"Can Two Walk Together Except They Be Agreed?"
Amos 3:3

Is it even possible to be in Agreement? We cannot walk with each other OR GOD, unless we be agreed.

Habakkuk 2:2  "And the LORD answered me and said: "Write the vision and make it plain upon tablets, that he may run that readeth it."


The Power of God in Life and Ministry in Agreement in His Covenants! The Power of non-agreement is Division, Failure and Destruction!

 

The Power of God in His Covenants and Covenant Promises

 

If things are not working well it is because we do not honor His Covenants (II Chronicles 7:14)

A House divided shall fall. "My house is a house of prayer."

 

The power of God in agreement, prayer, praise and thanksgiving!

A Manual of "How to bring love and unity (agreement) & His Covenant Promises!"

The problems in life happen because God's People have not understood His Covenant Provision!

 

Understand the Covenants, Honor them (His ways) & Situations will turn around! 

God Guarantees it! They are Covenants of Love so we can overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the words of our Testimony and get through life!

 

Do things His Way, He Tabernacles with us, Do things our way, we are left with ourselves and He leaves!

God gave us His ways in His love for us, to be blessed so we would be cared for. To go against Him or His ways, we receive the curses.

What we seek, we will find. What we seek is a result of a condition of the heart. What we focus on in life, we become, good or bad.


 

 

Index

Introduction: Gathering the body Globally through His Priesthood

                     The Covenants (Introduction) 

                     Covenant Consequences and Blessing

                     Covenant Conditionality & Number of Covenants

                     Importance of the Covenants

                                   God Remembers all of His covenants, Always!

                                   The Edenic Covenant & the Adamaic Covenants 

The Noahic Covenant

The Abrahamic Covenant

The Salt Covenant 

THE ARK of the Covenant

The Mosiac Covenant (The Law & why they were to be kept) 

The Priestly Covenant (part of the Mosaic Covenant)

The Tabernacle

                                              The Great Day of Atonement; the Scapegoat

                                              The Davidic Covenant (building the kingdom of God)

                                   The Tabernacle Today in the New Covenant (the Messianic Covenant) 

                                   God's Plan for ODB, the body Locally and Globally

                Conclusion: Putting it all Together

 

***Please note the following: In the following pages you will find the very keys to the kingdom of God and the power of God. The power of God can bring life or death depending on how the information is used. God is to be taken seriously and so should His power. What is written here if used properly by the body as one body in love and unity, with the five fold gift ministry for balance will bring life and the resolve to many problems on earth and the glory goes to God. If it is used by individuals, even though they are believers, often times the glory goes to man and instead of becoming closer to God, we get further away from Him and His will. Although we are to walk by faith in His power, we are to do so according to His will as we are led by His Spirit. We strongly suggest that you pray and seek God for His will as you read the following.

 

 

 

Introduction  Top  

 

Gathering the body Globally through His Priesthood

Being on the same page!

 

We believe that God is calling the body to work together globally to work as one body. In order to do this, first we have to understand the only way this can be done, is God's way. The question is, "What exactly is God's way?" Is it perhaps about teaching or preaching or is it something else? We do know that Jesus through His death, burial and resurrection gave us His anointing and ability to deal with all problems and needs on earth as long as we seek Him in prayer, love and unity in agreement in the body. Through Jesus' sacrifice all have the ability to enter the Holy of Holies and the very presence of God as only the high priests were able to in the OT. The new covenant is far better than the old covenant, but in order to fully understand the New Covenant it is important to understand that the New Covenant was built upon the Old Covenant and the Old Covenant is still applicable today and important that we understand some of the aspects of the Old Covenant so we do not work in error.

 

We know that in the OT only kings, prophets and priests could have the anointing of God. It was important in the OT and it is important today to use that anointing the way it was intended and under the direction of God. It was then and today not about having the power of God because that is available to all those that believe. Jesus said in Mark 11:23-24 that what we believe, say and do not doubt, will be, so it is not about having the power of God but walking with God and not misusing what we have been given, representing Him, His way to all people on earth. When we use the power of God in the wrong way or for the wrong reasons in the wrong way we often cause the problem and not the solution.

 

To understand some of the basics we need to understand that using God's power in the wrong way or invoking His power without His permission is witchcraft. All minor acts of witchcraft are about control and manipulation of people. Either we as His people seek Him and His will or we seek what we see, making us like gods, which is witchcraft. People that try to control or manipulate others are actually practicing minor forms of witchcraft whether they understand it or not. God is about freedom and freedom to choose. Often times people are led to God because of fear, and fear is manipulation. Salt and the salt covenant is the opposite of witchcraft. Salt exposes the motives because salt is pure. God is about love and giving people an opportunity to walk with Him and even make mistakes, but choosing to either follow Him or do our own thing. Doing things God's way is about reaching out in love and understanding and not beating people over the head, even though we may think it best for them to be beaten over the head with scripture at times. It is about walking with people and caring for people as God has cared for us. God does not criticize, but leads by love. He does not abandon even when we do dumb things and often times wrong things on purpose or by accident. 

 

God's way is not about judging, but about forgiveness and because of that love we want to be like Him and do the things that He does, not because of fear or other reasons, but out of love and respect. So one must ask why things have turned out the way they have? How did the church get so far off base? Is it possible for the church to get back on track?

 

To start with, to try and answer some of these questions, because if we cannot answer these questions then it is difficult to walk with others or even be in agreement to accomplish His will. We all know that Jesus paid a price for us. However, how we view salvation will depend on which direction we go. Today there are multiple versions of salvation. The basics are and we should all be in basic agreement with this is giving our lives to Him, but that also means our will, thoughts, how we think things should be done and seek Him for how He wants things done, much like the good bride. The good bride does not act on her behalf but the behalf of the groom when He is there or not. It is about surrendering our lives to Him and being submissive to His will, but with that we will also be submissive to each other. Christ is really Jesus the head and we are the body. So when we do accept Christ the head and body are one in the same.

 

Jesus through His sacrifice and our acceptance of Him bought us access and the ability to walk with God in the Holy of Holies or like Adam in the Garden of Eden. Adam could eat of any tree except the Tree of Knowledge of Good and evil for he was told that he would die if he did. Adam had all the blessing of God. Adam walked with God and so can we. We each can approach the throne boldly as Adam did. We can eat from the Tree of Life which is about walking with God because of what Jesus did. Jesus is our brother who if we allow Him will lead the way. As we eat from the Tree of Life we receive the fruits of the Spirit and the most important is love, love for God and all. We come to understand, that what we do to the very least of all on earth, we do to Him. So His way is to represent Him and His love and care for all. Sons are like the Fathers, always. 

 

While in the Garden we each have a choice to eat from one tree or the other. Many of us eat from the Tree of Knowledge. The Tree of Knowledge leads us to believe we can make better decisions about or in life. It gives us the power to make decisions instead of seeking God. You can tell the difference between people that have eaten from the Tree of Knowledge, as there is little or no love and with love comes understanding and forgiveness. Knowledge becomes power. Knowledge becomes everything learning different prayers invoking the power of God for a wide variety of things. Knowledge allows us to decide who we help or not as they may not be worthy of our help. Knowledge allows us to justify why we do not help others and allows us not to work as one body, justifying things the way they are instead of walking in the authority and the responsibility we have been given, as a royal priesthood.

 

So how do we get back on track? Is there any hope? Yes! That is the good news, but we as the body need to work in love and unity so His will can be done globally. It is going back to some of the basics as Jesus was the example and if we do what He did, we will get the same result. If we do other than what He did it is sin and we need to call it what it is. First we need to understand that Jesus believed that it was God that sent people to Him and as a Son He was to represent God's will and love to those God sent Him. Jesus gave all that He had for anyone that God sent Him. Jesus also spent a lot of time in prayer seeking God's will in what to do for those that God sent Him. He thought it rather enjoyable to spend time focused on the Father and talking with Him. One thing He did not do was spend much time building churches or buildings but worked to edify each one that God sent Him and willing to walk with each. He did do some preaching and teaching but mostly on the will of the Father. He said some amazing things such as " if you know me you know the Father that sent me." He also said that His mother and brothers were those that did the will of God. One other thing He did say was if you love me you will keep the commandments and His words.

 

So who is the word? We find in scripture that we are supposed to be the word, the salt of the earth, the light of the world and even the bread of life as we His people have been broken so that others may live. Now one must ask themselves whether this statement is true or not of even from God. If so then if that is not where we are then we need to look at why we are where we are and work to get in line with what we are supposed to be for there to be any hope. It is about self examination to see where we are in the scope of things. In that self examination it would be the hope at least we would be resolved to being repentant to get to where we are supposed to be seeking Him for help in how to get there. Jesus made it clear when He said "physician heal thyself." The truth is we cannot, only He can.

 

So what can we do about anything? We can each of us go in the direction we have been called to go. What we focus on we become. What we focus on increases in us. If we focus on problems, then problems increase. Should we focus on Him and our purpose, then He and our purpose in Him will increase. We focus on Him and our purpose, because we have gotten to a point in life that we fully understand that there is no good in us except Him and that the only hope we have of any eternity let alone any sanity here on earth is by focusing on Him and His way. If we love our families we will do it for them as much as ourselves because He is our only hope, but if we do not do it His way we invite problems, spiritual influences not of God and curses. 

 

We often when we lead people to Christ, well at least Jesus, tell people that God has a plan for them. It is a true statement as God does have a plan for each of us. However, I have found throughout my life most people spend more time planning their vacation than what God has called them to do. Sounds humorous and it is. We are all very dependant on Him and each other but most have not even understood that we are supposed to have a vision and have been called of God to do something or have sought Him for His plan for our lives let alone written it down anywhere. A plan and His vision are important to us. Scripture tells us that we are destroyed for lack of vision. From the vision we seek Him for His plan for us. It is what helps us move on in what we are called to do. Walking in His plan and walking with Him is really the fun stuff in life. In walking with Him through life we find joy and peace in life.  

 

This manual is about understanding the covenants, God's plan, authority and His provision, which have always two parts, both blessings and curses. I do suggest all who attempt to read this, pray and be open to His Spirit as He is the real teacher. At the end we each either lend ourselves to knowledge which will always bring death or life which allows us to walk with Him and be one with Him. I pray that each that read this will be blessed by God and that His Spirit be released on all. 

 

 The Covenants   Top

Introduction to the Covenants:

The Basics: What is a Covenant? A covenant is a binding agreement between two or more people and or in this case God and His people. Covenants by nature are not cancelable, however they can be upgraded as time goes on. An example of this is Jesus as He came to fulfill the law, which meant uphold the covenants and upgrade the covenants and make them more accessible to people being an example to the meaning of the original covenants in how they should work, but not do away with them. The final covenant that He brought was a blood covenant and all those that would give their lives to Him could enter covenant relationship with Him as a brother and enter the Holy of Holies, the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit, which only high priests in the Old Testament or covenant could enter, not just once a year, but through Jesus always be to have and audience with the Father daily. 

Some covenants are conditional based on the performance of an individual and some are based totally on God and not man or what man does or does not do. A covenant by nature is a working agreement between the parties. It is important for all believers to understand the basic nature of covenants their design and how we enter into them. A covenant is much like a partnership where two or more enter voluntarily. In the New Testament we find that we are to be co-workers, however it is important to know what we are co-workers in so we do not sway from the covenant or agreement. Habakkuk  2:2-4  "And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it." God does have a plan for us and we should seek Him for a vision, which can only be done in humility. We are told that we are destroyed for lack of vision. From that vision we are to write the vision down according to Habakkuk 2:2-4. This then becomes God's plan for the person and it also becomes a covenant with the person and God's will for the person which is sealed by the blood of the lamb, because we cannot enter into covenant with God unless we go through the Son. Once sealed in His blood it becomes permanent and binding as He paid the price of His life to honor that covenant. We do the same as we lay down our lives and our wills to Him, which is why Paul admonishes us to die to self daily. 

Covenants by nature are partnership relationships. What we in the NT lend ourselves to increases, good or bad. For example if we belong to a church that is going the wrong direction and we do nothing about it, we are agreeing with the church and enter into covenant relationship with them. If the church does the right things according to God then we receive His grace and blessing as we are a part of that church and represent that covenant relationship with others. If the church does the wrong things and we do nothing where people are hurt in some way or taken in the wrong direction we also share in the responsibility. In each of us, carrying His Spirit and His blood we bind or loose His Spirit in all things including loans and other things that we do not even think about because we are not just signing our names but in Jesus blood signing and binding Him to the agreement as well. The same thing happens when we give our word to someone, we are actually binding Jesus as well, which is why we should be cautious in swearing oaths of allegiance. A prime example of this occurred in WWII in Germany. Hitler could not get into power unless he signed covenant with the church as we are all ambassadors for Christ. Ambassadors having the power of God to bind God or loose God in heaven and earth.  

In the NT us as His people just being involved or not standing on truth or disagreeing with how things are done in government if the government is in error, allows the government to proceed in error and binds God, because we are His ambassadors and as such are supposed to represent His way and will to all. In the OT depicts covenants of this type between individuals such as David and Jonathan (1 Sam 18:3-4), between families such as Jacob and Laban (Gen 31:54), or between Job even makes a covenant with himself (31:1). The length of time covenants were binding varied, as stipulated in the agreement. The covenant of salt (Num 18:1 9) may intimate the permanent, non-decaying nature of a covenant as well. Long lasting covenants are always with God and others. That is what makes the covenant real and binding.

Covenant Consequences and Blessing Top

The consequences attached to the covenants, whether human or divine in origin, could be either positive or negative. Regardless of whether the covenant was motivated by friendship (as with Jonathan and David 1 Samuel 18), suspicion (as with Laban and Jacob Genesis 31), or God’s loving choice (as with Israel), fidelity to the covenant is its most fundamental anchor and constitutes the essence of it. Covenants were and are to be remembered and kept, and blessings awaited those who did. God’s covenants began with blessings, with even greater blessings to follow. His covenants were “front-loaded,” so to speak, with divine blessings, wholly undeserved and unmerited, and secured with promises of eternal fidelity. But they could also be rejected and broken, transgressed, and forsaken. And the gravity of failing to honor the stipulations could be severe. Violators of the divine covenant are promised the “curses of the covenant” (Deut 29:21) and divine “vengeance” (Lev 26:25). In the case of a covenant between individuals, walking between the pieces of the sacrifice (e.g., Gen 15:12-18) provided a visual threat of similar dismemberment should the covenant obligations go unmet—a consequence ultimately realized in Judah’s capture by Babylon (Jer 34:18-20). The self-malediction of Jonathan is similar (1 Sam 20 :13). 

This is an important issue to remember because covenants by their very nature become law especially in the New Testament where we, His people have been given the power of God to bind or loose the Spirit of God. We do so because we are Ambassadors for Christ having the power of heaven on earth to bind or loose. Today an ambassador does not mean the same as it did when scripture was written. Today it is much like a messenger of a particular government having little power, but when scripture was written an ambassador had the full authority to bind or loose the power of the government. His people (the body) have the power of God through Jesus blood, which makes everything we do or agree to a blood covenant bound by the very blood of Jesus. It is why when two or more are gathered in His name and touching or agreeing to anything it will be done, because we have the very power of God to bind the enemy or loose the enemy or the Spirit of God. When we give our word one to another, believer or not we bind heaven or loose the power of heaven even in our place of work. The enemy would lead us to believe otherwise, but scripture lets us know clearly our authority in Him and because of Him and because of who we are in Him.

Going back to the Edenic covenant God created everything with His words. We as His children have the power and authority through the blood of Jesus to do the same if we believe (Mark 11:23-24). It is the same with self fulfilled prophesy and why the enemy works to get us into situations where we will say things in error. We are any one of us either living epistles speaking His Words in us and life or we are part of the problem at the very least speaking what we say in error creating the problems. Each one of us chooses the words that we speak and we speak from our hearts and we all need to be focused on Him and His will in order for things to come out as God's will. Speaking the wrong things in error can bring the curse especially if we know what we are doing and know we speak in error. We can either build or destroy with our words. It is much like when we speak to our children. We speak words of life into them or we speak words of destruction. For example a parent that tells their children in anger they are worthless or dumb. Each word is like a seed that is cast on the soil that will grow a tree and can take root, which will always bear a fruit. In this case it will be a root of failure and bitterness, which can be more destructive than beating a child. Scars on the flesh can heal, but scars in the spirit can take a life time and affect generations to come. Each word we speak can become a covenant good or bad, which will either produce a fruit of love and unity or hurt, guilt and consequences. 

We all need to learn to speak in faith and not speak what we see. When Jesus spoke His speech where words that brought life and liberty. He understood each word spoken into someone could and would bring healing. He did not speak words of sickness. For example He did not say you are sick or you are a fool as that would have sealed their fate. He spoke words of life seeing the outcome and not the problem. We are to learn to represent Him as ambassadors, His ways to bring life because we are the light of the world and the salt of the earth

As mentioned when we make covenant with each other we bind or loose His Spirit. This could have far reaching blessing or consequences. When we give our word and do not keep it we sin against the other that is in the covenant, but because of His Spirit in us, we also are sinning against God. What we do to the least of these we do unto Him. It is true, good or bad. Perhaps if we all really understood this principle we might all be a little nicer to each other. Should we curse the fig tree as Jesus did, the fig tree will be cursed because of our position of authority and responsibility with God. He does not over ride us and what we say. Should we forgive sin, He forgives. Should we not forgive others then they are not forgiven, but we also need to understand that neither are we forgiven our own sin. Forgiveness is an important issue with God as we can see in the book of Job. Job had un-forgiveness in his heart. God not does not condemn, we do. If we confess our sin He is faithful and just to forgive us our sin and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. God forgives and forgets. Humans remember often and bring it up later, which is not forgiving. It is holding sin over the person binding them in the sin. We are to confess our faults one to the other so we may be healed. We all have priestly authority to forgive sin or judge them, but should we judge then we are judged. 

There are two schools of thought which may bring blessing or curses, depending on where we are in Him. One way when we seek God is to want His will done and the other way is based on what we think should be done. One way seeks a better relationship with Him and life, the other brings our way, putting our ways even above Him and His ways, making us gods. We are all admonished to pray in the Spirit in line with His will otherwise we can be praying in error. Praying in error can have and usually does have horrible long lasting consequences. How we pray will always depend on what kind of relationship with God and how much we actually have surrendered our lives to Him, either desiring His will or not. What we are here to do is learn to walk with God in His ways surrendering our lives and will to Him, for Him to be God of our lives. Jesus did pay the price so we can have access to God in the Holy of Holies much like Adam in the garden of Eden. But once in the garden we all choose to give up our will and desire to walk with Him and Him to be present with us or we eat from the tree of knowledge, which allows us to decide what is right or not, but will always lead to death. 

When scripture tells us to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved, it is saying trust in the Lord with all of your heart and lean not unto your own understanding. It is putting our lives in His hands and trusting Him that brings salvation. Satan believes, but does what Satan does as he does his own will manipulating the power of God to get what he desires. The great deception is believing that we have the power of God to do what we please.

Covenant Conditionality  Top

Conditionality was an integral aspect of every bilateral covenant, where it takes the agreement of the two human parties. Failure of one of the parties to carry out the specified conditions rendered the agreement null and void. A salt covenant made by two people may be an example of a bilateral covenant. Unilateral covenants, on the other hand, wherein the LORD is the creator of the covenant and is the sole party responsible to carry out its obligations, are unconditional, depending totally on His faithfulness for their fulfillment. Scripture gives five of these covenants: the Noahic, Abrahamic, Priestly (or Levitical), Davidic, and the New. It should be noted that the New Covenant is somewhat conditional as it is based on a person's acceptance of Christ, however the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus is an unconditional gift. Scripture has no evidence of any obligations required of the recipients of these five covenants. It should be noted, however, that this does not deny the possible need for consequent obedience. But it does establish the fact that obedience is not a contingency for its fulfillment. This is important to note that the covenant in theses cases as they were instituted by God and did not require the other party to do anything or even obey, but if they did not obey there were severe consequences for the disobedience. A prime example of this is found in Deuteronomy where there are blessing for doing what is required and curses for disobedience. There are simply blessing or curses for being a Jew. We find in the New Covenant or Testament that all covenants after that point are blood covenants based on the blood of Jesus. It is why we are not to swear oath or make guarantee as we bind Him and His name to all things if we are sons. Not living up to what we agree to is like giving up our salvation. We have been given all power and authority as the body to bind and loose all power in heaven and in earth.

Number of Covenants

Scripture records numerous covenants, the vast majority established between individuals or nations. Some of these covenants may be described as “of the LORD” or “of God” (1 Sam 20:8; Prov 2:17), although the LORD Himself is not one of the covenanting parties. The number of divinely initiated covenants is considerably less. Historically, premillennialists have placed five or six covenants in this category—Noahic, Abrahamic, Mosaic, Priestly, Davidic, and New. Classic Reformed theology, on the other hand, generally concludes that there is essentially one overarching covenant in Scripture— the “covenant of grace.” The covenant of Grace may or may not be a valid covenant but it is a teaching and a generally accepted practice in Christianity today as many practices are whether they are scriptural or not. Some of these practices come more from a long line of tradition instead of godly practice of a covenant instituted by God. Marriage should be considered one of those covenants instituted by God as permanent and binding with few exceptions. One argument in the church today is whether OT covenants are still binding. We do know that Jesus for example came to fulfill the law but not abolish it. A more literal definition in this case of fulfill is to uphold and extend the blessing or curses for all those who believe in and accept Jesus as Lord. 

