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Two Clouds Of Eyewitnesses -  VI  [6 of 17]

Despite a last moment, yet short-lived realisation that he might have to proceed further, he was waiting for the surprise that his beloved son's life was safe. He had to face his wife Sarah when he returned home and preferred to save his own neck rather than come back without their son (Genesis 12:11-12).

He also told the young men that they would both be returning after worshipping Yahuw'ah (Genesis 22:5). So he knew that a ram was going to be provided for the sacrifice.

Anyway, Sarah would not be in any mood to do it all again. So this was just a test. At the right moment he heard what he was expecting. The script was already written, only he was not privy to it. He had seen surprises like this many times before in his life.

  Evidently it was necessary, it being the sign required for ongoing access to El Shadday and El Elyown and giving faith its legal basis. Male foreskin removal was never meant to be just a religious or cultural ritual, setting Abraham and his descendants apart from the world.

  Going to the heart of the human-eluhiymic relationship, this covenant of promise involving circumcision was meant to last a thousand generations, not one hundred as Paul's gospel presumes (Psalm 105:8-11). There was no mystery hidden in God/THEOS of the kind described in Ephesians 2:10 to 3:11.

  In John 6:44-45 and 7:37-39 the details of this relationship are explained sufficiently with circumcision reinforced earlier in 7:22-23.

Never underestimate the surprise element when dealing with one's Creator. Life is never boring. Planet ATAR is full of so many surprises, which this author has discovered numerous times.

Consequently there was no crisis, just a guided mystery tour, all choreographed down to the last moment like those creation events in Genesis 1 and 2, yet with a lesson attached.

Furthermore it was customary for patriarchal heads (11:20-22) to bless their sons and have certain knowledge of the future. For years the present writer has known that he will be working through original manuscripts hidden in caves on the new Earth and living there. He, too, thinks about this every day.

Yowceph's hunch therefore about his bones going back to Kena'an was not only a custom, but his grandfather Abraham had said this would happen anyway (Genesis 15:13-16). Here one might wonder what kind of knowledge of Scripture that Theodorus the author of Hebrews possessed.


Mosheh's parents (11:23) were worried about his safety and trusted El Shadday that a solution would be found. Most babies are beautiful and cute. Thanks to the king’s daughter he was discovered and raised in Pharaoh Sobekhotep IV’s household.

Did this prince of Mitsrayim refuse to be called the "son of Pharaoh's daughter" (11:24-26) or did he rediscover his Hebrew roots and observe their sufferings while reacting to, yet not joining in, their mistreatment?

What reproach of Christ with its greater riches did he prefer to the treasures of Mitsrayim? He had never even heard of El Elyown until addressed from the Burning Bush (Exodus 3).

It was common sense which compelled him to escape Mitsrayim for forty years after killing the taskmaster and presumably being dobbed in by his fellow Hebrews.

Now here is something for those who believe that the Bible is the "inerrant Word of God", whatever that means.

In 11:27 it says, "By faith he left Egypt, not being afraid of the anger of the king; for he endured as seeing him who is invisible." He saw the invisible THEOS or LORD God.

Wow! He saw the one whom no man has ever seen or can see. The author of Hebrews, a friend of Paul, broke rank here with his friend. In addition, against Paul he even dared to place God/THEOS in Heaven with his own throne (see Hebrews 1:3,13 and 12:22-23).

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