The Bible is the DNA of Eternal Life
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DNA is the language of natural life for us all. The Bible is the language of Eternal Life for our spiritual lives.
- The Old and New Testament must see eye to eye
- 4 Gospels link the Old Testament and the New Testament
- The sinless sacrificial lamb first had to be washed
- Jesus had 4 impossible ministries at the same time
- A deep truth can be hidden in a few words or actions
- We need wisdom to understand the ignored facts
- Light is a wave and a particle so Jesus is God and Man
- Jesus as the Word of God is the only Head of the church
The Old and New Testament must see eye to eye
This study will try to prove that the Bible is our spiritual DNA.
DNA is called the "language of life" as it controls every living cell. When we allow the Bible to control our lives, then the Word of God is the "language of Eternal Life".
In the Old Testament God told Moses to build a wooden ark overlaid in gold. The ark was like a wooden box. The top of the ark was regarded by God as the mercy seat. Two golden cherubims were made which stood on top of the ark, looking over the mercy seat.
They looked eye-to-eye with each other. Thus we would say that they agreed with each other.
Between the cherubims dwelled the Holy Spirit of God. This is where He spoke from.
We know today that God speaks from His Old Testament and His New Testament. They are the only infallible source of Truth.
The two cherubims on top of the Jewish ark thus represent the Old and the New Testaments.
And thou shalt make a mercy seat of pure gold: two cubits and a half shall be the length thereof, and a cubit and a half the breadth thereof.
:18 And thou shalt make two cherubims of gold, of beaten work shalt thou make them, in the two ends of the mercy seat.
:19 And make one cherub on the one end, and the other cherub on the other end: even of the mercy seat shall ye make the cherubims on the two ends thereof.
:20 And the cherubims shall stretch forth their wings on high, covering the mercy seat with their wings,
and their faces shall look one to another;
toward the mercy seat shall the faces of the cherubims be.
:21 And thou shalt put the mercy seat above upon the ark; and in the ark thou shalt put the testimony that I shall give thee.
:22 And there I will meet with thee,
and I will commune with thee from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubims
which are upon the ark of the testimony, of all things which I will give thee in commandment unto the children of Israel.
God communed from between the two cherubims.
This places an emphasis on the portion of the Bible that links the Old Testament to the New Testament.
This raises an interesting question. What links the two different Testaments into one Bible?
The Old Testament puts stress on natural Israel as a nation who worshiped God and were saved by works done in obedience to the Law that involved natural sacrifices in a physical tabernacle or Temple worship.
The focus was on a physical, restricted Promised Land that was given to Abraham by God. They fought and conquered their natural human enemies with natural swords. They hated those who killed them. They strove to succeed in the material world as a reward for serving God.
Then there is a spiritual New Testament where our Promise is the Holy Spirit and our Land is to live by every Word that is written in the Bible.
Here we are saved as individuals by grace so that God can guide us and use us for His will rather than have us pursue our own will.
The physical realm is no longer the main aim as the focus is to be ready for the Second Coming of Jesus. We have no natural human enemies because we fight against unbelief, sin, and error, not human beings. Our sword is the Word of God. We love those who kill us because whether we win or lose on this physical earth is not of first importance in our lives.
To get saved, live holy, and receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit so that we can find our place or position in the will or plan of God, is our most important objective. This life is just preparation and training for eternity.
This Old Testament set up with the two cherubims above the ark represents the New and the Old Testament that agree with each other as the Old Testament is the shadow or outline for the New Testament.
Christianity is the only religion in the world that follows the blueprint of a previous religion, which is the Jewish Old Testament. The New Testament is the fulfillment of the Old Testament.
God only speaks to us when we make the New Testament and the Old Testament agree with each other.
The mercy seat was most important. It was between the two cherubims.
Coming between the two Testaments are the four Gospels which tell the life of Jesus.
That makes Jesus and His sacrifice on the cross our mercy seat.
So the ministry of Jesus comes between the two Testaments and bonds the New Testament to the Old Testament.
We normally regard the four Gospels as being part of the New Testament, which is correct.
But from a human viewpoint, each of us is a member of the Christian church and the church really starts with the Book of Acts, which is the Acts of the Holy Spirit in the Church.
