Near the end of the book of 1 Samuel, a woman emerges, a beautiful woman. Abigail doesn’t have a book written in her name but this woman will play a major part in the journey of David. At the heat of David’s anger Abigail gave him the wisdom and patience to find understanding. Abigail saved David from avenging himself and from bloodshed.
When Abigail saw David, without a word, she fell on her face before him, bowing herself to the ground. Falling at his feet, Abigail delivered the most humble, heartfelt plea for David to spare her husband’s household. But her request was not made from a heart of fear, nor was it from a heart of anger toward her husband. Rather, while she admitted that her husband was a man of bad character, she reminded David that his life was in the hands of God. His enemies would be destroyed because of God’s justice, and his own house would endure. She only asked in return that, when God had fulfilled everything He had promised, that David remember her.
Abigail’s humble response turned David’s heart. He saw the error he was about to make. He himself had just recently spared the life of King Saul, who sought to kill David. Yet David had been quick to exterminate the household of a man who had merely insulted him. His life of exile had angered him, and this anger had nearly driven him to seek vengeance against a man who was not the real enemy.
David heeded Abigail’s wise words. He respected her for the great respect she showed her husband’s household, despite his faulty character. He sent her away with a blessing, promising her safe return home and the preservation of the men of Nabal.
Abigail found her David in the midst of conflict. A woman of beauty and wisdom will always end up in the hands of God’s Davids. God preserves Abigail’s for men after his heart.
FIVE QUALITIES OF THE LIFE OF THE LEVITE PRIESTS WHO CARRIED THE ARK OF YEHOVAH.
Carrying the Presence of God is our primary responsibility in ministry. As long as minor things distracts your heart, you can’t carry God’s presence far. The priests didn’t stop moving when they felt tired, they stopped when the Ark say do. The Ark determined the distance not the priests. The priests carried the Ark but didn’t direct the ark. To know where the ark was going, their whole attention and affection was to be on the Ark. To carry God’s presence we must be priestly-minded people.
Then David said, “No one may carry the ark of God but the Levites, for the LORD has chosen them to carry the ark of God and to minister before Him forever”” (I Chronicles 15:2).
To understand the secret to carrying God’s presence, we can learn from how the priest carried the ark of the covenant. The key is this: “”The Priests carried what they didn’t direct!””
“And they commanded the people, saying, “When you see the ARK OF THE COVENANT of the LORD your God with the Levitical PRIESTS CARRYING IT, then you shall set out from your place and GO AFTER IT.”Joshua 3:3
The people were commanded to GO AFTER IT [ARK], not GO AFTER THE PRIESTS.
Though the priests carried the ark, the people didn’t follow the priests they were following the Ark. It was the Ark that gave direction and guidance not the Priests. The Priest only yielded their shoulders to carry it. To carry God’s Presence all He needs from us is our yielded shoulders!
The Priests didn’t listen with their heads, they listened with their shoulders, because the future and destiny of Israel was resting on their shoulders.
To become carriers of God’s Presence in the 21st century, we must know that we don’t direct or guide the Presence, we carry what we can’t direct. Therefore, we only YIELD not LEAD.
Many year ago the Spirit began to show me the difference between rhetorical wisdom and Practical wisdom from the book of Ecclesiates. Night and day I would pray Father, give me practical wisdom not a rhetorical wisdom, until eventually I was given. Rhetorical wisdom will make you look and sound clever with nothing to show for it. You can even use rhetorical wisdom to impress others or even give them sound counsel while you are sick, poor, confused and depressed.
“Now there lived in that city a man poor but wise, and he saved the city by his wisdom. But nobody remembered that poor man. ” Ecclesiates 9:15
Practical Wisdom is the builders wisdom. It will benefits the carrier. It will reflect is family, health, finance and relationships. It will express itself in things people can see.
