“Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life. For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me.” – John 5:39-40, 46
LIGHT FOR NOW: God’s promise for man was eternal life and not death.
In Numbers 21:7-9 which John explains in John 3:14-16; and Deuteronomy 30:11-16 which Paul explains in Romans 10:6-8, it is clear that we have God’s promise of eternal life in those two accounts of Moses. Also, in the book of Genesis (the book of the beginning), Moses wrote about life. Genesis 3:22 is a perfect example, it reads “And the LORD God said, Behold the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever”. The word “live” here (Genesis 3:22) is the Hebrew word “chayah”, and it is used here for living forever. Therefore, the tree of life used by Moses in Genesis chapter 2 was figurative of eternal life; God’s plan for man to live forever. Therefore, Moses as a prophet of God spoke of eternal life as a promise to be fulfilled in Christ Jesus. God’s promise for man was eternal life and not death. So, we’ve seen three instances in Moses’ account where eternal life was spoken of, and they are more.
Let’s add Exodus 33:20; after Moses had requested God to show him his glory, God responded saying “And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live”. The word “live” here in Exodus 33:20 will be a promise of eternal life. God is speaking here of the promise of eternal life which will be fulfilled as he is also seen physically. Seeing God physically was a promise which when fulfilled will not result in death rather eternal life. So, there is a grammatical error in Exodus 33:20 by the King James translation, verse 20 can be better rendered as: “…then shall no man see me and not live…” or “…then shall no man see me and not be kept alive forever…” This implies that when this promise is fulfilled, man will be made alive. This is a promise of eternal life. Today, we have not just seen him, he lives in us. His very life is our nature. Eternal life is at work in us. He has given us eternal life and we can never perish. Glory!
INSTRUCTION: Eternal life is at work in you. Acknowledge this.
CONFESSION: I affirm boldly that eternal life is at work in me; I am of God. The DNA of God is at work in my inside.
QUOTE: God’s life which is eternal is eternally the believers’ life.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: EXODUS CHAPTER 33; EVENING: GENESIS CHAPTER 3