12/22/2012 Sabbath Broadcast Transcript

"Precepts & Principles of the Torah. Firstborn Status"
 


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EliYah’s message:

We are looking forward to another study into the precepts and principles of the Torah. And if you are unfamiliar with that, we started the ‘journey’ last week, and we began to examine the different precepts and principles found in Yahweh’s law….the law of Yahweh. And so, we want to talk some more about that.

We are on this journey now, through the Torah, and it may be interrupted with other topical studies as we go along the way. But we’re just going to kind of play it by ear, and see where Yahweh may lead with this. And so we’re doing that…

Our goal in this:  We’re going through this study into the Torah.  And we’re doing this because we want to try to extract whatever things that Yahweh has to teach us out of the different principles, the different precepts, different commands that are found in the Torah. And so, since that’s our goal, we are going to move forward.

And again, the topic here: Precepts and Principles of the Torah. And the area that we’re going to be examining this week is the area of ‘Firstborn Status’.

The firstborn is a very major topic in the Torah. It’s a significant topic. And actually, before the law was given in the book of Exodus, firstborn status was important.

The firstborn gets a double portion of the inheritance…The ‘beginning of man’s strength’, as it’s called in some places.  And so, it’s something that’s considered to be important by Yahweh, and by the culture that he inspired.

Now, some would look at the culture that Israel lived in, as though Yahweh was working with the culture of the people, and allowing things and disallowing things.

I do think that the culture that they had is superior to the one that we live in. I think the culture that they had was partly, some of it, (not every little thing that they did necessarily), but a lot of the things in their culture...we’re talking a lot closer to the way Yahweh originally would have inspired things to operate.

To some of you…some of the things they did back then is old, antiquated, Israel-like, Jewish-like in nature, therefore not really applying to us; not really having anything to do with us. But I just strongly disagree.

 And so, we’re going to look into this ‘firstborn status’ and what it means…the significance of it.

We’re going through the Torah as sort of chapter by chapter. But we did cover chapter 3 and parts of chapter 12, and so on, where we’re talking about Yahweh’s memorials.

The next obvious area we would go into would be Passover, but I’m going to leap over that portion of scripture because I really want to cover Passover closer to the time of year when it actually is Passover.

So, we’re going to skip over that portion because I don’t want anyone to forget. If we go over Exodus 12 and get all this information about Passover and then…you know, 3 or 4 months down the road it may not be fresh in your mind. So, we want to cover it around the time that we’re actually going to be observing Passover.

Anyway, we’re skipping Exodus 12 and now we’re looking at Exodus 13. And the first thing he says…

Exo 13:1-2Then Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying, “Consecrate to Me all the firstborn, whatever opens the womb among the children of Israel, both of man and beast; it is Mine.

…Belonging to Yahweh.

He had just saved the firstborn. He just saved the firstborn from death, by the blood of Passover lamb.  Now, that’s going to become more and more significant as we go here.

But, we see that it was just one of the first things that He wanted Israel to do…was to make sure that the firstborn were set apart. And that was because He says, ‘those…they are mine’. ‘They are mine.’

So, it belongs to Yahweh. Now, that was important.  And so, why was that important? What was the significance? They were saved by the blood of the lamb.

Another scripture, later on in…

Exo 13:11-13And it shall be, when Yahweh brings you into the land of the Canaanites, as He swore to you and your fathers, and gives it to you, that you shall set apart to Yahweh all that open the womb, that is, every firstborn that comes from an animal which you have; the males shall be Yahweh’s. But every firstborn of a donkey you shall redeem with a lamb; and if you will not redeem it, then you shall break its neck. And all the firstborn of man among your sons you shall redeem.

And that’s a command. It’s in the Torah…an expectation that Yahweh has here of Israel.

Next verse:

Exo 13: 14-16“So it shall be, when your son asks you in time to come, saying, ‘What is this?’ that you shall say to him, ‘By strength of hand Yahweh brought us out of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. And it came to pass, when Pharaoh was stubborn about letting us go, that Yahweh killed all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both the firstborn of man and the firstborn of beast. Therefore I sacrifice to Yahweh all males that open the womb, but all the firstborn of my sons I redeem.’

So that was a principle here, we see, in the Torah. And it even says…

Exo 13:16“It shall be as a sign on your hand and as frontlets between your eyes, for by strength of hand Yahweh brought us out of Egypt.”

So many times, Yahweh wants Himself to be identified with His memorials.

We see…last week we talked about the memorial of his name; the memorial of this…memorial ‘Passover’ memorial, and how Messiah is the memorial. We partake of the memorial…partaking of Him being our Passover Lamb on the night of the Passover…the night after He was offered on Passover. 

And it should be as a sign on their hand, as frontlets between their eyes…and us, too. …Because Yahweh has brought us, too, out and Egypt.

And He brought the children of Israel… even the ones who were not of that generation, that were brought out of that Egypt….He delivered them from Egypt, also.

And so we all actually have our ‘Egypt’, our ‘worldliness’ that we were involved in. And we have been brought out of that ‘Egypt’.

Now, in the law, the firstborn were to receive special blessing. And he even says….

Deu 21: 15-16“If a man has two wives, one loved and the other unloved, and they have borne him children, both the loved and the unloved, and if the firstborn son is of her who is unloved, then it shall be, on the day he bequeaths his possessions to his sons, that he must not bestow firstborn status on the son of the loved wife in preference to the son of the unloved, the true firstborn.

So, that was something that Yahweh commanded. He wanted firstborn status to go to the firstborn son. And there was a standard there, where the son would get the double portion…who was the oldest of the children.

In this case, he’s stating what ought to be done in the case of polygamy, where a man would have two wives, and the one was loved and the other was unloved. It doesn’t matter how much you love one or the other. The firstborn was the firstborn. He’s making sure that that was a law that they would follow, and not start showing favoritism.

Now some of this stuff…there are some people out there wondering, “What’s this got to do with me? I don’t understand the significance of it.” Bear with me.

Now, firstborn status is important, and was important before there was ever a law given to Moses. …If you look in… (I’m sorry; I forgot to read verse 17, didn’t I)? It says…

Deu 21:17 -  “But he shall acknowledge the son of the unloved wife as the firstborn by giving him a double portion of all that he has, for he is the beginning of his strength; the right of the firstborn is his.

So there it is. There is where it talks about the double portion…at the beginning of his strength.

So, that’s a command. Now, should we apply that in our life? I believe we should. I don’t see any reason why Yahweh has abolished that law. I don’t see any thought in New Testament writers that would indicate anything has changed about that.

So that’s something maybe, that many of us don’t practice, that certainly looks biblical to me.  But this is long before the idea of the first-fruits, or the firstborn. We see here…

Gen 4: 1-3Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, and said, “I have acquired a man from Yahweh.” Then she bore again, this time his brother Abel. Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. And in the process of time it came to pass that Cain brought an offering of the fruit of the ground to Yahweh.

