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A Picture of Christ in the Old Testament – Chapter Two – In the Law

This is Chapter two of a New Study I developed at Faith Baptist Church on Wednesday Nights.  I’d love to hear what you think.

A Picture of Christ In the Old Testament
Session Two: In the Law

Defining a Couple Terms

Last week in my excitement for our new study, I sort of jumped right into our looking for Christ in the Old Testament, and while we referred to a couple of things, we didn’t really define them.

There are three words that we need to define. All Three are Jesus Revealed in the Old Testament. The words are Theophany, Christophany, and Christ Type or Typology http://www.gotquestions.com says: “A theophany is a manifestation of God in the Bible that is tangible to the human senses. In its most restrictive sense, it is a visible appearance of God in the Old Testament period, often, but not always, in human form.”

So, if a Theophany is a manifestation of God in the Bible either actual physical or perceived physical, is unclear and actually unimportant. What IS important is that a Theophany is something that CAN be perceived with the Human Senses, not just a dream, a vision, or our inner self or spirit.
It is God manifesting himself in a way that people could receive with their senses.
Genesis 2:15-16 – “took man … put him in the garden … commanded him”
Genesis 3:8 – “heard the sound of the Lord walking in the garden …”
The Lord made garments. The Lord spoke to Noah. The Lord Appeared to Abram in Genesis 12:7, to Isaac in Genesis 26, to Jacob in Genesis 35 …
And on and on …

So what is a Christophany? Then this more specifically is an appearance of the 2nd Person of the Trinity to man in a sensory perceptible fashion, before his Incarnation at Bethlehem.

So, that begs the question is a Theophany different from a Christophany or is it possible that these are different? Are some of the Theophanies, Christ-centric, and others Father-centric?

Notice this distinction made about the Father and Son by Paul to Timothy
1 Timothy 6:12–16 (NIV84)
12 Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 13 In the sight of God, who gives life to everything, and of Christ Jesus, who while testifying before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, I charge you 14 to keep this command without spot or blame until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 which God will bring about in his own time—God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords, 16 who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. To him be honor and might forever. Amen.

What does it say about the Father … He lives in unapproachable light, who no one HAS seen or CAN see … “lives” = dwells or builds his tent in “a” = without “psoseimi” = to approach … together “aprositos” – God sets his tent up in an unapproachable zip code … and NO ONE HAS seen him and no one CAN see him.
When did Paul write this? In the middle of the 1st Century … no one HAD seen him or CAN see him YET … in History … Including the Old Testament …
John said the same thing in the last decade of the 1st Century when he wrote his Gospel
John 1:18 (NIV84)
18 No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only, who is at the Father’s side, has made him known.

The Only one who has seen God is the one at his right hand and that is Jesus and Jesus reveals God to us … He did in the his Incarnation … but he has ALWAYS been the Revelation of God, the Word of God … the Articulation of God …
So,
http://www.gotquestions.com says
“While there are no indisputable Christophanies in the Old Testament, every theophany wherein God takes on human form foreshadows the incarnation, where God took the form of a man to live among us as Emmanuel, ‘God with us’” (Matthew 1:23)

So, I believe EVERY Theophany in the Old Testament is a Christophany … it is JESUS … so let your heart run, and dance, and be encouraged by these pictures of Christ active in Creation for ALL of Creation.

What then is a TYPE of Christ? A theophany is Christ actually interacting with man in a perceptible fashion. A TYPE according to http://www.Theopedia.com:
“Typology is a method of biblical interpretation whereby an element found in the Old Testament is seen to prefigure one found in the New Testament. The initial one is called the type and the fulfillment is designated the antitype. Either type or antitype may be a person, thing, or event, but often the type is messianic and frequently related to the idea of salvation.”
“Typological interpretation is specifically the interpretation of the Old Testament based on the fundamental theological unity of the two Testaments whereby something in the Old shadows, prefigures, adumbrates something in the New. Hence, what is interpreted in the Old is not foreign or peculiar or hidden, but arises naturally out of the text due to the relationship of the two Testaments. ^ [1]^”
Then there are really three kinds of types: Historical, Legal, and Prophetic types
Historical
Adam – by one man sin and death came to the world; Jesus by One man Life Came
Moses – Led God’s people from Slavery in Promise – as would the Messiah
Noah – provided a way in the ark, to all who enter in
Abraham – Father of blessed People
Isaac – Substitutionary Sacrifice
Joseph – from hated to heralded, from prison, to the palace, surrendered to evil men to savior of all men.
David – was God’s anointed for a time before he was truly seen as King
Esther – saved her people though God didn’t appear to be there — isn’t even mentioned in the book about her
Elisha – raised the dead and fed hungry

