This beautiful valley of Jezreel/Megiddo will never see an end-time battle Armageddon
Last edit: November 24 2013
In defence of the sidelined God Jehovah, Creator of the Universe and Father of Humanity
Jesus Christ: Son of Man? Son of God? Adam #2? Sheep? Who? Why? What?
The reality of Jesus' sacrifice as Atonement and Passover Lamb.
The first man Adam, named so after the physical source of his substance, was woven or wrought in the womb of earth as King David of Israel poetically expressed it in Psalm 139:13-16:
13 For Thou didst form my inward parts; Thou didst weave me in my mother’s womb.
14 I will give thanks to Thee, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Thy works, And my soul knows it very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from Thee, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth.
16 Thine eyes have seen my unformed substance; And in Thy book they were all written, The days that were ordained for me, When as yet there was not one of them. ASV
Here is the actual historical account where Jehovah God fashioned him from the earth and then passed onto the lifeless assembly of parts, that was to become the first man, the spark of life which has since been passed on from fathers to every other human being:
7 And Jehovah God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. -Genesis 2:7. ASV
Even though Muhammad read Leviticus 17:11 correctly, as he no doubt did all the book of the people of the book, albeit unfortunately through the severely tainted perceptions and ungodly practices of false Christians i.e. the adulterous bride of Christ, a drop of blood is not the source of life. Blood simply sustains the spark of life already present in living cells. An isolated drop of blood is a dead drop. So when a person drops dead, all the drops have likewise dropped dead in unison.
This is especially so in isolation from the body, which keeps the spark in each drop through complex respiratory processes from which it is now removed.
Life can only be passed on by fathers via the womb of a female. The resulting offspring is entirely made of earth from the moment of conception even as is the sperm from the father and the ovum of the mother. In human cloning the initial spark was still delivered by a male.
This is different, however, from the manufacture of the first human which proceeded without a sexual partner; the earth being the womb providing the ingredients –originally made by God anyway- and God, as the father, delivering the spark of life to start the engine, as it were.
Thus Adam became God's first mono-generated human son (Luke 3:38). First? Yes, for the second mono-generated Adam, better known by his name Jesus, was also fashioned by God without a sexual partner, where Jesus' mother Mary simply supplied the all earthly ingredients and the gentle, sweet nourishing environment, while Jehovah provided the spark of life along with appropriately designed DNA to complement Mary's so that all the parts of Jesus were correctly written in code. At the same time, and providentially so, God made sure that Jesus looked very much part of Joseph's Jewish family, as all who knew him perceived him -Matthew 13:55; Mark 6:3.
16 Your eyes saw even the embryo of me, And in your book all its parts were down in writing,. . . -Psalm 139:16 - NWT
Jesus could not have been fathered by a Jewish father to remain free of Israel's collective debt of transgressions against the Law of Moses.
Jesus was not a direct descendant of Adam, because he did not receive his life down the line of procreation from Adam, but directly from God. At the same time he was a son of man via Adam through Mary, but only with respect to his son-of-man-ness, his humanity, a human of the Adam kind, the species.
He consistently referred to himself as son of man as recorded in the NT some 87 times. To make the point, the use of this term denotes Jesus' complete humanity as it did when Jehovah used it to address Ezekiel 93 times.
To repay its debt of transgressions against the law to God, Israel had to die first as a rebellious son and secondly as an adulterous wife. Israel was stoned to death:
17 But he (Jesus) looked upon them (The scribes and the chief priests) and said: “What, then, does this that is written mean, ‘The stone which the builders rejected, this has become the chief cornerstone’? 18 Everyone falling upon that stone will be shattered. As for anyone upon whom it falls, it will pulverize him.” Luke 20: 17-18 nwt
Paul and Peter had something to say about this also:
31 but Israel, although pursuing a law of righteousness, did not attain to the law. 32 For what reason? Because he pursued it, not by faith, but as by works. They stumbled on the “stone of stumbling”; 33 as it is written: “Look! I am laying in Zion a stone of stumbling and a rock-mass of offense, but he that rests his faith on it will not come to disappointment.” (Romans 9:31-33) NWT
7 It is to YOU, therefore, that he is precious, because YOU are believers; but to those not believing, “the identical stone that the builders rejected has become [the] head of [the] corner,” 8 and “a stone of stumbling and a rock-mass of offense.” These are stumbling because they are disobedient to the word. To this very end they were also appointed. (1 Peter 2:7-8) NWT
and this is what everyone was referring to:
14 And he (Jehovah) must become as a sacred place; but as a stone to strike against and as a rock over which to stumble to both the houses of Israel, as a trap and as a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem. 15 And many among them will be certain to stumble and to fall and be broken, and to be snared and caught. (Isaiah 8:14-15) NWT
The Israel under the Law along with all its attendant services, structures and traditions was now destroyed by the rock-mass:
πέτρᾳ petra a (large mass of) rock
This allowed some of redeemed Israel, now freed from the enslavement of the law* and its debt of transgressions against it, to accept their salvation through their faith in the sacrifice of Israel's Atonement and Passover lamb Jesus. The debt now cancelled, acquitted Israel completely from all their transgressions* and allowed a remnant to continue to run with the promises as Peter continued to point out in 2 Peter 2: 9-10 following on from the above quote:
9 But YOU are “a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for special possession, that YOU should declare abroad the excellencies” of the one that called YOU out of darkness into his wonderful light. 10 For YOU were once not a people, but are now God’s people; YOU were those who had not been shown mercy, but are now those who have been shown mercy.. . . (1 Peter 2:9-10) NWT
This royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for special possession promise of Exodus 19:3-8 was given exclusively to Israel in connection with a mutually binding covenant or agreement between Jehovah and Israel, which was an essential prerequisite for the Law covenant to be subsequently mediated and agreed upon.
