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Tenor of the Covenant: The Hatred of Hypocrisy

“Tenor of the Covenant:

The Hatred of Hypocrisy

This is a liturgical message shared for ending Sabbath of the Feast of Unleavened Bread.
The focal text is Exodus 34 and Mark 8.
In this message the Tenor of the words of the Covenant as they relate to the Law of God including the feast of Unleavened -Bread beside the other forms of simple worship the LORD YHWH desires and has commanded will be focused upon, as we also take greater principles of application from the words of our LORD Jesus Christ and His apostles.

 

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Tenor of the Covenant:

The Hatred of Hypocrisy 

Exo_34:1  And the LORD said unto Moses, Hew thee two tables of stone like unto the first: and I will write upon these tables the words that were in the first tables, which thou brakest.
Exo 34:2  And be ready in the morning, and come up in the morning unto mount Sinai, and present thyself there to me in the top of the mount.
Exo 34:3  And no man shall come up with thee, neither let any man be seen throughout all the mount; neither let the flocks nor herds feed before that mount.
Exo 34:4  And he hewed two tables of stone like unto the first; and Moses rose up early in the morning, and went up unto mount Sinai, as the LORD had commanded him, and took in his hand the two tables of stone.
Exo 34:5  And the LORD descended in the cloud, and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the LORD.
Exo 34:6  And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth,
Exo 34:7  Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.
Exo 34:8  And Moses made haste, and bowed his head toward the earth, and worshipped.
Exo 34:9  And he said, If now I have found grace in thy sight, O Lord, let my Lord, I pray thee, go among us; for it is a stiffnecked people; and pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us for thine inheritance.
Exo 34:10  And he said, Behold, I make a covenant: before all thy people I will do marvels, such as have not been done in all the earth, nor in any nation: and all the people among which thou art shall see the work of the LORD: for it is a terrible thing that I will do with thee.
Exo 34:11  Observe thou that which I command thee this day: behold, I drive out before thee the Amorite, and the Canaanite, and the Hittite, and the Perizzite, and the Hivite, and the Jebusite.
Exo 34:12  Take heed to thyself, lest thou make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land whither thou goest, lest it be for a snare in the midst of thee:
Exo 34:13  But ye shall destroy their altars, break their images, and cut down their groves:
Exo 34:14  For thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God:
Exo 34:15  Lest thou make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land, and they go a whoring after their gods, and do sacrifice unto their gods, and one call thee, and thou eat of his sacrifice;
Exo 34:16  And thou take of their daughters unto thy sons, and their daughters go a whoring after their gods, and make thy sons go a whoring after their gods.
Exo 34:17  Thou shalt make thee no molten gods.
Exo 34:18  The feast of unleavened bread shalt thou keep. Seven days thou shalt eat unleavened bread, as I commanded thee, in the time of the month Abib: for in the month Abib thou camest out from Egypt.
Exo 34:19  All that openeth the matrix is mine; and every firstling among thy cattle, whether ox or sheep, that is male.
Exo 34:20  But the firstling of an ass thou shalt redeem with a lamb: and if thou redeem him not, then shalt thou break his neck. All the firstborn of thy sons thou shalt redeem. And none shall appear before me empty.
Exo 34:21  Six days thou shalt work, but on the seventh day thou shalt rest: in earing time and in harvest thou shalt rest.
Exo 34:22  And thou shalt observe the feast of weeks, of the firstfruits of wheat harvest, and the feast of ingathering at the year’s end.
Exo 34:23  Thrice in the year shall all your men children appear before the Lord GOD, the God of Israel.
Exo 34:24  For I will cast out the nations before thee, and enlarge thy borders: neither shall any man desire thy land, when thou shalt go up to appear before the LORD thy God thrice in the year.
Exo 34:25  Thou shalt not offer the blood of my sacrifice with leaven; neither shall the sacrifice of the feast of the passover be left unto the morning.
Exo 34:26  The first of the firstfruits of thy land thou shalt bring unto the house of the LORD thy God. Thou shalt not seethe a kid in his mother’s milk.
Exo_34:27  And the LORD said unto Moses, Write thou these words: for after the tenor of these words I have made a covenant with thee and with Israel.

Let us here ending in the reading of YHWH’s Holy Law as it is written on our hearts by Faith.

