The True Sacrifice of Jesus
Brother Theodore Three Bears
Equality for all in God’s Eyes
The most arrogant issue of theology that developed out of Paul’s writings is that God has two plans of salvation, one plan for the Jews and another for the Gentiles. As Christians we really need to ask ourselves why is this so. What is the big stumbling block to our brothers and sisters who practice Judaism to accepting Jesus as the promised messiah and great prophet Moses said would one day follow him. While many believe Jews are simply stiff necked, and this is true according to God, still they were the first followers of our Lord Jesus. What I have discovered is that those who would accept Jesus have two major issues in reconciling their long held beliefs. The first is the apparent total abrogation of the Law, and as followers of our Lord Jesus, we know this is not true, our Lord never abolished the law, in fact, He strengthened the Law, but still many believe he did. Simply because one man said He did, Paul. The second reason is perhaps the greatest of all that does center on the Law that is Jesus being the perfect sin sacrifice or the Passover Lamb.
Was Jesus the sin sacrifice that the majority of Christians believe He was? Why do many Jews believe He is not, and a few who also call themselves Christians also do not? We cannot stay divided on this issue, for if we are all God’s children then we must accept God as being absolutely true. God plays no favorites with those in His presence, and what is the law for one is the law for the other.
There is one law for strangers and natives.
'You shall have the same law for the stranger and for one from your own country; for I am the Lord your God. “ (Leviticus 24:22)
Jesus said rain falls on both all.
"that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.” (Matthew 5:45)
In this, there is eternal truth. The truth will always be the truth, but it will never appeal to everyone. Yet, appealing to everyone was not what God or Jesus wanted. If He wanted to appeal to everyone, then He easily could have come off the cross and taken the earthly throne of David. This is what many devout Jews believed the Messiah would do and Rome would have fallen apart in an instant.
Sin and Sacrifice
The sin sacrifice first introduced to the ancient Israelites occurred in the fourth chapter of the book of Leviticus. In this, the sin sacrifices are for unintentional trespasses either against the commandments or against those things that the LORD calls holy.
"Speak to the children of Israel, saying: 'If a person sins unintentionally against any of the commandments of the Lord in anything which ought not to be done, and does any of them, (Leviticus 4: 2)
"If a person commits a trespass, and sins unintentionally in regard to the holy things of the Lord, then he shall bring to the Lord as his trespass offering a ram without blemish from the flocks, with your valuation in shekels of silver according to the shekel of the sanctuary, as a trespass offering. (Leviticus 5:15)
Atonement requires the shedding of blood. As God places life in the blood it is perfectly reasonable to see that atonement requires the taking of a life. However, it is important to understand what atonement is and what it is not. Atonement is the payment of the penalty.
'For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul.' (Leviticus 17:11)
As a penalty, atonement would wipe out everything including intentional sin. Atonement is not a guarantee of forgiveness, and He shall not accept it unless it comes with a heart-felt confession. Sins that are intentional God reserves to for Himself whom to forgive, and there are some sins He will not accept any payment for His forgiveness.
Then the Lord said to Samuel: "Behold, I will do something in Israel at which both ears of everyone who hears it will tingle. In that day I will perform against Eli all that I have spoken concerning his house, from beginning to end. For I have told him that I will judge his house forever for the iniquity which he knows, because his sons made themselves vile, and he did not restrain them. And therefore I have sworn to the house of Eli that the iniquity of Eli's house shall not be atoned for by sacrifice or offering forever." (1 Samuel 3:14)
No matter what Eli or his house would do, God would never accept a sacrifice from them. This only affects Eli, but this should not be misread to make the reader believe that this cannot happen to him or her or that the intentional sinner cannot receive forgiveness. God throughout the Old Testament shows His willingness to forgive those who knowingly sin, if these sinners approach God with a humble and repentant heart confessing their sins, these sins would be forgiven.
Still no matter how we read it, in the Old Testament the sin sacrifice is only for unintentional sins, and this is what Jesus lived and died under. Two things need to understanding before leaving the concept of intentional and unintentional sin. God will forgive all forms of unintentional sin, but He still considers them sin that must be atoned for, but not through ceremonial sacrifices. Second God reserves for Himself and His Son the forgiveness of intentionally committed sins. Nevertheless, there is one sin God will never forgive, nor can the blood of His only Son atone for.
"And anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but to him who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven. “ (Luke 12:10)
The Law of the Sacrifice
The actual mechanics of the Sin Sacrifice are immortalized in the book of Leviticus. Depending on the social status of the person, a specific type of animal was required. For unintentional sins committed against that with is holy to the Lord there was only one animal, a perfect ram. For sins unintentionally committed against one of the Lord’s commandments, these animals changed depending upon the status of the person, with the exception of when the whole congregation sinned. All animals were to be perfect and unblemished. For priests the offering was a bull, for the rulers they offered a male goat, and for the individual it was either the female kid of a goat or the female lamb of a sheep.
There are two types of Sin sacrifice, the daily sacrifice, which those sins committed unintentionally that become known to the sinner as an individual, and there is an annual sacrifice for all sins that were committed by the people of Israel including some that sins were not made known and for the general uncleanness of Israel as a whole.
The Day of Atonement as recorded Leviticus chapter 16 is not a sin sacrifice as the daily sin sacrifice is. Although there is a sin sacrifice element in the ceremony, it is from the people of Israel to God, for both them as a community and for those whose sins remained hidden and covered. During the ceremony, the High Priest would sacrifice a bull for his sins and offer a ram as a burnt offering. For the people of Israel two goat kids were used one was used for a sin sacrifice and the other was placed the iniquities of Israel and let go. It was called the scapegoat, and this goat would carry away the iniquities of the whole of Israel so God’s wrath would fall upon the goat and not Israel.
In all ceremonial sacrifices, there were very specific requirements under the Law of Moses as to how the sacrifice was to be presented, made and offered to the Lord. It is to be presented before the Lord as perfect, no deformities, no blemishes, and rightfully owned by the person making the sacrifice. Its throat cut from ear to ear in one motion, except for birds. From mammals, the fat and certain organs are removed, the flesh is divided and the Lord’s portion burned, and the blood is sprinkled on the alter.
Under the full Law of Moses Jesus could not have been a sin sacrifice. If we except that God is eternal, that God does not lie, and His word is forever then we as Christians must accept that this is true. Jesus was not a bull, He was not a goat, He was not a ram, and while John calls Him the Lamb of God, He was not female. He was beaten, He was bruised, He was scourged and He bled from the crown of thorns He was blemished. His throat was not slit by the priests the Roman soldiers crucified him. His blood was not sprinkled on the altar on the temple in Jerusalem, nor was his fat removed nor was the quarters of His body burned. Jesus was not the sin sacrifice as prescribed by God through Moses. Please understand that this concept is a rouse by Satan to make you think that you are saved, while in truth you are unprepared to meet the Lord for you have not heard His words on what you need to do.
God made man in His image, man did not make God in his.
Growing up in a Christian house, I heard all the apologetics and mysteries. The Romans were surrogates for the priests, because the priests turned Jesus over to Romans, they metaphorically slit his throat, even if they did not carry out the actual sacrifice. The cross became the holy alter to receive the blood of the sacrifice, and His body was burned when He descended into hell for three days. I have even seen them try and to fit Jesus into the role of the sacrifice and Barabbas as the “scapegoat.” Jesus and Barabbas were presented to Caesar’s legate not the Lord, and I have already heard that all authority is from God, form of reasoning. Lots were not used, if God chose Jesus than there would have been absolutely no need of the priests to place their agents into the crowd before Pilate and scream for Barabbas. God will not be influenced by our desires, nor is God an American president who makes his decisions based on opinion polls. I have seen many a priest and pastor use many of Paul’s epistles twist things to show that these things happened. I am sorry, but Paul’s Christ of mystery does not qualify to change God’s eternal laws that were known to all Jews at the time. The God of Abraham is not the god who commands through a mystery.
"For this commandment which I command you today is not too mysterious for you, nor is it far off. (Deuteronomy 30:11)
Before Jesus walked the earth as a humble laborer and rabbi, the Father both forgave and offered forgiveness of sins, and Jesus being the sin sacrifice was unnecessary.
"Pardon the iniquity of this people, I pray, according to the greatness of Your mercy, just as You have forgiven this people, from Egypt even until now." Then the Lord said: "I have pardoned, according to your word; (Numbers 14:19-20)
"if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14)
For a multitude of the people, many from Ephraim, Manasseh, Issachar, and Zebulun, had not cleansed themselves, yet they ate the Passover contrary to what was written. But Hezekiah prayed for them, saying, "May the good Lord provide atonement for everyone who prepares his heart to seek God, the Lord God of his fathers, though he is not cleansed according to the purification of the sanctuary." And the Lord listened to Hezekiah and healed the people. (2 Chronicles 30:18-20)
Therefore the Lord brought upon them the captains of the army of the king of Assyria, who took Manasseh with hooks, bound him with bronze fetters, and carried him off to Babylon. Now when he was in affliction, he implored the Lord his God, and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers, and prayed to Him; and He received his entreaty, heard his supplication, and brought him back to Jerusalem into his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the Lord was God. (2 Chronicles 33:11-13)
Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, Whose sin is covered. (Psalms 32:1)
You have forgiven the iniquity of Your people; You have covered all their sin. (Psalms 85:2)
For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, And abundant in mercy to all those who call upon You. (Psalms 86:5)
You answered them, O Lord our God; You were to them God-Who-Forgives, Though You took vengeance on their deeds. (Psalms 99:8)
Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with loving kindness and tender mercies, (Psalms 103:2-4)
"To the Lord our God belong mercy and forgiveness, though we have rebelled against Him. (Daniel 9:9)
Let the wicked forsake his way, And the unrighteous man his thoughts; Let him return to the Lord, And He will have mercy on him; And to our God, For He will abundantly pardon. (Isaiah 55:7)
"Run to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem; See now and know; And seek in her open places If you can find a man, If there is anyone who executes judgment, Who seeks the truth, And I will pardon her.” (Jeremiah 5:1)
Who is a God like You, Pardoning iniquity And passing over the transgression of the remnant of His heritage? He does not retain His anger forever, Because He delights in mercy. (Micah 7:18)
All that was required of us was to turn away from our sinful lifestyle, humble ourselves and turn our face to God. He was not asking for much, and although He would take vengeance on our actions, His mercy always abounded in His word. Jesus was not, the sin sacrifice, He did not meet the Lawful requirements of the sin sacrifice, nor did God require His Son pay for our sins when He our Father and our God was always ready to forgive us.
