~ 1500: From Moses onward
Key Precept: As the Melchizedek High Priest King over all the earth, Moses is not just a key figure for Judaism, but also for the multinational Hebrews in what became commonly known as Christianity.
“Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the LORD, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant…to you to judgment…against…those that…fear not me…For I am the LORD, I change not…Remember ye the law of Moses my servant…lest I come and smite the earth.” (Malachi 3-4)
“And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.” (Jude 1:14-15)
Think about it. As the author of the first five books of the Bible, Moses laid down the law on how to avoid righteous God’s judgment. As explained by the Apostle Paul, it is the same for everyone from all time – entering into a right relationship with Creator and Sustainer God. Like Adam who was certainly God’s messenger in the pre-flood world, Moses is God’s primary messenger in the post-flood world. No-one else had a relationship with God like Moses, the man of God who documented it for all mankind, and all subsequent messengers must reference back to him.
And God spake unto Moses, and said unto him, I am the LORD / Jehovah: And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God / Almighty One, but by my name Jehovah / LORD / YHVH was I not known to them…Wherefore say unto the children of Israel, I / ani am the LORD / Jehovah / YHVH” (Exodus 6:2-6)
Notice how much God credits Moses as being his messenger, naming God’s own policies and procedures “the law of Moses.” God stayed true to his delegation to Moses:
- I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say…
- THOU shalt speak unto him
- THOU shalt be to him instead of God.” (Exodus 4:10-16)
While in context, “him” is Aaron, in the broad scheme of things, Moses stands in for God for all humanity, overcoming the basic human survival instinct when encountering hyperdimensional Almighty God.
“Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite, of the kindred of Ram…Behold, I am according to thy wish in God’s stead: I also am formed out of the clay. Behold, my terror shall not make thee afraid…For God speaketh once, yea twice, yet man perceiveth it not…If there be a messenger with him, an interpreter, one among a thousand, to shew unto man his [God’s] uprightness: Then he is gracious unto him, and saith, Deliver him from going down to the pit: I have found a ransom...all these things worketh God oftentimes with man…Mark well, O Job, hearken unto me…for I desire to justify thee.” (Job 32-33)
‘According to all that thou desiredst of the LORD thy God in Horeb in the day of the assembly, saying, Let me not hear again the voice of the LORD my God…that I die not. And the LORD said unto me, They have well spoken that which they have spoken. I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him.” (Deuteronomy 18:15-17)
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