Sermon April 19, 2009 : A history of redemption

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[Gail Thomas]
  • Presenter: Gail Thomas
  • Date: April 19, 2009
  • Location: Congregation Lion of Judah, Boston MA

When your heart is full you want to pour it out and God in his graciousness, he brought forth the earth, and he put man right into the garden. We’re going to look today at this story of redemption that starts right there and it comes forward to what we just celebrated this past week. It is indeed one story. He is alive. Amen.

And John and Peter, they ran to the tomb but it was empty. And as they wondered and they returned to tell the others, where is he? The fields, they looked the road, where is he? Do you know where he is? Jesus told the disciples: go you and tell the world, preaching the good news of the Kingdom.

Who was the first to be obedient to that? Ah, Jesus himself. Walking along the road he sees two men on the way to Emmaus. Ah, what are you talking about he says. That is the way it’s a good teacher. Ah, they looked at him, do you now know, do you not know what Jesus, the one who was crucified? And they say, he has risen from the dead. Oh, look what he says to them:

He told them that in prophets, in all that Moses had written it spoke of him. God’s plan of redemption is woven throughout all the Scriptures.

You will surely die. Did God mean it? His word is true, that is what we believe. If you said no, he didn’t mean it, close the book and walk away. God’s word is truth and on that day they did surely die.

How did they die? Their spirit, the relationship was broken. We are naked. What had covered them before? Do we just see in the physical and not the spiritual? Because there have been clothes we believe with the glory of God. That relationship they had was a glorious, righteous relationship until that moment that they sinned.

God wasn’t done. He is love and love does everything it can to draw back, he wanted them in relationship with him, he wanted to be in relationship with them. And on to Adam also and to his wife did the Lord God make coats of skins and clothed them. Coats of skin, was this just any coat? In the Hebrew the letters themselves tell us the mystery of salvation.

Moses was instructed to make a coat for Aaron, the high priest, and that coat for Aaron the high priest who was to represent the people and serve God was to be for glory and for good. It was to represent the sacrifice of the innocent animal provided a literal and merciful covering for the guilty.

Jesus is coming for a bride that is pure and spotless. Do you look forward to the robes of righteousness of the book of Revelation such as we will receive? That covering that God provided that day was a visual aid of God’s mercy and righteousness.

So, already right away we see God has got a plan, he needs to put it into purpose in order to bring the Saviour. He looks over all the earth, he chooses Abraham. Why Abraham? Ah, in the Scriptures we discover that possibly Abraham knew about the covenant promises of God. How would he know? If we follow the history of Noe’s sons we find the Shem was still alive when Abraham was born. It is possible that Abraham spoke with Shem? Would not you have run to speak with Shem if you knew he was alive?

But what we do know is that Abraham was faithful to step out in faith. God, I am sure, has on occasion if not at this moment called you to step out in faith. And like Abraham you can have the assurance that God will bring to pass what he has promised.

What did he promise to Abraham? That he would give Abraham and his descendants a land of their own. Do they have a land of their own? Indeed it is at the centre of contention and war today. That he would have many descendants and make them a great nation. Does Abraham have many descendants? That he blessed them and through him a redemption would be made available to all the nations through the Messiah.

Are we recipients of that? Amen. It says, I will also give thee for a light to the gentiles that thou may be my salvation on to the end of the earth.

Well, the descendants of Abraham found themselves slaves in Egypt. But God is faithful to his promises. He heard the cries and he said, I will redeem you. He started to give Moses instructions, this month should be on here the beginning of months, this month that we are currently in on God’s calendar is the first month of the year. It is the month that shows forth God’s redemption.

He told Moses… we talk of them being Jewish feasts, but what did God say? He says, they are my feasts. They are his appointed times. If you have an appointment with an important person you make sure you’re there. God says, be here. Three times of year come to my place. There are three harvest seasons of the year: the spring harvest, the early summer harvest and the fall harvest.

During each season God makes appointments with his people in order to show his great love. We’re going to look at a few of those feats today. The first one is pasak, Passover. God gave specific instructions.

The 14th of the month, this month. That was last week.

The second is unleavened bread. The 15th day, very specific they will eat unleavened bread.

First fruits.

We’re going to look at these three in just a little more detail. God instructed each family to take an unblemished land to their home on the 10th of the month. Remember, they are slaves in Egypt.

Moses says to pharaoh, let my people go. Pharaoh says no. God brings plagues. He is going to bring them out. How is he going to do it?

So he says, take a lamb on the tenth, bring it to your home until the 14th. Jesus did this very thing because God said for them to observe as a memorial this event throughout all the generations.

So picture, Jesus going to the field and all by his Father saying, Jesus, time to pick the very best lamb. Picture him, walking with all the lambs and he gets the best and he picks it and he puts in his arms. Oh, Aba, this is the best. Will bring it back home and get to love on it for four days? Yes. Oh, Aba, but then we’re going to kill it. Can you imagine, Jesus holding the lamb that they will sacrifice as a memorial to the time when God brought the Jews out of Egypt. They were to observe the lamb to make sure it was without spot or blemish. They were to kill the lamb at twilight and take some of its blood and place it on the two door post on the lintel of their house. They were saved by the blood of the lamb. They were to stay in the house, for the Israelites what was at the door would be a sign of the one they worshiped. And when they entered in they were in the safe keeping of God.

