Chapter 7: The First Man, Woman, Marriage

“Then God (Elohim) said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness'” (Gen. 1:26-27).   They said “Us” and “Our” because it was God and the Word.

This is classified information:  humans are not animals, even if they sometimes act like it!  They are of the God kind!  The Word created them male and female because their destiny is to become sons and daughters in the Elohim Family and Kingdom (2 Cor. 6:18).

The First Adam

“And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and  breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being” (Gen. 2:7).  Unlike speaking all of the earlier creation into existence, the Word knelt down in the dirt and shaped the first man with His own hands and fingers.  He gave him a healthy masculine physique that would last 930 years!  The Word would have personal intimate involvement with this special creation!  Adam’s first sight was His Creator!

The Hebrew word for man is Adam, meaning “red.”  If any would threaten, “your name is mud,” he’d say “well, yes it is!”

It’s crucial to note that when the Word forcibly blew into Adam’s nostrils the breath of life, Adam “became a living soul” (Gen. 2:7, King James Version).   Don’t miss that:  Adam became a soul.  He didn’t have an immortal one!  The Hebrew word for “soul” is nephesh, and that word is used in Genesis of various physical, material creatures—even dead ones.

The Word told Adam pointedly, “For dust you are, and to dust you shall return” (Gen. 3:19).   A little kid looked under his bed, got scared and ran to his momma crying, “Somebody’s either coming or going!”

The Spirit in Man

Take crucial note:  While Adam was not created with an immortal soul, the Word breathed into him a spirit in man.  “There is a spirit within people, the breath of the Almighty within them, that makes them intelligent” (Job 32:8, New Living Translation).  Zech. 12:1).  Adam’s children become human and receive their spirit in man at conception.

This spirit in man enables a human to know “the things of a man” (1 Cor. 2:11).  It empowers the physical brain with human intellect to make humans aspire to god-like qualities such as abstract thinking, art appreciation, and even questioning our own existence.  This spirit in man is what makes humans so vastly superior to animals.  It is not conscious of itself and does not exist apart from the human (Psa. 146:4).  When a human dies, his or her spirit in man goes up to heaven as a recording of the person’s physical traits, memories, character and even fingerprints for God to use to resurrect the person (Eccl. 12:7).

The question arises about claims for prehistoric beings millions of years ago.  The Bible calls Adam the first man (1 Cor. 15:45).  Jesus Christ (the Word who created Adam) traces His lineage back no further than Adam.  Speculation says perhaps there were creatures created by Lucifer/Satan which did not have a spirit in man.  Radioactive dating methods are highly suspect for past the Flood because the sudden worldwide chaos didn’t go along with alleged uniformity.

The Word planted a special Garden of Eden for Adam and commissioned him to “tend and keep it” (Gen. 2:15).

Adam needed “a helper comparable to him”

And the Word said “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him” (v. 18).  But first, to impress upon Adam his need for intellectual and emotional companionship, he brought all the animals and birds, probably in pairs of males and females, to Adam to see what he would name them.  It was painfully obvious to Adam that he was odd man out.

So God put Adam into a deep sleep, took one of his ribs, and from it made a woman just for him.  The Hebrew banah literally and figuratively means built!  When God brought the woman to Adam, he—and she—probably gasped in appreciation!  Maybe they both shouted “Vive la différence!”  Maybe the first joke shared between this new couple was “Pardon my French.”

“Woman was not taken from man’s head, to rule over him, nor from his foot, to be crushed by him, but from under his arm, to be protected, and from near his heart, to be loved” (poet Mildred North).  This would remind them that neither can be whole without the other.  It’s not good for either to be alone.   God apparently gave men and women each half of His great qualities so they could form a great team uniting together and picturing godly completeness.

“And Adam called his wife’s name Eve (“life”), because she was the mother of all living” (Gen. 3:20).

