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Genesis and the New Covenant, chapter 49

September 24th, 2018

To: A people being made temples of God’s spirit” God’s Church  9/24/18, God’s 7th month, Tishrel 15/5779 until sunset.

      Today is the sixth of seven annual Sabbaths, for reflecting on the fact that our fleshly bodies and physical dwelling are temporary and “a spiritual resurrected everlasting body.” For that reason God named the seven day festival “Festival of Booths or Feast of Tabernacles.” Today and the following six look forward to peace on earth, “Jesus at the helm.” A greater deliverance than that from Egypt, “Israelites form around the world being miraculously delivered to the borders promised Abraham.” (See Isaiah 22:, 35:, 51:,53: and 65: Ezekiel 20:, Jeremiah 31: and Amos 9:11-15 for starters.) (Isaiah 11:10-12; At that time a root from Jesse will stand like a signal flag for the nations. Nations will look to Him for guidance, and His residence will be majestic. At that time the Sovereign Master will again lift His hand to reclaim the remnant of His people from Assyria, Egypt, Pathros, Cush, Elam, Shinar, Hamath, and the seacoasts. He will lift a signal flag for the nations; He will gather Israel’s dispersed people and assemble Judah’s scattered people from the four corners of the earth.)

      The Lord God Jesus led the Israelites from sinful Egypt, through Moses “an example and encouragement to all Believers IN.” The same Jesus will deliver as promised through His prophets again. 

      (Romans 15:1-21; “But we who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not just please ourselves. Let each of us please his neighbor for his good to build him up. For even Christ did not please Himself, but just as it is written, “The insults of those who insult you have fallen on Me.” (4) 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.

       7-13; Receive one another then, just as Christ also received you, to God’s glory. For I tell you that Christ has become a servant of the circumcised on behalf of God’s truth to confirm the promises made to the fathers and thus the Gentiles glorify God for His mercy. As it is written, “Because of this I will confess you among the Gentiles, and I will sing praises to your name.” (Quote from Psalms 18:49) And again it says: “Rejoice, O Gentiles, with His people.” (Quote from Deut 32:43) And again, “Praise the Lord all you Gentiles, and let all the peoples praise Him.” (Quote from Ps 117:1. (12) And again Isaiah says, “The root of Jesse will come, and the One who rises to rule over the Gentiles, in Him will the Gentiles hope.” (Quote from Isa 11:10) Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you believe IN Him, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

      14-21; But I myself am fully convinced about you, my brothers and sisters, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, and able to instruct one another. But I have written more boldly to you on some points so as to remind you, because of the grace given to me by God to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles. I serve the gospel of God like a priest, so that the Gentiles may become an acceptable offering, sanctified by the Holy Spirit. So I boast in Christ Jesus about the things that pertain to God. For I will not dare to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me in order to bring about the obedience of the Gentiles, by word and deed, in the power of signs and wonders, in the power of the Spirit of God. So from Jerusalem even as far as Illyricum I have fully preached the gospel of Christ. And in this way I desire to preach where Christ has not been named, so as not to build on another person’s foundation, but as it is written: “Those who were not told about Him will see, and those who have not heard will understand.” (Quote from Isa 52:15, latter part) Consider more of Jesus’ prophecy through Isaiah.

       (Isaiah 52:1315; “Look, My servant will succeed! He will be elevated, lifted high, and greatly exalted – (just as many were horrified by the sight of You) He was so disfigured He no longer looked like a man; His form was so marred He no longer looked human – so now He will startle many nations. Kings will be shocked by His exaltation, for they will witness something unannounced to them, and they will understand something they had not heard about.)

       Genesis and God’s New Covenant with Believers IN, “is about a calling to righteousness” compelling individual to seek and practice God’s Way. Separating the called, “Jesus’ followers” from unbelievers, “yet a call to love unbelievers and foreigners.” We’re to remember, “Israel - those God fights for, were foreigners in Egypt. Jesus taught it.

      (Matt 5:43-48; You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor’ and ‘hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemy and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be like your Father in heaven, since He causes the sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Even the tax collectors do the same, don’t they? And if you only greet your brothers, what more do you do? Even the Gentiles do the same, don’t they? So then, be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”) From our fleshly inherited from Adam nature, we instinctively love our own. Through God’s gifted spirit in us, “we love our enemy!”

      The Patriarchs, Joseph were and God’s church are made righteous in His View. Calling each for His purpose, revealing Himself and leading. They and “we each are put on God’s preverbal potters wheel for training, “made to realize that He’s the Potter and we the clay.” Individually we’re called and made to realize our unworthiness. Made to know that by God’s mercy and grace, “His choosing” we understand, “in our fleshly nature we contributed nothing.”

      Joseph likely knew the prophetic word given to Abraham regarding his descendents being in bondage 430 years; “before being miraculously delivered.” They looked forward to when their descendents would be delivered. Followers of Jesus’ look forward to being resurrected to Jesus’ likeness. As the tradition set by Abraham and Isaac, “Joseph too ask that his bones be buried with Abraham, Isaac and Israel’s. Joseph and the Patriarch’s calling, “life practices” parallel the calling of Jesus’ apostles and each Believer IN, “Christian.” Actions and practices of Believers IN Jesus are parallel to The Way, the Patriarchs counted righteous. Believers IN, “as were the Patriarchs” are led to spiritually separate from this world’s system of things, “unbelievers.” Jesus’ apostle Paul instructed as follows.

       (2 Cor 6:15-18; “What does a believer share in common with an unbeliever? And what mutual agreement does the temple of God have with idols? For we “Christians” are the temple of the living God, just as God said, “I will live in them and will walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be My people.” Therefore “come out from their midst, and be separate,” says the Lord, “and touch no unclean thing, and I will welcome you, and I will be a father to you, and you will be My sons and daughters,” says the All-Powerful Lord.”) Likewise Jesus inspired His apostle John to write.

       (1John 2:15-17; “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him, because all that is in the world (the desire of the flesh and the desire of the eyes and the arrogance produced by material possessions) is not from the Father, but is from the world. And the world is passing away with all its desires, but the person who does the will of God remains forever.”) Jesus prayed to His Father for His followers, saying in part.

      (John 17:15-17; “I am not asking You to take them out of the world, but that You keep them safe from the evil one. They do not belong to the world just as I do not belong to the world. Set them apart in the truth; Your word is truth. Just as You sent Me into the world, so I sent them into the world. And I set Myself apart on their behalf, so that they too may be truly set apart.”) Remember, Joseph and Jacob’s family made such an impact on the Egyptians and Canaanites that they mourned Jacob’s death.

       (Gen 50:10-21; “”When they “Israel’s mourners” came to the threshing floor of Atad on the other side of the Jordan, they mourned there with very great and bitter sorrow. There Joseph observed a seven day period of mourning for his father. When the Canaanites who lived in the land saw them mourning at the threshing floor of Atad, they said, “This is a very sad occasion for the Egyptians.” That is why its name was called Abel Mizraim, (Meaning, mourning of Egypt) which is beyond the Jordan. (Less than 400 years later, God would miraculously lead the Israelites across the Jordan under Joshua)

       50:12-21; So the sons of Jacob did for him just as he had instructed them. His sons carried him to the land of Canaan and buried him in the cave of the field of Machpelah, near Mamre. This is the field Abraham purchased as a burial plot from Ephron the Hittite. (14) After he buried his father, Joseph returned to Egypt, along with his brothers and all who had accompanied him to bury his father. (15) When Joseph’s brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, “What if Joseph bears a grudge and wants to repay us in full for all the harm we did to him?” So they sent word to Joseph, saying, “Your father gave these instructions before he died: (17) ‘Tell Joseph this: Please forgive the sin of your brothers and the wrong they did when they treated you so badly.’ Now please forgive the sin of the servants of the God of your father.” When this message was reported to him, Joseph wept. Then his brothers also came and threw themselves down before him; they said, “Here we are; we are your slaves.” (19) But Joseph answered them, “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? As for you, you meant to harm me, but God intended it for a good purpose, so God could preserve the lives of many people, as you can see this day. So now, don’t be afraid. I will provide for you and your little children.” Then he consoled them and spoke kindly to them.”) God was taking away their stony hearts and shaping them.

      (Gen 50:22-23; “Joseph lived in Egypt, along with his father’s family. Joseph lived 110 years. Joseph saw the descendants of Ephraim to the third generation. He also saw the children of Makir the son of Manasseh; they were given special inheritance rights by Joseph.”) A parallel to followers of Jesus being gifted with eternal life.

       (Gen 50:24-26; “Then Joseph said to his brothers, “I am about to die. But God will surely come to you (your descendents) and lead you up from this land to the land God swore on oath to give to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.” Joseph made the sons of Israel swear an oath. He said, “God will surely come to you. Then you must carry my bones up from this place.” So Joseph died at the age of 110. After they embalmed him, his body was placed in a coffin in Egypt.”) Joseph’s knowing faith was gifted. By revelations He knew God’s promises would be kept. We‘re to wait on God’s deliverance.

      In time, Israelites’ practices became much like the Egyptians, they were segregated, jealously erupted and Joseph’s reputation was forgotten. Over time the Israelites were corrupted with paganism, “as the world is today.” Their population grew so much that Egyptian rulers became fearful of them. Finally took their resources and made them slaves was the remedy to their fears.

      God miraculously deliver the Israelites by calling and training Moses to be His servant, deliverer and savior to the Israelites. They were so deceived and corrupted with paganism that God only allowed Joshua and Caleb of the delivered to cross Jordan river “to the promised to Abraham lands.”

Genesis and the New Covenant, chapter 48

September 21st, 2018

To: The Family of God, “people being made temples of His spirit” God’s Church  9/21/18, God’s 7th month, Tishrel 12/5779 until sunset.

      Spiritual understanding is gifted, as is a spiritual rebirth. We can’t be begotten of God, “born again” by choice nor by having the wit to join the right denomination: “anymore than we could have chosen our parents.”         

Christian example to family and community is to practice Christ like ways. That is, Christians can’t go along to get along for advantage in worldly communities. People gifted to understand must follow Jesus’ examples, “or remain cowards.” Two such cowards repented and came forward to care for Jesus’ body after His death.

      (John 19:39-40; “After this, Joseph of Arimathea, a disciple of Jesus (but secretly, because he feared the Jewish leaders), asked Pilate if he could remove the body of Jesus. Pilate gave him permission, so he went and took the body away. Nicodemus, the man who had previously come to Jesus at night, accompanied Joseph, carrying a mixture of myrrh and aloes weighing about seventy-five pounds. Then they took Jesus’ body and wrapped it, with the aromatic spices, in strips of linen cloth according to Jewish burial customs.”)

      Satan has convinced denominations and individuals that it’s okay to practice “their own faith - what’s truth to themselves” which is one of his lies. (All left to themselves without God’s revelations, “practice what seems right to their fleshly minds.”) It’s idolatry to choose your religion, as is bowing to statues. Whole people groups and nations are victims of Satan’s divisionary deceptions. (Jesus used and inspired His prophets to use water “as a metaphor for spiritual truth” AND milk for His truth’s simplicity. Consider Isaiah 55: compare with Jesus’ Words recorded in the gospels and Revelations.

      (Isa 55:1-13; “Hey, all who are thirsty, come to the water! You who have no money, come! Buy and eat! Come! Buy wine and milk without money and without cost! Why pay money for something that will not nourish you? Why spend your hard-earned money on something that will not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me and eat what is nourishing! Enjoy fine food! (3) Pay attention and come to Me! Listen, so you can live! Then I will make an unconditional covenantal promise to you, just like the reliable covenantal promises I made to David. Look, I made David a witness to nations, a ruler and commander of nations.” (Prophecy are so sure, they’re stated in the past tense.)

