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Pride wherever it may arise has its antecedent. Satan is accused of it. In the book of Isaiah we read thus:

“O Lucifer the son of the morning!…I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High…(Is.14:12-20) The fate of Satan is entwined with those fallen angels that left their first estate. In the short epistle of Jude we are forewarned the fate of those who do not earnestly contend for the faith that is delivered to us. What is it?

It is the word in which the glory of God is not expressed in a spirit of pride but in all humility. God the Son in becoming a man chose to minister those whom he would rather save than leave them to their ignorant ways. If his self-effacing life and death created a template it is our blueprint to be molded in selfsame manner. In the things we would not be saddled with we are correspondingly made stronger. A man who has learned to live on little so he might be free to study the word of God (rather than scatter his time in frivolous things) has the best chance to be built up.

Those who set out to build the tower wanted to make a name for themselves. What honor is when a frog in the well call himself a stable genius? The drought and cataclysmic changes in heavens may even make the well he sits on a cesspool? This is what pride of man who desires honor that alone comes from God. God made the name of Jesus above every other name in heaven or the earth. The quintessence of the Son of man is humility and not pride.

Thy  Word forever settled in the heaven (Ps.119:89) is the Constitution of God. It applies to His demesne. The heaven is his throne and the earth is foot stool. Wherever God passed judgment it has been to purge the earth of offense lest it should spread like cancer does. Early prognosis and treatment offers a chance for recovery. Similarly wherever God judges and in this case destruction of the old world it was never the last word. The world Noah inherited shall bring up those who fashioned their pride to defy God.

Before we consider the folly of the Tower of Babel  let us understand the significance of the Word in terms of man. God does not consider man as some unit or number. He is in a context. It was thus Adam and Eve; God let Adam name all the creatures and what is the Spirit telling us? Is it not his authority or responsibility over them? We saw failure of Adam to obey the commandment of God put the childbearing capacity of woman ever since to risk and undue pain and even death from complications at childbirth. Principle of Association exists between God the Father and God the Son. A similar association which has to do with man’s future as far as his creature comforts and physical well-being go depends on his relation ship with God. The Word is the witness over this bond.

“And the whole earth was of one language, and was of one speech.(Ge.11:1).”  Had those who set out to build the Tower known the sovereignty of God their language would not have presented a problem. Their pride came in between.  Folly of the Tower of Babel is of man who relies on his own wisdom. the same we saw with the  Manhattan Project in the 40s. Sovereignty of God determines our course of action and obedience due to Him guarantees victory.

Benny

 

 

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“And the Lord set a mark upon Cain… (vs.15)”

The mark of Cain is a sign just as servants of God shall bear ‘his name in their foreheads.’(Re.22:4). This sign ties up with the Word

What is the word forever settled in heaven? (Ps.119:89). Does it not serve as a sign? Yes indeed.

The Word as the Light

When the Holy Spirit writes that God separated Light and divided darkness from light (Ge.1:3) he is telling us two things: glory of the Word as a warning and also of God the Son. (Jn.1.1)

Symbolism of the mark of Cain refers to ‘thy word forever settled in heaven.’ It is grace. As it is in heaven grace shall be sent to the earth with the Advent of the Son. It was the earnest of glory that was to manifest upon all mankind. “For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now (Ro.8:22)”. St Paul is not discussing of the past but of some distant future. “For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God (Ro.8:19)”. The mark is at once a sign as well as a symbol, fulfilled partly with the Advent of Jesus Christ. It also looks ahead to the manifestation of the sons of God.

Invisible things of God are thus made manifest: ‘from the creation of the world are clearly seen and being understood by the things that are made (Ro.1:20)’ refers to the Word as a sign.

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“And Cain went out from the presence of the Lord, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden…And he builded a city, and called the name of the city, after the name of his son, Enoch (vs.16-17).”

Cities are generally where people gravitate to, and no wonder for man like Cain, a city is built after his image. He was a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth but he negotiated his way through strangers and finally he settled down. He named the city after his son. The mark must have helped him in preserving in his enterprise and by the same token, the mark would have made an impression on the populace. Glory of God can cause reverence for his Name to spring forth in opportune moment and unlikely places. “Then began men to call upon the name of the Lord (4:26).” indicates God’s care for His creation in whatever state they might be. He scattered His glory about in the Creation Day and it cannot be ever lost completely though sin even in its vilest form holds forth. The Sovereign Lord shall achieve his Will. Considering that Patriarch Abraham was called out of Ur, a city of the Chaldeans it is most likely. The Lord God has left his Name about so that Hagar big with child would be heard in her affliction. “And she called the name of the Lord, that spake unto her (Ge.16:13).”Throughout the scripture it has been so.

