Preeminence of Christ

in the Bible


By Bart Nelson














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Were going to go on a journey through the scriptures, Genesis through Revelation, to see the preeminence of Jesus, both in His pre- and post-incarnate state and while incarnate. Were pretty familiar with Jesus while on earth, His humanity and His relating with mankind. Were not generally as familiar with Him in eternity before and after His time on earth. We will see actual footage of Him as well as how He is shown in prophecy and pictures.

Some do not think of the Jesus as a person of the godhead. Therefore, when a verse emphasizes an attribute of God, I have put that attribute in bold or listed it after the verse in parentheses and bold. At the end of this time, I believe you will be convinced of the fact.

These next scriptures are foundational to this study. Jn. 1.18 No one has seen God at any time; the only begotten God who is in the bosom of the Father, He has explained Him. John 3:8 The wind blows where it wants, and you hear the sound thereof, but can not tell where it comes, and where it goes: so is every one that is born of the Spirit. Jn. 6:46 "Not that anyone has seen the Father, except the One who is from God; He has seen the Father. Rom. 1:20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. Col. 1.15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 1 Tim. 1.17 Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen. 1 Tim. 6:15 which He will bring about at the proper time--He who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, 16 who alone possesses immortality and dwells in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see. To Him be honor and eternal dominion! Amen. Heb. 11:27 By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured, as seeing Him who is unseen. 1 Jn. 4.12 No one has seen God at any time; if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfected in us. Even the Hebrew and Greek words for Spirit are wind, breeze or breath. That leaves one of the three who chooses to reveal His physical appearance throughout the word. Therefore, when God appears in the Bible, it was Jesus. He is the same, yesterday, today and forever.

What I have drawn out here are merely some highlights. To do a thorough work would require tremendous time and effort. Truly, the whole of the Bible speaks of Him. I hope that through looking at this study, the reader will see Him on every page, be encouraged to delve deeper in their studies, and seek out other reurces on the matter.

Jesus is the theme of the whole Bible. You cant fully grasp the New Testament without seeing Jesus throughout the entire Old Testament. The fulfillment of the Promise of Jesus is anticipated from the beginning. At least five times Jesus is claimed to be the theme of the Old Testament [Mt. 5.17, Lk. 24.17, 44, Jn. 5.39, and Heb. 10.7]. Jesus used phrases like: have you never read the scriptures?, it is written (92 times), that it might be fulfilled (33 times).

It is my hope that the reader will be inspired to deeper praise and worship of our Lord and to follow His example as our Elder Brother more closely. As I often say we dont need more information, we need transformation in our lives. That is what I pray will be the end result of this study, for both myself and the reader.

In the Old Testament, Christ is concealed, anticipated, contained, promised, pictured and predicted. In the New, He is revealed, acknowledged, explained, proclaimed, present and fulfilled. The Law is the foundation for Christ, the History is the preparation for Him, the Poetry is the Aspiration for Jesus, and the Prophets are the expectation of Him.

S. M. Lockridge, Jesus is the centerpiece of civilization and the meaning of the universeHes indescribable, incomprehensible, and irresistible.

Lets begin

All of creation and Gen. 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth. 27 God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. [Rom 5:14, 1 Cor. 15 Jesus Incarnate is the Last Man or Second Adam. All that is made is made by and for Him. Jn. 1.1-3, Col. 1.16-17, Rev. 4.11 What does creation show about Jesus? Hes creative just look at the varying colors of green in creation or the variation in humankind! Hes loving look what He made for us! Hes light. He is very orderly. He is life. And I am sure you can think of much more.]

Gen. 2:3 And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made. [Mt. 12:8 Jesus is the Lord of the Sabbath and it points to Him in that He offers us rest. Mt. 14.28-30, Heb. 4] 7 Then the LORD God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being. 18 Then the LORD God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him." 19 Out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the sky, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called a living creature, that was its name. 20 The man gave names to all the cattle, and to the birds of the sky, and to every beast of the field, but for Adam there was not found a helper suitable for him. 21 So the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; then He took one of his ribs and closed up the flesh at that place. 22 The LORD God fashioned into a woman the rib which He had taken from the man, and brought her to the man. 23 The man said, "This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man." 24 For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh. 25 And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed. [This account speaks so beautifully of Christ, the Second Adam or Last Man. Father God said it wasnt good for Jesus to be alone, so from His side (where He was pierced) God brought forth a bride fit for His Son. We are re-born in His image in our spirits being made perfect. Our purpose, like Adam and Eves in the garden is to be intimate and open with Jesus, yet without shame.]

Gen. 3:8 And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden. 9 And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where are you? 10 And he said, I heard your voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself. [An interesting side note, Jesus never asks a question in His pre or post incarnate state that He doesnt know the answer to. He wants to make the person responding to be aware of something.] 14. And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because you have done this, you are cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon your belly shall you go, and dust shall you eat all the days of your life: 15 And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; it shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel. [Lk. 2:17, Jn. 13:21-27, Gal. 4:4 Jesus is the Seed of Woman. This is the first prophecy about Jesus first coming.] 21. Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them. [This is the first reference to the shedding of blood and it was done by God on mans behalf to cover the affects of sin and the fall, which points to Jesus sacrifice for us. All the references to blood that follow, point to Jesus and His sacrifice as well.]

Gen. 4:4 And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering: [Heb. 11:4 Abel was a shepherd and righteous, Mat 23:34-39, a type of Jesus, and his offering, while acceptable, was not as good as Jesus, Heb. 12.24.HH]

Enoch, Gen. 5.19-24 was a type of Jesus in that he pleased God and was a prophet (he is quoted by Jude). [Heb. 11.5-6, Jude 14-15]

Gen. 6-9 Noah was a picture of Jesus both were carpenters, both were righteous, both found favor, both spent their lives preparing a way to protect. The ark is a picture of Jesus as well.

Gen. 9:4 But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall you not eat.

Gen. 12:3 And I will bless them that bless you, and curse him that curses you: and in you shall all families of the earth be blessed. [Mt. 1:1-2, Acts 3:25-26, Gal. 3:13-16. How are all the families of the earth blessed in Abraham? Through his seed, Jesus!HHHhhhhh H] 7 And the LORD appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto your seed will I give this land: and there he built an altar unto the LORD, who appeared unto him.

Gen. 14:18 And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God. [Heb. 5:6, 6:20, 7:3 Melchizedek was a picturee of Jesus.]

Gen. 15:5 And He took him outside and said, "Now look toward the heavens, and count the stars, if you are able to count them." And He said to him, "So shall your descendants be." 6 Then he believed in the LORD; and He reckoned it to him as righteousness. 7 And He said to him, "I am the LORD who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldeans, to give you this land to possess it." 8 He said, "O Lord GOD, how may I know that I will possess it?" 9 So He said to him, "Bring Me a three year old heifer, and a three year old female goat, and a three year old ram, and a dove, and a young pigeon." 10 Then he brought all these to Him and cut them in two, and laid each half opposite the other; but he did not cut the birds. 11 The birds of prey came down upon the carcasses, and Abram drove them away. 12 Now when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and behold, terror and great darkness fell upon him. 13 God said to Abram, "Know for certain that your descendants will be strangers in a land that is not theirs, where they will be enslaved and oppressed four hundred years. 14 "But I will also judge the nation whom they will serve, and afterward they will come out with many possessions. 15 "As for you, you shall go to your fathers in peace; you will be buried at a good old age. 16 "Then in the fourth generation they will return here, for the iniquity of the Amorite is not yet complete." 17 It came about when the sun had set, that it was very dark, and behold, there appeared a smoking oven and a flaming torch which passed between these pieces. 18 On that day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, "To your descendants I have given this land, from the river of Egypt as far as the great river, the river Euphrates. [Jesus makes covenant with Abraham, guaranteeing him a son, and foretelling the future of Israel. The deal is sealed with a covenantal sacrifice. The sacrifice spoke of the sacrifices that would be set up with Moses, which, of course, point to Jesus. More on that later. 3 is the number of perfection, the trinity, the resurrection, etc. Notice that the dove, Holy Spirit, was not split. Abrahams response was right the fear of the Lord. His only responsibility in the deal was to accept the covenant and chase off the birds of prey (powers of darkness). The same is true of us. Rom. 4.3, 9, 22, Gal. 3.6, Jam. 2.3]

Gen. 16:7. And the angel of the LORD found her by a fountain of water in the wilderness, by the fountain in the way to Shur. 8 And he said, Hagar, Sarai's maid, where came you? and where will you go? And she said, I flee from the face of my mistress Sarai. 9 And the angel of the LORD said unto her, Return to your mistress, and submit yourself under her hands. 10. And the angel of the LORD said unto her, I will multiply your seed exceedingly, that it shall not be numbered for multitude. 11 And the angel of the LORD said unto her, Behold, you are with child, and shall bear a son, and shall call his name Ishmael; because the LORD has heard your affliction. 13 And she called the name of the LORD that spoke unto her, You God see me: for she said, Have I also here looked after him that sees me? 14 Wherefore the well was called Beerlahairoi; behold, it is between Kadesh and Bered. [Jesus who sees, provides and guides Hagar. Here the angel of the LORD is called LORD. Jn. 20.28HH]

Gen. 17:1 And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be perfect. 2 And I will make my covenant between me and you, and will multiply you exceedingly. 3 And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying, 4 "As for Me, behold, My covenant is with you, And you will be the father of a multitude of nations. 5 "No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; For I have made you the father of a multitude of nations. 6 "I will make you exceedingly fruitful, and I will make nations of you, and kings will come forth from you. 7 "I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your descendants after you. 8 "I will give to you and to your descendants after you, the land of your sojournings, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God." 9 God said further to Abraham, "Now as for you, you shall keep My covenant, you and your descendants after you throughout their generations. 10 "This is My covenant, which you shall keep, between Me and you and your descendants after you: every male among you shall be circumcised. 11 "And you shall be circumcised in the flesh of your foreskin, and it shall be the sign of the covenant between Me and you. 12 "And every male among you who is eight days old shall be circumcised throughout your generations, a servant who is born in the house or who is bought with money from any foreigner, who is not of your descendants. 22 And he left off talking with him, and God went up from Abraham. [Abraham and Sarah were types of Joseph and Mary in that both births were miraculous. Jesus birth was obviously more so, but Isaacs birth pointed forward to Jesus. Circumcision was a physical act that pointed towards baptism and the work that Jesus does in our hearts. Rom. 2.28-29, 4.44, Phil. 3.3, Col. 2.11 Jesus is a covenant keeping and making God. By changing Abrams name to Abraham, Jesus was helping him look beyond himself, to the nations around him, just as He did with the disciples in the great commissionings.]

Gen. 18:1. And the LORD appeared unto him in the plains of Mamre: and he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day; 2 And he lift up his eyes and looked, and, lo, three men stood by him: and when he saw them, he ran to meet them from the tent door, and bowed himself toward the ground, 3 And said, My Lord, if now I have found favor in your sight, pass not away, I pray, from your servant: 4 Let a little water, I pray, be fetched, and wash your feet, and rest under the tree: 5 And I will fetch a morsel of bread, and comfort your hearts; after that you shall pass on: for therefore are you come to your servant. And they said, So do, as you have said. 6 And Abraham hastened into the tent unto Sarah, and said, Make ready quickly three measures of fine meal, knead it, and make cakes upon the hearth. 9. And they said unto him, Where is Sarah your wife? And he said, Behold, in the tent. 10 And he said, I will certainly return unto you according to the time of life; and, lo, Sarah your wife shall have a son. And Sarah heard it in the tent door, which was behind him. 13 And the LORD said unto Abraham, Wherefore did Sarah laugh, saying, Shall I of a surety bear a child, which am old? 14 Is any thing too hard for the LORD? At the time appointed I will return unto you, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son. 16. And the men rose up from there, and looked toward Sodom: and Abraham went with them to bring them on the way. 17 And the LORD said, Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do; 18 Seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him? 19 For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he has spoken of him. 20 And the LORD said, Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous; 21 I will go down now, and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it, which is come unto me; and if not, I will know. 22 And the men turned their faces from there, and went toward Sodom: but Abraham stood yet before the LORD. 23. And Abraham drew near, and said, Will you also destroy the righteous with the wicked? 32 And he said, Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak yet but this once: Peradventure ten shall be found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for ten's sake. 33 And the LORD went his way, as soon as he had left communing with Abraham: and Abraham returned unto his place. [Realize again that Jesus knew what was going on in Sodom and Gomorrah. He doesnt have this conversation with Abraham just to pass the time of day, He is trying to rise up Abrahams perspective here. Abraham should have been interceding for them long before now and been concerned for his nephew. That was Jesus point here Jesus here arranged for the safety and rescue of 3 lost sheep in Sodom and Gomorrah.] [Mt. 1:1-2, Acts 3:25-26, Gal. 3:13-16],[Isaacs conception was a miracle, typifying Jesus.] [Abraham painted a picture of Jesus being a shepherd, a prophet, a friend of God and an intercessor.]

Gen. 20:7 "Now therefore, restore the man's wife, for he is a prophet, and he will pray for you and you will live. But if you do not restore her, know that you shall surely die, you and all who are yours." [Here, God calls Abraham a prophet, one of the many ways He foreshadows Christ.]

Gen. 22:2 And he said, Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and get into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell you of. 7 And Isaac spoke unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering? 8 And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together. 11. And the angel of the LORD called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I. 12 And he said, Lay not your hand upon the lad, neither do any thing unto him: for now I know that you fear God, seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son from me. 14 And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen. 15. And the angel of the LORD called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time, 16 And said, By myself have I sworn, says the LORD, for because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son: 17 indeed I will greatly bless you, and I will greatly multiply your seed as the stars of the heavens and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your seed shall possess the gate of their enemies. 18 "In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice." [Jesus makes covenant with Abraham due to his faith and obedience.] . [Jn. 3:16, Heb. 11:17-19 Abraham, a picture of the Father, was willing to offer up his only son Isaac, a picture of Jesus. Both sacrifices happened on Mt. Moriah, the same place the temple was to be built. Isaac, like Jesus, was obedient unto death. A ram was substituted for Isaac, just as Jesus substituted for us. Both carried the wood for their sacrifices and both were obedient to their fathers.]

In Gen. 24 we see Abraham sending his trusted servant Eliezer (a type of Holy Spirit) to find Isaac a wife. In the same way, the Father sends Holy Spirit to woo us to Jesus to be His Bride forever.]

Gen 25:5 Now Abraham gave all that he had to Isaac; [Likewise, the Father gave all to Jesus. Eph. 1:22; Heb. 1:2] [Not only did Isaac typify Jesus in his birth and in Abrahams willingness to sacrifice him, but both were the apple of their fathers eye, both were their fathers only sons, both were shepherds, both were involved with covenant.

Gen. 26:4 And I will make your seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto your seed all these countries; and in your seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; [Mt. 1:1-2, Acts 3:25-26, Gal. 3:13-16]

Gen. 28:10 Then Jacob departed from Beersheba and went toward Haran. 11 He came to a certain place and spent the night there, because the sun had set; and he took one of the stones of the place and put it under his head, and lay down in that place. 12 He had a dream, and behold, a ladder was set on the earth with its top reaching to heaven; and behold, the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. 13 And behold, the LORD stood above it and said, "I am the LORD, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie, I will give it to you and to your descendants. 14 "Your descendants will also be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south; and in you and in your descendants shall all the families of the earth be blessed. 15 "Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you." 16 Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, "Surely the LORD is in this place, and I did not know it." 17 He was afraid and said, "How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven." 18 So Jacob rose early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put under his head and set it up as a pillar and poured oil on its top. 19 He called the name of that place Bethel; however, previously the name of the city had been Luz. [See Jn. 1.51 for fuller understanding of this scripture. Jesus is the mediator between God and man 1 Tim. 2.5]

Gen. 32:24. And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day. 25 And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob's thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him. 26 And he said, Let me go, for the day breaks. And he said, I will not let you go, except you bless me. 27 And he said unto him, What is your name? And he said, Jacob. 28 And he said, Your name hall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince have you power with God and with men, and have prevailed. 29 And Jacob asked him, and said, Tell me, I pray, your name. And he said, Wherefore is it that you do ask after my name? And he blessed him there. 30 And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved. [Jesus and Jacob wrestled and Jesus makes a covenant with him. Jacob wrestled with Jesus, much as we have or will. We ALL must come to the end of ourselves before Jesus can bless us.] [By the way, it was Leah, not Rachel that was in the lineage of Jesus!]

Gen. 35:9 And God appeared unto Jacob again, when he came out of Padanaram, and blessed him. 10 And God said unto him, Your name is Jacob: your name shall not be called any more Jacob, but Israel shall be your name: and he called his name Israel. 11 And God said unto him, I am God Almighty: be fruitful and multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall be of you, and kings shall come out of your loins; 12 And the land which I gave Abraham and Isaac, to you I will give it, and to your seed after you will I give the land. 13 And God went up from him in the place where he talked with him.

If you read Gen. 38, it reads much like a modern-day soap opera and one would be tempted to say, Why is this in here? But if you read Mt. 1.3 you will find that God can take the messes we make of our life and turn them into something amazing like the lineage of Jesus! Tamar, Rahab, Ruth and Bathsheba are all in the lineage of Jesus, yet God wasnt embarrassed to have them there. He could have not mentioned them, like He did with others, but He left them there, likely to show us His grace and mercy and give us hope. Mt. 1.3-6

Gen. 30.22-47:7 tells the story of Joseph who was a type of Jesus.

         By occupation, Joseph was also a shepherd "feeding the flock" like Jesus Jn. 10.

         He was envied by his brethren - Mt. 27:17-18, Mk. 12:6-7; Jn. 12:18-19.

         Both were the favorite son of a wealthy father: Gen. 37:3, Mt. 3:17

         Both were rejected and hated by their brothers;

         Both were sold for the price of a slave: Gen. 37:28, Mt. 26:15

         Joseph fed with bread all the people in the 7 years of shortage, Jesus is the "bread of life" Jn.6:48-58;

         Both wanted all the family brought Gen. 43.3, Lk. 15.21-32, Jn. 10.16

         Joseph was the Savior of his people and of the gentiles, Jesus, the Savior of all mankind

         Both loved those who hated them, pardoning them, and even raising them to honors: Gen.50:20, Mt. 5:44

         Both were stripped and humiliated Gen. 37.3, Mt. 27.28

         Both were sold for silver: Gen. 37. 28, Mt. 26.14-16

         Both were taken into Egypt to avoid being killed: Gen. 37:28, Mt. 2:13

         Both began their ministry at the age of thirty: Gen. 41:46, Lk. 3:23

         Both were filled with the Spirit of God: Gen. 41:38, Lk. 4:1

         Both were humble and unspoiled by wealth: Gen. 45:7-8, Jn. 13:12

         Both loved people freely: Gen. 45:15, Jn. 13:34

         Both gave bread to hungry people that came to them: Gen. 41:57, Mt. 14.21, 15.38

         Both resisted the most difficult temptations: Gen. 39:8-9, Heb. 4:15.

         Both were given vision into the future: Gen. 37:6, Mt. 24:3.

         Both were hated for their teachings: Gen. 37:8, Jn. 7:7

         Both were falsely accused: Gen. 39:14, Mk. 14:56

         Both were silent before their accuser: Gen. 39:20, Mk. 15:4

         Both were not recognized by their own brethren: Gen. 42.8, Lk. 24:37.

         Both became a servant: Gen. 39:4, Phil. 2:7

         Both became a lord / Lord: Gen. 45:8, Rev. 19:16.

         Both were associated with two prisoners: Gen. 40.2-3, Lk. 23.32

Gen 42:25 Then Joseph gave orders to fill their bags with grain and to restore every man's money in his sack, and to give them provisions for the journey. And thus it was done for them. 11 Their father Israel gave in. "If it has to be, it has to be. But do this: stuff your packs with the finest products from the land you can find and take them to the man as gifts--some balm and honey, some spices and perfumes, some pistachios and almonds. 12 And take plenty of money--pay back double what was returned to your sacks; that might have been a mistake. 44:1 Then he commanded his house steward, saying, "Fill the men's sacks with food, as much as they can carry, and put each man's money in the mouth of his sack. 2 "Put my cup, the silver cup, in the mouth of the sack of the youngest, and his money for the grain." And he did as Joseph had told him. [Here we see Joseph, a type of Jesus, not allowing His brothers to pay for the grain they so desperately needed. The second time he included a silver cup a type of redemption, for Jesus redeems all even the evil the brothers did to Joseph. The brothers were always trying to pay for what they needed and Joseph (Jesus) kept giving them more than what they asked for without cost.] 32 "For your servant became surety for the lad to my father, saying, 'If I do not bring him back to you, then let me bear the blame before my father forever.' 33 "Now, therefore, please let your servant remain instead of the lad a slave to my lord, and let the lad go up with his brothers. 34 "For how shall I go up to my father if the lad is not with me--for fear that I see the evil that would overtake my father?" 45:1 Then Joseph could not control himself before all those who stood by him, and he cried, "Have everyone go out from me." So there was no man with him when Joseph made himself known to his brothers. [Judah offers himself in place of his brother Benjamin. Judah, in this instance a type of Christ who offered Himself in our place, is in the lineage of Jesus.]

Gen 49:8 "Judah, your brothers shall praise you; your hand shall be on the neck of your enemies; your father's sons shall bow down to you. [Jacob was blessing his sons and this was what he said to Judah. It also includes prophecies and types concerning Jesus. The second phrase is prophetic concerning Jesus victory over all enemies. 1 Cor 15.25, 27, Eph. 1.22, Heb. 2.8] 9 "Judah is a lion's whelp; from the prey, my son, you have gone up. He couches, he lies down as a lion, and as a lion, who dares rouse him up? [In Rev. Jesus is called the Lion of the Tribe of Judah] 10 "The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor the ruler's staff from between his feet, Until Shiloh comes, And to him shall be the obedience of the peoples. [This is another prophecy about Jesus. Eze. 21.27, Mt. 1:2-3, Lk. 2:4-6, 3:33] 11 "He ties his foal to the vine, and his donkey's colt to the choice vine; He washes his garments in wine, and his robes in the blood of grapes. [Jesus robe is dipped in blood Rev. 19.13] 12 "His eyes are dull from wine, and his teeth white from milk. [White speaks of purity and milk of the word.]

Iranaeus, early church father wrote, He is all in all; Patriarch among the patriarchs; Law in the laws; Chief Priest among priests; Ruler among kings; The Prophet among the prophets; The Angel among angels; The Man among men; Son in the Father; God in God; King to all eternity.

In Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy, Moses is a picture of Jesus. At Moses birth, the Pharaoh wanted all Hebrew boys killed. Ex. 1:15-16 At Christs birth, Herod wanted all Hebrew children killed. Mt. 2:16

         Moses, a Hebrew, was actually a prince and heir to Egypt. Acts 7:21-22; ... Heb. 11:24; Ex. 2:10 Christ, a carpenters son, was actually heir of all things. Heb. 1:2; Phil. 2:6-2:8

         Moses lay down his position on the throne of Egypt, seeing their burdens.. Heb. 11:24-25 Jesus, seeing His peoples oppression, became a servant in the likeness of men. Phil. 2:6-8

         Moses was rejected when he came to his brethren, saying who made you a ruler and a judge over us? Ex. 2:11-14; Acts 7:23-27 Jesus was rejected as He came to His people and was accused of using the power of the devil. Mt. 27:22; ... Mt. 12:24

         Moses went out to his brethren and he looked on their burdens. Ex. 2:11 make them rest from their burdens. Ex. 5:5 Jesus: Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest... Mt.11:28

         Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the Lord caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind. Ex. 14:21 What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the seas obey Him? Mt. 8:27

         How long shall this man be a snare unto us?, Ex. 10:7 A stone of stumbling and a rock of offense, 1 Pet. 2:8

         They are almost ready to stone me, Ex.17:4 Then took they up stones to cast at Him, Jn. 8:59

         God heard their groaning, and remembered His covenant with Abraham. Ex. 2:24-25 God will hear the cry of Israel, and remember His covenant with Abraham. Romans 11:27

         The Lord sent judgment upon Egypt, Moses, the only one worthy, broke the seals of judgment on Egypt. Ex. 7:2-5 Christ will be the only One worthy to open the seals of judgment on the antichrist. Revelation 5:6-9

         The Pharaohs heart was hardened with the judgments of God on Egypt, Ex. 7:10-13 The worlds heart will be hardened with the judgments of God on the world. Revelation 16:9-11

         When the people saw that Moses was so long in coming down from the mountain, they gathered around Aaron and said... we don't know what has happened to him." Ex.32:1 Where is the promise of His coming?, 2 Pet 3:3,4

         Moses, His servant, Ps.105:26... Jesus, My Servant, Mt. 12:18

         Moses, The prophet, Deut.18:15-19... Jesus, The Prophet, Jn. 6:14, Lk. 7:16

         Moses, Priest, Ps.99:6... Jesus, Priest....Heb. 7:24

         Moses, King, Deut.33:4,5... Jesus, King....Acts 17:7

         Moses, Shepherd....Ex. 3:1... Jesus, Shepherd, Jn. 10:11,14

         Moses, Mediator, Ex. 33:8,9... Jesus, Mediator....1 Tim. 2:5

         Moses, Intercessor....Num. 21:7... Jesus, Intercessor, Rom. 8:34

         Moses, Judge, Ex. 18:13... Jesus, Judge, Jn. 5:27, Mat.25:31-46

Ex. 3:2 And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed. 3 And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt. 4 And when the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I. 5 And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off your shoes from off your feet, for the place whereon you stand is holy ground. 6 Moreover he said, I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And Moses hid his face; for he was afraid to look upon God. 14 And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shall you say unto the children of Israel, I AM has sent me unto you. 15 And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shall you say unto the children of Israel, The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me unto you: this is my name forever, and this is my memorial unto all generations. 16. Go, and gather the elders of Israel together, and say unto them, The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, appeared unto me, saying, I have surely visited you, and seen that which is done to you in Egypt: [In these verses, the Angel of the LORD, the LORD, and I AM are used interchangeably. Jesus used this title for Himself 9 times. Jn. 6.35, 8.12, 58, 9.5, 10.7, 11, 14, 11.25, 14.3]

Ex. 6:1. Then the LORD said unto Moses, Now shall you see what I will do to Pharaoh: for with a strong hand shall he let them go, and with a strong hand shall he drive them out of his land. 6 Wherefore say unto the children of Israel, I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will rid you out of their bondage, and I will redeem you with a stretched out arm, and with great judgments: 7 And I will take you to me for a people, and I will be to you a God: and you shall know that I am the LORD your God, which brings you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians. [What a picture of Jesus!] [Acts 5:31]

Ex. 12:5 Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: you shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats: 6 And you shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening. 7 And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it. [The blood on the door posts formed the shape of the cross.] 23 For the LORD will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when he sees the blood upon the lintel, and on the two side posts, the LORD will pass over the door, and will not suffer the destroyer to come in unto your houses to smite you. 27 That you shall say, it is the sacrifice of the LORD'S Passover, who passed over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt, when he smote the Egyptians, and delivered our houses. And the people bowed the head and worshipped. 46 "It is to be eaten in a single house; you are not to bring forth any of the flesh outside of the house, nor are you to break any bone of it. [Jn. 1.29, 19.33, 36, 1 Cor. 5:7 Jesus is Our Passover. That is one of His titles. Rev. 5.6-14 - Jesus will forever appear as a Lamb that was slain! It was out of Passover that Jesus instituted communion. There was a ritual of examining the lamb prior to killing it to make sure it was free of defect. Jesus was in Jerusalem the same amount of time, four days, to be examined as our Lamb. Jesus frees us from our bondage to sin, just as He freed Israel from their bondage to Egypt.]

Ex. 13:18 Hence God led the people around by the way of the wilderness to the Red Sea; and the sons of Israel went up in martial array from the land of Egypt. [The Israelites were baptized into Moses at the Red Sea (1 Cor. 10.1-12) just as we are baptized into Jesus (Rom. 6.3).] 21 The LORD was going before them in a pillar of cloud by day to lead them on the way, and in a pillar of fire by night to give them light, that they might travel by day and by night. [Jesus is our Shepherd Jn. 10 and He leads us where we need to go. Today He uses His voice, His word and His example.]

The whole Christian faith rests not on emulating Christits not about men and women climbing up to God. Its about God descending to save a rebel race. Michael S. Horton

Ex. 15:1 Then Moses and the sons of Israel sang this song to the LORD, and said, "I will sing to the LORD, for He is highly exalted; the horse and its rider He has hurled into the sea. 2 "The LORD is my strength and song, and He has become my salvation; this is my God, and I will praise Him; my father's God, and I will extol Him. [The victory and deliverance won that day at the Red Sea was great, but not as great nor as costly as the victory and deliverance wone us by Christ! Col. 1.13] 23 And when they came to Marah, they could not drink of the waters of Marah, for they were bitter: therefore the name of it was called Marah. 24 And the people murmured against Moses, saying, what shall we drink? 25 And he cried unto the LORD; and the LORD showed him a tree, which when he had cast into the waters, the waters were made sweet: there he made for them a statute and an ordinance, and there he proved them, 26 And said, If you will diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD your God, and will do that which is right in his sight, and will give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon you, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that heals you. [This tree is a picture of the cross, which helps to remove the bitterness of our life. Also, the cross and Christs suffering purchased our healing.]

Ex, 16 the manna given as food was a type of Christ as well Jn. 6.49-51.

Ex. 17:6 Behold, I will stand before you there upon the rock in Horeb; and you shall smite the rock, and there shall come water out of it, that the people may drink. And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel. [1 Cor. 10:4]

Ex. 19:5 'Now then, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be My own possession among all the peoples, for all the earth is Mine; 6 and you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.' These are the words that you shall speak to the sons of Israel." 9 The LORD said to Moses, "Behold, I will come to you in a thick cloud, so that the people may hear when I speak with you and may also believe in you forever." Then Moses told the words of the people to the LORD. 10 The LORD also said to Moses, "Go to the people and consecrate them today and tomorrow, and let them wash their garments; 11 and let them be ready for the third day, for on the third day the LORD will come down on Mount Sinai in the sight of all the people. 12 "You shall set bounds for the people all around, saying, 'Beware that you do not go up on the mountain or touch the border of it; whoever touches the mountain shall surely be put to death. 13 'No hand shall touch him, but he shall surely be stoned or shot through; whether beast or man, he shall not live.' When the ram's horn sounds a long blast, they shall come up to the mountain." 16 So it came about on the third day, when it was morning, that there were thunder and lightning flashes and a thick cloud upon the mountain and a very loud trumpet sound, so that all the people who were in the camp trembled. 17 And Moses brought the people out of the camp to meet God, and they stood at the foot of the mountain. 18 Now Mount Sinai was all in smoke because the LORD descended upon it in fire; and its smoke ascended like the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mountain quaked violently. 19 When the sound of the trumpet grew louder and louder, Moses spoke and God answered him with thunder. Exo 20:18 All the people perceived the thunder and the lightning flashes and the sound of the trumpet and the mountain smoking; and when the people saw it, they trembled and stood at a distance. 19 Then they said to Moses, "Speak to us yourself and we will listen; but let not God speak to us, or we will die." 20 Moses said to the people, "Do not be afraid; for God has come in order to test you, and in order that the fear of Him may remain with you, so that you may not sin." 21 So the people stood at a distance, while Moses approached the thick cloud where God was. [Gods design all along was to have relationship with us, that we would all be His kings and priests (walk in His authority and minister to Him and be His minister). The people didnt want to relate to God for themselves, they wanted Moses and the priests go to God for them and speak to them on behalf of God.]

The law, given in Ex. 20 and beyond was designed to be our tutor and lead us to Jesus - showing us our absolute need of Him - Gal. 3.23-24. Jesus came to fulfill it to a t Mt. 5.17-18.

Ex. 23:20 "Behold, I am going to send an angel before you to guard you along the way and to bring you into the place which I have prepared. 21 "Be on your guard before him and obey his voice; do not be rebellious toward him, for he will not pardon your transgression, since My name is in him. 22 "But if you truly obey his voice and do all that I say, then I will be an enemy to your enemies and an adversary to your adversaries. 23a "For My angel will go before you. [Jesus as well as this angel were sent, also, which of His angels have His name in them?]

Ex. 24:5 And he sent young men of the children of Israel, which offered burnt offerings, and sacrificed peace offerings of oxen unto the LORD. 6 And Moses took half of the blood, and put it in basins; and half of the blood he sprinkled on the altar. 7 And he took the book of the covenant, and read in the audience of the people: and they said, all that the LORD has said will we do, and be obedient. 8 And Moses took the blood, and sprinkled it on the people, and said, Behold the blood of the covenant, which the LORD has made with you concerning all these words. [Heb. 9:19-23] 10 And they saw the God of Israel: and there was under his feet as it were a paved work of a sapphire stone, and as it were the body of heaven in his clearness. 11 And upon the nobles of the children of Israel he laid not his hand: also they saw God, and did eat and drink. 12. And the LORD said unto Moses, Come up to me into the mount, and be there: and I will give you tables of stone, and a law, and commandments which I have written; that you may teach them.

Ex. 25:17 And you shall make a mercy seat of pure gold: two cubits and a half shall be the length thereof, and a cubit and a half the breadth thereof. 18 And you shall make two cherubim of gold, of beaten work shall you make them, in the two ends of the mercy seat. 19 And make one cherub on the one end, and the other cherub on the other end: even of the mercy seat shall you make the cherubim on the two ends thereof. 20 And the cherubim shall stretch forth their wings on high, covering the mercy seat with their wings, and their faces shall look one to another; toward the mercy seat shall the faces of the cherubim be. 21 And you shall put the mercy seat above upon the ark; and in the ark you shall put the testimony that I shall give you. 22 And there I will meet with you, and I will commune with you from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubim which are upon the ark of the testimony, of all things which I will give you in commandment unto the children of Israel. [Blood was to be put on the mercy seat which was above the law. The word for propitiation (Gr.) is equivalent to mercy seat (Heb.) The blood of Jesus satisfies (or propitiates) the law, so that God is able to meet with us. Rom. 3.21-26]

Ex. 29:14 But the flesh of the bullock, and his skin, and his dung, shall you burn with fire without the camp: it is a sin offering. 36 And you shall offer every day a bullock for a sin offering for atonement: and you shall cleanse the altar, when you have made an atonement for it, and you shall anoint it, to sanctify it. [Every day we sin. Maybe not overt acts, perhaps just things were supposed to do and dont love God with everything, all the time, love our enemies, forgive everyone, preach the good news to every creature, etc. So every day, this altar (remember, were the temple, right?) needs to be cleansed by the blood of Jesus!]

Ex. 31:7 The tabernacle of the congregation, and the ark of the testimony, and the mercy seat that is thereupon, and all the furniture of the tabernacle, 8 And the table and his furniture, and the pure candlestick with all his furniture, and the altar of incense, 9 And the altar of burnt offering with all his furniture, and the laver. [The tabernacle and the pieces of furniture are a picture of Jesus and the work He did on the cross. The Altar shows His sacrifice, the Brazen Laver, the cleansing from sin, the Candlestick shows His enlightening by the anointing, the Table of Show Bread shows his reconciliatory work, the Altar of Incense, His intercession, the Mercy Seat, His propitiation (which satisfies Gods demands), and the Ark of the Covenant shows His covenant work.]

         The Tabernacle was a temporary appointment, just as Jesus tabernacled among us for a short time Jn. 1.14

         The Tabernacle was humble: The Tabernacle was Gods dwelling place. Is. 53.2

         The Tent of Meeting 1 Tim. 2.5

         The Tabernacle was the place where the Law was preserved Mt. 5.17

         The Tabernacle had but one door Jn. 10.9

         The bronze altar Behold the Lamb of God Jn. 1.29

         The bronze laver Unless I wash you Jn. 13.8-10

         Golden lamp stand I am the Light Jn. 8.12

         Bread of the presence I am the Bread of Life Jn. 6.48

         Incense I pray for them Jn. 17.9

         Curtain Through the curtain, that is, His body Heb. 10.20

         Mercy Seat Enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus Heb. 10.19. In 1 Sam. 6.19 the Philistines looked into the ark and 50,700 people died (remember Indiana Jones?!). That is why the Mercy Seat was there, the blood covered the Law, the Priesthood and the Word (tablets of stone, Aarons rod that budded, and the pot of Manna). We, too, cant bear to look at these things without Jesus. He is our Mercy Seat, but its a permanent work that doesnt have to be renewed each year. Rom. 3.25 (propitiation literally means mercy seat).

