What’s in a Relationship

In stories, true and fictional, the connections, relations, and nature of the characters can be a story in themselves. In scripture there are meanings within meanings, as illustrated in parables, prophecy and actual events. We live in a multidimensional universe with even more unseen intangible dimensions, such as the realm of the Spirit, so it makes sense that added dimension increase understanding. We can see a two dimensional square on paper, then a cube, then an ultrasound image and our understanding increases with each revelation.

I believe this can be seen in scripture, for example, Moses represents the Savior coming to deliver Israel and bring them to the promised land, but Israel rejected God’s will and wandered in the wilderness until a new generation accepted the returning Savior figure, Joshua, (which as Yeshua means salvation) who actually brings them into the promise land through miraculous victory. This also foreshadows the coming of Yeshua, his rejection by Israel and His future second coming when all Israel will be saved.

Another example is seen with Esther, who represents the Savior of Israel, risking her life against Haman, who represents the enemy who seeks to destroy every Jewish person. Mordecai represents the Spirit united as family with the Savior, who advises, assists, and secures favor from king Xerxes, who represents the highest authority. In the end the enemy will perish on his own gallows. God’s people will be victorious over those who were determined to eradicate them. Moreover, the kings first law written against Israel is replaced by a new law that Esther initiates to provide for Israel’s salvation. This story is about Yeshua, Messiah saving His people, crushing the head of Satan and introducing the era of grace in the new covenant that supersedes the old law of sin and death.

Consider the example of Jacob who begins as a usurper of his older brother Esau, but is favored by his father. He wanders away, but as he returns he meets God’s angel on a stairway coming down from heaven. He wrestles all night with Him for a blessing until the morning when he is humbled and given the blessing and new name Israel. Jacob represents the nation of Israel, who has a reputation of shrewdness among other related nations. The nation has wandered from God and has struggled to accept the Messiah, but when the end times approach Messiah will touch it and bring humility and become a new nation under their Messiah.

A final example is king Saul who encounters difficulty and is outdone by an insignificant David, youngest of his family, from a small tribe. Saul represent human strength, achievement, and reason. David represent the Spiritual kingdom under God’s authority pleasing God through surrender and obedience to His word. Jonathan, Saul’s son who befriends David, contrary to his fathers orders, represents the faithful gentile congregation that united itself to Israel’s Messiah, rejecting human ways and worldly wisdom, but choosing the Spirit in denial of self. Saul attempts many things to achieve fame and glory, but comes to ruin and failure. He opposes God as he attempts to murder an innocent David; engages in witchcraft; disobeys God’s clear and direct commands and lies about it. David refuses to harm Saul as king, in compliance with God’s word, even in self-defense. All these characters portray the dichotomy of mankind’s, universal weakness and brokenness and God’s plan to redeem a people for himself from Israel and the nations of those who seek Him with all their heart, mind, soul, and strength. Self-seeking rebellious men will be destroyed in their own evil pursuits. The righteous will be united and through God’s word and plan inherit a place in heaven.

About Steve2525

Retired Journeyman
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