Morning by Morning…B. Keith Chadwell
This is the second of a series of 4 studies;
1. A Time and Times the Dividing of Time 2. Morning by Morning 3. The Bright and Morning Star 4. Full Daylight Comes
Each of these studies are posted on www.highcountryministry.com and may be accessed from the teachings page.
In the natural, there are two distinct parts of a 24 hour day which is "day light" as opposed to "the night" or "the dark". For comparison purposes, a 24 hour day is pretty much equally divided between "day light" and "the darkness".
The brightest light of the "day light" portion of the day is at noon time. At noon time the sun is at its highest and brightest and therefore lacking angle to an object, casts no shadow of that object directly under it. Variations occur in the natural, such as angle of the sun and length of sun light time.
In Bible times, the sunlight was key to activity, and unlike today, artificial light was very limiting. Therefore, much is found in scripture of "light" being more associated with the sunlight than artificial light.
God fulfilled His promise and gave Jesus Christ the promise of the Holy Spirit. He in turn offered the Promise to mankind. This promise, through Him, is to those who would confess Him with their mouth and believe in their heart that God has raised Him from the dead.
Act 2:33 Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear.
Rom 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
2nd Corinthians 5:16-17 (New Int. K.J.V.); "So, from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a NEW CREATION; THE OLD HAS GONE (†) THE NEW HAS COME!"
Gen 1:5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.
In the beginning of this new DAY, on the DAY of Pentecost, it was as the dividing of the light from the darkness that was on the face of the deep or dark cultures of the world. The Gift of the Holy Spirit, the promise of the Father, was as the beginning of the DAYLIGHT portion of a new DAY of a new creation.
Before He came to the world at large, in the form of the Holy Spirit, Jesus came unto "His own" first, in the flesh. He came as promised unto His own, born of a woman; "the root and the offspring of David" yet born of God. Still, His own received Him not. It is important to understand here, that; as long as He was in the world in the flesh, He was the light of the world at that time.
Joh 9:3-5 Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him. I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.
However He was only to be the light to the Jews, not to the wholeworld at that time.
Mat 15:22 And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou Son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil.
Mat 15:23 But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us.
Mat 15:24 But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
Jesus was the light that had come into the world, limited by God, atthat time, to only minister to the Jewish people, the "lost sheep of the
house of Israel" and only for three and one half years. He was then,
the "light of the world", and then…the light went out.
Luk 23:45 And the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst.
Luk 23:46 And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost.
Perhaps it is enough to say; for the Jews at that time; evening beganthe new day, (sunset). Sunrise was always exactly at the beginning of
the first hour (the zero hour), and sunset marked the end of the
twelfth hour. Therefore, high noon would begin the sixth hour
and the ninth hour would begin at 3pm.
Therefore, at about the brightest part of the natural day, the "light of the world" had gone out….
He must have agonized in physical pain. Perhaps He suffered the most as the sin He bore for us separated Him from His heavenly Father. The one who lovingly formed this magnificent creation was humiliated, brutalized and died in agony. Thus He finished the work He was destined to do.
God's creation had a fit!! The rocks were rent, the earth quaked and darkness covered the entire earth. We have no idea from the little that is recorded about it of the tumultuous groaning of the creation, worldwide. Creation was in travail.
There was Darkness over the entire world for 3 hours; then burial preparations; then… the grave near evening and the beginning of the new Jewish day.
Evening to morning to evening…(day one). Evening to morning to evening…(day two). Evening to early morning on the third day, Jesus was in the grave and the light of the world was out.
2Co 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
But God…death could not reign and early in the morning on the 3rd day, I can imagine that hells demons realized, by then, they had made a fatal tactical error.
Joh 16:19 Now Jesus knew that they were desirous to ask him, and said unto them, Do ye enquire among yourselves of that I said, A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me?
Joh 16:20 Verily, verily, I say unto you, That ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy.
Psa 30:5 For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.
Mat 12:40 For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
Mar 8:31 And he began to teach them, that the Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders, and of the chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again.
Luk 24:2-8 And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulcher.
And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus.
And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments:
And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead?
He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee,
Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.
And they remembered his words,
So it was fulfilled in real time, the prophecies that pointed to this specific place in time, this very specific morning, this very specific resurrection.
The mysteries of Christ and the Kingdom of God are not unlike ripples in a pool from a stone cast in. Perhaps these prophetic mysteries are also as an onion; when one layer is removed, another remains. Revelation will come in God's time at God's good pleasure, one layer at a time, "Morning by Morning".
Isa 50:4 The Lord GOD hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary: he wakeneth morning by morning, he wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned.