1 Great is Yahweh, and greatly to be praised in the city of our Elohim, in the mountain of his holiness.
2 Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King.
It is remarkable and beautiful that Jerusalem first appears in history in a foreshadowing of her end-as the throne of a priestly king of righteousness and peace-Melchizedek. That was at the time of Abraham.
...Moriah and Zion-twin hills of sacrifice and triumph-the priesthood and the crown!
...The Lamb stood on Mount Zion. The first mention of Zion is when David captured the Jebusite stronghold and named it the "City of David." It was the southern extension of the hill of Moriah, where later the Temple was built. These two hills-Moriah and Zion-together portray the priestly and kingly aspects-
"He shall be a priest upon his throne."
In the vast scope of the House of Prayer, as portrayed by Bro. Sulley-a scope utterly unperceived by any orthodox commentator- this whole area of Moriah and Zion form the central glorious pinnacle upon which the altar stands-
"Upon the top of the mountain, the whole limit thereof round about shall be most holy. Behold, THIS IS THE LAW OF THE HOUSE" (Eze. 43:12).
Bro Growcott - 144 000 on Mount Zion
7 Thou breakest the ships of Tarshish with an east wind.
Among the latter, the Anglo-Indian Lion of Tarshish, as lord paramount of Abyssinia, Nubia, Egypt, Cushistan, Sheba, Dedan, the Persian Gulf and the Red Sea, and protector of the Tenth in the midst of the land, must be the first of the great powers to be directly affected by the epiphany of the Davidian Power in Arabia.
The presence of this power would be, if in hostile activity, a very disturbing element of the situation; and eminently destructive of British interests in India and the East. It is impossible to speak with certainty of details not revealed. When we touch upon them, we speak only of what may probably be the course of things leading to a specified result.
With this understanding, I may say, that the alternative before the British Government, consequent upon its maritime disasters visited upon it in the Red Sea (Psa. 48:7) will be that of peace, or war, with the New Arabian Power. If the British Sheba Cabinet have acquired accurate knowledge of its Divine Elohistic character, there is sufficient Millenarianism in high places, to counsel and to cause it to seek as a suppliant, the favour of the
"greater than Solomon;"
so that, as protector of the Tenth in the midst of the land, including the ancient territory of Tyre, it might be accepted, after the examples of Hiram of Tyre and the Queen of Sheba, as the humble servant and ally of "the Great King".
This arrangement, of course only temporary, would fulfill Psa. 45:12, "the daughter of Tyre with an offering, even the rich of the people, shall entreat thy favour" the offering, minchah, being the tenth in the midst of the land (Isa. 6:12,13); as the earnest, or installment, of that greater ingathering after the Armageddon overthrow.
And again, in Psa. 72:10,
"the kings of Tarshish and of the isles shall bring presents: the kings of Sheba and Seba shall offer gifts"
- offer the countries over which they rule.
"Yea, all kings shall bow down to him; all the nations shall serve him".
"the merchandise of Tyre will be for them who dwell before Yahweh, to eat sufficiently, and for durable clothing" (Isa. 23:18).
14 For this Elohim is our Elohim for ever and ever: he will be our guide even unto death.
WE tend to seek God's guidance generally but not specifically; vocally but not mentally; ritually but not actually. Regardless of our protestations, and even of what we think are our intentions, we tend in actuality to do what we think (or hope) that God will think is best.
Seeking God's guidance is of little value unless it is a continuous, conscious process, applied to every detail of every decision. The flesh is like a powerful spring: though compressed, it will immediately re-extend the moment the pressure is relaxed.
It is common to dutifully "seek God's guidance" at the inauguration of a process of action (compressing the spring), and then immediately to relax the spring and act according to our own "best judgment" - presuming that therein God is guiding us. This is a complete fallacy. Even the utterly fleshly U.S. Congress does this: ostentatiously intoning a solemn prayer for Divine guidance at each opening session, then putting the flesh completely in charge for the rest of the way.
To seek God's guidance is:
1) to continually study the Word with the sincere, conscious intention of applying it in detail to our lives, and
2) to appeal to Him in silent prayer in EVERY detail - fully conscious that our own natural fleshly thinking is utterly undependable even momentarily, and realizing that if God does not guide us step by step and moment by moment, we shall never do anything right or worthwhile.
We do not break the process down finely enough. We assume periodic spurts of guidance will keep us on track. But God's guidance is not like momentum which when set in motion will continue thereafter. Rather it is like electric power which stops immediately the circuit is broken.
The Berean Christadelphian Magazine, Sept, 2017