As true followers of Jesus, we are obliged to follow Him to the Father, and not follow Paul to the thousand of churches that divide us on theological issues of truth and salvation. If this means we must walk away from generations of our traditions to join with Jesus than this is what we must do as His true family. We like to quote bible verses out of context to prove our own point. Take for instance “I and the Father are one.” (John 10:30) We love to say this proves either the oneness of God or a trinity depending on our church, but when read and understood in context Jesus is talking about purpose. He and the Father are one in spirit that drives purpose. Jesus was not and never could be an acceptable sin sacrifice under the Law God gave to Moses.
A Sacrifice for an UN-Original Sin?
I can hear the hierophants now, “It was not the things we have control over, Jesus was sacrificed because of our first parents, Adam and Eve. Someone has to make atonement for the sin Adam and Eve passed on to us. A sin we did not commit, but still God demands payment for. We needed to wait for someone who was not born with this taint of blood. This is why Paul said, ‘For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh,’ (Romans 8:3) Now you understand why you need us to tell you these mysteries. ” My dear departed Aunt Helen had a good saying for this kind of mystery, “donkey dust!”
The whole concept of original sin was never inscribed in the laws of Moses, or the pleas of the prophets. Nor was it ever mentioned by the Son of God. In truth, the concept of original sin comes from someone else. A self-appointed apostle of a resurrected Jesus, Saul of Tarsus, made the assertion that has no basis in Scripture.
Therefore, as sin came into the world through one man and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all men sinned. (Rom. 5:12)
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Rom 6:23)
It is true something went wrong back in the Garden of Eden, but what was it? God created mankind in a perfect place, where all of mans needs were met. All mankind needed to do was to stretch forth his hand and find an abundance of food. God gave man purpose by placing under him the remainder of His creation. Yet, there was one thing God forbad man to have, not a general sense of knowledge, but the specific knowledge of what is good and what is evil.
And the LORD God commanded the man, "You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die." (Genesis 2:16-17)
Yet throughout our collective history, we have attributed original sin to this act of disobeying God in the tasting of the forbidden fruit. Nevertheless, there are two points that scream for attention. One is literally right in front of our eyes. God did not FORBID Adam from eating, God warns Adam of the consequences of eating the fruit. There is no way any reading of the verse Genesis 2:17 can be construed as a divine commandment punishable by God’s wrath. I liken this to the parent who tells their child not to touch the hot cup of coffee or they will be burned. The second point requires we use our reasoning. With out the knowledge of good and evil man could never sin against God for to man there was no concept of good or evil. Paul the author of original sin actually supports this concept in his letter to the Romans
What shall we say then? Is the law sin? Certainly not! On the
contrary, I would not have known sin except through the law. For I would not
have known covetousness unless the law had said, "You shall not
covet." (Romans 7:7)
Now we are faced with a difficult choice, if we believe completely in Paul, that is if Paul is correct in original sin, and that there is no sin without knowing the difference between right or wrong. Then we find the Father of our Lord Jesus being an arbitrary and capricious god who punishes us simply for His own amusement, or we have to start to reevaluate those things, which we have carried around as sacrosanct dogma. In light of this, we must change our preconceptions of either Paul or the God Jesus called Father. For if, there is a God to believe in, this God must be faithful and consistent, and otherwise your god is named “luck.”
God’s first “unrecorded” act of mercy.
We know something happened that day to get God’s attention into what was happening and to take some very drastic measures. If man was truly incapable of sinning why was God’s so severe that we were exiled from the presence of God? So what then really happened on that day?
We see that at the end of that fateful day God pronounced His decision. Yet, in His decree was God punishing man by expelling him from the Garden? Just punishment serves only one purpose to teach a lesson so that the violator learns from their transgression, other than that punishment becomes mere retribution.
And the LORD God said, "The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever." So the LORD God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken. (Genesis 3:22-23)
Some like to say that God added additional punishments to both man and woman, which are enumerated in Genesis 3:16-19 but was this punishment or the natural consequence of being outside of the Garden and God’s presence on earth. As shown, this could not be punishment for there was nothing to punish, like the child who reaches for the hot cup and is burned, the consequences of the action becomes the punishment if one insists on using the word.
Perhaps it is best that we look at what God said again, for the clues.
but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die (Genesis 2:17)
What was the fruit that hung on the tree of knowledge of good and evil? It is obvious from the words in Genesis that it is simply that, the knowledge of what is good and what is evil. Yet in its subtle simplicity, humanity has spent his days trying to understand what he did that was so wrong. Is it not the knowing of what is good and what is evil the crowning achievement of humanity?
The answer is no, this is not our crowning achievement. We did receive the knowledge of good and evil, but lost the perspective of innocence in the process. In the place of innocence grew our bane as a species, our desire to pass judgment on one and another. Prior to eating this fruit, God was our center of existence, for it was a time we judged nothing or no one and we were content to be in God’s holy presence.
We gained the ability to “judge” that is what comes from having the knowledge of choice. What is good and what is evil, is a judgment, but what we see is through our eyes. Our selfishness is a clouded filter that bends the truth to our needs. Is the tiger that kills the lamb evil? Is the lamb good? If we were to place ourselves inside a hungry tiger, killing the lamb to survive is good. And when we place the our point of reference inside the lamb whose throat is enclosed by the jaws of the tiger, ready to pierce its life containing veins and arteries the tiger is evil. To the Creator of both the tiger and the lamb, what is good and what is evil?
We see from only our own selfish needs, and we never stop to see the needs of the other. God sees all things from all places, and while the death of the prey is violent and to a God who is compassionate it is sad, it is by no means evil. Many species serve a purpose, but left unchecked they will soon destroy their environment, and thus themselves. Both the tiger and lamb serves God’s purpose in neither a good nor an evil manner, they simply serve God’s purpose.
What is evil is when we use this knowledge to impose our judgments on our brothers and sisters. God created us to enjoy each other, not to beat each other into the ground with our selfish needs that deprive others of justice and our egocentric beliefs that condemn the innocent. True, we need to live together in peace and harmony, which is why God gave us His laws to live by. It is His most holy eyes that see our true needs, and He meets those needs.
There is no such thing as original sin, except for the first sin that we knowingly commit out of our own desire to judge others, rather than face judgment ourselves. Again, there is no need for God to have sent His Son for this purpose. God wastes nothing. Why are we asking Him to make His Son suffer so we can feel good about ourselves?
I do not know about you, but I thank the Lord God for kicking us out of the garden before we could reach out and take the fruit of immortality. Can you imagine a world where selfishness ruled, where people raped and tortured each other day, after day? A place where there was not even hope in death? No, God did not punish us, He saved us, and He rescued us from ourselves.
Nevertheless, if people insist on continuing to judge others, then let them judge what the Lord our God meant when He said,
"Fathers shall not be put to death for their children, nor shall the children be put to death for their fathers; a person shall be put to death for his own sin.” (Deuteronomy 24:16)
The Big BUT . . .
As I wrote those words, I can feel the venom burning my skin at this moment, from the fangs of those wolves in sheep’s clothing. A billion people are taken back, “It cannot be, it is plainly in the bible. Even in the Old Testament Jesus is identified as the sin offering.” Nevertheless, there are some people out there who I can honestly feel the pain and hurt from, people who with all honesty and humility believes that Jesus is the perfect sin sacrifice. I know you truly wish the serve the Lord, to have hope, and I can near your cry of NOOOoooooooo, trail off in my mind, as these words sink into your heart. I take no pleasure in causing you or anyone any pain. Nevertheless, this pain will pass, and soon you find the truth, for if you seek God with all your heart, it will rejoice at the truth. The truth is Jesus was not any form of sin sacrifice, but through Him, you may find both the redemption and peace we have always longed for. Through Him we may be freed from sin.
John the Baptist announced to us all that Jesus was our savior who takes away our sins. John was both an Old Testament and New Testament prophet, a transition. This transition combines the truth of what was before and will come.
The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29)
Let the words of the foolish pass over my hearing.
While there is no biblical proof or assertion by the Law, or the Prophets, or Jesus Himself that is so, I still sought how this would be rectified into scripture. Often I have thought more that He was the Passover lamb especially in light of Exodus prophesy of John 19 and 1 Peter’s description Jesus being without blemish the similarity of the Passover Lamb. This has much more truth in this than the sin sacrifice, but still is this the true purpose?
"Speak to all the congregation of Israel, saying: 'On the tenth day of this month every man shall take for himself a lamb, according to the house of his father, a lamb for a household. And if the household is too small for the lamb, let him and his neighbor next to his house take it according to the number of the persons; according to each man's need you shall make your count for the lamb.” (Exodus 12:3-4)
It is true Jesus was chosen days before His death. The moment Jesus cleaned out the temple from the corruption of the moneychangers He was marked. It was one thing to be a country rabbi speaking out against the corruption of the Priests and Pharisees, but it was another thing to do so boldly in their own den of thieves. This was a serious challenge to the temple priests, they had already formed an alliance with Rome to maintain their position in the temple, as our churches are allied with governments today, and they too receive their license from the modern Caesars. If they could not control the temple in a peaceful manner, then the Romans would intervene. Surely, the Romans would find out about this, so the temple priests were faced with a choice, Jesus or them. They chose Jesus to pay the price, they themselves would not pay for being faithful to God.
In reading Exodus, each family was to select their own lamb, but there is the exception to share the lamb based on the size of his household with his neighbors. One could try to force all families into one family of Israel and place the High Priest as the head of the family, but that is all one can do is try. Jesus said He came for the lost children of Israel, and they all were not there.
“Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year. You may take it from the sheep or from the goats.” (Exodus 12:5)
Both Jesus and Barabbas were male, and one could say Jesus was the docile sheep and Barabbas the arrogant goat. In reading this verse, it is possible that salvation could have been made by the crucifixion of Barabbas, for we have no proof that Barabbas had a blemish. Think of the repercussions if Satan had the multitude in the Antonia fortress call for Jesus’ release. You may argue that God would not allow this to happen, but it was Satan who came into Judas and the temple priests. Therefore, the question is why many times we see God hardening the heart of some to do His will, but now the blame is on Satan for Jesus betrayal. If God truly intended Jesus to be our Passover lamb, we would see God’s hand all over this. God would have hardened Judas and the priests and God would have left nothing to Satan.
“Now you shall keep it until the fourteenth day of the same month. Then the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it at twilight.” (Exodus 12:6)
It is true that God did create twilight in the middle of the day.
Now it was about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour. Then the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was torn in two. And when Jesus had cried out with a loud voice, He said, “Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit.’” Having said this, He breathed His last.” (Luke 23:43-46)
I cannot deny the similarities of the selection and slaughter of the Passover lamb parallel the death of Jesus. Still parallels never meet. One use of parallels can be as a reference. In this parallel, they go to diverge at one crucial point.
“And they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and on the lintel of the houses where they eat it.” (Exodus 12:7)
And you shall take a bunch of hyssop, dip it in the blood that is in the basin, and strike the lintel and the two doorposts with the blood that is in the basin. And none of you shall go out of the door of his house until morning. (Exodus 12:22)
There is a parallel with this and our Lord’s crucifixion.
After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, “I thirst!” Now a vessel full of sour wine was sitting there; and they filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on hyssop, and put it to His mouth. So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit. (John 19:28-30)
When I think of how Jesus really must have looked on that cross, His face pummeled by the temple guards, His body cut open by forty brutal lashes of the Roman flagellum, and the blood that ran down his face from the crown of thorns. I must accept from my knowledge of forensics that some of His blood was collected on that sponge at the end of the hyssop.
The ultimate purpose of the Passover lamb is to use the blood to mark our doorways so death passes over our homes. The true question is who took that hyssop and sprinkled our Lord’s blood on their doorposts and lintels? If Jesus was the true Passover lamb, we as Christians have totally missed the point. We worship at the foot of the cross, we revere the crown of thorns, worldly rulers have sought the spear that pierced Him, and we all wish to have the nails pierce our hands and feet. However, that hyssop and sponge was left there unseen and unnoticed with the Romans. If Jesus was truly the Passover lamb the cross means nothing, and never once were we told to pick up this hyssop and cover our doorways with His blood. Jesus did tell us to pick up our cross and follow Him, which indicated that our personal salvation did not end at His cross, but will end at ours. Is God so cruel that He spells out His plan in remarkable detail in full daylight so all can see and leave the most important thing in darkness for us to discover on our own? If you want to believe this then you must admit that it is our works that save us, because we have work very hard to find this meaning, it took me 49 years, six months and 23 days. Nevertheless, I have not found the hyssop and sponge.
Let us look at what Jesus said concerning that Passover. We can rest assured He would have told His disciples about God’s plan to make Him the Passover lamb. If this were God’s true purpose of Jesus’ death then they would need to know so they could spread the good news of the fulfillment of God’s plan.
Then He said to them, "With fervent desire I have desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer; for I say to you, I will no longer eat of it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God." (Luke 22:15-16)
However, Jesus did eat with his disciples, and He was referring to the next time Jesus would eat with disciples would be when they too entered into the kingdom of God.
He answered and said, “He who dipped his hand with Me in the dish will betray Me.” (Matthew 26:23)
Now as they sat and ate, Jesus said, “Assuredly, I say to you, one of you who eats with Me will betray Me.” (Mark 14:18)
Here we have Jesus eating the Passover meal with them. Jesus has already celebrated Passover. The Passover lamb does not eat the Passover meal. There is no scriptural evidence that there would be two Passovers in one year, there is no scriptural evidence support an idea that there would be a Passover like anyone has ever seen, or would ever see again. If it were Jesus’ intent to be the Passover lamb He would not have eaten with His disciples, He would have abstained from eating to make His point. Jesus abstained from drinking wine that night to make His point as to the coming of the kingdom of God. The next time wine touches His lips was only a brief moment before he gave up His Spirit.
There was a reason why God had the events of Jesus’ last time in Jerusalem parallel the Passover preparations. The reason God choose Passover for Jesus death was so the greatest number of people would witness Jesus’ triumph. There was no mass media in that time to get the message of Jesus’ victory over death out to the people of Judea and during Passover Jerusalem was packed with people from all over. Like Rio de Janeiro during Carnaval and New Orleans during Mardi Gras, Jerusalem during Passover was the place and the time to have the maximum number of people witness what was about to happen.
There is danger in believing Jesus was the Passover lamb, we see Jesus ate with His disciples, again I stress the Passover lamb does not eat the Passover lamb, and nowhere in the bible is any animal found eating itself. Only man has the ability to consume himself in his own sins. There is a parallel to this thought, and it is not of God. It is called the Ouroboros, a pagan symbol of serpent eating itself. The Ouroboros comes from ancient Egypt, and was adopted by the Phoenicians and Greeks, and is used to represent rejuvenation and eternal life. There is only one person and one place in the bible where Jesus is called the Passover lamb contradicting the Law and the Lord, Paul to the Corinthians.
“Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us.” (1 Corinthians 5:7)
Paul is the false prophet who our Lord spoke of numerous times. Paul is allowed to remain in the bible so God can test us. Nowhere in any place in the bible does the Lamb eat the Lamb, to force Jesus into this position is to place the Ouroboros in place of Jesus and follow the Ouroboros and not the Father and Jesus.
"If there arises among you a prophet or a dreamer of dreams, and he gives you a sign or a wonder, and the sign or the wonder comes to pass, of which he spoke to you, saying, 'Let us go after other gods'-which you have not known-'and let us serve them,' you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams, for the Lord your God is testing you to know whether you love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.” (Deuteronomy 13:1-3)
Foolish man don’t you know that the proof is in Isaiah
Isaiah the prophet of God describes what would happen to Jesus in remarkable detail, and how everything done to Jesus would be for our benefit. From the strips that healed, to vision of Jesus being lead to the slaughter as a lamb all point to only one possible person, Jesus. Moreover, did not Isaiah say He would be the sin sacrifice?
it pleased the LORD to bruise Him;
He has put Him to grief.
When You make His soul an offering for sin,
He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days,
And the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in His hand. (Isaiah 53:10)
Nevertheless, Isaiah is looking past the current temple structure, into the future. Yes, Isaiah is looking way beyond the Mosaic Law to a time when blood will not be used. Rather Isaiah is saying that this man’s soul, that is his life will be used. The soul and the blood are not the same thing.
"But you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood.” (Genesis 9:4)
The Hebrew word for both life and soul is nephesh (Strong 5315), and Hebrew word for blood is dam (Strong 1818). If Isaiah intended for us to use Jesus’ blood he had the correct Hebrew word to use, “dam.” Instead, Isaiah is telling us to use Jesus’ soul and the soul (nephesh) has a very different meaning than blood (dam). This may seem trivial, but in Leviticus, we can find the subtleties that make an important distinction.
'For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul.' (Leviticus 17:11)
"for it is the life of all flesh. Its blood sustains its life. Therefore I said to the children of Israel, You shall not eat the blood of any flesh, for the life of all flesh is its blood. Whoever eats it shall be cut off.” (Leviticus 17:14)
The soul to Isaiah is the self, the life, the creature, the person, the appetite, the mind, the living being, the desire, the emotion, and the passion. While the soul is in the blood and it is nourished by the blood. It is not the blood itself, even though they appear to man to be the same.
Same as sacrifice and offering, look the same but there subtle differences in the words. Sacrifice or zebach in Hebrew (Strong 2077) is used with the death of an animal with one link to an offering. However the Hebrew for offering is olah (Strong 5930), and besides the common meaning that wraps around sacrifices it has another meaning, that meaning is ascent, stairway and steps.
When we revise “When You make His soul an offering for sin” to read “When You make his passion to be a stairway out of your sin,” we truly come to honor Jesus in full glory as the Son of God. What was Jesus’ passion and how can we use it to get out of our sin. Jesus’ passion was to be an obedient son. Jesus followed God’s Laws (these were God’s Laws not Moses’ laws). Jesus was passionate for mercy and justice. He adored children and honored the faithful. If we do these things out of love of the Father and Son, we can get out of our sinful life. Isaiah is telling us to live our lives as Jesus lived his. Jesus also tells us the same thing.
Then Jesus said to them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you.” (John 6:53)
We know from Genesis we have life in us, so Jesus is not talking about giving us something different. Human blood with the exception of some minor differences in the proteins is human blood. Jesus is saying, “I have something in my blood that you do not have. Passion, a passion that can never be put out, even in death, I have passion for my Father, and my Father’s will! And His will is that you return home with me.”
A guillotine of the stiff necked.
Many point to the Gospel writer Matthew records Jesus, own words proving He would be the sacrifice for sin. Jesus even references Leviticus that only blood can atone for sin. I am told how much more proof do I need than this?
“For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins” (Matthew 26:28)
Ok, you got me. This is true, Jesus said this, but not for the reasons you think. Because Jesus never believed that, His life needed be sacrificed for our sins. Jesus abolished sacrifices with these words.
"But go and learn what this means: 'I desire mercy and not sacrifice.' For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance." (Matthew 19:13)
Yet, what needs to be explained is why in John 17:4 Jesus says, ”I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do.” Many like to point to the following verse in John (John 19:30) as proof that His death was the manifestation of the sin sacrifice, “So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, "It is finished! " And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.” In comparing them side by side, it no longer seems to hold the weight many “teachers” have tried to make it mean. In John 17 Jesus is saying His work is finished, the work God the Father gave Him, Jesus goes on in the rest of John 17 saying what He did, but He does not indicate that He was the sin sacrifice. In John 19 we see that these three words are the end of His mortal life, perhaps in truth that is exactly what He meant, as soon as He said them He gave up His spirit. If being the perfect sin sacrifice as many belief He was, it seems remarkably strange that He never says this to anyone.