Only in the Book of Acts did the disciples really know what they were doing.
During the ministry of Jesus, which is described by the four Gospels, the disciples just followed Him without actually knowing what was going on.
During the four Gospels, only Jesus really knew what was happening.
Even John the Baptist could not understand His ministry and began to doubt if Jesus was the Messiah.
4 Gospels link the Old Testament and the New Testament
Thus the four Gospels are the heart of the Bible. The ministry of Jesus is where God really speaks to us.
There is absolutely no-one else who can speak to us in the way that Jesus does. He is supreme. His Word is absolute. Only the Life of Jesus could sew the New and Old Testaments together.
The Old Testament looks forward to Christ. The New Testament looks back to His ministry.
So if we consider the history of the Jews, it stops with the Book of Malachi in about 397 BC. After that, they lost the plot as they had no prophetic guidance to keep them in God's plan.
Church history starts with the Book of Acts when the disciples received the Holy Ghost and swung into action. Only then did they begin to understand the new plan of God.
In between Malachi and the Book of Acts, we have a profound era of human ignorance where humanity was totally unable to help or redeem themselves.
Into this spiritual desert came Jesus who was like a green leaf in parched and barren ground. Thus only the ministry of Jesus is capable of holding the two different Testaments together.
Saint Paul was a skilled tentmaker. God used him to stitch the Old Testament and the New Testament together so that they join neatly together without contradicting each other.
The puzzle is, why did God use the four Gospels to link the New and the Old Testaments together?
Let the left-hand curly black line represent the Old Testament.
Let the right-hand curly black line represent the New Testament.
Then four coloured links, the four Gospels, join the Old and the New Testaments together.
This is the language of Eternal Life, the Bible.
By 1953 the two scientists Francis Crick and James Watson had unlocked the structure of the DNA molecule that exists in the cells of all living creatures. (A molecule is a collection of atoms that are stuck together). This DNA is called the “language of natural life” because it tells each cell how to build itself and how to perform its functions.
Let us look at a small piece of DNA, which is the language of natural life.
DNA has two long strands (represented by the curly black lines) that coil around each other. They are joined by four links called “bases” that are named A, T, G, and C. Only A and T can join with each other. And only G and C will join with each other.
So what does this teach us about the Bible, the “language of Eternal Life”?
The two long black strands represent the Old Testament and the New Testament. They coil around each other because they depend on each other. The Old Testament prophesied what would happen in the New Testament. The New Testament fulfilled what the Old Testament spoke of. The Old Testament established a pattern or shadow or outline that the New Testament had to fulfill.
The sinless sacrificial lamb first had to be washed
For instance, in the Old Testament, they had to wash the sacrifice before it was offered.
The lamb, being an animal was sinless, yet it had to be washed.
That washing had nothing to do with the removal of sin because the lamb was sinless.
The washing was just to publically identify the future sacrificial lamb. In effect, when it was washed, the priest was showing the people which lamb was going to die for their sins.
So Jesus had to be washed as He was the great Sacrifice. John the Baptist fulfilled this when he baptized Jesus. John was simply washing the Sacrifice before He was offered up for our sins at Calvary.
Jesus was sinless. Washing Him in Jordan had nothing to do with getting rid of sin because He had no sin. When John the Baptist washed Jesus he was simply identifying to the people that Jesus was the sacrificial Lamb Who would die for our sins.
II CHRONICLES 4:6
He made also ten lavers, and put five on the right hand, and five on the left, to wash in them:
such things as they offered for the burnt offering they washed in them;
Jesus was fulfilling the requirements of the Old Testament although the people did not understand what was happening.
It was only after His resurrection that people slowly began to understand what His ministry had been all about.
The ministry of Jesus had been a puzzle to His disciples.
Forty days after His resurrection the Holy Ghost came down on the church in the Upper Room and they began to understand what Jesus had achieved. So the New Testament church only really knew what had happened after the Day of Pentecost when the Holy Ghost illuminated their minds.
In the Old Testament, the high priest Aaron had to be washed and anointed with oil.
And Moses brought Aaron and his sons, and washed them with water.
