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14! Living In Abundance: Jn. 10:10b, January 2014

Our God is awesome. One of His unique names is, Wonderful (Isa. 9:6); Jehovah Elshadai is a performer and creator of wonders. Sometimes God gives us explicit information, but at some other times He may speak, as Jesus occasionally did, in parables and would expect His very elect to understand.

To the conventional eye; to the mathematician, ordinal numbers are just what they are; a means of counting and perhaps a means of effective understanding of the sequential arrangement of objects or Matter to determine effective quantities. Numbers also help us to handle issues that would have been hitherto complex and complicated; such as multiplications, additions, divisions, subtractions, fractions, decimals, exponents etc.

However this article, like others before it and many after it, is not necessarily one that seeks to bother on functional academic instrumentality and rigor. It is not written to test the degree of our academic excellence; it is not written to make more meaning to the learned and to become more confusing to the less-educated. The reader is not supposed to have special skills or special education to be able to appreciate the theme or central message of the article. As a consequence therefore, I am not going to dwell on the mathematical/scientific relevance of numbers. In other words, the main issue, here, is not what the mathematician decides to do with the number; 14; he could for instance decide to make additions, subtractions or divisions that would involve or end with 14. Rather, what I want to do is to see if we could, perhaps, find anything in the scriptures, any pattern, that could make us to be a bit careful with this number and the frequency of its biblical occurrence, and think again to see if there may be hidden divine information in the periodicity of the number’s intervals. Is it for instance, possible, searching the scriptures, that we could find that intervals of 14 in time and space would mean anything to God, either in the old dispensation and now in the new dispensation?

Somebody may say to me, “Come on pastor! 14 is just a figure out of so many other combinations of 0 to 9. Should we really read any ulterior meanings to it?” I advise you not to be judgmental at this point. Let’s search the scriptures. As we do that please take notice of a few things that are of common Christian knowledge; powerful revelational commandments; facts and information that the almighty God gave to his children particularly at the 14th verses of respective scriptures or sometimes at the 14th verses of the 14th chapters of the scriptures.

In Exodus 14:14 God said to the children of Israel “The Lord shall fight for you and ye shall hold your peace”. This statement summarized for them what the outcome of a battle of more than 400 years was going to be. It was after this statement that God asked Moses to ask the children of Israel to move forward to experience one of the most complicated methods of warfare ever; the red sea consumed Pharaoh and His men. It was an assurance from God that He would always fight for His children. All He expects us to do is to hold our peace.

As we go to Jn. 14:14 we see that our Lord Jesus Christ made a profound statement that serves almost as a blank check of power and authority to every Christian. He said that if we would ask anything in His name, He would do it.

In Jer. 14:14 the Lord gave a warning to us concerning false prophets. He said that the false prophets would prophesy lies; they would claim that the message is from God even when that is a lie. The false prophet would give false vision and divination; a thing of nought that comes from the deceit of their hearts.

2 Chr. 7:14, tells us that if the people of God would humble themselves and pray, God will hear from heaven, forgive them and heal their land.

In Lk. 7:14 Jesus reversed the irreversible when he touched the dead son of the widow of Nain and commanded the young man to arise and it was so.

Lk. 8:14 is rather a curious verse. Jesus explained the meaning of the seed that fell among the thorns. He said they were like the believer who backslid due to the cares and riches and pleasures of this life.

In Matt. 5:14 Jesus made one of the most revealing declarations of who a believer is when He said “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid”.

I will like to explain this one: 1 Cor. 15:14. The scripture says: “And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain”. This simply tells us that we are who we are today; we have the hope we have today; that hope of everlasting life and eternal salvation simply because Jesus Christ of Nazareth resurrected from death. If Jesus had not resurrected our preaching would have been in vain and of course our faith and expectations would also have been in vain. Therefore, we have the hope of salvation not just because Jesus died for our sins but also because He resurrected from death and went to heaven to sit at the right hand of God the father.

2 Cor. 6:14 says that the Christian should not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers.

When we read about the rough ride Apostle Paul had with his co-travelers in the sea we discover that it was in Acts 27:14 that a tempestuous wind called the Euroclydon rose up against them. They faced that ordeal because nobody in that ship could listen to the early warnings of Apostle Paul. He had warned them in vs 10 that the journey would be with hurt and great damage, but they ignored him. Euroclydon ultimately drove the ship to its destruction. Even when Paul and others survived the ordeal, they lost the ship and all the goods it carried.

Deut. 28:14 is what I call the interphase verse. It is one verse that separates blessings from curses. Deut. 28:1-13 is full of the blessings of God to those that hearken to the word of God. The curses upon those who would not hearken to the commandments of God starts from Deut. 28:15. Vs 14 has neither a blessing nor a curse but rather it is almost a reminder of what God said in vs 1 that we should obey His commandments and that we should not serve other gods. Is there any reason why Deut. 28:14 was made to stand out; with neither a blessing nor a curse but rather with a reminder of Deut. 28:1?

Of all of these scriptures, the one that could perhaps give us more food for thought as to the possible divine relevance, if any, of the periodicity of the number; 14 could be found in Matt. 1:17. A friend brought this fascinating verse to my notice. It says “So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; and from David until the carrying away into Babylon are fourteen generations; and from the carrying away into Babylon unto Christ are fourteen generations”. Could there be a reason why God would program any of those landmark, generational shifts, including the earthly birth of our Lord Jesus Christ to coincide with the beginning of a fourteenth generation? We don’t know.

I know you may have noticed, at this point, that this year is 2014. It could be said to be the year that could mark the beginning or ending of a 14th Time; generation, event, career, marriage, whatever in the life of any Christian. It is not my intention to sound prophetic in this article. No! My analysis is simply based on pure deductive and inferential reasoning. Is it just, therefore, possible, based on the scriptures we had seen and even more, that there could be anything that the almighty God might be saying to us this year that he last said 14 years ago?; is there anything that He is saying to us now that He would want us to pay particular attention to, just because this is the 14th interval; the 14th period? For instance, is it just possible that God could be saying much more emphatically to us this year, that He will fight for us and all we may need to do is just to hold our peace? Is it also possible that God may be saying to us, this year that we should be much more careful even with false prophets and false doctrines? Is it also possible that, this year we should hearken to the warnings of God, through His genuine prophets, so as to avoid unpleasant tempestuous experiences similar to those of Apostle Paul and his co-travelers? Finally is it just possible that this year could mark the beginning of a positive generational shift, the type that the world perhaps experienced last, 14 years ago? After all, from David to Abraham was 14 generations and from the carrying away into Babylon unto the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ was 14 generations.

I leave you to draw your own conclusions.

If you have not given your life to Christ please do so now for tomorrow might be too late.

God bless you.

Pastor Fidelis Nwachukwu

RCCG Throne of Grace Parish

317 Woodpoint Ave.,

Hagerstown MD 21740, USA

Email: rccgthroneofgraceparish@ymail.com

Website: http://www.rccgthroneofgraceusa.org

 

Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 07:52am