Sunday, May 11, 2014
The Goings Forth Of Jesus Part Three
Well friends, let's look at some more goings forth of Jesus recorded in the Word of God. The prophet Micah stated at Micah 5:2 that the goings forth of Jesus have been from of old, from everlasting. Pictured above we see another goings forth of our Lord Jesus when Jesus as the capital A Angel of the Lord went before Moses and the children of Israel in a pillar of cloud and fire to cut off their enemies.
This capital A Angel of the Lord that led Moses and the children of Israel was Jesus as God because the bible says that this Angel of the Lord had the power to pardon transgressions. Exodus 23:20 speaks about this Angel of the Lord who was Jesus as God that forgives sins and says Behold, I send a capital A Angel before thee, to keep thee in the way, and to bring thee into the place which I have prepared. Beware of Him, and obey His voice, provoke Him not; for He will not pardon your transgressions; for my name is in Him. (Wow this scripture is saying to beware, fear and obey this Angel of the Lord who is Jesus as God who can pardon transgressions).
Exodus 23:22 goes on to say But if thou shalt indeed obey His voice, and do all that I speak, then I will be an enemy unto thine enemies, and an adversary unto thine adversaries. For mine capital A Angel shall go before thee, and bring thee in unto the Amorites, and the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Canaanites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites, and I will cut them off.
Jesus is the capital A Angel of the Lord who is God having the power to forgive sins. Jesus proved He was God that forgives sins when He said to the man sick of the palsy Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee at Matthew 9:2. The scribes responded to Jesus and said who can forgive sins but God only at Mark 2:7. Then Jesus proved to the scribes that He was God who could forgive sins by healing the man sick of the palsy proving that the healing of the soul is more important than the healing of the body. The healing of the body is important but Jesus showed us that it is more important to rejoice with good cheer as we save and win souls to the kingdom of God.
Pictured above we see that Moses did not obey the instructions of the Angel of the Lord Jesus when he smote the Rock (who was Jesus) two times to give the children of Israel water to drink. First, God told Moses to smite the Rock; But,the next time, God told Moses to speak to and not smite the Rock. Because Moses disobeyed this second command by smiting the Rock twice, Moses could not enter into the promised land.
The Rock that Moses smote was Jesus because 1 Corinthians 10:4 says And did all drink the same spiritual drink; for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ. You see God had Moses initially smite the Rock Jesus once because Jesus at the cross was smitten one time for our sins. Romans 6:10 says For in that He died, He died unto sin once (not many times), but in that He liveth, He liveth unto God. After Jesus died once on the cross for our sins, Jesus did not have to smitten or sacrificed any more for our sins.
God was telling Moses smite the Rock Jesus only one time to remove sins. But when Moses disobeyed God and wanted to keep smiting the Rock Jesus two more times, Moses could not enter the promised land because he disobeyed God's instructions to speak to and not smite the Rock Jesus a second time. Jesus, unlike the high priests under the law, did not have to keep sacrificing Himself and be smitten many times to remove our sins. Jesus' one death at the cross removed our sins forevermore.
First, God told Moses to smite the Rock at Exodus 17:6 that says Behold I will stand before thee upon the Rock in Horeb and thou shalt smite the Rock and there shall come water out of it that the people may drink. And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel. But, the next time the people wanted water from the Rock, God told Moses to speak to and not smite the Rock.
The second time God told Moses to speak to and not smite the Rock is recorded at Numbers 20:7 that says And the Lord spake unto Moses saying Take the rod and gather thou the assembly together, thou and Aaron thy brother and speak ye (notice God told Moses to speak to and not smite the Rock) unto the Rock before their eyes and it shall give forth His water and thou shalt bring forth to them water out of the Rock, so thou shalt give the congregation and their beasts drink.
Moses disobeyed God's command and Numbers 20:11 says And Moses lifted up his hand and with his rod he smote the Rock twice, and the water came out abundantly and the congregation drank and their beasts also. And the Lord spake unto Moses and Aaron, Because ye believed me not to sanctify me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore ye shall not bring this congregation into the land which I have given them.
OK, you might say Brother Bob why are you placing a picture above of a remote monastery built on a Rock that is accessible only by an aerial tramway on your book for Jesus? The reason is to prove that our bodies are the temple of the living God that needs to daily be built upon the Rock Jesus to live and have peace. Daily with your hearts, look by faith to Jesus crucified as you build your house on the Rock Jesus, telling the devil I am crucified with Christ and the blood of Jesus has overcome and defeated you devil forevermore. Matthew 7:24 says Therefore, whosoever heareth these sayings of mine and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man which built his house upon a Rock. And the rain descended and the floods came and the winds blew and beat upon that house and it fell not, for it was founded upon a Rock (Jesus).
