Book of Acts - 07/07/13

Tonight I want to talk about covenants, changing covenants and what happens when people do change covenants.

When we see G-d’s covenants depicted in movies or when we picture them in our mind’s eye, we see the tremendous epic power and “help G-d,” we end up with major problems.

We have the Edenic Covenant which was made in the Garden of Eden; the Adamic Covenant made with Adam; the Noahide Covenant made with Noah pertaining to the rainbow and the Seven Noahide Laws; the Abrahamic Covenant and the Mosaic Covenant. And, we have a covenant that Yeshua, Who is G-d, made with Himself with His own blood.

That’s an unbreakable covenant that we - the gentile - can become a partaker of.

When I say “we,” I speak as Paul did. I’m a Jew but I know Who Messiah is. It’s very difficult to not say “we” because while I never forget that I’m in the Abrahamic Covenant through my Jewish roots, and that we’re all in the Abrahamic Covenant through our roots, what I do forget sometimes is that I did not come into the Covenant as a gentile. I was born and raised Jewish and now I am exalted because G-d has placed me above those who don’t know Who He is and what he came for.

There was a reason for that too and I praise G-d for it. I believe the reason is to teach and that seems to be where He’s leading me. I’m not a kid anymore and He’s still leading me day by day.

Every covenant I mentioned is forever and all the other covenants of G-d are forever. They don’t change. G-d doesn’t say that one covenant is done away with so He can give us another one. Each covenant is absorbed into the next as we grow from one to the next. Some people never grow, they stay in the old.

Each covenant also stands alone. An example is: Do not seep the kid in his mother’s milk. That’s from the Mosaic Covenant but it’s rooted in the Edenic Covenant. There are, by the way, only two parts to the Edenic Covenant. One part was to tend and keep the Garden and the other was not to eat of the Tree.

G-d created the milk of the mother to nourish and keep the health of the kid, not to be used for its destruction. So if you do seep the kid in the mother’s milk, you are breaking G-d’s commandment.

G-d did not give laws that could not be kept. Every law He gave to Israel could be kept by anyone who wanted to keep it. The laws are not difficult to keep and G-d didn’t give them to punish. Remember, they were made to keep us from hurting ourselves because that if we did “X,” then “Z” would be the result. G-d says, “Do not do this, I offer you life and I offer you death and I suggest life.” But, because we have free will, we can do what we want to do. And when we do the things He tells us not to do, we end up creating tremendous havoc in our lives and the lives of those around us.

Now remember, G-d always vindicates His Torah, His Word, His Law. G-d is the vindication of His Torah. G-d and His Word are one. His Word came in the flesh and walked among us. Yeshua came to set the Word upright. The word that explains what Yeshua came to do can also be translated as “fill in” or “fill up” but “upright” is what it means. It means to make it right so the people would now understand the way it should be.

There had been so much rabbinical binding and loosing along the way that the Law was bent over and the new generation didn’t have a clue as to what the original had been. Yeshua walked the Torah for three and a half years. He said “Brit hadashah,” - I will renew the Covenant - not a new covenant. Nowhere in the original language is it called, referred to or pointed to as a “new covenant.” The Greek word is “deyathaka” and it means “the second attachment.” The Latin word is “codicil” and that means “an attachment to something”, and it can’t be attached to something dead.

If you propose anything else, then you are changing what Yeshua came to do. If you propose it to be a new testament - if you propose it to be any changing of G-d’s Word, one jot, one tittle - you’re changing what Yeshua came to do. Yeshua came to set the Law upright and to add a codicil to it.

I want to talk about “Replacement” and “Displacement” theologists.

The Replacement Church says all the prophesies referring to Israel and Yeshua pertain to them because they are now Israel . According to their teaching, Israel was saved, blessed, and was favored by G-d right up until Yeshua went to the cross. Up to that point, people like Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, Moses, Mary and Joseph were saved. Then Yeshua went to the cross and all those people became unsaved. It’s kind of silly to say it but it’s silly to even think it.

They teach that if the Jewish believers didn’t add Yeshua to their Covenant, they were unsaved. They were unsaved out of the Abrahamic Covenant. In other words, the Jews who were saved by the Abrahamic Covenant now had to come out of the Abrahamic Covenant and be “converted” to Christianity so they could be grafted into the Abrahamic Covenant. Sounds silly, doesn’t it?

The Displacement people never recognized Judaism. They teach that Abraham, Isaac and Jacob are all primitive Christians, not Jews. All the blessings belonged to the Christians through the lineage of Abraham but that excluded the Jews. Jews are pagans on the outside of G-d’s Law. Of course there were some Jews like Judas Ascariot among them, they’re willing to give us him. It’s a weird, insane theology that makes no sense.

There’s no such thing as Jewish theology, by the way. Judaism is based on studying and interacting. In other words, doing it. Theology is based on premise and that’s what gets all these guys in trouble. They sit on the premise of maybe this should be that and that should be this. Judaism is built precept on precept and Judaism is built by doing what G-d says to do.

Heb. 11:1-40

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

For by it the elders obtained a good report.

Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of G-d, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.

By faith Abel offered unto G-d a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, G-d testifying of his gifts; and by it he being dead yet speaketh.
By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death and was not found , because G-d had translated him; for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased G-d.

But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to G-d must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

By faith Noah, being warned of G-d of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.

By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed and he went out, not knowing wither he went.
By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise.

For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is G-d.

Through faith also Sarah herself received strength to conceive seed and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised.

Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead, so many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable.

Isaac was dead, he was as good as dead, he was resurrected and look what’s happened from him. G-d does not go back on His promises.

These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.

For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.

And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.

