Homily for the last Sunday after Pentecost – Making Yahweh king
Please, browse the many free commentaries available on https://www.katrinapearls.com/blog
Good morning bus riders!
I emailed the link to the lectionary page for today’s readings; so, I hope everyone took the time to read them and ponder what they said to you. We do not take the time here to read them aloud; but you are welcome to pull that page up on your cell phones and keep up with what I am about to say.
I hope you noticed the readings for today are called those of the “Last Sunday after Pentecost.” Today is also called “Christ the King Sunday.”
Did you see that?
<Look for nodding heads.>
To call today “Christ the King Sunday” is misleading, to many. That is because people read that or hear that said and think “Jesus the King.”
Raise your hand if you think that.
<Look for raised hands.>
It is easy to think that when the Gospel reading tells of Jesus telling Pilate about his “kingdom is not from this world.”
When Pilate heard Jesus say that, he said, “So you are a king,” which is shown by the lectionary to be a question; however, the Greek text shows that as an exclamation. It means Pilate did not ask; he exclaimed that Jesus had just confirmed the accusations.
When Pilate said what he said, Jesus then did not agree with Pilate’s assessment. He told him, “You say that I am a king,” adding, “I came into the world to testify to the truth.”
This means we need to realize the name for today places focus on “Christ,” not Jesus. The word comes from the Greek word “christos,” which means “anointed one.” When that word is capitalized – as it is usually in the Epistles – the capitalization means one “Anointed” by Yahweh.
This leads one to think that Yahweh is the King, which He is; but Yahweh is the Anointer, not the Anointed.
This means the focus on this last Sunday after Pentecost is when those Anointed by Yahweh become themselves examples of Yahweh the King on earth.
This should make one then focus on this being the last Sunday after Pentecost.
Today is the final Sunday in a yearly cycle, which is one-third of a three-year cycle. Today marks the end of Year B. Next Sunday will mark the first week of Advent, which is the beginning every year to a new ecclesiastical level. Next Sunday we leave Year B and progress to Year C. Still, each year plots the same course, with each year ending when “Christ is King.”
That repeated ending point says we are each called, as believers in Yahweh and Jesus, to become “Christ the King” on earth.
This message is then found reflected in each of the readings set aside to be read today.
David was Christ the King. Daniel was Christ the King. John was Christ the King; and, Jesus was Christ the King.
In the reading from Second Samuel, we are told, “These are the last words of David.” That becomes symbolic of the last Sunday after Pentecost. Death come; but the cycle renews and continues on.
David sang in his final song these words:
“The oracle of David, son of Jesse, the oracle of the man whom God exalted,
the anointed of the God of Jacob, the favorite of the Strong One of Israel:
The spirit of the Lord speaks through me, his word is upon my tongue.”
That says David spoke the Word of Yahweh, as an “oracle.” He was an “elohim of Jacob,” meaning his soul had defeated the influence of evil. David’s soul was “raised up high,” or “exalted,” because he was more than simply David. He was “Anointed” by Yahweh, making him be a possessed elohim, shown divine “favor” because his soul was one Who Retained Yahweh as His elohim – the meaning of “Israel.”
When David sang, “The spirit of Yahweh speaks through me,” that is David saying I am Christ the King on earth. “His word is upon my tongue.”
Can you see that?
<Look for nodding heads.>
In the verse that sings “the rock of Israel,” it is important to hear the words of David that sang of the “cornerstone.” The solid fixture that makes on be one Who Retains Yahweh as one of His elohim is Jesus – the cornerstone rejected by the builders of Jerusalem’s Temple.
This is where Jesus was there with David, even though his name was not mentioned directly, but when David was Christ the King, the “rock” within that title was the possessing soul of Jesus. Jesus held everything together, solidly.
David is then shown to ask the questions:
“Is not my house like this with God? For he has made with me an everlasting covenant, ordered in all things and secure.”
And, “Will he not cause to prosper all my help and my desire?”
That says one’s body is the temple unto Yahweh, where Jesus is the high priest. That arrangement comes after marriage, which is the Covenant that commits one’s soul to Yahweh forever. That agreement is based on love; and, from the love of a soul with Yahweh, the soul never finds diminishing desire, as one’s love is always taken higher.
The accompanying Psalm 132 is where we find more details sung divinely by David about this marriage.
David has “swore an oath to Yahweh and vowed a vow to the Mighty One of Jacob.” David said, “I do” and became the wife of Yahweh, taking on His name in marriage – Israel.
