"Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples, saying The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses Seat: All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not"(Matt.23:1-3)  Jesus went on to say; these hypocrites desire the chief seats in the synagogues. Symbolically, the teacher who sat in the number one seat was representative of Moses. Biblical speaking, "Moses Seat" represented the platform of power and authority for that day.The Godly observances were to be kept and honored, even as Jesus had said. Unfortunately, the religious order of the day had corrupted the seat by making themselves "to be seen of men"(Matt.23:5), and by distorting love and mercy.

     The coming of Jesus, with his unheard of teachings, was specifically designed to replace the "seat of Moses" with a brand new seat of authority and platform of power. "For the law made nothing perfect , but the bringing in of a better hope did; by the which we draw nigh unto God".(Heb.7:19)  Another rendering from "Strong's Concordance" for the word  perfect is "to complete". The Law of Moses was not done away with by Jesus, but he did come to make it complete or to fulfill it.(Matt.5:17)  Standing alone the law could bring nothing to conclusion !! In the realm of Spirit, Jesus' teaching created a higher and more honorable seat; called "the judgment seat of Christ".(Rom.14:10)

     It is no coincidence that Jesus, in many instances, sat down to teach. It is highly symbolic in presenting the Beatitudes discourse, that Jesus ascends the mountain yet nothing at all happens until he is significantly seated. 

"And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him. And he opened his mouth, and taught them saying,(Matt. 5:1-2)  Rightly so the Beatitudes have been called the "declaration

of the Kingdom". These "Blessed" teachings in Matt.chapter 5, are the very heart beat which allows "Moses Seat" to

transition to the "Seat of Christ" right before our very eyes!!  And Jesus Sat Down !

     Did you notice the scripture teaches Jesus and his disciples were some distance from the multitudes? Something is being established both in the earth and the heavens, and it does not require the multitudes, but only the "remnant".

Jesus had a "remnant" then and he still has a "remnant" today!  Christ's new seat is a seat of mercy and love and cannot be changed. It was never meant for the Law of Moses to define mercy with it's constant tone of guilt, but rather for mercy to surround the law with love! "But I say unto you, That in this place is one greater than the temple. But if ye had known what this meaneth, I will have mercy and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless."(Matt.12:6-7)  Now watch, as Jesus brings such great closure, "And he came to Capernaum: and being in the house he asked them, what was it that ye disputed among yourselves by the way? But they held their peace: for by the way they had disputed among themselves, who should be the greatest. And he sat down, and called the twelve, and saith unto them, If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all".(Mark 9:33-35) The disciples were

still under the influence of the "seat of Moses" desiring to be first just as the Pharisees wanted the chief seat. The "Seat of Christ" brings with it a change of heart, a change of mind and a change of attitude. "Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven".(Matt.18-4)

In-Christ Always Elmer Hart 


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