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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 big 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 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 into Matthew's genealogy of Yeshua, or in modern English: Jesus.

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

Not what you expected?

According to Eusebius of Caesarea that learned under Pamphilus: an early follower of Yeshua went by the name Papias, Bishop of Hierapolis (today's Pamukkale, Turkey) made the earliest known attempt to assign names to the authors of the Jewish writings we now call "the gospels" around 100AD. Regarding the account Papias credited to Matthew, the historian Eusebius summarizes something VERY CRITICAL you need to know about the account that he had read sometime after 300 AD using Papias' assignment to Matthew as the scribe:

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

The historian Eusebius is telling us that the book of Matthew was originally written in Hebrew, not Greek and others back this claim including Irenaeus and Ephrem. 

Ephrem wrote: "Matthew wrote the gospel in Hebrew, Mark in Latin from Simon in the city of Rome, Luke in Greek, John (at last) wrote it because he lasted in the world until the time of Trajan."

There's a really good reason for Matthew's writing in Hebrew. 

So far, the book of Matthew is the only known documented Hebrew account of the oracles we now call the New Testament in his native Hebrew tongue. Mattityahu מַתִּתְיָהוּ was also called Levi (see Mark 2:14 and Luke 5:27). Levi is likely not just a nickname, but a family identity. Scholars think Mattityahu was likely from from the levitical family, a Levite. 

Many mistakenly think he may have strayed because when he met Yeshua, he was a tax collector.

Most think 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 paid by Israelites and used for the upkeep of the Temple for years. 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 collected both. If so, he would have been despised as a part-time publican for Rome. That may be why, before He met Yeshua , he was called a sinner (see 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 (all known as the Tanach) to illustrate the importance of the identity of Israel’s long-awaited Messiah.

Mattityahu, is a Hebrew name, it means "gift of the Lord." It's not really known who wrote the account, but its credited to the tax collector. 

Nearly 200 years before that days of Mattityahu's calling, another man by the name of Mattityahu, a priest from the family of Levi stood up in defiance against the Syria Greeks that controlled the Holy Land. His family led the Maccabean revolt.

As noted in two other gospel accounts, Mattityahu is called Levi. Now you see why there's likely a very good reason for that, one you may have never considered before and it's worth much more than a half shekel to consider why. 

So, if we want to understand the list and the whole story, we have to revolt like a Maccabee in a way and go back to the Tanach aka the Hebrew Bible, just as Mattityahu also known as Levi did. That revolt means we have to reorder how we read the Bible just like Mattityahu did to connect 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 chronicles of the ancient family record found in the back of every Hebrew Bible. The generations noted by Mattityahu are grouped by the journey to the Promised Land, the kingdom, the journey from the land promised to Abraham and back to Messiah:
"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."
Matthew's grouping of generation timelines connects the beginning of the journey to establish the forever Kingdom of God in Israel.

To consider this bold statement, we have to know how Mattityahu ends his unfinished story. He concludes it with the "Great Commission." The physical sign of that commission is the Jewish people. They officially returned to the place of Abraham's covenant blessing in 1948, and their mission there whether widely known or not, is to prepare the land for The Kingdom and the return of Messiah Yeshua.

There's even more when we see that the key storyline in the books of Chroncles is focused on king David's son Solomon. 

Almighty God told David that it was his son's his assignment, not his, to build the House of God. When we realize what that means in God's restoration plan, we can see that the family tree that Mattityahu provides puts a decidedly Jewish bright light perspective on Daniel and Yeshua's role in fulfilling the blessing Elohim God gave to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob for all nations with it vortex in Israel.

That blessing is not just a matter of belief, it's a faith fact because God said so. Not only that, Jesus is a Jew for very good reason. He is forever tied to Abraham, David and the end of the last exile.

The wide wall of differences in faith, the exile of Jew and Christian today are built by a lack of knowledge of Messiah's identity. Truth from God is critical to faith and Biblical truth found in the Torah will tear down the wall one day and lead to the end of the exile of the Kingdom of God and its Messiah King. 