Dispersion of Jews during the Babylonian Captivity and the destruction of Jerusalem in AD 70 were calamities to the Jewish nation. Their dispersion over the centuries created communities in the Asia Minor and beyond. Their industry and strong sense of identity kept their culture and traditions alive wherever they settled. These were the bases for earliest Jewish Christian converts to stop over and spread the new religion. Of the great many itinerant preachers St Paul being of pre-eminent, could travel throughout the Roman Empire because of his Roman citizenship allowed him many privileges others did not have. God did foresee, is it not? Glory of God when it is translated into active mode the earth shall have a form and creatures small or big shall know God does feed them. In man also He has set faculties to know him. Conscience is palpable and can respond to moral issues. “He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end (Eccl.3:11-NIV)”. History of nations may move on without trust in God’s leading and yet God cannot foreswear his mercy or his Nature. Man’s sense of time and God’s Time differ greatly. The risen Christ in giving the Great Commission to his apostles relied on his Father. His Word forever settled in heaven was the testimony that made Agrippa quake with fear and he knew he was telling truth. (Ac.26:28).

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As the old Year gives way to the new I shall give a selection from my book under preparation.

“And I will put enmity between thou, and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head and thou shall bruise his heel (Ge.3:15).”

The Adam and Eve narrative is at once a symbol as well as acknowledgement of righteousness of the heavens. Rain, sunshine are indeed blessings sent from above that farmers everywhere can appreciate. When God says, ‘thorns and thistles shall it bring to thee’ it has a specific meaning to Adam apart from weeds are familiar to farmers. In a symbolic sense tares as unproductive ancillaries, is a curse since Adam shall never be able to predict from where it comes. The Parable of the wheat and the tares in the Spirit speaks of it as thus, “An enemy hath done this (Mt.13:28)”. Sustained symbolism of seeds and even Satan as a despoiler, however, makes the significance of the curse vivid enough. Tangled mass of tares as tangled skeins of man’s philosophies never agreeing with one other, connects with Satan. Like snake in the grass human philosophy can trip up faith of unsuspecting man. The spirit here specifically speaks of the Son of man whose humanity symbolized ‘her seed.’ Also significant is how Jesus responded to the other 70 disciples who returned successfully from their mission. “I beheld Satan as lightening fall from heaven. (Lk.10:18).”In the following verse the Spirit introducing the serpents and scorpions as symbols of ‘the power of the enemy,’ connect: do we look elsewhere for meaning or to the curse as stated in Ge. 3:15?

May the New Year bring a new blessing in your lives,

Benny

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And the Lord Garden planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed (vs.5).

How the Spirit sets down the divine Will and how it is said to be a reality has its own colour. The Adam story as part of the narrative of the Lord God, serves as a symbol. It represents as such for the world.  This presupposes that something else is there what we need look for. The garden in which God put the man is a symbol. Adam is a symbol while garden is a transitional symbol for the holy city. The garden is shadow and the city,  however, is the substance. It is from the standpoint of the Son. This symbolic narrative where the significance of the symbol emerges accordingly from the point of view is inverted symbolism. We saw another example of inverted symbolism in the new heaven and new earth. What the Holy Spirit introduced with the verse one of Genesis ends up as coming from that of the Son.

Thus the Garden is a forerunner for the Church, the city of God New Jerusalem. Adam at the other end is qualified as the last Adam. Both names represent the Son of man. The garden is shadow of the fellowship where the glory of God covered Adam as gold sheathed shittim wood of the ark. Details that flesh out a symbol are not merely intended like window dressing but to convey much more. Thus a believer is not merely a number but light even as God is the Father of lights.

The river that fed the garden reminds us of the world that surrounds it. For this reason the Spirit mentions actual names of the regions it watered. “(Hiddekel)….goeth toward the east of Assyria. And the fourth is Euphrates.”

From the above the aim of inverted symbolism refers to any symbol connecting the Father and the Son to establish their nature through the various events where they are not the principal players. Spiritual Rock refers to Christ and Moses in each case is the principal doer. He either smites as was told or disobeys (1 Co.10:4). Symbolism is sustained in other context as well. He is the cornerstone and rock of stumbling and so on.

The inverted symbolism brings to our mind how churches in the age of Grace ought to conduct themselves. How do we witness our Saviour Lord? Isn’t our activism as though we have listened to the serpent and what truck do we hold with crooked perverse nation?

“That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world (Phili.2:15);”

Benny

 

 

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The key to unlock the significance of Genesis is on a few premises:

“I and my Father are one (Jn.10:30).”

