Understanding The Economy of Heaven – Part 4
Aligning yourself with God’s Provisions
God’s provision is yet another principle we find in scripture which many people completely miss. The principle is simple – God, as Jehovah Jireh, has created everything you will ever need before you were even conceived!
There is a law of biblical interpretation called the law of first mention. Theologians believe that the first time something is mentioned in the Bible, it establishes a pattern for every subsequent occurrence.
Did you ever wonder why God made man last? He was establishing a pattern. God created everything man would need first. He provided for mans’ needs before creating mankind.
Even after the fall of Adam and Eve, God provided. A quick glance at Genesis 3:21 pictures God provided clothing for them. While He had clothed them in His glory before the fall, now He clothed them in animal skins.
However, this incident runs much deeper. God obtained these animal skins as a result of sacrificing the animals. God, Himself provided the blood sacrifice required for fellowship to continue with man.
Abraham understood this when he was walking with his only son, Isaac, up the mountain to the threshing floor. Isaac saw that they were carrying everything necessary for a blood sacrifice, except the lamb. When he asked his father about it, Abraham said,
“And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering” (Gen 22:8). KJV Emphasis mine.
This pointed to the ram caught in the thicket that Abraham and Isaac ultimately sacrificed that day. It also pointed to God providing the ultimate lamb, Jesus.
Speaking of Jesus, did you ever stop and think about the wise men that came bearing gifts? It took three years for them to journey to Bethlehem, following that star. The provision they brought may very well have supplied all of Jesus’ needs while here on earth.
What you lack already exists
Jesus was not a poor man. His robe was so expensive that the soldiers refused to tear it up and distribute the pieces. They recognized the quality of material and seamless design. So, they cast lots to decide who would get this prized possession.
After the imprisonment of John the Baptist, Jesus moved to Capernaum. Many theologians believe that Jesus owned his own home in Capernaum. He was a citizen who paid taxes only required of residents. An understanding of the culture of Jesus’ time would require this.
For the law of first mention to be valid, it means that the pattern established by God – His provision for man before creation – must carry over to us.
Consider that whatever you lack already exists. God established it before He created you. Jesus told us that even the birds understand this (Matt 6:26).
You may be asking, if it already exists, where is it? Why can’t I see it? The simple answer is that it exists in the spirit realm and is awaiting your withdrawal into this physical realm.
How to make this withdrawal is outlined in scripture. However, it is too far off topic to be covered here. Look at The Joseph Gate reports about “The Glory of God” and “The Kingdom of Heaven” for discussions about this important topic – keys to aligning yourself with God’s provision.