Jesus appears several times in the Old Testament as “The Angel of the Lord.” In the last post, we learned that He appeared to Abraham, showing us that there will be a substitute for the sacrifice of sins, and He would be that substitute, God’s one and only Son to redeem us. In Exodus, Jesus appears to Moses in the burning bush. He would call Moses to be a “savior” of his people, and to eventually bring the law to show everyone that they fall short and need a savior. Ironically, it would be in the same place that God provides the ten commandments where He first encounters Moses to send him to His Chosen People. Continue reading “The Angel of the Lord and Moses”
Jesus reveals Himself throughout the Bible…even in the Old Testament. The Old Testament points us to Christ. Throughout the OT, God shows that we are sinners. He also shows that He loves us and provides a sacrifice for our sins, a way to eternal life. He shows us that He desires our heart. He is a God of mercy and love. The covenant He made with Abraham goes far beyond His Chosen People, the Israelites. He will bless all the nations through His Son, who would be the Lamb of sacrifice for us. Continue reading “The Angel of the Lord…The Lamb of God”
Sorry for no posts for a while, but I was on a mission trip in Haiti and we had no internet. What a blessing! One of the things we did was lay the foundation for a new church building. While I was out there pouring cement, a five gallon bucket at a time, so many parallels came to mind about laying a foundation for the church, on stony ground, with thorn bushes here and there, the hot sun beating on us, but God is in control and Christ is our true foundation, the chief cornerstone. The church service we had was wonderful, 41 people and 25 of them children. Although it was in Creole, we had one universal language and that was our love and faith in Jesus Christ. The people here were very passionate in their worship and with things like voodoo in this land, their faith (as well as spiritual battles) is very real. Continue reading “What is Your Foundation?”
Mt. Sinai and Mt. Zion both are real places, but they are also symbolic. Mt. Sinai is the place Moses received the ten commandments and represents the Law. It represents legalism and works. It represents fear. Mt. Zion is where Christ was crucified. It represents grace. It represents Jesus’ blood that paid for our sins so that we may be forgiven and saved. It represents heaven. Many choose one or the other. Which would you choose? Of course, those who are believers and have accepted the grace that God has given us to be saved, it does not mean we ignore the ten commandments. The difference is we want to honor God and be obedient to Him because of His grace and because we love Him, not so that we can earn favor with Him. We cannot. There is one way to salvation and that is through the cross. It is through Jesus Christ and Jesus alone. Continue reading “Mt. Sinai or Mt. Zion?”
Last week, we talked about the model prayer from Matthew 6, that many call “The Lord’s Prayer.” I think it is more fitting to call Jesus’ prayer in the garden “The Lord’s Prayer.” It is His prayer. As He prepares Himself to give His life and take on the sins of the world onto the cross, He prays a heartfelt prayer for His mission, for His disciples and for all believers.
Continue reading “The Lord’s Prayer; no, not that one”