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Book of Micah Part 8 – Pilgrims and Sojourners

July 28, 2016

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Micah Part 8 – Pilgrims Sojourners

By Pete Wilson

God’s true people just do not fit into or conform to this world.  We truly are aliens and strangers to the carnal world as we sojourn on the earth being prepared for our roles to come.  We have just studied the need for being vigilant as we can easily be led right out of the truth if we do not take heed.  The Psalmist gives us a very good prayer to pray.

Psa 119:19 I am a stranger in the earth: hide not thy commandments from me.

Our entire life is becoming a living sacrifice to the Lord (Rom 12:1) more each day.  It is through the laying down of our lives (Gal 2:20) as our Lord did, that we become that sweet savor offering to the Lord and His Christ.  We do this together with those the Lord puts into His Body.

Num 15:14 And if a stranger sojourn with you, or whosoever be among you in your generations, and will offer an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the LORD; as ye do, so he shall do.

We have seen the work of the Canaanite spirits and its offspring, including the Jebusites and have seen how we must always be on guard against those self-righteous and prideful thoughts that can cut us off and separate us from the Lord.  This spirit is epitomizing the world and traces back to the pride of life we all have in our fleshly DNA.  But conquering and inheriting this land is our promise but first we must sojourn through this land and finish our course in these bodies.

Exo 6:4 And I have also established my covenant with them, to give them the land of Canaan, the land of their pilgrimage, wherein they were strangers.

We are so blessed to be the recipients of God’s mercy in this age.  That is the honor of being judged first and going through the trials and suffering that manifest the glory of the Lord within us.  The Apostle Peter strongly warns us of this ongoing battle and need for vigilance.

1Pe 2:11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts (i.e. PRIDE), which war against the soul

We have lost some sheep from the fold recently and this of course was written in their books and is for our sakes so we will learn and become more mature by exercising our senses (Heb 5:14).  Micah’s prophecy is written to those maturing in The Christ so they would be aware of these idols of heart that can snatch us right off the narrow road despite knowing what we already know and have experienced.  The #1 lesson so far in Micah is that this journey never ends as long as we occupy these vessels.  We must indeed endure to the end and finish the race to receive the Prize and be in the first resurrection (Mat 24:13, Php 3:14).

Before moving on, let’s first recap the key lessons we learned in this eleven city pilgrimage and important phases of growth in our maturation as a Disciple indeed.  These cities represent steps in our process of moving from a babe in Christ (beginning to learn the Truth) to the mature man of Christ.  Our wound of being in a body of flesh with a carnal mind that causes us to commit harlotry against our Husband, Jesus Christ, cannot be cured.

Mic 1:9 For her wound is incurable; for it is come unto Judah; he is come unto the gate of my people, even to Jerusalem.

The Lord’s method is to destroy the old with fire, which is the Word that judges us in a progressive journey towards maturity but only as we are able to receive it.

Joh 16:12 I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.

What a blessing for the new man when judgment has come to our gates.  We speak the words of fire (Jer 5:14) that judge those in Christ which means those in the Body.  Here are the verses that contain spiritual instruction to those given the zeal to dig for Truth and with “ears to hear and eyes to see”.

Mic 1:10 Declare ye it not at Gath, weep ye not at all: in the house of Aphrah roll thyself in the dust.

Mic 1:11 Pass ye away, thou inhabitant of Saphir, having thy shame naked: the inhabitant of Zaanan came not forth in the mourning of Bethezel; he shall receive of you his standing.

Mic 1:12 For the inhabitant of Maroth waited carefully for good: but evil came down from the LORD unto the gate of Jerusalem.

Mic 1:13 O thou inhabitant of Lachish, bind the chariot to the swift beast: she is the beginning of the sin to the daughter of Zion: for the transgressions of Israel were found in thee.

Mic 1:14 Therefore shalt thou give presents to Moreshethgath: the houses of Achzib shall be a lie to the kings of Israel.

Mic 1:15 Yet will I bring an heir unto thee, O inhabitant of Mareshah: he shall come unto Adullam the glory of Israel.

Declare it not at Gath:  Once in the Truth we learn quickly only the Lord can give one “ears to hear and eyes to see”.

Rom 11:7 What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded

Rom 11:8 (According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day.

Who are we to decide to whom the Lord gives His gifts?  We come to understand why when Christ’s heals someone spiritually, He tells them to go tell no one.  Immaturity is where we do not heed to these commandments nor do we yet fully understand them.

Mar 7:36 And he charged them that they should tell no man: but the more he charged them, so much the more a great deal they published it;

Of course the sum of the Word tells us to always be ready to given an answer to those who ask, but that is different than us declaring it at Gath.  We are only to go to the Body of Christ and show the priests of the Lord we have been cleansed and our spiritual maturing initiated.

Luk 5:14 And he charged him to tell no man: but go, and shew thyself to the priest, and offer for thy cleansing, according as Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.

A mature man has learned to wait on the Lord to put people in our lives that have been prepared to hear the Truth (Psa 10:17).  The Lord was sent and like Him we are sent ONLY to the lost sheep of the house of Israel (Mat 10:6).  These are spiritual words and symbols that represent God’s Elect in every age.  We don’t show Christ to the world.

Mar 8:29 And he saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Peter answereth and saith unto him, Thou art the Christ.

Mar 8:30 And he charged them that they should tell no man of him.

Weep ye not at all in the house of Aphrah:  Aphrah represents dust and is representative of the earth and the attributes of the carnal mind and its 200 million lies (Rev 9:16).  This dust is leaven, lies and false doctrines that will defile the temple of the Lord and make any house containing it unclean.  Getting and keeping dust (and leaven) out of our house is very important spiritually (Lev 14:41, 1 Cor 5:6).  It is so important that the Israelites were instructed to scrape the wall of dust showing us just how important keeping out impure thoughts is in our walk.  Maturing requires us to get over losing all things and to stop lamenting and weeping over the price we are having to pay for following after Christ. We are learning to appreciate the grace of God and what it is doing and will grow into our abilities to adhere to this verse.

1Th 5:18 In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

The Lord will not try us beyond what we can bear.   The old life must go and we are told not to weep or lament over the very things the Lord is destroying.  It is through judgment that we are redeemed!

Psa 19:9 The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.

Psa 19:10 More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.

We, in our immaturity weep and lament but this is good because it means that judgment now is on the house of God, which house we are (Ecc 7:2, 1 Cor 3:16, 1 Pe 4:17).

Pass by in naked shame, you inhabitant of Shaphir:  Shaphir means beautiful and is linked to the goodly heritage we are promised in Christ.  Yet before that beauty and light can shine outward from within us, we must be shown the shame of our own inward nakedness.  We must come to know in our hearts that apart from Christ we can do nothing and this includes good and evil (Isa 63:17, John 15:5).  Any righteousness of our own is the nakedness we hold onto as immature Christians.  Garments of self-righteousness and our sinfulness will be exposed.  The Lord is making it perfectly clear on the road to maturity (Ecc 3:18, Rom 7:24).  These verses are “is, was and will be” also.

2Th 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

2Th 2:4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

We are that man Christ exposes for not having the proper wedding attire.  This man is not someone else, it is you and me on the way to becoming a mature man in Christ.

Mat 22:11 And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment:

Mat 22:12 And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless.

The inhabitant of Zaanan does not go out:  Zaanan means Sheep Pasture.

 To mature, we need to get past the milk doctrines and go on to eat strong meat which is partaking of the fiery trials and suffering we have been appointed to as the people of God (Heb 6:1-3, Act 14:22).  To do this we have to eat the flesh of Jesus Christ at the Lord’s altar.

Joh 6:53 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.

Heb 13:10 We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle.

In our immature state, we resist the call to fall in line with the Body as it will cut us off from the world and our past way of life.  Instead we try to protect or save that old life to some degree.  We warm ourselves by the fire but will not abide in it as we are yet uncomfortable and immature.  The Elect must follow where the Spirit leads the Body which are of ONE MIND.

Eze 10:11 When they went, they went upon their four sides; they turned not as they went, but to the place whither the head looked they followed it; they turned not as they went.

We must remember the lesson of Lot’s wife.  We will indeed look back in our immaturity even after our hand is on the plow (Luk 9:62).  This makes us unfit for service in the Body of Christ until we get past this limitation.  This will only result in us denying the Lord when put to the test.  The Lord calls us to separate and is no friend of the lukewarm.

2Co 6:17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,

Rev 3:15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.

Beth Ezel mourns; its place to stand is taken away from you:  Bethezel means the house of separation and is tied to separating from the house of stones which represent our flesh and the works of the law.  Like all lessons to maturity, we learn by making mistakes, falling down (Pro 24:16) and being scourged (Heb 12:6) by a loving Father.  The house we build using our carnal mind (the earth) and mixing it with the Truth will not stand.  Christ builds only a sure foundation of the Rock which is the Body of Christ.  His kingdom unlike that of our father, the devil, cannot be divided, we are of one mind.  Streams of moving waters are the trials and tribulations that come with the Word to try our faith and chasten us.

Luk 6:49 But he who heard and did nothing is like a man who built a house on the earth without a foundation, against which the stream beat vehemently; and immediately it fell. And the ruin of that house was great.

The idea we can make covenants with Babylon and the world to keep the peace in our house will put us into bondage and prevent us from maturing.  Those covenants are covenants with death (carnal mindedness) and will be disannulled when the baptism by fire comes to try us (1 The 5:3, Isa 28:15).

We learned in our discussion that removing the stone, removing the House of Ezel, is how we are called out of darkness and death, resurrected and freed from our bondage.  The parable of Lazarus and his resurrection shows us this.

Joh 11:39 Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days.

Joh 11:44 And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.

We cannot serve two masters.  We cannot love God and also love this world as Babylon does.  We must leave the house of Bethezel behind and move on to maturity just as David had to leave Jonathan (1 Sam 20).

The people of Maroth anxiously wait for relief, but only bitterness awaits them as the LORD’S judgment reaches even to the gates of Jerusalem.

Maroth means “bitter springs” and speaks of the time we spew forth both sweet and bitter water out of our tongues and mouth.  Knowing the Truth and learning more every day, we want instant salvation.  We want deliverance NOW.  But Maroth is a necessary time in our maturation, a time where we mix bitter and sweet and are forced to learn righteousness and patience, both important criteria for the mature man in Christ.

Being humbled requires us to wait and to learn the prior lessons that of our own strength and initiative, we truly can do nothing.  This anxious waiting and the pain of suffering as we continue to struggle with sin is how the Lord used our own wickedness to correct us (Jer 2:9, Pro 24:16).  This age abiding period is where we learn patience and Maroth is a very important lesson to learn.

Rev 14:11 And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.

Rev 14:12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus

It is this patient process, abiding in the bitter springs of Maroth through which we are being saved and inherit the promises through the faith and patience we are learning.

Heb 6:12 That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

O inhabitant of Lachish, Harness the chariot to the swift steeds (She was the beginning of sin to the daughter of Zion.

Living by every word includes coming to see ourselves as the worst of the two whore harlot sisters, Aholibah, which is Jerusalem (Eze 23:3-4).  James speaks to us in the Body rebuking and exhorting us to godliness.

Jas 4:4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.

The seat of the beast within us is our carnal mind that is in agreement with our father the devil. This is the origins, the beginning of all of our sins as we were created in marred (Jer 18:4) sinful vessels of clay (Psa 51:5) destined to be destroyed by this journey.  This is what is burned out of us by the vials of the Lord’s wrath poured out by the angels in the Body.

Rev 16:10 And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain,

This process of destroying the chariot of the beast is a continual winnowing process.  Two thirds are always cut off and the remainder, the remnant, is brought once again through the fire of God’s Word.

Zec 13:9 And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The LORD is my God.

We don’t check the box saying we’ve done that.  This is, an “is, was and will be” process we are enduring for the remainder of our physical lives.  We are that “man of sin” as Lachish is imbedded into our carnal DNA.  A sword is always abiding in our house.

2Sa 12:10 Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine house; because thou hast despised me, and hast taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife.

Therefore, shalt thou give presents to Moreshethgath.  We recall that Micah is the Morashite, and comes from Moreshethgath.  All the Lord’s prophets come from spiritual Moreshethgath as the very word means possessor of a winepress.  This winepress is where we are being saved, this is our day of the Lord and how the harvest is brought into the Lord’s storehouse.

Rev 14:19 And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God.

Moreshethgath is a time and place in our maturity when we are commissioned into service as an able minister of the grace of our Lord.  That is why the Lord has chosen us now.  It is FOR SERVICE.

Col 3:24 Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ

We saw that the word “presents” was directly linked to us being sent.  That is exactly what the Scriptures tell us about the Elect and our being sent to be the ministers by which all men shall be saved in due time.

Rom 10:15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!

Once sent we are then equipped and able to be ministers of grace and serve the Body of Christ.

1Pe 4:10 As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

Becoming an able minister of grace is “getting there”.  We are definitely maturing but have not yet arrived and lest we think otherwise we have the town of Achzib next to sojourn through.

The houses of Achzib are for a lying thing to the kings of Israel.  Achzib means lies and deception.  We should never forget how easy it is to be snatched away and led right out of the Body of Christ.  We have seen it happen before our very eyes and even from those who have walked with us for a very long time.  The lesson we learn as a maturing man and woman of God is to take heed and to be diligent and vigilant in guarding our gates and not allowing lies to take root in our heavens.  To be saved we must endure to the end or said another way, continue in the Truth.  Those are disciples indeed.

1Ti 4:16 Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.

Joh 8:31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;

We see in these later cities in our journey, the presence of the Canaanite spirits that always dwell with those who live in clay vessels.  We must remember this and beware prideful thoughts and spirits that will puff us up and lead us astray.  Godliness with contentment is great gain, but when we are looking to get something (gain) we begin to exalt ourselves in the congregation (Isa 14:14-15).  We must be vigilant against PRIDE.  The takeaway lesson of Achzib is the exhortation to engage in spiritual warfare.  This means to not only try the spirits (1 Joh 4:1) but to consider our every thought.

2Co 10:5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ

The maturing man will not be led astray and follow after spiritual harlots who bring in lies and seduce our carnal lusts with spiritual fornication.

Pro 11:14 Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety.

Yet will I bring an heir unto thee, O inhabitant of Mareshah:  The root of Mareshah refers to the principalities that rule in our heavens.  In order to move onto maturity, we gain dominion over the dog and rebellious spirits that live in our flesh.  The Canaanite offspring include the children of Mareshah, the house of Caleb and the Jebusites.  We saw just how interwoven clay vessels are with these Jebusite Spirits.

Jos 15:63 As for the Jebusites the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the children of Judah could not drive them out: but the Jebusites dwell with the children of Judah at Jerusalem unto this day.

These merchandising spirits lead us into peddling (buying and selling) the Word for ungodly gain.  We learn to be spiritual warriors in the Lord’s House and take those spirits captive.

Eph 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

Mareshah is where we are given to overcome the principalities of pride and self-righteousness so we are able to stay joined to the Body and go straight without wavering.  Few make it thru the strait gate at the end while many are led astray by false prophets that come to us looking like members of the Body of Christ but are actually ravening wolves (Mat 7:14-15).

Mareshah is where we find the valley of Zephathah.  Valleys are where we buy gold tried in the fire by learning to make righteous decisions and being diligent.  We saw that Zephathah has as its root H6822 that ties directly to our role of being watchmen over the flock of God.

Eze 3:17 Son of man, I have made thee a watchman [H6822] unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me.

A mature man in Christ is an able watchman, not afraid to bring up heresies and to challenge false doctrine, to even to go to a brother and sister and snatch them from the fire.

Jud 1:23 And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.

He shall come unto Adullam the glory of Israel:  Lastly we come to Adullam that is labelled “the glory of Israel”.  This is where we find our eternal rest and are joined together in service in the Lord’s Army in the Body of Christ.  Now working together, we abide and make spiritual war from this secret place.

Psa 91:1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

It is in this cave, which is darkness and death to the world and the old man (Exo 14:19-20), that the Light of this world, the Body of Christ is chosen and assembled as the Lord’s army.

Rev 19:14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.

Those the Lord chooses in Adullam are not esteemed by the world and appear as foolishness (1 Co 1:26-28).  The Lord chooses for His people those in distress and owing a great debt.

1Sa 22:2 And every one that was in distress, and every one that was in debt, and every one that was discontented, gathered themselves unto him; and he became a captain over them: and there were with him about four hundred men.

We have come to see the Lord’s hand and purposes in greater detail.  We have been prepared for the walk of a disciple and through this walk we are being brought onto completion and prepared of the Lord for every good work (Eph 2:10).

We are fighting the good fight of faith to the end and through many tribulations are entering into the kingdom of God.  So what is next, where does Micah go from here?  Let’s find out and complete Chapter 1 by covering this final verse.

Mic 1:16 NKJV Make yourself bald and cut off your hair, Because of your precious children; Enlarge your baldness like an eagle, For they shall go from you into captivity.

 We are becoming more mature but still battle the pulls of our natural state of carnality and the ways of the world we live in.  There remain idols of our hearts that are being made manifest by the light of Christ shining on the darkness within.  Abiding in the Body we are cleansed by the blood of Jesus Christ and the suffering we and our brethren endure for one another.  We live in the furnace of affliction (Isa 48:10) and are being purified by the chastening grace of God (Heb 12:6).

Jude warns us of certain men and thoughts that creep in unawares and leads us into lasciviousness.  With our pilgrimage through eleven cities we are still not complete.  With all this knowledge and experience will we remain faithful or will we rebel against the Lord?

Joh 6:70 Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil?

We should be humbled by seeing some fall away we considered mature and strong in the faith.  The pride of life is easily manifested and leads to fornication and despising of dominion and authority, even that which is established within the Body of Christ.  The Spirit of Korah (Core) is rebellion to the Lord and His Servants and has taken many a seeming mature man away from the Body.

Jud 1:11 Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.

A bald eagle is an American symbol of pride and that is also what a bald eagle represents in the negative sense in the Word.  The winnowing process is not over.  As we grow in faith, our children are the new mindsets we bring about as we mature.  Yet here in Micah 1:16, those children are still going into captivity because of pride and the rebellion that pride manifests.

Oba 1:3 The pride of thine heart hath deceived thee, thou that dwellest in the clefts of the rock, whose habitation is high; that saith in his heart, Who shall bring me down to the ground?

Oba 1:4 Though thou exalt thyself as the eagle, and though thou set thy nest among the stars, thence will I bring thee down, saith the LORD.

When we make ourselves bald we are removing our covering and acting in rebellion to the law of faith and instead relying upon the works of the law and our own righteousness to justify ourselves before the Lord.

Rom 2:14 For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves:

Rom 2:15 Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;

It is the accusing and excusing spirit within us that represents the law of self-righteousness that must be burned out of us to become useful to the Lord in service.  Even the Apostle Paul struggled with self-righteousness and resting in the law of Faith long after walking and preaching the Truth.  Paul took the Nazarite Vow and shaved his head thinking those acts served the Lord (Act 18:18).  This is a sign of Paul’s and our CONTINUED immaturity in our walk.  We are no different and make the same mistakes reverting back to the work of the law instead of standing on faith.    The fear of man and the pressures of this world will lead us to rebel against the Lord leave our covering and headship.

