Second New Moon of Zif
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Saturday May the 20th
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Liturgical calendar message ” Purposeful Church Government”
This message was proclaimed upon the text of Numbers 1:1-4, focusing upon the importance of remembering the second New Moon of Zif and the lessons which this liturgical time contains as God Spoke to and through Moses upon this 1st day of the 2nd lunar month (Num 1:1).
It was at this time that the principles of Church Government are thoroughly revealed and ordained by God’s Law and are congruent throughout the Scripture’s testimony by all the Prophets and Apostles.
In this message we will consider a look at that Government and an application of it in church building and maintenance.
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Delivered on 2-1-2023 / grego. 5-19-20-2023
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Num 1:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, in the tabernacle of the congregation, on the first day of the second month, in the second year after they were come out of the land of Egypt, saying,
Num 1:2 Take ye the sum of all the congregation of the children of Israel, after their families, by the house of their fathers, with the number of their names, every male by their polls;
Num 1:3 From twenty years old and upward, all that are able to go forth to war in Israel: thou and Aaron shall number them by their armies.
Num 1:4 And with you there shall be a man of every tribe; every one head of the house of his fathers.
Many people do not understand the importance of this new moon, new month, and sadly the important things that this new moon represents: Church Government.
The Book of Numbers is in fact the Lawful basis of everything we read about in the New testament concerning Church Government, and in the end it is a pattern of goals which every true church is to have set for the future or to maintain as the Godly structure which will most please God and thus benefit the congregation of those who preform living worship together.
Now after this point in v. 5-16 we are given the names of “the renowned of the congregation, princes of the tribes of their fathers, heads of thousands in Israel.”
Num 1:17 And Moses and Aaron took these men which are expressed by their names:
Num 1:18 And they assembled all the congregation together on the first day of the second month, and they declared their pedigrees after their families, by the house of their fathers, according to the number of the names, from twenty years old and upward, by their polls.
Num 1:19 As the LORD commanded Moses, so he numbered them in the wilderness of Sinai.
And we are then told of this ‘poll’ or head count that is enumerated of every tribe of Israel.
And what we find in the total enumeration of the tribes is that we have heads at various levels of the presbyteries of Israel.
10, 50, 100, 1000.
This system of presbyterian Government is expressed by the word of God given through Jethro the priest as he instructs Moses his son in law according to the Hebrew principle of tribal government:
Exo_18:19 Hearken now unto my voice, I will give thee counsel, and God shall be with thee: Be thou for the people to God-ward, that thou mayest bring the causes unto God:
Exo 18:20 And thou shalt teach them ordinances and laws, and shalt shew them the way wherein they must walk, and the work that they must do.
Exo 18:21 Moreover thou shalt provide out of all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them, to be rulers of thousands, and rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens:
Exo 18:22 And let them judge the people at all seasons: and it shall be, that every great matter they shall bring unto thee, but every small matter they shall judge:
Moses relays this wise council in Deuteronomy as a commandment and not just the advice of Jethro to Moses:
Deu_1:12 How can I myself alone bear your cumbrance, and your burden, and your strife?
Deu 1:13 Take you wise men, and understanding, and known among your tribes, and I will make them rulers over you.
Deu 1:14 And ye answered me, and said, The thing which thou hast spoken is good for us to do.
Deu 1:15 So I took the chief of your tribes, wise men, and known, and made them heads over you, captains over thousands, and captains over hundreds, and captains over fifties, and captains over tens, and officers among your tribes.
Deu 1:16 And I charged your judges at that time, saying, Hear the causes between your brethren, and judge righteously between every man and his brother, and the stranger that is with him.
Deu 1:17 Ye shall not respect persons in judgment; but ye shall hear the small as well as the great; ye shall not be afraid of the face of man; for the judgment is God’s: and the cause that is too hard for you, bring it unto me, and I will hear it.
Deu 1:18 And I commanded you at that time all the things which ye should do.
The head judging Elders or what the Greek Septuagint called the “Epi-scopes” and the NT translates Bishops, were by translation the “Over seers” or the Counters / Numberers / of the people and as stated, these captains were the “selected ones”, 1 from among 10, presbyters / elders who were married men with children who had a “renown”, and a vested interest in the future of the society. As well this Government proceeded out 1 Over-seer taken from among 5 units of 10 gathered together, and 1 taken from among 10 unites of 10 gathered together, and 1 taken from among 100 units of 10 gathered together, and one “Prince of the Congregation” who sits among the other 11 Princes which make up the 12 tribes of Israel’s National sacral Government.
Num_1:18 AndG2532 allG3956 theG3588 congregationG4864 gatheredG4863 onG1722 day oneG1520 of theG3588 month,G3376 of theG3588 secondG1208 year.G2094
andG2532 they were numbered G1980 according toG2596 their origins,G1078 G1473
according toG2596 G3588 their patrimony,G3965 G1473
according toG2596 the numberG706 of their namesG3686 G1473
fromG575 twenty years old G1500.1 andG2532 up,G1883 everyG3956 maleG732.1
according toG2596 their head count.G2776 G1473
Now the word numbered G1980 here is the Adjective form of the same Noun Bishop G1984 as we have in the NT Church. Let’s see the similarities and understand NT Church Government from it’s congruent origin
1Ti_3:1 This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop G1984 (think Numberer), he desireth a good work.
1Ti 3:2 A bishop G1984 then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;
1Ti 3:3 Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous;
1Ti 3:4 One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity;
1Ti 3:5 (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)
1Ti 3:6 Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.
1Ti 3:7 Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.
Tit_1:5 For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders G4245 in every city, as I had appointed thee:
Tit 1:6 If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly.
Tit 1:7 For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre;
Tit 1:8 But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate;
Tit 1:9 Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.
Tit 1:10 For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision:
Tit 1:11 Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre’s sake.
1Pe_5:1 The elders G4245 which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed:
1Pe 5:2 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight G1983 (Verb form of Bishop / over seer) thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;
1Pe 5:3 Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.
1Pe 5:4 And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.
1Pe 5:5 Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.
1Pe 5:6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:
1Pe 5:7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
1Pe 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
1Pe 5:9 Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.
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