         In the New Testament, after the resurrection, we become His temple, then after we die, we go to the place He prepared for us. Both Paul and Peter refer to our bodies as tents 2 Cor. 5.1-5, 2 Pet. 1.13-14.iHhhhhhbhnjiHHHpi


Types of the materials and colors used:

Item, Substance, Color


Scripture References

White (linen)

Righteousness and purity

Ex. 28:39-43; Revelation 19:6-9; Is. 64:6; Rev 3:18b


Suffering, sacrifice or blood



Heavenly in nature or origin or Godly

Num. 15:37-39


Royal and Royalty

Judg. 8:26; Ester 8:15; Lamentations 4:5; Daniel 5:7,16; Mk. 15:16-18; Lk. 16:19


Judgment against sin

Num. 21:4-9 the bronze serpent is a type for Christ (Jn. 3:14) who was to be the reality of Gods ultimate judgment of sin.


Ransom or Redemption

Ex. 30:11-16; 38:25-28


Gods glory or Gods manifestation

Job 22:23-26; Rev 3:18a; 21:11,18

Wood (Acacia or KJV Shittim)

Humanity as God created him, uncorrupted humanity as God intended man to be.  Acacia, a fine-grained wood, represents the perfect and best humanity

Psalm 1:1-3; Jeremiah 5:14

Badger/Sea cow/Dolphin skin

Separation and protection


Rams skin

Consecration and obedience to God

Ex. 29:15-35

Goats hair


Lev. 16


Holy Spirit

1 Sam. 10:1; 16:12-14; Zechariah 4:10-14; Mt. 25:1-13;


Prayer and intercession

Psalm 141:2; Revelation 5:8; 8:3,4


Ex. 32:31 And Moses returned unto the LORD, and said, Oh, this people have sinned a great sin, and have made themselves gods of gold. 32 Yet now, if you will forgive their sin--; and if not, blot me, I pray, out of your book which you have written. 33 And the LORD said unto Moses, Whosoever has sinned against me, him will I blot out of my book. 34 Therefore now go, lead the people unto the place of which I have spoken unto you: behold, my Angel shall go before you: nevertheless in the day when I visit I will visit their sin upon them. [Shepherd] [Moses was a picture of Jesus, laying his life on the line for the people.]

Ex. 33:9 And it came to pass, as Moses entered into the tabernacle, the cloudy pillar descended, and stood at the door of the tabernacle, and the LORD talked with Moses. 10 And all the people saw the cloudy pillar stand at the tabernacle door: and all the people rose up and worshipped, every man in his tent door. 11 And the LORD spoke unto Moses face to face, as a man speaks unto his friend. And he turned again into the camp: but his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, departed not out of the tabernacle. 12. And Moses said unto the LORD, See, you say unto me, Bring up this people: and you have not let me know whom you will send with me. Yet you have said, I know you by name, and you have also found grace in my sight. 13 Now therefore, I pray, if I have found grace in your sight, show me now your way, that I may know you, that I may find grace in your sight: and consider that this nation is your people. 14 And he said, My presence shall go with you, and I will give you rest. 15 And he said unto him, If your presence go not with me, carry us not up here. 16 For wherein shall it be known here that I and your people have found grace in your sight? is it not in that you go with us? so shall we be separated, I and your people, from all the people that are upon the face of the earth. 17 And the LORD said unto Moses, I will do this thing also that you have spoken: for you have found grace in my sight, and I know you by name. 18 And he said, I beseech you, show me your glory. 19 And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before you, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before you; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy. 20 And he said, You can not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live. 21 And the LORD said, Behold, there is a place by me, and you shall stand upon a rock: 22 And it shall come to pass, while my glory passes by, that I will put you in a cleft of the rock, and will cover you with my hand while I pass by: 23 And I will take away my hand, and you shall see my back parts: but my face shall not be seen. [It is only being hidden in Christ the Rock that we can approach God or He approaches us.] [Heb. 8:6, 9:15] Ex. 34:5 The LORD descended in the cloud and stood there with him as he called upon the name of the LORD. 6 Then the LORD passed by in front of him and proclaimed, "The LORD, the LORD God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and truth; 7 who keeps lovingkindness for thousands, who forgives iniquity, transgression and sin; yet He will by no means leave the guilty unpunished, visiting the iniquity of fathers on the children and on the grandchildren to the third and fourth generations." 8 Moses made haste to bow low toward the earth and worship. 9 He said, "If now I have found favor in Your sight, O Lord, I pray, let the Lord go along in our midst, even though the people are so obstinate, and pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us as Your own possession."

Ex. 40:32 When they entered the tent of meeting, and when they approached the altar, they washed, just as the LORD had commanded Moses. 33 He erected the court all around the tabernacle and the altar, and hung up the veil for the gateway of the court. Thus Moses finished the work. 34 Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle. 35 Moses was not able to enter the tent of meeting because the cloud had settled on it, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle. [God commanded that Moses build the tabernacle according to the pattern that was seen upon the mountain. I believe that as we align our lives according to the pattern and come into the full revelation of Jesus who is according to the pattern, that the glory of God will fill and change our lives and churches. I believe thats a promise for us and a goal to aim for! 2 Cor. 3.12-18, 4.4-6, Phil. 3.7-14]

In Leviticus we see many sacrifices and offerings, all are types of Jesus, our offering and sacrifice Lamb [Heb. 10:12]. The burnt offering (1:117) (The burnt sacrifice was the only sacrifice that was entirely consumed on the altar. It foreshadows the total sacrifice of Christ on the Cross. Door of the tabernacle: A persons sins had to be atoned for before he or she could come before God. This was done every morning, just as we need His mercies new every day!), grain offering (2:116) (It shows Jesus perfect life on earth fine flour no defects. No leaven shows His sinlessness. The oil shows His anointing. The frankincense reveals His intercessory work both on earth and since His ascension), peace offering (3:117) (Jesus is our Peace Eph. 2.11-20 The Hebrew word for peace means wholeness, completeness, soundness, health. When a person has this, in all its dimensions, that person is at peace. The peace offerings were times of feasting, drinking, talking, singing, and enjoying salvation as a great gift from God (see 7:1121). Paul describes Jesus Christ as our perfect peace offering (see Col. 1:20), sin offering for unintentional sin (4:15:13), trespass or reparation offering (5:146:7) objective responsibility of a sinner for his or her actions and the subjective feeling of guilt experienced by the offender. The offering righted the wrong of the offense and cleared the conscience of the sinner. (Some info in this paragraph is from the Nelsons Study Bible.)

Lev. 3:1 And if his oblation be a sacrifice of peace offering, if he offers it of the herd; whether it be a male or female, he shall offer it without blemish before the LORD. 2 And he shall lay his hand upon the head of his offering, and kill it at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation: and Aaron's sons the priests shall sprinkle the blood upon the altar round about. 3 And he shall offer of the sacrifice of the peace offering an offering made by fire unto the LORD; the fat that covers the inwards, and all the fat that is upon the inwards, 4 And the two kidneys, and the fat that is on them, which is by the flanks, and the caul above the liver, with the kidneys, it shall he take away. 5 And Aaron's sons shall burn it on the altar upon the burnt sacrifice, which is upon the wood that is on the fire: it is an offering made by fire, of a sweet savor unto the LORD. 6. And if his offering for a sacrifice of peace offering unto the LORD be of the flock; male or female, he shall offer it without blemish. 7 If he offer a lamb for his offering, then shall he offer it before the LORD.

D. L. Moody said, I must die or get somebody to die for me. If the Bible doesnt teach that, it doesnt teach anything. And that is where the atonement of Christ comes in.

Lev. 6:7 And the priest shall make an atonement for him before the LORD: and it shall be forgiven him for any thing of all that he has done in trespassing therein. [In Hebrew, atonement meant to cover, where in Christ the sin is taken away. Jn. 1.29]

Lev 8-10 talks about the high priest, a type of Jesus, our great high priest [Heb. 2:17, 7:26]. The people needed a priest because of their sinfulness. The priests came from the line of Aaron, had to be willing to dress in a particular way, willing to go through a long list of rituals and cleansings in order to be able to do what was required by God. Jesus, having lived a perfect life, being tested in all ways as we have been, fulfilled every requirement and can stand in our place as the Great High Priest! [Rom. 8.34, Heb. 7.25] The priest ministered to God on behalf of the people and to the people on behalf of God. How much more our Jesus.

The high priest & OT Sacrifices Jesus

         Entered the earthly tabernacle Entered the heavenly one - Heb. 6.19.20.

         Entered once a year Entered once for all Heb. 9.25-26.

         Went behind the curtain Tore the curtain Heb. 10.20

         Offered many sacrifices Offered one Himself = Heb. 10.11-12

         Offered sacrifice for his own sin `Paid for us all Heb. 7.27

         Offered the blood of bulls `Offered His own Heb. 9.12

         Temporary `Eternal Heb. 7.21-23

         Fallible `Sinless Heb. 7.26

         Changeable Unchanging Heb. 7.24

         Continual `One time, permanent Heb. 9.12, 26

         Imperfect `Perfect Heb. 2.14-18

         Incomplete `Complete Heb. 7.25

         Insufficient `All sufficient Heb. 10.11-12ehHH

Lev. 10:1 Now Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took their respective firepans, and after putting fire in them, placed incense on it and offered strange fire before the LORD, which He had not commanded them. 2 And fire came out from the presence of the LORD and consumed them, and they died before the LORD. 3 Then Moses said to Aaron, "It is what the LORD spoke, saying, 'By those who come near Me I will be treated as holy, And before all the people I will be honored.'" So Aaron, therefore, kept silent. [Jesus told us in Jn. 14.6 that He is The Way, The Truth and The Life, no one can come to the Father but through Him. God is exacting in His ways. We need to heed the negative example here and cling to Jesus! All through Leviticus we read of holiness and cleanness. The only way we can attain to that is through Jesus.]

Lev. 14:6 As for the living bird, he shall take it, and the cedar wood, and the scarlet, and the hyssop, and shall dip them and the living bird in the blood of the bird that was killed over the running water: 7 And he shall sprinkle upon him that is to be cleansed from the leprosy seven times, and shall pronounce him clean, and shall let the living bird loose into the open field. 14 And the priest shall take some of the blood of the trespass offering, and the priest shall put it upon the tip of the right ear of him that is to be cleansed, and upon the thumb of his right hand, and upon the great toe of his right foot:

Lev. 16:7 "He shall take the two goats and present them before the LORD at the doorway of the tent of meeting. 8 "Aaron shall cast lots for the two goats, one lot for the LORD and the other lot for the scapegoat. 9 "Then Aaron shall offer the goat on which the lot for the LORD fell, and make it a sin offering. 10 "But the goat on which the lot for the scapegoat fell shall be presented alive before the LORD, to make atonement upon it, to send it into the wilderness as the scapegoat. 15 "Then he shall slaughter the goat of the sin offering which is for the people, and bring its blood inside the veil and do with its blood as he did with the blood of the bull, and sprinkle it on the mercy seat and in front of the mercy seat. 16 "He shall make atonement for the holy place, because of the impurities of the sons of Israel and because of their transgressions in regard to all their sins; and thus he shall do for the tent of meeting which abides with them in the midst of their impurities. 17 "When he goes in to make atonement in the holy place, no one shall be in the tent of meeting until he comes out, that he may make atonement for himself and for his household and for all the assembly of Israel.20 "When he finishes atoning for the holy place and the tent of meeting and the altar, he shall offer the live goat. 21 And Aaron shall lay both his hands upon the head of the live goat, and confess over him all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions in all their sins, putting them upon the head of the goat, and shall send him away by the hand of a fit man into the wilderness: 22 And the goat shall bear upon him all their iniquities unto a land not inhabited: and he shall let go the goat in the wilderness. 30 For on that day shall the priest make an atonement for you, to cleanse you, that you may be clean from all your sins before the LORD. 34 And this shall be an everlasting statute unto you, to make an atonement for the children of Israel for all their sins once a year. And he did as the LORD commanded Moses. [Both goats are typical of Jesus. The first represented Jesus death and the way His blood would be shed to remove the guilt of our sin. The second showed the transference and removal of our sins by Jesus. Jn. 1.29, 14:6, Heb. 7:25, 9:7, 14, 23-28 1 Jn. 3.5 Jesus was crucified outside of the city. He is our scapegoat. All our iniquities were born by Him, He bore them to Hell, but because of His perfection, He rose again and came back.]

Lev. 17:11 For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that makes an atonement for the soul. 14 For it is the life of all flesh; the blood of it is for the life thereof: therefore I said unto the children of Israel, You shall eat the blood of no manner of flesh: for the life of all flesh is the blood thereof: whosoever eats it shall be cut off. [The Jewish religion placed an enormous respect on the blood. This is where some of what is called kosher comes from. But it all pointed to Jesus! It is His blood that has inestimable price on it. Heb. 9:22, 1 Pet. 1.18-19]

Lev. 20.8 Keep all my laws and obey them, for I am the Lord, who makes you holy. [Even in the midst of the law, God revealed Himself as Jehovah Mkaddesh, the Lord who sanctifies. He never intended us to do this walk on our own. See also: Lev. 21.8, Ex. 31.13, Eze. 20.12, Eze. 37.28 (KJV sanctify Strongs #6942 - A primitive root; to be (causatively make, pronounce or observe as) clean (ceremonially or morally): - appoint, bid, consecrate, dedicate, hallow, (be, keep) holy (-er, place), keep, prepare, proclaim, purify, sanctify (-ied one, self), wholly.) Jesus does the same thing Heb. 10.10, 14]

Lev. 23 lists the feasts for us. Weve already discussed Passover and the Sabbath.

         The Feast of Unleavened Bread points to Communion (which should use unleavened bread!). Jesus body was without sin (leaven). Mat. 16:11-12, 1 Cor. 5:5-8, 2 Cor. 5:21, Gal. 5:7-9, 1 Pet.2:22, 1 Jn.3:5 No work was to be done for Jesus did it ALL! This feast reminded the people that they were set apart from Egypt. God no longer wanted to associate with it. In the same way, Jesus sets us apart from the world by our relationship with Him. 1 Pet. 1.10-17.

         The Feast of First Fruits is symbolic of Jesus resurrection, being the first of the Firstfruits (1 Cor. 15:20-23)

         The Feast of Pentecost points to Jesus, the Baptizer with Holy Spirit. Jn. 1.25-33 No work was to be done for Jesus did it ALL!

         Feast of Trumpets - gives us a picture of the second coming of Jesus. 1 Thess 4.16-17, Mat. 24:30-31, 1 Cor. 15,51-52

         Day of Atonement - Jesus, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world... represented by the sacrificed goat. Jesus is not only our sacrifice, but also our High Priest in the Throne of Glory, with easy access to any Christian... represented here by the High Priest Aaron.

         Feast of Tabernacles Has several implications for us: Mt. 18.19-20 Wherever two or three gather in my name, there I am in the midst of them. Jn. 1.14 The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. Jn. 7.2 Now the feast of the Jews, the Feast of Booths, was near. 37 Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. 38 "He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, 'From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.'" Jn. 14.2 "In My Father's house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. 3 "If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also. 23 Jesus answered and said to him, "If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him.

Lev. 25:10 'You shall thus consecrate the fiftieth year and proclaim a release through the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a jubilee for you, and each of you shall return to his own property, and each of you shall return to his family. 11 'You shall have the fiftieth year as a jubilee; you shall not sow, nor reap its aftergrowth, nor gather in from its untrimmed vines. 12 'For it is a jubilee; it shall be holy to you. You shall eat its crops out of the field. 13 'On this year of jubilee each of you shall return to his own property. 14 'If you make a sale, moreover, to your friend or buy from your friend's hand, you shall not wrong one another. 15 'Corresponding to the number of years after the jubilee, you shall buy from your friend; he is to sell to you according to the number of years of crops. 16 'In proportion to the extent of the years you shall increase its price, and in proportion to the fewness of the years you shall diminish its price, for it is a number of crops he is selling to you. 17 'So you shall not wrong one another, but you shall fear your God; for I am the LORD your God. 18 'You shall thus observe My statutes and keep My judgments, so as to carry them out, that you may live securely on the land. 19 'Then the land will yield its produce, so that you can eat your fill and live securely on it. 20 'But if you say, "What are we going to eat on the seventh year if we do not sow or gather in our crops?" 21 then I will so order My blessing for you in the sixth year that it will bring forth the crop for three years. 22 'When you are sowing the eighth year, you can still eat old things from the crop, eating the old until the ninth year when its crop comes in. 23 'The land, moreover, shall not be sold permanently, for the land is Mine; for you are but aliens and sojourners with Me.

Lev. 27 talks about redeeming people, animals and land. There was always a price of silver to pay (silver speaks of redemption). All of this points to Christ, who redeemed us, who could never afford to redeem ourselves. He redeemed us from the world and the enemy to come into His kingdom to serve Him by the sacrifice of His very life in a tortuous death. Mk. 10.42, Eph. 1.7, Titus 2.14, 1 Pet. 1.18-19

If you wish to be disappointed, look to others. If you wish to be downhearted, look to yourself. If you wish to be encouragedlook upon Christ Eric Sauer

Num. 5:8 But if the man have no kinsman to recompense the trespass unto, let the trespass be recompensed unto the LORD, even to the priest; beside the ram of the atonement, whereby an atonement shall be made for him. [As we will see in Ruth, Jesus is our kinsman.]

Num. 6:23 "Speak to Aaron and to his sons, saying, 'Thus you shall bless the sons of Israel. You shall say to them: 24 The LORD bless you, and keep you; 25 The LORD make His face shine on you, and be gracious to you; 26 The LORD lift up His countenance on you, and give you peace.' 27 "So they shall invoke My name on the sons of Israel, and I then will bless them." [Our Great High Priest blesses us Eph. 1.3-14. In addition, He taught us to use His name Mk 16.17-18, Jn. 14.12-14, 16.23-28, and Paul spoke of it here - Col. 3.17. The face would be Jesus, because no one has seen the Father. Jesus offers us peace in Is. 53.5, Jn. 14.27, 16.33, Rom. 5.1, Eph. 2.14. Jn. 1.14, 16-17 talk of Jesus being full of grace.]

Num. 7:89 And when Moses was gone into the tabernacle of the congregation to speak with him, then he heard the voice of one speaking unto him from off the mercy seat that was upon the ark of testimony, from between the two cherubims: and he spoke unto him.

Num. 12:4. And the LORD spoke suddenly unto Moses, and unto Aaron, and unto Miriam, Come out you three unto the tabernacle of the congregation. And the three came out. 5 And the LORD came down in the pillar of the cloud, and stood in the door of the tabernacle, and called Aaron and Miriam: and they both came forth. 6 And he said, Hear now my words: If there be a prophet among you, I the LORD will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream. 7 My servant Moses is not so, who is faithful in all my house. 8 With him will I speak mouth to mouth, even apparently, and not in dark speeches; and the similitude of the LORD shall he behold: wherefore then were you not afraid to speak against my servant Moses? 9 And the anger of the LORD was kindled against them; and he departed.

Num. 14:14 And they will tell it to the inhabitants of this land: for they have heard that you LORD are among this people, that you LORD are seen face to face, and that your cloud stands over them, and that you go before them, by day time in a pillar of a cloud, and in a pillar of fire by night.

Num. 17.1 The LORD said to Moses, 2 "Speak to the Israelites and get twelve staffs from them, one from the leader of each of their ancestral tribes. Write the name of each man on his staff. 3 On the staff of Levi write Aaron's name, for there must be one staff for the head of each ancestral tribe. 4 Place them in the Tent of Meeting in front of the Testimony, where I meet with you. 5 The staff belonging to the man I choose will sprout, and I will rid myself of this constant grumbling against you by the Israelites." 6 So Moses spoke to the Israelites, and their leaders gave him twelve staffs, one for the leader of each of their ancestral tribes, and Aaron's staff was among them. 7 Moses placed the staffs before the LORD in the Tent of the Testimony. 8 The next day Moses entered the Tent of the Testimony and saw that Aaron's staff, which represented the house of Levi, had not only sprouted but had budded, blossomed and produced almonds. [Aaron, the high priest, was typical of Jesus, the Great High Priest. Just as God validated His choosing of Aaron by a miraculous sign, so He also did with Jesus, by many miraculous signs and fulfilled prophecies and pictures.]

Num. 19:2 "This is the statute of the law which the LORD has commanded, saying, 'Speak to the sons of Israel that they bring you an unblemished red heifer in which is no defect and on which a yoke has never been placed. 3 'You shall give it to Eleazar the priest and it shall be brought outside the camp and be slaughtered in his presence. 4 'Next Eleazar the priest shall take some of its blood with his finger and sprinkle some of its blood toward the front of the tent of meeting seven times. 5 'Then the heifer shall be burned in his sight; its hide and its flesh and its blood, with its refuse, shall be burned. 6 'The priest shall take cedar wood and hyssop and scarlet material and cast it into the midst of the burning heifer. 9 'Now a man who is clean shall gather up the ashes of the heifer and deposit them outside the camp in a clean place, and the congregation of the sons of Israel shall keep it as water to remove impurity; it is purification from sin. [In addition to the heifer, cedar wood (a type of dying to the flesh), scarlet cloth a picture of the blood) and hyssop (used very often in cleansing and was used at the cross to give Jesus the wine mixed with myrrh. The ashes were then mixed with water for purifying. No other sacrifice was burned entirely. Heb. 9.12-14]

Num. 20.7 The LORD said to Moses, 8 "Take the staff, and you and your brother Aaron gather the assembly together. Speak to that rock before their eyes and it will pour out its water. You will bring water out of the rock for the community so they and their livestock can drink." 11 Moses raised his arm and struck the rock twice with his staff. 12 "Because you did not trust in me enough to honor me as holy in the sight of the Israelites, you will not bring this community into the land I give them." [Jesus was that Rock. He was only to be crucified once, not twice. Moses was to speak to the Rock (Christ) as we are. He doesnt need to be crucified again!]

Num. 21:8 And the LORD said unto Moses, Make a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looks upon it, shall live. 9 And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived. [Jn. 3:14-15 This is a picture of Jesus. Heb. 12.2-3 To look, in Hebrew meant H5027 a primitive root; to scan, that is, look intently at; by implication to regard with pleasure, favor or care: - (cause to) behold, consider, look (down), regard, have respect, see.]

Num. 22:22 And God's anger was kindled because he went: and the angel of the LORD stood in the way for an adversary against him. Now he was riding upon his ass, and his two servants were with him. 23 And the ass saw the angel of the LORD standing in the way, and his sword drawn in his hand: and the ass turned aside out of the way, and went into the field: and Balaam smote the ass, to turn her into the way. 24 But the angel of the LORD stood in a path of the vineyards, a wall being on this side, and a wall on that side. 25 And when the ass saw the angel of the LORD, she thrust herself unto the wall, and crushed Balaam's foot against the wall: and he smote her again. 26 And the angel of the LORD went further, and stood in a narrow place, where was no way to turn either to the right hand or to the left. 27 And when the ass saw the angel of the LORD, she fell down under Balaam: and Balaam's anger was kindled, and he smote the ass with a staff. 31 Then the LORD opened the eyes of Balaam, and he saw the angel of the LORD standing in the way, and his sword drawn in his hand: and he bowed down his head, and fell flat on his face. 32 And the angel of the LORD said unto him, wherefore have you smitten your ass these three times? Behold, I went out to withstand you, because your way is perverse before me: 34 And Balaam said unto the angel of the LORD, I have sinned; for I knew not that you stood in the way against me: now therefore, if it displease you, I will get back again. 35 And the angel of the LORD said unto Balaam, Go with the men: but only the word that I shall speak unto you, that you shall speak. So Balaam went with the princes of Balak.

Num. 24:17 I shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him, but not nigh: there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Scepter shall rise out of Israel, and shall smite the corners of Moab, and destroy all the children of Sheth. [Perhaps the star referred to the star over Bethleham, the Bright and Morning Star, and/or Jesus providing light and guidance to all who will. Mt. 2:2, Lk. 1:33, 79, 3:34, Jn. 3:16, Gal. 3:24-25, Col. 2:15, 1 Jn. 3:5]

Num 35:9 Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 10 "Speak to the sons of Israel and say to them, 'When you cross the Jordan into the land of Canaan, 11 then you shall select for yourselves cities to be your cities of refuge, that the manslayer who has killed any person unintentionally may flee there. 12 'The cities shall be to you as a refuge from the avenger, so that the manslayer will not die until he stands before the congregation for trial. 13 'The cities which you are to give shall be your six cities of refuge. 14 'You shall give three cities across the Jordan and three cities in the land of Canaan; they are to be cities of refuge. 15 'These six cities shall be for refuge for the sons of Israel, and for the alien and for the sojourner among them; that anyone who kills a person unintentionally may flee there. [These six cities point to Christ, who is our refuge. They were to be within day journey from anywhere in Israel so that anyone could reach them much like Christ who is only a prayer of repentance away. A person needed to do more than know about, want to go or to live near a city of refuge. Just like with Christ, we must be IN HIM!]

The "it is written" spoken by Jesus in the 3 Temptations of Mt. 4 and Lk. 4 were quotations from Dt.: 6:13, 16, 8:43, 10:20. When Jesus repeated again and again "You have heard that it was said" in the Sermon on the Mount, He was quoting Deuteronomy, in Mat.5:21-48.

Jesus was an incisive thinker. He gave new life and meaning to much that was merely traditional: Clifford Wilson

Dt. 17:15 you shall surely set a king over you whom the LORD your God chooses, one from among your countrymen you shall set as king over yourselves; you may not put a foreigner over yourselves who is not your countryman. 16 "Moreover, he shall not multiply horses for himself, nor shall he cause the people to return to Egypt to multiply horses, since the LORD has said to you, 'You shall never again return that way.' 17 "He shall not multiply wives for himself, or else his heart will turn away; nor shall he greatly increase silver and gold for himself. 18 "Now it shall come about when he sits on the throne of his kingdom, he shall write for himself a copy of this law on a scroll in the presence of the Levitical priests. 19 "It shall be with him and he shall read it all the days of his life, that he may learn to fear the LORD his God, by carefully observing all the words of this law and these statutes, 20 that his heart may not be lifted up above his countrymen and that he may not turn aside from the commandment, to the right or the left, so that he and his sons may continue long in his kingdom in the midst of Israel. [These are Gods stipulations for a king over Israel. David came closest, but Jesus fulfilled them perfectly, as He did the whole law. God really wanted to be Israels only king 1 Sam. 8.6, 12.17-19 but here He did what He often did He allowed and even prophesied Israel wanting a king. How often do we want someone to rule over us except Jesus?!]

Dt. 18:15. The LORD your God will raise up unto you a Prophet from the midst of you, of your brethren, like unto me; unto him you shall hearken; 18 I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto you, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him. 19 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him. [Mt. 21:11, Jn. 1.29, 45,49 6:14, Acts 3:22-26, 7.37]

For Jesus Christ to me is the outstanding personality of all timeeverything He ever said or did has value for us today. And that is something you can say of no other man, alive or dead. Sholem Asck

Dt. 21:22 And if a man have committed a sin worthy of death, and he be to be put to death, and you hang him on a tree: 23 His body shall not remain all night upon the tree, but you shall in any wise bury him that day; (for he that is hanged is accursed of God;) that your land be not defiled, which the LORD your God gives you for an inheritance. [Tying in with these verses is Dt. 28, the chapter about the blessings and cursings. Praise God, Jesus took all the curses on Himself and left us with the blessings of Abraham while we are in Christ. Gal. 3:13-14]

Dt. 32:18 Of the Rock that begot you, you are unmindful, and have forgotten God that formed you. 31 For their rock is not as our Rock, even our enemies themselves being judges. [Ps. 118.22, Mt. 21.42, 1 Cor. 10:4, 1 Pet. 2.7]

Dt. 33:26. There is none like unto the God of Jeshurun, who rides upon the heaven in your help, and in his excellency on the sky. 2 Sam. 22:11 And he rode upon a cherub, and did fly: and he was seen upon the wings of the wind. Job 9:8 Who alone spreads out the heavens, and treads upon the waves of the sea. Job 22:14 Thick clouds are a covering to him, that he sees not; and he walks in the circuit of heaven. Ps. 104:3 Who lays the beams of his chambers in the waters: who makes the clouds his chariot: who walks upon the wings of the wind: Is. 31:5 As birds flying, so will the LORD of hosts defend Jerusalem; defending also he will deliver it; and passing over he will preserve it.

Joshua, meaning Jehovah saves, is the Hebrew equivalent of the Greek name Jesus [Mt. 1:21, Heb. 4:8]. This is one of the ways he is a picture of Jesus.

         Both Jesus and Joshua had the Holy Spirit within them Num. 27.18 something unusual for the Old Testament.

         Joshua and Jesus roles: both were leaders of Israel: Joshua: "Because of you the Lord became angry with me also and said, "You shall not enter it, either. But your assistant, Joshua son of Nun, will enter it. Encourage him, because he will lead Israel to inherit it." (Deut. 1:37-38). Jesus: "'But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will be the shepherd of my people Israel.'" (Mt. 2:6) Both led their people to the place promised by the Father. Jn. 14.2, Jos. 3 & 4.

         Both lead the people in victory 1 Cor. 15.57, 2 Cor. 2.14

         Both prayed for the people Josh. 7. 6-9, Jn. 17, Heb. 7.25

         Both were appointed by God: Joshua was appointed by God, his mission was not inherited... Jesus was appointed by God, his mission was not inherited.

         Joshua and Jesus: Number of appointed men: Twelve: Joshua appointed twelve men, one from each tribe, "So Joshua called together the twelve men he had appointed from the Israelites." (Josh. 4:4). These are the twelve he appointed: Simon (to whom he gave the name Peter); James son of Zebedee and his brother John (to them he gave the name Boanerges, which means Sons of Thunder); Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James son of Alphaeus, Thaddaeus, Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him." (Mk. 3:16-19)

         Both left unfinished work: We are told in Jos.13 that Joshua did not accomplish all the work that was to be done; but left a remnant of it to those who came after him. Jesus left His Church to finish His Work through centuries, He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation (Mk.16:15).

         Rewards and punishments of Joshua and Jesus: Joshua brought the faithful to the temporal Promised Land. He killed all the gentiles defeated in the "War of Extermination", the ban or herem or anathema, order by God. Jesus has an eternal mission: Brings the faithful to everlasting Heaven, and sends the unfaithful to eternal Hell (Mt. 25:31-46).

Josh. 2:18 Behold, when we come into the land, you shall bind this line of scarlet thread in the window which you did let us down by: and you shall bring your father, and your mother, and your brethren, and all your father's household, home unto you. [It is best to read all of the 2nd chapter. The scarlet thread speaks of the blood and Rahab was in the lineage of Jesus. Mt. 1.5, Heb. 11.31, Jam. 2.25]

Josh. 3 & 4 - the priests with the ark (both pictures of Jesus) lead the way into the river and prepared the way for the people to cross over, just as Jesus did for us into our life with Him and into eternal life to be with Him forever. 1 Tim. 2.5, Rev, 14.4

Josh. 5:13. And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, behold, there stood a man over against him with his sword drawn in his hand: and Joshua went unto him, and said unto him, Are you for us, or for our adversaries? 14 And he said, nay; but as captain of the host of the LORD am I now come. And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship, and said unto him, what says my lord unto his servant? 15 And the captain of the LORD'S host said unto Joshua, loose your shoe from off your foot; for the place whereon you stand is holy. And Joshua did so. 6:1 Now Jericho was tightly shut because of the sons of Israel; no one went out and no one came in. 2 The LORD said to Joshua, "See, I have given Jericho into your hand, with its king and the valiant warriors. [Victorious This is no angel, who makes the ground holy! The Captain or Lord of Hosts literally armies is one of many of the names of God and Jesus. see beginning of Isaiah, Rev. 19.1-14]

Jesus is the greatest leader the world has ever seen. Max Lucado

Josh. 14:6 Then the sons of Judah drew near to Joshua in Gilgal, and Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite said to him, "You know the word which the LORD spoke to Moses the man of God concerning you and me in Kadesh-barnea. 7 "I was forty years old when Moses the servant of the LORD sent me from Kadesh-barnea to spy out the land, and I brought word back to him as it was in my heart. 8 "Nevertheless my brethren who went up with me made the heart of the people melt with fear; but I followed the LORD my God fully. 9 "So Moses swore on that day, saying, 'Surely the land on which your foot has trodden will be an inheritance to you and to your children forever, because you have followed the LORD my God fully.' 10 "Now behold, the LORD has let me live, just as He spoke, these forty-five years, from the time that the LORD spoke this word to Moses, when Israel walked in the wilderness; and now behold, I am eighty-five years old today. 11 "I am still as strong today as I was in the day Moses sent me; as my strength was then, so my strength is now, for war and for going out and coming in. 12 "Now then, give me this hill country about which the LORD spoke on that day, for you heard on that day that Anakim were there, with great fortified cities; perhaps the LORD will be with me, and I will drive them out as the LORD has spoken." 13 So Joshua blessed him and gave Hebron to Caleb the son of Jephunneh for an inheritance. 14 Therefore, Hebron became the inheritance of Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite until this day, because he followed the LORD God of Israel fully. [This history of Caleb excites me to no end. All through his life, he trusted what God said, just as Jesus did. At 80+ years old, he had no fear climbing this mountain and doing a little clean-up work with some giants. This points toward Jesus, who also had a hill to climb and some giants to kill (sin, satan and sickness to name three). This place, to this day, is one of the most fertile in Israel and full of mineral deposits. This speaks to the amazing things Jesus gained for us on that hill, 2000 years ago. May we follow Calebs and Jesus example never fearing nor tiring of fighting the giants we face! There are things to win for the kingdom!]

Josh. 22:23 "If we have built us an altar to turn away from following the LORD, or if to offer a burnt offering or grain offering on it, or if to offer sacrifices of peace offerings on it, may the LORD Himself require it. Josh. 22:24 "But truly we have done this out of concern, for a reason, saying, 'In time to come your sons may say to our sons, "What have you to do with the LORD, the God of Israel? 25 "For the LORD has made the Jordan a border between us and you, you sons of Reuben and sons of Gad; you have no portion in the LORD." So your sons may make our sons stop fearing the LORD.' 26 "Therefore we said, 'Let us build an altar, not for burnt offering or for sacrifice; 27 rather it shall be a witness between us and you and between our generations after us, that we are to perform the service of the LORD before Him with our burnt offerings, and with our sacrifices and with our peace offerings, so that your sons will not say to our sons in time to come, "You have no portion in the LORD."' 28 "Therefore we said, 'It shall also come about if they say this to us or to our generations in time to come, then we shall say, "See the copy of the altar of the LORD which our fathers made, not for burnt offering or for sacrifice; rather it is a witness between us and you."' 29 "Far be it from us that we should rebel against the LORD and turn away from following the LORD this day, by building an altar for burnt offering, for grain offering or for sacrifice, besides the altar of the LORD our God which is before His tabernacle." [Jesus is our witness Rev. 1.5, 2.13, 3.14]

The book of Judges is filled with judges and deliverers whom are pictures of Christ, our Judge and Deliverer. [Jn. 5:22-23, Acts 10.42, 2 Cor. 5.10, Col. 1:13, 2 Tim. 4.1]

Judg. 2:1 And an angel of the LORD came up from Gilgal to Bochim, and said, I made you to go up out of Egypt, and have brought you unto the land which I swore unto your fathers; and I said, I will never break my covenant with you. 2 And you shall make no league with the inhabitants of this land; you shall throw down their altars: but you have not obeyed my voice: why have you done this? 3 Wherefore I also said, I will not drive them out from before you; but they shall be as thorns in your sides, and their gods shall be a snare unto you. 4 And it came to pass, when the angel of the LORD spoke these words unto all the children of Israel, that the people lifted up their voice, and wept. 5 And they called the name of that place Bochim: and they sacrificed there unto the LORD.

