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Last site edit: September 21 2017
In defence of the sidelined God Jehovah, Creator of the Universe and Father of Humanity
Firstborn, a term too far?
Though ambiguity of the term and tribal laws tend to make definition somewhat difficult at times, it is absolutely essential to clearly define both word and the concept in the biblical narrative, for it directly impacts on understanding God, His purpose and the legacy of the entire Bible he has entrusted to generic man.
It is all about the legal definition within the biblical framework and purpose of God.
Born first does not necessarily mean firstborn in that legal sense.
Here we have a historical statement, with no legal implications, made by guests of Pharaoh in Egypt before the Law covenant:
1 Later on Jacob called his sons and said: “. . . . . . . 3 “Reu´ben, you are my firstborn, my vigor and the beginning of my generative power, the excellence of dignity and the excellence of strength”. –Genesis 49:1-3. NWT ‘84
That son was not Jacob's firstborn son though he was born first and the beginning of Jacob's procreative mightiness.
This firstborn directive, subsequently enshrined in the Law Israel was given as part of their original last will and testament made at Sinai, was binding upon all:
15 "If a man has two wives, one loved and the other unloved, and they have borne
him children, both the loved and the unloved, and if the firstborn son is of her
who is unloved,
16 "then it shall be, on the day he bequeaths his possessions to his sons, that he must not
bestow firstborn status on the son of the loved wife in preference to the son of the unloved, the true firstborn. 17 "But he shall acknowledge the son of the unloved wife as the firstborn by giving him a double portion of all that he has, for he is the beginning of his strength; the right of the firstborn is his. Deuteronomy 21:15-17 NKJV
Alas, Esau sold his right of firstborn to Jacob and Reuben forfeited his to Joseph, Jacob's rightfully firstborn from his wife Rachel.
Reuben was a son of pretence, in that it was Leah who snuck into Jacob's bed instead of Rachel his wife at the insistence of Laban their father, who felt that his eldest daughter Leah deserved the honour and all attendant benefits of becoming the mother of Jacob's firstborn son.
Leah loved Jacob with a passion of a chosen first wife, but he in turn loved her less than he did the love of his life Rachel. Jehovah had compassion for Leah and granted her 6 sons including Judah, the first of the royal line leading to Jesus, and Levi, the priestly line, plus a daughter Dinah.
Jesus was neither God's (Jehovah KJV) firstborn son nor His only-begotten son.
The latter belonged to the heavenly only uniquely solely begotten spirit creature angelic son, the beginning of Jehovah's creative works, though not used by God as an identifying term or name, because that is reserved for the expression Only Begotten Son.
Though Jesus was Mary's firstborn son, he was also God's second firstborn human son, Adam #2, in His liaison with Mary in that He was the direct life-giver to the only other unique assemblage of earth's elements, this time however, via the depth of the earth of Mary's womb, as David aptly described it in Psalm 139:13-15.
Apart from the use of the firstborn when referring to all manner of firstborn in the scriptures, one special use of that term is reserved for the people Israel collectively under both covenants:
1. redeemed out of Egypt from slavery and certain death by
their demonstrated faith in the Passover . . . And
2. redeemed out of slavery to the Law (Hagar) and certain death for disobedience
by their demonstrated faith in their second Passover lamb Jesus.
Written in the past tense about the man Jesus before his execution in Israel's stead:
Matthew 1:25 And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS.
Luke 2:7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
Written in the tense of past prophecy after Israel's redemption in Jesus
Romans 8:29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
Written about the heavenly only begotten son in the present tense after Jesus had died in his place to redeem Jehovah's firstborn son Israel and had bequeathed all he was, had been and had become, to the only-begotten son now restored to life by his father Jehovah from his virtual death, like Isaac the type had been after the sheep had died in his stead.*
Colossians 1:15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:
Colossians 1:18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.
