OYB April 21
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- 2009 Apr 21
23:13 "...then know for certain that the LORD your God will no longer drive them out from your land. Instead, they will be a snare and a trap to you, a pain in your side and a thorn in your eyes, and you will be wiped out from this good land the LORD your God has given you." I thought this might be a Messianic prophecy, so I looked up "pain in your side" and the Hebrew word is "Shotet" which means "to pierce!" This must be a two-fold prophecy detailing the crucifixion of God's first-born Son, Jesus, and His symbolic first-born son, Israel (a pierced side and crown of thorns). There have been many times in history that Israel has come under horrendous treatment by pagan nations—70 A.D. one of the worst, as well as the Holocaust. Much of this treatment was in prophecy for their disobedience, such as this passage.
23:14 "Soon I will die, going the way of everything on earth. Deep in your hearts you know that every promise of the Lord your God has come true. Not a single one has failed!" Pretty nice guarantee if you ask me! Read verse 15 for the other side of the coin!
20:35-36 But in the age (AION) to come, those worthy of being raised from the dead will neither marry nor be given in marriage. And they will never die again. In this respect they will be like angels. They are children of God and children of the resurrection. This verse brings together a lot of the concepts we've been learning! We've got the "AION," or age, that is often used for "forever." We've got those who are worthy of being resurrected (ELECT) who are a part of the first resurrection and who are the childlike that receive the mysteries of God with their simple faith! Verse review...
Blessed and holy is the one who has a part in the first resurrection; over these the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with Him for a thousand years. Revelation 20:6
Then Jesus was filled with the joy of the Holy Spirit and said, "O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, thank you for hiding the truth from those who think themselves so wise and clever, and for revealing it to the childlike. Yes, Father, it pleased you to do it this way. Luke 10:21
20:46-47 Beware of
these teachers of religious law! For they love to parade in flowing
robes and to have everyone bow to them as they walk in the
marketplaces...But they shamelessly cheat widows out of their property,
and then, to cover up the kind of people they really are, they make
long prayers in public. Because of this, their punishment will be the
greater." So let's ask the question. If we believe that either
a person is saved or not, and that there is no punishment for the saved
(under grace), where does a verse like this fit? These "teachers of religious
law" thought they were in good standing with God, yet we find they will
receive the "greater punishment?" Hmmm...
89:19-29 huge Messianic and Millennial Kingdom prophecy!