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Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Chronicles to Messiah

In my Scripture studies I found that the thousands year old Hebrew Bible does not follow the order of the English Bibles published during the days of King James some 400 years ago. Same books but there's a slight difference.

The Hebrew Bible concludes with the two books of Chronicles and those begin with an extensive listing of the genealogies of the families of Israel.  

Yet, the order of English Bibles somehow shifted to Malachi. Why?

If we read the Scriptures in the order of the Hebrew Bible - and turn the page, we can see that the so-called Old Testament does not fit an old label at all, in fact it leads directly to Matthew's genealogy of Yeshua, or in English: Jesus.

The outline of the family tree of Yeshua is listed in Matthew 1:1-17 begins in Chronicles.

Not what you expected?

According to Eusebius of Caesarea, an early follower of Jesus that went by the name Papias, made the earliest known attempt to assign names to the authors of the Jewish writings we now call the gospels. Regarding the account known as Matthew, the historian Eusebius summarizes something critical about a fragment that he had read sometime after 300 AD using Papias' attribution for Matthew:

"So then Matthew composed the oracles in Hebrew, and every one interpreted them as he could."

The historian is telling us that the book of Matthew was originally written in Hebrew, not Greek. There's a really good reason for that. Without a doubt, the real Matthew was a Jew like Jesus.

So far, the book of Matthew is the only documented Hebrew account of the oracles we now call the New Testament. Only Matthew is known to have recorded the gospel story in his native Hebrew tongue. Mattityahu מַתִּתְיָהוּ was also called Levi (see Mark 2:14 and Luke 5:27). That's likely not just a nickname but a family identity, Mattityahu may have been from the levitical tribe, a Levite. If so he may have strayed from his heritage. When he met Yeshua, he was a tax collector.

Perhaps, he collected taxes for the Romans. Perhaps not... Mattiyahu may have been on assignment to collect the half shekel Temple tax. The half shekel was a tax paid by Israelites that was used for the upkeep of the Temple. The second Temple tax system was patterned after the half shekel sanctuary tax noted in Exodus 30:12 (also see Hebrews 7:5).

According to the Jewish Virtual Library: "Talmudic literature is filled with complaints against the severity of the taxation in Ereẓ Israel during the period of Roman domination." Mattityahu may have done both. If so, he would have been despised as a publican before He met Yeshua and called a sinner (Mark 2:16).

Publican or not, if you read the book of Matthew aka Mattityahu, you can't help but see that the narrator constantly references the Torah, the Prophets and the Writings to illustrate the importance of the identity of Israel’s long-awaited Messiah.

So, if we want to understand the story we have to go back to the Tanach aka the Hebrew Bible as Mattityahu did, we also have to reorder how we read it to get a proper understanding of the chronicles to Messiah.

Mattityahu starts his account with the genealogy that takes off where Chronicles begins. This brings laser sharp focus to the importance of the order of the ancient records in the Hebrew Bible:
"So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; from David to the deportation to Babylon, fourteen generations; and from the deportation to Babylon to the Messiah, fourteen generations."
When we realize that the key storyline in the books of Chronicles is focused on king David's son Solomon and his assignment to build the House of God, we can see that the family tree that Matthew provides has a decidedly Jewish perspective on Jesus.

This is not a matter of faith, it's fact.

Differences in faith aren't based on facts but rather ignorance of them. Facts are important.

The facts are: following his introduction with the two thousand year family tree that includes four incredible women, Matthew's chronicle continues with more than 60 direct and indirect quotes from the Tanach aka the Hebrew Bible, the scrolls written by Jewish men.

Another fact is that Matthew quotes the Hebrew Scriptures more than any other gospel account from the manuscripts attributed to Mark, Luke or John. This clearly demonstrates that Matthew knew his Bible basics. His Scripture references are from the old scrolls of not only Chronicles but Ruth, Isaiah, Micah, Hosea, Jeremiah, Deuteronomy, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Malachi, Jonah, Genesis, Zechariah, Daniel and the Psalms.

By writing his account in Hebrew, we can easily imagine that Mattityahu definitely had the faithful Jewish people living in and around Jerusalem as well as Judea and Samaria front and center as the first audience of his manuscript that was almost lost in a Greco-Roman world.

Today, some two thousand years later, Jewish people from around the world have returned to Mattityahu's backyard. Not only that, incredibly the Hebrew language has been restored there, so we need to take another look at this Jewish man's Hebrew story and the order of the Bible he read.

By the way, if you are reading this from Israel, you can buy a Hebrew copy of Matthew at Amazon or get the Hebrew Matthew eBook at Google Books.

Matthew’s seamless connection to the Hebrew Bible begins with the family line in Chronicles and a listing of the generations that are described in seven chapters from 1Chronicles 2 to 1Chronicles 9.

