OUR BROTHER YESHUA

John 17:17-26  sanctify by truth; the Father’s love for us is as His love for Jesus
Heb. 2:10-12  Jesus (Yeshua) not ashamed to call us His brethren

God loves us!  Our Father in Heaven loves us, and He loves us as much as He loves His only-begotten Son Yeshua!  It’s understandable that we should know and believe that God the Father loves Yeshua the Son, because Yeshua always did what pleased His Father; He always –even from His youth– did what was good and right in His Father’s eyes.  He always lived and walked by faith according to the Spirit of Holiness.  He always trusted and obeyed His Father, and he honored His earthly mother and father.

It is more difficult for us to grasp the love of the truth that God our Father really loves us.  Our experiences, our feelings, our enemies (devil, world, self, iniquity) all conspire to tell us that God does not –even cannot– love someone like me or you or us or them.  And certainly if He does, it isn’t like His love for someone else:  I’m not worthy, or that person has advantages that make him or her easier to love; or, I’m not pretty or handsome –so many things which make us feel less love.  Of course, there are always those who think that they deserve all the love they have, and it’s not their concern if another feels a love deficit.

But what do we read here?:  the truth is that not only does God the Father and the Son love us, but also that the Father loves us as much as He loves Yeshua!  And Yeshua is glad about that!  He is not jealous or resentful that God should love us as much as Him.  In fact, He wants us to know this and to let this truth sanctify us and to cause us to love one another –especially those of the household of faith in Christ– in the same way.  Jesus gave His life for us who have become His brothers and sisters.

How can we accomplish this?  It can only be if we (I) are secure in the knowledge that God does love us (me).  Yeshua knew the Father loved Him because He believed with all His heart in Him:  He trusted Him; He honored Him; He loved Him.  If we are living our lives before God in sincerity and truth, the Holy Spirit witnesses to our own spirit that we are children of God and so are loved by Him, and we also grow in humility and grace to not only love God’s other children –our brethren– but to rejoice and to encourage each other in our Father’s mutual love for each and all of us.

There is no reason for jealousy or for competition.  Rather, we are to be as little children in our attitude –not considering who is greater or who is more loved.  

Consider the examples of Abraham towardsIshmael and Isaac
                                         The LORD towards Jacob and Esau
                                         Jacob towards Joseph and his brothers
                                         Yeshua towards John and the other apostles (different personalities and occupations)
                                         Parable of prodigal son

In all of these cases, the fathers loved their children, but had a special love for one over another –or so it seems.  It was when the others became jealous or hateful that problems in the family erupted.  So even God the Father in Heaven loves all people, whom He has created in His own image and likeness, and for whom Yeshua came and died.  Yet He has a special love (preference) for Jesus above all.  Nonetheless, the Holy Spirit tells us through God’s own Word that we, who love Jesus and accept His exaltation above all others, are loved –we know— by His Father and our Father in Heaven just as much as Yeshua is –and, again, Yeshua is happy for us and for Himself.  This pleases the Father very much:  to see His family at peace and joyful, at rest in His righteousness and in His everlasting love for us all.  If we love God, we will do what our Brother and Lord Jesus commands us, for this is what the Father wants from us.

Take the opportunity to strengthen another brother or sister in both your love and the Father’s love for him or her.  If there is any jealousy or resentment or competition regarding Father’s love, then confess this sin to Him and repent of it, knowing that He forgives you for Messiah’s sake.  The truth will both sanctify and free you and others.

God loves us as much as He loves Jesus.  He can not love us any more than that, but we can always show Him that we want to love Him and our brethren more. 

