JEW AND GENTILE, ONE IN MESSIAH, PART 1, 05.12.18
Tree of Life (TLV) Translation of the Bible. Copyright © 2015 by The Messianic Jewish Family Bible Society.
Rabbi Cal Goldberg, Beth Shechinah Congregation, Message From The Bema, 28.10.17, Lekh Lekha: Go Forth! Two Covenants, Posted on 31 Oct 2017, Pastor: Rabbi Calev Goldberg
Rabbi Cal Goldberg, Beth Shechinah Congregation, Message From The Bema, 20.10.18, Lekh Lekha: Go Forth Avraham, The Father of Faith, Posted on 23 Oct 2018, Pastor: Rabbi Calev Goldberg http://www.bethshechinah.com/sermon/go-forth-avraham-rabbi-cal-goldberg/ .
From Abraham evolved a Jewish people/nation; through Abraham was birthed all adopted sons and daughters of the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, for “you are all sons of God through trusting in Messiah Yeshua. For all of you who were immersed in Messiah have clothed yourselves with Messiah. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female—for you are all one in Messiah Yeshua. And if you belong to Messiah, then you are Abraham’s seed—heirs according to the promise” (Gal.3:26-29); and “if children, also heirs—heirs of God and joint-heirs with Messiah—if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him” (Rom.8:17).
“Abraham was not Jewish; he was a Gentile. . . . . from Adam to Abraham, there were no Jewish people. It was God’s plan to take a man and create a nation, and to take one nation, and redeem the world,” states Rabbi Cal Goldberg; “No man is more respected in faith than the man, Abraham, the founder and father of the nation of Israel” (Goldberg, Message from the Bema, 28.10.17). Upon this foundation was built our faith in Messiah, whether Jew or Gentile. “Therefore, keep in mind that once you—Gentiles in the flesh—were called “uncircumcision” by those called “circumcision” . . . . you were separate from Messiah, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope . . . . now in Messiah Yeshua, you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of the Messiah . . . . made the two into one and broke down the middle wall of separation . . . . He did this in order to create within Himself one new man from the two groups” (Eph.2:11-15).
“It was through Abraham’s faith that God accomplished His purposes, and it is through our faith, that God will accomplish His purpose in our life as well,”(Message From The Bema, 20.10.18), Goldberg teaches. “Faith is trusting God when it doesn’t make any sense. . . . By faith, Abraham being called to a place not known to him. . . the Lord told Abraham to leave his past behind,” (http://www.bethshechinah.com/sermon/go-forth-avraham-rabbi-cal-goldberg/), promising him that he would create from him a great nation. When God promised to multiply Abraham as the stars, “God was not just talking about physical descendants, but all the nations and peoples who would come to believe . . ..” The disciples in Acts recalled what God had begun through Abraham when “Stephen declared, “Brothers and fathers, listen. The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham when he was in Mesopotamia, before he lived in Haran. He said to him, ‘Leave your country and your relatives, and come here to the land that I will show you.’ Then he left the land of the Chaldeans . . . . God moved him to this land . . . He gave him no inheritance in it—not even a foothold—yet He promised ‘to give it to him as a possession to him and to his descendants after him,’ even though he had no child” (Acts 7:2-5).
“Faith that hasn’t been tested, can’t be trusted,” Goldberg asserts. “All God’s people will have trials to test their faith, the question is, how do we handle the tests when they come?” (http://www.bethshechinah.com/sermon/go-forth-avraham-rabbi-cal-goldberg/).
“God’s call on Abraham parallels Yeshua’s call to His followers. Just as Abraham was called out, we too, have been called out . . . come out from among them . . .. we are to be separate, to be pure, and to be holy. We are called to be in this world, but not of it”(Col.3:1-3).