The family tree in Chronicles is not some boring old list, it was put there for good reason, a God reason. The list Matthew provides gives ample evidence for Yeshua’s connection to Abraham and a critical glimpse into how first-century Jews viewed the Hebrew Bible with anticipation and hope in a Messiah mind-set.

Whether you noticed it or not, Matthew connects his readers to Chronicles.

Just when you thought Matthew is the first book of a New Testament, the author does just the opposite, directing every reader back to the Hebrew Scriptures... from the so-called Old Testament.

Perhaps the reason Matthew does this is from something that Solomon wrote:
"That which is has been already and that which will be has already been, for God seeks what has passed by." Ecclesiastes 3:15
The fact is, Matthew begins where the Hebrew Bible ends weaving an unbreakable Messianic connection embedded within the book of Chronicles shown by Solomon's assignment from his father David.

Matthew writes:
"The record of the genealogy of Yeshua the Messiah, the son of David, the son of Abraham."
Basically, Matthew tears the publisher's blank page out of every English Bible with his list of three sets of 14 generations.

The Hebrew Bible has been around for thousands of years and it contains not 39, but 24 books organized into sections. They are called the Torah or teaching and instruction (Genesis to Deuteronomy), the Neviʾim or prophets (Joshua to Malachi) and the Ketuvim or the writings (Psalms to Chronicles).

The Torah, the Neviʾim (Prophets) and the Ketuvim (Writings) are the Tanakh.

Torah Prophets Minor Prophets Writings
Genesis Joshua Hosea Psalms
Exodus Judges Joel Proverbs
Leviticus 1-2 Samuel Amos Job
Numbers 1-2 Kings Obadiah Song of songs
Deuteronomy Isaiah Jonah Ruth
Jeremiah Micah Lamentations
Ezekiel Nahum Ecclesiastes
Habakkuk Esther
Zephaniah Daniel
Haggai Ezra
Zechariah Nehemiah
Malachi 1-2 Chronicles

Order is important to God. Think about it, Paul writes about this fact in 1 Corinthians 14:33 inspired by the prophet Malachi: "...For God is [a God], not of disorder, but of peace.. . ." Where did Paul come up with that?
“For I, the LORD, do not change..." Malachi 3:6
In the end, Matthew’s gospel answers the big question that was on the minds of virtually every Jewish person including the disciples. It remains in the hearts of many today and it is hidden in the Messianic themes of Solomon's Temple building story in Chronicles. The big question is:

If Yeshua is the Messiah, then where is the peace promised for Kingdom of God?

That's the big Jewish question today. One answer can be found in the "Sod" or hidden story line of Solomon, the son of David. It is outlined at many levels, so we have to look closely and study the story line in Chronicles to see it. That's one likely reason that Matthew begins his account with the family tree genealogy of Yeshua.

A comment on the word "Sod." Jewish scholars teach that the Bible should be studied and viewed in at least four different levels of critical study including inspiration. These dimensions of exegesis and interpretation are called PaRDeS, which is an acronym for Peshat, Remez, Derash and Sod. The first three mean literal, symbolic and seek. The fourth is that word Sod, it means hidden. It involves inspired understanding of the deep or mystery meaning embedded within the Scriptures.

At the Peshat and Remez level, Matthew's account reveals that Yeshua is indeed a descendant of David. Like Solomon the son of David. Solomon was a king. Take note, Matthew tells us at least three times that the gospel Yeshua preached is the gospel of the Kingdom. That's one reason so many people flocked to see and hear Him, but He was rejected by the Jewish religious authorities (see Matthew 4:23-24; Matthew 16:13–28; Matthew 21:42–46).

A "Sod" perspective shows us their rejection was like Solomon's kingdom that was rejected, torn and divided in two after Solomon's death by his sons Rehoboam the faithful leader of Judah in the south and Jeroboam the rebellious leader of Ephraim and the ten tribes in northern Israel.

After Solomon died, Jeroboam led Ephraim astray in revolt against: 1) Rehoboam's rule in Judaea, 2) the Torah and 3) Jerusalem. The result was devastating, it divided the kingdom of Israel.

If you think about it, Jeroboam provides a shadow picture of some second century church fathers that claimed their new religion of replacement theology infused with anti-semitism as they turned against the front of the Bible, the Jewish people as well as Jerusalem. They adopted Rome as the center of worship. When you really dig in and think about it, you might see their antisemitism and Greek thinking was much like Jeroboam... the result has been "constant war with the house of Judah."

Returning to Matthew, his list shows us Yeshua's lineage is a family tree rooted in the house of Judah. No rational informed person disputes this.

The good news is that the book of Chronicles shows us that David reveals something critical about this house and is tie to the king over all Israel:
"Yet, the LORD, the God of Israel, chose me from all the house of my father to be king over Israel forever. For He has chosen Judah to be a leader; and in the house of Judah, my father’s house, and among the sons of my father He took pleasure in me to make me king over all Israel."
King David knew he would grow old. David knew too that he would die one day just like you and I and everyone else, but David also knew the election of the house of Judah that was chosen for a redemption purpose.

