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It’s all about the “Shadow”

I have spoke on this before, it bears repeating in away that we don’t forget.

God is so crafty in his word. God’s usage of ‘shadows’ or ‘symbolism’ or ‘Types’ or ‘allegory’, is so strung out thru out the old testament, which now that we think about this, should point to us that something different was coming that was different and better for God’s creation. God uses his narrative of history and mankind to bring out a story within a story. He is really a good writer, to do this. We are to read the scriptures as a narrative, but also a ‘shadow narrative’ underneath that tells another story of what God is really telling.

One such example that I will show you is a wow moment, but it itself can multiply with the continuance of the same theme to other areas in the bible. Leviticus, is a book in the old testament that is considered to be one of those books that when you read it, it will make you yawn or just skip over it because it is a description or a building plan for a temple which you are not really interesting in.

But it is actually key to know the ‘rest’ of the scriptures, in will allow you to ‘see’ things that you probably never seen before. One such thing is the story of the building of the temple and the detailed clothing of the High Priest. Studying the clothes on the high priest for the Temple in the old testament can then be translated as a shadow of things of the new covenant. The studying of various other things pertaining to the temple and of the high priest, is a basis for the new and Holy people of the New covenant that God is re-birthing his people.

The things that are on the clothes on the high priest are highly symbolic of the people of Israel. It was a representative of who they were and what they meant to God. God was using this storyline of a earthy temple and the intricacies of what the actual ‘temple’ was. Let’s look at what the earthly temple was to get things going. As like the story of Moses going up to the mountain top to be with God. It was the ‘going up’ to God on top of the mountain that was the picture that He was the God of Creation. It was the communion with God, that was key to this ‘Temple’. It was then that the ‘Temple’ was described in Leviticus in a human way, and a human hand. Although it was a sacred ‘Space’, it was only because it was filled with God, and not man.

It was this aspect of the Holiness that was missing from man that God had reformation for him to make the Holiness in everything of the ‘Temple’ and it’s communion. Mankind was filled with blemish, Man was made of clay,Man was of flesh, Man was without communion.

God had to complete Man, make him Holy, it would be the culmination of God’s Eternal Purpose for making Creation. Jesus, the Messiah, the Savior of all mankind. God’s design was for mankind to be holy as He, He was wanting that communion with his creation and all its Glory.

This is the story of God and his creation.

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New Creation(John)

John’s first line is the same as the first line in the old testament book of Genesis. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” 2. He was in the beginning with God. 3. all things were made through him,and without him was not anything made that was made. 4. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

There is some powerful stuff in those first 5 lines in John. There is also alot of things to work thru in those first 5 verses. Let’s start with verse one, It tells us two things in this short but powerful, telling of words. First, It tells us that the Trinity has been around forever, The Father, Son(Jesus), and the Holy Spirit have been hovering around everything before time started, but mainly the story of Creation that God tells us that His Son, was there too. He is the “Word”. This knowledge that God’s son was there all the time, could be very mind blowing if we would just sit and think about it for awhile. This also tells me that the trinity was together ‘in the beginning’! Kaboom! WOW!

The second thing that the first verse tells us, is that although this sounds alot like Genesis 1, which it is, it is actually telling us that it is a little different. Now, to know this, one would have to know or read the whole old testament, or have been told it by someone. The journey of man has taken alot of bad turns over the centuries, including still in our lifetime. We have turned our back on him in every part of our lives, because ‘we know’ what is good for us. LOL It has been like this because man chose what was behind door #2, which was the ‘knowledge of good and evil’. This has the makings of alot of bad in our future, as we all know.

Verse three reaffirms us that God and the Messiah and the Holy Spirit were always there, and everything was made through them. God was/is the author and designer of everything good. Just like the first six days of creation everything made by God was perfectly good. Not a blemish in anything. White as snow. Holy and blameless. It was Godly and Holy.

Now, verse four is unique, it tells us that this is the ‘New Creation’, and not of the first creation. Let’s look at the verse again to see what it says-“In him was life, and the life was the light of men”. The first part of the verse saying that ‘In him was life’ can only be construed as being after Christ had died and arose again on the third day, by his proclaiming that ‘Christ was the Life, and He gave it back in abundance’. There was ‘no life in the first covenant, with the law, that did not create salvation to the people. but the second but New Creation did!

The second part of verse four is one of great joy and hope for all who seek him. It says “and the life was the light of men”, this is telling us that man is filled with his glory and shekinah, the light of God, even as the light as God produced on the first day! It is God, and He is filled in us, and Us in Him! Hallelujah, and Amen!! God is Great!

This is the eternal purpose of God to have a creation and for it to cry “Holy, Holy what a mighty God we serve”!

Verse five is even more exciting to find out, “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” This again is pointing to the ‘New Creation’, when it proclaims that the ‘Light has shown on everything and it is not dark anywhere, the Light is everywhere! No more darkness to find! God is everywhere His creation is back to reality, and no more evil, earthly turmoil, or mankind’s knowledge of good or evil!

Praise God for just these first five verses in John! We will stop here for now and continue on in John soon.

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10=2

Then God spoke all these words, saying,

Unchecked Copy Box Exo 20:2 ¶“I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.

Unchecked Copy Box Exo 20:3 ¶“You shall have no other gods before Me.

Unchecked Copy Box Exo 20:4 ¶“You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth.

Unchecked Copy Box Exo 20:5 “You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me,

Unchecked Copy Box Exo 20:6 but showing loving kindness to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.

Unchecked Copy Box Exo 20:7 ¶“You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not leave him unpunished who takes His name in vain.

