The Man Christ Jesus - Father of Our Faith Series

PART ONE 

 

Jesus … Our Father David

 

By Craig Bluemel

 

 

 

THE FATHERS OF OUR NATION
 

Every nation has its founding fathers.  The United States of America has Washington, known as the ‘father of our nation’ because he is the leading patriarch amongst those who share the distinction as ‘Founding Fathers.’  Similar patriarchal terms for America’s patriarchs are ‘the Fathers of Our Country’ and the ‘Forefathers of our nation.”  It is not his genetic or any other hereditary traits that inspire us to call George Washington the ‘father’ of our nation.  Rather, it is his meritorious leadership; it is his faithfulness and personal sacrifice for the cause of our independence, liberty, equality, and justice for all!  

 

Righteous Christian men, such as George Washington, rightfully earned the acclaim that we bestow upon them with patriarchal significance because of their faith in God the Father, in His son, the man Christ Jesus, and in the truthful precepts found written in the pages of the Scriptures.

 

·         Micah 6:8 He hath showed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?  King James Version

 

Being resolute in his spiritual convictions, on September 17, 1796 President George Washington etched in our memory the following words that exemplify his Christian faith saying, “It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible.” To this statement we who also believe say in our hearts and with our lips, “Amen brother, amen.” 

 

Amplifying his love for the God and the Father of our Lord Jesus, Washington prayed these words at Valley Forge, “Almighty and eternal Lord God, the great Creator of heaven and earth, and the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ; look down from heaven in pity and compassion upon me, Thy servant, who humbly prostrate myself before Thee.  Bless, O Lord, the whole race of mankind, and let the world be filled with the knowledge of Thee and Thy Son, Jesus.”

 

Our recognition of the father of America is a lasting testimony to the truth embodied in the words of the sacred Scriptures.  President George Washington spoke as a spiritual patriarch of our nation, which is why his words and deeds gave birth from above and hold eternal value, “Of all dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports.  In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens.  To the distinguished character of a Patriot, it should be our highest glory to add the more distinguished character of a Christian.”  Again, to this we as true believers say a hearty ‘amen!’

 

Another great American ‘father’ of our country and a patriarch worth mentioning is President Abraham ‘Honest Abe’ Lincoln.  Lincoln’s role in the eventual abolishment of slavery earned him the affectionate title as ‘Father Abraham” amongst the Negro slaves that were freed from the tyranny and abuses they suffered in bondage. The heartfelt fondness and warmth expressed by those who were emancipated and bestowed upon President Lincoln the namesake recognition as ‘father Abraham’ clearly illustrates the continuous and pervasive influence of the Scriptures that existed in the lives of early Americans.

 

This endearing adulation of ‘father Abraham’ Lincoln was of course borrowed liberally from the identity of the Old Testament patriarch named Abraham and it demonstrates the power of God’s love to transcend racial prejudice, oppression, and centuries old, outdated, demonically inspired religious and social traditions in the spirit of justice, mercy, and humility. 

 

“BIBLICAL PATRIARCHS”

 

Patriarch means ‘the head of a father's house’ and the term ‘Patriarchs’ (plural) is employed in the New Testament with implication to Abraham (Hebrews 7:4), the sons of Jacob (Acts 7:8,9), and to David (2:29).  Patriarch is the founder or ruler of a tribe, family, or clan; the forefathers of the Israelite nation. The phrase ‘the patriarchs’ usually refers to the tribal leaders of Israel who lived before the time of Moses. Specifically, it is used of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and the 12 sons of Jacob. Therefore, the patriarchs were the ancestors of the Israelites from Abraham to Joseph (Acts 7:8-9; Hebrews 7:4).

 

This name is generally applied to the progenitors of families (also known as heads of the fathers), such as used in Joshua 14:1.  Patriarchs mentioned in Scripture are spoken of as antediluvian (from Adam to Noah) and postdiluvian (from Noah to Jacob) patriarchs. But the expression the patriarch by way of prominence is applied to the twelve sons of Jacob, or to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

 

In the Septuagint (the ancient Greek version of the Hebrew Old Testament), the term ‘patriarch’ is used as the equivalent of the head of the fathers' house, or of a tribe (1 Chronicles 24:31; 27:32; 2 Chronicles 26:12).