There are two prophets that declared God's voice on our shared gap of Biblical knowledge and their words can be very disconcerting as they point to an exile and a people rejecting Biblical truth:
Therefore my people go into exile for lack of knowledge; their honored men go hungry, and their multitude is parched with thirst. Isaiah 5:13

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge; because you have rejected knowledge, I reject you from being a priest to me. And since you have forgotten the law [Torah] of your God, I also will forget your children. Hosea 4:6
Whether Christians see it ot not, Paul described the Torah as "the embodiment of knowledge and truth" in Romans 2:20.  Have you forgotten the Torah of your God? Have you taken something away from it?

If so, you must reconsider the ten virgin parable. Messiah will return for a bride prepped with the oil that shines its light on God's Torah. That's what Yeshua taught. Don't be tempted to put God to the test in a new religion and say it's hung on a cross. The word of God is alive. To say that it's done away with is the mystery of lawlessness that Paul warned Timothy of. The lawlessness Paul wrote of is Torah-less-ness, aka not doing the Torah. That message is front and center in what we can all read in the letter to the Romans:
For all who have sinned without the Torah will also perish without the Torah, and all who have sinned under the Torah will be judged by the Torah. For it is not the hearers of the Torah who are righteous before God, but the doers of the Torah who will be justified. 

For when Gentiles, who do not have the Torah, by nature do what the Torah requires, they are a Torah to themselves, even though they do not have the Torah. They show that the work of the Torah is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them on that day when, according to my gospel, God judges the secrets of men by Messiah Yeshua. Romans 2:12-14
Paul knew exactly why Jesus said:
“It is written,
 
‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” and...

“Again it is written, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.’”  
Now back to Mattityahu's chronicle. He states the faith facts beginning with Abraham. Following his introduction with the family tree that includes four incredible women with Gentile links, Matthew go on to chronicle more direct and indirect references to the Hebrew Bible than any other Gospel writer and he does that with hints pointing back to the scrolls written by Jewish men.

Not only that, if you look closely you can see his account is arranged in five parts just like the Torah. The story he tells weaves the gospel of God's Torah with meaning. Matthew's five deliberate weaves are seen in: Matthew 5-7; Mathew 10; Matthew 13; Matthew 18 and Matthew 24-25. 

Each of these conclude with statements like: "when Jesus had finished saying these things," or "when Jesus finished instructing" or "when Jesus had finished these parables."

In this subtle, inspiring way, Matthew points back to the promise of the prophet like Moses in Deuteronomy 18:18 that is again referenced in Isaiah 55:3-4. 

In fact, Matthew quotes from the Hebrew Scriptures and the words of Jesus that tie to the Tanach more than any other gospel account found in the manuscripts attributed to Mark, Luke or John. This fact demonstrates Mattityahu knew his Tanach Bible basics like a Levite. 

Mattityahu connects with God's book and his Scripture references begin with the generational scrolls of the Chronicles. His other connections include the books of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy as well as the Psalms. He also includes references to Ruth, Isaiah, Micah, Hosea, Jeremiah, Malachi, Jonah, Zechariah and Daniel.

While Mark quotes Yeshua more than any other good news account, Matthew combines the Hebrew Scriptures to a greater degree with over 100 direct and indirect echos of both the Tanach by the Torah teacher. No matter how you count it, Matthew leads the way.

We can only 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 audience of his Hebrew manuscript that was almost lost in a Greco-Roman world.

Today, almost two thousand years later, Jewish people from around the world have returned from exile to Mattityahu's backyard and many are turning in friendship toward the friends of Yeshua. Not only that, incredibly the Hebrew language has been restored in Israel, so we all need to take another look at this Jewish man's Hebrew story and the order of the Bible Mattityahu read.

