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Micah Part 22 – The Lord is Faithful

November 24, 2016

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The Lord is Faithful

Key Verses:  Micah 7:16 – 7:20

The most basic promise of God is the salvation of all men. This was what the Lord swore with  an oath to Abraham and reconfirmed with Isaac, Jacob and the Elect Apostles when true faith was given. All men, nations, and families will be saved and they will come to be blessed in the Christ.

Gen 28:14 And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed.

Eph 1:10 That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in The Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:

The sum of the Word makes it clear that the blessing being spoken of is the judgment of God that brings salvation. This is how the word of the Lord is performed and works righteousness.

Rev 22:7 Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.

Psa 106:3 Blessed are they that keep judgment, and he that doeth righteousness at all times.

The Lord is faithful even when men are not. The promise is made and it shall be in the times appointed of the Lord. Our sins are taken away by the remaking of the marred vessel of clay.

Rom 11:26 And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:

Rom 11:27 For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.

Here are the final five verses of the Book of Micah.

Mic 7:16 The nations shall see and be confounded at all their might: they shall lay their hand upon their mouth, their ears shall be deaf.

Mic 7:17 They shall lick the dust like a serpent, they shall move out of their holes like worms of the earth: they shall be afraid of the LORD our God, and shall fear because of thee.

Mic 7:18 Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy.

Mic 7:19 He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.

Mic 7:20 Thou wilt perform the truth to Jacob, and the mercy to Abraham, which thou hast sworn unto our fathers from the days of old.

These events spoken of in the outward fulfillment span a large number of human years. Even inwardly it seems it takes forever to be transformed and to go through judgment and to be delivered from our sin. Yet the Word says our life is a vapor, here today and gone tomorrow. The lies and false doctrines that are nigh unto cursing take a “long” process to be burned out of us. These concluding verses in Micah are part of the same “one dream” (Gen 41:25) that is shown to Lord’s prophets before He brings it pass. In spiritual times, the events in our lives take place quickly and suddenly and like everything else in life, happen exactly on the Lord’s timetable.

Isa 46:10 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure

2Pe 3:8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

These verses in Micah and all of Scripture have both an inward and outward application and are “is, was and will be”. We have seen this prophecy of judgment happening in parallel throughout the whole Book. God’s Elect live this “day” out now in this age. This prophecy (“will be”) is speaking to future events that involve the Elect, specifically the Millennium Reign of Christ and the judgment of all men in the Lake of Fire. It is the Lord’s Christ who will witness for the Lord and rule the earth and minister salvation to all men.

Isa 49:6 And he said, It is a light thing that thou shouldest be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth.

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? (Millennium Reign)

1Co 6:3 Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life? (Lake of Fire)

Our first verse to look deeper is verse 16.

Mic 7:16 The nations shall see and be confounded at all their might: they shall lay their hand upon their mouth, their ears shall be deaf.

The Lord is raising up Kings and Priests via the “on the job” experience learned as judgment is executed upon the heathen nations within us and those nations are ruled with a rod of iron. The final training experience for the ultimate role as saviors to all of mankind in the Lake of Fire (Oba 1:21) is the period of outward ruling and reigning with Christ for the 1,000 years. He that overcomes in this age will be given to rule in the ages to come.

Rev 2:26 And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:

Rev 2:27 And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father.

Not one soul will be converted during the entire Millennium. All men will be yet carnal and separated from the knowledge and wisdom of God. Devoid of ears to hear and eyes to see, those in the flesh under the rule of Christ will be confounded. His ways are above the ways of the flesh and cannot understand the mind of Christ through the prism of the mind of a beast. The rulership of God’s Elect will confound the wisdom of the of the carnal mind of those that populate the earth during this period.

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;

Psa 129:5 Let them all be confounded and turned back that hate Zion.

The outward signs and global rulership will strike great fear in their hearts and keep them in subjection to the Elect who will be reigning over the whole earth.

Rev 11:11 And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them.

The people being ruled by Christ will fear because they have yet to learn the perfect love of obedience that casts out fear. Instead they will live in constant fear just as Israel did in the wilderness and Joseph’s brothers’ waiting for Jacob to die and fearful of what “Christ would do to them”.

Deu 11:25 There shall no man be able to stand before you: for the LORD your God shall lay the fear of you and the dread of you upon all the land that ye shall tread upon, as he hath said unto you.

During the Millennium, Satan will be bound until the little season at the end. It will be a time of peace and as all rebellion will be put down. The yet carnal nations of this earth will hold their peace until the Lord seeks the occasion to put an end to flesh and releases Satan to bring the world against the camp of the saints. This ushers in the final harvest of souls at the white throne judgment which is the lake of fire.

Rev 20:7 And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,

Rev 20:8 And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.

Rev 20:9 And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.

Rev 20:10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

Rev 20:11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.

Mic 7:17 They shall lick the dust like a serpent, they shall move out of their holes like worms of the earth: they shall be afraid of the LORD our God, and shall fear because of thee.

Satan is bound and is therefore no longer eating dust during the Millennium reign. Instead those alive are said to be licking dust. A yet carnal mankind can only think about their carnal reasoning’s in their submission to the rulership of The Christ. This was shown us in type and shadow in the story of Joseph and his brothers.

Gen 42:6 And Joseph was the potentate over the land, the one selling to all the people of the earth. And Joseph’s brothers came in and bowed to him, face down to the earth.

Mankind is all Israel and one day all mankind will be our true brother and sisters in Christ.  They too will lick dust when they also bow down in fear of Christ and the revealing of the sons of God.

Rev 3:9 Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.

Isa 61:9 And their seed shall be known among the Gentiles, and their offspring among the people: all that see them shall acknowledge them, that they are the seed which the LORD hath blessed.

Receiving the prize for overcoming includes being raised up as kings for the Lord and ruling over the nations. Fear of the Lord and fear of His Christ keeps the nations and kingdoms of this earth under firm rule until the little season of rebellion at the end.

Psa 66:3  Say unto God, How terrible art thou in thy works! through the greatness of thy power shall thine enemies submit themselves unto thee.

The serpents (heathen) moving from their holes shows that under the rule of Christ, the people of the earth are being moved from the comfort zone and “hideouts” from the Lord. Psalm 18 reveals this and translates H4526 as “close places”. The enemies of David, are the enemies of Christ and His Christ, and we are made the head of the heathen world who will bow down and serve “Christ”.

Psa 18:43 Thou hast delivered me from the strivings of the people; and thou hast made me the head of the heathen: a people whom I have not known shall serve me.

Psa 18:44 As soon as they hear of me, they shall obey me: the strangers shall submit themselves unto me.

Psa 18:45 The strangers shall fade away, and be afraid out of their close places.

The Elect will dictate every minor detail of how the world is governed as the people of the earth submit to Christ.

Mic 7:18  Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy.

Forgiveness of sins does not mean that restitution is forfeited. Forgiveness of sins does not negate the necessity for justice. Forgiveness of sins does not nullify this truth.

Gal 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

All the events leading to our salvation are the mercy of the Lord in action. We reviewed this specifically in Part 18 Worshiping in Spirit & Truth where mercy was linked to blotting out of sins or said another way mercy is what ushers in salvation.

