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Psalms 110 Humble Your Enemies

Posted by adventbiblestudy on March 15, 2014


Psalms 110:1-7 NLTse The LORD said to my Lord, “Sit in the place of honor at my right hand until I humble your enemies, making them a footstool under your feet.” (2) The LORD will extend your powerful kingdom from Jerusalem; you will rule over your enemies. (3) When you go to war, your people will serve you willingly. You are arrayed in holy garments, and your strength will be renewed each day like the morning dew. (4) The LORD has taken an oath and will not break his vow: “You are a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek.” (5) The Lord stands at your right hand to protect you. He will strike down many kings when his anger erupts. (6) He will punish the nations and fill their lands with corpses; he will shatter heads over the whole earth. (7) But he himself will be refreshed from brooks along the way. He will be victorious.

 

Psalm 110 is another prophecy Jesus quoted. Jesus quoted scripture for a reason. Each time He sent people back to read more than what He quoted. Jesus knew the power of God’s Spirit and the effect He could have on people’s minds if they spent time in His Word. This is one of the most important aspects concerning the GOOD NEWS of the GOSPEL. No one in this world can know what a person needs when they need it. No one knows how to deal with the temptations and trails people face. No one but God knows when those temptations and trials will come up or what the enemy has planned next. But God does. And God knows how to lead them though His Word. God knows when people need to sit and be silent God knows when people need to react and what to do. God knows when people need to recede and when to reach out. Only God knows what He has in store for Satan’s agents – those we can’t see and those we see, hear, and deal with everyday. God also knows what it takes to reach out to them – what they need to change and do to be saved. How many could be saved if we learned to listen to God’s Word and obey? How can we hope to show someone how to listen to God’s Word if we don’t know ourselves?

 

One of the first steps in learning to listen to God’s Word is to study how Jesus tried to reach the people He ministered to. How many people know Jesus well enough to understand how He reached out to people plotting to kill Him? Psalm 100 shows us not one but two examples. Psalm 110 is one of those Psalms that looks back to the prophecy, for us that is looking back to Jesus using prophecy to teach, and forward to the final fulfillment of the prophecy. As a whole this is a learning process. Too many people bow to demands of people they minister to rather than paying attention to God and His method of teaching which consists of specific steps He does not alter.

 

God will always work with people where they are, but when they try to jump ahead it’s difficult for God to explain the spiritual meaning of a lesson if they will not listen. This is a common theme throughout the Bible. People are always looking for the quick fix, the easy answer. We are all a little like Cain, looking for an easy solution. In our eyes we think our methods and solutions are just as good as God’s commands. When God frowns on our less than adequate efforts, we lash out at others and blame God. It’s been around so long its human nature. Self sufficiency is embedded in us so far we can’t tell the difference if our ideas come from our imagination or they are directions from God. We’ve drifted too far away from God to hear His voice like Abraham and Moses did. We’ve been told God just doesn’t talk to us anymore and we believe it. Our faith is misled into thinking we’re on our own. The fact of the matter is humans drifted away from God a long time ago. Then Jesus came to show us how it was before we drifted, how its supposed to be. Now we have His Words, His prophecies, we have written evidence how each was fulfilled, and we still have God’s Spirit which was here before the beginning of this world. In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters. (Genesis 1:1-2 NLTse). We also have the promise of accomplishing much more. “O righteous Father, the world doesn’t know you, but I do; and these disciples know you sent me. I have revealed you to them, and I will continue to do so. Then your love for me will be in them, and I will be in them.” (John 17:25-26 NLTse). God’s Spirit is in His Word and in the fulfillment of His prophecies and the prophecy we are studying here.

 

Matthew 22:41-46 NLTse Then, surrounded by the Pharisees, Jesus asked them a question: (42) “What do you think about the Messiah? Whose son is he?” They replied, “He is the son of David.” (43) Jesus responded, “Then why does David, speaking under the inspiration of the Spirit, call the Messiah ‘my Lord‘? For David said, (44) ‘The LORD said to my Lord, Sit in the place of honor at my right hand until I humble your enemies beneath your feet.’ (45) Since David called the Messiah ‘my Lord,’ how can the Messiah be his son?” (46) No one could answer him. And after that, no one dared to ask him any more questions.

