"ARISE" is a journal to be published on a quarterly basis. Its aim is to serve as a vehicle for the expression of the Body Of Christ as it relates to present truth. The articles provided are mostly from those of us fellowshipping in the Tampa, Florida area. "ARISE" also publishes pertinent articles of similar concern from those abroad consistent with our general purpose and calling. So now receive the word with all readiness of mind and examine the scriptures every day to see if it is really as we say.
This eighteenth issue of "ARISE" features:
I. "The Hidden Man Of God" is provided per Brother Chuck Weller's
request to reprint a message
in which was provided to him in the Swahili language by Hiram Macharia. This wonderful
word was ministered in Kenya in December of 1996.
II. "Inherent Riches Of The Saints" comes to us from Sal & Dominie
Bordonaro. They provide
writings called "God's Kingdom Keys" to the people of God and reside in Canton, GA.
III. "Tribulation Or Pressure?" is provided by the author of the
ARISE publication. He resides
in Valrico (Tampa), FL with his wife Melissa and one year old baby girl Nicole Anna.
IV. "Just Not Fair" comes from a dear friend and fine teacher, Romeo
Corsini. He and his
wife Christine live in Brandon (Tampa), FL. They have three little girls.
V. "From Creation To The Consummation" is made available from our close friend, Brother Jack Jacobsen. This is the sixth of sixteen chapters collected from his dissertation for a doctorate of philosophy degree. Jack and his wife Marjorie has taken residence in New Port Richey (Tampa), FL area. They are originally from Minneapolis, MN.
VI. "I Love You.... Man" art work on the back cover is provided by
a good friend, Chuck Yex. He
continues to pull humor together as depicted by the two reaching out their fingers to connect.
He with his wife Morida and little girl Moriah live in Orlando, FL.
We continue to appreciate the opportunity to share what measure the Lord has imparted and pray the words are found to be both invigorating and liberating. We trust the word of God not to return empty but rather to perform that work in which it was intended for each and every soul. We preach not ourselves, nor do we seek our own glory, we share the "good news" of the Lord Jesus Christ, saviour of all men!
As always, we briefly share that the Lord continues to move and teach us of His ways in our lives. He is so ever faithful! Not so long ago, we enjoyed the fellowship of Brother Dave McFarland, wife Lillian and their son. They are from Portland, Oregon and we thank the Lord for them. My wife Melissa, I and baby Nicole also had the opportunity to visit some of my family back home in Sweet Valley, PA. As always, it was a highlight and much enjoyed.
In our last journal, we announced that Nicole has started crawling. Well, since then she has reached two milestones, she is now walking and is one year old....and may I slip this in.... Daddy's little girl!
In His Service
Timothy D. and Melissa Carroll (**Please note new address on front page)
"A R I S E" is free to all as God's way is "Freely you have received, freely give". We trust God to lay it upon the hearts of those He chooses to provide the means for printing and sending out this journal. Please write if you are interested in receiving the journal on a regular basis. Additional copies available upon request. Notification of change of address is appreciated.
Fellowship meetings currently held every first and third Saturday
evening in Brandon, FL. Contact numbers are: (813) 653-3711; (813) 653-1604;
(813) 651-0334. Sunshine Cathedral meetings every Sunday morning and Wednesday
evening; contact number is (813) 737-3966.
The Hidden Man Of God
Jesus was the first person to be hidden in the Father. First, he was placed in a virgin, Mary. All other children that are born are born from a woman who no longer is a virgin. But Jesus was hidden. He was placed in a vessel that never had been touched, a holy, consecrated vessel. Normally a woman must know a man to become pregnant, but in Jesus' case, His mother never knew a man. Truly, this was out of the ordinary and a hidden event.
Even so it is with us too. For when we are born again it is a hidden work after the inward man. The outer man looks no different and by all outer appearances is still the same. But the birth of the new creation man in Christ Jesus is a hidden work and no man knows the name of that person except the Father (Rev. 2:17, 3:12). Just as Jesus descended from the spirit and inhabited the flesh, so the person is born of the spirit and yet inhabits flesh.
Jesus was not from Herod's line, the current king of Israel. He did not come from the line of the famous Pharaohs. Jesus was not born of any famous line of the current time. He came from Joseph and Mary, both of whom had lineage from King David, but they were not of the lineage to such a degree that it would be known. After all, many in Israel could trace their lineage to David because Solomon had over 300 wives. Truly, Jesus was of royal blood, but truly he was hidden.
When He was born, He was hidden in Bethlehem (means "house of bread"). The King of kings was not born in Washington D.C. nor London nor Paris or any other famous important city. He was born in a city that his parents had to go to in order to pay their taxes. A city that had no importance in the plans of the Roman empire, the government of that time, is the place wherein Jesus was hidden.
When we are born again we enter into that heavenly Jerusalem, that mother of us all since we are born from above (Heb. 12:22-23). It is a city which is the bride of Christ (Rev. 21:9-10). It is a people known of God but a people not known of the world - a hidden people. Each saint is born biologically in a city which has no importance but each is also birthed in a spiritual city that has all the importance as far as God is concerned.
Jesus was of a no name virgin in a no name city and birthed in a hotel that had no rooms so his father and mother were sent away into what we would call today a garage which back then was a stable for the animals of the hotel.
He was hidden even further by being born in a manger. The manger was the trough in which the hay was strewn. There was not even enough room in the stable. How hidden He was. So when Herod hearing of His birth called for the accounting of the children, the hotel manager could say he sent away a pregnant lady to whom he could not give a room. Jesus was so hidden that his date of birth and place of birth were not known. A manger was a public place, not a private house where births normally occurred, Jesus was hidden in the open.
Our life is hid with God in Christ. No one knows that and no one knows the date of our birth. We walk around in Christ in the middle of the city in which we live and no one knows. Hidden but visible. Spiritual but natural.
At the time Herod felt threatened by the birth of Christ so he called for a counting of all children of the age of two and younger. It was then that the angel of the Lord appeared and sent Jesus with his parents to Egypt to hide. God calls us out of the denominational church system so that we are not numbered among them (Rev. 18:4). He calls us out to be hidden in Him so that He can deal with us directly, personally and yet we can have fellowship with people of like faith who are called out for the same purpose. Hidden from the systems, but basking in the presence of God, God deals with us openly but unknowingly by the world. He hides us in His foolishness.
