Judges – Revealing Our Wonderful Secret

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

In the book of Judges an angel of the Lord appeared to Manoah and his wife and prophesied that they were going to have a son, a Nazarite who would look to God his whole life. The son was Samson who was a very strong man, especially in his believing. Eventually he was given over to the Philistines by his own people. In Samson we can see the correlation between him and the Savior who was rejected by Israel. Manoah asked the angel what his name was so that when the child was born they may honor the angel.

Judges 13:18 – And the angel of the LORD said unto him {Manoah}, Why asketh thou thus after my name, seeing it is secret?

The word “secret” in the Hebrew Text is the word meaning a wonderful secret. This word is also used in Isaiah 9:6 “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulders: and his name shall be called Wonderful.” This is a reference about Jesus Christ, and in Judges when the angel said of his name “it is secret” he was saying that his name represented something that would be a wonderful secret (even the angel did not fully comprehend its meaning). However, the Savior would reveal the dynamics and realities of this wonderful secret to humanity in the ages to come.

In the Old Testament the believers had the hope of his coming, although they did not fully understand everything about his coming. God continued revealing more and more through His angels to His Prophets, and His Prophets would receive revelation and write down His Word for posterity. The angel in Judges 13 ascended back to heaven after having revealed the name of the hope of all humanity: the “wonderful secret.”

I Corinthians 2:7-8:
-7: But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world {even began} unto our glory:
-8: Which none of the princes {the rulers of darkness} of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.

The mystery, the hidden and secret wisdom of God was ordained before the world began for our glory, yet it was a secret that was not revealed until Christ was raised from the dead. If God’s “wonderful secret” was ever known to the powers of darkness, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory, Jesus Christ. Without the crucifixion and sacrifice of Jesus for us, we would have remained eternally unredeemed, forever unsaved, and destined to eternal damnation, and without God and without hope in this world. But because of the death of Jesus Christ we have received the spiritual life of Christ within our very hearts, and our entrance into the salvation of eternity, being forever redeemed.

With Christ within we can daily enjoy God’s “wonderful secret,” that is now manifested in our own lives. I would like to close with the God-inspired words of Paul:

Colossians 1:25-28 (Amplified*):
-25: In it {the Church of God} I became a minister in accordance with the divine stewardship which was entrusted to me for you [as its object and for your benefit], to make the Word of God fully known [among you] ─
-26: The mystery of which was hidden for ages and generations [from angels and men], but is now revealed to His holy people (the saints),
-27: To whom God was pleased to make known how great for the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ within and among you, the Hope of [realizing the] glory.
-28: Him {the Christ in you} we preach and proclaim, warning and admonishing everyone and instructing everyone in all wisdom (comprehensive insight into the ways and purposes of God), that we may present every person mature (full-grown, fully initiated, complete, and perfect) in Christ (the Anointed One).

*Scripture taken from THE AMPLIFIED BIBLE.
The Amplified New Testament copyright (c) 1958, 1987 by the Lockman Foundation.
Used by permission.

Deuteronomy – Revealing Our Prophet

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Deuteronomy 18:15 – The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me {Moses}; unto him shall ye hearken;

Moses, the man of God, foretold of another man who would be a Prophet similar to Moses in many ways, one who would lead God’s people into the true Promised Land, and deliver them from the bondage of sin.

Moses gave the children of Israel manna, the prophesied Prophet would give the bread of life.

Moses inaugurated the Passover; the prophesied Prophet would be the true Passover.

Moses was their shepherd; the prophesied Prophet was the “good shepherd” leading God’s people into deliverance.

Moses ruled over the house of Israel showing them God’s protection surrounding them with a pillar of fire by night and a cloud by day; the prophesied Prophet gave them the way, the truth, and the life into the eternal protection of God.

Moses made the tabernacle in the wilderness; the prophesied Prophet gave himself as the true tabernacle which the Lord pitched and not man, and exchanged his life for ours, the righteous one for the unrighteous ones.

Moses provided the Law; the prophesied Prophet fulfilled the Law and redeemed humanity from the law of sin and death.

Moses interceded between God and Israel; the prophesied Prophet interceded and spiritually brought humanity up to the threshold at the throne of heaven, to Him Who dwells there, and to Him Who freely blesses us with all spiritual blessings.

