Daily ministration

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Jesus "commanded" that his disciples make the people organize themselves in groups of tens, hundreds, and thousands to form a network so that they could efficiently share with each other by way of faith, for the sake of hope, and in charity rather than by a government that exercised authority one over the other through force, fear and fealty of the world.
That was a key to the kingdom of God and His righteousness. The early Church was to serve that network of free assemblies through the practice of Pure Religion instead of depending on the "fathers of the earth" who called themselves benefactors but exercise authority one over the other through a socialist state. If you are not seeking to provide all the social welfare of an international network of Christians through a "daily ministration" of voluntary charity of, for, and by the people you are in need of repentance.

Neglected in the daily ministration

The conflict between Jesus and those who had been controlling the activities within the temple were evident from His presence there.[1]

The Early Church in the beginning worked daily in the temple of Jerusalem.[2] The Corban of the Pharisees was replaced at Pentecost by the ministers appointed a kingdom[3] by Christ. And the people who repented and began to live by charity according to the perfect law of liberty.

The people who recognized the called out ministers of the early Church mostly met in homes. But these people who would someday be called Christians in Antioch[4] were well organized in the towns and cities of Judea according to the ancient Jewish traditions of early Israel.

They would spread their practice of pure religion all across the Roman Empire and beyond. This organized network of believers provided the essential element of their society in order to seek the benefits of a righteous daily ministration which replaced the wages of unrighteousness.

Acts 6:1 "And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration."[5]

The daily ministration by the Church played an important part in providing the social welfare of society. Those who got the Baptism of Christ were cast out of the system of social welfare run by the Pharisees through the government temple of Jerusalem.[6] The welfare offered through the temple in Jerusalem and a network of synagogues had become a system much like the free bread offered through the temples of Rome which Paul and David said was a snare.

Men like Polybius and Plutarch had warned that those systems of Public welfare degenerate the people into perfect savages and usher in corrupt and tyrannical governments because they use force to obtain that which they offer the people as benefits. While the whole world was using force to institute socialist programs of forced offerings John the Baptist was saying repent and provide aid to one another through charity. The Church operated by the perfect law of liberty and provided that welfare for the people through faith, hope and charity.

The welfare of the Pharisees had brought them into bondage and made the word of God to none effect with their Corban and Christ came to set them free by teaching them how the Kingdom of God works.

Both Paul and David told us that these welfare systems will snare and trap us. [7]

This is why John the Baptist was setting up a charitable welfare system[8] with his Baptism that did not depend on force and violence[9] and Benefactors who Exercise authority one over the other.

It is why Jesus and Moses had said love one another.[10] And why Abraham and Moses built Altars of earth and stone and Jesus as well as them and the early Church built altars of Living Stones.

Not understanding the meaning of Religion, Pure Religion‎, False religion, Public religion has led the whole world away from the simple message of Christ while the people think they are following Him. This understanding of public welfare by the right hand of government and what the Church is supposed to be doing formed the crux of the Christian conflict.

These Altars were what the Church and the gospel was all about and the whole law depended upon them to provide the daily ministration by the greatest commandments [11]the practice of binding the people together with love.

The union created by those natural bonds allowed the people to attend to the Weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith which include caring for the needs of our neighbors and the widows and orphans of our society through Pure Religion in matters of health, education, and welfare. We are NOT to provide for the needy of society through the Covetous Practices and the men who call themselves benefactorsbut who exercise authority one over the other like the socialists do.

The Way of Christ was like neither the way of the world of Rome nor the governments of the gentiles who depend on those fathers of the earth through force, fear and fealty who deliver the people back in bondage again like they were in Egypt. Christ's ministers and true Christians do not depend upon systems of social welfare that force the contributions of the people like the corban of the Pharisees which made the word of God to none effect. Many people have been deceived to go the way of Balaam and the Nicolaitan and out of The Way of Christ and have become workers of iniquity.

The Christian conflict with Rome in the first century Church appointed by Christ was because they would not apply to the fathers of the earth for their free bread but instead relied upon a voluntary network providing a daily ministration to the needy of society through Faith, Hope, and Charity by way of freewill offerings of the people, for the people, and by the people through the perfect law of liberty in Free Assemblies according to the ancient pattern of Tuns or Tens as He commanded.

