- Early Israel was not like Judea at the time of Christ.
- Early Israel had no King.
- Early Israel depended upon freewill offerings in the form of tithes to support their public servants.
- This changed when the voice of the people rejected God and chose to have a leader who could exercise authority one over the other.
- Despite the warnings of Samuel the people wanted a ruler rather than a mere leader.
- That Ruler by the name of Saul was corrupted by the power granted him by the people and he foolishly imposed the first real tax upon Israel.
- At that time Israel went from a Republic to a centrally controlled government.
- It never really was restored until Jesus the Christ came taking the kingdom from the Pharisees and appointing that kingdom of God to the apostles.
Understanding the similarities and differences between the Church in the wilderness and the Church is essential. They were both called out. The Levites and the "ekklesia" or Church appointed by Christ had a similar purpose. They both helped form altars of living clay and stone appointed by men like Abraham Moses and Jesus.
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- Everyone should step back and think about how did the early Church survive the decline and fall of the Roman Empire...?
- How did early Israel bind itself as a nation in a hostile world as the children of God?
- The Christian conflict was not simply because they would not be a part of the Corban of Rome but because they had their own Daily ministration.
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