Legal Types
Sacrifices
Offerings
Rituals
Pointed to the Cross
Prophetic
The Seed of the Woman – Genesis 3:15
Prophesies of the Prophets like Isaiah’s Suffering Servant
Zechariah’s Visions

Now … we COULD say that all of these similarities are incidental, analogical, interesting but not intentional. Or, we could believe that God always was telling a story. HIS Story is always being told in History, and so he shaped History to tell HIS Story. If so, then we can conclude that God intentionally told his story through types, even when we did not understand them while they were happening.

So … the picture of Christ in the Law is Exhaustive … and I will tell you up front that we aren’t going to cover it all … but let’s see a few of them and see Jesus with us … God with us …

Exodus 3
Now Moses had been protected in a little ark crafted by his mother when the Pharaoh was killing every little boy in Egypt. Hmm I seem to remember someone being protected when the King was trying to kill every little boy. But anyway, he was taken into and grew up in Pharaoh’s house. But while his people were slaves, he was a prince. He knew who he was and one day he killed an Egyptian who was beating a slave. That act of Righteous indignation put in him danger of being killed so in Exodus 2:15, Moses fled to live in Midian … south of Canaan, the region of Sinai, East of Egypt. North of the Red Sea. He met and married Zipporah and became a shepherd with his Father in law, Jethro.
READ Exodus 3:1-9

The Angel of the Lord – That is JESUS … appeared In the flames of fire within the bush. Though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. Please note this … God did not NEED the Wood of the Bush as FUEL … He was his OWN Fuel. He USED the Bush as a Vehicle to Display his Fire … but he did not NEED the Bush FOR Fire … God uses us but he does not NEED us. If we will not be used, he can use someone else or he can use an inanimate object if necessary.
God Called from within the Bush … This “angel” wasn’t a simple Messenger, this was GOD in the person of the 2nd person of the Trinity
The Place where you are standing is Holy Ground
Take off your sandals – this “Angel” received worship … Angels do not receive Worship if they are but messengers. But this Messenger was GOD himself. Read Isaiah 48:12-18 — The Lord is both mentioned as being The Lord and being Sent BY the Lord both Saving and being Sent to Save … that is Jesus … Sent and yet God … Saving and Savior
I Am the God of Abraham … Isaac … Jacob … i.e. I know you, I know your family, I am the one who has made promises and will keep promises
I have seen the misery of my people … I have heard them crying
I am concerned about their suffering
So I have come down to rescue them …

That is what happened when Jesus came. It may have seemed like God was not aware. It may have seemed like God was silent. It had been 400 years since God has spoken to them in both cases …

When Zechariah was informed of the birth of John the Baptist he prophesied
Luke 1:68–72 (NIV84)
68 “Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come and has redeemed his people. 69 He has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David 70 (as he said through his holy prophets of long ago), 71 salvation from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us— 72 to show mercy to our fathers and to remember his holy covenant,

V9 The cry has reached me … I have seen … So now, go, I am sending you

Moses struggled with confidence … Who am I. He asked v13 Suppose they ask me who you are … what shall I tell them … tell them I AM WHO I AM (will be what I will be) you say I AM has sent me …

Jesus said “hayah asher hayah” I AM WHO I AM
Say this … “I Am has sent me to you” – Hayah
Say this to the people I AM has sent me – yhwh (Yahweh or Yehovah) This will be my name forever
The Angel of the Lord took ownership of this name …
So, how radical it was when Jesus said … John 8:58before Abraham was, I Am

