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1, Sermon 24
1:1 The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of
David, the son of Abraham.
We shall go through Matthew's record of Israel's generation, from
Abraham to Israel's Messiah, and then to Luke's account of Jesus' birth
... but to begin let us quickly consider
Matthew the seventh (or eighth) disciple / apostle -
2:14 And as he passed by, he saw Levi the son of Alphaeus
at the receipt of custom, and said unto him, Follow me. And he arose
and followed him.
In the Gospel of Matthew, we see also that James had
a father named
Alphaesus and so the two may well have been brothers (as were James and
John). Now 'Levi'
was his given name (a Hebrew Name), but upon instantly following Jesus,
Matthew took to himself a
disciple-name of 'Matthew'.
9:9 And as Jesus passed forth from thence, he saw a man, named Matthew,
sitting at the receipt of custom: and he saith unto him, Follow me. And
he arose, and followed him.
Matthew, when mentioning himself, referred to 'named Matthew';
that is, he 'named'
himself. Meanwhile, in the Gospels, when mentioning the Twelve by name,
we see that Luke and Mark referred to him as 'Levi'.
5:27,28 And after these things he went forth, and saw a publican,
named Levi, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he said unto him,
5:29 And he left all, rose up, and followed him. And Levi made
him a great
feast in his own house: and there was a
great company of publicans and of others that sat down with them.
and Pharisees murmured against his disciples,
saying, Why do ye eat and drink with publicans and
sinners? And Jesus
answering said unto them, They that are whole need not a physician; but
they that are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but
The calling by Jesus of Levi / Matthew shows us the completeness of
surrender. And within the immediate
recognition of Jesus'
Messiahship, this tax-collector turned
disciple, also witnessed some of the initial questioning
leadership of Jesus' Messiahship.
Indeed, Matthew heard Jesus' Messiahship-words, 'I came not to call the righteous,
but sinners to
repentance' ... of which this very 'publican'
was one. Rich and important Levi, in the same day, realized both the
Messiahship and witnessed the rebellion
against it. His previous training
had been that of an accountant for the Roman government (which had well
him financially) and now turning from the world he would
carefully keep account of his Lord's ministry ... ... and afterward he
delve into the Messiah's Biblical history ... from God's promise to
Abraham unto 'Joseph,
thou son of David' (Matthew 1:20).
1:1 The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of
David, the son of Abraham.
For the purpose of this Sermon, let me rephrase this verse ... 'The
book of the age of
generations of his nativity ... traced directly
from David, directly from Abraham.'
Please read Matthew's list down through verse 15.
And Jacob begat Joseph the husband (i.e. 'the man') of Mary (i.e. 'pertaining
of whom was born Jesus, who
is called Christ.
was 'the man'
pertaining to 'Mary'
'of whom was born Jesus'.
But while he thought (and we think) on these
things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream,
saying, Joseph, thou
son of David, ...
Of the tribe of Judah, by the kingly line of David through Solomon, the
Promised Messiah would arrive to Israel.
Here the word 'born' is ('procreate', that
of a father's line ... and lesser to the mother).
Note that 'Jacob
begat Joseph'; however,
Jesus was 'born
of Mary'. The KJV translators made
a distinction which was clear in their minds: though the
are the same Greek word, the translators wanted readers to realize the functional (and thus spiritual differences)
between Joseph and Mary. Well before Christ's arrival to Israel, each
was chosen of God in prophesy.
Regarding the 'procreate, regenerate' connection
in regards to
Mary: A side note, typically the
spiritual significance of special
connections (as with Joseph and Mary)
is worked from heaven regarding a
chosen man and a chosen woman.
Example: For a priest (of the lineage of Aaron) to be married, he
must marry a woman of the lineage of Aaron. (Israel's priesthood had a
great many people in many families that worked in differing duties of
chose Joseph and Mary
differently (but yet just as specially): Joseph was of the
King David ... Mary was of the lineage of the Levi-priesthood.
to Elizabeth, Zachariah's wife. Thus, John the Baptist and
were somewhat distant
cousins. John was born of the priesthood; yet, in foregoing
training (sanctioned by his father and mother), as an adult he became a
man of Israel's wildernesses ... a distinctive calling as a prophet of
God's timing John the Baptist stepped out on the stage in Judah
and Galilee as a great prophet ... to become famous
... so much
so that many people wondered at
power in his words ... if perhaps he might be the Messiah.