And he [ Moses ] poured of the anointing oil upon Aaron's head, and anointed him, to sanctify him.
John the Baptist washed Jesus in His water baptism in the river of Jordan and then the Holy Spirit anointed Him as He came out of the water.
The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.
:30 This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me.
:31 And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water.
:32 And John bare record, saying,
I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him.
Thus Jesus, as the High Priest of the New Testament had to be both washed in water and then anointed by the Spirit.
Oil in the Old Testament represented the Holy Spirit.
The New Testament church starts on the Day of Pentecost when the Oil of the Holy Ghost came down into the people.
The Old Testament stops with Malachi, about 397 BC, according to Dr. Scofield. After that, the Jews had no more prophetic guidance until John the Baptist appeared.
Thus, after the prophet Malachi, the Jews began to lose their direction.
The New Testament church really starts in the Book of Acts because that is when the early church began to understand what Jesus had achieved.
The four Gospels form a link between the New and the Old Testaments.
In reality, only Jesus actually knew what was going on during His ministry. The disciples just followed Him, unaware at that time of what it was all about.
When Jesus was arrested, the disciples fled. They had no idea of what was happening.
The disciples then elected Matthias to replace Judas. So they chose the wrong man as we never read of Matthias again. They knew nothing of Paul other than that he was a great enemy. They would never have chosen him.
Look how Jesus spoke to the two disciples on the road to Emmaus. They had no idea what had happened.
LUKE 24:25 Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken:
Soon after giving the keys of Heaven to Peter, Jesus rebuked Peter and called him Satan.
At the time of the last supper, Peter had no idea of the Gospel going to the Gentiles. Feet washing represented the clay of the Gentile believers being washed in the water of the Word during the 7 church ages which were represented by the feet of Daniel's image.
At the Last Supper, Peter could not understand being clean if only his feet were washed.
The "miry clay" in the feet of the Gentile image of Nebuchadnezzar was the future church that would be washed in the water of the Word during the 2000 years of the seven church ages.
Jesus took the part of the heel as He clashed with the head of the serpent's seed on the cross.
Jesus had no human father thus He was called the woman's seed.
GENESIS 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
At Calvary, salvation crossed over from the Jews to the Gentile church for the 7 church ages which end in the 10 toes.
These represent the 10 dictators at the end time who give their military strength and power to the beast, the final Pope, according to Revelation Chapter 17.
From Malachi to the Book of Acts was a time of human ignorance where humans were unable to grasp what was happening in the spiritual realm. Jesus came on the scene to do what He alone could do, which was to pay the price for sin and thereby launch a New Covenant.
Then, when the Holy Ghost descended on the Day of Pentecost, the disciples began to properly see God's plan and thus could get going, and after that, they never stopped. On the Day of Pentecost, the disciples really began to understand what the ministry of Jesus had been all about. Then they also began to understand what they had to do to spread the Gospel.
Then they also began to write the New Testament so that we would also know what to believe and what to do.
Jesus had 4 impossible ministries at the same time
So why are there four Gospels? They all tell the same story of Jesus, but each one gives a slightly different viewpoint.
You see, in the DNA molecule that controls natural life, there have to be four links between the two main strands.
So it takes four Gospels to join the Old and New Testaments together.
They are joined in pairs: Matthew and Mark. Luke and John. What does this tell us?
Matthew (28 chapters) and Mark (16 chapters) add up to 44 chapters. Jesus is the King Who is the Servant.
Luke (24 chapters) and John (21 chapters) add up to 45 chapters. Jesus is the Man Who is God.
These are the only pairs that have virtually the same length to bind the twisting strands of the Old and New Testaments together.
As these links get repeated, so it begins to look like more and more rungs in a ladder.
Climbing this ladder can only take us upwards, to Heaven.
So as we keep studying the four Gospels, we find that they reveal more and more links between the Old and the New Testaments. Jesus both did and fulfilled far more than we realize. There is always more to discover.
This reminds us of the dream that Jacob had. A ladder between earth and Heaven.
And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it.
Let us now look at the emphasis which each Gospel makes on the ministry of Jesus.
