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Brother Nehemiah studies Ezekiel 23 verses 1-10, which is a graphic chapter as Israel is being compared to two sinful adulterous and whorish sisters! PLEASE BE WARNED WHEN STUDYING WITH CHILDREN; THIS CHAPTER IS VERY GRAPHIC AND THE STUDY IS ALSO. Please excuse us and the nature of this study.

And they committed whoredoms in Egypt; they committed whoredoms in their youth: there were their breasts pressed, and there they bruised the teats of their virginity.
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Ezekiel 23 Chapter Study Part 1

Welcome to Ezekiel 23 chapter study (not to be confused with our chapter summaries). Although we are not studying the entire book of Ezekiel, which we will soon, we were reading this chapter and felt it necessary to expound on it as a study.

WARNING!

Alongside with Ezekiel chapter 16, this chapter is graphic and even may appear derogatory towards women because of the use of the language “whore” and “harlot” as being used towards the sisters.

The Lord beautifully composed the Songs of Solomon for our understanding of the love God has for the church and the Creation. The Lord was just as detailed in allowing us to understand, in our terms, the nature of what these sisters have done to the Heavenly Kingdom.

Ezekiel 23 Shows the Deepness of God’s Feelings

Ezekiel 23 holds no punches. This chapter study gets right in the face of the children of Judah and Israel. It highlights the weakness of their heart and self-esteem as a people. It compares their behavior to some of the vilest behavior on the earth.

Nevertheless, with a good understanding of this chapter will allow the student to understand the deepness of God’s relationship with the children of Israel. It will show us as well the hurt and foolishness of their actions towards their King and Maker.

Beware when studying with children! While we attempted to keep the chapter study as PG as possible, someone may have to explain things to younger audiences. Thank you for being here as always, and please leave a comment if you will of how this study resonates with you.
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God Determined to Rule Israel

Hosea offers us some detail on what God thought about the children of Israel asking for a king outside of Himself in their early days. Today, Christians do not need to imagine how God feels about thinking or asking for a king we can see.

We already know.

All we have to do is read the scriptures below from Hosea chapter 13:

9 O Israel, thou hast destroyed thyself; but in me is thine help.

10 I will be thy king: where is any other that may save thee in all thy cities? and thy judges of whom thou saidst, Give me a king and princes?

11 I gave thee a king in mine anger, and took him away in my wrath.

God declares to the rebellious house of Israel (the house of Jacob) that they have destroyed themselves, yet in their destruction, they can still receive help from their incredibly merciful God. Why? It’s because God is determined to be their King.

God Gave Israel a king Reluctantly

The King asks the house of Jacob, where are the judges that asked Samuel the prophet for a king and for princes like the other nations? Where are they now? Further, God gave Israel a physical king and kings, grudgingly, as in not in His plans.

God did this just so they can see the immense mistake it was to have a man as their king instead of God.

Some Bible critics say, ‘if God knew better, why did He hearken to the house of Jacob’? God is a very reasonable Being. It is like a child who claims to want cookies and candy for dinner and pass on the plate of chicken, bean lentils, and veggies.

Children of Israel, Hard-Head Group?

An hour or less later, when the ignorant or foolish child wants more food to eat because they are still hungry, that is the time they are reminded of their choice to eat the nutrient-less candy and snacks over the real nutrient-rich meal.

The parent knows better but allows the child to feel the consequence of their decision so they can make better ones in the future. Also, they will trust their parent more as they move forward, at least they should. In addition, sometimes you just have to let a hard head, hit the ground a few times.

The children of Israel were a hard-headed group of people, and I am quoting God in saying that. So anyone from the house of Jacob, don’t take offense in me, I am quoting the Lord who originally said Israel is a stiffnecked people who will not listen to the command of their God.

Selah

Thank you for joining us today.
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The King and Lord of Host According to Daniel the Prophet

The next prophet is the prophet Daniel. Daniel certainly knew about the coming King, and the restoration of the nation of Israel. He also knew about the restoration of the entire world, by the King from the Heavenly Kingdom.

