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The dispensation of Israel. Part 3. The real purpose and mystery behind the Mosaic Law given to Israel.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

The second Theocentric dispensation, which refers to the Old Testament periods of time emphasizing and glorifying God the Father’s purpose as it relates to the angelic conflict.

The glory and beauty of the grace and mercy of God as revealed in the Mosaic Law.

ROM 7:12 the Law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good.
ROM 7:14 For we know that the Law is spiritual;
The Law brings nothing but condemnation,
GAL 3:10-14.

How do we reconcile these two seemingly antithetical principles?
Condemnation is the reason that we need salvation and a Savior.

In the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God and in His unsearchable judgments and His unfathomable ways, He had a plan called the doctrine of imputation.

Since condemnation precedes salvation, then the human race must be condemned before they can be saved; therefore they are condemned at birth.

The first imputation God imputes to all members of the human race is that human life is imputed to the soul.
Children and those who have not reached the point where they reach the mental stage or age of accountability receive automatic salvation.

JoNAH 4:11 “Should I not have compassion on Nineveh, the great city in which there are more than 120,000 persons who do not know the difference between their right and left hand,”

Soul life is provided by God at birth, JOB 33:4; ECC 12:7; ISA 45:2.

GEN 2:7 Then the Lord God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.

JOB 33:4 “And the breath from God has created me [a human being], and the breath [soul life] of the Almighty gives me [human] life.”
ECC 12:7 then the dust [human body] will return to the earth as it was, and the soul-life will return to God Who gave it.

In the dispensation of Israel, the Mosaic Law was given to reveal to mankind that he was condemned at birth and therefore does not have the power nor ability to satisfy the perfect standards of the righteousness of God.

The Law was never given to mankind to follow as a means of working for his salvation, but to reveal to mankind his total depravity and total helplessness to do anything without the Savior of the world, TLJC.

What is the righteous requirement of the Law being fulfilled in us?
If you follow the Mosaic Law perfectly, you shall be righteous and you shall be blessed.

When Adam’s original sin is imputed to every child at birth to the genetically formed old sin nature, which is passed down by the male, that little infant is automatically condemned at birth.

PSA 51:5 Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, And in sin my mother conceived me.
PSA 58:3 The wicked are estranged from the womb; These who speak lies go astray from birth.

ISA 48:8 “You have not heard, you have not known. Even from long ago your ear has not been open, Because I knew that you would deal very treacherously; And you have been called a rebel from birth.”

GEN 8:21 for the intent of man’s heart is evil from his youth;
JOH 15:5b “for apart from Me you can do nothing.”

This is very important to understand concerning why God gave the nation He chose, Israel, a set of rules or divine revelations for man to follow in writing.

Satan brought in his false teachers, and deceitful workers, disguising themselves as messengers of Christ, and as servants of righteousness, 2CO 11:13-15.

If Israel only realized that the Mosaic Law given to them in the dispensation of Israel had no power to give them life or to sustain life, as the apostle Paul taught in GAL 3:21, they would have been candidates for the grace and mercy of God.

If a Law had been given which could give spiritual life, then righteousness and right standing with God would certainly have come by the Mosaic Law.

The purpose of the Mosaic Law was to make obvious to everyone that we are, in ourselves, out of right relationship with God.

The Law was given to show us the futility of devising some religious system for getting by our own efforts what we can only get by waiting in faith for God to complete His promise.

The Mosaic Law, given to them in the dispensation of Israel, was actually bondage for the unbelievers and believers in the dispensation of Israel, GAL 4:9.

God gave Israel the Mosaic Law because the Law brings nothing but condemnation, GAL 3:10-14.

All who depend on the Law, who are seeking to be justified by obedience to the Law of rituals, are under a curse and doomed to disappointment and destruction.

“Utterly cursed is every person who fails to carry out every detail written in the Book of the law.”

The man in right standing with God [the just, the righteous] shall live by faith, and by faith he is declared righteous, and in right standing with God he shall live, HAB 2:4.

