Full Disclosure on
Complete Repentance: What is it?
It seems to me, almost everybody seems to have their own personal ideas, and their own personal beliefs, and opinions that they hold dear to themselves, about the Gift of Repentance, or about how they make excuses, or create leniencies for their own personal sin. (Though they tend to be less generous and less lenient with others with the same sins. Why is that?)
It seems to me that each person’s ideas, and beliefs about repentance, and especially “Complete Repentance” vary greatly. Men even of the same religion hold vastly differing viewpoints, perspectives, and personal pet doctrines, that may or may not be confirmed from the Word of God.
That is just one more reason why I believe it is vitally important to dig deep and fasten ALL of our faith and hope (as well as our opinions, ideas, personal beliefs, and sound doctrine) securely upon the foundation stone of God, upon the corner stone, the head of the corner, upon Christ Our Rock, and not on our own special revelations, or private interpretations of the scriptures.* I believe it is absolutely essential that we ground our lives upon the Life that is “In Christ”. Anything outside of Christ will be lost.
2 Peter 1:20-21 (KJV)
Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.
Therefore, when it comes to the subject of repentance for our sins, and the topic of “Complete Repentance” I believe we cannot base our faith upon an untrustworthy foundation of our own personal belief systems that are not based squarely upon the Word of God, especially concerning the “Doctrine of Repentance.”
When it comes to sin: It must be washed away. It must be cleansed, like dirt and toxic disease imbedded in an infected wound, otherwise the wound may never heal properly. Even just one wound in one’s little toe, can infect the whole body make it sick, and could cause it to die from a simple infected and gangrenous wound, that could of been treated properly, but wasn’t.
What do I believe about
I believe it is both a gift, and a work. The two go hand in hand.
When God promised Abraham, that He was going make Abraham’s Family “like the Stars in the Sky, and the sand on the Sea in number,” that promise was like a gift that would be given at a future point in time: But it was also to be received by Faith in the current time and place of the promise. Without receiving the gift by Faith, the gift itself was worthless, even less than worthless. If you don’t believe in the One Giving the Gift, or don’t have a natural inborn Honor for the One Giving the Gift, chances are good that the Gift will be despised, and so will the Gift Giver, when there is no Faith to believe in what the Giver has offered.
But if the promise is received by Faith (not in the Faith of Abram, the receiver, but in Full Faith of the Promise Giver), then then the Gift can be priceless. The gift Abram received was of immeasurable worth, beyond all human calculation. Who can set a value on the Promised Land that is watched over, protected, securely and Blessed by the God of the Universe. Who can set a value upon a family that would have as many children as the Stars in Heaven in its Life These were all part of the promise, and potentially they would all be fully contributing to the fullest blessing of everyone in the family for the whole of eternity. Those are riches beyond comprehension.
What a Great Family God would make, Right? (Genesis 12:3; 15:5; 22:17; 28:14; 32:12; Hebrews 11:12) In that way God also promised to Abraham that through Abraham all the people of the Whole World would be blessed. Can you see how many times and ways God has made this promise and repeated it. It must be something quite valuable to God, and valuable for God to teach his children. (“Repetition is the mother of learning.”)
Genesis 12:1-3 (KJV)
1 Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee:
Can you see how Abram’s faith was based on Abram’s action? Abram was a doer of God’s Word, not just a hearer only. Abram proved his faith by his actions. He obeyed the Word of the LORD. If there was no obedience, there would be no faith, and no blessing, but rather a curse. If Abram stayed in his hometown, he never would have become the Father of a Great Nation. He never could have become one whom all the families of the Earth would be blessed. Every promise of God to Abram was hinged upon Abram’s obedience.
2 And I will make of thee a great nation,
and I will bless thee,
and make thy name great;
and thou shalt be a blessing:
3 And I will bless them that bless thee,
and curse him that curseth thee:
and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
Who else has God said that all the Families of the Earth would be blessed through them?