Nowadays, the term patriarch has a more broad-brush application and is oftentimes used of the persons whose names appear in the genealogies and in covenant-histories, notably in the periods earlier than Moses (Genesis 5-11, histories of Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, etc.).

 

Israel also had its own spiritual patriarchs, which generally refer to postdiluvian fathers, such as Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, because it was thru this genetic-spiritual line that Yahweh’s covenant was made.  Yahweh promised that Abraham’s spiritual offspring or seed would number as the sands of the sea and the stars of the heavens.  Unfortunately, Israel in the flesh did not own-up to its moral, spiritual, and fleshly obligations, which were required by Yahweh in His covenants with the patriarchs.  God bore long with the descendants Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; nevertheless, they were eventually cast off by Him because of their hardness of heart and unbelief. 

 

The fact is that both Judah (southern kingdom) and Israel (northern kingdom) were cut-off from any fleshly rights or inheritance via the Abrahamic or Davidic covenants hundreds of years before their Messiah arrived.  We find clear evidence that Yahweh’s covenant had been violated so badly, and for such a long period that the southern kingdom of Judah was taken captive in Babylon (Judah, Benjamin, & Levi) and the northern kingdom (Israel’s ten tribes) was taken captive in Assyria (Israel’s ten tribes).  When Christ came, Yahweh introduced fleshly Israel to their Messiah to fulfill any legal obligations owed to their forefathers and to reach any of those in Israel that still kept covenant with Him.

 
 
JESUS - KEY TO THE HOUSE OF DAVID

 

The purpose of this study series is to assist those believers who are hungry for truth to deepen their relationship with the man Christ Jesus.  If you have not conceded the Book of Revelation to the façade of Dispensational interpretations and Rapturist escapism, read and listen with ears to hear what the spirit is saying to the church in Philadelphia.  Those whose manmade traditional teachings view Christ as a “Deity” will not comprehend the truths contained in this series, unless they are willing to forsake and count as rubbish whatever things are doctrinally gain. 

 

·         Revelation 3:7-13 And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: He who is holy, who is true, who has the key of David, who opens and no one will shut, and who shuts and no one opens, says this: 8 I know your deeds.  Behold, I have put before you an open door which no one can shut, because you have a little power (dunamis), and have kept my word, and have not denied my name.  9 Behold, I will cause those of the synagogue of Satan, who say that they are Jews, and are not, but lie —  behold, I will make them to come and bow down at your feet, and to know that I have loved you. 10 Because you have kept the word of my perseverance, I also will keep you from the hour of testing, that hour which is about to come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell upon the earth.  11 I am coming quickly; hold fast what you have, in order that no one take your crown.  12 He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of my God, and he will not go out from it anymore; and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from my God, and my new name.  13 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.'  New American Standard Bible

 

Philadelphia is oftentimes known for its rudimentary definition as ‘the church of brotherly love.’  In the Father’s eyes, they are humble, broken, and contrite of spirit, and they tremble at His word (Isaiah 66:1-5).  They are disciples and servants of Jesus, whose lives are devoted to expressing worship for the Father in spirit and in truth (John 4:23-24).  They persevere and overcome adversity and willingly serve Jesus as their Lord, even when they are not healed, or financially blessed, recognizing that God has chosen the poor of this world to be rich in spiritual treasures.

 

The Greek word transliterated from the Hebrew Dauid means either ‘beloved’ or ‘loving.’  Jesus is the greater and more perfect David as the ‘beloved’ of the Father. The church in Philadelphia refers to true believers who find God’s heart to love, even of only with a ‘little strength,’ or as the Greek text reads, ‘micron dunamis,’ or a ‘microscopic, minuscule amount of strength and ability.’ 

