Genesis and the New Covenant, chapter 31

To: The Family of God, “people being made temples of His spirit” God’s Church  8/21/18, God’s 6th month, Elul 10, 5778 until sunset.

       All procreated people since Adam have inherited Adam’s “hostile toward God sin nature.” It’s the inherited desire to do “as seems right to the flesh.” Only the called to whom God reveals Himself; “have the gifted desire to be at one with Him.” They desire the spiritual mind likeness of Christ Jesus, “who never desired to usurp His Father’s will.” Abraham, Isaac and Jacob were not hostile, “but gifted with an obedient to the Lord God desire.” Jesus’ apostle Paul explained this Believer IN gifted attitude.

      Philippians 2:1-11; “Therefore, if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort provided by love, any fellowship in the Spirit, any affection or mercy, complete my joy and be of the same mind, by having the same love, being united in spirit, and having one purpose. Instead of being motivated by selfish ambition or vanity, each of you should, in humility, be moved to treat one another as more important than yourself. (4) Each of you should be concerned not only about your own interests, but about the interests of others as well.

      You should have the same attitude toward one another that Christ Jesus had, (6) who though He existed in the form of God did not regard equality with God as something to be grasped, but emptied Himself by taking on the form of a slave, by looking like other men, and by sharing in human nature. He humbled Himself, by becoming obedient to the point of death – even death on a cross! (9) As a result God exalted Him and gave Him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow – in heaven and on earth and under the earth – and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.”) When gifted to believe IN as did Abraham and Jesus’ apostles, “Jesus calls us friend.”

      (John 16:1-4; “I have told you, “followers of Me” all these things so that you will not fall away. They will put you out of the synagogue, yet a time is coming when the one who kills you will think he is offering service to God. They will do these things because they have not known the Father or Me. But I have told you these things so that when their time comes, you will remember that I told you about them.”) People killing others who disagree with them are self serving and demonic.

      Followers of Jesus need to understand; “things people mimic, immerse themselves in, look up to, entertain themselves with and practice are in fact their gods.” Understand: “not all professing Christians are followers of Jesus.” (People’s worship include figurines, denominations, individuals, buildings and places set aside for worship, things looked up to for guidance, books etc. and even an unbeliever’s own intellect often becomes their god.) Such idolatrous ways and practices that seem right “are the result of our inherited from Adam nature.” These things take people’s minds away from “seeking truth about creation, considering world conditions, what the prophets and Jesus said about this latter age. Causing the many to build their spiritual house on sandy soil.

      No family, cult or nation can stand long if divided. The USA and most countries are divided beyond repair “unless God supernaturally intervenes.” Most will be caught off guard when Satan’s divisionary ways culminate into chaos. God had His prophet Jeremiah write a condemnation of divisionary, practices designed to worship Baal and other gods.

      (Jeremiah 19:5; “They have built places here for worship of the god Baal so that they could sacrifice their children as burnt offerings to him in the fire. Such sacrifices are something I never commanded them to make!”)

      A question to entertain? “where did such practices and reasoning originate?” From Satan‘s lie; saying, “people are born to live forever someplace; that immortality is inherited for the good and bad!” (Thus, “if a child is born immortal, “sacrificing merely sends the child to another place.”) The point? ALL major religions hold to some form of this “immortality at birth” doctrine. From Satan’s lie comes the foundation of a, “heaven - hell doctrine.” Both branches of Catholicism, Protestantism, Moslems, Hindus and other, teach the same foundational lie. Satan doesn’t want us knowing the history of these cult doctrines. (See Gen 3:)

      The so called, Universal Church, ‘Catholic’ began for the purpose of separating gentiles from the Judo-Christianity doctrine. Inventing a pagan Jesus who condoned abominations He Himself spoke against through the prophets. They invited and often forcing people to join their movement. (True to Satan’s characteristics, he soon caused division between Western Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodox Catholicism.) Protestantism as we know it in the west, “sprang from the Roman branch.” The Roman church is weakened by Protestantism and people being taught to read the scriptures for themselves. The Eastern Orthodox Catholics have been successful with their hold on Eastern nations; “the Russia, Romania, Serbia block particularly have worked to keep divided Protestants out.” Eastern Priest marry and these countries have been more successful at keeping homosexual activity at bay. (Remember Sodom and Gomorra?)

      God purposely had Abraham, Isaac and Jacob lead their families and servants away from the unbelievers they lived among. (Thus, Isaac didn’t want Jacob to take a wife from the unbelieving pagans.) The New Covenant principle is; “Believers IN - Christians should not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. (See 2Cor 6:14) LIKEWISE, Jesus’ apostle Paul was led to teach Christians to separate from those who were not followers of Jesus. Study the following.

      (2Corinthians 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? And what mutual agreement does the temple of God have with idols? For we “Christians - Believers IN - followers of Jesus” 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.”)

       It’s incumbent on “Believers IN - Christians” who aren’t able to find congregations of like minded people, “to remain separate and wait on God’s revelations. (In the Psalmist day, music was set to the following worship.)

