Jesus in Psalm 100:2

Psalm 100:2 Serve the LORD with gladness;
Come before Him with joyful singing.

Who is this Lord we serve with gladness?  Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, son of David, Messiah of Israel.

He is the One we come before with joyful singing.

Let us imbibe the words from this psalm with Jesus fully in mind.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. (In the NASB New Testament, quotations of the Old Testament are rendered in all capital letters in order to make them easier to identify.)

Jesus in Isaiah 60:1

Isaiah 60:1 “Arise, shine; for your light has come,
And the glory of the LORD has risen upon you.

Who is the light but Jesus?  He is the light of the world!

And when has the glory of the Lord risen upon us but when He rose from the dead!  And His resurrection is eternal, for He is never to die again.

Let us therefore glory in Him who has risen for our good and who shines forever as our light!

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

The Righteous Scepter of the King

The righteous scepter of the King of the kingdom of God – who is, of course, Jesus our Lord – is the life He lived on earth.

A rod is a branch that is cut off from the tree.  And, of course, Jesus was the Branch (Isaiah 4:2 and elsewhere) and He was cut off from the living (Isaiah 53:8).

Jesus lived a perfect life.  He loved everyone – even His enemies.  He turned the other cheek; He walked the extra mile.  To put it succinctly, He practiced what He preached.  That perfect life was cut short (“cut off”).

It is by this life that He measures righteousness.  If you want to be righteous, measure up to that.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

Genesis 35:13

Genesis 35:13 Then God went up from him in the place where He had spoken with him.

As God went up from Jacob in the place where He had spoken to him, so Jesus went up from Jacob’s descendants from the place (Jerusalem) where He had spoken to them.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

2 Samuel 22:3-4

2 Samuel 23:3 …
‘He who rules over men righteously,
Who rules in the fear of God,
2 Samuel 23:4 Is as the light of the morning when the sun rises,
A morning without clouds,
When the tender grass springs out of the earth,
Through sunshine after rain.’

Is this not “the strong man” who “rejoices to run his course,” the one of whom David spoke?  Yes:

Psalm 19:4 …
In them He has placed a tent for the sun,
Psalm 19:5 Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber;
It rejoices as a strong man to run his course.

And is this not “the sun” of whom Malachi spoke?  Yes.

Malachi 4:2 “But for you who fear My name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings…

In the book of Revelation the apostle John puts an exclamation point on the idea:

Revelation 1:16 … His face was like the sun shining in its strength.

Of course, by the time of the book of Revelation, we had actually seen His face.  Therefore, it was a point worth emphasizing!

This “sun” is truly “the light of the world.”

His name is Jesus.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

Jeremiah 23:5

Jeremiah 23:5 “Behold, the days are coming,” declares the LORD,
“When I will raise up for David a righteous Branch;
And He will reign as king and act wisely
And do justice and righteousness in the land.

Jesus of Nazareth was a descendant of David, and thus heir to the messianic promises (primarily to Abraham and his descendant David).  Jesus is “the righteous Branch” and was, of course, “raised up” from the dead three days after being crucified.  He is the king of the kingdom of God, which came on time late in the 1st Century (Jesus Christ Has Already Come Again).

The King of the kingdom of God “acts wisely and does justice and righteousness” throughout His realm.  Blessed be His name!

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

Zechariah 14:9

Zechariah 14:9 And the LORD will be king over all the earth; in that day the LORD will be the only one, and His name the only one.

Who is the Lord who would be “king over all the earth?”  Messiah – Jesus of Nazareth, Son of David.  He is “the only one,” and “His name is the only one.”

This is the kingdom of God:  the lordship of Christ.  Do not allow yourself to be misled from the simplicity of it.

2 Corinthians 11:2 For I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy; for I betrothed you to one husband, so that to Christ I might present you as a pure virgin.
2 Corinthians 11:3 But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.
2 Corinthians 11:4 For if one comes and preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted, you bear this beautifully.

The kingdom of God has come, and Jesus is its king!  His is the name above every other name (Ephesians 1:21; Philippians 2:9).

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

2 Chronicles 2:11

2 Chronicles 2:11 Then Huram, king of Tyre, answered in a letter sent to Solomon: “Because the LORD loves His people, He has made you king over them.”

We know that Solomon, being the son of David, is a type of Christ.  The name Solomon means “peace” and Jesus is, of course, “the Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6).  In this verse it is prophesied that Jesus was made king over God’s people because God loves His people.  That is, Jesus was not made king for Jesus’ sake.  Nor was He made king for God’s sake.  Rather Jesus was made king for the people’s sake.

Obedience doesn’t do anything to improve God status.  It does, however, improve our status.  Therefore, we should always be thankful for the kingdom of God.  It was instituted for our sake, not His.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

Esther 10:3

Esther 10:3 For Mordecai the Jew was second only to King Ahasuerus, and great among the Jews and in favor with his many kinsmen, one who sought the good of his people and one who spoke for the welfare of his whole nation.

Like Esther 9:4, this verse foreshadows the Messiah.  In the New Testament, Jesus Christ was second only to God the Father.  He was great among those who were Jews at heart (Romans 2:28-29).  He sought the good of His people, who were God’s people.  He truly spoke for the welfare of His whole nation.

Ponder this verse and let the Spirit of God refresh your heart with thoughts of Christ.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

Esther 9:4

Esther 9:4 Indeed, Mordecai was great in the king’s house, and his fame spread throughout all the provinces; for the man Mordecai became greater and greater.

Mordecai is a type of Christ.  Christ was great in the house of God, performing more miracles than anyone before Him  – so many that the apostle John said that they couldn’t all be written down.  Jesus’ fame spread throughout all Israel, then throughout the whole Mediterranean basin, and then throughout the whole world.  He became greater and greater – so much so that Isaiah could say of Him:

Isaiah 9:7 There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace…

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

From the Branch Come the Branches

One of the well-known references to Messiah in Old Testament prophecy regards “the Branch.”  For example,

Jeremiah 23:5 “Behold, the days are coming,” declares the LORD,
“When I will raise up for David a righteous Branch;
And He will reign as king and act wisely
And do justice and righteousness in the land.

And Jeremiah is not the only prophet to use this term:

Zechariah 6:12 “Then say to him, ‘Thus says the LORD of hosts, “Behold, a man whose name is Branch, for He will branch out from where He is; and He will build the temple of the LORD.

Isaiah chimes in as well:

Isaiah 4:2 In that day the Branch of the LORD will be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the earth will be the pride and the adornment of the survivors of Israel.

Nor are these the only occasions where these three prophets used this messianic title.

Therefore, when Jesus comes along in John 15 describing how His disciples are branches, it would have been a mind-stretching moment for that room full of Jews.  All their lives they had heard about the coming of God’s Branch.  And here before them, the one they have been following for three years, the one they had come to believe was, in fact, that Branch, was telling them that through Him they would all be branches!  It surely must have staggered their imaginations – but then there were so many things Christ did and said that staggered their imaginations.  No wonder He said to them that night:

John 16:12 “I have many more things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.

Should we be surprised that the Branch begets branches?  Not if we know that in this creation, everything reproduces after its own kind – just as it says in Genesis.  And even the apostle Paul said that Christ was “the firstborn among many brethren” (Romans 8:29).

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

Job 19:25

Job 19:25 “As for me, I know that my Redeemer lives,
And at the last He will take His stand on the earth.

Job is here prophesying of Jesus Christ.  Jesus is the redeemer of humanity, who took His stand on the earth in the 1st Century A.D.  He was raised from the dead and lives forevermore as the one and only King of the kingdom of God.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. (In the NASB New Testament, quotations of the Old Testament are rendered in all capital letters in order to make them easier to identify.)

Job 2:3

Job 2:3 The LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job? For there is no one like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man fearing God and turning away from evil. And he still holds fast his integrity, although you incited Me against him to ruin him without cause.”

Jesus of Nazareth was a servant of the Lord.  There was no one like Him on the earth.  He was blameless and upright, fearing God and turning away from evil.  In all His suffering, He held fast his integrity.  Truly, He was ruined without cause for no sin was found in Him.  Thus Job is a type of Jesus Christ.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

2 Chronicles 17:12

2 Chronicles 17:12 So Jehoshaphat grew greater and greater, and he built fortresses and store cities in Judah.

Jehoshaphat is a type of Christ.  The “fortresses and store cities” we see Christ building in New Testament days included the churches at Corinth, Rome, and Philippi.  Indeed, they were all places where those who hungered and thirsted for righteousness might come and be fed by the Manna sent from heaven – Christ Jesus Himself.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. (In the NASB New Testament, quotations of the Old Testament are rendered in all capital letters in order to make them easier to identify.)

2 Chronicles 1:2

2 Chronicles 1:2 Solomon spoke to all Israel, to the commanders of thousands and of hundreds and to the judges and to every leader in all Israel, the heads of the fathers’ households.

We see this verse fulfilled in the book of Acts.  For there, Jesus – “the greater Solomon” – spoke to spiritual Israel and all the leaders thereof (i.e. apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers).

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. (In the NASB New Testament, quotations of the Old Testament are rendered in all capital letters in order to make them easier to identify.)

2 Chronicles 1:1

2 Chronicles 1:1 Now Solomon the son of David established himself securely over his kingdom, and the LORD his God was with him and exalted him greatly.

Jesus was the son of David who was “greater than Solomon” (Matthew 12:42; Luke 11:31).  This greater descendant of David has been established securely over the kingdom of God.  He is exalted greatly – above every name in every age (Philippians 2:9-11; Ephesians 1:21).

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. (In the NASB New Testament, quotations of the Old Testament are rendered in all capital letters in order to make them easier to identify.)

1 Chronicles 12:22

1 Chronicles 12:22 For day by day men came to David to help him, until there was a great army like the army of God.

Day by day, throughout the book of Acts, we read of men coming to help Jesus, until there was a great army like the army of God all over the Mediterranean world.  Thus we see this Old Testament verse foreshadowing what happened in New Testament days.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. (In the NASB New Testament, quotations of the Old Testament are rendered in all capital letters in order to make them easier to identify.)