      5-13; Look, you ‘Israelites’ will summon nations you did not previously know; nations that did not previously know you will run to you, because of the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, for God bestows honor on you. (6) Seek the Lord while He makes Himself available; call to Him while He is nearby! (7) The wicked need to abandon their lifestyle and sinful people their plans. They should return to the Lord, and He will show mercy to them, and to their god, for He will freely forgive them. (8) “Indeed, My plans are not like your plans, and My deeds are not like your deeds, for just as the sky is higher than the earth, so My deeds are superior to your deeds and My plans superior to your plans. The rain and snow fall from the sky and do not return, but instead water the earth and make it produce and yield crops, and provide seed for the planter and food for those who must eat. (11) In the same way, the promise that I make does not return to Me, having accomplished nothing. No, it is realized as I desire and is fulfilled as I intend.” Indeed you will go out with joy; you will be led along in peace; the mountains and hills will give a joyful shout before you, and all the trees in the field will clap their hands. Evergreens will grow in place of thorn bushes, firs will grow in place of nettles; they will be a monument to the Lord, a permanent reminder that will remain.”)

      David has not, nor we in this physical life, inherited all God’s promises. Long before David, God preplanned Jacob’s heirs life and revealed the future of his descendents. One of Israel’s descendents is David.

      (Genesis 49:1-27; “Jacob called for his sons and said, “Gather together so I can tell you what will happen to you in the future. “Assemble and listen, you sons of Jacob; listen to Israel, your father.

      (3) Reuben, you are my firstborn, my might and the beginning of my strength, outstanding in dignity, outstanding in power. You are destructive like water and will not excel, for you got on your father’s bed, then you defiled it – he got on my couch!

      (5) Simeon and Levi are brothers, weapons of violence are their knives! O my soul, do not come into their council, do not be united to their assembly, my heart, for in their anger they have killed men, and for pleasure they have hamstrung oxen. Cursed be their anger, for it was fierce, and their fury, for it was cruel. I will divide them in Jacob, and scatter them in Israel!

      (8) Judah, your brothers will praise you. Your hand will be on the neck of your enemies, your father’s sons will bow down before you. You are a lion’s cub, Judah, from the prey, my son, you have gone up. He crouches and lies down like a lion; like a lioness – who will rouse him? The scepter will not depart from Judah, nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet, until he comes to whom it belongs; the nations will obey him. Binding his foal to the vine, and his colt to the choicest vine, he will wash his garments in wine, his robes in the blood of grapes. His eyes will be dark from wine, and his teeth white from milk.

      (13) Zebulun will live by the haven of the sea and become a haven for ships; his border will extend to Sidon.

      (14) Issachar is a strong-boned donkey lying down between two saddlebags. When he sees a good resting place, and the pleasant land, he will bend his shoulder to the burden and become a slave laborer.

       (16) Dan will judge his people as one of the tribes of Israel. May Dan be a snake beside the road, a viper by the path, that bites the heels of the horse so that its rider falls backward. I wait for your deliverance, O Lord.

      (19) Gad will be raided by marauding bands, but he will attack them at their heels.

      (20) Asher’s food will be rich, and he will provide delicacies to royalty.

      (21) Naphtali is a free running doe, he speaks delightful words.

      (22) Joseph is a fruitful bough, a fruitful bough near a spring whose branches climb over the wall. The archers will attack him, they will shoot at him and oppose him. But his bow will remain steady, and his hands will be skillful; because of the hands of the Mighty One of Jacob, because of the Shepherd, the Rock of Israel, because of the God of your father, who will help you, because of the sovereign God, who will bless you with blessings from the sky above, blessings from the deep that lies below, and blessings of the breasts and womb. The blessings of your father are greater than the blessings of the eternal mountains or the desirable things of the age-old hills. They will be on the head of Joseph and on the brow of the prince of his brothers.

      (27) Benjamin is a ravenous wolf; in the morning devouring the prey, and in the evening dividing the plunder.”)

       Many try to decipher these prophecies, I won’t unless they’re revealed. Israel’s  prophesies characterize the strengths and weaknesses of his descendents. Some are playing out already: others after Jesus’ return. It isn’t likely that Israel understood that the twelve gates of New Jerusalem was already named for his sons.

      (Gen 49:28-33; “These are the twelve tribes of Israel. This is what their father said to them when he blessed them. He gave each of them an appropriate blessing.”) Appropriate blessings - judgment, await each of us.

      (Gen 49:29-33; “Then Israel instructed them, “I am about to go to my people. (Hebrew; be gathered) Bury me with my fathers in the cave in the field of Ephron the Hittite. It is the cave in the field of Machpelah, near Mamre in the land of Canaan, which Abraham bought for a burial plot from Ephron the Hittite. There they buried Abraham and his wife Sarah; there they buried Isaac and his wife Rebekah; and there I buried Leah. The field and the cave in it were acquired from the sons of Heth.” When Jacob finished giving these instructions to his sons, he pulled his feet up onto the bed, breathed his last breath, and went to his people.”)

       Followers of Jesus are called, “as was Jacob” we too will be given new names. God also called David, made him a king and prophet, giving him insight about the future and judgment. David writes as we should think.

      (Psalms 28:1-9; “To you, O Lord, I cry out! My Protector, 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! Do not drag me away with evil men, with those who behave wickedly, who talk so friendly to their neighbors, while they plan to harm them! (4) Pay them back for their evil deeds! Pay them back for what they do! Punish them! For they do not understand the Lord’s actions, or the way He carries out justice. The Lord will permanently demolish them. (6) The Lord deserves praise, for He has heard my plea for mercy! The Lord strengthens and protects me; I trust in Him with all my heart. I am rescued and my heart is full of joy; I will sing to Him in gratitude. The Lord strengthens His people; He protects and delivers His chosen king. Deliver Your people! Empower the nation that belongs to You! Care for them like a shepherd and carry them in Your arms at all times!”)

       (Genesis 50:1-9; “Then Joseph hugged his father’s face. He wept over him and kissed him. Joseph instructed the physicians in his service to embalm his father, so the physicians embalmed Israel. (3) They took forty days, for that is the full time needed for embalming. The Egyptians mourned for him seventy days. When the days of mourning had passed, Joseph said to Pharaoh’s royal court, “If I have found favor in your sight, please say to Pharaoh, ‘My father made me swear an oath. He said, “I am about to die. Bury me in my tomb that I dug for myself there in the land of Canaan.” Now let me go and bury my father; then I will return.’” So Pharaoh said, “Go and bury your father, just as he made you swear to do.” (7) So Joseph went up to bury his father; all Pharaoh’s officials went with him – the senior courtiers of his household, all the senior officials of the land of Egypt, all Joseph’s household, his brothers, and his father’s household. But they left their little children and their flocks and herds in the land of Goshen. (9) Chariots and horsemen also went up with him, so it was a very large entourage.”)

      These are the Lord God Jesus’ inspired Words, “recorded by Moses.” His callings and covenant promises are living truths that fits “square with” Jesus’ teaching and the New Covenant. We plan to consider Jesus’ word through Paul on this subject, next study.

Genesis and the New Covenant, chapter 47

September 19th, 2018

To: The Family of God, “people being made temples of His spirit” God’s Church  9/19/18, God’s 7th month, Tishrel 10/ 5779 until sunset.

      Almighty God our Father and Lord God Jesus: please give us the love and patience we need for steadfastness to the end; knowing You’re not slack in keeping promises. Make us continuously mindful that our bodies are temples of Your Holy Spirit. Bless us with knowing faith in Your promises, planning and to live Jesus’ example. We ask in Your holy name. AMEN.

      This world’s populations are kept spiritually ignorant by Satan’s influence on religions and educators. Knowledge of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, David, major and minor prophets and Jesus’ apostles being chosen for God’s purpose isn’t acknowledged. In this age of spiritual ignorance God’s promises to spiritual and physical Israelites are forgotten. God will yet resurrect His chosen, “they will be examples to the world and inherit the lands promised Abraham. Unbelievers aren’t yet led to consider God’s awesomeness and preplanning because He hasn’t revealed Himself. They don’t understand because as Jesus said; “you aren’t My sheep.” Believers IN God know He is the Alpha and Omega.

      How long prior to Joseph’s birth, “do you think God planned his Egyptian adventure?” Could He have planned it before the foundation of the world? He did! Proving Himself, God planned and announced Israel’s stay in Egypt to the very day! (“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.” Exodus 12:40-42)

      (Remember “Israel means, God fights or God fights for”) Their preplanned departure was on the 14th day of God’s first month “Nisan” and before the foundation of the world. Likewise Jesus would shed His blood on the 14th of Nisan. Thus Jesus’ tomb was found empty, “morning of the 18th.” How awesome to be gifted with the desire to believe IN our Creator! To think puny mankind would make and use a different calendar than the one holy to God is without question the height of hostile arrogance! To believers this “proves the degree folks will go to honor pagan gods.”

      Jacob and Joseph knew that they were chosen servants of the Most High. Tools in His hand, as are all who are led to be Believers IN.

      (Genesis 47:5-10; Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Your father and your brothers have come to you. The land of Egypt is before you; settle your father and your brothers in the best region of the land. They may live in the land of Goshen. If you know of any highly capable men among them, put them in charge of my livestock.” (7) Then Joseph brought in his father Jacob and presented him before Pharaoh. Jacob blessed Pharaoh. Pharaoh said to Jacob, “How long have you lived?” Jacob said to Pharaoh, “All the years of my travels are 130. All the years of my life have been few and painful; the years of my travels are not as long as those of my ancestors.” (10) Then Jacob blessed Pharaoh and went out from his presence.”) Israel and Joseph were God’s witnesses to Pharaoh and Believers IN.

      (Jacob could have told the Pharaoh of his being a deceiver in his youthful years, about God revealing Himself and his experiences. About Esau’s forgiving and how God allowed him to learn from his deceiving father in law. Jacob considered his length of life, “few and painful.”

      (Genesis 47:11-19; So Joseph settled his father and his brothers. He gave them territory in the land of Egypt, in the best region of the land, the land of Rameses, just as Pharaoh had commanded. Joseph also provided food for his father, his brothers and all his father’s household, according to the number of their little children. (13) But there was no food in all the land because the famine was very severe; the land of Egypt and the land of Canaan wasted away because of the famine. Joseph collected all the money that could be found in the land of Egypt and in the land of Canaan as payment for the grain they were buying. Then Joseph brought the money into Pharaoh’s palace. When the money from the lands of Egypt and Canaan was used up, all the Egyptians came to Joseph and said, “Give us food! Why should we die before your very eyes because our money has run out?”

     16-19; Then Joseph said, “If your money is gone, bring your livestock, and I will give you food in exchange for your livestock.” So they brought their livestock to Joseph, and Joseph gave them food in exchange for their horses, the livestock of their flocks and herds, and their donkeys. He got them through that year by giving them food in exchange for livestock. (18) When that year was over, they came to him the next year and said to him, “We cannot hide from our lord that the money is used up and the livestock and the animals belong to our lord. Nothing remains before our lord except our bodies and our land. Why should we die before your very eyes, both we and our land? Buy us and our land in exchange for food, and we, with our land, will become Pharaoh’s slaves. Give us seed that we may live and not die. Then the land will not become desolate.”)

       TOTAL reliance on Joseph as a physical savior became the Israelites & Egyptians only choice. Believers IN are led spiritually to yield totally on Jesus as our Savior, Creator and Sustainer; mindful that only in Him can we be saved.

      (Genesis 47:20-26; “So Joseph bought all the land of Egypt for Pharaoh. Each of the Egyptians sold his field, for the famine was severe. So the land became Pharaoh’s. Joseph made all the people slaves from one end of Egypt’s border to the other end of it. But he did not purchase the land of the priests because the priests had an allotment from Pharaoh and they ate from their allotment that Pharaoh gave them. That is why they did not sell their land. (23) Joseph said to the people, “Since I have bought you and your land today for Pharaoh, here is seed for you. Cultivate the land. When you gather in the crop, give one-fifth of it to Pharaoh, and the rest will be yours for seed for the fields and for you to eat, including those in your households and your little children.” (25) They replied, “You have saved our lives! You are showing us favor, and we will be Pharaoh’s slaves.” (26) So Joseph made it a statute, which is in effect to this day throughout the land of Egypt: One-fifth belongs to Pharaoh. Only the land of the priests did not become Pharaoh’s.”)

       Joseph was allowed to make this statute, as he was spirit led. (20% should be enough for any government to provide lawful protection and administer the needed services to it’s populations.) For our learning; “God allowed the Pharaoh to be as God and Joseph as their redeemer.”

      (Genesis 47:27-31; Israel settled in the land of Egypt, in the land of Goshen, and they owned land there. They were fruitful and increased rapidly in number. (28) Jacob lived in the land of Egypt seventeen years; the years of Jacob’s life were 147 in all. The time for Israel to die approached, so he called for his son Joseph and said to him, “If now I have found favor in your sight, put your hand under my thigh and show me kindness and faithfulness. Do not bury me in Egypt, but when I rest with my fathers, carry me out of Egypt and bury me in their “my father’s” burial place.” Joseph said, “I will do as you say.” (31) Jacob said, “Swear to me that you will do so.” So Joseph gave him his word. Then Israel bowed down at the head of his bed.”) ISRAEL, was mindful that he represented a “set aside” sanctified people. Asking to be taken to Abraham’s burial place demonstrates it.

      (Genesis 48:1-4; After these things Joseph was told, “Your father is weakening.” So he took his two sons Manasseh and Ephraim with him. When Jacob was told, “Your son Joseph has just come to you,” Israel regained strength and sat up on his bed. (3) Jacob said to Joseph, “The sovereign God appeared to me at Luz in the land of Canaan and blessed me. (4) He said to me, ‘I am going to make you fruitful and will multiply you. I will make you into a group of nations, and I will give this land to your descendants as an everlasting possession.’”)

       We know much of that land was given to Israel when God led Joshua to be Israel’s leader and much later under David and Solomon, “but Israel is yet to occupied all the borders promised to Abraham’s heirs. (The question. “Was God leading Jacob and giving him authority to bless; was God blessing and prophesying through him?” Absolutely.

       (Genesis 48:5-16; “Now, as for your two sons, who were born to you in the land of Egypt before I came to you in Egypt, they will be mine. Ephraim and Manasseh will be mine just as Reuben and Simeon are. Any children that you father after them will be yours; they will be listed under the names of their brothers in their inheritance. But as for me, when I was returning from Paddan, Rachel died – to my sorrow – in the land of Canaan. It happened along the way, some distance from Ephrath. So I buried her there on the way to Ephrath” (that is, Bethlehem).

      8-16; When Israel saw Joseph’s sons, he asked, “Who are these?” Joseph said to his father, “They are the sons God has given me in this place.” His father said, “Bring them to me so I may bless them.” Now Israel’s eyes were failing because of his age; he was not able to see well. So Joseph brought his sons near to him, and his father kissed them and embraced them. (11) Israel said to Joseph, “I never expected to see you again, but now God has allowed me to see your children too.” So Joseph moved them from Israel’s knees and bowed down with his face to the ground. (13) Joseph positioned them; he put Ephraim on his right hand across from Israel’s left hand, and Manasseh on his left hand across from Israel’s right hand. Then Joseph brought them closer to his father. (14) Israel stretched out his right hand and placed it on Ephraim’s head, although he was the younger. Crossing his hands, he put his left hand on Manasseh’s head, for Manasseh was the firstborn. (15) Then Israel blessed Joseph and said, “May the God before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac walked – the God who has been my Shepherd all my life long to this day, the Angel who has protected me from all harm – bless these boys. MAY MY NAME BE NAMED ON THEM and the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac. May they grow into a multitude on the earth.”)

      Israel is mindful of God’s promises to Abraham and Isaac as well as to himself. NOTE that Israel is also mindful that God used an Angel to protect him. The world has a problem accepting the principle that God chooses whom He will for His planned purpose. Descendents from Ephraim and Manasseh are primarily God’s physical Israel! Followers of Jesus are God’s spiritual Israel.

       Genesis 48:17-22; “When Joseph saw that his father placed his right hand on Ephraim’s head, it displeased him. So he took his father’s hand to move it from Ephraim’s head to Manasseh’s head. Joseph said to his father, “Not so, my father, for this is the firstborn. Put your right hand on his head.” (19) But his father refused 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.” (20) So he 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. Then Israel said to Joseph, “I am about to die, but God will be with you and will bring you “YOUR descendents” back to the land of your fathers. (back to Bethlehem area) (22) 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.”)

      CONSIDER the time - the number of years that would pass before God made MOSES, their deliverer under Jesus.

       We Believers IN, “Christians” need to encourage one another as we remember “a thousand years is as one day with God.” He kept His promise to Abraham and delivered the Israelites; demonstrating His power and that He keeps promises. Remember Paul’s words; “Christians are heirs with Abraham.” Galatians 3:29.

Genesis and the New Covenant, chapter 46

September 17th, 2018

To: The Family of God, “people being made temples of His spirit” God’s Church  9/17/18, God’s 7th month, Tishrel 8/ 5779 until sunset.

      Tomorrow at sunset begins the Day of Atonement; Jews call it the “Eve of Yom Kippur” ending at sunset the tenth day of Tishrel. Christians fast on Atonement in keeping with the Lord God Jesus’ command.

      Lev 23:26-32; The Lord spoke to Moses: “The tenth day of this seventh month is the Day of Atonement. It is to be a holy assembly for you, and you must humble yourselves and present a gift to the Lord. You must not do any work on this particular day, because it is a day of atonement to make atonement for yourselves before the Lord your God. Indeed, any person who does not behave with humility on this particular day will be cut off from his people. As for any person who does any work on this particular day, I will exterminate that person from the midst of his people! You must not do any work. This is a perpetual statute throughout your generations in all the places where you live. It is a Sabbath of complete rest for you, and you must humble yourselves on the ninth day of the month in the evening, from evening until evening you must observe your Sabbath.”)

      The Lord God Jesus gave the annual Sabbaths through Moses to His people as another statute demonstrating to whom they belonged. We perpetual keep them today, “showing to whom we belong.” 

      God uses the number seven in multiple ways; “has to do with perfection and completion for the most part.” Four of God’s seven annual holy days are in His seventh month; each foreshadowing His planning for our good. The 1st day of His seventh month is Trumpets, 10th day of His seventh month is Atonement, the fifteenth day begins His Feast of Tabernacles, the 22nd day concludes and the 23rd or eighth day is “The Last Great Day.” (See Lev 23:)

      The Lord God Jesus Re-Created planet earth from its being “without shape, empty and with darkness over the surface of the watery deep. (See Genesis 1:22, John 1:1-5, Col 1:15-20, Hebrews 1: and 3Peter ) Speaking of later day scoffers Peter writes; (3Peter 3:5-7; For they deliberately suppress this fact, that by the Word of God heavens existed long ago and an earth was formed out of water and by means of water. Through these things the world existing at that time was destroyed when it was deluged with water. But by the same Word the present heavens and earth have been reserved for fire, by being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.”)

      The Lord God Jesus has spoken through many: Through Enoch, the “seventh from Adam” Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, His prophets and His apostles.” 

      Hostiles to God’s righteous decrees have always preferred yielded to demonic deceptions; thinking as Cain, “surely this other way will be okay.” Hostiles to God’s Way aren’t mindful that God is allowing Satan to be the god of this world until a set time. They prefer yielding to this world’s system of things, evolution of things, religions, traditions and passions.

       Believers IN trust Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph’s God. Who teaches His people through revelation, “revealing His characteristics, loving attributes, mercy, grace, knowledge and His plans.” He opens minds, fathers with His spirit, making people AT ONE with Himself. (His spirit, “the holy spirit” is His people’s teacher.) Study John 14:, and for the purpose of this “Genesis and the New Covenant study” let’s consider verses 25-26.)

      (Jesus said; “I have spoken these things while staying with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, will teach you everything, and will cause you to remember everything I said to you.” God put in our minds, to love one another with pureness, remembering that He first loved us.”)

       People who aren’t called, make God fit their imagination.” It was pagan influence that caused the Romans to name weekly days for their imaginary gods. If we could see inside the minds of people and put their imaginations in form; “we’d see many imaginary gods.”

      The holy scriptures teach, “Jesus was sent by His Father, prayed to His Father and the two are ONE in purpose and characteristically.” Restudy John 1:1-4, Colossians 1;15-20 and let’s read Rev 21:22-23; “Now I saw no temple in the city, because the Lord God – the All-Powerful – and the Lamb are its temple. The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, because the glory of God lights it up, and its lamp is the Lamb.”)

       God the Father and God the Son - are all Powerful  Omnipotent” One. God the Son is the Lamb of God. (God’s Way is that we be at one with Him and one another.) Our believing IN relationship to Jesus should be; “looking to Him as friend, Provider, Deliverer, Mediator and Savior.” He is as a Husband to His church. Jesus’ relationship with God the Father is as One and is the same pattern for His church’s relationship to Himself.

       God isn’t divided; He revealed, “manifested Himself to” Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph as the One who blesses. He creates and gives Life. (His promises, so certain that, “yet to be events” are written as already past. New Jerusalem’s gates were named for the twelve tribes and the foundation for the twelve apostles before the foundation of the world. Example: In our “Genesis New Covenant study” we see God’s prophecy regarding Abraham’s heirs being in bondage 430 years, long before the event. (Paul wrote to the Roman Christians, “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)

      This latter age, “span of time since the Father sent His Son” is identified as the “last days.” (God the Father identified and Jesus Himself proclaimed Himself, Savior, Deliverer and coming King of Kings.”)

       Characteristically and similarly, Joseph’s life foreshadows the life of all called out Believers IN. (We’re able to look back; “recognize spiritual deliverance, God’s gifting us with a desire to overcome our old sin nature and see or understand the reason to work at overcoming to the end.”)

       Joseph’s legacy is one of dreams, hope, faith, steadfastness, love, overcoming and yielding to his Creator. (God made Joseph a savior, shepherd and deliverer to his brothers and Jacob.) Some 400 plus years later God would send another deliverer “Moses.” Joseph and Moses are types of the prophesied Messiah “Jesus.” God the Father has made Jesus, “the Son of God: our Savior, Shepherd, Deliverer and coming King of Kings.” In our Genesis historical account, God has made Joseph, savior and sustainer of his family. We’re at the point of Joseph’s delivering Israel.

      (Genesis 46:1-4; So Israel began his journey, taking with him all that he had. When he came to Beer Sheba he offered sacrifices to the God of his father Isaac. God spoke to Israel in a vision during the night and said, “Jacob, Jacob!” He replied, “Here I am!” He said, “I am God, the God of your father. Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for I will make you into a great nation there. I will go down with you to Egypt and I Myself will certainly bring you back from there. Joseph will close your eyes.”) This promise is much more than “taking Jacob’s bones with them, some 400 years later” and the Patriarchs, Joseph and all called out Believers IN being resurrected to a spiritual everlasting life. All will each serve in the coming Kingdom of God.

       (Gen 46:5-7; “Then Jacob started out from Beer Sheba, and the sons of Israel carried their father Jacob, their little children, and their wives in the wagons that Pharaoh had sent along to transport him. Jacob and all his descendants took their livestock and the possessions they had acquired in the land of Canaan, and they went to Egypt. He brought with him to Egypt his sons and grandsons, his daughters and granddaughters – all his descendants.

       (Gen 46:26-27; “All the direct descendants of Jacob who went to Egypt with him were sixty-six in number. (This number does not include the wives of Jacob’s sons.) Counting the two sons of Joseph who were born to him in Egypt, all the people of the household of Jacob who were in Egypt numbered seventy.”) Read verses 8-25 for the list.

