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Hebrews, chapter 8 of 8

December 8th, 2019

12/8/2,019 God’s 9th Month, Av 10, 5,780    

To: A called people with a gifted desire to be atOne with God.

Be thankful of God’s giving people over to a stupor of mind, because without a stupor of mind there’d be no excuse for disobedience, “no excuse for sins of ignorance.” From the beginning, God knew people would yield to the inherited from Adam nature, “to what seemed right to their fleshly minds and Satan’s manifestations as an angel of light. Remember God’s Word is preserved for our learning about Abraham’s faith, Israel’s successes when they trusted and bondage to the world when they didn’t. (Bondage to the world is bondage to Satan.) God purposely gave the Israelites over to a stupor of mind because of perpetual promises to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Deliverance promises, take away sins promises, “I’ll be your God you’ll be My people promises.” (Gal 3:26-29; “For in Christ Jesus you are all Sons of God through faith. For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female — for all of you ’followers of Jesus’ are one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to the promise.)

God’s believing IN Jesus people are spiritual Israelites. God’s people by promise, “pre-chosen as was Isaac and Jacob.” NOT because of any goodness etc. These promises were also made through Moses and other prophets like Samuel.

All previous Believers IN, are witnesses to this age.

Hebrews 12:1-5; “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, we must get rid of every weight and the sin that clings so closely and run with endurance the race set out for us, keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, the Pioneer and Perfector of our faith. For the joy set out for Him He endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken His seat at the right hand of the throne of God. (3) Think of Him who endured such opposition against Himself by sinners, so that you may not grow weary in your souls and give up. You ‘we’ have not yet resisted to the point of bloodshed in your struggle against sin. (5) And have you ‘followers of Jesus’ forgotten the exhortation addressed to you as Sons?) “My son, do not scorn the Lord’s discipline or give up when He corrects you. “For the Lord disciplines the one He loves and chastises every Son He accepts.” (Quote from Proverbs 3:11-12)

(Heb 12:6-13; “Endure your suffering as discipline; God is treating you as Sons. For what son is there that a father does not discipline? But if you do not experience discipline, something all sons have shared in, then you are illegitimate and are not Sons. (9) Besides, we have experienced discipline from our earthly fathers and we respected them; shall we not submit ourselves all the more to the Father of spirits and receive life? For they disciplined us for a little while as seemed good to them, but He does so for our benefit, that we may share His holiness. (11) Now all discipline seems painful at the time, not joyful. But later it produces the fruit of peace and righteousness for those trained by it. Therefore, strengthen your listless hands and your weak knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but be healed.”)

There is work to be done ’self discipline if you please’ in overcoming after God’s fathering with spiritual desire. (For the one bringing forth in you both the desire and the effort — for the sake of his good pleasure — is God.” Phil 2:13)

Phil 3:18-21; “For many live, about whom I have often told you, and now, with tears, I tell you that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ. Their end is destruction, their god is the belly, they exult in their shame, and they think about earthly things. Our ‘we followers of Jesus’ citizenship is in heaven — and we also await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform these humble bodies of ours into the likeness of His glorious body by means of that ‘Holy Spirit’ power by which He is able to subject all things to Himself.”)

After God reveals Himself and His Son we see His benefit. (Let’s look back to chapter 2:1-11; “Therefore, if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort provided by love, any fellowship in the Spirit, any affection or mercy, complete my joy and be of the same mind, by having the same love, being united in spirit, and having one purpose. Instead of being motivated by selfish ambition or vanity, each of you should, in humility, be moved to treat one another as more important than yourself. Each of you should be concerned not only about your own interests, but about the interests of others as well. (5) You should have the same attitude toward one another that Christ Jesus had, who though He existed in the form of God did not regard equality with God as something to be grasped, but emptied Himself by taking on the form of a slave, by looking like other men, and by sharing in human nature. He humbled Himself, by becoming obedient to the point of death — even death on a cross! (9) As a result God exalted Him and gave Him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow — in heaven and on earth and under the earth - and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.”)

Called Overseers, help called people not to reject God’s warning.

(Hebrews 12:14-19; “Pursue peace with everyone, and holiness, for without it no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God, that no one be like a bitter root springing up and causing trouble, and through him many become defiled. (16) And see to it that no one becomes an immoral or godless person like Esau, who sold his own birthright for a single meal. (Alluding to Genesis 27:34-41) (17) For you know that later when he wanted to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no opportunity for repentance, although he sought the blessing with tears. (18) For you ‘followers of Jesus’ have not come to something that can be touched, to a burning fire and darkness and gloom and a whirlwind and the blast of a trumpet and a voice uttering words such that those who heard begged to hear no more. (“Describing the nation of Israel approaching God on Mt. Sinai (Exodus 19: Here is a clear contrast with the reference to Mount Zion in v. 22, so this could be translated “a mountain that can be touched.” But the word “mountain” does not occur here and the more vague description seems to be deliberate.”)

(Heb 12:20-21; “For they ‘the Israelites’ could not bear what was commanded: “If even an animal touches the mountain, it must be stoned.” In fact, the scene was so terrifying that Moses said, “I shudder with fear.” (Quote from Deut 9:19) NOW TO FOLLOWERS OF JESUS IT’S WRITTEN.

(Hebrews 12:22-24; But you ‘followers of Jesus’ have come to Mount Zion, the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to myriads of angels, to the assembly and congregation of the firstborn, who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous, who have been made perfect, and to Jesus, the Mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks of something better than Abel’s does.”)

(In prayer we need to exercise our spirit of truth and imagine being before this heavenly throne.)

(Hebrews 12:25-29; “Take care not to refuse the One who is speaking! For if they did not escape when they refused the One who warned them on earth, how much less shall we, if we reject the One who warns from heaven? Then His voice shook the earth, but now He has promised, “I will once more shake not only the earth but heaven too.” (27) Now this phrase “once more” indicates the removal of what is shaken, that is, of created things, so that what is unshaken may remain. So since we are receiving an unshakable ‘spiritual’ kingdom, let us give thanks, and through this let us offer worship pleasing to God in devotion and awe. (29) For our God is indeed a devouring fire.”)

(Mediator in this context does not imply that Jesus was a mediator in the contemporary sense of the word, as working for compromise between opposing parties. NO; here the term describes Jesus’ function as the One who was used by God to enact a New Covenant which established a new relationship between God and His people, but entirely on God’s terms.)

Respectfully consider, 1Corinthians 13: “the love chapter”

“greatest of all is love.”

(Hebrews 13:1-7; “Brotherly love must continue. Do not neglect hospitality, because through it some have entertained angels without knowing it. Remember those in prison as though you were in prison with them, and those ill-treated as though you too felt their torment. Marriage must be honored among all and the marriage bed kept undefiled, for God will judge sexually immoral people and adulterers (5) Your conduct must be free from the love of money and you must be content with what you have, for He has said, “I will never leave you and I will never abandon you.” So we can say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper, and I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?” (7) Remember your leaders, who spoke God’s message to you; reflect on the outcome of their lives and imitate their faith.”)

(Heb 12:8-16; “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever! Do not be carried away by all sorts of strange teachings. For it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace, not ritual meals, which have never benefited those who participated in them. (10) We have an ‘heavenly’ altar that those who serve in the tabernacle have no right to eat from. For the bodies of those animals whose blood the high priest brings into the sanctuary as an offering for sin are burned outside the camp. (12) Therefore, to sanctify the people by His own blood, Jesus also suffered outside the camp. We must go out to Him, then, outside the camp, bearing the abuse He experienced. For here ‘on earth’ we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come. (15) Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, acknowledging His name. And do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for God is pleased with such sacrifices.”)

(Heb 13:17-19; “Obey your ‘spiritual’ leaders and submit to them, for they keep watch over your souls and will give an account for their work. Let them do this with joy and not with complaints, for this would be no advantage for you. (18) Pray for us, for we are sure that we have a clear conscience and desire to conduct ourselves rightly in every respect. I especially ask you to pray that I may be restored to you very soon.”)

Benediction and Conclusion

(Heb 13:20-21; “Now may the God of peace who by the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead the great Shepherd of the sheep, our Lord Jesus Christ, equip you with every good thing to do His will, working in us what is pleasing before Him through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever Amen.”)

(Heb 13:22-25; “Now I urge you, brothers and sisters, bear with my message of exhortation, for in fact I have written to you briefly. You should know that our brother Timothy has been released. If he comes soon, he will be with me when I see you. Greetings to all your leaders and all the Saints. Those from Italy send you greetings. Grace be with you all.”) Undoubtedly Hebrews is from Jesus through Paul. Timothy was a partner with Paul. Paul wrote to God’s church in Rome while incarcerated. In Italy Paul writes from house arrest, back to Hebrews-Israelites “spiritual Israelites everywhere.”

Hebrews, chapter 7

December 6th, 2019

12/6/2,019 God’s 9th Month, Av 8, 5,780    

To: A called people with a gifted desire to be atOne with God.

God’s plans for His creation surpasses what fleshly man can imagine. Our merciful all knowing God plans resurrections of people in their own order. (1Cor 15:21-23: “Since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead also came through a man. For just as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive. But each in his own order: Christ, the firstfruits; then when Christ comes, those who belong to him.”)

Paul also wrote, “all Israel will be saved.” Rom 11:26; “And so all Israel will be saved as it is written: “The Deliverer will come out of Zion; He will remove ungodliness from Jacob.” (Quote from Isaiah 29:50-51, 27:9 and Jeremiah 31:33-34.) Paul knew about Isaiah’s crying out on behalf of Israel, “Though the number of the children of Israel are as the sand of the sea, only the remnant will be saved,’ Rom 9:27)

(Rom 9:22-29; “What if God, willing to demonstrate His wrath and to make known His power, has endured with much patience the objects of wrath prepared for destruction? And what if He is willing to make known the wealth of His glory on the objects of mercy that He has prepared beforehand for glory — even us, whom He has called, not only from the Jews but also from the Gentiles? (25) As He also says in Hosea: “I will call those who were not My people, and I will call her who was unloved, ‘My beloved.’ “And in the very place where it was said to them, ‘You are not My people,’ there they will be called ‘Sons of the living God.’ ” (27) And Isaiah cries out on behalf of Israel, “Though the number of the children of Israel are as the sand of the sea, only the remnant will be saved, for the Lord will execute His sentence on the earth completely and quickly.” Just as Isaiah predicted, “If the Lord of armies had not left us descendants, we would have become like Sodom, and we would have resembled Gomorrah.”) Without knowing Jesus’ deity His creating, communing with Noah and Abraham and His promises, we’d not understand Paul’s teaching.

Repeating God‘s promise to him at Gen 22:7 Abraham said. (Gen 32:12; But You said, ‘I will certainly make you prosper and will make your descendants like the sand on the seashore, too numerous to count.’) Speaking of Abraham the Hebrews writer wrote; (Heb_11:12  So in fact children were fathered by one man — and this one as good as dead — like the number of stars in the sky and like the innumerable grains of sand on the seashore.”)

Why is Satan allowed to manifest himself as an angel of Light

and God gives people over to a stupor of mind in this age?