Repeatedly in the bible do we find the Father forgiving our sins. All we ever needed to do is repent. That is all the Father ever asked of us. Repent and turn ourselves back to Him. How beautifully and forcefully Jesus said this in the parable of the prodigal son. However, Jesus seen the people, He knew the people and knew He would need to sacrifice His life so they would believe.
He said to them, "Moses, because of the hardness of your hearts, permitted you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so.” (Matthew 19:8)
Our own hard hearts caused Jesus’ death, not a predetermined command from the Father. I sometimes think I can hear Jesus say, “I am here in the midsts of you. I have healed the sick, gave sight to blind, made the lame walk, cast demons from the possessed, fed five thousand of you with a handful of food, and I even brought the dead back to life. I have given you the words My Father gave me to give you to get you out of your sin and to return you to your rightful place as His children, but you arrogant people have hardened your hearts to me, and you demand that a life be given before you trust the promise of your God. So be it, I will give Myself up to show you the way back to the Father.”
After He said this to His disciples, He left to go pray in the garden of Gethsemane, where He prayed,
“And He said, "Abba, Father, all things are possible for You. Take this cup away from Me; nevertheless, not what I will, but what You will." (Mark 14:36)
There is only one cup Jesus can be speaking of. The cup He had just told His disciples His blood would fill, the cup of the new covenant. As we see Jesus was not the willing sacrifice as we all been lead to believe, but He is the perfect Son of obedience who does the will of the Father. As He tells Peter, “So Jesus said to Peter, "Put your sword into the sheath. Shall I not drink the cup which My Father has given Me?"” John 18:11
Let us return to when our Lord first mentions this cup, as this is the only relic of our Lord we truly need to find. Not to find in the physical sense, but in the way our lord gave us the directions to find. We find that this cup was mentioned during the last supper of all three synoptic gospel writers.
“For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins” (Matthew 26:28)
And He said to them, "This is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many.” (Mark 14:24)
Likewise He also took the cup after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you.” (Luke 22:20)
Again, only hours before His betrayal our Lord refuses to say that He is going to become a sacrifice for our sins. Instead, He states He is going to shed His blood for the new covenant. It is only in Matthew that the remission of sins becomes linked to the new covenant.
Therefore, to find how our sins can be put into remission we will need to look at the new covenant. Before we examine the new covenant, it is important to understand what covenants are and the mechanics involved in establishing a covenant between God and man.
We must let go of our traditions and allow Jesus to speak to us plainly and clearly. Let Him finish what He is saying and wait until the question is asked before you answer. He has given us all the answers that we need to fully understand what he wants of us. He left nothing a mystery and when He seen His disciples lacked understanding He explained it to them.
Jesus gave us a test to determine where we stand in our relationship to Him and to the Father. Jesus speaks of mysteries in parables, but these are plain as day for those who are worthy to receive His knowledge and understanding of the Father and of His kingdom.
“And the disciples came and said to Him, "Why do You speak to them in parables? He answered and said to them, "Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given.” (Matthew 13:10-11)
And He said to them, "To you it has been given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God; but to those who are outside, all things come in parables,” (Mark 4:11)
And He said, "To you it has been given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God, but to the rest it is given in parables, that 'Seeing they may not see, And hearing they may not understand.' (Luke 8:10)
While recorded three times Jesus only speaks of speaking in a mystery one time, concerning parables. There was a reason why He did this, it was His test to determine who is a true disciple and His friend. While the three synoptic gospels tell us He speaks plainly and clearly in a mystery, the reason some can understand and others cannot is told in the forth Gospel.
"You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you.” (John 15:14-15)
Compare our Lord’s single utterance of a mystery to the 21 mysteries of Paul and tell me whose gospel resides in a mystery. Who is a friend of Jesus, those who cloud the minds of men in mysteries, or those who hear Him clearly and plainly, and do as He commands?
Jesus gave His life so we can enter into the new covenant as true sons and daughters of Israel, there is no mystery here. Paul in Romans 10:9 says, “that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” Think for one moment James says even demons know this to be true, James 2:19 “You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe-and tremble!” I would like you to answer this, Do you believe the Son of the Living God needs your confession, does He need your approval as proof of His authority? Does our pitiful confession add or detract from divine truth? Paul again clouds the issue with the following in Romans 10:10, “For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” While Paul loves to say all authority comes from God in Romans 3:1, “Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.” he does not see that this is the reason why we need to confess and bow our knee to the King of kings, and to the Lord of lords. We need to do this true, but not so that we are saved from words alone, but so we may one day be saved from our free will choice to follow the Lord, and do what He commands. Unless we can submit to the authority of the Son, as the Father gave Him, we could never open our hearts to this truth.
There is no sin sacrifice, there are no two Gospels, there is only one King, one Lord and His laws apply to all, Jew and Gentile. If you wish to include yourself in the Israeli covenant and claim the blessings, then you must submit fully to all the laws God has given them. I know you do not want to believe this, but the answer has always been there, looking you in the face every time you open your bible. It is in the laws regarding covenants we find how and why Jesus had to give His blood.
In Love there is Mercy and always Hope to those who love God.
As the Father gave Moses His ten commandments He told us that from Him we can expect mercy, He even told us how we could show our love to Him by keeping His commandments.
“but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.” (Exodus 20:6)
From our God’s mercy comes our hope.
“Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him, On those who hope in His mercy, To deliver their soul from death, And to keep them alive in famine.” (Psalm 33:18)
God’s love is His mercy and it is our hope, for there is no other hope.
"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)
In one verse, Jesus closes the door and categorically states He is not the sin sacrifice for sin as permitted by Moses under the law. Still in this same one verse, He tells us not to give up hope. The hope is in that he does not destroy the law. As you read these words from the Gospel of Matthew, you will see Jesus is not the sin sacrifice, as He is not destroying the law. Still Jesus is not done, He also is not destroying the Prophets either, including Isaiah’s prophesies that only appears to be saying that Jesus is the sin sacrifice. Jesus is telling us it is not over yet, as you read focus on one word, “fulfill.”
"Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.” (Matthew 5:17)
Fulfill, the word has two meanings according to the rendering of the Greek word pleroo (Strong 4137). These are to make full and to complete. There is the no meaning of the word to indicate that the Law was abolished when completed. When Jesus died on the cross, the Law has been rendered complete, that is there will be no additions, retractions. When He gave up His spirit all the prophesies concerning Him were made full, no one shall add or detract from what was written about His purpose. In fact, the very next verse the Lord categorically denies the idea that the Law is over.
"For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one dot will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.” (Matthew 5:18)
What the Lord means by this is that nothing further will be added or removed from the Law, however He did give Peter the authority to bind or loosen the Law. The moment the Lord said this He was not finished, because He uses the present infinitive tense of the verb. The application of the Law and the all the unfulfilled prophesies the prophets spoke of were not finished, but nothing would added or removed from the law until all was done. We can reasonably expect that every prophesy was not fulfilled on the cross, simply because the Lord made prophesies of His own concerning the events that would occur after His crucifixion, such as His return in triumphant glory and the coming of the man who comes in his own name. When He said it is finished in respect to the prophets, only those things which He was to fulfill was finished, later day prophesy is still pending, but the Law stands until “all” is fulfilled.
God does change His relationship with us, based on how we maintain that relationship with Him, but He does not do it without telling us He plans to do so. God does this either with His own voice or with the voice of His Holy Prophets. Pay attention to the words Jesus used in Matthew 5:17, the Law and the Prophets. While the Law appears singular, it is capitalized to indicate the collection of individual laws, and the Prophets are plural to indicate that there was more to fulfill than only Isaiah.
It is all spelled out.
The secret of the Lord is with those who fear Him, And He will show them His covenant. (Psalms 25:14)
God does not leave us in the dark to uncover a mystery by using soothsayers and old bones to discover His will. God plainly speaks his commandments and plans to us in many ways. He can speak to us directly, He can speak to us through His Son, He can send an angel, or He can speak through His prophets.
'I will raise up for them a Prophet like you from among their brethren, and will put My words in His mouth, and He shall speak to them all that I command Him. (Deuteronomy 18:18)
Now it is time to understand how God establishes His laws and plans with us is through a Holy Covenant. A covenant is promise to perform, or more simply put a contract between man and God. This can be one sided or it can be agreed upon. The most famous one-sided covenant in the scripture is the one God made with Noah, that HE would never cover the entire earth with floodwaters. Noah made an offering to God after the flood waters receded and the animals left the ark. Noah made his offering to God and he did not ask God for anything in return, God accepted Noah’s offering and made a promise. God gave Noah all the fruits, herbs, and permission to eat meat, but not the blood. He blessed Noah and his sons, and prohibited the shedding of the blood of another man.
"Thus I establish My covenant with you: Never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood; never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth." (Genesis 9:11)
A covenant of agreement is initiated either by man or by God. When a covenant of agreement is made, it does not take effect until both parties accept it. Hezekiah initiated a covenant with God when his intention to ask God for mercy for the sins the people committed under his father Ahaz.
"Now it is in my heart to make a covenant with the Lord God of Israel, that His fierce wrath may turn away from us.” (2 Chronicles 29:10)
The other type of a covenant of agreement is where God lays out the terms, and we accept them. As you review these agreements, it becomes obvious that God is the one who gives the most, and in return, we offer a token of acknowledgement of God’s authority. The most famous contract God made with a man was with Abraham.
“As for Me, behold, My covenant is with you, and you shall be a father
of many nations. No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall
be Abraham; for I have made you a father of many nations. I will make you
exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from
you. And I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants
after you in their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you
and your descendants after you. Also I give to you and your descendants after you
the land in which you are a stranger, all the land of Canaan, as an everlasting
possession; and I will be their God.”
And God said to Abraham: “As for you, you shall keep My covenant, you and your descendants after you throughout their generations. This is My covenant which you shall keep, between Me and you and your descendants after you: Every male child among you shall be circumcised; (Genesis 17:4-10)
Signing the Contract
God is offering Abraham so much, land, wealth, bountiful children, and all God is asking for Abraham to accept God as his and his descendents, and a piece of skin to seal the agreement. However, it was not a worthless piece of skin, the covenant was sealed in, it was sealed in blood, and the skin became the offering. When a covenant of agreement is made, it is literally signed in blood. It was Moses’ wife Zipporahwho seen this.