But now they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly; wherefore G-d is not ashamed to be called their G-d: for he hath prepared for them a city.

By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac; and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son,

Of whom it was said That in Isaac they seed shall be called.

Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead, from whence also he received him in a figure.

By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come.

By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed both the sons of Joseph; and worshipped, leaning upon the top of his staff.

By faith Joseph, when he died, made mention of the departing of the children of Israel ; and gave commandment concerning his bones.

By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king’s commandment.

By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter;

Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;

Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt ; for he had respect unto the recompense of the reward.

By faith he forsook Egypt , not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.

Through faith he kept the passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them.

By faith they passed through the Red sea as by dry land: which the Egyptians attempting to do were drowned.

By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about seven days.

By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believeth not, when she had received the spies with peace.

And what more shall I say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gideon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthah, of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets:

Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions,

Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.

Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance that they might obtain a better resurrection.

And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings; yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment:

They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword; they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented:

(Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.

And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise:

G-d having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.

In other words, until the end comes, none of us will be made perfect and then, we will all be made perfect. The Jews are not perfect; the gentiles who have been grafted in are not perfect; together they will be made perfect.

But understand this, listen to it -

G-d having provided some better thing for us that they without us should not be made perfect.

My Friends, there’s a lot in here that I’m going to talk about tonight and that I want you to understand.

Everything is by faith. Do you notice Adam’s name isn’t here? He didn’t have to have faith. Adam saw G-d. How about the apostles? They saw G-d. That didn’t take any faith. When Yeshua went to the cross, they ran and hid. They were afraid, sorely afraid. They were petrified because they had seen Him and walked with Him.

The Word of G-d says in the Talmud that Moses brought G-d to the Jews. He brought the Torah to the Jews on the mountain. And Yeshua brought G-d to the gentiles at the cross.

My Friends, the Word of G-d is what puts us all together and what makes us one. G-d and His Word are one. The Word, or G-d, became flesh and walked among us and made a way for the gentile into the Covenant. Until then there was no way.

By faith he comes to G-d and is saved by His Grace; there is no other way. Malachi 3:6 says, “For I am the Lord, I change not. Therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.”

G-d doesn’t change; He doesn’t break His covenants; He doesn’t change his covenants; when he makes a covenant forever, it’s forever. If it weren’t forever, I’d watch out because what makes you think your covenant is any better than anybody else’s covenant with G-d if G-d were a man that he should lie? But G-d is not a man that he should lie and because of that - “For I am the Lord, I change not. Therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed” - if Judaism was done away with, then what were you grafted into? Dead roots? G-d is the husbandman, Yeshua is the vine, the tree. We are the branches. The Abrahamic Covenant is the roots. The roots are very much alive and you are grafted in among them, the Jews.

"Oh foolish Galatians," we read in Gal. 3: 1-5, "who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth before whose eyes Yeshua Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you?

This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law or by the hearing of faith?

I want you to see something here, Guys. Paul does a lot of quoting here and maybe the Galatians don’t understand what he’s quoting from but the tone of voice indicates that he’s quoting. We can’t get a voice inflection by what he’s saying, only by the meanings of what he’s saying. In other words, we know that he’s quoting Psalms.

Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?
Have ye suffered so many things in vain? if it be yet in vain?

He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, doeth he it by the words of the law or by the hearing of faith?

What is the law that Paul’s referring to? It’s the same Law that we’ll see in Acts Chapter 15. When Paul’s talking about the Law of G-d - Torah - that was a terrible thing to the gentiles. It was a Law against them. See, they couldn’t get into the Abrahamic Covenant because that covenant did not allow a way in for gentiles. There was either conversion or you had to be born of a Jewish mother. Those were the only ways into the Abrahamic Covenant and that’s why the Law was a curse unto the gentile. Not because the Law itself was a curse, how could G-d be a curse unto the gentile?

The church teaches that so wrongly. G-d and his Word are one. Word and Torah are the same thing, there is no difference. G-d is, period. He is the rewarder of those who diligently seek Him and the reward is salvation. If you diligently seek after G-d by faith, the reward is salvation. Faith cometh by hearing and hearing and hearing and hearing the Word of G-d. That’s where faith cometh. G-d is.

In John 4:22, this is Yeshua talking. "Ye worship ye know not what. We know not what we worship. For salvation is of the Jews." He’s talking to the Samaritan woman. Paul says in Romans 11 that all of Jacob will be saved. It’s a linear active participle. Be be-ing saved. All of Jacob will be be-ing saved, a constant process. “Work out your salvation with fear and trembling,” Paul says.

He says that to us who know who the Messiah is, to us who have accepted Yeshua as Messiah and come into the Covenant, he still says “work out your salvation with fear and trembling” because you’re be be-ing saved in a constant, constant, constant process of being saved.

Yeshua says, “Why do you call me ‘Lord Lord’ and not do the things that I say?” because if you don’t do the things that He says, why do you think that you’re saved? Paul quoted Hillel who said, “All Israel is Israel but only those with “emuna,” the faith of Abraham, will be saved.” That’s always bothered me. All of Israel will be saved but Hillel says only those with the faith of Abraham will be saved cause the only ones who got saved among the gentiles were those with faith.

Without the Abrahamic Covenant there is no place to attach. Without the salvation of Israel the gentiles have nowhere to attach. The gentile nations, goyim, were grafted in among the Jews. In order to be grafted in, the Jewish Tree had to be wounded and the Jewish Tree was Yeshua. The wound on His side is where the gentile nations were grafted into the Abrahamic Covenant or the Tree’s branches, the Jews.

