Have you ever thought that GOD has withdrawn his favor from you?
Have you ever questioned… Is GOD really still dealing with me on a personal level, like His daughter/son?
We think to ourselves, could I really be in such a bad spiritually state?
We question ourselves:
Why could GOD be hiding from me?
In Isaiah 45:15 we read, “Truly, You are a GOD who hides Himself, O GOD of Israel, Savior!” (NASV)
Here we note that hiding from man, is one of GOD’s attributes.
Is it because we have done something to displease the LORD, and where GOD disapproves of our actions? Perhaps in such a situation, we find we don’t have the prayer life anymore or one that we would wish to have where there is ease of communication without guilt or feeling unworthy.
Or, we may be saying to ourselves “my life is no different than that of the world around me”.
So when we can’t distinguish any difference in our life then in the life of a person who has not given himself to the Lord then we say “there is no specific purpose to my individual experiences” compared to another person in the world.
Or, perhaps our experiences feel like they no longer have any spiritual meaning – when we can’t identify what the experiences are for, and we get into a rut; when our experiences mean I’m merely just existing or surviving this experience and I know I’m just existing because I experience, but I can’t identify with me this experience spiritually.
Maybe we recognize that for most of us when we grasped the Truth, we had a great outburst of emotion for it – we loved it; we were enthused about it; we talked about it; we were excited about it and when we heard a discourse we’d get goose bumps from joy! And all of a sudden we come to a place where that is no longer true. We just go to meeting because it’s a habit and we expose ourselves to creation experiences which we’re sort of glad about having, but beyond that, there’s no quickening of the heart beat.
Here are some possible reasons WHY we experience that GOD has hidden himself from us:-
(A) GOD wishes to AWAKE US TO RIGHTEOUSNESS
It is good to remember that when it comes to GOD’s dealing with anyone, they are never intended to be a harsh, burdensome experience but GOD’s aim of allowing certain trying experiences in our lives is for the purpose of CORRECTING a situation…. CORRECTION OF ACTION… and ultimately to CORRECT OUR CHARACTER so that we may learn to BE PERFECT (Matthew 5:48) – that is, “reckoned as righteous” through our Faith (see Romans Chapter 4) and LOVE RIGHTEOUSNESS (Hebrews 1:9) so that we can be used in His future kingdom as administrators of the blessings to all the world of mankind – teaching mankind how to walk up the Highway of Holiness, having attained to the highest levels while going through the experiences of the Gospel Age now, while the permission of evil abounds.
In Hebrews 12:6, Apostle Paul writes, “For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives.”
The chastenings of the Lord are not necessarily designed for punishment, but rather for discipline. They are necessary as a part of our training, and to test our humility before the Lord, and our loyalty to him. Peter wrote, “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time”. (1 Peter 5:6) This is what it means to be “patient in tribulation” (Rom.12:12); and if we are thus patient we will rejoice in a hope which “maketh not ashamed.”
In Ephesians 6:4 (ESV) we read, “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.”
Our Heavenly Father does not deal with all in this manner but only with some, His sons.
He thus dealt with our Lord Jesus-“the captain of our salvation” – as he lived in this world of sin and suffered the “contradiction of sinners against Himself.” For, “what son is he whom the Father chasteneth not?” (Hebrews 2:7).
So the apostle admonishes that we “look unto Him” lest we become weary and faint in our minds (Hebrews 2:2, 3). The rigors and the discipline to which a well-trained child is subjected by a loving father may at times seem irksome, unpleasant and painful, but it is for the ultimate good and development of the child in every sense. So it is in the life of the child of GOD but in a perfect manner.
The tests of faith, of fidelity, of love for GOD and righteousness, of obedience, of patient endurance and suffering wrongfully, the discipline of the Word under adversity, the submission in love to the Father’s will, and an awareness of the guidance of the Spirit, are some aspects of the Father’s discipline as He trains us for the purpose He has in view.
