Genesis and the New Covenant, chapter 22

To: Spiritual Israelites, “Family of God, people being made temples of His spirit” God’s Church  8/8/18, God’s 5th month, AV 27, 5778 until sunset.

      A majority are living superstitiously, denominational and personal gods are mentally manufactured: “yet the many pray for the things that only the true God of Abraham can give.” The spirit of a sound mind, serenity, peace and faith. Repentance is gifted when God reveals His View of our sin nature. Then we can acknowledge “our fleshly inherited from Adam nature is hostile to God’s Way and conducive to tradition, popularity and the get way.       

      Abraham, Isaac and Jacob were spiritually led to go out from the general populations. We’re given Lot’s example for good reason. It’s New Covenant principle taught by Jesus through His apostle Paul.

      (2Cor 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? (16) And what mutual agreement does the temple of God have with idols? For we 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.”) Abraham, Isaac and Jacob understood the fallacy and danger of choosing wives from the pagans. 

      (Gen 22:20-24; “After these things Abraham was told, “Milcah also has borne children to your brother Nahor” – Uz the firstborn, his brother Buz, Kemuel (the father of Aram), Kesed, Hazo, Pildash, Jidlaph, and Bethuel.” (Now Bethuel became the father of Rebekah.) These were the eight sons Milcah bore to Abraham’s brother Nahor. His concubine, whose name was Reumah, also bore him children – Tebah, Gaham, Tahash, and Maacah.”)

      (Gen 23:1-9; “Sarah lived 127 years. Then she died in Kiriath Arba (that is, Hebron) in the land of Canaan. Abraham went to mourn for Sarah and to weep for her. Then Abraham got up from mourning his dead wife and said to the sons of Heth, “I am a temporary settler among you. Grant me ownership of a burial site among you so that I may bury my dead.” (5) The sons of Heth answered Abraham, “Listen, sir, you are a mighty prince among us! You may bury your dead in the choicest of our tombs. None of us will refuse you his tomb to prevent you from burying your dead.” (7) Abraham got up and bowed down to the local people, the sons of Heth. Then he said to them, “If you agree that I may bury my dead, then hear me out. Ask Ephron the son of Zohar if he will sell me the cave of Machpelah that belongs to him; it is at the end of his field. Let him sell it to me publicly for the full price, so that I may own it as a burial site.”) Many years forward, Abraham’s grandson Jacob, whose name God changed to Israel, would ask that his bones be carried to this burial place and Joseph saw to it. Abraham and descendents believed in the resurrections of the dead.

      (Gen 23:10-20; “Now Ephron was sitting among the sons of Heth. Ephron the Hethite replied to Abraham in the hearing of the sons of Heth – before all who entered the gate of his city – “No, my lord! Hear me out. I sell you both the field and the cave that is in it. In the presence of my people I sell it to you. Bury your dead.” Abraham bowed before the local people and said to Ephron in their hearing, “Hear me, if you will. I pay to you the price of the field. Take it from me so that I may bury my dead there.” Ephron answered Abraham, saying to him, “Hear me, my lord. The land is worth pieces of silver, but what is that between me and you? So bury your dead.” So Abraham agreed to Ephron’s price and weighed out for him the price that Ephron had quoted in the hearing of the sons of Heth – pieces of silver, according to the standard measurement at the time. So Abraham secured Ephron’s field in Machpelah, next to Mamre, including the field, the cave that was in it, and all the trees that were in the field and all around its border, as his property in the presence of the sons of Heth before all who entered the gate of Ephron’s city. After this Abraham buried his wife Sarah in the cave in the field of Machpelah next to Mamre (that is, Hebron) in the land of Canaan. So Abraham secured the field and the cave that was in it as a burial site from the sons of Heth.”) God would later give these lands to the Israelites and in the Millennium He will re-establish Israel there.

      (Gen 24:1-9; “Now Abraham was old, well advanced in years, and the Lord had blessed him in everything. Abraham said to his servant, the senior one in his household who was in charge of everything he had, “Put your hand under my thigh so that I may make you solemnly promise by the Lord, the God of heaven and the God of the earth: You must not acquire a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I am living. You must go instead to the country of my relatives to find a wife for my son Isaac.” The servant asked him, “What if the woman is not willing to come back with me to this land? Must I then take your son back to the land from which you came?” (6) “Be careful never to take my son back there!” Abraham told him. “The Lord, the God of heaven, who took me from my father’s house and the land of my relatives, promised me with a solemn oath, ‘To your descendants I will give this land.’ He will send His angel before you so that you may find a wife for my son from there. But if the woman is not willing to come back with you, you will be free from this oath of mine. But you must not take my son back there!” So the servant placed his hand under the thigh of his master Abraham and gave his solemn promise he would carry out his wishes.”)

