Sunday Morning Sermon Series:  “The Word of Incarnation” part 1

The Word Preincarnate part 1

The Word of the LORD is a person; but before the incarnation of the Word, God’s people experienced the Word manifested in various ways (Heb. 1:1-2).  Samuel heard the audible Word. Abraham saw, sat with, spoke with, and ate with the Word.  Jeremiah was touched by the Word!  Hence the Old Testament (OT) cryptically revealed that the Word of the LORD is more than a spoken or written Word.  Although a handful of godly men encountered the Word of the LORD in the OT, such encounters were temporary manifestations of the Preincarnate Word.  But even though such were types and shadows of the incarnation to come, the experiences were real, tangible, sobering, and transformative.  Nevertheless, such real manifestations could not compare to the eternal Son of God’s actual incarnation (Heb. 1:1-3)!  For such is a hidden yet simultaneously revealed glory (2 Cor. 3:14-18; 4:4-7, 16-18; 1 Cor. 13:12; Isa. 53:1-3).  Likewise in the OT, the same hidden glory of the Word came to occasionally reveal Himself before He took on flesh at the “fullness of time” (Gal. 4:4).

The Word Preincarnate part 2

The same Word who appeared to Samuel, Abraham, and Jeremiah also manifested Himself to Joshua on the eve of battle.  Joshua approached the Man who had a sword drawn in hand and the Man identified Himself as the Commander of the army of YHWH.  General Joshua immediately “fell on his face and worshiped” Him and then asked for marching orders.  Three verses after, the Commander is called LORD (YHWH).  There is no doubt that the Word of YHWH is the same person of the triune godhead (godhood) as the Commander of the armies of YHWH.  He is the Son Preincarnate.  As we acknowledge Memorial Day, I do so with great respect to our fallen soldiers and even those of other nations; for the soldier is not his own but a possession of his nation who died executing his duties.  Earthly soldiers don’t get to decide what wars or battles to fight. They can only follow orders and thus should be honored for their faithful service to death.  As a soldier in the LORD’s army, we too must obey and fight for our Commander.  However, when we do so, we not only earn respect, we fight and die for the noblest cause in history – the Gospel.  Thank you fallen soldiers, and thank you Commander of God’s army for dying and raising to achieve victory for us.

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