Way revealed to Abraham, Moses & Jesus’ apostles, chapter 20

To: In H      ome churches of God, God’s 7th month, Tishrei 10, 5,881, 9/28/2020

   Today is Atonement, ‘Yom Kippur’ on the Jewish calendar, the 10th day of God’s seventh month. Atonement is the fifth of seven annual Sabbaths set aside for contemplation regarding God’s amazing love. He loved and planned to make the way for our becoming family before re-creating this earth and making us in His likeness and image. 

 We reviewed last study, how Satan and his followers will make progress in their effort to camouflage God’s truth until the Most High will stop their ongoing apostasy. Satan is the reason most people are in a rebellion mindset as Israelites were when they looked at other nations to consider their gods. Israel couldn’t rid themselves of the pagan practiced learned in Egypt. People are no different today, until God supernaturally opens one’s mind and grants His gift of repentance each person is of the flesh.

    In explanation to Nicodemus Jesus explained, (John 3:5-8; I tell you the solemn truth, unless a person is born of water and spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit.  Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‘You must all be born from above.’ The wind blows wherever it will, and you hear the sound it makes, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.)

    Once worldly ways are engrained to the mind, only God can remove its desires. God’s care of Israel was reviewed with them and yet they continued practicing ways learned in Egypt. Their problems in this regard is reflected at Psalms 78.    

    (Psalms 78:21-69; When the Lord heard this, He was furious. A fire broke out against Jacob, and His anger flared up against Israel, because they did not have faith in God, and did not trust His ability to deliver them.

    He gave a command to the clouds above, and opened the doors in the sky. He rained down manna for them to eat; He gave them the grain of heaven. Man ate the food of the mighty ones. He sent them more than enough to eat. He brought the east wind through the sky, and by His strength led forth the south wind. He rained down meat on them like dust, birds as numerous as the sand on the seashores. He caused them to fall right in the middle of their camp, all around their homes. They ate until they were stuffed; He gave them what they desired. They were not yet filled up, their food was still in their mouths, when the anger of God flared up against them. He killed some of the strongest of them; He brought the young men of Israel to their knees.

     Despite all this, they continued to sin, and did not trust Him to do amazing things. So He caused them to die unsatisfied and filled with terror. When He struck them down, they sought His favor; they turned back and longed for God. They remembered that God was their protector, and that the sovereign God was their deliverer.

     But they deceived Him with their words, and lied to Him. They were not really committed to Him, and they were unfaithful to His covenant. Yet He is compassionate. He forgives sin and does not destroy. He often holds back His anger, and does not stir up His fury. He remembered that they were made of flesh, and were like a wind that blows past and does not return.

    How often they rebelled against Him in the wilderness, and insulted Him in the desert! They again challenged God, and offended the Holy One of Israel. They did not remember what He had done, how He delivered them from the enemy, when He performed his awesome deeds in Egypt, and His acts of judgment in the region of Zoan. He turned their rivers into blood, and they could not drink from their streams. He sent swarms of biting insects against them, as well as frogs that overran their land. He gave their crops to the grasshopper, the fruit of their labor to the locust. He destroyed their vines with hail, and their sycamore-fig trees with driving rain. He rained hail down on their cattle, and hurled lightning bolts down on their livestock. His raging anger lashed out against them, He sent fury, rage, and trouble as messengers who bring disaster. He sent His anger in full force; He did not spare them from death; He handed their lives over to destruction. He struck down all the firstborn in Egypt, the firstfruits of their reproductive power in the tents of Ham.

     Yet He brought out His people like sheep; He led them through the wilderness like a flock. He guided them safely along, while the sea covered their enemies. He brought them to the border of His holy land, to this mountainous land which His right hand acquired. He drove the nations out from before them; He assigned them their tribal allotments and allowed the tribes of Israel to settle down.

     Yet they challenged and defied the sovereign God, and did not obey His commands. They were unfaithful and acted as treacherously as their ancestors; they were as unreliable as a malfunctioning bow.

    They made Him angry with their pagan shrines, and made Him jealous with their idols. God heard and was angry; He completely rejected Israel. He abandoned the sanctuary at Shiloh, the tent where He lived among men. He allowed the symbol of his strong presence to be captured; He gave the symbol of His splendor into the hand of the enemy.

     He delivered His people over to the sword, and was angry with His chosen nation. Fire consumed their young men, and their virgins remained unmarried. Their priests fell by the sword, but their widows did not weep. But then the Lord awoke from His sleep; He was like a warrior in a drunken rage. He drove His enemies back; He made them a permanent target for insults. He rejected the tent of Joseph; He did not choose the tribe of Ephraim. He chose the tribe of Judah, and Mount Zion, which He loves. He made His sanctuary as enduring as the heavens above; as secure as the earth, which He established permanently.)

     (Psalms 78:70-72; He chose David, His servant, and took him from the sheepfolds. He took him away from following the mother sheep, and made him the shepherd of Jacob, His people, and of Israel, His chosen nation. David cared for them with pure motives; he led them with skill.) It’s prophesied, David will again sit on his throne. A characteristic of God our Father is that He does the choosing. Israel kept considering how other nations were doing and tried to compare. The many looked to their own understanding, their assumed intellect.

    Jesus had Paul compare Israel’s protection to the current spiritual.

    (1Cor 10:12-13; So let the one who thinks he is standing be careful that he does not fall. No trial has overtaken you, that is not faced by others. And God is faithful: He will not let you be tried beyond what you are able to bear, but with the trial will also provide a way out so that you may be able to endure it.)

    Reflect on the marriage covenant, it’s likened to the Lord God’s covenant with Israel, and today’s followers of Jesus; as husband, Israel His wife. Likewise Jesus is as a husband to His church

Same is taught in Hebrews with the way to perfect the conscious added. 

    Hebrews 9:1-10; Now, the first covenant in fact had regulations for worship and its earthly sanctuary. For a tent was prepared, the outer one, which contained the lampstand, the table and the presentation of the loaves; this is called the holy place. And after the second curtain there was a tent called the holy of holies. It contained the golden altar of incense and the ark of the covenant covered entirely with gold. In this ark were the golden urn containing the manna, Aaron’s rod that budded, and the stone tablets of the covenant. And above the ark were the cherubim of glory overshadowing the mercy seat. Now is not the time to speak of these things in detail.

     So with these things prepared like this, the priests enter continually into the outer tent as they perform their duties. But only the high priest enters once a year into the inner tent, and not without blood that he offers for himself and for the sins of the people committed in ignorance.

     The Holy Spirit is making clear that the way into the holy place had not yet appeared as long as the old tabernacle was standing. This was a symbol for the time then present, when gifts and sacrifices were offered that could not perfect the conscience of the worshiper. They served only for matters of food and drink and various washings; they are external regulations imposed until the new order came.)

      Today spiritual Israelites are followers of the same Jesus that delivered Israel through Moses. Israel’s stubbornness is our glaring example. The new covenant is with God’s spirit gifted people and perfects the conscience of the worshipers, making each AT ONE with God the Father and God the Son. So Paul could write to converted people about grace and eternal comfort.

      (2Thess 2:13-17; But we ought to thank God always for you, brothers and sisters loved by the Lord, because God chose you from the beginning for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and faith in the truth. He called you to this salvation through our gospel, so that you may possess the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, brothers and sisters, stand firm and hold on to the traditions that we taught you, whether by speech or by letter. Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who loved us and by grace gave us eternal comfort and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good thing you do or say.)

      Paul taught that followers of Jesus were chosen from the beginning, saved by grace, called to believe IN Jesus, His deeds and good news regarding sa

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