Understanding Bible Covenants! Part 4 Israel’s New Husband
(Ver 1.1) Obviously by the title I have more great controversial topics to discuss today. We have been discussing Bible covenants in some new terms using scriptures in the Bible that many have not seen before. I know this is a very deep subject and the complexities are vast. It is a very hard thing to accept new things when they are first revealed. I believe the natural human tendency is to reject the new, to fear the new, to not believe the new, because we trust in our old understanding so much more. The problem is that the majority of Christians do not have a clue what the Bible really says. Learning always involves growing in understanding. That implies an ever increasing knowledge base. Building on what we learned yesterday from what we learn today. Therefore learning involves change. Being flexible and open is a key to growing with God. In my last blog I went into Old Testament verses that reveal the law of marriage and divorce. If you have not been following this series from the beginning, I would strongly suggest that you go back and start with Part 1 Covenants and Marriage.
In my last blog I talked about Israel being divorced from God. Then I had also given you several scriptures that strongly implied that Israel is now married to another spiritual being. This means that this spiritual being is now in covenant with the law. Why was this necessary? Why would God want to get someone under the law? How would God accomplish such a task? These are all important questions to consider. But first let’s determine if this is even possible? Here are some interesting verses from the Old Testament:
Isa 28:14 Wherefore hear the word of the LORD, ye scornful men, that rule this people which is in Jerusalem.
We can clearly see who these next words of God are addressing by looking at verse 14 and seeing that God is speaking directly to the rulers of Jerusalem. This is the earthly city Jerusalem and God is speaking directly to the men that ruled that city. These were the old covenant people that God was married to. So what does this next verse say?
Isa 28:15 Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves:
We can again clearly see covenant words of marriage in regards to the natural nation of Israel. This time it says that these people are in covenant with death and hell. That prospective doesn’t sound very good, does it? Who does the New Testament say had the power over death? This verse in Hebrews should help you:
Heb 2:14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;
So we can see from what God says in Hebrews that Satan held the power of death in the Old Testament. We can therefore conclude that if Israel was in covenant with death and hell, that would mean they were in covenant with Satan. What does Jesus have to say about these Old Testament verses in Isaiah 28?
Mat 23:15 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.
We can see by this statement that Jesus implies these people in Jerusalem were married to a spiritual being that made them the children of hell. This implies a covenant relationship or marriage between a husband and a wife that has produced children of hell. Are you following these statements? Parents have children, produce families, establish households. Basic physical biology dictates that a male and a female participate in order to produce children. If Israel is the woman who can have children, that was married to God, then who is the husband and the father in this relationship? Remember that it always takes two to tango. Jesus often times asked, if you don’t understand natural things, how will you ever understand spiritual things? So apparently these natural things are patterns into spiritual things so that we can understand them. Here is another statement of Jesus to the natural nation of Israel:
Joh 8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do.
Did you see what Jesus said to the natural nation of Israel? He said that they were children of their father and that their father was the devil. This makes it almost impossible for you not to realize that in order for them to be Satan’s children, Satan must be in covenant and married to Israel. What we see is the identity of the male in the covenant relationship to the natural nation of Israel being the female. A simple husband and wife relationship that has produced children. These are of course spiritual and not natural children. We know that Satan like God is a spiritual being. We can conclude that because God can be married to Israel any spiritual being can be married to Israel, it is only logical.
Why Was the Law Given to Israel?
Let’s change subjects a bit here and continue by asking what was the purpose of God giving the law? Why was the law given to Israel in the first place? I have heard many say it was to show man how bad they were and to show that they were incapable of living up to God’s standard of excellence. I do not deny that could be a part of the purpose of the law. But, I have found that when God does something He usually accomplishes more than one thing at a time. Humans tend to focus on getting one thing done at a time. But I have learned from being a computer programmer, that the true power occurs when you are able to accomplish many tasks simultaneously. Here is a verse that will help to shed some light on this subject of why God gave Israel the law:
Rom 7:7 What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.
Here we begin to see some major clues to why God gave the law to Israel. It is a lot like our laws that our government makes for us to follow. You see there was a time when child pornography was not against the law. But did that make it right or OK to participate in? Of course not. But the government could not do anything about the people who participated in this until they passed a law. People were free to do wrong because there were no consequences for their error and stupidity. Does that help to clear up the reason for God giving Israel the law? You see in this verse in Romans, it says we would not have known sin except that we were given the law. I sometimes wonder if people read the Bible and never think about how these words apply to other spiritual beings like Satan or Lucifer as he was called originally? Thinking and asking questions is absolutely essential when studying the Bible. We know from Old Testament verses that sin was found in Lucifer (Eze 28:15), but according to Romans, if you don’t know the law then you can’t face the consequences for your sin. Do you understand what I just said? God could not enforce Satan’s punishment without first getting him under the law. To be under the law means that you know the law and are in covenant with that law or in covenant to those people who are in charge of keeping the law. These are truly amazing things to consider. Here is another very important verse on our current subject of why God gave Israel the law:
Rom 3:19 Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.
Wow, these are powerful words when we apply them to Satan. In order to stop Satan’s mouth and cause him to be found guilty he must be put under the law. Are you still following this? The implication is given unless you are under the law, you cannot be found guilty and you will not face any punishment for your sin. I know God is a just God and in whatever He does, He does it in a fair and impartial legal way. God applies the same principles and requirements to everyone, everywhere, including Himself or He would be showing favoritism and we should know that He does not do that.
Is Israel in Covenant with Satan?
