Gensiss and the New Covenant, chapter 18

To: People being made temples of God’s spirit: “God’s Church ” 8/1/18, God’s 5th month, AV 19, 5778 until sunset.

      If we’re understanding what we study, “we experience an enthusiastic   swell regarding God’s plan for our and this world’s future.” Abraham is our faith example; “being the only human to experience our Creator saying, “sacrifice your child” and being willing to obey. Abraham understood God’s creative, re-Creative and life giving powers. He knew through faith that God keeps promises. (Satan sold Egyptians and others on the idea of sacrificing children to an imaginary god ‘Moloch’ a child being an ultimate sacrifice. God’s chosen people were commanded to destroy paganism and their places of worship, “but some Israelites even fell victim to these and other practices.” God had Amos prophesy about Israel’s fate because of their behavior.

      (Amos 5:19-25; “Disaster will be inescapable, as if a man ran from a lion only to meet a bear, then escaped into a house, leaned his hand against the wall, and was bitten by a poisonous snake. Don’t you realize the Lord’s day of judgment will bring darkness, not light – gloomy blackness, not bright light? “I absolutely despise your festivals! (Your fleshly chosen times and manner of worship.) I get no pleasure from your religious assemblies! Even if you offer Me burnt and grain offerings, I will not be satisfied; I will not look with favor on your peace offerings of fattened calves. Take away from Me your noisy songs; I don’t want to hear the music of your stringed instruments. Justice must flow like torrents of water, righteous actions like a stream that never dries up. You did not bring Me sacrifices and grain offerings during the forty years you spent in the wilderness, family of Israel.

      (26-27;You will pick up your images of Sikkuth, your king. (Hebrew term, refers to a Mesopotamian star god identified with Ninurta in an Ugaritic god list) and Kiyyun, “Moloch” your star god, which you made for yourselves, and I will drive you into exile beyond Damascus, says the Lord. He is called the God who commands armies!”)

     Catholic and Protestants will understand; “their songs Sunday religious assemblies are abominations to Creator Jesus.” Jeremiah also wrote of Judah’s abominations and seemingly prophesies of a yet to be, slaughter of evil.

      (Jeremiah 7:30-34; “The Lord says, “I have rejected them because the people of Judah have done what I consider evil. They have set up their disgusting idols in the temple which I have claimed for My own and have defiled it. They have also built places of worship in a place called Topheth in the Valley of Ben Hinnom so that they can sacrifice their sons and daughters by fire. That is something I never commanded them to do! Indeed, it never even entered My mind to command such a thing! So, watch out!” says the Lord. (At the time of Jeremiah’s writing, it seems 10 tribes had already been sent to captivity, the tribe of Judah is following their path, thus it seems that the soon coming slaughter may yet be for a future time.)

      “The time will soon come when people will no longer call those places Topheth or the Valley of Ben Hinnom. But they will call that valley the Valley of Slaughter and they will bury so many people in Topheth they will run out of room. Then the dead bodies of these people will be left on the ground for the birds and wild animals to eat. There will not be any survivors to scare them away. I will put an end to the sounds of joy and gladness, or the glad celebration of brides and grooms throughout the towns of Judah and the streets of Jerusalem. For the whole land will become a desolate wasteland.”) Jesus’ apostle Paul also wrote about Israel’s errors.

      (1Cor 10:6-12; “Now these things are for our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted. Neither be you idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play. (8) Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day 23,000.. Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents. (10) Neither murmur you, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer. Now all these things happened unto them for examples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come. (12) Wherefore let him that thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.”)

       ALL the biblical examples of Israel’s failings are for our learning! ALL these things are for US, “in whom the ends of the world are come.” NOW, we also have the good examples of those who endured; those who waited in FAITH, visualizing the good things to come.

       Back to Genesis, remember Abraham’s company? “the Lord and two angels appeared as men.” Promising Abraham a son and Sodom‘s fate.