The Law does not rest on faith, does not require faith, has nothing to do with faith, for the Bible says, He who does them [the things prescribed by the Law] shall live by them [not by faith], LEV 18:5.

Through believing on TLJC, the blessing promised to Abraham comes upon the Gentiles, so that through faith, we all might receive the realization of the promise of the Holy Spirit.

Because of that, the air is now cleared and we can see that Abraham’s blessing is present and available to us, the Gentiles or non-Jews, too.

We are all able to receive God’s life, His Spirit, in and with us by believing, just the way Abraham received it.

In the dispensation of Israel, there was a book called the Torah, which means the teaching and instruction from God, filled with divine guidance and commands for man to live a long life and prosper, even for the unbeliever.

This was also the dispensation of the writings of the prophets and direct commands and directions from God.

The nation of Israel was chosen by God to demonstrate and communicate the grace and mercy of God.

As prophesied and prophesied the Messiah would come from the race of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; from the nation of Israel; from the tribe of Judah; from the family of Jesse; from the royal lineage of King David.

The nation of Israel would be defined by five divine covenants.

1. The Abrahamic Covenant, GEN 12:1-3; 13:16; 22:15-18; 26:4; 28:14; 35:11; EXO 6:2-8.

The promise of a national land.
The promise of both national and universal redemption.
A great nation should come from him.

Abraham’s name shall be great.
He should be a blessing so great that in him shall all families of the earth be blessed.

To him personally and to his seed (not the church, but the Jews) should be given Palestine forever to inherit,GEN 13:14-17.

The multitude of his seed should be as the dust of the earth.
Whosever blessed him should be blessed and whosever cursed him should be cursed.

He should be the father of many nations.
Kings shall proceed from him.

The covenant shall be perpetual and everlasting.
The land of Canaan shall be “an everlasting possession.”

2. The Palestinian Covenant, GEN 13:15; 15:18-21; 26:3-5; 28:13-15; 35:12; EXO 6:4,8; NUM 34:1-12; DEU 30:1-9.

The amplification of this covenant came after willful unbelief and disobedience in the nation of Israel, once again pointing to the grace and mercy of God and the fact that the covenant was unconditional.

a. The nation will be plucked off the land for its unfaithfulness,
DEU 30:1-3.

b. There will be a future repentance of Israel,
DEU 30:1-3.

c. Their Messiah will return, DEU 30:3-6.

d. Israel will be restored to the land, DEU 30:5.

e. Israel will be converted as a nation, DEU 30:4-8.

f. Israel’s enemies will be judged, DEU 30:7.

g. The nation will then receive her full blessing, DEU 30:9.

3. The Mosaic Law

a. Codex I: The Freedom Code (the Decalogue, or Ten Commandments), for believers and unbelievers.

The Ten Commandments define human freedom in terms of morality, privacy, property, life, and authority in general.

b. Codex II: The Spiritual Code -
including a complete shadow presentation of Christ and His saving work [Christology and soteriology], for believers’ only.

c. Codex III: The Establishment Code -
civil statutes for Israel.

An elaboration of freedom and authority, privacy, rights, property, privileges, marriage and divorce, military policy, taxation, diet, health, sanitation, quarantine, criminal law, trial, punishment, laws of evidence, and capital punishment, EXO 21:1-23:9.

2CO 9:6 Now this I say, he who sows sparingly shall also reap sparingly; and he who sows bountifully shall also reap bountifully

2CO 9:7 Let each one do just as he has purposed in his heart; not grudgingly or under compulsion; for God loves a cheerful giver.

4. The Davidic Covenant, 2SA 7:8-17; PSA 89:20-37.

a. David is to have a child, yet to be born, who shall succeed him and establish his kingdom.

b. This son (Solomon) shall build the temple instead of David.

c. The throne of his kingdom shall be established forever.

d. The throne will not be taken away from him (Solomon) even though his sins justify chastisement.

e. David’s house, throne, and kingdom shall be established forever through David’s son and David’s Lord and Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.