Not only that, those that say God has no son should listen to king David. In Chronicles, he declares that God told him Solomon was a chosen son but there's more... I will be a father to him:
"Of all my sons (for the LORD has given me many sons), He has chosen my son Solomon to sit on the throne of the kingdom of the LORD over Israel. He said to me, ‘Your son Solomon is the one who shall build My house and My courts; for I have chosen him to be a son to Me, and I will be a father to him." 1 Chronicles 28:4-6
King David understood what the Lord God had said: I have chosen him to be a son to Me.

After all, Almighty Father God decides who He choses to be a Father to and who is to be called His son. God said it, that settles it.

Abba Father said a son of God will build God's house and courts. Thankfully David provides us a key to unlock the gate of another another mystery about this Father-Son relationship. David knew he would not be allowed to build the House of God because of war and bloodshed. We can see this declaration in 1 Chronicles 28.
"Then King David rose to his feet and said, “Listen to me, my brethren and my people; I had intended to build a permanent home for the ark of the covenant of the LORD and for the footstool of our God. So I had made preparations to build it. But God said to me, ‘You shall not build a house for My name because you are a man of war and have shed blood.’"
David knew Solomon was chosen as a son of God to build a house of God with courts of stone, but David also believed a deeper mystery about his tie to the forever lineage to come that the Bible links to the new covenant described in Jeremiah 31:31-34. David declared God's election "from all the house of my father to be king over Israel forever":
"Yet, the LORD, the God of Israel, chose me from all the house of my father to be king over Israel forever. For He has chosen Judah to be a leader; and in the house of Judah, my father's house, and among the sons of my father He took pleasure in me to make me king over all Israel." 1 Chronicles 28:4
Solomon's assignment was be king and to build a stone house, but neither would last forever because it had a condition from the Lord God and Solomon was not faithful to it, so another leader, another chosen son of God, the Messiah was required to build the new covenant house to posses the good land:
"I will establish his kingdom forever if he resolutely performs My commandments and My ordinances, as is done now.’ So now, in the sight of all Israel, the assembly of the LORD, and in the hearing of our God, observe and seek after all the commandments of the LORD your God so that you may possess the good land and bequeath it to your sons after you forever."
Solomon was not resolute. In the end, he missed the assignment and sinned, he did not meet the standard of the forever king, so the kingdom was divided and fell apart at his death in rivalry, but David was given a forever promise, so another man of Judah had to arrive on the scene in the good land to keep the forever promise of a House and a Kingdom to be bequeathed forever to serve God as His children.

A thousand years after Solomon, Yeshua of Nazareth was born in Bethlehem (the house of bread) and the childhood home of David. Yeshua was resolute and did not sin and transgress the Torah recorded by Moses. He was resolute and lived a 100% Torah observant life to God's written instruction and teaching.

Not only that, Yeshua taught the meaning of Torah with a whole heart and willing mind and by that we can see Yeshua kept the assignment that David knew was given to Solomon:
“As for you, my son Solomon, know the God of your father, and serve Him with a whole heart and a willing mind; for the LORD searches all hearts, and understands every intent of the thoughts. 
If you seek Him, He will let you find Him; but if you forsake Him, He will reject you forever." 
Consider now, for the LORD has chosen you to build a house for the sanctuary; be courageous and act." (Summary of 2 Chronicles 28:2-10)
Yeshua was courageous and He acted. And right now He is still building a living house for The Lord God of Israel. A house of living stones because the the new covenant is about God's law to be written on the hearts of mankind which was always God's goal, to have a people devoted to Him thta will be resolute and demonstrate that commitment of love by what they do by abiding in the Father's commandments just as Yeshua did.

In the parable of the vine described in John 15, Yeshua explains the importance of abiding in the authority of the Father for every God believer: "Abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and abide in his love."

Yeshua understood The Kingdom connection to Jeremiah. The prophet described Israel as a noble, faithful seed of the vine (see Jeremiah 2:21). Yet they (the branches) did not abide in the commandments of God and they became degenerate, a foreigner for a while to God's teaching and instruction. The same is true for the believer today who does not abide in the living vine of Yeshua's Torah teaching, they too will not bear fruit in the House of God (household) that is pictured like a fruitful garden.

Israel was the example then and they are today, we must all understand the way any God believer can bring bear fruit is to stay connected to the vine and keep the commandments, by doing them we canl abide in love and joy as a sanctuary family. By explaining this to His disciples, Yeshua Jesus was teaching that abiding in keeping Yeshua's teaching is keeping God's instruction for joy and life.

The abiding household family of God teaching explained by Yeshua ties directly to to the way that the Father wishes to dwell with people. This was nothing new, Abba Father told Moses: "And let them make me a sanctuary that I may dwell among them" (Exodus 25:8) and gave the promise: "And I will dwell among the children of Israel, and will be their God. And they shall know that I am the LORD their God, that brought them forth out of the land of Egypt, that I may dwell among them: I am the LORD their God." (Exodus 29:45-46).