Paul was talking to you and me, the Body of Christ in all his letters.  That law for a CARNAL nation is written on our deceitful hearts (Jer 17:9) and needs to be rewritten.  We are being given a NEW HEART by the trials of our walk of faith.

Eze 36:26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.

Heb 10:16 This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them;

Our salvation is completed through the death to our spiritually immature old man.  Cutting off our hair is representative of our bondage to the carnal law of Moses/Gentiles.  The Nazarite vow in the Law of Moses is the epitome of our carnal self-righteous works of the law to justify ourselves before God.  Being bald is representative of our continued rebellion to the law of liberty and the law of righteousness by faith.

We have no covering at all when we our head is bald and we are in rebellion.  We looked at the sons of Canaan including Caleb (Dog Spirit) and Caleb’s offspring who beget Hebron who we are told is the father of Korah (1 Ch 2:42-43).  Korah/Core brings to mind the Korah rebellion (Numbers 16-17) against the servants of God (The Christ).  The name Korah itself comes from a root that actually means to make oneself bald.

H7141, ko’-rakh

From H7139; ice; Korach, the name of two Edomites and three Israelites: – Korah.

H7139, kaw-rakh’

A primitive root; to depilate: – make (self) bald.

The journey and refining process by cutting off and bringing the remainder through more fire continues after Adullam.  Our children, the new mindsets of our maturing faith, still need to go thru the winnowing process to overcome the law of the Gentiles that is in all flesh.  We constantly bring our children into submission and obedience to Christ through spiritual warfare.

Mic 1:16 KJV Make thee bald, and poll thee [H1494] for thy delicate children; enlarge thy baldness as the eagle; for they are gone into captivity from thee.

The sheep sacrificed to the Lord are not to be sheared.  These are spiritual statements about keeping our doctrines pure and our heavens undefiled.  The maturing mindsets must be guarded.

Deu 15:19 All the firstling males that come of thy herd and of thy flock thou shalt sanctify unto the LORD thy God: thou shalt do no work with the firstling of thy bullock, nor shear the firstling of thy sheep.

Cutting off our covering by our own works symbolizes our rebellion and removing ourselves from the covering of Jesus Christ our Head.  This word translated POLL in Mic 1:16 really means shear, shave or cut.

 H1494, gâzaz, gaw-zaz – A primitive root (akin to H1468); to cut off; specifically, to shear a flock, or shave the hair; figuratively to destroy an enemy:

Total KJV occurrences: 15

shear, 4

Gen_31:19, Gen_38:13, Deu_15:19, 1Sa_25:4

shearers, 3

1Sa_25:7, 1Sa_25:11, Isa_53:7

sheepshearers, 3

Gen_38:12, 2Sa_13:23-24 (2)

cut, 2

Jer_7:29, Nah_1:12

poll, 1

Mic_1:16

shaved, 1

Job_1:20

As Micah and Jeremiah show (Jer 7:29), we are told to go cut off our hair.  The Lord manifest’s rebellion within us to correct us (Mature Us) with His chastening grace and bring us into submission.  We are the Bride of Christ, of our one true husband.  Without a head covering we dishonor the Lord.

1Co 11:5 But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven.

He is our covering and without His Headship covering us we are bald and in rebellion and will bear the shame of our baldness.

1Co 11:6 For if the woman be not covered, let her also be shorn: but if it be a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be covered.

Our freedom and deliverance from the oppression and the workings of the carnal mind comes little by little over our entire lives.  We, like Solomon, the wisest of men in our earth, first misuse the wisdom we are given.  We spend it on our lusts and count the works we do as righteousness.  Yet they are still filthy rages of self-righteousness which we “is, was and will be” coming to see is all vanity.

Ecc 2:11 Then I looked on all the works that my hands had wrought, and on the labour that I had laboured to do: and, behold, all was vanity and vexation of spirit, and there was no profit under the sun.

We will Lord willing continue with Micah, starting in Chapter 2 in the next installment.

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Micah Part 7

Book of Micah Part 7 – The Secret Place of the Lord

July 19, 2016

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Micah Part 7 – The Secret Place of the Lord

By Pete Wilson

The study of Micah has once again shown us the value and hidden wisdom of digging deep into the symbols and meanings of names and places.  It is a wonderful reminder and an awestruck revelation to know that all these words were written exclusively for the admonition of the Elect, upon whom the ends of our carnal age have come now.

1Co 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

The promises given to Abraham and all physical Israel in type and shadow are the spiritual promises given to the true Jews, the Elect which is also the Body of Christ. The promise of salvation and the inheritance of the land is all about Christ ruling the cities and nations within us.  A prophet of the Lord like Micah comes and speaks to us in all these cities we are studying and if we have been prepared of the Lord to receive a new truth, we are given to hear and OBEY and that is how we mature with time.

Isa 55:11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

We will first study our tenth city, the city of Mareshah.  Our victory in Christ is completed as we overcome these ten enemy nations within us that represent the power of the flesh and the carnal mind.

Gen 15:18 In the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates:

Gen 15:19 The Kenites, and the Kenizzites, and the Kadmonites,

Gen 15:20 And the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Rephaims,

Gen 15:21 And the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Girgashites, and the Jebusites.

Ham, Noah’s son  was the father of Canaan who in turn was the father of many (spiritual) nations and these last three cities listed in the land of promise given to Abraham all tie back to Canaan.

1Ch 1:13 And Canaan begat Zidon his firstborn, and Heth,

1Ch 1:14 The Jebusite also, and the Amorite, and the Girgashite,

These Canaanites nations, especially the Jebusites are most difficult to overcome and relate to the strength of the flesh. The flesh will however serve Christ and bow down by this very process we endure.

Gen 9:25 And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren.

These Canaanites nations, especially the Jebusites are most difficult to overcome and relate to the strength of the flesh.  Living flesh always has a beast that “yet is” and such are the Jebusites within us.  The Elect (Judah and Benjamin) will always face struggles/trials in overcoming these spirits so long as we are still in these clay vessels.  Here is why we should always take heed, examining ourselves and stay connected to the Body who are there to watch over us.

Jos 15:63 As for the Jebusites the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the children of Judah could not drive them out: but the Jebusites dwell with the children of Judah at Jerusalem unto this day.

Jdg 1:21 And the children of Benjamin did not drive out the Jebusites that inhabited Jerusalem; but the Jebusites dwell with the children of Benjamin in Jerusalem unto this day.

Many interesting connections exist between the Jebusites and Jerusalem.  Jerusalem was also known as Jebus because of the Jebushites that dwell there.

Jdg 19:10 But the man would not tarry that night, but he rose up and departed, and came over against Jebus, which is Jerusalem; and there were with him two asses saddled, his concubine also was with him.

The root of Jebusites links them [H947] to the polluting of ourselves (Eze 16 harlot sisters) and trampling underfoot the truth by wicked pastors (Jer 12:10).  We must take heed to the Jebusite spirits and have no confidence in the flesh while we occupy clay vessels created in sin.  We must never forget the ongoing need for diligence and vigilance to keep going straight and not veering to the right nor to the left.

Pro 4:25 Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee.

Pro 4:26 Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established.

Pro 4:27 Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.

The only way to avoid evil is to walk straight, following the Lord and His Doctrines.

Luk 13:24 Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.

And we always seem to be learning, FEW are given to do it, many fall away having walked with the Lord for a season.  We can only do this by abiding IN THE BODY and submitting to its governance as the Scriptures declare.  Any other way will lead us astray.

Eze 1:9 Their wings were joined one to another; they turned not when they went; they went every one straight forward.

Eze 1:12 And they went every one straight forward: whither the spirit was to go, they went; and they turned not when they went.

We have just witnessed some breaking ranks with us by no longer joining their wings with the Body and turning off the straight path of eternal life.  With this humble reminder, let us move on towards maturity and review our final two cities mentioned in this one verse.

Mic 1:15 Yet will I bring an heir unto thee, O inhabitant of Mareshah: he shall come unto Adullam the glory of Israel.

10. Yet will I bring an heir unto thee, O inhabitant of Mareshah:

Mareshah is where we begin to stop having confidence in the flesh.  This is where we make the transition in our heavens and the ruling dominion of flesh vs spirit switches.  The victories come little by little, city by city lest we get puffed up and the deep seated beastly nature (PRIDE) increases upon us.

Deu 7:22 And the LORD thy God will put out those nations before thee by little and little: thou mayest not consume them at once, lest the beasts of the field increase upon thee.

Jesus Christ is the first and the last.  Christ in us and thru us is the alpha (beginning) and the omega (the end) and all points in between.  A minister of grace commissioned in Moreshethgath is followed by us then being snared in the lies of Achzib.  All part of His plan to teach us good and evil and conform us to His image through many tribulation experiences.  I particularly liked the God’s Word translation of Micah 1:15 because it brings home an important point.

Mic 1:15 God’s Word – I will again bring a conqueror against the inhabitants of Mareshah. The glory of Israel will come to Adullam.

The fleshly mindset that we are overcoming of our strength is destroyed at Mareshah.  We learn that this overcomer within us is responsible for the victories and it is through His Spirit and not our own might or strength (Zec 4:6).

1Jn 4:4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

Rev 6:2 And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.

When we are in Mareshah we have come far and our training for our roles as Kings and Priests, judging and ruling the world (threshing) ratchets up as we mature.  If we are truly Christ’s, then we are the true heirs to the promise given to Abraham.  The righteousness of faith is how we become heir of the earth which earth we are.  Killing our spirit of self-righteousness is indeed only done by the destruction of the Canaanite nations within us that so much want to share in God’s glory by delivering ourselves.

Rom 4:13 For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.

We learn to wait and be patient on this long journey and must finish the race. The city of Mareshah, like Gath, Lachish, Addulam and even Hebron are of the 15 cities (3 process of judgment x 5 chastening grace thru faith), the King of Judah (you and me), build for the defense of the Holy City.  We saw this last week but is worth being reminded. Experiencing all these cities is how we are matured in the Lord’s timing.  Living by every word includes these words!

2Ch 11:5 And Rehoboam dwelt in Jerusalem, and built cities for defence in Judah.

2Ch 11:6 He built even Bethlehem, and Etam, and Tekoa,

2Ch 11:7 And Bethzur, and Shoco, and Adullam,

2Ch 11:8 And Gath, and Mareshah, and Ziph,

2Ch 11:9 And Adoraim, and Lachish, and Azekah,

2Ch 11:10 And Zorah, and Aijalon, and Hebron, which are in Judah and in Benjamin fenced cities.

2Ch 11:11 And he fortified the strong holds, and put captains in them, and store of victual, and of oil and wine.

But the problem with Rehoboam was the same problem his father King Solomon had and you and me have on our way to becoming mature.  Getting all the gifts of the Lord and receiving great spiritual knowledge is not enough to satisfy our carnal lusts.  We want more as the beast within has an insatiable appetite for gain including knowledge, reputation, a following and certainly wants some of the glory. With this spirit of discontentment, we are unfaithful to our One Husband Christ.  In our immaturity, we lust after and seek after more spiritual wives and this is how we continue to play the harlot well after we have been abiding in the Truth.  We are not faithful to our Husband Christ nor our true wife which is the Body of Christ.  We do well for a time and a season even being given many victories; but that inward pride reveals itself and our harlotry will come out in our day of the Lord.

2Ch 11:23 And he (Rehoboam and in type all the kings of Judah) dealt wisely, and dispersed of all his children throughout all the countries of Judah and Benjamin, unto every fenced city: and he gave them victual in abundance. And he (you and me) desired many wives.

The city of Mareshah represents the completion of our fleshly dominance, our headship and the moving on to the more mature way of walking.  We learn to wage spiritual warfare and try the spirits, knowing how easy it is for our deceitful hearts to be led astray.   Mareshah comes from H4762 “Marashah” and will be linked to the headship and the principalities in our heavens.

Formed like H4761; summit; Mareshah, the name of two Israelites and of a place in Palestine: – Mareshah.

The root word for Mareshah is H4761

mar’âshâh

Total KJV Occurrences: 1

principalities, 1 Jer_13:18

Jer 13:18 Say unto the king and to the queen, Humble yourselves, sit down: for your principalities [H4761] shall come down, even the crown of your glory.

And right here we see the link of Mareshah to the principalities that are in our heavens that keep us prideful and puffed up which will need to brought low.

Isa 2:12 For the day of the LORD of hosts shall be upon every one that is proud and lofty, and upon every one that is lifted up; and he shall be brought low:

The story here in Jeremiah 13 is the Lord showing these sins and our marred condition outside of Him.  The very people He drags into Jerusalem become drunk as they seek after knowledge and gain instead of doing the Word.

Jer 13:13 Then shalt thou say unto them, Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will fill all the inhabitants of this land, even the kings that sit upon David’s throne, and the priests, and the prophets, and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, with drunkenness.

But our deep seated carnal rebellion driven by the principalities in our heavens will not hear and will remain proud and our light will be turned into darkness.

Jer 13:15 Hear ye, and give ear; be not proud: for the LORD hath spoken.

Jer 13:16 Give glory to the LORD your God, before he cause darkness, and before your feet stumble upon the dark mountains, and, while ye look for light, he turn it into the shadow of death, and make it gross darkness.

And this is how heresies the Lord brings to the Body are used to winnow down the flock and only leave the remnant that will again be subject to more burning and chastening.

Jer 13:17 But if ye will not hear it, my soul shall weep in secret places for your pride; and mine eye shall weep sore, and run down with tears, because the LORD’S flock is carried away captive.

These lying spirits must be spoiled and overcome within us.  This is accomplished by being vigilant about our doctrine and guarding our gates.  We must put on the whole armor of God daily knowing the war of thoughts we battle in the pulls of the flesh vs the Spirit.

Eph 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

Mareshah means summit as can be confirmed by looking at the underlying root of Principalities [H4761] which is head, or top [H7218] in the vast majority of its use.

Isa 30:17 One thousand shall flee at the rebuke of one; at the rebuke of five shall ye flee: till ye be left as a beacon upon the top [H7218] of a mountain, and as an ensign on an hill.

Exo 17:9 And Moses said unto Joshua, Choose us out men, and go out, fight with Amalek: to morrow I will stand on the top [H7218] of the hill with the rod of God in mine hand.

Mareshah is where we are given to overcome the principalities of pride and self-righteousness so we can then stay joined to the Body and go straight without wavering.  Few make it and the rest are led astray by false prophets that come to us looking like members of the Body of Christ.

Mat 7:14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

Mat 7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

Here are the eight places Mareshah is referenced in Scripture.  These are not history lessons but are rather words you and I shall live by everyone (Mat 4:4, Luk 4:4).

mareshah, 8

Jos_15:44, 1Ch_2:42, 1Ch_4:21, 2Ch_14:8-10 (3), 2Ch_20:37, Mic_1:15

The people of Mareshah are the sons of Caleb.  Caleb was the great grandson of Judah born of Tamar’s son Hezron and known as Chelubai (1 Ch 2:18-19).

1Ch 2:42 Now the sons of Caleb the brother of Jerahmeel were, Mesha his firstborn, which was the father of Ziph; and the sons of Mareshah the father of Hebron.

The sons and house of Caleb has many witnesses to actions outside of faith (sin).  Mesha the first born of Caleb, became the king of Moab who helped Israel build a temple made by hands of men.  Likewise, Nabal, an evil man, who did not submit to Christ in David was also said to be of the house of Caleb (1 Sam 25:3).

The Strong’s definition of Caleb has a most revealing insight into the spirit of Caleb.

 H3611, keleb’ keh’-leb

From an unused root meaning to yelp, or else to attack; a dog

A dog is someone outside the covenant of faith.  A dog has confidence in the flesh and by extension linked to some other bad things.

Rev 22:15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.

The Lord’s people are to beware of dogs in our midst who have confidence in the flesh of men.

Php 3:2 Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision.

Php 3:3 For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.

Hebron is the offspring of the sons of Mareshah. The root of Hebron is the same word translated as charmers and enchanters H2267.

H2267, cheber

enchantments, 2

Isa_47:9, Isa_47:12

wide, 2

Pro_21:9, Pro_25:24

charmer, 1

Deu_18:11

charming, 1

Psa_58:5

The Lord’s people are to stay far away from such “charming” activities and not be talking with either the physically dead and spiritually dead.

Deu 18:10 There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch,

Deu 18:11 Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.

This spirit of Caleb is indeed a DOG Spirit that leads us into rebellion to the house of the Lord.  It puts us in alliance with the Canaanites within, joining us together to peddle the things of the Lord for ungodly gain.  Jehoshaphat, King of Judah (you and me) did just that.

2Ch 20:35 And after this did Jehoshaphat king of Judah join himself with Ahaziah king of Israel, who did very wickedly:

2Ch 20:36 And he joined [H2266, root of 2267 – charmed] himself with him to make ships to go to Tarshish: and they made the ships in Eziongeber.

It is in Mareshah that we are delivered and rebuke this merchandising spirit and learn to be content with where the Lord has us.

2Ch 20:37 Then Eliezer the son of Dodavah of Mareshah prophesied against Jehoshaphat, saying, Because thou hast joined thyself with Ahaziah, the LORD hath broken thy works. And the ships were broken, that they were not able to go to Tarshish.

The last story we will look at to confirm the process of maturing thru Mareshah is the story of King Asa of Judah who battled the Ethiopians.  Like an Ethiopian and even a leopard we can’t change anything of ourselves.  We are helpless and at the mercy of the Lord for our salvation and anything in our life.  This battle against the Ethiopians within also takes place “in a valley”, one called Zephathah.  In Mareshah a conversion of our headship is made and we have a great victory in this valley.

2Ch 14:2 And Asa did that which was good and right in the eyes of the LORD his God:

2Ch 14:4 And commanded Judah to seek the LORD God of their fathers, and to do the law and the commandment.

2Ch 14:9 And there came out against them Zerah the Ethiopian with an host of a thousand thousand, and three hundred chariots; and came unto Mareshah.

2Ch 14:10 Then Asa went out against him, and they set the battle in array in the valley of Zephathah at Mareshah.

2Ch 14:11 And Asa cried unto the LORD his God, and said, LORD, it is nothing with thee to help, whether with many, or with them that have no power: help us, O LORD our God; for we rest on thee, and in thy name we go against this multitude. O LORD, thou art our God; let not man prevail against thee.

2Ch 14:12 So the LORD smote the Ethiopians before Asa, and before Judah; and the Ethiopians fled.

Mareshah is where we find the valley of Zephathah.  An important valley we must learn to walk thru on the way to maturity.  Doing spiritual warfare and being obedient watchmen is essential for us to become the mature man in Christ.

H6859, tsephâthâh, tsef-aw’-thaw

The same as H6857; Tsephathah, a place in Palestine: – Zephathah.

Total KJV occurrences: 1

H6857, tsephath. tsef-ath’

From H6822; watch tower; Tsephath, a place in Palestine: – Zephath.

