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Malkuth Shamayim

(The Lord or God is one)

 

 

 

 

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Dr. Harold Lloyd Daley

 

 

 

Los Angeles Central City Church

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sabbath September 23, 2006

I.                  Genesis 20:1-6 “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of Slavery.” – Deut.: 6:4 – “The Lord, our God, the Lord is one.”- Moses.

II.               Deut. 6:5 – “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. This implies that God wants his children to love him with “everything we have.”

III.           God expects his people also be one in their devotion to Him. They must love Him and devote their entire lives to Him. “With all your heart, and with all your soul and with all your strength is another way of saying, “The whole person.”  Jesus echoes the words of Moses when he said in different words in Mt. 22:37; Mark 12:30.

IV.           Educate your children.  V: 7 impress them upon your children. Solomon writes in the book of Proverbs: “Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it.” Tell them constantly of the greatness of God; tell them that God and God alone can save them from the destruction about to come on this Earth. Teach them to take a stand for God.

V.              Malkuth Shamayim,  says that “if God is the sole King of the Universe, [then] no other claim to kingship is illegitimate.

VI.           In the ancient world for common people to declare that they would not bow before any earthly King, was dangerous and politically inappropriate. A significantly specific example is found in a Jewish religious book of the first century B.C. called I Maccabees, found in the Catholic Bible and the collection of ancient Jewish religious text known as the Apocrypha.  The re the story is told of the Maccabean revolt. The Jewish nation was then under the occupation of the Greeks, 167 B.C. Then a decree was sent that all Jews must recognize the Greek King Antiochus IV and his god, Zeus. When the soldiers came to the village to enforce the decree, a peasant by the name of Mattathias invoked the sole kingship of God: he cried out, “Even if all the nations that live under the rule of the king obey him,…abandoning the religion of their ancestors- we will not obey the king’s word.” I Maccabees).

VII.       Malkuth Shamayim: God is the one and only God – He would rather die that have any thing come between him and the only true God whom he loved with all his heart, soul and strength.

VIII.    Moses wants us to teach our children by example vs. 13-14. Do not follow other gods, the gods of the people (popularity) v,15

IX.           God Alone: He would prefer to govern his people; lead his people all by himself. Of this God his infinitely capable. For this reason when the people clamor for Gideon to form a dynasty to rule them, Gideon replied emphatically in Judges 8::22-23 “I will not rule over you, and my son will not rule over you; the Lord will rule over you.”  Gideon was reflecting the Israelite notion of MALKUTH SHAMAYIM.  That is, belief in the “sole sovereignty of God,” the recognition that God alone has the right to rule and dominate the life and affairs of Israel in particular, and the rest of the world by extension.”[1]  This position is strongly rooted in the fabric of Judaism, based on the first commandment given to Moses at Sinai: “You shall have no other gods before me” (Exodus 20:3). 1. Traces of Malkuth Shamayim is found in: Psalms 22; 29; 47; 93; 96-99; also Jeremiah 10:7; Malachi 1:14: God as King of the universe. 2. God as the sole king of Israel: Numbers 23:21; Deut. 35:5; Isaiah 41:21; Jeremiah 8:19

X.              Malkuth Shamayim could be understood in a variety of ways, yet its basic and most fundamental meaning is: God as universal King became the basic reason for all the resistance movements in Israel after the Maccabean revolt in 167 B.C.

XI.           In Deut. 6 – God is preparing his people to enter the promise land. In v 14: “Do not…” He was preparing them.  Verse 18: “Do what is right… He was preparing them.  In Matt. 5:3-11 He is preparing his people.  For what? Vs:12: “Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven… Jesus said to rejoice, because he knew that living the Christian life here on Earth is hellish because of the pain it brings: being different from the world is not easy – Jesus said to “Pick up your cross and follow me.”, it is not easy, he said that “men will  hurt you and persecute you, he said that you will be ridiculed and hurt, you will be cast into prisons and brought up before the rulers of this earth; he said that your family will turn you in. He said that there is coming a time when you will have to run from the comforts of life to survive and some of us might not make it; but he also said to rejoice and be exceedingly glad because redemption is closer than we think. Malkuth Shamanyim.

XII.       Deut. 6: 10 – reminds me of  John 14: 1-4. Beloved, give God a chance, allow Him to work things out in our life Malkuth Shamayim.

XIII.     Rev. 22:12 (Read)  Do not focus here on the sins you were guilty of: THE REWARD YOU WILL GET IS FOR ALL THE RESISTANCE here on Earth that has caused you pain. Do not focus on your sins and remain guilty. Jesus has already paid for them, and if you have confessed them in Jesus name, my Bible says that He is faithful and Just to forgive you. Malkuth Shamayim. MY GOD IS AN AWSOME GOD.  Malkuth Shamayim. Hallelujah.


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[1] The Politics of Jesus,  p. 19 by Obery M. Hendricks, Jr.

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