       (Gen 46:28-34; “Jacob sent Judah before him to Joseph to accompany him to Goshen. So they came to the land of Goshen. Joseph harnessed his chariot and went up to meet his father Israel in Goshen. When Joseph met Israel, he hugged his neck and wept on his neck for quite some time. (30) Israel said to Joseph, “Now let me die since I have seen your face and know that you are still alive.” Then Joseph said to his brothers and his father’s household, “I will go up and tell Pharaoh, ‘My brothers and my father’s household who were in the land of Canaan have come to me. (32) The men are shepherds; they take care of livestock. They have brought their flocks and their herds and all that they have.’ Pharaoh will summon you and say, ‘What is your occupation?’ (34) Tell him, ‘Your servants have taken care of cattle from our youth until now, both we and our fathers’ so that you may live in the land of Goshen, for everyone who takes care of sheep is disgusting to the Egyptians.”)

       Remember also, the Egyptians would not sit and eat with Joseph and his brothers because they didn’t think the Hebrews were their equal. Because of Satan’s divisionary demonic deceptions, “the nature in fleshly man has not changed.” Still in this age, Many Egyptians and Arabs in general think of Israelites and Christians as infidels: “to kill is to do their god honor.”  

Genesis and the New Covenant, chapter 45

September 14th, 2018

To: The Family of God, “people being made temples of His spirit” God’s Church  9/14/18, God’s 7th month, Tishrel 5/ 5779 until sunset.

       God revealed Himself and Abraham believed IN, “moved from family and acquaintances to the lands provided.” God was making a new beginning through Abraham, “setting Him and his descendents apart from the world.” Imposed circumcision as a sign of belonging. (Jesus’ apostles, “to whom He breathed on and gave understanding of the scriptures to” understood what God did and more particularly what He was going to do.  (Abraham’s descendents were going to inherit the world through faith.)

      (Romans 4:9-14; “Is this blessedness then for the circumcision or also for the un-circumcision? For we say, “faith was credited to Abraham as righteousness.” How then was it credited to him? Was he circumcised at the time, or not? No, he was not circumcised but uncircumcised! And he received the sign of circumcision as a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised, so that he would become the father of all those who believe but have never been circumcised, that they too could have righteousness credited to them. (By the gift of believing IN.) And Abraham also the father of the circumcised, who are not only circumcised, but who also walk in the footsteps of the faith that our father Abraham possessed when he was still uncircumcised. (13) For the promise to Abraham or to his descendants that he would inherit the world was not fulfilled through the law, but through the righteousness that comes by faith. For if they become heirs by the law, faith is empty and the promise is nullified.”)

       God’s promises and His preplanning cannot be nullified. If they could, He would not be “Lord of Lords.” If the law could change our inherited from Adam nature; ’that is, make us righteous in His view” there would be no need for creator Jesus’ sacrifice. 

      (Rom 4:15-16; “For the law “of works” brings wrath, because where there is no law there is no transgression either. For this reason it is by “believing IN God” faith, so that it “faith” may be by grace, with the result that the promise may be certain to all the descendants – not only to those who are under the law, but also to those who have the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all (as it is written, “I have made you the father of many nations.”)

       17-22; Abraham is our father in the presence of God whom he believed – the God who makes the dead alive and summons the things that do not yet exist as though they already do. (18) Against hope Abraham believed in hope with the result that he became the father of many nations according to the pronouncement, “so will your descendants be.” Without being weak in faith, Abraham considered his own body as dead (because he was about one hundred years old) and the deadness of Sarah’s womb. He did not waver in unbelief about the promise of God but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God. He was fully convinced that what God promised He was also able to do. So indeed it “believing IN faith” was credited to Abraham as righteousness. (23) But the statement it was credited to him was not written only for Abraham’s sake, but also for our sake, to whom it will be credited, those who believe IN the One “God the Father” who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. He “Jesus” was given over because of our transgressions and was raised for the sake of our justification.”)

      The Lord Jesus who  communed with the Patriarchs looked forward to these latter days when people would be “called and led to believe IN His saving grace.” Believing IN Jesus “changes one’s nature from the way of get to the way of give.”

      (Rom 5:1-11; “Therefore, since we “Believers IN” have been declared righteous by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in the hope of God’s glory. Not only this, but we also rejoice in sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance, character, and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. (For rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person perhaps someone might possibly dare to die.) But God demonstrates His own love for us, in that while we were still sinners, (uncircumcised of heart) Christ died for us. Much more then, because we have now been declared righteous by His blood, we will be saved through Him from God’s wrath. (10) For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, how much more, since we have been reconciled, will we be saved by His life? Not only this, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received this reconciliation.”)

    (Reconciliation? “The making of two or more “apparently conflicting things” consistent or compatible”) By revealing Himself, God reconciles Himself with those He chooses.

      (Rom 5:12-17; “So then, just as sin entered the world through one man “Adam” and death through sin, and so death spread to all people because all sinned – for before the law “of works” was given, sin was in the world, but there is no accounting for sin when there is no law “of works.” Yet death reigned from Adam until Moses even over those who did not sin in the same way that Adam (who is a type of the coming One) transgressed. But the gracious gift is not like the transgression. For if the many died through the transgression of the one man, “Adam” how much more did the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the One man Jesus Christ multiply to the many! And the gift is not like the one who sinned. For judgment, resulting from the one transgression, (“Adams‘”) led to condemnation, but the gracious gift from the many failures led to justification. (17) For if, by the transgression of the one man, “Adam” death reigned through the one, how much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in “eternal” life through the One, Jesus Christ!”)

       God makes these promises through the gift of His spirit and ultimately the resurrections. Understanding this grace is an emotional thankful heart change. When Joseph made himself known to his brothers, an “emotion thankfulness overcame them all.”

      If God’s Word doesn’t convict a person to turn from the traditions of this world’s system of things, “to the traditions Jesus lived and taught through His apostles” likely that one isn’t called to “Believe IN at this time.” Jesus’ Words don’t penetrate the minds of hostile persons. He didn’t waste words on unbelievers, saying, “you don’t understand because you aren’t My Sheep,”

      (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.”) We can’t Believe IN God and practice paganism.

      God is working all things out according to His will and timetable. He preserves the called and unbeliever’s historical records for our learning in this latter age. Whether provable science, “a tried and proven system or personal invention;” believers IN are gifted to recognize God’s revelations. Consider Jesus’ teaching, “after He miraculously re-created food and fed many.”

      (John 6:25-29; When they found Jesus on the other side of the lake, they said to Him, “Rabbi, when did you get here?” Jesus replied, “I tell you the solemn truth, you are looking for Me not because you saw miraculous signs, but because you ate all the loaves of bread you wanted. “Do not work for the food that disappears, but for the food that remains to eternal life – the “spiritual” food which the Son of Man will GIVE to you. For God the Father has put His seal of approval on Him.” (28) So then they said to Him, “What must we do to accomplish the deeds God requires?” Jesus replied, “This is the deed God requires – to believe IN the ONE whom He sent.”)

       The accusation is; “you folks are only looking for Me for self serving reasons.” Many join religions for self serving purposes. In the minds of many, “it’s to avoid punishment and to earn salvation as a result of their action.” Why do the same percentages of church folks divorce, commit crimes and fill prisons as do the un-churched?

      The definition of a believer IN Jesus is; “one who obeys, worships in spirit and truth the One who is; “Creator, Re-creator, Sustainer, Deliverer, Mediator and coming King of Kings. Understanding; “we love Him because He first loved us” shedding His blood that our sins may be forgiven. “Thus, worshiping Jesus is to yield to His Way and put on His characteristics as revealed is the holy scriptures.” We have Joseph’s example in Genesis.

       Joseph stayed true to his revealed understanding, “believed IN the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.” He could speak confidently to the Pharaoh and forgive his brothers. We have another example in the New Testament.

       A man Jesus healed was thrown out of the Synagogue: “Jesus heard they had thrown him out, so He found the man and said to him, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” The man replied, “And who is He, sir, that I may believe IN Him?” Jesus told him, “You have seen Him; He is the one speaking with you.” The healed man said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshiped Jesus. (Jesus also said, “For judgment I have come into this world, so that those who do not see may gain their sight, and the ones who see may become blind.” John 9:35-39)

       DO we understand Jesus’ point? He opens understanding to whom He will and allows unbelievers to remain in their state of being. It was God that caused the Pharaoh to believe in Joseph’s words.

      Joseph was spiritually trained, he and Jacob received revelations. Joseph’s brothers were taught family heritage, “but as a Believer IN, Joseph didn’t need knowledge of the families heritage to accomplish God’s will. All Believers IN are gifted with these principles; “it’s what makes us at one with God the Father, God the Son and each other.”

      Paul wrote; (“Finally then, brothers and sisters, we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received instruction from us about how you must live and please God (as you are in fact living) that you do so more and more. For you know what commands we gave you through the Lord Jesus. For this is God’s will: that you become holy, that you keep away from sexual immorality, that each of you know how to possess his own body in holiness and honor, not in lustful passion like the Gentiles “unbelievers” who do not know God. In this matter no one should violate the rights of his brother or take advantage of him, because the Lord is the avenger in all these cases, as we also told you earlier and warned you solemnly. For God did not CALL us to impurity but in holiness. Consequently the one who rejects this is NOT rejecting human authority but God, who gives HIS Holy Spirit to you. Now on the topic of brotherly love you have no need for anyone to write you, for you yourselves are taught of God to love one another. And indeed you are practicing it toward all the brothers and sisters in all of Macedonia. But we urge you, brothers and sisters, to do so more and more, to ASPIRE to lead a quiet life, to attend to your own business, and to work with your hands, as we commanded you. In this way you will live a decent life before outsiders and not be in need.”1 Thess 4:1-12)

      As was God’s covenant with Israel, “our New Covenant is NOT with the world at large” but with God. Our New Testament Covenant is not with a fleshly governed nation, nor a denomination, but with God. His church is scattered individuals to whom He has chosen, “set aside and fathered with His spirit.” His New Testament Covenant is one of promise, “likened to that with the Patriarchs.” (Jesus’ apostle Peter explains to Christians.

       (1Peter 2:9-10; “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of His own, so that you may proclaim the virtues of the one who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. You once were not a people, but now you are God’s people. You were shown no mercy, but now you have received mercy.”)

Gensis and the New Covanant, chapter 44

September 13th, 2018

To: The Family of God, “people being made temples of His spirit” God’s Church  9/13/18, God’s 7th month, Tishrel 4/ 5779 until sunset.

      The Patriarchs and apostles looked forward to the resurrections. Jesus apostles expected that God’s kingdom was about to be instituted through Him at that time. They were all correct except for the timing. The Lord God Jesus gave the Israelites His calendar of annual Sabbaths and festivals that looked forward to His return, peace on earth and judgment. The seventh day Sabbath “after six days of work” looks forward to Jesus’ millennial rule. The seven annual Sabbaths looks forward to the unfolding. The Sabbaths are strong indications of when the Kingdom of God is to be established. As with the six day work week, “six thousand years are set aside for man’s work.” (If our guided assumption is true “six thousand years is allocated for man’s mismanagement under the guise of Satan.) But Jesus did promise “time would be cut short for the Elect’s sake.” The creation account as recorded in Genesis is a “Re-creation of this pre-flooded earth” and “a first Creation of animals and mankind as we know them. The first creation of beings made in God’s image and for His loving purpose.

       There’s much to consider; Jesus’ apostle Paul did indicate, “prophecies may be set aside.” Seemingly that’s because, “time is to be cut short for the Elect‘s sake.” (1Cor 13:8-13; Love never ends. But if there are prophecies, they will be set aside; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be set aside. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part, but when what is perfect comes, the partial will be set aside.”) We like all who have gone before, must patiently wait and pray that His Kingdom soon come.

