The Jewish Passover & Why it’s Meant for the Whole World

@ROliverLuce | 04-18-17

Here’s a question! What do you think “Passover” means? Yes, the first PASSOVER was about saving the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt. It’s about how Adonai delivered the Israelites. It’s about the death of every living first born of every human family. However, it’s MORE than just that!

It’s about God slowly & progressively revealing His gracious love for ALL of the Humanity! It’s also about Adonai gradually moving the Hebrews into action in reaching out with the Word of God to the nations of the Earth about God’s eternal plan of hope and salvation from man’s dilemma of error and ruin. Even with each country’s creation and version of law they established, sin came anyway. Sin is the result of knowing a culture’s laws and breaking them at any rate! No matter what is set (laws) each nation experienced sin in greater and great measure. The increase in sin was also Israel’s problem as well with Adonai’s laws because of their willful disobedience to God’s law of graciousness and His love!

Thus Man’s only hope and salvation is through God’s Covenant with man/woman. God loves all and wants everyone to accept His gracious love when they choose rightly. God first loved us, and He shows His love FIRST that we might choose His graciousness that brings hope! This knowledge is given to the Jews that they might learn His ways and go out and cover the Earth and the seas with the knowledge of His law of graciousness and love that God was progressively giving to them!

In explaining how Passover and Covenant are related, I want to bring up scripture to point this out just what that connection is!

Without Passover, there is no Covenant.

The following scripture in a summary will show the progressive revelation of God’s Covenant and the Passover that will seal the deal on His Covenant of Salvation!

Genesis 3:14, 15 Regarding the Serpent; God will put enmity between the Serpent and the woman, and between the Serpent’s seed and her seed, and we know that women naturally do not produce seed as men do. [TOL, pg08] *[1]

Genesis 15:17, 18 God shows Abraham His Covenant through a dream with the promise of land for his and his seed’s inheritance. [TOL, pg22]

Genesis 17:1-19 God now makes His Covenant with Abraham and promises to confirm it with a son through Abraham’s wife! [We can take this as a type and shadow of the Messiah (God) confirming and sealing the deal on His own Covenant He has made with Abraham, and with Israel, and everyone whosoever will accept God’s graciousness into their lives! We are Abraham’s seed by decree from Adonai! [TOL, pg24]

Finally, with Adonai’s Covenant, there can be a hope and a future for all of  mankind; For everyone! Thus the resulting in a great outreach to the nations with this fantastic hope and a future for all the nations beginning with Israel.

Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans that I have in mind for you,” declares Adonai, “plans for shalom (peace) and not calamity—to give you a future and a hope.” [TOL, pg546]

Israel! God’s Witnesses to the Nations!

That all nations might be saved through obedience to His law of graciousness and love that is common to the various nations and cultures of the Earth! The Hebraic vision, that Adonai has given, will do this!

A simple example of Israel’s mission in teaching the Word of Life to the nations!

And here’s an example how Israel acts in wisdom by hearing the Word of God in every circumstance in life! To even teach the Word of the living graciousness of God!

1Chronicles 12:33(32) from the sons of Issachar—men who know how to interpret the signs of the times to determine what Israel should do! [TOL, pg982]

A simple example of why Israel was chosen by Adonai to reach out to the nations!

Deuteronomy 7:5-7(6-8) Adonai did not choose Israel because of their size or greatness in the Earth but because they were the least of all. As He showed His love towards Israel there was always a remnant that responded! [TOL, pg213]

Israel is to be Adonai’s Servant Nation to the nations!

Isaiah 43:8 – 13 Israel is my witnesses to the ends of the Earth!
“Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.” ~Isaiah 43:10 [TOL, pg486]

Therefore, whatever Passover means to Israel must also mean hope and salvation to the nations as well!

Genesis 12:3 Adonai shall bless those who bless you, but will curse those who curse you, Israel. For in you, Israel, all the families of the Earth SHALL BE BLESSED! [TOL, pg18]

Exodus 19:4 – 6 Jews becoming kings and priests for Adonai that they may teach the nations the way of peace through the only God, Adonai who is the god of wisdom and hope. [TOL, pg93]

Concluding!

Thus the Jewish Passover was and is meant for the Whole World, but this does not mean Jewish culture and certain ‘added protective’ Mosaic laws are meant for the other nations, except how to accept God’s LAW of graciousness within the context of their cultures.

[1] TOL means Tree of Life bible version.

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The Spirit of the Tithe that Makes the Difference in Catching the Vision of Giving

~ROliverLuce | 02-02-16

Question:
Why is it God’s people only get excited towards ‘giving’ and ‘tithing’ when they are whipped into an emotional type frenzy.