 Psa 51:1 To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet came unto him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba. Have mercy [H2617] upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.

Blotting them out is accomplished by the judgment of the Lord that comes from the scourging chastening grace that is given to those the Lord loves (Heb 12:6). The result of mercy is our learning obedience to His commandments.

Psa 119:124 Deal with thy servant according unto thy mercy, and teach me thy statutes.

Pro 16:6 By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil.

Mercy and love (our obedience) go hand in glove. The scourging grace of God is where mercy is found and what we should look for to hasten the coming of the Lord.

Heb 5:8 Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;

The Lord is executing His plan of the salvation of all men to perfection. Whatsoever His counsel has determined to be done before hand, is done right on schedule (Psa 139:16, Isa 46:10).

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.

Drinking the cup of the Lord’s wrath against our sins in order to learn righteousness is just a small moment of time in the grand scheme of things when compared to “eternal life”. The trials, tribulation, and suffering of mankind all have a purpose in salvation and one day all will look back to understand. That purpose is salvation that comes by us being changed and transformed into the image of God.

Psa 30:5 For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.

Isa 54:7 For a small moment have I forsaken thee; but with great mercies will I gather thee.

Isa 54:8 In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the LORD thy Redeemer.

The word translated as Pardoneth here in Micah 7:18 is actually the word for bear or long suffering. Substitutionary atonement is a big lie of Babylon. Man will indeed be punished and judged for their sins. But the Lord is long suffering with man. He bears with us for as long as it takes to bring salvation to those He has chosen in this age and ultimately all of mankind.

2Pe 3:9  The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

1Co 13:4  Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,

The Christ of Christ (His Elect) will be as the Lord (Joh 20:21, 1Jo 4:17). This means we are being taught the patience and longsuffering of the Lord in this age.

1Th 5:14  Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.

Gal 5:22  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,

2Ti 4:2  Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.

The writing of the law of Christ on our SPIRITUAL HEART, comes about by us enduring judgment and being longsuffering in waiting for the Lord. That is the way of salvation.

Heb 8:10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:

Heb 8:11 And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest.

Heb 8:12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.

Mic 7:19 He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.

The Lord turns us into destruction and into sin and He also turns us back. All of this is the Lord’s work in us His vessels of clay over which He is the Potter.

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.

Apart from Christ we truly do NOTHING (Joh 15:5) as the Lord wills and ways in us according to what was declared from the beginning (Isa 46:10, Psa 139:16).

Rom 9:16 So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.

The Lord plan was always to destroy flesh (1Co 15:50). Flesh cannot inherit the kingdom of God and is symbolized in Scripture by the seas. Flesh or the sea is being destroyed and along with it our sins will be no more.

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.

Rev 21:2  And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

The Lord’s prayer teaches us to hasten our sanctification and the appearing of the Lord within us. We pray in faith for the Lord’s will be done and those sins, those mountains and the pride of life, to be cast into the sea that “is, was and will be” being destroyed.

Mar 11:23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.

Here is the concluding verse of the Book of Micah.

Mic 7:20  Thou wilt perform [H5414] the truth to Jacob, and the mercy to Abraham, which thou hast sworn unto our fathers from the days of old.

It is the WORD of God that works the work of righteousness in all men the very day they begin to hear it. Christ is His Word and it is the Word being preached and heard that sanctifies us and brings salvation in our day of the Lord. This Word of God is a living Word that needs to be given a vessel prepared to hear it and BAM —–> judgment is now on the house of God and the turning back to God, the repentance of mankind begins.

Pro 1:23  Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.

 The word translated as PERFORM here in the KJV is actually the word that is used hundreds of times as GIVE or DELIVER and variations thereof.  It is only used as perform ONE TIME in nearly 2,000 occurrences.

H5414, nâthan

Total KJV Occurrences: 1984

give, 484

gave, 253

given, 253

put, 189

set, 103

delivered, 98

deliver, 78

giveth, 77

make, 64

made, 44

perform, 1 – MICAH 7:20

This just confirms faith is a gift and it is that giving of the gift of the WORD which initiates and then completes the work of God in the lives of every man. When the Word is given to a man it never returns void (Isa 55;11). It always accomplishes its purpose.

Jos 21:45 There failed not ought of any good thing which the LORD had spoken unto the house of Israel; all came to pass.

Mat 24:34 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.

Performing the Truth is performing THE WORD because the Word is Truth.

Joh 17:17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

Psa 119:160 (ASV) The sum of thy word is truth; And every one of thy righteous ordinances endureth forever.

The Body of Christ is the Holy City, the New Jerusalem, through which all men will enter in due time. As the instruments of salvation, we will bring the nations and all men to Christ as we guard the way to the tree of life.

Gen 3:24 So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.

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.

Rev 21:24  And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it.

Micah has taught us a lot about the journey towards maturity and our need to be constantly winnowed down via judgment. We have many things to learn but cannot bear them all at once.   Like a child it takes growing up to mature. There are no shortcuts.

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

If anything I hope this study has given you greater faith in the Word and the promises of the Lord. He will deliver us and is delivering us and all men without fail! This book of Micah gave us some more of the details and it all fits perfectly with what we already knew and hold as the Truth. We need to wait patiently in faith for the Lord.

Php 1:6  Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

Zec 4:9  The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house; his hands shall also finish it; and thou shalt know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me unto you.

Hopefully we all aspire to make the first resurrection to be found faithful. The Scriptures do not lie and they tell us that if we are to make it, we must stay together as a Body and continue to strive and labor as we press forward for the prize of the HIGHER CALLING.

Php 3:14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

Our learning the ways of God now in the Body in our day of the Lord will continue in the Millennium and come to a consummation when we shall judge all matters of life in the lake of fire. This is a serious calling and one that requires we abide in the fire now in our suffering and persecution.

Luk 9:22  Saying, The Son of man (Christ, The Elect) must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be slain, and be raised the third day.

We are all getting there on the road to maturity. It sure seems that the day of Christ return to setup His outward kingdom and bring the full redemption to His Elect is not too far away.

1Co 15:51  Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,

1Co 15:52  In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

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Micah Part 21 – Eating Strong Meat

November 18, 2016

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Key Verses:  Micah 7:9 – 7:15

Here near the end of Micah, judgment is in full bloom.   As we saw last week, those being judged are now looking to the Lord.  This is what men do when they are given to know that the bearing of the cup of wrath will hasten the appearing of the Lord within us as the enemies of the new man are destroyed off the earth (Jer 22:29).  Patience is being learned as we wait for the coming of the Lord and experience many trials and temptations that draw us closer to Christ who is the lamp for our walk of faith.

Mic 7:8 Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD shall be a light unto me.

1Pe 1:7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:

Contrary to the Babylonian lie of substitutionary atonement, all men will reap what they sow.  Our sinfulness is punished as our loving Father disciplines us by pouring out His grace in executing judgment.   The Body of Christ lives these words out now as judgment is now on the house of God as our old man is tormented in the presence of the holy angels in “The Christ”.

