“Maybe at the present the authorities smile on the church of God; but within a while it may frown, and the storm of persecution arise. There was a time when the churches had ‘rest throughout all Judea’ (Acts 9:31). It was a blessed time. But how long did it last? Alas! not long.”
– William Gurnall
1617 – 1679
Scripture records Christ as “the last Adam” in 1 Cor 15:45. Were there others who stood in as an “Adam” in the course of redemptive history? I think the Bible shows this to be the case, with Noah, Abraham, David, and the nation of Israel (summed up in Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob) being the “interim Adams” before the last One appeared.
This chart shows my view on how Israel fulfilled this role.
Comparing Adam and Israel
|Formed by God from the dust of the earth.
(Gen 2:7; 1 Cor 15:47)
|Formed by God from the dust of the people of the world. (Gen 11:10 – 11:3; Deut 7:7)
|Was brought to life by the word and breath of God. (Gen 1:26 & 27; 2:7)
||Was brought into being by the word of God. (Gen 12:2 & 3; 15:1; Ex 3)
|Had close fellowship with God. (Gen 2:15ff; 3:8a)
||Had close fellowship with God. (Gen 15; Ex 15; 2 Kings 23:1 – 27)
|Was given a covenant within which to live and prosper. (Gen 2:16 & 17; Hosea 6:7)
||Was given a covenant within which to live and prosper. (Gen 17:14; Ex 19:3 – 6; 24:3 – 8; Neh 9 & 10)
|Broke the covenant and received the penalty of death, which was carried out in due time. (Gen 3:6 & 7; 22 – 24; 5:5)
||Broke the covenant and received the penalty of death, which was carried out in the fullness of time. (Deut 31:16 – 18; Judges 2:11 – 15; Jer 11:10 – 13; 1 Kings 11:9 – 11; Ezek 44:1 – 7; Hosea 6:7)
|Was cast out of the garden, cursed to walk and work in the world which was wrecked by The Fall. (Gen 3:23 & 24; 3:17 – 19)
||Was divorced by God, left desolate, cursed to walk and work in darkness until the light of Christ. (Jer 3:6 – 10; Matt 15:12 – 14; 23:37 & 38; 2 Cor 3:12 – 17)
|As a type of Christ, Adam points us to the anti-type, Christ Jesus, in whom there is life for Adam’s children who are secure in the Last Adam. (1 Cor 15:45)
||As an echo of Adam, Israel points us to the anti-type, Christ Jesus, in whom there is life for Abraham’s children of promise. (Gal 4:21 – 31)
“Some can better remember an item of news than a line of Scripture; their memories are like these ponds, where the frogs live, but the fish die.”
1620 – 1686
I don’t make a habit of photographing my food or drinks, and I certainly don’t post them for others to be subjected to, but the cup of Starbucks in this picture is significant because it will be my last.
I shrugged my shoulders as Starbucks bullied small coffee companies (e.g. here and here).
I looked the other way when Starbucks sued small coffee companies (e.g. here and here).
I ignored the fact that Starbucks uses GMO products.
And I rolled my eyes when Starbucks tried to ram race issues down my throat.
But now I discovered something about my favorite coffee chain that is too egregious to look past; too evil to ignore
Continue reading here.
“There is no work which God has made–the sun, moon, stars, and all the world–in which so much of the glory of God appears as in a man who lives quietly in the midst of adversity.”
– Jeremiah Burroughs
While America wrestles over whether or not to ban a flag, while our society fawns over a former Olympic athlete wearing a dress, while our media’s talking heads debate whether or not to call the Chattanooga shooting “terrorism,” and while most Christians are wringing their hands over the recent Supreme Court decision, Planned Parenthood continues its epically evil agenda of not only barbarically dismembering children for profit, but now they’re selling the body parts of the kids they murder . . . even discussing the creation of a “menu” for body part sales.
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