditary line.  It was Judah to Jesse to David to Jesus.  This is why we find genealogies in the Bible.  It mattered to whom the promises were given.

In Genesis, it was specified that Messiah would come from the line of Judah:

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 as David was a descendant of Judah, 2 Samuel 7:12-13 further specified that Messiah would be a descendant of David’s which would, ipso facto, make Him a descendant of Judah’s as well:

2 Samuel 7:12 “When your days are complete and you lie down with your fathers, I will raise up your descendant after you, who will come forth from you, and I will establish his kingdom.
2 Samuel 7:13 “He shall build a house for My name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.

Thus we can easily picture Jesus coming of age and speaking to God in the same way that David did in 1 Chronicles 28:4.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

1 Chronicles 23:1

1 Chronicles 23:1 Now when David reached old age, he made his son Solomon king over Israel.

And when God the Father became the Ancient of Days He turned over the kingdom to the Son of Man:

Daniel 7:13 “I kept looking in the night visions,
And behold, with the clouds of heaven
One like a Son of Man was coming,
And He came up to the Ancient of Days
And was presented before Him.
Daniel 7:14 “And to Him was given dominion,
Glory and a kingdom,
That all the peoples, nations and men of every language
Might serve Him.
His dominion is an everlasting dominion
Which will not pass away;
And His kingdom is one
Which will not be destroyed.

Know therefore that the transition from David to Solomon foreshadows the transition from God to Son.  For this reason the Son is called “the heir of all things” in Hebrews 1:2.  If He is heir of “all things” then there is no thing for which He is not heir.  All that had been the Father’s became the Son’s at the coming of the kingdom.

All devotion that we would give God should be directed to the Son.  This is what God asks.  This is what He has commanded.

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.)

1 Chronicles 22:17

1 Chronicles 22:17 David also commanded all the leaders of Israel to help his son Solomon…

This verse foreshadows the direction God the Father gave his servants to follow Jesus:

Mark 9:7 Then a cloud formed, overshadowing them, and a voice came out of the cloud, “This is My beloved Son, listen to Him!”

For just as all things were handed from the Father to Jesus, so all things had been handed over to Solomon by his father David:

Matthew 11:27 “All things have been handed over to Me by My Father…

Thus in 1 Chronicles 22:17, David is a type of God the Father and Solomon is a type of the Son of God.  Thus Solomon’s name means “peace” and Jesus “is our peace” (Ephesians 2:14).

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

1 Chronicles 12:23

1 Chronicles 12:23 Now these are the numbers of the divisions equipped for war, who came to David at Hebron, to turn the kingdom of Saul to him, according to the word of the LORD.

As the faithful of Israel turned the kingdom Saul to David, so the faithful of 1st Century Israel turned the kingdom of flesh to the kingdom of Christ.  The leadership of fleshly Israel had crucified Jesus.  The resurrected Jesus drew to Himself all those Jews who truly loved God.  Once that had been achieved, He began drawing the God-fearing Gentiles (John 10:16)…until all true Israel was saved (Romans 11:26) and the kingdom had come.

Thus this Scripture from 1 Chronicles was fulfilled in New Testament times – as we can see by reading the book of Acts and the Epistles.

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.)

1 Chronicles 12:22

1 Chronicles 12:22 For day by day men came to David to help him, until there was a great army like the army of God.

Day by day, throughout the book of Acts, we read of men coming to help Jesus, until there was a great army like the army of God all over the Mediterranean world.  Thus we see this Old Testament verse foreshadowing what happened in New Testament days.

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.)

1 Chronicles 12:18

1 Chronicles 12:18 Then the Spirit came upon Amasai, who was the chief of the thirty, and he said,
“We are yours, O David,
And with you, O son of Jesse!
Peace, peace to you,
And peace to him who helps you;
Indeed, your God helps you!” Then David received them and made them captains of the band.

The Holy Spirit came upon the New Testament church, beginning in Acts 2.  The Spirit then spoke these words, as it were, through those saints:

We are yours, O Jesus,

and with you, O Son of God!

Peace, peace to you,

And peace to him who helps you;

Indeed, your God helps you!

Let this be our heart cry as well – we who serve the Lord in the day 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.)

1 Chronicles 11:10

1 Chronicles 11:10 Now these are the heads of the mighty men whom David had, who gave him strong support in his kingdom, together with all Israel, to make him king, according to the word of the LORD concerning Israel.

This verse typifies what happened in the New Testament as the apostles and others gave the Son of David “strong support in His kingdom to make Him king.”  Peter, James, John, Paul, Stephen, and others did valiantly in the name of the Lord.  They fought the good fight – which was spiritual and not physical.

