The Missing Rib – The Covenant
Posted by adventbiblestudy on September 23, 2015
Okay guys, today we’re going to talk a little bit about God’s Covenant. I know there is a lot of misconceptions, and misunderstandings about God’s Covenant. I know the reason why because I’m a licensed Real Estate Broker in Wisconsin. I’ve been making a living in Real Estate for about twelve years now. And I’ve seen just about everything. My job is to make the home buying process understandable and easy as possible. So every time I write a contract, I have to explain every detail before the client signs.
We’ll problems come up from time to time. No matter how careful I am while writing those contracts, there are times disagreements come up, and I have to deal with them. Originally I was taught to always put everything in writing. That is supposed to solve all the problems before they occur. But here is how those problems always begin.
The Internet is the worse thing that ever happened to Real Estate industry. Ask any agent who closed more than three transactions. They can tell you, the worse customer is the one who viewed a video or two online and now considers himself an expert. Come on men, don’t we all do that to one extent or another. We have some driving force inside of us that makes us an expert on every subject. We are quick to point out every mistake, be it a football game, situation at work, home, and at church. Especially at other churches. I know so many men who claim to be experts and know everything about churches they’ve never been in. They know all the people, exactly what they do, and how what they believe.
This is especially true in Real Estate some times. I’ve seen both men and women do it. Especially
the people who actually signed up on some of those sites, claiming to be rich, successful Real Estate investors. Anyone with any actual experience in Real Estate investing can tell you, those guys are crooks. They know nothing about Real Estate. I was able to reverse engineer their entire process and the script they work from and post that on the Internet. That has saved hundreds of people a thousands of dollars.
I did face one major dispute that went all the way to arbitration. The problem was the same one I faced dozens of times. Come on men, I know you love doing this. At least some of you. You love to interpret the contract. You take one little line out of a contract, twist it to your advantage, and try to convince everyone your right, and the world is wrong. Hey, don’t we see some people doing that with scripture? Especially with God’s Covenant.
In the situation I faced, the buyer was very deep into an Internet scam. Lucky for me, the seller, the client I represented, was a licensed Real Estate Attorney. He worked for a small bank, selling their foreclosed properties. It was like an illustration showing how God is always thinking ahead, and sends His angels.
That woman, the buyer, was convinced she knew how to interpret the contract, based on instructions she received from those Internet scammers. Of course, she had to pay an arm and a leg for that advice. We have a law here in Wisconsin as with most other states. Only licensed attorneys are allowed to interpret contracts. Like I said, lucky for me, I was working for on attorney on that deal.
I have to tell you. As detailed as I am, I was worried about that deal when it went to arbitration. The entire transaction from top to bottom, inside and outside was reviewed by an attorney. When we get into disputes, we have to follow specific guidelines and steps to the letter. Any missing information, missed step, and misleading statements, could result in a fine, or loss of license. It took months to review all the paperwork involved. Then finally the decision came.
The decision hinged on two details. The agent for the buyer failed to file a notice on what the buyer claimed was a defect. The other point centered on providing a warning. Not knowing it at the time, I sent the agent working with the buyer an email with specific details explaining what I saw as the problem. I sent the agent for the buyer an email explaining in detail what I saw as the product of an Internet scam. The decision from the attorney reviewing the case looked at that email, and saw the required warning was delivered.
Did you see the spiritual parallels in that lesson? The arbitrator was both lawyer and judge. His decision was final. Who do we know as our spiritual lawyer and judge? The notice of defects is easy to understand. What made this world defective? Sin. It’s that simple. And the email I sent which the arbitrator viewed as sufficient warning. That is self explanatory. Don’t we receive all the warnings we need? Aren’t they all recorded in scripture? And don’t forget the review of all the documents and process from beginning to end. That’s the review of our lives.
We know a covenant is a type of contract. We also know, a legal, binding contract by law has to protect both parties equally. How do we apply that concept to God’s Covenant? First, we have to understand what God’s Covenant really is.
I find this rather strange, and I know I have to make mention of this. I am writing this on September 23, 2015. Hundreds of self proclaimed prophets flooded the Internet with predictions the world will end today. Other prophets claim this is the beginning of those seven last plagues in Revelation. I have no doubt, they are all wrong, and thousands of people will be reading this for some time. You see, I know for a fact, none of those people have any idea about God’s timing. That shows me beyond any shadow of doubt, they don’t know how to study scripture. It also tells me, the have little or no personal relationship with Christ. If they did, they would know what Christ is doing today. Scripture is clear, Christ is conducting the judgment process in the Heavenly Sanctuary. At some point in time, Jesus will move from judging the dead to judging the living. It’s a pretty scary thought to know you may be judged while your still living. But that is a fact. It makes me think about that notice of defect. Did I confess all my sins? Just one missing piece of paper spelled doom for that other agent.
This world is filled with false teachers misinterpreting God’s Covenant. Like those problem people I have to deal with, they tear out one line, and make a big deal out of. Like state laws says in Real Estate, only licensed attorneys are allowed to interpret contracts. Our attorney is Christ. If they are not going to Christ for His interpretation, they are going to be wrong.
