- Parent Category: About God
- Category: The Person of Christ
- Published on Thursday, 22 June 2006 19:54
Chapter 19 - The Moral Glories of Christ
In The Old Testament
The Moral Glories of Christ are seen in the prophecies, illustrations, types and offerings of the Old Testament. It is clearly stated by the Lord Himself that He is the subject of the Old Testament (Luke 24:27; John 5:39, 46). Illustrations and types fail at some point, so we do not have in them a full and perfect unfolding of these Moral Glories; but there is much we can glean from them. May this meditation enhance the appreciation of Christ in our hearts and be a challenge to us to live more like Him.
His Moral Glories are the moral features that were manifested by Him, and that reveal the perfection of His character, such as, uprightness (Isa. 53:9), love (Hosea 11:4), gentleness and tenderness (Psa. 40:11; Isa. 42:3), truth (Psa. 45:4), gladness (Psa. 16:9), meekness (Psa. 45:4), humility (Isa. 42:2), grace (Psa. 45:2), submissiveness (Isa. 53:1), righteousness (Isa. 53:1 1), faith and dependence (Psa. 16:1), obedience (Psa. 40:8), devotion (Psa. 16:5), purity (Psa. 24:4) and zeal (Psa. 69:9). These Moral Glories, as well as others, were perfectly manifested in Him at all times; each one in complete harmony with the others. This is clearly illustrated in the Meal (Meat, K.J.V.) Offering in Leviticus
THE FINENESS OF THE FLOUR
No millstone is said to grind the grain into flour - no need for any process to produce evenness in Him. Varied circumstances so necessary to develop character in us, only served to demonstrate perfection of character in Christ. There was no predominant feature in Him, but absolute balance and complete evenness. We may perform acts of devotion, but even these are imperfect to the eye of God, and at their best irregular and fitful. However, from Christ there issued a continuous stream of perfect activity which could only be in keeping with His perfect character. This activity was the result of a heart of devotion completely surrendered to His God. In One who was perfect, there could never be any irregularity or unevenness, in thought, word or deed. Perfection of character can only be present where every inward feeling and every outward expression is in continual and absolute conformity to the character of God.
The very best features that were predominant in the best of men recede into insignificance as we view the Moral Glories of Christ. His walk with God was more fragrant than Enoch?s, His faith surpassed Abraham?s, His Sonship was greater than Isaac?s, His grace outstripped David?s, His vision was more glorious than Isaiah?s and His devotion outshone Daniel?s. He was more righteous than Noah, more princely than Jacob, more fruitful than Joseph, more meek than Moses, more faithful than Caleb, stronger than Samson, more ready to hearken than Samuel, wiser than Solomon and more compassionate than Jeremiah. Every feature was seen in perfection in Him.
THE FRESHNESS OF THE OIL
The oil is a type of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit was not only linked with the birth of Christ, but also with His life. He was anointed with the Spirit, led by the Spirit and returned from the wilderness in the power of the Spirit(Luke 1:35; 4:1, 14, 18). He was the only man who always moved in the power of the Spirit. All the graces of Christ were perfectly manifested at all times in the power of the Spirit. We should allow the Spirit to increasingly develop these features in us.
THE FRAGRANCE OF THE FRANKINCENSE
This was all for the altar and always went up to God. Only God could appreciate the fragrance of the life of Christ ?no man knoweth the Son, but the Father? (Matt. 11:27). Whatever He did, was done consciously under the eye of God and primarily for the pleasure of God. As we think of the fragrance of the frankincense, we recall that ?He is fairer than the children of men? and ?all His garments smell of myrrh, and aloes, and cassia? (Psa. 45:2, 8). Although He moved in a world of sin and corruption His life was ever fragrant, for He knew no defilement.
