Archive for October, 2010

If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. Matthew 16:24-25

If God has called you to be truly like Jesus in all your spirit, He will draw you into a life of crucifixion and humility. He will put on you such demands of obedience that you will not be allowed to follow other Christians. In many ways, He seems to let other good people do things which He will not let you do.

Others who seem to be very religious and useful may push themselves, pull wires, and scheme to carry out their plans, but you cannot. If you attempt it, you will meet with such failure and rebuke from the Lord as to make you sorely penitent.

Others can brag about themselves, their work, their successes, their writings, but the Holy Spirit will not allow you to do any such thing. If you begin to do so, He will lead you into some deep mortification that will make you despise yourself and all your good works.

Others will be allowed to succeed in making great sums of money, or having a legacy left to them, or in having luxuries, but God may supply you only on a day-to-day basis, because He wants you to have something far better than gold, a helpless dependence on Him and His unseen treasury.

The Lord may let others be honored and put forward while keeping you hidden in obscurity because He wants to produce some choice, fragrant fruit for His coming glory, which can only be produced in the shade.

God may let others be great, but keep you small. He will let others do a work for Him and get the credit, but He will make you work and toil without knowing how much you are doing. Then, to make your work still more precious, He will let others get the credit for the work which you have done; this to teach you the message of the Cross, humility, and something of the value of being cloaked with His nature.

The Holy Spirit will put a strict watch on you, and with a jealous love rebuke you for careless words and feelings, or for wasting your time, which other Christians never seem distressed over.

So make up your mind that God is an infinite Sovereign and has a right to do as He pleases with His own, and that He may not explain to you a thousand things which may puzzle your reason in His dealings with you.

God will take you at your word. If you absolutely sell yourself to be His slave, He will wrap you up in a jealous love and let other people say and do many things that you cannot. Settle it forever; you are to deal directly with the Holy Spirit, He is to have the privilege of tying your tongue or chaining your hand or closing your eyes in ways which others are not dealt with. However, know this great secret of the Kingdom: When you are so completely possessed with the Living God that you are, in your secret heart, pleased and delighted over this peculiar, personal, private, jealous guardianship and management of the Holy Spirit over your life, you will have found the vestibule of heaven, the high calling of God.

source: George D. Watson, an early 20th century Wesleyan minister.

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Andrew Murray quotes

In the quietness of prayer let me believe that a simple and determined surrender of my will to Him will bring the heart-cleansing I need.

When I bow in deep stillness before God and believe what He says, then His law will take possession of my inner life with all its power.

I need daily, prayerful fellowship with God if I am to have His thoughts make their home in me.

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Forgiving when one does not desire to is only possible when a person has a genuine love for God and has a personal heart knowledge that God loves them.

First. Recognise your own sin in all its intensity so that the distance between you and the person who has sinned against you is lessened.

Second. Pray for yourself.

(1) For forgiveness of your own sin.

(2) That you will receive from God both his power to forgive, confessing your powerlessness to do so, and comfort from God to experience healing within yourself.

Third. Recognise the weakness and brokenness of the person who has sinned against you so that you might be moved to compassion for them. You may need to ask God for wisdom and compassion.

Fourth. Humbly and perhaps thankfully view the opportunity to extend forgiveness as an opportunity to reflect God’s grace in a way that glorifies God. Opportunities to glorify God in this manner do not occur every day but they bring great glory to God.

Fifth. Know that in forgiving another you suffer no loss. God will reward you on the day when he crowns his own works in you. Exchange the motivations of pride and hurt for the eternal reward of glory forgiving will bring.

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Source: A sermon by John Flavel in 1671 on Isaiah 53:12

Doctrine: That the business of man’s salvation was transacted upon covenant terms, between the Father and the Son, from all eternity.

The persons transacting and dealing with each other in this covenant are great persons, God the Father, and God the Son.