Now, Just 2 chapters later, because Abram obeyed God: We see God repeating to Abraham the Covenant Promise, and making it even deeper, and more substantial, and more secure, even according to Abraham’s request. Can you see how God is working with Abraham at the rate of Abraham’s own interest. He is not forcing his covenant upon Abraham, but is waiting and coordinating His work in Abraham’s Life, according to Abraham’s desire to seek Him.
To the Degree that we Seek God to serve God, to that Degree we shall find Him, and personally know Him. To the degree we reject God or ignore him, to that same degree, we shall know Him. If we believe God to obey God, we will become like God, in nature, in attitude, in mindset, in focus, in intent, in lifestyle, in our desires, our pursuits, our ways, and our love.
Are we like Abraham? Do you and I “Seek God to serve God”? Do we seek to obey God in all of our ways, to be pleasing to God, to feel his smile and his praise upon all of our ways? Do we seek to serve God in all of our relationships? In our family relationships? Our work relationships? Our political and judicial relationships? In our personal friendships? Do we share the Testimony of God with those we love and care about? Are we instant in season and out of season? Do we share the Gospel of Repentance and Faith? Do our lives bring the awareness and conviction of God and his Kingdom to those around us? Do we tear down strongholds of lies, false accusations, false doctrines, distortions, and divisions, simply by obeying the LORD, and sharing His Testimony?
Note: There are two ways to try and deal with sin. One is to focus on the sin, and what we are doing wrong. The other is to focus on the LORD, and what he calls us to do that’s right. I personally think, the majority of our time and focus, concern and strength, should be invested in the LORD. I think then we would become much more like Abraham. Focusing on what is wrong in our lives tends to bring us down. Focusing on what we know is right, tends to build us up!
If I truly believe in God, like Abraham did, I will truly want to spend significant time with Him, and seek His Incredible Rewards. I will seek to enjoy the Time I spend with Him, and that joy will be born out of learning how to obey and please God.
Think about this: I could spend my whole life trying to please: my father, my mother, my wife, my children, my neighbor, and my church, and never really please anyone of them sufficiently, and put myself underneath a long laundry list of do’s and don’ts that leads to bondage. But if I knowingly and willfully please the LORD, all the other relationships will also set in their proper order. And I will be a true witness of what walking with God truly looks like and that will speak more volumes of Good, than spending all my time trying to please selfish insatiable men.
Genesis 15:1-10 (KJV)
1 After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward. 2 And Abram said, Lord GOD, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless, and the steward of my house is this Eliezer of Damascus? 3 And Abram said, Behold, to me thou hast given no seed [that seems like a God setup to me] and, lo, one born in my house is mine heir. 4 And, behold, the word of the LORD came unto him, saying, This shall not be thine heir; but he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir. 5 And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be.
6 And he [Abram] believed in the LORD; and he [God] counted it to him [Abram] for righteousness. 7 And he said unto him, I am the LORD that brought thee out of Ur of the Chaldees, to give thee this land to inherit it.
8 And he [Abram] said, Lord GOD, whereby shall I know that I shall inherit it?
That one question set into motion the Ancient Sacred Oath Ceremony, of the Blood Covenant, that was particularly common in Abram’s Day. Only this Solemn Blood Covenant Ceremony was going to be entered into with God Almighty. And This Covenant will radically change Abram’s Life for all of Eternity.
9 And he [God, the LORD, YHWH] said unto him [Abram], Take me an heifer of three years old, and a she goat of three years old, and a ram of three years old, and a turtledove, and a young pigeon. 10 And he took unto him all these, and divided them in the midst, and laid each piece one against another: but the birds divided he not.
As I hope you can see, when it says, “Abram Believed God” it is not talking about having a belief inside Abram’s head. It is taking about: How Abram Fully Trusted God to Do Everything God said He would do, and that Abram would in response, Abram would: Do Everything God asked Him to Do. As you can see there is a lot of doing going on. That’s the difference between the Hebrew Word for “Believe” and the American or English word for “Believe”. One requires that you do something to Believe. The other does not. More on this subject Here. (One is Biblical Believing, the other is not, but many famous and self infatuated false teachers clearly do not know the difference between the two.)
