Genesis and the New Covenant, chapter 19

To: People being made temples of God’s spirit: “God’s Church ” 8/3/18, God’s 5th month, AV 21, 5778 until sunset.

      The image of the invisible Almighty God our Father is ’Jesus’ the firstborn of every creature; “for by Him were all things created, that are in heaven and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him, and for Him: And He is before all things, and by Him all things consist. And He is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things He might have the preeminence. For it pleased the Father that in Him “Jesus” should all fullness dwell; And, having made peace through the blood of His cross, by Him to reconcile all things unto Himself; by Him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.” Colossians 1:15-20)

       Isaiah, other prophets and Jesus’ apostle Paul wrote about Jesus’ deity, attributes and characteristics. Accordingly, people need to be careful about Satan’s deceptions through various religions, cults and organizations.

      (Colossians 2:8-15; “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the traditions of men, after the rudiments of the world, and NOT after Christ. For in Jesus dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. And you “Believers IN” are complete in Him, which is the head of all principality and power: In whom also you are circumcised “made clean” with the circumcision made without hands, (a spiritual cleansing) in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision “cleansing” of Christ: Buried with Him in baptism, wherein also you are risen with Him through the FAITH of the operation of God, who has raised Him from the dead. And you, being dead in your sins and the un-circumcision of your flesh, has He quickened together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses; Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to His cross; (15) And having spoiled principalities and powers, He made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it.”)

      The whole world is deceived! Christendom paralleled with the rest! Through vain deceit and the traditions of men who want’s the world hostile toward “the knowledge of the God family.” The New Covenant is about a circumcision of the heart; “a new birth from above” replacing the old sin nature, “the un-circumcised fleshly nature.” To God’s church at Rome and we Believers, Paul said it best. “For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.” Romans 8:8-9)

      In our last study we read about gentiles and even the tribe of Judah subscribing to the demonic notion of sacrificing their children to the manufactured god Moloch. (They justified this atrocious worship from the demonic belief that all people are born to live forever someplace.) Led by demonic forces to think sacrificed children would serve Molech in a better place. (Just a few weeks back, the news media reported, “some mother killed her two children in order to send them to heaven.”) Understanding of this sort is still a major belief among all major religions. All major religions teach, “when children die, they go to a heavenly place.” Re-study Genesis 3:1-7, “prayerfully consider God’s truth, opposed to this demonic lie. Taking this immortality belief to extremes, “some justify blowing themselves up “to kill others in the name of their god.” Worldly, fleshly thinking parents of all major religions are ignorantly sacrificing their children through false education, “to gods of their imagination.”

      Now back to Genesis and Lot: “God allows us to see Lot’s humanity, shortcomings and that result.” (It wasn’t faith in God that caused Lot to offer his daughters, “he was humanly hypocritical and weak.” Allowing himself to become overly intoxicated shows his weak fleshly humanity. Daughters likewise yielded to demonic thinking, God judged their offspring; (the Moabites and Ben-Ammi.)

      Jesus’ apostles understood the result of demonic life styles, “demonic beings and rebellious people.” Speaking of them, Peter wrote in part.

      (2Peter 2:5-10; “and if God did not spare the ancient world, but protected Noah, a herald of righteousness, along with seven others, when God brought a flood on an ungodly world and if God turned to ashes the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah when He condemned them to destruction, having appointed them to serve as an example to future generations of the ungodly, and if God rescued Lot, a righteous man in anguish over the debauched lifestyle of lawless men, (for while Lot lived among them day after day, that righteous man was tormented in his righteous soul by the lawless deeds he saw and heard) – if so, then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from their trials and to reserve the unrighteous for punishment at the day of judgment, especially those who indulge their fleshly desires and who despise authority.”)

      Though a weak individual, Lot knew and respected his Creator. (Jesus’ apostle Peter may have had access to Lot’s writing, “to know that he had anguish over the lifestyles of the people of Sodom.” Likewise, God allows us to see some weakness in faithful Abraham. We are about to witness Abraham’s making the same mistake; ‘now twice’ by palming Sarah off as his sister.