God brought forth both native born and sojourner out of Egypt and Moses was given the ultimate plan to record that God's desire and heart is to dwell with His people.

God's plan has never changed.

When David wanted to build a house for The Father, he was reminded that God had walked with His people through the wilderness (2 Samuel 7:5-7). David was given a promise, the resolute son is Yeshua. He fulfills the Torah teaching that God would dwell with mankind. David was given a revelation and a blessing, that a house would be built for him by God:
"For you, O Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, have made this revelation to your servant, saying, ‘I will build you a house.’ And now, O Lord God, you are God, and your words are true, and you have promised this good thing to your servant. Now therefore may it please you to bless the house of your servant, so that it may continue forever before you. For you, O Lord God, have spoken, and with your blessing shall the house of your servant be blessed forever." 2 Samuel 7:27-29
The blessing revealed to David showed the shepherd king of Israel that the house The Lord God would build would be a household, His children. David later confirmed his understanding in Psalms 127:1-3:
"Unless the Lord builds the house,
those who build it labor in vain.
Unless the Lord watches over the city,
the watchman stays awake in vain.
It is in vain that you rise up early
and go late to rest,
eating the bread of anxious toil;
for he gives to his beloved sleep.
Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord,
the fruit of the womb a reward. "
The reward of the fruit of the womb promised in Genesis 3:15-16 was a son that was required to be born of a woman because Eve was deceived. The plan included pain in Egypt that would bring forth children of God to enter into covenant with God like a husband:
"And I will put enmity
Between you and the woman,
And between your seed and her seed;
He shall bruise you on the head,
And you shall bruise him on the heel.” 
To the woman He said,
“I will greatly multiply
Your pain in childbirth,
In pain you will bring forth children;
Yet your desire will be for your husband,
And he will rule over you."
So God made a promise concerning the birth of the Messiah King that would bruise the deceiver and end his reign of death on earth, yet Messiah would be Immanuel:
"Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel."  Isaiah 7:14
Immanuel means God is with us. The Father had the plan from the beginning that he would abide with His people but the plan required a resolute son. The miracle through which this plan to be accomplished can now be seen to be the raising up of Messiah, who is the son of David and the seed of the woman.

Paul explains through death and resurrection, He became the "firstborn" son of man described in Colossians 1:15-20. The firstborn of a new creation is building the temple of the living God where God will dwell in His people:
For we are the temple of the living God; just as God said,
This house is the covenant made with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah:
“Behold, days are coming,” declares the LORD, “when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah, not like the covenant which I made with their fathers in the day 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 to them,” declares the LORD. 
“But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days,” declares the LORD, “I will put My law within them and on their heart I will write it; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. They will not teach again, each man his neighbor and each man his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for they will all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them,” declares the LORD, “for I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.” Jeremiah 31:31-34
Yeshua meets all requirements for Messiah King and the house the chosen son is building is much bigger than the stones Solomon used that were quarried by the Gentiles of his day, yet it is still from God's creation... mankind. After all, the people of God's house are literally living dust, water and spirit. Believing people are the living stones that are alive with the breath of God and they know Him.

God's living house must be resolute too. They must trust inThe LORD with a contrite heart that seeks to honor Almighty God with sacrifices of repentance, prayer and thanksgiving just as it has always been.

The thing we have to remember about the living tabernacle of God is that from the beginning, Elohim made mankind to resemble of the image of God, so our responsibility in love is to seek to live in His image:
"Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness..." Genesis 1:26
That's what Messiah taught. It's the highest purpose of Torah.

The Jewish disciple John reveals Messiah's image in these words:
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. John 1:1-4 
And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14
That grace was described at Sinai as the truth. As it was meant in the beginning, the body of Messiah that is to be both Jew and Gentile is purposed to be an image reflecting of God's light and indwelling Spirit and that's why The Father gave His instruction and teaching to Moses to teach us how to do it. It's for all of us. It's the way His children get to follow in Yeshua's walk in the Father's instruction for life in His Kingdom.

The living house of God is being built stone by stone, heart by heart, soul by soul in the image of God by the breath of His Word in Messiah. The Jewish Rabbi, Paul of Tarsus explained this in typical Jewish teaching style by asking a "Sod" level question and he provides the answer:
"Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If any man destroys the temple of God, God will destroy him, for the temple of God is holy, and that is what you are." 1 Corinthians 3:16-17
Peter confirmed the teaching of living stones as a second witness and like Matthew, he backed up what he said with Scripture:
"Therefore, putting aside all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander, like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation, if you have tasted the kindness of the Lord. 
And coming to Him as to a living stone which has been rejected by men, but is choice and precious in the sight of God, you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Messiah Yeshua. For this is contained in Scripture:  
“Behold, I lay in Zion a choice stone, a precious corner stone, and he who believes in him will not be disappointed.” This precious value, then, is for you who believe; but for those who disbelieve, “the stone which the builders rejected, this became the very corner stone,” and, “a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense”; 
for they stumble because they are disobedient to the word, and to this doom they were also appointed." 1Peter 2:1-8
The builder sets a corner stone at, you guessed it, the corner of a building joining the walls and the corner stone is inscribed with the name of the architect and owner. The Lord God of Israel is the architect of the living stones of His children.

