Plans for God’s chosen, chapter 2

12/12/2,019 God’s 9th Month, Av 14, 5,780    

To: In resident churches, people gifted with desire to be atOne with God.

We can share no greater gift than revealed spiritual understanding, hoping “God directs it as pleasing to Himself.” Watching a daddy teaching his child to ride a bicycle, running protectively beside, teaching to brake, exit, turn around and start up again. I thought, how much like my heavenly Father’s teaching, revealing, protecting, delivery and what an example of child like faith. Reminding me of Jesus’ words to His followers; (John 15:1-9; “I am the true vine and My Father is the gardener. He takes away every branch that does not bear fruit in Me. He prunes every branch that bears fruit so that it will bear more fruit. You ’followers of me’ are clean already because of the Word that I have spoken to you. Remain in Me, and I will remain in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it remains in the Vine, so neither can you unless you remain in Me. (5) “I am the vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in Me — and I in him — bears much fruit, because apart from Me you can accomplish nothing. If anyone does not remain in Me, he is thrown out like a branch, and dries up; and such branches are gathered up and thrown into the fire, and are burned up.

(15:7-9; If you remain in Me and My words remain in you, ask whatever you want, and it will be done for you. My Father is honored by this, that you bear much fruit and show that you are My disciples. “Just as the Father has loved me, I have also loved you; remain in My love.”)

Remaining in Jesus’ love is to believe IN, practice trust in His faith and mimicking His Way. It can’t be done by following any denominationalism.

God is all knowing, He gives to whom He will. He opens and mercifully gives stupor of mind according to His ultimate plan. He shapes individuals and nations according to His ultimate plan. See Jeremiah 18: about His Potter’s wheel.

Restoration through Confession - Repentance for God’s people in this age were preplanned by promise to Abraham. His called descendents are gifted with a desire to be Christ like and thus be delivered from this world’s system of things in similar fashion to Israel’s from Egypt. From God’s View Egypt represented sin, in today’s verbiage, “this world’s system of things.” Called out Believers soon realize God preplanned all things for His ultimate purpose in this and the age to come. Those who persecute God’s people have a reckoning.

Isaiah 14:24-27; “The Lord who commands armies makes this solemn vow: “Be sure of this: Just as I have intended, so it will be; just as I have planned, it will happen. I will break Assyria in My land; I will trample them underfoot on My hills. Their yoke will be removed from My people; the burden will be lifted from their shoulders. (Assyria metonymy stands for the entire group of nations to whom God‘s people are scattered.)

Isaiah 14:26-27; This is the plan I have devised for the whole earth; My hand is ready to strike all the nations. Indeed, the Lord who commands armies has a plan, and who can possibly frustrate it? His hand is ready to strike, and who can possibly stop it?”)

Israelites were scattered among pagan gentiles because of their stubbornness, their lack of reliance on the Lord God with whom they covenanted with. Spiritual Israelites have a new faith covenant since the One  with whom the first covenant was made died. (Hebrews 9:15-18’; And so He is the Mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the eternal inheritance he has promised, since He died to set them free from the violations committed under the first covenant. For where there is a will, the death of the one who made it must be proven. For a will takes effect only at death, since it carries no force while the one who made it is alive. So even the first covenant was inaugurated with blood.”) (Study the whole.) Now promises made to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob are perpetual and all Israel is to be saved.

Isaiah 46:8-13; “Remember this, so you can be brave! Think about it, you rebels! Remember what I accomplished in antiquity! Truly I am God, I have no peer; I am God, and there is none like Me, who announces the end from the beginning and reveals beforehand what has not yet occurred, who says, ‘My plan will be realized, I will accomplish what I desire,’ who summons an eagle from the east, from a distant land, one who carries out My plan. Yes, I have decreed, yes, I will bring it to pass; I have formulated a plan, yes, I will carry it out. (12) Listen to Me, you stubborn people, you who distance yourself from doing what is right. I am bringing My deliverance near, it is not far away; I am bringing My salvation near, it does not wait. I will save Zion; I will adorn Israel with My splendor.”)

God doesn’t break promises. Followers of Jesus can rely on those pertaining to Abraham’s descendents because they’re heirs of the promises. As God told Abraham about his descendents spending 430 years in bondage and was delivered on the exact date, Jesus foretold the events and times we find ourselves in today.

Promises to scattered physical and spiritual Israelites.

Leviticus 26:39-45; “‘As for the ones who remain among you, they will rot away because of their iniquity in the lands of your enemies and they will also rot away because of their ancestors’ iniquities which are with them. However, when they confess their iniquity and their ancestors’ iniquity which they committed by trespassing against Me, by which they also walked in hostility against Me, (and I Myself will walk in hostility against them and bring them into the land of their enemies), and then their uncircumcised hearts become humbled and they make up for their iniquity, I will remember My covenant with Jacob and also My covenant with Isaac and also My covenant with Abraham, and I will remember the land. (43) The land will be abandoned by them in order that it may make up for its Sabbaths while it is made desolate without them, and they will make up for their iniquity because they have rejected My regulations and have abhorred My statutes. (44) In spite of this, however, when they are in the land of their enemies I will not reject them and abhor them to make a complete end of them, to break My covenant with them, for I am the Lord their God. I will remember for them the covenant with their ancestors whom I brought out from the land of Egypt in the sight of the nations to be their God. I am the Lord.’”)