And then continuing in Chapter 4 of Exodus God gives Moses signs to give to the people and he turns his staff into a snake and he turns his hand to leprosy, diseased flesh, and returns it … and he gives further instructions and Moses questions his own ability to speak and begs God to send someone else. So God tells him that his brother Aaron, who IS a great speaker, is already on the way. When God calls he has already made provision for your weakness … trust him …

If you read further in the chapter you see “The Lord” speaking multiple times, just realize that this is Jesus … and they came to the people of Israel in Egypt and 4:31 says
Exodus 4:31 (NIV84)
31 and they believed. And when they heard that the LORD was concerned about them and had seen their misery, they bowed down and worshiped.
Oh there is a sermon there …
1) When they Heard (Proclamation)
2) They Believed and Bowed (faith and repentance)
3) They Worshipped (Commitment and Consecration)
That’s a free outline for you preachers …

We couldn’t begin to cover all the times God Speaks … it is 301x in the NIV alone … more than 60x in Exodus alone …

Oh there are plenty of types of Christ …
The Priests were a type of Christ … mediator and Intercessor between God and Man
The Altar – the Vehicle by which sin is atoned
The Sacrifice – Holy, Pure, Innocent, Completely given to God and laid on the mercy seat
The Law itself – showed our inadequacy but provided a way for us to be in relationship with God
The Passover Lamb itself a Type… what a beautiful picture
– The Passover Lamb was a “male without defect” … so was Christ … like us in every way yet without sin …
… In addition, when the lamb was roasted and eaten, none of its bones were to be broken. This fact was also prophesized for the Messiah, whose bones were not to be broken. It was customary during crucifixion to break the leg bones of the person after a few hours in order to hasten their death. But Jesus’ legs were not broken.

We often miss the symbolism of Christ’s sacrifice simply because we don’t know the details of the Passover.
The Lamb
Jesus came into the city of Jerusalem five days before the lamb was killed in the temple as the Passover sacrifice for the sins of the people of Israel.
Five days before the lamb was to be sacrificed, it was chosen. Therefore, Jesus entered Jerusalem on lamb selection day, as the lamb of God. It was called the “Triumphal Entry” but really it was the entry of the lamb of sacrifice.
ON the Passover day, the priest would blow the shophar (ram’s horn) at 3:00 p.m. – the moment the lamb was sacrificed, and all the people would pause to contemplate the sacrifice for sins on behalf of the people of Israel.
On Good Friday at 3:00, when Jesus was being crucified, He said, “It is finished”
– at the moment that, the Passover lamb was sacrificed, and the shophar was blown from the Temple. The sacrifice of the lamb of God was fulfilled at the hour that the symbolic animal sacrifice usually took place.
Jews would bring a grain sacrifice of first fruits at sunset on Friday, and at that time, Jesus was being buried or planted and his resurrection would be the first fruits of all who would follow him and also receive resurrection from the dead

In the Passover, there were Four Cups that were drank as each cup was filled four times during the meal
The CUPS
The 1st Cup was the Cup of Sanctification at the beginning of the meal – they prayed and blessed what was to come and set themselves apart
The 2nd Cup
the cup was filled again and they would dip their finger in it 10 times and drop a drop on the plate to symbolize the 10 plaques in Egypt before their Exodus
The 3rd Cup was the Cup of Redemption and Blessing Anticipating the coming of God’s forgiveness and blessing through the Passover Lamb
Finally 4th there was the Cup of Praise – During this time they read from The Psalms … particularly the Hallal Psalms … that is the Great Psalms of Praise
It was tradition to read from Psalms 113-116

The Bread was without yeast … i.e without sin … Spring Cleaning comes from the cleaning of the house before the Passover and getting rid of every bit of yeast in the house
The bread for the Passover was 3 Pieces of matzah unified as the Bread of Affliction. The middle piece, the Afikomen … was taken out and broken in half, wrapped in a cloth, hidden away. During the meal the children would search and bring it back and it would be given to all to eat.
And so Christ, the center of the triune God, Singular, yet three, was broken, wrapped in a cloth, hidden away, brought back and received by all who would eat.
Can’t you see Jesus carrying out the Passover meal … and when he picks up the “Afikomen” the bread of affliction that is broken, buried, and brought back to be shared by all … he says “This is my Body which is Broken for You” …

