The Covenant Series#4©®™
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In the Beginning©
29 Or is God merely [the God] of Jews? Is He not the God of Gentiles also? Yes, of Gentiles also,30 Since it is one and the same God Who will justify the circumcised by faith [[a]which germinated from Abraham] and the uncircumcised through their [newly acquired] faith. [For it is the same trusting faith in both cases, a firmly relying faith in Jesus Christ].31 Do we then by [this] faith make the Law of no effect, overthrow it or make it a dead letter? Certainly not! On the contrary, we confirm and establish and uphold the Law. (See Rom 3:29-31 AMPC)
11 Now faith is the assurance (the confirmation, [a]the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses]. (Heb 11:1 AMPC)
After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision: (A)“Fear not, Abram, I am(B)your shield; your reward shall be very great.” 2 But Abram said, “O Lord God, what will you give me, for I continue[a] childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?” 3 And Abram said, “Behold, you have given me no offspring, and (C)a member of my household will be my heir.” 4 And behold, the word of the Lord came to him: “This man shall not be your heir;(D)your very own son[b] shall be your heir.” 5 And he brought him outside and said, “Look toward heaven, and (E)number the stars, if you are able to number them.” Then he said to him, (F)“So shall your offspring be.” 6 And (G)he believed the Lord, and (H)he counted it to him as righteousness. (Gen 15;1-7 ESV)
Before we take a look at Abraham’s faith, let us check out a little about Noah. Noah had been a righteous soul, a man who had found favour with God. The earth at that time had become corrupt, filled with violence. The Wicked became more wicked, although man had been created by God. He formed us with His fingers, created us in His image. This is recorded in the 1st chapters of Genesis. As referred to in my previous post, “In the Beginning.”
Although man slipped up in Genesis, the Lord had given us the promise of reconciliation. Through out scripture we see the constant battle, we have with sin. All the faith heroes battled with their sinful nature. They knew to whom they could go. With repentant hearts, they would turn to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (Israel). During Noah’s life there were men of righteous standing, warning sinful mankind of the consequences, due sin, wickedness, their rebellious hearts and corruption.
Yet man refused to heed the warnings of men such as Enoch, Methuselah; Noah and his family. Then the Lord spoke to Noah, instructing him to make ready an ark, for the preservation of his family and all of the creatures, great and small; winged and unwinged alike. Yes; all the birds of the air, beasts of the field, cattle & livestock. These would be brought, lead by the Lord, toward Noah & his house. They were all brought to Noah’s for their actual preservation. This righteous house, would be for the comparative protection & safety of God’s Creation.
Despite this corruption which took place in the earth and man’s violence, the Lord still had made a decision to draw us back to Himself. For the truth of the matter is, ’tis God’s will, that none should perish, rather that we repent. God originally created us to fellowship, rule and reign with Him. When God created us, He formed us in His Image. He gave us this right and dominion over His creation.
27 So God created man in His own image, in the image and likeness of God He created him; male and female He created them.(A)28 And God blessed them and said to them, Be fruitful, multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it [using all its vast resources in the service of God and man]; and have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and over every living creature that moves upon the earth.29 And God said, See, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the land and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food. (See Gen 1:27-31 AMPC). dominion
Due to the increase of ungodliness, God made a way of escape for His Righteous servant & his house. Through Noah’s obedience, judgement came upon the then known world. Man became incredibly corrupt, through their continual rebellion, they brought God’s judgement upon the world. God is thrice Holy, He is Loving, just, forgiving and righteous. Whoever calls upon His Name, shall not be put to shame. When we earnestly, diligently & urgently seek His Face, He shall be found.
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6 Seek, inquire for, and require the Lord while He may be found [claiming Him by necessity and by right]; call upon Him while He is near.7 Let the wicked forsake his way and the unrighteous man his thoughts; and let him return to the Lord, and He will have love, pity, and mercy for him, and to our God, for He will multiply to him His abundant pardon.8 For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, says the Lord.9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts. (See Is 55:6-9 AMPC).
During Noah’s life, before the flood; the people had to decide. The Lord gave them all equal opportunity. They still decided to harden their hearts. Noah found favour before God, because he had been just, perfect among his generation (see Gen 6:8 NKJ). Noah being a righteous man, is entrusted with God’s Covenant. This is better known as the Noahic Covenant. Remember God is God of Covenant (more about this later D.V.). He makes a way of escape, provided we call upon His Name. When we call on His Name; He hears us; readily answering our heart’s cry!