All God’s statutes are for the people’s good, including a Sabbath rest for the land. Remember God changed Jacob’s name to “Israel” meaning “God fights or fights for.” Today all followers of Jesus are spiritual Israelites; heirs with Abraham, thus prophecies pertaining to Israel include followers of Jesus. See Galatians 3:29.

Exhortation to Love God and one another is in both covenants.

Deut 10:12-22; “Now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you except to revere Him, to obey all His commandments, to love Him, to serve Him with all your mind and being, and to keep the Lord’s commandments and statutes that I am giving you today for your own good? (14) The heavens – indeed the highest heavens – belong to the Lord your God, as does the earth and everything in it. (15) However, only to your ancestors did He show His loving favor, and He chose you, their descendants, from all peoples – as is apparent today. Therefore, cleanse your heart and stop being so stubborn! For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great, mighty, and awesome God who is unbiased and takes no bribe, who justly treats the orphan and widow, and who loves resident foreigners, giving them food and clothing. (19) So you must love the resident foreigner because you were foreigners in the land of Egypt. Revere the Lord your God, serve Him, be loyal to Him and take oaths only in His name. He is the One you should praise; He is your God, the One who has done these great and awesome things for you that you have seen. (22) When your ancestors went down to Egypt, they numbered only seventy, but now the Lord your God has made you as numerous as the stars of the sky.”) (Circumcision of foreskin always looked forward to circumcision of the heart.)

Jeremiah 4:3-4; “Yes, the Lord has this to say to the people of Judah and Jerusalem: “Like a farmer breaking up hard unplowed ground, you must break your rebellious will and make a new beginning; just as a farmer must clear away thorns lest the seed is wasted, you must get rid of the sin that is ruining your lives. (4) Just as ritual circumcision cuts away the foreskin as an external symbol of dedicated covenant commitment, you must genuinely dedicate yourselves to the Lord and get rid of everything that hinders your commitment to Me, people of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem. If you do not, My anger will blaze up like a flaming fire against you that no one will be able to extinguish. That will happen because of the evil you have done.”

Jesus’ apostle Paul was gifted to understand circumcision of heart.

Rom 2:28-29; “For a person is not a Jew ’Christian’ who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision something that is outward in the flesh, but someone is a  Jew ‘Christian’ who is one inwardly, and circumcision is of the heart by the Spirit and not by the written code. This person’s praise is not from people but from God.”) Note that Paul equates Jew as Christian and so does Jesus in His revelations to John. See Rev 2:9, 3:9 and Galatians 2:14-18.

Only cure for stubbornness against God is a circumcision of heart, otherwise people imagine God to be one to their liking, one who isn’t absolute but changes with society.

(Romans 2:1-29; “Therefore you are without excuse, whoever you are, when you judge someone else. For on whatever grounds you judge another, you condemn yourself, because you, who judge, practice the same things. Now we know that God’s judgment is in accordance with truth against those who practice such things. And do you think, whoever you are, when you judge those who practice such things and yet do them yourself, that you will escape God’s judgment?”)

Rewarded for practicing “The Truth” not a truth but The Truth

“these will be rewarded with eternal life.”

(Romans 2:4-8; “Or do you have contempt for the wealth of His kindness, forbearance, and patience, and yet do not know that God’s kindness leads you to repentance? But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath for yourselves in the day of wrath, when God’s righteous judgment is revealed! He will reward each one according to his works: eternal life to those who by perseverance in good works seek glory and honor and immortality, but wrath and anger to those who live in selfish ambition and do not obey the truth but follow unrighteousness.”

(9-11; “There will be affliction and distress on everyone who does evil, on the Jew ‘Israelite’ first and also the Greek, but glory and honor and peace for everyone who does good, for the Jew first and also the Greek. For there is no partiality with God.”

Unconverted people under the law.

(12-16; “For all who have sinned apart from the law will also perish apart from the law, and all who have sinned under the law will be judged by the law. For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous before God, but those who do the law will be declared righteous. (14) For whenever the Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature the things required by the law, these who do not have the law are a law to themselves. They show that the work of the law is written in their hearts, as their conscience bears witness and their conflicting thoughts accuse or else defend them, on the day when God will judge the secrets of human hearts, according to my gospel through Christ Jesus.”) Teaching others is teaching self too.

(17-20; “ But if you call yourself a Jew ‘Christian’ and rely on the law and boast of your relationship to God and know His will and approve the superior things because you receive instruction from the law, and if you are convinced that you yourself are a guide to the blind, a light to those who are in darkness, an educator of the senseless, a teacher of little children, because you have in the law the essential features of knowledge and of the truth –(21-24; therefore you who teach someone else, do you not teach yourself? You who preach against stealing, do you steal? You who tell others not to commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples? (23) You who boast in the law dishonor God by transgressing the law! For just as it is written, “the name of God is being blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.”

(25-28; “For circumcision has its value if you practice the law, but if you break the law, your circumcision has become un-circumcision. Therefore if the uncircumcised man obeys the righteous requirements of the law, will not his un-circumcision be regarded as circumcision? And will not the physically uncircumcised man who keeps the law judge you who, despite the written code and circumcision, transgress the law? (28) For a person is not a Jew ‘Christian’ who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision something that is outward in the flesh, but someone is a Jew ‘Christian’ who is one inwardly, and circumcision is of the heart by the Spirit and not by the written code. This person’s praise is not from people but from God.”)

Circumcision of the heart is a gifted desire to be holy because God is holy.

Philippians 2:13; “for the One bringing forth in you both the desire and the effort – for the sake of His good pleasure – is God.”

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