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How to Pray: A Guide from an Evangelical Christian Perspective

Prayer is the lifeline of the believer, the very breath of our spiritual life. It is through prayer that we commune with our Heavenly Father, seeking His face and aligning our hearts with His will. As Evangelical Christians, we look to the Scriptures for guidance on how to pray, and there is no better teacher on prayer than our Lord Jesus Christ Himself. Let’s delve into the profound simplicity and power of prayer, drawing from Jesus’ teachings, especially the Lord’s Prayer, and the rest of the Bible.

The Foundation of Prayer: Relationship with God

Prayer begins with understanding our relationship with God. We pray because we are His children, redeemed by the blood of Jesus Christ. This relationship is foundational. As John 1:12 states, “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name.” Our prayers are not mere rituals but the heartfelt communication of a child with their loving Father.

The Lord’s Prayer: A Model for Our Prayers

Jesus provided us with a perfect model for prayer in the Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13). This prayer is not just to be recited but to serve as a framework for our own prayers. Let’s break it down:

  1. Our Father in Heaven, Hallowed be Your Name:
    • Begin with adoration and worship. Acknowledge God’s holiness and sovereignty. Recognize His position as our Father and His place in heaven, transcending all earthly things.
  2. Your Kingdom Come, Your Will Be Done on Earth as It Is in Heaven:
    • Submit to God’s will. Our prayers should align with His purposes, desiring His kingdom and righteousness above our own agendas. Jesus taught us to seek first the kingdom of God (Matthew 6:33).
  3. Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread:
    • Depend on God for our daily needs. This petition reflects our reliance on God for provision, echoing Jesus’ teaching that we should not worry about tomorrow but trust God for our needs each day (Matthew 6:34).
  4. And Forgive Us Our Debts, As We Forgive Our Debtors:
    • Confess our sins and forgive others. Prayer is a time for repentance and extending forgiveness. Jesus emphasized the importance of forgiving others as a reflection of the forgiveness we have received (Matthew 6:14-15).
  5. And Do Not Lead Us Into Temptation, But Deliver Us From the Evil One:
    • Seek God’s protection and deliverance. Acknowledge the spiritual battles we face and ask for God’s strength to stand firm against the enemy’s schemes. Ephesians 6:10-18 reminds us to put on the full armor of God.
  6. For Yours is the Kingdom and the Power and the Glory Forever. Amen:
    • End with a doxology, praising God’s eternal power and glory. This reminds us of His ultimate authority and our purpose to glorify Him in all things.

The Attitude of Prayer

Jesus also taught about the attitude with which we should pray. In Matthew 6:5-8, He warned against praying for show and encouraged sincere, private communion with God. Prayer should be humble, genuine, and persistent. Jesus’ parable of the persistent widow (Luke 18:1-8) illustrates the importance of persevering in prayer, trusting that God hears and answers according to His will.

Praying in the Spirit

Paul exhorts us in Ephesians 6:18 to “pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.” This means being guided by the Holy Spirit in our prayers, aligning our hearts with His promptings and interceding according to God’s will. Romans 8:26-27 assures us that the Spirit helps us in our weakness, interceding for us with groanings that words cannot express.

The Role of Scripture in Prayer

Praying according to Scripture is powerful. The Bible is God’s Word, and by incorporating it into our prayers, we align ourselves with His promises and truths. Hebrews 4:12 tells us that the Word of God is living and active, sharper than any double-edged sword. Use the Psalms as prayers and incorporate biblical promises into your requests.

Conclusion: A Call to Intimate Communion

Prayer is not a mere duty but a privilege, a sacred invitation to draw near to the Creator of the universe. As Paul Washer often emphasizes, it is about intimacy with God. Prayer transforms us, aligning our hearts with His purposes and filling us with His love and power. Let us commit to being a people of prayer, fervently seeking God’s face and relying on His grace.

In the words of Philippians 4:6-7, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

Let us pray without ceasing, for our God is faithful, and His ear is inclined to the cries of His children.

