The “Etz” (Wood) laid upon Yitzchak and the “Etz” laid upon Moshiach
Every area of our lives must be submitted to Moshiach. Like Yitzchak, we must be obedient. The old self in jeopardy of the fire has had its “Akedah” (binding) and has become “talui al haEtz” (hanged on the Wood/Tree) with Moshiach Tzidkeinu, whose righteousness from Hashem has been credited to the believer (as it was in the case of believing Avraham, Bereishis 15:6). The righteousness imputed to Avraham Avinu and his faith has been imputed to your faith and mine. Hashem truly did provide for those aroused to walk with Moshiach in the newness of life. Notice in Genesis 22:13 you have the word TAV KHET TAV (TAH-KHAT) meaning “in the stead of” and giving us the idea of substitutionary atonement.
Yitzchak = Moshiach = you = korban chai (living sacrifice)
Are you aware of Yitzchak's akedah? Moshiach's akedah? Your own akedah of the old self, a daily spiritual concern of all true believers. The messianic believer is already graciously and mercifully reckoned dead. Daily I must remember that I died and was co-buried, actually buried together with Moshiach (Romans 6:2-3) and Hashem considers me legally dead with him, reckoning my faith as right standing before Him (Romans 5:1) and no longer reckoning my past transgressions against me. So as a believer with my ongoing daily struggle with sin, I need to reckon myself dead unto sin and my members as dead and unusable as weapons of unrighteousness. The messianic believer is already reckoned as buried zikh getoyv'lt in der mikveh and accounted alive and justified and born from above by grace through faith in Moshiach, and therefore in the power of the Ruach Hakodesh “puts to death” or mortifies his inclinations and fleshly sins [Ro 8:13; Col 3:3-5] which do not belong to the life of being a follower of Moshiach. As Avraham Avinu bound Yitzchak, so by the power of G-d the regenerated spirit (Yn 3:6) in tandem with [see all importantly Ro 8:13] the Ruach Hakodesh binds the old self so that, in the newness of life and with a renewed mind, the new self as a korban chai (Ro 12:1) follows Moshiach by the grace and mercy of G-d to glory. By the discipline of G-d, from salvation to glorification there is mortification ["I die daily" [1Co 15:31], which is not mere ascetic practices but a daily reckoning of the old self talui haetz, and bound in an akedah which is possible only because the [see Ro 7:22] adam hapenimi [Eph 3:16] or regenerated Spirit is alive and spiritually in touch with Moshiach the Devar HaChayim and the Scriptures.
Those who believe that Ro 7:14-25 must
be speaking of Rav Sha’ul as he remembers his days before he became
a Messianic Jew need to look at Ro 8:12-13 where he warns believers
(note the word “brethren”) about the need to mortify the flesh.
As we approach the season of Yom Teruah (the Day of the Shofar Blast, Rosh Hashanah) we need to remember the akedah. For the preeminent Biblical text of the Days of Awe is the Akedah, the binding of Isaac. See Genesis Chapter 22. Whoever tries to keep his life will lose it (and remember the rich young ruler went away very depressed.) But whoever loses his life will find it. What does this have to do with you? Here is an illustration. Suppose you were once a drug addict and your habit was always on your mind and as a junkie your habit was the reason for nearly every decision you made. Suppose someone from the mob kept sending a drug dealer to your house to try to get you to buy more drugs. Now if one day you got into a drug rehab program and got off drugs, you would bitterly resent and hate that drug boss from the mob and that dealer the drug boss was always sending around to further enslave you in your habit. Now let's call the drug boss the devil and let's call the dealer your flesh. Now before you were born again, the devil was always at work sifting your flesh which made carnal demands from you, but now that you are delivered you are under no obligation to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the carnal deeds of the body, you will live. (See Ro 8:12-13). Let's get envigorated against the devil and let's get agitated against the flesh. Even if you had a $500 a day habit before, you owe the devil nothing now. You are under no obligation to the flesh. Get it straight in your mind. Wake up and get your serious game face on. Resist the devil. Make no provision for the flesh (Ro 13:11-14).
Something of this
same struggle, the struggle called mortification can be seen in what is wrought by
G-d when the lowest believer
is used in G-d ordained ministry to threaten Satan’s kingdom.
If you read Rav Shaul's letters carefully you will see that he had to struggle with the fact that very often the Twelve in Jerusalem or those in their circle were accorded more respect than him and his teachings and pronouncements were often given a "second-rate" evaluation by many in comparison with the Jerusalem leadership. This would have tempted his flesh to covet. How he resists that fleshy temptation is laid out in the book of Romans. See especially Ro 7:7-8.
The exegesis above
identifies the adam hapenimi or inner man, inner self, of Rom 7:22 and
2Cor 4:16 and Eph 3:16 as the interior Messianic believer’s life or mind, the
inward or invisible man of the Olam HaBah whom the world, the flesh, and the devil
would capture or deflect from the will of G-d, for if there is an “old man” in
Ro 6:6, then there is a new man, the inner man in Ro 7:22.
And this new man must put on or be enrobed (Co 3:10) in Moshiach,
in Moshiach’s mikveh mayim and must put on the whole armor of G-d and the
mighty empowerment of the Ruach Hakodesh
as a daily mode of dress in order to stand against the wiles of the devil
and stand prayerfully vigilant and
properly attired with the Mt 22:11 “new birth”
robe of joy that is requisite attire for
the Choson Moshiach’s Chasunoh.