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It’s all about the “Shadow”

I have spoke on this before, it bears repeating in away that we don’t forget.

God is so crafty in his word. God’s usage of ‘shadows’ or ‘symbolism’ or ‘Types’ or ‘allegory’, is so strung out thru out the old testament, which now that we think about this, should point to us that something different was coming that was different and better for God’s creation. God uses his narrative of history and mankind to bring out a story within a story. He is really a good writer, to do this. We are to read the scriptures as a narrative, but also a ‘shadow narrative’ underneath that tells another story of what God is really telling.

One such example that I will show you is a wow moment, but it itself can multiply with the continuance of the same theme to other areas in the bible. Leviticus, is a book in the old testament that is considered to be one of those books that when you read it, it will make you yawn or just skip over it because it is a description or a building plan for a temple which you are not really interesting in.

But it is actually key to know the ‘rest’ of the scriptures, in will allow you to ‘see’ things that you probably never seen before. One such thing is the story of the building of the temple and the detailed clothing of the High Priest. Studying the clothes on the high priest for the Temple in the old testament can then be translated as a shadow of things of the new covenant. The studying of various other things pertaining to the temple and of the high priest, is a basis for the new and Holy people of the New covenant that God is re-birthing his people.

The things that are on the clothes on the high priest are highly symbolic of the people of Israel. It was a representative of who they were and what they meant to God. God was using this storyline of a earthy temple and the intricacies of what the actual ‘temple’ was. Let’s look at what the earthly temple was to get things going. As like the story of Moses going up to the mountain top to be with God. It was the ‘going up’ to God on top of the mountain that was the picture that He was the God of Creation. It was the communion with God, that was key to this ‘Temple’. It was then that the ‘Temple’ was described in Leviticus in a human way, and a human hand. Although it was a sacred ‘Space’, it was only because it was filled with God, and not man.

It was this aspect of the Holiness that was missing from man that God had reformation for him to make the Holiness in everything of the ‘Temple’ and it’s communion. Mankind was filled with blemish, Man was made of clay,Man was of flesh, Man was without communion.

God had to complete Man, make him Holy, it would be the culmination of God’s Eternal Purpose for making Creation. Jesus, the Messiah, the Savior of all mankind. God’s design was for mankind to be holy as He, He was wanting that communion with his creation and all its Glory.

This is the story of God and his creation.

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and then it was fulfilled.

Where to begin. It seems that what I thought to be a norm, isn’t with everyone.

The reality of the law in the old testament of being fulfilled by Christ’s fulfillment of all aspects of it, in his dying and his resurrection of New Life after it.

The Law. What was it? What did it represent? What was the meaning of the law being fulfilled?

In Exodus is where the story of the law starts, In Exodus 24: 12 is the explanation of the law and it’s intent. The law was directed at God’s people that He appointed to represent Him in the world. It was for these people to ‘be different’, than all others in the world. They were to be His image in the world to show the world that this is who He is. People did realize that these people were different in their worship of just one God, their eating of select things, and their ways of living in the world accordingly to God’s laws.

God’s people, the Israelite’s were unable to fulfill this ‘law’, with their idolatry of other gods and worshiping them instead. It was attempt by man to succumb to it’s own ‘law’ to do what ‘man’ wanted to do. Man being ‘corrupted’ by himself, would never be able to ‘obey’ man’s law, let alone God’s law. God knowing this, sacrificed his son, to fulfill the law and also because God ordained it in the scriptures. It was so.

Idolatry is the sin of man, that turned God’s face away from his creation,man. It was to be the insult that God could not believe let alone stand for. It was God that was the creator of all the universe, including his world, and his creation, Man.

God’s Grace is sufficient. For All. God’s grace covers man and his attempt to control his own world around him for centuries is still grace. No matter how bad he gets in trying to control it by his own ‘laws’.

It is because God’s son Jesus the ‘Messiah’, fulfilling the law to it’s fulness, that it has become the end of the law, in reality of man. Jesus, tied to the heritage of King David and his decree that the ‘Savior’ would come to them. The old covenant to man was fulfilled and a new one was being instituted to man that would be able to fulfill this covenant to all men. God’s grace to man was being instituted to him by his love and faith in man, giving him another chance and ability to come back to their God.