Moses was born at a time when the children of Israel were multiplying so fast that the Egyptians felt threatened by their numbers. So, the Pharaoh called for the killing of the children. Moses' mother hid herself until her child was born. She nursed him as long as she could, but a day of the hiddenness was about over.
So, under the leading of the Holy Spirit, she hid Moses openly. She placed him in a reed "boat" and pushed him down the Nile. A Hebrew child, floating openly down the Nile is not very hidden. Moses was hidden where there was danger - alligators, mosquitoes, hippos. But he was hidden in a safe and secure place. He was hidden openly. He was hidden in the river until he was found by Pharaoh's daughter. What better place to be hidden than in the house of the one who wanted to kill you? Proverbs 28:12 states" "When the righteous men rejoice there is great glory but when the wicked rise, a man is hidden."
God knew it was a secure place, that middle of a river seen openly of all. We must not second guess God as He moves us about openly as it appears to our carnal minds, when in reality He is our armor on the front (Eph. 6) and our rear guard (Isa. 52:12). Then God causes Moses' own mother to come and sustain him in the midst of a nation that seeks to kill him. This is the hidden man of God. His mother's milk, God's word is enough to sustain us while we are hidden in the midst of a perverse and wicked generation.
Moses was so hidden that he grew up in the Pharaoh's house and was given a position of authority second only to Pharaoh. How well hidden he was. Moses was learning from God first-hand the ways of the Egyptians. God had promised Joseph long before Moses that the people of Israel would return home. So, Moses was seeing the salvation of God being worked out in Egypt within himself as the vessel of deliverance as well as God dealing with Pharaoh.
Jesus was the hidden man. The people of Israel were looking for a Messiah who would come and deliver them from Roman rule and set up the Jews as an independent state and perhaps even rulers of the world. But Jesus was the hidden man, who came to establish a kingdom not of this world. The church today looks for a man, Jesus, to return and set up His kingdom with them and that the church will rule and reign over the world. A similar deception as the people of Israel. He is the hidden man seeking to rule from within.
Moses, carnal like the people of Israel and the church, sought in the flesh to fulfill God's plan and killed an Egyptian soldier that was overseeing the Hebrew workers. This shows clearly that Moses knew God's plan and purpose, but Moses was not totally crucified yet. Remember he had been in Pharaoh's house for forty years.
Now God sends him into the wilderness to be hidden for another forty years. He was hidden from the Egyptian Pharaoh (the religious system) in the middle of a desert, even as Jesus was hidden from the religious system in Egypt. Hidden, removed from all positions of power and might, Moses learns obedience to the plan of God. It is while we are hidden, separated from the world and religious systems, that God deals with us to learn the obedience of a son. It is only then.
Being hidden is not a negative thing but on the contrary it is very positive. He keeps you hidden from the world but in the ways of the Lord. "Let the hidden man of the heart, that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit which is in the sight of God of great price..." be worked out in you (I Pet. 3:4). It is only when we are hidden in Him that we can learn to identify with His nature. To be hidden in this verse means to be of great cost, precious. So the hidden man is precious, of great cost, for it is God Himself who laid down His life for us. He is the one arising as the day star.
I am sure you remember the story of Elijah. He confronted the prophets of Baal with fire from heaven (I Kings 18). God answered the servant of the Lord and 450 prophets of Baal were slain that day (18:40). But when the woman of the flesh came after him (Jezebel) God hid him in a cave (19:9) for a season and then hid him in the wilderness.
Sometimes the nature of God must be hid in the tomb of the flesh, the outerman. Sometimes it takes the wilderness to hide us in God until the indignation passes over (Isa. 26:20). But if we do not know how to hide ourselves in Him we will be revealed. It is important that we know how to enter into the chamber of the Lord.
The wilderness is what hid Elijah. How did it do that? What did it do? A wilderness has no path in it. It is a wilderness, and unless you know your geographic bearings you would be lost. The earth staggers to and fro as a drunkard. The earth is that Adamic nature which totters and does not know where it is going. Hiding in that wilderness but knowing your gyroscope, your compass, you remain in balance.
Jezebel could not find Elijah until it was time for Elijah to come forth again out of the desert. Until God wants to reveal you, the world will not see you. Jesus was hid in the storm, resting peacefully, until Peter called concerned about the boat sinking. Oh, the outerman sees the natural and fears, but the inner man controls the course of events. Do we reflect Jesus or do we reflect the nature of Peter?
Elijah waited in the wilderness until it was the time to be revealed. In the wilderness, the place of hiding, God speaks to Elijah about his next manifestation. It is only when you are hidden in Him that He can speak. You know you are in Him when he speaks, such reassurance.
How does one hide in the Lord? Sin is defined as missing the mark, "hamartia" in the Greek. Sin is not hiding in Him. Like an arrow shooting to the target it must hit the bulls eye (the center circle) to make the mark. Anything less is sin. So, we must be conformed to the image of Christ and anything less is sin. We hide in Him be being identified with Him in crucifixion and resurrection. We hide in Him by knowing that we are Him in this world, even as he and the Father are one (Jhn 17:21).
Another time Elijah travels to Zarephath which means "placing of refining". A widow with a son were preparing their last meal and then with no food left would die within a few days. Elijah by the spirit is brought to this woman. He asks her to give him the bread before she gives it to her son and herself.
The Christ nature thirsts to give life. It meets the people on the natural plane. The hidden man seeks to manifest life to the people. In his thirst to bless her, he asks her to provide. In her provision to the man, the woman is blessed with food that does not run out and oil that lasts. The food speaks of spiritual food to feed her, and the oil speaks of the anointing of the baptism of the Holy Spirit that leads us unto the life of the Holy of Holies, the feast of Tabernacles, that third experience in God.
How well is Elijah hidden? If Elijah had tried to hide in another place, he would not have had food. We are to hide where God will sustain us. If our life is hid with God, His life will enable us. How well is Elijah hidden? He goes into a house of a widow. He enters and lives in her house. It looks like the two have an illicit relationship going on - a widow and a strange man. How well God is hid in that situation!
