Jesus was a physical descendant of David but through the line of Nathan rather than Solomon. Moreover, the eternal nature of Jesus Christ means that He can establish David’s kingdom forever, just as promised. And, finally, as the son of Abraham, He has a unique relationship with the people of Israel, but He has also come to be a blessing to the whole world.
While the inclusio literary devise is not prominent in the Bible and is only one of many, it does occur and if we would be Bereans, we must be aware of how authors in the first century used commonly accepted literary devices if we would properly interpret and live by God’s inspired Word.
Praise God that we have the mind of Christ dwelling in us today, through the Holy Spirit. May we be grateful to God for that beautiful gift of life and light through Jesus Christ our Lord! May we act out our faith to our neighbors—be they black or white, man or woman, near or far, friend or foe.
People who move in Christian circles are generally familiar with the Biblical story of man’s Fall into sin. Familiarity, however, does not mean that all “Christians” share a common understanding and belief when it comes to the principle of original sin.
Did Adam and Eve understand that God was promising a Messiah—even God in the flesh? Yes, they did.
How beautiful it is that in 2019 we can answer Isaiah’s question: “Do you not know? Have you not heard? Has it not been told you from the beginning?” (Isaiah 40:21) Indeed, it has.
“The afflicted testify to the reality of a fallen world, which is not intended for our happiness or fulfilment but to drive us to the only one who can fulfill us – Jesus Christ, the Son of God and the coming King, Who will restore our natures to righteousness and the nature of this world to perfection.”
How remarkable to think God clothes Himself with us when we become His children! We know in His Word, in many places, how God clothes the sinner. Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden. Right away they saw that they were not clothed. They were naked. But God made skins out of the sacrifice of an innocent animal and clothed them Himself. When we see our own sin in God’s light, we also see how naked we are before Him, as our guilt is completely exposed.
Of course, the origin of clothing was in the Fall of Man into rebellion against God. Before the Fall, Adam and Eve were clothed by fellowship with God. The thoughts of their hearts and minds were completely open to God and they felt no spiritual shame because there was no reason to hide their thoughts from Him. They were not open to judgment in the light of His presence, for they had no sin. They were justified to be with Him.