Let’s go to Acts 15:1 which is the mainstay of what I want to teach on tonight:

And certain men which came down from Judea taught the brethren and said Except ye be circumcised after the manner of Moses, ye cannot be saved.

When therefore Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and disputation with them, they determined that Paul and Barnabas, and certain other of them, should go up to Jerusalem unto the apostles and elders about this question.

And being brought on their way by the church, they caused great joy unto all the brethren.

And when they were come to Jerusalem, they were received of the church and of the apostles and elders and they declared all things that G-d had done with them.

There were three groups here. One is called the church but there was no church. That’s another of those “King James things.” There wasn’t a church, there was a “kahelah,” the living organism, those who were believers.

The next group was the apostles and there were the elders of the Jerusalem Council and it was those elders who they were standing in front of. These are believing and non-believing Jews, it didn’t make any difference. Jews are Jews, they always hung together. Some of them had different beliefs but they always believed in one thing - G-d!

But there rose up certain of the Pharisees which believed saying, This it was needful to circumcise them and to command them to keep the law of Moses.

And the apostles and elders came together for to consider of this matter.

Hey, let me take the Judaizer’s side for a moment here. We’ve got these guys who are saying, “Hey Man, we don’t know any other way. We know you came in through your Messiah but you have to learn Judaism. Right now, in order to come into Judaism, you have to spend one year “by the gate” which means standing getting ready. Then, after proving that one year, you’re brought into the teaching and you’re a proselyte and it takes another whole year of teaching before you could be converted to Judaism. Well, this isn’t what happened here.

These gentiles accepted Yeshua as Messiah and they were immediately grafted into the Abrahamic Covenant. When they accepted Him as Messiah, they became joint heirs with Him. Because He was the son of a Jewish mother and they were joint heirs and brothers with Him, they then were grafted into the Covenant.

And, when they were grafted into the Abrahamic Covenant, they didn’t know nuttin! Yet, they were grafted in. They didn’t know a thing about Judaism. All they knew is what Paul told them. They knew the Messiah of G-d came, that G-d Himself walked this earth in the flesh to set them free, they now had a way into the Abrahamic Covenant and they came by the thousands and thousands and thousands.

But, they did not know the Law. They did not know who they were. They did not know what G-d expected of them. Instead of standing by the gate and learning who and what they were and then coming into the Covenant, it was done backwards.

These Judaizers believed that circumcision was important to get into the Abrahamic Covenant. These people already were in the Abrahamic Covenant. In verse 5, Pharisees which believed said it was needful to circumcise them and to command them to keep the law of Moses.

That would be backwards. They were already into the Covenant. Why would they have to keep the law of Moses? What does that mean, the law of Moses? The Mosaic Law? What is the Mosaic Law? This is where we start getting into some problems here.

What is the difference between the Mosaic Covenant and the Mosaic Law? The Mosaic Law is mostly rabbinical. G-d gave us the five books of the Torah through Moses. That was part of the Covenant. The Law itself that G-d gave us was, yes, the Books, but when they refer to it here, as Mosaic Law what they’re talking about is keeping the law of Moses. They were wrong about the circumcision part but they were not wrong about keeping the law of Moses.

The apostles and the elders came together for to consider of this matter and when there had been much disputing Peter rose up and said unto them, men and brethren, ye know how that a good while ago G-d made choice among us, that the gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the gospel and believe.

And G-d which knoweth the hearts and bare them witness, giving them the Holy Spirit, even as he did unto us;

And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.

Now listen to what he’s saying:

Now therefore why tempt ye G-d, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples?

Who are the disciples here? What’s a disciple? It’s a student.

Now therefore why tempt ye G-d to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?

In other words, how can we go out there and teach what we have to teach and do what we have to do with all this yoke of the Mosaic Laws on us? When they said Mosaic “Laws” they were referring not just to the Torah but to the rabbinic laws, the fence around the law - the best way I can explain this to you is to go back to not seeping the kid in the mother’s milk.

Do you know what rabbinic law does to stop you from doing that? The rabbinic law has two sets of dishes, one for meat and one for milk. The rabbinic law sets it up so you can’t even think of eating milk and meat together. It becomes repugnant to you. They’ve made it a health hazard because milk and meat mixed together create a grease, a fat that’s not digestible. You would be amazed by the things they’ll do because they don’t believe man will obeyG-d’s law. They make rabbinic law which is the fence around the law. Rabbinic law adds implications to the law so that by not doing the things that have been added, you certainly are prevented from breaking the actual law.

Now therefore why tempt ye G-d to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples?

In other words, how can we walk around with this rabbinical law yoke around our necks? It’s too much for us to bear. Our fathers can’t bear it, how can we? We’ve never been able to bear it and now you want us to go and put this same yoke on the necks of these people coming in when we can’t even bear it?

But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Yeshua Christ we shall be saved even as they.

Then all the multitude kept silence and gave audience to Barnabas and Paul, declaring what miracles and wonders G-d had wrought among the gentiles by them.

And after they had held their peace, James answered saying:

Now watch this. James is the head of the Jerusalem Council and maybe he’s even the head of the Sanhedrin, we’re not sure. At this point, something could have happened to Nic Demone ben Gurion , we don’t know positively. Some books say that James was the head of the Sanhedrin after Nic Damond ben Gurion passed away but we don’t know exactly when or even if that actually happened. It’s a shadowy “quasi-history,” not a really firm solid backed-up-by-paper type of history that I like to teach from.

So for now, let’s just say that James is at least powerful enough to be the head of the Jerusalem Council.