Judg. 6:11. And there came an angel of the LORD, and sat under an oak which was in Ophrah, that pertained unto Joash the Abiezrite: and his son Gideon threshed wheat by the wine press, to hide it from the Midianites. 12 And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him, and said unto him, The LORD is with you, you mighty man of valor. 13 And Gideon said unto him, Oh my Lord, if the LORD be with us, why then is all this befallen us? and where be all his miracles which our fathers told us of, saying, Did not the LORD bring us up from Egypt? but now the LORD has forsaken us, and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites. 14 And the LORD looked upon him, and said, Go in this your might, and you shall save Israel from the hand of the Midianites: have not I sent you? 15 And he said unto him, Oh my Lord, wherewith shall I save Israel? behold, my family is poor in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father's house. 16 And the LORD said unto him, Surely I will be with you, and you shall smite the Midianites as one man. 17 And he said unto him, If now I have found grace in your sight, then show me a sign that you talked with me. 18 Depart not here, I pray you, until I come unto you, and bring forth my present, and set it before you. And he said, I will tarry until you come again. 19 And Gideon went in, and made ready a kid, and unleavened cakes of an ephah of flour: the flesh he put in a basket, and he put the broth in a pot, and brought it out unto him under the oak, and presented it. 20 And the angel of God said unto him, Take the flesh and the unleavened cakes, and lay them upon this rock, and pour out the broth. And he did so. 21 Then the angel of the LORD put forth the end of the staff that was in his hand, and touched the flesh and the unleavened cakes; and there rose up fire out of the rock, and consumed the flesh and the unleavened cakes. Then the angel of the LORD departed out of his sight. 22 And when Gideon perceived that he was an angel of the LORD, Gideon said, Alas, O Lord GOD! for because I have seen an angel of the LORD face to face. 23 And the LORD said unto him, Peace be unto you; fear not: you shall not die. 24 Then Gideon built an altar there unto the LORD, and called it Jehovahshalom: unto this day it is yet in Ophrah of the Abiezrites. [In these verses, the Angel of the LORD and the LORD are used interchangeably. In addition, Jehovah Shalom points to Jesus, who is our peace Lk. 1.79, Jn. 14.27, 16.33, 20.19, 21, 26, Rom. 5.1, Gal. 1.3, Eph. 2.14-15, 17, Phil. 4.7, Col. 1.20, 3.15]

Judg. 13:3 And the angel of the LORD appeared unto the woman, and said unto her, Behold now, you are barren, and bear not: but you shall conceive, and bear a son. 4 Now therefore beware, I pray you, and drink not wine nor strong drink, and eat not any unclean thing: 5 For, lo, you shall conceive, and bear a son; and no razor shall come on his head: for the child shall be a Nazarite unto God from the womb: and he shall begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines. 6 Then the woman came and told her husband, saying, A man of God came nto me, and his countenance was like the countenance of an angel of God, very terrible: but I asked him not where he was, neither told he me his name: 7 But he said unto me, Behold, you shall conceive, and bear a son; and now drink no wine nor strong drink, neither eat any unclean thing: for the child shall be a Nazarite to God from the womb to the day of his deat. 8. Then Manoah entreated the LORD, and said, O my Lord, let the man of God which you did send come again unto us, and teach us what we shall do unto the child that shall be born. 9 And God hearkened to the voice of Manoah; and the angel of God came again unto the woman as she sat in the field: but Manoah her husband was not with her. 10 And the woman made haste, and ran, and showed her husband, and said unto him, Behold, the man has appeared unto me, that came unto me the other day. 11 And Manoah arose, and went after his wife, and came to the man, and said unto him, Are you the man that spoke unto the woman? And he said, I am. 12 And Manoah said, Now let your words come to pass. How shall we order the child, and how shall we do unto him? 13 And the angel of the LORD said unto Manoah, Of all that I said unto the woman let her beware. 14 She may not eat of any thing that comes of the vine, neither let her drink wine or strong drink, nor eat any unclean thing: all that I commanded her let her observe. 15. And Manoah said unto the angel of the LORD, I pray you, let us detain you, until we shall have made ready a kid for you. 16 And the angel of the LORD said unto Manoah, Though you detain me, I will not eat of your bread: and if you will offer a burnt offering, you must offer it unto the LORD. For Manoah knew not that he was an angel of the LORD. 17 And Manoah said unto the angel of the LORD, What is your name, that when your sayings come to pass we may do you honor? 18 And the angel of the LORD said unto him, Why ask you thus after my name, seeing it is wonderful? 19 So Manoah took a kid with a meat offering, and offered it upon a rock unto the LORD: and the angel did wondrously; and Manoah and his wife looked on. 20 For it came to pass, when the flame went up toward heaven from off the altar, that the angel of the LORD ascended in the flame of the altar. And Manoah and his wife looked on it, and fell on their faces to the ground. 21 But the angel of the LORD did no more appear to Manoah and to his wife. Then Manoah knew that he was an angel of the LORD. 22 And Manoah said unto his wife, We shall surely die, because we have seen God. 23 But his wife said unto him, If the LORD were pleased to kill us, he would not have received a burnt offering and a meat offering at our hands, neither would he have showed us all these things, nor would as at this time have told us such things as these. [Is. 9.6 there is one whose name is wonderful!]

Samson is a very unlikely picture of Jesus. However, both had the amazing power of Holy Spirit upon them

and in their last sacrificial act, overcame a powerful enemy! Both did more damage to the enemy in their death than in their life, as well.

It is possible to know Bible stories, yet miss the Bible storythe story of Jesus. Edmund P. Clowney

In Ruth we see Boaz, a picture of Jesus, as the kinsman-redeemer. [Lk. 1.68, 1 Cor. 1:30, Gal. 3.16-14, Eph. 1.7-8, Col. 1.13-14, Titus 2.14, 1 Pet. 1.18-21]

         The Kinsman-Redeemer had to be a family member; Jesus became man so He could be our kinsman and save us.

         Our Slavery: The kinsman-redeemer had the duty of buying family members out of slavery; Jesus redeemed us from slavery to sin and death.

         The Land: The kinsman-redeemer had the duty of buying back land that had been forfeited; Jesus will redeem the earth that man sold over to Satan.

         Love: Boaz, as kinsman-redeemer to Ruth, was not motivated by self-interest, but motivated by love for Ruth. Jesus motivation for redeeming us is His great love for us.

         Redemption: Boaz, as kinsman-redeemer to Ruth, had to have a plan to redeem Ruth unto himself - and some might have thought the plan to be foolish. Jesus has a plan to redeem us, and some might think the plan foolish (saving men by dying for them on a cruel cross?), yet the plan works and is glorious!

         The Bride: Boaz, as kinsman-redeemer to Ruth, took her as his bride; the people Jesus has redeemed are collectively called His bride (Eph. 5:31-32; Revelation 21:9).

         Heaven: Boaz, as kinsman-redeemer to Ruth, provided a glorious destiny for Ruth. Jesus, as our redeemer, provides a glorious destiny for us.... eternal Heaven!

         Famine in Israel... our Famine: There was a famine in the land of Israel and a young man named Elimelech and his wife Naomi left Bethlehem and went to Moab. When the Lord departed from man after the fall in the Garden of Eden, he was left with an emptiness --a famine-- in his heart. Since that time, man has hungered to be truly satisfied with something that would last. Of course, only the "Bread of Life" that can satisfy that need. (Jn. 6:35-72)

         Naomi (Grace)... Mara (Bitterness): Apart from Jesus, Naomi [Grace] faded into a mere shell of outward beauty; she became Mara [Bitterness]. This certainly shows what happens to a man when he recognizes his condition without God. Although his outside may appear to be fulfilled, he knows the emptiness deep within his heart. That emptiness was intended to be filled by Jesus Christ.

         Naomi restored... by the Redeemer: Naomi [the Beautiful Grace of God] was restored to be as she was intended to be --leaving her bitterness behind. Boaz, the Redeemer joined Ruth to produce a child named Obed (a Servant). The joining together of Jesus and the human spirit restores man to the state he was created for: a state of unity with God through His beloved Son. And that new creation is intended to be one who serves others in love.

         Naomi and Ruth in Israel... with nothing: Naomi and Ruth were downtrodden and empty-handed when they came to Judah, but the Redeemer met all their needs and loved them as they were. When a man comes to Jesus weary and heavy-burdened, Jesus takes those burdens upon Himself so that the man might experience the peace and contentment that only Jesus is able to provide.

         Boaz showed favor or grace to Ruth, just as Jesus showed it to us. Ruth 2.2, 10, 13 Jn. 1.14, 16-17, 2 Cor. 9.7-11, Eph. 2.7-10

1 Sam. shows Samuel in three roles: The Judge: Samuel is the last Judge...Jesus is our Judge (Mat.25:31-46), The Prophet: Samuel was the first Prophet, after Moses... Jesus is the greatest Prophet...our Prophet (Heb.3:3), and the Priest Jesus is our Great High Priest. Just as Samuel foreshadowed Jesus, his mother foreshadowed Mary. Samuel served God early in life as did Jesus Lk. 2.40-52

Saul was an anti-type of Jesus, lacking in devotion, obedience and lifestyle of a prophet, although he did prophesy at one point. He even tried to be king and priest, something only Jesus could do. Sauls jealousy of David was similar to the Pharisee and Sadducees jealousy of Jesus.

1 and 2 Sam. and 1 Chron. talk of the life of David. Jesus was both the son of David and greater than David [Mt. 1:1, 6, Lk. 20:41-44, Acts 2:25-32], and David the anointed one [1 Sam. 16.6] was a type of Jesus Christ Greek for anointed, just as messiah is Hebrew for the same. [Lk. 4.18-21, Acts 10.38] Both were shepherds.

For this reason too the prophets were called seers because they saw Him who others did not see. Jerome

1 Sam. 2:10 The adversaries of the Lord shall be broken to pieces; out of heaven shall he thunder upon them: the Lord shall judge the ends of the earth; and he shall give strength unto his king, and exalt the horn of his anointed. [Mat. 28:18, Phil. 2.10-11]

1 Sam. 25:7 'Now I have heard that you have shearers; now your shepherds have been with us and we have not insulted them, nor have they missed anything all the days they were in Carmel. 8 'Ask your young men and they will tell you. Therefore let my young men find favor in your eyes, for we have come on a festive day. Please give whatever you find at hand to your servants and to your son David.'" 10 But Nabal answered David's servants and said, "Who is David? And who is the son of Jesse? There are many servants today who are each breaking away from his master. 11 "Shall I then take my bread and my water and my meat that I have slaughtered for my shearers, and give it to men whose origin I do not know?" 12 So David's young men retraced their way and went back; and they came and told him according to all these words. 13 David said to his men, "Each of you gird on his sword." So each man girded on his sword. And David also girded on his sword, and about four hundred men went up behind David while two hundred stayed with the baggage. 14 But one of the young men told Abigail, Nabal's wife, saying, "Behold, David sent messengers from the wilderness to greet our master, and he scorned them. 15 "Yet the men were very good to us, and we were not insulted, nor did we miss anything as long as we went about with them, while we were in the fields. 16 "They were a wall to us both by night and by day, all the time we were with them tending the sheep. 17 "Now therefore, know and consider what you should do, for evil is plotted against our master and against all his household; and he is such a worthless man that no one can speak to him." 18 Then Abigail hurried and took two hundred loaves of bread and two jugs of wine and five sheep already prepared and five measures of roasted grain and a hundred clusters of raisins and two hundred cakes of figs, and loaded them on donkeys. 20 It came about as she was riding on her donkey and coming down by the hidden part of the mountain, that behold, David and his men were coming down toward her; so she met them. 23 When Abigail saw David, she hurried and dismounted from her donkey, and fell on her face before David and bowed herself to the ground. 24 She fell at his feet and said, "On me alone, my lord, be the blame. And please let your maidservant speak to you, and listen to the words of your maidservant. 25 "Please do not let my lord pay attention to this worthless man, Nabal, for as his name is, so is he. Nabal is his name and folly is with him; but I your maidservant did not see the young men of my lord whom you sent. 26 "Now therefore, my lord, as the LORD lives, and as your soul lives, since the LORD has restrained you from shedding blood, and from avenging yourself by your own hand, now then let your enemies and those who seek evil against my lord, be as Nabal. 28 "Please forgive the transgression of your maidservant; for the LORD will certainly make for my lord an enduring house, because my lord is fighting the battles of the LORD, and evil will not be found in you all your days. 31 this will not cause grief or a troubled heart to my lord, both by having shed blood without cause and by my lord having avenged himself. When the LORD deals well with my lord, then remember your maidservant." 32 Then David said to Abigail, "Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, who sent you this day to meet me, 33 and blessed be your discernment, and blessed be you, who have kept me this day from bloodshed and from avenging myself by my own hand. [In this retelling, Nabal is a type of us foolish and sinful, David is a type of God being just and holy, and Abigail is a type of Jesus interceding on our behalf!]

2 Sam. 7: 13 He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom for ever. 14 I will be his father, and he shall be my son. 16 And your house and your kingdom shall be established for ever before you: your throne shall be established for ever. [Mt.3:16-17, 8:29, 11:27, 14:33, 17:4-5, Lk. 1:31-35, Jn. 1:34, 3:16-18, 5:21-23, 9:35-37, 10:34-38, 11:27, 12:27-30, Acts 13:30-33, Col. 1:13, Heb. 1:5, 2 Pet. 1:17-18, 1 Jn. 4:15, 5:20]

2 Sam. 9:3 The king said, "Is there not yet anyone of the house of Saul to whom I may show the kindness of God?" And Ziba said to the king, "There is still a son of Jonathan who is crippled in both feet." 6 Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan the son of Saul, came to David and fell on his face and prostrated himself. And David said, "Mephibosheth." And he said, "Here is your servant!" 7 David said to him, "Do not fear, for I will surely show kindness to you for the sake of your father Jonathan, and will restore to you all the land of your grandfather Saul; and you shall eat at my table regularly." 8 Again he prostrated himself and said, "What is your servant, that you should regard a dead dog like me?" 9 Then the king called Saul's servant Ziba and said to him, "All that belonged to Saul and to all his house I have given to your master's grandson. 10 "You and your sons and your servants shall cultivate the land for him, and you shall bring in the produce so that your master's grandson may have food; nevertheless Mephibosheth your master's grandson shall eat at my table regularly." Now Ziba had fifteen sons and twenty servants. 11 Then Ziba said to the king, "According to all that my lord the king commands his servant so your servant will do." So Mephibosheth ate at David's table as one of the king's sons. 13 So Mephibosheth lived in Jerusalem, for he ate at the king's table regularly. Now he was lame in both feet. [What a picture of Jesus and us. We had nothing to offer Jesus, just as Mephibosheth had nothing David needed. In fact, Mephibosheth, being a relative of Saul, should have been Davids enemy. Yet, David as a picture of Jesus was ever mindful of the covenant he made with Jonathon and sought out someone to express kindness to us. Remember this the next time you feel unworthy, unable to offer anything to the Lord! According to Rom. 5.6-11, we were also enemies and yet have friendship with God, through Jesus! And were not treated as nobodies we eat at the Kings table as one of His sons! David was true to his word, just as Jesus is and we should be!]

2 Sam. chapters 11 & 12 talk about Davids sin with Bathsheba and Uriah. This is a situation that seems beyond what even God could redeem, yet that is not so. God used their second son (the first died because of their sin) to build the temple, reign in peace and be in the lineage of Jesus! That is not to excuse sin. David was confronted by the prophet, repented, and suffered punishment, yet because of Davids heart, God was able to turn it all around.

2 Sam. 15:30 And David went up the ascent of the Mount of Olives, and wept as he went, and his head was covered and he walked barefoot. Then all the people who were with him each covered his head and went up weeping as they went. [David had been betrayed by his son and those closest to him. He wept because of that and because of the damage to the kingdom that it would cause. Jesus likewise wept Lk. 19.41-44 at the triumphal entry, Jn. 11.35 at the grave of Lazarus likely due to unbelief of those surrounding the incident.]

2 Sam. 22:50 Therefore will I give thanks unto thee, O LORD, among the heathen, and sing praises unto thy name." [Romans 15:8-9]

2 Sam. 23:2 The Spirit of the LORD spoke by me, and his word was in my tongue. 3 The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spoke to me, He that rules over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God. 4 And he shall be as the light of the morning, when the sun rises, even a morning without clouds; as the tender grass springing out of the earth by clear shining after rain. [Lk. 1:78, 1 Cor. 10:4, 1 Pet. 2:8, 2 Pet. 1:19, Rev.22:16]

We believe that the history of the world is but the history of His influence and that the center of the whole universe is the cross of Calvary. Alexander MacLaren

In 1 Kings and 1 Chron. we see Jesus as Greater than the temple [Mt. 12:6], the temple builder in chapter 5-7 [Eph. 2:20-22], Greater than Solomon [Mt. 12:42], and Elijah as type of Jesus in his miracles and healings. Solomon being a wise king was a type of Jesus.

1 Kings 8:62 Now the king and all Israel with him offered sacrifice before the LORD. 63 Solomon offered for the sacrifice of peace offerings, which he offered to the LORD, 22,000 oxen and 120,000 sheep. So the king and all the sons of Israel dedicated the house of the LORD. 64 On the same day the king consecrated the middle of the court that was before the house of the LORD, because there he offered the burnt offering and the grain offering and the fat of the peace offerings; for the bronze altar that was before the LORD was too small to hold the burnt offering and the grain offering and the fat of the peace offerings. [This scripture gives us a small idea of the value of the blood of Jesus. Imagine purchasing these animals for sacrifice to dedicate a perishable temple made with hands and how much more the real temples are worth - us! 1 Pet. 1.18-19]

No one else not king, dictator, scientist, educator or military leader has made a greater contribution to world history than Jesus has. Tim LaHaye

1 Kings 9:1 Now it came about when Solomon had finished building the house of the LORD, and the king's house, and all that Solomon desired to do, 2 that the LORD appeared to Solomon a second time, as He had appeared to him at Gibeon. 3 The LORD said to him, "I have heard your prayer and your supplication, which you have made before Me; I have consecrated this house which you have built by putting My name there forever, and My eyes and My heart will be there perpetually. 4 "As for you, if you will walk before Me as your father David walked, in integrity of heart and uprightness, doing according to all that I have commanded you and will keep My statutes and My ordinances, 5 then I will establish the throne of your kingdom over Israel forever, just as I promised to your father David, saying, 'You shall not lack a man on the throne of Israel.' [Jesus put His name on the temple forever. Under the new covenant, we, individually and corporately are His temple. His name is on us and we are consecrated by it! His eyes and His heart will be upon us forever as well. Each of us are containers of Holy Spirit, Jesus and Father God. Mk.11.15, Jn. 2.17] 10 It came about at the end of twenty years in which Solomon had built the two houses, the house of the LORD and the king's house 11 (Hiram king of Tyre had supplied Solomon with cedar and cypress timber and gold according to all his desire), then King Solomon gave Hiram twenty cities in the land of Galilee. 12 So Hiram came out from Tyre to see the cities which Solomon had given him, and they did not please him. 13 He said, "What are these cities which you have given me, my brother?" So they were called the land of Cabul (good-for-nothing) to this day. [What men disdain, God redeems. Jesus grew up in this area and ministered much here, fulfilling prophecy Is. 9.1-2. He was rejected because of this Jn. 1.46, 7.41. Many of the 12, who became the apostles, were from here as well.]

1 Kings 19:11 And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD. And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake: 12 And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice. 13 And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said, What are you doing here, Elijah?

All kings when they die have their power extinguished with their life: but Christ crucified is worshipped by the whole world. We proclaim the crucified, and the devils tremble.

1 Kings 22:5 Also Jehoshaphat said to the king of Israel, Please inquire for the word of the Lord today. 6 Then the king of Israel gathered the prophets together, about four hundred men, and said to them, Shall I go against Ramoth Gilead to fight, or shall I refrain? So they said, Go up, for the Lord will deliver it into the hand of the king. 7 And Jehoshaphat said, Is there not still a prophet of the Lord here, that we may inquire of Him? 8 So the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, There is still one man, Micaiah the son of Imlah, by whom we may inquire of the Lord; but I hate him, because he does not prophesy good concerning me, but evil. And Jehoshaphat said, Let not the king say such things! 9 Then the king of Israel called an officer and said, Bring Micaiah the son of Imlah quickly! 17 So he said, "I saw all Israel Scattered on the mountains, like sheep which have no shepherd. And the LORD said, 'These have no master. Let each of them return to his house in peace.'" [The first part of this prophecy by Micaiah to Ahab, was later quoted by Jesus Mt. 9.36, Mk. 6.34 Like most if not all of the prophets, he was disdained. As such, he as well as all the true prophets of the Lord, he was a type of the Best Prophet, the supreme Jesus Christ. Dt. 18.15, 18, Mt. 13:57, 21.11, Jn. 4.19, 6.14, 7.40, Acts 3.22-26, Heb. 1.1-2, Rev. 19.10]

We see Elisha as a type of Jesus in his miracles and healings in 2 Kings. They were always to benefit others. Jesus is the Voice of the Prophets. Elisha means God is salvation, Jesus means Jehovah saves. As Elijah (a type of John the Baptist) passed his mantle on to Elisha, so did John the Baptist to Jesus. Jesus passed His on to his followers as well. Mt. 28.18-20 Teaching, discipling, and baptizing the ethnos (every ethnic group). Mk. 16.15-20 Signs and wonders, every creature evangelism. Lk. 9.1-6 sending out the 12 to do and teach what He did. Lk. 10.1-12, 17-22 - sending out 70 others to do and teach what He did. Jn. 5.17-30, 7.16, 8.28-29, 12.49. 14.10 Jesus says and does only what He receives from the Father. Jn. 14.15 greater miracles. Jn. 15.1-5 We can only do good by abiding in Jesus. Jn. 21.21-23 Peace, Holy Spirit and forgiveness.

2 Kings 3:12 And Jehoshaphat said, The word of the LORD is with him [Elisha]. So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat and the king of Edom went down to him. [Jn. 1:1, 14]

2 Kings 5.1 Now Naaman, commander of the army of the king of Syria, was a great and honorable man in the eyes of his master, because by him the Lord had given victory to Syria. He was also a mighty man of valor, but a leper. 2 And the Syrians had gone out on raids, and had brought back captive a young girl from the land of Israel. She waited on Naamans wife. 3 Then she said to her mistress, If only my master were with the prophet who is in Samaria! For he would heal him of his leprosy. 4 And Naaman went in and told his master, saying, Thus and thus said the girl who is from the land of Israel. [This is how we should respond in the world that sometimes holds us captive. We should point others to Jesus to meet their need!]

5 Then the king of Syria said, Go now, and I will send a letter to the king of Israel. So he departed and took with him ten talents of silver, six thousand shekels of gold, and ten changes of clothing. 6 Then he brought the letter to the king of Israel, which said, Now be advised, when this letter comes to you, that I have sent Naaman my servant to you, that you may heal him of his leprosy. 7 And it happened, when the king of Israel read the letter, that he tore his clothes and said, Am I God, to kill and make alive, that this man sends a man to me to heal him of his leprosy? Therefore please consider, and see how he seeks a quarrel with me. [Mis-directed faith.]

8 So it was, when Elisha the man of God heard that the king of Israel had torn his clothes, that he sent to the king, saying, Why have you torn your clothes? Please let him come to me, and he shall know that there is a prophet in Israel. 9 Then Naaman went with his horses and chariot, and he stood at the door of Elishas house. 10 And Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall be restored to you, and you shall be clean. 11 But Naaman became furious, and went away and said, Indeed, I said to myself, He will surely come out to me, and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God, and wave his hand over the place, and heal the leprosy. 12 Are not the Abanah and the Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Could I not wash in them and be clean? So he turned and went away in a rage. [Like Jesus, Elisha wasnt into a show, didnt have proper methods and didnt show rank any privilege. Also like Jesus, it is never written that he told someone he wouldnt heal them]

13 And his servants came near and spoke to him, and said, My father, if the prophet had told you to do something great, would you not have done it? How much more then, when he says to you, Wash, and be clean? 14 So he went down and dipped seven times in the Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God; and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean. 15 And he returned to the man of God, he and all his aides, and came and stood before him; and he said, Indeed, now I know that there is no God in all the earth, except in Israel; now therefore, please take a gift from your servant. 16 But he said, As the Lord lives, before whom I stand, I will receive nothing. And he urged him to take it, but he refused. 17 So Naaman said, Then, if not, please let your servant be given two mule-loads of earth; for your servant will no longer offer either burnt offering or sacrifice to other gods, but to the Lord. 18 Yet in this thing may the Lord pardon your servant: when my master goes into the temple of Rimmon to worship there, and he leans on my hand, and I bow down in the temple of Rimmonwhen I bow down in the temple of Rimmon, may the Lord please pardon your servant in this thing. 19 Then he said to him, Go in peace. So he departed from him a short distance. [Elisha, like Jesus and like we should be, was not in it for the money. Notice how he, like Jesus, looked at the heart and not the exact carrying out of the ceremony]

2 Kings 11.1 When Athaliah the mother of Ahaziah saw that her son was dead, she rose and destroyed all the royal offspring. 2 But Jehosheba, the daughter of King Joram, sister of Ahaziah, took Joash the son of Ahaziah and stole him from among the king's sons who were being put to death, and placed him and his nurse in the bedroom. So they hid him from Athaliah, and he was not put to death. 3 So he was hidden with her in the house of the LORD six years, while Athaliah was reigning over the land. 4 Now in the seventh year Jehoiada sent and brought the captains of hundreds of the Carites and of the guard, and brought them to him in the house of the LORD. Then he made a covenant with them and put them under oath in the house of the LORD, and showed them the king's son. [This daughter preserved the lineage of Jesus, without which many prophecies could not be fulfilled. Interesting that six is the number of man, but in the 7th year, the year of perfection and completeness, this offspring was revealed!]

2 Kings 18:4 He (Hezekiah) removed the high places and broke down the sacred pillars and cut down the Asherah. He also broke in pieces the bronze serpent that Moses had made, for until those days the sons of Israel burned incense to it; and it was called Nehushtan. [Num. 21:8, Jn. 3:14-15 That bronze serpent, a picture of Jesus, was for the people to gaze upon like were to look unto Jesus Heb. 12.2 and they would be healed. Just like any good thing can, that serpent had become an idol for Israel. No gift, blessing, or any other thing is to be lifted higher than Jesus. He is to be supreme, preeminent over ALL. He IS everything we need, our very source. All these other things may come from Him, but He is to remain our focus.]

2 Kings 22:1 Josiah was eight years old when he became king, and he reigned thirty-one years in Jerusalem; and his mother's name was Jedidah the daughter of Adaiah of Bozkath. 2 He did right in the sight of the LORD and walked in all the way of his father David, nor did he turn aside to the right or to the left. 4 "Go up to Hilkiah the high priest that he may count the money brought in to the house of the LORD which the doorkeepers have gathered from the people. 5 "Let them deliver it into the hand of the workmen who have the oversight of the house of the LORD, and let them give it to the workmen who are in the house of the LORD to repair the damages of the house, 10 Moreover, Shaphan the scribe told the king saying, "Hilkiah the priest has given me a book." And Shaphan read it in the presence of the king. 11 When the king heard the words of the book of the law, he tore his clothes. 12 Then the king commanded Hilkiah the priest, Ahikam the son of Shaphan, Achbor the son of Micaiah, Shaphan the scribe, and Asaiah the king's servant saying, 13 "Go, inquire of the LORD for me and the people and all Judah concerning the words of this book that has been found, for great is the wrath of the LORD that burns against us, because our fathers have not listened to the words of this book, to do according to all that is written concerning us." 23:2 The king went up to the house of the LORD and all the men of Judah and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem with him, and the priests and the prophets and all the people, both small and great; and he read in their hearing all the words of the book of the covenant which was found in the house of the LORD. 3 The king stood by the pillar and made a covenant before the LORD, to walk after the LORD, and to keep His commandments and His testimonies and His statutes with all his heart and all his soul, to carry out the words of this covenant that were written in this book. And all the people entered into the covenant. 21 Then the king commanded all the people saying, "Celebrate the Passover to the LORD your God as it is written in this book of the covenant." 22 Surely such a Passover had not been celebrated from the days of the judges who judged Israel, nor in all the days of the kings of Israel and of the kings of Judah. 23 But in the eighteenth year of King Josiah, this Passover was observed to the LORD in Jerusalem. [Josiah was a picture of Jesus. He followed God at an early age. He repaired and cleansed the temple. He also had great respect for the word of God. Josiah restored Passover as well. He did these things in the natural realm, while Jesus did much of it in the spiritual. For Josiah, the Word was buried in the rubble in the temple, for Jesus, it was buried under religion and tradition.]

David, although he was king, at times wore the priestly ephod. While Saul was rebuked for undertaking priestly duties (likely due to his pride and lack of trust) David is honored. He was a true type of Jesus who is the King of kings and our Great High Priest.

The first 9 chapters of 1 Chron. gives an endless genealogy by which Israel could trace their roots and legitimacy as Gods children. The New Covenant is different (thank goodness). Jesus has no grandchildren. All of us are His brothers and sisters, sons and daughters of God Himself. Rom. 8.12-25, Gal. 3.26-4.7, Heb.2.10-18. Although many in that list have no significance to us, they do to God. Much like most of us, who are relatively unknown, except to our Father!

The sages and heroes of history are receding from usbut time has no power over the name and deeds and words of Jesus Christ. W. E. Channing

1 Chron. 10:13 So Saul died for his trespass which he committed against the LORD, because of the word of the LORD which he did not keep; and also because he asked counsel of a medium, making inquiry of it, 14 and did not inquire of the LORD. Therefore He killed him and turned the kingdom to David the son of Jesse. [Many comparisons could be made here between Saul and David. Adam and Jesus, the Pharisees and Saducees and Jesus are a few that come to mind. Saul started right, but ended prideful, willful, stubborn, self-promoting and self-reliant. Jesus was none of those things, but was humble, obedient to the Father, wishing to honor Him above all. Mt. 6.13, 11.29, 12.19-20, 21.5, Jn. 5.19-20, 30, 41-44, 7.16, 18, 8.28-29, 38, 49-51, 12.28, 49, 14.3, 10, 24, 17.4, 7-8 Are there any personal applications?]

1 Chron. 11:3 So all the elders of Israel came to the king at Hebron, and David made a covenant with them in Hebron before the LORD; and they anointed David king over Israel, according to the word of the LORD through Samuel. 4 Then David and all Israel went to Jerusalem (that is, Jebus); and the Jebusites, the inhabitants of the land, were there. 5 The inhabitants of Jebus said to David, "You shall not enter here." Nevertheless David captured the stronghold of Zion (that is, the city of David). 6 Now David had said, "Whoever strikes down a Jebusite first shall be chief and commander." Joab the son of Zeruiah went up first, so he became chief. 7 Then David dwelt in the stronghold; therefore it was called the city of David. [Jebusite means downtrodden and it was the last of the 7 nations Israel conquered. It took a mighty warrior, David, a picture of Jesus to do it. It is similar in our lives. There are many obstacles and sins to overcome (nations if you will) and only Jesus having full sway can overcome them! He may even use others to help in the battle, but all the credit goes to Him!]

1 Chron. 15 tells of David bringing the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem along with Gods name, glory and presence. The same happened when Jesus came to earth, Gods name, glory and presence was once again with man. Lk. 1.32-33, 2.14, 30-32, Jn. 1.14, Mt. 1.23, 3.13-17, 1 Chron. 22.10

1 Chron. 16:1 And they brought in the ark of God and placed it inside the tent which David had pitched for it, and they offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before God. 39 He left Zadok the priest and his relatives the priests before the tabernacle of the LORD in the high place which was at Gibeon, 40 to offer burnt offerings to the LORD on the altar of burnt offering continually morning and evening, even according to all that is written in the law of the LORD, which He commanded Israel. [Once David brought the ark to Jerusalem, he set it in a separate tent from the rest of the tabernacle. So one tabernacle had all the other pieces of furniture and all the trappings and sacrifices that went with it, the other had the glory, presence and name of God! David regularly went there to commune with God. This is much like what went on when Jesus was on earth. There was the temple with all the trappings or there was Jesus. One could choose where and what they wanted to devote themselves to. Interesting that what God said He would restore out of all the tabernacles and temples was the tabernacle of David. Acts 15.16]

1 Chron. 17:7 "Now, therefore, thus shall you say to My servant David, 'Thus says the LORD of hosts, "I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep, to be leader over My people Israel. [David went from shepherding sheep to shepherding people. Like Jesus to come who was the Good Shepherd. Both sheep and people need provision, guidance, protection. Jn. 10.1-18, 25-30, Heb. 13.5, 1 Pet. 2.25, 1 Pet. 5.4, Rev. 7.17]

Jesus, whose name is not so much written as ploughed into the history of the world. Ralph Waldo Emerson

1 Chron. 29:1. Furthermore David the king said unto all the congregation, Solomon my son, whom alone God has chosen, is yet young and tender, and the work is great: for the palace is not for man, but for the LORD God. 19 And give unto Solomon my son a perfect heart, to keep your commandments, your testimonies, and your statutes, and to do all these things, and to build the palace, for the which I have made provision. [Mt. 21:12-13] [By His blood, Jesus made provision for us (collectively) to be built into His Temple. 1 Cor. 3.11, 16, Eph. 2.13-22, 1 Pet. 1.18-19, 2.5] [The tabernacle and the temples tried to represent Jesus to the people, to inspire awe and reverence. All ended up destroyed. Only Jesus tabernacled within us and us in Him can be eternal.]

2 Chron. 3.1 Now Solomon began to build the house of the Lord at Jerusalem on Mount Moriah, where the Lord had appeared to his father David, at the place that David had prepared on the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite. 2 And he began to build on the second day of the second month in the fourth year of his reign. [Abraham started the saga of Mt. Moriah when he went there to sacrifice Isaac and ended up sacrificing the ram God provided. David continued it when he bought the property to sacrifice to stop the plague he caused by numbering the people. It was here he said, No, but I will surely buy it for the full price, for I will not take what is yours for the Lord, nor offer burnt offerings with that which costs me nothing. Of course, the culmination of the saga was in Jesus as He offered Himself up by giving His all and across the valley, the veil of the temple was torn in two on this very mountain.]

2 Chron. 15. 8 And when Asa heard these words and the prophecy of Oded the prophet, he took courage, and removed the abominable idols from all the land of Judah and Benjamin and from the cities which he had taken in the mountains of Ephraim; and he restored the altar of the Lord that was before the vestibule of the Lord. 9 Then he gathered all Judah and Benjamin, and those who dwelt with them from Ephraim, Manasseh, and Simeon, for they came over to him in great numbers from Israel when they saw that the Lord his God was with him. 2 Chron. 17.5 Therefore the Lord established the kingdom in his hand; and all Judah gave presents to Jehoshaphat, and he had riches and honor in abundance. 6 And his heart took delight in the ways of the Lord; moreover he removed the high places and wooden images from Judah. 7 Also in the third year of his reign he sent his leaders, Ben-Hail, Obadiah, Zechariah, Nethanel, and Michaiah, to teach in the cities of Judah. 8 And with them he sent Levites: Shemaiah, Nethaniah, Zebadiah, Asahel, Shemiramoth, Jehonathan, Adonijah, Tobijah, and Tobadonijahthe Levites; and with them Elishama and Jehoram, the priests. 9 So they taught in Judah, and had the Book of the Law of the Lord with them; they went throughout all the cities of Judah and taught the people. 2 Chron. 24. 4 Now it happened after this that Joash set his heart on repairing the house of the Lord. 5 Then he gathered the priests and the Levites, and said to them, Go out to the cities of Judah, and gather from all Israel money to repair the house of your God from year to year, and see that you do it quickly. [Asa, Jehosaphat and Joash were all types of Christ who also called the nation of Israel to turn back to God just as Jesus did.]

