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Kingdom Authority

ELYON DEVOTIONAL

Nana Kwame Edusei

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Topic: Kingdom Authority

Scripture Reading: Matthew 18:18

Main Text
Matthew 18:18

'Assuredly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.'

In Jesus' days, this was a common term for the scholarly practice of deciding if a particular biblical commandment was applicable to a contemporary situation.

Jewish rabbis “bound” the law when they determined that a commandment was applicable to a particular situation, and they “loosed” the law when they determined that a word of scripture (while eternally valid) was not applicable under certain specific circumstances.

In the Sermon on the Mount (Matt. 5:21-22), Jesus says, 21 “You have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, ‘You shall not murder’; and ‘whoever murders shall be liable to judgment.’ 22 But I say to you that if you are angry with a brother or sister, [a] you will be liable to judgment.” So Jesus is taking the 6th Commandment “you shall not murder: and binding it to daily actions when we act in anger towards those whom we love.

In Matthew 12:9-14, Jesus looses the prohibition against performing work on the Sabbath with regard to works of healing and then declares, “It is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.” The latter pronouncement would potentially allow Sabbath prohibitions to be loosed in a great many other instances as well.”

We loosen texts today when we do not believe we are bound by ancient dietary codes such as not eating shellfish and certain religious practices.
What are you binding and loosing concerning your life? Selah

Prayer:
Heavenly Father, thank You for the grace to bind and loose according to Your word in Jesus' name. Amen

God bless and keep you!
Shalom