The modern Christians are in need of repentance.

"Follow me!" —Jesus the Christ.


The Elders of Liberty are the Altars of Earth

The congregation of the people is composed of what Abraham called the altars of earth, or “adamah”. Each of us are living sacrificial altars of clay, sons of Adam whose Father was God. We are both priest and king of our own freewill choice. Our offering within the family and to the community is by charity.[13]

A Minister of the congregation is first chosen by God manifesting the Character or Mind of Christ.[14]

With seven men of service giving a good report by their deeds and the people as we see forming a Daily ministration as done in Acts 6:3.[15] not merely for themselves but for the stranger also or minds may become one with Christ.

Each individual family is represented by the head or elder of the family who freely chooses their own minister not merely for themselves but to serve others as did the Good Samaritan.

In the documents and form offered in service by His Church individuals may be called the electorate.[16]

The electorate have been referred to individually as “elders” of families or collectively as the laity, from the Greek laos, meaning people. In terms of the world they may appear to be a constituency,[17] but they are simply the people who choose from moment to moment, and day to day, to support the leadership of those who continue to be perceived by the people as the ministers of God and the servants of His people.

Those who are freely chosen as by an electorate of elders in a free association are the living “stone” altars of our sacred sacrifice to God for the people. They are the public minister of the congregation.

These chosen ministers are the unhewn stones of God’s sacred altars. Unhewn is a metaphor for being unregulated. In their ministration of this system of faith, hope, and charity the good will of the people for the people is administered by the choice of the people. The people maintain their right to decide to whom and how much they shall contribute. What ever they choose to give is paid in full.[18] There is no coercion in the kingdom of God but their own God given conscience. The ministers have power over how those contributions shall be managed because once given they are burned up to the people.

The ministers of the Church have an unregulated authority on how they use that offering, but if they are not a fruitful government that provides for the people with love and mercy and strengthens the poor, then the offerings will go to other ministers. This system of thanksgiving will be carried out in a Christ-like manner or it will perish. Together, the ministers and the people form the temple of God, made of living earth and stones, formed in their hearts by God. This is the kingdom of His righteousness.

Banking on the Kingdom

To understand how the Church handles things like banking accounts, we need to understand the full purpose, function, and nature of the Church. In the days of Rome, just as today, the transfer of funds from one place to another produced a need for what has become known as Banks. In Herod’s Temples the Royal Treasury stored large capital reserves managed by the ministers for the benefit of the people. The tables of the money changers were actually a part of this national “bank” [19] or royal treasury,[20] even receiving a compelled offering.[21] Things in the kingdom of God had changed since the day of Moses.

“These words spake Jesus in the treasury, as he taught in the temple: and no man laid hands on him; for his hour was not yet come.” John 8:20

The word treasury is from gazophulakion, meaning “the royal treasury” and “guarded vault or chamber.” It contained millions of dollars in silver, deposited in large chests which held the collected contributions of the citizenry for the running of the government, and to support the common welfare.

Even Diana’s temple at Ephesus was nothing more than a world bank built by the commitment of over 127 different nations who deposited funds in their vault. It was the most secure depository in all the Mediterranean, and also invested in lucrative commercial and social enterprises on an international basis.

Ephesus, and the temples of Herod under the administration of the Pharisees and Sadducees, indulged in practices which Moses and Jesus opposed. As the Messiah, He spoke against the Corban of the Pharisees with its social entitlements and compelled offerings. They were storing up silver and gold within a central government [22] to provide the benefits of social security, but allowed an exercising authority over the people in the gathering of those contributions. This centralized power tempted and corrupted the ministers, and subverted the word of God by taking away the charitable choice exercised by the people.