In fact, Daniel talked extensively about the Lord’s Kingdom.

As Daniel continued to inquire about the visions he’d been shown, he was told to rest and await his position in the Lord’s Kingdom. While interpreting a dream, Daniel commented heavily on the coming King and His Kingdom, when it would appear, and even how.

See Daniel chapter 2:

44 And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.

In the last days, the kings of the earth will be visited by the God of Heaven, who will do something literally unheard of to mainstream people and even mainstream churchgoers. God will set up a kingdom that will not be destroyed, neither will it be left to another people.

His Dominion is an Everlasting Dominion

God’s kingdom will break in pieces anything that does not conform to the structure, culture, laws, ordinances, and the ways of His Kingdom! Daniel continues on this vision in chapter 7 of his writings:

14 And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.

Dominion, glory, and power is given to the King of kings (Jesus Christ) that all people should serve Jesus the Christ; and His dominion is an everlasting one and His Kingdom will not be destroyed.

Furthermore, the King will have His Kingdom here on the earth, and the Kingdom will be co-ruled with and by His saints. This is the way the great prophets have it written in the ancient texts we are reading together.

The Kingdom is Still the Lord’s

27 And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him.

Rulership and dominion is what God is about, even for mankind! Rulership and dominion is what was originally given to Adam. God is coming to the earth to show us firsthand how to rule! There will be multiple kings on the earth, but One will be King over them all.

Obadiah said that saviours will come upon mount Zion to judge the house of Esau, and the kingdom will be the Lord’s. Although we rule in the kingdom, the kingdom is still the Lord’s (Obadiah 1:21).

http://biblestudyministry.com/kingdom-priest-king-lord-host-according-daniel-prophet/
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1st Kings Chapter 13 Summary

Chapter 13 of first Kings begins with king Jeroboam praying by his altar, and a man of God out of Judah came to him and began to prophesy. When Jeroboam heard what the man was saying, he proceeded to grab the man of God (we’ll take that he didn’t like what the man of God was saying).

When the king grabbed at the man of God, his arm began stiff or paralyzed, and the prophecy the man of God said happened before their eyes. Jeroboam asked the man of God to entreat his God for him immediately to have his hand restored. The man of God did so and his hand was restored.

The king, now with a new mindset and respect for the man of God, invited him in to talk, but the man of God was not interested in anything but his task from God. He went his way.

The twist here is that another prophet heard what happened to the king through his sons and sent for the man of God, and invited him to eat with them in his house.

God Spoke to a Lying Prophet

The prophet who sent for the man of God lied to the man of God and said the Lord said he could come back with his sons and eat; the man of God went back and did eat and drink with the lying prophet. God then spoke to the “lying” prophet to give the man of God a message.

The prophet tells the man of God that God says he will die. He will die because he came back to eat and drink. I’m not sure about you, but if I was the man of God, I would have been upset with myself and especially with the lying prophet. Well, the man of God left on his donkey and while he was traveling back, a lion met him on the way and killed him.

Now get this, the lion doesn’t eat him, just killed him and stood by his deceased body and with his donkey. It was told to the “lying” prophet what happened.

1st Kings Chapter 13 Summary

The prophet retrieved the man of God’s body, buried him and commanded his sons to bury him, whenever he died, next to the man of God. He also told his sons the man’s prophecy will come to pass in Samaria. The chapter ends with Jeroboam continuing to consecrate the lowest of people to his priesthood, and he did not turn from his evil ways.

This is the summary of 1st Kings chapter 13.
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Giving to the Poor the Right Way

Most people don’t know this, but there is a right and wrong way to give to the poor and less fortunate. I remember one my sports coaches when I was a teenager use to tell me and my teammates we didn’t know how to watch TV the right way.