1 Chronicles 12:18

1 Chronicles 12:18 Then the Spirit came upon Amasai, who was the chief of the thirty, and he said,
“We are yours, O David,
And with you, O son of Jesse!
Peace, peace to you,
And peace to him who helps you;
Indeed, your God helps you!” Then David received them and made them captains of the band.

The Holy Spirit came upon the New Testament church, beginning in Acts 2.  The Spirit then spoke these words, as it were, through those saints:

We are yours, O Jesus,

and with you, O Son of God!

Peace, peace to you,

And peace to him who helps you;

Indeed, your God helps you!

Let this be our heart cry as well – we who serve the Lord in the day of the Lord.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. (In the NASB New Testament, quotations of the Old Testament are rendered in all capital letters in order to make them easier to identify.)

1 Chronicles 11:10

1 Chronicles 11:10 Now these are the heads of the mighty men whom David had, who gave him strong support in his kingdom, together with all Israel, to make him king, according to the word of the LORD concerning Israel.

This verse typifies what happened in the New Testament as the apostles and others gave the Son of David “strong support in His kingdom to make Him king.”  Peter, James, John, Paul, Stephen, and others did valiantly in the name of the Lord.  They fought the good fight – which was spiritual and not physical.

Those who served the first David fought for a physical kingdom by physical means.  Those who served the second David fought for a spiritual kingdom by spiritual means.

If David had his mighty men, Jesus had more.  Let us join them in fighting spiritually for Jesus Christ our King!

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

1 Chronicles 11:9

1 Chronicles 11:9 David became greater and greater, for the LORD of hosts was with him.

As David is a type of Christ, you can see this verse fulfilled throughout the course of New Testament history as the Christ grew stronger and stronger.  This was because God had put all His resources behind Him.  Jesus was the heir of all things.  Everything that was the Father’s – every heart who loved Him – was given to the Son.  Blessed be the name of the Lord!

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. (In the NASB New Testament, quotations of the Old Testament are rendered in all capital letters in order to make them easier to identify.)

1 Chronicles 11:7

1 Chronicles 11:7 Then David dwelt in the stronghold; therefore it was called the city of David.

This verse prophesies of Jesus’ ascension into heaven in Acts 1.  At that time, the Son of David took up residence in what had previously been the stronghold of spiritual forces arrayed against God (Job 1:6; 2:1; Ephesians 6:12).  Jesus thus began the cleansing of heaven (Hebrews 9:23ff).  The city of David – Jerusalem – thus became the Jerusalem of heaven (Hebrews 11:16; 12:22).

All those who follow the seed of David seek Him in that city above.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. (In the NASB New Testament, quotations of the Old Testament are rendered in all capital letters in order to make them easier to identify.)

Deuteronomy 18:18

Deuteronomy 18:18 ‘I will raise up a prophet from among their countrymen like you, and I will put My words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I command him.

This is a promise of God, which was fulfilled in Jesus Christ.  For God raised up Jesus and spoke through Him to the people.  See especially John 4:25; 8:28; and 12:49, 50.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. (In the NASB New Testament, quotations of the Old Testament are rendered in all capital letters in order to make them easier to identify.)

Exodus 14:31 – As God Worked Through Moses, So He Worked Through Christ

Exodus 14:31 When Israel saw the great power which the LORD had used against the Egyptians, the people feared the LORD, and they believed in the LORD and in His servant Moses.

If you are familiar with the Gospels, you will recognize that the picture painted by this verse from Exodus depicts what happened as Jesus deployed the power of God in the land of Israel.  Thus this picture gives us a foreshadowing of what God was going to one day achieve through His Messiah.

Just as the people of God believed in Moses because of the power of God displayed through him, so the people of God believed in Jesus because of the power of God displayed through Him.  See specifically John 2:11 and 11:45.

Let us therefore continually point to Jesus as the leader of the people of God.  As God worked through Moses, so He works through Christ.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. (In the NASB New Testament, quotations of the Old Testament are rendered in all capital letters in order to make them easier to identify.)

Numbers 12:7 – Moses Was a Servant, But Jesus Was a Servant and a Son

Numbers 12:7 “Not so, with My servant Moses,
He is faithful in all My household;

This is another type and shadow of Messiah, who was to come.

Christ was the “servant” of the Lord.  He was faithful in God’s household, as Hebrews 3:2ff. makes clear.  While Moses was faithful as a servant, however, Jesus was faithful as a servant and as a son.  Jesus is greater than Moses, therefore, by just so much as a son is greater than a servant.

See also Deuteronomy 18:15 – The Prophet Like Moses That God Would Literally Raise Up.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. (In the NASB New Testament, quotations of the Old Testament are rendered in all capital letters in order to make them easier to identify.)

Exodus 40:16 – Jesus Leads the People of God Out of Their Bondage to Sin

Exodus 40:16 Thus Moses did; according to all that the LORD had commanded him, so he did.

Here we have a type of Christ.  For Jesus did according to all that the Lord had commanded Him.  Moses did well, but Christ did much more.  Moses led God’s people out of Egypt, but Jesus led God’s people out of sin.

Jesus is still leading people out of their sin today.  If you are still enslaved to sin, you are following Jesus in name only.  Make sure His leadership of your life is effectual.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. (In the NASB New Testament, quotations of the Old Testament are rendered in all capital letters in order to make them easier to identify.)

Isaiah 49:1 – Messiah Was Called from His Mother’s Womb

Isaiah 49:1 Listen to Me, O islands,
And pay attention, you peoples from afar.
The LORD called Me from the womb;
From the body of My mother He named Me.

Isaiah is here prophesying to us of Messiah.  Listen to how Matthew describes its fulfillment:

Matthew 1:18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: when His mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child by the Holy Spirit.
Matthew 1:19 And Joseph her husband, being a righteous man and not wanting to disgrace her, planned to send her away secretly.
Matthew 1:20 But when he had considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for the Child who has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.
Matthew 1:21 “She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”

Messiah was named (called) “Jesus” by order of the Lord while he was still in his mother’s womb.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. (In the NASB New Testament, quotations of the Old Testament are rendered in all capital letters in order to make them easier to identify.)

Isaiah 11:12 – Jesus Is the Standard for the Nations

Isaiah 11:12 And He will lift up a standard for the nations
And assemble the banished ones of Israel,
And will gather the dispersed of Judah
From the four corners of the earth.

Jesus was “lifted up”as a “standard for the nations.”  In John 12:32, He Himself said He would be.

Throughout the book of Acts and the epistles that follow we see the evidence that “the dispersed of Judah were gathered from the four corners of the earth.”  At first, it was just Jews according to the flesh who believed.  Then Jews according to the spirit (Romans 2:28, 29) were added to them.  (The book of Romans elaborates on this process).

Jesus is thus the standard, and the fulfillment of this promise which God made through Isaiah.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. (In the NASB New Testament, quotations of the Old Testament are rendered in all capital letters in order to make them easier to identify.)

Isaiah 11:10 – Jesus Is the Root of Jesse and the Signal for the Peoples

Isaiah 11:10 Then in that day
The nations will resort to the root of Jesse,
Who will stand as a signal for the peoples;
And His resting place will be glorious.

We live in the day about which Isaiah was prophesying!  The root of Jesse is, of course, Jesus Christ our Lord – raised from the dead, never to die again.

The nations resort to Him because only in His name can salvation be found (Acts 4:12).

He “stands forever” by virtue of His resurrection.  He is thus a “signal” – or sign – “for the peoples.”  All of us may turn to Him. His arms are open wide (John 6:37).

His resting place – heaven itself – is indeed glorious!  And there we shall join Him when we leave this earth.  In the meantime, His glorious resting place is in the hearts of those who hunger and thirst for righteousness (Matthew 5:6; Colossians 1:27).  Let us be among them!

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

Amos 7:7-8 – Jesus Is the Plumb Line

Amos 7:7 Thus He showed me, and behold, the Lord was standing by a vertical wall with a plumb line in His hand.
Amos 7:8 The LORD said to me, “What do you see, Amos?” And I said, “A plumb line.” Then the Lord said,
“Behold I am about to put a plumb line
In the midst of My people Israel.
I will spare them no longer.

Jesus Christ is the plumb line.  He is the One by whom we are all measured.  Therefore, let us humble ourselves and repent.  Let us seek His forgiveness and His grace that we might live before Him.

(See also Christ’s Life Replaces the Law – That Life Is the Scepter, Rod, Staff, and Measuring Rod.)

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

Psalm 145:21 – Jesus Is the One Whom All Mouths Will Praise

Psalm 145:21 My mouth will speak the praise of the LORD,
And all flesh will bless His holy name forever and ever.

We who know Jesus the Lord speak the praises of Jesus the Lord.  Those who are humble hear that praise and rejoice (Psalm 34:2).  Those who are wicked gnash their teeth (Psalm 37:12).  The wicked, however, do not last forever (Psalm 37:28).  Therefore, all flesh will praise Him for there is no end to the extension of His government (Isaiah 9:7; Matthew 13:33).  “Every knee will bow” and “every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord” (Philippians 2:9-11).

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. (In the NASB New Testament, quotations of the Old Testament are rendered in all capital letters in order to make them easier to identify.)

Psalm 145:20 – The Lord Keeps All Who Love Him

Psalm 145:20 The LORD keeps all who love Him,
But all the wicked He will destroy.

Read the prayer of Jesus in John 17 (John 17:1-26), especially verse 12 (John 17:12).  Therein, Jesus says that He “kept” all those who loved Him.  He mentions also the one who did not love Him, and who was therefore not kept.  (Though everyone goes to heaven, not everyone gets there standing.)