What seems to be the usual, is that well-meaning pastors usually believe in whipping up emotions that are always seemingly from the Holy Spirit. These pastors would do this by simply emphasizing, too much so, the promises of tithing and giving in their church bodies for the cause to have their members give into the work of the Lord, their churches. This seems to happen worldwide and especially in American churches and fellowships today?

Answer:
What are we missing when ‘giving’ and ‘tithing’ are only brought up in this particular way in emphasizing the so-called emotional Holy Spirit to move us to give without knowing the Lord and His love and grace?

Instead are we missing the real motivation and how to give from a generous and gracious heart that our God would inspire into our hearts for real action from the Spirit?

We must be motivated by the Word that is the real motivational factor here. This also means the leaders of every church must be walking in obedience and be true prayer warriors for their members who they watch over.

Us believers who follow Yeshua are liable to be destroyed from a lack of vision from not knowing the Word of Truth, the Word of Wisdom, the Word of God! We are destroyed by not being taught the Word, how to intercede in prayer, and how to walk out our salvation from the Word daily.

Finally:
Thus, if our motivation isn’t to JUST GET BACK BLESSINGS when we give then what shall we say?

Then we can say this: The “give and it shall be given to you” PRINCIPLE is to be our REWARD and not our MOTIVATION then. But in order to do this without doing it from the flesh is to SEEK THE KINGDOM FIRST and all these things that you need will FOLLOW! We do well to remember Luke 6.38 is not the motivation but only the reward of obedience and trust. We must keep our focus always on HIM even when we are poor or rich because HE will always meet our needs.

We also are reminded that the TITHE belongs to God and that everything we have and ourselves belong to God as well. To give back a tenth is to realize we are allowing God to bless the rest (the nine tenths).

Our God wants us to catch the vision of giving and NOT the vision of getting. And without the Word of God’s inspiration of The Holy Spirit, we will not GET IT.

Without the power of the Word and the Holy Spirit, we will not have the natural spiritual inclination and power to be at rest and not fearing for our needs. He will take care of us if we trust! Trust!! And this is our attitude: Deuteronomy 15:10. And attitudes are very spiritual if some of us haven’t noticed that yet. The physical can never be divorced from the spiritual.

It’s not a Focus on the Law, Rather it’s a Focus on His Love

~@ROliverLuce

It’s not a focus on the law! Rather it’s through our focus on God’s love that we are able to keep Torah.

The Ten Commandments came that the Jews would be exposed to their need for God’s love which had been gradually revealed to their slow understanding as a nation!

Of course there were always a remnant of every generation that would ‘get it’; There were those (the remnant) who would understand God’s forgiveness and love in a limited way, i.e. those who could understand (however still clouded) that it was not the animal sacrifices that covered their sins, but it was their heart, their faith, their trust in God’s Word through obedience in making animal sacrifices to God.  This limited view was clouded through their still focus on the law perhaps! The real sacrifices would come through our repentance and change of heart through believing God’s Word that also does lead to obedience in the terms of God’s covenant! As we grow in Him we learn to become more responsible through the power of His love and forgiveness.

But through the coming of the commandments it was shown flesh & blood could not, and cannot, keep all of the law (Torah & 10 commandments) much less most of them all the time.

The Father’s Covenant of Love (Genesis 15:17) is the secret through the one who came to SEAL IT (Covenant) with HIS once & for all blood-sacrifice to satisfy ‘The Law of Sin and Death’ that we might become free through accepting that Sacrifice into our hearts with repentance.

HE did come, really, to show the way to God’s love and how to walk in HIS grace-wisdom.

Now, Jesus did not come to abolish the Torah nor its 10 commandments but rather to fulfill it all with His first coming. And that through Him the law (Torah and commandments) could be kept through HIS power of love that would be in them (that’s us); that is through HIS power and His Holy Inspiration (the Holy Spirit) it can happen for a surety!

Free Will is about Love; Without Free Will there is No Relationship

~@ROliverLuce | 04-27-15

Calvinism in Christianity was born in the midst of European Catholicism and became part of America’s Christian foundation in the beginning. Our forefathers heeded the Lord in those days but have since then we are learning from the scriptures and the revelation of God in nature that God is a relational Lord who loves us so, even as a hurricane!

The Chief Reason why “free will” is important to God is attitude and the acceptance of His Covenant Word. For without a receptive and a repenting attitude and a willingness to accept God’s Covenant Word, His Son, there is only the rejection of God’s love and there is no salvation without blood. Blood was the payment for the law of sin & death to be released so we can be free through His payment.

So God showed His love by paying this debt. And it must be said, love can never be dictated nor demanded a relationship. God, after all, is the author of what relationships are supposed to mean!

