No one can ‘proclaim’ like God! God speaks, and He is so l-o-n-g-s-u-f-f-e-r-i-n-g that it almost ‘seems’ as if He isn’t angered by the fact that MANY are not listening. But, He even says of Himself:
“And who can proclaim as I do?”(Is. 44:6-7).
But God does speak, and there is no One like our God. He is Compassionate and gracious and slow to anger, abounding in mercy – how do I know? Well, because He IS who He proclaims Himself to be, even when others lie about Him and twist the truth about Him and even hate Him. He is the ‘same, yesterday, today, and forever. He is the Creator of all we see, even if men don’t ‘believe’, none of that changes God. He is love, and all that is entailed in that: joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithful, gentle, and self-controlled. Yes, He is the One and He has proclaimed:
“Thus says the LORD, the King of Israel, I am the First and I am the Last; Besides Me there is no God.”Is. 44:6.
He is not shaken by our unbelief. Instead, He waits…and the answers to all the mystery are summed up in One, it seems. One Word, One Person. Yes, hidden throughout all of the word is the answer to it all. Didn’t God put in the heart of every man a love for a game? A love for a mystery in discovery? A love for challenge and variety? I think that is why He ‘hid’ the mysteries of truth on every page of His word, even at times when it seems SO BORING!
For example, it is written, “Then let him declare it and set it in order for Me. Since I appointed the ancient people and the things that are coming and shall come, Let them show these to them.”Is. 44:7. Let him ‘declare’ WHAT?, Set ‘WHAT’ in order? God appointed ‘ancient people’ to show ‘these things?’ WHAT THINGS?
It is a mystery, it is a game, it is a challenge- first of all, because much of His Word, the Bible seems to be…seemingly BORING!
But a miracle happens! God touches a ‘broken’ heart and ‘seals it’ with His Spirit and all of a sudden, “who can proclaim it as I do,” begins to ‘make sense, and reading the Bible becomes a game, a challenge, a key to unlock all the mystery. So, can I take you to perhaps one of the MOST boring chapters in the Bible? Genesis chapter 5. Trust me, you will be so amazed. Truly, the ‘appointed ancient people’ are ‘set in order’ and clearly ‘declare it’. “Declare WHAT?” you ask.
Well, it doesn’t get any more ancient than Adam all the way to Noah. And it doesn’t get any more boring to read, “And Adam lived 130 years and begot a son…so all the days that Adam lived were 930 years, and he died. ” (Gen 5:3-5), etc., etc., all the way to Noah. It seems, (seemingly boring) that there is nothing there! (Except for the fact that Adam lived nearly 1000 years, and most likely he had some time to get this Story told even to Noah, who probably ended up passing it along through the genealogy to Abraham,… Wait, this has nothing to do with today, anyway,to get back…)
God talks about ‘beautiful feet’ as those that bring good news. And when God brings a teacher of the word to open blind eyes to the monotony of it all-it’s as if God just handed you a ‘key’ to help ‘unlock’ the truth. So, there was a day when Chuck Messler, a teacher of the word, opened up Gen. 5, and began to ‘decode’ for us, (us meaning the one’s who showed up for church that day), the ‘meaning of the name.’
So here it is; the ancient name and its meaning, declared and set in order:
Adam is a name that means, Man.
Seth, has the meaning: Appointed.
Enosh means Mortal.
Cainan, (maybe it was a tragic delivery?), but his name means Sorrow.
Mahalaleel is a name that means, Blessed.
Jared, a name I particularly like, but not because of the meaning, which is, Descended, or Shall Come Down,
Enoch = Teaching.
Methuselah has a name that means, His Death Shall Bring, (very interesting that it was to be that at his death there shall be judgement which was the Great Flood, and he actually is the longest living man recorded in history, nine hundred and sixty-nine years; a true example that God is l-o-n-g-s-u-f-f-e-r-i-n-g!)
Lamech, another interesting name, but the meaning of Lamech is Despairing, and Noah, well
Noah means Comfort.
Is. 44:7, “And who can proclaim as I do? Then let him declare it and set it in order for Me, Since I appointed the ancient people, And the things that are coming and shall come,
Let them show those to them.” It unravels like a mystery, but there seems to be a message.
Can you see it? Can you see the mystery revealed ? Can you open up now a bit of understanding? Can you see the bigger picture, the One the whole Book is written about? All in the most boring chapter, Gen 5?
Man Appointed Mortal Sorrow (but the) Blessed Descended (or Shall Come Down) Teaching (that) His Death Shall Bring (the) Despairing, Comfort.
THAT is the whole story: yes, man is appointed mortal sorrow, we’ve all sinned and all fall short of the glory of God. There is none righteous, not even one! But the Blessed shall come down – yes, My God to save me came down…teaching, but that wasn’t why He came down, He came teaching that His death, His death on the cross would take away the sins of the whole world , not just mine, and bring the despairing, that is you and me and everyone…comfort!
His Death Shall Bring, the Despairing,Comfort.
“For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received:
that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures.” 1 Cor. 15:3.
“Why?” Because God so loved the world. He wanted to keep us searching, so He makes it like a game – Jesus is on every page…let’s go and find Him!