TIMELINE: Conception and Birth of John the Baptiser and Jesus the Messiah

Conception and Birth of John the Baptiser and Jesus the Messiah     Rev. Nov 6, 2013; Jan 7, 2014; Nov 2014; Nov 2015, Aug 29, 2017

John the Baptiser (Immerser):  Type of the Christian/Messianic [Believer]
–Forerunner of the Lord Messiah for the first advent
–the believing Christian and the two witnesses preparing and heralding the way for the second coming
–prophet in spirit and power of Elijah

–Not the Light, but bearing witness to the Light:  people dwelling in darkness have seen a great light

–Proclaiming Yeshua as the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world
–Filled with the Holy Spirit from his mother’s womb
–No one born of woman greater than John, yet anyone born into the Kingdom of Heaven greater than John
–Gabriel’s angelic announcement to Zechariah, John’s father, on the Memorial of the Blowing of Trumpets (1st day of 7th lunar month of redemption, and a New Moon) — trumpeting the herald!
— with conception following, possibly during the Days of Awe leading up to the Day of Atonements.

–Priestly family
–Zechariah’s name means “YAH’s remembrance”
–Elisheva (Elizabeth), John’s mother, means “God of oath”
–Yochanan (John) means “YEHOVAH is gracious”

–The set (appointed) time of the Memorial of Blowing of Trumpets (now referred to as the Jewish civil New Year) is a day to remind God of His covenant and of His promises and oaths; to be reminded ourselves of the same and to repent of our waywardness, turning back to the Lord and to His Word; to proclaim the way of salvation and to exhort one another to humble ourselves and to exalt the gracious Creator and Redeemer, our Father in Heaven and Lord Jesus Christ
–a herald of God’s faithfulness and holiness
–precedes the Day of Atonements, on which Israel’s iniquity, sins, and transgressions were atoned for and cast away:  Yeshua/Jesus, the perfect sinless Lamb, becoming like unto us goats (sinful flesh) and becoming sin for us

–John’s birth at Shavuot (Feast of Weeks; wheat harvest)
–in the 3rd redemptive month, and the time of the giving of God’s law on stone tablets and of the Holy Spirit putting God’s law in our minds and hearts [of flesh]
–The Law and the Prophets were until John, but now the Kingdom of God is preached.
–I must decrease; He (Yeshua) must increase.
–typifying the birth of the Church, the Body of Christ, which bears witness to Messiah Jesus being our Passover Lamb, our Savior and Lord
–the born-again Christian filled with the Spirit of God from new birth
–prophetic ministry:  repentance unto the LORD God our Father and faith in the LORD Jesus Christ
–priestly ministry :  grace and mercy and compassion according to God’s Name
–kingly ministry:  self-control; authority in Yeshua’s name; royal priesthood in Messiah
–six months before the birth of Yeshua, meaning Savior:  “He will save His people from their sins”

–Yeshua/Jesus born during 9th Hebrew month
–A Great Miracle Happened Here!  A  mighty act of God to celebrate!
–the evening of the 24th / the morning of the 25th of the 9th month is the beginning of the 8 days of Hanukah, commemorating the rededication of the Temple altar–the acceptable approach to  God:  Jesus restores the eternal way and is greater than Temple, and He overturns Gentile kingdoms (Hag 2:18-23)
–His circumcision would have been on the last day of the Feast of Dedication (the 3rd day of the 10th month); [The 24th/25th of the 9th Hebrew lunar month in some years coincides with the 24th/25th of the 12th solar month, December, with the last and eighth day of Hanukah then coinciding with Dec 31/Jan 1, the new solar year.  The Jewish lunar calendar is adjusted for synchronization with the solar:  the sun—the greater light–rules.]
–winter, typically dark and cold; (Could not the God of nature not have caused, if needed  a pleasant, early winter night to go out to?!)  Jesus came into the darkness to defeat the powers of darkness, beginning the repossession of the Earth  and of all the nations back to Himself from Satan and those other divine beings who oppose the sovereignty of  YHVH!
–the Light (Festival of Lights) shines into darkness, and the darkness does not comprehend it
–from the beginning of winter the daylight begins to increase, “pushing back the darkness”