The business, transacted between them; and that was the redemption and recovery of all God’s elect …

For the manner, or quality of the transaction, it was federal, or of the nature of a covenant; it was by mutual engagements and stipulations, each Person undertaking to perform his part in order to our recovery.

[The Father] promiseth to invest [Christ], and anoint him to a threefold office, answerable to the misery that lay upon the elect; for, if ever man be restored to that happiness, the blindness of his mind must be cured, the guilt of sin expiated, and his captivity to sin led captive. Christ must, "of God, be made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption." And he is made so to us as our Prophet, Priest, and King.

Blindness – Prophet (a light to the Gentiles – Isaiah42) – Wisdom

Guilt – Priest (of the order of Melchizedek – Psalm 110) – Sanctification

Captivity to sin – King (over enemies – Psalm 2) – Redemption

When was this compact made between the Father and the Son? I answer, it bears date from eternity. Before this world was made, then were his delights in us, while as yet we had no existence, but only in the infinite mind and purpose of God, who had decreed this for us in Christ Jesus, as the apostle speaks, 2 Tim 1:9. What grace was that which was given us in Christ before the world began, but this grace of redemption, which was from everlasting thus contrived and designed for us, in that way which hath been here opened?

Andrew’s comment. We are very loved people when you think that as long as God has existed, we have existed in the mind of God. He has always, as long as he has existed loved us and our creation and redemption are merely God’s love in history. But as long as he has existed he has loved us knowing all our weakness and failures. This is love … not that we loved him but that he loved us!

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Luke and OT

(Luk 1:5-6,9-10) Starts OT feel – a priest from division of Abijah, burning of incense in the temple at the time of the morning sacrifice.

(Luk 1:5-6) Zechariah and Elizabeth are ideal Israelites – righteous before God, walking blameless in all commandments and statutes of Lord.

(Luk 1:7) OT context – barrenness in old age, like Sarah and Hannah, anticipates God about to act again.

(Luk 1:11-12) OT context – The appearance of an angel of the LORD announcing saving activity. Fear as response to divine encounter.

(Luk 1:15) John described like Samson – not drinking wine like a Nazarite and filled with Spirit from birth to be a deliverer.in power of Elijah c.f. Mal 4:4-5.

(Luk 1:16-17) John’s ministry to turn hearts to repentance (Luk 1:19,26) Gabriel had announced coming of Christ years earlier in similar vision to Daniel while he prayed at time of prayer c.f. Dan 9.

(Luk 1:25) Like Sarah and Hannah , Elizabeth views miraculous pregnancy as God taking away reproach.

(Luk 1:27) Salvation begins in the house of David.

(Luk 1:28) "Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!" c.f. Gideon Jdg 6:12.

(Luk 1:32-33) Son of the Most High, throne of his father David forever c.f. God’s promises to David in 2Sam 7.

(Luk 1:35) Holy Spirit coming upon Mary like he did upon deliverers in OT. Power overshadowing – used of Shekinah Glory.

(Luk 1:41-45) Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit like an OT Psalmist bursts into praise similar to OT phrases e.g. ‘leap for joy’.

(Luk 1:46-56) Mary’s song uses phrases and concepts from Hannah’s song. Both songs anticipate God’s kingdom under God’s chosen king.

(Luk 1:47-50) OT language – God my Savior, looking upon humble state of servant, mighty God, holy name, mercy, fear of God

(Luk 1:51-53) strength of arm, brought down the proud from thrones, raised up the humble, fed hungry

(Luk 1:54-55) helped his servant Israel, remembered mercy, fulfilled promises to Abraham. OT ideas fulfilled in Christ.

(Luk 1:64) Prophets had said that in messianic times the mute tongue would declare God’s praise c.f. Isa 35:6.

(Luk 1:67) Prophecy of men carried by the Spirit points to Christ.

(Luk 1:68-70) Christ is God visiting & redeeming his people, a horn of salvation from house of David, fulfillment of the prophets.

(Luk 1:71-75) Christ shall save from enemies, show mercy, re-establish God’s covenant, enable worship in holiness and righteousness.