- Matthew emphasizes Jesus as the King, the Son of David.
- Mark emphasizes Jesus as the Servant. He is the one who gets on with the job and knows exactly what He is doing. He is the strong Servant Who carried our sins down to hell to dump them on the Devil.
Thus we see why Jesus is so different from other leaders. He is our King Who rules us and leads us by His example, yet He stoops to serve us and carry our burdens so that we are able, despite our weaknesses, to follow Him.
3. Luke emphasizes Jesus as the Ideal Man.
4. John is the deepest Gospel. This is the most Spiritual Gospel, giving us God's viewpoint. He introduces Jesus as God, the Word.
Consider the Gospel of Luke.
Most people are poor. So Jesus, as the ideal Man, is part of the majority as He was born in a stable. He owned almost nothing. He had to borrow a donkey for His ride in triumph on Palm Sunday.
He had to borrow a room for the last supper.
He had to borrow a tomb for His burial. He was falsely accused.
The Jews shouted out that they preferred a murderer Barabbas, rather than Him. He was innocent but was shouted down by the mob, and then He got executed in the most horrific manner.
He died to pay the debt for those who did not love Him (that is you and me). We only grew to love Him after He pardoned us, not before.
Then consider the Gospel of John.
There are no parables in John. A parable is an earthly example of a deeper spiritual truth.
A sower sowed a seed. That is easy to understand. Then we must grasp the spiritual truth that the seed is the Word of God which must grow in our hearts.
But this parable warns us to be careful. The Bible does not criticize the sower (the one who speaks to us of God’s Word in either a fluent or clumsy manner) but it criticizes the soil that receives the seed, which represents our hearts. So if you do not like the way someone spoke to you of the Lord, that is tough on you. You are expected to respond to God’s Word however well or poorly it is spoken.
But John has no easy-to-understand parables. He just gives us the deeper truth straight (and we usually just brush over and ignore it, because our understanding is too shallow).
People are curious about the 666 associated with the mark of the beast. What could it mean?
JOHN 6:66 From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.
When followers of Jesus no longer desire to be Scriptural, then they start to move away from believing the Bible.
They listen to what other people say. They start criticizing parts of the Bible instead of believing it. They stop believing parts of Scripture. Jesus is the Word of God. So, whatever we say about the Scripture is actually what we are saying about Jesus. Any criticism of the Bible that we make is a criticism of Jesus. That starts us on the dangerous path to taking on the mark of the beast. As we move away from Scripture we are trapped into some man-made tradition of denominational error.
John describes Jesus as God, yet only mentions about 7 miracles during His ministry. The rest of John's Gospel deals with many deep teachings. This means that God is more concerned with getting us to understand the revealed truth of Scripture.
A deep truth can be hidden in a few words or actions
For example, in John's Gospel they bring to Jesus a woman taken in adultery, who they want to kill. He surprisingly stoops and writes with His finger in the ground. Why? He is trying to tell us something deeper, but we are mostly too blind to see and completely unconcerned. We only want quick, superficial answers that require no depth of understanding.
This is actually a clever trap that they were setting. They are trying to kill Him. The Law of Moses says that she must die and thus they can stone her. But if Jesus says they must not stone her, then He contradicts the Law of Moses and is guilty of blasphemy. Then they can stone Him.
If He says they can stone her then He is not the Messiah Who saves because He has given a death sentence.
They thought that they had Him cornered.
So He writes with His finger in the ground. They are baffled.
Jesus then gives a brilliant answer “ Let him who has no sin cast the first stone”. At this point, badly convicted they give up their murderous intent and let her go. So the whole event should be over.
But it is not because He then writes a second time in the ground. But the men are walking away and nobody is looking at what He writes the second time. And wind and rain will soon erase it.
He had already won with His brilliant answer. So why write again?
Jesus was pointing to a past event that showed how the Law of Moses had failed to make them better people. Very cleverly Jesus also indicated a future process whereby He would succeed in making people better.
JOHN 8: 4
They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.
:5 Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?
:6 This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him.
But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not.
:7 So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.
:8 And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.
:9 And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.
15 spoken words. Two bits of writing, and a woman is saved from a murderous mob. God's efficiency of effort.
