Through the Bible with Les Feldick
LESSON 1 * PART 1 * BOOK 69
REDEEM, REDEEMED, REDEMPTION – PART 1
Various Scripture References
My, it’s good to see everybody in this afternoon. We’ve got more than a full house. It won’t be long and they’re going to have to give us a bigger studio, aren’t they? We’ve got folks here from Indiana, Illinois, and various parts of Oklahoma. Now, did I miss any other out of state? Oh yeah, Texas. Good grief, yes, right here in front of me. So anyway, we want all of you to feel welcome and to know how much we appreciate your coming in and being a part of this. You know, I think some of our visitors from Chicago were just anxious to get here and start meeting the people that they’ve been seeing on television over the years. It’s just a good time this afternoon. Plus, we trust that we’re blessed with the feeding of the Word of God.
Okay, for all of you out in television, again, we just have to thank you. When the letters come in, oh, every letter that comes in I wish could answer. Well, I’d never get anything else done, of course, so you have to just let me get by with this on television, to express my personal appreciation for all of your good letters. My, what a shot in the arm it is every day to hear the response from the program, and so many coming to a true knowledge of salvation for the first time. We just can’t praise the Lord enough.
Okay, we’re going to start a new book today, Book 69. I’m going to depart from the “But Now’s and But God’s,” and we’re going to take a look at one of the themes of Scripture. We’re going to chase it all the way down from Genesis to Revelation. It’s this whole idea of redemption, and Jerry’s got the three various word forms. We’ve got the word “redeemed,” and we’ve got the verb tense “to redeem,” and then the noun is “redemption.” Of course, they’re all associated with the same act of God which is by definition – “buying back something that was originally owned and lost.” That’s the whole idea of redemption. I always use the simple illustration in our western culture of a “hockshop.”
I’ve never, fortunately, ever had to hock something, but I have bought things in a hockshop, because you can get some pretty good deals, you know. But the whole idea of a hockshop is that if you get in a financial bind you can take something that may be rather intrinsically precious to you and get a small amount of money for it. Then, hopefully, down the road you can go back and redeem it by buying it back. And hopefully, in a hockshop, it will still be there. So, the whole idea of redemption is that you have owned something. It’s been secure, but it was lost, and it will have to be redeemed in order for you to regain ownership.
All right, now God has had to do this over and over. We’re going to look at the various places where He had to come back in and redeem that which was originally His own. Of course, the first place to start would be Adam. So, you can turn with me, if you will, to Genesis chapter 1. I’m going to drop right in at the verse of creation – verse 27.
“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.” Now, the first thing I always have to qualify, in fact I just shared it with somebody on the phone in the last day or two, is that when God created man in His image, it was not our physical appearance as man or woman, because God was an invisible creature. He was a personality, and personality is an invisible entity.
Way back when we taught this, I made this illustration: you could go into an autopsy and as they are taking everything apart bit by bit, they can dissect the brain into the smallest particles, but they will never find the personality. Well, does that mean the personality isn’t real? Of course it’s real! And God was made up of personality – the mind, the will and the emotion. All three persons of the Godhead, you can chase this through Scripture, are given credit with those same things. God the Son had mind, will, and emotion. God the Father has mind, will, and emotion. So does the Holy Spirit.
All right, so when He created mankind in His image, it was that part of the Godhead that was transferred, you might say, to humankind. Adam was created as an invisible mind, will, and emotion, but since he’s going to function as mankind functions God placed him into what we call “the body.” Now, it’s just that simple. The body is a temporary thing. That’s why Paul calls it a tent in II Corinthians 5:1.
II Corinthians 5:1a
“For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle…” It’s a tent. Now a tent is always temporary. So, our real person, your real “you,” has been placed into a temporary tent-like thing which we call the body. So, when people call and say, “Well, what happens at death?” Always remember, the invisible part of us that was created in the image of God will never die. Don’t you ever fall for this idea of “soul sleep.” It cannot die, because it was created in an eternal entity, and it’s going to live eternally – someplace.