 

 

5 Verses Every Prosperity Preacher Should Memorize

5 Verses Every Prosperity Preacher Should Memorize

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5 VERSES PROSPERITY PREACHERS HATE

PROSPERITY PREACHERS EXPOSED

5 VERSES PROSPERITY PREACHERS HATE

PROSPERITY PREACHERS EXPOSED

In this blog I want to give you five verses that every prosperity preachers hates. Prosperity preachers love to misuse and abuse the bible in order to con greedy and gullible people into giving them more and more money. They live in big houses, drive fancy cars and fly around in their own private jets and yet they insist that they need more and more money. They dangle the carrot of prosperity in front of greedy pew warmers and con them into giving them their very last dollar. These people perish in their foolishness because they lack any knowledge of God and his word. Let’s look at five verses that clearly condemn the prosperity gospel. First of all we see that church leaders are to be free from the love of money.

It is a trustworthy statement: if any man aspires to the office of overseer, it is a fine work he desires to do. An overseer, then, must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, skillful in teaching, not overindulging in wine, not a bully, but gentle, not contentious, free from the love of money. 1 Timothy 3:1-3

Notice here that one of the qualifications for a church leader is that he is free from the love of money. Some people say well he doesn’t “love money” he is just blessed by God. But that kind of thinking is simply irrational. Not a single New Testament pastor, leader or apostle was rich, they were all dirt poor. Which leads me to my second passage where the apostle Paul uses sarcasm to mock the Corinthians believers for thinking that their prosperity and wealth were a sign of God’s blessing.

You are already filled, you have already become rich, you have become kings without us; and indeed, I wish that you had become kings so that we also might reign with you! For I think, God has exhibited us, the apostles, last of all as men condemned to death, because we have become a spectacle to the world, both to angels and to mankindWe are fools on account of Christ, but you are prudent in Christ! We are weak, but you are strong! You are distinguished, but we are without honorUp to this present hour we are both hungry and thirsty, and are poorly clothed and roughly treated and homelessand we labor, working with our own hands; when we are verbally abused, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure it; when we are slandered, we reply as friends; we have become as the scum of the world, the dregs of all things, even until now. I do not write these things to shame you, but to admonish you as my beloved childrenFor if you were to have countless tutors in Christ, yet you would not have many fathers, for in Christ Jesus I became your father through the gospelTherefore I urge you, be imitators of me. 1 Corinthians 4:8-16

If God intended all Christians to be financially wealthy and prosperous, then surely the apostles would have been set forth as the perfect example of what it means to be prosperous? Surely their prosperity would be self-evident. But when you read the New Testament you quickly realize that the Apostles were not rich as Kenneth Copeland would have you to believe. They were poor. In fact they were so poor that when a beggar asked Peter for money he said “silver and gold have I none”. Clearly, Peter and the apostles were poor.

In contrast to the biblical requirement that church pastors are to be free from the love of money, the bible also warns us that false teachers will come and make merchandise out of people in churches. 

But false prophets also appeared among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing swift destruction upon themselves. Many will follow their indecent behavior, and because of them the way of the truth will be maligned; and in their greed they will exploit you with false words; their judgment from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep. 2 Peter 2:1-3

Notice that Peter warns us that there will be false teachers who, in their greed, will try to exploit God’s people. Modern mega church pastors and TV preachers are a perfect example of what Peter and the apostles warned us about. Paul told us that these false teachers worshipped their own belly and would use smooth words and flatter people. 

For many walk, of whom I often told you, and now tell you even as I weep, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ, whose end is destruction, whose god is their appetite (belly), and whose glory is in their shame, who have their minds on earthly things. Philippians 3:18-19

Notice in this passage that the false teachers, who worship their own appetites’ and are enemies of the cross, set their mind on earthly things. They are not the type of people who would give up everything for Christ. No, they want to use the name of Christ to feed their own appetites and desires because their real god is their belly’s. True shepherds will give their lives for the sheep, but these wolves in sheep’s clothing take whatever they can get from the flock and live is extravagant luxury. This is not how the apostles lived, the apostles gave everything they had for Christ and the cause of the gospel. Paul the apostle warned us that pursuing money can destroy your faith.  