“Get going out from your land, and from your relatives, and from your father’s house, to the land that I will show you. My heart’s desire is to make you into a great nation, to bless you, to make your name great so that you may be a blessing. My desire is to bless those who bless you, but whoever curses you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth will be blessed. So Abram went, just as Adonai had spoken to him” (Gen. 12:1-4), the Abrahamic Covenant, the most important Covenant in all the Torah, the foundation for all the future covenants, was thereby formed. We can see how the promises encased within this covenant, include both Jew and Gentile right from the beginning. Afterall, Abraham was not yet considered a Jew; he was a Gentile. Secondly, within the covenant promise are the words, “My desire is to bless those who bless you . . . . in you all the families of the earth will be blessed” which intends for the promises to be extended to those who would bless Abraham and his descendants, whether Jew or Gentile.
God promises that Abraham’s barren wife, Sarah, will have a son, even at her old age: “I am the Lord! There is nothing too difficult for me. I’ll come back next year at the time I promised, and Sarah will already have a son” (Gen.18:14). But Sarah became impatient and decided to take matters into her own hands, using her maid, Hagar, as a surrogate mother, “So Sarai said to Abram, “Look now, Adonai has prevented me from having children. Go, please, to my slave-girl. Perhaps I’ll get a son by her” (Gen.16:2). Of course we know that Sarah eventually gave birth herself, to her own son, Isaac . . . .. .
Out of this came the conflicted situation of Isaac and Ishmael, which continues today. “What we see in the natural is a picture of what is happening in the spiritual realm . . . . there is constant conflict between the children of God and the children of darkness . . . . and there is a constant battle between the flesh and the Spirit, a battle of the mind, every day of our lives,” teaches Goldberg, Rabbi of Calgary’s only Messianic Congregation, Beth Shechinah. “Those who live according to the Ruach set their minds on the things of the Ruach. For the mindset of the flesh is death, but the mindset of the Ruach is life and shalom. For the mindset of the flesh is hostile toward God, for it does not submit itself to the law of God—for it cannot. So those who are in the flesh cannot please God” (Rom.8:5-8).
“21 Tell me, you who want to be under Torah, don’t you understand the Torah?
22 For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by the slave woman and one by the free woman.
23 But one—the son by the slave woman—was born naturally; while the other—the son by the free woman—was through the promise.
24 Now these things are being treated allegorically, for these are two covenants. One is from Mount Sinai, giving birth to slavery—this is Hagar.
25 But this Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia and corresponds to the present Jerusalem, for she is in slavery along with her children.
26 But the Jerusalem above is free—she is our mother”
Goldberg says of the above set of passages: “Traditionally this allegory has been wrongly interpreted. . . . Most believers believe that Paul is speaking about law and grace . . . that Hagar represents the law/Torah, which leads man into bondage; that Sarah and Isaac represent the covenant of grace which leads us into freedom. It places Torah and Grace in opposition to one another.” He explains the extent of these errors: “Most christians today teach that the Torah was in effect until Messiah came, and then it was abolished. As Messianic believers we find this very disturbing . . . we battle with this all the time, because it contradicts the Word of Yeshua Who said He did not come to abolish the Torah but to fulfill it. And this view contradicts many other passages in the Bible that say that Torah is everlasting.” Here he quotes 1 Pet.1:23-25: “You have been born again—not from perishable seed but imperishable—through the living and enduring word of God. For, “All humanity is like grass, And all its glory like a wildflower. The grass withers, and the flower falls off, But the word of the Lord endures forever.” And this is the word that was proclaimed as Good News to you.” Goldberg points out that Peter was obviously basing his statements on the Words from Torah, for there was as yet, no New Testament.
“Then why the Torah? It was added because of wrongdoings until the Seed would come—to whom the promise had been made” (Gal.3:19). This Scripture is often misunderstood, also, says Goldberg: “The Torah was given to point us to our sin and to point us to Messiah.” Counter to what is taught by most christians, who teach that now that Messiah has come, the Law is no longer required, for Messiah is the end of the law, interpreted from: “Messiah is the goal of the Torah as a means to righteousness for everyone who keeps trusting” (Rom.10:4).
“Jew and Gentile, One in Messiah, Part 2” will be concluded in tomorrow’s Study Topic.
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