God’s fulfilment of his word

Joshua 23:14: “Now behold, today I am going the way of all the earth, and you know in all your hearts and in all your souls that not one word of all the good words which the LORD your God spoke concerning you has failed; all have been fulfilled for you, not one of them has failed. (NASB)

priest-36356_640God fulfils his word. In the beginning of the book of Ezra, the bible said that: so that the words of God by the mouth of his prophet Jeremiah might be fulfilled, God stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia to issue a decree that the temple in Jerusalem be rebuilt (Ezra 1:1).

It was so that the word of God might be fulfilled that he sent Moses to them four hundred years after the coming of the children of Israel to Egypt to lead them out (Exodus 3).

At that time they were fed up with the problem in the Egypt. Their existence as a people was becoming burdensome. Their children were being killed by their Egyptian overlords (Exodus 1:22).

And the Lord remembered the promise, the covenant that he made with Abraham hundreds of years before when he sent Moses (Genesis 15:13-14).

He folded his sleeves and got to work delivering his people, in submission to his own words, and in order to fulfil it. No wonder the bible says that God elevates his word above his name (Psalm 138:2). He bounds himself by his word and he expects nothing less from us, that we make his word our boundary.

The coming of Jesus was the fulfilment of the promise God made in the Old Testament. After Jesus rose from the dead, he spoke with two disciples on the way to Emmaus who were discussing about him that he was a great prophet but his life was cut short.

Jesus who hid his identity from them joined them and explained that the issues surrounding the birth and death and rising from the dead of the Messiah were all linked with the prophecies in the Old Testament (Luke 24:13-27). It was all about God’s faithfulness, all about the fulfilment of the word of God.

Because God is faithful he is committed to his word. God has spoken about the end of the world and that is the way it will be. But some people may think that the end is not coming to this world.

Peter was very adamant that those who think that the world will not end are mistaken, that the reason the world is still here is not because God had changed his mind but that he is long suffering towards all not willing that anyone should perish but that all should come to repentance (2Peter 3). He is giving time for people to come back to their senses and return to their God.

Once God said it, it will be fulfilled. He said that his word is like rain coming to the earth which does not return to him void but fulfilled its purpose (Isaiah 55:10-11).  When a soldier came to Jesus to heal his servant, he told him: say the word only and thy servant will be healed (Matthew 8:6-13). He was sure that once Jesus said it, it will happen. It is the same world that made the heaven and the earth and it is still being sustained by it. The same word also puts a time limit to this age.

He is the God of history and the God of the future. He is the alpha and the omega, he starts things and brings them to an end. He is the Lord and there is no other.

He said: I will do my will and perform all my counsel. When Jesus taught us to pray that God’s will be done on earth as it is in heaven, he wants us to be participants in bringing it to pass (Matthew 6:9), because prayer is not just some religious observance but an active participation in bringing God’s will to pass. That is just the way God designed it, for man to be on the earth and for him to work together with him, starting with the naming of all the animals and also Eve (Genesis 2:18-23).

Daniel had that understanding of the need to partner with God to bring his will to pass. So even though God has said through prophet Jeremiah that seventy years after the Babylonian invasion, the people will come back to their land, Daniel still set out to remind God and move his hand to bring it to fulfilment.

The book of Isaiah said that those who mention the name of the Lord should not keep silent till he restores the glory of Jerusalem (Isaiah 62:6-7). God may want something, but men on the earth must be moved to want the same thing and to make the demand for it to happen in prayer in an heaven-earth synergy. That is why in the last verses of the book of Revelation is recorded this phrase: the Spirit and the bride says come (Revelation 22:17). It is not just the Spirit calling for the second coming of Jesus but also the bride, the church in synergy.

Because God wants something does not mean it will happen (1Peter 3:8), there is need for us to cooperate with him. There are kings in Israel that God said that he will establish their kingdom but God change his mind, when they rebelled against him, as stopped cooperating with him in obedience to bring the word of God to pass.

God changed his mind about continuing with the priesthood in Eli’s line because his children were unruly and he did not restrain them (1Samuel 2:12-36).

He expressed disregard for God, not exalting him in the way he handled his children as they treated the service of God disdainfully. And God, speaking through Samuel set out to do away with his lineage a priest and that found fulfilment many years later when Solomon replaced Abiathar (1Kings 2:26-27) with another priest. God moved away from his earlier course of action, when Eli was not cooperating based on his lackadaisical attitude. Though it happened many years later but the word was still fulfilled.

God is committed to his word. He said if I have said it, it till come to pass (Psalm 33:9). When Jesus came as prophet, he spoke about the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem and the invasion of the city (Matthew 23:37-18). All these were verified historically to have happened decades later.

His disciples drew his attention to the beautiful temple in Jerusalem being built by Herod that has been decades in making (Mark 13). And Jesus spoke about its destruction, which is similar to the prophecy of the destruction of the world at the end of time.

Where what has been invested in for many years, the pride of men will come tumbling down and Jesus will set up his eternal kingdom as spoken of in the book of Daniel (Daniel 2:34-35, 44-45).

It will be fulfilled what God has said about Jesus that he will set up a kingdom on earth, an endless kingdom (Luke 1:33). There will be the New Jerusalem, and there will be new heaven and new earth (Revelation 21:1). In the Revelation that God showed John about Jesus, Jesus said: behold I make all things new. That will be fulfilled (Revelation 21:5).

 

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