*- Galatians 4:21-26
*- Romans 6:1-7 where verse 7 says acquitted in the nwt while most others use either freed or justified.
The Law of Moses, as in mediated by Moses between God and Israel, commanded that adulterous wives as well as rebellious sons be stoned to death. A horrible penalty? Well, wives were free to choose that penalty by becoming adulterous. It was a form of rebellion against God's arrangement under the law. Whether modern females like it or not, wives were the property of men; initially fathers and then husbands. This assured that the women and the children were adequately and, may I say, lovingly cared for. This was for everyone's benefit and more specifically for the health and growth of the nation. Furthermore, all Israel had for a long time were sticks and stones to break some bones with Swords and knives to take some lives coming later.
Rebellious sons were likewise put to death.
Did Jehovah enjoy arranging for this to occur?
The inspired bible writers say otherwise:
31 "Cast away from you all the transgressions which you have committed, and get yourselves a new heart and a new spirit. For why should you die, O house of Israel?
32 "For I have no pleasure in the death of one who dies," says the Lord GOD. "Therefore turn and live!" (Ezekiel 18:31-32) NKJV
5 Hence when he comes into the world he says: “‘Sacrifice and offering you did not want, but you prepared a body for me. 6 You did not approve of whole burnt offerings and sin [offering].’ (Hebrews 10:5-6) NWT
The writer of Hebrews was quoting from Psalm 40:6, which in the NWT reads like this:
6 Sacrifice and offering you did not delight in; These ears of mine you opened up. Burnt offering and sin offering you did not ask for. (Psalm 40:6)
How can Hebrews 10:5-6 be a quotation from Psalm 40:6? It seems that the older manuscripts must have vanished or were doctored as anticipated by God.
Alas, not all is lost! Here are at least two renderings which accurately reflect the source of Paul's quote from Psalm 40:6 in Hebrews 10:5, 6 first from the Septuagint:
6 Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not; but a body hast thou prepared me: whole–burnt–offering and sacrifice for sin thou didst not require. LXXE
It is assumed that the Greek Septuagint is the Bible used by Jesus, apostles and early disciples. Why? Well, while they may have had access to it, essential it was not for the Jews of Jesus' day. Jesus spoke Hebrew. Those he came for and to were Jews who spoke their native tongue, you guessed it: Hebrew. The fishermen and other every-day plain and ordinary people in Jesus' day had no need for the Septuagint, because they spoke, you've guessed it again: Hebrew and not Greek. The scrolls in the Synagogues were in, you've guessed it yet another time: Hebrew.
The Hellenistic influences impacted primarily on the Jewish intelligentsia, who felt that what God had given them was insufficient for their inflated egos.
In any case, it was Latin that was the lingua franca under the Roman rule Israel found itself in after the brief murderous Greek episode of Alexander, though the wanting nature of their culture lingered a little longer.
Albeit the Greek Septuagint became a necessity for many in the Diaspora who were no longer familiar with Hebrew and, of course, for proselytising gentiles.
More importantly, however, is the Septuagint a good reflection of the older and perhaps more accurate Hebrew text used in Egypt at the time of its translation in the second and third centuries BCE and, in the context of this essay, it clearly does not deal with a hearing problem in Psalm 40:6, but rather accurately supports a prepared body, perfectly reflected here in Psalm 40:6 from the Tyndale Rogers Coverdale (Matthews Bible 1537):
6 ¶ Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not have, but a body hast thou ordained me: burntoffering* and sacrifice for sin thou hast not allowed. TRC
* Though correct at the time, the general use of English compound nouns passed permanently into grammatical history between the 11th and 14th centuries along with gender-nouns, inflections and pronouns.
Now back to Hebrews 10:5-10:
5 Wherefore when he cometh into the world*, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, But a body didst thou prepare for me; 6 In whole burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hadst no pleasure: 7 ¶ Then said I, Lo, I am come (In the roll of the book it is written of me) To do thy will, O God. 8 Saying above, Sacrifices and offerings and whole burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein (the which are offered according to the law), 9 then hath he said, Lo, I am come to do thy will. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second. 10 By which will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. asv
* The world here is Israel’s organized arrangement of things, government and decoration of God (world Strong’s 2889 kosmos) and not the world of chapter 1 verse 6, which encompasses the whole world of mankind (Strong’s 3625) into which God presented His firstborn son Israel the first time (Exodus 4:22).
* Jehovah God the Father of
* His Only Begotten son who was to die in place of God's firstborn Israel (John 3:16; Exodus 4:22)
* The prepared body of the sacrificial lamb, son of man Jesus who died instead of God's only-Begotten son.
Now who is the he, there in Hebrews 10:5-10?
Why, the only begotten offered for the first-begotten or firstborn of Exodus 4:22.
Finally here is how some translators have dealt with the verses from Psalm Paul quoted in Hebrews 10:5-10:
Please note that there is no hearing problem with Psalms in either the Tyndale (Rogers Coverdale) bible or in the LXX, even as there is not one in any translation of Hebrews 10:5.
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