God’s Master Plan, chapter 3
6/24/17, God’s 3rd month, Sivan 29, 5777 until sunset today. God’s Sabbath, To 4,558 in resident churches and individuals “God has made temples of His spirit,“
Covenant renewals with God are sometimes successful. Once the people of Israel came together and renewed the covenant between themselves and the Lord. (See 2Chronicles 15:) It had been a time of chaos for no one could travel safely, total chaos had overtaken all the people of the surrounding lands. One nation was crushed by another, and one city by another, for God caused them to be in great turmoil.
Oded the prophet encouraged King Asa saying; “But as for you, be strong and don’t get discouraged, for your work will be rewarded.” Asa was encouraged. He removed the detestable idols from the entire land of Judah and Benjamin and from the cities he had seized in the Ephraimite hill country. He repaired the altar of the Lord in front of the porch of the Lord’s temple. Assembling Judah, Benjamin, settlers from Ephraim, Manasseh and Simeon who lived among them. When the people saw that the Lord God was with Asa they assembled in Jerusalem in the third month of the fifteenth year of Asa’s reign. They sacrificed to the Lord, plunder they had brought back. They solemnly agreed to seek the Lord God of their ancestors with their whole heart and being. Anyone who would not seek the Lord God of Israel would be executed, whether they were young or old, male or female. They swore their allegiance to the Lord, shouting their approval loudly and sounding trumpets and horns.
All Judah was happy about the oath, because they made the vow with their whole heart. They willingly sought the Lord and He responded to them. He made them secure on every side. King Asa also removed Maacah his grandmother from her position as queen mother because she had made a loathsome Asherah pole. Asa cut down her Asherah pole crushed and burned it in the Kidron Valley. The high places were not eliminated from Israel, yet Asa was wholeheartedly devoted to the Lord throughout his lifetime. He brought the holy items that his father and he had made into God’s temple, including the silver, gold, and other articles.)
The history of covenants with God is that He institutes them.
God made a covenant with Noah, promising to destroy all breathing beings except Noah’s family. See Gen 6:18-22) Afterward God said to Noah and his sons, “I now confirm My covenant with you and your descendants after you, with every living creature. with every living creature that is with you. “Never again will all living things be wiped out by the waters of a flood; never again will a flood destroy the earth.” “This is the guarantee of the covenant I am making with you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all subsequent generations: “I will place My rainbow in the clouds and it will become a guarantee of the covenant between Me and the earth. Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will remember My covenant with you and with all living creatures of all kinds. Never again will the waters become a flood and destroy all living things. When the rainbow is in the clouds, I will notice it and remember the perpetual covenant between God and all living creatures of all kinds that are on the earth.” “This is the guarantee of the covenant that I am confirming between Me and all living things that are on the earth.” See Gen 9:)
God instituted a covenant promise with Abraham, saying; “Know for certain that your descendants will be strangers in a foreign country; enslaved and oppressed for four hundred years. But I will execute judgment on the nation that they will serve. Afterward they will come out with many possessions. But as for you, you will go to your ancestors in peace and be buried at a good old age.
In the fourth generation your descendants will return here, for the sin of the Amorites has not yet reached its limit.” “To your descendants I give this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the Euphrates River – the land of the Kenites, Kenizzites, Kadmonites, Hittites, Perizzites, Rephaites, Amorites, Canaanites, Girgashites, and Jebusites.” See Gen 15:) These sinful people groups’ time began to expire when Israel crossed the Jordan under Joshua.
There is a limited time set for the sins of this world to be reached.
(Gen 17:1-2; “When Abram was 99 years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, “I am the sovereign God. Walk before Me and be blameless. Then I will confirm My covenant between Me and you, and I will give you a multitude of descendants.”)
So it is; “all physical and spiritual Israelites are Abraham’s heirs.” See Gal 3:29)
Regarding Ishmael and Isaac; God said, “No, Sarah your wife is going to bear you a son, and you will name him Isaac. I will confirm My covenant with him as a perpetual covenant for his descendants after him. As for Ishmael, I have heard you. I will indeed bless him, make him fruitful, and give him a multitude of descendants. He will become the father of twelve princes; I will make him into a great nation. But I will establish My covenant with Isaac, whom Sarah will bear to you at this set time next year.” When he finished speaking with Abraham, God went up from him.” See Gen 17:)
God allows covenants - contracts between people. Abraham and Abimelech.made a contract between themselves regarding Beer Sheba. There Abraham worshiped the Lord, the Eternal God. So Abraham stayed in the land of the Philistines for quite some time. See Gen 21:). Jacob and Laban agreed to make a border of separation after their disputes. (Gen 31:51-54; “Here is this pile of stones and this pillar I have set up between me and you,” Laban said to Jacob. “This pile of stones and the pillar are reminders that I will not pass beyond this pile to come to harm you and that you will not pass beyond this pile and this pillar to come to harm me. May the God of Abraham and the god of Nahor, the gods of their father, judge between us.” Jacob took an oath by the God whom his father Isaac feared. Then Jacob offered a sacrifice on the mountain and invited his relatives to eat the meal. They ate the meal and spent the night on the mountain.”)