Then Zipporah took a sharp stone and cut off the foreskin of her son and cast it at Moses' feet, and said, "Surely you are a husband of blood to me!" So He let him go. Then she said, "You are a husband of blood!"-because of the circumcision. (Exodus 4:25:26)
The skin was what God wanted from Abraham as a token. However, anyone who has ever witnessed a circumcision knows it is very bloody. The blood becomes a very powerful ink in which we bind the contract with our signatures. In the blood is the life force, it has the power to speak to God.
' And He said, "What have you done? The voice of your brother's blood cries out to Me from the ground.' (Genesis 4:10)
God is eternal and true, there is no need for Him to have signed the contract, but we are not trustworthy and our faith in God, in all of us never be considered eternal. The blood acts as a witness against us, as our signature does on any contract.
God only asked one physical part of us, and only from the males. As God refines future covenants with us, God is not asking for an arm or a leg as a token, He only asks for our obedience, but He still demands the covenant is sealed in blood. God changes the offering from our physical flesh to that of an animal. The animal is still the token payment to God for His blessings, as the foreskin was to Abraham and all generations after him.
An altar of earth you shall make for Me, and you shall sacrifice on it your burnt offerings and your peace offerings, your sheep and your oxen. In every place where I record My name I will come to you, and I will bless you. (Exodus 20:25)
It is the blood of the animal that serves as a witness. Witnessing is very important in the trust of a contract. If God could give speech to Balaam’s donkey to witness against Balaam, God can surely call a sacrificial animal to testify against us at our judgment.
"Therefore we said, 'Let us now prepare to build ourselves an altar, not for burnt offering nor for sacrifice, 'but that it may be a witness between you and us and our generations after us, that we may perform the service of the Lord before Him with our burnt offerings, with our sacrifices, and with our peace offerings; that your descendants may not say to our descendants in time to come, "You have no part in the Lord." (Joshua 22:26-27)
Here is a covenant between the tribes of Israel, and they ask the sacrifice to serve as their witness before God. The particular agreement was so that the children of Reuben and Gad, and to half the tribe of Manasseh who also serve the LORD would insure that the rest of Israel could never deny them a part of the LORD. They sealed this with the blood sacrifice, and said it would serve as a witness to God.
Breach of Contract Clause
God only establishes changes His laws and His relationship with us through a covenant. God does not force this covenant upon us. It is a covenant that we freely agree into in order to receive the benefits God has promised. We are free to enter into the covenant with God and we are free to leave it. However, we have no right to expect to keep receiving God’s blessing if we leave the covenant.
And the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah, saying, “Thus says the LORD: ‘If you can break My covenant with the day and My covenant with the night, so that there will not be day and night in their season, then My covenant may also be broken with David My servant, so that he shall not have a son to reign on his throne, and with the Levites, the priests, My ministers. As the host of heaven cannot be numbered, nor the sand of the sea measured, so will I multiply the descendants of David My servant and the Levites who minister to Me.’”
Moreover the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah, saying, “Have you not considered what these people have spoken, saying, ‘The two families which the LORD has chosen, He has also cast them off’? Thus they have despised My people, as if they should no more be a nation before them.
“Thus says the LORD: ‘If My covenant is not with day and night, and if I have not appointed the ordinances of heaven and earth, then I will cast away the descendants of Jacob and David My servant, so that I will not take any of his descendants to be rulers over the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. For I will cause their captives to return, and will have mercy on them.’” (Jeremiah 33:19-26)
God is telling us that He can break a covenant that we break, but He will always honor those covenants He makes forever, and points out two. The covenant God made with David and the one He made with the Phinehas. These covenants show the righteousness of the Lord, the Lord endures forever and so does His word.
To David the Lord promises everlasting kingship.
since the time that I commanded judges to be over My people Israel, and have caused you to rest from all your enemies. Also the LORD tells you that He
will make you a house.
“When your days are fulfilled and you rest with your fathers, I will set up your seed after you, who will come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build a house for My name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. I will be his Father, and he shall be My son. If he commits iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men and with the blows of the sons of men. But My mercy shall not depart from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I removed from before you. And your house and your kingdom shall be established forever before you.] Your throne shall be established forever.”’” (2 Samuel 7:11-16)
To Phinehas the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest
Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: "Phinehas the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, has turned back My wrath from the children of Israel, because he was zealous with My zeal among them, so that I did not consume the children of Israel in My zeal "Therefore say, 'Behold, I give to him My covenant of peace; 'and it shall be to him and his descendants after him a covenant of an everlasting priesthood, because he was zealous for his God, and made atonement for the children of Israel.' " (Numbers 25: 10-13)
Jeremiah points out that only these two covenants will never change between God and the house of Israel. There was no need for God to mention the covenant He made with Noah, as this was a covenant with the whole world, given to us by God without condition. However, it reinforces two ideas one God reserves the right to negate a broken contract, and the second God will honor all eternal contracts to the letter of His word.
Nevertheless, God does have enforcement options to these irrevocable covenants while maintaining their integrity. He can punish the lawbreaker without voiding the covenant. God never removed David’s seed from the throne of Israel, He removed the throne of Israel from David’s seed, first by splitting the nation and then putting them into captivity. When the priests disgraced God in their greed and lording over the people, God did the same. He did not remove the priests from ministering to Him in His Holy Temple, He first removed Himself from the Holy Temple and then when they still did not learn their lesson, He removed the Holy Temple by permitting the Babylonians to destroy it. It is important to note both times God first gave them a severe warning that He was enforcing the covenants and expected compliance. We can see in scripture that this first action was followed by a promise to immediately, restore everything if they complied. When they refused to comply God, God furthered the separation in insure that they would not continue to violate the covenant.
The ancient covenant of God is remarkably similar to our modern contracts in that they have much in common. They identify the parties, the terms, the penalties, the duration, the authority to make the covenant. Once this is finished it is restated, the payment is made, the witness seal it and it is enforceable. One thing not always mentioned is the day the covenant becomes enforceable on, God usually grants a grace period before He demands we honor the covenant, but starts His responsibilities under the covenant immediately. God wants everyone to understand His covenant with them first.
Covenants are God’s evolutionary path for spiritual survival of Israel
Because God has made several covenants with us, they have become known by the name the person or place covenant was made with or at. Up until Jeremiah’s time, there was, were the pre-Mosaic covenants, the covenants were known as the Edenic, the Adamic, Noah’s and the Abrahamic covenants. The covenants made after the Egyptian period of slavery are known as Mosaic, the Israeli, Phniehas’, the Davidic, and Solomon’s covenants. Jeremiah calls the next and final covenant the “New Covenant.”
As you look at each covenant God makes with man, it builds on the previous covenant. Our behavior toward both God and our fellow man become deeper and begins to posses more meaning. God waits until humankind reaches stages in it spiritual maturity, until He takes us to the next stage. Much like biological evolution, in spiritual evolution there are things that promote survival and things that lead to extinction. When we seek to follow with our hearts God’s laws and covenants, we mature, knowledge of God blossoms in our hearts and minds, and we begin to see God’s plan take shape. When we break God’s covenants and our hearts follow our selfish desires, we become extinct spiritually and our behaviors bring on those things that destroy us physically, and this is passed on to our children through our teachings, as eye color is through our genes.
Where spiritual evolution differs from natural evolution is in that, God directly intervenes when we as a whole go in the wrong direction. The great flood is a classic, but dramatic example. However, God does not always act in such a destructive way. The Mosaic covenant was put in place to make Israel a holy nation of priests, but God seen keeping all His laws was difficult for the some of them, he did not abandon His covenant for them. Instead He added the Israeli covenant to keep them from abandoning the Mosaic covenant, by offering them blessings and hope.
When Adam and Eve ate the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, did God destroy them? No, He rescued them and He gave them hope. When humanity became so wicked and God declared He would destroy us all. He seen one righteous man who still feared Him, Noah, and God spared him and in him, God spared all humanity. When Israel rebelled against God by worshiping the Baals, and erecting Asherah poles, did God destroy them? No, He punished them by setting them into captivity. Moreover, the same with the Judeans, God exiled them as He said He would. God is very active in forming our spiritual growth. As both Israel and Judah were starting their punishment, He gave them instructions for securing hope in the prophets. One prophet in particular held the greatest hope for humankind, Jeremiah.
As God prepared to change from the Mosaic covenant to a new covenant, God made our hope flesh, in the body of Jesus. No longer was hope an abstraction for us to wait for, but it became real in the flesh of Jesus. In Jesus, God gave us the pattern we are to live our life by. More than just a pattern that we would have to try to determine, God gave us a teacher to teach us the geometry of the pattern, a teacher whose knowledge of God is perfect, because it is from God.
"For I have not spoken on My own authority; but the Father who sent Me gave Me a command, what I should say and what I should speak.” (John 12:49)
The road to hell
There was no one in Israel with the authority to make a covenant with God on behalf of Israel as a nation as there were in the time of Moses or the kings that descended from David. The throne of David sat empty, and the temple was full of priests appointed by a usurper not of the lineage of Phniehas. Still it did not matter for God planed to make the covenant with all of Israel one individual at a time. The Lord would send one with the authority to do so, His son. To keep His promise to all the tribes of Israel our God sent His only begotten son, which is why Jesus earthly mission was to the children of Israel.
“But He answered and said, "I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel." (Matthew 15:24)
This may sound unfair to Gentiles, but God first must fulfill His Holy Covenants with those He made the promise to, the scattered and lost northern ten tribes of Israel. We know that the Assyrians took them into captivity, and all we need do is look at a map of Assyria to see where they would have been taken. Assyria ran at the time of captivity from Egypt in the south, to Cilicia (southeastern part of modern Turkey) in the north, to Persian Gulf and to the Plains of Persia in the east.
The apostles were given the task to preach the good news to all the lands where the lost flock of Israel was sent into captivity at. Barnabas and Paul were selected by the council in Jerusalem to go into Cilicia to announce the good news to the children of Israel who were taken there, as church tradition has other Apostles going into Egypt and east into the lands that once were Babylon.