And then at the conclusion of the meal when it is time for the 3rd Cup, the Cup of Redemption, he says “This is my blood which is a covenant with you” … do this in remembrance of me
Because it says when we do … you proclaim the Lord till he comes
We remember him to proclaim him

Let’s look at two more pictures of Christ in the Law … just two … one is a Christophany the other a Type
The Pillar of Fire and the Pillar of Cloud
So … after all the plaques after the Passover … the Egyptians “freed” them and they left for the Land of Promise
But v17 of Chapter 13 in Exodus says
Exodus 13:17–18 (NIV84)
17 When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them on the road through the Philistine country, though that was shorter. For God said, “If they face war, they might change their minds and return to Egypt.” 18 So God led the people around by the desert road toward the Red Sea. The Israelites went up out of Egypt armed for battle.
And here is The Lord again …

Exodus 13:21–22 (NIV84)

21 By day the LORD went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night. 22 Neither the pillar of cloud by day nor the pillar of fire by night left its place in front of the people.

Day or Night, you can follow the Lord because HE is our Light

Then chapter 14 says that the LORD directed them into a tight spot … between Migdol and the Sea … They were almost to Mt Horeb (Sinai) the place that God said they were going to worship him … but God took them on a detour … Ever known God to take you on a detour? Has God ever put you in dire straits, in harms way? In this case God doesn’t even hide what he is doing to Moses … he tells him what he is about to do to Pharaoh … This was about Judgment on wicked Pharaoh and about showing God’s people just what he could do …
4:9-10 what Happened? They pursued Israel, caught them … and the Israelites were terrified and cried out … “what have you done to us?”
What Did Moses say?
Exodus 14:13–14 (NIV84)
13 Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. 14 The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.”
And The Lord said “why are you crying … MOVE ONE … Raise your staff … divide the water … I will gain glory”
V19 Then the Angel of God … withdrew and went behind them … between the armies … throughout the night … darkness to one side, and light to the other … all night east wind blew and the waters divided … why all night? I don’t know but doesn’t God know how to tell a story, doesn’t he know how to build a scene?

Now I had a professor in College that told us that the Pillar of Cloud and the Pillar of Fire weren’t really God. He said it was a Basin of Coals carried by the People and it was a symbol of God’s presence … Now when he said that in my Old Testament Survey … Before I could get my little indignant, young preacher hand in the air … he then read from v24 … “The Lord Looked down from the pillar of fire and cloud at the Egyptian army and threw it into confusion. He made the wheels of their chariots come off so that they had difficulty driving”

And I asked the professor, “the Lord looked down from the symbol of his presence?” I think I just got a look …
It was no SYMBOL … it was JESUS …
Jesus Before them …
Jesus Behind them …
Jesus With them … and
Jesus FOR them …

The Pillar of Fire and Pillar of Cloud … Like the Bush … Were God Himself in the Person of Christ, revealing himself to them … Remember no one can see The Father … no One has seen the Father
Numbers 14:14 says – they have already heard that you, O Lord, are with these people and that you, O Lord, have been seen face to face, that your cloud stays over them, and that you go before them in a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night

This pillar had been the visible presentation of God with them. It came over the Tent of Meeting when Moses would go in and speak with God (2nd Person of Trinity) face to face
It was evidence of God’s compassion that caused him to give them his presence with them …
Nehemiah 9:19 (NIV84)
19 “Because of your great compassion you did not abandon them in the desert. By day the pillar of cloud did not cease to guide them on their path, nor the pillar of fire by night to shine on the way they were to take.
They were alone, without knowledge, guidance, or protection, and God provided all by his presence with them …
Psalm 99:7 says it was the vehicle by which God spoke to them giving them the Law