Modern Israel is living proof of this. Israel is not great today because it is made of the bricks that men have been built or of stones they have uncovered there, but it is the Jewish people that make Israel great.

People have always been Israel's past present and future as the household of God.

A temple of stone cannot wholly contain God's glory but it has a purpose. We know this because wise Solomon said so:
"But who is able to build a temple for him, since the heavens, even the highest heavens, cannot contain him? Who then am I to build a temple for him, except as a place to burn sacrifices before him?" 2 Chronicles 2:6 NIV
Yeshua gives us an answer to Solomon's question, and the broken spirit of repentance as sacrifices of righteousness, a contrite heart and thanksgiving are the sacrifices that are required to be burned in the living house of God. This fact is a picture declared by none other than David:
"Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, And trust in the LORD." Psalm 4:5
"The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; 
A broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise."  Psalm 51:17 
"Let them also offer sacrifices of thanksgiving,
And tell of His works with joyful singing." Psalm 107:22
We know Jeremiah was given great promises, one of them is about a future redemption:
"The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying, “Stand in the gate of the LORD’S house and proclaim there this word and say, ‘Hear the word of the LORD, all you of Judah, who enter by these gates to worship the LORD!’” Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, “Amend your ways and your deeds, and I will let you dwell in this place." Jeremiah 7:1-3
If you have ever read the front of the Bible, this declaration from Heaven may shock you:
"For I did not speak to your fathers, or command them in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, concerning burnt offerings and sacrifices. 
But this is what I commanded them, saying, ‘Obey My voice, and I will be your God, and you will be My people; and you will walk in all the way which I command you, that it may be well with you.’" Jeremiah 7:22-23
Read it again: "Obey My voice, and I will be your God, and you will be My people; and you will walk in all the way which I command you, that it may be well with you."

If you want life to go well, obey God's voice! It's our first assignment.

As a second witness, the prophet Micah repeats the offering requirements of justice, kindness and a humble walk:
With what shall I come to the LORD
And bow myself before the God on high?
Shall I come to Him with burnt offerings,
With yearling calves? 
Does the LORD take delight in thousands of rams,
In ten thousand rivers of oil?
Shall I present my firstborn for my rebellious acts,
The fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? 
He has told you, O man, what is good;
And what does the LORD require of you
But to do justice, to love kindness,
And to walk humbly with your God? Micah 6:6-8
Micah's questions for mankind points back to Moses same question in Deuteronomy 10:12-13:
“Now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require from you, but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all His ways and love Him, and to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to keep the LORD’S commandments and His statutes which I am commanding you today for your good?"
Messiah Yeshua answered in the same way: "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment." Matthew 22:37-38

Yeshua is the living person, the precious living corner stone in Zion that we are to align with.

What are we to do with this truth?

We are to walk in the LORD’S ways, to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with our God and love the LORD God with all our heart and with all our soul. We get to do that and keep the LORD’S commandments in love.

In Matthew's lineage, Judah's scepter promise declared by David is verified in Yeshua.

Judah is the fourth name noted in Matthew's chronicle. Judah's presence is critical and his name means "praised." Another important thing to know about Judah is that his life is heralded not for his transgression with Tamar but his remorse and repentance as he was transformed into a man of God.

In Egypt, Judah emerged as a kinsman redeemer ready to lay down his life for his brother Benjamin proving to Joseph that he was a changed man. Judah's change proves that God can bring his blessing of a living Temple to the world through deeply flawed people that repent of the wrongs that we do and turn to God transformed from a heart of stone and a stiff neck to a humble heart living for God with a bowed head.

In the books of Chronicles, Judah first appears in 1 Chronicles 2:1, there he is listed as the fourth son of Israel. He is connected to David and Solomon and God's promise of a house and its precious corner stone in Messiah.

Yeshua is the ultimate kinsman redeemer who said: “For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life in order to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord.” John 10:17-18.

Messiah's work in the world is being accomplished through the building of God's living temple through the living stones of people that seek the heart of The Father, but if you come from a traditional Christian background, you may have been trained in some way to reject the Holy Temple that Yeshua taught in, thinking its old and done away with.

