Friday, November 04, 2005


Three Thousand Men

In The Finger of God, the connection was made between the covenants of God, made through Moses and God’s Son. The difference is clear. Moses sealed a covenant of condemnation because right from the start, men failed to hold up their end. Do you remember the story? Following the discovery of the golden calf,

“Moses saw that the people were running wild and that Aaron had let them get
out of control and so become a laughingstock to their enemies. So he stood at
the entrance to the camp and said, ‘Whoever is for the Lord, come to me.’ And
all the Levites rallied to him.
“Then he said to them, ‘This is what the Lord, the God of Israel says: “Each man strap
a sword to his side. Go back and forth through the camp from one end to the
other, each killing his brother and friend and neighbor.”’ The Levites did as
Moses commanded, and that day about three thousand of the people died.”

~Exodus 32:25-28

Moses went to the Lord after this, to intercede for the people and did offer to surrender his place in Heaven for
“The Lord replied to Moses, ‘Whoever has sinned against me I will blot out of my book.’” ~V 33
Jehovah God then “struck the people with a plague because of what they did.” ~V 35

In vivid contrast to this blotting out and death, the New Covenant sealed by Christ shone in living color on the day of Pentecost when another crowd of three thousand was selected. This time, the chosen lived. They didn’t only survive God’s coming; they absorbed Him! The first Church Body was born in the Spirit as Peter spoke the Word unto them. ~Acts 2

Same number of men, both a chosen people, the first condemned, the second saved. All Jewish…no Gentiles yet! Christianity…very Jewish!

“And everyone who calls on the Name of the Lord will be saved.” ~Acts 2:21
“Those who accepted [Peter’s] message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.” ~Acts 2:41

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