Identity of Messiah and the Number 2

number 2

How can the number 2 point us to the identity of the Messiah?  God weaves tell-tale clues into His story. He creates patterns for us to find to confirm to us that the scripture are divinely inspired. One repetitive pattern is His use of the number two man as the hero, the anointed one, the chosen one by God to save the human race from the perils of certain death and extinction.

Before we delve into God’s secret pattern let’s examine for a moment God’s motivations.

What is God trying to accomplish in the first place? As an architect and creative what was on his mind? What was his purpose for taking action? I think you have to step back from the drama of scripture to be able to see this, but if you do step back it becomes clear.

God is currently in the process of creating beings in his own likeness to be his friends and companions.

God’s biggest challenge is to engineer into a being (mankind) the freedom and ability to choose. This also turns out to be the most heartbreaking for God too. Without choice we would not be like God nor would be have the ability to choose God. On the flip side of that, God also had to engineer into our experience the ability to reject Him. Thus the drama we know as life on earth.

The wisdom of God in this proves His genius. The evolutionary race of people that come out of every tongue and tribe on earth are the ones who choose God. To be a child of God, we are all here willingly and we have all endured the testing of our faith to get here. Fortunately, we can all say like Job and Paul, we endured the testing of our faith…we paid a price.

According to God, even our faith is a gift to be received, but as Paul enlightened us it becomes a fight to keep it.

This fight to keep our faith involves the ability to hear from God. As the scripture puts it faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God. That is where the mysterious clues God hides in scripture come in. As I uncover these clues I hear the voice of God and I become more and more convinced that the mind of God created scripture and not men. It is too divine to come from the mind of a mortal.

Why is faith a fight?

Because for most of us, the faith that sustained me yesterday, must be renewed again today or my faith, like an un-watered plant, dries up and dies. So day after day, I must keep digging and finding new reasons to believe and trust as I renew my mind. Fortunately, the scripture is rich with new mysteries and the Spirit of God enlightens the seeker with ever new treasure.

What is this repetitive pattern of the number two man as God’s annointed?

Let’s examine ten examples of God’s number two man. It starts from the beginning with Adam, but we are going to save the example of Adam for later. Instead let’s look at our next example of Cain and Abel.

1. Cain and Abel

Cain is Adam and Eve’s first born. Abel is second. Cain’s example is that he wants to worship God in his way, with his gift and with his strength. Abel on the other hand is compliant with God’s wishes on how He wants to be worshiped. In this example Cain is a farmer and brings an offering of the fruit of the fields to offer to God. Abel on the other hand brings God’s desired gift of an innocent lamb. Abel’s offering is accepted and Cain’s is rejected, thus setting in motion what we know to be the first murder on the earth.

2. Ishmael and Isaac

Our next example comes with Ishmael and Isaac. Ishmael is the first born and Isaac is second. Ishmael is banished from Isaac’s family complicit with the blessing of God and God chooses Isaac as the recipient of Abraham’s blessing. Like Abel’s sacrifice, Isaac becomes the symbolic lamb Abraham is willing to sacrifice before God stays his hand and will not allow it. Abraham’s willingness to make the sacrifice God wanted proved his faith and put him in with the company of Abel.

3. Esau and Jacob

Then come Esau and Jacob. Though they were twins, Esau is the first and Jacob the second. Genesis says Esau God hated and Jacob he loved. This is hard to understand till you recognize what these two represent. Esau, like Cain and Ishmael represent the flesh and those who put their faith in and follow after the flesh. They will eventually be culled and destroyed because, even though they have great potential, they choose against the ways to God, thus God cuts them off and destroys them.

Jacob on the other hand, like Abel and Issac represent the Spirit. These are the people God loves. These are the ones that choose God and put their faith in him and are becoming the friends and companions of God.

4. Leah and Rachel

Then there is is Leah and Rachel. Leah is the first wife of Jacob and Rachel the second. Leah is unloved, but Rachel is the chosen one and loved by Jacob.

5. Leah’s children and Rachel’s children

Our next example comes from the children of Jacob. Jacob’s first ten sons come from Leah, but the sons from the second wife Rachel, Joseph and Benjamin are the ones loved by Jacob, and Joseph, though he has ten older half brothers, is the one anointed by Jacob to have the first born blessing and birthright.

6. Ephraim and Manassas

Next is Joseph’s sons Ephraim and Manassas. Manassas is the older. When Isaac is old and soon to die, he comes to impart his blessing on the two sons of Joseph. In this cryptic scene Isaac crosses his hands as he puts his hands on the two boy’s heads. It is customary for the father to give the first born blessing with the right hand and the second born with the left hand. So here again, Isaac reverses the order to give the first born anointing to the second born.

7. Aaron and Moses

Our next examples come from Moses and Aaron. Aaron is the first born. God again doesn’t choose the first born to do his bidding, but the number two man Moses is chosen to lead God’s people out of the hands of Pharaoh and out of the land Egypt to the promised land.

8. Saul and David

Then there is God choice for a King from Israel. God wanted to be the only King of Israel, but the people demanded a King and they chose for themselves King Saul. He was a handsome and imposing figure, but his stubbornness and self will caused the Spirit of God to leave him and God chose to anoint for Israel the number two man, David, a worshipper and man after the heart of God.

9. Adonijah and Solomon

To follow David as King was not David first born son Adonijah, but his second son Solomon. Under Solomon the kingdom grew to its greatest power and experienced a time of peace.

So what is this pattern telling us? God is saying look to my number two man. He is my anointed one.

What does this have to do with Jesus?

10. Adam and Jesus

If we look at the book of Luke chapter three verse 38 we read these words; the son of Enosh, the son of Seth, the son of Adam, the son of God.

Adam was the first son of God. All others listed in this genealogy were known as the son of their earthly father, except for Adam who was known as the son of God. God later proclaimed to us that Jesus was his only begotten son.

The word only begotten has a significant meaning in the Greek language of the New Testament. It means one of a kind. So when God proclaimed at Jesus baptism that Jesus was His only begotten son in whom He is welled pleased, he is not declaring that Jesus is his only son, but that Jesus is a special and one of a kind son.

Now lets take a closer look at Adam. Adam was the first, the one who failed by following the natural instincts of his flesh, and Jesus was God’s number two man. Jesus is the evolutionary conclusion of who man is to be.

Paul verifies all this in I Corinthians 15; If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. So it is written; “The first man Adam became a living being, the last Adam, a life giving spirit. The spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and after that the spiritual. The first man was of the dust of the earth; the second man is of heaven. As was the earthly man, so are those who are of the earth; and as is the heavenly man, so also are those who are of heaven. And just as we have borne the image of the earthly man, so shall we bear the image of the heavenly man.

So we too are two men. We first come in the flesh as babies and bear the image of our father Adam, and then our second man comes alive if we receive the gift of new life by faith, and we too bear the image of the heavenly man.

May you choose this day to receive God’s gift of new life and allow the new man to live.

If you have not been a follower of Jesus there are some things you need to do.  First, simply is to recognize that Jesus is the Messiah and that He died for you, rose from the dead to live for you and that you can have new life through Him.  Secondly, pray to God and ask Him to come into your heart and life and be your Lord and Savior.  Third, go public with this confession through baptism which is symbolic of a what has happened in your life with is death to the first self or man and the beginning of the number 2 self or man. Then ask the Lord to lead you to a group of fellow believer with whom you can share your life and faith.

 

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