2 Chron. 29.3 In the first year of his reign, in the first month, he opened the doors of the house of the LORD and repaired them. 4 He brought in the priests and the Levites and gathered them into the square on the east. 5 Then he said to them, "Listen to me, O Levites. Consecrate yourselves now, and consecrate the house of the LORD, the God of your fathers, and carry the uncleanness out from the holy place. 6 "For our fathers have been unfaithful and have done evil in the sight of the LORD our God, and have forsaken Him and turned their faces away from the dwelling place of the LORD, and have turned their backs. 7 "They have also shut the doors of the porch and put out the lamps, and have not burned incense or offered burnt offerings in the holy place to the God of Israel. 10 "Now it is in my heart to make a covenant with the LORD God of Israel, that His burning anger may turn away from us. 11 "My sons, do not be negligent now, for the LORD has chosen you to stand before Him, to minister to Him, and to be His ministers and burn incense." 20 Then King Hezekiah arose early and assembled the princes of the city and went up to the house of the LORD. 21 They brought seven bulls, seven rams, seven lambs and seven male goats for a sin offering for the kingdom, the sanctuary, and Judah. And he ordered the priests, the sons of Aaron, to offer them on the altar of the LORD. 25 He then stationed the Levites in the house of the LORD with cymbals, with harps and with lyres, according to the command of David and of Gad the king's seer, and of Nathan the prophet; for the command was from the LORD through His prophets. 26 The Levites stood with the musical instruments of David, and the priests with the trumpets. 27 Then Hezekiah gave the order to offer the burnt offering on the altar. When the burnt offering began, the song to the LORD also began with the trumpets, accompanied by the instruments of David, king of Israel. 28 While the whole assembly worshiped, the singers also sang and the trumpets sounded; all this continued until the burnt offering was finished. 30:1 Now Hezekiah sent to all Israel and Judah and wrote letters also to Ephraim and Manasseh, that they should come to the house of the LORD at Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover to the LORD God of Israel. 18 For a multitude of the people, even many from Ephraim and Manasseh, Issachar and Zebulun, had not purified themselves, yet they ate the Passover otherwise than prescribed. For Hezekiah prayed for them, saying, "May the good LORD pardon 19 everyone who prepares his heart to seek God, the LORD God of his fathers, though not according to the purification rules of the sanctuary." 20 So the LORD heard Hezekiah and healed the people. [Other than Solomon, more space is dedicated to King Hezekiah in 2nd Chron. than any other king. Hezekiah, another picture of Jesus, often did as Jesus did. Hezekiah restored the priesthood, the temple, the covenant, sacrifices, Passover and worship. Hezekiah did these things in the natural realm, while Jesus did much of it in the spiritual. Like Jesus, he looked at the heart, rather than the outward actions.]

2 Chron. 33.1 Manasseh was twelve years old when he became king, and he reigned fifty-five years in Jerusalem. 2 But he did evil in the sight of the Lord, according to the abominations of the nations whom the Lord had cast out before the children of Israel. 9 So Manasseh seduced Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to do more evil than the nations whom the Lord had destroyed before the children of Israel. 10 And the Lord spoke to Manasseh and his people, but they would not listen. 11 Therefore the Lord brought upon them the captains of the army of the king of Assyria, who took Manasseh with hooks, bound him with bronze fetters, and carried him off to Babylon. 12 Now when he was in affliction, he implored the Lord his God, and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers, 13 and prayed to Him; and He received his entreaty, heard his supplication, and brought him back to Jerusalem into his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the Lord was God. 14 After this he built a wall outside the City of David on the west side of Gihon, in the valley, as far as the entrance of the Fish Gate; and it enclosed Ophel, and he raised it to a very great height. Then he put military captains in all the fortified cities of Judah. 15 He took away the foreign gods and the idol from the house of the Lord, and all the altars that he had built in the mount of the house of the Lord and in Jerusalem; and he cast them out of the city. 16 He also repaired the altar of the Lord, sacrificed peace offerings and thank offerings on it, and commanded Judah to serve the Lord God of Israel. [Manasseh reigned longer and did more horrible things than all the kings of Judah or Israel. Yet, he repented, was restored and ended up in the lineage of Jesus Mt. 1.10.]

Ezra, as a type of Christ, was a restorer and rebuilder of the temple and the nation.

Ezra 2.2 Those who came with Zerubbabel were Jeshua, Nehemiah, Seraiah, Reelaiah, Mordecai, Bilshan, Mispar, Bigvai, Rehum, and Baanah. The number of the men of the people of Israel: 21 the people of Bethlehem, one hundred and twenty-three; [Even though Judah was in exile, God made sure the Messianic line from David was intact, via Zerubbabel and the other Bethlehemites. He was a great-grandson of the last king mentioned in 2 Chron., Jehoiachin (or Jeconiah). Mt. 1.12-13, Lk. 3.22]

Ezra 9.1 When these things were done, the leaders came to me, saying, The people of Israel and the priests and the Levites have not separated themselves from the peoples of the lands, with respect to the abominations of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Jebusites, the Ammonites, the Moabites, the Egyptians, and the Amorites. 2 For they have taken some of their daughters as wives for themselves and their sons, so that the holy seed is mixed with the peoples of those lands. Indeed, the hand of the leaders and rulers has been foremost in this trespass. 3 So when I heard this thing, I tore my garment and my robe, and plucked out some of the hair of my head and beard, and sat down astonished. Ezra 10.1 Now while Ezra was praying, and while he was confessing, weeping, and bowing down before the house of God, a very large assembly of men, women, and children gathered to him from Israel; for the people wept very bitterly. 2 And Shechaniah the son of Jehiel, one of the sons of Elam, spoke up and said to Ezra, We have trespassed against our God, and have taken pagan wives from the peoples of the land; yet now there is hope in Israel in spite of this. 3 Now therefore, let us make a covenant with our God to put away all these wives and those who have been born to them, according to the advice of my master and of those who tremble at the commandment of our God; and let it be done according to the law. 4 Arise, for this matter is your responsibility. We also are with you. Be of good courage, and do it. [Eph. 5.22-33 Marriage primarily shows the union of Christ and His Bride to the world. The marriages here were against the Lord because there was an unholy mixture. That is why we must be born from above and made new creatures literally a different type of person, so we can one day consummate our marriage to Jesus.]

Nehemiah, as the Governor of Israel, leader of the exiles out of Babylon and as the rebuilder of the walls of Jerusalem, was a picture of Jesus, who rebuilds the walls of our lives. Nehemiah rebuilt the walls stone by stone. Jesus is the stone that the builders rejected (Mk. 12.10, 1 Pet. 2.7), yet He became the chief corner stone (Eph. 2.20, 1 Pet. 2.5). Nehemiah is an account of the restoration of Jesus and what He will do with our lives. We sin; perhaps to the point of being lead off into exile by our despicable enemy, while other enemies try to destroy what God helped us build. But Jesus comes and restores us and what we built, after we repent and are forgiven. (Lk. 15.11-32)

Neh. 3:10 Next to them Jedaiah the son of Harumaph made repairs opposite his house. And next to him Hattush the son of Hashabneiah made repairs. 21 After him Meremoth the son of Uriah the son of Hakkoz repaired another section, from the doorway of Eliashib's house even as far as the end of his house. 23 After them Benjamin and Hasshub carried out repairs in front of their house. After them Azariah the son of Maaseiah, son of Ananiah, carried out repairs beside his house. 28 Above the Horse Gate the priests carried out repairs, each in front of his house. [Just as many made repairs to the walls in front of their own houses, so Jesus taught us to love our neighbors (those close to us, Mt. 22.29) and take the beam out of our own eye before we judge others (Mt. 7.3).]

Neh. 5:3 There were others who said, "We are mortgaging our fields, our vineyards and our houses that we might get grain because of the famine." 4 Also there were those who said, "We have borrowed money for the king's tax on our fields and our vineyards. 5. "Now our flesh is like the flesh of our brothers, our children like their children. Yet behold, we are forcing our sons and our daughters to be slaves, and some of our daughters are forced into bondage already, and we are helpless because our fields and vineyards belong to others." 6 Then I was very angry when I had heard their outcry and these words. 8 I said to them, "We according to our ability have redeemed our Jewish brothers who were sold to the nations; now would you even sell your brothers that they may be sold to us?" Then they were silent and could not find a word to say. 9 Again I said, "The thing which you are doing is not good; should you not walk in the fear of our God because of the reproach of the nations, our enemies? 10 "And likewise I, my brothers and my servants are lending them money and grain. Please, let us leave off this usury. 11 "Please, give back to them this very day their fields, their vineyards, their olive groves and their houses, also the hundredth part of the money and of the grain, the new wine and the oil that you are exacting from them." 12 Then they said, "We will give it back and will require nothing from them; we will do exactly as you say." So I called the priests and took an oath from them that they would do according to this promise. 13 I also shook out the front of my garment and said, "Thus may God shake out every man from his house and from his possessions who does not fulfill this promise; even thus may he be shaken out and emptied." And all the assembly said, "Amen!" And they praised the LORD. Then the people did according to this promise. 14 Moreover, from the day that I was appointed to be their governor in the land of Judah, from the twentieth year to the thirty-second year of King Artaxerxes, for twelve years, neither I nor my kinsmen have eaten the governor's food allowance. 15 But the former governors who were before me laid burdens on the people and took from them bread and wine besides forty shekels of silver; even their servants domineered the people. But I did not do so because of the fear of God. [Nehemiah, like Jesus, looked out for the poor, was angry at injustice, and set a good example. Mt. 11.4-5, Mt. 19.21, Mt. 20.12-14, Mk. 3.5, Mk. 12.42-44, Lk. 4.47-18, Lk. 14.13, Lk. 19.8-9, Jn. 2.14-17, Jn. 13.39]

Neh. 8:1 And all the people gathered as one man at the square which was in front of the Water Gate, and they asked Ezra the scribe to bring the book of the law of Moses which the LORD had given to Israel. 2 Then Ezra the priest brought the law before the assembly of men, women and all who could listen with understanding, on the first day of the seventh month. 3 He read from it before the square which was in front of the Water Gate from early morning until midday, in the presence of men and women, those who could understand; and all the people were attentive to the book of the law. 8 They read from the book, from the law of God, translating to give the sense so that they understood the reading. 9 Then Nehemiah, who was the governor, and Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who taught the people said to all the people, "This day is holy to the LORD your God; do not mourn or weep." For all the people were weeping when they heard the words of the law. 10 Then he said to them, "Go, eat of the fat, drink of the sweet, and send portions to him who has nothing prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not be grieved, for the joy of the LORD is your strength." 11 So the Levites calmed all the people, saying, "Be still, for the day is holy; do not be grieved." [The people wept at the reading of the law, likely because they realized they had fallen so short. Yet the were told to rejoice, even as we are, not because they hadnt sinned, but because Jesus had purchased their pardon! Jn. 15.11, Phil. 3.3]

Vashti was a type of the disobedient who would not do what their Lord requested of them. Es. 1.11 In Esther we see the king, as a type of Jesus, doing everything in his power, sparing no expense, to prepare his bride. Es. 2.8-9, 11-14 Eph. 5.23-33 Esther is an interesting book, in that nowhere is the Lord mentioned specifically, yet His hand is evident from start to finish. Esther acted as an advocate for her people, literally risking life and limb, while our advocate Jesus literally gave (not just risked) His life for us. Es. 4.11, 16, Jn. 3.16, 1 Tim. 2.5-6, 1 Jn. 2.1 He also told us that if we were to follow Him, we would have to be willing to do the same or not be worthy of being His disciple Mt. 10.32-39. Es. 6.3-10 - Haman (a type of Satan) was hung on the very gallows he had prepared for Mordecai Col. 2.12-15. The Jews left in Persia should have been in Jerusalem with the rest. Even though they did not follow their brothers in building the wall and the temple, the Lord took care of them.

Job 1:8 The LORD said to Satan, "Have you considered My servant Job? For there is no one like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, fearing God and turning away from evil." 9 Then Satan answered the LORD, "Does Job fear God for nothing? 10 "Have You not made a hedge about him and his house and all that he has, on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. 11 "But put forth Your hand now and touch all that he has; he will surely curse You to Your face." 12 Then the LORD said to Satan, "Behold, all that he has is in your power, only do not put forth your hand on him." So Satan departed from the presence of the LORD. 20 Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head, and he fell to the ground and worshiped. 21 He said, "Naked I came from my mother's womb, And naked I shall return there. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away. Blessed be the name of the LORD." 22 Through all this Job did not sin nor did he blame God. Job 2:3 The LORD said to Satan, "Have you considered My servant Job? For there is no one like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man fearing God and turning away from evil. And he still holds fast his integrity, although you incited Me against him to ruin him without cause." 4 Satan answered the LORD and said, "Skin for skin! Yes, all that a man has he will give for his life. 5 "However, put forth Your hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh; he will curse You to Your face." 6 So the LORD said to Satan, "Behold, he is in your power, only spare his life." 9 Then his wife said to him, "Do you still hold fast your integrity? Curse God and die!" 10 But he said to her, "You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. Shall we indeed accept good from God and not accept adversity?" In all this Job did not sin with his lips. 42:7 It came about after the LORD had spoken these words to Job, that the LORD said to Eliphaz the Temanite, "My wrath is kindled against you and against your two friends, because you have not spoken of Me what is right as My servant Job has. 8 "Now therefore, take for yourselves seven bulls and seven rams, and go to My servant Job, and offer up a burnt offering for yourselves, and My servant Job will pray for you. For I will accept him so that I may not do with you according to your folly, because you have not spoken of Me what is right, as My servant Job has." 12 The LORD blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning; and he had 14,000 sheep and 6,000 camels and 1,000 yoke of oxen and 1,000 female donkeys. 13 He had seven sons and three daughters. [We see here Satans role to accuse and attack without cause. God limited him in what he was able to do and blessed Job doubly in the end. Job was righteous in all he did. In this way, Job was a type of Jesus Mt. 4.1-11 Yet, we know that Job was not without sin, as Jesus was. God used Job as an object lesson to the devil, while Jesus suffered without cause in order to redeem mankind. 2 Cor. 5.21, Heb. 7.26, 1 Pet. 3.18, 1 Jn. 2.1-2, 3.5]

Job 9:32 For he is not a man, as I am, that I should answer him, and we should come together in judgment. 33 Neither is there any Daysman between us, that might lay his hand upon us both. [But there is JESUS! 1 Tim. 2.5, 1 Jn. 2.1]

Job 17:3 "Lay down, now, a pledge for me with Yourself; Who is there that will be my guarantor? [Jesus! Heb. 6.16-19, 7.22, 9.16-17 NKJV]

Job 19:25 "As for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last He will take His stand on the earth. 26 "Even after my skin is destroyed, yet from my flesh I shall see God; 27 Whom I myself shall behold, And whom my eyes will see and not another. My heart faints within me! [Jn. 5.22-29, Eph. 1.7, Phil. 3.21, 1 Jn. 3.2, Rev. 1.7]

Jesus is a Messiah who wins His people back by redemption, rather than an enlightened philosopher who, by his therapeutic wisdom, guides us to higher and happier living. Michael Horton

Job 29:1 And Job again took up his discourse and said, 2 "Oh that I were as in months gone by, As in the days when God watched over me; 3 When His lamp shone over my head, And by His light I walked through darkness; 4 As I was in the prime of my days, When the friendship of God was over my tent; 5 When the Almighty was yet with me, And my children were around me; 6 When my steps were bathed in butter, And the rock poured out for me streams of oil! 7 "When I went out to the gate of the city, When I took my seat in the square, 8 The young men saw me and hid themselves, And the old men arose and stood. 11 "For when the ear heard, it called me blessed, and when the eye saw, it gave witness of me, 12 Because I delivered the poor who cried for help, And the orphan who had no helper. 13 "The blessing of the one ready to perish came upon me, and I made the widow's heart sing for joy. 15 "I was eyes to the blind and feet to the lame. [Here, Job is a picture of Jesus during His life, before His crucifixion.] Job 30:1 "But now those younger than I mock me, Whose fathers I disdained to put with the dogs of my flock. 2 "Indeed, what good was the strength of their hands to me? Vigor had perished from them. 3 "From want and famine they are gaunt who gnaw the dry ground by night in waste and desolation, Job 30:9 "And now I have become their taunt, I have even become a byword to them. 10 "They abhor me and stand aloof from me, and they do not refrain from spitting at my face. 11 "Because He has loosed His bowstring and afflicted me, they have cast off the bridle before me. 12 "On the right hand their brood arises; they thrust aside my feet and build up against me their ways of destruction. 13 "They break up my path, they profit from my destruction; No one restrains them. 14 "As through a wide breach they come, amid the tempest they roll on. 15 "Terrors are turned against me; they pursue my honor as the wind, and my prosperity has passed away like a cloud. 16 "And now my soul is poured out within me; Days of affliction have seized me. 17 "At night it pierces my bones within me, and my gnawing pains take no rest. 18 "By a great force my garment is distorted; It binds me about as the collar of my coat. 20 "I cry out to You for help, but You do not answer me; I stand up, and You turn Your attention against me. 21 "You have become cruel to me; with the might of Your hand You persecute me. 23 "For I know that You will bring me to death And to the house of meeting for all living. [Yet, in this passage which immediately follows, Job gives an amazing picture, almost prophetic, of Christ in His death.]

Job 38:1 Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind and said, 2 "Who is this that darkens counsel By words without knowledge? 3 "Now gird up your loins like a man, And I will ask you, and you instruct Me! 4 "Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding, 5 Who set its measurements? Since you know. Or who stretched the line on it? 6 "On what were its bases sunk? Or who laid its cornerstone, 7 when the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy? [Jesus revealed Himself to Job as the creator of all. Jn. 1.1-3, Col. 1.16-17, Rev. 4.11]

Job 42:5 I have heard of you by the hearing of the ear: but now my eye sees you.

In the heart of London, mid the dwellings of the poor, these bright, golden words were uttered, I have Christ, what want I more?

Lk. 24:44 Now He said to them, "These are My words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things which are written about Me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled."

Ps. 1:1 How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers! 2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His law he meditates day and night. 3 He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season and its leaf does not wither; and in whatever he does, he prospers. 4 The wicked are not so, But they are like chaff which the wind drives away. 5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous. 6 For the LORD knows the way of the righteous, But the way of the wicked will perish. [Ever have difficulty meditating on the Law day and night and delighting in it? Jesus is the whole word (Jn. 1.1) and the Lawgiver (Jam. 4.11-12). Meditate on Him and youve got it covered!]

Ps. 2:1 Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? 2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, [Jn. 8:37] 6 "But as for Me, I have installed My King Upon Zion, My holy mountain." [Jn. 12:12-13, Jn. 18:32] 7 I will declare the decree: the LORD has said unto me, You are my Son; this day have I begotten you. [Mt. 3:17, Lk. 1:31-35, Jn. 1:49, Jn. 9:35-37, Acts 13:30-33, Romans 1:3-4, Heb. 1:5-6, ] 8 'Ask of Me, and I will surely give the nations as Your inheritance, And the very ends of the earth as Your possession.[Mt. 28:18-20, Jn. 17:4-24, Heb. 1:1-2] 9 'You shall break them with a rod of iron, You shall shatter them like earthenware.'[Rev. 19.15] 12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him. [Jn. 3:36]

Ps. 8:2 Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings have you ordained strength because of your enemies, that you might still the enemy and the avenger. [Mt. 21:15-16] 5 Yet You have made him a little lower than Elohim, And You crown him with glory and majesty! [Lk. 1.34-45, Heb. 2.5-18] 6 You make him to rule over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet, [Mt. 28:18-20, Heb. 1:1-2]

Ps. 16:10 For you will not leave my soul in hell; neither will you suffer your Holy One to see corruption. [Mt. 28:6, 9, Mk. 16.6-7, Lk. 24:50-51, Acts 2:31, 13.35-37, 1 Cor. 15:4, 20, Eph. 4:8]

Ps. 18:40 You have also made my enemies turn their backs to me, and I destroyed those who hated me. 41 They cried for help, but there was none to save, even to the LORD, but He did not answer them. 42 Then I beat them fine as the dust before the wind; I emptied them out as the mire of the streets. 43 You have delivered me from the contentions of the people; You have placed me as head of the nations; A people whom I have not known serve me. 44 As soon as they hear, they obey me; foreigners submit to me. 45 Foreigners fade away, and come trembling out of their fortresses. 46 The LORD lives, and blessed be my rock; And exalted be the God of my salvation, 47 The God who executes vengeance for me, and subdues peoples under me. 48 He delivers me from my enemies; surely You lift me above those who rise up against me; You rescue me from the violent man. 49 Therefore I will give thanks to You among the nations, O LORD, and I will sing praises to Your name. 50 He gives great deliverance to His king, and shows loving kindness to His anointed, To David and his descendants forever. [This is one of several royal psalms that point to the 2nd coming of Christ. Lk. 1.33, 1 Cor. 15.26-28, Phil. 2.9-11, Heb. 1.13, 2.9, 10.12-13, Rev. 11.17, 14.14, 19.11-16]

Ps. 19:7 The law of the LORD is perfect, restoring the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. 8 The precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes. 9 The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; the judgments of the LORD are true; they are righteous altogether. 10 They are more desirable than gold, yes, than much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb. 11 Moreover, by them Your servant is warned; In keeping them there is great reward. [In bold are attributes of the word and of the Word Jesus.]

Ps. 21:1 O LORD, in Your strength the king will be glad, and in Your salvation how greatly he will rejoice! 2 You have given him his heart's desire, and You have not withheld the request of his lips. 3 For You meet him with the blessings of good things; You set a crown of fine gold on his head. 4 He asked life of You, You gave it to him, length of days forever and ever. 5 His glory is great through Your salvation, splendor and majesty You place upon him. 6 For You make him most blessed forever; You make him joyful with gladness in Your presence. 7 For the king trusts in the LORD, And through the loving kindness of the Most High he will not be shaken. 8 Your hand will find out all your enemies; Your right hand will find out those who hate you. [This is one of several royal psalms that point to the 2nd coming of Christ. Lk. 1.33, 1 Cor. 15.26-28, Phil. 2.9-11, Heb. 1.13, 2.9, 10.12-13, Rev. 11.17, 14.14, 19.11-16]

Ps. 22:1. My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring? [Mt. 27:46, Mk. 15:34 This was the worst of the rejection, ridicule and torture that Jesus suffered, the rejection by His own Father as He took on Himself the sins of the world. This was why He underwent such agony in the garden.] 2 O my God, I cry by day, but You do not answer; and by night, but I have no rest. [Mt. 26.38-39, 41, 45] 6 But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people. [Mt. 27:20-26] 7 All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying, 8 He trusted on the LORD that he would deliver him: let him deliver him, seeing he delighted in him. [Mt. 27:39-44, Lk. 23:35] 10 Upon You I was cast from birth; You have been my God from my mother's womb. [Lk. 1:30-33] 12 Many bulls have compassed me: strong bulls of Bashan have beset me round. 13 They gaped upon me with their mouths, as a ravening and a roaring lion. [Col. 2.15] 14 I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint: my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels. [Jn. 19:34] 15 My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue cleaves to my jaws; and you have brought me into the dust of death. [Jn. 19:28-29] 16 For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have enclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet. [Mt. 27:41-43, Jn. 20:25, 27] 17 I may tell all my bones: they look and stare upon me. 18 They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture. [Mt. 27:35-36, Jn. 19:23-24] 19 But be not far from me, O LORD: O my strength, haste to help me. 20 Deliver my soul from the sword; my darling from the power of the dog. 21 Save me from the lion's mouth: for you have heard me from the horns of the unicorns. [Lk. 23:46] [One thing that makes this passage so amazing is that it perfectly describes a crucifixion, which would not be invented for more than 1000 years! Also, the same Pharisees that denied that Jesus was the Messiah helped to fulfill these Messianic prophecies.]

Jesus is a friend of mine. He walked through the valley of hell with me and saw me through it. Aaron Nevill

Ps. 23:1 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters. 3 He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness for His name's sake. 4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You have anointed my head with oil; my cup overflows. 6 Surely goodness and loving kindness will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever. [Jn. 10:1-5, 7-18, 25-30, Heb. 3:20, 1 Pet. 2.25, 5.4, Rev. 7.17]

Ps. 24:7 Lift up your heads, O gates, and be lifted up, O ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in! 8 Who is the King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle. 9 Lift up your heads, O gates, and lift them up, O ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in! 10 Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, He is the King of glory. [This is one of several royal psalms that point to the 2nd coming of Christ. Lk. 1.33, 1 Cor. 15.26-28, Phil. 2.9-11, Heb. 1.13, 2.9, 10.12-13, Rev. 11.17, 14.14, 19.11-16]

Ps. 27:12 Deliver me not over unto the will of my enemies: for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out cruelty. [Mt. 26:60-61]

Ps. 31:5 Into Your hand I commit my spirit; You have ransomed me, O LORD, God of truth. [Lk. 23:46]

Ps. 34:20 He keeps all his bones: not one of them is broken. [Jn. 19:32-33, 36]

Ps. 35:11. False witnesses did rise up; they laid to my charge things that I knew not. [Mk. 14:57] 19 Let not them that are my enemies wrongfully rejoice over me: neither let them wink with the eye that hate me without a cause. [Mt. 12.25-37, 26.14-16, Jn. 15:24-25]

Ps. 38:11 My lovers and my friends stand aloof from my sore; and my kinsmen stand afar off. [Mt. 27:55-56] 12. They also that seek after my life lay snares for me: and they that seek my hurt speak mischievous things, and imagine deceits all the day long. 13 But I, as a deaf man, heard not; and I was as a dumb man that opens not his mouth. 14 Thus I was as a man that hears not, and in whose mouth are no reproofs. [Mt. 26:62-63, 27:12-14]

Ps. 40:6. Sacrifice and offering you did not desire; my ears have you opened: burnt offering and sin offering have you not required. 7 Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me, 8 I delight to do your will, O my God: yea, your law is within my heart. 9 I have preached righteousness in the great congregation: lo, I have not refrained my lips, O LORD, you know. 10 I have not hid your righteousness within my heart; I have declared your faithfulness and your salvation: I have not concealed your loving-kindness and your truth from the great congregation. [Lk. 4.16-21, 24:44, Jn. 4.34, 5:30, 39-40, Phil. 2.8, Heb. 10:5-9]

Ps. 41:6 And when he comes to see me, he speaks falsehood; his heart gathers wickedness to itself; when he goes outside, he tells it. 7 All who hate me whisper together against me; against me they devise my hurt, saying, 8 "A wicked thing is poured out upon him, that when he lies down, he will not rise up again." 9 Yea, my own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, has lifted up his heel against me. [Mt. 26:14-15, 50, Mk. 14:10, 43-45, Lk. 22:47-48, Jn. 13.18] 10 But You, O LORD, be gracious to me and raise me up, that I may repay them.

Ps. 45:4 And in Your majesty ride on victoriously, for the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness; Let Your right hand teach You awesome things. 6 Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; A scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom. 7 You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, Your God, has anointed You With the oil of joy above Your fellows. [Mt. 11.29, Lk. 1:31-33, Jn. 5:30, 14.6, Phil. 2.7-9, Heb. 1:8-9]

Ps. 46.1 God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. 2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change And though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea; 3 Though its waters roar and foam, Though the mountains quake at its swelling pride. [Mt. 8.22-25]

Ps. 49:7 No man can by any means redeem his brother or give to God a ransom for him-- 8 For the redemption of his soul is costly, and he should cease trying forever-- 9 That he should live on eternally, that he should not undergo decay. 15 But God will redeem my soul from the power of Sheol, for He will receive me. [That can only be done by one, Jesus! Mt. 20.28, 1 Tim. 2.5-6]

Ps. 55:12 For it is not an enemy who reproaches me, Then I could bear it; nor is it one who hates me who has exalted himself against me, then I could hide myself from him. 13 But it is you, a man my equal, my companion and my familiar friend; 14 we who had sweet fellowship together walked in the house of God in the throng. [Mt. 26.50]

Ps. 61:6 You will prolong the king's life; His years will be as many generations. 7 He will abide before God forever; appoint loving kindness and truth that they may preserve him. 8 So I will sing praise to Your name forever, that I may pay my vows day by day. [This is one of several royal psalms that point to the 2nd coming of Christ. Lk. 1.33, 1 Cor. 15.26-28, Phil. 2.9-11, Heb. 1.13, 2.9, 10.12-13, Rev. 11.17, 14.14, 19.11-16]

Ps. 68:18 You have ascended on high, you have led captivity captive: you have received gifts for men; yea, for the rebellious also, that the LORD God might dwell among them. [Mt. 9.13, 10.1, Mk. 16:19, Lk. 24:50-51, Acts 1:9, Eph. 4:8]

Ps. 69:4 Those who hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of my head; Those who would destroy me are powerful, being wrongfully my enemies; What I did not steal, I then have to restore. [Lk. 23:13-22, Jn. 15:24-25] 7 Because for Your sake I have borne reproach; Dishonor has covered my face. [Mt. 26:65-67] 8 I have become estranged from my brothers and an alien to my mother's sons. [Jn. 1:11, 7.3-5] 9 For the zeal of your house has eaten me up; and the reproaches of them that reproached you are fallen upon me. [Jn. 2:17] 20 Reproach has broken my heart and I am so sick. And I looked for sympathy, but there was none, and for comforters, but I found none. [Mk. 14:33-41] 21 They gave me also gall for my meat; and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink. [Mt. 27:34, 48] 25 May their camp be desolate; May none dwell in their tents. [Acts 1.20] 26 For they have persecuted him whom You Yourself have smitten, and they tell of the pain of those whom You have wounded. 27 Add iniquity to their iniquity, and may they not come into Your righteousness. 28 May they be blotted out of the book of life and may they not be recorded with the righteous. 29 But I am afflicted and in pain; may Your salvation, O God, set me securely on high.

Ps. 72:1 Give the king Your judgments, O God, and Your righteousness to the king's son. 2 May he judge Your people with righteousness and Your afflicted with justice. 3 Let the mountains bring peace to the people, and the hills, in righteousness. 4 May he vindicate the afflicted of the people, save the children of the needy and crush the oppressor. 5 Let them fear You while the sun endures, and as long as the moon, throughout all generations. 6 May he come down like rain upon the mown grass, like showers that water the earth. 7 In his days may the righteous flourish, and abundance of peace till the moon is no more. 8 May he also rule from sea to sea and from the River to the ends of the earth. 11 And let all kings bow down before him, all nations serve him. 12 For he will deliver the needy when he cries for help, the afflicted also, and him who has no helper. 13 He will have compassion on the poor and needy, and the lives of the needy he will save. 14 He will rescue their life from oppression and violence, and their blood will be precious in his sight; 17 May his name endure forever; may his name increase as long as the sun shines; and let men bless themselves by him; Let all nations call him blessed. [This is one of several royal psalms that point to the 2nd coming of Christ. Mt. 1.1, 2.2, 18.2, 10, 25.31-46, Lk. 1.33, 70-75, 4.18-19, Jn. 13.34-35, 14.9-10, 17.25, 1 Cor. 15.26-28, Phil. 2.9-11, Heb. 1.13, 2.9, 10.12-13, 1 Jn. 3.7Rev. 11.17, 15, 14.14, 19.11-16]

Ps. 78:2 I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old: 3 Which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us. 4 We will not hide them from their children, showing to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he has done. [Mt. 13:15, 34-35]

Ps. 80:1. Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, you that lead Joseph like a flock; you that dwell between the cherubims, shine forth. [Jn. 10] 15 And the vineyard which your right hand has planted, and the branch that you made strong for yourself. [Many, many OT references point to Jesus as the branch. The town He was raised in, Nazareth, is extremely similar to the Hebrew word for branch - Nazaret] 17 Let Your hand be upon the man of Your right hand, upon the son of man whom You made strong for Yourself. [Mt. 26.64, Acts 5:31, 7.56, Rom. 8.34, Heb. 1.3, 12.2, 1 Pet. 3.22]

Ps. 82.6 I said, You are gods, and all of you are children of the Most High. 7 But you shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes.[Jn. 10.34-36]

Ps. 89:3 [You have said] I have made a covenant with My chosen one, I have sworn to David My servant, 4 Your Seed I will establish forever, and I will build up your throne for all generations. Selah [Is. 9:7; Lk. 1:32, 33; Gal. 3:16] 26 He shall cry to Me, You are my Father, my God, and the Rock of my salvation! [Mt. 11:27] 27 Also I will make him the firstborn, the highest of the kings of the earth. [Mk. 16:6, Colossians 1:18, Rev. 1:5.] 29 His Offspring also will I make to endure forever, and his throne as the days of heaven. [Is. 9:7; Gal. 3:16.] 35 Once [for all] have I sworn by My holiness, which cannot be violated; I will not lie to David: 36 His Offspring shall endure forever, and his throne [shall continue] as the sun before Me. [Isa. 9:7; Gal. 3:16.] 37 It shall be established forever as the moon, the faithful witness in the heavens. Selah [Rev. 1:5; 3:14.]

Ps. 95.6 Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord our Maker. 7 For He is our God, and we are the people of His pasture, and the sheep of His hand. Today, if you will hear His voice: [Jn. 10:1-5, 7-18, 25-30, Heb. 3:20, 1 Pet. 2.25, 5.4, Rev. 7.17]8 Do not harden your hearts, as in the rebellion, as in the day of trial in the wilderness, 9 When your fathers tested Me; they tried Me, though they saw My work. 10 For forty years I was grieved with that generation, and said, It is a people who go astray in their hearts, and they do not know My ways. 11 So I swore in My wrath, They shall not enter My rest. [Mt. 11.28-29, Eph. 2.11-22, Heb. 4.1-11]

Ps. 97.1 The Lord reigns; let the earth rejoice; let the multitude of isles be glad! 2 Clouds and darkness surround Him; righteousness and justice are the foundation of His throne. 3 A fire goes before Him, and burns up His enemies round about. 4 His lightnings light the world; the earth sees and trembles. 5 The mountains melt like wax at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth. 6 The heavens declare His righteousness, and all the peoples see His glory. 7 Let all be put to shame who serve carved images, who boast of idols. Worship Him, all you gods. 8 Zion hears and is glad, and the daughters of Judah rejoice because of Your judgments, O Lord. 9 For You, Lord, are most high above all the earth; You are exalted far above all gods. 10 You who love the Lord, hate evil! He preserves the souls of His saints; He delivers them out of the hand of the wicked. 11 Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart. 12 Rejoice in the Lord, you righteous, and give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name. [Mt. 24.29-30, Phil. 2.9-11, 2 Pet. 3.10, Rev. 16.15-20

The uniqueness of the Psalms makes them an appropriate vehicle to praise the uniqueness of Christ. Pastor Jack Hayford

Ps. 98.1 Oh, sing to the Lord a new song! For He has done marvelous things; His right hand and His holy arm have gained Him the victory. 2 The Lord has made known His salvation; His righteousness He has revealed in the sight of the nations. 3 He has remembered His mercy and His faithfulness to the house of Israel; all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God. [Ps, 8.3, 6, 19.1, Lk. 2.30-32, Jn. 16.33, Col. 2.15, Heb. 2.14-15, Rev. 5.9, Rev. 14.1-5, Rev. 17.14]

Ps. 102:12 But You, O Lord, shall endure forever, and the remembrance of Your name to all generations. 24 I said, O my God, do not take me away in the midst of my days; Your years are throughout all generations. 25 At the beginning You existed and laid the foundations of the earth; the heavens are the work of Your hands. 26 They shall perish, but You shall remain and endure; yes, all of them shall wear out and become old like a garment. Like clothing You shall change them, and they shall be changed and pass away. 27 But You remain the same, and Your years shall have no end. [Jn. 1:3, Eph. 3:9, Heb. 1:10-12, 13.8, Rev. 1:8]

Ps. 103.2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget none of His benefits; 3 Who pardons all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases; 4 Who redeems your life from the pit, Who crowns you with loving-kindness and compassion; 5 Who satisfies your years with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle. 6 The LORD performs righteous deeds and judgments for all who are oppressed. 7 He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the sons of Israel. 8 The LORD is compassionate and gracious; slow to anger and abounding in loving-kindness. 9 He will not always strive with us, nor will He keep His anger forever. 10 He has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. 11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His loving-kindness toward those who fear Him. 12 As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us. 13 Just as a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him. 14 For He Himself knows our frame; He is mindful that we are but dust. 15 As for man, his days are like grass; as a flower of the field, so he flourishes. 16 When the wind has passed over it, it is no more, and its place acknowledges it no longer. 17 But the loving-kindness of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him, and His righteousness to children's children, 18 to those who keep His covenant and remember His precepts to do them. 19 The LORD has established His throne in the heavens, and His sovereignty rules over all. [These are only possible as a work of the crucifixion and resurrection and as we follow Jesus. Rom. 4.8, 22-25, 2 Cor. 5.19]

Ps. 107:19 Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble; He saved them out of their distresses. 20 He sent His word and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions. [Jn. 1.1, Mt. 8.8, 14.26, 20.30-31, Mk. 9.24] 27 They reel to and fro and stagger like a drunken man and are at their wits' end [all their wisdom has come to nothing]. 28 Then they cry to the Lord in their trouble, and He brings them out of their distresses. 29 He hushes the storm to a calm and to a gentle whisper, so that the waves of the sea are still. [Mt. 8:26] 30 Then the men are glad because of the calm, and He brings them to their desired haven.

