Good afternoon. I will begin my lesson for the ninth chapter.
The task at hand is to unveil to you the Holy Nation.
This Nation does not form automatically it needs efforts to build it.
We take a pattern from Moses when sent to deliver the Israelites.
In God’s eyes they were already a fully fledged Holy Nation, but in the natural they had to be built to become that Nation.
The task of Moses was to bring together a group of slaves and build a nation again.
He had to bring them together as tribes each under its own banner.
He had to give each tribe it’s identity and calling within a nation.
There was no tribe that was called to benefit themselves alone as a tribe.
Each tribe had to minister to the whole nation.
I would underline that if I wete you.
Moses was developing tribes that would become of service to the entire nation.
No tribe was given laws of independence and self survival.
Let us take the Tribe of Levi as our example.
And the Lord said unto Aaron, Thou and thy sons and thy father’s house with thee shall bear the iniquity of the sanctuary: and thou and thy sons with thee shall bear the iniquity of your priesthood. And thy brethren also of the tribe of Levi, the tribe of thy father, bring thou with thee, that they may be joined unto thee, and minister unto thee: but thou and thy sons with thee shall minister before the tabernacle of witness. And they shall keep thy charge, and the charge of all the tabernacle: only they shall not come nigh the vessels of the sanctuary and the altar, that neither they, nor ye also, die. And they shall be joined unto thee, and keep the charge of the tabernacle of the congregation, for all the service of the tabernacle: and a stranger shall not come nigh unto you. And ye shall keep the charge of the sanctuary, and the charge of the altar: that there be no wrath any more upon the children of Israel.
Numbers 18:1-5 KJV
The duties of Levi were to serve for the entire nation of Israel before God. This we see in the fifth verse:
And ye shall keep the charge of the sanctuary, and the charge of the altar: that there be no wrath any more upon the children of Israel.
Numbers 18:5 KJV
No tribe was sent to build its own Empire but every tribe was sent to be of Kingdom service to all the Tribes of Israel.
Let us look at the Tribe of Judah:
And this is the blessing of Judah: and he said, Hear, Lord , the voice of Judah, and bring him unto his people: let his hands be sufficient for him; and be thou an help to him from his enemies.
Deuteronomy 33:7 KJV
Judah is a lion’s whelp: from the prey, my son, thou art gone up: he stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as an old lion; who shall rouse him up? The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.
Genesis 49:9-10 KJV
Both Moses and Jacob spoke the duties of Judah to Israel. They both confirmed Judah as the Tribe that will provide leadership and Kings to the other tribe ” until Shiloh come”.
Now as Moses developed them as a Nation he gave each Tribe duties of allegiance to the Nation.
Now the sons of Reuben the firstborn of Israel, (for he was the firstborn; but, forasmuch as he defiled his father’s bed, his birthright was given unto the sons of Joseph the son of Israel: and the genealogy is not to be reckoned after the birthright. For Judah prevailed above his brethren, and of him came the chief ruler; but the birthright was Joseph’s:)
1 Chronicles 5:1-2 KJV
The tribe of Reuben lost its forthright to the Tribe of Ephraim. Though Judah was the Ruler the forthright belonged to the Son of Joseph.
Now this birthright was the right to divide the inheritance of Canaan among all the brothers through Joshua.
There are many verses that proves that each tribe was designed to serve the whole nation.
Moses had to group them as tribes under each banner. This was not to build them to discriminate other Tribes but to serve other Tribes.
The Tribe of Ephraim played one of the roles of the role of the Holy Spirit which is to divide the inheritance among sons.
But Ephraim had to first make sure that they are Sons by circumcising them.
And Joshua made him sharp knives, and circumcised the children of Israel at the hill of the foreskins. And this is the cause why Joshua did circumcise: All the people that came out of Egypt, that were males, even all the men of war, died in the wilderness by the way, after they came out of Egypt.
Joshua 5:3-4 KJV
It was given to the Levites to bring Israel before God but it was given to Ephraim through Joshua to circumcise them. Making them ready for Economy.
They were never trained to swallow other Tribes and make one big tribe.
They were trained to grow other Tribes to make one big nation.
Does your church as a clan and tribe understand this role? Or are they building an empire of one big tribe at the expense of the nation?
Are your Apostles and Prophets doing the work of Moses; which is to build the Holy Nation; or are they building a Mega Tribe that will swallow the Nation?
Though Moses was a Levite he never led for only Levites to benefit.
Though Joshua was from Ephraim he never shared the economy of Canaan to only benefit the Ephtaimites.
Though David was King of Israel he fought for all the the Nation of Israel not only for Judah.
Are you building the Holy Nation or a Mega Tribe?
Capitalist cultured leaders build Mega Tribe but Sons build The Holy Nation.