Genesis and the New Covenant, chapter 26

To: Spiritual Israelites, “Family of God, people being made temples of His spirit” God’s Church  8/15/18, God’s 6th month, Elul 4, 5778 until sunset.

       Jacob and his mother’s plot to deceive Isaac succeeds. 

      (Gen 27:11-23; “But Esau my brother is a hairy man,” Jacob protested to his mother Rebekah, “and I have smooth skin! My father may touch me! Then he’ll think I’m mocking him and I’ll bring a curse on myself instead of a blessing.” So his mother told him, “Any curse against you will fall on me, my son! Just obey me! Go and get them for me!” So Jacob went and got the goats and brought them to his mother. She prepared some tasty food, just the way his father loved it. Then Rebekah took her older son Esau’s best clothes, which she had with her in the house, and put them on her younger son Jacob. She put the skins of the young goats on his hands and the smooth part of his neck. Then she handed the tasty food and the bread she had made to her son Jacob. He went to his father and said, “My father!” Isaac replied, “Here I am. Which are you, my son?” Jacob said to his father, “I am Esau, your firstborn. I’ve done as you told me. Now sit up and eat some of my wild game so that you can bless me.” But Isaac asked his son, “How in the world did you find it so quickly, my son?” “Because the Lord your God brought it to me,” Jacob replied. Then Isaac said to Jacob, “Come closer so I can touch you, my son, and know for certain if you really are my son Esau.” So Jacob went over to his father Isaac, who felt him and said, “The voice is Jacob’s, but the hands are Esau’s.” He did not recognize him because his hands were hairy, like his brother Esau’s hands. So Isaac blessed Jacob.

      (24-27; Then he asked, “Are you really my son Esau?” “I am,” Jacob replied.” Isaac said, “Bring some of the wild game for me to eat, my son. Then I will bless you.” So Jacob brought it to him, and he ate it. He also brought him wine, and Isaac drank. Then his father Isaac said to him, “Come here and kiss me, my son.” So Jacob went over and kissed him. When Isaac caught the scent of his clothing, he blessed him, saying, “Yes, my son smells like the scent of an open field which the Lord has blessed.

      (28-29; May God give you the dew of the sky and the richness of the earth and plenty of grain and new wine. May peoples serve you and nations bow down to you. You will be lord over your brothers, and the sons of your mother will bow down to you. May those who curse you be cursed, and those who bless you be blessed.”)

       Note the wording in this blessing practically duplicates what God told Isaac and Rebekah before the twins were born.” Though this was fleshly trickery, on the part of Jacob and his mother, “God’s purpose was being carried out.” Jacob and his heirs future destiny is in the millennia. Israel is God’s chosen by promise. (Jacob was known before the foundation of the world as was Joseph, Moses, each of Jesus’ apostles and each called out Believer IN. (Study Ezekiel 37: “See God’s future plan for deceased and scattered Israelites.” May we have believing IN faith in our Planner’s creation, re-creation and sustaining powers.)

      The delivered from Egypt Israelites never acquired nor were they gifted with believing IN faith. Only their children, Caleb and Joshua were allowed into the promised lands.

       (Numbers 14:11-16; The Lord said to Moses, “How long will this people despise Me, and how long will they not believe in Me, in spite of the signs that I have done among them? I will strike them with the pestilence, and I will disinherit them; I will make you into a nation that is greater and mightier than they!” (13) Moses said to the Lord, “When the Egyptians hear it – for you brought up this people by your power from among them – then they will tell it to the inhabitants of this land. They have heard that You, Lord, are among this people, that You, Lord, are seen face to face, that Your cloud stands over them, and that You go before them by day in a pillar of cloud and in a pillar of fire by night. (15) If you kill this entire people at once, then the nations that have heard of Your fame will say, ‘Because the Lord was not able to bring this people into the land that He swore to them, He killed them in the wilderness.’

      14:17-19; So now, let the power of My Lord be great, just as You have said, ‘The Lord is slow to anger and abounding in loyal love, forgiving iniquity and transgression, but by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children until the third and fourth generations.’ Please forgive the iniquity of this people according to Your great loyal love, just as you have forgiven this people from Egypt even until now.”

      (Num 14:20-24; Then the Lord said, “I have forgiven them as you asked. But truly, as I live, all the earth will be filled with the glory of the Lord. For all the people have seen My glory and My signs that I did in Egypt and in the wilderness, and yet have tempted Me now these ten times, and have not obeyed Me, they will by no means see the land that I swore to their fathers, nor will any of them who despised Me see it. (24) Only My servant Caleb, because he had a different spirit and has followed Me fully – I will bring him into the land where he had gone, and his descendants will possess it.

      (Num 14:25-34; (Now the Amalekites and the Canaanites were living in the valleys.) Tomorrow, turn and journey into the wilderness by the way of the Red Sea.” (26) The Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron: “How long must I bear with this evil congregation that murmurs against Me? I have heard the complaints of the Israelites that they murmured against Me. Say to them, ‘As I live, says the Lord, I will surely do to you just what you have spoken in my hearing. Your dead bodies will fall in this wilderness – all those of you who were numbered, according to your full number, from twenty years old and upward, who have murmured against Me. You will by no means enter into the land where I swore to settle you. The only exceptions are Caleb son of Jephunneh and Joshua son of Nun.’ But I will bring in your little ones, whom you said would become victims of war, and they will enjoy the land that you have despised. (32) But as for you, your dead bodies will fall in this wilderness, and your children will wander in the wilderness forty years and suffer for your unfaithfulness, until your dead bodies lie finished in the wilderness. According to the number of the days you have investigated this land, forty days – one day for a year – you will suffer for your iniquities, forty years, and you will know what it means to thwart Me.

