This week in our review of Isaiah Decoded we’ll continue with our look at chapter 4 - Jacob/Israel, Believers in a Creator-God. In previous posts, we set out this sequence that we see in chapter 4: Jacob > Returns to the Law > Israel > Keeps the Law > Zion/Jerusalem. So this week, we’ll tackle Returning to the Law. The primary concepts that we should see in this week’s review is that Jacob returns to the law/renews the covenant but as yet, Jacob hasn’t actively implemented the law/covenant in their lives, which what we see occur with Zion/Jerusalem. Moreover, what we’ll see this week is God’s Law/Covenant set in the context of the Fullness of Messiah as we prepare to receive Him when He returns in power and glory.
Returning to the Law/Renewing the Covenant
As we saw in the opening paragraph, Dr. Gileadi sets out this sequence in chapter 4 –
“According to Isaiah, “Israel” represents those who have renewed the covenant but who haven’t yet ascended higher. “Jacob” represents those who believe in God but who haven’t yet renewed the covenant.” “…[they] can ascend to the next level (Zion/Jerusalem) by keeping God’s law and word.” – p. 115
The Covenant/Law in the Fullness of Messiah
One of the important distinctions that we will see in the Endtimes is an integration of the Messiah into Israel’s law code. We can say that because animal sacrifice for personal sin was never the destination for Israel’s sacrificial system - becoming like the Messiah and overcoming sin is that destination – Jeremiah 31:31-34. Moreover, the Messiah said that he was not abolishing the law but to make it full and complete.
“Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to [make full].” – Matt 5:17
Messiah’s Primary Teaching
The primary teaching that we see Yeshua declare was His admonition to be “born again” – John 3. This process of being born again is to transform one’s life to live a higher reality on a more elevated plane.
“When we ascend, we are not as we were. We are still ourselves, but we are remade and transformed. When we ascend …, we no longer think and act exactly as before. In that sense, being “born again” means living a higher reality, functioning on a more elevated plane.” – P. 130
Really, our first task in Messiah is to overcome our carnal natures manifested in sin or being transformed from out carnal natures into a state of righteousness.
Being Born Again and the Process of Transformation
When we drill down into Yeshua’s teachings on the process of being born again, what we see are four aspects of rebirth – water, blood, spirit, and a new reality. The scriptures set out this pattern of rebirth –
This is Yeshua’s general model of being born again to overcome our carnal natures manifested in sin.
Covenant Theology and Being Born Again
Another concept that we need to include with the process of being born again are God’s covenants. Covenants and covenant law define our relationships with God. When we integrate the biblical covenants that we see in the Bible, this is what we immerges –
The Covenant/Law in the Fullness of Messiah – Revisited
The final destination of Israel’s law code was never intended to culminate without the integration of Israel’s Messiah. As a steppingstone during mortality, God’s law in the Torah was designed to bring Israel into God’s presence, but this would never be fully accomplished until Yehovah as Yeshua in mortality made the law full and complete. The following table identifies the Messianic elements that we see in the New Testament that would be integrated in with Israel’s law code.
Renewing The Covenant
God in the Torah provides a structured protocol for renewing our covenants with Him, which He accomplishes through the “moedim” – appointed times – that we see in Lev. 23. This is how God’s covenants and Israel’s holy days come together.