That night the death angel came over but the first born of the Israelites was not killed. God brought them out.

God’s arm is the redeeming arm, he always brings forth his promises with his right arm. Where is Jesus? At the right arm. Or is this small child told his mother a couple of years ago, mama I saw Jesus in a dream last night. Where was he? Was he sitting by the right arm of his Father? No, mama, he is the right arm of the Father.

In the third month when the children came out forth. At the base of Mount Sinai something wonderful was about to take place. God is going to reveal another piece of his plan. When you get married you enter into covenant with one another and that is to be an everlasting, a forever covenant of marriage.

Earlier I understand there’s going to be some program to be developed here on sexuality. The marriage between a man and a woman is sacred. We can see the elements of marriage here at Sinai. It is so magnificent. When we truly understand that God married his people and we are to be a picture of that upon the earth, then we truly appreciate how sacred it is.

Have we heard? Have we said we will do? Have we obeyed? In the marriage ceremony, will you take this man, take this woman, there is a piece today that is being removed. People don’t like to say, I will obey.

Right here God said, if you want covenant with me you will obey.

The people came to the foot of the mountain, they dressed in clean clothes, they were coming to holy ground. Offerings were made. A b… offering represents the heart of the person in complete surrender, and what we see here is a presentation of the full surrender of Jesus on the cross.

Total surrender. The innocent animal gave its blood.

Moses took the covenant, the words from God given to Moses, sprinkled the blood on that and then on the people. Are you under the blood of the lamb? But Israel was unfaithful. What is God going to do? He loves his people, he desires to have relationship with them but he had covenant with them.

God set the stars in the heavens. God established the ways of the sea. Can he redeem his people? He is holy, that which is holy cannot come near. How can he make them holy?

He is compassionate. His love and mercy is forever. He will redeem his people.

Ah, a new covenant.

Not like the covenant that they made invalid.

Ah, but when? And how? And he said, go into the city to such a man and say to him, the Master sayeth my time is at hand. Jesus said it. He was going to have the Passover with his disciples.

What he had on the table was unleavened bread. How many of you have gone to a Sader? (36:30) Next year, we’ll have to go to a Sader, we’ll have a Sader, but on the table is wine and unleavened bread.

It is important because he brought these symbols and he said he was going to be the fulfilment of it. He picked up a very special cup, according to the order of the dinner that cup is called the cup of redemption and he took that cup and he would fulfil the new covenant in his blood.

And as they were leaving the dinner that night they sang a hymn. They sang psalms, year in and year out, always the same psalms.

Year in and year out proclaiming the truth of salvation through Jesus’ blood. God revealed the new covenant to us when Jesus cut the covenant with the Father on our behalf at the cross. This is the fulfilment of the feast of Pesaj, Passover, in Jesus’ blood. There are other feasts but we’re out of time.

Because God has said on the 14th of the month is Passover, and Jesus is the sinless one. He is the unleavened one. And on the 15th was the day of unleavened bread. The Scripture says when a seed dies and is buried in the ground it comes forth and it bears much life, much fruit. Jesus, the unleavened, sinless one, was buried in the ground on the day of unleavened bread. He rose on the day of first fruits to bring life to many.

Each one of those feasts: Passover, he fulfilled, unleavened bread. He was buried and rose again. The fields were ripe with barley and just as the priest went out to cut that first ……. (42:53) and bring it forth of the earth, at that very moment Jesus rose of the earth. He is good and just as the priest took the …… into the temple to wave, waved it before God if it is accepted the whole harvest is good. And while the priest was doing that Jesus had said to Mary, do not touch me, I have yet to ascend to the Father. Go tell the disciples I will meet them later today. Jesus went to the temple in heaven, the tabernacle not made by him and he stood as a wave offering before the Father.

Ah, he was accepted as perfect. the whole harvest is good. You are part of the harvest and what does he say? The harvest is ready, the workers are few, go yee, go yee. Oh, there’s a lot of work to do but the harvest is ready and God desires to come and reap onto himself. Thank you. Praise the Lord. Amen. Amen. Thank you.

We encourage you to continue reading, studying about these things. You’re going to be offering 6 lessons later on. We thank the Lord for you, Gail, we thank the Lord for your passion and for that desire to teach about the Hebraic roots of Christianity. I know God has raised you for such a time… we thank the Lord for you.

God wants his people at this time to understand many of the things that have lain hidden and to restore them back into the worship and the rituals of his people. So we want to just pray for you and bless you and bless your calling to be a messenger of these truths that have lain hidden for such a long time.

Also pray that I begin to learn some Spanish. We’re going to pray for that definitely. Father, we thank you for Gail’s life, we thank you for the gifts that you have placed in this life, for the beauty that manifests itself through her, the goodness, the nobility of heart and of spirit, we pray that you will make her a powerful, powerful instrument in your hands, teaching your people about these truths that we absolutely need to hear and to learn.

We love you, Lord and we thank you for having been instructed this way today. Thank you, Father, in Jesus name. Thank you Gail, God bless you. God bless you. Thanks.

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