Many times I have thought on just why? The order, the history – The Story of Essence. Essential to know life, live life and have life – Everlasting.
So, who is who? What is His-Story, what we are meant to learn/grasp. This is not a one ‘discussion’ thing but rather a few ‘studies’.
To start off, can anyone name the books in order? All of them. This may sound difficult, but it is not impossible. As believers we say “LORD, we cherish Your Word and keep it close to my heart, on it I will meditate day and night.” Is that really in The Word?
“I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” Psalm 119:11 https://www.desiringgod.org/messages/thy-word-i-have-treasured-in-my-heart
“This book of The Law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then you shall have good success.”
Conditions? Results! We may plant, if no rain, we attempt to “water/wet” the earth around said plants. In a drought, very little growth, if any!
We go to the beginning of the book of Psalms…
Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers,
but whose delight is in the law of The LORD, and who meditates on His law day and night.
That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither— whatever they do prospers. Psalm 1:1-3
Who was led to ‘pen’ this and why? A Brief Study On the Music that Can Be Found In the Psalms of the Bible. The Psalms were the hymnbook of the Old Testament Jews. Most of them were written by king David of Israel. Other people who wrote Psalms were Moses, Solomon, etc. It is the experience of ‘we’! The joys, sorrows, exaltation, need, want…
Themes in The book of Psalms? https://www.shmoop.com/psalms/themes.html
We could go on, hopefully I have set in motion an appetite and hunger for more. Remember. We are treading ‘off topic’ 😊
As we can see, Saul was the first. Why? The account of Saul’s life comes from the Old Testament book of I Samuel. The son of Kish, a well-to-do member of the tribe of Benjamin, he was made king by the league of 12 Israelite tribes in a desperate effort to strengthen Hebrew resistance to the growing Philistine threat. Interesting, God led the Isrealites and Fought their battles well before this! Daniel dreamt of an equivalent number of sheaves of wheat bowing to a central sheave.
Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him all the more. He said to them, “Listen to this dream I had: We were binding sheaves of grain out in the field when suddenly my sheaf rose and stood upright, while your sheaves gathered around mine and bowed down to it.”
His brothers said to him, “Do you intend to reign over us? Will you actually rule us?” And they hated him all the more because of his dream and what he had said.
Then he had another dream, and he told it to his brothers. “Listen,” he said, “I had another dream, and this time the sun and moon and eleven stars were bowing down to me.”
When he told his father as well as his brothers, his father rebuked him and said, “What is this dream you had? Will your mother and I and your brothers actually come and bow down to the ground before you?” His brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the matter in mind. Genesis 37:5-11
The reason I share this is multi fold. In everyday life we are busy. When we find ‘time’ to rest, it is much needed, a break from the demands of everyday living. Many of the articles on ‘dreams’ and/or experiences of individuals who were pronounced and by a testimony are here again, we gather there is NO ‘time’ after we pass on. “Pass on”? To where exactly? Big purpose of these shares.
But, more significantly there is a time and place for everything! As blessed/highly favored Mary The Mother of God’s Word! She could have been ‘visited’ whilst awake, but for a specific reason both she and Joseph were spoken to in dreams!
Remember, we already spoke about the dreams of Joseph, a very long period before he experienced what he dreamt about! Tests/trials/failure are rampant, through each and in every one, there is a lesson we come away with. We are sharing on Joseph here – how long before the realization of his dream?
So Joseph lived in Potiphar’s house 11 years or less and was in prison 2 or more years. According to the Biblical Timeline Chart, Joseph was born after 1771 BC, which is the year his older brother Levi was born.
He was 17 when he was sold into Egypt
He was 30 when he was made overseer
He was 39 when his brothers first came to Egypt (second year of the famine, or nine years after being made overseer)
He was probably 41 or so when the brothers came a second time and Jacob comes to Egypt
He was 110 when he died
Remember, outside of this existence, there is no ‘Time’! We are in ‘Time’ based on the ‘rise’ and ‘setting’ of the Sun. I will make it simple, the ‘Time’ on Mars is different from ‘Time’ on Jupiter. Simply stated, what is “Time” on The Sun?
Yes, Scientifically we can propagate a timing sequence for different areas in the galaxy. I will be stubborn and ask how ‘Time’ is measured and or experienced outside the Solar system?
So, it makes ‘sense’ when it is written that in The Sight of God there is NO time.
It is a simple and fair qu
estion. But the answer defies human logic, reasoning and experience.
We experience things through our physical senses. Our eyes capture the light reflected from physical objects. Our ears pick up the vibrations from sound waves. Our fingertips gauge the texture and hardness of the things we touch.
We live in a physical world with its four known space-time dimensions of length, width, height (or depth) and time. The God of the Bible, however, dwells in a different dimension—the spirit realm—beyond the natural perception of our physical senses. It’s not that God isn’t real; it’s a matter of Him not being limited by the physical laws and dimensions that govern our world (Isaiah 57:15). He is spirit (John 4:24).
Notice what the Scriptures reveal about this God who is not bound by space and time.
Jesus Christ as a human being had a physical body. Like ours, His was subject to injury, pain and death. The four Gospels record that He was scourged and crucified. Several of His followers took His brutalized body, wrapped it in strips of linen and sealed it in a tomb. There was no doubt Jesus was dead. His body lay in the tomb for three days and three nights, watched over by a detachment of guards.
But it was not to remain so. A minor uproar ensued at the end of the three days when some of His followers came to the tomb—only to find it empty. They would be in for an even greater surprise!
That evening His disciples gathered in a room, with the doors firmly shut because they feared for their lives, when “Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, ‘Peace be with you’” (John 20:19). Their beloved teacher, whom they had seen killed and entombed, suddenly materialized inside a locked room and greeted them! Lest they think He was an impostor, He showed them the nail punctures from His crucifixion and the spear wound in His side.
The resurrected Jesus was no longer bound by physical factors. He effortlessly entered a closed room and revealed Himself to His disciples. They recognized the physical impossibility of a fleshly body passing through walls. Eight days later He repeated the miracle for the benefit of the disciple Thomas, who hadn’t witnessed the earlier appearance (John 20:26). Days later, in another miracle, He defied gravity, ascending into the sky in the sight of all His disciples (Acts 1:9).
Scripture reveals that God lives outside the bounds of time as we know it (Isaiah 57:15). We read that our awesome destiny was planned “before time began” (2 Timothy 1:9; Titus 1:2) and “before the creation of the world” (Ephesians 1:4; 1 Peter 1:20, NIV).
“By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible” (Hebrews 11:3, NIV). In other words, the physical universe we see, hear, feel and experience was created not from existing matter, but from a source independent of the physical dimensions we can perceive.
This does not mean God the Father and Jesus Christ never reveal Themselves to people. The Scriptures are a chronicle of God’s interaction with—and care and concern for—men, women and children through the centuries.
Many people reject the Bible, the Gospels in particular, because it describes many miraculous occurrences—dramatic healings, resurrections, fire from heaven and spectacular visions, to name a few. They believe these things are impossible because they defy human experience and the laws that govern our physical existence. They thus conclude that biblical accounts of such things cannot be true.
Regrettably, they fail to consider that God the Father and Jesus Christ can operate beyond the bounds of the physical laws that govern the universe. A God who can bring the universe into existence can certainly perform miracles such as those found in the Scriptures!
Where does this leave us? Will we believe the many witnesses God has provided, or will we insist on some kind of proof He provides us personally before we believe? Jesus’ words to Thomas in John 20:29 are also clearly intended for us: “Because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seenand yet have believed”!