Importance of the Covenants  Top

Covenants are unmistakably important even today and equally important is to understand the covenants. One modern teaching is that Jesus came to begin a new covenant, but that is a teaching in error as that would actually work against God and His ways. Jesus spoke many things out of the OT not to replace it but uphold it. It is why many Christians today do not understand the covenants of the OT and focus for the most part on the NT, however it should be noted that the New Covenant could not actually start until after Jesus, death, burial, resurrection and when He ascended to heaven. Most of the New Covenant actually starts in Acts chapter two where we find the people are filled with the Holy Ghost being living epistles, which is the intent of the New Covenant. It is the new wine. 

It is important to understand that what Jesus died for was to allow all people to be grafted in as God's people because of their acceptance of Jesus and His sacrifice. Only in the OT could kings, prophets or priests receive the anointing of God, but in the New all can receive if they first give their life to Christ and accept Him and His ways, and secondly believe and receive. Jesus made it possible for all to commune with God, which is why the New Covenant is described as a better covenant, however with that New Covenant we are also supposed to give our lives up, which is why we are to die to self daily. As a son, to enact our part of the covenant we are to give up our will for the will of the Father and no longer retain our own will. From that point on we fall either in the blessings of His people or the curses because we refuse His ways. 

It is because of the Grace Doctrine that has been taught throughout the years that teaches that the Old Covenants are no longer valid because we live by grace and actually we are to live by faith and keep His covenants. What makes the covenant valid in our own lives is the circumcision of heart. For those with a changed heart He gives us His heart or His Spirit and writes the law on our hearts. 

The reason the covenants are important in part is, that it gives believers today roots that date back, not just to Jesus, but back to the beginning of time itself. John tells us that in the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. In the New Covenant as a recipient of that covenant our roots then because of Him go back to the beginning as we are to become the Word and the Word pre-dates the covenants. In the Mosaic Covenant, God revealed His holiness and the heinousness of sin. The daily sacrifices provided a constant reminder of the need for the shedding of blood for the remission of sin, for the propitiating of God’s wrath. There are two important deaths in the NC. The first is Jesus as He did pay the price for us to have entrance, but the second is our own death in giving up our lives to Him, if we have truly given our lives to Him. If so we are dead with Him and resurrected with Him and already sitting at the right hand of the Father according to Ephesians. Our promise in this if we are led by His Spirit that we become sons of God, which was not possible in the older covenants, but with this comes a greater responsibility for all that happens around us. It is therefore important to pay careful attention to the covenants as they will bear an overwhelming abundance of fruitfulness. 

 

God Remembers all of His covenants, Always!  Top

"I will Remember My Covenant."

Genesis  9:15 And I will remember My covenant which is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh, and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh.
Ezekiel 16:60 Nevertheless I will remember My covenant with thee in the days of thy youth, and I will establish unto thee an everlasting covenant.

Galatians 3:29 "If ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to promise." 

The Old Covenants with Man and how it all started:

God's desire was from the beginning and even today is that His people would walk with Him and commune with Him daily. In the book of Genesis we find the account of creation where man was created in God's image. This really is God's first desire and covenant with man, to walk with him and for him to walk with God. We know that God is a Spirit and if we are to worship Him we must do so in Spirit and truth. From that scripture we know that it was Adams spirit that was created in God's image and not his flesh as Adam's flesh was created from the dirt. Adam walked with God as an equal with God, not because of Adam, but because of God in the garden of Eden. Adam was told he could eat from any tree except including the Tree of Life, but was told that if he ate from the Tree of Knowledge of good and evil he would die. The death at that point was a spiritual death but it was also a physical death as Adam would sooner or later die. Had Adam not sinned perhaps he would have lived forever. Any one of us including Adam are not able to truly determine what is good or evil. Today we live in a time period where man calls good things evil and evil things good. Eating from the tree allows one to make their own decisions based on what they believe to be true. Mind you believing something to be true is different from knowing what is true and only God knows all things and what is Truth. 

Often times man makes decisions based on his belief that things are true only to find out that he was in error to begin with at a later time. The first error is not seeking God and knowing His will and the second error is making decisions on our own which is a recipe for disaster, ALWAYS. We all make decisions based on our senses, feel, touch, smell, hear and what we see, however what we see can be easily distorted. To demonstrate this all we have to do is look at the magician to know this is true, as the magician works out of illusion deceiving our senses.  

The only way out is to trust God and ask His will to be done and then move based on His will and us praying for His will in His Spirit because the flesh is easily deceived. Even our prayers as we have been given His anointing may be in horrible error if we do not understand His will. Fortunately there is grace, however He does want us to grow and become mature in Him so we will seek His will and then pray. Prayer always brings increase and can change direction. Prayer sets things in motion, good or bad depending on how we pray and if we pray though His Spirit or our mind, often times not in His will and there can be very bad consequences for not praying His will. Jesus is our example, He had no will of His own except the will of the Father, so when He prayed He was not working against the Father, but working with the Father to the outcome that God wanted. When any of us work out of our senses or the flesh we work in iniquity, which is like a blind spot that we all have. The only way to work with God is His Spirit, if we understanding His will, so His will can be done through each of His people on earth as it is in heaven. 

The Edenic Covenant & the Adamaic Covenants (understanding the plan)  Top

The Edenic Covenant is recorded in Genesis 2:15-17 describes the First Covenant Yahweh or God made with Adam and outlined the responsibilities that Adam had to God. Relationships even with Adam should not be assumed but built otherwise it does become religion. Building relationship or covenant is about love one for the other, desiring what is best for the other above themselves. It makes each a servant to the other, to support and lift up each other as do with all relationships and all real relationships are about equality and not selfishness, walking with each other, caring for each other in love, putting the other before themselves.  All of God's Covenant's require love between those in covenant and always with God in the middle of things as He is the one who does the yoking one with the other by His Spirit, but there are responsibilities of both or all parties and provides certain guarantees.  Covenants are recorded in the Great White Throne Room in Heaven, where they are witnessed by the Angels of Light and by Satan and his Angels of Darkness (Job 1:6; Rev.4:2-11). 

Adam was:

The Fall from Grace: Everyone seems to know for the most part the story of Adam and Eve and the fall from grace, however many do not know why there was the fall from grace and what was intended originally with Adam. We do know that Eve was created not from the dirt as Adam was, but a rib was taken from Adam and placed in Eve. Scripture tells us that man was created for God and woman for man. We do not know, however how long Adam walked with God before Eve was put into place. One might ask why it is important to understand some of this?

To start with God walked with Adam as a servant to Adam. We do know from Scripture that God is a servant to even the servant, so by design He serves all, always trying to lead people to have a closer relationship with Him so He can take care of them, much like the shepherd cares for the flock, caring for there every need if they do not wander off to far. It is an example of God's love that we see in the Good Shepherd. Adam responsibility to both God and Eve was to serve as Adam should have learned by God's example to Adam. If you think about it, if we are cared for in love then we probably won't be listening to serpents that are telling us how to get things done. At least that is the hope. All of us need love and care and if truly loved we will be less likely to wander from the flock. If we understand that we will understand that we are here to serve one another in love and care as God did for Adam, which will always lead to better relationships with God but also with each other and will always build family or community.  However if we do not want to be responsible for others and only desire to give people rules to live by then probably like Eve they will not listen too well. Yes it was wrong for Eve to do what she did, no doubt, but scripture tells us that the husband is the head over the wife, which means man was called to lead by love and service, which is more difficult than just telling people what to do.  

People fall into deception because their needs are often not cared for. We are all sort of a needy bunch and we all need love and attention or any of us are likely to wander off and get into trouble as Eve did. It should be understood that they were not kicked out of the Garden of Eden until after Adam ate of the fruit and after talking with God and after Adam blamed Eve and did not take responsibility for what he did. Adam instead of admitting to what he did took an easy way out and blamed Eve. He also did not trust God enough after walking with God in knowing God enough to go to God when Eve first ate of the fruit. Adam chose Eve instead of God, which was a bigger problem as it put Eve over God in Adam's eyes. 

There are many valuable lessons in all of this. The first is that we are to walk with God and understand Him, His ways and His love so we can do exactly as He did with us, with those He has put in our path or given us to care for. We are to represent God's will not be teaching but by love to all and either we have walked with Him enough to understand His love for us or we have not. God is about love more than rules. Rules do not make people follow, but love conquers all. Basic lesson is that we are to represent His way of love for all those He gives us to care for. We may not know what to do with them or for them, but it is by design so we will seek Him and represent Him as Adam was supposed to do. One thing we all should be looking at is if we are listening to God instead of Satan in greed. The root greed is about manipulation promising something we cannot deliver as Satan did with both Adam and Eve. Satan does work to trick us into believing many things, but it is so he can stand before God and accuse us (Job 1:6-11, 2:1-3; 1Pet.5:8-9). 

As a result of the breaking of the original covenant, Satan became the god of this world (2Cor.4:4), because Adam chose to listen to Satan instead of God. It should be understood that the world is the world system of doing things in a monetary sense and having governments and people over one another instead of being a servant to one another. All of God's covenants all have either blessings or curses depending on how His people that have been called and chosen by Him respond to His ways. The curse of Sin was broken by Jesus death, burial and resurrection if learn to walk with God as Adam did in His ways in love for one another and we do not get caught up in the aspects of the world in Satan's dominion. The body (whereby Jesus is the head), working as one in agreement has the ability to stop the works of the devil if we walk in faith and love. All of us either walk in blessing or curses depending on who we are following and listening to. Adam as we know was given dominion over all things of the earth and the body through Jesus has been given authority over all but only if we walk with Him and each other in His ways in agreement.

A valuable lesson of Cain & Abel: As we all know Adam and Eve had two children, which were Cain and Abel. God demanded a particular sacrifice from each, which was a sacrificed lamb. We also know from Scripture that Abel was faithful to God and gave God the sacrifice that He required, while Cain gave a sacrifice of what he thought he should give, which turns out to be the fruits of his labor. The lesson in all of this is God wants us all to keep His commandments and honor His covenants the way He wants and not the way we necessarily want. Just as in Abel case it is difficult to often do what God wants and the way He wants, but after all He is God. The cost as we know from scripture is that it cost Abel's life to things the way God wanted. In some of the following people that either did things God's way or did things their own way. Doing things God's ways will bring salvation and blessings. Doing things our own way, even though it sounds like the right things to do will always be sin and always cause death, although it did cost Abel's life to do things God's way. One lesson we all should consider, the more anointed, the more responsible and accountable we all become to God for doing things God's way.

The Noahic Covenant: THE ARK God's Provision for safety  Top

Genesis 6:18; 9:8-17

The Setting: The Noahic Covenant comes within the context of the great flood. It is recorded that “the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and  that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” (Gen 6:5), making Him “sorry He had made man” and grieving Him in His heart (Gen 6:6). As a result, “the Lord said, ‘I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, from man to animals to creeping things and to birds of the sky” (Gen 6:7).  But, in contrast to the rest of mankind, it notes that “Noah found grace  in the eyes of the Lord” (Gen 6:8), and as a result, God instructed him to build an ark by means of which he, his family, and all those that entered, which included “two of every living thing” would be spared. Significant aspects of God’s original creation of earth were reversed by the great flood. What we can ascertain by the scripture is God in His wisdom first wants and desires man to do things His way instead of our own. Should we do things His way, He provides and takes care of us. Should we not listen and not be willing to at least seek Him and try to understand His way then we sort of become gods and do our own thing, which will always bring utter destruction and separation from God. Yet through the flood, we can see that if we do follow Him and His precepts He provides an escape and safety. The nature of this covenant is revealed in three passages of the Genesis account: 6:17-22; 8:20-22; and 9:8-17. This is not to suggest that there is more than one covenant. 

The text (Gen 9:9) is literally rendered, “And I, behold I am utterly establishing My covenant with you,"  leaving no doubt as to its author. The great flood came because of disobedience and wickedness of people by the hand of God (Gen 6:17); and assures Noah and his family that He would also provide protection under the Shadow of the Almighty. God’s authorization is reasserted five times throughout the covenant (Gen 9:12, 13, 15, 16, 17). Walking, not just believing in His covenants provide a way for man to be cared for, provided for and led to a safe place if man follows. As with all covenants there are the blessings of the covenant but also consequences for not keeping the covenant. In the Old Testament we find the sacrifice of the lamb for the forgiveness of sin, because the cost of breaking covenant with God is the cost is and was a life. We do know that Jesus paid the price for us, but part of that covenant is to be the good bride, die to self, seek Him and represent His will and ways to all. 

The Ark also was prophetic as it told of God's provision in the Ark of the Covenant and the Temple of the Holy Spirit in the New Testament for all those that entered covenant with God through the Son. Part of the scripture in dealing with the Ark was to include instruction on how to build the Ark, just as Moses was given instruction by God on how to build the Tabernacle and Paul in the New Testament in Ephesians in how to build and edify all parts of the body through God's ministry on earth. 

Initially the covenant was established with Noah and his family (Gen 9:9). Obviously, since only Noah’s immediate family was preserved through the flood, this covenant extended to all mankind who would subsequently populate the earth. But then God enlarged the list to include “every living creature that is with you, the birds, the cattle, and every beast of the earth with you; of all that comes out of the ark, even every beast of the earth” (Gen 9:10). The promise by God in v. 11: “and all flesh shall never again be cut off by the water of the flood.” God's promise was to never curse the earth again. This led to next part of the covenant in circumcision, which was also called a “sign of the covenant” (Gen 17 :11). The institution of the Sabbath is also so intimated (Ezek 20:12, 20). 

The Noahic Covenant is the first real covenant referenced in Scripture. Its first mention is in Gen 6:18 where God reveals to Noah His intention to destroy the whole earth. It should be noted here that God also told Jonah that destruction would come to Nineveh also because of their wickedness and in the Book of Revelation we see the end in total and complete destruction. It is important to understand part of God's Covenant with man in general is to know that God always sends His true prophets in advance to warn the people the destruction is coming. The people around Noah had years to choose to go into the Ark before God closed the door. Nineveh was warned by Jonah and as a result Nineveh repented and turned to God and was not destroyed for another 120 years when they went back to their old ways and wickedness. A final note is the Book of Revelation as we all know that it is all coming to and end sooner or later, but the condition put on the great tribulation even beginning is that His people's hearts wax cold (Rev 3:15-15). Not only towards God but others as well. The solution to this of course is for His people to be Hot for God, His ways and His covenants.  

As a sign of the covenant, God placed a rainbow in the cloud (Gen 9:13, 14, 16, 17). As with other covenant signs, this too was a repeatable evidence of God’s promise to Noah. The sign although beautiful, contains an element of the judgment that had been passed and a reminder for the future of the destruction if we forget. While circumcision (Gen 17:11) and the Sabbath (Exodus 31:13-17; Ezek 20:12, 20), as signs of a covenant, were intended to remind man of God’s covenant requirements, this sign is said to be for the purpose of reminding God (Gen 9:15, 16). The use of the rainbow as a sign of the promise that the earth would not again be destroyed by a global flood; however it is important to know and remember the global flood as there are still local floods on occasion. However, we are warned in scripture that sooner or later the earth will be destroyed by fire (2 Pet 3:10-11; Rev 21:1). It should be considered that natural disasters are a sign of the times announcing the end, however with this is the promise that the body has the power of God to hold off the end if we become or stay hot for God (Rev 3:15-16) and His ways, covenants and move as Christ, one body, with Jesus as the head. 

One other thing that came out of the Noahic Covenant at the end was seeing the dove letting the occupants of the Ark know that there was dry land nearby. This of course as we know is a sign of the Holy Spirit and that we in the New Testament are to follow the Holy Spirit if we understand His ways. 

The Abrahamic Covenant: His people to represent God's ways to all   Top

Hebrews 11:6-22

6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him. For he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
7 By faith Noah, being warned by God of things not yet seen, moved with fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his house, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.
8 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should later receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.
9 By faith he sojourned in the land of promise as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise.
10 For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.
11 Through faith also Sarah herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past the age, because she judged Him faithful who had promised.
12 Therefore there sprang even from one, and him as good as dead, as many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and innumerable as the sand which is by the seashore.
13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded by them and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
14 For those who say such things declare plainly that they are seeking a fatherland.
15 And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.
16 But now they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He hath prepared for them a City.
17 By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac; and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son,
18 of whom it was said, "In Isaac shall thy seed be called,"
19 accounting that God was able to raise him up even from the dead, from whence he also received him, in a figurative sense.
20 By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come.
21 By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed both the sons of Joseph and worshiped, leaning upon the top of his staff.
22 By faith Joseph, when he was dying, made mention of the departing of the children of Israel, and gave commandment concerning his bones.

The account of Abraham can be found from Genesis chapters 11-25. There are two main points in Abraham's life. The first is the promise made to Abraham that he would be the father of many nations. In fact he was the father of two great nations, one through Isaac and one through Ishmael. Abraham as we know is the father of  the Hebrew nation or God's chosen people who are called to demonstrate God's ways to all on earth and the second is through Ishmael, where the Arabians trace their roots to.  It is important to note that the promise of the land (Gen.15:18) was passed to Isaac, which is what is at the root of the controversy in the Middle East. Ishmael was the first born of Abraham, but not with Abraham's wife Sarah. Sarah is the mother of Isaac and in the Hebrew tradition it is not the father that determines the heritage of the child but the mother. Today as we all know there is much controversy over the land in the Middle East between Arabs and Jews, because of Isaac and Ishmael. 

For the purpose of this study two things are important. The first is God's covenant with Abraham and God's faithfulness to Abraham even though Abraham would be considered somewhat of a rogue. Although Abraham was a sinner as scripture points out, God was faithful. That is an important thing to note, God proves Himself to man, but He expects man to walk by faith based on His promise or covenants, sooner or later as we see in Abraham's case, Abraham was called by God to offer Isaac as a sacrifice. One can make a good case that God did the same with Jesus and be assured it was difficult for God to do so. So the first point about God's Covenants is that God regardless of what we do, stands by His Words to people. We do know that sometimes God does put conditions on promises, but in this case His promise stood with Abraham. Abraham although was a sinner he did have a love and respect for God. 

With all of God's Covenant's there are blessings and curses. Blessings for observing His Covenants and curses if His ways are not observed. Abraham was chosen by God to be the father of Israel and Israel defined literally is God's people as Jews are Israelites, which are a Covenant people with God. Those that bless Jews are blessed by God. Those that curse the Jews are cursed by God still to this day because God does remember His Covenants, always. Abraham did start two nations with two sons, the first illegitimate son, Ishmael (meaning one who God hears Gen.17:20, but also a wild man whose hand will be against every man. Gen. 16:12 ) from Hagar who was an Egyptian and handmaiden of Sarah (meaning mother of nations, Gen. 17:16), Abraham's wife. Isaac as we know was the son of Abraham and Sarah, chosen of God to start the blood line of the Hebrews. The Hebrews or Jews are God's people called and chosen of God to demonstrate the will of God to all people on earth.

To this day God's people are still Jews. Jesus as we know came from Mary a Jew, but also from God. Today because of Jesus we can be re-born through the blood of Jesus, which is more precious than the blood of earthly parents. This makes us not only God's children because of the Father through the Son, but also through Mary the mother of Jesus. We are not only grafted in as Jews but are also called to be a royal priesthood to receive His anointing, which was reserved in the Old Testament to only kings, prophets and priests. This is due to the death of Jesus and the ripping of the veil in the Holy of Holies giving access to all in the Holy of Holies once reserved only for high priests and they could only enter once a year, but now all can approach the throne of Grace with boldness if we have died to self and given our lives to Him.

By faith standing on God's promise all the greats in the Old Testament according to Hebrews 11 obtained favor with God and His Covenants with man. Today by faith we have secured our place with Him and in Him, who is already seated at the right hand of the Father, Christ and we are His body and He has already put everything under His footstool. Ephesians 1-2. It should be noted that because of Jesus' death, burial and resurrection and our acceptance of Him we have the ability to become sons, even those that believe on His name, John 1:12. Without Jesus we were in the world and of the world and Satan is the god of this world. Through Jesus we have the ability to see the truth and the truth can set us free, if we walk in the truth and the light that we have been given by faith. Jesus because of what He did brought things back to the place of grace where Adam was before sin. Like Adam we all either eat from the Tree of Life or we eat from the Tree of Knowledge of good and evil. We all make a choice to either walk with God daily in the kingdom of God, having no will of our own except the will of the Father as Jesus did or we eat from the Tree of Knowledge which allows us to make our own choices in life, trusting our senses or flesh walking by sight instead of walking by faith with God as sons, being led by His Spirit. How does one know if they have eaten from the correct tree? 1Jo 4:12 No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and His love is perfected in us. What we do to each other, even the very least, we do to Him.

Genesis 12:1-3

1 Now the LORD had said unto Abram, "Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will show thee.
2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing.
3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee; and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed."

The Tribes of Israel; How they started

Gen 29:31-35, 30:1-24

Abraham, Isaac and Jacob

Since the fall of Adam, men walked in sin and in iniquity, our heritage promises that we would need a Savior to redeem us from our sins. The birthing forth of the tribes came at a time when deception seemed to be the way of life. Abraham had three sons; the first born was Ishmael from Hagar the Egyptian, which was Sarah's handmaiden (Gen. 25:12) and from Ishmael came twelve princes (Gen. 25:16) and the beginning the Muslim religion. From Abraham and Sarah, Abraham's wife came Isaac. From Isaac and Rebekah came Esau and Jacob. Jacob deceived Esau and stole Esau's Birthright. From that Jacob feel under a curse from then on. Esau having murder in his heart at having his birthright stolen, wanted to kill Jacob, so Jacob fled. It was there Jacob went to his uncle Laban’s. He worked 7 years for Rachel, but was given Leah on his wedding night, as there was a switch he awoke to find Leah as his wife. Again he would have to work another 7 years, till he received the second wife, Rachel. This is where the twelve sons were born and the tribes started.