He’s merciful toward people’s hostility toward Himself. Long before God delivered Israel from Egypt and made covenant promises, He had allowed the rest go the way that seemed right to themselves and thus to a stupor of mind. Followers of Jesus are aware that when allowed to go the way that seems right, people aren’t of a sound mind.

Whether it be spiritual or political thinking, “hostility and unbelief toward God’s way results in His mercifully giving people over to a mental spirit of stupor.” Merciful in that when resurrected people can honestly say to Him, “I wasn’t aware.” Understanding in this age is to whom He chooses to give it and withholding is His choice. Spiritual and even logical discernment doesn’t come through studies of any kind, “particularly theology.” To hostile covenant breaking Israelites, through Isaiah, Jeremiah and Paul God says.

(“Double disasters confronted you. But who feels sorry for you? Destruction and devastation, famine and sword. But who consoles you? Your children faint; they lie at the head of every street like an antelope in a snare. They are left in a stupor by the LORD’S anger, by the battle cry of your God. So listen to this, oppressed one, who is drunk, but not from wine! This is what your sovereign Master, the LORD your God, says: “Look, I have removed from your hand the cup of intoxicating wine, the goblet full of My anger. You will no longer have to drink it. I will put it into the hand of your tormentors who said to you, ‘Lie down, so we can walk over you.’ You made your back like the ground, and like the street for those who walked over you.” Isaiah 51:19-23) (Jesus’ parables didn’t start during Jesus fleshly life “when Israel began looking to other gods, they were in fact allowing themselves to be walked on and over.”)

Through Jeremiah God said, “go tell Israel every wine jar is made to be filled with wine.” ‘And they will probably say to you, ‘Do you not think we know that every wine jar is supposed to be filled with wine?’ Then tell them, ‘The LORD says, “I will soon fill all the people who live in this land with stupor. I will also fill the kings from David’s dynasty, the priests, the prophets, and the citizens of Jerusalem with stupor. And I will smash them ‘The LORD says, “I will soon fill all the people who live in this land with stupor. And I will smash them like wine bottles against one another, children and parents alike. I will not show any pity, mercy, or compassion. Nothing will keep Me from destroying them,’ says the LORD.” Jer 13:12-14)

(So what’s God’s conclusion? Allow Paul’s wrap up.) (Rom 11:6-10; “And if it is by grace, it is no longer by works, otherwise grace would no longer be grace. What then? Israel failed to obtain what it was diligently seeking, but the Elect obtained it. The rest were hardened, as it is written, “God gave them a spirit of stupor, eyes that would not see and ears that would not hear, to this very day.” And David says, “Let their table become a snare and trap, a stumbling block and a retribution for them; let their eyes be darkened so that they may not see, and make their backs bend continually.”)

Wonder why the division, hostility, sickness and coming plagues? God foreknew and told us why through Paul. (See Rom 1:21-38) Paul knew.

(Rom_11:8 “As it is written, “God gave them a spirit of stupor eyes that would not see and ears that would not hear, to this very day.”) It’s the same principle with why Jesus spoke in parables, so they wouldn’t understand.

(Matt 13:10-15; “Then the disciples came to Him and said, “Why do you speak to them in parables?” He replied, “You have been given the opportunity to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but they have not. For whoever has will be given more, and will have an abundance. But whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him. For this reason I speak to them in parables: Although they see they do not see, and although they hear they do not hear nor do they understand. (14) And concerning them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled that says: ‘You will listen carefully yet will never understand, you will look closely yet will never comprehend. For the heart of this people has become dull; they are hard of hearing, and they have shut their eyes, so that they would not see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.’) (See Isa 6:9-10)

Hard hearted, unbelieving people began with Adam and Eve’s procreation. All have inherited their sin nature that must be spiritually turned from with believing IN faith in Jesus.

(John 10:25-30; Jesus replied, “I told you and you do not believe. The deeds I do in My Father’s name testify about Me. But you refuse to believe because you are not My sheep. My sheep listen to My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish; no one will snatch them from My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all, and no one can snatch them from My Father’s hand. The Father and I are One.”) See previous studies regarding Believers IN.

Jesus’ kingdom likened to the Davidic kingdom is to be established on earth.

Ezekiel 34:23-31; “I will set one shepherd over them, and he will feed them – namely, my servant David. He will feed them and will be their shepherd. I, the Lord, will be their God, and My servant David will be prince among them; I, the Lord, have spoken! “‘I will make a covenant of peace with them and will rid the land of wild beasts, so that they can live securely in the wilderness and even sleep in the woods. I will turn them and the regions around My hill into a blessing. I will make showers come down in their season; they will be showers that bring blessing. The trees of the field will yield their fruit and the earth will yield its crops. They will live securely on their land; they will know that I am the Lord, when I break the bars of their yoke and rescue them from the hand of those who enslaved them. They will no longer be prey for the nations and the wild beasts will not devour them. They will live securely and no one will make them afraid. I will prepare for them a healthy planting. They will no longer be victims of famine in the land and will no longer bear the insults of the nations. Then they will know that I, the Lord their God, am with them, and that they are My people, the house of Israel, declares the sovereign Lord. (31) And you, My sheep, the sheep of My pasture, are My people, and I am your God, declares the sovereign Lord.’”)

Think spiritual, think millennium.

The messianic king is here called “David” (see Jeremiah 30:9 and Hosea 3:5, as well as Isaiah 11:1 and Micah 5:2) because He will fulfill the Davidic royal ideal depicted in the prophets and royal psalms (see Psalms 2, 89).

Jesus; the messianic king (“David”) is called both “king” and “prince” in Ezekiel 37:24-25. The use of the term “prince” for this king facilitates the contrast between this ideal ruler and the Davidic “princes” denounced in earlier prophecies (see Ezekiel 7:27; 12:10, 12; 19:1; 21:25; 22:6, 25).

The phrase “live securely” occurs in Ezekiel 28:26; 38:8, 11, 14; 39:26 as an expression of freedom from fear. It is a promised blessing resulting from obedience (See Leviticus 26:5-6). “The woods” are typically considered to be places of danger (Psalms 104:20-21; Jeremiah 5:6). “Showers of blessing.” Abundant rain, which in turn produces fruit and crops (v. 27), is a covenantal blessing for obedience (Leviticus 26:4).

These promises include Abraham’s spiritual (Genesis 15:7) descendants. (See Genesis 15:8; Exodus 6:7 & Galatians 3:29.

Ezekiel 39:7-8; “‘I will make My holy name known in the midst of My people Israel; I will not let My holy name be profaned anymore. Then the nations will know that I am the Lord, the Holy One of Israel. (8) Realize that it is coming and it will be done, declares the sovereign Lord. It is the day I have spoken about.”)

Hebrews, chapter 6

December 5th, 2019

12/5/2,019 God’s 9th Month, Av 7, 5,780    

To: A called people with a gifted desire to be atOne with God.

“Work out your salvation with awe and reverence, (Philippians 2:13; for the One bringing forth in you both the desire and the effort — for the sake of His good pleasure — is God.”) Desiring to be Christ Like are gifted and His Holy Spirit’s imputation makes people atOne with Himself, inheriting His characteristics, attributes, loves and hatreds: “is in fact the only way to gifted immortality.” Recipients can only boast in the Lord, being thankful for His gifted desires. These Godly desires and their result can only be attributed to His calling.

Believing IN faith begins when God reveals Himself, His characteristics, holiness, righteousness and what’s pleasing to Himself. Rebellious Cain like ‘believers that’ yielded to what seemed right. So does 99% of this world’s populations who think they’re doing God’s will. Cain’s righteous brother Abel ‘believed IN’ God and didn’t waver, ‘made a blood sacrifice as commanded.’ Cain may have repented for having murdered his brother, that’s likely because Cain’s son Enoch walked with God. (See Genesis 4:17) (Gen 5:23-24; “The entire lifetime of Enoch was 365 years. Enoch walked with God, and then He disappeared because God took him away.”) Righteous Abel’s blood still speaks to us; in that his yielding obedience is our example regarding what’s pleasing to God.

Worldly denominations calling themselves evangelicals are each walking in Cain’s shadow as they yield to and evolve with what’s politically correct. How different this world would be if Christendom truly repented; “turned to a mimicking of Abraham and Abel’s faith.” How different if Christendom believed in Jesus’ Good News as presented to the Hebrews. How different if Christianity looked to the calendar Jesus gave Moses.

Followers of Jesus shun pagan tradition that’s rooted in falsehood, like Baal - Jezebel worship, fertility deities and Aztec mythology. Godly faith is only gifted as we believe IN Him as He manifest to be in His holy word.

Godly Faith is believing IN every word that proceeds from God.

(Hebrews 11:8-10; “By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place he would later receive as an inheritance, and he went out without understanding where he was going. By faith he lived as a foreigner in the Promised Land as though it were a foreign country, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, who were fellow heirs of the same promise. (10) For he was looking forward to the city with firm foundations, whose architect and builder is God.”)

Abraham as did Abel, believed IN the Lord that called them. Abraham went out from family to live in areas not previously known to himself. He went forward not knowing the particulars but knew God kept promises. (Heb 13:8; “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever!) Same when we’re called to follow Jesus in this age, “if we know He keeps promises.” Today’s followers are called to go out form this world’s system of things. Turn from practices and traditions that aren’t rooted in God’s way. Jesus tells us that we are likely to be ostracized by the citizenry at large when we follow Him.

(Our calling like Abraham and Moses’ we’re called to follow Jesus.)

When we understand these things, “give Him all the praise for it’s not from our fleshly intellect that we understand.”

(John 10:25-30; Jesus replied, “I told you and you do not believe. The deeds I do in My Father’s name testify about Me. But you refuse to believe because you are not My sheep. My sheep listen to My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish; no one will snatch them from My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all, and no one can snatch them from My Father’s hand. The Father and I are One.”)

(Hebrews 11:11-13; “By faith, even though Sarah herself was barren and Abraham was too old, he received the ability to procreate, because he regarded the One who had given the promise to be trustworthy. So in fact children were fathered by one man – and this one as good as dead – like the number of stars in the sky and like the innumerable grains of sand on the seashore. (See Gen 22:7) These all died in faith without receiving the things promised, but they saw them in the distance and welcomed them and acknowledged that they were strangers and foreigners on the earth.”)

Followers of Jesus need to face the reality that they’re as strangers in the community they reside in. When called and gifted with believing IN faith, we need to seek revelation and wait on His promises. Seeking out a denomination of choice isn’t following Jesus. Peter explains to Believers.

(1Peter 1:22-25; “You have purified your souls ‘being’ by obeying the truth in order to show sincere mutual love. So love one another earnestly from a pure heart. You ’followers of Jesus’ have been born anew, not from perishable but from imperishable seed, through the living and enduring word of God. (24) For all flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of the grass; the grass withers and the flower falls off, but the word of the Lord endures forever.”) ’See Gen 47:31’ The gifted Holy Spirit in each Believer is “God’s imperishable seed.” (Immortality)

(Heb 11:14-19; “For those who speak in such a way make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. In fact, if they had been thinking of the land that they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. But as it is, they aspire to a better land, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore, God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them. By faith Abraham, when He was tested, offered up Isaac. He had received the promises, yet he was ready to offer up his only son. God had told him, “Through Isaac descendants will carry on your name,” (19) and he reasoned that God could even raise him from the dead, and in a sense he received him back from there.”) Abraham knew the Lord as Creator, Re-Creator, Savior, Redeemer and Deliverer.