Total KJV occurrences: 1

H6822, tsâphâh

Total KJV Occurrences: 38

watchman, 14

2Sa_18:24-27 (5), 2Ki_9:17-18 (2), 2Ki_9:20, Isa_21:6, Eze_3:17, Eze_33:2, Hos_9:6-8 (3)

watch, 5

Gen_31:49, 2Sa_13:34, Isa_21:5, Hab_2:1 (2)

watchmen, 5

1Sa_14:16, Isa_52:8, Isa_56:10, Jer_6:17, Mic_7:4

look, 2

Psa_5:3, Mic_7:7

looketh, 2

Pro_31:27, Son_7:4

watching, 2

1Sa_4:13, Lam_4:17

Eze 3:17 Son of man, I have made thee a watchman [H6822] unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me.

We saw in Steve’s recent study on Proverbs 31, the role the Body as a whole and us as members play as faithful watchmen over the flock.

Pro 31:27 She looketh well [H6822] to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.

So we can begin to see Mareshah is directly associated with maturing us into able warriors of spiritual warfare.  It takes time for us to be trained up as warriors starting in our own walk but also becoming a helper of other’s joy in the Lord. Agape love is our obedience.

We have been talking about valleys.  What is a valley?  It is generally defined as a low area of land surrounded by hills or mountains typically a river or water running through it.  Valleys are most commonly formed through the erosion of land by rivers or glaciers.  Some very interesting Romans 1:20 applications here.  Spiritual valleys are where we are shaped and formed by the living waters that flow out of the mouths of God’s Elect here in the Body of Christ.

Joh 7:38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.

That is what shapes the earth and erodes the high points and ultimately matures us.  The valley of Jehoshaphat and the valley of Zephathah are the valleys of decisions and where the heathen nations within us (the earth) is judged and where we learn righteousness.

Joe 3:14 Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision [Gold or Diligence]: for the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision.

It is the Kings and Priests of the Lord who are our lake of fire in this age, who speak the Word that roars out of the Holy City.  This shakes our heavens and earth and is the method by which all things are made new.

Joe 3:16 The LORD also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the LORD will be the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel.

This tenth city in this journey, Mareshah represents the completion of our flesh and maturing in our ability to wage war and the watchmen over the flock of the Lord.  This comes in an “is, was and will be” process of winnowing and the remainder repeating the process.  We move on from here to receive our inheritance a much more mature man and useful to the Lord in many ways.

11. He shall come unto Adullam the glory of Israel.

We addressed Adullam in Part 3 to show where this journey was going to end up.  This is the last of these 11 cities and the one from where our inheritance comes.

Mic 1:15 Yet will I bring an heir unto thee, O inhabitant of Mareshah: he shall come unto Adullam the glory of Israel.

As we saw in Part 3, Adullam is best known for being a cave of safety, a place of refuge for Christ and His people.  This is the Body of Christ in type and shadow and where the glory of the Lord is found in His cloud of witnesses.  David hid himself in this cave from both Achish King of Gath (think beast) but also from Saul (old man) who was persecuting him.  This too is where we find refuge from a world waxing worse and worse.  It is in this secret cave where the army of the Lord is assembled from what the world thinks is foolishness.

1Sa 22:1 David therefore departed thence, and escaped to the cave Adullam: and when his brethren and all his father’s house heard it, they went down thither to him.

1Sa 22:2 And every one that was in distress, and every one that was in debt, and every one that was discontented, gathered themselves unto him; and he became a captain over them: and there were with him about four hundred men.

This is who the Lord chooses as His warriors.  The pride of life and all these Philistine and Canaanite spirits must be burned out of us before the glory of the Lord truly shines forth in our walk.  The story of Adullam and the assembling of the army of David reminds me of who the Lord assembles in His army choosing ones the world esteems not (Isa 53:3).

1Co 1:26 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:

1Co 1:27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;

Our coming to Adullam is us finding our true spiritual home and place of refuge to endure our lives where we have been appointed to suffer and bear afflictions.   Only the few chosen that are faithful will find this cave and thrive in it.

Psa 91:1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

Psa 91:2 I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.

Psa 91:3 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.

Psa 91:4 He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.

A cave is a dark place to the world and is often associated with death and burial in the Scriptures. It is thru darkness and death (to the old man and carnal mind) that new life comes forth.  Jacob and his fathers were buried in a cave (Gen 49:29) and like Lazarus we are resurrected in new life when our old man is found dead in cave.

Joh 11:38 Jesus therefore again groaning in himself cometh to the grave (of Lazarus). It was a cave, and a stone lay upon it.

Like all words of Scripture there is both a light and dark side (Exo 14:20) of the Word, a two edged sword (Heb 4:12).  The prophets of the Lord are fed by other prophets in a cave and that cave represents the Body of Christ.

1Ki 18:4 For it was so, when Jezebel cut off the prophets of the LORD, that Obadiah took an hundred prophets, and hid them by fifty in a cave, and fed them with bread and water.

The Lord is assembling His true people in this and each generation who will be and are His instruments of salvation and judgment.  This journey has winnowed down the remnant and few are left walking the straight and narrow road.  It is from this inheritance given at Addulam that we go out in strength and make war and the noise in the hearts and minds of those given salvation.

Mic 2:12 I will surely assemble, O Jacob, all of thee; I will surely gather the remnant of Israel; I will put them together as the sheep of Bozrah, as the flock in the midst of their fold: they shall make great noise by reason of men.

Isa 55:12 For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.

Adullam is said to be the glory of Israel and is the last city mentioned on this progressive journey.  It represents our reaching maturity such that the light of Jesus Christ is seen in us by our DOING THE WORD and being a servant. The disintegration of the fleshly perfection we achieve in our self-righteousness is the outcome of the entire 11 city journey.  This transfiguration is complete when we love the Lord and His Christ with all our heart, mind and strength.

1Jn 3:14 We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.

Isa 60:1 Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee.

We grow in our ability to minister grace as we mature.  We are now a more able Ambassador, having been sent (Rom 10:15) and having been proved in the fire of tribulations and engaging in daily warfare in our heavens.   The glory of the Lord appears in us and on us and we are now a light unto the world.

Mat 5:14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid.

Mat 5:15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house (The Body)

Mat 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

We are now coming to see the Lord’s plans and purposes in greater detail.  We have been prepared for the walk of a disciple and now thru that walk will be brought onto completion and prepared of the Lord for every good work.  At Adullam we are past the point of boasting knowing how we got to this point and why the Lord has brought us here and given us an inheritance.

Eph 2:10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

We still have a journey; the race is not over. Yet we have been matured, we have been prepared for the ongoing process of refinement, the winnowing that never ends while we live in clay vessels.   But now we have the maturity and knowledge to endure this with patience.   We now know what to expect (Amo 3:7) and are laying down our life to the Lord more each day.

Next week Lord willing, we will complete Chapter 1 and have a quick recap of the eleven cities and the lessons we learn and things we overcome on our way to maturity.

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Book of Micah Part 6 – Ministering the Grace of God

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Micah Part 6 – Ministering the Grace of God

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The journey spoken of in Micah contains very few words but these words are full of symbolism and meaning that are being digged out by the kings and priests of the Lord (Pro 25:2).  All these things are written to admonish and edify the sons of God so they can be prepared for the Lord’s service in doing the greater works (Joh 14:12).

Living by every Word of God means we are Micah in our appointed times and we will be put into service as we are made ready on the road to Zion.

Isa 51:16  And I have put my words in thy mouth, and I have covered thee in the shadow of mine hand, that I may plant the heavens, and lay the foundations of the earth, and say unto Zion, Thou art my people.

Jer 1:9 Then the LORD put forth his hand, and touched my mouth. And the LORD said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth.

Like Saul of Tarsus, Ezekiel, Jeremiah, Isaiah and all the Lord’s prophets, we have no choice or free will in our commissioning into service or any other aspect of our life.  Here is our one verse for this study.

Mic 1:14 Therefore shalt thou give presents to Moreshethgath: the houses of Achzib shall be a lie to the kings of Israel.

8. Therefore shalt thou give presents to Moreshethgath.

The first thing we need to recall is that Micah the prophet is from and is an inhabitant of Moreshethgath.  That is what being a Morashtite means:

H4183 – Morasthite, mo-rash-tee’ – Partial from H4182; a Morashtite or inhabitant of Moresheth Gath

There is great significance in numbers and what they represent in Scripture.  In the same way, it seems the order of these cities in Micah are also important and hold spiritual wisdom.  This is the eighth city, the city of Moreshethgath, and represents the new man within us rising up in service to the Lord.  The number eight as we know refers to new beginnings and specifically the new man, the spiritual circumcision that occurs on the eighth day.

Gen 21:4 And Abraham circumcised his son Isaac being eight days old, as God had commanded him.

An inhabitant of Moreshethgath, a Morashtite is “getting there” and starting to mature and be used more and more in service.  Those that serve the Lord are those that reap the reward and are given the inheritance of Jesus Christ that comes at the end of the journey if we are in that blessed and holy first resurrection.

Col 3:24 Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ

We cannot serve the Lord in Spirit until we are given to let go of the pulls of our flesh and this world we all have as carnal men.

Exo 9:13 And the LORD said unto Moses, Rise up early in the morning, and stand before Pharaoh, and say unto him, thus saith the LORD God of the Hebrews, Let my people go, that they may serve me.

Christ builds His church by freeing a chosen few of their bondage to this world and its elementary principles and raises up His prophets that go speak His Words to serve His Body.

Zep 3:9  For then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of the LORD, to serve him with one consent.

We need to break Moresheth Gath into its two root words to recall what is being said.

H4182, môresheth gath – From H3423 and H1661; possession of Gath; Moresheth-Gath, a place in Palestine: – Moresheth-gath.

H3423 – A primitive root; to occupy (be driving out previous tenants, and possessing in their place); by implication to seize, to rob, to inherit; also to expel, to impoverish, to ruin

The KJC shows how this root word for is most aptly translated as Possess or Inherit.

possess, 95

Gen_22:17, Gen_24:60, Lev_20:24, Num_13:30, Num_14:24, Num_27:11, Num_33:53, Deu_1:8, Deu_1:21, Deu_1:39, Deu_2:24, Deu_2:31, Deu_3:18, Deu_3:20, Deu_4:1, Deu_4:5, Deu_4:14, Deu_4:22, Deu_4:26, Deu_5:31, Deu_5:33, Deu_6:1, Deu_6:18, Deu_9:1 (3), Deu_9:4-6 (3), Deu_9:23, Deu_10:11, Deu_11:8 (2), Deu_11:10-11 (2), Deu_11:23, Deu_11:29, Deu_11:31 (2), Deu_12:1-2 (2), Deu_12:29, Deu_15:4, Deu_18:14 (2), Deu_19:2, Deu_19:14, Deu_21:1, Deu_23:20, Deu_25:19, Deu_28:21, Deu_28:63, Deu_30:5, Deu_30:16, Deu_30:18, Deu_31:3, Deu_31:13, Deu_32:47, Deu_33:23, Jos_1:11 (2), Jos_18:3, Jos_23:5, Jos_24:4, Jos_24:8, Jdg_2:6, Jdg_11:23-24 (4), Jdg_18:9, 1Ki_21:18, 1Ch_28:8, Ezr_9:11, Neh_9:15, Neh_9:23, Job_13:26, Isa_14:21, Isa_34:11, Isa_34:17, Isa_61:7, Jer_30:3, Eze_33:24-26 (3), Eze_35:10, Eze_36:12, Hos_9:6, Amo_2:10, Amo_9:12, Oba_1:17, Oba_1:19-20 (3), Hab_1:6

drive, 30

Num_33:52, Num_33:55, Deu_4:38, Deu_9:3-5 (3), Deu_11:23, Deu_18:12, Jos_3:10, Jos_13:6, Jos_14:12, Jos_15:63, Jos_17:12-13 (2), Jos_17:18, Jos_23:5, Jos_23:13, Jdg_1:19, Jdg_1:21, Jdg_1:27-33 (7), Jdg_2:21, Jdg_11:24, 2Ch_20:7, Psa_44:2

inherit, 21

Gen_15:7-8 (2), Gen_28:4, Lev_20:24, Lev_25:46, Deu_2:31, Deu_16:20, 2Ch_20:11, Psa_25:13, Psa_37:9, Psa_37:11, Psa_37:22, Psa_37:29, Psa_37:34, Isa_54:3, Isa_57:13, Isa_60:21, Jer_8:9-10 (2), Jer_49:1, Eze_47:14

possessed, 19

Num_21:24, Num_21:35, Deu_3:12, Deu_4:47, Deu_30:5, Jos_1:15, Jos_13:1 (2), Jos_19:47, Jos_21:43, Jdg_3:13, Jdg_11:21-22 (2), 2Ki_17:24, Neh_9:22, Neh_9:24-25 (2), Isa_63:18, Jer_32:23

cast, 11

Exo_34:23-24 (2), Jos_13:12, 1Ki_14:24, 1Ki_21:26, 2Ki_16:3, 2Ki_17:8, 2Ch_28:2-3 (2), 2Ch_33:2, Job_20:15, Zec_9:4

heir, 9

Gen_15:3-4 (3), Gen_21:10, 2Sa_14:7, Pro_30:23, Jer_49:1-2 (2), Mic_1:15

possession, 6

Here are three examples of the most common uses of the root word for Moresheth.  It is used in the context of possessing the land, the receiving of the promise of salvation, our inheritance.

Gen 22:17 That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies;

Amo 2:10 Also I brought you up from the land of Egypt, and led you forty years through the wilderness, to possess the land of the Amorite

Isa 60:21 Thy people also shall be all righteous: they shall inherit the land for ever, the branch of my planting, the work of my hands, that I may be glorified.

And an NT witness to support the inheritance being our inheritance of the earth.

Mat 25:34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world

The second part of the name, Gath, is the word for WINEPRESS.

H1660 – gathProbably from H5059 (in the sense of treading out grapes); a wine press (or vat for holding the grapes in pressing them): – (wine-) press (fat).

It is by enduring in this winepress that we are being judged (in this age) and that is how salvation comes to us little by little as we mature.  “This crushing to powder” is what makes the light to the world burn brightly within us (Exo 27:20).

Lam 1:15 The Lord hath trodden under foot all my mighty men in the midst of me: he hath called an assembly against me to crush my young men: the Lord hath trodden the virgin, the daughter of Judah, as in a winepress [H1660 – GATH]

We also saw in Part 1, that the word Gath has a root according to Strong’s that links this winepress to the singing of a new song and playing music to the Lord.  Spiritually our abiding in this devouring fire and the noise and harmony is the sound of salvation to the new man.  The redeemed of the Lord (new man) sings forth the praises to God giving thanks to the Lord for ALL THINGS.

Isa 51:11 Therefore the redeemed of the LORD shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their head: they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away.

Rev 14:3 And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth.

We have just come from spiritual Lachish and the other inward cities where we have our nakedness (sinfulness) laid bare before us and now we clearly see ourselves for what we are in these clay vessels of our own strength and initiative. The multitudes of heathen within us are wakened and come forth for judgment by this journey through the land.

Joe 3:12 Let the heathen be wakened, and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat: for there will I sit to judge all the heathen round about.

Joe 3:13 Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe: come, get you down; for the press [H1660 -GATH] is full, the fats overflow; for their wickedness is great.

The valley of decision is really the valley of gold or diligence [H2742] and where we buy  pure gold tried in the fire (Rev 3:18).

Joe 3:14 Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision [diligence]: for the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision [diligence].

This smiting of the heathen nations within us is what brings us to maturity in due time.

Rev 19:15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.

Our Master puts a winepress in His vineyard within us.

Mat 21:33 Hear another parable: There was a certain householder, which planted a vineyard, and hedged it round about, and digged a winepress in it, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country:

As this parable teaches us, it is God’s own people who take His gifts but would rather spend them on their own lusts and pride of life.  We kill Christ within and without in our rebellion.

Mat 21:38 But when the husbandmen saw the son, they said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and let us seize on his inheritance.

Christ comes the second time to bring fire and take this kingdom from the rebellious old man  and give it to the new man He raises up from the ashes of our inward desolation (Mat 21:44).

So an inhabitant of Moresheth Gath is someone inheriting or possessing the land in Christ Jesus by virtue of abiding in the winepress and drinking the cup of the Lord’s wrath now in this age.  The beast (Goliath from Gath) within is under subjection.  This defines the very elect of God who are judged first (1 Pe 4:17, 1 Co 11:30-31) so they will be used of the Lord to rule and judge the nations in the ages to come (Rev 20:4, 1 Cor 6:2).  We are not being used for service until we are able to eat strong meat (the suffering, the afflictions) that is the sacrificial Lamb of the Body of Christ (Heb 5:13, Col 1:24, Phi 1:29).  This is how we become mature in time.

Joh 6:56 He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him.

Imparting Presents/Gifts to Moreshethgath

The Lord is saving us for His purposes, not for our own.  Raising us up now is so we can be put into service and begin to be prepared for our roles to come.  This is what giving “presents” to Moreshethgath is all about.  It is about SERVING the body of Christ.  Like our Lord, we are being raised up now in down payment form to SERVE and MINISTER.

Mat 23:11 But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.

Mar 10:45 For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.

We do this by speaking the Word (Jer 5:14), loving God (1 Joh 5:3) and doing good works. Our gifts and oil are first and foremost to be poured out on The Christ (Joh 12:3, Mat 26:7) as the parable of the Alabaster Jar tells those with ears to hear.  The people of God serve each other with our God given gifts.

1Pe 4:10 As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

The Elect are the angels of the Lord that minister to our fellow brethren who is “Jesus Christ”.

Mat 4:11 Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.

Here is what our ministry is all about, these being spiritual statements in edifying and purifying the Bride of Christ.  We edify, admonish, exhort and reprove one other with the Word.  This is what brings spiritual healing, raising from the spiritually dead and casting out devils which are lies and false doctrines.  We are commanded to freely give what has been freely given to us.

Mat 10:8  Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.

The word translated as presents or gifts in Micah 1:14 is H7964 found only 3 times (1 Ki 9:16 – Present, Mic 1:14 – Presents and Exo 18:2 – Sent) in Scripture.  Looking at the root of this word H7971 confirms the real meaning of giving presents.

Here are the major uses of this word and one can see SENT or SEND is the primary context.

