God’s Truth Explored, chapter 16

To: “10,630 in resident churches” people desiring to be “At One with God.” 4/27/18, God’s 2nd month, Iyar 12, 5778 until sunset.

     Young king Josiah was gifted with the desire to please the God of Israel. Jesus revealed to His apostle Paul and he to us, “from where a God gifted desire comes from.” (Philippians 2:12-13; Continue working out your salvation with awe and reverence, for the One bringing forth in you both the desire and the effort – for the sake of His good pleasure – is God.”) This is one of many scriptural examples that teaches, “a desire to be at one with God is gifted. It isn’t religious fluff; it’s a calling gifted by grace: “a Godly gifted desire that can’t be conjured up nor gifted by a school of theology.” 

Timothy like Josiah was gifted with a spiritual desire to be at one with God.

     (2Timothy 2:1-13; “So you, my child, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And entrust what you heard me say in the presence of many others as witnesses to faithful people who will be competent to teach others as well. (3) Take your share of suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No one in military service gets entangled in matters of everyday life; otherwise he will not please the One who recruited him. Also, if anyone competes as an athlete, he will not be crowned as the winner unless he competes according to the rules. The farmer who works hard ought to have the first share of the crops. (7) Think about what I am saying and the Lord will give you understanding of all this. Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, a descendant of David; such is my gospel, for which I suffer hardship to the point of imprisonment as a criminal, but God’s message is not imprisoned! So I endure all things for the sake of those chosen by God, that they too may obtain salvation in Christ Jesus and its eternal glory.” (11-13; “This saying is trustworthy: If we died with Him, we will also live with Him. If we endure, we will also reign with Him. If we deny Him, He will also deny us. If we are unfaithful, He remains faithful, since He cannot deny Himself.”)

      Josiah’s historical record is for our learning. (Rom 15:4-6; “For everything that was written in former times was written for our instruction, so that through endurance and through encouragement of the scriptures we may have hope. Now may the God of endurance and comfort give you unity with one another in accordance with Christ Jesus, so that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”)

      Jesus’ promises are sure. His kingdom will be established in spite of people. No organization of people will bring God’s rule on earth. THE QUESTION? Do we recognize His calling? Are we called and recruited to serve Jesus? Are we inclined to meditate and pray about it?

       By today’s standards Josiah would have been about a fifth grader when he became king of Judah. It was after Samuel’s time, bad kings had led the people to paganism to the degree that God was planning their disbursement. Such is the case in our current age. (See 2Kings 23:4-20) Scrolls were found that didn’t belong in the Lord’s temple, pagan items that caused Josiah to rip his clothing in disgust. Josiah ordered high-ranking priests to bring them out of the Lord’s temple. Items used in the worship of Baal, Asherah, and all the stars of the sky. Josiah burned them outside Jerusalem in the terraces of Kidron, and carried the ashes to Bethel. Consider this preserved, 2Kings account and compare it to religious observances in today’s houses of worship.

       Heavenly Father and our Creator Lord Jesus: give us to know Your awesomeness and confident faith in Your Word. We ask in Your holy name; Lord Jesus. AMEN.

       The awesomeness of our Creator is beyond the imagination of this worlds populations. Jesus’ statement that He is indeed the Alpha and Omega; is not comprehended by worldly religious. He chooses whom He will holds back understanding for their good and to whom He will give understanding for His purpose.

       Accordingly: Esau knew about his father Jacob’s God, but God chose and revealed Himself to his brother Jacob. In similar fashion; Jesus’ apostles believed Jesus because of seeing His miracles, but didn’t understand the holy scriptures until after He was resurrected and gifted to do so.

      (Luke 24:44-49; “Then Jesus said to them, “These are My words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about Me in the law of Moses and the prophets and the psalms must be fulfilled.” Then Jesus opened their minds so they could understand the scriptures, and said to them, “Thus it stands written that the Christ would suffer and would rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance for the forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You, “apostles” are witnesses of these things. And look, I am sending you what My Father promised. But stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”)

      The twelve and many disciples believed Jesus was the Christ that was prophesied to come, because of His miracles, but couldn’t understand the scriptures and have power to live them until the holy spirit was given on that Pentecost after Jesus’ ascension. Likewise today; “many believe Jesus died for their sins, “but they don‘t believe IN because it isn’t gifted.”

       Understand the scriptures and have a desire to live them must be gifted.

Jesus’ birth, His coming and living in the flesh, was planned long before He had Moses tell the Israelites to put blood on their door facings to protect them from the death angel. Jesus’ life blood sacrifice, resurrection, ascension and His second coming was pre-planned before the foundation of the world.

       Jesus had Jacob go to Bethel and build an altar. He led Jacob to have his family rid themselves of, “statute idols gathered for worship and purify themselves for the occasion.”

      (Gen 35:6-8; “Jacob and all those who were with him arrived at Luz (that is, Bethel) in the land of Canaan. He built an altar there and named the place El Bethel because there God had revealed Himself to him when he was fleeing from his brother, Esau.”)

       God made the Israelites His chosen children “by promise to Abraham.” God has and is making spiritual Israelites “Christians” His children by the same promise today. This was revealed to Paul and he to us.

      (Gal 3:29; “And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to the promise.”) Through His prophet Isaiah; “the Lord God promises not to forget His chosen.” (God’s promises are definite; so sure that they are often written as if already occurred.) Each called person’s name has been inscribed.

      (Isaiah 49:14-25; “Zion “people of Zion” said, ‘The Lord has abandoned me, the sovereign Master has forgotten me.’ Can a woman forget her baby who nurses at her breast? Can she withhold compassion from the child she has borne? Even if mothers were to forget, I “your Father” could never forget you! Look, I have inscribed your name on My palms; your walls are constantly before Me. Your children hurry back, while those who destroyed and devastated you depart. Look all around you! All of them gather to you.

As surely as I live, says the Lord, “you will certainly wear all of them like jewelry; you will put them on as if you were a bride. Yes, your land lies in ruins; it is desolate and devastated. But now you will be too small to hold your residents, and those who devoured you will be far away. Yet the children born during your time of bereavement will say within your hearing, ‘This place is too cramped for us, make room for us so we can live here.’ (21) Then you will think to yourself, ‘Who bore these children for me? I was bereaved and barren, dismissed and divorced. Who raised these children? Look, I was left all alone; where did these children come from?’

       (Isa 49:22-25; This is what the sovereign Lord says: “Look I will raise My hand to the nations; I will raise My signal flag to the peoples. They will bring your sons in their arms and carry your daughters on their shoulders. Kings will be your children’s guardians; their princesses will nurse your children. With their faces to the ground they will bow down to you and they will lick the dirt on your feet. Then you will recognize that I am the Lord; those who wait patiently for Me are NOT put to shame. (24) Can spoils be taken from a warrior, or captives be rescued from a conqueror? Indeed, says the Lord, “captives will be taken from a warrior; spoils will be rescued from a conqueror. I will oppose your adversary and I will rescue your children. I will make your oppressors eat their own flesh; they will get drunk on their own blood, as if it were wine. Then all humankind will recognize that I am the Lord, your Deliverer, your Protector, the powerful ruler of Jacob, “spiritual Israelites,”)

        Long ago God named the 12 gates of New Jerusalem for the 12 tribes of Israel AND the 12 foundations of New Jerusalem for His 12 apostles. (see Revelations 21:)

 

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