GIFTS – PART FIVE
Sunday – November 17, 2019, Cheshvan 19, 5780
Greetings to our very precious partners and friends of this powerful Ministry of God through Donna and me. Also, welcome back to this special Sunday series on gifts, God’s gifts to us. God is so very good dear friends. As many of you know, as a general rule we define a friend of this Ministry, this blog, as someone who reads, studies, and encourages us. A partner is someone who does all of that and contributes money to the ministry on a regular recurring basis. Sowing into a ministry, like this one, assures a harvest of like kind, and that you share in the Grace God works in our Ministry and life (Philippians 1:7). This is good ground into which to sow of the carnal as we sow of the spiritual into your ground (life). If you are reading this on Facebook please take a moment and hit the “love” and “share” buttons to encourage us and expand the reach of this Ministry.
Today I will pick up where I left off last week with just a tad (little) of review preceding. The gift from God that I am focusing on is that of redemption, salvation, the foundational gift from which all others flow. Without this first gift it is mute to talk about any others. Of course, one might argue that the mercy and love of God extended to every person on the earth is also a gift and so it is. However, this series is focused on the gifts available to the Christian including the entry gift of salvation. God is so good! God wanted a family very badly and had unfathomable love and resources to share. As a result of that desire Adam was made first then Eve were brought into this new creation. Perhaps the earth of Genesis 1:1 and 1:2 are the same with a significant interval of time making the earth of Adam and of now not new but a renovation. This earth existed but God upgraded or refurbished this temporary home (for us) making it new again. It is my belief that this earth is likely billions of years old however I do not want war or any animosity with those who believe it is around six thousand years old. Then came sin and the curse upsetting a beautiful apple cart.
Well, I am off course just a little so let me make a course correction and return to our topic of “gifts”. Of course, in this fallen state the presence of the earth and our life here is a huge gift for it is a place where our relationship and fellowship with the Heavenly Father can be kindled and our course for eternity determined. I have started the journey of reviewing the trail of precious blood that started in the Garden of Eden on the Day of Sin and Death and culminated with Jesus applying His own precious Blood to the Mercy Seat of Heaven obtaining our full salvation (identical to His), full redemption, once and for all. This of course was put in place in the counsels of Heaven long before this earth was established. God knew that this man He was making and placing in the earth could fail although that was never His will. God makes nothing to fail, failing and perishing are not in the God vocabulary.
On that awful Day of Sin and Death in the Garden of Eden some six thousand years ago you can imagine the horrible grief and shock that must have reverberated throughout Heaven to the very Throne of God. Suddenly and without a present remedy the fellowship and relationship between God and man was severed. But, God, already had a plan to get this precious man, all who would of mankind back into His family. Thank you, Jesus, thank you Father, thank you Holy Spirit, that I and millions of others have taken advantage of the Blood, the redemption offered through repentance and forgiveness without cost to all. Rejection of Christ Jesus results in the continued ravages of the curse in our lives without a cure plus eternity in Hell. I don’t know about you but that is one option I can do without, however, perhaps like you, I resisted the Lord for way too many years swallowed up in the darkness (lies and deceptions) of the enemy. Back to the Garden. God’s beloved man had sinned (placed the Serpents word ahead of God’s) and had suffered spiritual death immediately and physical death and all of the curse was to follow quickly. Until Jesus the Messiah could come the first innocent blood, animal blood, was shed in the Garden of Eden, a place in which death was never to be present.
Genesis 3:21 (KJV)
21 Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.
From this time until the Cross of Christ Jesus God made provision for the sins of man by the innocent blood of animals looking forward to the Cross and the Resurrection. In the passage of time God found a man with whom He could make Blood Covenant which would give Him legal access back into the earth. That man was Abram meaning exalted father, later named Abraham by God meaning father of many nations. It took a while for Abram to have enough faith to enter into Blood Covenant with God and we found that in Genesis fifteen. As we review this notice that God, the Father, is not only making a Covenant with Abram but with the Word (Jesus, second person of the Trinity), and with the Eternal Spirit who is critical to the redemption story.
Genesis 15:8-12 (KJV)
8 And he said, Lord GOD, whereby shall I know that I shall inherit it?
9 And he said unto him, Take me an heifer of three years old, and a she goat of three years old, and a ram of three years old, and a turtledove, and a young pigeon.
10 And he took unto him all these, and divided them in the midst, and laid each piece one against another: but the birds divided he not.
11 And when the fowls came down upon the carcases, Abram drove them away.
12 And when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and, lo, an horror of great darkness fell upon him.
In the preceding passage these innocent animals shed blood as a surrogate (in the place of) for God. In just a couple of chapters we will see Abram shedding blood for mankind in the circumcision. Both parties must shed blood for the Covenant to be complete and valid. In the following passage recall that the smoking furnace is the Holy Spirit (Eternal Spirit) and the burning lamp is Jesus (the Word).
Genesis 15:17-18 (KJV)
17 And it came to pass, that, when the sun went down, and it was dark, behold a smoking furnace, and a burning lamp that passed between those pieces.
18 In the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates:
The Father confirmed the Covenant with the Word (Jesus) and with the Holy Spirit in the earth for the redemption of mankind on this trail of Blood. It wasn’t just settled in Heaven before the foundation of the earth but was now being settled in the earth. God also made covenant with Abram for the Hebrew (Jewish) peoples. I will pick up right here next Sunday the Lord willing.
Until our next publication, as a Bible Teacher and Prophetic Voice I speak this blessing over each and every one of you, receive it, believe it, and speak over yourself and your family by faith in Jesus name!
Numbers 6:24-26 (AMP)
24 The Lord bless you and watch, guard, and keep you;
25 The Lord make His face to shine upon and enlighten you and be gracious (kind, merciful, and giving favor) to you;
26 The Lord lift up His [approving] countenance upon you and give you peace (tranquility of heart and life continually).
By: Dr. David Wood, Author, Bible Teacher, and Prophetic Voice
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