Building Walls, Continued
The writers of the New Testament were led by the Holy Spirit of God to be consistent in presenting God as He had revealed Himself in the Old Testament. After all, ‘Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever’ (Hebrews 13.8; also reflect on Exodus 3.13-14, Psalm 102.27, Isaiah 41.4, 43.10, 44.6, and Malachi 3.6). It is important, then, that Acts 10.38 connects to Exodus 6.3 and leads to Luke 10.19 and James 4.7. You must learn to overcome satan in order to stop his abuse! It really is as simple as Ezekiel 22.30! Follow along.
The Connection Above
- Jesus is God (John 10.30)! This was foretold by God to Moses (Deuteronomy 18.18) and to Isaiah (7.14). Jesus confirmed this, in John 3.16, 15.24, 5.19-20, and 12.49-50. Even Nicodemus stated this, in John 3.2.
- Thus, you can connect Apostle Peter’s statement to Cornelius, in Acts 10.38, back to Exodus 6.1-8. God’s statement to Moses was the beginning of the revelation of Himself to Israel as their Savior, Deliverer from bondage and Guide to the land of their inheritance!
- God destroyed Egypt’s gods (Exodus 12.12, Numbers 33.4) and continued to destroy satan’s other deceiving gods in Jesus’ day (Matthew 4.23-24, 1 John 3.8b).
- Apostle John wrote Jesus’ final instructions to you in His letters to the seven churches in Asia Minor. Only one command is included in each letter: overcome satan! See Revelation 2.7, 11, 17, 26, 3.5, 12, 21. Note Jesus’ comparison of your overcoming satan to His in Revelation 3.21. This confirms His instruction to His disciples and you in John 17.18! Consider John’s vision of this victory in Revelation 12.11!
- What is the ‘word’ of your testimony? JESUS! This was Apostle Paul’s testimony; Philippians 2.9-13. James 4.7 gives you similar instruction. And, heed Jesus’ encouragement in John 16.24!
Build the walls and stand in the gap!
- The word of the testimony of the prophets of Israel in the days of Ezekiel was not ‘Jesus’, and this was not because this name had not been given, for it was given, effectively, in Exodus 6.3, as Jesus states in John 17.6, 11-12.
- Those prophets’ testimony was rebuked by God in Ezekiel 13.6-7, 22.23-29. They were conjuring up future events that God had not instructed them to speak. Their end was sure, as described in Deuteronomy 18.20-22.
- God expected the prophets to be ‘good shepherds’ (Jeremiah 3.15, 23.4) and fulfill His assigned task of protecting the people; Ezekiel 13.6, 22.30.
- The God Who commanded them to build protective walls around their treasured land commands the same of you, for He is the same yesterday, today, and forever! So, build walls around your treasures and stand in the gap!
- You need only build the walls using God’s names, especially the name ‘Jesus’, and His word of authority and promised blessing; Psalm 138.2. Like Paul wrote, work out your salvation (Philippians 2.12-13)! Build the walls!
- Apostle Paul wrote about the strength of Jesus’ name in Philippians 2.9-11. In Ezekiel 20.9 and 14, God said that He acted for the rebellious nation Israel so His name would not be profaned among other nations. (See Exodus 32.10-14, too.)
- God described the strength and faithfulness of His word in Isaiah 55.10-11. Joshua 21.45 is his summation of God’s faithfulness in bringing the Hebrews through the exodus and into the Promised Land. Even the pagan Balaam proclaimed God’s faithfulness, in Numbers 23.19. Apostle Paul stated, in 2 Corinthians 1.20, that God’s promises are sure and are fulfilled in Jesus, in Whom we trust! Thus, we can add ‘amen’ (so be it)!
- So, stand in the gap fully armored, as in Ephesians 6.10-17.
- Apostle John instructed in Revelation 12.11 to overcome satan by the most powerful word, ‘Jesus’. Make satan and his demons bow their knees to God’s promises that you speak! ‘Jesus’ is the rod to use, in Psalm 110.1-2!
- Overcoming satan is the result of faith in ‘Jesus’ and His word; Romans 1.16-17 and Hebrews 13.5-6!
Always Has Been This Way
- God judged Egypt’s gods because they were harmful to Israel and the Egyptians; Exodus 12.12.
- He drove out the peoples in the Promised Land because of their aberrant behavior that caused the land to be sick, to ‘vomit’ them out (Leviticus 18.25). The nations are named in Deuteronomy 7.1 and some of their offenses listed in Leviticus 18.6-24 and Deuteronomy 14.1-2, 18.9-14. Are these abominations in our land today?
- Size and strength do not matter to God! These nations are described as greater and stronger than Israel, in Deuteronomy 7.1 but 17-24 and 9.1-5, 11.22-25, and 20.1-4, and Joshua 3.9-11.
- satan is spirit and, therefore, mightier than flesh. So, you must battle with spiritual weapons, as Paul counseled in 2 Corinthians 10.3-6, as illustrated in Joshua 5.13-15.
- Aberrant behaviors are caused by satanic deceptions. Consequently, God instructed Israel to destroy the gods of the nations they dispossessed; Deuteronomy 7.25-26, 12.29-32. Israel was not to covenant with the aberrant people in any way; Deuteronomy 7.1-11 and 12.1-4. Jeremiah 13.10 will help you to understand why and what happened to King Solomon when he did, in 1 Kings 11.1-13. Solomon knew better; Proverbs 8.13!
- God had summarized all this to Moses in Exodus 23.20-33. Note that God’s Angel guided them; that His name was in Him; and that He would fulfill His promise! He still does…to you!
It’s your turn!
- Paul was writing to you when he wrote Ephesians 6.12. But, Jesus has overcome, as He said in John 16.33!
- God fights for you, as Moses told Israel, in Deuteronomy 31.1-6.
- God assured Joshua of victory, in Joshua 1.1-9. He says the same to you. He will never leave or forsake you! Only, be strong and courageous! Do not fear, for God is with you whenever you are fighting satan! Joshua 10.10-11 describes His efforts in one battle; read the earlier verses to see that His strength for you is even greater.
- Therefore, Joshua 23.10-11!
Praise God!!! Consider His goodness despite our rebellion; Deuteronomy 1.28-33.
Copyright © by Maurice L. Painter, 2012.