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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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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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The old is over,the new is now.

I struggle with church in so many ways but this one could be the biggest one that I see that hinders it the most.

The old covenant is over and the new covenant takes it’s place as is now the Covenant that is God’s promise to us.

Let is look at this closer, church I believe has seen or heard of the new covenant but has relied on the old covenant to live. We try to instil the principles of the old covenant into the new covenant to continue the promise of the Lord. But this is not the same.

There are many examples that we can choose from, just look at our practices of faith, and our works, do they mirror the ones of the jewish nation as to going to the temple and having sacrifices, or having ordinances, or regulations that we have to follow.

The old testament was an example of a people trying to be a people of God, thru living the laws of God, which were only there to prove to them that they would be unable to follow because of their fallen state. We were not ever going to be perfect enough to follow the laws of God. Our nature was and is not ever going to allow this.

So something or a new nature had to come in to replace the old. God’s people, the Israelites, and even us today have mingled both covenant’s together thinking that this is the way to precede.

We need to know that the first one is dead, the new one is alive! Because Christ is alive, the law is dead because it does not lead to Life.This is so important to understand in many ways, which we will only touch on one now.

Let’s look at a verse that will be glowing to us in this understanding of the new covenant.

Matthew 17:4 (Recovery Version)And Peter answered and  said to Jesus,Lord, it is good for us to be here;if you are willing,I will make three tents here,one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah. 5 While he was still speaking,behold,a bright “cloud overshadowed them, and behold,a voice out of the cloud, saying, This is My Son, the Beloved,in whom I have found My delight. Hear Him! 6 And when the disciples heard this they fell on their face and were greatly frightened. 7 And Jesus came to them and touched them and said Arise, and do not be afraid.  8 And when they lifted up their eyes, they saw  no one except Jesus Himself alone.(Recovery Version)

To understand this passage we need to understand Peter and the disciples at this moment of time. To understand peter and the disciples in this, is first to understand the symbolism of Moses,Elijah and Jesus.

Moses,was symbolism for the Law, Elijah, was the symbolism of the Prophets, and Jesus, was symbolic of the new covenant. Peter,disciples were mixing all three of the covenants together as tho they were to work together as the new. But no, God’s intervention into Peter’s building of three tents to three  symbolic periods was meshing of the old and the new together. The old was over, there is only one now. Even Peter and the Disciples had to understand this.

Look at verse three, then look at verse eight, now you see three and now you don’t. you only see one, Jesus.

The New is now and has been for awhile since Jesus Resurrection.

I pray that we as “Overcomer’s”, that we can  see one and only one thru our eyes,Jesus.

May we live out our new understanding of the “New Covenant”!

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