All is well so far, I think. Well,

Gen 4:4-5 - Abel also brought

of what? What did he bring? He brought…

of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat.

So, this is sacrificing. There’s some sacrifices going on. Sacrifices were going on. It didn’t start with temple. It didn’t start with the Levites and the sons of Aaron. Sacrifice began with Abel. It wasn’t a new concept, it’s pre-written Torah….so, we’re making that clear here. And so, it says,

And Yahweh respected Abel and his offering, but He did not respect Cain and his offering. And Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell.

So, I’m thinking here…and it doesn’t come our really specifically and say it. All it says is that Cain just brought an offering from the fruit of his ground. You know, “Here you go.” But Abel brought the firstborn.

So, quite possibly Cain did not bring to Yahweh the first-fruits of his harvest. Maybe he saw that grain and was like, “Boy, I’m going to get me some of that grain and make sure that…..” Or whatever it was that he was growing… I don’t know what it was. But from the fruit of the ground, he brought it up.

And so, maybe he did not give Yahweh the first part of it. Maybe he gave Him the second part of it…and for that reason he was rejected.

Now, it says….

 Exo 4:22-23 “Then you shall say to Pharaoh, ‘Thus says Yahweh: “Israel is My son, My firstborn.

This is significant. Israel is My firstborn.

So I say to you, let My son go that he may serve Me. But if you refuse to let him go, indeed I will kill your son, your firstborn.’”

And that’s ultimately what happened.

So, Moshe was told to tell Pharaoh this, that… ”Israel is My firstborn.” Yahweh always deserves what’s first. He’s the one that provides everything. He provides the fruit of the ground. He provides the birth of the animals that are out there. He provides the fruit of the womb. And so the male, the firstborn males, were considered to be something that was given to Yahweh…as we’re going to see here.

But we see that, Israel as a nation, was considered to be Yahweh’s firstborn. And there’s a reason why, and it has to do with Messiah But we’re going to get into that a little bit later.

Exo 22:29-30“You shall not delay to offer the first of your ripe produce and your juices. The firstborn of your sons you shall give to Me. Likewise you shall do with you oxen and your sheep. It shall be with its mother seven days; on the eighth day you shall give it to Me. 

Exo 34: 19-20“All that open the womb are Mine, and every male firstborn among your livestock, whether ox or sheep. But the firstborn of a donkey you shall redeem with a lamb. And if you will not redeem him, then you shall break his neck. All the firstborn of your sons you shall redeem. And none shall appear before Me empty-handed.

So the sons were also redeemed. Now, we’re going to read in…

Lev 27: 22-23 –  And if a man dedicates to Yahweh a field which he has bought, which is not the field of his possession, then the priest shall reckon to him the worth of your valuation, up to the Year of Jubilee, and he shall give your valuation on that day as a holy offering to Yahweh.

Lev 27:24-26In the Year of Jubilee the field shall return to him from whom it was bought, to the one who owned the land as a possession. And all your valuations shall be according to the shekel of the sanctuary: twenty gerahs to the shekel. But the firstborn of the animals, which should be Yahweh’s firstborn, no man shall dedicate; whether it is an ox or sheep, it is Yahweh’s.

So it’s very clear. Yahweh wants the firstborn. Well, what happened?

Num 3:11-13Then Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying: “Now behold, I Myself have taken the Levites from among the children of Israel instead of every firstborn who opens the womb among the children of Israel. Therefore the Levites shall be Mine, because all the firstborn are Mine. On the day that I struck all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, I sanctified to Myself all the firstborn in Israel, both man and beast. They shall be Mine: I am Yahweh.”

Nu 8:16-18“For they are wholly given to Me from among the children of Israel; I have taken them for Myself instead of all who open the womb, the firstborn of all the children of Israel. For all the firstborn among the children of Israel are Mine, both man and beast; on the day that I struck all the firstborn in the land of Egypt I sanctified them to Myself. I have taken the Levites instead of all the firstborn of the children of Israel.

I got these 2 verses mixed up….but anyway, it says:

Num 15-16 - “Everything that first opens the womb of all flesh, which they bring to Yahweh, whether man of beast, shall be yours: nevertheless the firstborn of man you shall surely redeem, and the firstborn of unclean animals you shall redeem. And those redeemed of the devoted things you shall redeem when one month old,

There we go…one month old.

according to your valuation, for five shekels of silver, according to the shekel of the sanctuary which is twenty gerahs.

And so the first born males will be redeemed with 5 shekels. Actually, first born of the devoted things….

 Nu 18:17-18 But the firstborn of a cow, the firstborn of a sheep, or the firstborn of a goat you shall not redeem; they are holy. You shall sprinkle their blood on the altar, and burn their fat as an offering made by fire for a sweet aroma to Yahweh. And their flesh shall be yours,

He’s talking to Aaron here…

just as the wave breast and the right thigh are yours.

So he took, instead of the firstborn among Israel, he took the Levites as a gift to Aaron.

Now, what do we do with all this? How do we apply these things, and do they apply to us? And if the do apply how would we apply it, being in exile as we are?

Deu 12:6-7There you shall take

It’s talking about ‘there’ as the place that Yahweh chooses...

Your burnt offerings, your sacrifices, our tithes, the heave offerings of your hand, your vowed offerings, your freewill offerings, and the firstborn of your herds and flocks. And there you shall eat before Yahweh your Elohim, and you shall rejoice in all to which you have put your hand, you and your households, in which Yahweh your Elohim has blessed you.

A little bit later…verse 17….

17 Deu 12:17-18“You may not eat within your gates the tithe of your grain or your new wine or your oil, of the firstborn of your herd of your flock, of any of your offering which you vow, of your freewill offerings, or of the heave offering of your hand. But you must eat them before Yahweh  your Elohim in the place with Yahweh your Elohim chooses, you and your son and your daughter, your male servant and your female servant, and the Levite who is within your gates; and you shall rejoice before Yahweh your Elohim in all to which you put your hands.

Halleluyah!  Now, these commands certainly apply in the context of Yahweh having a temple, a nation existing in the land of Israel.

Now, when they were in exile, were there priests or Levites going around…(the son’s of Aaron)… making  offerings in the temple somewhere? …Certainly not. So were they able to do the sacrifices, and the offerings, and bringing the tithes to the temple, and these things …? They weren’t able to do that completely.

We do see men like Daniel, who prayed three times a day….prayed at the time of the evening offering. And so it seems that they were doing what they were able to do. And I think the same would apply to all of us. Then we want to do the things that we are able to do.

