283 - Les Feldick Bible Study Lesson 2 - Part 3 - Book 24 - Romans 9:6-9 & Genesis 32:27-28

283: Romans 9:6-9 & Genesis 32:27-28 – Lesson 2 Part 3 Book 24

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LESSON 2 * PART 3 * BOOK 24

ROMANS 9:6-9 AND GENESIS 32:27-28

Now let’s get right back to where we left off in our last lesson and that will be again in Romans Chapter 9. I hope we can finish this chapter in the next two lessons. Remember the only reason we’re here is to teach the Word as I feel The Lord has opened it up to me, and I don’t expect everyone to agree with me, and you don’t have to. But if you do disagree with me hopefully you’ll search the Scriptures and see if I’m wrong or not. In our last lesson we left off in verse 12, so let’s read that again, and go on into verse 13.

Romans 9:12

“It was said unto her, (Rebecca up in verse 10) The elder (Esau) shall serve the younger.” (Jacob)

Now God said that before the boys were ever born. Now verse 13, and I know this throws a curve at people.

Romans 9:13

“As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.”

Now I always have to qualify the definition of the word “hated.” It is not hate as we think of hating someone enough to practically do them harm. It’s a comparative term. Now, even when Jesus used the term in Luke 14:

Luke 14:26

“If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.”

Now Jesus never expected any human being to hate their parents, but it was a comparative term. That unless we can have such a love for the Lord Jesus that by comparison our love for the family is almost like a hatred. Now it’s the same way here with Esau, it wasn’t that God just had an intrinsic hatred for him, but His love for Jacob was so great, and almost beyond comprehension in comparison it almost seems as if Esau was hated. Now some time ago I was reading something by Charles Spurgeon, that great English preacher in London in the 1800’s. And a lady, after one of his services, came up to him and said, “Mr. Spurgeon, I cannot understand how God could hate Esau.” And Mr. Spurgeon said, “Lady, that’s not my problem. My problem is how in the world did He love Jacob?” And isn’t that it? It’s no problem to understand how He hated Esau because Esau was totally destitute of faith, and didn’t think anything of what God said, but how could He love Jacob? Now we’re not going to stop with Jacob. How could He love me?.

You know I have to stop and think back when I was a skinny little kid, and that dear preacher’s wife I’m sure, wept bitter tears over me, but she never gave up, and then one day that dear lady led me to The Lord. And some day, whatever I’ve been able to reap will be part of her harvest because she was faithful, and so it is with all of us. Why did God love you? Have you ever asked yourself that? Why should He? No more than why He loved Jacob. Now we’re going to see where Paul picks this up in the Book of Malachi Chapter 1.

Malachi 1:1-3

“The burden of the word of the LORD to Israel by Malachi. I have loved you, saith the LORD. Yet ye say, `Wherein hast thou loved us?’ `Was not Esau Jacob’s brother?’ saith the LORD: `yet I loved Jacob, And I hated Esau, and laid his mountains and his heritage waste for the dragons of the wilderness.'”

Now again you have to go back into ancient history, and the offspring of Esau of course were the Edomites, and they were mountain dwellers. Remember when you have someone that lives in the mountains they must be in good physical shape, because when you climb those mountains everyday for whatever purpose, you’re building up your physical stamina, and so the Edomites had become a physically strong people. And they had built their homes up in the cliffs, and had gotten proud and arrogant, and thought that nobody could destroy them. Well you can read on down through these verses and you can see what God said. He said, “I’ll destroy you, I won’t let you prosper because coming out of Esau they were anti-God, they had no time for God, and He says in verse 4:

Malachi 1:4,5

“Whereas Edom saith, We are impoverished, but we will return (In other words God had already thrown down their houses once.) and build the desolate places; thus saith the LORD of hosts, They shall build, but I will throw down; and they shall call them, The border of wickedness, and, The people against whom the LORD hath indignation for ever. And your eyes shall see, and ye shall say, `The LORD will be magnified from the border of Israel.'”

What God is saying, is that even these Edomites and all their pride, and physical stamina, and so forth, they were nothing under a Sovereign God. But little old weak Israel, God could make them what ever He wanted. Now back to Romans. This is where Paul quotes from them when he says:

Romans 9:13

“As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.”

Now remember what I said in the last lesson. We’re going to come into these verses that are really tough. I had rather just skip the rest of Chapter 9 and go to Chapter 10 because it would be a lot easier, but we can’t do that, we have to take it as it comes. And for us as believers this is not a problem because you can now look back and see that you were chosen from before the foundation of the world. For a lost person listening to me, you’re still on the other side of the door, you’re still looking at, “Whosoever will may come.”

I was reading, I think William R. Newell awhile back, and he ran into a gentlemen in Michigan during his ministry, and that gentlemen made the rash statement, “Well if I’m in the elect, I have nothing to worry about, and if I’m not then there is nothing you or anybody else can do about it, because I’ll go to hell anyway.” And this writer said, “Mister, wake up, you don’t have to worry about being elected, what you have to worry about is what are you going to do with the Gospel. Reference I Corinthians 15:1-4. Are you going to believe it and then be one of the elect, or are you going to reject the Gospel, and go to your doom.”

And that’s exactly where I have to leave it, but now we’re going to see in these verses, from verse 14 to almost the end of the chapter, the Sovereignty of God. He can do whatever He wants to do, but being the Righteous Holy God that He is He will never do anything that is unfair. And this what we have to constantly keep in front of us. God will never be unrighteous, He will never treat somebody unfairly.

Romans 9:14-16

“What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid. For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.”

Let’s go back again into Israel’s history, and we find that God has raised up the deliverer Moses to go down into Egypt, and confront Pharaoh. But in the end result He brings Israel out of Egypt, down to Mount Sinai. He’s already giving them the Manna, and He’s going to provide all their physical needs, and He’s getting ready to give them the Ten Commandments, and set up the whole system of the Law. But while Moses is up in the mountain, what takes place down at the base? While Moses was up in the mountain the Children of Israel asked Aaron, “Make us a God.” And you know what happened. Aaron said that he threw some gold into the fire and out came this calf. Isn’t it amazing what grown men can think of, but nevertheless here they begin this worship of that golden calf. And when Moses and Joshua came down off the mountainside, Joshua said, “Moses do I hear music? Do I hear laughter?” And Moses soon caught on, and said to Joshua, “More than that, they’re dancing.” They weren’t just dancing, they were in lewd lascivious dancing, they were naked in pagan worship around that golden calf.

Now then, what did God have every right in His righteousness to do with Israel? He had every right in His righteousness to wipe them off the face of the earth. Was God ready to do that? Yes He was. He was Hot in His anger The Word says. And He says in so many words that He would start over with Moses again. But what does Moses do? Oh, he falls on his face before God, and I think for almost thirty days he pleads with Jehovah God to spare these people. Don’t let the Egyptians be able to crow, “Well look what happened to those people that got away from us. Their God destroyed them in the wilderness.” So Moses pleaded, and he pleaded for them. Now on what basis did God spare Israel? His Mercy. That was the only thing that God could fall back on.

I think John Darby who used the term, “Here in all of His Holiness and Righteousness, He had every right to destroy the nation of Israel, but He withdrew into His Sovereignty. And in His Sovereignty He poured out mercy. Isn’t that fabulous? All through Israel’s history when they would fail God in His promises, and would go into idolatry, where would God have to go each time? Back into His Sovereignty, and in His Sovereignty He would pour out mercy.

Now let’s come all the way up to the Cross of Calvary. Here Israel has demanded His death, and Rome is pounding the spikes into His hands. What could God had done? He could have cleansed the earth of the whole human race, but again what did He do? He withdrew into His Sovereignty. And as the Sovereign God of the universe that could do whatever He wanted to do. And as Christ hung on that Cross, what did God pour out? Mercy. Mercy not just for the Nation of Israel, but for the whole human race, and only because He is Sovereign. In any other circumstance He would have had to destroy the human race, He would have had to destroy Israel, He would have had to destroy you and I. And even today, why does God continue to offer Salvation to the human race? My when you listen to the news and read your newspaper, when you see what’s going on in all echelons of our society, what keeps God from just totally doing what He was going to do to Israel? His Sovereign Grace. And that’s where we are, He is Sovereign, and in Grace He poured out His mercy there at the Cross of Calvary.

