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Interpretations and Applications

Hello again!

This is what God gave me today in His word:

And leaving Nazareth he went and lived in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, so that what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled: “The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles—the people dwelling in darkness have seen a great light, and for those dwelling in the region and shadow of death, on them a light has dawned.” (Matthew 4:13-16)

Jesus is fulfilling yet another prophecy, not exactly anything new. Except, this particular prophecy is quite vague. All it says is that the land of Zebulun and Naphtali would see a great light. Couldn’t that easily mean something as different as those areas would merely experience a very sunny day? Who is Matthew (aside from a Holy Spirit inspired author of the Bible) to say that this prophecy was of Christ?

Well, a pretty obvious reason for Matthew’s saying that the prophecy refers to Christ, is that he’s Holy Spirit inspired, and so has that authority. Another possible answer would be to draw the line backwards: i.e. to see that Christ went to those areas, and so the verse must refer to Him. A third possibility is to simply look at Isiah’s Character, and draw the conclusion that this man doesn’t make casual prophecies about the weather, and so the verse must have some sort of further meaning. Which, in this case, would be that it was referring to Christ. So, is it one of the three? All three? Something else entirely?

The New, explains the Old. Matthew knew that Jesus is the light which illuminates hearts and minds, and chases away the darkness. Matthew also knew that Jesus was physically passing through Zebulun and Naphtali, so he made the reasonable connection. Which is why we can come to the conclusion that the New Testament, explains the Old Testament. Take this example:

But to each one of us(A) grace(B) has been  given(C) as Christ apportioned it. This is why it[a] says:

“When he ascended on high,
    he took many captives(D)
    and gave gifts to his people.”[b](E) (Ephesians 4:7-8)

(The actual verse, Psalm 68:18, says that God received gifts from men). Paul tells us that grace has been given to us, and then misquotes a verse to confirm what he said. The doctrine he was trying to teach, allowed him to find a verse, and explain it according to how it applies to us. Back then, in the Old Testament, God received gifts from men. He received their sacrifices, and led those captive to the law. But now, He gives gifts of grace to all who ask, and leads captives of grace. As was said, the New explains the Old.

Now, trying to do what Paul and Matthew did can be dangerous, because we have to be sure that we’re interpreting a verse correctly. Otherwise we could see a random verse, and decide that it means something completely wrong. The base rule though, is that the interpretation must actually make sense, and go from applying to the people in the Old Testament, to applying to us.

You are Loved!

Joshua Cleveland

 

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Bridging the Gap

Hello again!

This is what God gave me today in His word:

Nathanael answered him, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” Jesus answered him, “Because I said to you, ‘I saw you under the fig tree,’ do you believe? You will see greater things than these.” And he said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.” (John 1:49-51)

And indeed, Nathaniel did see that; if Jesus says you’ll see something, you will see it. Yet, when? When did he see angels ascending and descending on “the son of man” (i.e. Jesus)? Well, before we talk about that, let’s look at what it is Jesus is referring to in the Old Testament, when he talks about Heaven being opened, and angels ascending and descending on Himself.

10 Jacob left Beersheba and set out for Harran. 11 When he reached a certain place, he stopped for the night because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones there, he put it under his head and lay down to sleep. 12 He had a dream in which he saw a stairway resting on the earth, with its top reaching to heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. 13 There above it[c] stood the LORD, and he said: “I am the LORD, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac. (Genesis 28:10-13a)

God was standing on top of the ladder, and man was on the bottom of it. Between the two was a gap, a gap that no human could hope to ever get past. Yet, then came a “ladder”, called, “the son of man”. Jesus is telling Nathaniel here that He will become the ladder in Jacob’s dream. So then, with that understanding, we ask again, when did this happen? It happened with the ladder, bridging the gap between Heaven and Earth, was created: at the cross, when Jesus died. (And yes, Nathaniel was witness to Jesus’ death).

I wonder, what other passages refer to Jesus? Does Moses, when he stretched out his hands, and the water parted for the Israelites; there-by saving them from their foe? Is it pointing forward to Jesus, when in the beginning, God brought the World up from deep water, and made it flourish with life, through the “word”? Everywhere we see Jesus pointed forward to, in the Old Testament! Merely look at Jonah, who was tossed over a ship in order to save the sailors on-board. Or look at Joseph, who was sold into slavery, “for the salvation of many lives.”

