Jhn 8:56 – (Jesus speaking)Your father Abraham rejoiced at the thought of seeing my day; he saw it and was glad.”
Jhn 8:57 – “You are not yet fifty years old,” the Jews said to him, “and you have seen Abraham!”
Jhn 8:58 – “I tell you the truth,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am!“
In the Gospel we find many accounts of individuals who suffered from disease, epilepsy (Mat 17:14-18), muteness (Mat 9:33), blindness (Mat 12:22), self cutting (Mrk 5:5), fever (Luk 1:33-36) yet these same individuals found their wellness after Jesus (or a disciple) had delivered them of a demonic spirit (Mat 8:16). This inescapable subject has brought forth many questions and even more interpretations of the same scriptures. Many common questions include:
Are all modern illnesses demonic?
Are only some of them demonic?
If someone is sick or mentally ill do they simply need demonic deliverance to be healed?
The tabernacle was a portable sanctuary for the Levites to do their holy work in. It was constructed according to the strict and precise blueprint that God gave to Moses. This tabernacle of Exodus served a real purpose for the Israelites but it also served a prophetic purpose being an image of the things to come. The objects within the tabernacle combined with the activities that took place there stood for things that we are now able to enjoy, thanks to Jesus’s finishing work of Law (Heb 9, Mat 5:17).
God tells Moses to carve out two more stone tablets (remember his last trip down the mountain led to him shattering the first set) because he once again going to meet with God on Mount Sinai. So Moses goes up the mountain again for 40 days without food or water. God spells out to Moses the requirements of a simple covenant in which God says if Israel will obey His voice they will be victorious over their enemies. After his meeting with God, Moses goes back down the mountain and his face shines supernaturally, perhaps because of his prolonged exposure to God’s glory. Apparently this was bothersome because he wore a veil to cover it up. Many have made connections between the shining of Moses’ face with Jesus’s transfigured body, angel’s luminous presence, and Adam & Eve’s state before sin. Some say that Adam and Eve shone with glorious light until they sinned which resulted in them loosing their glorified image and seeing themselves as “naked”. Perhaps our glorified or resurrected bodies will shine as Moses’s face did, we don’t know. But let’s just agree that when you meet with God, there are serious and visible changes!
In the beginning everything was good (Gen 1:31), everything was as God intended it to be – perfect. So what happened? Why is everything so bad and why do we encounter such difficulty finding God? The perfection that God created only lasted until Satan disrupted the harmony that God had established. Now we find ourselves in the middle of the telling of a cosmic drama where God is working towards the restoration of everything that was lost, eventually God will put things back in order like they use to be (Rev 21:3). However, God is not doing nothing about the problems that currently exists. He is only doing it on His schedule and not our own (Isaiah 55:8-9).
Currently we await the return of Christ which is yet another step in God’s great plan to restore us to Himself as well as to restore the original glory to all that He created (Act 1:11). To know what it will be like when God restores everything in the end we can look at Genesis and see glimpses of what man enjoyed before sin as well as what we will enjoy after Satan is put away (Rev 20:10).
1. Being completely in God’s image (Gen 1:26-27)
2. Dominion over the Earth (Gen 1:26, 28, 29, 2:19)
The account of the Israelites worshiping the golden calf is among one of the most famous stories of the Bible, and probably the only one that most people know of when they think about the book of Exodus, or the Old Testament. Moses had been on the mountain for 40 days getting what I call the “Holy Spirit download” of the Law and perhaps Genesis as well. Can you imagine being in God’s presence for 40 days? Moses did this on 3 different notable occasions (and perhaps more) and fasted during some of them. If we set apart this much time to be with God imagine what we would know, what we would have experienced, and how much closer we would be to our God!
According to Exodus 12 & 13 the Israelites left Egypt on the morning of the 15th day of the first month. They were instructed to eat the Passover lamb and be ready to leave Egypt with packed bags and sandals on.
It was apparent the Jews could not save themselves from slavery, God had to do the work for them as we will see later. God’s plan for Israel required that they be free so He did the work that they could not. Similarly God’s will for mankind requires that we be redeemed from sin (John 3:16), so He did the work and only requires that we believe and receive the work done for us. Just as the Jews left a pagan country where they were enslaved and entered the desert, we have left the world and its many gods and have entered a difficult lifestyle where we must trust God for our needs. It may be uncomfortable at times but at least we are free from bondage! We have to trust God for everything, He is with us .
Just before the Jews left Egypt they asked from the Egyptians articles of gold, silver, and of clothing and they received it. These riches had a holy purpose down the road for the construction of the Tabernacle of God but were misused as the Israelites “played dress up” and acted or at least looked like the pagan country they came from.
In Exodus 33:3-6 God tells them to put off their ornaments and they whore them no longer. After we are saved, the worldly habits and self centered mindsets often still exist and we may find our selves still playing with the things of the world from which we were saved out of. We must be careful to not look like the world or operate on the same principles that the world does. If a person could look at your life but couldn’t tell the difference between you and an unbeliever there is something wrong. As we grow in Christ we learn to let go of those material things as we conform ourselves more and more to Christ’s image instead of the world’s image (Eph 2:3-6, 5:1). Hebrews 12:1 speaks of weights and sins that entangle us, these are things we willingly hold on to from our past. They can also be new things we pick up after we get saved. Let go of the worldly things from your past, put on the garments of praise and set your mind on heavenly things (Rom 8:6-8).