Genesis and the New Covenant, chapter 13

To: Called out people being made temples of God’s spirit: “God’s Church ” 7/26/18, God’s 5th month, AV 14, 5778 until sunset. (Full moon tomorrow)

       Heavenly Father; thanks for Your calling, for loving us first, revealing Yourself and giving the desire to be obedient to Your will. Keep us on Your preverbal potters wheel: make us Your people. May this age be shortened and Your kingdom established soon, is our prayer in the name of Jesus. AMEN.

      It was written by Moses and the prophets in advance: Jesus’ good news, “gospel” is that; “He’s the Messiah, Creator, Re-creator, Sustainer, Mediator and coming king of kings.” His promises are sure. God the Father calls and gives us to Jesus for training and spiritual maturity. Followers of Jesus are predestined, called out sheep Jesus knows and they know Him. Saved for eternal life in this age is by “predestination, mercy and grace.” Followers of Jesus are called and begotten, “otherwise we could boast of our choosing, works and intellect. Noah, Shem, Abraham, Joseph, Moses, each apostle and follower of Jesus were called and chosen. After Jesus’ millennial reign the world will see New Jerusalem and know its twelve gates are named for the twelve tribes of Israel and the twelve foundations named for Jesus’ twelve apostles. We Christians are built on the foundation of the prophets, apostles and the Corner Stone “Jesus.” His apostle Paul explains.

      (Eph 2:19-22; “So then you, “gentiles” are no longer foreigners and non-citizens, but you are fellow citizens with the Saints and members of God’s household, (because you have been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus Himself as the Cornerstone.) In Him the whole building, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.) Hallelujah!

      Consider Noah’s life, faith, length of service to God, his constructing the ark and witnessing to the world. We speculate “the building took more than one hundred years.” Imagine the ridicule of the populations. Reporters likely came from miles around and took news back to people about the constructions’ progress and Noah’s telling everyone why God had ordered it’s construction. (God’s holy word tells us that no one believed.) People has become so wicked, that God was not revealing Himself beyond Noah and family.” (Similar, God is calling a few in this latter age.) Prophesies are clear, “as in the days of Noah, so it will be.” This latter age being the time since Jesus’ ascension.” The world at large doesn’t believe: “God has a plan to save this world, make a chosen people priest and servants to Jesus.” Bring peace and restore Israel to its former borders promised Abraham. (See some of these prophecies at, (Isaiah 22:, 35: , 51: -53:, 65:. and Jeremiah 17:, 31:. and Amos 9:11-15) God’s ultimate plan is to lovingly destroy evil.)

      From the foundation of the world, God the Father and God the Son planned His blood sacrifice for the remission of lawlessness against God. (As far back as when Abel made choice animal’s blood sacrifices to God, the sacrifices looked forward to Jesus’ shed blood for the remission of our sins.) (Planning always included Noah, Shem, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Israelites’ bondage, deliverance through Moses and saving God’s church, “through promised faith in Jesus.”) Jesus revealed Himself and His future work to Moses.

       (Deut 18:15-22; “The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me “Moses” from among you – from your fellow Israelites; you must listen to Him. This accords with what happened at Horeb in the day of the assembly. You asked the Lord your God: “Please do not make us hear the voice of the Lord our God any more or see this great fire any more lest we die.” The Lord then said to me, “What they have said is good. I will raise up a prophet like you for them from among their fellow Israelites. I will put My words in His mouth and He will speak to them whatever I command. (19) I will personally hold responsible anyone who then pays no attention to the words that prophet “Jesus” speaks in My name. “But if any prophet presumes to speak anything in My name that I have not authorized him to speak, or speaks in the name of other gods, that prophet must die. Now if you say to yourselves, ‘How can we tell that a message is not from the Lord?’(22) whenever a prophet speaks in My name and the prediction is not fulfilled, then I have not spoken it; the prophet has presumed to speak it, so you need not fear him.”)

        Moses served as Jesus’ deliverer and prophet; his prophecies are sure. Abraham too, was a prophet, through promises to him Israel’s bondage to Egypt and deliverance was fulfilled. Israel’s deliverance, their being made a great nation, their disobedience, scattering and Messiah Jesus’ coming, was prophesied through Abraham, Moses, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Amos and David.

      God made a covenant promise with Noah and all living, “not to destroy with water anymore.” The sign of the rainbow is God’s and our reminder of that promise. God’s next covenant promise was with Abraham and his heirs, “Israelites and Christians.” (Through Shem’s heirs, the Son of God would be miraculously conceived and born to a virgin.) It’s through Jesus that God’s chosen people have a New Covenant. God had Jeremiah foretell the unfolding.

