The following Scripture passages are offered to aid beginning fellowships. The readings and commentary are offered as openings into dialogue about the subject or concept. And the concept behind this Sabbath’s selection is, again, the second covenant.
For the Sabbath of August 27, 2005
The person conducting the Sabbath service should open services with two or three hymns, or psalms, followed by an opening prayer acknowledging that two or three (or more) are gathered together in Christ Jesus’ name, and inviting the Lord to be with them.
The person conducting the services should read or assign to be read Hebrews, chapter 8.
Commentary: The Apostle Paul and the writer of Hebrews (if not
Paul) refute all teaching that the temple and the priesthood were abolished at,
essence of Christianity—the basis for the philosophical construct that
represents the argument for Christianity—is that the disciple is not a body of
flesh, or the flesh, but is an entity born of God that is temporarily housed or
domiciled in a body of flesh. Therefore, the person cannot be defined as the
body. The flesh is no more than an earthenware vessel, or a building of common
stone. The disciple is a priest of God and an actual child of God that lives
for a season (while maturing) in a humble physical abode that has no inherent
life. The person has inherent life (that can be lost while confined within
space-time), but the body does not. Flesh and blood will not inherit the
Christ Jesus is
the spiritual high priest. He was foreshadowed by the physical high priest, a
son of Aaron, a son of Levi. He is also the Head of the Son of Man, the body of
which consists of disciples. Thus, the physical priesthood of the physically
circumcised nation of
The fault of the first covenant wasn’t in the first being a copy or shadow of the heavenly, but in the people.
The reader should now read Jeremiah chapters 30 & 31.
Commentary: The Lord “will sow the house of Israel and the house of Judah with the seed of man and the seed of beast” (31:27)—the new covenant made with the house of Israel and the house of Judah occurs after the Lord has sown both houses of Israel with the seed of man and the seed of beast, with the inclusion of the nations that were as beasts to the circumcised nation. The Lord has been faithful in doing this sowing, which ends when the fullness of the nations has been grafted to the root of righteousness (Rom ). The partial hardening of the circumcised nation will then be removed.
The reader should now read Ezekiel chapters 36 & 37, followed by chapter 11, all, especially noting verses 19-20.
The reader should now read Isaiah chapters 65 & 66.
Commentary: All who sanctify and purify themselves, eating pig’s
flesh and other abominations (because their teachers have told them that
“Christians” are not under the law) shall come to an end together. Many shall
be the slain of the Lord upon His return. The physically circumcised nation has
paid with its life for its lawlessness and its lack of faith, made necessary
for it to be the lively shadow of the spiritually circumcised nation. This is
The reader should now read Ezekiel chapter 20.
Commentary: As the Lord entered into judgment with the nation of
The second covenant made at Moab (Deu 29:1) forms the shadow of the spiritual second covenant made with the uncircumcised children of the nation that leaves bondage to sin and the spiritual king of Babylon when the Tribulation begins. The Moab covenant is a type of the covenant under which all disciples live today—and under the Moab covenant, the holy nation of God was to keep all that was written in “this” [Deuteronomy] book of the law (Deu 30:10). Included in all that is written are the commandments of God (Deu chap. 5). This are the same laws of God that are today written on the hearts and minds of disciples. Stone tablets become tablets of flesh.
Disobedience or lawlessness separates a Christian from the Father, thereby making the covering of Grace (i.e., Christ’s righteousness) absolutely essential. Christ, however, knows who the disciple is under this covering of His righteousness. Both the disciple and Christ know whether the person is a hypocrite, and whether the disciple endeavors to walk uprightly before man and God.
righteousness is, literally, the covering that cloaks every son of God at this
time. Disciples daily put Christ on as they would put on clothes when they
pray—their prayers and their daily putting on of Christ spiritually replace the
physical daily sacrifice of lambs. Therefore, the daily sacrifice ends midweek
The second covenant is about life…and death being set before each disciple (Deu 30:15), with every disciple being empowered to choose life, but with most disciples choosing death instead. Many are called, but few are chosen. Few disciples choose life, which means putting the old man or creature to death.
The person conducting the Sabbath service should close services with two hymns, or psalms, followed by a prayer asking God’s dismissal.
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