Genesis and the New Covenant, chapter 23

To: Spiritual Israelites, “Family of God, people being made temples of His spirit” God’s Church  8/19/18, God’s 5th month, AV 29, 5778 until sunset

       Seemingly Abraham and Sarah didn’t stay in contact with their immediate family until Abraham sent his servant to find Isaac a wife. Tarah “Abraham’s” dad had two other sons, “Nahor and Hiran.” Isaac and Jacob’s wives came from the family.

      Jesus’ apostle Paul, writing to God’s church at Rome quoted from a song by the Korahites that’s appropriate for Christians. (Psalms 44:) “for Your sake we encounter death all day long; we were considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” (This song was rehearsed when Israelites enjoyed protection, after being sold to bondage, they attempted to turn back and pleaded to be rescued.) The music to this song probably reflected somberness and hope. When Paul was writing the Rome church, “the apostles knew that Jesus was the answer to that long ago plea.” Now Jesus is resurrected, ascended to the right hand of God the Father and is their and our Intercessor.

     The future for Abraham’s descendents is preplanned. Paul could write; “Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will trouble, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we encounter death all day long; we were considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” (quotation from Psalms 44:22) No, to all these things “we have complete victory through Jesus who loves us!”” Romans 8:35-37) Study Psalms 44: & Paul’s letters.

      Saving of Gods chosen people was always preplanned. God’s use of the preverbal “Potters Wheel” was always preplanned. A fashioning of our nature to one likened to Jesus’ is revealed through Jeremiah.

      (Jeremiah 18:1-17; “The Lord said to Jeremiah: “Go down at once to the potter’s house. I will speak to you further there.” So I went down to the potter’s house and found him working at his wheel. Now and then there would be something wrong with the pot he was molding from the clay with his hands. So he would rework the clay into another kind of pot as he saw fit.

      (5-12; Then the Lord said to me, “I, the Lord, say: ‘O nation of Israel, can I not deal with you as this potter deals with the clay? In My hands, you, O nation of Israel, are just like the clay in this potter’s hand.’ There are times, “Jeremiah” when I threaten to uproot, tear down, and destroy a nation or kingdom. But if that nation I threatened stops doing wrong, I will cancel the destruction I intended to do to it. And there are times when I promise to build up and establish a nation or kingdom. But if that nation does what displeases Me and does not obey Me, then I will cancel the good I promised to do to it. So now, tell the people of Judah and the citizens of Jerusalem this: The Lord says, ‘I am preparing to bring disaster on you! I am making plans to punish you. So, every one of you, stop the evil things you have been doing. Correct the way you have been living and do what is right.’ But they just keep saying, ‘We do not care what You say! We will do whatever we want to do! We will continue to behave wickedly and stubbornly!’”

      (13-17; Therefore, the Lord says, “Ask the people of other nations whether they have heard of anything like this. (Israel should have been like a virgin. But she has done something utterly revolting! Does the snow ever completely vanish from the rocky slopes of Lebanon? Do the cool waters from those distant mountains ever cease to flow? Yet My people have forgotten Me and offered sacrifices to worthless idols! This makes them stumble along in the way they live and leave the old reliable path of their fathers. They have left them to walk in bypaths, in roads that are not smooth and level. So their land will become an object of horror. People will forever hiss out their scorn over it. All who pass that way will be filled with horror and will shake their heads in derision. (17) I will scatter them before their enemies like dust blowing in front of a burning east wind. I will turn My back on them and not look favorably on them when disaster strikes them.O nation of Israel, can I not deal with you as this potter deals with the clay? In My hands, you, O nation of Israel, are just like the clay in this potter’s hand.’)

      God can deal with individuals as with nations. Divided denominations and individuals calling themselves Christian fit in Jeremiah’s prophecy. (always study the whole) Jesus reveled the same through Isaiah.

      (Isaiah 29:13-17; “The sovereign master says, “These people say they are loyal to Me; they say wonderful things about Me, but they are not really loyal to Me. Their worship consists of nothing but man-made ritual. Therefore I will again do an amazing thing for these people – an absolutely extraordinary deed. Wise men will have nothing to say, the sages will have no explanations.” Those who try to hide their plans from the Lord are as good as dead, who do their work in secret and boast, “Who sees us? Who knows what we’re doing?” (16) Your thinking is perverse! Should the Potter be regarded as clay? Should the thing made say about its Maker, “He didn’t make me”? Or should the pottery say about the Potter, “He doesn’t understand”?) Individually we need to examine our priorities. Do we attempt to worship God with man made rituals? Abraham separated himself from the traditions of those in whose lands he lived and even his family. He literally forbade Isaac to leave the inherited territories God promised. Likely Abraham learned from Lot’s mistake of getting familiar with the people of Sodom. We read the account of Ishmael’s twelve sons in our last study and reviewed the meaning of Isaac “being the son of promise, in relations to Jesus’ promises to those the Father gives Him.” (Study1John 5)

