Summary: A journey through scriptures of law and the gospel to discover Jesus Saves and the importance of reflection from Christmas to New Year to improve your love connection to God.
Of David And Of Asaph
Dr. Gale A. Ragan-Reid (12/22/2013)
“He shall judge thy people with righteousness, and thy poor with judgment” (Psalm 72, verse 2, King James Version [David prayed for Solomon]).
Greetings in the Holy Name of Jesus,
My brothers and sisters, the New Year is upon us as we dwell in the seven day count down to Christmas (2013), the seven day count down to New Year (2014) is not afar off. May we praise God's Holy Name, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost. If I asked you, “Where are you in your vision and understanding of the will of God and the faith of Christ Jesus?” then, “Where would you be in your heart and in your mind?” And, “Where is your house?” Are you hiding in the Christ Jesus' House of Prayer afraid to deal with the social ills of your house---the malpractices of your house, the nature of your house, and the behavior patterns of your house?
When we think of a house, “What do you think of?” Most importantly, “What is your understanding of a house?” Those of you with bible studies in your understanding might say you think of the House of Israel, as one house, of which 12 sons of Jacob signify the one house of Israel. Additionally, of the 12 sons of Jacob, known as Israel, Judah received his own house called the House of Judah. Furthermore, to that same understanding of a house, of the House of Judah, David received his own house called the House of David.
Of which, we know, Christ Jesus came out of the House of David. There are those who see only a house as a building with a physical structure of comfort and attraction, not the building of a kingdom. However, there are those who see a house as one a building with a description and the same a people with a name. Hypothetically speaking, when you see a name attached to an address of a house, do you think of the people of the house? We know David continuously prayed for a house (“That the king said unto Nathan the prophet, See now, I dwell in an house of cedar, but the ark of God dwelleth within curtains...Go and tell my servant David, Thus saith the LORD, Shalt thou build me an house for me to dwell in [II Samuel 7: 2, 5, KJV God's covenant with David])?
Chronologically speaking, we know kings received their own house which was their kingdom. Now, the House of King Saul was a bloody house because he killed the Gibeonites. We also know there was a long war between Saul and David (“Now there was a long war between the house of Saul and the house of David: but David waxed stronger and stronger, and the house of Saul waxed weaker and weaker” [II Samuel 3:1, KJV]). How many of you in leadership with your families and with God feel you know God's judgment against you because of the situations in your life? In the United States of America, when you file federal taxes you might establish yourself as head of your household.
The idea, head of household, is not a new idea, for the seer or Prophet Samuel said, “Then David returned to bless his household...” (II Samuel 6:20, KJV). Henceforth, the idea of heads of households created leadership and the idea of the House of Israel, the House of Judah and the House of David expanded the leadership role to groups of one people, a kingdom, kingship, rulers, and chiefs, to name a few in head leadership roles beyond the one-unit family. Who is the head of your family in your house? What kind of a house are you?
In my experiences of hearing rumors I heard people describe houses as a den of thieves, wolves in sheep's clothing, and we know God judged King Saul's house as a bloody house (“Then there was a famine in the days of David three years, year after year; and David inquired of the LORD. And the LORD answered, It is for Saul, and for his bloody house, because he slew the Gibeonites” (II Samuel 21:1, KJV [Seven of Saul's sons hanged]). It was not a rare experience for me to hear, it is a poor
house; it is a house of death; it is a whore house. Sometimes descriptions like poor house, house of death, and whore house were more a matter of circumstances in situations of a temporary endurance, making it through an insufferable struggle than the definitive nature of a house of people because famine and death comes and goes, in a cyclical nature; it is not always attached to a house as a cloud of darkness following every member in the house for even in a matter of being curse eventually those cursed will come to the end of the duration of the curse. This is why they say, “Is it over yet?”