I said Paul was a false prophet, but that was not always so. When Paul went forth under the leadership of Jesus’ chosen twelve he performed admirably. Then Paul like his predecessor Balaam stopped listening to God. Strange as this may sound Luke seen this, which is why on Paul and Barabbas’ first and only mission, together Luke calls them apostles, but on Paul’s second and third journey, when Luke is actually traveling with Paul, he never again refers to Paul as an apostle.
As I said, God works in symmetry and parallel to make His plan well known. We love this when it suits our purpose, such as when we try to force Jesus into the role of the Passover lamb. We love it when Moses and Jesus are compared as the saviors of Israel in their times. However, its purpose is to show in our minds consistency of the way God works, and that is the truth without a doubt. As Moses had his false prophet who seduced the Israelites from the path God put them on, and away from their first shepherd Moses as he lead them to the Promised Land, so Jesus had His. Why then can you see that which pleases you even when it is not the truth, but to the truth, you are blind.
Both false prophets share remarkable similarities. Both start their journey thinking that they will obey God, and during their journeys, their lust has revealed themselves to God who sees all, regardless of their stated purpose. To Balaam his lust was for money, even though he went with the intention on speaking what the Lord would tell him to speak, in Paul his lusts were for authority and murder although his intention was to bind the followers over to a trial in Jerusalem. Both times God sent and angel to stop them and set them on God’s path. Both men at first do exactly what God has told them to do. Balaam went to bless the Israelites and Saul, as he was known then, and Barnabas went to proclaim the name of Jesus to the Gentiles, their kings and to the children of Israel. Both men were to retire after their journey. However, both Balaam and Paul returned to the Israelites out of their lusts, Balaam for money and Paul for authority. Both men taught the same sin, to disobey God’s laws and to turn to other gods, eating food sacrificed to idols. Lastly, both had more intelligent traveling companions than themselves, Balaam had the talking donkey who seen the angel of the Lord and Paul had the silent Barnabas who heard the voice of His Lord.
There is a reason why I bring this up to you now at this moment; you are now faced with a choice. The choice leads to salvation and rest for your soul, or to damnation and ever-lasting torment. You can follow Moses into the Promised Land or follow Balaam to the Mount of Peor, and you can follow Jesus into the kingdom of God or follow Paul to the temples of the gods. For those that followed Balaam away from God to the Baal of Peor there was death, so shall it be to those who follow Paul to temples of the gods of today.
The fork in the road
While I know that, there will be those who hate what I am going to say, it is important that I say it. Truly, I tell you to be entitled to enter into the covenant you must be of the tribe of Israel. Do not fear you are entitled to share in this promise, for it is possible to become a citizen of Israel. The true king of Israel is ever ready to bring you home, not as a grafting nor through adoption, but as His family that is bonded not in blood but in Spirit.
“But He answered them, saying, "Who is My mother, or My brothers?" And He looked around in a circle at those who sat about Him, and said, "Here are My mother and My brothers! For whoever does the will of God is My brother and My sister and mother." (Mark 3:33-35)
Cornelius a Roman Centurion, a man who feared God and who had a good and noble heart, for he gave alms to poor though he was not required. He found the truth of Jesus’ promise of acceptance when Simon, surnamed Peter entered his house.
“Then Peter opened his mouth and said: “In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality. But in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him.” (Acts 10:34-35)
As all of the Lord God’s prophets shall bear witness to me this day, any man who seeks truth out side of the Law and Prophets, and who does not accept the only begotten Son of God Jesus, as their only teacher they have chosen to travel on the road that leads to the wide gate and everlasting darkness. Who ever hides his shame of his ignorance of the words of Jesus and seeks to be taught by the false prophet Paul, is a stiff-necked people, and their hearts are not circumcised.
Now, I shall give you the word of our Lord, our God, and our Father as He has given it to me through His Spirit. Thus says the Lord God, “Do not be lead astray by the lawless. For none of my covenants have I abolished. Concerning the everlasting covenant I made with Abraham, I asked for a small token from him and all his descendents. My only begotten son, who I sent to you also kept this covenant with me. For when he allowed my son Simon, called Peter to have the authority to bind up or loosen my holy laws, never was the authority given to abolish my laws. When Simon pleaded for you in Jerusalem, he said that you should not be burdened as their ancestors were. The burden came not by their choice, from birth they were mine, ordained to carry my laws as those before them, and they were harnessed without their consent. In consultation with his brothers seeking guidance from my spirit, my son and I have allowed Simon to loosen this burden, so you may approach me, free and unfettered so that you may see that I am who I am. That in seeing, you may believe and freely pick up this yoke without burden, out love of me and of my son. Now you make must make a choice live by my all laws as given to you by myself, and my son and the prophets who bear my approval. For as I had given Abraham a choice to be my mine and I his, so I give this choice to you, and I ask you, is not a small piece of flesh a small price to pay to see me as your father, to enter my sanctuary and rest your head upon my heart. For I swear to you , I will honor my words to you and give to you everlasting life as promised by my son, but if you do not obey all my laws, uphold my covenants told to you by my prophets, and follow my son’s voice, I shall withhold my sanctuary from you, for you have withheld from me.”
Thus says the Lord God: "No foreigner, uncircumcised in heart or uncircumcised in flesh, shall enter My sanctuary, including any foreigner who is among the children of Israel.” (Ezekiel 44:9)
The new covenant
God introduced the new covenant through the prophet Jeremiah. It outlines some very radical changes in our relationship with God. God states He is changing the terms of covenant He made with Israel and Judah after the Egyptian captivity, but He has retained the goal of the covenant He made with Moses.
'And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.' These are the words which you shall speak to the children of Israel." (Exodus 19:6)
“Behold, the days are coming, says 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 that I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them says the LORD. But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the LORD. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.” (Jeremiah 31:31-34)
The Lord shall be in our hearts
What we know of the New Covenant from Jeremiah is we are to know God’s Laws in our hearts and minds. It is the heart where the Law was intended to be.
“The law of his God is in his heart; None of his steps shall slide.” (Psalm 37:31)
“My son, do not forget my law, But let your heart keep my commands;” (Proverbs 3:1)
"Listen to Me, you who know righteousness, You people in whose heart is My law: Do not fear the reproach of men, Nor be afraid of their insults.” (Isaiah 51:7)
Making a road in the wilderness
The Lord is not going to appear to you in a flash of lightening and zap, you will become a super apostle. No, it is going to take some time, and commitment on our part. How long will it take will depend entirely upon the person’s heart. For first, the heart must be prepared to receive the Lord and His Law. As trying to get a horse to drink, you have to wait until it is thirsty, so a hard heart must first be softened.
“For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the Law of the Lord, and to do it, and to teach statutes and ordinances in Israel.” (Ezra 7:10)
Preparing our heart is important to make it ready, because a heart hardened by men will never hear the Law .
"Yes, they made their hearts like flint, refusing to hear the law and the words which the Lord of hosts had sent by His Spirit through the former prophets. Thus great wrath came from the Lord of hosts.” (Zachariah 7:12)
To prepare our hearts to receive the awesome glory that is the Lord we must be humble.
“Lord, You have heard the desire of the humble; You will prepare their heart; You will cause Your ear to hear,” (Psalms 10:17)
When your heart is ready, your true teacher will begin to instruct you in the ways of the Lord.
The Lord shall be our Teacher
We that know that there is only one who will be teacher to all, His name is the Lord. Everyone under the new covenant will be taught by Jesus. There is no exception, there is no other teacher on earth who can take His place.
"You call me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am.” (John 13:13)
"And do not be called teachers; for One is your Teacher, the Christ.” (Matthew 23:10)
The Holy Spirit shall teach us the words that Jesus wants us to have, during the times we testify of our Lord’s truth to those who do not listen to His words, and instead follow the traditions of men. As we are learning from the Lord, those who hate the light masquerade as the righteous, thinking they are doing the will of God. They will try to trick us and trap us, to prevent this Jesus will send some one who they cannot trick or trap. Even though they may put us out of the church or synagogue or even take our lives they will do so, knowing they are wrong. Our Lord knows this may happen before He has finished teaching us Himself, but fear not the Lord has been prepared for this.
" Now when they bring you to the synagogues and magistrates and authorities, do not worry about how or what you should answer, or what you should say. For the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say." (Luke 12:12)
What we are taught comes directly from God, we have both the word of Moses and word of the Father’s only begotten Son.
'I will raise up for them a Prophet like you from among their brethren, and will put My words in His mouth, and He shall speak to them all that I command Him. (Deuteronomy 18:18)
"It is written in the prophets, 'And they shall all be taught by God.' Therefore everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to Me.” (John 6:45)
Then Jesus said to them, "When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He, and that I do nothing of Myself; but as My Father taught Me, I speak these things.” (John 8:28)
We are not to teach our neighbors, because we ourselves have not been taught.
"And why do you look at the speck in your brother's eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, 'Let me remove the speck from your eye'; and look, a plank is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye. “ (Matthew 7:3-5)
“And why do you look at the speck in your brother's eye, but do not perceive the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, 'Brother, let me remove the speck that is in your eye,' when you yourself do not see the plank that is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck that is in your brother's eye.” (Luke 6:41-42)
Once we are trained by our Lord we shall be like Him.
"A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone who is perfectly trained will be like his teacher.” (Luke 6:40)
What we are taught by the Lord in private, we are not to keep it secret, and we are to proclaim it throughout the land.
"Whatever I tell you in the dark, speak in the light; and what you hear in the ear, preach on the housetops.” (Matthew 10:27)
Once we are like our Lord we are permitted to teach only the following.
"Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:19)
"teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Amen. (Matthew 28:20)
There is something that we are absolutely forbidden to teach.
“And in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.” (Mark 7:7)
When pigs fly over Tel Aviv, you know things have changed.
God stated that the new covenant with Israel would not be as the one he made with our fathers, some things would change. There is a specific period where we are to look for these changes. Jeremiah said that we broke the covenants made with our fathers. The time they broke these covenants was during the time of the kings. Because this is the time, God exercised His enforcement options. This time was in the time of the kings, because Israel was divided and there was not one king appointed by God, but two kings appointed my men, a king of the north and king of the south.