God instituted marriage

“Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.  And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed” (Gen. 2:24-25, Heb.13:4).  God blessed them and told them to be fruitful and multiply and subdue the earth.

Marriage was between one man and one woman, with each’s relationship with God being the most important part of their relationship.  This is the Supreme Court of the Universe’s definition of marriage!

Adam and Eve were not created with evil human nature.   They started out neutral.  Innocent.  Adam had fulfilled the arduous chore of naming all the animals in a good attitude.  The Word summed up their special startup:  “it was very good” (Gen. 1:21).

Beautifully understated!  Adam and Eve starting life with each being specially created for the other by God in a private garden paradise created just for them, stocked with peaceful animals and real delicious uncorrupted food!

How could the Word top that?  With a special day to keep!

Chapter 8:  https://theunexpectedbtm.wordpress.com/2018/01/26/chapter-8-the-sabbath-was-made-for-man/
Chapter 1:  https://theunexpectedbtm.wordpress.com/2017/12/08/what’s-it-all-about/

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Untwisting Gal. 4:9-10

Peter said in all of Paul’s epistles “are some things hard to understand, which untaught and unstable people twist to their own destruction” (2 Pet. 3:16).  This would especially be true of Galatians—and 4:9-10.

Chubby Checkers argue that Paul said the Sabbath and Holy Days are “weak and miserable principles” (New International Version) to which the Galatians were “turning again” and becoming in “bondage.”

Not talking about God’s days

The truth is that Sabbath or Sabbaths is not mentioned anywhere in the entire book of Galatians.

It was in Galatia on Paul’s first missionary journey that the Gentiles begged Paul to preach to them “the next Sabbath” (Acts 13:42).  “On the next Sabbath almost the whole city came together to hear the word of God” (v. 44).  Paul didn’t tell them to meet him on Sunday instead!

Paul, the Apostle to the Gentiles (Gal. 1:16), kept 84 Sabbaths that are recorded in the New Testament and taught Gentiles to keep them.

Twisters claim “years” in 4:10 refers to sabbatical and jubilee years of Lev. 25.  But the jubilee year was not being observed anywhere in Paul’s day, and the sabbatical year in areas outside Palestine (Encyclopaedia Judaica, Vol. 14, p. 582; and Jewish Encyclopedia, “Sabbatical Year and Jubilee,” p. 666).

The Greek words Paul used for “days and months and seasons and years” describe normal, civil periods of time.  Whereas in Col. 2:16, Paul used very precise terms specifying the Sabbath, Holy Days and biblical observances.

The Galatian Christians were mostly Gentiles—physically uncircumcised (5:2, 6:12-13).  A key principle of true Bible study is to pay special attention to context.  Verse 8 says “When you did not know God, you served those which by nature are not gods.”  By this Paul referred “clearly to the idols of paganism, which, in typical Jewish idiom, Paul termed  ‘not gods'” (The Expositor’s Bible Commentary, 1976, Vol. 10, p. 475).

Gentiles couldn’t turn back to days they had never kept!

How would the Galatians even think Paul was calling God’s law and days “weak and beggarly” when in Romans 7:12 he called them “holy and just and good.”

The Greek word for “elements” is stoicheia.  “It would seem that in Paul’s time … stoicheia … referred to the sun, moon, star and planets—all of them associated with gods or goddesses and, because they regulated the progression of the calendar, also associated with the great pagan festivals honoring the gods” (Gerhard Kittel, Theological Dictionary of the New Testament, 1995, Vol. 8, p. 148).  Kittel said Paul was decrying those who were observing the pagan calendar and astrology.

Paul was trying to prevent the Galatians—and us—from becoming entangled again in our former pagan practices.  Let’s honestly study Galatians and not twist it.

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Chapter 6: From Wrecreation to Re-creation

God knows what it’s like to be a landlord and have a tenant wreck the place.  And then have to patiently go through the eviction process.

