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During Solomon's reign Israel became a world empire. It was one of the supreme powers of the time. Yet, his kingdom couldn't even compare with the kingdom of great David's Greater Son which will never end. John says in the Revelation, “I looked and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands” (7:9). The blessings of the kingdom which we now have in part through the Gospel will be ours in all their fullness on the last day. Then we will be ever gathered in joy around the throne of the Greater Solomon who shed His blood to give us peace and now reigns forever and ever.

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A magnificent, historic Generating Station just a few minutes from Gatineau.
But man brought utter destruction through the fall into sin. As Adam and Eve were driven out of paradise, the creation lay in total ruin. Humanity could do nothing to change this situation, but God had a plan. He promised the new creation in His Son (Genesis 49:10-12; Isaiah 11:6-9, 35:1-10, 65:17-25). In the mystery of the new creation again all three persons of the Godhead are active. God the Father spoke the Divine Word through the mouth of the Angel Gabriel. The Holy Spirit came upon the Virgin Mary and the power of the Highest overshadowed her, hovering over her. Thus, the Word became flesh in the Virgin's womb (John 1:14). Jesus recapitulated or restored all things in Himself. He delivered us from the ruinous consequences of the fall through His holy life and death bringing full forgiveness. In Him there is the new creation, peace between God and men as the angels sang that first Holy night (Luke 2:14).

 

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In Baptism we were incorporated into Christ and “if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away, behold all things have become new” (II Corinthians 5:17, Galatians 6:15). Baptism, then, is the Sacrament of re-creation which caused us to be born again through faith, ready to live in the new heaven and the new earth. Already now we eat of the Tree of Life and drink of the river of living water in Word and Sacrament (Revelations 22). As the Spirit of God hovered over the face of the waters in the beginning and the first creation was brought forth through His all powerful Word (Genesis 1:1 ff; 2 Peter 3:5), so the spirit hovered over the font and we became a new creation through water and the Word, prepared for paradise above. The body of the Christian will return to the dust of the ground, but in Baptism he has the confident hope that he will stand in the re-creation on the last day.


The creation was a divine activity of the holy and blessed Trinity with each person participating. God the Father created the heaven and earth according to Genesis 1:1. The Holy Spirit hovered over the face of the waters, breathing in life-giving creative power (Genesis 1:2), and the Father spoke the Divine Word, the Second Person, by whom all things were made (Genesis 1:3; John 1:3). The creation of man likewise was an activity of all three persons for it was said, “Let Us make man in Our image and according to Our likeness” (Genesis 1:1-26). The whole creation was perfect in every detail. The Lord God looked at everything that He had created during the six days and it was very good.


From there water was released into the river at the buildings foot.

As Moses' arms were outstretched between two, delivering Israel from the attacks of the Amalekites, so Jesus was outstretched between two on the cross, delivering all people from the hellish attacks of Satan and the powers of evil. Without Jesus there was no way that we could do battle against Satan. We would have been his slaves forever in hell. But in the great battle of Calvary Jesus stretched His arms as Moses and won the victory for us. He crushed the old evil foe under His feet, and then He entered into death itself, tearing it apart, so that we would not have to remain in everlasting death. Jesus says the same to Nicodemus using another picture. “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:14-15).

The plant worked smoothly from 1895 until around 1910.

When war was waged against Israel by men of another nation, and that He might remind them when the war was waged against them that for their sins they were delivered unto death; the Spirit saith to the heart of Moses, that he should make a type of cross and of Him that was to suffer . . . Moses therefore . . . stretched out his hands, and so Israel was again victorious. 24

However, it was promptly rebuilt and resumed service by 1930.

In the Sinai desert Israel was attacked by the Amalekites (Exodus 17:8-16). Joshua led Israel's army out to battle while Moses, Aaron, and Hur went to a mountain top where they could view the battlefield. It happened that when Moses held up his hands Israel was victorious, but when he put them down to rest they began to lose. Therefore, Aaron and Hur stood one on each side of Moses and when he tired they lifted up the prophet's arms. Now St. John says of another mountain, “Here they crucified Him, and with Him two others — one on each side and Jesus in the middle” (John 19:18). 23 The Early Church connected these two events in a letter written shortly after the death of the Apostles.