If we have food and [g]covering, with these we shall be content. But those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap, and many foolish and harmful desires which plunge people into ruin and destruction. 1 Timothy 6:8-9

 God never promised us riches or prosperity in this life, what he does promise us is a cross to bear and eternal life. If that’s not something you want then you are not a Christian.

 

 

What Is The Real Meaning of Binding and Loosing?

What Is The Real Meaning of Binding and Loosing?

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WHAT DOES IT REALLY MEAN?

BINDING AND LOOSING

WHAT DOES IT REALLY MEAN?

Many modern day pentecostals and charismatics teach that Christians have the power to bind and loose sickness, disease, finances and circumstances. Some teach that Christians can bind their neighborhoods, countries and even the devil! They often appeal to passages such as Matthew 16:19, 18:18 and Mark 3:27. Is this true? Can Christians bind all of these things? Let’s look at what these passages say in context beginning with Matthew 18:18;

“Now if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. But if he does not listen, then take with you one or two others, that by the testimony of two or three witnesses every word may be established. If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. But if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. “Truly I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. “Again I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by My Father who is in heaven. For where two or three are assembled in My name, there I am in their midst.” Matthew 18:15-20 

This passage has nothing to do with binding demons, finances, sickness, circumstances or the Devil. The context of the passage is about sin and church discipline. This passage is about the authority of the local church to pass judgment on unrepentant sinners. 

Bind and loose refer to the judicial authority of gathered Christians to decide cases on the basis of God’s law. Most scholars thus recognize that this passage applies to church discipline. IVP New Testament Commentary 

What this passage is saying is that the local church has authority to make binding judicial decisions on matters of church discipline, and it has the authority to loose that member when they repent. It’s interesting that as you continue reading Matthew 18 Jesus continues to teach about forgiveness.

Then Peter came to Him and said, “Lord, how often shall I forgive my brother who sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven. Matthew 18:21 

So, the context clearly continues on the subject of personal offense and forgiveness. What about Matthew 16:19? Let’s look at that passage in context as well;

When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, “Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?” They said, “Some say that You are John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” Then He commanded His disciples to tell no one that He was Jesus the Christ. Matthew 16:13-20 

Notice here that there is nothing about binding and loosing sickness or finances or demons or anything remotely like that. The Father has just revealed to Peter that Jesus is the Messiah, the king of the Jews, and the Son of God. The keys to the Kingdom of Heaven represent the Apostolic authority of the disciples to admit people into the Kingdom of Heaven. The terms “bind and loose” are being used as references to their authority to declare whether or not someone has been forgiven or not, and on what basis that forgiveness was granted or withheld. This declaration is not to be made on the basis of their own personal whims or preferences. It is to be made on the basis of the gospel message entrusted to them as messengers and witnesses of Jesus Christ and his resurrection. Notice also in verse 19 Jesus says, “I will give you the keys”. This is in the future tense and was fulfilled after the resurrection. 

On the evening of that first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were assembled, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst, and said to them, “Peace be with you.” When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. The disciples were then glad when they saw the Lord. So, Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As My Father has sent Me, even so I send you.” When He had said this, He breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of anyone, they are forgiven them. If you retain the sins of anyone, they are retained.” John 20:19-23 

This is what it means to bind and loose. Remember the context of binding and loosing in Matthew 18? It’s all about whether someone’s sins and offense have been forgiven or retained. 

 

What about Binding the Strong man? 

We mustn’t confuse the authority to cast out demons with some imaginary power to bind the devil, or sickness, or finances and things like that. The Apostles were all poor, hungry, thirsty, dressed in rags and homeless. Both the Apostle Paul and his companions were frequently afflicted with sickness. Christians have not been given the authority to bind the devil, that privilege has been given to Christ alone and he will do it at his second coming. 