And so, I still tithe. And I think there’s a place for giving firstborn status, and for redeeming the firstborn males that open the womb.

There’s a place for these things, and it’s something that each of us, individually, need to look at and apply to best of our understanding,

But we see that when they were in exile there were certain things they couldn’t do, and when they returned to the land…

Neh 10:34-35 –  We cast lots among the priests, the Levites, and the people, for bringing the wood offering into the house of our Elohim, according to our fathers houses, at the appointed times year by year, to burn on the altar of Yahweh our Elohim as it is written in the Law. And we made ordinances to bring the firstfruits of the ground and the firstfruits of all fruit of all trees, year by year, to the house of Yahweh;

Neh 10:36-37to bring the firstborn of our sons and our cattle, as it is written in the Law, and the firstborn of our herds and our flocks, to the house of our Elohim, to the priests who minister in the house of our Elohim;

So, this is all centered around temple…

to bring the firstfruits of our dough, our offerings, the fruit from all kinds of trees, the new wine and oil, to the priests, to the storerooms of the house of our Elohim; and to bring the tithes of our land to the Levites, for the Levites should receive the tithes in all our farming communities.

Alright, so we see that there was a system now; now that there’s a temple, there is a system in place to which tithes can be brought. Now, is there that right now? …Obviously not.

However, are there people who are functioning in the role of ministering…as the Levites were? …Absolutely.

So, is it is appropriate, therefore, for those who are of the Melchisedec priesthood, the priesthood of Messiah, of which we all are called to be ministers to.  Is there a place for taking our tithes and applying them, in like manner, to anyone…whether they are of Levitical heritage… or, even giving to the poor, or these kinds of things?

Can we apply these things to the extent that we are able? …Absolutely. I don’t see any reason why we can’t.

I do believe, that tithing…before there was ever a Levite, that there was Abraham giving tithes to Melchisedec. And so, Melchisedec is a priesthood that would receive tithes.  Would that apply to us? I don’t see why it would not.

The Levites were there to be Aaron’s assistants. That was their purpose…to assist Aaron in the function of the temple, and to teach the people the law of Yahweh, and to instruct them, and be their judges, and the ones who knew the law…and so they were there.

 And so, anyone functioning in the roll of…in these capacities…in ministering, in sharing…and that can include us. If you’re a person who…you have some tithe money…you can act as one who would minister and give that tithe money to someone who’s poor , to someone who’s weak, and I’m not completely getting into the tithing question, but we want to give Yahweh the first ten percent.

 In the case of animals, we give Him the firstborn of the flocks. In the case of the fruit of the womb, the firstborn males are His…that open the womb. So to me, I don’t see why there’s a lot of these things that we can not apply. Because our heart is, that we want to do things the way that Yahweh wants us to do them as best as we can.

We don’t want to act like…Because we have Messiah now, none of that stuff even applies anymore. What we need to act like, and the way we should see it is…we’re in exile.

We’re in exile and Messiah’s going to return and He’s going to reestablish the Kingdom of Israel to the world. He’s going to reestablish that. And at that time there will be Levites, and they will be functioning in the area of priests. And there will be others… a Melchisedec priesthood, as well.

So, I do see this as all applying and all being important.

Now, I want to mention that Yahweh can make one who is not necessarily a firstborn, He can give them firstborn status. David…David was the seventh of Jesse. It says…

 Psa 89: 27-28 - Also I will make him My firstborn, The highest of the kings of the earth. My mercy I will keep for him forever, and My covenant shall stand firm with him.

So he chose David to be his firstborn.

So, Israel’s called to be His firstborn. And we also see that David’s called His firstborn. That’s kind of interesting. It doesn’t necessarily, literally, have to be a firstborn.

And we see this, quite often actually, in the scriptures. That one who is not the firstborn, Yahweh Himself chooses to give double portions of blessings to.

For instance, (of course we know He respected Abel but did not respect Cain), but He chose Jacob over Esau. Esau was the firstborn, but what happened? Esau despised his birthright. He sold his birthright for a bowl of soup.

And there are many today doing the same thing. They don’t see the blessing of Yahweh, and so they see the blessing of material possessions, and the things of this world, so they exchange one for the other. In this case, they exchange…they gain the whole world and they lose their own soul. And that’s what happened to Esau.

But there’s a pattern here. He chose Joseph and Judah over Reuben, who was the firstborn of the sons of Israel…the sons of Jacob. And Jacob told Reuben…

Gen 49: 3-4“Reuben, you are my firstborn, My might and the beginning of my strength, the excellency of dignity and the excellency of power. Unstable as water, you shall not excel, because you went up to your father’s bed; then you defiled it—He went up to my couch.

Now, what’s he referring to here? It says…

Gen 35:22aAnd it happened, when Israel dwelt in that land, that Reuben went and lay with Bilhah his father’s concubine; and Israel heard about it.

So, he took note.

 And as a result, Reuben didn’t get the blessing that he could have gotten. Instead, it seems that the obedient son, the one that was faithful to Yahweh got the blessing.  Joseph…and Judah also was, because Judah repented of selling Joseph... (He had come up with the idea of selling Joseph). And so, they both got blessed.

Now Reuben… you can’t find a noteworthy man among his descendents….in all of scripture. But sons of Joseph, and Ephraim and Manasseh…and Judah…I mean, who got the blessing? We see the sons of Joseph. It says…

Gen 48: 12-14So Joseph brought them from beside his knees, and he bowed down with his face to the earth. And Joseph took them both, Ephraim with his right hand toward Israel’s left hand, and Manasseh with his left hand toward Israel’s right hand, and brought them near him.

And it’s interesting; the one who’s blessed with the right hand gets the greater blessing.

Then Israel stretched out his right hand and laid it on Ephraim’s head, who was the younger, and his left hand on Manasseh’s head, guiding his hands knowingly, for Manasseh was the firstborn.

Gen 48: 15-16And he blessed Joseph, and said: “Elohim, before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac walked, the Elohim who has fed me all my life long to this day, the Angel who has redeemed me from all evil, bless the lads; let my name be named upon them, and the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac; and let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth.

Gen 48: 17-18Now when Joseph saw that his father laid his right hand on the head of Ephraim, it displeased him; so he took hold of his father’s hand to remove it from Ephraim’s head to Manasseh’s head. And Joseph said to his father, “Not so, my father, for this one is the firstborn; put your right hand on his head.”

Gen 48: 19-20But his father refused and said, “I know, my son, I know. He also shall become a people, and he also shall be great; but truly his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his descendants shall become a multitude of nations.” So he blessed them that day, saying, “By you Israel will bless, saying, May Elohim make you as Ephraim and Manasseh!”’ and thus he set Ephraim before Manasseh.