God came to earth living as Jesus of Nazareth that we might understand what He is like (1 John 5:20).  As He behaved on earth, so He behaves from heaven.  If we pay attention to what kind of man He was, we will understand what kind of God He is.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

Psalm 145:19 – The Lord Jesus Will Hear Your Cry and Save You…as You Walk in Obedience to Him

Psalm 145:19 He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him;
He will also hear their cry and will save them.

Read Matthew 14:22-33 and see how Jesus of Nazareth “fulfilled the desire” of Peter (“Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water”).  See also how Jesus “heard” Peter’s “cry and saved him” (verses 30-31).

As He did for Peter, so He will do for you.  Listen for His commands, and obey them (Luke 6:46).  And when you obey them, don’t think highly of yourself (Luke 17:10); rather, think highly of Him who came to bless you by turning from your evil ways (Acts 3:26).

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

Psalm 145:18 – As the Lord Was on Earth, So He Also Is in Heaven

Psalm 145:18 The LORD is near to all who call upon Him,
To all who call upon Him in truth.

Was not Jesus of Nazareth “near to all who called upon Him?”  Did anyone who “called upon Him in truth” fail to receive an answer?

As He was on earth, so He is in heaven.  As He helped those who called upon Him on earth, so He helps those who call upon Him in heaven.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

Psalm 145:17 – The Lord Jesus Is Righteous in All His Ways and Kind in All His Deeds

Psalm 145:17 The LORD is righteous in all His ways
And kind in all His deeds.

Do you recognize Jesus of Nazareth in this verse?  Does it not describe the way that He walked the earth in the 1st Century?

His miracles were all acts of kindness.  Everything He did was right; none of it was wrong.

As He was on earth, so He is in heaven.  As He was as a man, so He is as God.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

Hosea 12:13 – Jesus Is the Great Prophet to Come

Hosea 12:13 But by a prophet the LORD brought Israel from Egypt,
And by a prophet he was kept.

Remember that Moses said God would raise up a prophet like him (Deuteronomy 18:15).  Jesus was that great prophet.  By that great prophet, the people of God were delivered from the world of flesh, and by that same prophet they are kept from the world of flesh.

Christ who saves you from your sins, keeps you from sin.  In the same way that He saved you, He will hold you.

As you received Christ in the beginning, so walk with Him always.  As Paul wrote:

Colossians 2:6 Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him,

That is, in the way you came to Christ, you stay with Christ.  You came to Him in faith.  Therefore, you stay with Him by faith.

Why do people who think they are saved by “the sinner’s prayer” think that they are going to be kept by some other method – say, like churchgoing?  As you called upon Christ in the sinner’s prayer, so walk with Him day by day.  Churchgoing is no substitute for faith.

Just as you prayed the sinner’s prayer with a conviction of things unseen (Hebrews 11:1), so live your life with that same conviction.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

Genesis 7:5 – The Greater Noah

Genesis 7:5 Noah did according to all that the LORD had commanded him.

This scripture is fulfilled in Jesus Christ.  That is, Noah was a type, or foreshadowing, of the Christ who would come.

If Noah “did according to all that the Lord had commanded him,” how much more did Jesus do according to all that the Lord commanded him?  For God used Noah to save a few people from his generation, but God used Jesus to save all people from all generations:  Everyone Is Going to Heaven.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. (In the NASB New Testament, quotations of the Old Testament are rendered in all capital letters in order to make them easier to identify.)

Psalm 31:19 – The Resurrection of Christ Elevated His Goodness to the Heavens

Psalm 31:19 How great is Your goodness,
Which You have stored up for those who fear You,
Which You have wrought for those who take refuge in You,
Before the sons of men!

This verse prophesies “the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:14).

As we heed “the upward call of God in Christ Jesus,” we draw upon the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ – the work of God.  For God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself (2 Corinthians 5:19).

See:  The Resurrection of Jesus Christ Changed Everything

Through the resurrection of Christ, the goodness of God was “stored UP.”

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. (In the NASB New Testament, quotations of the Old Testament are rendered in all capital letters in order to make them easier to identify.)

1 Chronicles 22:10 – Jesus!

1 Chronicles 22:10 continues the outline of Messiah begun in 1 Chronicles 22:9.

He shall build a house…  –  Matthew 16:18

…for My name…  –  Hebrews 1:12

…and he shall be My son and I will be his father…  –  Matthew 17:5

…and I will establish the throne of his kingdom over Israel forever.  –  Hebrews 1:8

God does things in the Old Testament to set a pattern so that He can do something even greater in the New Testament according to that pattern.

1 Chronicles 22:9 – Jesus!

1 Chronicles 22:9 outlines a type of Christ in the life of Solomon.

 Behold, a son will be born to you…  –  that was Jesus, born to the human race (Matthew 1:23).

…who shall be a man of rest…  –  He gave rest to all who came to Him (Matthew 11:28).  See also Jesus Our Rest.

…and I will give him rest from all his enemies on every side…  –  His rest came when He was crucified and raised from the dead, far above all His enemies (Ephesians 1:19-23).

…for his name shall be Solomon…  –  Solomon comes from the same word as “peace”  (like “Shalom” or “Salem” as in Jerusalem).  Jesus is the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6).

…and I will give peace and quiet to Israel in his days.  –  We have righteousness, peace, and joy through Him (Romans 14:17).

Jeremiah 3:16 – The Ark of the Covenant

Jeremiah 3:16 “It shall be in those days when you are multiplied and increased in the land,” declares the LORD, “they will no longer say, ‘The ark of the covenant of the LORD.’ And it will not come to mind, nor will they remember it, nor will they miss it, nor will it be made again.

This scripture was fulfilled in Jesus Christ.  He Himself became the ark of the covenant.  That is, the covenant was contained in Him.

Let us imitate Him.  That is, let the covenant of the Lord be secured in our hearts.  Let us be vessels for honor, carrying the truth the Lord written upon our hearts.  As Paul put it to the Corinthians:

2 Corinthians 3:2 You are our letter, written in our hearts, known and read by all men;
2 Corinthians 3:3 being manifested that you are a letter of Christ, cared for by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.
2 Corinthians 3:4 Such confidence we have through Christ toward God.
2 Corinthians 3:5 Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God,
2 Corinthians 3:6 who also made us adequate as servants of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

Zephaniah 3:11

Zephaniah 3:11 “In that day you will feel no shame
Because of all your deeds
By which you have rebelled against Me;
For then I will remove from your midst
Your proud, exulting ones,
And you will never again be haughty
On My holy mountain.

These words from the prophet Zephaniah spoke of a work God was going to do, whereby He was going to purify the people of God.  Jesus spoke of this same work when He said to the chief priests and elders of Israel:

Matthew 21:43 “Therefore I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people, producing the fruit of it.

Thus Jesus also said;

John 10:16 “I have other sheep, which are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will hear My voice; and they will become one flock with one shepherd.

To purify Israel meant to remove those Jews who did not belong and add those Gentiles who did.  That is, the true people of God are those who live His way – be they Jew or Gentile according to the flesh.

2 Timothy 2:19 …”The Lord knows those who are His,” and, “Everyone who names the name of the Lord is to abstain from wickedness.”

Those among the people of God who harbor wickedness are not harbored themselves.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

Zephaniah 3:10

Zephaniah 3:10 “From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia
My worshipers, My dispersed ones,
Will bring My offerings.

See how Zephaniah’s words were fulfilled in the New Testament church according to Peter’s first letter regarding God’s “dispersed ones” [emphasis added]:

1 Peter 1:1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who reside as aliens, scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia…

Note also how Peter said they were “bringing offerings”:

1 Peter 2:4 And coming to Him as to a living stone which has been rejected by men, but is choice and precious in the sight of God,
1 Peter 2:5 you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

Thus the apostles continually reported how the prophets words were being fulfilled through Jesus Christ.  As Paul said, the apostles were:

Acts 26:22 “…testifying both to small and great, stating nothing but what the Prophets and Moses said was going to take place;

The words of Zephaniah 3:10 were thus being fulfilled in New Testament times.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible.

For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom. Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

Zephaniah 3:9

Zephaniah 3:9 “For then I will give to the peoples purified lips,
That all of them may call on the name of the LORD,
To serve Him shoulder to shoulder.

Through Jesus Christ, God gave purified lips to those who love Him.  With Christ as the sacrifice, the worshipers of God were cleansed.

As the apostle John wrote:

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Thus the people of God – Jew and Gentile – called upon the name of the Lord – Jesus – with purified lips.

As the prophet Isaiah had written:

Isaiah 6:5 Then I said,
“Woe is me, for I am ruined!
Because I am a man of unclean lips,
And I live among a people of unclean lips;
For my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.”
Isaiah 6:6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a burning coal in his hand, which he had taken from the altar with tongs.
Isaiah 6:7 He touched my mouth with it and said, “Behold, this has touched your lips; and your iniquity is taken away and your sin is forgiven.”

The Lord wants those who call upon His name to do so with pure lips…and He Himself is willing to do the purifying necessary to allow that.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible.

For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom. Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

Seeing Jesus in Zephaniah 3:8

Zephaniah 3:8 “Therefore wait for Me,” declares the LORD,
“For the day when I rise up as a witness.

Didn’t Jesus “rise up” from the dead?

And when Jesus rose from the dead, didn’t He do so “as a witness”?

Indeed, as for being  witness, the apostle John wrote of Him:

Revelation 1:5 …Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead…

The prophet Zephaniah wrote centuries before Christ fulfilled this prophecy.  How blessed are those who waited for it to be fulfilled!

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible.

For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom. Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

What Changed About the Tree of Life from Genesis to Revelation?

After the fall of Adam and Eve, here’s what happened regarding the tree of life

Genesis 3:22 Then the LORD God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, knowing good and evil; and now, he might stretch out his hand, and take also from the tree of life, and eat, and live forever”–
Genesis 3:23 therefore the LORD God sent him out from the garden of Eden, to cultivate the ground from which he was taken.
Genesis 3:24 So He drove the man out; and at the east of the garden of Eden He stationed the cherubim and the flaming sword which turned every direction to guard the way to the tree of life.