“When the Lord saw that Leah was hated, He opened her womb: but Rachel was barren. And Leah conceived, and bare a son, and she called his name Reuben; for she said, Surely the Lord hath looked upon my affliction; now therefore my husband will love me. And Leah conceived again, and bare a son; and said, Because the Lord hath heard that I was hated, he hath therefore given me this son also; and she called his name Simeon. And she conceived again and bare a son; and said, Now this time will my husband be joined unto me, because I have born him three sons; therefore was his name called Levi. And she conceived again, and bare a son; and she said, Now will I praise the Lord; therefore she called his name Judah; and left bearing.” Gen. 29:31-35

The first four sons, were born of the unlovely one, but out of the tribe of Judah would come the Messiah. This is where praise would be life to those who know Him and live for Him. In the outer court in the east gate was the Way, this is where all would enter to perform the sacrifices and would be given atonement for their sins. Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life.

Characteristics of the Tribes

The priests ate of the twelve loaves in part so they could minister to the tribes. Each loaf was to be broken for Him and so they would serve God and His ways and each other. The problem was that most were not very broken. God does not force anyone to walk with Him or dwell with Him. Then and now, it is a choice. A free will and a condition of the heart. In the New Covenant there is one loaf as represented in the Lord's Table. "My body is broken for you." Today the ones that are broken strive to get along for His will to be accomplished on earth as it is in heaven. It is what makes any of us sons desiring and doing something about His will more than our own. Understanding the characteristics of each of the twelve tribes helps ministers and believers how to deal with others, why they do what they do or can do certain things, do not seem to be able to do other things and where believers are at spiritually. Ministers should be balanced understanding how to deal with the different tribe personalities to bring them all to the one loaf in the New Covenant taking believers, understanding where they come from and there personalities, from one point to the next as we seek God. Although, we the body are to reach everyone in our work places, churches, schools, and communities it is important to understand what people are capable of doing or not. 

As we know the tribes did not get along to well together. There was then like today in the church many splits and division. Each tribe had their own will and personality much like each church today. Each tribe catered to there own personality group. They attracted personalities that were like themselves much like again the church today. Often today believers go to a church because that is where they are comfortable. How we become one loaf or the body is through Jesus, however in believing by itself, we become much like one of the tribe members. How we become one loaf or one body is by being broken giving up our will for His will desiring to be like Him more than ourselves. After all when we go out everyday into the world people either see Him or they see us. If they see more of us than Him, then we are not as broken and as much of the loaf as we may think or believe. The more broken, the more like Him, the less broken the more of us there is. It is our choice to either seek Him to want to be like Him or choose not to seek Him. In life who we associate with we become like. If we hang with bad, we become bad. If we choose to seek Him and hang with Him, sooner or later we will become like Him, but either way it is because of the circumcision of the heart or lack of it. In Jesus we have His fire to burn away self and it is obvious who is of self or of Him and fire.

The first step is to understand who we are speaking to so we can communicate more effectively so we can pass His ways to the different personalities, but also take them to the next step of being able to work with each other to accomplish His will by walking together in agreement. Jesus sent the disciples out in twos so they could understand each other but also support each other. Then it becomes the task of prayer and interceding for each so they can become one loaf in the process so believers can work together in love and unity in His will in the community. The focus is always establishing the kingdom of God here on earth with His priests in taking each step we take, claiming it as His kingdom and take back that which Satan has stolen. We are to claim each step that we step as His kingdom, Israel and set angels in place to guard His property. His royal priesthood is called to take the land, but also demonstrate God's ways to all. With His ways also comes His blessing and provision to deal with all problems, obstacles and needs on earth. We do these things with our speech in how we speak (Mark 11: 23-24) because what we believe, speak and do not doubt, especially if we are in agreement and touching any thing it will be done.

It is always important as His royal priesthood to be seeking His presence and His will so we do not work in the flesh but by His Spirit. He is the only one that is able to see from the very beginning to the end and to know what is best. It is why we need to be led by His Spirit in agreement so His will can be done instead of what we as individuals might set in motion on our own. It is not just about having the power of God in His anointing, it is about using the power of God and His anointing the way He wants it used. What does bring the balance is in agreement in the five fold gift ministry so there will be balance and they are called and placed by God if they work in unity to demonstrate His will and ways so each in the body grows to maturity and stays in balance, understanding and walking as one body in His will. We all have the ability to be a part of the problem or solution. We any of us can become the problem if the ministry or fruit we produce is not balanced. Then the work can become lop sided edifying self instead of the whole body. It is one big reason why many are hurt in the church today, because often they are left behind and not edified. They do not have the ability to be someone else. They can after all be only what they are. If the ministry is balanced then so will the people be. For example; if the focus of the ministry is to just teach and or preach then only the fruit of teaching and preaching will be produced. In other words we all learn by example.

The Salt Covenant (Covenant Relationship with each other and God)

"…all offerings must be seasoned with salt…"- Numbers 18:19

Today when we think of salt it is different from how people thought of salt in the Old Testament and even the New Testament. Today we go to the grocery store to purchase salt and it is fairly inexpensive, but in the OT Salt was worth more than money. Salt was highly prized for several reasons including bringing flavor to food and it was used as a preservative, but also purifies and even with some salt used in healing. It is important that although good covenants can lift one another bad one can do some damage if God is not doing the sealing of the Covenant. We all have the power to loose or bind His Spirit, covenant therefore with the wrong people can be harmful, so a great amount of caution and wisdom is required when entering into salt covenant one with the other. Most covenants are from God and His people, but the salt Covenant in the Old Testament was with two or more men. What changes things in the New Testament is that if we carry His Spirit and enter covenant with those not of His Spirit then the covenant is not godly, cause harm and bind God and His will. 

Salt is and was an important ingredient of life in the Old Testament according to Leviticus 2:13; Numbers 18:19, where it becomes part of Yahweh's or God's  Covenant with His people and was directed to be part of all the grain offerings in the Temple, which symbolizes the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit in the Old Testament and the body in the New Testament. Salt because of its nature has the ability to drive off demons if we understand the Salt Covenant that we have with each other and God. Salt is not used by witches and is not served in the witches sabot, which is the root word for sabotage today. It is not the salt that is powerful but the Salt Covenant that God has with man if man walks in His precepts and ways. 

To enter into Salt Covenant with another as salt had a great deal of value both Spiritually and monetarily, men carried salt with them in a pouch and used it as money often. To enter into Salt Covenant with another was to pour the salt on a table or surface and the other in the covenant would do the same on top of the others salt and would mix the two's salt together. The point of the covenant was that you could not separate one persons salt from the other. They then often broke bread and dipped the bread in the salt and shared the bread symbolizing the bond that had been created between the two. It is important to note that the bread was unleavened, because if there is, but a little leaving it spoils the whole loaf and the covenant.  In looking first to the Old Testament we can see in the Tabernacle that there were twelve loaves of bread, one loaf representing each one of the twelve tribes and the bread was broken and the priests ate of the bread. In the New Testament we see that in the Lord's table, "My body is broken for you." We are the body the priests if we have been broken so we can love one another in covenant relationship with God and man. The covenant was a life time commitment of equality, transparency, holding nothing back from the other and that one would be there for the other at moments notice. It meant that they would be brothers to walk together in life being as one blood in agreement, in the good or the bad as their salt could not be separated. It also meant that they were equal one with the other. 

At the end they divided the salt and both took equal amounts of the salt and put it in their pouch. Mind you the covenant could only be made by two of God's people and it was not a thing of the flesh but a spiritual covenant not only with each other but with God, much like a marriage covenant between married people as they become one with each other in spirit. In either the marriage covenant or the salt covenant it is important those in the covenant are equally yoked or neither is likely to be in agreement. The only way people can really be in agreement on anything is because of the Spirit of God. God is the one who makes the bonds of God with man and each other. Covenants are about relationships with God and each other and representing His will one to the other. 

Today in the church we tend to go more for preaching and teaching and building buildings instead of walking in covenant relationship with Him or each other. II Samuel 7:5-7  "Go and tell My servant David, ‘Thus saith the LORD: Shalt thou build Me a house for Me to dwell in?  For I have not dwelt in any house since the time that I brought up the children of Israel out of Egypt even to this day, but have walked in a tent and in a tabernacle.  In all the places wherein I have walked with all the children of Israel, spoke I a word with any of the tribes of Israel, whom I commanded to feed My people Israel, saying, "Why build ye not Me a house of cedar?"’ What is being said here is that God is saying to David that He does not dwell in building but He dwells in the hearts of men if we desire to walk with Him and His ways or covenants. Man's ways are to build buildings, God's way is to build people. We find in Ephesians that the five fold gift ministry was created and designed by God to edify or build the body and each member. Jesus said that His house was a house of prayer. In prayer we are not really to seek stuff but to seek Him and desire to walk with Him. He knows that we have needs. Simply put the more time we spend seeking Him and walking with Him the less preaching and teaching there will be or will be needed and the more we will become like Him, but also understand the more we become like Him the more we will love others including our neighbor. It is the only way to love Him and each other, by walking with Him so He will dwell with us and we with Him.

If we are to be Godly and do what God desired and to have His heart, we also need to understand that God's greatest desire is to walk with each one of us in life. God is not about teaching and preaching but about love and unity and caring for Him and each other. God created man in His own image and with His own will so man could or would choose to walk with God. We should want to walk with God out of love, but being that God is everything it is also for provision and safety. When relationships or covenants are formed in marriage or salt around God these covenants are all as eternal as God is. The only way anyone of us is able to walk with each other or Him in agreement is because of Him if we are focused on Him. 

When the marriage covenant is reduced to just the flesh and is not a spiritual union then anyone can bring the two together and the marriage either will not last or they will never be in agreement or love. With God's way one ordained of God can represent God and seal the union in the Spirit between the two and they become one flesh. The Salt Covenant is much the same in that the two become one in Him and because they are in Him they can walk with each other in life. The Salt Covenant should be how the body is with each member of the body, not just with Him and us as individuals but with Him and each of us so we all can walk together and be in agreement in love and unity, which is not about teaching and preaching or building buildings but about walking with each other, caring for each other and each others needs. Can one deny himself or herself food or love? No, of course not and if we are one with the other neither should we. 

In scripture we are to be the salt of the earth (Mat.5:13) bringing two things, flavor (Job 6:6),  but also the Divine as salt was a symbol of purity in God's power and Holiness  (Ezk.16:4) and (Mark 9:50), not willing to accept false anything, but only stand love and unity in Truth. Salt represents Truth and while we as flesh cannot live without salt, neither can the Spirit in us live without Truth. Deprivation of either salt or Truth and people go insane. Salt is essential for the brain to function properly. To break Salt Covenant with each other as they were both God's people was to no longer desire truth or unity with the other or God. We look at the marriage covenant and although in the New Testament there are possible reasons for divorce, but it is not God's will. God's will is to forgive and for both to be closer to Him. 

Salt can be dissolved in water, but the salt still remains, much like a true believer can be in the world yet not of the world in how the world operates (Jam.6:13). In addition salt when exposed to extreme heat does not stop being salt as the real believer will not loose its flavor if subject to the fires of life (Mat.5:13; Mar.9:49-50; Luk.14:34). It should also be noted that salt was created by extreme pressure in the earth and so are true believers as they are put into the fires of life often so they can grow and become stronger and we will survive if we stand in Truth, love and unity. What we do to each other in the covenant we do to Him, good or bad and all people that are in Salt Covenant are VERY dependent on each other and God to even get through the fires of life. 

 

THE ARK of the Covenant- GOD'S PRESENCE in the Tabernacle (dwelling place of the Holy Spirit)   Top 


The Mosaic Law - One of the concepts that has been taught throughout the years is that Moses was handed down the law from the mountain by God directly. Normally when we think of Law we think of legalistic way of rule being one or the Law being over all, mainly because of what has happened in history. For example, it all started with the concept of love God and love thy neighbor as thyself. Then it went to the ten laws or commandments and when Jesus arrived on the scene man had increased the number of laws to about 627. Today in all of our wisdom there are more than 327,000 laws on the books. Now the humorous part of all of this is we have a tendency to look back on the Pharisees as they were into the law not understanding that we today are more than 1,0000 times worse than they ever were, all in an effort to make things better. The law throughout history has become rather overbearing and lost much of the original reason why the commandments were given to the people to begin with. 

In looking at the ten commandments we can see that the commandments were about respecting God and His ways and how to respect God, which was for the good of the people so they would not fall into the hands of oppressors and be in captivity as they once were with Egypt again in respecting God's ways and statutes. The basic point was respect God, each other and yourself and He will take care of things. The rest of the commandments were designed so we would not hurt each other. So when we look to the law and the commandments it is important to keep in mind why Israel was given the law to begin with. Another perhaps humorous thing the we look at in scripture is that while Moses was communing with God the people at the base of the mountain were building a golden calf and worshiping it. Mind you when looking back one does think it rather humorous to worship something like that if we do not look at how we view our jobs and how we make money today. The point of the lesson was and is if we are His people that He would care for us like a good Father. He is the supplier of all needs if we seek Him, His ways and desire to walk with Him, El Shaddai. Not jobs or golden calves. It does take an effort to learn to trust and usually we do not trust because we are not real trustworthy or we sin so we begin not to trust God or others. 

It was never God's desire and still is today, for His people to be in captivity by anyone or anything and we will not be if we walk closely with God. Moses received a revelation that there was one true God and if His people would follow the would be led out of Egypt, where at the time they were slaves because they had not walked with God before. Today as then if we do not learn to stand on His ways and His ordinances we all can fall into captivity and not realize often until it is too late. This is what happened to Israel again before Jesus arrived on the scene. Israel was the most powerful nation on earth as they did have God and found themselves surrounded by Rome little by little over a period of time to the point when Jesus was to be put to death there were to courts the Sanhedrin and the court controlled by Rome and after a short time after His transfiguration Israel had most of its power taken away by Rome and became persecuted. During the time of Jesus, Herod was King of Israel. Herod was not placed in authority by God but by Rome. Herod also had a temple built out of stone, which was also not of God. The point is, that God has always and will always dwell with His people daily, if His people walk with Him in His ways, not in a temple or church building.  

If you take a look at the sequence of events in God leading the people out of Egypt we can see that God was gracious and took care of them all of the way. It is true for us today. He shows His love and mercy and care and somewhere wants us to grow up and get the point that He is still there taking care of us even though we may not see Him or feel like He is there. He wants a people that will walk with Him in the good and the bad or whether we feel His presence or not. His commandments and promises are not based on us but based on Him and His Words to us. He is faithful even if we are not. Humans for some reason have a tendency to cross the line, even though we know we should not. If we do not cross the line we often like to go right up to the edge of the line. It is because of a lack of love and trust in Him because of the sin or iniquity in our own lives and because of that sin we are not trustworthy and think or believe He will do the same as we often do. He did make the promise of the promised land as He does with us today, however we all have to enter the promised land here by faith so we can enter the promised land at the end. 

Each of us either enter the promised land and walk with God or we come up with reasons why we can't. For example the mountains too big or too hard or perhaps the giants are too big. We are here and placed by Him to build the kingdom of God here on earth by faith and how that is done is the body working together as one body, but can only be done in His ministry which is the five fold gift ministry. When Israel did not move in faith God showed Israel that He is still faithful and that we as they were very dependent on God. They did have a spirit of community, that Spirit is still present today for those that focus on Him. As we all know only Joshua and Caleb and their families made it to the promised land because they stood on God's promise. While in the desert God gave Moses instruction in how to build the Tabernacle and the only way into the Tabernacle and be in the presence of God which is type cast in what Jesus did for us in showing us the way, but instead of just the high priest in Moses time that could entire into the Holy of Holies, all can entire into the Holy of Holies today because of what Jesus did for us in His death, burial and resurrection if we give our lives to Him. 

There Were 3 Basic Elements in the Mosaic Law - the commandments, the priesthood, and the Tabernacle and sacrifice for sin and instruction in how to build the Tabernacle (outer and inner courts). This was the approved way to God, and it was the way that He honored. Inside the Tabernacle was the Holy of Holies. The people were to learn and follow the pattern as the priests ministered inside the outer courts, only priests were allowed to enter.

The Commandments and why keep the Commandments: (Blessings then and today)  Top

Today in the church there is much discussion about the law and the church not being under the law, but the law of grace. This doctrine and teaching has caused for the most part a lot of confusion in either not understanding scripture or perhaps not wanting to understand scripture. The point of all scripture is that if we His people do things His way, we are blessed and He walks and cares or provides for us and if we do things our own way we are in rebellion and fall into curses. 

While it is true that most do accept nine of the commandments the one that comes up in the great debate is honoring the Sabbath and in the commandments we are to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labor and do all thy work. This of course is not a popular stand and many think it not important, but the point of it is to do things God's way and not our own if we have the heart to do things God's way. When we do things our way we put ourselves over God. Eating from the Tree of Knowledge allows us to make our own choices, but then again that is not exactly surrendering our lives to God, which is what salvation is. Salvation is and always has been about God people walking with God and being focused on God and His ways. The opposite would also be true in doing things our own way probably should not be considered salvation, but sin and rebellion. It is true that Jesus healed someone on the Sabbath and told him stand and take up his bed. We are to care about people and their needs on the Sabbath.

One of the other great questions that arise is what about holding church on the Sabbath instead of Sunday. It all is a long argument that does not create unity or love. Arguments usually create confusion and discord, which is why they occur. People either know the right things to do or they do not. God is merciful and for those that do not understand His ways or are ignorant of His ways gives grace and grace abounds. For those that understand His ways but justify why we do what we do, He has little toleration for unless we repent, which means turning from our ways of doing things and choosing to do things His ways.

For discussion; if God always remembers His covenants then it would be safe to say He always remembers His covenants. Sounds simplistic but for some reason we tend to think that He forgets His covenants. The commandments is not really about rules although He does not want us to hurt others, but really about understanding how to get the blessing of God and how to walk with Him so He Tabernacles or dwells with us. We need Him to Tabernacle with us not only so we may have some sort of life in the future with Him in Salvation, but also for today in His provision and to keep us safe. He needs to defend us, not a weapon. He needs to care for us because we ALL need a lot of help as the body and as individuals in the body. His covenant is that if we learn to trust and walk with Him and do things His way, then He is bound by His own Words to care for us. After all that is the point of all of this. 

He does want us to get beyond just our needs. He does want to have a relationship with all people on earth. He does want for us to walk with Him daily and for us to focus on Him as Peter focused on Jesus when he got out of the boat. As long as Peter focused on Jesus he walked on water because Jesus told him to do so. When Peter took his eyes off of Jesus he began to sink. It is true for us today as well. We are not to get caught up in the things that are happening around us but to learn to stay focused on Him. It is much like being in the eye of the hurricane. In a hurricanes center there is a peace and a calm when all around is violence and destruction and only Jesus can take any of us to the eye of the storm.

One other thing that needs to be looked at is Christ. Christ is made of two parts. The first part is Jesus as He is the head. The second part is that we are the body of Christ. We, when we work together daily in love and unity can do all things as long as He is at the head. We are to pray for each other, walk with each other and care for each other. It is not so much because of us in the flesh but because He either dwells in us or not. His ways is to recognize Him in each of us that have given Him our lives. When we honor each other we honor Him. When we hurt each other we hurt Him also. Brothers and sisters if they are real brothers and sister will want to walk with each other and be around each other, not because of each other but because He is present when we gather in His name. It is one of the covenant promises that we have. Only real brother and sisters can walk together in agreement, because of the Spirit of God in each of us. When we are focused on Him, His will and His ways, we are edified and we grow. If we focus on the things of the world instead of Him then it is the flesh that is edified and will grow, which will always produce dead works.

It is possible for us to do all things through Christ, but each of us needs to be focused on Him, His ways and be willing to walk with each other so we can be in agreement, because that is where the power of God is in the body in agreeing, because we are in His Spirit and His Spirit in us, touching anything, it will be done. If we are not walking with Him and He not with us because we have our own agenda, which seems to be important unless something bad happens, then it is difficult to come together when something bad happens because we have not walked with Him and His ways and each other. Either we do walk with Him and each other or choose not to, but that is not His ways, but a spirit that works to separate the body. One definition of the ant-Christ is a spirit that works to keep the body and the members of the body separate from each other, because the enemy knows that a house divided against itself will fall. If falls because not walking together in love and unity.

In keeping the commandments, covenants and His ways allows us to walk with each other in love and unity so all things can be done through Christ who strengthens us. It is not just about the law, but it is so we can walk in covenant relationship with Him and each other. When we do things His way we are blessed of God. Should we do things our own way it is like we become gods choosing what we do. It is a form of idolatry to do things our own way. The enemy also knows that when we break one commandment we break them all, which will always bring lawlessness, rebellion and death. The wages of sin is death. Being just a believer is not salvation. After all Satan is the greatest believer. Salvation comes to those that honor God and His ways.

God's Covenant in the Ten Commandments 

Exodus 20:1-19

1 ¶ And God spoke all these words, saying:
2 "I am the LORD thy God, who have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
3 "Thou shalt have no other gods before Me.
4 "Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.
5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them; for I, the LORD thy God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate Me,
6 and showing mercy unto thousands of them that love Me and keep My commandments.
7 "Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain, for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh His name in vain.
8 "Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. (Hebrews 4:1-13)
9 Six days shalt thou labor and do all thy work;
10 but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD thy God. In it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates.
11 For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.

