Genesis and the New Covenant, chapter 12

To: Called out people being made temples of God’s spirit: “God’s Church ” (7/25/18, God’s 5th month, AV 13, 5778 until sunset.)

       God’s old Covenant was and His New Covenants is with His chosen predestined people. A set aside ‘sanctified’ people called to be God’s own. Abel was demonstrated as being one of these, “he obediently sacrificed choice animals at the prescribed time.” Noah ’a preacher of righteousness” knew to whom he belonged and “in the nature of Jesus had no desire to usurp the will of God as did Satan, Adam, Eve and Cain. (Its New Covenant principle.) Paul was inspired to teach it.

      (Phil 2:3-11; “Instead of being motivated by selfish ambition or vanity, each of you should, in humility, be moved to treat one another as more important than yourself. Each of you should be concerned not only about your own interests, but about the interests of others as well. (5) You should have the same attitude toward one another that Christ Jesus had, who though He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God

as something to be grasped, but emptied Himself by taking on the form of a slave, by looking like other men, and by sharing in human nature. (8) He humbled Himself, by becoming obedient to the point of death – even death on a cross! As a result God exalted Him and gave Him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow – in heaven and on earth and under the earth – and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.”)

      Satan and his, want people to decide for themselves, rather than look to their Creator “Jesus.”

      From Adam through to Jacob and now “God’s called out people know to whom they belong.” Set aside people know how to demonstrate their gifted nature with humility, by regarding life’s blood sacred and culling unclean foods. God’s first commands to Noah after the flood was about shedding blood, ‘not taking another’s life’ and “blood should not be used for food.” Its New Covenant principle!

       Our Lord‘s brother ‘James’ speaking, said: (Acts 15:14-21; Simeon ’Peter  has explained how God first concerned Himself to select from among the Gentiles a people for His name. The words of the prophets agree with this, as it is written, (16) ‘After this I will return, and I will rebuild the fallen tent of David; I will rebuild its ruins and restore it, so that the rest of humanity may seek the Lord, namely, all the Gentiles I have called to be My own, says the Lord, who makes these things known from long ago. (Quote from Amos 9:11-12) (19) “Therefore I conclude that we should not cause extra difficulty for those among the Gentiles who are turning to God, but that we should write them a letter telling them to abstain from things defiled by idols and from sexual immorality and from what has been strangled and from blood. For Moses has had those who proclaim him in every town from ancient times, because he is read aloud in the synagogues every Sabbath.”)

      After the flood and again after the Messiah’s coming, “new beginnings were established with God’s created people.” Three basic nationalities are rooted in Noah’s three sons. (Through Noah’s son “Shem” came Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, “whose name was changed to Israel” and then Jesus.) God chose and made Israel’s son, “Joseph” a savior to His people and some Egyptians. God chose and made Moses a deliverer of His chosen people by promise to Abraham. (Through Shem, Abraham, and David’s linage came the Messiah, “Jesus “the Son of God” to remit sin; “as planned from the beginning.”)

      God’s New Covenant is with His chosen “believing IN Jesus people” who are made to be AT ONE with Himself through the sacrifice of Jesus.  (The Lamb of God’s blood.) By and through God the Father’s calling Jesus is revealed and the Holy Spirit is gifted.)

      (Gen 9:7-17; “But as for you, “Noah” be fruitful and multiply; increase abundantly on the earth and multiply on it.” God said to Noah and his sons, “Look! I now confirm My covenant with you and your descendants after you and with every living creature that is with you, including the birds, the domestic animals, and every living creature of the earth with you, all those that came out of the ark with you – every living creature of the earth. I confirm My covenant with you: Never again will all living things be wiped out by the waters of a flood; never again will a flood destroy the earth.” (12) And God said, “This is the guarantee of the covenant I am making with you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all subsequent generations: I will place My rainbow in the clouds, and it will become a guarantee of the covenant between Me and the earth. Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, then I will remember My covenant with you and with all living creatures of all kinds. Never again will the waters become a flood and destroy all living things. When the rainbow is in the clouds, I will notice it and remember the perpetual covenant between God and all living creatures of all kinds that are on the earth.” So God said to Noah, “This is the guarantee of the covenant that I am confirming between Me and all living things that are on the earth.”)

      Though we Believers IN haven’t seen God, “we love Him because He first loved us, “because He is holy, righteous and keeps promises.” He is Creator, Sustainer, life, our Mediator before God’s throne and soon coming king of kings..

      (Genesis 9:18-22; “The sons of Noah who came out of the ark were Shem, Ham, and Japheth. (Now Ham was the father of Canaan.) These were the sons of Noah, and from them the whole earth was populated.

      20-22; Noah, a man of the soil, began to plant a vineyard. When he drank some of the wine, he got drunk and uncovered himself inside his tent. Ham, the father of Canaan, saw his father’s nakedness and told his two brothers who were outside.”)

      Ham was inside the tent with Noah, other two were outside. Whether “nakedness” is used metaphorically to convey the idea of “weakness” or “vulnerability” is the question to many.

       At Deut 23:14 nakedness refers to excrement. See Isaiah 47:3; Ezek 16:37; Lam 1:8 also). (The following verse in Gen 9:23, indicates a visual observation, “not a homosexual act” is in view here. Ham saw Noah’s nakedness.

