Genesis and the New Covenant, chapter 42

To: The Family of God, “people being made temples of His spirit” God’s Church  9/8/18, God’s 6th month, Elul 26, 5778 until sunset.

      Aside from revelations, the patriarchs knew God’s teaching brought forward through Noah. Appropriate times were set aside for sacrificial worship. (Genesis 4:3; “At the designated time Cain brought some of the fruit of the ground for an offering to the Lord.”) They knew the seventh day was set aside for thanksgiving, worship and looked forward to peace on earth. (Gen 2:1-3; The heavens and the earth were completed with everything that was in them. By the seventh day God finished the work that He had been doing, and He ceased on the seventh day all the work that He had been doing. God blessed the seventh day and made it holy because on it He ceased all the work that He had been doing in creation.”) God began setting aside His covenant people by having them circumcise their males, including servants on the eighth day. (Gen 17:9-11; Then God said to Abraham, “As for you, you must keep the covenantal requirement I am imposing on you and your descendants after you throughout their generations. This is My requirement that you and your descendants after you must keep: Every male among you must be circumcised. You must circumcise the flesh of your foreskins. This will be a reminder of the covenant between Me and you.”) That belonging covenant looked forward to the greater and spiritual circumcision of the heart. He had Jeremiah write the following: (Jer 9:25; The Lord says, “Watch out! The time is soon coming when I will punish all those who are circumcised only in the flesh. That is, I will punish the Egyptians, the Judeans, the Edomites, the Ammonites, the Moabites, and all the desert people who cut their hair short at the temples. I will do so because none of the people of those nations are really circumcised in the Lord’s sight. Moreover, none of the people of Israel are circumcised when it comes to their hearts.”)

       All compliances to God’s will for our good, NOT a works of the law to gain favor or salvation. We honor these things out of loving respect, because He is our God, NOT for show nor gain, but demonstrating to whom we belong. 

       (Mark 2:27; Then Jesus said to them, “The Sabbath was made for people, not people for the Sabbath. For this reason the Son of Man is lord even of the Sabbath.”)

      The Lord God Jesus rested and reflected on His re-creative and creative work on the seventh day, commanded that believers IN Him “His people” do the same. Never suggesting that keeping rules saved. The Pharisee types self-righteously do works “thinking to gain.” The holy scriptures teach “we can’t do the will of God perfectly from within our inherited sin nature.” Keeping God’s set aside holy times demonstrates our recognizing Him as Creator, Re-creator, Redeemer, Deliverer and Mediator. When Jesus returns the whole world will ultimately become to be at one with Him. Satan will be bound and ultimately destroyed; “knowledge of Jesus will covers the earth as water the sea.”

       God is allowing Satan to deceive the whole world to the degree of Sodom and Gomorra, “for His ultimate purpose.” From Sabbaths God set aside to “times honoring imaginary gods of paganism.” Satan has led Moslems to select the sixth day and professing Christians the first. When we recognize Jesus as Creator, we’re compelled to observe His Sabbaths.

      We have examples of God’s dissatisfaction with these types. Israelites wanted a king like the gentiles during Samuel’s day: God told Samuel. “they are rejecting Me.” The results are for our learning.

      Jeroboam was one of the bad kings. (1Kings 12:28- Jeroboam made two golden calves. Then he said to the people, “It’s too much trouble for you to go up to Jerusalem. Look, Israel, here are your gods who brought you up from the land of Egypt.” He put one in Bethel and the other in Dan. (30) This caused Israel to sin; the people went to Bethel and Dan to worship the calves. He built temples on the high places and appointed as priests people who were not Levites. Jeroboam inaugurated a festival on the fifteenth day of the eighth month, like the festival celebrated in Judah. On the altar in Bethel he offered sacrifices to the calves he had made. In Bethel he also appointed priests for the high places he had made.” Always study the whole.

        Needless to say, “The Lord God Jesus wasn’t pleased. Through Isaiah, He affirms distaste for assemblies of our own making.

       (Isaiah 1:13-20; “Do not bring any more meaningless offerings; I consider your incense detestable! You observe new moon festivals, Sabbaths, and convocations, but I cannot tolerate sin-stained celebrations! I hate your new moon festivals and assemblies; they are a burden that I am tired of carrying. (15) When you spread out your hands in prayer, I look the other way; when you offer your many prayers, I do not listen, because your hands are covered with blood. (16) Wash! Cleanse yourselves! Remove your sinful deeds from My sight. Stop sinning! Learn to do what is right! Promote justice! Give the oppressed reason to celebrate! Take up the cause of the orphan! Defend the rights of the widow! (18) Come, let’s consider your options,” says the Lord. “Though your sins have stained you like the color red, you can become white like snow; though they are as easy to see as the color scarlet, you can become white like wool. If you have a willing attitude and obey, then you will again eat the good crops of the land. But if you refuse and rebel, you will be devoured by the sword.” Know for certain that the Lord has spoken.)

      God cares about His reputation. Through Ezekiel He shares His disdain for Israel’s disobedience, His forgiving will toward them and His ultimate delivery.

      (Ezek 20:1-5; “In the seventh year, in the fifth month, on the tenth of the month, some of the elders of Israel came to seek the Lord, and they sat down in front of me. The word of the Lord came to me: “Son of man, speak to the elders of Israel, and tell them: ‘This is what the sovereign Lord says: Are you coming to seek me? As surely as I live, I will not allow you to seek me, declares the sovereign Lord.’ “Are you willing to pronounce judgment? Are you willing to pronounce judgment, son of man? Then confront them with the abominable practices of their fathers and say to them:

“‘This is what the sovereign Lord says: On the day I chose Israel I swore to the descendants of the house of Jacob and made Myself known to them in the land of Egypt. I swore to them, “I am the Lord your God.”