       Abraham believed his brothers knew the ways of God.

      (Gen 24:10-14; “Then the servant took ten of his master’s camels and departed with all kinds of gifts from his master at his disposal. He journeyed to the region of Aram Naharaim and the city of Nahor. (Abraham’s brother) He made the camels kneel down by the well outside the city. It was evening, the time when the women would go out to draw water. He prayed, “O Lord, God of my master Abraham, guide me today. Be faithful to my master Abraham. Here I am, standing by the spring, and the daughters of the people who live in the town are coming out to draw water. (14) I will say to a young woman, ‘Please lower your jar so I may drink.’ May the one You have chosen for your servant Isaac reply, ‘Drink, and I’ll give your camels water too.’ In this way I will know that you have been faithful to my master.”) Abraham’s servants were circumcised and taught the ways of Abraham’s God. They had witnessed God’s goodness toward Abraham.

      (Gen 24:15-21; “Before he had finished praying, there came Rebekah with her water jug on her shoulder. She was the daughter of Bethuel son of Milcah (Milcah was the wife of Abraham’s brother Nahor). Now the young woman was very beautiful. She was a virgin; no man had ever had sexual relations with her. She went down to the spring, filled her jug, and came back up. Abraham’s servant ran to meet her and said, “Please give me a sip of water from your jug.” (18) “Drink, my lord,” she replied, and quickly lowering her jug to her hands, she gave him a drink. When she had done so, she said, “I’ll draw water for your camels too, until they have drunk as much as they want.” She quickly emptied her jug into the watering trough and ran back to the well to draw more water until she had drawn enough for all his camels. Silently the man watched her with interest to determine if the Lord had made his journey successful or not.”)

      Nothing is impossible with God, He preplans events and conditions for His chosen.

      (Gen 24:22-26; “After the camels had finished drinking, the man took out a gold nose ring weighing a beka and two gold bracelets weighing ten shekels and gave them to her. (23) “Whose daughter are you?” he asked. “Tell me, is there room in your father’s house for us to spend the night?” She said to him, “I am the daughter of Bethuel the son of Milcah, whom Milcah bore to Nahor. We have plenty of straw and feed,” she added, “and room for you to spend the night.” (26) The man bowed his head and worshiped the Lord, saying “Praised be the Lord, the God of my master Abraham, who has not abandoned His faithful love for my master! The Lord has led me to the house of my master’s relatives!”) When we know Abraham’s God, “worshiping Him is often a giving of thanks.”

      (Gen 24:28-31; “The young woman ran and told her mother’s household all about these things. (Now Rebekah had a brother named Laban.) Laban rushed out to meet the man at the spring. When he saw the bracelets on his sister’s wrists and the nose ring and heard his sister Rebekah say, “This is what the man said to me,” he went out to meet the man. There he was, standing by the camels near the spring. Laban said to him, “Come, you who are blessed by the Lord! Why are you standing out here when I have prepared the house and a place for the camels?”) Later, Isaac’s son Jacob would serve Abraham’s nephew “Laban” 14 years, for two wives. Now Paul was given the spiritual aspect of Abraham’s understanding. (Gal 3:29) 

      God the Father calls, gives desire and grants His gift of turning to Himself. Our being saved has nothing to do with our works, “only our believing IN Jesus’ works and loving Him for it.” God opens the holy scriptures for our understanding and for His purpose. Remember and review Paul’s conversion? (See Acts 9:)

      People whose minds are locked in a worldly religion, must have their minds supernaturally opened. Why? We inherited a self serving nature and when one of Satan’s many lies are believed, biblical scripture must be twisted to support it. Understanding is revealed and the teaching principle is go through one book or letter entirely, use supporting text of the prophets, apostles and Jesus. It isn’t natural to realize that God know every wrinkle in our inherited character, “until He reveals Himself.” He leads us to confess lawlessness in His view, our shortcomings and ask for repentance.

      God puts His chosen in His church. Believers IN are temples of God’s spirit.

       (1Cor 18:19-20; “Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price. Therefore glorify God with your body.”)

      When people Believe IN Jesus as He manifest Himself to be in the holy scriptures, “assembling becomes church.” Going underground to avoid the persecutions Jude wrote about, “we may be in times like that now.”

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