Original covenants - contracts between God and people are always instituted by God. After Joseph, God remembered His covenant with Abraham.
(Exodus 2::23-25; “During that long period of time the king of Egypt died, and the Israelites groaned because of the slave labor. They cried out, and their desperate cry because of their slave labor went up to God. God heard their groaning, God remembered His covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, God saw the Israelites and God understood….” Moses’ time had arrived.
Exodus 6:2-8; God spoke to Moses and said to him, “I am the Lord. I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob as God Almighty, but by My name ‘the Lord’ I was not known to them. I also established My covenant with them to give them the land of Canaan, where they were living as resident foreigners. I have also heard the groaning of the Israelites, whom the Egyptians are enslaving, and I have remembered My covenant. Therefore, tell the Israelites, ‘I am the Lord. I will bring you out from your enslavement to the Egyptians, I will rescue you from the hard labor they impose, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great judgments. (7) I will take you to Myself for a people, and I will be your God. Then you will know that I am the Lord your God, who brought you out from your enslavement to the Egyptians. I will bring you to the land I swore to give to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob – and I will give it to you as a possession. I am the Lord!’”)
God’s covenant proclaimed the Israelites a holy people to Himself. Commanding that they make covenants with no other gods.” See Exodus 19:) Through Moses God gave them the book of the covenant. See Exodus 24:)
(Exodus 31:15-28:10; “Six days work may be done, but on the seventh day is a Sabbath of complete rest, holy to the Lord; anyone who does work on the Sabbath day must surely be put to death. (16) The Israelites must keep the Sabbath by observing the Sabbath throughout their generations as a perpetual covenant. It is a sign between Me and the Israelites forever; for in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, and on the seventh day He rested and was refreshed.’” (18) He gave Moses two tablets of testimony when He had finished speaking with him on Mount Sinai, tablets of stone written by the finger of God.” (Study God’s Word regarding idols, promises and land use.)
God’s covenants aren’t forgotten; When Jesus’ returns Israelites will be asking for directions back to Zion. Leave the world of confusion, “Babylon.”
(Jeremiah 50:4-6; “When that time comes,” says the Lord, “the people of Israel and Judah will return to the land together. They will come back with tears of repentance
They will ask the way to Zion; they will turn their faces toward it. They will come and bind themselves to the Lord in a lasting covenant that will never be forgotten. “My people have been lost sheep. Their shepherds have allow them to go astray. They have wandered around in the mountains. They have roamed from one mountain and hill to another. They have forgotten their resting place.
(Jer 50:7; “All who encountered them devoured them. Their enemies who did this said, ‘We are not liable for punishment! For those people have sinned against the Lord, their true pasture. They have sinned against the Lord in whom their ancestors trusted.’)
This is in large part true, but God’s covenant is perpetual. The whole world is as Babylon.
Just as heirs of Jacob “Israelites” were holy to God the Father and the Lord “Jesus” were commanded not to covenant with other gods: followers of Jesus in this age are commanded to go out from among this world’s system of things, “Babylon.” Jesus had His apostle Paul explain the mystery of God living in His chosen; making them His covenant people.
(2Corinthians 6:14-18; “Do not become partners with those who do not believe, for what partnership is there between righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship does light have with darkness? And what agreement does Christ have with Beliar - Satan? Or what does a believer share in common with an unbeliever? And what mutual agreement does the temple of God have with idols? For we ‘followers of Jesus’ are the temple of the living God, just as God said, “I will live in them and will walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be My people.” Therefore “come out from their midst, and be separate,” says the Lord, “and touch no unclean thing, and I will welcome you, and I will be a father to you, and you will be My sons and daughters,” says the All-Powerful Lord.”) (Quotes from Leviticus 26:12; also similar to Jeremiah 32:38 and Ezekiel 37:27.Quote from Isaiah 52:11 and paraphrased from Ezekiel 20:41.)
God the Father instituted this New Covenant through God the Son “Jesus.” It’s a covenant by promise through Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to a people called to turn from their formal “living according to what seemed right” to “the Way God reveals is right.”