Rev 14:10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:

The rest of mankind are reserved to the Lake of Fire to bear their punishment and endure their torment in their appointed time of judgment.

2Pe 2:9 The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:

This prophecy like all prophecies applies in an “is, was and will be” manner.  God’s Elect live them out now, as judgment is now on His House (1Pe 4:17) and the rest of mankind will live them out later in the Great White Throne Judgment in the Lake of Fire. Here are the 7 verses for today’s detailed study in the last chapter of Micah.

Mic 7:9 I will bear the indignation of the LORD, because I have sinned against him, until he plead my cause, and execute judgment for me: he will bring me forth to the light, and I shall behold his righteousness.

Mic 7:10 Then she that is mine enemy shall see it, and shame shall cover her which said unto me, Where is the LORD thy God? mine eyes shall behold her: now shall she be trodden down as the mire of the streets.

Mic 7:11 In the day that thy walls are to be built, in that day shall the decree be far removed.

Mic 7:12 In that day also he shall come even to thee from Assyria, and from the fortified cities, and from the fortress even to the river, and from sea to sea, and from mountain to mountain.

Mic 7:13 Notwithstanding the land shall be desolate because of them that dwell therein, for the fruit of their doings.

Mic 7:14 Feed thy people with thy rod, the flock of thine heritage, which dwell solitarily in the wood, in the midst of Carmel: let them feed in Bashan and Gilead, as in the days of old.

Mic 7:15 According to the days of thy coming out of the land of Egypt will I shew unto him marvellous things.

All men have sinned and trespassed against the Lord.  There is no one good no one, not even one!  Simply put, flesh is not good and cannot inherit the kingdom of God.  The way we are made “good” is by the process of judgment that destroys the first vessel.

Jer 18:4 And the vessel that he made of clay was DESTROYED (marred) in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.

Losing our old life is required to gain our new life.  This life swapping process is only finished when we take our last breath living a crucified life for Christ Jesus as the Lord set the example we will follow.

Joh 19:30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.

Gal 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

Mic 7:9 I will bear the indignation of the LORD, because I have sinned against him, until he plead my cause, and execute judgment for me: he will bring me forth to the light, and I shall behold his righteousness.

If we are so blessed to be shown the depths of our sin and given the faith to believe the Word, then we have what is needed to bear the indignation of God against our sin.  We know it is that very process that accomplishes the will of the Lord and brings about our sanctification. In due time, all men are brought to Christ, who is the light unto the world through His Christ (Mat 5:14).  It is there “In Christ”, where we will behold His righteousness and where judgment is, was and will be executed.

Jer 33:15 In those days, and at that time, will I cause the Branch of righteousness to grow up unto David; and he shall execute judgment and righteousness in the land.

Zec 8:16 These are the things that ye shall do; Speak ye every man the truth to his neighbour; execute the judgment of truth and peace in your gates:

The spiritually dead that hear our voice, hear the voice of Christ the True Shepherd and those words will execute judgment.

Joh 5:26 For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself;

Joh 5:27 And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man.

It is the Body of Christ through whom the Lord works.  We have been given ALL AUTHORITY in heaven and earth because as He is so are we in this world (1Jo 4:17). We are the instruments of judgment and salvation to all men.

The Lord drags us to His Light as the true Jesus Christ is repulsive to flesh and the carnal mind esteems Him not (Isa 53:3).  We don’t decide to follow Him on our own, He turns us into destruction and also turns us back to Him in our day of the Lord (Psa 90:3).

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

Eze 38:4 And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords:

Rom 9:16 So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.

It is the consuming fire of the Word that brings forth righteousness.  This does not come by our abiding alone. It come by our abiding in the midst of the fire which is the Body of Christ.

Mic 7:10 Then she that is mine enemy shall see it, and shame shall cover her which said unto me, Where is the LORD thy God? mine eyes shall behold her: now shall she be trodden down as the mire of the streets.

Our enemies that persecute and mock us will be shamed when they see the Lord’s work in us and see that He truly loved those He chastens and scourges. Our enemies shall come bow down before Christ in us.  In this age, it is our inward enemies who seek to suppress and kill Christ within us that will bow down to Christ in us.  However in due time, in the Lake of Fire, our outward enemies will also come bow before us.

Rev 3:9 Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.

The true sons of God will be made manifest and the whole world will know the chosen few in whom the Lord has been working in ushering His plan for salvation of all men.

Isa 60:14 The sons also of them that afflicted thee shall come bending unto thee; and all they that despised thee shall bow themselves down at the soles of thy feet; and they shall call thee, The city of the LORD, The Zion of the Holy One of Israel.

Of course if we are in that first resurrection we will have forgiven our enemies fully knowing they were mere instruments of the Lord to bring salvation to us and truly knew not what they were doing.

Rom 11:30 For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief:

Rom 11:31 Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy.

When our enemies behold the truth, they will be in judgment going through the same process the Elect already have been through. To be carnally minded IS DEATH and those thoughts and mindsets represent the dust (mire) of the streets that is trodden down in the day of the Lord.

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 time of the Gentiles treading down Jerusalem is fulfilled when the Lord returns for judgment.  Then the enemies of God shall see who The Christ and be ashamed.

Luk 21:24 And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled….

Luk 21:27 And then shall they see (Behold) the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.

It is the Body of Christ who fight and tread down the Lord’s enemies with the Word (Zec 10:5).

Mic 7:11 In the day that thy walls are to be built, in that day shall the decree be far removed.

Christ via The Body of Christ builds the walls and the gates of the Temple which separate us from the heathen world within and without us.  But when that construction project commences, the law of God, the decree, the statutes and ordinances of the Lord are far removed from us as our old way of life continues to manifest.  Our struggles with sin bring doubt and mockers both within is and without as judgment falls upon us.

Act 13:41 Behold, ye despisers, and wonder, and perish: for I work a work in your days, a work which ye shall in no wise believe, though a man declare it unto you.

2Pe 3:4 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.

The construction of the Temple of God within us commences long before our enemies are subdued within and without.  The Book of Nehemiah shows us this as the escaped remnant from Babylon (The Elect in type and shadow) endured much stumbling as the wall was built until they began to walk in the counsel of the Lord.

Neh 1:7 We have dealt very corruptly against thee, and have not kept the commandments, nor the statutes, nor the judgments, which thou commandedst thy servant Moses.

Neh 10:38 And the priest the son of Aaron shall be with the Levites, when the Levites take tithes: and the Levites shall bring up the tithe of the tithes unto the house of our God, to the chambers, into the treasure house.

When Christ shows up on the inside to bring war to our heavens, the new man is blessed beyond belief.  Yet it takes much travailing for this inward righteousness to begin to show up on the outside. In the natural it takes several years for good fruit to appear on fruit trees and so it is in the spiritual (Rom 1:20, Heb 12:11).  We must learn patience in waiting for the fruit.

Jas 5:7 Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain.

