The RX (Prescription) For Today's Christians!
This RX may not be easy for many of you to swallow, but I assure you it is necessary.
In every Christian Bible there are 4 key words that make for offensives and very anti-Semitic thinking beloved. These words have painted a wrong understanding for Christian Believers since they were first put into the Bible. They are the words that separate, and give a false understanding of who Yeshua is really is, and what His purpose was in coming in the first place. These words are: Old Testament - New Testament.
Beloved of God, using these words give most people the impression and understanding that the "Old Testament" is antiquated, out-of-date or obsolete. The Hebrew Bible is not, and will never be out-of-date! I know many who call themselves Christian, who do not even read from the first 39 books in their Bible. These are the Scriptures of the Messiah, Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Peter, James, and Paul! What would they say about this crime if they could speak now? I fear to say but it would be shocking I'm sure!
The words "New Testament" to most people mean, something brand new. However, that is not the proper Hebrew understanding of the word chadash - "new" found in Jeremiah 31:31 passage. "Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new Covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:."
Beloved, the word chadash Strong's #2319 - "new" is from the same root used for the words "new" and "moon." And we know that the moon is not a brand new every month. It is a "renewed" moon. The meaning according to Strong’s #2318 is this: chadash, khaw-dash'; a prim. root; to be new; cause to rebuild:--renew, repair. Strong's #2319 can also mean: "fresh." Now this is very key to our understanding about the New Covenant.
Then what should be the proper understanding of this word chadash - "new" used by Jeremiah the Prophet? The proper Hebrew understanding is that this Hebrew word chadash - "new" found in Jeremiah 31:31 really means: "renewed, fresh or freshing of the Covenant." This is the Covenant of Promise God made to Israel to give her life! In the first century just like today, the Rabbis are waiting for the renewing of the Covenant Promise made by God to Israel. They know that it will be fulfilled by "the Messiah" when he comes. Believers in Yeshua know when Messiah comes it will be for the "second time."
Can they help it if blindness in part has come on them till the fullness of the Gentiles come in? No beloved, this is God's plan for this age.
---"For I would not, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. And so ALL ISRAEL SHALL BE SAVED: as it is written, 'There shall come out of Zion the Deliverer (Isaiah 2:3,59:20), and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob (Israel): For this is My Covenant (of Promise) unto them, when I shall take away their sins. (Micah 7:19-20)'" Romans 11:25-27 (Adah Guzman Interpretation - AGI)
As a new Believer in the Lord, I was told this means just the remnant of Israel will be saved. Nay beloved, that is not what Rabbi Sha'ul (Paul) is saying HERE! Rabbi Sha'ul claim is that "ALL ISRAEL SHALL BE SAVED," let us leave it at that! Why put words into his mouth that are in the text, let us be not ignorant of this mystery! God knows who all Israel is! This is the hope today of many Jewish people, and it should be a Christians as well. They have suffered much because of the those from the Nations (Gentiles).
"For they (Israel) being ignorant of God's Righteousness, and going about to establish their own right standing, have not submitted themselves to The Righteousness of God (Messiah). For Messiah is the goal of the Torah's equity to every one that believes." Romans 10:3-4 AGI
So really Jeremiah could read this way and be correct: "Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a renewed (new- especially in its freshness) Covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah (all the seed): Not according to the Covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt (Ex 19,20); which My Covenant they broke, although I was a husband to them, saith the LORD: But this shall be the Covenant that I will make with the house of Israel (all the seed); After those days, saith the LORD, I will put My Torah (God's teaching, guidance, instruction) in their inward parts, and write it (Torah) in their hearts (Deut. 30:6); and will be their God, and they shall be My people." Jere. 31:31-33 AGI
We have Hebrew parallelism here with the words, inward parts, and their hearts. Two different words, but the same idea.
The first Covenant was written on tables stone, this Fresh Covenant would be written on the table of our fleshy hearts. Yeshua lifes blood flowing through our lives, and the Holy Spirit guiding us into all Truth (Torah).