But God well knew the need of the widow and her son. God knew they were out of food and used the hidden man to provide it to them. God knew that the widow's son would die. So God sent Elijah, the hidden man of God into the house (hidden even more) until the time. At the very time that the son died and his breath left him (I Kgs. 18:17) Elijah takes the child and carried him to the upper room (verse 19). This speaks of taking the child into the Holy of Holies. There in the realm of life Elijah stretches himself over the child three times (three experiences of salvation, baptism of the Holy Spirit and union with God). It was after the performance of God through him that the woman knew he was a man of God - not after he had given her food and oil. The hidden man was revealed only to be covered again until God needed him. Even while hidden from Ahab, the hidden man was able to do a work.
Consider Jesus, our pattern (I Peter 2:21). Unless God revealed who Jesus was to someone, no one knew who He was. Some thought He was Elijah or another prophet but no one thought He was the son of God. Even during His ministry when He told them He was one with His God, no one believed Him. Very few knew He was the savior. Judas didn't even believe Jesus was the savior because Judas was looking for a natural savior to deliver the Jews from the Romans. Jesus was hid during His ministry! What a pattern we have to follow.
Jesus is hid now in the bosom of the Father. What is the Father? The Father is a spirit. We must worship Him in spirit and truth. Where is the Father? John 14:23 states in the Amplified Bible: "... and My Father will love him and We will come to him and make our home (abode, special dwelling place) with him." The word translated "with" is "para" in the Greek and can mean: from, by or of. Thus, the translation could read "make our home from him." So the Son and the Father are hid in the vessel, the saint, even as we are hid in Him (Col. 3:3).
But consider how well Jesus was hid. Jesus left His body and hid himself in hell for three days. He preached to all captivity and led captivity captive (Eph. 4:8, I Pet. 3:19). Jesus hid in death while yet being alive. While His body was on the cross and in the grave, Satan rejoiced looking on the outer man thinking victory was won. While the grave, which is what hell means, was being unguarded, Jesus hid Himself in hell for three days. Satan waited three days outside the tomb of Christ, but Jesus was hiding - not in the tomb. Jesus was in hell preaching to the captives.
When Jesus arose, Satan returns and finds that the keys of death and hell could not hold Him and that everyone had left. Christ then has given us the keys of death and hell so that our hidden man can do the very thing that He did (Rev. 1:18, Matt. 16:19). We are hidden in Christ as we reveal the dying of the Lord in our body. If this be done then we can manifest the life of Christ (II Cor. 4:11).
There was no opposition to Jesus when He was in hell, for the Devil can work only on the outerman and Jesus was the hidden man. Satan came and could find nothing in Him (Jhn 14:30). For three days Jesus hid Himself in hell. But on the third day He arose freeing all that were there. It is about three days since Christ first appeared. The earth, the planet, has been a tomb but coming forth in manifestation is the hidden man of the Christ nature.
The inner man is a hidden man. He is hid openly in the world but not of it. He appears the same as other people but is not. He speaks the same language as the people around him but speaks a heavenly language inside. While the world struggles for earthly success in the area of finances and possessions, the hidden man struggles with being conformed to the image of God and seeks the spiritual riches of the kingdom. He is in the world but not of it.
The hidden man is revealed at the Father's discretion. God reveals who the hidden man is (say, to Peter) to certain people or God openly proclaims the hidden man as the Son (at the baptism of Jesus). Other than that even Pilate did not know who Jesus was, except that his wife told him.
God wants us to hide ourselves in the cleft of the Rock, in the very nature of Himself. As He told Jerusalem, He would have gathered them as a hen gathers her chicks. He seeks to protect, nurture prepare, establish and empower us. In order for that to occur we must be hidden in His nature to learn of His ways.
He wants us to understand that He directs the world for His glory and how we fit into the picture. God hides us so that we cannot be seen. If we are seen, then He is not exalted. We are hid in Him, covered by the blood of the Lord so that only the Lord will receive the glory. No man will receive His glory. That is, no Adam nature will receive His glory.
Moses turned from the way (Ex. 3:1-10) he was going in the wilderness. He took off his shoes, that is, he shed the old way he was doing things to come into the presence of the I AM (verse 14). When there is only the I AM there is no other. God did not destroy the vessel of Moses, but numbered him so that he was the meekest man on the earth (Nbrs. 12:3). It is only when you are hidden in the presence of the Lord that the self - nature is crucified.
Christ learned obedience by the things that He suffered and became a Son (Heb. 5:8). It is the hidden man that suffers because no one except the Father knows who He is. Our life, our very life, our only life, is hid with God in Christ. Our death has been swallowed up into life. To God be the glory that He has hid us in Himself so that we would not expose ourselves, our old nature. Such love, such grace extended unto us. Let us always be hidden.
Inherent Riches Of The Saints
We are exhorted of St. Paul in Hebrews 6:1 to leave the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, and to go on to perfection; this is speaking of bigger and better things. This word 'perfection' comes from the Greek meaning to be completed, to come to full age in Christ, a perfect man. To come into maturity and perfection, this speaks of the inner fruit of the spirit, the incorruptible seed of His Life which we bear in the womb of our heart and mind awaiting to burst into new life; the New Creation Man of God!
It is urgent to note, it does not say to forget the six principles of the doctrine of Christ mentioned in this chapter, but instead 'TO LEAVE THE DISCUSSION OF ELEMENTARY PRINCIPLES AND GO ON TO THE PERFECTION IN CHRIST.'
It was symbolic for the time in which these gifts and sacrifices were offered to minister to the church and indeed they have and we believe will continue to do, there is no ought against these. But, CHRIST IS COME as HIGH PRIEST of a greater and more perfect tabernacle (which you are) not made with hands. How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? (Heb. 9:11, 14). It is for this Paul prayed that the eyes of your understanding be enlightened; that ye MAY KNOW what is the hope of His calling, what are the RICHES OF THE GLORY OF HIS INHERITANCE IN THE SAINTS. (Eph. 1:18).
This brings us to understand an important point of scripture. Having delivered the Israelites out of the Egyptian bondage, (remembering your own deliverance of bondage), the spirit of prophecy now sets forth the principles upon which conquest depends before taking possession of the land of inheritance! Note carefully now, immediately upon coming out of Egyptian bondage, Jehovah prepares them for the OVERTHROW OF THE ENEMIES OF CANAANLAND (their promised land) AND DELIVERANCE OF THE STRONGHOLDS!!! (Deut. 7;1-3).