      Gen 18:13-15; “The Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh and say, ‘Will I really have a child when I am old?’ Is anything impossible for the Lord? I will return to you when the season comes round again and Sarah will have a son.” Then Sarah lied, saying, “I did not laugh” because she was afraid. But the Lord said, “No! You did laugh.”) Now Abraham Pleads for Sodom.

      (Gen 18:16-19; “When the men got up to leave, they looked out over Sodom. (Now Abraham was walking with them to see them on their way.) Then the Lord said, “Should I hide from Abraham what I am about to do? After all, Abraham will surely become a great and powerful nation, and all the nations on the earth will pronounce blessings on one another using his name. (19) I have chosen him so that he may command his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing what is right and just. Then the Lord will give to Abraham what He promised him.”)

      Why was Abraham chosen? To command his heirs to keep the way of the Lord! Are followers of Jesus called for the same reason? Abraham knew he was in the presence of Creator, “Jesus.”
      (Gen 18:20-33; So the Lord said, “The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so great and their sin so blatant that I must go down and see if they are as wicked as the outcry suggests. If not, I want to know.” The two men turned and headed toward Sodom, but Abraham was still standing before the Lord. Abraham approached and said, “Will You sweep away the godly along with the wicked? (24) What if there are fifty godly people in the city? Will You really wipe it out and not spare the place for the sake of the fifty godly people who are in it? Far be it from You to do such a thing – to kill the godly with the wicked, treating the godly and the wicked alike! Far be it from You! Will not the judge of the whole earth do what is right?” (32) He replied, “I will not destroy it for the sake of the ten.” The Lord went on his way when he had finished speaking to Abraham. Then Abraham returned home.”)

      The historical account of Sodom and Gomorrah is documented and our Lord’s brother ‘Jude’ wrote of its significance.

      (Jude 1:5-8; “Now I desire to remind you (even though you have been fully informed of these facts once for all) that Jesus, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, later destroyed those who did not believe. You also know that the angels who did not keep within their proper domain but abandoned their own place of residence, Jesus has kept in eternal chains in utter darkness, locked up for the judgment of the great Day. (7) So also Sodom and Gomorrah and the neighboring towns, since they indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural desire in a way similar to these angels, are now displayed as an example by suffering the punishment of eternal fire. Yet these men, as a result of their dreams, defile the flesh, reject authority, and insult the glorious ones.”)

       (Gen 19:1-8; The two angels came to Sodom in the evening while Lot was sitting in the city’s gateway. When Lot saw them, he got up to meet them and bowed down with his face toward the ground. He said, “Here, my lords, please turn aside to your servant’s house. Stay the night and wash your feet. Then you can be on your way early in the morning.” “No,” they replied, “we’ll spend the night in the town square.” But he urged them persistently, so they turned aside with him and entered his house. He prepared a feast for them, including bread baked without yeast, and they ate. Before they could lie down to sleep, all the men – both young and old, from every part of the city of Sodom – surrounded the house. They shouted to Lot, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us so we can have sex with them!” Lot went outside to them, shutting the door behind him. He said, “No, my brothers! Don’t act so wickedly! Look, I have two daughters who have never had sexual relations with a man. Let me bring them out to you and you can do to them whatever you please. Only don’t do anything to these men, for they have come under the protection of my roof.”) At this point, Lot is aware: “his guest are holy and tremendous  fear overcame him.”

      (Gen 19:9-13; “Out of our way!” they cried, and “This man “Lot” came to live here as a foreigner, and now he dares to judge us! We’ll do more harm to you than to them!” They kept pressing in on Lot until they were close enough to break down the door. So the men inside reached out and pulled Lot back into the house as they shut the door. Then they struck the men who were at the door of the house, from the youngest to the oldest, with blindness. The men outside wore themselves out trying to find the door. Then the two visitors said to Lot, “Who else do you have here? Do you have any sons-in-law, sons, daughters, or other relatives in the city? Get them out of this place because we are about to destroy it. The outcry against this place is so great before the Lord that He has sent us to destroy it.”)