Inquiring minds want to know: 

♦   If Satan and the demons had stayed loyal, would they have fulfilled God’s desire for additional companions?  The Bible indicates no, since two-thirds of the angels stayed loyal, yet God would create new beings.  Secondly, the Lamb was slain before the foundation of the world (Rev. 13:8), so God was back then planning additional beings who would sin and need a Savior.
♦   Did Satan’s rebellion catch God off-guard and force Plan B?  God always creates beings with free moral agency and knows they might choose badly.  He begins with the end in mind long before Stephen Covey would make it one of his seven habits for successful people.  You’d expect God to have devised a perfect plan envisioning all possible contingencies that nothing could derail.
♦   That plan no doubt called for an Adversary.   Were Lucifer and his angels predestined to become it?  I’m sure Lucifer and the one-third angels would never say “God made me do it.”  They chose to grasp for power and will deserve their severe punishment for their heinous actions.  God and the Word knew Lucifer inside and out from his prior service in their government.  They knew any proclivities in his perfection.   Perhaps Lucifer had already tipped off his insatiable ambition.  Though God no doubt could have easily withstood a 100% angelic rebellion, perhaps they deliberately only let Lucifer have access to one-third down on earth to minimize his corrupting reach.

Six Days of Renewal

God decided it was time to renew the earth and universe Satan wrecked, and the Word carried out their wishes in six productive days through the power of the Holy Spirit (Psa. 104:30, Gen. 1:2).  “The Old Testament clearly does not envisage God’s spirit as a person … “, states The New Catholic Encyclopedia, “God’s spirit is simply God’s power.”

The Bible specifies 24-hour days, like the ones we still experience (Gen. 1:5, John 11:9).  The difference  between this renewal and erroneous errors of Theistic Evolution  are night and day.  If any of the days were a thousand years long, the plants on day three would have died off without pollination from bees and hummingbirds created on day five.

When the Word directed “Let there be light,”  a different word than barah was used (hayah), the sense being “to appear, become visible.”

Day one:  light is diffused
Day two:  vapor above, water below
Day  three:  one land mass, one sea, plant life appears
Day  four:  sun, moon and stars become visible
Day five:  sea animals and birds of the air created
Day six:  land animals created.  Paralleling Adam and Eve being created as adults, we have the answer to the famous riddle:  the chicken
Day seven:  Sabbath by God resting

Day four is noteworthy in that it provided for “seasons” from the Hebrew  moedim, meaning “appointed times.”  This shows that God’s Holy Days and Festivals (Lev. 23) were planned before the creation of man.   And of course they would be since these Holy Days reveal God’s plan of salvation!

After each of the first six days of work up through creation of the animals, God pronounced “good.”  After the creation of mankind, “very good.”

“By the seventh day God had finished His work” (New International Version).  “Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it” (Gen. 2:3).

Considering all that God had accomplished in six days, what makes us think we have too much to do to rest on the Sabbath!

God’s 7,000 year plan

The real news of  this renewal of the earth and universe is that this week of six days of work followed by the seventh day of rest reveals God’s 7,000 year plan.  With God a day is as a 1,000 years (2 Pet. 3:8).   Man will have 6,000 years to govern himself and then the Word as Jesus Christ will set up His Millennial government of peace and restoration.

Jewish tradition places this re-creation in the autumn, specifically starting on what would later be sanctified as one of God’s Holy Days, the Feast of Trumpets.  How appropriate since this day pictures the return of Jesus Christ to set up His Kingdom on earth.  He could return 6,000 years to the day.

So it was time to create the God Beings to come, starting as humans!

Chapter 7:  https://theunexpectedbtm.wordpress.com/2018/01/19/chapter-7-the-first-man-woman-marriage/
Chapter 1:
  https://theunexpectedbtm.wordpress.com/2017/12/08/what’s-it-all-about/

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Chapter 5: What in the Devil Happened?

The whole reason for the physical earth and universe was to bring about the spiritual purpose of reproducing two God Beings into billions.  No matter how important the physical might seem, the real story is what’s happening in the spiritual.