Remember I mentioned in one of our lessons some time ago about a gentlemen from Tennessee who called one Sunday afternoon, and said, “Les, is the sinner’s prayer appropriate today?” Well that’s kind of a loaded question, but I caught it quick enough to say “No, that’s not appropriate.” Because what’s the sinner’s prayer? “God be merciful to me a sinner.”That’s not appropriate today, Why? God has already poured out His mercy. He did that at the Cross, and for us, for Him to pour out His mercy is a double take. And it’s the same as saying, “God, You had better do it again.” No He doesn’t have to do it again, He’s already poured out all the mercy of a Sovereign God, and so now what do we do? We appropriate that mercy by faith, and we say, “Yes, Lord, I know that your mercy was poured out, and now I believe it, I appropriate it, it’s mine.” And that makes all the difference in the world if we don’t understand what God has already accomplished at the Cross on our behalf. Now let’s come on back to Romans Chapter 9, so this is what Paul is referring to, that when Moses was flat on his face after the episode of the golden calf, and that’s when God told Moses:

Romans 9:15,16

“…I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. (Because God is Sovereign. He is the final authority. Now verse 16.) So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.”

Now turn with me to John’s Gospel for a moment to Chapter 1. Here He’s speaking of them who had become believers, and He says:

John 1:13

“Which were born, (Into the family of God) not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, (But how were they born?) but of God.

Now as Jesus was dealing here in John’s Gospel, He’s still with the Nation of Israel in His earthly ministry isn’t He? What was the great opposition to Jesus of Nazareth during His earthly ministry. Turn on over to Chapter 8. I’ll tell you what the problem was, these Jews of Jesus’ day, especially the Pharisees with whom He had most to do, were proud of their lineage. They were proud of their genealogy, they weren’t the children of Esau, they weren’t the children of Ishmael. They were children of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and you see it over and over. And so when Jesus came and confronted them with their sins, why couldn’t they see their sins? They were relying on their genealogy. Hey, we’re the the children of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, we don’t have a sin problem. Oh no? Look what Jesus says now in Chapter 8 of John’s Gospel.

John 8:36,37

“If the Son therefore shall make you free, you shall be free indeed. I know that ye are Abraham’s seed; but ye seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you.”

Quite an accusation isn’t it? My, as the sons of Abraham who thought they were righteous, they should have been able to embrace Jesus, and realize Who He was. Why couldn’t they? Because they were blind. Now reading on:

John 8:38

“I speak that which I have seen with my Father: and ye do that which ye have seen with your father.”

Wow! What’s He doing? He’s slapping them in the face that they didn’t know the same Father that He did. But they take it and throw it back at Jesus with a horrible answer.

John 8:39,40

“They answered and said unto him, `Abraham is our father.’ Jesus saith unto them, `If ye were Abraham’s children, ye would do the works of Abraham. (You would be people of faith.)But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham.'”

In other words when God spoke to Abraham, Abraham didn’t respond in self righteousness and say, “Hey, away with you, we’re going to kill you.” No. Abraham the man of faith recognized Who God was when He came into his life. Now verse 41, and Jesus said:

John 8:41

“Ye do the deeds of your father, (watch this) Then said they to him, `We be not born of fornication: we have one Father, even God.'”

Do you realize what their throwing at Jesus? See they didn’t believe in His virgin birth, What was the story going through Nazareth? That Mary and Joseph, even if he was the father, had conceived out of wedlock. And I imagine the story was going around that Joseph wasn’t even the father, and so they’re throwing this whole thing that Jesus of Nazareth was a result of fornication, an immoral act. I tell you what, you have no idea how low these people were. Now verse 42:

John 8:42-47

“Jesus said unto them, `If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me. Why do ye not understand my speech? (or what I’m saying, and then Jesus answered His own question) even because ye cannot hear my words. (It never registered with them, and remember this is strong language He is using.) Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. (your father) He was a murderer from the beginning, and (your father) abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not. Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me? He that is of God heareth God’s words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God.

And then look at the next verse. Do you think Jesus knew what He was talking about? Boy you had better believe it.

John 8:48

“Then answered the Jews, and said unto him, `Say we not well that thou art a Samaritan, and hast a devil?’ (or demon. That’s unbelievable isn’t it.) Jesus answered, `I have not a devil:(demon) but I honour my Father, and ye do dishonour me.'”

We won’t take time to finish that chapter, but go ahead and read it, but what I want you to see is, what were these Jews relying on? Their genealogy. They were the children of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, but even though they had that unique opportunity, they had the Scriptures, they had the Word of God, and the priesthood, but what were they? Wrapped in unbelief, and they could not comprehend. Now let’s come back to Romans, and verse 16 again.

Romans 9:16a

“So then it is not of him that willeth,…”

In other words a person can’t just say, “Oh well, since I am of a particular genealogy, or nationality, or race, I’m going to be a child of God.” But you see it doesn’t work that way, and that’s what Jesus was speaking about that we just looked at.

Romans 9:16b

“…nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.”

Well the purpose of running is to get from one place to another, and so the whole concept here is, it isn’t up to a man to make up his mind, well I’m going to do this for God, and I’m going to go from here to there for God. No it doesn’t work that way. It’s absolutely contrary to the workings of a Sovereign God. Now verse 17.

Romans 9:17

“For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, (The Pharaoh of Egypt) `Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth.'”

Now what’s that verse referring to? Well, after the plagues that had stricken Egypt, even though it was the ancient world and they didn’t have communication as speedy as ours, did the word get across the then-known world what had happened in Egypt? Absolutely. Even the Canaanites clear up there in present day Palestine, by the time the Jews got there they knew what had happened down in Egypt. And they knew that God of the Israelites had destroyed Egypt. The pagan Canaanites up there years later still talked about how the God of Israel had dealt with Pharaoh. And when you go back and read ancient history, Egypt was in shambles so others just came in and took it over really. But God did all this with Pharaoh in order to accomplish His Sovereignty.

282 - Les Feldick Bible Study Lesson 2 - Part 2 - Book 24 - Not All Israel is Israel - Part 2

282: Not All Israel is Israel – Part 2 – Lesson 2 Part 2 Book 24

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LESSON 2 * PART 2 * BOOK 24

NOT ALL ISRAEL IS ISRAEL

We’re going to get back into Romans Chapter 9, and remember this Book of Romans is so basic to not only our understanding these doctrines of Grace, but even as Paul brings out here in these middle three chapters of God dealing with Israel, and where Israel stands in His program even today.

Romans 9:8

“That is, They which are the children of the flesh, (That is those from Ishmael and later on from Esau) these are not the children of God: (Oh they’re children of Abraham, but they’re not in the line of the Covenant.) but the children of the promise are counted for the seed.”

Now you remember the word “seed” is from the Greek word Zera. It is a word very much like our English word “sheep.” It is always used the same way, whether it’s in the singular or in the plural. In other words if you look at one sheep over here it’s a sheep, and if you look at a flock of sheep over here it’s still sheep. So you have to determine from the text is he speaking of many in the word seed, or is he speaking one. Now the article here designates that it’s the singular seed. And so only “the children of the promise are counted for the seed.” Go back to Genesis 21:9: Here we have the situation where Isaac and Ishmael are going to have to be separated.

Genesis 21:9-12

“And Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, which she had born unto Abraham, mocking. Wherefore she said unto Abraham, Cast out this bondwoman and her son: (son of flesh)for the son of this bondwoman shall not be heir with my son, even with Isaac. (son of promise) And the thing was very grievous in Abraham’s sight because of his son (Abraham loved Ishmael, but Abraham still did not have the long range concept of the Abrahamic Covenant of a Messiah coming through his loins). And God said unto Abraham, `Let it not be grievous in thy sight because of the lad, and because of thy bondwoman; in all that Sarah hath said unto thee, hearken unto her voice; for in Isaac shall thy seed (singular) be called.'”

And again it’s speaking of the coming of the “Seed of the Woman” Who is Christ. The Seed of the woman could not take off through Ishmael or Esau, it had to come through the son of promise who was Isaac! Now we’re going to run into the same thing in the next generation when Isaac’s wife Rebecca has twins in her womb. Back to Romans Chapter 9.

Romans 9:9

“For this is the word of promise” Now I can’t emphasize enough this word promise as I did in the last lesson. Abraham’s almost 100 years old, and Sarah is almost 90, so it had to take a miracle of God for her to conceive, and that miracle of course is a result of the promise of God. And these promises go all the way back to eternity past before Adam was ever created. All of these things were already set in God’s concrete if I can use that term.

“For this is the word of promise, At this time will I come, and Sarah shall have a son.”