I just gave you the foundation for why it was necessary to get Satan to be in covenant with the natural nation of Israel. Before that I also gave you several statements that Jesus made to Israel that would imply they were in covenant with Satan. We can now continue to analyze if this is what the Bible says happened. I’ll do this by going back to some scriptures that I used in an earlier blog. But hopefully bring out some new information that will help us to see what God is saying on this subject of is Israel married to another man?
Gal 4:22 For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman.
If you recall this verse, you can see two women being referenced. The first woman is the bond woman and the other is said to be the free woman. Abraham is a type or pattern of God. These women are patterns of the wives in covenant with God. These woman represent two covenants as we will see in this next verse:
Gal 4:24 Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar.
You see in this verse that God says these two women are allegorical and represent a greater spiritual truth. In Biblical Allegory, God always uses a real historical natural occurrence to describe a parallel spiritual reality. Most of the time if you read this story in the Old Testament you would not have a clue how it relates to the spiritual truth. However, since God gives us a specific example of how He encoded this information into the Bible in these verses in Galatians, we can begin to understand how this is possible. This is a very tricky method that God has chosen to hide these spiritual mysteries in the Bible. The bond woman is said to be Hagar and she corresponds to the law given to Moses on Mt Sinai. So Hagar is in bondage to the law and she gives birth to a child after the flesh. Hagar is the natural nation of Israel and the earthly city of Jerusalem. This is in direct contrast to Sarah, the free woman who gives birth to the promised child after Hagar. Who do you think the promise child represents? Of course it is Jesus Christ, the risen savior. However, Hagar who represents the natural Israel, gives birth to Jesus of Nazareth the man after the flesh. But, Jesus Christ is also the firstborn from the dead. That would imply that Jesus Christ had two different mothers, one natural and one spiritual. These are very deep truths and very hard to see at first, simply because they are so new. Let’s continue in Galatians:
Gal 4:25 For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children.
God reveals to us that this Hagar is a type or pattern of the Earthly Jerusalem, who is now in bondage with all of her children under the law. Israel continuously tries to keep the law and earn their salvation and have not realized that they are incapable of saving themselves. I also showed you earlier that Jesus declared that Satan was the father of these children. But, let’s continue with the next verse and look at Sarah:
Gal 4:26 But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.
We can see that there is clearly a different woman, called the free woman that is called the Heavenly Jerusalem and she is said to be the spiritual mother of Jesus Christ and the church. So what have seen? A bond woman called the Earthly Jerusalem who is in bondage to the law. We then see that there is another woman called the Heavenly Jerusalem who is free, meaning she is not under the law. We know form studying the Bible that these two women were in a covenant and married to God at one time. By looking at the story of Abraham, Sarah and Hagar we can see that the younger Hagar had a child first, but was still in bondage along with her child. Finally Sarah the older woman came along and had the promised child and she was free along with her child. The Heavenly Jerusalem (Sarah) existed prior to the younger Earthly Jerusalem (Hagar). The younger earthly Jerusalem (Hagar) has a son that is older than the promised son of the free woman (Sarah). These are all allegorical truths to a spiritual reality that has been right before us but one that we haven’t seen until now. Now take a look at the next verse, because I want to show you something very important:
Gal 4:27 For it is written, Rejoice, thou barren that bearest not; break forth and cry, thou that travailest not: for the desolate hath many more children than she which hath an husband.
Who is the barren woman? It was a type of Sarah, the Heavenly Jerusalem, the free woman. What can we see by looking at this verse in light of the story of Abraham? We can see that this heavenly Jerusalem (Sarah) was God’s wife even before the earthly Jerusalem (Hagar) ever came into the story. We can conclude logically that this covenant with the Heavenly Jerusalem (Sarah) existed before there was a natural man Abraham or natural nation of Israel. God (Abraham) was in covenant with this free woman (Sarah), not under the law for a long time before the bond woman was given to Him (Abraham) to have a child with. But we can also see this verse is telling her, the free woman (Sarah) to rejoice because more are the children of the desolate woman. The desolate woman is a descriptive term for a woman incapable of having children as Sarah was for many years. Sarah eventually got pregnant but, only after many years passed beyond her normal child bearing years. But with God all things are possible, the barren woman has more children than the bond woman. God promised this free woman that her children will be of a much greater number than those of the woman in bondage to the law. We can then see the punch line in the last part of that verse. This verse ends with the statement “she which hath an husband”. Since God is only talking about two women in these verses, we can very easily determine who He is speaking of. God is speaking about the Earthly Jerusalem (Hagar) in the terms that she now has a new husband. The clear implication is given to us that the Heavenly Jerusalem (Sarah) does not have a husband now. We know from reading verses in Isaiah and Jeremiah that God divorced Israel and ended His covenant relationship with the Earthly Jerusalem (Hagar). I even showed you scriptures in Deuteronomy that said it was now illegal for God to marry this woman again. So we know that God is not in covenant or married to Israel. So who is? Who is the husband of the bond woman? Who is now in bondage under the law? Who wishes that they had never crucified the Lord Jesus Christ? If you don’t know this is Satan you need to go back and read this again. Who wants to destroy Israel and wipe them from the face of the planet? How would Satan get out from under the law of his wife Israel? If his wife Israel were dead then Satan would be free from the law. If Satan were free from the law, then punishment of his sin could not be applied to him. There are just so many things to learn, but I’ll stop there for today.
If you would like to continue reading this series of lessons on Bible covenants you may go to “Part 5“.
Posted on January 6, 2010, in Bible Study, Covenants, Understanding and tagged Bible, Christianity, Church, Covenants, Interpretation, Israel, Prophecy, Religion, Satan, Truth, understanding. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.