Fast forward through the entire Scripture until we come to the final chapter of the final book:

Revelation 22:14 Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter by the gates into the city.

What happened that the tree of life that was off-limits became accessible?  Jesus Christ our Lord was revealed.  He Himself is that tree of life.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

Isaiah 33:5 – Jesus Is the Exalted Lord, Dwelling on High

Isaiah 33:5 The LORD is exalted, for He dwells on high…

In this verse the prophet Isaiah is telling about the One who would come:  Jesus of Nazareth.

Jesus was crucified.  Three days later, He was raised from the dead.  Forty days after that, He was exalted to heaven.  Ever since then, He has dwelt on high.  And He will dwell on high forever and ever because His kingdom has no end (Isaiah 9:7; Daniel 7:14).

Let us live – today and always – for this Lord who is alone is exalted and who alone dwells on high!  (Isaiah 2:11, 17)

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

Ezekiel 37:21-22 – Jesus Is the King Who Ezekiel Said Would Unite the Divided Kingdom

Ezekiel 37:21 “Say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD, “Behold, I will take the sons of Israel from among the nations where they have gone, and I will gather them from every side and bring them into their own land;
Ezekiel 37:22 and I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel; and one king will be king for all of them; and they will no longer be two nations and no longer be divided into two kingdoms.

Surely you can see Jesus of Nazareth fulfilling this prophecy as He was exalted to the right hand of God as king of Israel.

And surely this was the sort of passage under discussion on occasions such as those described by Acts 17:2-3, 11.  Who else but a king of heaven could ever bring back together those two houses?  For even in the days of Jesus’ flesh, “Jews had no dealings with Samaritans” (John 4:9).  The resurrected and exalted Lord changed all that:

Acts 8:14 …the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God…

and

Acts 8:25 So, when they had solemnly testified and spoken the word of the Lord, they started back to Jerusalem, and were preaching the gospel to many villages of the Samaritans.

Thus the king prophesied by Ezekiel brought together Judah and Samaria (formerly the southern and northern kingdoms, known by the names Judah and Israel).

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

Psalm 91:16

Psalm 91:16 “With a long life I will satisfy him
And let him see My salvation.”

Like the verses before it, this verse prophesies of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Paul wrote of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead in this way:

Romans 6:9 knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, is never to die again…

How’s that for “long life”?

In His resurrection, Jesus received “an indestructible life” (Hebrews 7:16).  There cannot be a longer life than that!

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

Psalm 91:15 – Jesus in the 91st Psalm

Psalm 91:15 “He will call upon Me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will rescue him and honor him.

Like the verse before it, this verse prophesies of Christ.

As the New Testament says:

Hebrews 5:7 In the days of His flesh, He offered up both prayers and supplications with loud crying and tears to the One able to save Him from death, and He was heard because of His piety.

Thus when Jesus called, God answered.

Who has been honored like Jesus?

Do not regard the words of this psalm verse lightly.  Imbibe them deeply into your soul.  They speak of our Savior.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

Psalm 91:14 – Jesus Was Set Securely on High Because of What He Did on Earth

Psalm 91:14 “Because he has loved Me, therefore I will deliver him;
I will set him securely on high, because he has known My name.

This psalm, of course, prophesies of the resurrection of our Lord.

Did not Jesus love God?

Did not God deliver Jesus from death?

Did not God set Jesus securely on high?  (Even at His own right hand, far above all rule and power and authority.)

Did Jesus not know the Father’s name and honor it?  (Read John 17 to remind yourself of Jesus’ devotion to God’s name.)

Let us love Jesus the way He loved God.  That is, let Jesus be our God.  In this way, we, too, will be “set on high” with Him.  That is, let us walk in His steps (1 Peter 2:21) that we might complete His course and end up where He ended up.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

1 Chronicles 12:33 – Helping Christ with an Undivided Heart

1 Chronicles 12:33 Of Zebulun, there were 50,000 who went out in the army, who could draw up in battle formation with all kinds of weapons of war and helped David with an undivided heart.

David, of course, is a type of Christ (Jesus is, in fact, our David).  How do we help Jesus Christ?  With an undivided heart.  For as Jesus Himself said:

Matthew 6:24 “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other…”

Let not your heart be divided.  Otherwise, you’re of no help to Christ.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

Unleavened Bread

The Feast of Unleavened Bread, first described in the Law of Moses (specifically, Exodus 12:1ff; and first named in Exodus 12:11), speaks to us since New Testament times of unvarnished truth – the unvarnished truth of God.  As Paul wrote:

1 Corinthians 5:7 Clean out the old leaven so that you may be a new lump, just as you are in fact unleavened. For Christ our Passover also has been sacrificed.
1 Corinthians 5:8 Therefore let us celebrate the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

For this reason, we who seek to speak the word of God should be careful not to infect it with our own opinions.

We also know that truth is personified in Jesus Christ (John 14:6).  Therefore, we can see the Feast of Unleavened Bread as foreshadowing Christ – the truth Himself!

Jesus is “the bread that came down out of heaven” (John 6:41).  There is no hypocrisy or insincerity in Christ at all.  Thus He is “unleavened” bread for our souls.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

Exodus 12:5 – The Unblemished Lamb

Exodus 12:5 ‘Your lamb shall be an unblemished male a year old…

Moses spoke of the need for the Passover lamb to be unblemished.  Thus Peter did as well (I pared down the words to get to the heart of Peter’s point):

1 Peter 1:18 …you were…redeemed with…
1 Peter 1:19 …a lamb unblemished and spotless…Christ.

Who else besides Jesus of Nazareth has led an unblemished life?

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

Christ Is Our Passover Lamb

Paul makes reference to Christ as the fulfillment of Jewish Passover:

1 Corinthians 5:7 …Christ our Passover also has been sacrificed.

In his instructions for the Passover, Moses had indicated this requirement:

Exodus 12:5 ‘Your lamb shall be an unblemished male a year old; you may take it from the sheep or from the goats.

And, of course, we see a predicate for this passover lamb in Abraham’s experience with Isaac:

Genesis 22:8 Abraham said, “God will provide for Himself the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” …

Like Paul, Peter made reference to Christ being the Passover Lamb to which Moses’ instructions and Abraham’s experience were ultimately alluding:

1 Peter 1:18 …you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers,
1 Peter 1:19 but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ.

We can remember also that John the Baptist, too, called Jesus the lamb of God:

John 1:29 The next day he *saw Jesus coming to him and *said, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!

And then we have the fact that the apostle John goes on to mention this Lamb some 30 times in the book of Revelation.

Thus, the thread of Christ being the lamb of God runs throughout the Scripture.  And, truly, all of Scripture is about Christ our Lord.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

Our Jacob

Jacob is a type of Christ.

Jacob was the son who treasured the promises of God.  This foreshadowed Jesus who forsook all earthly rewards that He might obtain the promises made to his forefathers David and Abraham.

Jacob was the son through whom the twelve tribes of Israel came forth.  This foreshadowed Jesus who chose twelve of His disciples to spread His message throughout Israel and the world.

Jacob strove with God and man and prevailed.  Even more so did Jesus strive with God and man and prevail.

Let Jacob remind us of Jesus our Lord.

Messianic Allusion in Genesis 1:26

Genesis 1:26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness…

Throughout the Scripture, there are hints (types and shadows) of the Messiah to come.  This is one of them.

God speaking as “Us” was an allusion to God and His Messiah, which, in the wake of Messiah’s resurrection, His apostles would have seen as referring to Messiah – at God’s side from the beginning (just as Paul describes it in 1 Corinthians 8:5, 6).

Of course, Messiah was referred to more explicitly just two chapters later:  in Genesis 3:15 (“the seed of the woman”).

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

The Light That Dispels the Shadow of Death

Truly, death casts its shadow upon all humanity.  Everyone dies.  But:

Matthew 4:16 “THE PEOPLE WHO WERE SITTING IN DARKNESS SAW A GREAT LIGHT,
AND THOSE WHO WERE SITTING IN THE LAND AND SHADOW OF DEATH,
UPON THEM A LIGHT DAWNED.”  [quoting Isaiah 9:2]

David had told us in the 23rd Psalm that he was not intimidated by this shadow of death:

Psalm 23:4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I fear no evil, for You are with me;

This is because David knew of the Light that would one day rise (see Acts 2:29-31 to see what I mean).  This is made clear in Hebrews:

Hebrews 2:14 Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, [Christ]Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil,
Hebrews 2:15 and might free those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives.

Thus the shadow of death is dispelled by the light of Christ…and we say:

Psalm 27:1 The LORD is my light…

Or, more nuanced to point of this post:

Micah 7:8 …Though I dwell in darkness, the LORD is a light for me.

So, though everyone dies, everyone also goes to heaven.

Thus death for us no longer means what it once did.  As it is written:

Nehemiah 13:2 …our God turned the curse into a blessing.

If then the curse of death has been turned into a blessing, where then is the shadow of death?  It is gone.  It has been dispelled.  For this reason, Paul could write:

Philippians 1:21 For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. (In the NASB New Testament, quotations of the Old Testament are rendered in all capital letters in order to make them easier to identify.)

1 Kings 8:20 – Solomon Foreshadowing Jesus the Messiah

1 Kings 8:20 “Now the LORD has fulfilled His word which He spoke; for I have risen in place of my father David and sit on the throne of Israel, as the LORD promised, and have built the house for the name of the LORD, the God of Israel.

When King Solomon spoke these words it was only a foreshadowing of what would be true through Jesus Christ.

Consider that Jesus would say “I have risen” when He rose from the dead.  Consider also that He could say, “I have risen in the place of my father David,” for Jesus was indeed a descendant of David according to the flesh (Romans 1:3).