You may have been taught to reject the purpose of the Temple and the sacrifices, perhaps taught that Christians are now the only Temple of God. But that is not what Scripture teaches. The king is returning and He will have a house. Ezekiel and Zechariah teach us that the Temple will be built again in Jerusalem. God told Solomon:

Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to prayer made in this place. For now I have chosen and sanctified this house, that My Name may be there forever; and My eyes and My heart will be there perpetually. 2Chronicles 7:15-16

Yeshua is Messiah ben Joseph. He came first as a humble shepherd (of people) and He will return as King Messiah ben David, the lion of the tribe of Judah to rule the planet from Jerusalem. Yeshua is the son chosen to build God's house. He is coming again to rule the Messianic Kingdom and the world to come from Mount Zion.

Take note, David was a shepherd too before he was king. So is Yeshua and His desire is to bequeath God's Kingdom.

David prophetically said this: "In the sight of all Israel, the assembly of the LORD, and in the hearing of our God, he observed and sought after all the commandments of the LORD God so that you may possess the good land and He will bequeath it to you forever if your follow the King." 1Chronicles 28:8

David set the standard:

"If you seek Him, He will let you find Him..." These are big time "Sod" messages from Chronicles about the son that would build a house for God as the precious corner stone.

I pray you can see the account of Matthew provides one answer to the mystery and order of the bigger picture in the Chronicles storyline. That is why Matthew begins with Yeshua's genealogy and it includes David, his son Solomon and the living temple to be built by the one chosen to be the son of The Heavenly Father.

Messiah Yeshua is the chosen lamb of God offering for the living temple of God. God knows we are weak like Judah and Solomon, and He wants a house for the temple is not for man, but for the LORD God. The reality is the spiritual and the physical will not be separated:

"Then King David said to the entire assembly, 'My son Solomon, whom alone God has chosen... the work is great; for the temple is not for man, but for the LORD God.'" 1 Chronicles 29:1

The critical name list in Matthew with its reference to David and Solomon points to the day David bequeathed kingship and an assignment for a righteous one to build a Temple for the LORD God. David's words are prophetic and they point directly to Messiah Yeshua:

"Then David said to his son Solomon, “Be strong and courageous, and act; do not fear nor be dismayed, for the LORD God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you nor forsake you until all the work for the service of the house of the LORD is finished.

Now behold, there are the divisions of the priests and the Levites for all the service of the house of God, and every willing man of any skill will be with you in all the work for all kinds of service.

The officials also and all the people will be entirely at your command.”" 1 Chronicles 28:20-21

Without knowing it Joseph Caiaphas, the high priest of the Temple in Jerusalem at the time of Yeshua's trial as well as the Sanhedrin and Pontius Pilate the Roman governor of Judaea and even the crowd were all entirely at Yeshua's command to fulfill The Father's goal of offering redemption for sin through a repentant heart so that His chosen one in the line of Judah could build the living House of The Lord for the service of the House of God.

The amazing thing about Yeshua's command at His trial is that by courage He did not provide defense against His accusers, yet He was accused of things He never did to break the written Torah of God. They falsely accused Him of breaking the Sabbath of the Lord by healing and his condemnation was agreeing with them about His identity as King.

In all of the Gospel accounts of His trial, Yeshua gives few direct answers to the accuser's questions, according to John 18:22 this prompted one official to slap him in the face. In Matthew 26:62-64, the lack of response from Yeshua pressed the high priest to arrogantly demand: Do You not answer?

"The high priest stood up and said to Him, “Do You not answer? What is it that these men are testifying against You?” But Yeshua kept silent.

And the high priest said to Him, “I adjure You by the living God, that You tell us whether You are the Messiah, the Son of God.”

Yeshua said to him, “You have said it yourself; nevertheless I tell you, hereafter you will see THE SON OF MAN SITTING AT THE RIGHT HAND OF POWER, and COMING ON THE CLOUDS OF HEAVEN.”

In the Luke 22:67 account of this Passover trial, Yeshua is asked: "If thou art the Messiah, tell us. But he said unto them, If I tell you, you will not believe".

In Luke 22:70, when asked "Are you then the Son of God?" Yeshua only answered: "You say that I am."

The accusers forgot what God had told David, the forgot the words of Moses too. Yeshua was in control, at that point, they decided to condemn Yeshua to death against the Torah of God, yet the accusers were the only witness. They defied Moses saying: "What further need have we of witness? for we ourselves have heard from his own mouth."

The thing is... the religious men were ignoring Deuteronomy 19:15-17:

"A single witness shall not suffice against a person for any crime or for any wrong in connection with any offense that he has committed. Only on the evidence of two witnesses or of three witnesses shall a charge be established. If a malicious witness arises to accuse a person of wrongdoing, then both parties to the dispute shall appear before The LORD, before the priests and the judges who are in office in those days."

Convinced from a defense of silence, the accuser's religious stony hearts weres based on self serving pride and opinion, so the men took Yeshua of Nazareth over to Pontius Pilate, the governor of Judaea, and they demanded that he be tried under Roman law for claiming to be the King of the Jews because they knew their verdict did not meet true orthodox faith and its timeless truth of judgment Moses' conveyed.