In this chapter of the Law we have some very important mentions of the nature of God’s covenant, firstly, we see an immediate proclamation of His Almighty infinite and Eternal Name YHWH, beside His mercy and Grace, long suffering nature unsearchable goodness and truth, and His willingness to offer mercy and forgiveness transgression and sin by his grace, but secondly we also see his divinely vindictive promise: “that YHWH the Gracious will nonetheless by no means clear the guilty; but will visit the iniquity of Adam and the sons of Adam upon them generationally in righteousness.

Here is the great tenor or logic, the Logos, of God’s covenant hid in ages past and revealed to be entierly resident in Jesus Christ and his broken body, the one bread of heaven come down by his own will to save us according to his own good pleasure.

The entierty of this chapter is one immense importance to the people of God, that we might look apon it and see Jesus Christ descended and standing in the cloud in Exo 34:5 as the LORD YHWH proclaiming the name of YHWH the LORD.
And yet for us as a people with hearts opened wide to utterance of Christ’s proclamation we also have much to instruct us in this chapter as we live to extract knowledge from the tenor or this mighty word.

I’d point out that we are hedged into God’s service in exclusion to other practices as the we are told:

Exo_34:14  For thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God: 
and
Exo_34:17 make no mentions of other gods…

such as are immediately inferred by association with other nations who are not Israelite Just prior.

Immediately following we are given various law surrounding the feasts of the Lord:

Exo_34:18 specifically tells us that in the abhorrence and not mentioning other god’s is the positive mention of YHWH by observation of his feast of ULB in their appointed season, his sabbaths in v. 21 and the other 3 major feasts that are inculcated with the sabbath’s of YHWH appointments, such as the New moon feast of weeks, and the full moon feast of In gather aka tabernacles.

God lays these observance upon the promise of victory over the non-kindred heathen nations as he says:

Exo_34:24  For I will cast out the nations before thee, and enlarge thy borders: neither shall any man desire thy land, when thou shalt go up to appear before the LORD thy God thrice in the year.

YHWH is not making several points in this chapter, but he is making one monolithic point as a whole, as it is stated in

v.27 …Write thou these words: for after the tenor of these words I have made a covenant with thee…

The Hebrew uses the words debar, the word for ‘word’, “write these debar,”

but for the word tenor he uses the word ‘PeH’ in Hebrew- the word for mouth or lips or pronouncement which gives intelligible meaning: “write these words after the mouthing of these words I have made a covenant with thee…

In the Greek LXX in the ABP says “Write to yourself these words / utterance!G4487 for upon these words /logon G3056 I have established to you a covenant…

The covenant is established on the utterance and logic of what has been prior spoken here by the meaning of the mouth of YHWH God.
While grace and mercy seats upon nothing we have done, no merit we could put forward to god by His perfect law as we are imperfect, the law immediately attached to the covenant as it’s words and logical tenor have much to offer us in learning greater truths about the nature of our relationship with God.

If you would notice the mentions in this chapter, I’d finally point out the use of unleavened bread in the doctrine of God’s covenant as it is mention here.

Exo 34:25  Thou shalt not offer the blood of my sacrifice with leaven; neither shall the sacrifice of the feast of the passover be left unto the morning.

In this first place we have the celebration of the feast of ULB and Passover here mentioned, and as stated the keeping of the feast specifically speaks logically to the covenant of Grace found in the logic of God-  The Lord Jesus Christ.

For a week we have obtained from Leavened bread, yes in remembrance of Egypt and deliverance and salvation from tyranny and the leaving in haste, but for us as Christians it is so much more focused upon the body of Jesus and we are also to be that unleavened body.

A people ready to leave bondage in haste a people ready to exodus sin and its pleasure for a season- this is the tenor of our faith, a tenor which shows in God’s worship and in the faith of His people Hew desires truth in the inward parts regarding our life towards Him; for because we are made aware of both the Great mercy and grace of the LORD and His vindictive judgment upon generations, we are thereby called to immediate repentance in his sight, a begging for mercy from His wrath and an acknowledgment of His grace for our salvation and thereby acknowledging our maliciousness and wickedness if we refuse to debase ourself thus. If any attempts are made to pretend our righteousness is whole in His sight, whereby any part of us need not his covenant of mercy and Grace we are simply Hypocrits, play actors and God the Highest critic of our show.

