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We deliver Rev. Toru Asai’s sermons every week from Los Angeles. “Davar Kingdom of God” (Davar Church) is an independent, Protestant church that does not belong to any denomination. Our pastor is a noted Biblical scholar who elucidates the truths hidden in the Bible, enabling us to apply those truths to our everyday lives. If you are looking for a church, seeking a solution to your problems, trying to find guidance and purpose in your life, or simply interested in Christianity, please pay us a visit. Sunday Services in Japanese are from 9 am ~ 11 am, English from 11:15 am ~ 1:15 pm. Saturday Bible Study starts at 1 pm.

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“The Foundation of Your Temple” No. 20 by Rev. Toru Asai

So Isaac called for Jacob and blessed him and commanded him: "Do not marry a Canaanite woman. Go at once to Paddan Aram, to the house of your mother's father Bethuel. Take a wife for yourself there, from among the daughters of Laban, your mother's brother (Gen 28:1-2). Since Esau came to hold a grudge against Jacob concerning the blessings of the birthright he lost, Jacob was no longer able to stay with his family, and his parents suggested that he should flee to Laban, Rebekah's brother, and stay with him for a while. Isaac also suggested that he should take a wife for himself there. Perhaps due to the grudge that Esau held, the parents could not give Jacob any bride-price and gifts that he would need to give Laban. Jacob was alone, and had nothing. As for the blessings Isaac had proclaimed he would receive, he saw nothing of them, and it seemed that everything was falling apart in the opposite direction of what he expected, and he was forced to have a journey of fear and lonelines...

69 MIN2016 FEB 14
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“The Foundation of Your Temple” No. 20 by Rev. Toru Asai

“The Foundation of Your Temple” No. 19 by Rev. Toru Asai

But the righteousness that is by faith says: "Do not say in your heart, 'Who will ascend into heaven?'" (that is, to bring Christ down) "or 'Who will descend into the deep?'" (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead) (vv. 6-7). This passage is often misunderstood, yet the overall meaning of it is somewhat easy to understand and well-quoted in the church. If your mind is caught up too much with the phrase, "Do not say" in a legalistic sense, then, you will miss the point. Keep in mind that the opposite of faith is unbelief. To say, "Who will ascend into the deep?" or "Who will descend into the deep?" is an indication of unbelief. Therefore, "the righteousness that is by faith" does not say and ask those questions. Also, do not be misled by the expressions, "to bring Christ down," and "to bring Christ up from the dead," into thinking that these things are something that believers should not do, again, in a legalistic sense. No, as the phrase, "that is," indicates, Paul is explaining...

69 MIN2016 FEB 7
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“The Foundation of Your Temple” No. 19 by Rev. Toru Asai

“The Foundation of Your Temple” No. 18 by Rev. Toru Asai

So this is what the Sovereign Lord says: "See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one who trusts will never be dismayed (Isa 28:16).” In order to know what God means by "So" at the beginning of this verse, we need to have some explanations concerning the important concepts that are rather foreign to us today. First, we need to understand that this stone is associated with the stone that was laid in the Most Holy Place of the Second Temple in lieu of the lost Ark (it could be that the same type of stone was also laid underneath the Ark in the First Temple). It was by God's inspiration that this stone came to be called "shetiyyah," which was a law dictating the manner of drinking in a royal feast. When this is applied to us Christians, it signifies the new way we worship and live by being led by the Spirit of God instead of being drunk with the mind of the flesh, which is death (Rom 8:6, Eph 5:18). Second, we need to know that a s...

69 MIN2016 JAN 31
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“The Foundation of Your Temple” No. 18 by Rev. Toru Asai

“The Foundation of Your Temple” No. 17 by Rev. Toru Asai

Woe to that wreath, the pride of Ephraim's drunkards, to the fading flower, his glorious beauty, set on the head of a fertile valley-- to that city, the pride of those laid low by wine (Isa 28:1) This “Ephraim” refers to the Northern Kingdom, and the “wreath” signifies the palace in Samaria, its capital. Note that this wreath is also expressed as “fading flower” because it was being oppressed by the Assyrians that time. And all people in this land were “drunkards” in God’s sight. And these also stagger from wine and reel from beer: Priests and prophets stagger from beer and are befuddled with wine; they reel from beer, they stagger when seeing visions, they stumble when rendering decisions. All the tables are covered with vomit and there is not a spot without filth (vv. 7-8). According to the Bible, there are two kinds of wine: one comes from Satan, and the other comes from God. With the first kind, the drunkards become senseless to the spiritual things of God, have difficu...