 

Mark 12:28-37 NLTse One of the teachers of religious law was standing there listening to the debate. He realized that Jesus had answered well, so he asked, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?” (29) Jesus replied, “The most important commandment is this: ‘Listen, O Israel! The LORD our God is the one and only LORD. (30) And you must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’ (31) The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these.” (32) The teacher of religious law replied, “Well said, Teacher. You have spoken the truth by saying that there is only one God and no other. (33) And I know it is important to love him with all my heart and all my understanding and all my strength, and to love my neighbor as myself. This is more important than to offer all of the burnt offerings and sacrifices required in the law.” (34) Realizing how much the man understood, Jesus said to him, “You are not far from the Kingdom of God.” And after that, no one dared to ask him any more questions. (35) Later, as Jesus was teaching the people in the Temple, he asked, “Why do the teachers of religious law claim that the Messiah is the son of David? (36) For David himself, speaking under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, said, ‘The LORD said to my Lord, Sit in the place of honor at my right hand until I humble your enemies beneath your feet.’ (37) Since David himself called the Messiah ‘my Lord,’ how can the Messiah be his son?” The large crowd listened to him with great delight.

 

Hebrews 1:10-14 NLTse He also says to the Son, “In the beginning, Lord, you laid the foundation of the earth and made the heavens with your hands. (11) They willperish, but you remain forever. They will wear out like old clothing. (12) You will fold them up like a cloak and discard them like old clothing. But you are always the same; you will live forever.” (13) And God never said to any of the angels, “Sit in the place of honor at my right hand until I humble your enemies, making them afootstool under your feet.” (14) Therefore, angels are only servantsspirits sent to care for people who will inherit salvation.

 

We find Psalm 110 quoted in two gospels as well as in Hebrews. As we know, each author will combine Jesus’ quote with a series of stories in the introduction and summation. All of these stories will be related in a spiritual manner we can’t see until we take time to compare them with the original prophecy. God’s way of teaching is too simple to be ignored. All we need to do is follow directions to understand the message.

 

The one of the questions we should ask is, what did Jesus want them to see? Before we can answer that question we have to know who Jesus was reaching out to at the time. Then, surrounded by the Pharisees, Jesus asked them a question: Later, as Jesus was teaching the people in the Temple, he asked, “Why do the teachersof religious law claim that the Messiah is the son of David?

 

Scripture shows us Jesus was teaching in the temple and was surrounded by the Pharisees. Of course other religious leaders were present, but the Pharisees considered themselves experts at religious law. What did Jesus’ question have to do with religious law? “Then why does David, speaking under the inspiration of the Spirit, call the Messiah ‘my Lord‘? For David said, ‘The LORD said to my Lord, Sit in the place of honor at my right hand until I humble your enemies beneath your feet.’ Since David called the Messiah ‘my Lord,’ how can the Messiah be his son?”

 

I’ve heard dozens of explanations preached on this event. Not one of them turned back to the original prophecy for an answer. Maybe there’s a message in that fact. When we look back at the original prophecy we see one detail related to religious law. The LORD has taken an oath and will not break his vow: “You are a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek.” This is one of the points Jesus wanted them to see. The mind of a Pharisee would tear this Psalm apart like a court hearing. They knew this prophecy was about the Messiah. “The LORD will extend your powerful kingdom from Jerusalem; you will rule over your enemies. When you go to war, your people will serve you willingly.”

 

Jesus knew the Pharisees weren’t ready to accept a Messiah as High Priest if He wasn’t a Levite. Jesus was giving them clues to reflect upon. Jesus knew their hearts because He prayed for and about them. God’s Spirit showed Jesus the best way to reach them. Jesus didn’t attack them or their beliefs. Jesus was only trying to put a chink in their armor, a crack in their hearts of stone. Like cracking an egg without breaking the yoke. It takes patients, care, and practice. This is one of the lessons we need to learn from Jesus – before we’re able to accomplish anything.

 

The lesson here is plain. The Pharisees weren’t any more ready, willing or able to accept Jesus as King and High Priest as anyone else is willing to accept doctrines from any other denomination. We face the same problems today Jesus faced in His ministry. The Pharisees knew the Messiah would come from David’s line. They knew He would be from the tribe of Judah. What did the Pharisees know about the Messiah as King and High Priest?

 

Look at another aspect of the Pharisees. The higher up they were, the more they wanted to befriend, influence, and at times betray the high priest. Their concept of worshiping God’s High Priest was tainted by the world they lived in.

 

One of the greatest aspects of studying God’s Word is seen when we look back at the event that lead to Jesus’ quotation of Psalm 110. How did Jesus lead into the lesson? Mark tells us one of the teachers of religious law was standing there listening to the debate. The teacher asked a question. “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?” This is where Jesus summed up the first three commandments. Jesus replied, “The most important commandment is this: ‘Listen, O Israel! The LORD our God is the one and only LORD. And you must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.” Jesus didn’t stop at that. He also summed up the second half of God’s commandments. “The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No othercommandment is greater than these.”

 

What does this have to do with the law Jesus was trying explain to the Pharisees? What relationship does this have with their concept of the Messiah and the truth Jesus was waiting for them to discover? Since we moved backwards in scripture to see am answer to spiritual lesson, why don’t we look at Jesus’ answer in the same order to see it in a new light?

