A New Series

“Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.” 1Cor. 10:11.

Our world is in a chaotic mess. Who among you wants peace to reign in your life even when life is out of control? It can be done. I hope you will join me for the journey of a lifetime as we discover the Lord God’s plan from beginning to ending to beginning.

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“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable, for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness…God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son…We have also a more sure word of prophecy: whereunto ye do well that ye take heed…Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” (2Tim. 3:16; Heb. 1:1,2a; 2Pet. 1:19-21).

“Not in the old testament,” challenged the freckled face youngster.

“Yes, even in the old testament,” I answered. “Every book of the Bible shows at least one truth about Jesus.”

My site, Meeting Jesus, introduces the unknowing reader to the truth of Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God. To the reader established in this truth, its purpose endeavors to encourage and challenge you in your personal relationship with Jesus Christ, Redeemer, Savior, and coming King. I hope you will join me as we walk hand in hand with Jesus, meeting Him, and the many who walked with Him, in every book as we move through this new series. The best place to start in any book is the beginning. It introduces the main characters and lays the foundation for the rest of the book. So, that’s where we begin.

GENESIS: THE BOOK REVIEW

Authored through the inspiration of God and believed to be spoken to Moses, His servant, Genesis answers the oldest questions of mankind: How did all this come to be and where did we come from?

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“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth…And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness…So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him: male and female created he them.” Gen. 1:1, 26-27.

Genesis consists mainly as a book of beginnings; the beginning of time, earth, man, sin, war, a revealed plan for victory, and a nation. But another facet exists within these pages not often looked at, the fellowship of the Lord with man, man walking with His God.

“And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.” Gen. 3:8.

Before this fateful day, the Lord freely walked with Adam and Eve speaking with them. We have to imagine what that was like as the Bible doesn’t tell us. But this time, exposed by sin, they hid from God.

As Genesis unfolds, the Lord introduces others who walked with Him and weren’t defeated by sin, but received the blessing of the Lord.

“And Enoch walked with God: and he was not: for God took him… Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God… he{Jacob} blessed Joseph, and said, God, before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac did walk,” (Gen. 5:24; 6:9; 48:15,16).

Genesis is the account of the beginning of God’s pursuit of a people to call His own and to love throughout eternity. The men and women filling its pages know sin and forgiveness, doubt and faith, death and life. They knew what it meant to walk with God and to be separated from Him. Their story continues in us today.

How does your life story read?  Are you walking with God or against Him? What can you do to walk closer to Him?

Throughout the week I plan to delve into some of the characters of Genesis, some who walked with God, others not so close and ending with Jesus who was from the beginning. Won’t you walk with me as we discover life walking with God?

I need your help to make this series relevant to you and your walk with the Lord. Would you  leave in comments some characters from Exodus you would like explored next week as we travel through the ages? What fascinates you about the choice of character, or what question would like answered about him/her? Thanks for your help.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Face of God

“Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.” Matt. 5:8.

“And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them…the shepherds said…Let us now go…and see this thing which has come to pass…they…found…the babe lying in a manger. And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying…told them concerning this child.” Luke 2:15-17.

“Now when Jesus was born…there came wise men…And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child…and fell down, and worshipped him…” Matt. 2:1,11.

Of Heaven and Earth

Have you gazed into the heavens longing to see what the shepherds and the wise men saw…the very face of God? How would you respond if suddenly, the heavens opened and there He was?

After reading the book of the covenant, “Moses took the blood, and sprinkled it on the people, and said, behold the blood of the covenant…Then went up Moses, and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel: And they saw the God of Israel…they saw God and did eat and drink.” Ex.24:9-11. They shared a covenant meal with the Lord after the blood was applied for cleansing.

Job saw God and declared, “I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee. Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.” Job 42:5,6. When we see God for who He is, we see ourselves as we are.

Isaiah shares his experience of seeing God and writes, “…I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. Above it stood the seraphims…And one cried unto another…Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory… Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips…for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts, Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand…taken from off the altar; And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged.” Isa. 6:1-7.

