Jehovah Keeps His Great Edenic Promise -- A Sacred Secret Revealed! (Genesis 3:15, Revelation 10:7)
In 1 Chronicles Chapter 5, we notice the genealogy of Reuben is given. Reuben, although Jacob’s firstborn, lost his right as firstborn after he defiled his father’s marital bed. This right of firstborn became Joseph’s; therefore Reuben was not listed in the genealogical records as firstborn.
Commenting on the "right of firstborn," the Watchtower Society's 1969-71 release entitled, Aid To Bible Understanding remarks,
"From earliest times the firstborn son held an honored position in the family and was the one who succeeded to the headship of the household. He inherited a double portion of the father's property. (Deut. 21:17) Reuben was seated by Joseph at a meal according to his right as firstborn. (Gen. 43:33) But the Bible does not always honor the firstborn by listing sons according to birth. The first place is often given to the most prominent or faithful of the sons rather than to the firstborn. Gen. 6:10; 1 Chron. 1:28; compare Genesis 11:26, 32; 12:4." -- See Aid To Bible Understanding page 584 par. #1
Therefore because of the above, the actual giving of the right of "firstborn" to Joseph actually became God's Personal Responsibility and God's Right to decide, a "Judicial Decision" from Jehovah, as to who receives the right of firstborn in this case. Jehovah made the choice of Joseph, wherein the rightful "2 parts" that normally goes to the firstborn son, now was given to Joseph. And in turn, Joseph's 2 sons and their descendants, the tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh would receive each a blessed part, individually.
Again, this is very similar to the blessings of "2 parts" requested by the prophet Elisha of his spiritual "father," Elijah. (1 Cor. 4:15) This would give the prophet Elisha, the right to become spiritually speaking, the "firstborn" son of the greater prophet Elijah. Jesus once alluded to a passing on of a spiritual inheritance to his disciples, a "greater" blessing given to his loyal followers, where they too would do even "greater works" than Jesus, that is in a collective sense, as a firstborn progeny to him. -- 2 Kings 2:9, 10, 12, 15; John 14:12
Therefore, the passing on of the right of the firstborn is of great importance to the YORWW Arrangement, since we have come to understand, Jesus Christ himself, by leading a life of complete obedience to Jehovah's Law, the Mosaic Law, proved that he was truly a "Son" of God, a conqueror. (Romans 1:4; Rev. 3:21) Thus, by keeping the Divine Law perfectly without sin, Jesus actually became Adam's replacement as Patriarchal Head of human family, and Firstborn of all of mankind. In this way he became Davidic Heir, Messianic Heir, from David's line. Yes, Jesus became Jehovah's Choice, the Chosen One, to become God's firstborn from mankind. -- Acts 2:29, 30; 1 Corinthians 15:45
However, after doing this, we are reminded of one important fact, namely, in order to partake of these wonderous blessings as mankind's firstborn, as Adam was, Jesus would have to live upon earth, and rule from the earth, as the Davidic Heir, since this is the place that David ruled, yes, the earth. -- Psalms 72:7-17; Luke 1:32, 32
Of course, we all know, this would NOT be a desirable thing for Jesus, namely to give up his pre-human heavenly existence altogether, and accept permanent life on earth as David's earthly Heir....AWAY from His Heavenly Father...forevermore. No, this would not be a desirable thing at all. -- Psalms 45:17; Psalms 72:8, 17; Psalms 89:27-29
Therefore, Jesus himself tells of what really happened to the right of his becoming "firstborn" from among mankind, a position he acquired by fulfilling the Mosaic Law itself and replacing Adam. Since Jesus Christ in heaven was ALREADY, the "firstborn of ALL CREATION," the firstborn of God's Heavenly Family, as the "only begotten" son of Jehovah, in the heavens, such a title of being "firstborn" from among mankind as Adam was, would not be such an appealing honor. No but instead, such a designation as being "firstborn" from among mankind, would actually be a lesser honor to the one he already enjoyed in the heavens, with his Heavenly Father. -- John 1:18; Colossians 1:15
Therefore, for these reasons and others, Jesus indicated while on earth this great human "honor" that he had righteously acquired, would be passed on, as a gift to the "Spirit of Truth." He said,
"That one [spirit of truth] will glorify me, because he will receive from what is mine and will declare it to you. All the things that the Father has are mine. That is why I said he receives from what is mine and declares it to you." -- John 16:14, 15
(For more information on the "Spirit of Truth" Topic see article entitled: The "Spirit of Truth" & Elijah)
Therefore, in this way, the "Spirit of Truth," a special person designated by God, a chosen vessel, could receive "what is mine" from Jesus. This person, would become God's Choice, the "firstborn" from among mankind by way of a Choice...a choice by God. Just like Joseph was chosen by God, to acquire Reuben's right to being firstborn. Yes, Jehovah would again, choose...it would be God's Right to choose a fitting replacement for Adam, as "firstborn" from among mankind, the one we refer to as the "Spirit of Truth," the Modern Day "Servant" and "Chieftain" of God's Glorious Temple Arrangement upon earth.
