Chapter Four:

God Reaches Out

The Bible shows the compassion and mercy of God. When God sent Adam and Eve from the Garden, He was already planning to give man the opportunity to bring himself back into a good relationship with God, by obedience through His Son. And the day that His Son, Jesus, was born, the Angels rejoiced, for it was this Son who bruised the "head" of the serpent, crushing the devil's authority, and whose heel was bruised by the serpent; wounded, but not a mortal wound, because He became alive in the Spirit when God raised Him from the dead. Dead to sin, but alive in the Spirit! This opened the door to bring us back from the separation from God, and Christ is that door.

(Isa. 53: 10-12: "Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.")

He is our "everlasting portion"!

All of the foregoing events were shadows of the reality that would be in Jesus. Blood would have to be shed in order to cover the spiritual nakedness (sins) of man, and man would have to choose between right (good) and wrong (evil). The distinction between, and the separation of, darkness and light became a reality. "The burden of the darkness of sin" is now past. There is "light" in the darkness! And that light is Jesus Christ!

Psa 119:105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

Isa. 60:1 Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee. 2 For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.

Luke 2:32 A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel. 33 And Joseph and his mother marveled at those things which were spoken of him.

John 1: 7 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. 8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. 9 That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.

1 Cor. 4:5. Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God. And every knee shall bow; Philippians 2:10; Isaiah 45:23; Romans 14:11-12

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Table Of Contents

God's Word - The Bible
In The Beginning
The Garden
God Reaches Out
Two Sons
And Man Multiplied
The Flood
The Rainbow
The Faith of Abraham
A Covenant Promise Fulfilled
Analogies: Sons and the Covenant
The Ultimate Test of Faith
To Make A Nation
A Prophet Raised Up
Intertestamental History
Fullness Of Time