      (6-8; “On that day I swore to bring them out of the land of Egypt to a land which I had picked out for them, a land flowing with milk and honey, the most beautiful of all lands. I said to them, “Each of you must get rid of the detestable idols you keep before you, and do not defile yourselves with the idols of Egypt; I am the Lord your God.” (8) But they rebelled against Me and refused to listen to Me; no one got rid of their detestable idols, nor did they abandon the idols of Egypt. Then I decided to pour out My rage on them and fully vent My anger against them in the midst of the land of Egypt.”

      (9-11; I acted for the sake of My reputation, so that I would not be profaned before the nations among whom they lived, before whom I revealed Myself by bringing them out of the land of Egypt. “‘So I brought them out of the land of Egypt and led them to the wilderness. I gave them My statutes and revealed My regulations to them. The one who carries them out will live by them!”

      (12-13;  “I also gave them My Sabbaths as a reminder of our relationship, so that they would know that I, the Lord, sanctify them. But the house of Israel rebelled against Me in the wilderness; they did not follow My statutes and they rejected My regulations (the one who obeys them will live by them), and they utterly desecrated My Sabbaths. So I decided to pour out My rage on them in the wilderness and destroy them.”

      (14-17; “I acted for the sake of My reputation, so that I would not be profaned before the nations in whose sight I had brought them out. I also swore to them in the wilderness that I would not bring them to the land I had given them – a land flowing with milk and honey, the most beautiful of all lands. (16) I did this because they rejected My regulations, did not follow My statutes, and desecrated My Sabbaths; for their hearts followed their idols. Yet I had pity on them and did not destroy them, so I did not make an end of them in the wilderness.”

      (18-26; “‘But I said to their children in the wilderness, “Do not follow the practices of your fathers; do not observe their regulations, nor defile yourselves with their idols. I am the Lord your God; follow My statutes, observe My regulations, and carry them out. (20) Treat My Sabbaths as holy and they will be a reminder of our relationship, and then you will know that I am the Lord your God.” “‘But the children rebelled against Me, did not follow My statutes, did not observe My regulations by carrying them out (the one who obeys them will live by them), and desecrated My Sabbaths. I decided to pour out My rage on them and fully vent My anger against them in the wilderness. But I refrained from doing so, and acted instead for the sake of My reputation, so that I would not be profaned before the nations in whose sight I had brought them out. I also swore to them in the wilderness that I would scatter them among the nations and disperse them throughout the lands. I did this because they did not observe My regulations, they rejected My statutes, they desecrated My Sabbaths, and their eyes were fixed on their fathers’ idols. (25) I also gave them decrees which were not good and regulations by which they could not live. I declared them to be defiled because of their sacrifices – they caused all their first born to pass through the fire – so that I would devastate them, so that they will know that I am the Lord.’

      (27-30; “Therefore, speak to the house of Israel, son of man, and tell them, ‘This is what the sovereign Lord says: In this way too your fathers blasphemed Me when they were unfaithful to Me. I brought them to the land which I swore to give them, but whenever they saw any high hill or leafy tree, they offered their sacrifices there and presented the offerings that provoke Me to anger. They offered their soothing aroma there and poured out their drink offerings. So I said to them, What is this high place you go to?’” (So it is called “High Place” to this day.)

      (30-31; “Therefore say to the house of Israel, ‘This is what the sovereign Lord says: Will you defile yourselves like your fathers and engage in prostitution with detestable idols? When you present your sacrifices – when you make your sons pass through the fire – you defile yourselves with all your idols to this very day. Will I allow you to seek Me, O house of Israel? As surely as I live, declares the sovereign Lord, I will not allow you to seek Me!’

      (32-38; “‘What you plan will never happen. You say, “We will be like the nations, like the clans of the lands, who serve gods of wood and stone.” As surely as I live, declares the sovereign Lord, with a powerful hand and an outstretched arm, and with an outpouring of rage, I will be king over you. I will bring you out from the nations and will gather you from the lands where you are scattered, with a powerful hand and an outstretched arm and with an outpouring of rage! I will bring you into the wilderness of the nations, and there I will enter into judgment with you face to face. Just as I entered into judgment with your fathers in the wilderness of the land of Egypt, so I will enter into judgment with you, declares the sovereign Lord. (37) I will make you pass under the shepherd’s staff, and I will bring you into the bond of the covenant. I will eliminate from among you the rebels and those who revolt against Me. I will bring them out from the land where they have been residing, but they will not come to the land of Israel. Then you will know that I am the Lord.”

      (39- “‘As for you, O house of Israel, this is what the sovereign Lord says: Each of you go and serve your idols, if you will not listen to me. But my holy name will not be profaned again by your sacrifices and your idols. For there on my holy mountain, the high mountain of Israel, declares the sovereign Lord, all the house of Israel will serve me, all of them65 in the land. I will accept them there, and there I will seek your contributions and your choice gifts, with all your holy things. When I bring you out from the nations and gather you from the lands where you are scattered, I will accept you along with your soothing aroma. I will display My holiness among you in the sight of the nations. (42) Then you will know that I am the Lord when I bring you to the land of Israel, to the land I swore to give to your fathers. And there you will remember your conduct and all your deeds by which you defiled yourselves. You will despise yourselves because of all the evil deeds you have done. Then you will know that I am the Lord, when I deal with you for the sake of my reputation and not according to your wicked conduct and corrupt deeds, O house of Israel, declares the sovereign Lord.’”

       The old covenant had to do with circumcision of a chosen people. “Abraham‘s descendents.” Abraham believed IN God before He commanded circumcision as a seal of belonging.

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