Thus, in this way, Jehovah's GRAND EDENIC PROMISE originally made in the Garden of Eden, would finally come true, namely a sinful descendant of Eve, the "seed" of Eve, would become the permanent "heir" and "son" of God, by way of an especially gracious act on Jesus' part, yes a very special "gift" from Jesus Christ to a sinner on earth...a chosen vessel of Jehovah. Thus, in Jehovah's original purpose, we see God's Great "Mystery" or "Sacred Secret" is finally revealed, yes "incomprehensible things," hitherto unseen things even, for all mankind to finally, finally see and understand. -- Isaiah 42:16; Jeremiah 33:3; 1 Corinthians 2:9
Yes, it was God's original purpose, to use Jesus as a Special Agent, to release mankind from sin and death by his unswelving loyalty and obedience in keeping Divine Law, to finally and fittingly, yes "break up the works" of Satan the Devil, and become the All-Time Chief "means" by which Jehovah saves all of mankind. When Jesus accomplished this, it had already been decided in heaven, that now, Jesus would give up his hard earned right to become David's Kingdom Heir, and give away this most wonderful "gift" of being firstborn of mankind, to a sinful descendant of Eve, yes God's Choice to become Adam's Replacement, the Modern Day "Servant." And in so doing, Jehovah will have fully fulfilled His Glorious Eden Promise, originally made in the Garden of Eden when man first sinned, at the behest of Satan. Think about it. -- Psalms 89:27-29; John 16:13, 14; Isaiah 49:1-7; Ezekiel 44:3; Genesis 3:15; 1 John 3:8; Acts 28:28; Revelation 10:7
Review Questions For Article: Jehovah Keeps His Great Edenic Promise: A Sacred Secret
1. Why did Jacob’s firstborn son, Reuben, have his right as firstborn taken from him?
2. What comment is made in the publication Aid to Bible Understanding regarding some reasons why a firstborn son would not be listed as such?
3. Ultimately, who makes the decision as to who will be given the actual right of firstborn?
4. How does the account, recorded at 2 Kings 2:9, 10, 12, 15 and John 14:12 show that the right of firstborn can be bestowed in a “spiritual” sense as well as in a physical sense?
5. What did Jesus receive due to his keeping the Divine Law, the Mosaic Law, perfectly?
6. Why would it not be desirable, from Jesus’ standpoint, to partake of his right as earth’s firstborn son?
7. Why did Jesus agree to do with this hard-earned right to be mankind’s firstborn?
8. As a result of this act on Jesus’ part, what does the “Spirit of Truth” become?
9. How will Jehovah now have fulfilled His promise made in the Garden of Eden?
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The "Scapegoat" Doctrine of Leviticus 16:10 taught here. Also, the coming of the Modern Day "Servant", "Elijah" the prophet and the "Spirit of Truth" are explained here. (Isaiah 49:1-7; Malachi 4:5, 6; Matthew 17:10, 11; John 16:13-15) As well as the Great "Mystery of God" as revealed, in the first prophecy from God of Genesis 3:15.
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