Friday, December 15, 2017

Ephesians, part 2, Linking to a Hebrew Letter


Ephesians links to Deuteronomy and Daniel, 2 Old Testament books that match up to the Hebrew letter hey like Ephesians. Compare Ephesians 6:1 – 3 with Deuteronomy 5: 16
 1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise— 3 “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.”
 16 “Honor your father and your mother, as the LORD your God has commanded you, so that you may live long and that it may go well with you in the land the LORD your God is giving you.
This commandment is found in Exodus, too, but does not include the blessing of long life there. Only in these hey books do things match up so nicely.

When we looked at the first hey book, Deuteronomy, I promised that secrets would be revealed. Compare Deuteronomy 29:29 to Daniel 2:22:
 29 The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law.
22 He reveals deep and hidden things;
   he knows what lies in darkness,
   and light dwells with him.
That’s pretty cool, but wouldn’t it be really awesome if the third hey book, Ephesians, had something similar? It does. Check it out – Ephesians 3: 2-3:

 2 Surely you have heard about the administration of God’s grace that was given to me for you, 3 that is, the mystery made known to me by revelation, as I have already written briefly.