29: Exodus 33:19


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365 Prophecies: Prophecy 29

The graciousness of the Messiah foreseen by the Lord, making His goodness pass before Moses. He will be gracious and show compassion to whomever he chooses.

Old Testament Prediction:

Exodus 33:19 Then He said, “I will make all My goodness pass before you, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before you. I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.”

New Testament Fulfillment:

John 1:14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.

Acts 15:11 But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved in the same manner as they.

Romans 10:9-13 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. For “whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.”

Application:

In this 29th prophecy that Jesus fulfilled, we see the graciousness of the Lord declared to Moses and later revealed in the coming of Jesus Christ. God loves people and He wants to save us all. He will show mercy and grace to all those who will believe what He has said and come to Him through His Son. To those who refuse to come through Jesus’ sacrifice for their sins, they will be rejected by God. This is His choice as He is God and He can save anyone that He wants to, by whatever method or means that He chooses. This 29th prophecy declares that God will show grace and compassion to those who come in the way He has ordained. Although our sins had separated us from God and there was no hope of redemption for us, God chose to save all those who will come to Him based on what Jesus has done.

We may not like the way that God has chosen to save us, but that is really none of our business. Saving people is His business and since He created us, He has the right to determine the method of our redemption. The person who has wisdom will listen to what the God of the universe has said, and submit to His authority. We do this knowing that God is truly Good and that He genuinely loves us, for He was willing to give His only Son to make our salvation possible.

It is our choice to conform to God’s requirements, or we can stubbornly refuse. If we do refuse, then we will be the ones who suffer loss, not God. If we agree with Him and do what He requires, we will be able to enjoy the blessings of a perfect life, forever and ever. God has the right to decide who He wants to live with, since this is His universe. We all make similar choices during our life. We chose to be with people that we like—who add to our quality of life. We also reject those who live in such a way that their behavior would severely harm our way of life. God has the right to set the rules for who can live with Him and who cannot. He bases His acceptance of us by what we do with Jesus. If we agree that we are sinners, with no hope of eternal life apart from God’s help, then He will receive us. If we come to Him with a humble heart and a willingness to turn from our old life of sin to a new life governed by Jesus as our Lord and Savior, then He will graciously pardon all of our sins and grant us admission into His presence where we see Him face to face.

The Lord made His goodness pass before us in the person of His Son, Jesus Christ. It is by looking at Jesus that we see what God is truly like and discover what He requires for us to be qualified for heaven.

As Moses has been in such close fellowship with the Lord on Mount Sinai, he asks the Lord for the privilege of being able to see Him face to face. The Lord promises to show Moses His glory as He passes by, and along with this makes the declaration that He will be gracious to whom He will be gracious.

The revealing of who God is, and His desire to allow us to see who He is, are seen in the New Testament by Jesus. Phillip asked the Lord on one occasion: Show us the Father.

John 14:9 Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father?’”

John 10:30 “I and My Father are one.”

Jesus tells Phillip that if he has seen Him, he has seen the Father. Jesus is claiming that He is God, even as the Father is also God. If we want to know what God is like, all we have to do is look to Jesus. The words that He speaks and the things that He does are the words and actions of the Eternal God. For more information on how one God can be three persons, see the chapter in this book: One God, Three Persons.

There are some who claim that the God of the Bible is not fair and just. It is a claim that satan has made since the beginning and is the basic excuse that he has used for his rebellion against God.

The fact is—there are natural laws of the universe that God has put into place that govern everything in life. We are all familiar with the law of Gravity and know the consequences of not obeying it. The law of electricity when used correctly can be a tremendous blessing to man. When disobeyed, it can kill us in an instant.

The laws of sin and death

God pronounced that all human souls belong to Him by nature of His creation of those souls. He stated that any soul who sins and violates His moral law will die eternally.

Ezekiel 18:4 “Behold, all souls are Mine; The soul of the father As well as the soul of the son is Mine; The soul who sins shall die.”

For everyone born from Adam, the process of this eternal death begins at birth and continues daily until the physical body perishes. At the moment of death, the soul and spirit exit the body to await judgment by God.

For the person who chooses the only method of redemption that God has provided to save us from eternal death, at the ceasing of the body’s functions, their soul and spirit depart the body to be with the Lord.

2 Corinthians 5:8 We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.

The fact that God has been gracious enough to create a plan to redeem us is a miracle of life. God owes man no apology for the penalty of eternal death. He owes no explanation. The very fact that He has provided us a second chance at all is truly amazing and a vivid display of  just how gracious and merciful He has been towards us all. This plan of salvation for all people is unparalleled. When the angels of heaven fell into rebellion and were cast out of heaven there was no plan of salvation provided for them.

The Lord’s statement to Moses that He will be merciful to whomever He wants to show mercy shows us that it is His desire to show mercy to us.

God choose to exercise mercy and His grace to anyone who simply believes what He says:

Romans 10:9-13 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. For “whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.”

Does it make sense that Jesus, as the eternal Creator, would die for sinners such as you and I?

If we consider this truth, it doesn’t make any sense at all that God would allow His Son to die for us.  I don’t understand why He would do this, but I am thankful that it is true. I will never understand why God loves someone like me, and why He would allow His only Son to die for my sins. How grateful and thankful I am though that He does love me this much.

The fact is that God had planned before the creation of mankind that Jesus would come to earth as a man Himself and be the Savior of all those who would believe in His sacrifice for their sins.

Revelation 13:8 Jesus is: …the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

2 Timothy 1:9 (God) who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began.

Titus 1:2 …in hope of eternal life which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began.

The fulfillment of this 29th Old Testament Prophecy is found in the Gospel of Luke, where Jesus is described as coming from the house of David. This was predicted by the Old Testament prophets and declared since the world began. This plan is according to His graciousness in offering salvation to anyone who simply believes what He says:

Luke 1:69-73 And has raised up a horn of salvation for us In the house of His servant David, As He spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets, Who have been since the world began, That we should be saved from our enemies And from the hand of all who hate us, To perform the mercy promised to our fathers And to remember His holy covenant, the oath which He swore to our father Abraham:

These amazing Old Testament prophecies concerning the coming of the Savior of the World are truly wonderful. How awesome that Jesus has perfectly fulfilled all of these predictions and is thereby qualified to be our Savior. He is the only place where we should rest our hope.

It is my hope and sincere prayer that all those who read the words of this book and discover who Jesus is—will find the forgiveness of their sins and eternal life through His sacrifice. God is ready to forgive you, and He will do it at this very moment if you will come to Him humbly and be willing to admit that you are a sinner and in need of a great Savior.

You can be saved and have the absolute assurance that Heaven is yours, by praying a simple prayer from your heart. If you mean what you say to God, He will hear you and grant you the request you ask.

“Dear Lord Jesus, please forgive me for all of my sins. I want to accept your death on the Cross as the payment for all of my sins. I ask you to come and live inside me and be the Lord and Savior of my life. I receive you today and thank you for what you have done for me. I pray this in Jesus’ name, Amen.”

According to the authority of God’s word, anyone who prays a prayer such as this will find that God will show His graciousness to that person and grant him the forgiveness of his sins and admission into heaven. After this moment of salvation occurs, we must continue to believe these truths and live for Jesus, apart from a life dominated by sin as much as possible. If we continue to abide in Jesus for our entire life, when the moment of our last breath occurs, we will depart from our earthly body and find ourselves at home in heaven with the Lord. This is God’s promise to all those who will believe. On those who obey this Gospel, He will show His graciousness and His mercy.


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