Friday, May 16, 2008

Exodus, chapter 34

1 ¶ And the LORD said unto Moses, Hew thee two tables of stone like unto the first: and I will write upon these tables the words that were in the first tables, which thou brakest.

God points out to Moses how he, Moses, broke the tables of the Law.

2 And be ready in the morning, and come up in the morning unto mount Sinai, and present thyself there to me in the top of the mount.

Here is a type of the Rapture of the church to come. Be ready, in the morning, and come up, in the morning. There are many verses that reflect something special taking place in the morning. Here are some;

Psalm 5:3 My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.

Psalm 30:5 For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.

Psalm 130:6 My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning: I say, more than they that watch for the morning.

Psalm 143:8 Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee.

The church age is a type of night. Note these verses;

John 13:30 He then having received the sop went immediately out: and it was night.

Romans 13:12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.

We are waiting for the morning when the SON appears just like we wait each morning for the sun to appear;

Titus 2:13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;

To call us out, to come up.

Proverbs 25:7 For better it is that it be said unto thee, Come up hither; than that thou shouldest be put lower in the presence of the prince whom thine eyes have seen.

First, Christ arose with some of the Old Testament saints, then there is the rapture of the church, and then the rapture of the Jewish saints in the Tribulation. There are a great many verses which we would have to list to show this. But, it is very clear and certain. Early church writers like Shepard, Victorinus, Ephraim the Syrian, and others wrote about the rapture of the church. Modern morons claiming that the Rapture isn’t talked about until Darby in the 1800’s are deficient in their scholarship.

Revelation 4:1 After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.

Revelation 11:12 And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them.

The church, the body of Christ, will present itself before Him at the judgment seat of Christ to receive the reward for what they have done in the body, for their motives, their intentions, and their hypocrisies.

3 And no man shall come up with thee, neither let any man be seen throughout all the mount; neither let the flocks nor herds feed before that mount.

Notice how personal things are getting. This is a picture of salvation. Christians aren’t saved as a corporate nation like Israel but each of us individually. When you stand before Christ you will stand alone.

4 And he hewed two tables of stone like unto the first; and Moses rose up early in the morning, and went up unto mount Sinai, as the LORD had commanded him, and took in his hand the two tables of stone.
5 ¶ And the LORD descended in the cloud, and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the LORD.
6 And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth,
7 Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.
If it weren’t for God’s mercy we wouldn’t be alive. Mercy is negative, refusing to execute deserved judgment. Grace is unmerited favor given and is positive, patient, and God is unbelievably giving to us in goodness and truth. He is very forgiving.

Under the Law God forgives but does not clear the guilty. After He comes to earth and lives as us and then dies for us and is resurrected we are cleared. This is essential to understanding the different dispensations. The Law does not clear the sinner. Shedding a lamb’s blood is only a type of the shedding of Christ’s blood to come.

Notice after the resurrection;

Romans 3:24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; 26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.

Redemption is to buy a thing back. Christ cleared the sins that He only forgave and pardoned under the Law. “For the remission of sins” refers to the fact that the sins have already been forgiven. You aren’t baptized to get forgiveness, but as a public token of expression of the fact of something already done, as an act of obedience. Only the Baptist church in all of its different versions understands that baptism doesn’t save you but is an expression of something already accomplished. All Protestant denominations and the Roman Catholic Church are Judaizers, trying to put the believer back under the Law, which is wicked.

8 And Moses made haste, and bowed his head toward the earth, and worshipped.

You better hurry up and get saved. One proof that people have not received Christ and that God hasn’t shown them anything is that they don’t respond the way Moses and Isaiah and others did when confronted with God.

9 And he said, If now I have found grace in thy sight, O Lord, let my Lord, I pray thee, go among us; for it is a stiffnecked people; and pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us for thine inheritance.

A governor’s “pardon” doesn’t mean you didn’t commit a crime, it means you have been pardoned. Moses has identified himself with the Hebrews.

10 ¶ And he said, Behold, I make a covenant: before all thy people I will do marvels, such as have not been done in all the earth, nor in any nation: and all the people among which thou art shall see the work of the LORD: for it is a terrible thing that I will do with thee.