      (Gen 25:19-23; This is the account of Isaac, the son of Abraham. Abraham became the father of Isaac. When Isaac was forty years old, he married Rebekah, the daughter of Bethuel the Aramean from Paddan Aram and sister of Laban the Aramean. (21) Isaac prayed to the Lord on behalf of his wife because she was childless. The Lord answered his prayer, and his wife Rebekah became pregnant. But the children struggled inside her, and she said, “If it is going to be like this, I’m not so sure I want to be pregnant!” So she asked the Lord, and the Lord said to her, “Two nations are in your womb, and two peoples will be separated from within you. One people will be stronger than the other, and the older will serve the younger.”) The older and stronger to serve the younger? (See 1Cor 1:27-31) It’s characteristic of our God to work through the weak and confound the wise.)

      (Gen 25:24-34; “When the time came for Rebekah to give birth, there were twins in her womb. The first came out reddish all over, like a hairy garment, so they named him Esau. When his brother came out with his hand clutching Esau’s heel, they named him Jacob. Isaac was sixty years old when they were born. (27) When the boys grew up, Esau became a skilled hunter, a man of the open fields, but Jacob was an even-tempered man, living in tents. Isaac loved Esau because he had a taste for fresh game, but Rebekah loved Jacob. (29) Now Jacob cooked some stew, and when Esau came in from the open fields, he was famished. So Esau said to Jacob, “Feed me some of the red stuff – yes, this red stuff – because I’m starving!” (That is why he was also called Edom. Esau’s descendants would eventually be called “Edom.” Edom was the place where they lived, so-named because of the reddish nature of the hills. The writer can use the word “red” to describe the stew that Esau gasped for to convey the nature of Esau and his descendants. They were a lusty, passionate, and profane people who lived for the moment. Again, the wordplay is meant to capture the “omen”)

      But Jacob replied, “First sell me your birthright.” “Look,” said Esau, “I’m about to die! What use is the birthright to me?” But Jacob said, “Swear an oath to me now.” So Esau swore an oath to him and sold his birthright to Jacob. Then Jacob gave Esau some bread and lentil stew; Esau ate and drank, then got up and went out. So Esau despised his birthright.”) Result was preplanned before their birth and even from the foundation of the world. Now Isaac will have dealings with the same king that Abraham dealt with.

      (Gen 26:1-6; There was a famine in the land, subsequent to the earlier famine that occurred in the days of Abraham. Isaac went to Abimelech king of the Philistines at Gerar. The Lord appeared to Isaac and said, “Do not go down to Egypt; settle down in the land that I will point out to you. Stay in this land. Then I will be with you and will bless you, for I will give all these lands to you and to your descendants, and I will fulfill the solemn promise I made to your father Abraham. I will multiply your descendants so they will be as numerous as the stars in the sky, and I will give them all these lands. All the nations of the earth will pronounce blessings on one another using the name of your descendants. (“Israelites - Jews, physical and spiritual” see Galatians 3:29) All this will come to pass because Abraham obeyed Me and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes, and My laws.” So Isaac settled in Gerar.”) By, promise to Abraham, Believers IN. “Christians” are heirs of promise through Isaac and Jacob, whose name God changed to Israel. Isaac’s descendents would include king David and the promised Messiah, “Jesus.” Paul taught us that all these things were written for our learning and that Jesus would set the standard of love. (Review Romans 15:1-13 from last study.)

      The same Lord God promising blessings to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is Jesus. See Colossians 1:15-20 and Heb 1: which confirms the following.

       (“John 1:1-5; “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was fully God. The Word was with God in the beginning. All things were created by Him, and apart from Him not one thing was created that has been created. In Him was life, and the life was the light of mankind. And the light shines on in the darkness, but the darkness has not mastered it.”)

       Few professing Christians are led to be Believers IN Jesus. The many are led to believe Jesus lived and worship using His name. Believing IN is to have knowing faith in all His promises. All physical and spiritual Israelites will be led to believe IN during Jesus’ millennial reign. The awesomeness of God is beyond man’s fleshly comprehension. His plans are unalterable. Remember, Satan and his followers present themselves as angels of light!

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