"They set up kings, but not by Me; They made princes, but I did not acknowledge them. From their silver and gold They made idols for themselves-That they might be cut off.” (Hosea 8:4)
Not all authority comes from God, but even when God does appoint the king, the king must strive to walk in the ways of the Lord. The kings during this period lead Israel to worship and serve other gods, and perform vile acts against the laws of the Most High. Often the true prophets of the Lord first sought to change the kings’ hearts, and when that failed, they told them of things to come. Of course, all of this ended with our Lord for there is no authority but Him.
During this time, Israel left the path of God and started to offer sacrifices to idols. When they would sacrifice to the Lord, their sacrifices became meaningless. God said enough of sacrifices. Although it was the Lord who gave the Israelites sacrifices, He did not want them nor would he accept them.
Here we see the Lord is reaffirming that this was from their fathers.
"For I did not speak to your fathers, or command them in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, concerning burnt offerings or sacrifices.” (Jeremiah 7:22)
He is removing sacrifices from the acceptable things that the children of Israel may do for Him.
"To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices to Me?" Says the Lord. "I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams And the fat of fed cattle. I do not delight in the blood of bulls, Or of lambs or goats.” (Isaiah 1:11)
Bring no more futile sacrifices; Incense is an abomination to Me. The New Moons, the Sabbaths, and the calling of assemblies-I cannot endure iniquity and the sacred meeting. (Isaiah 1:13)
For what purpose to Me Comes frankincense from Sheba, And sweet cane from a far country? Your burnt offerings are not acceptable, Nor your sacrifices sweet to Me." (Jeremiah 6:20)
The Lord has removed the sacrifice and replaced it with mercy, but before that God was telling the people that He wants righteous actions and justice more than He wants sacrifice..
To do righteousness and justice Is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice. (Proverbs 21:3)
For I desire mercy and not sacrifice, And the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings. (Hosea 6:6)
Jesus quotes Hosea, actual He quotes him twice.
"But go and learn what this means: 'I desire mercy and not sacrifice.' For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance." (Matthew 9:13)
"But if you had known what this means, 'I desire mercy and not sacrifice,' you would not have condemned the guiltless.” (Matthew 12:7)
The second time Jesus quotes Hosea He joins it to Proverbs, and justice. During this time of the kings, wickedness was all over the land and the innocent were made guilty. Such as, it was with the prophets who spoke God’s word to the people, but they spoke the truth and it was not what the kings and people wanted to hear.
The first time Jesus quotes Hosea, he links mercy with the sin sacrifice. Unlike the Pharisees who loved to show their importance and their learning of the law by traveling throughout Israel telling people how to live and rendering judgment, then these Pharisees would send the poor person to Jerusalem to perform the ritual sacrifice, which further oppressed them financially. These men were not learned men as Jesus points out, rather they are the ones who had a plank in their eye. Unlike Jesus, they were taught by men, and not by the Father. Hosea is calling for true knowledge of God, which can only come from God. For Jesus was not out to condemn the sinners, He wants to save them.
"For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” (John 3:17)
How Jesus replaces the mechanics of the sacrifices with mercy is found in the parable of the wicked servant, and the Sermon on the Mount. It is God who mercifully forgives our sins. Jesus looked at mercy in two ways. The most simplest and humblest of ways was as a righteous life style, in which he uses positive reinforcement, for those who were simple people meaning no harm, but desiring to do good to their neighbors.
“Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy.” (Matthew 5:8)
The second way Jesus uses mercy for mercy is in showing God’s willingness to forgive, and placing the returning of mercy in place of the sacrifice. Notice though this can be viewed as negative reinforcement with a positive message. The positive message is God is willing to show us mercy, but He does want payment. Not an arbitrary payment of a set number of goats, lambs, or rams, but God is now extracting a just payment from us equal to what He is giving, mercy for mercy.
“Therefore the kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. And when he had begun to settle accounts, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents. But as he was not able to pay, his master commanded that he be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and that payment be made. The servant therefore fell down before him, saying, ‘Master, have patience with me, and I will pay you all.’ Then the master of that servant was moved with compassion, released him, and forgave him the debt.
“But that servant went out and found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii; and he laid hands on him and took him by the throat, saying, ‘Pay me what you owe!’ So his fellow servant fell down at his feet and begged him, saying, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you all.’ And he would not, but went and threw him into prison till he should pay the debt. So when his fellow servants saw what had been done, they were very grieved, and came and told their master all that had been done. Then his master, after he had called him, said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you begged me. Should you not also have had compassion on your fellow servant, just as I had pity on you?’ And his master was angry, and delivered him to the torturers until he should pay all that was due to him.
So My heavenly Father also will do to you if each of you, from his heart, does not forgive his brother his trespasses.”(Matthew 18:23-35)
How does this replace the laws of offerings and sacrifices? The first is equated as the peace offering that which is freely given and is our way of thanking God, the second is more inline with the sin sacrifice that, which is demanded under the new law of reciprocal equality.
What is reciprocal equality? Under the old covenant God made with Moses, He had but one law for rich and poor, native born and stranger. Nevertheless, during the times of the kings, the rich who had more paid less of a price when compared to the poor. He had more and thus he sinned more, and he did sin more when he seen a profit. The rich could afford to hire a Pharisee, which was nothing more than a biblical lawyer, to twist the rich man’s actions around until his intentional sin became explained as unintentional, and thus eligible for the sin sacrifice. The poor were not able to afford a Pharisee and the Pharisees would not permit a stranger approach them much less make sacrifice to the Lord. Under the new law of reciprocal equality, the Lord is merciful and delights in forgiving us for our iniquities, for the poor and strangers who had to live in their sin, the Lord is merciful, He gives mercy, and we give our brothers our mercy, reciprocity. Equality comes in that the Lord no longer accepts the rich man’s sacrifices, but he must pay for his iniquities in the identical manner the Lord demands from the poor and the stranger.
God had already instituted the law of reciprocal equality for us to follow while seeking justice clothed in vengeance.
"But if any harm follows, then you shall give life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burn for burn, wound for wound, stripe for stripe.” (Exodus 21:24-25)
As I said this is a new law of reciprocal equality, which does not look for to take negative action for establishing justice, rather the negative reaction has been replaced with something good and pleasing to God, mercy.
This does not mean that the person who causes you harm is free from sin and obligation, first remember that is the Lord who defends us and demands justice for the wrongs done to us, it is not ours to take.
‘Vengeance is Mine, and recompense; Their foot shall slip in due time; For the day of their calamity is at hand, And the things to come hasten upon them.' (Deuteronomy 32:35)
Our Lord has told us that no longer are we to respond in kind. We are to take a higher position and stop the earthly cycle of violence. We are to trust in the Lord that justice will be served.
"You have heard that it was said, 'An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.' "But I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also.” (Matthew 5:38-39)
I used to think that this was not justice, but in truth, there is more justice under this than there is in responding in kind. First, we are rewarded for keeping true to our Lord’s commandments, and we have kept ourselves from sinning. Remember what our Lord has taught us, is our impulsive desires that cause us to sin. Secondly, the one who does the wrong is under a double penalty. The first penalty is for his sin that caused him to do evil, and the second penalty is that he is obliged to make restitution under the trespass offering (see Numbers 5:6-8), which under the new covenant offerings have also been replaced.
“For I desire mercy and not sacrifice, And the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.” (Hosea 6:6)
Be content in the knowledge that our Lord has strengthened you and He has always been true to the Father and never abolished the justice that is found in the Law of Moses.
Moving back to the second time Jesus replaces the sacrifice with mercy He adds a new dimension to it. Look carefully at how Jesus adds the lack of justice into the reason they are not merciful. Justice is the rule of law in the kingdom of God.
"But if you had known what this means, 'I desire mercy and not sacrifice,' you would not have condemned the guiltless.” (Matthew 12:7)
Jesus is not making this equal to acting just, we need to see how the prophets viewed this.
Thus says the Lord of hosts: 'Execute true justice, Show mercy and compassion Everyone to his brother’. (Zechariah 7:9)
Thus under the new covenant those who shall administer God’s justice will be merciful and compassionate.
Here we see another teaching of Jesus regarding the reciprocal equality of our actions in regards to justice and mercy. While Jesus’ words to the unjust are do not do it to others and it will not be done you, and he shows in the same verse what we do to others will de done to us.
“Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven.“ (Luke 6:37)
Mercy is a very special word to Jesus for it connects three words into one fluid motion. Compassion begets mercy, which begets forgiveness. As you read and take in the words of Jesus, you will see how He uses compassion and mercy, and mercy and forgiveness interchangeably.
Compassion is another of our actions that has reciprocal equality.
'Should you not also have had compassion on your fellow servant, just as I had pity on you?' (Matthew 18:33)
At this point, I wish to move on, but we clearly see one of the aspects of the new covenant to show compassion, mercy, and forgiveness of others as we seek it from the Father. However, this is a good transition point to move on to, because it shows how Jesus is teaching us that our inner most thoughts and feelings are the forces that create our actions. Compassion is a feeling, mercy a thought and forgiveness an action. Remember this, compassion begets mercy, which begets forgiveness.
Spirit of the Law
Jesus also strengthened the Law. Most notably was with adultery. The sin of adultery was confined no longer to our actions, but starts in our thoughts and feelings.
"You have heard that it was said to those of old, 'You shall not commit adultery.' But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.“ (Matthew 5:27-28)
The inner feeling is lust, and to look is to think about. Jesus is saying in simpler terms, once the feeling turns into a thought it is only a short way to the action. When you really think about this, under the letter of the Law the visible action was considered sinful. Jesus did not abolish the letter of the Law as He states so here.
"For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one dot will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.” (Matthew 5:18)
Jesus elevates the Spirit of the Law, equal to that of the Letter of the Law.
Jesus makes the spirit of the Law equal to the letter. He seen that the letter of the Law was easily obeyed by the lawless, but only a righteous man could obey the spirit of the Law. Therefore thinking about and doing the deed are both sinful. Think about it in modern terms, we have an argument with our neighbor, it unexpectedly gets heated and we lash out and strike him, he falls and hits his head on a rock and he dies, we did not mean to kill him, it was impulse but still we are guilty of manslaughter. When we sit and brood on the argument, and say to ourselves “he must pay for this insult,” and we go out looking for our neighbor and catch him and strike him, and he falls and hits his head on the rock and dies, we are guilty of premeditated murder, for here we thought about causing him some form of ill. Both are crimes, one happened because we unexpectedly lost control, the other happened because we willingly let go of our control. Which is the greater or lesser crime to God? That is for God to decide.
"Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.“ (Matthew 23:28)
Returning from the North
Again, this brings us back to the reciprocal equality purpose of abolishing the sin sacrifice and replacing it with mercy, and reestablishing justice. Although these men appeared as pillars of society, God seen into their hearts, and it would also be what is inside of a person that would be judged by the Father, as to be deserving of everlasting life, or the gnashing of teeth in the darkness.
During the time of Israel’ wickedness they started to abuse the poor, the helpless, and those who were called strangers, who contrary to God’s commandments to Moses were entitled to equal protection under the law.
"The people of the land have used oppressions, committed robbery, and mistreated the poor and needy; and they wrongfully oppress the stranger. “ (Ezekiel 22:29)
The original equal protection clause existed long before the American Constitution.
"One law shall be for the native-born and for the stranger who dwells among you." (Exodus 12:49)
Back than even as today, we are drawn to appeal to our worst instincts when challenged. Women were not allowed to testify simply because they were women. The illegitimate children of nobles were orphaned and denied their inheritance to hide another’s shame. Not long ago in my country America, any man of color was assumed guilty simply because he has a different skin color, or he has an accent to his voice. Even today, the courts of Islam forbid the testimony of an unbeliever.
Like the kings and temple priests who refused to listen to God, Jesus used what we could call the “nuclear option.” He changed the definition neighbor, a word the Israelites used for themselves to exclude the stranger, and what has even more justice to this is Jesus got the Pharisees to do this for Him.
But he, wanting to justify himself, said to Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?"
Then Jesus answered and said: “A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him,
and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a certain priest came
down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. Likewise a
Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked, and passed by on the
other side. But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And
when he saw him, he had compassion. So he went to him and bandaged his
wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him
to an inn, and took care of him. On the next day, when he departed, he took out
two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, ‘Take care of
him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you.’ So
which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who fell among the
And he said, “He who showed mercy on him.”
Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.” (Luke 10:29-37)
The children of Israel loved to call themselves the sons of God, but as Jesus loosened the definition of neighbor, He strengthened the definition of a son of God.
"For whoever does the will of My Father in heaven is My brother and sister and mother." (Matthew 12:50)
Under the new covenant, the merciful are entitled to the inheritance of Israel, even if they were born strangers.
"It shall be that you will divide it by lot as an inheritance for yourselves, and for the strangers who dwell among you and who bear children among you. They shall be to you as native-born among the children of Israel; they shall have an inheritance with you among the tribes of Israel.” (Ezekiel 47:22)
Those that do the will of the Father who is in heaven are the true son and daughters of the Living God, because they are His son’s brothers and sisters.
Promise and Penalties
As in, all covenants made with God there are blessings for keeping His covenant and curses for not keeping it. To understand what the blessing and curses are we only need to look at what persons Jesus blesses and curses.
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
“Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted.”
“Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth.”
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled.”
“Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy.”
“Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God.”
“Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God.”
“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
“Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake.” (Matthew 5:3–11)
Then He turned to His disciples and said privately, “Blessed are the eyes which see the things you see;” (Luke 10:23)
Jesus said to him, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” (John 20:29)
But He said, “More than that, blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it!” (Luke 11:28)
Jesus gave many blessings, and blessed many things, but He only gave one curse. This curse is irrevocable, but you have a little time to change your life to be one of the blessed and not cursed.
“When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’
Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see
You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did
we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You?
Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ And the King will
answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it
to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’
Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me,
you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels:
for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no
drink; I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not
clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.’
Then they also will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?’ Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’ And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” (Matthew 25:31-44)
Now this concludes the purpose, form, and mechanics of God’s Holy Covenants. What you do not see is any regulation regarding the type of animal, its gender, its age or its condition at the time of sacrifice. There is none. This is the only condition where the life of the son of man can be used as a sacrifice without breaking the Law. Jesus could never break the Law, no matter how hard we want to believe otherwise for He is the perfect Son.
We have a choice to join in the new covenant and gain our inheritance as sons of Israel, or we can follow the life of Jesus, forsake this world, and return to the Father as He showed us it is possible in the parable of the prodigal son. You do not need to be a son of Israel, to gain eternal life, but either route you take, you must follow Jesus to the cross, confessing your sins, repenting from your heart, begging for mercy, declaring Him as the Lord and the truth, completely obeying all of God’s laws, honoring His covenants, and performing good works of mercy and charity. You must forgive to be forgiven, not judging nor condemning, seeking every day to serve the Lord of Spirit with your flesh.
The Holy Grail
What foolishness is it of man to seek the living among the dead. So is it when we seek the spiritual in the material world. The cup that held the blood of Jesus is not a physical cup, as we know it. It is not an ornate chalice studded with precious stones or simple cup made by a carpenter, it was and it always has been our hearts. Our Lord taught us to use scripture in our search for truth. Just how do we find this cup, and what is the connection between the cup that hold the blood of Jesus and the new covenant.
Our Lord used the songs of David often, and it is here we see the spiritual symmetry of the cup and the heart. Both are vessels capable of being overfilled.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over. (Psalm 23:5)
My heart is overflowing with a good theme; I recite my composition concerning the King; My tongue is the pen of a ready writer. (Psalm 45:1)
Any child knows where there heart is. If we were to touch their lips and draw an imaginary line from their mouths to their heart and tell them this is how your heart is filled, in the absolute innocence they would understand more in an instant of faith than we would in a lifetime of studying. How often did our Lord tell us to be as innocent children in searching for the kingdom of God?
"Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it." (Mark 10:15)
If we view what our Lord said in this light, then we know why He said to His disciples,
Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, "Drink from it, all of you. For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins” (Matthew 26:27-28)
Even more relevant to our understanding is what the Lord told the Pharisees,
"A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.” (Luke 6:45)
It is not the liquid that is called blood, rather it is, as Isaiah said, the soul we must consume, to take into us the passion and life of our Lord. We do this by first cleaning our hearts so that it is humble.
“Lord, You have heard the desire of the humble; You will prepare their heart; You will cause Your ear to hear, To do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed, That the man of the earth may oppress no more.” (Psalms 10:17-18)
Remember in cleaning our own cups to hold His precious blood our Lord’s words,
"Blind Pharisee, first cleanse the inside of the cup and dish, that the outside of them may be clean also.” (Matthew 23:26)
The real “mystery” of how Jesus’ blood puts our sins into remission is that His blood collected in the cup, sits on the showbread table with the twelve loaves of unleavened bread, in the true Temple of the Living God, a place where no flesh may enter, where the Son ministers to His Father, as High Priest. It sits there waiting anyone of us who wish to be sons of the Living God. All we need to do is humble our heart and ask for it. It will be given to you to drink from, and the Lord’s words will become as clear as living waters to you. Asking for this cup is no mystery, if you are truly ready to join the everlasting family of the Lord Most High, simply confess our Lord’s name and go asking door to door, if necessary, asking for a cup of water in His name. Do not give up until one person takes pity on you and gives you a cup of water. If you give up, ask yourself, did you really believe.?
"If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.” (John 14:14)
Why ask water and not wine? When it is given to you will truly understand it is our Lord who gives Living Waters, and you are His, and a member of the spiritual nation of Israel.
"For whoever gives you a cup of water to drink in My name, because you belong to Christ, assuredly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward.” (Mark 9:41)
Even though this one person may never have heard the name of Jesus, your faith in Jesus’ promise has truly saved this person. Remember the parable of the sheep and the goats, you have just found one of our Lord’s lost sheep, while those with talismans on their lawn and doors who close their door to you are the goats.
Simply remember what the Lord has said, about believing as a child, and what is in the heart is what flows out of the heart.
"He who believes in me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will Flow Rivers of living water." (John 7:38)
His blood will now be waiting to be a witness for or against you. It was Jesus who witnessed the acceptance of the new covenant for and with us. Once we accept the new covenant and let the Lord into our heart to teach us His Holy Laws we will learn never to sin again. Can we ask for a more trustworthy witness when we appear before the Father on our day of judgment?
Like the prodigal son, all it takes for us to start our journey is to turn our backs on the far away land and set our eyes on our Father’s house. It really is that simple, a child can understand.
The Lord our God does not want us to sin no more, so He wants to take away the things that caused you to stumble and sets you on a path to righteousness. The Lord desires that we do learn to do well in His holy eyes. He wants us to know his Laws and serve his heart by ministering to the sick, showing mercy to poor and seeking justice for the outcasts. If you believe and are unsure where to start, please allow me to suggest you start here with the prophet Isaiah.
“Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; Put away the evil of your doings from before My eyes. Cease to do evil,
Learn to do good; Seek justice, Rebuke the oppressor; Defend the fatherless, Plead for the widow. “ (Isaiah 1:16-17)
This concludes my work. The Lord your God is waiting for you, but you must return to Him. His voice is true, I have heard the power, the majesty and authority of His voice.
To all who seek the truth, and the Lord our God, may he bless and keep until the end of time. Seek Him always, for He is worth the price. Soften your heart and do good. Keep true to the words of Jesus, and put no ones teachings before His, our God is a jealous God and does not share. Remember to keep knocking until the door, that can be opened, is opened. Drink the water given to you, and be filled.
For those who still do not believe the words given to me from my Lord, and you continue to search scripture seeking a way to find the mystery to eternal life that you do not have to work for, as you do, remember these words from Jesus.
"You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me. But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life. I do not receive honor from men. But I know you, that you do not have the love of God in you. I have come in My Father's name, and you do not receive Me; if another comes in his own name, him you will receive. How can you believe, who receive honor from one another, and do not seek the honor that comes from the only God?” (John 5:39-44)
As John said as he closed, his gospel there is so much to say about Jesus, so is it with living under the new covenant, so will I. The more we study God’s word with a humble heart the more understanding and knowledge will come to us.
And there are also many other things that Jesus did, which if they were written one by one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that would be written. Amen. (John 21:25)
In faith of He that is true,