This beautiful valley of Jezreel/Megiddo will never see an end-time battle
Last-edit: January 1 2018
In defence of the sidelined God Jehovah, Creator of the Universe and Father of Humanity
Jehovah sold Israel into Sin. Really? How?
(1 Corinthians 15:56-57) 56 The sting producing death is sin, but the power for sin is the Law. 57 But thanks to God, for he gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!
(Romans 7:14) 14 For we know that the Law is spiritual; but I am fleshly, sold under sin.. . .
(Romans 6:1-7) 6 Consequently, what shall we say? Shall we continue in sin, that
undeserved kindness may abound? 2 Never may that happen! Seeing that we died with
reference to sin, how shall we keep on living any longer in it? 3 Or do you* not
know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?
4 Therefore we were buried with him through our baptism into his death, in order
that, just as Christ was raised up from the dead through the glory of the Father,
we also should likewise walk in a newness of life. 5 For if we have become united
with him in the likeness of his death, we shall certainly also be [united with him
in the likeness] of his resurrection; 6 because we know that our old personality
(self) was impaled with [him], that our sinful body might be made inactive, that
we should no longer go on being slaves to sin. 7 For he who has died has been acquitted
from [his] sin.
* all capitals in the NWT indicates plural personal pronoun, as it used to in older English translations with ye.
(Galatians 4:21-5:1) 21 Tell me, you who want to be under law, Do you not hear the Law? 22 For example, it is written that Abraham acquired two sons, one by the servant girl and one by the free woman; 23 but the one by the servant girl was actually born in the manner of flesh, the other by the free woman through a promise. 24 These things stand as a symbolic drama; for these [women] mean two covenants, the one from Mount Si´nai, which brings forth children for slavery, and which is Ha´gar. 25 Now this Ha´gar means Si´nai, a mountain in Arabia, and she corresponds with the Jerusalem today, for she is in slavery with her children. 26 But the Jerusalem above is free, and she is our mother.
27 For it is written: “Be glad, you barren woman who does not give birth; break out and cry aloud, you woman who does not have childbirth pains; for the children of the desolate woman are more numerous than [those] of her who has the husband.” 28 Now we, brothers, are children belonging to the promise the same as Isaac was. 29 But just as then the one born in the manner of flesh began persecuting the one born in the manner of spirit, so also now. 30 Nevertheless, what does the Scripture say? “Drive out the servant girl and her son, for by no means shall the son of the servant girl be an heir with the son of the free woman.” 31 Wherefore, brothers, we are children, not of a servant girl, but of the free woman. 5 For such freedom Christ set us free. Therefore stand fast, and do not let yourselves be confined again in a yoke of slavery.
Some examples of the manner in which Jehovah used sold with reference to Israel:
(Judges 3:8) 8 At this Jehovah’s anger blazed against Israel, so that he sold them into the hand of Cu´shan-rish·a·tha´im the king of Mes·o·po·ta´mi·a; and the sons of Israel continued to serve Cu´shan-rish·a·tha´im eight years. . .
(Judges 4:1-2) 4 Then the sons of Israel again began to do what was bad in Jehovah’s eyes now that E´hud was dead. 2 So Jehovah sold them into the hand of Ja´bin the king of Ca´naan, who reigned in Ha´zor; and the chief of his army was Sis´e·ra, and he was dwelling in Ha·ro´sheth of the nations.. . .
(Judges 10:6-7) . . .. 7 At this Jehovah’s anger blazed against Israel, so that he sold them into the hand of the Phi·lis´tines and into the hand of the sons of Am´mon.. . .
(Isaiah 50:1-3) 50 This is what Jehovah has said: “Where, then, is the divorce certificate of the mother of you people, whom I sent away? Or which one of my creditors is it to whom I have sold you people? Look! Because of your own errors you have been sold, and because of your own transgressions your mother has been sent away. 2 Why is it that, when I came in, there was no one? When I called, there was nobody answering? Has my hand become in fact so short that it cannot redeem, or is there in me no power to deliver? Look! With my rebuke I dry up the sea; I make rivers a wilderness. Their fish stink due to there being no water, and they die because of thirst. 3 I clothe the heavens with obscurity, and I make sackcloth itself their covering.”