69 MIN2016 JAN 24
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“The Foundation of Your Temple” No. 17 by Rev. Toru Asai

“The Foundation of Your Temple” No. 16 by Rev. Toru Asai

This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: “Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,' says the Lord Almighty. "What are you, O mighty mountain? Before Zerubbabel you will become level ground. Then he will bring out the capstone to shouts of ‘God bless it! God bless it (Zech 4:6-7)!’” Zerubbabel figuratively represents Jesus Christ, through whom the former kingdom of God has ended, and a new kingdom with a new system has been established. The period of the Second Temple in which Zerubbabel lived served as a transition from the old one to the new one. Here, the “mighty (big) mountain” was Mount Zion on which David’s palace once stood, symbolizing the nation of Israel, the former kingdom under the old covenant, and its “becoming level ground” meant the abolishing of that kingdom. The “capstone” was the foundation of this old kingdom, and Zerubbabel was to “bring out” to shouts of “God bless it! God bless it (grace, grace to it)!” The old system of distinction betwee...

69 MIN2016 JAN 17
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“The Foundation of Your Temple” No. 16 by Rev. Toru Asai

“The Foundation of Your Temple” No. 15 by Rev. Toru Asai

This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: “Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,' says the Lord Almighty. "What are you, O mighty mountain? Before Zerubbabel you will become level ground. Then he will bring out the capstone to shouts of ‘God bless it! God bless it (Zech 4:6-7)!’” As it has been already pointed out, this section of chapter 4 of Zechariah was originally recorded as an independent oracle and placed right after 1:7, but later, it was moved from there and inserted in the present location by an editor (or the author himself). If it were still in the originally place, we would interpret this oracle simply as an oracle given to Zerubbabel and to Zechariah to encourage them as they faced the situation of that time, especially concerning the task of rebuilding the temple. However, since the oracle seemed to contain something much more—far beyond their current situation and into the distant future, it was moved into the middle of the vision that also deals with s...

69 MIN2016 JAN 10
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“The Foundation of Your Temple” No. 15 by Rev. Toru Asai

“The Foundation of Your Temple” No. 14 by Rev. Toru Asai

He asked me, "What do you see?" I answered, "I see a solid gold lampstand with a bowl at the top and seven lights on it, with seven channels to the lights (4:2). The fifth vision that Zechariah saw in the night of the 24th day of the 11th month in the second year of Darius was the vision of the gold lampstand, the bowl and the two olive trees. The tips of the branches of the olive trees were like ears of grain, out of which pipes were connected to the bowl, and gold oil (some kind of golden liquid) was running through the pipes. The literal translation of v.12 would be: Again I asked him, "What are these two olive ears that are emptying out the golden (thing) by the hand of the two gold pipes (v. 12)?" Note that there is no word for “oil” in the original Hebrew text as you see in the NIV version. Zechariah only described what he saw, and it was some kind of liquid in the color of gold. Also note the verb, “to empty,” which is translated as “to pour out” in NIV. The verb implie...

69 MIN2015 DEC 20
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“The Foundation of Your Temple” No. 14 by Rev. Toru Asai

“The Foundation of Your Temple” No. 13 by Rev. Toru Asai

On the staff of Levi write Aaron's name, for there must be one staff for the head of each ancestral tribe (Num 17:3). While each of the twelve tribes of Israel was to bring its own staff, and write its own name on it, Aaron’s name, for the tribe of Levi, was to be written on their staff. In other words, Levi’s staff was exceptional, and in a sense, it already indicated that the tribe of Levi was separated from the rest of the tribes for the priestly work. It was by Aaron’s name that the whole tribe was chosen. Obviously, Aaron’s name can be seen as the type of Jesus’ name. The staff belonging to the man I choose will sprout, and I will rid myself of this constant grumbling against you by the Israelites (v. 5). What matters most is this act of God’s choosing. Through one man that God chooses, the rest of the people that belong to him will come to receive the same benefits and privileges as that man has. The same truth regarding priesthood is revealed in the vision that Zecharia...

