Restoring God’s Image and Likeness in Man

The world is filled with mysteries, but none is like the one that was given to John the Baptist, who announced, “Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the World.” John did not introduce Jesus as the “King of Israel,” but as “God’s Lamb” that could atone for man’s sins. All the other atonements and all the other sacrifices had become of no use to the redemption of mankind. The sacrifices became monumentally important when the people, to whom the atonement sacrifices were entrusted, became delinquent in their application only to themselves. The apostle Paul clarified the reason why Judaism was not fulfilling, but rather resisting “God’s Redemptive Will” for the world:

Restoring God’s Image and Likeness in Man

The world is filled with mysteries, but none is like the one that was given to John the Baptist, who announced, “Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the World.” John did not introduce Jesus as the “King of Israel,” but as “God’s Lamb” that could atone for man’s sins. All the other atonements and all the other sacrifices had become of no use to the redemption of mankind. The sacrifices became monumentally important when the people, to whom the atonement sacrifices were entrusted, became delinquent in their application only to themselves. The apostle Paul clarified the reason why Judaism was not fulfilling, but rather resisting “God’s Redemptive Will” for the world:

The Covenant is God’s Will to Man

To the descendants of Jacob, the conquest and the division of the conquered territory into twelve parcels, for the twelve tribes was a fulfillment of God’s Promise to Abraham, and to the "Covenant" given to Moses. At last, Yahweh had given the Israelites what they always wanted. It was a piece of real estate where they could make a name for themselves. We continue with the reason why the sun appeared not to have gone down?

Restoring God’s Image and Likeness in Man

John the Baptist introduced Jesus the Christ as the Son of God, who would baptize people with the Holy Spirit, and deliver them from their sins as the Lamb of God. The same John became offended at Jesus because Jesus had not met his expectation of some heroic figure, which Jesus had never intended to be. The Jewish leaders also were offended when Jesus did not comply with their wishes, or co-operated with them. The leaders became the obstacle course to the Lamb’s redemptive road.

PARTNERS WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT: XIV

The period, which Moses had to overcome was also the one period that Paul, later on, identified as, “a fight not only against flesh and blood, but also against invisible spirits,” which disrupted and literally wanted to halt the progress of God to form a godly state on earth (Ephesians 6:12). It was the same evil spirit that wanted Peter to stop the Son of God to complete His Redemptive Work (Matthew 16:21-23).

Restoring God’s Image and Likeness in Man

John the Baptist introduced Jesus the Christ as the Son of God, who would baptize people with the Holy Spirit, and deliver them from their sins as the Lamb of God. The same John became offended at Jesus because Jesus had not met his expectation of some heroic figure, which Jesus had never intended to be. The Jewish leaders also were offended when Jesus did not comply with their wishes, or co-operated with them. The leaders became the obstacle course to the Lamb’s redemptive road.

The Covenant is God’s Will to Man

The Israelites were under strict orders not to take anything from the natives for themselves, before the Lord and the Levites had taken theirs. Achan broke that pledge. And therefore, he had to die. The lesson of Achan’s transgression turned the Hebrew army into being more savage with Ai. This led to another renewed commitment to the Covenant. The result led to a gentler Joshua and a gentler army to deal with the deceiving Gibeonites.

The Heavenly Kingdom on Earth

Jesus, the Heavenly King, entered the world as a baby and not as a conquering hero! Like any other human being, Jesus grew into Manhood. He lived through and faced the most difficult troubles and tragedies, which beset some of the most misfortunate people in the world. Jesus was blamed and He was feared for the misfortunes of others. Jesus was betrayed by a friend. While Jesus had withdrawn to Gethsemane to pray with his disciples, Jesus was arrested. When Judas brought the temple guards to arrest Jesus, one of the disciples struck the high priest’s servant and Jesus said this:

The Heavenly Kingdom on Earth

Jesus, the Heavenly King, entered the world as a baby and not as a conquering hero! Like any other human being, Jesus grew into Manhood. He lived through and faced the most difficult troubles and tragedies, which beset some of the most misfortunate people in the world. Jesus was blamed and He was feared for the misfortunes of others. Jesus was betrayed by a friend. While Jesus had withdrawn to Gethsemane to pray with his disciples, Jesus was arrested. When Judas brought the temple guards to arrest Jesus, one of the disciples struck the high priest’s servant and Jesus said this: