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The King is Coming!

So wake up, you living gateways!
    Lift up your heads, you doorways of eternity![a]
    Welcome the King of Glory,
    for he is about to come through you.
You ask, “Who is this King of Glory?”
    Yahweh, armed and ready for battle,
    Yahweh, invincible in every way!
So wake up, you living gateways, and rejoice!
    Fling wide, you eternal doors!
    Here he comes; the King of Glory is ready to come in.
10 You ask, “Who is this King of Glory?”
    He is Yahweh, armed and ready for battle,
    the Mighty One, the invincible commander of heaven’s hosts![b]
    Yes, he is the King of Glory!
Pause in his presence

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Footnotes

  1. 24:7 God’s people are identified as living gates and doorways. When God opens the doors of eternity within us, no one is able to shut them. To “lift up” our heads is a figure of speech for a bold confidence that brings rejoicing and hope.
  2. 24:10 Or “Yahweh Tseva’ot.” The word tseva’ot is the plural of the word tsava, a feminine noun meaning “force.” When these two Hebrew nouns are placed together, they would be translated as “Yahweh of the forces.”

55 The women who had been companions of Jesus from the beginning saw all this take place and carefully contemplated how the body was laid in the tomb. 56 Afterward they returned home and prepared fragrant spices and ointments and were planning to anoint his body after the Sabbath was completed, according to the commandments of the law.

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62 The next day, the day after Preparation Day for Passover, the chief priests and the Pharisees went together to Pilate. 63 They said to him, “Our master, we remember that this imposter claimed that he would rise from the dead after three days. 64 So please, order the tomb to be sealed until after the third day. Seal it so that his disciples can’t come and steal the corpse and tell people he rose from the dead. Then the last deception would be worse than the first!”

65 “I will send soldiers to guard the tomb,” Pilate replied. “Go with them and make the tomb as secure as possible.” 66 So they left and sealed the stone,[a] and Pilate’s soldiers secured the tomb.

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  1. 27:66 This official seal, if broken, would bring the death penalty to the offender.

So we conclude that there is still a full and complete Sabbath-rest[a] waiting for believers[b] to experience.

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Footnotes

  1. 4:9 The Aramaic can be translated “He arose to be the Sabbath for the people of God.”
  2. 4:9 Or “the people of God.”