So we see this pattern emerging. Moshe was chosen, rather than Aaron the firstborn. We see David chosen rather than his brothers. We see David choosing Solomon instead of Adoniyah, the firstborn, to reign on the throne.

And now…there’s a pattern here. I think there’s an interesting pattern we’re going to get into.

Notice again, Yahweh chose Israel to be His son, His firstborn…in the book of Exodus chapter 4 verse 22. Baut. we see this again…

 Hos 11:1 “When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called My son.

Alright, so we see Israel’s called ‘Yahweh’s firstborn son’. All of Israel is considered to be Yahweh’s firstborn.

Now the Messiah, in the book of Matthew…

Mat 2:14-15When he arose, he took the young child and His mother by night and departed for Egypt, and was there until the death of Herod, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Yahweh through the prophet, saying, “Out of Egypt I called My Son.”

And so, because Messiah is the embodiment of Israel…because the Messiah is considered to be ‘Israel’…Yahweh allowed a time for His son to be in Egypt….literally in Egypt. And out of Egypt, Messiah…He called Him back. And so, they dwelt in Egypt…literally Egypt, also.

Now Messiah, according to the book of Hebrews, became Yahweh’s first born.

Heb 1:5-6For to which of the angels did He ever say: “You are My Son, today I have begotten You”? And again: “I will be to Him a father, and He shall be to Me a Son”? But when He again brings the firstborn into the world, He says:”Let all the angels of Elohim worship Him.”

…So the Messiah’s called ‘Yahweh’s firstborn’. Now I want to turn to…

1con 15:45-47And so it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being.” The last Adam became a life-giving spirit. However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural, and afterward the spiritual. The first man was of the earth, made of dust; the second Man is the Master from heaven.

So, there were two here. There was Adam who became the son of Elohim…created from dust; and then there’s the Messiah, being the second man mentioned here…from heaven. Keep reading. It says…

1con 15:48-49As was the man of dust, so also are those who are made of dust; and as is the heavenly Man, so also are those who are heavenly. And as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly Man.

So there are two Adams. Yahushua is the second Adam. And we bear His image…today. There’s the image of the man of dust and there’s the image of the heavenly man.

And so we see the first Adam was indeed…I mean, he was called the ‘son of Elohim’, (the firstborn of all creation). He was the first one…the first man created from dust.

But it wasn’t Adam who ultimately gets a blessing, because Adam, like Esau, chose the way of sin. Like Reuben, chose the way of sin. Instead, the second Adam gets the blessing.

And maybe that’s something we can observe from the pattern of ‘firstborn’ through scripture. The firstborn, indeed, has a right to the blessing, but he can choose to give up those blessings, like Esau. And set aside the spiritual blessings that come from Yahweh, in exchange for the temporal pleasures of this world.

See, Esau did not value the blessing of being the firstborn, and as far as it being significant that Yahweh would be the one blessing him. And for that reason Yahweh said …

Mal 1:3But Esau I have hated, and laid waste his mountains and his heritage for the jackals of the wilderness.”

And we see in…

Heb 12:14-16Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see Yahweh: looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of Elohim; lest any root of bitterness springing up

That was Esau. He was a bitter man.

…springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled; lest there be any fornicator or profane person like Esau, who for one morsel of food sold his birthright.

And it says…

Heb 12:17For you know that afterward, when he wanted to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought it diligently with tears.

And that’s very interesting, because he looked for repentance. He sought for it but he couldn’t find it. He found no place for it. …Kind of a scary thing to think about. He sought it diligently with tears!  He couldn’t find repentance anywhere.

Why? Why was Esau rejected so badly?

Gen 27:30-32Now it happened, as soon as Isaac had finished blessing Jacob, and Jacob had scarcely gone out from the presence of Isaac his father, that Esau his brother came in from his hunting. He also had made savory food, and brought it to his father, and said to his father, “Let my father arise and eat of his son’s game, that your soul may bless me.” And his father Isaac said to him, “Who are you?” So he said, “I am your son, your firstborn, Esau.”

Gen 27:33-35 - Then Isaac trembled exceedingly, and said, “Who? Where is the one who hunted game and brought it to me?  Ate all of it before you came, and I have blessed him—and indeed he shall be blessed.” When Esau heard the words of his father, he cried with an exceedingly great and bitter cry, and said to his father, “Bless me—me also, O my father!” But he said, ‘Your brother came with deceit and has taken away your blessing.”

…Interesting.

Gen 27:36-37And Esau said, “Is he not rightly named Jacob? For he has supplanted me these two times. He took away my birthright, and now look, he has taken away my blessing!” And he said, “Have you not reserved a blessing for me?” Then Isaac answered and said to Esau, “Indeed I have made him your master, and all his brethren I have given to him as servants; with grain and wine I have sustained him. What shall I do now for you, my son?”

So he could not get that blessing. That blessing that was given to his brother. And Yahweh through these events, allowed it to happen. Now we read about this in…

Ro 9:13-16As it is written, Jacob I have loved, but Esau I have hated.” What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with Elohim? Certainly not! For He says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whomever I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whomever I will have compassion. So then it is not of him who wills, nor of him who runs, but of Elohim who shows mercy.

Now, these can be kind of frightening, a little bit. I mean, if you don’t understand what’s really happening.

I mean, how can we have assurance of salvation when it’s just Elohim who chooses to have mercy to whom he wants to have mercy? He chose to have hatred for Esau. Can we understand? Why?

The reason why is because Esau did not value the blessing of Yahweh. He said, ‘What good will this blessing be if I die? What good is it?’

And he didn’t value his children, because he was taking foreign women who weren’t really believers. And it grieved his parents. The daughters of Heth grieved his parents. And they were heathen women, and so, his children were going to be unbelievers.

And he seemed to be kind of fleshly minded, because when you read about it…Esau, after he was blessed with riches and everything, he seemed satisfied, you know.

And when Jacob saw Esau’s way, what did he do when he approached his brother, Esau? What did Jacob do? Hand him gifts…Here you want this? You want that? Take all of that. Take everything.

 So, Jacob understood that Esau’s heart was carnally minded…was not spiritually minded…and was not heavenly focused. He was ‘this world’ minded…fleshly focused.

 And so the choices he was making reflected that. And some of the comments made by Esau were reflecting that, as well. And so, because Esau did not value the blessing and heritage of Yahweh, he was rejected. And he can be sorry as anything…he didn’t get the riches that he wanted.

So, there’s a pattern here. The firstborn does not get the blessing…the ones afterwards…one of them will get the blessing.

And with us, we also have this potential of the same pattern, because we were born of the Adam man. And all of us have corrupted ourselves. We now have the choice as to whether we want to be identifying ourselves with the first Adam, or with the second Adam.

