Hello
Promotion
  • Dec16

    Garments for a King

    One of the most illuminating verses in the New Testament surrounds the seven-mile hike to Emmaus and the conversation that two of the disciples had with the Risen Christ.

    And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, He interpreted [expounded NKJV] to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.” – Luke 19:27 ESV

    On that trek Christ may have explained a passage like Psalm 45:6-8 which describes the future King of Israel, descended from David’s line, whose “throne would last forever and ever” (v.6). The king is addressed as, “God,” clearly indicating that the Messiah, the “anointed one” (v.7), is God Himself. This interpretation is confirmed by its quotation in Hebrews 1:8, 9. In this messianic psalm, the Father is addressing His eternal Son who is both God and man—the God-man. This is not the only time these two Persons of the Godhead speak with one other (see also Psalm 2:7, 8 and Psalm 110:1, 2).

    “All Your garments are scented with myrrh and aloes and cassia, [bark powdered cinnamon]. Out of the ivory palaces, by which they have made You glad;…” - Psalm 45:8

    Nothing in the Word of God is wasted. This Psalm is prophetic because it is describing the coming King leaving His abode in heaven and laying aside His perfumed, royal clothing to enter a world of sin. This psalm became reality when He exchanged His regal garments for baby clothes as His poor parents “wrapped Him in swaddling clothes” and laid Him “in a manger” (Luke 2:12).

    Later, as Jesus Christ walked the dusty roads of Judea, we know little of what He wore but we do know that on one notable occasion, He “laid aside His garments; and took a towel, and girded himself…and began to wash the disciples’ feet – John 13:4-5. A strange garment, and a stranger action, for the King of glory!

    Yet stranger still is the fact that later on men whom He had created “took His garments, and made four parts, for every soldier; and also His coat and they cast lots for it” (John 19:23, 24), leaving Him naked to die a painful death spiked to a tree. Finally, His little remnant of friends took “the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes” (John 19:40) for His burial.

    When He returns to planet earth in glory, remember, He will be wearing garments fitting the occasion, as He returns as a conquering King!

    and in the midst of the seven lamp stands One like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band” – Revelation 1:13 NKJV

    In the last reference in the Bible to the garments of Christ He is a Mighty Warrior of God. Note also from this verse He not only had an imprint on His robe He was tattooed as well!

    On his robe and on His thigh He has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords” – Revelation 19:16

    This is the eternal King and future reigning King of Christmas that we ought to Worship (bow to and rise up and obey)!

    Let’s obey together!

    Dale 

    dale@daleebel.org

  • Dec10

    One of the greatest truths foundational to Christmas is the glorious fact of the incarnation, which means that God became man and dwelt with us (John 1:14). Jesus Christ was also the God-man for we know that before the world was created He was with the Father as the eternal Word (John 1:1-2) and that He was active in the creation of the universe (John 1:3). The Bible also warns us that if anyone denies the human/divine nature of Christ, he or she “is not of God” but rather is of the “spirit of antichrist” (1 John 4:3).

    This problem is very real because “many false prophets are gone out into the world” (1 John 4:1)—that is, those “New Age” teachers, gurus, rabbis, and mullahs who deny that Jesus and God are eternally One and that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins and rose again. When talking about Jesus, as many religions do, they deny the miraculous virgin conception and His bodily resurrection.

    The real message of Christmas is much more than the baby in a manger, gift-giving, celebrations, joy and good will. All these elements are their, but the ultimate foundation of Christmas is about the God-Man, who once came “in the likeness of sinful flesh” to die in our place, and thereby “condemned sin in the flesh” (Romans 8:3). This is the true reason to rejoice. “… I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord”— Luke 2:10a &11

    As we associate with people during this holiday (“Holy-Day”) season let’s interact with them about Jesus Christ because He has made Himself known to us. The Apostle John talked first hand of the incarnation when he wrote, We proclaim to you the one who existed from the beginning, whom we have heard and seen. We saw him with our own eyes and touched him with our own hands. He is the Word of life” — 1 John 1:1

    Perhaps the only way some will see the Lord Jesus Christ this Christmas will be through you. Never stop talking about Him!

    In Christ Incarnate,

    Dale

    dale@daleebel.org

  • Dec3

    “How long will you gad about, O you backsliding daughter? For the LORD has created a new thing in the earth–A woman shall encompass a man.”