I guess we were flipping channels to quickly for him. With him there was a right way to watch TV, the right way to do this, to do that, he even had a right way to talk on the phone. These are extremes, but when it comes to giving, especially giving to the poor the right way is vital.

When giving to the poor or less fortunate, avoid giving for the prestige and honor you’ll get in the eyes of materially driven people watching.

As tempting as this may be for the reward of being seen giving a lot of money or material items to the poor and less fortunate; it is clearly not the way to give. There are spiritual laws working behind you on this.

The Nature of Your Heart Matters
The Father will not reward you for your gesture if you give to the poor to be praised by others. Hypocrites exercise this style of giving to the poor. Indeed, they are merely giving to themselves in the form of receiving praise or adoration from onlookers.

When you give, give from the heart to help the other person, and do so as privately as you can. Obviously, there are times when public giving is necessary and okay. It truly depends on the nature of your heart.

Sometimes giving publicly encourages and inspires others to give, and this is good, but the wrong way to give is to give so others can see and consider you a nice caring, wealthy, rich and giving person.

Simply be the nice caring wealthily rich and giving person in the heart (and in the deed), and worry not about the accolades of giving. Leave the accolades to the Father in the Heavenly Kingdom to give out to you, which He will. Blessings.

http://biblestudyministry.com/lifestyles-giving-poor-right-way/
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It's what everyone truly wants...
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Jeremiah 23:5 What the World Really Want

In the world that we live in, full of injustice, murder, greed, and overall ungodliness; it is refreshing and hopeful to know the scripture. It is enlightening and comforting to know God has our back and front, and will usher in a world of peace and love for His children to dwell in safely.

In Jeremiah 23:5, it says the days are coming when the Lord will raise up to David a righteous Branch and a King. The righteous Branch and King will rule and prosper in the earth and will execute judgment and justice in the earth.

When this happens, Judah and Israel will dwell safely, and so will the entire world, and they will call this King and righteous Branch, The Lord Our Righteousness. The world really wants good judgment, justice, and equity in the earth.

We need to be happy that Jesus Christ will bring it in; He will reign and prosper for all His saints. Amen.

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Jeremiah and the King of Host

In Isaiah chapter 41, this is stated as plainly as it has been stated throughout the research in this book and in the Bible. It truly a wonder and does amaze me on how church organizations overlook this vital position and title.

21 Produce your cause, saith the Lord; bring forth your strong reasons, saith the King of Jacob.

God ask the children of Israel to produce their cause and bring strong reasons why they should not serve the Holy One and King of Israel. What’s the reason says the King of Jacob! The title, “King of Jacob,” references the physical sons of Jacob, Isaac, and Abraham. God was and is their King.

Jeremiah and the King of Host
Isaiah isn’t the only prophet who writes about God as King. We’ll move into the book and prophet Jeremiah. We are beating a dead horse on this topic because we really want to drive this home for the edification of the entire church body. The children of the kingdom, both physically and spiritually should understand the nature of what we’re reading.

Jeremiah chapter 10

10 But the Lord is the true God, he is the living God, and an everlasting king: at his wrath the earth shall tremble, and the nations shall not be able to abide his indignation.

God is an everlasting King, in whom no one can abide in His indignation. The earth will tremble at the wrath of the King of Host. His wrath will make the wrath of Henry VIII of England look like newborn baby’s temper tantrum.

In chapter 23 of Jeremiah, it is written that the days are coming when God will raise unto David a righteous Branch. The righteous Branch will be a King who will rule and prosper while executing judgment and justice in the earth (23:5).

When it is really thought upon and considered without bias, isn’t everyone looking for Jeremiah 23:5 right now in the earth? Justice and judgment, and equity; the good news is that it is coming.

We as ambassadors must bring it in first, we must prepare the way before the Lord, so the Almighty does His work, His strange work. It is written all over the Bible. I implore big bible people, bible institutions, big church organizations to adopt this view. Reach out and speak to heads of states of the great matter.

Selah
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