(Luk 1:76-77) John prepares the way for the Lord c.f. Mal 4.

(Luk 1:78-79) Christ is the tender mercy of God visiting, giving light to those in darkness and death c.f. Isa 9:2; 42:7,16; 49:6,9; 60:1-3.

(Luk 1:80) John grows becoming stronger like OT child-deliverers Samson and Samuel c.f. Jdg 13:24-25; 1Sa 3:19-20.

(Luk 1:80) John’s being in the wilderness anticipates OT concepts of salvation in the wilderness in both exodus and second exodus.

(Luk 2:4,10-12) Bethlehem recalls OT promises of another David. c.f. Micah 5:2.

(Luk 2:9) The glory of the Lord shone around them and they were filled with fear. Like the Shekinah temple glory.

(Luk 2:13-14) A multitude of the heavenly host praising God recalls the Psalms.

(Luk 2:21-24) OT context – circumcision, purification according to Law of Moses with associated sacrifices. OT law will be fulfilled in him.

(Luk 2:25-28) Simeon is an ideal OT saint waiting for the prophetic consolation of Israel which he recognizes in Jesus.

(Luk 2:29-32) Christ is a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to your people Israel. c.f. Isa 9:2; 42:7,16; 49:6,9; 60:1-3.

(Luk 2:36-38) OT – Hannah from the tribe of Asher, not departing temple, worshiping day and night, spoke of redemption of Israel.

(Luk 2:40,52) grew, became strong, filled wisdom, favored by God &man. c.f. OT child-deliverers Samson/Samuel c.f. Jdg 13:24-25; 1Sa 3:19-20

(Luk 2:41) OT context – Jesus’ parents going to Jerusalem for Passover.

(Luk 3:1) Area covered in this verse describes the promised land in the time of David. Now ruled by Gentiles.

(Luk 3:2) The word of God came to John the son of Zechariah (c.f. classic OT prophet comment) in the wilderness (c.f. Moses/Elijah).

(Luk 3:3) The areas from which Israel had crossed into the promised land. Geography suggests a new salvation event.

(Luk 3:4-6) John’s ministry fulfils Isa 40:3-5. Voice in wilderness, preparing paths.

(Luk 3:7-9,17) Vipers, fleeing wrath, bearing fruit, axe at root of trees, winnowing fork, chaff, burning in fire – OT prophetic language.

(Luk 3:11,14) John urges people to keep the instructions in the Law of Moses.

(Luk 3:22) Holy Spirit as a dove c.f. creation and Noah’s flood. Voice from heaven c.f. Sinai c.f Psa 2 (king), Isa 42(servant).

(Luk 3:23-38) Jesus, the son of Zerubbabel, Nathan, David, Obed, Boaz, Judah, Abraham, Noah, Adam, the son of God.

(Luk 4:1) Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit like an OT deliverer.

(Luk 4:1-2) In the wilderness 40 days being tested. Jesus like a second Israel.

(Luk 4:2-13) Adam tested in the garden. Christ tested in the wilderness.

(Luke 4:2-13) Jesus quotes three verses from Deuteronomy which describes Israel’s failure in wilderness c.f. Deu 8:3; 6:13; 6:16.

(Luk 4:14) Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee like an OT deliverer.

(Luk 4:17-19) Jesus fulfils Isa 61:1-2 – anointed with Spirit, proclaims good news, releases prisoners, sight to the blind.

(Luk 4:19) Jesus fulfils the year of Jubilee.

(Luk 4:24-27) Jesus will be rejected just as the OT prophets were.

(Luk 4:33-36) Jesus defeats unclean spirits in battle like OT wars against Canaanites.

(Luk 4:34) Jesus is called "the Holy One of God" an classic Isaiah title for God.

(Luk 4:43-44) Jesus proclaims the good news c.f. Isa 61:1.

(Luk 5:3) Jesus sat down and taught the people c.f. a teacher-prophet like Moses.