Now God’s speaking. People have written that they appreciate my standing constantly on the Sovereignty of God, and I will never back away from that. God is Sovereign, and we’re going to see that in some of these coming verses. All right, so God made the promise, that through Abraham, and Isaac would come this next son of promise in verse 10:

Romans 9:10,11

“And not only this; but when Rebecca also had conceived by one, even by our father Isaac; [Rebecca has twins in her womb] (For the children [Esau & Jacob] being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;)”

Now Who are we talking about? The Sovereign God! Now I’m going to have to stop before I go any further, and the thought just struck me this morning as I was mulling this over while I was getting dressed. You know I put it on the board a few lessons ago that as mankind moves down the river of life, and on both sides of the banks of that river are constant doors of opportunity over which was written, “Whosoever Will May Come,” but as soon as we respond to that opportunity, and step through that door we can look back at that door and see written over it, “Chosen From Before The Foundations Of The World.”

Now then in these next series of verses here in Chapter 9 are some things that are mighty hard to swallow, and very hard to teach, because people will confuse the issue, and they’re going to fall into the trap of saying, “Well, if it’s all up to my being elected, then why should I worry about it. I’ll just go my own way, and if God sees fit to grab me by the nape of the neck, and I’m elected, then I’ll go to Heaven. If not, I’m going to go to hell because I have no choice in the matter.” Listen, the Bible never teaches that! But here’s where I’m going to clarify it. These succeeding verses now, and everything that we’ve been covering touching the elections, the calling of the believers since eternity past, is a doctrine that really should be studied only by, I think, the believer. Because now as a believer God wants us to know that in our exalted position, we didn’t come in by accident. We came into this position because in eternity past, “God Chose Us.” Now you see that’s something that only the believer can take by faith because God said it. I can’t argue with it, but for the unbeliever he can’t comprehend this, and I don’t expect him to because it isn’t for the unbeliever to try and swallow. All the unbeliever has to understand is, “Whosoever Will May Come.” The unbeliever has to understand that God has said:

II Peter 3:9

“The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”

The Scripture says that Christ died for every man. And I ran into a verse the other night and I have read it over and over all these years, but had never really seen it, and of course that’s the beauty of this Book you can never exhaust it. Let’s look at John’s Gospel, and it’s speaking of John the Baptist.

John 1:7-9

“The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, (Speaking of Christ) that all men through him might believe.” How many? All! Not just a few, but He came that all might believe. In verse 8, John the Baptist wasn’t that Light.

“He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light, (Jesus the Christ, and here’s something that I had never seen before) which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.”

It says, “He lighteth every man,” and The Book doesn’t lie. Now I know a lot of us get all hung up when we realize that people down in the jungles of the Amazon valley, and in certain other spiritual dark places of the world have never heard the Gospel (Ref. I Corinthians 15:1-4). And we can’t comprehend a Righteous God sending them to an eternal lake of fire. But listen, The Book says over and over that for some reason or other they have received the Light. They have a certain amount of knowledge. I can’t explain it but that’s what The Book says, and that’s what it says right here, that when Christ came into the world, “His light lighteth every man that cometh into the world.” Now that’s a future tense verb, so it wasn’t just speaking of those living at Christ’s time, but rather it was also speaking of those coming on the scene even today. They have received somehow or other the Light. Let’s go to Titus Chapter 2, and another verse that I’ve even struggled with myself, but I take it by faith. I believe it with all my heart, and mind because The Book says it. Here the Apostle Paul is at the end of his earthly ministry, he’s going to be martyred before much longer. But look at this amazing statement, and remember it’s Holy Spirit inspired. It’s The Word of God.

Titus 2:11

“For the grace of God (That unmerited favor that God has poured out on the whole human race) that bringeth salvation hath (past tense) appeared to all men.” Not just a favored few, but all men. Now let’s back up to Romans that has thrown a curve at a lot of people, and it’s hard for me to teach it because it just seems so impossible, but it isn’t because The Book says it.

Romans 1:18,19a

“For the wrath of God…” And remember we’re not under the wrath of God today, but rather the Grace of God. But His wrath is coming, it’s getting closer every day, and one of these days God’s going to have His stomach full, and He’s going to start pouring out His wrath. Now reading on:

“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may (Now watch this)be known of God is manifest in them…”

`Manifest’ is a multi-type term. There isn’t just one little segment of knowledge, they have a whole bunch, just like a manifold on a V-8 engine has 8 port holes. That’s one for every cylinder, that’s a manifold, and the same word is associated with this word manifest. A complete unveiling of knowledge.

Romans 1:19b,20

“for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood (See?) by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they (the whole human race) are without excuse:” That doesn’t mean we can just sit in our living room and let the world go to Hell. But the constant admonition is that we are to promote the Gospel to the ends of the earth. Absolutely we are. Paul says in II Corinthians 5:

II Corinthians 5:20a

“Now then we are ambassadors for Christ…”

That’s exactly what He wants us to be. We are to be ambassadors of the tremendous message of reconciliation, but man will never come up before God at the Great White Throne Judgment, and be able to say to God that He was unfair, and that they never had a chance. They can’t say that they didn’t know, and God is going to say unto them, “Depart from me I never knew you.” Everybody has a certain amount of understanding. Now back to Romans Chapter 9.

So this whole concept of election, the foreknowledge of God as to who would become believers is something that the unsaved person doesn’t have to worry about, he doesn’t have to fret over it, he doesn’t have to take the attitude, “Well I don’t have a chance unless God elects me.” The whosoever will on the bank of that life stream river is always open. You know when I teach John’s Gospel Chapter 10 with the analogy of the shepherd and the sheepfold, I always teach that no man cometh into the sheepfold but by the door, and if they try to get in some other way then they’re thieves and robbers. And where is that door for that sheepfold? Ground level where the lost person can walk right through it. It’s not up on some high far way place that is inaccessible, but always at ground level. And all they have to do is choose to go through it, and if they don’t it’s not God’s fault. And we’re going to see this now in the next verses here in Romans Chapter 9. So always temper this with the fact that we can’t comprehend this, even though God’s Word says it, until we’re a believer. And then it is a point of assurance, and rejoicing. I’m secure in the Body of Christ because God chose me.

Let me give you another analogy. I don’t remember the man that wrote it. I read it years ago, and I had to struggle with it, but the more I’ve struggled the better I can see it. He gave the analogy of ten men sitting on death row in a state penitentiary. All of them were there for committing almost an identical type of murder, one was no more bizarre than the others. So each was awaiting the death sentence, and then in the midst of their waiting the Governor sends down a decree that pardons three of those ten men. And so those three at random were given their pardon and sent home a free man. Now then what right do the other seven have to say, “You have to pardon us also.” Can they rightfully say that? No, because what are they still deserving of? Their sentence. They are still guilty murderers who deserve death, but the other three by virtue of a Governors pardon have been set free. Now they didn’t deserve to be set free, they were just as guilty as the other seven, but what got them their freedom? Well the grace of the Governor. But the thing I want to point out is the other seven can never say one word, because they were guilty, they were sentenced and they’re going to get what they deserve. And in some ways that’s a pretty good analogy of how God’s Sovereignty in Grace works.

For you and I as believers were Hell-bound sinners just like everybody else. We were just as deserving of God’s punishment as anybody could be, but why have we escaped? Because we accepted God’s pardon, and now here we are, we’re set free, and the rest of maybe some of our family, and loved ones, and friends are going on to their just deserts. But why are we escaping? The Grace of God. Never lose sight of that fact that it’s only the Grace of God that He put His finger on you, and me. We can never boast, and say, “I’m so glad that I was smart enough to read, and that I had the wherewithal to understand.” But it was only by the Grace of God that after we’re saved we can understand, “Yes, God had me in His sights before the world was ever created.”

You remember I gave the illustration about 4 or 5 years ago, and at the time that I read it I almost shook my head in unbelief, but again the more I think about it the more I believe it. This writer gave the illustration that within the human reproduction system, every human female has within her body the potential to produce thousands upon thousands of ova. Every human male has the potential to produce billions of sperm, and yet it only takes one sperm and one ova to make a child. This writer felt that the Sovereign God supernaturally predetermines which sperm fertilizes which ova.

Now that’s mind boggling when you think of the billions of people on the planet tonight, and everyone of them is a Sovereign act of God. Yes I’m believing it more and more. The same way I think in our everyday experience. I make no apology to the fact that every morning, without exception, I thank God for the day that some how miraculously He let my little wife and I meet. All the things that had to transpire in our two lives to bring my little wife and me to cross paths, fall in love, and now spend forty three years together. An act of God? Absolutely! And not just for the two of us, but for most of you. You can look back, and say, “Wasn’t it a miracle that my husband and I got together.” Most of you can tell the same story. Never sell short the Sovereignty of our God, and it was only by His Grace that He reached down and chose us. But again I have to be careful for the unbeliever, and I know we have a lot of you out there listening who would say, “Why should I be concerned?” You’d better be concerned, because Christ died for every human being. He didn’t die for just the few. He died for every one us, but it’s up to us to accept His offer of pardon. Don’t worry about whether you’re chosen are not, “You believe the Gospel.” (Ref. I Corinthians 15:1-4.) Once you’ve believed the Gospel for your Salvation then God will move in Grace, and He will show all these truths to you. Not all at once, but rather little by little they will come sifting through. Now let’s move on, and I hope I’ve clarified my view on that. Now verse 11 again:

Romans 9:11,12

For the children (Jacob and Esau now in the womb of Rebecca) being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth; It was said unto her, The elder shall serve the younger.”