And I saw an angel coming down out of heaven, having the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. He seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years. Revelation 20:1-2 

So, in conclusion, Christians do not have the power to bind and loose anything they want. They have not been given power or authority to bind their finances, sicknesses, circumstances or the devil.

Why Did Jesus Call The Canaanite Woman A Dog?

Why Did Jesus Call The Canaanite Woman A Dog?

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WHY DID JESUS CALL THE CANAANITE WOMAN A DOG?

UNDERSTANDING THE GOD OF ISRAEL

WHY DID JESUS CALL THE CANAANITE WOMAN A DOG?

UNDERSTANDING THE GOD OF ISRAEL

The account of Jesus delivering the Canaanite woman’s daughter from a demon has caused many readers to pause and ask themselves the question “why did Jesus call the Canaanite woman a dog”? It’s a difficult passage to grasp and I want to try help you understand it. So let’s work through the passage together.

Then Jesus went from there and departed into the regions of Tyre and Sidon. Matthew 15:21

Tyre and Sidon were Gentile, Phoenician regions. This was gentile territory and Jesus was outside the land of Israel. These regions had always been outside of the land of Israel, even during the reigns of David and Solomon.

In Mark’s account of the story, the woman is identified as a Syrophoenician.

The woman was a Greek, a Syrophoenician by race. And she begged Him to cast the demon out of her daughter. Mark 7:26

Interestingly, the only thing Jesus did in the region was heal this women’s daughter, then he left. In other words, the sole purpose of leaving Jewish land and coming to this Gentile region was to heal this women’s daughter. This is not only true in Matthew’s account, but Mark’s also. The story does not appear in the other gospels. So, he obviously cared enough about this woman to go well out of his way to meet her.

There, a woman of Canaan came out of the same regions and cried out to Him, saying, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David. My daughter is severely possessed by a demon.” Matthew 15:22

Notice here that this is a Gentile woman, in a Gentile land, and she refers to Jesus as the Son of David. This means that as a Gentile she had knowledge of the Jewish scriptures and recognized Jesus as the Jewish Messiah. This is an important point.

But He did not answer her a word. And His disciples came and begged Him, saying, “Send her away, for she cries out after us.” But He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” Then she came and worshipped Him, saying, “Lord, help me.” Matthew 15:23-25

Jesus tells this woman that he has only been sent to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
In response, she, as a Syrophoenician women, now bows and worships Jesus as the King of the Jews and again asks Jesus for help. You have to remember that this women is not a Jew, and her people have their own gods. Her people do not worship the God of Israel.

But He answered, “It is not fair to take the children’s bread and to throw it to dogs.” She said, “Yes, Lord, yet even dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.” Matthew 15:26-27

The word translated as “dogs” here is the Greek word for puppy. The Jews didn’t keep dogs as pets. Dogs in Israel were wild scavengers, but wealthy Greek families did keep dogs as pets. The children naturally partake of the food first and the dogs ate whatever fell on the floor or was given to them. Now, Jesus wasn’t trying to make the women feel unloved or worthless, he was testing her. He wanted to see if she would accept that the Messiah was sent first to the Jews because they were the people of God and their God was the one true God.

Remember the story of Naaman? He was a great general of the Arameans. He was afflicted with leprosy. He went to Elisha to be healed and Elisha didn’t even come out of his house to meet him and instead Elisha sent a servant out to tell him to go wash in the Jordan River seven times. Have a look at Naaman’s initial response;

But Naaman became angry and went away and said to himself, “Surely, he could have come out, and stood and called on the name of the Lord his God, and waved his hand over the infected area, and taken away the leprosy. Are not Abana and Pharpar, rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Could I not wash in them and be clean?” So, he turned and went away in a rage. 2 Kings 5:11-12

Eventually Naaman was convinced to wash in the Jordan River and he was healed, and then he said this.

Then he returned to the man of God, he and all his company. He came and stood before him, and he said, “Now I know that there is no God in all the land, except in Israel. 2 Kings 5:15

By washing in the Jordan River, as opposed to the rivers of Damascus, he was accepting that the God of Israel was the one true God. Furthermore, by Elisha not coming out he was implying that Naaman was not worthy to even meet with a prophet of the one true God. None of us are worthy of God’s mercy and kindness.