In John's Gospel Jesus is presented as God. Because He is God, Jesus expects us to know and understand deeper truths.
What was Jesus actually saying to these Jews who wanted to kill?
As the Father, I wrote the 10 Commandments of the Law on rock with my finger for Moses.
The Jews thought that they could catch Him out on the Law, but He was the very one Who wrote the Law.
EXODUS 31:18 And he gave unto Moses, when he had made an end of communing with him upon mount Sinai, two tables of testimony, tables of stone, written with the finger of God.
Moses threw down and broke all 10 commandments in anger because the people were naked and involved in a sex orgy. Thus the immorality of the Jews was breaking the Commandments right from the beginning.
EXODUS 32:19 And it came to pass, as soon as he came nigh unto the camp, that he saw the calf, and the dancing: and Moses' anger waxed hot, and he cast the tables out of his hands, and brake them beneath the mount.
EXODUS 32:25 And when Moses saw that the people were naked; (for Aaron had made them naked unto their shame among their enemies:)
Then, as the Father, Jesus had to write the Law a second time on rock.
But it was a failure as it did not make the Jews into better people.
But, broken rock is turned into ground by wind and rain.
As the Son, I write the 10 Commandments with My finger in the ground.
Jesus wrote twice to remind them that God had killed none of their ancestors for their sexual sins on that day that they broke the Commandments. So they, as sinners, should not be keen to kill another sinner.
Jesus is very cleverly saying, "You are trying to trap Me for breaking the Law of Moses. Moses himself broke all 10 Commandments".
But what Jesus wrote was soon erased by wind and rain. Showing how hopeless it was for external Laws to improve the Jews.
Jesus is hoping that we will grasp a deeper truth that He was trying to convey to us. Meanwhile, we regard this writing in the dust as irrelevant. Something to be ignored in our complacent spiritual sleep. Yet His writing opens a door to much deeper insights.
Success will only come when I, as the Holy Ghost, will take human hearts that are made from the ground and write My Law into these broken and repentant human hearts.
JOHN 14:17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
Then we will obey God because we want to, not because we have to.
JEREMIAH 31:33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD,
I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts;
and will be their God, and they shall be my people.
Only when Jesus, as the Holy Spirit, comes to dwell in our repentant hearts will He be able to write His Law into our hearts and guide our thinking so that we can understand the depth of His Word.
JOHN 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth:
Then we will be able to see deep truths in a few lines of Scripture.
When scientists discovered the DNA they were only able to understand and find a function for about 3 - 5% of it. The rest had no function that they knew of. So they dismissed 95 - 97% of our DNA as "junk" DNA. We tend to do the same with the Bible. Something is said and done in the Bible that we do not understand or agree with and we promptly ignore it. We think that it cannot be important.
As a result, people know very little about the Bible.
They do not even know the one name of the Triune God.
They say, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost but they have no clue what that name is.
But today the scientists are not so sure of themselves anymore. They are beginning to suspect that the 95% is vital to keeping us alive and for telling the active 5% how to perform their functions which appear to be far more complex than what we first realized.
But they are now realizing that the majority of the DNA which they do not understand is performing a vital function.
So be careful about all the bits of Scripture that you ignore. They are far more important than you realize.
God is not just a God of the ignorant and the kindergarten baby school. If we think we know enough to instruct other people, then God expects us to be able to think deeper and understand His will far more clearly.
After all, wisdom and knowledge are the first two gifts or manifestations of the Spirit that are mentioned.
I CORINTHIANS 12:7
But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.
:8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;
:9 To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;
:10 To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:
I CORINTHIANS 12:28
And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.
:29 Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles?
:30 Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret?
:31 But covet earnestly the best gifts:
and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.
If we seek the best gifts, then we must start with the knowledge of what the Word means and the wisdom to link different parts of the Word together into an unfolding pattern or revelation.
Remember God interrogating poor Job. He expected Job to know about deep things.
JOB 38: 1
Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said,
:2 Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge?
:3 Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me.
:4 Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding.
:5 Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it?
:6 Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof;
:7 When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?
:8 Or who shut up the sea with doors, when it brake forth, as if it had issued out of the womb?