Yeshua was possibly conceived at the beginning of the Hebrew calendar year (1st of Aviv/Nisan, a New Moon in April), and born near the end of the  Western calendar year (12th month of December).  The first day of the Hebrew calendar is 14 days after Purim, and 14 days prior to the Passover.   Conception by the Holy Spirit as God acts on behalf of His covenant people Israel, in Spring, when kings go out to war.  He was conceived during the turn of the first season of the ‘Christian’ year, Winter/Spring, and was born at the turn of the last season, Fall/Winter.  Between these two events, book-marked by Purim and Hanukkah – two Jewish holidays established by the people celebrating God’s faithful covenantal interventions and mighty acts on their behalf – is the redemptive calendar established by YHVH to Israel from Passover through the Day of Atonements up till the Feast of Booths, and celebrated by the Church at the Lord’s Supper:  remembering His death until He comes.  This timeline shows a harmony between the Jewish and Western Christian calendars, between the lunar-solar and the solar calendars which bear witness to HIStory.

Yeshua/Jesus the Messiah/Christ:  Fulfilling the Word of God and His Set Times (either providentially, or as revealed)

Purim (not an expressly revealed set time, but providentially set by God and acknowledged by His people)
–the announcement by the angel Gabriel to the virgin Mary that she would have a son named Yeshua
–celebrated on the 14th day of the 12th and last Hebrew month (Adar; corresponding to March), thus during a full moon
–“help for deliverance from another place”
–spiritual enmity and warfare:  Seed of the woman vs. the seed of the serpent

Hanukkah (but greater) (not an expressly revealed holiday, but providentially set by God and acknowledged by His people), to restore true worship from the paganism that had come in
–In the Second Book of Maccabees (written approximately 80 BC) we are told that “on the very same date on which the Temple was profaned by foreigners, there occurred the purification of the Temple – on the 25th day of the ninth month (that is, Kislev, which generally corresponds to the month of December, the 9th month of Israel’s year’s start usually in April). Joyfully they held an eight-day celebration after the pattern of Tabernacles … remembering how a short time before, they spent the Festival of Tabernacles like beasts… Therefore, holding wreathed wands and branches bearing ripe fruit, and palm fronds, they offered songs of praise to Him Who had victoriously brought about the purification of His Place. By vote of the commonwealth they decreed a rule for the entire nation of the Jews to observe these days annually” (2 Maccabees 10:5-8 Apocrypha))

The same writer states at the opening of 2 Maccabees, “And now we ask you to celebrate the Days of Tabernacles in the Month of Kislev” (2 Maccabees 1:9).

For those believers who say that Yeshua was born during the Feast of Tabernacles, because He “tabernacled” among us, once again we see how God has gone before us:  “There is no wisdom, or understanding, or counsel against YHVH!” (Pr 21:30)

–see Haggai 2, with its several references to the 24th day of the 9th month, Chislev  (Hag 2:10,15,18-22; Lk 2:10-11; 1:46-55 )
The Lord also speaks through Haggai about what He will do from this day and forward:
He will lay the foundation of the temple:  Yeshua is the true Temple (His person and body); He is the Cornerstone, the Stone that the builders rejected. (Hag 2:18; Ps 118:22-23; Eph 2:20-22; Is 28:16; Mt 16:18; 21:42-44; Lk 20:17-18; 1Pt 2:4-8; 1Cor 3:11)
He will blessGlad tidings of great joythis day in the city of David is born Messiah the Lord!  Glory to God in the Highest!  Peace on Earth and good will towards all mankind!; This is the acceptable year of YHVH; Today, is the day of salvation.
He will shake Heaven and Earth:  the heavenly host of angels praise God at the Earth-shaking news that the God of gods, the Lord of lords, the King of kings was entering the world in such a manner to take it back for Himself, overturning the kingdoms of this  world, and the works of the devil! (Gen 3:15; Is 9:6-7; Mt 2:2; Lk 1:30-33,52; 2:9-14; Mic 5:2; Jn 8 – 10; Dan 2:36-45; 7:14; Acts 17:6-7; Rev 12:1-5; Heb 12:25-27 second coming)
Zerubbabel would be His signet ring:  Zerubbabel appears in both lists of Yeshua’s genealogy (Mt 1; Lk 3), descended from David.