       Many prophecies aren’t going to be set aside. Promises to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob are as sure as Creation itself. Additionally two witnesses are prophesied to proclaim God‘s message from Jerusalem before Jesus‘ return. (See Revelation 11:3-13; And I will grant My two witnesses authority to prophesy for 1,260 days, dressed in sackcloth. (These are the two olive trees and the two lamp stands that stand before the Lord of the earth.) If anyone wants to harm them, fire comes out of their mouths and completely consumes their enemies. If anyone wants to harm them, they must be killed this way. These two have the power to close up the sky so that it does not rain during the time they are prophesying. They have power to turn the waters to blood and to strike the earth with every kind of plague whenever they want. When they have completed their testimony, the beast that comes up from the abyss will make war on them and conquer them and kill them. Their corpses will lie in the street of the great city that is symbolically called Sodom and Egypt, where their Lord was also crucified. For three and a half days those from every people, tribe, nation, and language will look at their corpses, because they will not permit them to be placed in a tomb. And those who live on the earth will rejoice over them and celebrate, even sending gifts to each other, because these two prophets had tormented those who live on the earth. But after three and a half days a breath of life from God entered them, and they stood on their feet, and tremendous fear seized those who were watching them. Then they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them: “Come up here!” So the two prophets went up to heaven in a cloud while their enemies stared at them. Just then a major earthquake took place and a tenth of the city collapsed; seven thousand people were killed in the earthquake, and the rest were terrified and gave glory to the God of heaven.”) We see mankind’s hostile nature in full display here.

      Back to the beginning of Israel’s 430 years in Egyptian bondage. That bondage is a physical parallel to the spiritual bondage the whole world is in today.

      (Gen 45:13-15; When Joseph made himself known to his brothers, emotion overcame them all. (“Then Joseph threw himself on the neck of his brother Benjamin and wept, and Benjamin wept on his neck. He kissed all his brothers and wept over them. After this his brothers talked with him.”

      (Gen 45:16-24; “Now it was reported in the household of Pharaoh, “Joseph’s brothers have arrived.” It pleased Pharaoh and his servants. Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Say to your brothers, ‘Do this: Load your animals and go to the land of Canaan! Get your father and your households and come to me! Then I will give you the best land in Egypt and you will eat the best of the land.’ You are also commanded to say, ‘Do this: Take for yourselves wagons from the land of Egypt for your little ones and for your wives. Bring your father and come. Don’t worry about your belongings, for the best of all the land of Egypt will be yours.’” (21) So the sons of Israel did as he said. Joseph gave them wagons as Pharaoh had instructed, and he gave them provisions for the journey. He gave sets of clothes to each one of them, but to Benjamin he gave three hundred pieces of silver and five sets of clothes. To his father he sent the following: ten donkeys loaded with the best products of Egypt and ten female donkeys loaded with grain, food, and provisions for his father’s journey. Then he sent his brothers on their way and they left. He said to them, “As you travel don’t be overcome with fear.”)

      Today’s descendents of Abraham, “physical and spiritual;” have a Provider, Deliverer and Sustainer in Jesus. He is likened to Joseph and the Pharaoh.” Abraham’s spiritual descendents, “whether Israelites or non-Israelites” are the called, “Elect” and given to understand spiritual teaching. The Elect will not be deceived.

     (Matt 24:24; “For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the Elect.”)

With Jesus returns, “a spiritual resurrection awaits all who belong to Him.” According to God’s plan and timing, “Israelites from around the world will be miraculously gathered to the borders outlined to Abraham.” Lets review.

       (Isaiah 27:12-13; “At that time the Lord will shake the tree, from the Euphrates River to the Stream of Egypt. Then you will be gathered up one by one, O Israelites. At that time a large trumpet will be blown, and the ones lost in the land of Assyria will come, as well as the refugees in the land of Egypt. They will worship the Lord on the holy mountain in Jerusalem.)

       Remember the Lord God Jesus had a reason to rename Jacob “Israel” meaning “God fights.”

      (Isaiah 49:5-13; “So now the Lord says, the one who formed me from birth to be His servant – He did this to restore Jacob “Israel” to Himself, so that Israel might be gathered to Him; and I will be honored in the Lord’s sight, for my God is my source of strength – He says, “Is it too insignificant a task for you to be My servant, to reestablish the tribes of Jacob, and restore the remnant of Israel? I will make you a light to the nations, so you can bring My deliverance to the remote regions of the earth.” (7) This is what the Lord, the protector of Israel, their Holy One, says to the one who is despised and rejected by nations, a servant of rulers: “Kings will see and rise in respect, princes will bow down, because of the faithful Lord, the Holy One of Israel who has chosen you.” This is what the Lord says: “At the time I decide to show My favor, I will respond to you; in the day of deliverance I will help you; I will protect you and make you a covenant mediator for people, to rebuild the land and to reassign the desolate property. You will say to the prisoners, ‘Come out,’ and to those who are in dark dungeons, ‘Emerge.’ They will graze beside the roads; on all the slopes they will find pasture. (10) They will not be hungry or thirsty; the sun’s oppressive heat will not beat down on them, for One who has compassion on them will guide them; He will lead them to springs of water. I will make all My mountains into a road; I will construct My roadways.” (12) Look, they come from far away! Look, some come from the north and west, and others from the land of Sinim! Shout for joy, O sky! Rejoice, O earth! Let the mountains give a joyful shout! For the Lord consoles His people and shows compassion to the oppressed.”) The Patriarchs and all Believers IN, “Christians” are waiting for this time. Praise God. Oh, the awesomeness of God’s promises and planning.

      (“The Sabbath was made for people, not people for the Sabbath. For this reason the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.”) God’s rested and reflected on His creative work the seventh day and commanding His people do the same was preplanned. Not a worship of the day as Pharisee types are prone to do, “but to lovingly and respectfully recognize and reflect on God’s creation and our own work.” When Creator, Re-Creator and Sustainer Jesus returns the whole world will ultimately begin to recognize Him. Satan is to be bound and knowledge of Jesus will covers as water the sea.

      Satan has led the whole world from Sabbath observance. Leading the Moslems to select the sixth day and professing Christians the first. When we recognize Jesus as our Creator, we should observe His Sabbath.

      The Lord God Jesus’ old covenant with Israel, had to do with setting aside a chosen people and circumcision a token of belonging. Abraham believed IN God before He commanded circumcision as a seal of belonging.

      Lets review: (Gen 17:9-14; “Then God said to Abraham, “As for you, you must keep the covenantal requirement I am imposing on you and your descendants after you throughout their generations. This is My requirement that you and your descendants after you must keep: Every male among you must be circumcised. You must circumcise the flesh of your foreskins. This will be a reminder of the covenant between Me and you. (your descendents) Throughout your generations every male among you who is eight days old must be circumcised, whether born in your house or bought with money from any foreigner who is not one of your descendants. They must indeed be circumcised, whether born in your house or bought with money. The sign of My covenant will be visible in your flesh as a permanent reminder. Any uncircumcised male who has not been circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin will be cut off from his people – he has failed to carry out My requirement.”)

       Slaves also were to be regarded as family in this respect, Males purchased with money were to be set aside. Taught that physical circumcision was a token of respect for the God of Abraham. Physical circumcision looked forward to a circumcision of the heart. (The act of fleshly circumcision was never intended to change the inherited sin nature in people as does “being born from above.”) Paul explained. (“For a person is not a Jew “Christian” who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision something that is outward in the flesh, but someone is a Jew “Christian” who is one inwardly, and circumcision is of the heart by the Spirit and not by the written code. This person’s praise is not from people but from God.” Rom 2:28-29)

       Respect for the God of Abraham, Moses taught the circumcised Israelites the meaning of belonging to God; “to love one another and strangers.” Lets review.

      (Deuteronomy 10:12-22; “Now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you except to revere Him, to obey all His commandments, to love Him, to serve Him with all your mind and being, and to keep the Lord’s commandments and statutes that I am giving you today for your own good? The heavens – indeed the highest heavens – belong to the Lord your God, as does the earth and everything in it. However, only to your ancestors did God show His loving favor, and He chose you, their descendants, from all peoples – as is apparent today. Therefore, cleanse (circumcise) your heart and stop being so stubborn!” (Cleanse: Hebrew “circumcise the foreskin of” ( KJV, ASV, NRSV all agree). Reference to the Abrahamic covenant prompts Moses to recall the sign of that covenant, namely, physical circumcision (Gen 17:9-14). Just as that act signified total covenant obedience, so spiritual circumcision (cleansing of the heart) signifies more internally, a commitment to be pliable and obedient to the will of God.) (See Deut 30:6; Jer 4:4; 9:26)

       17-22; For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great, mighty, and awesome God who is unbiased and takes no bribe, who justly treats the orphan and widow, and who loves resident foreigners, giving them food and clothing. So you must love the resident foreigner because you were foreigners in the land of Egypt. Revere the Lord your God, serve Him, be loyal to Him and take oaths only in His name. He is the one you should praise, He is your God, the one who has done these great and awesome things for you that you have seen. When your ancestors went down to Egypt, they numbered only seventy, but now the Lord your God has made you as numerous as the stars of the sky.”)

      See the spiritual, New Covenant principles the old is looking forward to?

Genesis and the New Covenant, chapter 43

September 10th, 2018

To: The Family of God, “people being made temples of His spirit” God’s Church  9/10/18, God’s 6th month, Elul 28, 5778 until sunset.

      Few professing Christians seem to grasp, “the Lord God Jesus” is the Alpha and Omega. He within God our Father’s will is the “Architect, Creator, Re-creator, Planner and through whom is eternal life. Believing IN God’s prophecy through Ezekiel chapter 20: regarding Israel’s future and this understanding dispels many demonic notions. Writing to Believers IN Jesus, Paul was inspired to explain: “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 are one in Christ Jesus. (29) And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to the promise.”) Understand; “the Lord God Jesus is the one who directed Abraham, Isaac and Jacob” making promises to be carried out according to Ezekiel 20:.

      (Gen 17:9-14; “Then God said to Abraham, “As for you, you must keep the covenantal requirement I am imposing on you and your descendants after you throughout their generations. This is My requirement that you and your descendants after you must keep: Every male among you must be circumcised. You must circumcise the flesh of your foreskins. This will be a reminder of the covenant between Me and you. (your descendents) Throughout your generations every male among you who is eight days old must be circumcised, whether born in your house or bought with money from any foreigner who is not one of your descendants. They must indeed be circumcised, whether born in your house or bought with money. The sign of My covenant will be visible in your flesh as a permanent reminder. Any uncircumcised male who has not been circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin will be cut off from his people – he has failed to carry out My requirement.”)

      A notable requirement was a perfect welfare system: (Jeremiah 34:13-16; “The Lord God of Israel has a message for you. ‘I made a covenant with your ancestors when I brought them out of Egypt where they had been slaves.’ It stipulated, “Every seven years each of you must free any fellow Hebrews who have sold themselves to you. After they have served you for six years, you shall set them free.” But your ancestors did not obey Me or pay any attention to Me. (15) Recently, however, you yourselves showed a change of heart and did what is pleasing to Me. You granted your fellow countrymen their freedom and you made a covenant to that effect in My presence in the house that I have claimed for My own. But then you turned right around and showed that you did not honor Me. Each of you took back your male and female slaves whom you had freed as they desired, and you forced them to be your slaves again.

      Slave servants were to be regarded as family and circumcision a token of respect for the God of Abraham. Physical circumcision looked forward to a circumcision of the heart. (Circumcision was never intended to change the inherited sin nature in people.) Paul explained. (“For a person is not a Jew “Christian” who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision something that is outward in the flesh, but someone is a Jew “Christian” who is one inwardly, and circumcision is of the heart by the Spirit and not by the written code. This person’s praise is not from people but from God.” Rom 2:28-29)

       Respecting God and Abraham, Moses taught the circumcised Israelites the meaning of belonging to God was; “to love one another and strangers.”

      (Deuteronomy 10:12-22; “Now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you except to revere Him, to obey all His commandments, to love Him, to serve Him with all your mind and being, and to keep the Lord’s commandments and statutes that I am giving you today for your own good? The heavens – indeed the highest heavens – belong to the Lord your God, as does the earth and everything in it. However, only to your ancestors did God show His loving favor, and He chose you, their descendants, from all peoples – as is apparent today. Therefore, cleanse (circumcise) your heart and stop being so stubborn!”)

