Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Prayer Room Meditations Ephesians 1: 9-10

Eph 1:9-10 NASU
He made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His kind intention which He purposed in Him with a view to an administration suitable to the fullness of the times, that is, the summing up of all things in Christ, things in the heavens and things on the earth. In Him

What happened at the great divorce (fall of mankind)?
A stark awareness that I have been so familiar with the story of Genesis that I have yet to ever mine the depths of Genesis. There was enough revealed of God’s mysterious will in Genesis that Abraham “saw the day of Jesus.”

The Great and Terrible Divorce is far worse than I imagined. I have never known the “grief” of this divorce. As I meditated this week, the heart of God aching from the divorce; became so real. Even divorce is so common it is not offensive to my senses the way this was to God. The image of adultery and the pain to the human heart it causes is really the closest thing. Did Adam begin to more fully understand when his own son murdered his own son? Oh, the sting of physically death is a way for us to share in God’s sufferings.

Christ was obedient unto death; even the cross. Yet the pain and the horror of the Cross, was not nearly as bad as the pain of the Father in the Garden. I meditated upon the images of Jesus beaten, nailed, hung, and pierced on a cross. This pain and horror was less than what He felt in the Garden. When Jesus said, My God, My God, Why hast thou forsaken me? Did the Father feel those words regarding Adam in the Garden? Did Adam feel and express those words over his own foolish sin? The divorce was far more terrible than we realize.

His desire to see the son (Adam) he had once known restored in fullness, is far greater than I realized. The rabbis tell the story that Adam went into a deep severe depression; even to the point of mostly hiding in a dark cave. He was overwhelmed by regret, sorrow, anguish, agony, and broken heartedness at the loss of relationship with the Father. None of his children or grand children dared to even approach him. One day Enoch who was hungry to know God; dared to approach Grandpa Adam. For some reason Adam poured out his soul to Enoch regarding the depths of intimacy and the greatness of his loss. Enoch’s heart leapt as he heard the passion in Grandfather’s voice. He thought for a moment that He could almost sense the presence, smell the fragrance of the Lord. This time with the crabby old man had forever changed his life. He devoted himself to knowing God as much as possible. He spent time waiting upon the Lord. Now the Lord was watching and listening…oh how He too missed the fellowship with His creation. His heart leapt when a man called out to Him. His heart flooded with emotion and that is why the rabbis believed God took Enoch up to heaven without his flesh ever tasting death.

1. What was the fellowship they had in the Garden like? 2. Was everything together in HIM before the fall? 3. Is my fellowship with the Father anything like Enoch’s? 4. Can I have greater intimacy with God than Adam because of the indwelling Holy Spirit? 5. What does it look like to be in HIM?

Some of the IN HIM’s

John 1:4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.

John 6:56 He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him.

Acts 17:28 for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, 'For we are also His offspring.'

Eph 1:4 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love

Col 1:17 He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.

His longing for this type of fellowship is so great and yet He is so patient for it to come to fullness. He is not satisfied with a little fruit. He wants a massive, abundant, harvest. What seems like an eternity to my heart; a lifetime to my body of clay and dust; is simply a loving gardener wait for the fullness of the harvest. Similar to the patience of a Father and Mother waiting for the fullness of the pregnancy so the child is healthy and strong enough to survive. He knows the process is good and necessary; I don’t see the full value, but He knows full, mature, sustainable love is the result. Last week I realized there was still deep offense at God for the whole time frame. The holocaust, the martyred saints, the horrible human suffering; all of these things made me frustrated. But the reality is all of mankind is doom for death. God is waiting patiently to save as many as will say yes. Just as it was his mercy to shorten mankind’s life span; so is it His mercy to wait for that period in time when the greatest number of hearts can say Yes to His offer of marriage. He is developing hearts in us with a love that will survive the tribulation period; and blossom into a love that responds more fully to Him. God wants to see our love come to maturity. It is immature love that quickly questioned the goodness of God.


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