GONE TO THE DOG'S
by Frank Stigall
First Race: How did the races come about? God only created one race in the beginning. That race was Adam and Eve. From Adam sprang all nationalities on this earth, regardless of color. However, we are not going to speak of color, but of race only, which encompass all men. There was a time when there was only one race of people on the earth, and Adam was the federal head of this race. However, things did not go well. “And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” (Gen. 6:5). The first race of people must have grieved God’s heart. Cain killed his brother, Abel, and man has continued to be very sinful ever since. So sinful that God said: “I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth.” (Gen. 6:7). However, there was one man on the earth that was not like all the rest. His name was Noah.
“But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD. Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.” (Gen. 68-9). It looked as though God’s idea was to take the Adam race and start it all over again with Noah and his family. Indeed that is exactly what he did. Noah was instructed by God to build an ark for him and his family,and for the animals. Then the floods came and destroyed millions of people who were on the face of the earth. However, God did not start a new race or nation with Noah. It was more like turning over a new page with the same race. It would seem like a good idea to start all over again with a man that was upright, and who walked with God. However, things once again did not go well and this new generation also became corrupt. They became corrupt, because they were still living with a Satan nature in them, and this generation of Noah could not change their spots any more than a leopard could change his. This defect has been built in the entire human race. Doomed to failure was built in, and that is exactly what the human race did. They became as sinful as those before the flood, and possibly, a little worse.
They decided to build a city and a tower in order to make for themselves a great name. In plain language what they wanted to do was to get God out of their thinking. “Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.” (Rom. 1:21). Have you ever read the first chapter of Romans? This first race of people in Genesis is whom these scriptures refer. This Gentile race and all their children to come are cut off from God. In Rom. 1:20, God says these people are without excuse, as they clearly understood who God was, but they wanted to erase him from their minds. At this point in Gen. 11, 2600 years have gone by, and the people once again have become exceedingly sinful. “Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen” (Rom. 1:25). We are smart enough to go to the moon, eradicate many diseases that have killed thousands of people in the past, but we have not been able to read the word of God and properly divide the scriptures. In this area of spiritual understanding, we have fallen short, and blindness has covered our eyes to the truth. This is not so much different today, when the gospel of grace is being stretched out of shape, and commingled with the past gospel message of the kingdom. For this reason born again people revert to a lesser position, and the grace of God in their life dried up. “Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.” (Galatians 1:7). God said of the first race of people two times, “he gave them up” (Romans 1:24, 26) and in Romans 1:28 “God gave them over to a reprobate mind.” This meant God was finished with correcting them, and he wanted nothing more to do with them.
Second Race :
The second race begins in Genesis 12, when God called a man by the name of Abram. As you can see in figure 1, he called Abram out of the first race. The first race is known as the uncircumcised or Gentile race in the Bible. Abraham was a Gentile, (uncircumcised) and most likely an idol worshipper. Eventually Abram’s name was changed to Abraham, who became the beginning of the second race. We need to see this is the creation of a new race of people who never existed before on the face of the earth. Abraham became the father of this race. The reason why this is so significant is that God had given up on the Gentile race.
From Genesis 12 to the end of the Old Testament, God deals only with the Jewish people from the seed of Abraham. They were not always called Jews. They were first calledHebrews, because Abraham dwelled in Hebron for a while. Then they were called Israelites because Jacob had his name changed to Israel. He had twelve sons that became head of the twelve tribes of Israel. Then after the seventy years of captivity in Babylon, they adopted the name Jew which was taken from the word Judah. They were also known as the circumcised race. The name Abraham is found 162 times in the Old Testament, and 69 times in the New Testament. He is without a doubt a very important person in the Bible.
The Call of Abraham
When God called Abram in Genesis 12, he gave him four promises. “And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing” (Genesis 12:2). God promised Abraham he would make him a great nation, but he had no sons. So first God had to take a man of one hundred and a woman of ninety and produce a promise son just to fulfill his promise to him. The reference “great nation” refers to the Jews, the descendants of Abraham through Isaac and Jacob. I will bless thee, and make thy name great. This promise was fulfilled in Abraham’s temporal blessings (Genesis 13:2; 24:35), spiritual blessings (Genesis 21:22), and fame (Genesis 23:6; Isaiah 41:8), and thou shall be a blessing, the consequence of God’s blessing upon Abraham. (Luke 1:73; Luke 16:24; Luke 16:30; John 8:53; John 8:56; Acts 7:2; Romans 4:12). Genesis 12, was the beginning of the dispensation of promise and extends all the way to the cross.
The main promise I want you to see is that of the seed. The reason is that with this seed, God the Father will start a new creation race. Check out Figure 2 for how this transpired.