It has been recorded by other sources, Noah had been a preacher of righteousness, who warned the antediluvian generations about God’s judgement, coming upon them through water. These generations never knew rain, nor believed, this righteous preacher. They made mockery of him. They probably saw him as the joke of the antediluvian world. When the flood came, the rain fell & the fountains of the deep, broke, it burst their proverbial, Utopian world view. They had woken up too late, and found there was no longer a means of deliverance.
Sound the Alarm
E’en today we are still dreaming of a false utopia. We’re told to sound the alarm, blow the trumpet in Zion. Once more the Lord is raising up His prophetic voices, the Noah’s, Enoch’s, Methuselah’s, Jared’s & Lamech’s of our day.
He is calling us up to Himself to warn the people of our age. These days we’re living in are similar to Noah’s lifetime.
Our Lord is Gracious, willing and ready to forgive us, when we call on His Name.
He also tells us; In the time of the close of the Age; we shall experience/see almost a repetition, of Noah’s day. The apostles also wrote about the perilous times to come. Where people’s love grows cold. They’d rather be lovers of pleasure than of God. There would also be a falling away from the Truth. Lovers of self! Loving money more than the One who is Worthy of all, Praise Honour & Glory.
These would be Following, Serving, Worshiping gods of their own making. Honouring the creature more than their Creator; Whom is Worthy of all Praise & Glory now and forevermore. Devious, evil, wicked men and women, having no conscience at all whatsoever. Delighting in sin, committing fornication, lustful, selfish, bitter and unforgiving.
God’s Mercy Endures
We’re reminded in Scripture about God’s Mercy which endures for ever. For our God is Gracious and Merciful, to all who call upon His Name. All the Faith Champions knew of this, regularly fellow shipping with their Creator. David knew of this as also Enoch, Noah, Abraham and all the patriarchs of their day. God is a Covenant God, which is true, yet He also loves our fellowship. He desires a relationship with man. He regularly reaches out toward us. His Love, Grace and Mercy endure forever!
2 Because of the Truth which lives and stays on in our hearts and will be with us forever:3 Grace (spiritual blessing), mercy, and [soul] peace will be with us, from God the Father and from Jesus Christ (the Messiah), the Father’s Son, in all sincerity (truth) and love.4 I was greatly delighted to find some of your children walking (living) in [the] Truth, just as we have been commanded by the Father [Himself]. (2 Jn 1:2-4 Amplified)
Even for these the Lord still gives time for them; to turn back from their sin, wickedness & evil Speaking. His Grace, Mercy, Forgiveness is still readily available in this time. As recorded in Scripture, before the Deluge, the Lord brought the life expectancy of mankind, to 120 years. Noah had been the last of that Generation, whom lived over 900 years. He is also known as the father of viticulture.
On the other hand we hear Yeshuah (Jesus) tell us: – “I Am the Vine, you are the branches; the Father is the Gardener _ _ _ “
15 “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vine dresser. 2 Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away;[a] and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. 3 You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. 4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.5 “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. 7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will[b] ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. 8 By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples _ _ _” (Jn 15:1-10 NKJ)
15 Jesus: I am the true vine, and My Father is the keeper of the vineyard. 2 My Father examines every branch in Me and cuts away those who do not bear fruit. He leaves those bearing fruit and carefully prunes them so that they will bear more fruit; 3 already you are clean because you have heard My voice. 4 Abide in Me, and I will abide in you. A branch cannot bear fruit if it is disconnected from the vine, and neither will you if you are not connected to Me.5 I am the vine, and you are the branches. If you abide in Me and I in you, you will bear great fruit. Without Me, you will accomplish nothing. 6 If anyone does not abide in Me, he is like a branch that is tossed out and shrivels up and is later gathered to be tossed into the fire to burn. 7 If you abide in Me and My voice abides in you, anything you ask will come to pass for you. 8 Your abundant growth and your faithfulness as My followers will bring glory to the Father.At a time when all of His disciples are feeling as if they are about to be uprooted, Jesus sketches a picture of this new life as a flourishing vineyard—a labyrinth of vines and strong branches steeped in rich soil, abundant grapes hanging from their vines ripening in the sun. Jesus sculpts a new garden of Eden in their imaginations—one that is bustling with fruit, sustenance, and satisfying aromas. This is the Kingdom life. It is all about connection, sustenance, and beauty. But within this promise of life is the warning that people must be in Christ or they will not experience these blessings.
Jesus: 9 I have loved you as the Father has loved Me. Abide in My love. 10 Follow My example in obeying the Father’s commandments and receiving His love. If you obey My commandments, you will stay in My love. (Jn 15:1-10 The Voice).
In Noah’s situation, the Lord raised him up to spare the righteous. He also had a hand in the preservation of the creation after the flood. Adam, named the animals by their present names. As Adam had been charged with the care of God’s creation on earth, so had Noah, also been entrusted by God; to watch over His Creation. After the deluge; he’d been instructed by God to have dominion over the earth. These same instructions had been given to him; as God, had given Adam.
After Noah, with his whole family and all the animals alighted from the ark, God restored His Covenant with Noah and all of Creation. On landing upon the dry ground, Noah rejoiced, worshiped, giving thanks unto God for preserving them. Following the instructions given to them for a sacrificial offering. Remember when Adam messed up, and had been cast out from Paradise (Eden); the Lord made tunics of skin for the man & his Eve.
Through these actions, our Lord revealed to us without the shedding of blood there would be no remission of sin. Thus the Lord, revealed to His Crown Creation, the means through which He would restore us back to Himself. His Covenant of promise, had been revealed to Adam’s kin. During this dispensation of Innocence, He revealed His blueprint of restoration. Man had just seen the result of our falling from Grace.
So when Noah, alighted from the ark, he offered his sacrifice of thanksgiving. Our Lord, smelt this sweet aroma of Noah’s sacrifice. In His Heart of Hearts, the Lord vowed, covenanted, ne’er to curse the ground for man’s sake! Neither would He destroy all of Creation through such a great deluge as recorded in Creation’s Annals. His (Noah’s) sacrifice, had been pleasing before God.
Therefore our Lord blessed Noah; with his sons, because of his burnt offerings. While bringing forth this pleasant aroma in His Sight, the Lord instructed them to be fruitful, multiply and replenish the earth. Further our Lord; established His Covenant with them and their descendants after them. He also confirmed His Covenant, with the Whole of Creation, the birds (fowl) of the air; all the beasts, creatures cattle and kine; great and small alike.
He knows the heart of man. No one knows our heart better than our Creator. He records man’s imaginations as been evil from their youth (see Gen 8:21). Jeremiah also records these observations, through out his lifetime. The Lord also tests the heart of man. He knows those whom are His own. We are not able to fool God. He is acutely aware of all our shortcomings. In fact as reiterated earlier, our Lord knows us intimately. So intimately, that He e’en knows; the number of hairs upon our head.
Yet our Lord also reminds us; when we trust Him with all our heart, placing our hope in Him; we would be like a tree planted by the water. Ourselves being rooted in Him, as roots spread by the River of Life. Then we shall neither fear the heat, nor be anxious in time of drought. But we shall bear much fruit, our leaves remaining green, and our fruit would remain (see Jer 17:7-8; Ps 1:1-3).
’tis written: – Jeremiah 17:9-10 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)
9 “The heart is more deceitful than anything else and mortally sick. Who can fathom it?10 I, Adonai, search the heart;I test inner motivations;in order to give to everyone what his actions and conduct deserves.”ALSO: - Here is what Adonai says:“A curse on the person who trusts in humans,
who relies on merely human strength,
whose heart turns away from Adonai.
6 He will be like a tamarisk in the ‘Aravah —
when relief comes, it is unaffected;
for it lives in the sun-baked desert,
in salty, uninhabited land.
7 Blessed is the man who trusts in Adonai;
Adonai will be his security.
8 He will be like a tree planted near water;
it spreads out its roots by the river;
it does not notice when heat comes;
and its foliage is luxuriant;
it is not anxious in a year of drought
but keeps on yielding fruit.(See also Jer 17:5-8 CJB)
Hebrews 11:1 James Moulton and George Milligan, The Vocabulary of the Greek Testament
Romans 3:30 Marvin Vincent, Word Studies.