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Lesson # Matt. 12:16-17
Study Material - Matt. 12:16-17
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16 And [kai] charged [epitimao] them [autos] that [hina me] they should [poieo] not [hina me] make [poieo] him [autos] known [phaneros] :
17 That [hopos] it might be fulfilled [pleroo] which [ho] was spoken [rheo] by [dia] Esaias [Hesaias] the prophet [prophetes] , saying [lego] , KJV-Interlinear
16 and warned them not to make Him known, 17 in order that what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet, might be fulfilled, saying, NAS
Jesus Christ has and is scheduled to come to earth on three separate occasions. There were several manifestations of Christ during the Old Testament times, but for this study, we will look at three. The first was to create Adam. There God created man and the Son of God walked with Adam in the Garden. Man fell by mans own choice. The Garden and all its provision was all around. The Garden was most likely huge, with but one single tree in its midst that was taboo. Adam of course gravitated to it and fell from grace.
The second visit is what we call the first advent of Christ. This time Jesus comes to earth to save it historically. Salvation has always been a fact since eternity past, but Jesus Christ came to earth as the unique God/man to execute and establish salvation formally.
The prophecy fro Isaiah which we will be going over in the next few lessons gives us an insight into the compassion of God, that Christ was commended by the Father, was commissioned by the Holy Spirit, and was dedicated to the task of giving mankind all possible opportunities to make a choice either for God or against and without coercion from God. Also, to give all possible convicting and convincing proof as to Gods Plan and its infinite superiority over plans from any other source.
The Jewish leadership ignored the masses, and spent their time patronizing the wealthy and powerful. Jesus gave His attention to all who would listen. The Jewish leadership expected a savior to come and save them via battle with Rome. They expected a savior that would give them the recognition they expected and a savior that would make permanent the religious structure they so proudly held to.
In the minds of the Pharisees, all they need was an edge. Someone or something that would give them an advantage over the Romans, to drive them off and to make Judea great as it once was under David and Solomon. Of course David's Israel was much bigger than the current territory, and the Pharisees were selective as to who they would want included in 'their' kingdom. And of course God would be available to place His stamp of approval on their legislation and policies. Ah! That thought of it all - in their own minds. Somewhat detached but still there.
Now here is Jesus performing miracles left and right. Why not advertise them to all? Miracles were not the purpose for His first advent to earth. Salvation was. And, salvation required the Cross. Jesus came not as a fighting warrior, but as a humble and poor servant. To serve the purpose of salvation was more important than to take hold of a throne by force. Jesus Christ controls history. The Pharisees were held off in their attempts to kill him. His destiny with death was to be on the Cross, not at the hands of a stone carrying crowd. Likewise, His miracles were not intended to convince and collect followers (an army) to overthrow the existing government. The miracles were intended to certify and acknowledge His credentials as the Son of God and the Messiah. If anything else had occurred in history, then prophecy would have been in error and God would not be God, for God knows all that there is to know - past, present, and future.
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Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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