Pyramids are the earliest form of massive monumental architecture
built by humans.
Pyramids are shaped like big three-dimensional triangles, with larger
bases narrowing towards the top; this architectural design is extremely
durable, numerous examples can still be seen today preserved after
thousands of years.
The pyramid is the most logical form of architecture if you want
to build something to last.
You can find examples of pyramids in Egyptian, Mayan, and Incan
civilizations; and also in China.
Religious organizations have adopted the classical Pyramid model.
In the classic (Pyramid) model of Church structure the capstone
is the Pastor. The capstone sits on top and oversees the whole structure.
The capstone of Catholicism is the Pope. The Capstone of the Anglican
Communion is the Archbishop of Canterbury and so on.
The Capstone is primary to all the others.
The “solo shepherd” (pastor) is the capstone of his
pyramid with many stones below him graduated down to the base.
The picture is clear, easy to see and understand. It’s like
looking down on a sliced pie in a round dish. We have a vast assortment
of Pyramids but the shape of the structure is always the same, They
vary in size but never in form and shape.
Pyramid systems cannot be seen in the New Testament.
It is the central wedge-shaped stone of an arch that locks its parts
together; also called the Headstone. It is the central supporting
element of a whole. It is the strength of the whole. Without it
everything else would collapse. It bares the total weight of the
whole structure. You cannot overload it.
Ephesians 2:20-21 And are built upon
the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself
being the chief corner stone; in whom all the building fitly framed
together grows unto an Holy Temple in the Lord.
Zechariah 4:7 who art thou, O great
mountain before Zerubbabel, thou shall become a plain: and he shall
bring forth the headstone with shoutings, crying, Grace, Grace unto
The great mountain the prophet referred to was Darius who made a
decree that the work on the Temple should cease (Ezra 4). His opposition
was swept aside like a mountain and ground to dust.
Stand aside “sola” Pastor you have exalted yourself,
you are a usurper; you hinder God’s people when you stand
between them and their Lord. You can’t support yourself let
alone anybody else. How much authority does a “Pastor singular”
have over Christ’s body? To dismantle a pyramid you start
at the top.
Isaiah 42:8. “I AM” the
Lord, that is My name, and I will not give my glory unto another
or my praise to graven images.
Admiration for tasks well done is a minefield that true saints seek
to avoid. It is undeniably clear in the judgment of scripture, that
the love of admiration and praise is basically corrupt as it tends
to exalt self, to take pride in, and assume credit and merit for God
Pride chooses self esteem instead of attributing all honor and
glory to whom it belongs. We constantly need reminding that we have
nothing that we didn’t receive. It’s wrong because it
exalts that which we should demean, and it is inappropriate when
it intrudes upon God’s domain.
When Christians aspire to outlandish claims it often offends and
even disgusts, leaving one with a sense of inferiority. Great testimonies
don’t necessarily build faith. They can often do quite the
When recognition and honor come our way it is only acceptable when
it has not been solicited. It is seen as being given by God for
present comfort as a reward for virtue. It can be accepted for further
service of our fellow man, but not for self-aggrandizement.
“If ye then be raised with Christ, seek those things which
are above, where Christ sits on the right hand of God. Set your
affection on things above, not on things on the earth”
Thus says the Lord: “Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom,
let not the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man
glory in his riches; but let him who glories glory in this, that
he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord who practice steadfast
love, justice, and righteousness in the earth; for in these things
I delight, says the Lord” Jer 9:23- 24.
THE CHILD KING JOSIAH
There is a widespread feeling of disappointment amongst true children
of God at the present time because of the apparent non-success of
their Gospel labours. The masses are less and less disposed to accept
our invitations, and come together to hear the marvellous story
of God’s grace. TV, Sunday sport, the internet and many other
distractions for fleshly indulgence such as our fathers never dreamed
of, are doing their deadly work in so many lives.
Even Britain, so long favoured with an open Bible, is rapidly becoming
a pagan land. In conversation with individuals, one is frequently
amazed at their absolute ignorance of even the outlines of Divine
Someone recently asked me who Moses was, for he had never heard
the name before! Possibly the people in Central Africa are now more
familiar with the things of God than the people of Britain. The
need for revival is anxiously expressed every where we go; so the
following may serve to point the way to a true revival in spiritual
Some years ago in England religious denominations organized a ”Come
to hurch” Campaign. The aim was to fill the ”Churches”
for at least one occasion. But much more than this is needed if
souls are to be eternally blessed. In our Lord’s familiar
parable of the Great Supper in Luke 14,
the man who spread the feast said, “that my house may be filled.”