Mar_8:1  In those days the multitude being very great, and having nothing to eat, Jesus called his disciples unto him, and saith unto them,
Mar 8:2  I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now been with me three days, and have nothing to eat:
Mar 8:3  And if I send them away fasting to their own houses, they will faint by the way: for divers of them came from far.
Mar 8:4  And his disciples answered him, From whence can a man satisfy these men with bread here in the wilderness?
Mar 8:5  And he asked them, How many loaves have ye? And they said, Seven.
Mar 8:6  And he commanded the people to sit down on the ground: and he took the seven loaves, and gave thanks, and brake, and gave to his disciples to set before them; and they did set them before the people.
Mar 8:7  And they had a few small fishes: and he blessed, and commanded to set them also before them.
Mar 8:8  So they did eat, and were filled: and they took up of the broken meat that was left seven baskets.
Mar 8:9  And they that had eaten were about four thousand: and he sent them away.
Mar 8:10  And straightway he entered into a ship with his disciples, and came into the parts of Dalmanutha.
Mar 8:11  And the Pharisees came forth, and began to question with him, seeking of him a sign from heaven, tempting him.
Mar 8:12  And he sighed deeply in his spirit, and saith, Why doth this generation seek after a sign? verily I say unto you, There shall no sign be given unto this generation.
Mar 8:13  And he left them, and entering into the ship again departed to the other side.
Mar_8:14  Now the disciples had forgotten to take bread, neither had they in the ship with them more than one loaf.
Mar 8:15  And he charged them, saying, Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, and of the leaven of Herod.
Mar 8:16  And they reasoned among themselves, saying, It is because we have no bread.
Mar 8:17  And when Jesus knew it, he saith unto them, Why reason ye, because ye have no bread? perceive ye not yet, neither understand? have ye your heart yet hardened?
Mar 8:18  Having eyes, see ye not? and having ears, hear ye not? and do ye not remember?
Mar 8:19  When I brake the five loaves among five thousand, how many baskets full of fragments took ye up? They say unto him, Twelve.
Mar 8:20  And when the seven among four thousand, how many baskets full of fragments took ye up? And they said, Seven.
Mar 8:21  And he said unto them, How is it that ye do not understand?
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Mat 16:11  How is it that ye do not understand that I spake it not to you concerning bread, that ye should beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees?
Mat 16:12  Then understood they how that he bade them not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.
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Luk 12:1  In the mean time, when there were gathered together an innumerable multitude of people, insomuch that they trode one upon another, he began to say unto his disciples first of all, Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. _

By use of the synoptic Gospels of Mark, Matt, Lk which we will get to, we may see the full picture of warning and instruction which the the Lord Jesus desires us to consider in the lesson of evil leaven, the leaven of hypocrisy.

Hypocrisy is acting simply, it pretending to be what one is not, it the word Greeks used for a ‘play actor’, and it literally means ‘under judgment’- in the sense that the watcher of the play is scrutinizing the performance.

No actor believes, he is the part he plays, but the actor wishes you to think he or she is that part while you judge their performance and cause you to believe they are just like that character.
But the God we’ve been introduced to in Ex 34 hates such a mentality in terms of faith, and obedience.
In judgment God can not be fooled, he is not satisfied with the play act, he is not entertained of impressed by the beauty or skill of our falsehood and fakery.
The LORD time and again tells time after time, He looks upon the heart, the inner man and the mind resolved in faith, true conviction ones true desire and purity of love is the focus of God’s eye- He tries the heart.
The story we’ve seen in the gospels started with Jesus feeding this multitude with fish and bread as he has stated to have done before.
The disciples interpret his warning of the rules hypocrisy as a reprimand for not having brought enough un-leavened bread. But the warning was rather concerning the hypocrisy of the Pharisees in desiring a sign, while sign after sign was and miracle after miracle was provided, the actors, who had no faith in Jesus, and never would have it by resolve, didn’t mind acting as if they would believe to be in the in crowd and to argue with the in crowd, but all was an act- all was like leavened bread.

Luk 12:1  In the mean time, when there were gathered together an innumerable multitude of people, insomuch that they trode one upon another, he began to say unto his disciples first of all, Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.
Luk 12:2  For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known.
Luk 12:3  Therefore whatsoever ye have spoken in darkness shall be heard in the light; and that which ye have spoken in the ear in closets shall be proclaimed upon the housetops.
Luk 12:4  And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do.
Luk 12:5  But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.

While we are truly told in Exo_13:7  to only have Unleavened bread eaten seven days; and there shall no leavened bread be seen with thee, neither shall there be leaven seen with thee in all thy quarters.

The greater lesson is one of hypocrisy where old leaven from an old life is allowed to live and thrive, thus we must see the feast even in its ending as a   Purging out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened.
For even Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us: 
1Co 5:8  Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. 

It is the abhorrence and the neutral position of sincerity and truth which breeds the flavor of hypocrisy in seemingly religious people.

Malice and wickedness is the organism of every lump of evil-leavened bread which the LORD hates.

The maliciousness is  against God’s ability to judge, when we attempt to fool, act before Him as we displace the knowledge of Him as judge of our wicked heart tried by sincerity and truth.

Some points on when God hates leaven and when He loves leaven

turn to

Lev_2:11  No meat offering, which ye shall bring unto the LORD, shall be made with leaven: for ye shall burn no leaven, nor any honey, in any offering of the LORD made by fire.

turn to
Amo 4:4  Come to Bethel, and transgress; at Gilgal multiply transgression; and bring your sacrifices every morning, and your tithes after three years:
Amo 4:5  And offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving with leaven, and proclaim and publish the free offerings: for this liketh you, O ye children of Israel, saith the Lord GOD.

Upon the Lord’s altar leaven was never to be seen not honey, though the Lord commands leaven to be given to the priests and though the loaves of bread made of the first ripe wheat was commanded to be leavened and given to the ministers. God’s standard at certain times was to make distinct and specific points.
turd to:

Lev 23:6  And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the feast of unleavened bread unto the LORD: seven days ye must eat unleavened bread.

Lev_23:17  Ye shall bring out of your habitations two wave loaves of two tenth deals: they shall be of fine flour; they shall be baken with leaven; they are the firstfruits unto the LORD.

Mat_13:33  Another parable spake he unto them; The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.

I point this out every year, God is not interested in leaven for health reasons, God does not hate the leaven of bread, but YHWH is the invisible God who loves to communicate his covenantal truth to us by material means which he commands us to be faithful to.
And as we today are allowed to let our leaven developed, let us aim again for the riddance of that leaven which by nature is hypocritical, malicious toward God and neighbor, and center our self and our quarters on purity of the body of Christ.
And as we are developing the new leaven, kingdom leaven and we are the meal of wheat, that in what strength we have that bring forth the glory of God by his spirit and not that of hypocrisy.

We know due to our own flesh being involved in the mix will need time and again purged, time and again, we need to center on the Purity of Christ and He in us as the hope of glory, through the Word by His Law to purge our meal to develop the flavor and power we are called to in establishing his kingdom:

Luk_12:2  For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known.
Luk 12:3  Therefore whatsoever ye have spoken in darkness shall be heard in the light; and that which ye have spoken in the ear in closets shall be proclaimed upon the housetops.
Luk 12:4  And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do.
Luk 12:5  But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.

 

 

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About JS Lowther

I am a servant of YHWH through his perfect Son Jesu(s) Christ who's redemption power of my soul I have Faith in. Having been redeemed by the blood of Christ, I wish to no longer spend my time in the lusts of the flesh and of this world, but to promote the Gospel of the Kingdom by means of the New Covenant, a reNewal of the Covenant YHWH God has made with his people Israel in the blood of Christ (Jer 31:31 and Heb 8:8) which writes the Law of God upon the Heart and Mind beside the forgiveness of sin and transgressions. It is my mission to show the Israel of God the Salvation which is taught by the Scripture Alone and offered in all ages by Grace Alone through Faith Alone in the work of Christ Alone to the Glory of GOD Alone. I believe Christ Jesus is the incarnate Son of God as the WORD made flesh, and the son of man born of the virgin Mary conceived of the Holy Spirit: I believe Christ Jesus Lived a perfect life for us as a living sacrifice as well as a pattern of the Sanctified newness of life a believer has in Him, I believe Christ Jesus died a cursed death on the Cross for His people of Covenant who are sinners, and I believe in Christ Jesus who Resurrected with power from Death from the grave to Justify the offenders. This is the same Jesus who is indeed the Son of David and king of Israel, who is both LORD and Christ over all the kings and dominions of the earth! In the fullness of time YHWH will regather his people under the Head of the Church Jesu(s) Christ to effect his will according to the Lord's prayer, Psalm 2, 8 and 110 as well as Genesis 1:26. The focus of my administration of the Gospel is like unto my Lord's who said "I have come not but for the lost sheep of the house of Israel.."(Mathew 15:24), and so I have come to my European kinsman according to the flesh. As a modern day Puritan separatist it is my goal to purify the church of Christ with Faith heretofore stated. I am studying to show my self approved, if you have any questions just ask!

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