They knew they did not seek to honor God rightly and appear before The LORD so their cop out was to transfer their verdict to the rule of law of the Roman and appear before him.

Do you remember the answer given to Pilate's question?

Matthew 27:11-14 provides the account. "Now Yeshua stood before the governor, and the governor questioned Him, saying, “Are You the King of the Jews?” And Yeshua said to him, “It is as you say.”

Matthew 26:57 tells us that Yeshua was taken back to the house of the high priest of Israel, where the scribes and the elders of the Sanhedrin were gathered.

Like the account of the spies Moses sent to explore the Promised Land, at Yeshua's trial, only two men dissented against the bad reports of Yeshua. According to Luke, only Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus were against the ranting Torahless decision led by Caiaphas.

Mark 14:53 states that Yeshua was taken that night "to the high priest," where all the chief priests and the elders gathered, and Mark 15:1 adds that another consultation was held among the priests the next morning. Matthew 27:1 also adds that the following morning, the priests held yet another meeting.

The record from the Jewish disciple John adds something prophetically important that occurred:

"One of them, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said to them, “You know nothing at all, nor do you take into account that it is expedient for you that one man die for the people, and that the whole nation not perish.” John 11:49-50

In the end, one died for the sins of mankind and Yeshua's silence controlled not only Caiaphas to declare the requirement that one man die for the people that the whole nation not perish, but Pilate to declare His innocence so that He could accomplish God's work willingly.

The trial unfolded just as David spoke to Solomon in 1 Chronicles 28:21... "The officials also and all the people will be entirely at your command.”

This included the crowd at Pilate's hearing. We see this in Matthew 27:24-26 as the death penalty was taken back from Roman rule by the crowd's declaration:

"When Pilate saw that he was accomplishing nothing, but rather that a riot was starting, he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd, saying, “I am innocent of this Man’s blood; see to that yourselves.” And all the people said, “His blood shall be on us and on our children!” Then he released Barabbas for them; but after having Jesus scourged, he handed Him over to be crucified."

At the crucifixion, the Roman soldiers did something critical that points us back to Chronicles and king David. They hung a sign above His head saying: "This is Yeshua King of the Jews" (Matthew 27:37) and they put a crown of thrones on His head (Matthew 27:29).

As we have seen, Matthew 's account weaves the truth to Chronicles but it's much more than the list as 1 Chronicles 29:15-19 shows us the willing hope offering of Yeshua for the entire world.

Yeshua is the faithful son, the one David spoke of with a perfect heart to keep God's commandments, testimonies and statutes. He did them all to teach all believers in repentance there is hope in the living house for God's holy name.

With a "Sod" mystery prophetic voice, Chronicles tells us God's House is from His hand, not man's.

King David said:

"For we are sojourners before You, and tenants, as all our fathers were; our days on the earth are like a shadow, and there is no hope.

O LORD our God, all this abundance that we have provided to build You a house for Your holy name, it is from Your hand, and all is Yours.

Since I know, O my God, that You try the heart and delight in uprightness, I, in the integrity of my heart, have willingly offered all these things; so now with joy I have seen Your people, who are present here, make their offerings willingly to You.

O LORD, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, our fathers, preserve this forever in the intentions of the heart of Your people, and direct their heart to You; and give to my son Solomon a perfect heart to keep Your commandments, Your testimonies and Your statutes, and to do them all, and to build the temple, for which I have made provision.” 1 Chronicles 29:15-19

After David spoke these words, "On the next day they made sacrifices to the LORD and offered burnt offerings to the LORD... in abundance for all Israel."

The day following His dark night and silence in trial, Yeshua, the one that kept God's testimonies and statutes and with a perfect heart, offered Himself as a willing sin sacrifice as a burnt offering of redemption for God's living House.

The account in 1Chronicles 29:23 also tells us what has happened since that fateful Passover day:

"Then Solomon sat on the throne of the LORD as king instead of David his father; and he prospered..." 1 Chronicles 29:23

Yeshua prospers at the right hand of God instead of Solomon, but something is missing that was granted Solomon that will come to pass with Yeshua: "and all Israel obeyed him."

Solomon was a shadow picture of Messiah Yeshua our King: "Now Solomon the son of David established himself securely over his kingdom, and the LORD his God was with him and exalted him greatly." 2 Chronicles 2:1

Jesus always quoted Scripture, so we might expect that the Messiah King may use words like these of Solomon when He returns on the cloud of glory first seen at the exodus from Egypt:

“You have dealt with my father David with great lovingkindness, and have made me king in his place. Now, O LORD God, Your promise to my father David is fulfilled, for You have made me king over a people as numerous as the dust of the earth." 2 Chronicles 1:8-9

When Yeshua ben David returns, He will show that He too will count the Gentiles for the work of God's House just like Solomon did: "Solomon numbered all the aliens who were in the land of Israel, following the census which his father David had taken; and 153,600 were found..."

