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Knowing Who God Is a Person/Being, and in Character are very important to all people, but especially to those of us who are Born Again.
We can “know” by study and memory, what The Bible says “about” God and still not “know” God
Knowing The Word of God is essential, but without revelation all you’re going to have is religion.
I can know facts and information about you, but that does not mean that I “know” you.
I’m the type of person who likes to “know” people, not just about them, and I like them to “know” me.
But this knowing takes giving and receiving.
It takes the giving of ourselves, and the receiving of another.
This is why I enjoy the job The Lord Jesus has blessed me with.
Although in prison, I get to meet and somewhat “know” people who’s lives are broken and hopefully offer them healing through Jesus, “knowing” what He has done for me.
So in order to know Jesus, we must be willing to give of ourselves to Him, done through our personal devotional time in prayer and reading, and He is ready, waiting, and wanting to give of Himself to us through revelation by His Spirit, through His Word.
We’re going to see what we need to “know” in mind, in order to “know” Him in Spirit and relation.
The Word and The Spirit work together just like seed and water, our hearts being the ground.
Aren’t all these what Jesus compared these too as well?
In order to grow fruit, vegetable, a plant, you need the seed and good ground.
You also need water to help the seed germinate, or break open so that it can begin to grow roots.
Jesus say that something was “sown” into the ground and each one, based on the condition of the ground, gave a specific type of fruit.
In verses “18-23” Jesus gives the interpretation and says the thing sown is The Word, and it is sown in the hearts of those who hear it.
There are those who satan has easy access to and the seed of the Word is snatched away as soon as it is sown.
There are those who have stony hearts, who have a little bit of available ground for the seed to try and take root in, but as soon as trouble comes or correction comes, the hardness of the stones (the heart/past hurts, let downs) overwhelm the seed.
Those who have thorns, or weeds sown into the ground of their hearts care too much about their material comfort and so continue on pursuing it and give no time to The Word or prayer.
Then the good ground gives as much an increase and the ground is being worked and cared for.
This is The Seed, The Word of God.
In talking to this woman of the city of Samaria, Jesus uses what is familiar to the woman to engage her in supernatural.
He speaks of giving her “living water” which is a natural reference to a brook or river, a moving flow of water.
It is also a Supernatural reference in that HaShem described His Spirit the same way through The Prophets.
Just as with the woman of Samaria, Jesus speaks of thirst and living water.
John The Apostle clarifies for us that Jesus was speaking of The Holy Spirit/Ghost who had not been openly given at the time of that event.
One more thing before we get to our topic.
The Apostles “knew” The Scriptures, in memory.
Most Jews of that time were taught and memorized at least the Five Books of Moshe.
They knew them by memory, but they did not understand them and God meant them.
This is where we all start.
So like Father/father, like Son/son.
Who is your Father/father?
Who was Jesus’ Father?
Do you have the same Father?
Jesus could say His Father was always pleased with Him, as He was measured against The Spirits desire for a righteous life as expressed in The Law of Moshe.
Could He say that He is at least mostly pleased with us, especially those of us who have been living as “Christians” for a while?
Can He say our character is like His?
Can He say our passion for sinners is like His?
Let’s discover two fathers in The Bible.
Jesus, God Himself made visible in humanity, made these statements;
So according to Jesus, whom we are following, knowing that there is only One God, YHWH, and loving Him (singular) with all of who we are and all that we have, is the Principal commandment.
Jesus said that eternal life is “knowing” YHWH The Only True God, and Jesus Christ.
Part of salvation is receiving The Revelation of The One True God.
In other words, if we don’t have that revelation, it’s going to affect our eternal life.
When we receive The Revelation of The One True God, we simultaneously receive The Revelation of Jesus being YHWH Himself made visible in humanity.
Adam didn’t need the commandment because he initially had direct contact with YHWH.
As mankind’s spiritual connection began to degrade because of sin, our minds began to think of God as whatever our earthly minds could conceive based on what we seen and heard.
This eventually gave way to polytheism and to things such as the trinity.
When God appeared to Moshe, Aharon, and the elders of Yisra’el, He shows up individually, not as a trinity
God showed Himself to be an individual “Being” with no others next to Him of equal power or substance.
As we progress through The Word, God gives commandments that flow from the very essence of Who He Is.
This attribute of Holiness is seen when Moshe encounters God at the burning bush.
Moshe’ obedience to remove what God said to showed his desire to be in His Presence.
In God’s Presence, many times this is where conviction takes place about what needs to go in our lives, what we need to get rid of.
Like Moshe’s sandals, most things need to go immediately.
They keep God’s Presence from drawing closer than what He’d like to.
Moshe’s obedience allowed the communion to continue.
This attribute of Holiness is the foundation of God’s Spiritual and Moral character.
God’s Holiness indicates His purity, uniqueness, and separateness from impurity.
His purity cannot come into contact with the impure without something burning away.
Like a fire, God’s Presence either purifies what can be purified or it burns that which is flammable.
Moshe wanted to be purified.
After the exodus/departure from Egypt, God tells Moshe about the offspring of Yisra’el, that they are to be HOLY as a nation.
By obeying God’s commandment to be holy, that is to say separate and pure, as He would soon share what was impure, Yisra’el would be a special treasure to God.
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