These are all tangible evidences of the heavenly Father’s love and concern. Like those to whom the apostle wrote, we also tend to forget this when the way is hard and difficult. Frustrations, pressures, and perplexities surround us – “Ye have forgotten” says the apostle, “the exhortation that speaketh unto you as unto sons” (Hebrews 2:5).
If we remember this always, we will rejoice even when all things seem to be against us as we earnestly seek to do His will, inasmuch as we know we are under His loving hand.
The life of the child of GOD, wholly surrendered to Him and to Christ, is an entirely new life, in and of Godly character, under the Father’s influence, control and leading, the Heavenly Father’s constant special and infinite care for our training in the principles of His laws, so that, we can be ministers of these laws and processes of training for all humanity.
We are “hid with Christ in God” (Romans 8:1-4; 8:14, 28; John 1:13; 16:27; Luke 12:4-7, 22-32; 1 Peter 5:6, 7; Colossians 3:1-4). Sometimes the Father withholds or hides Himself in order that the depth of our longing and love for Him and for Christ may be put to the test, that we may be conscious of a sense of loss, that me may yearn for Him and learn to fully depend on Him to reveal Himself more fully in all His love and tenderness.
GOD may withdraw His favor to awaken us to the situation that we have begun to slip or that we are near the point of slipping and that we need to reassert ourselves spiritually. The best example of this in the Bible, is when we look at the account of Queen Esther.
In the 4th chapter of the Book of Esther, we are told that Esther, (who had become the Queen of the Persian empire), had now an enemy against her uncle Mordecai and all the Jewish people (so this would include her, as she was Jewish). A man named Haman had become a chief counselor of the empire and had put into motion a plan that would mean the destruction of every Jew throughout the Medo-Persian empire. Mordecai realizes this; he tears his clothes; he puts on sack cloths and ashes, and he sits in mourning. Esther’s initial response is documented in Esther 4:4, “So Esther’s maids and her chamberlains came and told it her. Then was the queen exceedingly grieved; and she sent raiment to clothe Mordecai, and to take away his sackcloth from him: but he received it not.”
So we can see that Esther’s first response is “let’s just stop mourning – let’s not face the reality of the problems that we have.” Esther’s initial reaction is not a good reaction. Her reaction is one of not comprehending the true danger of the situation. It is Mordecai who wakens her to the danger by mentioning one thing specifically and that is, that this is not a danger, remote to someone else; it is, that YOUR VERY LIFE IS AT STAKE! YOU TOO, won’t escape this! You too, are Jewish and so your in just as much danger of death as I’m in and all the rest of our people, the Jews, are in. But then Esther experiences the alienation that she has already experiences from the King himself and this is noticed in Esther 4:11, where she is speaking to Hathach, one of the King’s eunuchs assigned to attend her, and instructs him to say to Mordecai:-
“All the king’s servants and the people of the king’s provinces know that if any man or woman goes to the king inside the inner court without being called, there is but one law—to be put to death, except the one to whom the king holds out the golden scepter so that he may live. But as for me, I have not been called to come in to the king these thirty days”. (Esther 4:11)
Esther realizes that she has become estranged from the King and notice, that she says, as if “I’m free to go to him but if I go to him without being invited to, by him, then I’m afraid my life may be at stake even earlier because I have been so presumptuous to come to him.”
We may experience this too in our spiritual lives as consecrated. We may at some point in our spiritual walk feel like we do not feel free to go to our Heavenly Father. We feel “I am not bidden to come to GOD anymore or feel GOD is not communicating with me anymore; that GOD has hidden Himself from me (just like King Xerxes has from Esther), GOD Yahweh has hidden himself for the past perhaps 30 days too, and we don’t feel we can go and plead our cause.
And this is what Mordecai is bringing out to Esther – the reason for Him hiding. He is saying: “remember Esther … You’re life is at stake! You think you will die if you go to the King … I know you will die if you don’t!”