Of course, with Jesus “the throne of Israel” was raised to the right hand of God.  And “the house for the name of the Lord” was the one of which Peter wrote:

1 Peter 2:5 you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

Through the prophet Nathan, God had promised David a descendant who would build a house for the name of the Lord:

2 Samuel 7:13 “He shall build a house for My name…

Solomon build a house of stones (which would eventually be torn down), but Jesus would build a house for God’s name against which the gates of Hades would not prevail (Matthew 16:18) and which would never be shaken (Hebrews 12:28).

Truly “something greater than Solomon” is found in Jesus Christ our Lord (Matthew 12:42).

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted.

The Bridegroom in Scripture

Yesterday we saw in Psalm 19 (Psalm 19:5) a reference to a “bridegroom.”  Since all Scripture testifies to Christ, who else would be this bridegroom be but our Lord Jesus Christ?

And indeed Jesus specifically referred to Himself as a bridegroom in Matthew 9:15.

Jesus also alluded to Himself as the bridegroom in the parable of the ten virgins (Matthew 25:1-13).

Being “the Lamb of God” (John 1:29, 36), Jesus is the bridegroom implied by Revelation 19:9.

Psalm 45 celebrates the king’s marriage and certainly prophesies of Jesus (as confirmed in Hebrews 1:8-9) as the bridegroom in view.

Thus Christ is the bridegroom.  His bride consists of those who are truly His.  They love righteousness, and no impurity is found in them.  Therefore, if you would be among those He calls “Bride” be sure to follow the exhortations of the apostles (e.g. 1 Thessalonians 4:3-8; Hebrews 12:14; 1 Peter 1:14-16).

You may not see all there is of the bride of Christ in the world today, but He surely does:

2 Timothy 2:19 Nevertheless, the firm foundation of God stands, having this seal, “The Lord knows those who are His,” and, “Everyone who names the name of the Lord is to abstain from wickedness.”

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

The Sun of Righteousness

We have heard the promise of a “sun of righteousness” from the prophet Malachi:

Malachi 4:2 “But for you who fear My name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings; and you will go forth and skip about like calves from the stall.

Of course, Jesus the Messiah is “the sun of righteousness.”  We heard about Him also in Psalm 84:11:

Psalm 84:11 For the LORD God is a sun and shield;

And here is even more detail about this “sun” we know as Jesus Christ:

Psalm 19:4 …He has placed a tent for the sun,
Psalm 19:5 Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber; It rejoices as a strong man to run his course.
Psalm 19:6 Its rising is from one end of the heavens,
And its circuit to the other end of them;
And there is nothing hidden from its heat.

All these scriptures prophesy of Jesus our Lord:  “The Sun of Righteousness.”  Never forget that no star shines brighter to us than the sun.  Every star illuminates darkness, but the sun eliminates it.

Therefore, let this “sun” do its work, which is to say, let the Son do His work.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

2 Kings 20:5 – Something Greater Than Hezekiah Is Here

2 Kings 20:5 “Return and say to Hezekiah the leader of My people, ‘Thus says the LORD, the God of your father David, “I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears; behold, I will heal you. On the third day you shall go up to the house of the LORD.

This verse foreshadowed someone far greater than Hezekiah.  As the New Testament put it, speaking of Jesus in a parallel situation:

Hebrews 5:7 In the days of His flesh, He offered up both prayers and supplications with loud crying and tears to the One able to save Him from death, and He was heard because of His piety.

Did not Jesus “go up to the house of the Lord?”  Did He not do so “on the third day?”

Hezekiah is thus a type of Christ.

Paul therefore wrote:

1 Corinthians 15:3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,
1 Corinthians 15:4 and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,

God’s deliverance of Hezekiah was great; His deliverance of Jesus was infinitely greater…and not least because it included all of us.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

Psalm 113:5 – Seeing Jesus, Enthroned on High

Psalm 113:5 Who is like the LORD our God,
Who is enthroned on high,

Who is like the Lord Jesus Christ, who was enthroned on high through His resurrection from the dead and exaltation to heaven?

For on the day of Pentecost, Peter said of Him:

Acts 2:33 “Therefore having been exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He has poured forth this which you both see and hear.

There is indeed no one like the Lord our God.  Not even the angels are can compare to Him.

Hebrews 1:5 For to which of the angels did He ever say,
“YOU ARE MY SON,
TODAY I HAVE BEGOTTEN YOU”? And again,
“I WILL BE A FATHER TO HIM
AND HE SHALL BE A SON TO ME”?

(The all caps are quotations of Psalm 2:7 and 2 Samuel 7:14, respectively.)

Who then is like the Lord our God who is enthroned on high?  No one.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. (In the NASB New Testament, quotations of the Old Testament are rendered in all capital letters in order to make them easier to identify.)

Genesis 12:1-3 – The Call of Abram Is the Call of Christ

Go to Genesis 12:1-3 and see that God’s call to Abram foreshadowed the call of Christ.

As Abram was called from his country, so Christ was called from heaven.

As Abram was called from familiar surroundings to go to an unknown place, so Christ was called from the comforts of familiarity to sojourn as a human being – a way of life not previously known to Him (Philippians 2:5-8).

As the promise was that Abram would become a great nation, Jesus would become an even greater one.

As Abram’s name was made great, the name of Jesus Christ was made even greater.

As Abram became a blessing, so Jesus became an even greater blessing (Acts 3:25-26).

Abram was a type of Christ.  In Abram, we learn about Christ.  As Abram worshiped the one true God, let us worship Christ, for Christ is the one true God.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

Zechariah 12:10 – Looking on the One We Have Pierced

[Emphasis is added in the following verses to show their connection.]

Zechariah 12:10 “I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of supplication, so that they will look on Me whom they have pierced; and they will mourn for Him, as one mourns for an only son, and they will weep bitterly over Him like the bitter weeping over a firstborn.

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Revelation 1:7 BEHOLD, HE IS COMING WITH THE CLOUDS, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him; and all the tribes of the earth will mourn over Him. So it is to be. Amen.

The “all caps” in Revelation 1:7 above are the translators’ way of telling us that the writer is quoting the Old Testament; in this case, Daniel 7:13.  However, the writer is also alluding to Zechariah 12:10, which is obvious when the verses are juxtaposed as they are above.

In the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, we see God “pierced,” for God was in Christ.  Thus when we look upon the one we have pierced, we are looking upon God; and when we look upon God, we are looking upon the one we have pierced.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. (In the NASB New Testament, quotations of the Old Testament are rendered in all capital letters in order to make them easier to identify.)

Psalm 149:1 – A Prophecy of Christ and the New Testament Church

Psalm 149:1 Praise the LORD!
Sing to the LORD a new song,
And His praise in the congregation of the godly ones.

When Jesus was raised from the dead, the Psalms became a new book – filled with new songs.

Psalm 2 was no longer a song for Israel’s king – it was now a song for Israel’s resurrected king, reigning supreme in heaven over all creation!

Psalm 16 was no longer a song to celebrate how God keeps death at bay – it was now a song about how God brings about new and greater life through death and in spite of it!

Psalm 22 was no longer a song of praise to a God who helps with difficult -it was now a song about how God had overcome the greatest difficulty of all, which was death.

And on you could go through the book of Psalms.

The New Testament churches were singing these psalms in a way they had never been sung before – it was a new way!  And it was the way through death – the most formidable enemy mankind had ever encountered.  Thus the praise of Christ was sung throughout “the congregation of the godly ones,” which was, of course, the gatherings we call the New Testament church.

The meaning of “congregation” in this verse and of “church” in the New Testament is the same.  Therefore, this verse prophesied the New Testament church.  Our New Testaments bear ample witness to the fulfillment of this prophecy!

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

2 Samuel 5:25 – The Key to David’s Success

Here is the key to David’s success with God:

2 Samuel 5:25 Then David did so, just as the LORD had commanded him…

As such, David is a type of Jesus Christ.  Thus, since we are to imitate Christ (1 Corinthians 11:1), we have here another verse to follow.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. (In the NASB New Testament, quotations of the Old Testament are rendered in all capital letters in order to make them easier to identify.)

Psalm 89:27 – The Firstborn Who Is Highest of the Kings of the Earth

Psalm 89:27 “I also shall make him My firstborn, 
The highest of the kings of the earth.

How did God make Messiah His firstborn?  By raising Him from the dead.  This is the significance of the word “make” in this sentence.

How did God make Messiah the highest of the kings of the earth?  By placing Messiah far above all the kings of the earth, for a psalmist also prophesies:

Psalm 97:9 For You are the LORD Most High over all the earth;
You are exalted far above all gods.

This “far above all” place is none other than the right hand of God.  As David himself says:

Psalm 110:1 The LORD says to my Lord:
“Sit at My right hand
Until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet.”

As for this highest ranking, Paul confirms it twice in Ephesians:

Ephesians 1:21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come.

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Ephesians 4:10 He who descended is Himself also He who ascended far above all the heavens…

And the apostle John would confirm this status [Emphasis added to make clear the connection with Psalm 89:27.]:

Revelation 1:5 …Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth.

Thus God made Messiah His Firstborn, the highest of the kings of the earth.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

Ecclesiastes 9:17 – Christ Is the Best Preacher You’ll Ever Hear

Ecclesiastes 9:17 The words of the wise heard in quietness are better than the shouting of a ruler among fools.

It’s better to hear the wise words of Christ’s Holy Spirit in the privacy of your own heart than to attend a big church with a great preacher.

Therefore, prefer Christ to the greatest preachers.  Christ will come to you, you know.  As He promised:

Revelation 3:20 ‘Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me.

Therefore, listen to Christ more than you listen to anyone else.

(I hasten to add that I have recently begun podcasting.  I hope that you will listen, and here is where you can find the latest episode.  However, “it is better to hear the wise words of Christ’s Holy Spirit in the privacy of your own heart than to” listen to any podcast from me.  Of course, this could go without saying, but I wanted to emphasize the point.)

