Posts Tagged ‘Israel’

Jesus had come to be one of us, perfect in relationship with God, the Father. Jesus lived his life as example that Man could walk with God in perfect unity. Then, he traded that life to fulfill covenant promises made so that we can have that same life of unity with God, the Father. Because of what Jesus did, we can be one with the Father; if we accept it and walk in it. Many, too many, are passionate in their belief that what they are doing is right; even when it is wrong. Jesus prayed, while on the cross being mocked and ridiculed, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”[1]


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If all we do is study the Bible to study the Bible we only have another religion. And, too many do. If we study the Bible to better know who God is, to learn His voice, to learn what it is He has done, to learn what it is He will do and will do again, so we can have a relationship with Him, then we study the Bible to better support a relationship – not a religion.


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Random thoughts. It is an apt description. I have so many thoughts running around, colliding, in my head. The roar at times is like a stirred up hornets’ nest. But I manage and bounce from thought to thought, coming back to various ones then they are gone into the whirlwind vortex of flashing thoughts.


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On September 10th, the #POTUS, Barack Obama, mentioned Syria did not abide by international law. What governing body edicted this law that is required to be internationally obeyed? My short research on the subject could not find any such dictating and enforcing entity. It is not the UN. So, who?

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Many times this teaching gets pushed out of proper alignment by ‘get rich’ theology. They teach it as if it is ‘get rich for my own good.’ But, that was not and is not God’s perspective on why He gave us the power to get wealth. There is a purpose to it. (See Deut 8.18)

1. Live well. Yup, that is one of the things that wealth is for; but not the only thing about wealth and why He wants us to have.

2. Establish His covenant. Even if you are a complete loser, God will bless you if you obey His bible. Because, God promised Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob He would bless their descendants if they obeyed. He is more concerned about His promise being fulfilled. Those in Christ are adopted into the family through Jesus.

3. There are things to do with the increase. God never told any of Adam’s descendants to stop doing the original mandate: tend the garden, have dominion over everything, have rule over it, prosper what you are tending and dominating, and multiply that… fill up the whole Earth. You can’t do that if you are broke.

4. A sign and a witness: why would anyone follow Jesus if they have to give up everything and live as paupers? Answer: they wouldn’t. There is a false teaching out there that to come to Christ and be in God’s family you have to be broke, poor, and have nothing. That is not very biblical, but some have made a popular theology out of it. It is a lie. There were many who were prospering because of their trust, obedience, … dare I say faith, in God. Paul wrote about several who supported him as he traveled and when he couldn’t make tents.

5. God has an agenda of His own. Yes, one of the reasons for wealth is God’s own agenda and He wants to share that with us… with you; if you will let him. I say, “Come on wid’it, God. Let’s see what we can do together.”

“’nuff said.” (Borrowed from Stan Lee, comic book legend)

It all starts with actually calling to God, the Holy One of Israel, through Jesus Christ. I know what most of you are thinking and you’d be wrong. Test Him in it and find out for sure. Just call out. He has your number.

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I. We know this

Hebrews 11.1 KJV:
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

If you have been in church for more than one year you may have heard this verse. It is a popular reference for discussing ‘faith’, what it is, and what it is not. You may have heard the dissertations and the break down exegetically, word by word. You may have even studied this verse on your own. So we know this verse. Faith equals substance equals stuff hoped for equals evidence even though not seen. We know this.

Be teachable. Allow God to show us something new every time we read the scriptures.

When exegeting the scripture – breaking it down word by word, it is best to remember what went before that led to the point you are now. Chapter 11 is preceded by Chapter 10. What happened in Chapter 10?

II. Entering In

Hebrews 10.1-6 KJV
“For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect. For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins.  But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year. For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins. Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me:  In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure.”

Before ‘faith’ there was the ‘law’. The law was all about stricture; what you could and could not do. It was regulation and requirement. It proved Mankind’s best efforts at personal righteousness failed repeatedly. Acts and substitutions by the hand of Man would not cover it.

