The Basket Case Covenant Series©®
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#2) The Basket Case©®
24 but their plot became known to Saul. They were also watching the city’s gates day and night so they could kill him; 25 but his disciples took him at night and let him down through an opening in the wall, lowering him in a large basket.26 When he arrived in Jerusalem, he tried to join the disciples; but they were all afraid of him, not believing that he really was a disciple.(Acts 9:24-26 Amp)
23 After considerable time had passed [about three years or so], the Jews plotted together to kill him, 24 but their plot became known to Saul. They were also watching the city’s gates day and night so they could kill him; 25 but his disciples took him at night and let him down through an opening in the wall, lowering him in a large basket.26 When he arrived in Jerusalem, he tried to join the disciples; but they were all afraid of him, not believing that he really was a disciple. 27 However, [e]Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles, and described to them how Saul had seen the Lord on the road [to Damascus], and how He had spoken to him, and how at Damascus Saul had preached openly and spoken confidently in the name of Jesus. 28 So he was with them, moving around freely [as one among them] in Jerusalem, speaking out boldly in the name of the Lord. 29 He was talking and arguing with the [f]Hellenists (Greek-speaking Jews); but they were attempting to kill him. 30 When the brothers found out [about the plot], they brought him down to [g]Caesarea [Maritima] and sent him off to Tarsus [his home town].(Acts 9:23-30 Amp)
Paul’s Basket Case
Now with reference to Saul of Tarsus whom our Lord renamed Paul the apostle, after his Damascus incident; started testifying about Jesus Christ. He told the people about how the Lord met with him on his damascus journey. He boldly testified concerning, Jesus being Messiah, the Anointed One and His Anointing. Paul told them how the Lord revealed Himself, on the way. How the Lord started changing his heart, making him a new creation.
During this period, there were people after his blood, like mosquitoes, trying to put an end to his life. While testifying of God’s Goodness, they wanted to do him harm. Fortunately his disciples, came to hear of it. They let Paul know. Eventually they let him out via basket, (talk about a close shave), over the wall from out a window.
Could this be a repeat, similar to Rahab’s scarlet cord, and her family’s promised redemption. As seen in an earlier post. Joshua sent two people to spy out their promised land. While doing so it came to the notice of Jericho’s king, about Joshua’s two spies. He sent an entourage to “Rahab’s Place!” They were seeking these two spies, to try and be rid of them.
Yet Rahab had inside information, concerning what would become of her peoples. She knew God had already given the property rights o’er, to the new inhabitants. She knew Jericho would lose their battle against God’s Chosen. Although under Moses’ leadership, the previous dozen spies, (except Joshua & Caleb); brought a bad report. That generation rather believed the bad reports, of the doubting ten.
The doubting ten, sowed much doubt and unbelief. The Two Faith Filled, knew the Lord had already, given Israel the Promised Land into their hands. It would only be a matter of acting on God’s Promises, which He had given Abraham. They were also very much aware of God’s Covenant, which He had already cut with Abraham and Himself .
As mentioned earlier, there is no Greater Name, in the heavens above, the Earth below than that of God. He had sworn by His Name and His Word. He would give the property rights, to Abraham, his descendants forever. God is no man that He would lie. His Word, His Promises, are there for us to act on. Christ Jesus paid the highest price, e’er, for our names to be recorded in His Book o’ Life.
He hears us when we call upon His Name. Through our acceptance of Him as our Lord, Master & Saviour, we receive Life! The Life which He gives us; is far more abundantly, than which we ask think or imagine! He is also able to give us the same inside information, which He had given to Rahab. The Lord tells us, that He shall not do anything, without first letting His Servants, the prophets know of His Plans (see Amos 3:3-8).
Through Rahab’s Inside Information, which the Lord had given her, she protected and spared the lives of Joshua’s (Israel’s) two spies. She asked Joshua’s two spies, to swear by the Name of the Lord their God; neither to harm her nor her house & family (see Josh 2:12-21). She called upon the Name of the Lord, asking Him to spare her life, also the lives of her house & that of her family. She had faith in the Lord’s provision, His Protection & Salvation.
Her name is e’en recorded in Faith’s Hall o’ Fame! (see Heb 11:30-31). Therefore Rahab’s faith redeemed her whole house, her whole family. Leaving the Scarlet Thread (Cord); as a memorial of the simple faith of a repentant harlot. God’s Love, Mercy, Forgiveness bearing record of His Goodness, e’en till this day. Therefore her name is recorded for all eternity, Proof of God’s Salvation, unto all who call on His Name.
Her belief, her faith in the Lord’s salvation for her whole house let her name be found among Christ’s genealogy, as recorded in Matthew. Through her willingness to spare the spies, she earned an honorary name amongst Israel. Already we see our Lord’s desire, His Will, to give ev’ryone an equal chance for their deliverance and salvation.