There had not been a prophet ... much less an outstanding
... in the land for several hundred years ... such that the people had
only to hear and listen to their leaders ... their priests, their
religious-political class in Judaea, their scribes, and their teachers.
In comparison, the words of this prophet literally rang and
reverberated in the ears, hearts, and minds of all those who heard.
(As children and as adults, who never knew each other, what
Jesus doing ... and what was John doing? I suggest that Jesus was not
working as a carpenter.)
(In the not so distant past, remember the Christian movements in
Europe and America ... the Rev. Billy Graham being
Other smaller localized "revivals" appeared until the mid-1900s.)
kingly line of
Solomon, of the tribe of Judah, the Promised Messiah would
arrive to Israel.
Now let me more accurately write 'who
is called Christ' .... actually it is 'the one (i.e. when conversing on this subject)
referred to as Messiah'.
For Matthew knew that his readers would understand properly about what
he was speaking and so he informed us that this particular 'procreation' is all about the Messiah.
Dear reader, Matthew emphasized
to draw our attention to the
heavenly fact that the Messiah, Jesus, arrived in
both the lineage of priest
(Mary betrothed to) and the lineage of David. The 'man'
Joseph would be known in Israel as of David
... thus, he would be responsible to God for
the safety and care of mother and child ... all according to
prophecies in the Abrahamic and Mosaic Covenants.
We, by much emphasizing Mary, miss too much about
(son of David). Even more, way too much we miss the
Heavenly Stamp of God the Father ... also the
Myriad of Angels under the Son, their Commander
who yielded himself into
the humiliating form of a human
babe (i.e. embryo and and all that went with such a birth).
Indeed, we too much humanize the Heavenly
Yes, IT was and is beautiful. Yes, IT is very significant to all humans.
Ah, but we forget
that Almighty God (Father and Son) in Proper Timing accomplished IT
with only a few humans
As we read of IT, let us allow the
Spirit of God to raise IT in our hearts and minds to Higher
Matthew emphasized IT in verse 16, and now the angel's
words emphasize IT: that by the means of 'Joseph, thou
son of David' has
arrived the Promise
and, by the lineage of his family name, Jesus will be known to
fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived (i.e. 'procreate, regenerate') in her is
from which things begin') the
And she shall bring forth (i.e. 'produce') a son,
and thou (Joseph) shalt
call his name (i.e.
'a surname') JESUS:
for he shall save his people from their sins (indeed, compare with Luke
Then Joseph her husband, being a just ('a' and 'man' are not in the original
The word 'just'
is (by implication 'innocent,
Now we know that Mary was 'just' also, and (with Joseph) chosen for the
arrival to Israel of their Messiah; and being so chosen, each was righteous.
Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled (i.e. 'fully
furnished') which was
spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Behold, a virgin (i.e. 'unmarried
daughter') shall be
with (i.e. 'held' and 'fixed or
and shall bring forth (i.e. 'produce') a son,
and they shall call his name (i.e. 'surname') Emmanuel,
which being interpreted is, God with us.
I am showing that, to the tribe of Judah, Joseph the husband
was more significant than Mary the mother; for all knew about
the promised lineage
of David, the most emphasized in Scripture and thus more significant to Israelites.
Even so, Jesus' enemies purposefully ignored this
except for the Messiah being born in Bethlehem, the religious
leaders in Jerusalem intentionally ignored all other
Ah, but Mary, along with being chosen,
was blessed to
receive the Messiah.
