Many people have a theology that leap frogs the story of Israel in the Old Testament. They jump from Adam to Christ because they view the cross as getting us back to Adam.

This approach to scripture has led to many erroneous teachings, because many “dominion” theologies have spun from it, such as the one that claims that we are little gods.

When the story of Israel in the Old Testament becomes important to us, we will shun such teachings that claim we are gods, for the narrative of the story of Israel repeatedly addresses this issue of idolatry within the heart of men.

It is idolatry that causes a man to want to claim “we are gods,”

When God gave to Israel the Ten Commandments, the first three commands address this very thing.

I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. ~ Exodus 20:2-7

The fourth commandment was to keep the Sabbath holy as a reminder that GOD had rested on the Sabbath day.

God alone is the creator, and that he alone is God is repeated over and over to the people of Israel. The Sabbath was to serve as a reminder to Israel that they we to serve the Creator, and not themselves.

Yet idolatry was a constant problem in Israel, even as it is within the church. Men love to be idolized and want to think they are gods. They re not.

God said to Israel, “I am God, and there is no other.”

Some think that the curse of the law was simply death for sin, and that redemption from the curse of the law means being restored to a “god-like” status, because they think that is what redemption is all about.

They are wrong. And the reason they think this way is because they have leapfrogged the story of Israel in their theology and doctrine.

The curse of the law was exile, and the reason for the exile was predominately idolatry.

Christ did not redeem us to be gods, he redeemed us from idolatry when he redeemed us from the curse of the law, so that from a pure heart we would serve the Living God.

How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the Living God? ~ Hebrews 9:14

Leapfrogging God’s covenant with ancient Israel leads to many unsound ideologies, and you will not truly understand the finished work of Christ’s redemption if you read the Bible in such a manner.

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