Starting Fresh: Adam, Noah, Abraham, Israel, Jesus, The Church, The Kingdom

 

  1. Adam

Blessing and Command – God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; Genesis 1:28

  1. Noah

Blessing and Command – God blessed Noah and his sons, saying to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth. Genesis 9:1

III. Abram (Abraham)

Command and Blessing – The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. Genesis 12:1-2

  1. Israel

Their Beginning: the Blessing (Passover) and the Command – The LORD said to Moses and Aaron in Egypt, “This month is to be for you the first month, the first month of your year. Tell the whole community of Israel that on the tenth day of this month each man is to take a lamb for his family, one for each household….(Exodus 12)

  1. Jesus

Command and Blessing – But after he had considered this (divorce), an angel of the LORD appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”Matthew 1:20-21

Blessing and Command—After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. “The time has come,” he said, “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!” Mark 1:14-15

Command and Blessing – But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call Him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David, and He will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; His kingdome will never end.”

Blessing – The true Light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through Him, the world did not recognize Him. He came to that which was His own, but His own did not receive Him. Yet to all who did receive Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God—

  1. The Church –Jewish part

Command and Blessing – “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit….you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

The Gentile part:

  1. Phillip and the Eunich (Acts 8)
  2. Peter sent to Cornelius (Acts 10)
  3. Paul commissioned to go to the Gentiles Acts 13:46 –Then Paul and Barnabas grew bold and said, “It was necessary that the word of God should be spoken to you first; but since you reject it, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, behold, we turn to the Gentiles.

Acts 22:21 Then the Lord said to me, “Go, I will send you far away to the Gentiles.

VII. The Kingdom

The Blessing – Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and He will dwell with them. They will be His people, and God Himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” Revelation 21:1-4

 

 

 

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Cloth yourself with Jesus

Genesis 3:21 The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them.

Notice how caring God was even after they sinned. He could have eliminated them right away but He didn’t. He had to make it harder for them so that they might think about what they had done and be prevented from rebelling further (Genesis 3:16-19). But He clothed them. This is something man tried to do with the fig leaves (Genesis 3:7), but was wholly inadequate. Now God gives them garments of skin. Why did He do that?

Well, first He obviously cares about them. But there are other considerations. In order to make the garments of skin, He had to kill some animals–probably in front of Adam and Eve. It showed them that death was necessary to make their clothes. It showed them the consequences of sin without killing them. These animals (Adam named them) were probably friends with Adam and Eve. It hurt them to see these animals die. It showed them that they must make sacrifices for their sin. And thirdly, it showed them a future event. One day, a sacrifice of woman’s seed would be made — His name was Jesus Christ. This would be the final sacrifice that would cleanse them and other people who believed of their sins. It showed early man that we must clothe ourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 13:14). They did not know who He was yet but they had the symbol of His sacrifice on their bodies.