Now that was contrary to Middle Eastern customs. Even in the case of twins, whichever twin was born first he would be the eldest son, and he would be the rightful heir of the inheritances. And so this just flew in the face of what Isaac and Rebecca understood. They thought that this would be against human reason to think that the younger would receive the inheritance. But God, again in foreknowledge, before those lads were ever born, being able to see the beginning to the end knew that Esau would be destitute of faith. God knew that one day Esau would come in and sell the birthright for a bowl of bean soup, and God knew that later on Esau would also lose the blessing, and so in His foreknowledge God could say:

Romans 9:12b

“…The elder shall the younger.”

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LESSON 2 * PART 1 * BOOK 24

NOT ALL ISRAEL IS ISRAEL

Now we trust as we begin another series of four lessons that each of you will take your Bibles, and as one lady wrote the other day, “I bought a new Bible when I started watching you, and now it’s already all marked up.” Well that’s what we want, that’s the name of the game. You just search the Scriptures, and don’t pay quite as much attention to what I say, but be able to determine, “What does The Book say?”

Now we want to go right back to where we left off in our last lesson, and that was in Romans Chapter 9, and verse 6. Now remember we have been emphasizing that this Book of Romans is just almost the highlight of all of Scripture. And out of this great book I like to call Chapter 8 the gemstone of the Book of Romans, and now as we come into Chapter 9, 10, and 11 we’re going to be dealing with the Nation of Israel. Chapter 9 of course is Israel’s past, and the Apostle Paul is going to be referring back into the Old Testament, back and forth in order to make his point. Then when we go into Chapter 10 we’ll deal with Israel as God is looking at Israel today in the Age of Grace, and in Chapter 11 we’ll be looking at what is still ahead for that little nation.

Remember I’m always emphasizing that the largest part of Christendom, and I’m including the Roman Catholics, the Protestants, and many other groups refuse to accept the fact that God is not through with the Nation of Israel. Most of them have set Israel aside. Even back in the Reformation most of them were basically anti-Semitic because they accused Israel of being the Christ killer, and consequently God had turned to the Church with all of the promises given to Israel because He was through with that little Covenant nation, but I always say,“Don’t you believe it!” This Book is adamant that even though God has set Israel aside for this last 2000 years, yet He is one day going to bring them back to the land as we see He is doing, and one day God is going to pick up where He left off with His Covenant people. And so we have to be aware that the Jews are God’s chosen people, even though they’re out there in unbelief, they’re spiritually blinded for the most part yet God has not given up on them.

In our last lesson I paraphrased a quote, and I told you that I’d forgotten to bring the actual quote along, well today I have it with me. I called Princeton University to find out when this gentlemen had served as their president, and I knew it was a long time ago by virtue of what he said. Now, I will read his quote word for word today. This gentleman’s name was Francis L. Patton and he served as their president from 1888 – 1902. Now a president of Princeton today would never make a statement like this I’m quite sure, but remember at that time Princeton was still a bulwark of conservative Christianity as were a lot of the Ivy League Schools, now listen what this gentlemen said. “The only hope of Christianity is in the rehabilitating of the Pauline Theology. It is back, back, back, to an Incarnate Christ, and the atoning blood, or it is on, on, and on to atheism, and despair.”

Nothing truer could be spoken, but you see if this gentlemen at the turn of the century sensed that people were already ignoring the Apostle Paul’s epistles, what would he think today? We hear lots of people say that they think that Paul’s epistles shouldn’t even be in our Bible. I remember reading where someone had quoted a seminary professor as having stated that he thought Paul’s experience on the road to Damascus was nothing more than an epileptic seizure. So these are the kinds of statements you know that people make concerning the Apostle Paul and his epistles. But his epistles are the very bedrock of our Christian faith, and we have to move into Paul’s epistles if we’re going to get a clear view of salvation by Grace through faith + nothing. Now let’s pick up where we left off in our last lesson in Romans Chapter 9 and verse 6. In verse 4 and 5 we covered those seven things that were intrinsic to the Nation of Israel so far as His dealing with them from the Covenant promises. And then you remember in verse 5 we covered the aspect as the eighth part of all this, that it was all brought about so that Christ could come, not just to be The Messiah for Israel, but to be The Saviour of whole human race. Now then verse 6.

Romans 9:6

“Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect. For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel:

Does that sound like double talk? Yes it does unless we understand what Paul is alluding to, and the only way we can pick it up of course is to go back to the Old Testament. Let’s go back to Genesis Chapter 32, and you remember Jacob the deceiver, the supplanter, whom we like to think deceived not only his father Isaac and his brother Esau, but he was also pretty good at it while he was up in Haran working for his uncle Laban. Jacob was always one step ahead of everybody if there was to be a sharp deal. And so the very name Jacob you remember means the supplanter, the deceiver, and that’s what he was. Now after he had been up in Haran and gained his wives, and all of his children with the exception of Benjamin of course, he comes down into the land of Canaan with God’s leading, and as soon as he gets back to Canaan who does he have to meet? Well his brother Esau, and of course Jacob is scared to death of what Esau is going to do to him, because after all, Jacob had tricked him some 40 years earlier. But now as we pick up the story here in Genesis 32 we find Jacob has surrounded himself with all of his flocks and herds and so forth in order to have a little bit of protection from the wrath of Esau. But God of course has something else totally on His mind, and that is, He is going to come down in human form as God did throughout the Old Testament, and He’s going to confront Jacob man to man. And here in verse 24 we’re in the dead of night, and I’ve always said that most of us can’t understand what it was like to be in total darkness. We have so many lights beaming everywhere that we don’t really get a pure view of total darkness anymore. But here we have old Jacob asleep on the ground, and no doubt in abject darkness.

Genesis 32:24,25

“And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day.” Now you know I’m a literalist – this isn’t a figure of speech. God literally came down in a theophany in the form of a man, and He begins this true wrestling match with the man Jacob.

“And when he saw that he (God) prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob’s thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him.” In other words God crippled Jacob. And of course we know from other Scriptures that Jacob now walks with a limp for the rest of his life. But that’s not the important part. Verse 26.

Genesis 32:26

“And he (The Lord) said, `Let me go, for the day breaketh.’ And he (Jacob) said, `I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.'”

I think it’s implied clearly enough, Jacob understands Who he’s wrestling with? He knows that he’s dealing with the God of his father Isaac, and his grandfather Abraham. And he understands that unless this God blesses him, he’s destitute. Now remember, way back when those two boys were born, and Esau was the oldest of those twins we taught that Esau was destitute of faith. Esau saw absolutely nothing in the promises of God, but Jacob on the other hand got a little glimpse, he had just a little flicker that he could see that there was something to be gained by getting the birthright as well as the blessing. In this little bit of faith God knows here’s the man that He can work with and Jacob understands Who this is that he’s wrestling with. So he says, “I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.” Now let’s move into the next verse.

Genesis 32:27,28

“And he (The Lord) said unto him, `What is thy name?’ And he said, `Jacob.’ (Now watch this) And he said, `Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.'”

God told Jacob, “You just hung tough, you did not give up, you did not fail me.” So God sees that faith in this man Jacob, and by it He transformed him. Here’s Jacob’s true salvation, here is where Jacob experiences what we call today the “New Birth.” And so consequently since he is now a new man in God, in Christ, yes in Christ even back there. He’s now a new man, and God also gives him a new name. He’s no longer to be called Jacob, the deceiver, which was the natural, but now he’s to be called Israel, the prince with God. Don’t lose sight of those two names of Jacob and his offspring.

One of my rules of thumb has been that always you have first the natural and then the spiritual. That’s the way it’s been ever since the human experience First we have Cain the natural, then Abel the spiritual. First Ishmael the natural, then Isaac the spiritual. First Esau the natural, and then Jacob the spiritual. First King Saul the natural, and King David the spiritual, and then at the end time there will be first the anti-Christ, and then the Christ, and you can follow that all the way up through Scripture. All the genealogy will follow that same format, you will always get the format of the natural or non spiritual, and then the spiritual. Now it’s the same way in the life of Jacob. First he’s the natural man, he’s Jacob, now he becomes the spiritual man Israel. What were we originally? We were natural, we had nothing to do with the spiritual life, but after we’re born into the family of God, we’ve experienced Salvation and what are we? We’re Spiritual! We are now citizens of Heaven, we are now totally different persons.

