Larry Roques

Larry Roques

The Pastor's Journal of House of Joy Church

FIVEFOLD GIFTS OF LOVE

                    Fivefold Gifts of Love
                              December, 21 2014


Daniel 2:37-44

You, O king, are a king of kings. For the God of heaven has given you a kingdom, power, strength, and glory; and wherever the children of men dwell, or the beasts of the field and the birds of the heaven, He has given them into your hand, and has made you ruler over them all— you are this head of gold. But after you shall arise another kingdom inferior to yours; then another, a third kingdom of bronze, which shall rule over all the earth. And the fourth kingdom shall be as strong as iron, inasmuch as iron breaks in pieces and shatters everything; and like iron that crushes, that kingdom will break in pieces and crush all the others. Whereas you saw the feet and toes, partly of potter’s clay and partly of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; yet the strength of the iron shall be in it, just as you saw the iron mixed with ceramic clay. And as the toes of the feet were partly of iron and partly of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong and partly fragile. As you saw iron mixed with ceramic clay, they will mingle with the seed of men; but they will not adhere to one another, just as iron does not mix with clay. And in the days of these kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people; it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever. (
Daniel 2:37-44 NKJV)

Daniel has been given place of prominence in the courts of Nebuchadnezzar the King. The young prophet is the interpreter for the dreams given the troubled King...and this time Nebuchadnezzar has had a whopper. Daniel prays and an interpretation comes forth from God. Daniel begins to describe kingdoms in his interpreting, each one more troubled and flawed than the previous....until he reaches a fifth kingdom....It is a kingdom that is established and is infallible. It is a kingdom that consumes all of the others...and this kingdom has no end.

The number five in the Bible is representative throughout as a number strongly and undeniably connected to God’s grace. Wherever you find a strong move of God’s involvement in scripture, you almost always see the number five. In the Ten Commandments you have two sets of five....the first five applied to man’s relationship with God...the second set of five having to deal with man’s relationship with each other. There are five loaves and fishes...the mark of man’s inability to provide for himself, but immeasurably met through the Grace of God. There is the Torah, the first five books of the Old Testament. The Psalms are divided into five sections. The five wounds of Christ and we could Go on .

 

The Five Kingdoms

·         The statue's head of god represented Babylon (Daniel 2:32, 38)

·         The Chest and Arms of Silver symbolized the Persian Empire (Daniel 2:32, 39)

·         The Belly and Thighs of Bronze (brass) represented the Macedonian Empire under Alexander the Great

·         The Two Legs of Iron symbolized Rome's Empire (Daniel 2:33, 40 - 43)

·         The Ten Toes of Iron mixed with Clay are the successors to the Roman Empire (Daniel 2:41 - 44)








High Five…God’s grace

Genesis 17:1-7

When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am Almighty God; walk before Me and be blameless. And I will make My covenant between Me and you, and will multiply you exceedingly.” Then Abram fell on his face, and God talked with him, saying: “As for Me, behold, My covenant is with you, and you shall be a father of many nations. No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you a father of many nations. I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you. And I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you in their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and your descendants after you. (
Genesis 17:1-7 NKJV)


Genesis 17:15-16

Then God said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name. And I will bless her and also give you a son by her; then I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of peoples shall be from her.” (
Genesis 17:15-16 NKJV)




God changed Abram's name to Abraham by adding the letter/number five to his name [Genesis 17:5].  He changed Sarai's name by adding the same letter/number with the value of "grace" to form the name Sarah [Genesis 17:15].  Abraham and Sarah were transformed by grace to become the parents of a family from which the Messiah would be born. The Hebrew letter “H” also has a numeric value...that being the value of “5”. By adding the letter H to Abraham’s name, he essentially changed Abram’s future from one of fatherlessness to that of being father of a multitude...as many descendants as the stars of the sky. By adding that same letter “H” to  Sarai’s name....he changed her from barren and infertile to the mother of a great nation and essentially the grandmother of God’s hope and grace sent to earth.





The Recompense of the Righteous

Isaiah 9:6-7

For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace There will be no end, Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, To order it and establish it with judgment and justice From that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this. (
Isaiah 9:6-7 NKJV)

A child and a son was sent to us to fix the situation that was severed by man (the number 6). Through Adam’s sin we were condemned to sure and certain death (separation from God) as our end to this life. Through Grace....Jesus was given a fivefold blessing and recompense for sin of man.

He came to us as 1.Wonderful 2.Counselor  3.Mighty God 4.Everlasting Father and  5.The Prince of Peace.


The Five of Choice and Wisdom

Matthew 25:1-13


“Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish. Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept. “And at midnight a cry was heard: ‘Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him!’ Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the wise answered, saying, ‘ No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.’ And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut. “Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us!’ But he answered and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.’ “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming. (
Matthew 25:1-13 NKJV)

 

The story of the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32) teaches us a lesson that far exceeds the acts of squandering and unfaithfulness. At the same time, it is a powerful illustration of God’s love and grace as he has given us the gift of a free will. The father in the parable of the prodigal never writes off the son as having the ability to come home and repent. This is the same threshold of choice given us through the finished work of the cross. As we look at the life of the prodigal, he had taken every good thing given to him by his father and spent it on the world. It left him worn down; sick, discouraged, abused by those who he thought would be there for him. It is the story of how God ever waits at the doorway of our hearts to receive us back, not as slaves, but as children.

Here in Matthew 25 we see a type and shadow of the contemporary prodigals. This time, it is ten virgins....separated as two sets of 5. The significance here is both sets are numbered as having the same availability of grace. Five have been preparing themselves for the arrival of the bridegroom...five have slumbered and wasted their time and now find themselves with no oil (Holy Spirit) to carry them to this important engagement. They try to implore to the wise virgins who have prepared for this hour, but the wise virgins have none to spare. Two sets of virgins....both covered by grace...one accepts....one rejects. Consequences ensue.

 

I have written the five “nevers” of God’s grace.

 

Never underestimate God’s love and grace

Never reject a gift laid at your feet by God

Never assume that you have been forgotten

Never let your thinking take you to self-importance

Never forget that God’s love is greater than your biggest fault.

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