By the way, if you are reading this commentary from Israel, you can buy a Hebrew copy of Matthew at Amazon or get the Hebrew Matthew eBook at Google Books. There's no need for a Hebrew mystery any longer. God willing, I'll post the red letter words of Yeshua soon so that you can see the Bible from His Jewish Torah perspective that starts in Matthew 4. I hope to highlight some headings to connect the jots and tittles of the written Torah to the prophet like Moses.

For now, you can read the Hebrew account for yourself to connect the jots and tittles that have not passed away in Matthew’s connections to the Hebrew Bible. Importantly, Mattityahu begins the good news record with the family tree in Chronicles and its listing of generations described in the seven chapters from 1Chronicles 2 to 1Chronicles 9.

For Christians, you need to know, the family line charted in Chronicles is not some boring old done away with list, it was put there for good reason, a God reason. The generations Matthew provides gives critical evidence for Yeshua’s connection to Abraham's blessing, David's kingship and the exile of Judah with a critical glimpse into how the first-century Jewish disciples all viewed the Hebrew Bible with anticipation and hope with a Messiah mind-set.

So, whether you realized it or not, Matthew starts the story by connecting every reader to the Chronicles because they are critical in the redemption plan of God.

Just when you thought of Matthew as the first book of a Newer Testament, the manuscript does just the opposite, connecting every reader with the Hebrew Scriptures... from the so-called Older Testament.

The reason Matthew does this is likely 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
What has passed by is important to our future. The fact is, Matthew begins his account with the Hebrew Bible weaving an unbreakable Messianic connection embedded in the Torah that is highlighted in the books of Chronicles and it zeroes on on 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 fourteen generations.

The Hebrew Bible has been around for thousands of years and it is not divided into 39, but 24 integrated books organized into three sections. They are called 1) the Torah or teaching and instruction (Genesis to Deuteronomy), 2) the Neviʾim or prophets (Joshua to Malachi) and 3) the Ketuvim or the writings (Psalms to Chronicles). The three, the Torah, the Neviʾim (Prophets) and the Ketuvim (Writings) are the Tanakh Yeshua taught in synagogue every Sabbath according to Luke 4:14-16:


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 when he said: "...For God is [a God], not of disorder, but of peace.. . ." Where did Paul come up with that? It wasn't new:
“For I, the LORD, do not change..." Malachi 3:6
In the end, Matthew’s Hebrew account answered the big question that was on the minds of virtually every Jewish person including the disciples. It remains in the hearts of faithful Jews today and it is hidden in the "Sod" Messianic themes of Solomon's Temple story in Chronicles. That big question goes like this:

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

That's a big Jewish question and its a good one. One answer can be found in the "Sod" or hidden story of Solomon, the son of David. The chronicle is outlined at prophetic levels, so we have to look closely and study the big story line in Chronicles to see the picture. The answer to the Jewish question is one reason that Matthew begins his account with the family tree genealogy of Yeshua. His goal is to point us back to the focal point in Chronicles.

One quick comment on that word "Sod." Jewish scholars teach that the Bible should be studied and viewed in at least four different levels of critical study including the "Sod" or hidden level of Biblical 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 an inspired understanding of the deep or mystery meaning embedded within the Scriptures and Chronicles has a big one about the House of God.

At the Peshat and Remez level, Matthew's account reveals that Yeshua is a descendant of David, few people doubt that except the false prophets that now say He was a Palestinian or that say He started a new religion. 

Solomon was a king. Take note, Matthew tells us at least three times that the gospel Yeshua preached begins with repentance and the gospel of the Kingdom. That's one reason so many people flocked to see and hear Yeshua and knew that He is the prophet (Matthew 21:11). Yet He was rejected by some religious men that thought He threatened their authority (see Matthew 4:23-24; Matthew 16:13–28; Matthew 21:42–46).

A "Sod" perspective shows us their rejection was much like Solomon's kingdom that was rejected, torn and divided in two after Solomon's death by Jeroboam the rebellious leader of Ephraim and the ten tribes of northern Israel that Solomon had put him in charge of all the labor of the house of Joseph, Jeroboam rejected Jerusalem and God's Torah for a man-made new religion woven with paganism and left his brother Rehoboam the faithful leader of Judah behind in Jerusalem.

