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Israel - God’s Firstborn Son (Exodus 4:22)

Used the  New World Translation throughout this Israel series of essays,

since these were originally submitted to the leading elders of the WTB&TS

In chapter one of his Epistle to the Hebrews, the inspired Apostle Paul carefully introduces the Christ within the context of their Old Testament Scriptures;

Verse 6 making this statement:

(Hebrews 1:6) 6 But when he again brings his Firstborn into the inhabited earth, he says: “And let all God’s angels do obeisance to him.”. . . NWT

             

Just an aside to show that quite a number of other translations handle again and its implications in the same manner as the NWT.  Among these are these older ones:

English Revised Version 1885;  American Standard Version 1901;  Rotherham 1902;

6  But speaking of the time when He once more brings His Firstborn into the world, He says, <"And let all God’s angels worship Him."> Weymouth 1912

A number of modern translations likewise recognise that again is not indicative of another in a series of quotations:

HCSB;   English Majority Text Version;  New King James Version;  New American Standard Version

Some translations ignore again altogether, because using it as per the original Greek text, where Paul does not introduce yet another Old Testament quotation in a series simply because there wasn't one, became altogether too confusing, made no sense and did not fit in with their current understanding of Scripture.


Why the enigmatic again?

For that logically raises the chronological question:  When was the first time He brought His firstborn son into the inhabited earth i.e. in among the peoples of the earth?   Enigmatic?

Who is this firstborn son?  All Christians weird and wonderful agree on this firstborn son being Jesus.  They are wrong, and yet not completely so.  How can that be?

Paul said this with reference to the The Sacred Secret  or mystery of the Kingdom, The people, the congregation of Israel, Jehovah's inheritance, His chosen people, His firstborn son Israel, who had previously been brought into the inhabited earth (Strong’s 3625 - oikoumenh oikoumene)  at his being born the first time, when they emerged from the constraining womb of Egypt:

Hosea 11:1

1  “When Israel was a boy, then I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son xref. (NWT)

When Jehovah sent Moses and Aaron to Pharaoh with the request to allow Israel to leave Egypt, He made an unusual, but definitive statement about the nature of Israel and their relationship with Jehovah:

xref1  22 And you must say to Phar´aoh, ‘This is what Jehovah has said: “Israel is my son, my firstborn.. .  (Exodus 4:22)  See also Deut 7:6, 14:2; Jer 31:9; Romans 9:4.

xref2   Matthew 2:15

15 and he stayed there until the decease of Herod, for that to be fulfilled which was spoken by Jehovah through his prophet, saying: “Out of Egypt I called my son.”

The inspired Matthew focused here on God's firstborn son Israel in the person of Jesus rather than on just Jesus.  Jesus' life was to mirror Israel's entire journey in microcosm from Egypt to his execution.

This terminated the wife age or epoch of Israel which had run from the giving of the household rules of the Husband's Family at Sinai via Moses, known as The Law Covenant, to her executionary death in Jesus.

These homeland rules or laws were those of servitude in the manner of Hagar -Galatians 4:21-26.

The firstborn son of God age or epoch began a little earlier than the giving of the law.  It commenced when Jehovah concluded the first Kingdom Covenant for His firstborn son to become a Kingdom of Priests and a Holy Nation (people) (Exodus 19:3-8).

This was the first Testament, the testator Israel agreeing to bequeath all his/their legacy to an heir.

This was not enacted with Israel, the Wife.  This adulterous wife had nothing worthwhile to bequeath to anyone at her death.

God's firstborn son, however, having retained a measure of faith, virtue and attendant accomplishments through a number of faithful individuals who consistently manifested themselves as a remnant of those originally chosen, did leave a legacy in the final remnant of the Israel of the old testament now transferred by God into the kingdom of His only begotten son to inherit after having died in Jesus.

God's firstborn son Israel will continue in the flesh until they are called to the heavenly destiny of their 1000 year governance.   Israel subsequently continues in a virtual format (Revelation 7:4-8) for the 1000 years as the Kingdom and on to their ultimate death-like terminus at the end of the allotted period of a 1000 years, when the full purpose and intent of the Seed of Abraham Israel's existence will have been been fully realized and all the promises to the fathers fulfilled.

This also validates the New Testament when Jehovah inherits all that His firstborn son Israel has accomplished right at the end of the Israel epoch or age that ran from Exodus 19:3-8 until the end of the kingdom of the thousand years right on time at the conclusion of Jehovah's 7th creative day of 7000 years, His earth related rest day, which He had set aside for Humans to finish what He had started:

24  Then cometh the end, when he shall deliver up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have abolished all rule and all authority and power.

25  For he must reign, till he hath put all his enemies under his feet.

26  The last enemy that shall be abolished is death.*

27  For, He put all things in subjection under his feet. But when he saith, All things are put in subjection, it is evident that he is excepted who did subject all things unto him.