Salvation is available to both Jews and Gentiles alike. The Lord alway being faithful, to all who call on His Name. He makes a way in the wilderness where there seems to be no way. God fulfils His Promises. He wilfully paid for our sin. He became sin in our place. Through Him we are made a new creation, called the Righteousness of God. He is our Righteousness.
Because of that which Christ Jesus, had done for us. Through His dying on the cross, on our behalf, we are justified. For the just shall live by & through their Faith. By faith in Christ Jesus, our Lord; we are saved and made righteous before God. Whoever calls on the Name of the Lord, shall ne’er be disappointed. By Grace, through Faith in the Finished work of Christ, working through Love because of Christ’s death on the cross, His Resurrection from Death we have been saved. He always remains Faithful and True.
His Love surpasses all our understanding. Daily; due to His Great Love, Grace, Mercy, Forgiveness; we are, boldly able to enter into His Presence. His Goodness, leads all men ev’rywhere, to repentance. His desire, His Will; had ne’er been for anyone to perish. Rather for them, for us; to come to repentance.
The Just Live by Faith16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ,[a] for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.”[b] (see Rom 1:16-17 NKJ)The Just living by Faith2 Then the Lord answered me and said:“Write the vision And make it plain on tablets, That he may run who reads it .3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time; But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; Because it will surely come, It will not tarry. 4 “Behold the proud, His soul is not upright in him; But the just shall live by his faith. (Hab 2:2-4 NKJ)2 [Oh, I know, I have been rash to talk out plainly this way to God!] I will [in my thinking] stand upon my post of observation and station myself on the tower or fortress, and will watch to see what He will say within me and what answer I will make [as His mouthpiece] to the perplexities of my complaint against Him.2 And the Lord answered me and said, Write the vision and engrave it so plainly upon tablets that everyone who passes may [be able to] read [it easily and quickly] as he hastens by.3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time and it hastens to the end [fulfillment]; it will not deceive or disappoint. Though it tarry, wait [earnestly] for it, because it will surely come; it will not be behindhand on its appointed day.(A)4 Look at the proud; his soul is not straight or right within him, but the [rigidly] just and the [uncompromisingly] righteous man shall [a] live by his faith and in his faithfulness.(B) (see Hab 2:1-4 Amp Classic)10 And all who depend on the Law [who are seeking to be justified by obedience to the Law of rituals] are under a curse and doomed to disappointment and destruction, for it is written in the Scriptures, Cursed (accursed, devoted to destruction, doomed to eternal punishment) be everyone who does not continue to abide (live and remain) by all the precepts and commands written in the Book of the Law and to practice them.(A)11 Now it is evident that no person is justified (declared righteous and brought into right standing with God) through the Law, for the Scripture says, The man in right standing with God [the just, the righteous] shall live by and out of faith and he who through and by faith is declared righteous and in right standing with God shall live.(B)12 But the Law does not rest on faith [does not require faith, has nothing to do with faith], for it itself says, He who does them [the things prescribed by the Law] shall live by them [not by faith].(C)(see Gal 3:10-12 AMPC)
Now Moses when nearing the Promised Land, originally sent out twelve spies to spy out the land. One out of all the twelve tribes of Israel. They returned, with proof of the land’s goodness. They confirmed this land had been truly rich. A land of milk and honey. Truly a blessed, prosperous piece of real estate.
They knew of God’s promise, to their father Abraham. Now this Abraham had been a man of great faith. He had been called God’s Friend. His original name Abram (high & exalted father), the Lord changed to Abraham (father of a multitude). God then affirmed to Abraham, His Covenant between Abraham and Himself. Because Abraham believed, it had been accredited to him as righteousness.
Yet ten of the original twelve, brought an evil report, showing both unbelief and discord among the children of Israel. They saw the unbelievable odds, sowing much fear, doubt and unbelief among the congregation. So much so, that Israel believed the majority, rather than the minority. These two, (Josh and Cal,); men of Faith, were silenced, yet they alone entered in.
This resulted in their living under fear’s mastery. This fear lead to their rebellion, and incidentally denied them the privilege of entering into their Promise. Their actions resulted in them falling along the wayside, breathing their last breath in the wilderness of sin. Their murmuring led to their ultimate demise. These matters added an extra fourty years, to their wanderings.
This resulted in all of the previous generation, (except for Josh & Cal;); ne’er entering into, nor receiving their Promise. Due to their hardness of heart, rebellious action, murmuring, complaining, doubt & unbelief including their words, they received no recompense. Only their descendants were able to possess the promised land.
Their constant bickering deprived the earlier generation, of God’s Promise made to Abraham, his seed and those afterward. Because of Israel’s continual, ungratefulness, speaking death o’er God’s Promise, they received that which they constantly spoke. The continual words of their unbelief, brought them death in the wilderness. They received exactly the reward of their unbelief. The confession of their lips, in God’s hearing, led them to perish in this wilderness.