Are we guarding and protecting the commands, statutes, and precepts of our Father’s household? Jesus said that you can sum up the law and the commandments in this one statement, “that you love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the great and first command. And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the law and the prophets. (Matthew 22:31-40)
When Jehovah reached out and began to pursue a reconciliation with mankind this statement made by Jesus was at the foundation of the relationship with Abraham. When we read about Abraham and Jehovah this is what is asked of Abraham, it is what is asked of Isaac, and it is what is asked of Jacob.
Changing of the Law
The sons of Jacob (Israel) had not pursued this action and allowed themselves to become slaves to another master in the earth. When they were rescued by the strength of the Father this same thing was asked of them at the mountain and they rejected it for the form of their own worship. Because of this the priesthood was changed, and when there is a changing of the priesthood it is also necessary for a changing of the law. (Hebrews 7:12).
We have a hard time understanding the nature of Abraham’s relationship to his Father in the kingdom, as a Ruler and a Priest, just as it was with Melchizedek, one of the three sons of Noah, Shem! I know this bursts the bubble of our Christianity, but this Melchizedek was not a pre-incarnate Jesus, he was a man, and that man was Shem who blessed Abraham and passed on this mantle to him in order to usher in the plan of reconciliation.
To Reconcile Mankind
In order to reconcile mankind, there must be an understanding of what we were created to be in the first place. The difficulty in bringing mankind back into this understanding has proven very difficult and the way of the knowledge of good and evil has kept the minds of men enslaved to his own flesh.
Abraham and Jesus understood these principles. The Father searching for a man whom He could trust to guard and protect the commands, precepts, and statues of His household in the earth. We only consider our being as the corrupted flesh being. But man was created to be so much more! A being complete in the image and likeness of His Father, in mind, in character, and in body. Yes, understanding relationship to our Father is found in seeing Jesus as what man was created to be in the beginning when the Father formed man from the dust of the earth. A being that looks like his Father in every way including the physical being.
Jesus in Reference to Abraham
Jesus referenced this fact in his discourse with Pharisees recorded by John, “(Y)your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it and was glad.” (8:56) Jesus was referencing what Abraham understood and they did not! The promise was always about being a son in the Father’s house where there was an inheritance. Although Israel failed to be that inheritance given through the promise of Isaac in the earth, prostituting themselves to other gods and their own flesh.
From Abraham to Jesus, and until now, we have done a very poor job of guarding and protecting the commands, statutes, and precepts of our Father’s household. If the image and likeness of the Father is found in Jesus, and we have adulterated the person of Jesus, then we too, as Israel, have prostituted ourselves to an image and likeness that will not make us complete as our Father in heaven is complete (perfect). (Matthew 5:48)