What is the Kingdom?
What did Yeshua mean when He said Kingdom of God or Kingdom of Heaven? In His day, these were pivotal terms. After all, every kingdom on earth had a monarch, a domain or a territory which was ruled by the monarch, citizens of the kingdom, and laws which the citizens obeyed.
In complete agreement with kingdom precepts, people who were entering the Kingdom of God desired for Elohim to reign over them. When they confessed, “The Lord is our God, the Lord alone,” from Deuteronomy 6:4, they took an oath of citizenship in the Kingdom.
From the moment a person entered the Kingdom, he or she would begin keeping the mitzvoth, which were the biblical commandments or Kingdom laws. Yeshua stressed the importance of upholding these laws. “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven,” He said, “but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 7:21).
When Matthew 7:21 is translated back into Hebrew, the reader recognizes that the verse is written in the present tense, not future tense. In other words, the Kingdom of Heaven is present now for him who is actively doing the Father’s will. In Yeshua’s estimation, the opposite is also true. People who willfully disobey the commandments are not citizens of the Kingdom.
Disobedient people have little or no relationship with the King who inspired the writing of the biblical commandments. The royal commandments are the constitution of His Kingdom. Anyone who is living outside this royal constitution is also dwelling outside the Kingdom. Sadly, noncompliant people dwell where the King cannot hear their prayers according to Psalm 66:18, Isaiah 59:2, and John 9:31.
This is a principle of Kingdom prayer. Let’s learn to celebrate the King and His commandments.
Published October 24, 2017