God promises the pure in heart will see Him. Katharos translated ,as pure, means cleansed. Isaiah describes this one as, “He that walketh righteously, and speaketh uprightly; he that despiseth the gain of oppressions, that shaketh his hands from holding of bribes, that stoppeth his ears from hearing of blood, and shutteth his eyes from seeing evil…Thine eyes shall see the king in his beauty…” Isa. 33:15,17.

The writer of Hebrews echoes Isaiah’s words: “Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.”(Heb. 12:14).

John goes further to tell us who the pure in heart are. “Beloved, now are we the sons of God and it doth not yet appear what we shall be but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.” 1John 3:2,3.

“For now we see through a glass darkly; but then face to face…” 1Cor. 13:12.

His face is hidden for a time but He stands near to those who, “Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you…it is good for me to draw near to God; I have put my trust in the Lord God, that I may declare all thy works…Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.” (James 4:8a; Ps.73:28; Heb. 10:22).

Draw near now for a day is coming when we shall see Him clearly and: “…there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him: And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.” Rev. 22:3,4.

O’ I Want to See Him

O I want to see Him, look upon His face,
There to sing forever of His saving grace;
On the streets of glory let me lift my voice,
Cares all past, home at last, ever to rejoice.

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Christmas Before Time Began

christmas-1913650__340“Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world.” Acts 15:18.

The birth of Christ transcends a day –

  • foreordained in eternity past before time began,
  • revealed in the fall of man,
  • foreshadowed in history,
  • foretold by prophets, priests and kings,
  • heralded by angels,
  • and the mystery of it to be finished when eternity future swallows time.

“In the beginning God created…

In the beginning was the Word … the Word was God …

And God said unto Moses,

I AM THAT I AM…

Jesus said unto them,

Verily, verily, I say unto you,

Before Abraham was, I am…

I am God, and there is none else;

I am God, and there is none like me,

Declaring the end from the beginning,

and from ancient times the things that are not yet done,

saying, My counsel shall stand,

and I will do all my pleasure…

And what was God’s pleasure?

I bring near my righteousness;

it shall not be far off,

and my salvation shall not tarry;

and I will place salvation in Zion for Israel my glory…

God brought his righteousness near and his salvation to Zion for all the world to behold and receive of his glory, when Mary gave birth to –

a son,

and thou shalt call his name JESUS:

for he shall save his people from their sins…

AND THEY SHALL CALL HIS NAME

EMMANUEL,

which being interpreted is, 

God with us.

(Gen. 1:1 – John 1:1; Ex. 3:14 – John 8:58;  Isa. 46:9,10,13; Matt. 1:21,23)

Jesus walked among us, God with us, once bringing salvation through his death and resurrection. The day is coming when there is no night and time is no more – only eternity.  He will walk with us who are his and us with him forever.

“And from Jesus Christ,

who is the faithful witness,

and the first begotten of the dead,

and the prince of the kings of the earth,

Unto him that loved us,

and washed us from our sins in his own blood,

And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father;

to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen …

I am  Alpha and Omega,

the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord,

which is, and which was, and which is to come,

the Almighty …

Behold the tabernacle of God is with men,

and he will dwell with them,

and they shall be his people,

and God himself shall be with them,

and be their God …

It is done.”

(Revelation 1:5,6,8; 21:3,6a)

God has declared his plan for the end from the beginning as He completed the mystery of the gospel. It is done. None can stop it. It is true.

As we think on the baby placed in a manger so long ago, we can know our redemption draws near. May our hearts and voices join the heavenly chorus  and cry out,

“Holy Holy Holy Lord God Almighty,

which was, and is, and is to come…

(Rev.4:8; ).

For our Savior has given us this promise –

“FOR YET A LITTLE WHILE,

AND HE THAT SHALL COME WILL COME,

AND WILL NOT TARRY.”

Hebrews 10:37