 

Wouldn’t it make sense to say people need to love a neighbor they see before they can love the God they can’t see? Let’s take that one step further and ask another question. Why could Jesus see God while the people He was teaching had trouble seeing and understanding what He was trying to teach? Jesus came to this world to reveal God. The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. The one who is the true light, who gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him. He came to his own people, and even they rejected him. (John 1:4, 9-11 NLTse)

 

They couldn’t accept the fact God’s Son was standing in front of them. They couldn’t accept Jesus as the Messiah, King, and of course not as High Priest. Jesus tried to meet them where they were. Jesus offered them the opportunity to accept Him as a neighbor and love Him as a neighbor.

 

We see how Jesus tried to teach in stages much like we see the Bible teaches Bible Study step by step from one prophecy about Jesus to the next. This prophecy leads to another book beyond the gospels. The book of Hebrews adds an explanation. As a neighbor, Jesus compared Himself to normal everyday people. Hebrews adds another dimension by introducing God’s angels then telling us angels are only servantsspirits sent to care for people who will inherit salvation. In the battle for salvation we are all God’s servants, an example Jesus set. ” For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:28 NLTse).

 

We can see how Jesus taught in stages. We also see how the Bible is divided into stages. The Old Testament, the gospels which explain how the prophecies in the Old Testament were fulfilled, and the following books in the New Testament that explain how to understand and teach God’s Word. The Bible explains itself. It contains lessons showing us simple rules to follow when Studying the Bible. Our next step is to compare introductions in the chapters we’re studying.

 

Matthew 22:1-15 NLTse Jesus also told them other parables. He said, (2) “The Kingdom of Heaven can be illustrated by the story of a king who prepared a greatwedding feast for his son. (3) When the banquet was ready, he sent his servants to notify those who were invited. But they all refused to come! (4) “So he sent other servants to tell them, ‘The feast has been prepared. The bulls and fattened cattle have been killed, and everything is ready. Come to the banquet!’ (5) But the guests he had invited ignored them and went their own way, one to his farm, another to his business. (6) Others seized his messengers and insulted them and killed them. (7) “The king was furious, and he sent out his army to destroy the murderers and burn their town. (8) And he said to his servants, ‘The wedding feast is ready, and the guests I invited aren’t worthy of the honor. (9) Now go out to the street corners and invite everyone you see.’ (10) So the servants brought in everyone they could find, good and bad alike, and the banquet hall was filled with guests. (11) “But when the king came in to meet the guests, he noticed a man who wasn’t wearing the proper clothes for a wedding. (12) ‘Friend,’ he asked, ‘how is it that you are here without wedding clothes?’ But the man had no reply. (13) Then the king said to his aides, ‘Bind his hands and feet and throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ (14) “For many are called, but few are chosen.” (15) Then the Pharisees met together to plot how to trap Jesus into saying something for which he could be arrested.

 

Mark 12:1-12 NLTse Then Jesus began teaching them with stories: “A man planted a vineyard. He built a wall around it, dug a pit for pressing out the grape juice, and built a lookout tower. Then he leased the vineyard to tenant farmers and moved to another country. (2) At the time of the grape harvest, he sent one of hisservants to collect his share of the crop. (3) But the farmers grabbed the servantbeat him up, and sent him back empty-handed. (4) The owner then sent anotherservant, but they insulted him and beat him over the head. (5) The next servant he sent was killed. Others he sent were either beaten or killed, (6) until there was only one left–his son whom he loved dearly. The owner finally sent him, thinking, ‘Surely they will respect my son.’ (7) “But the tenant farmers said to one another, ‘Here comes the heir to this estate. Let’s kill him and get the estate for ourselves!’ (8) So they grabbed him and murdered him and threw his body out of the vineyard. (9) “What do you suppose the owner of the vineyard will do?” Jesus asked. “I’ll tell you–he will come and kill those farmers and lease the vineyard to others. (10) Didn’t you ever read this in the Scriptures? ‘The stone that the builders rejected has now become the cornerstone. (11) This is the LORD’s doing, and it is wonderful to see.'” (12) The religious leaders wanted to arrest Jesus because they realized he was telling the story against them–they were the wicked farmers. But they were afraid of the crowd, so they left him and went away.

 

Hebrews 1:1-5 NLTse Long ago God spoke many times and in many ways to our ancestors through the prophets. (2) And now in these final days, he has spoken to us through his SonGod promised everything to the Son as an inheritance, and through the Son he created the universe. (3) The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God, and he sustains everything by the mighty power of his command. When he had cleansed us from our sins, he sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of the majestic God in heaven. (4) This shows that the Son is far greater than the angels, just as the name God gave him is greater than their names. (5) For God never said to any angel what he said to Jesus: “You are my Son. Today I have become your Father.” God also said, “I will be his Father, and he will be my Son.”

