Genesis 17:1: When Abram was ninety-nine years old the LORD appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless,
The Lord appearing to Abraham was to impress on him the importance of the words he would speak to him.
The manifestation of the presence of God is to communicate the mind of God in an unforgettable manner.
While standing by Mount Sinai, the whole nation of Israel was confronted with the awesome words of God (Deuteronomy 4:10-20). The reason, we later learned, was because God wanted to instil his fear into that budding nation.
He said to them that since when he manifested on Sinai, they did not see an image but only heard a voice, they were not to represent him with any image. If not they will be severely punished.
When Jacob was going from his father’s house to the house of Laban, his uncle, he had a dream that he never forgot (Genesis 28). All alone, with his head on a stone pillow, on a journey to the unknown with fear and trepidation, God revealed himself to him in a dream, in an unforgettable impression, and right there he cut a covenant with God.
Though the manifestation of God brings powerful impression, it is wrong to think there is no God, or God is not around because do not feel him. The appearances of God are to draw us into greater and deeper levels of God. Even if we do not see him, we need to allow hunger for him to develop in us through which we draw near to him.
The appearance of God is mostly unpredictable. You cannot dictate to God, saying this is when you should appear and how. Moses longed from the appearance of the glory of God to (Exodus 33:18-22), which he was eventually granted to behold, but God still determined how and when it country.
After many hears of Zechariah asking for the a child (Luke 1:5-22), God answered him by sending angel Gabriel to him, to impress on him the fact that his prayer has been answered and soon his wife, Elizabeth, shrivelled and old will give birth to a child.
When Zechariah was unconvinced by this message, the angel gave him his credential saying: I am Gabriel who stands in the presence of God. Angelic manifestation are manifestation of God, since they are his messages doing his biding, they carry out his word. He made his angels spirit, his monsters flames of fire.
When Joshua was about to take Jericho (Joshua 5:14) and Israel was making effort to get ready to face the formidable city to be captured on the other side of Jordan, God sent an angel who called himself the captain of God’s heavenly army.
Because of that revelatory experience, it was strongly impressed in the mind of Joshua that he was not alone when he stands before the mighty walls of Jericho. He had seen an heavenly messenger, drawing out a sword in the captain of the host of heaven and he was doubly assured of the inevitability of Israel defeat of Jericho, no matter the opposition.
Remember that the angel who appeared to Joshua did not say he was aligned with the army of Israel, only aligned with God. Therefore if the army of Israel stops aligning with God, they will face defeat, when their help God withdraw his presence from them, by withdrawing his angelic servants.
The lord appearing is about vision, is about seeing him as he is, as he seeks to change us into who he is.
The Lord the Father appeared to us in Jesus Christ. The writer of the books of Hebrews said that God at sundry time revealed himself to the fathers through the prophet (Hebrews 1:1-5), and has revealed himself through Jesus Christ, whom he had been made heir of all things. Jesus is God with us, Emmanuel. He is fully God, who is fully with us. He comes as the full representative of God, expressing and living the word of God.
When Jesus revealed to Nathanael what his supernaturally knew about him (John 1:45-51), he exclaimed: you are the son of God, you are the king of Israel. The manifestation of the word of knowledge through Jesus was so amazing for Nathanael; that he could not help but worship. It goes without saying that the appearance of God in our lives, is manifested by heightened knowledge.
The disciples constantly asked Jesus questions, because they knew that he has answers for every question. They asked him about a man who was blind from birth (John 9:1-5): whose sin brought him to that condition, his or his parents? Jesus said: none of the above but so that God’s glory would be manifested in his life.
On another occasion Jesus told them the future of the temple built by Herod (Matthew 24:1-4). He said it will all be destroyed, with not one stone standing on another.
On another occasion, they were amazed at his power when he rebuked a boisterous wind and there was calm. His power and knowledge is without limit, which was why the disciples were aghast that he was caught by the emissaries of his haters to be nailed to the cross.
That leads us to another thing manifested by Jesus: his humility. Jesus by his life manifested the template for who we should be. Jesus appeared humble as man on the earth as an example for us all.
He cracked the code of the human nature and runs on it his own heavenly dynamics. He broke through our sin imposed prison, and runs his divine code in us. He appears to us as who we should be.
God spoke from heaven, this is my beloved son, hear him (Matthew 17:5). He is God’s prototype human being after Adam malfunctioned because of sin.
Jesus is sin resistant and was righteous in all sense of the word, and by his blood (Ephesians 2:13) we have the way paved for us to be healed, to be restored in the presence of God.
We read that in the presence of God there is fullness of joy (Psalm 16:11), which is where we experience fullness. It is where Jesus takes us to, why he appeared to us.
Now God appeared to us in Jesus so that we will appear before God wearing his righteousness (2Corinthians 2:21).
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