Saturday, July 31, 2021

The First Coming of the Lord

Deuteronomy 18:15-19
The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own brothers. You must listen to him. 16 For this is what you asked of the Lord your God at Horeb on the day of the assembly when you said, “Let us not hear the voice of the Lord our God nor see this great fire anymore, or we will die.”
17 The Lord said to me: “What they say is good. 18 I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers; I will put my words in his mouth, and he will tell them everything I command him. 19 If anyone does not listen to my words that the prophet speaks in my name, I myself will call him to account. (NIV)

It had long been known to the children of Israel that another ‘super prophet’ like Moses would come and that the people must listen to him. It was also known that God would put his words in the mouth of that prophet and that if anyone did not listen to that prophet he would be cut off from the family of God’s people.

Daniel 9:25
“Know and understand this: From the issuing of the decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until the Anointed One, the ruler, comes, there will be seven ‘sevens,’ and sixty-two ‘sevens.’ It will be rebuilt with streets and a trench, but in times of trouble. (NIV)

Oil is symbolic of the Holy Spirit in the Bible. It was used in lamps to provide light, which is symbolic of revelation knowledge, as in revealed truth. The idea is that without light you can’t see the truth about what is around you, but when you have a light you can see and know what is there. Spiritual light comes from the Holy Spirit and without the Spirit’s revelationary activity then we remain in darkness and cannot see.

In the Old Testament, the priests were anointed with holy oil to symbolize the fact that they were chosen by God and that God would use them to speak to the people. The kings were also anointed with holy oil to symbolize God’s presence within them for the governance and guidance of the people through the anointed king.

The prophet that Moses said that would come and speak the words of God was to be the Christ. The word Christ is the Greek word for the Hebrew word Messiah, both of which means the Anointed One. The above prophecy from Daniel chapter nine tells us exactly when the Anointed One (Christ) would come. The time is measured in sevens much like we might measure something in decades today. The prophecy says that when the word was issued to rebuild the city of Jerusalem and the Temple therein there would be seven sevens (49 years) and sixty-two sevens (434 years) for a total of 483 years. That is a pretty exact figure. This is the reason why so many people were expecting Christ to come when he did.

Daniel 9:26
After the sixty-two ‘sevens,’ the Anointed One will be cut off and will have nothing. The people of the ruler who will come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end will come like a flood: War will continue until the end, and desolations have been decreed. (NIV)

Reading further from Daniel we see this next verse and see a very telling statement regarding his coming. We see here that he could come on time, but that he would be ‘cut off and have nothing.’ There are many prophecies that foretell the coming of Christ, but it must be understood that each and every one of them will come to pass exactly as they are written. The Jews were waiting for the coming Anointed One but they were waiting for him to come and destroy the enemies of Israel and be established as a king on the order of King David. There are some very clear prophecies that tell us that the coming Savior would be David’s son or descendant and that he would rule as supreme King forever and ever. The coming Christ will fulfill those prophecies, but in God’s time and in God’s way and for God’s purpose. But first, the coming Anointed One would come, on time, and be cut off and not at that time receive his kingdom.

Luke 19:11-15
While they were listening to this, he went on to tell them a parable, because he was near Jerusalem and the people thought that the kingdom of God was going to appear at once. 12 He said: “A man of noble birth went to a distant country to have himself appointed king and then to return. 13 So he called ten of his servants and gave them ten minas. ‘Put this money to work,’ he said, ‘until I come back.’
14 “But his subjects hated him and sent a delegation after him to say, ‘We don’t want this man to be our king.’
15 “He was made king, however, and returned home. (NIV)

Jesus told this parable so that the people could understand that he was the King but that he would not receive his kingdom then. The plan was that he would go to a distant country (heaven) be made king and when the time was right (a long time from then) he would return home to receive his kingdom. (Read the entire parable.)Notice that this story clearly shows that the king was there, then he was gone, and then after he was made king he would come back. So far we can see that there are at least two Comings of the Lord.

(The entire [Psalm 22] is about the crucifixion.) And [Isaiah 53] had to be fulfilled too.

Isaiah 53:1-12
Who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? 2 He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. 3 He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. 4 Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted. 5 But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. 6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. 7 He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth. 8 By oppression and judgment he was taken away. And who can speak of his descendants? For he was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgression of my people he was stricken.9 He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death, though he had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth. 10 Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the Lord makes his life a guilt offering, he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand. 11 After the suffering of his soul, he will see the light of life and be satisfied; by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities. 12 Therefore I will give him a portion among the great,and he will divide the spoils with the strong,because he poured out his life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors. For he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors. (NIV)

Mark Heaney
This is my greatest desire: That the eyes of my heart may be enlightened in order that I may know the hope to which he has called me, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. Ephesians 1:18–19


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