Genesis and the New Covenant, chapter 24

To: Spiritual Israelites, “Family of God, people being made temples of His spirit” God’s Church  8/11/18, God’s 5th month, AV 30, 5778 until sunset.  (Observe God’s New Moon today)

       After praying to God His Father that His apostles be kept in the world but not of the world as He wasn’t of the world, Jesus concluded.

      (John 17:1-5; “Father, the time has come. Glorify your Son, so that your Son may glorify You – just as You have given Him authority over all humanity, so that He may give eternal life to everyone You have given Him. (3) Now this is eternal life – that they know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom You sent. I glorified You on earth by completing the work you gave Me to do. And now, Father, glorify Me at Your side with the glory I had with you before the world was created.”)

      Jesus is now glorified, serving as our Mediator before the Father, His spirit is gifted to all whom His father gives Him. “God’s called Elect.” Previously we’ve shared the difference of, “believing that” and “believing IN.” Believers IN are gifted to know there’s only one truth, one Godly love, gifted from the One and only God our Father. Satan has the world believing, “what’s true for one may not be true to another.” Thus, dividing nations, religions, people groups by ethnicity and families.

      God knew the temperament of Esau and Jacob before their birth. Esau a skilled hunter, unpredictable and rash. Jacob would be even-tempered and led for God’s purpose. When God looked at Jacob, whose name He changed to Israel, “He was mindful that the twelve gates of New Jerusalem was named for the twelve tribes Jacob would father. (The divided clause at Genesis 25:27 emphasizes the striking contrast between these two.) Living in tents signifies being more civilized than living in the field. Even-tempered normally has the idea of “blameless.”) Many characteristics in people are inherited. The things people are prone to love and despise are inherited and not easily altered. Thus the importance of wise parenting.

      Ordinarily people of Israelite pedigree have inherited a nature that is more prone to be, “even tempered.” Remember the prophecy regarding Isaac’s descendents. (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, physical and spiritual; review Galatians 3:29) All this will come to pass because Abraham obeyed Me and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes, and My laws.”)

      When Moses wrote the book of Genesis; much was revealed and he had access to writings Noah had preserved. Statutes, laws and commandments were known by Abraham. It’s not likely Abraham knew things regarding God’s temple services, “later given to Moses.” But the Way of God, relating to love was revealed to Abraham and he respected that God was holy, righteous, planned the future and kept promises. Abraham believed God; “that accounted to him as righteousness.” If we believe IN God as did Abraham we too are considered righteous.

      Isaac was married about 20 years before the birth of his twin boys. God told Rebekah in advance that the older would serve the younger. What was meant is “the descendents of the older would served the descendents of the younger.” Descendant of the younger are spiritual and physical Israelites, “each looking to Jesus’ leadership.”

      God repeated promises to Isaac “He gave Abraham.” Like Abraham Isaac lived among people whose customs evolved according to manmade tradition. The strong took from the weak and kings had ultimate authority. Based on what they witnessed, they each were uncomfortable regarding their wives safety because of their beauty.

      (Gen 26:7-11; “When the men of that place asked Isaac about his wife, he replied, “She is my sister.” He was afraid to say, “She is my wife,” for he thought to himself, “The men of this place will kill me to get Rebekah because she is very beautiful.” After Isaac had been there a long time, Abimelech king of the Philistines happened to look out a window and observed Isaac caressing his wife Rebekah. So Abimelech summoned Isaac and said, “She is really your wife! Why did you say, “She is my sister?” Isaac replied, “Because I thought someone might kill me to get her.” Then Abimelech exclaimed, “What in the world have you done to us? One of the men might easily have had sexual relations with your wife, and you would have brought guilt on us!” So Abimelech commanded all the people, “Whoever touches this man or his wife will surely be put to death.”)

      God gave Abraham and Isaac divine protection through Abimelech, He awarded protection not customary to the rest of the citizenry of Philistine. Likewise some Christians are awarded divine protection and some will be persecuted and killed for the cause of Jesus.

      (Gen 26:12-18; “When Isaac planted in that land, he reaped in the same year a hundred times what he had sown, because the Lord blessed him. The man became wealthy. His influence continued to grow until he became very prominent. He had so many sheep and cattle and such a great household of servants that the Philistines became jealous of him. (15) So the Philistines took dirt and filled up all the wells that his father’s servants had dug back in the days of his father Abraham. Then Abimelech said to Isaac, “Leave us and go elsewhere, for you have become much more powerful than we are.” So Isaac left there and settled in the Gerar Valley. Isaac reopened the wells that had been dug back in the days of his father Abraham, for the Philistines had filled them up after Abraham died. Isaac gave these wells the same names his father had given them.”)

      We’re witnessing the lives of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; God blessing them tremendously for some time and then causing circumstance like drought to shape His purpose. Jacob too, was blessed similar to Isaac until drought causes only 70 of them to go to Egypt for survival. Thus a prophetic fulfillment of God’s Word to Abraham about his descendents being in bondage until the promised deliverance.