Verse eleven then sings, “Yahweh has sworn an oath to David; in truth, he will not break it.” Yahweh also said, “I do.”
When David sang, “Let your priests be clothed with righteousness; let your faithful people sing with joy. For your servant David's sake, do not turn away the face of your Anointed,” that says David was a “priest” of Yahweh, whose clothing was not fancy robes and high hats to wear and ornate staffs to hold. The clothes of a true priest – an Israel – is “righteousness.” Being righteous is the how one demonstrated faith. Singing songs of praise come divinely, because the Word of God is on one’s tongue.
How many here are married?
<Look for raised hands.>
That is a day to always remember … at least it should be. Knowing you have found the love of your life should be reason to sing with joy.
The problem these days is the institution of marriage has fallen into some corrupt desire to have momentary celebration – the wedding recognition, the reception wildness, the honeymoon to some exotic land. But the commitment – the work involved in making a marriage work and still be where love always grows higher – that is missing.
Relative to this, David sang in his farewell song of praise about the thorns. He sang, “the godless are all like thorns that are thrown away; for they cannot be picked up with the hand; to touch them one uses an iron bar or the shaft of a spear.”
The term “godless” is a poor translation, as the Hebrew word written means “worthless.” Just as thorns add nothing to the beauty of a rose, so too do all the people who go to the weddings, the receptions, and then go home without giving their hearts to Yahweh. They put all their value in self, which makes them both “worthless” and “godless.”
The “face of your Anointed” that David sang of in Psalm 132 is the “face” of Yahweh. The First Commandment says, “Thou shall wear no face of other gods before My face.” Wearing the “face” of self makes Yahweh turn away from one. That means to be a Christ – an “Anointed of Yahweh” – one bows one’s face to the ground and puts on the face of Yahweh.
That “face” is the halo of a Saint, which means behind one’s physical face is the face of Jesus … resurrected in a new body of flesh.
That is the meaning of Christ the King.
Only those who wear the face of Jesus are wearing the face of Yahweh.
There are more thorns in the world than there are roses.
Now in Psalm 132 … which is a long song … the voice of Yahweh comes forth in the later verses. In those, the feminine pronoun “her” is used. We hear sung:
“I will surely bless her provisions, and satisfy her poor with bread. I will clothe her priests with salvation, and her faithful people will rejoice and sing.”
The feminine must be seen as all souls inhabiting a body of flesh, because flesh is of the material realm, which is feminine. Matter receives Spirit, not the other way around. Therefore, all souls in human bodies that marry Yahweh, becoming His Anointed – Christs – they are ALL wives, thus “her.”
David sang as Yahweh promising His wives blessing, satisfaction, salvation and rejoicing … all through divine union.
In the final two verses, where David sings, “There will I make the horn of David flourish; I have prepared a lamp for my Anointed. As for his enemies, I will clothe them with shame; but as for him, his crown will shine,” that needs to be compared to how Jesus told the parable of the ten bridesmaids or the ten virgins.
The “lamp for Yahweh’s Anointed” – His Christs – is the light of truth that shines through the soul of Jesus. Jesus is the “crown” that is placed atop the head of a Christ, making that presence on earth be the King that pronounces Yahweh as King. Jesus is the halo that glows through the face of a Saint.
Still, in the parable told by Jesus, half of those engaged to be married to the holy bridegroom did not hold a lamp filled with the oil of truth. This says the lamps are the books of Scripture and the oil within them is the truth that shines when lit. Five held empty lamps; and, those five never married Yahweh.
David called those “enemies,” who would be “clothed with shame.”
This means proclaiming Christ the King is like holding a lamp. It is like owning a Holy Bible. That alone does not clothe one in righteousness and make one rejoice from being saved.
This means work must be done to light the flame of truth that has been prepared in the lamps of those who will become the Christ of Yahweh.
The alternative Old Testament [Track 2] reading comes from Daniel; and, Daniel’s dreams are seen as visions of the future. Many read his words for today and see the End Times. That thought fits a theme of this being the last Sunday; but it misses the repetition of a cycle. An end time is always when the beginning time meets.
This past week, as I was contemplating Daniel 7, I saw it clearly as Daniel not being shown the future, but the past.
In our recent readings from Job, when Satan was allowed by Yahweh to try to shake Job from his commitment in marriage to Yahweh, Satan appeared twice [once each in Job 1 and Job 2] before Yahweh in a gathering of the “sons of elohim.” Both times the author of Job felt the need to state Satan was one of the elohim who attended that meeting.