 

The key of David refers to that which opens and gives access to the spiritual and messianic kingdom of Jesus, who promises those in Philadelphia who overcome will be pillars (supports) in ‘the temple of MY God.’  This message is the unveiling of Jesus Christ promised to his future generations of churches.  By his acknowledgment of a “God” over him, Jesus places enough emphasis on this truth for any reasonable believer take notice and question Christianities’ prevailing doctrines that allege Christ as ‘fully God and fully man.’

 

As Jesus walked this earth in the first century, those who recognized him as their messiah called him the ‘son of David’ or literally ‘the son of the Beloved.’  True worshippers of Yahweh did not perceive Jesus as the genetic son of David.  The phrase ‘son of David’ instead refers to the man Christ Jesus and his spiritual, messianic identity.  The religious Jews were looking for a fleshly heir to David’s throne, but those who were poor in spirit saw him differently, because they looked thru spiritual eyes, not carnal sight.

 

King David is the Old Testament prototype for the new covenant worshipper, who worships the Father in spirit and in truth.  In John 4:23-24 Jesus told the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well, “the true (genuine) worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth (reality); for the Father is seeking just such people as these as His worshipers. 24 God is a Spirit (a spiritual Being) and those who worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth (reality),” (Amplified Bible).

 

The Greek words rendered as ‘truth’ in John 4:23-24 are derived from a root word aleethees meaning, ‘not concealed.’  This word aleethees is very important to understand, because defines truth that stands in opposition to teaching and doctrine that merely ‘resembles’ the truth, such as the doctrine of the dual-nature of Christ, which alleges that Jesus Christ is both ‘God’ and ‘man.’  Aleethees is truth that is not fictitious, counterfeit, imaginary, simulated, or pretended (according to the word meaning from Thayer's Greek Lexicon). 

 

The dual nature of Christ teaching is false; Jesus IS a man, and this doctrine was originated from the companion false teaching called the Trinity.  Both doctrines misrepresent Jesus, and therefore misrepresent Deity.  Some pastors try to walk the fence and not upset the proverbial ‘applecart’ of their church congregation and therefore, they never take strong stand for the truth in love.  I’m not implying that pastors ought to hammer people with truth, but neither should they keep the truth hidden or concealed from them for the sake of congeniality or keeping the peace.  If it’s the truth, it need not be concealed, and if teaching the truth in a manner that is unconcealed costs church members, so be it.

 

As he grew old and knew that his time on this earth would soon expire, king David wanted to leave a lasting tribute to Yahweh.  He wanted future generations in Israel to find rest in their souls and spirits by making the Spirit of God a spiritual habitation.  Yahweh was pleased at David’s intent, but He did not allow him to build a house (temple) because that would have been deceptive. 

 

Yahweh’s did allow David’s genetic son Solomon to build a house (temple), but the Most High did not dwell there; not then, not now, not ever.  Christians foolishly and ignorantly make the mistake of thinking that one day the Jews will rebuild the temple in Jerusalem and then at that time Yahweh will return to them and dwell there.  It will never happen because God does not dwell in manmade structures or temples.

 

·         Isaiah 66:1-2 Thus says the LORD, “Heaven is My throne, and the earth is My footstool.  Where then is a house you could build for Me?  And where is a place that I may rest?  2 For My hand made all these things, Thus all these things came into being,” declares the LORD. “But to this one I will look, to him who is humble and contrite of spirit, and who trembles at My word.”  New American Standard Bible

 

·         Acts 17:24-25 The God Who produced and formed the world and all things in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in handmade shrines.  25 Neither is He served by human hands, as though He lacked anything, for it is He Himself Who gives life and breath and all things to all people.  Amplified Bible

 

·         Acts 7:48-50 “However, the Most High does not dwell in houses made by human hands; as the prophet says: 49 Heaven is My throne, and earth is the footstool of My feet; what kind of house will you build for Me?’ says the Lord, ‘or what place is there for My repose?  50 Was it not My hand which made all these things?’ New American Standard Bible - Updated Edition

 

In Jesus, those who worship the Father become His house, His habitation, His dwelling place and they are referred to as the ‘temple of the Holy Spirit.”  Yahweh’s covenant promise to king David gave him the assurance that in the distant future, one of his spiritual descendants would ascend to YAHWEH’S throne (not the throne of Israel) and begin a perpetual rulership of righteousness and justice over the house of Yahweh forever.  So, who is Yahweh’s future spiritual house?  In Hebrews 3:6-8, we find that Jesus is given authority as God’s son to rule as ‘Master’ of His house.  But Jesus is more than just master, because we the church are said to be “members” of his (messiah’s) house, making us spiritual children of the glorified son of man!