Before anything is said, Jehovah warns the Hebrews, (Ex. 23:20-33) "Behold, I send an Angel before you to keep you IN THE WAY and to bring you into THE PLACE which I have PREPARED. Oh, church, it is urgent we note the way in preparing the Hebrews into Canaanland is identical to preparing the church into their promised inheritance in this day. (See John 14: 1-4). The word goes on to say, "Beware of Him, for He will not pardon your transgressions; for My Name is in Him. But if you indeed obey His voice and do all that I speak, then I will be an enemy to your enemies and an adversary to your adversaries. For My Angel will go before you and bring you into the Amorites and the Hittites and the Perizzites and the Canaanites and the Hivites and the Jebusites; AND I WILL CUT THEM OFF."
Now listen brethren, Jehovah didn't just happen upon the names of these six nations. Six is the number of man and pertains to the things about man! These were carefully chosen and important to our understanding of the principle which is hidden behind their meaning. Our Jehovah desires to unveil a precious truth buried in these names. The Hebrew definition of each of these six nations defines the inner degenerate adamic nature of man. By and through the ministration of the Holy Spirit, Father points His finger to the inner degenerate nature of man which needs annihilation.
Look them up in the Strong's Concordance and you will find for yourself their meaning: spirit of bitterness, boastful of self, rebellious, brokenness, fearful, descendants of terror, unforgiving, trodden down (defeat), vengeful. etc. This is the meaning of the nations and they are found in you and me. "WHEN MY ANGEL GOES BEFORE YOU AND BRINGS YOU TO THESE NATIONS, I WILL REJECT THEM AND BLOT (that is delete) THEM OUT." God Himself promises to annihilate (cut them off) from before you. The promise stands 'IF' we abstain from all idolatry and covenanting with paganism. The battle is His, brethren. He goes before you and He is your reward.
As mentioned, to this CONQUEST, to this victory there are certain regulations to observe and obey! "You shall not bow down to their gods, nor serve them, nor do according to their works, but you shall UTTERLY OVERTHROW THEM and completely break down their sacred pillars." God desires to redeem man, setting him free. Paul says, "Beware lest anyone man spoil (cheat) you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, after the rudiments (elements) of the world, and not after Christ." (lit. plunder you or take you captive). Col. 2:8.
We might ask ourselves, what does this mean, how do I apply this to my everyday life? How do I bow down to other gods or do according to their works? Self-examination is required with much honesty since the adversary goes to great extent to disguise these works mentioned. Much deals with the soulish nature, meaning the seat of the feelings, desires, affections (heart and mind). Jesus came to convert and redeem man from selfhood, literally, a TURNING, i.e. the spiritual or moral change, behavior or manner of life which accompanies the turning of a sinner from his sins to God.
God promises to cleanse and purge everything that causes to sin or miss the mark of the high calling of God. The myriad of idolatries of mankind are said to be sacred pillars. Those things we hold in high esteem which pattern our daily life. This is why the scripture commands the enemy be OVERTHROWN, i.e., the carnal mind, some call him the old man of sin, old desires which directs our soulish nature to obey every whim; this calls for a COMPLETE, OVERTHROWING, OVERBOARD, everything which causes our ship of everyday life to sink. We sow and reap moment by moment, the good we sow returns (reaps) righteousness, the evil we reject has no power over us.
Upon man's initial conversion, and baptism, the Holy Spirit enters the soul and through the Light of Christ the on-going principle of redemption immediately begins consuming man's darkness. We all have experienced wonderful healings as a believer. They are glorious days, but Paul urges the church TO GO ONTO PERFECTION. The Spirit of truth desires us to behold this in this hour.
All right, having tasted of the good things (word) of God, let us search into the powers of the riches of our inheritance. He promises to bless our bread and water, take away sickness and fulfill the number of our days and make all thine enemies turn their backs unto thee, i.e., (Hebrew: put the heel of our foot upon the neck of our enemies). All this God promises, if we serve Him. And I will send hornets before thee, which shall drive out the Hivite, the Canaanite, and Hittite, from before thee.
HORNETS by which the Canaanites, and associate nations are said to be driven from their dwellings are understood from the Hebrew as designating ills and calamities of various kinds. The word used here for hornets, wasps, is taken from the ancient Hebrew, the idea of piercing, which does not differ much from that of striking (a scourge); one stricken (by God), one smitten.
Hornets are symbolic of God's correctional principles which bring deliverance and cleanse man of their sins. The idea of piercing: - producing physical pain, or any instrument of punishment, source of irritation, which rends the heart, draw tears from the eyes, making unhappy, thorn in one's side, disenchantment, set the teeth on edge, crushing experience, all these and the full bore as the hornet. Christ Jesus said He went to prepare a place for us, little did we know what He meant by this preparation for the believer. Most, if not all, rejoiced in the heart expecting any easy entrance into this PLACE Christ speaks about.
We need to rightly interpret the physical to correctly understand the spirit. The Lord prayed on this wise, "Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait (Gr. stenos: narrow from obstacles standing close about) is the gate, and narrow (Gr. thlibo: to crowd, afflicted, pressure, anguish, suffer tribulation) is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it." Matt. 7:13, 14.
Brethren, to better understand what is being spoken of here, let us consider what Paul had to say in 2 Corinth. 1:4-6, "For just as Christ's (own) sufferings fall to our lot (as they overflow upon His disciples, and we share and experience them) abundantly, so through Christ's comfort (consolation and encouragement) is also (shared and experienced) abundantly by us." "(Even) now I rejoice in the midst of my sufferings on your behalf. And in my own person I am making up whatever is still lacking and remains to be completed (on our part) of Christ's afflictions, for the sake of His body, which is the church." (Col. 1:24, Amp Ver.).
Hebrews, chapter 2, verses 10 & 11 reveals this mystery of perfection through sufferings. "For both He that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are ALL OF ONE: for which cause He is not ashamed to call them brethren." Then I Peter 4:1 shares the mystery saying, "Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, are yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh HATH CEASED FROM SIN."
Now in the past, God has delivered and healed the believer of his temporal needs but now in these days there is a greater blessing the scriptures speak of and it is of an ETERNAL EVERLASTING NATURE. This is what these verses are wanting us to comprehend. Having tasted of the TEMPORAL blessings of bodily healings, we now come to understand the word speaks of an eternal power of changing the body from this corruptible into incorruption and this mortal into immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory! (I Cor. 15:51-55).
