Benefits: A comprehensive study that results in a great conclusion: What to do now!
The sermon began a series on discipleship using Psalms of Ascent with Psalm 120.
Let’s take the ascension theme through the days of the week first.
BUT, these are the days of the week of the retuned firmament of creation. (1)
These days of the week are named for churches in Revelation, generally, and match up with eras of The Core History of Humanity’s Childhood, the Bible. At the end, we will psalmodically respond to each and all.
Lord’s Day –Sunday--/Whole, including Laodicea (apostasy in Jesus’ time (2)), and the total foreshadowing of all history, we get the sermon.
“Pilgrim Psalms: Deceit and Violence”
1In my distress I cried unto the LORD, and he heard me. 2Deliver my soul, O LORD, from lying lips, and from a deceitful tongue. 3What shall be given unto thee? or what shall be done unto thee, thou false tongue? 4Sharp arrows of the mighty, with coals of juniper. 5Woe is me, that I sojourn in Mesech, that I dwell in the tents of Kedar! 6My soul hath long dwelt with him that hateth peace. 7I am for peace: but when I speak, they are for war.
Some themes: Sung as ascending to Jerusalem for one of the three mandatory feasts for males over 20 (thus warriors). Appeal for relief from suffering. Imprecation? Jesus did in Matthew 23, Woes match Beatitudes. Discipleship (in pastoral email announcement).
We will take Ascension, and Battle as our themes on this APAD: A Page A Day.
Monday/Sardis, Remnant and Exile. Daniel ascended to lead two empires. Tuesday/Pergamos, Wilderness. Sinai’s ascension, and ascension offering as part of sacrificial system. Wednesday/Ephesus, Garden: Adam to Abraham. Adam did not ascend. Thursday/Philadelphia, World Witness: _____. Friday/Thyatira, Kingdom: A House of Prayer for All Nations. Saturday/Smyrna, Prison: Abram to Moses—Joseph rules.
CONCLUSION: We prepare for battle. We need a SitRep (Situation Report). It is not only an individual battle, but a part of the Holy War, unto maturation, through redemptive history. What is our part, now? What is our plan, now? Discipling whom? As they ascended to battle on the Mountain of Festival Assembly, so do we. More to come.
(1) Explained here: http://chuckhartmanhistoryconductor.blogspot.com/2011/02/naming-days-in-rightimely-way-for-our.html Social firmament (Eph. 2:6) is 8531642 not 4152637. See Rev. 5:12 and 7:12 for retuning+ at Jesus Ascension. We get the gist and retune more with each ‘Day,’ such as Pentecost and A. D. 70.
(2) James B. Jordan, Brief Reader’s Guide to Revelation [HOST1975]