So in our lives GOD may bring us to this point in our lives to show us that if we don’t continuously communicate with Him, then we WILL DIE!
You know dear friends, there is a far greater then Haman out there looking to kill us… that is… a ‘Haman’ who is called Satan – he wishes to kill our New Creature developing in us – the embryonic New Creation which is developing into maturity until …
That Jesus agape love in us, overflows towards our beloved brethren and our will becomes dead to self but alive in CHRIST – being crucified in ALL we think and do, having our minds superglued on JESUS no matter how ridiculous we sound to the world or how humiliated we are for striving to conform to the LIKENESS OF OUR LORD JESUS.
Dear brethren in Christ, as we are now on an arena and we are a spectacle unto angels and men, let us endure it with great Joy in our Hope that promised for the faithful unto death isn’t just eternal life in perfect conditions, but IMMORTAL life and those who suffer with CHRIST for doing good now, shall reign with CHRIST. They are those who grow into the maturity in Christ, learning and CUTTING OFF and TURN AWAY from sin -from mistakes made in blind ignorance according to any uniquely individual situation allowed by GOD, and turning completely away from past errors, learning to well appreciate the failings of all their brethren and the world through their own experiences of enduring the sacrificial experiences as prospective Bride of Christ members, and learning to only FULLY depend on and seek out their Heavenly Father’ will in ALL.
So this experience is to help bring us back to the place where we will come and pour out our hearts to our Heavenly Father YAHWEH, but in doing it, we face that one big emotional problem: that problem of … “well I can’t do this because I’ve gotten out of the habit … I don’t have that feeling anymore”. And that’s when we have to awaken to the righteousness that says, “even if I don’t feel comfortable in praying to GOD, if I don’t do it, the result is certainly DISASTROUS! If I do do this, then there is the ONE and the ONLY potential of overcoming in doing this and as we come to the remedies we’ll find that the first remedy, is the remedy suggested by the first cause – and that’s PRAYER.
PRAYER is the beginning of the remedy even though it may be the very hardest to apply when we feel estranged from the LORD individually.
This situation of Queen Esther’s, may remind us of a certain class in the Bible – a class mentioned in the prophecy of Jeremiah 8 – a class that ends up saying “the harvest has ended the summer is passed and we are not saved”. That class that speaks those words in Jeremiah 8:20, in Jeremiah 8: 11 said that the reason for their punishment is because they said: “They have healed the wound of my people lightly, saying, ‘Peace, peace,’ when there is no peace.”
Is this not the very thing that Esther was doing!
She was telling Mordecai “your problem is you need to get out of your sack clothes … You need new clothes”. And Mordecai was telling her that’s like saying “peace, peace when there is no peace”. That’s not the problem that’s the symptom. The problem was that she needed to approach the King on behalf of Israel.
And so the alienation we sometimes feel is to awaken us to the deeper problems that lie there to bring us to the Lord not to solve the alienation but to solve a deeper problem – to find out what it is to not keep us away.
(B) GOD may hide himself from us, to teach us FAITH, TRUST and RELIANCE upon Him through Jesus Christ, our Master and King.
Sometimes our Heavenly Father teaches us that our life isn’t different from anybody else’s or to bring us to a place where we can’t see any purpose from an experience, He then says,
“That’s when YOU NEED TO TRUST IN ME when you can’t trace Me “… This is brought out beautifully in Job 23: 3-5, 8-9, 15 (NIV) – this pinpoints the problem :-
(3-5) “If only I knew where to find Him; if only I could go to His dwelling! I would state my case before Him and fill my mouth with arguments. I would find out what He would answer me, and consider what He would say to me.”
(8-9) “But if I go to the east, He is not there; if I go to the west, I do not find Him. When He is at work in the north, I do not see Him; when he turns to the south, I catch no glimpse of Him.”
(11) “My feet have closely followed His steps; I have kept to His way without turning aside.”