As you can see righteousness is the opposite of sin. And righteousness is based on being “in the LORD,” united in covenant (covered by His Blood), maintaining an agreement of mind and heart, walking in the same direction, living for the same agenda, wanting to accomplish God’s Righteousness, and bringing His Message of Holy Living, and being an example to doing the Will of God, every where Abraham went, that was all apart of Abraham’s Faith in God, and it produced and mindset of instant obedience to the commandments of God. The kind of Faith produced a River of Blessing and Favor flowing down from God’s Holy Throne into Abraham’s Life and Family. It also ensured the Protection of God, and the raw courage that his Faith brings, a faith and courage that speaks even louder than Words.
Now what you just read in Genesis 15:1-10, is the preliminary steps of making a Blood Covenant, based on the Near East Ancient Tradition. That is how Leaders of Tribes and Rulers of territories used to enter into sacred binding lifelong (and generations long) covenants with the people they trusted. This will be discussed in much deeper detail in The Blood Covenant of God, but it is introduced here to confirm the seriousness with which both Abraham and God, Yahweh, were pursuing having a tight relationship with one another.
Taking the Blessing
To the Next Generation
Below we can see how serious God was in fulfilling his promise to Abraham, because He continues to progressively include more of Abraham’s family members into His heavenly blessed covenant.
Genesis 28:10-17 (KJV)
10 And Jacob went out from Beersheba, and went toward Haran. 11 And he lighted upon a certain place, and tarried there all night, because the sun was set; and he took of the stones of that place, and put them for his pillows, and lay down in that place to sleep. 12 And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it. 13 And, behold, the LORD stood above it, and said, I am the LORD God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed; 14 And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed. 15 And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of. 16 And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said, Surely the LORD is in this place; and I knew it not. 17 And he was afraid, and said, How dreadful is this place! this is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.
A moment Worthy of Reflection: Did Abraham receive the Gift of the Promise? Did his Family indeed become as many as the Stars in Heaven in number (an uncountable number)*? If this did not happen then God is not God. And his promises and words are null and void. But if this did happen and we have evidence of it today in our very own time, then that would be proof that God is a Keeper of His Word, and Able to Fulfill his word, even unto many generations, even 4,000 years of generations of the children of Abraham.
Now if you can believe and receive this Proof by Faith, it can also become valuable to your personally. You can see plain as day the Sign that the children of Abraham are back in the Land, and are fulfilling the Promise of being a blessing to the all of Mankind, being an eternal Testimony of the Truth of His Word, then you can and will be blessed by the Faith that you receive and invest in your own personal relationship with God and all those who are a part of the Family of God. But if you cannot see by faith, all the blessings from God’s Word, from Abraham’s day to the present, then yes, God’s Promise to you will also be without value, and without worth, and without any measure of desire to invest yourself and your life into the Kingdom of God, even if God’s Own Son came and declared it unto you–which he surely has.
But what is Abram (his original name before the covenant) rejected the Promise. What if he decided it was too long to wait for, and therefore believe it was without any real value or worth to Abram. How might that affect the promise?
Then Abram’s family would be like all the other families of the earth that chose to reject God’s promises, and not prepare themselves to receive the Gifts of God. Even as it is to this Day. Some choose to believe. Many choose not to believe. Many even chose to hate the offer to believe. Even in Abraham’s own family, many chose to reject the promise of God, even as it was being fulfilled before their very eyes. Even those who saw the mighty miracles, signs, wonders, and supernatural powerful of God. Those who saw just, and righteous judgments that God poured out on the Pharaoh of Egypt and his people who abused Abraham’s children for 400 years. Even those who were covered by the blood of the Passover Lamb, and those who were baptized in the Red Sea, they chose not to believe in God’s Promises, and all of that generation died in the Desert, and their children whom they accused God of becoming slaves of their enemies, were the ones to enter into the Promised Land. Their children did many signs, wonders, and miracles with the help of their great faith and trust in God. The enemies of God, came out in vast numbers that greatly outnumbered the people of Israel, and yet, God was faithful to deliver their enemies into their hands, and save them from their own sure death, if God were not with the People of Israel.