Hebrews 10.9-10 KJV
“Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second. By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.”

Jesus, Yshua Ha Massiach, The Anointed Salvation of God’s People (that is what Jesus’ name means), traded places. Rather than continuing in animal sacrifices, Jesus became our sacrifice and took upon himself our just punishment so that we could have no separation from GOD the Father.

Hebrews 10.15-18 KJV
“Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before, 16This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; 17And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.  18Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.”

The required sacrifices under the law have been replaced by a more permanent sacrifice, once for all. Those receiving that sacrifice enter into a new covenant and relationship with GOD. Rather than laws written on stone and paper, the laws were written into hearts and minds; meaning it is their heart and mind to do the will of GOD the Father. And God’s further part in this covenant is He chooses to not remember your sin and iniquities [acts making one not equal]. There is now no need for additional sacrifices for sin. You can enter boldly into the throne of GOD Almighty and call Him Abba Father.

III. Walking out the promise

  Hebrews 10.36-38a KJV
“36For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. 37For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry. 38Now the just shall live by faith:

It is a cross-country, long distance race. The terrain is not smooth. It is not a sprint. It is not a straight line, run all out, flat, even, short-sighted goal. There are many times that you will not, cannot see around the bend or guess at what is coming next. You must persist. Distance running requires patience and focus on the goal and talking to yourself. Many times, you will need to encourage, cajole, or just plainly make yourself continue. Because, you have an end goal in mind, even if you do not see it, you know it is there. You press on toward your promise. The long distance runner makes their ‘faith’ happen by active action in each and every moment. The will to continue is sometimes a huge struggle. The desire to quit is sometimes the only thought. Every pressure and pain can be screaming at you to stop what you are doing. You must exercise your control, your faith, your confidence, your will to continue on to the end.

Know this: this race has been run by many others before you and they ended it well. If you cannot run, walk. If you are tired of both, learn to fly.

Isaiah 40.31 KJV
“But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”

IV. Now Faith

When running, or some other physical exertion, ‘right now’ can become a really long moment. Time can seem to stretch forever because of the pressures or the energy expended to maintain the level of performance. That is a perfect reminder that our ‘faith’ must be a ‘right now’ faith.

The faith and Bible teacher Kenneth Copeland observed that every time you say “now” it is “now”. At that point in time, it is “now,” immediate, occurring at this instant. In the same way so should be your faith.  Right now.

  Hebrews 11.1
  “Now faith …”

After having discussed the difference between law and the new covenant, we come to faith. Under the law there was sacrifice and regulated obedience. Under the new covenant the law is written in the heart and mind. It becomes the will of those in the new covenant to do GOD’s commandments. What has to be accepted is that Jesus completed that covenant, fulfilled that righteous requirement of the old law to make available the covenant and the new law, and performed the final sacrifice to stay the judgment of GOD. All must now exercise ‘faith’ [hope, confidence, trust] that what Jesus did was enough, because we do not follow after the Law given to Moses or any other prophet.  Now we must daily – sometimes moment by moment – consider that ‘faith’ in the works of Jesus Christ is enough to stay the judgment of GOD for Adam’s sin and ours!

So, we come to the question “now faith…” and must exercise our decision to either live by faith or to not. Some have cast away all restraint and said there is no GOD, that they are their own god. Their faith is misplaced in whatever it is they believe. In surety, there is a GOD [YHWH Elohim] who chose Israel to be His people and out of them all the nations of the Earth would be blessed. The only real question is where we apply our ‘faith’.

V. Applied faith

Hebrews 11.1 KJV:
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

Any serious student of literature, any serious or casual student of the Bible, must realize that the book titled “Hebrews” was written to the descendants of Israel, who was born Jacob, son of Isaac, son of Abraham, who was born Abram. From Abram to now, all of the descendants realize, recognize, the GOD of Israel is real. He is a part of the Israeli culture, not just the ‘Jewish faith’. The Book of Hebrews tries to explain the theology between faith in the law and faith in Christ. In both instances, it is accepted that ‘faith’ is part of the equation. You either have faith, hope, confidence, trust that the obedience and sacrifice required of the law will save you or you have faith, hope, confidence, trust that the law was fulfilled in the prophesied Messiah who was/is Jesus Christ / Yshua ha Massiach and He will save you. What was accepted universally is GOD is who He said He is; therefore there is a judgment for sin and GOD’s righteous requirement due for sin.