 

·         Hebrews 3:6-8 But Christ (the Messiah) was faithful over his own Father's house as a Son and Master of it. And it is we who are now members of this house, if we hold fast and firm to the end our joyful and exultant confidence and sense of triumph in our hope in Christ.  Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says, “Today, if you will hear his voice, do not harden your hearts, as happened in the rebellion of Israel…”  Amplified Bible

 

Notice in Hebrew 3:6-8 above, Jesus is the  ‘son’ and also the ‘master’ of his ‘Father’s house’ and ‘we’ the church ARE ‘members of this house.’  Accordingly, if we are members of Christ’s house, then he is our ‘Master.’  Taken in context, Christ is also mentioned as the “son” of his “Father’s house.”  Lest there be any doubt that this is in fact the truth, Hebrews 3:1-8 is a contrast between the house of Moses, to whom Yahweh gave the LETTER of the Law, and Jesus Christ, who BECAME the law of the spirit of life.  Moses was indeed faithful over the fleshly house of Israel, but Jesus was so much more faithful, and he was also a son.  Moses prophesied in the spirit, and like Abraham and David, he saw into the distant future, a man that Yahweh would raise up from amongst his (Moses) brethren (Israel) who (Jesus) would speak Yahweh’s words on His (Yahweh’s) behalf:

 

·         Deuteronomy 18:15, 18-19 Yahweh your God will raise up for you a prophet {the man Christ Jesus} from the midst of your brethren like me [Moses]; to him you shall listen…I will raise up for them a prophet (Prophet) from among their brethren like you, and will put My words in his mouth; and he shall speak to them all that I command him.  And whoever will not hearken to My words which he shall speak in My name, I Myself will require it of him.”  Amplified Bible

 

In Acts 3:22-26, Peter rebukes the leaders of the Jews because they rejected Jesus whom Yahweh sent, and thru their wickedness they had him put to death at the hands of the Romans.  In so doing, Peter quotes to them the fulfillment of the prophecy that was first spoken by Moses (see below):

 

·         Acts 3:22-26 {Peter said to the Jews}, “Thus Moses said to the forefathers, ‘The Lord God will raise up for you a Prophet {Jesus} from among your brethren as He raised up me; him {Jesus} you shall listen to and understand by hearing and heed in all things whatever he {Jesus} tells you. 23 And it shall be that every soul that does not listen to and understand by hearing and heed that Prophet {Jesus} shall be utterly exterminated from among the people. 24 Indeed, all the prophets from Samuel and those who came afterwards, as many as have spoken, also promised and foretold and proclaimed these days.  25 You are the descendants (sons) of the prophets and the heirs of the covenant which God made and gave to your forefathers, saying to Abraham, and in your Seed (Heir) shall all the families of the earth be blessed and benefited. [Genesis 22:18; Galatians 3:16.]  26 It was to you first that God sent His Servant and Son Jesus, when He raised Him up provided and gave Him for us, to bless you in turning every one of you from your wickedness and evil ways. [Acts 2:24; 3:22.]  Amplified Bible

 

Fleshly Israel was rejected by Yahweh long before Jesus was even conceived and born, yet everyone from their midst that placed faith in Jesus, would be redeemed in the new and better covenant.  We the church as individual members of the body of Christ, also become ‘living stones’ that are jointly fit together with the Chief cornerstone (the man Christ Jesus), whom the builders (the Jews & fleshly Israel) rejected (read 1 Peter 1:3-12).  By faith we become “sons” and “daughters” of “Christ” as “members of HIS house.”  This is such a simple, easy to understand concept, and you don’t have to deify Jesus to make him the ‘father’ of a spiritual house (the church). 