We can, like Esau, choose the carnal things, and reap the benefits of that…which is, we die and that’s it. Or, we can, like Jacob, pursue spiritual blessings that come from Yahweh. Even when the angel came and wrestled with him, he wouldn’t let the angel go, so got that blessing. He pursued Yahweh’s blessings.

And so, we have that choice. We can identify ourselves with the first Adam, or with the second Adam. It’s freely our choice. The first Adam, his ultimate end will be death and damnation. The second Adam, the ultimate end will be salvation and eternal life.

Now, Messiah is called the firstborn in that he’s the son of Israel, but also ‘firstborn’ in a unique way.  In the book of Revelation…

Rev 1: 4-6John, to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from Him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven Spirits who are before His throne, and from Yahushua Messiah, the faithful witness,

And what’s he called? …The firstborn from the dead.

…The firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and has made us kings and priests to His Elohim and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

Now this is John writing to us. It says…we are kings and priests to Elohim. And it’s Messiah who makes us kings and priests…and we’re going to get into this.

Another verse is…

Col 1:15-18 – (Messiah) He is the image of the invisible Elohim, the firstborn over all creation.

So, He is the first one over all creation…

For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. And He is the head of the body, the church (the assembly), who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead,

There we are, again.    

…That in all things He may have the preeminence.

And so Messiah, number one, is firstborn over all creation. Before there was anything created, Messiah existed. And all things were created through him, and for Him. He is before all things.

In my mind, He’s completely, one-hundred percent, undoubtedly one who pre-existed.

It says, ‘And He is the head of the body.’ He’s the head of what body? …The head of the body of Messiah, the Assembly. Who is the beginning… firstborn from the dead, that in all things he would have preeminence.

And so, we are the assembly of the firstborn, as we see here, again…Hebrews 12:22.  See, all this is starting to reach us now…

Heb 12:22-24But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living Elohim, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and (congregation) church of the firstborn who are registered in heaven,

We are also firstborn, because we are part of the body of Messiah.

…to Elohim the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect, to Yahushua the Mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel.

What did Abel speak? Cried out for justice, right?  Messiah’s blood covers our sins. It cries out for redemption…wanting to redeem us.

And so, understanding this…and we’re going to show more about how we’re the firstborn momentarily. But, I want to take a minute and look at Romans chapter 11 in verse 13. We’re going to look at this in detail.

Paul…he says…

Ro 11:13-15For I speak to you Gentiles; inasmuch as I am an apostle to the Gentiles, I magnify my ministry, if by any meant I may provoke to jealousy those who are my flesh and save some of them. For if their being case away is the reconciling of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead?

So, he’s talking to the Gentiles now. He’s saying that he is a messenger to the Gentiles. One who is sent to the Gentiles. 

And he magnifies his ministry, not for his own personal gain, but so that he might provoke jealousy of his fellow countrymen….the Jewish people. And he says, “…if they’re being cast away is the reconciling of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead?”  

So, there were some among Israel who were cast away, because they rejected the Messiah. They rejected truth. So, when they receive Messiah, it will be like one who is risen from the dead.

Rom 11:16-18For if the firstfruit is holy, the lump is also holy; and if the root is holy, so are the branches. And if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive tree, were grafted in among them, and with them became a partaker of the root and fatness of the olive tree, do not boast against the branches. But if you do boast, remember that you do not support the root, but the root supports you.

Alright…first word I want you to notice here is ‘firstfruit’….  Firstfruit.  If the firstfruit is holy, the lump is also holy.

Well, if you were to partake of….if you were to take some of the firstfruits from some barley, or from some wheat, and that ‘firstfruits’ that is taken from the crop is considered to be holy, and it was offered up to Yahweh….

Well, if it’s holy, then what he’s saying is, the lump is also holy. In other words, the flour and the bread, and things like that…that comes from that, would also be holy.

And we see here also, that he’s saying that, ‘if the root’… (that’s a root of a tree)…’if the root is holy then the branches are also holy.’

Now, who and what is the root?  Is the root Israel? Is the root Messiah? Is the root…who is it?

I believe the root is ‘the patriarchs’…Abraham specifically, among the patriarchs, became the root from which Israel became a nation.

And Israel is called ‘the branches that were broken off’; and the Gentiles are called, ‘the wild olive tree’, who were grafted in among them.

Now, in this analogy, we see Abraham being the first one called to be separated from the world…to become a man of faith. And he received the covenant of promise.

Yahweh is the planter of the tree. Yahweh gets the credit. The Messiah, however, was born as a son of Abraham. And so, what part of the tree would He be?

I would see him as the trunk of the tree, because he is acting as the sanctifier of the branches. And, of course, since the trunk of the tree is connected to the roots, he would also sanctify the roots, as well.

Now the process of grafting involves the breaking off and, usually cutting off (and today you even use chainsaws)…breaking off the unfruitful branch. And in that open area, another branch is grafted in. In fact, you can cut an olive tree down to the stump, and more branches will grow up out of that stump…And little branches will come out.

Now, the olive tree is extremely resilient.  In fact, there are olive tree in Israel today that existed when Messiah was there 2,000 years ago. They are a very long-lived tree.

And from the olives we have the olive oil. That’s the fruits. You know…the anointing oil is olive oil. Olive oil is burned and produces light as it is burned in the temple area.

And so, that’s the analogy. So, you take this ‘thing’ and cut it down to nothing and then these branches come out. You can take one of those branches, and through staking it up and different things, actually cause it to produce a new trunk from which other branches will branch out.

…Alright. Now, in the book of Isaiah…

Isa 11:1-2There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots.

And so from the patriarchs, Messiah was grown out.  

The Spirit of Yahweh shall rest upon Him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of Yahweh.

…Seven spirits of Yahweh.  

Now, the root of Jesse, or the stem of Jesse, (there’s actually another scripture that talks about Jesse’s roots, also…and that the Messiah, He’s not only…He’s actually the root and He’s also the trunk…in one way He is the root in that He is the one that Yahweh created all the world through), but Jesse is a son of….Jesse and Abraham…(go back to Abraham)… Abraham is a son of Eber. …Eber.

What are the roots of Abraham? The roots of Abraham would be Eber. And we see…if you look in the lineage, we have…

Luk 3:31b-35 –  David, the son of Jesse, the son of Obed, the son of Boaz, the son of Salmon, the son of Nahshon, the son of Amminadab, the son of Ram, the son of Hezron, the son of Perez, the son of Judah, the son of Jacob, the son of Isaac, the son of Abraham, the son of Terah, the son of Nahor, the son of Serug, the son of Reu, the son of Peleg, the son of Eber

This name right here, ‘Eber’ is the name from which we get ‘Hebrew’. Now why the English language added an ‘h’ to it, I have no idea.