(Heb 11:20-22; “By faith also Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning the future. By faith Jacob, as he was dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph and worshiped as he leaned on his staff. By faith Joseph, at the end of his life, mentioned the exodus of the sons of Israel and gave instructions about his burial.”) They each were gifted with knowing faith before pronouncing these blessings.

All looking to Jesus’ promised deliverance as promised Abraham.

(Exodus 12:40-42; “Now the length of time the Israelites lived in Egypt was 430 years. At the end of the 430 years, on the very day, all the regiments of the Lord went out of the land of Egypt. It was a night of vigil for the Lord to bring them out from the land of Egypt, and so on this night all Israel is to keep the vigil to the Lord for generations to come.”) In addition to revelations, in all likelihood Moses’ parents had told him of the Lord’s promise to Abraham. Followers of Jesus like Moses, realize we’ll be ill-treated.

(Heb 11:23-27; “By faith, when Moses was born, his parents hid him for three months, because they saw the child was beautiful and they were not afraid of the king’s edict. By faith, when he grew up, Moses refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to be ill-treated with the people of God than to enjoy sin’s fleeting pleasure. (26) He regarded abuse suffered for Christ to be greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for his eyes were fixed on the reward. By faith he left Egypt without fearing the king’s anger, for he persevered as though he could see the One who is invisible.”)

As Jesus foretold, His followers are in a similar situations as was Moses in Egypt. We can choose the pleasures of this world’s system of things or if called, can choose “suffering for Christ to be of greater wealth.”

(Heb 11:28-31; “By faith Moses kept the Passover and the sprinkling of the blood, so that the One who destroyed the firstborn would not touch them. By faith they crossed the Red Sea as if on dry ground, but when the Egyptians tried it, they were swallowed up. By faith the walls of Jericho fell after the people marched around them for seven days. By faith Rahab the prostitute escaped the destruction of the disobedient, because she welcomed the spies in peace.”)

(Heb 11:32-40; “And what more shall I say? For time will fail me if I tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets. Through faith they conquered kingdoms, administered justice, gained what was promised, shut the mouths of lions, quenched raging fire, escaped the edge of the sword, gained strength in weakness, became mighty in battle, put foreign armies to flight, and women received back their dead raised to ‘physical’ life. But others were tortured, not accepting release, to obtain resurrection to a better life. And others experienced mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, sawed apart, murdered with the sword; they went about in sheepskins and goatskins; they were destitute, afflicted, ill-treated (38) (the world was not worthy of them); they wandered in deserts and mountains and caves and openings in the earth. And these all were commended for their faith, yet they did not receive what was promised. For God had provided something better for us, so that they would be made perfect together with us.”) Better for us because “Daniel was told, knowledge will increase in this latter age.”

(Matt 19:29-30; “And whoever has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last first.”) See also Jesus’ parable regarding workers called to gather produce toward the end of the work day being paid the same as those who went to work earlier. Matt 20:8-16.

All written for people called last.

(Romans 15:4-6; “For everything that was written in former times was written for our instruction, so that through endurance and through encouragement of the scriptures we may have hope. Now may the God of endurance and comfort give you unity with one another in accordance with Christ Jesus, so that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”)

Believers IN are spiritual Israelites “Jews if you prefer” regardless of nationality we are atOne with one another, God the Father and God the Son.

Hebrews, chapter 5

December 4th, 2019

12/4/2,019 God’s 9th Month, Av 6,      

To: A called people with a gifted desire to be atOne with God.

It goes against our inherited nature to think in terms of doing for others as we’d have them do unto us, we’re prone to judge. To followers, Jesus said, (Luke 6:37-38; Give, and it will be given to you: A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be poured into your lap. For the measure you use will be the measure you receive.” “Do not judge, and you will not be judged; do not condemn, and you will not be condemned.; forgive, and you will be forgiven.) Worshiping in spirit and truth includes responding to Godly attributes.

Our English dictionary defines worship; “treating something or somebody as deity, time spent perhaps excessively, unquestioningly, taking part or loving something perhaps excessively. “We should ask ourselves, “which consumes more of our time and effort, “the winter equinox season ‘Christmas’ or the Passover season with it’s two annual Sabbaths?” Which would be Jesus’ choice? Ask, do we put more effort into sports than bible study? Our English dictionary defines God as, ‘one dominating, something important, taking over someone‘s life.’ So Who’s our God?

Quotes in Hebrews 8: are primarily from Exodus 25:40 and Jeremiah 31: After Jesus had Jeremiah prophecy about another complete deliverance for Israel during His millennium reign and His prophecy backs up in part; God’s imputing His spirit in people in this age and more so after scattered Israelites are delivered back to their home land, as referred to in this New Testament book of Hebrews.

Called out Believers in this age are forerunners of the deliverance yet to come. (Jeremiah 31:29-34; “When that time comes, people will no longer say, ‘The parents have eaten sour grapes, but the children’s teeth have grown numb.’ Rather, each person will die for his own sins. The teeth of the person who eats the sour grapes will themselves grow numb. (31) “Indeed, a time is coming,” says the Lord, “when I will make a New Covenant with the people of Israel and Judah. It will not be like the old covenant that I made with their ancestors when I delivered them from Egypt. For they violated that covenant, even though I was like a faithful husband to them,” says the Lord. (33) “But I will make a New Covenant with the whole nation of Israel after I plant them back in the land,” says the Lord. “I will put My law within them and write it on their hearts and minds. I will be their God and they will be My people. “People will no longer need to teach their neighbors and relatives to know Me. For all of them, from the least important to the most important, will know Me,” says the Lord. “For I will forgive their sin and will no longer call to mind the wrong they have done.”) (All because of promises to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.)

King David, Moses, Jesus’ apostles and all Believers IN Jesus will be in God’s first resurrection and Jesus’ apostles were promised rule over the twelve tribes.

(Matthew 19:26-30; Jesus looked at them and replied, “This “salvation” is impossible for mere humans, but for God all things are possible.” Then Peter said to Him, “Look, we “apostles” have left everything to follow You! What then will there be for us?” (28) Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth: In the age when all things are renewed, when the Son of Man sits on His glorious throne, you who have followed Me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And whoever has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or fields for My sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last first.”)

Jesus was looking forward to His return with power, the first spiritual resurrection and when all Israel will be delivered back to their ancestral home and saved.

Old and New Sacrifices Contrasted

(Hebrews 10:1-7; “For the law possesses a shadow of the good things to come but not the reality itself, and is therefore completely unable, by the same sacrifices offered continually year after year, to perfect those who come to worship. For otherwise would they not have ceased to be offered, since the worshipers would have been purified once for all and so have no further consciousness of sin? (3) But in those sacrifices there is a reminder of sins year after year. For the blood of bulls and goats cannot take away sins. So when He came into the world, He said, “Sacrifice and offering You did not desire, but a body you prepared for Me. (6) “Whole burnt offerings and sin-offerings you took no delight in. “Then I said, ‘Here I am: I have come – it is written of Me in the scroll of the book – to do your will, O God.’”) Quote from Psalms 40:6-8.

(Heb 10:8-18; “When He says above, “Sacrifices and offerings and whole burnt offerings and sin-offerings You did not desire nor did You take delight in them” (which are offered according to the law), then He says, “Here I am: I have come to do Your will.” He does away with the first to establish the second. By His will we have been made holy through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

(Heb 10:11-18; And every priest stands day after day serving and offering the same sacrifices again and again – sacrifices that can never take away sins. But when this Priest had offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, He sat down at the right hand of God, where He is now waiting until his enemies are made a footstool for His feet. (14) For by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are made holy. And the Holy Spirit also witnesses to us, for after saying, “This is the covenant that I will establish with them after those days, says the Lord. I will put My laws on their hearts and I will inscribe them on their minds,” then He says, “Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no longer.” (18) Now where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer any offering for sin.”) Allusion to Psalms 110:1, & quotes from Jeremiah 31:33 and 24.

When people are truly given to understand that God puts His laws in their hearts and inscribing them in their minds there’s no division.

God gives Enduring Faith

(Heb 10:19-25; “Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have “gifted” confidence to enter the sanctuary by the blood of Jesus, by the fresh and living way that He inaugurated for us through the curtain, that is, through His flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a sincere heart in the assurance that ‘Jesus’’ faith brings, because we have had our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed in pure water. (23) And let us hold unwaveringly to the hope that we confess, for the One who made the promise is trustworthy. And let us take thought of how to spur one another on to love and good works, not abandoning our own meetings, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging each other, and even more so because you see the day drawing near.”)

Having meetings with other Believers is giving of one’s self. Perhaps some feel they don’t need encouragement, but we should know most do. Fellow Believers are our family.

(Heb 10:26-27; “For if we deliberately keep on sinning after receiving the knowledge of the truth, no further sacrifice for sins is left for us, but only a certain fearful expectation of judgment and a fury of fire that will consume God’s enemies.”) In His millennial kingdom, all who don’t ultimately become Believers IN Jesus will become His enemies and die a second death. See Rev 21:8)

(Heb 10:28-31; Someone who rejected the law of Moses was put to death without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. How much greater punishment do you think that person deserves who has contempt for the Son of God, and profanes the blood of the covenant that made Him holy, and insults the Spirit of grace? For we know the One who said, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay,” and again, “The Lord will judge His people.” It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”) Quote from Deut 32:35-36.

Enlightened people in former days and today, do endure conflict with the world at large. Many love their status quo life more than Jesus, prefer hurting Jesus than society.

(Heb 10:32-39; “But remember the former days when you endured a harsh conflict of suffering after you were enlightened. At times you were publicly exposed to abuse and afflictions, and at other times you came to share with others who were treated in that way. (34) For in fact you shared the sufferings of those in prison, and you accepted the confiscation of your belongings with joy, because you knew that you certainly had a better and lasting possession. So do not throw away your confidence, because it has great reward. For you need endurance in order to do God’s will and so receive what is promised. (37) For just a little longer and He who is coming will arrive and not delay. But My righteous one will live by faith, and if he shrinks back, I take no pleasure in him. But we are not among those who shrink back and thus perish, but are among those who have faith and preserve their souls.”) In this latter age love has waxed cold and people giving themselves to Jesus’ way altruistically are few. People with spiritual courage, need to restudy this paragraph and examine themselves.

Now our Hebrews writer teaches Godly gifted faith.

(Heb 11:1-4; “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for, being convinced of what we do not see. For by faith the people of old received God’s commendation. By faith we understand that the worlds were set in order at God’s command, so that the visible has its origin in the invisible. By faith Abel offered God a greater sacrifice than Cain, and through his faith he was commended as righteous, because God commended him for his offerings. And through his ‘Abel’s’ faith he still speaks, though he is dead.”)

Abel like Abraham, believed God; didn’t assume God would be pleased with doing as seemed right to their fleshly minds. Cain assumed because he worked hard growing vegetables God would be please with his sacrifice.