“And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much.” Mark 12:41

Jesus, the anointed King, was setting policy for the repository of the public treasury. The words "over against" were from katenanti meaning “before one i.e. he being judge”. He was instructing men within the royal treasury in John 8. “Jesus … came again into the temple, and all the people came unto Him; and he sat down, and taught them.” There are many words in the Bible translated into "set" but in John 8:2, “sat down,” which is from “kathizo,” meant: “to set, appoint, to confer a kingdom on one.”[23] These are specific words of authority.

Jesus desired charity and forbade benefactors who exercised authority. When there were serious needs among the people during Claudius’ reign, instead of calling upon Caesar,[24] it was the Church who provided assistance to the people by way of the ministry of Barnabas and Saul.[25]

The Church service to the living body of Christ in the modern world must be as real as that Church of the first century. We must be as concerned about other congregations as we are about our own in an effective and world-wide way.

The Church consisted of small groups or companies who met in homes but they were linked in groups as commanded by Christ so they could provide assistance all across the Roman empire and beyond when there were dearths or famines or natural disasters.

Applying to other governments for a determination letter is a way of granting the power of termination. The Church must only have overseers whose prayer is to obey Christ. The Church is “one form of government” established by Christ and neither it nor its overseers may go under the power of any.

The Church and those overseers of the Church operate according to the perfect law of liberty. The people are free and the ministers are titular. Every man is returned to his family and to his possessions. Each family gathered together in [[free assemblies with other families becomes a part of altars of clay in service to his fellow man by the divine inspiration of Our Father written upon their heart and mind. The people and their ministers have no exercising authority over each other but are bound by love.

This is the kingdom of God at hand. The free will choice takes forgiveness and thanksgiving, love and patience, faith and hope and knowledge of the Kingdom of God and His righteousness.

The Election to Give is the Eucharist of Christ

The daily free election to grant a visible offering to God in love of your neighbor[26] to a minister chosen as a representative of Christ is a sacred purpose trust which is the Eucharist of Christ. That offering is not a fee or poll tax[27] but a freewill offering of any amount to express the measure and “substance” of our faith and trust in the ability of the minister to do God’s service to a congregation.

Anything given for His prescribed purposes are counted as given to Him. Making an offering has been one of the earliest forms of expressing our relationships with God. Those original “burnt offerings” were actually gifts freely given up entirely into the control of other unregulated men.

Once the substance of an offering is freely given by two or more witnesses and the duty of trust is accepted by the minister of that offering, an ordained minister of Christ’s Holy Church bears witness to the truth of this sacrifice and acceptance, documenting it before the world. No other agency of man may abridge that solemnized covenant and agreement without usurping the Spirit and Truth of Christ.

John 8:32, 36 “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free... If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.”

The people choose, in a consensus of a daily election of support and free sacrifice, to freely give.[28] The church is not a democracy where the majority may rule over the minority. The body of the congregation is not an incorporation under men, but a free and foreign society established by a fellowship of faith and charity of a free people under God. Our social compact is written daily in our hearts and minds, in our actions and deeds. We are the authors of our own participation in self government as God is the author of the law of our hearts and our minds.

An Appointment Ex Officio

In Acts 6:3, [29] the Greek word kathistemi is translated "appoint" as well as "make" or "made ruler" and "ordain".[30] This word is defined: “to set one over a thing (in charge of it) 1b) to appoint one to administer an office.” Here in Acts 6:3, the appointment to administer this office took place after an "election" by the people of men to carry out the daily ministration. The daily ministration in the temple of God’s government on earth included many duties, and among them was the care of widows, orphans, and the needy of society who were in want of assistance through the charity of the kingdom.

There was still adequate welfare available in the Roman system of Qurban, and the Corban system of the Pharisees’ temple run by the Jews who rejected Christ.

Christians had been cast out of that system when they got the Baptism of Christ. The followers of Christ were banned from those entitlement programs of the treasury of the Pharisees.[31] The Christians were not only cast out like in the days of Egypt, but they would not apply, i.e.. pray, to the Fathers of Rome or the Hellenized Judean Pharisees for any of their Nicolaitan benefits. Christ said to pray to Our Father who art in Heaven.

Christians back then practiced Pure Religion. They were not following the Covetous Practices of Modern Christians which has made the people Merchandise and cursed the children.