Deuteronomy 30:11-14:
-11: For this commandment which I command thee this day, it is not hidden from thee, neither is it far off.
-12: It is not in heaven, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go up for us to heaven, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it?
-13: Neither is it beyond the sea, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go over the sea for us, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it?
-14: But the word {God’s Word} is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it.

God’s healing Word is so very close that Moses said that it is “in thy mouth, and in thy heart.” Yet, God seems so far off for so many people, some think He perhaps is in heaven; however, that no one can reach up to Him. But today in God’s grace as we discover the preached Word that is so very close to us, and as we believe on Jesus and confess in his resurrection, our inner quest for God becomes a reality because God’s Word is now in our hearts.

Our Prophet Jesus Christ meets us at a point that is further than halfway. Jesus brings the wonderful healing Word of God into our very hearts so that we may simply believe to receive the righteousness and graces of God.

Romans 10:6-9:
-6: But the righteousness which is of faith {believing faith} speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above:)
-7: Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.)
-8: But what saith it {Deuteronomy 30 above)? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;
-9: That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

Here the prophesied Prophet, Jesus Christ has fulfilled the hope of all humanity by giving us his righteous faith so that we can believe unto salvation.

Ezra – Revealing Our Spiritual Revival

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

When the children of Israel (or more specifically the tribes of Judah and Benjamin) were finally released from their Babylonian captivity of seventy years (II Chronicles 36:21), they returned to Jerusalem to begin rebuilding their temple and the walls of the city (the Babylonians had destroyed their city and temple).

With the joy they had in knowing that it was God Who saved them (from bondage), they took courage to rebuild not only their lives but their relationship with God and His house, the Temple. Because of this, they began experiencing their own God-given revival. In the Book of Ezra, we can see Jesus Christ as our spiritual revival.

A spiritual revival bypasses the physical realms, for it emanates directly from God, and is manifested out from our own hearts.

Revival becomes known in our lives as the healing Word of God begins appearing real, and we actually begin relying on our God as our true sufficiency. When this happens; our believing begins growing with spiritual effervescence because God not only is holding us up and delivers us from bondage, but He is also directing our steps and we absolutely know this in our hearts.

The more we find (and discover) Jesus Christ in the Scriptures, the more he begins revealing his heavenly Father to our spiritual lives, as our spiritual revival begins growing within our lives.

Ezra 9:8-9:
-8:  And now for a little space grace hath been shewed from the LORD our God, to leave us a remnant to escape, and to give us a nail in his holy place, that our God may lighten our eyes, and give us a little reviving in {from} our bondage.
-9:  For we were bondmen; yet our God hath not forsaken us in our bondage, but hath extended mercy unto us in the sight of the kings of Persia, to give us a reviving, to set up the house of our God, and to repair the desolations thereof, and to give us a wall in Judah and in Jerusalem.

“For a little space grace” does not mean that God has given us a little grace for only a moment in time, rather it means that God’s grace came quickly in a moment of time. At one time in their lives (by their own rejection of God’s Word and the rejection of His instructions given to them by His prophets), they refuted God’s divine grace and care upon their lives and went into captivity. Yet when they began looking to God again, then, at that moment God’s grace was manifested to them in great abundance.

The phrase “give us a little reviving” again does not mean a teeny little reviving, but rather an instant reviving. Reviving literally means to be quickened and spiritually made alive with holy spirit.

Romans 8:11 – But if the Spirit of him {God} that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit {God’s gift of holy spirit given to you (Romans 5:5)} that dwelleth in you.

This is why our revival is spiritual, it is not just having a good feeling, but more so it is enjoyed as our hearts and lives begin changing from the inside out. It is an inner awakening to the truth that we have received Jesus Christ and that he is our Lord. He is the rebuilder of our spiritual lives, and the spiritual reviver of our souls.

As the temple in Jerusalem was rebuilt by the believers, today we allow the Master-builder, Christ Jesus into our lives.

In Christ we (collectively) make up the true Temple of God. The “nail in his holy place” (Ezra 9:8 above) means a sure guarantee, for we have Christ within for eternity.

We can become rooted, grounded, and built up into the spiritual temple made without hands (Acts 7:48 and 17:24; and Ephesians 2:21), eternal in the heavenlies, and revealed through the spiritual revival that comes to us by knowing our Christ within.

Today in God’s grace, we can believe on Jesus Christ who already has completed the work (John 2:19-22), and he freely gives to us our spiritual revival that continues blessing us.