Monday, December 22, 2014

Prophecies of Jesus fulfilled Part II [Exodus]

Click here to see Prophecies of Jesus fulfilled Part 1 [Genesis]

Here is the second installment of prophecies in the Old Testament that have been fulfilled in Jesus Christ in the New Testament.  Please let me know in the comments what you think.  Do you like this kind of reference-series? Or would you rather have analysis and commentary?
  1. -Exodus 3:13-15- "Then Moses said to God, “Behold, I am going to the sons of Israel, and I will say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you.’ Now they may say to me, ‘What is His name?’ What shall I say to them?” God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM”; and He said, “Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’” God, furthermore, said to Moses, “Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, ‘The Lord, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.’ This is My name forever, and this is My memorial-name to all generations."
    1. Jesus is The Great "I AM." 
      1. -John 4:26-"Jesus said to her, "I who speak to you AM HE."
      2. -John 8:58-"Jesus said to them, "Truly, truly ,I say to you, before Abraham was born, I AM
    2. -Exodus 12:5- "your lamb shall be an unblemished male a year old; you may take it from the sheep or from the goats.
      1. A Lamb without blemish.
        1. -Hebrews 9:14- "how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?"
        2. -1 Peter 1:19- "but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ."
    3. -Exodus 12:13- "The blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you live: and when I see the blood I will pass over you, and no plague will befall you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt."
      1. The blood of the Lamb saves from wrath.
        1. -Romans 5:8- "But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."
    4. -Exodus 12:21-27- "Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel and said to them, “Go and take for yourselves [b]lambs according to your families, and slay the Passover lamb. You shall take a bunch of hyssop and dip it in the blood which is in the basin, and apply some of the blood that is in the basin to the lintel and the two doorposts; and none of you shall go outside the door of his house until morning.
      For the Lord will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when He sees the blood on the lintel and on the two doorposts, the Lord will pass over the door and will not allow the destroyer to come in to your houses to smite you.  And you shall observe this event as an ordinance for you and your children forever. When you enter the land which the Lord will give you, as He has promised, you shall observe this rite. And when your children say to you, ‘What does this rite mean to you?’ you shall say, ‘It is a Passover sacrifice to the Lord who passed over the houses of the sons of Israel in Egypt when He smote the Egyptians, but spared our homes.’” And the people bowed low and worshiped."
      1. Christ is our Passover.
        1. -1 Corinthians 5:7- "Clean out the old leaven so that you may be a new lump, just as you are in fact unleavened.  For Christ our Passover also has been sacrificed."
    5. -Exodus 12:46- "It is to be eaten in a single house: you are not to bring forth any of the flesh outside of the house, nor are you to break any bone of it."
      1. Not a bone of the Lamb would be broken.
        1. -John 19:31-36- "Then the Jews, because it was the day of preparation, so that the bodies would not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), asked Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.  So the soldiers came, and broke the legs of the first man and of the other who was crucified with Him;  but coming to Jesus, when they saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs.  But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out.  And he who has seen has testified, and his testimony is true; and he knows that he is telling the truth, so that you also may believe.  For these things came to pass to fulfill the Scripture, “Not a bone of Him shall be broken.”
    6. -Exodus 15:2- "The Lord is my strength and song, And He has become my salvation; This is my God, and I will praise Him; My father's God, and I will extol Him."
      1. His exaltation predicted as Yeshua.
        1. -Acts 7:55-56- "But being full of the Holy Spirit, he gazed intently into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God; and he said, “Behold, I see the heavens opened up and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.”
    7. -Exodus 15:11- "Who is like You among the gods, O Lord?  Who is like You, majestic in holiness, Awesome in praises, working wonders?"
      1. His Character of Holiness.
        1. -Luke 1:35- "The angel answered and said to her, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the holy Child shall be called the Son of God."
        2. -Acts 4:27- "For truly in this city there were gathered together against Your holy servant Jesus, whom You anointed, both Herod and Pntius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel."
    8. -Exodus 17:6- "Behold, I will stand before you there on the rock at Horeb; and you shall strike the rock, and water will come out of it, that the people may drink."  And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel."
      1. The Spiritual Rock of Israel.
        1. -1 Corinthians 10:4- "and all drank the same spiritual drink, for they were drinking from a spiritual rock which followed them; and the rock was Christ."
    9. -Exodus 33:19- "And He said, "I Myself will make all My goodness pass before you, and will proclaim the name of the Lord before you; and I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show compassion on whom I will show compassion."
      1. His Character of Mercy.
        1. -Luke 1:72- "To show mercy toward our fathers, and to remember His holy covenant."