So now then we’re going to have the beginning of the history of the Nation of Israel divided into these same two categories. We’re going to have that portion of the Nation of Israel that remains in the natural, they never do have a spiritual enlightenment, even though they are under the Covenant. And so I guess I should back up just a little bit. From the beginning of human history there has always been primarily two groups of people. Number one you have the lost which are by far the greatest number. The other side of the coin you have the believers, the saved of the ages, and it’s no different today. It doesn’t matter whether we’re black or white, rich or poor, bond or free, we’re either over in the lost, the natural element, or else we’re over here in the spiritual. Jacob is the beginning of this dividing line even within Israel the Covenant people of God. Some are going to remain natural, destitute of faith, but some are going to be spiritual, and are going to become believers. Turn to Isaiah Chapter 9, where the Scripture explains it better than I could.

Isaiah 9:8

“The Lord sent a word into Jacob, and it hath lighted upon Israel.”

Now do you see what that says? In other words, when God would speak through the prophets it went to the whole Nation of Israel, they all heard it, but how many truly responded? Only the believing element. The Israel. So the word would go out to the whole nation (Jacob) but only those who were enlightened by faith would respond to it, and it was always a small remnant, and it still is today. The vast masses of humanity can hear the Gospel (Ref. I Corinthians 15:1-4) and I mean hear and understand, but how many percentage-wise believe it for their Salvation? And that’s the way it’s always been, but also within the realms of the Nation of Israel itself. Now then when you come back to Romans Chapter 9 this is exactly what the Apostle Paul is referring to. That not all the Children of Israel would be spiritual only a few of them would be. So not all Israel is Israel. Now verse 7.

Romans 9:7

“Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children: but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called.”

Now again let’s go back to the Book of Genesis Chapter 17. Remember that God for about 50 years had promised Abraham and Sarah a son. And out of that son would come the Nation of Israel, and the fulfillment of those Covenant promises. But Abraham and Sarah became impatient and went back into the pagan custom of using a surrogate mother. Sarah really had the idea first, and suggested that they have a son by their slave girl Hagar. Abraham of course quickly agreed to that, and from that fleshly idea comes the man Ishmael – again the natural side. But remember he’s a child of Abraham, and you see this is the conflict in the Middle East yet today. The Arab world says they are the true Children of Abraham because the Koran, if I understand it correctly, instead of putting the Covenant promises with Isaac puts them with Ishmael. And so consequently they feel as though they’re the rightful owners of the Holy Land, but you see our Book, The Word of God, contrary to what the Koran may say, puts all of these Covenant promises on the man Isaac.

Genesis 17:15

“And God said unto Abraham, `As for Sarai thy wife, thou shalt not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall her name be.'”

Remember, we taught all that when we taught Genesis 5 years ago, that the `H’ difference in Abram and Abraham is the letter of the Hebrew alphabet that refers to Grace, and so the Grace of God is implied now by changing the name Abram to Abraham, and also the name Sarai to Sarah. Now verse 16:

Genesis 17:16-19

“And I will bless her, and give thee a son also of her: yea, I will bless her; and she shall be a mother of nations: kings of people shall be of her. Then Abraham fell upon his face, and laughed, and said in his heart, `Shall a child be born unto him that is an hundred years old? and shall Sarah, that is ninety years old, bear?’ (Now you see Abraham comes back to that energy of the flesh) And Abraham said unto God, `O that Ishmael might live before thee!’ (Why can’t Ishmael fulfill your promises, and in verse 19 God refutes him) And God said, `Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son indeed; and thou shalt call his name Isaac: and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed after him.'”

Now I mentioned in one of our previous lessons, whenever there is an “I Will” from God in Scripture, what is it? A promise. In other words Isaac becomes a promised Son, now I’m emphasizing that, and I’m taking it slowly because I want you to remember now that what God promises He is not going to let fail. And so in spite of the age of Abraham, now nearing 100, and Sarah nearing 90, the promise is valid because God said that He was going to do it, and Abraham was to call his name Isaac. In deference to our Arab people, (and we certainly don’t look down our nose at them here in this Age of Grace, because they are just as eligible as we are for God’s Salvation), we find that God deals with Ishmael.

Genesis 17:20

“And as for Ishmael, I have heard thee: Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly; twelve princes shall he beget, and I will make him a great nation.”

And God did. My land, look at the Middle East tonight, and you see 50 Arabs for every Jew. So God has blessed the Arab people, and not only did he give them 50 times more people than Israel, but he also gave them all the world’s oil; they have the wealth of the world in their back yard. God has blessed them and they’ve nothing to complain about, but look what God says in verse 21:

Genesis 17:21

“But my covenant will I establish with Isaac, which Sarah shall bear unto thee at this set time in the next year.”

He was a son of promise, and on top of that he was a son of a miracle working power of God, because both Abraham and Sarah were well beyond normal child bearing. Now let’s come back to Romans Chapter 9, and here Paul says that all that are of the seed of Abraham are not the seed of promise. Ishmael had much off spring, and same way when you come to the next promised child, which is Jacob, we find that his brother Esau also had much offspring as well, and even though genetically Ishmael and Esau are children of Abraham, yet spiritually speaking they are outside the Covenant promise, because that could only go to the offspring of Isaac, and Jacob and down that family tree. So all these others are left out.

The danger of all this (we’ll see it a little later in this chapter), is that Israel got a little bit puffed up, and arrogant, and said, “Well now since we are the children of the Covenant, the children of the prophets what have we got to worry about? We’ve got it made.” And Paul is going to come and just blow them out of the saddle. “Hey you’re not going to enter into these promises of God simply because you’re in the right genealogy, you’re still going to have to enter in by faith.” We will see that as we move on through this Chapter 9. Romans 9:7

“Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children; but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called.” And of course the Seed there is in reference to Christ. The Seed of the woman that would come through the lineage of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and not through anyone else.

Romans 9:8a

“That is, They which are the children of the flesh,”

Do you see what that says? Remember that’s what God said of Ishmael. Ishmael was born in response to the wishes of the flesh. God never once told Abraham and Sarah to go and have a child with Hagar. That was strictly a fleshly idea, and so Ishmael all the way through Scripture, even when Paul uses him as an allegory in Galatians Chapter 4, we find Ishmael is always pictured as energy of the flesh. And remember we can accomplish nothing in the energy of the flesh, but it’s only those that were born of promise that come into God’s Covenant program. Now reading on verse 8:

Romans 9:8

“That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed.” And again I think the word, “Seed” here is referring to the, “Seed of the woman” in Genesis 3:15, all the way up through the coming of Christ, and then as Paul says in Galatians Chapter 3:

Galatians 3:16

“Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.”

Now then what’s that telling us? That every believer whether it was back in ancient Israel or whether it’s now at the end of the Church Age, every believer was promised to Christ before the foundations of the world. John’s Gospel Chapter 17, probably makes it as clear as any portion in Scripture. And of course I know that in John 17, “Christ’s High Priestly prayer”the men He is really referring to are the eleven, and that’s the way I have to look at it. But nevertheless they are just a little picture of all of those that would one day become the Lord’s by virtue of their Salvation. Here Jesus is speaking:

John 17:6

“I have manifested thy name (He’s praying to the Father remember.) unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me:…”

Now remember those eleven men were not believers until Christ came onto the scene, so Who already had His finger on them? Well God did, and you come on down to verse 12:

John 17:12

“While I was with them in the world, (His earthly ministry) I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, (Why? Because God gave them to Him, and what God does no man can undo) but the son of perdition; (Judas) that the scripture might be fulfilled.”

So what is this telling us? That everyone of us from before the foundation of the world were promised to The Lord Jesus Christ to be His. And so as He went to the Cross, He knew already those that would be His own.

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ROMANS 9:4-5

Now let’s turn to Romans Chapter 9 again, and we might just finish verse 5 in this lesson. It always thrills us so when we get letters and telephone calls that tell us that you’re learning, because that’s all we hope to do is to help people enjoy this Book because it’s the greatest Book on earth, and there’s nothing that can be compared to it. But you have to study it to appreciate it so this is our whole reason for doing what we are doing, and that is to get people interested again in the Word of God. I intended to bring a quote with me today, but forgot it, but it was a quote from a former President of Princeton University. And the quote was, “Either it’s the epistles of Paul, or it’s back to nothing.” Now that’s not the full quote, and I’ll try to bring it with me next time. But that says it all, and unless Christendom gets back into the letters of Paul, and realizes that here is the seat of our doctrine as Gentiles, then it’s going to be on and on into a darkness, it’s going to be a Christendom without any power, and I’m afraid we’re seeing the results of it already.

