THINGS OUT OF CONTEXT AND WHY NOT KNOWING IS NOT A BAD THING

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 THINGS OUT OF CONTEXT AND WHY NOT KNOWING IS NOT A BAD THING

I chanced upon an old friend’s status message today and this is what it said.

“Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth?...” Job 38:4

Indeed, where were we when Our Father laid the foundations of the earth? In fact, where were we when

“…God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” Genesis 1:26

We can’t even claim to be the proverbial ‘speck in our parents’ eyes’ because, let’s face it, not even the earliest of our ancestors existed way back when.

But the cynic in me took over and I pondered over this possible reply.

‘Then Jesus said, “I was in the other corner of the room hoping You won’t go through with creation so I wouldn’t have to go and suffer.”’

Now again, I want to stress that the last statement came from me. It is not Biblical, it is not Holy Writ. It’s just the thoughts of this sinful, fallible man.

But once the comic relief wears off, seriously ponder this for a moment. Who else but Jesus, was around when the concept of ‘creation’ took root in God’s mind? And can you imagine the kind of conversations Jesus must have had with God right at that moment when God said,

“Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” Genesis 1:26

I know my understanding is limited; and I don’t profess to speak for Jesus. But I can’t imagine Jesus not asking The Father, perhaps even more than once, ‘are you sure?’.

Think about it; you know how sometimes an idea is floated and your mind immediately spins through all the possible outcomes and you get this feeling that it’s going to be a bad idea? Now, for us, that is just conjecture; a best guess, based on what we already know. But for God, and Jesus, because They are all knowing, They already knew what was coming. And yet…

This made me realize just what a blessing it is to not have foreknowledge. Think about it, if Daniel knew long before, that he would one day be thrown into the lion’s den, would he still lead the same life he did and make the same choices? If Joseph knew that he would be attacked and sold by his brothers, would he still have gone out to the fields in search of them and told them his dream about the seven sheaths of wheat? If Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego knew, long before, that they would be thrown into the furnace, would they have made the same life choices?

Then think about us. For those of us who have come out of trying times, or even those of us who are still stuck in them; had you have known that that was coming, would you have done anything differently? It is little wonder then that the Chinese have a saying, ‘knowing today, why did we make those decisions back then?’.

But what if Daniel chose differently? What if Joseph shut his trap? What if Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego had a long enough gestation period to realize that going against the grain would not be the best decision they could make? How would their lives become the living testimonies of our Father’s faithfulness and love that we know today? How would we be able to draw faith from what Our Father did in their lives?

And if we had perfect foreknowledge, and managed to avoid all the pitfalls that lay ahead of us, how would we ever experience the love and deliverance of our Father?

But you know what? There was Someone who was there when God laid the foundations of the earth. Even before the first atom was spoken into being, He must have known what was coming. Yet, He still chose to go through with it, even bit of it, exactly in accordance to Our Father’s will. And beloved child of God, if you are going through an ‘if I only knew’ moment right now, you can take comfort in the fact that because Jesus decided to go through with it, even though He knew full well what was coming, you are going to go through your circumstance and situation; and arrive on the other side stronger and better than before.

You see, it is not conjecture that leads us to believe that Jesus knew what was coming. Because of the many things that He said, He also said this;

“Therefore My Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it again. No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This command I have received from My Father.” John 10:17-18

And you know, sometimes we gloss over these verses and miss the gravity of Jesus’ decision of going through with it, but in the Garden of Gethsemane, we are given a glimpse of how painful a decision it was for Jesus.

Now, don’t be mistaken, Jesus was no weakling. He was a man’s man. But in the garden, He did say this,

“Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.” Luke 22:42

We are used to the ‘nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done’ bit; that’s ‘hero talk’. But Jesus actually asking if He could be spared that end? That not so much, isn’t it? Yet, all we need to do is google the process of crucifixion or watch any of the myriad of movies that have been made on the process, and we will get a pretty good idea why any human, which was what Jesus was at the time, would want out of that process.

But go through it, He did. And in His own words, this was why He did it.

“Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.” John 15:13

Sure, we can all point to these verses,

“…When You 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 the labor of His soul, and be satisfied….” Isaiah 53:10-11

“Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great,…” Isaiah 53:12

And say that Jesus had more selfish motives than saving man when He went to the cross.

But the fact remains that being God’s only Son, He needn’t have done any of that to ‘earn His stripes’. Death for us was not God’s ‘initiation ritual’. It wasn’t Jesus’ ‘coming of age’ event. There is only one reason that made Him go through with it.

“Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.” John 15:13

And we only need to read on and finish Isaiah 53:12 to realize

“…And He shall divide the spoil with the strong,
Because He poured out His soul unto death,
And He was numbered with the transgressors,
And He bore the sin of many,
And made intercession for the transgressors.” Isaiah 53:12

He poured out His soul unto death. He was numbered with the transgressors. He bore the sin of many. He made intercession for the transgressors. Yet, He divides the spoil with the strong. Who are these whom Isaiah calls ‘the strong’? No one else was mentioned. No one else did anything. The only one who can remotely be called strong in this verse is Jesus; and surely Isaiah can’t be saying that Jesus divides the spoil with Himself.

Then we remember that Jesus Himself says,

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.” Revelation 3:20-21

So the strong is he who overcomes, and he who overcomes is he who opens the door and lets Jesus in. For as John says,

“You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” 1 John 4:4

So Jesus poured out His soul unto death. He was numbered with the transgressors. He bore the sin of many. He made intercession for the transgressors. Yet, He divides the spoil with you, the strong. And He did all that with full knowledge of what was coming, of the price that He would have to pay. Truly,

“Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.” John 15:13

Therefore, beloved child of God, let us reason together.

“He who did not spare His own son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him, also freely give us all things?” Romans 8:32

Make no mistake. Jesus is all knowing. Our Father is all knowing. So They know what’s coming in your life. They know what’s at the end of the tunnel that you find yourself in right now and They know how They are going to get you out.

But the thing that is most comforting in this whole reality is the fact that not only do They know, They will surely bring you out; for because Jesus was willing to make that sacrifice for you to secure your eternity, what price for things temporal can be greater than that which He already paid?

Beloved, it’s alright if you don’t know what’s coming. It’s alright if you cannot see the light at the end of your tunnel. Just trust in The One who was there when God laid the foundations of the earth, who knows everything about your situation and has already done everything for you, despite knowing what the price will be. And let Him sort things out for you.

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