God’s old covenant to man is done and fulfilled to the extent that one covenant can not take effect unless another has been complete, a new one can in come in to effect. Knowing this is key to our moving on in our understanding of God, and His ways, We are to come back to Him with a new and refreshing way to worship Him. It will be different this time.

Man was not able to do it in his own strength with the first covenant. In the second covenant, it will be different in it’s reality, It will be in the Spirit of God that is within us, that will be in the way of Worship. God’s world is defined by Him and by his creation, Man. It is this, that will bring man back to God.

It is this New Covenant that will unite God with his creation,man. Worshiping the one God, that created,watched after his creation and protected his image in the place that He created.

This is the fulfillment of God’s Eternal Purpose!

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Spirit of the Law

I wonder sometimes if we understand the difference of the two things. The Law and the Spirit of the Law.

One easy reference we can use and dissect the two is the Law of Moses and the ‘New Covenant’,the Law of Christ.

These two things are the same on the surface but they are totally different in reality.

Let’s look at the first one, “The Law”, it was given to Moses by God for His people, the nation of Israel to follow and heed them to the things of God. It was a human way of doing certain things that made them ‘stand out’ as a group as being different in the world. The three main things that made them stand out were of their food laws of eating certain things or not eaten of certain things. It was a ‘marker’ for Jewish men to be circumcised to be apart of God’s people. It was also a ‘marker’ for the nation of Israel to have specific religious days and rites to their God. These were all specific and obvious things for the world to notice in their daily rituals. They stood out in this time of society, it was that society was just the opposite in their rituals of obedience.

The second one, being the “Spirit of the Law” was different. It was not of the human ways of doing things, it did not pertain to the ‘ways’ of society. It was to be ‘distinct’ in its coming across to the believers of God, and was a showing of what was of the inside of mankind to just be as God. God’s ways, are different. They are ‘seen’ as coming from ‘above’ actions and beings. This is foreign to us even today, we still believe that we have to really ‘work’ at being different in the world to ‘make’ that difference that we think we have to be. This is what we call the difference between the “old covenant” and the “new covenant”, It is different totally in nature and actions. It is because the new covenant changed things, in realizing that the old covenant could not be fulfilled by the second party(the Jews), The first party, the originator of the covenant, then steps in to fulfill the covenant of ‘being the one’ to fulfill the covenant by doing and being the law. This is the New Covenant being set up for ‘new’ steps for Gods people to just ‘be’ His.

It is this ‘step’, God’s son Jesus, fulfills the old covenant as it should of been, but it showed the Israelites that they to were not capable to fulfill the law, as the gentiles could not of either. They were all in the same boat. This is a plural problem of ‘mankind’ that they were incapable to follow a law or laws. Mankind was/is tainted. We need Help!

Help was on it’s way with the God’s son, Jesus to follow the law, and was the law, so to put the law in God’s hands to be accomplished. The Law as we understood it was now irrelevant to us, because we were and still are unable to fulfill these ‘laws’ as mankind wanted to.

God has now brought in His Son, Jesus to follow, in all aspects of our lives, All of our Lives. For it was mankind that failed, not just a few, or a group, a race, or appointed ones to fulfill the things of God. He is giving all the blessings of himself to all men and women to live in the Kingdom of God!

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Two shall become one

You probably have heard this phrase a million times over your life in various ways.

If you are married, you probably heard it in your ceremony of nuptials. This is the allegoric phrase that is used to say that two married will come together as one in union to live as one. It is, as always a phrase that is used to point out a union, a mixing of things to become one in whatever instance it is used.

This “Two shall become one” is again used in the story of God and His people. But two people would you be talking about? For those people that are familiar with the story of God and Gospel of the New Testament, their is a distinction of two people that defined as God’s people and ‘Gentiles'( those that weren’t God’s people), it was that simple. The story of ‘God’s people tho is a long and drug out story of the ups and downs of a people that were supposed to committed to a covenant with their God. It is this story that I would like to tell a side that has not been really told or understood in our storyline of the Gospel.

The storyline that has been really emphasized is the one of the gentiles and their struggle to leave their idols and gods behind them and to know the God of Abraham. This story has been told and retold and summarized, pulpit beating, Hell threatened, God is coming, Satan is after us to who all else knows! But I think that we may have missed something that might be key to our understanding to our side of the equation of the two becoming the one. It is what the other side is told to give up, for they were given a “new and better way of doing the thing of worship”.