So now let’s get back into the Book in Romans Chapter 9, for just a moment, and remember we’re still in verse 5. Speaking of the Israelites in verse 4.

Romans 9:5

“Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came, who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen.”

Now we looked at that verse some in our last lesson in Colossians, and found that Christ is the Creator, and Sustainer of everything. We saw that His finished work nailed all the rituals of religion to the Cross. And in our closing moments in the last lesson we were back in Genesis Chapter 3, so let’s go back there for a moment. Remember that just as soon as man fell, as soon as sin entered we find that God stepped in with the remedy, and that of course was the promise of a Redeemer.

Genesis 3:15

“And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it (the seed of the woman) shall bruise thy head, (the serpent) and thou shalt bruise his heel.”

Now that sounds like gobbledy-gook to the casual reader, but you want to remember that the “Seed of the woman” as the Book of Galatians explains is Christ, and He’s speaking to the serpent so the Seed of the woman is going to bruise the head of the serpent. Now you have to stop and think for a little bit, When did Christ bruise, and defeat Satan? Well at the Cross. Now how did Satan bruise Christ’s heel as we see in the last part of verse 15? The suffering that Christ went through with the ordeal of the Cross. And so here is the first promise then concerning Christ in the flesh. Now for a moment I’d like to go to the New Testament, in Matthew Chapter 1.

Now in our previous lesson we were dealing with the Davidic Covenant, how that God promised David that through him would come this royal line of kings out of which would come the final King, the Messiah of Israel, Jesus of Nazareth. But now here in this chapter we have another reference to this same fulfillment of the coming of the “Seed of the woman.” And remember the Seed of the woman in Scripture is always Christ, and we’ll be looking at that in a moment. Beginning with Eve, God promised that through the woman of the human race would come the Messiah. Now remember when we were back there studying in Genesis I showed so clearly that the very physiology make-up of the woman’s reproduction system shows that the fetus never receives any of the blood from the mother. In fact I lost my physiology text books that shows that so vividly, but I have a doctor in one of my classes that is in the process of getting me another one. But anyway I know that statement blows the mind of a lot of people, but it is physiology the way it is. The blood of the mother never courses through that fetus or baby in her womb, but rather the blood comes from the father. So Christ as the, “Seed of the woman” then had to be virgin born otherwise the blood would have come from a human father which would have tainted His divine ability to die for the sins of the world. And so consequently His blood came from His Father, as does every other creature that is reproduced.

In fact, I remember a year or two ago reading an article on cattle genetics, and you know I’m a cattleman, and am interested in that. But in this article we had veterinarians from Colorado State University proving the same thing. That even in the species of cattle none of the blood of the mother cow ever courses through the fetus. The blood system comes from the sire. Well this is all part of God’s intrinsic plan of getting ready for the virgin birth. That Christ’s Blood was divine because it came from His Father Who was God Himself. See how beautifully that all fits. Now I know the first thing people say is, “What about the RH Factor, and so forth.” Well another physiology book that I read one time explained the best that I had ever read, and he used an analogy of fencing your garden. If you want to keep out the rabbits, and dogs, and larger animals you can just put up a netting around your garden, and it will keep all the bigger animals out. But what will still get through? Well the smaller mice, birds, insects, and so forth. That is exactly how the placenta in the mother’s womb works. The major components of the mother’s blood never go through the placenta to the baby, but some of the small chromosomes and genes that carry our inherited characteristics will go through the placenta. So don’t misunderstand me on this subject, and I hope this clarifies this a little bit, because this boggles lots of people’s minds that when Mary, who was the physical fleshly mother of the Lord Jesus, and whose blood was just as corrupt as any other woman’s blood, and was a sinner just like everybody else, but none of her blood coursed through the baby Jesus. But always remember that His blood system came from His Father, just like any other child’s blood system comes from the father. I have all kinds of illustrations that I could give you but time doesn’t permit today. But nevertheless it all began back there with the promise of the, “Seed of the woman” in Genesis 3:15, and now here in Matthew Chapter 1 we will introduce the New Testament with almost the same kind of language.

Matthew 1:1,2a

“The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. (And then he goes through the genealogy) Abraham begat Isaac; and Isaac begat Jacob;…” and so forth.

Now here we have Christ then born of the human element, Mary, but from the Father giving Him then that divine attribute of incorruption, His Body did not suffer corruption in the tomb, His Blood was not corrupted it was divine, and sinless, otherwise it could have never paid your sin debt and mine. So these are principles that have carried all the way up through human history, and the Scriptures. Now let’s turn to Luke 2 for a moment and follow that up.

Luke 1:30,31

“And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.”

Which of course in the Hebrew meant Joshua or the Saviour. Let’s go on to the Book of Romans again, Chapter 1.

Romans 1:1,2

“Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God, (Which he had promised afore by his prophets in the holy scriptures.)”

In other words all the aspects of His death, burial, and Resurrection were back there in the Old Testament. Oh it was in veiled language, but nevertheless it was back there. Now as we have an understanding we can go back and see it in Psalms 22, and Isaiah 52, and 53, and other places you will find graphic language of His death, burial, and Resurrection.

Romans 1:3

“Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David…”

Do you see how that word seed just keeps chasing all the way through Scripture? The “Seed of the woman” in Genesis 3:15 is going to come right up through these Jewish Patriarchs, through the little Nation of Israel, and all the Covenant promises that I have been talking about for the past four lessons are based on God’s promise of the coming of the “Seed of the woman.” which is Christ. Reading verse 3 again:

Romans 1:3,4a

“Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh;” (That’s why He was the God-Man. Now verse 4:) And declared to be the Son of God with power,…”

Now He manifested that power, of course, with all of His miracles throughout that three years of earthly ministry. One miracle after another, and some were more explicit in His power over nature than others. For example when they were in the little boat on the sea of Galilee, and a storm was raging, and the disciples were scared to death. The way I have it pictured in my mind is that Jesus was in a little double deck boat. He must have been below deck sleeping, and what did the Twelve do?

Matthew 8:25

“And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, `Lord, save us: we perish.'”

They let Him know how worried they were because they’re about to sink, but what does Jesus do? He spoke the Word, and what happened? Hey, the wind died down, the sea became calm, and what did the Twelve say?

Matthew 8:27

“But the men marvelled, saying, `What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!'”

Well they didn’t have the full comprehension of Who Jesus was, that He could speak a word, and the wind would die down. Well another obvious one was when He came walking on the water, and Peter tried it, and as soon as he took his eyes off Jesus what happened?

Matthew 14:30

“But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, `Lord, save me.'”

And remember there are many, many other times how He manifested His power even over nature. Do you remember when He needed tax money? What did He tell Peter?

Matthew 17:27

“Notwithstanding, lest we should offend them, go thou to the sea, and cast an hook and take up the fish that first cometh up; and when thou hast opened his mouth, thou shalt find a piece of money: that take, and give unto them for me and thee.”

And then in the last chapter of the Gospel of John, the eighth sign in that Book we find the eleven fishermen had been out all night, and had caught no fish. And here Jesus was on the shore with fish ready for breakfast, but He’s still not going to let them be skunked at not catching any fish, so what does He asked them?

John 21:5,6

“Then Jesus saith unto them, `Children, have ye any meat?’ They answered him, `No.’ And he said unto them, `Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find.’ They cast therefore and now they were not able to draw it for the multitude of fishes.'”

The net was full and yet it didn’t break. Well how did He know? He had that power over even the fish of the sea of Galilee. All right, that’s what Paul is referring to here in Romans Chapter 1. Repeating that verse again:

Romans 1:4a

And declared to be the Son of God with power,…”

He’s declared to be the Son of God after the seed of David in verse 3, but with power. And never underestimate that power. And now I want to show you in Galatians that it is Christ who is the “Seed of the woman.” And we find that in Galatians Chapter 3: I never know where to start because I don’t like to just begin in the exact verse because we need to pick up the flow of the Scriptures. And again, remember, Galatians was written to Gentile believers who were being besieged by Judaisers that they just couldn’t be saved by faith in the Gospel alone but they must also embrace Judaism. They had to practice circumcision, they had to keep the Law, and so Paul has to write this letter to refute all that, and to straighten them out. We may someday teach the Book of Galatians on the program, but this is the theme of the little Book of Galatians. “You’re not under Law, You’re under Grace!”