Ps. 109:3 They compassed me about also with words of hatred; and fought against me without a cause. 4 For my love they are my adversaries: but I give myself unto prayer. 5 And they have rewarded me evil for good, and hatred for my love. [Lk. 6.7-12, 23:34, Jn. 10.32, 15.24-25] 8 Let his days be few; Let another take his office. [Jn. 17:12, Acts 1:16-18, 20-26]

Ps. 110:1. The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool. [Mt. 22:42-46, Acts 10:36] 2 The LORD shall send the rod of your strength out of Zion: rule in the midst of your enemies. 4 The LORD has sworn, and will not repent, You are a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek. [Heb. 4.15-5:10, 6:20, 7:1-3, 11-28] 5. The Lord at your right hand shall strike through kings in the day of his wrath. 6 He shall judge among the heathen, he shall fill the places with the dead bodies; he shall wound the heads over many countries. [Acts 2.32-36, 2 Cor. 2.14, Col. 2.13-15][This is one of several royal psalms that point to the 2nd coming of Christ. Lk. 1.33, 1 Cor. 15.26-28, Phil. 2.9-11, Heb. 1.13, 2.9, 10.12-13, Rev. 11.17, 14.14, 19.11-16]

Ps. 113 & 114 were read during the Passover meal. Read them now and see how they apply to Jesus. Ps. 115-118 were read after the meal. Do the same with them. [Mk. 14.26]

Ps. 116:14 I shall pay my vows to the LORD, Oh may it be in the presence of all His people. 15 Precious in the sight of the LORD Is the death of His godly ones. Ps. 118:6 The LORD is for me; I will not fear; what can man do to me? [These two verses apply especially to Jesus.]

Ps. 118:22 The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner. 23 This is the LORD'S doing; it is marvelous in our eyes. [Mt. 21:42] 25 O LORD, do save, we beseech You [hosanna!]; O LORD, we beseech You, do send prosperity! [hosanna!] 26 Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the LORD; we have blessed you from the house of the LORD. [Mt. 21:9]

Ps. 119:1 [I have underlined different words that reflect Jesus. For an inspirational twist, insert His name instead of the word underlined (some revision may be needed). Emphasize what I have marked in bold.] How blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law (Jesus) of the LORD. 2 How blessed are those who observe His testimonies (Jesus), who seek Him with all their heart. 3 They also do no unrighteousness; they walk in His ways (Jesus). 4 You have ordained Your precepts (Jesus), that we should keep them diligently. 5 Oh that my ways may be established to keep Your statutes (Jesus)! 6 Then I shall not be ashamed when I look upon all Your commandments (Jesus). 7 I shall give thanks to You with uprightness of heart, when I learn Your righteous judgments (Jesus). 8 I shall keep Your statutes (Jesus); do not forsake me utterly!

9 How can a young man keep his way pure? by keeping it according to Your word (Jesus). 10 With all my heart I have sought You; do not let me wander from Your commandments (Jesus). 11 Your word (Jesus) I have treasured in my heart, that I may not sin against You. 12 Blessed are You, O LORD; teach me Your statutes (Jesus). 13 With my lips I have told of all the ordinances of Your mouth (Jesus). 14 I have rejoiced in the way of Your testimonies (Jesus), as much as in all riches. 15 I will meditate on Your precepts(Jesus) and regard Your ways (Jesus). 16 I shall delight in Your statutes (Jesus); I shall not forget Your word (Jesus).

17 Deal bountifully with your servant, that I may live and keep Your word (Jesus). 18 Open my eyes, that I may behold wonderful things from Your law (Jesus). 19 I am a stranger in the earth; do not hide Your commandments (Jesus) from me. 20 My soul is crushed with longing after Your ordinances (Jesus) at all times. 21 You rebuke the arrogant, the cursed, who wander from Your commandments (Jesus). 22 Take away reproach and contempt from me, for I observe Your testimonies (Jesus). 23 Even though princes sit and talk against me, Your servant meditates on Your statutes (Jesus). 24 Your testimonies (Jesus) also are my delight; they are my counselors.

25 My soul cleaves to the dust; revive me according to Your word (Jesus). 26 I have told of my ways, and You have answered me; teach me Your statutes (Jesus). 27 Make me understand the way of Your precepts (Jesus), so I will meditate on Your wonders. 28 My soul weeps because of grief; strengthen me according to Your word (Jesus). 29 Remove the false way from me, and graciously grant me Your law (Jesus). 30 I have chosen the faithful way (Jesus); I have placed Your ordinances (Jesus) before me. 31 I cling to Your testimonies (Jesus); O LORD, do not put me to shame! 32 I shall run the way of Your commandments (Jesus), for You will enlarge my heart.

33 Teach me, O LORD, the way of Your statutes (Jesus), and I shall observe it to the end. 34 Give me understanding, that I may observe Your law (Jesus) and keep it with all my heart. 35 Make me walk in the path of Your commandments (Jesus), for I delight in it. 36 Incline my heart to Your testimonies (Jesus) and not to dishonest gain. 37 Turn away my eyes from looking at vanity, and revive me in Your ways (Jesus). 38 Establish Your word (Jesus) to Your servant, as that which produces reverence for You. 39 Turn away my reproach which I dread, for Your ordinances (Jesus) are good. 40 Behold, I long for Your precepts (Jesus); revive me through Your righteousness.

41 May Your loving kindnesses also come to me, O LORD, Your salvation according to Your word (Jesus); 42 So I will have an answer for him who reproaches me, for I trust in Your word (Jesus). 43 And do not take the word (Jesus) of truth utterly out of my mouth, for I wait for Your ordinances (Jesus). 44 So I will keep Your law (Jesus) continually, forever and ever. 45 And I will walk at liberty, for I seek Your precepts (Jesus). 46 I will also speak of Your testimonies (Jesus) before kings and shall not be ashamed. 47 I shall delight in Your commandments (Jesus), which I love. 48 And I shall lift up my hands to Your commandments (Jesus), which I love; and I will meditate on Your statutes (Jesus).

49 Remember the word (Jesus) to Your servant, in which You have made me hope. 50 This is my comfort in my affliction, that Your word (Jesus) has revived me. 51 The arrogant utterly deride me, yet I do not turn aside from Your law (Jesus). 52 I have remembered Your ordinances (Jesus) from of old, O LORD, and comfort myself. 53 Burning indignation has seized me because of the wicked, who forsake Your law (Jesus). 54 Your statutes (Jesus) are my songs in the house of my pilgrimage. 55 O LORD, I remember Your name in the night, and keep Your law (Jesus). 56 This has become mine, that I observe Your precepts (Jesus).

57 The LORD is my portion; I have promised to keep Your words (Jesus). 58 I sought Your favor with all my heart; be gracious to me according to Your word (Jesus). 59 I considered my ways and turned my feet to Your testimonies (Jesus). 60 I hastened and did not delay to keep Your commandments (Jesus). 61 The cords of the wicked have encircled me, but I have not forgotten Your law (Jesus). 62 At midnight I shall rise to give thanks to You because of Your righteous ordinances (Jesus). 63 I am a companion of all those who fear You, and of those who keep Your precepts (Jesus). 64 The earth is full of Your loving kindness, O LORD; teach me Your statutes (Jesus).

65 You have dealt well with Your servant, O LORD, according to Your word (Jesus). 66 Teach me good discernment and knowledge, for I believe in Your commandments (Jesus). 67 Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep Your word (Jesus). 68 You are good and do good; teach me Your statutes (Jesus). 69 The arrogant have forged a lie against me; with all my heart I will observe Your precepts (Jesus). 70 Their heart is covered with fat, but I delight in Your law (Jesus). 71 It is good for me that I was afflicted, that I may learn Your statutes (Jesus). 72 The law (Jesus) of Your mouth is better to me Than thousands of gold and silver pieces.

73 Your hands made me and fashioned me; give me understanding, that I may learn Your commandments (Jesus). 74 May those who fear You see me and be glad, because I wait for Your word (Jesus). 75 I know, O LORD, that Your judgments (Jesus) are righteous, and that in faithfulness You have afflicted me. 76 O may Your loving kindness comfort me, according to Your word (Jesus) to Your servant. 77 May Your compassion come to me that I may live, for Your law (Jesus) is my delight. 78 May the arrogant be ashamed, for they subvert me with a lie; but I shall meditate on Your precepts (Jesus). 79 May those who fear You turn to me, even those who know Your testimonies (Jesus). 80 May my heart be blameless in Your statutes (Jesus), so that I will not be ashamed.

81 My soul languishes for Your salvation; I wait for Your word (Jesus). 82 My eyes fail with longing for Your word (Jesus), while I say, "When will You comfort me?" 83 Though I have become like a wineskin in the smoke, I do not forget Your statutes . 85 The arrogant have dug pits for me, men who are not in accord with Your law (Jesus). 86 All Your commandments (Jesus) are faithful; they have persecuted me with a lie; help me! 87 They almost destroyed me on earth, but as for me, I did not forsake Your precepts (Jesus).

89 Forever, O LORD, Your word (Jesus) is settled in heaven. 91 They stand this day according to Your ordinances (Jesus), for all things are Your servants. 92 If Your law (Jesus) had not been my delight, then I would have perished in my affliction. 93 I will never forget Your precepts (Jesus), for by them You have revived me. 94 I am Yours, save me; for I have sought Your precepts (Jesus). 95 The wicked wait for me to destroy me; I shall diligently consider Your testimonies (Jesus). 96 I have seen a limit to all perfection; Your commandment (Jesus) is exceedingly broad.

97 O how I love Your law (Jesus)! It is my meditation all the day. 98 Your commandments (Jesus) make me wiser than my enemies, for they are ever mine. 99 I have more insight than all my teachers, for Your testimonies (Jesus) are my meditation. 100 I understand more than the aged, because I have observed Your precepts (Jesus). 101 I have restrained my feet from every evil way, that I may keep Your word (Jesus). 102 I have not turned aside from Your ordinances (Jesus), for You Yourself have taught me. 103 How sweet are Your words (Jesus) to my taste! Yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth! 104 From Your precepts (Jesus) I get understanding; therefore I hate every false way.

105 Your word (Jesus) is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. 106 I have sworn and I will confirm it, that I will keep Your righteous ordinances (Jesus). 107 I am exceedingly afflicted; revive me, O LORD, according to Your word (Jesus). 108 O accept the freewill offerings of my mouth, O LORD, and teach me Your ordinances (Jesus). 109 My life is continually in my hand, yet I do not forget Your law (Jesus). 110 The wicked have laid a snare for me, yet I have not gone astray from Your precepts (Jesus). 111 I have inherited Your testimonies (Jesus) forever, for they are the joy of my heart. 112 I have inclined my heart to perform Your statutes (Jesus) forever, even to the end.

113 I hate those who are double-minded, but I love Your law (Jesus). 114 You are my hiding place and my shield; I wait for Your word (Jesus). 115 Depart from me, evildoers, that I may observe the commandments (Jesus) of my God. 116 Sustain me according to Your word (Jesus), that I may live; and do not let me be ashamed of my hope. 117 Uphold me that I may be safe, that I may have regard for Your statutes (Jesus) continually. 118 You have rejected all those who wander from Your statutes (Jesus), for their deceitfulness is useless. 119 You have removed all the wicked of the earth like dross; therefore I love Your testimonies (Jesus). 120 My flesh trembles for fear of You, and I am afraid of Your judgments (Jesus).

123 My eyes fail with longing for Your salvation and for Your righteous word. 124 Deal with Your servant according to Your loving kindness and teach me Your statutes. 125 I am Your servant; give me understanding, that I may know Your testimonies. 126 It is time for the LORD to act, for they have broken Your law. 127 Therefore I love Your commandments above gold, yes, above fine gold. 128 Therefore I esteem right all Your precepts concerning everything, I hate every false way.

129 Your testimonies (Jesus) are wonderful; therefore my soul observes them. 130 The unfolding of Your words (Jesus) gives light; it gives understanding to the simple. 131 I opened my mouth wide and panted, for I longed for Your commandments (Jesus). 133 Establish my footsteps in Your word (Jesus), and do not let any iniquity have dominion over me. 134 Redeem me from the oppression of man, that I may keep Your precepts (Jesus). 135 Make Your face shine upon Your servant, and teach me Your statutes (Jesus). 136 My eyes shed streams of water, because they do not keep Your law (Jesus).

137 Righteous are You, O LORD, and upright are Your judgments (Jesus). 138 You have commanded Your testimonies (Jesus) in righteousness and exceeding faithfulness. 139 My zeal has consumed me, because my adversaries have forgotten Your words (Jesus). 140 Your word (Jesus) is very pure, therefore Your servant loves it. 141 I am small and despised, yet I do not forget Your precepts (Jesus). 142 Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and Your law (Jesus) is truth. 143 Trouble and anguish have come upon me, yet Your commandments (Jesus) are my delight. 144 Your testimonies (Jesus) are righteous forever; give me understanding that I may live.

145 I cried with all my heart; answer me, O LORD! I will observe Your statutes (Jesus). 146 I cried to You; save me and I shall keep Your testimonies (Jesus). 147 I rise before dawn and cry for help; I wait for Your words (Jesus). 148 My eyes anticipate the night watches, that I may meditate on Your word (Jesus). 149 Hear my voice according to Your loving kindness; revive me, O LORD, according to Your ordinances (Jesus). 150 Those who follow after wickedness draw near; they are far from Your law (Jesus). 151 You are near, O LORD, and all Your commandments (Jesus) are truth. 152 Of old I have known from Your testimonies (Jesus) that You have founded them forever.

153 Look upon my affliction and rescue me, for I do not forget Your law (Jesus). 154 Plead my cause and redeem me; revive me according to Your word (Jesus). 155 Salvation is far from the wicked, for they do not seek Your statutes (Jesus). 156 Great are Your mercies, O LORD; revive me according to Your ordinances (Jesus). 157 Many are my persecutors and my adversaries, yet I do not turn aside from Your testimonies (Jesus). 158 I behold the treacherous and loathe them, because they do not keep Your word (Jesus). 159 Consider how I love Your precepts (Jesus); revive me, O LORD, according to Your loving kindness. 160 The sum of Your word (Jesus) is truth, and every one of Your righteous ordinances (Jesus) is everlasting.

161 Princes persecute me without cause, but my heart stands in awe of Your words (Jesus). 162 I rejoice at Your word (Jesus), as one who finds great spoil. 163 I hate and despise falsehood, but I love Your law (Jesus). 164 Seven times a day I praise You, because of Your righteous ordinances (Jesus). 165 Those who love Your law (Jesus) have great peace, and nothing causes them to stumble. 166 I hope for Your salvation, O LORD, and do Your commandments (Jesus). 167 My soul keeps Your testimonies (Jesus), and I love them exceedingly. 168 I keep Your precepts (Jesus) and Your testimonies(Jesus), for all my ways are before You.

169 Let my cry come before You, O LORD; give me understanding according to Your word (Jesus). 170 Let my supplication come before You; deliver me according to Your word (Jesus). 171 Let my lips utter praise, for You teach me Your statutes (Jesus). 172 Let my tongue sing of Your word (Jesus), for all Your commandments (Jesus) are righteousness. 173 Let Your hand be ready to help me, for I have chosen Your precepts (Jesus). 174 I long for Your salvation, O LORD, and Your law (Jesus) is my delight. 175 Let my soul live that it may praise You, and let Your ordinances (Jesus) help me. 176 I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek Your servant, for I do not forget Your commandments (Jesus). [Ps. 119 is entirely devoted to the word, also using the words law, statute, ways, precepts, decrees, commandments, etc. Jn. 1.1, 1 Jn, 1.1, Rev. 19.13 Jesus is the word. Jn. 1.14 Jesus is the word made flesh. Jam. 4.12 He is lawgiver and judge.]

Ps. 120-134 are psalms of ascent. On any pilgrimage Passover, Pentecost or Tabernacles these songs would be sung as Israelites would ascend to Jerusalem. These psalms focus on Jerusalem and the temple. Jesus cared deeply for the people of Jerusalem and that the place His Fathers name dwelt would not be mis-used Mt. 21.6-16, 23.37, Lk. 19.41-44, Jn. 2.14-19.

Ps. 130:3 If You, LORD, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? 4 But there is forgiveness with You, that You may be feared. 5 I wait for the LORD, my soul does wait, and in His word do I hope. 6 My soul waits for the Lord more than the watchmen for the morning; indeed, more than the watchmen for the morning. 7 O Israel, hope in the LORD; for with the LORD there is loving kindness, and with Him is abundant redemption. 8 And He will redeem Israel from all his iniquities. [2 Cor. 5.17-21, Col. 2.14, Jn. 3.17]

Ps. 131:1 O LORD, my heart is not proud, nor my eyes haughty; nor do I involve myself in great matters, Or in things too difficult for me. 2 Surely I have composed and quieted my soul; like a weaned child rests against his mother, my soul is like a weaned child within me. 3 O Israel, hope in the LORD from this time forth and forever. [Mt. 11.28-29, 23.37, Jn. 14.1, 27, 16.33]

Ps. 132:11. The LORD has sworn in truth unto David; he will not turn from it; of the fruit of your body will I set upon your throne. 17 "There I will cause the horn of David to spring forth; I have prepared a lamp for My anointed [Mt. 1:6, Lk. 3:31]

The Eternal Being became not only a man, but (before that) a baby and before that a fetus inside a womans body- C.S. Lewis Ps. 139:13 For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother's womb. 14 I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; wonderful are Your works, and my soul knows it very well. 15 My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth; 16 Your eyes have seen my unformed substance; and in Your book were all written the days that were ordained for me, when as yet there was not one of them.

In the book of Proverbs we see Jesus as the Wisdom of God [lk. 21.15, 1 Cor 1:24, 30, Col. 2:2-3].

Prov. 1:20. Wisdom cries without; she utters her voice in the street. [Lk. 2.52, Jam. 3.13-1]

Prov. 6:20 My son, observe the commandment of your father and do not forsake the teaching of your mother; 21 bind them continually on your heart; tie them around your neck. 22 When you walk about, they will guide you; when you sleep, they will watch over you; and when you awake, they will talk to you. 23 For the commandment is a lamp and the teaching is light; and reproofs for discipline are the way of life

Prov. 3:19 The LORD by wisdom founded the earth, by understanding He established the heavens. 8:22-23 The Lord possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old. I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was. [Jn. 1:1-2, 8:58, 17:5, 24, Col. 1:17, Rev. 1:8, 17, 2:8, 21:5]

Prov. 16:25 There is a way which seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death. [Jn. 14.6, Mt. 7.13-14, 21-23]

Prov. 17:17 A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. Prov. 18:24 A man of too many friends comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. [Mt, 11.19, Lk. 10.29-37, Jn. 15.13-15, Heb. 2.11]

Prov. 19:17 One who is gracious to a poor man lends to the LORD, and He will repay him for his good deed. [Mt. 25.34-40]

Prov. 20:21 An inheritance gained hurriedly at the beginning will not be blessed in the end. [Mt. 5.5, Rom. 8.14-18, 1 Pet. 1.3-4]

Prov. 24:3 By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; 4 And by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches. [Zec. 6.12-13, Mt. 16.1, Acts 9.31, Heb. 3.2-4]

Prov. 30:4 Who has ascended up into heaven, or descended? Who has gathered the wind in his fists? Who has bound the waters in a garment? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is his name, and what is his son's name, if you can tell? [Mat.3:16-17, 8:29, 11:27, 14:33, 17:4-5, Mk. 1:1 9:7, Lk. 1:31-35, 9:35, Jn. 1:34, 3:13, 18, 5:23, 9:35, 10:36, 11:27, 12:28-30, Acts 13:30-33, Col 1:13, 15-17, Heb. 1:5, 5:5, 2 Pet. 1:17, 1 Jn. 4:15, 5:20]

[Rather than thinking that this being about one woman, think of it as being about the corporate bride of Christ!] Prov. 31:10 An excellent wife, who can find? For her worth is far above jewels. 11 The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain. 12 She does him good and not evil all the days of her life. 13 She looks for wool and flax and works with her hands in delight. 14 She is like merchant ships; she brings her food from afar. 15 She rises also while it is still night and gives food to her household and portions to her maidens. 16 She considers a field and buys it; from her earnings she plants a vineyard. 17 She girds herself with strength and makes her arms strong. 18 She senses that her gain is good; her lamp does not go out at night. 19 She stretches out her hands to the distaff, and her hands grasp the spindle. 20 She extends her hand to the poor, and she stretches out her hands to the needy. 21 She is not afraid of the snow for her household, for all her household are clothed with scarlet. 22 She makes coverings for herself; her clothing is fine linen and purple. 23 Her husband is known in the gates, when he sits among the elders of the land. 24 She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies belts to the tradesmen. 25 Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she smiles at the future. 26 She opens her mouth in wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. 27 She looks well to the ways of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness. 28 Her children rise up and bless her; her husband also, and he praises her, saying: 29 "Many daughters have done nobly, but you excel them all." 30 Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised. 31 Give her the product of her hands, and let her works praise her in the gates.

Ecclesiastes shows Jesus as the preacher: Eccl. 1:1. The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem. [Eccl. 4:17-19, 21, Mt. 8.19 Jesus is called or calls Himself teacher or Rabbi over and over in the Gospels. Solomon, as the son of David, was a type of Jesus.] 2 "Vanity of vanities," says the Preacher, "Vanity of vanities! All is vanity." 17 And I set my mind to know wisdom and to know madness and folly; I realized that this also is striving after wind. [Solomon searches throughout this book for the meaning of life. Solomon did what many in our world do: he thought deeper, partied harder, experimented with more, and experienced all he could. Most of mankind does the same, to no avail. While it was standing before him, Pilate asked Jesus, What is truth? Earlier, Jesus revealed to the disciples, I AM The Way, The Truth and The Life, no one comes to the Father but through Me. Jesus is the essence of meaning, the opposite of vanity. Jesus is love, peace, hope, everything worthwhile we would ever seek after! Mt. 6.19-21, 32-33, Phil. 3.7-8]

Eccl. 3:11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in their heart, yet so that man will not find out the work which God has done from the beginning even to the end. [Mk. 7.37, Mt. 11.27] 12 I know that there is nothing better for them than to rejoice and to do good in one's lifetime; 13 moreover, that every man who eats and drinks sees good in all his labor--it is the gift of God. 14 I know that everything God does will remain forever; there is nothing to add to it and there is nothing to take from it, for God has so worked that men should fear Him. [Jn. 19.10-11, Acts 2.23, 4.28, Rom. 11.36, Eph. 3.11] 15 That which is has been already and that which will be has already been, for God seeks what has passed by. [JESUS!]

Eccl. 8:9 All this I have seen and applied my mind to every deed that has been done under the sun wherein a man has exercised authority over another man to his hurt. 10 So then, I have seen the wicked buried, those who used to go in and out from the holy place, and they are soon forgotten in the city where they did thus. This too is futility. 11 Because the sentence against an evil deed is not executed quickly, therefore the hearts of the sons of men among them are given fully to do evil. 12 Although a sinner does evil a hundred times and may lengthen his life, still I know that it will be well for those who fear God, who fear Him openly. 13 But it will not be well for the evil man and he will not lengthen his days like a shadow, because he does not fear God. 14 There is futility which is done on the earth, that is, there are righteous men to whom it happens according to the deeds of the wicked. On the other hand, there are evil men to whom it happens according to the deeds of the righteous. I say that this too is futility. [Thank God that Jesus is the judge of it all and will sort it out in the end. Jn. 5.22-23, Acts 10.42, 17.30-31, Rom. 2.16, 2 Cor. 5.10, 2 Tim. 4.1]

Eccl. 12:13 All has been heard; the end of the matter is: Fear God [revere and worship Him, knowing that He is] and keep His commandments, for this is the whole of man [the full, original purpose of his creation, the object of God's providence, the root of character, the foundation of all happiness, the adjustment to all inharmonious circumstances and conditions under the sun] and the whole [duty] for every man. 14 For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it is good or evil. [At the end, Solomon finally figures it all out!]

I believe that Jesus is the answer to every individuals search for meaning. Billy Graham

Jesus is the bridegroom lover in Song of Solomon [Mt. 9:15, Eph. 5:32, Rev. 19:7.]

Man is soon changed and lightly falleth away. But Christ abideth forever and standeth strongly with His lover to the end Thomas a Kempis

Song 2:4 He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner {signifies victory} over me was love. 6 His left hand is under my head, and his right hand embraces me. [Jesus has set before us a banquet table Ps. 23.5 and He will call us to the marriage supper of the lamb Rev. 19.5-9 The idea of God being our banner is all through the word, with the first mention in Ex. 17.13-16. The concept is about an army being united in victory around Jesus. Col. 2.15, Heb. 2.4, 1 Jn. 3.8] 9 My beloved is like a roe or a young hart: behold, he stands behind our wall, he looks forth at the windows, gazing himself through the lattice {He looks at us with such love.}. 10 My beloved spoke, and said to me, Rise, my love, my fair one, and come away. 11 For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; 12 The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land; 13 The fig tree puts forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape give forth fragrance. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away. {Who can turn down this offer of love?} 14. O my dove {a term of endearment}, that are in the clefts of the rock, in the secret places of the stairs, let me see your countenance, let me hear your voice; for sweet is your voice, and your countenance is comely.


Song 4:9 "You have made my heart beat faster, my sister, my bride; You have made my heart beat faster with a single glance of your eyes, With a single strand of your necklace. 10 "How beautiful is your love, my sister, my bride! How much better is your love than wine, and the fragrance of your oils Than all kinds of spices! 11 "Your lips, my bride, drip honey; Honey and milk are under your tongue, and the fragrance of your garments is like the fragrance of Lebanon. 12 "A garden locked is my sister, my bride, A rock garden locked, a spring sealed up. 13 "Your shoots are an orchard of pomegranates With choice fruits, henna with nard plants, 14 Nard and saffron, calamus and cinnamon, With all the trees of frankincense, Myrrh and aloes, along with all the finest spices. 15 "You are a garden spring, a well of fresh water, and streams flowing from Lebanon." 16 "Awake, O north wind, And come, wind of the south; Make my garden breathe out fragrance, Let its spices be wafted abroad. May my beloved come into his garden And eat its choice fruits!" 5:1 "I have come into my garden, my sister, my bride; I have gathered my myrrh along with my balsam. I have eaten my honeycomb and my honey; I have drunk my wine and my milk. Eat, friends; Drink and imbibe deeply, O lovers." 2 "I was asleep but my heart was awake. A voice! My beloved was knocking: 'Open to me, my sister, my darling, My dove, my perfect one! For my head is drenched with dew, my locks with the damp of the night.' 3 "I have taken off my dress, how can I put it on again? I have washed my feet, how can I dirty them again? 4 "My beloved extended his hand through the opening, and my feelings were aroused for him. 5 "I arose to open to my beloved; and my hands dripped with myrrh, and my fingers with liquid myrrh, on the handles of the bolt. [Mt.12.48-50, Mt. 25.10-11, Jn. 20.17, Rom. 8.29, Eph. 3.6, 9, 15, Heb. 2.11, 17]


Song 5:16 "His mouth is full of sweetness. And he is wholly desirable. This is my beloved and this is my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem." [Lk. 7.34, Jn. 15.9-15, Rom. 5.6-8, Col. 1.21-22]


Song 6:3 "I am my beloved's and my beloved is mine, He who pastures his flock among the lilies." [This is a picture of our covenant relationship with Christ. Like in marriage, both parties are to give everything to the other. Jesus already laid down His life for us, He demands we do the same for Him. Lk. 9.23-26, Jn. 15.9-15, 1 Jn. 3.16]


Song 8:6 "Put me like a seal over your heart (Jn. 6.27, 2 Cor. 1.21-22, Eph. 1.13), like a seal on your arm. For love is as strong as death (Rom. 8.38-39, Eph. 3. 17-19), jealousy is as severe as Sheol (Jn. 2.15-17, 1 Cor. 10.21-22, 2 Cor. 11.2, Jam. 4.4-5); its flashes are flashes of fire, the very flame of the LORD. (Mt. 3.11, Acts 2.2-4, 11, 9.3-6, Heb. 12.29) 7 "Many waters cannot quench love, nor will rivers overflow it; if a man were to give all the riches of his house for love, it would be utterly despised."


All of the prophets point to Christ, who was the prophet of prophets.

In Isaiah, the title "Holy One of Israel" is commonly used for God. Mk. 1:21 shows that it is also a title for Jesus.

Is. 1:18 "Come now, and let us reason together," Says the LORD, "Though your sins are as scarlet, they will be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they will be like wool. [2 Cor. 5.21, Heb. 2.17, 9.11-28,10.19-24, 1 Jn. 1.7-9, 2.2, 4.10, Rev. 7.14]

Is. 2:5 Come, house of Jacob, and let us walk in the light of the LORD. [Lk. 1:79; Jn. 8.12, 12:35-36, Rom. 13:12-14; 2 Cor. 4.6, Eph. 5:8; 1 Thes. 5:5-6; 1 Jn. 1:7]

Is. 4:2. In that day shall the branch of the LORD be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the earth shall be excellent and comely for them that are escaped of Israel. [Often in Isaiah, Jesus is called Branch. One reason is that it shows His humility because in Jn. 15.1-5 He shows Himself rightly as the vine, yet after the resurrection He resumes His rightful status. Branch is also a play on words, since the Hebrew for branch is nazaret and Jesus was commonly known as Jesus of Nazareth.]

Is. 5:1 Let me sing now for my well-beloved A song of my beloved concerning His vineyard. My well-beloved had a vineyard on a fertile hill. 2 He dug it all around, removed its stones, and planted it with the choicest vine. And He built a tower in the middle of it and also hewed out a wine vat in it; then He expected it to produce good grapes, but it produced only worthless ones. 3 "And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem and men of Judah, judge between Me and My vineyard. [Mt. 20.1-16, Mk. 12.1-12, Lk. 13.6-9, Jn.15.1-5]

Is. 6:1. In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. 2 Above it stood the seraphim: each one had six wings; with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he did fly. 3 And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory. 4 And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke. 5. Then said I, Woe is me! For I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts. 6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a burning coal in his hand, which he had taken from the altar with tongs. 7 He touched my mouth with it and said, "Behold, this has touched your lips; and your iniquity is taken away and your sin is forgiven." 8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me. [Isaiah was forgiven without asking for it, he truly saw and confessed his own sinfulness in the presence of a holy Trinity. Lk. 5.8-9, 7.47-50, 23.34, Jn. 8.1-11, 1 Jn. 1.7, 2.1-2]

Is. 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. [Mt. 1.23, Jn. 1-14]

Is. 8:14 And he shall be for a sanctuary; but for a stone of stumbling and for a rock of offense to both the houses of Israel, for a gin and for a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem. 15 And many among them shall stumble, and fall, and be broken, and be snared, and be taken [Mt. 13.57, 21:42, 1 Pet. 2:8]

It is all too easy to believe in a Jesus who us largely a construction of our own imagination an inoffensive person no one would really trouble to crucify. F.F. Bruce

Is. 9:2 The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them has the light shined. [Mt. 2:22, 4:12-16, Lk. 1:79, Jn. 8.12] 6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. [Lk. 2:11, Eph. 2:14-18] 7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even forever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this. [Lk. 1:32-33, 1 Cor. 15.24-28]

Our trouble is we want the peace without the Prince. Addison H. Leitch

Is. 11:1. And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: [Lk. 1.32-33, 3:23, 32, Acts 13:22-23] [When Babylon took Judah captive, never again was there a king on Davids throne. That tree had been cut to a stump. But that didnt mean God was without options. He lives in the ever present, seeing Jesus on that throne, so to Him, the promise had been fulfilled forever.] 2 And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD; 3 And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears: 4 But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked. [Mk. 8:33, 16:41, Lk. 9:4, Jn. 6:26, 12:71, 24:45] 5 And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins. 10. And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious. [Lk. 3:23, 32, Acts 13:22-23] 11 Then it will happen on that day that the Lord will again recover the second time with His hand the remnant of His people, who will remain, from Assyria, Egypt, Pathros, Cush, Elam, Shinar, Hamath, and from the islands of the sea. 12 And He will lift up a standard for the nations and assemble the banished ones of Israel, and will gather the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.

Is. 12:6 Cry aloud and shout for joy, O inhabitant of Zion, For great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel. [Lk. 19:37-40]

Is. 22:22 And the key of the house of David will I lay upon his shoulder; so he shall open, and none shall shut; and he shall shut, and none shall open. [Jn. 10.7-10, 14.6, 1 Cor. 116.9, 2 Cor. 2.12, Rev. 3.8, 20] 23 And I will fasten him as a nail in a sure place; and he shall be for a glorious throne to his father's house. 24 And they shall hang upon him all the glory of his father's house, the offspring and the issue, all vessels of small quantity, from the vessels of cups, even to all the vessels of flagons. 25 In that day, says the LORD of hosts, shall the nail that is fastened in the sure place be removed, and be cut down, and fall; and the burden that was upon it shall be cut off: for the LORD has spoken it. [This is a picture and title of Jesus revealing His unchangeableness and faithfulness.]

Is. 25:6 The LORD of hosts will prepare a lavish banquet for all peoples on this mountain; a banquet of aged wine, choice pieces with marrow, and refined, aged wine. [Lk.14:16-23, 22:30; Rev. 19:9] 7 And on this mountain He will swallow up the covering which is over all peoples, even the veil which is stretched over all nations. [Mt.27:51; Lk. 2:32; Acts 17:30; 2 Cor. 3:13-18; Eph. 3:5-6, 4:18; 5:8; Heb. 10:19-21] 8 He will swallow up death for all time, and the Lord GOD will wipe tears away from all faces, and He will remove the reproach of His people from all the earth; for the LORD has spoken. [Mt. 5:11-12; 1 Cor. 15:26, 54; 2 Tim. 1:10; Heb. 2:14-15; 1 Pet. 4:14, Rev. 7.17, 20:14, 21:4] 9 And it will be said in that day, "Behold, this is our God for whom we have waited that He might save us. This is the LORD for whom we have waited; let us rejoice and be glad in His salvation." [Lk. 2:25, 28-30; Rom. 5:2-3; 8:23-25; Phil. 3:1-3; 1 Pet. 1:6-8, Titus 2:13; 2 Pet. 3:12; Rev. 19:1-7, 22:20]

Is. 26:3 "The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace, because he trusts in You. 4 "Trust in the LORD forever, for in GOD the LORD, we have an everlasting Rock. [Mt. 21.42, Jn. 14:27, 16:33; Rom. 4.18-21, 5:1-2; 1 Cor. 10:4, Eph. 2:14-16; Phil. 4:6-7, Col. 1.20-21, 1 Pet. 2.7 Peace with God and peace of God.]