(Luk 5:4-7) Jesus fills the sea with fish like in Gen 1.

(Luk 5:8) "Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord." C.f. Isaiah’s reaction in Isa 6 before God.

(Luk 5:12-14) Jesus’ heals a leper and sends him to the priests to give the Law of Moses an opportunity to testify to his cleansing power.

(Luk 5:20-21) Jesus, like God in OT, can forgive sins.

(Luk 5:24-26) Jesus raises the lame c.f. Isa 35:6.

(Luk 6:1-5) Jesus is not bound by the Sabbath because David was not and Jesus is greater than David.

(Luk 6:9-10) Jesus teaches that mercy is a higher ordinance than the Law of Moses.

(Luk 6:13) Jesus chooses 12 apostles to indicate that he is restoring the people of Israel, reconstituting Israel.

(Luk 6:17) All Israel comes and gathers around Jesus from the equivalent of Dan to Beersheba.

(Luk 6:20-26) Jesus’ pronouncing blessings and woes recalls both the law of Moses and the oracles of the prophets.

(Luk 6:27-49) Jesus gives greater instruction than Moses. Uses similar illustrations as in OT prophets.

(Luk 7:1-10) Jesus’ healing of the centurion’s servant on the basis of faith foreshadows Jesus’ acceptance of Gentiles.

(Luk 7:11-17) Jesus raises the dead c.f. OT hope of resurrection. c.f. With a word shows greater than Elijah/Elisha.

(Luk 7:16) Christ is "A great prophet has arisen among us!" and "God has visited his people!"

(Luk 7:17-22) Jesus is the Christ as evidenced in his fulfilling Isa 35.

(Luk 7:26-28) John is the greatest of OT prophets because he is also the final messenger before Christ c.f. Mal 4.

(Luk 7:48-49) Jesus shares God’s prerogative in forgiving sins.

(Luk 8:1) Jesus proclaims the good news c.f. Isa 61:1. Jesus’ speaking in parables is similar to the OT prophets.

(Luk 8:10) Jesus tells parables to hide truth as an act of judgment c.f. Isa 6.

(Luk 8:24-25) Like God in the OT, Jesus commands the wind, waves and storm c.f. Psa 107:23-30.

(Luk 8:43-44) Is Jesus defiled according to the laws of cleanness in Leviticus by being touched by the woman? Either way Jesus makes clean.

(Luk 8:54) Is Jesus defiled according to the laws of cleanness in Leviticus by touching the dead? Either way Jesus makes clean.

(Luk 9:1-17) Jesus gives the crowd bread like manna in the wilderness.

(Luk 9:22) Jesus’ prediction of his suffering relates to his being the suffering servant of Isa 53.

(Luk 9:28) Jesus on mount has echoes of Moses on Sinai.

(Luk 9:29) Jesus’ appearance is described in OT terms of God’s glory.

(Luk 9:30-31) Moses and Elijah speak to Jesus of his Exodus from Jerusalem.

(Luk 9:34-35) The cloud is the Shekinah glory of the OT. Jesus identified as son (Psa 2) and servant (Isa).

(Luk 9:41) Jesus describes his generation in OT language "O faithless and twisted generation".

(Luk 9:44-45) Revelation is received by God’s decree to those to whom he gives it.

(Luk 9:60-61) Jesus’ demand on our following him is greater than that required of Elisha to follow Elijah c.f. 1Ki 19:20.

(Luk 10:12-15) The OT judgments of Sodom, Tyre and Babylon foreshadow a worse judgment upon those who reject Jesus.

(Luk 10:21) The Father both hides and reveals truth according to his gracious will.

(Luk 10:22) The Father is only known by those whom the Son chooses to reveal him.

(Luk 10:23-24) Jesus is the fulfilment of what the OT saints longed for.

(Luk 10:28) Jesus states that obedience to the Law will bring eternal life.

(Luk 11:13) Jesus says that the Holy Spirit will be given to those who ask. The Spirit on all people was promised but not realized in OT.

