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
Virgin birth, Circumcision and other Imponderables
Background to what lead to the Virgin birth of Jesus:
From the beginning, God wanted to guide mankind right to the end of their journey through creative day #7*, His earth-specific rest-day (Genesis 1:26-28), to enable them to successfully fulfill His original purpose for them.
That was unfortunately put on hold until later, when Adam, the first of a tough band of real DIY guys, said ‘No! I'll do it all by myself.’
So ‘OK then’ said God, ‘but don't blame me if you have difficulty managing such a huge project without a prerequisite knowledge base, because much of your efforts will not only be wasted now, but result in considerable grief and heartache in what will now become a DIY ‘Thistles of an Unblessed Life.’* assignment.
* touched on in a little more detail elsewhere on this site
* make a great book title, eh?
Apart from offering some advice to Cain, when he was having a petty envy attack, and to those wanting to kill him, mankind was largely left to their own devices, caught in a web of DIY trial and error.
Until Noah that is, when permission was granted for humans now to add flesh of all kinds to their diet of vegetables subject to two caveats.
Caveat #1 was, that blood was not to be part of that diet (Genesis 9:3-4).
Now, why was that? The same reason that abattoirs around the world currently bleed the animals at the kill to prevent premature deterioration and decay in order to prolong shelf-life further enhanced by the invention of refrigeration and subsequent cool-stores.
That is now based on an awareness of bacteria, enzymes and other little critters designed to recycle the dead of whatever kind as quickly as possible. In nature decay is speeded up by larger carnivores. In the world of human consumption, however, the need for flesh to retain its value as long as possible resulted in developing a variety of measures to retard decay. But in the first instance, as the most fundamental measure in the process to prolong edibility was to bleed the animal while it dies!
In the religious mind, however, that advice not to eat blood is suddenly imbued with an aura of whoever eats unbled flesh is actually eating life that belongs to God and therefore taboo to humans.
Really?! My goodness, I always thought that the killing or the actual putting to death constitutes the taking of a life and not eating unbled parts of it after it was dead.
What about bled or unbled humans? Please see Caveat #2 below.
Rest assured, that the only reason for this good advice to Noah was to benefit humans in matters of health and sustenance. No religious connotations intended by God.
Caveat #2 was that human flesh, bled or unbled, was not to be part of that new diet.
Cannibalism was not on the menu!
Why? Because Man (generic) was made in Jehovah's image and likeness! Genesis 9:5-6:
5 "And surely I will require your lifeblood; from every beast I will require it. And from every man, from every man’s brother I will require the life of man. 6 "Whoever sheds man’s blood, By man his blood shall be shed, For in the image of God He made man. NWT
Here from the Bible in Basic English: 6 Whoever takes a man’s life, by man will his life be taken; because God made man in his image.
Now from the New Living Translation: 6 If anyone takes a human life, that person’s life will also be taken by human hands. For God made human beings in his own image.
Clear indication that capital punishment for murder was authorized by God.
The eating of blood, however, had no penalty attached to it at that time,
since it was not a law, but just good advice.
Along came the Circumcision of Abraham and tribe. Why?
Again it was a health measure.
Oh yes, it was a physical sign of belonging to God, but then again who were they going to show it to as an ID card along the way?
No one, because it was meant to remain private and largely secluded from the public gaze as the physical evidence of a submissive heart belonging and submitting to God.
It much like the tagging or stamping of sheep and cattle with an ownership ID.
Even more so when the seed of Abraham became the Israel under the law, that this cut body member served to remind them of their special relationship with God every time they used it.
That was the secondary reason, while the first primarily related to health.
Does that mean uncircumcised men are a filthy, unclean, disgusting lot? No, they are the lucky ones, for they have retained the 60% or so of finely tuned sensations lost to those who had the cut. Perhaps it was a little better for their women due to the delayed ejeculation which the uncircumcised yet had to learn to manage.
In the rough and tumble of nomadic life as herders, in close contact with animals and earth, lack of sufficient water, little knowledge of hygiene and even less of bacteria, the cut not only protected their health but also that of their wives, children and the begetting of them.
The same reasons prevailed for isolating their women during menstruation. Risks of infection being far greater in the environs of the circumstances of their lives, the Law given to a people largely uneducated, proved a protection and blessing for the whole nation.
If only they had yielded to their God Jehovah via their Law.
In Western countries this physical distinction of race and heritage soon blurred and almost vanished at the behest of the medical profession when circumcision became standard procedure for all males, ostensibly for health reasons, but primarily to minimise religious and ethnic identification.
The imponderables of a Law given only to Israel included the brother-in-law marriage arrangement, where, at the death of a husband who had not fathered a male heir, his brother was obliged to do so in his stead for the family line and attendant property rights to continue.
That ensured an unbroken legitimate line of descent to Jesus.
God's love for His firstborn son and beloved wife Israel absolutely permeated the Law.
Just note the His compassion for anyone called to serve his time in the Army. If he were scared, frightened and terrified, he was exempted without penalties. Underlying the reason that he might infect others with his fear was nonetheless Jehovah's compassion for one so frightened.
For the whole picture and to save me rambling on, please read Exodus (Moses 2) and Deuteronomy (Moses 5), while going easy on Leviticus (Moses 3), which, as the name suggests, concerns itself mainly with the duties of the priesthood and the rest of the Levites.
Very soon after leaving Egypt at the Exodus, Israel embarked on its journey of disobedience.
It lasted until Messiah, interrupted only by the occasional period of compliance and peace.
An insurmountable mountain of accumulated debt of transgressions toward their God and Father ensued, which had to be repaid. Having insufficient means to repay that debt, Israel was, instead of being zoomed to distinction, now doomed to extinction by the Law.
Promises riding upon Israel, particularly upon Jehovah's reliability as a Promiser, had to be fulfilled. This made it imperative for God to now offer a ransom to die instead, as had been the practice under the Law on At-one-ment Day, when the rift between God and Israel -Father and son - Husband and wife- was healed, ending the estrangement for another year.
This was not an entirely new idea. Israel as the firstborn son of God experienced salvation the first time when all the firstborn of the flock of Jacob (Israel) were saved by means of the substitutionary Passover sheep or goat sacrificed and eaten for the occasion by each family.
That sacrifice to save God's firstborn son Israel held good only once. Their annual Passover celebrations since that time were not repeat performances of salvation, but simply served as a remembrancer.
Because of continuing transgressions, the guilty nation was under sentence of death according to their constitutional law. The annual substitutionary Atonement sacrifice stayed that sentence for yet another year until Messiah, who became their final salvation when they died in him.
The need for a Virgin Birth can only be explained in that setting.
Israel was the guilty party toward a Law only they had, but could have easily complied with. Israel was held to ransom through their accrued transgressions against it. No member of the guilty nation could pay that debt. Of the many Gentile tribes none could either, since they had no basis for obeying a Law only Israel were given to undo the guilt through obedience. Israel was beyond repentance let alone redemption. A final atonement sheep had to be found to ransom Israel from that debt.
According to John 3:16, God offered His only begotten son in heaven as a substitute for the kosmos of His firstborn son Israel (Exodus 4:22).
He in turn asked his Father to prepare a body for or in place of him in the interim, knowing full well that he would lose his life to total extinction, if that body were to fail his assignment.
This is in fact the antitype of the historical type where Abraham offered his only begotten son Isaac who was saved only by the prepared body of a sheep caught in the thicket -Hebrews 10:5-10.
Here the final verse 10:
By which will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
Yes, it was Jesus son of Mary, miraculously fathered by God as was Adam, who was that prepared body of the sheep to die in place of the seed of Abraham Israel and to ultimately save the life of Jehovah's only begotten heavenly son and archangel Michael who was the one actually offered by God as per John 3:16 and for whom Jesus the sheep had substituted.
From where had that Sheep Jesus miraculously come? How was he prepared and by whom?
Here from Galatians 4:4: but when the fulness of the time came, God sent forth his Son, born of a woman, born under the law,
He was sent at his baptism in the Jordan when he became the Messiah i.e. anointed as the last king to sit on David's throne to rule over Israel (Ezekiel 21:25-27). That was also where God for the first time acknowledged paternity of Jesus the son in whom he delighted.
All the above points to the reason for God preparing the body of Jesus through an Israelite Virgin.
No Jew could have fathered Jesus, for they were all collectively under sin against their Law covenant. That body had to be a Jew and a descendant of David, which he became via Mary, while his life came from outside the human family descended from Adam.
God provided life to one of Mary's ova, which became her firstborn son Jesus.
Mary needed to have been a virgin to make absolutely sure that neither Joseph nor another Israelite male, who all carried the collective sin of Israel, were responsible for fathering Jesus.
In Israel only males passed on tribal identity, the promises and the collective guilt of the nation. Mary did not. So only in this manner was Jesus born without sin, i.e. sins against their Law.
It had nothing whatever to do with the falsely alleged acquisition of sin as a legacy from Adam, since there was none for mankind to inherit. All humans were born free from sin, except Israel who had sinned wantonly against Him who had loved and cared for them beyond the call of duty as Husband and Father. When the apostle John wrote in one of his letters:
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us
to whom did he address these words of caution?
To the chosen, the saints, the holy ones, the elect, the anointed ones, those who have seen, and heard and witnessed the transfiguration, those waiting for their redemption, the little flock redeemed out of the sinner Israel under the Law, brothers of Christ, those who shall reign in heaven, have a special place reserved there for them, died in Christ, are in him, share in his death and resurrection, but not to millions of believers who have taken the designation Christian upon themselves in vain since there will only ever be 144000 anointed (Christians) taken from among mankind for rulership and priestly duties as the only God-purposed means for humanity to regain the opportunity God had originally given to Adam to live indefinitely on earth subject only to cooperating with Him.
This whole business of sin, redemption, wrath, vengeance and world's end in the Bible was about none other than Israel, not humanity.
‑ please see other pages on this site for further details on this subject.
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