12 ¶ "Honor thy father and thy mother, that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.
13 "Thou shalt not kill.
14 "Thou shalt not commit adultery.
15 "Thou shalt not steal.
16 "Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.
17 "Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s house; thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor anything that is thy neighbor’s."
18 ¶ And all the people saw the thunderings and the lightnings, and the noise of the trumpet and the mountain smoking; and when the people saw it, they removed and stood afar off.
19 And they said unto Moses, "Speak thou with us and we will hear; but let not God speak with us, lest we die."

Malachi 3:8-10 (God's promise for financial stability)

8 Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed Me! But ye say, ‘Wherein have we robbed Thee?’ In tithes and offerings.
9 Ye are cursed with a curse; for ye have robbed Me, even this whole nation.
10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in Mine house, and put Me to the proof now herewith," saith the LORD of hosts, "if I will not open to you the windows of heaven and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.

Proverbs 3:5-23

The blessings of keeping His Covenant's (commandments) (God's promise for health, wisdom and financial stability)

5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.
8 It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.
9 Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase:
10 So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.
11 My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his correction:
12 For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.
13 Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.
14 For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold.
15 She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her.
16 Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honour.
17 Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.
18 She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her.
19 The LORD by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding hath he established the heavens.
20 By his knowledge the depths are broken up, and the clouds drop down the dew.
21 My son, let not them depart from thine eyes: keep sound wisdom and discretion:
22 So shall they be life unto thy soul, and grace to thy neck.
23 Then shalt thou walk in thy way safely, and thy foot shall not stumble.

Psalm 37:25 I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging for bread.

II Chronicles 7: 14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

Keeping His Commandments: 

Ezekiel 37:24 "‘And David My servant shall be King over them, and they all shall have one Shepherd. They shall also walk in My judgments, and observe My statutes, and do them.

Ezekiel 44:24 And in controversy they shall stand in judgment, and they shall judge it according to My judgments; and they shall keep My laws and My statutes in all Mine assemblies, and they shall hallow My Sabbaths.

Daniel 9:4 And I prayed unto the LORD my God, and made my confession and said, "O Lord, the great and fearsome God, keeping the covenant and mercy to them that love Him and to them that keep His commandments,

Amos 2:4 Thus saith the LORD: "For three transgressions of Judah, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof, because they have despised the law of the LORD, and have not kept His commandments; and their lies caused them to err, after which their fathers have walked.

Matthew 5:19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the Kingdom of Heaven; but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven.

Matthew 19:17 And He said unto him, "Why callest thou Me good? There is none good but One, that is, God. But if thou wilt enter into Life, keep the commandments."

John 14:15 "If ye love Me, keep My commandments.

John 14:21 He that hath My commandments and keepeth them, he it is that loveth Me; and he that loveth Me shall be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will manifest Myself to him."

John 15:10 If ye keep My commandments, ye shall abide in My love, even as I have kept My Father’s commandments, and abide in His love.

1 Corinthians 7:19 Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but what matters is the keeping of the commandments of God.

1 John 2:3 And hereby we know that we know Him: if we keep His commandments.

1 John 2:4 He that saith, "I know Him," and keepeth not His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.

1 John 3:24 And he that keepeth His commandments dwelleth in Him, and He in him. And hereby we know that He abideth in us: by the Spirit which He hath given us.

1 John 5:2 By this we know that we love the children of God: when we love God and keep His commandments.

1 John 5:3 For this is the love of God: that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not grievous.

2 John 1:6 And this is love: that we walk according to His commandments. This is the commandment, that, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it.

Revelations 14:12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

Revelations 22:14 Blessed are they that do His commandments, that they may have right to the Tree of Life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.

Deuteronomy 28

1 ¶ "And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God to observe and to do all His commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth;
2 and all these blessings shall come on thee and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God:
3 "Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field.
4 Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy herds, the increase of thy cattle, and the flocks of thy sheep.
5 Blessed shall be thy basket and thy store.
6 Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out.
7 "The LORD shall cause thine enemies who rise up against thee to be smitten before thy face; they shall come out against thee one way, and flee before thee seven ways.
8 "The LORD shall command the blessing upon thee in thy storehouses and in all that thou settest thine hand unto; and He shall bless thee in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.
9 "The LORD shall establish thee a holy people unto Himself, as He hath sworn unto thee, if thou shalt keep the commandments of the LORD thy God and walk in His ways.
10 And all people of the earth shall see that thou art called by the name of the LORD, and they shall be afraid of thee.
11 And the LORD shall make thee plenteous in goods, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy ground, in the land which the LORD swore unto thy fathers to give thee.
12 The LORD shall open unto thee His good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season, and to bless all the work of thine hand; and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow.
13 And the LORD shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath, if thou hearken unto the commandments of the LORD thy God which I command thee this day, to observe and to do them.
14 And thou shalt not go aside from any of the words which I command thee this day, to the right hand or to the left, to go after other gods to serve them.
15 ¶ "But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe to do all His commandments and His statutes which I command thee this day, that all these curses shall come upon thee and overtake thee:
16 "Cursed shalt thou be in the city, and cursed shalt thou be in the field.
17 Cursed shall be thy basket and thy store.
18 Cursed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy land, the increase of thy cattle, and the flocks of thy sheep.
19 Cursed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and cursed shalt thou be when thou goest out.
20 "The LORD shall send upon thee cursing, vexation, and rebuke in all that thou settest thine hand unto to do until thou be destroyed and until thou perish quickly, because of the wickedness of thy doings whereby thou hast forsaken Me.
21 The LORD shall make the pestilence cleave unto thee until He have consumed thee from off the land whither thou goest to possess it.
22 The LORD shall smite thee with a consumption, and with a fever, and with an inflammation, and with an extreme burning, and with the sword, and with blight, and with mildew; and they shall pursue thee until thou perish.
23 And thy heaven that is over thy head shall be brass, and the earth that is under thee shall be iron.
24 The LORD shall make the rain of thy land powder and dust; from heaven shall it come down upon thee until thou be destroyed.
25 "The LORD shall cause thee to be smitten before thine enemies; thou shalt go out one way against them and flee seven ways before them, and shalt be removed into all the kingdoms of the earth.
26 And thy carcass shall be meat unto all fowls of the air and unto the beasts of the earth, and no man shall frighten them away.
27 The LORD will smite thee with the boils of Egypt, and with the hemorrhoids, and with the scab, and with the itch, whereof thou canst not be healed.
28 The LORD shall smite thee with madness, and blindness, and astonishment of heart;
29 and thou shalt grope at noonday, as the blind gropeth in darkness, and thou shalt not prosper in thy ways. "And thou shalt be only oppressed and despoiled evermore, and no man shall save thee.
30 Thou shalt betroth a wife, and another man shall lie with her. Thou shalt build a house, and thou shalt not dwell therein. Thou shalt plant a vineyard, and shalt not gather the grapes thereof.

 The Priesthood: The Priestly Covenant (part of the Mosaic Covenant, a royal priesthood)  Top

Numbers 25:10-13

Parts of the Tabernacle: Priests and High Priest

Three basic categories of priests;

1) High Priest King; Responsibilities: Administrative to the priests: Ruler, demonstrating God's ways to the priesthood and responsible to God for the priesthood and all the people. High Priests were able to go into the Holy of Holies once a year to commune with God, to hear from Him, instruction, etc. and then to share that with the priesthood. Further the responsibility was to intercede for all of the people and ask for God mercy for all. Originally the high priests were also high-priest kings, which happened until the time of the kings. 

2) High Priests; Responsibilities: Tabernacle high priest The high priest wore the stones on his breast and each stone represented one of the twelve tribes. He cared for each equally representing the will of God to all. Came after the time of the high priest kings, there were kings and high priests. There was a division in the responsibility between the high priest and the king. This started in Solomon's time. God's plan is and was then that the closer one was to God the more of a servant they were. 

3) Priests; Responsibilities: The job of the priest was to care for the Tabernacle and perform other duties, which included moving the Tabernacle, the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit and caring for the needs of the people and the structure and communicating those needs to others. In the NT the priest  is called to be a servant to all, not be served. The priest also in the New Testament is to care for the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit, which is the body of Christ and communicating those needs with others so all can be helped. It is by God's design so the weaker members can grow to be stronger and come to maturity so they can reach out to other members of the body and those in the world, which is where we all come from. We are all called to be a royal priesthood, which implies a place of maturity in Christ and the body of Christ. 

The New Covenant is a better covenant, because of the work of the Son and His sacrifice all may be priests and high priests to enter the Holy of Holies to have audience with God and even go boldly before the throne. God's true priests are in a position to demonstrate the will of God to all and His power according to the gifts and the calling in the Five Fold Gift Ministry (Jesus Ministry to all on earth, apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers to edify the body so it will grow to maturity, so the body will become strong and one in Him so they can do the work that Jesus did on earth). The work of the sons of adoption, who are lead by His Spirit as they have surrendered their lives completely to Him, looking out for the needs of the people in the body and those in the world, are also to bring all believers to maturity so they can enter the Holy of Holies so they can commune with God and walk in the Kingdom of God. 

One has to remember that people in the OT could not be sons of God. The best they could hope for was salvation. In the NT all can be sons. John 1:12 But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to those who believe in His name. Romans 8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. Sons of God are called to represent the will of the Father as Jesus did, and not their own. Sons keep His Words, Commandments and Covenants. All either have a heart to be a son or have a heart to build our own kingdoms here on earth. The difference is eating from either the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil so we can decide what is Good or not or even right or not or eat from the Tree of Life, having no will except the will of the Father. Sons, a royal priesthood, willing to be set aside for His purpose, sanctified by Him and made to be holy in dwelling with Him, willing to sacrifice all for Him. 

To be a son of adoption it takes being broken, so we will give up our ways of doing things for His ways and once a son and broken, it is important to be son of light to all: 

Luke 16:8 And the lord commended the unjust steward, because he had done wisely; for the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light.

John 12:36 While ye have Light, believe in the Light, that ye may be the children of Light." These things spoke Jesus, and departed and hid Himself from them.

Ephesians 5:8 For ye were one time darkness, but now ye are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light

1Thessalonians 5:5 Ye are all the children of light and the children of the day; we are not of the night, nor of darkness.

Examples;

    1) high priest-kings 

        a) Melchizedek

        b) Moses

        c) Aaron

        d) David

        e) Messiah (Jesus)

        f) Christ (head and body)

    2) high priests

        a) Phinehas (Solomon's time)

 

Melchizedek - the priest and king of Salem, who blessed Abram and blessed him. This priest had no geneology, there are no records of his father, mother, birth or death.

Levi - joined himself to Simeon but was later separated. As it was, Levi spent his life set apart from his brethren. Levi spent much time in service to Jehovah, dwelling with other families that they might dwell also with Jehovah God.
Zadok- was the first priest in the time of Solomon.  His descendants were the most prominent family among the order of the priesthood. During Absoloms rebellion against David, Zadok remained loyal and true even to his death, he retained his high and holy office .  He was the son of Ahitub and the father of Ahimaaz a priest in the time of David.

Aaron - a mountain of strength or enlightened. He was chosen by God to be Moses spokesman, as his brother against Pharoah. The Aaronic priesthood was known for it's worshippers. He died at the age of 123 years old. (Numbers 20)

It should be noted that in the NT under the New Covenant that all in Christ are all called to be of a Royal Priesthood but with that also comes more responsibility and more accountability for what happens around us. With that priesthood comes the anointing of God to help us get the job done. It gives us access to the Holy of Holies and an audience with God, but not really for ourselves or even our families it is for ministry and what we have been called and chosen by God to do. Today many are deceived and misled because they are taught that the anointing is for seeking God for things that they want in life. We have the infilling of the Spirit of God and in addition we also have the anointing, which is a mantel of the power of God on us to help us do what we are called to do. In looking at Acts chapter 2 we see an example of the infilling or the first people that were born again. Prior to this we if we look back at the book of John, Jesus blew on each the Spirit of God or the mantel to help them in ministry. It was the same mantel that was given kings, prophets and priests in the OT. 

People however, could not be born again until Jesus ascended back to heaven. Peter when He spoke in Acts was not only born again at that point as the Spirit of God descended on those in the upper room, but prior also had the mantel that Jesus breathed (John 20:22) on Him, which empowered him to speak as he did in Acts. It is why He said it is better for you that I go because one greater than He would come to dwell with them. In scripture we see several categories of believers. The first is the believer. One first does after all need to believe. In Acts we find that people did not know of the Holy Spirit or the work of the Holy Spirit. These were believers. Once accepting the Holy Spirit it becomes about being crucified with Christ and being dead to our own lives and giving Him our lives and learning to trust Him and seek Him for direction. Then old things shall pass away and all becomes new. At this point the very seed of God is planted in a person, but like any other seed it needs to be watered and nurtured so it will grow. The Word is like a seed that is sown all over the place and we are like the ground. Seed falls on all sorts of ground but only takes deep root in good soil and the soil are the things of the Spirit as a person learns to surrender their lives to Him. 

As there is growth there comes stability and maturity and we become like a loaf of bread where there either is leavening which will destroy the loaf and all those that eat from that loaf or there will be the bread of life, where there will be no leavening and all that eat from that loaf will find truth and life. Each of us are a loaf. As priests if the leavening is out of us then people who we influence, teach and preach to, will either find leavening or they find life. Should we eat from the Tree of Knowledge it becomes a pull of right and wrong thinking allowing us to make our own decisions in life because we have learned not to make mistakes. Us making decisions is like being gods of our own lives. By eating from the Tree of Life we give up our wills and our desire to make our own decisions to be led by His Spirit, which is what makes us sons of God. In this there is life and liberty and grace, because of forgiveness and love. The focus of life instead of Knowledge will be to desire to Tabernacle or dwell with God and for Him to want to Tabernacle or dwell with us.  For the most part if the fruit is from the Tree of Knowledge then the fruit will more than likely be about learning and with learning comes more books and more church buildings. People are attracted to knowledge so they can have the power of God to get what they want in life. So they can be blessed or so they think. Real blessing of God comes from walking with Him and dwelling with Him and He with us. It is about His covenants, commandments and His ways. This may sound like a bunch of rules but designed by God so He will bless us because we desire to do His commandments and keep His words.

If one wants to be blessed by God then we all need to learn to do things His way. If we want people to pray for us and walk with us then we should learn that if we pray for others and are willing to walk with others then people will pray for us and walk with us. What we do to each other we do to Him, but also when we do for others we are blessed by God. Tithing is an important issue that many do not like to talk about. The facts are that if we tithe then our finances are His problem. If we do not tithe then our bills are our problems. In keeping His covenants we can be blessed by the hand of God, by not keeping His covenants we receive the curse of the Law. As His people we fall into one category or the other and as His Royal Priesthood we are to represent to all on earth His ways and as His priesthood we become responsible to God to tell all the truth and represent His ways, so they may know the truth for the truth will set them free, if we as His priesthood will do our jobs. 

Needless to say, to be a priest one did have to be resolved to keeping His ways and commandments. Scripture tells us that we are called to a royal priesthood, but then we also must be willing to keep His ways and represent those ways to all people. In doing so and in walking together in the NT the body forms the the Tabernacle as that is the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit. This place was in the OT the Holy of Holies, but only the high priest could enter once a year if he was fit to do so. The high priest was responsible to God to represent God's ways to the priesthood and all the people. Today we all are able to go into the Holy of Holies to dwell or Tabernacle with God. In the Tabernacle in the OT and the NT had the full power of God to deal with all things and or problems, but it had to be done His way. In the OT it was about building the structure and maintaining the structure. In the NT it is about building the body and maintaining the body and that can only be done with the Five Fold Gift Ministry, because that is God's way. To do it any other way will always bring division and discord and sooner or later the lack of love and unity and the focus becomes teaching and preaching and building building and selling books, with each step further from God and His power. When we choose to work outside of the five fold gift ministry less prayer and praise takes place and more preaching and teaching. God dwells in the praise of His people. In the NT, His house is a house of prayer. In that comes His presence, direction and power to take the people to a place of safety and provision. The power or anointing is there for all to receive, because He freely gives, but with that power comes accountability for what happens around us in our communities. The more we seek Him, praise Him and walk with each other for when we do He is present the less problems there will be in the community.

The first five books of the Bible were written down by Moses; they are called the Torah, the Hebrew word for 'law'. Jesus said He had come not to abolish the law, but to fulfill or accomplish the law, showing us how to walk in faith and love to walk in the Law and become the Law and how to accomplish His will by love for God (Matthew 5:17). We should want to keep the commandments because of love and respect for Him, not because it is required.

John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.
18 No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.

"The law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ" (John 1:17). The word 'truth' here is alethia in Greek, meaning 'reality'. The 'truth' John speaks of is Jesus as the Word, who was God and who became flesh and dwelled or tabernacled among us (John 1:1,14). (The Greek word translated as 'dwelt' here is more literally translated 'tabernacled'). God dwelled in Jesus and if we are focused on Him in Him He dwells with us as sons in the rebirth. John 1:12 "But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God." How we become sons is to be led by His Spirit, being focused on Him and His will. We are not automatically sons, but have the power to become sons because a true son has no will of his own, but the will of the Father who sends the son.

The Tabernacle is a picture, a foreshadow of Christ which is made of two parts, the head which is Jesus and without Him we can do nothing, but also the body, which is the Temple, the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit, not just an individual but if the body works as one without division in agreement and the only way to be in agreement is by His Spirit. One sign of His Spirit is that the body would be in agreement, not on things of the flesh but the things of God. The real Tabernacle of God with men is Christ, head and body. In the book of Exodus, when God dictates to Moses the detailed design of the Tabernacle (some 1450 years before the birth of Jesus), He speaks forth a description of just who and what the coming Messiah (Christ) would be. The body by God's design, is designed to move and not stay stuck in one place, represent Him and His will to all on earth.  Through Him by His design we are to walk with Him and each other no matter how great the distance is between any of us. We are to walk together by His Spirit, holding each other up, locally and globally. 

The following should be noted:

1) That they all for the most part worked together in unity, perhaps not love, but they did understand that they were somewhat dependent first on God and secondly each other. They probably did not spend a lot of time sitting around talking having theological discussions and or debates. It was after all, God's way or they died. They either followed or wandered and died.

2) God took care for them as they were focused on God. He provided for them.

3) God protected them. Israel was the most powerful nation on earth and anyone that came up against them were destroyed.

4) They, for the most part understood the power of praise. Generals did not lead the armies of Israel, praisers did. They entered the gate with thanksgiving and entered the outer court with praise. 

5) God's dwelling place is with His people, because they seek Him, know He is God and they want His ways to honor God. They did not build buildings. 

6) They all knew God was God and for the most part all knew God's plan for them and their individual roles for them. They did have different tasks and each knew their own task.

7) The priesthood were not a great bunch of people that did everything the right way, but chosen of God. 

8) It is interesting to note that there is a direct correlation between the body of Christ in the NT and the Tabernacle of the OT.

9) People did walk together, because they were in agreement, because of the Spirit of God as they were focused on God and anytime His people called by His name walk together in agreement God is present and the power of God is there to deal with all problems that man may have.

Joel  2:17  "Let the priests,  the minister of the Lord, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say,  Spare thy people,  O Lord and give not  thine heritage to reproach that the heathen  should  rule over them, wherefore should they say among the people, where is their God?"

The Setting Then and Today

The Priestly Covenant is set in the final end of Israel’s forty years of wilderness wanderings. Israel had come into the land of Moab, fresh from victories over the Amorites. Balak, king of Moab, consequently requested the services of the seer, Balaam, that he might “curse this people for me since they are too mighty for me; perhaps I may be able to defeat them and drive them out of the land. For I know that he whom you bless is blessed, and he whom you curse is cursed” (Num 22:6). 

Unable to secure this favor from Balaam, Balak at Balaam’s instigation (Num 31:16) invited Israel “to the sacrifices of their gods” (Num 25:2), seeking thereby to subvert and assimilate Israel through idolatry and immorality—an invitation that Israel all-too-readily accepted (Num 25:3). The gravity of the situation is blatantly illustrated when one of the men of Israel took a Moabite. The Biblical Covenants used in Num 25:8 in the OT, may have reference to the Tabernacle compound. Such an act was strictly forbidden by Levitical law and would have defiled the sanctuary. 

Today we find that the priesthood is still in place as we have been called to a royal priesthood to represent not our own will, but the will of God to all on earth so His will can be done on earth as it is in heaven. His true priesthood will have no will of their own like Jesus, but only the will of the Father as Jesus being a servant as Jesus was. It is by God's design so people will know the truth. His true priests will not attempt to manipulate the power of God, but are called to care for His ways and covenants as they are more focused on His presence and walking with Him than desiring the things of this world and what it has to offer. Prayer, praise, thanksgiving, forgiveness, self examination and God's presence will be the focus of this lot having the power of God as sons, not to move separately from God, but being led by His Spirit so people will know the truth so they can be set free. 

This group will teach and preach Christ crucified, both head and body with the body surrendering their lives and will to God, because after all God knows what is best for His people. The Tabernacle is and was the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit and the focus of the priest is doing things God's way so He will Tabernacle or dwell with His people as His people desire to Tabernacle or dwell with God. This priesthood will seek love and unity and will carry the promise of peace with them, “Behold, I give him My covenant of peace; and it shall be for him and his descendants after him, a covenant of a perpetual priesthood, because he was jealous for his God, and made atonement for the sons of Israel” (Num 25:11-13). While there may be a hurricane all around them, they will be at peace in the eye of the hurricane because God does dwell with them.