      (Gen 26:19-22; “When Isaac’s servants dug in the valley and discovered a well with fresh flowing water there, the herdsmen of Gerar quarreled with Isaac’s herdsmen, saying, “The water belongs to us!” So Isaac named the well Esek because they argued with him about it. His servants dug another well, but they quarreled over it too, so Isaac named it Sitnah. Then he moved away from there and dug another well. They did not quarrel over it, so Isaac named it Rehoboth, saying, “For now the Lord has made room for us, and we will prosper in the land.”)

      We’re witnessing the even-temperament of Isaac. A characteristic Jesus’ apostles said Christians should maintain. Christians in this age. “since Jesus’ ascension” are likened to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. We too are as temporary residences among foreigners. We’re in the world but not of the world. Our citizenship is in heaven.

      God’s New Covenant is with called out followers of Jesus and we make up His spiritual kingdom. Remember Jesus said; “My kingdom is not of this world.” When Jesus came He first sent His disciples to the lost ten tribes of Israel, making the foundation of His kingdom “Israelites.”

      (Matt 10:5-7; “Jesus sent out these twelve, instructing them as follows: “Do not go to Gentile regions and do not enter any Samaritan town. Go instead to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. As you go, preach this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven is near!) God’s kingdom is the kingdom of heaven; “it was near in that the King of Kings of that heavenly kingdom was near.” Fulfilling prophecy “it wasn’t long until, non-Israelites were called to be in His spiritual kingdom.” Non Israelites “gentiles” then became as spiritual foreigners to God’s Way and among converted Israelites. Jesus’ apostle Paul wrote to the non-Israelite “gentile” called to be believers IN.

      (Eph 2:11-22; “Therefore remember that formerly you, the Gentiles in the flesh – who are called “un-circumcision” by the so-called “circumcision” that is performed on the body by human hands – that you were at that time without the Messiah, alienated from the citizenship of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who used to be far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For Jesus is our peace, the one who made both groups (Israelites and non-Israelites) into ONE and who destroyed the middle wall of partition, the hostility, when He nullified in His flesh the law of commandments in decrees. He did this to create in Himself one new man “people” out of two, thus making peace, and to reconcile them both in ONE body to God through the cross, by which the hostility has been killed. And Jesus came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near, so that through Him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. (19) 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 Jesus 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.”)

       Christians are “the temple of God.” Today some descendents of Ham, Japheth, Shem, Ishmael, Esau and Jacob, are called to be, “at One with Jesus and are of God’s household - God’s kingdom.”

      Abraham, Isaac and Jacob’s families understood as do Christians, “we’re foreigners in the world, but not of the world.” Their physical lives are our spiritual examples. Unbelievers are like those Jesus spoke to, about their not believing He was the Christ.

      (John 8:21-224; “Then Jesus said to them again, “I am going away, and you will look for Me but will die in your sin. Where I am going you cannot come.” So the Jewish leaders began to say, “Perhaps He is going to kill Himself, because He says, ‘Where I am going you cannot come.’” Jesus replied, “You people are from below; I am from above. You people are from this world; I am not from this world. Thus I told you that you will die in your sins. For unless you believe that I am He, “the Christ” you will die in your sins.”)

      Our inherited nature leads in the direction of hating the message of reconciliation “love your neighbor” as Jesus taught; because the selfish side of our inherited nature is that of, “if you aren’t with us you must be against us.” Thus Jesus was hated by the status quo and tells us.

      (John 15:18-21; “If the world hates you, be aware that it hated Me first. If you belonged to the world, the world would love you as its own. However, because you do not belong to the world, but I chose you out of the world, for this reason the world hates you. Remember what I told you, ‘A slave is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they obeyed My word, they will obey yours too. But they will do all these things to you on account of My name, (“My nature in you. “you being My ambassadors.”) because they do not know the One who sent Me.”)

      Abraham, Isaac and Jacob were ambassadors for the Lord. As blessed foreigners in the lands they traveled, the people were jealous of them.

      (Gen 26:22-25; “Then Isaac moved away from there and dug another well. They did not quarrel over it, so Isaac named it Rehoboth, saying, “For now the Lord has made room for us, and we will prosper in the land.” From there Isaac went up to Beer Sheba. The Lord appeared to him that night and said, “I am the God of your father Abraham. Do not be afraid, for I am with you. I will bless you and multiply your descendants for the sake of My servant Abraham.” Then Isaac built an altar there and worshiped the Lord. He pitched his tent there, and his servants dug a well.”)

      Isaac understood that his blessing were because of promises to Abraham. Isaac like we Christians can’t boast of any good works “that made our calling sure.” (We are called and saved because of Jesus’ gifted faith, not a personal conjured up faith. Saved by grace, not of ourselves, less we boast.) Remember God is the Potter and we’re but clay.

      (Eph 2:4-10; “But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even though we were dead in transgressions, made us alive together with Christ – by grace you are saved! and He “God the Father” raised us up with Him “Jesus” and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, to demonstrate in the coming ages the surpassing wealth of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you are saved through “gifted” faith, and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God; it is not from works, so that no one can boast. For we are His workmanship, having been created in Christ Jesus for good works that God prepared beforehand so we may do them.”) There are thing to be done as ambassadors of Jesus. Such as living apart from the world at large, as did Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

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