To my mind Joseph also was blessed to be the man of promise
... to care for the mother of the Messiah ... and not just for the
years, but for the Messiah's ongoing earthly family.
family was composed of many sons and daughters (the elder son,
become head or lead apostle in the Church of
the Apostles in
To have such a family, Joseph also had
to have been greatly
Most likely his
carpentry had grown into a construction business
with his sons working and taking over upon his
in the Gospels we read of Joseph's grown sons and daughters and their
Then Joseph being raised (i.e. 'fully
sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him
his wife: And knew (i.e. 'absolutely
know') her not
till she had brought forth (i.e. 'produce') her
firstborn son: and he (Joseph, as the father of the
his name (i.e.
Joseph, man of angelic dreams -
And when they (wise
men of the east) were
departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream,
saying, Arise, and take the young child (i.e. 'infant') and his
mother, and flee into
Egypt, and be thou there until I bring (i.e. 'speak to') thee
word: for Herod will seek
the young child (i.e.
destroy him. When he arose, he took the young child (i.e. 'infant') and his
mother by night, and departed into Egypt: And
was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled (i.e. 'fully
was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I
called my son.
Along with the prophecy in verse 15, according to
Scripture prophesy also had to be worked out (i.e. come to
in Judea -
Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was
exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children (i.e. 'older
than infant') that were
Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under,
according to the time which he had diligently enquired of the wise men.
2:17,18 Then was fulfilled (i.e. 'fully
which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying, In
Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great
mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted,
because they are not.
Another dream by an angel -
2:19-22 But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord
appeareth in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, Saying,
Arise, and take the young child (i.e. 'infant') and
his mother, and go into the land of
Israel: for they are dead which sought the young child's (i.e. 'infant')
life. And he arose, and took the young child (i.e. 'infant') and his
mother, and came into the land of Israel. But
when he heard that Archelaus did reign in Judaea in the room of his
father Herod, he was afraid to go thither: notwithstanding, being
warned of God in a dream, he turned aside into the parts of Galilee:
Here is another dream (not mentioned as by an angel) mentioned as 'of God' -
2:23 And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth: that it
might be fulfilled (i.e.
furnished') which was
spoken by the prophets, He (the Messiah) shall be
called a Nazarene.
Indeed, all dealings with Joseph, 'thou son of
David', were according to specific prophecies. Angels by
dreams spoke to Joseph and so did God.
Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a
declaration of those things which are most surely believed among
us, Even as they (i.e. apostles and many
them unto us, which from the beginning were (both)
eyewitnesses, and ministers of the word;
It seemed good to me also, having had perfect (i.e. 'exact')
of all things from the very first, to write unto thee in order, most
excellent Theophilus, That thou mightest know the certainty (i.e. 'security') of those
things, wherein thou hast been instructed.
In the text of verses 4 and on follows the account of John the
parents (Zacharias and Elizabeth) leading up to the birth of John. In
text you will find that Mary was Elizabeth's cousin. Read those verses
if you like. But we shall go on with -
And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city
of Galilee, named Nazareth, To a virgin (i.e. 'maiden,
unmarried daughter') espoused (i.e. 'betrothed,
token of agreement with
Mary's family') to a man
whose name was Joseph, of the
house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary.
And the angel (i.e.
'messenger') came in (i.e. 'entered') unto (i.e. 'toward') her, and
said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured (i.e. 'graced
with special honor'), the Lord
is with thee: blessed art thou among (i.e. 'spoken
'positioned' before or with the Lord) women.
That is, as the Lord looked down on earth (past, present, future),
among women Mary was 'graced
with honor' ... for was she not within prophesy chosen for
this very purpose?
And when she saw him, she was troubled (i.e. 'wholly
disturbed') at his
saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be.
Zacharias the priest, upon seeing the angel had been 'put in fear'.
And the angel said unto her, Fear (i.e. 'to be
Mary: for thou hast found favour (i.e. 'graciousness', a state of) with God.
And, behold, thou shalt conceive (i.e. 'clasp,
seize onto') in (i.e. 'positioned' in) thy womb,
and bring forth (i.e.
as fruit') a son,
and shalt call his name (i.e. 'refer to, a surname') JESUS.
He shall be great (i.e.
shall be called the Son of the Highest (i.e. 'supreme', or 'of the
heavens'): and the
Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father
And he shall reign over the
same word as used to describe Joseph) of Jacob
for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.