   —Birth and Circumcision on the first and the eighth day of Hanukkah
–10 lunar months / 9 solar months after Purim
–on Friday afternoon:  the second and last Adam, leading into the Sabbath eve, as the first and last day/night of the Feast
         –SabbathGod’s rest and refreshment found in His Son.
— The Shabbat/Sabbath is the 7th day of the week, bringing to completion, fulfillment of the ‘old’, that God can bring in the new.
–in winter; at a time not expected; 24th/25th of ninth Israeli month (Chislev; corresponding to December), coinciding [at times] with 24th/25th of December
–-A [truly] Great Miracle Happened Here!; The Heavens declare the glory of God, and nature speaks!:  a warmer than usual early winter night (?)
–Israel was commanded to celebrate in holidays YHVH their God and His mighty acts for their life and redemption. (Dt 16:1-17)
–Believers in Israel free-willingly celebrated and rejoiced from generation to generation His greatness and mighty acts and works. (Ps 145:4-13; 150:2)
–Surely the Body of Messiah would have even more reason to free-willingly offer to our great God and Savior family and corporate celebrations of His coming to personally bring redemption and salvation by the greatest mighty act in human history (not to diminish the crucifixion and the resurrection)! (Phlp 4:8)
–the Light of, and in, the world; the true Deliverer and Savior; the God of gods was reclaiming all that was rightfully His!

Passover, Unleavened Bread, First Fruits, and the 40th day of counting the sheaves
   —Death, Burial, Resurrection, and Ascension
nature speaks:  a colder than usual spring night of betrayal and the powers of darkness (Jn 18:18)

–from the 14th day of the 1st of the months (Aviv/Nisan; corresponding to April) to Israel through to near the end of the 2nd lunar month of redemption; begins at a Full Moon

–Passover <Exodus <Coming up from crossing of Red Sea:  Thursday<Friday <Day after the Sabbath–the first day of the new week

–Jubilee:  restored liberty and inheritance:  joy in YHVH

Shavuot/ Pentecost

–in the 3rd Hebrew lunar month of redemption (Sivan; corresponding to June) (on the 50th day of counting the sheaves from the day after the first real Sabbath during the Passover week, counting seven full Sabbaths from that day of Firstfruits/Resurrection; thus always set to occur on the 1st day of the week) Lev 23:15-17

God the Father’s promise of the Holy Spirit

–John the Baptiser born:  filled with the Holy Spirit from his mother’s womb

INGATHERING:  The Good Shepherd regathering the lost sheep of the House of Israel and of the other nations
Memorial of Blowing of Trumpets
    –the set time on the 1st day of the 7th lunar month (Etanim/Tishrei; corresponding to October) of redemption; a New Moon
–John’s conception:  herald of Messiah; God is gracious to remember His covenant promises and oaths to Abraham and to David
–John’s “Elijah ministry” preparing for and preceding the Messiah’s revelation to Israel
–“Repent!  Prepare ye the way of YHVH.”:  prophetic righteousness for the remission of sins
           –“Behold!  The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.”:  priestly grace
–the first resurrection at the last trumpet, following great tribulation but before God’s wrath poured out

Day of Atonements
    –set for the 10th day of the 7th Hebrew month
propitiary sin offering by (of) Jesus as a Man and High Priest unto the LORD God His Father
–scapegoat offering of Jesus bearing away upon Himself the reproach of our guilt and shame (Lev 16)
    —Jubilee:  [new] year of release proclaimed by Yeshua and secured through His redemptive death and resurrection
–The Day of YHVH
–Jubilee trumpet blown (possibly the ‘last trumpet’)

Feast of Booths (Tabernacles)
–the seventh Feast of the LORD, celebrated from the 15th – 22nd days of the 7th month of redemption
YHVH God with His people — Immanuel — on the basis of the finished work of atonement; Jesus establishing His Kingdom on the Earth after His return in great power and great glory; the Sabbath rest for the people of God
–the fruit harvest
–Jesus’ baptism (at about 30 years of age):  the fullness of God’s satisfaction  in Man, as the dove rested on His Son
–water pouring ceremony at Pool of Siloam
–transfiguration:  glorification — the fullness of God’s presence in Man
–God the Father’s testimony of His Son, through and in Whom are His people:  “This is My Son in Whom I am well pleased (have found delight)”:  Immanuel
–each child of God, and the Body of Christ corporately, is the Temple of God in the Spirit, God’s dwelling place
–Yeshua led into the wilderness by the Spirit in order to be tempted and proved:  40 days in the wilderness/desert correspond to Israel’s  40 years in the wilderness after the redemption and deliverance from Egypt at Passover, which is commemorated during Succot (Feast of Booths):  we remember His death until He comes.  Yeshua succeeds where Adam and Israel failed!  Praise to our only wise God and Savior!