    - Jeremiah 31:22 NKJV

    Long ago, the Preacher, in great wisdom concluded: ” … there is nothing new under the sun.” – Ecclesiastes 1:9b NIV.  This is also the opinion of the modern intellectual establishment who will be saying in the last day: “…All things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.” – 2 Peter 3:4b

    In Jeremiah 31 God reminds us, however, that He has indeed created one new thing on the earth. Since only God can “create” (wherever this verb occurs in the Bible, God is the subject), a really new thing (not just a new combination of existing things) would have to be produced directly by the LORD Himself. Of course, God had completed His original work of creating all things long ago (Genesis 2:1-3), including the marvelous mechanism of human reproduction. Nevertheless, because of man’s sin He very soon had to begin a work of reconciliation, and this included an ancient promise that the Seed of the woman would come one day to accomplish this great work (Genesis 3:15). Since all normal reproduction requires the male seed, such a miracle would mean God would have to create a new thing when the appropriate time would come. At that time, as Isaiah prophesied many years later, “the virgin shall conceive, and bear a son,” and that Son would be “almighty God,” who would establish His kingdom “with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever” (Isaiah 9:7).

    In our passage above, Jeremiah reminds God’s forgetful people of this same great promise. God would create, by His mighty power, a new thing; a perfect human body without inherited sin or physical blemish, and with no contribution from either male nor female in the womb of a specially called virgin.  Notice how Doctor Luke calls Jesus “that holy thing” in Luke 1:35 (KJV). It is striking that the embryonic Jesus in Mary’s womb is called “that holy thing”; not the babe or the the child or anything else. There is no human word to fit. Actually the word “thing’ is not in the original—just “the holy” or perhaps “the holy One.”

    Are you amazed at the word of God like I am?

    Mary was the first to hear the words, “Son of God” as applied to the Holy One who entered her womb!

    Now that is a reason to “fall down and worship Him” this Christmas! (Matthew 2:11)

    In Christ,

    Dale

    dale@daleebel.org

     

     

     

     

     

  • Dec1

    The Promised Seed of the Woman

    “The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham” – Matthew 1:1 KJV

    In 2 Timothy 3:16 Paul writes, “All Scripture is God breathed” Awhile back a young man in one of my groups commented about this verse.  He was struck by the word, “All.” This means that even the genealogies and the seemingly endless laws of Leviticus are God’s inspired revelation useful for “teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness” NIV. For most Christians, genealogies feel irrelevant, don’t they? One of God’s glorious purposes in giving us these historical lists, however, is to root our faith in the accuracy of the Biblical text and the unshakable promises of God!

    As we will see, the verification of these genealogies can actually serve as practical inspiration for our lives as we find ourselves in this Christmas season. By the way, do you know what the word “holiday” means? It actually means “holy-day”! While the general public attempts to minimize the sacredness of Christmas by inserting the use of “holiday,” this replacement actually proves to be very spiritually accurate! I love talking with people I encounter throughout the day and clarifying that Christmas truly is a holiday (a Holy-Day)!

    Back to Matthew 1:1. These opening words of the New Testament, identify this “book of the generation (literally genesis) of Jesus Christ” as telling of the wonderful fulfillment of the promise to both Abraham and David of a very special son.

    To Abraham, God promised:

    16 Because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son—18 In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.”” – Genesis 22:16&18 NKJV.  This prophecy was directed immediately through Abraham’s son Isaac, but focused finally on Jesus Christ, Abraham’s greater Son.

    16 Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made. He does not say, “And to seeds,” as of many, but as of one, “And to your Seed,” who is Christ”

    – Galatians 3:16

    In a similar way, a unique promise was made to David concerning his own special Son:

    12 “I will set up your seed after you, 14 I will be His Father, and He shall be My Son 16 And your house and kingdom I will establish forever before you. Your throne shall be established forever” – 2 Samuel 7:12,14, 16. Once again, this promise applied recursively (that is, to someone or something that goes before) to Solomon, but ultimately to the greater Son of David, Jesus Christ:

     “3 concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who was born of the seed of David according to the flesh, 4 and declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead”  – Romans 1:3-4

    He was greater than Abraham, greater than David. He was the fulfillment of the very first prophecy of the coming “seed of the woman” (Genesis 3:15).  He is the virgin’s Son (Isaiah 7:14), the Son given (Isaiah 9:6), “the last Adamthe Lord of heaven” (1 Corinthians 15:45-47)!

    “The book of the generation of Adam” (Genesis 5:1) introduces the Old Testament, with its record of human failure laced with God’s promises. “The book of the generation of Jesus Christ” (Matthew 1:1) introduces the New Testament and the fulfillment of the promises, culminating in eternal redemption through the Son of David, the Son of Abraham, who is the very Son of God!