James answered, saying, Men and brethren, hearken unto me:

Simeon hath declared how G-d at the first did visit the gentiles to take out of them a people for his name,

And to this agree the words of the prophets as it is written,

After this I will return, and will build again the tabernacle of David which is fallen down; and I will build again the ruins thereof, and I will set it up:

That the residue of men might seek after the Lord and all the gentiles, upon whom my name is called saith the Lord, who doeth all these things.

Known unto G-d are all his works from the beginning of the world.

Listen now to verse 19 because we’re going to do some binding and loosing here.

Wherefore my sentence is (he was binding this) that we trouble not them which from among the gentiles are turned to G-d but that we write unto them that they abstain from pollutions of idols and from fornication and from things strangled and from blood.

Now let me tell you what this is. This is the Noahide Laws. Now, why only four of the seven? Because Hebraically you don’t need a whole of anything to make the whole. Part of a day makes a day. Part of a month makes a month. Part of a century makes a century. James is teaching that way, using the method of “Remez.”

If I give you the preamble to the Constitution, I don’t have to give you the whole Constitution for you to know it’s the Constitution. This is what James is doing here. He only has to give the first three Noahide Laws to make it clear that that is what he’s referring to, but for some reason, he gives four.

For Moses of old time hath in every city them that preach him, being read in the synagogues every Sabbath day.

James is saying that the gentiles don’t have to go to the Temple because now that they have come into the Abrahamic Covenant through the blood of Yeshua, Who had a Jewish mother, now they can learn Moses of old in any city in any synagogue on the Sabbath.

Remember when I taught on divorce and remarriage and said that unless a man had a “Get” with his wife, which is a written document that said that they were divorced, he could turn around and say he never divorced her?

Here again, we’re going to see the same practice of needing things in writing. Letters written to the synagogue from the Jerusalem Council were taken as Law. Now, let me tell you what’s happening here at verse 22:

Then pleased it the apostles and elders with the whole church to send chosen men of their own company to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas: namely, Judas surnamed Barsabas, and Silas, chief men among the brethren:

And they wrote letters by them after this manner: The apostles and elders and brethren send greeting unto the brethren which are of the gentiles in Antioch and Syria and Cilicia.

Forasmuch as we have heard that certain which went out from us have troubled you with words, subverting your souls - the word there for souls is “nefesh” so that means subverting your lives - saying, Ye must be circumcised, and keep the law, to whom we gave no such commandment:

It seemed good unto us, being assembled in one accord, to send chosen men unto you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul.

No one can tell you to keep the Law. You have to keep the Law, that’s how you stay in Kingdom, but nobody can tell you to do it. You do it or you don’t do it according to your own free will. No man can tell another to keep the Law, it doesn’t work that way. And, that’s what was happening here.

These people were supposed to go to the synagogue every Saturday and learn the Mosaic Covenant and the Abrahamic Covenant and learn all the way back to the Edenic Covenant. And, if they didn’t go to the synagogue on Saturday, they learned nothing.

Men who have hazarded their lives for the name of our Lord Yeshua Christ.

And we have send therefore Judas and Silas, who shall also tell you the same things by mouth.

For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things;

That ye abstain from meats offered to idols and from blood and from things strangled and from fornication, from which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well, fare ye well.

We’re back to the Noahide Covenant. That’s all these people had to do to start with. From there, the next step was for them to go into the synagogues. And did they go into the synagogues? No, they didn’t. And why didn’t they? Because the Romans came and there were no synagogues.

It shouldn’t have been done that way but it was done that way. The Jerusalem Council intended it to work but things turned into man’s plan and not G-d’s plan. Were these men saved by the blood of Yeshua? Oh yes. Were they grafted into the Abrahamic Covenant? Oh yes. But, because they didn’t go into the synagogue to learn, now came the problem.

They didn’t have any of the knowledge, wisdom or understanding that came with being grafted into the Abrahamic Covenant. That was the problem then and we have the same problem throughout all of Christianity today. The problem has grown for 2,000 years and never, ever, has Christianity walked into the synagogue. Never has Christianity learned who and what it is and what its roots are. Never.

The yoke of the Kingdom is the rule of G-d. An individual can’t carry the burden himself. The yoke is a submission to the authority of G-d. When a student submits to a teacher and becomes a disciple, a talmeed, he learns of the yoke and how HaShem rules in his life.

Why is the Shema recited before Deuteronomy 11:13-21 in the daily prayer? To indicate that one should accept first the Kingdom of Heaven and only afterwards, the yoke. First you have to know who you are and then you can accept the yoke. You can’t put on the yoke first, it doesn’t work. What did Yeshua say about His yoke in Matthew 11:29 and 30?

Take my yoke upon you and learn from me for I am gentle and humble in heart and you will find rest for your souls - your nephesh, your lives - for my yoke is easy and my burden is light.

But you can’t put a yoke on someone unless you train them up in who they are.

So, they didn’t put the yoke on these gentiles. They wrote letters to the rabbis in the synagogues everywhere binding and loosing that these gentiles would be coming to learn. The gentiles who accepted Messiah and were grafted into the Abrahamic Covenant were to go learn their Jewish roots. They were to learn who they were in Christ Yeshua because neither they then nor we now know who we are in Christ Yeshua until we know our Jewish roots.

In Matthew 13:52, Yeshua said that every teacher and interpreter of the sacred writings who has been instructed about and trained for the Kingdom of Heaven and has become a disciple, is like a householder who brings forth out of his storehouse treasure that is new and treasure that is old and the fresh as well as the familiar.

These people didn’t even know the familiar. They had no grounding, no basis, nothing.

Faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of G-d. G-d tells us that we have study to show ourselves approved unto G-d, a workman that need not be ashamed who can rightly discern the Word of G-d. If you can’t rightly discern it, then you shouldn’t be talking about it.