THE FORBIDDEN ELEMENTS - Leaven and Honey
In the Scriptures, leaven always speaks of evil. There was no trace of leaven in Christ as He moved in holy, sinless Manhood in this world. The paschal lamb (Ex. 12:5), the fine twined linen (Ex. 26:1; 27:9) and the demands of God that every offering be without blemish (Lev. 1:3, etc.), all pointed forward to the sinlessness of Christ, Who was perfect in His activities, affections, aspirations and affirmations (Psa. 24:4).
Honey is produced as a result of a change taking place, and would speak of that which changes in order to please others. The Lord Jesus did not change to please men. Although men didn?t appreciate the moral perfections of the Lord Jesus, Who was ever the same, God did, and said, ?This is My beloved Son, in Whom lam well pleased? (Matt. 3:17). As He manifested love and compassion, as no one else could, it was not the result of any change in Him, but the display of what He was in Himself.
THE FLAVOUR OF THE SALT
Salt speaks of the positive energy of holiness - the preservative element of all that is right in the sight of God. The Ten Commandments set forth that which is right, both Godward and manward. The Lord Jesus could say, ?Thy law is within My heart? (Psa. 40:8). Holiness characterized His life. In all that He did, both Godward and manward, the salt of the covenant of His God was never lacking. He always gave to God that which was right, as He always ministered to His neighbour that which was in keeping with the demands of God.
Holiness should characterize every department of our lives - ?But as He which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation (living); Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy? (I Pet. 1:15, 16).
Christ was the Blessed Man Who trod a perfect path of separation and meditation (Psa. 1); the Good Man whose steps were ordered by the Lord (Psa. 37:23); the Wise Son who made the Father glad (Prov. 10:1); and the Diligent One who garnished God with riches (Prov. 10:4). He set the Lord always before Him (Psa. 16:8); walked in His integrity and in the truth (Psa. 26:1, 3); magnified the law and made it honourable (Isa. 42:21); had the tongue of the learned, and knew how to speak and was not rebellious (Isa. 50:4-5); and was without failure (Isa. 42:4). He was the True Nazarite Who was ever sparated to His God (Num. 5). His life was like waters in the wilderness and streams in the desert (Isa. 35:6), being characterized by freshness, fragrance and fruitfulness.
In conclusion, let us briefly consider the Song of Solomon 5:10-16. V.10.
He is white - The purity of His Person; Ruddy - His consecration - ?Wist ye not that I must be about my Father?s business? (Luke 2:49); ?the chief: among ten thousand? - the conspicuous One - that in all things He might have the preeminence? (Col. 1:18). V.11. His head as the most fine gold and his locks bushy and black as a raven suggest Divine thoughts (omniscience) and unabating vigour (no change) - ?Thou art the same? (Heb. 1:10-12). V.12. His eves as the eyes of doves suggest tenderness and love, while the rivers of water would speak of the deep longing of His heart (Psa. 42:1, Luke 22:15). The eyes washed with milk tell of the purity of His love (Heb. 1:9) and that they were fitly set, the perfection and beauty of His love. V.13. His cheeks as a bed of spices, as sweet flowers - His fragrance and grace, even when smitten (Micah 5:1); His lips like lilies, dropping sweet-smelling myrrh - ?the lips of the righteous feed many? and ?know what is acceptable? (Prov. 10:21, 32). V.14. His hands as gold rings set with the beryl suggest power, authority and dignity - ?The hand of the diligent shall bear rule? (Prov. 12:24). V.15. His legs as pillars of marble, set upon sockets of fine gold - strength and steadfastness in righteousness; His countenance as Lebanon, excellent as the cedars majesty, greatness and beauty forever. V.16. His mouth (taste as in chap. 2:3) most sweet - whatever He received from His God was sweet to Him. He said, ?I delight to do Thy will, 0 My God? (Psa. 40:8). HE IS ALTOGETHER LOVELY - He is the concentration of loveliness, and every part of Him is desirable.
The altogether lovely One should be the centre of the heart?s affection. May our meditation cause us to search our lives and to remove anything that would hinder our giving Christ His rightful place.