Council of Elders is an interesting topic that I have not seen preached upon in 40 yrs of my Christian walk in any Church that I was affiliated in. Council of Elders is rooted in Jewish history. I could sit here and give you tons of scripture to read that is not my style. It is your responsibility to read the Bible and let the Holy Spirit speak to you.
Example: [Deuteronmy: 27 1] “And Moses with the elders of Israel commanded the people, saying Keep the commandments which I command you this day.”
The Israelites could not pick up the ARK to carry it unless they had the Council of Elders present. [1 Samuel 4:3] ” And when the people were come into the camp, the elders of Israel said, Wherefore hath the Lord smitten us today before the Philistines? Let us fetch the ark of the covenant of the LORD out of Shiloh unto us, that, when it cometh among us, it may save you out of the hand of our enemies.”
The Council of Elders was extremely important in the days of the ancient’s before the Israelites proceed to engage in any activity. So as it should be in our present times. You engage the combat vets of Christianity before you preach on anything. Once you preach the word or write it in cyber-space it is in the Court of Law to be judged. I am well aware that I am preaching information in cyberspace. My writings go worldwide to feed many people. If I teach faulty information then a lot of folks are going to die spiritually. Their blood will flow across my shoulders. No different than the blood flowing in the streets of Jerusalem 70 AD.
My Council of Elders consist of the following plus the Holy Spirit:
- Geneva Bible 1599
- Mathew Henry Commentaries
- Jewish commentaries
- Hebrew Interlinear Bible
- Authorized King Jame Bible
- Latin Vulgate
- The Antiquities of the Jews, 1 AD
- the Pentateuch
- The Torah
- Multiple versions of the KJV
In the Western hemisphere we do not have strong family ties for the most part. So for the bulk of us we have to fortify ourselves with knowledge through writings and information and let the Holy Spirit guide us along our journey.
This is a quote from Matthew Henry we follow men we will be led astray. If we follow the instructions of the Lord then we follow truth.
We followed our guides; we did as we saw others do! God has given a rule to walk by, in his word; neither the example of the most, nor of the chief, must influence us contrary thereto: if we do as the most do, we must go where the most go, even into the burning lake. [MH]
Before I write anything I spend time with the Lord and contemplate things I am going to write on. I get an answer every time. The Holy Spirit leads me every time and in the process I grow more and more everyday.
Read your Bible and immerse yourself in the waters of righteousness and put on the clothes of Truth to shed the specter of darkness that surrounds all of us. God Bless.