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Moses and Jesus - Greater Than Series #5

Moses was a reluctant hero that God used to wrestle the enslaved Israelites from the hand of Pharaoh. Some consider him the preeminent person in the Old Testament. His life breaks into three sections: first, forty years where he was brought into the Kings house through adoption by Pharaoh's daughter and taught mathematics, astronomy, strategies of war and leadership, and much more. Second, his speedy exit into the wilderness which lasted forty years and where he obtained a family and direction for life from God in the burning bush. Finally, his return to Egypt, confrontation with Pharaoh, and eventual exit into the wilderness with an undisciplined horde of as many as two-million Israelites. He would lead them, train them in war, give them the 10 Commandments, organize them, feed them and bring them to the edge of the Promise Land. He was an esteemed leader, respected and referred to by Jews continually as one to be honored. However, the writer of Hebrews says, "Fix your though…

Angels and Jesus - Greater Than Series #4

Angels are spoken of in 34 of the 66 books of the Bible (108 times in the O.T. and 167 times in the N.T.). They are a host of created beings that have a nature exalted above humans and great power given to them by God. Their primary tasks are to serve God in heaven and to provide aid and relief for men on earth by His appointment. (Hebrews 1:7, 14) The name “angel” is a transliteration of the Greek word “angelos” which means “messenger.” “For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways...” (Psalm 91:11) They come before God on a regular basis, possibly to worship and receive orders (Job 1:6; 2:1). “Praise the Lord, you his angels, you mighty ones who do his bidding, who obey his word.” (Psalm 103:20) They have brought messages and interacted with humans including Lot, Daniel, Zechariah, Mary, Joseph, Philip, Cornelius, and Paul. They are more powerful and more worshipful of God than men because they know Him, His power, His grace and love. As great as the…

Jacob and Jesus - Greater Than Series #3

Jacob was a plain and quiet man who preferred to stay around the tents rather than be away with his brother Esau hunting. His birth name implies he was sly, cunning yet fearful and not one you would think of as the foundation for the twelve tribes of Israel. Jacob obtained Esau's birthright because his brother was unable to comprehend its value, selling it for a bowl of stew. (Genesis 24:31) Soon after that with his mother's help he tricked his father, Isaac, into giving him the patriarchal blessing and created such upheaval in the family that he was sent by her, Rebekah, to her brother, Laban, for protection. Jacob's trip there and back was filled with the vision of the ladder into heaven and a wrestling match with God. This was the place where Jacob's name was changed to Israel. During his twenty year sojourn with Laban, who was also sly and cunning, Jacob procured Rachel, his first love, and her sister Leah, from which came the twelve tribes of Israel. Jesus had to…

Jonah and Jesus Christ - Greater Than Series #2

It might seem ridiculous to compare the prophet Jonah with Jesus but even Jesus did it. Here was a man who was called to prophecy of impending doom in the city of Nineveh but refused. Instead he "went down to the city of Joppa," paid for passage on a boat to Tarshish and went down into its hull, then was thrown overboard during a vicious storm down into the Mediterranean Sea, and finally went down into the stomach of a great fish to spend three days and three nights. (Jonah 1:3-17) But God called on Jonah a second time and he went to Nineveh, a wicked and rebellious city, prophesied for God and the whole city repented. The city lasted another 150 years before God sent Nahum the prophet to declare its destruction. The words of Jesus were captured by Luke when he said, "This is a wicked generation. It asks for a miraculous sign, but none will be given it except the sign of Jonah. For as Jonah was a sign to the Ninevites, so also will the Son of Man be to this generation..…