H7971, shâlach

Total KJV Occurrences: 880

sent, 461

Gen_3:23, Gen_8:7-8 (2), Gen_8:10, Gen_8:12, Gen_12:20, Gen_19:13, Gen_19:29, Gen_20:2, Gen_21:14, Gen_24:59, Gen_25:6, Gen_26:27, Gen_26:29, Gen_26:31, Gen_27:42, Gen_28:5-6 (2), Gen_31:4, Gen_31:27, Gen_31:42, Gen_32:3, Gen_32:5, Gen_32:18, Gen_37:14, Gen_37:32, Gen_38:20, Gen_38:23, Gen_38:25, Gen_41:8, Gen_41:14, Gen_42:4, Gen_43:34, Gen_44:3, Gen_45:7-8 (2), Gen_45:23-24 (2), Gen_45:27, Gen_46:5, Gen_46:28, Exo_2:5, Exo_3:12-15 (4), Exo_4:28, Exo_5:22, Exo_7:16, Exo_9:7, Exo_9:27, Exo_24:5, Num_13:3, Num_13:16-17 (2), Num_14:36, Num_16:12, Num_16:28-29 (2), Num_20:14, Num_20:16, Num_21:6, Num_21:21, Num_21:32, Num_22:5, Num_22:10, Num_22:15, Num_22:40, Num_31:6, Num_32:8, Deu_2:26, Deu_9:23, Deu_24:4, Deu_34:11, Jos_2:1, Jos_2:3, Jos_2:21, Jos_6:17, Jos_6:25, Jos_7:2, Jos_7:22, Jos_8:3, Jos_8:9, Jos_10:3, Jos_10:6, Jos_11:1, Jos_14:7, Jos_14:11, Jos_22:6-7 (2), Jos_22:13, Jos_24:5, Jos_24:9, Jos_24:12, Jdg_1:23, Jdg_3:15, Jdg_3:18, Jdg_4:6, Jdg_5:15, Jdg_6:8, Jdg_6:14, Jdg_6:35 (2), Jdg_7:8, Jdg_7:24, Jdg_9:23, Jdg_9:31, Jdg_11:12, Jdg_11:14, Jdg_11:17 (2), Jdg_11:19, Jdg_11:28, Jdg_11:38, Jdg_12:9, Jdg_16:18, Jdg_18:2, Jdg_19:29, Jdg_20:6, Jdg_20:12, Jdg_21:10, Jdg_21:13, 1Sa_4:4, 1Sa_5:8, 1Sa_5:10-11 (2), 1Sa_6:21, 1Sa_10:25, 1Sa_12:7-8 (2), 1Sa_12:11, 1Sa_13:2, 1Sa_15:1, 1Sa_15:18, 1Sa_15:20, 1Sa_16:12, 1Sa_16:19-20 (2), 1Sa_16:22, 1Sa_18:5, 1Sa_19:11, 1Sa_19:14-15 (2), 1Sa_19:17, 1Sa_20:20-22 (4), 1Sa_22:11, 1Sa_25:5, 1Sa_25:14, 1Sa_25:32, 1Sa_25:39-40 (2), 1Sa_26:4, 1Sa_30:26, 1Sa_31:9, 2Sa_2:5, 2Sa_3:12, 2Sa_3:14-15 (2), 2Sa_3:21-24 (4), 2Sa_3:26, 2Sa_5:11, 2Sa_8:10, 2Sa_9:5, 2Sa_10:2-7 (7), 2Sa_10:16, 2Sa_11:1, 2Sa_11:3-6 (5), 2Sa_11:14, 2Sa_11:18, 2Sa_11:22, 2Sa_11:27, 2Sa_12:1, 2Sa_12:25, 2Sa_12:27, 2Sa_13:7, 2Sa_14:2, 2Sa_14:29 (3), 2Sa_14:32, 2Sa_15:10, 2Sa_15:12, 2Sa_18:2, 2Sa_18:29, 2Sa_19:11, 2Sa_22:14-15 (2), 2Sa_22:17, 2Sa_24:13, 1Ki_1:44, 1Ki_1:53, 1Ki_2:25, 1Ki_2:29, 1Ki_2:36, 1Ki_2:42, 1Ki_5:1-2 (2), 1Ki_5:8, 1Ki_5:14, 1Ki_7:13, 1Ki_8:66, 1Ki_9:14, 1Ki_9:27, 1Ki_12:3, 1Ki_12:18, 1Ki_12:20, 1Ki_14:6, 1Ki_15:18-20 (3), 1Ki_18:10, 1Ki_18:20, 1Ki_20:2 (2), 1Ki_20:5, 1Ki_20:7, 1Ki_20:10, 1Ki_20:17, 1Ki_20:34, 1Ki_21:8, 1Ki_21:11 (2), 1Ki_21:14, 2Ki_1:2, 2Ki_1:6, 2Ki_1:9, 2Ki_1:11, 2Ki_1:13, 2Ki_1:16, 2Ki_2:2, 2Ki_2:4, 2Ki_2:6, 2Ki_2:17, 2Ki_3:7, 2Ki_5:6, 2Ki_5:8, 2Ki_5:10, 2Ki_5:22, 2Ki_6:9-10 (2), 2Ki_6:14, 2Ki_6:23, 2Ki_6:32 (2), 2Ki_7:14, 2Ki_8:9, 2Ki_9:19, 2Ki_10:1, 2Ki_10:5, 2Ki_10:7, 2Ki_10:21, 2Ki_11:4, 2Ki_12:18, 2Ki_14:8-9 (3), 2Ki_14:19, 2Ki_16:7-8 (2), 2Ki_16:10-11 (2), 2Ki_17:4, 2Ki_17:13, 2Ki_17:25-26 (2), 2Ki_18:14, 2Ki_18:17, 2Ki_18:27, 2Ki_19:2, 2Ki_19:4, 2Ki_19:9, 2Ki_19:16, 2Ki_19:20, 2Ki_20:12, 2Ki_22:3, 2Ki_22:15, 2Ki_22:18, 2Ki_23:1, 2Ki_23:16, 2Ki_24:2 (2), 1Ch_10:8-9 (2), 1Ch_12:19, 1Ch_14:1, 1Ch_18:10, 1Ch_19:2-6 (5), 1Ch_19:8, 1Ch_19:16, 1Ch_21:12, 1Ch_21:15, 2Ch_2:3, 2Ch_2:11, 2Ch_2:13, 2Ch_7:10, 2Ch_8:18, 2Ch_10:3, 2Ch_10:18, 2Ch_16:2-4 (3), 2Ch_17:7, 2Ch_24:19, 2Ch_24:23, 2Ch_25:15, 2Ch_25:17-18 (3), 2Ch_25:27, 2Ch_30:1, 2Ch_32:21, 2Ch_32:31, 2Ch_34:8, 2Ch_34:23, 2Ch_34:26, 2Ch_34:29, 2Ch_35:21, 2Ch_36:10, 2Ch_36:15, Ezr_8:16, Neh_2:9, Neh_6:2-5 (4), Neh_6:8, Neh_6:12, Neh_6:19, Est_1:22, Est_3:13, Est_4:4, Est_8:10 (2), Est_9:20, Est_9:30, Job_1:4-5 (2), Job_22:9, Job_39:5, Psa_18:14, Psa_18:16, Psa_59:1, Psa_78:25, Psa_78:45, Psa_80:11, Psa_105:17, Psa_105:20, Psa_105:26, Psa_105:28, Psa_106:15, Psa_107:20, Psa_135:9 (2), Pro_9:3, Pro_17:11, Isa_9:8, Isa_36:1-2 (2), Isa_36:12, Isa_37:2, Isa_37:4, Isa_37:9, Isa_37:17, Isa_37:21, Isa_39:1, Isa_42:19, Isa_43:14, Isa_48:16, Isa_55:11, Isa_61:1, Jer_7:25, Jer_14:3, Jer_14:14-15 (2), Jer_19:14, Jer_21:1, Jer_23:21, Jer_23:32, Jer_23:38, Jer_24:5, Jer_25:4, Jer_25:17, Jer_26:5, Jer_26:12, Jer_26:15, Jer_26:22, Jer_27:15, Jer_28:9, Jer_28:15, Jer_29:1, Jer_29:3, Jer_29:9, Jer_29:19-20 (2), Jer_29:25, Jer_29:28, Jer_29:31, Jer_35:15, Jer_36:14, Jer_36:21, Jer_37:3, Jer_37:7, Jer_37:17, Jer_38:14, Jer_40:13-14 (3), Jer_42:9, Jer_42:20-21 (2), Jer_43:1-2 (2), Jer_44:4, Jer_49:14, Lam_1:13, Eze_2:9, Eze_13:5-6 (3), Eze_23:16, Eze_23:40 (2), Eze_31:4, Dan_10:11, Hos_5:13, Joe_2:25, Amo_7:10 (2), Oba_1:1, Mic_6:4, Hag_1:12, Zec_1:10, Zec_2:8-9 (2), Zec_2:11, Zec_4:9, Zec_6:15, Zec_7:2, Zec_7:12, Zec_9:11, Mal_2:4

send, 157

Gen_24:7, Gen_24:40, Gen_24:54, Gen_24:56, Gen_27:45, Gen_30:25, Gen_37:13, Gen_38:17 (2), Gen_42:16, Gen_43:4-5 (2), Gen_43:8, Gen_43:14, Gen_45:5, Exo_3:10, Exo_4:13 (2), Exo_7:2, Exo_8:21, Exo_9:14, Exo_9:19, Exo_12:33, Exo_23:20, Exo_23:27-28 (2), Exo_33:2, Exo_33:12, Lev_26:21-22 (2), Lev_26:25, Num_13:2 (2), Num_22:37, Num_31:4, Deu_1:22, Deu_7:20, Deu_19:12, Deu_24:1, Deu_28:20, Deu_28:48, Deu_32:24, Jos_18:4, Jdg_13:8, 1Sa_5:11, 1Sa_6:2-3 (3), 1Sa_6:8, 1Sa_9:16, 1Sa_9:26, 1Sa_11:3, 1Sa_16:1, 1Sa_16:11, 1Sa_16:19, 1Sa_20:12-13 (2), 1Sa_20:21, 1Sa_20:31, 1Sa_21:2, 1Sa_25:25, 2Sa_11:6, 2Sa_14:32, 2Sa_15:36, 2Sa_17:16, 1Ki_8:44, 1Ki_18:19, 1Ki_20:6, 1Ki_20:9, 1Ki_20:34, 2Ki_2:16-17 (2), 2Ki_4:22, 2Ki_5:5, 2Ki_5:7, 2Ki_7:13 (2), 2Ki_9:17, 2Ki_15:37, 1Ch_13:2, 2Ch_2:3, 2Ch_2:7-8 (2), 2Ch_2:15, 2Ch_6:34, 2Ch_7:13, 2Ch_28:16, 2Ch_32:9, Neh_2:5-6 (2), Neh_8:10, Neh_8:12, Job_21:11, Job_38:35, Psa_57:2-3 (4), Psa_110:2, Psa_144:7, Pro_10:26, Pro_22:21, Pro_25:13, Isa_6:8 (2), Isa_10:6, Isa_10:16, Isa_16:1, Isa_32:20 (2), Isa_37:7, Isa_57:9, Isa_66:19, Jer_1:7, Jer_2:10, Jer_8:17, Jer_9:16-17 (2), Jer_16:16 (2), Jer_24:10, Jer_25:9, Jer_25:15-16 (2), Jer_25:27, Jer_27:3, Jer_29:17, Jer_29:31, Jer_42:5-6 (2), Jer_43:10, Jer_48:12, Jer_49:37, Eze_2:2-4 (3), Eze_5:16-17 (3), Eze_7:3, Eze_14:13, Eze_14:19, Eze_14:21, Eze_28:23, Eze_39:6, Hos_8:14, Joe_2:19, Amo_1:4, Amo_1:7, Amo_1:10, Amo_1:12, Amo_2:2, Amo_2:5, Amo_8:11, Mal_2:2, Mal_3:1, Mal_4:5

go, 76

Gen_32:26 (2), Exo_4:20-21 (2), Exo_4:23 (2), Exo_5:1-2 (3), Exo_6:1, Exo_6:11, Exo_7:14, Exo_7:16, Exo_8:1-2 (2), Exo_8:8, Exo_8:20-21 (2), Exo_8:28-29 (2), Exo_8:32, Exo_9:1-2 (2), Exo_9:7, Exo_9:13, Exo_9:17, Exo_9:28, Exo_9:35, Exo_10:3-4 (2), Exo_10:7, Exo_10:10, Exo_10:20, Exo_10:27, Exo_11:1 (2), Exo_11:10, Exo_13:15, Exo_13:17, Exo_14:5, Exo_21:26-27 (2), Lev_14:53, Lev_16:10, Lev_16:22, Lev_16:26, Deu_21:12-14 (3), Deu_22:7, Jdg_1:25, Jdg_2:6, Jdg_15:5, Jdg_19:25, 1Sa_6:6, 1Sa_9:19, 1Sa_19:17, 1Sa_20:5, 1Sa_20:29, 1Sa_24:19, 2Sa_13:27, 1Ki_11:22, 1Ki_20:42, 2Ki_5:24, Isa_45:13, Isa_58:6, Jer_34:9-11 (4), Jer_34:14 (2), Jer_40:1, Jer_40:5, Jer_50:33, Eze_13:20

The giving of our presents to Moreshethgath is linked to us being sent by the Lord.  Here is the use of the root word for PRESENTS [H7971] from this well-known passage in Isaiah.

Isa 6:8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, [H7971] and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send [H7971] me.

The ultimate test of our faith is our obedience.  Will we do as we are commanded?  The Lord is raising up His prophets and send them to be His ministers.

Oba 1:1 The vision of Obadiah. Thus saith the Lord GOD concerning Edom; We have heard a rumour from the LORD, and an ambassador is sent [H7971] among the heathen, Arise ye, and let us rise up against her in battle.

The elect are the Lord’s laborers, whom He sends to do His work.

Mat 20:2 And when he had agreed with the labourers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard.

It is thru the giving of our presents or service that the church of the living God is built to those given to believe.

2Ti 1:6 Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.

We should always be looking for ways to impart spiritual gifts and physical ones where appropriate to meet the needs of the Lord’s people.  Everyone in the Body, all the prophets have gifts of one degree or another.

1Co 12:4 Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.

The key takeaway from our eighth city, is we get there by the grace of the Lord and then once commissioned, we are obedient and being sent to go serve the Lord, giving the presents (our service) to the Body as a representative of Jesus Christ.  It is by the ministration of the Lord’s grace, THRU HIS PROPHETS that we are completing this journey and receive our full reward.  We are ministering only according to our own gift.

1Pe 4:11 If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

To mature, we need to take heed the commandments to serve and grow in our ability to be the Lord’s able ministers.

Eph 4:29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.

Now let’s consider the ninth city mentioned and the second part of verse 14.

Mic 1:14 Therefore shalt thou give presents to Moreshethgath: the houses of Achzib shall be a lie to the kings of Israel.

9. The houses of Achzib are for a lying thing to the kings of Israel.

Achzib means lies and deception.

H392, ‘akzı̂yb, ak-zeeb’

From H391; deceitful (in the sense of a winter torrent which fails in summer); Akzib, the name of two places in Palestine: – Achzib.

Once we are sent, we are still and even more so in our day of judgment.  We must take heed we do not fall and not be surprised if we are severely tested (1 Pe 4:12).  When tested, those that are not DOERS will fall.  The winnowing process we mentioned in the last study NEVER ENDS.

Luk 6:49 But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great.

Its root is H391, ‘akzâb found twice in Scripture. liar, 1 Jer 15:18  lie, 1 Mic 1:14

The root of H391 is H3576 and is also always in the context of deception.

H3576, kâzab, kaw-zab’

A primitive root; to lie (that is, deceive), literally or figuratively: – fail, (be found a, make a) liar, lie, lying, be in vain.

It takes looking at the use of Achzib in Scripture to gain a deeper understanding of what we are being told by Micah.  Achzib is mentioned only four places in Scripture.

Total KJV occurrences: 4

Jos_15:44, Jos_19:29, Jdg_1:31, Mic_1:14

What we see is there are actually two distinct cities within the whole of Israel called Achzib.  There is one in Judah, in the Philistine plain area we have been focused on that was given to the tribe of Judah (the lineage of Jesus Christ) and included in the list of cities in Joshua 15.  The second city Achzib is way up north and was part of the inheritance given the tribe of Asher (Jos 19:29).  Asher did not drive out the Canaanites from their cities and Achzib is associated with the Canaanites.

Jdg 1:31 Neither did Asher drive out the inhabitants of Accho, nor the inhabitants of Zidon, nor of Ahlab, nor of Achzib, nor of Helbah, nor of Aphik, nor of Rehob:

Jdg 1:32 But the Asherites dwelt among the Canaanites, the inhabitants of the land: for they did not drive them out.

The Canaanites are linked to merchants, and peddlers and traffickers in the things of the Lord.

 H3669 – Canaanite – Patrial from H3667; a Kenaanite or inhabitant of Kenaan; by implication a pedlar (the Cananites standing for their neighbors the Ishmaelites, who conducted mercantile caravans): – Canaanite, merchant, trafficker.

We bring idols with us into Jerusalem and commit adultery against the Lord (Jam 4:4).  We must be given to overcome the pride of life that causes us to seek gain from our supposed godliness.  We must learn to be content and beware of the prideful lusts of the Canaanites within ourselves and outside of ourselves, even in the professing Body of Christ.  People peddle stuff for gain.  Here is a warning against the lies of the Canaanites that are traced back to our pride and us being puffed up.

1Ti 6:3 If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness;

1Ti 6:4 He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings,

1Ti 6:5 Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.

1Ti 6:6 But godliness with contentment is great gain.

On our road to maturity comes as these Canaanite nations are being conquered within us.  They shall  no more be found in the house of the Lord, which house we are as God’s sons.  They will be cut off in due time as we move on to maturity.

Zec 14:21 Yea, every pot in Jerusalem and in Judah shall be holiness unto the LORD of hosts: and all they that sacrifice shall come and take of them, and seethe therein: and in that day there shall be no more the Canaanite in the house of the LORD of hosts.

The people of God must be separated and learn not to touch anything that is unclean.  Taking heed of our doctrine and trying the Spirits is keen to our ability to keep walking the narrow road.  Many have and will continue to fall off the narrow road and depart from the living God.

1Ti 4:16 Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.

This journey in the land of Judah as we approach our inheritance is where we learn to spare nothing alive and sweep the Canaanites out of our heavens and our earth. The history of the tribe of Judah shows their conquest of the Canaanites in many places (Judges 1:7-17).  These stories are examples of us of the wars and battles we fight to overcome these lies and idols.

Rev 18:11 And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more:

We do all of this by putting on the whole armor of God and engaging in spiritual warfare daily.

1Pe 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

Peter wrote to THE CHURCH, the Body, and we best learn to always keep watch.  Many brothers and sisters have fallen before and have not endured.  Leaven enters in, we get prideful and if we exalt ourselves above the Body of Christ, we will be cut off.

Isa 14:14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

Isa 14:15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.

Kings have the role of judging (2 Ch 1:11, Rev 20:4).  God’s elect are being prepared to be the judges of the whole world, through which all of mankind will be saved.  That indeed is how we are redeemed from the earth (our carnally minded way of life) and given salvation (dominion over sin).  Christ in us, the rising King, IS NOT judging according to the flesh but judges all things spiritually by using the Word of the Lord i.e. righteous judgement.