Unchecked Copy Box Exo 20:8 ¶“Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.

Unchecked Copy Box Exo 20:9 “Six days you shall labor and do all your work,

Unchecked Copy Box Exo 20:10 but the seventh day is a sabbath of the LORD your God; in it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter, your male or your female servant or your cattle or your sojourner who stays with you.

Unchecked Copy Box Exo 20:11 “For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day; therefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day and made it holy.

Unchecked Copy Box Exo 20:12 ¶“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be prolonged in the land which the LORD your God gives you.

Unchecked Copy Box Exo 20:13 ¶“You shall not murder.

Unchecked Copy Box Exo 20:14 ¶“You shall not commit adultery.

Unchecked Copy Box Exo 20:15 ¶“You shall not steal.

Unchecked Copy Box Exo 20:16 ¶“You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

Unchecked Copy Box Exo 20:17 ¶“You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife or his male servant or his female servant or his ox or his donkey or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”

These ten laws are the basis of the old covenant. These laws were the sign markers of who God’s elect people. They were different. The rest of the world were marching to a different drummer. They were idol worshipers of multiply gods, all of which were of man made idols to worship in their communities. It was smorgasbord of deities that cover all your sins.

God’s people were under different sign markers as their identity. God was a jealous God. His people were special, they were different, they were seen as a very special people.

Then it changed. His people had not kept up their commitment to the covenant to have the identity of God’s people. It was unattainable for them to keep. God’s identity had been tainted in his people. These identity markers of God’s people was unobtainable. By themselves it was not going to work in this covenant. God had to prove that it could be done. Reaching within himself, He used his son to be the ‘people’ of God’s covenant. He was the reality of what could be accomplished thru man and God together.

This Last statement was of a different spirit. It was God led. It was for man.

This was to be the beginning of something beautiful. It was God and man intertwined together as one. God had shown the world that ‘through’ him it was possible to have his creation be with him.

It was God in Man,Man in God.

Now the new covenant, the new identity markers were changed to show this new identity!

It was two things, just two. They covered everything that was of before but thru Christ is was different. It had it be, it was thru Christ.

Those two things, Love God and Love everyone!

It was different than the first covenant. It not just thru man’s ability to be the identity of God’s people, it was now God in them that makes them God’s people.

This was a life changing event in God’s people.

But with this astonishing event comes some baggage, man is still carrying the old covenant around with them.

Is it a misunderstanding? is it denial? or is it still man trying to rule?

Why is man still using the blueprint of the old covenant, as the ‘way’. Let’s still use the formula of the old ways. See the ten commandments above.

No other God than God.

Observe the Sabbath.

Bring your tithes to the store house.

Honor your Mother and Father.

Do this.

Do That.

These identity markers are old, unobtainable for man. Man is only in it for himself. Man is jealous of himself. God’s people are now different. They are of Christ now. Christ has changed the identity of man. He is one with Him. God’s new people are now shining like the light upon the hill. It is the identity that God has wanted for along time. He wanted man’s identity to be the same as His. This is the picture that goes back along ways. God was considered to be up above. God was as high as far as man can see. It was perceived as God at the top of the mountain. It was there that Moses met God in person to receive the ten commandments. This place is Holy.

This is exactly where God’s identity is to be realized. Holy,God’s realm of rule, His communion with man together. This is actually the ‘The Eternal Purpose’ of God.

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Just thinking

This is just some out-loud thinking on my part. Some of this is either just a statement, or could be a Question.

Is there a difference in ‘Rest’ and ‘Sabbath’, if there is what is it?

God Rested.

Sabbath is Holy.(7th day,Symbolic of Holiness)

Exodus 23.11 Every 7th year of your field was to be laid baron.(rest)

Original rest-Garden of Eden! Everything mentioned in the bible has to use this as foundation of the meaning of REST!

God rested, man had nothing to rest from, yet!

Understanding what this picture of God resting from His Work, which was by the way, creating US, His Kingdom, and Himself as the King of this said Kingdom.

If we use this picture of this ‘Eden’, God, us, his creation in communion with His world, living in God’s Kingdom with God.

We then Know what true Rest is.

So we should know that after this picture, it changed.

but this is the model of “REST”.

So if God being God that He is, wants to get this picture back.

How does He go about doing this?

Think about it.

He starts by just having  a specific place, in a specific building, with a specific people.

This specific place is the Holy of Holies, only one person, can be with God,in this spot, a HIGH Priest.

sounds kinda very minimalist to me, but whatever. God knows what he is doing.

Now this one spot, is in this one building, in this one town. Now the world wasn’t that big yet, but man I have to travel all across region to come be with my God? on one certain day!

and oh yeah, and I have to be apart of the selected ‘people’ that God designated that had this God!

Wow, this is really specific,God.

Why are you going to the whole world as your domain to just one little spot, one little building, and just one people?

Think about it.

Now the issue is not that the ‘people’,place,and building didn’t work out, it was that they failed in ‘seeing’ what God was trying to go back to His first Rest Picture. in a way that started slow but spread to the whole people!

Their failure is their ‘worshiping’ other gods, none of whom were the one that created and designed their ‘rest’!

Now our official terminology of the word Sabbath is a day of religious observance and abstinence from work, kept by Jews from Friday evening to Saturday evening, and by most Christians on Sunday. 

Now it seems maybe,just maybe we are short changing ourselves as believers, and God that we do not observe ‘Rest’ as ALL the time!

The relishing and living in God’s presence in the world,as our King, and His Kingdom would be the ‘same’ picture that we started with.

The Garden of Eden.

Think about it.

 

 

 

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