April 8, 2007

Good Friday

Posted in Uncategorized at 7:56 pm by ogle3

Who would willingly allow betrayal, abuse, mockery and torture to death but one who does it so others may be saved?  This is why Good Friday is Good. 

In the beginning, it was Good.  All of creation met God’s definition of Good.  God repeated daily, it is Good.  But it didn’t stay Good.  Satan had fallen due to his pride, his desire to be equal to God, and, like we sometimes do, he thought he might be able to make himself feel better by causing others to fall away with him – misery loves company, so to speak.  So Adam and Eve fell and sin entered the world, severing our relationships with God, with eachother, with nature, and even with our selves. 

Since then, it was not Good.  But there was hope – in Genesis, written down more than 900 years before the birth of Christ, as God tells Adam and Eve of the curse of sin; He curses the serpent who tempted Eve, “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring [a] and hers; he will crush [b] your head, and you will strike his heel” (3:15). 

Creation is cursed, but there is hope – Eve’s offspring will crush the serpents’ head, even as the serpent bites his heel.  Christ’s death is but the bite of the serpent on the heel of Christ; even as he dies, even as the serpent bites, Christ crushes the head of the serpent through his death and resurrection, restoring man’s ability to have an intimate relationship with God.  Christ was the sacrifice of innocent blood that was required to pay for our guilty blood, that we may be saved, because without the covering of innocence, we could not possibly stand before God.

Hence Good Friday, when what had been Good is made Good again for those who ask it through the death of the Savior.

“I am the way, the truth, and the life.  No one comes to the Father but through me.” (John 14:6).

And God didn’t wait long after the fall of man to map out man’s redemption, how exactly the seed of the woman would crush the serpent.  Chuck Missler found something amazing in Genesis 5, the geneology that runs from Adam to Noah.  Adam, Seth, Enosh…who cares, other than the fact that the Jews kept track of the age of the earth through the length of men’s lives.  There is more, however.  Missler is a careful reader, for as any lit teacher knows, authors carefully, painstakingly choose EACH WORD for a reason, therefore how much more intentional is God himself, who guides these authors in writing a holy book?  Missler replaced the men’s names in the geneology with the meanings of the names.  Adam means man, Seth means “appointed,” as Eve said when she named him, “God has appointed me another seed instead of Abel, who Cain slew.”  Likewise, Seth’s son Enosh’ name means “mortal, frail or miserable.”  Missler replaced all of the names with their meanings (see the chart at the bottom, or click on the links to view the Bible verses with the names and meanings); after all, in Hebrew, they wouldn’t need to replace name with meaning.  In the original language, it would be like an American reading about people named Autumn or Joy.  Together, the names read “Man (is) appointed mortal sorrow; (but) the Blessed God shall come down teaching (that) His death shall bring (the) despairing rest” (Missler).  Amazing!  Genesis 5, and God has already described his plan to redeem man.

And Thank Jesus for carrying it out, because without this Passover Lamb we are still under the curse, for “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Rom. 3:23), and “the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life, through Christ Jesus, our Lord” (Rom. 6:23); “but God demonstrates his own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom. 5:8), therefore “if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, then you will be saved” (Rom. 10:9), “for all who call on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Rom. 10:13). 

God is Good, creation has the opportunity to accept the sacrifice and be redeemed, and someday soon the King of Glory will come into His Kingdom, and creation will then be remade, and it will be Good!

 
Adam Man
Seth Appointed
Enosh Mortal
Kenan Sorrow;
Mahalalel The Blessed God
Jared Shall come down
Enoch Teaching
Methuselah His death shall bring
Lamech The Despairing
Noah Rest, or comfort.

Man (is) appointed mortal sorrow; (but) the Blessed God shall come down teaching (that) His death shall bring (the) despairing rest.

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