The lost are going to spend their eternity doomed in the Lake of Fire. The saved are going to spend eternity in God’s presence. Both are going to be eternal, because we are an eternal created being. The body was temporary. That’s why we can lay the body in the grave and it goes back to dust, but never the person – never the mind, will, and emotion.
All right, this is where we can move on. God creates Adam as a person, but He calls up out of the dust of the earth the tabernacle in which he’s going to dwell – verse 27.
“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him;…” Now that’s the invisible part. God didn’t have a visible body at this point in time. All right, now then, verse 28:
“And God blessed them and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowls of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.” Now, what is the general mentality of mankind when they think of Adam and Eve being placed in the Garden? How much authority, how much dominion, did they have?
Well, wherever the Garden was limited. That’s what most people, I’m sure, think was their responsibility – the Garden of Eden. No! The whole planet was their responsibility. There was no ocean in the Garden of Eden. You see that? But that’s what he’s got dominion over – “the fish of the sea.” The same way with all the other animals that weren’t part and parcel of the Garden itself. So, never lose sight of the fact that Adam was given dominion over the whole planet.
Now, here is the reason I’m emphasizing this as we come through these various portions of Scripture dealing with redemption. I’ll tell you what got me started on it. My daughter had said a long time ago, she said, “Daddy, I hope someday you’ll do a study on the Book of Ruth.” Well, I’ve been putting it aside and once in a while I’d delve into it and I’d think, well, some day out in the future. Well, when I got ready for this taping, that’s where I started. I was going to teach the Book of Ruth, and I just ran up a cement wall. I was going to teach redemption in the little Book of Ruth, but there was no mention of the blood. There was no mention of death. And I think, now wait a minute, I can’t teach just this alone by itself.
So, as I was getting ready over the last several months, this wasn’t just in the last week, I was tying this in with Revelation chapter 5. Because whenever I teach Revelation chapter 5 and God the Son brings the mortgage, as we speak of it, before God the Father, the only way we can connect anything to that is from the Book of Ruth, but when I got ready to teach the Book of Ruth, that wasn’t the real picture of the other forms of redemption, which always involved a blood sacrifice and so forth.
So, I had to rethink the whole thing and decided, well, I’m going to – in fact, have I got room on the board? I’m going to put it on the board. Everybody can always remember better what you see than what you hear. We’re going to find that we’re going to have redemption in four places. Number one we’re going to see Adam – lost and restored. The next one we’re going to see is the Nation of Israel – lost and restored. Then we’re going to see at the cross the whole human race – humanity – I guess I can put it. The whole sphere of humanity is going to be in a place of redemption. Then the fourth one we’re going to cover is the redemption of the planet, the physical earth. Now, maybe that’ll help.
Now, the only way that I could fit the Book of Ruth in here is to put it someplace here, halfway up to the Old Testament, the Book of Ruth. But I’m going to have to bypass it, because it will not have any connection to these until I get down to this last one. So, if you can bear with me, that’s the whole scope of my afternoon, or maybe the next two afternoons, I don’t know. I never know how far we’ll get. See, I may even run out of gas at the end of the third program and will have to hurry up and figure out something else. But I don’t think so. I think I’m going to have enough material here to hold us all afternoon.
Okay, so back to Genesis. Adam is given dominion over everything! Not just that little area of the Garden of Eden, but the whole planet is now under his dominion. All right, now let’s jump, for sake of time, on up to chapter 2 verse 16. Now, we jump up to where things are really going to start taking off.
“And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: 17. But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” Now, that’s plain English, isn’t it? Now verse 18:
“And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an helpmeet for him. 19. And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof. 20. And Adam gave names to all the cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an helpmeet for him.”
Now here again, that’s another. I could go all afternoon on that alone, because most people think that when I read chapter 1 verses 26 and 27, Adam and Eve were both created side-by-side. No, they weren’t. Adam was alone for the longest time, although Eve was in Adam. Oh, that turns people off. They just can’t handle that. So, I’m not going to deal with it this afternoon.