(Luk 11:14) The healing of the mute demonstrates that Jesus is bringing in the kingdom of God c.f. Isa 35.

(Luk 11:14-22) Christ is the divine-warrior as God in the OT. He attacks demonic forces, defeats, binds and plunders them.

(Luk 11:20) Jesus casts out demons by the finger of God c.f. phrase was used of God’s power overwhelming Pharaoh’s magicians. c.f. Exo 8:19.

(Luk 11:20) Jesus’ driving out of demons is evidence of the in-breaking kingdom of God.

(Luk 11:21-22) Jesus binds Satan and takes away his possessions (i.e. nations blinded by Satan in their entirety as in OT) c.f. Rev 20:1-6.

(Luk 11:24-26) In OT the scapegoat took sin into wilderness but a failure to properly deal with spiritual forces leads to worse possession.

(Luk 11:29-30) Jonah’s ‘resurrection’ from Sheol was a sign and foreshadowing of Christ’s resurrection.

(Luk 11:31-32) Christ and his words are greater than Solomon’s wisdom or Jonah’s preaching.

(Luk 11:49-51) God in his wisdom sent prophets and apostles who suffered and were killed. OT rejection climaxes in the killing of Christ

(Luk 12:6) Sovereignty. God remembers and numbers sparrows and hairs. Everything is within God’s providence.

(Luk 12:12) Every disciple to become a prophet i.e. speaking God’s words by God’s Spirit in the face of opposition.

(Luk 12:24,27-28) Sovereign Providence. God feeds the ravens and clothes the lilies and grass.

(Luk 12:29-31) Sovereign Providence. God works in providence to supply our food, drink, clothing and shelter.

(Luk 12:32) Salvation. Possession of the kingdom comes as a gift from the Father.

(Luk 12:49) Jesus to cast fire on the earth. Typical OT language of divine judgment.

(Luk 12:50) A baptism of suffering/judgment is the language used in the Psalms.

(Luk 13:6-9) Jesus retells the parable of the fig tree as previously spoken by Isaiah in his generation c.f. Isa 5:1-4.

(Luk 13:10-17) Jesus shows how releasing a woman bound by Satan in consistent with Sabbath keeping.

(Luk 13:18-19) Jesus uses OT prophetic picture of a tree filling the earth and all nations resting under its branches as a symbol of K of G.

(Luk 13:28-29) Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and all the prophets participate in K of G but not Jews who reject Christ. Gentiles who do accept will.

(Luk 13:33-34) Jesus identifies himself as a prophet in a long line of prophets rejected and killed in Jerusalem.

(Luk 14:5) Jesus demonstrates that acts of mercy are consistent with Sabbath.

(Luk 14:13,21) God’s OT concern for the poor is carried over by Jesus as a concern for his followers & the messianic banquet.

(Luk 14:15-24) The image of a messianic banquest comes from the OT c.f. Isa 25:6.

(Luk 15:4-6) God as a shepherd and people as straying sheep is a metaphor Jesus utilizes from the OT. Much of Jesus’ teaching is OT driven.

(Luk 15:11-32) Parable of Lost son is also OT driven since prophets spoke of Israel as God’s rebellious son c.f. Hos 11:1-2.

(Luk 16:17-18) Jesus did not come to abolish the Law and the Prophets e.g. his teaching in adultery.

(Luk 16:22) The intermediate state is with Abraham and the OT saints.

(Luk 16:31) If one is hardened to the Law and the Prophets then one will be hardened to the resurrection of Christ.

(Luk 17:14) Jesus orders the lepers to show themselves to the priests so the Law of Moses can testify to Christ as the cleaner.

(Luk 17:22-25) Jesus links the coming kingdom of the son of man c.f Dan 7:13-14 with the suffering servant of Isa 53.

(Luk 17:24) The coming of Jesus will be loud, visible and dramatic like lightning from one end of the sky to another.