Side Note: Interestingly enough, God in my lifetime has again stood with Israel, and his miraculous hand and gracious mercy preserved and established Israel as a nation. Which is just further proof of the Covenant Keeping Nature of Our Almighty God, All Powerful, and Faithful God.
But one must realize, even today, God’s people must receive God’s promises by Faith. It is through the basis of Faith, that you and I can do many Great works of Faith, and put Great Trust in the One True Covenant Keeping, Promise Fulfilling, God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob.
The Promise to Make Abraham to be a blessing to all mankind was an immovable promise, it was a gift made to Abraham. But that gift and that promise was also based on the character and nature that God knew Abraham possessed. Abraham had already made some very crucial decisions. Abraham had already passed through some extraordinary tests of Faith, and tests of Character. And it had become abundantly clear, to God and to those who can see His Hand at Work, that Abraham was becoming a man of faith, and obedience. That was the nature of the relationship that Abraham wanted and sought with God himself.
When God promised Abraham to give the Land of Canaan, “The Promised Land,” the land that was full of rivers of milk and honey, you will notice God did not give it all to Abraham, all at once. In fact, God made the promise then showed Abraham it would take more than 400 years to fulfill his promise, in its fulness, and that some sacrifices would be made before the Promise would be fulfilled. Still Abraham chose to pursue the Promise, and to remain in steadfast Blood Covenant Relationship with God, all the while Abraham was growing in wisdom, in experience, in faith, and in obedience to God’s Word, and to God’s Promise, and passing on this blessing to the next generation. And through it all God was giving Abraham some incredible revelations, and victories, protections, provisions, miracles, prophecies, and blessings that Abram could never have accomplished on his own. And all the while Abraham was living by faith and being transformed into a full fledged worshipper of God in the Process.
As you may clearly see, Abraham looked forward to the Promises of God to be fulfilled (after He died) close to 2000 years ahead. Though Abraham did receive some of the promises and the beginnings of the promises while he lived.
And this is not so different from us. Only we primarily look backward 2000 years, and have the advantage of seeing the Promises of Abraham fulfilled, along with all the trials, and works, and deeds, he went through as a part of his covenant of faith in God, to see by faith the fulfillment of God’s Promise. In like manner we also labor in earnest, when we believe in the Promises that have been fulfilled, and we also take hold of those promises by faith. We receive the promises yet to be fulfilled, and we do this also by faith. In other words:
Hebrews 11:6 (KJV)
But without faith it is impossible to please him [God]: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
How does the Doctrine of Repentance
Tie in with the Doctrine of Faith.
As we can see, without faith it is impossible to please God. Also without faith, It is also impossible to repent of your sins, or even want to repent of them, or even acknowledge them. Without Faith how can one generation invest time and energy, desire, vision, or reason to repent of their sin, if they don’t see the investment producing anything valuable or worthy of the effort of their time, labor, materials, or money.
This is where the Great Deception comes into play. If you have been lied to for 20, 30, or 50 years, and fully believe the lies you have been told, then that is going to determine your thoughts, words, actions, habits, and addictions. They say it is easier to convince a man of a lie, than it is to convince a man that he has been lied to. Therefore, when we are faced with the proposition to belief and new concept we are skeptical and often antagonistic. But thankfully, we don’t have to remain that way. We will always have the power of Choice, to choose Life if we want it.
