First the Question: The messages of Peter and the Eleven, in Acts 1-9, were addressed to ISRAEL alone. True or False?
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And now the answer to the LLM Question of 12-1-2011
Question: The word...JEW...is mentioned for the first time in the Bible about 500 B.C. Esther 2:5. True or False?
Answer: TRUE! JEW is literally...Judaite. The word JEW is mentioned the first time in the Bible about 500 B.C. Esther 2:5. The word JEWS the first time in 2 Kings 16:6. Somewhere between the years 732 B.C. and 632 B.C. Now, out of the 783 responses we received to this question, 88.2% of you got it right. Therefore, let us consider,
THE LLM STUDY OF THE EPISTLE TO THE GALATIANS, THE INTRODUCTION, PART 5 of 7
Beginning with Genesis 12:1 (about 1900 B. C.) to Acts 10:34 (about 41 A. D.) the Bible, about 44 Books, deals with one Nation, Israel; and only with other nations as they have dealings with Israel.
“And God said unto him, Thy name is Jacob: thy name shall not be called any more Jacob, but Israel shall be thy name: and He called his name Israel.” Genesis 35:10. About 1730 B.C. Jacob became Israel about 1730 B.C. Genesis 35:10. Levi was born about 1749 B.C.
We shall refer to this genealogical record presently; but first let us read the story of Cain and Abel in Genesis 4. Cain was the first man born of human parents. He undoubtedly married one of the daughters born unto Adam and Eve. Concerning Cain we read, “By Faith, Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.” Hebrews 11:4. “Not as Cain who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother’s righteous.” 1 John 3:12.
Then concerning men of today who preach another Jesus and another gospel (2 Cor. 11:3-5), the Holy Spirit declares that they are false apostles claiming to be Christ’s servants, but they are Satan’s ministers (2 Cor. 11:13-15) and they are going in the way of Cain. Jude 11. Cain would not accept God’s message of blood redemption. Many today, who claim to be Christians, will not accept Abel’s way, which was God’s way.
Now we refer to the genealogical table above and note the four oldest men concerning whom we have any record, Methuselah, Jared, Adam and Noah. Note how many generations were living when Adam died in 930 A. H. (year of man). Note that Methuselah, the oldest of all, died before his father Enoch died. Why? Hebrews 11:5-6, “By Faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.” Now note, that Methuselah. died at the age of 969, and having been born in the year 687 A.H., he therefore died in the year of; the flood.
Now note that Noah was 600 years old when God sent he flood. Genesis 7:6. Therefore the flood was on the earth 1656 A.H. or about 2350 B.C. Note that Noah found Grace in the sight of the LORD. Genesis 6:8. Noah was not under the law. Noah was not an Israelite. Noah was not an Old Testament character. Noah lived 350 years after the flood. Genesis 9:29. From Noah and Shem came Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Judah, David, and Jesus of Nazareth. Shem was born 98 years before the flood. There are today, as there have been for centuries “anti-Semitic” movements.
Christ is called “the Lion of the Tribe of Judah,” “the Root of David.” Revelation 5:5.
“And she conceived again, and bare a son: and she said, “Now will I praise the LORD:” therefore she called his name Judah; and left bearing.” Genesis 29:35. IN THE YEAR 1748 B.C.
“And all, the souls that came out of the loins of Jacob were seventy souls for Joseph was in Egypt already. Exodus 1:5. In the year 1706 B.C. “And Moses was fourscore years old (80), and Aaron fourscore and three years old (83), when they spake unto Pharaoh.” Exodus 7:7. About 1490 B.C. And the children of Israel journeyed from Rameses to Succoth, about six hundred thousand on foot that were men, besides children.” About 1491 B.C. Exodus 12:37.
Note the beginning of Israel, the birth of the Nation about 1730 B.C. Note the birth of Judah. “Jew” is literally “Judaite.” The word “Jew” is mentioned the first time in the Bible about 500 B.C. Esther 2:5. The word “Jews” the first time in 2 Kings 16:6. Somewhere between the years 732 and 632. Now note Esther 8:17, “many of the Persians became Jews.” They did not become Judahites by nationality but Jews by religion. All Israelites became Jews religiously. In that sense “Jews” and “Israel” were used synonymously.
More than one million Israelites left Egypt about 1492 B.C. Of these only Caleb and Joshua reached Canaan with the generation that followed.
With these facts in mind let us understand that the people of God before the birth of Jacob were neither Israelites, Jews, nor Old Testament saints. Abraham is called “the father of us all” (Romans 4:16) because righteousness is imputed to us as it was to Abram in uncircumcision. Romans 4:22-24, and Romans 4:9-12.
“Believe on the LORD Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved” Acts 16:31, while there is still time!
So There You Have it!
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In The LORD Jesus Christ,
The Lion and Lamb Ministry
Pastor David Picos, D.D.
Minister and Ambassador for Christ in the Ministry of Reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:18-20)