Genesis and the New Covenant, chapter 14

To: Called out people being made temples of God’s spirit: “God’s Church ” 7/27/18, God’s 5th month, AV 15, 5778 until sunset.

       Preservation of the Hebrew and Greek holy scriptures has been miraculously protected. Hostiles to Judaism and God’s church have went to extremes, burning books and persecuting God‘s Way people. We are sure that each apostle wrote letters that haven’t been preserved. We know Enoch “the seventh from Adam” wrote about Jesus’ coming kingdom long before the flood. Our Lord’s brother “Jude” knew about Enoch’s prophecies.

        (Jude 1:14-16; “Now Enoch, the seventh in descent beginning with Adam, even prophesied of them, “unbelieving hostiles” saying, “Look! The Lord is coming with thousands and thousands of His holy Ones, to execute judgment on all, to convict every person of all their thoroughly ungodly deeds that they have committed and of all the harsh words that ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.” (16) These people are grumblers and fault-finders who go wherever their desires lead them and they give bombastic speeches, enchanting folks for their own gain.”) Always study the whole, for our purpose we back up to verses 10-13.

      (Jude 1:10-13; “But these “hostile” men do not understand the things they slander and they are being destroyed by the very things that, like irrational animals, they instinctively comprehend. Woe to them! For they have traveled down Cain’s path and because of greed have abandoned themselves to Balaam’s error; hence, they will certainly perish in Korah’s rebellion. These men are dangerous reefs at your love feasts, feasting without reverence, feeding only themselves. They are waterless clouds, carried along by the winds; autumn trees without fruit – twice dead, uprooted; wild sea waves, spewing out the foam of their shame; wayward stars for whom the utter depths of eternal darkness have been reserved.”)

      The Lord Jesus didn’t create Adam to respond to irrational animal instinct but “to think rationally from his gifted creative mind.” (Cain’s path? Remember Cain sacrificed according to what seemed right to himself. Man’s religions do the same. What was Balaam’s error? He encouraged Israelites to take mates from gentile populations. Twice Dead? Second death is spoken of four times in “Jesus’ Revelations to John.”  (2:11, 20:8, 20:14)  & (Rev 21:7-8; “The one who conquers will inherit these things and I will be his God and he will be My son. But to the cowards, unbelievers, detestable persons, murderers, the sexually immoral, and those who practice magic spells, idol worshipers and all those who lie, their place will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur. That is the second death.”)

      Thank God for miraculously preserving His Word!

      (Gen 13:1-4; “So Abram went up from Egypt into the Negev. He took his wife and all his possessions with him, as well as Lot. (Now Abram was very wealthy in livestock, silver, and gold.) And he journeyed from place to place from the Negev as far as Bethel. He returned to the place where he had pitched his tent at the beginning, between Bethel and Ai. This was the place where he had first built the altar, and there Abram worshiped the Lord.”)

      It isn’t recorded that Abraham’s worship included blood sacrifices, “we assume it so was because of God’s providing an animal sacrifice in place of Isaac.”

      (Gen 13:5-13; “Now Lot, who was traveling with Abram, also had flocks, herds, and tents. But the land could not support them while they were living side by side. Because their possessions were so great, they were not able to live alongside one another. So there were quarrels between Abram’s herdsmen and Lot’s herdsmen. (Now the Canaanites and the Perizzites were living in the land at that time.) (8) Abram said to Lot, “Let there be no quarreling between me and you, between my herdsmen and your herdsmen, for we are close relatives. Is not the whole land before you? Separate yourself now from me. If you go to the left, then I’ll go to the right, but if you go to the right, then I’ll go to the left.” Lot looked up and saw the whole region of the Jordan. He noticed that all of it was well-watered (before the Lord obliterated Sodom and Gomorrah) like the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt, all the way to Zoar. Lot chose for himself the whole region of the Jordan and traveled toward the east. So the relatives separated from each other. Abram settled in the land of Canaan, but Lot settled among the cities of the Jordan plain and pitched his tents next to Sodom. (Now the people of Sodom were extremely wicked rebels against the Lord.”)

      SEE THE PARALLELS of Lot’s decision and most of the world’s? Lot’s decision was selfish and likely his family shared it. Nevertheless living in close proximity with the world always makes living a righteous life harder to do. This has been true in every age. We are losing our children to this world’s system of things, by living in close proximity to it. Paul explains.

      (2Corinthians 6:14-18; “Do not become partners with those who do not believe, for what partnership is there between righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship does light have with darkness? And what agreement does Christ have with Beliar? Or what does a believer share in common with an unbeliever? And what mutual agreement does the temple of God have with idols? For we, “followers of Jesus” are the temple of the living God, just as God said, “I will live in them and will walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be My people.” Therefore “come out from their midst, and be separate,” says the Lord, “and touch no unclean thing, and I will welcome you, and I will be a father to you, and you will be My sons and daughters,” says the All-Powerful Lord.”) “Is Paul’s advice parallel with the Lord’s commanding Abraham to go out from his family?

      When Lot chose to live in the corrupt cities, “the Jordan plain next to Sodom” he put himself and family in jeopardy. These history records are preserved for our learning. These territories Abraham and Lot traveled through, will be given to scattered Israelites in the millennia. Jesus gave the following prophecy through Ezekiel, for when Abraham’s heirs will again be examples to the world and occupy their inherited lands.

