PROOF OF POWER (2)

  By day a pillar of a cloud; and by night a pillar of fire (Exodus 13:21)

 (…continued from part one…)

*2*    Being the One who told Abraham to, “Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee:” of Genesis 12:1, it then behoves His excellent Divinity to show His Almighty power. God would not allow His covenanted son and friend to lose his wife. The manifestation of His power got Abraham’s family protected from Pharaoh’s incursion. Why? Satan wanted to scuttle the birth of the next man to receive the baton towards the emergence of the nation of Israel, and ultimately the birth of Jesus.                                                                                           

                Again Israel was saved from Pharaoh. When God sent Moses to Pharaoh, HE knew that the king of Egypt would refuse. Exodus 3:19, And I am sure that the king of Egypt will not let you go, no, not by a mighty hand. Jehovah had to do what HE must do; Then the LORD said unto Moses, Now shalt thou see what I will do to Pharaoh: for with a strong hand shall he let them go, and with a strong hand shall he drive them out of his land (Exodus 6:1). The word, ‘strong’ is chazaq (khaw-zawk’): ‘strong (usu. in a bad sense, hard, bold, violent).’ And the word ‘hand’ is yad (yawd) ‘a hand (the open one (indicating power, means, direction, etc.), in distinction from kaph (kaf) ‘the hollow hand or palm,’ the closed one).

   I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts

                God’s power was practically put on the line when it came to the matter of David and Goliath. All was set for the prophetic father of the Messiah, the Branch, Son, the Lord (Daniel 9:25; Isaiah 11:1, 9:6 & Psalm 110:1) of David as the king of Israel, and Goliath, whose name Golyath (gol-yath’) means: ‘exile’ which comes another Hebrew galah (gaw-law’) ‘1. to denude (especially in a disgraceful sense) 2. (by implication) to exile (captives being usually stripped) 3. (figuratively) to reveal.’ Goliath is the type and shadow of the Antichrist, come to strip Christians of their righteousness and get them destroyed.

                1Samuel 17:43 And the Philistine said unto David, Am I a dog, that thou comest to me with staves? And the Philistine cursed David by his gods.” Goliath drew the battle line. God must prove His power through His ‘beloved,’ which is the definition of David. 1Samuel 17:45, Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied. David did the expected. He involved the strength of Jehovah.

    Faith drew the grace of God unto David

                It was very apposite for David to use stones and it must be five in number. When Jesus said to Peter, “thou art Peter,” He meant, “thou art a stone.” The stone represents every Christian. Five is the number of grace, without which none will get born again, be cleansed, and justified to become God’s child. For these reasons God must show His power.

                2Corinthians 5:7 declares, For we walk by faith, not by sight.” Our faith, therefore, is an invocation of His power. That, Prophet Elijah did prove at Mount Carmel. It was Jehovah versus Baal, the sun god, the idol that Nimrod made global. We know that these demons can conjure anything. So, how come Lucifer could not do that, that time around? God’s power is incontestable. Satan was told to, “Shut up!” Unfortunately, Elijah forgot to rely on this same power. He could not ignite the power to shut the idolatrous mouth of Jezebel. He lost faith, by deciding to walk by sight, too bad.

                The ultimate exhibition of His power was at the cross. He had to do the impossible: die and conquer death in its most eerie underground of hellish abode.

                The likeness of rhetorical ponderosity in a grand Pauline revelation is found in Ephesians 1:19, “And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,” where ‘exceeding greatness’ is the Greek, huperballō megethos. Verse 20 says, Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places.” Let us do an exegesis of this Scripture.                                                                     

                ‘Exceeding’ is the Greek huperballo (hoop-er-bal’-lo) ‘to throw beyond the usual mark; (figuratively) to surpass (only active participle supereminent).’ ‘Greatness’ is megethos (meg’-eth-os) ‘magnitude (figuratively).’ The expression, ‘exceeding greatness’ huperballo megethos, is saying that, “Target any distance, in your wildest dreams,” Paul is teaching here, “and God will surpass it far, far by far!” In fact think about incalculable monstrosity of inter-continental ballistic missiles and they would not equal the awesome strength of Jehovah. That is what huperballo megethos is all about. The first ‘power’ is dunamis (doo’-nam-is) ‘1. Force 2. (specially) miraculous power 3. (usually by implication) a miracle itself.’ Power that translates ‘working’ is energeia (en-erg’-ei-ah) ‘efficiency (“energy”),’ and ‘mighty,’ ischus (is-khoos’), means: ‘strength, forcefulness. The second ‘power’ (of verse 19) is kratos (krat’-os): ‘vigor (“great”).’   

