The God of Jesus

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Jesus Learns about God

At a very young age, Jesus’ father, the carpenter, and mother taught him about his heritage as a descendent of David from both parents. The stories about his ancient father must have sincerely impressed him, particularly about David’s relation with God.

When Jesus was five, kindergarten in today’s reckoning, he went to the temple school to be taught by the rabbis to learn to read and write in the Hebrew language and in Aramaic as well since Aramaic was the prominent language of the Jewish people and, more importantly the language of much of the Bible. He also learned Latin, with which he communicated to Herod. He also spoke Greek as the gospels show. 

By ten, he began to learn the Torah and “listened” to God speak to him. Just as God talked to David, he talked to the boy Jesus, through His Word, who “listened” as his ancient father did.

Jesus Learns of His Relationship with David and God

Jesus became a rabbi at age thirty when he began his three and one half year ministry. Today, in order to become a rabbi, one must pass a test, partly involving understanding the seven levels of the meaning of Hebrew words. He had an intense education of the Old Testament. Thereby, he developed an intense understanding and relationship with Our Father in heaven, as did his ancestor David.

From ten years old to thirty, even as he worked as a carpenter, he studied the Word. He learned about the Creator and the creation. He learned that God created Adam in His image, but he sinned; he understood that sin was disobeying God’s Word. Even after the sin, God talked about defeating the works of the demonic serpent. 

Gen. 3:15 And I will put enmity
            Between you and the woman,
            And between your seed and her seed;
            He shall bruise you on the head,
            And you shall bruise him on the heel.”

As he examined the Torah, he learned how Noah defeated the evils of the world by his calling from and faith in God. He read of the evils of Nimrod and the faith of Abraham whom God called. Carefully following Abraham’s descendants, he read about Moses, the Passover and the Ten Commandments. The Commandments were written in stone, he knew that they would bring life to those who believed and kept them. Since he descended from David, he must have delved into his life and works, just as we do today.

Matt. 1:1 ¶  The record of the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah, the son of David, the son of Abraham:

Luke 2:4 Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David.

As he immersed himself in the life of David, his great hero, we can imagine his envisioning himself as being around David, watching and listening, since he was his offspring though many generations removed.

As he continued his education about what we call the Old Testament, he learned more and more about his heritage and all the things that happened to David and his ancestor, Solomon. His insights impressed the teachers in the temple when they went to Jerusalem to celebrate the feast, at his ancient ancestor’s, David, capitol city. His language and the language of God’s Word became one in his young mind. He saw the world as God’s creation and followed the fall of man and how Noah began to restore part of the Earth to God. Part of his genes were there throughout the history, but more so, the Bible encompassed his mind. Linguistics shows that the highest language of a person dominates and controls a person thinking and actions. Jesus’ language was the Bible, God’s Word, and he, therefore, became the Word of God for people are their language, born of God through the Word. Therefore, He became a child, not only of Noah and David, but of heaven, as will.

Jesus was a brilliant scholar of God’s Word among his other great attributes. Imagine his ability to quote and explain the whole of God’s Word!

The most impressive relationship a person can have with God is knowing righteousness becoming adopted as Sons and Daughters beyond from all being sons through God’s forming Adam in His image. Jesus understood, spoke and acted as a son of Our Father in Heaven, just as believes today do. God’s Word is the Word of a Father to His sons and daughters, which Jesus fully apprehended.

Father Defined

Jesus developed the father-son relationship first with Joseph, his biological father and later with our Father in heaven, who adopted him. The following from Wikipedia defines that relationship quite well.

“The father–child relationship is the defining factor of thefatherhood role in life. A "dad" does not always have to be a child's biological father. Some children refer to their stepfathers as dad. Stepfathers are not the biological fathers. When the biological father dies, or divorces, the mother may marry a second one who becomes the stepfather of the child. A father is known as a man who exercises paternal care over other people. Most fathers are naturally protective, supportive, and responsible and are able to provide a number of significant benefits to themselves, their communities, and their children. Involved fathers offer developmentally specific provisions to their sons and daughters throughout the life cycle and are impacted themselves by their doing so. Active father figures have a key role to play in reducing behaviour problems in boys and psychological problems in young women.[6] For example, children who experience significant father involvement tend to exhibit higher scores on assessments of cognitive development, enhanced social skills and fewer behavior problems. An increased amount of father–child involvement has also proven to increase a child's social stability, educational achievement, and even their potential to have a solid marriage as an adult. The children are also more curious about the world around them and develop greater problem solving skills. Children who were raised without fathers  perceive themselves to be less cognitively and physically competent than their peers from father-present families.  Mothers raising children without fathers reported more severe disputes with their children. Sons raised without fathers showed more feminine but no less masculine characteristics of gender role behaviour.