      (Gen 20:1-7; “Abraham journeyed from there to the Negev region and settled between Kadesh and Shur. While he lived as a temporary resident in Gerar, Abraham said about his wife Sarah, “She is my sister.” So Abimelech, king of Gerar, sent for Sarah and took her. But God appeared to Abimelech in a dream at night and said to him, “You are as good as dead because of the woman you have taken, for she is someone else’s wife.” Now Abimelech had not gone near her. He said, “Lord, would you really slaughter an innocent nation? Did Abraham not say to me, ‘She is my sister’? And she herself said, ‘He is my brother.’ I have done this with a clear conscience and with innocent hands!” Then in the dream God replied to him, “Yes, I know that you have done this with a clear conscience. That is why I have kept you from sinning against Me and why I did not allow you to touch her. But now give back the man’s wife. Indeed he is a prophet and he will pray for you; thus you will live. But if you don’t give her back, know that you will surely die along with all who belong to you.”)

      God allowed Lot and Abraham’s mistakes be known for our learning. Abimelech’s story is for our learning. Remember, Abraham was God’s prophet and friend.

      (Gen 20:8-18; “Early in the morning Abimelech summoned all his servants. When he told them about all these things, they were terrified. Abimelech summoned Abraham and said to him, “What have you done to us? What sin did I commit against you that would cause you to bring such great guilt on me and my kingdom? You have done things to me that should not be done!” Then Abimelech asked Abraham, “What prompted you to do this thing?” (11) Abraham replied, “Because I thought, ‘Surely no one fears God in this place. They will kill me because of my wife.’ What’s more, she is indeed my sister, my father’s daughter, but not my mother’s daughter. She became my wife. When God made me wander from my father’s house, I told her, ‘This is what you can do to show your loyalty to me: Every place we go, say about me, “He is my brother.” So Abimelech gave sheep, cattle, and male and female servants to Abraham. He also gave his wife Sarah back to him. Then Abimelech said, “Look, my land is before you; live wherever you please.” (16) To Sarah he said, “Look, I have given a thousand pieces of silver to your ‘brother.’ This is compensation for you so that you will stand vindicated before all who are with you.” Abraham prayed to God, and God healed Abimelech, as well as his wife and female slaves so that they were able to have children. For the Lord had caused infertility to strike every woman in the household of Abimelech because he took Sarah, Abraham’s wife.”)

      Is anything impossible with the Lord.? Abimelech knew more about God than Abraham expected. Consider, “Abraham and all Believers IN are not taught by human wisdom, but by revelation.” Allow Jesus’ apostle Paul’s explanation.

      (1Cor 2:10-16 “God has revealed these to us by the Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who among men knows the things of a man except the man’s spirit within him? So too, no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. (12) Now we “Believers IN” have not received the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may KNOW the things that are freely given to us by God. (13) And we speak about these things, NOT with words TAUGHT by human wisdom, but with those taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual things to spiritual people. (14) The unbeliever DOES NOT receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him. And he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned. (15) The one who is spiritual discerns all things, yet he himself is understood by no one. (16) For who has known the mind of the Lord, so as to advise him? But we “Believers INhave the mind of Christ.”)

       Educators deliberately, perhaps some ignorantly: “suppress truth about Creation.” Unbelievers have a natural enmity ’hostility’ against God. (Review Romans 8:7) They have a built in desire to find a way around yielding to the teaching ‘commandments’ of our Creator. WHY? (When people desire disobedience God allows blindness.) When people interpret according to what seems correct to their human intellect, “God allows blindness.”

      God’s covenant of promise with Abraham is “New Covenant principle” including physical land borders that his heirs are yet to inherit completely. Abraham’s descendent make up many nations and “his spiritual heirs are by promise.” Promised by grace through Jesus’ faith: “meaning; they’re chosen from the foundation of the world.”

      (Gen 21:1-7; “The Lord visited Sarah just as He had said He would and did for Sarah what He had promised. So Sarah became pregnant and bore Abraham a son in his old age at the appointed time that God had told him. Abraham named his son – whom Sarah bore to him – Isaac. When his son Isaac was eight days old, Abraham circumcised him just as God had commanded him to do. (Now Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him.) (6) Sarah said, “God has made me laugh, ‘glad.’ Everyone who hears about this will laugh “be glad” with me.” She went on to say, “Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? Yet I have given birth to a son for him in his old age!”)

      Isaac came miraculously by promise! Followers of Jesus are saved by promise. Isaac’s birth was exactly as God preplanned. This age of human rule will end “exactly as God has preplanned.”

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