 

·         1 Peter 2:4-10 And coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected by men, but choice and precious in the sight of God, 5 you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.  6 For this is contained in Scripture: "Behold I lay in Zion a choice stone, a precious corner stone, And he who believes in Him shall not be disappointed." 7 This precious value, then, is for you who believe. But for those who disbelieve, "The stone which the builders rejected, This became the very corner stone," 8 and, "A stone of stumbling and a rock of offense"; for they stumble because they are disobedient to the word, and to this doom they were also appointed. 9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God's own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; 10 for you once were not a people, but now you are the people of God; you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.  New American Standard Bible  

 

JESUS IS OUR CONTINUOUS HUMAN AND SPIRITUAL FATHER

 

Once you see this truth, you will notice it EVERYWHERE in the New Testament and also, in Old Testament prophecy, such as Isaiah 9:6 (below):

 

·         Isaiah 9:6-7 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. 7 Of the increase of dominion, and of prosperity, there shall be no end—Upon the throne of David and Upon his kingdom, By establishing it and by sustaining it, With justice and With righteousness, —From henceforth, Even unto times age-abiding: The jealousy of Yahweh of hosts, will perform this!  New American Standard Bible W/Rotherham’s Emphasized Bible

 

For centuries Christians have misinterpreted this passage from Isaiah because they hold to the belief that Jesus is Deity.  In fact, Isaiah’s prophecy is given to Israel concerning their future HUMAN messiah, not “God.”  Look at Isaiah 9:6a, which reads, “For a child will be born to us…”  Since when is Yahweh born?  Next the text says “a son will be given to us” and this certainly cannot refer to Yahweh or Deity, because it is future tense, and God is not the “son” of anyone (Numbers 23:19).  Obviously this passage is badly mistranslated by nearly all Bible versions; below is a few of the Hebrew word meanings:

 

·         Mighty God = 'Eel Gibowr; means literally “mighty warrior” and refers to the man Christ Jesus is a mighty spiritual warrior.  Jesus told Pilate, if my kingdom was of this world, then my servants would be fighting (John 18:36).

 

·         Eternal = Hebrew word is `Ad (OT:5703) meaning, “a (peremptory) terminus, i.e. (by implication) duration, in the sense of advance or perpetuity; continuous existence in a future time.”

 

·         Father = 'Abiy (OT:1)  = A masculine noun meaning father, head of a household, ancestor, patron of a class, benevolence, respect, honor. This word is primarily used to mean either a human or spiritual father. There are numerous references to a father as a begetter or head of a household (Genesis 24:40; Joshua 14:1). (from The Complete Word Study Dictionary: Old Testament Copyright © 2003 by AMG Publishers. All rights reserved.) OT:1

 

By combining the Hebrew word meanings of 'Abiy `Ad in Isaiah 9:6 above, instead of ‘Eternal Father’ the correct and intended meaning is a “HUMAN PATRIARCH WHOSE CONTINUED EXISTENCE AS SPIRITUAL FATHER IS IN A FUTURE TIME.”  the Jews at the time of Christ interpreted Isaiah 9:6 from a purely genetic point of view, supposing the messiah to come from the fleshly line of “David” as their spiritual father.  This explains why even those who knew Jesus was the Christ or Messiah understood him as the ‘son of David.’