(Luk 17:26-37) In the days before Christ’s return people will be engaged in normal activities so that his return will come unexpectedly.

(Luk 17:26-37) The days before Christ’s return will be as normal as Noah’s and Lot’s and the judgment equally unexpected and dramatic.

(Luk 18:18-20) Jesus affirms the keeping of the commandments for eternal life.

(Luk 18:25-27) Jesus makes the point it is impossible for people to be saved without an act of God making it possible. Camel/eye of needle.

(Luk 18:31-33) Jesus links his suffering to Isa 53. Being handed over to the Gentiles and death are classic OT expressions of judgment.

(Luk 18:35;19:1) Journeying through Jericho on the way to Jerusalem recalls OT salvation journeys e.g. the crossing of the Jordan.

(Luk 19:9) Today salvation has come to this house, since Zacchaeus also is a son of Abraham.

(Luk 19:29-36) Jesus entering Jerusalem in humble trust riding on a donkey fulfills OT prophecy c.f. Zec 9:9.

(Luk 19:38) Jesus is praised using concepts and phrases in Psa 72:17-19, 118:22-26.

(Luk 19:41) Like Jeremiah, Jesus weeps over Jerusalem’s coming judgment. Luk 19:42-44 Jerusalem’s destruction by the Romans in 70 A.D.

(Luk 19:45-46) Jesus condemns abuse of temple using words from Isa 56:7 & Jer 7:11. Jesus is a prophet like Jeremiah in speaking judgment.

(Luk 20:9-16) God sent the OT prophets, now he has sent his son, all were rejected and suffered so Jerusalem will be destroyed Luk 20:16.

(Luk 20:17) Jesus is the promised stone that is rejected. c.f. Psa 118:22.

(Luk 20:27-36) Jesus teaches that marriage as described in Deu 25:5-10 will in the age to come be replaced with resurrection life.

(Luk 20:37-38) Jesus demonstrates from Exo 3:6 that God raises the dead. He is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. To God they are alive.

(Luk 20:41-44) David calls Jesus ‘Lord’ therefore Jesus is greater than David. c.f. Psa 110:1.

(Luk 21:8-19) Wars, famine, disease, persecution, earthquakes, signs in the heavens c.f. the seals of Rev 6 from 1st coming to 2nd coming.

(Luk 21:19) As in Revelation, Jesus urges God’s people to endurance.

(Luk 21:20-24) Answer to when temple destroyed. Fall of Jerusalem in 70 A.D. Times of Gentiles end with Christ’s return and his kingdom.

(Luk 21:25-28) sun, moon and starts, distress among nations, coming of son of man on clouds c.f 6th seal Rev 6:12-17 and Dan 7 re: clouds.

(Luk 22:1-20) The death of Jesus is a Second Passover, a second great salvation act like the Exodus.

(Luk 22:18) Drinking the fruit of the vine is an OT prophetic image of participating in the messianic kingdom of God.

(Luk 22:20) New covenant reference is God’s promised new covenant with Israel and Judah in Jer 31:31 but in NT is for Gentiles as well.

(Luk 22:29-30) Kingdom of God described in OT terms "you may eat & drink at my table in my kingdom and judge the twelve tribes of Israel."

(Luk 22:31-32) Preservation of believers – Satan demanded to crush and shatter Peter but Jesus has prayed for him and he will turn again.

(Luk 22:37) Jesus to be numbered with the transgressors in fulfillment of Isa 53:12.

(Luk 22:42) Remove this cup i.e. the OT cup of the wine of God’s wrath c.f. Rev 14:10; 16:19.

(Luk 22:43) The appearance of an angel from heaven indicates that the forth coming events are of divine activity and eschatological.

(Luk 22:69) "But from now on the Son of Man shall be seated at the right hand of the power of God." c.f. Dan 7:13-14; Psa 110:1.

(Luk 23:28-31) Jesus’ words are very much like those of OT prophets c.f. Hos 10:8; Rev 6:16. They can be used of 587 BC, 70 AD or the end.