When judgment suddenly comes upon us, it is likened to the days of Noah and Lot.  It is a time of eating, drinking and being merry and then suddenly destruction comes.  Obedience and our focus on treasures in heaven is not yet in view. Our initial testimony is false.  All talk and no action, we continue to make a pretense in our worship of God, seeking gain and making merchandise until a fuller measure of grace is poured out to turn us back to the Lord.

Mat 23:3 All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not…

Mat 23:5 But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments,

Yet we are mere clay, truly the Lord’s workmanship.  He alone is the builder of His House.  He starts the construction and He finishes it right on schedule (Isa 46:10, Isa 64:8).  When the Lord begins working with us and making us into doers, it is the day of small beginnings.

Zec 4:9 The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house; his hands shall also finish it; and thou shalt know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me unto you.

Zec 4:10 For who hath despised the day of small things? for they shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel with those seven; they are the eyes of the LORD, which run to and fro through the whole earth.

The Body of Christ are the eyes of the Lord in bringing judgment and protecting the sheep as faithful watchmen.

Mic 7:12 In that day also he shall come even to thee from Assyria, and from the fortified cities, and from the fortress even to the river, and from sea to sea, and from mountain to mountain.

Mic 7:13 Notwithstanding the land shall be desolate because of them that dwell therein, for the fruit of their doings.

The whole of the earth, the inward and the outward will be subject to judgment.  All of the land within and without, every nation, tribe and tongue will become part of the kingdom of God as every knee shall bow.

Rev 7:9 After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;

The Lord uses everything, nothing is wasted in bringing about our sanctification when He is performing His will in our life.  The Lord has devised means to save His people and that includes working the evil and the good (Isa 45:7) to save men. He even raises up the Assyrian King within us and in this world outwardly to bring occasion for judgment and usher in salvation (Isa 10:6).   Those that overcome are symbolized both by those that stand on the Mountain of God and also those that have dominion over the sea.  Earlier in the Micah study we covered these verses which also closely mirror the words of Isaiah 2 and which speak to events of the Lake of Fire when there is no more war.

Mic 4:1 But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it.

Flesh is symbolized in Scripture by the sea (Rev 20:8, Rev 16:3).  Ultimately there will be no more seas as all flesh is destroyed by judgment as the last enemy to be destroyed is death which means no more flesh.  This comes to the Elect first in down payment form but ultimately to all mankind at as the Millennium comes to an end and the judgment of the lake of fire commences.

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.

Jesus Christ has overcome the world and everything in the world and one day too all men In Christ will be able to spiritually walk on the sea which is symbolic to gaining dominion over sin.

Rev 15:2 And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God.

Psa 72:8 He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth.

The fruit of the Spirit begins with Love which is our obedience the judgments of God and the chastening grace causes us to walk in His way (Eze 36:27).  Fruit of the Spirit is manifest in those who “have” and are crucifying the flesh and its evil desires, AFTER we have walked in the fire of judgment.

Gal 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,

Gal 5:23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

Gal 5:24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.

As we begin to partake of communion with the Body of Christ we begin to eat at the King’s Table and grow and thereby produce the fruit for which we have been chosen to produce.

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.

Mic 7:14 Feed thy people with thy rod, the flock of thine heritage, which dwell solitarily in the wood, in the midst of Carmel: let them feed in Bashan and Gilead, as in the days of old.

Mic 7:15 According to the days of thy coming out of the land of Egypt will I shew unto him marvellous things.

Being fed the rod is being fed the word of God which judges us in the last day.  What is bitter to the old way of life and the flesh is sweet to the new man and is what nourishes the new man.

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

Eze 2:9 And when I looked, behold, an hand was sent unto me; and, lo, a roll of a book was therein;

Eze 2:10 And he spread it before me; and it was written within and without: and there was written therein lamentations, and mourning, and woe.

The Lord’s Elect, the Body speak those words of fire (Jer 5:14) that consume the adversaries of God.  We are they that feed the flock of God and give one another the very spiritual food that grows and matures the new man within us. Christ tells Peter 3 times in John 21 to feed and to nourish His sheep signifying the process of spiritual completion (three) by judgment.

Rev 7:17 For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.

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.

These “marvelous” [H6381] works of the Lord are indeed the same “wonderful” [H6381] works of the Lord to the children of men in Psalm 107. These works are His judgments and the trials and tribulations we must endure to be delivered from the world (Egypt) and its carnal way of life.  These many signs and wonders are the many tribulations of Acts 14:22.

Psa 107:15 Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!

Isa 8:18 Behold, I and the children whom the LORD hath given me are for signs and for wonders in Israel from the LORD of hosts, which dwelleth in mount Zion.

Carmel, Bashan and Gilead are all places where the Lord’s people gain great spiritual victories.  All those stories are written for our admonition to teach us valuable spiritual truths (1Co 10:11, 1Pe 1:12).  Carmel is where all the lies and false doctrines of Baal are cast out of our heavens (1Ki 18:40) as we kill all the false prophets.

Bashan and Gilead represent the land of King Og and where Israel had a wonderful overcoming experience with a major enemy. King Og was the last obstacle east of the Jordan for Israel to cross over and enter into the promised land and begin to be fruitful and multiply.  For us to advance and mature we must too be overcomers.

Deu 3:3 So the LORD our God delivered into our hands Og also, the king of Bashan, and all his people: and we smote him until none was left to him remaining.

Deu 3:4 And we took all his cities at that time, there was not a city which we took not from them, threescore cities, all the region of Argob, the kingdom of Og in Bashan.

Deu 3:5 All these cities were fenced with high walls, gates, and bars; beside unwalled towns a great many.

Yet we don’t continue to fight.  We get complacent.  We are warned not to become slothful not to grow weary but continue to strive and endure to the end.  The same shall be saved.

Gal 6:9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

In that day, the Lord will awaken us to righteousness and get us back feeding on our enemies the way we did in type and shadow in Bashan and Gilead. Enemies of Christ are bread for the new man.  The mighty men of the flesh, the bulls of Bashan become food for us.

Num 14:9 Only rebel not ye against the LORD, neither fear ye the people of the land; for they are bread for us: their defence is departed from them, and the LORD is with us: fear them not.

We learn to eat strong meat as a mature man and that is dying to self, bearing the trials and the afflictions for which all of God’s Elect have been appointed.  This is spiritual nourishment for Christ in is to grow and mature and bear fruit that remains.

Eze 39:18 Ye shall eat the flesh of the mighty, and drink the blood of the princes of the earth, of rams, of lambs, and of goats, of bullocks, all of them fatlings of Bashan.

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.

Joh 6:56 He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him

Breaking bread with our fellow brethren is sharing the Word and fellowship with Christ.  Eating the Word is partaking of the suffering and affliction for which all of God’s Elect have been appointed (Phi 1:29).  This is how we endure, dying daily and ultimately become overcomers.

1Co 11:26 For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come.

Christ is His Body and the Body is the Tree of Life. As we overcome and conquer the enemies of the Lord, we are eating of the tree of life. The old man is dying and Christ is being raised to eternal life.

Rev 2:7 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.

Eating of this bread, the Body of Christ is the hidden manna that the world does not know.  But we who are overcoming have the mind of Christ and bear His name in a mystery.