The Cloud would come over the Tent of Meeting and God would speak to Moses
Exodus 33:7–11 (NIV84)
7 Now Moses used to take a tent and pitch it outside the camp some distance away, calling it the “tent of meeting.” Anyone inquiring of the LORD would go to the tent of meeting outside the camp. 8 And whenever Moses went out to the tent, all the people rose and stood at the entrances to their tents, watching Moses until he entered the tent. 9 As Moses went into the tent, the pillar of cloud would come down and stay at the entrance, while the LORD spoke with Moses. 10 Whenever the people saw the pillar of cloud standing at the entrance to the tent, they all stood and worshiped, each at the entrance to his tent. 11 The LORD would speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks with his friend. Then Moses would return to the camp, but his young aide Joshua son of Nun did not leave the tent.
From the Cloud he summoned Miriam and Aaron to speak to them … it says the cloud stood at the entrance and he summoned them …
The Cloud enveloped Mt Sinai in Exodus 24:15-18 … God’s glory settled there for 6 days … and it looked like a Consuming Fire … Deuteronomy 4:24 says that the Lord is an All Consuming Fire
Hebrews 12:28–29 (NIV84)
28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, 29 for our “God is a consuming fire.”
And So the Cloud was on Sinai and Moses said in 33:18 “Now show me your glory” …
Oh be careful what you ask … Moses had seen him “face to face” but obviously God wasn’t really showing him all … and Moses knew it and he wanted more. I hear people say “I want MORE of God” … More is a dreadful thing be careful …
Exodus 33:19–23 (NIV84)
19 And the LORD said, “I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the LORD, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. 20 But,” he said, “you cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live.” 21 Then the LORD said, “There is a place near me where you may stand on a rock. 22 When my glory passes by, I will put you in a cleft in the rock and cover you with my hand until I have passed by. 23 Then I will remove my hand and you will see my back; but my face must not be seen.”
I can’t imagine what it is Like when the LORD says his own name … what that majesty is like … how the ground will shake … the earth tremble …

Exodus 34:4–8 (NIV84)
4 So Moses chiseled out two stone tablets like the first ones and went up Mount Sinai early in the morning, as the LORD had commanded him; and he carried the two stone tablets in his hands. 5 Then the LORD came down in the cloud and stood there with him and proclaimed his name, the LORD. 6 And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, 7 maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation.” 8 Moses bowed to the ground at once and worshiped.
… Well I’m sure he did … Moses bowed down to the ground at ONCE and WORSHIPED …

You know … we have the ISAIAH 53 picture of Christ as the Suffering Servant … because that’s what he was on this earth … Perhaps we have a hard time imagining the Revelation 19 Jesus who is riding a white horse with a sword coming from his mouth … you want to see that picture in the Old Testament?
Exodus 19:16–20 (NIV84)
16 On the morning of the third day there was thunder and lightning, with a thick cloud over the mountain, and a very loud trumpet blast. Everyone in the camp trembled. 17 Then Moses led the people out of the camp to meet with God, and they stood at the foot of the mountain. 18 Mount Sinai was covered with smoke, because the LORD descended on it in fire. The smoke billowed up from it like smoke from a furnace, the whole mountain trembled violently, 19 and the sound of the trumpet grew louder and louder. Then Moses spoke and the voice of God answered him. 20 The LORD descended to the top of Mount Sinai and called Moses to the top of the mountain. So Moses went up

Well … I need to finish … but let me give you one other TYPE of Christ … that is a picture of Christ …

John 1:14 says about Jesus … The Word became Flesh and made his dwelling among us
Literally it means the Word “tabernacled” among us.  What was John talking about? The people knew what the Tabernacle was.
Exodus 26 gave the instructions for building it. It was to be exactly by the pattern that God had. God doesn’t need a designer to tell him how to do it … he had a pattern.
It was the Dwelling Place of God among the People …
– 10 Linen curtains over a frame 45x15x15 feet … It was called The Tabernacle
– 11 Goat Hair Curtains covered that and were called The Tent … the Extra Curtain covered the opening in front and back to ensure that it wasn’t open and visible to those outside
– Over that with a covering of Ram Skins dyed Red
– Over that a covering of sea cow (dugong – like a manatee)
It was placed not outside the people, but they would camp AROUND it … it was in the center of the people.