This is a sad set of scriptures. Job looks everywhere for GOD, yet cannot find GOD to feel that He is with him in his experiences at a time of experiencing so much pain and misery. These experiences seem over his head and as a result, Job was beginning to sink in the experiences he had. It isn’t until later in the Book of Job, that Job starts swimming upward again and begins getting over these experiences.
In Job chapter 23: 3-5, Job wanted to find GOD to plead his case before GOD.
Let’s look at verse 6 & 7 to fill in some answers-
(6) “Would He vigorously oppose me? No, He would not press charges against me. (7) There the upright can establish their innocence before Him, and there I would be delivered forever from my judge.”
In verse 6, Job realizes if he could find GOD, he would find Him a Merciful GOD, who would give him strength.
In verse 7 is the realization that if we feel we have lost GOD, we firstly need to find our Advocate – the one who pleads on our behalf! – you know it is our Beloved, Precious Jesus who is the Best Lawyer in the whole universe!
When we feel we have lost our ability to approach GOD then more than ever we feel “if only someone spoke GOD’s language and could get through to Him for me”, and that is exactly what Jesus does! And Job was as if saying, “if only Jesus would argue for me … if I could just enlist the upright one on my side, then he would deliver me from this judgement forever … Then I would be over this particular experience”.
So friends, IT IS FINDING THE UPRIGHT ONE, JESUS, IN OUR LIVES.
And Job says he can’t. He goes upward, downward, backward, front, and simply can’t find him. So now let’s look at verses 10 & 12:
(10) “But He knows the way that I take; when He has tested me, I will come forth as gold.”
(12) “I have not departed from the commands of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my daily bread.”
So just like Job highlights through these words of his, let us look for the realisation that even though we feel GOD is hiding himself from us for a brief moment, He knows exactly where we are and has not departed from us, and it is HE who FIRST FOUND US, called out us of darkness into His marvelous light, and adopted us as we are told in Ephesians 1:5(NLT) –
“GOD decided in advance to adopt us into His own family by bringing us to Himself through Jesus Christ. This is what He wanted to do, and it gave Him great pleasure.”
GOD wishes for us to develop Faith in Him, that He is taking charge in our life and to TRUST COMPLETELY in Him.
In verse 11 & 12, Job says what he felt he had done, and they are a stimulus to us about things WE MUST DO to feel this pull to our Heavenly Father. We must trust and be convinced that GOD will pull us through and make us more than gold IF:
1. Our feet will hold to His steps;
2. His way we keep and do not decline;
3. We do not go back from the commandment of His lips;
4. We esteem the words of His mouth more than necessary food.
It is at this point GOD is telling us we will be in a good place IF WE DO OUR PART. GOD is saying, “I’m putting you in a place where you can’t see Me, but if you just do your responsibilities then trust that then I will do what I promise to do and bring you closer to Me.”
And Job tells why he’s so confident in Job 23: 13-14- “But He stands alone, and who can oppose Him? He does whatever He pleases. He carries out His decree against me, and many such plans He still has in store.”
The Leeser’s Jewish Bible translation of Job 23:14 reads, “He will bring to completion what is destined for me.”
Each one of the Church of the Body of Christ members (that’s you and me dear brethren) are being trained and fitted for a peculiar specific and each different part of the body that requires a different treatment. I can’t be treated in exactly the same way as Sister X, Y or Z or Brother A, B or C as we each need specific experiences and as we come into these experiences as their all different, we don’t see what the end result is, and GOD’s saying to us, “the reason I give you these experiences is because I want you to have confidence that I KNOW BEST what the end result should be and so I’m not going to let you see what this end result is, so that you will learn that my hand will lead you through this to safely overcome and develop a Christlike character that I require from you, so that I can present you to my Son when I’m through with you”.
It will take every inch of TRUST, of DISCIPLINE over the mind, and FAITH. It will require us to LAY DOWN OUR COMPLETE UTTER ALL for GOD to direct us now so we can prove to Him our LOYALTY to GOD’s PRINCIPLES OF RIGHTEOUSNESS so that we can receive the Highest possible reward because of proving to GOD that we please Him through overcoming the most unfavorable circumstances of the permission of evil.