God’s Covenant is made up of bits and pieces scattered throughout scripture. I know your going to ask, what does the Covenant have to do with the missing rib? Everything! Inside the Covenant is the understanding of the missing bone all men have. Or don’t have. If you went through the first lesson and looked at the Hebrew definitions for that word rib, you should have a pretty good idea. If you looked at how that Hebrew word was translated in other verses, you know this subject is much larger than anyone imagined. So the natural thing to do is, review all the Covenant. Each item in God’s Covenant has details in the stories that can and will teach you about that missing bone and how it relates to God’s plan of Salvation.
We can follow God’s Covenant through the Bible by searching the word Covenant in a computer program, or using a Concordance. The first place that Covenant is mentioned is in a story about Noah.
Genesis 6:17-18 NLTse “Look! I am about to cover the earth with a flood that will destroy every living thing that breathes. Everything on earth will die. (18) But I will confirm my covenant with you. So enter the boat–you and your wife and your sons and their wives.
The main point here centers on family. Moses repeated the related words wife and wives to draw our attention to it. So we know God’s Covenant includes our wives, which are directly related to the missing bone we are looking for.
Let’s take a look at where we started looking at that rib in Genesis chapter 2.
From H6760; a rib (as curved), literally (of the body) or figuratively (of a door, that is, leaf); hence a side, literally (of a person) or figuratively (of an object or the sky, that is, quarter); architecturally a timber (especially floor or ceiling) or plank (single or collectively, that is, a flooring): – beam, board, chamber, corner, leaf, plank, rib, side (chamber).
Now isn’t it strange how the definition of that rib just happens to point to a lot of details Noah had to know about to build that ark? Isn’t this wonderful? Don’t you love the way God took a part out of Adam, then used specific words to point us in the right direction, and in a language us men can understand. Now we know we are in direct contact with God and His Spirit. This is like a road map we can follow. Oops, almost forgot. Men don’t like road maps. They like to find their own route. But this time we have to choice. We either follow God’s map, or we try taking that short cut we learned about in lesson 2.
As we go along this leg of the journey, we see God explaining some very important details about His Covenant. And if you figured out where that missing bone is, you’ll understand the clues given here.
Genesis 9:8-19 NLTse Then God told Noah and his sons, (9) “I hereby confirm my covenant with you and your descendants, (10) and with all the animals that were on the boat with you–the birds, the livestock, and all the wild animals–every living creature on earth. (11) Yes, I am confirming my covenant with you. Never again will floodwaters kill all living creatures; never again will a flood destroy the earth.” (12) Then God said, “I am giving you a sign of my covenant with you and with all living creatures, for all generations to come. (13) I have placed my rainbow in the clouds. It is the sign of my covenant with you and with all the earth. (14) When I send clouds over the earth, the rainbow will appear in the clouds, (15) and I will remember my covenant with you and with all living creatures. Never again will the floodwaters destroy all life. (16) When I see the rainbow in the clouds, I will remember the eternal covenant between God and every living creature on earth.” (17) Then God said to Noah, “Yes, this rainbow is the sign of the covenant I am confirming with all the creatures on earth.” (18) The sons of Noah who came out of the boat with their father were Shem, Ham, and Japheth. (Ham is the father of Canaan.) (19) From these three sons of Noah came all the people who now populate the earth.
Isn’t it interesting how the definition of the rib also explains the shape, or curve of a rainbow? I have to remind you, I never saw any of those details until God sent my missing rib. I can’t stress how important it is to find a woman, a child of God who dives deep into scripture and will not let hold of God’s Spirit until she gets all the answers.
God continued to describe details about His Covenant. The next detail was revealed generations later to Abraham.
Genesis 15:17-21 NLTse After the sun went down and darkness fell, Abram saw a smoking firepot and a flaming torch pass between the halves of the carcasses. (18) So the LORD made a covenant with Abram that day and said, “I have given this land to your descendants, all the way from the border of Egypt to the great Euphrates River– (19) the land now occupied by the Kenites, Kenizzites, Kadmonites, (20) Hittites, Perizzites, Rephaites, (21) Amorites, Canaanites, Girgashites, and Jebusites.”
We see a few more clues about that missing rib in this part of the Covenant. Abraham was told to take a number of animals and cut them in half. Imagine the scene. It wasn’t an easy job for Abraham to cut those animals in half. He had to cut through flesh as well as saw through bone. Blood was all over. By the time he was finished, Abraham was covered in blood. Then Abraham watched that smoking firepot and a flaming torch pass between the halves of the carcasses. Imagine the scene.
Passing between is another clue. Remember the word ribs is made up of two Hebrew words. When we look at the second meaning, we see a spiritual explanation for that ceremony Abraham had to perform.
מנּי מנּי מן
min minnı̂y minnêy
min, min-nee’, min-nay’
For H4482; properly a part of; hence (prepositionally), from or out of in many senses: – above, after, among, at, because of, by (reason of), from (among), in, X neither, X nor, (out) of, over, since, X then, through, X whether, with.
