Class Notes: 11/11/2020
Jonah, Nineveh, and Nemesis part 16
Prov 6:16-19; (NET) There are six things that the Lord hates, even seven things that are an abomination to him:
17 haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,
18 a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that are swift to run to evil,
19 a false witness who pours out lies, and a person who spreads discord among family members.
Psalm 125:1-5; (NET) Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion; it cannot be upended and will endure forever.
2 As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds his people, now and forevermore.
3 Indeed, the scepter of a wicked king will not settle upon the allotted land of the godly. Otherwise the godly might do what is wrong.
4 Do good, O Lord, to those who are good, to the morally upright!
5 As for those who are bent on traveling a sinful path, may the Lord remove them, along with those who behave wickedly! May Israel experience peace!
Psalm 91:1-9; (NET) 1 As for you, the one who lives in the shelter of the sovereign One, and resides in the protective shadow of the mighty king -
2 I say this about the Lord, my shelter and my stronghold, my God in whom I trust
3 he will certainly rescue you from the snare of the hunter and from the destructive plague.
4 He will shelter you with his wings; you will find safety under his wings. His faithfulness is like a shield or a protective wall.
5 You need not fear the terrors of the night, the arrow that flies by day,
6 the plague that comes in the darkness, or the disease that comes at noon.
7 Though a thousand may fall beside you, and a multitude on your right side, it will not reach you.
8 Certainly you with your very own eyes see the Nemesis of the wicked.
9 because you have taken refuge in the Lord, my shelter, the sovereign One.
Isa 26:3-4; You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on you: because he trusts in you. Trust in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength.
Never forget that Jesus always plays chicken with the devil and snatches glorious victory from the jaws of what looks like unavoidable imminent defeat. Psa 23:4; 2Cor 12:9-10;
We are presently in a study of Jonah, Nineveh and Nemesis and now Israel Judah Assyria and Nemesis where we see God's policy of grace before judgment. God always provides the opportunity for repentance before he executes judgment.
Some principles we can derive from of our brief study of Jonah, Nineveh, Israel, Judah, Assyria and Nemesis is that anyone can repent, because God extends His mercy even to the merciless and help to the helpless but judgment is always waiting in the wings because ultimately the truth wins because God is truth and He cannot deny himself. 2Cor 13:8; John 17:17; 2Tim 2:13;
Last time we were noting Isaiah's response to Hezekiah in Isa 37:5-7; (NET) When King Hezekiah's servants came to Isaiah,
6 Isaiah said to them, "Tell your master this: 'This is what the Lord says: "Don't be afraid because of the things you have heard - these insults the king of Assyria's servants have hurled against me.
7 I will take control of his mind; he will receive a report and return to his own land. I will cut him down with a sword in his own land."'"
Isaiah tells Hezekiah's staff not to be afraid of the Assyrians because God had heard the blasphemy and he goes on to tell them that the Assyrian king will return home and be killed there. God assures Hezekiah that the blasphemy of the Assyrian has not escaped His attention and that God cannot, and will not, ignore it. Net note 11
Isa 37:8-13;(NET) When Rabshakeh heard the king of Assyria had departed from Lachish, he left and went to Libnah, where the king was campaigning.
9 The king heard that King Tirhakah of Ethiopia was marching out to fight him. He again sent messengers to Hezekiah, ordering them:
10 "Tell King Hezekiah of Judah this: 'Don't let your God in whom you trust mislead you when he says, "Jerusalem will not be handed over to the king of Assyria."
11 Certainly you have heard how the kings of Assyria have annihilated all lands. Do you really think you will be rescued?
12 Were the nations whom my predecessors destroyed - the nations of Gozan, Haran, Rezeph, and the people of Eden in Telassar - rescued by their gods?
13 Where are the king of Hamath, the king of Arpad, and the kings of Lair, Sepharvaim, Hena, and Ivvah?'"
Sennacherib had left Lachish and was at Libnah that is about five miles north. Information had come that Tirhakah, the Cushite king of Egypt aka Ethiopia, was coming to assist Judah in her fight against Assyria.
He was from Cush aka Ethiopia that is south of Egypt. In 701BC Tirhakah was an army general; he did not become king of Cush until 690BC; but since he was king when Isaiah wrote this account, Isaiah called him the king.
A post had come to Rabshakeh the main force of the Assyrian army was being threatened by the Ethiopian army so Rabshakeh temporarily withdrew from Jerusalem to assist the main force of the Assyrian army.
Before leaving he sent another letter to Hezekiah repeating his warning to Hezekiah in his attempt to propagandize Hezekiah and destroy his faith in God's promise of deliverance.
This time he goes beyond his previous warning and tells him that no other nations' god was able to stop the Assyrian advance.
Isa 37:14-20; (NET) Hezekiah took the letter from the messengers and read it. Then Hezekiah went up to the Lord's temple and spread it out before the Lord.
15 Hezekiah prayed before the Lord:
16 "O Lord who commands armies, O God of Israel, who is enthroned on the cherubim! You alone are God over all the kingdoms of the earth. You made the sky and the earth.
17 Pay attention, Lord, and hear! Open your eyes, Lord, and observe! Listen to this entire message Sennacherib sent and how he taunts the living God!
18 It is true, Lord, that the kings of Assyria have destroyed all the nations and their lands.
19 They have burned the gods of the nations, for they are not really gods, but only the product of human hands manufactured from wood and stone. That is why the Assyrians could destroy them.
20 Now, O Lord our God, rescue us from his power, so all the kingdoms of the earth may know that you alone are the Lord."