(Heb 11:5-6; “By faith Enoch was taken up so that he did not see death, and he was not to be found because God took him up. For before his removal he had been commended as having pleased God. Now without faith it is impossible to please Him, for the one who approaches God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him.”)

Allowing scripture explain scripture we know Enoch was not resurrected, but removed. (Gen 5:23-24; “The entire lifetime of Enoch was 365 years. Enoch walked with God, and then he disappeared because God took him away.”)

The Hebrew word for disappeared? construction has the negative particle אֵין (’en, “there is not,” “there was not”) with a pronominal suffix, “he was not.” Instead of saying that Enoch died, the text says he no longer was present. The text simply states that God took Enoch. Similar language is used of Elijah’s departure from this world (see 2 Kings 2:10). The text implies that God overruled death for this man who walked with him.” In both cases “removed” seems to be more accurate. )

(Heb 11:7; “By faith Noah, when he was warned about things not yet seen, with reverent regard constructed an ark for the deliverance of his family. Through faith he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.”) (When obedient we too condemn the disobedient.) Our intent is to look at Abraham’s faith in the next chapter. Believing IN, is key. Godly gifted faith is knowing He is; being sure of what we hope for, being convinced of what we do not see. “By faith we understand that the worlds were set in order at God’s command, so that the visible has its origin in the invisible.” It is impossible to worship God in spirit and truth, until convinced of His truth, as is recorded at John 1:1-5, Colossians 1:15-20, Hebrews 1:3-12 and Genesis 1:1-2.

Hebrews, chapter 4

December 2nd, 2019

12/2/2,019 God’s 9th Month, Av 4, 5780

To: A called people with a gifted desire to be atOne with God.

When people are told about God’s deliverance, most groan much like the Israelites in Moses‘ day. Not so much because of bondage to hard labor but bondage to loving self serving pursuits. The whole world is in bondage to sin likened to Israel’s bondage to Egypt. Jesus and His apostles showed the way to everlasting freedom and explained to us.

(Eph 3:4-6; “When reading this, you ‘gentiles’ will be able to understand my insight into this secret of Christ. Now this secret was not disclosed to people in former generations as it has now been revealed to His holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit, namely, that through the gospel the Gentiles are fellow heirs, fellow members of the body, and fellow partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus.”)

The spiritual order of Jesus as Melchizedek.

(Colossians 1:27-29; “God wanted to make known to them the glorious riches of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. We proclaim Him by instructing and teaching all people with all wisdom so that we may present every person mature in Christ. Toward this goal I also labor, struggling according to His power that powerfully works in me.”) Here the Holy Spirit is identified. The Holy Spirit is God’s glorious energizing power. That spirit power is God’s to use as He desires.

(Heb 7:12-19; “For when the priesthood changes, a change in the law must come as well. Yet the One these things are spoken about belongs to a different tribe, and no one from that tribe has ever officiated at the altar. (14) For it is clear that our Lord is descended from Judah, yet Moses said nothing about priests in connection with that tribe. And this is even clearer if another priest arises in the likeness of Melchizedek, (16) who has become a priest not by a legal regulation about physical descent ‘as the Levitical Priest’ but by the power of an indestructible life. For here is the testimony about Him ‘Jesus‘: “You are a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek.” (18) On the one hand a former command is set aside because it is weak and useless, for the law made nothing perfect. On the other hand a better hope is introduced, through which we draw near to God.”) Now God’s spirit in us does not make us perfect, but gives us a desire to be like Him.”)

See Phil 2:12-13; So then, my dear friends, just as you have always obeyed, not only in my presence but even more in my absence, continue working out your salvation with awe and reverence, for the one bringing forth in you both the desire and the effort — for the sake of His good pleasure — is God.

(Heb 7:20-28; “And since this was not done without a sworn affirmation – for the others have become priests without a sworn affirmation, but Jesus did so with a sworn affirmation by the One who said to Him, “The Lord has sworn and will not change His mind, ‘You are a priest forever’” - accordingly Jesus has become the guarantee of a better covenant. (23) And the others ‘in Aaron’s order’ who became priests were numerous, because death prevented them from continuing in office, but He ‘Jesus’ holds His priesthood permanently since He lives forever. So He is able to save completely those who come to God through Him, because He always lives to intercede for them. (26) For it is indeed fitting for us to have such a High Priest: holy, innocent, undefiled, separate from sinners, and exalted above the heavens. He has no need to do every day what those priests do, to offer sacrifices first for their own sins and then for the sins of the people, since He did this in offering Himself once for all. For the law appoints as high priests men subject to weakness, but the word of solemn affirmation that came after the law appoints a Son made perfect forever.”)

Jesus didn’t come to do away with the law. Unconverted people are under the law and their deeds in the flesh will be judged accordingly. Recipients of God’s Holy energizing Spirit enjoy ‘the power that helps overcome the pulls of the flesh and sin in God’s view.”

Jesus High Priest of a Better Covenant

(Heb 8:1-6; “Now the main point of what we are saying is this: We have such a High Priest, One who sat down at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, a minister in the sanctuary and the true tabernacle that the Lord, not man, set up. For every high priest is appointed to offer both gifts and sacrifices. So this One too had to have something to offer. (4) Now if He were on earth, He would not be a priest, since there are already priests who offer the gifts prescribed by the law. The place where they serve is a sketch and shadow of the heavenly sanctuary, just as Moses was warned by God as he was about to complete the tabernacle. For He says, “See that you make everything according to the design shown to you on the mountain.” (6) But now Jesus has obtained a superior ministry, since the covenant that He mediates is also better and is enacted on better promises.”) Eternal life like Jesus’ own is promised to recipients of His Spirit.

(Heb 8:7-13; “For if that first covenant had been faultless, no one would have looked for a second one. But showing its fault, God says to them, “Look, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will complete a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah. (9) “It will not be like the covenant that I made with their fathers, on the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt, because they did not continue in My covenant and I had no regard for them, says the Lord. “For this is the covenant that I will establish with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord. I will put My laws in their minds and I will inscribe them on their hearts. And I will be their God and they will be My people. (See Jeremiah 21:) “And there will be no need at all for each one to teach his countryman or each one to teach his brother saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ since they will all know Me, from the least to the greatest. “For I will be merciful toward their evil deeds, and their sins I will remember no longer.” (13) When He speaks of a new covenant, He makes the first obsolete. Now what is growing obsolete and aging is about to disappear.”) Expect that disappearing to be during Jesus’ millennial reign.

Earthly Sanctuary practiced rituals looked forward to the Heavenly.

(Heb 9:1-10; “Now the first covenant, in fact, had regulations for worship and its earthly sanctuary. For a tent was prepared, the outer one which contained the lampstand, the table, and the presentation of the loaves; this is called the holy place. (3) And after the second curtain there was a tent called the holy of holies. It contained the golden altar of incense and the ark of the covenant covered entirely with gold. In this ark was the golden urn containing the manna, Aaron’s rod that budded, and the stone tablets of the covenant. (5) And above the ark were the cherubim of glory overshadowing the mercy seat. Now is not the time to speak of these things in detail. So with these things prepared like this, the priests enter continually into the outer tent as they perform their duties. (7) But only the high priest enters once a year into the inner tent, and not without blood that he offers for himself and for the sins of the people committed in ignorance. (8) The Holy Spirit is making clear that the way into the holy place had not yet appeared as long as the old tabernacle was standing. (This was a symbol for the time then present, when gifts and sacrifices were offered that could not perfect the conscience of the worshiper. They served only for matters of food and drink and various washings; they are external regulations imposed until the New Order came.”)

Christ’s Service in the Heavenly Sanctuary always planned.

(Heb 9:11-14; “But now Christ has come as the High Priest of the good things to come. He passed through the greater and more perfect tent not made with hands, that is, not of this creation, and He entered once for all into the most holy place not by the blood of goats and calves but by His own blood, and so He Himself secured eternal redemption. (13) For if the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a young cow sprinkled on those who are defiled consecrated them and provided ritual purity, how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, purify our consciences from dead works to worship the living God.”

(Heb9:15-28; “And so He is the Mediator of a New Covenant, so that those who are called may receive the eternal inheritance He has promised, since He died to set them free from the violations committed under the first covenant. (16) For where there is a will, the death of the One who made it must be proven. For a will takes effect only at death, since it carries no force while the One who made it is alive. So even the first covenant was inaugurated with blood. For when Moses had spoken every command to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and goats with water and scarlet wool and hyssop and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people, and said, “This is the blood of the covenant that God has commanded you to keep.” (21) And both the tabernacle and all the utensils of worship he likewise sprinkled with blood. Indeed according to the law almost everything was purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness. So it was necessary for the sketches of the things in heaven to be purified with these sacrifices, but the heavenly things themselves required better sacrifices than these. For Christ did not enter a sanctuary made with hands – the representation of the true sanctuary – but into heaven itself, and He appears now in God’s presence for us. (25) And He did not enter to offer Himself again and again, the way the high priest enters the sanctuary year after year with blood that is not His own, for then He would have had to suffer again and again since the foundation of the world. But now He has appeared once for all at the consummation of the ages to put away sin by His sacrifice. And just as people are appointed to die once, and then to face judgment, so also, after Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many, to those who eagerly await Him He will appear a second time, not to bear sin but to bring salvation.”)

Jesus is the Lord and law giver that spoke to Moses and His death made way for a “new and eternal will.”

Quotes in Hebrews chapter eight were primarily from Exodus 25:40 and Jeremiah 31: After Jesus had Jeremiah prophecy about another complete deliverance for Israel during His millennium reign and His prophecy backs up in part; God’s imputing His spirit in people in this age and more so after scattered Israelites are delivered back to their home land, as referred to in this New Testament book of Hebrews.

Hebrews, chapter 3

November 30th, 2019

11/30/2,019 God’s 9th Month, Av 2, 5.780

To: A called people with a gifted desire to be atOne with God.

Jesus’ apostles encountered those attempting to be their equals, as did Moses when Jesus was doing miracles through him, softening Pharaoh’s will for letting the Israelites go. Likened to Satan’s magic through the likes of Simon Magus who’s likely Gnosticism’s founder. Many taught demonic Gnostic theories, did demonic magic and presented themselves as teachers of righteousness through out Egypt and all over, deceiving if possible even The Elect. Satan hasn’t changed, he’s the one who led Pharaoh’s Egyptian priest and the one manifesting himself and followers as angels of light.

When God sent Moses to tell the people about His deliverance they groaned and God heard them. (Exodus 6:5- 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!’ Moses told this to the Israelites, but they did not listen to him because of their discouragement and hard labor. Then the LORD said to Moses, “Go, tell Pharaoh king of Egypt that he must release the Israelites from his land.”) When Pharaoh wouldn’t listen.

God told Moses, have Aaron throw his staff in front of Pharaoh, his staff became a snake. Aaron threw down his staff before Pharaoh and his servants and it became a snake. (Exodus 7:11-13; “Then Pharaoh also summoned wise men and sorcerers, and the magicians of Egypt by their secret arts did the same thing. Each man threw down his staff, and the staffs became snakes. But Aaron’s staff swallowed up their staffs. Yet Pharaoh’s heart became hard, and he did not listen to them, just as the LORD had predicted.”) Satan partially duplicated God’s miracles through Moses and Aaron until that Passover night when God had His death angel kill the first born of all who didn’t have saving blood on their door. Satan is still manifesting himself and his followers as angels of light. (See 2Cor 11:12-14)

Jesus’ gifted faith in believers is likened to this earth’s soaking moisture and producing.