And the end of this verse is saying that just like GOD has this kind of experience in store, so HE has other experiences for us also.
Now, the hiding of GOD’s face is only one tool in His tool box. He has tools of throwing His arms around us too! 🙂
At other times in our walk up towards spiritual Holy “Mount Zion”, GOD is showing us, that He really likes what we are doing.
GOD gives us His tools of directing us, just when we need that direction.
Our Divine Father testing us to the words we sing in that hymn,
“I’d rather walk in the dark with GOD,
than go alone in the light”.
So would you really? That’s what GOD is TESTING.
GOD is as if saying, “Are you willing to really walk in the dark with me when you can’t see the next step? Will you trust to take the steps in the dark and know that it will lead to gold? Would you really rather walk by Faith then walk by sight? Show me how“.
Let’s look at one more thing here. Job’s attitude in Job 10: 2, “Even to day is my complaint bitter: my stroke is heavier than my groaning.”
This same word “bitter” is used in Deuteronomy 31:27: “For I know thy rebellion…?” The word “rebellion” here, is the same word as the one written as “bitter” in Job 23:2.
Job in verse 2 is saying, ” I just want to argue with GOD and show and explain to Him that this hiding from me just isn’t fair!”
This attitude is the one GOD is trying to correct – to bring us into a complacent one that Job shows and had in Job 23:10.
(C) GOD may hide himself to TEST THE SINCERITY OF OUR CONSECRATION.
How much easier it is to say “whatever your will GOD, I’ll do it!” but then when hammered down as life unfold, through the Christian pilgrimage to our heavenly home, how easy is it to accept our Heavenly Father’s will when we experience agonizing experiences of pain, sickness & disease, and death?
When we first made our consecration, it may have been far more easily said “GOD may it be your will”, yet we learn to understand what this means ONLY through the BIGGEST BLESSING OF ALL that follow:
LIFE; EXPERIENCE; PHYSICAL and MENTAL PAIN, and /or SICKNESS, and SUFFERING.
We now see that being a soldier in the Lord’s army takes every inch of mental and physical energy that we have into the fight for the victory of being a member of the 144,000!
Don’t give up!
A martyr means “a witness” and to be a witness of CHRIST will cost us our ENTIRE ALL not just half of us… No way! GOD doesn’t want a lukewarm CHRISTIAN as a King to reign with His Son Jesus in future… GOD does not want a COLD Christian either who has a non- repentant or non-forgiving heart… GOD WANTS A ZEALOUS follower of Christ who shall defend JESUS and those who are His; who have professed consecrating into Christ, to the best of their human abilities -seeing them all as better than self. (Phil. 2:3)
So our tools to overcoming is prayer and the studying of Holy Scriptures every day and immersing the mind into Scripture at every point you have even if it’s a few minutes here or there then do that! Our time is consecrated – ALL OF IT IS – unto the Lord so we no longer even own it, as we lay down our ALL on the altar of sacrifice daily, and daily seek to fulfill our covenant sacrifice until death.
Never stop to rest from activity in the LORD’s service, even for one minute!
Don’t ever think the battle is won till faithful until death!
By hiding himself, GOD is in fact asking us “are you willing to take a path where you now can no longer identify with me, where you find your confused and say GOD how does this experience identify with me?”
This was the test our LORD JESUS experienced too. Remember when Jesus hung on the cross, for the first time he did not call GOD “Father” but said:
“Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?”
“My GOD, my GOD, WHY have you forsaken me?”(Matthew 27:46).
Jesus felt our Divine Father’s face hidden from him!
Look at the depth that Jesus felt this experience …
I mean here is a PERFECT human, the Son of GOD Yahweh Almighty, who had had a prior relationship with the Father when he was the Logos in his pre-human existence. Jesus knew GOD intimately!
