The Sad, Sordid History of the People of God

The Voice of Elijah®, July 1996

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You see, the Prophets use various Hebrew idioms, all with specific meaning, to tell the intricately detailed story of a male child—the One Moses calls the Man—Whom the God of Israel promised King David He would engender for him through a virgin. Those Hebrew idioms are all based on images found in the myths and sacred rituals of the ancient Canaanites. As the story of the Prophets unfolds, however, we are also told that because of the circumstances of His birth, the Man Whom God was going to engender would not be His Son. He would first be the Son of David and only afterward the Son of God. That is, the text tells us how God, after He has acted as David’s “Redeemer” by “raising up a Seed” for him, would then demand that this “son of David” be “given” to Him by means of ritual sacrifice. That Son of David would thereby be used to “build a house” for “The Name” of God.

Everything I have just told you (and a whole lot more) lies hidden in the Hebrew idioms and mythological images I am going to show you in the Hebrew Scriptures. Should you view the things I teach as a mere intellectual curiosity, I remind you once again why these things were hidden. The Prophets intentionally concealed them to mock those who refused to believe what they heard. If that shoe fits you quite comfortably, let me point out one of the more elegant details that God Himself stitched into its uppers:

The kings of the earth take their stand,
And the rulers take counsel together
Against the Lord and against His Anointed:
“Let us tear their fetters apart,
And cast away their cords from us!”
He who sits in the heavens laughs,
The Lord scoffs at them.
Then He will speak to them in His anger
And terrify them in His fury.
(Psalm 2:2–5)

That doesn’t sound like the goofy god of unconditional love you hear taught in the Church today, does it? That’s because the god worshiped in most churches today isn’t the God the Prophets describe in the Hebrew Scriptures. If you didn’t know that already, you should spend more time reading the Old Testament.

“The Sad, Sordid History of the People of God,” The Voice of Elijah®, July 1996, pp. 4–5

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Pages 20
Author Larry Dee Harper
Language English

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