1:34 Then said Mary unto (i.e. 'toward') the
angel, How shall this be, seeing I know (i.e. 'absolute
know') not a
Obviously, Mary was virgin.
And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy (i.e. 'awesome,
sacred') Ghost (i.e. 'current
of air, or breath') shall
influence') upon (i.e. 'impose,
over, rest on') thee, and
the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee (i.e. 'cast a
i.e. a shelter', and 'envelop
in a brilliant haze'):
therefore also that holy (i.e. 'awesome,
which shall be born (i.e. 'procreated,
regenerated') of (i.e. 'point of
out from) thee
shall be called the Son of God.
In the phrase 'that holy
thing', note that 'that'
are not in the original text. It should be 'the awesome-sacred' which shall be born
of (i.e. 'point of origin') thee'. In other
words, the awesome, regenerated
something existed nowhere on earth until it arrived by the Holy Ghost
to exist in
And, at the moment of
regeneration, Mary had a
'shelter of brilliant haze'
cast over her by the Holy Ghost. By this phenomenon,
then, Mary knew that what the angel had said had occurred.
Therefore, also at the angel's command, Mary had the courage (in God)
to travel by
herself from far
north Nazareth into the south hill country of Judah to visit
Elizabeth. Moreover, upon arriving to Zachariah's house, Mary
had the enthusiasm and energy to proclaim verses 46-55.
Later Mary journeyed
home, being pregnant about five and a half months; whereupon arriving
heard about (or even saw) Mary's condition.
From Matthew above, we know that Joseph immediately rose and 'and took unto him his wife'.
Thus, Joseph began his care of Mary.
Probably he was greatly affect by
the size of Mary and by the continued 'shelter'
upon her of the Holy Ghost (even as Joseph provided shelter
for her and from the gossip, etc., which surely mushroomed about them
in Nazareth ... until it was time
to head south for the city of David, Bethlehem).
And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from
Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. (And this
taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of
all went to be taxed, every one into his own (i.e. 'own' by tribe
and lineage of ancestor) city.
And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into
Judaea, unto the city
of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he
was of the house
1:17,18 So all the generations from Abraham to David are
generations; and from David until the carrying away (of the tribes of Judah,
Benjamin, and Simeon left in Judaea) into
fourteen generations; and from the carrying away into Babylon unto
the return from Babylon to Judaea) are
fourteen generations. ...
the birth of Jesus (the
was on this wise (i.e.
way'): When as
his mother Mary was
'token' as engaged
by contract), before
they came together (i.e.
and wife), she was
found with (i.e.
positioned in, stomach')
child of (i.e.
To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child (i.e. 'swelling').
And so it was, that, while they were there (in Bethlehem ...
Jesus to be born in the city
of David), the days
were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she
brought forth (i.e.
her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him
in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
Joseph would rent a house. For the 'awesome-sacred'
on the eight day would be
circumcised according to the Law of Moses at the local synagog, and
would receive the surname JESUS as commanded by the angel.
the family would remain for over forty days ... mostly in seclusion
(i.e. Mary's time of removal
due to Moses' Law for birth
of a son). During that time the Wise Men arrived. Upon
ending of the forty
days, they went into Jerusalem to the temple for JESUS to be
unto the Lord (also by Moses' Law every first-born son had
to be dedicated
unto the Lord). Read the story of this in my book God's
2:1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they (apostles and disciples)
were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came
sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled (i.e. 'furnished') all the
house where they were sitting.
2:3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of
fire, and it sat upon (i.e. 'impose,
over, rest on') each
2:4 And they were all filled (i.e. 'furnished') with the
of air, or breath'), and
began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit (i.e. 'current
of air, or breath') gave
I include this passage to compare the visitation of
the Holy Ghost at Pentecost to the
visitation of Mary in Matthew 1:16-25.
Where in Acts each person
received (i.e. 'impose,
over, rest on') a clove
as of fire, in Matthew, Mary received (i.e. 'impose, over, rest on')
a shelter of brilliant
I suggest that the experiences
(and the influence of them) on (i.e. 'impose, over, rest on')
each person and Mary were by
ancient prophesy and which changed lives forever.