I did a quick count-down and count-up and came to this: Jesus died in 30 AD (which is 40 years before the Temple’s destruction; see corroborating evidence from a hostile third party, the Talmud, an unsympathetic source: http://www.windowview.org/hmny/pgs/talmuds.30ce.html). It is widely accepted that Messiah/Christ was 33 1/2 yrs old at His death. Having begun His 3 1/2 yr public ministry when He was about 30 years old, then He was born on the 24th of Chislev, 5 BC, by my reckoning, being necessary that He was born before King Herod died, whose death is historically recorded as being in 4 BC.  The magi from the East could have seen His star up to a couple of years before they actually arrived in Bethlehem, Israel.

YESHUA THE ANOINTED PROPHET, PRIEST, AND KING – July 1996

Dt 17:8 – 18:22   the role of priests, kings, an prophets in Israel

Prophet
Sam 16:23   anointed that he would be the oracle of God to the people; anointed for ministry to all peoples; evangelistic, calling for repentance from sin and turning to YHVH God; spoke God’s word, God’s truth, attesting to YHVH being the living God and being holy, by the Holy Spirit

Priest
Lev 8:12   anointed that he would be holy unto YHVH; anointed for ministry to God’s people; evangelistic, ministering to and in God’s love; representatives of His grace (lovingkindness) through righteousness by means of the substitutionary sacrifices, and intercession in the name of YHVH; earnest

King
1Sam 16:13   anointed that the Spirit of YHVH might rest on him in power; anointed for ministry over God’s people to other peoples; evangelistic, being himself subject to the law of the nation; his authority for rule is the righteousness of God

Ex 19:6   Israel was called into being and chosen to be a kingdom of priests and a holy nation to YHVH.  In other words, all Israel is to earnestly desire God’s presence His service, ministering His love and grace and mercy to one another, and on behalf of others, for the Lord’s sake.  The Levites were separated out from the rest of Israel, yet were representatives of all Israel before God.

Yeshua/Jesus, being a Jew, was (is) entitled to inherit the throne, the kingship, being a descendant of David’s royal line; yet Jesus also shows us His priestly heart and character by offering Himself a sacrifice as Israel’s representative to God, in order to satisfy (be a propitiation) God’s righteousness regarding the sins of the people.

Rev 1:6; 5:10; 1Pt 2:9   Christians (Jews and Gentiles) as the people of God – the Church, the Body of Messiah – become in Christ Jesus what Jesus has accomplished for God the Father for us.

The full anointing of God is in (on) Jesus.  The dove, as picturing the Holy Spirit, rested on Yeshua; Yeshua was conceived by the Holy Spirit and already filled, witnessing to His deity as the Son of God, and in Him the fullness of the Godhead dwells. (Col 2:9-10)  As Son over His own house (Heb 3:1,6), He represents all things to God for man, and to man for God (the Father and His family).  We are complete in Him in His anointing, and so partake of the measure He distributes to each believer as He wills, and corporately, as His body, filling up the full measure of Christ!

