Shalom. Our teaching this morning is from Exodus 4.22-23
READ EXODUS 4.22-23
So Moses has accepted GOD’s mission to lead the children of Israel out of Egypt and bring them up into their own land which GOD said in Ezekiel 20.6 about the land of Israel, I had searched out for them, flowing with milk and honey, which is the most beautiful of all lands.
So Moses returned to his home in Midian, and he took his wife and his 2 sons, and returned to Egypt. And The LORD said to Moses, when you return to Egypt, you shall say to Pharaoh, thus saith The LORD, Israel is My son, even My firstborn: and I say unto you, let My son go that he may serve Me: and if you refuse to let him go, behold, I will kill your son, even your firstborn.
Thus we read here in GOD’s Word that Israel is GOD’s firstborn son. And we know that Yeshua is also GOD’s firstborn son. So I thought to myself, what is the special meaning for Israel to be GOD’s firstborn son? And what is the unique significance? But first, let’s look at some Scriptures about GOD’s firstborn sons.
HEBREWS 1.5-6 Yeshua is GOD’s firstbegotten Son.
FIRST BEGOTTEN – PRO-TOT-OK-OS – first born
EXODUS 4.22 FIRSTBORN, as in, Israel is My Son, even My firstborn.
FIRSTBORN – BEHKHORE – firstborn
We certainly know that Yeshua The Messiah is GOD’s firstborn Son, even His only begotten Son. But now we read that GOD has another firstborn Son, Israel, The Jewish People. So what is the importance for Israel, and for all the world that Israel is GOD’s firstborn Son? Much in every way, as Paul writes in Romans 3.2
It is spelled out in prophecy in the TNakh, The Old Testament, that Yeshua is GOD’s Son, and that Yeshua is The Mighty GOD, and the Everlasting Father. But yet Israel is also GOD’s firstborn Son, and Israel plays a major role in Salvation throughout the world, and throughout the nations. Because GOD chose Israel to be a holy People unto The LORD their GOD, to be a special People unto Himself, and to be His Servant and Witness. Paul writes in Romans 9.4-5, to Israel pertains the adoption, and the glory and the covenants, and the giving of The Law, and the Service of GOD, and the Promises. The fathers, who are the Patriarchs, are theirs, and from the Jewish People from them as far as His human nature is concerned, came The Messiah Who is over all.
PSALM 2.7 Explains that Messiah is born of GOD, and Messiah’s birth IN ETERNITY is in such a manner that it is incomprehensible to the human mind to understand how He was born. Yet, The Son of GOD, Messiah Yeshua, is not only The Son of GOD, AND Messiah, He is also GOD The Father, and He is also The Holy Spirit because He is GOD, GOD The Father. READ PSALM 2.7
BEGOTTEN – YAHLAD – means born, born from GOD. And again, Messiah’s birth is impossible to understand, except that GOD Who is Spirit that fills Heaven and earth, brought forth His Son, and His Son, Who has no beginning or end, is The 1 GOD of Creation, and The GOD of Israel. I can say that with full confidence because The Bible teaches that there is only 1 GOD, there is none else beside Him.
I will declare the decree. DECLARE comes from the Hebrew word SAHFAR which means ANNOUNCE, and the word DECREE comes from the Hebrew word – khoke which means, THE LAW.
Thus GOD is announcing a law. That law is, GOD has a Son. He is born from GOD. This day, ha yom, may be anytime in eternity. It is impossible to know when GOD gave birth to Yeshua in Eternity.
If we take the Hebrew literally in Psalm 2.7, GOD has begotten GOD. The Hebrew reads B’nee, ahtah ahnee ha yom yehleedteekha.
– which literally reads, “My Son, You are I today have begotten You.” (repeat)
And Isaiah The Prophet confirms that The Son of GOD, GOD’s firstborn Son is the everlasting Father.
And the writer of Psalm 45 knew, that the 1 GOD is a plural. GOD is an us, yet He is 1, and there is only 1 GOD. PSALM 45.6-7
Though GOD is all Spirit, His Son, Who is GOD Almighty appears as GOD in TNakh, because He is GOD, to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses and others. And in The New Testament, though He is fully GOD, Yeshua took on the nature of a human being appearing to the multitudes in Israel. In all His appearances in The TNakh, The Old Testament, GOD is Yeshua The Messiah.
But Israel, who are the Jewish People, are born from Abraham, Isaac, Jacob. And Jacob’s 12 sons, is also GOD’s firstborn Son. So what is the great significance for all the world that Israel is also GOD’s firstborn Son? Yeshua gives us the answer.
JOHN 4.22 Salvation is from the Jews.
Salvation in Hebrew is YESHUA. YESHUA means being saved, delivered, having the victory, prosperity, health, and SALVATION. SALVATION is eternal Life.
So what does Yeshua, Who is GOD Almighty, The Creator of Heaven and earth mean that Salvation comes from the Jews? Remember, that GOD is The Father of Israel, and He is also The King of Israel. ISAIAH 33.22
Because Israel, The Jewish People are governed by GOD their King, and His Law, The Law of Moses. And it is from the Jewish People that Messiah came Who is the Savior of the world. And it is Israel, The Jewish People whom GOD has given the promises, and covenants, and hope. And it is Israel, The Jewish people whom GOD said, I will establish My Covenant between Me and you, and your descendants after you in their generations for an everlasting Covenant to be your GOD unto you and to your descendants after you. Genesis 17.6.