      (Ezek 36:22-23; “Therefore say to the house of Israel, This is what the sovereign Lord says: It is not for your sake (it is about promise) that I am about to act, O house of Israel, but for the sake of My holy reputation which you profaned among the nations where you went. I will magnify My great name that has been profaned among the nations, that you have profaned among them. The nations will know that I am the Lord, declares the sovereign Lord, when I magnify Myself among you in their sight.”)

      God scattered the ten tribes and later the tribe of Judah because of their disobedience. A remnant of the tribe of Judah was allowed to return during Hezekiah’s day, only to be scattered again. (Today, a remnant is in what’s called Israel and it “appears they may be scattered again.” (Regardless of that, God is going to gather Israelites from the world at large and settle them in the lands promised through Abraham.) It’s Jesus’ prophecy through Ezekiel.

      (Ezek 36:24-27; “‘I will take you from the nations and gather you from all the countries; then I will bring you to your land. I will sprinkle you with pure water and you will be clean from all your impurities. I will purify you from all your idols. I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit “nature” within you. I will remove the heart of stone from your body and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you; I will take the initiative and you will obey my statutes and carefully observe My regulations.”)

       It’s all about God’s planning and His promises. As is grace to the called in this age, our gifted salvation is NOT for any goodness on our part. All promises to Abraham and Believers is through Jesus: “they will be kept.” Israelites and spiritual heirs of Abraham through Jesus is the subject here. May we know, He is the Almighty, the all in all!

     (Ezek 36:28-31; “Then you will live in the land I gave to your fathers; you will be My people, and I will be your God. I will save you from all your uncleanness. I will call for the grain and multiply it; I will not bring a famine on you. I will multiply the fruit of the trees and the produce of the fields, so that you will never again suffer the disgrace of famine among the nations. Then you will remember your evil behavior and your deeds which were not good; you will loathe yourselves on account of your sins and your abominable deeds.”)

       God will give genuine repentance. Some are given genuine repentance now “as was David.” After Jesus’ return all spiritual Israelites, will abhor themselves for having prostituting themselves to other gods. Hate themselves for practicing ways that are an abomination to Jesus.

      (Ezek 36:32-36; “Understand that it is not for your sake I am about to act, declares the sovereign Lord. Be ashamed and embarrassed by your behavior, O house of Israel. “‘This is what the sovereign Lord says: In the day I cleanse you from all your sins, I will populate the cities and the ruins will be rebuilt. The desolate land will be plowed, instead of being desolate in the sight of everyone who passes by. (35) They will say, “This desolate land has become like the garden of Eden; the ruined, desolate, and destroyed cities are now fortified and inhabited.” Then the nations which remain around you will know that I, the Lord, have rebuilt the ruins and replanted what was desolate. I, the Lord, have spoken – and I will do it!’”)

       Ezekiel is God’s prophet. These things are yet to be! We are witnessing the characteristics of our Creator God!

      (Ezek 36:37-38; “This is what the sovereign Lord says: I will allow the house of Israel to ask Me to do this for them: I will multiply their people like sheep. Like the sheep for offerings, like the sheep of Jerusalem during her appointed feasts, so will the ruined cities be filled with flocks of people. Then they will know that I am the Lord.”)

      Few are led to know the Lord God in this age, “but the vast majority, are as people before the flood and those of Sodom and Gomorra.” Thank God for His prophetic promises!

      (Genesis 14:1-7; “At that time Amraphel king of Shinar, Arioch king of Ellasar, Kedorlaomer king of Elam, and Tidal king of nations went to war against Bera king of Sodom, Birsha king of Gomorrah, Shinab king of Admah, Shemeber king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela (that is, Zoar). These last five kings joined forces in the Valley of Siddim (that is, the Salt Sea). (4) For twelve years they had served Kedorlaomer, but in the thirteenth year they rebelled. In the fourteenth year, Kedorlaomer and the kings who were his allies came and defeated the Rephaites in Ashteroth Karnaim, the Zuzites in Ham, the Emites in Shaveh Kiriathaim, and the Horites in their hill country of Seir, as far as El Paran, which is near the desert. Then they attacked En Mishpat (that is, Kadesh) again, and they conquered all the territory of the Amalekites, as well as the Amorites who were living in Hazazon Tamar.”)

       Seemingly, these warring people were descendents of Ham.

      (Gen 14:8-15; “Then the king of Sodom, the king of Gomorrah, the king of Admah, the king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela (that is, Zoar) went out and prepared for battle. In the Valley of Siddim they met Kedorlaomer king of Elam, Tidal king of nations, Amraphel king of Shinar, and Arioch king of Ellasar. Four kings fought against five. Now the Valley of Siddim was full of tar pits. (Oil is still plentiful in these parts) When the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah fled, they fell into them, but some survivors fled to the hills. The four victorious kings took all the possessions and food of Sodom and Gomorrah and left. (12) They also took Abram’s nephew Lot and his possessions when they left, for Lot was living in Sodom.” (13) A fugitive came and told Abram the Hebrew. Now Abram was living by the oaks of Mamre the Amorite, the brother of Eshcol and Aner. (All these were allied by treaty with Abram.) When Abram heard that his nephew had been taken captive, he mobilized his 318 trained men who had been born in his household, and he pursued the invaders as far as Dan. Then, during the night, Abram divided his forces against them and defeated them. He chased them as far as Hobah, which is north of Damascus.”) Remember God is Abraham’s Deliverer.

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