Finding God, finding man

man-122968_6402Chronicles 34:15: Then Hilkiah answered and said to Shaphan the secretary, “I have found the Book of the Law in the house of the LORD.” And Hilkiah gave the book to Shaphan.

Finding God

The whole bible is about the rediscovery of God.

In the Garden of Eden God made himself available to man. God was unveiled. There was rapport being God and man as they made steady progress in the knowledge of God.

But when God cut off Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden, human beings began to degenerate in their knowledge of God.

In the midst of that degeneracy, the nation of Israel was picked to incubate the oracles of God (Romans 3:2), the words written in the different books of the bible. 66 of them have been delivered to the world as divine window into who God is. The contain words that have great spiritual implication in the rediscovery of God by humanity.

While the devil had a gateway into the earth through his deceit of Adam and Eve to spread his influence, the Lord was preparing his own influence in the written word, delivered by prophets. The bible is right now the bestseller in the world, it has changed culture and is changing culture. It is the book of the largest religious adherents in the world- Christians.

When the word of God comes into us, we are able to rise up above all the negative influences around.

The word in the mouth also makes us a tool of influence in the hand of God. God said: thou art a battle axe and a weapon of warfare, with you I will break in pieces the nations (Jeremiah 51:20).

God is ready to do mighty things in us and through us, via his word. When Paul spoke for two years in Ephesus, the bible says: so mightily grew the word of God and prevailed (Acts 19:9-21).

It prevailed over the demonic practices of the people so much so that many who practised “curious arts” brought their books and occult materials to be burnt.

They bowed to the supreme power inherent in the word. They found out that all the discoveries they thought they were making in those books, were nothing more than evil traps. The discovery of God via his word was better.

When Philip went to Samaria to proclaim Christ, a sorcerer was there who had amazed the people with his magic (Acts 8). But when Philip proclaimed Christ, there was greater manifestation of the supernatural than anything the people could imagine or has experienced with numerous people getting healed.

The word dominated in that city and many swore allegiance to Jesus. Jesus described himself as not coming to cancel out the law but as the embodiment of its fulfilment (Matthew 5:17). As the fullness of the Godhead bodily, he is the embodiment of divine revelation, discovery (Colossians 2:9, Hebrews 1:1-3). The words of the scripture reveal him, reveal God, as He is God (John 5:39).

We need more than a lifetime to find the knowledge of God that was lost in the first Adam. But not to worry, we have eternity to come fully into the knowledge of God, as Jesus as secured eternal bliss for us in his death (Romans 5:21), so we can find God. God said if we seek him we will find him, as we seek him with all our heart (Jeremiah 29:13).

Finding man

Man was lost and Jesus came to find us. Jesus defined his mission via the incarnation as coming to save the lost (Luke 19:10). And in a series of parables Jesus described how that job will be done. He gave the parables of the lost coin, lost sheep and lost son (Luke 15).

Lost son

The lost son was the second born of a man. He demanded for, and got from the father, his inheritance while the father was still alive. The father in the generosity of his heart divided his goods and gave his portion to him, but at the end he squandered it.

He became lost to the father but he “allowed” himself to be found. He retraced his steps.

His needs were not being met where he went, then he remembered the father.

Jesus said that he has come to reveal the father to us, make us “remember” him, and discovered that our needs can be fully met in him, and that will cause us to retrace our steps back to the father, through Jesus the way (John 14:6).

The lost son came back to the father’s house, and Jesus said that he has gone to prepare a place for us so that where he is we would be also (John 14:1-3).

Lost sheep

The story of the lost sheep presents man as totally helpless. The sheep took the wrong turn, but the initiative is made by the shepherd to seek and save the lost.

The lost is pursued by the shepherd, who feels the responsibility to save him from the destruction he seemed to be walking into. The bible says while we were dead in trespasses and sins, Christ died for the ungodly (Ephesians 2:1, Romans 5:6).

The lost sheep was brought back to the fold.

Lost coin

This is about a woman who lost one of her precious coins. And she lighted a lamp to search for it, making every effort, looking everywhere for it. The light stands for truth and truth becomes the tool for finding the lost.  And Jesus has sent us with the light of the gospel to reach out to the lost and bring them into his fold (Matthew 28:18-20).

The lost coin was found and was put back among others. It gets to be useful to the owner.

Conclusion

All these stories give the picture of restoration- going back to where you were, what you had, where you belong, where you are celebrated, wanted, welcomed, protected, loved, valued.

There is celebration at the end in each case.

There is joy when a desire is met.

From the three parables, the desire of the father, the woman, and the shepherd, were evident and were fulfilled. And that gives the picture of the involvement of God the father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit in the process of salvation.

The story of the lost son shows the disposition of the Father (Hebrews 12:9), that of the lost coin reveals the Holy Spirit, being the oil in the lamp (Acts 10:38), while Jesus is the quintessential shepherd (John 10). They are all involved in the process of finding lost man, since they were involved in the original making of man (Genesis 1:26-28).

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