Those who served the first David fought for a physical kingdom by physical means.  Those who served the second David fought for a spiritual kingdom by spiritual means.

If David had his mighty men, Jesus had more.  Let us join them in fighting spiritually for Jesus Christ our King!

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

1 Chronicles 11:9

1 Chronicles 11:9 David became greater and greater, for the LORD of hosts was with him.

As David is a type of Christ, you can see this verse fulfilled throughout the course of New Testament history as the Christ grew stronger and stronger.  This was because God had put all His resources behind Him.  Jesus was the heir of all things.  Everything that was the Father’s – every heart who loved Him – was given to the Son.  Blessed be the name of the Lord!

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.)

1 Chronicles 11:7

1 Chronicles 11:7 Then David dwelt in the stronghold; therefore it was called the city of David.

This verse prophesies of Jesus’ ascension into heaven in Acts 1.  At that time, the Son of David took up residence in what had previously been the stronghold of spiritual forces arrayed against God (Job 1:6; 2:1; Ephesians 6:12).  Jesus thus began the cleansing of heaven (Hebrews 9:23ff).  The city of David – Jerusalem – thus became the Jerusalem of heaven (Hebrews 11:16; 12:22).

All those who follow the seed of David seek Him in that city above.

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.)

1 Chronicles 11:2

1 Chronicles 11:2 “In times past, even when Saul was king, you were the one who led out and brought in Israel; and the LORD your God said to you, ‘You shall shepherd My people Israel, and you shall be prince over My people Israel.'”

Since the end of the New Testament age, through all the machinations of institutional church and its various forms, it has been the name of Jesus that has blessed the saints and advanced the cause of God.  Therefore, let us leave man-made church behind – as Israel left the house of Saul behind – and follow the true leader of God’s people:  Jesus Christ Himself.

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 Scriptural Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

Take Heed That Habakkuk’s Prophecy Doesn’t Apply to You

Acts 13:40 “Therefore take heed, so that the thing spoken of in the Prophets may not come upon you:
Acts 13:41 ‘BEHOLD, YOU SCOFFERS, AND MARVEL, AND PERISH;
FOR I AM ACCOMPLISHING A WORK IN YOUR DAYS,
A WORK WHICH YOU WILL NEVER BELIEVE, THOUGH SOMEONE SHOULD DESCRIBE IT TO YOU.'”

I have explained carefully to you how everyone is going to heaven in The Biblical Case for Everyone Going to Heaven.  Therefore, be careful that you don’t disbelieve it and thereby make yourself as a fulfillment of Habakkuk’s prophecy.

(The apostle Paul is the speaker in these verses and he is quoting Habakkuk 1:5.)

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.)

Isaiah 28:21

Isaiah 28:21 For the LORD will rise up as at Mount Perazim,
He will be stirred up as in the valley of Gibeon,
To do His task, His unusual task,
And to work His work, His extraordinary work.

When the Lord was raised up from death and brought back to heaven, His unusual task – His extraordinary work – was to redeem His creation from all harm.

It’s a work so great that some do not believe even when it is described to them.  Thus Isaiah and Habakkuk are talking about the same great work:

Habakkuk 1:5 “Look among the nations! Observe!
Be astonished! Wonder!
Because I am doing something in your days–
You would not believe if you were told.

Let us, however, not be among those who disabelieve or doubt.  Let us believe in the mighty work that God has done through Jesus Christ.  And let us honor Him for it!

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.)

God Plans Ways That the Banished One Might Be Restored to Him.

2 Samuel 14:14 “For we will surely die and are like water spilled on the ground which cannot be gathered up again. Yet God does not take away life, but plans ways so that the banished one will not be cast out from him.

If it was not clear before, it certainly has been clear since the advent of Jesus Christ that God has never intended to take anything away from us.  On the contrary, He plans ways that we who do wrong might be restored to Him.  And He has done this since the beginning.

That everyone is going to heaven is His idea, not ours.  That anyone is going to heaven is His idea, not ours.  We would not have had enough nerve to ask such a thing.

While we were thinking that God didn’t care, He was busy planning and acting for our redemption.  

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.)

The Book of 2 Samuel Quoting the Book of Judges

2 Samuel 11:21 ‘Who struck down Abimelech the son of Jerubbesheth? Did not a woman throw an upper millstone on him from the wall so that he died at Thebez? Why did you go so near the wall?’–then you shall say, ‘Your servant Uriah the Hittite is dead also.'”