5. The New Covenant to Israel, JER 31:31-34; cf. HEB 8:8-12; 10:15-17.

1. A Nation forever
2. A Land forever
3. A King forever
4. A Throne forever
5. A Kingdom forever
6. A New Covenant
7. Abiding blessings

There is a lot more really happening in the atmosphere than apostate Christianity, Decline in morals, Public heath issues, Political Corruption, Unemployment, Inflation , Urban Decay, Increased Military spending.

5. The New Covenant to Israel, JER 31:31-34; cf. HEB 8:8-12; 10:15-17.

There are also provisions for Israel in the New covenant that will be fulfilled in the Millennium, which is the period of the New Covenant.

a. It is an unconditional grace covenant resting on the “I will’s” of God.

Perhaps these five “I will’s” are God’s answer to the five “I will’s” of Satan,
ISA 14:13-14, where he wanted to usurp his authority over God’s.

“I will ascend into heaven” is a reference to the third heaven where God is, 2CO 12:2.

The unconditional grace assets and power of God always destroy the arrogance of those who are independent toward Him.

a. It is an unconditional grace covenant resting on the “I will” of God.

b. The New Covenant is also an everlasting covenant or is eternal.
This is closely related to the fact that it is unconditional and made in grace, ISA 61:8; EZE 37:26; JER 31:35-37.

c. The New Covenant also promises the impartation of a renewed mind and heart, which may be called regeneration, JER 31:33;
ISA 59:21.

ISA 59:21 “And as for Me, this is My covenant with them,” says the Lord: “My Spirit which is upon you, and My words which I have put in your mouth,” -

- “shall not depart from your mouth, nor from the mouth of your offspring, nor from the mouth of your offspring’s offspring,” says the Lord, “from now and forever.”

d. The New Covenant provides for restoration to the favor and blessing of God, HOS 2:19-20;
ISA 61:9.

e. Forgiveness of sin is also included in the New Covenant with Israel,
JER 31:32.

f. The indwelling of the H.S. is also included in the New Covenant - the indwelling of God the Holy Spirit to teach the Jewish believers,
JER 31:33-34; EZE 36:27.

g. There will be materialistic blessings for Israel in the land according to the provisions of the New Covenant,JER 32:41;
ISA 61:8; EZE 34:25-27.

h. The sanctuary will be rebuilt in Jerusalem,
EZE 37:26-27.

i. War shall cease and peace shall reign,
HOS 2:18.

ISA 2:4 And He will judge between the nations, And will render decisions for many peoples; And they will hammer their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not lift up sword against nation, And never again will they learn war.

j. The blood of TLJC is the foundation of all the blessings of the New Covenant -
ZEC 9:11 As for you also, because of the blood of My covenant with you, I have set your prisoners free from the waterless pit.

1. Israel is to be re-gathered.
2. Israel is to be one nation ruled by one king.
3. Israel is no longer to be idolatrous but to be cleansed and forgiven.

**101** 4. Israel is to dwell forever in the land after the re-gathering.
5. The covenant of peace is to be “everlasting.”

**102** 6. God’s tabernacle is to be with them; i.e. He will be present with them in a visible way.

**103** 7. Israel is to be known among the Gentiles as a nation blessed of God.

**104** This covenant is a literal and unconditional covenant, called “eternal” in ISA 24:5; 61:8; JER 31:36; 31:40; 32:40; 50:5.

**105** This covenant is a gracious covenant that depends entirely upon the five “I will’s” of God for its fulfillment in
JER 31:31-34.

**101** **106** They did not and never will belong to Gentiles living throughout the world,
DEU 4:8; ROM 2:12-14, although Israel was founded to benefit all nations of the earth.

**101** **102** **107** DEU 4:8 “Or what great nation is there that has statutes and judgments as righteous as this whole law which I am setting before you today?”

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