Colossians 2:3 In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
* 17 By faith Abraham, being tried, offered up Isaac: yea, he that had gladly received
the promises was offering up his only begotten son; 18 even he to whom it was said,
In Isaac shall thy seed be called: 19 accounting that God is able to raise up, even
from the dead; from whence he did also in a figure receive him back.
Written in the past tense in the context of Israel's original identity of Exodus 4:22-23*:
By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured as seeing Him who is invisible. 28 By faith he kept the Passover and the sprinkling of blood, lest he who destroyed the firstborn should touch them. —– AV Hebrews 11:27-28 –
* 22 And thou shalt say unto Pharaoh, Thus saith Jehovah, Israel is my son, my first-born:
23 and I have said unto thee, Let my son go, that he may serve me; and thou hast refused
to let him go: behold, I will slay thy son, thy first-born. —ASV.
to confirm that, the Israel of the Exodus was and continues to be God's firstborn
son in their post messianic age (Galatians 6:16) until they are gathered into the
heavenly realm for governance, clearly identified here by Paul when writing to these
anointed Hebrews who are there: congregation of
the firstborn who have been enrolled in the heavens, and God the Judge of all, and
the spiritual lives of righteous ones who have been made perfect
— Hebrews 12:23 NWT 2013.
The congregation of firstborn: the little flock of Luke 12:32 are the ones called:
28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose,
29 for whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. —Romans 8:28-30; ASV
12 ¶ giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in light,
13 for He delivered us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. 15 And He* is the image of the invisible God, the first-born of all creation. 16 For by* Him* all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities — all things have been created by* Him* and for Him*. 17 And He* is before all things, and in Him* all things hold together. 18 He* is also head of the body, the church; and He* is the beginning, the first-born from the dead; so that He* Himself might come to have first place in everything. —Colossians 1:12-18; NAS
* initial Caps of personal pronoun he after verse 14 are an apostate trinitarian
up to verse 15 it refers to the Father of both sons Jesus and His only begotten son.
Just an analysis of verse 16 above bears out the trinitarian shenanigans:
16 For by <1722> him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by <1223> him, and for him:
Bound as they were at the pain of death and still are at the pain of being disenfranchised from the bulk of their peers, translators had a most difficult assignment to be both true to the text and to the dictates of the church-state amalgam they were doctrinally beholden to.
The choice of words from those available must have given them unenviable headaches.
Of these two words used in the above verse, <1722> would need to be translated through if it were not to contradict <1223>, which has through as primary definitions:
I am aware that all the foregoing and the verses below are bound to confuse the seeker of wisdom and truth. Not my fault.
Those beholden to the trinity have rendered the person of God, his word the bible, his entire purpose for humanity, and their current plight, into nonsensical tribal gibberish.
On the basis of Jehovah's clearly defining His firstborn son in Exodus 4:22, the entire Bible is about their documented journey from out of Egypt to their destiny of heavenly governance as the only means to resolve generic man's plight by restoring the original opportunities to all humans ever born.
Israel was executed and redeemed IN Jesus their final Atonement and second Passover sacrifice.
Mt 1:25 And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS.
Lu 2:7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
Ro 8:29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
Col 1:15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:
Col 1:18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.
Heb 11:28 Through faith he kept the passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them.
Heb 12:23 To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,
Romans 8:27-30: And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. 28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. 29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.
From their darkness, on death-row for their sins against their first covenant and their law, they were delivered, forgiven and reconciled to God IN Jesus to a life of hope after their redeemer Messiah died in their stead.
12 ¶ giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance
of the saints in the light. 13 He has delivered us from the power of darkness and
conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, 14 in whom we have redemption
through His blood, the forgiveness of sins. 15 He is the image of the invisible
God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For by Him all things were created that
are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions
or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. 17
And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. 18 And He is the head
of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that
in all things He may have the preeminence. 19 For it pleased the Father that in
Him all the fullness should dwell, 20 and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself,
by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the
blood of His cross. 21 And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind
by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled
22 in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight —
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