This is a tough bunch of questions.
Up till then, Job thought he was pretty bright. Compared to others he certainly was. But in God's opinion Job obviously had a long way to go.
God is not impressed with our ignorance of Scripture.
Our natural human knowledge has exploded recently and we all learn hard to keep up.
We learn a lot and often have to unlearn some things as we find our knowledge inadequate and then have to relearn to keep up with the latest ideas.
But our ignorance in terms of understanding Scripture does not seem to get less.
We are too lazy to search the Scriptures. Too blind to see the deeper meanings. We believe that every religious idea we have is the truth. When faced with a Scripture that we cannot explain, it never occurs to us that we have some wrong ideas that need to be unlearned so that we can relearn the truth. We are scared of admitting we need correction, so we just ignore the Scriptures that we cannot explain.
We need wisdom to understand the ignored facts
Jesus rebuked the disciples because they attached no significance to the number of baskets of crumbs and leftovers that they gathered after He had fed the multitude. They felt that the number of baskets was irrelevant. He however placed a deeper significance on the number of baskets of rejected bread scraps.
Which when Jesus perceived, he said unto them, O ye of little faith, why reason ye among yourselves, because ye have brought no bread?
:9 Do ye not yet understand, neither remember the five loaves of the five thousand, and how many baskets ye took up?
:10 Neither the seven loaves of the four thousand,
and how many baskets ye took up?
So when we deal with Jesus as God, He expects us to know something about the deeper truths of the Bible.
It is not enough to know that they took up 12 baskets and then 7 baskets of rejected bread scraps. He wants us to know why these numbers were involved.
Bread symbolizes doctrine and the Jews were going to reject the Gospel of Jesus. So the disciples collected up the rejected Gospel which became the New Testament and was the foundation of the church during the 7 church ages. Then this same rejected Gospel will go back to the 12 tribes of Israel during the 3.5 years of great tribulation to pull out the 144000.
7 and 12 were the key numbers in the Jewish Tabernacle. The 7-branched candlestick and the 12 loaves of shewbread.
Jesus is the Head of the church. No pastor was ever declared to be the head of a church.
The head is connected to the body by the backbone that has seven neck vertebrae and then twelve vertebrae that hold the ribs. We need backbone (or courage) to stand up for Scripture if we want to be in the Lord's Body of believers.
It is not enough to know that David fled from king Saul and ate the shewbread that only the priests were allowed to eat. We also need to know why God allowed him to get away with it. When a good king held the incense, which only a priest was allowed to do, God smote the good king with leprosy. So why did God let David off when David acted as a priest.
David's life was a preview of Christ. He was anointed by Samuel as king but could not become king until his enemy Saul died. Jesus was anointed by the Holy Spirit as King on the banks of Jordan but He will only take over as King after destroying His enemy the beast at Armageddon. Until He takes over as King, Jesus acts as the High Priest of the New Testament church.
So David, as a preview of Christ, could act as a priest after being anointed king but having to wait until Saul died before he could become king.
Light is a wave and a particle so Jesus is God and Man
The Gospels of Luke and John are also paired together.
Jesus is the ideal Man who is also God. For us humans, this seems to be impossible. It is a most sublime mystery. God became a Man. This Man was actually God in the flesh, Emmanuel, God with us. Our human logic cannot grasp that a man can be God. We feel instinctively that this is not possible. But God specializes in the impossible. There is nothing that He cannot do.
Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name
Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.
Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
:9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
This baffles the human brain but only God could become a Man and in the process link the New and the Old Testaments together. To pay the price for sin and fulfill all the Old Testament prophecies was just totally beyond the ability of any normal man. No man in human history could ever have done it. This special Man would have to be God Himself.
It is in the Gospel of John that Thomas says “My Lord and my God”.
God expects us to see deeper spiritual truths.
And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God
Natural light also behaves in a similar “unbelievable” manner. Scientists in the 1800s established that light behaves like a wave as it spreads out in all directions from a source. Just like dropping a stone into still water. The ripples go out in all directions. But then in the 1900s Einstein discovered that light could also behave like a particle, as if it were a tiny object that can only travel in one direction at a time.