Rev 2:17 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.

Next week Lord willing, we will conclude the Book of Micah and review the final five verses.  A brief summary of the entire book will also be provided to bring to remembrance the things we have studies these past 5 months.

Sincere comments and questions are welcome.  You can also email me at peterjwilson56@gmail.com.

Your servant in Christ,

Pete

Micah Part 20 – I Will Look Upon the Lord

November 10, 2016

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“I Will Look Unto The Lord”

Key Verses:  Micah 7:1 – 7:8

Our Day of the Lord (“that day”) does not come initially upon our hearing and understanding the Truth.  Coming to see the Lord and His Christ we are then given a brief time of silence to consolidate our understanding and prepare for the war (judgments) that are being waged.

Rev 8:1 When he opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour…

Rev 8:5 Then the angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the altar, and threw it to the earth. And there were noises, thunderings, lightnings, and an earthquake.

Christ is revealed in us little by little and therefore the church of God is admonished to wait on the coming and revealing of the Lord both within us and without.  In both cases patience and endurance is needed. We wait on Him to perform His work and thru all this our faith is tested, refined and grown if we have been ordained to be faithful and move on to maturity.

Gal 5:5 For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.

Heb 10:37 For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry.

Php 1:6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

The waiting is our enduring through our judgments and having the old man decreased and the new man, Jesus Christ, within us increased.  We will see this in Micah’s prophecy as those reading, hearing and keeping the things written herein (Rev 1:3) come to see their wretched state and then with this experience begin to rest IN FAITH (not works) and wait for the Lord to deliver us.  Here are the 8 verses for today’s study.

Mic 7:1 Woe is me! for I am as when they have gathered the summer fruits, as the grapegleanings of the vintage: there is no cluster to eat: my soul desired the firstripe fruit.

Mic 7:2 The good man is perished out of the earth: and there is none upright among men: they all lie in wait for blood; they hunt every man his brother with a net.

Mic 7:3 That they may do evil with both hands earnestly, the prince asketh, and the judge asketh for a reward; and the great man, he uttereth his mischievous desire: so they wrap it up.

Mic 7:4 The best of them is as a brier: the most upright is sharper than a thorn hedge: the day of thy watchmen and thy visitation cometh; now shall be their perplexity.

Mic 7:5 Trust ye not in a friend, put ye not confidence in a guide: keep the doors of thy mouth from her that lieth in thy bosom.

Mic 7:6 For the son dishonoureth the father, the daughter riseth up against her mother, the daughter in law against her mother in law; a man’s enemies are the men of his own house.

Mic 7:7 Therefore I will look unto the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me.

Mic 7:8 Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD shall be a light unto me.

As we begin this chapter, “Woe is me” as the end of the old man is in sight.  We live these words out as we come to see that we and all men are the “abomination of desolation” sitting in the Temple of God (Mat 24:15).  The lawless one, the man of sin, we are, is revealed to us.  Paul tells the church to wait and to remember that day will not come until we see this with clarity.

2Th 2:3 Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition,

2Th 2:4 who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.

Judgment is the Lord’s vehicle to show us where we stand with the Lord and exposes our sins and false doctrines.  Bringing us to see the folly and vanity of the fruits of our own labors is an integral part of the Lord’s methods.  In the Day of the Lord for all men, what I call the grace meter (Rom 5:20) is always turned up in concert with our sin.  The resulting heat creates the furnace of affliction (Isa 48:10) and will not fail to turn us back to Him in due time.

Mic 7:1 Woe is me! for I am as when they have gathered the summer fruits, as the grape gleanings of the vintage: there is no cluster to eat: my soul desired the first ripe fruit.

Modern day gleaning is the act of collecting leftover crops from farmers’ fields after they have been commercially harvested or on fields where it is not economically profitable to harvest. Some ancient cultures promoted gleaning as an early form of a welfare system and this principle are express commandments in the Law of Moses.

Lev 19:10 And thou shalt not glean thy vineyard, neither shalt thou gather every grape of thy vineyard; thou shalt leave them for the poor and stranger: I am the LORD your God.

God’s elect are the first to be harvested (judged) and are likened to the first fruits of the Lord (Jam 1:18).  The summer harvest is the first fruits (elect) with the main harvest (salvation of all) coming in the fall season.  As God’s elect and the first to follow our Lord as a kind of first fruit, we are given an insatiable spiritual appetite but that desire is not met at first.  A vineyard that has been gleaned is a field without fruit.

Mic 6:15 You shall sow, but not reap; You shall tread the olives, but not anoint yourselves with oil; And make sweet wine, but not drink wine.

Having a zeal for the Lord’s House but without knowledge (Rom 10:2) we sow but do not reap and remain in search of the peace and the rest promised in Christ.  While we are told to seek and we shall find, there is also season where we wander seeking truth (food) but do not find it.

Amo 8:11 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:

Amo 8:12 And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it.

This is our state of ever learning but never able to come to the knowledge of the truth (2Ti 3:7).  Our immaturity is quickly exposed in the days of our judgment.  When the Lord manifests evil within our own house, our immature fruit is easily shaken off the tree when judgment comes.

Rev 6:13 And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.

Nah 3:12 All thy strong holds shall be like fig trees with the firstripe figs: if they be shaken, they shall even fall into the mouth of the eater.

Immature faith when tested will fail.  It is only through experience of good and evil that we come to a mature man and learn to build properly on the Rock.  It will take us a perfect and complete (seven times) number of failures and getting back up to prove worthy to the Lord’s Name.  Through the ongoing chastening we learn as we, the righteous men of God, get back up seven times (Pro 24:16).  Bringing us to our wits ends requires the land to be made desolate and for there to be found no fruit.  The fruit we eat spiritually that grows and matures us comes only after we have endured (Heb 12:11).

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.

Mic 7:2 The good man is perished out of the earth: and there is none upright among men: they all lie in wait for blood; they hunt every man his brother with a net.

All men will live these words. All flesh will die and then be judged.  Only the chosen few are given to experience this now.  We see the depravity of all flesh and as the Lord can now say:

Mar 10:18 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God.

Ecc 7:20 For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.

Rom 3:12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

All men of the flesh are spiritually speaking natural born hunters who hunt in the world.

Gen 25:27 And the boys grew: and Esau was a cunning hunter, a man of the field; and Jacob was a plain man, dwelling in tents.

Flesh will automatically go to the world (the field) for their meat and not to the Lord and His Christ.  Even after having been given all the gifts and knowledge we still merchandise, play the harlot and seek to kill Christ within us and without.

Nah 3:1 Woe to the bloody city! it is all full of lies and robbery; the prey departeth not

Isa 1:21 How is the faithful city become an harlot! it was full of judgment; righteousness lodged in it; but now murderers.

The greater damnation (Mat 23:14) is the greater judgment (more stripes) that will come upon you and me, who know what to do and do not do it.  So, it will be with all men in due time.

Mat 23:15 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.

Mat 23:23 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.

All men succumb to the 200 million lies of the harlot.  Those lies become the nets by which all men are caught and become the false gods and works of our hands that we worship before the coming of Christ.

