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Matthew 28 – The End Begins

Part 1 of all of time and life has ended.  Part 2 now begins.  Christ has risen.  He has risen indeed.  This is an interesting rendition of this his-story.  It is short and sweet.  It hits the highlights of the main story.  It tells of the reactions of the guards and the religious leaders, and it tells of the directions given to the disciples.

It’s at these directions that i want to dwell.  I learned something a long time ago.  It is something that has changed my outlook on this great commission.  It’s may not be super deep and life redefining, but it is an interesting revelation none-the-less.

First off, I love how Christ starts this.  It is classic YHWH.  “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.  (You) Go therefore…”  It’s just like when God spoke to Moses, “I am going to free My people Israel… now you go and tell Pharaoh to let My people go!”  YHWH says He is going to do it, then He tells us to.  It’s great!

My big note relates to vs 19-20.  Jesus tells the disciples to go and make disciples… baptizing in the name of the Father and of the the Son, and of the Holy Spirit…  Yet, when you look at the scriptures talking about the disciples baptizing in Acts, these are the statements you get (2:38) Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”  (8:14-16) Peter and John, who came down and prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit. For He had not yet fallen upon any of them; they had simply been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.  Nowhere else does it give an account of what is said during the baptism.

What you notice here is that there is nowhere in these or any other accounts in which it is said that they baptized in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.  In the accounts of water baptism the people are baptized in the name of Jesus, the Christ.  Yet when we baptize, WE say, “…in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”  Why?  Because in the book of Matthew, Christ tells us to.  But, isn’t that what He told the disciples as well?  Is there something we’re missing here or was it something the disciples were neglecting?

The more I’ve studied this, the more I’m convinced that we’re missing something here.  For instance, no where in the great commission does it say anything about coming to God in repentance, or even to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ.  It’s not there.  But when you do look at what the disciples did, there was more to the story than just water baptism.  Acts 2:38 says, “Peter said to them, ‘Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.’”  There are three parts to this.  1) Repent  2) Water baptism in the name of Jesus, and 3) Receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.  So how are these connected to being baptized in the name of…

In order to understand that, you have to understand what baptism is.  Baptism is in essence the representation of a death, a burial, and a resurrection (what Christ did for us).  In water baptism you “die” are “buried” in the water (hence not sprinkled), and are “resurrected again into new life.  When we are water baptized it is a physical representation of what, that we have already done?  It is a physical representation of our repentance… 1) death of self 2) burial in God / YHWH’s grace, and 3) resurrection as a new man.  Thus repentance is a baptism.  Water baptism is an outward baptism expressing what we have already done in our heart, and baptism in the Holy Spirit is a baptism of the Holy Spirit’s power.  Thus it is baptism in the name (name represents power) of the Father (repentance) and of the Son (water baptism), and the Holy Spirit (the HS’s empowerment for the building up of the saints for the work of service).

So what does this mean for us?

 

Rev. John J. Camiolo Jr.

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Exodus 40 – Anointing Presence

The time has come for all the work to find completion.  The design and construction work have been completed and inspected, and now is the time for the assembly and final work to be done.  This appears to be a work that Moses, himself does, or in the very least that Moses directs.  He anoints it all with oil and puts everything together.  Piece by piece and part by part, the work gets done and the tabernacle is erected, “just as the LORD commanded him.

There is something fascinating to me about the process of anointing oil and anointing with oil.  I know that anointing oil and anointing with oil (among other things) are used to represent YHWH’s spirit being poured out as well as being anointed or consecrated for a work.  This is what is being represented here.  It is a preparation of these materials for the work that YHWH has for them.  They are set apart for a holy purpose, and somehow anointing them with oil helps to do this.

Anointing with oil is something that some churches and denominations do, and some do not.  It serves the same purposes, it is anointing in preparation of materials for the work of service.  It is also to set something / someone apart as holy for God’s use and purpose.  The third primary purpose of oil / anointing oil is for healing.  Oil used to be used to cleanse wounds to prevent infection and other problems.  As such, it is also used to represent the supernatural healing work of God’s Holy Spirit.  This can be physical healing as well as mental, emotional, and spiritual healing.  It’s a beautiful image of some of the work of the Holy Spirit.

Overall though, the real beauty of this chapter comes in the last verses of the chapter; “Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle.  Moses was not able to enter the tent of meeting because the cloud had settled on it, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle.”  The work is completed.  The tabernacle has been anointed and erected, and now the reason and purpose of not only the work and the tabernacle but the very book of Exodus and the Bible is here.  The LORD… YHWH, and His glory (weight / presence) fill this place.  His is the true anointing presence.

