x511.......The Church a "type of Israel"?
This is often taught within our churches of today. The real teaching behind this concept is in fact the teaching of the word of God from church experience.
This is what I mean: The fact is that much of what we operate and function by within our churches--most specifically with regard to ministry and authority--come to us from the old testament--and from the government of Israel by the OT laws. (example: we have a pastor--who is in essence the "levitical priest " of the church--the "delegated designated authority to do ministry within the temple"--concepts which are only found in the the OT and not in the NT--the levitical priesthood being done away with in NT doctrine.)
But our experience is that our churches are operated by OT laws--so in order to explain this--in order to lead us to believe that we ought to search through OT law in order to find church operation (for example--- tithing!)--we make the statement that "the church is a type of Israel"
But the biblical fact is that the exact opposite is true!
The Bible most plainly states that Israel--and the OT laws of government--were simply the shadow of the glory of the new covenant church. Israel was the imperfect example of what the church in the bible was. It was the imperfect example of operating in God. It had the imperfect priesthood of the levites--it had the imperfect sacrifice of animals--we as the church have the light and the glory--we have the true ministry of Christ--and the blood that forgives all mankind--once for all--and a perfect high priest--under whose authority we are all now made kings and priest in the earth. Kings to rule over satan--and priests to serve the holy will of the Father--through the empowerment of the Spirit and the command and instruction of the Head of the church--Christ--who sits at the right hand of the Father with all power and authority--amen!
15 And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew
of them openly, triumphing over them in it.
16 ¶ Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:
17 Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.
18 Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,
19 And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God.
20 Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances,
21 (Touch not; taste not; handle not;
22 Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men?
23 Which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body; not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh.
1 ¶ If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. (Collosians 2: 15-3:1)
1 Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have such
an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty
in the heavens;
2 A minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man.
3 For every high priest is ordained to offer gifts and sacrifices: wherefore it is of necessity that this man have somewhat also to offer.
4 For if he were on earth, he should not be a priest, seeing that there are priests that offer gifts according to the law:
5 Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount.
6 But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises.
7 For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second.
8 For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah:
(Hebrews 8:1-8, KJV).
1 For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not
the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they
offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.
2 For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins.
3 But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year.
4 For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.
5 Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me:
6 In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure.
7 Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.
8 Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law;
9 Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second.
10 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
(Hebrews 10:1-10, KJV).
Notice that it is the old covenant--specifically with regard to sacrifice (which was the tithe!) and Levitical priesthood and the authority thereof--which was only the shadow--the "type" of the new glory which Christ brought. These verse make it plain that these specific areas of the old covenant are to be to be taken away--in order to establish the second covenant. Jesus took them away--but in history, the church put them back--operating the new covenant church by these specific old covenant rules--in effect we are operating the church by the shadows--and not by the glorious light of the new covenant ministry which Jesus demonstrated. Our "church experience"gives us the idea that these old covenant ideas are right and correct--and then leads us to preach that the church was a type of Israel--that the church must relate itself in these ways to old covenant Israel. Now it is true that much can be learnt by studying the example of Israel from the Bible--but we should always read the Bible in the context which God Himself set it in--and not the context which our church experience might lead us to believe. The fact is that Israel is meant to be the shadow--the "type"--of the church--NOT the other way around!
The law is the shadow of the church; they were the shadow; the opposite of the church., not the real thing. The law is not the real thing; its not quite Jesus.
One thing which many ignore is that the new covenant contains thousands of commands of God (read the red letters in your Bible--they are all "thus saith the Lord!). In the new testament, most of the familiar commands of the old are repeated--the old and the new agree that "thou shalt not steal--covet--murder"--etc. But the new is very specific--it clearly takes away everything in the old covenant which had the purpose cleansing. As it says in the above verses in Hebrews, all forms of sacrifice and offering are done away with (Christ is the "better" offering for sin) and also all the operations which involved sacrifce and offering. Those things are the sabbath, the priesthood, the temple, and of course "the tithe" (the tithe was the AMOUNT of the specific animals and grain that were offered for sin, by the levitical priests--most often on the sabbath). Yet a form of theses operations occupy a good proportion of our time effort and money!