In the same way, when this woman accepted that the Children of Israel had priority over the Gentiles, she was acknowledging that the God of Israel was the one true God.

Then Jesus answered her, “O woman, great is your faith. Let it be done for you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed instantly. Matthew 15:28

Because this Gentile women, living in a Gentile land, recognized that the God of the Jews was the one true God, and that she was unworthy of any goodness or grace from the one true God she was considered to have great faith and her daughter was instantly healed. The gods of Africa, Asia, India and Europe are all false gods. The one true God is the God of Israel. That is the God we worship and obey.

The Three Tithes of The Mosaic Law

The Three Tithes of The Mosaic Law

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THE THREE TITHES OF THE MOSAIC LAW

 

THE THREE TITHES OF THE MOSAIC LAW

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 The festival tithe

 Thou shalt truly tithe all the increase of thy seed, that the field bringeth forth year by year. And thou shalt eat before the LORD thy God, in the place which he shall choose to place his name there, the tithe of thy corn, of thy wine, and of thine oil, and the firstlings of thy herds and of thy flocks; that thou mayest learn to fear the LORD thy God always. Deuteronomy 14:22-23 

 

  • When the Israelites settled the land, they all had enough space to farm whatever they desired. They had other trades but they only tithed on the farm produce from their land.
  • Notice, that this is a yearly tithe and it has nothing to do with supporting the priests or religious leaders.
  • This was a yearly celebration in which the people of Israel feasted together with thankful hearts for all that God had provided them.

 

And if the way be too long for thee, so that thou art not able to carry it; or if the place be too far from thee, which the LORD thy God shall choose to set his name there, when the LORD thy God hath blessed thee: Then shalt thou turn it into money, and bind up the money in thine hand, and shalt go unto the place which the LORD thy God shall choose: And thou shalt bestow that money for whatsoever thy soul lusteth after, for oxen, or for sheep, or for wine, or for strong drink, or for whatsoever thy soul desireth: and thou shalt eat there before the LORD thy God, and thou shalt rejoice, thou, and thine household, And the Levite that is within thy gates; thou shalt not forsake him; for he hath no part nor inheritance with thee. Deuteronomy 14:24-27 

 

  • This is the same tithe and it’s pretty straight forward.
  • If it’s too far to carry your tithe to Jerusalem, then sell it and purchase whatever you desire in Jerusalem and consume it all during the festival.
  • It doesn’t say anything about giving money to the temple or to the priest, it say go and buy what you desire and consume it in God’s presence.
  • Don’t forget to invite the Levites because they have no land to farm and therefore they cannot bring anything to the festival.

 

 NEW COVENANT APPLICATION

 We are no longer under the Mosaic Law.

  1. Most Christians are not farming in the Promised Land.
  2. We no longer celebrate this festival.

 

 

The poor tithe

 

At the end of three years thou shalt bring forth all the tithe of thine increase the same year, and shalt lay it up within thy gates: And the Levite, (because he hath no part nor inheritance with thee,) and the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, which are within thy gates, shall come, and shall eat and be satisfied; that the LORD thy God may bless thee in all the work of thine hand which thou doest. Deuteronomy 14:28 

 

  • This is the tithe referred to in Malachi 3:10.
  • It was only every 3 years and it was based upon only one of those three years.
  • Each city had a storehouse, and the tithes were for the Levites and the stranger, the fatherless and the widow within that city.

 

 

NEW COVENANT APPLICATION 

  1. We are no longer under the Mosaic Law.
  2. Most Christians are not farming in the Promised Land.
  3. The government of the land takes care of the poor.

 

 The Levitical tithe

 

Leviticus 27:30-32  And all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land, or of the fruit of the tree, is the LORD’S: it is holy unto the LORD. And if a man will at all redeem ought of his tithes, he shall add thereto the fifth part thereof. And concerning the tithe of the herd, or of the flock, even of whatsoever passeth under the rod, the tenth shall be holy unto the LORD. 