(Heb 6:7-8; “For the ground that has soaked up the rain that frequently falls on it and yields useful vegetation for those who tend it receives a blessing from God. (8) But if it ’the ground’ produces thorns and thistles, it is useless and about to be cursed; its fate is to be burned.) Referencing the second death. See Rev 2:11, 20:6, 20:14 and 21:8.

(Heb 6:9-12; “But in your case, dear friends, even though we speak like this, we are convinced of better things relating to salvation. For God is not unjust so as to forget your work and the love you have demonstrated for His name, ’practices, characteristics, attributes’ in having served and continuing to serve the Saints. (11) But we passionately want each of you to demonstrate the same eagerness for the fulfillment of your hope until the end, so that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and perseverance inherit the promises.”) Consider how promise of salvation is obtained.

Salvation parallels Abraham promises.

(Heb 6:13-20; “Now when God made His promise to Abraham, since He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself, saying, “Surely I will bless you greatly and multiply your descendants abundantly.” (15) And so by persevering, Abraham inherited the promise.) ’By holding to his gifted faith in God unwaveringly, Abraham inherited the promises for all the faithful.”

(16) For people swear by something greater than themselves, and the oath serves as a confirmation to end all dispute. (17) In the same way God wanted to demonstrate more clearly to the heirs of the promise that His purpose was unchangeable, and so He intervened with an oath, so that we who have found refuge in Him may find strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us through two unchangeable things, since it is impossible for God to lie. We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, sure and steadfast, which reaches inside behind the curtain, (20) where Jesus our forerunner entered on our behalf, since He became a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek.”)

Jesus, “our Forerunner - the Pioneer of our salvation, is our priest forever and will be “serving as King of Peace.” Remember the holy of holiness was behind the curtain where priest only went once a year: God’s purpose was and is unchangeable. Christendom has a similar problem as did the Israelites in Joshua and Samuel’s day. However through God’s imputed energizing spirit we understand the mystery of “God’s in us” knowledge the Israelites didn’t have.

Nature of Melchizedek’s Priesthood

(Heb 7:1-10; “Now this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, met Abraham as he was returning from defeating the kings and blessed him. To Him also Abraham apportioned a tithe of everything. (’Melchizedek’s’ name first means king of righteousness, then king of Salem, that is, king of peace. (3) Without father, without mother, without genealogy, He has neither beginning of days nor end of life but is like the Son of God, and He remains a priest for all time.”) We believe Melchizedek was Jesus presenting Himself in human form. Remember Jesus presented Himself in various ways. As a rock for example. See also Deut 8:15, 32:13-18.

(Exodus 33:19-23; And the Lord said, “I will make all My goodness pass before your face, and I will proclaim the Lord by name before you; I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, I will show mercy to whom I will show mercy.” But He added, “You cannot see My face, for no one can see Me and live.” The Lord said, “Here is a place by Me; you will station yourself on a rock. When My glory passes by, I will put you in a cleft in the rock and will cover you with My hand while I pass by. Then I will take away My hand, and you will see My back, but My face must not be seen.”) Take time to observe Job’s understanding.

Job 19:23-29; “O that my words were written down, O that they were written on a scroll, that with an iron chisel and with lead they were engraved in a rock forever! As for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, and that at the last He will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God, whom I will see for myself, and whom my own eyes will behold, and not another. My heart grows faint within me. If you say, ‘How we will pursue Him, since the root of the trouble is found in Him!’ (29) Fear the sword yourselves, for wrath brings the punishment by the sword, so that you may know that there is judgment.”) Job believed his body would be resurrected, that he’d see God and judgment was coming.

(Hebrews 7:4-10; “But see how great He ‘Melchizedek’ must be, if Abraham the patriarch gave him a tithe of his plunder. And those of the sons of Levi who receive the priestly office have authorization according to the law to collect a tithe from the people, that is, from their fellow countrymen, although they too are descendants of Abraham. (6) But Melchizedek who does not share their ancestry collected a tithe from Abraham and blessed the one, ‘Abraham’ who possessed the promise. Now without dispute the inferior is blessed by the superior, and in one case tithes are received by mortal men, while in the other by Him who is affirmed to be alive. And it could be said that Levi himself, who receives tithes, paid a tithe through Abraham. For he was still in his ancestor Abraham’s loins when Melchizedek met him.”)

Tithing was instituted in Abraham and through Samuel’s time for people of God, “the governing authority was God as He administered through His called out ones.” Only gentile populations were taxed according to the whims of Emperor and King types. What we have here is Jesus’ revelations through Paul that fits perfectly with His prophetic Word through His prophets, apostles and His direct revelations to His apostle John as recorded in, “Revelations of Jesus to John.”

Jesus said His followers would be in the world but not of the world. However worldwide modern Christendom is very much in the world and their practices weigh much heavier toward pagan tradition than to principles Jesus and His apostles taught. To followers Jesus we must grow to the mindset David expressed.

Psalms 28:1-2; “To you, O Lord, I cry out! My protector, ’Rock’ do not ignore me! If you do not respond to me, I will join those who are descending into the grave. Hear my plea for mercy when I cry out to You for help, when I lift my hands toward Your holy temple! (Hebrew: My rocky summit? David compares our Lord to a rocky summit where one can fine protection from enemies.

(Psalms 18:2; “The Lord is my high ridge, my Stronghold, my Deliverer. My God is my rocky summit where I take shelter, my shield, the horn that saves me, and my refuge.) Looking to Jesus as the Psalmist did, is the only way we’re able to call Him Lord.

Jesus and the Priesthood of Melchizedek

(Hebrews 7:11; “So if perfection had in fact been possible through the Levite priesthood – for on that basis the people received the law – what further need would there have been for another priest to arise, said to be in the order of Melchizedek and not in Aaron’s order?”) (Aaron’s priestly order was by appointment and looked forward to Jesus’ Melchizedek permanent order. Was a schoolmaster in comparison to the “mystery of God being in us.” Like circumcision being right for followers of Jesus but looks forward to spiritual circumcision of the heart.

(Gal 3:3:23-29; “Now before ‘Jesus’’ faith came we were held in custody under the law, being kept as prisoners until the coming faith would be revealed. Thus the law had become our guardian ‘schoolmaster’ until Christ, so that we could be declared righteous by ’His’ faith. (25) But now that ‘Jesus’’  faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian. For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God through faith. For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.” (That is like with David, Jesus is our rocky summit - our stronghold.) There is neither Jew nor Greek, that  is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female – for all of you are One in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to the promise.”)

God’s gifted spirit in us “gives the desire to be obedient, so Believers IN Him don’t need the law in order to be righteous in His view. However the law still defines sin in His view.

Hebrews, chapter 2

November 29th, 2019

11/29/2,019 God’s 9th Month, Av 1, 5.780

To: A called people with a gifted desire to be atOne with God.

Why would Paul want to take New Covenant believers back to when Jesus delivered the Israelites through Moses? To demonstrate the parallels in miraculous deliverance, God’s choosing, planning and purposes. Paul had previously explained to God’s church at Rome and believers everywhere; “For everything that was written in former times was written for our instruction, so that through endurance and through encouragement of the scriptures we may have hope.” Rom 15:4) Paul also draws parallel comparisons of physical Israel being before Mt Zion when the commandments were given to spiritual Israelites approaching God’s throne in worshipful in prayer.

(Heb 12:22-24;” But you “Christians” have come to Mount Zion, the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to myriads of angels, to the assembly and congregation of the firstborn, who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous, who have been made perfect and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks of something better than Abel’s does.”)

Short sighted fleshly Israelites were rebellious, stubborn, kept looking back to how it’d been in Egypt and later looking to how other people groups served their gods to Samuel‘s day. God told Samuel, “they aren’t rejecting you, but Me.” So God gave them Saul and later David, who was a man after His own heart and through whom the Messiah would come.

(Hebrews 4:1-4; “Therefore we must be wary that, while the promise of entering His rest remains open, none of you “Christians” may seem to have come short of it. For we had good news proclaimed to us just as they did. But the message they heard did them no good, since they did not join in with those who heard it in faith. (The fathers) (3) For we who have believed enter that rest, as He has said, “As I swore in My anger, ‘They will never enter My rest!’” (Quote from Psalms 95:11) And yet God’s works were accomplished from the foundation of the world. (4) For He has spoken somewhere about the seventh day in this way: “And God rested on the seventh day from all His works,” (Quote from Genesis 2:2) but to repeat the text cited earlier: “They will never enter My rest!”)

God’s seventh day Sabbath and seventh month with four annual Sabbaths  foreshadows God rest for His people. (A rest form works, making, doing to obtain self serving gains and activities of the flesh.) A believing IN time of rest likened to father Abraham’s trusting believing IN faith.

Before God’s gifting His energizing Holy Spirit on that Pentecost after Jesus’ ascension, only His foundational chosen family of believers were gifted to believe IN as Jesus‘ followers are today. As a whole the Israelites weren’t gifted to believe IN as was Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph and Moses, “whom God called and revealed Himself to.”

(Heb 4:6; “Therefore it remains for some to enter it, ’the rest’ yet those to whom it was previously proclaimed did not enter because of disobedience.”)

Faithful obedience or obedience through faith is key. Obeying and trusting in Jesus, the Pioneer of our salvations is what God desires.

(Heb 4:7; “So God again ordains, “sets aside’ a certain day, “Today” speaking through David after so long a time, as in the words quoted before, “O, that today you would listen as He speaks.”) (Greek word for ‘today‘ has the meaning; “today if you hear His voice.” Do not harden your hearts.”) Our hearts are hard when our main pursuits are “getting and “entertaining self.”

(Heb 4:8-10; “For if Joshua had given them ‘the Israelites’ rest, God would not have spoken afterward about another ‘future’ day.’ (9) Consequently a Sabbath rest remains for the people of God. For the one who enters God’s rest has also rested from his works, just as God did from His own works.”) After creating God sit back and observed His work, rested from His work activity. Entering God’s rest includes repentance from dead works and  seeking His selfless nature.

(Heb 4:11-12; “Thus we must make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by following the same pattern of disobedience. For the Word ‘energizing Power - Spirit’ of God is living and active and sharper than any double-edged sword, piercing even to the point of dividing soul from spirit, and joints from marrow; it is able to judge the desires and thoughts of the heart.”)

(Heb 4:13; “And no creature is hidden from God, but everything is naked and exposed to the eyes of Him to whom we, ‘followers of Jesus’ must render an account.”) Each individual’s deeds will be judged during God’s millennial rest. Jesus Our Compassionate High Priest compares to Aaron or Leviticus Priest.

(Heb 4:14-16; “Therefore since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast to our confession, “repentance” For we do not have a high priest incapable of sympathizing with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in every way just as we are, yet without sin. (16) Therefore let us confidently approach the throne of grace to receive mercy and find grace whenever we need help.”)