(…to be concluded…)

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Get Jesus Involved (2)

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I KNOW MY REDEEMER LIVETH

(Continued from the 1st part)

Even within the confinement of an excruciating pangs of satanic attack, Job continued to hold onto his guard of faith when he made the famous scriptural pronouncement, “I know my Redeemer liveth” (Job 19:25). He had involved God, his Redeeming Jesus Christ. Amen. The word ‘know’ is yada` (yaw-dah’) ‘to know; (properly) to ascertain by seeing; observe, care and recognize.’ ‘Redeemer’ is ga’al (gaw-al’) ‘1. to redeem (according to the Oriental law of kinship) 2. to be the next of kin (and as such to buy back a relative’s property, marry his widow, etc.) 3. kinsman redeemer 4. (in justice) avenger.’ All these definitions are of Jesus. Job’s involvement with the LORD God gave him the knowledge of an eternal Redeemer. Amen!

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            “….for whither thou goest, I will go… and thy God my God

Her submission of “….for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God;” in the book of Ruth 1:16, was what got Jesus involved in her predicament. Ruth had, with that asseveration, cut off the idolatrous umbilical cord that did bind her to the Moabite gods. With Christ’s involvement, her life was now being managed by divine operative. The active ‘goest’ or ‘go’ is the Hebrew yalak (yaw-lak’) ‘1. (literally or figuratively) to walk 2. (causatively) to carry (in various senses);’ which when compared with halak (walking of Genesis 3:8) is ‘lifestyle.’ ‘Lodge’ is lûn (loon): ‘to stop (usually over night); by implication to stay permanently.’ This woman represents the Church, the body of Christ. Her walk has involved Jesus for all eternity. Praise the LORD!

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Daniel prayed toward Jerusalem

Daniel involved Jesus when he opened the window towards Jerusalem in Daniel 6:10 for he remembered the 1Kings 8:44 supplication of Solomon. He had, from his teenage days, been involving the Christ, when he rejected the king’s food of idolatry.  And by time he had become an elderly man Daniel’s involvement with the LORD was total. He had come to an absolute trust in Jehovah and did not want to depart from Him.

David had always been very close to the Lord his God. In the book of 1Samuel 17:36, he said, “Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God.” David did not give himself the credit for his achieved feat. He gave it to the Lord, Jesus Christ, whom he had always involved in his affairs. Hear him in verse 37 “David said moreover, The LORD that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. And Saul said unto David, Go, and the LORD be with thee.”

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Having involved Jesus, young, inexperienced David dared Goliath!

Goliath oppressed David with, “Come to me, and I will give thy flesh unto the fowls of the air, and to the beasts of the field;” in verse 44, after having cursed David by his idolatrous gods. David did not waste time to involve the LORD God in 1Samuel 17:45 “Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.” Goliath came with three things representing the consummation of Satanism. The first time we see a sword in scripture is in Genesis 3:24, in the hand of an angel impeding an entry into Eden. A blockage to any progression.

Spear or javelin was first seen in Cain, whose name, in Hebrew, is qayin (kah’-yin) BDB Definition: Kenite = “smiths.” It is the same as another qayin (kah’-yin): ‘spear: in the sense of fixity; a lance (as striking fast) (with a play upon the affinity to qânâh (kaw-naw’): ‘to get, acquire, create, buy, possess.’ Cain was too much of himself to seek the protection. He had possessed all by his strength.

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The birth of Cain was to bring into effect, the strengthening of the protection of God’s word. Cain chose not to involve the Lord. He got the ruinous Lucifer involved in his earthly affairs. Jesus, the LORD God of the Eden abode, had to clothe the erring couple with the righteousness of the sacrifice which prefigured Him and that was the shield that protected them from His anger. Verse 46) “This day will the LORD deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.”

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“…for the battle is the LORD’S

David’s confidence in the LORD’s involvement emboldened him to speak words of destruction against the intention of an unrepentant enmity. 47)“And all this assembly shall know that the LORD saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the LORD’S, and he will give you into our hands.” The very second you involve the LORD, the battle becomes His, then the sword that makes progress impossible, and the satanic javelin set against you becomes inoperative, leading to a capitulation of the enemy’s neck of pride under your feet! Amen.     (Conclusion)

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