Joab, David’s general, is here referencing the story found in Judges 9:50-54.  The Jews paid attention to their history, just as we should pay attention to their history.

Why should we pay attention to the history of ancient Israel?  Because the prophets of God wrote it and thus give us the history from God’s perspective.  There could never be a more objective view of history than His.

The Scriptures were written and compiled progressively.  In the time of David and Joab, they had the Law of Moses, and probably the books of Joshua and Judges.  They learned from the Scripture they had.  If they could learn from the Scriptures they had, how much more can we learn from all that we have.

When Scripture quotes Scripture, it is all the more edifying.

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.)

The Temporariness of Our Life Here on Earth

2 Samuel 11:11 Uriah said to David, “The ark and Israel and Judah are staying in temporary shelters, and my lord Joab and the servants of my lord are camping in the open field. Shall I then go to my house to eat and to drink and to lie with my wife? By your life and the life of your soul, I will not do this thing.”

The NASB marginal note for this verse says that “temporary shelters” could also be translated “booths.”  Other translations say “tents.”

The term “booths” reminds us of the biblical Feast of Booths, which is also called the “Feast of Tabernacles.”  All of these terms speak of the temporary and fragile nature of the dwellings used by the Israelites during the time of their sojournings in the desert between their captivity as slaves in Israel and their entrance into the promised land of Canaan as free men.

Through these Old Testament references, God is wanting to teach us something important.  This life is only temporary, and the bodies in which our spirits dwell are likewise temporary.  We should never forget that our time here on earth is temporary, and that we are preparing to enter a more permanent state.

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 Scriptural Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

As from the Tent of Meeting to the Temple, so from the Church to the Kingdom of God

2 Samuel 7:1 Now it came about when [King David] lived in his house, and the LORD had given him rest on every side from all his enemies,
2 Samuel 7:2 that the king said to Nathan the prophet, “See now, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of God dwells within tent curtains.”

The tent curtains of which David speaks were, of course, those that were part of the tabernacle Moses had built in the wilderness.  Such a temporary dwelling was needed because Israel was on the move at that time – even wandering in the desert for forty years.  A permanent dwelling for any of them was out of the question.

Now that David has a permanent home in the promised land, he notices how inappropriate it is that God is still “living” in temporary quarters.  Consequently, David would build a permanent structure – the temple – through his son Solomon.

Similarly the church of the New Testament was a temporary structure.  The kingdom of God was the permanent structure which would replace it, just as Jerusalem’s temple replaced the tent of the desert.

Therefore, as you go to meet God, seek him no longer in the church but rather in His kingdom.  It is in our midst (Luke 17:20-21).

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.)

2 Samuel 3:1

2 Samuel 3:1 Now there was a long war between the house of Saul and the house of David; and David grew steadily stronger, but the house of Saul grew weaker continually.

We are in the midst of a long war between the house of the flesh (that is, the institutional church) and the house of the spirit (that is, the kingdom of God).  The period of this warfare extends beyond our generation, and we must do what we can to advance God’s cause so that our generation will be a benefit to those that follow us.

Give your allegiance to the Lord who died for you; stop serving the man-made church which diverts the Lord’s resources to itself.

Remember also that while Saul attacked David, David did not attack Saul.  Bear up under persecution, knowing that the Lord’s cause will prevail.  You will not have to defend yourself because the Lord will defend you.

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.)

2 Samuel 5:2

2 Samuel 5:2 “Previously, when Saul was king over us, you were the one who led Israel out and in. And the LORD said to you, ‘You will shepherd My people Israel, and you will be a ruler over Israel.'”

And so it is that the Lord Jesus has been leader all the time that the institutional church was lord over us.  Let us therefore shed the institutional church and serve the Lord Jesus with a whole heart.

The institutional church is the kingdom of man but the lordship of Christ is the kingdom of God.

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.)

1 Samuel 20:4

1 Samuel 20:4 Then Jonathan said to David, “Whatever you say, I will do for you.”

This is the kind of covenant we ought to have with our Lord Jesus, where we are as Jonathan and He is as David.  Then, whatever He says, we will do for Him.

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.)

Psalm 22:28

Psalm 22:28 For the kingdom is the LORD’S
And He rules over the nations.

The king of the kingdom of God is the Lord Jesus Christ: He who descended from heaven to bring us back with Him when He ascended. From there, He rules over the nations, for:

Revelation 11:15 …The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.  (King James Version)

One God saved us: He who was, and is, and will always be.

He did not send a part of Himself – rather, He Himself came for us, and redeemed us from our sins by His blood (Revelation 1:5).

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.)