But anyway, sometime later, after all the animals have been named, and they’ve all been coming no doubt like at the Ark, two by two. What is the first thing Adam notices? Every male has its female. And he has none. He’s alone. God saw in the heart of Adam that he was longing for a mate. That’s why He comes back then in verses 21 and 22 and He creates Eve to be a helpmeet for Adam. Now, that’s long after he was originally created. But anyway, now you come down to verses 23 and 24.
“And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.” Now, let me stop and ask a minute. How much mind, will, and emotion are in a rib bone? Have you ever thought of that? See, this is what I tell my callers. The phone – you know, I’m on the phone some days almost from morning till night. And the first thing I tell people is – THINK. Just sit back and think. This isn’t so deep.
Now somebody, I think it was Ike; you gave me that book on Quantum Physics, didn’t you? I don’t know where in the world he thought I had the wherewithal, but he gives me a book on Quantum Physics. Come to find out, that in the last six or eight months they have now found mathematically that there are ten or eleven dimensions instead of three. But see that’s beyond me. It’s beyond most people. But this Book isn’t. This Book is not beyond the thinking realm of the simplest of the simple.
I’m always using the illustration, I see it when we’re dubbing tapes, and I’ve used it over and over. When old Tyndale, the reformer, was trying to get Bibles across the Channel into England, they finally caught him. They were going to burn him at the stake for it. What was his final plea to God? “Oh, let every plowboy in England have a copy of this Book.” Well, here’s my point. How much education did a plowboy in England have in 1500? Not much, but was it enough to understand Scripture? Yes! So, don’t ever let somebody tell you, well, it’s too complicated. I can’t…no, it isn’t. God has made it so simple that a plowboy in England in 1500 could read it and comprehend it.
Okay, so now we have to understand that when Adam was first formed, Eve was within him. God takes her out at this point in time and Adam doesn’t call her Eve, he calls her Woman. She’s called Woman all the rest of the verses until we get to chapter 3 in verse 20. All right, but I don’t want to jump away from chapter 2 just yet. Come back there where he says, she’s “now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.” Now verse 24:
“Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. 25. And they were both naked, (They were totally in complete oblivion to sin or anything like that. They were perfectly innocent.) the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.”
Okay, now when you get into chapter 3, we have the fall. They eat of the tree. God loses them. That’s the point I want to make. Here they’ve been in the very will of God. The Lord comes down every day and walks with them and communes with them. I think person to person they communicated, and it was the most glorious relationship that you could ever hope for. But then all of a sudden, Satan moves in and Adam ate and Eve ate, and they lost that favored position. They were now separated from their Creator.
Now get the picture. They were God’s. He made them. They were His, but he left them with the option of being obedient or disobedient, and when they became disobedient He lost them. Now, in order to show you how clearly He lost them, drop down to verse 8 of chapter 3. Don’t forget the Lord has been communicating with them every day. Oh, what a time of fellowship that must have been, walking in the midst of that beautiful Garden with the Lord at their side.
“And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife (ran to meet Him? Is that what your Bible says? No. Quite the opposite. What do they do?) hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.” Their fellowship has been broken. Sin has entered, and God’s lost them. Now, I’m always emphasizing the Apostle Paul’s use of the word “grace,” but listen, grace didn’t originate with Paul. Grace originated right here, because when they ran to hide rather than confront the glorious Creator God, does God just simply give up on them? No. He seeks them out. Well, why? His grace! That’s the Grace of God in its first example. Verse 9:
“And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?” Now, when I taught this 15 years ago on television, I made the point: didn’t God know where they were? Of course He did. So, why did He call? The same reason He calls today. He wants a free will response. He wasn’t going to search them out and say, oh, there you are. Huh uh. But He calls, “Where are you?” He’s waiting for their response. Nothing has changed.
“And Adam said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself. 11. And the LORD God said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast though eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat? 12. And the man said, The woman…” Hasn’t changed a bit, has it? It’s always the woman’s fault!
“And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat. 13. And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.”
Well, anyway, what we have to understand now is– I’m going to skip over verses 14 and 15 for just a moment and come back to them later. Here we find that, as a result of the fall, God lost that glorious fellowship between Himself and His created beings. They’re going to suffer the results of it with verse 17.
