II Samuel 7

16. And your house and your kingdom shall be established forever before you. Your throne shall be established forever.”’”

Now comes the crowning statement of Yahweh’s great promise to David. He promises that David’s house and government will be established or firmly fixed forever before him, and then repeats it: his throne shall be fixed forever! Notice that He does not say the throne of David’s descendants, but He says David’s throne. Thus He was guaranteeing David that He would raise him from the dead and fix him on the throne for the eon of the Kingdom of God. His seat of government will exist throughout the Kingdom of God. This is not the only place that speaks of this, for this is confirmed in the book of Ezekiel, chapter 34 and verses 23-24. Read the rest of this entry »

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I received the following question:

I wrote you a couple of days ago with a question about whether or not believers are indwelt with the Holy Spirit. I have many assumptions from traditional teaching, but I am attempting to study this position out and come to my own conclusion. However, it seems that conclusions depend on which sources/translations I look at. So I was curious, what does your Bible study look like? How do you study? I would love to learn from your process.

Thanks!

That is another great question. It is true that many assumptions turn out to be based on faulty translations. I sometimes call these “English only doctrines,” since if we were reading the Bible in Hebrew or Greek these doctrines would never have existed. (Or shouldn’t have, at least.) Read the rest of this entry »

I received the following question:

I have been studying the implications of Acts 28 dispensationalism, and have a question for you regarding the Spirit.

Plainly, are believers today indwelt with the Holy Spirit? Thank you in advance!

The evidence for the indwelling of the Holy Spirit is there, but it is not based on a huge number of passages to begin with.

There seem to be three realities regarding the work of the Spirit in the Acts period. One is the baptism of the Holy Spirit. I would call that identification with the Holy Spirit. That was always by signs, and was a public identification of a person with the power of the Spirit. This was something that happened in the Acts period, but is not current today. Secondly was the filling with the Holy Spirit. Read the rest of this entry »

I received the following question:

About one week ago I received the last THE WORD OF TRUTH MINISTRY’s tract (issue # 310) which has impressed me a lot but has also left me highly confused.

According to M.B. Hammond King Cyrus the Great will be God’s anointed one. I was under the knowledge that it would be King David who would be God’s anointed one and who be responsible for re-building the Temple in Jerusalem in the Kingdom of God.
Too, I thought that prophets like Elijah would have a more prominent role than Cyrus. The latter I express because at the very end of the tract Hammond pinpoints that Cyrus will be present among God’s ‘anointed ones’.

What is your interpretation of Hammond’s tract quoted above?

The problem here seems to be that you are making this to be an “either or” proposition. That is, that God’s anointed one must be either David or Cyrus. But why is this the case? Why could not both be anointed? For that matter, Jesus Christ is THE Anointed One. If you are going to have only one anointed one, it surely cannot be David. But the reality is that “anointed” means marked out for special service, and that could apply to many people. Read the rest of this entry »

I received the following question:

I recently heard your CD exposition on John Chapter 3. In the latter you said that though occupied and oppressed by the Roman Empire, the Jews were not Roman citizens because they were under the monarchy of Herod. My question to you is the following one: how, being a Pharisee, was Paul a Roman citizen? “…I appeal unto Caesar.” (Acts 25:11)

You are probably aware of the fact that Paul, though he was a religious leader and, in Acts 8-9 anyway, he was headquartered in Jerusalem, he was not actually born there, nor was he a natural-born citizen of Israel. Instead, he was born in Tarsus (Acts 9:11 and Acts 21:39, “I am a Jew from Tarsus, in Cilicia, a citizen of no mean city“). That means he was not one of Herod’s subjects. If he had been, Governor Felix would no doubt have tried to transfer his case over to Herod, as Pilate had done that of Christ. Read the rest of this entry »

I received the following question:

In God’s present Dispensation of Grace are there, or have there been, any “commissions” or “commissioned ones?” Are there, or have there been any “Apostles” in the Dispensation of Grace?

I know that in this administration there is one and only one mediator between God and man, and that is the man Christ Jesus. Therefore, the question could become: Is a commissioned one, that is, an Apostle, also a mediator?

I understand that an Apostle is one who is commissioned by God to perform a specific service; and in order to do so that one must be “equipped” by God. That is, this one must partake of God’s body, His substance, His essence to the extent required to perform the service. So, to restate the last question, is an Apostle, or commissioned one, also a mediator?

Of course an apostle is also a mediator. He could not be anything else. Today, the Living Word and the written Word are the only Mediators. Yes, the written Word is an apostle, Acts 28:28. As long as an apostle is acting in God’s place and is acting towards other people, he is acting as a mediator. Read the rest of this entry »

II Samuel 7

1. Now it came to pass when the king was dwelling in his house, and the LORD had given him rest from all his enemies all around,

Now it seems that David at last is enjoying a time of peace. His house is built and he is dwelling in it as king. His enemies are all defeated, and the LORD is giving him rest from fighting them. The LORD has fulfilled all His promises to David, and he is able to settle down in his place at last as the king of Israel. Read the rest of this entry »

II Samuel 6 Continued

11. The ark of the LORD remained in the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite three months. And the LORD blessed Obed-Edom and all his household.

For three months this is the arrangement, and the ark of Jehovah is there in the house of Obed-Edom during this time. Jehovah acts to show David that he was wrong to fear the presence of the ark. It should be respected, yes, but not feared. The fear only comes in with the disrespect, and failing to carry the ark as Jehovah had said it must be carried was indeed disrespect. Yet in the house of this loyal and faithful Israelite, Jehovah is pleased to have His ark dwell. He demonstrates this when He prospers Obed-Edom and his whole household during these three months while the ark is there. Read the rest of this entry »

II Samuel 6

1. Again David gathered all the choice men of Israel, thirty thousand.

Now once again David gathers the leading men of Israel together. Their number totals thirty thousand.

2. And David arose and went with all the people who were with him from Baale Judah to bring up from there the ark of God, whose name is called by the Name, the LORD of Hosts, who dwells between the cherubim.

David leads these choice men to a place named Ba’ale (Lords) in Judah. The name Ba’ale means “Lords,” and is the old, Canaanite name of the city elsewhere called Kirjath Jearim, as we can clearly see from the parallel passage in I Chronicles 13:6. Read the rest of this entry »

II Samuel 5

1. Then all the tribes of Israel came to David at Hebron and spoke, saying, “Indeed we are your bone and your flesh.

Though the assassination of Ishbosheth was an ungodly and wicked action, the purposes of the LORD are worked out by it, for it leaves an empty place in the throne over Israel. Ishbosheth, the man whom Abner put on the throne, is dead, and Abner himself is dead. Jonathan Saul’s son is dead, while his son Mephibosheth is still quite young and is lame in his feet. There is no very good option for a new king from the line of Saul, and no strong leader to support such a man, even if he existed. Thus, Israel starts to think of God’s choice, and their hearts move towards David. A delegation from the other eleven tribes of Israel comes to David at his capital of Hebron where he has been ruling over the tribe of Judah. This delegation speaks to David. They recognize David as a fellow Israelite, one who is their bone and their flesh, since Judah is also an Israelite tribe, though it has had a different central government than the other tribes these seven years since Saul’s death. Read the rest of this entry »