“The father is often seen as an authority figure. A common observation among scholars is that the authority of the father and of the political leader are closely intertwined, that there is a symbolic identification between domestic authority and national political leadership. The fundamental common grounds between domestic and national authority, are the mechanisms of naming (exercise the authority in someone's name) and identification. In a patriarchal society, authority typically uses such rhetoric of fatherhood and family to implement their rule and advocate its legitimacy.

“In the Roman and aristocratic patriarchal family, "the husband and the father had a measure of political authority and served as intermediary between the household and the polity". In Western culture patriarchy and authority have been synonymous. In 19th-century Europe, the idea was common, among both traditionalist and revolutionaries, that the authority of the domestic father should "be made omnipotent in the family so that it becomes less necessary in the state". In the second part of that century, there was an extension of the authority of the husband over his wife and the authority of the father over his children, including "increased demands for absolute obedience of children to the father". Europe saw the rise of "new ideological hegemony of the nuclear family form and a legal codification of patriarchy", which was contemporary with the solid spread of the "nation-state model as political norm of order."

  • Wikipedia

Hebrew definition:

Judge, majesty, mighty, noble, discipliner, leader, love

The Hebrew extends and compliments the Wikipedia article by defining the father as a person in a position of authority. He leads people by his word and example. He makes decisions regarding the right and wrong of the person based, in God’s case, on His Law ­– the Commandments. The father then provides the appropriate discipline regarding the malfeasance. In all, the father has the bearing and distinction of one full of majesty and a noble demeanor and character. Finally, the father exemplifies love in its complete and highest virtue and example.

John 20:17 Jesus *said to her, “Stop clinging to Me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, ‘I ascend to My Father and your Father, and My God and your God.’”

Jesus’ Relation with Our Father

Obviously, Jesus recognized his father in heaven as the one who created the world, made man (Jesus as well) in His Image, gave His children ways to live life to its fullest by keeping God’s Law and made it possible for His children to live forever after the resurrection from the dead.

Throughout his life Jesus spoke and lived his life as His Father in heaven demonstrated in His Word. For Jesus knew and understood His Father’s Words and deeds from his study of the Bible like no one else in history. He lived the Word like no one in history, even to the point of death. His Father’s love and majesty empowered him constantly. He constantly spoke (prayed) to Him and received answers from the Word. At times, Jesus just knew what God wanted as if He spoke to him. While praying he might hear God say to him in his mind when he was unsure, trust me. Jesus listened as God thundered aloud the Ten Commandments to Moses.

Ex. 34:1 ¶ Now the LORD said to Moses, “Cut out for yourself two stone tablets like the former ones, and I will write on the tablets the words that were on the former tablets which you shattered.
Ex. 34:2 “So be ready by morning, and come up in the morning to Mount Sinai, and present yourself there to Me on the top of the mountain.

After Moses ascended the mountain and called on the name of the Lord, God expanded upon the Commandments.

 Ex. 34:5 The LORD descended in the cloud and stood there with him as he called upon the name of the LORD.
Ex. 34:6 Then the LORD passed by in front of him and proclaimed, “The LORD, the LORD God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and truth;
Ex. 34:7 who keeps lovingkindness for thousands, who forgives iniquity, transgression and sin; yet He will by no means leave the guilty unpunished, visiting the iniquity of fathers on the children and on the grandchildren to the third and fourth generations.”

Ex. 34:10 ¶ Then God said, “Behold, I am going to make a covenant. Before all your people I will perform miracles which have not been produced in all the earth nor among any of the nations; and all the people among whom you live will see the working of the LORD, for it is a fearful thing that I am going to perform with you.

Ex. 34:21 ¶ “You shall work six days, but on the seventh day you shall rest; even during plowing time and harvest you shall rest.
Ex. 34:23 “Three times a year all your males are to appear before the Lord GOD, the God of Israel.

