RANKS OF OLD ISRAEL
The Bible teaches that the Levites were more upright in heart than the Priests when it came to sanctifying themselves. Let us read 2 Cron 29:34
2Ch 29:34 But the priests were too few and could not skin all the burnt offerings. So until the other priests had sanctified themselves, their Levite kinsmen helped them until the work was done, for the Levites were more upright in heart than the priests in sanctifying themselves.
The Levites were to help the Priests in the Temple. Neh 7:73 So the priests, the Levites, the gatekeepers, the singers, some of the people, the Nethinim [the temple servants], along with all Israel, dwelt in their towns, and were in them when the seventh month came.
Then there was the Nethinim whose Forfather David and the Officials had set apart with their descendants to attend to the Levites – Ezr 8:19 And Hashabiah, and with him Jeshaiah of the sons of Merari, with his kinsmen and their sons, 20;
Ezr 8:20 Also 220 of the Nethinim, whose forefathers David and the officials had set apart [with their descendants] to attend the Levites. They were all mentioned by name.
- So we have the people of God who was ministered to by the Priests.
- The Priests were ministered to by the Levites.
- The Levites were ministered to by the Nethinim.
- Then there were Ziha and Gispa who ministered to the Nethinim.
- And i believe God ministered to Ziha ad Gispa.
(Author: the Word of God, studied by Prophetic Teacher Nomsa).
DAVID’S TRUST IN GOD
I am always amazed to read how much trust David had in God for everything he had to do. Before he would go into battle or do something he would always inquire of the Lord whether he should do it or not. If only we Christians could all start living like that. To put our entire trust in God for everything we need to do.
2 Sam 5:19 David inquired of the Lord, saying, Shall I go up against the Philistines? Will You deliver them into my hand? And the Lord said to David, Go up, for I will surely deliver [them] into your hand.
DID YOU KNOW?
In the Word of God we read that the Israelite’s were complaining to God to give them a King. They never understood that God wanted to be their Father and their King. He wanted them to be His children. They complained because they wanted to see a King of flesh and blood; and not a spiritual God that they could not see. Isn’t it sad that they who had the best King of all that anyone could have, chose to ignore God and cried for a carnal fleshly King.
So God decided to answer their prayers and anointed Saul to be King over them. The Bible says that King Saul was a very attractive man and he was a head taller than anyone in the Country. So everywhere he walked or rode, they could see the taller man, and they knew this was their king. Unfortunately with everything God wanted to bless King Saul with, he still wandered away from God and even had a killing spirit in him when he tried to get rid of David, who was to be his successor.
1 Sam 9:2 Kish had a son named Saul, a choice young man and handsome; among all the Israelites there was not a man more handsome than he. He was a head taller than any of the people.
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King David – He was a man after God’s heart and one of the reasons why is because he never did anything unless he asked the Lord if he should do it.
Let us have a look at the scripture in 2 Sam 5:19 David inquired of the Lord, saying, Shall I go up against the Philistines? Will You deliver them into my hand? And the Lord said to David, Go up, for I will surely deliver [them] into your hand. 2 Sam 5:20 And David came to Baal-perazim, and he smote them there, and said, The Lord has broken through my enemies before me, like the bursting out of great waters. So he called the name of that place Baal-perazim [Lord of breaking through].
In the above scripture we can see the lovely relationship David had with God – He trusted the Lord to come through for him every time. His trust in God was so great. He relied on God for deliverance from any situation, not just for himself, but also for his nation, which is why he went up against a giant.
I imagine David to be that kind of Hero that did not worry about himself being hurt or getting killed, he just wanted to deliver his people from the giant, which is why God loved him so much.
David portrait the same Hero-like character than what our Lord has. He was prepared to die for us so that we can live in freedom and liberty. I want to encourage you today to do the same. Before you do anything ask the Lord what you should do. Especially when you go into spiritual battles – ask God if you should fight that “giant”…. because God knows how strong you are in the Spirit and what is more; if God is backing you, you are sure to have the victory!
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The Witness Stone
There are many Interesting Altar Names in the Bible.
Josh 22:34 The Reubenites and Gadites called the altar Ed [witness], saying, It shall be: A Witness Between Us that the Lord is God.
In the book of Joshua there is an Altar called “ED”… The Reubenites and Gadites called the altar “Witness”, but the Hebrew Name is “ED”.
It is interesting to note that different Bibles call this Altar different Names, like the New American Standard call it “Altar of Offense”; while the New Century version call it “Proof that we believe the Lord is God”.