There are several covenants in the Bible. This is the covenant with the Jews. The Hebrew people are founded in signs and wonders. These signs and wonders are not for the church. They are for the Jews.

1Corinthians 1:22 For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:

Terrible things are things that inspire terror. Judgment is coming.

Deuteronomy 6:19 To cast out all thine enemies from before thee, as the LORD hath spoken.

Deuteronomy 7:24 And he shall deliver their kings into thine hand, and thou shalt destroy their name from under heaven: there shall no man be able to stand before thee, until thou have destroyed them.

It’s interesting how mankind is so in love with war but so hates the idea that God passes judgment. Since we think of ourselves as our own god we resent the competition.

11 Observe thou that which I command thee this day: behold, I drive out before thee the Amorite, and the Canaanite, and the Hittite, and the Perizzite, and the Hivite, and the Jebusite.
12 Take heed to thyself, lest thou make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land whither thou goest, lest it be for a snare in the midst of thee:
13 But ye shall destroy their altars, break their images, and cut down their groves:
14 For thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God:
15 Lest thou make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land, and they go a whoring after their gods, and do sacrifice unto their gods, and one call thee, and thou eat of his sacrifice;

There is a tremendous spiritual import to sex which is why God likens worshippers of other gods as adulterers, who go “a whoring”. David committed physical adultery and suffered in his life for his sin but is held up to be a “man after God’s own heart”. While Solomon committed spiritual adultery and is held up as an example of someone who has erred. If the wisest man in history was a fool then where does that leave you and me?

Acts 13:22 And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will.

IKings 11:31 And he said to Jeroboam, Take thee ten pieces: for thus saith the LORD, the God of Israel, Behold, I will rend the kingdom out of the hand of Solomon, and will give ten tribes to thee: 32 (But he shall have one tribe for my servant David’s sake, and for Jerusalem’s sake, the city which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel:) 33 Because that they have forsaken me, and have worshipped Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, Chemosh the god of the Moabites, and Milcom the god of the children of Ammon, and have not walked in my ways, to do that which is right in mine eyes, and to keep my statutes and my judgments, as did David his father.

Nehemiah 13:26 Did not Solomon king of Israel sin by these things? yet among many nations was there no king like him, who was beloved of his God, and God made him king over all Israel: nevertheless even him did outlandish women cause to sin.

16 And thou take of their daughters unto thy sons, and their daughters go a whoring after their gods, and make thy sons go a whoring after their gods.

These descendants of Ham have sinned to the point in their wicked religious practices that God has decided to destroy them. The worship of Baal included throwing your baby into the superheated arms of an idol and drowning out its screams with bugles and drums playing loud. The mother was not to show emotion lest she displease this god who is Satan. Mature women were to go to a temple and wait for a stranger to throw a coin into their laps to have anonymous sex with them as a sort of “coming of age”. Read Daniel Snell’s “Life in the Ancient Near East” for more information.

Today, in America, we sacrifice the unborn to the gods of affluence and convenience and every woman feels that having sex with someone is the beginning of a relationship rather than the end result after marriage. A coin has been replaced by a pizza and a beer and a movie.

Our sins are almost full. See what Abram was told.

Genesis 15:16 But in the fourth generation they shall come hither again: for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full.

It’s full at this point.

17 Thou shalt make thee no molten gods.
18 ¶ The feast of unleavened bread shalt thou keep. Seven days thou shalt eat unleavened bread, as I commanded thee, in the time of the month Abib: for in the month Abib thou camest out from Egypt.
19 All that openeth the matrix is mine; and every firstling among thy cattle, whether ox or sheep, that is male.
20 But the firstling of an ass thou shalt redeem with a lamb: and if thou redeem him not, then shalt thou break his neck. All the firstborn of thy sons thou shalt redeem. And none shall appear before me empty.

Job 11:12 For vain man would be wise, though man be born like a wild ass‘s colt.

Revelation 5:8 And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints. 9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;

The ass is a type of man while the lamb is a type of Christ.