The kingdom of God comes in power, beloved this is speaking of that power of healing and deliverance of man's sinful nature which is the cause of ALL sickness, sorrow and ultimate death! The Old Testament speaks of a physical Canaanland; the Israelites were commanded to dispossess, overthrow the enemy and take full possession of their land. This is in type of the kingdom of God that Jesus Christ came to establish within our earth and fulfilled Jeremiah's prophetic utterance, "Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will make a NEW COVENANT with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah: not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; .......but this shall be the covenant .......After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law IN THEIR INWARD PARTS, AND WRITE IT IN THEIR HEARTS; AND I WILL BE THEIR GOD, AND THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE." (Jer. 31:31-33).
This is at the heart of what is intended to be understood in this study. Having overtaken and conquered these inner strongholds, i.e. nations spoken of here, healing will not be temporal any longer but of an eternal nature through divine impartation of the nature of God! The riches of the inheritance of the saints is of a power of an endless life!!! Though sickness, adversity, affliction and all the such come, it has no power upon you and me and whosoever has the faith of God. Not in the bye and bye, after death, as so many believe brethren, but in the here and now. Jesus left us a legacy, saying, the kingdom of God is within you and that is here and NOW! This is not speaking about taking place in the bye and bye brethren, but in the here and now! Please hear me by the power of the Spirit. What we are talking about is to be apprehended by faith in Christ in this very hour, where God's people are hurting.
What is being written here is a simple principle of all truth but hard to utter if there is unbelief. The prophetic scriptures insist there first must be a complete uprooting of the old man of sin, a complete cleansing of the darkness of the fallen soul of the Adamic nature before planting the new seed of an incorruptible, immortal nature. Praise God.
When Jesus healed the impotent man He told him, "Go and sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee." Jn. 5:14. Jesus healed this man's temporal sin, the holy spirit had not yet been poured out upon mankind. If that man sinned again, he could expect a worse thing come upon him. Temporal healing by the laying on of hands needs to be repeated over and over again because of the sting of sin. And we praise God for His healing power which comes by His mercy and grace upon man. But remember Jesus told the impotent man, sin no more or a worse thing shall come upon you. You see, the principle of gravity, from where we get the word 'grave', continues claiming man's life, it brings corruption, sickness and ultimately death. The sting of sin is sickness unto death, "For the law of Spirit of Life in Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and [Gr. by a sacrifice for] for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit." (Rom 8:2-4).
Having gained knowledge and wisdom of God, Peter says, "According as His divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be PARTAKERS OF THE DIVINE NATURE, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust." (II Pet. 1:3,4). Blessed are they who have ears to hear what the Spirit says.
The Old Testament regulations given for conquering the physical Canaanland of old are in type and shadow principles for the resurrection power of an endless life of the New Testament church of Jesus Christ and these regulations speak of bigger and better promises of THE RICHES OF THE INHERITANCE OF THE SAINTS.
The Law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus is overcoming the Adamic man completely, not minding the meager temporal healings of those things which continually needed be done over and over again. But these things speak after an order of AN ENDLESS LIFE, the overthrow of sin, sickness, sorrow and death! He that hath an ear, let him hear what the spirit is saying. God bless you brethren!
.................Sal & Dominie Bordonaro
Tribulation Or Pressure?
When I first became saved, I had read the words of Jesus, "In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world." (John 16:33). At the time I was unable to find comfort in such a statement. I had reasoned, how does his overcoming help me? Sure, it is easy for him to say 'Be of good cheer' since he had overcome the world. But I had not and cannot be of any such cheer until I also have overcome like he had. These were my thoughts so many years ago.
Jesus said 'In the world ye shall have tribulation'. What did he mean ? What is the world? It is rather simple. The Greek word for world is 'kosmos' which means the order or arrangement of things. It is the method or state of affair in which everything around us operates. In the world is the methodology around us, the system in which everything functions. It is what we sometimes call "streamline".
Furthermore, I think the commonly used phrase, 'they are of the world' has an altogether different meaning than how it is used today. Often, not always, it is intended to imply that the party in question is of the flesh, mindful of earthly things, living under the influence of the devil, etc. Yet if we held to the definition of the word 'world', we would find that most every business, religion and activity would fall under this category. They are of a particular method, order and arrangement of things, in accordance to their day. Such is the case when one finds that they are operating according to the methods of their day.
So, what is tribulation? The Greek word used in this verse is "thlipsis" and has been translated as tribulation, persecution, trouble, affliction, anguish and burden. It is also related to another word which has the meaning of narrow and crowding. There is yet another word offered by Strong's concordance which probably makes more sense for our present day vocabulary - PRESSURE. Whether on the job, at home or among family and friends, everyone at one time or another has experienced pressure.
Jesus said that in the world you will have pressure. He did not say that you would have peace but rather pressure. In other words, the world operates on this principle of pressure. Whether it is to perform at work or to conform with family and friends, it is all the same, it is the order and method in which the spirit of man functions. Yet, Jesus tells us to be of good cheer since he has overcome the whole method, order or arrangement in how things operated in his day. In fact, he also said, "I am not of this world." He never manipulated others by using pressure, he never controlled others by subtle tactics and emotional powerplays. Nor was he ever influenced or moved by the very principle in which everything around him operated. He overcame and conquered such outside behaviors of others. Indeed, he was able to come above any pressure since he lived in another order, another sphere, another world!
Religion has done very well by using this principle of pressure. Rather than
"blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of
God", they have become the pressuremakers! They have devised all sorts
of doctrines, from using the book of Revelation and it's imagery and symbolic
language to frighten people; to taking other scriptures out of context and applying
events to another time and generation, giving no regard that it may have already
been fulfilled. This is particularly true regarding the theory of the GREAT
TRIBULATION. "For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since
the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be" (Matt.
24:21). Any bible teacher worth listening to would tell you that this was referring
to the upcoming destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D. by Titus. In fact, the first
century writings of Josephus have described that the Roman Empire had killed
so many Jews, they were unable to lift their sword to the slaughter of another.
Yet ironically, bible teachers would err by proceeding to explain to us that
the remaining portion of prophesy was for another time and another people, namely
our generation! Why has it become so difficult to believe the simple words of
Jesus. "This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled."
(Matt. 24:34). Jesus said it would come to pass to one generation. He started
and ended his discourse with one particular generation in mind, his own. Clearly,
it does not pertain to our day, nor does it suggest a coming 'great tribulation'.
Such fables ought to be discarded from our very conversation.