 

  • The tithe is from the land, anything from the seed of the land, the fruit of the tree and anything from the herd or the flock.

 

Then the LORD said to Aaron: “You shall have no inheritance in their land, nor shall you have any portion among them; I am your portion and your inheritance among the children of Israel.”Behold, I have given the children of Levi all the tithes in Israel as an inheritance in return for the work which they perform, the work of the tabernacle of meeting. Numbers 18:20-21 

 

  • The Levites get no land for themselves, therefore they can’t do any farming.
  • Their job was to perform the work of the tabernacle of meeting.
  • Not all Levites were priests and only 10% of the tithe went to the priests (1% of all the farm produce).

 

“Speak thus to the Levites, and say to them: ‘When you take from the children of Israel the tithes which I have given you from them as your inheritance, then you shall offer up a heave offering of it to the LORD, a tenth of the tithe. Numbers 18:26

 

  • So, the Levites set aside a tenth of the tithe, 1% of all the farm produce of the land.

 

And your heave offering shall be reckoned to you as though it were the grain of the threshing floor and as the fullness of the winepress. Numbers 18:27

 

  • So, because the Levites don’t do any of their own farming, they are to tithe on the produce that they receive from the people.

 

Thus you shall also offer a heave offering to the LORD from all your tithes which you receive from the children of Israel, and you shall give the LORD’s heave offering from it to Aaron the priest. Numbers 18:28 

 

  • Only Aron and his sons could be priests and they got 1% of all the farm produce of the land of Israel.
  • So, 9% of all the farm produce went to the Levites, and 1% went to the priests.

 

 What did the Levites do?

 

(Numbers 3:21-39) In the wilderness 22,300 Levites were appointed to assist the priests and to look after the tabernacle and all its components and furnishings

 

  • The daily sacrifices as well as the tabernacle maintenance required 22,300 Levites.
  • The work was manual labor, not preaching and teaching.
  • The preaching and teaching was the job of the priests.

 

And I, behold, I have taken your brethren the Levites from among the children of Israel: to you they are given as a gift for the LORD, to do the service of the tabernacle of the congregation. Numbers 18:6 

 

 So when David was old and full of days, he made Solomon his son king over Israel. And he gathered together all the princes of Israel, with the priests and the Levites. Now the Levites were numbered from the age of thirty years and upward: and their number by their polls, man by man, was thirty and eight thousand. Of which, twenty and four thousand were to set forward the work of the house of the LORD; and six thousand were officers and judges: Moreover four thousand were porters; and four thousand praised the LORD with the instruments which I made, said David, to praise therewith. 1 Chronicles 23:1-5 

 

Work of the house of the Lord: David appointed 24,000 to build the temple. Chapter 22 is all about the preparations for the building of the temple.

 

  • There is no physical tabernacle or Temple in the New Covenant because the global body of Christ and the individual believer is the temple of the Holy Spirit. There are no church buildings in the New Testament either.

 

Officers and Judges: Government officials and judges spread throughout the nation of Israel. They would be very similar to the executive and judicial arms of the government today. The Levitical officers and judges were spread throughout the land of Israel administering the law and commandments of the King.

Porters: 1 Chronicles 26:1-19 seems to indicate that these were guards stationed around the Temple.

Singer & musicians: That’s pretty self-explanatory.

 

NEW COVENANT APPLICATION

 

  1. We are no longer under the Mosaic Law.
  2. Most Christians are not farming in the Promised Land.
  3. There is no temple system anymore and no religious buildings in the New Covenant.
  4. If people want to meet in buildings, that’s fine, but those who want to do that, especially the pastors and church leaders, need to pay for it.
  5. If pastors insist we all meet in a dedicated church building on Sunday then they should pay for it.
  6. Take the synagogues for example; there was no law requiring God’s people to go to or meet in a synagogue. There was no law requiring people to tithe towards the cost of a synagogue.
  7. It was all free will offerings.