Jesus the King

03/21/2010

A King from the line of David. That’s what the Jews expected from their Messiah. They were expecting a deliverer from the lineage of David. Herod gave orders to kill all of the infant boys in Bethlehem, the City of David. Herod wanted to eliminate any chance of a rebellion. That’s why he acted so ruthlessly.

In the Genealogy of Jesus that we find in Matthew, we see his lineage traced back to Abraham. The list of descendants is grouped by sets of 14. Several scholars have noted that the name “David” is equal to 14 in you turn the letters into numbers. This is a foreign concept to us because we have a separate lettering and numbering system. The Hebrew language does not. “Aleph”, the first letter, also stands for “one”. “Dalet”make the “D” sound and is the fourth letter of the Hebrew alphabet. This makes it also the number 4. “Vav” is the sixth letter of the alphabet. In Hebrew, they dont have vowels. Therefore the name David would be DVD. So D(4) + V(6) + D(4) = 14.  Pretty cool, huh? Although you dont want ot go bible code on people, this is a remarkable link Matthew makes between Jesus and David.

There are dozens of these connection in the gospels, especially Matthew. His goal is to present Jesus as the king of the Jews, so this makes sense.

So maybe i havent sold you on the Bible code thing. In that case, read Matthew and see how many times Jesus is called the son of David, referred to as a shepherd (HELLO!!), or connected to David’s life.

BUT, here’s one that hit me today. We’ve already talked about the numerical symbology of DVD, or David. But what does his name mean? Maye there’s a way to connect him to David this way…

“This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”

David’s name means Beloved. Jesus is called the Son of David and the Beloved Son of God. Jesus is the new David, the beloved of God and the King of the Jews.

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Jesus, the Priest

03/19/2010

So i was reading for my NT intro class and I saw something i have never thought of before.

Ok, so Herod’s temple and all of its granduer were a direct result of him being a “client” of Rome. A client’s main responsibility was to bridge the gap between the local culture and Rome. Herod refused to give his daughter to an uncircumcised ruler and was even rumored to abstain from Pork. But this was all a front to identify with the people, and win their loyalty so that they would trust him. Then he would have more leverage to assimilate them into the Roman culture. it was a kiss of betrayal.

What better example of this bridging is there than the Temple? Herod took the Jewish desire to honor their god and made and astonishing sight. But to someone devout to Yahweh, it would have been the ultimate picture of deception. To someone like Jesus, the temple represented the elevation of Roman/Hellenistic values over their covenantal values. It was outright apostasy, it was subtle assimilation.

When Jesus predicts its destruction in Mark 13:1-2, he is proclaiming his destiny as well as its ruin. He knows that his work will make the temple sacrifices obsolete. He also knows that his kingdom program and the obedience he requires is meant to the destroy what the Temple represents: mediocrity and assimilation.  But the literal temple will not be destroyed for another 40 years.

The death and resurrection of Jesus as well as the establishment of his church at Pentecost (where the people become the temple). Have already destroyed the temple. But, it will take time until the temple is actually physically destroyed. The presence of God and His indwelling spirit destroys our need for assimilation to this world. But, it may take a VERY long time for the Temple to be destroyed in a permanent way. Its an already/not yet! do you see? I almost flipped out when i saw it.

Jesus is the Great High Priest who eliminates the need for a temple. We can trust in him to relate to God. A relationship with God  to his people Israel was maintained by  annual sacrifices by the High Priest. The work has already been done. He eliminated the need for sacrifices by sacrificing himself.

In the same way, those who have trusted in Jesus have no need of the things of this world. The things that show that we used to be apart from him and a part of the world. These things are our temples. They are not acts of rebellion but rather places of mediocrity. Things we do that allow us to blend in, not stand apart. I know I have these areas and part of following Jesus is recognizing these areas and abandoning them. Take some time at the end of the day and ask yourself what your temples are. I know Jesus and I know they arent worth more than him.

Prophet Priest King

03/18/2010

These are the three offices Jesus held. Calvin originated this idea in his institutes of the Christian Religion. All three offices were anointed. Jesus of Nazareth is the Messiah or Christ. He is the anointed one. But never has there been a man to hold more than one office. I believe Jesus held all three in perfect completion. He was the supreme anointed one. That became his last name.

Over the next howeverlongittakes, I want to examine these three offices and what they would imply, describe and proclaim about our great Saviour, Jesus Christ of Nazareth.

This idea has been stuck in my mind since reading Mark Driscoll’s Vintage Jesus last spring. Thank you, John Heard.

So, Ill start this off with a challenge/experiment. Read some part of one of the gospels to day with an eye to these three offices. does one stand out? Does Jesus act as a prophet, a priest or a king in this story?

Im looking for participation here. I know at least two people read this. So, what do you see?

Since I’ve been solely on the consuming side of the blogging world, its kinda awkward to get back in the groove. BUT, I have some ideas that Ive been itching/needing/wanting to get nailed down. So, thanks to Josh Causey and Mr. Adam Zap for encouraging me to get back in that ole saddle.

but for now, you can do what I’ve been doing and listen to Fang Island. over and over and over.

over and out,

Drewski

Today I took my 4ish mile jog between classes. I slayed the anti-mother with the help of Norma Jean. As I was on my merry way, I was reminded of one part of the anti-mother’s nature.

For those of you that arent up on your norma jean records, i will attempt to explain what exactly the anti-mother is. Essentially, it represents anything and everything that appears nourishing, whole or beneficial but is ultimately deceptive.

norma jean wishes to kill that part of the human life. For some songs the anti-mother is our own selfish flesh. For others it is the focus on what is wrong instead of right. You could call this legalism. Avoiding, not abiding.