Galatians 3:13-14a

“Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: (Now that goes clear back to the Book of Deuteronomy 21:22.) That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles (How?) through Jesus Christ;…” Now do you remember what the Scriptures said back there in Genesis 12? Through Abraham all the families of the earth would be blessed. How? Because the “Seed of the woman” would be coming through Abraham. Now reading on.

Galatians 3:14,15

“That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit (Not through Judaism, or Law-keeping, but rather)through faith.” Simply by believing The Word. It’s not what we do, but just simply believing the Gospel. (Ref. I Corinthians 15:1-4) Verse 15. “Brethren, I speak after the manner of men; Though it be but a man’s covenant, yet if it be confirmed, no man disannulleth, or addeth thereto.”

When God made a Covenant with Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, David or any of the other Patriarchs none of those great men could take away a single word or add to it. It stood settled in concrete because God was the One Who made it. And even though thousands of years of time may have elapsed, these Covenants are still absolute. No one can annul or abridge them, they are settled forever. Now reading on:

Galatians 3:16

“Now to Abraham and his seed (Now in this case it’s not just talking about Christ, but it’s talking about that line of men and women who would bring it all the way to the coming of The Messiah) were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, (plural) as of many; but as of one, (Now here it comes) And to thy seed, (That is the seed of Abraham as well as women). which is Christ.”

So when you see that term the “Seed of the women” it’s always a reference to Jesus Christ the One Who was promised way back in Genesis Chapter 3. This falls back on that Abrahamic Covenant of Genesis Chapter 12, that through that man all the nations of the world would be blessed, and how? Through that “Seed of the woman” Who would go to the Cross, who would be raised from the dead, and would become the very epitome of our Salvation experience. Romans 9 verse 6:

Romans 9:6

“Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect. For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel:”

Is that gobbledy-gook? “Not all Israel are Israel.” Now go back to Genesis Chapter 17. Abraham and Sara were having no children, and so being human they got impatient, and so what did Sara suggest one day? Oh she lived to regret it, but she was the one who suggested it. Well according their custom she said, “Why don’t you have a child by our slave girl Hagar?” Well, old Abraham was just as anxious to have a child so he immediately agrees. And so Ishmael is born, but you see Ishmael was not the “son of promise.” Ishmael was after the energy of the flesh, and never lose sight of that, because that carries all the way through Scripture. Ishmael was after the flesh, and Isaac was the “son of promise.”

God kept promising and promising. Many people don’t realize how many years went by. I’m pretty sure that when God first promised Abram that a nation of people would come from his very body, and with his own wife Sarai he was only 50 years old. Then 25 years go by before he even leaves Haran to go down into Canaan, by now he is 75. Another 14 years go by before they finally decide that God’s not going to do anything, so they take matters into their own hands and have a child by Hagar. Now Abraham is 86 years old. God didn’t come through with His promise of a son until Abraham was 100. So how long did he wait? 50 years. That’s a long time, no wonder the poor guy got impatient. But nevertheless God’s Word was sure. In due time he will have a son, but not every child of Abraham was the promised son.

Genesis 17:18,19a

“And Abraham said unto God, `O that Ishmael might live before thee!’ And God said, `Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son indeed; and thou shalt call his name Isaac:'”

Now what’s that? That’s a promise. Whenever God said, “I will” that was a promise. Now even though Abraham and Sara may have lost sight of it, yet it was God’s promise and it was going to happen. Now it’s the same way concerning the promises made to the Nation of Israel tonight. God has promised that He is yet going to return, and be their King, He is yet going to give them the Kingdom, because it’s promised. Now man doesn’t go on God’s time table, we get impatient, but with God, Who is eternal, time doesn’t mean anything. Now for over 20 years I’ve been expectantly waiting for the Lord to call us up in the Rapture. But 20 years in God’s timing isn’t even a split second. I think it’s been a long time, and it may be that long yet. I don’t see how it can be, I think we’re getting so close. Just remember with God time isn’t all that important. Now reading verse 19 again:

Genesis 17:19,20

“And God said, `Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son indeed; and thou shalt call his name Isaac: and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed after him. (Now verse 20; remember Ishmael is a son of Abraham.) And as for Ishmael, I have heard thee: Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly; twelve princes shall he beget, and I will make him a great nation.'” Has God done it? Yes! I mentioned a few lessons ago that the Arabs outnumber the Jews tonight 50 to 1. So God has blessed them, they’ve got all the oil in the world, what more could they ask for? Now verse 21, and 22.

Genesis 17:21,22

“But my covenant will I establish with Isaac, which Sarah shall bear unto thee at this set time in the next year. And he left off talking with him, and God went up from Abraham.”

So going back to Romans 9:6 Not all the children of Abraham are children of the promise. Only those that came through Isaac, Jacob, and the Twelve Tribes.

Romans 9:6b

“…For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel:”

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LESSON 1 * PART 3 * BOOK 24

ROMANS 9:4-5

I got a call yesterday from a man who had been watching the tapes and reading the little transcribed books, and he told me that all of a sudden the Bible was opening up to him. We’ve had many people tells us the same thing. So many people have read this Book over and over all their life, but just don’t understand it, and we trust that the Lord is using us at least a little bit to help that kind of situation. Let’s pick up where we left off in Romans Chapter 9:4, as we have been for the past two lessons, and the next part of that verse we will be covering is the services. Paul writes:

Romans 9:3b,4

“…my kinsmen according to the flesh: Who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God and the promises;”

Now I would like to take a few minutes here to talk about the service of God which of course began when God gave the tabernacle to Moses, and then set up the priesthood with Aaron as the high priest. How the priest operated, how the tabernacle was set up, and later on the Temple. How the sacrifices were offered, the setting up of all the feast days throughout their religious calendar year, and then of course every thing was indicative, and looking forward to our own plan of salvation. This was not all just a bunch of religion with nothing behind it, but all of the practice of the law that Israel enjoyed was a picture of the coming of the Redeemer, and the plan of salvation as we are experiencing it today. But I think we have to be made aware that for us now in the Age of Grace we have no right whatsoever to bring any of the so-called religious practices into our system of worship.

There is no room in true Christianity for all the robes, and miters, and so forth that the high priest used, there is no room under this Age of Grace for feast days, and holy days, and so forth. I don’t make a big deal over the whole commotion of Christmas and Easter. All I tell people is that it’s not Biblical. There is nothing in this Book that gives us the right to celebrate certain high days of the year, there is nothing in this Book that tells us to celebrate the birth of Christ. There is nothing in this Book that tells us to make a special holy day of Easter, that all comes out of paganism, that comes out of Old Testament Judaism. Turn to the Book of Colossians. As far as Judaism is concerned, although that was certainly the system that God gave to Israel yet so far as you and I as believers are concerned, we are not to incorporate any of the services of Judaism into the Church Age. There is absolutely no room for all of these special days and so forth.

Colossians 2:14

“Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances (where do you associate ordinances? With services) that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;”

Now if you will take a moment and make a mental picture of all this – that all of this ritual Israel practiced in the keeping of the law, the animal sacrifices, the robes of the priesthood, all of the washings, everything that you can think of that was associated with the ceremonial ritual has been nailed to His Cross. Now that was just a beautiful way of putting it, that when Christ died, when Christ finished the work of redemption there was no longer any need for any of that Old Testament ritual. But you know it’s so hard for mankind to lay aside things that appeal to the flesh, and that does. I remember years and years ago a dear lady that I never doubted her salvation, she had such a beautiful testimony, but she was so tied to what we would call high Church ritual. So I asked her one night at one of our classes, “Why?” And she said, “Oh I know it has nothing to do with my Salvation, but it just sort of makes me feel good that I’m worshiping, and it’s sort of a help to my worship.”

Well bless her heart I can understand her feelings up to a point, but on the other hand I have to come back, and say, but listen The Book doesn’t teach that. The Book says nothing about practicing a system of worship in this Age of Grace. Christ nailed all that to His Cross, and we are now free. In fact what does Paul say in Romans Chapter 14:

Romans 14:5

“One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.” “Don’t regard one day higher than another, but rather regard every day alike” is what Paul is saying. Now I have nothing against Sunday per se, but even Sunday is not taught in the Scripture as we understand Sunday.

I Corinthians 16:2

“Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.”

Paul merely says that as you come together and bring your offering on the first day of the week, on resurrection day, but so far as setting Sunday up as a special holy day, as a day that is above all the other days The Book doesn’t teach that. Every day is alike for the believer, we are to serve God just as much Monday through Friday as we would on Saturday and Sunday. And so this has all been nailed to His Cross. Now turn to the Book of Galatians Chapter 4, and this little letter Paul of course wrote specifically because the Judaisers of Galatia were convincing the Gentiles that they had to keep the Law of Moses if they wanted to experience salvation. And when Paul got word of that, he had to hurriedly pen this little letter admonishing them not to fall under the temptations to become legalists. Oh and it’s no different today. Again legalism appears to the human race because everybody likes to satisfy their own ego with, “Look what I’ve done, or look what I do,” and God will have none of it. It has to be all Grace, it has to be all His finished work or He cannot recognize it.