GOD was testing our Lord Jesus to the very depth of his consecration. Could he take that alienation ? In Jesus case, the experience was very temporary. It had to be, as his life was very temporary; it was only a more few hours on the cross and so at last his life WAS RESTORED and Jesus’s last words (which were called out by him in a loud voice) were,
“Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last. (Luke 23:46).
GOD had tested Jesus to the point of seeing if Jesus would really take and accept any experience, even the experience of turning his back on Jesus, turning away from him so that he could not even see the Father’s face.
(D) GOD may hid himself from us to TEACH US leadership and principles.
Under the Old Law, the Israelites were told exactly how to order their life. They were given a set of Laws and were instructed by GOD how to follow these laws to inherit eternal life. Every experience of life related to what GOD did want or didn’t want.
But when it comes to the Church of the Firstborn, GOD says, “I’m not going to give you a whole set of Laws and tell you what to do and what not to do, but rather I want YOU TO THINK OF IT FOR YOURSELVES … I’ll give you the material to based your thoughts upon, (and that’s in the Bible) but YOU HAVE TO DETERMINE what I want you to do and what I don’t want you to do.” And that’s HARDER, as it’s no longer the case of reading what the law is, but trying to learn HOW GOD OPERATES. And as a result GOD gives us the Gospel, a broad sketch outlines of HIS will. He gives us a book full of biographies – of both Old and New Testament characters and GOD doesn’t tell us which experiences they did right and which they did wrong but gives us these experiences and tells us “now you decide which ones I approve of and which ones are right and which ones are wrong based on an EDUCATED CONSCIENCE that you’ll gain from works in developing your Faith in Me”. And in most cases, GOD doesn’t give us the answers in our own individual experiences but wants us to think on His principles to deal with our challenges of life.
GOD does not want us as His children to memorize rules, but HE wishes us to be like philosophers and reasoned upon and apply His Righteous Principles… to figure out what He would wish of us and this takes continual leaning on HIM and HIS word through prayer and study.
That is WHY our Father hides himself, so it is better for us to see the principles.
Let’s share a practical example.
You have a new employee and there is only so long you can stand over your new friend’s shoulder and say “do it this way, this way, this way and this way.” After a while, you need to tell the new employee, “this is the end result I want so do it the best way you can.” You LET THEM figure out the best way in realizing how to accomplish the job and the LORD is telling us the same thing. “I want your character like mine. I’m not going to show you every step. I want you to figure it out on your own based on the principles to develop leadership potential.”
Why does GOD work like this? Because GOD’s training us!
For what? To be Kings who will reign with Christ.
And a King must learn to think.
A King must know what the principles are to actively apply them.
GOD is training us to be teachers. There are good teachers and bad teachers. One feature distinguishes the two:
A bad teacher – teaches merely facts. He tells you what is the answer. What it is.
A good teacher – teaches how to think and how to arrive at the facts. These students can surpass their teacher and then they become even better teachers.
GOD is a good teacher.
He’s saying “if you just look at Me you’ll never learn to teach others
so I’m going to hide from you so you can
figure out what I’m trying to accomplish in your life.
GOD teaches us that we must be governed in our life by PRINCIPLES, not by emotions.
The emotional response to Truth can sometimes be an asset but it can be out of balance in our lives because that’s the only response we look for, so GOD may withdraw the emotional response and withdrawn that which produces that emotional response to see if we’re really serving him out of the principles of righteousness.
(E ) GOD hides himself in order to STIMULATE STUDY.
We learn to go back to our Father’s word to see why He is hiding His face.
It’s like GOD’s way of tapping us on the shoulder and saying, “Read 2Timothy 2:15 again… Study to shew thyself approved unto GOD, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
Just as one doesn’t study a verse of the Bible out of its context, so too we study the book of our lives IN THE CONTEXT OF OUR LIVES and we don’t take an experience all by itself and say why did GOD let this develop but we relate it to the context of our whole life.
