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Wednesday, 21 November 2018

The Kingdom of God in the Odes of Solomon

The Kingdom of God in the Odes of Solomon

first of all what are the Odes of Solomon 

The Odes of Solomon is a collection of 42 hymns or poems

Technically the Odes are anonymous, but in many ancient manuscripts, the Odes of Solomon are found together with the similar Psalms of Solomon, and the Odes began to be ascribed to the same author. Unlike the Psalms of Solomon, however, the Odes are much less Jewish, and much more Christian in appearance. 

However unlike the Gospel of Thomas they are to the general public unknown

The kingdom is the promises to the forefathers

Ode 31
8) And they condemned me when I stood up, me who had not been condemned.
9) Then they divided my spoil, though nothing was owed them.
10) But I endured and held my peace and was silent, that I might not be disturbed by them.
11) But I stood undisturbed like a solid rock, which is continuously pounded by columns of waves and endures.
12) And I bore their bitterness because of humility; that I might redeem my nation and instruct it.
13) And that I might not nullify the promises to the patriarchs, to whom I was promised for the salvation of their seed. Hallelu Yah!

will correspond to 2 Chron. 7:18:
' I will establish the throne of thy Kingdom as I made an agreement with David your father.'

Gal 3:7-18 Gen 12:1-4 Gen 12:6,7

The Kingdom is established in the age to come

In ode 33:12 the Kingdom comes in the new world cp. 15:3

33:12) And they who have put Me on shall not be falsely accused, but they shall possess incorruption in the new world.

Ode 15:3) In Him I have acquired eyes, and have seen His holy day.

Ode 18
Christ Speaks
1) My heart was lifted up and enriched in the love of the Most High, so that I might praise him with my name.
2) My members were strengthened, that they may not fall from his power.
3) sicknesses fled from my body, and it stood firm for the Lord (Yahweh) by his will; because his kingdom is firm.

"And Jesus went about... preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every disease and every sickness among the people."

Ode 18:3 "sicknesses have removed from my body... because His (i.e. Yahweh’s) Kingdom is true"
Here there is a contrast between "sicknesses" and the "Kingdom."

that "every sickness" should be taken away in the new Kingdom of Yahweh over redeemed Israel, if only Israel would be loyal to its Redeemer and King. "Sicknesses must needs be removed far off from the faithful, because the King promised that it should be so, and His Kingdom is true "

The Christ who is ' the rock upon which the Gentile Church is built', is the one referred to in Ode 22:12, as the ' Rock which is the foundation of everything, upon which thou didst build thy kingdom'.

Ode 22
8) And it (the right hand) chose them from the graves, and separated them from the dead ones.
9) It took dead bones and covered them with flesh.
10) But they were motionless, so It gave them energy for life.
11) Incorruptible was Your way and Your face; You have brought Your world to corruption, that everything might be resolved and renewed.
12) And the foundation of everything is Your rock. And upon it You have built Your kingdom, and it became the dwelling-place of the holy ones. Hallelu Yah!

Matthew 16:18 has: 'Thou art Cephas, and upon this rock {or stone) I will build my Church . . . And I will give unto thee the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven.'

In both texts the words used to express ' to build  Kingdom ' , and ' stone '  are identical

Ode 23
9) For it (the letter) was not permitted to them to loose its seal; for the power that was over the seal was greater than they.
10) Others saw the letter and chased it; wondering where it would land, and who might read it, and who might hear it.
11) But a wheel received it, and it came upon it.
12) And with it was a sign of the kingdom and of the government.
13) And everything which was disturbing to the wheel, it mowed and cut down.
14) And it restrained a multitude of adversaries; and bridged rivers.

The references to the Kingdom and the Government are easily made from Isaiah, e. g. Isa. 9:7. ' The increase of His government, . . . the throne of David . . . and His Kingdom.'

compare Dan 2:34,35,44

Ode 6
8) For there went forth a stream, and it became a river great and broad; indeed it carried away everything, and it shattered and brought it to the Temple.
9) And the barriers which were built by men were not able to restrain it.
10) For it spreads over the surface of all the earth, and it filled everything.

Ode 6
10) For it (the water) spreads over the surface of all the earth, and it filled everything.

' Ignorance hath been destroyed because the Knowledge of the Lord has arrived.'

the new Kingdom is inferred to be the Knowledge of the Lord. We see now that the Wisdom in Ode 6, represents the Knowledge of the Lord which covers the earth as the Kingdom of God

GTh 113
113) His disciples said to Him, "When will the Kingdom come?" <Jesus said,> "It will not come by waiting for it. It will not be a matter of saying 'Here it is' or 'There it is.' Rather, the Kingdom of the Father is to be spread out upon the earth, and men do not see it."

Hab 2:14 For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.

Re 11:15  And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.

Re 15:4  Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for thou only art holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest.

The Land of Israel in the Odes

Ode 11
12) And from above he gave me incorruptible rest, and I became like the land that blossoms and rejoices in its fruits.
13) And Yahweh is like the sun upon the face of the land.
16) And he took me to his Paradise, in which is the wealth of Yahweh's pleasure. I contemplated blooming and fruit-bearing trees, and their crown was grown naturally. Their branches were sprouting and their fruits were shining; their roots were from an immortal land. And a river of gladness was watered them, and round about them in the land of eternal life.
17) Then I adored Yahweh because of his magnificence.
18) And I said, Blessed, O Yahweh, are they who are planted in Your land, and who have a place in

Your Paradise;
Ode 15
8) I put on incorruption by means of his name, and stripped off corruption by his grace.
9) Death has been destroyed before my face, and Sheol has been vanquished by my word.
10) And immortal life appears in the land of Yahweh, and it has been declared to his faithful ones, and has been given without limit to all that trust in him. Hallelu Yah!


Ode 11
23) For there is abundant room in Your Paradise. And there is nothing in it which is barren, but everything is filled with fruit.
24) Praise be to You, O God, the delight of Paradise for ever. Hallelu Yah!

To enter the Kingdom; is by the gift of Sonship'

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