Lev 19:15 Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment: thou shalt not respect the person of the poor, nor honour the person of the mighty: but in righteousness shalt thou judge

2Co 5:16 Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh

The houses of Achzib are idols and strongholds of the carnal mind still resident in our heart and minds that keep us from Judging Righteous Judgment.  They must be burned out on our way to maturity.  The Kings of Israel will not be able to judge righteous judgment and stand solely on the Word with these deceptive strongholds within us.   As we mature and our faith grows, we get much better at doing this.  We have many wonderful studies and practical lessons on Spiritual Warfare that will edify me and you to be diligent in exercising the spiritual judgments that kings of the Lord must perform daily.  We must remain diligent always!

1Jn 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

2Co 10:5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ

The takeaway lesson of Achzib is the exhortation to engage in spiritual warfare and not do as the Asherites did and fail to purge the land completely of the lies and false doctrines.  The Kings of Israel, which kings we are as the elect can and are ensnared and fall away by the lies of Achzib.

We are nearing the end of this 11 city journey, yet the Book of Micah is only getting started.  As we begin to serve the Body and become able ministers of grace (Moreshethgath) and excellent discerner’s of spirits (Achzib) we are maturing into our roles of being kings and priests.  This is our on the job training for the Elect’s role in the Millennium and the Lake of Fire.

Rev 5:10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.

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Book of Micah Part 5 – The Winnowing Process

July 6, 2016

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Book of Micah Part 5 – The Winnowing Process

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The messengers of the Lord speak the words of fire to us that sets us on the journey to receiving our inheritance in Jesus Christ.  We are reminding each other OFTEN that we need to continue in the faith and endure this journey to maturity all the way to the end.

Col 1:23 If ye continue (abide) in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister;

Joh 8:31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue (abide) in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;

It is far too easy to get ensnared with knowledge and think this is what is saving us.  To be disciples indeed we have to become doers of the Word and that is what separates the mature from the immature.  It is not our knowledge; it is our doing.

It takes this long process of falling down to learn to be a mature man and be ordained as the Bride of Christ dressed in proper attire.  This all of course takes place while in the BODY OF CHRIST, abiding with these many (living) waters and sons of thunder (Mar 3:17) that speak the Word that reprove and exhort us onto maturity.

Rev 19:6 And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thundering’s, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.

We must take heed the words of the Prophets, including Micah and make our calling and election sure.  We are told to be watchful that we do not fall from our own steadfastness and be snared by the deceitfulness of our carnal hearts and the sin that lies in our flesh.  We are in the last days of the last days and we must take heed and really be on our guard.

Heb 3:13 But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.

Heb 3:14 For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast unto the end;

This study will confirm the process of our judgment and the winnowing fan of the Lord.  The repeated pattern of cutting off and bringing the remainder thru the fire of the Word will be shown through the Micah journey.  It is this pruning by which the Lord separates the chaff and gathers the wheat into His barn.

Joh 15:2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.

Let’s pick back up on the eleven city journey which typifies how we progress from the best flesh has to offer (perfection of the flesh the number ten) to the mature man having the spiritual foundation of Christ (signified by the number twelve).  The number eleven is the process of the Lord disintegrating that fleshly perfection and laying bare our sins before the whole house of Israel.

Mic 1:12 For the inhabitant of Maroth waited carefully for good: but evil came down from the LORD unto the gate of Jerusalem.

Mic 1:13 O thou inhabitant of Lachish, bind the chariot to the swift beast: she is the beginning of the sin to the daughter of Zion: for the transgressions of Israel were found in thee.

6. MarothNLT  The people of Maroth anxiously wait for relief, but only bitterness awaits them as the LORD’S judgment reaches even to the gates of Jerusalem.

None of the translations get this verse right but the NLT is much closer with the word anxiously versus the KJV rendering of “waiting carefully”.  Make no mistake, evil coming down from the Lord is His causing us to stray from His ways.

Isa 63:17 O LORD, why hast thou made us to err from thy ways, and hardened our heart from thy fear? Return for thy servants’ sake, the tribes of thine inheritance.

Our being afflicted is our manifesting evil within our walk.  All part of the Lord’s process to humble and correct us by our own wickedness.

Psa 34:19 Many are the afflictions [Evil, H7451. “RA”] of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.

The word translated “carefully” or “anxiously” describes our waiting for the Lord to do good is actually the Hebrew word for SICK [H2470].  We wait anxiously or impatiently when we see our sickly state as we want deliverance right here and right now.  Maroth relates to us learning patience and to wait on the Lord.  We will wait anxiously and be frustrated waiting on the Lord to deliver us and finish the good work He starts in us by this process of judgment.

Luk 21:19 In your patience possess ye your souls.

Psa 7:9 For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth.

Lam 3:26 It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD.

For us to be humbled and know He is the Lord of all and to learn good and evil, we will be required to wait and put through much torment.

Rev 14:11 And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.

Rev 14:12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus

To purge inequity we must be shown our error and corrected by the rod on this maturing journey in the Philistine plain.

Maroth means bitter springs and is a spiritual shadow of us all in our immaturity.

H4796, maw-rohth’

Plural of H4751 feminine; bitter springs; Maroth, a place in Palestine: – Maroth.

Here is where the root of Maroth is used in Scripture [H4751]

mar/ mârâh

Total KJV Occurrences: 38

bitter, 21

Gen_27:34, Exo_15:23, Num_5:18-19 (2), Num_5:23-24 (3), Num_5:27, Est_4:1, Job_3:20, Pro_5:3-4 (2), Pro_27:7, Ecc_7:26, Isa_5:20 (2), Jer_2:19, Jer_4:18, Eze_27:31, Amo_8:10, Hab_1:6

bitterness, 10

1Sa_1:10, 1Sa_15:32, 2Sa_2:26, Job_7:11, Job_10:1, Job_21:25, Pro_14:10, Isa_38:15, Eze_3:14, Eze_27:31

bitterly, 3

Isa_33:7, Eze_27:30, Zep_1:14

Marah and Maroth are different geographical places yet are a double witness to the same spiritual lesson.  Marah also means bitter and it is the site where thirsty Israelites found waters they could not drink because of the bitterness of the waters.

Exo 15:22 So Moses brought Israel from the Red sea, and they went out into the wilderness of Shur; and they went three days in the wilderness, and found no water.

Exo 15:23 And when they came to Marah, they could not drink of the waters of Marah, for they were bitter: therefore the name of it was called Marah.

It is in Marah that we are proved by the Lord in the wilderness to see if we will hearken to His commandments.  The waters become life bearing and sweet to the new man, only when we come to know the purpose in sacrificing our lives (the tree) and casting it into the waters of life.

Exo 15:25 And he cried unto the LORD; and the LORD shewed him a tree, which when he had cast into the waters, the waters were made sweet: there he made for them a statute and an ordinance, and there he proved them,

The Word of the Lord is sweet to our eyes and ears. Yet when we actually have to live it out, i.e. KEEP THE JUDGMENTS and DO THEM (Eze 36:27, Rev 1:3), then it becomes bitter to our bellies.  As we saw from Rev 14 above, living through this lake of fire experience is the patience of the saints.

Rev 10:10 And I took the little book out of the angel’s hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter.

Our earth (walk) does not yet understand what is in our mind (heaven) that we do actually need to lose our life to gain it.  The waters are bitter to the old way of life but made sweet when we are given faith to sacrifice our lives. Until our fiery baptism, we flip flop bitter and sweet.

Isa 5:20 Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

It is in Marah we are told of the consequences and blessings of obeying or disobeying the Lord early on in our escape from the world (Egypt).  God’s people are destroyed for lack of knowledge and learning the lesson of Exo 15:26 is fundamental to us maturing.  Without understanding in the Lord’s plan and His ways and no faith to stand, our carnal mind and flesh cries out for water and for relief from the fires of judgment.

Exo 15:26 And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee.

It is the same thing in Maroth.  We are tried to see if we will hearken to the Lord’s commandments or not.  That is the purpose of judgment and how we are taught righteousness.  The Lord’s judgment reaching into the gates of Jerusalem show us the “is, was and will be” application of the method of salvation and how we enter into Christ.

The elect are the vessels of the Temple (even the pillars) thru which the living waters flow out of our bellies (Joh 7:38).  James exhorts the Body as His Fountain to take heed the words we speak.

Jas 3:8 But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.

Jas 3:9 Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God.

Jas 3:10 Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.

Jas 3:11 Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?

There is another place called Maarath in the land given to Judah (mentioned once in Jos 15:59) that many believe is the same city as Maroth.

H4638, ma‛ărâth mah-ar-awth’

A form of H4630; waste; Maarath, a place in Palestine: – Maarath.

Total KJV occurrences: 1

The root word H4630 is found only once in Scripture and is translated as ARMIES (and in the context of the armies of the flesh).  This fleshly (Philistine) army speaks blasphemy and defies the armies of the Lord.

1Sa 17:23 And as he talked with them, behold, there came up the champion, the Philistine of Gath, Goliath by name, out of the armies [H4630] of the Philistines, and spake according to the same words: and David heard them.

Our time passing through Maroth is linked to our time spewing forth both bitter and sweet waters on our way towards spiritual maturity.  The tongue is certainly an integral part of the army of Goliath the beast that represents the unconquered land in the kingdom of God within us.

We the people of Maroth wait anxiously for deliverance.  This is our time of double minded speaking both sweet and bitter words from our mouth.   Instead of being anxious, we need to learn patience and to WAIT on the Lord.

Heb 6:12 That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

Heb 12:1 …. and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

Rom 8:24 For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seethes, why doth he yet hope for?

Rom 8:25 But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.

Dying daily on our inward cross is how we learn to trust in the Lord with all our heart and following the lead of our Head and not speaking or drinking the gall of bitterness.  We do this by guarding our heart and trying the spirits and learning to not even think above what is written.  We can’t drink what the carnal mind and those that mock us on the cross serve us to drink.

Mat 27:34 They gave him vinegar to drink mingled with gall: and when he had tasted thereof, he would not drink.

As we mature our carnal mind will think we must save ourselves by our own strength and works. This unbelief leads to a bitter life judging things in the flesh.  This is what bitter waters do to our spiritual life and keep us from entering into the true Sabbath rest.

Exo 1:13 And the Egyptians made the children of Israel to serve with rigour:

Exo 1:14 And they made their lives bitter [root is H4751 – Maroth] with hard bondage, in morter, and in brick, and in all manner of service in the field: all their service, wherein they made them serve, was with rigour.

Paul warns of our need for diligence lest a root of bitterness spring forth within us.

Heb 12:15 Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;

To move past Maroth, we must learn patience and be given faith to stand only on the WORD.  We will then be able to patiently endure these “evil” afflictions from the Lord.

Rom 15:4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.

7.Lachish – Our seventh city is a humdinger of a place as we say in American slang.

Mic 1:13 NKJV O inhabitant of Lachish, Harness the chariot to the swift steeds (She was the beginning of sin to the daughter of Zion), For the transgressions of Israel were found in you.

lachishLachish has no root word of specific meaning according to Strong’s but does have a very long history with Israel.

 H3923

lâkı̂ysh

law-keesh’

From an unused root of uncertain meaning; Lakish, a place in Palestine: – Lachish.

Total KJV Occurrences: 24

lachish, 24

Jos_10:3, Jos_10:5, Jos_10:23, Jos_10:31-35 (5), Jos_12:11, Jos_15:39, 2Ki_14:19 (2), 2Ki_18:14, 2Ki_18:17, 2Ch_11:8-9 (2), 2Ch_25:27 (2), 2Ch_32:9, Neh_11:30, Isa_36:2, Isa_37:8, Jer_34:7, Mic_1:13

A synopsis of Lachish’s history and events in the Bible follows:

  • An Amorite city whose kings were captured and killed by Joshua (Jos 10:31-42).
  • The land was allotted to the tribe of Judah (Lineage of Christ) – Josh 15:39.
  • Heavily fortified and made into defensive strongholds by Rehoboam, 2 Ch 11:5-11.
  • Assassination of Amaziah at, 2 Ki 14:19.
  • Besieged by Assyrian King, 2 Ki 18:13-17; 19:8; 2 Chr 32:9.
  • Besieged by Nebuchadnezzar, Jer 34:7.
  • Micah Prophecy on Spiritual Progression, Mic 1:13.

Lachish is a well-known historical city renowned for its fortifications.  Many secular scholars claim it was the second most important city in Judah after Jerusalem.  Lachish is linked to the base and occupation of the King of Assyria while in the land of Israel.  The commentary of Babylonian bible scholars about Lachish are very interesting and support the theme of Micah 1.

For example, the name Lachish is a biblical baby name according to some that say it means: “Who walks, or exists, of himself”.  This fits with the work of the ten horned beast within that we first worship whose father is the great red dragon (Rev 12:3, Joh 8:44).

The chariot [H4818], represents the seat which is the throne of Satan, our father the devil, that must be cast out of our heavens and earth for salvation to come.  The horses of our flesh (our strength) are hitched to this chariot and that is what leads us into all sin.

 H4818 is from H4817 which Strong’s defines as: From H7392; a chariot; also a seat (in a vehicle): – chariot, covering, saddle.  H7392 means to ride or refers to a rider like of a horse or an animal.

This is what is burned out of us by the process of being chastened with the fire of the Word as we remade into a mature man.

Rev 16:10 And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain,

This strong fleshly city is where we see the harlot STILL riding the beast within.  That is the origins, the beginning of all the sins of the new mindset we have in the Body of Christ.  We have doctrine but are still being carnally minded and immature and not yet proved by the trials of tribulations of many falling down experiences.  We need to see this (ourselves) in all splendor as John saw in Revelation.  Micah speaks to the same event as Jesus Christ is being revealed in us.

Rev 17:3 So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet colored beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.

The Holman Bible Dictionary defines Lachish to mean obstinate.  I cannot prove the meaning of the name obstinate but I find that Bible definition very telling:

Obstinatean adjective – Stubbornly refusing to change one’s opinion or chosen course of action, despite attempts to persuade one to do so

Obstinate exactly defines the rebellion that lies in our flesh and the natural enmity we have with the ways of the Lord and obedience to His commandments.  This is why we are being dragged to Christ because of that stubborn beast we have and are being shown is said to be “yet is”.

Rev 17:8 The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.

Onward to maturity, there is a continued exposure of our sins as the people of God holding the Truth but not yet doing it.  The journey is this process, and it takes many falling downs and having our own wickedness to correct us (Pro 24:16, Jer 2:19)

Lachish is directly tied to the King of Assyria and his conquests in Israel.  This symbolizes the sins of the flesh and the worldliness we still possess long after having found true doctrine.  The Assyrian within us is the rod of the Lord’s anger and how He brings correction to us.

Isa 10:5 O Assyrian, the rod of mine anger, and the staff in their hand is mine indignation.

Isa 10:6 I will send him against an hypocritical nation, and against the people of my wrath will I give him a charge, to take the spoil, and to take the prey, and to tread them down like the mire of the streets.

Coming to see our wretched state by the Assyrian rod within brings the afflictions and ultimate death of the old man.

Lam 3:1 I am the man that hath seen affliction by the rod of his wrath.

It is indeed a strange way to the carnally minded on how the Lord teaches His people thru the chastening and scourging of the true grace of God that saves us (Isa 26:9, Heb 12:6-7).  The transgressions of Israel being found in Lachish is our guilt of all the blood of the prophets that will be revenged in our day of the Lord.

Luk 11:51 From the blood of Abel unto the blood of Zacharias, which perished between the altar and the temple: verily I say unto you, It shall be required of this generation.

Lachish is one the fifteen cities Rehoboam’ s (Solomon’s son and king) built as outlying defenses for Judah.  Another example of the significance of numbers and the process of judgment (represented by the number three) and the scourging chastening grace of the Lord (represented by the number five).

2Ch 11:5 And Rehoboam dwelt in Jerusalem, and built cities for defence in Judah.

2Ch 11:7 And Bethzur, and Shoco, and Adullam,

2Ch 11:8 And Gath, and Mareshah, and Ziph,

2Ch 11:9 And Adoraim, and Lachish, and Azekah,

2Ch 11:11 And he fortified the strong holds, and put captains in them, and store of victual, and of oil and wine.

Lachish is a defensed city with walls and strongholds made by the hands of men (brazen walls).  Another words it is one of the last remaining fleshly strongholds (IDOLS) that need to be purged on the way to maturity.  When the days of destruction of our defensed cities are at hand, the Lord is using the King of Assyria as His rod to destroy those strongholds of the carnal mind. A more mature us (in type King Hezekiah) is still not a perfect man and these inward strongholds need to be exposed little by little and be burned out of us with fire.

Isa 36:1 Now it came to pass in the fourteenth year of king Hezekiah, that Sennacherib king of Assyria came up against all the defenced cities of Judah, and took them.

Isa 36:2 And the king of Assyria sent Rabshakeh from Lachish to Jerusalem unto king Hezekiah with a great army. And he stood by the conduit of the upper pool in the highway of the fuller’s field.

Notice this happens in the fourteenth year with fourteen symbolizing our spiritual progression, which comes about only by our journeying with the Lord.  So learning good and evil is erring from the Lord’s ways and then being chastened and taught correction.  We can’t be used of the Lord until we are made ready to rule.   Like Joseph and Paul this will spiritually take place in the fourteenth year of our walking in truth (Gal 2:1).

Our immature new man will seek to make a covenant of peace with the king of Assyria within and without.  We as an immature king of Judah, will seek to make these deals that exalt themselves against the Word of the Lord.

2Ki 18:15  And Hezekiah gave him (the Assyrian King) all the silver that was found in the house of the LORD, and in the treasures of the king’s house.

But as we saw last week, any covenant with flesh (Ezel, stone) will not stand, it is a false peace that only binds us in spiritual death.  It is being shattered by the coming of Christ who is sending the Assyrian King against His own people (2 Ki 18:17).

2Ki 18:17 And the king of Assyria sent Tartan and Rabsaris and Rabshakeh from Lachish to king Hezekiah with a great host against Jerusalem.

Lachish is indeed representative of a very obstinate beast.  It was one of the last two remaining defensed cities that King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon fought against.

Jer 34:7 When the king of Babylon’s army fought against Jerusalem, and against all the cities of Judah that were left, against Lachish, and against Azekah: for these defenced cities remained of the cities of Judah.

As the Lord leads us onward to maturity and our inheritance in Christ, He will return to those carnal strongholds and use His Rod of indignation to burn them with fire leaving nothing behind.

Jer 34:22 Behold, I will command, saith the LORD, and cause them to return to this city; and they shall fight against it, and take it, and burn it with fire: and I will make the cities of Judah a desolation without an inhabitant.

As immature and carnally minded kings of Judah, we will flee to spiritual Lachish when confronted in Jerusalem, to seek safety and comfort from the fiery judgments of the Word.

2Ki 14:17 And Amaziah the son of Joash king of Judah lived after the death of Jehoash son of Jehoahaz king of Israel fifteen years.

2Ki 14:19 Now they made a conspiracy against him in Jerusalem: and he fled to Lachish; but they sent after him to Lachish, and slew him there.

In conclusion what we see hidden in the story of Lachish, is the Lord’s strange way of always leaving a remnant or a part within us that needs further chastening.  This is the ongoing pruning of the ONE vine, the good and the evil.  Cutting off and refining in the fire is this process.