With the little bit of hearing they had, they sought out G-d, they knew they were saved and they knew they were brought into the Covenant. And then came the part where they were supposed to learn what they were supposed to be doing and they never did. In 2,000 years, they never have. And that is the shame of this whole thing.

And when I used to criticize this Acts 15, I never realized that the Jerusalem Council had made a way for the gentile to learn and that it had told the gentile to go to the synagogue.

G-d never changes His covenants. G-d never changes His Word. He brought them into the Abrahamic Covenant and they should have learned the Abrahamic Covenant just like every other Jew learned it. They were grafted in and they were Jews. If “Father Abraham” was their father, they were Jews. Every gentile that was grafted in was a Jew.

Gentiles don’t believe that now because so much anti-Semitism has been poured out that they don’t want to be Jewish. So much anti-Semitism has been poured out that the gentile doesn’t even know what a Jew is. So much anti-Semitism has been poured out that the devil has made sure there’s a hole in the hedge and there’s no way the gentile will study his Jewish roots.

Those who have studied their Jewish roots have been set free. Those who have studied their Jewish roots have made the connection. They’ve gone through that stormy sea; they’ve followed the chain of that anchor right back to the beginning and found it in the Holy of Holies and found that it is Yeshua. Without that anchor, you have nothing and if you don’t know who that anchor is, you can’t ride out those stormy seas.

When a wild olive branch is grafted into an olive tree, the grafted-in branch does much better and grows at a faster rate than the natural olive branch.

Now a lot of people have no idea what the Abrahamic Covenant is, what it means or what they’re grafted into. So, let’s go to Genesis 17: 1.

And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the Lord appeared to Abram,

this is Abram, he’s not Abraham yet

and said unto him, I am the Almighty G-d, walk before me, and be thou perfect.

And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly.

And Abram fell on his face: and G-d talked with him, saying,

As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations.

Many nations.

Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham, for a father of many nations have I made thee.

And I will make thee exceedingly fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee.

Understand this - He shall make “nations.” “Nations” is goyeem - “nations” is gentiles. It’s just another word for gentile but it does not mean Jewish, it means gentile. It’s an amazing thing that people do not understand this.

When G-d changes Abram’s name to Abraham, the “ha,” as I have told you many times is from G-d’s Name which is the Tetragramaton, Yud Ha Vuv Ha. We have no idea what that actually means. But, we do know that no word can be masculine and feminine. Yud Ha is masculine, Vuv Ha is feminine. We know that G-d is neither male nor female but both. So, we have a male side of G-d and a female side of G-d. And He took the Ha from the male side of Himself and gave it to Abram to make him Abraham. And G-d gave Sarai the Ha from Vuv Ha and made her Sarah.

Now Abraham and Sarah are G-d’s children with God’s Name. Understand that they are changed. Their names are changed and everything that has happened up to this point means nothing. G-d has made them new creations and they have been born from above.

(By the way, when the translator was reading the interaction between Yeshua and Nic Demone ben Guriam, he didn’t understand what it meant to he translated it “born again.” But, it actually in Greek says “born from above.” The expression “born again” isn’t even Biblical.)

So, Abraham is now a new creation, he has new stars, everything started new for him now.

And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations - now listen - Abraham will be the father of many nations but G-d’s covenant will only be between G-d and Abraham and Abraham’s seed after him and their generations for an everlasting covenant.

to be a G-d unto thee and to they seed after thee.

Who is the seed of Abraham? The Jews!

But yet, G-d said “a father of many nations, of many goyeem.” This is in Genesis, I’m not even showing you anything Paul wrote.

And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and they seed after thee - G-d says it again and again and again - in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a G-d unto thee and to thy seed after thee.

And I will give unto thee and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan , for an everlasting possession, and I will be their G-d.

And G-d said unto Abraham, Thou shalt keep my covenant therefore

listen to what G-d says - thou shall keep my covenant. G-d didn’t say “if” thou shalt keep my covenant

thou shalt keep my covenant therefore, thou, and they seed after thee in their generations.

All of his seed and the seed after. Why? because they all had faith. They might have rebelled, they might have done stupid things, but they all had faith and G-d said right here, thou shalt keep my covenant therefore. Not “if” but “thou shalt.”

This is my covenant, which ye shall keep between me and you and they seed after thee; Every man child among you shall be circumcised.

Who is this for? The Jew. For the seed of Abraham. It’s got nothing to do with those who are grafted into the root. Nothing.

And ye shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskin and it shall be a token of the covenant between me and you.

And he that is eight days old shall be circumcised among you, every man child in your generations, he that is born in the house or bought with money of any stranger which is not of thy seed.

In other words, you can bring people into the Covenant. Look at this! This is where people can be brought into the Covenant.

And he that is eight days old shall be circumcised among you, every man child in stranger - your generations, he that is born in the house, or bought with money of any LOOK - which is not of thy seed.
He that is born in thy house and he that is bought with thy money must needs be circumcised.

Slaves were circumcised and they became Jews. They were brought into the Abrahamic Covenant because G-d said so. Twice He said it, in verse 12 and in verse 13.

And in verse 14 he said:

And the uncircumcised man child whose flesh of his foreskin is not circumcised, that life shall be cut off from his people and he has broken my covenant.

So the son of Moses had broken the covenant. And whose fault was it? Moses’ fault. So who did G-d go after? Moses. Who knew better? Moses. And G-d was going to kill Moses but Moses’ wife took a sharp stone and circumcised her son.

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

And I will bless her and give thee a son also of her: yea,Ii will bless her and she shall be a mother of nations - of goyeem - kings of people shall be of her.