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

As People Came to Hear Solomon so They Come to Hear Christ

1 Kings 4:29 Now God gave Solomon wisdom and very great discernment and breadth of mind, like the sand that is on the seashore.
1 Kings 4:30 Solomon’s wisdom surpassed the wisdom of all the sons of the east and all the wisdom of Egypt.
1 Kings 4:31 For he was wiser than all men, than Ethan the Ezrahite, Heman, Calcol and Darda, the sons of Mahol; and his fame was known in all the surrounding nations.
1 Kings 4:32 He also spoke 3,000 proverbs, and his songs were 1,005.
1 Kings 4:33 He spoke of trees, from the cedar that is in Lebanon even to the hyssop that grows on the wall; he spoke also of animals and birds and creeping things and fish.
1 Kings 4:34 Men came from all peoples to hear the wisdom of Solomon, from all the kings of the earth who had heard of his wisdom.

Reading this passage makes it clear that Solomon was not on a traveling circuit to the nations.  No one had set up a “global speaking tour” that his wisdom might be disseminated around the world.  Rather, the world was coming to him.

If there were a national leader somewhere in the world today who was reputed to have wisdom greater than all the other national leaders, wouldn’t you be curious about what he or she had to say?  How much more so, therefore, that we should come to Christ for His wisdom!

As the Scriptures say:

Hebrews 4:16 Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

James 1:5 But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.

Solomon was the foreshadowing; Christ is the reality.  Let us therefore partake of the amazing abundance of wisdom available to us through our Lord Jesus Christ.  Let us come to Him!

And how do we come to Him?  See Hebrews 11:6.  What then is faith?  See Hebrews 11:1.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

As Solomon Spoke in Many and Varied Ways, so Christ Speaks in Many and Varied Ways

1 Kings 4:29 Now God gave Solomon wisdom and very great discernment and breadth of mind, like the sand that is on the seashore.
1 Kings 4:30 Solomon’s wisdom surpassed the wisdom of all the sons of the east and all the wisdom of Egypt.
1 Kings 4:31 For he was wiser than all men, than Ethan the Ezrahite, Heman, Calcol and Darda, the sons of Mahol; and his fame was known in all the surrounding nations.
1 Kings 4:32 He also spoke 3,000 proverbs, and his songs were 1,005.
1 Kings 4:33 He spoke of trees, from the cedar that is in Lebanon even to the hyssop that grows on the wall; he spoke also of animals and birds and creeping things and fish.
1 Kings 4:34 Men came from all peoples to hear the wisdom of Solomon, from all the kings of the earth who had heard of his wisdom.

Proverbs, songs, trees and such, animals and such – these represent the variety of teaching forms that Solomon used to convey his great wisdom to his contemporaries.  Christ uses even greater variety to teach all generations the spiritual wisdom that is so necessary to righteous and fruitful living in this difficult and evil place we call the world.

For example, consider the parables of Christ.  They themselves are many and varied.  And then there are dreams and visions – forms of teaching not available to Solomon.

We should not restrict Christ to any particular form of speech.  Rather, we should listen to Him through any and all manner or means He chooses to reveal His truth and His ways to us.

If Solomon was varied, Christ more so.  Let us embrace that variety and let His anointing teach us about all things (1 John 2:27).

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted.  

As Solomon Spoke of Animals, so also Did Christ

[Emphasis added]:

1 Kings 4:29 Now God gave Solomon wisdom and very great discernment and breadth of mind, like the sand that is on the seashore.
1 Kings 4:30 Solomon’s wisdom surpassed the wisdom of all the sons of the east and all the wisdom of Egypt.
1 Kings 4:31 For he was wiser than all men, than Ethan the Ezrahite, Heman, Calcol and Darda, the sons of Mahol; and his fame was known in all the surrounding nations.
1 Kings 4:32 He also spoke 3,000 proverbs, and his songs were 1,005.
1 Kings 4:33 He spoke of trees, from the cedar that is in Lebanon even to the hyssop that grows on the wall; he spoke also of animals and birds and creeping things and fish.
1 Kings 4:34 Men came from all peoples to hear the wisdom of Solomon, from all the kings of the earth who had heard of his wisdom.

Solomon was just a foretaste of the greater descendant of David who was to come – the Christ.

Thus Christ, too, spoke of animals and, in doing so, He conveyed His wisdom to all those who would listen – including us today.  Here are some examples:

Matthew 7:6 “Do not give what is holy to dogs, and do not throw your pearls before swine, or they will trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.

Matthew 7:15 “Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves.

Matthew 10:16 “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and innocent as doves.

Matthew 12:34 “You brood of vipers, how can you, being evil, speak what is good? For the mouth speaks out of that which fills the heart.

Mark 1:17 And Jesus said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men.”

Luke 13:32 And He said to them, “Go and tell that fox, ‘Behold, I cast out demons and perform cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I reach My goal.’

John 10:27 “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me;

For more on animals, see these posts, especially this one.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted.  

Solomon and His Songs as a Type of Christ and His Songs

1 Kings 4:29 Now God gave Solomon wisdom and very great discernment and breadth of mind, like the sand that is on the seashore.
1 Kings 4:30 Solomon’s wisdom surpassed the wisdom of all the sons of the east and all the wisdom of Egypt.
1 Kings 4:31 For he was wiser than all men, than Ethan the Ezrahite, Heman, Calcol and Darda, the sons of Mahol; and his fame was known in all the surrounding nations.
1 Kings 4:32 He also spoke 3,000 proverbs, and his songs were 1,005.
1 Kings 4:33 He spoke of trees, from the cedar that is in Lebanon even to the hyssop that grows on the wall; he spoke also of animals and birds and creeping things and fish.
1 Kings 4:34 Men came from all peoples to hear the wisdom of Solomon, from all the kings of the earth who had heard of his wisdom.

Solomon was great, yet he is but a type of Christ.  Solomon had songs, but Jesus has many more.

All the songs of the Bible have become the songs of Christ…because they speak most profoundly about Him.

Consider also how the New Testament conducts this redirection of all biblical songs toward Christ:

Ephesians 5:19 speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord;

Colossians 3:16 Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.

Revelation 5:9 And they *sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are You to take the book and to break its seals; for You were slain, and purchased for God with Your blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation.

May all our songs be of Christ.  He is worthy of such devotion and adoration!

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

Solomon and His Proverbs as a Type of Christ and His Proverbs

1 Kings 4:29 Now God gave Solomon wisdom and very great discernment and breadth of mind, like the sand that is on the seashore.
1 Kings 4:30 Solomon’s wisdom surpassed the wisdom of all the sons of the east and all the wisdom of Egypt.
1 Kings 4:31 For he was wiser than all men, than Ethan the Ezrahite, Heman, Calcol and Darda, the sons of Mahol; and his fame was known in all the surrounding nations.
1 Kings 4:32 He also spoke 3,000 proverbs, and his songs were 1,005.
1 Kings 4:33 He spoke of trees, from the cedar that is in Lebanon even to the hyssop that grows on the wall; he spoke also of animals and birds and creeping things and fish.
1 Kings 4:34 Men came from all peoples to hear the wisdom of Solomon, from all the kings of the earth who had heard of his wisdom.

If Solomon spoke proverbs, Christ has spoken many more.

So much of what Christ taught has become proverbial in our world – and lingered even in a decaying and decadent culture.  These sayings of Christ continue to be widely recognized, if not always attributed to Him.  Some examples are:

“To him who has, shall more be given…”  –  Matthew 13:12 and elsewhere

“Get the log out of your own eye” –  Matthew 7:5 and Luke 6:42

“No one can serve two masters” –  Matthew 6:24 and Luke 16:13

“A house divided against itself cannot stand”  –  Matthew 12:25 and Mark 3:25

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted.  

Solomon on Trees as a Type of Christ on Trees

1 Kings 4:29 Now God gave Solomon wisdom and very great discernment and breadth of mind, like the sand that is on the seashore.
1 Kings 4:30 Solomon’s wisdom surpassed the wisdom of all the sons of the east and all the wisdom of Egypt.
1 Kings 4:31 For he was wiser than all men, than Ethan the Ezrahite, Heman, Calcol and Darda, the sons of Mahol; and his fame was known in all the surrounding nations.
1 Kings 4:32 He also spoke 3,000 proverbs, and his songs were 1,005.
1 Kings 4:33 He spoke of trees, from the cedar that is in Lebanon even to the hyssop that grows on the wall; he spoke also of animals and birds and creeping things and fish.
1 Kings 4:34 Men came from all peoples to hear the wisdom of Solomon, from all the kings of the earth who had heard of his wisdom.

As Solomon spoke on trees, so Christ has spoken on trees throughout the Bible.

Consider some of them:

Psalm 1  “like a tree”

Psalm 92:12-15  “like the palm tree”

Psalm 128  –  “like a fruitful vine…like olive plants”

Isaiah 44:4  “like poplars by streams of water”

Isaiah 61:3  “oaks of righteousness”

Jeremiah 17:5-8  “like a tree planted by the water”

Matthew 13:31-32  “becomes a tree”

John 15:5  “I am the vine, you are the branches”

Jude 1:12  “autumn trees without fruit, doubly dead, uprooted”

For more on trees, see these posts.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted.  

Solomon’s Prodigious Teaching Output as a Type of Christ’s Prodigious Teaching Output

1 Kings 4:29 Now God gave Solomon wisdom and very great discernment and breadth of mind, like the sand that is on the seashore.
1 Kings 4:30 Solomon’s wisdom surpassed the wisdom of all the sons of the east and all the wisdom of Egypt.
1 Kings 4:31 For he was wiser than all men, than Ethan the Ezrahite, Heman, Calcol and Darda, the sons of Mahol; and his fame was known in all the surrounding nations.
1 Kings 4:32 He also spoke 3,000 proverbs, and his songs were 1,005.
1 Kings 4:33 He spoke of trees, from the cedar that is in Lebanon even to the hyssop that grows on the wall; he spoke also of animals and birds and creeping things and fish.
1 Kings 4:34 Men came from all peoples to hear the wisdom of Solomon, from all the kings of the earth who had heard of his wisdom.