But if “you” [the generic you] don’t believe in God, or that he rewards those that diligently seek him …
Why would you genuinely, eagerly, and earnestly repent of your sins, and choose to do what you know was pleasing to God, if you genuinely had no true faith in God, and were not desiring to KNOW HIM, or draw near to Him personally. (Why would a bride prepare herself and make herself beautiful to her groom, and desire to be pleasing to him, if she didn’t like him, want to be near him, or despised him.)
As far as I can see you wouldn’t, nor would I. We must have faith that he exists, before we would even consider addressing our selfish pleasures, that are displeasing to God. We must have faith that he is a rewarder of those who diligently seek him. We must have faith that he has the power to forgive us of our sins, and make us white as snow in his sight. We must have faith that if we abide in His Vine, that we will become exceedingly fruitful, doing good works, that will bring glory to Him for eons to come, that were prepared for us to do, before the foundation of the World.
Without this kind of living faith, there is no hope to base or to develop a truthful, loving, and living relationship with Him, which is the basis, foundation, and reason we will eagerly choose to repent of our sins, reform our ways, Seek to Serve, Believe to Obey, and become a champion for Truth, Justice, Righteous, and Salvation in our Generation.
Faith sometimes Calls for
Personal & Painful Obedience
Because Abraham believed God, God entrusted Abraham with His most intimate world transforming Covenants: Circumcision. As a result, Abraham would become the Father of the Circumcized Family of God. In short, the Father of the Clean Penis. In all the World Abraham was the Father of the Faithful Family, and the People of the Clean Penis.
God and Abraham made a significant Life Changing Covenant, that Abraham and His descendants, all the children of Abraham by Blood and by Faith, they would ALL become the people of the Clean Penis. The Foreskin of the Penis would be removed. This symbolized who was LORD over the Penis of Abraham and All of his descendants forever, particularly in everything involving sexual behavior.
In other words, God, Yahweh, was looking to unite all God’s Children, under the banner of holy, honoring, righteous, truthful, pure, clean, humble, loving, caring, godly, faithful, loyal, compassionate, and enduring marriage relationships. They were to be the foundation for the Family of God. Every good thing passed down through the generations, every blessings, every favor, every gift, was passed down through the family line of God’s people, when they walked in faithful obedience to God’s Marriage Covenant and the whole nation chose to serve the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, in obedience to the covenant of Circumcision.
This was a Big Deal to God, to Abraham, and to All his descendants. This was a game changer. God separated Abraham and his seed, from all the other families of the earth. God set his seal upon Abraham and His Seed. They would become the People of the Clean Penis forever. They would Seek to Serve, and Believe to Obey God concerning the Family’s Sexual Conduct in all their ways.
If you will recall, God Flooded the Earth in Noah’s Day: “Why?” To cleanse the Earth of Evil, right? What was the primary evil? Sexual Sin. Men were not submitted to God. They didn’t Seek the Life Partner God had created for them. No. They sought, whomever they wanted. And whenever they wanted, and however they wanted, which was a direct violation of the Blood Covenant of God. That a man should leave his father and mother, cleave to his wife, and the two would become One Flesh. That was the marriage bed God created for man to observe, and to bless.
In other words, anyone who would have sex outside of marriage, would be cut off from their inheritance in God, and be an outcast from the Family of God. Even still, men broke God’s Covenant, even in Abraham’s own family. Abraham had a concubine, Hagar, by Sarah’s direction. And had a concubine Keturah, after Sarah died. Jacob had two wives, and two concubines. Rueben slept with __ Jacob’s concubine.
But in Moses Law, the punishment for the crime of fornication, adultery, sodomy, homosexuality, bi-sexuality, prostitution, pedophiles, beastiality, orgies, ritualistic occult sexual practices, witchcraft sex, and any sex outside the marriage bed, would be cause to condemn through the death penalty, death by stoning. A punishment that would need to be executed by the whole community. It was a picture of community washing, community cleansing, community commitment to keep the blood lines clean and free from demonic evil, and to keep everyone in the community protected from the wicked spirit of lust and sexual perversion.