      (Num 14:35-39; I, the Lord, have said, “I will surely do so to all this evil congregation that has gathered together against Me. In this wilderness they will be finished, and there they will die!” The men whom Moses sent to investigate the land, who returned and made the whole community murmur against him by producing an evil report about the land, those men who produced the evil report about the land, died by the plague before the Lord. But Joshua son of Nun and Caleb son of Jephunneh, who were among the men who went to investigate the land, lived. When Moses told these things to all the Israelites, the people mourned greatly.

      (14:40-43; And early in the morning they went up to the crest of the hill country, saying, “Here we are, and we will go up to the place that the Lord commanded, for we have sinned.” But Moses said, “Why are you now transgressing the commandment of the Lord? It will not succeed! Do not go up, for the Lord is not among you, and you will be defeated before your enemies. For the Amalekites and the Canaanites are there before you, and you will fall by the sword. Because you have turned away from the Lord, the Lord will not be with you.”

      (Num 14:44-45; But they dared to go up to the crest of the hill, although neither the ark of the covenant of the Lord nor Moses departed from the camp. So the Amalekites and the Canaanites who lived in that hill country swooped down and attacked them as far as Hormah.”)

       Remember Moses prayed to the Lord, “show me Your Ways that I may know You.” People must have revealed knowledge of God’s Ways and know His characteristics in order to worship Him in spirit and truth. It’s idolatry to practice customs and traditions established to honor imaginary gods.

       (Heb 11:24-26; “Moses grew up among such, but when God revealed Himself, Moses refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to be ill-treated with the people of God than to enjoy sin’s fleeting pleasure. He regarded abuse suffered for Christ to be greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for his eyes were fixed on the reward.”)

      Moses experienced God’s giving him a miraculous nature change. It’s the change we all must be gifted with, in order to be called Christian. Why? Without a miraculous nature change we’re spiritually weak, “pulls of the flesh and demonic deceptions are stronger than fleshly good intentions.” (Additionally, if we could choose for ourselves, how and when to be saved and practice God’s Ways spiritually, “it would amount to being saved by personal works.”) As with Abraham, our calling has nothing to do with our good works, “as was Abraham, Believers IN are chosen!”

      We’re chosen to demonstrate faith in the One who reveals Himself and makes covenant promises through Jesus.) Let’s study Romans 9: and pray for discernment like Paul’s, who was gifted to teach the connection between Genesis and God’s covenant Believing IN people.

      (Romans 9:1-24; “I am telling the truth in Christ (I am not lying!), for my conscience assures me in the Holy Spirit – I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were accursed – cut off from Christ – for the sake of my people, my fellow countrymen, who are Israelites. To them belong the adoption as sons, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the temple worship, and the promises. To them belong the patriarchs, “Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.” and from them, by human descent, came the Christ, who is God over all, blessed forever! Amen. (6) It is not as though the word of God had failed. For not all those who are descended from Israel are truly Israel, nor are all the children Abraham’s true descendants; rather “through Isaac will your descendants be counted.” (See Gen 21:12) (8) This means it is not the children of the flesh who are the children of God; rather, the children of promise are counted as descendants. For this is what the promise declared: “About a year from now I will return and Sarah will have a son.” (See Gen 18:10, 14.) Not only that, but when Rebekah had conceived children by one man, our ancestor Isaac – even before they were born or had done anything good or bad (so that God’s purpose in election would stand, not by works but by His calling) it was said to her, “The older will serve the younger,” just as it is written: “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.” (See Genesis 25:23) (14) What shall we say then? Is there injustice with God? Absolutely not! For He says to Moses: “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” (See Exodus 33:19) So then, it does not depend on human desire or exertion, but on God who shows mercy. For the scripture says to Pharaoh: “For this very purpose I have raised you up, that I may demonstrate My power in you, and that My name may be proclaimed in all the earth.” (18) So then, God has mercy on whom He chooses to have mercy, and He hardens whom He chooses to harden. You will say to me then, “Why does He still find fault? For who has ever resisted His will?” (20) But who indeed are you – a mere human being – to talk back to God? Does what is molded say to the molder, Why have you made me like this?” (21) Has the Potter no right to make from the same lump of clay one vessel for special use and another for ordinary use? But what if God, willing to demonstrate His wrath and to make known His power, has endured with much patience the objects of wrath prepared for destruction? And what if He is willing to make known the wealth of His glory on the objects of mercy that He has prepared beforehand for gloryeven us, whom He has called, not only from the Jews but also from the Gentiles?

      (Rom 9:25-29; As He also says in Hosea: “I will call those who were not My people, My people, and I will call her who was unloved, My beloved.’” (Hosea 2:23 & 1:10) “And in the very place where it was said to them, You are not my people, there they will be called sons of the living God.’”  And Isaiah cries out on behalf of Israel, “Though the number of the children of Israel are as the sand of the sea, only the remnant will be saved, for the Lord will execute His sentence on the earth completely and quickly.” (29) Just as Isaiah predicted, “If the Lord of armies had not left us descendants, we would have become like Sodom, and we would have resembled Gomorrah.” (“Not all those who are descended from Israel are truly Israel, nor are all the children Abraham’s true descendants; rather “through Isaac will your descendants be counted. rather, the children of promise are counted as descendants.”) True descendants of Abraham are spiritual Israelites, “Believers IN Jesus” “people called to be Christ like.” (The name Israel means “God fights.” “Israel means both a promise and a call for faith.” In essence, spiritual Israelites will have victory and receive the promises because God chooses. “Except for a few spiritual descendants of Isaac, this world’s populations would become like Sodom and resemble Gomorrah.”

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.