The Altar of Joshua – “ED” (“Witness”).
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Neh 13:1 ON THAT day they read in the Book of Moses in the audience of the people, and in it was found written that no Ammonite or Moabite should ever come into the assembly of God, Neh 13:2 For they met not the Israelites with food and drink but hired Balaam to curse them; yet our God turned the curse into a blessing. [Num. 22:3-11; Deut. 23:5, 6.]
What we notice here is that no Moabite or Ammonite was allowed into the Assembly of God, but we notice that Ruth was a Moabites, and she became the wife of Boaz. They bore a son Jesse, who was the Father of King David, and he was in the lineage of Jesus Christ.
Isn’t it amazing how great is the love of God, that He could take a Moabite woman who had no favor, and give her such favor and allowed her to be part of the line of Jesus. Amazing God that we serve.
DID YOU KNOW?
The Law that God gave to Moses – Moses was not the only one that wrote a copy of the Law.
Joshua also wrote down a copy of the Law that Moses received from the Lord.
Jos 8:30 Then Joshua built an altar to the Lord, the God of Israel, on Mount Ebal,
Jos 8:31 As Moses the servant of the Lord commanded the Israelites, as it is written in the Book of the Law of Moses, an altar of unhewn stones, upon which no man has lifted up an iron tool; and they offered on it burnt offerings to the Lord and sacrificed peace offerings.
Jos 8:32 And there, in the presence of the Israelites, [Joshua] wrote on the stones a copy of the law of Moses.
Jos 8:33 And all Israel, sojourner as well as he who was born among them, with their elders, officers, and judges, stood on either side of the ark before the Levitical priests who carried the ark of the covenant of the Lord, half of them in front of Mount Gerizim and half of them in front of Mount Ebal, as Moses the servant of the Lord had commanded before that they should bless the Israelites.
Jos 8:34 Afterward, Joshua read all the words of the law, the blessings and cursings, all that is written in the Book of the Law.
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King Solomon’s was known by another Name JEDIDIAH because God loved him –
JEDIDIAH = BELOVED OF THE LORD
2 Sam 12:24 David comforted Bathsheba his wife, and went to her and lay with her; and she bore a son, and she called his name Solomon. And the Lord loved [the child];
2 Sam 12:25 He sent [a message] by the hand of Nathan the prophet, and [Nathan] called the boy’s [special] name Jedidiah [beloved of the Lord], because the Lord [loved the child].
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There is something called a “Free-will Offer” in the Word of God. In the Book of 2 Cronicles we find that the storage places were being kept ready for “Free-will Offerings”, and we also learn who was responsible for keeping track of these Free-will offerings, and how to distribute them.
2Ch 31:11Then Hezekiah commanded them to prepare chambers [for storage] in the house of the Lord, and they prepared them.
You notice here that the offerings was so much that was received, they had to have CHAMBERS FOR STORAGE of all the offerings…!
2Ch 31:12 And brought in the offerings, tithes, and dedicated things faithfully. Conaniah the Levite was in charge of them, and Shimei his brother came next.
2Ch 31:13 And Jehiel, Azaziah, Nahath, Asahel, Jerimoth, Jozabad, Eliel, Ismachiah, Mahath, and Benaiah were overseers directed by Conaniah and Shimei his brother, at the appointment of King Hezekiah and Azariah the chief officer of the house of God.
2Ch 31:14 Kore son of Imnah the Levite, keeper of the East Gate, was over the freewill offerings to God, to apportion the contributions of the Lord and the most holy things.
If you feel that you would like to give our Church TRT a Free-will Offering for the Expansion of the Kingdom of God, you are welcome to deposit your Free-will Offering in our Account:
TRT Church (Tetelestai Restoration Tabernacle), FNB Bank, Account Number: 62695970569, Three Rivers, Branch code: 2514337.
We thank you for your generosity and pray a hundred fold return for you in Jesus Mighty name. Amen.
DID YOU KNOW?
1 Sam 14:52 There was severe war against the Philistines all the days of Saul, and whenever Saul saw any mighty or [outstandingly] courageous man, he attached him to himself.
It is amazing to see that even the Bible of God’s Word teaches us to attach ourselves to brave and courageous men or women of God. If the King did it, then surely we should realize that he understood something good can come out of the fact that you can attach yourself to good strong and mighty people. It is not good to be around negative people. You must try to be with positive people as much as you can. Shalom