This beautiful valley of Jezreel/Megiddo will never see an end-time battle
In defence of the sidelined God Jehovah, Creator of the Universe and Father of Humanity
is one of Christianity's foremost doctrines essential for salvation
or so it seems from these randomly selected Internet sources:
http://www.gotquestions.org/reconciliation.html . . . and
First the meaning of the word from: http://www.etymonline.com/index.php:
mid-14c., of persons, from Old French reconcilier (12c.) and directly from Latin reconcilare "to bring together again; regain; win over again, conciliate," from re- "again" (see ) + concilare "make friendly"
1540s, from Latin conciliatus, past participle of conciliare "to bring together, unite in feelings, make friendly," from concilium "council" (see ). Related: Conciliated; conciliating.
Reconciliation can only occur if there had existed a previously brought together condition or relationship that had failed.
The question must therefore be: what special brought together condition or relationship had existed between God and generic man that was severed through Adam's non-cooperation?
But first a bit about generic Man and all the other creatures from the Scriptures:
There is a distinct commonality between animals and man, for all share the same Hebrew word Strong's 05314 (soul) translated living creatures in combination with Strong's 02416 (life, living) in Genesis 1:20, 21, 24, 30 for animals, but translated living soul in 2:7 relative to the creation of the man Adam.
Humans and animals are thus considered both souls and creatures, with an equal status
of impermanence and inherent mortality to be recycled and devoid of any special relationship
with their Creator other than humans having been created in His image.
Please click here for more about life and death.
We humans tend to resist the designation of creature for it suggests a created being for one, and some horrible invention of storytellers and film makers for another.
Well, here is the even playing field for all creatures great and small per Ecclesiastes 3:18-20:
18 I said in my heart, "Concerning the condition of the sons of men, God tests them, that they may see that they themselves are like animals." 19 For what happens to the sons of men also happens to animals; one thing befalls them: as one dies, so dies the other. Surely, they all have one breath; man has no advantage over animals, for all is vanity. 20 All go to one place: all are from the dust, and all return to dust.
Contrary to the scheming Christian power-brokers, there had been no special contractual relationship between God and humans, needing reconciliation, if severed.
If the very act of creating Adam and Eve automatically constituted a bilateral agreement between God and man, then all other living creatures from ants to whales would likewise have contractual obligations to God. How ludicrous!
The only creatures legally bound to Jehovah through a bilateral contract, with all the consequences clearly spelled out, were the Israel of the Exodus.
Israel failed to keep their side of the covenant, while God kept his. The outcome options were entirely Israel's.
Do the righteous thing and blessings from God would ensue.
Rebel and fail in your contractual obligations and death as a people would ensue.
Rejecting Jehovah's law and oversight, they became ungodly.
For a little more background, please make an effort to read Romans chapter 1, where Paul wrote to Jews and Gentile proselytes in Rome who had accepted their Messiah (Christ), .
But to continue with the reconciling of Israel while keeping the audience in mind, identified by all the plural personal pronouns (click here for details) used by OT prophets and NT apostles alike:
6 ¶ For while we were still helpless, at the right time* Christ died for the ungodly*. 7 For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. 8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, having now been justified* by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. 10 For if while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. 11 And not only this, but we also exult in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation. Romans 5:6-11
* 4 But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a
woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those who were under the law, that we might
receive the adoption as sons.
with the we here the Israel of God under new testamental management.
* Neither godly nor ungodly are default conditions. One needs to acquire being godly, first.
* acquitted from transgressing the law through their death in Jesus -Romans 6:7
Israel were helpless sinners unable to extricate themselves from the execution that awaited them.
Even if all natural descendants of Jacob had disappeared, the Israel of God of the promises would still have existed to inherited the promises.
13 But I am speaking to you who are Gentiles. Inasmuch then as I am an apostle of
Gentiles, I magnify my ministry, 14 if somehow I might move to jealousy my fellow
countrymen and save some of them. 15 For if their rejection be the reconciliation
of the world*, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead? Romans 11:13-15
-please read the entire chapter.
* Strong's 2889 = firstborn son and wife of God Israel as in government and decoration.
Having died executed in Jesus, Israel were dead. That is why Jesus once said: let the dead bury their dead -Luke 9:16. However, any natural sheep of the flock of Jacob who respond positively to the Good News, actually return from the dead to a living hope.
What does Galatians 4:4-5 tells us time-wise? Why:
4 But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.
What was the acceptable time:
(for he saith, At an acceptable time I hearkened unto thee, And in a day of salvation did I succor thee: behold, now is the acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation)*: 2 Corinthians 6:2
From the spirit-begetting baptism of the 120 on the day of Pentecost until the little flock were all seated on thrones in the heavenly precinct, was the right time for anointed individual Jews and Gentile proselytes from the redeemed Israel of God could work out their own salvation.
* Isa 49:8 Thus saith Jehovah, In an acceptable time have I answered thee, and in a day of salvation have I helped thee; and I will preserve thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, to raise up the land, to make them inherit the desolate heritages:
Isa 61:2 to proclaim the year of Jehovah’s favor*, and the day of vengeance* of our God; to comfort all that mourn;
* those mourning ones discipled out of the Israel under the law to become the Israel of God under the new testament/covenant.
* the great tribulation visited upon Israel commencing with the Roman onslaught in 70 CE for their abject rejection of Jehovah and their transgressions of His law, which will continue until He calls His elect, the Israel of God, to their places in the heavenly kingdom they become at that instance.
Who is the thee in Isaiah 49:8 above? To whom did Isaiah address Jehovah's words?
In fact, who were the audience all the Prophets of the OT addressed themselves to convey the words of their Father, King and God?
Isaiah's audience could not be more obvious than in these verses preceding 49:8:
3 and he said unto me, Thou art my servant; Israel, in whom I will be glorified. 4 But I said, I have labored in vain, I have spent my strength for nought and vanity; yet surely the justice due to me is with Jehovah, and my recompense with my God. 5 And now saith Jehovah that formed me from the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob again to him, and that Israel be gathered unto him (for I am honorable in the eyes of Jehovah, and my God is become my strength); 6 yea, he saith, It is too light a thing that thou shouldest be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth. ASV
In Acts 13:46-47 the Apostle Paul confirmed it is the same Israel of God that continues to be the light to the Gentiles, but now under a new covenant/testament (Jeremiah 31:31):
46 And Paul and Barnabas spake out boldly, and said, It was necessary that the word of God should first be spoken to you. Seeing ye thrust it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of eternal life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles. 47 For so hath the Lord commanded us, saying, I have set thee for a light of the Gentiles, That thou shouldest be for salvation unto the uttermost part of the earth. ASV
That should suffice for a better understanding.