And yes, God still forgave much sin. But there were consequences that still caused great harm to those involved with every sin they committed.
The People gave themselves to Sin
Instead of giving themselves to God
Throughout Israel’s History, they rebelled against God in two big ways that opened the door to their own destruction, personally and corporately.
- First, they were tempted to indulge in sexual sin, often in a religious orgy type fashion,
- Second, due to their lust for sexual perversion, they started Serving and Worshipping Demons, through Idol Worshipping Religions.
Once God’s people became a sexually unclean people, they broke down the door of righteousness, it was open sin for every other kind of sin to enter into their communities, leadership, politics, government, and religion.
God warned the people against going down that road. But the people took no heed to God’s Word, or to God’s Prophets. They rebelled with a passion, and threatened, harmed, and killed God’s Prophets whom God sent to them the Correct their evil ways.
God’s Testimony is that they became even more vile and more depraved than the people they were choosen to cleanse from the Promised Land. They even had their own little town modeled after the ways of Sodom and Gomorrah. See Judges 19:1 ff (chapters 19 & 20) it is like a minature repeat of Genesis 19.
I believe, to the degree that you and I walk in God’s Holiness, and walk in God’s Righteousness, to that degree that we do, we will experience the depths, the heights, the breadths, and the lengths of God’s Everlasting Eternal Blessings: His Love, and Favor, Protection, Health, Healing, Power, Grace, Truth, Wisdom, Holiness, Righteousness, and all Promises from his Word.
I also believe, to the degree that you and I DON’T walk in God’s Holiness, and DON’T walk in God’s Righteousness, to that degree that we WON’T experience the depths, the heights, the breadths, and the lengths of God’s Everlasting Eternal Blessings, His Love and Favor, and Promises from his Word. It all has to do with the matter of our faith, and our obedience.
I also believe there is a fine line between being a pretender of in Christ, and being a true believer in Christ, and that we must therefore, be diligent to make our calling and election sure:
2 Peter 1:10-11 (KJV)
10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:
11 For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
What the Apostle Peter says is at stake, is our entrance into the Kingdom of God, both now, and into the Eternal New Future.
Jeremiah 33:19-26 (NIV) 19 The word of the LORD came to Jeremiah: 20 “This is what the LORD says: ‘If you can break my covenant with the day and my covenant with the night, so that day and night no longer come at their appointed time, 21 then my covenant with David my servant—and my covenant with the Levites who are priests ministering before me—can be broken and David will no longer have a descendant to reign on his throne. 22 I will make the descendants of David my servant and the Levites who minister before me as countless as the stars in the sky and as measureless as the sand on the seashore.’”
23 The word of the LORD came to Jeremiah: 24 “Have you not noticed that these people are saying, ‘The LORD has rejected the two kingdoms he chose’? So they despise my people and no longer regard them as a nation. 25 This is what the LORD says: ‘If I have not made my covenant with day and night and established the laws of heaven and earth, 26 then I will reject the descendants of Jacob and David my servant and will not choose one of his sons to rule over the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. For I will restore their fortunes and have compassion on them.’”
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Question: Are You Struggling to Walk in Full Repentance?
You are not alone.
I do not believe it is a sin to be tempted. But sadly, oftentimes when we are being tempted we can be fooled into believing that we have already sinned, so why not just do the sin and get it over with. But, in actuality, we are in the middle of the temptation, and have not yet given into the sin we are being tempted with. This can be a very devastating and damagingly Big Deception. One that we should not give in to, but many do, myself included.
Our enemy, the tempter, is highly skilled and has had 1,000’s of years of experience, and has honed his craft on the attack of billions of victims, in working his craft against, unsuspecting, and untrained men, women, and children. This does not need to be the case. The LORD of HOSTS, who is strong and mighty, wise and patient, forgiving and full of mercy, could enter into the FIGHT AGAINST SIN if you would only let Him. But you must invite Him to come to your aid. In others words, you must want his HELP and his AID, otherwise, you are on your own.
