From: Sophereth at Kirjath Sepher
To: those that will embrace their eternal duty…
. I am writing this morning from the KJV, the Tanakh, and the Amplified.
. from here, we will move back into the NT, then back to Ezekiel.
. Ezra 3:1-6. KJV. And when the seventh month was come, and the children of Israel were in their cities, the people gathered themselves together as one man to Jerusalem.
. Then stood up Jeshua the son of Jo-zadak, and his brethren the priests, and Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel (worship and governance), and his brethren, and builded the altar of the God of Israel, to offer burnt offerings thereon, as it is written in the law of Moses the man of God. (this word law here is torah, meaning teaching, instruction.)
. And they set the altar upon his bases (the KJV uses the word ‘his’, speaking of the altar); for fear was upon them because of the people of those countries: and they offered burnt offerings thereon unto the Lord, even burnt offerings morning and evening.
. They also kept the feast of Tabernacles, as it is written, and offered the daily offerings by number, according to the custom, as the duty of every day required (the KJV margin says: the matter of the day in his day. the KJV uses the word ‘his’, speaking of the day);
. And afterward offered the continual burnt offering, both of the new moons, and of all the set feasts of the Lord that were consecrated, and of everyone that willingly offered a freewill offering to the Lord.
. From the first day of the seventh month began they to offer burnt offerings unto the Lord. But the foundation of the temple of the Lord was not laid yet.
. Ezra 3:1-6. Tanakh. When the seventh month arrived-the Israelites being settled in their towns-the entire people assembled as one man in Jerusalem.
. Then Jeshua son of Jozadak and his brother priests, and Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel (worship and governance) and his brothers set to build the altar of the God of Israel to offer burnt offerings upon it as is written in the Teaching of Moses, the man of God.
. They set up the altar on it’s site because they were in fear of the peoples of the land, and they offered burnt offerings on it to the Lord, burnt offerings each morning and evening.
. Then they celebrated the festival of Tabernacles as is written, with it’s daily burnt offerings in the proper quantities, on each day as is prescribed for it,
. followed by the regular burnt offering and the offerings for the new moons and for all the sacred fixed times of the Lord, and whatever freewill offerings were made to the Lord.
. From the first day of the seventh month, they began to make offerings to the Lord, though the foundation of the Temple of the Lord had not been laid.
. Ezra 3:1-6. Amplified. When the seventh month came and the Israelites were in the towns, the people gathered together as one man to Jerusalem.
. Then stood up Jeshua son of Jozadak, and his brethren the priests, and Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel (worship and governance), and his brethren, and they built the altar of the God of Israel to offer burnt offerings upon it, as is written in the instructions (there is a long footnote here on page 535, about the word torah meaning instruction) of Moses the man of God.
. And they set the altar (in it’s place) upon it’s base, for fear was upon them because of the peoples of the countries; and they offered burnt offerings on it to the Lord morning and evening.
. They also kept the Feast of Tabernacles, as it is written, and offered the daily burnt offerings by number according to the ordinances , as each day’s duty required,
. And after that, the continual burnt offering, the offering at the New Moon, and at all the appointed feasts of the Lord, and the offerings of everyone who made a freewill offering to the Lord.
. From the first day of the seventh month they began to offer burnt offerings to the Lord, but the foundation of the temple of the Lord was not yet laid.
. there you have it again. the WHY, the WHERE, the WHEN, of worship.
. WHY are you being built up into the temple of God? into His spiritual house, not made with hands? to worship Him.
. WHERE does this worship take place? within us individually. within us corporately as we gather together in His name.
. WHEN does this worship take place? daily. everyday. morning and evening. on the Sabbaths. on the New Moons. on all the appointed feasts of the Lord our God.
. if you will notice, the worship was set up first, even before the foundation of the temple was laid. the temple was then built to house that worship.
. two things concerning that: #1. since the day of Pentecost in the book of Acts, we are that temple. individually and corporately. #2. God hasn’t finished with us yet. individually or corporately. for some of us, if not all of us, old foundations have to be rooted out, pulled down, thrown down, and destroyed, before He can even begin to build and plant. individually, and then corporately. The Lord sends His prophetic Word to do that. Jeremiah 1:10. sometimes we get the cart before the horse, and we try to build and plant, individually and corporately, before the rooting out, the pulling down, the throwing down, the destroying of a wrong foundation is done. if we refuse the prophetic word, if we refuse the prophetic word that roots out, pulls down, throws down, destroys, the old, wrong foundation, we cannot be built and planted. individually or corporately. The Lord God will not build on another’s foundation.
. that is why some of us are still alone. why we cannot gather together to the Lord as one man. either we, or those that we have to do with, will not allow this very necessary prophetic process.
. But. in the meantime, while He is working on us, and with us, and in us, as individuals, we can step into His pattern by faith.
. we can repair and set up the altar, on it’s site, in it’s place, in our own heart.
. we can bow our head. our mind. our neck. our knee. our heart. our will.
. we can worship Him. daily. morning and evening. as the duty of every day requires.
. on the Sabbaths. on the new moons. on the feasts of the Lord our God.
. as an ordinance forever to Israel.
. as ordained forever for Israel.
. as is Israel’s eternal duty.