|Sons To Glory Newsletter #33||
Hanukkah - December 10, 2018
He has Exalted the Lowly
by Paul Jablonowski
"For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God... For God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty." (1 Corinthians 1:18...27)
"Be clothed with humility;
for God resists the proud,
Grace is one of the most important things we can obtain from the LORD. The humble receive grace; but the proud get resisted by God. Something to ponder... because in our times of pride we rarely see it, since pride has an amazing effect of blinding us. Two great examples of people who humbled themselves and received great favor from God are Mary the mother of Jesus and David the king of Israel.
Mary most likely birthed Jesus during the fall feasts of the LORD (September) and not in December.(1) This means Jesus was conceived in Mary (~9 months earlier) during Hanukkah which is in the winter season as John 10:22 says: "Now it was the Feast of Dedication (Hanukkah means dedication) in Jerusalem, and it was winter."
The fact that God the Father would visit Mary in such a profound way as to impregnate her with His only son Jesus is an amazing truth! The Holy Spirit brooded and hovered over Mary such as to conceive in her the baby who would be Jesus of Nazareth; who would change the world through love. Why was Mary qualified to be chosen for such an important calling? For two things: Faith and Humility:
Elizabeth confirmed the first quality of FAITH when she said to Mary: "Blessed is she who BELIEVED that there will be a fulfillment of those things which were told her from the Lord." (Luke 1:45)
Then Mary confirmed the second quality of HUMILITY when she answered Elizabeth. These words are very poetic and worth quoting in its entirety and even memorizing: (Luke 1:46-55)
And Mary said:
It seems the LORD gets greater honor when He uses the humble and lowly instead of the proud. And these humble bondservants grow closer in a personal relationship with their Creator through these intimate encounters with Him. So it is a win-win situation ordained by a loving Father.
When we humble ourselves, the LORD is able to use us, like Mary, to birth His purposes in the earth. But there is another reason for seeking and building the character of humility in our lives, and that is to qualify to rule and reign with Jesus in the earth. And this is best exemplified in the Bible by king David.
David is best known as the shepherd king because he started out as a lowly and humble shepherd AND was able to maintain this humility even as king of Israel. The times that he faltered and fell were always times of pride and self-focus, but eventually he returned to the "heart of David" that we all know and love so much.
SonsToGlory.com is now publishing a book on this topic of the Heart of David. It is a book that Miles Albright wrote called the: "Tale of Two Hearts," which contrasts the hearts of king Saul and king David of ancient Israel. We all struggle with the same heart conflicts: to serve our selfishness, or to lay down our lives like a lamb.
The heart of David is best symbolized as the lamb, and the heart of Saul is like a donkey; which is why the cover of this book has a lamb next to the shepherd boy David, and the donkey next to king Saul. Also the three crosses found on the cover of this book represent the Tale of the Two Hearts. The center cross is Jesus. The cross leaning into Jesus is the heart of David. The cross leaning away from Jesus is the heart of Saul. It's really all about Jesus, the son of David!
While the character of Jesus was humble as a lamb, He is also coming to reign as a lion! Those who reign with Jesus will have the lowly heart of David; who did not consider himself great, but maintained humility and by this became great. It is quite the paradox, and a Kingdom truth that is shown very clearly in this Tale of Two Hearts book which is a study of First Samuel chapters 13-16. These chapters are the story of both Saul and David in their struggles and triumphs as king of Israel which is best summarized in 1 Samuel 16:7:
"The Lord does not look
at the things man looks at,
This book "Tale of Two Hearts" can be
obtained in three different formats:
Psalm 110 is one of the most often quoted books
in the New Testament which talks about the reign of the Messiah according
to the order of Melchizedek. Jesus is the one who sat down at the right
hand of the Father after His resurrection. And Jesus will be the one to
return after His "enemies become His footstool."(2)
Jesus will rule through a love that overcomes enemies by winning
them to reconcile
all things to Himself. "For FROM Him are all things, and TO
Him are all things." (Romans 11:36). He deserves the Glory!(3)
(1) Scriptures showing the birth of Jesus to be during the fall Feasts - https://www.gods-kingdom-ministries.net/teachings/books/secrets-of-time/chapter-9-the-birth-of-jesus/
(2) Bonnie Gaunt's observations into the Psalm 110 saints ruling with Jesus - http://sonstoglory.com/bonniegaunt/bible/Psalm110.pdf
(3) Song: From Him and to Him are all things - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ywoMeuutuc4
My song: O Israel hope in the LORD - Paul Jablonowski song
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