Chronicles shows us that the Temple of God has always been a house for the foreigner and all peoples of the earth:

"Also concerning the foreigner who is not from Your people Israel, when he comes from a far country for Your great name’s sake and Your mighty hand and Your outstretched arm, when they come and pray toward this house, then hear from heaven, from Your dwelling place, and do according to all for which the foreigner calls to You, in order that all the peoples of the earth may know Your name, and fear You as do Your people Israel, and that they may know that this house which I have built is called by Your name." 2 Chronicles 6:32-33

Isaiah 56:5-8 confirms God's house is for all people that join themselves as servants to The Lord:

"I will give in my house and within my walls
a monument and a name
better than sons and daughters;
I will give them an everlasting name
that shall not be cut off.

And the foreigners who join themselves to the LORD,
to minister to him, to love the name of the LORD,
and to be his servants,
everyone who keeps the Sabbath and does not profane it,
and holds fast my covenant—
these I will bring to my holy mountain,
and make them joyful in my house of prayer;
their burnt offerings and their sacrifices
will be accepted on my altar;
for my house shall be called a house of prayer
for all peoples.”

The Lord GOD,
who gathers the outcasts of Israel, declares,
“I will gather yet others to him
besides those already gathered.”

In 1948, God began regathering the outcasts of Israel and remember God also promised; "I will gather yet others to him besides those already gathered."

When Yeshua returns, He will keep the seventh month agenda just like Solomon:

"Then Solomon assembled to Jerusalem the elders of Israel and all the heads of the tribes, the leaders of the fathers’ households of the sons of Israel...  All the men of Israel assembled themselves to the king at the feast, that is in the seventh month." 2Chronicles 5:2-3

The trumpets of Revelation will also be heard for the returning Messiah King:

"When the priests came forth from the holy place (for all the priests who were present had sanctified themselves, without regard to divisions), and all the Levitical singers, Asaph, Heman, Jeduthun, and their sons and kinsmen, clothed in fine linen, with cymbals, harps and lyres, standing east of the altar, and with them one hundred and twenty priests blowing trumpets in unison when the trumpeters and the singers were to make themselves heard with one voice to praise and to glorify the LORD, and when they lifted up their voice accompanied by trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and when they praised the LORD saying, “He indeed is good for His lovingkindness is everlasting,” then the house, the house of the LORD, was filled with a cloud, so that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud, for the glory of the LORD filled the house of God." 2 Chronicles 5:11-14

God's living house will be completed as it was with Solomon by the fulness of the Gentiles and The Lord's promise fulfilled.

"Now the LORD has fulfilled His word which He spoke; for I have risen in the place of my father David and sit on the throne of Israel, as the LORD promised, and have built the house for the name of the LORD, the God of Israel."" 2 Chronicles 6:10

All will respond: "We have sinned, we have committed iniquity and have acted wickedly..." 2 Chronicles 6:37

Then there will be a celebration, like a wedding festival at the final Feast of Dedication and Ingathering like Solomon's but much greater:

"So Solomon observed the feast at that time for seven days, and all Israel with him, a very great assembly who came from the entrance of Hamath to the brook of Egypt.

On the eighth day they held a solemn assembly, for the dedication of the altar they observed seven days and the feast seven days.  Then on the twenty-third day of the seventh month he sent the people to their tents, rejoicing and happy of heart because of the goodness that the LORD had shown to David and to Solomon and to His people Israel." 2 Chronicles 7:7-10

Zechariah tells us more about the millennium day of the Kingdom. There's still a wise choice to make:

"And it will be that whichever of the families of the earth does not go up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, there will be no rain on them." Zechariah 14:17

The prophet was thinking on the mystery of Messiah and he likely got his message from Chronicles:

“When the heavens are shut up and there is no rain because they have sinned against You, and they pray toward this place and confess Your name, and turn from their sin when You afflict them; then hear in heaven and forgive the sin of Your servants and Your people Israel, indeed, teach them the good way in which they should walk. And send rain on Your land which You have given to Your people for an inheritance." 2 Chronicles 6:26-27

Many will be shocked by this when Messiah Yeshua keeps David's ordinance honoring the saints described in Revelation 14:12 as He opens the gates described in Revelation 22:14 to the whole assembly of the House of The Lord:

"Here is the perseverance of the saints who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Yeshua."

"Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter by the gates into the city."

Yeshua will give a command like David: "Now according to the ordinance of his father David, he appointed the divisions of the priests for their service, and the Levites for their duties of praise and ministering before the priests according to the daily rule, and the gatekeepers by their divisions at every gate; for David the man of God had so commanded.

And they did not depart from the commandment of the king to the priests and Levites in any manner or concerning the storehouses.

Thus all the work of Solomon was carried out from the day of the foundation of the house of the LORD, and until it was finished.

So the house of the LORD was completed." 2Chronicles 8:14-16

It's up to us to help Yeshua finish the house on the foundation He has built. Tell others about Him, be a gatekeeper until the House is complete.