(Luk 23:32) Jesus numbered with the transgressors in fulfillment of Isa 53:12.

(Luk 23:33) Jesus hung on a tree as a curse under God’s judgment c.f. Deu 21:23.

(Luk 23:34) Cast lots for his clothing c.f. Psa 22:18. i.e. Luke indicates that Psa 22 is a key to understanding the events of the cross.

(Luke 23:35) The mocking and sour wine fulfills Psa 22:6-8; 69:21.

(Luk 22:42-43) Jesus’ kingdom equated with Paradise i.e. a king’s city-garden. c.f. Gen 2; Rev 21-22.

(Luk 23:44-45) Darkness, the sun’s light failing, temple curtain torn in two – Jesus’ death is an escatological event.

(Luk 23:46) c.f. Psa 31:5 "Into your hand I commit my spirit; you have redeemed me".

(Luk 24:4-5) The appearing of heavenly persons announcing an act of salvation is very OT-ish.

(Luk 24:16) It is God’s prerogative to open or close eyes. "But their eyes were kept from recognizing him."

(Luk 24:19) "a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people" – a very OT-ish description.

(Luk 24:21) Had hoped that Jesus might redeem Israel c.f. the OT hope.

(Luk 24:26-27) "And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself."

(Luk 24:31) "And their eyes were opened" i.e. God’s prerogative to close and open people’s eyes in respect to Jesus. c.f. election.

(Luk 24:46-49) Christ’s death & resurrection, the preaching good news to all nations starting at Jerusalem and pouring out of Spirit …

(Luk 24:46-49) … all describe hope of OT prophets !!! Church age definitely predicted in OT.

(Luk 24:52-53) Worship at the Jerusalem temple following trial and deliverance, great joy and blessing God is what OT psalmists did.

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(Mal 1:2-3) Predestination and election – Jacob I have loved, Esau I have hated c.f. Rom 9:13.

(Mal 1:11,14) Christ’s name is and will be great and feared among all nations. In every place prayers will be offered. c.f. 1Ti 2:8.

(Mal 2:14-15) Marriage by covenant with one’s companion so the two become one flesh reflects Christ and the Church.

(Mal 2:15) Raising up godly seed for Christ is part of God making a people for his name.

(Mal 3:1) John prepares the way for God’s coming, that is, Christ.

(Mal 3:1) Christ is the angel (messenger) of the covenant whom the OT saints delighted in.

(Mal 3:2-3) Christ is judge like a refiner’s fire or a launderer’s soap.

(Mal 3:3-4) Christ enables acceptable worship in spirit and truth.

(Mal 3:5) Christ shall judge high handed sinners while saving the poor.

(Mal 3:6) Salvation is the result of God’s unchanging nature that is the reason we are not consumed by his wrath.

(Mal 3:16) Salvation as LORD paying attention to prayer and names recorded in God’s presence – book of remembrance c.f. Lamb’s book of life.

(Mal 3:17) Christ’s people are his treasured possession c.f. Exo 19:5; Deu 7:6; 14:2; 26:17-18; Psa 135:4; Tit 2:14; 1Pe 2:9.

(Mal 4:1) The day of the LORD as fire burning root and branch c.f. John the Baptist in Mat 3:12.

(Mal 4:2) Christ is the sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in its wings.

(Mal 4:5-6) John the Baptist in the messenger like Elijah calling for repentance before the coming of Christ.

(Mal 4:6) Christ diverts the coming of God to devote the land to destruction.

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Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning (Psalm 30:5) for the steadfast love of the LORD is new every morning (Lam 3:21-22). Give thanks to the LORD, recall to remembrance his acts of love for he is good and in this you shall know his love for you! Pray in the Spirit that God will work that which you fear cannot be achieved. Contemplate the distances of earth to the heavens and east from the west and see the vastness of love and forgiveness. The LORD grants sleep to those he loves (Psa 127:2).

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