I have observed that many Christian circles seldom have answers for those among them who are having a difficult time in coping with pressure. They often present the Christian way as a trouble-free, lopsided impression of life. As if the famous musical song by Simba and his friends in the movie Lion King were an accurate representation of our conversion and new life. Remember the tune as he wanted to put his past behind them......"means no worries for the rest of your days, its our problem free philosophy, Hakuna Matata". For those who saw this delightful film, Simba realized that he was to take his place in the great circle of life, accepting that he could not change his past. As he recognized that his father Mufasa was alive in him, it enabled him to defeat his oppressor before he could take his rightful place as king. And so it is with us as we take our place in the great kingdom of God and the sphere of his life, he enables us and teaches us through many trials and afflictions, through daily chastening if need be, yea... through periodic walks in darkness if required, to turn us back and take our rightful place as kings!
Several years ago we had begun to see some overall purpose to when a person would find themselves subject to destruction, depression, voidlessness, and the like. The Lord begun to deal and reveal that he turns man to depression, yet with a specific goal and purpose in mind. It seemed to us that he would allow a person to experience such an emptiness simply to notify a person and make them aware that they are not where they need to be from a spiritual perspective, as if it were a wake-up call or sign to alert them. I am reminded of the words we had shared five years ago, "man was lowered into the realm of death and carnality, not by his own choosing, but rather by DIVINE CHOICE. And all of creation, including you and I were lowered with him. Yet, it was not without specific purpose and plan. "Thou turnest man to destruction; and sayest, Return, ye children of men" (Ps. 90:3 KJV). And again, "Thou turnest man unto a bruised thing, And sayest, Turn back, ye sons of men" (Young's Literal). Also, "Thou crumblest man away, summoning men back ...." (Moffatt). God knew what he was doing as he lowered his creation to a realm lower than himself. Yet, he also decreed TURN BACK, RETURN. God has set in motion that return, that return to love, that return to the one who lowered us having a specific purpose in mind. Men and women have taken heed to that inner call, to journey back to the Father. Each are coming in their own rank and order, not breaking rank. We cannot condemn those who are not now returning for we know that God must bid the call, God must initiate the draw, for it is not man's decision but rather our Heavenly Father's selection."
The apostle Paul had made the statement, ".....we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God." (Acts 14:22). He did not say we must with no pressure enter, nor did he say we must through little pressure. He clearly said much pressure. Those who teach that we are always to prosper, always to be happy, never to have conflict, never to be tried in the tougher school of much testing and pressure have not read the book with the same spirit in which it was written. We do not subscribe to escapism but rather deliverance, and not 'deliverance from' but rather 'deliverance through' our test. We are not to boast in our tests and our inward trials, counting the many pressures as if it qualifies us for the kingdom. No, rather it is designed to press or drive us back into that realm where peace abounds. Yes, God will even allow pressure to get our attention. Why? Not so we fail and live as others in the world. Oh no, but rather to overcome that we might have peace. Indeed, there is a purpose in our pressure.
The words of Ray Prinzing seem appropriate at this time, "That this is a time of pressure such as the world has never known before, surely no one would deny, how many today also believe that these pressures are used by God for a specific purpose and fulfilling His plan of the ages?.................IT IS AN UTTER NECESSITY THAT WE UTILIZE OUR PRESENT TRAVAIL AS PREPARATION TIME for the hour which shall come, "immediately after the pressure of those days." LIVE TODAY IN THE LIGHT OF ITS IMPACT UPON YOUR TOMORROW. Oh yes, we are well aware of those who would do away with anything that appears to be futuristic, and they claim to have all, and are living in the "now." I am sure that we are not living in the fulness of that which is ours today. But I am equally sure that we have not yet arrived into the totality of the 'ever present I AM," and therefore we desire to "go on to perfection," and "this we will do, if God permit." (Heb. 6:1,3)."
"The scripture gives us ample room for our daily living, with a sufficiency for every necessity. "Give us THIS DAY our daily bread." "TODAY is the day of salvation." "NOW are we the children of God." etc., but there is also much in the Word of God that points to the passing of the things which are temporal, and of the "nevertheless AFTERWARDS" which follows..................."
"Turning now to Proverbs 24:27, "Prepare thy work without, and make it fit for thyself in the field; and afterwards build thine house."......... herein again is seen another great sign of our own times, when this present generation is going contrary to the laws of progress and daily living, and shall surely reap an awful harvest. The wise man pointed out that a diligent man working his field would be able to prosper, and in due time not only have a well established living, but also be able to build and furnish his home, and look back to enjoy the works of his hands. But today we find so many who insist immediately upon the time of their marriage to also furnish their new home with everything that modern times afford, selling their soul into debt for things far beyond their means. They try to enjoy the end of their travail before it has even begun. Then having nothing but heavy debts to look forward to, and nothing more to set before themselves as a goal to obtain, they again without a sense of purpose, and becoming bored with each other, and sick of their heavy bondage of bills, with nothing set before them as a goal to work together to achieve, they seek satisfaction in avenues which only bring heart-ache and break up the home............"
"But now we see how God has taken out from among the people a REMNANT, placed them into training schools far more rigid than any Seminary, and there in the midst of THE FIELD OF PRESSURES AND TESTINGS He is preparing a people who will be duly qualified, not to serve as servants in the house, but as SONS to be over the house, as divinely appointed administrators in the kingdom of God. No, the position of sonship does not come first, and the qualifications come later, but God shall thoroughly train and prepare them first, and AFTERWARD build an house. Self shall have been completely dealt with, placed on the cross, so that as God raises His sons to positions of authority, to rule and reign with Him, none shall fall or break the ranks of their administration because of a weakness in their character. Each one shall be fully joined to the Lord in one spirit, until HE is all in all in them, the central supremacy of their life. The travail of the field, the preparation and discipline, the losing of their own "self" life, to find it again in HIS LIFE, all of this is God's process leading up to the AFTERWARDS, when they shall be vessels of honour in His great house. Now isn't the time to claim sonship and its positions of glory, now is the time to work in the field, until His grace has made us "meet for the Master's use."- endquote.