 Hab 1:15 They take up all of them with the angle, they catch them in their net, and gather them in their drag: therefore, they rejoice and are glad.

Hab 1:16 Therefore they sacrifice unto their net, and burn incense unto their drag; because by them their portion is fat, and their meat plenteous.

When Christ calls we are told to drop those nets and follow Him.

Mic 7:3 That they may do evil with both hands earnestly, the prince asketh, and the judge asketh for a reward; and the great man, he uttereth his mischievous desire: so they wrap it up [H5686]

Mic 7:4 The best of them is as a brier [H2312]: the most upright is sharper than a thorn hedge: the day of thy watchmen and thy visitation cometh; now shall be their perplexity.

The prince and the judge are both us in this apostate stage.  Seeking reward, we pick and choose, add and subtract from the Word; thinking way above what is written “we wrap it up”.  The KJV translation of wrap it up is a long way of saying we pervert the Word of the Lord.

 H5686, ‛âbath, aw-bath’

A primitive root; to interlace, that is, (figuratively) to pervert: – wrap up.

Total KJV occurrences: 1

It is our seeking reward as Micah says that is the root of this perversion.  The reward seeking beast who thinks of his self-righteousness as righteousness will have that righteousness removed.  The same Woe in Micah are the woes Mike is covering in Isaiah chapter 5.

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!

Isa 5:23 Which justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him!

Briars and thorns spiritually represent lies and false doctrines which pervert the Word and those lies sting us spiritually in due time.

 H2312, chêdeq, khay’-dek

From an unused root meaning to sting; a prickly plant: – brier, thorn

Briars do the same thing the locust do, they sting us.

Rev 9:10 And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months.

Isa 9:15 The ancient and honourable, he is the head; and the prophet that teacheth lies, he is the tail.

There is no lie in the Truth and best and most right sounding is still a lie. When the Lord brings judgment that opens our eyes, we go through a period of great perplexity as our light is all turned into darkness by the coming of the Truth in our heavens.

Luk 21:25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;

Luk 21:26 Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.

Luk 21:27 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.

This hedge built upon lies and false doctrines keeps us in a false peace and security thinking we have already arrived (and not fearing the Lord) is shattered in the day of our visitation (1Th 5:3).  Our looking to the Lord, the coming of the watchmen and our day of visitation are all one and the same thing.  The Lord works through and lives in His people.  It is His Body that speaks the Words that bring judgment to those prepared to hear it. Faith cometh by hearing and that via Words spoken by Christ.  An ambassador is sent among the heathen.

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

Mat 10:6 But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

Mat 10:7 And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.

The Lord creates both the deceived and those doing the deceiving (Job 12:16).  The hedge is also put there by the Lord and only the Lord takes it away in due time (Job 1:10-12).  The Lord is in the business of separating a people unto Himself (Deu 7:6, 2Co 6:17).  The next few verses speak to that separating process and our maturing into the narrow way.

Mic 7:5 Trust ye not in a friend, put ye not confidence in a guide: keep the doors of thy mouth from her that lieth in thy bosom.

Come out of her my people (Rev 18:4) is a cry only spiritual ears are hearing.  We hear this frequently on the way to maturity as we have to be taught to build only on the Rock and judge only based on that same Word.  That is what possessing true scales and weights refers to as we looked at in Part 19.  Verse 5 is telling us to put no confidence in the flesh, yours, mine or anyone’s.  Doing s0, makes us an evil worker and it is committing spiritual adultery with the harlot.

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.

We have to guard the doors and gateways into our hearts to ensure that what we put in them is not defiled.  A little leaven makes the spiritual food poison so we have to inspect, and examine what we eat and how we are judging.  We only have one way to do that and that is the plumb line, the Word of God.

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

Amo 7:8 And the LORD said unto me, Amos, what seest thou? And I said, A plumbline. Then said the Lord, Behold, I will set a plumbline in the midst of my people Israel: I will not again pass by them any more:

We must remember how few is the “few chosen” that make of God’s elect.  Not many people, in fact extremely few, a minutia of a minutia have the Truth and speak it.  Many deceivers have gone into the world and the Lord is going to try our faith and test us to see if we will be faithful to the end.  We learn to judge all things on the spiritual scale of the Scriptures.  We must beware the leaven of the Pharisees within and without us.

Pro 27:6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend, But the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.

Our family in Christ are the true friends, the precious few, who are of like mind and strive to obey ALL the Lord’s Words.  These are the disciples indeed wherein is found safety in a multitude of counselors.  Christ shows us who our family is, it is the Body of Christ.

Mat 12:49 And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren!

Mat 12:50 For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.

The next verse is the basis for some well-known Scriptures and Words of our Lord.

Mic 7:6 For the son dishonoureth the father, the daughter riseth up against her mother, the daughter in law against her mother in law; a man’s enemies are the men of his own house.

Christ tells His disciples what His coming to them will bring about.

Mat 10:34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.

Mat 10:35 For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.

Mat 10:36 And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.

I added in verse 34 of Matthew to make the point that this intra-family battle is the result of the sword that is now abiding on the house of God (1Co 3:16).  War in heaven is taking place.  Judgment is on the House of God and there is a battle for the heart and mind of the new man.

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.

We, being an unfaithful harlot, have had many husbands before we meet the real Christ at the well of living water and begin to drink thereof of our judgment (John 4:18).  We all have committed spiritual adultery and taking another man’s wife like King David did with Uriah.  Reaping what we sow, the Lord pronounces judgment upon us in our day.

2Sa 12:11 Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will raise up evil against thee out of thine own house, and I will take thy wives before thine eyes, and give them unto thy neighbour,

Our former friends and members of our carnally minded households have now become enemies of the cross and by extension our enemy who persecute us and seek to kill Christ.

2Ti 3:12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.

Salvation requires man to endure great suffering and persecution and that is especially painful when it is from our own families. Many come into this fellowship and walk in the truth but are not given to endure to the end and they fall away because of the persecution that arises typically from their physical families.

Mat 13:21 Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.

Becoming the Lord’s kings and priests, and the instruments by which He will save all mankind is indeed a high calling.  Yet that high calling comes with equally high costs that none of us are willing to pay without Christ dragging us there. It might just cost us everything and we need to be willing to pay it.

Luk 18:28 Then Peter said, Lo, we have left all, and followed thee.

Luk 18:29 And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or parents, or brethren, or wife, or children, for the kingdom of God’s sake,

Luk 18:30 Who shall not receive manifold more in this present time, and in the world to come life everlasting.

But knowing the truths we have learned in our judgment process and understanding the plan of God for salvation for His sons first and then ultimately all men, we begin to count tribulation and persecution as a blessing.

1Pe 1:7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:

Jam 1:2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;
Jam 1:3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
Jam 1:4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

Here are the final two verses for our study.

Mic 7:7 Therefore I will look unto the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me.

Mic 7:8 Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD shall be a light unto me.

Having learned righteousness (Truth) by our judgment, we can now look to the Lord. We have seen ourselves as the harlot and the abomination causing desolation defiling His Temple. Seeing ourselves as the chief of sinners (1Ti 1:15), we are being brought to repentance (Rom 2:4, Psa 90:3). Henceforth we will look to the Lord and to His Christ for wisdom and counsel.