    As you approach Christmas, a most “Holy Day,” let’s use the historical roots of our faith as a springboard, not only to celebrate with our family and friends, but to tactfully proclaim the truth about Jesus Christ. Perhaps our voice could be heard with the shepherds:

    17 Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child. 18 And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds.” – Luke 2:17-18 NKJV

    Merry Christmas!

    Dale

    dale@daleebel.org

     

     

     

     

  • Sep1

    Dear Friends,

    As the Founders of this great country believed in dual citizenship (here on earth we are citizens of America but most importantly we are citizens in Heaven – Hebrews 11:16), so I also believe that God has placed us here in America for such a time as this.

    Did you know there is no biblical model whereby God explicitly demands His ministers to be silent or to separate themselves from civil leaders or issues?

    In fact, I would argue that God expected His people to be active in the political affairs of a given country. Below are just a few individuals in Scripture who participated in the political process.

    every_vote_counts

    Godly people speaking against bad policies:

    • Elijah confronted King Ahab and Queen Jezebel over issues, such as their unjust use of eminent domain and religious persecution (1 Kings 18:18; 21:1-24).

    Godly people partnered with civil leaders to provide sound guidance in constructing good policies:

    • Paul provided civil leaders with guidance during times of impending disaster and natural calamity (Acts 27:9-44).

    As Charles Finney, a famous minister in the Second Great Awakening, warned,
    “The Church must take ground in regard to politics…The time has come that Christians must vote… God cannot sustain this free and blessed country which we love and pray for unless the Church will take right ground. Politics are a part of a religion in such a country as this and Christians must do their duty to the country as a part of their duty to God.” (Lectures on Revivals of Religion, New York: Leavitt, Lord & Co., 1835)

    Because I believe God’s truth is applicable in every avenue of life, why would we not follow the example of the many other godly men and women throughout Scripture as it pertains to taking civic action?

    About six months ago, I heard a great thing about the difference between a Conservative and a Nationalist. What’s the difference? A Nationalist wakes up in the morning and asks, “What can I do today that is best for America?” A Conservative wakes up in the morning and asks, “What is the most important issue I will fight for today that supports our Constitution?”

    As a Christ follower we ought to vote for the person closest to Biblical truth. We ought to desire to defend and stand for what is morally and biblically true for both the public and private spheres.

    I am a Christ follower first and have also been a Conservative Nationalist for most of my adult life. I have always attempted to vote first for the most biblically based candidate, and secondly for one who considers what is best for this country. Granted, this is not easy and in some cases there is not a large selection, or even enough information to make an intelligent decision. Regardless, I do my best to find out where the candidates stand on various issues. We must remember that we are not voting to see who will be the next lead pastor of our local church. It would be great if we had outstanding Christians running for office who not only had strong biblical character, but also demonstrated the skill to lead effectively (Exodus 18:21).

    Sadly, Conservatives are traditionally one-issue voters. Take abortion for example. If a particular candidate did not share my exact views about abortion, it would not mean that I would never vote for him or her. I have always sought to vote for the best person whom I feel most closely aligns with biblical instruction. I personally hate abortion and fought against it during all of my 30+ years serving as Senior Pastor of our church. I encouraged people in our church to sign petitions during our Sunday services and to register to vote. One week 200 people registered. Unfortunately, across all of Oregon only a handful of pastors took this type of action. I also made sure we passed out the Christian Voters’ Guide to help our people be informed about the candidates and issues. Christians at times feel their vote doesn’t count, but if all Christians would vote we could change the direction of our country.

    Whatever we do as Americans and as Christians, we must vote! Some of my Christian friends do not agree and simply choose not to vote. As a result, progressives have won and the laws and legislation in the State of Oregon are currently demonstrating a very non-biblical persuasion. This is deeply grievous to me and I believe that, in large measure, we are getting what we deserve. Thousands upon thousands of conservative Christians in our state and nation have chosen not to vote in previous elections. Because of this refusal, well-qualified candidates have lost elections and judges have been elected that have done greater damage to our state and nation. In my opinion, to decide not to vote is a direct disregard for the great freedoms we possess both as Christians and Americans. People around the world are envious of our freedom.

    PLEASE VOTE AND DO NOT NEGLECT YOUR GREAT POWER TO RENDER YOUR OPINION!

    In Christ,

    Dale

    dale@daleebel.org