So that seems to be impossible. How can it go in all directions if it can only go in one direction?
We obviously cannot understand this but Nature is not limited to what we can understand.
The fact is, light can behave like both a particle and a wave. So we just had to accept that fact.
One suggested way of coping with this is not to think of both at the same time.
If we do an experiment to show that light is a particle, then we do not think of it as a wave during that experiment. During another experiment to determine how light will behave like a wave, we then do not think of it as a particle while doing the wave-experiment.
Jesus is the Light of the world.
Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying,
I am the light of the world:
he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
So Jesus somehow does the impossible because He behaves like God at times and like a Man at other times.
Just do not try to see Him as both Man and God at the same time.
When He walks on water and creates bread and resurrects from the dead, see Him as God and do not ask how a Man can do this.
When He sails over water, falls asleep, eats bread, and dies then think of Him as a Man and do not ask how God can do this.
He is both Man and God even if we cannot understand how this is possible. Jesus is not limited by our inability to understand what He can do.
Job did not understand the mysteries of creation that God spoke to him about. But Job’s ignorance did not stop God from creating the earth.
So what symbols can we attach to these ministries of Jesus that almost seem so contradictory?
To us, a king is not a servant. A man is not God.
So is there an easier symbolic way of thinking about these oppositely sounding ministries that would be mutually exclusive to any other person except Jesus?
Represent the King as the king of the beasts, the lion. Jesus is the Lion of Judah.
Then, even if Satan rises up in the form of the great and dangerous beasts that we read of in prophecy, our Jesus remains the King of all the beasts (both good and bad) and as such He can keep these awful beasts in check.
Matthew has the great Sermon on the Mount. An impossible set of standards for us humans. But our great King kept those standards and if we allow Him to rule as King in our hearts then He will enable us to overcome our weaknesses and deficiencies.
Mark deals with Jesus as the Servant. Chapter 1 of Mark reveals Jesus as a Man of intense action. Never wasting time but endlessly driving Himself to fulfill His ministry.
The words "straightaway", "immediately", "forthwith" dominate this first Chapter that describes Jesus as the mighty Worker. (John's Gospel sees Jesus rather as the unique Teacher).
Jesus heals the mother-in-law of Peter and she immediately gets up and begins to minister unto them by offering food and drink. In the presence of the great Servant Jesus, everyone feels like serving the others around them.
MARK 1:30 But Simon's wife's mother lay sick of a fever, and anon they tell him of her.
:31 And he came and took her by the hand, and lifted her up; and immediately the fever left her, and she ministered unto them.
Mark gives no genealogy as a servant is hired on his own merits, not on the merits of his father or grandfather.
Represent the servant as an ox. A heavy sack on your back will slowly drive you to your knees as you try to carry it. But put that same burden onto the back of an ox, and such is its colossal strength that it plods on down the road almost without noticing the load that was destroying you. Jesus is here to carry our burdens for us.
His greatest service was to take our burden of sin upon Himself and pay the price on the cross. Our evil crossed over onto Him. His innocence crossed over into our hearts. No servant could ever offer a better service.
Luke described Jesus as the Ideal Man Who is a man like us. He shared our pain, suffering, and emotions. So He understands us. And He is our Advocate Who wants to plead our case to get us released from the accusations of the Devil and the demands of the Law.
So if we confess our sins, He forgives us our sins and we get an “innocent” verdict because His blood was shed to wash our sins away.
And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth.
Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,
I JOHN 2:1
My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin,
we have an advocate with the Father,
Jesus Christ the righteous:
John shows Jesus as God. Jesus is like a flying eagle. He goes high in the sky where He can get a much bigger picture and even see the future coming and thus knows best how-to guide us. The eyesight of the eagle can magnify objects many times bigger than what our eyes can. So He sees all the details that we miss. Thus He wants to steer our lives down the best paths because He does not just see our local situation and its deceptive pressures. He also sees all the way to eternity. We will kick ourselves one day for not trusting Him more.
So now we get to see a picture of Jesus which is more like the vision that John saw in Revelation Chapter 4.
Jesus as the Word of God is the only Head of the church
And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne,
and round about the throne, were four beasts
full of eyes before and behind.
