In our day in age we know very little about Kingdom living. Sure we look around us and see countries who have a King or a Queen as the head of state, but the concept of living in a Kingdom is beyond our understanding. In understanding Kingdom we need to define what a kingdom from the kings perspective and we to identify who the King is.
Webster defines Kingdom as follows:
king·dom | \ ˈkiŋ-dəm \
Definition of kingdom
1: a politically organized community or major territorial unit having a monarchical form of government headed by a king or queen
2: often capitalized
a: the eternal kingship of God
b: the realm in which God’s will is fulfilled
3a: a realm or region in which something is dominanta cattle kingdom
b: an area or sphere in which one holds a preeminent position
The office was his own private kingdom.
4a: one of the three primary divisions into which natural objects are commonly classified— compare
Biblical definition for the word Kingdom
KJV Dictionary Definition:
KING’DOM, n. king and dom, jurisdiction.
1. The territory or country subject to a king; an undivided territory under the dominion of a king or monarch. The foreign possessions of a king are not usually included in the term kingdom. Thus we speak of the kingdom of England, of France or of Spain, without including the East or West Indies.
2. The inhabitants or population subject to a king. The whole kingdom was alarmed.
3. In natural history, a division; as the animal, vegetable and mineral kingdoms.
4. A region; a tract; the place where any thing prevails and holds sway; as the watery kingdom.
5. In Scripture, the government or universal dominion of God. 1 Chron.29. Ps.145.
6. The power of supreme administration. 1 Sam.18.
7. A princely nation or state.
Ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests. Ex.19.
8. Heaven. Matt.26.
9. State of glory in heaven. Matt.5.
10. The reign of the Messiah. Matt.3.
11. Government; rule; supreme administration.
(Chaldee); corresponding to H4438; dominion (abstractly or concretely): – kingdom, kingly, realm, reign.
The definition we will be using is #2 of Webster. So now we have identified whose kingdom we are referring to let us examine some of the aspects to His kingship.
1Sa_12:12 And when ye saw that Nahash the 1Sa_12:12 And when ye saw that Nahash the king of the children of Ammon came against you, ye said unto me, Nay; but a king shall reign over us: when the LORD your God was your king.of the children of Ammon came against you, ye said unto me, Nay; but a king shall reign over us: when the LORD your God was your king.
Now that we have established what is a kingdom and who is the King. Let us look into what are His rules for Kingdom living and what is not. First let us compare the US Constitution against the volumes of “Laws” of which anyone of us has broken at least 3 laws without even knowing it. Yet ignorance is no excuse. Yet the Constitution is a few pages with the Bill of rights included
According to How many federal laws are there in the US? – Quora
Current estimates on the number of Federal laws in America range anywhere between 15,000 and 50,000. But, no matter if the actual number is closer to the lower end or the higher end, it is a commonly held assumption among most think tanks (whether they be liberal, conservative or libertarian) that the average American cannot go through his/her day without unknowingly violating at least three Federal laws.
The Constitution only has 7 articles and 10 original amendments now 26 amendments. Hmm which would like to follow? I believe it is a no brainer. In addition to this is all the codes and statures as well as each state have their own laws and ordinance. Additionally cities and counties have their laws. Seeing all of this it is no wonder why we are in such a mess.
Now let us discuss where we are in YHVH Kingdom, according to the Jewish people we have a similar mess. Lets look at one commandment. There are many words to show YHVH is serious about this in
Exodus 20:8-11 Complete Jewish Bible
ד 8 “Remember the day, Shabbat, to set it apart for God. 9 You have six days to labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a Shabbat for Adonai your God. On it, you are not to do any kind of work — not you, your son or your daughter, not your male or female slave, not your livestock, and not the foreigner staying with you inside the gates to your property. 11 For in six days, Adonai made heaven and earth, the sea and everything in them; but on the seventh day he rested. This is why Adonai blessed the day, Shabbat, and separated it for himself.
According to the Talmud from Wikipedia:
Shabbat (Hebrew: שַׁבָּת), lit. “Sabbath”) is the first tractate of Seder Moed (“Order of Appointed Times”) of the Mishnah and of the Talmud. The tractate deals with the laws and practices regarding observing the Jewish Sabbath (Shabbat in Hebrew). The tractate focuses primarily on the categories and types of activities prohibited on the Sabbath according to interpretations of many verses in the Torah, notably Exodus 20:9–10 and Deut. 5:13–14.