And Abraham fell upon his face and laughed and said in his heart, Shall a child be born unto him that is a hundred years old, and shall Sarah, that is ninety years old bear?

And Abraham said unto G-d, O that Ishmael might live before thee!

And G-d said, Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son indeed; and thou shat call his name Isaac: and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed after him.

Seed! Seed! Seed! Seed! Seed! The gentile is not of the seed of Abraham. The gentile is brought into the Abrahamic Covenant by Who?

By G-d.


By bringing him in as a Jew through a Jewish mother.

Now he talks about Ishmael in verse 20.

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

Because of Abraham’s chessed - his loving kindness - his “Oh G-d, please G-d, please G-d, please G-d.” Well, G-d did what Abraham asked and look what Abraham ended up with - Ishmael.

And 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 G-d went up from Abraham.

My Friends, the Abrahamic Covenant is through the seed of Abraham. The only way into the Abrahamic Covenant is to be the seed of Abraham. This is all double-talk. How can the nations get in? How can the goyim get in? There was no way in. Not through this Covenant there wasn’t. There was no way in.

But now, we find a way.

G-d made a way to get the goyim, the nations in, and the way He did it as we know, is through His own blood on the cross, going into the grave and rising again. And, those who would partake of Him as Lord became joint heirs and brothers and were grafted into the Abrahamic Covenant as Jews through their Jewish mother, Mary.

The Catholics had part of this understanding but not all of it, and they sure messed up what they did have.

Genesis 21:1-6 says:

And the Lord visited Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did unto Sarah as he had spoken.

For Sarah conceived, and bare Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which G-d had spoken to him.

And Abraham called the name of his son that was born unto him, whom Sarah bare to him, Isaac.

And Abraham circumcised his son Isaac being eight days old, as G-d had commanded him.

And Abraham was a hundred years old, when his son Isaac was born unto him.

And Sarah said, G-d hath made me to laugh so that all that hear will laugh with me.

It’s a play on words - Isaac which is Yitzhac in Hebrew means “laughter.”

Understand that Ishmael is not the son of Abraham. Ishmael is the son of Abram. Spiritually, the seed of Abraham came through Isaac, not Ishmael.

Genesis 24:67 says:

And Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah’s tent, and took Rebekkah, and she became his wife; and he loved her: and Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death.

I’m inserting this verse here because I want to show you something. We have learned about the Sacrifice of Isaac and Isaac coming back and here is some proof that shows us that.

It’s very interesting that Rebekkah was Isaac’s wife and he loved her and was comforted after his mother’s death.

He was comforted after his mother’s death? He wasn’t at his mother’s funeral, and yet he was comforted by his wife after his mother’s death. This proves that he was not there when his mother died.

I want you to understand covenant.

Genesis 25: 1-9 says:

Then again Abraham took a wife and her name was Keturah.

Keturah means “return” or “back again.”

And she bore him Zimran, and Jokshan, and Medan, and Midian, and Ishbak, and Shuah.

And Jokshan begat Sheba, and Dedan. And the sons of Dedan were Asshurim, and Letushim, and Leummim.

And the sons of Midiam; Ephah, and Epher, and Hanoch, and Abidah, and Eldaah.

These were the Twelve Tribes.

All these were the children of Keturah.

Keturah was Hagar. Hagar means “the foreign one.” She was the Princess of Egypt. She was gone, now she came back because Sarah was dead. She came back into the house of her husband. It says he took a wife. The wife he took was the same wife that he had. Her name was Keturah, she was back again. They had many, many, many children.

All these were the children of Keturah.

And Abraham gave all that he had unto Isaac.

But unto the sons of the concubine, which Abraham had, Abraham gave gifts, and sent them away from Isaac his son, while he yet lived, eastward, unto the east country.

Where is the east country? The Arab world. There they were with Ishmael and there they would be with Ishmael and as soon as Isaac has two sons, Ishmael and Esau will be together, the uncle and the nephew. They will be the Arabs. Abraham had already had Isaac and the promise was through Isaac and he paid the rest of his sons off.

It says that unto the sons of the concubine Abraham gave gifts. It wasn’t just Keturah, Abraham had other concubines. Abraham gave gifts and sent them away from Isaac his son. He gave them gifts so they could never say they never got their inheritance. That’s what those gifts were, they were their inheritance in the physical world.

It had nothing to do with the spiritual world, the Arabs had nothing to do with Israel. The Arabs had nothing to do with the Abrahamic Covenant. The Arabs had nothing to do with anything that has to do with Jerusalem.

And these are the days of the years of Abraham’s life which he lived, a hundred threescore and fifteen years.

Then Abraham gave up the ghost, and died in a good old age, an old man and full of years, and was gathered to his people.

And his sons Isaac and Ishmael - now here Isaac is burying his father with Ishmael - buried him in the cave of Machpelah, in the field of Ephron the son of Zohar the Hittite, which is before Mamre;

Isaac is there to bury his father but he wasn’t there to bury his mother.

Understand this Covenant more and more clearly. Understand the way G-d treats Isaac. The way G-d handled Isaac and handled the whole thing with Abraham and Isaac.

Go to Genesis 26: 1-16.

And there was a famine in the land beside the first famine.

What was the first famine? does anyone remember? It was the famine with Abraham when he went into Egypt.

And Isaac went unto Abimelech king of the Philistines unto Gerar.

This is still in Cannan, by the way. It’s still in the Promised Land, it’s just that that land is inhabited by Abimelech, king of the Philistines.

And the Lord appeared unto him and said, Go not down into Egypt;

Sojourn in this land, and I will be with thee and will bless thee; for unto thee, and unto thy seed, I will give all these countries, and I will perform the oath which I sware unto Abraham thy father;

And I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these countries; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed;

G-d doesn’t want Isaac to leave the country. Why? Because Isaac is going to become a sacrifice and a sacrifice has to be raised in the country.

