God’s timetable is Jewish! Christ was crucified at Passover, rose on First-fruits, poured out his spirit on Pentecost and personally I believe that he was born and have an inkling, though no man knows the day or hour, that he will return at Tabernacles!
Consecration of Israel (God’s people in every age).
In verses 10-12 the Old Testament prophets are said to be taught by the Spirit of the coming Messiah about his future suffering and glory. What was revealed to them they wrote down as inspired Scripture which signified coming reality. Their writings were Christology and soteriology. Their searching was also signified by the cherubim placed over the ark looking at the mercy seat where the blood was sprinkled (see Num.7:89). Here Christ spoke to Moses. Angels long to look into the reality of redemption which they will never experience!
Holiness in Old Testament times was the keeping of a mixture of ceremonial and moral laws e.g. Leviticus which included foods, bodily issues, sexuality and marriage. Today holiness is obedience to God’s word, killing former lusts and hoping for the second coming.
Verses 18-21 concentrate on the covenant blood of the Lamb signified by the O.T. animal sacrifices. In contrast to perishable metals Christ’s blood is eternally efficacious, incorruptible and precious.
Great post. Believers are taught of God, as Christ says, and this knowledge leads to worship the root of which word Luke rightly points out is “weighty” and worthwhile. And as we love , obey and worship the cycle of learning goes on and hence our light shines brighter and brighter to the perfect day!
In closing my last article, I spoke of how, although we know so much about God, there is still so much more for us to learn. As we gain knowledge, we not only learn how to better give God what He is worthy of, but also our knowledge of Him is something He deserves. It is important that we distinguish what kind of knowledge to gain. “All heathen wisdom is but folly. Of all knowledge, the knowledge of God is the principal. There is no true knowledge without godliness” (Bridges). It is not heathen wisdom, such as the knowledge of things here below, but true knowledge of God that is important. God is worthy of knowledge first, so that we may better praise Him, second, so we may reverently and affectionately obey His law, and third, so we can better love Him.
“It becomes one who is called to be a soldier, to excel in the art of war. It
becomes a mariner, to excel in the art of navigation. It becomes a physician, to
excel in the knowledge of those things which pertain to the art of physic. So it
becomes all such as profess to be Christians, and to devote themselves to the
practice of Christianity, to endeavour to excel in the knowledge of divinity. ”
“We should and must by all means read Scripture. For it was put into letters and was constantly preserved in the church through the special dispensation of God (and will also remain in the church until the end of the world) that we might read, learn, and constantly
further and spread the Word on and on, to children’s children. Now we at all times find disciples and pupils enough who read and study in the Scriptures and so grow in their understanding that in the course of time they are able also to instruct others from it. But the matter of greatest importance is that the readers of Scripture are not only diligent but also faithful. This is what the Lord means here when He says: “How readest thou?” What do you learn? He says in effect: See to it that you by all means read Scripture faithfully and
that you rightly divide the Word of truth, that is, that you look for nothing in it for your person except Me,without whom no one comes to the Father, and that from Scripture you teach this to others. For there are many who seek their personal interests in the Word,
namely, how to obtain temporal goods and honor by it and how to enjoy a great reputation in the world, considering godliness a trade, as St. Paul says (I Tim.6:5). But woe to these.”
And Scripture is a package, we cannot reject any part of it! It is all the word of Christ-JK
We read of many promises of God (II Peter 1:4) but in essence they are all wrapped up in Jesus Christ-he is the fulfilment of every Promise (II Cor.1:20). The covenant is made with Christ and thus all the elect in him.
He is the promised Messiah (Gen. 3:15). The “mother promise” where God promises the antithesis, the emnity between Christ (and all his people) and Satan and hence assumes his friendship with God. ” I will be your God (unconditional not depending on any human condition). He fulfils the promises to Abraham of righteousness, multiplied seed, a people who would be redeemed from slavery, a land, and a seed who would bless all nations (Gen.12:2, 15:5,7,13,14 22:18, Acts 26:6, Gal.3:18). He is Abraham’s righteousness (Rom.4:3), gives him seed in great number (all believers) and gives him the inheritance of a new heaven and earth, of which Canaan was a type (Heb.11:8-10). As Abraham’s spiritual children we too inherit all the promises (Heb.6:12-17). The Siniaitic covenant is also of grace added to lead us to Christ. The Noahic covenant extended it to include the cosmos.
He is the promise of salvation or eternal life (Acts 16:31, 2:39, II Tim.1:1, I John 2:25, Heb.9:15) to all who repent and believe.
The promised Spirit who is poured out is His Spirit (Luke 24:49) who personally enables us to persevere and inherit the promises to come (Heb.10:36). Abraham and the Old Testament faithful looked forward to Christ’s coming but never actually saw it (Heb.11:13,33) we look back on it as history, but whether faith is prospective or retrospective, all are partakers of all the blessings that are wrapped up in him.
Everything in creation teaches us about the creator and glorifies him.
What does the sun do?
Heat-without it being the exact distance (93 million miles) from earth the planet would either be frozen or to hot for life. Heat burns and our God is a consuming fire who consumes sin and will one day destroy this sin-cursed planet and also all his enemies eternally in hell. The gospel of the love of God comforts (warms) the heart of the believer.
Light-without the full spectrum, especially ultra-violet, there would be no plant and hence no animal life at all. The spectrum of light seen in the rainbow reflects all God’s wonderful attributes. God and Christ are often, if not always, portrayed as being brilliant white as light, in fact unapproachable light (and heat) that would destroy any human coming near! Christ enlightens our minds to see the Kingdom of God and sheds light on our pilgrim path through life. Without divine enlightenment we are in darkness.
Healing-UV light metabolises bilirubin, the waste product of dead red cells that produces jaundice in the newborn, which can damage the brain. It is also used in many skin therapies. Christ heals many of our diseases and sanctifies us spiritually from spiritual sickness till one day his church will be presented without spot or wrinkle.
In that new creation there will be no sun! (Rev.21:23). Why? The Son is the Sun!
Christ is called the sun of righteousness (Malachi 4:2) who arises with healing in his wings.
And the golden plate shall be upon Aaron’s forehead, the plate of gold, with the inscription on it, holiness to the Lord, that Aaron may bear the iniquity of the holy things, which the children of Israel shall hallow in all their holy gifts; this supposes that the sacrifices of the children of Israel, were attended with sin and blame, either in the matter of their offerings and gifts, or in the manner in which they brought them; and which through the high priest having this plate of gold, with the above inscription on it, were expiated; they were bore away from them, and were not placed to their account. There is sin in the best performances of the saints; there is not a just man that does good, but he sins in doing that good; the best righteousness of men is imperfect, and attended with sin; and this cannot be borne, or taken away by themselves; if God should mark such sins as these, they could not stand before him; now Christ, their High Priest, bears and takes away these, along with all others, which are laid upon him, and borne by him:
Belgic Confession 24
“for we do no work but what is polluted by our flesh, and also punishable; and although we could perform such works, still the remembrance of one sin is sufficient to make God reject them. Thus then we would be continually vexed, if (we) relied not on the merits of the suffering and death of our Saviour. ” (abridged)