I would like to point out here that this is probably true coming from the other side from the Jewish to the ‘gentile’ issues. But I think maybe on both sides we have a bigger issue that also needs to be addressed, and that is lack of digging deeper into what Paul was saying in the scriptures, about the reason that God sent his son and what that meant to ‘God’s people’ and also to the gentiles. But we will dig deep into just the one side of it. The Jewish side of it.

For the Israelite’s it was a stay the same for them scenario, Jesus’ arrival onto the scene, didn’t change anything for them(Religious authorities),they were looking for the proverbial ‘Knight on the white horse’ to save them from the bondage that they were facing in the Roman world. But whether they believed it or not, it was so. It was a different story with the ranks below them that some believed the God of Abraham had sent his Son to dwell with them to bring them out of slavery.

It was the ones that believed within the Israelite’s(also the gentiles,but just talking about the Israelite’s) that were told that their ‘ way’ of being marked as a God image was changed. It would not be the sacraments that they were used to. No longer would they be ‘officially’ God’s people by the circumcision of the men, the mandatory food laws to be strictly enforced, the Temple would not be the building that they where used to by their Kings of their forefathers, no, it was to be ‘Christ in Us’, and as a bonus togetherness, we would be ‘in Christ’! This would be so wonderful for God’s people(also for the Gentiles). But the problem for the people of God this was so irrational, and goes against what God has told them over and over again thru their forefathers. This was also a very humanistic solution for man’s problem. It was a solution for whole world, that would say that it would only take the right man to put in power to solve the problem.

God’s solution was better, It was Him.

Let’s go back to the solution for the Israelite’s and what the Gentiles and I mean mainly the christians that have heard the gospel, that it seems that we have took up the ways of old, and are working withing the system of the Israelite’s, we have gone back into slavery, which Paul was telling the believers of Jewish background that they kept going back into, but why?

It is this problematic scenario of the christian believers now that have fallen back into the ways of old, that we can’t go back into the old covenant. We are in the ‘New Covenant’! Jesus’ death and resurrection has brought us into the New Covenant!! It is New!

Let’s look at the three thing that I believe that ‘We’ as christians have been ‘working within the parameters of the old covenant and trying to work as tho we were in the New Covenant! You can’t. It’s stupid to think that we could. I believe we either didn’t realize we were doing this or we ‘really didn’t know we were doing it’.

Circumcision, let’s face it this is an outside ‘marker’ of God’s people, but it was ‘hidden’ within the world. This is in itself not a ‘saving gesture’ of God.

Food laws, is in reality a very life changing thing for anyone, let alone for the Jewish sect of God’s people. This commandment was a ‘gesture’ of putting them in the world as ‘different’, it was at first a good thing, to ‘see’ you God’s people were. But in itself was not going to be a ‘saving gesture’ of God’s plan. It was the plan of the Israelite’s eating with others, because now it would not be an issue of what was ‘clean’ of God. It was now considered ‘all clean’ for everyone.

Now we come to the issue that I think is our biggest stumbling block of all. It is the ‘Temple’. Do you ‘see’ from what I have very briefly said about what happened with Christ’s death and resurrection changed things for both sides. For which neither side has done a very good job of adhering too. But it is gentiles that we are working on now, that we need them to see that what the Israelite’s were giving up, they must also.(the physical temple of God, God changed this thru his Son) We are ‘in Christ, and ‘He is in Us’, this the same action as what the Temple and the High Priest were doing every time they went into the ‘Holy of Holies’ room.

This action is what is needed, along side the other two things that the Jewish people needed to believe that God was not only in them but in everyone in the world, after all everyone is God’s image and likeness!!

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New covenant

I see three instances in the scriptures that show a covenant with God’s people, with the first one not realized at all, and the third one reverting back to the first. The second is the one that is always remembered.

Say what? Let me point out that this is not talking about the usual covenants with certain people that God used throughout the bible to use as a benchmark for his people but an underlying covenant that God uses for us to use as His eternal purpose.

God, without saying a thing, set the stage on how and why He designed the world for his people. The garden of Eden was the world in which man was created for, all the dynamics were set, the world was man’s to enjoy and to enjoy with the Creator, God. This was the bond, or covenant that God had designed and created for man and himself. It was an eternal purpose.