 

JESUS BECAME A LIFE GIVING SPIRIT & THE ‘SEED’ OF DAVID

 

On the Day of Pentecost in Jerusalem, the apostle Peter extended the idiom ‘patriarch’ or ‘father(s)’ to include King David (Acts 2:29).  To explain the fulfillment of Israel’s messianic prophecies to the Jews, Peter contrasts the death and burial of king David with the death and resurrection of the greater David, the man Christ Jesus. Below, in his speech to the Jews, Peter points out that the patriarch David died and he remained buried in the tomb; therefore, there is no hope of eternal life in his fleshly line; {bracketed words inserted by author}:

 

·         Acts 2:29-36 {Peter said}, “Brethren, it is permitted me to tell you confidently and with freedom concerning the patriarch David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day.  Being however a prophet, and knowing that God had sealed to him with an oath that He would set one of his {David’s spiritual} descendants on his throne; He {Yahweh}, foreseeing this, spoke by foreknowledge of the resurrection of the Christ (the Messiah) that he {the man Christ Jesus} was not deserted in death and left in Hades (the state of departed spirits), nor did his body {Christ’s physical body of flesh} know decay or see destruction. This Jesus, God raised up, and of that all we His disciples are witnesses.  Being therefore lifted high by and to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promised blessing which is the Holy Spirit, He has made this outpouring which you yourselves both see and hear.  For David did not ascend into the heavens; yet he himself says, “YAHWEH SAID to my {David’s} Lord {adonai - human ruler}, ‘Sit at My right hand and SHARE MY THRONE, until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.’” Therefore let the whole house of Israel recognize beyond all doubt and acknowledge assuredly that God has made Him {the man Christ Jesus} both Lord and Christ (the Messiah) — this Jesus whom you {Jews} crucified.”  Amplified Bible (Also see 2 Samuel 7:12-16; Psalms 16:10; 110:1;132:11)  

 

Just as Abraham looked ahead by faith and saw Yahweh’s promise was to his future spiritual offspring, so too, David was a prophet and in the spirit, he was capable of discerning far into the distance.  We find in the book of Acts, Galatians and elsewhere in the New Testament, that Abraham’s promised “seed” (as Israel’s patriarchal father) was given thru Christ to SPIRITUAL ISRAEL and it has no fleshly or genetic heritage involved.  The promise was first given to Abraham in Genesis 13:16; Yahweh promised him saying, “I will make your descendants as the dust of the earth; so that if anyone can number the dust of the earth, then your descendants can also be numbered.”

 

However, many generations later, Abraham’s fleshly descendents, both Judah (southern kingdom) and Israel (northern kingdom) were forsaken by Yahweh and cut off from any rights as heirs of their forefathers.  There are numerous examples that could be provided from both Old and New Testament that demonstrate with convincing evidence this conclusion.  Below are a few examples that leave no room for doubt that Abraham’s seed, like the seed Yahweh promised to David, is a spiritual lineage:

 

·         Isaiah 48:1, 19, 22 {Yahweh said}, “Hear this, O house of Jacob, who are named Israel and who came forth from the loins of Judah, who swear by the name of Yahweh and invoke the God of Israel, but not in truth or in righteousness… 19 Your descendants would have been like the sand, and your offspring like its grains; Their name would never be cut off or destroyed from My presence… 22 There is no peace for the wicked,” says Yahweh.

 

·         Galatians 3:5-9 Does He {Yahweh} then, who provides you {Israel} with the Spirit and works miracles among you, do it by the works of the Law, or by hearing with faith?  6 Even so Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness.  7 Therefore, be sure that it is those who are of faith who are sons of Abraham.  8 And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, "All the nations shall be blessed IN YOU.”  9 So then those who are of faith are blessed with Abraham, the believer. New American Standard Bible

 

When King David received the oath of a promise from Yahweh, he understood it to mean a spiritual descendent; i.e. a man who would be given authority to share in and rule his spiritual kingdom from his position upon YAHWEH’S THRONE in righteousness and justice forever.  Who else shares the same, unique position of delegated authority in the midst of Yahweh’s throne, except the lamb that was slain?