69 MIN2015 DEC 13
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“The Foundation of Your Temple” No. 13 by Rev. Toru Asai

“The Foundation of Your Temple” No. 12 by Rev. Toru Asai

Nevertheless, God's solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: "The Lord knows those who are his," and, "Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness (2 Tim 2:19)." The important assumption behind this verse is that all believers are chosen as priests. Peter also speaks of the same truth in his second letter. He first calls Christians as “living stones” being built into a spiritual house, and he encourages them saying: But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light (1 Pet 2:9). As we have already discussed, the Second Temple built at the time of the prophet Haggai had a stone placed in the Most Holy Place instead of the Ark of the Covenant. This stone was what Paul refers to as “God’s solid foundation.” The story behind it was that of Num 16: Korah and his followers approached God trying to get...

69 MIN2015 DEC 6
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“The Foundation of Your Temple” No. 12 by Rev. Toru Asai

“The Foundation of Your Temple” No. 11 by Rev. Toru Asai

Nevertheless, God's solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: "The Lord knows those who are his," and, "Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness (2 Tim 2:19)." When Paul was alive, there still stood, in Jerusalem, the second temple which was rebuilt at the time of Haggai the prophet. “God’s solid foundation” that he spoke of was the foundation stone of this temple. The Ark of the Covenant with the stone tablets on which the Ten Commandments were written was carried into the first temple that Solomon built, and we assume that it was there until the destruction of the temple. And when the Jews returned from the captivity and built the second temple, they did not have the ark. According to Mishhah (Yoma 5:2), in place of the ark, a stone called, Shetiyyah (it was three fingerbreadths high), was placed in the Most Holy Place. And upon it, on the Day of Atonement, the priest put a censer with which he burnt incense by taking fire fro...

69 MIN2015 NOV 29
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“The Foundation of Your Temple” No. 11 by Rev. Toru Asai

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“The Foundation of Your Temple” No. 20 by Rev. Toru Asai

So Isaac called for Jacob and blessed him and commanded him: "Do not marry a Canaanite woman. Go at once to Paddan Aram, to the house of your mother's father Bethuel. Take a wife for yourself there, from among the daughters of Laban, your mother's brother (Gen 28:1-2). Since Esau came to hold a grudge against Jacob concerning the blessings of the birthright he lost, Jacob was no longer able to stay with his family, and his parents suggested that he should flee to Laban, Rebekah's brother, and stay with him for a while. Isaac also suggested that he should take a wife for himself there. Perhaps due to the grudge that Esau held, the parents could not give Jacob any bride-price and gifts that he would need to give Laban. Jacob was alone, and had nothing. As for the blessings Isaac had proclaimed he would receive, he saw nothing of them, and it seemed that everything was falling apart in the opposite direction of what he expected, and he was forced to have a journey of fear and lonelines...

69 MIN2016 FEB 14
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“The Foundation of Your Temple” No. 20 by Rev. Toru Asai

“The Foundation of Your Temple” No. 19 by Rev. Toru Asai

But the righteousness that is by faith says: "Do not say in your heart, 'Who will ascend into heaven?'" (that is, to bring Christ down) "or 'Who will descend into the deep?'" (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead) (vv. 6-7). This passage is often misunderstood, yet the overall meaning of it is somewhat easy to understand and well-quoted in the church. If your mind is caught up too much with the phrase, "Do not say" in a legalistic sense, then, you will miss the point. Keep in mind that the opposite of faith is unbelief. To say, "Who will ascend into the deep?" or "Who will descend into the deep?" is an indication of unbelief. Therefore, "the righteousness that is by faith" does not say and ask those questions. Also, do not be misled by the expressions, "to bring Christ down," and "to bring Christ up from the dead," into thinking that these things are something that believers should not do, again, in a legalistic sense. No, as the phrase, "that is," indicates, Paul is explaining...