      (Jer 31:31-34; “Indeed, a time is coming,” says the Lord, “when I will make a New Covenant with the people of Israel and Judah. (“Spiritual Israelites - Abraham’s spiritual heirs.”) It will not be like the Old Covenant that I made with their ancestors when I delivered them from Egypt. For they violated that covenant, even though I was like a faithful husband to them,” says the Lord. “But I will make a New Covenant with the whole nation of Israel after I plant them back in the land,” says the Lord. “I will put My law within them and write it on their hearts and minds. I will be their God and they will be My people. (Until God miraculously PUTS a love for His Way in people’s minds, people go the way that seems right to their inherited from Adam nature.) (34) “People will no longer need to teach their neighbors and relatives to know Me. For all of them, from the least important to the most important, will know Me,” says the Lord. “For I will forgive their sin and will no longer call to mind the wrong they have done.”) Hallelujah!

      When Jesus returns, resurrects His Saints and Satan bound; “then the world will know Him: ultimately every knee will bow.” God always planned putting His Spirit, “a love of His Way mindset” in the inner being of His chosen people; beginning with Abraham.”

      (Genesis 11:27-32; “This is the account of Terah, who became the father of Abram, Nahor, and Haran. And Haran became the father of Lot. Haran died in the land of his birth, in Ur of the Chaldeans, while his father Terah was still alive. And Abram and Nahor took wives for themselves. The name of Abram’s wife was Sarai, and the name of Nahor’s wife was Milcah; she was the daughter of Haran, the father of both Milcah and Iscah. But Sarai was barren; she had no children. Terah took his son Abram, his grandson Lot (the son of Haran), and his daughter-in-law Sarai, his son Abram’s wife, and with them he set out from Ur of the Chaldeans to go to Canaan. When they came to Haran, they settled there. The lifetime of Terah was 205 years, and he died in Haran.”)

      Moses’ revealed Genesis account of Abraham’s life, “we see he was chosen, his faith and humility is demonstrated.”

      (Gen 12:1-3; “Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go out from your country, your relatives, and your father’s household to the land that I will show you. Then I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you, and I will make your name great, so that you will exemplify divine blessing. I will bless those who bless you, but the one who treats you lightly I must curse, and all the families of the earth will bless one another by your name.”)

     These promises stretching into Jesus’ millennial reign, “all the families of the earth will bless one another by Abraham’s name. Abraham’s name has and will continue to be magnified. “All because God promised Abraham.” Today’s followers of Jesus, are spiritual Israelites, “Jews.” Abraham’s heirs are “called to separate from the world as Christians must do.” Abraham like Jesus, “was in the world but not of the world.”

      (Gen 12:4-9; “So Abram left, just as the Lord had told him to do, and Lot went with him. (Now Abram was 75 years old when he departed from Haran.) And Abram took his wife Sarai, his nephew Lot, and all the possessions they had accumulated and the people they had acquired in Haran, and they left for the land of Canaan. They entered the land of Canaan. Abram traveled through the land as far as the oak tree of Moreh at Shechem. (At that time the Canaanites were in the land.) The Lord appeared to Abram and said, “To your descendants I will give this land.” So Abram built an altar there to the Lord, who had appeared to him. Then he moved from there to the hill country east of Bethel and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east. There he built an altar to the Lord and worshiped the Lord. Abram continually journeyed by stages down to the Negev.”)

       Abraham’s material blessings included servants, “his faith was gifted when God appeared to him, a faith belief in the Lord’s promise, that his descendants, “yet to be born” would be given these Canaanite lands!”

       How is our believing IN faith gifted? Jesus explains at John 3:7-8; “Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‘You must all be born from above.’ The wind blows wherever it will and you hear the sound it makes, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” (It’s miraculously given: loving Jesus is evidence.) Faithful Abraham grew, early on “he thought he may need to help God keep His promises.”

      (Gen 12:10-13; “There was a famine in the land, so Abram went down to Egypt to stay for a while because the famine was severe. As he approached Egypt, he said to his wife Sarai, “Look, I know that you are a beautiful woman. When the Egyptians see you they will say, ‘This is his wife.’ Then they will kill me but will keep you alive. So tell them you are my sister so that it may go well for me because of you and my life will be spared on account of you.”)

       Abraham’s reasoning was fleshly for awhile. Egyptians’ had reputations of taking wives. God allows us to see Abraham’s shortcomings for our learning. May we each know that Jesus is our Deliverer and Sustainer.

      (Gen 12:14-20; “When Abram entered Egypt, the Egyptians saw that the woman was very beautiful. When Pharaoh’s officials saw her, they praised her to Pharaoh. So Abram’s wife was taken into the household of Pharaoh, and he did treat Abram well on account of her. Abram received sheep and cattle, male donkeys, male servants, female servants, female donkeys, and camels. But the Lord struck Pharaoh and his household with severe diseases because of Sarai, Abram’s wife. So Pharaoh summoned Abram and said, “What is this you have done to me? Why didn’t you tell me that she was your wife? Why did you say, ‘She is my sister,’ so that I took her to be my wife? Here is your wife! Take her and go!” Pharaoh gave his men orders about Abram, and so they expelled him, along with his wife and all his possessions.”) Abraham’s crossing into Egypt was a learning experience. Remember, the scripture teaches that even Jesus learned form things suffered. (Heb 5:8-10; “Although He was a Son, He learned obedience through the things He suffered. And by being perfected in this way, He became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey Him, and He was designated by God as high priest in the order of Melchizedek.”)

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