“And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened to the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; In sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; 18. Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; 19. In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.”
All right, that was the lot, now, of fallen Adam and Eve, out of fellowship with their Creator. Now, what’s God going to have to do? He’s going to have to redeem them. He’s going to have to pay the price of redemption to bring Adam and Eve back into a walk and a talk with Himself. All right, in verse 20 comes the first step back from separation to once again enjoying fellowship with the Creator.
“And Adam called his wife’s name Eve; because she was the mother of all living.” Now, if you know your Bible, ever since chapter 1 when Eve appeared, she was called nothing but Woman. The Woman said… the Woman this… the Woman that. Here is the first instance where we have her called Eve, because she was to be the mother of all living.
Now, here’s the big question. Adam understood that when they ate death was imminent. Well, how are you going to be the mother of all living if you’re going to die? So, here’s my question. On what basis does Adam call the Woman, Eve, the mother of all living? Faith! And what’s faith? Taking God at His Word! Now, by deduction, just like algebra, you deduce. What had God evidently told them? That they weren’t going to die right away, they’re going to propagate their own likenesses. So consequently – believing God – although it may have seemed as utterly ridiculous as a lot of things that we have to take by faith, Adam believed Him and called her the mother of all living.
I’m sure he had no idea of what that was going to entail. But in simple faith, he said, all right, I’ll call her Eve, because that’s what she’s going to be. All right, now then we have the faith established, which is one of the two absolutes in Scripture. The second absolute, if we had time to go back and look at it also in Hebrews, is the blood. Without faith it is impossible to please God, and without the shedding of blood there is no remission. All right, we’ve got the faith established, so where is the blood? Always remember that blood is the price of redemption. That’s why I’m using this one. All right, we’re right down into verse 21.
“Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats (or clothing) of skins,…” Animal skins. Now again, you’ve got to sit back and think. What’s God doing? Well, He’s preparing an animal sacrifice, but He’s going to use–what’s the word I’m looking for? He’s going to kill two birds with one stone. He’s not only going to clothe their physical nakedness with these animals, He’s also going to have the blood for the blood sacrifice. So, these animals were killed.
I made a point in one of my seminars in Minnesota. Don’t ever think God was cruel, because even the Jewish priests and so forth were so adept at killing those sacrificial animals that they never suffered. Not for a second. It was instant death, painless death. And that’s what we have to feel that God did here. He killed these animals and used the skins to provide clothing for Adam and Eve. But more important, it was the blood that was needed for restoration and forgiveness, for atonement. All right, so we find this is so clearly put that he made coats of skins to clothe their nakedness.
“…and (the next word is) clothed them.” Clothed, this is a spiritual term. The only way we can put that together is to jump all the way up to Isaiah. Now, we’ll have to do this quickly. Again, time is getting away from us, isn’t it? All the way up to Isaiah 61 verse 10. This is 700 BC instead of 4,000 BC. Look what Isaiah experiences. It is the same thing, the same forgiveness, the same blood application.
“I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he (God) hath (Watch the word.) clothed (The same word in Genesis, not with garments for the physical flesh, but garments of what?) me with the garments of salvation, (See the difference?) he hath clothes me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments,…”
All right, now we’ve got one minute. You’ve got to jump all the way up to Romans, and you know what? It’s no different. Paul now teaches basically the same thing in Romans chapter 3. This is where you and I have come. The same forgiveness, we’ve got, of course, the atoning blood of Christ instead of an animal, but, oh, the result is the same.
“Even the righteousness of God which is by the faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that (What?) believe:…” Now, what is imputed to the believer? The clothing of righteousness, the covering of righteousness. When we become a believer, I maintain, God doesn’t see me, He doesn’t see you. God sees who? Jesus Christ! We’ve been clothed with His righteousness. Now, that’s beyond human comprehension. But it’s what the Book says. When Adam and Eve came away from that experience of being clothed with their physical nakedness, they also were clothed with God’s righteousness. It restored them back to fellowship with the Creator. You see all that? He bought them back from their lost estate.