      Cleanse: Hebrew “circumcise the foreskin of” (All translations agree). Reference to the Abrahamic covenant prompts Moses to recall the sign of that covenant, namely, physical circumcision (Gen 17:9-14). Just as that act signified total covenant obedience, so spiritual circumcision (cleansing of the heart) signifies more internally, a commitment to be pliable and obedient to the will of God (see Deut 30:6; Jer 4:4; 9:26)

       (Deut 10:17-22; For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great, mighty, and awesome God who is unbiased and takes no bribe, who justly treats the orphan and widow, and who loves resident foreigners, giving them food and clothing. So you must love the resident foreigner because you were foreigners in the land of Egypt. Revere the Lord your God, serve Him, be loyal to Him and take oaths only in His name. He is the one you should praise, He is your God, the one who has done these great and awesome things for you that you have seen. When your ancestors went down to Egypt, they numbered only seventy, but now the Lord your God has made you as numerous as the stars of the sky.”) Is this not New Testament doctrine as well?

      (Romans 4:9-14; “Is this blessedness then for the circumcision or also for the un-circumcision? For we say, “faith was credited to Abraham as righteousness.” How then was it credited to him? Was he circumcised at the time, or not? No, he was not circumcised but uncircumcised! And he received the sign of circumcision as a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised, so that he would become the father of all those who believe but have never been circumcised, that they too could have righteousness credited to them. And Abraham also the father of the circumcised, who are not only circumcised, but who also walk in the footsteps of the faith that our father Abraham possessed when he was still uncircumcised. (13) For the promise to Abraham or to his descendants that he would inherit the world was not fulfilled through the law, but through the righteousness that comes by faith. For if they become heirs by the law, faith is empty and the promise is nullified.”) God’s promises and His preplanning cannot be nullified. If they could be, He would not be Lord of Lords.

      (Rom 4:15-26; “For the law “of works” brings wrath, because where there is no law “of works” there is no transgression either. For this reason it is by “believing IN God” faith, so that it “faith” may be by grace, with the result that the promise may be certain to all the descendants – not only to those who are under the law, but also to those who have the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all (as it is written, “I have made you the father of many nations” Abraham is our father in the presence of God whom he believed – the God who makes the dead alive and summons the things that do not yet exist as though they already do. (18) Against hope Abraham believed in hope with the result that he became the father of many nations according to the pronouncement, “so will your descendants be.” Without being weak in faith, Abraham considered his own body as dead (because he was about one hundred years old) and the deadness of Sarah’s womb. He did not waver in unbelief about the promise of God but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God. He was fully convinced that what God promised He was also able to do. So indeed it “believing IN faith” was credited to Abraham as righteousness. (23) But the statement it was credited to him was not written only for Abraham’s sake, but also for our sake, to whom it will be credited, those who believe IN the One “God the Father” who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. He “Jesus” was given over because of our transgressions and was raised for the sake of our justification.”)

      Jesus who communed with the Patriarchs looked forward to these latter days when people would be called and led to believe IN His saving grace. To believe IN Jesus changes one’s nature from the way of get to the way of give.

      (Rom 5:1-11; “Therefore, since we “Believers IN” have been declared righteous by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in the hope of God’s glory. Not only this, but we also rejoice in sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance, character, and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. (For rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person perhaps someone might possibly dare to die.) But God demonstrates His own love for us, in that while we were still sinners, (uncircumcised of heart) Christ died for us. Much more then, because we have now been declared righteous by His blood, we will be saved through Him from God’s wrath. (10) For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, how much more, since we have been reconciled, will we be saved by His life? Not only this, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received this reconciliation.”)

      (Reconciliation? “The making of two or more apparently conflicting things consistent or compatible”) By revealing Himself, God reconciles Himself with those He calls.

      (Rom 5:12-17; “So then, just as sin entered the world through one man “Adam” and death through sin, and so death spread to all people because all sinned – for before the law “of works” was given, sin was in the world, but there is no accounting for sin when there is no law “of works.” Yet death reigned from Adam until Moses even over those who did not sin in the same way that Adam (who is a type of the coming one) transgressed. But the gracious gift is not like the transgression. For if the many died through the transgression of the one man, “Adam” how much more did the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the One man Jesus Christ multiply to the many! And the gift is not like the one who sinned. For judgment, resulting from the one transgression, (“Adams”) led to condemnation, but the gracious gift from the many failures led to justification. (17) For if, by the transgression of the one man, “Adam” death reigned through the one, how much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in “eternal” life through the One, Jesus Christ!”)

      God promises are founded on the prophets, apostles and Jesus the foundation. Through the gift of His spirit we have knowing faith and ultimately the resurrections.

Genesis and the New Covenant, chapter 42

September 8th, 2018

To: The Family of God, “people being made temples of His spirit” God’s Church  9/8/18, God’s 6th month, Elul 26, 5778 until sunset.

      Aside from revelations, the patriarchs knew God’s teaching brought forward through Noah. Appropriate times were set aside for sacrificial worship. (Genesis 4:3; “At the designated time Cain brought some of the fruit of the ground for an offering to the Lord.”) They knew the seventh day was set aside for thanksgiving, worship and looked forward to peace on earth. (Gen 2:1-3; The heavens and the earth were completed with everything that was in them. By the seventh day God finished the work that He had been doing, and He ceased on the seventh day all the work that He had been doing. God blessed the seventh day and made it holy because on it He ceased all the work that He had been doing in creation.”) God began setting aside His covenant people by having them circumcise their males, including servants on the eighth day. (Gen 17:9-11; Then God said to Abraham, “As for you, you must keep the covenantal requirement I am imposing on you and your descendants after you throughout their generations. This is My requirement that you and your descendants after you must keep: Every male among you must be circumcised. You must circumcise the flesh of your foreskins. This will be a reminder of the covenant between Me and you.”) That belonging covenant looked forward to the greater and spiritual circumcision of the heart. He had Jeremiah write the following: (Jer 9:25; The Lord says, “Watch out! The time is soon coming when I will punish all those who are circumcised only 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.”)

       All compliances to God’s will for our good, NOT a works of the law to gain favor or salvation. We honor these things out of loving respect, because He is our God, NOT for show nor gain, but demonstrating to whom we belong. 

       (Mark 2:27; Then Jesus said to them, “The Sabbath was made for people, not people for the Sabbath. For this reason the Son of Man is lord even of the Sabbath.”)

      The Lord God Jesus rested and reflected on His re-creative and creative work on the seventh day, commanded that believers IN Him “His people” do the same. Never suggesting that keeping rules saved. The Pharisee types self-righteously do works “thinking to gain.” The holy scriptures teach “we can’t do the will of God perfectly from within our inherited sin nature.” Keeping God’s set aside holy times demonstrates our recognizing Him as Creator, Re-creator, Redeemer, Deliverer and Mediator. When Jesus returns the whole world will ultimately become to be at one with Him. Satan will be bound and ultimately destroyed; “knowledge of Jesus will covers the earth as water the sea.”

       God is allowing Satan to deceive the whole world to the degree of Sodom and Gomorra, “for His ultimate purpose.” From Sabbaths God set aside to “times honoring imaginary gods of paganism.” Satan has led Moslems to select the sixth day and professing Christians the first. When we recognize Jesus as Creator, we’re compelled to observe His Sabbaths.

      We have examples of God’s dissatisfaction with these types. Israelites wanted a king like the gentiles during Samuel’s day: God told Samuel. “they are rejecting Me.” The results are for our learning.

      Jeroboam was one of the bad kings. (1Kings 12:28- Jeroboam made two golden calves. Then he said to the people, “It’s too much trouble for you to go up to Jerusalem. Look, Israel, here are your gods who brought you up from the land of Egypt.” He put one in Bethel and the other in Dan. (30) This caused Israel to sin; the people went to Bethel and Dan to worship the calves. He built temples on the high places and appointed as priests people who were not Levites. Jeroboam inaugurated a festival on the fifteenth day of the eighth month, like the festival celebrated in Judah. On the altar in Bethel he offered sacrifices to the calves he had made. In Bethel he also appointed priests for the high places he had made.” Always study the whole.

        Needless to say, “The Lord God Jesus wasn’t pleased. Through Isaiah, He affirms distaste for assemblies of our own making.

       (Isaiah 1:13-20; “Do not bring any more meaningless offerings; I consider your incense detestable! You observe new moon festivals, Sabbaths, and convocations, but I cannot tolerate sin-stained celebrations! I hate your new moon festivals and assemblies; they are a burden that I am tired of carrying. (15) When you spread out your hands in prayer, I look the other way; when you offer your many prayers, I do not listen, because your hands are covered with blood. (16) Wash! Cleanse yourselves! Remove your sinful deeds from My sight. Stop sinning! Learn to do what is right! Promote justice! Give the oppressed reason to celebrate! Take up the cause of the orphan! Defend the rights of the widow! (18) Come, let’s consider your options,” says the Lord. “Though your sins have stained you like the color red, you can become white like snow; though they are as easy to see as the color scarlet, you can become white like wool. If you have a willing attitude and obey, then you will again eat the good crops of the land. But if you refuse and rebel, you will be devoured by the sword.” Know for certain that the Lord has spoken.)

      God cares about His reputation. Through Ezekiel He shares His disdain for Israel’s disobedience, His forgiving will toward them and His ultimate delivery.

      (Ezek 20:1-5; “In the seventh year, in the fifth month, on the tenth of the month, some of the elders of Israel came to seek the Lord, and they sat down in front of me. The word of the Lord came to me: “Son of man, speak to the elders of Israel, and tell them: ‘This is what the sovereign Lord says: Are you coming to seek me? As surely as I live, I will not allow you to seek me, declares the sovereign Lord.’ “Are you willing to pronounce judgment? Are you willing to pronounce judgment, son of man? Then confront them with the abominable practices of their fathers and say to them:

“‘This is what the sovereign Lord says: On the day I chose Israel I swore to the descendants of the house of Jacob and made Myself known to them in the land of Egypt. I swore to them, “I am the Lord your God.”

      (6-8; “On that day I swore to bring them out of the land of Egypt to a land which I had picked out for them, a land flowing with milk and honey, the most beautiful of all lands. I said to them, “Each of you must get rid of the detestable idols you keep before you, and do not defile yourselves with the idols of Egypt; I am the Lord your God.” (8) But they rebelled against Me and refused to listen to Me; no one got rid of their detestable idols, nor did they abandon the idols of Egypt. Then I decided to pour out My rage on them and fully vent My anger against them in the midst of the land of Egypt.”

      (9-11; I acted for the sake of My reputation, so that I would not be profaned before the nations among whom they lived, before whom I revealed Myself by bringing them out of the land of Egypt. “‘So I brought them out of the land of Egypt and led them to the wilderness. I gave them My statutes and revealed My regulations to them. The one who carries them out will live by them!”

      (12-13;  “I also gave them My Sabbaths as a reminder of our relationship, so that they would know that I, the Lord, sanctify them. But the house of Israel rebelled against Me in the wilderness; they did not follow My statutes and they rejected My regulations (the one who obeys them will live by them), and they utterly desecrated My Sabbaths. So I decided to pour out My rage on them in the wilderness and destroy them.”

      (14-17; “I acted for the sake of My reputation, so that I would not be profaned before the nations in whose sight I had brought them out. I also swore to them in the wilderness that I would not bring them to the land I had given them – a land flowing with milk and honey, the most beautiful of all lands. (16) I did this because they rejected My regulations, did not follow My statutes, and desecrated My Sabbaths; for their hearts followed their idols. Yet I had pity on them and did not destroy them, so I did not make an end of them in the wilderness.”

