Church in the wilderness
- Acts 7:38 This is he, that was in the church in the wilderness with the angel which spake to him in the mount Sina, and [with] our fathers: who received the lively oracles to give unto us:
Acts 7:38 is drawing parallels between the institutions of Moses and even Abraham and what the Church established by Jesus Christ was doing in those early days. The Levites were called the Church in the Wilderness because they were called out of the walled-in camp of the Golden calf by Moses to restore and keep the people as a free nation under God.
The Church in the Wilderness were called out by Moses and became the Levites who served the tents of the people much like the early Church or "called out" by Jesus who was the Christ, anointed king of Judea, and who appointed "a kingdom" to His Little flock. They too provided a daily ministration for the needy of the Christian community through charity. While the rulers of the world offered welfare through free bread offered by men who exercised authority. The Church, e.g. called out or ekklesia, appointed by Christ provided similar benefits to those who would follow "the righteous way" of Jesus by the practice of Pure Religion through charity alone "unspotted" by those systems of the world that used force.
The people provided Breeches for these ancient ministers of a nation without rulers, no king. Those breeches of the Levites were symbolic of a covering which made them titular leaders of one of the earliest pure republics in recorded history.
- "Bishops, presbyters(Elder) and deacons occupy in the church the same positions as those which were occupied by Aaron, his sons, and the Levites in the temple." Jerome, Ep. 146
Jesus called His Church to be one form of government so that His followers would and could be free souls under God.
The Corban of that early Church was not like the Corban of the Pharisees. Nor is it like the Corban of the Modern Christian who depend far more on the Benefactors who exercise authority one over the other than upon ministers an congregations who live by faith, hope and charity through the perfect law of liberty.
Understanding the Sophistry of the Pharisees and their civil altars under Herod can help those who want to see the truth about Religion and the Covetous Practices of Public religion. The modern False religion of today keeps people from practicing Pure Religion.
If we are willing to admit the truth about our own sloth and covetousness we may be able to view those Levites of the Church in the Wilderness in a new light. Their role as Ministers of a nation kept the people free for generations until they rejected God and sought a king which led to the dividing of the Kingdom of God. They, like the Church, established and appointed by Christ, they were to be Priests to all nations, preaching an teaching The Way of God.
Why Minister |
Minister of the world |
Minister of the Church |
Elders | Deacon | Priests | Levites | Breeches | Hierarchy |
Altars | Stones | Stoning Daily ministration | Corban | Welfare |
Essenes | Disciples | Seven men | Church | Church legally defined | Christian |
Churches | Ministry Burnout | Religion | The Blessed Strategy | Widow |
Tens | Tithing | CORE | COM | Minister of Record | Benefactors |
Cain | Nimrod | Constantine | Christian conflict | Fathers |
Lady Godiva | Isaac Backus | Government and Liberty Described |
Monks | Lost_Monks | Married_Monks | Monasticism | Modern_Monastic_life |
Seek | Votive | Orders | Religious Orders | Rules of St Benedict |
Jesus | Was Jesus rich | Mendicant | Vow of poverty | Fervent Charity |
Denominations | Guru_theories | Iconoclast | Cult | Bible Index | First to do List |
Early non Bible authors
Athenagoras of Athens | Methodius of Olympus | The Gospel of Thomas |
Hippolytus of Rome | Justin the Martyr | Jerome | Augustine of Hippo |
Epistle of Mathetes |
Philo Judaeus or Philo of Alexandria and The Allegories of the Sacred Laws
People in the Bible
Paul the Apostle | Melchizedek | Moses | Cain | Caesar | Herod | Jesus |
John the Baptist | Nimrod | Abraham | Essenes |
Buddha | Celsus | Constantine | Eusebius | Marcus Tullius Cicero | Augustine of Canterbury |
Ambrose | Lady Godiva | Plutarch | Polybius | Seneca | Tacitus | Vespian | Manichaeism | John Wycliffe |
Join The Living Network of The Companies of Ten
The Living Network | Join Local group | About | Purpose | Guidelines | Network Removal
Contact Minister | Fractal Network | Audacity of Hope | Network Links