Rabbi Sha'ul states: "Who also has made us able ministers of the New Covenant; not of the letter, but of the Spirit: for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life." II Cor. 3:6 - The day the Torah of God was broken, 3000 souls were killed. The day the Renewed Covenant Promise came (The Holy Spirit), 3000 souls were saved. The Greek word used here in this verse for "new" is Strong’s #2537, kainos, kahee-nos'; of uncert. affin.; new (especially in freshness).
Beloved, did you catch that? the Greek's had the understanding and awareness of the word NEW! This was to me astounding revelation when I first studied it out for myself. So the question is this, "Can the Word of God support this understanding that God Messiah will indeed do it all for Israel?" Beloved, it does!
God told Israel to circumcise the foreskin of their own hearts, and not to be stiffnecked any longer, Deut 10:16. This is what God wanted Israel to do for yourself! However they were incapable and powerless in doing the job because of the yetzer hara (the evil impulse) in fallen man. The yetzer hara (the evil impulse) is clearly the sin of Adam, which had stained all of mankind to come. "For as in Adam all die, even so in Messiah shall all be made alive." I Cor. 15:22 - God in His great steadfast love, in His steadfast faithfulness to them, would do this work for ALL ISRAEL one day by Himself, this is a mystery! This is the Promise the LORD God made to them and He is not a man that He should lie, so it will happen one day.
Look at this Scripture: "And the LORD your God will circumcise your heart, and the heart of your descendants, to love the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, that YOU (ISRAEL) MAY LIVE."
The Promise of a "fresh renewed Covenant" was given to the descendants of Israel in the land of Moab, the place called the "seed of the father" - Deuteronomy 30:6. However the renewing of this Covenant had "Promise" for the future attached to it! You may never have applied this before to Jeremiah 31:31, but Moab is where the "Promise" to ALL of Israel was first made. Not only was it made with those alive when it was given, but God made the renewing of Covenant oath to us today. The LORD our God, also made it with them that were not even born on that day - (Deut 29:14-15).
Blessed be His Holy Name!
Teachers teach, that this Covenant is a renewing of the first covenant given to Moses at Mt. Sinai, and I fully agree with this teaching. These teachers call this Covenant the "Palestine Covenant," which I do not agree with. This Covenant was made in the land of Moab, and Moab has a meaning: "seed of the Father," which I believe would be better name to call it. The reason being, it paints a wonderful picture that our God is trying to convey to us by the name. By using the name "Moab or Seed or Issue of the Father" we see the picture of one who would be born, as some say, by a illegitimate birth. Yeshua's mother Miriam must have heard much talk about how she was with child before her wedding day, I'm sure. Even in the first century people talked ugly about something like this. By all rights she could have been stoned to death for being with child. All the ramifications are to great to go into here. yet she was the one who would bring forth the Seed of the father, because it would be the seed of the woman who would allow the Holy Spirit to overshadow her.
Yet thinking on Ruth the Moabitess for a moment and what she said to her mother-in-law Naomi, just makes me want to weep. "...Entreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God." Ruth 1:16 - You see, even out of Lot's daughters incestuous relationship, God can and does work all things for good to those who are called, and this little lady from Moab was indeed called to be in the line of the Messiah. "And so we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His Purpose." Romans 8:28
The "Promise" then being the greater good, the circumcising of heart by God Himself, would take place in ALL who loved the God of Israel, so then even Ruth the Moabitess would contribute to God's plan on bring the "Seed of the Woman" to earth. (See my article on Ruth.)
The "Promise" First Spoken To Moses
This "Promise" was first spoken from the lips of Moses, then spoken again and elaborated upon by Jeremiah the Prophet (Jere 31:31-33). The LORD had appointed Jeremiah to be elevated, and to receive the full revelation of this Promise that was first given to Moses in Deut 30:6. The name Jeremiah means: The LORD had appointed - elevated of the LORD - Yah will cast forth.
Let us consider the words of Jeremiah the Prophet once again.
"And the LORD your God will circumcise your heart, and the heart of your descendants (seed), to love the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, that you may live (have life) - (Deut 6:5)." Not according to the Covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which My Covenant they broke, although I was a husband to them, saith the LORD (Ex 19; Deut 9:17): But this shall be the Covenant that I will make with the house of Israel (the whole house of Israel, Judah included); After those days, saith the LORD, I will put My Torah (teaching, guidance, instruction) in their inward parts (centre), and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be My people (Deut 30:6)." Jere 31:32-33 AGI
God through Moses tells His people what will befall them (Deuteronomy 30:1-5), and in verse 6 the Promise is stated by God.