So im jogging, right? right. My course is the sidewalks in Dallas’ Swiss Avenue Historic district. Usually, dogs are not a problem. However, as i was about halfway home i was met by two puny chihuahuas. And yes, they were puny.

I ran past them  without paying much attention to them. Then they began to chase me. I ran a little faster but felt no real threat. But then they just got annoying. I dont think they would have bitten me and i doubt that would have hurt. Either way, they werent going to give up. I thought, “this would be a shame if they followed me all of the way back to my place.” Some kid would miss his puppy or some mom would miss her TV watching partner. So I decided to chase them away. Maybe not so much a chase. It was more like a balk. And they were gone. No problem.

Then i got to thinking about how true that is of the anit-mother. Granted some things we battle against are deep, daily struggles. But sometimes the temptations we face are dissolved as easy as my mid-afternoon chihuahua threat.

Sometimes all we have to do is turn and face the things we know dont fit in the Kingdom Jesus Christ established. Some forms of darkness or shadow are absolved with a simple flashlight.

So, hear from me that if you stand firm, the Lord will provide victory over the lion who seeks to steal, kill and destroy. there is victory in Jesus.

Romans 8 rules!!

Isaiah 42:16

12/13/2009

The Calf Path by Sam Walter Foss, for example:

One day, through the primeval wood,
A calf walked home, as good calves should;
But made a trail all bent askew,
A crooked trail, as all calves do.

Since then three hundred years have fled,
And, I infer, the calf is dead.
But still he left behind his trail,
And thereby hangs my moral tale.

The trail was taken up next day
By a lone dog that passed that way;
And then a wise bellwether sheep
Pursued the trail o’er vale and steep,
And drew the flock behind him, too,
As good bellwethers always do.

And from that day, o’er hill and glade,
Through those old woods a path was made,
And many men wound in and out,
And dodged and turned and bent about,
And uttered words of righteous wrath
Because ’twas such a crooked path;
But still they followed — do not laugh —
The first migrations of that calf,
And through this winding wood-way stalked
Because he wobbled when he walked.

This forest path became a lane,
That bent, and turned, and turned again.
This crooked lane became a road,
Where many a poor horse with his load
Toiled on beneath the burning sun,
And traveled some three miles in one.
And thus a century and a half
They trod the footsteps of that calf.

The years passed on in swiftness fleet.
The road became a village street,
And this, before men were aware,
A city’s crowded thoroughfare,
And soon the central street was this
Of a renowned metropolis;
And men two centuries and a half
Trod in the footsteps of that calf.

Each day a hundred thousand rout
Followed that zigzag calf about,
And o’er his crooked journey went
The traffic of a continent.
A hundred thousand men were led
By one calf near three centuries dead.
They follow still his crooked way,
And lose one hundred years a day,
For thus such reverence is lent
To well-established precedent.

A moral lesson this might teach
Were I ordained and called to preach;
For men are prone to go it blind
Along the calf-paths of the mind,
And work away from sun to sun
To do what other men have done.
They follow in the beaten track,
And out and in, and forth and back,
And still their devious course pursue,
To keep the path that others do.

They keep the path a sacred groove,
Along which all their lives they move;
But how the wise old wood-gods laugh,
Who saw the first primeval calf!
Ah, many things this tale might teach —
But I am not ordained to preach.

Why are you walking down your path?

Ephesians 5:

look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.

You know how sometimes you go somewhere and there’s a guy speaking but your mind is somewhere totally different? Well, i do that alot. Sometimes, i think that’s a good thing.

Some of you may know that one of my heroes is Chuck Swindoll. Today he came to chapel and spoke  about the conflict between Paul and Barnabus in Acts 15:36-41.

A couple of nuggets from what he actually said:

Disagreements are inevitable, even with the ungodly.

Two ingredients:

Issues that arise from principles.

Perspectives that can come from personalities.

Each side may have valid point which are hard to value from our perspective. Here, the issue is, “what do you do with someone who has defected? Paul adheres to the principle while Barnabus looks at the man and chooses to give him a second chance.”

The thing is, both can be right. Paul is acting as prophet and Barnabus as priest. Maybe the dual effect of Paul’s prophetic rejection and Barnabus’ priestly compassion led Mark to make some changes that led to Paul saying in 2 Timothy 4:11, “Get Mark and bring him with you, for he is very useful to me for ministry.”

And what i got out of it which he didnt actually say:

I desire to be discipled. I think it would be huge in my season of life for an older man, further down a similar road, to guide me and teach me some of the things he has learned. So pray for that. I’ve already asked one guy and my friend John just told me to ask Chuck. So im going to wander around campus for a short while to see if i can find him. Why not, right?

Ive prayed for someone to reach out to me but that just hasnt happened. Oh well. moving forward. Please pray that the Lord would lead me in this pursuit.

i leave you with my favorite Chuck quote of today:

“If someone is gossiping to me, I ask them if i can quote them on that. Then, they immediately find the spiritual gift of back peddling.”

I can if i will. In the Name of Jesus we have everything we need.

“Oh but I’m so afraid
I’m set in my ways”
But he’ll make the rabbits and rocks sing his praise
“Oh but I’m too tired
I won’t last long”
No he’ll use the weak to overcome the strong

reframe toward faith. How big is your God?

Ive had his song “Death in His Grave” stuck in my head and heart for a couple of weeks now. I wanted to post the lyrics  and hopefully a video of him performing it. no luck. But I did find a sweet video Bethel Bible Church made for good friday last year. This was the church I went to while living in Tyler. I love that church. Here’s just one reason why:

Death in His Grave