Science does its best to date the earth and universe, but only the Bible reveals the factual framework for what really happened.

Everything God creates is “good,” as humbly pronounced after each day’s work in Genesis 1.  The angels thought the new earth so awesome, they “shouted for joy” (Job 38:7).

And they were so happy because God and the Word assigned Lucifer and other angels to be in charge of the new earth and carry out the exciting plans for it.

Why Lucifer?

Isaiah 14 and Ezekiel 28 reveal crucial facts for us who base them on Scripture.  These chapters start out discussing the King of Babylon and the Prince of Tyre, but it’s obvious that some of the words that follow could not be describing any human.  Moreover, they could only be true of Lucifer.

♥   Lucifer, from the original Hebrew word Heylel, used only once in the Bible (Isa. 14:12), means “brightness” or “shining one.”  Like the other angels, he was created (Ezk. 28:13)—not born like the Prince of Tyre and other humans.
♥   “You were the anointed cherub who covers; I established you; you were on the holy mountain of God” (v. 14).  Lucifer was one of two cherubim whose wings covered the heavenly throne of God (Exo. 25:18-20).  His topnotch service in the government of God made him the obvious one for this choice assignment.
♥   Lucifer was “the seal of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty” (Ezk. 28:12).  A perfect administrator to carry out God’s big plans for His privileged earth!  And no doubt, after succeeding there, branch out to the rest of the universe.

“Scripture gives no data for determining how long ago the universe was created” (The Scofield Study Bible III, p. 2).   But the Bible plainly reveals that

Something diabolical occurred

between verses 1 and 2 of Gen. 1 to utterly ruin the earth.  It became tohu and bohu.

Funny sounding words to be sure, but this isn’t about crying over vegan.  Though looking like tofu and boohoo, these Hebrew word descriptors mean “without form, and void” (Gen. 1:2).  A better translation is “waste” and “void” (Young’s Literal Translation).

“Well, that’s how God created it,” some would say, “formless and empty, and then He went on to enhance it in seven days of shaping and filling.”

That makes Isa. 45:18 such a game-changing puzzle piece for what really happened.  God states that He “did not create it [the earth] in vain.”  Yes, He did not create it in tohu!

So it follows that in Gen. 1:2, the Hebrew word hayah should be translated “became” as is done in Gen. 2:7 and 19:26.  Like Miss Piggy’s cry caused Muppets to become unglued!

Created perfect and joyful, “now the earth had become waste and empty” (Rotherham).

How?  “God is not the author of confusion” (1 Cor. 14:33) so who made it that way?

A great spirit rebellion caused such upheaval!

Lucifer had been perfect in all his ways “till iniquity was found in you” (Ezk. 28:15).

In Universe War I, the war to begin all wars, Lucifer said in his heart, “I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation on the farthest sides of the north;  I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High” (Isa. 14:13-14).   Lucifer should have opened his eyes to the pride and vanity swelling up in his heart!

“Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty; you corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor” (Ezk. 28:17).   You’d have to surmise that Lucifer couldn’t stand the idea of forever serving those to come who would rise above him as actual God Beings (Heb. 1:14).  Unfair!  He could never be begotten as a child of God (v. 5).  Sea of glass ceiling!  Somebody’s gotta break it!

In the greatest  miscalculation blunder of all time, Lucifer ascended to heaven aiming to knock God off His throne and become the Most High!

He no doubt deluded himself into believing he could overthrow God, since over who knows how long a time he had by intrigue, whispering, innuendo, deceit and lying convinced one-third of the angels to join him (Rev. 12:4).   He must be right to have so many free thinkers agreeing with him!  It didn’t seem to cross his corrupted mind

♦   that God would have two-thirds loyal angels with Him!
♦   that what chance did He have of catching God by surprise!
♦   that God would not create anything that could become more powerful than He.  God insists on creating beings with free choice and is prepared to carry out His plans even after they make bad choices.

Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall (Prov. 16:18)

Talk about a fall!  More decisive than any Red Baron flameout or LeBron James block!  For Lucifer and his “angels who did not keep their proper domain, but left their own abode” (Jude 6), God swatted them back to the earth!  (Ezk. 28:16, (Luke 10:18).

Lucifer’s name was changed to the Hebrew noun Satan, meaning “adversary, accuser, slanderer.”  His name Devil is translated from the Greek diabolos, meaning “diabolical, accuser, slanderer.”  He is also called in Hebrew Abaddon (“destruction”) and in Greek Apollyon (“destroyer”) (Rev. 9:11).  Such deadly names and he lives up to them!

His fallen angels became his demons and nobody you’d want to pal around with.

Since then Satan’s main goal is to thwart God’s plan to build a family relationship with us.   He and his demons will stop at nothing to abort us from becoming children of God.

God left Satan still in charge of the earth as its ruler (John 12:31) until the future day the Word would return as Jesus Christ and replace him (Rev. 11:15).  When God cast the sinning angels down to  “hell” (2 Pet. 2:4), the Greek word tartarus means “a place of restraint.”  The Devil and demons are on a very short leash!  They can only do what God allows.  In fact, they unwittingly facilitate His plan!

How long from creation of the earth did it take Lucifer to rebel?  The Gap Theory isn’t talking about where Satan needed to go shopping after he got too big for his britches!  The Bible doesn’t say how long before or after Satan’s rebellion.

Paleontologists believe dinosaurs became extinct at the end of the Cretaceous period because of a large asteroid.  Satan’s rebellion could have caused this as he unleashed havoc in the heavens.

“The most puzzling event in the history of life on the earth is the change from the Mesozoic Age of Reptiles, to the … Age of Mammals.  It is as if the curtain were rung down suddenly on a stage where all the leading roles were taken by reptiles, especially dinosaurs … to reveal … an entirely new cast” (G.G. Simpson, Life Before Man, 1972, p. 41).

In God’s due time, the Word through the Holy Spirit would renew the earth (Psa. 104:30).

Chapter 6:  https://theunexpectedbtm.wordpress.com/2018/01/12/chapter-6-from-wrecreation-to-re-creation/
Chapter 1:
  https://theunexpectedbtm.wordpress.com/2017/12/08/what’s-it-all-about/

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Chapter 4: This Will Be Home

Until now everything was spirit.  Now it was time to get physical.

“God created the heavens and the earth” (Gen. 1:1)

“God created” in Hebrew is Elohim bara.   Elohim is a uniplural noun grouped with a singular verb because two God Beings are one united God.   It’s a family name because God and the Word had already planned to create family.   Elohim means “the strong ones,” and God and the Word each had a strong part in their marvelous creation.

God determined it was time to create as they planned.  The Word, called Logos—meaning “spokesman” (John 1:1)—was also rarin’ to go!  Like Captain Jean-Luc Picard of the Enterprise commands “Make it so!”, “He spoke, and it was done” by the power of the Holy Spirit (Psa. 33:9).  “By the word of the Lord the heavens were made … by the breath of His mouth” (verse 6).

Talk about issuing a command with far-reaching results!  “All things”—that were created through the Word and for Him (Col. 1:16)—means the universe!

The Bible mentions three heavens, and the two physical ones were created at this time:  the atmosphere above the earth, where a whirlwind exists (2 Kg. 2:11); and the solar system with all its stars, planets and galaxies (Deut. 4:19).

“The universe is so extraordinary that only God could have created it,” observed Albert Einstein.  “My job is to figure out how He did it.”

Out of nothing

When my daughter Heather was in sixth grade, “sitting bored in gym class one day,” she started imagining the gym floor stretching out to the right, top and bottom with no walls in sight.  On the left it was coming out of nothing.  From this Heather came home excitedly telling Mom and me that “If God is everything, then all else is nothing!”  Oops, maybe I should have issued a spoiler alert for what this is all about!

