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Week 5

“Great Coincidence or Amazing God?”

 

Text 1: “Then he shall take the two goats and set them before the Lord at the entrance of the tent of meeting. 8 And Aaron shall cast lots over the two goats, one lot for the Lord and the other lot for Azazel. 9 And Aaron shall present the goat on which the lot fell for the Lord and use it as a sin offering, 10 but the goat on which the lot fell for Azazel shall be presented alive before the Lord to make atonement over it, that it may be sent away into the wilderness to Azazel.” (Leviticus 16:7-10, ESV)

Text 2: “But you have a custom that I should release one man for you at the Passover. So do you want me to release to you the King of the Jews?” 40 They cried out again, “Not this man, but Barabbas!” Now Barabbas was a robber.” (John 18:39-40, ESV)

 

Revelation alert…Revelation alert! Please excuse the technicalities early on.

 

The portion above from Leviticus has to do with the greatest holiday in the Jewish calendar: The Day of Atonement. It is actually the 6th feast out of 7 main feasts that God instructed Israel to observe.

 

On this day, the priest would sacrifice a ram, a bull, and 2 goats. The ram was sacrificed as a burnt offering to please God (See Leviticus 1:3-4). The bull was sacrificed as a sin offering on behalf of the High Priest and his family. This sacrifice “ensured” that the priest was purified to stand between God and the people for the next sacrifice. This next sacrifice had to do with purifying the whole congregation of Israel and it required 2 goats. Every other sin offering only required one sacrifice (See Leviticus 4:1-12), so why were there 2 goats in this particular sin sacrifice?

 

The high priest would cast lots to decide between the goats. One would be selected for sacrifice “for the Lord,” and it would purify the people. The other goat would be chosen “for Azazel,” and it would symbolically carry the sins away from the camp of Israel into the wilderness (Azazel is believed to be a demonic being. For more, read below). This goat “for Azazel” was not a sacrifice, however, but a way to send Azazel his sins back! My most important point is that I want to establish that one goat was “for the Lord” as a sacrifice and the second was “for Azazel” to take his sins back.

 

Fast-forward to Jerusalem in 30 A.D. on the day Jesus died. This was the true fulfillment of the Day of Atonement. Jesus was about to atone for the sins of the world. Truly, He was about to pay God the debt created by humanity’s sin. 

 

On that morning of the 14th of Nissan, Jesus stood before Pontius Pilate, next to a man named Barabbas, while the whole crowd instigated the meeting. Pilate “cast lots” over two people but asked the crowd to let Jesus walk free, since he saw that Jesus was innocent, and to jail Barabbas again. But the people demanded that Barabbas go free while Jesus be crucified. And so, the shadow of the Old Testament Leviticus 16 passage was fulfilled. One man, Jesus, was chosen “for the Lord” as a sacrifice while the other man, Barabbas, was chosen to walk away into the crowd carrying sin.

 

The contrast could not be any more obvious. The sacrifice chosen “for the Lord” was the purest, most innocent, undeserving-of-death individual that ever walked the earth. This was the lamb of God, Jesus. Only He could be the sacrifice of the Day of Atonement, for only He was God and man at the same time. God, so He could stand before The Father without sin, and man so He could take our fallen humanity and redeem it. But the man let go free, carrying his sin, was Barabbas, one of the most deserving-of-death individuals in human history. All four Gospel writers talk about him, which is intriguing. Matthew says he was a notorious prisoner. Mark and Luke say he was a rebel, having committed murder in a rebellion. John adds that he was a thief. Yet, so the Scriptures be fulfilled on that day, Jesus was chosen to die while Barabbas was chosen to go free.

 

As if this detail wasn’t enough, this is where this story gets better. Jesus was the Son of the Father. Could history possibly match someone next to Him with this same title? Incredibly, yes! In Hebrew, “bar” means “son,” and “abba” means “father,” so Barabbas means “son of the father.” One “Son of the Father” was chosen to die, while the other “son of the father” was chosen to be let go.

 

Are these great coincidences or the work of an amazing God? I think if you walk with the Lord, you know there are no coincidences. God does not miss a detail. He gives a shadow in the Old Testament and He fulfills it precisely in the New Testament. He is careful not to let His word fall to the ground but He watches over it so it comes to pass. He can be trusted, He is faithful, and no Rhema of the Lord is impossible. 