Zec 13:9 And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The LORD is my God.

Lachish represents that final carnal stronghold of the flesh within us that must be destroyed.  It is done little by little thru the winnowing hand of the Lord.

Ezr 9:8 And now for a little space grace hath been shewed from the LORD our God, to leave us a remnant to escape, and to give us a nail in his holy place, that our God may lighten our eyes, and give us a little reviving in our bondage.

Isa 11:11 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea.

As long as we live in these clay vessels, there is always a remainder that needs to be brought through the fire some more still.  Isaiah was sent to speak of this truth to a maturing King Hezekiah reminding us the Lord is working all this evil for good and He is doing it for His Name sake.

2Ki 19:30 And the remnant that is escaped of the house of Judah shall yet again take root downward, and bear fruit upward.

2Ki 19:31 For out of Jerusalem shall go forth a remnant, and they that escape out of mount Zion: the zeal of the LORD of hosts shall do this….

2Ki 19:34 For I will defend this city, to save it, for mine own sake, and for my servant David’s sake.

This winnowing process of separating the wheat from the chaff comes by us abiding in the Body and not separating ourselves.  The Christ is putting His Hands on our eyes twice before we can see clearly.

Mar 8:23 And he took the blind man by the hand, and led him out of the town; and when he had spit on his eyes, and put his hands upon him, he asked him if he saw ought.

Mar 8:24 And he looked up, and said, I see men as trees, walking.

Mar 8:25 After that he put his hands again upon his eyes, and made him look up: and he was restored, and saw every man clearly.

The Body of Christ is the hands, feet, arms, and mouth of the Lord.  The Body is also the winnowing fork or fan the Lord uses to purge the threshing floor and bring the wheat into the barn.

Mat 3:12 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.

The city of Lachish, the last remaining Assyrian stronghold in us (The Promised Land), will be conquered by the continued work of the Lord’s chastening and scourging.  The righteous do have many afflictions and do fall down seven times so the Lord can bring the sword and the fire of His jealousies to bring forth the escaped remnant within us all.  With time and right on the Lord’s schedule it will lead to our maturation and us fulfilling these commandments.

1Pe 1:16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

Next week Lord willing, we will begin at the eighth city in the Micah prophesy, the city of Moreshethgath.

Comments and sincere questions are welcome.  You can also email me at peterjwilson56@gmail.com

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When Do We Drink of the Lord’s Cup of Wrath?

June 30, 2016

This post is based on a question and answer regarding this article entitled Drinking the Cup of God’s Wrath.  It is guaranteed by the Scriptures that all men will drink of the Lord’s cup. That is indeed the way by which all men shall be saved in the appointed times for each.  Drinking of the cup is the trials, the oppression, the persecution we must endure that is necessary to accomplish the Lord’s will in our lives, which is our sanctification and salvation from sin.  That is how the real baptism takes place that brings forth the new man from the death of the old man.

Mat 3:11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:

Mat 20:23 And he saith unto them, Ye shall drink indeed of my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with

Being made alive is to be risen in the Spirit of the Lord. This comes to the house of the Lord in this age but will come to all men in due time.  The most essential promise of a faithful God who cannot lie.

1Co 15:22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

Here is the question and the follow-up answer that should edify and expand on this mystery of the kingdom of God.

QUESTION: So all will experience the cup of wrath whether they are seeking or not seeking Him? I am seeking Jesus. Are we not saved until the cup comes? And if it comes, is it at the moment of death or is it during our lifetime?

Thanks for your question. A very long paper could be written as your question get at the heart of the Lord’s process of how salvation comes to us. Those papers and answers have been written and I will give you some links at the end of this that will take you to articles that will be very edifying if you are given to understand the mysteries of the kingdom of God.

Mat 13:9 Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.
Mat 13:10 And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables?
Mat 13:11 He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.

Your question was getting to the heart of what Jesus was speaking about here in Matthew 20. The sons of Zebedee nor their mother had any clue what they were asking yet Christ elaborated on the drinking of the cup, which represents dying to the flesh.

Mat 20:23 And he saith unto them, Ye shall drink indeed of my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with: but to sit on my right hand, and on my left, is not mine to give, but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of my Father.

The Lord makes it clear there is no free will involved.

Jer 25:28 And it shall be, if they refuse to take the cup at thine hand to drink, then shalt thou say unto them, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Ye shall certainly drink.

We all will drink of this cup and this for good reason to serve the purposes of the Lord and bringing about His will, which is our sanctification (1 The 4:3). Flesh is not inheriting the kingdom of God PERIOD.

1Co 15:50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.

Nobody seeks after the true God. The real Jesus is not attractive to flesh and the carnal mind, there is natural enmity put there by the Lord on purpose. No the only way anyone gets to the the Lord is to be dragged there.

Joh 6:44 No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me drag him: and I will raise him up at the last day.

Joh 6:65 And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father

Drinking of this cup is partaking in the Lord’s supper.  This is when we eat His flesh and drink His blood.  These are spiritual statements (Joh 6:63) and refer to our following the Lord and enduring persecution, afflictions and suffering in this age in these physical bodies that are used to burn out of us all our carnal and worldly ways.

Joh 6:53 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.
Joh 6:54 Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.
Joh 6:55 For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.
Joh 6:56 He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him.

Few are given in this age to understand these truths much less walk it out.  Almost all leave Christ as they are not made ready to pay the costs of being a disciple.

Joh 6:66 From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.

But back to your specific question input.  We are told point blank, nobody seeks after God.

Rom 3:10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
Rom 3:11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.

We are told point blank, nobody finds Jesus Christ. He finds us, we don’t choose Him.  We seek the other jesus in the delusion of our carnal mind.

Isa 65:1 I am sought of them that asked not for me; I am found of them that sought me not: I said, Behold me, behold me, unto a nation that was not called by my name.

Joh 15:16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.

Walking in darkness separated from the Lord is all His plan for our lives. His people must first go into Babylon and be deceived before they are dragged to the real Jesus Christ in the appointed time or in what the Scriptures also say “due time”. This is the plan for men’s lives and in the end it all works for good. The only way we call on the Lord is to first be brought to our wits end. This making the storms, putting us in darkness is all the wonderful works of the Lord to the children of men which is code words for His true Body, the Elect of God. The Lord is doing it all as our lives are simply the works of His hands (Isa 64:8).

Psa 107:24 These see the works of the LORD, and his wonders in the deep.
Psa 107:25 For he commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof.
Psa 107:26 They mount up to the heaven, they go down again to the depths: their soul is melted because of trouble.
Psa 107:27 They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wits’ end.
Psa 107:28 Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he bringeth them out of their distresses.
Psa 107:29 He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still.
Psa 107:30 Then are they glad because they be quiet; so he bringeth them unto their desired haven.
Psa 107:31 Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!

A day will come when we will hear the call to come out of her (Babylon) my people. And we will then come out because we will have been found by the Lord and our heart will be made willing to search for Him with our whole hearts.

Jer 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
Jer 29:12 Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.
Jer 29:13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.
Jer 29:14 And I will be found of you, saith the LORD: and I will turn away your captivity, and I will gather you from all the nations, and from all the places whither I have driven you, saith the LORD; and I will bring you again into the place whence I caused you to be carried away captive.

So getting back to your question, we all will experience this wrath. All will drink of the cup of the wrath of God, but it will come in the time appointed by the Lord. That cup is the true grace of God. Grace is what chastens, us, it is the scourging of our fleshly way of life, it is how we learn obedience by the things we suffer.

Heb 12:6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.

Grace and the scourging that goes with it comes to those the Lord loves. He loves all men but in this age, in this life, He loves His Elect who are the apple of His eye. That is who is being scourged now. That is the same thing as being judged and that is how we enter into the kingdom of God.

1Pe 4:17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?

 

Judgment is how we are redeemed from the bondage of the flesh and the ways of this world which is Egypt in type and shadow.

Exo 6:6 Wherefore say unto the children of Israel, I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will rid you out of their bondage, and I will redeem you with a stretched out arm, and with great judgments:

Isa 1:27 Zion shall be redeemed with judgment, and her converts with righteousness.

This wrath, which is the judgments is how we learn the true righteousness of Jesus Christ in our appointed times. Best to be judged now and be learning this now.

Isa 26:9 With my soul have I desired thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek thee early: for when thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.

This grace of God is, was and will be appear to all men, but only the chosen few, the ELECT of God will understand what the Lord is doing and they will learn the truth and be remade by abiding in the fire of the truth which is the WORD.

Tit 2:11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
Tit 2:12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;

This is what grace does when we live thru, i.e. DO THE JUDGMENTS of God.

Eze 36:26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.
Eze 36:27 And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.

Do you see that? This is what CAUSES us to obey the Lord, that is how the new man is raised up within us and the old man destroyed. By the fire of the Word!. Our God is a consuming fire!

Salvation means be delivered from our sins. It is getting the victory over sin, that is what salvation means. We get that victory over time, through the process of living thru the grace and drinking of the cup of God’s wrath against our carnal lusts. Like all words of Scripture, those words are is, was and will be. They are continuious and that process of being judged and gaining salvation will not end until we are given our new spiritual bodies. We are given the victory little by little. So anyone saying I am saved is wrong. They may can say, they are being saved but only those who endure to the end will be saved as we should never forget.

Mat 24:13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

We must finish our race in this age to be saved and be in that first resurrection. Otherwise we will fall short and be a castaway and be judged in the lake of fire with the rest of mankind. Paul tells us to not take our salvation for granted in this age, we must strive to stay on the narrow road working out our own salvation with fear and trembling.

1Co 9:27 But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.

If one is called, chosen and found faithful and that not of their own doing but of the Lord’s doing, who is working all things for the council of His will, then they will be saved in this age and will be in the first resurrection. But the key word here is faithful. NOBODY HAS ARRIVED.

Rev 17:14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.

So in conclusion, salvation is a process of being taught righteousness by living through the judgment of the Lord. All men are judged, but that day of judgment is the day or hour no one knows but only the Father. Far better to be judged now, to be saved now in down payment form and then be in that blessed and holy first resurrection. Then we will be used of the Lord.

1Co 11:31 For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.
1Co 11:32 But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.

In fact this brings out one of the mysterious ways of the Lord that orthodox Christianity and its false doctrines cannot comprehend.  The way to void being judged is to be judged now.  The only way to save your life is to lose it now.  In the same way this verse is often misapplied to claim contrary to hundreds of other verses that the people of God are not going to live thru the wrath of God.

1Th 5:9 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,

But it is the SUM, not SOME of thy word that is true (Psa 119:160).  No prophecy of Scripture is of its own private interpretation (2 Pet 1:20). The Scriptures in total make in perfectly clear the only way we know Jesus Christ and enter into Him is by living thru the wrath that comes by drinking this cup. No Exceptions!

Rev 15:8 And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from his power; and no man was able to enter into the temple, till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled.

If we are found faithful and do endure to the end. We will make that first resurrection and then will be used of the Lord to judge all mankind and the angels in the lake of fire.

1Co 6:2 Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?
1Co 6:3 Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?

I do not know where you are with your understanding of these issues so I hope you will ask more questions and go read the links I am giving you below.

Only the Elect of God, the Body of Christ, the Church, aka the Israel of God is judged in this age.  This is the suffering that has been appointed to all that believe on the real Jesus through the gift of faith.  This is the drinking of the cup and how the baptism with fire and water, both of which remake us and conform us into the Lord’s image.

Php 1:29 For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake;

Isa 48:10 Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction.

Everyone else is judged in the lake of fire which is the way that all men will be saved in the end. But the truth I hope you have received is that all men will be saved just as the Scriptures declare and it is not depending upon the will or any man.

1Co 15:21 For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.
1Co 15:22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
1Co 15:23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.
1Co 15:24 Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.

The Lord has made us marred on purpose so He can remake us and conform us into His image by this process. Being made new is how we are saved.

Rev 21:5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.

It takes faith to believe these things and that all a gift. We will learn to wait on the Lord to deliver on His promises. He will because the Lord is faithful even when we, these marred vessels of clay are not.

2Ti 2:13 If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.

Hope this helps. Please read some of the suggested articles. Email me atpeterjwilson56@gmail.com if you more questions or I can help you understand this important basic truth of God’s plan.

Your brother in Christ, PETE

Related Links:

http://www.iswasandwillbe.com/consuming-fire-of-gods-wrath/

http://tryingthespirits.com/2014-03/salvation-of-all/

http://www.iswasandwillbe.com/fiery-trials-and-the-lake-of-fire/

http://www.iswasandwillbe.com/from-heathens-to-perfection-in-christ/

http://www.iswasandwillbe.com/in-due-time/

http://www.iswasandwillbe.com/treasuring-up-the-wrath-of-god/

Book of Micah Part 4 – A House Built On Earth

June 28, 2016

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Book of Micah Part 4 – A House Built On Earth

By Pete Wilson

We ended Part 3 by reviewing Mic 1:10 in a study entitled “moving on to maturity”.

Mic 1:10 Declare ye it not at Gath, weep ye not at all: in the house of Aphrah roll thyself in the dust.

We saw that moving onto maturity involves learning important lessons and separating from what is the common behaviors of the carnal mind.  Walking by faith and not by sight is what maturity brings.  The journey of Micah, the Morasthite, begins at Gath, the first of the eleven cities.  We saw in part 1 that the root word for Gath the city is the Hebrew word Gath that is most often translated as winepress.  So this entire journey is about moving us towards maturity via the process of judgment.

Rev 14:19 And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God.

The first thing we learn is to declare it not at Gath.  The world and the carnal mind will not be able to understand the mysteries of the Kingdom of God.

1Co 2:6 Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are (being made) perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought:

Mat 13:11 He answered and said unto them, because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.

We can’t be mature if we do not respect the Lord’s hands in blinding the entire world and only giving “ears to hear and eyes” to see to precious few.  We don’t declare the Lord at Gath as we must mature ourselves to be used in service and we must not cast pearls to spiritual swine.

Psa 10:17 LORD, thou hast heard the desire of the humble: thou wilt prepare their heart, thou wilt cause thine ear to hear:

Rom 11:7 What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded

Secondly, we saw that we must learn not to lament and wail about our trials.  We must not go to Aprhah, the house of dust and wallow in the self-pity of the carnal mind.  We need to appreciate the blessing that has befallen us and work (strive) to enter into the rest that remains for the people of God.

Php 2:12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.

We cannot try to save our old way of life or else we will fall from grace.  We cannot return to that former way of life (house) for anything.  As we saw last week, it may cost us everything and we must be willing to pay it.  Lord willing, we will continue on as the Lord leads us towards a complete spiritual foundation remembering the message of Lot’s wife.

Luk 17:32 Remember Lot’s wife.

Luk 17:33 Whoever seeks to save his life, he will lose it. And whoever will lose it, he will preserve it.

So we have covered the first two cities we are commanded to pass thru on our way to maturity.  It is only once we finish the journey at the final city of Addulam that we will receive the inheritance promised.  We will be tempted into giving up and not pressing forward towards the prize of the higher calling.  But make no mistake, we must finish the race if we have hope of being in the blessed and holy first resurrection.

2Ti 4:7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:

Becoming a mature man is the reason given for the why the Lord has given us a Body and given us able ministers, teachers and all of the offices of the church.

Eph 4:12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:

Eph 4:13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ

The Lord’s own words tell us of this mystery as well.

Joh 17:23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.

 So let’s continue with our eleven city journey towards being made perfect and see what else the Lord wants us to take heed.  This study will cover just this one verse from Micah.

Mic 1:11 NKJV Pass by in naked shame, you inhabitant of Shaphir; The inhabitant of Zaanan does not go out. Beth Ezel mourns; Its place to stand is taken away from you.

 3. Pass by in naked shame, you inhabitant of Shaphir

Saphir – H8208:  From H8231; beautiful; Shaphir, a place in Palestine:

H8231: A primitive root; to glisten, that is, (figuratively) be (causatively make) fair: –  X goodly.

The root word H8231 is only found one time here in Psalm 16.

Psa 16:6 The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly [H8321] heritage.

Our heritage, is OUR INHERITANCE in Christ.  It is indeed a goodly and/or glistening outcome.  As the Elect of the Lord we are the light of this world and it is through us that the shining forth of righteousness is, was and will be coming.

Mat 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Php 2:15 That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;

Luk 24:4 And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments:

Psa 80:1 … Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, thou that leadest Joseph like a flock; thou that dwellest between the cherubims, shine forth.

Yet make no mistake, it is the glory of the Lord that lights us up and does the shining and in total the Body, the Lamb of God, is the light all men will one day see and enter in by.

Rev 21:23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.

Yet before this light can shine in us and our raiment glisten as an inhabitant of Shaphir, we must pass by naked and ashamed.  We must first endure this journey from where we are righteous from the perspective of the flesh (the number 10) and see the disintegration and ruin of that which is perfect in the “flesh” (as best as flesh can be).  That is seeing the shame of our nakedness that is necessary to bring us to Christ, our inheritance, we find in Addulam the final city.

We have to be shown our sin and the depths of our depravity.  It is far more than the outward sin and things seen with our naked eyes.  Leviathan, the deep, lives within our carnal DNA and the Lord will make manifest what truly lives in our flesh.  We will say all the right things and have the knowledge of what is required of us as Paul says.

Rom 7:22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:

And yet the weak flesh must be shown that it is impossible to save ourselves.

Rom 7:24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?

Ecc 3:18 I said in mine heart concerning the estate of the sons of men, that God might manifest them, and that they might see that they themselves are beasts.

The heritage and the inheritance of the saints is salvation through Jesus Christ.  But that comes via the process in down payment form and in fullness only when we are raised from the dead.

Outward appearances rule the hearts and minds of the carnal mind.  First the natural and then the spiritual means that our first state of being in Saphir will be one where the focus is on the outside of the cup and being pleasing to men.  Knowledge of doctrine will indeed puff us up and take our eyes off the inward ongoing work of grace needed to purify the heavens with the blood of Christ.  In this state we will use our supposed godliness for gain all the while denying the power within us to stand against sin and the pulls of the flesh (Philistines).

2Ti 3:5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

We should indeed turn away from such a mindset.  Yet such folly will not go far.

2Ti 3:9 But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was.

The way the Lord is accomplishing this is by using our own wickedness to correct us.  We will be shown that we are the abomination (still) causing desolation in the temple of the Lord (Mat 24:15).  The Lord is going to discover the whoredoms of Jerusalem (Aholibah) and we shall see it like it really is.  All things will be brought to the light, no exceptions.  Our sin will be made bare and the vanity of our fleshly labor spoiled.

Luk 8:17 For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest; neither any thing hid, that shall not be known and come abroad.

2Co 4:6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

Eze 23:29 And they shall deal with thee hatefully, and shall take away all thy labour, and shall leave thee naked and bare: and the nakedness of thy whoredoms shall be discovered, both thy lewdness and thy whoredoms.

But the Lord will come and reason with us via our abiding in Him via His Body.  This reproving by the angels of the Lord is how we will buy gold tried in the fire and be made ready as the Bride.

Isa 1:18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

Rev 3:18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.

