We can quote quite well, and one of the quotes that most believers learn early on is the Lord’s Prayer. However, I was convicted recently when expounding more deeply on each part of the prayer concerning this particular phrase, “thy kingdom come”. We pray for the kingdom but the real question is do we even know what the kingdom is?
Have we found the kingdom of heaven yet? Have we found that which we are willing to sell all that we have to possess? Have we seen or experienced a taste of the kingdom that is to come such that we desire it more than the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the lust of other things? If we are still toiling, conniving, living the stressed life instead of the blessed life then we haven’t found it yet.
And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.
What is powerful about this truth is even without knowing where he would lay his head the Messiah understood the kingdom and where he was positioned in it? He had full confidence in the Most High to provide for all of His needs without knowing what natural direction it would come from beforehand. He wanted us to have that type of bold assurance as well. I have to admit a lot of my confidence comes from knowing the answer to such questions like where I will lay my head, where my next meal is coming from. Can I believe that the righteous are not forsaken nor its seed begging bread if I already know that the money is in the bank or how the bills will be paid? Do we really grasp how important we are to God?
Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
This passage of scripture reflects the evidence of Kingdom thinking. When we can understand that we serve a God who has forethought. Think about this passage, He mentions things that are not only significant to building the trust that YHVH has us, but there is an even greater revelation if we consider all the things that he uses as examples for us to grasp Yah’s provision are things that were created before we were. In other words, these were things that God had foreknew, used forethought, and put in place to prepare for our eventual arrival on day six. So in essence what He is saying is from the foundation of the world, in the beginning, I already considered what you would have need of today. I mean like TODAY, July 20, 2019, as I am writing you God, has you. No matter what your situation is, whether you can literally say I have no place to lay my head or any money to buy my meal, your provision is and has been accounted for sight unseen.
The key to seeing the kingdom and understanding this principle hinges on our understanding of what faith is. There are several things the verse in Hebrews shares with us about faith.
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
The first revelation is when faith takes place, and that is now! It’s not faith if I believe it for later, I have to believe it now. Now, when I can’t see it, touch it, taste it, or feel it. Therefore faith is NOW! That’s not it, we also must believe that faith has substance but not just any substance, but the substance of something that you want to happen. You are hoping to see, believing God to do. Again, this is an accepted truth even when it isn’t made manifest. Hence what I have said from the beginning, you have to believe this sight unseen. Therefore, I have to believe food is coming even when I haven’t ordered it, or the money is on the way even after Yah has told me to order the food that is coming. We see Yeshua operating in this at all times. From the water being turned into wine, to the 5,000 being fed with 2 small fish and 5 loaves of bread with leftovers to take on their journey, and as he paid taxes with money out of a fish’s mouth.
Faith is a revelation of the kingdom of the Most High. If we believe we are in the Kingdom then we must also accept that we are not subject to the resources of the systems of this world, but rather provided for by the rules that govern the kingdom we are in. If the kingdom of this world is my source then I must turn to it for my resources, but if the kingdom of heaven is where my provision lies then even if as the sons of God we have no place in the kingdom of this world to lay our head, we are not only okay but confident that our provision is accounted for.
Yah was revealing to us a picture of the kingdom in the positioning of the tribe of Levi. Remember all of the other tribes received a worldly inheritance (land inheritance) but YHVH withheld the earthly inheritance from the Levites, and instead provided them with Himself as their inheritance. They were established as a picture of understanding how the kingdom of God functions versus the kingdom of this world. As stated in Matthew those of the kingdom of this world are Gentile seekers. They worry about what they will eat, where they will sleep, what they will wear. But his disciples? They were to have the sort of faith that when they go into a town they aren’t to even carry purse or script, no extra clothes because like the Levites those of the kingdom of Heaven operate under a different code of conduct. Their provision comes from a reliance on the Most High not from a reliance of a check that won’t bounce or direct deposits from their company to their account. From a “this world up” perspective it would seem as though the twelve tribes got a better deal in getting land to pass down to their children’s children while the Levites would appear to have received the short end of the stick. But consider it this way land is something you need while you are on the earth it has a temporary purpose it serves while in these temporary vessels, but those who belong to YHVH have an eternal confidence that is built on eternal promises that extend beyond this temporal existence. See the rich man and the poor alike will one day meet eternity, and one who understands the kingdom coming recognizes that our requirement of temporal things by those who meet our borrowed needs is investing their money into an eternal bank with endless dividends.
Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.
Here we see that our charity reveals something important enough to God that those who didn’t engage in it concerning His chosen ones won’t enter into heaven because of it. How we give of our time, talent, and treasure reveals our lack of love and faith as well as our abundance of love and faith. It reveals which kingdom we are looking to as our source, thus if we withhold it reveals we are looking to the kingdom of this world as our source in which there is a limit of supply and thus we have to do all we can to save our life and the comfort of our life. If we are looking to the kingdom of Heaven as our provision then it is not subject to time, space, nor matter because it supersedes it and those things are subject to him. Hence, if a man won’t give us what we need God has the ability to open the mouth of a fish to get what we need. His resources are without limitations to those who are trusting in Him.
What I am saying is when the kingdom has truly come in our hearts we recognize that we own nothing, we need nothing, and our faith is not dependent on anything that this world can offer, but is dependent solely on the provision of the Kingdom of God. We know we have the resources of Heaven backing up our obedient acts to the Father.
The setting apart of the Levites reveals this truth. YHVH established the requirements of the other tribes to supply the needs of the Levite’s but the other tribes still had to depend on YHVH to supply the rain, the seed, the fertility of the ground, and the health of the animals to reproduce in order to supply that which the Levites would need. Remember they weren’t receiving a tithe of paperback dividends or gold standard marks, but rather from the herd (day five and six) creatures, and produce (day three) plants to meet their needs. In exchange, they would receive healthy mediators (Levites) to intercede between God and them.
The kingdom of God operates on rules far beyond that of this present age. If nothing else I hope this article serves to not only help us better understand the principles of the Kingdom of God but also to desire it. To imagine a world where even when the world’s resources are dry such as during the time of Elijah you can receive food from a Raven or a widow. In return when resources are not available at man’s obedience to God’s command you produce oil that doesn’t end until you run out of vessels. It is my firm belief that when the natural resources of the Western world begin to dry up, that we will see the Supernatural unending manna from the Most High once again meet the needs of His people. We will not only read, but we will know how the Kingdom operates and we will yearn for the Kingdom to come. We will then taste and see how good the Lord is in ways unfathomable.