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A People who are not a People
A Foolish Nation being ground to powder
Compiled By JS Lowther
Did ye never read in the scriptures,
The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner:
this is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes?
Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.
And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken:
but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.
In this time Israel exists as a Nation accourding to the promises of God spoken of throught the Law and the summarized by the prophet Jeremiah in Jer_31:35-36. That is the preserved of Israel as said by Isaiah are a Genos of people at a particular Gene-ration, the are the Gentiles, Nations, and or Ethnic people of focus in the exclusive New Covenant. As a Nation however, they lack one of the hallmark qualities all Nations posses: a Common culture or custom, a Common Law. Israel has truly become as the Curse in the Song of Moses warned because of the provoking of his sons, and of his daughters.:
Deu_32:18 Of the Rock that begat thee thou art unmindful, and hast forgotten God that formed thee.
Deu 32:19 And when the LORD saw it, he abhorred them, because of the provoking of his sons, and of his daughters.
Deu 32:20 And he said, I will hide my face from them, I will see what their end shall be: for they are a very froward generation, children in whom is no faith.
Deu_32:21 They have moved me to jealousy with that which is not God; they have provoked me to anger with their vanities: and I will move them to jealousy with those which are not a people; I will provoke them to anger with a foolish nation.
This fact was prior spoken of 3 chapters prior of the portion we focused on in Deu_30:1-20 and Rom_10:1, as well this facet of Israel’s foolishness was also spoken of by Paul in Romans 10:19, which we covered in the introduction also, as Paul continued in his epilogue carried over from Chapter 9 which quoted the Song of Moses, via the prophet Hosea
Rom_9:25 As he saith also in Osee, I will call them my people, which were not my people; and her beloved, which was not beloved.
Rom 9:26 And it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people; there shall they be called the children of the living God.
This quote from Hos_1:9-10, Hos_2:23, is the key to understanding who the Gentiles of the New Testament focus are and how they dovetail in to the New Covenant according to Heb_8:8, and Jer_31:31.
(The Hebrew words used in Hosea as a name for the symbolicly disowned house of Israel is לא עמי LA-OMI H3818 (LA-Not+ OM-people+ I-my) was first referenced in the prior Song of Moses as בלא עם / B-With +LA-No + OM -People. Lo ammi is ‘not my people’ and with No People is one and the same entity, more easily seem in the Hebrew)And while for the last 2000 years the Blood of Christ has been offering a renewal of Covenant for this foolish nation, we in fulfillment of Paul’s epistle, Isaiah’s rebuke and Moses warning have been a disobedient and gainsaying people. A people who YHWH found who were not altogether seeking Him, and a people who He has manifest himself to who did not ask for him …THIS IS BECAUSE OF GOD’S LAW
The Stone of stumbling mentioned by Isaiah and forwarded again by Paul in Rom_9:32-33 Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumbling stone; In Moses’ song of the Rock which Israel forsook, in Isaiah’s time, and in the time of Paul Both the house of Judah and the House of Israel had stumbled, Judah at the Word made flesh and the diaspora od Israel at the Law, both of which was reconciled in the life of the Word made flesh, the Rock of Israel’s faith.
No matter what estimation you take: the Law and the King are a packaged deal. Either Jew or Gentile, raised in the Law or out of the Law, the stone of the New Covenant is the foundation of God’s Kingdom.
The two aspects of this one stone are undeniable in the Scripture and are more understood in the light of the knowledge of Joh_1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth…proclamation.
Isa_8:13 Sanctify the LORD of hosts himself; and let him be your fear, and let him be your dread.
Isa 8:14 And he shall be for a sanctuary; but for a stone of stumbling and for a rock of offence to both the houses of Israel, for a gin and for a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
Isa 8:15 And many among them shall stumble, and fall, and be broken, and be snared, and be taken.
Isa 8:16 Bind up the testimony, seal the law among my disciples.
Isa 8:17 And I will wait upon the LORD, that hideth his face from the house of Jacob, and I will look for him.
and why was it a stumbling?
Isa_28:13 But the word of the LORD was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken.
Isa 28:14 Wherefore hear the word of the LORD, ye scornful men, that rule this people which is in Jerusalem.
Isa 28:15 Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves:
Isa 28:16 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.
Who among us of the seed of Israel are ready to stop stumbling at the rock of offense? who is ready to stop heaping the scriptures precepts and lines one upon another that they cause us to fall backwards, be broken, snared and taken, who is ready to stop making lies our refuge? And allow the blood of Israel’s Rock to disanul the Covenant of death, the law of Sin and death Paul referenced at the starting point of the Roman’s Epilogue Ive so ardently been hinging upon.
Tyndale Rodgers and Coverdale Trans says: Isa 28:13 the LORD shall answer their stubborness.(stubbournes) (Command that may be commanded, bid that may be bidden, forbid that may be forbidden, keep back that may be kept back, here a little, there a little.) That they may go forth, fall…
The two great threats to Christian Israel are the very two aspects and definitions of the stone of stumbling and the Rock of offense, that is Grace and Law, or stated by John Grace and Truth, truth which is easily seen in
Psa_119:142 Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and thy law is the truth.
