Yahshua’s Passover Crucifixion

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Yahshua’s Passover Crucifixion

The Promise Covenant of Gen.15 invariably among Jews, Messianics and even Christians is thought to be; therefore is taught as, the unconditional covenant thus everlasting. This flatly is not so; despite the fact it has been reinforced continually without much variance for literally centuries to the point of being the uncontested axiom of foundational truth. This has lead to many inaccuracies and misconceptions concerning physical circumcision, salvation mode (other than Yahshua being the ‘only way’ Jn.14:6), understanding of ‘the’ law, understanding of covenant class, word definition plays such as rendering ‘new’ of the New Covenant as meaning re-New-ed; to actually mean (wink wink) ‘exactly the same’ and even misconceptions concerning the crucifixion of Yahshua to name but a few. (You may want to go back and review ‘The Rightly Dividing Point’)

Hands-down; The intent of all biblical covenants is to attest to and insure an enduring agreement; thus an everlasting intent. Since we are dealing with the Promise Covenant of Gen.15; we must deal with the event and the evidence of Gen.15. Yahweh’s intent for the Gen.15 covenant was to be for all time and beyond – so much so that the real guarantee for Gen.15 (and all covenants of promise) is Yahweh’s ‘oath’ (Gen.12:1-3). Gen.12 is the ‘wrap around’ covenant if you will. Explained; my use of ‘wrap around’ comes from a little known real-estate maneuver that takes a new money loan (usually of a higher interest rate) and ‘wraps it around’ the pre-existing (more desirable) lower interest loan.

Heb 6:13 For when Yah made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself, :14 Saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee. (Specifically Gen 12:1-3; being virtually restated at Gen 15:1; 4-5)

Concerning the Blood Covenant at Gen.15; we must realize that we have to understand Covenants in the way the ancients understood Covenants. A covenant is a formal agreement – in the case of Gen.12 an ‘oath’ is a formal agreement YHWH made to Himself. Therefore; Gen.12 is the true (pre-existing) ‘unconditional covenant’. Paul identifies the same at Heb.6:13 – Yahweh swears to Himself by Himself for there was “no greater” – AND – (what most miss) there was no ‘death position’ i.e. no ‘death penalty’ (going between slaughtered halved animals) at Gen.12. We also have to understand that the only covenant that can not be broken is one that ‘we’ (as fallible human beings) are not party to (Heb.8:8 ‘for finding fault with them …’).
{Internet Search – Blood Covenant Death Position/Penalty on-line for thousands of entries.}

This is the pivot point of this ‘error drama’. We must understand that a covenant is a formalized agreement. Therefore the ‘oath’ of Gen.12 is an autonomous (self) agreement Yahweh made to Himself. In other words, the Gen.12 ‘oath’ is a covenant. Yahweh oathed (agreed / covenanted) to Himself ‘to’ bless Abraham AND his descendants; BEFORE Yahweh ever entered into covenant ‘with’ Abraham AND his descendants at Gen.15. Those that teach on Gen.15 usually teach the error that Abraham had nothing to do with the covenant because he was put to sleep – !Presto!; unconditional covenant – WRONG!

Gen 15:6 And he believed on YHWH; and He counted it to him for righteousness.

Gen 15:8 And he said, Adonai Yahovee whereby shall I know that I shall inherit it?

This is almost humorous. First of all at Gen.15:6 the uncircumcised Abram believed ‘God’ and it was counted to him as righteousness – right? (Rom.4:3, Gal.3:6, Jms.2:23). But at Gen.15:8 it’s as if this same Abram said ‘I believe but could you sign on the dotted line’? So – what Yahweh is actually doing is insuring His promises (His Gen.12 ‘oath’ already made) to Abram by the Gen.15 covenant at the yet uncircumcised Abram’s request (this is HIGHLY significant). Secondly at Gen.15:9-10 Abram cut the animals in half – How could anyone possibly do that with out being covered in blood; the same blood that ratifies this so-called unconditional covenant? The birds are left whole – there is a huge reason for that to be explained later. Then at Gen.15:11 Abraham is tending this same pending covenant procedure scene. Sounds pretty involved in a dedicated way to me! Then at Gen.15:12 the same uncircumcised Abram was put to ‘sleep’.

Gen 15:10 And he took unto him all these, and divided them in the midst, and laid each piece one against another: *’but the birds divided he not’*. :11 And when the fowls came down upon the carcases, Abram drove them away. :12 And when the sun was going down, a deep ‘sleep’ <tardemah> H8639 fell upon Abram; and, lo, an horror of great darkness fell upon him.

