Genesis and the New Covenant, chapter 32

To: The Family of God, “people being made temples of His spirit” God’s Church  8/23/18, God’s 6th month, Elul 12, 5778 until sunset.

      The nature we each inherited from Adam is hostile to the idea of total submission to our Creator. That hostility includes “individual rational to ourselves’ mentality.” Individually we have a divisionary ‘it seems to me’ rational on most everything. It’s hostile to “oneness with God.” To make us at one with Himself: “God the Father reveals our hostility, gives a desire to change “repent” then miraculously replaces hostility with a belief IN Himself mentality. The inherited from Adam nature is replaced with Jesus’ nature. Jesus referred to the change as being, “born from above.” It’s the spirit of reliance on Him for what’s right, wrong, good and evil in His view.

       It’s evident that God called Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, selecting and setting them aside for His purpose. For our example “God’s characteristics and manner of choosing for His purpose is revealed.” Changing Jacob’s name to “Israel” revealing it’s meaning is gifted spiritual knowledge, for  Believers IN Jesus. The word “Jew” is synonymous with “Israelite” and “Christian” in scripture. The by word for the tribe of Judah became “Jew.” Addressing two of His churches “Smyrna and Philadelphia” Jesus revealed the following.

      (Rev 2:9‘ “I also know the slander against you by those who call themselves Jews and really are not, but are a synagogue of Satan.”) To His church “Philadelphia” Jesus is more explicative.

      (Rev 3:7-9; “This is the solemn pronouncement of the Holy One, the True One, who holds the key of David, who opens doors no one can shut, and shuts doors no one can open: ‘I know your deeds. (Look! I have put in front of you an open door that no one can shut.) I know that you have little strength, but you have obeyed My Word and have not denied My name. Listen! I am going to make those people from the synagogue of Satan – who say they are Jews yet are not, but are lying – Look, I will make them come and bow down at your feet and acknowledge that I have loved you.”) As always it is incumbent on us to study the whole content of these scriptures.

      It’s evident that Abraham, Isaac and Jacob were spirit led to live separate from the unbelieving people surrounding them. They were not embarrassed at being different. They displayed no vanity, nor did they boast about their being chosen individuals. Again, these Patriarchs are example for Christ like living. Followers of Jesus in every age have been spirit led to separate from the world at large.

       (2Cor 6:16-17; “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.” (Quoting from Leviticus 26:12. Similar to Jeremiah 32:38. Ezekiel 37:27 and Isaiah 52:11) Jesus too, promises to do some separating.

      (Matt 25:31-34; “When the Son of Man comes in His glory and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne. All the nations will be assembled before Him, and He will separate people one from another like a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on His right and the goats on His left. Then the king will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.”) ALL God’s chosen will be there!

      Unbelievers Abraham lived among made gods of their imagination, “but knew it was wrong to take another’s wife.” After the ruler took Sarah into his home, and realized she was Abraham’s wife, he became fearful and returned her. Later a similar replay happened with Isaac. The powerful among these unbelievers customarily took choice women for their own. This created a fear in Abraham and Isaac, regarding their wives. The ways of unbelievers were the same when Jacob moved among them.

       (Gen 34:1-7; “Now Dinah, Leah’s daughter whom she bore to Jacob, went to meet the young women of the land. When Shechem son of Hamor the Hivite, who ruled that area, saw her, he grabbed her, forced himself on her, and sexually assaulted her. (3) Then he became very attached to Dinah. He fell in love with the young woman and spoke romantically to her. Shechem said to his father Hamor, “Acquire this young girl as my wife.

      When Jacob heard that Shechem had violated his daughter Dinah, his sons were with the livestock in the field. So Jacob remained silent until they came in. Then Shechem’s father Hamor went to speak with Jacob about Dinah. Now Jacob’s sons had come in from the field when they heard the news. They were offended and very angry because Shechem had disgraced Israel by sexually assaulting Jacob’s daughter, a crime that should not be committed.”)

       By this time, Jacob’s family are calling themselves Israelites. God led the Israelites to believe in a marriage commitment before sex. A custom not practiced by unbelievers then or now.

