God is always moving, always doing stuffs. Jesus said that his father is always at work (John 5:17). God is focused on his purpose, and moves things in that direction. But because God gave the earth to man (Genesis 1:26-28), he needed man to be in sync with him if he would carry out his full plan on the earth.
So God had to find ways of reaching man, and finding it he did in Jesus, because nothing can stand in the way of what God wants to do. Even man messing up, was merely a temporary setback, and even that works for a greater good down the road, as it is now clear for eternity what man disobeying God leads to. It is a no-no.
Relationship with man was God’s plan from the beginning, and though the devil brought a twist to the story with the deception of man to sin, God took matters into his own hands, coming himself (Jesus) to the world, leading to the sacrifice himself on the cross.
As a three in One God He could do that. It was a perfect plan. And Jesus (God the Word [John 1:14]) came down to the earth to repair man’s relationship with God, and in the same package the Holy Spirit, who is also God comes into the believers in Jesus and the people then become houses of God. Now who laughs last? The devil or God? God.
In a psalm David said: “why would the heathen rage and the people imagine a vain thing against the lord and against the anointed (Psalm 2),” expressing the futility of opposing God.
The words were quoted by the believers in the book of Acts, when affirming the lordship of Jesus. They were also reflective of the mind of the devil who thought that he could score a win against God. How deluded can on be?
Jesus called him a liar and a father of lies (John 8:44). He was self-deceived to think he was something and tried to pull a fast one on God through his rebellion in heaven, eons ago (Isaiah 14:11-15). As the deceiver he can only deceive. He represents layers and layers of deception.
In the writing of Paul, we read of the works of darkness (Romans 13:12, Ephesians 5:21), the hidden things of darkness (1Corinthians 4:5), the power of darkness (Colossians 1:13).
The devil personifies darkness, though the bible says that his apostles transform themselves into angels of light (2Corinthians 11:14). In him is all manner of evil, being the one who wields the power of death (Hebrews 2:14).
However, when God prepares his light in Jesus, the works of darkness were dissolved, the hidden things of darkness were exposed and the power of darkness crushed. In the kingdom of Jesus it is life, light and goodness, it is righteousness peace and joy in the Holy Spirit (Romans 10:14).
Christ, in our lives, the works of darkness is replaced with the works of goodness (Hebrews 10:24), the power of darkness with the power of God (1Corinthians 1:24) as the revelation light of Christ (Ephesians 5:14) expose the hidden works of darkness. Jesus said that the thief the devil comes to steal, kill and destroy, but he counteracts that with his life in abundance (John 10:10).
The relationship of God with man was obviously complicated through sin. What was supposed to be about a family of God, with him as our father, was messed up when the devil came into the picture and caused man to sin. Now the judgment of God was activated and his wrath hovers over man, as God had warned of the consequences of eating the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Genesis 3), that the judgment was death.
In that state, meeting God was a dreadful thing. After man sinned and discovered that they were naked, they an unusual, unfamiliar dread of facing God. Before when they had a conscience God was not a dreadful being, but with the law of sin and death already at work in the heart of Adam and Eve (Romans 8:1-2), they hid away God. They did not want to meet him, face him. When they finally met him, it was for damning judgments on the two of them. God then was no longer the loving father, he was the dreadful judge and they the sinners.
In the focus verse God through the prophet was calling the people to “stop thinking there will be no consequences for their sins. The day of reckoning will no longer be postponed, it is just around the corner. You cannot hide from Me. I am is coming to take stock, to deliver judgment and to separate the goats from the sheep (Matthew 25:31-32). My judgment will no longer be delayed. There is no escaping Me.”
To be on the right side of the judgment of God, which has to so with rewards, we should embrace Jesus, the payment for our sin, in him we have our portion in the blessing of God, and not the judgment, as we gain his (Christ) life and power.
Jacob met with God a few times. The first was when he was running away from his brother. He could run from man but not from God. God is everywhere (Psalm 139:7-14). And on the way slept and in a dream he saw a ladder reaching to heaven with angels moving up and down on it. He discovered meeting God also meant meeting with angels. And as the bible has shown meeting angels can be good or bad, depending on if you are in God’s good book or not.
Another time, Jacob was coming from his uncle’s house with his wives, children and properties (Genesis 32:24-32). He wrestled all night with God, who appeared to him as a man. He asked for blessing and he was blessed, he was transformed, his name was changed. With his demand, he expressed an hunger for God. It shows if you express enough hunger when you meet God, it leads to transformation.
At the end of the meeting God touched his hip joint and he walked with a staff, showing that now he leans on God. He learned dependence on God, a departure from his former self-sufficient self. Meeting God does that to you.
When you meet God, you are left with awe of him. Isaiah met God and was awestruck by his holiness, declaring himself as unclean (Isaiah 6:1-7). He had an angelic encounter in God’s presence through which he had an experience of spiritual purging experience. That is one other thing that happens when we meet God.
- Christ in the Biblical Festivals (thefollowersofchrist.wordpress.com)