Solomon was not just wise – he was incredibly prolific.  Yet that is a drop in the bucket when compared to the output of Christ our Lord.

Many of the Bible’s words can be attributed to Solomon.  All of them can be attributed to Christ.

And the Bible is but a drop in the bucket to all Christ has said and is saying.

Therefore:

Hebrews 12:25 See to it that you do not refuse Him who is speaking…

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted.  

Solomon’s Wisdom as a Type of Christ’s Wisdom

1 Kings 4:29 Now God gave Solomon wisdom and very great discernment and breadth of mind, like the sand that is on the seashore.
1 Kings 4:30 Solomon’s wisdom surpassed the wisdom of all the sons of the east and all the wisdom of Egypt.
1 Kings 4:31 For he was wiser than all men, than Ethan the Ezrahite, Heman, Calcol and Darda, the sons of Mahol; and his fame was known in all the surrounding nations.
1 Kings 4:32 He also spoke 3,000 proverbs, and his songs were 1,005.
1 Kings 4:33 He spoke of trees, from the cedar that is in Lebanon even to the hyssop that grows on the wall; he spoke also of animals and birds and creeping things and fish.
1 Kings 4:34 Men came from all peoples to hear the wisdom of Solomon, from all the kings of the earth who had heard of his wisdom.

“Something greater” than Solomon is found in Christ (Matthew 12:42; Luke 11:31).  Solomon is therefore a type of the wonderfully wise king of Israel who was to come.

Certainly we can see that Christ had great wisdom and “very great discernment and breadth of mind.”  We can also see that Christ’s wisdom has surpassed the wisdom of all other wise men who have ever lived.

As Paul wrote, Christ Himself has become our wisdom:

1 Corinthians 1:30 But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God…

Let us therefore partake of this wisdom…each and every day we have remaining on this earth.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

Genesis 11:5 – The Lord Came Down to See the Tower of Men

Genesis 11:5 The LORD came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built.

Here is a foreshadowing of the Lord coming down from heaven to earth.  When the Lord saw the city and the tower than the sons of men had built, here’s what happened:

Matthew 24:1 Jesus came out from the temple and was going away when His disciples came up to point out the temple buildings to Him.
Matthew 24:2 And He said to them, “Do you not see all these things? Truly I say to you, not one stone here will be left upon another, which will not be torn down.”

When will men realize that the things that impress men do not impress God?

Thus Babel was a type of Jerusalem.

It was also a type of the apostate church of the late first century AD, the same man-made church that speaks as a cacophony today and that is a tower of babble instead of a single voice for Christ.  There is a true church in the world, but its only pastor is the Lord.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted.  

Genesis 7:1 – The Righteous One Who Was Allowed to Construct an Ark for the Salvation of His Household

Genesis 7:1 Then the LORD said to Noah, “Enter the ark, you and all your household, for you alone I have seen to be righteous before Me in this time.

In this verse, Noah is a type of Christ.

Jesus of Nazareth was truly the righteous one – the one whom Noah foreshadowed.  Jesus was the only person to fully live in the likeness of God.  Not even Noah could accomplish that.

As a result, this righteous one – Jesus Christ – was granted the desire of his heart.  That desire was to save those who were his.  And who might that be?

Romans 14:9 For to this end Christ died and lived again, that He might be Lord both of the dead and of the living.

As far as the curse was found, that’s just how far Jesus spread his blessing:

1 Corinthians 15:22 For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive.

Thus the “ark” that Jesus constructed for the salvation of his household was the new creation (Isaiah 65:17; 66:22).  It is in this creation that we today live.

Jesus, the Righteous One, told His disciples:

John 14:2 “…I go to prepare a place for you.
John 14:3 If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.”

This is why Paul could say:

Philippians 1:21 For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.

This ark of salvation endures forever.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted.  

Genesis 6:8 – Jesus Found Favor in the Eyes of the Lord – Even More Than Noah Did

Genesis 6:8 But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD.

As Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord, so Jesus found favor in the eyes of the Lord – only Jesus much more so.  Noah was delivered from a flood, only to eventually die like all other human beings.  Jesus, however, was raised from the dead, never to die again.  And because Jesus was raised, we also will be raised when we die.

Jesus is “our Noah.”

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted.  

Genesis 5:24 – Seeing Jesus in Enoch’s Interrupted Life

Genesis 5:24 Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him.

As Enoch walked with God, so Jesus walked with God (Acts 10:38).  And then as Enoch “was not,” so Jesus was not…because He was crucified.  This crucifixion was the at the hands of men but by the plan of God (Acts 2:23).  Therefore, “God took Him.”

That Hades (Sheol) could not hold Jesus speaks to the fact that “God took Him” to heaven.  And from there, He gathers all the dead to Himself that they might worship Him for His mercy and redemption.

When Enoch’s life was interrupted, we did not see the continuation of it.  However, since Jesus’ life was interrupted we have seen the continuation of it – beginning with what’s written in the book of Acts…and continuing through time until His workings with you today.  And through Him, even Enoch lives and reigns.

Jesus is “our Enoch.”

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted.  

Joshua 3:9 – The Joshua Who Forever Teaches the Words of the Lord

Joshua 3:9 Then Joshua said to the sons of Israel, “Come here, and hear the words of the LORD your God.”

Joshua is in this verse, of course, a type of Christ.  Joshua and Jesus are even the same name in Hebrew.

Where do we “come” but to “the mountain of the Lord” – which is heaven.  From there He teaches us.  As Isaiah says:

Isaiah 2:3 And many peoples will come and say,
“Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD,
To the house of the God of Jacob;
That He may teach us concerning His ways
And that we may walk in His paths.”
For the law will go forth from Zion
And the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.

Therefore, the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5-7 was but a type of the great sermon on the great mount of heaven that is being eternally given to all who will listen:

Matthew 5:1 When Jesus saw the crowds, He went up on the mountain; and after He sat down, His disciples came to Him.
Matthew 5:2 He opened His mouth and began to teach them…

Thus Jesus is calling us to look to Him that we might run the sort of race He ran:

Hebrew 12:1 Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,
Hebrews 12:2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Thus, if you hear this Joshua calling you, listen!

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted.  

1 Samuel 22:2 – Distress, Debt, and Discontent

1 Samuel 22:2 Everyone who was in distress, and everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was discontented gathered to him; and [David] became captain over them.

David here in this verse is, of course, a type of Christ.

Distress, debt, and discontent – are these not the kinds of things that drive us to Him?

The question is, when He redeems us from these troubling conditions, do we continue walking with Him or fall away?

Let us love Him so strongly that He will not be provoked to say to us:

Revelation 2:4 ‘But I have this against you, that you have left your first love.

And if He does say it to us, let us be sure that His subsequent observation follows these lines:

1 Peter 2:25 For you were continually straying like sheep, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Guardian of your souls.

Let us faithfully love Him who has faithfully loved us.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted.  

Esther 1:19 and Matthew 21:43

The first verse below would have been found in the Bible Jesus read while living on the earth.  The second verse came later.  Notice the similarity in the two:

Esther 1:19 “If it pleases the king, let a royal edict be issued by him and let it be written in the laws of Persia and Media so that it cannot be repealed, that Vashti may no longer come into the presence of King Ahasuerus, and let the king give her royal position to another who is more worthy than she.

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Matthew 21:43 “Therefore I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people, producing the fruit of it.

If you think Jesus learned the plan of salvation through the Hebrew Scriptures, you’d be right.  Of course, He was relying on the Holy Spirit for understanding of those Scriptures…but through Him you and I can come to understand the things He did.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted.  

Psalm 105:40 Prophesied Jesus

Psalm 105:40 …He…satisfied them with the bread of heaven.

This verse speaks of Jesus our Lord.  For He Himself said:

John 6:51 “I am the living bread that came down out of heaven…

When the apostles preached Jesus, they would invoke verses like Psalm 105:40.  For what we call the Old Testament was the only assembled Scripture in apostolic times.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. (In the NASB New Testament, quotations of the Old Testament are rendered in all capital letters in order to make them easier to identify.)

Psalm 97:9 – Seeing Jesus as the Lord Most High

Psalm 97:9 For You are the LORD Most High over all the earth;
You are exalted far above all gods.

As we have seen, Jesus fits this sort of Scripture to a T!

Regarding this exaltation, consider also:

Philippians 2:9 For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name,
Philippians 2:10 so that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
Philippians 2:11 and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

This description applies to Jesus our Lord and no other!

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted.  (In the NASB New Testament, quotations of the Old Testament are rendered in all capital letters in order to make them easier to identify.  In the case of Philippians 2:10, it’s Isaiah 45:23.)

Psalm 95:3 – Seeing Jesus as a King Above All Gods

Psalm 95:3 For the LORD is a great God
And a great King above all gods,

Isn’t the Lord Jesus a great God?  Isn’t He a great King above all gods?

When He was raised from the dead, Jesus was given all authority in heaven and on earth:

Ephesians 1:22 And He put all things in subjection under His feet…

If everything is “under His feet” doesn’t that mean He is “above all gods”…and everything else, too?

Truly, Psalm 95:3 prophesied of the resurrection of Messiah!

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted.  

Deuteronomy 18:15 – The Prophet Like Moses in the New Testament

Deuteronomy 18:15 “The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your countrymen, you shall listen to him.

This verse is alluded to in the following four New Testament verses, all from the Gospel of John:

John 1:21 They asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah?” And he *said, “I am not.” “Are you the Prophet?” And he answered, “No.”

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John 1:25 They asked him, and said to him, “Why then are you baptizing, if you are not the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?”

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John 6:14 Therefore when the people saw the sign which He had performed, they said, “This is truly the Prophet who is to come into the world.”

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John 7:40 Some of the people therefore, when they heard these words, were saying, “This certainly is the Prophet.”