Jehovah did NOT sell anyone to anyone. He just provided the means through which Israel could sell themselves into a debt of transgression of the law God gave them as a guide. He did not wish for them to pay the penalty of death for transgressing His law which was merely a guide to teach them for their benefit, not His.
After Israel had established a woeful record of disobedience Jehovah virtually cried out:
31 Throw off from yourselves all your transgressions in which you have transgressed and make for yourselves a new heart and a new spirit, for why should you die, O house of Israel?’ -Ezekiel 18:31.
How did that possibility ever arise? Why, it's called choice:
16 If you obey the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you this day,
by loving the LORD your God, by walking in his ways, and by keeping his commandments
and his statutes and his ordinances, then you shall live and multiply, and the LORD
your God will bless you in the land which you are entering to take possession of
-Deuteronomy 30:16 RSV (replaced LORD with Jehovah in keeping with the original ASV)
So they deliberately sold themselves into debt to the law giving authority Jehovah God.
(Isaiah 52:1-7) 52 Wake up, wake up, put on your strength, O Zion! Put on your beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city! For no more will there come again into you the uncircumcised and unclean one. 2 Shake yourself free from the dust, rise up, take a seat, O Jerusalem. Loosen for yourself the bands on your neck, O captive daughter of Zion.
3 For this is what Jehovah has said: “It was for nothing that you people were sold, and it will be without money that you will be repurchased.”
4 For this is what the Sovereign Lord Jehovah has said: “It was to Egypt that my people went down in the first instance to reside there as aliens; and without cause As·syr´i·a, for its part, oppressed them.”
5 “And now, what interest do I have here?” is the utterance of Jehovah. “For my people were taken for nothing. The very ones ruling over them kept howling,” is the utterance of Jehovah, “and constantly, all day long, my name was being treated with disrespect. 6 For that reason my people will know my name, even for that reason in that day, because I am the One that is speaking. Look! It is I.”
Jerusalem (Israel) were held captive and to ransom in a prison of debt to God, were freed by a ransom price freely paid by another single, lone and alone human being especially created for the purpose from outside of the existing human race later identified by Paul as Adam #2.
No descendant from Adam #1 could have provided the ransom -Psalm 49:7.
Jesus was the one who himself said he had only come for Israel in Matthew 10:24.
The OT is replete with prophecies promising Israel's repurchase, which Paul confirmed in Galatians 4:4-5 and Hebrews 9:15 that the Christ was the ransom for those under the old testament law.
After Jesus' baptism and appointment by means of holy spirit, he read from Isaiah about his role in the fulfillment of Jehovah's purpose for Israel:
“Jehovah’s spirit is upon me, because he anointed me to declare good news to the poor, he sent me forth to preach a release to the captives and a recovery of sight to the blind, to send the crushed ones away with a release, 19 to preach Jehovah’s acceptable year.” (Luke 4:18-19)
At the start of his ministry Jesus quoted just enough from Isaiah chapters 42; 58; 61, to give the sanctified seed of Abraham Israel (Isaiah 41:8) one final opportunity to complete their God-intended mission to become a blessing to all the families of the earth as promised Abraham in prophecy.
Statements about God's continuing wrath with the wanton sinner and lawbreaker Israel and His coming vengeance upon them could wait, for this was the time for The Good News of Israel's repurchase and salvation.
Yes indeed, as Paul kindly indicated when he quoted from out of the all things written
aforetime* Isaiah 52:7:
* Romans 15:4
7 How comely upon the mountains are the feet of the one bringing good news, the one
publishing peace, the one bringing good news of something better, the one publishing
salvation, the one saying to Zion: “your God has become king!”
Jehovah's firstborn son Israel may have sold themselves into sin, but His love for them and all the promises He had made from Genesis to Malachi demanded a rescue, because Jehovah NEVER lies and ALWAYS keeps His promises.
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