Understanding the concept of an appointment of those who were already appointed by Christ is the key to maintaining a free Church, or any large body of people, without centralization of power. It was used by the Apostles, by David, by Samuel, by Moses, and even earlier, Abraham.

This ancient system included some essential safeguards. If the Ministers Christ appointed could exercise a direct authority over the handling of the funds needed to manage these duties of the church government, they would have a power similar to what corrupted the Pharisees and all other governments of power and authority. An office of power and authority, which such administrators held, would soon attract men greedy for gain and “lovers of soft things”.[32]

In order for the government of the people, by the people, and for the people[33] to not perish from the earth the power of consent must continue to rest with the people individually, from contribution to contribution, and day to day.

Men may not be chosen and appointed from the top down to rule over the people, nor can the people be the sole electors of those titular ministers. Their titular office must also fall within the job description criteria given by the Messiah, the Christ. The apostles had three years of intensive instructions on the mysteries of the Kingdom and the manner of its service. They began to understand what the Pharisees had forgotten, whether by choice, or neglect, or deception. The Church is spirit driven. That Holy Spirit resides in the hearts and minds of all the people. An elder was the head of a family and elders volunteered for service within the network of small congregations organized by tens, hundreds and thousands as commanded by Christ.

By the time of Christ, the Pharisees were forcing the collection of contributions of the people by taxation. If you did not contribute the prescribed amount to their governing body, the scribes, accounting clerks of that government, would turn the matter over to the courts. The right hand of government could fine or imprison you for not paying your "fair" share into what had become a central treasury.

Christ had instructed that in the Kingdom, if you were to pay what you believed you could afford, it could be marked “paid in full,”[34] whether a penny from a widow, or a vast sum from the wealthy.[35]

In one system there was guaranteed grants, bestowed benefits, and social security. But in these schemes of authoritarian benefactors, there was an effort to placate the poor with self-indulgent welfare which weakened them.[36] The benefactions of every person could be forced as contributing members. Through covetousness, the people became human resources for the whim of the benefactors of the government. The idea of the compelled Corban (or sacrifice) came from Greek and Roman influence.

After the porters of the temple (called moneychangers in the Greek) took their generous commission, the funds of that central royal treasury was supposed to care for the social needs of the people. This could include everything from welfare for the destitute, retirement supplements for the aged, or even large work projects like roads or aqueducts to bring water into the city. But corruption, pork barrel projects, and extravagance by ministers often put more emphasis on their stone buildings and robes than the needs of the people they were called to serve.

For any government to function, there must be participation by the people in the supply and demand of services. The titular leaders of a free government cannot be given power to exercise authority over how much or when the people entrust their ministers. Christ commanded that His appointed ministers not “exercise authority”. When the people lose their daily right to choose, they are made subjects.

What is given is given completely, like a burnt offering or bread cast upon the water, but the free will choice to give must remain with the people. The choice and manner of service provided by that gift must remain entirely with the minister, who is a servant of God. In essence, this form of sacred purpose trust, with the minister as the steward (a kind of trustee), is at the foundation of His Church.

It has been customary that another group oversee the ministers. Of course in truth the actual overseer of the Church is the Holy Spirit or what is sometimes called the Comforter.[37] The Apostles met the requirements laid down by Christ. They were prepared to represent the Holy Spirit, and when they had received the power to do so from that Spirit, they were able to go out and preach the Kingdom as the physical representatives of that Comforter. They exercised no authority by their own hand over the people, but relied entirely upon the power of that Holy Spirit.

The ordination requirements of the overseeing ministry of Christ are extremely controversial today, but have been a tradition both at the time of Christ and before. They are well documented in the Biblical text, but neglected by many modern ministers. The Levites did not belong to themselves as freemen, like those in the congregation of the people, but they “belonged” to God. They were His firstborn servants, appointed to minister to the people according to the Holy Spirit as it moved in them and in the people. They had no right to hold a free dominion offered by God to all men. They had no inheritance in the land as a personal estate. The same was clearly true at the time of Jesus’ appointment of His ministers.