      It is hard for modern people to appreciate why seeing another’s nakedness was such an abomination, “because nakedness is so prevalent today.” In the patriarchal society, seeing another’s nakedness was a major offense. (See the account in Herodotus, “Histories 1.8-13” where a general saw the nakedness of his master’s wife, and one of the two had to be put to death.) Ham was not a little boy wandering into his father’s bedroom; he was over a hundred years old at the time

      (Gen 9:23-24; “Shem and Japheth took the garment and placed it on their shoulders. Then they walked in backwards and covered up their father’s nakedness. Their faces were turned the other way so they did not see their father’s nakedness. When Noah awoke from his drunken stupor he learned what his youngest son had done to him.”) The Hebrew verb “to do” carries only a general sense. To draw a conclusion that Ham did more than look on his father’s nakedness and tell his brothers is a stretch. YOU may want to skip to chapter 11, unless interested in genealogy.

      (Gen 9:25-28; “So Noah said, “Cursed be Canaan! The lowest of slaves he will be to his brothers.” He also said, “Worthy of praise is the Lord, the God of Shem! (Seemingly Shem was the Lord God’s messenger equivalent with Noah.) May Canaan be the slave of Shem! May God enlarge Japheth’s territory and numbers! May he live in the tents of Shem and may Canaan be his slave!” After the flood Noah lived 350 years. The entire lifetime of Noah was 950 years, and then he died.”) Noah recognized Shem’s respect for his Creator!

       (Naturally, people with the inclination to be their own god, don’t understand God’s authority to make these prophetic statements through Noah.) If you doubt Noah‘s prophecy, take an honest look at mankind’s own written history. The names of these descendents and their lands were recognized when God gave lands over to Israel and even later when Jesus gave revelations to His apostle John.

      Except for those to whom God choose to reveal Himself, “all people go the way of choice and practice what seemed right to their fleshly inherited from Adam nature.” (Interested in genealogy? see chapter 10: these are the people, ’primarily’ whose lands God took and gave to the Israelites.)

      Moses had an overview of genealogy and these records were kept on through Jesus’ apostles time. Dr. Luke, who wrote “Luke and Acts shared Jesus’ genealogy. (See Luke 3:23-38)

      Moses was taught in Egyptian schools and his parents shared his Hebrew linage. Jacob’s son ‘Joseph’ likely kept the writings of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. (Moses’ Genesis account is before these people groups were scattered so widely.)

      (Gen 11:1-9; “The whole earth had a common language and a common vocabulary. When the people moved eastward, they found a plain in Shinar and settled there. Then they ’’the hostiles toward God people’ said to one another, “Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” (They made brick instead of stone and tar instead of mortar.) Then they said, “Come, let’s build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the heavens so that we may make a name for ourselves. Otherwise we will be scattered (or that we be not scattered) across the face of the entire earth.” But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower that the people had started building. And the Lord said, “If as one, people all sharing a common language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be beyond them. Come, let’s go down and confuse their language so they won’t be able to understand each other.” So the Lord scattered them from there across the face of the entire earth and they stopped building the city. (9) That is why its name was called Babel – because there the Lord confused the language of the entire world, and from there the Lord scattered them across the face of the entire earth.”)

      The words, “Babel and Babylon mean confuse or confusion. God has much more to say about Babylon, it’s leaders and their characteristics.

From Noah’s oldest son “Shem’s descendents” came Abraham. (Abraham walked with God and God called him “friend.) Promises were made to Abraham and his heirs that take us into Jesus’ millennial kingdom. Believers in Jesus are in fact Abraham’s heirs. (see Galatians 3:29)

      (Genesis 11:10-26; This is the account of Shem. “The people God primarily worked through.” Shem was 100 old when he became the father of Arphaxad, two years after the flood. And after becoming the father of Arphaxad, Shem lived 500 years and had other sons and daughters. When Arphaxad had lived 35 years, he became the father of Shelah. And after he became the father of Shelah, Arphaxad lived 403 years and had other sons and daughters. When Shelah had lived 30 years, he became the father of Eber. And after he became the father of Eber, Shelah lived 403 years and had other sons and daughters. When Eber had lived 34 years, he became the father of Peleg. And after he became the father of Peleg, Eber lived 430 years and had other sons and daughters. When Peleg had lived 30 years, he became the father of Reu. And after he became the father of Reu, Peleg lived 209 years and had other sons and daughters. When Reu had lived 32 years, he became the father of Serug. And after he became the father of Serug, Reu lived 207 years and had other sons and daughters. When Serug had lived 30 years, he became the father of Nahor. And after he became the father of Nahor, Serug lived 200 years and had other sons and daughters. When Nahor had lived 29 years, he became the father of Terah. And after he became the father of Terah, Nahor lived 119 years and had other sons and daughters. (26) When Terah had lived 70 years, he became the father of Abram, Nahor, and Haran.”)

      Even though the people had Noah’s record of the flood and God’s deliverance. The vast majority began to mentally and physically make gods to fit their fleshly imagination. However, God’s plan was unfolding; He made a new beginning based on His promises through His servant and friend Abraham. Abraham’s faith and life examples are for our learning. God’s fulfilled His promises to Abraham, regarding his blood line heirs, “the Israelites” and is still fulfilling His promises regarding His spiritual heirs through Jesus. God’s New Covenant through Jesus, is our hope and faith to inherit eternal life.

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