Where do you apply your faith?
– No GOD of Israel
– Know GOD through the law
– Know GOD through His Messiah

VI. Substance, Evidence, Invisible

Hebrews 11.1 KJV:
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

Now, let us remove the question of ‘faith’. If ‘faith’ is a given, our suppositional truth – our basis upon which we build further, then we come to ‘in what’ or ‘in whom’ do we place our ‘faith’? If in the law, then practice the law wholeheartedly and seek the GOD of Israel in regulation and sacrifice. But if in the new covenant and the sacrifice once for all by Jesus, then practice those things He taught wholeheartedly and seek the GOD of Israel through the obedience and sacrifice of Jesus at the Cross.

So apply your faith / hope / confidence / trust. It is the substance of that thing for which you hope. And according to the writer of Hebrews, that hope is that Jesus Christ was enough to assuage the GOD of Israel from not judging you along with all other sinners, to freeing you from the law of sin and death, to giving you peace with your Everlasting Father, YHWH Elohim, the GOD of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and you.

This kind of faith is considered ‘invisible’, because it is a decision. The substance of your decision may be your countenance, your appearance of assurance. The evidence of your decision may be your unwillingness to do other than what is pleasing to GOD.

A further activity of faith in things hoped for and not seen is living out the benefits of being back in right relationship with the GOD of Israel. To those in the world and outside of GOD’s covenant through Jesus Christ, your life becomes factual as if substance, evidence, and the signs that the GOD of Israel is who He says He is – even though they cannot yet see Him. In you, they can see Him.
Part Two – Now Faith … Applied Benefits

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A Christian Nation … A nation can never be a ‘christian.’ The legal entity called a ‘nation’ is not a being. The head of a ‘state’ is not that ‘state’ either. A nation or the state was not made in the image and likeness of the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; nor can they ever be. A nation can however be made up of christians, and the governance of the same by christians.

Therefore, for a nation to be christian its citizen membership must be christian. And for its citizen membership to be christian they must be examples of the Christ who is Jesus, son of Mary, son of God, Messiah as prophesied.

To understand what the above two paragraphs mean, one must understand what is a ‘christian.’ The Judeo-Christian Bible states that it was in Antioch that those who followed Jesus the Crucified and Resurrected Christ were first called ‘christian’ – from the Greek, one who is like the anointed.

From a slur to a badge of honor, the moniker ‘christian’ has stuck as a name to all of those who follow Jesus Christ as savior and as lord.

To follow after Jesus truly, one must walk with Him to the cross and die: die to sin, die to self. After the cross came life. All those who believe accept in their heart that at the cross their every sin [acts of separation from God the Father] were put on trial, condemned to death, and laid upon Jesus who took on our separation and just punishment that we might live. Jesus took upon himself our sin, our shame, our just punishment, and died that He might overcome sin, death, and the grave to be Lord of All. On the third day He arose in His flesh, resurrected mortal flesh to put on immortality. He ascended to the Father to finish the sacrifice and to take His place in Heaven. He returned to Earth to confirm His witness that all of these things had been done just as the prophets of old had said. He walked among us 40 more days then was ascended to His place at the right hand of the Father in Heaven. He did not leave us orphans but gave us His Holy Spirit at Pentacost – a baptism of the Holy Spirit and of Fire.

To each who walks in the fullness of what Jesus sacrificed all to give, to them has been given the power to save the nations for Christ Jesus. To them has been given the power to change nations one person at a time until the whole nation walks with God through the Lord Jesus Christ. To them has been given the power to convert nations into a Christian Nation. Amen.

[Also posted at the group A Christian Nation here.]

© 2008 Dave Doc Rogers

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