Shalom and Good Morning. Our message and teaching will be from Genesis 17.21-27.
Genesis 17.21 The Covenant or promises GOD made with Isaac are the same Covenants He made with Abraham
and all the Children of Israel, The Jewish People.
I believe the subject of GOD’s Covenants are of vital importance for a better understanding of the Bible. So, let’s review those He gave to Abram and their meanings.
Genesis 12.1-2 The Great Nation is Israel from Whom comes the Jewish Messiah Yeshua HaMashiakh, Jesus the Messiah.
Genesis 12.3 The blessings and cursings to those who bless or curse the Jewish People.
All the families of the earth are blessed in the Jewish Messiah Yeshua.
Genesis 15.18-21, The Everlasting Covenant The Lord God made with Abram and the Jewish People giving them the Land of Israel for an everlasting possession.
Genesis 17.2 Millions of Jewish descendants to establish the great nation Israel.
Genesis 17.10-12 Circumcision is evidence or proof of The Covenant between GOD and The Jewish People.
Isaiah 42.6 (Expands on Genesis 12.3)
A light to the Gentiles – Messiah will teach the Gentiles God’s Word, His Laws and His Commandments, Proverbs 6.23.
Read Isaiah 42.1-7
Verse 7 Blind Eyes – No knowledge of God. He will open their eyes of understanding.
Prisoners from prison – Prison of sin.
Out of the prison house – Deliver them from sin and give them Salvation, which leads to eternal life.
Psalm 105.8-10 gives a clear and easy explanation of GOD’s Covenants.
Verse 8 – God’s Covenant is forever.
God’s Covenant is His Word.
A thousand generations = Forever.
Verse 9 – God’s Covenant and Oath are the same, His Word and His Promise.
Verse 10 – Confirmed – In Hebrew Ahmad – Meaning, Stands, Continues and Decree or His Law.
God’s Law stands forever. This is vitally important as the world is taught the lie that God’s Law is ended.
Thus God’s Covenant is His Promise which stands forever.
His Word Stands Forever.
And His Law Stands Forever.
Genesis 9.11-12 – God’s Covenant with Noah that a flood would never again destroy all life and the earth, Is God’s Promise, His Word and His Law. His Covenant never changes or ends. It is an Everlasting Covenant.
Genesis 9.13-17 – The rainbow God has set in the sky is His sign between Him and all mankind that never again will a flood destroy all life and the earth.
Thus God’s Covenants consist of His Word which is His Law and stands forever.
Matthew 24.35 – Yeshua is God Almighty.
God’s Words, His Laws and His Covenants will never pass away. They are Everlasting. They will remain the same forever though man seeks to change God’s Laws.
Verse 17 – God gives His righteousness to children’s children. That is they will inherit the truth and live in righteousness. It is a gift of God.
Hebrews 12.24 The New Covenant or the New Testament replaces the animal sacrifices of the past because
Yeshua is The Only Sacrifice for atonement of sins we will ever need.
Leviticus 17.8-9. There can be no animal sacrifice without God’s Temple in Jerusalem
The New Covenant or New Testament does not replace the Old Testament. In fact, the New Covenant is part of the Old Testament. It is Law, that is It is Torah. See Genesis 12.3, Isaiah 42.6 and Jeremiah 31.31-34.
Mediator – A Reconciler, that is Messiah Who brings Peace between the Believer and God.
Before our Belief in Messiah, we were separated from God because of our sins, Isaiah 59.2.
Abel’s animal sacrifices.
1 Kings 8.62-66
This we know. The Bible teaches that all the Covenants of GOD are given to The Jewish People (Romans 9.4) but The LORD GOD makes provision for non-Jewish people to join in as equals and receive all the blessings of all GOD’s Covenants.
Exodus 12.48-49, Leviticus 24.22, Numbers 9.14
Numbers 15.14-16, Isaiah 56.6-7
Ephesians 2.11-13, 19-20
Verse 12 – Strangers according to Webster’s Dictionary – A person who does not belong to a family, group or community. An outsider. Also, a person not legally associated or involved or a participant (of God’s Covenants).
Verses 19-20 – As Believers in the Messiah Yeshua, we are to lead our lives as the Apostles and Prophets and Yeshua the Messiah led their lives. According to the torah, the Law of Moses.
Hebrews 5.9 – All who obey Messiah, Who is God Almighty, receive Eternal Salvation which is Eternal Life and all God’s wonderful blessings in His Word.
Psalm 9.9-10, Psalm 17.15
Psalm 33.12, Psalm 56.4
Genesis 17.21-22 GOD occasionally visited certain people in The Bible, and always came for an important
purpose. And then ascended back to Heaven.
Numbers 12.1-16, Acts 1.1-16
Genesis 17.23-27 Okay, here are my thoughts why non-Jewish Believing men are not required to be circumcised.
I believe the Elders of the Believing Jewish community in Jerusalem, Peter, James and the others petitioned The LORD GOD through The Holy Spirit requesting that non-Jewish Believing men should not be required to be circumcised because of the pain and discomfort of the circumcision procedure at an advanced age. At 8 days old, the Jewish male baby, I don’t think, feels it or remembers it. At least that’s my experience. However, at 20 years old or 30, 40, 50, 70, 80 even 90 years old, just the thought of going through that circumcision procedure and the pain accompanying it could turn many away from The Messiah. Thus, I believe Messiah answered the Jewish elders and said something like this. “I have heard your petition and I will not require men who are not Jewish and believe in me to be circumcised. But all My Laws and Covenants of the Lord your God must be obeyed by all people who follow Me.”
Verse 15 – Avail – Does not matter, does not mean anything when it comes to belief in Messiah Yeshua.
New creature – The Greek word for creature is Ktisis meaning a New Ordinance or new rule or law which would be God’s Law.
Verse 16 – Rule – Standard, The standard of being a new creature. Believing in Messiah, living our life according to God’s rules and Laws.
The Israel of God – Is Israel, today, yesterday and forever.
So let’s summarize:
GOD’s Covenant is His Promise, His Word and His Law. His Covenant is everlasting. It never ends and never changes. It remains the same forever.
And the Great Covenant of Messiah Yeshua, the New Covenant, the Covenant of Eternal Salvation and Eternal Life is given to all, as Hebrews 5.9 teaches, Unto all them that obey Him.
Shalom, Ira Weinstein