Paramount to superficial reasoning; the whole ‘unconditional covenant’ argument hinges on ‘sleep’ (‘deep sleep’ in some Bibles) from the Hebrew <tardemah> only meaning ‘sleep’ as in incoherently incapacitated i.e. unconscious – ergo; not cognitively there or in other words ‘dead to the world’. The Hebrew <tardemah> can mean lethargy or to put into a trance like state. In this case <tardemah> cannot mean ‘sleep’ as we know it, for Gen.15:13 shows Yahweh speaking to Abram. We know that ‘Yah’ is not the ‘author of confusion’ (1Cor.14:33); there is no point to speak and demonstrate where there is no visual or audible conscious perception (Jn.8:56).

John 8:56 Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad.

Much more substantial than the ‘sleep’ issue is the awareness of Gen.15:17. We usually hear that ‘God walked through the pieces’; implying, intimating or leaving everyone to assume that He did so alone. But what do the ‘smoking furnace *’and’* the lighted lamp’ represent? We have all heard that ‘our “God” is a consuming fire’ and we all know that Yahshua is the ‘light of the world’. There has to be at least two parties to make this type of covenant. The covenant at Gen.15 is a two party agreement evidenced by the word ‘and’ at Gen.15:17 (‘with’; in some Bibles). Yahweh the Father (the smoking furnace) is the party of the first part. The pre-incarnate Yahshua (Jn.8:56) ‘lighted lamp’ is standing in for (in the place of / substitute for / representative of) Abram (still un-circumcised; name not yet changed to Abr’ah’am) AND his descendants collectively (v:18) as the party of the second part.

Gen 15:17 And it came to pass, that, when the sun went down, and it was dark, behold a smoking furnace, *and* (classically from <‘eth> H853) a burning lamp that passed between those pieces.

This ‘passing between the (halved) pieces’ was signifying two main pledges 1] agreement to keep the covenant being made, 2] acceptance of death should this covenant ever be broken. The paramount question is; if the covenant at Gen.15 is in fact an unconditional covenant (as is widely taught and unquestioningly accepted) – Why is it attached to a condition? For nothing? Why is it attached to the most serve penalty possible – death? We must realize that Father (God) Yahweh needed that Covenant Condition; it was part of His plan from the start.

Nothing takes Yahweh by surprise. That means that Father YHWH knew with Yahshua before creation, that Yahshua was from creation meant to be Abraham’s proxy (stand in / substitute) taking on Himself the ‘death penalty’ for Abraham AND his descendants ‘if’ they (the said same) ever broke this Gen.15 covenant. Jer.31:32 is the empirical proof that Yahweh declares they (the descendants) did ‘break’ this covenant. If you fast forward that to the cross, you can see that Yahshua was scourged and beaten beyond recognition basically resembling those halved animals at Gen.15, the exact ‘death penalty’ for breaking the Gen.15 covenant.

Jer 31:32 Not according to the covenant that I made with ‘their fathers’ in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant ‘they brake’, although I was an ‘husband unto them’, saith YHWH: (Note: their, they, them; are all 12 Tribes not just Jews v:31)

So – what does that tell you? What does the crucifixion of Yahshua evidence? There was a lot of ways to die that no bones would be broken (Ps.34:20); drowned, buried alive, heart-attack, lighting, asphyxiation, herbs, poison, etc. What does that tell you about the Gen.15 covenant? The point is; would you die; in that way – by beating and crucifixion; basically resembling those halved animals if the covenant that demanded that kind of death had *’not’* been broken? No? Neither would Yahshua – that was the covenant drama point of Mat.26:39. The Gen.15 point (understanding as the ancients would) is that there would be no reason to put any of the covenant participants to death unless that covenant that demanded that penalty had been in fact broken – as in nullified i.e. null and void! The fact that Yahshua was put to death because He accepted that position is not only iron clad; it was intentional Grace!

Many recoil (including Jews) that God would demand a human sacrifice. There is a big difference in demanding a sacrifice and accepting to be that sacrifice. Yahshua had accepted that covenant position.

Mat 26:39 And he (Yahshua) went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.