The vision I see from Daniel’s words is another of those divine gatherings, where evil elohim are referred to as “beasts.”
When Daniel wrote, “The court sat in judgment,” all those present were witnesses to Satan being ordered into the depths of the earth, along with his supporters, which makes this be Daniel’s account of what Enoch called the war of the angels.
This becomes important to grasp on Christ the King Sunday because before Yahweh made the seventh day, when he rested His elohim from free reign over the humans on earth, making the first priest who would be sent into the world, Yahweh had to cease wayward elohim from running roughshod over humanity. Then, He had to make it possible for souls to know how to return and be one with Him.
The first two verses we read today from Daniel 7 are about Yahweh making it possible for mankind to know about Him. Thus, “the books were opened,” meaning Enoch wrote about the divine. Then Moses had five books be known.
The “books opened” are Holy Scripture, which began on the seventh day, which Yahweh made sacred.
We live today, still, in the seventh day.
In the last two verses of Daniel, especially where he wrote: “I saw one like a human being coming with the clouds of heaven. And he came to the Ancient One and was presented before him. To him was given dominion and glory and kingship, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him,” it is so very easy to read those words and see a prophecy of Jesus. When we read similar words in John’s Revelation, the same image of Jesus is seen. That makes us think “Jesus the King.”
When one sees the prior verse of Daniel 7 being about the fallen angels, the one who descended from heaven was Adam. The same soul in Adam is the same soul in Jesus. It is the recycling of Christ the King, so it is Jesus’ soul resurrected, always in a body of flesh that can only last for so long.
Adam led to Noah, who led to Abraham, who led to Moses, who led to David, who led to Elijah, who led to Jesus, who led to all the Saints who began true Christianity. The “one like a human being” is “one” soul returning in human forms.
We cannot limit Daniel’s words to just some time in the unknown future, because Jesus’ soul has been “coming with the nebulosity of spiritual possession” since Yahweh began sending His Son to lead the souls of mankind.
In the accompanying Psalm 93 to the Daniel reading, the very first words proclaim, “Yahweh is King.” Of course, when translated to say “the Lord is King,” many can misconstrue “lord” as Jesus; but David wrote “Yahweh.”
Still, Yahweh is too great to limit Him to being something as menial as a king. Yahweh means “I Am,” so restricting that presence to that of a king lessen Yahweh.
When David then sang about the “splendid apparel” and “apparel that girds strength,” it is impossible to see Yahweh in need of clothing. This means David is talking about the presence of Yahweh in him, so that marriage makes David be the King, because the Spirit of Yahweh has been poured out upon his soul, like apparel to be word by a king.
This becomes the same thing David said in Psalm 132, where the priests of Yahweh would be clothed in righteousness and salvation.
David then sang, “[Yahweh] has made the whole world so sure that it cannot be moved; Ever since the world began, your throne has been established; you are from everlasting.” That is him singing about the “rock” or the cornerstone that is Jesus’ soul resurrected within a soul in a body of flesh. It is an unshakable union, one that lasts forever.
Of this eternal life promise, David sang: “Your testimonies are very sure, and holiness adorns your house, Yahweh.” This sings of a soul personally “witnessing” the presence of Yahweh within. The “testimony” is based on personal knowledge, which comes from divine marriage. For “holiness to adorn your house,” the body of flesh must be clothed in righteousness. One’s soul-body must be possessed by Yahweh’s Spirit.
David used water metaphor to sing of this rising wave of love for the presence of Yahweh, as “rivers, streams, and pounding waves of the sea.”
The reading from Revelation again brings up thought of End Times. It is difficult to not see that book in the light of an eternal promise, ever since Yahweh made the seventh day and blessed it as holy.
When John wrote, “Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth,” that speaks of Christ the King.
To say “the ruler of the kings of the earth” says Yahweh is the one who Anoints human beings as the King – His presence in human form.
In that, the number “seven” speaks of the symbolism of “rest, completion, and perfection,” which John then connected to the word “Pneumatōn,” where the capitalization speaks of all those filled with Yahweh’s “Spirit.” Those are all the “Spirits of perfection, completion, and rest.”
To see “the seven spirits who are before his throne,” the imagery of Daniel’s reading must be remembered as a “court of judgment.” For “him who is and who was and who is to come” to be standing before Yahweh in judgement, that says a soul has merged with the soul of Jesus, where that name means “Yah[weh] Will Save.” Those who stand as Christ the King will be saved.
