He Hath Covered Me With the Robe of Righteousness

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Isaiah 61:10-62:3 
Psalm 147

Galatians 3:23-25;4:4-7 
John 1:1-18 

In the beginning.

With these three words, John takes us to a time before the universe existed, even before time existed. He reminds us that God spoke creation into being. The power of the Word of God gave us the stars and the earth.

At the beginning God expressed himself. That personal expression, that word, was with God, and was God, and he existed with God from the beginningPhillips

Most translations of verse 2 use the pronoun he, but the Greek does not. The King James is closer to the Greek: The same was in the beginning with GodKJV It is not an issue for us, because John goes on to say, So the Word became human and made his home among usNLT Not until verse 17 did John write the name of the one who became human: Yeshua the Messiah.

Why did John write the elaborate prologue to his Gospel of Jesus? Why is it important for us to connect the Word with Jesus?

References to the Messiah are found throughout the Old Testament. In today’s reading of Psalms, we see, Adonai is rebuilding Yerushalayim, gathering the dispersed of Isra’el. He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their woundsCJB

Isaiah gives us riches for understanding the Messiah. In today’s reading, For He has clothed me with garments of triumph, Wrapped me in a robe of victory, Like a bridegroom adorned with a turban, Like a bride bedecked with her fineryJSB And in 62:2, Nations shall see your victory, and every king your majesty; And you shall be called by a new name Which the Lord Himself shall bestowJSB

John knew him as Yeshua, Jesus in English. In reality, we do not know the name given to him by God. We cannot know a heavenly name until we move to heaven, and also receive our own heavenly names.

Paul closes these thoughts. But when the appointed time arrived, God sent forth his Son. He was born from a woman, born into a culture in which legalistic perversion of the Torah was the norm, so that he might redeem those in subjection to this legalism and thus enable us to be made God’s sons. Now because you are sons, God has sent forth into our hearts the Spirit of his Son, the Spirit who cries out, “Abba!” (that is, “Dear Father!”). So through God you are no longer a slave but a son, and if you are a son you are also an heirCJB

 

Be righteous and do good.

Mike Lawrence

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