Last week, I had intended to branch off for a bit into a discussion on faith that wasn’t a part of where we had been, but because of time constraints, I decided to leave that discussion for today instead. In order to pick up with the train of thought with which we were finishing last week’s discussion, I’m repeating the last paragraph. That said, let’s get right to it. Satan's effort would have been logical -- especially when you consider that he was eating of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, and judging the Lord accordingly.
We’ve been talking about the parallel between the seven nations that occupied Canaan and the seven letters that were addressed to the body of Christ in Asia Minor by John under Holy Spirit’s direction. I remind you that the events described in Revelation begin with John’s statement that “I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day.”
We talked last week about the incredible sin of Ham against his father, and how that sin became an inheritance engraved into his sons and grandsons. It set the stage for God’s commands to Israel to NOT intermarry or to co-mingle with the children of Ham – represented by the seven nations that occupied the land of Canaan. Israel failed to keep God’s command and it cost them dearly!
Four weeks ago, we left off with Jesus’ discussion at the well with the woman of Samaria. She didn’t really understand worship. For her, it was a physical act in some geographical place. Jesus made it clear to here that worship actually occurred in the realm of the Spirit — not in the flesh. That’s where we will pick up our discussion today.
This week we will wrap up this series of legal actions that were necessary for us to come into the place of having the authority of the Lord Jesus Christ, having access to all the authority of the Heavens. We were destined for rulership before the first words of Creation were spoken. You’ll remember the words that were spoken over Adam when he was first created and the Lord breathed His breath into Adam. Genesis 1:27-28: So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
We continue today with the unfolding of the concept of Covenant as it expanded in the life of Abraham and Sarah. How would you like to have been in Abraham's place? You cut a covenant with Almighty God, but the cut and mark in your flesh is in a place where you can't show it to the public. God was doing something unique.
Two weeks ago, we were talking about the original Covenant that God made with Abraham. We got part way into that picture, but then I temporarily side-tracked that last week to talk about the Covenant of Marriage. Let’s pick up today with where we left off.
We will come back to the example of Covenant in Abraham’s life – the very first real picture in detail of what Covenant means from God’s perspective – but I felt like I needed to deviate a bit today and talk about a different aspect of Covenant where most of us have had little understanding. I’m talking about the Covenant of Marriage.
It has been several years – 14 years, in fact – since I last shared on the nature, the meaning and the significance of Covenant, and the fact that we are Covenant beings, living in and under the Covenant that Jesus made for us with His death and resurrection, and the blood He shed on our behalf.
Over the next few weeks, I’d like to take you to a vision that the Lord gave to me beginning back in the early 1970’s when I was at Long Beach Christian Center. That was only a beginning. In the years that have gone by since, this vision has grown again, and again, and again. Just when I think I’ve gotten to a full understanding of what God was doing, he peels away another layer of revelation.