This was not about a sexual act with Mary even as it was not about a
sexual act at Pentecost ... and the many other times there was an
encounter of the Holy Ghost (Spirit) with a person(s).
In other words, the Holy Ghost (Spirit)
accomplished similarly ... according to The Purpose.
I might add that the KJV translators
used 'Ghost' instead of 'Spirit' when in the text the Thing that was being
accomplished was observed
by witnesses. For instance, that which occurred between Elizabeth and
the inner infant (John) and Mary was of (i.e. 'point of origin')
the Holy Ghost and was witnessed by others.
And he began to teach them, that the Son of man must suffer many
things, and be rejected of the elders, and of the chief priests, and
scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again.
We shall consider this verse, but first let us consider the rest of
And he spake that saying (verse 1) openly (to all listening). And
Peter took him (privately), and
began to rebuke him. But (then) when he
had turned about and looked on his disciples, (before his disciples)
he rebuked Peter, saying, Get thee behind me, Satan: for thou savourest
not the things that be of God, but the things that be of men.
With the Twelve and other disciples crowded nearest him, Jesus
speaking to all the people that could hear him; but when Peter took
exception to verse 31 and began privately and quietly to rebuke Jesus,
the Messiah took the opportunity not only to rebuke Peter, but also to
make it into a dire warning to the Twelve and the rest of the disciples.
And (then) when he had called the people
unto him with his
disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come
behind') me, let
him deny (i.e.
himself, and take up (i.e. 'lift') his
cross, and follow me. For whosoever will (i.e. 'to
determine') save his
life (i.e. one's
'breath', thus 'alive') shall
lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life (i.e. 'breath') for my
sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it.
For (indeed) what
shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his
own soul (i.e.
what shall a man give in exchange for his soul (i.e. 'breath')?
This was said to
soon-to-be apostles and disciples and the people following Jesus.
Verse 34 is the invitation and verse 35 is the ultimate reason and
condition for it. Yet, once the invitation is accepted, if the person
decides to try to work it himself (as Peter was demonstrating
toward his Savior and Israel's Messiah by instruction the Son of Man)
then this 'breath' (i.e
in the Spirit) with the person is entirely in jeopardy; for the One who
initially gave 'breath'
and this spirit (also 'breath')
may reconsider that this included
person should be removed.
Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful
him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh
in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.
The apostles will be included
behind' Jesus. Many of these disciples will accept the
invitation and be included
also. Of those interested enough to follow Jesus (i.e. the great great
many 'saved by the blood'),
most are busy following at a safe distance ... depending on the Son of
Man to help them, heal them, etc. ... and many of these will be
"witnessing" for him in this adulterous and sinful generation (surely
our generation). Ah, but many following at a safe distance do "witness"
among their fellow Christians but are ashamed (perhaps out of fear)
outside their comfort zone.
Who is this 'Son of man'?
At times Christ Jesus used this term to specify that his purpose on
earth was for his
creation of man (in Adam and following) within his
assignment as Son of God from before the Beginning. A study of the term
'son of man'
in of the Old Testament down to the book of Ezekiel reveals that it is
a term for important men among and working for others ... a man probably used of God among and
And regarding Jesus Christ, here is Daniel 7:
Yet, in the book of Ezekiel the term 'son of man'
occurs in 93 verses applied to Ezekiel by the Lord and once in Daniel
applied to Daniel by the Lord. The prophet Ezekiel was used of the Lord
regarding Temples ... both later on earth and in heaven. That is, the
Lord our High Priest of the heavenly temple used Ezekiel
sacred prophetic work ... which is all about men and their salvation and worship to God.
The term applied to Daniel by the Lord is in Daniel 8:17
regarding his part in final prophesy about things of
tying up (i.e. finalizing) things of earth ... as connected
book of Revelation of Jesus Christ.
saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man
came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and
they brought him near before him. And
there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all
people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an
everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that
which shall not be destroyed.
This of course, this 'Son
of man', is Christ Jesus when he comes again as King of
his Earthly Kingdom.