At that time the Levites were unlawfully allowed to own land in their own name, and some had become wealthy thanks to the Hasmonean corruption some 175 years before. Corrupt men were drawn into what was once an office of service. What once had been an appointment of leadership and respect had become an office of rulership and power. What had once been a government of public servants had steadily become a government that required the service of the people. Freewill offerings had become legislated taxation imposed without proper daily Consent. [38] God’s kingdom of Judea was becoming merged into the world of Rome, as the centralized leaders fornicated with the benefits of that power and authority.

In James 4:4 we see a warning where the word ‘kathistemi’ is translated "is" rather than "ordained".

“Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is [ordained] the enemy of God.”

The word "world" in this text has nothing to do with the planet and is one of the five different words translated into "world" in the New Testament; it is defined as “an apt and harmonious arrangement or constitution, order, government.”

James’ warning had to do with the constitutional order or government of which Jesus’ Kingdom was not a part. This included Rome and those Jews who denounced Christ, claiming they had no king but Caesar. They had appealed to Caesar to be the protector of their system of Corban and appointer of their priests as Pontifex Maximus. Rome was more than willing to commission and license the ministers of that government, ex officio. But this Pontifex of power was not only appointing, but electing the replacements to those offices that once rose up through the “courts and villages”[39] of the people.

The kingdom of Heaven gives and maintains the power of choice to the people, and the Ordained ministers have the power to accept or reject, appoint or withdraw their election. The Kingdom of liberty is the Kingdom of God on earth. It is a Kingdom that only works amongst the virtuous people who seek the righteousness of Christ and the love of the Father. It only functions under the perfect law of liberty. It is a place where men are as concerned about maintaining their neighbors’ rights as much as they are concerned about maintaining their own. It is not one place or one city, but it is a nation of peculiar people, who as brothers have learned to live in the world, but not of it, by following the ways of Jesus the Christ.

We must attend to the Weightier matters if we are to seek the kingdom of God and His righteousness.