Generous grace! But the house of the parable is not a Parish Church,
but the house of the Lord. It’s His house that He wants filled,
and there’s plenty of room in it.
Josiah accomplished wonderful things for God in a particularly
difficult time, because:
- He sought the Lord with all his heart
- Because he was determined to be obedient in every detail to the
Word of God
- Because he set himself diligently to cast away from himself and
from everything that was inconsistent with the divine law
Given these conditions we will see great things take place in any
locality in this day, so gracious is our God. But shortened addresses
solos, choruses, and other non-apostolic methods are poor substitutes
for the spiritual features which characterized King Josiah, and
which drew such a response from God in the closing days of Israel’s
sad national history.
In the book of Ecclesiastes (which contains an abundance of sound
wisdom concerning “things under the sun”) Solomon says,
“Woe to thee, O land, when thy King is a child (Eccles.
10:16). In earlier days than those of Josiah, Jehovah said
with regard to Israel: “I will give children to be their princes,
and with childishness shall they rule over them”
Infants - little children - young men - and fathers. John said “I
speak unto you fathers”. Here somebody speaking
to “you fathers”. Who and what was John? He was an elderly
man, a Patriarch; a respected resource of wisdom and experience;
in the Koinonia of God.
The adage “There’s no fool like an old fool may have
some merit. But make no Mistake “the honorary head is a crown
of Gold”. Particularly when they’ve walked with the
Master as John did. True Patriarchs maybe few but their contribution
will be sorely missed when they are simply pushed aside. Such a
resource should not be ignored. The loss will be immeasurable to
(Isaiah 3:4). This was judgment upon
a people who did not value His word, and. who had no desire to walk
in His ways. It is hard to say which is worse for a nation, a child
in years, or a man with a childish mind. In the book of Ecclesiastes
we read again: “Better is a poor and a wise child than an
old and foolish king, who will no more be admonished” (Eccles.
God’s thought in connection with kingship is expressed in
His description of David in Psalm 78:72:
“He fed them according to the integrity of his heart; and
guided them by the skilfulness of his hands.” A land blessed
with such a ruler is blessed indeed; but David was far from perfect,
and God’s ideal King would not be seen for a thousand years,
and even then it was only a fleeting glimpse, as of a Lamb to be
slain. He shall return, but not as a Lamb this time, but as a Lion;
and King of Kings to rule and reign in Heaven and Earth.
It is startling to read in 2 Chron, 34:1:
“Josiah was eight years old when he began to reign.”
This was not as it should be! Every nation needs strong and sound
leadership, that evil may be suppressed, and that righteousness
may prevail. What could a child of eight do with a tumultuous people
completely immersed in iniquity, and dangerously near to overwhelming
judgment? The sequel will show that Jehovah had mercy on the child,
and also upon the nation. Josiah shines upon the page of Israel’s
history as one of its few bright lights. His name means “Given
of Jehovah.” This is suggestive. Such a pious and conscientious
king was a priceless gift to the people of Judah at a critical point
in time. Through him Jehovah made a last tender appeal to his disobedient
people before expelling them from the land. Josiah’s reign
could have been a long one! Amazingly his own folly
cut it short! This young king’s father Amon was murdered at
an early age, he was twenty-four. He was a very wicked man who profited
nothing by Jehovah’s stern dealings with his own father Manasseh.
The behaviour of these kings need to be kept in mind if we want
to understand the wonderful work of the Spirit of God in Judah during
the thirty-one years of Josiah’s administration (2
Chron. 33: 21-25).
Manasseh was twelve years old when he succeeded
his father Hezekiah. He was therefore born during the fifteen years
of extension of life which were granted to Hezekiah in answer to
his prayers and tears (Isaiah 33: 5).
There can be no doubt that Manasseh was carefully instructed in
the ways of God, for Hezekiah said:
“The father to the children
shall make known Thy truth” (Isaiah 38: 19).