Ex. 34:27 ¶ Then the LORD said to Moses, “Write down these words, for in accordance with these words I have made a covenant with you and with Israel.”
Ex. 34:28 So he was there with the LORD forty days and forty nights; he did not eat bread or drink water. And he wrote on the tablets the words of the covenant, the Ten Commandments.

Jesus must have dwelled upon the Psalms.

Psa. 26:6 I shall wash my hands in innocence,
            And I will go about Your altar, O LORD,
Psa. 26:7 That I may proclaim with the voice of thanksgiving
            And declare all Your wonders.
Psa. 26:8 O LORD, I love the habitation of Your house
            And the place where Your glory dwells.

2Kings 11:10 The priest gave to the captains of hundreds the spear
and shields that had been King David’s, which were in the house of the LORD.

Jesus was at the rebuilt temple, which is where he threw out the moneychangers. More importantly, Jesus knew the temple of Solomon, David’s son, would be a type, a temporary type, of the human temple of the Holy Spirit and the true heaven on Earth in the Kingdom of God.

1Chr. 28:2 Then King David rose to his feet and said, “Listen to me, my brethren and my people; I had intended to build a permanent home for the ark of the covenant of the LORD and for the footstool of our God. So I had made preparations to build it.

Jesus knew that true life comes from His Father, Our Father in heaven, from His Word, which enveloped Jesus and made Him, who knew the Word best, a walking, talking image of God.

Deut 8:3

Luke 12:29 “And do not seek what you will eat and what you will drink, and do not keep worrying.
Luke 12:30 “For all these things the nations of the world eagerly seek; but your Father knows that you need these things.
Luke 12:31 “But seek His kingdom, and these things will be added to you.

What Jesus Learned about the God, David and Himself

Just as David was a king, it was his destiny to be a king because of his great love of God and willingness to do His Will, even to the point of death.

2Sam. 7:12 “When your days are complete and you lie down with your fathers, I will raise up your descendant after you, who will come forth from you, and I will establish his kingdom.
2Sam. 7:13 “He shall build a house for My name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.
John 7:42 “Has not the Scripture said that the Christ comes from the descendants of David, and from Bethlehem, the village where David was?”
Mic. 5:2           “But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
            Too little to be among the clans of Judah,
            From you One will go forth for Me to be ruler in Israel.
            His goings forth are from long ago,
            From the days of eternity.”

Jesus did the math and understood the various prophecies about David’s lineage. He knew of the rebuilt temple and its timeline. He understood that these scriptures referred to him because it was the time spoken about. He knew the seventy weeks lead to his time, and he also knew that his time would be cut off in half of the seventh year. His ministry was three and a half years. Jesus knew about his time and its meaning from his studies of Daniel et. al.

Dan. 9:24 ¶ “Seventy weeks have been decreed for your people and your holy city, to finish the transgression, to make an end of sin, to make atonement for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the most holy place.
Dan. 9:25 “So you are to know and discern that from the issuing of a decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until Messiah the Prince there will be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks; it will be built again, with plaza and moat, even in times of distress.
Dan. 9:26 “Then after the sixty-two weeks the Messiah will be cut off and have nothing, and the people of the prince who is to come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. And its end will come with a flood; even to the end there will be war; desolations are determined.
Dan. 9:27 “And he will make a firm covenant with the many for one week, but in the middle of the week he will put a stop to sacrifice and grain offering; and on the wing of abominations will come one who makes desolate, even until a complete destruction, one that is decreed, is poured out on the one who makes desolate.”

Jesus read about his great mission from God, who communicated this to him through the Words He spoke to His prophets and priests.

Is. 61:1 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me,
            Because the LORD has anointed me
            To bring good news to the afflicted;
            He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
            To proclaim liberty to captives
            And freedom to prisoners;

Jesus knew that the time and place for him to reign was not in this time but later when God would establish His Kingdom to be ruled in His stead by His adopted son and appointed king. He also knew the road to sovereignty would be frightful difficult.

Jer. 23:5 “Behold, the days are coming,” declares the LORD,
            “When I will raise up for David a righteous Branch;
            And He will reign as king and act wisely
            And do justice and righteousness in the land.

To be continued.

Gil Kovacs, Pastor
Sabbath Christian Church