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One story,two story?

The Bible.

Is the bible in its perception and subtitles as old testament(covenant) and new testament(covenant) made us see or believe it as two separate stories?

Why, as Christianity has perceived is that it is a second story for a new people and a better way of worshipping their God?

Where does it explain that it is the second version of the first one?

The whole backstory of the old testament is a plethora of puzzle pieces of God’s desire of our eternal purpose. Most of all references of the N.T. are always pointing back to the O.T.  and it’s border of the puzzle that is before us. It is when we decide to look at the border and to look at the puzzle box to see what the next pieces are needed to see God’s whole picture for us.

What is pieced together in the middle of the puzzle, is being framed from the outside of the puzzle, it is this that  the old testament and the Jewish story and their God that is the storyline of the whole story.

It is when we have separated  the two testaments that the message is filtered down to look like another puzzle from the store.  Then there is the  second story that is being forced feed the pieces of the puzzle to fit where we want them to fit, not where they are supposed to fit.

The real  vision of God is for us to put all the pieces together into just one puzzle with the right pieces to see the real image that he has designed for us!

 

 

 

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Face value

It is not face value.

It never was and never will be.

God is a very meticulous ,He does things through his creation and although they are subtle they can be very significant in it’s meaning. God is just that way. He doesn’t use a hammer to get his point across.

It is also the way He tells his story in his people. It is here where I think that maybe we have become lost in the story when we continue to look at things at face value at when, why, who, where things are accomplished at God’s work.

The man called Jacob, is just the thing to explain this misconception that goes on. It actually starts even at the very beginning of the story too.
But we will use Jacob  for this example because it is very crucial to the rest of the scriptures.

We have all heard the saying in the police shows “we have changed the names of the people involved to protect the innocent”. God in this case has done just the opposite, “He has pronounced the guilty of their real names to put them in HIS story!”

Let me explain, haven’t you noticed in the scriptures of old that to distinguish people or men that He has changed their names. Think on it, it will take your breath away when you realized that all through  the old testament that He was changing or elevating ‘characters’ in his story  to be used by him.

Abram to Abraham, Sarai to Sarah, Simon to Peter, Jacob to Israel, Saul to Paul and there are others. This is important to remember throughout the story of God.

God’s desire to have his characters stand out from the crowd are important to see in telling the story, It was to  be God’s way of getting his story told thru them.  It was like producing a list of God’s people that were going to be in the play.

Now it is with Jacob that it takes a turn. Before in God’s use of changing a person’s name, He changed it still in a ‘singular’ way. But when He changed  Jacob’s name it became ‘plural’, Israel. It became a ‘people’.

This is actually apart of the bigger picture of the story, but for now we will concentrate on this emphasis. God’s changing of the name of Jacob to Israel was  a big clue in the direction that God was telling his story. It was actually a reference to Adam (who was to be the beginning of his people), the new name was to be the new character in God’s story.

It  is with this new name change that signals a new direction for God, He now will be using his people (Israel) as the new lead character in the story. They will be used as the example of  what God wants in this story.

The actual way that Jacob receives his honor of him being  the  ‘one’, is in itself a whole other change in transition for God. But a good one!

The significance of this transition of God’s story is key to telling the rest of the story in the new testament, which we have failed to use in our ‘seeing’ the storyline.

This is important part of the story to ‘see’ under the whole story that God is telling us and we must remember it through out the story.

 

 

 

 

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The forgotten sect

There was a small but very sincere group of believers that may need to be relooked at as far as intent of life as God’s desire.

It was the sect of Israel that was very subtle in it’s living but still very much relevant.

This community were the essenes.

It is believed that the essences are the source of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Tho not actually signed by the essenes, it is of their style and mode of life and living that sees that their experience and devotion is of this testament.

Our knowledge of the first century would not be complete if we are missing a piece of this vital knowledge of these very important people and their understanding of God, his son, and his kingdom.

It would be to our advantage to study, and research and know these people of the first century and their interpretation of God’s message to his world.

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