New Living Translation: “So even though wisdom is better than strength, those who are wise will be despised if they are poor. What they say will not be appreciated for long.” Ecclesiates 9:16
Eventually Rhetorical wisdom without practical wisdom will lead to people eventually dispising your works.
Apostle Ndubuisi Eke is transforming lives, and so many people have been transformed through his ministry.
YOU NEED DREAM COMPREHENDERS
When YeHoVaH placed in Moses the assignment to build the Tent of Meeting, and the Ark of the Testimony, and the Mercy-seat Moses was not an Architect, nor a builder. The vision of what he was to build was Heavenly. His struggle became how to rally men to execute what he saw.
How did Elohim help Moses fulfill the dream? He sent Moses dream comprehenders. These are People who can understand his explanations, support him, and people who could bring whatever he explained to reality.
The first of the dream comprehenders was a man name Bezalel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. The second man was Oholiab, the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan. In his heart Elohim placed wisdom, that they may make all that He commanded Moses a reality.
1 And Yehovah spake unto Moses, saying, 2 See, I have called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah: 3 and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship, 4 to devise skilful works, to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass, 5 and in cutting of stones for setting, and in carving of wood, to work in all manner of workmanship. 6 And I, behold, I have appointed with him Oholiab, the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan; and in the heart of all that are wise-hearted I have put wisdom, that they may make all that I have commanded thee: 7 the tent of meeting, and the ark of the testimony, and the mercy-seat that is thereupon, and all the furniture of the Tent.”
Kingdom Leaders, like Moses should begin to pray for Dream Comprehenders not Dream killers. Many times leaders envision things by the Ruach but because they like Moses lack the Workmanship skill, they don’t understand the cutting of stones for setting, or the carving of wood, the dream is postponed or delayed.
Dream Comprehenders are divinely sent, and because they possess the Ruach Haqodesh in wisdom, understanding and knowledge they are able to comprehend their leaders vision, support it and help him manifest it. They come to him with the “builders anointing.”
KINGDOM LEGACY PROJECT
One morning as I awoke and began to pray, I heard the word, “I have sent you dream COMPREHENDERS.” The ease with which we acquired the HOI plots of land was because dream COMPREHENDERS heard the vision we shared, they supported and made it a reality.
As we move into the next phase of building, I am thankful to YeHoVaH for all the dream COMPREHENDERS He will use, all the Bezalel and Oholiab out there! Thank you for being a part of our team of builders!!!
March 20, 2021 Sabbath Teaching Review Matthew 9:14-38 – A NEW True Religion
Arthur Bailey announced that when he focuses on pleasing YeHoVaH, it’s going to be displeasing to people who are not focused on pleasing the Almighty! This is the plight of all believers that practice Yeshua’s NEW True Religion. We’re not called to blend in. We’re not called to mix-in. We’re not called to be popular amongst the worldly crowds. We have been called out. As called out ones, we have been called to separate, to be set apart. We can’t please Him and the people of the world too.
Called out of what? Babylon!
The term Babylon, in Greek, refers to confusion, corruption, and idolatry. In Hebrew, the term Babylon refers to confusion, by mixing. This is why we must come out of the confusion of religions; they are not aligned with the Word of Elohim. Here are three of the many characteristics of Babylon that Arthur articulated.
The Roman Catholic Church replaced the Hebrew Messiah with the Latino Christos, the English Christ; created Christianity, all the holidays associated with it (Christmas, Easter, Lent, and others), Creeds, Liturgies, and more; and changed the Sabbath to Sunday.
Many are stuck in Catholic and Protestant religious traditions. They will hold on to the name Jesus instead of Yeshua; Christ instead of Messiah; hold on to Sunday; hold on to Christmas; hold on to Easter; defend Christian traditions; and try to blend Christian, Jewish (Judaism), and Messianic traditions.
Many continue cleaving to the Jewish calendar and Jewish holidays, ascribing miracles of god to events, and trying to connect prophecies of Messiah to traditions and holidays.
