“To think is to reason what logical is to unsurprising.”
Russell D. Holder
Since you already know… I find it illogical when people can base what little they do believe on the most unlikely considerations… even imagination. I find it more than illogical, even perplexing, when people (might) insist on commenting without an explanation to the rationale they use to arrive at their conclusion(s) expressed- as if they might be an authority on anything at all. To find this as their reason [for themselves] not to believe in what stems from (for the sake of example) the Bible. Let’s search for some validity to ruminate on… and go past history, logic, prophetic writing, realistic and practical examples of belief… to the very ‘promises of God- provision.’
The most amazing thing provided to us in the word of God (the Bible) is the numerous patterns of parallels. A series of: repeated events, sequences or use of names- even God’s own. To see this is to understand what God desires from us- a relationship (personal and individual). Even the names of God imply this truth. Three such names cry out to the soul of any listening… Jehovah-jireh (The Lord Who Provides), Jehovah-rapha (The Lord Who Heals) and Jehovah-nissi (The Lord Our Banner). See an article on them here. There is surety found in the promises of God (Jehovah-jireh) made to man and mankind.
Abraham and Isaac set out on a short journey together. Little did Isaac know God had told Abraham to sacrifice his son, spoken of in Genesis 22:2, knowing Isaac came about by God’s promise to Abraham… to be the ‘Father of many nations’. Sarah was barren for more than 90 years but bore Abraham a Son, and the covenant (promise) made was an everlasting covenant (one without end). See this referred to in Genesis 17¹ or see the reference 1 below. Here is where the image (pattern or parallel) becomes obvious… telling us of the substitutionary object Jesus was to be for us, just as the ram provided for Abraham, and the priests sacrificing lambs for the sins of the people of Israel.
1… listen to Genesis 17 here but you will have to click Genesis 17 for the right passage of scripture. Also, the audio track starts right up once you click to the link… so you’ll have to hit pause before Genesis 1 has started to play.
The story of Joseph is replete with: images, parallels and number sequences (logical when considering Bolzano’s Logic); which infers more than a mere connection to ‘logic and mathematics (the use of numbers)’. Below is a very brief abstract from the hyperlink above…
Following Aristotle, Bolzano distinguished two sorts of proofs: those which show that something is the case and those which also show why it is so.
Joseph was an archetype for what Jesus would become to the Jewish people: a provider of nourishment (Jesus came from Bethlehem… the root of Jesse [King David], and Bethlehem was called ‘the house of bread’), an authority granted to him in Egypt (Jesus was given authority by the Father [His Father in heaven]), Joseph spoke of three days in the interpretation of dreams (Jesus spent three days before He was resurrected from the grave)… and the list goes on. I do not believe in coincidence, when it comes to God, mankind could never see as many patterns coming from the Torah or the Bible as we see (plainly and logically) today- let alone those found in ‘the Bible Codes’ with Dr. Eliyahu Rips. There is also a lengthy video (1:32:28 minutes in duration) that provides logical proof of an infallible nature- speaking to us clearly in and from these patterns.
In looking at this profusion of honors heaped suddenly upon Joseph, it cannot be doubted that he would humbly yet thankfully acknowledge the hand of a special Providence in conducting him through all his checkered course to almost royal power; and we, who know more than Joseph did, cannot only see that his advancement was subservient to the most important purposes relative to the Church of God, but learn the great lesson that a Providence² directs the minutest events of human life.
2… the protective care of God as a spiritual power (some definitions would add ‘or of nature’ but nature cannot protect us from ourselves) which will aid man in the timely preparation for future eventualities. For Joseph it would be to provide for Israel in time of famine.
Genesis 37:28 Then there passed by Midianites merchantmen; and they drew and lifted up Joseph out of the pit, and sold Joseph to the Ishmeelites for twenty pieces of silver: and they brought Joseph into Egypt.
[Joseph was betrayed by his Brothers]
Matthew 27:3& 4 3 Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, 4 Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see thou that.
[Jesus was betrayed by one of His disciples… for silver also]
[Below is from Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible… for Matthew 27]
The Centurion’s Testimony (Matthew 27:54). [I’m adding this here of my own accord… Is this the same Centurion found here?]
Now when the centurion–the military superintendent of the execution.
and they that were with him watching Jesus, saw the earthquake–or felt it and witnessed its effects.
they feared greatly–convinced of the presence of a Divine Hand.
saying, Truly this was the Son of God–There cannot be a reasonable doubt that this expression was used in the Jewish sense, and that it points to the claim which Jesus made to be the Son of God, and on which His condemnation expressly turned. The meaning, then, clearly is that He must have been what He professed to be; in other words, that He was no impostor. There was no medium between those two. See, the similar testimony of the penitent thief–“This man hath done nothing amiss”–on Luke 23:41 .
The Galilean Women ( Matthew 27:55, Matthew 27:56 ).
[Below comes from here, a clear view of who God is to His people and those willing to believe He, Jesus, is ‘The Messiah’]
Postexilic prophets spoke of the Messiah as the royal, redeeming, restoring One to come ( Hag 2:20-22 ; Zech 4:1-14 ; 6:9-15 ; 9:9-10 ), Malachi spoke of the Messiah as a cleansing agent who, as messenger of the covenant, would bring healing in his wings ( 3:1-4 ; 4:1-3 ).
As John the Baptist proclaimed… “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” ( John 1:29 ).
The biblical messiah, who was symbolized and typified, as explained below, was a divine-human being, ordained by God the Father to be the mediator of the covenant and as such to be the administrator of the kingdom of God.
After the Exile it assumed the form Jeshua, whence the Greek form Jesus. It was given to our Lord to denote the object of his mission, to save… to provide a way for us (Matthew 1:21).
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