 

Maybe today you need to be reminded that our God is a God of details. If no leaf ever falls to the ground without His knowledge, if He feeds every bird of the air, and if He has all your hairs counted, how much more will He not care for you, provide for you, and intervene on your behalf? There is absolutely nothing that you may be going through that escapes His knowledge. Nothing catches Him by surprise. Have confidence in going to Him and be amazed at how he answers you, with details!

 

Questions for reflection:

1. What is my answer, great coincidences or amazing God?

2. Do I possess an overbearing conviction that God knows all the details of my life?

3. If answer above is “yes,” do I have the faith that He will intervene on my behalf?


 

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Action assignment: There is a difference between “ability” and “will.” Many people “can” do a certain thing but they are not “willing” to do it. A man may be able to cut the grass in front of his house, but he may not be willing to do it, so the grass grows. The same thoughts are true in our heads when we think about God. We may have the knowledge that God “can” or has the “ability” to move in our behalf, but we don’t always think He “will.” This is where faith lies, not just knowing that God can, but that He indeed will. 

 

For the action assignment, and as you have certain needs, move in faith from knowledge that God can, to knowledge that God will. Now, thank Him, and rest.

Week 5

“If You Can See it, You Can Have it!”

Text: “And the Lord said to Abram, … “Lift your eyes now and look from the place where you are—northward, southward, eastward, and westward; 15 for all the land which you see I give to you and your descendants forever.” (Genesis 13:14-15, NKJV)

 

It is very interesting that God would tell Abraham to go up the mountain, to just see. God’s reason was for Abraham to look to the north, south, east, and west. God specifically said, “for all the land which you see, I give to you.” I say this is interesting because there may be a principle hidden in this declaration. I know that this was pronounced in terms of Abraham’s physical eyes, but I believe that it can be applied to the “spiritual eyes” as well.

 

I emphasize that only what Abraham saw, was his. What he didn’t see, he didn’t get. There is a lesson we can all learn from this. There are things in life that can only be possessed if you can see them, in your spirit, and ahead of time. Some people look at a field and they see weeds. Others might look at the same field and see an amazing building, the vision to them is real. So, my greatest question to you today is, what do you see?

Whatever you see today, that you can have! If you see yourself being used by God in miracles, that you can have! If you see yourself going into a hospital, praying bed by bed, that you can have! If you see yourself doing mighty works for your community, that you can have…there is nothing that you can see today that God cannot give you by the power of his Spirit.

It always intrigued me when God told the people of Israel, and Joshua, “Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you” (Joshua 1:3). Could it be that an element of faith is becoming familiar with your unseen reality, ahead of time? Could it be that some things are reserved for those whose spirits cling to the reality they are believing for? Could it be that you only inhabit in the physical that which you are pregnant with in the spiritual? I only ask because I do know that this physical world is subservient to the spiritual. I will let you draw your own conclusions, but notice that there is a direct correlation between these two quoted examples.

 

Perhaps you say, I am not in a good position to see; I can’t go up a mountain to see into my spiritual desired outcome. Well, then pay attention to what the word says as to the precise point from which Abraham was commanded to “see.” He was supposed to see “from the place where you are.” This means that from whatever vantage point you find yourself in today, that’s the spot from which you need to start seeing!!! Are you in a hospital bed? From “the place where you are” start seeing your healing. Have you no money? From “the place where you are” start seeing your business. Are you confused today? From “the place where you are” start seeing yourself being a counselor. For if you can see it, no matter where you see it from, you can have it!

Babies only come to pregnant women. I have yet to see an un-pregnant woman give birth. You will have what is in you. You will have what you carry. You will have what your vision is… unless you can see, through the eyes of faith, you may not have. 

What you see is what you get...

 

Questions for Reflection:

1. What do I see today?

2. What am I hoping for? Do I truly see it?

3. What vision drives me?

 

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Action Assignment: What you see is what you get! This is a great truth, especially when it refers to the internal vision of the Spirit. For this assignment, articulate convincingly what you see about your future, by the Spirit. 

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