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Julie and the Baptismal Card
When our son Adam was baptized, a sister [in the Lord, by the name of] Julie, went looking for a card to celebrate the baptism. Julie worked in downtown San Antonio, a city which is predominantly Hispanic and Catholic. She knew there was a “religious” shop near her office, and she assumed that she would be able to find a suitable card there. So off she went at lunch.
A True King
The Sages state that a person who is above the natural whims of their body is a true king. The Hebrew word for “king”, melekh, is spelled מ-ל-ך, where מ stands for מוח (brain, or mind), ל stands for לב (heart), and כ stands for כבד (liver). God created the body with the brain anatomically above the heart, and the heart above the liver. The lesson is that our minds should be “above” our hearts (representing emotions and desires), and above our livers (representing honour and pride). A king is one whose mind is in control of their body. The opposite case, where one’s desires are above their mind, and the ego above all, would carry the opposite sequence of letters: כ-ל-ם, which spells klum, meaning “nothing”. And finally, a person who does not necessarily have much pride, but nonetheless succumbs to the petty emotions and desires of their body, has the sequence ל-מ-ך, which spells lemekh, meaning “servant”. They are likened to one who is enslaved by their body.
The Saints are Servants, not Kings, in this Age
The promise made to the saints is that in the kingdom they will be kings (Revelation 5:10) and reign with Christ (Revelation 20:6). Now there is a great difference between a king and a servant. One rules and the other serves. One commands and the other obeys. Instead of being referred to as kings, the saints are referred to as servants (1 Corinthians 7:22; Ephesians 6:6; 2 Timothy 2:24; 1 Peter 2:16; Revelation 1:1). Paul refers to himself as a servant (Romans 1:1; Galatians 1:10; Philippians 1:1; Titus 1:1). The following are also referred to as servants: Peter (2 Peter 1:1), Timothy (Philippians 1:1), Epaphras (Colossians 4:12), James (James 1:1), Jude (Jude 1:1) and John (Revelation 1:1).
Wrested Scriptures: Royal Priesthood Kingdom (1 Peter 2:9)
“But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood . . .”
Wrested Scriptures: The Death of Jehoiakim
“So Jehoiakim slept with his fathers . . .”¹ (2 Kings 24:6)