21 Six days thou shalt work, but on the seventh day thou shalt rest: in earing time and in harvest thou shalt rest.

The feast of unleavened bread and the seventh day Sabbath are two signs for the Jews that God is concerned about.

22 And thou shalt observe the feast of weeks, of the firstfruits of wheat harvest, and the feast of ingathering at the year’s end.
23 Thrice in the year shall all your men children appear before the Lord GOD, the God of Israel.

Three times all the men shall appear. Three times the words “Come up hither (here)” is said in the Bible. There are three resurrections and raptures of the saved as part of the first resurrection.

Proverbs 25:7 For better it is that it be said unto thee, Come up hither; than that thou shouldest be put lower in the presence of the prince whom thine eyes have seen.

1Corinthians 15:23a But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits;…..

Mt 27:52 And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, 53 And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.

Revelation 4:1 After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.

1 Corinthians 15:23b …afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.

1Thessalonians 1:10 And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.

Revelation 11:12 And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them.

1Corinthians 15:24 Then cometh the end…..

Luke 17:29 But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. 30 Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed. 31 In that day, he which shall be upon the housetop, and his stuff in the house, let him not come down to take it away: and he that is in the field, let him likewise not return back. 32 Remember Lot’s wife. 33 Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it. 34 I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left. 35 Two women shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken, and the other left. 36 Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. 37 And they answered and said unto him, Where, Lord? And he said unto them, Wheresoever the body is, thither will the eagles be gathered together.

24 For I will cast out the nations before thee, and enlarge thy borders: neither shall any man desire thy land, when thou shalt go up to appear before the LORD thy God thrice in the year.
25 Thou shalt not offer the blood of my sacrifice with leaven; neither shall the sacrifice of the feast of the passover be left unto the morning.

No leaven is acceptable in the sacrifice.

26 The first of the firstfruits of thy land thou shalt bring unto the house of the LORD thy God. Thou shalt not seethe a kid in his mother’s milk.

The first thing we get as a Christian should have a part given to God as a principle we should follow.

27 And the LORD said unto Moses, Write thou these words: for after the tenor of these words I have made a covenant with thee and with Israel.
28 ¶ And he was there with the LORD forty days and forty nights; he did neither eat bread, nor drink water. And he wrote upon the tables the words of the covenant, the ten commandments.

Three people are on a mountain forty days and forty nights. They are the last three persons mentioned in the Old Testament. They are on the mount of transfiguration in the new and figure prominently in the Revelation.

29 And it came to pass, when Moses came down from mount Sinai with the two tables of testimony in Moses’ hand, when he came down from the mount, that Moses wist not that the skin of his face shone while he talked with him.

It has been said that people who walk with God closely give off a glow that is noticeable. Obviously, if that is true, there aren’t many people walking with God closely.

Notice the face of Stephen in Acts.

Acts 6:15 And all that sat in the council, looking stedfastly on him, saw his face as it had been the face of an angel.

30 And when Aaron and all the children of Israel saw Moses, behold, the skin of his face shone; and they were afraid to come nigh him.
31 And Moses called unto them; and Aaron and all the rulers of the congregation returned unto him: and Moses talked with them.
32 And afterward all the children of Israel came nigh: and he gave them in commandment all that the LORD had spoken with him in mount Sinai.
33 And till Moses had done speaking with them, he put a vail on his face.
34 But when Moses went in before the LORD to speak with him, he took the vail off, until he came out. And he came out, and spake unto the children of Israel that which he was commanded.

When you stand before the Lord you must take the veil off of your face. He sees you for what you really are and all of your lies and self deception will not change anything. You will not fool God. When you pray, you might be fooled by your phony use of spiritual sounding words but God can see right through your self-worshipping, self delusion. One of my pet peeves is a sermon disguised as a prayer. It has to be an affront to God because it isn’t made to Him but for the people who are hearing’s benefit. Take the veil off for God. He’s not fooled.

35 And the children of Israel saw the face of Moses, that the skin of Moses’ face shone: and Moses put the vail upon his face again, until he went in to speak with him.

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