The Mishnah and Talmud go to great lengths to carefully define and precisely determine the observance of the Sabbath. The tractate is thus one of the longest in terms of chapters in the Mishnah, and folio pages in the Talmud. It comprises 24 chapters and has a Gemara – rabbinical analysis of and commentary on the Mishnah – in both the Babylonian Talmud and all but the last four chapters of the Jerusalem Talmud. There is a Tosefta of 18 chapters on this tractate.
As its name implies, the tractate deals primarily with the laws and regulations for observing the Sabbath, which is the fourth of the Ten Commandments and one of the central religious practices of Judaism. As such, it is dealt with at length in the Mishnah and the Gemara, and many subsequent commentaries have also been written on this tractate, from the early Middle Ages until the present.
In the Babylonian Talmud, the Gemara also contains a discussion of the laws of Hanukkah.
The Jewish religious laws detailed in this tractate, and the subsequent legal codes based on it continue to be followed by observant and traditional Jewish communities in modern Israel and throughout the world
This is just part of the problem in fact what Wikipedia is not saying is that for just the Sabbath there are 3 volumes instructed you how to observe the Sabbath.
If we were to look at the original instruction a mere 118 words compared to what man had done to the simply law that a child could understand and do. Now with the help of man it spans 3 volumes of laws.
So with just one of the commandments one could see the confession as to what the Rules of the Kingdom are from what the world system men have created. To the average man YHVH Kingdom is to difficult so why bother. Yet the opposite is true YHVH is true. He said that His laws are easy in fact He says that His burden is light and it is not a bother. Only man can take what YHVH has given us which is simple and easy to understand. I am not speaking of just Exodus 20, I am referring to the whole Torah from Genius to Deuteronomy. The Jews say there are 613 commandments. They divide into positive and negative commandments. Yet when Yeshua was asked what are the greatest commandments, His reply was:
Mat 22:34-40 But the Pharisees, having heard that He had silenced the Sadducees, were gathered together, (35) and one of them, one learned in the Torah, did question, trying Him, and saying, (36) “Teacher, which is the great command in the Torah?” (37) And יהושע said to him, “ ‘You shall love יהוה your Elohim with all your heart, and with all your being, and with all your mind.’ Deu_6:5. (38) “This is the first and great command. (39) “And the second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’ Lev_19:18. (40) “On these two commands hang all the Torah and the Prophets.”
Of all of the “613” commandments most of them do not pertain to us, for we are not Levites, some only refer to women, others referred to those who are unclean. Yeshua said that we are to love YHVH with all our heart, soul and mind and we are to love our neighbour as ourselves. It really boils down to loving YHVH, for if we love God then we will love all that he created. I do not know about you but I rather follow YHVH and His laws rather than the thousands of laws man comes up with. As we have seen that when the king is unrighteous the nation walks away from God. So in an effort to restore some sort of righteousness they make more laws. We have seen this with our own government. In the process of making more laws they make it impossible to serve YHVH!
After all to that what is Kingdom living supposed to be like? We have compared from different aspects of what others have said it is according to them. So what is it supposed to be and what are our responsibilities? Firstly let me be clear I do not have all the answers you will have to research for yourselves.
Mat 5:19-20 Therefore whoever shall relax one of these commandments, the least, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of Heaven. But whoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of Heaven. (20) For I say to you that unless your righteousness shall exceed that of the scribes and Pharisees, you shall in no case enter into the kingdom of Heaven.
Mat 8:11-12 And I say to you that many shall come from the east and the west, and shall sit down with Abraham and Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of Heaven. (12) But the sons of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Mat 13:44-52 Again, the kingdom of Heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which when a man has found it, he hides it, and for the joy of it goes and sells all that he has, and buys that field. (45) Again, the kingdom of Heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls; (46) who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it. (47) Again, the kingdom of Heaven is like a net that was cast into the sea, and gathered some of every kind; (48) which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down and gathered the good into vessels, but threw the bad away. (49) So it shall be at the end of the world. The angels shall come out and separate the wicked from among the just, (50) and shall cast them into the furnace of fire. There shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. (51) Jesus said to them, Have you understood all these things? They said to Him, Yes, Lord. (52) Then He said to them, Therefore every scribe who is instructed to the kingdom of Heaven is like a man who is a householder, who brings out things new and old out of his treasure.