      Lot came to Sodom when he and Abraham separated, the citizenry considered him a foreigner. Likely Lot had attempted to teach them before. Thus they say, “he dares to judge us.” This is the attitude of unbelievers at all levels.

      (Gen 19:14-28; “Then Lot went out and spoke to his sons-in-law who were going to marry his daughters. He said, “Quick, get out of this place because the Lord is about to destroy the city!” But his sons-in-law thought he was ridiculing them. At dawn the angels hurried Lot along, saying, “Get going! Take your wife and your two daughters who are here, or else you will be destroyed when the city is judged!” When Lot hesitated, the men grabbed his hand and the hands of his wife and two daughters because the Lord had compassion on them. They led them away and placed them outside the city. When they had brought them outside, they said, “Run for your lives! Don’t look behind you or stop anywhere in the valley! Escape to the mountains or you will be destroyed!” (18) But Lot said to them, “No, please, Lord! Your servant has found favor with you, and you have shown me great kindness by sparing my life. But I am not able to escape to the mountains because this disaster will overtake me and I’ll die. Look, this town over here is close enough to escape to, and it’s just a little one. Let me go there. It’s just a little place, isn’t it? Then I’ll survive.” (21) “Very well,” he replied, “I will grant this request too and will not overthrow the town you mentioned. Run there quickly, for I cannot do anything until you arrive there.” (This incident explains why the town was called Zoar ”little place.“) (23) The sun had just risen over the land as Lot reached Zoar. Then the Lord rained down sulfur and fire on Sodom and Gomorrah. It was sent down from the sky by the Lord. So He overthrew those cities and all that region, including all the inhabitants of the cities and the vegetation that grew from the ground. But Lot’s wife looked back longingly and was turned into a pillar of salt.”) Nothing is impossible with the Lord?

      (Gen 19:27-29; “Abraham got up early in the morning and went to the place where he had stood before the Lord. He looked out toward Sodom and Gomorrah and all the land of that region. As he did so, he saw the smoke rising up from the land like smoke from a furnace. So when God destroyed the cities of the region, God honored Abraham’s request. He removed Lot from the midst of the destruction when He destroyed the cities Lot had lived in. (30-38; “Lot went up from Zoar with his two daughters and settled in the mountains because he was afraid to live in Zoar. So he lived in a cave with his two daughters. Later the older daughter said to the younger, “Our father is old and there is no man anywhere nearby to have sexual relations with us, according to the way of all the world. Come, let’s make our father drunk with wine so we can have sexual relations with him and preserve our family line through our father.” So that night they made their father drunk with wine, and the older daughter came and had sexual relations with her father. But he was not aware that she had sexual relations with him and then got up. So in the morning the older daughter said to the younger, “Since I had sexual relations with my father last night, let’s make him drunk again tonight. Then you go and have sexual relations with him so we can preserve our family line through our father.” So they made their father drunk that night as well, and the younger one came and had sexual relations with him. But he was not aware that she had sexual relations with him and then got up. (36) In this way both of Lot’s daughters became pregnant by their father. The older daughter gave birth to a son and named him Moab. He is the ancestor of the Moabites of today. The younger daughter also gave birth to a son and named him Ben-Ammi. He is the ancestor of the Ammonites of today.”)

      Moses is writing or re-writing this account many years after the event. Many questions could be asked; such as, “why didn’t Lot attempt to find Abraham?” The fact is, “Moabites and Ammonites were preplanned.” Their lands would later be given to the Israelites. Our Lord’s brother James was looking back when he penned.

      (James 5:10-11; “Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience. Behold, we count them happy which endure. You have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.”) God’s mercy is extended to this age. This age has been introduced to our Creator, “Jesus the Christ” in whom all things consist. (Re-visit, John 1:1-5, Colossians 1:15-20 and Hebrews 1:)

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