1.  Prophet:  Elijah and Elisha 
      A.  Yeshua 
      —Dt 18:15; 34:9-12; Acts 3:19-26  a prophet like Moses, from their midst, from their brethren, speaking the Word of YHVH; signs and wonders; face to face with God 
        —Jn 1:21,25  John the Baptiser was asked if he were the Prophet 
        —Jn 4:19,25-29  the Samaritans acknowledged Jesus as a prophet, the Messiah and Savior of the world       
           —Jn 7:40  many in Israel considered Yeshua to be, perhaps, the Prophet 
      —Is 61:1-3; Mt 11:4-6  character and ministry of the Messiah-Prophet 
      —Amos 3:7-8  YHVH does nothing unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets; YHVH has spoken!  Who can not but prophesy?! 
        —Jn 7:46  No man ever spoke as this Man speaks! 
        —Jn 8:25-29; Dt 18:18  Jesus spoke only that which His Father gave Him to speak 
        —Heb 1:1-2; Jn 1:1  God had spoken in diverse ways through the prophets, but now by the Son (the Prophet):  the Word of God made flesh

      B.  The Believer (Christian) 
        —2Pt 1:19  We have the more sure word of prophecy, the prophetic Word (the Bible) 
        —1Cor 12:28; 13:9-10; 14:1; Eph 4:11  gift of prophecy and the appointment of prophets; this gift and office will pass away when that which is perfect comes (the New Heavens and New Earth; there is much already given prophecy yet to be fulfilled between now and the end of the Millennial Kingdom which any believer can speak, for the LORD has spoken)

      C.  Elijah/John the Baptiser 
         —Mal 4:4-6 (Eng); Mt 17:10-13; Rev 11:1-10  herald of 1st and 2nd comings of Messiah Yeshua; also the Church’s ministry to prepare and proclaim the way of YHVH; being reconciled at all social levels, and in relationship to God and man

2.  Priest/High Priest:  Aaron and Melchizedek
     A.  Yeshua and the Priesthood 
         —Heb 7 – 10; Gen 14:18-20; Ps 110:4; Zech 6:12-13; Heb 8:1  Melchizedek royal priesthood; superiority over Aaronic priesthood; everlasting priesthood sealed by an oath; the priest on the throne; King and Priest united in holy righteousness; righteousness and judgment (“the way of YHVH”); fulfilled when Jesus returns, yet even now He is High Priest in Heaven, seated at the right hand of Majesty 
            –Priestly Functions 
             —Dt 33:9-10 (ctr Ezek 22:26)  keeping God’s word and covenant; teaching judgments and law; offering incense (prayers) and intercessory sacrifices 
             —Heb 8:3  offer both gifts and sacrifices (blood sacrifices to promote humility and purity) 
               —Is 53  bore our sicknesses, griefs, transgressions,guilt 
               —Heb 9:28  Jesus offered Himself once for sins for all people 
             —Gen 14:-18-20; Num 6:22-27  to present Messiah (bread and wine) in His death and resurrection, and to bless both God’s servants and also YHVH God Himself 
             —Lev 16; Heb 10:19-22  Aaron’s High Priesthood allowed for entry into God’s presence (in the Holy of Holies), and other Levites were subject to his office and ministry: to serve (help) him and the divine service, and the people’s needs (SERVANT) 
             —Num 16:46-48; Heb 7:25; 8:9; 9:24; Jn 17; Ex 28:30; Dt 17:8  intercession:  merciful prayers to God to withhold judgment; judgment with heart ministry of God’s light and perfection; judgment of hard cases 
             —Lev 10:10; Mt 5 – 7  teaching YHVH God’s Law; Sermon on the Mount 
             —Lev 10:19; 16:6  sympathy with, and compassion for, the people, being himself a sinner 
               —Heb 4:14-16  Yeshua tempted as we are, but without sin, is our sympathetic High Priest 
             —Lev 16  to purify the people for God to dwell in the midst of them 
               —Heb 9:14; Rev 7:13-15; Eph 5:25-27  purifying the Bride in the blood of the Lamb; to be presented spotless 
             —Mal 2:7  covenant keepers; messengers of YHVH of Hosts 
           —Lev 13; Mk 2:10-14  healing, especially for leprosy; the priest was God’s vessel to pronounce the Lord’s mercy and honor in healing the diseased 
             —Lev 24:5-9   to prepare and to eat the shewbread

