THE WORD OF THE LORD
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made…
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth…
And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him [was] called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
His eyes [were] as a flame of fire, and on his head [were] many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.
And he [was] clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God…
Christ is the living Word of God. He has never been anything less than the Word of God. He is the true bread from heaven. The manna which fell in the wilderness was not the bread of heaven, but it did tell of Him before. And that manna had two expressions. First, six days in the week. it was collected. It was as the “daily bread” Jesus alluded too; “Give us this day, our daily bread”. It was in fact given, but had to be sought for, collected, brought home and consumed. Always there was enough. Just enough to get to tomorrow. It was not suitable for storage. If you attempted to collect more than a day’s worth so you did not have to collect any tomorrow, it stank and bread worms. The exception was the Sabbath. On the day before, enough was to be collected for that day, as well as the Sabbath. This was a figure of rest. Once the children of Jacob set foot into the figurative land of promise, the manna ceased to fall as before. Neither did it fall again. But a portion was collected and hidden in a golden pot, and it entered the Holiest place once, and for all.
When the WORD became flesh, news reached Herod that one had been born to be King of Judah. Inasmuch as Herod was appointed king of Judeah by the Roman senate, it is no wonder “Herod was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him”. When Jesus was nailed to a tree, tormented and murdered, as far as Herod and all Jerusalem believed, a rather inconvenient period of time was now nothing but history. An on a certain day, Herod put on his royal robes and gave an oration. The people were moved. I don’t know what Herod said, but it must have been powerful and convincing, for the people proclaimed “It is the voice of a god, and not a man”. The people had chosen: yesterday’s bread is the bread for them. Herod fell down dead, eaten from the inside out, by the worms he bred. And I guarantee you that a short time later, he stank.
So then, what of the Word? With the time of the WORD made flesh now past, how do we know Him? The scriptures say, and experience says, we can know Him no more after the flesh. Herod signified, in his last disposition, the attempt to go back to yesterday’s manna, after the Bread of Heaven had entered into His rest. So, where is this hidden manna? What did Jesus mean when he said the overcomer would receive the right to eat of the hidden manna? Hidden where?
In the times before Moses and the written commandments, we read how that “The Word of the Lord” came to many individuals:
Genesis 26:5 (KJV)
“Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.” ( notice that this happened some 470 years before Moses.) ( Jesus, on the cross, took Moses out of the way, and yet Jesus says if we love Him, we keep HIS commandments)
The Word of the Lord came to Joseph as the revelation of Christ in resurrection, for Joseph’s star of his dreams was not the star he was in Jacob, but the star he received (in a figure) when he came up out of the pit his brethren cast him into to die. What Joseph was shown, and preached, and what his brethren hated him for, was the resurrection. It was Christ in you, to which all other stars and sheaves and places of origin bow. Joseph’s star was the resurrection. His sheaf, his “bread” the bread of heaven, the Living Word within. His Father, THE FATHER, to the chagrin of Jacob and Rachel. We read how that David wrote of Joseph in the Psalms, how that until The Word of the Lord came to Joseph, The Word of the Lord tried him. In other words, until the things the Lord had revealed to him were fulfilled in him, he was tried and tested severely, whether he belied it or not.
Samuel was born to a barren mother and dedicated to the Lord. While serving the type and shadow of things, the Lord began to call to him. At first, he thought it was Eli, the priest. Eventually he learned it was the Lord. And finally, the Word of the Lord revealed Himself to Samuel in Shiloh, and Eli, and his two sons died, and the lamp went out in the “house of the Lord” and the ark departed from Israel. But all Israel knew that the Word of the Lord was in Samuel.
John on the Isle of Patmos saw the Word of the Lord as standing within. Elijah learned the Word of the Lord was that small , still voice, found nowhere but within.
Indeed, if you read and believe the things Jesus said, as recorded in John 14, you understand the He, Christ, The Word, came expediently on the full day of Pentecost, exactly as He said he would.
The Word of the Lord, is Christ…The Anointing, The Teacher, The Comforter, The Paraclete (the one who walks along side) The bread of heaven is the hidden manna who lives and abides within. He does not come and go; He lives and abides. The bread of heaven does not go into the mouth as a ritualistic piece of dead flesh. It goes OUT of the heart, via the mouth, as the Living Word. Christ in you, the hope of glory, is the Same Word that was , and is, from the beginning.
Herod and all Jerusalem are in error. The Word of God is alive, powerful, and come. The end of the age will be catalyzed with the WORD. Living speech. That Word and Power are in the earth now. We are one loaf in the Lord.
“…for it is not you that speak, but the Spirit of your Father that speaks in you…”
“He that is joined to the Lord, is One Spirit”