The Lord Is There

canyon-215686_640Ezekiel 48:35: The circumference of the city shall be 18,000 cubits. And the name of the city from that time on shall be, The LORD Is There.”

In the bible, names have significance. They not only confirm identity but reflect prophetic destinies. In a few cases the name of individual were given by God, to highlight their significance.

But some very significant people did not have their name declared by God, but were named according to the circumstance of their birth.

Moses was not named by God but by the circumstance of his birth (Exodus 1-2), having been drawn from water, being the meaning of his name, and taken by the princess of Egypt to be raised as her own.

The circumstance that surrounded his naming was a prophetic symbol for the nation of Israel, rescued from the waters of difficult (Psalm 69:1) in Egypt, and elevated to be a leading nation on the earth, and from whom came the King of Kings, Jesus.

Moses was pivotal in the process of rescuing the nation of Israel, so the destiny of the people he would lead, was captured in his name.

Jesus’ name was divinely given (Matthew 1:21), but it was not a new name that has not been heard on the earth before. It is Joshua in the Hebrew tongue, and Joshua was the man who took over from Moses and really led the children of to the Promised Land. He was the finisher. While Moses was the author of the freedom liberation of Israel from Egypt, Joshua was the finisher of that journey, completing the process.

But Jesus is both. The bible says that He is the author and finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:1-2). He is able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through him (Hebrews 7:25). He leads us from the Egypt of our sin, from the world, from among the people of the world and takes for God a people, called out ones, the church.

Just as Moses was drawn out from the water, the church is called out too, to seat on the throne with Christ (Ephesians 2:1-6) just as Moses was called, pulled out, rescued, and raised to be in the palace of Pharaoh.

We (church) are drawn away from imminent danger of condemnation of eternal death, similar to what happened to Moses, who at the time of his birth and lifting up to the palace, the children of Israel were being slaughtered on the order of Pharaoh. Judgment of death was coming on the newborns, while Moses was saved and trained to be a ruler (Acts 7:17-22). And we are made kings too.

From the judgment of death which was on humanity from the sin of Adam, we (church) are set free and made God’s, given eternal life. We were called from the imminent danger of destruction.

Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith. He is the “Moses” and “Joshua” of our faith. But he is more identified with Joshua, and that became his name.

This is because it is the end of a matter is better than the beginning (Ecclesiastes 7:8); it is not the one who starts that is rewarded but the one who ends well (Matthew 10:22). We are supposed to look unto Jesus so that we can run the race set before so that we can get the prize (1Corinthians 9:24). Paul said that though he has great experiences, he forgets the thing that are behind so that he may lay hold of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:14).

Today is of more value that yesterday. God told Samuel: “why are you mourning for Saul, seeing I have rejected as King? Take oil and anoint a king for me among the sons of Jesse (1Samuel 16:1).”

Samuel was to shake off mourning for the past and move into the future, the future God is setting up. The Lord was moving into the future and Samuel should not stay in the past. What about you?

When Moses died, everything seems to come to a lull in the journey of Israel to the Promised Land, everyone was feeling the loss of such a great leader. God told Joshua his successor: Moses my servant is dead, now get up and get moving. God is in the future (time is nothing to him), he has great plans for you. Therefore, dust yourself from your ground and get a renewed vision for the future. Because yesterday’s plan did not work out, is not the call to abandon all plans. Make another plan.

Tomorrow starts from today, the decision you make today defines your tomorrow. The bible says: today when you hear the voice of God do not harden your heart (Hebrews 3:15). What will assure that God is with you tomorrow is when you hear his voice today and act on it.

What you build today based on the word of God (hearing and acting on it, in a picture of faith in him) is what will last forever. The word of God is the stuff long lasting things are made of. It is called the eternal word (1Peter 1:23 [GNB]).

The kingdom of God will not be shaken when everything else is (Hebrews 12:28), and it is built on the word of God. The word is the building material. We are being built into a place of habitation for God (Ephesians 2:22). If your life is built on the word of God then it is built right, it is set to be an habitation for God, and we can say: the Lord is There. When you believe the word of God and act based on it, Jesus said that you are like the one building his house upon the rock and nothing can shake it (Matthew 7:24-27).

God manifests where is word is elevated. Jesus says that his word is spirit and life (John 6:63). That means the word is the conduit of the life of God, the eternal life; that means what is built on the word of God will last long. The Lord will be there.

God told Moses to build the tabernacle in the wilderness in accordance to his word, according to the pattern he was shown on the mount (Exodus 25:9, 40). And when he finished it, God checked in, his glory manifested there.

And the same thing happened for the temple build by Solomon, the pattern of which was delivered to David by the hand of God on him (1Chronicles 28:11-19). Because it was set up as God wanted (by his word), God showed up in his glory, deciding to place his name there.

The manifestation of God is as his word, and when the word goes forth his power does forth. The bible says that the worlds were framed by the word of God (Hebrews 11:3), but things got spoiled when the word of the devil was manifested, was acted out by Adam and Eve (Genesis 3). To rectify that power, God the Word manifested as Jesus Christ. He is called Emmanuel, God with us. The Lord was here in Jesus Christ, the Lord is now here in the church, since we are the body of Christ, the light of the world.

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