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Third Day Theology - Passion Week - The Day of Levi – Joined to

Robert who was raised in Hawaii lives out in the countryside of Augsburg, Germany today. He loves sharing the Passion Paradigm.

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My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise. Psalm 57:7

Third Day Theology is the theology of the Third Day of the Passion Week, Third Day Weeks or the Third Days of each of the fifteen weeks which God, Israel and the adopted have to fulfil. The third day of the Passion Week is the fulfilling of the Third Day Theology, the paradigm third day.

Third Day Theology is the Theology of “Joined to”. The name of the day is Levi which means “joined to”. Levi was the third born son of Leah. Third Day Theology is the Theology of Authority. In today’s world of religions and spirituality, the sound of authority is important to belief and faith. Some authorities are built on sand while others are built on rocks. Whether rock or sand, who knows? Not even Jesus answers “who is his authority.”

The theology of Third Day begins with a question: “Tell us by what authority you are doing these things,” they said. “Who gave you this authority?” (ref: Mark 11:28 ; Luke 20:2 ; Matthew 21:23)

The chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders assumed and knew their authority and were the one’s who asked the question. They knew who they were “joined to”. They did not know who Jesus was “joined to”. Jesus answers with a question about John the Baptist who was “joined to” Jesus while they both were in their mother’s wombs. Jesus asks the question about John’s baptism which the religious leaders did not want to answer for two reasons. If John’s baptism was from God, the people would say why didn’t the religious leaders believe? If they say his baptism was not from God, the people would stone them. They answered with "We do not know."

The authority of the Third day drifts into two important Third DayWeeks, the Temple Week and the Levi and the Wilderness Week. One week deals with the temple. The other week deals with the priests. The Temple week begins with the Shekinah in the first temple and is fulfilled at a well with Jesus speaking to a woman. Levi and the Wilderness Week begins when Israel leaves Egypt after the Passover. The Temple is all about the Ark of the Covenant in the temple which is the fullness of God’s holiness and now, the authority of the First Temple was the main place of worship. The temple just standing was a sign of God’s authority. In both cases, whether the Ark of the Covenant or the Temple, the Father is the worker. The Father is the worker. Jesus brings the “Temple Week” to a close with a sentences to the woman at th well. “A time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.” (John 4:23-24 NIV)

The Revelation for the Temple Week is: God is worshipped in Spirit and Truth. The Lord’s Speculum (the paradigm mirror) is: Jesus is worshipped in Spirit and Truth. To take this one step further, to see Jesus is to see the Father. Jesus presence to chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders answered the question of Jesus’ authority. John the Baptist was the first witness to who Jesus is and was when Jesus and John were in their mother’s wombs. The amazing ability for a fetus to “know God” while still in a womb should makes one wonder about a “fetus” and abortion. We will leave that to science to figure that one out. In today’s world, science has great authority. In the world of church government, “pecking order” has great authority. If one was to say there is much in common with science and church, pecking order might be a good example.

Levi and the Wilderness, a man names Moses is often challenged over his authority. The irony is “all the priests” meaning Moses, Aaron and Miriam die. They do not enter the promise land. In one instance, the three are “joined to” God. In another instance, Aaron and Miriam challenges Moses’ authority. They learn the hard way of Moses’ authority and his connection is to God. Levi and the Wilderness is a curse week. The curse is: the priests die. The Lord’s Antiphon is: Jesus is the eternal high priest. Jesus is both “High Priest and the lamb of God”. Jesus is both the cake and eat. The curse is broken on the Third Day of the Passion Week. Jesus does not even have to say who gave him his authority.

The Theology of the Third Day is also a day of “knowing” and “joined to”. Do you know who gave Jesus his authority? Are you connected?

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