We have been taught to judge righteously and we know that of ourselves we can do no good thing.  We have and are continuing to be taught patience and know we must wait on the Lord to perform His work in us all the while we strive and labor in faith.

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.

Php 2:13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

We have and continue to learn (maturing in truth) via the ongoing war with our flesh (Gal 5:17).  Knowing of this struggle and that we are not in it alone, we have a Body to cast our cares upon gives us hope for what we cannot yet see.

Rom 8:23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.

As mature men of God, we know the ups and downs will come in our walk.  When we fall we will arise quickly (Pro 24:16).  When we find ourselves in darkness, we know where to find Christ, who is the light of this world and the lamp to our walk of faith (Psa 119:105).

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

Heb 10:24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:

Heb 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

The Spirit of God is with us and there is no escape.  Through thick and thin, the periods of light or darkness, the Lord is with us.

Psa 139:7 Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence?

Next week Lord willing, we will see the Lord moving through the nations and pardoning the inequity of His people and performing the Word He promised to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

Sincere questions and comments welcome.  You can also email me directly at peterjwilson56@gmail.com.  A servant in Christ,  Pete

Micah Part 19 – Wicked Scales and Deceitful Weights

November 3, 2016

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Key Verses:  Micah 6:10 – 6:16

The setting here is still judgment living in the Day of the Lord now in this age if we are God’s Elect and in the age to come when all men and flesh shall see the salvation of the Lord (Luk 3:6).  With spiritual eyes to see and ears to hear we are now seeing the true doctrines and the real Jesus Christ and we are now hearing the Word in our heavens which is the rod that corrects us.  We truly are learning righteousness (Isa 26:9) and beginning to understand the Lord’s purposes and strange ways.

Mic 6:9 The LORD’S voice crieth unto the city, and the man of wisdom shall see thy name (Doctrines, The Body): hear ye the rod (The Word), and who hath appointed it.

The last study focused mainly on verse 8 and the three things the Lord shows us He requires in our worship of Him.

Mic 6:8 He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do judgment and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?

Here are the last seven verses to complete Chapter 6.

Mic 6:10 Are there yet the treasures of wickedness in the house of the wicked, and the scant measure that is abominable?

Mic 6:11 Shall I count them pure with the wicked balances, and with the bag of deceitful weights?

Mic 6:12 For the rich men thereof are full of violence, and the inhabitants thereof have spoken lies, and their tongue is deceitful in their mouth.

Mic 6:13 Therefore also will I make thee sick in smiting thee, in making thee desolate because of thy sins.

Mic 6:14 Thou shalt eat, but not be satisfied; and thy casting down shall be in the midst of thee; and thou shalt take hold, but shalt not deliver; and that which thou deliverest will I give up to the sword.

Mic 6:15 Thou shalt sow, but thou shalt not reap; thou shalt tread the olives, but thou shalt not anoint thee with oil; and sweet wine, but shalt not drink wine.

Mic 6:16 For the statutes of Omri are kept, and all the works of the house of Ahab, and ye walk in their counsels; that I should make thee a desolation, and the inhabitants thereof an hissing: therefore ye shall bear the reproach of my people.

Our obedience to what the Lord requires, comes about when light (truth, the Word) is shined into the hidden darkness and onto the deceitfulness of sin that still lies in our hearts (Luk 8:17, Luk 12:2). Until His work is finished in us and it won’t be until we shed these clay vessels, the Lord has something against us.  The process of judgment and our moving onto a mature man, a perfect man in Christ are one in the same process.  That is the reason the Lord gives us a Body and fills the functions of the church and ministries.

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:

Eph 4:14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;

Eph 4:15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:

The angels (Elect of God) speak the Word and as the lights unto this world, shine the light on what yet needs work in our walk. Progress towards maturity is being made yet we need to become more diligent in our walk of faith.  The washing of one another’s feet is an important parable of the need for the Body to keep us on the narrow road (Joh 13:14).

Rev 2:18 And unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write; These things saith the Son of God, who hath his eyes like unto a flame of fire, and his feet are like fine brass;

Rev 2:19 I know thy works, and charity, and service, and faith, and thy patience, and thy works; and the last to be more than the first.

Rev 2:20 Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.

Jezebel is most famous for corrupting her husband King Ahab and leading Israel further into fornication with the world and worship of the gods of Baal which are no gods at all but merely lies and false doctrines of the world.

Spiritual adultery and fornication are the works of the flesh (Gal 5:19) and is the outcome of Israel’s failure to come out and be separate (2Co 6:6). True doctrine (our food) is corrupted when we mingle strange fire (the 200 million lies of Rev 9:16) with the Lord’s truths. Inevitably compromises are made, leaven creeps in and one is led astray into spiritual adultery and fornication.  It is what Balaam did in causing Israel to sin (Rev 2:14) and it is what Jezebel did in causing King Ahab and Israel to depart from the living God.  Flattery and smooth talk of the rebellious woman will seduce us away from the truth (doctrine) and into spiritual adultery.

Pro 5:3 For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil:

In order to burn this adultery and fornication out of us, The Lord will put His people, the adulterers and adulteresses of James 4:4 into great tribulation to bring us to repentance.

Let’s now look at these individual verses at a deeper level.

Mic 6:10 Are there yet the treasures of wickedness in the house of the wicked, and the scant measure that is abominable?

Mic 6:11 Shall I count them pure with the wicked balances [h3976], and with the bag of deceitful weights [H68]?

Balances and weights refer to much more than our just our honesty in buying and selling things or handling money.  These symbols ultimately speak to our faithfulness to the Lord and how we judge all matters of life.

We weigh things on balances and in the spirit this is discerning between the good and the evil. The word for balances [H3976] comes from the root word which means to give ear, to hearken, to perceive.

H238 – ‘âzan, aw-zan’

A primitive root; probably to expand; but used only as a denominative from H241; to broaden out the ear (with the hand), that is, (by implication) to listen: – give (perceive by the) ear, hear (-ken). See H239.

Here is a pivotal verse in the OT showing us the application of hearkening to the voice of the Lord which requires us to weigh things on spiritual scales.

Exo 15:26 And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken [H238] 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.

Giving ear or hearkening to the voice of the Lord requires making judgments based on what the Word says and not based on the wisdom of the world.  A spiritual man judges all things and as we mature we must learn to do this well according to the Ttruth.

Joh 7:24 Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.

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.

Mal 3:18 Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.

The word translated as weights [H68] her in Micah 6 is the same word much more often translated as stones.

H68, ‘eben, eh’-ben

From the root of H1129 through the meaning, to build; a stone: – + carbuncle, + mason, + plummet, [chalk-, hail-, bead-, sling-] stone (-ny), (divers) weight (-s).

Total KJV occurrences: 272

stones, 143

stone, 105

weights, 6

Lev_19:36, Deu_25:13, Pro_16:11, Pro_20:10, Pro_20:23, Mic_6:11

Stones are what were used to weigh items on the scales.  The people of God uses the Word of God that is a stone to make these measurements on the scales of judgment.