Jesus, in calling Himself the Jacob’s ladder, has, in essence, given us the power to see Him in every passage we come across in the Old Testament! If you don’t believe me, simply look at Paul, and how he does this very thing:

But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. This is why it says: “When he ascended on high, he led captives in his train and gave gifts to men.” (Ephesians 4:7-8)

Note where Paul quotes the Old Testament here. The passage he’s changing, while quoting, is Psalm 68:18. This is what that passage actually says:

When you ascended on high, you led captives in your train; you received gifts from men, even from the rebellious–that you, O LORD God, might dwell there. (Psalm 68:18)

Paul changes the verse in order for it to picture Christ. Now, this doesn’t mean we should go and proceed to Spiritualize away every single passage in the Old Testament. Every passage in the Old Testament does indeed point forward to Christ (my family and I are finding this out, as we’re going through the entire Old Testament together in a Bible study), but that doesn’t mean that’s the Old Testament’s only purpose. It also provides real, historical facts about what happened. However, in those facts, we can see God’s hints towards the Gospel.

You are Loved!

Joshua Cleveland

P.S. If you want to read more about this concept, read this post too: https://goldenbible.wordpress.com/2011/11/18/transquotation/

 

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Transquotation: Genesis 50:20-21

Hello again!

Just to let you know: today will probably be the last day I transquote anything for a long time; it’s the end of Genesis. So I hope God really speaks to you in this transquote. — This is what God gave me today in His word:

Verses:

As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today. (Genesis 50:20-21)

Transquotation:

When Jesus was being crucified, the Pharisee’s meant for evil. They wanted Him dead. Yet what they intended for evil, God intended for the saving of many lives; our lives. — We are alive (Spiritually) today, because He died. We need to always remember this; it will put our entire life into perspective.

Explanation of the transquote:

Jesus died so that we could live! He gave up His own life for us, He was beaten to the point of not even looking a human being, and then crucified. I would dare to say that the Pharisee’s intended that for evil. They’re like Joseph’s brothers, trying to kill the one they will one day bow down too. Yet what the Pharisee’s, like with what Joseph’s brothers did, God intended for the saving of many lives. Though it’s true the number of lives which were saved by Joseph, and the number of lives saved by Jesus, are different, the point remains: what was intended for evil, God intended for the saving of many lives.

New Testament confirmation:

The following verses are after Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead:

45 Therefore many of the Jews who had come to visit Mary, and had seen what Jesus did, believed in him. 46 But some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done. 47 Then the chief priests and the Pharisees called a meeting of the Sanhedrin.

“What are we accomplishing?” they asked. “Here is this man performing many signs. 48 If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him, and then the Romans will come and take away both our temple and our nation.”

49 Then one of them, named Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, spoke up, “You know nothing at all! 50 You do not realize that it is better for you that one man die for the people than that the whole nation perish.”

51 He did not say this on his own, but as high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus would die for the Jewish nation, 52 and not only for that nation but also for the scattered children of God, to bring them together and make them one. 53 So from that day on they plotted to take his life. (John 11:45-53)

Context confirmation:

So do not fear; I will provide for you and your little ones.” Thus he comforted them and spoke kindly to them. (Genesis 50:21)

The Holy Spirit was sent to “provide for us,” if you will, while we wait for the return of Jesus. Not only for us, but for our (not mine, I don’t have any; I’m still thirteen) children too. — This supports the transquote by strengthening the connection, in this passage, between Jesus and Joseph, and between us and Joseph’s brothers.

You are Loved!

Joshua Cleveland

 

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Transquotation: Genesis 49:8

Hello again!

This is what God gave me today in His word:

Verses:

“Judah, your brothers shall praise you; your hand shall be on the neck of your enemies; your father’s sons shall bow down before you. (Genesis 49:8)

Transquotation:

Praise to God, Jesus has put His hand on the necks of His enemies! He has overcome, He has conquered! Let us worship Him! Let us, now called “His brothers, sons of God” worship Him!

Explanation of the transquote:

Jesus was the ultimate fulfillment of the promise that Jacob makes to Judah here: “Your brothers will praise you.” Just to give you a little reminder here, we are sons and daughters of God now; thus we’re brothers and sisters of Jesus. Thus, so long as we praise Jesus (which is something we should be doing all the time, ‘whether we eat or drink, we should do all to the glory of God’), we’re fulfilling Jacob’s blessing.