In his thought-provoking book The Fundamental Force … How the Universe Works, Len Kurzawa writes:  “Let’s  start with nothing:  no  matter, no light, no space, no time; absolute nothingness!”  He says at some point an opening at “the intersection of dimensions unknown to us … allowed pure energy to enter the new physical dimension” (Pages 249-250).  Later  Kurzawa asks if the opposing charges for space expansion and contraction, each 2.567 x 10-38, could be “combined  in such a way to produce zero—nothing?  Is everything in the universe made from nothing?” (page 330).

“By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God’s command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen” (Heb. 11:3, New International Version).   It looked like nothing but everything came from spirit.

“The Bible begins with God, not with philosophic arguments for His existence” (The Schofield Study Bible III, page 2).  Creation has always demanded a Creator.  Nobody would ever argue that a Rolex assembled itself together, no matter how much time given to do so.   Sorry, Charles Darwin, there was nothing to evolve from.

Job knew that God hung “the earth on nothing” (Job. 26:7).   Sorry, flat earthers, the earth is circular (Isa. 40:22).  With the perfect tilt of 23-1/2 degrees.  With the necessary atmospheric gases ratio of nitrogen 78%, oxygen 21% and carbon dioxide 1%.  With crust and tectonic plates the necessary depth.   In sum, with all of the 20 or more Goldilocks criteria for complex life to exist, so that if even one were minutely changed, everybody would die!

Could there be a more choice piece of real estate than earth, so why shouldn’t God capitalize on

Location, location, location!

The Privileged Planet book and video by Guillermo Gonzalez and Jay Richards in 2004 showcased how the earth is perfectly situated for complex life to exist and is located  in the sweet spot of the Milky Way between its Sagittarius and Perseus arms.  In fact, it appears that our galactic home may well be in the very center of the ever-expanding universe.

Moreover in marvelousness, earth’s location in the solar system and in the Milky Way provides the best spot from which to study the universe and discover its mysteries.  The most significant point of this is that the God who created it all positioned His kids to be to be able to discover Him!

Anybody can look up at a starry sky like David would and ask in awe, “What is man that you are mindful of him?” (Psa. 8:4).

“Because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them.  For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that

They are without excuse” (Rom. 1:19-20)

“I have deep faith that the principles of the universe will be both beautiful and simple” (Einstein).    Indeed, we can learn the “simplicity of Christ” (2 Cor. 11:3) and become God Beings if it matters enough and we expend the energy to seek God.

Of the ultimate unifying theory of the universe, sought by theoretical physicists like Stephen Hawking,  John Archibald Wheeler says, “It must be an utterly simple idea that when we discover  it, it will be so compelling, so inevitable, and so beautiful; that we will all say to each other, Oh, how could it have been otherwise!”

Oh, two Gods become billions!

God created a home for His Family

A very special place that provides everything we need.  He could already envision the meek inheriting it (Matt. 5:5).   The Word becoming His Son and returning to govern the Family and Kingdom on it (Rev. 11:15).

And then, the grand finale for what is revealed so far, a new earth with all physical, material, and especially sin purged off, and the Father Himself moves down to live happily ever after with His Family (Rev. 21:1-3).  It’s no fairy tale!

Is it any wonder this earth was created the privileged planet!

And no wonder the angels, watching the glorious creation of the universe, shouted for joy (Job 38:7).  They were about to begin a wondrous assignment.

Chapter 5:  https://theunexpectedbtm.wordpress.com/2018/01/05/chapter-5-what-in-the-devil-happened/
Chapter 1:
  https://theunexpectedbtm.wordpress.com/2017/12/08/whats-it-all-about/

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The Key of David Opens Eternal Life into the Kingdom

In parts one and two, we saw that Jesus has the key qualities of David, and He has the key of David.  He is the Head of the Philadelphia era of the Church of God and gave it—us!  It’s personal!—two keys to understand prophecy (Amos 3:7).