The Promise

Gods provision for His priesthood is to care for them because they do care about God's commandments and precepts. To accept Christ is to accept both Jesus as the head and we are the body. He adopts us and we are to adopt each other so they can see His love and care for others. As adopted heirs we fall in the blood line of Jesus if we have accepted His blood. Because of Jesus and our acceptance of Him all of His fall under the covenants being grafted in as God's people, Jews and as His royal priesthood are to demonstrate His grace, love, ways, righteousness, forgiveness, covenants, commandments, power, peace, provision and the fruit of the Spirit, putting God first in all things always facing God being moved by His Spirit for the blessings of God and the blessings of God will always come on those that Tabernacle with God.

CONCLUSION

It is not possible for man to comprehend the things of the Spirit of God. It is only possible to either accept them or reject them. If we fully accept them then we will have died with Him and become a part of His life and His plan for us and the body. On the other hand man often attempts to accept Him with the mind intellectually. One way will produce the fruit of the Spirit and the other way control, manipulation and the focus will be on things, instead of His presence. The Priestly Covenant promised a perpetual priesthood to the descendants of Levi because of the righteous act of Phinehas in freeing Israel from the consequences of God’s wrath. That priesthood will continue throughout the future millennial kingdom under the rule of David’s descendant and forward into the future. 

 

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Pictures of the tabernacle today and then: The Tabernacle   

The Tabernacle at Sunset

Artwork by  Pat Marvenko Smith, Copyright 2000.

In the Old Testament the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit was in the Ark of the Covenant, in the Holy of Holies. It was said that the very power of God was in the Covenant. As a part of that Covenant the power of the Holy Spirit was present to deal with all problems and even enemies. 

Today we have a better Covenant according to Hebrews and today the dwelling place is the body of Christ if the body will work in love and unity as one body. By gathering and working as one body (Christ) we can do all things.

Tabernacle high priest breastplate, tb n030301.jpgTabernacle high priest

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The high priest wore the stones on his breast and each stone represented one of the twelve tribes. He cared for each equally representing the will of God to all. 

Each stone precious: Ruby, Topaz, Carbuncle, Emerald, Sapphire, Diamond, Jacinth, Agate, Amethyst, Beryl, Onyx and Jasper. In addition to the twelve stones there were twelve loaves of bread also representing the twelve tribes that were each broken and eaten by the priests. 

Tabernacle table of showbreadThe Table of Showbread

Opposite the menorah was the table of showbread.  Built of acacia wood and overlaid with solid gold, the table had a surface of 3 x 1.5 feet.  

Twelve loaves of bread were placed on the table on Shabbat and were replaced by fresh bread the following Shabbat.  The high priestly line would eat the replaced bread.

Exodus 40

Orders for Erecting the Tabernacle

40:1

God spoke to Moses, saying:

40:2

On the first day of the first month, you shall erect the Communion Tent Tabernacle. See Exodus 40:17.

40:3

Place the Ark of Testimony there, and shield the ark with the cloth partition.

40:4

Bring in the table and set it up, and bring in the menorah and light its lamps.

40:5

Place the gold incense altar [directly] in front of the Ark of Testimony, and then set up the drape at the Tabernacle's entrance.

40:6

Place the sacrificial altar in front of the entrance of the Communion Tent Tabernacle.

40:7

[Then] place the washstand between the Communion Tent and the altar, and fill it with water.

40:8

Set up the enclosure all around, and place the drape over the enclosure's entrance.

40:9

Take the anointing oil, and anoint the tabernacle and everything in it. You will thus sanctify it and all its equipment making it holy.

40:10

Anoint the sacrificial altar and all its equipment. You will thus sanctify the altar, and it will be holy of holies.

40:11

Anoint the washstand and its basin, and make them holy.

40:12

Bring Aaron and his sons to the Communion Tent's entrance, and have them immerse in a mikvah.

40:13

Then have Aaron put on the sacred vestments, and anoint him, thus sanctifying him as a priest to Me.

40:14

Bring forth Aaron's sons and place the tunics on them.

40:15

Then anoint them, just as you anointed their father, so that they will be priests to Me. It will be done so that their anointing will make them an eternal [hereditary] priesthood for all generations.

40:16

Moses proceeded to do exactly as God had commanded him.

The Erecting of the Tabernacle

40:17

In the first month of the second year [of the Exodus], on the first of the month, the Tabernacle was erected.

40:18

Moses erected the Tabernacle. He [did this by] setting up the bases, placing the beams [in them], and [fastening them together] with the crossbars. He [then] set up the pillars.

40:19

He spread the tent over the tabernacle, and placed the tent's roof over it. [It was all done] as God had commanded Moses.

Placing the Ark

40:20

He took the [Tablets of] Testimony and placed them in the Ark. He then placed the carrying poles in the ark, and set the cover on top of the ark. (Targum Yonathan; Rashi). He took them from a plain box in his own tent, and brought them to the golden ark (Ramban; see Deuteronomy 10:1,3).

40:21

He brought the ark into the Tabernacle, and set up the cloth partition so that it would shield the Ark of Testimony. [It was all done] as God had commanded Moses.

Placing the Table

40:22

He placed the table in the Communion Tent, outside the cloth partition, on the north side of the Tabernacle. (Communion Tent:  From here it appears that the area outside the Holy of Holies was called the Communion Tent (Ohel Moed).

40:23

Then he placed the prescribed arrangement of bread on it before God. [It was all done] as God had commanded Moses.

Placing the Lamp

40:24

He placed the menorah in the Communion Tent directly across from the table, on the southern side of the Tabernacle.

40:25

He then lit the lamps before God. [It was all done] as God had commanded Moses.

Placing the Incense Altar

40:26

He placed the golden altar in the Communion Tent in front of the cloth partition.

40:27

Then he burned perfume incense on it. [It was all done] as God had commanded Moses.

The Drape and the Altar

40:28

He placed the drape over the Tabernacle's entrance.

40:29

He [then] placed the sacrificial altar in front of the entrance of the Communion Tent Tabernacle, and he sacrificed the burnt offering and meal offering on it. [It was all done] as God had commanded Moses. (burnt offering and meal offering  See Exodus 29:40.

Placing the Washstand

40:30

He set the washstand between the Communion Tent and the altar, and he filled it with water for washing.

40:31

Moses, Aaron, and [Aaron's] sons, washed their hands and feet from it.

40:32

They would wash [in this manner] whenever they came to the Communion Tent or offered sacrifice on the altar. [It was all done] as God had commanded Moses.

Setting up the Enclosure

40:33

He set up the enclosure surrounding the tabernacle and altar, and he placed the drape over the enclosure's entrance. With this, Moses completed all the work.

The Cloud on the Tabernacle

40:34

The cloud covered the Communion Tent, and God's glory filled the Tabernacle. (God's Glory: presence)

40:35

Moses could not come into the Communion Tent, since the cloud had rested on it, and God's glory filled the Tabernacle.

40:36

[Later], when the cloud would rise up from the Tabernacle, it [would be a signal] for the Israelites to move on, [and this was true] in all their travels.

40:37

Whenever the cloud did not rise, they would not move on, [waiting] until the day it did.

40:38

God's cloud would then remain on the Tabernacle by day, and fire was in it by night. This was visible to the entire family of Israel, in all their travels.

THE TABERNACLE stood just beyond the laver. It was a rectangular tent divided into two rooms or compartments, the first, or eastward one, being 30 feet long by 15 feet high and wide. The second, or westward compartment, was a cube, measuring 15 feet each way. This was called the Most Holy Place, or the Holy of holies, and was a type of heaven wherein dwelleth God. The high priest only dare enter the Holy of holies, and he but once a year on the day of atonement. The word Tabernacle literally means dwelling place of the Holy Spirit. In the OT the Holy Spirit Tabernacled or dwelled with His people. In the NT the Tabernacle or the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit is the body of Christ. Christ is two parts, first the head, which is Jesus and we are the body. It is why it is important for the head and body to be in agreement. If one is out of sync with the other, little is accomplished including His will. If we are out of sync with each other then there is little that can be accomplished because a familiar spirit is at work. 

In the OT Tabernacle was a structure built by the people of Israel under the supervision of Moses, around 1450 B.C. The layout of the Tabernacle and the materials of its construction were specified in great detail to Moses by God at Mount Sinai, some weeks after Israel had been led out of slavery and Egypt by Moses as he was led by God. The Tabernacle was by God's design a portable construction so it could be moved from one place to another as they were led by God. When God told His people to move they all had specific tasks to perform in the taking down and care of the tabernacle and the re-setting up of the Tabernacle when they finally arrived at the place where God had led them. The Holy Spirit dwelled in the Holy of Holies and Holy Spirit provided for the people and kept them safe. They fully understood it was God that was taking care of them and when God told them to move they all moved so God would continue to care for them.

To start with, all the peoples tents were pitched facing the Tabernacle. The Tabernacle was a focal point of everyone's life, because God did care for them and provide for them.  Today we have a choice in our own lives to either pitch our tents and face God and dwell with Him and He with us as He is the center of everything and in doing so life is better or we put ourselves in the center of life and the result will all be disastrous. Keeping Him in the center is a way to get rid of doubt, depression and a host of other problems that seem to come upon us. We all go through the fires in life, but depending on where we pitch our tents, either towards Him or towards ourselves will always have two different outcomes and results. Pitching our tents towards Him will always bring peace, the fruit of the Spirit, stability and His supply as El Shaddai even in the hottest fires in life.

To accomplish the task of moving the Tabernacle from one place to another everyone had to be ready to move at a moments notice. Although the Tabernacle was important, the Tabernacle (the structure) in itself was not important except it was the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit. In those days it was not about building permanent buildings, but following God in His will. His promise is that He would dwell with His people and care for His people but His people had to be focused on Him and God's will for His people as a group. Today we see the body, which is the Tabernacle or the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit and the old Tabernacle should give the body a clue as to how it should function as the body of Christ. Each of us today have been given a specific task. Some are fingers and some are toes, all designed to move the body through His blood if we are connected to Him and each other. The Old Tabernacle and the priests are an example for the body in how we are to move and work together, focused on Him and His will. 

Then and today it is not about building permanent structures or buildings so He would dwell with us, but in us dwelling with Him, focused on Him, He is present. The Tabernacle is an example for the body because each one in the body has been given a task and if we understand that and work together everyone will be cared for and move together in His will. The priests that moved the Tabernacle were skilled and the body and each member needs to be skilled in order to accomplish His will and all work together and move together in His will. The lesson of the Tabernacle for the body is to stay focused on Him each one of us and as the body.  We are to work with each other in love and unity, understanding the overall task of the body. The BODY working in LOVE and UNITY, FOCUSED on Him, is DESIGNED by GOD to SAVE LIVES. The point of the lesson is our lives are saved as we are led by His Spirit to work as one body to accomplish His will globally and it helps others, which is His will that the body represents His ways and reach out to all on earth in love.  

Important components in the Tabernacle and the Holy of Holies (the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit, the power to overcome all things, a representation of the body)

The structure of the Tabernacle Sanctuary building was made from wooden Boards overlaid with gold. There were two rooms:

  1. the first room, on the East side (right), was called the Holy Place; the priests would enter the Sanctuary via the Entrance Door curtain on the East side (far right); the room contained:

    1. the Showbread Table,

    2. the Lamp stand (inside at bottom)

    3. the Golden Incense Altar (middle);

    the Veil (middle, left of center) separated the Holy Place from the inner room

  2. the inner room, to the West (left), was called the Holy of Holies, where only one man (the High Priest) once per year was permitted entry; this was where God's presence and glory resided over the Ark of the Covenant.

Almost nothing of the gold-covered Boards was ever visible from the Outer Court, because there were four large coverings over the Sanctuary:

(thick outer covering, a red covering, a gray covering and an embroidered covering)

Outside the Tabernacle the twelve tribes were positioned in a particular order. It should be noted that one of the important aspects of the Tabernacle is that everyone pitched their tents all facing the Tabernacle. All were very focused on God and the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit at least when it all began. Much like today with people that are filled with His Spirit at first are very focused on the things of God, often after a while many loose focus and get caught up back in the things of the world. It is important to understand that it was important for the Israelites as well as believers today to stay focused on our particular calling and purpose. Back in the days of the Tabernacle if they stayed focused everyone of the priests had a particular job to take down the Tabernacle and move it. There was a cloud by day and fire by night. If it moved the people had to be ready to move everything at a moments notice, because God provided everything for them. Much like today if we stay focused He does seem to provide for us and take care of our needs. It is one of the benefits of coming to God through Jesus and staying focused on God and not of the things of this world. It is a simple lesson that is often forgotten or not understood.

The first lesson is that the Tabernacle was not a permanent structure. By its design it could be moved from one place to another. Those that followed God were cared for and were not lost. Same principle holds true today. Today we build permanent structures called churches and tell people that is where they will find God. God dwells with His people not in buildings. The second lesson is to stay focused on His will for us so we are taken care of as a part of His covenant with His people. Part of that staying focused back then is to understand that when God moved the people followed and each had a particular job to do when God did move. The same is true today. Everyone in the body has been given a particular job to do and gifts to help them in that job, but few know what that job is or what to do or perhaps do not want to do things God's way. Either way, problems come when we do not stay focused on Him, His ways, our jobs in His service in what He wants us to do. 

The next lesson to learn is that the priests were somewhat of a rebellious lot. They did understand however that they needed God for the most part. They were there as His servants not because they did everything the right way but because they were chosen by God to do things for God and represent God's ways to the people. In those days they were not idolized as many ministers are today. Today we sort of like to build buildings and hire ministers that look good, sound good, can behave and have a lot of knowledge. After all who wants to follow an idiot. However, God usually calls people that are less than desirable to serve because they have come to a realization that they need God badly. They need Him in every part of their lives in order to even get along in life. His true ministers and priests have been broken for the most part understanding that God is all grace and love Him much because they have been forgiven much. Because of this they seek Him. God changes them and they give their lives to Him. They are represented in the communion service as the broken body. "My body has been broken for you." The bread that is broken for others. God can use all and desires to use all, good and bad. He is looking for those that have a broken heart so He can do surgery on them. Either any of us have been broken or not. It is about self examination.

Placement of the Tabernacle: 

The Tabernacle was placed a certain way length wise from east to west. The only way in then was the East Gate. The only way in today is the East Gate, which is Christ, both and head and body. The facts are if we His people do not do what we are called to do, people will not even know to go through the gate. To the east the tribes of Judah, Issachar and Zebulun faced. To the west facing the Tabernacle the tribes of Ephraim, Manesseh, which is from Joesph and Benjamin were positioned outside of the outer wall. To the north Dan, Naphtali and Asher and to the south Rueben, Simeon and Gad. Inside in the outer court the priests or Levites performed the duties of the priests. Levi dwelled in the outer court.

Also on the outside there was another alter which is not talked about much which was set aside for the priests and the high priests. It was a place where God dealt with priests and their own sin to prepare them to even enter the east gate so they could represent the ways of God. 

The Anointing:  

It is important to note that to this point that only the priests and the high priest had the anointing of God. It was much like a mantel. The anointing was a covering for the priests so they could do the job. To this point there were no kings and the time of the prophets had not yet arrived. Later we know that Saul was the first king because the people wanted a king against God's will for them. Saul as we know was a rather poor choice for a king as we know. People moved by sight and wanted a king instead of the judges, which God had provided. Israel noticed that other countries or people had a king and believed that because they did having a king, that the king was there to care for and protect the people. God did give in, but told them they would not like a king, because they would end up in bondage to the king. God's people have always wanted a buffer in-between them and God, because not many really wanted to walk with God. We see this clearly when Moses came down with the commandments, "Speak thou with us and we will hear; but let not God speak with us, lest we die." We do much the same thing today with pastors in churches. We like them to hear from God and tell us what to do instead of walking with God. Perhaps that may be a critical analysis, but it is why we put pastors on pulpits or stages in church buildings so we can sort of do what we want or think is best and come back on Sunday and feel good about it all. Didn't work then and still doesn't work today. God's desire is to walk with each of us and for us to walk with Him daily. Either we are doing it or not. Either we are focused on Him or not. 

Kings also were given the anointing of God to do what they were chosen to do. A real king was to serve and care for the people and not be over them. Prophets came in as a result of the priesthood going in the wrong direction and the kings going in the wrong direction as it became a struggle to who was over the other. Prophets also had the anointing of God. They spoke for God and represented His ways although we can see that even the prophets at times had a short attention span and wanted to do what they wanted to do instead of what God wanted them to do. We see this clearly in Jonah who was a prophet of God. Israel had always thought of God as their God and only their God. After all everyone in other kingdoms had their own gods. God's intent for Israel was for His people to represent His ways to all people on earth. He loves all people and because it was the Holy Spirit that has breathed life into all. Without the Holy Spirit there is no life. 

Jonah was appointed to go to Nineveh. Nineveh was some of the worst of the worse. It was said that it was better to commit suicide than to be taken alive by the Ninevites if conquered. The Ninevite army would go and take other cities as they were a warring bunch. One of their tactics was they had brass shields which when polished shined brightly in the sun. They would come against a city facing the sun so the sun would shine on the shields, which looked like from a distance that fire was coming down on the city, causing confusion. The Ninevites lived off of others work. They robbed everyone. Jonah was to deliver the message of God that they would be destroyed for their wickedness. Jonah said no thanks and went in the opposite direction going to Tarshish, because he thought God would find someone else to deliver the message. Of course we know that there was a great storm on the sea and Jonah was thrown overboard per his instruction to save the lives of the others and was swallowed by a fish and delivered to Nineveh. There are many lessons to be learned that correlate with the Book of Revelation. We all know that things will come to an end because of the luke warm heart of believers sooner or later. Repentance was in order then and now. A foot note is that God spared Nineveh for some 120 years and were not destroyed until they went back to their wicked ways of doing things.

THE GATE: 

The Way, the Truth and the Life The Way: Jesus Christ, Yahweh  (East Gate) John 14:6

The East Gate: The entrance and the only way in into the outer court of the Tabernacle.

This gate is the person of Jesus, the Word of God, He is the Way into the kingdom of God.  Jesus said "I am the door", and He also stated "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me." John 14:6

"Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber."  John 10:1

"Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep." John 10:7

It was at the East Gate that the tribes of  Judah (praise), Issachar (for hire) and Zebulun (dwelling) were stationed.

"I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep. The hired hand is not the shepherd who owns the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming he abandons the sheep and runs away."  John 10:11   

"Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Serve the Lord with gladness;  come before him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God . It is He who made us, and we are His; we are His people , the sheep of His pasture. Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise;  give thanks to Him and praise His name. For the Lord is good and His love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations." Psalms 100:1-5

                                                                        
We have entered into a new and living way, through Jesus Christ (the anointed one) and because of this we have access into the Holy of Holies. Through His death He rent the curtain in two whereby we have access into the Holy of Holies. Through our death burial and resurrection with Him we also have access to the Holy of Holies to approach the Father with boldness. In so doing we give our lives to Him to become a royal priesthood to demonstrate God's ways to all people. The East gate provided that way in, it is only by this Door, the Way that one can have true access to God the Father. He became not only the sacrificed lamb, but also the scapegoat. His priests carry His anointing and represent His ways and lead people to Him. They sacrifice their lives to be part of Him, "Christ."


"For you have been my refuge,  a strong tower against the foe. I long to dwell in your tent forever and take refuge in the shelter of your wings." Psalms 61:3,4

Now the entrance also is an exit. We have been shown the Way, this is where we come back out into the world as Ambassadors, reaching out to lead others back in. "Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature" As Ambassadors we lead them back to the Gate, where they will find refuge and strength as they partake of Him.

" I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find  pasture." John 10:9                    
The Gate, the Way, the Truth and the Life, the Way, Yahweh is the only Gate, Jesus Christ.

THE BURNT OFFERING ALTAR (Exodus 27:1-8) 

The Burnt Offering Altar was the first item to be seen after entering through the Door or the gate into the Tabernacle's Outer Court. It was made from acacia wood overlaid with bronze. Wood is a biblical figure of man (Psalm 1:1,3 & Jeremiah 5:14). Acacia wood is a strong, high quality wood, signifying the best of the best,  which is Jesus. Bronze in the Bible speaks of God's judgment, particularly His judgment over our rebellious thinking and speaking against Him (as in Numbers chapter 16:29-40 and Jude 11). Since the wood is overlaid with the bronze, the Altar reminds us of man under God's judgment for our rebellion against Him and His ways. Since the wood is acacia wood, this speaks of Jesus bearing the judgment of God for us on the cross if we turn to Him and follow Him.

Sacrifices in the OT and the NT always cost a life. Sin costs lives. Without the shedding of blood or the taking of life there is no remission of sin, even though in today's culture it is rather disturbing, but then again so should sin be equally disturbing, however sin seems to be alright where the sacrifice for sin seems to be repugnant. The offering had to be without blemish, the very healthiest and best available. This foreshadows the Lord Jesus, Who was examined by Pilate, who declared "I find no fault in Him at all" (John 18:38).

The penalty of sin is death (Romans 6:23). Sin was defined by the law, the 'Torah', the first five books of the Bible, however Jesus redefined sin to be anything not of God or pleasing to God or not being focused on God. We are to be judged for every idle word even. In God's eyes everything matters and is all a condition of the heart. Man does make mistakes and there is grace for mistakes. According to the Law then and now we are all under a death sentence unless we sacrifice our lives to Him, if we have truly been bought with a price. Jesus did pay the price for us should we accept Him and His ways, which is God's ways as He had no will but the will of the Father and did not represent Himself, but only represented the Father who sent Him. Jesus did not come to start a new religion. He came and died so that all may enter through Him and be God's people, Jews. We are grafted in by accepting His blood and the sacrifice made for us, however it should be noted that when we do that we also accept all of His covenants and His ways.