It was not possible – there was only the ‘one way’ that all the prophecies could be fulfilled. We must realize that many things intersected at the cross; Yahshua’s one death simultaneously in confluence satisfied several scripturally prophetic issues. Yahshua died the death of the ‘adulterous bride’; He died the death of the ‘rebellious son’; He died the death for the ‘sins of the whole world’ and He died the death for the breaking of the Gen.15 covenant. But most importantly; He died as the spotless lamb of YHWH; His (Yahshua’s) Blood shed (by scourging and crucifixion) did blood ratify the ‘New Covenant’ (Mt.26:24, Mk.14:26, Lk.22:20 – Jer.31:31-33/Heb.8:8-10; 9:12).
**{Awareness – Gen.15:17 as a two party covenant presents a real problem for the ‘oneness’ proponents.}**

So – logically the intelligent question is; how did Abraham’s descendants break the so-called unbreakable-unconditional Gen.15 covenant? Jer.31:32 holds the clue; v:31 says ‘I will make a New Covenant’, v:32 goes on to say ‘not like I made with your fathers’ who I took out of “Egypt” even though my covenant ‘they (as in all) brake’. The only blood-ratified covenant that these ‘fathers’ were physically party to was the ‘Book of the Covenant’ (Ex.19:5-24:8). The ‘Book of the Covenant’ was the “inheritance” ‘answer’ (Gal.3:17-18) to the Gen.15 ‘promise’. They (the ‘fathers’ ) did ‘brake’ the “inheritance” covenant (‘answer’) in less than 40 days (Ex.32). Which may explain why these same ‘fathers’ never again circumcised their children (the much hailed covenant ‘entrance’ sign) for the next 40 years without Yahweh’s mention or wrath (Jos.5:5); raising a whole new set of speculations, questions and issues (Heb.7:11-13). (dealt with in Chapter 6).

Note – The term ‘fathers’ at Jer.31:32 does not mean Abraham, Isaac and Jacob as is classically thought of – For intelligently we know that Abraham, Isaac and Jacob could have never been led “by the hand” out of Egypt. And – there is no biblical evidence that Abraham, Isaac or Jacob ever broke the covenant (also v:32). Also – The term ‘fathers’ at Jer.31:32 speaks of ‘generations’ (Also to be dealt with in Chapter 6).

Gal.3:17 frames the situation in that the ‘Book of the Covenant’ “inheritance” (v:18) ‘answer’ was “430 years” (over 4 centuries) removed from the Gen.15 ‘promise’. You cannot break a 430 year removed ‘answer’ without breaking the ‘promise’ itself as well. In other words; a ‘promise’ expects an ‘answer’; hence – you break the answer – you break the promise. Breaking the Gen.15 ‘promise’ had consequences – a death penalty – that Yahshua (as the Gen.15 ‘lighted lamp’) took in our place (as descendants of Abraham – Rom.4:16). Hence; Yahshua’s crucifixion all by itself is the slam-dunk proof that; 1] the Gen.15 promise covenant was in fact a two party covenant 2] that was broken (as in null and void) 3] requiring the death penalty ‘condition’ attached to the Gen.15 covenant to be carried out i.e. enacted – Hence the ‘Crucifixion’. 4] Therefore the Gen.15 ‘promise’ as Abram’s insurance / guarantee (Gen.15:8) by YHWH (critical awareness) is a ‘conditional’ covenant.

In using the term ‘conditional’ it can be thought of in different ways – usually in a formal agreement a two party covenant usually follows a – you do this and I’ll do that – line of thought. At Gen.15 Abram (or his descendants) is not asked to do, perform or abstain from anything. Remember – Yahweh is primarily entering this covenant as a guarantee to Abram at Abram’s request for a guarantee (Gen.15:8). Yet; to covenant in this way meant there would be exchange of some personal items – the major of these are; exchange of names and exchange of the firstborn. Abram was to sacrifice Isaac (Gen.22); Yahweh did sacrifice Yahshua. This ‘guarantee’ required that there would be a future answer (Gen.15:16) that Abram was not going to live long enough to see. The answer included another covenant – this time with Abram’s (Abraham’s) Descendants; which they broke (Ex.32).

Yahweh did fulfill His promise. The Sinai Book of the Covenant (Ex.19:5-24:8) was that Gen.15 covenant answer made with Abr’ah’am’s Descendants. But these Descendants broke the ‘answer’; now the promise had no answer. This ‘answer’ was ‘guaranteed’ by a covenant that carried a ‘death position’. Even though the Descendants broke the ‘answer’ – Yahshua had accepted that death penalty as the covenant ‘go`el kinsmen redeemer’ (Lev.25:25) for these said same Descendants. That means that by design and Yah’s intent the Gen.15 covenant could be broken – as in could be made invalid; enacting the attached penalty condition of death – intricately needed for YHWH’s plan of blood covering salvation – hence the ‘cup pass’ and ‘no other way’ verbiage of Mat.26:39; 42 and Jn.14:6. In the clearest terms that I am capable of, the Gen.15 promise guarantee covenant had to be broken to enact the ‘go’el kinsmen redeemer’ death penalty (through Yahshua) redeeming all others party to that Gen.15 covenant.