      (18-26; “‘But I said to their children in the wilderness, “Do not follow the practices of your fathers; do not observe their regulations, nor defile yourselves with their idols. I am the Lord your God; follow My statutes, observe My regulations, and carry them out. (20) Treat My Sabbaths as holy and they will be a reminder of our relationship, and then you will know that I am the Lord your God.” “‘But the children rebelled against Me, did not follow My statutes, did not observe My regulations by carrying them out (the one who obeys them will live by them), and desecrated My Sabbaths. I decided to pour out My rage on them and fully vent My anger against them in the wilderness. But I refrained from doing so, and acted instead for the sake of My reputation, so that I would not be profaned before the nations in whose sight I had brought them out. I also swore to them in the wilderness that I would scatter them among the nations and disperse them throughout the lands. I did this because they did not observe My regulations, they rejected My statutes, they desecrated My Sabbaths, and their eyes were fixed on their fathers’ idols. (25) I also gave them decrees which were not good and regulations by which they could not live. I declared them to be defiled because of their sacrifices – they caused all their first born to pass through the fire – so that I would devastate them, so that they will know that I am the Lord.’

      (27-30; “Therefore, speak to the house of Israel, son of man, and tell them, ‘This is what the sovereign Lord says: In this way too your fathers blasphemed Me when they were unfaithful to Me. I brought them to the land which I swore to give them, but whenever they saw any high hill or leafy tree, they offered their sacrifices there and presented the offerings that provoke Me to anger. They offered their soothing aroma there and poured out their drink offerings. So I said to them, What is this high place you go to?’” (So it is called “High Place” to this day.)

      (30-31; “Therefore say to the house of Israel, ‘This is what the sovereign Lord says: Will you defile yourselves like your fathers and engage in prostitution with detestable idols? When you present your sacrifices – when you make your sons pass through the fire – you defile yourselves with all your idols to this very day. Will I allow you to seek Me, O house of Israel? As surely as I live, declares the sovereign Lord, I will not allow you to seek Me!’

      (32-38; “‘What you plan will never happen. You say, “We will be like the nations, like the clans of the lands, who serve gods of wood and stone.” As surely as I live, declares the sovereign Lord, with a powerful hand and an outstretched arm, and with an outpouring of rage, I will be king over you. I will bring you out from the nations and will gather you from the lands where you are scattered, with a powerful hand and an outstretched arm and with an outpouring of rage! I will bring you into the wilderness of the nations, and there I will enter into judgment with you face to face. Just as I entered into judgment with your fathers in the wilderness of the land of Egypt, so I will enter into judgment with you, declares the sovereign Lord. (37) I will make you pass under the shepherd’s staff, and I will bring you into the bond of the covenant. I will eliminate from among you the rebels and those who revolt against Me. I will bring them out from the land where they have been residing, but they will not come to the land of Israel. Then you will know that I am the Lord.”

      (39- “‘As for you, O house of Israel, this is what the sovereign Lord says: Each of you go and serve your idols, if you will not listen to me. But my holy name will not be profaned again by your sacrifices and your idols. For there on my holy mountain, the high mountain of Israel, declares the sovereign Lord, all the house of Israel will serve me, all of them65 in the land. I will accept them there, and there I will seek your contributions and your choice gifts, with all your holy things. When I bring you out from the nations and gather you from the lands where you are scattered, I will accept you along with your soothing aroma. I will display My holiness among you in the sight of the nations. (42) Then you will know that I am the Lord when I bring you to the land of Israel, to the land I swore to give to your fathers. And there you will remember your conduct and all your deeds by which you defiled yourselves. You will despise yourselves because of all the evil deeds you have done. Then you will know that I am the Lord, when I deal with you for the sake of my reputation and not according to your wicked conduct and corrupt deeds, O house of Israel, declares the sovereign Lord.’”

       The old covenant had to do with circumcision of a chosen people. “Abraham‘s descendents.” Abraham believed IN God before He commanded circumcision as a seal of belonging.

Genesis and the New Covenant, chapter 41

September 7th, 2018

To: The Family of God, “people being made temples of His spirit” God’s Church  9/7/18, God’s 6th month, Elul 25, 5778 until sunset.

      Study of the patriarchs’ lives demonstrate a difference between “believing IN and believing that.” Believers IN are set aside, called and gifted with a desire to be at one with their God. (Believers that, “as Cain, Joseph’s brothers and Abimelech” believe God exist, but had no gifted desire to be obediently at one with Him.) God reveals He’s the same yesterday, today and forever: “people He reveals Himself to are spirit led to practice living that’s pleasing to Him. At our point of study in this Genesis account, “Joseph is holding brother “Simeon” captive, while demanding they bring “Benjamin” the younger back. Reluctantly Israel is sending Benjamin.

      (Gen: 43:15-22; “So the men ‘brothers’ took these gifts, and they took double the money with them, along with Benjamin. Then they hurried down to Egypt and stood before Joseph. When Joseph saw Benjamin with them, he said to the servant who was over his household, “Bring the men to the house, slaughter an animal and prepare it, for the men will eat with me at noon.” The man did just as Joseph said; he brought the men into Joseph’s house. But Joseph’s brothers were afraid when they were brought to Joseph’s house. They said, “We are being brought in because of the money that was returned in our sacks last time. He wants to capture us, make us slaves, and take our donkeys!” (19) So they approached the man who was in charge of Joseph’s household and spoke to him at the entrance to the house. They said, “My lord, we did indeed come down the first time to buy food. But when we came to the place where we spent the night, we opened our sacks and each of us found his money – the full amount – in the mouth of his sack. So we have returned it. We have brought additional money with us to buy food. We do not know who put the money in our sacks!”

      (Gen 43:23-27; “Everything is fine,” the man in charge of Joseph’s household told them. “Don’t be afraid. Your God and the God of your father has given you treasure in your sacks. I had your money.” Then he brought Simeon out to them. The servant in charge brought the men into Joseph’s house. He gave them water, and they washed their feet. Then he gave food to their donkeys. They got their gifts ready for Joseph’s arrival at noon, for they had heard that they were to have a meal there. (26) When Joseph came home, they presented him with the gifts they had brought inside, and they bowed down to the ground before him. He asked them how they were doing. Then he said, “Is your aging father well, the one you spoke about? Is he still alive?” “Your servant our father is well” they replied. “He is still alive.” They bowed down in humility.”

      (Gen 43:29-34; “When Joseph looked up and saw his brother Benjamin, his mother’s son, he said, “Is this your youngest brother, whom you told me about?” Then he said, “May God be gracious to you, my son.” Joseph hurried out, for he was overcome by affection for his brother and was at the point of tears. So he went to his room and wept there. (31) Then he washed his face and came out. With composure he said, “Set out the food.” They set a place for him, a separate place for his brothers, and another for the Egyptians who were eating with him. (The Egyptians are not able to eat with Hebrews, for the Egyptians think it is disgusting to do so.) They sat before him, arranged by order of birth, beginning with the firstborn and ending with the youngest. Joseph’s brothers looked at each other in astonishment. He gave them portions of the food set before him, but the portion for Benjamin was five times greater than the portions for any of the others. They drank with Joseph until they all became drunk.”

      (Gen 44:1-5; “Joseph instructed the servant who was over his household, “Fill the sacks of the men with as much food as they can carry and put each man’s money in the mouth of his sack. Then put my cup – the silver cup – in the mouth of the youngest one’s sack, along with the money for his grain.” He did as Joseph instructed. When morning came, the men and their donkeys were sent off. They had not gone very far from the city when Joseph said to the servant who was over his household, “Pursue the men at once! When you overtake them, say to them, ‘Why have you repaid good with evil? Doesn’t my master drink from this cup and use it for divination? You have done wrong!’”

      (Gen 44:6-13; “When the man overtook them, he spoke these words to them. They answered him, “Why does my lord say such things? Far be it from your servants to do such a thing! Look, the money that we found in the mouths of our sacks we brought back to you from the land of Canaan. Why then would we steal silver or gold from your master’s house? If one of us has it, he will die, and the rest of us will become my lord’s slaves!” (10) He replied, “You have suggested your own punishment! The one who has it will become my slave, but the rest of you will go free.” So each man quickly lowered his sack to the ground and opened it. Then the man searched. He began with the oldest and finished with the youngest. The cup was found in Benjamin’s sack! They all tore their clothes! Then each man loaded his donkey, and they returned to the city.”

      (Gen 44:14-26; “So Judah and his brothers came back to Joseph’s house. He was still there, and they threw themselves to the ground before him. Joseph said to them, “What did you think you were doing? Don’t you know that a man like me can find out things like this by divination?” Judah replied, “What can we say to my lord? What can we speak? How can we clear ourselves? God has exposed the sin of your servants! We are now my lord’s slaves, we and the one in whose possession the cup was found.” (17) But Joseph said, “Far be it from me to do this! The man in whose hand the cup was found will become my slave, but the rest of you may go back to your father in peace.” (18) Then Judah approached him and said, “My lord, please allow your servant to speak a word with you. Please do not get angry with your servant, for you are just like Pharaoh. My lord asked his servants, ‘Do you have a father or a brother?’ We said to my lord, ‘We have an aged father, and there is a young boy who was born when our father was old. The boy’s brother is dead. He is the only one of his mother’s sons left, and his father loves him.’ (22) “Then you told your servants, ‘Bring him down to me so I can see him.’ We said to my lord, ‘The boy cannot leave his father. If he leaves his father, his father will die.’ But you said to your servants, ‘If your youngest brother does not come down with you, you will not see my face again.’ When we returned to your servant my father, we told him the words of my lord. “Then our father said, ‘Go back and buy us a little food.’ But we replied, ‘We cannot go down there. If our youngest brother is with us, then we will go, for we won’t be permitted to see the man’s face if our youngest brother is not with us.’

      27-33; “Then your servant my father said to us, ‘You know that my wife gave me two sons. The first disappeared and I said, “He has surely been torn to pieces.” I have not seen him since. If you take this one from me too and an accident happens to him, then you will bring down my gray hair in tragedy to the grave.’ “So now, when I return to your servant my father, and the boy is not with us – his very life is bound up in his son’s life. When he sees the boy is not with us, he will die, and your servants will bring down the gray hair of your servant our father in sorrow to the grave. (32) Indeed, your servant pledged security for the boy with my father, saying, ‘If I do not bring him back to you, then I will bear the blame before my father all my life.’ (33) “So now, please let your servant remain as my lord’s slave instead of the boy. As for the boy, let him go back with his brothers. For how can I go back to my father if the boy is not with me? I couldn’t bear to see my father’s pain.”)

      (Genesis 45:1-13; “Joseph was no longer able to control himself before all his attendants, so he cried out, “Make everyone go out from my presence!” No one remained with Joseph when he made himself known to his brothers. He wept loudly; the Egyptians heard it and Pharaoh’s household heard about it. (3) Joseph said to his brothers, “I am Joseph! Is my father still alive?” His brothers could not answer him because they were dumbfounded before him. Joseph said to his brothers, “Come closer to me,” so they came near. Then he said, “I am Joseph your brother, whom you sold into Egypt. Now, do not be upset and do not be angry with yourselves because you sold me here, for God sent me ahead of you to preserve life! (6) For these past two years there has been famine in the land and for five more years there will be neither plowing nor harvesting. (7) God sent me ahead of you to preserve you on the earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance. So now, it is not you who sent me here, but God. He has made me an adviser to Pharaoh, lord over all his household, and ruler over all the land of Egypt. Now go up to my father quickly and tell him, ‘This is what your son Joseph says: “God has made me lord of all Egypt. Come down to me; do not delay! You will live in the land of Goshen, and you will be near me – you, your children, your grandchildren, your flocks, your herds, and everything you have. (11) I will provide you with food there because there will be five more years of famine. Otherwise you would become poor – you, your household, and everyone who belongs to you.”’ You and my brother Benjamin can certainly see with your own eyes that I really am the one who speaks to you. So tell my father about all my honor in Egypt and about everything you have seen. But bring my father down here quickly!”)

       Remember the definition of a Believer IN opposed to one that believes that? There are many divisionary ways of believing that! Some believe that our Creator is God; “others believe He created through evolution.” Others believe in a god who turned everything over to a universal church. Some believe in a god that allows people to choose when they may be saved etc.

