Does God Repeat Himself?

simeonWith all respect, I ask because it has a bearing on whether, or more specifically, to what extent we rely on Him.  This is more than whether He says the same thing twice.  I think the scripture repeats many essential themes numerous times in various ways in order to convey a more full and deep understanding of what the Lord is communicating. We have four different accounts of the life, ministry, death and resurrection of Yeshua. Mankind has repeatedly committed the same failings, rebellion, wickedness and unbelief, to which our patient Father God has graciously restated and demonstrated His love again to each generation.  We usually associate a negative view of repetition, but is often the only way we actually learn and understand.  It was God’s design to have day and night repeating themselves endlessly.  But what about the nature and character of God Himself, can we conclude rightly that if God did a certain thing to reveal His nature in ages long past, might He do the same or similar thing in our day?  The scriptures say that God does not change, that He is the same. (James 1:17). 

One premise of prophecy is that God often gives us a dual meaning to the same prophetic word.  For example, the scriptures foretell the coming of Messiah as a lamb and as a conqueror.  We understand now thousands of years later, after His appearance as the Lamb of God, that a second coming as a conquering king is yet to happen.  God made the sun stand still while the Israelites were defeating their enemies and he later caused time to go backwards as a sign. (Joshua 10:13; Isa. 38:8).  God gave a prophecy to Ahab that a child would be born of a virgin, it was fulfilled to Ahab and later through Mary. (Isaiah 7:14).  The waters were parted for a way of escape from the Egyptians and again forty years later as Joshua lead the Israelites across the Jordan river into their promised land. Even the entire history of the Israelites is an example and illustration for God’s people to understand the true nature of God. (Rom.15:4).  It is not actually repeating one’s self to offer more than one example to illustrate a point of fact.  This is what God does, even adding that we have been, stubborn and slow to believe all that has been said and done before.

We have the Biblical record, but how easy it is to redefine God, accusing Him of change, that there are dispensations where He becomes aloof, quiet, and inactive.  Are we not right in saying that we have quit our faith in Him instead of believing all He said and did and applying it to ourselves in our day by faith and in humility.  Many will have us think that God has gone into seclusion after the first century.  Yeshua said that His Father was working, and therefore He was working as well. (John 5:17).  Yeshua said that miracles are not found where unbelief and doubt reign. (Matt. 13:58).  Scripture says, you do not have because you do not ask or ask amiss.

Look at the working of the Holy Spirit before Yeshua ascended to heaven and bestowed the gift of the Holy Spirit on all believers.  “Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout.  He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him.  It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah.  Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts.  When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying: ‘Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you may now dismiss your servant in peace.  For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all nations: a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel.’ ” (Luke 2: 25-32). What a great testimony of faith, to believe God and have it fulfilled by holding in your arms the King of Kings, Messiah Yeshua, and proclaiming His prophetic destiny.  How often does God reveal things to us even things yet to come. (John 16:13).

I believe all things are possible with God. I believe he is working in the hearts and lives of people today, healing, delivering, restoring sanity, opening blind eyes, and giving words of encouragement, prophetic insight that lays bear the hearts of unbelievers so that they declare, “God is really among you.”  Let faith in God arise.  Let the children of God repent and turn away from unbelief and see that every word of God proves true.  Let believers find courage in God, that draws us to pray for the impossible, to expect and rely on the favor and lovingkindness of Father God, even contrary to circumstances.  Let all believers give precedence to the leading of the Holy Spirit and begin to hear His voice with a clarity of faith.  It is not God who has failed, but we have reaped the fruit of doubt and reliance on human reason and intellect, rather than the clear word of God.

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