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This idea also seems to be what the woman at the well of Sychar in Samaria has in mind during her conversation with Jesus (see especially John 4:19-26).

This prophecy by Moses is also quoted outright in Acts 3:22 and 7:27.

Some 1st-century Jews saw “the Prophet” as someone separate from “the Messiah,” while others considered both scriptural ideas to apply to the same person.  Of course, they did.  Jesus made this clear to the disciples in the wake of His resurrection from the dead.  Jesus of Nazareth is the prophet who is raised up and the Messiah who became king.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted.  

Psalm 119:99 – Jesus Had More Insight Than All His Teachers

Psalm 119:99 I have more insight than all my teachers,
For Your testimonies are my meditation.

I’m sure these words were true when they were written, but how much more importantly and profoundly they were true when fulfilled in the life of Jesus of Nazareth.

When Jesus was twelve years old, he went with his parents to Jerusalem for Passover.  Through some confusion, his parents lost track of him.

Luke 2:46 Then, after three days they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them and asking them questions.
Luke 2:47 And all who heard Him were amazed at His understanding and His answers.

Even when Jesus became an adult, people would still be asking “Where did he get this wisdom?

Jesus had more insight than all his teachers because the Scriptures had been his meditation.  In doing this, Jesus was doing nothing more than what the Scriptures themselves prescribed.  (See Joshua 1:8; Psalm 1; and don’t forget that Jesus would have grown up knowing about Psalm 119 – and therefore the verse we quoted from it above.)

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted.  

Psalm 108:5 – Seeing Jesus Raised from the Dead

Psalm 108:5 Be exalted, O God, above the heavens,
And Your glory above all the earth.

By the Holy Spirit, we see in this verse a prophecy of Jesus being raised from the dead.  He was indeed “exalted above the heavens” to the right hand of the throne of God.  His “glory” was thus “above all the earth.”

For this reason, Paul could write:

Ephesians 1:19 …These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might
Ephesians 1:20 which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places,
Ephesians 1:21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted.  

Zephaniah 3:12 – The Humble and Lowly People

Zephaniah 3:12 “But I will leave among you
A humble and lowly people,
And they will take refuge in the name of the LORD.

Who would these people be but the those conformed to the image of the Son, for He Himself said:

Matthew 11:29 … I am gentle and humble in heart…

Mustn’t His people be like Him?

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted.  

Haggai 2:9

Haggai 2:9 ‘The latter glory of this house will be greater than the former,’ says the LORD of hosts…

This scripture was fulfilled the New Testament church, which was the body of Christ bearing witness to the whole world of the great work of redemption performed by God through Christ.  This glory was greater than all the glory of Israel in the days of David and Solomon by just so much as spiritual glory is eternal and therefore greater and infinitely more enduring than any earthly glory.

Thus the last days of Israel were more glorious than her first days.  Let me say that again: Thus the last days of Israel through Messiah Jesus were more glorious than her first days through Abraham and Moses, David and Solomon.

As Jesus Himself said, “Something greater than Solomon or the temple” was present in Him (Matthew 12:6, 42).

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted.  

Deuteronomy 33:3 – Jesus as the Lord

Deuteronomy 33:3
…All Your holy ones are in Your hand,
And they followed in Your steps…

Note how Jesus echoes these words of Moses:

John 10:27 “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me;
John 10:28 and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand.

Note also that while Moses was speaking of God, Jesus was speaking of Himself.

Thus Jesus fulfills these words of Moses, and for this reason Jesus said to those Jews who resisted Him:

John 5:46 “For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me, for he wrote about Me.
John 5:47 “But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?”

And even all the Scriptures are about Jesus our Lord.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

Psalm 78:5 – He Appointed a Law in Israel

Psalm 78:5 ..He…appointed a law in Israel…

Who is He?  Jesus our Lord.  What law did He appoint in Israel?  The law of love.  (If you’re seeking the kingdom of God, this is the law of that kingdom.)

The Old Testament – including, of course, the Psalms – speaks of Christ.  (The Old Testament (that is, the Hebrew Bible) Is About Jesus Christ)

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

Ezekiel 21:2 – Seeing Jesus

Ezekiel 21:2 “Son of man, set your face toward Jerusalem, and speak against the sanctuaries and prophesy against the land of Israel;

Jesus referred to Himself often as “the Son of Man.”  In this scripture the term originally addressed Ezekiel, but it’s obvious to us now that it spoke prophetically of Jesus.  That is, Ezekiel was acting as a type of Jesus.

Indeed Luke evokes the memory of Ezekiel’s words when He describes Jesus’ march on Jerusalem.

Luke 9:51 And it came to pass, when the time was come that he should be received up, he stedfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem,  (King James Version)

And when He got there, Jesus had to lament:

Matthew 23:37 “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were unwilling.

The leaders of Jerusalem had apparently learned nothing from the history of their own city.

Jesus was thus the consummate “son of man” in the consummate prophetic role of warning about judgment to come.  That judgment certainly came – in 70 A.D.  That is, His words of warning were fulfilled within the generation of those who heard Him uttter them.

Jesus is the Son of Man.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted.

Seeing Jesus in Judges 5:31

Judges 5:31 “Thus let all Your enemies perish, O LORD;
But let those who love Him be like the rising of the sun in its might.”…

Who showed more love for God than Jesus?  (Asked another way, who did a better job of obeying the greatest commandment?)

And who of His enemies did not perish?  (Was not Jerusalem itself destroyed in 70 AD?)

And who rose like the sun in its might?  (Is He not called “the Sun of Righteousness” who rose?)

Jesus our Lord is the one who loved God with all His heart and soul and mind and strength, and who rose, and whose enemies have perished.

As He loved the Lord His God, let us love Him – the Lord our God.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

Seeing Jesus in 1 Samuel 20:31

1 Samuel 20:31 “For as long as the son of Jesse lives on the earth, neither you nor your kingdom will be established.

King Saul is speaking these words to his son Jonathan about David (the son of Jesse).  It reminds us of the parable Jesus told in which the vine-growers realized how they could keep from losing control of the vineyard:

Matthew 21:38 …’This is the heir; come, let us kill him and seize his inheritance.’

Thus in 1 Samuel 20:31 Saul is analogous to Satan, Jonathan is analogous to the chief priests and elders to whom Jesus was addressing the parable, and David is analogous to Jesus.

There is the heir according to the flesh and the heir according to the spirit.  It is the heir according to the spirit who will prevail because God will see that this is the outcome.  (See Galatians 4:21-31 for a similar example.)

The pattern is that sinful man resists and fights against God’s choice.  However, resistance is futile.  Resisting appears to work in the flesh, but it is heaven that ultimately rules.  The most notable example of this is that Jesus of Nazareth was crucified in the flesh but raised to eternal kingship in the spirit.  Fleshly authority reigned over Him only for a moment, while His vindication, by contrast, was eternally permanent.

It turned out that Jonathan was wiser than his father.  May we similarly be wiser than Satan.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

2 Chronicles 16:9 – Seeing Jesus

2 Chronicles 16:9 “For the eyes of the LORD move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His…”

Did God strongly support Jesus?  Absolutely!  In fact, God did more miracles through Jesus of Nazareth than through any other human being who ever lived.  Therefore, when it comes to “strongly supporting,” God outdid Himself when it came to Jesus.  We may therefore say that Jesus must have given His heart completely to God in a way that no one before Him ever had.

In other words, this verse is teaching us – among other things – cause and effect.  The heart given to God is the cause; the response of God on behalf of the individual is the effect.

If you would that God do more through your life, release more of your heart to Him.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

Jesus in Deuteronomy 17:15

Deuteronomy 17:15 you shall surely set a king over you whom the LORD your God chooses, one from among your countrymen you shall set as king over yourselves; you may not put a foreigner over yourselves who is not your countryman.

God was saving place for Jesus, eh?

In fact, God has set Jesus “over” all.  That’s what being “raised from the dead” (that is, “over”) to “the right hand of God” (that is, “all”) means.

To the Jews, this verse meant that their king had to be a Jew…and He was.  But to the human race it meant that he had to be a human being…and he was (1 Timothy 2:5).  But He was also more than a human being.  He was God Himself.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted.  

Jesus in Psalm 68:18

Psalm 68:18 You have ascended on high, You have led captive Your captives;
You have received gifts among men…

The apostle Paul made clear that these words applied to the risen Christ when he wrote:

Ephesians 4:7 But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift.
Ephesians 4:8 Therefore it says,
“WHEN HE ASCENDED ON HIGH,
HE LED CAPTIVE A HOST OF CAPTIVES,
AND HE GAVE GIFTS TO MEN.”
Ephesians 4:9 (Now this expression, “He ascended,” what does it mean except that He also had descended into the lower parts of the earth?
Ephesians 4:10 He who descended is Himself also He who ascended far above all the heavens, so that He might fill all things.)

Jesus is the one who “ascended on high.”  He leads captive the captives of death, for all were in Sheol (Hades) before He released them.  (He was “the Breaker” who went up before them.)  Therefore, as the King James Version says, “He led captivity captive, ” just as Abram and David had done before Him.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted.  (In the NASB New Testament, quotations of the Old Testament are rendered in all capital letters in order to make them easier to identify.)

Psalm 68:5

Psalm 68:5 A father of the fatherless and a judge for the widows,
Is God in His holy habitation.

How is Jesus “a father of the fatherless?”  Did He not promise:

John 14:18 “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.

And how is He “a judge for the widows?”  Was it not said:

Acts 10:42 “And He ordered us to preach to the people, and solemnly to testify that this is the One who has been appointed by God as Judge of the living and the dead.

And thus James could remind in his letter about the needs of orphans and widows (1:27) and later warn about the coming of the Judge who would deliver them:

James 5:9 Do not complain, brethren, against one another, so that you yourselves may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing right at the door.

Truly the Lord Jesus is “a father to the fatherless and a judge for the widows.”

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted.