Church History in One Sentence (Maybe More Than Just One Sentence (Probably not Less)): Thomas Kelley born today in 1769. He was Ireland's Hymnal Writer.
12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
The priests, the high priests especially are called to be holy, separate from the people, upholding the holiness that is the temple of God. Thank God Christ came so that all types of people can partake in the blessing of the LORD. Before only those who had no blemish could partake. Christ was perfect so the Liberator, could make total intercessions on our behalf. The high priest represented the holiness of God, so the Liberating King had to be without visible flaw. Jesus flies in the face of tradition: "He may not exhibit the usual tokens of grief, and may not defile himself with any dead body, the exceptions made for the ordinary priest being definitely withdrawn."
Interesting Note: Eunuchs were barred from the Congregation. But Jesus speaks in Matthew 19: 10The disciples said to him, "If this is the situation between a husband and wife, it is better not to marry."
11Jesus replied, "Not everyone can accept this word, but only those to whom it has been given. 12For some are eunuchs because they were born that way; others were made that way by men; and others have renounced marriage[c]because of the kingdom of heaven. The one who can accept this should accept it."
Acts 8:26-2926 Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Rise and go toward the south  to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” This is a desert place. 27 And he rose and went. And there was an Ethiopian, a eunuch, a court official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasure. He had come to Jerusalem to worship 28 and was returning, seated in his chariot, and he was reading the prophet Isaiah. 29 And the Spirit said to Philip, “Go over and join this chariot.” (The Ethiopian Church was started by a Eunuch, some one way outside the moral boundaries of the Congregation in the OT).
- Also how did a Eunuch receive a Torah portion when he could not be part of a church?
- What is the story about the Torah section, how did it come into the hands of an Ethiopian Eunuch?
- It is important that the priest, pastor, and others involved in God's church present the solution for sin, the adoption of God's children into the fabric of Christ.
1 Chronicles 11
This is a pivotal chapter, often used in Emergent Pastor's Sermons. Here we find David becoming Sovreign Lord over his people. The people are subjugating themselves to be his vassal. Because David was chosen by God to be the Lord of his people his kingdom spread. "David's success's are due not him but to God's favor and presence in his life." (Notes from ESV Study Bible) David at this point is still humble and is good to his men. Description of the "A-Team" David's men of Valor. Uriah is listed in the men of valor. "David reckoned his success, not as from the mighty men that were with him, but from the might God, whose presence is all in all." Matthew Henry 362
God will give as a good father gives, he will also discipline like a good father disciplines.
And the word of God... it has power alone to save us to call us back to him. David's success was only due to his good will with God, other wise 8"And I will make the land desolate, because they have acted faithlessly, declares the LORD God."(ESV) Like a Good father God is there to reward his children, and to punish them when they need redirection.
Setting: Small Community Small Church
Key Characters: Epaphras founded the churches of Colossae, Hierapolis, and Laodicia, He described to Paul the condition of his church in Colossae, which moved Paul to write a letter to this congregation.
Paul : writer of the letter to the Church of Colossae.
There is a lot here and I need time to digest it all, so here are some questions to guide my understanding:
Do we really know who we belong to? Do we know how to keep our eyes on beautiful things in him? Do we get that to mix anything with Christ is to pollute the Gospel? How do we stay faithful in the tumult that the devil has us envision every day, especially on the television set and in our media saturation? Interesting that the VOICE New Testament uses Everyone to describe who the mystery is for, while the ESV states the Saints. But both are in agreement with the mission statement: "Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom that we may present everyone mature in Christ." The Christian is to stand mature in an immature world.
We are adopted sons of Christ Hallelujah
Prayer: "LORD enable us to come to You, and seek to abide in you, and have your words abide in us all the time."