Eyes speak of intelligence. They see the past (eyes behind) and they see the future (eyes before).
:7 And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle.
A calf is a young ox. Jesus died young, he was only 33. But that young Ox was strong enough to never sin and knew enough to defeat Death, Hell, and the Grave.
These are the good beasts. A beast represents a power because a beast is strong.
These are the four bodyguards who stand around the throne of God.
The church can only be the Body of Christ if He is the Head.
For that church, these bodyguards are there to protect and guide.
For the husband is the head of the wife,
even as Christ is the head of the church:
Please, never say that some man is the head of the church.
Only Jesus can be our Head, because once again He does two seemingly impossible things : He dwells in Heaven where He holds the future in His hands and He also dwells in our hearts here on earth, at the same time, so that He can guide us. No human leader can duplicate that miracle.
Human leaders can only react to the pressures and circumstances of the present. With the complexities of modern life, human leaders have no idea what is coming next.
No one predicted the fall of the Berlin wall in 1989 (it actually happened because of a mistake). No one predicted 9/11 when the Twin Towers were destroyed. No one predicted the two Gulf wars or the sudden rise of ISIS with its incredible cruelty. No one predicted the Syrian civil war and the flood of refugees to Europe.
Even Brexit caught us by surprise when England voted to leave the European Union. No one predicted this years before it happened. We cannot even properly predict the confusion and turbulence that can suddenly happen, like the January 2021 storming of the Capitol in America.
Then came the sudden and chaotic collapse of the Afghan government and army caused by the hasty retreat of the American troops. Despite America having the world's strongest armed forces.
So in a world of bewildering change, we cannot trust the opinions and predictions of human leaders who are just guessing because they cannot foresee the future any better than we can. That is why the leaders of the “leave Europe” vote were just as bewildered as everyone else. Many who voted to “leave” now regret it, complaining that no-one told them the true consequences of that vote. The world is simply too complex to predict all the consequences. Basically the “leave” leaders did not really know what would happen nor did they know what problems they were unleashing.
Anyhow, Brexit happened and Europe was engulfed in the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic of 2020 that spilled over into 2021. Most people felt helpless while the virus raged and spread. Churches were helpless to stop the spread and closed down in 2020.
Was this the real lesson that God was trying to tell us?
How inadequate our modern-day churches are. How far they have fallen from Bible truth. How incapable they are of understanding Bible mysteries.
Some church leaders claimed that the anti-virus vaccine of 2021 was the mark of the beast. An injection in the shoulder was the mark in the forehead? How wrong can you get? Especially when some famous anti-vaccine preachers died from the COVID-19 virus. Most deaths and intensive care patients came from those who refused the vaccine.
The Jews were in lockdown for a night during the first Passover. Then they were part of the first Exodus as they left Egypt.
The disciples were in lockdown for 10 days after Jesus ascended to Heaven. Then they were part of the second Exodus as the church came out of the Jews.
The government lockdowns of 2020 are a sign of the times. We are at the time of the third Exodus, as the Bride comes out of the church.
MATTHEW 7:14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
Why will so few people find the Truth today? Because of the church pastors who have hijacked the churches as unscriptural one-man-leaders and are leading them into the 3.5 years of great Tribulation. Like the terrorists of 9/11 took over as pilots but did not know enough about being a pilot to make a safe landing. They told the people in the seats to relax as they flew them to their fiery deaths.
Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind.
And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.
So take your eyes off human leaders, both in the church and in politics.
We see corrupt leadership in politics and in sport but we do not dare to believe that our church leaders are also corrupt as they twist Bible truth to fit their denominational beliefs in order to stay in power and collect the tithes.
Many corrupt and incompetent leaders are in the world today and they merely demonstrate to us, in a very unpleasant manner, just how little human leadership can be trusted. So who can we trust?
One Leader only, Jesus Christ.
Surrender your heart to Jesus and believe and follow His Bible. He is the one Leader Who knows exactly what is going on and also what will happen in the future.
Only one Leader is infallible, Jesus Christ.
Keep your eyes on Him and follow Him through His Word, the Bible.
He will only say what is written in Scripture.