      B.  Believers and Priesthood 
        —1Pt 2:9; Rev 1:6; 5:10  a nation and kingdom of priests
        —1Pt 2:5  a spiritual house; a holy priesthood to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ 
          —Ps 51:19 (Heb); Mt 11:29  broken and contrite heart and spirit 
          —1Tim 2:1-4  all manner of prayers to be offered on behalf of all persons 
          —1Cor 11:23-32; Gen 14:18-20  present Christ in His death and resurrection 
          —1Cor 5:12 – 6:5  judgments within the congregation 
            —Dt 17:8-13; 21:5  to minister (serve), to pronounce blessings, and to decide (judge) in matters of dispute 
            —1Cor 1:1-3  Grace to you and peace from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 
          —Rom 12:1  offer our bodies a living sacrifice 
          —Heb 13:15-16  sacrifices of praise, giving thanks in His name; doing good and sharing 
          —Col 3:17  Whatever we do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. 
          —Jn 15:13  lay down our lives for our friends:  no greater love than this 
          —Dt 18:5-7; Ps 69:9; Jn 2:17  to stand and minister in the name of the Lord; earnestness is a character trait 
          –Follow Yeshua’s example to help others in their infirmities, and to intercede on their behalf for mercy with respect to sins.  Most gifts of the Holy Spirit equip us for priestly service in building up the House of God. 
          —Lev 24:5-9; Mt 12:4-5; 1Cor 10 – 11  priestly privilege and ‘duty’ to eat the shewbread

The priestly character and portion (YHVH Himself!) of the Israel of God and the Church of God will abide forever (kingdom of priests):  a theocracy with God as King as envisaged even under the Torah, and the people a nation of redeemed humanity loving God and one another, giving glory to God, praising and worshipping Him eternally! (cp Ezek 44:10-31)

3.  King:  David and Solomon 
     A.  Yeshua 
        —Gen 1:28  Adam and Eve together given rulership over God’s creation under God’s sovereignty 
        —Gen 17:15-16  YHVH promised that kings of peoples would come from the seed of Abraham and Sarah 
        —Gen 49:8-10  the sceptre to be with Judah’s descendants 
        —2Sam 7:12-16  everlasting throne promised to son of David (the Davidic Covenant) 
          —2Sam 5:1-5  David as King brings about unity of all Israel 
            —Ezek 37:21-22  one King over a united nation 
        —Dt 17:18-20  the king subject to the Law 
        —Ps 2; 24; 45  the King and Son of God; the King of Glory; the Messiah King and Bridegroom 
          —Num 24:17-19  the star out of Jacob shall have dominion 
          —Mt 2:2  Yeshua born to be King of the Jews 
          —Mt 27:11  Yeshua tried and accused as King of the Jews 
          —Mt 27:37  Yeshua crucified as King of the Jews 
          —Jn 1:49  Nathanel acknowledged that the King of Israel is to be the Son of God 
        —Is 11:1-5  character and qualities of the anointed King Messiah 
        —Is 41;2; Rev 1:5; 17:14,18; 19:16  Jesus is, and will return as, King of kings and Lord of lords 
        —Jer 23:5-6  rule in righteousness and justice; YHVH our Righteousness 
        —1Cor 15:24-28  Even Jesus, the Son of God, will yield up all rule to God the Father at the end of the Millennial Kingdom, when death, the last enemy, is destroyed

        B.  Born-Again Believers 
        —1Cor 4:8; Lk 22:29-30  not yet time for believers to rule 
          —Gal 5:23  self-control; we are to exercise self-rule/governance as evidence of Holy Spirit’s lordship in our lives 
            —Pr 16:32  Better is he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city. 
        —1Tim3:1-7  ruling one’s own household a qualifier for ruling in God’s house 
        —Jn 17:9,20  intercessory prayer and spheres of influence 
        —Mk 16:17-18  disciples have authority in Jesus’ name over demons, poisons, sickness 
        —Rev 5:10; 20:4  We will rule with Messiah for 1000 years after His return in great power and glory. 
        —Lk 22:24-30  Priest (servant)/King nature and character:  not to exercise lordship over others; and he would be great, let him be as the younger/least; and he who leads, as one who serves and is servant of all.