Thus Gentiles, non-Jewish people must join in with Israel to receive Salvation. Joining in with Israel DOES NOT mean converting to Judaism. Joining in with Israel means believing in the Jewish Messiah Yeshua, AND living your life exactly the way GOD commanded Israel, the Jewish People, to live their lives, by His Law, The Law of Moses, which GOD gave to the Jewish People. That is also taught in The Torah, The Law of Moses. Salvation is from the Jews, from GOD’s firstborn sons, Israel and Messiah.
JEREMIAH 31.31-34 Let me say this first. satan is a demon, a deceiver, a demon that works hard at preventing people from obeying GOD. We learn that from what he did in the garden of Eden. GOD told Adam not to eat the fruit from a certain tree. But satan told Adam’s wife that it was okay to eat that fruit. The lie, disobeying GOD, continues today. People are taught, yes taught by religious leaders, and so-called Bible scholars to disobey GOD. We are taught by these self-proclaimed scholars that The Law of Moses is dead, no longer in force, you will lose your Salvation if you obey The Law, and do it’s works. We’re free indeed from The Law, Hallelujah. All fiction, all lies and eternally destructive.
When you or me, and anybody receive Yeshua, and believe in Him, GOD puts His Law, His Law of Moses in our hearts, to obey GOD. But satan jumps right in and pulls The Law out from most all who claim Yeshua. We are taught by great and small the lie, We don’t have to obey The Law.
Salvation is from the Jews. Not the Baptists, not the Catholics, not the Lutherans, or the Mormons, or the Arabs, or the Chinese. Salvation is from the Jews. GOD requires you, yes, requires you to live your life according to the special, and divine, and wonderful Law GOD gave to
Israel, the Jewish People.
READ JEREMIAH 31.31-34
Thus The Bible teaches what all peoples and nations must do to receive GOD’s Salvation, Yeshua, which is forgiveness of all your sins, and eternal Life. And here it is, the New Covenant which forgives all your sins through Messiah’s atoning sacrificial death. So what must you do now that you believe in Yeshua? You must join in with GOD’s firstborn sons, Yeshua and Israel, and start to walk in the newness of Life. That newness of life is obeying The Law of Moses GOD gave to Israel, The Jewish People.
Gentiles, that is non-Jewish people joining in with Israel and living by the one Law GOD gave to Israel, started at the Exodus at Passover, EXODUS 12.48-49 some 3,500 years ago.
Passover represents a time of deliverance by the shed blood of an innocent lamb. And GOD is teaching us that Salvation comes from the Jews, from GOD’s firstborn Son, the perfect Lamb of God.
NUMBERS 15.14-16 The stranger, the non-Jewish person, will live with the Jewish People in Israel during the 1,000 year Millennium, and in Heaven in New Jerusalem forever.
And Paul teaches the same to all non-Jewish people who believe in Yeshua The Messiah. Join in with GOD’s firstborn Son, Israel and live your lives as the Jewish Apostles did, and the Prophets, and The Messiah, obeying GOD and His Law of Moses.
EPHESIANS 2.11-15 VERSE 15 What did GOD abolish in The Law of Commandments when non-Jewish people come to faith in Messiah? See Verse 12.
Now in Messiah, living a GODly and Holy life in obedience to GOD, you are no longer without Messiah, you are not aliens or strangers from the citizenship of Israel, you are no longer strangers from the Covenants of Promise, you have hope, and you have GOD in this world. Those are the Commandments in The Law that GOD has abolished for you, because you believe in Messiah, and obey GOD.
VERSES 19 & 20 IN EPHESIANS 2. They are all Jewish. They all obeyed GOD. His Word and His Torah, The Law of Moses, and His Commandments. Yeshua said, Salvation is from the Jews.
Here is a teaching I don’t think you will hear on any given Sunday. ACTS 2.37-38
Being baptized in The Name of Yeshua The Messiah means becoming one with Messiah. You become like Him. You obey GOD by living by His Torah. That is what it means to be baptized in The Name of your Messiah Yeshua. You become like Him, and obey GOD by living according to The Law GOD gave to Israel. You repent. That is, you turn to GOD. You turn from your sins, which is disobeying Torah, 1 John 3.4, and you turn to GOD and obey His Torah. That is repentance.
VERSE 1 Sin is breaking Torah, The Law of Moses. 1 John 3.4
VERSE 2 Being dead to sin is no longer living in sin.
You now live your life by Torah. You study GOD’s Law and learn to live by it.
VERSE 3 Our spiritual death, which is our old life of sin is dead, because we believe in Yeshua and obey Torah.
VERSE 4 Walking in newness of life is believing in Yeshua The Messiah, and living by Torah. That is newness of Life for everyone.
VERSE 5 If we are like Messiah, obey GOD and His Torah, we will be in the likeness of His resurrection. That is when GOD resurrects us, we will have the same resurrected body Yeshua has.
VERSE 6 The old person of sin is crucified with Yeshua. Our body of sin is destroyed. We no longer serve sin, disobeying Torah, because we now live by GOD’s Law obeying it, serving GOD.
So what’s the great significance for Israel and the world that Israel is GOD’s firstborn Son? Much in every way. Yeshua said, Salvation is from the Jews. SALVATION COMES FROM believing in The Jewish Messiah Whom GOD gave to the Jewish People, and obeying The Torah, the Law GOD gave to Israel, the Jewish People. It’s that simple, and that’s why Salvation is from the Jews, GOD’s firstborn Son.
Shalom, Ira Weinstein
Shalom. Our teaching this morning is from Exodus 4.22-23