For valid Bible study, we must

Let the Bible interpret itself 

Rev. 3:7 about Jesus opens and shuts is a remez pointing those who knew their Bible back to Isa. 22:22.

In Isa. 22:5, “a day of trouble and treading down and perplexity” dates this prophecy to the period between 703 and 701 B.C. when King Hezekiah of Judah, a direct descendant of David, was preparing for war with the invading  Sennacherib of Assyria.

Verse 15 says Shebna is Hezekiah’s steward—like a prime minister or chief of staff—“over the house.”  Shebna had  the authority to control who had access to the government—who would get to see King Hezekiah and who wouldn’t.

In verse 16 Shebna is faulted for making a tomb “on high.”  Archeologists have found remains of a tomb with Hebrew script from Hezekiah’s time that was fully visible across from Jerusalem.  Now in the British Museum, the fragment belonged to a person who was “over the house.”  The name on the fragment is partially destroyed and has the common Hebrew ending ‘yahu,’ meaning God—like Benjamin Netanyahu today.   Many scholars think Shebna is a short form of the name Shebanyahu, and this fragment was part of his tomb.

“Pride is the sin of this official,” judged The Bible Reader’s Companion.

In verse 22, Shebna is replaced by Eliakim the priest receiving “the key of the house of David … on his shoulder.”  The steward wore the key to the king’s house on a hook on his shoulder.  He had the authority to open or close the king’s house.

This should remind us of Isa. 9:6 which prophesies of Jesus Christ:  “And the government will be upon His shoulder.”

Eliakim means “God will establish.”  Because of verse 22, we know that Eliakim represents the future Messiah of Rev. 3:7.  Jesus will inherit the throne of David.

In the past history of the Davidic monarchy, the human ruler ruled as a steward for the real king—God.

Jesus Christ is the Steward of the kingdom of God the Father

Only He has the authority to grant access into the government, family and kingdom of God!

This makes it personal!  Like me, you want to enter!  Jesus castigated the religious leaders of His day:  “You shut the kingdom of heaven in men’s faces.  You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to” (Matt. 23:13, New International Bible).  We must be building the family of God!

Jesus stands at the door and knocks.  His sheep, of various folds (John 10:16), know His voice.

In the parable of the 10 virgins in Matt. 25:1-13, five didn’t have enough oil in their lamps (the Holy Spirit) and went to go buy some.  The Holy Spirit and character can’t be bought—and especially on the spot.  There’s no deathbed repentance.

Jesus shut the door.  None of the foolish virgins could open it.

In Matt. 22:11 a man appeared at the wedding without a proper garment.  Maybe he thought only Christ’s bride must be “arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright—the righteous acts of the saints (Rev. 19:8).”  At Christ’s return, we must have made ourselves ready!  We can’t do this by works, keeping the law, or any other way on our own power.  Only through the Father and the Son living in us by the power of the Holy Spirit (Gal. 2:20, Php. 4:13).  “From whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share,  causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love” (Eph. 4:16).

The Holy Spirit is the key of David

we must have for God’s Steward to give us access to eternal life in the Family and Kingdom of God.  Without the Holy Spirit, we are none of His (Rom. 8:9).

The key of David is not a key to carry in our pocket.

It enables us to be like David in heart, loyalty and prayer.  It enables us to do God’s Work collectively and individually.  It gives us controlled urgency to seek the Kingdom of God and His righteousness (Matt. 6:33).

It must be our life!  It’s personal!

Part 1:  https://theunexpectedbtm.wordpress.com/2017/12/20/the-key-of-david-its-personal/
Part 2 https://theunexpectedbtm.wordpress.com/2017/12/26/jesus-has-the-key-of-david-for-doing-his-work/

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Jesus Has the Key of David for Doing His Work

keysRemember from Part one, it’s the key of David (Rev. 3:7), but Jesus Christ has it.  He uses it to open and shut.  A key involves access, authority and government.