 But if you were to say ‘Hebrew’ to some Hebrew speaking people, they would go, ‘What?’ It’s ‘Ivrit’. They don’t have an ‘h’ in the beginning.

But anyway, if you look at the fact that the Hebrew roots movement…you know, the Hebrew roots of Christianity movement… what’s being pointed here is that our roots are not in church fathers. Our roots are deeper than that. Our roots are actually, in many ways, different from that…because they did not connect themselves to the root. They did not connect themselves properly to the root. But Eber is the great, great, great, great (whatever) grandfather of Abraham. And so, Abraham was called a Hebrew, also. In Genesis 14:12, it’s talking about Lot…

Gen 14: 12-13They also took Lot, Abram’s brother’s son who dwelt in Sodom, and his goods, and departed. Then one who had escaped came and told Abram the Hebrew, for he dwelt by the terebinth trees of Mamre the Amorite, brother of Eschol and brother of Aner; and they were allies with Abram.

The what? The Hebrew…so Abraham was a Hebrew. I’m just pointing this out because all sons of Eber would be…physically speaking, would be Hebrews.

So, going back to the olive tree of Romans 11…going to go back here and put it in front of us…

Rom 11:16-18For if the firstfruit is holy, the lump is also holy; and if the root is holy, so are the branches. And if some of the branches were broken off, and you being a wild olive tree, were grafted in among them, and with them became a partaker of the root and fatness of the olive tree, do not boast against the branches. But if you do boast, remember that you do not support the root, but the root supports you.

There were branches within the tree that were broken off. Why would they be broken off? …Because they’re not bearing fruit.

They were not willing to be subject to the trunk of the tree…the Messiah Yahushua. And so, just like Messiah said, “I am the vine, you are the branches.” In this case, he is the trunk and we are the branches…that can be broken off, or we can be grafted in.

And so, there are branches from the wild olive tree…a wild olive tree would be a tree that is not cultivated by anyone. It is just not going to bear very good fruit because it’s not taken care of.

And so, these wild olive trees, the Gentiles, were grafted in. Grafted into what? …Into this olive tree.

‘…among them and with them became a partaker…’ of what? ‘…the root’.  ‘…became a partaker of the root’ (that’s the patriarchs…Abraham) ‘…and the fatness of the olive tree’

And so, since Gentiles have been cut-off from the wild olive tree, and now grafted in the cultivated olive tree…one that’s cultivated by Yahweh…Gentiles therefore, need to no longer consider themselves as being a wild olive tree,. They need to consider themselves as partaker of the cultivated olive tree.

And this was not a new concept. This is not a new concept. The idea of Gentiles coming in and joining themselves to Israel is not a new concept. In fact, we can read about this in the Old Testament. Look in…

Exo 12:37-38Then the children of Israel journeyed from Rameses to Succoth, about six hundred thousand men on foot, besides children. A mixed multitude when up with them also, and flocks and herds--a great deal of livestock.

So there was a multitude of people of different lineage. Some of them would have been Egyptians…who went with Israel and became a part of the people.

And the same is true today. There are both Jews and Gentiles who are coming out of Egypt. And those who seek to join themselves to Yahweh, and become a part of His people, will join with Israel. …In this case, through the grafting in of the Gentiles…into the people of Elohim… into the chosen people. 

We see this also in the book of Esther. It says…

Est 8:17And in every province and city, wherever the king’s command and decree came, the Jews had joy and gladness, a feast and a holiday.

…It’s talking about Purim.

Then many of the people of the land

…did what?

…became Jews, because fear of the Jews fell upon them.

So there are people probably today that are from different lineage then actually, physically being a son of Abraham, who joined themselves to the people. And actually, today among the Jewish people, some of them may not be physically descended from Abraham.

In fact, Jews have always accepted Gentiles into their. To be among them and to be part of their people, as long as they converted to Judaism. I know they do that to this day, because I hear these reports of this people, and that’s their practice.

And a person that converts to Judaism can, and is, considered to be Jewish. And therefore can actually make ‘aliyah’, or immigrate, to the land of Israel today without any restriction, whatsoever.

So, the reason I’m saying this is because some people believe that the idea the Gentile, being grafted into the olive tree, is some new thing we have now in Messiah. But actually it’s not new at all.

It’s only through the Messiah, however, that one can actually become a seed of Abraham. He is the trunk of the tree and enables us to be joined to the root. He connects us to the root….Abraham.

And therefore, the promises given to Abraham of living in that land forever, would also apply to us. And so we see this. And this was also true of people who lived prior to the time that Messiah came and died for our sins.

He was the trunk of the tree before the foundation of the world. Why? Because…

Rev 13:8All who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

So Messiah is considered to be this ‘Lamb that was slain from the foundation of the world’.

Now, I’m just pointing this here, out of context, (it’s talking about people on the earth…dwelling on the earth, worshipping the beast).

But the point I want to make now is that, in eyes of Yahweh, Messiah is the lamb slain from the foundation of the world. It was already predetermined it was going to happen. …Because Yahweh knows the end from beginning.

And so, what we have is Messiah being the one covers everyone’s sin….Abraham’s sin…David’s sin…any man who ever existed, who turned his heart to Yahweh; and chose to receive that blessing… to pursue that blessing like Jacob did, could be a partaker of this olive tree that Yahweh cultivates.

 

Alright, so looking again…Rom 11…it says:

Rom 11:16-18For if the firstfruit is holy, the lump is also holy; and if the root is holy, so are the branches.

And so, we are all made holy. And what he says here…skipping down to 18 now, he says…

…do not boast against the branches, but if you do boast remember that you do not support the root, but the root supports you.

One of the major problems you see, in church history, are Gentiles boasting against the branches that were broken off.  And this boasting against the branches ultimately resulted in church history…a rejection of Yahweh’s law…a rejection of the Torah.

It was this boasting against the branches that caused people to delve into anti-Semitism, and have a superiority complex against the Jews, to the extent that they rejected anything that made a man look ‘Jewish’. …Feast keeping, Sabbath-keeping, any kind of Torah-keeping that would look kosher, eating…  Anything that made you look Jewish, they rejected.

Because they boasted against the branches they had hatred toward the Jewish people. Therefore, anything that appeared Jewish would cause them to be mocked by their gentile friends. They did not fully accept that they were grafted in.  

And there are some today, going to church every Sun-day, who still do not understand that they are grafted in. …That you’re not a wild olive tree anymore. You are a part of the people of Elohim. …That you are now grafted in among Israel, to be among His people. Next verses…

Rom 11:19-22You will say then, Branches were broken off that I might be grafted in.” Well said, Because of unbelief they were broken off, and you stand by faith. Do not be haughty, but fear. For if Elohim did not spare the natural branches, He may not spare you either. Therefore consider the goodness and severity of Elohim: on those who fell, severity; but toward you, goodness, if you continue in His goodness.