69 MIN2016 FEB 7
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“The Foundation of Your Temple” No. 19 by Rev. Toru Asai

“The Foundation of Your Temple” No. 18 by Rev. Toru Asai

So this is what the Sovereign Lord says: "See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one who trusts will never be dismayed (Isa 28:16).” In order to know what God means by "So" at the beginning of this verse, we need to have some explanations concerning the important concepts that are rather foreign to us today. First, we need to understand that this stone is associated with the stone that was laid in the Most Holy Place of the Second Temple in lieu of the lost Ark (it could be that the same type of stone was also laid underneath the Ark in the First Temple). It was by God's inspiration that this stone came to be called "shetiyyah," which was a law dictating the manner of drinking in a royal feast. When this is applied to us Christians, it signifies the new way we worship and live by being led by the Spirit of God instead of being drunk with the mind of the flesh, which is death (Rom 8:6, Eph 5:18). Second, we need to know that a s...

69 MIN2016 JAN 31
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“The Foundation of Your Temple” No. 18 by Rev. Toru Asai

“The Foundation of Your Temple” No. 17 by Rev. Toru Asai

Woe to that wreath, the pride of Ephraim's drunkards, to the fading flower, his glorious beauty, set on the head of a fertile valley-- to that city, the pride of those laid low by wine (Isa 28:1) This “Ephraim” refers to the Northern Kingdom, and the “wreath” signifies the palace in Samaria, its capital. Note that this wreath is also expressed as “fading flower” because it was being oppressed by the Assyrians that time. And all people in this land were “drunkards” in God’s sight. And these also stagger from wine and reel from beer: Priests and prophets stagger from beer and are befuddled with wine; they reel from beer, they stagger when seeing visions, they stumble when rendering decisions. All the tables are covered with vomit and there is not a spot without filth (vv. 7-8). According to the Bible, there are two kinds of wine: one comes from Satan, and the other comes from God. With the first kind, the drunkards become senseless to the spiritual things of God, have difficu...

69 MIN2016 JAN 24
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“The Foundation of Your Temple” No. 17 by Rev. Toru Asai

“The Foundation of Your Temple” No. 16 by Rev. Toru Asai

This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: “Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,' says the Lord Almighty. "What are you, O mighty mountain? Before Zerubbabel you will become level ground. Then he will bring out the capstone to shouts of ‘God bless it! God bless it (Zech 4:6-7)!’” Zerubbabel figuratively represents Jesus Christ, through whom the former kingdom of God has ended, and a new kingdom with a new system has been established. The period of the Second Temple in which Zerubbabel lived served as a transition from the old one to the new one. Here, the “mighty (big) mountain” was Mount Zion on which David’s palace once stood, symbolizing the nation of Israel, the former kingdom under the old covenant, and its “becoming level ground” meant the abolishing of that kingdom. The “capstone” was the foundation of this old kingdom, and Zerubbabel was to “bring out” to shouts of “God bless it! God bless it (grace, grace to it)!” The old system of distinction betwee...

69 MIN2016 JAN 17
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“The Foundation of Your Temple” No. 16 by Rev. Toru Asai

“The Foundation of Your Temple” No. 15 by Rev. Toru Asai

This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: “Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,' says the Lord Almighty. "What are you, O mighty mountain? Before Zerubbabel you will become level ground. Then he will bring out the capstone to shouts of ‘God bless it! God bless it (Zech 4:6-7)!’” As it has been already pointed out, this section of chapter 4 of Zechariah was originally recorded as an independent oracle and placed right after 1:7, but later, it was moved from there and inserted in the present location by an editor (or the author himself). If it were still in the originally place, we would interpret this oracle simply as an oracle given to Zerubbabel and to Zechariah to encourage them as they faced the situation of that time, especially concerning the task of rebuilding the temple. However, since the oracle seemed to contain something much more—far beyond their current situation and into the distant future, it was moved into the middle of the vision that also deals with s...