       To believe IN God as He is manifested to be in this historical account, “is to be gifted with spiritual knowledge.” To believe IN God as He’s manifested to be in the holy scriptures, “is to know He predestines who He will reveal Himself to.” He has predestined Satan’s fate, the resurrections, peace on earth, judgments and another beginning when New Jerusalem comes down.” Believing IN God as Abraham did is accounted to us as righteousness.

      (Rom 4:2-7; “For IF Abraham was declared righteous by the works of the law, he has something to boast about – but not before God. For what does the scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.” (See Gen 15:6) Now to the one who works, his pay is not credited due to grace but due to obligation. But to the one who does not work, but believes IN the one who declares the ungodly righteous, his faith is credited as righteousness.”)

      PAUL’S meaning is NOT that people should not try to keep the law. If one could be save through works of the law, “that would be an obligation on God’s part!” Because no one can keep the law of God perfectly, “we can only be saved by God’s grace.” He being all knowing, reveals Himself to whom He chooses; “predestines.”

      (Romans 4:6-9; “So even David himself speaks regarding the blessedness of the man to whom God credits righteousness apart from works: “Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, and whose sins are covered; blessed is the one against whom the Lord will never count sin.” Is this blessedness then for the circumcision or also for the un-circumcision? For we say, “believing IN” faith was credited to Abraham as righteousness.”)

      (Ephesians 2:1-3; And although you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you formerly lived according to this world’s present path, according to the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the ruler of the spirit that is now energizing the sons of disobedience, among whom all of us also formerly lived out our lives in the cravings of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath even as the rest…

      (Eph 2:4-10; But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even though we were dead in transgressions, made us alive together with Christ – by grace you are saved! – (6) and He raised us up with Him ‘Jesus’ and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, to demonstrate in the coming ages the surpassing wealth of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. (8) For by grace you are saved through faith, and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God; it is not from works, so that no one can boast. (10) For we are His workmanship, having been created in Christ Jesus for good works that God prepared beforehand so we may do them.”) As His workmanship, “our duty is to consider ourselves clay in His hand” constantly yield to His molding, grow in His grace and knowledge and overcome our inherited sin nature to the end.

Genesis and the New Covenant, chapter 40

September 6th, 2018

To: The Family of God, “people being made temples of His spirit” God’s Church  9/6/18, God’s 6th month, Elul 24, 5778 until sunset.

      Sarah’s maid “Hagar” and Abraham’s first born “Ishmael” believed Abraham’s God was real.” An angel was sent to assure Hagar of Ishmael’s future heritage. The point is that God chooses to whom He will reveal Himself, show mercy, grace and knowledge of His Way. Others know through observation that God sustains, has power to bless and that His law is their guardian - teacher. Remember Abimelech who took Sarai to be his wife until it was revealed “she was Abraham’s.” (See Gen 20:)

      Others: Enoch, Seth, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph were gifted with knowledge of God, “chosen by grace for God’s purpose.” Their believing IN faith “became their guardian - teacher.” (Joseph didn’t need a written law, “don’t commit adultery” when he refused the advances of his master’s wife.) (Is it not the same with “born from above people” in this age? “People fathered by God?”) All are under God’s law “as guardian until God calls, reveals Himself and gifts, by grace, His spirit, “making each at one with Himself.”

      Joseph gradually understood, “he was God’s instrument.” His brothers respected Israel’s God and felt guilt for having wronged him. They weren’t spiritually gifted by grace as was Joseph. Now their dilemma was to sell Israel on letting Benjamin go to Egypt with them to purchase food.         

       Seemingly Israel had forgotten God’s promises; “we all seem to forget God’s promises in time of trouble.” At the time, Israel was not faithfully remembering God’s promise at Bethel. Lets review.

      (Gen 25:11-12; “Then God said to Israel, “I am the sovereign God. Be fruitful and multiply! A nation – even a company of nations – will descend from you; kings will be among your descendants! The land I gave to Abraham and Isaac I will give to you. To your descendants I will also give this land.”)

      Joseph’s dreams as recorded in chapter 37, are unfolding according to God’s plan. Nothing is impossible with God, “The called are His workmanship, for His purpose.” We’re witnessing how God molds the clay. Our Creator God is a predestining God. His prophesies are timed and no human nor Satan’s efforts are able to alter them.

      (Isaiah 29:15-16; “Those who try to hide their plans from the Lord are as good as dead, who do their work in secret and boast, “Who sees us? Who knows what we’re doing?” Your thinking is perverse! Should the potter be regarded as clay? Should the thing made say about its maker, “He didn’t make me”? Or should the pottery say about the Potter, “He doesn’t understand.?”)

      This is what believing IN God is about! Knowing, He knows each of us individually. Abraham believed God and that belief IN was counted to him for righteousness. If God has revealed Himself and we are led to believe IN, “an obedience to His will be imputed to our nature.” (With His nature in us, “we can’t knowingly practice ways He considers lawless, “sin.”) Only then is Jesus indeed our Lord. Its the difference in believing IN and believing that.

      (Isaiah 41:21-29; “Present your argument,” says the Lord. “Produce your evidence,” says Jacob’s king. (“the Lord Jesus”) “Let them “unbelievers” produce evidence! Let them tell us what will happen! Tell us about your earlier predictive oracles, so we may examine them and see how they were fulfilled. Or decree for us some future events! Predict how future events will turn out, so we might know you are gods. Yes, do something good or bad, so we might be frightened and in awe. Look, you “unbelievers” are nothing, and your accomplishments are nonexistent; the one who chooses to worship you is disgusting. I “the Lord God” have stirred up one out of the north and He advances, one from the eastern horizon who prays in My name. He steps on rulers as if they were clay, like a potter treading the clay. Who decreed this from the beginning, so we “believers IN” could know? Who announced it ahead of time, so we could say, ‘He’s correct’? Indeed, none of those “unbelievers” decreed it! Indeed, none of them announced it! Indeed, no one heard you say anything! I “the Lord God” first decreed to Zion, ‘Look, here’s what will happen!’ I sent a herald to Jerusalem. (28) I look, but there is no one, among them there is no one who serves as an adviser, that I “the Lord God” might ask questions and receive answers. Look, all of them “unbelievers - false prophets” are nothing, their accomplishments are nonexistent; their metal images lack any real substance.”)

       Believers IN know  “our Lord Jesus inspired Isaiah’s words.” (Review John 1:1-5, Colossians 1”15:20 & Hebrews 1: for proof.) We know “NO image has substance and to look to them is idolatry.” Much of the world will be worshiping images at this “equinox time of the year comes.” Even images of a Jesus “that doesn’t exist.”

       God caused the unbelievers “Abraham partnered with” to respect and yield to him when he was rescuing Lot. God intervened in the minds of those that took Abraham and Isaac’s wives to their homes. God caused Jacob’s would be adversaries, “Laban and then Esau to act favorably toward him.” God caused the Pharaoh to believe in Joseph. Jesus’ apostles knew the scriptural history of the Patriarchs and that they were tools in God’s hand. Paul taught the parallels. Go back and study Romans 9:12-33.)

      We should never question why some people are hardened and some are compassionate. Why some are called and some aren’t. The Patriarchs’ were God’s Elect; “they and each Believers IN’S name were written in the Lamb’s book of life “before the foundation of the world.” (If clergy type individuals taught people to study God‘s Word, seek His Way, understand they’re the clay and wait on God’s revelation, rather than choosing a fitting religion; perhaps more people would persevere spiritually.)

      The result of our inherited from Adam nature without god’s intervention is, “an evolution toward the ways of Sodom and Gomorrah.” We see it in this present age. People practicing and condoning detestable to God life styles, inspired by Satan, are getting to the point “except God shorten the time, no flesh would be saved alive.”

      (Matt 24:22) “But for the Elect’s sake, time will be shortened.) The Patriarchs, Joseph and many more are God’s Elect. They’re examples to Believers living in these latter days.

      Joseph’s brothers acting out of jealously “played into God’s plan and purpose for Joseph’s preplanned life.” When Joseph’s brothers came to Egypt for food, they were treated harshly by Joseph and jailed, “only then did they began to ponder their past.”

      Though weak in the flesh, “son’s of Israel were taught the Ways of God.” Consider; “Jacob’s family may have been the only people on earth, who were taught the Ways of God.” Thus Joseph’s brother’s words, “what has God done to us?” (What percentage of today’s population do you think, “know the Ways of God?”) How many are mentally and spiritually led to practice them?

       Israel displayed his fleshly nature as we all do at times. Having God’s spirit imputed to the mind doesn’t shut out all self serving thoughts. The spirit don’t necessarily make us recognize each fleshly thought, “but His spirit leads His people to overcome to the end.”

      (Isaiah 29:15-16; “Those who try to hide their plans from the Lord are as good as dead, who do their work in secret and boast, “Who sees us? Who knows what we’re doing?” Your thinking is perverse! Should the potter be regarded as clay? Should the thing made say about its maker, “He didn’t make me”? Or should the pottery say about the Potter, “He doesn’t understand.?”)

       It’s what believing IN God is about! Knowing that He knows each of us individually. If Abraham’s believing IN God “counted for righteousness, “our believing IN is counted for righteousness.” When God reveals Himself and we’re led to believe IN, “a desire to be obedient to His will is imputed to our nature.” (With His nature in us, “we don’t knowingly practice ways He considers lawless, “sin.”) Jesus becomes our Lord.

      As was each apostle’s letter, “these studies are to encourage.” We know unbelievers and denominational minded are likely to be offended. Followers of Jesus are personally called by and for God’s purpose. To live among pagan cultures, “is likely the training we need.” Knowing God is allowing Satan to be the god of this world is for our benefit. Knowing God sanctifies, “sets aside” people for His purpose is a benefit.

      When God delivered the twelve tribes of Israel from pagan Egypt, “that event parallels His delivering individuals from a love of this world’s system of things, “today’s paganism”) Unbelievers don’t comprehend that God is allowing the whole world to be as old and current Egypt. The whole world is in a state of pagan confusion. During the life time of Jesus’ apostles God was allowing the pagan apostate to take place within God’s churches. (Study Jude’s short book prayerfully.) Even those early followers of Jesus had to flee persecutions. Study how the so called universal church began to develop and prayerfully consider why they brought in a mix of Judaism, Egyptian and other pagan countries’ practices. Consider why the Roman calendar days of the week are named for pagan gods.

      The Hebrews writer has a whole chapter devoted to faith. In the latter part of chapter 11: he describes how afflicted people of faith endured.

      (Hebrews 11:35-40; “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 (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.”)

       The apostate Jude wrote about was becoming a mix of paganism and Judaism and still referred to as Christian in this latter age.

      Jesus pulled no punches about the effect of His Word on communities and families.

      (Matthew 10:32-39; “Whoever, then, acknowledges Me before people, I will acknowledge before My Father in heaven. But whoever denies Me before people, I will deny him also before My Father in heaven.” “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law, and a man’s enemies will be the members of his household.” “Whoever loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And whoever does not take up his cross and follow Me is not worthy of Me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life because of Me will find it.”)

      Followers of Jesus have never fit in this pagan world. Seemingly Egypt was the most powerful nation on earth when God sent Joseph there. God’s Word and activities zeroed in on this part of the world. What may have been happening across oceans, “at the time” isn’t dwelt with in the holy scriptures. Primarily God’s Word deals with His chosen people; Noah’s son Shem’s descendents included Terah, “Abraham’s father” and through his spiritual descendents the world is blessed. God promised the Patriarchs and Joseph’s sons that kings and multitudes of descendents would come through them, “this assumes they would be scattered.” In this Genesis history of Abraham’s descendents, we see God’s blessings being passed through Joseph. In this Genesis history God reveals that He is all knowing, He chooses whom He will reveal Himself and who is allowed to go the way that seems right to themselves. (see Proverbs 14:12 & 16:25; (“There is a way that seems right to a person, but its end is the way that leads to death.”)

      Practicing the way one thinks is right, “independent of what God says is right, is idolatry and the way to eternal death.”