      (Gen 34:8-10; “But Hamor made this appeal to them: “My son Shechem is in love with your daughter. Please give her to him as his wife. Intermarry with us. Let us marry your daughters and take our daughters as wives for yourselves. You may live among us and the land will be open to you. Live in it, travel freely in it, and acquire property in it.”)  Seemed logical to the fleshly mind, but Jacob was gifted with a spiritual outlook. Remember all these things are written for our learning. (see Romans 15:4)

      (Gen 34:11-17; “Then Shechem said to Dinah’s father and brothers, “Let me find favor in your sight and whatever you require of me I’ll give. You can make the bride price and the gift I must bring very expensive and I’ll give whatever you ask of me. Just give me the young woman as my wife!” Jacob’s sons answered Shechem and his father Hamor deceitfully when they spoke because Shechem had violated their sister Dinah. (14) They said to them, “We cannot give our sister to a man who is not circumcised, for it would be a disgrace to us. We will give you our consent on this one condition: You must become like us by circumcising all your males. Then we will give you our daughters to marry, and we will take your daughters as wives for ourselves, and we will live among you and become one people. (17) But if you do not agree to our terms by being circumcised, then we will take our sister and depart.”) Jacob knew a casual cutting back of foreskin, was a token commitment, not a spiritual commitment to God.

      (Gen 34:18-23; “Their offer pleased Hamor and his son Shechem. The young man did not delay in doing what they asked because he wanted Jacob’s daughter Dinah badly. (Now he was more important than anyone in his father’s household.) So Hamor and his son Shechem went to the gate of their city and spoke to the men of their city, “These men are at peace with us. So let them live in the land and travel freely in it, for the land is wide enough for them. We will take their daughters for wives, and we will give them our daughters to marry. Only on this one condition will these men consent to live with us and become one people: They demand that every male among us be circumcised just as they are circumcised. If we do so, will not their livestock, their property, and all their animals become ours? So let’s consent to their demand, so they will live among us.”) Remember God has made Jacob and family very rich, both groups are deceiving.

      (Gen 34:24-29; “All the men who assembled at the city gate agreed with Hamor and his son Shechem. Every male who assembled at the city gate was circumcised. In three days, when they were still in pain, two of Jacob’s sons, Simeon and Levi, Dinah’s brothers, each took his sword and went to the unsuspecting city and slaughtered every male. They killed Hamor and his son Shechem with the sword, took Dinah from Shechem’s house, and left. Jacob’s sons killed them and looted the city because their sister had been violated. They took their flocks, herds, and donkeys, as well as everything in the city and in the surrounding fields. They captured as plunder all their wealth, all their little ones, and their wives, including everything in the houses.”)

      Gen 34:30-31; “Then Jacob said to Simeon and Levi, “You have brought ruin on me by making me a foul odor among the inhabitants of the land – among the Canaanites and the Perizzites. I am few in number; they will join forces against me and attack me, and both I and my family will be destroyed!” But Simeon and Levi replied, “Should he treat our sister like a common prostitute?”)

      (Gen 35:1-3; “Then God said to Jacob, “Go up at once to Bethel and live there. Make an altar there to God, who appeared to you when you fled from your brother Esau.” So Jacob told his household and all who were with him, “Get rid of the foreign gods you have among you. Purify yourselves and change your clothes. Let us go up at once to Bethel. Then I will make an altar there to God, who responded to me in my time of distress and has been with me wherever I went.”)

       Israelites had already accumulated idolatrous figurine gods, “likely resulting from when Rachel took her father “Laban’s.” Additionally the unbelievers around them used these idols. Now Jacob is spirit led to command that these be gotten rid of.

      (Gen 35:4-5; “So they gave Jacob all the foreign gods that were in their possession and the rings that were in their ears. Jacob buried them under the oak near Shechem and they started on their journey. The surrounding cities were afraid of God, and they did not pursue the sons of Jacob.”) God put fear in the people of the surrounding cities, just as He had put fear in the ruler’s mind that took Sarah in his home.

      (Gen 35:6-8; “Jacob and all those who were with him arrived at Luz (that is, Bethel) in the land of Canaan. He built an altar there and named the place El Bethel “God of Bethel” because there God had revealed Himself to him when he was fleeing from his brother. (Deborah, Rebekah’s nurse, died and was buried under the oak below Bethel; thus it was named Oak of Weeping.)

      Jacob knew God because God revealed Himself. (Believers IN, “Followers of Jesus” only know God, when He’s revealed. Seemingly, God spoke more to Jacob than to any other Patriarch. (Jacob - “Israel” represents the called of God.  Remember, the word “Israel” means, “God fights” or “God fights for.” Followers of Jesus are spiritual Israelites.

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