“(Spirit of truth) He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you (Jn.16:14)” Thus the reader has to understand both God, the Father and God the Son has had equal part. Their relation is as the Core Will of the Father being fulfilled by the Son. The first verse of the Bible is the Core Will as perfect as not wanting an afterthought. In the Book of Revelation (21:1) * we have it as accomplished. Divine Power and Wisdom applies to both. Both books serve as bookends, and events sandwiched in between chronicle man’s destiny.

Lastly heaven and the earth are as one, under the sovereign Will of the Father. What does that signify? Man’s salvation wherever occurs in time and place on the earth has to be validated in God’s Time. It is the Spirit’s office and he achieves it in a manner that gives the Bible its peculiar character: types, symbols, signs, visions, parables and such like are therefore the means employed to establish Truth.

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“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.’

The first verse in the Book of Genesis is from the standpoint of God the Father, His Core Will. Compare this with the new earth and the new heaven mentioned in the last book. “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the earth were passed away;…(Re.21:1).” This new earth is not added from outside but signalling God, the Son has accomplished the will of his Father. “Behold I make all things new.” This is the testimony of the Son.

We also see the narrative mode of the Spirit. “So the last will be first, and the first will be last (Mt.20:16-NIV)”. In fullness of time God sent his Son and he accomplished his atoning work. So every believer according time and place on the earth by faith are set in heavenly places (Ep.1:3-14). This mode further underscores the testimony of Jesus Christ: “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending…(Re.1:8) .

Ge.1:1 Heaven and earth do not mention any people. On the other end what do we read? In the Book of Revelation where the new earth and the new heaven are mentioned we read of ‘the holy city coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride…(Re.21:1-3) The risen Christ in his glory is present there.

The seas the sun and all physical features described in the first chapter of Book Genesis hold no significance since the Glory of God and the Lamb is the light of it (21:23). In the light we are told ‘the nations of them which are saved shall walk.

In this context let us consider the verse from Isaiah “Behold, I and the children whom the Lord hath given me are for signs and for wonders …(8:18).” The same verse is repeated in the New Testament (He.2:13-15) It was necessary for the Holy Spirit to reorganize the creation account of God with appropriate signs and symbols; and this narrative mode is validated when we see it from the vantage of God the Son who ‘took not the on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham (vs.16)”.

Benny

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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( This post is reprinted from my post http://obi4b.wordpress.com/2010/10/03/free-from-above/ The blog is titled Guide to his Word where I post commentaries on the word of God. You may want to check it out. My approach to the Bible is from a non-sectarian standpoint. b)
Gen1:16′God made two great lights-…and also stars.’

Here we see the mention of lights but with special reference to the sun, moon and stars. We also have a clue supplied by God the Spirit: these are set in the expanse of the sky as signs. Purpose of such signs is two-fold. This serves as a marker for seasons, days and years. Secondly such signs explain the divine Will where it concerns us. For a skeptic the origin of the heavenly bodies must explain in such manner his rational mind can accept as correct. For a child of God reason must address his body and spirit as well. Hence emphasis shall vary than for a skeptic. For the former righteousness means being obedient to his Will the emphases of the sun, moon and stars as signs must add to his knowledge in the spirit or in his inner man, to use a scriptural expression. Holy Spirit has recorded the creation account so that such signs can serve as tool to unlock the mysteries of God. One fifth of the Scriptures concern with prophesies of some sort. Hence the heavenly bodies as signs hold weight and relevance to a Christian regardless of whatever persuasion.

In the Book of Revelation we read of a woman clothed with the sun Rev.12. The sun serves as a clue, a sign. As with celestial bodies numbers also hold significance. Holy Spirit must hold special significance as we saw with names, in giving a number of 1260 days (Rev12:6) as distinct from a statement in in Genesis’-And there was evening, and there was morning -the fourth day(1:19).’ Holy Spirit in putting the record straight or setting God’s Will in signs or symbols is striking a warning. Literal interpretation may not be what Holy Spirit has in mind, It is to be revealed in God’s time. 1260 would be roughly three and a half years. Would it therefore hint the earthly ministry of Jesus or something else? Science can only be appreciated with strict application of reason; no less is expected of a child of God. His spirit or inner man shall not be sustained or edified by errors. This note of caution must be sounded whenever we handle the Word. For example note what Spirit says:’Let him that hath understanding count..for it is the number of a man, and his number is six hundred three score and six (Rev13:18).’ Even here instances are not wanting in the way Bible teachers have in the past cited the names of Nero, Napoleon, Saddam Hussein et al to denigrate them. God the Spirit does not want man to cast all restraints in interpreting the Word of God with a spirit of pride. In studying the word of God, we require wisdom and it is not earthly kind.( Jas3:14-18,13) We have the assurance of God that wisdom to understand his Word is from God (Jas.1:5).

benny

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