Is. 28:16 Therefore thus says the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believes shall not make haste. [1 Pet. 2:4-6]

Whoever sees Christ as a mirror of the Fathers heart actually walks through the world with new eyes. Martin Luther

Is. 30:18 Therefore the LORD longs to be gracious to you, and therefore He waits on high to have compassion on you. For the LORD is a God of justice; how blessed are all those who long for Him. [Mt. 15:22-28; Lk. 15:20; Rom. 9:22; 2 Pet. 3:9, 15] 19 O people in Zion, inhabitant in Jerusalem, you will weep no longer. He will surely be gracious to you at the sound of your cry; when He hears it, He will answer you. 20 Although the Lord has given you bread of privation and water of oppression, He, your Teacher will no longer hide Himself, but your eyes will behold your Teacher. [Mt. 13.11-17, 16.15-17, Lk. 10.23] 21 Your ears will hear a word behind you, "This is the way, walk in it," whenever you turn to the right or to the left. [Mt. 7.13-14, Jn. 14.1-9, 1 Jn. 2:20]

Is. 32:1 Behold, a king will reign righteously and princes will rule justly. [Rom. 5:21; Heb. 1:8-9; Rev. 19:11] 2 Each will be like a refuge from the wind and a shelter from the storm, like streams of water in a dry country, like the shade of a huge rock in a parched land. [Mt. 7:24-27, Jn. 7:37, 1 Tim. 3:16, Rev. 22:1] 15 Until the Spirit is poured out upon us from on high, and the wilderness becomes a fertile field, And the fertile field is considered as a forest. [Lk.24:49; Jn. 7:39]

Is. 33:13 You who are far away, hear what I have done; and you who are near, acknowledge My might." 14 Sinners in Zion are terrified; trembling has seized the godless. "Who among us can live with the consuming fire? Who among us can live with continual burning?" 15 He who walks righteously and speaks with sincerity, He who rejects unjust gain and shakes his hands so that they hold no bribe; He who stops his ears from hearing about bloodshed and shuts his eyes from looking upon evil; 16 He will dwell on the heights, His refuge will be the impregnable rock; His bread will be given him, His water will be sure. 17 Your eyes will see the King in His beauty; they will behold a far-distant land. 22 For the LORD is our judge, the LORD is our lawgiver, yhe LORD is our king; He will save us-- [Rev. 21.16-17]

Is. 35:2 It shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice even with joy and singing: the glory of Lebanon shall be given unto it, the excellency of Carmel and Sharon, they shall see the glory of the LORD, and the excellency of our God. 3 Strengthen the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees. 4 Say to them that are of a fearful heart, be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompense; he will come and save you. 5. Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. 6 Then the lame will leap like a deer, and the tongue of the mute will shout for joy. For waters will break forth in the wilderness and streams in the desert. [Lk. 7:18-22, Jn. 4.13-14, 6.35, 7.38-39] 8 A highway will be there, a roadway, and it will be called the Highway of Holiness. The unclean will not travel on it, but it will be for him who walks that way, and fools will not wander on it. 9 No lion will be there, nor will any vicious beast go up on it; these will not be found there. But the redeemed will walk there, 10 and the ransomed of the LORD will return and come with joyful shouting to Zion, with everlasting joy upon their heads. They will find gladness and joy, and sorrow and sighing will flee away. [Rom. 3.21-26, 5.1-2, Eph. 1.7. 1 Tim. 2.5-6, 2 Tim. 1:9; Titus 2:11-14; Heb. 10:20-23, 1 Pet. 1.18-19, 2.9-10]

Is. 40:3. The voice of him that cries in the wilderness, prepare the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. 4 Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight and the rough places plain: 5 and the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the LORD has spoken it. [Mt. 3:1-3] 11 He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young. [Mt. 9:36, Jn. 10]

You should point to the whole man Jesus and say, That is God. Martin Luther

Is. 41:14 "Do not fear, you worm Jacob, you men of Israel; I will help you," declares the LORD, "and your Redeeme0r is the Holy One of Israel. [Mk. 10.45, Gal. 3:13-14; Tit. 2:14; Heb. 9:15, 1 Pet. 1:18-19, Rev. 5:9]

Is. 42:1. Behold my servant, whom I uphold; my elect, in whom my soul delights; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles. 2 He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street. 3 A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth. [Mt. 12:15-21, Mk. 10.44-45, Gal. 5.13, Phil. 2.5] 4 He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he has set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law. 6 I the LORD have called you in righteousness, and will hold your hand, and will keep you, and give you for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles; [Lk. 2:29-32] 7 To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house. [Mt. 8:28, 9:32, 12:22, 15:22, 17:15, Mk. 1:23, 5:2, Lk. 8:2] 9 Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them.

Is. 43.1 But now, thus says the LORD, your Creator, O Jacob, And He who formed you, O Israel, "Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are Mine! 3 "For I am the LORD your God, The Holy One of Israel, your Savior; I have given Egypt as your ransom, Cush and Seba in your place. [Tit. 3.5] 18 Remember not the former things, neither consider the things of old. 19 Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; will you not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert. [This happens as a work of the resurrection and as we follow Jesus.]

Is. 44:6 Thus says the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God. [Mt. 21.1-5, 25:34, 27:37, Rom. 6.1-14, 1 Cor. 15.12-28, Phil. 3.20-21, Heb. 9.11-15, Rev. 1:8, 17-18, 2:8, 22:13]

Is. 49: 1 Listen to Me, O islands, and pay attention, you peoples from afar. The LORD called Me from the womb; from the body of My mother He named Me. [Mt. 1.21, 23, Lk. 2.21, Jn. 1.1-2] 2 And he has made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of his hand has he hid me, and made me a polished shaft; in his quiver has he hid me; [Rev. 1.16, 19.15] 3 And said unto me, You are my servant, O Israel, in whom I will be glorified. [Jn. 11.41-42, 14.13, 17.4, 26] 6 And he said, It is a light thing that you should be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give you for a light to the Gentiles, that you may be my salvation unto the end of the earth. [Mt. 1:21, Lk. 2:28-32, Acts 1.8, Eph. 2.14, 3.6, Rev. 5.9-10]

Christ was shown to holy nmen of old, that they might be saved by faith in His Passion to come, just as we are saved by faith in His passion already past. Augustine, Catholic Theologian

Is. 50:4. The Lord GOD has given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary: he awakens morning by morning, he awakens my ear to hear as the learned. [Lk. 5:16] 5 The Lord GOD has opened my ear, and I was not rebellious, neither turned away back. [Jn. 6:38] 6 I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting. [Mt. 26:67, 27:26-31, Mk. 14:65, 15:15-20, Lk. 23.16, Jn. 18:22, 19:1-3]

Is. 52: 7 How lovely on the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, Who announces peace and brings good news of happiness, Who announces salvation, and says to Zion, "Your God reigns!" [Lk. 4.18-21, Mt. 11.4-5] 13. Behold, my servant shall deal prudently, he shall be exalted and extolled, and be very high. 14 As many were astonished at you; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men: [Mt. 28:67-68, 27:27-31, Phil. 2:7-11] 15 So shall he sprinkle many nations; the kings shall shut their mouths at him: for that which had not been told them shall they see; and that which they had not heard shall they consider.

His humiliation expiates our pride, His perfect love atones for our ingratitude, His exquisite tenderness pleads our insensibility. John Newton British Pastor

Is. 53:1. Who has believed our report? And to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed? 2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he has no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. 3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. [Lk. 19.41-42, 23:18, 21, Jn. 1:11, 7:5] 4. Surely he has borne our grief, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. [Mt. 9:36, 14:14, 15:32, 20:34, 23:37, Rom. 5:6-11] 5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. [Jn. 19.34, 20.25, Acts 2.23, Rom. 3.25, 5.1, Eph. 2.14-17, Col. 1.19-20, 1 Jn. 2.2, Rev. 14.19] 6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all. [Mt. 8:17, Jn. 19:34, Rom. 3:6, 8-9, 1 Pet. 2:24] 7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he opens not his mouth. [Mt. 26:62-63, 27:12-14, Mk. 15:4-5, Jn. 1:29, 19:9, 1 Pet. 1:18-19] 9 And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth. [Mt. 27:57-60, Heb. 4:15] 10 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he has put him to grief: when you shall 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. [Mt. 26:67-8, 27:27-31] 11 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. 12 Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he has 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. [Mt. 27:38, Mk. 15:27, Lk. 23:34, Rom. 3.19-30 and much of Rom. 4, 5, and 6]

He who made man was made manHe cried like a babe in the manger in speechless infancy this Word without which human eloquence is speechless. Augustine

Is. 54:1 "Shout for joy, O barren one, you who have borne no child; Break forth into joyful shouting and cry aloud, you who have not travailed; for the sons of the desolate one will be more numerous than the sons of the married woman," says the LORD. 2 "Enlarge the place of your tent; stretch out the curtains of your dwellings, spare not; lengthen your cords and strengthen your pegs. 3 For you will spread abroad to the right and to the left. And your descendants will possess nations and will resettle the desolate cities. 4 Fear not, for you will not be put to shame; and do not feel humiliated, for you will not be disgraced; but you will forget the shame of your youth, and the reproach of your widowhood you will remember no more. 5 For your husband is your Maker, Whose name is the LORD of hosts; and your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel, Who is called the God of all the earth. 6 For the LORD has called you, like a wife forsaken and grieved in spirit, even like a wife of one's youth when she is rejected," says your God. 7 For a brief moment I forsook you, but with great compassion I will gather you. 8 In an outburst of anger I hid My face from you for a moment, but with everlasting lovingkindness I will have compassion on you," Says the LORD your Redeemer. 9 "For this is like the days of Noah to Me, when I swore that the waters of Noah Would not flood the earth again; so I have sworn that I will not be angry with you nor will I rebuke you. 10 For the mountains may be removed and the hills may shake, but My lovingkindness will not be removed from you, And My covenant of peace will not be shaken," Says the LORD who has compassion on you. 11 O afflicted one, storm-tossed, and not comforted, Behold, I will set your stones in antimony, and your foundations I will lay in sapphires. 12 Moreover, I will make your battlements of rubies, and your gates of crystal, and your entire wall of precious stones. 13 All your sons will be taught of the LORD; and the well-being of your sons will be great. 14 In righteousness you will be established; you will be far from oppression, for you will not fear; and from terror, for it will not come near you. 15 If anyone fiercely assails you it will not be from Me. Whoever assails you will fall because of you. 16 Behold, I Myself have created the smith who blows the fire of coals and brings out a weapon for its work; and I have created the destroyer to ruin. 17 No weapon that is formed against you will prosper; and every tongue that accuses you in judgment you will condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is from Me," declares the LORD. [Mt. 16:18, 23:37; 24.30, 26.64, Jn. 14.2, Rom. 3:22, 6:22-23, 10:4; 1 Cor. 1:30; 2 Cor. 5:21, Phil. 3:9; 11:2-3; Eph. 2:20; 5:25-27, 32, 6.10-17, Heb. 6:16-18, 1 Pet. 2:4-6; 2 Pet. 3:8, 13, Rev. 1.7, 12:10, 21:9, 18-21]

The blood of Christ stands not simply for Gods sorrow over sin but for Gods wrath on sin. P.T. Forsyth

Is. 55.1 "Ho! Every one who thirsts, come to the waters; and you who have no money come, buy and eat. Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. 2 "Why do you spend money for what is not bread, and your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, and delight yourself in abundance. [Jn. 4.10-14, 6.35, 7.37-38, Rom. 6.23, Rev. 21.6] 3 "Incline your ear and come to Me. Listen, that you may live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, according to the faithful mercies shown to David. 4 "Behold, I have made him a witness to the peoples, a leader and commander for the peoples. 5 "Behold, you will call a nation you do not know, and a nation which knows you not will run to you, because of the LORD your God, even the Holy One of Israel; for He has glorified you." [Mt. 11.28, 17.5, Jn. 5.24, 1 Tim. 6.13, Heb. 13.20, Rev. 1.5] 10 "For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there without watering the earth and making it bear and sprout, and furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater; 11 So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; it will not return to Me empty, without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it. [Jesus is the Word made flesh Jn. 1.14. He accomplished everything the Father intended Jn 17.4, 19.30]

Is. 56:6 "Also the foreigners who join themselves to the LORD, to minister to Him, and to love the name of the LORD, to be His servants, every one who keeps from profaning the sabbath and holds fast My covenant; 7 Even those I will bring to My holy mountain and make them joyful in My house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be acceptable on My altar; for My house will be called a house of prayer for all the peoples." [Mk. 11.17, Jn. 4.21-24, Rom. 12.1, Gal. 5.6, Eph. 2.11-13]

Is. 57:14 And it will be said, "Build up, build up, prepare the way, remove every obstacle out of the way of My people." 15 For thus says the high and exalted One Who lives forever, whose name is Holy, "I dwell on a high and holy place, and also with the contrite and lowly of spirit in order to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite. 16 "For I will not contend forever, nor will I always be angry; for the spirit would grow faint before Me, and the breath of those whom I have made. [Mt. 5.3-4, Lk. 1.46-50, 3.5-6, 4.18, Heb. 9.14]

Is. 59:1 Behold, the LORD'S hand is not so short that it cannot save; nor is His ear so dull that it cannot hear. 2 But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden His face from you so that He does not hear. 16. And he saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor: therefore his arm brought salvation unto him; and his righteousness, it sustained him. 17 For he put on righteousness as a breastplate, and a helmet of salvation upon his head; and he put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloak. [Rom. 8.34, 1 Tim. 2.5, Heb. 4.15-16, 7.25, 1 Jn. 2.1-2]

Is. 61:1. The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD has anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; 2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; [Lk. 4:17-19, 21, 7:18-22]

Is. 62.2 And the Gentiles shall see your righteousness, and all kings your glory: and you shall be called by a new name, which the mouth of the LORD shall name. 3 You will also be a crown of beauty in the hand of the LORD, and a royal diadem in the hand of your God. 4 It will no longer be said to you, "Forsaken," nor to your land will it any longer be said, "Desolate"; but you will be called, "My delight is in her," and your land, "Married"; for the LORD delights in you, and to Him your land will be married. 5 For as a young man marries a virgin, so your sons will marry you; and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so your God will rejoice over you. [This happens as a work of the resurrection and as we follow Jesus. Mt. 9.15, Acts 26.23, Rom. 7.1-4, 9.25-27, 2 Cor. 11.2, Eph. 5.25-27, 1 Tnes. 2.19, Heb. 12.2, 13.5, 1 Pet. 2.10, Rev. 19.7, 21.2, 9-10]

Is. 63:1 Who is this who comes from Edom, with garments of glowing colors from Bozrah, this One who is majestic in His apparel, marching in the greatness of His strength? "It is I who speak in righteousness, mighty to save." 2 Why is Your apparel red, and Your garments like the one who treads in the wine press? 3 "I have trodden the wine trough alone, and from the peoples there was no man with Me. I also trod them in My anger and trampled them in My wrath; and their lifeblood is sprinkled on My garments, and I stained all My raiment. 4 "For the day of vengeance was in My heart, and My year of redemption has come. 5 "I looked, and there was no one to help, and I was astonished and there was no one to uphold; so My own arm brought salvation to Me, and My wrath upheld Me. 6 "I trod down the peoples in My anger And made them drunk in My wrath, And I poured out their lifeblood on the earth." [Jn. 10.28-30, 16.22, Rom. 8.18-25, Heb. 7.25, Rev. 6.9-17, 11.17-18, 14.10, 19-20, 16..6, 19, 18.3-6, 19.13-16] 7 I shall make mention of the loving kindnesses of the LORD, the praises of the LORD, according to all that the LORD has granted us, and the great goodness toward the house of Israel, which He has granted them according to His compassion and according to the abundance of His loving kindnesses. 8 For He said, "Surely, they are My people, Sons who will not deal falsely." So He became their Savior. 9 In all their affliction he was afflicted, and the angel of his presence saved them: in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; and he bore them, and carried them all the days of old. [Rom. 2.4, 5.20, Eph. 1.6-7, 2.4, 5.25, 1 Tim. 1.14, Titus 3.4-7]

Is. 64.1 Oh, that You would rend the heavens and come down, that the mountains might quake at Your presence-- 2 As fire kindles the brushwood, as fire causes water to boil-- to make Your name known to Your adversaries, that the nations may tremble at Your presence! 3 When You did awesome things which we did not expect, You came down, the mountains quaked at Your presence. 4 For from days of old they have not heard or perceived by ear, nor has the eye seen a God besides You, Who acts in behalf of the one who waits for Him. [Mt. 4.3, 6, 8.29, 27.54, 28.2, Mk. 1.10, 3.11, Lk. 2.6-19, 4.41, 1 Cor. 2.6-10, 1 Tm. 3.16, 2 Pet. 3:10-12; Rev. 20:11]

Is. 66:15 For behold, the LORD will come in fire and His chariots like the whirlwind, to render His anger with fury, and His rebuke with flames of fire. 16 For the LORD will execute judgment by fire and by His sword on all flesh, and those slain by the LORD will be many. 17 "Those who sanctify and purify themselves to go to the gardens, following one in the center, who eat swine's flesh, detestable things and mice, will come to an end altogether," declares the LORD. 18 "For I know their works and their thoughts; the time is coming to gather all nations and tongues. And they shall come and see My glory. 19 "I will set a sign among them and will send survivors from them to the nations: Tarshish, Put, Lud, Meshech, Tubal and Javan, to the distant coastlands that have neither heard My fame nor seen My glory. And they will declare My glory among the nations. 20 "Then they shall bring all your brethren from all the nations as a grain offering to the LORD, on horses, in chariots, in litters, on mules and on camels, to My holy mountain Jerusalem," says the LORD, "just as the sons of Israel bring their grain offering in a clean vessel to the house of the LORD. 21 "I will also take some of them for priests and for Levites," says the LORD. 22 "For just as the new heavens and the new earth which I make will endure before Me," declares the LORD, "So your offspring and your name will endure. 23 "And it shall be from new moon to new moon and from Sabbath to Sabbath, all mankind will come to bow down before Me," says the LORD. 24 "Then they will go forth and look on the corpses of the men who have transgressed against Me. For their worm will not die and their fire will not be quenched; and they will be an abhorrence to all mankind."

Jeremiah, the weeping prophet, was also a picture of Jesus - Streams of tears flow from my eyes because my people are destroyed. (Jer.3:48) Be assured, however, that if you put me to death, you will bring the guilt of innocent blood on yourselves and on this city and on those who live in it, (Jer.26:15). Then the priests and the prophets said to the officials and all the people, "This man should be sentenced to death because he has prophesied against this city. You have heard it with your own ears!" (Jer.26:11). Mt. 26:65-66, 27:25, Lk. 19:41

Jer. 11:18 Moreover, the LORD made it known to me and I knew it; Then You showed me their deeds. 19 But I was like a gentle lamb led to the slaughter; and I did not know that they had devised plots against me, saying, "Let us destroy the tree with its fruit, And let us cut him off from the land of the living, That his name be remembered no more." Jn. 1:29, 2.25

Jer..13:17 But if you do not listen, I will weep in secret because of your pride; my eyes will weep bitterly, overflowing with tears, because the LORD's flock will be taken captive. [Mt. 26:38. Lk. 19:41; 22:41, 44, 45.]

Jeremiah 23:5 Behold, the days come, says the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth. 6 In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS. [Mt. 1:1, 6, Lk. 3:23, Acts 13:22-23, 1 Cor. 1:30, 2 Cor. 5:21]

Jeremiah 31:15 Thus says the LORD; A voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation, and bitter weeping; Rachel weeping for her children refused to be comforted for her children, because they were not. [Mt. 2:16-18] 31 "The time is coming," declares the LORD , "when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah. 32 It will not be like the covenant I made with their forefathers when I took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt, because they broke my covenant, though I was a husband to them, " declares the LORD 33 "This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after that time," declares the LORD "I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. 34 No longer will a man teach his neighbor, or a man his brother, saying, 'Know the LORD ,' because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest," declares the LORD . "For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more." [Mat.26:28, Lk.22:20, Mk.14:24, 1 Cor.11:25, Heb.8:7-13]

Jeremiah 33:15 In those days, and at that time, will I cause the Branch of righteousness to grow up unto David; and he shall execute judgment and righteousness in the land. 16 In those days shall Judah be saved, and Jerusalem shall dwell safely: and this is the name wherewith she shall be called, The LORD our righteousness. [Mt. 1:1, 6, Lk. 3:23, Acts 13:22-23, 1 Cor. 1:30, 2 Cor. 5:21]

Lamentations shows Jeremiah as a weeping prophet, a man of sorrows, Jesus [Mt. 23:37, Lk. 9:11-17, and Jn. 11:35] is also.

Lamentations 1:12. Is it nothing to you, all you that pass by? behold, and see if there be any sorrow like unto my sorrow, which is done unto me, wherewith the LORD has afflicted me in the day of his fierce anger. 16 For these things I weep; my eye, my eye runs down with water, because the comforter that should relieve my soul is far from me: my children are desolate, because the enemy prevailed. 18 The LORD is righteous; for I have rebelled against his commandment: hear, I pray you, all people, and behold my sorrow: my virgins and my young men are gone into captivity.

Ezekiel, called son of man many times, is a picture of Christ, who was also so titled [just a few examples Mt. 8:20, 9:6, Mk. 8:38, Lk. 18:8, Jn. 1:51, Acts 7: 56, Rev. 1:3].

Ezekiel 1:26. And above the firmament that was over their heads was the likeness of a throne, as the appearance of a sapphire stone: and upon the likeness of the throne was the likeness as the appearance of a man above upon it. 27 And I saw as the color of amber, as the appearance of fire round about within it, from the appearance of his loins even upward, and from the appearance of his loins even downward, I saw as it were the appearance of fire, and it had brightness round about. 28 As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. And when I saw it, I fell upon my face, and I heard a voice of one that spoke.

Ezekiel 8:1. And it came to pass in the sixth year, in the sixth month, in the fifth day of the month, as I sat in my house, and the elders of Judah sat before me, that the hand of the Lord GOD fell there upon me. 2 Then I beheld, and lo a likeness as the appearance of fire: from the appearance of his loins even downward, fire; and from his loins even upward, as the appearance of brightness, as the color of amber. 3 And he put forth the form of a hand, and took me by a lock of my head; and the spirit lifted me up between the earth and the heaven, and brought me in the visions of God to Jerusalem, to the door of the inner gate that looks toward the north; where was the seat of the image of jealousy, which provokes to jealousy. 4 And, behold, the glory of the God of Israel was there, according to the vision that I saw in the plain.

Eze 11.19 And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them a heart of flesh: 20 That they may walk in my statutes, and keep my ordinances, and do them: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God. [also Eze. 36.26-27 This happens as a work of the resurrection and as we follow Jesus.]

Ezekiel 17:22. Thus says the Lord GOD; I will also take of the highest branch of the high cedar, and will set it; I will crop off from the top of his young twigs a tender one, and will plant it upon a high mountain and eminent: 23 In the mountain of the height of Israel will I plant it: and it shall bring forth boughs, and bear fruit, and be a goodly cedar: and under it shall dwell all fowl of every wing; in the shadow of the branches thereof shall they dwell. 24 And all the trees of the field shall know that I the LORD have brought down the high tree, have exalted the low tree, have dried up the green tree, and have made the dry tree to flourish: I the LORD have spoken and have done it. [Lk. 3:23, Acts 1322-23]

Ezekiel 34:11 For thus says the Lord GOD; Behold, I, even I, will both search my sheep, and seek them out. 12 As a shepherd seeks out his flock in the day that he is among his sheep that are scattered; so will I seek out my sheep, and will deliver them out of all places where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day. 14 I will feed them in a good pasture, and upon the high mountains of Israel shall their fold be: there shall they lie in a good fold, and in a fat pasture shall they feed upon the mountains of Israel. 15 I will feed my flock, and I will cause them to lie down, says the Lord GOD. 16 I will seek that which was lost, and bring again that which was driven away, and will bind up that which was broken, and will strengthen that which was sick: but I will destroy the fat and the strong; I will feed them with judgment. 23 And I will set up one shepherd over them, and he shall feed them, even my servant David; he shall feed them, and he shall be their shepherd. 24 And I the LORD will be their God, and my servant David a prince among them; I the LORD have spoken it. 25 And I will make with them a covenant of peace, and will cause the evil beasts to cease out of the land: and they shall dwell safely in the wilderness, and sleep in the woods. 29 And I will raise up for them a plant of renown, and they shall be no more consumed with hunger in the land, neither bear the shame of the heathen any more. 30 Thus shall they know that I the LORD their God am with them, and that they, even the house of Israel, are my people, says the Lord GOD. 31 And you my flock, the flock of my pasture, are men, and I am your God, says the Lord GOD. [Mt. 1:6, 9:36, Lk. 15, Jn. 10]

Ezekiel 40:3 And he brought me there, and, behold, there was a man, whose appearance was like the appearance of brass, with a line of flax in his hand, and a measuring reed; and he stood in the gate. 4 And the man said unto me, Son of man, behold with your eyes, and hear with your ears, and set your heart upon all that I shall show you; for to the intent that I might show them unto you are you brought here: declare all that you see to the house of Israel.

Daniel 2:34 "You continued looking until a stone was cut out without hands, and it struck the statue on its feet of iron and clay and crushed them. 44 And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever. [Mt. 6:33, Jn. 3:3]

Daniel 3:23 And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace. 24 Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astounded, and rose up in haste, and spoke, and said unto his counselors, Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? They answered and said unto the king, True, O king. 25 He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.

Daniel 7:9. I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire. 10 A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him: thousand thousands ministered unto him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him: the judgment was set, and the books were opened. 13 I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. 14 And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed. [Jn. 1:51] 27 And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him. [Mt. 6:33, Jn. 3:3]

Daniel 9:24 Seventy weeks are determined upon your people and upon your holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy. [Several of Jesus purposes are listed here.] 25 Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troubled times. 26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolation are determined. [Mt. 16:16, Lk. 2:1-7, 3:23]. 27 "And he will make a firm covenant with the many for one week, but in the middle of the week he will put a stop to sacrifice and grain offering; and on the wing of abominations will come one who makes desolate, even until a complete destruction, one that is decreed, is poured out on the one who makes desolate."

Daniel 10:5 Then I lifted up my eyes, and looked, and behold a certain man clothed in linen, whose loins were girded with fine gold of Uphaz: 6 His body also was like the beryl, and his face as the appearance of lightning, and his eyes as lamps of fire, and his arms and his feet like in color to polished brass, and the voice of his words like the voice of a multitude.

Hosea showed Jesus love for us by marrying and then buying back Gomer the prostitute. Jesus loved us while weak, sinful enemies of His and even when we fall, He takes us back!

Hosea 1:7 But I will have mercy upon the house of Judah, and will save them by the LORD their God, and will not save them by bow, nor by sword, nor by battle, by horses, nor by horsemen. [Tit. 2:13]

Hos. 2:16 "It will come about in that day," declares the LORD, "That you will call Me Ishi And will no longer call Me Baali. 17 "For I will remove the names of the Baals from her mouth, So that they will be mentioned by their names no more. 18 "In that day I will also make a covenant for them With the beasts of the field, The birds of the sky And the creeping things of the ground. And I will abolish the bow, the sword and war from the land, And will make them lie down in safety. 19 "I will betroth you to Me forever; Yes, I will betroth you to Me in righteousness and in justice, In lovingkindness and in compassion, 20 And I will betroth you to Me in faithfulness. Then you will know the LORD. [This refers to Jesus and His bride heading into the Millennium.HH]

Hos. 6.6 osHHFor I desire mercy and not sacrifice, and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings. [Mat. 9.13, 12.7-8]

Hosea 11:1. When Israel was a child, then I loved him, and called my son out of Egypt. [Mt. 2:14-15]

Hos. 13:14 Shall I ransom them from the power of Sheol? Shall I redeem them from death? O Death, where are your thorns? O Sheol, where is your sting? Compassion will be hidden from My sight. [Paul quotes this, in reference to Jesus, in 1 Cor. 15.55]

Joel shows Jesus as the Baptizer in the Holy Spirit

Joel 2:28. And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: 29 And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit. 32 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD has said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call. [Jn. 1:31-33, Acts 15:15-18, Rom. 10.12-13]

Amos 8:9 And it shall come to pass in that day, says the Lord GOD, that I will cause the sun to go down at noon, and I will darken the earth in the clear day: [Mt. 27:45]

Amos 9:1 I saw the Lord standing upon the altar: and he said, Smite the lintel of the door, that the posts may shake: and cut them in the head, all of them; and I will slay the last of them with the sword: he that flees of them shall not flee away, and he that escapes of them shall not be delivered. 2 Though they dig into hell, there shall my hand take them; though they climb up to heaven, there will I bring them down: 11. In that day will I raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, and close up the breaches thereof; and I will raise up his ruins, and I will build it as in the days of old: 12 That they may possess the remnant of Edom, and of all the heathen, which are called by my name, says the LORD that does this. [Mt. 16:18-19, Acts 15:15-18]

Obadiah 21. And saviors shall come up on mount Zion to judge the mount of Esau; and the kingdom shall be the LORD'S. [Mt. 3:2, 4:17, 6:33, 10:7, 25:34, Jn. 3:3]

Jonah was a type of Jesus death and resurrection, and, Jesus is greater than Jonah.

Jonah 1:17 Now the LORD had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.

Jonah 2:10. And the LORD spoke unto the fish, and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry land. [Mt. 12:31, 39-41, 16:4]

Mic. 2:12 "I will surely assemble all of you, Jacob, I will surely gather the remnant of Israel. I will put them together like sheep in the fold; Like a flock in the midst of its pasture They will be noisy with men. 13 "The breaker goes up before them; They break out, pass through the gate and go out by it. So their king goes on before them, And the LORD at their head." [Our Shepherd, Jesus, is also our Breaker. He burst through sin, satan, religion and anything else that would try to block our admittance to Him and His Salvation.]

Micah 4:1 But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it. 2 And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.[Heb. 3:6]

Micah 5:1 Now gather yourself in troops, O daughter of troops: he has laid siege against us: they shall smite the judge of Israel with a rod upon the cheek. [Jn. 19:15] 2 But you, Bethlehem Ephratah, though you be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of you shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting. [Jesus, the Bread of Life, was to be born in the House of Bread Bethlehem! Mt. 2:1-6, Lk. 2:4-7, Jn.7:42, 8.58, Col.1:17, Rev.1:8,17, 2:8, 22:13] 3 Therefore He will give them up until the time when she who is in labor has borne a child. Then the remainder of His brethren will return to the sons of Israel. [Gal.4:4-5] 4 And He will arise and shepherd His flock In the strength of the LORD, in the majesty of the name of the LORD His God. And they will remain, because at that time He will be great To the ends of the earth. [Jn.10:11-16] 5a This One will be our peace. [Jn.14:27, 16.33, 20.24, 6]

Micah 7:6 For the son dishonors the father, the daughter rises up against her mother, the daughter in law against her mother in law; a man's enemies are the men of his own house. [Mt. 10:34-37]

Nahum 1:7 The LORD is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble, and He knows those who take refuge in Him. [Mat.11:28-29, Jn. 10:14, 27] 15 Behold upon the mountains the feet of him that brings good tidings, that publishes peace! O Judah, keep your solemn feasts, perform your vows: for the wicked shall no more pass through you; he is utterly cut off.

Nahum 2:2 For the LORD has turned away the excellency of Jacob, as the excellency of Israel: for the emptiers have emptied them out, and marred their vine branches. [Jn. 14:16, 2 Thes. 1:8]

Hab. 2:4 "Behold, as for the proud one, His soul is not right within him; But the righteous will live by his faith. [Faith in whom? Jesus, of course. Rom. 1.17, Gal. 3.11, Heb. 10.38]

Habakkuk 3:13 You went forth for the salvation of Your people, For the salvation of Your anointed. You struck the head of the house of the evil to lay him open from thigh to neck. Selah. 17 Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, 18 yet I will rejoice in the Lord , I will be joyful in God my Savior. 19 The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to go on the heights. [Jn.3:36, 15.11, Rom. 8.38, Phil. 3.3, 4.4]

Zephaniah shows Jesus as the executor of God's wrath [Mt. 21:12-13, Mk. 11;15-19, Jn. 2:15-16, Rom. 2:5-6]

Haggai was the builder of God's house as is Jesus [Mt. 16;18, Eph. 2:20-22, Heb. 3:5]

Haggai 2:7 And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, says the LORD of hosts. [Lk. 2:27-32] 23: "In that day, says the LORD of hosts, will I take you, O Zerubbabel, my servant, the son of Shealtiel, says the LORD, and will make you as a signet: for I have chosen you, says the LORD of hosts." [Lk. 3:23-27]

Zec. 2.10 Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion: for, lo, I come, and I will dwell in the midst of thee, says the Lord. 11 And many nations shall be joined to the Lord in that day, and shall be my people: and I will dwell in the midst of thee, and you shall know that the Lord of hosts has sent me unto you." [Jn. 1:14, 8:18-19]

Zechariah 3:8. Hear now, O Joshua the high priest, you, and your fellows that sit before you: for they are men wondered at: for, behold, I will bring forth my servant the BRANCH. [Rom. 15:3]

Zechariah 6:12 And speak unto him, saying, Thus speaks the LORD of hosts, saying, Behold the man whose name is The BRANCH; and he shall grow up out of his place, and he shall build the temple of the LORD: 13 Even he shall build the temple of the LORD; and he shall bear the glory, and shall sit and rule upon his throne; and he shall be a priest upon his throne: and the counsel of peace shall be between them both. [Jn. 1:45, Heb. 8]

Zechariah 9:9. Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, your King comes unto you: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass. [Mt. 11:29, 21:1-11, Jn. 12:12-15] 16 The Lord their God will save them on that day as the flock of his people. They will sparkle in his land like jewels in a crown. [Jn. 10:11]

Zechariah 10:4: "Out of him came forth the corner, out of him the nail, out of him the battle bow, out of him every oppressor together." [Eph. 2:20]

Zechariah 11:7 So I pastured the flock doomed to slaughter, hence the afflicted of the flock. And I took for myself two staffs: the one I called Favor and the other I called Union; so I pastured the flock. [Look how Jesus shepherds us, with favor or grace and union! Jn. 10.11] 12 And I said unto them, If you think good, give me my price; and if not, forbear. So they weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver. 13 And the LORD said unto me, Cast it unto the potter: a goodly price that I was prized at of them. And I took the thirty pieces of silver, and cast them to the potter in the house of the LORD. [Mt. 26:14-15, 27:5-10, Mk. 14:27

Zechariah 12:10 And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourns for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn. [ Jn. 19:34, 37, 20:25-27],

Zechariah 13:1. In that day there shall be a fountain opened to the house of David and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem for sin and for uncleanness. 7. Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, and against the man that is my fellow, says the LORD of hosts: smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered: and I will turn my hand upon the little ones.[Mt. 26:31, 56]

Malachi 3:1. Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom you seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom you delight in: behold, he shall come, says the LORD of hosts. 2 But who may abide the day of his coming? And who shall stand when he appears? for he is like a refiner's fire, and like fullers' soap: 3 And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness. [Mt. 3:11, 21:12-14, Lk. 2:1-7, 3:1-6, 7:27

Malachi 4:2 But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and you shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall. [Mt. 8:17, 26:26-28, Lk. 1:78 ] 5 "Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD:" [Mt. 11:10-11, Lk. 1:17] 6: "And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse." [Lk. 1:16-17]

Jesus, the Greek form of the Hebrew Joshua, means Jehovah Saves.

Really the four gospels in their entirety should follow. But that seems somewhat redundant, since all of those who have this book will have access to several translations of the Gospels. To better understand Jesus, read the Gospels through looking for all the teachings of Jesus (the red letters), all the healings of Jesus, all His miracles, and all the deliverances He performed.

Mt. 1:1. The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. 2 Abraham begot Isaac; and Isaac begot Jacob; and Jacob begot Judas and his brethren; 3 And Judas begot Phares and Zara of Thamar; and Phares begot Esrom; and Esrom begot Aram; 6 And Jesse begot David the king; and David the king begot Solomon of her that had been the wife of Uriah; 12 And after they were brought to Babylon, Jechoniah begot Salathiel; and Salathiel begot Zorobabel; 13 And Zorobabel begot Abiud; and Abiud begot Eliakim; and Eliakim begot Azor; 16 And Jacob begot Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ. 18. Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. 20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, you son of David, fear not to take unto you Mary your wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. 21 And she shall bring forth a son, and you shall call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. 22 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, 23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

Mt. 2: 1 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, 2 Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him. 6 And you Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are not the least among the princes of Judah: for out of you shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.