Remember that Yeshua never left the country? With all the stories about Yeshua having to go here or to go there, He never left the country. A sacrifice cannot leave the country nor be brought in from another country.

For instance, right now they’re looking for the Red Heifer and there’s some guy in Texas who is raising them. Well, we won’t have to go to Texas to get a red heifer. They were all over Egypt. They were the prime sacrifice. They were called The Golden Calf of Egypt and there’s still plenty of them there. But they’re not from The Land. It has to be born in the land of Israel and the ashes of the previous nine hefiers have to be found to mix with it.

This information is just to show you that the perfect sacrifice cannot leave The Land.

Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.

That was the reason that G-d was going to bless the seed of Isaac. That was the reason He was going to bless the seed of Jacob. It was because of verse 5, Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes and my laws.

If Abraham hadn’t kept those things, things would have stopped there. But, G-d’s Covenant is made with Abraham and his seed because G-d knew it wouldn’t stop with Abraham. G-d knew that Abraham would teach his children who would teach their children who would teach their children who would teach their children.

And Isaac dwelt in Gerar:

And the men of the place asked him of his wife and he said, She is my sister, for he feared to say, She is my wife, lest, said he, the men of the place should kill me for Rebekah; because she was fair to look upon.

We know this situation of her being fair to look upon. She was from the North country, she probably had lighter hair, blue eyes maybe or green or hazel. She wasn’t dark like the Egyptians. The Pharaoh fell in love with Sarah when she was 60 years old. These women were light-skinned and very appealing to these people.

If these people were caught in the act of adultery, there was no way they could talk their way out of it and they’d be put to death. If they were caught murdering the husband, they could make us stories like saying the husband attacked them first. But they couldn’t get away with adultery. So, what they’d do was to kill the husband and that way, they wouldn’t be involved in adultery.

This was a real weird bunch of people but they kept the Noahide Law.

And it came to pass, when he had been there a long time, that Abimelech king of the Philistines looked out at a window and saw, and behold, Isaac was sporting with Rebekah, his wife.
When this says, “looked out at a window,” this doesn’t mean he looked out a window of his house and saw them messing around. This was a prophetic, demonic mirror of what was going on. It was like “mirror mirror on the wall” and he looked into this mirror and saw what was going on and he understood that Rebekah was Isaac’s wife.

And his gods, whoever they were, informed him of this to keep him from getting killed. Remember, these people were petrified of G-d, our G-d, the G-d of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

And Abimelech called Isaac, and said, behold, of a surety she is thy wife: and how saidst thou, She is my sister? And Isaac said unto him, Because I said, Lest I die for her.

And Abimelech said, What is this thou hast done unto us? One of the people might have lain with thy wife, and thou shouldest have brought guiltiness upon us.

And Abimelech charged all his people, saying, he that toucheth this man or his wife shall surely be put to death.

Then Isaac sowed in that land, and received in the same year a hundredfold:

This is the only place and the first place and the last place that we see this hundredfold theory that’s promulgated throughout the congregations.

Then Isaac sowed in that land and received in the same year a hundredfold:and the Lord blessed him.

Isaac sowed in the land and received in the same year a hundredfold because he not only supported the nation of Israel, he supported all of the land of Abimelech and they resented it.

And the man waxed great, and went forward, and grew until he became very great:

For he had possession of flocks, and possession of herds, and great store of servants: and the Philistines envied him.

Why? Because he was trading them food for their servants and flocks and their possessions, so they envied him. They actually hated him.

For all the wells which his father’s servants had digged in the days of Abraham his father, the Philistines had stopped them, and filled them with earth,

And Abimelech said unto Isaac, Go from us, for thou art much mightier than we.

Abimelech is afraid of Isaac. He knows that if he kills Isaac there’ll be some real serious trouble with G-d. So, instead of killing him, he tells Isaac to get out of there.

And Isaac departed thence, and pitched his tent in the valley of Gerer and dwelt there.

And Isaac digged again the wells of water, which they had digged in the days of Abraham his father: for the Philistines had stopped them after the death of Abraham and he called their names after the names which his father had called them.

And Isaac’s servants digged in the valley, and fond there a well of springing water.

And the herdmen of Gerer did strive with Isaac’s herdsmen, saying, This water is ours, and he called the name of the well Esek; and because they strove with him.

And they digged another well, and strove for that also; and called the name of it Sitnah.

And he removed from thence, and digged another well; and for that they strove not: and he called the name of it Rehoboth; and he said, For now the Lord hath made room for us and we shall be fruitful in the land.

In other words, Isaac said, “This is where I really belong, I don’t belong among the Philistines and this is G-d’s way of showing us that. He got us far enough away, so we’ll call it Rehoboth and we won’t have to strive for it. This is where the Lord wants us because He made room for us here.”

And he went up from thence to Beer-sheba.

And the Lord appeared unto him the same night, and said, I am the God of Abraham thy father: fear not, for I am with thee, and will bless thee, and multiply they seed for my servant Abraham’s sake.

For my servant Abraham’s sake - the faith of Abraham. That’s why we’re all in the Abrahamic Covenant, for the sake of His servant Abraham’s sake.

And he builded an altar there and called upon the name of the Lord and pitched his tent there: and there Isaac’s servants digged a well.

Then Abimelech went to him from Gerer, and Ahuzzath one of his friends, and Phicholm the chief captain of his army.

Remember this guy Phicholm? He was also the same guy who was there when Abraham made the covenant with Abimelech binding G-d’s name.

