Shema Hear, O Israel, the LORD our God, the LORD is One! Blessed be the name of His glorious kingdom, forever and ever. Amein.
Genesis 14:1-24 1 In the days of Amraphel king of Shinar, Arioch king of Ellasar, Chedorlaomer king of Elam, and Tidal king of Goiim, 2 these kings made war with Bera king of Sodom, Birsha king of Gomorrah, Shinab king of Admah, Shemeber king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela (that is, Zoar). 3 And all these joined forces in the Valley of Siddim (that is, the Salt Sea). 123
4 Twelve years they had served Chedorlaomer, but in the thirteenth year they rebelled. 5 In the fourteenth year Chedorlaomer and the kings who were with him came and defeated the Rephaim in Ashteroth-karnaim, the Zuzim in Ham, the Emim in Shaveh-kiriathaim, 45
6 and the Horites in their hill country of Seir as far as El-paran on the border of the wilderness. 7 Then they turned back and came to En-mishpat (that is, Kadesh) and defeated all the country of the Amalekites, and also the Amorites who were dwelling in Hazazon-tamar. 67
8 Then the king of Sodom, the king of Gomorrah, the king of Admah, the king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela (that is, Zoar) went out, and they joined battle in the Valley of Siddim 9 with Chedorlaomer king of Elam, Tidal king of Goiim, Amraphel king of Shinar, and Arioch king of Ellasar, four kings against five. 89
10 Now the Valley of Siddim was full of bitumen pits, and as the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah fled, some fell into them, and the rest fled to the hill country. 11 So the enemy took all the possessions of Sodom and Gomorrah, and all their provisions, and went their way. 12 They also took Lot, the son of Abram’s brother, who was dwelling in Sodom, and his possessions, and went their way. 101112
13 Then one who had escaped came and told Abram the Hebrew, who was living by the oaks of Mamre the Amorite, brother of Eshcol and of Aner. These were allies of Abram. 14 When Abram heard that his kinsman had been taken captive, he led forth his trained men, born in his house, 318 of them, and went in pursuit as far as Dan. 1314
15 And he divided his forces against them by night, he and his servants, and defeated them and pursued them to Hobah, north of Damascus. 16 Then he brought back all the possessions, and also brought back his kinsman Lot with his possessions, and the women and the people. 1516
17 After his return from the defeat of Chedorlaomer and the kings who were with him, the king of Sodom went out to meet him at the Valley of Shaveh (that is, the King’s Valley). 18 And Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. (He was priest of God Most High.) 1718
19 And he blessed him and said, 19 “Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth; 20 and blessed be God Most High, 20 who has delivered your enemies into your hand!”
And Abram gave him a tenth of everything. 21 And the king of Sodom said to Abram, “Give me the persons, but take the goods for yourself.” 22 But Abram said to the king of Sodom, “I have lifted my hand to the LORD, God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth,2122
23 that I would not take a thread or a sandal strap or anything that is yours, lest you should say, ‘I have made Abram rich.’ 24 I will take nothing but what the young men have eaten, and the share of the men who went with me. Let Aner, Eshcol, and Mamre take their share.” 23 24
Isaiah 41:2-14 Who stirred up one from the east whom victory meets at every step? He gives up nations before him, so that he tramples kings underfoot; he makes them like dust with his sword, like driven stubble with his bow.
He pursues them and passes on safely, by paths his feet have not trod. 4 Who has performed and done this, 4 calling the generations from the beginning? I, the LORD, the first, and with the last; I am he.
The coastlands have seen and are afraid; the ends of the earth tremble; they have drawn near and come. 6 Everyone helps his neighbor 6 and says to his brother, “Be strong!” 7 The craftsman strengthens the goldsmith, 7 and he who smooths with the hammer him who strikes the anvil,
saying of the soldering, “It is good”; and they strengthen it with nails so that it cannot be moved. 8 But you, Israel, my servant, 8 Jacob, whom I have chosen, the offspring of Abraham, my friend; 9 you whom I took from the ends of the earth, 9 and called from its farthest corners, saying to you, “You are my servant, I have chosen you and not cast you off”;
10 fear not, for I am with you; 10 be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. 11 Behold, all who are incensed against you shall be put to shame and confounded; those who strive against you shall be as nothing and shall perish.
12 You shall seek those who contend with you, 12 but you shall not find them; those who war against you shall be as nothing at all. 13 For I, the LORD your God, 13 hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, “Fear not, I am the one who helps you.”
14 Fear not, you worm Jacob, 14 you men of Israel! I am the one who helps you, declares the LORD; your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel.