28  And when all things have been subjected unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subjected to him that did subject all things unto him, that God may be all in all. NKJV

* Death will never be abolished!  Death is an intrinsic part of life for every living organism on earth purposed by the greatest Recycler of them all, Jehovah.

In the broad context of 1 Corinthians 15 and the larger one of the overall Israel setting of the Bible within an even grander one of God's of His original purpose for man finally realized through the assigned means: Only this small band of 144000 heavenly brothers of the Christ taken from among mankind, God's firstborn son Israel, will be granted the privilege of everlasting life or immortality and incorruption.  It is only these that Revelation 21:4 will become the ultimate reality alongside their Christ:

3  And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, "Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He shall dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall be among them,

4  and He shall wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there shall no longer be any death; there shall no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away."  NKJV

Paul confirms that

Romans 6:20-23  For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness.  21 What fruit did you have then in the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death.  22 But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life.  23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.  NAS

To whom did he write this?  To all who dare to use the name Christian?   No! only to those actually anointed who by virtue of that anointing possess an intrinsic right to that name through ownership? :

Colossians 1:5  because of the hope laid up for you in heaven, of which you previously heard in the word of truth, the gospel, NAS

1 Peter 1:3-4   Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,  4 to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you,  NAS

And here via John in Revelation:

5:9-10  And they sang a new song, saying: "you are worthy to take the scroll, And to open its seals; For you were slain, And have redeemed us to God by your blood Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation,
10 And have made us kings and priests to our God; And we shall reign on* the earth."  NAS

* Greek epi over


With the sacrifice of Israel's ultimate Passover lamb Jesus, the Christ had purchased the already existing Congregation of Jehovah's people Israel.  (1 Cor 5:7; 2 Cor 5:21) The Christ now owned it.  The congregation of Israel, Jehovah's inheritance, His chosen people, His firstborn son Israel now belonged to the Christ:

28 Pay attention to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the holy spirit has appointed you overseers, to shepherd the congregation of God, which he purchased with the blood of his own [Son].. . . (Acts 20:28)

(Note also God's promise for Jacob to produce a Congregation or assembly of PeoplesGenesis 28:3; 35:11; 48:4)

One generally purchases a pre-existing item.  Hence Jehovah had purchased the already existing congregation Israel in order to free them from their accrued debt of disobedience to the Law, which held them imprisoned and to free them from their encumbrance of flesh, so that they could find their ultimate resting place on the heavenly mountain of Jehovah's inheritance.

No wonder Jesus introduced himself at the commencement of his 3½ year preaching campaign with an amalgam quote from Isaiah 49:8, 9; 58:6; 61:1, 2  . . .to preach a release to the captives. . . (Luke 4:18),  because the Jewish people had been taken into custody by the Law which defined sin and the penalties for law breakers.  Not only were they thus prisoners of that Law of Sin and Death, but also of the crushing burden of their transgressions, not to mention the unrealistic laws their shepherds had kept heaping upon them, from which the Christ was to finally release them by means of the Passover Lamb's sacrificial death.

Since Jehovah had now conferred all authority on the Christ, the congregation of God, which Jehovah had repurchased for the last time in this manner, now belonged to the Christ as the Kingdom of the son of His love. –Colossians 1:13.    For more detail please go Here.

The Congregation of Israel, was now owned by and built upon the Christ, but only for a time, until Jehovah finally receives them as His Inheritance at the end of the 1000 years.

18 Also, I say to you, you are Peter, and on this rock-mass I will build my congregation,. . . (Matthew 16:18)

Jehovah's firstborn son Israel can be said to have come out of Egypt twice:  
1. When the People Israel exited Egypt and  2. When Jesus, completely representing and substituting for Israel, came back with his family from his Egyptian exile. ‑Exodus 4:22; Hosea 11:1; Matthew 2:15

This congregation of Jehovah's firstborn son Israel is seen here located in Heaven:

Hebrews 12:22-24

22 But you have approached a Mount Zion and a city of [the] living God, heavenly Jerusalem, and myriads of angels, 23 in general assembly, and the 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, 24 and Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and the blood of sprinkling, which speaks in a better way than Abel’s [blood].. . .

The apostle John later confirmed this in his vision of the heavenly Jerusalem ‑Revelation 21:12.

From their birth at the Exodus, Jehovah's firstborn son continued their difficult journey right to the intended heavenly destination, the mountain of Jehovah's inheritance, heavenly mount Zion, as a Kingdom of Priests and a holy nation.

Since Jesus completely substituted for the people Israel as their Passover Lamb, he literally became Israel in every respect, i.e. tooth for tooth and eye for eye.

As her husbandly owner Jehovah certainly divorced Israel as a wife to permanently sever His relationship with her, but never would he abandon His firstborn son Israel to constitute him a fatherless boy.



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