This is why Paul could write "tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil..... but glory, honour and peace to every man that worketh good" (Rom. 2:9). On the surface one might think that Paul was vindictive or cruel by suggesting tribulation on every soul that does evil, but if we understand that pressure is designed with a purpose, then we can see an end, that the soul may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus. As believers and followers of Christ, we ought to understand that we glory in our tribulations, knowing that they worketh patience. Let it have its work. It can never separate us from the love of Christ, nay, through it we become more than conquerors. So let us be patient in our pressure for God will "comfort us in all our tribulation." He shows us mercy while we are in our pressures and when it has fulfilled its purpose, He then delivers the person out of the pressure as found in the story of Joseph. It then has worked a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory. During the conversion experience, it is easy for a person to forget the heavy weights of life, old heartaches and habits, but then over time past habits, temptations and such reappear, even intensified at times. How can this be? Because God is building character and forming the Christ. Is it to be difficult? It certainly is, even unto our death. Is it impossible to bear? No, for he promises to never allow more pressure than we can bear. "There is no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it." So be of good cheer for greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world!
Paul continued "....that we may be able to comfort them which are in any pressure" (II Cor. 1:4). Once we have tasted of the mercy of the Lord and found peace, we ought to comfort others with this same peace. What did Daniel do when his three fellow Hebrews were cast into the burning fiery furnace? Let me ask it another way. Where was Daniel when Abednego, Meshach and Shadrach were bound by the king's most mighty men and thrown into the flames? On the surface it appears that the story says nothing, but give it thought. Remove all religious barriers and read the story without any preconceived ideas. How could Daniel not be there to comfort his friends? He couldn't, he was there! Just as scripture called Adam a son of God (ref. Luke 3:38), likewise Daniel was a son of God. And King Nebuchadnezzar had been exposed to only one son of God and it wasn't Jesus of Nazareth, it was Daniel of Judah. "And these three men...... fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace. Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonied, and spake and said unto his counsellors, Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? They answered and said unto the king, True O king. He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the forth is like the son of God." The king saw the only son of God he knew in the furnace of affliciton, it was Daniel comforting his friends.
Jesus said in our text verse "....that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation...". When pressure is on all sides; a project at work fails, the T.V at home is on the blink, the lawn mower broke again, your out of bread and no stores are open, the checkbook is at an all-time low, a surprise visit from your least favorite relative and a couple of disappointments with your spouse. When it seems to be all coming apart, remember, "A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish (pressure), for joy that a man is born in the world". In the world they will have pressure but in Jesus Christ we will have joy and peace. BE OF GOOD CHEER, HE HAS OVERCOME THE WORLD!
From Creation to the Consummation - Part VI
The book of Exodus introduces us to the life and times of the Israelites in the land of Egypt. After time in this new land, the Israelites fell into disfavor with the Egyptians and the ruling dynasty. There had been a change in the ruling forces; changing from the alien Hyksos or Shepherd Kings. These Hyksos rulers were Semitic in race and akin with the Israelites. But the new regime was more Egyptian and thus the Israelites were not in favor with this dynasty as previously with the old kings. It is likely that the mighty Pharaohs such as Thothmes II and Thothmes III ruled during the terrible oppression of the Israelites. The Israelites were feared because of their rapidly growing numbers and the strength of the Hebrews in the land, and so they wanted to suppress them. So the new masters who knew not Joseph set about to deal shrewdly with the Hebrews and to set harsh taskmasters over them. But the more the Hebrews were oppressed, the more they multiplied and spread over the land. The book of Exodus tells us that the Egyptians made the children of Israel to serve with rigor. Their taskmasters made their lives bitter with hard bondage, in mortar, in brick and in all manner of service in the field: all their service wherein they made them serve was rigor. Ex. 1:13, 14. The first twelve chapters of the book of Exodus relates the story of their bondage, of their deliverer and of their exodus from the land. Psalm 105 relates the same wonderful account of how God was with His people and how He gave them release from their servitude in the land of Egypt. These people were under the Abrahamic covenant and under the Guidance and Protection of their Almighty God. But God allowed them to be dealt with harshly so that they would be willing to leave the comforts and security of their home in Egypt and go forth into the land which God promised to Abraham and his seed.
The main events of this era of carrying burdens can be divided into eleven events. They can be described as:
(1) the oppression of Israel,
(2) the rescue of Moses and his education,
(3) the flight of Moses,
(4) Moses, a shepherd in Midian,
(5) the burning bush,
(6) return of Moses to Eqypt,
(7) the ten plagues,
(8) the Passover,
(9) the Pillar of cloud and fire,
(10) the crossing of the Red Sea, and
(11) the drowning of the Eqyptian army.
The name "Exodus" means a going out or departure, therefore the name of this second book is appropriate. One research source points out that the Pharaohs were afraid that with the rapid development of the number of Hebrews, that these people might join forces with an enemy and help overthrow them. So the Pharaoh orders them as slaves to build their cities and tells the midwives to destroy Hebrew males at birth. When the midwives refuse, they destroy the male children because of their fear of God, the Pharaoh orders that his people cast male Hebrews into the river, but to keep the female children alive. A Hebrew male is born to Kohath and his wife, Jochebed. They are of the Tribe of Levi. The son was Moses. The Bible tells us that when he was three months old, his mother built a small ark lined with pitch to make it waterproof. The mother hid the ark and baby in the bulrushes by the river front.
An interesting sidelight on the pitch, which Moses' mother used in making the basket-ark water tight, was used by Standard Oil to go to Egypt to search for oil many years ago. The Rev. A. W. Knock, Lutheran Bible scholar, in one of his Bible messages on Moses stated that a Christian employee with Standard Oil read in his Bible about the pitch. As a scientist, this employee knew that where there is a pitch, there is oil. So he presented the facts to his employer and Standard Oil Company, in the early 1900's went to Egypt and found oil. This was done on the basis of this employee's discovery as he read his Bible.
While the baby was secluded in the bulrushes, the daughter of Pharaoh came to the river to bathe. She was attended by one of her maidens. Josephus names her as Thermuthis. This princess spotted the basket and had it brought to her. When she saw the baby Moses, she was moved with compassion. The sister of Moses was close by. Her name was Miriam and she asked if she should call a Hebrew nurse to take care of the baby. The princess agreed and Miriam went to get her mother, who in turn became the nurse of Moses. When he was weaned, he was taken to Pharaoh's daughter , who adopted him and called him Moses. The name was fitting as it means "drawn out" ; the Hebrew word, "mashah", means to draw out. Moses was drawn out of the water into eventual ministry of the Lord God. One interesting fact to take note of is what Josephus says in his writings. He says that the daughter of Pharaoh had plans to make Moses ruler of Egypt when her father died.