This Sermon shall end with a comment regarding 'fully
as compared to 'furnished' in the verses above ... a
of essential importance.
Now let us consider some
other passages -
There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ (surnamed)
Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For
the law of the Spirit
of life in Christ Jesus hath made me (i.e. Paul) free from
the law of sin and death.
The word 'of'
is not in the original. It is 'the
law sin and death', which refers to the Mosaic Law about
those very things.
For what the law could not do (when worked by Paul), in that
it was weak through the (i.e. my) flesh,
God sending his own Son in the likeness (i.e. 'form, resemblance') of
sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned (i.e. 'judgment
against') sin in
That the righteousness
of the (Mosaic) law might be fulfilled
furnished') in us,
who walk not after the
flesh, but after
This should read 'That
the righteous (Mosaic)
law might be fulfilled
(i.e. 'fully furnished') in us'. It is not
the righteousness that is contained in the law ... but the righteous law,
for the Mosaic Law was
of God unto His people Israel and fulfillment of
it by an Israelite did
make him accounted righteous before God ... which was
worked within faith ... as Paul said, Israelites as a
whole did not do
by faith. God's
Faith worked by God in a child of God has always existed
Adam and Eve it has been the
Grace of God's Salvation. Yes, I assert that
saved all who
are saved ... within the for-the-ages-Plan
and within-IT-worked-out 'law
of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus' ... indeed, from
Adam and down through the Ages of Mankind.
Such is God's Plan
of the Ages.
How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good
tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good,
publisheth salvation; that (which) saith
unto Zion, Thy God
(And) Thy watchmen shall
lift up the voice; with the voice together
they sing: for they shall see eye to eye,
when the LORD shall
again Zion. ...
... (And also)
into joy, sing together, ye
waste places of Jerusalem: for the LORD
hath comforted his people,
he hath redeemed
... (For) The
LORD hath made bare his
holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; and
all the ends of the
earth shall see the salvation of our God (worked out for the
Depart ye, depart ye, go ye out from thence, touch no unclean thing; go
ye out of the midst of her; be ye clean, that bear the vessels (i.e. the entire family of
Aaron) of the
LORD. For ye shall not go
out with haste, nor go by flight: for the LORD will go before you;
the God of Israel will
be your rereward (i.e. 'rearward', or 'the One
to assemble you').
Behold, my servant (the
prudently, he shall be
exalted and extolled, and be very high.
Dear reader, by Heaven, in his first coming, the Messiah was in fact 'exalted and extolled and very high'.
I am convinced that these Sermons on The Whole Christ
over several years is about this
very thing ... and though, self-limited in 'form', Jesus Christ
was by Heaven all
... and that Jesus' sheep could hear and respond to his voice ... while
others could not hear ... and yet the leaders and protectors of
Judaism simply had to destroy what they thought would destroy their
As many were astonied at thee (i.e. the Servant); his
'shape') (at the time) was so
marred more than any man, and his form (i.e. 'outline, appearance') more than
the sons of men:
I pray that we Christians will
one day see The Whole
in a bright and clearer Light ... beyond the man-made glory of the
entire Church (Catholicism and all others) that have built up
multiple "doctrines" in which so very many Christians almost blindly
follow. Only by the Lord have I been encouraged to loosen my grip of
the "doctrines" dear to me.
For indeed, Christ, the Son of God came as the 'Son of man' (Daniel
So shall he sprinkle many nations (i.e. as the
Lord commended Moses to do to the people with sacrificial
kings shall shut their mouths at
him: for that which had not been told them shall they see; and that
which they had not heard shall they consider.
Yes, the Son of God, Son of man, reigned ... and reigns ... in heaven
and shall reign on earth!!! Dear reader, this verse is eternally
connected to this Isaiah text; that is, we Gentiles are connected to the
next verse and we should be eagerly awaiting Israel's
But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our
iniquities: the chastisement of our peace (i.e. 'safety') was upon
him; and (in
this) with his
stripes we are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own
way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he
is brought as a lamb to
the slaughter, and as a sheep before her
shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.