I know the Bible calls this the seed of Abraham, but more to the point, the promised seed (Jesus) would come from God, to the lineage of Abraham. Abraham was not the father of Jesus. The lineage of Abraham provided only a body for Jesus through Mary, to house the seed of God. Thus, Jesus was both God and man. However, the body that was furnished by the lineage of Abraham died at the cross. Then the body of Jesus was resurrected, and changed to be compatible with eternity. The real point here is God is the Father of Jesus, and not Abraham. The next question is, are we (Christians) the seed of Abraham. “And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” (Galatians 3:29). Notice the prerequisite, “if ye be Christ’s.” First and foremost you must first belong to Christ. Then and only then are you Abraham’s seed, but not the natural seed of Abraham as that would make you a Jew. Instead you are of the spiritual seed of Abraham who is Jesus. By death, Jesus became disconnected from the Jewish race. Jesus was not resurrected to become a Jew or a Gentile. However, through the resurrection he lives, and like Abraham he becomes the head of the new creation race that never existed before. I invite you to look at Figure 1 again to see how the new creation race was started. They came from a dead man that had been resurrected. “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit” (John12:24).
The Government of Israel
We are trying to hold this chapter to how and when all three races were started, so we have left out a lot of things that transpired with Israel. This second race like the first one has witnessed God in His glory, but rebelled and backslides over and over again. The only reason I can figure why God did not throw them out, was because of the promises God made with Abraham. Furthermore, he had chosen Sarah as his wife, (Jeremiah 3:14) and Sarah is to bare his Son, Jesus. If you look at Figure 3, it may help to understand how all this more clearly works. First of all, God has always been the head of Israel. He at one time governed Israel by Kings, Judges, and Prophets. That is to say, He spoke to these people, and told them what to say, and they became God’s voice to the people. The day came when God ordained seventy people to be his spokesmen and they came to be known as the Sanhedrin. They served the same purpose as the prophets, and they were God’s spokesmen to Israel. “And the LORD said unto Moses, Gather unto me seventy men of the elders of Israel, whom thou knowest to be the elders of the people, and officers over them; and bring them unto the tabernacle of the congregation, that they may stand there with thee. And I will come down and talk with thee there: and I will take of the spirit which is upon thee, and will put it upon them; and they shall bear the burden of the people with thee, that thou bear it not thyself alone.” (Numbers 11:16-17). Israel became very reluctant to have anything to do with Jesus. Can the mother hate her child so bad as the old proverb says, they threw out the baby with the bath water? When Jesus came on the scene, and declared himself as their Messiah he was rejected by the Sanhedrin, the highest judicial ecclesiastical council sometimes called the seventy.
This was the highest religious office in Israel. Israel is a theocracy, which means “their government is ruled by, or subject to, religious authority”. Israel has two governments to obey at the time of the New Testament. They are the religious government, and the Roman government. This religious government is much like our Federal government. They make the laws, and deal out the punishment for breaking those laws. Their laws were in what they called the Torah. The Torah is a scroll of parchment containing the first five books of the Hebrew Scriptures. This would be similar to our constitution here in the USA. With these five books of the Bible the Sanhedrin governed the nation Israel in spiritual matters. The Sanhedrin added six hundred and forty laws of their own making to the Torah. The point being God worked with the Sanhedrin and they, in turn,worked with the people of Israel.
Whatever the Sanhedrin said was what Israel did. In the course of time they did not remain a good group of guys, they became a group of politicians made up of Pharisees and Sadducee’s. This is the group that martyred the apostle James, and on many occasions tried to kill Peter, and was guilty of crucifying the Lord of Glory. This is what is said about them. “For the Sadducee’s say that there is no resurrection, neither angel, nor spirit: but the Pharisees confess both.” (Acts 23:8). If the Sanhedrin had said Jesus was their Messiah then all Israel would have been saved. This group of Sanhedrin in Jesus’ day was much different from those in the day of Moses. Nevertheless, God honoured the office in order to honor his government. Salvation for the nation must start at the top down to the people, under this theocracy. We must remember that when the Day of Atonement came around, it was the high priest of this group that entered the Holy of Holy’s with the blood of the Atonement; a day when all Israel had their sins forgiven corporately in one moment of time. This pretty much agrees with Romans 11:26. When salvation finely comes to Israel, it will come to all Israel.
So now we have two races on the earth, but look what has happened to them. God has rejected the Gentiles, and the Jewish race has rejected God. What does God do? He begins all over again to bring forth a new race. This race will have a new federal head, which is none other than the resurrected Jesus. This is the only race that begins with God, and has spiritually birthed sons in it. It is called “The New Creation Race”. “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17). We have said little about the cross up to this point, but the cross is the hinge on which all of the new creation hangs. Without the cross there would be no new creation race. The Father gathered up the sin of the entire world and placed it in the body of Jesus on the cross. The original sin of Adam, and all the sins of both races, Gentiles and Jews. In doing so, he destroyed the enmity between God and man.
From Before the Foundation
How can a man who is sinful and has a Satan nature ever become born again. Being lost in trespasses and sin, without God, and on the road to Hell, it is quite evident that something must be done in order that a depraved race could call on God for His hand of mercy. The Father has fixed all humans to be able to do just that. First of all, we need to understand the difference between these two scriptures which both say “Before the foundation of the world.” “According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love.” (Ephesians1:4) “Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you.” (1 Peter 1:20). This scripture (Ephesians 1:4) is not talking about the election of certain people, while others are rejected. It is saying that before the world’s foundation was ever laid, God chose all to be in Him. It says He loved the whole world, not just a chosen few (John 3:16).
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