The second is the most obvious one, with Abraham it was a big deal, it was a very pronounced ordeal with God having Abraham come to his abode to talk to him about a covenant between His people and Him. The top of Mt. Sinai being God’s abode, and the intersection of man’s world being the physical location of the top of the mountain itself. This was the only identity of God’s relationship with his creation at a very precise location and spot.( as opposed to the whole of the earth, in the Garden of Eden) This is what it became because of the selfishness of man to want to rule God’s world. God distanced himself from his creation, and let him run his course to let him exasperate himself to his own ways, to no avail.

Mankind has continued this journey over the centuries to rule this world, with many turmoils and heartaches, which we are always saying that we can do it better, thru different plans, different programs and even different paradigms. (does this sound very familiar? your church, the church.) The world’s ways have bled over to the institutional church for their excuses for failure on why we can’t run the world or be the church. Matthew 16:18.

The covenant, which is said in a less traditional way by telling us to be a new creation, which by reasoning we have to revert to the original creation’s format of God and man living intertwined with each other in their home. What we can also deduce is that in this creation, God has created a world which contains a surprising four things. God,Holy Spirit,Mankind, and Jesus.

Another, aha moment. God being the creator of course is represented, with the Holy Spirit being there with the mention in the very first verses,mankind(adam and eve) and of course, Jesus. Jesus is represented thru Himself and man thru the woman(eve,and the second eve, the church). This is something that we fail to see in the whole picture of God’s storyline.

What is absent in is picture of the beginning of God’s world, is a vision statement(something we of the “church”, think we must have) God’s intention was just ‘to be’, to be with his creation, it was a one in one experience. God in us, us in God. If we can understand this concept we can see the design of God’s people that He wants. We have to ‘see’ this, because you see God could of made all of mankind together, all millions at the sametime and we would associate this as ‘us’ and being the important part of the picture, the millions being the catalyst for being the focus of God’s world. But it isn’t, it is the ‘man ‘being the image of himself, not the comradery of millions of people together. It is the meeting of God and man, not man and man.

This is a paradigm that we must change. It is not biblical.

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Covenant

Has the word ‘Covenant’  been swept away in christianity message of today? Have we only understood the ‘old covenant’ for Israel, and the new covenant to be passe’? Why do we not connect the dots from the old to the new, and see it’s relevance? Do we see God working in everything that was brought in the new covenant? People, places, stories,parables,symbols, foreshadow, all work together to show the foundation of the ‘new covenant’. Our first priority has to be understanding the old first. What it meant, what it was, what it was to God,who it was for, are the questions that we must understand to see the relevance of the ‘New’ and see how things changed but were better!

My heart goes out to all believers to understand in a deeper way the old covenant and what it was. It was not a black and white(1-10) issue as we have made it to be! I pray that as believers we can sit down and look at this covenant of God with his people, and truly see his desire for Him and his children.

And then we will look at the new covenant.

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Same song,different verse

I, in my blogging history have touched on this subject a few times but in different ways. I have had one blog in particular that had some good conversation on it coming from different sides but let me come again with a different twist.

The subject “The old testament(covenant) is dead”. Now this statement in its present wording (I believe) is correct. I believe that what could be the issue in this subject is our understanding of the words testament,covenant.

Let’s look at the word covenant first, covenant is the relation between two parties that have agreed on  promises to each other.

A testament is a confirmation of a such covenant,like a will and testimony of a passed on family member.

What I will maybe reword my past believing quote is that the Old Covenant IS dead,(because a new one is in effect) but the fact that the Old Testament is Yes,still alive. It is a said statement of God and His relationship with His people.

But the main emphasis here to understand is the old covenant is over and Christ is the new Covenant.

Let me show you how this is possible with the New Covenant(testament). Yes, the N.T..

The Bible,God,Spirit is really amazing in it’s just coming to you in such a way that opens your eyes and your mind to what God is doing in His infinite wisdom of his eternal purpose.

Do you even notice on how many times the writers of the new testament quote,mention,refer to the old testament? There is anywhere from 200 to over 600 complete verse by verse quotes to some kind of references of the old scriptures. This is at least a minimum of 10% of the new testament is from the old.

Now this is my take on this, pointing back to the old testament must of been a important commentary on the new testament to do this. If we are to really understand the significance of this method of inspiration by the authors we will have to go past the obvious.

Quoting something from the past is just that, the past. Whether it came from someone that we just met or from some esteemed dignitary it has to been really understood to make sense. The references going back to the old covenant, was and still is “for” God’s people, whether they be for the children of Israel or for His People today!