11 And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh. 13. And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be you there until I bring you word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him. 14 When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt: 15 And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son. 16. Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently inquired of the wise men. 17 Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying, 18 In Ramah was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not. 22 But when he heard that Archelaus did reign in Judaea in the room of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there: notwithstanding, being warned of God in a dream, he turned aside into the parts of Galilee: 23 And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, He shall be called a Nazarene. [Nazareth means branch in Hebrew!]

Mt. 3:1. In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, 2 And saying, Repent you: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. 3 For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare you the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. 11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that comes after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire: 12 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire. 13. Then came Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him. 15 And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becomes us to fulfill all righteousness. Then he suffered him. 16 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: 17 And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

Mt. 4:1. Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. 2 And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward a hungered. 3 And when the tempter came to him, he said, If you be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. 4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God. 5 Then the devil took him up into the holy city, and sat him on a pinnacle of the temple, 6 And says unto him, If you be the Son of God, cast yourself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning you: and in their hands they shall bear you up, lest at any time you dash your foot against a stone. 7 Jesus said unto him, It is written again, You shall not tempt the Lord your God. 8 Again, the devil took him up into an exceeding high mountain, and showed him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; 9 And said unto him, All these things will I give you, if you will fall down and worship me. 10 Then said Jesus unto him, Get you here, Satan: for it is written, You shall worship the Lord your God, and him only shall you serve. 11 Then the devil left him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him. 12. Now when Jesus had heard that John was cast into prison, he departed into Galilee; 13 And leaving Nazareth, he came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is upon the sea coast, in the borders of Zebulon and Nephthalim: 14 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying, 15 The land of Zebulon, and the land of Nephthalim, by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles; 16 The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up. 17 From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Mt. 5:17 "Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill. [One of several of Jesus stated purposes.]

Mt. 6:33 But seek you first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Mt. 8:16 When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick: 17 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses. 20 And Jesus said unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man has not where to lay his head. 27 But the men marveled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him! 28. And when he was come to the other side into the country of the Gergesenes, there met him two possessed with devils, coming out of the tombs, exceeding fierce, so that no man might pass by that way. 32 And he said unto them, Go. And when they were come out, they went into the herd of swine: and, behold, the whole herd of swine ran violently down a steep place into the sea, and perished in the waters.

Mt. 9:6 But that you may know that the Son of man has power on earth to forgive sins, (then said he to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up your bed, and go unto your house. 15 And Jesus said unto them, Can the children of the bride chamber mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them? but the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken from them, and then shall they fast. 27. And when Jesus departed there, two blind men followed him, crying, and saying, You Son of David, have mercy on us. 32 As they went out, behold, they brought to him a dumb man possessed with a devil. 33 And when the devil was cast out, the dumb spoke: and the multitudes marveled, saying, It was never so seen in Israel. 36 But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.

Mt. 10:7 And as you go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. 34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. 35 For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. 36 And a man's foes shall be they of his own household. 37 He that loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.

Mt. 11:2 Now when John had heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples, 3 And said unto him, You you he that should come, or do we look for another? 4 Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and show John again those things which you do hear and see: 5 The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them. 6 And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and you shall find rest unto your souls.

Mt. 12:6 But I say unto you, That in this place is one greater than the temple. 8 For the Son of man is Lord even of the Sabbath day. 15 But when Jesus knew it, he withdrew himself from there: and great multitudes followed him, and he healed them all; 16 And charged them that they should not make him known: 17 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying, 18 Behold my servant, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my spirit upon him, and he shall show judgment to the Gentiles. 19 He shall not strive, nor cry; neither shall any man hear his voice in the streets. 20 A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench, till he send forth judgment unto victory. 21 And in his name shall the Gentiles trust. 22. Then was brought unto him one possessed with a devil, blind, and dumb: and he healed him, inasmuch that the blind and dumb both spoke and saw. 23 And all the people were amazed, and said, Is not this the son of David? 39 But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonah: 40 For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. 41 The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and, behold, a greater than Jonah is here. 42 The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for she came from the uttermost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here. 50 For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.

Mt. 13:34 All these things spoke Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spoke he not unto them: 35 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world. 55 Is not this the carpenter's son? is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas?

Mt. 14:14 And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick.

Mt. 15:22 And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, you Son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil. 32 Then Jesus called his disciples unto him, and said, I have compassion on the multitude, because they continue with me now three days, and have nothing to eat: and I will not send them away fasting, lest they faint in the way.

Mt. 16:13. When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? 14 And they said, Some say that you are John the Baptist: some, Elijah; and others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets. 15 He said unto them, But whom say you that I am? 16 And Simon Peter answered and said, You are the Christ, the Son of the living God. 17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed are you, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood has not revealed it unto you, but my Father which is in heaven. 18 And I say also unto you, That you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. 19 And I will give unto you the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever you shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever you shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. 20 Then he charged his disciples that they should tell no man that he was Jesus the Christ. 24 Then Jesus said to His disciples, If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. 25 "For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. 26 "For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? [This happens as a work of the cross and as we follow Jesus.]

Mt. 17:9 And as they came down from the mountain, Jesus charged them, saying, Tell the vision to no man, until the Son of man be risen again from the dead. 12 But I say unto you, That Elijah is come already, and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they listed. Likewise shall also the Son of man suffer of them. 13 Then the disciples understood that he spoke unto them of John the Baptist. 24. And when they were come to Capernaum, they that received tribute money came to Peter, and said, Does not your master pay tribute? 25 He said, Yes. And when he was come into the house, Jesus prevented him, saying, What think you, Simon? of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute? of their own children, or of strangers? 26 Peter said unto him, Of strangers. Jesus said unto him, Then are the children free. 27 Notwithstanding, lest we should offend them, go you to the sea, and cast a hook, and take up the fish that first comes up; and when you have opened his mouth, you shall find a piece of money: that take, and give unto them for me and you.

Mt. 18:20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. [Present]

Mt. 19:28 And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That you which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, you also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

Mt. 20:28 Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many. 34 So Jesus had compassion on them, and touched their eyes: and immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed him.

Mt. 21:1. And when they drew nigh unto Jerusalem, and were come to Bethphage, unto the mount of Olives, then sent Jesus two disciples, 2 Saying unto them, Go into the village over against you, and straightway you shall find an ass tied, and a colt with her: loose them, and bring them unto me. 3 And if any man say ought unto you, you shall say, The Lord has need of them; and straightway he will send them. 4 All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, 5 Tell you the daughter of Zion, Behold, your King comes unto you, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass. 6 And the disciples went, and did as Jesus commanded them, 7 And brought the ass, and the colt, and put on them their clothes, and they set him thereon. 8 And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from the trees, and strewed them in the way. 9 And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the Son of David: Blessed is he that comes in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest. 10 And when he was come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, Who is this? 11 And the multitude said, This is Jesus the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee. 12. And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves, 13 And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but you have made it a den of thieves. 14 And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple; and he healed them. 15 And when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying in the temple, and saying, Hosanna to the Son of David; they were sore displeased, 16 And said unto him, Hear you what these say? And Jesus said unto them, Yea; have you never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings you have perfected praise? 19 And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on you forever. And presently the fig tree withered away. 42 Jesus said unto them, Did you never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord's doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes?

Mt. 22:44 The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit you on my right hand, till I make your enemies your footstool? 45 If David then call him Lord, how is he his son? [Victorious]

Mt. 23:37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you that kill the prophets, and stone them which are sent unto you, how often would I have gathered your children together, even as a hen gathers her chickens under her wings, and you would not!

Mt. 24:1 Jesus came out from the temple and was going away when His disciples came up to point out the temple buildings to Him. 2 And He said to them, "Do you not see all these things? Truly I say to you, not one stone here will be left upon another, which will not be torn down." 3 As He was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, "Tell us, when will these things happen, and what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?" 4 And Jesus answered and said to them, "See to it that no one misleads you. 5 "For many will come in My name, saying, 'I am the Christ,' and will mislead many. 6 "You will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not frightened, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end. 7 "For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and in various places there will be famines and earthquakes. 8 "But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs. 9 "Then they will deliver you to tribulation, and will kill you, and you will be hated by all nations because of My name. 10 "At that time many will fall away and will betray one another and hate one another. 11 "Many false prophets will arise and will mislead many. 12 "Because lawlessness is increased, most people's love will grow cold. 13 "But the one who endures to the end, he will be saved. 14 "This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come. 15 "Therefore when you see the ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION which was spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand), 16 then those who are in Judea must flee to the mountains. 17 "Whoever is on the housetop must not go down to get the things out that are in his house. 18 "Whoever is in the field must not turn back to get his cloak. 19 "But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! 20 "But pray that your flight will not be in the winter, or on a Sabbath. 21 "For then there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will. 22 "Unless those days had been cut short, no life would have been saved; but for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short. 23 "Then if anyone says to you, 'Behold, here is the Christ,' or 'There He is,' do not believe him. 24 "For false Christs and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect. 25 "Behold, I have told you in advance. 26 "So if they say to you, 'Behold, He is in the wilderness,' do not go out, or, 'Behold, He is in the inner rooms,' do not believe them. 27 "For just as the lightning comes from the east and flashes even to the west, so will the coming of the Son of Man be. 28 "Wherever the corpse is, there the vultures will gather. 29 "But immediately after the tribulation of those days THE SUN WILL BE DARKENED, AND THE MOON WILL NOT GIVE ITS LIGHT, AND THE STARS WILL FALL from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 30 "And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the SON OF MAN COMING ON THE CLOUDS OF THE SKY with power and great glory. 31 "And He will send forth His angels with A GREAT TRUMPET and THEY WILL GATHER TOGETHER His elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other. 32 "Now learn the parable from the fig tree: when its branch has already become tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near; 33 so, you too, when you see all these things, recognize that He is near, right at the door. 34 "Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place. 35 "Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away. 36 "But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone. 37 "For the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah. 38 "For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, 39 and they did not understand until the flood came and took them all away; so will the coming of the Son of Man be. 40 "Then there will be two men in the field; one will be taken and one will be left. 41 "Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken and one will be left. 42 "Therefore be on the alert, for you do not know which day your Lord is coming. 43 "But be sure of this, that if the head of the house had known at what time of the night the thief was coming, he would have been on the alert and would not have allowed his house to be broken into. 44 "For this reason you also must be ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not think He will. 45 "Who then is the faithful and sensible slave whom his master put in charge of his household to give them their food at the proper time? 46 "Blessed is that slave whom his master finds so doing when he comes. 47 "Truly I say to you that he will put him in charge of all his possessions. 48 ''But if that evil slave says in his heart, 'My master is not coming for a long time,' 49 and begins to beat his fellow slaves and eat and drink with drunkards; 50 the master of that slave will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour which he does not know, 51 and will cut him in pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Mt. 25:31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: 32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats: 33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. 34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, you blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as you have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, you have done it unto me. 41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, you cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: 45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as you did it not to one of the least of these, you did it not to me.

Mt. 26:2 You know that after two days is the feast of the Passover, and the Son of man is betrayed to be crucified. 14. Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests, 15 And said unto them, What will you give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver. 26. And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. 27 And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink you all of it; 28 For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. 29 But I say unto you, I will not drink hereforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom. 31. Then said Jesus unto them, All you shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad. 37 And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy. 38 Then said he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry you here, and watch with me. 39 And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as you will. 55 In that same hour said Jesus to the multitudes, Are you come out as against a thief with swords and staves for to take me? I sat daily with you teaching in the temple, and you laid no hold on me. 56 But all this was done, that the scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled. Then all the disciples forsook him, and fled. 60 But found none: yea, though many false witnesses came, yet found they none. At the last came two false witnesses, 61 And said, This fellow said, I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to build it in three days. 62 And the high priest arose, and said unto him, Answer you nothing? what is it which these witness against you? 63 But Jesus held his peace. And the high priest answered and said unto him, I adjure you by the living God, that you tell us whether you be the Christ, the Son of God. 64 Jesus said unto him, You have said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall you see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven. 67 Then did they spit in his face, and buffeted him; and others smote him with the palms of their hands, 68 Saying, Prophesy unto us, you Christ, Who is he that smote you?

Mt. 27:2 And when they had bound him, they led him away, and delivered him to Pontius Pilate the governor. 4 Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see you to that. 5 And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself. 6 And the chief priests took the silver pieces, and said, It is not lawful for to put them into the treasury, because it is the price of blood. 7 And they took counsel, and bought with them the potter's field, to bury strangers in. 8 Wherefore that field was called, The field of blood, unto this day. 9 Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying, And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of him that was valued, whom they of the children of Israel did value; 10 And gave them for the potter's field, as the Lord appointed me. 11. And Jesus stood before the governor: and the governor asked him, saying, Are you the King of the Jews? And Jesus said unto him, You say. 12 And when he was accused of the chief priests and elders, he answered nothing. 13 Then said Pilate unto him, Hear you not how many things they witness against you? 14 And he answered him to never a word; inasmuch that the governor marveled greatly. 15 Now at that feast the governor was wont to release unto the people a prisoner, whom they would. 19 When he was set down on the judgment seat, his wife sent unto him, saying, Have you nothing to do with that just man: for I have suffered many things this day in a dream because of him. 20 But the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitude that they should ask Barabbas, and destroy Jesus. 21 The governor answered and said unto them, Whether of the two will you that I release unto you? They said, Barabbas. 22 Pilate said unto them, What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ? They all say unto him, Let him be crucified. 23 And the governor said, Why, what evil has he done? But they cried out the more, saying, Let him be crucified. 24 When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see you to it. 25 Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children. 26. Then released he Barabbas unto them: and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified. [Although scourging and crucifixion were not typically done together, Jesus (and the Old Testament) prophesied that He would suffer both, because without the scourging, we could not experience peace and healing. Is. 53.4-5 Usually the scourging of Jesus in summed in one verse. The 39 lashes, however, took much longer and were quite significant for our lives. By these verses we come to realize Jesus literally paid for or purchased our peace and healing by the scourging He took. So even though Pilate was trying to appease the Jewish hierarchy and the crowd so he would not have to crucify an innocent man, God had a much higher purpose in mind. Aren't we thankful!!!] 27 Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the common hall, and gathered unto him the whole band of soldiers. 28 And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe. 29 And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews! 30 And they spit upon him, and took the reed, and smote him on the head. 31 And after that they had mocked him, they took the robe off from him, and put his own raiment on him, and led him away to crucify him. 34 They gave him vinegar to drink mingled with gall: and when he had tasted thereof, he would not drink. 35 And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots. 36 And sitting down they watched him there; 38 Then were there two thieves crucified with him, one on the right hand, and another on the left. 39 And they that passed by reviled him, wagging their heads, 40 And saying, You that destroy the temple, and build it in three days, save yourself. If you be the Son of God, come down from the cross. 41 Likewise also the chief priests mocking him, with the scribes and elders, said, 42 He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him. 43 He trusted in God; let him deliver him now, if he will have him: for he said, I am the Son of God. 44 The thieves also, which were crucified with him, cast the same in his teeth. 45 Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour. 46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? 48 And straightway one of them ran, and took a sponge, and filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink. 51 And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in two from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; 52 And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, 53 And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many. 54 Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God. 55 And many women were there beholding afar off, which followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering unto him: 56 Among which was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of Zebedee's children. 57. When the even was come, there came a rich man of Arimathaea, named Joseph, who also himself was Jesus' disciple: 58 He went to Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be delivered. 59 And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, 60 And laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock: and he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulcher, and departed. 63 Saying, Sir, we remember that that deceiver said, while he was yet alive, After three days I will rise again. 64 Command therefore that the sepulcher be made sure until the third day, lest his disciples come by night, and steal him away, and say unto the people, He is risen from the dead: so the last error shall be worse than the first. 65 Pilate said unto them, You have a watch: go your way, make it as sure as you can. 66 So they went, and made the sepulcher sure, sealing the stone, and setting a watch.

Mt. 28:5 And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not you: for I know that you seek Jesus, which was crucified. 6 He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. 7 And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goes before you into Galilee; there shall you see him: lo, I have told you. 8 And they departed quickly from the sepulcher with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word. 9 And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him. 10 Then said Jesus unto them, Be not afraid: go tell my brethren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see me. 11. Now when they were going, behold, some of the watch came into the city, and showed unto the chief priests all the things that were done. 12 And when they were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave large money unto the soldiers, 13 Saying, Say you, His disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept. 14 And if this come to the governor's ears, we will persuade him, and secure you. 15 So they took the money, and did as they were taught: and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day. 16. Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them. 17 And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and spoke unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

Mk. 1:9. And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized of John in Jordan. 35 And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed. 36 And Simon and they that were with him followed after him. 37 And when they had found him, they said unto him, All men seek for you. 38 And he said unto them, Let us go into the next towns, that I may preach there also: for therefore came I forth. 39 And he preached in their synagogues throughout all Galilee, and cast out devils.

Mk. 3:5 And when he had looked round about on them with anger, being grieved for the hardness of their hearts, he said unto the man, Stretch forth your hand. And he stretched it out: and his hand was restored whole as the other. 20 And the multitude came together again, so that they could not so much as eat bread. 21 And when his friends heard of it, they went out to lay hold on him: for they said, He is beside himself.

Mk. 4:38 And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, care you not that we perish?

Mk. 5:17 And they began to pray him to depart out of their coasts.

Mk. 6:3 Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Judah, and Simon? And are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him. 6 And he marveled because of their unbelief. And he went round about the villages, teaching. 31 And he said unto them, Come you yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat. 32 And they departed into a desert place by ship privately. 33 And the people saw them departing, and many knew him, and ran afoot there out of all cities, and outwent them, and came together unto him. 34 And Jesus, when he came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and he began to teach them many things.

Mk. 7:34 And looking up to heaven, he sighed, and said unto him, Ephphatha, that is, Be opened.

Mk. 8:12 And he sighed deeply in his spirit, and said, Why does this generation seek after a sign? verily I say unto you, There shall no sign be given unto this generation. 31 And he began to teach them, that the Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders, and of the chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. 32 And he spoke that saying openly. And Peter took him, and began to rebuke him. 38 Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.

Mk. 9:12 And he answered and told them, Elijah verily comes first, and restores all things; and how it is written of the Son of man, that he must suffer many things, and be set at naught.

Mk. 11:15 And they come to Jerusalem: and Jesus went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves; 16 And would not suffer that any man should carry any vessel through the temple. 17 And he taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but you have made it a den of thieves.

Mk. 12:14 And when they were come, they say unto him, Master, we know that you are true, and care for no man: for you regard not the person of men, but teach the way of God in truth: Is it lawful to give tribute to Caesar, or not?

Mk. 14:10 And Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve, went unto the chief priests, to betray him unto them. 24 And he said unto them, This is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many. 27 And Jesus said unto them, All you shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered. 43. And immediately, while he yet spoke, came Judas, one of the twelve, and with him a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests and the scribes and the elders. 44 And he that betrayed him had given them a token, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he; take him, and lead him away safely. 45 And as soon as he was come, he went straightway to him, and said, Master, master; and kissed him. 57 And there arose certain, and bare false witness against him, saying, 61 But he held his peace, and answered nothing. Again the high priest asked him, and said unto him, Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed? 62 And Jesus said, I am: and you shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven. 63 Then the high priest rent his clothes, and said, What need we any further witnesses? 64 You have heard the blasphemy: what think you? And they all condemned him to be guilty of death. 65 And some began to spit on him, and to cover his face, and to buffet him, and to say unto him, Prophesy: and the servants did strike him with the palms of their hands.

Mk. 15:3 And the chief priests accused him of many things: but he answered nothing. 4 And Pilate asked him again, saying, Answer you nothing? behold how many things they witness against you. 5 But Jesus yet answered nothing; so that Pilate marveled. 15. And so Pilate, willing to content the people, released Barabbas unto them, and delivered Jesus, when he had scourged him, to be crucified. 24 And when they had crucified him, they parted his garments, casting lots upon them, what every man should take. 25 And it was the third hour, and they crucified him. 27 And with him they crucify two thieves; the one on his right hand, and the other on his left. 34 And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

Mk. 16:6 And he said unto them, Be not affrighted: You seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him. 7 But go your way, tell his disciples and Peter that he goes before you into Galilee: there shall you see him, as he said unto you. 9. Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils. 10 And she went and told them that had been with him, as they mourned and wept. 11 And they, when they had heard that he was alive, and had been seen of her, believed not. 12 After that he appeared in another form unto two of them, as they walked, and went into the country. 13 And they went and told it unto the residue: neither believed they them. 14. Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen. 19 So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.

Lk. 1:27 To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. 31 And, behold, you shall conceive in your womb, and bring forth a son, and shall call his name JESUS. 32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: 33 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob forever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. 35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon you, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow you: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of you shall be called the Son of God. 78 Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high has visited us. 79 To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.

Lk. 2:1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. 2 (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) 3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. 4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) 5 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. 6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. 7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. 26 And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord's Christ. 28 Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said, 29 Lord, now let you your servant depart in peace, according to your word: 30 For my eyes have seen your salvation, 31 Which you have prepared before the face of all people; 32 A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel. 40 And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him. 51 And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them: but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart. 52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.

Lk. 3:2 Annas and Caiaphas being the high priests, the word of God came unto John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness. 3 And he came into all the country about Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins; 4 As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare you the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. 5 Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be brought low; and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways shall be made smooth; 6 And all flesh shall see the salvation of God 16 John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I comes, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire: 17 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor, and will gather the wheat into his garner; but the chaff he will burn with fire unquenchable. 21 Now when all the people were baptized, it came to pass, that Jesus also being baptized, and praying, the heaven was opened, 22 And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, You are my beloved Son; in you I am well pleased. 23 And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, which was the son of Heli... 31 Which was the son of Melea, which was the son of Menan, which was the son of Mattatha, which was the son of Nathan, which was the son of David, 32 Which was the son of Jesse, which was the son of Obed, which was the son of Booz, which was the son of Salmon, which was the son of Naasson, 33 Which was the son of Aminadab, which was the son of Aram, which was the son of Esrom, which was the son of Phares, which was the son of Judah, 34 Which was the son of Jacob, which was the son of Isaac, which was the son of Abraham, which was the son of Thara, which was the son of Nachor, 35 the son of Serug, the son of Reu, the son of Peleg, the son of Heber, the son of Shelah, 36 the son of Cainan, the son of Arphaxad, the son of Shem, the son of Noah, the son of Lamech, 37 the son of Methuselah, the son of Enoch, the son of Jared, the son of Mahalaleel, the son of Cainan, 38 the son of Enosh, the son of Seth, the son of Adam, the son of God.

Lk. 4:2 Being forty days tempted of the devil. And in those days he did eat nothing: and when they were ended, he afterward hungered. 17 And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written, 18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, 19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. 20 And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him. 21 And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears. 28 And all they in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath, 29 And rose up, and thrust him out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the hill whereon their city was built, that they might cast him down headlong. 30 But he passing through the midst of them went his way,

Lk. 5:16 And he withdrew himself into the wilderness, and prayed.

Lk. 7:19. And John calling unto him two of his disciples sent them to Jesus, saying, Are you he that should come? or look we for another? 20 When the men were come unto him, they said, John Baptist has sent us unto you, saying, Are you he that should come? or look we for another? 21 And in that same hour he cured many of their infirmities and plagues, and of evil spirits; and unto many that were blind he gave sight. 22 Then Jesus answering said unto them, Go your way, and tell John what things you have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached. 27 This is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before your face, which shall prepare your way before you.

Lk. 8:1. And it came to pass afterward, that he went throughout every city and village, preaching and showing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God: and the twelve were with him, 2 And certain women, which had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary called Magdalene, out of whom went seven devils, 3 And Joanna the wife of Chuza Herod's steward, and Susanna, and many others, which ministered unto him of their substance. 25 And he said unto them, Where is your faith? And they being afraid wondered, saying one to another, What manner of man is this! for he commands even the winds and water, and they obey him.

Lk. 9:22 Saying, The Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be slain, and be raised the third day. 55 But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, You know not what manner of spirit you are of. 56 For the Son of man is not come to destroy men's lives, but to save them. And they went to another village. 58 And Jesus said unto him, Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man has not where to lay his head.

Lk. 14.26 If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple. 27 And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple. [This happens as a work of the cross and as we follow Jesus. People were crucified all the time in this era, so everyone knew what this metaphor was about. It meant you were a dead man walking. You had no life of your own, no future, no choices. Many think of a mother-in-law, an illness, etc. to be a cross. A cross to me is simply when my will crosses that of my Lord's. If I die to my will and live to His, I have taken up my cross. It's not often the big things in life (taking a bullet or denying Jesus), but the little daily things (will I get up early or stay up late to spend time with Jesus) that are the hardest.]

Lk. 15:1 Then drew near unto him all the publicans and sinners for to hear him. 2 And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This man receives sinners, and eats with them. 3 And he spoke this parable unto them, saying, 4 What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, does not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it? 5 And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. 6 And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost. 7 I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repents, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance. 8 Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, does not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find it? 9 And when she has found it, she calls her friends and her neighbors together, saying, Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost. 10 Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repents. 11. And he said, A certain man had two sons: 12 And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falls to me. And he divided unto them his living. 17 And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! 18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before you, 19 And am no more worthy to be called your son: make me as one of your hired servants. 20 And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. 21 And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in your sight, and am no more worthy to be called your son. 22 But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet: 23 And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry:

Lk. 19:10 For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost. [An additioal purpose of Jesus.] 41. And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it, 42 Saying, If you had known, even you, at least in this your day, the things which belong unto your peace! but now they are hid from your eyes.

Lk. 20:41 And he said unto them, How say they that Christ is David's son? 42 And David himself said in the book of Psalms, The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit you on my right hand, 43 Till I make your enemies your footstool. 44 David therefore called him Lord, how is he then his son?

Lk. 22:15 And he said unto them, With desire I have desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer 18 For I say unto you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God shall come. 27 For whether is greater, he that sits at meat, or he that serves? is not he that sits at meat? but I am among you as he that serves.v29 And I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father has appointed unto me; 30 That you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 44 And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground. 47. And while he yet spoke, behold a multitude, and he that was called Judas, one of the twelve, went before them, and drew near unto Jesus to kiss him. 48 But Jesus said unto him, Judas, betray you the Son of man with a kiss? 69 Hereafter shall the Son of man sit on the right hand of the power of God.

Lk. 23:6 When Pilate heard of Galilee, he asked whether the man were a Galilean. 9 Then he questioned with him in many words; but he answered him nothing. 18 And they cried out all at once, saying, Away with this man, and release unto us Barabbas: 34 Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots. 35 And the people stood beholding. And the rulers also with them derided him, saying, He saved others; let him save himself, if he be Christ, the chosen of God. 36 And the soldiers also mocked him, coming to him, and offering him vinegar, 37 And saying, If you be the king of the Jews, save yourself. 39 And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If you be Christ, save yourself and us. 40 But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Do not you fear God, seeing you are in the same condemnation? 41 And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man has done nothing amiss. 42 And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when you come into your kingdom. 43 And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto you, Today shall you be with me in paradise. 46 And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into your hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost. 47 Now when the centurion saw what was done, he glorified God, saying, Certainly this was a righteous man.

Lk. 24:15 And it came to pass, that, while they communed together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them. 16 But their eyes were held that they should not know him. 17 And he said unto them, What manner of communications are these that you have one to another, as you walk, and are sad? 18 And the one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answering said unto him, Are you only a stranger in Jerusalem, and have not known the things which are come to pass there in these days? 19 And he said unto them, What things? And they said unto him, Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, which was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people: 20 And how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him to be condemned to death, and have crucified him. 21 But we trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Israel: and beside all this, to day is the third day since these things were done. 22 Yea, and certain women also of our company made us astonished, which were early at the sepulcher; 23 And when they found not his body, they came, saying, that they had also seen a vision of angels, which said that he was alive. 24 And certain of them which were with us went to the sepulcher, and found it even so as the women had said: but him they saw not. 25 Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: 26 Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory? 27 And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself. 28 And they drew nigh unto the village, where they went: and he made as though he would have gone further. 29 But they constrained him, saying, Abide with us: for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent. And he went in to tarry with them. 30 And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them. 31 And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight. 32 And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures? 33 And they rose up the same hour, and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven gathered together, and them that were with them, 34 Saying, The Lord is risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon. 35 And they told what things were done in the way, and how he was known of them in breaking of bread. 36 And as they thus spoke, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and said unto them, Peace be unto you. 37 But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit. 38 And he said unto them, Why are you troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts? 39 Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit has not flesh and bones, as you see me have. 40 And when he had thus spoken, he showed them his hands and his feet. 41 And while they yet believed not for joy, and wondered, he said unto them, Have you here any meat? 42 And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and of a honeycomb. 43 And he took it, and did eat before them. 44 And he said unto them These are the words which I spoke unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me. 45 Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures, 46 And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behooved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: 47 And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 49 And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry you in the city of Jerusalem, until you be endued with power from on high. 50. And he led them out as far as to Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them. 51 And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven.

Jn. 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men. 5. And the light shines in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. 9 That was the true Light, which enlightens every man that comes into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. 11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not. 14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. [dwelt = tabernacled] 15. John bore witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spoke, He that comes after me is preferred before me: for he was before me. [John was older than Jesus, since he was born before Him.] 18 No man has seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he has declared him. 25 They asked him, and said to him, "Why then are you baptizing, if you are not the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?" 26 John answered them saying, "I baptize in water, but among you stands One whom you do not know. 27 It is He who comes after me, the thong of whose sandal I am not worthy to untie." 28 These things took place in Bethany beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing. 29 The next day he *saw Jesus coming to him and *said, "Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! 30 "This is He on behalf of whom I said, 'After me comes a Man who has a higher rank than I, for He existed before me.' 31 "I did not recognize Him, but so that He might be manifested to Israel, I came baptizing in water." 32 John testified saying, "I have seen the Spirit descending as a dove out of heaven, and He remained upon Him. 33 "I did not recognize Him, but He who sent me to baptize in water said to me, 'He upon whom you see the Spirit descending and remaining upon Him, this is the One who baptizes in the Holy Spirit.' 34 "I myself have seen, and have testified that this is the Son of God." 41 He first found his own brother Simon, and said unto him, We have found the Messiah, which is, being interpreted, the Christ. 45 Philip found Nathanael, and said unto him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph. 51 And he said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Hereafter you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man. [Israel saw varying degrees of Gods glory throughout their history up until Eze. 8-10. From then until Jesus came they had to do without it. Do we experience the glory of His presence or are we doing without it?]

Jn. 2:13 And the Jews' Passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem, 14 And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting: 15 And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers' money, and overthrew the tables; 16 And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things here; make not my Father's house a house of merchandise. 17 And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of your house has eaten me up.

Jn. 3:2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that you do, except God be with him. 3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. 13 And no man has ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven. 14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: 16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 18 He that believes on him is not condemned: but he that believes not is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 29 He that has the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which stands and hears him, rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom's voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled. 30 He must increase, but I must decrease. 31 He that comes from above is above all: he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaks of the earth: he that comes from heaven is above all. 36 He that believes on the Son has everlasting life: and he that believes not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abides on him.

Jn. 4:34 Jesus said unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.

Jn. 5:19 Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he sees the Father do: for whatsoever things he does, these also does the Son likewise. 22 For the Father judges no man, but has committed all judgment unto the Son: 30 I can of my own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not my own will, but the will of the Father which has sent me.

Jn. 6:14 Then those men, when they had seen the miracle that Jesus did, said, This is of a truth that prophet that should come into the world. 26 Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, You seek me, not because you saw the miracles, but because you did eat of the loaves, and were filled. 38 For I came down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of him that sent me. [One of Jesus purposes.] 53 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except you eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, you have no life in you. 54 Whoso eats my flesh, and drinks my blood, has eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. 55 For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. 56 He that eats my flesh, and drinks my blood, dwells in me, and I in him.62 What and if you shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before?

Jn. 7:5 For neither did his brethren believe in him. 39 (But this spoke he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.) 42 Has not the scripture said, That Christ comes of the seed of David, and out of the town of Bethlehem, where David was?

Jn. 8:3 And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst, 4 They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. 5 Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what say you? 6 This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not. 7 So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. 8 And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground. 9 And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. 10 When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those your accusers? has no man condemned you? 11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn you: go, and sin no more. 16 And yet if I judge, my judgment is true: for I am not alone, but I and the Father that sent me. 28 Then said Jesus unto them, When you have lifted up the Son of man, then shall you know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father has taught me, I speak these things. 42 Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, you would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me. 28 Then said Jesus unto them, When you have lifted up the Son of man, then shall you know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father has taught me, I speak these things. 29 And he that sent me is with me: the Father has not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him. 46. Which of you convinces me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do you not believe me? 58 Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am. 59 Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by. [Those that heard Jesus say this obviously knew that He was proclaiming His pre-existence.]

Jn. 9:4 I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night comes, when no man can work.

Jn. 10:1. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that enters not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. 2 But he that enters in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 To him the porter opens; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calls his own sheep by name, and leads them out. 4 And when he puts forth his own sheep, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. 5 And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers. 7 Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep. 8 All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them. 9 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. 10 The thief comes not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. [Another of Jesus purposes.] 11 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd gives his life for the sheep. 12 But he that is a hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, sees the wolf coming, and leaves the sheep, and flees: and the wolf catches them, and scatters the sheep. 13 The hireling flees, because he is a hireling, and cares not for the sheep. 14 I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of my. 15 As the Father knows me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16 And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd. 17 Therefore does my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. 18 No man 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 commandment have I received of my Father. 25 Jesus answered them, I told you, and you believed not: the works that I do in my Father's name, they bear witness of me. 26 But you believe not, because you are not of my sheep, as I said unto you. 27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: 28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. 29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand. 30 I and my Father are one. 36 Say you of him, whom the Father has sanctified, and sent into the world, You blaspheme; because I said, I am the Son of God?

Jn. 11:35 Jesus wept. 36 Then said the Jews, Behold how he loved him! 37 And some of them said, Could not this man, which opened the eyes of the blind, have caused that even this man should not have died? 38 Jesus therefore again groaning in himself came to the grave. It was a cave, and a stone lay upon it. 39 Jesus said, Take you away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, said unto him, Lord, by this time he stinks: for he has been dead four days. 40 Jesus said unto her, Said I not unto you, that, if you would believe, you should see the glory of God? 41 Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank you that you have heard me. 42 And I knew that you hear me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that you have sent me. 43 And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. 44 And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with grave clothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus said unto them, Loose him, and let him go. 50 Nor consider that it is expedient for us, that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation perish not. 51 And this spoke he not of himself: but being high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus should die for that nation;

Jn. 12:7 Then said Jesus, Let her alone: against the day of my burying has she kept this. 13 Took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that comes in the name of the Lord. 14 And Jesus, when he had found a young ass, sat thereon; as it is written, 15 Fear not, daughter of Zion: behold, your King comes, sitting on an ass's colt. 23 But Jesus answered them, saying, The hour has come that the Son of Man should be glorified. 24 Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain. 25 He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26 If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor. 27. Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour. 28 Father, glorify your name. Then came there a voice from heaven, saying, I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again. [This is our choice as well. We, most often, want to be saved and not go through the crucifixion of the flesh so that God will be glorified.] 32 And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself. 33 This He said, signifying by what death He would die.

Jn. 13:5 After that he poured water into a basin, and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded. 15 For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you. 16 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him. 21 When Jesus had thus said, he was troubled in spirit, and testified, and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me. 22 Then the disciples looked one on another, doubting of whom he spoke. 23 Now there was leaning on Jesus' bosom one of his disciples, whom Jesus loved. 24 Simon Peter therefore beckoned to him, that he should ask who it should be of whom he spoke. 25 He then lying on Jesus' breast said unto him, Lord, who is it? 26 Jesus answered, He it is, to whom I shall give a sop, when I have dipped it. And when he had dipped the sop, he gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon. 27 And after the sop Satan entered into him. Then said Jesus unto him, That you do, do quickly. 31 Therefore, when he was gone out, Jesus said, Now is the Son of man glorified, and God is glorified in him.