Law and judgment are that cause alone, the dictating of righteousness to ensure it is the rule. And that rule is the requirement that the law of sin and death be fulfilled for which God did demonstrate His love through His Son dying to pay that debt of the law of sin and death.  So, again, we might be saved from it and thereby doing it with a willing Spirit through the promise and the encouragement of His living Word!

Therefore, it is up to the inheritors of salvation to believe, to accept, and to receive the gift that was paid! A gift of salvation free of the law of sin and death.

Who are the inheritors? Those of us who have been born on the earth. We have that choice between the spirit of life (salvation from ourselves) or the spirit of death (separation from God) for eternity.

And with all this said. It’s the Father’s Covenant that is dependent on our agreement to accept a gift of God’s living Word. That Word sealed a deal on His only Covenant that we might accept His way and not find our own way, to god, in knowing the difference between good and evil. Always searching for a set of laws that we might lean back and enjoy our self-created righteousness and joys without God’s presence and help.

Covenant Building for the Coming Messiah for Whosoever will Trust & Obey

~ROliverLuce | 04-17-15

Covenant building is covenant obedience and walking in partnership with the one who freely gave us a way out of our sin and degradation! A Covenant of Promise we can choose to trust and enter for our own Spiritual well-being for eternal life or for a spiritual death for all eternity without God if we choose our own way to god.

Obedience to the Father’s (God’s) Covenant is from our Spirit with His spiritual encouragement and promises. Because it is not through the flesh which seems to always boast itself in pride and bolster itself above others!

In Covenant, we are to grow in the knowledge and wisdom of God through the obedience to His Covenant of promise & salvation that comes through wisdom & the living Word from the mouth of our Father God!

So, when we walk by the Spirit we are walking by faith, which is trust, thereby walking in our new Covenant Robe; We do put on His righteousness which is from His Word of Truth with our obedience from our Spirit! But never do we do so from our own boastful prideful flesh. We get our righteousness from the 2nd Adam: Yeshua’s heal was wounded when He crushed Satan’s head, crushing his authority over the man.

Therefore, if we walk habitually with continuous action by the Spirit we will no longer fulfill the lust of the flesh nor the pride of life. From this view we are no longer slaves of sin but now slaves of righteousness by our obedience that turns to slavery in righteousness for we are now brothers with the Son of God who is the firstborn of many brothers but without sin. HE is the one who came to SHOW the way!

Ref: Galatians 5:16

Faith & Works from God’s Word of Promise

~ROliverLuce | 03-21-15

In Galatians 2, it has been said we are justified by faith and not by our works nor by our works of the law either. We do believe this! So to put further light on this subject so that we might walk in victory, for whose of us who put our Trust in our God and the Lord Jesus the Christ, let me bring up something the Apostle James has written and has taught centuries ago now in the ReNewed Covenant (formerly known as the New Testament)!

Faith does come from God’s Word and it does produce works (if we choose to act) from our Spirit, even from HIS inspiration, HIS Holy Spirit inspiration!!

But we do know, the works from the flesh and of the law do not save us!
On the other hand faith without works is dead which means there is a work that saves and there are works of the law (that saves) if we know that the law only points us to faith and trust in the Truth. And Truth is a Person!
And if we have Faith that comes of the Word of Promise then our works must come from our faith, our trust from our spirit RATHER than originate from our flesh or the law that we might even boast of our own selves without considering that God is our provision and help and not we of ourselves.

James 2:14-26 NASB
(14) What use is it, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but he has no works? Can that faith save him?
(15) If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food,
(16) and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and be filled,” and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that?
(17) Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself.
(18) But someone may well say, “You have faith and I have works; show me your faith without the works, and I will show you my faith by my works.”
(19) You believe that God is one. You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder.
(20) But are you willing to recognize, you foolish fellow, that faith without works is useless?
(21) Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up Isaac his son on the altar?
(22) You see that faith was working with his works, and as a result of the works, faith was perfected;
(23) and the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “AND ABRAHAM BELIEVED GOD, AND IT WAS RECKONED TO HIM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS,” and he was called the friend of God.
(24) You see that a man is justified by works and not by faith alone.
(25) In the same way, was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out by another way?

(26) For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.

Covenant! God’s proof of His Love. Why do Some give up Their Heritage for Soup?

~R.OliverLuce | 11-15-14

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Our Creator Father God first loved us!! Why would we give up our heritage to live in His love for a bowl of soup?  It’s our old nature (our body) that has to be controlled/balanced by our spirits. Everyday is a walk of trust as we GROW in His knowledge & wisdom, & love to over come our old nature. Everyday we must continue to trust God in this world which is ruled by an Adversary (The Devil) who hates God’s inheritors of salvation and is jealous of us in receiving God’s love.