That Throne? Not like physical Mount Zion, where they feared to the degree that Moses said ‘I exceeded fear.’ (Heb 12:18-24; “For you have not come to something that can be touched, to a burning fire and darkness and gloom and a whirlwind and the blast of a trumpet and a voice uttering words such that those who heard begged to hear no more. For they ‘the Israelites’ could not bear what was commanded: “If even an animal touches the mountain, it must be stoned.” (21) In fact, the scene was so terrifying that Moses said, “I shudder with fear.” (22) But you (‘trusting through Jesus’ gifted faith’) have come to Mount Zion, the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to myriads of angels, to the assembly and congregation of the firstborn, who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous, who have been made perfect, and to Jesus, the Mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks of something better than Abel’s does.”)

Abel’s shed blood still speaks in that it witnesses, cries out to the Lord for justice and judgment, but Jesus’ blood speaks of redemption and forgiveness, something better than Abel’s does (Gen 4:10; Heb 9:11-14; 11:4).

Jesus, High Priest on the order of Melchizedek.

(Heb 5:1-4; “For every ‘Levite’ high priest is taken from among the people and appointed to represent them before God, to offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins. He is able to deal compassionately with those who are ignorant and erring, since he also is subject to weakness, and for this reason he is obligated to make sin offerings for Himself as well as for the people. (4) And no one assumes this honor on his own initiative, but only when called to it by God, as in fact Aaron was.”

(Heb 5:5-6; “So also Christ did not glorify Himself in becoming high priest, but the One who glorified Him was God, who said to Him, “You are My Son! Today I have fathered You,” as also in another place God says, “You are a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek.”) Quote from Psalms 110:4. (Greek; “I have begotten You”; see Heb 1:5, quote from Psalms 2:7.)

(Heb 5:7-10;” During His earthly life Christ offered both requests and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to the One who was able to save Him from ‘eternal’ death and He was heard because of His devotion. (8) Although He was a Son, He learned obedience through the things He suffered. (9)And by being perfected in this way, He became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey Him, and He was designated by God as high priest in the order of Melchizedek.”) The phrase in the order of Melchizedek picks up the quotation from Psalms 110:4 in Heb 5:6.

Melchizedek? If not Jesus he was an appointed angel serving Jesus. We believe Melchizedek was in fact Jesus serving as king of Salem, meaning peace. Salem is traditionally identified as the Jebusite stronghold of old Jerusalem. Accordingly, there has been much speculation about its king. Though some have identified him with the pre-incarnate Christ or with Noah’s son Shem.

Net Bible translators think it far more likely that Melchizedek was a Canaanite royal priest whom God used to renew the promise of the blessing to Abram, perhaps because Abram considered Melchizedek his spiritual superior. But Melchizedek remains an enigma. In a book filled with genealogical records he appears on the scene without a genealogy and then disappears from the narrative. In Psalm 110 the Lord declares that the Davidic king is a royal priest after the pattern of Melchizedek. To be without genealogy is strong indication that Jesus Himself served as king of Salem and likewise David is appointed to serve in Jesus’ millennial kingdom.

The text of Genesis 14:17-20; sounds like the Son of God’s speech.

(Gen 14:17-20; After Abram returned from defeating Kedorlaomer and the kings who were with him, the king of Sodom went out to meet Abram in the Valley of Shaveh (known as the King’s Valley). Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. (Now he was the priest of the Most High God.) He blessed Abram, saying, “Blessed be Abram by the Most High God, Creator of heaven and earth. Worthy of praise is the Most High God, who delivered your enemies into your hand.” Abram gave Melchizedek a tenth of everything.”) Abraham refused to give or take anything from the king of Sodom because he said; (“I raise my hand to the Lord, the Most High God, Creator of heaven and earth, and vow that I will take nothing belonging to you, not even a thread or the strap of a sandal. That way you can never say, ‘It is I who made Abram rich.’ I will take nothing except compensation for what the young men have eaten. As for the share of the men who went with me – Aner, Eshcol, and Mamre – let them take their share.”) Gen 14:23-24)

Abraham’s character and faith is one to mimic.

Jerusalem out to the borders promised Abraham are perpetually Israel.

God’s calendar begins at Jerusalem, as the earth turns, sunsets begins new days over the whole earth. In an approximate 24 hours span of time the sun sets on a belted area north and south of the equator as God planned. God’s days begins and ends at sunsets ‘in the Judean area.’ His day, new moon and seasons can’t be altered. Mankind’s alternations demonstrate hostility.

Paul considered Hebrews sluggish and in need of maturity.

(Heb 5:11; On this topic we have much to say and it is difficult to explain, since you ‘Hebrews’ have become sluggish in hearing ‘understanding.’ For though you should in fact be teachers by this time, you need someone to teach you the beginning elements of God’s utterances. You have gone back to needing milk, not solid food. For everyone who lives on milk is inexperienced in the message of righteousness, because he is an infant. But solid food is for the mature, whose perceptions are trained by practice to discern both good and evil.”) Next Paul teaches the elementary doctrine of Jesus’ good news doctrine with the admonishment to move on to perfection. He identifies the seven doctrines naming the seventh first.

(Heb 6:1-2; “Therefore we must progress beyond the elementary instructions about Christ and (7) move on to maturity, (1) not laying this foundation again: repentance from dead works and (2) faith in God, (3) teaching about baptisms, (4) laying on of hands, (5) resurrection of the dead, and (6) eternal judgment.”)

(Heb 6:3-6; “And this is what we intend to do, if God permits. For it is impossible in the case of those who have once been enlightened, tasted the heavenly gift, become partakers of the Holy Spirit, tasted the good word of God and the miracles of the coming age, and then have committed apostasy, ‘a falling away’ to renew them again to repentance, since they are crucifying the Son of God for themselves all over again and holding Him up to contempt.”) Once miraculously gifted with God’s energizing Holy Spirit, believing IN Him as He’s manifest to be; then fall back to this world’s demonic system of things; “surely it’d be difficult to regain Jesus’ imputed faith.”

Hebrews, Chapter 1

November 27th, 2019

11/27/2,019 God’s eighth Month, Cheshvan 29, 5.780

To: A called people with a gifted desire to be atOne with God.

Hebrews was written from Italy; seems to be the final printed letter from Jesus through His apostle Paul. It’s to God’s church “Spiritual Israelites.” His letter reveals the summation of how Jesus’ New Covenant replaces the old. The “Hebrew - Israelites” had a semblance view of Temple construction and worship as passed from their ancestors, they “could grasp and teach God’s old and new covenant parallels.” We believe Paul is the Hebrews writer, in part because of his previous Pharisee knowledge of “Levite Priest’s Temple duties” and functions pertaining to their spiritual parallels.

Seemingly Through Paul, Jesus Speaks His Word Fully and Final,

while identifying Himself.

(Hebrews 1:1-4; “After God spoke long ago in various portions and in various ways to our ancestors through the prophets, in these last days He has spoken to us in a Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, and through whom He created the world. (3) The Son is the radiance of His ‘God the Father’s’ glory and the representation of His essence, and He ‘Jesus’ sustains all things by His powerful Word and so when He ‘Jesus’ had accomplished cleansing for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high. Thus He became so far better than the angels as He has inherited a name superior to theirs.”) (Note; He has accomplished cleansing for sins.)

The revelations through God’s prophets are understood in Jesus’ fleshly and spiritual life. He is our Mediator before God the Father, our coming King of Kings, Israel’s and Non-Israelites’ final Deliverer. His foot stool is the earth and its enemies, judgment is rendered and ultimately the last enemy death will be destroyed. God the Father is revealed through God the Son and through His Son, all was created and all is sustained. See also John 1”1-5 and Colossians 1:15-20.

Note Paul’s revelations and use of the Old Testament.

(Heb 1:5-6; “For to which of the angels did God ever say, “You are My Son! Today I have fathered you”? “quote from Psalms 2:7” And in another place He says, “I will be His father and He will be My Son.” “quote from 2 Sam 7:14 and Chronicles 17:13“. (6) But when He again brings His firstborn into the world, He says, “Let all the angels of God worship Him!” “quotation combining themes from Deut 32:43 and Ps 97:7.”

(Heb 1:7-12; “And He says of the angels, “He makes His angels spirits and His ministers a flame of fire,” “quote from Ps 104:4.” but of the Son He says, “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever, and a righteous scepter is the scepter of your kingdom. You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness. So God, your God, has anointed You over your companions with the oil of rejoicing.” (10) And, “You founded the earth in the beginning, Lord, and the heavens are the works of your hands. They will perish, but You continue. And they will all grow old like a garment, and like a robe You will fold them up and like a garment they will be changed, but You are the same and your years will never run out.”)

You ‘Jesus’ founded the earth…your years will never run out. In its original setting Psalms 102:25-27 refers to the work of God in creation, but here in Hebrews 1:10-12 the writer employs it in reference to Christ, the Lord, making a strong argument for the essential deity of the Son. (There’s no mistake when we compare John 1:1-5 and Colossians 1:15-20)

(Heb 1:13; “But to which of the angels has He ever said, “Sit at My right hand until I make Your enemies a footstool for your feet”? “quote from Ps 110:1” Are they ‘the angels’ not all ministering spirits, sent out to serve those who will inherit salvation?”) (Contemplate on angels serving we followers of Jesus.) Powerful angels are sent to serve we who are inheriting salvation! That alone is reason to humbly submit to our Lord and Savior Jesus.

(Heb 2:1-4; “Therefore we must pay closer attention to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. For if the message spoken through angels proved to be so firm that every violation or disobedience received its just penalty, how will we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? It was first communicated through the Lord and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him, while God confirmed their witness with signs and wonders and various miracles and gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to His will.”)

Gifts of the Holy Spirit? (1Cor 12:27-31; “Now you are Christ’s body, and each of you is a member of it. And God has placed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, gifts of healing, helps, gifts of leadership, and different kinds of tongues. Not all are apostles, are they? Not all are prophets, are they? Not all are teachers, are they? Not all perform miracles, do they? Not all have gifts of healing, do they? Not all speak in tongues, do they? Not all interpret, do they? But you should be eager for the greater gifts. And now I will show you a way that is beyond comparison.”) In chapter 13: Paul explains that Godly love is the greatest of all gift. Fleshly love has waxed cold in this latter age!

Now Paul takes from Psalms 8:

(Heb 2:5-10; “For He did not put the world to come, about which we are speaking, under the control of angels. Instead someone testified somewhere: “What is man that You think of him or the son of man that you care for Him? You made Him lower than the angels for a little while. You crowned him with glory and honor. You put all things under his control.” For when He put all things under his control, he left nothing outside of his control. At present we do not yet see all things under his control, (9) but we see Jesus, who was made lower than the angels for a little while, now crowned with glory and honor because He suffered death, so that by God’s grace He would experience death on behalf of everyone. (10) For it was fitting for Him, for whom and through whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the Pioneer of their salvation perfect through sufferings.”)

The Greek word translated pioneer is used of a “prince” or leader, the representative head of a family. It also carries nuances of “trailblazer,” one who breaks through to new ground for those who follow him. It is used some thirty-five times in the Greek Old Testament and four times in the New Testament, always of Christ (Acts 3:15; 5:31; Heb 2:10; 12:2).

