Section XIV: God’s Testamentary Trust For Humans

We should certainly expect that even more understanding was lost in the intervening 20 centuries, and take the time to study this out.

The Bible declares its main message right at the dawn of human history: After God made all things “good,” everything went bad

As reported in Genesis 1:2, this started at the dawn of creation. God’s plan to combat the destructive Forces of Darkness opposed to Light and Life was to make man in his image and likeness and put mankind in charge (Genesis 1:26)

And then the Woman caved in to the fallen angel’s lie that she could break away from the source of Life. By doing so, she effectively “submitted to him as her lord / authority and master“, and gave away her  dominion to him. This is AKA worship and serve a false god.

In order for everything to be made right again, God designed a plan to rescue humanity and the broken world from sin’s corruptions. 

I like the organization from which I quote the above passage and I mainly agree with their theology. but I don’t find this statement consistent with scripture. God did not design the battle plan to save the world in response to the woman’s action.

“hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began.” (Titus 1:2) 

I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel. (Gen. 3:15)

These emblematic words…establish the theme for the rest of Scripture. From this point forward, the great battle unfolds between the offspring of Satan (his evil forces) and the [singular] offspring of the woman (God’s appointed Redeemer), and the outcome of the conflict is certain: Satan will wound the Redeemer (“bruise his heel”), but the Redeemer will deal Satan a mortal blow (“he shall bruise your head”).

The Bible uses a basic teaching technique of starting with a known truth to logically and irrefutably deduce unobservable, or more complex, truths, as is done in geometry.

Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine?For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:(Isaiah 28:9-10) 

So, like with geometry, let’s back out of Hebrews 4 to its solid knowledge base in Hebrews 1 and build “precept upon precept” from there.

The biblical writers pack a lot of information in every sentence. I’m going to hyperfocus on the essential points for this issue, but if the reader feels I’m hiding anything to prove an invalid point, by all means go through the entire passage.

  • God, who…spake in time pastby the prophetsHath in these last days, spoken unto us by his Son / Prophet 
  • whom he hath appointed heir of all things / King of the universe
  • Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person / Representative / Priest 
  • Being made so much better than the angels,
    • as he hath by inheritance / a grant obtained a more excellent name / title / position than they.
  • For [in essence, he never said to an angel (think Lucifer) Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten / declared thee…I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son.
    • [On the contrary] when he bringeth in the first begotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him…
  • For unto the angels hath he not put in subjection the world to come…
    • But…manthou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands:” (Hebrews 1-2)

This passage can only apply to Jesus the Christ in reference to the first human, proven by a quote from a Psalm written a thousand years before Jesus Christ made his appearance and his unique salvation ministry known. 

  • “O LORD, our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens.
  • Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.
  • What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?
  • For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.
  • Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:
  • All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field;
  • The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas.” (Psalm 8)

Back to Hebrews:

one in a certain place testified, saying, What is man, that thou art mindful of him? or the son of man that thou visitest him?

  • Thou madest him a little lower than the angels;
  • thou crownedst him with glory and honour,
  • and didst set him over the works of thy hands:
  • Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet…But now we see not yet all things put under him.

Because the partner of Man, the Woman, subjected herself to the Adversary

“But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.” (Hebrews 2:6-9)

The writer of Hebrews can only prove that Jesus is the promised Seed of the Woman by proving that he is not only the Son of God but also the Son of Man. And this is where the above mentioned quote comes into play. Jesus the Christ fulfilled the promise made that the Seed of the Woman would destroy the Death Angel. In other words, a human being.

What is taken for granted in 20th century Christianity was not in the 1st century. The idea that the human Jesus became immortal upon resurrection was a huge religious hurdle for both monotheistic Jews and pagan Gentiles.

The writer of Hebrews is pressing the point that Jesus of Nazareth can only be the Christ because he is a humanthe replacement Seed of the Woman for the first Adam who originally “knew no sin.” This was clearly understood by the Jewish believers and is explicitly stated elsewhere.

“And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.” (I Corinthians 15:45)

As covered more thoroughly in the post In Earth As In Heaven: ” a child became a son or daughter… through acknowledgement or election by the father.

The father also controls the distribution of inheritance of his children, granting the controlling share of physical and power resources, not according to birth order or maternal status, but to the son who has proven his commitment to the family enterprise, and ability to carry out the father’s legacy as the CEO.

In other words, the Melchizedek.

As he saith also in another place, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec. Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec. Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec. (Hebrews 5-7)

A bit repetitive? No. Emphatic. Definitely making a point.

A religious order is a group of men and women who choose to live under certain religious vows set by the leader of that religion.

We understand that the Nazarites were an order

Judaism can be understood as an order of YHVH, serving a particular purpose, without having their order’s specific restrictions being the only religion / way to be accepted by YHVH.

Followers of YHVH’s Savior / Yeshua / Jesus are designated as such as well. 

The letter to the Hebrews relies on the its readership to understand they are an order.

In all cases, the function of their order is to “shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light” which is the way to acceptance by YHVH to an eternal relationship of life with him. (I Peter 2:9)

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