Yes, 'the lamb
slain from the foundation of the world'. Revelation 13:8
He was taken from prison and from judgment: and (indeed) who shall
think upon') his
that) for he (their Messiah) was cut
off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my (i.e. Isaiah's) people (Israel) was he
And he made (i.e.
'gave') his grave
(i.e. 'sepulchre') with (i.e. 'near unto') the
wicked, and with (i.e.
'near unto') the rich
in his death; because (i.e. 'upon' God's true judgment) he had
done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.
(i.e. arranged) that his sepulchre (from which he would arise) be near
wicked and the rich ... in that truly he was not guilty of any
violence or deceit in ministering to the people in and for the Father.
Yet it pleased the LORD (within God's Plan
of the Ages) to bruise
him; he (i.e.
God the Father) hath put
him to grief: (and) when thou
make his soul (i.e.
offering for sin, he (the Father) shall see
his (Son's) seed (i.e. all
the children gathered to the Father by the Son), he (the Father) shall
'make long') his (Son's) days, and
the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his (Son's) hand.
the Father) shall see
of the travail of his (Son's) soul (i.e. just
before the Son dismissed his Spirit in death), and
shall be satisfied: by his (Son's) knowledge
the Father's ways) shall my righteous servant
(the Son) justify (i.e. 'make right') many; for
bear their iniquities.
Therefore will I (the
him a portion with the great (i.e. 'exceeding
abundant'), and he
shall divide the spoil (taken from the enemy) with the
strong; because he hath poured out his soul (i.e. 'breath') unto
death: and he was numbered (by his people
Israel) with the
transgressors; and he bare the sin (i.e. 'guilt') of many,
and made intercession for the (all of us)
Also consider -
Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD
For he shall grow up before him (the Father) as a
tender plant, and as a root out of
a dry ground: he hath no form
and when we shall see
him, there is no beauty
that we should desire him.
Who, through the ages until the Messiah arrived, believed Isaiah's
report? Who now?
To whom was the Arm of the Lord revealed
when he came? Who now?
Why??? Within his form
and unattractive appearance Jesus
grew as a
plant ... but also as a
root out dry ground (i.e. a tender wild plant not
planted by mankind). As such, then, he had no form or comeliness
that would attract or appeal to mankind. (I.e. much like
John the Baptist?) Therefore, when Israelites
dedicated to the doctrines of the Law saw him, there
was no beauty that they
should desire him.
Moreover, the leadership of the
doctrines of the Law concluded that Jesus was not the
Messiah and they must kill him.
then, he has 'no form or
comeliness' that mankind of this age should
desire him. The Church through the ages has tried its best to make
Jesus Christ beautiful to men; and also today. But only the
could make His Lovely Son appear Lovely to those with opened eyes, having received
the Spirit of Life.
Ah, but too many of us
still try our best to make Jesus lovely to eyes that simply cannot "see
it". We should simply stand in awe of Jesus and not try to make him
what he is
not. It is up to him to
draw all who will come unto the Father.
the world will laugh at us, some will scratch their heads about us,
and some will condemn us ... as we stand far more in
him than in the world trying to convince the world to love him.
Even Isaiah said to God's people Israel,
'Who will believe our
report?' Surely, it is only those 'to whom the arm of the Lord is
revealed'. And who is the
Too much the Church thinks it is the Revealer ... and we work so hard
at it. Should
we not 'Love the Lord our
God with all our heart, mind, and soul and our neighbors as
and leave it to Him to work His Word'?
I promised a distinction between 'fully
as compared to 'furnished' in the verses down to
Romans and Isaiah.
You will have to go back in this Sermon and do a "text search"
to find the passages having 'fully
and then compare them to the verses having 'furnished'.
In doing this you will find the
to be about various
parts or aspects
of God's Plan
of the Ages
and how they would be worked out.
In doing the
you will find that it is about men and women chosen of the Lord to
labor within the
In other words, the
is about God having already provided full or all of
needed for and within God's Plan
of the Ages; the
however is about those individuals willing to be within
the Plan ... for
they, too, shall be 'used
as needed for God's work.
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