       (Psalm 46: “God is our strong refuge; He is truly our helper in times of trouble. For this reason we do not fear when the earth shakes, and the mountains tumble into the depths of the sea, when its waves crash and foam, and the mountains shake before the surging sea. (Selah) The river’s channels bring joy to the city of God, the special, holy dwelling place of the Sovereign One. God lives within it, it cannot be moved. God rescues it at the break of dawn. Nations are in uproar, kingdoms are overthrown. God gives a shout, the earth dissolves. The Lord who commands armies is on our side! The God of Jacob is our protector! (Selah) Come! Witness the exploits of the Lord, who brings devastation to the earth! He brings an end to wars throughout the earth; He shatters the bow and breaks the spear; He burns the shields with fire. He says, “Stop your striving and recognize that I am God! (the King James version reads, “be still and know I am God”)I will be exalted over the nations! I will be exalted over the earth!” The Lord who commands armies is on our side! The God of Jacob is our Protector! (Selah)

      Jacob, whose name God changed to ‘Israel’ was exalted because of promises to Isaac and Abraham. Their spiritual heirs are followers of Jesus. (Again see Galatians 3:29)

      Now the same deceiving Jacob that ask his brother Esau to give away his birthright in exchange for food and deceived Isaac in order to steal Esau’s blessing, “met God and received an attitude adjustment. Esau too, was given a forgiving mindset toward Jacob.

      (Gen 33:1-7; “Jacob looked up and saw that Esau was coming along with four hundred men. So he divided the children among Leah, Rachel, and the two female servants. He put the servants and their children in front, with Leah and her children behind them, and Rachel and Joseph behind them. But Jacob himself went on ahead of them and bowed toward the ground seven times as he approached his brother. (4) But Esau ran to meet him, embraced him, hugged his neck, and kissed him. Then they both wept. When Esau looked up and saw the women and the children, he asked, “Who are these people with you?” Jacob replied, “The children whom God has graciously given your servant.” The female servants came forward with their children and bowed down. Then Leah came forward with her children and they bowed down. Finally Joseph and Rachel came forward and bowed down.”) All in God’s plan.

      (Gen 33:8-14; “Esau then asked, “What did you intend by sending all these herds to meet me?” Jacob replied, “To find favor in your sight, my lord.” But Esau said, “I have plenty, my brother. Keep what belongs to you.” “No, please take them,” Jacob said. “If I have found favor in your sight, accept my gift from my hand. Now that I have seen your face and you have accepted me, it is as if I have seen the face of God. Please take my present that was brought to you, for God has been generous to me and I have all I need.” When Jacob urged him, he took it. (12) Then Esau said, “Let’s be on our way! I will go in front of you.” But Jacob said to him, “My lord knows that the children are young, and that I have to look after the sheep and cattle that are nursing their young. If they are driven too hard for even a single day, all the animals will die. Let my lord go on ahead of his servant. I will travel more slowly, at the pace of the herds and the children, until I come to my lord at Seir.”)

      (Gen 33:15-17; “So Esau said, “Let me leave some of my men with you.” “Why do that?” Jacob replied. “My lord has already been kind enough to me.” So that same day Esau made his way back to Seir. But Jacob traveled to Succoth where he built himself a house and made shelters for his livestock. That is why the place was called Succoth.”)

      (There are several reasons why Jacob chose not to go to Mt. Seir after Esau. First, as he said, his herds and children probably could not keep up with Easu’s warriors. Second, he probably did not fully trust his brother. The current friendliness could change and he could lose everything. And third, God did tell him to return to his land, not Seir. But Jacob is still not able to deal truthfully, probably because of fear of Esau.)

      (Gen 33:18-20; “After he left Paddan Aram, Jacob came safely to the city of Shechem in the land of Canaan and he camped near the city. Then he purchased the portion of the field where he had pitched his tent; he bought it from the sons of Hamor, Shechem’s father, for a hundred pieces of money. There he set up an altar and called it “The God of Israel is God.”) The God of Israel is Jesus, our Lord and Savior, the God who chooses and saves according to His will and purpose. The same Lord Jesus that wrestled with Jacob and changed Jacob’s name to Israel, has promised to return with power, resurrect His followers, set up His kingdom on this earth, bring scattered Israelites from around the world to their promised borders and make this earth a utopia. Let us wait on the Lord.

      We’re thankful for you subscribers and prayer partners. Your being there adds to our desire to teach the holy scriptures as Jesus would have us to. We thank God for revealing His Way and sharing His glory. (Primarily we teach one God inspired biblical book or letter at a time with other supporting text, “revealed commentary is spiritually used as a vehicle of faith in God.) We’re indeed thankful for the privilege. Followers of Jesus must be careful not to take the word of any person, revere any person, esteem any person as a spiritual father or one to be reverenced. Jesus’ apostle Paul explains to Christians

       (1Thess 5:16-22; “Always rejoice, constantly pray, in everything give thanks. For this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. Do not extinguish the Spirit. Do not treat prophecies with contempt. But examine all things; hold fast to what is good. Stay away from every form of evil.”)

      We’re spirit led to trust God’s Word regarding, “what is good and evil.” Our practices and living are accordingly. Believers IN are spirit led not to trust people who condones pagan practices and don’t acknowledge God’s Sabbaths.

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