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Big Jesus wins award for the 'best community entry' in the parade.
We had a unique perspective on Jesus, His fame and renown. If the crowds were silenced even the stones would have cried out to Him. This must be what it was like for Jesus to enter Jerusalem, re-enacted for the benefit of his LGBT people... What does this say for us and for Him?
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Extracts from 'The Story of Isaac'
After Abraham died the Lord confirmed to his son Isaac
that he too inherited those same promises made to his father.
In scripture, flesh is our human nature with its self centred ways. Our spirit is our divine nature and is God centred. In our spirit we are at one with the Spirit of God.
According to Isaac’s story his wife Rebekah is pregnant with twins and feels the twins fighting in her tummy. She prayed and the Lord told her that the elder of her twins would serve the younger – that went totally against tradition at the time.
Tradition said the firstborn son had authority over any other brothers and sisters and would get a double share of any inheritance. The firstborn would also be the priest of the family meaning he would pray and worship on their behalf.
The twins were born, Esau the first, and Jacob the second. Jacob became a shepherd, Esau a hunter. After a hunting trip of a few days where Esau had not caught anything and was famished he arrived home to find Jacob making stew.
He demanded some stew but Jacob said, ‘No, I’ll sell it to you’. Jacob saw this as a chance to get Esau’s birthright, his double inheritance and said, ‘I’ll give you the stew in exchange for your birthright.’ Esau was starving and said ‘Yes, you can have it, gimme the stew!’
And so Esau sold his birthright and with it his inheritance, with his superior rank in his family Ge 49:3, the double portion of the inheritance from his dad Isaac De 21:17, and the priestly office in the family Nu 8:17-19.
The spiritual significance of the story is he gave up his inheritance as the firstborn, and in doing so rejected the promises of God. Esau put his hungry flesh before his spiritual inheritance.
Jacob, the younger, was father of the Jews and Esau the firstborn and elder, was the father of the Edomites. The descendants of the twins fought as the twins had fought in the womb.
Esau represents the firstborn, the flesh, the human nature and its self centred ways.
Jacob represents the second born, the divine nature, the spiritual, the inheritor of the promises of God. The seed of Abraham.
A saint, a believer can be like these twins, with two sides constantly fighting each other. It can be hard for us to tell at times if we are acting in our humanity (‘flesh’) or our spirituality.
The man made good idea and the Spirit inspired God idea are at times difficult to tell apart.
As the twins fought so our flesh and our spirit can fight and often be at odds with each other.
Abraham had forbidden Isaac to take a wife descended from Ham who had been cursed by Noah. But Esau went ahead and had wives descended from Ham who worshipped idols.
Spiritually Esau, the firstborn represented humanity, ‘the flesh’, living purely for himself without a close relationship with God and intimate with things opposed to God.
The bible is like a picture book and this picture of the firstborn choosing his own ways not God’s ways is repeated. The ‘second born’ spiritual nature chooses God’s ways.
In Gal 2 Paul said of himself ‘I no longer live’ he disowned his humanity and man made ways of trying to please God. Paul continues, ‘but Christ lives in me and the life which I now live ...I live by the faith of the Son of God.’
Paul trusted in Jesus as being all sufficient, knowing his efforts to gain merit with God were futile, and fruitless. Life, spiritual life, was in Jesus.
Cain was Adam’s firstborn and his offering to God was rejected – his offering was second best and was the result of his physical work. The works of the flesh are always refused.
Whereas Able offered a lamb, born because God worked through nature to cause it to be born. God is only interested in His Spirit working through us. Abel means ‘breathe’ a metaphor for the Spirit.
So the teaching is that what the flesh produces is not acceptable to God, only what is inspired by God’s own Spirit is acceptable.
The best gift to give to the Lord is a holy gift. When a gift has its origins in God it is holy.
God inspires us to love Him, we can’t conjure that up. Our love returned to Him is a holy gift.
God inspires us to trust Him, we can’t conjure that up. Our trust returned to Him is a holy gift.
1Co 15:50 ...it is utterly impossible for flesh and blood to possess the kingdom God.
I add to that; it is utterly impossible for flesh and blood to give anything to God.
Jesus said, (Joh 4:24) God is Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
It is by responding to His Spirit in us, that we’re able worship in Spirit and in truth.
Lord take us into that place of blessing and harmony with You.
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