…If you continue in it. Otherwise, what will happen? You’re not bearing fruit…

Otherwise you also will be cut off.

We have to bear fruit.

 So many times, brothers, our doctrinal errors arise out of our spiritual problems…our character issues.  He says, lest you should be ’wise in your own conceits’, ‘don’t be haughty’…’Don’t be haughty, but fear.’

And they wanted to hold on to their Gentile identity. They couldn’t fathom the idea of being called ‘Hebrews’, or being called ‘Israelites’.  They didn’t mind being called that in the sense that they saw themselves as replacements for Israel…as in ‘replacement theology’. 

But they rejected the Israelite identity, in that… if they saw something in the bible… that they saw as only applying to Israel, they wanted nothing to do with it.  They wanted to hold onto their Gentile identity as one who’s from a wild olive tree, rather than one who’s grafted in. And that was a major problem… a major problem.

Rom 11:23-25And they also, if they do not continue in unbelief, will be grafted in, for Elohim is able to graft them in again. For if you were cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and were grafted contrary to nature into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these, who are natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree? For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in.

So I think we’re here today…I think we’re here. That Israel, the Jewish people are having their eyes opened to the fact that there’s a Messiah who is seeking to be One that they need to be connected to. And we need to be connected to.

So, are we connected? Do we see ourselves as being connected to Israel? Or, are we still in this ‘wild olive tree’ mind set. It’s very clear, from the writers of New Testament…in the book of Ephesians chapter 2. Paul is writing to the Gentiles and he says…

Eph 2:11-12Therefore remember that you, once Gentiles…

In other words, at one time they were Gentiles.

…in the flesh—who are called Uncircumcision by what is called the Circumcision made in the flesh by hands—that at that time

Back when? …Back at that time, when you were once Gentiles.

you were without Messiah, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel

Back then you were aliens. You’re not aliens anymore. Now you are part of Israel.

…and strangers from the covenants of promise,

You could not receive the covenants. You couldn’t receive them because you were strangers from them. All the covenants were made with Israel, and the sons of Abraham.

having no hope and without Elohim in the world.

Eph 2:13-14But now in Messiah Yahushua you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Messiah. For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation.

The middle wall of separation in Yahushua’s day was the the decrees of men that caused Jewish people to reject Gentiles from being believers and from being redeemed. …Unless they went through a whole process of proselytization, and the crowning act of achievement…with circumcision, which they tried to bring in to the people.

Now, I went into this Ephesians chapter 2 in great detail. And you can find it, about a year ago, on Dec 17, 2011. You can look…about a year ago on this, and we went over this in great detail.

 But these decrees of men, that’s spoken about in the scriptures, are decrees  that Yahweh himself never inspired. They only produced enmity between Jews and Gentiles. And this enmity that was produced has now been abolished.

It says…

Eph 2:15-16having abolished in His flesh the enmity,

What’s enmity? Enmity means hatred, hostility. So, He’s abolished hatred, hostility…

that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances,

Now this word ‘ordinances’ is the Greek word ‘dogmas’.

…so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, and that He might reconcile them both

…Both Jew and Gentile.

to Elohim in one body

…that’s Messiah.

through the cross (tree), thereby putting to death the enmity.

He didn’t kill the law!  He killed the hatred!

The Law is all about love. It’s not about hatred.  But there were ordinances of men, decrees of men that do inspire hatred, and can inspire hatred.

Now, just in case there’s someone who believes this Greek word ‘dogma’ refers to the Law, let’s look at some other uses of the word ‘dogma’.

Luk 2:1and it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered.

Now that word translated ‘decree’, right here, is the Greek word ‘dogma’.

Act 17:7“Jason has harbored them, and these are all acting contrary to the decrees

And that’s dogmas…

 of Caesar, saying there is another king—Yahushua.

And then we have…

Act 16:4And as they went through the cities, they delivered to them the decrees to keep, which were determined by the apostles and elders at Jerusalem.

Now some would suggest, that this word ‘decrees’ is referring to the laws of Moses, but that’s not true.

The decrees were given by the apostles in Acts 15. (I went over this just a few weeks ago).These were still decrees…something that was created by man. The apostles came together, and gave these rules for the Gentiles to follow. They were biblical decrees. They were righteous decrees. But they were still the decrees of men.  

So they gathered together, made a ruling, and that was the ruling. Just like Caesar would make a ruling, the apostles made decrees. They were decrees for men. In this case, they were biblical decrees. And if you look, the four things they were commanded to keep…they really didn’t have anything to do with the Law of Moses.  

Act 15:19-21“Therefore I judge that we should not trouble those from the Gentiles who are turning to Elohim,

I should say…’not exclusively’ to the Law of Moses…

But that we write to them to abstain from things polluted by idols, from sexual immorality, from things strangled, and from blood. For Moses has had throughout many generations those who preach him in every city, being read in the synagogues every Sabbath.:

And so we have four things…abstain from things polluted by idols, from sexual immorality, from things strangled, and from blood.  Now, those are not new things that came on the scene when Moshe wrote the law. Sexual immorality was forbidden, (as we shared here a few weeks ago), and drinking blood was forbidden, and of course idolatry was forbidden.

And so these aren’t things that are exclusive to the Law. So, the word translated ‘decrees’… even if you were to say ‘the decrees of the law’,  those are the only parts of the law that the Gentiles have to keep…those decrees, those ‘laws’ were given long  before there was a man named Moshe, or Moses on the scene.

But they identified those, for some reason, as ceremonial laws. But this title, this concept, of ‘ceremonial law’ is nowhere found in the Bible. Nowhere does it divide up and refer to certain commandments as ‘ceremony laws’. This is a…(again, as I’ve been sharing the last few weeks)…a phrase coined by anti-Torah theologians.

And so there is no good reason why anyone who is calling himself a Gentile would avoid doing anything that looks Jewish…avoid it like the plague.

Why? Because now you are Jewish, now you are an Israelite. Now you are joined to Messiah. Now you are a part of the commonwealth of Israel. Do we accept that?

Do we really accept that? Do we say that the blood of Messiah is unable to do that?

Are we denying the sufficiency of the blood of Messiah? …To not only to cleanse you from your sin, but also to cut you off from the wild olive tree and join you in with the olive tree that’s cultivated. …The one that Yahweh Himself watches over, as the apple of His eye.

Do we consider ourselves that way? Is that our new identity?

Eph 2:19Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners,

We’re not part of the wild olive tree anymore.

but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of Elohim,

We are Israel.  And this is all related to the firstborn…as we’re going to get into…

Gal 3:28-29There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Messiah Yahushua.