“Your hand will be on the necks of your enemies;” Through the piercing of Jesus’ hands (and feet, and heart), He destroyed His enemies; and saved us. — He has conquered! He has shown His dominance over His opponent, and has gained dominion over Satan and all He owns. I’d dare to say that’s He’s “put His hand on Satan’s neck”, wouldn’t you?

Now that we’ve explained the transquote, let’s verify it with the New Testament, and with its context:

New Testament confirmation:

And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross. (Colossians 2:15)

Context confirmation:

Judah is a lion’s cub; from the prey, my son, you have gone up. He stooped down; he crouched as a lion and as a lioness; who dares rouse him? (Genesis 49:9)

Jesus is the fulfillment of this blessing Jacob gave to Judah as well, as we can clearly see in this verse:

5 And one of the elders said to me, “Weep no more; behold, (D)the Lion (E)of the tribe of Judah,(F)the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.” (Revelation 5:5)

You are Loved!

Joshua Cleveland

 

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Transquotation: Genesis 48:20

Hello again!

This is what God gave me today in His word:

Verses:

So he blessed them that day, saying, “By you Israel will pronounce blessings, saying, ‘God make you as Ephraim and as Manasseh.'” Thus he put Ephraim before Manasseh. (Genesis 48:20)

Transquotation:

Through Jesus’ death for us, God forgets our sin! Through Jesus’ taking on Himself the sin of the world, in fact, becoming sin Himself, and dying, our sin is no more in the sight of God. Rather, He now makes us to be fruitful in His kingdom.

Explanation of the transquote:

It may help at this point to realize the meaning of the names of Joseph’s sons:

Ephraim means, “Doubly Fruitful.” And Manasseh means, “Forgetfulness.” — Now that I’ve filled you in on that…

By them ‘Israel would pronounce blessings.’ To put it another way: by forgetfulness and fruitfulness (not necessarily in that order), people would bless each-other. Which, you may note, is rather like how God blessed us: through His son’s death, He “forgets” (i.e. destroyed along with His son) our sinful nature, and made us “fruitful” in overcoming our sin and sharing the Gospel with others.

Now that we’ve explained the transquote, let’s verify it with the New Testament, and with its context:

New Testament confirmation:

God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. (2 Corinthians 5:21)

Context confirmation:

But his father refused and said, “I know, my son, I know. He also shall become a people, and he also shall be great. Nevertheless, his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his offspring shall become a multitude of nations.” (Genesis 48:19)

God “forgets” (i.e. utterly destroys) our sinful nature (as compared to the flesh, which we’ll still have until we die)… But then, He makes us even more fruitful then we were sinful. — This supports the transquote by strengthening the connection, in this passage, between what God does for us, and Ephraim/Manasseh.

You are Loved!

Joshua Cleveland

 

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Transquotation: Genesis 47:23-25

Hello again!

This is what God gave me today in His word:

Verses:

Then Joseph said to the people, “Behold, I have this day bought you and your land for Pharaoh. Now here is seed for you, and you shall sow the land. And at the harvests you shall give a fifth to Pharaoh, and four fifths shall be your own, as seed for the field and as food for yourselves and your households, and as food for your little ones.” And they said, “You have saved our lives; may it please my lord, we will be servants to Pharaoh.” (Genesis 47:23-25)

Transquotation:

Behold, we have been bought by Christ for God, and have been given the seed of the Gospel with which to sow. Let us therefore be glad and willing servants of God!

Explanation of the transquote:

Joseph bought Egypt for Pharaoh, Jesus bought the world for God. Joseph fed all of Egypt. Jesus promises to feed with Spiritual food all those who accept Him into their lives. Joseph gave the people seed to feed themselves with. Jesus gives us Himself, with which we can feed ourselves and others. Because Joseph had saved their lives, the Egyptians became willing servants; giving one fifth of their crop to Pharaoh. Jesus saved our lives, therefore our lives are not our own, but His. We don’t give just one fifth of our crop to God either, seeing as our crop is real people, we give them all to God.

We see a near perfect picture of Jesus in Joseph, here… Alright, granted, Joseph took all the Egyptians money, all their cattle, their land, and they themselves because they had no choice but to give those things to him, and Jesus doesn’t do anything of the sort (in fact, to the contrary, He gave Himself, His possessions, everything up, to save us). Even so, aside from that, we see a near perfect picture of Jesus here in Joseph… Except, for everything Joseph did, Jesus did a hundred times better (and then some).