Rom_5:21 That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.
Eph_2:5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
In being forgiven, in being made alive who do we yet stumble and fall? why are we yet broken?
Deu 4:8 And what nation is there so great, that hath statutes and judgments so righteous as all this law, which I set before you this day?
YHWH’s Law is the culture and custom missing from our Nation, from our Christian Nation who are rather foolish, unrighteous and at this time a People who are not a people, yet are a people who have such a rich, wise and righteous Culture available to them if they just simply would see the scriptural harmony of having there faith on Israels Rock:
The word of God made flesh, the rock who was smitten for us to forgive us and redeem us for smiting him.
NO KING BUT GOD’S KING, NO LAW BUT GOD’S LAW
And by this Introduction I hope to advance the reason why Israel needs redemption, by the blood of Christ through his grace; and why a redeemed people need God’s Law as it is the bed rock fondation of Kingdom.
Letter and Spirit
Death and Life
Evil and Good
Curse and Blessing
… the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious? For if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory. 2 Corinthians 3:4-9
…from his right hand went a fiery law for them.
Yea, he loved the people; all his saints are in thy hand: and they sat down at thy feet; every one shall receive of thy words. Moses commanded us a law, even the inheritance of the congregation of Jacob. Deu_33:2-4
Joh 15:10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.
Deu 30:15 See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil;
Deu 30:16 In that I command thee this day to love the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply: and the LORD thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it.
In all cases we are asked to Love the Law in it’s Spirit, it’s intention of Love, that is Life and good, yet if we view the Law of God as only a letter written on stone or paper our heart is not in the right place, and we have proof that we are not party to the new covenant.
These two approaches are summarized in Paul’s statement in
Rom 7:10 And the commandment, which was ordained to life, I found to be unto death.
Rom 7:11 For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me.
Rom 7:12 Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.
Rom 7:13 Was then that which is good made death unto me? God forbid. But sin, that it might appear sin, working death in me by that which is good; that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful.
Rom 7:14 For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.
The law insomuch, as it was given by the Spirit of YHWH God, can never be carnal or derived from flesh, the law of the living God in inherintly Spiritual, holy, just and good. It is man which is carnal flesh, which will natural die. In a civil and criminal application, the spiritual Judges must be men who are Spiritual, that is they Love God’s Law, yet the Israelite has two possitions towards the covenant Law, he may Love the law and be Spiritual, or he may hate the law by seeing it as just a Letter. Those prone to the Spirit will love God’s Law and Commandments and those prone to the flesh will never see the life ordained by the Law, the carnal will always look for the way to dis-annul the Letter, because it is the Letter which will kill them, either by literal death penalties or by repentance which will kill the flesh and the lust’s there by rendering them Spiritual, the flesh is fighting for it’s existence. Every Israelite stands at the threshold of God’s Law daily, and with ever choice we weigh in the balance of every choice, our estimation of the greatest commandment. which is all in all the same as the first of the 10 commandments.
As mentioned prior the first commandment is the operating law of all Common Law and the 2nd is linked to it at the nearest point. All violations of God’s Law are violations against the 1st commandment, even the summary of the 10 commandments given by Moses and forwarded by our Christ still are only violations of the first commandment:
Mar_12:31 The first (protos) of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:
Mar 12:30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. Deu 6:4
Mar 12:31 And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these. Lev_19:18
in finnishing Christ adds that for one to know this :
Thou art not far from the kingdom of God.
As the proto Law is for Israel to Love YHWH with heart mind and soul, we know that the under lying Covenant is being founded upon is the New Covenant which offers to place the Law of YHWH in to the same place as this Law as whell as the whole law. It is thus, that one may never keep the law with out the enactment of the new covenant faith. The New Covenant offers the Israelite of the house of Israel and Judah acceptance through the blood of Christ into the Love relationship with YHWH’s Law.
The having of No other God’s and of not serving any other God, is the Loving of God and his services, and His worship. By the letter of the law one may conclude that even an atheist or perhaps an agnostic may as well follow this command by not serving or worshiping another God, yet by recourse one may only keep this Law by loving it, and thereby loving the whole of YHWH’s Commandments and Law.
Thus the loving of one’s neighbor, which have been itemized as Laws which deal with civil relations are as well manifestations of Loving YHWH God and keeping His first commandment and His second. As many strange god’s and laws of strange god’s allow the dis-love of one’s neighbor, and as well allow the worship of other god’s beside the primary god’s of the strange religion’s law; yet the Law of the LORD God YHWH is Jealous and particular to YHWH Alone. Thus, by keeping any one of the law’s of God, from the least to the greatest, in our estimation that is, we show our Love for God and His Law, and we exercise His righteousness and Holiness.
If we are truly party to the New Covenant than the Love of God’s law in our heart, mind and soul is present, that is the Spirit of the Law, a Spirit which even Loves the Letter of the Law, which by transgression which is sin brings forth death.
Thus from hence forth in this study all Laws covered will fold up into the first commandment which is phrased in the negative:
Thou shalt NOT have No other God’s…