 

Matthew tells us a story Jesus taught about a king who prepared a great wedding feast for his son. Mark tells us a story Jesus taught about a man who planted avineyard. He built a wall around it, dug a pit for pressing out the grape juice, and built a lookout tower. Then he leased the vineyard to tenant farmers. If we follow the general rules of Bible Study we should see how these stories have a spiritual relationship. One way to examine these texts is to collect and compare key words.

 

Matthew 22:1-15

wedding

feast, banquet

servants, messengers

invited, called

guests

son

refused, ignored

king

 

Mark 12:1-12

vineyard

servants

leased

farmers

son, heir

beat, insulted, killed, murdered, rejected

owner

 

Once we have a list of key words we can see parallels between the two parables. On a spiritual level wedding, feast and banquet are related to the vineyard. Both parables contain servants and messengers. Guests are invited to the banquet while farmers lease the vineyard. Neither indicate any ownership. The first guests invited to the banquet ignore the invitation and refused to go. The farmers beat, insulted, rejected and killed the messengers and the son. Both parables tell about a son. There is also a parallel between the owner of the vineyard and the king who prepared the wedding feast.

 

We also see parallels in the conclusion to the stories. Then the king said to his aides, ‘Bind his hands and feet and throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ “For many are called, but few are chosen.” “What do you suppose the owner of the vineyard will do?” Jesus asked. “I’ll tell you–he will come and kill those farmers and lease the vineyard to others. Didn’t you ever read this in the Scriptures? ‘The stone that the builders rejected has now become the cornerstone. This is the LORD’s doing, and it is wonderful to see.'”

 

We see how one conclusion adds detail to the other. The wedding feast clearly points to the end of the world while the vineyard points to preparation for the end. Both deal with judgment left up to God. Both Bible writers added the reaction of the religious leaders. Then the Pharisees met together to plot how to trap Jesus into saying something for which he could be arrested. The religious leaders wanted to arrest Jesus because they realized he was telling the story against them–they were the wicked farmers. But they were afraid of the crowd, so they left him and went away.

 

The gospels show us how Jesus tried to reach out to the religious leaders and their reaction to the lessons. Their behavior is nothing short of the bully we often see in a classroom. They didn’t want to pay attention, study, or understand. Their self reliance was so ingrained it was almost impossible to reach them. This didn’t stop Jesus from giving up, or God’s Spirit from adding more information for us to study.

 

Now we can see how the introduction to Hebrews 1 explains what the religious leaders should have seen on the prophecy in Psalm 110 Jesus sent them to examine. Long ago God spoke many times and in many ways to our ancestors through the prophets. The introduction to the book of Hebrews tells us this book is an explanation of the prophecies. It also tells us where to look for explanations. And now in these final days, he has spoken to us through his Son. Jesus tried to teach these details during His ministry, but no one could understand until after He was resurrected. We have the advantage of looking back at God’s Word as a whole with the prophecies, fulfillments, and explanations. God gave these to us as examples for us to learn from and to teach. These are tools we need to lead others to Jesus and the salvation He has to offer.

 

Hebrews shows us some of the details about Jesus the religious leaders should have learned from the prophecies. The Son he created the universe. The Son radiatesGod’s own glory and expresses the very character of God. He cleansed us from our sins, he sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of the majestic God in heaven.

 

The question should be lingering on your mind, how did the religious leaders miss all this? We know it today, but is it being preached? Are religious leaders servants like angels who serve God or more like the bully in the classroom who thinks he knows everything? If Jesus followed such slow methodical methods of teaching, why don’t we follow them today? Let’s face the facts. The world has to understand the image of Jesus found in the introduction to Hebrews before it can understand most of what’s taught today. This world has to go back to first grade before it can advance to what preachers are trying to teach today which is all wrapped up in future prophecy.

