Immanuel

March 11, 2014

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I recently went to see the movie called Son of God. After seeing the movie I have been reflecting on it. I have been praying for God to lead and direct me as to how to write this blog. I believe God is always moving and doing something. Listen to what God said in the Tanahk in 2 Samuel chapter 7 verse 6. “From the day that I brought the people of Israel out of Egypt to this day I have not dwelt in a house, but have moved about in Tent and Tabernacle (2Sa 7:6 TNK).” Don’t miss what God is saying. He is saying that He had moved His tabernacle or transported His mobile tent in the land where He went, in a tent and tabernacle among His people had He went.  In the context of 2 Samuel chapter 7  a palace had already been built for king David that he could call his home and was bestowed upon him safety for a time from his enemies by God. In this space of rest he wanted God to be with him and dwell at the City of David where king David brought the Ark of the covenant with God as stated in the previous chapter (2 Sam 6: 16, 17 TNK).

It is very interesting how God responds through Nathan the prophet back to king David. God said, “I will establish a home for My people Israel  (2Sa 7:10 TNK).” God also said to king David, “The LORD declares to you that He, the LORD, will establish a house for you (2Sa 7:11 TNK).” Then God said, “When your days are done and you lie with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring after you, one of your own issue, and I will establish his kingship. He shall build a house for My name, and I will establish his royal throne forever. I will be a father to him, and he shall be a son to Me. When he does wrong, I will chastise him with the rod of men and the affliction of mortals;  but I will never withdraw My favor from him as I withdrew it from Saul, whom I removed to make room for you (2Sa 7:12-15 TNK).”

Stop right there before you miss what God said. God said, “I will be a father to him, and he shall be a son to Me.” God desires to have a broken relationship with humanity restored. Not only does God desire to dwell with His people, He also wants His elect or chosen to have an intimate, loving, father-son relationship with Him. Look at the heart of God. King David was so awed by this declaration of God that he devoted the 7th verse in psalm 2 to that powerful statement by God. It reads “Let me tell of the decree: the LORD said to me, ‘You are My son, I have fathered you this day’ (Psa 2:7 TNK).” King David called the Messiah his lord, thereby establishing the Messiah as the King of kings and Lord of lords in the verse 1 of the 110 Psalm which reads: “The LORD said to my lord, ‘Sit at My right hand while I make your enemies your footstool’ (Psa 110:1 TNK).” The Messiah has an ETERNAL KINGDOM as stated in the verse 10 of chapter 49 in Genesis: “The scepter shall not depart from Judah, Nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet; So that tribute shall come to him And the homage of peoples be his (Gen 49:10 TNK).” This desire of God is not just limited to king David,  all who descend from his dynasty and royal lineage. It is God’s will that all tribes of Israel would call Him Father and be His children by adoption. The Tanahk reads, ” I had resolved to adopt you as My child, and I gave you a desirable land — the fairest heritage of all the nations; and I thought you would surely call Me “Father,” and never cease to be loyal to Me  (Jer 3:19 TNK).”

One of the names of the Messiah of God is so revealing as to how He is to come to His people. It has been established already that The Messiah was to come into this world through a woman as well as through the offspring of King David. This name is found in the book of Isaiah chapter 7 verse 14 that reads “Assuredly, my Lord will give you a sign of His own accord! Look, the young woman is with child and about to give birth to a son. Let her name him Immanuel (Isa 7:14 TNK).” Immanuel is the FIRST BORN and SON OF YHWH, NOT BY ADOPTION, but by the WILL of YHWH. The New King James reads, “For whom He foresaw, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren (Rom 8:29 NKJ). The New King James also states, ” He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation (Col 1:15 NKJ).” See below the Old Testament scriptures that correspond to the New Testament scriptures above.

The name Immanuel means God with us. Why would a mere man be called this name? It is my belief that God’s desire is to tabernacle among us.  It is not impossible for God to appear in a tent of flesh. He certainly appeared to Abraham. “The LORD appeared to him by the terebinths of Mamre; he was sitting at the entrance of the tent as the day grew hot. Looking up, he saw three men standing near him.  (Gen 18:1-2 TNK).”  ” He took curds and milk and the calf that had been prepared and set these before them; and he waited on them under the tree as they ate (Gen 18:8 TNK).”  “Then the LORD said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh, saying, ‘Shall I in truth bear a child, old as I am?’ (Gen 18:13 TNK).”  The “LORD” was eating and talking with Abraham. Again it is not impossible for “Elohim” “Yahweh” to appear in a tent of flesh. He certainly appeared to Jacob at Peniel where He changed his name to Israel. Read the Tanahk in chapter 32 at verses 25-31. A man, a divine being was wrestling and talking to Jacob.

25 Jacob was left alone. And a man wrestled with him until the break of dawn.
26 When he saw that he had not prevailed against him, he wrenched Jacob’s hip at its socket, so that the socket of his hip was strained as he wrestled with him.
27 Then he said, “Let me go, for dawn is breaking.” But he answered, “I will not let you go, unless you bless me.”
28 Said the other, “What is your name?” He replied, “Jacob.”
29 Said he, “Your name shall no longer be Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with beings divine and human, and have prevailed.”
30 Jacob asked, “Pray tell me your name.” But he said, “You must not ask my name!” And he took leave of him there.
31 So Jacob named the place Peniel, meaning, “I have seen a divine being face to face, yet my life has been preserved.”

This is what Jesus says about seemingly impossible things. Jesus said, “But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible (Mat 19:26 NKJ).” It is seemingly impossible for a mere man to be equal or one with YHWH. But it is not impossible for YHWY to cloth himself with human flesh, even as a divine reproductive cell in the womb of Miriam or Mary. Yeshua is the Shekinah earthly presence of YHVH in the flesh. After all, what does God have to say about seemingly impossible things? Jeremiah 32:27 in the Tanahk reads, “Behold I am the LORD, the God of all flesh. Is anything too wondrous for Me?” Even the angel Gabriel said with God nothing is impossible (Luke 1: 26-38).

26 Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth,
27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary.
28 And having come in, the angel said to her, “Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!”
29 But when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was.
30 Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.
31 “And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name JESUS.
32 “He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David.
33 “And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.”
34 Then Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I do not know a man?”
35 And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God.
36 “Now indeed, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her old age; and this is now the sixth month for her who was called barren.
37 “For with God nothing will be impossible.”

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me (Rev 3:20 NKJ). For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation (Rom 10:10 NKJ). To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory (Col 1:27 NKJ). “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God  (Joh 1:12-13 NKJ).”

WORKS CITED

Bushell, Michael S., Michael D. Tan, and Glenn L. Weaver. BibleWorks. 8th ed. Norfolk: BibleWorks, LLC., 2008. BibleWorks. v.8.

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Tanakh, A New Translation of the Holy Scriptures According to the Traditional Hebrew Text (TNK). Philadelpha: Jewish Publication Society, 1985. BibleWorks, v.8.

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The New King James Version (NKJ). Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982. BibleWorks, v.8.