Yeshua could not work with the religious leaders of His day because they had an established religion that required Yeshua to come under their authority. That is the same reason why we must come out of Babylon and be set-apart. Religion will NEVER set us free; it only offers a form of godliness.
Arthur made the point that one word from the Almighty today can change your life forever. So …
Have you forsaken all and submitted to the Almighty? Are you expecting that the Almighty is going to speak to you?
Reflections on the Teaching
I responded with a hardy “Amein” when Arthur said that religion teaches more about what you can’t do than what you can do. Religion will tell you what you can’t do and burden you with a lot of rules and traditions to bring you into conformity with its traditions. This is insane because most religions fight against the truth of the Sabbath, substitute grace instead of keeping the Commandments, sanction eating unclean things, and observe a whole host of traditions that directly oppose Scripture.
Over the years, I remember several instances coming head to head with the denominational “you can’t”. None of these prohibitions are in Scripture!
My paternal grandmother, was part Holiness/Apostolic/Pentecostal and at one point a Sabbath Keeper. She informed me that I can’t show my elbows to be perceived as a Christian woman. In my thoughts, I rolled my eyes. That was a new regulation that I hadn’t heard of! When I was a part of the Seventh-day Adventist, I couldn’t wear my wedding band or jewelry other than a watch. When I was in the Nazarene denomination, I was told that I couldn’t drink alcohol. The Dunkard Brethren told me that I couldn’t attend their congregation because I had been divorced.
The restrictions are a way to control the congregants to instill a sense of community with the denomination and reject the beliefs and traditions of anyone not in that community. Yeshua’s way is to give individuals true freedom by teaching the truth of the Power and Authority we have in the Kingdom of YeHoVaH.
It is a sad reality that Arthur’s words ring true:
Some of you who are listening to me will never walk in this Kingdom Authority and Power that I am talking and teaching about. You know why? You have other teachings in you that contradict what I am teaching, and teachers you listen to who contradict what I am teaching. … You cannot mix Yeshua’s teaching with other religious or denominational traditions. What Yeshua is teaching is NEW altogether. Yeshua is saying the Gospel of the Kingdom stands alone, Don’t Mix It!
Freedom, according to Messiah, only comes one way: Truth and abiding in or continuing in that Truth.
Recently, I have been so fascinated at the word ‘Cathedral‘. Because as I observed the way the Catholic church built their buildings it reveals their “mindset.” Their constructing a cathedral some of which took 123 years to finish characterize a church after dominance, influence and longevity.
CAN YOU GIVE TO BUILD A CATHEDRAL?
As we think about the Gospel of the Kingdom are we thinking longevity or short-term? Is this a full job for us or a part time job? Are we developing curriculums, teachings, doctrines, leadership transformational techniques that the next generation will build upon?
Do we have a next generation cathedral dream?
I really want to meet those who gave to build these Cathedrals. I want to meet those who built them. I really believe that some of those who began building were not the ones that completed it.
THE THREE ELEMENTS OF A CATHEDRAL :
The size of the Cathedrals reveals that the church was indeed after people. They wanted cities, region. They wanted to populate, and colonize people. They built to accommodate the number of the region they existed. If a Catholic church existed in a community of one Million people, you know what they did? They will build a one million size cathedral!
The Cathedrals was not just grandeur in size it was equally magnificent in beauty. It was suppose to reflect seriousness, celestial and Greatness. By investing in beauty you could tell the weight of their seriousness.
The Cathedrals was built with highly expensive and sophisticated building materials and the best of builders, architecture masterpiece was exployed for this task. They wanted to build not something that will last for just two decades but centuries.
This article is not to endorse the Roman catholic church, or to endorse their practices. It is only focus on a concept. We must be careful not to look beyond what is being written. As Kingdom sons.. I believe we can learn from this teaching. And start investing in size, beauty and longevity in whatever we do.