Jn. 14:6 Jesus said unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes unto the Father, but by me. 7 If you had known me, you should have known my Father also: and from hereforth you know him, and have seen him. 8 Philip said unto him, Lord, show us the Father, and it suffices us. 9 Jesus said unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet have you not known me, Philip? he that has seen me has seen the Father; and how say you then, Show us the Father? 10 Believe you not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwells in me, he does the works. 12. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believes on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. 16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever; 23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. [Present] 30 Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world comes, and has nothing in me. 31 But that the world may know that I love the Father; and as the Father gave me commandment, even so I do. Arise, let us go here.

Jn. 15: 3 Now you are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. 4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can you, except you abide in me. 5 I am the vine, you are the branches: He that abides in me, and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit: for without me you can do nothing. [Present] 10 If you keep my commandments, you shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love. 24 If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father. 25 But this comes to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause.

Jn. 17:2 As you have given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as you have given him. 4 I have glorified you on the earth: I have finished the work which you gave me to do. [Two more of Jesus purposes] 5 And now, O Father, glorify you me with your own self with the glory which I had with you before the world was. 8 For I have given unto them the words which you gave me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from you, and they have believed that you did send me. 24. Father, I will that they also, whom you have given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which you have given me: for you loved me before the foundation of the world.

Jn. 18:22 And when he had thus spoken, one of the officers which stood by struck Jesus with the palm of his hand, saying, Answer you the high priest so? 23 Jesus answered him, If I have spoken evil, bear witness of the evil: but if well, why smite you me? 37 Pilate therefore said unto him, You you a king then? Jesus answered, You say that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth hears my voice.

Jn. 19:1 Then Pilate therefore took Jesus, and scourged him. 2 And the soldiers platted a crown of thorns, and put it on his head, and they put on him a purple robe, 3 And said, Hail, King of the Jews! and they smote him with their hands. 9 And went again into the judgment hall, and said unto Jesus, Where are you? But Jesus gave him no answer. 15 But they cried out, Away with him, away with him, crucify him. Pilate said unto them, Shall I crucify your King? The chief priests answered, We have no king but Caesar. 16. Then delivered he him therefore unto them to be crucified. And they took Jesus, and led him away. 17 And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha: 19 And Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross. And the writing was, JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS. 20 This title then read many of the Jews: for the place where Jesus was crucified was nigh to the city: and it was written in Hebrew, and Greek, and Latin. 21 Then said the chief priests of the Jews to Pilate, Write not, The King of the Jews; but that he said, I am King of the Jews. 22 Pilate answered, What I have written I have written. 23 Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took his garments, and made four parts, to every soldier a part; and also his coat: now the coat was without seam, woven from the top throughout. 24 They said therefore among themselves, Let us not rend it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be: that the scripture might be fulfilled, which said, They parted my raiment among them, and for my vesture they did cast lots. These things therefore the soldiers did. 25 Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene. 26 When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he said unto his mother, Woman, behold your son! 27 Then said he to the disciple, Behold your mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home. 28 After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, said, I thirst. 29 Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar: and they filled a sponge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put it to his mouth. 30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost. 32 Then came the soldiers, and brake the legs of the first, and of the other which was crucified with him. 33 But when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already, they brake not his legs: 34 But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water. 36 For these things were done, that the scripture should be fulfilled, A bone of him shall not be broken. 37 And again another scripture says, They shall look on him whom they pierced.

Jn. 20:17 Jesus said unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God. 19 Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and said unto them, Peace be unto you. 20 And when he had so said, he showed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord. 21 So Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you; as the Father has sent Me, I also send you." 22 And when He had said this, He breathed on them and *said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 "If you forgive the sins of any, their sins have been forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they have been retained." [The indwelling of Holy Spirit is a work of the ascension of Jesus as are the great commisionings.]24 But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came. 25 The other disciples therefore said unto him, we have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe. 26. And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you. 27 Then said he to Thomas, Reach hither your finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither your hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing. 28 And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God. 30 And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book:

Jn. 21:1 After these things Jesus showed himself again to the disciples at the sea of Tiberias; and showed he himself this way. 2 There were together Simon Peter, and Thomas called Didymus, and Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, and the sons of Zebedee, and two other of his disciples. 3 Simon Peter said unto them, I go a fishing. They said unto him, We will also go with you. They went forth, and entered into a ship immediately; and that night they caught nothing. 4 But when the morning was now come, Jesus stood on the shore: but the disciples knew not that it was Jesus. 5 Then Jesus said unto them, Children, have you any meat? They answered him, No. 6 And he said unto them, Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and you shall find. They cast therefore, and now they were not able to draw it for the multitude of fishes. 7 Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved said unto Peter, It is the Lord. Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he girt his fisher's coat unto him, (for he was naked,) and did cast himself into the sea. 8 And the other disciples came in a little ship; (for they were not far from land, but as it were two hundred cubits,) dragging the net with fish. 9 As soon then as they came to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid thereon, and bread. 10 Jesus said unto them, Bring of the fish which you have now caught. 12 Jesus said unto them, Come and dine. And none of the disciples dared to ask him, Who are you? knowing that it was the Lord. 14 This is now the third time that Jesus showed himself to his disciples, after that he was risen from the dead. 15. So when they had dined, Jesus said to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonah, love you me more than these? He said unto him, Yea, Lord; you know that I love you. He said unto him, Feed my lambs.

Acts 1:2 Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen: 3 To whom also he showed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God: 6. When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, will you at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? 7 And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father has put in his own power. 8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth. [When we think of being a witness, we can think of giving the testimony of what we have seen and heard and how it affected our lives. This is certainly true. But let's check out the definition of the Greek word for witness in Strong's #3144 martus { mar-toos} witness, martyr, record; a witness in a legal sense, an historical sense, one who is a spectator of anything, e.g. of a contest, in an ethical sense, those who after his example have proved the strength and genuineness of their faith in Christ by undergoing a violent death. This Greek word is where we get our English word martyr. Giving our testimony may cost us! There are more martyrs in this century than in any other. We must count the cost. This happens as a work of the cross and as we follow Jesus.] 9 And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. 11 Which also said, You men of Galilee, why stand you gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as you have seen him go into heaven.

Acts 2:22 You men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as you yourselves also know: 23 Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, you have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain: 24 Whom God has raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be held of it. 25 For David spoke concerning him, I foresaw the Lord always before my face, for he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved: 26 Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope: 27 Because you will not leave my soul in hell, neither will you suffer your Holy One to see corruption. 28 You have made known to me the ways of life; you shall make me full of joy with your countenance. 29 Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulcher is with us unto this day. 30 Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne; 31 He seeing this before spoke of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption. 32 This Jesus has God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses. 33 Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he has shed forth this, which you now see and hear. 34 For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he said himself, The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit you on my right hand, 35 Until I make your foes your footstool. 36 Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God has made that same Jesus, whom you have crucified, both Lord and Christ.

Acts 3:13 The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified his Son Jesus; whom you delivered up, and denied him in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let him go. 14 But you denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you; 15 And killed the Prince of life, whom God has raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses. 16 And his name through faith in his name has made this man strong, whom you see and know: yea, the faith which is by him has given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all. 17 And now, brethren, I know that through ignorance you did it, as did also your rulers. 18 But those things, which God before had showed by the mouth of all his prophets, that Christ should suffer, he has so fulfilled. 25 You are the children of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying unto Abraham, And in your seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed. 26 Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities.

Acts 4:25 Who by the mouth of your servant David has said, Why did the heathen rage, and the people imagine vain things? 26 The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord, and against his Christ. 27 For of a truth against your holy child Jesus, whom you have anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together, 30 By stretching forth your hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of your holy child Jesus.

Acts 5:31 Him has God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Savior, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.

Acts 7:30. And when forty years were expired, there appeared to him in the wilderness of mount Sinai an angel of the Lord in a flame of fire in a bush. 31 When Moses saw it, he wondered at the sight: and as he drew near to behold it, the voice of the Lord came unto him, 32 Saying, I am the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. Then Moses trembled, and did not behold. 33 Then said the Lord to him, Put off your shoes from your feet: for the place where you stand is holy ground. 34 I have seen, I have seen the affliction of my people which is in Egypt, and I have heard their groaning, and am come down to deliver them. And now come, I will send you into Egypt. 35 This Moses whom they refused, saying, Who made you a ruler and a judge? the same did God send to be a ruler and a deliverer by the hand of the angel which appeared to him in the bush. 37 This is that Moses, which said unto the children of Israel, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall you hear. 38 This is he, that was in the church in the wilderness with the angel which spoke to him in the mount Sinai, and with our fathers: who received the lively oracles to give unto us: 55 But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up steadfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God, 56 And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God.

Acts 8:33 In his humiliation his judgment was taken away: and who shall declare his generation? for his life is taken from the earth.

Acts 9:5 And he said, Who are you, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom you persecute: it is hard for you to kick against the pricks.

Acts 10:38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him. [Another of Jesus purposes] 42 And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead.

Acts 13:22 And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after my own heart, which shall fulfill all my will. 23 Of this man's seed has God according to his promise raised unto Israel a Savior, Jesus: 28 And though they found no cause of death in him, yet desired they Pilate that he should be slain. 29 And when they had fulfilled all that was written of him, they took him down from the tree, and laid him in a sepulcher. 30 But God raised him from the dead: 31 And he was seen many days of them which came up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are his witnesses unto the people. 33 God has fulfilled the same unto us their children, in that he has raised up Jesus again; as it is also written in the second psalm, You you my Son, this day have I begotten you. 34 And as concerning that he raised him up from the dead, now no more to return to corruption, he said on this wise, I will give you the sure mercies of David. 35 Wherefore he says also in another psalm, You shall not suffer your Holy One to see corruption. 36 For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell on sleep, and was laid unto his fathers, and saw corruption: 37 But he, whom God raised again, saw no corruption.

Acts 15:15 And to this agree the words of the prophets; as it is written, 16 After this I will return, and will build again the tabernacle of David, which is fallen down; and I will build again the ruins thereof, and I will set it up: 17 That the residue of men might seek after the Lord, and all the Gentiles, upon whom my name is called, says the Lord, who does all these things. 18 Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world.

Acts 17:3 Opening and alleging, that Christ must needs have suffered, and risen again from the dead; and that this Jesus, whom I preach unto you, is Christ. 26 And has made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;

Acts 20:28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost has made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he has purchased with his own blood.

Acts 26:23 That Christ should suffer, and that he should be the first that should rise from the dead, and should show light unto the people, and to the Gentiles.

Romans 1:3 Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh;6 Among whom are you also the called of Jesus Christ: 7 To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Romans 2:16 In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.

Romans 3:22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: 24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: 25 Whom God has set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; 26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believes in Jesus.

Romans 4:13 For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith. 17 (as it is written, I have made you a father of many nations) in the presence of Him whom he believedGod, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did; 19 And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarahs womb. 20 He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, 21 and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform. 22 And therefore it was accounted to him for righteousness. 23 Now it was not written for his sake alone that it was imputed to him, 24 but also for us. It shall be imputed to us who believe in Him who raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead, 25 who was delivered up because of our offenses, and was raised because of our justification. [This happens as a work of the resurrection and as we follow Jesus.]

Romans 5:1. Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: 6. For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. 8 But God commends his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. [This happens as a work of the cross and as we follow Jesus.] 10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. 11 And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement. 15 But not as the offense, so also is the free gift. For if through the offense of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, has abounded unto many. 16 And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offenses unto justification. 17 For if by one man's offense death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.) 18 Therefore as by the offense of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. 19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous. 21 That as sin has reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.

Romans 6:4-11 Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. For he who has died has been freed from sin. Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him. For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. Likewise reckon you also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. [This happens as a work of the cross and as we follow Jesus. I was perplexed for a long time about this death thing. Parts of scripture said I was to die daily while others said I was already dead. Which was right? Like usual, when there is a seeming contradiction in scripture, both are right. In my spirit man, the deal is done, I AM dead to sin and alive to God, but in my soul, where my thinking, feeling and decisions lay, there is still a battle and there I need to die often. So, it's not either or, it's both. Jesus was crucified not just to forgive our sins, but that we should be free from our old life to sin no more! Our old man-nature is buried, he's gone forever.] 23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Romans 8:2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: 9 But you are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. 10. And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11 But if the Spirit of him 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 that dwells in you. 17. And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. 29. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestine to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. 32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? 34 Who is he that condemns? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 9:3 For I could wish that I myself were accursed, separated from Christ for the sake of my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh, 4 who are Israelites, to whom belongs the adoption as sons, and the glory and the covenants and the giving of the Law and the temple service and the promises, 5 whose are the fathers, and from whom is the Christ according to the flesh, who is over all, God blessed forever. Amen. 29 And as Isaiah said before, Except the Lord of Sabaoth had left us a seed, we had been as Sodom, and been made like unto Gomorrha.

Romans 10:6 But the righteousness which is of faith speaks on this wise, Say not in your heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above:) 9 That if you shall confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead, you shall be saved.

Rom. 12.1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. [This happens as a work of the cross and as we follow Jesus. Surrendering our lives is one of the sacrifices that God desires. Sacrifices are dead, by the way!]

Romans 14:9 For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living. 10 But why do you judge your brother? or why do you set at naught your brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.

Romans 15:3 For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached you fell on me. 8 Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers: 12 And again, Isaiah says, There shall be a root of Jesse, and he that shall rise to reign over the Gentiles; in him shall the Gentiles trust.

1 Corinthians 1:2 Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours: 4 I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ; 7 So that you come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ: 9 God is faithful, by whom you were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord. 18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. [There is power in the blood of the cross.] 23 But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness; 24 But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. 30 But of him are you in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:

1 Corinthians 2:2 For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. 8 Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 16 For who has known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ. [Knowledge] [Unsearchable]

1 Corinthians 3:11. For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 20 And again, The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain.

1 Corinthians 4:4 For I know nothing by myself; yet am I not hereby justified: but he that judges me is the Lord. 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. [Knowledge]

1 Corinthians 5:7. Purge out therefore the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, as you are unleavened. For even Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us:

1 Corinthians 6:11 And such were some of you: but you are washed, but you are sanctified, but you are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. 19-20 Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are Gods. [This happens as a work of the cross and as we follow Jesus]

1 Cor. 7.23 You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of men.

1 Corinthians 8:6 But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things [supreme], and we by him [central].

1 Corinthians 10:4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ. 16 The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ? 17 For we being many are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread.

1 Corinthians 11:23. For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: 24 And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. 25 After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do you, as oft as you drink it, in remembrance of me. 26 For as often as you eat this bread, and drink this cup, you do show the Lord's death till he come. 27 Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. 28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.

1 Corinthians 12:3 Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calls Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost. 5 And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.

1 Corinthians 15:3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; 4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: 5 And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: 6 After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. 7 After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. 8 And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. 12 Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen: 14 And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is in vain, and your faith is also vain. 15 Yes, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not. 16 For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised: 17 And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; you are yet in your sins. 20. But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the first fruits of them that slept. 21 For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. 23 But every man in his own order: Christ the first fruits; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming. 24 Then comes the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. 25 For he must reign, till he has put all enemies under his feet. 26 The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. 27 For he has put all things under his feet. But when he says all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him. 45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. 47 The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven. 57 But thanks be to God, which gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 58. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be you steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, for as much as you know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.

2 Corinthians 1:5 For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also abounds by Christ.

2 Corinthians 2:14 Now thanks be unto God, which always causes us to triumph in Christ, and makes manifest the savor of his knowledge by us in every place.

2 Corinthians 3:18 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit. [We really need to read this whole chapter. Just as Moses saw Jesus glory and the Israelites couldnt bear to look at him, so too with us, when we spend time with our Lord, we become more and more like Him. We can see Him in each other and learn of Him from each other. This happens to the point where try as we might, the world and the religious wont always tolerate us being around, because theres too much Jesus shining through (and hopefully not too much flesh!).]

2 Corinthians 4:6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, has shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. 10 Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. 11 For we which live are always delivered unto death for Jesus' sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.

2 Corinthians 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he has done, whether it be good or bad. 14 For the love of Christ constrains us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: 16 Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more. 17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. [Regeneration - This happens as a work of the resurrection and as we follow Jesus.] 18 And all things are of God, who has reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and has given to us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and has committed unto us the word of reconciliation. 21 For he has made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

2 Corinthians 8:9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that you through his poverty might be rich. 23 Whether any do inquire of Titus, he is my partner and fellow helper concerning you: or our brethren be inquired of, they are the messengers of the churches, and the glory of Christ.

2 Corinthians 10:1. Now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, who in presence am base among you, but being absent am bold toward you:

2 Corinthians 11:10 As the truth of Christ is in me, no man shall stop me of this boasting in the regions of Achaia.

2 Corinthians 12:9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for you: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

2 Corinthians 13:3 Since you seek a proof of Christ speaking in me, which to you is not weak, but is mighty in you. 4 For though he was crucified through weakness, yet he lives by the power of God. For we also are weak in him, but we shall live with him by the power of God toward you.

Galatians 1:4 Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father: 12 For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.

Galatians 2:16 Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified. 20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. [Jesus is the source of our faith because He is faithful or full of faith.]

Galatians 3:1. O foolish Galatians, who has bewitched you, that you should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ has been evidently set forth, crucified among you? 13 Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangs on a tree: 14 That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. 16 Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He said not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to your seed, which is Christ. 17 And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot annul, that it should make the promise of none effect.

Galatians 4:4 But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,

Galatians 5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. 24 Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. [This happens as a work of the cross and as we follow Jesus.]

Galatians 6:2 Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. 14 But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. [The world, its system, and its drawing power need have no influence over us, since we are dead to it and it is dead to us. It no longer has a hook in us! This happens as a work of the cross and as we follow Jesus.]

Eph. 1:5 Having predestined us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, 7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; 19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, 20 Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, 21 Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: 22 And has put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, 23 Which is his body, the fullness of him that fills all in all.

Eph. 2:5 even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), [This is a work of the resurrection as we cooperate with Jesus.] 6 and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, [This is a work of the ascension.] 7 That in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God has before ordained that we should walk in them. 12 That at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. 14. For he is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of partition between us; 15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of two one new man, so making peace; 16 And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: 17 And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near. 18 For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father. 20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; [Jesus' scourging, death and the blood He poured out, He purchased our peace, both between God and us and between each other. He also purchased our access to God the Father. There is access to God and peace in the blood.]

Eph. 3:4 Whereby, when you read, you may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ) 8 Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ; 9 And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world has been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: 11 According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord: 17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, [Present] 19 And to know the love of Christ, which passes knowledge, that you might be filled with all the fullness of God.

Eph. 4:7 But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ's gift. 8 Therefore it says, "WHEN HE ASCENDED ON HIGH, HE LED CAPTIVE A HOST OF CAPTIVES, AND HE GAVE GIFTS TO MEN." 9 (Now this expression, "He ascended," what does it mean except that He also had descended into the lower parts of the earth? 10 He who descended is Himself also He who ascended far above all the heavens, so that He might fill all things.) 11 And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; 20 But you have not so learned Christ, [These gifts of Jesus are a work of the ascension.] 21 if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: 22 that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, 23 and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, 24 and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness. 24 And put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. [Here, we participate with Jesus. Without Him, we cant renew our mind, without us He wont. Putting off the old is a work of the cross, while putting on and renewing are a work of the resurrection.]

Eph. 5:2 And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us, and has given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling savor. 14 Wherefore he says, Awake you that sleep, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give you light. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the savior of the body. 25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;

Phil. 1:11 Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God. 19 For I know that this shall turn to my salvation through your prayer, and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, 20 According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death.

Phil. 2:1. If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, Phil. 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. 10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; 11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. [Beloved]

Phil. 3:13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, 14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

Phil. 4:7 And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. 13 I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me. 19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

Colossians 1:13 Who has delivered us from the power of darkness, and has translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: 14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: [We were redeemed, bought from the kingdom of darkness which rightfully owned us because of the rebellion of the human race. Satan was a hard task master and there were many curses under his domain. Jesus redeemed us from every one of them.] 15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: 16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: 17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. 19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fullness dwell; 20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. 27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you [Christ is central], the hope of glory [Christ is supreme]:

Colossians 2:3 In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. 10 And you are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: 14-15Having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it (that is, the cross). 19 And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increases with the increase of God. 20-23 Therefore, if you died with Christ from the basic principles of the world, why, as though living in the world, do you subject yourselves to regulations Do not touch, do not taste, do not handle, which all concern things which perish with the using according to the commandments and doctrines of men? These things indeed have an appearance of wisdom in self-imposed religion, false humility, and neglect of the body, but are of no value against the indulgence of the flesh. [I need to die daily to my flesh and the world, but the regulations listed above are not what God wants. Just think, all those regulations are nailed to the cross! No one can wave them in our faces any longer and demand that we fulfill their list for us. We just have to do what Holy Spirit asks of us. In the cross, when Jesus cried, "It is finished", one of the things that was finished was the work of Satan, He has no arms, he has been defeated, so he has no feet. He is a toothless lion whose bark is bigger than His bite. Let's never be intimidated again. If he tries to threaten us, just show him the cross and the blood! The work of the devil is destroyed in the blood of the cross. The blood of Jesus overcomes our enemy!]

Colossians 3:3 For you are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. 11 Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all [supreme], and in all [central]. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

1 Thes. 1:10 And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.

1 Thes. 3:11. Now God himself and our Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, direct our way unto you. [Shepherd]

1 Thes. 4:13 But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve as do the rest who have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus. 15 For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore comfort one another with these words. 5:1 Now as to the times and the epochs, brethren, you have no need of anything to be written to you. 2 For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night. 3 While they are saying, "Peace and safety!" then destruction will come upon them suddenly like labor pains upon a woman with child, and they will not escape. 4 But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that the day would overtake you like a thief; 5 for you are all sons of light and sons of day. We are not of night nor of darkness; 6 so then let us not sleep as others do, but let us be alert and sober. 7 For those who sleep do their sleeping at night, and those who get drunk get drunk at night. 8 But since we are of the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet, the hope of salvation. 9 For God has not destined us for wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep, we will live together with Him. 11 Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing.

2 Thessalonians 1:7 And God will provide rest for you who are being persecuted and also for us when the Lord Jesus appears from heaven. He will come with his mighty angels, 8 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: 9 Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power; 10 When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day.

2 Thessalonians 2:14 Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. 16. Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which has loved us, and has given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, 17 Comfort your hearts, and establish you in every good word and work.

1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; 6 Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.

1 Timothy 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.

2 Timothy 1:1. Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, according to the promise of life which is in Christ Jesus,

2 Timothy 1:9 Who has saved us, and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began, 10 But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ, who has abolished death, and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel: 13 Hold fast the form of sound words, which you have heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.

2 Timothy 2:8 Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according to my gospel: 10 Therefore I endure all things for the elect's sakes, that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.

2 Timothy 4:1. I charge you therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; 8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. 14 Alexander the coppersmith did me much evil: the Lord reward him according to his works: 17 Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion. 18 And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.

Titus 2:13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ;

Heb. 1:1 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spoke in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, 2 Has in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, [One more of Jesus purposes.] whom he has appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; 3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; 4. Being made so much better than the angels, as he has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. 5 For unto which of the angels said he at any time, You are my Son, this day have I begotten you? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son? 6 And again, when he brings in the first begotten into the world, he says, And let all the angels of God worship him. 8 But unto the Son he says, Your throne, O God, is forever and ever: a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of your kingdom. 9 You have loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness above your fellows. 10 And, You, Lord, in the beginning have laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of your hands: 11 They shall perish; but you remain; and they all shall wax old as does a garment; 12 And as a vesture shall you fold them up, and they shall be changed: but you are the same, and your years shall not fail. 13 But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool?

Heb. 2:3 How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him; 6 But one in a certain place testified, saying, What is man, that you are mindful of him? or the son of man, that you visit him? 7 You made him a little lower than the angels; you crowned him with glory and honor, and did set him over the works of your hands: 8 You have put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him. 9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man. 10. For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. 12 Saying, I will declare your name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto you. 14. For as much then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; [A major purpose of Jesus] ]16 For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham. 17 Wherefore in all things it behooved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. 18 For in that he himself has suffered being tempted, he is able to succor them that are tempted.Heb. 3:1 Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus; 3 For this man was counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as he who has built the house has more honor than the house. 5 And Moses verily was faithful in all his house, as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken after; 6 But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.

Heb. 3.12 Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God; 13 but exhort one another daily, while it is called Today, lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. 14 For we have become partakers of Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end, 15 while it is said: Today, if you will hear His voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion. 19 So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief. 4.1 Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it. 2 For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it. 3 For we who have believed do enter that rest, as He has said: So I swore in My wrath, They shall not enter My rest, although the works were finished from the foundation of the world. 4 For He has spoken in a certain place of the seventh day in this way: And God rested on the seventh day from all His works; 5 and again in this place: They shall not enter My rest. 6 Since therefore it remains that some must enter it, and those to whom it was first preached did not enter because of disobedience, 7 again He designates a certain day, saying in David, Today, after such a long time, as it has been said: Today, if you will hear His voice, Do not harden your hearts. 8 For if Joshua had given them rest, then He would not afterward have spoken of another day. 9 There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. 10 For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His. [Jesus is, provides for and helps us enter that rest. To not enter into it is sin!]

Heb. 4:14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. 15 For we have not a high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

Heb. 5:5 So also Christ glorified not himself to be made a high priest; but he that said unto him, You are my Son, to day have I begotten you. 6 As he says also in another place, You are a priest forever after the order of Melchisedek. 8 Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;

Heb. 6:1. Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, 20 Where the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made a high priest forever after the order of Melchisedek.

Heb. 7:25 Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever lives to make intercession for them. 26 For such a high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens; 27 Who needs not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people's: for this he did once, when he offered up himself. 28 For the law makes men high priests which have infirmity; but the word of the oath, which was since the law, makes the Son, who is consecrated forevermore.

Heb. 8:1. Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have such a high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens; [Jesus is the sum of all. He is the door, the way and the goal.] 3 For every high priest is ordained to offer gifts and sacrifices: wherefore it is of necessity that this man have somewhat also to offer. 6. But now has he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises.

Heb. 9:2 For there was a tabernacle made; the first, wherein was the candlestick, and the table, and the show bread; which is called the sanctuary. 3 And after the second veil, the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of all; 4 Which had the golden censer, and the ark of the covenant overlaid round about with gold, wherein was the golden pot that had manna, and Aaron's rod that budded, and the tables of the covenant; 5 And over it the cherubimof glory shadowing the mercy seat; of which we cannot now speak particularly. 8. The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing: 9 Which was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience; 10 Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation. 11 But Christ being come a high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; 12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. 13 For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies to the purifying of the flesh: 14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? 15. And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance. 16 For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator. 17 For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator lives. 18 Whereupon neither the first testament was dedicated without blood. 19 For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and of goats, with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book, and all the people, 20 Saying, This is the blood of the testament which God has enjoined unto you. 21 Moreover he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle, and all the vessels of the ministry. 22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission. 23. It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. 24 For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us: 25 Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest enters into the holy place every year with blood of others; 26 For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world has he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. 27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: 28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.

Heb. 10:1. For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect. 2 For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins. 3 But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year. 4 For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins. 5 Wherefore when he came into the world, he said, Sacrifice and offering you would not, but a body have you prepared me: 6 In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin you have had no pleasure. 7. Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do your will, O God. 8 Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin you would not, neither had pleasure therein; which are offered by the law; 9 Then said he, Lo, I come to do your will, O God. He takes away the first, that he may establish the second. 10 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. 11 And every priest stands daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: 12 But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down on the right hand of God; 14 For by one offering he has perfected forever them that are sanctified. 18 Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin. [This happens as a work of the cross and as we follow Jesus.] 19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, 20 By a new and living way, which he has consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; 21 And having a high priest over the house of God; 22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. 29 Of how much sorer punishment, suppose you, shall he be thought worthy, who has trodden under foot the Son of God, and has counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and has done despite unto the Spirit of grace?

Heb. 11:4 By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaks. 17 By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, 18 Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall your seed be called: 19 Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from where also he received him in a figure. 28 Through faith he kept the Passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them.

Heb. 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Heb. 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as you have: for he has said, I will never leave you, nor forsake you. 8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and forever. 11 For the bodies of those animals, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned outside the camp. 12 Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate. Therefore let us go forth to Him, outside the camp, bearing His reproach. 20 Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,

1 Peter 1:10 Of which salvation the prophets have inquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you: 11 Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow. 13 Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; 18 For as much as you know that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; 19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: 20 Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, 23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which lives and abides forever.

1 Peter 2:4. To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious, 5 You also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. 6 Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Zion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believes on him shall not be confounded. 8 And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed. 21 For even hereunto were you called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow his steps: 22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: 23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judges righteously: 24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes you were healed. 25 For you were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.

1 Peter 3:18 For Christ also has once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:21 The like figure whereunto even baptism does also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ: 22 Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him.

1 Peter 4:1. For as much then as Christ has suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin;

1 Peter 5:1. The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed:

2 Peter 1:11 For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 16. For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.

1 Jn. 1:1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life; 3 That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that you also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanses us from all sin. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

1 Jn. 2:1 My little children, these things write I unto you, that you sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: 2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.

1 Jn. 3:5 And you know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin. 9 Whosoever is born of God does not commit sin; for his seed remains in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. 16 Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.

1 Jn. 4:2 Hereby know you the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: 9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. 10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 14. And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Savior of the world. 15 Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwells in him, and he in God. 17. Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.

1 Jn. 5:6 This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that bears witness, because the Spirit is truth. 8 And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one. 20 And we know that the Son of God is come, and has given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.

2 Jn. 1:9 Whosoever transgresses, and abides not in the doctrine of Christ, has not God. He that abides in the doctrine of Christ, he has both the Father and the Son.

Revelation 1:5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, 7 Behold, he comes with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen. 8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, says the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty. 11 Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What you see, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea. 12 And I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks; 13 And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle. 14 His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire; 15 And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters. 16 And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp two-edged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shines in his strength. 17 And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last: 18 I am he that lives, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive forevermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death. [Here John, the beloved disciple, who leaned on Jesus breast, falls at His feet as a dead man. What made the difference? John gets this revelation of Jesus that he never had before. He saw Him like this on the mount of transfiguration, but it must not have sunk in. Jesus is not just our buddy, He is also the Sovereign, Glorious, Creator-Lord of the Universe, One to who we will fall at His feet in worship one day soon!]

Revelation 2:1. Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things says he that holds the seven stars in his right hand, who walks in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks; 8. And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things says the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive; 12. And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write; These things says he which has the sharp sword with two edges; 17 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says unto the churches; To him that overcomes will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knows saving he that receives it. [This happens as a work of the resurrection and as we follow Jesus.] 18 And unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write; These things says the Son of God, who has his eyes like unto a flame of fire, and his feet are like fine brass;

Revelation 3:1. And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things says he that has the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know your works, that you have a name that you live, and are dead. 7. And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things says he that is holy, he that is true, he that has the key of David, he that opens, and no man shuts; and shuts, and no man opens; 12 Him that overcomes will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name. 14. And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things says the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; [In the first chapter of Revelation, John shares his overall revelation of Jesus. Then as he writes on the Lords behalf to each church, he shared part of it that each church needs. We are in the age of Laodecea. If were not a Laodecean Christian, it is only by the grace and mercy of God. We need to meditate on this particular revelation of Jesus to get to or stay in the place God wants us in.] [How awesome is a new name. In biblical times it signified a new nature. In modern times, people change names to signify marriage (covenant), wanting something more acceptable, and hiding a bad past. When you think about it, these all apply to us! This happens as a work of the resurrection and as we follow Jesus.]

Revelation 4:2 And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne. 3 And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald. 4 And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold. 5 And out of the throne proceeded lightning and thunder and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God. 8. And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come. 10 The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that lives forever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, 11 You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for you have created all things, and for your pleasure they are and were created.

Revelation 5:5 And one of the elders said unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof. 6. And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth. 8 And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odors, which are the prayers of saints. 9 And they sung a new song, saying, You are worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for you were slain, and have redeemed us to God by your blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; 12 Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honor, and glory, and blessing. 13 And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honor, and glory, and power, be unto him that sits upon the throne, and unto the Lamb forever and ever.

Revelation 6:1. And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see. 16 And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:

Revelation 5:5 And one of the elders said unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof. 6. And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth. 9 And they sung a new song, saying, You are worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for you were slain, and have redeemed us to God by your blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; 10 And have made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth. 12 Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honor, and glory, and blessing. 13 And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honor, and glory, and power, be unto him that sits upon the throne, and unto the Lamb forever and ever. [How powerful is the blood of Jesus! He redeemed people from every tribe and tongue, that's 10,000's of people groups!]

Revelation 7:9 After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; 10 And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sits upon the throne, and unto the Lamb. 14 And I said unto him, Sir, you know. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. 17 For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.

Revelation 11:15 And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign forever and ever.

Revelation 12:10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. 11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

Revelation 13:8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

Revelation 14:1 And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Zion, and with him a hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father's name written in their foreheads. 4 These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb wherever he goes. These were redeemed from among men, being the first fruits unto God and to the Lamb. 14 And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle. 15 And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in your sickle, and reap: for the time is come for you to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe. 16 And he that sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped.

Revelation 15:3 And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvelous are your works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are your ways, you King of saints. 4 Who shall not fear you, O Lord, and glorify your name? for you only are holy: for all nations shall come and worship before you; for your judgments are made manifest.

Revelation 17:14. These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.

Revelation 19:7 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honor to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife has made herself ready. 9 And he said unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he said unto me, These are the true sayings of God.11. And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he does judge and make war. 12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. 13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. 14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. 15 And out of his mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treads the wine press of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. 16 And he has on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.

Revelation 21:22 And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it. 23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.

Revelation 22:1. And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. 3 And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him: I Jesus have sent my angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star. 5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. [This happens as a work of the resurrection and as we follow Jesus.] 12 "Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to render to every man according to what he has done.13 "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end." [Jesus didnt just start and end everything, He IS the Beginning and He IS the End of everything!]

Jesus is our supreme example, no one leads as He does as shepherd (pastor), elder or bishop, apostle, and older brother. No one did miracles or taught like Him before the cross and outpouring of Holy Spirit. No one lived the life He did nor suffered like He did. In addition to His time on earth, no one is or ever has been or will be higher than Jesus than the Father, and that is because Jesus will hand it all over to Him. He is worthy of our thanks, praise, and worship, He is worthy of our emulation, He is worthy of all we have, say and do.

Just as not understanding Jesus full humanity affects much of the Christian world, not understanding His fully being God, before and after His earthly presence, affects the non-Christian world. Many cults and religions deny Jesus deity, while allowing that He was a great prophet and teacher while here on earth. But while on earth, Jesus taught that He was and would be fully God, therefore adding all the more authority to His teaching.

Many feel that the Angel of the Lord was Jesus before He was incarnated. Judge for your self. Many times the Angel was worshipped in these verses, yet when "regular" angels were worshipped, the worship was refused. Rev. 19:10, 22:8-9 It seems from the multiple appearances of God that He has the ability, at will, to lay aside His glory and become visible to man. This includes eating, talking, etc. plus many body parts reported in scripture. What an amazing God we serve. Jesus states in Jn. 1:18, 3:8, 5:37, 6:46, 14:17 that the Holy Spirit is invisible and that no man has see God the Father. That leaves one of the three who chooses to reveal His physical appearance throughout the word. He is the same, yesterday, today and forever.

I would be remiss if I didnt give credit where it was due. The following sources were indispensable in this study. I simply just didnt know all this on my own. - many of the bulleted and table points as well as others come from this site

Conner, Kevin J., Interpreting the Types and Shadows, Bible Temple Pub., c. 1980

Conner, Kevin J. and Malmin, Kenneth P., Interpreting the Scriptures, Bible Temple Pub. c. 1983

Dake, Finis Jennings, Dake's Annotated Reference Bible, Dake's Bible Sales Inc., c. 1963

The Knowing Jesus Study Bible, Zondervon Publishing House, c.1999

The Nelson Study Bible, New King James Version, Thomas Nelson, Inc. Copyright 1997

The Open Bible, NKJV, Thomas Nelson Publishing, c. 1985

Thompson, Frank Charles, Thompson's Chain Reference Bible, BB Kirkbride Bible Co., c. 1964