To 10,072, Churches of God “A people being made temples of His spirit.” 3/21/18 God’s 1st month, Nisan 5, 5778 until sunset.
Jesus’ apostles taught us that God’s church is built; “on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus Himself as the Cornerstone.” (See Eph 2:20) Peter reviewed the Lord God’s dealing with His church in the wilderness.
(Acts 7:37-40; “This is the Moses who said to the Israelites, ‘God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your brothers.’ (See Deut 18:15) This is the man who was in the congregation in the wilderness with the angel who spoke to him at Mount Sinai, and with our ancestors, and he received living oracles to give to you. Our ancestors were unwilling to obey him, but pushed him aside and turned back to Egypt in their hearts, (40) saying to Aaron, ‘Make us gods who will go in front of us, for this Moses, who led us out of the land of Egypt – we do not know what has happened to him!’”
(Acts 7:41-43; “At that time they made an idol in the form of a calf, brought a sacrifice to the idol, and began rejoicing in the works of their hands. (42) But God turned away from them and gave them over to worship the host of heaven, ‘astrology’ as it is written in the book of the prophets: ‘It was not to Me that you offered slain animals and sacrifices forty years in the wilderness, was it, house of Israel? But you took along the tabernacle of Moloch and the star of the god Rephan, the images you made to worship, but I will deport you beyond Babylon.’”
(Acts 7:44-45; “Our ancestors had the tabernacle of testimony in the wilderness, just as God who spoke to Moses ordered him to make it according to the design he had seen. Our ancestors received possession of it and brought it in with Joshua when they dispossessed the nations that God drove out before our ancestors, until the time of David.”
(Acts 7:46-51; “He ‘David’ found favor with God and asked that he could find a dwelling place for the house of Jacob. But Solomon built a house for Him. (48) Yet the Most High does not live in houses made by human hands, as the prophet says, (49) ‘Heaven is My throne, and earth is the footstool for My feet. What kind of house will you build for Me, says the Lord, or what is My resting place? Did My hand not make all these things? “You stubborn people, with uncircumcised hearts and ears! You are always resisting the Holy Spirit, like your ancestors did!”
(Acts 7:52-53; “Which of the prophets did your ancestors not persecute? They killed those who foretold long ago the coming of the Righteous One, whose betrayers and murderers you have now become! You received the law by decrees given by angels, but you did not obey it.”) The Israelites couldn’t rid themselves from the paganism they learned in Egypt. The inherited nature of Adam pulled them to the idolatrous mindset of “deciding for themselves.” All who aren’t recipients of God’s spirit are still plagued with it. The good news command was always “honor the Holy One of Jacob.” This they and we will do when Israel is delivered back to their former borders..
(Isa 29:22; “So this is what the Lord, the one who delivered Abraham, says to the family of Jacob: “Jacob will no longer be ashamed; their faces will no longer show their embarrassment. For when they see their children, whom I will produce among them, they will honor My name. They will honor the Holy One of Jacob; they will respect the God of Israel. Those who stray morally will gain understanding; those who complain will acquire insight.” The establishment of God’s kingdom and His preparing a people to maintain it the good news Jesus brought.
(Jeremiah 10:1-5; “You people of Israel, listen to what the Lord has to say to you. The Lord says, “Do not start following pagan religious practices. Do not be in awe of signs that occur in the sky even though the nations hold them in awe. For the religion of these people is worthless.”) People attempting to worship Jesus while practicing any degree of paganism may as well be calling on Baal. Moloch or the star of the god Rephan
(Jer 10:10; The Lord is the only true God. He is the living God and the everlasting King. When He shows His anger the earth shakes. None of the nations can stand up to His fury.”)
(Jer 10:16; The Lord, ‘Jesus’ who is the inheritance of Jacob’s descendants, is not like them. He is the One who created everything. And the people of Israel are those He claims as His own. He is known as the Lord who rules over all.”)
Satan is the instigator of people’s thinking when they “assume there are followers of Jesus among every denomination.