Remember, these “past” remarks were said in front of God’s people(children of Israel) and they didn’t understand the real meaning of God’s word’s. I sometimes see us as the “New” old children of Israel.(This is actually a blog that I am working on,the similarity of the two identities.)

We as God’s people have to have the mind of God to be in the spirit with God. This is a very important key to walk with God. I guess that is why Romans 12:2 has been one of my verses to know.

Romans 12:2 – And do not be fashioned according to this age,but transformed by the renewing of the mind that you may prove what the will of God is,that which is good and well pleasing and perfect.

Our mind is a key intricate path to God’s understanding of his eternal purpose. My mind needs more help than others it seems on some days, but I pour myself into Him, whether it be in His word,prayer,or in solitaire waiting for his whispering in my spirit.

God’s covenant with His people is two fold. One, It is with an identity, a “corporate” one, not a singular method of acclaiming,(we have to re-look at this at the thinking of the evangelicals that has made what they are today,and the message they are sending. His people are already His people, He just needs them to come back to him, not we need to get everyone on board one by one to get “His” people together.) This is a real thought provoking thought, think on it, and study it. Deuteronomy 30 is a good place to start.

Secondly, the first covenant, was just test, sorta, it was to show His people that they could not find or more importantly show them that they could not “do” the covenant and succeed. They would fail, and they did. I think they thought they eventually would tho?

The second covenant, or the New Testament, was that His People, through Christ  would be that perfecting people of God that He had planned for them. They would be indwelt with Christ,Spirit, and God.

After all, isn’t this what He was referring to in 1 Corinthians 6 :17!

*For some insight into God’s eternal purpose I highly recommend that you do a study on “second’s” of everything in the bible. You will be blown away after you do!!

 

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The old is over,the new is now.

I struggle with church in so many ways but this one could be the biggest one that I see that hinders it the most.

The old covenant is over and the new covenant takes it’s place as is now the Covenant that is God’s promise to us.

Let is look at this closer, church I believe has seen or heard of the new covenant but has relied on the old covenant to live. We try to instil the principles of the old covenant into the new covenant to continue the promise of the Lord. But this is not the same.

There are many examples that we can choose from, just look at our practices of faith, and our works, do they mirror the ones of the jewish nation as to going to the temple and having sacrifices, or having ordinances, or regulations that we have to follow.

The old testament was an example of a people trying to be a people of God, thru living the laws of God, which were only there to prove to them that they would be unable to follow because of their fallen state. We were not ever going to be perfect enough to follow the laws of God. Our nature was and is not ever going to allow this.

So something or a new nature had to come in to replace the old. God’s people, the Israelites, and even us today have mingled both covenant’s together thinking that this is the way to precede.

We need to know that the first one is dead, the new one is alive! Because Christ is alive, the law is dead because it does not lead to Life.This is so important to understand in many ways, which we will only touch on one now.

Let’s look at a verse that will be glowing to us in this understanding of the new covenant.

Matthew 17:4 (Recovery Version)And Peter answered and  said to Jesus,Lord, it is good for us to be here;if you are willing,I will make three tents here,one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah. 5 While he was still speaking,behold,a bright “cloud overshadowed them, and behold,a voice out of the cloud, saying, This is My Son, the Beloved,in whom I have found My delight. Hear Him! 6 And when the disciples heard this they fell on their face and were greatly frightened. 7 And Jesus came to them and touched them and said Arise, and do not be afraid.  8 And when they lifted up their eyes, they saw  no one except Jesus Himself alone.(Recovery Version)

To understand this passage we need to understand Peter and the disciples at this moment of time. To understand peter and the disciples in this, is first to understand the symbolism of Moses,Elijah and Jesus.

Moses,was symbolism for the Law, Elijah, was the symbolism of the Prophets, and Jesus, was symbolic of the new covenant. Peter,disciples were mixing all three of the covenants together as tho they were to work together as the new. But no, God’s intervention into Peter’s building of three tents to three  symbolic periods was meshing of the old and the new together. The old was over, there is only one now. Even Peter and the Disciples had to understand this.

Look at verse three, then look at verse eight, now you see three and now you don’t. you only see one, Jesus.

The New is now and has been for awhile since Jesus Resurrection.

I pray that we as “Overcomer’s”, that we can  see one and only one thru our eyes,Jesus.

May we live out our new understanding of the “New Covenant”!

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