Filling Us With Good Things
When we read of the things of God in the world, or things of God in the Church, we need to see that everyone is not interested. Mary, the Mother of Jesus, was interested.
Luke 1:35, And Mary said, ” Behold, the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word.”
God only works with those who are interested in what He has to say. Moses, also was interested.
Exodus 3:3, And Moses said, “I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush was not burnt?” And when the Lord saw that he had turned aside to see, God called to him out of the midst of the bush, and said, “Moses, Moses”, and he said, “here I am”.
In some respect we are like Moses when God calls us. It is important for us to turn our attention to God when we hear His calling. Moses’s calling was in the Old Testament, where he was to become a leader of a rebellious people who were carnal in nature, murmuring and complaining the entire journey, Exodus 16:7,8; Numbers 17:10. With Moses leading them, they were still as carnal-minded a people as when they first started their journey to the Promised Land. Moses states an announcement of a new prophet God will raise up.
Deuteronomy 18:18, “I will raise them up a new prophet from among their brethren, like unto me, and will put My words in His mouth; and He shall speak unto them, all that I command Him”.
It is important for us to realize that God’s word is given to us in progressive stages. This progression is no different than when we bring children into the world and feed them first with milk, then soft food, and as they grow strong teeth, we feed them meat. If we, as humans, who are fed from infancy to adulthood know of progressive stages, would not God who created us to have success, feed us the same way.
We read of God addressing the Serpent in Genesis 3:15 with the promised Seed. Was Moses that promised Seed, no! The end of Genesis 3:15 tells us that, “it shall bruise thy head and thou shall bruise thy heel.”
There is no gender in the word “it”, because men as well as women have a part in the bruising, Galatians 3:28. We need to understand who the Prophet was who Moses was speaking of, and for what purpose.
When we read of the story of the Exodus, we read of the man Moses as God’s deliver of people who were interested. Yet, Moses as God’s deliver, failed and all the people eventually died in the wilderness. Why? Because they needed to be filled, not with the earthy food of Egypt to sustain their physical bodies, but be filled inwardly with heavenly food to satisfy their soul. The gathering of the manna in the wilderness was only a type of manna, that Jesus refers to as Himself in the Gospel of John chapter 6. Jesus as the true manna is heavenly food and its intention was to fill their soul inwardly. Listen to Mary’s salutation.
Luke 1:46, and Mary said, “My soul doth magnify the Lord, 47, And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior.” 52, ” He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree.” 53, “He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich, He has sent away empty.”
The manna was a progression, according to God’s purpose, to fill the soul within our human body with the uncreated life of Christ. He is our manna, without leaven, not to create a more noble man or woman, but to create sons and daughters in His image outwardly and fill them inwardly with His righteousness.
God’s purpose, from the very beginning was for man to be filled inwardly with Christ, as the Tree of Life, as directed to Adam in Genesis 2:16,17.
Today, we have the hope of eternal life. Did life come from Moses or did life come from the law? No! Mary, Jesus Mother, was the first to receive this heavenly food, through the overshadowing of the Holy Spirit, Luke 1:35. to give life, the uncreated life, to her soul.
Mary said that He hath filled the hungry with good things. What are the good things a reference to? The Greek dictionary says that the word things, 3056, refer to words, sayings, utterances, and the like. Others like to pass off their words, sayings, or utterances, but we need to be very cautious to what we hear and believe. Concerning the law, Jesus said He wasn’t going to change one jot or tittle of the law.
Matthew 5:17, “Think not that I have come to destroy the law or the prophets: I have not come to destroy but to fulfill. 18, For I say unto you, till heaven and earth pass, one jot or tittle shall in no wise pass from the law till all is fulfilled. 19, Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called least in the Kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the Kingdom of heaven.”
It was said earlier that the scriptures are written in a progressive way.Starting with a purpose and building upon it, the same as when we build a house. We start with a foundation and build upon it until the house is complete. A child in the womb starts as a seed and progresses for nine months until a child is born.
What are the least of the commandments anyway? We know that Moses gave the 10 commandments on 2 tablets of stone. Did these commandments change in any way from when they were first given? Yes they have! The law was given so that men would not trample on the freedoms of others through murder, stealing, adultery, lying, covetousness, etc. The law became higher when Christ added the Spirit and intent of the law like, love and forgiveness. Only someone greater than the law could raise the law higher.
We understand that Jesus was the Son of God, when He was born of a human mother, Mary. Mary was flesh and blood as we are. She says of herself, “my soul doth magnify the Lord”. The word magnify is to make the Lord, our savior, clearer and bigger. Only the organic seed, heavenly manna, within us is called the Word, John 1:1; Revelation 19:13. Just as Jesus Mother, was filled with good things, we need to be filled with good things, we need to be filled with the same good things to bring forth the same promise.
Hebrews 2:14 tells us that Jesus defeated death. Was this some kind of political race to defeat an opponent? Maybe! Nevertheless, Jesus defeated death. The scriptures also tell us of the elect and the very elect. Are these running for office as in a political race as well. Maybe! The apostle Peter knew about the things in which to win a successful election.
2nd Peter 1:9, ” But he that lacked these things is blind and cannot see afar off, and that he was purged from his old sins”. 10,wherefore rather brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if you do these things, ye shall never fail.
What things is Peter talking about? Verse 4-8 says that we are to be partakers of the Divine nature. Divine nature is the life and nature that comes directly from God Himself. It is through God’s nature in which we are to make our election sure, and we will not fail. These are the “things” in which Mary was filled.
We can read of Moses and that the law is good, but we can’t stop there, we need to progress to a higher level. The Apostle Paul tells us of this progression.
Romans 7:14, For we know that the law is spiritual: for I am carnal, sold unto sin.
How and when did the law become Spiritual? We were once like the Apostle Paul, carnal, but because of God’s gift, His Holy Spirit, we are raised in resurrection and the law with its intent is raised also. Just as Jesus was without sin,, we too will eventually keep the law more perfectly.
Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
This gift, within us, what does it do?
Philippians 1:11, “Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.”
Remember where Isaiah said that our righteousness is like filthy rags? Now, because of the gift of God, Jesus Christ, He fills us with His righteousness. Did we do this with our own effort? No! Was it because of the 10 commandments which were written on stone? No! If we have any righteousness it is because of Jesus Christ. He is the Word, when understood property fills us with good things, Himself. Christ is the full progression and the aim of the law. What the law could not do, Christ did, Romans 8:3. It is the word which fills us wherein that we gain His Life.
John 6:63, “It is the spirit that quickened; the flesh profited nothing; the words that I speak to you are spirit and they are life.”
Today, our law abiding is higher than those that were led by Moses in the wilderness. Today, we have Jesus Christ added to us as God’s gift. God is higher than man, then it is only through the Spirit of Christ, God’s gift, that we will be like Mary, the Mother of Jesus, who fills us with good things.