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 and it does so today in a Sod way.

If you think about it, Jeroboam provides a shadow picture cast on a few second century church fathers that claimed a new religion of replacement theology infused with paganism and anti-semitism as they too turned against the front of the Bible, the Jewish people and Jerusalem. Much like Jeroboam adopted the golden calves at Bethel and Dan that people might worship there and not Jerusalem as the place of worship, the church fathers grafted in Rome and Constantinople as the centers of their worship. 

When you really dig in and think about it, you might see their antisemitism and Greek thinking was just like Jeroboam... and the result has been "constant war with the house of Judah" but that time is ending for a remnant and the key to the restoration is God's Torah which includes the things rejected by the church as old and done away with. The restoration has begun among a few of Yeshua's followers. Some have now realized it's time to go back to the beginning of the return to the Promised Land includes the Lord's Sabbath and the appointed Feasts Days of The Lord and a friendship with the Jewish people.

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

The good news is that the book of Chronicles shows us that David reveals something critically important 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."
It raises the question of just who is all Israel. Does it include all who follow the God of Israel? After all, that exact phrase, "The God of Israel" is found in:
  • Matthew
  • Luke
  • John
  • Acts
  • Romans
  • Galatians
  • Ephesians
  • Hebrews
Consider this: King David knew he would grow old. David knew too that he would die one day just like everyone else, but David also believed the election of the house of Judah that was chosen for God's redemption purpose to uphold the oracles of God and fulfill the light of the world blessing promise for all peoples that started with Abraham.

Not only that, those that say God has no son should listen to king David of the house of Judah. In Chronicles, David is the Jew that declares that God told him Solomon was a chosen son but there's much more in the voice of God... 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 told David a son of God will build God's house and it courts. Thankfully, David provides us a hidden 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 like 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 temporary to 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 the requirement. So, another leader of Judah, the chosen son of God, the Messiah was required to build the new covenant house to possess the forever Kingdom:
"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, for crying out loud he acquired hundreds of horses for himself. Solomon's stables are the witness. He had a thousand wives and his focus was on worldly pleasure and riches. If you read the Bible you'll see Solomon built pagan altars. The king's job was to destroy them not mke them. He lived out the Deuteronomy 17:18 requirement to write out a Torah scroll, keep all of it and govern by it. God never intended for the children of Israel to be ruled by a Torahless king. 

In the end, Solomon missed God's assignment for His son and sinned and that's why his kingdom was divided after his death. He did not meet the standard of the forever king, so the kingdom was divided and fell apart in his son's rivalry. Yet, David was given a forever promise, so another son of man from the house of Judah had to arrive on the scene in the good land to keep the forever promise of a House of Prayers for all peoples and a Kingdom of native born and sojourner children dedicated to serve God as His children should.

A thousand years after Solomon died, Yeshua of Nazareth was born in Bethlehem (the house of bread) and the childhood home of David. Yeshua was resolute and did not sin or transgress one iota of the Torah written by Moses. He was resolute and lived a 100% Torah observant life walking out God's instruction and teaching just as He taught others to do while reading it as was His custom every Sabbath.

Not only that, Yeshua explained the meaning of Torah, the Prophets and the Writings with a whole heart for a willing mind and by that we can see Yeshua fulfilled the assignment that David gave 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 prayer being filled with living stones because the new covenant is about God's law that will be written on the hearts of mankind. That is not new, Abel is the witness outside the garden. It was always God's goal, to have a people devoted to Him that will be resolute in worship and demonstrate that commitment of love in what they do by abiding in the Father's commandments. 

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, some of the branches did not abide in the root of the vine, the commandments of God and they became degenerate, a foreigner for a while to God's teaching and instruction. The same is true for any believer today who does not abide in the living vine of Yeshua's Torah teaching. We have missed the mark, the problem if remain in diobedience, we will not bear fruit in the House of God (household) that is pictured by Yeshua as 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 can all abide in love and joy as a sanctuary family, native born or sojourner. By explaining this to His disciples, Jesus was teaching that abiding in keeping his teaching as a faithful son is keeping God's instruction for joy and life.