4. The inhabitant of Zaanan does not go out

 Zaanan – H6630: From the same as H6629 used denominatively; sheep pasture; Zaanan, a place in Palestine

H6629 – City of “Sheep or Flock”

From an unused root meaning to migrate; a collective name for a flock (of sheep or goats); also figuratively (of men): – (small) cattle, flock (+ -s), lamb (+ -s), sheep ([-cote, -fold, -shearer, -herds]).

Not going out of our fenced and walled cities is a very bad thing.  Those symbols refer to the works of our hands to make ourselves pleasing to the Lord and allow us in our strong delusion to think we serve God and He accepts our sacrifices.  But He wants much more, He wants all of us.

Rom 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

To move onto maturity, we will need to get past the milk doctrines and go on to eat strong meat which is partaking of the fiery trials and suffering we have been appointed to as the people of God (Heb 6:1-3, Phi 1:29).  Eating the “flesh” of Jesus Christ (John 6:51) is something the carnal mind cannot comprehend yet once in the Truth, we learn to eat this meat, to bear these trials with joy.

Joh 4:32 But he said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye know not of.

Act 2:46 And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,

We cannot eat at the table of the Lord and the table of devils.  This is what we do spiritually speaking in Zaanan in the Philistine plain (in the days of our flesh).

1Co 10:21 Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils.

1Co 10:22 Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? are we stronger than he?

In our immature state we are settling in and be comfortable hanging around but not in the fire.  We will not take heed the commands to separate and come out of our Babylonian and worldly way of life within and without.  For some it will be laxness with days, times and years, for others it may be social life, others money, physical appearance, the list could be endless of what the snares and idols could be. But the end result is all the same.

Heb 6:8 But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned.

Those sacrifices we give to the Lord will be rejected when He comes with fire and we will learn it is far better to obey than to sacrifice.  Making sacrifices is giving lip service to the Lord’s commandments.  Obeying them is when we fear and tremble at the Word, knowing this.

Rom 2:5 But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God;

Rom 2:6 Who will render to every man according to his deeds:

The Lord’s people are called to separate from the world and to walk/endure a long journey.  We must hearken to the call of the trumpets and “come out of her” when called (Rev 18:4).  But our carnal minded mule is a stubborn beast that will not go willingly even after coming into knowledge of true doctrine.  We must be dragged to accomplish this commandment.

2Co 6:14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?

2Co 6:15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?

We have to work out our salvation and never quit working just like our Lord (Joh 5:17).  It is one thing to say we will go work for the Lord and follow Him, but our natural rebellious state must be exposed to us and our nakedness discovered as we saw in the prior city Shaphir.

Mat 21:30 And he came to the second, and said likewise. And he answered and said, I go, sir: and went not.

We won’t remember Lot’s wife and after having our hand put to the plow, we will indeed look back and refuse to move on with the flock.  Such a one is unfit for the kingdom.

Luk 9:62 And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.

Failing to leave the security of our brass walls and the comforts of the flesh and this world, we will not take heed to the commandments to follow the Lord.

Mat 16:24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

It is not enough to warm ourselves by the fire as Peter did and we also are doing at first.  This will only result in us denying the Lord.  That is what we do spiritually when we stay in Babylon with one foot, fearing men and what they will think of us and our strange doctrine.

Joh 18:18 And the servants and officers stood there, who had made a fire of coals; for it was cold: and they warmed themselves: and Peter stood with them, and warmed himself.

And this is all part of our continued harlotry and idolatry in Jerusalem and the wicked sister of Ezekiel 23, Aholibah.  One foot in and one foot out is a lukewarm state when we are at ease in the Body (Zion) and still baking our own bread and making our own gods. Speaking to Jacob My Servant, the Lord says this:

Isa 44:15 Then shall it be for a man to burn: for he will take thereof, and warm himself; yea, he kindleth it, and baketh bread; yea, he maketh a god, and worshippeth it; he maketh it a graven image, and falleth down thereto.

Isa 44:16 He burneth part thereof in the fire; with part thereof he eateth flesh; he roasteth roast, and is satisfied: yea, he warmeth himself, and saith, Aha, I am warm, I have seen the fire:

Isa 44:17 And the residue thereof he maketh a god, even his graven image: he falleth down unto it, and worshippeth it, and prayeth unto it, and saith, Deliver me; for thou art my god.

We must come all the way out, being lukewarm will not cut it in our day of the Lord. The Lord is not sharing His glory and our worship with any other gods.

Rev 3:15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.

Jas 4:4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.

The very meaning of the word church and the Greek word Ekklesia is to be called out.

G1577, ekklēsia, ek-klay-see’-ah

From a compound of G1537 and a derivative of G2564; a calling out, that is, (concretely) a popular meeting, especially a religious congregation (Jewish synagogue, or Christian community of members on earth or saints in heaven or both): – assembly, church.

The Lord’s commandments are serious business, all of them as we learn with time.  Nothing is overlooked.  We learn the error of the carnal man in us by the story of King Saul and what he did and did not do in destroying the Amalekites.   The story in 1 Samuel 15 is long but the takeaway for us to take heed is this verse.

1Sa 15:22 And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.

Coming out and separating is a serious command and the stubbornness of the fleshly Philistine city of Zaanan within must be overcome.  Thankfully the Lord is faithful and He will DRAG us out by the process of devouring the walls we setup in our idolatry that we think serve the Lord.

Eze 13:15 Thus will I accomplish my wrath upon the wall, and upon them that have daubed it with untempered morter, and will say unto you, The wall is no more, neither they that daubed it;

This proud and strong spirit that has us serving the Lord our way will be destroyed as we abide as One in the Body of Christ, in the flock of His Pasture.

Eze 34:16 I will seek that which was lost, and bring again that which was driven away, and will bind up that which was broken, and will strengthen that which was sick: but I will destroy the fat and the strong; I will feed them with judgment.

Our last city in this study is Beth Ezel.

Mic 1:11 NKJV Pass by in naked shame, you inhabitant of Shaphir; The inhabitant of Zaanan does not go out. Beth Ezel mourns; Its place to stand is taken away from you.

5. Beth Ezel mourns; its place to stand is taken away from you.

The fall of our house comes to mind with these words regarding Bethezel.  When the foundation on which we stand, our spiritual house, is exposed as a fraud, the house will not stand.  That house will fall and thereby fulfill the Word of God in our lives (Luk 13:34-35).  A house built on the earth, the carnal mind ….. anything other than faith, will not stand when tested by the Lord.

Luk 6:49 But he who heard and did nothing is like a man who built a house on the earth without a foundation, against which the stream beat vehemently; and immediately it fell. And the ruin of that house was great.

A new earth is going to be established as we and all men endure this journey to perfection.

Rev 21:1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.

We saw last week in the second city, Aphrah, that the Lord’s people are not to weep or lament the destruction of our flesh and old way of life.  Instead we must learn to rejoice in what the Lord is doing and trust and be patient in His promises for deliverance (Rom 8:28).  In Bethezel we are further down the road on our journey towards the promised inheritance and salvation.   The divided house of Israel within us will be exposed in the day of our judgment and the house built and operated by the man of sin and “abomination of desolation” will not stand.  The house of FLESH, aka the house of stone will not stand.

Mar 3:24 If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.

Mar 3:25 And if a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand.

The covenant we made with death (Rom 8:6 – to be carnally minded is death) will be disannulled.

Isa 28:18 And your covenant with death shall be disannulled, and your agreement with hell shall not stand; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then ye shall be trodden down by it.

The Lord is not going to act upon the mourning of the man of sin.  He is going to destroy that man and burn the heavens and the earth with fire.  There will be no place of refuge for the beast.

Pro 1:26 I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh;

Pro 1:27 When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you.

Pro 1:28 Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me:

The world and all of our fleshly idols and false doctrines will provide us no refuge as the vials of wrath come in increasing intensity in the fire and jealousy of the Lord.

Rev 6:17 For the great day of His wrath has come, and who is able to stand?”

Mal 3:2 But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner’s fire, and like fullers’ soap:

We would never willingly or proactively pay the costs of following Christ (Joh 6:65, Joh 6:44).   But as we mature we can look behind us and truly come to believe these verses and accept the will of God for our lives.

Ecc 7:1 A good name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of one’s birth.

Ecc 7:2 It is better to go to the house of mourning, than to go to the house of feasting: for that is the end of all men; and the living will lay it to his heart.

Ecc 7:3 Sorrow is better than laughter: for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better

What utter foolishness are these truths to the natural man!  It is when we lay these truths to heart that we are truly carrying our cross for the Lord.

Mat 10:38 And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.

We learn to stand not on the strength of the flesh or our knowledge but only on faith.  We will not lean on what our senses tell us because we are saved by hope (Rom 8:24) and faith is all based on the Word not what is seen (Heb 11:1).  Standing firm on the Word is the key to spiritual warfare as these well-known passages in Ephesians 6 proclaim.

Eph 6:11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

Eph 6:13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

H1018 is the Hebrew word for Bethezel and is only found once here in Micah.

From H1004 and H681 with the article interposed; house of the side; Beth-ha-Etsel, a place in Palestine: – Beth-ezel.  Total KJV occurrences: 1

It comes from H681 which is most often translated as “besides” or “near”.  It’s root is H681.

H680, ‘âtsal, aw-tsal’

A primitive root; properly to join; used only as a denominative from H681; to separate; hence to select, refuse, contract: – keep, reserve, straiten, take.

What is near the truth is still not the truth.  A little leaven indeed leavens the whole lump. There is both diligence and vigilance demanded of the church of Jesus Christ.

Pro 4:23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.

Heb 6:11 And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end:

As we reviewed about Zaanan, God’s people truly are separated and will be divided from the rest of the world by this eleven day “symbolic” spiritual journey.  The story of David and Jonathan will help us see the significance of Bethezel and that we must move on beyond it and separate as the Lord’s servants.

Beth means house and the second part of this name Ezel is what is instructive.  The word Ezel is only found one time in Scripture in the context of David and Saul’s son Jonathan parting ways.

1Sa 20:17 And Jonathan caused David to swear again, because he loved him: for he loved him as he loved his own soul.

1Sa 20:18 Then Jonathan said to David, Tomorrow is the new moon: and thou shalt be missed, because thy seat will be empty.

1Sa 20:19 And when thou hast stayed three days, then thou shalt go down quickly, and come to the place where thou didst hide thyself when the business was in hand, and shalt remain by the stone Ezel.

David and Jonathan earlier made a covenant (1 Sam 18:3) but that covenant shall not stand.  There is a lot more to this story but the key takeaway is that there is a great gulf (Luk 16:26) that no man can cross between the few chosen and many called and faithful.  The carnal mind will always be at enmity with the things of the Spirit.  We cannot serve two masters.  We cannot love God and also love this world as Babylon does.

1Jn 2:15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

In our relative immaturity, we will think nothing wrong with these covenants outwardly and even ones we make inwardly to justify our continued rebellion and remaining entangled in the affairs of the world.  But the Lord demands our whole heart, whole mind and all of our strength and He will get it.  As a wise man once said, good is the enemy of excellence.  The covenant we make with Jonathan, son of King Saul (our old or immature man in type) represents a covenant with Babylon and the world (Egypt).  This preserves us for a time and a season yet to move to maturity we must separate as the called out people and part ways as did Jonathan and David.

1Sa 20:42 And Jonathan said to David, Go in peace, forasmuch as we have sworn both of us in the name of the LORD, saying, The LORD be between me and thee, and between my seed and thy seed forever. And he arose and departed: and Jonathan went into the city.

This only lasting covenant is the one built on the ROCK (Christ, the PETRAS).  The building on the stones of flesh (PETROS) will not prevail against the gates of hell.

Mat 16:18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter (PETROS), and upon this rock (PETRA) I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

Beth Ezel represents our continued dependency/comfort with the world and its Babylonian ways.  We get support from it and carry on a lukewarm walk with the Lord.  But that support will be taken away, the Lord will separate us when the Lord brings spiritual earthquakes when the Lord and His Christ comes to us with words of fire (Zec 14:5).

The key takeaways of these three cities and what we need to learn and walk out is this:

Shaphir:  Any doubt on what we are in the flesh will be removed.  Oh wretched man that we are in these clay vessels.  Until we see that in its fullness we cannot move on to maturity (Rom 7:24)

Zaanan:  God is serious about separating His people from the world and its way of life.  The sooner we are given to come out of Babylon completely (physically, emotionally, spiritually) the quicker we mature and are usable in service.

Beth Ezel:  Christ comes with a sword and we must learn to abide in the fire and not make covenants that bring a false peace.  We must stand on faith in the Word as that is the only foundation upon which the church of Jesus Christ is built.

1Co 4:6 And these things, brethren, I have in a figure transferred to myself and to Apollos for your sakes; that ye might learn in us not to think of men above that which is written, that no one of you be puffed up for one against another.

We will pick up Lord willing in our next installment with Part 5 where we will begin with the city of Maroth, the sixth city of the eleven on our journey to become the mature man in Christ.

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In Christ,  PETE

Book of Micah Part 3 – Moving on to Maturity

June 23, 2016

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Book of Micah Part 3 – Moving on to Maturity

By Pete Wilson

We always think we have arrived long before we do and we won’t arrive while we still occupy these clay vessels (Phil 3:12).  We must endure to the end to be saved (Mat 24:13).  We must move on to maturity if the Lord permits and this comes as we are given to eat strong meat, that meat being the enduring the trials and suffering of our lives in the clay. We learn by experience.

Heb 5:14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

The Lord moves us along when our time has come and through this process our faith is increased and we little by little approach, enter in and possess the land that is promised.  The story of Israel at Horeb shows the Lord’s hand in our maturation and moving us from mountains that satisfy our flesh.

Deu 1:6 The LORD our God spake unto us in Horeb, saying, Ye have dwelt long enough in this mount:

Deu 1:7 Turn you, and take your journey, and go to the mount of the Amorites, and unto all the places nigh thereunto, in the plain, in the hills, and in the vale, and in the south, and by the sea side, to the land of the Canaanites, and unto Lebanon, unto the great river, the river Euphrates.

Deu 1:8 Behold, I have set the land before you: go in and possess the land which the LORD sware unto your fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give unto them and to their seed after them.

The Lord will move us along by these words we study in Micah.  We will have our “yet carnal” way of life (unbelief) exposed and we will be commanded to move through and pass by eleven cities of Israel before we will be given our inheritance.

Mic 1:15 Yet will I bring an heir unto thee, O inhabitant of Mareshah: he shall come unto Adullam the glory of Israel.

But first we have an eleven city journey just as the Israelites had at Horeb.

Deu 1:2 (There are eleven days’ journey from Horeb by the way of mount Seir unto Kadeshbarnea.)

Eleven cities will be the focus of this and next week’s study as eleven demonstrates we have not yet arrived and the Lord has yet to give us the promise.  Eleven symbolizes the disintegration of the perfection of the flesh (the number ten) and is one short of our achieving a spiritual foundation represented by the number twelve.  A review of the study on numbers ten thru twelve will be helpful to understand this point (See links at the end).

 

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The eleven cities are in the Philistine plain and all have spiritual significance in our maturation and movement towards a complete spiritual foundation in Christ.  Those nations within us will ultimately all bow down to Christ, the heir and the ruler of these kingdoms and land within us (Luk 17:21).

Gen 37:9 And he (Joseph, a type for Christ) dreamed yet another dream, and told it his brethren, and said, Behold, I have dreamed a dream more; and, behold, the sun and the moon and the eleven stars made obeisance to me.

Our journeying west of the Jordan River through these cities is part of our judgment and we are brought to be the mature man.  Our going in the circles in the wilderness on the east side of Jordan is past, this is the real deal where we begin to seek out and overcome the giants and are being prepared to be used of the Lord in service as we will see later in Micah.  Let’s reset the context of Chapter one.

Mic 1:2 Hear, all ye people; hearken, O earth, and all that therein is: and let the Lord GOD be witness against you, the Lord from his holy temple.

Mic 1:3 For, behold, the LORD cometh forth out of his place, and will come down, and tread upon the high places of the earth.

From last week, we saw a connection between Samaria, where Christ finds us and Jerusalem the Holy City.  That connection is our idolatry and the worship of other gods that we bring with us from our worldly way of life.  It takes this journeying for us to possess the land with sanctity and to cleanse the temple which we are of these idols and bring us to obedience to the foremost commandment.

Deu 6:5 And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.

We saw last week that Jerusalem, representing us in the Body is far worse in its idolatry and harlotry than who we represent in Samaria when we know another jesus.

Eze 23:4 And the names of them were Aholah the elder, and Aholibah her sister: and they were mine, and they bare sons and daughters. Thus were their names; Samaria is Aholah, and Jerusalem Aholibah.

Eze 23:11 And when her sister Aholibah saw this, she was more corrupt in her inordinate love than she, and in her whoredoms more than her sister in her whoredoms.

It is this profaning of the Lord’s Name that ushers in our baptism with fire and brings about our sanctification in due time from a jealous God (Exo 34:14, Eze 36:23-24).  This is the judgment that comes first upon the House of the Lord.  Being in the Body, knowing true doctrine and having been given talents brings about a greater judgment as more is expected to those given much (Luk 12:48).  The appointed time has come!  The Lord is not going to show any pity to the blasphemers. He is bent on destruction and bringing death so that new life can come forth.

Eze 7:9 And mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity: I will recompense thee according to thy ways and thine abominations that are in the midst of thee; and ye shall know that I am the LORD that smiteth.

Lam 4:11 The LORD hath accomplished his fury; he hath poured out his fierce anger, and hath kindled a fire in Zion, and it hath devoured the foundations thereof.

These idols we hold in secret shall be utterly abolished in our day of the Lord (Isa 2:8).

2Co 6:16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

We will learn more details on this process as the Lord addresses the rebellious kingdoms and cities within us.  Here are the verses for today that will continue through next week also.

Mic 1:8 Therefore I will wail and howl, I will go stripped and naked: I will make a wailing like the dragons, and mourning as the owls.

Mic 1:9 For her wound is incurable; for it is come unto Judah; he is come unto the gate of my people, even to Jerusalem.

Mic 1:10 Declare ye it not at Gath, weep ye not at all: in the house of Aphrah roll thyself in the dust.

Mic 1:11 Pass ye away, thou inhabitant of Saphir, having thy shame naked: the inhabitant of Zaanan came not forth in the mourning of Bethezel; he shall receive of you his standing.

Mic 1:12 For the inhabitant of Maroth waited carefully for good: but evil came down from the LORD unto the gate of Jerusalem.

Mic 1:13 O thou inhabitant of Lachish, bind the chariot to the swift beast: she is the beginning of the sin to the daughter of Zion: for the transgressions of Israel were found in thee.

Mic 1:14 Therefore shalt thou give presents to Moreshethgath: the houses of Achzib shall be a lie to the kings of Israel.

Mic 1:15 Yet will I bring an heir unto thee, O inhabitant of Mareshah: he shall come unto Adullam the glory of Israel.

