Plans for God’s people, chapter 23

Jan 21, 2,020. God’s 10th Month, Tevet 24, year 5,780     

To: 23,006 families, gifted with a desire to be atOne with God.

The worshiping Christians before spiritual Mt. Zion Paul speaks of, are “Believers IN” who’re gifted with a “circumcision of heart.” When Jesus made a covenant of circumcision with Abraham, He was looking forward to “God the Father’s calling out a people, “planting a love of Himself in their minds” and making them His chosen, atOne with Himself, “circumcising their hearts” “changing that inherited from an Adam nature,” to our Pioneer and Perfector Jesus’ nature and faith. This revelation to Moses may have been as “Moses looking through a glass indirectly, as in darkened.’”

(1Cor 13:12-13; “For now we ‘followers of Jesus’ see in a mirror indirectly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know in part, but then I will know fully, just as I have been fully known. And now these three remain: “faith, hope, and love, but the greatest of these is love.”) Loving God cures the hostility people have toward His laws. Knowing God loves us, cures the inherited desire of choosing for ourselves what’s right, wrong, good and evil.)

God hasn’t changed, His desires for His chosen’s well being in Moses’ day, is the same for converted followers of Jesus in this age.

(Deut 10:12-13; “Now, Israel, ’and you spiritual Israelites’ what does the Lord your God require of you except to revere Him, love Him, 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?”

(Deut 10:14-15; “The heavens – indeed the highest heavens – belong to the Lord your God, as does the earth and everything in it. However, only to your ancestors did He show His loving favor, He chose you, their descendants, from all peoples – as is apparent today.”

(Deut 10:16; “Therefore, cleanse ‘circumcise’ your heart and stop being so stubborn!”) (CLEANSE? Hebrew: “circumcise the foreskin of” referencing the Abrahamic covenant prompts Moses to recall the sign of that covenant, namely, physical circumcision. (See Gen 17:9-14) Just as that act signified total covenant obedience, so spiritual circumcision ‘cleansing of the heart’ signifies more internally a commitment to be pliable and obedient to the will of God. (See Deut 30:6; Jer 4:4; 9:26).

(Deut 10:17-19; “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.”) Study the whole.

Without God’s calling out and revealing Himself, “all follow the dictates of culture, what seems right through their training, schooling and inherited intellect. All individually decide for themselves, what’s right, wrong, good and evil. Without God’s revelations all are idolaters, but a world wide revelation is coming.

God’s future deliverance and cleansing is prophesied for Israel.

(Deut 30:4-6; “Even if your exiles are in the most distant land, from there, “the Lord your God will gather you and bring you back.” (5) Then He will bring you to the land your ancestors possessed, you also will possess it; He will do better for you and multiply you more than He did your ancestors. (6) The Lord your God will also cleanse, ‘circumcise’ your heart and the hearts, of your descendants’ so that you may love Him with all your mind and being and so that you may live.”

(Deut 30:7-10; “Then the Lord your God will put all these curses on your enemies, on those who hate you and persecute you. (8) You will return and obey the Lord, keeping all His commandments I am giving you today. The Lord your God will make the labor of your hands abundantly successful and multiply your children, the offspring of your cattle, and the produce of your soil. For the Lord your God will once more rejoice over you to make you prosperous just as He rejoiced over your ancestors, if you obey the Lord your God and keep His commandments and statutes that are written in this scroll of the law. But you must turn to Him with your whole mind and being.”)

Today’s followers of Jesus, genuine Christians, are a chosen called out people as was Abraham, Isaac and Jacob whose name was changed to “Israel.” (The name Israel is defined as: “God fights or fights for.”) Unlike the Israelites of old, “we spiritual Israelites are spiritual heirs of “the new covenant’s gifting Jesus’ faith in His death and shed blood for the remission of our sins. Physical and spiritual Israelites are heirs with Abraham. (See Galatians 3:29)

Israel’s Restoration through Confession and Repentance was preplanned.

(Leviticus 26:39; “‘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.”) (In other words ’what you inherited.’)

(Lev 26:40-43; “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 in to the land of their enemies) and then their uncircumcised hearts become humbled and they make up for their iniquity, (42) I will remember My covenant with Jacob, My covenant with Isaac, 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.”)

(Lev 26:44-45; “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. (45) 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.’”)

Man’s hostile inherited nature caused “circumcision of heart doctrine”

to evolved to a methodology of works for salvation.

(Jeremiah 4:1-4; “If you, Israel, want to come back,” says the Lord, “if you want to come back to Me, you must get those disgusting idols out of My sight and must no longer go astray. You must be truthful, honest and upright when you take an oath saying, ‘As surely as the Lord lives!’ If you do, the nations will pray to be as blessed by Him as you are and will make Him the object of their boasting.” (3) 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.”)

No uncircumcised of heart “foreigners” in New Jerusalem.

(Ezek 44:6-8; “Say to the rebellious, to the house of Israel, ‘This is what the sovereign Lord says: Enough of all your abominable practices, O house of Israel! When you bring foreigners, those uncircumcised in heart and in flesh, into My sanctuary, you desecrate it – even My house – when you offer My food, the fat and the blood. You have broken My covenant by all your abominable practices. You have not kept charge of My holy things, but you have assigned foreigners to keep charge of My sanctuary for you.”

(Ezek 44:9; “This is what the sovereign Lord says: No foreigner, who is uncircumcised in heart and flesh among all the foreigners who are among the people of Israel, will enter into My sanctuary.”

(Ezek 44:10-14; “‘But the Levites who went far from Me, straying off from Me after their idols when Israel went astray, will be responsible for their sin. (Remember some became Pharisees and some Sadducees.) (11) Yet they will be ministers in My sanctuary, having oversight at the gates of the temple, and serving the temple. They will slaughter the burnt offerings and the sacrifices for the people, and they will stand before them to minister to them. (12) Because they used to minister to them before their idols, and became a sinful obstacle to the house of Israel, consequently I have made a vow concerning them, declares the sovereign Lord, that they will be responsible for their sin. They will not come near Me to serve Me as priest, nor will they come near any of My holy things, the things which are most sacred. They will bear the shame of the abominable deeds they have committed. Yet I will appoint them to keep charge of the temple, all of its service and all that will be done in it.”) Study the whole.

Consider why the Lord Jesus did not want Adam and Eve eating from the “knowledge of good and evil tree.” Why followers of Jesus must come out from among unbelievers.

(Jeremiah 9:25-26; 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, ’people of remote parts of the world.’ 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.”)

Jesus’ apostle Paul explained.

(Rom 2:17-24; “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) 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? You who boast in the law dishonor God by transgressing the law! (24) For just as it is written, “the name of God is being blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.”) ‘Quote from Isaiah 52:5’

(Rom 2:25-29; “For circumcision has its value if you practice the law, but if you break the law, your circumcision has become uncircumcision. Therefore if the uncircumcised man obeys the righteous requirements of the law, will not his uncircumcision 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, (29) 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.”) Recipients’ of God’s gifted energizing Holy Spirit are a circumcised of heart people.

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