It’s significant that Jesus Christ shares this information in His section to the Philadelphia era of His Church.   This era is the spiritual body of believers who know we have a Work to do collectively and individually.   This is my 47th year.

A foundational principle of the Philadelphia era is that we will only grow to the extent that we have our hearts in the Work of God rather than just trying to save our own skin (Matt. 16:25).

A psalm for the Sabbath day, probably penned by David since he is credited when no specific name is given, says “For You, Lord, have made me glad through your Work; I will triumph in the works of your hands” (Psa. 92:4).

A key part of the Philadelphia commission:  “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come” (Matt. 24:14).

One special understanding

Jesus Christ gave His Philadelphia era about the key of David for doing His Work is the knowledge about the 12 tribes of Israel and God’s promise of unconditional dynasty to David so that his throne would exist at the end and be claimed by the returning King of Kings.

Jesus Christ has the key of David in that He is the son of David (Matt. 1:1), the root of Jesse (Isa. 11:10), the Branch (verse 1), the House of David of the royal line of David (Isa. 9:7), and He will claim and establish David’s throne when He rules in Jerusalem.  He will rule justly over men, in the fear of God (2 Sam. 23:3), just as David  will when he is resurrected and made King over the 12 tribes of Israel to start the Millennium (Ezek. 37:24).

You cannot rightly understand prophecy without this key of David.  This key opens eyes!

US&BCI recommend a free book you can read or download online or request a free mailed copy (https://www.ucg.org/bible-study-tools/booklets/the-united-states-and-britain-in-bible-prophecy).

And I recommend you read “The Throne of Britain—Its Biblical Origin & Future” by Tom Robinson (https://www.ucg.org/files/collection/the-throne-of-britain-its-biblical-origin-and-future.pdf).  No wonder the world is so fascinated by “The Crown” on Netflix and by the coming wedding on May 19, 2018 of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle!

The second special understanding

Jesus Christ gave His Philadelphia era about the key of David for doing His Work is that we must look to Him collectively and individually to open and close doors to fulfill His great commission.

“And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, ‘All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.  Go therefore and  make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Matt. 28:18-20).

Did you catch that:  authority!  And Jesus is loyal like David was renowned for.

New Testament Christians knew they needed the Head of the Church to open doors.  And they knew they needed to be praying like David (Psa. 55:17).

♥   Paul asked for prayers that he might speak boldly (Eph. 6:19).
♥   Paul asked for prayers with thanksgiving “that God would open to us a door for the word” (Col. 4:3).
♥   After being bullied by the Sanhedrin, Peter and John asked the Lord, “look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak your word” (Acts. 4:29).
♥   God can also direct by closing doors that no man can open!  Paul and Timothy were blocked by the Holy Spirit from going into Bithynia and were directed to Macedonia (Acts 16:6-10).
♥   For those not robbing God regarding tithes and offerings, He promises “try Me now in this … if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it” (Mal. 3:8-10).
♥  We can ask God to open a door for us individually—for our part in fulfilling His great commission.  Like Maria’s superior comment in The Sound of Music:  If God closes a door, He always opens a window somewhere!

So Jesus Christ gave His Philadelphia era two special keys of David.  He knows we have only a little strength, have kept His word, and have not denied His name (Rev. 3:8).

But a huge key to Bible study is:

Let the Bible interpret the Bible

No private interpretation! (2 Pet. 1:20).  Not yours.  Not mine either!

In part 3 we’ll see where Rev. 3:7 is quoted from and what that shows about the key of David.  It’s exciting!  It’s personal!

Part 1:  The Key of David:  It’s Personal! (https://theunexpectedbtm.wordpress.com/2017/12/20/the-key-of-david-its-personal/)

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The Philadelphia era is driven to “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness” (Matt. 6:33)