All is not lost; YHWH has a plan – is still working that plan – is still blessing Abraham and his descendants (us) – because of His ‘oath’ at Gen.12 not because of Gen.15. You say HUH? Look again, all the promises of Gen.12 are restated at Gen.15, that means that the promises still stand in their original Gen.12 position. So; what’s the difference? The main difference is that the Gen.15 covenant had the death position; secondly it gave Yahshua the covenant legal right and standing to die in our place – the Gen.12 oath did not. Hence the Gen.15 covenant was employed because it could be broken – for a purpose – Yahweh’s plan of salvation purpose. Yahweh foreknew that it would be broken. Yahweh Himself declared it broken at Jer.31:32. Knowing exactly what it would cost Him (that also is grace). The only covenant we cannot break is the one we are not party to. The only covenant YHWH is obligated to keep is one that has never been broken (Jer.31:32). We cannot break Yahweh’s oath to Himself; neither will Yahweh break Yahweh’s oath to Himself.

Ps.89:34 My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing ‘that is gone out of my lips (Gen.12:1-3)’

We must be willing to see what Psalms 89:34 does not say; this does not say ‘our’, it says ‘my’. Yahweh does not mince or waste words. The Sovereign of All understands the conceptual difference between what is ‘my’, what is ‘their’, what is ‘your’ and what is ‘our’; – go figure. This puts such verses that say ‘your new moons; your feasts (which have been profaned making it ‘your’) my soul hates’ in a very different light. The Gen.12 ‘oath’ is a single party “My Covenant” (Heb.6:13); Gen.15 is a two party ‘our covenant’ evidenced in many ways – some we have already dealt with; the rest will be exampled in the continuing.

When covenants (including ‘blood ratified’) were made it included the exchange of some few items – mostly personal effects; in the case of Gen.15 it included the exchange of name – Abram became Abr’ah’am equal (in a family covenanted sense) to Y’ah’; it included the exchange of scars – circumcision will definitely leave a mark; so will crucifixion – it included the exchange of the First Born; Abraham was to sacrifice Isaac (his only covenant heir and 1st born of Sarah) – Yahweh did sacrifice Yahshua (His only begotten and 1st born) – Interestingly Yahweh calls the nation of Israel (Abraham’s descendants) ‘My First Born’ (Ex.4:22, Jer.31:9). Further; Yahshua – YHWH’s only begotten came to us through the Israelite tribe of Judah thus being Abraham’s progeny (offspring) also (Abraham’s 1st Born {by covenant} in the sense of pre-eminence not sequence).

The conditional ‘our covenant’ scene depicted at Gen.15 is that the halved animals are placed in such a way that the forequarters are placed on one side; aligned with the hindquarters placed on the other, leaving an aisle-way in between. This walkway is extremely significant and has to be understood in the way that the ancients would have understood it. In the way that two men of that time making this type of a blood covenant with each other would have done and understood. Walking down this aisle-way (or as some assert in a figure 8 pattern) signified two things; 1] agreement to keep the covenant being made. 2] on the pain of death if either or both parties ever broke that covenant – in other words this type of blood ratified covenant had a provision; a ‘death position’, a ‘death penalty’, a ‘condition’ for the non-performance (i.e. breaking) of covenant. (Note; There is a difference between being ‘guilty’ and accepting ‘responsibility’)

Yahweh; sovereign of the universe could have chosen any thing, mode or conveyance to guarantee surety to Abraham – therefore Father YHWH is uniquely and solely responsible for this ‘guarantee’ like no other. YHWH orchestrated and chose this situation – this type of covenanting procedure as His covenant vehicle of guaranteed surety to Abraham; to be preserved in recorded history for all time and beyond. Now; ask yourself – Self; why would an unconditional covenant have a contingent condition to insure that this covenant was never broken? If it (the covenant at Gen.15) in fact could never be broken? Yahweh wastes nothing – He had a reason and a plan. Nothing caught Him by surprise. You will not find a contingent condition attached to Gen.12; thus Yahweh’s Gen.12 ‘oath’ (itself a covenant) is ‘unconditional’, guaranteed only by the sovereign Father Yahweh alone.

Excerpt from my Book ‘ Back to the Melchizedek Future ‘.

Yah’s Esteem – David L. Perry Th.D.

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