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October 17, 2011 / Daniel

Beautiful Feet (Our God Returns)

Isaiah 52:7-10 summarizes the “gospel” with three different phrases.

The NT teaches that Jesus is the Agent of each of these activities.  Last week I focused on how Jesus is our God who reigns.  Today let’s look at this second activity.  Jesus is our God returning.

In Isaiah 52, the return of YHWH to Zion concerned a restoration of the temple.  The exile was the moment when YHWH left Zion.  God abandoned his temple (Ezekiel 10).  As a result, the Babylonians destroyed the temple.

However, the NT teaches that Jesus is the fulfillment of the OT temple.  The temple foreshadowed Jesus.   He is the very presence of God.  In the gospel of Matthew, we learn that Jesus’ birth was the fulfillment of Isaiah 7:14.  “All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet.  Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name ‘Immanuel,’ which means, God with us.”  Jesus is God incarnate.  God-in-the-flesh.  100 percent God.  100 percent human.

John 1:14 tells us, “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.”  The word “glory” here is quite significant.  In the OT, this is the word used to describe God’s presence in the Temple.  It was God’s glory that dwelt in the Most Holy Place.  It was also God’s glory that left the Temple during the exile.  But Jesus (John tells us) is God’s glory revealed in human flesh.  Jesus is God returning.

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  1. hiwaychristian / Oct 17 2011 3:13 pm

    I was listening to the story of Moses yesterday. And I was struck with how the “I Am” dealt with him. What you’ve posted here can’t possibly say enough about how wonderful it is to have The “I Am” within our very bodies!

    God is Good! God is eternal. And whatever is His will never die! Thanks be to Jesus our Lord and Teacher!

    By His Grace.

  2. Daniel / Oct 17 2011 4:25 pm

    Are you referring to the indwelling of the Holy Spirit?

    That’s another direction that I should have explored in this post.

  3. hiwaychristian / Oct 17 2011 4:29 pm

    I guess the “indwelling of the Holy Spirit” is how it’s phrased. But the marvel seems to lack a specific name or phrase. Sometimes, it’s like the Spirit of God within us is like wearing glasses. We keep reading with ease, though understanding can come a bit slow and laging. But we rarely consider the glasses on our head.

  4. redeemmysoul / Oct 26 2011 3:11 pm

    How there,
    I am planning on writing something very similar to your subject on next week’s blog.
    Your words have been encouraging.

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