Romans 2:29 But he is a Jew who is one inwardly, and whose circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit and not in the letter, and whose praise is not from men, but from God.

1Corinthians 7:19 Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but what matters is the keeping of the commandments of God.

Galatians 6:15 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.

Philippians 3:3 For we are the Circumcision who worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh—

 As Abraham told Isaac in faith "God Himself will provide a lamb for the burnt offering" (Genesis 22:8), and He did: a male lamb hanging on a tree (Genesis 22:13) within eye-shot of Mount Moriah (Genesis 22:2,14), which is where the Temple Mount still is today, in Jerusalem. In fullfilment of all of these indications, God did not withhold His only Son (Genesis 22:16 John 3:16), the Lord Jesus Christ, who was the lamb provided by God: He was crucified within eye-shot of Mount Moriah at the Feast of Passover in 33AD, "the lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world" (John 1:29). Believe in Him. Seeing Jesus die, even the Roman centurion declared: "Truly, this man was the Son of God" (Mark 15:39).

After its blood was poured out, the burnt offering was entirely consumed by fire. The only thing left was the ashes and aroma. The ashes were removed from the camp to a "clean place" (Leviticus 6:8-13). The burning offering was a pleasing, sweet aroma to God (Lev.1:9,13,17) to make the person accepted before God and forgiven (Lev.1:3-4). In Ephesians 5:2, Paul shows us clearly that the burnt offering was an exact picture of the Lord Jesus Christ, who "loved us and gave Himself up for us" on the cross, "an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma".

The final part of the fulfillment, the carrying of the ashes to a 'clean place', came as Jesus' dead body was taken down from the cross: "in the place where He was crucified there was a garden and in the garden a new tomb, in which no one had yet been laid. They laid Jesus there" (John 19:41-42). John, an eye-witness to all this, wrote "he who has seen bears testimony, true testimony, so that you also may believe" (John 19:35).

We are His people and the sheep of His pasture, the flock in His care, hearing His voice (Psalm 95:7). The problem is we have rebelled against God our Maker, we have not listened to His voice. The normal destiny of any sheep entering into the Tabernacle was certain death. However, Jesus has laid down His life for us His sheep. When the wolf of death came, Jesus did not run away, as would a hired shepherd, who did not own the sheep (John 10:12-13). In Jesus' own words "I am the Good Shepherd; and I know My sheep, ... I lay down My life for the sheep" (John 10:14-15).

This is the good news of the Burnt Offering Altar: whether were Jew or Gentile, we are all under God's judgment because of sin. Jesus, "Who did no sin, neither was there any deceit found in His mouth" (I Peter 2:22) became the offering slaughtered in our place. By believing in His death, "carrying up our sins in His body onto the tree" (I Peter 2:24), we can be made acceptable to God, restored to the Shepherd and to His flock (I Peter 2:25). Then we can enter into His courts with praise and thanksgiving (Psalm 100:3-4).

The Burnt Offering Altar and the Laver form a combined experience of Christ.

THE ALTAR made by Moses was 7˝ feet square by 4˝ feet high. It was made of acacia planks covered with copper, and was filled with earth or unhewn stone. Solomon's altar was 30 feet square and 15 feet high, while Herod's altar was 75 feet square and 22 feet high. It needs to be remembered that Herod was placed in power by the Romans and not God. The temple had deteriorated since the time of Solomon. All sacrifices were slain by the worshiper's own hand at the north side of the altar.

THE LAVER (Exodus 30:17-21)
The Laver was a large bronze basin containing water. The Bible does not record its size or dimensions. The purpose of the Laver was two-fold, the first was to wash. Having entered through the Door into the Tabernacle's Outer Court, the priests had to wash their hands and feet at the Laver before they could either enter into the Sanctuary Building or make any offering to the Lord at the Burnt Offering Altar. God warned Moses that if the priests did not wash they would die (Exodus 30:20-21). It is therefore a serious requirement that we "wash" as we come to handle any of the things of the Lord, because those who believe in the Lord Jesus are considered priests in the New Testament sense, (I Peter 2:9 and Revelation 1:6). The second purpose of the Laver was a point of self examination, because the water also acted as mirror. The priests looked after each other in their iniquities. Iniquities are sin, but iniquities are often the sins that we do not see in ourselves. They are the blind spots that we all have. Priests then and today need to move in humility to accept the fact that we all have blind spots that need to be dealt with. It is a difficult thing to hear often that we have short comings that hinder our relationship with God. We all like to think we are OK. We are instructed by scripture though, to confess our faults one with the other, so we can be healed. 

The New Testament speaks of washing in two ways; The first is the baptism (Acts 22:16), after we believe (Acts 16:31-33). This is all for the remission of sin. John baptized with water even before Jesus came along, but Jesus baptized with fire. The second washing of the water is in the Word (Ephesians 5:26; John 13:8-10; 15:8), according to the pattern in Exodus 29:39 at least twice daily (in the morning and evening). It should be noticed that today we call scripture the Word of God, which did not exist at the time. Only a few had the scrolls. The Word spoken of here in scripture is the Word Jesus and people became the Word. We become the Word by surrendering our lives to Him and seeking Him and His ways. He gives us His fire. His life and presence. We have been given God's Spirit. We all are to be living Epistles. 

 We need to become living epistles so that we can live by His Words and keep His Words and commandments (Matthew 4:4) and we need to confess our sins to God, because He is faithful and righteous to forgive and cleanse us (I John 1:7-9). When God forgives, He forgets (Hebrews 8:12). This is the combined experience of the Laver and the Burnt Offering Altar. The Word of God washes us, our "hands" and "feet", especially from the dirtiness of the world around us, but we also have to be resolved to repent and no longer desire to be of this world or a part of this world. It gives us God's perspective on our human conduct in the world and on the thoughts of our minds and hearts (Genesis 6:5). When Ephesians 5:26 speaks of the washing of the water in the Word, the word for washing is "laver" in Greek. As we become His Word, the Lord shines into our hearts and speaks to us. 

The effect of the washing (laver) in the Word is to cleanse: "How shall a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word" (Psalm 119:9). This results in us taking God's side more and more in our living. We become set apart to God. 'Holy' or 'sanctified' ('holified') means just that: set apart to God. Such sanctified people are called 'saints' in the New Testament. Paul writes "to the church of God in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called (to be) saints, together with all those in every place who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ" (I Corinthians 1:2).

Saints are believers that have given their life to God through Christ who have experienced the washing of God's Word in their living. We may have been greedy persons focused on self, swindlers, drunkards, abusers of drugs, thieves, liars, fornicators, homosexuals or in a host of other things not of God, etc. before we came to the Door in the curtains of the Outer Court. But, do not be deceived: no one can inherit the kingdom of God like this (I Corinthians 6:9-10). "And these things were some of you." We were all at one time some of these and even with Christ still caught up in some of these things, which is why we need to forgive, so we can be forgiven. You were washed, sanctified and justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of God (I Corinthians 6:11). We are washed at the Laver and set apart to God (sanctified) as a result; we are justified at the Burnt Offering Altar by faith in Jesus' death on the cross as "the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world" (John 1:29).

Jesus as we know did not come to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved. The good news is that Jesus did give His life and if we are like Him, we too will also give our lives and will to the Father as Jesus did because we have been bought with a price, we are no longer our own. We all are to follow the ways of God through Jesus to have access to God. Part of the Good News is that Jesus died for us and if we are of Him we are broken for others so they can see Him in us. We are a part of the Good News if we are of Him and in Him, as we are to be one with Him and the Father. It should be understood that much of this is a process in life in understanding Him and His ways. He proves Himself worthy of our praise if we are seeking Him. We are called and chosen to be His priesthood of a better covenant. 

Jesus is the gate and the entrance to the Tabernacle so we can dwell with God and God with us. Jesus bought us entrance into the outer court but it is up to us when we enter the outer court to either go further into the Holy of Holies or stay in the outer court. We also through Jesus have been given access to the inner court and have access to the come boldly before the Father, which was limited only to the high priest once a year in the old Tabernacle. It should be understood that we cannot do anything in ourselves to be good enough. None of us are good enough nor can we ever be good enough to enter on our own. Should we understand this we will forgive others. If we do not understand this and begin to think because we do the right things in life that we become good enough then we will not be so forgiving and even critical of others, which can and will put others in further bondage. If we judge others, judgment falls on us. We are called to walk in love with each other and forgive one another as He has forgiven us. We are called to exhort one another in our Holy Calling and Purpose and if we go in that direction we become more like Him. There are two schools of thought. One school is to wait until we are good enough to serve and the other school of thought is to begin to serve and because of that we get closer to Him and become more like Him so we can be perfected in Him. 

The Laver affords us the opportunity to wash, but also look into, to do some self examination to determine whether we look more like Him than ourselves. In doing so as He died, we also died with Him and He has been resurrected we also are resurrected with Him and already seated at the right hand of the Father haven been given every blessing according to Ephesians. Should this have happened in us we walk already in the kingdom of God and work to establish the kingdom of God here on earth to work to build His temple, the body to edify each member of the body. The disciples were set apart as priests of Jesus and His covenant and if we are of Him truly, are also of that lineage and priesthood through the blood and the washing of the blood and the acceptance of the sacrifice for the atonement of sin. Jesus dwells or Tabernacles with God and we as a part of Christ dwell and Tabernacle with Jesus and the Father. 

THE GOLDEN ALTAR, or altar of incense, was 3 feet high and 18 inches square. It was hollow, made of boards covered with gold and having at each corner a golden horn. On it rested a golden bowl in which coals of fire from the brazen altar were placed, on which incense was poured, thus filling the whole tabernacle with a fragrant smoke, a sweet-smelling savor unto the Lord. It was a type of prayer.

THE GOLDEN LAMP (Menorah) was made of gold. It had seven lamps: a central one, and three on arms at each side, pointing toward that central light. One of the oldest symbols of the Jewish faith is the menorah, a seven-branched candelabrum used in the Temple. The kohanim lit the menorah in the Sanctuary every evening and cleaned it out every morning, replacing the wicks and putting fresh olive oil into the cups. The illustration at left is based on instructions for construction of the menorah found in Exodus 25:31-40. The menorah is a symbol of Israel and our mission to be "a light unto the nations." (Isaiah 42:6). The sages emphasize that light is not a violent force; Israel is to accomplish its mission by setting an example, not by using force. This idea is highlighted in the vision in Zechariah 4:1-6. Zechariah sees a menorah, and God explains: "Not by might, nor by power, but by My spirit."

THE TABLE OF SHEWBREAD was 3 feet long, 27 inches high and 18 inches wide. It was also made of acacia, which the Jews called "never-dying wood." It was overlaid with pure gold, and having "a golden crown to the border thereof round about," that is, a border or raised edge to prevent that which was placed upon it from accidentally falling off. On it every seventh day the priest placed twelve loaves of bread, each made of two omers, or one gallon, of flour. Each man was allowed to gather one omer of manna a day. There were twelve loaves, or one for each tribe, and each loaf, contained a double portion. In the NT we see the sacraments also known as the Lord's table, which consists of the cup filled with wine, which is symbol of Jesus shed blood in atonement for sin. The other part is the bread or loaf which is representative of the body of Christ, " My Body has been broken for you." Instead of 12 tribes there is now one tribe and one gate into the Tabernacle. It is interesting to note that the word SHEW means prophecy, showing or representing God's ways to man. To understand and partake of the sacraments is a blessing, to partake and not understand is a curse. Each of us are to be broken so that we will care more about Him and others and His way's more than ourselves and our own ways. It is understanding that what we do to each other we do to Him, whether good or bad.

THE ARK OF THE COVENANT, as before said, rested in the Holy of holies. A chest made in the wilderness by express divine command, 3 feet 9 inches in length, 2 feet 3 inches in width and height, made of shittim-wood and covered with gold plates within and without, encircled near the top by a border or crown of gold, and covered by a lid of solid gold, which was called 'the mercy-seat.' On each end of the 'mercy-seat' was placed the golden image of a cherub, facing inward, and bending down (over) the ark. Two gold rings were attached to the body of the ark on each side, through which passed the staves or poles, made of shittim-wood, and overlaid with gold; these were used in carrying the ark from place to place, and were never taken out. The ark was so called because in it were the two tables of the law of the covenant between God and Israel. The cherubim upon it indicated the place where God revealed himself, made his presence felt among the Israelites: consequently the Holy of holies, in which was the ark, was the dwelling of God. This being so, we see the propriety of covering the ark, of keeping it behind curtains, so that only the high priest saw it, and of intrusting it to the care of a particular Levitical family, the Kohathites. The high priest could only see it when surrounded by clouds of incense. The contents of the ark were the two tables of the law, the pot of manna, and Aaron's rod that budded."

 

The Great Day of Atonement; the Scapegoat  Top

The fire outside the camp, the altar of sacrifice for the priests, nations and its sins. This was done outside the camp as it was considered a hideous thing.  "He is to cast lots for the two goats - one lot for the Lord and the other for the scapegoat. Aaron shall bring the goat whose lot falls to the Lord and sacrifice it for a sin offering. But the goat chosen by lot as the scapegoat shall be presented alive before the Lord to be used for making atonement by sending it into the desert as a scapegoat." Lev. 16:8-10

God wanted the Israelites to see that He totally forgave their sins. A fit priest was given the job of leading the goat around the tents of the tribes of Israel so they understood that God had totally forgave them. It was a symbolic move which illustrated God's love. He let them see it with their own eyes, as he wanted them to know how much He loved them.  After this, the goat was led into the wilderness and was turned out, probably dying there.

As Jesus was considered the scapegoat or sheep (some breed of sheep look like goats) for the sins of the world. He was led before Pontius Pilate standing before the people bearing all the sin, iniquity and shame of mankind.  There was a procedure that was done with these two goats. The high-priest  took a tongue-shaped piece of scarlet cloth and tied it around the horn of the goat, Azazel, the "Scapegoat" and then tied the other side around the throat of the other goat. This was how the sins were transferred as the scarlet cloth turned white, showing the grace of God.  

 In Isaiah 1:17-20 " Wash ye, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil; Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.  Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord; though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.  If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land; But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword; for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it."

It is important to note that Jesus is our refuge, rock and foundation that we are to stand on, but also the scapegoat. He died for the forgiveness of sin. We, if we are like Him will also forgive one another. Who we forgive is forgive. Who we do not forgive is not forgiven, but then we need to understand that neither are we. We as His body have been given the power of God to forgive sin as Jesus did and does. 

 

The Davidic Covenant  (building the kingdom of God) Top

The Davidic Covenant recorded in II Samuel 7:4-17.  This Covenant shows that God's will use the Judeans to prepare the way for the Messiah.  This Covenant has three very simple everlasting promises, disobedience does not cancel this Covenant, it is everlasting. David's covenant and the establishment of the kingdom was here on earth was also equally about establishing the kingdom of God on earth. The kingdom of God is eternal. Kingdoms of the flesh are temporal. Each of us choose in life whether we work to build a kingdom of flesh here on earth to our glory or we work to establish the kingdom of God here on earth by faith to His glory. To do things that glorify God and build the kingdom of God here on earth is salvation. We each of us work to establish a kingdom one way or the other. It is an investment either way and takes work to build a kingdom either way, but if we build a kingdom for ourselves here on earth then it is questionable as to how much of Him we are. Should we work to build the kingdom of God here on earth, then we are of Him, the truth is in us and it is His responsibility to care for us and our needs. 

We each of us are like a David and we all make choices much like David. The covenants were for the people such as David, but also each of us. It is much like the Adamaic Covenant where Adam could walk in the Garden of Eden with God. Through Jesus we have the same ability to eat from one tree or the other. To eat from the Tree of Life or the Tree of Knowledge. Should we eat from the Tree of Life then life is about building a relationship with God and each of His people and learning to follow, being submissive to God and each other, giving up our own lives for His will. Should we eat from the Tree of Knowledge we then pick and choose what we decide to do being god's of our own lives and often manipulating the power of God for what we want instead of what He wants for us. 

Israel in this case is where His people walk with God and each of us work to claim each step we take for God and His kingdom or we take each step for ourselves in life. Israel to most people is a little country located in the Middle East. We as His people Jews work to establish either God's kingdom here on earth or our own kingdoms and we have a heart to do one or the other. To build His kingdom here we build eternal life with Him. Blessing or curses go from one generation to the next according to His promise.

Depending on how we view or take scripture either from the flesh or the Spirit, God secured Israel’s spiritual development by making an unconditional and unbreakable Covenant with David, assuring that his dynasty, ruling over the Israelites, would continue unbroken forever. This would be the last Covenant made with the complete nation of Israel.   

David set his sights on and defeated the land inhabited by the Jebusites, today it is known as Jerusalem. The area known today as Mount Moriah or the Temple mount, was a threshing floor and he purchased it from its Jebusite owner Araunah for the fair market value of fifty shekels of silver. He did not want blood spilt where he planned to build the Temple to God (2Sam.24:16-24). We also either set our sites on the things of God and establish His kingdom here on earth. We either all work to take the land back from the enemy or allow the enemy to continue.

David was a military genius who loved God and His ways.  He was not without sin, but every time he saw his sin he repented and turned from each transgression; he became “a man after God's own heart.”  Like David we are to by faith take back from the enemy that which he has stolen by faith if we have the heart to do so.

King David rises to power in approximately  1000 BC, and he was one of the high points in the Israelites’ history.  David even made the front page of the NY Times a few years ago when archeological discoveries proving his dynasty was found, until then King David was only considered to be some a myth. After David defeated the giant Philistine Goliath, he becomes king, after Saul(1Sam.ch.17 Saul was the first king). Israel at the time wanted a king to rule them because other kingdoms had kings. For some reason Israel wanted to be like everyone else and wanted a king. God told them they would not like having a king, but they persisted and God allowed them to have a king. There choice was Saul and by the natural eye he looked like a good person. Saul was made to be king at that point and God gave him the anointing to be king and rule. Certainly one valuable lesson in all of this if we look closely, is that Saul clearly not only was a poor choice, but was not ready to accept the anointing of God to be king. Today somehow people believe that if they have more anointing then that will make them better somehow. The anointing can make things worse if God's people do not understand the responsibilities of the anointing as obviously Saul did not. The facts are that if iniquity is not dealt with then the anointing does not make things better but amplifies the iniquity.

Prior to the time of Saul, it was the priesthood and the high priest that were called and chosen by God to represent God and His ways, being a servant unto the people. The priesthood was not over people, but there to serve, representing God's ways to the people. In the kingdom of God the least is the greatest and the greatest the least. In God's true ways, no one is over another, but there to serve. With man's ways people are over people, not as a servants, but to lord over them. Because of the iniquity of man, man likes people to be over them because people like to be told what to do and do not want to be responsible to God for the outcome of anything, for the most part. When people dwell with God and God dwells with people, God expects that people learn to stand on His Words and His authority to be His people. That takes faith believing in things not seen. It is easier to live by sight, but unfortunately that is not God's way. Without faith it is impossible to please God, back then and now. He wants us all to grow to maturity not being tossed to and fro by every wind of doctrine as Saul was. 

Saul sought the anointing of God to be king. David on the other hand sought the presence of God and Tabernacled with God. It is the same today. Many believers seek the anointing of God in error, because the anointing although does empower people to do a host of things it takes wisdom in walking with God in how to use the anointing properly. Today many believe that they will find God through knowledge. When they find that knowledge and it is promised that whatever we seek we will find, and the person is not ready for service and seeks the anointing it will become worse, ALWAYS. One reason for this is God created everything with His words in six days. With the anointing of God our speech and what we say becomes crucial, every word we speak, brings life or destruction. Each word watered by the Holy Spirit in the anointing becomes a seed that will when taken root grow a crop. That crop will be one of life or destruction. All we need to do is look today at the world and see the seeds being sown. Not by unbelievers, but by the church because we have been given the anointing and were not ready for it. 

Beware in ODB as ministers of ODB, you will when you are ordained will receive the anointing of God and it can be a good thing if you are ready for it, but also can be harmful to yourself and others if not ready for it. ODB is not about religion it is about witnessing the hand of God through His people so that we all might have a fighting chance to turn what is happening around. Only through self examination can one determine whether they are ready for ordination. It is why we license ministers to begin with to see how they will walk. Either they reach out and walk with us and the five fold gift ministry so there may be balance in the body in what they do or they do what they feel led on their own to do, which is not scriptural. God gave a plan and part of that plan for the body is the five fold gift ministry not to lord over others, but in a place to serve others and to intercede for ministers and people so the body does go in the correct direction to represent His true ways to all people on earth. 

 

The Tabernacle Today in the New Covenant  Top

THE ARK of the Covenant- GOD'S PRESENCE in the Tabernacle (Temple), the body - Christ (Jesus the head), (dwelling place of the Holy Spirit).
One Tribe through Jesus, the Gate, All Covenants in one: Christ

The Messianic Covenant:

Introduction: The New Covenant with Man: To be sons of God

There are a few different definitions of salvation today. After all everyone in Christianity believes they are saved which is why people do what they do. We also know that there are some 20,000 some odd Christian denominations all somewhat claiming that they are right. After all, Scripture, God, Salvation really is all about how to get through life and hopefully and prayerfully have a life with Him after death. That was the point in the OT and the point today. It is about coming to understanding of how bad we really do need God in our lives not just for life after death but how even to get up in the mourning and have some hope of a good day.