(Heb 2:11-18; “For indeed He who makes holy and those being made holy all have the same origin and so He is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters, saying, “I will proclaim Your name to My brothers; in the midst of the assembly I will praise you.” “quote from Psalms 22:22.” (13) Again He says, “I will be confident in Him,” and again, “Here I am, with the children God has given Me. “quote from Isaiah 8:17-18.” therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, He ‘Jesus’ likewise shared in their humanity, so that through death He could destroy the one who holds the power of death (that is, the devil), (15) and set free those who were held in slavery all their lives by their fear of death. For surely His concern is not for angels, but He is concerned for Abraham’s descendants. (17) Therefore He had to be made like his brothers and sisters in every respect, so that He could become a merciful and faithful high priest in things relating to God, to make atonement for the sins of the people. (Atonement? Propitiation” win favor: to appease or conciliate somebody or something.) (18) For since He Himself suffered when He was tempted, He is able to help those who are tempted.”)

We all need the Pioneer of our salvation’s help and to rekindle His faith in us by turning to His Word for purification.

Jesus delivered Israel through Moses who was made likened to Himself.

(Hebrews 3:1-6; “Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, partners in a heavenly calling, take note of Jesus, the apostle and high priest whom we confess, who is faithful to the One who appointed Him, as Moses was also in God’s house. For He ‘Jesus’ has come to deserve greater glory than Moses, just as the builder of a house deserves greater honor than the house itself! (4) For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God. Now Moses was faithful in all God’s house as a servant, to testify to the things that would be spoken. But Christ is faithful as a Son over God’s house. We are of His house, if in fact we hold firmly to our confidence and the hope we take pride in.”)

Referring to Psalm 95: Hearing God’s Word in Faith,

Israel’s unbelief our example.

(Heb 3:7-19; “Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says, “Oh, that today you would listen as He speaks! “Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, in the day of testing in the wilderness. “There your fathers tested Me and tried Me, and they saw My works for forty years. “Therefore, I became provoked at that generation and said, ‘Their hearts are always wandering and they have not known My ways.’ (11) “As I swore in My anger, ‘They will never enter My rest!’” (12) See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has an evil, unbelieving heart that forsakes the living God. But exhort one another each day, as long as it is called “Today,” that none of you may become hardened by sin’s deception. (14) For we have become partners with Christ, if in fact we hold our initial confidence firm until the end. As it says, “Oh, that today you would listen as He speaks! Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.” (quote from Ps 95:7b-8.) (16) For which ones heard and rebelled? Was it not all who came out of Egypt under Moses’ leadership? And against whom was God provoked for forty years? Was it not those who sinned, whose dead bodies fell in the wilderness? And to whom did He swear they would never enter into His rest, except those who were disobedient? So we see that they could not enter because of unbelief.”)

Except for those God reveals Himself to; the populations of the whole world are unbelievers. God called Abraham, Isaac and Jacob whose name He changed to Israel. (Israel meaning: God fights for.) From Israel’s twelve sons God called Joseph. Jacob blessed Joseph’s two sons with the blessings promised Abraham. Israelites were in Egypt four hundred years before Jesus called Moses to be their deliverer under Himself. Setting a deliverance parallel example between the old and new covenants.

Under Moses and as promised Abraham, only the Israelites were God’s chosen people, while He was allowed the rest go the way that seemed right to themselves. Jesus made a covenant promise between the Israelites and Himself through Moses, making Moses their deliverer and prophet. Jesus revealed to Moses before Joshua’s time, that the Israelites would turn from Him, to worldly paganism. But even long before promises were made to Abraham, God the Father and God the Son were planning the Son ’Jesus’’ ultimate blood sacrifice for the sins of the world. Through Jesus a new covenant is ratified and called out Believers in Him are being spiritually delivered from sin similar to Israel’s physical deliverance from Egypt. Watch these truths unfold as we study Hebrews.

Perpetual Promises, chapter, chapter 22 of 22

November 26th, 2019

11/26/2,019, God’s 8th month, Cheshvan 28/5,780. 

To: Called out people living Jesus’ faith, “in the world but not of the world.”

Jesus commissioned His apostles John and Paul to identify Him as the “Re-Creator, Creator, Sustainer, One through whom there’s life, Deliverer, Healer, Protector, Mediator and coming King of Kings.” (See Col 1:15-20, John 1:1-5 and Hebrews 1:) He set aside perpetual Holy Days. He’s the Alpha and Omega Son of God and Spokesperson who said, “Let us make man in our image and likeness. He’s the Lord that made promises to Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph and Moses. His church family is built on His Prophets, Apostles with Himself the chief Cornerstone and Vine through whom His followers “branches” get nourishment. His is the only truth.

Jesus reveals Himself

John 4:4-26; “But He ’Jesus’ had to pass through Samaria. Now He came to a Samaritan town called Sychar, near the plot of land that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there, so Jesus, since He was tired from the journey, sat right down beside the well. It was about noon. A Samaritan woman came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me some water to drink.” (For His disciples had gone off into the town to buy supplies.) So the Samaritan woman said to him, “How can you – a Jew – ask me, a Samaritan woman, for water to drink?” (For Jews have nothing in common with us.)

(John 4:10-14; “Jesus answered her, “If you had known the gift of God and who it is who said to you, ‘Give Me some water to drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.” “Sir,” the woman said to Him, “you have no bucket and the well is deep; where then do you get this living water? Surely you’re not greater than our ancestor Jacob, are you? For he gave us this well and drank from it himself, along with his sons and his livestock.” (13) Jesus replied, “Everyone who drinks some of this water will be thirsty again. But whoever drinks some of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again but the water that I will give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up to eternal life.”

(John 4:15-18; “The woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water.” He said to her, “Go call your husband and come back here.” The woman replied, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “Right you are when you said, ‘I have no husband,’ for you have had five husbands, and the man you are living with now is not your husband. This you said truthfully!”

(John 4:19-21; “The woman said to Him, “Sir, I see that you are a prophet. Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, and you people say that the place where people must worship is in Jerusalem.” Jesus said to her, “Believe Me, woman, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem.

(John 4:22-26; “You people worship what you do not know. We worship what we know, because salvation is from the Jews. But a time is coming – and now is here – when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such people to be His worshipers. God is spirit and the people who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming” (the one called Christ); “whenever He comes, He will tell us everything.” Jesus said to her, “I, the One speaking to you, am He.”)

Jesus’ apostle Paul explained that when people knew God they didn’t glorify Him and inspired His prophet Isaiah to pen.

(Isaiah 28:9-13; “Who is the Lord trying to teach? To whom is He explaining a message? Those just weaned from milk! Those just taken from their mother’s breast! Indeed, they will hear meaningless gibberish, senseless babbling, a syllable here, and a syllable there. (11) For with mocking lips and a foreign tongue He will speak to these people. In the past He said to them, “This is where security can be found. Provide security for the one who is exhausted! This is where rest can be found.” But they refused to listen. (13) So the Lord’s word to them will sound like meaningless gibberish, senseless babbling, a syllable here, a syllable there. As a result, they will fall on their backsides when they try to walk, and be injured, ensnared, and captured.”)

It’s why we have so many professing Christians rejecting truth and yielding to what they believe is “their truth.” A “my truth philosophy” plays into Satan’s deceptions. Each people group going the way that seems right may be the reason Jesus said to His apostles, “Leave them, they’re blind guides.” If someone who is blind leads another who is blind, both will fall into a pit.” (Matt 15:14)

We can’t comprehend all God can do and control through the workings of His Holy energizing spirit. After Jesus delivered the Israelites from the sinful practices learned in Egypt, it wasn’t long before they began to grumble and desire the way of Egypt.

(Exodus 17:4-6; “Then Moses cried out to the Lord, “What will I do with this people? – a little more and they will stone me!” The Lord said to Moses, “Go over before the people; take with you some of the elders of Israel and take in your hand your staff with which you struck the Nile and go. I will be standing before you there on the rock in Horeb, and you will strike the rock, and water will come out of it so that the people may drink. And Moses did so in plain view of the elders of Israel.”)

The Lord had gifted Moses with knowing faith that the Lord could do through him what He promised. Remember God is all in all. See Numbers 20:8, 20:8-10 and Deut 8:15-18.

Through the same spirit God fathers people with His “Holy Spirit of truth.”

(Psalms 114:1-8; When Israel left Egypt, when the family of Jacob left a foreign nation behind, Judah became His sanctuary, Israel His kingdom. The sea looked and fled; the Jordan River turned back. The mountains skipped like rams, the hills like lambs. (5) Why do you flee, O sea? Why do you turn back, O Jordan River? Why do you skip like rams, O mountains, like lambs, O hills? Tremble, O earth, before the Lord – before the God of Jacob, who turned a rock into a pool of water, a hard rock into springs of water!) Who gave the spiritual inclination to write this Psalm and who gave John the mind to write; (John 3:8; “The wind blows wherever it will, and you hear the sound it makes, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”)

Not only was Mary impregnated with Jesus by God the Father through His energizing Holy Spirit, He revealed to Mary that she should visit Elizabeth after saying, (Luke 1:36-38; “And look, your relative Elizabeth has also become pregnant with a son in her old age – although she was called barren, she is now in her sixth month! For nothing will be impossible with God.” So Mary said, “Yes, I am a servant of the Lord; let this happen to me according to Your word.” Then the angel departed from her.”

(Luke 1:39-45; “In those days Mary got up and went hurriedly into the hill country, to a town of Judah, and entered Zechariah’s house and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. She exclaimed with a loud voice, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child in your womb! And who am I that the mother of my Lord should come and visit me? (44) For the instant the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed is she who believed that what was spoken to her by the Lord would be fulfilled.”)

Elizabeth and Mary were gifted to believe IN through God’s gifting them with His Holy Spirit of truth. All believers IN are gifted to believe through Jesus’ faith and do according to spiritual guidance.

Divine Nature Gifted, then spiritual overcoming begins.

(Remember the apostle’s letters are to; “those who through the righteousness of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ, have been granted a faith just as precious as the apostle’s.)

(2Pet 1:1-11.” From Simeon Peter, a slave and apostle of Jesus Christ, to those who through the righteousness of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ, have been granted a faith just as precious as ours. May grace and peace be lavished on you as you grow in the rich knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord! I can pray this because His divine power has bestowed on us everything necessary for life and godliness through the rich knowledge of the One who called us by His own glory and excellence. (4) Through these things He has bestowed on us His precious and most magnificent promises, so that by means of what was promised you may become partakers of the divine nature, after escaping the worldly corruption that is produced by evil desire. For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith excellence, to excellence, knowledge; to knowledge, self-control; to self-control, perseverance; to perseverance, godliness; to godliness, brotherly affection; to brotherly affection, unselfish love. For if these things are really yours and are continually increasing, they will keep you from becoming ineffective and unproductive in your pursuit of knowing our Lord Jesus Christ more intimately. But concerning the one who lacks such things – he is blind. That is to say, he is nearsighted, since he has forgotten about the cleansing of his past sins. Therefore, brothers and sisters, make every effort to be sure of your calling and election. For by doing this you will never stumble into sin. For thus an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, will be richly provided for you.”)

Note the words “called” “bestowed” “divine nature” “provided” and the characteristics to be developed after conversion.