You see our Rock Jesus is not like the other rocks of this world that people worship. (Their rock is not as our Rock). Deuteronomy 32:30 says How should one chase a thousand and two put ten thousand to flight, except their rock had sold them and the Lord had shut them up? For their rock is not as our Rock, even our enemies themselves being judges. Be encouraged friend reading this anywhere because our Rock Jesus is greater than any other rock in this world. 1 John 4:4 tells us Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He (Jesus) that is in you, than he that is in the world. Pictured above we see that Jesus as the Rock encouraged us all and said at Matthew 16:18 And I say also unto thee, That thou are Peter and upon this Rock (Jesus) I will build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
OK, pictured above we see another goings forth of our Lord Jesus when Joshua was visited by the Lord Jesus as the captain of the Lord's host before Joshua conquered Jericho. The apostle Paul told us in the new testament that Jesus is the captain of our salvation that appeared to Joshua at Hebrews 2:10 that says For it became Him (Jesus) for whom are all things and by whom are all things in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.
Jesus is called the captain (defined as the general commander) of the Lord's host (defined as an army of angels). James 5:4 also tells us that Jesus is the Lord of sabaoth (also defined as the captain general over an army host of angels). Be encouraged friends for the Word promises us all at Psalm 91:11 For He (Jesus) shall give His angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.
The scripture that talks about Jesus appearing to Joshua as the captain of the Lord's host is at Joshua 5:13 and says And it came to pass when Joshua was by Jericho that he lifted up his eyes and looked and behold there stood a man over against him with this sword drawn in his hand, and Joshua went unto him, and said unto him; Art thou for us, or for our adversaries? And He said, Nay, but as captain of the host of the Lord am I now come. And Joshua fell on his face to the earth and did worship (notice Joshua worshipped Jesus as Lord), and said unto him; What saith my Lord unto his servant? And the captain of the Lord's host said unto Joshua, Loose thy shoe from off thy foot, for the place whereon thou standest is holy; and Joshua did so.
Notice that in the scripture above, Joshua had the nerve to say to our Lord Jesus, Are you for us or for our adversaries? Jesus responded and told Joshua, son I didn't come to take sides, I came to take over. And Jesus went forth with His angels as the captain of the Lord's host to win the victory for Joshua at the battle of Jericho.
Now after Jesus won the victory for Joshua at the battle of Jericho, pictured above we see that the Lord Jesus gave Joshua great authority, as Joshua said sun stand thou still and the sun stood still over Gibeon. Then Joshua said moon stand thou still over Ajalon in the valley, and the moon didn't move and the sun didn't move until God's people won the victory.
The story about the above picture is recorded at Joshua 10:12 and says then spake Joshua to the Lord in the day when the Lord delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel and he said in the sight of Israel, Sun stand thou still upon Gibeon, and thou moon, in the valley of Ajalon. And the sun stood still and the moon stayed until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies. Is this not written in the book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven and hasted not to go down about a whole day. And there was no day like that before it or after it, that the Lord hearkened unto the voice of a man, for the Lord fought for Israel.
For our final goings forth of our Lord Jesus, we see pictured above Jesus as the Son of God walking in the midst of the burning fiery furnace with Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Nebuchadnezzar proclaimed that he saw the Lord Jesus as the Son of God and fourth man in the burning fiery furnace loosing the three hebrew boys who were not harmed by the fire.
Daniel 3:23 tells us how Jesus visited and freed the three hebrew boys from the burning fiery furnace and says And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace. Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonied, and rose up in haste, 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 fourth is like the Son of God.
Daniel 3:26 goes on to say Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the mouth of the burning fiery furnace, and spake, and said, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, ye servants of the most high God, come forth and come hither. Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, came forth of the midst of the fire. And the princes, governors, and captains, and the king's counsellors, being gathered together saw these men, upon whose bodies the fire had no power, nor was an hair of their head singed, neither were their coats changed, nor the smell of fire had passed on them.
Just a little note of a blessed saying I heard from a country preacher this week. When the Lord Jesus descends from heaven with a shout, and we hear the voice of the archangel Michael and the trump of God (the three casket rattling sounds), the dead in Christ will rise first and say O grave where is thy victory, then we which are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air and say O death where is thy sting.
Everyone, as always it is a great joy to write these bible studies that I pray in Jesus name will give multitudes of people peace and strength. Feel free to email Brother Bob anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org or write to Brother Bob Malkin, 2233 Pinetree Lane, Apt. N., Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068. (614) 604-7133. Until we all meet again soon to lift up our Lord Jesus, everyone have a blessed day in Jesus name.