Eleven and Counting

  • Tuesday, July 19, 2011
  • As we conclude our study of Theophany, we’ve studied nine of them in the Old Testament (there’s one in Judges we passed) and one in the New Testament. That makes eleven theophanies, but there’s one more yet to come. First, let’s look at the nine:

    To Hagar, the God who sees.
    To Sarah, the God who delivers.
    To Ishmael, the God who hears.
    To Isaac, the God who provides.
    To Jacob, the God who wrestles.
    To Moses, the God who waits.
    To Israel, the God who abides.
    To Joshua, the God who fights.
    To Gideon, the God who enables.

    The theophany, which had the greatest impact so far in history, is recorded in the New Testament.

    And the Word became flesh and pitched His tent among us, and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14

    This appearance lasted 33 years beginning with His birth, and culminating in His ultimate sacrifice on the cross. The record of Christ’s life on earth, a time that literally divided history, provides us with examples of seeing, delivering, hearing, providing, wrestling, waiting, abiding, fighting, and even enabling.

    We’re still counting and waiting for the final theophany.

    Let not your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. John 14:1-3

    It could be today. Are you counting?


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