If you were to find the hidden matzo or golden egg, what would you hope the prize to be? Money? Health? Courage? Love? Wisdom? I would hope to find “truth.”
As our three children, nieces and nephews grew older, my family delighted in making our traditional Easter egg hunt more challenging, causing each to search a little longer and harder for their prizes. Likewise, for us, the prize we are searching for may seem elusive at times… to the point of giving up hope that it even exists. My husband and I often had to give our kids clues as they searched, so not to leave any eggs unfound. I believe God gives us clues as well. He did for Isaiah:
“You have heard these things; look at them all. Will you not admit them? From now on I will tell you of new things, of hidden things unknown to you.” Isaiah 48:6
The reason “truth” is so hard to find is because it is often based on opinions and has no source of validation. Just because someone believes one thing does not make it true and because someone does not believe something does not make it untrue. So how do we discern truth? Unless we are willing to search for it ourselves, we may never find it! It helps to have a good, reliable source.
Many believe in the Abrahamic Covenant specifically dealing with the land God promised to Abraham and his descendants. By Faith, Abraham offered Isaac, his son, as a sacrifice even though God said to Abraham “It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned”… [Based on that promise] Abraham reasoned that God would raise the dead.
And Abraham received God’s blessing because of his faith. He believed in the source. Period. End of story.... Actually, it’s just the beginning of the story… The Abrahamic Covenant finds its ultimate fulfillment in connection with the return of Messiah to rescue and bless His people, Israel.
After many generations, guess who emerged from Isaac’s offspring? An ordinary child from the tribe of Judah, a descendant of David, who claimed to be God's son and was sacrificed at the time of Passover to rescue his people from sin and death. Could this be true? Had God been providing clues all along, as spoken through Isaiah?
B'Emet! In Hebrew b’emet means "Honestly"; "As a Matter of Fact"; "Really?"; Indeed! (I recently learnt this word and was astonished at it's resemblance to the Special’s name!) Emmet is the name of the ordinary person in the Lego movie whom I taught my “special needs” kids to be like. Emmet is not only the Special, he is also a Master Builder.
My son-in-law is an accomplished tutor. He helps his students pass standardized tests. Someone recently asked him if he also helped write the tests …"like a master builder in the Lego movie," they asked. His answer was no, but because of my infatuation with the Lego movie he laughingly shared that exchange with me which inspired me to look more closely into the definition of a Master Builder. The description made the movie even more insightful:
“The ancient master builder was trained in all phases of design and construction. He was the overseer of the entire project, from concept, design through construction. There are few modern day master builders. There exists an entirely different environment when the modern day architect leaves the comfort of his office and steps into the construction world. Most of the tradesmen look at an architect on the jobsite as the ivory tower thinker with no clue how to actually build the design he created.
There must be collaboration between the architect and the tradesmen; not dictation. When the architect understands all the elements of the building dynamics and has the respect of the tradesmen he has then arrived and has earned the right to call himself a master builder.”
“For he (Abraham) was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God.” (Hebrews: 11:10) …
Even Abraham understood that it would take a Master Builder to reconcile the creator with the creation. Emmet stepped out of the Ivory Tower (heaven) and into the construction zone (earth) to teach us the truth about how it is meant to look. And what He teaches us is pretty simple, probably by design.