 

What about doctrines? Wouldn’t it make sense to teach people about Jesus, His life, ministry, and the prophecies He fulfilled before presenting doctrines and traditions? If preachers and and religious leaders were as sure about their doctrines as they claim to be – they would have no fear of following God’s order of teaching. Teach Jesus and His Gospels first. Share the GOOD NEWS before anything else. I hear preachers and people insist people need to be grounded first before they can learn. Grounded in what? The world chose to ground people in doctrines and traditions before moving onto any other subjects – if they do move on. I’ve seen many adopt a completely backwards method of preaching by introducing people to future prophecies which they use to draw attention to themselves. Jesus never used this method, nor did He go out of His way to attract attention. I have no idea why the world has such a desire to formulate their own teaching methods while ignoring God’s. For us to stay with God’s method of teaching and study, it’s time to compare summations

 

Matthew 22:35-46 NLTse One of them, an expert in religious law, tried to trap him with this question: (36) “Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?” (37) Jesus replied, “‘You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ (38) This is the first and greatest commandment. (39) A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ (40) The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.” (41) Then, surrounded by the Pharisees, Jesus asked them a question: (42) “What do you think about the Messiah? Whose son is he?” They replied, “He is the son of David.” (43) Jesus responded, “Then why does David, speaking under the inspiration of the Spirit, call the Messiah ‘my Lord‘? For David said, (44) ‘The LORD said to my Lord, Sit in the place of honor at my right hand until I humble your enemies beneath your feet.’ (45) Since David called the Messiah ‘my Lord,’ how can the Messiah be his son?” (46) No one could answer him. And after that, no one dared to ask him any more questions.

 

Mark 12:38-44 NLTse Jesus also taught: “Beware of these teachers of religious law! For they like to parade around in flowing robes and receive respectful greetings as they walk in the marketplaces. (39) And how they love the seats of honor in the synagogues and the head table at banquets. (40) Yet they shamelessly cheatwidows out of their property and then pretend to be pious by making long prayers in public. Because of this, they will be more severely punished.” (41) Jesus sat down near the collection box in the Temple and watched as the crowds dropped in their money. Many rich people put in large amounts. (42) Then a poor widow came and dropped in two small coins. (43) Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I tell you the truth, this poor widow has given more than all the others who are making contributions. (44) For they gave a tiny part of their surplus, but she, poor as she is, has given everything she had to live on.”

 

Hebrews 1:10-14 NLTse He also says to the Son, “In the beginning, Lord, you laid the foundation of the earth and made the heavens with your hands. (11) They will perish, but you remain forever. They will wear out like old clothing. (12) You will fold them up like a cloak and discard them like old clothing. But you are always the same; you will live forever.” (13) And God never said to any of the angels, “Sit in the place of honor at my right hand until I humble your enemies, making them afootstool under your feet.” (14) Therefore, angels are only servantsspirits sent to care for people who will inherit salvation.

 

These two summations seem out of place. Matthew added the story of the religious expert asking Jesus about the most important commandment at the end of chapter 22 while Mark recorded the same story in the middle of chapter 12. This gives us the opportunity to compare the greatest commandment to another story from a different angle. Since we’ve already covered the summation to Matthew 22 and Hebrews 1, we can concentrate on Mark’s conclusion.

 

In Mark’s summation Jesus is warning His disciples about the teachers of the religious law. Jesus begins by pointing out the way they dress. This brings use back to the introduction in Matthew 22, the story about the wedding feast that ended with a man being thrown out into, “outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” The man didn’t know what to wear at the wedding. It seems no one explained it to him. Remember the guests were common people who never thought they’d be invited to such an important wedding. Jesus pointed out the dress habits of the religious experts because they thought they knew everything about how to dress for every occasion. Of course the wedding is a parable pointing to Jesus’ return. The role of the priests was to prepare the world for Jesus’ first coming, a message they failed to deliver. Those religious leaders were responsible for preparing people for Jesus’ first coming, and then His second coming. It made no sense, but the religious leaders were stuck on teaching about the total vanquish of the world where the Messiah takes His throne. The religious experts got their messages confused.

 

We see the same thing happening today. It seems every denomination is determined to preach the woes of the earth just before Jesus’ return and refuse to accept the messages their supposed to teach, the GOOD NEWS of the GOSPEL especially Jesus’ ministry in the Heavenly Sanctuary. God didn’t place this prophecy in these three chapters with this message by mistake. Preachers and religious leaders today are repeating the same mistake those around Jesus made over 2000 years ago. The question is, are they going to correct their mistake?

 

I’ve faced one of the worst weeks of my life this week. It was an effort by God’s Spirit to get me to see the contrast in these texts. Look at the contrast and learn.

 

“‘You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ (38) This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.”

 

“Beware of these teachers of religious law! For they like to parade around in flowing robes and receive respectful greetings as they walk in the marketplaces. Yet they shamelessly cheat widows out of their property and then pretend to be pious by making long prayers in public.” Then a poor widow came and dropped in two smallcoins.