And Isaac said unto them, Wherefore come ye to me, seeing ye hate me, and have sent me away from you?

And they said, We saw certainly that the Lord was with thee: and we said, Let there be now an oath between us, even between us and thee, and let us make a covenant with thee:

That thou wilt do us no hurt, as we have not touched thee, and as we have done unto thee nothing but good, and have sent thee away in peace: thou art now the blessed of the Lord.

Now, understand that they’re right. They’ve done the right thing here and they’re not asking him to swear by G-d. He has a right to make a covenant with anybody he wants to but not in G-d’s name which would prevent G-d from getting in there and tearing the place apart if He wants to. Abraham bound G-d when he made his covenant with Abimelech.

And he made them a feast, and they did eat and drink.

And they rose up quickly in the morning, and sware one to another: and Isaac sent them away, and they departed from him in peace.

They swore to one another, period, not with G-d.

And it came to pass the same day, that Isaac’s servants came, and told him concerning the well, which they had digged, and said unto him, We have found water.

And he called it Shebah: therefore the name of the city is Beer-Sheba unto this day.

And Esau was forty years old when he took to wife Judith the daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and Bashemath the daughter of Elon the Hittite:

Which were a grief of mind unto Isaac and to Rebekah.

Well, they would be. Esau took unto himself a pagan woman against what his mother and father wanted him to do. He was forty years old which meant a whole new generation. A whole new time frame. A whole new thing that he was going to do.

We can go on and on and on and I can be beating a dead horse if you don’t understand that these people were real. These things were real. And you’re grafted into a Covenant that’s real. A real man’s name is attached to that Covenant. Abraham.

Go to Acts 15:11:

But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Yeshua Christ we shall be saved even as they.

Listen to this: These are the apostles and the disciples, we’re not talking about anybody coming in. They’re talking about not putting the yoke upon their own necks.

But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Yeshua Christ we shall be saved even as they.

We shall be saved? What is wrong with these people? Remember I talked to you about “be be-ing?” Remember when I talked to you about Paul saying to work out your salvation with fear and trembling? Well, this is “be be-ing” saved. We shall.

“Be being” is a constant process of salvation. You’re saved but it’s not saved, it’s “be be-ing saved.” Just like it’s “be be-ing “ healed. It doesn’t say that by His stripes you are healed, it says that by His stripes, you are “be be-ing” healed. And that’s why sometimes the process takes a while. Nowhere does it say you are healed, that’s only in the King James English and the English that’s taken from the King James. It says “be be-ing” and when you understand that in the salvation factor also, “be be-ing” saved is very important. Understand that that’s what they’re talking about here.

When you understand this kind of thing, when you start looking at Scriptures, you don’t go over them so quickly. And, they don’t throw you because you start saying, “What are these guys talking about?” It doesn’t throw you because it becomes easy to understand.

But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Yeshua Christ we shall be saved even as they.

We shall be saved - now for Paul and Barnabas to have to say “we shall be saved?” That isn’t what they said. They said “be be-ing saved, even as they.”

There are so many Hebraic and Jewish teachings here because these are Jews. G-d chose the Jew. And He chose them and dealt with them through their background and their tradition and their language. If you don’t understand that background and tradition and language, it is so difficult to teach you what is called the New Testament.

Yeshua walked this earth - Yashuat Elokeim - as a Jew. And, Praise G-d the huge dilemna, the separation that’s going on in the church today is not new. It happened in the first century and it’s recorded in the Book of Acts, 15th chapter, almost 2,000 years ago.

The most relevant problem in the church today is that G-d dealt with the Jew as a Jew with a Hebraic mindset. The words penned as the Bible are His Words given to a Hebraic mindset with all its prior knowledge and traditions, not written in Swaheli. Not written in English, written in Hebrew. And as we are told in Deuteronomy, we are to pass these traditions and knowledge to our children.

The human being’s concept of reality and not what the conceptual text shows as reality based on other knowledge in Hebraic tradition. We are not to be trained up by the dictates of a Greek mentality. A conceptual reality is not the same as a reality of a Greek mentality. Those who are limited to the Hellenistic mode of interpretation often find it difficult to go beyond what the immediate meaning gives - to go to the second level of interpretation.

The most relevant problem is that G-d dealt with the Jew as a Jew. I’ll keep saying it over and over again. When we see Yeshua using Remez, we can’t even conceive of what Remez is in English.

If I say to you, “We’ll be going to the White House,” immediately you think of the White House in Washington. You picture it in your mind, you know where it is. Not so, two centuries from now. They won’t understand any more than we understand what they meant 2,000 years ago without understanding the Hebraic mindset.

I think what happened in Acts 15 is extremely important. Whether they were right or wrong, I don’t know. G-d knew. G-d set it all up so that it would work anyway but look what it’s done. By not bringing the gentile believer - the nations that were promised of Abraham, not his seed but the nations that were promised to be the sons of Abraham - what has happened to them? Why didn’t they ever come into the Abrahamic Covenant the way they should have come in as believers?

What happened to them? Why did they never understand the Torah? Why did they not understand the Word of God? Why did they get it all mixed up with all this pagan garbage? Because they clung to their pagan roots and they rejected their Jewish roots.

Is it too late? No, it’s never too late. In fact, it’s easier now than it’s been for many centuries. Until now, the esoteric writings of the Jews were only in Hebrew and in Aramaic.

Now you can read them in English. You can get them on your computer. There’s no reason why you can’t find out who you are and what you’re supposed to be doing.

Boruch HaShem! (Praise the Name!)
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Rabbi Harvey Cohen has been serving the community's spiritual and physical needs through Bosko Ministries since 1983.


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