Hezekiah prayed a great doctrinal prayer of faith in the temple. Remember that faith is exclusively believing the doctrine that is God's Word of truth and rejecting all other systems of perception. Heb 11:1;;
By placing the matter in God's hands, he was calling God' s attention to it (though of course he understood that God already knew). The king began his prayer with praise by referring to Him as the God of Israel, the king recalled the special covenant position Israel had with the LORD .
God's being enthroned between the cherubim refers to God's presence in the temple in Jerusalem with His people (1Kings 8:10-13). Besides being the God of Israel, the LORD is also over all the kingdoms of the earth, including Assyria so Hezekiah also stated that God is the Creator of all things..
Then Hezekiah asked God to intervene because of God's glory, so that the other nations would know that He, the LORD of Israel, is the true God. Hezekiah requested deliverance from the Assyrians so that all nations everywhere would glorify God by acknowledging His sovereignty over all things including the Assyrian army.
This brings us to a brief study of the doctrine of Shekinah Glory that is not only relevant to our study of Assyria, Judah, and Nemesis but to the Nemesis that we face in client nation USA at this time because the battle we face is the Lord's battle for the Lord's Glory and we must never forget who the real enemy is. Exod 14:13-14; 1Sam 17:47; Zech 4:6; Eph 6:12; 1Cor 10:31;
The word "shekinah" is not a Bible word, it is a noun derived from a Bible word. The Hebrew word in the Old Testament is "shakan" that means to dwell. A verb can be converted into a noun by shortening it and adding a suffix to it.
That is how the noun "shekinah" that came into being. shekinah. The next word "kabod" is a Bible word it is equivalent in the New Testament is the Greek word doxa, "glory.
Shekinah glory is therefore a technical phrase that is used to describe the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ as the God of Israel in Israel. Rom 9:4-5; tells us that the Shekinah glory is part of Jewish heritage.
Jesus Christ, the Shekinah Glory of Israel, resided in the Holy of Holies in the tabernacle and the temple after it was built, Exod 25:21-22; Lev 26:11-12; Psa 91:1; Heb 9:5.
God's presence was manifested by a cloud above the tabernacle by day and a pillar of fire by night, so that the Jews could always tell when Jesus Christ was present in the tabernacle. Shekinah Glory refers to two theophanies the cloud over the tabernacle and sometimes in the tabernacle and as a bright light in the Holy of holies between the cherubs over the mercy seat.
Exod 40:35; "And Moses was not able to enter the tabernacle because the cloud had settled on it, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle."
Exod 16:10; "And behold, the glory of the Lord appeared in a cloud."
Num 16:42; "And behold, the cloud covered it, and the glory of the Lord appeared."
Heb 9:5, "And above the ark of the covenant, the cherubs of glory overshadowing the mercy seat."
Isa 37:16; "O Lord of the Armies, O God of Israel, who sits between the cherubs, You alone are God over all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made the heavens and the earth."
Psa 99:1; "The Lord rules. He sits between the cherubs."
Rom 9:4; "Who are the Israelites, to whom is the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants." Only the high priest was permitted to enter the Holy of Holies on the Day of Atonement to offer blood. He sprinkled the blood over the mercy seat, which contained sin, as the atonement for man's sin.
The Holiness of God the Father was satisfied (propitiated) with the "blood of Christ" an Old Testament description of His sacrifice on the Cross. 1John 2:2; NASB The Shekinah Glory emphasizes the true eternal spiritual heritage of Old Testament Jewish believers.
The Shekinah Glory emphasized the fact that God guaranteed temporal blessings while Israel was on earth and eternal blessings for believers afterwards. The Shekinah Glory dwelt between the Cherubs as a guarantee of Israel's blessings as God's client nation.
The Shekinah Glory guarantees that Abraham would have an eternal city, the New Jerusalem, suspended above the earth for all eternity.
The Shekinah Glory is the sign of great blessing to Israel. In Isa 7:14; "Immanuel" means "God with us." John 1:14; "And the word became flesh and He tabernacled among us
In the flesh, Jesus Christ lives in the prototype spiritual power system, not in the tabernacle. "We observed His glory, the glory [the Shekinah Glory] of the unique One from the Father." God the Father sent the Shekinah Glory to men to guarantee that escrow blessings were on deposit for those who believe He is our Saviour and Lord. John 3:16;
The change of residence of the Shekinah Glory established a transition between the First Advent and the dispensation of the Church. In the Old Testament, it was all ritual. The Shekinah Glory dwelt between the cherubs as a part of the ritual.
In the Church Age, there is a new way of life. The protocol plan of God. This is why we are new creatures in Christ. 2Cor 5:17-18; So then, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; what is old has passed away - look, what is new has come!
v18 And all these things are from God who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and who has given us the ministry of reconciliation.
2Cor 3:17-18; "Now the Lord is the Spirit (deity of the Holy Spirit), and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
v18 Now we all with an unveiled face (filling of the Holy Spirit) looking into a mirror (Bible doctrine) to produce a reflection (the manifestation of the Shekinah Glory who indwells us), namely the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image (the protocol plan of God transforms the believer into reflected glory of our Lord Jesus Christ as the Shekinah Glory.
This fulfills the mandate " to keep on becoming imitators of Christ") from glory to glory (from the humanity of Christ living in the prototype divine dynasphere to the momentum of the believer in the operational spiritual power system. Eph 5:1 ;
This also means from the glory of the escrow blessing that is guaranteed by the indwelling of Christ to the glory of escrow blessings in eternity that is guaranteed by the fact that Jesus Christ now lives behind the veil inside the Holy of Holies) as it were from the Spirit of the Lord."
In the Church Age God the Holy Spirit permanently indwells every believer to create and maintain a temple for the glory of the indwelling of Jesus Christ.
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