    Saturday, December 13, 2014

    Prophecies of Jesus fulfilled Part 1 [Genesis]

    Well here is an ambitious project.  There are hundreds of prophecies about Jesus in the Old Testament which are fulfilled in the New Testament.  My aim is to catalog them all and show where they are fulfilled.  In this first installment, I will concentrate only on the Prophecies about Jesus contained in the book of Genesis.  My hope is that this will also be a helpful reference for others when it is finished.  The prophecies are in bold followed by an outline of what the prophecy says [sometimes multiple ideas in a single verse] then the references to where it is fulfilled int he New Testament.  I have left out commentary on these passages for now and am letting the Scripture speak for itself. [All Scripture references are from the NASB translation.]
    1. -Genesis 3:15- "And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, And you shall bruise him on the heel."
      1. He will be the seed of a woman [virgin birth].-Matthew 1:18-Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: when His mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child by the Holy Spirit.-Galatians 4:4-5-But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.
      2. He will bruise Satan's head.
        -Hebrews 2:14-Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil,-1 John 3:8-the one who practices sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning. The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil.
      3. Christ's heel would be bruised with nails on the cross.-Luke 24:39-40-"See My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself; touch Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.  And when He had said this, He showed them His hands and His feet.
    2. -Genesis 9:26,27-He also said, "Blessed be the LORD, The God of Shem; And let Canaan be his servant.  May God enlarge Japheth, And let him dwell in the tents of Shem; And let Canaan be his servant."
      1. The God of Shem will be the son of Shem.
        -Luke 3:36-
        the son of Cainan, the son of Arphaxad, the son of Shem, the son of Noah, the son of Lamech,
    3. -Genesis 12:3-And I will bless those who bless you, And the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed."
      1. The seed of Abraham will bless all nations.-Galatians 3:8-The Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, "ALL THE NATIONS WILL BE BLESSED IN YOU."
        -Acts 3:25,26-
        "It is you who are the sons of the prophets and of the covenant which God made with your fathers, saying to Abraham, 'AND IN YOUR SEED ALL THE FAMILIES OF THE EARTH SHALL BE BLESSED.'"For you first, God raised up His Servant and sent Him to bless you by turning every one of you from your wicked ways."
    4. -Genesis 12:7-The LORD appeared to Abram and said, "To your descendants I will give this land." So he built an altar there to the LORD who had appeared to him.
      1. The Promise made to Abraham's Seed.-Galatians 3:16-Now the promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. He does not say, "And to seeds," as referring to many, but rather to one, "And to your seed," that is, Christ.
    5. -Genesis 14:18-And Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine; now he was a priest of God Most High.
      1. A priest after the order of Melchizedek.-Hebrews 6:20-where Jesus has entered as a forerunner for us, having become a high priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.
    6. -Genesis 17:19-But God said, "No, but Sarah your wife will bear you a son, and you shall call his name Isaac; and I will establish My covenant with him for an everlasting covenant for his descendants after him.
      1. King of Peace and Righteousness.-Hebrews 7:2-to whom also Abraham apportioned a tenth part of all the spoils, was first of all, by the translation of his name, king of righteousness, and then also king of Salem, which is king of peace.
    7. -Genesis 22:8-Abraham said, "God will provide for Himself the lamb for the burnt offering, my son." So the two of them walked on together.
      1. The Lamb God promised.-John 1:29-The next day he saw Jesus coming to him and said, "Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!
    8. -Genesis 22:18-"In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice."
      1. As Isaac's seed, will bless all nations.-Galatians 3:16-Now the promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. He does not say, "And to seeds," as referring to many, but rather to one, "And to your seed," that is, Christ.
    9. -Genesis 26:2,3,4,5-The LORD appeared to him and said, "Do not go down to Egypt; stay in the land of which I shall tell you."Sojourn in this land and I will be with you and bless you, for to you and to your descendants I will give all these lands, and I will establish the oath which I swore to your father Abraham."I will multiply your descendants as the stars of heaven, and will give your descendants all these lands; and by your descendants all the nations of the earth shall be blessed;because Abraham obeyed Me and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes and My laws."
      1. The seed of Isaac promised as the Redeemer.-Hebrews 11:18-it was he to whom it was said, "IN ISAAC YOUR DESCENDANTS SHALL BE CALLED."
    10. -Genesis 28:12-He had a dream, and behold, a ladder was set on the earth with its top reaching to heaven; and behold, the angels of God were ascending and descending on it.
      1. The Bridge to Heaven.-John 1:51-And He said to him, "Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see the heavens opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man."
    11. -Genesis 28:14-"Your descendants will also be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south; and in you and in your descendants shall all the families of the earth be blessed.
      1. The Seed of Jacob.-Luke 3:34-the son of Jacob, the son of Isaac, the son of Abraham, the son of Terah, the son of Nahor,
    12. -Genesis 49:10-"The scepter shall not depart from Judah, Nor the ruler's staff from between his feet, Until Shiloh comes, And to him shall be the obedience of the peoples.
      1. The time of His coming.-Luke 2:1-7-Now in those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus, that a census be taken of all the inhabited earth.  This was the first census taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria.  And everyone was on his way to register for the census, each to his own city. Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, in order to register along with Mary, who was engaged to him, and was with child.  While they were there, the days were completed for her to give birth.  And she gave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
        -Galatians 4:4-
        But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law,
      2. The Seed of Judah.
        -Luke 3:33-
        the son of Amminadab, the son of Admin, the son of Ram, the son of Hezron, the son of Perez, the son of Judah,
      3. Called Shiloh [means One Sent].
        -John 17:3-
        "This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.
      4. Messiah to come before Judah lost identity.
        -John 11:47-52-
         Therefore the chief priests and the Pharisees convened a council, and were saying, “What are we doing? For this man is performing many signs. “If we let Him go on like this, all men will believe in Him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation.” But one of them, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said to them, “You know nothing at all, nor do you take into account that it is expedient for you that one man die for the people, and that the whole nation not perish.” Now he did not say this on his own initiative, but being high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus was going to die for the nation, and not for the nation only, but in order that He might also gather together into one the children of God who are scattered abroad.
      5. Unto Him shall the obedience of the people be.
        -John 10:16-“I have other sheep, which are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will hear My voice; and they will become one flock with one shepherd.