Why does He need to be invited in … why doesn’t he just barge in and take over.
Good Questions! It all has to do with Heaven’s Perspective on Covenant. (More on this in The Blood Covenant of God.) But in a nutshell, mankind, namely Adam, the Head of the Human Race, divorced himself from God. He broke his covenant with God, and despised God’s Holy Word, judging it not worth keeping. That broken Covenant is what we have all inherited from Adam. It is the very reason we naturally, and regularly rebel against the Word of God in our Day. In order to remedy this Broken Covenant God created a New Covenant, one that we must willingly want and willingly abide by … and receive by faith, and thus repair the damage and division done by the breaking of the original covenant between Man and God, (Elohim, the Creator of our World and Universe, and everything in it.)
If we want this New Covenant, we must ask for it, we must seek it, we must knock upon the Door of Heaven, and pray to be invited in, and thus learn the standards of Heaven and the ways of God’s Holy Family. Once we do make such a covenant the God of Heaven is free to come to our aid, to the degree we want him to, need him to, and seek him to come to our aid. Only one thing stands in our Way. And I think you know what that one thing is. Do you?
This next quote is quite poetic and symbolic, but if you read and meditate on it carefully, I believe you will get the full intention of the text.
The Hebrew word for “iniquity” below is: “עוון עון” (pronounced aw-vone’)
Translated it means: perversity, moral evil, moral: fault, iniquity, mischief, punishment (of iniquity), sin.
Isaiah 59:1-5 (KJV)
1 Behold, the LORD’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save;
neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:
2 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God,
and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.
3 For your hands are defiled with blood,
and your fingers with iniquity;
your lips have spoken lies,
your tongue hath muttered perverseness.
4 None calleth for justice, nor any pleadeth for truth:
they trust in vanity, and speak lies;
they conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity.
5 They hatch cockatrice’ eggs,
and weave the spider’s web:
he that eateth of their eggs dieth,
and that which is crushed breaketh out into a viper.
[* a cockatrice’ is a poisonous, venomous, deadly viper of a snake]
I do not believe that I am walking in full repentance. I know I have pockets of doubt, pockets of double-mindedness, pockets of rebellion and sin, buckets of unbelief, pockets of pride, pockets of the fear of man, pockets of the desire to lie, pockets of the desire to cheat (especially on taxes), pockets of “giving into temptation”, pockets of personal selfishness, tiredness, not truly caring about others, or putting others above myself, pockets of materialism (the love of mammon), pockets of eating what is not good for my body, lack of self discipline, lack of organization, lack of promptness, driving over the stated speed limit, holding suspicions about other people. I have my personal biases about political leadership, and my biases about cultural sins, that invade our society, picking and choosing to stand against some, but not stand against others. I still want and seek to be accepted by others. I still hesitate to say exactly what is on my mind, openly and honestly. I marvel at how other people can be so free, so direct, so bold, and so ___.
Something to factor into your Biblical Calendar: When Noah Died, Abraham was 60 years old. In other Words, Abraham certainly knew about the Great and Terrible Flood, that cleansed the Earth of Sin. Abraham would likely have learned about the Flood from Direct Testimony, from Noah himself, one of Noah’s sons, who helped Noah build the Ark, care for the Animals, and were the first to repopulate the Earth. When, Shem, Noah’s firstborn son outlived Abraham by 35 years. Therefore, it’s a pretty good bet that Abraham, Issac, and Jacob, all would have know about Shem’s Life and Testimony.
Nahor died: 1995 AC (Abraham’s Grandfather)
Noah died: 2006 AC (AC = After Creation)
Terah died: 2081 AC (Abraham’s Father)
Abraham died: 2121 AC
Shem died: 2156 AC
Isaac died: 2226 AC
Jacob died: 2253 AC
Joseph died: 2306 AC