69 MIN2016 JAN 10
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“The Foundation of Your Temple” No. 15 by Rev. Toru Asai

“The Foundation of Your Temple” No. 14 by Rev. Toru Asai

He asked me, "What do you see?" I answered, "I see a solid gold lampstand with a bowl at the top and seven lights on it, with seven channels to the lights (4:2). The fifth vision that Zechariah saw in the night of the 24th day of the 11th month in the second year of Darius was the vision of the gold lampstand, the bowl and the two olive trees. The tips of the branches of the olive trees were like ears of grain, out of which pipes were connected to the bowl, and gold oil (some kind of golden liquid) was running through the pipes. The literal translation of v.12 would be: Again I asked him, "What are these two olive ears that are emptying out the golden (thing) by the hand of the two gold pipes (v. 12)?" Note that there is no word for “oil” in the original Hebrew text as you see in the NIV version. Zechariah only described what he saw, and it was some kind of liquid in the color of gold. Also note the verb, “to empty,” which is translated as “to pour out” in NIV. The verb implie...

69 MIN2015 DEC 20
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“The Foundation of Your Temple” No. 14 by Rev. Toru Asai

“The Foundation of Your Temple” No. 13 by Rev. Toru Asai

On the staff of Levi write Aaron's name, for there must be one staff for the head of each ancestral tribe (Num 17:3). While each of the twelve tribes of Israel was to bring its own staff, and write its own name on it, Aaron’s name, for the tribe of Levi, was to be written on their staff. In other words, Levi’s staff was exceptional, and in a sense, it already indicated that the tribe of Levi was separated from the rest of the tribes for the priestly work. It was by Aaron’s name that the whole tribe was chosen. Obviously, Aaron’s name can be seen as the type of Jesus’ name. The staff belonging to the man I choose will sprout, and I will rid myself of this constant grumbling against you by the Israelites (v. 5). What matters most is this act of God’s choosing. Through one man that God chooses, the rest of the people that belong to him will come to receive the same benefits and privileges as that man has. The same truth regarding priesthood is revealed in the vision that Zecharia...

69 MIN2015 DEC 13
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“The Foundation of Your Temple” No. 13 by Rev. Toru Asai

“The Foundation of Your Temple” No. 12 by Rev. Toru Asai

Nevertheless, God's solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: "The Lord knows those who are his," and, "Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness (2 Tim 2:19)." The important assumption behind this verse is that all believers are chosen as priests. Peter also speaks of the same truth in his second letter. He first calls Christians as “living stones” being built into a spiritual house, and he encourages them saying: But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light (1 Pet 2:9). As we have already discussed, the Second Temple built at the time of the prophet Haggai had a stone placed in the Most Holy Place instead of the Ark of the Covenant. This stone was what Paul refers to as “God’s solid foundation.” The story behind it was that of Num 16: Korah and his followers approached God trying to get...

69 MIN2015 DEC 6
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“The Foundation of Your Temple” No. 12 by Rev. Toru Asai

“The Foundation of Your Temple” No. 11 by Rev. Toru Asai

Nevertheless, God's solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: "The Lord knows those who are his," and, "Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness (2 Tim 2:19)." When Paul was alive, there still stood, in Jerusalem, the second temple which was rebuilt at the time of Haggai the prophet. “God’s solid foundation” that he spoke of was the foundation stone of this temple. The Ark of the Covenant with the stone tablets on which the Ten Commandments were written was carried into the first temple that Solomon built, and we assume that it was there until the destruction of the temple. And when the Jews returned from the captivity and built the second temple, they did not have the ark. According to Mishhah (Yoma 5:2), in place of the ark, a stone called, Shetiyyah (it was three fingerbreadths high), was placed in the Most Holy Place. And upon it, on the Day of Atonement, the priest put a censer with which he burnt incense by taking fire fro...

69 MIN2015 NOV 29
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“The Foundation of Your Temple” No. 11 by Rev. Toru Asai
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