©13 June 2014 Revive Israel Ministries
By Asher Intrater
In the book of Romans we find the
phrase "to the Jew first" three times:
one for the gospel (1:16), one for wrath (2:9) and one for glory (2:10). I believe that this phrase is a continuation from the book of Genesis, in which the tribe of Judah was to "go first." The connection between the "Jew first" of the gospels and "Judah first" in
the Torah reveals the consistency of divine order throughout the biblical
The Messianic covenant came through Isaac instead of Ishmael because
Abraham was already married to Sarah. She came first.
The seed then passed through Leah because she was Jacob's first wife,
even though Jacob loved Rachel more. The covenant should have
gone to Reuven as the firstborn son, but he disqualified himself by sexual
perversion (Genesis 35:22). The second son Shimon was disqualified because of murder (Genesis 34:30). Levi lost the kingship lineage because of his cooperation with Shimon, but retained the priesthood as the 3rd born.
The covenant right was then passed on to Judah (Genesis 43:3). He proved himself worthy by being willing to sacrifice himself to save Benjamin (Genesis 44:18). When Jacob travelled to Egypt, the order of Judah's leadership was already set (Genesis 46:28). The
order of the encampment of the tribes in the wilderness was again, "Judah first" (Numbers 10:14). When the Israelites conquered the land of Canaan, Judah went up first (Judges 1:2).
With Order comes Controversy
The controversy about the priority of the tribe of Judah came to a head
when David became king. After the rebellion of Absalom, the northern
10 tribes of Israel accused the tribe of Judah of "stealing" the
coronation rights (II Samuel 19:42-44). Judah replied
that their priority came from being "closer relatives" to David. Israel responded by saying they were "10
times" larger, and that Judah had dishonored them.
But Judah's claim to being "first" was stronger than the Israelites'
claim to equality.
The conflict between Judah and Israel foreshadows the conflict between
Israel and the Church. Although the huge quantity of people in
the international Church has great importance, it does not override the
covenant order of Judah coming first. This order will continue into the
end times (Zechariah 12:7) to the second coming (Matthew 23:39) and even to the millennial government (Matthew 19:28).
[God's Kingdom is established by covenant. God is faithful to His covenants. Covenants have order; and that order reflects authority structure – whether in marriage (I Timothy 2:13), family, government, Church or Israel.]
Worship in Spirit and Truth
By Dan Juster
Matthew 6:33 commands, “Seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness.” The
first step in seeking His Kingdom is to seek a relationship with the
King through worship. Kingdom advance flows out from, and is empowered
In John 4, Yeshua says to the Samaritan woman, “You worship what you do not know; we worship that which we know, for salvation is from the Jews. But an hour is coming, and now is, when true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and truth, for such people the Father seeks to be His worshippers. God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth".
Worship in truth means that the content of our worship must be based on the
truth and that it must be sincere. God is extolled as Creator, the Infinite One, who is merciful, loving and just. He must be extolled as the one who intervenes in human history to bring about His good purposes. The
Exodus and other historical acts of God permeate the Psalms.
Yeshua in John 4 is drawing out a difference here between the Mosaic order and the New Covenant order. Yeshua said that the least in the Kingdom is greater than John the Immerser. In
this better new covenant, our worship centers on Him and all He has done for us: His crucifixion, His mercy, His ministry, His resurrection, His ascension, His rule from heaven, and His return and future reign.
In a familiar double entendre, Yeshua says, “If I be lifted up from the earth, I will draw all men to Myself” (John 12:32). This refers to His crucifixion through which He draws all people to Himself. Such power and love is released in His crucifixion that it had to lead to His resurrection. This is where justice and mercy kiss. Here is the fullest expression of the love of God, His suffering with all the pain of humanity. However, the verse also refers to our lifting Him up in our worship.
Worship in spirit connotes fervor of spirit kindled by the Holy Spirit. As
Jonathan Edwards so well argued in his magnum opus, The Religious Affections, our relationship to the Father, Son and Spirit is an affection that must include emotion.
We can only do so much alone. In this message Asher stresses that the kingdom of God is made up of people and that we have no other choice but to build relationships and work as a team to extend the kingdom of God. To watch, click HERE!
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