Why did John the Immerser say about Yeshua, “He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will immerse you with the Holy Spirit and fire,” and without stopping there went on to say: "His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean out His threshing floor, and gather His wheat into the barn; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire" (Matthew 3:11-12)? In the previous article we determined whom the “wheat” represented, and pointed out as to how great was ‘the day of YHVH’s sowing’ of the seed of this grain in the earth. But according to the prophets, a day must come when reapers go out to the nations, before the plowman goes to till the field for the next planting: “Behold, the days are coming,’ says YHVH, ‘when the plowman shall overtake the reaper, and the treader of grapes him who sows seed…’” (Amos 9:13).
“To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven” (Ecclesiastes 3:1). There will come a time for the seed of the forefathers to ripen and bear the fruit of righteousness. Thus I want to reiterate that, when Abraham believed Elohim righteousness was ascribed, attributed, assigned, stamped and sealed upon him, or said differently, at that time his faith was “anointed” by the Word with an added attribute: “righteousness”. Then, from Abraham’s natural sperm/seed through Sarah’s dead womb YHVH called forth into life Isaac who sired a seed “after it’s kind” in the womb of his wife, Rebecca. But because there were two seeds in Rebecca’s womb (even biologically, as Esau and Jacob were not identical twins), YHVH according to His mercy, chose Jacob to father the chosen nation/goy that would receive the covenant promises. In Romans chapters 4 and 9 Paul elaborates on this matter, explaining YHVH’s ‘procedure’ of choice and decision regarding that “righteous seed” predestined to multiply and fill the earth. Commonly Abraham is viewed as the natural progenitor of the Jewish people, but only as an ‘exemplar’ or ‘prototype’ of the “faith people”. The latter are not considered to be the natural sown seed (of faith) that YHVH had scattered, watered, watched over and eventually would be harvested in the field of this world. But is that an accurate understanding? Yeshua, speaking to the multitudes, reminded them of what YHVH had said to Moses: “I am the Elohim of Abraham, the Elohim of Isaac, and the Elohim of Jacob”, and then added: “Elohim is not the Elohim of the dead, but of the living" (Matthew 22:32). In saying that, Yeshua was making reference to the womb of Sarah and to the progeny of the forefathers.
Here is the testimony of the witnesses who became proof of the faith that was marked by YHVH’s anointing: “By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, of whom it was said, ‘In Isaac your seed shall be called,’ concluding that Elohim was able to raise him up, even from the dead, from which he also received him in a figurative sense. By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come. By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph, and worshiped, leaning on the top of his staff. By faith Joseph, when he was dying, made mention of the departure of the children of
, and gave instructions concerning his bones” (Hebrews 11:17-22 emphasis added). This is the very same faith that is evident in the posterity of the seed in every generation. Israel
In Romans Paul makes this point quite clear when he refers to what is written in Genesis about our fathers: “(As it is written, ‘I have made you a father of many nations’) in the presence of Him whom he believed -- Elohim, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did; [meaning Sarah’s seed] who, contrary to hope, in hope believed, so that he became the father of many nations, according to what was spoken, ‘So shall your seed be.’ And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah's womb. He did not waver at the promise of Elohim through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to Elohim” (4:17-20 emphases added).
“But it is not that the word of Elohim has taken no effect [failed]. For they are not all Israel who are of Israel, nor are they all children because they are the seed of Abraham; but, ‘In Isaac your seed shall be called’" (Romans 9:6-7 emphasis added). “No effect” in the original Greek is “ekpipto”, meaning “fallen down”. The Hebrew New Testament translates it “fallen to the ground”, which brings to mind the scripture about the seed that is sifted but not lost: "For surely I will command, and will sift the house of Israel among all nations, as grain is sifted in a sieve; yet not the smallest grain shall fall to the ground” (Amos 9:9). In other words, YHVH will not let the seed be lost by allowing it to be mixed with other seed or seeds.
"Elohim is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?” (Numbers 23:19). Has the word of Elohim failed? What “word” is being referred to in Romans 9:6? Is it not the covenant with and the promises to the forefathers? So where is the proof or witness of YHVH’s faithfulness to do what He said He would do? Who are the natural offspring of the forefathers today? Where is this “chosen race”? Is it some “mixed multitude”, as some are led to believe? Or can we say with total assurance that YHVH did not replace Jacob, nor change His mind?
The controversial Galatians chapter 3 does not contradict what its author pointed out in Romans. The subject matter continues to be “Abraham and his seed (Isaac)” and the covenant and promise with and to them. This is particularly evident in 3:17: “And this I say, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years later, cannot annul the covenant that was confirmed before by Elohim in Messiah (His Word), that it should make the promise of no effect” (Galatians 3:17 emphases added). The two key words are “later” and “before”. We have to distinguish between Messiah the Word, and Yeshua the Messiah. Elohim spoke ‘Messiah the Word’ in His promises to Abraham and his seed/Isaac 400 years before the nation of Israel received the Torah at Mount Sinai. Messiah the Word (Yeshua) came in the flesh, the Seed of Elohim 1445 years later, so how could He be the “seed” of Abraham a natural man? The faith and the “word of promise” to Abraham was hidden in the progeny until it was time for it to be revealed. It could not be revealed because the natural seed of Abraham needed to be redeemed from transgression this is why Mount Sinai. Thus their kinsman Redeemer, the Seed of Elohim had to come later. So that after Yeshua’s atoning death and resurrection the promised “righteousness” could be imputed to the predestined seed of the forefathers, to whom this promise was given.
Two other verses in Galatians chapter 3 that should be examined are verses 28 and 29: “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Messiah Yeshua (the promise). And if you are Messiah’s, therefore you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promises” (emphasis added). Hence, the Jew, the Greek, the slave or the free who have the faith to believe that Yeshua was raised from the dead prove that they have come from the one father -Abraham and his promised seed, namely Isaac. Having received the Spirit of Messiah Yeshua, therefore, is not what renders one as being of the seed of Abraham. Rather, it proves that you are from that one called and chosen seed. “In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will” (Ephesians 1:11 emphasis added). “Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified” (Romans 8:30 emphasis added).
Glorify Elohim who is just, faithful, righteous and merciful in all His ways.