Gen.12:1 Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee:
(Here we see God's interest in Abraham going forth in his spiritual walk with the LORD.)
Gen.12:2-3 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. (Gen.13:14-16) (Gen.22:17-18
* Gen.15:6 And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness.
* Rom.4:1-8 What shall we say then that Abraham our father, as pertaining to the flesh, hath found? For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God. For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works, Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.
Gal.2:21/ Rom.4:22/ Rom.3:28/ Phil.2:12/ Eph.2:8-9
(1 Cor.5:6-8/ 2 Cor.5:21/ 1 Pet.2:22)
We know that what spirit comes out in ones actions. One is a mirror of the other.
* Jas.2:20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? (Matt.7:16,20)
We are told that all sin: 1 Jn.1:8, Rom.3:23, Is. 64:6, Is.53:6, Ecc.7:20, Ps.14:3
* Rom.3:20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.
Man cant achieve his own salvation by his own merit and power. We are saved by Grace (unmerited, undeserving Favor). One recieves Grace through a relationship with YHVH. The reason we were created is for The LORD's pleasure (Rev.4:11). The commandments (Ex.20:2-17/ Exodus 34:11-27/ Deut. 5:6-21) and the Sh'ma (Deut.6:4-5/ Lev.19:18) exspress the fact that we should put The LORD first and to be civil with others. Abraham showed his faith when he listened and trusted God over his own understanding.
This is the same type relationship YHVH seeks to have with his children TODAY (Jn.17:15, Matt.10:38) ! This concept is evident in the patience of Job, The way YHVH provided for Israel during the Exodus, The way Joseph found postives through hard times, like Daniel in the Lions Den and his friends in the fiery furnance, Dont forget Noah listened and trusted in The LORD and was able to survive the tribulation that came against the World.
Abraham learned that YHVH was everywhere all the time that you didnt have to go to one spacific location to dwell with him, that there was no need of idol gods, That there was One God that was a source of all things. YHVH dwelled with Abraham where ever Abraham was. YHVH dwelled with Abraham and promised Abraham a seed, and a dwelling place.)!
Israel was choosen to (1)be bring forth The WORD in more ways than one (written/ and Yeshua- Jesus), and (2) to serve as an example to the nations of how to have a relationship with YHVH. "Israel" is to mention a individual relationship with God. Gen.12:2-3, Ex.19:6, Deut.7:6, Deut.26:19 Jacob- Gen.32:27-28 ( Is.14:1 / Is.56:3)
Jew/ Yəhuda/ has many uses
1) Physical: One of the tribe of Judah (some choose to lump all phy. tribes of Israel under the label out of ignorance if Only doing so cause they are decendants of Jacob)/
2) Geographical: One who resides in the territory of Judah (or Jerusalem) With this context any of those who dwelled in the land weather they were of another tribe of Israel or even a stranger who settled their in would be considered a Jew. Those who were not desendant of Jacob who did so were required to live according to Torah. (Tribe of Levi was given no territory for their inheritance was the Light of YHVH and the Temple was in the territory of Judah so Levites that served as Levitiacl priests would be considered "Jews" by this context./ The Tares used this geographical context to (attempt to) pervert Israel, the priesthood, and the temple.
3) Faith: One who embraces the revelations of YHVH in an ongoing relationship. This context has been used as much as the geographical one by the spiritual enemy. Example: many use this context to point to religion rather than faith. Then they point to "rabbinical Judaism" as the blueprint of considering one a Jew by faith when throughout the Word we have been warned of the leaven.
God's people are given the gift of discerning individuals by their fruits and to know who are fake Jews in every layer of the Word (Rev.2:9;3:9).
Rom.2:28-29 For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.
One with an ongoing relationship with The LORD is a part of a many membered body (this is a reality not a religion). Race doesnt come into play when it comes to ones relationship with The LORD. Throughout the Word we have examples of twins that differ in their standing with YHVH.
Rom.9:6-8 Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect. For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel: Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children: but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called. That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed.
* Lk.3:8 Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance, and begin not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, That God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham (Matt.3:9).
Jn.4:22,23,24/ (Gal.6:15-16/ 1 Cor.2:12-13)
* Gal.3:24-29 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.
Gal.3:6-7 Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.
-------roots-------Without the Law, there would be NO Grace./ Grace- unmerited, undeserving favor (Rom. 11:5-7).Those who don't partake of The LORD's mercy shall be found gulity according to the Law.
Jesus was of the tribe of Judah and Levi (Israel). The roots of Christianity are those of Israel. Examples:
1)Yeshua and Paul were in the custom of attending fellowhip at the synagogue (church) on Saturday. (Lk.4:16, Acts 17:1-2)
2)There is one way (Eph.4:3-6)
3)The faith of Israel is The only faith Jn.4:22-24, Zech.8:23, Rom.3:1-2, Rom.1:16, Rom.2:9-10
4)Paul respected and kept The Torah, The ways of the temple (house of prayer), and the laws of Ceasar Acts 25:8, Acts 28:17
Rom.3:31 Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.
5)The remnant (Elect) are set apart ones (Saints) to the ways of the world: Nazarenes (Acts 25:8). Levites- Ex.32:26. Christians- Acts 11:26... They all devoted their lives to a relationship with YHVH. One who embraces discipline according to the Word.
6)The true believers embrace BOTH the Torah and Messiah! Rev.12:17 (Messianic!)
The Hebrew Word Miqra ("assembly") is found in context throughout the N.T. (Its root is Qriya - "to call") but it is translated as ekklesia (greek) "church" (assembly) from the root kaleo which means to "call". In the greek translations of the Hebrew "O.T.", you will see that "kahal"- qahal or Miqra (assembly, congregation) is translated ekklesia - church (English). If we stay consistant the "church" to early Christians were "Jews" or more properly known as Israel that embraced the Messiah (Messianics).
Acts 7:38 refers to the Israelite ekklesia "church" in the wilderness at Mt. Sinai.
Jas.2:2 assembly - synagogue- church
2 Sam.7:24 For thou hast confirmed to thyself thy people Israel to be a people unto thee for ever: and thou, LORD, art become their God.
God doesn't change Mal.3:6 (Heb.13:8)
Jn 6:44, 2 Pet.3:9
suggested blog: "Abraham and Isaac"
God wants our Love (Praise) / more than any thing else we could offer or achieve. Prov.21:3, 1 Sam.15:22, Hos.6:6, Rev.4:11, Col.3:14, 1 Cor.13, 1 Pet.4:8
-Strongly suggest the Son of God blog on this subject!