 

·         Revelation 5:6a And I looked, and behold, in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as though it had been slain…New King James Version

 

David realized that his own son, Solomon, would never meet Yahweh’s prerequisite as future messianic king and true spiritual patriarch of His covenant people. Here are but a few of the main requirements that were spoken to David by the prophet Nathan, when Yahweh sent Nathan to answer David’s prayer {bracketed words inserted by author}:

 

·         2 Samuel 7:12-14a I {Yahweh} have raised up thy {David’s spiritual} seed after thee which goeth out from thy bowels, and I {Yahweh} have established his {Messiah’s} kingdom.  13 He {Messiah} doth build a {spiritual} house for My {Yahweh’s} Name, and I {Yahweh} have established the throne of his {Messiah’s} kingdom unto the age.  14a I {Yahweh} will be his {Messiah’s} Father, and he shall be My son. Young's Literal Translation Bible w/Amplified Bible

 

In 2 Samuel 7:12, Yahweh said He would “raise up” David’s “seed” after him will ‘goeth out from thy bowels’; the two Hebrew words yeetsee' mimee`eykaa are translated by Young's Literal Translation Bible as ‘from thy bowels’ because the literal meaning is ‘intestines.’  This Hebrew noun mimee`eykaa (OT:4578 - me`ah) can also be translated as one of several inner organs of the body, or even the sexual reproductive organs, depending upon how it is used and what application the context of any given passage suggests. In this context of 2 Samuel 7:12, Yahweh’s promise to raise up David’s seed is speaking figuratively of two REAL aspects that would be characteristic of the messianic seed:

 

1)      The place of emotions or love (figurative) - The Messiah would have the same passionate love for Yahweh’s law and zeal for obedience to His commandments that originate David’s heart of love for God.

 

2)      The organs of procreation, the womb (figurative) - Unlike fleshly king David, Messiah would have the innate capability given to him by Yahweh, thru which he would beget spiritual sons and daughters after his spiritual likeness, which would be a morally blameless spirit and life.

 

This Hebrew noun mimee`eykaa is used as what’s known as a nuance of the language or simply a Hebraism; as it is in other Semitic dialects, it represents David’s innermost feelings or his heart.  The key here, as elsewhere in both Old and New Testament Scripture, is not looking at fleshly, natural, earth-born eyes, but seeking that wisdom that comes from above when the Father causes the eyes of our heart, or spirit, to be enlightened to see in hope, as He sees in reality. 

 

For those readers that have Bible software, an interesting and revealing phrase query for you to type into your search engine are the three words ‘in the spirit.’  For example, the apostle John received his vision of the unveiling (apocalypse) of Jesus Christ, in Revelation 1:10 when he was “in the spirit on the Lord’s day.”

 

THAT I MIGHT KNOW HIM

 

In Philippians 3:1-9, 10-12, the apostle Paul speaks of his willingness to dump every single aspect of his Jewish rabbinical learning and doctrinal education in order to fulfill his deepest desire ‘that I might KNOW HIM (Christ Jesus).’  Those who know the rigors and lifetime devotion that was involved to become known as a ‘Teacher’ in Israel will realize the magnitude of what Paul was willing to sacrifice to gain Christ.  So superior in value to Paul was gaining direct knowledge from the spirit of the man Christ Jesus that he regarded ALL of his former training in Judaism as ‘refuse’ (Philippians 3:9). In fact, the Greek term for ‘refuse’ (skúbala) means ‘animal dung; i.e. poop; kaka...peewee!  The question is, will we do the same as Paul? (I’m asking myself too).

 

As you read the next passage of scripture below, try approaching it as if you had never read it before, and open your mind, heart, and spirit to Jesus, and ask the father to infuse you with the same ability that the apostle sought after.  Paul’s words that follow in Philippians 3:10-12 have significant meaning if read carefully and thoroughly:

 

·         Philippians 3:10-12 That I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; 11 if by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.  12 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.”  (King James Version)

 

The Greek word for ‘resurrection’ in Philippians 3:10 is anastásis (NT: 386); Strong's Greek Dictionary of the New Testament defines the LITERAL meaning of anastásis as, “a standing up again, i.e. a resurrection from death.”  Strong’s gives the FIGURATIVE MEANING for anastásis as, “A MORAL RECOVERY OF SPIRITUAL TRUTH.”