We know from, New Covenant scriptures “partaking of the tree of life is obedience to Jesus the Christ.” The Way to the tree of life ’eternal life’ is, JESUS. That Way was revealed and minds opened after His crucifixion and ascension. God’s revelations aren’t given through worldly education and speculations. Daniel was chosen and God used him to give us revelation. (May many respond prayerfully the same)
(Dan 2:27-28; Daniel replied to the king, “The mystery that the king is asking about is such that no wise men, astrologers, magicians, or diviners can possibly disclose it to the king. However, there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries, and He has made known to King Nebuchadnezzar what will happen in the times to come.”) Worldly education can’t possibly disclose spiritual understanding! NOW the same Revealer to Daniel “revealed Jesus’ birth to Micah.
(Micah 5:1-2; “As for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, seemingly insignificant among the clans of Judah – from you a king will emerge who will rule over Israel on My behalf, One whose origins are in the distant past.”) JESUS’ origin was with God the Father from the foundation of this world. Micah’s prophecies are sure.
(Micah 5:3; “So the Lord will hand the people of Israel over to their enemies until the time when the woman in labor gives birth. Then the rest of the king’s countrymen will return to be reunited with the people of Israel.)
Jesus revealed to His prophets that His chosen people “Israel” would be dispersed among the nations for their disobedience. When Jesus returns to establish His kingdom, “Israelites will be reunited.”
(Micah 5:4; “He “Jesus” will assume His post and shepherd the people by the Lord’s strength, by the sovereign authority of the Lord His God. (Preplanned from the beginning. They? “the heirs of Abraham” (See Galatians 3:29) will live securely, for at that time He “Jesus” will be honored even in the distant regions of the earth.”)
Never before has God the Father and God the Son been honored by a nation as Israel will honor our God in the future.
(Micah 5:5-8; “He “Jesus” will give us peace. Should the Assyrians try to invade our land and attempt to set foot in our fortresses, we will send against them seven shepherd-rulers, make that eight commanders. (6) They will rule the land of Assyria with the sword, the land of Nimrod with a drawn sword. Our king “Jesus” will rescue us from the Assyrians should they attempt to invade our land and try to set foot in our territory. (7) Those survivors from Jacob “Israel” will live in the midst of many nations. They will be like the dew the Lord sends, like the rain on the grass, that does not hope for men to come or wait around for humans to arrive. (8) Those survivors from Jacob “Israel” will live among the nations, in the midst of many peoples. They will be like a lion among the animals of the forest, like a young lion among the flocks of sheep, which attacks when it passes through; it rips its prey and there is no one to stop it.”)
Israelites have been scattered among the nations for many years, this text reveals “His chosen are yet to accomplish His will among this world’s populations.” God’s and Israel’s adversaries are one and the same. Believers IN Jesus recognize, “today‘s Christians are modern Israelites.” Why are some of these shepherd rulers? Saints in the first resurrection! (see Rev 20:2-7)
(Micah 5:9; “Lift your hand triumphantly against your adversaries; may all your enemies be destroyed! The Lord Will Purify His People.”) During Jesus’ millennial rule, a purifying of His chosen is planned. NOW, notice the word, “your” in the next six verses, “speaking of things people hold to, in idolatrous fashion.”
(Micah 5:10-15; “In that day,” says the Lord, “I will destroy your horses from your midst, and smash your chariots. I will destroy the cities of your land, and tear down all your fortresses. I will remove the sorcery that you practice, and you will no longer have omen readers living among you. I will remove your idols and sacred pillars from your midst; you will no longer worship what your own hands made. I will uproot your images of Asherah from your midst, and destroy your idols. (15) I will angrily seek vengeance
on the nations that do not obey Me.”)
A circumcision of the heart, “is the kind of obedience God’s chosen desire.” Worldly people groups don’t understood God’s intent regarding circumcision. He reveals to His chosen through Jeremiah.
(Jeremiah 9:25-26; “The Lord says, “Watch out! The time is soon coming when I will punish all those who are only circumcised in the flesh. That is, I will punish the Egyptians, the Judeans, the Edomites, the Ammonites, the Moabites, and all the desert people who cut their hair short at the temples. I will do so because none of the people of those nations are really circumcised in the Lord’s sight. Moreover, none of the people of Israel are circumcised when it comes to their hearts.”) Circumcision of heart “is loving God with all our heart.” Obeying from a gifted understanding of God purposes.