Some of these cities named here can be found in definition of the land inheritance given the children of Judah.  Remember this prophecy was seen in the days of the three Kings of Judah which is you and me if we are the elect and the kings and priests of the Lord.  All these cities promised must in due time be possessed by the children of Judah through whom the lineage of Jesus Christ comes forth (Mat 1:3, Luk 3:33, Gen 38).

Jos 15:20 This is the inheritance of the tribe of the children of Judah according to their families……… (verses 21-63 detail the cities)

Jesus Christ in the flesh will become Jesus Christ in the Spirit in the appointed times.  These verses show us the futility of our own efforts of trying to become righteous and holy by the Law of Moses.  The Lord has something against all these cities, they fall short of His glory.  It takes Christ coming with the fire and scourging of true grace to make us righteous and holy and even then, it is not us, but Christ being formed in us that meets that standard.

Mar 10:18 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God

The last verse in this sequence Mic 1:15 speaks of our inheritance in Christ.  This is the land promised as these words are all spirit (Joh 6:63).  Despite all our failing efforts in the flesh to deliver ourselves, the promise given to us in due time.  The Lord will bring an heir unto thee.  This is the promise of salvation and being found IN HIM, in Jesus Christ that was ordained before the foundation of the world.

Eph 1:9 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:

Eph 1:10 That in the dispensation of the fullness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:

Eph 1:11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:

Eph 1:12 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.

Addulam is said to be the glory of Israel and is the last city mentioned on this progressive journey.  It represents the completion of the process and the enduring of the way and finishing our race.  We know who Israel is (The Body, the Elect) and we know the Lord shares His glory with nobody; so we can readily deduce that Addulam is in fact a symbol for The Christ.  The Body (The Christ) is this cloud of witnesses in which the glory of the Lord appears.

Exo 16:10 And it came to pass, as Aaron spake unto the whole congregation of the children of Israel, that they looked toward the wilderness, and, behold, the glory of the LORD appeared in the cloud.

Those clothed in the linen dipped in blood are the Cherubim’s in whom and above the glory of the Lord resides.

Eze 9:3 And the glory of the God of Israel was gone up from the cherub, whereupon he was, to the threshold of the house. And he called to the man clothed with linen, which had the writer’s inkhorn by his side;

Those speaking the words of fire (Jer 5:14) make up this devouring fire that consumes the adversaries of the Lord in the day they are heard.

Exo 24:17 And the sight of the glory of the LORD was like devouring fire on the top of the mount in the eyes of the children of Israel.

So it in this inheritance of Christ, the last city on this journey – (aka at Adullam) that we receive ministry and give the ministry of the manifold grace of the Lord.

1Pe 4:10 As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

Strong’s claims the root word for Adullam (H5724) has an uncertain meaning.  Yet most bible based websites commonly trace this back and conclude that Adullam means refuge or retreat.  Addulam is probably best known as the cave where King David (New Man) hid from the pursuit of King Saul (Old Man).

1Sa 22:1 David therefore departed thence, and escaped to the cave Adullam: and when his brethren and all his father’s house heard it, they went down thither to him.

1Sa 22:2 And every one that was in distress, and every one that was in debt, and every one that was discontented, gathered themselves unto him; and he became a captain over them: and there were with him about four hundred men.

When we are oppressed and persecuted, Christ, our inheritance, is our refuge and where we also retreat too in times of trouble.

Psa 9:9 The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.

This is a key part of our inheritance to be given to come into to this house of refuge and to rest in the shadow the wings of the Cherubim.

Psa 57:1 To the chief Musician, Altaschith, Michtam of David, when he fled from Saul in the cave. Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast.

We are Christ and the Body of Christ is Christ — the two being inseparable as the Body is only complete with all of its parts (1 Cor 12:12).  It is in Christ that we will be delivered out of the hand of our enemies.

2Sa 22:1 And David spake unto the LORD the words of this song in the day that the LORD had delivered him out of the hand of all his enemies, and out of the hand of Saul:

2Sa 22:2 And he said, The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer;

It is from this inheritance given at Addulam that we go out in strength and make war and win the battles against our flesh.  We see this time and again in Samuel documenting the life of David and by extension your walk and my walk (Mat 4:4, 1 Cor 3:21).

2Sa 23:10 He arose, and smote the Philistines until his hand was weary, and his hand clave unto the sword: and the LORD wrought a great victory that day; and the people returned after him only to spoil.

2Sa 23:12 But he stood in the midst of the ground, and defended it, and slew the Philistines: and the LORD wrought a great victory.

2Sa 23:13 And three of the thirty chief went down, and came to David in the harvest time unto the cave of Adullam: and the troop of the Philistines pitched in the valley of Rephaim.

The series of prophetic words and the specific names places here in Micah are there to show us the futility of our own efforts to be righteous.  Once we have the Truth, we make a lot of changes and the outside of the cup is getting much cleaner.  Yet work remains and the deep things hidden within must be brought to the light of Christ.  This is the Lord’s doing and how He will complete the good work He has begun in all of us and in due time all men.

Col 2:11 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:

We will come back to focus on the eleven city journey but first need to cover verses 1:8-9 that will show us the futility of our unbelieving yet carnal state of mind being at ease in Zion.

Mic 1:7 And all the graven images thereof shall be beaten to pieces, and all the hires thereof shall be burned with the fire, and all the idols thereof will I lay desolate: for she gathered it of the hire of an harlot, and they shall return to the hire of an harlot.

Mic 1:8 Therefore I will wail and howl, I will go stripped and naked: I will make a wailing like the dragons, and mourning as the owls.

We will lament and mourn losing our old way of life.  It is very painful to see our labors (the hires of our harlotry of verse 7) burned with fire.  But that is what must be.

1Co 3:15 If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

Wailing like dragons and mourning like owls as the KJV words it would better be described by the more common translations that in every other English translation uses jackals and ostriches. 

Mic 1:8 NKJV Therefore I will wail and howl, I will go stripped and naked; I will make a wailing like the jackals And a mourning like the ostriches,

 Mic 1:8 YLT For this I will lament and wail; I will go stripped and naked; I will make lamentation like the jackals, and mourning like the ostriches.

 Mic 1:8 LITV Because of this I will wail and howl; I will go stripped and naked; I will make a wailing like the jackal, yea, mourn like the daughters of an ostrich.

 Mic 1:8 DARBY For this will I lament, and I will howl; I will go stripped and naked: I will make a wailing like the jackals, and mourning like the ostriches.

Jackals are a type of dog known for being cowardly, operating at night and howling and wailing.  A perfect metaphor for what we all do when in our UNBELIEF (A DOG) when we don’t trust in the Lord and are not willing to wait on Him to deliver on His promises.  All such howling and wailing traces back to lack of faith or unbelief.

Not much gets done in the way of our spiritual completion when we are acting like a jackal.

Mat 13:58 And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.

We and the disciples cannot cast out demons (lying spirits, false beliefs) when we doubt and do not believe.

Mat 17:20 And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.

And lest we think this applied to those bad people over there in Babylon, think again!  Here are the ELEVEN who saw all the miracles and saw the risen Lord sitting in unbelief.

Mar 16:14 Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen.

Spiritual jackals will end up going into the fire and that exactly how the Lord will turn our unbelief into belief and we will come to know He is truly the Lord of our heaven and earth.  To the chosen few, it comes in this age.

Rev 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

Using Romans 1:20, an ostrich has some interesting spiritual parallels.  They are the largest and strongest of the birds (pride, strength of flesh) and are known for their lack of wisdom (spiritual unbelief).   Job gives us the best biblical description of a spiritual ostrich.

Job 39:13 Gavest thou the goodly wings unto the peacocks? or wings and feathers unto the ostrich?

Job 39:14 Which leaveth her eggs in the earth, and warmeth them in dust,

Job 39:15 And forgetteth that the foot may crush them, or that the wild beast may break them.

Job 39:16 She is hardened against her young ones, as though they were not hers: her labour is in vain without fear;

Job 39:17 Because God hath deprived her of wisdom, neither hath he imparted to her understanding.

An ostrich is you and me that is resisting the work of the Spirit and contending with Christ.  An ostrich builds on a foundation of dust that will not stand and has no fear of the Lord.  We put the new things the Lord is raising into the earth of our carnal thinking and way of life.  An ostrich is deprived of wisdom and spiritual understanding as we also are before the Lord brings the fire to teach us.

The mourning of an ostrich is us when we complain in our unbelief and do not trust in the Lord as we begin to have to pay the costs of being saved.  It will cost us everything and we need to be prepared to give it.

Luk 14:33 So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.

Mic 1:9 For her wound is incurable; for it is come unto Judah; he is come unto the gate of my people, even to Jerusalem.

Judgment has come upon the Lord’s people, it is come to Judah and even unto the gates of the Holy City.  We know this time the deadly wound that is initially healed when we are in Babylon, will not be healed this time.  The beast is going to perish along with the false prophet within us.  It is coming into the gates of the Lord’s people that will begin the lake of fire experience that will save us.

Rev 19:20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.

Outwardly this too will play out at the end of the Millennium in the lake of fire at the 2nd Resurrection (Rev 20:10).  The theme of judgment is so central to salvation and how we obtain the mind of Christ and wear His Crown (Isa 28:5-6).

Having already spoken of the 11th city Addulam, let’s cover the first of the two cities as the Lord Having come into the Truth there is still much more tribulation necessary for us to finish the race and be prepared for the Lord’s service in the outward kingdoms. (Act 14:22).  Our flesh and its labor is never good enough to enter into the presence of the Lord.  Only thru the blood may we enter into Christ and that thru the Body and the living sacrifice of the church (Col 1:24, Gal 2:20)

Heb 10:19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,
Heb 10:20 By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; (i.e. The Body of Christ)

The Lord causes us to arise, leave the mountains of our fleshly comfort and move on to maturity in Christ.  We must be given to do this or we will fall in the unbelief of the carnal mind.

Heb 4:11 Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.

We have become at ease and Zion and are not working out our salvation with fear and trembling (Phi 2:12)

Amo 6:1 Woe to them that are at ease in Zion and that are secure in the mountain of Samaria, the renowned of the first of the nations, to whom the house of Israel come.

 

Mic 1:10Declare ye it not at Gath, weep ye not at all: in the house of Aphrah roll thyself in the dust.

The Philistines are a type and shadow of our flesh and the struggles to overcome that flesh.  Israel and the Philistines were constantly battling; it took many battles for the victory to come.  The land promised to Israel and to God’s Elect includes the land of the Philistines.  We will be given dominion over the flesh. That is salvation and will come to all men.

Exo 23:31 And I will set thy bounds from the Red sea even unto the sea of the Philistines, and from the desert unto the river: for I will deliver the inhabitants of the land into your hand; and thou shalt drive them out before thee.

The flesh does not go down easy.  We see in Joshua (a type of Jesus Christ) that even when he was old there was work yet to do to conquer the cities of Philistine.

Jos 13:1 Now Joshua was old and stricken in years; and the LORD said unto him, Thou art old and stricken in years, and there remaineth yet very much land to be possessed.

Jos 13:2 This is the land that yet remaineth: all the borders of the Philistines, and all Geshuri,

We will never get thru all these cities until the Son of Man comes to us and He brings the sword and the fire of the Holy Spirit (Mat 3:11).

Mat 10:23 But when they persecute you in this city, flee ye into another: for verily I say unto you, Ye shall not have gone over the cities of Israel, till the Son of man be come.

Until faith comes in sufficient measure, we fear the flesh and are afraid to fight the flesh living in unbelief being yet carnal.  In this state we will give into temptation as the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.  The fear of Goliath instilled in King Saul and his army was only conquered when David was risen up to slay the beast (1 Sa 17:10-11).

Even after David defeats Goliath of Gath and beheads him, the battle with flesh is not over and continues.  Saul and his son Jonathan succumb to the Philistines and are killed demonstrating the life long process of overcoming the flesh and gaining the victory.

2Sa 21:15 Moreover the Philistines had yet war again with Israel; and David went down, and his servants with him, and fought against the Philistines: and David waxed faint.

We will always be in this battle while in these clay vessels.  We must not grow weary (Gal 6:9) which is why we need to stay in fellowship to edify, exhort and help one another.  Lone sheep are easy prey!  Our victory is only in down payment form yet we should be growing strong as Christ in us matures and we strive to depart from inequity (2 Tim 2:19)

It was the most mature king (King Hezekiah, third in the succession of the three kings in Micah 1:1 – See Part 1 of Study) that ultimately defeated the Philistines many years after David’s battle.

2Ki 18:7 And the LORD was with him; and he prospered whithersoever he went forth: and he rebelled against the king of Assyria, and served him not.

2Ki 18:8 He smote the Philistines, even unto Gaza, and the borders thereof, from the tower of the watchmen to the fenced city.

This is true prosperity, being given dominion over sin and our flesh! 

We learn as we mature that salvation is truly of the Lord and we have nothing to do with it.  It is not by our might or strength but is only by the Lord’s Spirit that we are victorious over the Philistines (Zec 4:6).

Psa 44:3 For they got not the land in possession by their own sword, neither did their own arm save them: but thy right hand, and thine arm, and the light of thy countenance, because thou hadst a favour unto them.

All this land and all these cities are west of the Jordan (the land promise) signifying this is a later stage battle and the coming of Christ the second time for salvation apart from sin.  This is when the fleshly kings are smitten (Jos 12:7).  Conquering these cities and the nations they represent is speaking of salvation coming to the kingdom of God that is within you.  This comes via the process of judgment and this is how the land promised is given to Israel (The Elect) in due time.

Christ is both the first and the last which includes the first man of sin (Adam) in all of us.  First comes the natural and then the spiritual.  First the man of the earth, then the Lord from heaven (1 Cor 15:46-49).

Christ in the flesh will be followed by Christ in the Spirit yet that new man will only come forth after much tribulation and warring against the Philistines.  Let’s look at these cities in Micah that represent the whole of Philistine (our flesh) one by one and what is being said to see if we can glean some spiritual significance.

1. Declare it not at Gath

We saw in Part 1 the definition for Gath was a Philistine city.  We also saw that a Morasthite like Micah is defined as a possession of Gath.  We are dust in these clay vessels and will learn the excellency in us is of the Lord and not ourselves.

2Co 4:7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

When the Lord has come to heal us through the baptism by the Word and the resulting fire, the old man and his offspring are being killed.  The once strong men of the flesh are being slain of the Lord which is the good news and how Christ is formed in us.  Christ tells us to go tell no one when we are healed as our time has not yet come.  We must mature in the faith before we can be used of the Lord and best to sit at the feet of Christ for a season.

Luk 5:14 And he charged him to tell no (carnal) man: but go, and shew thyself to the priest, and offer for thy cleansing, according as Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.

Getting ears to hear, eyes to see and a mouth to speak the Word is truly a gift that comes only to the FEW CHOSEN (Mat 22:14) in this life.  Christ comes to us and it is Christ, through His Body that opens our ears and tongues.

Mar 7:34 And looking up to heaven, he sighed, and saith unto him, Ephphatha, that is, Be opened.

Mar 7:35 And straightway his ears were opened, and the string of his tongue was loosed, and he spake plain.

Mar 7:36 And he charged them that they should tell no man: but the more he charged them, so much the more a great deal they published it;

Mar 7:37 And were beyond measure astonished, saying, He hath done all things well: he maketh both the deaf to hear, and the dumb to speak.

David lamenting over the death of Saul and Jonathan (the old man in type) instructed Israel to declare it not in Gath.  The reason being the Philistine daughters within and without will be given reasons to triumph in their carnal reasoning’s.

2Sa 1:19 The beauty of Israel is slain upon thy high places: how are the mighty fallen!

2Sa 1:20 Tell it not in Gath, publish it not in the streets of Askelon; lest the daughters of the Philistines rejoice, lest the daughters of the uncircumcised triumph.

Which has helped me to better understand what we are being told in Revelation as the heathen will rejoice over our dying flesh in the days of our judgment.

Rev 11:10 And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth.

We learn the hard way that we have no ability to share the truths of God’s Word to those not prepared of the Lord to hear it.  Running back and telling the heathen men that represent Gath is not serving the Lord. We will only bring humiliation and shame on ourselves in our immaturity if we try to force knowledge our new found truth on anyone.  We must wait on the Lord and lay hands suddenly on no man (1 Tim 5:22).

Pro 20:12 The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the LORD hath made even both of them.

Mat 7:6 Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.

When we see the Kingdom of God in Truth and in Spirit we don’t go back to the flesh, we begin to separate.  Easier said than done but we will learn this thru the chastening of a loving Father.

Mat 24:17 Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take anything out of his house:

2. Weep not in the house of Aphrah

No pity parties allowed in the kingdom of God.  We should learn to rejoice in what the Lord is doing thru the trials and suffering we have been appointed to endure (Phi 1:28).

Jer 25:33 And the slain of the LORD shall be at that day from one end of the earth even unto the other end of the earth: they shall not be lamented, neither gathered, nor buried; they shall be dung upon the ground.

Eph 5:20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ

We will weep and lament at first as that is how we learn the truth by falling down.  Our flesh won’t like having its wall torn down and its foundation devoured with fire.

Rev 18:9 And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning

But we do not understand when we first endure this process, it is only by looking back we understand.  Our sorrow will be turned into joy once we really believe.

Joh 16:20 Verily, verily, I say unto you, That ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy.

Aphrah – H1036:  From H1004 and the feminine of H6083 (with preposition interposed); house to (that is, of) dust; Beth-le-Aphrah, a place in Palestine: – house of Aphrah.

Aphrah means house of dust.  Dust is representative of the earth, its particles and spiritually speaking this is the carnal mind and its 200 million lies.  This dust is leaven and will defile the temple of the Lord and make any house containing it unclean.  Getting and keeping dust out of our house is very important spiritually.

Lev 14:41 And he shall cause the house to be scraped within round about, and they shall pour out the dust that they scrape off without the city into an unclean place:

Mat 10:14 And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet.

We are not to go weeping in the house of dust.  That is seeking to save our carnal way of life, the very life the Lord is in the process of destroying.  We must lose that life of dust and come to rejoice in that process.

Luk 17:33 Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.

1Co 15:50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.

Luk 10:11 Even the very dust of your city, which cleaveth on us, we do wipe off against you: notwithstanding be ye sure of this, that the kingdom of God is come nigh unto you.

It is the carnally minded that weep in the house of Aphrah.  We are not to do this even though we all will do as the harlot within us is judged.

Rev 18:19 And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas, that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! for in one hour is she made desolate.

Weep not in the house of Aphrah is to weep not in the house of the flesh.  We need to rejoice in the trials we are given and learn to be content abiding in the furnace of affliction which is the mysterious way the Lord brings salvation to His people.  The beast that is not yet is, feeds on dust as his father the devil does.  On the way into the Holy City, we have to get past this lamenting our trials and learn to appreciate the suffering we have been appointed to endure.

Php 1:29 For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake;

 Next week we will continue the review with the remaining 8 cities of the Philistine plain that we must go through spiritually on our way into a permanent abode in the Holy City of Jerusalem.

Comments and sincere questions are welcome.  You can also email me at peterjwilson56@gmail.com

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