New Testament confirmation:

5 For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave himself as a ransom for all people. This has now been witnessed to at the proper time. (1 Timothy 2:5-6)

And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” (Luke 22:19)

Context confirmation:

Why should we die before your eyes, both we and our land? Buy us and our land for food, and we with our land will be servants to Pharaoh. And give us seed that we may live and not die, and that the land may not be desolate.” (Genesis 47:19)

And likewise, when we ask for God to keep us from Spiritually dying, He does so: He gives us the seed of the Gospel so that we may live through His son, Jesus’ death. — This supports the transquote by strengthening the connection, in this passage, between us and the Egyptians.

You are Loved!

Joshua Cleveland

 

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Transquotation: Genesis 46:1-3

Hello again!

This is what God gave me today in His word:

Verses:

So Israel took his journey with all that he had and came to Beersheba, and offered sacrifices to the God of his father Isaac. And God spoke to Israel in visions of the night and said, “Jacob, Jacob.” And he said, “Here am I.” Then he said, “I am God, the God of your father. Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for there I will make you into a great nation. (Genesis 46:1-3)

Transquotation:

Jesus died for us! He has made a way for us to at last talk openly with God, and to receive answers from Him! In this way, He has promised to free us from the bondage of slavery to sin, and He has promised to continue making us pure, sanctifying us.

Explanation of the transquote:

Let’s look at the verses we just looked at in a different way real quick:

First there came a sacrifice, offered by Israel. Then God “talked” to Israel through visions, and told Him that He would “make into a great nation.” In our case, the sacrifice was Jesus, and the promises God gives us aren’t to make us into a great physical nation (per se), but a great Spiritual one. But aside from that, the general idea is still there (I believe). i.e. That Jesus saved us, and through that we are given a “promise”.

In the case of Israel, that promise was singular in nature and was that God would make him into a great nation. On the other hand, God has given us (i.e. His children) hundreds of promises in His word, all of which He promises to fulfill (if not, per se, in the exact time frame, or way we expect Him to fulfill them). So, though there’s a difference in the number and type of promise/s, the idea remains. Which is that, through a sacrifice being made, God “talks” to us, – in some way or other, in the case of Israel that way was through visions. For us, it’s usually, at least in my experience, through God’s word; the Bible – followed by (a) promise/s being made.

Now that we’ve cleared that up, let’s confirm that transquote with the New Testament, and context:

New Testament confirmation:

13 Then one of the elders asked me, “These in white robes—who are they, and where did they come from?”

 14 I answered, “Sir, you know.”

   And he said, “These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.  (Revelation 7:13-14)

Context confirmation:

I myself will go down with you to Egypt, and I will also bring you up again, and Joseph’s hand shall close your eyes.” (Genesis 46:4)

Here we see God ‘promising to be with Israel’. Likewise, God promises, among other things, to be with us in the world. — This supports the transquote by strengthening the connection, in this passage, between us and Israel (formerly known as Jacob).

You are Loved!

Joshua Cleveland

 

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Transquotation: Genesis 45:4-5

Hello again!

This is what God gave me today in His word:

Verses:

So Joseph said to his brothers, “Come near to me, please.” And they came near. And he said, “I am your brother, Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt. And now do not be distressed or angry with yourselves because you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life. (Genesis 45:4-5)

Transquotation:

Because of our sin, Jesus came to Earth: He changed us, preserving our lives from our sin. Our sin was evil, but through it, God has made a relationship with us! What was intended for evil, God used for good.

Explanation of the transquote:

We were sinful, I don’t think anyone can deny that. We had no relationship with God, which is a side-effect of sin. And, not only that, we had no hope of breaking our sin or of ever having a relationship with God (much less any of the other benefits that come with being a Christian). Yet then God sent Jesus to Earth to ‘preserve our lives’. Likewise, Joseph’s brothers sinned when they sold Joseph into slavery, yet it turned out even better for all of them than if they had never sinned. This may seem very confusing, but let me try to explain:

In the past, there was Adam and Eve. Eve was deceived by Satan into eating of the true of the knowledge of good and evil, and then enticed Adam to eat of it as well. This cut off the relationship they had with God, and brought the sin nature into the world. Then came Jesus, who bridges the gap (that sin made) between us and God. So now, we don’t just have a relationship with God, but now we also have love and gratitude for God, and can truly praise His name (because of what He’s done for us). Formerly it wasn’t possible for us to know how much God loves us, but because sin entered into the world, it’s very possible. All one must do is look to Jesus being crucified to see what I mean. So, in a sense, it really is better that sin came into the world than if it hadn’t. This doesn’t mean that we should sin, but that because of Jesus’ forgiveness of our sin, our relationship with God is stronger.

