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HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT
36 As they were talking about these things, Jesus himself stood among them, and said to them, "Peace to you!" 37 But they were startled and frightened and thought they saw a spirit. 38 And he said to them, "Why are you troubled, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? 39 See my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Touch me, and see. For a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have." 40 And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. 41 And while they still disbelieved for joy and were marveling, he said to them, "Have you anything here to eat?" 42 They gave him a piece of broiled fish, 43 and he took it and ate before them. 44 Then he said to them, "These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled." 45 Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, 46 and said to them, "Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, 47 and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things.
(following taken from THE UNSEEN REALM: Recovering the supernatural worldview of the Bible, Michael S. Heiser, Lexham Press, 2015)
“By God’s design, the Scripture presents the messiah in terms of a mosaic PROFILE that can only be discerned after the pieces are assembled. Paul tells us why in 1 Corinthians 2:6-8. If the plan of God for the messiah’s mission had been clear, the powers of darkness would never have killed Jesus—they would have known that his death and resurrection were the key to reclaiming the nations forever….
…God’s plan to redeem humanity, reclaim the nations, and revive Eden depended on the incarnation of the second Yahweh figure and his subsequent death and resurrection. The story of the cross is the biblical-theological catalyst to God’s plan for regaining all that was lost in Eden. It couldn’t be emblazoned across the Old Testament in transparent statements. IT HAD TO BE EXPRESSED IN SOPHISTICATED AND CRYPTIC WAYS TO ENSURE THAT THE POWERS OF DARKNESS WOULD BE MISLED. And it was. Even the angels didn’t know the plan (1 Pet 1:12)”