 

Since Paul’s use of anastásis Philippians 3:10 is figurative should read, “to know him, and have his {Christ’s} moral strength and ability to recover spiritual truth.”  Amen!  If you say ‘amen’ too, just remember, this involves sharing in Christ’s suffering and being conformed to his death; i.e. resigned to trust the Father for your life, regardless of how bleak it may look outwardly.  When Jesus hung dying upon the tree, his human emotions told him that God had forsaken him; even so, with his dying breath, in total trust for his Father, God, the son of man cried out, “Father, into YOUR hands I commit my spirit!”

 

As the 21st century church now realizes, being the benefactors of Paul’s inspired writings in the New Testament, it must have been a very daunting task (to say the least!) that God planned for Paul.  The second Greek word for ‘resurrection’ in Philippians 3:11 is exanastásis (NT:1815) is derived from exanistemi (NT:1817) & connotes ‘to beget; to produce.’ Therefore, the phrase in Philippians 3:11 ought more correctly to read “if by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead” ought more correctly to read, “if somehow I might be able to rise up, resurrect, or beget someone out of death.”     Below is a better translation of Philippians 3:10-11 to reflect upon:

 

·         Philippians 3:10-11 to know him, and have his {Christ’s} moral strength and ability to recover spiritual truth and the intimacy of his influence, and conform the loss of my life to his painful loss; if somehow I might be able to rise up, resurrect, or beget someone out of death.  The Appropriate Translation

 

In Philippians 3:11, the apostle Paul is not merely seeking after mystic, spiritual head knowledge about Christ; neither is he seeking after a personal identity with the actual resurrection of Jesus from the tomb.  What Paul is searching after is a relationship with God the Father that shares parallel characteristics to those which Christ Jesus exhibited and thereby be enable to bring new spiritual life to others.  He is vitally aware that the same power of God’s spirit, which raised Christ from the dead, would also give spiritual life to his own mortal being.  This was not optional for Paul; without the spiritual life he required, he would be unable to complete to the finish, that for which Christ had apprehended him on the road to Damascus.

 

·         How would Paul face those with a heart of tenderness, mercy, and compassion whose mothers and brothers he had imprisoned, stoned to death, and persecuted?

 

·         How would he have the necessary spiritual insights to write his inspired epistles, interpreting the true, spiritual meaning of the Old Testament law and prophets, disseminating these Hebrew Scriptures in such a way that could effectively communicate the gospel message in words palatable to both Jew and Gentile, and in a way that each group could equally partake of and understand?

 

·         How would he have the moral integrity to confront even Peter, reputed as one of the three ‘pillars’ of the church, for his hypocrisy in ostracizing the Gentile believers by hobnobbing with the Jewish converts and showing them favoritism?

 

·         How would Paul face the scribes, Pharisees, and other rabbinical Jews that he had formerly been companions with in Judaism?  How would he find the inner ability to confront their traditions without appearing as a hypocrite himself?

 

In addition to the restoration of truth, Paul’s task was to spread the gospel, teach new converts, and establish churches in each place.  This task was made even more difficult because truth from scripture had largely been gone astray thru Judaism’s manmade traditions.  Add to this rigorous lifestyle a few beatings, imprisonments, and other harsh conditions, and one can see his need for the power and strength only God can provide in Jesus!  Yet in all of this, his purpose and goal in living was to bring others out of spiritual death thru the influence of God’s life-giving spirit in Jesus.

 

·         1 Corinthians 15:45 Thus it is written, ‘The first man Adam became a living being (an individual personality); the last Adam (Christ) became a life-giving Spirit restoring the dead to life.  Amplified Bible

 

Paul knew that he would need same type of the moral strength (dunamis) that Jesus had.  As a man, Paul knew that Jesus was unable to do anything unless he was given authority and direction from God.  In the spirit it was revealed to Paul the manner in which Jesus was able to draw upon strength from his Father, God.  Evidence for this is seen in all of his writings in the New Testament and Paul earnestly sought after a personal relationship with the MAN Christ Jesus, whom he described in his letter to Timothy as ‘the only mediator between God and men,’ (1 Timothy 2:5).

 

 

SELAH… TO BE CONTINUED IN PART TWO

 

 


 

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