For John to then say, “To him who loves us and freed us from our sins by his blood, and made us to be a kingdom, priests serving his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever,” this speaks of the love of Yahweh that brings about divine marriage. That marriage cleanses a soul of past sins. That marriage brings the rebirth of His Son, so one’s blood becomes that of Jesus. With one’s blood a flow of love from Yahweh to one’s flesh, that flesh becomes where Christ the King emanates. Yahweh is King, where His Son’s “kingdom” make him be high priest. A soul-body serves both God in marriage and the Father as the Son reborn. The marriage creates a Trinity that last forever.
John then channeled Daniel when he proclaimed, “Look! He is coming with the clouds.”
A “cloud” is metaphor for the Spirit that clothes a soul in righteousness and salvation.
“Every eye will see him” means that nebulous Spirit will possess a material form that all can sense on the physical level. They will see the flesh, but the halo will be detected by seekers of truth.
“Even those who pierced him” are the thorns of the enemies who will be shamed.
“On his account all the tribes of the earth will wail” speaks of those whose lamps will be empty of oil when death comes. When those souls stand before the throne of judgment, there will be no Jesus possessing their souls. They will wear some other face than Yahweh’s, so Yahweh will turn away from them at that time.
When Yahweh said, “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” this is the theme of recycling, where the beginning becomes the end and vice versa. Jesus is the Son of Yahweh from Adam to forevermore.
This takes us to the Gospel reading from John, where John was the only Gospel writer who witnessed this conversation between Jesus and Pilate.
When Jesus said, “For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice,” one needs to see more than Jesus being born in Bethlehem.
“For this I was born” speaks of the soul of Jesus being put into human flesh, when Yahweh made the seventh day and Adam was breathed into clay formed by the hand of Yahweh.
“I came into the world for this” speaks of the plan for Yahweh to save souls through His Son. That plan had already been used many times before, and would be used many times after. That plan is still used.
When Jesus said, “I came into the world to testify to the truth,” he said he was the oil that must be placed in the lamp, so the light of truth never goes out. To “testify to the truth,” one must become a “witness” of Yahweh’s presence, which means one must be married to Him and give rebirth to His Son, as a divine possessor of one’s soul. When one’s lips ‘testify to the truth,” it is speaking the Word of Yahweh, through the soul of Jesus, in the body of a wife whose soul is committed to serving Yahweh forever.
The “kingdom” where Jesus serves as king is one’s soul. Jesus’s soul is in many kingdoms; but those kingdoms do not equate to an empire, as the Romans saw kings as vassals to Rome’s Emperor.
Jesus’ kingdom is Yahweh, who is the Spiritual Emperor of many kingdoms. In each and every kingdom where Jesus serves as high priest, those soul are vassals to his lead, as the Son of man reborn.
Because Jesus is the Son who speaks for the Father, each soul who submits to Yahweh becomes mediated by the Son. As such, Yahweh is the King of each Israelite; and, Jesus is the high priest of each soul Anointed as Christ, where Yahweh is King.
Jesus is the King only when oneself has submitted fully to Yahweh and one’s subsequent Anointment of His Spirit allows His Son to resurrect and speak through one’s human flesh, for Him.
Jesus is the King when one has been promised Salvation by Yahweh.
The whole Ordinary time after Pentecost is when one’s committed soul should have been speaking as Jesus reborn. Advent is when one knows one’s soul is pregnant with the soul of Jesus. Christmas is when that possessing soul is reborn in oneself. Epiphany is when it dawns on one that Jesus possessing one’s soul-body comes with purpose, to serve Yahweh as a minister. Easter is about dying of self, so the full presence of Jesus can take control over one’s being. Pentecost is the graduation day of one’s Spiritual rebirth; and, the after Pentecost weeks [half a year] are one’s entry into ministry.
This means the last Sunday after Pentecost symbolizes death and time for one’s soul to be judged. That means Christ the King Sunday is when one either rejoices from salvation or one wails from condemnation.
The Alpha and the Omega is renewal of a soul with Yahweh, or it is the repeating of a soul trapped in the flesh. Souls are eternal, with flesh only temporal. Filthy souls cannot go stay in heaven. The time after Pentecost is when one washes away all the sins of the past, or one comes back to start all over again.
I know the sus is soon to arrive, so I will end with that thought.
This is the end of Year B. When next we meet we will have enters a new year … ecclesiastically.
Please think about these lessons over the coming week. I look forward to meeting with you next year!