Genesis 3:10-29 Everyone who is under bondage to acts of legalism is under a curse for the Scriptures say, “Everyone who does not practice everything written in the Book of the Law is doubly cursed.” It is clear that no one can be made right with God by legalism. The Scriptures say, “Those who are right with God will live by means of faith.” Text from the Source with Hebraic adjustments
And the law states, “The person who keeps the laws must live by these laws.” The Anointed One paid the price to remove us from the curse of the Law. He became a curse instead of us, as the Scriptures say, “Doubly cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree.” he did this so Abraham’s blessing would be extended, by means of the Anointed One
Jesus, to the non-Jews. Consequently, through faith we are all able to have the promised Spirit. Fellow believers, let me phrase it in the technical terms of human legal practice: for all that, a Will and Testament Deed of Gift has been legally confirmed, and no one can annul it or add a codicil to it.
Now it was to Abraham and his descendant that the promises were spoken. It did not say, “And to your descendants” as if it were referring to many descendants, but it spoke of a single descendant only, “And to your descendant,” and that’s the Anointed One! And I tell you this: the Law, previously legally confirmed with Abraham in God’s
Presence. This of course would break God’s promise. The inheritance cannot be based on both Law and promise. We know it is based on promise as God gave it to Abraham as a promise. So then, what is the point of the Law? The breaking of laws necessitated the institution of the Law. It was meant to last until the arrival of the descendant, to whom the promise was made. And the Law was established through messengers
By means of a mediator. But a mediator is not needed for one party acting alone, and God is one. So then, is the Law against the promises of God? Certainly not! If the Law had been able to give life, then the Law would have resulted in people being made right with God. But Scripture has enclosed everything by sin, so that faith in Jesus
The Anointed One results in us being made right with God: the promises is given to those who believe. Before faith came, we were being guarded b the law, being looked after while waiting for the faith which was destined to be revealed. Consequently the Law was the guide who led us to the Anointed One, so that we would be made right with God
Through faith. Now that faith has arrived, we no longer need the guide. For you all are legally adopted by God on account of your faith in the Anointed One Jesus. All of you who were baptized into the Anointed One have clothed yourselves with the Anointing. There is no such thing as Jew or Greek, slave or free, male or female: you are all one person in the Anointing of Jesus. And since you belong to the Anointed One, then you are Abraham’s “descendant”, and heirs of
Chapter 4 The promises God gave to him. This is what I mean: as long as the heir is under legal age, the heir is no different from a slave. The heir has a legal right to the whole inheritance, but is under guardians and managers until the coming of age. In the same way we too, as under the legal age, were enslaved by the elemental spirits of the world. When the time set by God had reached its full term,
God sent out his Son, born from a woman, born under law, in order to buy out those who were under law, so that we would be legally adopted by God. You are adopted by God. God sent the spirit of adoption into your hearts, so that you would call out loudly, “Dad, Father!” Consequently, you are no longer a slave but legally adopted, and since you are legally adopted, then by God’s act you are an heir.
When you did not know God you were in bondage to nature beings who were not gods. Now you have gained knowledge about God, why do you turn back to the weak and poor elemental spirits? Do you wish to be in bondage all over again? You observe Sabbaths, the monthly celebrations, the annual festivals and the sacred years. I am afraid for you: I am afraid that perhaps I have worked in vain for you.
Fellow believers, I earnestly ask you to become like me, because I too was once like you! You did me no wrong. You know that I preached the Good News to you the first time through weakness in the natural realm. And you did not make light of my ordeal in the natural realm nor did you spit to break the effects of the evil eye spell. Instead you welcomed me as a
Messenger of God, just as you would have welcomed the Anointed One Jesus. Where did that happiness go? I will say this for you: you would have done anything for me! If it had been possible, you would have even torn out your own eyes and given them to me! So then have I become your enemy because I tell you the truth?
Those people are trying to win you over. Their motives are not good. They intend to shut you off from me so that you will side with them. Now, providing you have good motives, it is fine to win someone over at all times and not just while I’m present with you. My little children, I am in the pains of childbirth labor for you once more, until the Anointing is birthed in you. If only I could be present with
You now and change m tone, because I don’t know what to make of you! You who want to be under Law, tell me: why don’t you pay attention to the Law? The Scriptures say that Abraham had two sons, one with a female slaver and one with a freewoman. On the one hand, the son with the female slave was a child of the natural realm, but on the other hand, the son with the freewoman was the child
Of promise. These things are expressed in an allegory. The two women represent two covenants. Hagar is from Mount Sinai (in Arabia) and gives birth to bondage. This represents the Jerusalem of today, currently in bondage with her children. But the heavenly Jerusalem is free, and this is our mother. For the Scriptures say: “Be joyful, barren woman who does not
Give birth! Break through and shout, you who are not in labor! Because the solitary woman has many more children than she who has a husband!” We, fellow believers, are children of the promise like Isaac. But just as the child of the natural realm at that time persecuted the child of the Spirit, so is the case now. What does the Scripture say? “Throw out the female slave and her son.