When we go to school to be trained we relate what we study to the job we will do afterwards. So to, in the school of Christ, we are being trained for a particular job which includes many functions and let’s incorporate them into one job: Mediator.
What makes a good mediator?
The Vines Expository Dictionary definitions the word “mediator” in the following way:
“A mediator should himself possess the nature and attributes of him toward whom he acts (man) and should likewise participate in the nature of those for whom he acts (GOD). Only by being possessed of both deity and humanity can the mediator comprehend the claims of the one and the needs of the other.“
And in the final analysis that is exactly the point. We will have the Divine nature (deity) if we are faithful unto death. Jesus got the Divine nature at death, when he was faithful. Only by having that, could he really understand what GOD required because then he shared the same requirements. Only by being with men and possessing their nature could he understand what they needed and he could then diagnose them. And so with us. Our experiences are to give us a common identity with the world. In fact that is why our life is no different from the world around us, and we’re told it wouldn’t be.
(F) GOD hides his face to BROADEN OUR BASE OF SYMPATHY
1 Corinthians 10:13- talks about what kind of experiences GOD gives us.
There is no experience we have that is different to man’s. So we look around and see that our experiences are no different to those we see around us and so therefore we say…”GOD isn’t with me”… It is just the opposite. BECAUSE YOUR LIFE IS NO DIFFERENT FROM THOSE AROUND YOU, GOD IS WITH YOU!
If we look for our lesson and apply ourselves in learning to trust GOD’s providential care and leading we will know how to endure the experience and use the strength GOD gives us to overcome any and every test of character development GOD allows to come our way.
Our Divine Father tells us, “I’m giving you these experiences because that’s what you are here for… to learn to be part of the Mediator.”
In the tabernacle picture, you had two animals making ONE SIN OFFERING. But there was a distinction between those two animals. One signified Christ; one signified the Church.
They both died; both had the blood applied on the Mercy seat. But the blood of the bullock – was for Aaron the High priest and his house – the Levites. The blood of the goat – was for the whole tribe / family of Israel.
Christ’s part in the sin offering is peculiarly and particularly for the Church and the Church’s part of the sin offering is peculiarity and particularly for mankind.
And we can substantiate this in Hebrews 2: 17-18, “Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to GOD, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.”
Hebrews 4:15,16 – “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”
So mankind will have the same experiences that the Church has because that is required in the body of experiences in the sin offering to most effectually help back the world of mankind in the kingdom that someone has gone through a life no different; that they have gone through the most common experience that mankind has had and that is universal and that is, that GOD is hiding his face from me.
So one of the most common experiences he must give us is that He hides His face from us so that we can learn to find it and so that, in turn, we can help mankind find GOD’s face again so that their lives are more meaningful even as we look to find GOD’s face in our experiences so that likewise the experiences can be more meaningful to us.
May the Lord add His bless.
Bro. Carl Hagensick – words from his discourse titled “When GOD Hides Himself” have been used to create this post.
I KNOW NOT WHAT AWAITS ME
I know not what awaits me,
God kindly veils my eyes,
And o’er each step of my onward way
He makes new scenes to rise;
And every joy He sends me comes
A sweet and glad surprise.
Where He may lead I’ll follow,
My trust in Him repose;
And every hour in perfect peace,
I’ll sing, “He knows, He knows“;
And every hour in perfect peace,
I’ll sing, “He knows, He knows.”
One step I see before me,
’Tis all I need to see,
The light of heaven more brightly shines
When earth’s illusions flee;
And sweetly through the silence comes,
His loving, “Trust in Me!”
Oh, blissful lack of wisdom,
’Tis blessed not to know;
He holds me with His own right hand,
And will not let me go,
And lulls my troubled soul to rest
In Him who loves me so.
So on I go not knowing;
I would not if I might;
I’d rather walk in the dark with God
Than go alone in the light;
I’d rather walk by faith with Him
Than go alone by sight.