It really is not important what you or I believe to be true as to the definition of Salvation. What matters in all of this is His definition and prayerfully we are saved. In the OT salvation came to those that stood in faith on God's words to them. They lived by faith, not so much that they were saved for the afterlife, but for today. We find those that pleased God did not focus on being saved in the after life so much, but stood in faith, putting their trust and lives in God's hands. It was at least in the OT about not only putting their lives in God's hands but following God no matter where He said to go, which takes some seeking God, but also doing things His ways in obedience to His ways and covenants to be saved.

Christianity today seems to vacillate for the most part, from the far right to the far left and often waffle somewhere in between, but one thing is for sure everyone seems to be right and know they are saved. Perhaps they know more than Paul the Apostle when he said. "work out your own salvation, with fear and trembling, " which is something that is not seen for the most part in any church leaving one with the idea that scripture or at least Paul might not have fully understood.  The truth is, either Paul did understand or did not understand, but each must judge for themselves what the truth is, because at the end when we all stand before God we are either saved or not. At that point there is not much that can be done about it, but while we are still here, we still at least have the day to be able to look at it prayerfully not from our beliefs, but from God's standpoint of what Salvation actually is. This really is about self examination. It really does not matter so much what we say or how many alter calls that we go for but how and what we do with our lives. Do we walk for God and demonstrate to others His ways. Do we walk with God and seek His presence. Do we want His presence more than life or anything that life might have to offer? Are we led by the Spirit of God or do we even hear from the Spirit of God? When He speaks to us if we hear Him do we act upon it or look for reasons not to or look for reasons to put off His will? Do we and are we overcoming by the blood of the lamb and the words of our testimony? By the way how do we speak? Does stuff just fly out? Are we Seeking His will and becoming living Epistles? What do we talk about? What is our focus in life? What do we spend the majority of our time on, here on earth, the things of God and His plan for us or the things of man and man's plan for us? What do we stand for and what do we come against?

These questions are difficult. No one is saying that these things are easy. However, it does seem that it is important to be going in the correct direction and being led by His Spirit and overcoming by the blood of the Lamb and the words of our testimony or speech in the way we speak. Perhaps our speech or the way we talk or what we talk about for the most part is an indicator of really where we are in the scope of things and certainly the condition of our hearts. Perhaps we are judged more by what or how we speak for that will always bear a type of fruit as our speech in what we speak are like seeds that we sow and plant in others. If the seed we sow is from God because we are of God then it will produce a crop of Life of Him. If the seeds that we sow are not about God and not from Him, then those seeds will also produce a crop, which will always be destruction and eventually death. Understanding this that we all either spread life or death is powerful in itself. 

Important questions seem to be: 

Background: The New Covenant is first recorded in Jeremiah 31:31-34. Covenant, The New {See "De 29:14"} {See "Mt 26:28"}

31 "Behold, the days come," saith the LORD, "that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah—*
32 not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, although I was a husband unto them," saith the LORD.
33 "But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel: After those days," saith the LORD, "I will put My law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts, and will be their God, and they shall be My people.
34 And they shall teach no more every man his neighbor and every man his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD.’ For they shall all know Me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them," saith the LORD, "for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more."

The new Covenant is often called the Christian Covenant. For the most part the Christian Covenant or what is taught or believed by many is where the Messiah comes to start a new covenant and in essence a new religion outside of Judaism or the Hebrew faith. One problem with this is that Jesus came out of the house of Judah. One has to remember that God's people have been and always will be is Jews, which means God's people. While it is true that Jesus did come and was rejected by His people but came to give all the opportunity through Him to become sons of God. It is why there is no difference between Jew and Gentile as all need to enter the same way by one gate, Jesus. Had Jesus come to establish a new religion would have working against God's will. How one becomes a Jew today or God's chosen people is by the belief in Jesus. How we become sons of God is first by accepting Jesus, being dead to self and then being led by His the Spirit of God, overcoming by the blood of the lamb and the word of our testimony. Jesus represented all the covenants and the power of all the covenants and came to uphold or fulfill the commandments, not do away with them.

Matthew 27:51 "And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;"

What is different between the OT and the NT is first all may enter by the Gate, but then also all may have the anointing and the indwelling of the Spirit of God. The indwelling of the Spirit of God comes by surrendering our lives and will to Him, being led by His Spirit and overcoming by the blood of the Lamb. The other part of the anointing is the mantel, which in the OT was limited to only kings, prophets and priests, where because of what He did and died for all as long as they believed could have the power of God in the anointing. It should be noted that having the power of God does not make one a son of God. Satan believes and has the power of God, but is not a son of God. Satan's followers have the power of God and are not son's of God, but use the power of God to manipulate others and get things that we want. What makes a person a son of God is not only the belief, but the actual laying down of our lives desiring His presence and His ways and being led by His Spirit. All have the ability to hear from God, believers and non-believers, otherwise none of us would come to God. How we come to God is by His Spirit, but it is important to learn how to be led by His Spirit. Many do not understand that it is even by grace and God's love for all people, that His Spirit holds thing together more than we realize. Without His Spirit man on his own, is worse than the worst. 

The belief and acceptance of Jesus gets us access into the Garden of Eden like Adam, however it is important to eat only from the Tree of Life, which is about His presence, which will lead to a personal relationship with Him, being led by His Spirit, will create love and unity and a submissive person, caring about the needs of others, because what we do to each other we do to Him, good or bad. On the other hand we also have the opportunity to eat from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil and we can decide what is good and what is evil and not even ask God's opinion on what is good or evil. When believers eat from the Tree of Knowledge then instead of building the body we end up building a lot of churches and selling books and go to a multitude of teachings, but have little contact with each other and not really willing to walk with each other in life. The good news is that by self examination we can turn and repent from our ways and come back to Him and make Him Lord of our lives.  

Eight provisions are made in this Covenant, then it is signed and dated:

Although many do not see it in the church, Jesus was and represented all of the Covenants and all of God's commandments and statutes. He came to show man how to live with God in God's Covenants.

Hebrews 8:6-10 "But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises.  For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second. For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord. For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people: "

...and the Universe awaits 
for the revealing of the Children of  sons of adoption.....

The Gospel: The Good News

Our Covenant (all Covenants in one, Christ, head and body): In Noah's day all that entered the ark, which was representative of the covenant, the body, and today the temple were saved from the flood. God desires that each enter covenant with Him and walks with Him daily. We are a covenant people and what we lend ourselves to and what we enter covenant with, we represent Him and either loose His Spirit or bind His Spirit. Today the temple is not built out of wood or mortar and stone, but flesh and blood. Our flesh and His blood, which is what seals us and makes us one with Him, but also one with each other if we are truly of Him. As El Shaddai He provided us with a covenant, the ark, the temple, the body which has been given all power on earth and in heaven to deal with all problems, to put an end to the work of the enemy if we work as one body in love and unity. While today many come to the temple to receive help and they do it is those that enter and stay in the temple to become part of the structure of the temple that are saved from the fire that is about to come.

Jesus in His death burial and resurrection and our acceptance of Him as Lord we also accept Christ, both head, which is Jesus, but also the body. He paid a great price not just for the Father and He did not have to die because He sinned but He died so there could be a body to represent the will of the Father globally. Jesus did all things for the body and if we are like Him we should do the same, to do things for the body. We are grafted in as Jews, meaning "God's people" as such should build relationship with Him and each other to accomplish His will in all things. As a part of the Gospel or Good news Jesus through His sacrifice bought each of us entry and the ability to walk with God as Adam did in the garden of Eden. Adam like us makes a choice to either eat from the Tree of Life or the Tree of Knowledge. If we eat from the Tree of Life we seek Him and His presence and walk with Him daily, should we eat from the Tree of Knowledge we make or own choices and determine what is good and evil and eating from this tree always brings death.

Romans 12:1-2 - "Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices holy and pleasing to God - this is your spiritual act of worship. (He desires us to love and adore Him, as priests today, our act of open worship is as powerful as the priests back in the Old Testament, except now all who desire Him may enter in) Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind."

I Peter 2:4-8 NIV
"As you come to Him, the Living Stone - rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him, you also, like living stones, are being built unto a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For in Scripture it says; "See I lay in Zion a chosen and precious cornerstone, and the one who trusts in Him will never be put to shame."  Now to you who believe this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe, "The stone that the builders rejected has become the capstone," (or chief cornerstone) and "A stone that causes men to stumble and a rock of offense that makes them fall." They stumble because they DISOBEYED the message - which is also what they were destined for."

As a part of His covenant and good news all those that accept "Christ" may receive His anointing, which in the Old Testament was reserved for only kings, prophets and priests, but with that anointing we become responsible for how we use that anointing and for what happens around us and all outcomes as we are leaders and have been given the ability to influence all in either the things of Him or the ways of the world. What we lend ourselves to increases as a part of His covenant, good or bad. It is important for each to hear from Him and understand His ways and do what each have been called to do as those called and chosen in the Old Testament. Those that did not do this in the Old Testament that received His anointing and justified why they did what they did lost everything. Although we live in grace we need to understand that what we do and what we represent is not the ways of the world but are to only represent His ways. It is salvation for us to do so and salvation for those that have an ear to hear in those that we reach out to.

What ODB is all about is joining together to seek His face as one in Him and that is not only where the power is but where the answers are also. Scripture tells us that we can do all things through Christ. We define Christ as Jesus is the head and we are the body. So by working as one in Him and each other provision is made. Jesus gave us a prayer which we commonly call the Lord's prayer and in it we are to pray His will be done but also to pray the He gives us this day our daily bread. Our Daily Bread is Jesus and His ministry to mankind.

God's plan is His plan for the body not just in local areas but for the whole body locally and globally. We each need to understand His plan for the body and for us as individuals, to know His will and our purpose and calling in the body, walking with Him and each other. It worked in Acts and it is working today doing His way: Global Ministry Initiative . Our commission is to leave no stone unturned globally and deny no one in need. The only way this can be done is through the body working as one in Him in love, unity, agreement and the power of God in agreement. It is about understanding His plan globally, locally and individuals. We either know His plan or we do not.

Salvation: 

We believe that salvation is turning our lives over to God through Jesus and accepting Christ as Lord and Savior. We also believe when we accept Christ we are accepting Jesus the head of the body and we are the body. We believe the His body is broken so people may see Him in us, His people. We believe that all should know His voice and be led by His Spirit to be sons of God. We also believe that the more one surrenders to God the more love and unity there will be in the body caring for all. We believe that we are to overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony. We believe we are to die to self daily and learn how to be servants, not being over one another or better than others. We believe that we should have no will of our own, but only the will of the Father. 

We believe that we are to learn to trust in the Lord with all of our hearts and lean not unto our own understanding. As we are servants then we must seek God for His will in our lives in all things we do. We believe we are to work as one body. We believe that each in the body has been called by God for His purpose and calling. We believe that if we love Him we will keep His words and commandments. We also believe that as He has adopted us, if we love Him then we will also adopt all of His people. We believe that we show our love for Him by caring about and doing something about the needs of all. We do believe that salvation is a gift from God and no one can earn it and no one deserves to be saved, but we are saved by grace through faith and faith comes by hearing and hearing comes from the Word, Jesus.

We believe that God has a plan for us as the body and us as individuals and that we all are responsible to know His plan, purpose and our calling. We believe that all that are called to teach are called to also be an example to all and that part of our responsibility to all is that for all to know His plan for the body and us as individuals and walk in His plan and purpose, to do His words and not just hear them. We believe that all are called to be ministers and His priests to represent His will and love to all people on earth. It is a condition of our hearts to do so daily to each that He sends us. We believe that this is accomplished when we die to ourselves daily and seek His will. 

We believe that we have been called to walk as Jesus did...........To be in one accord (agreement) takes understanding Godly precepts in His Covenant and praying in line with His Spirit, which will release the power and authority of God in His blessings. Doubt in Christ (head or body) and Unbelief and Un-forgiveness stops the answers from coming, which bring curses. 

In Matthew 21:23-25 the elders and chief priests asked Jesus as he was teaching, "By what authority doest thou these things? And Jesus answered and said unto them: "I also will ask you one thing, which if ye tell me, I in likewise will tell you by what authority I do these things, (he was able to curse the fig tree, and people talked about the authority Jesus had). He asked them; "The baptism of John, whence was it? from heaven , or of men? And they reasoned with themselves saying.............."

They did not come in agreement of what they believed.

Why is there disagreement today in the church. The simple answer is sin. Most of us like to think ourselves like a light switch where some days we want to be led by God and do His will and other days we want to do our will. The question is "how many days of the week do we really want to do His will." The less we seek His will daily, the less we walk in His will, the less we are led by His Spirit overall to the point we are no longer sure what the truth is.

We are to be priests of a royal priesthood, representing Him who represented all of the Covenants and Commandments. We all or any of us either represent ourselves or Him! He showed us the truth so we could be set free, but we either choose to walk in the truth and light or choose to stay in darkness. One definition of salvation is to walk in His will as His priest's in the light.


Jesus refused to reveal His Authority. (God did show all, at least those that wanted the truth, who Jesus was. It is why multitudes came to Jesus. Jesus did not promote Himself, but the Father who sent Him. Jesus said to Peter, "who do you say I am?" Peter told Jesus that He was the Son of God and Jesus revealed to him that the Father had revealed that to Peter.) The priests of the day would have argued about it anyway because the priests of the day were convinced they were in God's will and anyone that did not do what they did and act as they did were not in God's will. It is what happens in churches today. Each one believes what they do is correct. Each believe their way is the the path of salvation. Each dig their heels in equally and no longer being sensitive to the Spirit of God. It is almost as if Jesus could show up on the door step and no one would recognize Him. At the end they will say to Him on the day of judgment, when did we see you Lord. The will say we did things your way. We did miracles. Often it is not as we think or believe. They will say to Him, when did we see you hungry or naked or in prison? Matthew 25 31-46. He said whatever you do to the least of these you do to me and then told them to be gone and cast them away. 

Those that have been broken reach out for God and God in His mercy reaches back to them. Matthew 25:31-46 is about taking care of the needs of people, but more importantly is recognizing and being sensitive to the Spirit of God in all those that God has sent to us. It is the Spirit of God that breathes life into all and we all need to be able to discern His Spirit in each. Should we recognize the Spirit of God in the person and speak to the Spirit of God in that person, the spirit in that person is edified. Should we speak to the flesh then that is edified. One or the other always grows depending on which we speak to. His people as part of His covenant always bring increase to what we speak to.

People today, God's people are not coming into agreement about the things of the kingdom, because of the leavening in the loaf. A little leavening spoils the whole loaf. When anyone hears anything they determine what they will listen to often instead of seeking God for the truth. Man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest. The problem with this is that it is not being led by His Spirit. We all in self examination need to ask ourselves if we judge things and make decisions based on if we want to be responsible and therefore accountable for what happens. Do we go through life accepting responsibility for what happens where we live or do we want the government or the church or someone else to be responsible, so they can be at fault when if falls apart? Do we think of ourselves as incapable or not having the answers? Do we see ourselves as not having the ability or the knowledge to do anything? The question is do we see ourselves as victims of what happens or over-comers. If we harbor these beliefs and thoughts, which are not of God then we are victims, not because of God, but because we do not want to be responsible to God for what Scripture say, "I can do all things through Christ." A question most asked is, "Is this teaching of God or mere intellect of man." It is a condition of the heart to be in agreement as one seeks God for the truth, if one seeks God for the truth. Each needs to seek God for the truth and be led by His Spirit to be sons of God. In agreement we find the very power of God in prayer and touching anything it will be done. All problems on earth can be dealt with in agreement. 

AUTHORITY - All authority in heaven and earth was passed to Jesus and if we are His priesthood then the anointing and the authority has been already passed to us, having received all spiritual blessing (Ephesians 1-2). It is important to be in His will to be led by His Spirit to led, otherwise we use His power in our will or authority. None of us are totally sure, but if the five fold gift ministry works in unity they do represent His will and power. Not only in this is the authority to deal with all things, but also is the power of God to deal with all things if we truly are representing Him and His ways. We either are representing His will and ways daily, which is what really makes us a royal priesthood or we are trying to dodge the responsibility for what does happen. We are to represent His will to all and be an advocate of His will to all that God puts in front of us. 

Empowerment or anointing comes from accepting the responsibility and accountability for what does happen. After all why should He empower us if we are not going to be or want to be responsible. Often times we do ask for His anointing and He does give freely, but each needs to understand that the cost of this is the responsibility of the outcome. We are called to a royal priesthood, to represent His will and ways but most have not accepted the responsibility and then wonder why things are not working? 

Jesus Prayed,
"I pray for them, I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me...." John 17:9

Christ (both Jesus as the head and we are the body of Christ)  have been given all authority, power, and dominion to rule on our behalves. The power of His shed Blood has done it all. Now we have been given that authority to pray and see things changed. Authority, power, and agreement working together! However, there is an important warning that comes with that power to use that power only in His will. For us to use the power out of His will is a part of witchcraft. The enemy's job is to dilute the thinking of those who are Christ's. By running and listening to many teachers, the saints have not been able to listen to what the Spirit is saying because they seek self justification, seeking to be justified by what they do instead of seeking the truth. They get only a part of the message. Watch out for teachers not in line with the five fold gift ministry who do not teach His purpose, plan, authority to get the job done, accountability for getting the job done, who tickle the ears of man, which come to divide the body by their teaching. 

Hebrews 3:12-19 "Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you and evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God. But EXHORT ONE ANOTHER DAILY, while it is called Today; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. For we are made partakers of Christ. If we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast unto the end; while it is said; "Today if ye will hear His voice, harden not your hearts as in the provocation (opposition). Watch out for those who cause unbelief. For some when they had heard, did provoke; howbeit NOT ALL that came out of Egypt by Moses. But with who was he grieved forty years? was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcasses fell in the wilderness? And to whom swore he that they could not enter in because of unbelief." 

God's Covenant Promise through Christ

His people, priests and sons of adoption will understand and be the following, and work in love and unity to build and edify the whole body:

Who we are in Christ

I am God’s child John 1:12 

I am Christ’s friend John 15:15 

I have been justified Romans 5:1 

I am united with the Lord and one with Him in spirit I Corinthians 6:17 

I have been bought with a price; I belong to God 1 Corinthians 6:20 

I am a member of Christ’s body I Corinthians 12:27 

I am a saint Ephesians 1:1 

I have been adopted as God’s child Ephesians 1:5 

I have direct access to God through the Holy Spirit Ephesians 2:18 

I have been redeemed and forgiven of all my sins Colossians 1:14 

I am complete in Christ Colossians 2:10 

I Am Secure in Christ

I am free forever from condemnation Romans 8:1,2 

I am assured that all things work together for good Romans 8:28 

I am free from any condemning charges against me Romans 8:33,34 

I cannot be separated from the love of God Romans 8:35 

I have been established, anointed and sealed by God 2 Corinthians 1:21 

I am hidden with Christ in God Colossians 3:3 

I am confident that the good work God has begun in me will be perfected Philippians 1:6 

I am a citizen of heaven Philippians 3:20 

I have not been given a spirit of fear, but of power. Love and a sound mind 2 Timothy 1:7 

I can find grace and mercy in time of need Hebrews 4:16 

I am born of God and the evil one cannot touch me 1 John 5:18 

I Am Significant In Christ

I am the salt and light of the earth Matthew 5:13:14 

I am a branch of the true vine, a channel of His life John 15:1,5

I have been chosen and appointed to bear fruit John 15:16

I am a personal witness of Christ’s Acts 1:8 

I am God’s temple 1 Corinthians 3:16 

I am a minister of reconciliation 2 Corinthians 5:17-20 

I am God’s coworker 2 Corinthians 6:1 

I am seated with Christ in the heavenly realm Ephesians 2:6 

I am God’s workmanship Ephesians 2:10

I may approach God with freedom and confidence Ephesians 3:12 

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me Ephesians 4:13 

"Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:" Romans 5:11

"By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God." Romans 5:2

"And not only so, we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement." Romans 5:11

"Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin." Romans 6:6

‘There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit" Romans 8:1

"And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may also be glorified together." Romans 8:17

"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. "II Corinthians 5:17

"To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and bath committed unto us the word of reconciliation." II Corinthians 5:19

"So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another." Romans 12:5

"Unto the church of God which is at Corinth. to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours" I Corinthians 1:2

"But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:" I Corinthians 1:30

"For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive." I Corinthians 15:22

"Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God;"II Corinthians 1:21

"Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savor of his knowledge by us in every place." II Corinthians 2:14

‘For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God bath before ordained that we should walk in them." Galatians 2:10

"I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me." Galatians 2:20

For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus." Galatians 3:26

‘There is neither Jew nor Greek, their is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female for ye are all one in Christ Jesus." Galatians 3:28

"Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ" Galatians 4:7

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who bath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ" Ephesians 1:3

"According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:" Ephesians 1:4

"In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:" Ephesians 1:11

"In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also, after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise," Ephesians 1:13

"And bath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:" Ephesians 2.6

"In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him." Ephesians 3:12

‘That the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel." Ephesians 3:6

"For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord; walk as children of light" Ephesians 5:8

"I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." Philippians 4:13

"But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:19

"When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory." Colossians 3:4

"For God bath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind." II Timothy 1:7

Mark 11:22-24 tells us to have faith in God, putting our lives in His hands and then what you believe, say and do not doubt will be done. If you want to have life change around you. Speak the words written above as often as you can, even in conversations. God gave us His power in our speech or in what we say by faith. 