Why Parables? And what’s destructive about the cares of this world?

(Mark 4:10-20; “When Jesus was alone, those around Him with the twelve asked Him about the parables. He said to them, “The secret of the kingdom of God has been given to you. But to those outside, everything is in parables, so that although they look they may look but not see, and although they hear they may hear but not understand, so they may not repent and be forgiven.”

(Mark 4:13-20; He said to them, “Don’t you understand this parable? Then how will you understand any parable? The sower sows the word. These are the ones on the path where the word is sown: Whenever they hear, immediately Satan comes and snatches the word that was sown in them. These are the ones sown on rocky ground: As soon as they hear the word, they receive it with joy. But they have no root in themselves and do not endure. Then, when trouble or persecution comes because of the word, immediately they fall away. Others are the ones sown among thorns: They are those who hear the word, but worldly cares, the seductiveness of wealth, and the desire for other things come in and choke the word, and it produces nothing. But these are the ones sown on good soil: They hear the word and receive it and bear fruit, one thirty times as much, one sixty, and one a hundred.”)

Facts of Jesus’ deity aren’t taught by worldly religions.

(Colossians 1:15-20; He, “Jesus” is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation, for all things in heaven and on earth were created by Him – all things, whether visible or invisible, whether thrones or dominions, whether principalities or powers – all things were created through Him and for Him. He Himself is before all things and all things are held together “sustained” in Him. He is the head of the body, the church, as well as the beginning, the first born from among the dead, so that He Himself may become first in all things. For God “the Father” was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in the Son and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself by making peace through the blood of His cross – through Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven.”) John wrote the same as recorded at John 1:1-5.

(Heb 1:1-4; “After God spoke long ago in various portions and in various ways to our ancestors through the prophets, in these last days He has spoken to us in a Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, and through whom He created the world. The Son is the radiance of His glory and the representation of His essence, and He sustains all things by His powerful word, and so when He had accomplished cleansing for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high. Thus He became so far better than the angels as He has inherited a name superior to theirs.”)

The above must be revealed before people understand God’s love.

(1John 4:7-10; “Dear friends, let us love one another, because love is from God, and everyone who loves has been fathered by God and knows God. The person who does not love does not know God, because God is love. By this the love of God is revealed in us: that God has sent His one and only Son into the world so that we may live through Him. In this is love: not that we have loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins.”) We must know God’s character personifies love and “He loved and revealed Himself, before we could love Him in kind.”

Perpetual Promises, chapter 21

November 25th, 2019

11/25/2,019, God’s 8th month, Cheshvan 27/5,780. 

To: Called out people living Jesus’ faith, “in the world but not of the world.”

In Acts of the Apostles is the account of “Simon the Magician” likely the Simon Magus, who founded Gnosticism among pagans throughout Egypt and around the world. He’s likely the magician who had been amazing the Samaritans with his magic when Phillip was teaching, but he believed the kingdom of God message. The Jerusalem apostles heard about the many believing so they came, lay hands on people and they received the Holy Spirit.

(Acts 8:4-8; Now those who had been forced to scatter went around proclaiming the good news of the word. Philip went down to the main city of Samaria and began proclaim The Christ to them. The crowds were paying attention with one mind to what Philip said, as they heard and saw the miraculous signs he was performing. For unclean spirits, crying with loud shrieks, were coming out of many who were possessed, and many paralyzed and lame people were healed. So there was great joy in that city.)

The magician who’d been amazing the Samaritans with his magic believed the kingdom of God message.

(Acts 8:17-24; Even Simon himself believed, and after he was baptized, he stayed close to Philip constantly, and when he saw the signs and great miracles that were occurring, he was amazed. Now Simon, when he saw that the Spirit was given through the laying on of the apostles’ hands, offered them money, saying, “Give me this power too, so that everyone I place my hands on may receive the Holy Spirit.” But Peter said to him, “May your silver perish with you, because you thought you could acquire God’s gift with money! You have no share or part in this matter because your heart is not right before God! (22) Therefore repent of this wickedness of yours, and pray to the Lord that he may perhaps forgive you for the intent of your heart. For I see that you are bitterly envious and in bondage to sin.” But Simon replied, “You pray to the Lord for me so that nothing of what you have said may happen to me.”)

Gnosticism is one primary tool of Satan’s, added to and fabricated the writings of people like Thomas and others. Teaching zodiac and other pagan worship ideas promoted through Gnostics teaching.

Jesus knew people were like naïve sheep in their fleshly nature; His people the Israelites were commanded not to learn the ways of other people groups. Like sheep, people need shepherds who’ll teach truth. It’s dangerous for “even believers to contemplate, learn of and dwell on the many pagan ideas in the worldly market place.” So called schools of higher learning teach and put more emphasis on paganism than God’s Way. Those not knowing the signs of the zodiac and names of various pagan gods are considered uneducated, but God would have His people ignore it all for what it is.

Jesus foreknew the Israelites would break their covenant commitment during Samuel’s time. He knew they’d want a king, “like non-Israelites.” (He also knew His church would be polluted by impostors and that even professing Christians would reject His way soon after His ascension.) (Additionally it was preplanned that His chosen people’s rejecting would make the way for gentiles to become spiritual Israelites.) The purpose being that believing IN Israelites and believing IN non-Israelites could become “one people in Jesus.” All believers IN Jesus become spiritual Israelites.” Paul taught it.

(Galatians 3:27-29; For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female — for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to the promise.)

The God of Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph and Moses is “The Re-Creator, Creator, Sustainer, Deliverer, Savior, Mediator and coming King of Kings.” He inspired Paul to write, (Colossians 2:20-23; “If you have died with Christ to the elemental spirits of the world, why do you submit to them as though you lived in the world? “Do not handle! Do not taste! Do not touch!” These are all destined to perish with use, founded as they are on human commands and teachings. Even though they have the appearance of wisdom with their self-imposed worship and false humility achieved by an unsparing treatment of the body — a wisdom with no true value — they in reality result in fleshly indulgence.”)

Rejecting God’s truth started with Adam and Eve, Satan has been the world’s god since. (Fleshly Israelites who witnessed God’s greatness could have kept their covenant promise if they had what’s available to Believers IN today. They had a hands on guiding Shepherd in Samuel, but liked Godly love of their Creator. Spiritual Israelites who’re called since Jesus’ ascension and glorification are gifted with “God’s gifted energizing Holy Spirit of truth and Godly love. Believers IN have a Shepherd ‘Jesus’ who’s likened to Moses and can withstand the devil’s temptations because Godly Love is imputed to the mind. This was God’s plan all the while, it was preplanned that Creator Jesus would come as the Son of God, be the sacrificial Lamb, die for the sins of the world, so recipients of His Holy Spirit of truth could be gifted with believing IN Godly love.”) God’s gifted Holy Spirit of truth is defined as His energizing spirit making it’s recipients atOne with Himself.

(1John 5:3-5; For this is the love of God: that we keep His commandments. And his commandments do not weigh us down, because everyone who has been fathered by God conquers the world. This is the conquering power that has conquered the world: our faith. Now who is the person who has conquered the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?) (12) The one who has the Son has this eternal life; the one who does not have the Son of God does not have this eternal life.)

(Immortality is only through the Son of God ‘Jesus’ when we’re called and chosen to believe IN Him, we have eternal life.)

(1John 5:18-20; We know that everyone fathered by God does not sin, but God protects the one He has fathered, and the evil one cannot touch him. We know that we are from God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one. And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us insight to know Him who is true, and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This one is the true God and eternal life.”) (As always study the whole.)

Jesus made perpetual covenant promises to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, regarding their descendents, “physical and spiritual Israelites.” (Review Galatians 3:29) Since Jesus’ ascension and glorification called out Believers IN Him are begotten children of God, “spiritual Israelites and as such have the promises as a set aside ’sanctified’ people.

God chooses and sanctifies

While the whole world was doing what seemed right to themselves, God was setting aside a people for His name and purpose. Promising Abraham borders, that his descendents numbering like the stars would inherit. Through Jacob whose name God changed to Israel, “Joseph’s sons were blessed.” Jacob saying to Joseph that God would bring their descendents back to the land of their fathers. (Jacob may not have known at the time “his prophecy included Jesus’ deliverance through Moses and an even greater deliverance during Jesus’ millennial reign.) See Isaiah 35: and Ezekiel 36: - 37: for starters.

(Genesis 48:19-22; “But his ‘Joseph’s’ father ’Jacob’ refused Joseph’s request that his right hand be placed on the older son.” And said, “I know, my son, I know. He too will become a nation and he too will become great. In spite of this, his younger brother will be even greater and his descendants will become a multitude of nations.” So he ’Jacob’ blessed them that day, saying, “By you will Israel bless, saying, ‘May God make you like Ephraim and Manasseh.’” So he put Ephraim before Manasseh. (21) Then Israel said to Joseph, “I am about to die, but God will be with you and will bring you back to the land of your fathers. As one who is above your brothers, I give to you the mountain slope, which I took from the Amorites with my sword and my bow.”)

God has preplanned it all” (Isaiah 14:24; “The Lord who commands armies makes this solemn vow: “Be sure of this: Just as I have intended, so it will be; just as I have planned, it will happen.”)

(Isaiah 46:8-13; “Remember this, so you can be brave! Think about it, you rebels! Remember what I accomplished in antiquity! Truly I am God, I have no peer; I am God, and there is none like Me, who announces the end from the beginning and reveals beforehand what has not yet occurred, who says, ‘My plan will be realized, I will accomplish what I desire,’ who summons an eagle from the east, from a distant land, one who carries out my plan. Yes, I have decreed, yes, I will bring it to pass; I have formulated a plan, yes, I will carry it out. Listen to me, you stubborn people, you who distance yourself from doing what is right. I am bringing My deliverance near, it is not far away; I am bringing My salvation near, it does not wait. I will save Zion; I will adorn Israel with My splendor.”) All through the workings of His energizing Holy Spirit.

The New Covenant is with a spiritually called out people.

The apostles’ letters are to followers of Jesus. In large part to “in resident congregations.”

(1John 3:9-11; “Everyone who has been fathered by God does not practice sin, because God’s seed resides in him, and thus he is not able to ’practice’ sin, because he has been fathered by God. By this the children of God and the children of the devil are revealed: Everyone who does not practice righteousness – the one who does not love his fellow Christian – is not of God.”)

When God’s seed resides in a person that individual God’s own begotten child. From Net Bible translators we have their play on words. (The Greek word is, σπέρμα (sperma) in this context is “male generating seed” although this is a figurative rather than a literal sense. Such imagery is bold and has seemed crudely anthropomorphic (meaning: attribution of human characteristics to nonhuman: attribution of a human form, characteristics, or human behavior to nonhuman things.) To some interpreters ’seed’ poses no more difficulty than the image of God as a male parent fathering Christians that appears in John 1:13 and is behind the use of γεννάω (gennaw) with reference to Christians in 1 John 2:29; 3:9; 4:7; 5:1, 4, and 18).

Allowing scripture to interpret scripture is to know such an imputation from God is a miraculous event. John quotes Jesus saying; (John.3:8; “The wind blows wherever it will, and you hear the sound it makes, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”)