New Testament confirmation:

Christ gave Himself for us, that He might deliver us from this present evil world (Galatians 1:4)

Context confirmation:

For the famine has been in the land these two years, and there are yet five years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvest. (Genesis 45:6)

Joseph, because of the famine, was going to preserve his family’s lives. Likewise, Jesus preserves His family (us) from our sin, which causes a Spiritual famine in us. — This supports the transquote by strengthening the connection, in this passage, between Joseph and Jesus.

You are Loved!

Joshua Cleveland

 

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Transquotation: Genesis 44:33

Hello again!

Just to give you a bit of context, the following verse is at the point where Joseph has had his servant plant his cup in Benjamin’s sack of grain, has had his servant capture them for their “misdeed”, and is threatening to throw Benjamin in prison. — This is what God gave me today in His word:

Verses:

Now therefore, please let your servant remain instead of the boy as a servant to my lord, and let the boy go back with his brothers. (Genesis 44:33)

Transquote:

We were standing trial before God because of our sin, waiting for our conviction, and eternal imprisonment sentence. But Jesus came, taking our place; pushing us behind Him, putting Himself on a cross. And in this way, we are saved.

Explanation of the transquote:

Jesus took all the shame that, by right, belonged to us. He took all our sin onto Himself, and, going still further, died on a cross to save us. Now, while Judah never died for Benjamin, he did offer to, in essence, give up his life for him. Jesus, a long time later, went a couple thousand steps further, doing what we just discussed (i.e. died for us).

New Testament confirmation:

24 “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.” (1 Peter 2:24)

Context confirmation:

For your servant became a pledge of safety for the boy to my father, saying, ‘If I do not bring him back to you, then I shall bear the blame before my father all my life.’ (Genesis 44:32)

Jesus made His life “a pledge of safety” for our’s. He died, so that we wouldn’t have too: I’d call that “keeping us safe,” wouldn’t you? — This supports the transquote by strengthening the connection, in this passage, between Jesus and Judah.

You are Loved!

Joshua Cleveland

 

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Transquotation: Genesis 43:1-4

Hello again!

This is what God gave me today in His word:

Verses:

Now the famine was severe in the land. And when they had eaten the grain that they had brought from Egypt, their father said to them, “Go again, buy us a little food.” But Judah said to him, “The man solemnly warned us, saying, ‘You shall not see my face unless your brother is with you.’ If you will send our brother with us, we will go down and buy you food. (Genesis 43:1-4)

Transquote:

We had no Spiritual food, we were dying. Unconquerable sin in our lives caused a Spiritual famine: we were without hope! Yet, then God sent His son, which He dearly loved, to earth, to become a sacrifice for us. Through Him, we have forgiveness of sins, and through Him, our wants our changed. Where once we wanted the sand of Satan, now we want the living water of our savior.

Explanation of the transquote:

When it all boils down, this is what get: Jesus has saved us. He’s set us free from our sinful nature. We still have flesh while we’re on this Earth, but Jesus has also given us the promise that ‘this too shall pass’. — It’s summed up in this equation:

God sent His son, Jesus. + Jesus gives living water. = No more famine in our souls.

New Testament confirmation:

 4 Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; (M)sin is lawlessness. 5 You know that (N)he appeared in order to (O)take away sins, and (P)in him there is no sin. 6 No one who abides in him keeps on sinning; (Q)no one who keeps on sinning has either seen him or known him. (1 John 3:4-6)

Context confirmation:

But if you will not send him, we will not go down, for the man said to us, ‘You shall not see my face, unless your brother is with you.'” (Genesis 43:5)

They could get bread of their brother was with them, whereas they couldn’t if he wasn’t. Rather obvious, perhaps, but it still supports the transquote. — This supports the transquote by strengthening the connection in this passage between Benjamin and Jesus.

You are Loved!

Joshua Cleveland

 

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