    Keep the lookout for more prophecies and fulfillments to come.  This is just the tip of the iceberg.

    Saturday, December 6, 2014

    Logos: The Reason for the Season

    Heraclitus was a Greek philosopher in the 6th century B.C.  He was the first man to use the term Logos.  In his writing, he used it to show that there is a divine reason or plan that coordinates a changing universe.  [http://www.iep.utm.edu/heraclit/] In the New Testament book of John, this word "logos" is translated into "word" however, there is a connotation that we lose in the english rendition where logos means "the reason behind the universe."  So, I'd like to share with you my rendition of John 1:1-18 in this Christmas season, where I'm replaced each instance of logos and references to Him and He [the personal pronouns referring to the Logos] with ""the reason behind the universe."  I hope it helps you contemplate the true reason for the season.

    John 1:1-18
    1 In the beginning was the reason behind the universe, and the reason behind the universe was with God, and the reason behind the universe was God2 The Reason behind the universe was in the beginning with God3 All things came into being through the reason behind the universe, and apart from the reason behind the universe nothing came into being that has come into being4 In the reason behind the universe was life, and the life was the Light of men5 The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.6 There came a man sent from Godwhose name was John7 He came as a witness, to testify about the Lightso that all might believe through him. 8 He was not the Light, but he came to testify about the Light9 There was the true Light whichcoming into the worldenlightens every man10 The reason behind the universe was in the world, and the world was made through the reason behind the universe, and the world did not know the reason behind the universe11 The reason behind the universe came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive the reason behind the universe12 But as many as received the reason behind the universe, to them the reason behind the universe gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name,13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.14 And the reason behind the universe became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His gloryglory as of the only begotten from the Fatherfull of grace and truth15 John testified about the reason behind the universe and cried out, saying,"This was the reason behind the universe of whom I said, 'the reason behind the universe who comes after me has a higher rank than I, for the reason behind the universe existed before me.' " 16 For of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace17 For the Law was given through Mosesgrace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has seen God at anytimethe only begotten God who is in the bosom of the Fatherthe reason behind the universe has explained the reason behind the universe.
    -NASB

    The whole of creation hinges on this moment when the reason behind the universe [Jesus Christ] left heaven and came to earth so that we could be set free from ourselves.  As C.S. Lewis said, “In our world too, a stable once had something inside it that was bigger than our whole world.” 
    ― C.S. LewisThe Last Battle