Chapter 5 The female slave’s son will not be an heir with the freewoman’s son.” For this reason, fellow believers, we are not children of the female slave but we are children of the freewoman. The Anointed One set us free! As you are free, then stand firm! Do not get involved again in a burden of bondage! I, Paul,
Am telling you this: if you get circumcised, the Anointed One won’t give you any benefits for it! Again, I solemnly declare to every person who gets circumcised that he will be under obligation to keep the whole Law! You, you who want to be made right with God by Law, you have become cut off from the Anointed One! Your favor has fallen off!
The Spirit makes us sure that we have been made right with God by our faith. In the Anointing of Jesus, circumcision doesn’t count for anything! Non circumcision doesn’t count for anything! What does count is faith which is active and supported by love.
You were running well! Who cut in on you and blocked you from obeying the truth? The obstinate behavior you display does not come from the One who invites you! A little yeast goes through the whole lump of dough! The Lord has given me confidence that you will get back on the mark. As for the person who’s getting you all mixed up: they will get what’s coming to them, whoever it is!
And, fellow believers, if I am still advocating circumcision as some are saying, then why are the Jews persecuting me? If I advocate circumcision, then the snare of the cross is abolished! If only those who are upsetting you would go that bit further and castrate themselves!
You, fellow believers, have been invited out to freedom. Don’t let our freedom lead to a base of operations in the natural realm. Instead, serve each other lovingly. The whole Law is summed up in one scripture, which is, “Love your neighbor as you love yourself.” (Leviticus 19:18) But if you bite at and prey on each other, beware that you’re not eaten up by each other!
This is what I mean: be led by the Spirit and then there is no way that you will perform the wants and wishes of the natural realm. The natural realm wants things which are contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit wants things which are contrary to the natural realm: they are in opposition to each other. So then don’t just do whatever you please.
If you are led by the Spirit, then you are not under Law. Actions of the natural realm are rivalries, jealousies, fits of rage, political intrigues, disputes, heresies, envies, drunken binges, wild parties and things like this, which I‘ve warned you about. People who do such things will not inherit God’s Realm.
Listening to the leading of the Spirit will produce love, happiness, peace, tolerance towards others, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, self-control. There is no law against these! Those who belong to the Anointed One Jesus have crucified the natural realm with its experiences and wants and wishes. If we live in the Spirit, let us also
Chapter 6 Follow the leading of the Spirit! Let us not become conceited, challenging one another or envying one another! Fellow believers, if a person makes a mistake, you who are spiritual should restore such a person in friendship, and do it with a gentle spirit. See to it that you don’t get harassed by the enemy!
Carry each other’s burdens and thus fulfill the law of the Anointed One! If someone thinks they’re a big shot when they’re really no one, they’re deluding themselves! Each person is to have a good hard look at their own actions, and then they will have a reason to boast about themselves alone, and not about someone else. Each person is responsible for their own actions.
The person who is taught the Word is to be in partnership with the teacher in their wealth! Make no mistake about it! God is not mocked! Whatever a person sows, this they will also reap! The person who sows in the natural realm will harvest decay, but the person who sows in the spiritual realm will harvest eternal life from the Spirit. Do not lose heart while
Doing such favorable things, as you will reap a harvest by your own measure provided you don’t slacken off! So then, as far as possible, let us provide funds to everyone, especially to those who are in the family of faith! I am spelling this out to you in large letters in my own handwriting! It’s the people who want to put on a good show you who are trying to force circumcision
On you! The want to avoid being persecuted because of the cross of the Anointed One! They don’t even obey the Law! The want you to be circumcised so they can boast that they forced you into it. Far be it for me to boast! I will boast only about the cross of the Anointed One Jesus. Because of his crucifixion, I could not care less about the natural realm. Circumcision doesn’t mean a thing!
Non-circumcision doesn’t mean a thing! All that counts is a new creation! Peace and mercy to everyone who does this! Peace and mercy to those referred to as “God’s Israel”! From now on, no one is to give me any trouble! On my very body I carry the scars of the Lord Jesus. Fellow believers, may the favor of our Lord Jesus the Anointed One be with your spirit! Amen.