 

Look at the contrast shown in one chapter. The royal looking priests act as if they didn’t notice the poor widow. “I tell you the truth, this poor widow has given more than all the others who are making contributions. For they gave a tiny part of their surplus, but she, poor as she is, has given everything she had to live on.” God had to sit and watch people take advantage of this poor widow for years so on that day she could become a example for us to study. Every moment broke God’s heart as He wanted to help, as He placed person after person in her life to help, but like the first wedding guests were too involved in their personal matters and investments to lift a finger. Finally God placed this poor widow in front of ALL the religious leaders. ALL of them ignored her. Even Jesus’ disciples pretended not to notice. Jesus waited a moment to study the reaction of His disciples. Would Judas take a few coins from the purse to help her? Would John or Peter, the disciples asking for the highest praise in the Kingdom give a moment to comfort her, offer her a morsel of bread? Jesus knew God’s Spirit was in the temple court hard at work trying to get someone, anyone to step forward to help her. Finally Jesus could hold in her suffering and His any longer and He spoke out. Jesus pointed out the true condition of the widow, something everyone should have seen, but refused to acknowledge. Not only did they choose to ignore the widow, they choose to ignore God’s Spirit and cast the truth down to the ground. When Satan took Jesus to show and promise Him all the kingdoms in the world, it was easy for Jesus to turn them down. Jesus saw what a kingdom of fools they were and are.

 

I’ve seen this happen. I’m living through it at the moment. The bank wants their money on the mortgage and is using the court system they helped create to establish a time table to sell at any cost. They want their money at any cost and are willing to collect it at any means available to them. They care less about the equity I built up over the years hoping to use it for retirement. The don’t care how much or how little is left after the sale of the house, or how it effects me. All they want is their money and they want it now. I’ve offered the bank alternative plans. I explained how the Broker I work for charges fees designed to collect the majority of the money and how they arranged new rules to steal leads and hand them off to pet Agents within the office. I offered the bank a plan to sell their properties and keep all the commission to pay the mortgage and use remaining funds to pay off the principle. But they decided to ignore my proposals. They use the court system and government to enforce their demands and refuse to lift a finger to help. They’ve done this thousands of times to thousands of people. They have one plan with no alternatives and one outcome. Where is compassion? Where is the voice of the church while all this is going on? All I hear from the churches is, “it’s God’s will. The prophecies say it’s supposed to happen this way.” They all forgot to look back at the heart of the gospel, the heart of the priesthood. “Look, the highest heavens and the earth and everything in it all belong to the LORD your God. Yet the LORD chose your ancestors as the objects of his love. And he chose you, their descendants, above all other nations, as is evident today. Therefore, change your hearts and stop being stubborn. “For the LORD your God is the God of gods and Lord of lords. He is the great God, the mighty and awesome God, who shows no partiality and cannot be bribed. He ensures that orphans and widows receive justice. He shows love to the foreigners living among you and gives them food and clothing. So you, too, must show love to foreigners, for you yourselves were once foreigners in the land of Egypt. You must fear the LORD your God and worship him and cling to him. Your oaths must be in his name alone.” (Deuteronomy 10:14-20 NLTse).

 

I’ve seen so much happen in Real Estate over the past weeks and years. The corruption of the banks has poured down the ranks as Satan has planned it. Real Estate used to be like any other business with 2-3% of the people breaking laws and rules to secure income. Today it is much worse. There are still a lot of good Agents, but for the most part – greed has secured the souls of many. In many cases they had to bend the law to make a living. Bills and bill collectors are biting at their heels like wolves. There are high office fees. Brokers are trying to change state laws to secure their lucrative business by keeping new Brokers from joining the field. Some Brokers have suggested they serve such an important role in making a better society they should not have to pay taxes. We see how greed and lies work together – how one feeds off the other – they went from digging a pit by hand to using mechanized equipment.

 

Agents and Brokers are on the front line of a battle. They see how corrupt some of the banks have turned. Instead of shouting out warnings, they chose to devise their own form of revenge that would increase personal profits. I had a conversation with one agent listing a property on a short sale. This Agent refused to set up a showing for the property. I told him, “I would be blunt.” I asked him, “do you have an offer from an investor who promised you the world and now you want to eliminate all the competition so you can collect both sides of the commission?” To my surprise he answered, “yes.” I see the market loaded with offers on short sales and Agents refusing to set up anymore showings. Sin and greed are spreading like wild fire and where are the churches? They are sitting quietly saying, “this is the way it’s supposed to be.”

 

Where are the churches when they see homes taken from single parents and people ready to retire? Where are the churches when married couples face financial problems and finally divorce? Where were the churches when the state established a new online, no fault divorce procedure? One member of the couple can get up to take a shower while the other rolls over in bed, grabs a cell phone and files for divorce online. Where was the church when the state was directed by outside influences to disgrace the sanctity of marriage and the family? Why did the state spend millions to develop a system for divorce when they won’t spend a penny to save a marriage. Where was the church? They were too busy trying to impress people with the future to pay attention to the present. By conducting themselves in such a way they couldn’t see the part they played in making the present state of this world what it is today.