Thus ends the book of Exodus.

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Exodus 30 – Incense & Anointing

What is the significance of scent, of aroma and of oils?  Why is it so important?  It seems to be important to the LORD, and in part i understand it.  Yet on the other hand i know that there is a part to it that i really just don’t grasp.  Scents can have a stressing or a calming effect on a person depending very much on what the scent is.  They can be irritating, soothing, or both at the same time.  In the major prophets when God is talking about the people of Israel, there are numerous times when He makes a statement similar to this; “Your sacrifices are offensive to my nostrils.”  Instead of being an aroma, pleasing to Him as is it’s intended purpose, it becomes noxious and vulgar.

Now, i can understand this to some extent as many strong perfumes and candles tend to give me headaches.  Also, at one point in my life when i worked as a cashier at a clothing store there was a regular customer who always made it a point to go through my line.  She appeared to be an older lady, and she would, whenever she had the chance, stop and talk with me for as long as she could.  It was kind of an uncomfortable situation under normal circumstances, but she also wore extremely strong and noxious perfume.  It was so bad that the majority of times, after talking with her for about five minutes or so, my head would be spinning so much i would have to lean on the counter to keep from falling over.

But that’s not what God was referring to when He spoke of their sacrifices being noxious in His nostrils.  He was referring to how the people would bring their sacrifices to the temple on the right days, but then would live as if YHWH meant nothing at all other times.  Their sins and offenses meant nothing to them as long as they came and made their appropriate sacrifices.  That is not how these sacrifices and incense are supposed to work.  They are supposed to enhance the sacrifice and make it more pleasing and acceptable to Him.

This chapter also deals with the anointing oil.  The anointing oil has been a fascinating thing to me.  It is used to consecrate and make holy.  It is used to define and explain the pouring out of the Holy Spirit.  It is used as a symbol of purification and for healing.  It is all of this and more.  In this chapter the anointing oil and the process of it being made is described in part.  Yet, it is still a mystery.  Some of the ingredients have been lost in time, or in the least their names have changed and we don’t know what they are anymore.  Even if we did know what they were, it would be easy for us in the church today (in our ignorance of God’s Holiness and the importance of His commands) to abuse its use and bring curses down upon ourselves.  For those same reasons i am glad that the true pronunciation of the name YHWH has been lost.

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Exodus 4 – Go! Do!

What would you do if God spoke to you on a personal level?  How would you respond if God came to you, speaking to you through a burning bush that was never consumed?  MercyMe in their song I can Only Imagine poses these questions;

Surrounded by your glory
What will my heart feel?
Will I dance for you Jesus,
Or in awe of you be still?
Will I stand in your presence,
Or to my knees will I fall?
Will I sing Halelluja,
Will I be able to speak at all?
I can only imagine!

So what does Moses do in this situation?  Well, he says, “What if they will not believe me or listen to what I say?…”  In spite of seeing the Glory of God and coming into His presence, Moses doubts and makes excuses!  Here he is speaking to God, and all he can do is give reasons why he can’t do what God is telling him he will do!  Moses says, “Please, Lord, I have never been eloquent… for I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.”  God’s response?  “Who has made man’s mouth?  Or who makes him mute or deaf or seeing or blind?  Is it not I, the Lord?”

So God comes to Moses in a piece of His glory, and all Moses can do is make excuses?  I’m not surprised that God’s anger burned against him!  I think mine would too.

It’s easy to turn around and be shocked and confused by how Moses could act this way.  It’s easy to blame Moses for his reaction, but don’t we do the same  thing?  Doesn’t God come to us day after day?  Don’t we have the ability to meet and talk with God as a man talks with his friend?  Doesn’t God talk to us daily through His Word, the Bible, and His Holy Spirit?  And how do we respond?  “Oh, those commands don’t apply to me.”  “That’s old testament law and doesn’t apply today.”  “That’s just my imagination / conscience and not God trying to tell me something.”  “If i go and talk to that person about God,  they will just think that i’m a Bible thumper.”  “Oh, I’ll let someone else do that.”  “I know God wants me to love everyone, and tell them that He loves them, but i just don’t like them and i need to show them God’s love before i can tell them.  So i need to wait until his Holy Spirit works in my heart and changes how i feel about them and towards them before i go and talk to them.”

So what are your excuses?  I’ve already told you some of mine.  What excuses and idols are you putting before God as “reasons” why you can’t do what He calls you to do?

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