Lineage is a lot more straight forward with animals. If born to lions, you are a lion. Were you born into the Smith family? Then according to tradition you are a Smith. If Smiths can be found in your ancestry, you are in the line of Smiths.
Many generations of lions developing in disparate geographic locations yield distant-cousin lions, yet they are all lions. We are all of the lineage of Adam, via Noah. After Noah, his sons’ families separated and populated the world. Still, we are all on the lineage of Adam, via Noah. Eventually Abraham was acknowledged regarding the prosperity of his lineage. It appears that God had a much more personal relationship with those who acknowledged Him. So, Abraham walked and talked with God, and he prospered in all. Eventually, via Abraham, Jacob, Judah, and David, the lineage path of Jesus’ birth came to fruition.
Moses, not in the Jesus’ lineage, was engaged by God to bring His people out of Egyptian slavery to move them to their promised land. However, those early Jews had been in Egyptian captivity for approximately 400 years and during their exodus from Egypt they surely behaved in many ways consistent with what they learned over the course of twenty generations of slavery. As such, their journey between the Red Sea and the Jordan River apparently required recurrent tests of their faith and willingness to submit to God’s authority and direction. This included creation of the Ten Commandments and development of lifestyle rituals (laws) by which they might at least pursue righteousness even if repeatedly needing to repent and engage in atonement given lack of ability to maintain their righteousness. With formal “laws” in place, as they sinned (failed to keep the laws) it was appropriate for them to be labeled Sinners (those who broke their laws).
These laws were only offered to a specific group of people. Thereby, neither the associated benefits nor punishments were imputed to any others. However, the labels sin/Sinner have since then been applied at their discretion by anyone who observes contra-Mosaic law behavior by people outside of these Judean Jews and their lineage, in spite of the fact that no others were present when the Law was derived, nor did any other group agree to live by the Mosaic standards.
God provided His Laws to the descendants of a specific Moses/Aaron-led people, a specific people, and Sinner/sin are terms most appropriately assigned to them and their lineage. By analogy, they are all lions of Judah, with Jesus eventually presenting as the Lion King of Judah, redeeming His family line from all the curses associated with having had to live under the Laws.
Gentiles (all persons outside Jesus’ lineage) in particular, are only distant cousins of the “lions” of Judean lineage. As such, the Law was not created for them, they were never subject to the Law, and thereby never Sinners. Nor should Gentiles have actually been subject to sin-consciousness. That doesn’t suggest that there were and are no persons whose behaviors and personalities were evil, there were and are plenty. However, Gentiles had/have their own secular rules, lifestyles, and labels for adverse behaviors and those who committed such behaviors. Unfortunately, many past and present religious leaders, and church members inappropriately label people in and outside of their organizations.
God as Jesus, came to free His lineage from the Law, bringing a New Covenant, and offering Gentiles the opportunity for adoption into the Lion family so that they might receive all related blessings by faith in His Word. If they accept Jesus, it is by God’s Grace that they are redeemed, receive everlasting life, and receive the blessings of God as they travail here on Earth. So, what is the Bible to the adopted lions?
- It is an introduction to God.
- It is a history of Jesus’ Judean family.
- It is a history of Old Covenant traditions by which Jesus’ ancestors attempted to live.
- It is a promissory note and New Covenant for both present Judeans, all other Jews and Gentiles, honoring the blessings of the Old Covenant under better terms of the New Covenant.
- It is a statement proclaiming that you do not have to repent, confess, atone, publicly witness and provide confession for that which you did or were, particularly that which would have been labeled sin under the Old Covenant. Jesus redeemed you and your “religious” obligations to others regarding past, current and future transgressions.
- It is a “faith tool set” providing scriptural support to address all of your challenges during your lifetime.
It is a brutal world out there. God gave His world to Man, but it is shared by believers and non-believers alike. Become a New Covenant Lion and fight the good fight of faith to prosper in this world.