In other words it doesn’t matter what your lineage is. If you are Messiah’s then what are you? You are Abraham’s seed.  

And if you are Messiah’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

How does that happen? How does it happen that we become part of Abraham’s seed? Because…

Gal 2:20 “I have been crucified with Messiah; it is no longer I who live,

I’m not the wild olive tree anymore.

but Messiah lives in me;

I’m a cultivated olive tree., partaking of the fatness of the root, through Him. …Through him, and only through him.

and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of Elohim, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

And because he’s the firstborn of the dead, we who are a part of the body of Messiah, we are raised with him as ‘firstborn’.

It says in…

Col 2:11-12 – In Him you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the sins of the flesh, by the circumcision of Messiah, buried with Him

You were buried with him.   

 …with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him

This is like past tense…it already happened. You’ve already been raised with him

through faith in the working of Elohim, who raised Him from the dead.

We’re raised with Him.

Eph 1:19-21and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Messiah when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.

We’re raised with him… seated in the heavenly places.

Eph 2:4-6But Elohim, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together

…With who?

..with Messiah (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Messiah Yahushua,

We’re seated there already in the eyes of Yahweh. We’re already there. And so we are with Him. We died with Him. We are raised with Him.

And, in fact it says…

Col 3:1-3If then you were raised with Messiah,

…If you were really raised with Messiah,

…seek those things which are above, where Messiah is, sitting at the right hand of Elohim. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Messiah in Elohim.

We are now in his image. We, like the firstborn of Israel who were saved from death by the blood of the Passover lamb, are also saved from death by the blood of Messiah…who is our Passover lamb.

I Co 5:7-8Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Messiah, our Passover, was sacrificed for us. Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

You see, the firstfruit is holy. If the firstfruit’s holy then the flour and bread that comes from the firstfruit must also be holy.

So, rather than identifying ourselves as Gentiles, let’s get biblical, and come out from among them. As it says…

2Co 6:17-1Therefore “Come out from among them and be separate, says Yahweh. Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you. I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters,

Why? …Because we become Israel. Because we become Israel we become Yahweh’s firstborn son.

…says Yahweh Almighty.”

2 Corinthians 7:1Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of Elohim.

We’ve got to cleanse ourselves…not just care about uncleanness in our spirit, but also in our flesh that we live in. And so, the unclean and clean laws are perfectly to be observed. It says, ‘Do not touch what is unclean and will receive you’.

And so, we have these promises. He will be our Father, if we are willing to cleanse ourselves from all uncleanness…both in flesh and spirit. You know, this scripture alone proves that we’re supposed to keep the clean and unclean laws.

And so, we are joined with Messiah, who is a firstborn. And we are a part of His body. He is the head of the body. And, we receive…(the same way He’s the head of the body, He’s the trunk of the tree)…  so we receive this blessing from one who is firstborn, because we become His body. We become the body of the Messiah.

We first receive the blessings of life on the earth. That’s the first blessing. The double portion, (we need a double portion), the double portion.

See, we wasted the first part of our blessing. We wasted it….life on the earth…like a prodigal son. Like a prodigal son who wasted his time on the earth with prodigal living. We’ve all failed to walk with Yahweh as we should.

Here’s the story…

Luk 15:11-13Then He said: “A certain man had two sons. And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the portion of goods that falls to me.’ So he divided to them his livelihood. And not many days after, the younger son gathered all together, journeyed to a far country, and there wasted his possessions with prodigal living.

Is that us? Sometime…we took all the blessings of this…we’re not here, we’re not firstborn. We get just a regular inheritance as the sons of Adam.  And we wasted the things that Yahweh has given us…the body we live in…we wasted it; the possessions that we had…we’ve wasted it; and we spent all…

Luk 15:14-16“…But when he had spent all, there arose a severe famine in that land, and he began to be in want. Then he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country (Gentile), and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. And he would gladly have filled his stomach with the pods that the swine ate, and no one gave him anything.

Luk 15:17-19“…But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you, and I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants. “’

Luk 15:20-21“And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him. And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.’

Luk 15:22-24“But the father said to his servants, ‘bring out the best robe and put in on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet.

best robe..put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet…    

And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry; for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ And they began to be merry.

See, we need to be joined to the Messiah that we might receive that second chance. …A blessing that includes forgiveness of sin, and eternal life with Yahweh and Messiah. …The second chance.

Will we come and enter our Fathers house? Will we seek our Father’s house again, as humble men…knowing we deserve nothing but to be called slaves? …Content only to be ‘door-keepers’?

He will only take us into His home, and we will be called sons and daughters once again… as we forsake the way of the first Adam, and seek the way of the second Adam. He will accept us, love us, and bless us. Not because we deserve it, but because we chose to turn our hearts back to our heavenly Father.

And if we do, He who has been waiting long for us will put on us the robe of righteousness; the signet ring of kingship on our finger; and shod our feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace…that others might also be called in to our Father’s house.

What an awesome Elohim we serve…who was willing to give us firstborn status. And not only give us life on this earth, but redeem us and give us a double portion of life in the age to come.

We need that status. We need to join with Messiah that we might receive that blessing. We will be begotten a second time…in Him.

And so, if we are Israel, let’s seek to live like Yahweh wanted Israel to live. Let’s not set aside the obligations to Israel, while claiming to receive the promises.

The New Covenant is to those who are joined to Israel…

Jer 31:31-32“Behold, the days are coming, says Yahweh, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah—

To them pertain the covenants.

…not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them, says Yahweh.

Jer 31:33-34 “But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says Yahweh: I will put my law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their Elohim, and they shall be My people.

There we are…we sons and daughters now.

No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, ‘Know Yahweh,’ for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says Yahweh. For

…For I will do what?   

I will forgive their iniquity,

Forgiveness of sins through Messiah, the mediator of this covenant…Forgive their iniquity.

…and their sin I will remember no more.”

Those who receive the Messiah will become joined to this covenant. Because those who are Messiah’s, are Abraham’s seed, and heirs…heirs…inheritors… of that double portion inheritance according to the promise.

But we have to seek… from this ‘wild olive tree’ mentality… this ‘wild olive tree’ heritage, and the glories thereof. And instead cling to the ones who truly are in Messiah. …The assembly of the firstborn, who were crucified with Him, and raised with Him; who will receive the blessings that come from that arrangement.

Therefore, my brothers and sisters, since we were raised with Him, will we live like Him? Will we accept our freedom from sin? Will we accept it? Will we receive who we truly are in Messiah?

If we do, then we will be living as a people who belong to Yahweh.

After all, the firstborn…don’t they belong to Him? …Absolutely. Don’t trade your birthright for a mess of pottage.

And as we walk in that freedom, may Yahweh bless you, and may Yahweh have mercy on us all.