Galatians 4:8

“Howbeit then, when ye knew not God, ye did service unto them which by nature are no gods.”

Now what’s the word I’m looking at? `Service,’ see that’s exactly what he used back here in Romans Chapter 9. That the service of the sanctuary, well it was the system, it was their ritual, which of course God gave to Israel, but what did the idolaters do? The same type of thing of service and they went through their ritual by offering their sacrifices, they went through all their superstitious acts. I always like to remind my classes that I can remember when I was a kid, and our missionaries would come home from the foreign field, and they would show some of those old movies of that day. And they would show the fear of their people of the witch doctors. Well why were they so afraid of the witch doctors? Because they had power, and I remember one of the missionary in particular said that these people who are in spiritual darkness know Satan and the power of evil, but they know nothing of the power of God. And that is so true, these people know how to fear the powerful works of the evil one. That’s why they put out these fetishes and so forth to ward off the evil power. Remember when Paul got to Athens, and as he went down that row of idols on his way to Mars Hill, they had one god that was titled to the “unknown god.” And then Paul said :

Acts 17:22

“Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars’ hill, and said, `Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious.'”

Well what did Paul mean? They were afraid of the powers of evil, and that’s what superstition is. Superstition is never the other direction, superstition is never man somehow seeking God. Superstition is always man fearing opposing the powers of evil. And I would ask that you remember that. Here again Paul is using the same analogy and word that Israel was steeped in with their system of worship, and the pagans were doing much the same with their ritual and services.

Galatians 4:9a

“But now, after that ye have know God,…”

Where did all of Paul’s converts come from? From paganism. The whole world around Paul was steeped with paganism, mythology, idol worship and so that is what he is referring to in verse 8. To these people who had recently been steeped in idolatry and now come out of the darkness, and stepped into the light of Paul’s Gospel (Ref, I Corinthians 15:1-4), and so now this is what Paul is telling them. Verse 8 again.

Galatians 4:8,9

“…when ye knew not God, ye did service (you went through all the superstitious ritual) unto them which by nature are no gods.” Why? They were nothing but wood and stones. They had no power except Satanic power. Verse 9 again.

“But now, (Have you ever noticed how often Paul uses that term? How on this side of the Cross everything is so different.) after that ye have know God, or rather are known of God,(Now what does that tell you? The unbeliever has no relationship with God, but the believer He knows all about us, because we’re His.) how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage?”

What’s Paul talking about? Religion, ritual, service, somehow appeasing a Holy God, and we’re to have none of that. But remember for Israel that was all part of their heritage, it was the very center of Jewish life. They were constantly meeting there in the Temple complex. They would come from every nation under heaven to keep these Jewish feast days. Now let’s go back to Romans Chapter 9, and verse 4 again.

Romans 9:4

“Who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, (and now the next one) and the promises;”

To Israel were given the promises. All of our Old Testament is prophecy, prophecy, prophecy, and to whom is all that prophecy written? Israel. I’ve stressed on this program since the day we started that there is not a single prophecy given to the Church. Not one! All of God’s prophecy is given to the Nation of Israel, and this is what Paul is talking about. Not only the Covenant promises, but even the prophetic promises, that everything God has promised the Nation of Israel is still going to happen. You and I can see that it is getting closer and closer. You know I tell my classes almost every night of the week, “All of this prophecy would still be hard to believe if it weren’t for present day technology.”

All of a sudden this has all become so believable. Now it’s not hard to believe that where the Book of Revelation speaks of the two witnesses dead on the streets of Jerusalem, and then after three days they’re raised from the dead, and they go up to heaven in a rapturous-like experience, and the whole world will see them go. Well until our satellite technology that was a tough one to believe wasn’t it? Also the prophecy about the “Mark of the Beast” Where every individual will have to have it in the Tribulation or they won’t be able to buy or sell. Hey it’s getting so close that it’s scary. Prophecy is now right out in front of us, we can see that it’s going to be fulfilled because of the technology. Now it’s not being fulfilled per se yet, but the stage is being set so that the promises that God made to this Nation of Israel can certainly come to pass.

Romans 9:5

“Whose are the fathers,…”

What’s the first thing you think of when you speak of the, “fathers?” The forefathers of the Nation of Israel: Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, the twelve Patriarchs, and you come up a little farther, and you come to Joshua, Samuel, Gideon, Samson, and then you come to King David, Solomon, the prophets, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel. All pertain to the forefathers of this little nation of Israel. Now the fathers make seven items we have covered in these last two verses and now for the eighth one. And as I told you in lesson one the eighth one goes beyond the finished part, and all of this pertaining to the Nation of Israel was leading up to what? The coming of The Messiah, The Christ; that’s the eighth one in verse 5:

Romans 9:5

“Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came, who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen.”

The Messiah, The Christ, The One with Whom we are intricately involved. “Christ then as the all in all.” Let’s look at a few verses with regard to that. Turn to the Book of Colossians again. We’re living in a day and time especially with the New Age people who are growing by leaps and bounds, they are reducing Christ to nothing else, but just another prophet. He’s just another name among the gods, and we have to be careful that we’ll never be taken in by such teachings. But never lose sight of the fact that the Lord Jesus Christ Whom we serve, The Lord Jesus Who is the very Author and finisher of our faith is the Eternal, Creator, God of the universe, and I will never stop emphasizing that. Now here is a good one in Colossians. Verse 15 begins with the pronoun “Who” and that is referring to the Son up in verse 13, Whose Blood was given for our redemption, and forgiveness in verse 14.

Colossians 1:15,16

“Who is the image of the invisible God, (Well what does that mean? God is invisible. The Trinity, the Elohim of the Old Testament was that invisible Godhead – Spirit. But out of that invisible Trinity stepped One Person of that Godhead, and He took on flesh, and became visible. Now this is what Paul is talking about.) the firstborn of every creature:” He’s before anything else has ever been. Verse 16:

“For by him (God the Son) were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: “

When people have the audacity to take this Person of the Godhead, God the Son, and bring Him down to the very level of the other gods of mankind’s dreaming, what a blasphemy. He is the very Creator, and one day every human being is going to know Him as such. The lost are going to meet Him at the “Great White Throne Judgment.” And for the most part they’re not going to argue with Him. I know there is Scripture that says some will ask, “Didn’t I do this, and Didn’t I do that.” But for the most part they will be speechless. I don’t care how many other god’s they have promoted, or how much religion they have practiced they will be speechless, and they’re going to be sent to their doom because they have refused to recognize Who He really was.

It’s so sad when we have a world full of religion, and even in our own western cultures. And a lot of it is based on this Book, and yet they are totally ignorant of Who Jesus Christ really is. I’ll never forget years, and years ago when I first started teaching in just a little home Bible class of people from various denominations, and I’ll never forget when I made the statement that Jesus Christ was the Creator of Genesis 1, and saw mouths drop open all over the room. They had never heard that before, and as we were having refreshments afterwards in that living room, I’ll never forget as several came up to me and said, “Les are you sure of what you’re saying?” Well, it was so new to me at that time I probably wasn’t. But listen the more you get into this Book the more convinced you are than ever that the One Who hung on that Roman Cross was the One Who created the wood that it was made of. He was the One Who created the mount on which that Cross was planted. He is the Creator of all the host of heaven, He’s the Creator of everything that has ever been created, and then they reduce Him to nothing more than any of the other gods of the planet?. It’s past our understanding, but they’re doing it everyday.

Now this is who Paul is referring to then as having come out of all the things that Israel had enjoyed, but listen it goes a lot farther back than that. Going back to the beginning Adam and Eve have just eaten of the forbidden fruit, and have fallen. They have sinned against God, which God knew they would do. But listen, He is the Christ of Redemption because just as soon as Adam and Eve fell, and plunged everything under the curse, what did God immediately promise? A Redeemer? And here it is in Genesis Chapter 3, and the LORD is conversing here with the Devil, and He says:

Genesis 3:15

“And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed;…”

Now remember I told you a couple of lessons ago to put that word seed in your computer, and here it comes. “The seed of the woman.” Galatians 3:16 tells us flat out Who the Seed of the woman is, and that is “Christ.” And here is where His promised coming is first voiced, and it’s right after Adam and Eve fell, and He has promised that the first thing He will do is set in motion the coming of the, “Seed of the woman.”

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