REVIEW
Even though Jesus is praying for us, the enemy in his devices attempts to corrupt our minds, from understanding of who we are in Christ and what we are supposed to be in Christ. The power of God is really for the body although often we as individuals are tempted to use the power of God outside of His will and outside of the body. It is why we are given the five fold gift ministry so the body would be in line with His will and be in balance. We either accept the enemies lies or accept God's truth but it is all a condition of the heart either way, because either we do or do not accept the responsibility and accountability for what happens around us in our families, where we work or go to school, in our churches and communities or in our countries where we live or for those still in the world. In acceptance of Him and His ways your name is written in the Lambs Book of Life, everything you do is being recorded. The enemy wants us to hate and devour one another, this causes us NOT TO COME INTO AGREEMENT voiding out the power of prayer and touching anything. Touching it makes us responsible for the outcome. Accepting the responsibility, corporate prayer, intercession and praise for the outcome is the bodies mightiest weapon against evil, coming into agreement stops the flow of destruction. Jesus tells us, "Verily I say unto you, whatsoever ye shall bind on earth, shall be bound in heaven and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven." Matthew 18:3

Prayer is binding, it is requesting Prayer is also loosing, it can break-up or dissolve.

WE HAVE THE POWER OF AGREEMENT BECAUSE OF CHRIST'S AUTHORITY IN HEAVEN AND WHAT HE HAS NOW PLACED IN OUR HANDS. THIS IS THE POWER OF AGREEMENT, AS IT IS PLACED WITHIN US.

"Again I say unto you, that if two of you shall agree on earth as touching ANYTHING that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father, which is in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them." Matthew 18:18-20

"For it pleased the Father that in him should all fullness dwell; and having made peace through the blood of the Cross, by Him to reconcile (to make agree or fit) all things unto Himself; by Him, I say whether they be things in EARTH or things in HEAVEN and YOU, that were sometimes alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works yet now hath he reconciled" Col. 1:19-20

WHEN WE ARE SET FREE WE ARE WALKING IN FORGIVENESS, THIS POWER IS RELEASED WHEN WE WALK IN FORGIVENESS! IT IS THE ENTERING OF THE OUTER COURTS WHERE THE PRIESTS WOULD MINISTER ONE TO ANOTHER.

When we are not walking in His way's and authority, then we are not Christ's, we are alienated in our minds and workers of iniquity. This cancels out the authority given to us.....
"Then his lord, after that he had called him , said unto him, O thou wicked servant. I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desirest me; shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellow servant, even as I had pity on thee? And the Lord was wroth and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him. So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not EVER ONE his brother their trespasses." Matthew 18:34-35

We have been instructed by Jesus on how to pray;
"Our Father, which art in heaven , hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done. On earth and it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and FORGIVE US our debts as we FORGIVE OUR DEBTORS and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil , for thine is the kingdom, and the power and the glory forever and ever amen." Matthew 6:9-15

The Lord has promised us that He would take care of us, He would supply every need according to His riches in glory. If you have more than you need, then you are to share it with others, but if you are lacking, then you need to ask of God in agreement with those who care for you. If you are walking in un-forgiveness, and holding grudges against others, then you need to go and be washed and be reconciled back to the Father. He forgave you, You need to forgive others. What a wonderful act of love we have when we have been forgiven of all our sins. So we forgive those also, that is the duty of a priest.

THINGS TO REMEMBER: Christ has given us all AUTHORITY, DOMINION AND POWER, BUT REMEMBER WITH IT ALSO COMES THE ACCOUNTABILITY AND RESPONSIBILITY!
This is the day of constant irritation , do not let it get to you! Seek people of like-minds, faith and heart. Continue to pray , be filled with His Spirit! Pray for God to use you to Bless someone today!!!

WE AS HIS PRIESTS AND KINGS NEED LOVE, HEALING AND FORGIVENESS. GOD HAS PROMISED IT TO US AS WE WALK IN CHRIST JESUS BRINGING LOVE, HEALING AND FORGIVENESS. HE IS HERE TO HELP, DIRECT AND GUIDE US BY HIS HOLY SPIRIT, SO WALK IN LOVE.

God's Plan for People Globally  Top 

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teachings and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer… Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”                                      Acts 2:42-47

God's plan was in the days of Adam and still is today to walk with His people daily for us to dwell with Him and He with us. It is not just about beliefs, but building a relationship with Him. He loves all people and cares for them all and the more we walk with Him the more we will love others. Jesus told us that there are two great commandments, the first is to love God with all of our hearts, but He said the second was like unto the first, love thy neighbor as thyself. It is understanding that how we treat each other is really how we feel about God. We cannot say we really love Him and hurt others intentionally or unintentionally. Hurt is hurt. What we do to each other we do to Him, whether good or bad. His Spirit gave life to all and His people are to represent His ways and love all. It is to treat each other as we would our own family as they are our family as we all came from Adam. 

We often times do not see this or even think on these things, but that is part of the lesson to see the things and be able to discern what is happening in Truth and His wisdom. In doing so we will respond to events properly in His will. Simply put if He cares for all and loves all then so should we if we are like Him. We were created in His image, which means exact likeness. Jesus made it possible for us all to get back and have what Adam had with God in the garden of Eden, but even Adam was warned not to eat of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil as He would die. So each of us choose to eat from one tree or the other in life. Should we eat from the Tree of Life we become like Him in love and will love one another as He has loved us. If we eat from the other tree we will justify why we should not love them. Simply put Sheep follow and love and goats do their own thing and do not love all others. It is about self examination to determine, which tree we have eaten. 

Taken from ODB's Articles of Faith: The members of Our Daily Bread, staff, affiliates, missions, ministries, churches and Bible schools and Institute all agree, to live, preach and teach Christ crucified and we define Christ as Jesus being the head and we are the body. We believe that God's, (El Shaddai) plan for provision for all people on earth is the body. As a part of El Shaddai's plan we believe that Jesus came to give His life so there could be a body and He gave all for the body and if we are like Him we should all be willing to do the same. We believe Jesus ministry is the body, to edify and build the body so the body could deal with all needs and problems globally through Jesus. We also agree and affirm that the bread in the sacraments are the body and that we through surrendering our will to Him and His purpose are broken for others and each other so His will can be done.

We believe that Christ both head and body are sent to destroy the works of the devil and that we can do all things through Christ if we stand in love and unity as one body. We believe that all are equal in the body and no one is over the other, but the greatest is sent to serve. We also believe that to be in Him we not only accept the Father, Jesus and Christ head and body and that we as the body are all very connected to Him and each other. We believe that we have been called to represent His will and not man's will. We believe that we have been called to stand with Him and each other and work together to accomplish His and are called to deny no one and should we deny each other or the body we deny Him. We believe that what we do to each other we do to Him good or bad.

 

The Work of Our Daily Bread, Missions: Bring the Body 

Together Globally so the Body can care for all needs 

demonstrating His Love and Mercy 

We believe that ODB is His ministry called by God to gather His priesthood to work as one body globally, to edify and build the body, the temple of the Holy Spirit, formed and fitted by Jesus as we surrender to Him and even broken, so the body can reach out to the needs of all locally and globally. We believe that we are called to leave no stone unturned globally, which is accomplished through the work of the local church.

We believe that Our Daily Bread is the name of His ministry and the body of Christ, is the temple of the Holy Spirit the and all that come to ODB should seek God's to confirm that ODB is His ministry to become involved. We believe that God cannot deny Himself and His ministry and He will confirm all things for those that seek Him in truth and Spirit. 

We believe in the offices of the five fold gift ministry (apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers) as a part of God's plan and provision for the body to edify and build the body so the body can reach out to all in the community to care for the needs of all. 

We believe and it is our mandate by God that we are to deny no one and that all that come to ODB will receive His blessing, but with that blessing is also a warning, because depending on the condition of the heart, people will either receive blessings or curses.

The Work of the Church Globally: To Reach all Globally with His Love and Care 

All churches should be involved in dealing with local problems and needs, but as one body be connected to each other to share with each other so the work of the body can continue globally. God's plan and provision for all people on earth is body globally and not just locally. To meet that mandate Global Ministry Initiative, was created to deal with the needs of people locally and globally to work as one body seeking God for His will in His plan globally and each area of the globe leaving no stone unturned globally. His promise is that we can do all things through "Christ" if we understand Christ is defined as Jesus is the head and we can do nothing without Him and the body that has been broken so it would care about all locally and globally. When the body works in love and unity to care for the needs of all globally and if we are walking by faith in His will. 

The facts are that if all people that called themselves Christians would give just $1 each per month we could end starvation globally. The only thing that allows some 10,000 per day to starve to death is because of beliefs. 

The Work of the Church Locally: To Reach all in a Locality with His Love and Care 

1) a. The church (body) to be in His will should reach out to all people in the community, to care for each one in the community as He has cared for us. An outreach is not a church, but should be a part of a church and work with the church to reach out to people locally and globally. A church should provide balance for a community being resolved to destroy the work of the devil. 

b. To stabilize new believers with the milk of the Word. To help them understand who they are in Christ, their position in the body and their role and calling, provide training in that calling with a safe place for them to use that calling so they can learn to walk in their calling.

c. Send and support those called to the field, until they are established wherever they are sent, because the congregation (body) does the sending as God leads as Paul and Silas were sent.

2) Although there is an element of caring for people and their needs, it is the congregation (the body) that decides or judges who gets help.  Churches also need to understand that they will be held accountable to God for their decisions. The congregation pays the expenses for what is done, so they should also have input how funds are spent and who gets helped, seeking God for His will and representing His will to all people in the community they are called to serve. 

3) The church should represent the will of God to the whole community and not just the members or a group or building. All believers in the community to be in His will need to work as one body. Believers should deny no one, for what we do to the least of these we do directly to Him. We should seek His will for all needs to be supplied, as we may not have all the answers.

4) The whole body is to move in unity, together seeking His will for all needs to be supplied. We believe that salvation is hearing His voice, knowing His will and doing His will, but His will will always bear the fruit of the Spirit. We believe that if we accept Christ we are accepting both head and body as the two cannot be separated and as such should love both equally. The body needs to move as one , forward, understanding and agreeing to all things because the Spirit of God does not bring confusion or disagreement. We believe that love and unity comes from surrendering our lives to Him, being broken. The more broken, the more we have surrendered, the more love and unity there will be not just in the body, but for all people. 

5) The work of the body will always be in line with scripture and His will and the five fold gift ministry, apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers will be in line with each other and the body and not work independently of the body but to serve the body, not being above, but in a position of service to the body to edify. If the five fold gift ministry works in unity with each other, there will be growth. Without the five fold gift ministry working as one in love and unity, the church grows cold and apathy sets in for others and those in the body. The focus should always be on surrender, prayer, love and unity for all.

6) Ministries of the local church are to care for the needs of those in the community. To care for those that are hungry or need shelter or those that are sick or in prison. To reach out to all and treat all equally. What we do for the very least, we do to Him directly, good or bad.

What we Believe and Stand On: 

A) We believe that everyone needs to be able to hear His voice and be led by His Spirit so no one will be deceived and His Spirit will confirm all things of Him. Each member of the body needs to be led by His Spirit to be a son of God, each one knowing His voice. It is becoming doers of the Word, becoming the word. He may use others to teach believers or even lead them, but all things must be confirmed by His Spirit or it is not of God. In addition all things taught or spoken will also be in line with scripture, His written Word. No one in the body is over the other, but there to serve even the weakest member of the body. 

B) We also believe that He gave us the raw tools to deal with all things and all needs, but it is in the walking with Him and each other we begin to understand how to use the tools that we as individuals and the body have been given. The Holy Spirit gave each person a portion of oil and by ourselves we can do little, but when the body works as one body and shares it's oil with each other, can light the world and care for the needs of all. In the body we carry the very power of God and are called to represent Him in all things. Through us as the salt of the earth and the light of the world others can see His love, grace, mercy, power and forgiveness or His wrath and judgment. Because of this we as the body are responsible for all outcomes and it is by turning to Him and seeking Him that all outcomes can be accomplished in His will.

C) We believe that His house is a house of prayer and if it is His house all are welcome and all are equal in His house. No one is greater than the other. We may have different callings and purposes, but no one is over the other. We believe that He will take care of His house and the people in His house. We choose to serve Him in His ministry, in His house. We believe He is calling His bride to work as one in Him, to pray and stand with Him globally as one body.

D) We believe the only hope for us and all here on earth is if we are willing to join together to seek Him, making His house a house of prayer as it was originally intended, for all things and in all ways in love and unity. We believe fully the only way things can get turned around is if we all seek Him so His Spirit will be poured out on all flesh. It is the only solution, nothing else will work and anything else is not from Him.

According to II Chronicles 7:14 we as one body are to seek God and His will, not just as individuals but as a whole body. Although each person has been given a portion of the Holy Spirit the power is behind the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit which is the body. In the OT the temple was built of stone and mortar but in the NT the temple is built of flesh and blood. Our flesh, but His blood which bonds us together.

 

Conclusion: Putting it all Together   Top

The Basics for Personal Growth, Life and a Life of service in ministry:

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teachings and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer… Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”                                      Acts 2:42-47

TO GATHER THE BODY TOGETHER LOCALLY AND GLOBALLY AND WALK AS ONE BODY
To know God's plan, write His plan, to share His plan with each other and work together.

Work As One Body in Agreement!
Habakkuk  2:2-4  "And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it."

Know His plan for you and the body, write His plan and seek Him on how to walk in His plan. Knowing and walking in His Plan for you and how you will work with the body. Walk with God and each other in the garden and be led by His Spirit.

1.) Honor God in His words, Covenants, (commandments), His ways and His ministry. Pray the Lord's Prayer (His will be done through us daily so His will can be done on earth as it is in heaven.
2.) Put God and His ways first even if it is not popular to do so. Communicate with God and each other in love and unity; Seeking God's will Everyday. As He has adopted us so we if we are like Him will adopt others.
3.) Walk with God and with each other as one body in His global plan. What we do to each other we do to Him. Share with one another, because what we have is because of Him. Exhort (Spiritual), forgive, confess your faults one to the other so you may be healed.
4.) Pray with each and for each other. Put God first, others second (not our families, as they are one with us) and ourselves last.
5.) Fellowship. Focused and sharing what God is doing in each others lives. 

6.) Submit to one another in love, God speaks directly, but also through others if we submit to each other. (Godly Counsel) 

7.) Don't hurt yourself, don't hurt others, including speech and in deed. What we do to each other we do to Him directly. Honor commitments to God and all you make commitments to. 

Not sure what to do? Jesus is our example as we are to speak like Him, talk like Him, act like Him and do the things He did, keeping the Father first in all things. 

Here is the test. How we know that we are His, is by our love one for the other.

The Basics for Ministry Growth:

Certification for Ministry and working as one body  (self Test; self-examination)

1.  Can you pray with and for people?

2.  Can you and do you tithe? If you want people to give to what you are doing then you need to give.

3.  Can you follow directions?

4.  Are you willing to walk with people after you pray with them?

5.  Can you hear from God then communicate with your overseer? Are you in line with the five fold gift ministry? apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers

6.  Can you hear from God then communicate with the people? Can you represent Him? 

7.  Can you lead by example? (People do what they see us doing.)

8.  Can listen to people as much as you speak?

9. Can you listen as much as you speak?

10. Can you work in love and unity?

11) Do you care more about having His presence than in being right?

12) Are you broken enough to give up wanting to be right so you will reach out to others in love?

If you can do these things, then most likely you are a minister. If you cannot, then there is some wood, hay and stubble needing to be cleared out of your life.

Two Models in Ministry: Can Two Walk Together?

The first model is a model that everyone is used to for the most part. It is a little different in each denomination, but for the most part the same. The first is where in a relationship one is over the other, where one is more knowledgeable or perhaps one is more anointed or gifted than the other. This sort of thought allows us to put that person up on a pulpit being over others. It sets them aside as being better than others. It makes those that are up on the pulpit separate from ourselves because they have to live a more holy life or at least that is what is thought. In this case it is difficult to come to this sort of person for help because they are better. It is often difficult to communicate with people that are better than us. This is the typical model that we see in most churches today. 

The other model says that we have been broken so that we will not only reach out to God, but then once understand God and His will for man, will want to dwell with Him. Also in being broken we will reach out to all in love and forgiveness for all, because we really have come to an understanding that there is nothing good in any one of us except for Him and we will be willing to die to self daily for His presence and desire to do His will more than our own will. It is a model of self examination to see where we are with God and each other understanding that it is about building relationship with God and each person that God puts in our lives, walking together, praying together and even sharing in times of joy and sorrow, but always based on His presence, because when two who are equal in the eyes of God and each other are gathered in His name He is present. In this relationship each must work out their own salvation with fear and trembling. They will forgive one another and be open with one another and confess their faults with one another so they may be healed.  In this relationship they will because they care more about His presence than being right or more anointed will want to keep His commandments.  This allows us each to enter covenant relationship with God and each other and because of that, God Tabernacles with us and we are able to Tabernacle with God. In this relationship in so doing that when we walk together in agreement, which can only be done by His Spirit, then whatever is touched and agreed upon will be done, because He does Tabernacle with His people. 

In the OT we see Jews, God's chosen people. They were chosen by God to walk with God and His ways to be an example of His ways to all people on earth. Salvation came to those that turned their lives over to God to be made holy and walk by faith for without faith it is impossible to please God. Those that did want to do things God's way, keeping His commandments and walking in faith found salvation for the day and for eternity, not because they were Jews born of Abraham, but because God was first in their lives and understood how badly they needed God in their lives. In all of this only Jews were God's people. The Jews forgot many things thinking that they were special because they were God's chosen and began to believe that God was just for them, when in actuality they were called to be an example to all on earth to demonstrate God's love and provision and ways to all that turned their lives over to God, desiring to do God's will more than their own. 

Then came Jesus who did not come to break the rules or create a new religion, but came to die, be buried and resurrected so that all that by even believing in Him all may become sons and grafted in as Jews. To be a son takes being led by His Spirit, not just hearing from God. It also takes overcoming by the blood of the Lamb and the words of our testimony, which takes standing in faith on His commandments so we could enter covenant relationship with God and each other and enter into the Holy of Holies so we could have audience with God. Through Jesus all and not just a chosen few could receive His anointing, which in the OT only kings, prophets and priests could have, but with that anointing comes accountability to God for what does happen on earth because either His will is done through each of us or our will is done.  

Salvation comes to those in the OT and the NT that stand in faith for God's ways and for those that demonstrate His righteousness, ways, commandments, covenants and power and or presence to all that God puts in our path. His desire is that we all come to maturity so we can by being broken, reach out to others in love and unity and no longer desire to be right but desire His presence and no longer tossed to and fro by every wind of doctrine. He also in His provision gave us the five fold gift ministry so that we could grow up in Him, because when we walk in love and unity, in agreement, will demonstrate His ways and covenants to all, so all can see the Son and not anyone of us, should we choose to seek the truth and the light to become the word so we can overcome by the blood of the lamb and the words of our testimony as the sons of adoption.

 

His ways, are His Covenants, in His love for us. Should we accept Him and His ways we are blessed and are adopted as sons. Jesus came to show us how sons should be and how to walk in love, one with the other. Jesus died and was resurrected for us so all could be sons of adoption. 

 

He adopted us and if we are like Him we will adopt each other in love, as He has adopted us. It is His way. If we want His blessings and provision we need to do things His way. He cannot take back His way's in His Covenants, any of them, because His Words are eternal. 

 

Our choice is to either accept Him and His ways or be in rebellion. We choose to either walk in love with Him and each other or be in rebellion. If He is in us and we are in Him, then we are one with Him and each other, for those that are in Him. A true son cannot go against the will of the Father. A true son will love the Father and His ways and love each other as much as He has loved us.

 

The Father cannot deny Himself or His ways, nor can He deny anyone who accepts Him and His ways and lives in His ways. If we love Him we will commune and communicate with Him and each other and care about Him and each other as much as we care about ourselves.  

 

 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teachings and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer… Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”                                      Acts 2:42-47

 

Our way makes us god's, His way in doing things, allows Him to be God and we His people:

 

WE ALL HAVE A CHOICE IN LIFE TO EITHER DO THINGS GOD'S WAY AND IF WE DO THAT, THERE IS SOME HOPE FOR TODAY AND THE HEREAFTER OR WE DO IT OUR WAY, IN WHICH THERE IS NO HOPE FOR TODAY FOR THERE WILL BE MORE CRIME, WAR, DISEASE, POLLUTION, NATURAL DISASTERS, DRUG AND ALCOHOL ABUSE AND MORE ABUSE IN GENERAL TO OURSELVES AND OTHERS AND ABSOLUTELY NO HOPE OF ANY HEREAFTER!

 


 

Although there are many things that are happening on earth today, which is bad enough and should concern anyone. What is far, far worse and far more devastating, is what believers think is really happening and what they think Can or Cannot be done about what is Happening on Earth!

William James

 


Recipe for good or evil!

The Only way for evil to prosper,

is when God's people do not do what they are called to do!

Each of us either represent Him and His will or the world!

 


God through His Son gave us raw tools,

the very keys to the kingdom,

but it is up to each of us to use them and use them as one body!

 

IT SHOULD BE OBVIOUS TO ANYONE WHAT HAS HAPPENED!

 

God's Plan for us, the body Locally and Globally

To work as One body in Love and Unity in Agreement

"Can Two Walk Together Except They Be Agreed?"

Amos 3:3

 

10/20/05