We see another connection in the word ribs to the Covenant. We see the word through in the definition. We also see the definition, from or out of in many senses. This describes part of that scene Abraham lived through just before God made a Covenant with him. God made two promises. God only mentioned descendants. This shows us how God explained the terms of His Covenant in greater detail in another part of scripture. God also mentioned land, which we know referred to the physical land Israel eventually entered, and the spiritual promised land we are waiting for.
God also introduced an important rule of context we have to learn to use to understand the spiritual part of that missing rib. When we look at the introduction of this chapter, we see how God explained details about Abraham’s descendants.
Genesis 15:1-4 NLTse Some time later, the LORD spoke to Abram in a vision and said to him, “Do not be afraid, Abram, for I will protect you, and your reward will be great.” (2) But Abram replied, “O Sovereign LORD, what good are all your blessings when I don’t even have a son? Since you’ve given me no children, Eliezer of Damascus, a servant in my household, will inherit all my wealth. (3) You have given me no descendants of my own, so one of my servants will be my heir.” (4) Then the LORD said to him, “No, your servant will not be your heir, for you will have a son of your own who will be your heir.”
Remember this rule whenever your doing your own studies. Whenever you think something is missing, look at the introduction. The introduction always tells us the main theme in the chapter. That is know as the law of introductions and summaries. The last few verses in a chapter sum up the main theme in the chapter.
In this case the introduction explains everything we need to know about Abraham’s descendants. This is also another clue to understand the spiritual meaning of that missing part of man. God later gave Abraham one of the most important details of that Covenant.
Genesis 17:1-14 NLTse When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to him and said, “I am El-Shaddai–‘God Almighty.’ Serve me faithfully and live a blameless life. (2) I will make a covenant with you, by which I will guarantee to give you countless descendants.” (3) At this, Abram fell face down on the ground. Then God said to him, (4) “This is my covenant with you: I will make you the father of a multitude of nations! (5) What’s more, I am changing your name. It will no longer be Abram. Instead, you will be called Abraham, for you will be the father of many nations. (6) I will make you extremely fruitful. Your descendants will become many nations, and kings will be among them! (7) “I will confirm my covenant with you and your descendants after you, from generation to generation. This is the everlasting covenant: I will always be your God and the God of your descendants after you. (8) And I will give the entire land of Canaan, where you now live as a foreigner, to you and your descendants. It will be their possession forever, and I will be their God.” (9) Then God said to Abraham, “Your responsibility is to obey the terms of the covenant. You and all your descendants have this continual responsibility. (10) This is the covenant that you and your descendants must keep: Each male among you must be circumcised. (11) You must cut off the flesh of your foreskin as a sign of the covenant between me and you. (12) From generation to generation, every male child must be circumcised on the eighth day after his birth. This applies not only to members of your family but also to the servants born in your household and the foreign-born servants whom you have purchased. (13) All must be circumcised. Your bodies will bear the mark of my everlasting covenant. (14) Any male who fails to be circumcised will be cut off from the covenant family for breaking the covenant.”
This is a rather long and detailed part of God’s Covenant. It’s easy to see the main focus is on Abraham and all the children that will come from his seed. This is the most misunderstood part of the Covenant. Men have the hardest time understanding this, and thereby disregard the obvious spiritual meaning. I got news for you. This may be the most obvious clue God placed in scripture.
As men, we have to ask why God choose that spot to place a sign of His Covenant. Out of all the signs God could have used, and all the places He could have placed His sign, why did He choose that one? This is where I have to let you think about that answer on your own. If you studied the word rib from beginning to end like I told you to do, you shouldn’t have any problem seeing the obvious connection between the missing rib and this part of the Covenant. I know a lot of men are dropping out of this lesson at this point. But for those determined to see it to the end, here is another portion of that definition.
From H1 and H622; father of gathering (that is gatherer); Abiasaph, an Israelite: – Abiasaph.
God also put in an obvious link to Abraham in that long strung out definition of a rib. There are other parts of that definition that will remove all doubt what that missing bone points to. The fact of the matter is, God had reasons for hiding this information like He did. And God has a good reason to reveal it in the order we are following here. Men have to learn, they can’t possibly explain the mysteries about that missing rib in one sentence. When they find out what that missing rib represents, they’ll see parts of God’s personality in a light they never knew existed. They will see answers to the plan of Salvation and Jesus ministry they’ll ask why they never them saw before.
The method God used to reveal this secret to us is designed to open up doors to understanding scripture beyond imagination. The process will explain exactly how scripture is designed to explain scripture. Once we understand the process and how to use the proper tools to understand God’s Word, as well as how God’s Spirit guides us through scripture, we’ll see how it is hidden from some people, while men like us can understand lessons so clearly. We will also learn the connection woman have in understanding scripture. We need to see that feminine view men often miss. We will see that part of God He took out of Adam. And we will finally understand it.