Mat 18:2-6 And Jesus called a little child to Him and set him in their midst, (3) and said, Truly I say to you, Unless you are converted and become as little children, you shall not enter into the kingdom of Heaven. (4) Therefore whoever shall humble himself like this little child, this one is the greater in the kingdom of Heaven. (5) And whoever shall receive one such little child in My name receives Me. (6) But whoever shall offend one of these little ones who believes in Me, it would be better for him that an ass’s millstone were hung around his neck, and he be sunk in the depth of the sea.
Mat 19:16-26 And behold, one came and said to Him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life? (17) And He said to him, Why do you call Me good? There is none good but one, that is, God. But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments. (18) He said to Him, Which? Jesus said, You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not bear false witness, (19) honor your father and mother, and, you shall love your neighbor as yourself. (20) The young man said to Him, I have kept all these things from my youth up; what do I lack yet? (21) Jesus said to him, If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you shall have treasure in Heaven. And come, follow Me. (22) But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful; for he had great possessions. (23) Then Jesus said to His disciples, Truly I say to you that a rich man will with great difficulty enter into the kingdom of Heaven. (24) And again I say to you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. (25) When His disciples heard, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved? (26) But Jesus looked on them and said to them, With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.
So with all of that, what does Kingdom living look like? Are we responsible to our neighbour? How do I resolve a conflict with my brother(sister)? How do ask for forgiveness? If YHVH is the King then when and how many times am I to appear before Him? What are my responsibility to Him? How do I show my fidelity to Him?
These are all good questions and I will attempt to answer them.
Rules of the Kingdom
Exo 20:1-17 And God spoke all these words, saying,
- I am Jehovah your God, who has brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
- You shall have no other gods before Me.
- You shall not make to yourselves any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in the heavens above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.
- You shall not bow yourself down to them, nor serve them. For I Jehovah your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the sons to the third and fourth generation of those that hate me,
- and showing mercy to thousands of those that love Me and keep My commandments.
- You shall not take the name of Jehovah your God in vain. For Jehovah will not hold him guiltless that takes His name in vain.
- Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
- Six days you shall labor and do all your work.
- But the seventh day is the Sabbath of Jehovah your God. You shall not do any work, you, nor your son, nor your daughter, your manservant, nor your maidservant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger within your gates.
- For in six days Jehovah made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore Jehovah blessed the Sabbath day, and sanctified it.
- Honor your father and your mother, so that your days may be long upon the land which Jehovah your God gives you.
- You shall not kill.
- You shall not commit adultery.
- You shall not steal.
- You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
- You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.
You might say that I thought you were giving us the Rules of the Kingdom? You instead gave us the 10 commandments of God. These were given at Mt Sinai to Moses and then to the children of Israel. Well, that is true. Do you realize that without the Spirit of the Living God you can not live even these 10 never mind the rest of them. This is often called the Decalogue which means the ten and can be divided as follows
- 1-11 Our relationship to YHVH.
- 1-2 Preamble
- 3-7 Instruction on how to worship Him.
- 8-11 instruction on the Sabbath
- 12-17 Our relationship to our fellow man.
- 12 Honoring our parents
- 13-17 Our relationship with our fellow neighbour.
What we have is the outline for His commands and opens the window for us to understand Him. Some have used these commandments as a check list in order to gain favour with Him. This is an incorrect view where this all He requires of us, but what it shows us is that our relationship with Him is both vertical as well as horizontal plane. What we do to our fellow man shows that we would do to Him. If we steal from someone we can see then we are capable to do that to YHVH.
So it is very important to live life in His kingdom according to His rules. Also note the forth commandment it is the longest of all of the 10. It is about the Sabbath and how important it is to Him. It is quit easy and clear to understand. Yet even with YHVH stressing how important it is to Him we read that a man was picking up sticks on the Sabbath. Moses was so baffled by this he had him held to see what YHVH would have them to do him.
(32) And while the sons of Israel were in the wilderness, they found a man gathering sticks on the sabbath day.
(33) And those who found him gathering sticks brought him to Moses and Aaron and to all the congregation.
(34) And they put him under guard because it had not been clearly said what should be done to him.
(35) And Jehovah said to Moses, The man shall surely be put to death. All the congregation shall stone him with stones outside the camp.
(36) And all the congregation brought him outside the camp and stoned him with stones, and he died, even as Jehovah commanded Moses.
The ruling of the rabbis made 3 volumes of directions on how to observe the sabbath. Needless to say the volumes of instructions on how to observe the feast. YHVHs instructions are simple and His burden is light. It is when man steps in with RELIGON adds and adds and adds to them we get the mess that we currently see all around us.