Casting Out the Bondwoman--Part 6
Aug 07, 2009
In 1982, when it was first confirmed that I was indeed "hearing" God's voice, I adopted the practice of asking Him for what I called a "personal verse" after writing down what I heard Him say. A Scripture reference would then come to mind, and I looked it up to see what it said. It did not take long to see that those Scriptures related directly to the word that He had just spoken to me. I soon realized that He was giving me Scripture to confirm the spoken word.
Throughout the years, this became normal in my prayer time. I do not always ask for Scripture any more, but when I do, I am never disappointed. In fact, I found that this was a method by which God was teaching me how to apply the Scriptures to the questions that I was asking. In this way, I learned applications of the law and the prophets that I had never read anywhere else.
This is, perhaps, the reason why my message differs from others--and why some of my teachings are (shall I say) "unique."
Well, it happened again last night. As I pondered my own series on casting out the bondwoman, and my audacity for calling Christian Zionists to repent, I asked the Lord for confirmation once again. He gave me Lev. 19:19, 20. I will quote the NASB with some modifications from a more literal rendering:
(19) You are to keep My statutes. You shall not breed together two kinds of your cattle; you shall not sow your field with two kinds of seed, nor wear a garment upon you of two kinds of material mixed together. (20) Now if a man lies carnally with another man's bondwoman, who has in no way been redeemed [purchased from him], nor given her freedom, there shall be a scourging; they shall not, however, be put to death, because she was not free.
Verse 19 is the law against unlawful mixtures (including marriages). A similar law is found in Deut. 22:10,
"You shall not plow with an ox and a donkey together."
Or, as Paul says in 2 Cor. 6:14,
"Be not unequally yoked together with unbelievers."
(See also 1 Cor. 7:12-16 about what to do if one is already "unequally yoked.")
This law applies to breeding animals as well as to people-marriages. It is the basis of the law against genetically modified food and hybridization of animals. The law is also applicable to the mixture of linen and wool, because these materials represent spirit and flesh. For this reason, at the fulfillment of the feast of Tabernacles, those who are manifested sons of God are not allowed to appear to people on earth as ghosts (spirits), but must put off their "linen" garments (spiritual bodies) and put on wool (flesh bodies).
This is what Jesus did when He appeared to His disciples after His resurrection (Luke 24:36-43). We see this law prophesied also in Ezekiel 44:17-19 in regard to the Melchizedek Order of priests ("sons of Zadok"), where it was specifically forbidden for them to minister in the outer court while dressed in their linens.
I found it significant that Lev. 19:19 and 20 would be linked together in the Lord's confirmation. I don't think I had ever linked these two laws, but saw them as largely separate. But verse 20 is about having an affair with another man's bondwoman. Here is where it is directly linked to my current series.
There are various levels of application of this law, and each is valid when applied correctly.
First, on a corporate level, Paul says that the bondwoman is Jerusalem, and its children (the adherents of Judaism) are Ishmaelites, legally speaking. Christians are supposed to be Isaac, the inheritor, the children of the free woman, Sarah. But what happens when some children turn out to be Christian Zionists? Or when Christians convert to Judaism in order to become one of the "chosen people"? Such are the offspring of an unlawful mixture. They are yoking an ox and an ass together. They are mixing linen and wool in their garments of salvation. They are the result of spiritual hybridization, which has rendered them incapable of reproducing Christ, much like a mule, which is a cross between a horse and an ass.
Jerusalem is someone else's bondwoman, someone not yet redeemed (purchased). Paul says in Gal. 4:25 that "she is in slavery with her children." What was true in Paul's day is still true today. Jerusalem is still a bondwoman. Evidence to the contrary would be to see Jerusalem repent and turn to Christ, thereby being "redeemed." Redemption, in Jewish terms, means putting land under Jewish occupation and ownership. But from a New Testament position, nothing is redeemed apart from Jesus Christ. As long as the inhabitants of Jerusalem deny the right of Jesus to rule as King or Landlord, that city is legally unredeemed.
Because Jerusalem does not follow Jesus Christ, she is another man's bondwoman. It would be a violation of the law for Jesus to have relations and bring forth children with another man's bondwoman. Hence, Jesus will not bring forth the Manchild through Jerusalem.
In the days of the Old Covenant, God did indeed marry a bondwoman, but He did so only after purchasing (redeeming) her from Egypt (Ex. 15:13). That was a lawful relationship, even though it could not bring forth the sons of God, that is, the Isaac company. That relationship ended in divorce (Jer. 3:8; Hos. 2:2).
The New Covenant is a new marriage relationship, based not upon Christ marrying a bondwoman, but rather a free woman. Only this marriage covenant can actually reproduce Christ in the earth through the manifested sons of God.
In another application of this law, many Christians have gotten into bed with the Zionists to produce Christian Zionism. The law is quite specific in its judgment of such a situation: "there shall be a scourging."
Fortunately, God's law does not prescribe the death penalty in such cases. The reason is, "because she was not free." One can only marvel at the wisdom of God. Some would criticize God's law for being too lenient here, but if God had prescribed the death penalty for literal cases of fornication with a bondwoman, then He would have had to apply that penalty equally to the Christian Zionists. But the wisdom of God only prescribes a scourging.
The law of scourging is found in Deut. 25:1-3, and there we find that the penalty is limited to no more than 40 stripes. It is painful, but temporary and limited. Jesus applied this law to His "servants" (i.e., Christians) in Luke 12:47, 48.
This indicates that Christian Zionists will come under some type of limited corrective judgment for unlawfully marrying another man's bondwoman. This is being unequally yoked together, for it mixes linen (New Covenant) with wool (Old Covenant). Hence, they mix Christianity with Zionism and end up with Christian Zionism, a hybrid that cannot reproduce Christ (at least not in the sense of fulfilling the Feast of Tabernacles and becoming manifested sons of God in the first resurrection).
Instead, such Christians will have to be "scourged," which takes place at the second resurrection at the Great White Throne judgment, as Jesus taught in Luke 12. Jesus calls this scourging a "fire" in the next verse (49); and the apostle Paul tells us that they will be "saved yet so as by fire" (1 Cor. 3:15). The fire represents the law of God itself (Deut. 33:2; Jer. 23:29), and in this case it is defined as a temporary scourging.
So essentially, the law in Lev. 19:19, 20, revealed last evening, confirms the view that Christian Zionists will not inherit as "Isaac" because they are children of the bondwoman. They are in violation of the law of God and stand in need of correction.
This is the sixth part of a series titled "Casting Out the Bondwoman." To view all parts, click the link below.
Dr. Stephen Jones