This was God’s Stamp of Approval … these are MY People, uniquely related to me
This showed God’s Choice … they were his because he chose them. Jesus told his disciples you didn’t choose me but I have chosen you. Repeatedly in the Old Testament God says “I have chosen you”

If this is a TYPE … a PICTURE of Christ … What is the Picture?
The Tabernacle was a Picture of God’s Provision for relationship with and forgiveness for his people.
Did you see it in the Covering?
Four Coverings … Linen, Goat’s Hair, Ram’s Skin Dyed Red, and Sea Cow …
– Linen – made from flaxseed it was a symbol of purity and righteousness. In this instruction it was woven with thread dyed Blue, Purple, and Scarlet. Blue was a color worn by Priests. Purple was worn by Kings, and Scarlet was worn by the wealthy and the warrior.
Jesus Christ came and Tabernacled Among us as our High Priest, our King, our Wealthy Warrior, and our Righteousness.
– Goat’s Hair … Black Goat’s Hair would have been what they used … Leviticus 16 gives instruction for the “scapegoat” … You know what that is right, the innocent guy who gets stuck with the consequences for someone else’s actions … After the High Priest had offered the sacrifice for the sins, he selected a live goat and takes it by the head and sprinkles blood from the sacrifice on the head of the goat. He confesses the sins of his people over the goat and sends the goat out into the wilderness carrying the sins of the people on his innocent head away from the people.
Jesus tabernacle among us to be our scapegoat and carry away the effect of our sin

– Ram’s skin dyed Red … do I really need to explain this one? Abraham had been told to sacrifice his son, Isaac. He was told to take him to the top of the mountain and put him to the knife. He made the altar, he laid his son down, raised his knife and the Lord stopped his hand and there in the thicket, the thorn bush, was a RAM, caught in its branches. And the ram then became the sacrifice. The Ram’s blood was shed in place of Isaac.
Jesus our Righteous Linen, our Scapegoat, our Substitutionary Sacrifice … and

– A Smooth Sea Animal for the Outer Covering … pretty strange huh? Where did they come up with THAT? They are in the middle of the desert and they’ve got to come up this SMOOTH material made from a sea animal’s skin. I think of an Old Man named Nicodemus and Jesus said “you must be born again” … you must be NEW, you must be transformed into a soft smooth new born creation. HOW? How do we come up with a sea cow? How can we be a new creation, fresh smooth, clean, Holy …

Jesus Christ, the Son of God, Left Heaven and came to earth and Tabernacled among us, so that, in the middle of the desert we can be made new. Anyone that is in Christ is a New Creation, yes in the middle of the desert, in Christ we are born again, we are smooth as a newborn baby, forgiven because of the Sacrifice of our Ram, Christ Jesus, our sins taken away from us by our scapegoat and now we stand in the Righteousness of Christ because of Royal, Priestly, Warrior Jesus Christ who tabernacled among us.
A picture … yes a picture of Christ making us a fresh, new, clean creation. He came from some place else, Heaven, to us in the wilderness, to make us new.

Oh Doesn’t God know how to tell HIS Story?

Oh there is so much more of Christ our Lord in the Law and the period of law giving … even a funny story in Numbers 22 about a funny little prophet from a pagan country named Balaam who tried to deceive God’s people … Oh there is nothing like when people who don’t know God try to mess with God … ask Sceva’s seven sons who messed with a demon and found themselves beaten, stripped and bloody in the book of Acts … so imagine coming against God’s People. If you come against God’s people you have to face God FIRST …
So Balaam … said he’d get an answer from God and he sure did … And Jesus, the Angel of the Lord stood in his way … Balaam didn’t even see him … but his donkey saw him and the donkey wouldn’t move. Poor girl, Balaam beat her, probably with a switch, but Jesus had a drawn sword and she didn’t move. She finally just laid down. And Numbers 22:28 says the Lord opened the donkey’s mouth, and she said … ‘what have I done to you to make you beat me these three times’ … Balaam said you have made a fool of me if I had a sword I would kill you … to which she replied “am I not your own donkey, which you have always ridden … Have I been in the habit of doing this to you” Then the Lord opened the eyes of Balaam and he saw the Angel of the Lord … Sword drawn and he bowed down … and then God told him what he was doing …

Well I guess if God can speak through a donkey maybe you have seen something tonight through this preacher …

Let’s pray …

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