1 And it shall come to pass, when all these things are come upon you (Israel), the blessing and the curse, which I have set before you, and you shall call them to mind among all the Nations, where the LORD your God has driven you,
2 And shall return (turn back to the starting point) to the LORD your God, and shall obey His voice according to all that I command you this day, you and your children, with all thine heart, and with all your soul;
3 That then the LORD your God will turn back your captivity, and have compassion (like a mothers love for a child) upon you, and will turn back and gather you from all the nations, where the LORD your God has scattered you.
4 If any of you are driven out unto the outmost parts of Heaven, from there will the LORD your God gather you, and from there will He fetch you:
5 And the LORD your God will bring you into the Land (the Promise Land - Israel) which your fathers possessed, and you shall possess it; and He will do you good (make well), and multiply you above your fathers.
6 And the LORD your God will circumcise your heart, and the heart of your seed, to love the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, that you may have live.
I have colored verse 5 red for a reason. The fifth verse is the five thousand seven hundred and eighth verse of Torah (5708). That number just happens to be the year 1948 on the Christian calendar. The very year Israel became a Nation. Then in the verse 6 the "Promise" is made by God to circumcise Israel's heart, and the heart of Israel's seed. Praise God who alone is good, and knows the end from the beginning!
Now can the Renewed Covenant Scriptures shed light on this truth for us? Yes, I believe they can.
"For if that first Covenant had been faultless (irreproachable), then there should have been no occasion to seek for the second (to be made-Deut 29:1-30:6). For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, when I will make a new Covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah: Not according to the Covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in My Covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the LORD. Hebrew 8:7-9 AGI
The need for the second Covenant was then not the fault of the Covenant, but them!
"For finding fault with them,.." Do you hear that, not finding fault with the Covenant!
The Covenant of Promise made by God in Deut 30:6, is what the writer of the letter to the Hebrews is hinting or alluding to (remez) in Hebrews 8:7-9. The writer a Jew, then goes on to string (harizah) the first Scripture (Deut 30:6) to Jeremiah the Prophet in the following verses (Jere 31:31-33). Beloved, it was the Covenant given to Moses, made in Moab, the issue or seed of the Father, that would bring the Promise our LORD spoke come to pass through Yeshua, the Son of the Living God.
When He said, "A New Covenant," He has made, for the first (is in) disuse. But whatever is worn out is neglected and growing old, (and) ready to disappear. ...And for this cause He (Messiah) is the mediator of the fresh new Covenant, that by means of death, for the redemption (salvation) of the transgressions (those breaking the Torah) that were under the first Covenant, they which are called might receive the Promise (Deut 30:6) of eternal inheritance. For where a Covenant is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator. For a Covenant is in force only after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator lives. Hebrew 8:13; 9:15-17 AGI
Beloved, get your pens out and cross out those 4 words, and replace then with words which speak life: ONE BOOK. In doing this, you will be truly Biblical correct according to the Hebrew writers intent and purpose. By do this you also bridge the gap between Jewish people and Body of Messiah (Church - called out ones). This gap has been made wide by many many years anti-Semitic teachings. Or better yet, rip out those unholy pages from your Bibles, in a few of mine I did just that! Sixty-six books, written by 40 spirit-filled writers, are just one long integrated message system.
The late Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel in his book, "God in Search of Man" made this most powerful statement which God has imprinted on my heart:
"The Greeks learned in order to comprehend.
The Hebrew learned in order to revere.
The modern man learns in order to use.
To Bacon we owe the formulation, "Knowledge is power."
I pray you revere God's Holy Word from cover to cover as I do. If you do then maybe this knowledge will give you the power to use this RX in your life. I pray you will study this out for yourself. Be noble like the those in Berea, they received the Word with all readiness of mind, but searched the Scriptures daily, see whether those things spoken here are so. Shalom
Click the word Bible Code to see what I found in Jeremiah 31:31-33
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