It is revealing to observe just how much God’s mercy narks us.
Early in the Bible, and thus in God’s revelation about himself, God supplies his name to Moses. He calls himself “I Am” or “I Am that I Am” (Ex 3: 14). What we miss, however, is that in Hebrew the name is not limited to the present tense. It could just as easily (or perhaps more accurately) be translated “I will be who I will be”. It should be taken as a statement of absolute intent. God will be himself, period. We are being given a heads-up: man does not get to define God, nor contain him.
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Could God’s Anointed be hung on a tree to die?
Paul writes: “… he (Jesus) humbled himself and became obedient to death, even death on a cross” (Phil 2:8)
Why was death on a cross such a big deal? Because of Deuteronomy 21:23:
“…his body shall not remain all night upon the tree, but you shall bury it in that day; for every one that is hanged on a tree is cursed of God”.
The Jews believed that if anyone was hung on a tree to die then they were under God’s curse. It was a slam dunk.
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