So I contend! As it says in Deut. 4:31 God’s merciful covenant is proof He will be there for us always! His covenant is PROOF we have a Father we can always TRUST!
Even if we walk away willfully and strongly because of other gods we may be running after, we can still come back to Him through repentance! We are accepted again into His love for our deliverance (salvation) again from our sinful selves! WE may break (willfully& strongly) His covenant, His heart, but HE never will. To walk away from His love for another god does have terrible consequences.

But of course, GOD’s door will always be open when we come back to HIM and HE will again throw a HUGE FEAST for our return no matter!!! For our deliverance (salvation) from our old man is through His Covenant of love (His proof to us) which His WORD of PROMISE (Jesus) sealed the deal on that contract! We need to grow our SPIRITS in love towards our Father in Heaven that our SPIRITS will RULE over our natural appetites, bodies that we can glorify God during our time on Earth which is a certain time of decision for all eternity.

Scripture references:
Deut. 4:31; Gen.15:17; John 3:16

Yom Kippur and Genesis 15:17

Yom Kippur: It’s central themes were and ARE atonement and repentance.
~R.OliverLuce | 10-05-14

Prior to Yom Kippur God made a deal with the first Jew, namely Abraham (whom you might even call the first Christian if you will, looking forward to the coming savior) regarding atonement & repentance.

God made a deal with Abram, who became Abraham, with HIS Covenant of salvation by God the Father and the “Spirit of Truth” (H.S.) passing through the pieces of the sacrifice on the alter, that would and does take away Abram’s sins (and ours!). If Abraham believed and accepted God’s “Word of Promise” (Jesus the Christ) regarding this covenant God made with him He would have a hope and a future. And we know that Abraham did so, and walked with God by trust.

So we can say Jesus was the pieces of flesh on that alter God used to pass through with His very own SPIRIT OF TRUTH which is the Holy Spirit (Gen.15:17). And as we all know today, Jesus came at the right time and died on a stake to seal that deal to show the world of God’s Word is trustworthy!! God’s covenant covers our sin. Nothing else will do.

Reference:
According to Jewish tradition, God inscribes each person’s fate for the coming year into a book, the Book of Life, on Rosh Hashanah, and waits until Yom Kippur to “seal” the verdict.

Password to the Kingdom of God

~R.OliverLuce | 09-30-14

There is a password you must KNOW. When God’s hears it HE will make it possible for you to enter His REST. And His REST is righteousness and wisdom in His Kingdom and sin can not have place. For God will only make it possible for you and I to enter His REST, His Kingdom through a Word of promise He has made! For God will never renege on His Word of promise, and that Word is JESUS the anointed one above all anointings in the world! Jesus the Christ is the one who sealed the DEAL, on a stake, for His Father’s Covenant of covering, of salvation from sin that makes it POSSIBLE for GOD to allow any one of us to enter His Kingdom! If we look on HIS word of promise we are saved from ourselves! Remember the stake with the snake on it, whom Moses told the Jews to simply look upon it and be saved from their plight! And many refused to look.

What is that password you ask?

That password is your WORD of trust (faith) in accepting God’s Word. It’s much more than just a password. It is an attitude, a behavior of TRUST & ACCEPTANCE of His love; A love from GOD to be LORD over our heart every day. Let me call it THE LAW OF CHRIST. And there is “The Spirit of Truth” that will empower you and I to obey God’s law of justice through God’s living Word. For God is a god of justice and by His very nature sin can not enter His REST except through His promise.

Certainly, no other can claim they are God. For The Spirit of Truth spells doom for all of them in the END.

The Mystery of the Will of Man

~R.OliverLuce | 09-26-14

The mystery of the will of man, the only wonder in the universe that God understands and allows. As He has done through HIS living Word by empting Himself of His lordship to live among us as an example like many of His previous revelations and acts of His character and love. It’s through Abraham and His descendants HE had chosen to reveal His plan of salvation for all mankind. It began with God finding Abraham’s heart was righteous before Him with an attitude of seeking the ‘Spirit of Truth!’

For only the living God, the living Father understands what He had created for His own purposes. And HE still is creating more sons and daughters who are to be His inheritors of HIS Kingdom through their will in seeking THE ‘Spirit of Truth.’ God the Father is no longer in the business of creating more angels, but more free sons and daughters for THE Kingdom!

It is the will of man whom God has created and has called, to not intervene nor control in the entire universe! He is a God of ‘no respecter of persons.’   For everyone who been called by God to enter the world ARE the inheritors of His salvation of which angels, with no freewill of their own, have tried to understand! Only those sons and daughters who have all been called through birth are called by the Will of God through their repentance. God chooses those who have repented of their sins and accept His Word of Life Jesus the example into their lives as Lord!