Let every father take note to carefully follow Hezekiah’s
good example (Psalm 78: 1-8). In spite
of his early advantages Manasseh became the wickedest king that
Judah had ever known. His enormities made it impossible for Jehovah
to tolerate the presence of the people in His land. Manasseh practiced
every form of idolatry; he indulged deeply in Spiritism; and with
impunity he slaughtered all who dared to oppose his evil ways. After
many years of these devilries, in defiance of many warning messages
sent to him by Jehovah, the king of Assyria was allowed to come
up against him.
In the days of Hezekiah, an earlier king of Assyria came against
Jerusalem and its king to his own ruin. But it
was otherwise with Manasseh; the invader dragged him from his throne,
and carried him away to a prison in Babylon. (Babylon at that time
was not an independent kingdom, but was subject to the king of Assyria).
Manasseh’s downfall brought him to his senses. “When
he was in affliction, he besought Jehovah his God, and humbled himself
greatly before the God of his fathers, and prayed unto Him: and
He was entreated of him, and heard his supplication, and brought
him again to Jerusalem into his kingdom. Then and not before Manasseh
knew that Jehovah He was God” (2 Chron.
His energy after his return to his own country was remarkable.
He sought to drive out all the evils that he had set up; he repaired
the long disused altar of Jehovah, and “commanded Judah to
serve the Lord God of Israel” (2 Chron
33: 16). But whatever good Manasseh may have accomplished
in his later years he failed to influence Amon his son. He had taught
him to serve the Devil, and he persisted in that mode. “He
humbled not himself before Jehovah as Manasseh his father had humbled
himself; but Amon trespassed more and more” (2
Chron 33: 23). When he ascended the throne of Judah after
his father’s long reign of fifty-five years, his ways were
so abomin-able that he was murdered within two years.
It is written of both these kings that “he was buried in
the garden of Uzza” (2 Kings 21: 18 and
26). So buried beneath centuries of accumulated rubbish lie
these two kings—Manasseh and Amon, father and son The father
was sixty-seven years old when he died, and the son was twenty-four;
the father has gone to Heaven, and the son has gone to Hell; and
the horrible thought is this, his father taught him the way to Hell.
Manasseh would have gladly undone the mischief that he did in his
unconverted days, but it was impossible? The evil had gone too deeply
into the hearts of the people and of his own son in particular,
to be eradicated later by his influence.
It is easier to put souls on the downward
path than lo pull them off it again.
The early manifestation of piety in Josiah immediately arrests
His father, as we have seen, was an exceptionally wicked man; of
his mother we know little save that she was “Jedidah, the
daughter of Adiaah of Boscath” (2 Kings
22: 1). From whence then did the child Josiah get spiritual
instruction? From his grandfather Manasseh, undoubtedly. The thoroughness
with which the latter sought to undo the evil work of his former
years would fill him with concern for his grandson.
If Amon scoffed at his father’s entreaties and went more deeply
into iniquity, there might be hope that this child would pay heed.
This lesson should not be lost on us.
Josiah was six years old when Manasseh died. What is implanted in
the mind of a child during the first six years of its life is not
easily uprooted. Timothy owed much to his mother and grandmother.
Of his father nothing is recorded save that he was a Greek. So carefully
was Timothy trained spiritually that Paul could say to him later
on: “From a child thou hast known the Holy Scriptures, which
are able to make thee wise unto Salvation through faith which is
in Christ Jesus” (2 Tim 1, 5, 3-15).
It has been said that filling the mind of a child with Scriptures
is like the laying of a fire, which a simple match will cause to
blaze up. Let the Christian parent that reads these lines not neglect
their children. Children are a serious responsibility, for which
we will give account in the day of the Lord Jesus.
I read this Quote: “I baptized a man eighty-five years old
and a lad of fifteen. The contrast impressed me deeply, and I thought
myself that I scarcely knew which of these we should be most thankful
to God for. In one case we had a soul saved, but a life lost, and
in the other we had not only a soul saved, but a life also. In Manasseh
and Josiah we see this contrast. The former I shall undoubtedly
meet in Heaven—a sinner saved by grace, but his life was largely
wasted; we shall also meet Josiah in Heaven, but with him there
was a life saved, which was fruitful in service to God for many