STONE ROLLED AWAY
Flesh no longer working, but the Spirit
- After passing through the Jordan River [lit. “Descending River” — or baptized in the Holy Spirit], the people’s flesh was circumcised [showing the rest of our flesh]. Immediately following these events, the Lord says that the “reproach” of Israel had been “rolled away,” referring to their flesh being cut off.
Joshua 3:14, 5:3, (KJV) …the people removed from their tents, to pass over Jordan… [5:3] And Joshua made him sharp knives, and circumcised the children of Israel… [5:8] And it came to pass, when they had done circumcising all the people, that they abode in their places in the camp, till they were whole. 9 And the LORD said unto Joshua, This day have I rolled away the reproach of Egypt from off you [referring to their flesh being cut off after passing through the river].
- When Jesus is raised by the Holy Spirit, the stone is rolled away. Jesus’ flesh is symbolically — mind you, only symbolically — referred to as that stone that was rolled away, symbolizing that He was now living by the Spirit.
The stone is said to be “rolled away” here:
Luke 24:2 (YLT) …and they found the stone having been rolled away from the tomb…
Jesus’ flesh is symbolically referred to as that “stone” here:
John 20:1-2 (YLT) And on the first of the sabbaths, Mary the Magdalene doth come early (there being yet darkness) to the tomb, and she seeth the stone having been taken away out of the tomb [notice the wording here, when referring to “the stone”], 2 she runneth, therefore, and cometh unto Simon Peter, and unto the other disciple whom Jesus was loving, and saith to them, ‘They took away the Lord out of the tomb, [she saw “the stone” taken away out of the tomb, and then reports what she saw as “the Lord” being taken away out of the tomb] and we have not known where they laid him.’
So, Jesus flesh was “rolled away” when He was raised by the Spirit. He was living by the Spirit.
- The body of the temple (representing the church) is said to be made of “rolled stones.” Representing the flesh of the church not living, but the Spirit in them.
Ezra 5:8 (YLT) …be it known to the king that we have gone to the province of Judah, to the great house of God, and it is built with rolled stones…