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Knowing God without being religious.

Religion does not satisfy the longing of the soul because it does not answer the basic questions of the innermost being. Religious people all over the world are entangled in rituals and ceremonies to get a good report from a god whom they really don’t know. They know God is for real but they do not know Him personally. A lot of people trust their imaginations, while many are satisfied with the myths and legends handed down to them traditionally. In such cases you do not have any historical records or evidences to back you up. 

But for a Christian it is entirely different. His faith is based on the written Word of God, the Bible. The Bible is not a collection of mythological stories. It has been a proven historical document. It gives us a clear understanding of who God is and how we can relate to Him. It tells us that we can fathom God’s person not more than what He desires to reveal to us. So we read thus in the letter to Colossians:

 “Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation, for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see— such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through him and for him. He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together. Christ is also the head of the church, which is his body. He is the beginning, supreme over all who rise from the dead. So he is first in everything. For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ, and through him God reconciled everything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross.”‭‭.    (Colossians‬ ‭1:15-20‬ ‭NLT‬‬)‬ 

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Jesus Christ the Incomparable

And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became white as light. And behold, there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him. And Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good that we are here. If you wish, I will make three tents here, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah.” He was still speaking when, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.” (Mt. 17: 1-13)

This is a passage that vividly portrays Jesus as the Son of God and superior to all the heroes of the Bible. Living with Jesus for a couple of years already the disciples could not recognize Him at times. However, when two people appeared before Jesus on that mountain they could without a doubt say they were Moses and Elijah. Even the glorious appearance of the Lord Jesus did not make as much impact as the presence of these two heroes.

Never equate Jesus to any other human
Peter so moved by the sight expressed his desire to be there for longer. He offered to make tents for Jesus, Moses and Elijah. He still has not understood that the one with whom they were living is the God of Moses and Elijah, the Creator God who became human. He equated Jesus with them and proposed similar dwelling places for all.

Apostle Paul reminds us that Jesus Christ is the only mediator between man and God (1 Tim. 2:5). There is no other advocate who can argue our case before the throne of God. All others are His creation and He is the very God who stepped down into time to save us.

God commands us to listen to Jesus
As soon as the suggestion to put the saints on the same pedestal as Jesus was put forth, God audibly corrected them, as at the time of His baptism, saying Jesus was His beloved Son and they should listen to Him. By hiding the heroes under the clouds God focused their attention on His Son and the Savior of the world.

Focus on Jesus and follow Him.

The Principle of Redemption

For I will pass through the land of Egypt that night, and I will strike all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and on all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgments: I am the Lord. The blood shall be a sign for you, on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and no plague will befall you to destroy you, when I strike the land of Egypt. (Exo.12:12-13 ESV)

The Lord revealed to the people of Israel His principle of redemption. It was through the death of the unblemished lamb whose blood would cover them from disaster. In 12:22 we see that they were asked to remain within the blood-marked shelter for their protection. This is the same principle operating for the Church today. The blood of the Lamb of God- Jesus Christ would cover everyone who would come under its shelter by faith.

Unblemished substitute

You and I are without excuse before the holy God whose justice says that a sinner should die. We can not pay the penalty and live. No one else can do it for us except a sinless person. That is the reason Jesus had to come as a human.

The Passover was a foreshadow of the greater plan of salvation God had for the entire world. The blood of the Passover lamb was the cover for the people of Israel that saved them on the day of destruction. The blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, the holy Lamb of God is the cover for anyone who takes refuge beneath it. The blood of Jesus cleanses us from all sins the moment we acknowledge Him as our Savior. What a consolation for us that we don’t have to die in our own sins because Jesus swapped it with us. Only Jesus could do this because He was the unblemished Lamb of God, the sinless Son of God, who became our substitute.

No bones broken

The Passover lamb had to be unblemished and none of its bones were to be broken. This points to the Lamb of God Jesus and His death on the cross. In John 19:36 we read about Him that none of His bones were broken though there was a custom of breaking the bones of the criminal.

Have you come under this ‘blood-cover’? Thank God if you have. Let’s share this good news with others and invite many into this ‘shelter’ from sin and death.

Conditional Promises

“See, I am sending an angel ahead of you to guard you along the way and to bring you to the place I have prepared. Pay attention to him and listen to what he says. Do not rebel against him; he will not forgive your rebellion, since my Name is in him. If you listen carefully to what he says and do all that I say, I will be an enemy to your enemies and will oppose those who oppose you.“I will send my terror ahead of you and throw into confusion every nation you encounter. I will make all your enemies turn their backs and run.“I will establish your borders from the Red Sea to the Sea of the Philistines, and from the desert to the River. (Ex.23:20-22, 27, 31)

God initiated a Covenant with Abraham in Genesis 12, the effects of which will remain true to his descendants for all generations. There God asked Abraham to let go of all his earthly possessions and to follow His directions. At this point nothing was clear about God’s directions, but there were few solid promises. God kept reassuring Abraham, and his descendants later, about these promises as He elaborated on His directions little by little. God spelled out conditions and demanded compliance from all Israel.

Several generations later, when the Israelites were heading towards the land of Canaan, God was fulfilling His Covenant promise to Abraham. He still kept elaborating His directions in the form of laws and instructions as seen in this passage.

God Our Defender

God promised Abraham that He will bless those who bless Abraham and curse those who curse him. Now God tells Abraham’s descendants that their enemies will be His enemies and He will oppose Israel’s enemies. He will destroy their weapons, arrest their advances, and chase them away. They will fear the God of Israel, not Israel, and thus, God will get the glory. God promised Abraham a geographic territory for his descendants. Now God describes the boundaries of that land to the people of Israel. The land was their’s to possess. God promised to drive away the inhabitants and cleanse the land for their occupation. All these are dependent on their faithful obedience to God’s directions.

God Our Guide

Here, God reveals a bit more of His directions. He promises to send an Angel (Messenger, Representative) to go before them and instruct them, to protect them and guard them. He will not tolerate rebellion but expects submissive obedience. God keeps His promises and we need to keep ours too.

The Angel points to the Lord Jesus Christ and more to the Paraclete, the Holy Spirit. In many places we see the Angel of the Lord is the Lord Jehovah Himself. Here, the Angel has God’s Name in Him-Elohim, Yhwh, Adonai, the eternal I AM. God tells the people: “listen to this Angel and do all that I tell you”. Interestingly, God was pointing towards the coming of His Son and then the ministry of the Holy Spirit in preparing God’s people outside Israel to inherit the ‘promised land’.