 

I’ve worked for more than a year and a half to develop a system and plan for local churches to buy foreclosed homes, rebuild and sell homes to low income families. The plan included employing local contractors who would agree to hire and train unemployed people, to give them a job, an income, and hope for the future. The churches involved moved slow. It required an investment and faith on their part. They had to put up part of the funds and we would work under their nonprofit status obtain first option privileges to buy properties. They waited too long. Some of the faithful leaders saw their funds dry up as Satan worked hard against the plan. Satan worked on the minds of others. One of the key features of selling low income housing is price. To keep prices low everyone has to sacrifice. Contractors have to make less profit as well as investors, who were the churches. After viewing a few Internet get rich quick in Real Estate schemes, some of the churches decided they had to double their money. Greed once again stopped people from reaching out to do good. I could feel what Jesus felt when no one stepped forward to help the widow.

 

The Real Estate market also spawned Internet scams from all over the world. One of the major problems I see involves new investors. They look at information on the Internet promising easy money. They promise funds and an easy to follow step by step procedure. People don’t realize this step by step process is a script scam artists use to drain funds from unsuspecting want to be investors. First they have to pay a fee to join the exclusive group. After viewing a few videos designed as hooks, they purchase the right to view detailed videos. People are shown how to overbid on a property to enter into a legal binding contract. The scam artists only explain half the story. They tell you to break a few laws, but don’t tell you all the truth. They arrange inspections at a cost. The scam artists arrange appraisals at a cost. They provide loan approval letters at a cost. Every step is designed to drain the victim of funds. And when they’re caught, they claim freedom of speech rights. The courts allow them to go along their merry way. They’ve also developed systems using overseas businesses by using computer serves in counties with little or no laws regarding Internet transactions. Where is the voice of the churches who are supposed to be guiding lights?

 

I was just offered a new computer application designed by a lender to track potential buyers and sellers. This computer program is guaranteed to track every movement on the Internet. What web sites and properties buyers and sellers view including web sites from the competition and other vital information. This does not appear to be against the Real Estate Ethics Code, but it goes against my personal ethics code. I’ve seen dozens of agents collect information to steal customers. Its happened to be more times than I can count and cost me more money than what I care to think about.

 

What’s the next step? Install measures to track income? Will they be allowed to track bank accounts? What will we do when churches begin using this latest technology? Will they send out form emails to members informing them the church is aware of a deposit and would like the tithe? Maybe in the future churches can buy a computer program to not only track income but make automatic withdraws with a automated email to thank you for your donation to their cause. Where is all this going to stop? Where is the mistrust, lies, and spying going to lead? When are people going to stop putting their trust in man and his technology and start putting in back in God?

 

I see little difference between corrupt Real Estate Brokers, Agents, and Internet sites designed to steal and sell leads and churches today. They both devise ways to steal leads and members. They both put their interests ahead of others. They both refuse to reach out to help anyone. They both rely on their cumming and wisdom. Churches attack other churches the same way some agents attack their competition — with little regard for the law or personal ethics. The difference is, churches are held to a higher standard. They both forgot their greater calling, to serve the public. I wonder how they would react if they actually knew the message in the book of Hebrews? I wonder what they would do today if the knew their name was up for judgment in front of God tomorrow.

 

Some new churches have sprung up to take advantage of all this corruption and greed. Some of the quickest growing churches in the world are the new prosperity churches. They take a little of what the majority of churches are preaching, the, “it’s supposed to happen this way,” and mix it in with a little imagination to come up with a new gospel. “It’s God’s blessing if your successful in these end times.” If your not successful, for a price they’ll show you some secret Bible code they used to unlock success. What blasphemy. People distorting God’s Word for profit.

 

Of course churches are sounding off against that one like they’ve been sounding off about every denomination who will not bow to their doctrines and traditions. They claim to to have the power of Elijah but act more like the priesthood following Jezebel. They refuse to stand up to government regulations. They are afraid of government treats to take away their nonprofit status. They repeat the same chant over and over again, “this is the way it’s supposed to be. This is what the prophecies say.” They raise their voices and cover themselves in blood from their members as they watch them suffer. They cry to a god who will not answer.

 

Why do churches waste their time criticizing other denominations when their members and the world is suffering? They seem to think this is the gold mine to serve them – making themselves look better by pointing out the faults of others. They do it to attract attention and increase membership. To gain a few more members to drop in their last pennies while religious leaders work hard to ignore their needs.

 

Where is help? Where is concern and passion? Where is the voice of the church when it’s needed most? Where are pastors looking over and protecting their flocks? How are they pointing to the Master Shepherd? What can they teach you about Jesus, His Ministry, the prophecies He fulfilled, the one He is fulfilling today in God’s Heavenly Sanctuary? Why do they avoid the subject of judgment as Jesus conducts court in God’s House today? Where is the promise of a better land, a home Jesus is preparing for you? How can religious leaders hope to understand the last message and future prophecies if they refuse to see and react to present day problems and suffering? How do they expect to hear God’s Spirit in the future when they refuse to listen and react today?

 

Sin is spreading like a cancer today. Ukraine has revolted over the past week. Everyone knows Ukraine cannot survive without the oil industry from Russia who has spent billions of dollars in the past to support Ukraine which is known as Russia’s pipeline to the world. How did US oil companies know Ukraine was about to cut off the flow of oil from Russia? Why did US oil companies raise oil prices here and initiate plans to divert US oil supplies to countries Russia supplied before the revolt? US law makers are aware of the situation but think nothing of bringing the world to the brink of nuclear war – all in the name of higher profits for the oil companies who will reward lawmakers with million dollar lobbyist jobs when and if they loose reelection. Where is the voice of the churches? Will they carry their silence to the grave? When will they learn the GOOD NEWS of the GOSPEL? When will they begin teaching the GOOD NEWS?

 

I can see why God placed the prophecy of Psalm 110 in the summation of Hebrews 1 which contains the beginning of the GOOD NEWS and the end of the gospel in a way religious leaders should understand. “In the beginning, Lord, you laid the foundation of the earth and made the heavens with your hands. They will perish, but you remain forever. They will wear out like old clothing. You will fold them up like a cloak and discard them like old clothing. But you are always the same; you will live forever.” This time God compared Jesus to angels. Anyone in their right mind would see how God left it up to us to compare ourselves to His angels. Therefore, angelsare only servantsspirits sent to care for people who will inherit salvation.

 

I hope you don’t think God’s angles are watching this world fall apart and saying, “this is the way it’s supposed to be.” Angels are working hard to turn as many people around as possible. They are flying back and forth between God’s throne for orders and to this world to carry them out, but they need our cooperation. Imagine how angels feel after making 1000 trips with the same lack of interest. Do angels ever give up? They’re giving up the comforts and peace of Heaven to come here to help us do one thing right. They’d been turned down thousands of times. They’ve seen little success. No wonder why all Heaven rejoices when someone finally listened. Angles, Jesus, God and His Spirit cling onto every shred of hope they receive from this world. You don’t have to be an ordained priest, pastor, elder, or highly paid religious leader to speak with God and His Spirit. They are trying so hard to reach someone, anyone, At that same time Jesus was filled with the joy of the Holy Spirit, and he said, “O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, thank you for hiding these things from those who think themselves wise and clever, and for revealing them to the childlike. Yes, Father, it pleased you to do it this way. (Luke 10:21 NLTse).

 

If religious leaders will not listen to God’s Spirit, look at the condition of this world and react – that is NEVER an excuse for you to follow. It’s up to you to listen and react as God instructs you. Look at how the summation in the fulfillment recorded in Hebrews 1 reflects the theme in the prophecy of Psalm 110. The Lord stands at yourright hand to protect you. He will strike down many kings when his anger erupts. He will punish the nations and fill their lands with corpses; he will shatter heads over the whole earth. But he himself will be refreshed from brooks along the way. He will be victorious.

 

Okay so we know the end is written and it is a sure promise from God. We know it will be fulfilled. But why are religious leaders stuck on one part of the message like a broken record while neglecting the previous message? Have they forgotten the warnings Jesus gave the religious leaders? Don’t they know those warnings apply to religious leaders today? Jesus gave them a vineyard to work in. Greed got the best of religious leaders. They forgot God gave them everything they have to work with. Its time they put away their own messages and ideas to act more like God’s angels. Do you want a guardian angel trying to lead you along with what he thinks is best for you, or are you going to reply on your guardian angel making trip after trip to God’s throne to know what to do next? That’s what the book of Hebrews is all about – how Jesus died to show us the pathway to God’s throne is open to all of us. God also bound himself with an oath, so that those who received the promise could be perfectly sure that he would never change his mind. So God has given both his promise and his oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie. Therefore, we who have fled to him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us. This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary. Jesus has already gone in there for us. He has become our eternal High Priest in the order of Melchizedek. (Hebrews 6:17-20 NLTse).

 

If we are really Jesus’ followers, we would follow Him to God’s throne. My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; he is mine forever. Those who desert him will perish, for you destroy those who abandon you. But as for me, how good it is to be near God! I have made the Sovereign LORD my shelter, and I will tell everyone about the wonderful things you do. So then, since we have a great High Priest who has entered heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to what we believe. This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin. So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most. (Psalms 73:26-28, Hebrews 4:14-16 NLTse). 

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