The abiding household family of God 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).

Is the LORD your God? Have you joined the family whether native born and sojourner? Have you come out of Egypt? 

Moses was given the ultimate plan to record that God's desire and heart is to dwell with His people. and Yeshua is the son of man prophet that explained it and lived it out.

God's redemption plan has never changed. It starts with Passover and it ends with Tabernacles.

I am thankful for God's plan. 
I am thankful for my Jewish brothers and sisters in the family tree. 
I am thankful for God's promise to Abraham to be a blessing to all nations. 
I am thankful I have been blessed and grafted, adopted if you will, into the everlasting promise of Almighty God just like Ruth and Tamar.
I am thankful for the faith of Abraham and for Matthew's list that chronicles the family record of the Tanach to show the world that God’s promise to Abraham was and is His plan for all people from the beginning.
I am thankful for the promise of a son given to David.
I am thankful Matthew reveals the critical links between Abraham, David and Judah's exile with a laser focus on Yeshua.

The Bible does not pull punches, it shows us all that Almighty God's blessings go beyond DNA. His forgiveness, love and mercy that exceed our comprehension is for all. 

Three thousand years ago, David wanted to build a house for The Creator Father of mankind. David was reminded that Almighty God walked with everyone, both native born and sojourner in the wilderness (read 2 Samuel 7:5-7). David was given a promise, and that resolute son is Yeshua of Nazareth. 

Jesus fulfills the Torah teaching that God kept the promise given to Moses. He would send a prophet like Moses, teaching God's Word.

David was given both a revelation and a blessing, that a house would be built for him by God's son, a household of people and the household of David would be the key to that blessing:
"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 heritage full of children that choose Him as The Father. David confirmed his understanding of the blessing 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 exile and pain 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."
From the beginning, God made a promise concerning the birth of the Messiah King that would bruise the deceiver and end his reign of death on earth. God told Isaiah 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 has had this plan from the beginning. He will abide with His children, but the plan requires a resolute son that would talk and walk in His Torah and never waiver. The miracle through which this plan is being accomplished can be seen to be the raising up of Messiah, who is the son of David and the seed of the woman.

The Jewish rabbi Paul explains that through death and resurrection, Yeshua became the "firstborn" son of man described in Colossians 1:15-20. It is a big time reference to Daniel 7. 

For nearly 2,000 years the firstborn of a new creation has been building the temple of the living God, ahouse of prayers for all peoples. Almighty God will  dwell in His people have His way:
For we are the temple of the living God; just as God said,
“I WILL DWELL IN THEM AND WALK AMONG THEM;
AND I WILL BE THEIR GOD, AND THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE. 2 Corinthians 6:16
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 the requirements and He will complete the mission for Messiah King. The house of the chosen son is building is much bigger than the stones Solomon used that were quarried by the Gentiles of his day. 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. We must trust in The 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 is to do that in love as we 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 to walk in the image of God.

The Jewish disciple John reveals Messiah 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 and truth was transcribed at Sinai. 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 Moses and Yeshua 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 God's Kingdom.

I repeat, 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's voice. 

The Jewish Rabbi, Paul of Tarsus explained this fact in typical Jewish teaching style by asking a "Sod" level question and like a good teacher he provides the answer from the Torah that contains blessing and curse:
"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 this Torah teaching of living stones as a second witness and like Matthew, he backed up what he said with Scripture as his witness:
"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 God's promise to Abraham. Israel is not great today because it is made of the bricks that men have been built or by stones they have uncovered there, but it is the Jewish people that will make Israel great. That is why Messiah will return there.

A faithful people have always been Israel's past present and future as the whole household of God.

A temple of stone cannot 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's life offering gives us the 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 Yeshua is building. This fact is the 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.

Shalom ya'll.

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