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== Footnotes ==
  1. Matthew 26:55 In that same hour said Jesus to the multitudes, Are ye come out as against a thief with swords and staves for to take me? I sat daily with you teaching in the temple, and ye laid no hold on me.
    Mark 14:49 I was daily with you in the temple teaching, and ye took me not: but the scriptures must be fulfilled.
    Luke 19:47 And he taught daily in the temple. But the chief priests and the scribes and the chief of the people sought to destroy him,
    Luke 22:53 When I was daily with you in the temple, ye stretched forth no hands against me: but this is your hour, and the power of darkness.
  2. Acts 2:46 And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,
    Acts 5:42 And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.
  3. Luke 22:29 And I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me;
    Luke 12:32 Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
    Matthew 21:43 Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.
  4. Acts 11:26 And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.
  5. Context: 1 And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration. 2 Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and said, It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables. 3 Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business. 4 But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word. 5 And the saying pleased the whole multitude: and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolas a proselyte of Antioch: 6 Whom they set before the apostles: and when they had prayed, they laid their hands on them. 7 And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly; and a great company of the priests were obedient to the faith. 8 ¶ And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people. 9 Then there arose certain of the synagogue, which is called the synagogue of the Libertines, and Cyrenians, and Alexandrians, and of them of Cilicia and of Asia, disputing with Stephen. 10 And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the spirit by which he spake.
  6. John 9:22 These words spake his parents, because they feared the Jews: for the Jews had agreed already, that if any man did confess that he was Christ, he should be put out of the synagogue. John 12:42 Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue:
  7. Psalms 69:22 Let their table become a snare before them: and that which should have been for their welfare, let it become a trap. Romans 11:9 And David saith, Let their table be made a snare, and a trap, and a stumblingblock, and a recompence unto them:
  8. Luke 3:11 He answereth and saith unto them, He that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none; and he that hath meat, let him do likewise.
  9. Matthew 11:12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence <971>, and the violent take it by force. Luke 16:16 The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth <971> into it.
    This word βιάζω biazo used only in these two places means to "to use force, to apply force...to force, inflict violence on". All other governments were establishing themselves with systems of welfare that bound you, trapped, snared you, made Merchandise of you and a surety for debt.
    They were dependent upon men who called themselves Benefactors but who Exercise authority one over the other.
  10. Leviticus 19:18 Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the LORD.
    ew 5:43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.
    Matthew 19:19 Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
    Matthew 22:39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
    Mark 12:31 And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.
    Romans 13:9 For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
    Galatians 5:14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
    James 2:8 If ye fulfill the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well:
  11. Matthew 22:37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
  12. Matthew 20:25-26 But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister;
    Mark 10:42-43 But Jesus called them to him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them. But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister:
    Luke 22:25-26 And he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors. But ye shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve.
  13. 1 Corinthians 13:13 “And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these [is] charity.”
  14. Philippians 2:1 ¶ If [there be] therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, 2 Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. 3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. 4 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. 5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
  15. Acts 6:3 “Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business.”
  16. Acts 6:5 “And the saying pleased the whole multitude: and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolas a proselyte of Antioch:”
    The word chose is from eklegomai meaning to pick out, choose, to pick or choose out for one’s self1a) choosing one out of many, i.e. Jesus choosing his disciples1b) choosing one for an office.
  17. “a body of citizens entitled to elect a representative” Merriam-Webster Dictionary of Law, © 1996
  18. Luke 16:8 “And the lord commended the unjust steward, because he had done wisely: for the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light.”
  19. The word for “table” of the moneychangers which Jesus overthrew is the same word for “bank” in Luke 19:23 In the Greek today the word trapezia still means bank. Bank is from the Italian banca meaning bench.
  20. Gazophulakion a repository of treasure, especially of public treasure.
  21. Salome- Alexandra (about 78 BC), that the Pharisaical party carried an enactment by which the Temple tribute was to be enforced at law. Alfred Edersheim’s book The Temple. See Thy Kingdom Comes, The Hasmonean Appeal.
  22. Deuteronomy 17:17 “... neither shall he greatly multiply to himself silver and gold.”
  23. kathizo another (active) 1) to make to sit down 1a) to set, appoint, to confer a kingdom on one 2) intransitively
  24. Acts 11:28 “And there stood up one of them named Agabus, and signified by the Spirit that there should be great dearth throughout all the world: which came to pass in the days of Claudius Caesar. Then the disciples, every man according to his ability, determined to send relief unto the brethren which dwelt in Judaea: Which also they did, and sent it to the elders by the hands of Barnabas and Saul.”
  25. De. 19:15 “... at the mouth of two witnesses, or at the mouth of three witnesses, shall the matter be established. Luke 10:1 After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come. Matthew 11:2 Now when John had heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples, Luke 19:29 And it came to pass, when he was come nigh to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount called [the mount] of Olives, he sent two of his disciples,”
  26. 2 Corinthians 9:6 But this [I say], He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.
  27. A poll tax is a tax of a uniform, fixed amount per individual
  28. 2 Corinthians 9:7 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, [so let him give]; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.
  29. Acts 6:3 “Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business.”
  30. See Titus 1:5, Hebrews 5:1, 8:3.
  31. John 9:22-34 “These [words] spake his parents, because they feared the Jews: for the Jews had agreed already, that if any man did confess that he was Christ, he should be put out of the synagogue. ... they cast him out.”
  32. “lovers of soft things” was a phrase used by most Essenes to describe Essene ministers working for Herod.
  33. Introduction to John Wycliffe translation of the Bible in 1382 calling that the purpose of the Bible.
  34. Luke 7:41,42 “There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty. And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most?” Luke 16:1...8 “...And the lord commended the unjust steward, because he had done wisely: for the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light.”
  35. Mark 12:43 “And he called [unto him] his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury:”
  36. Ezekiel 16:49 “Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy.”
  37. Parakletos translated comforter 4, advocate 1. 1) summoned, called to one’s side, esp. called to one’s aid. 1a) one who pleads another’s cause before a judge, a pleader, counsel for defense, legal assistant, an advocate.
  38. “For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent” The Declaration of Independence of the Thirteen Colonies.
  39. The “courts and villages” meant the congregations and generations or families of the people.

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