Moses was trained in the wisdom of Egypt (Acts 7:22), which was unsurpassed in all the world at that time. While this education was intended for Moses' leadership in Egypt, God used it for his leadership of the Hebrews. His schooling in Egypt included being familiar with court life and the life of the princes, the grandeur and pomp of religious worship and rituals and with the literary letters and ideas of that time. He saw the administration of justice and knew the arts of that civilized life. But he remembered his origin, believed the promises which had been made to the Hebrew people, and discovered the call of God to be a deliver of His people. Going one day to look at the state of his countrymen, he saw an Egyptian strike one of his Hebrew people. Moses killed the oppressor and hid his body in the sand. Soon, as he tried to reconcile two Hebrews who were striving together, the one who was wrong asked Moses if he was a prince and ruler over them. He continued by asking if Moses would kill him as he had killed the Egyptian. Moses was alarmed over the knowledge that his deed was known and that Pharaoh had heard of it and would take his life. Moses fled from Egypt to the land of Midian. On arriving in Midian, Moses aided the daughters of Jethro, who was a priest. Jethro showed him hospitality, gave him employment, and gave him one of his daughters to be his wife. His wife's name was Zipporah and she gave birth to two sons, Gershom and Eliezer. Moses remained here for forty years and learned much about himself.
The life of Moses has been divided into three parts of forty years. The first forty years was to know Egypt or the ways of the world, the second forty years was to know himself and his limitations, and the last forty years was to know the ways of God. While Moses was in this wilderness and desert place, he learned much of the resources, roads, climate and mode of life of the inhabitants. This knowledge would help him later on as he led the Israelites through the desert to the Promise Land. Toward the end of his stay in the land of Midian, Moses saw a burning bush. It was then that God gave him the call to lead the Hebrews out of the land of Egypt. Moses objected to this high calling, saying that he was not eloquent of speech. He felt that he would be unable to tell the people in what manner God would reveal Himself for their deliverance and that he lacked credentials to get their recognition of him as their leader. God removed these difficulties and promised that his brother Aaron would help him. Moses acquiesced to God's call and made plans to return to the land of Egypt. As God had a problem to get Moses into the desert, now God had a problem to get Moses away from the desert. Moses took his wife and two sons with him back to Egypt. The younger son had not been circumcised because his wife considered the rite bloody. In yielding to his wife in this matter, Moses showed himself unfaithful to God's command in his own household. On the way to Egypt, God nearly took his life at an inn. Moses' wife discerned the cause and took a knife and performed the operation saying, "a bridegroom of blood art thou to me" - Exodus 4:24-26.
Arriving in Egypt, Moses with Aaron repeatedly conveyed to Pharaoh, the divine commands of God to let His people go. When Pharaoh refused, God sent the plagues. With each plague, God was striking a blow at each of their false gods. The Egyptians worshipped the Nile River. Aaron strikes the waters of the Nile, and the river turns to blood. God brings the plague of frogs against the goddess Hekt; lice to attack their god, Seb; flies against the sacred scarabaeus or black beetle god; murrain against the god, Apis, the sacred bull; boils against the god, Typhon; hail and fire against the atmosphere god, shu; locusts against the god, Seraphis, who was their protection against locusts; darkness against the god, Ra, the sun god; and finally, death to their first born, showing His power over all of Egypt.
At the tenth plague, Pharaoh is willing to let the Israelites leave. However, during the time of the plagues and Moses' encounters with Pharaoh, Pharaoh is making life miserable for the Hebrews. They are beaten, forced to gather their own straw and to keep up with the amount of bricks due each day. Not only is Pharaoh made to realize the authority of Moses, by the plagues, but Moses had shown his authority earlier when his serpent, which became a serpent from walking stick, destroyed the serpents of Pharaoh's magicians. Scripture points out that with the early plagues, Pharaoh hardened his heart, but toward the end of the plagues, God hardens the heart of Pharaoh. An illustration that when man begins to harden his heart, God puts His Hand of hardness, thus sealing the unrepentant for their judgment.
The Passover is initiated in the land of Egypt. Moses was told by God to have the Hebrews take a lamb without blemish and to slay it. With the blood of the lamb to take hyssop and to dab the blood on the sides and top of their doorpost. Then, the Angel of death would pass over them and they would be safe. This feast was celebrated each year by the Hebrews to remind them of their salvation on the night of the tenth plague. This is a picture also of the Lord Jesus, who shed His Blood for the sins of mankind, that by believing in Him, we are saved by His blood.
The typology of the Passover ceremony is filled with references to the death, burial and resurrection of Christ. Following this night of the Passover and the death of the first-born in the households in Egypt, Pharaoh relinquishes his hold on the Hebrews and lets them go. A strange thing happens as the Hebrews leave Egypt. The Egyptian give unto the Hebrews their gold and silver treasures as they asked for them. This was to be used in the Promised Land for the building of the temple. And so, now, approximately 600,000 men and their families go forth. There were about two million Hebrews altogether who begin the journey, and the Lord went before them by a pillar of a cloud in the daytime and a pillar of fire at night to lead them. Pharaoh changes his mind and pursues the Hebrews. He sends forth his horsemen, the chariots and his army. As they come near, the Hebrews are frightened, but God instructs Moses to use his rod to part the Red Sea. As Moses stretches forth his rod, the sea parts and the Israelites can pass over with all their belongings to the other side. The Egyptians try to follow but drown in the sea as the water closes upon them, as Moses, with his rod, motions for the sea to return to its normal status. The fifteenth chapter of Exodus is filled with songs of thanksgiving for what the Lord did to rescue His people from the hand of the enemy. A part of the song, which Moses and the children of Israel sang, this:
"I will sing unto the Lord
For He hath triumphed gloriously;
The horse and his rider
Hath He thrown into the sea."
Miriam, sister of Aaron and Moses, and the other women answered them by singing:
"Sing ye to the Lord,
For He hath triumphed gloriously;
The horse and his rider
Hath He thrown into the sea."
The people of God found that the truth of Psalm 34:7, which states that the Angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear Him and delivereth them. Yes, it is true that a mighty Fortress is our God as Luther describes the Almighty One. And time after time, the Hebrews would see and find that God was their friend and protector.
To be continued.................Dr. Jack E. Jacobsen