Isa 28:16 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone [H68], a tried stone [H68], a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.

Isa 28:17 Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet: and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow the hiding place.

The treasure in the house of the wicked are the lies and false doctrines of the rebellious old man.  The Lord still has something against us when we hide these deceitful weights and hold them as treasure of our wicked fleshly hearts.  This is feigned worship and contrary to worshiping the Lord in Truth.  False weights and measures are an abomination to the Lord.  Learning to judge properly is important for the future judges of all mankind (1Co 6:2, Oba 1:21)

Lev 19:35 NKJV – You shall do no injustice in judgment, in measurement of length, weight, or volume.

Lev 19:36 NKJV – You shall have honest scales, honest weights [stones H68], an honest ephah, and an honest hin: I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt.

Pro 20:10 Divers weights, and divers measures, both of them are alike abomination to the LORD.

We can’t pick and choose the counsel of God we like and only apply that to our judgments.  We must apply the Sum of thy word which is the only truth.  Anything else is a the scant, lean or short judgment (measure) referenced here in Mic 6:10.  This work of judging, weighing things is also the Lord’s work in us.

Pro 16:11 A just weight and balance are the LORD’S: all the weights of the bag are his work.

Mic 6:12 For the rich men thereof are full of violence, and the inhabitants thereof have spoken lies, and their tongue is deceitful in their mouth.

Mic 6:13 Therefore also will I make thee sick in smiting thee, in making thee desolate because of thy sins.

The negative side of knowledge is it puffs us up and makes us rich.  Those riches unaccompanied by the fear of the Lord will be used by flesh to bring forth dishonest scales of judgment.  Mixing lies with truth is doing violence to the Word.  A lying tongue, a false witness and those that do violence are three of the six things the Lord expressly hates (Pro 6:16-19).  All of this comes about because of the influence (enticement) of the harlot that leads our beast and causes a lackadaisical Israel to worship other gods including the works of their own hands.

Pro 7:21 With her much fair speech she caused him to yield, with the flattering of her lips she forced him.

The power in the mouth of the locusts are the lies and false doctrines we are seduced into believing and worshipping and thereby doing violence and fornication with the harlot within us and without us.

Rev 9:20  And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk:

Rev 9:21 Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.

Until we are given a true zeal to please God and obey Him, a lascivious “loving the world” spirit will impede us from walking the narrow way.  These hidden lies and false doctrines in our heavens results in spiritual sickness that manifest unrighteous judgments.  This is what our beast and old man do to stay alive in the fire and secretly cling the plagues of Egypt (world) and Babylon (Rev 18:4, Rev 22:18).  A healthy Body within and without is disease/plague free.  A healthy Body judges itself and examines itself often to see if it is still in the faith and not committing fornication and sacrificing to idols.

1Co 11:29 For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.

1Co 11:30 For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.

Being diligent requires us to examine ourselves and our walk against the true scales of justice which is the SUM of the Word. It is a high calling that gets higher as we grow. It is our failing to judge righteous judgment that snares men and carnal minds in nets of deception.  Thinking above what is written brings deceit into our spiritual houses and perverts righteous judgment.

Jer 5:26  For among my people are found wicked men: they lay wait, as he that setteth snares; they set a trap, they catch men.

Jer 5:27 As a cage is full of birds, so are their houses full of deceit: therefore they are become great, and waxen rich.

Jer 5:28  They are waxen fat, they shine: yea, they overpass the deeds of the wicked: they judge not the cause, the cause of the fatherless, yet they prosper; and the right of the needy do they not judge.

As a false witness for the Lord (hearing but not doing) is not blessed. As we saw recently a witch and a sorcerer, one who uses powers outside the Word shall not be suffered to live (Exo 22:18).

Pro 19:5 A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall not escape.

The Lord will cause us to err from His way and show us our nakedness in order to correct us via the chastening scourging grace that comes to the sons of God (Heb 12:6). Our spiritually sick condition will ultimately be used for good in our judgment (Jer 2:19).  Christ comes not for the righteous but for the unrighteous and to turn acknowledged sinners to repentance (Luk 5:32).

Mic 6:14 NKJV You shall eat, but not be satisfied; Hunger shall be in your midst. You may carry some away, but shall not save them; And what you do rescue I will give over to the sword.

Mic 6:15 NJKV “You shall sow, but not reap; You shall tread the olives, but not anoint yourselves with oil; And make sweet wine, but not drink wine.

In destroying the pride of life, the Lord is going to frustrate our own works/efforts to show us He is the Lord and it is only through Him that our salvation comes.  It is necessary we first live our days in Babylon, deceived by the harlot and the Jezebel’s that cause us to commit fornication, eating defiled bread.  This too is all the Lord’s work and is what brings the occasion for us to drink the cup of wrath.

Lev 26:26  And when I have broken the staff of your bread, ten women shall bake your bread in one oven, and they shall deliver you your bread again by weight: and ye shall eat, and not be satisfied.
Lev 26:27  And if ye will not for all this hearken unto me, but walk contrary unto me;
Lev 26:28  Then I will walk contrary unto you also in fury; and I, even I, will chastise you seven times for your sins.

The Lord builds His House, man does not build it.  The works of our hands are vanity.

Psa 127:1 Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.

Becoming at ease in Zion and seeking to build bigger barns is what a self-righteous spirit will do. But that life of gainsaying and coveting worldly mammon will be required of us and it is through that process of having things taken from us that we learn to trust only in the Lord.

Luk 12:21 So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.

Luk 12:22  And he said unto his disciples, Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on.

The initiation of our judgment will spoil the fruit of our self-righteousness works and reveal their vanity.  We can no longer be satisfied or be fed by the works of our own hands. All of our fleshly and carnal works turn to nothing in our day of the Lord.

Zep 1:13 Therefore their goods shall become a booty, and their houses a desolation: they shall also build houses, but not inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, but not drink the wine thereof.

Deu 28:39 Thou shalt plant vineyards, and dress them, but shalt neither drink of the wine, nor gather the grapes; for the worms shall eat them.

Deu 28:40 Thou shalt have olive trees throughout all thy coasts, but thou shalt not anoint thyself with the oil; for thine olive shall cast his fruit.

It is only the meek, those who are being humbled by judgment and coming to their wits end who shall eat and be satisfied.

Psa 22:26 The meek shall eat and be satisfied: they shall praise the LORD that seek him: your heart shall live for ever.

Mat 5:6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

Mat 26:29 But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day (our day of the Lord) when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.

We will truly learn through our various periods of spiritual famine and thirst.  They are a necessary experience to make us dependent on the Lord and to know that apart from Him, we truly can do nothing (Joh 15:5).

Here is our final verse for the study.

Mic 6:16 For the statutes of Omri are kept, and all the works of the house of Ahab, and ye walk in their counsels; that I should make thee a desolation, and the inhabitants thereof an hissing: therefore ye shall bear the reproach of my people.

Worshiping the Lord deceitfully is what we first do when we follow the counsels of these two bad kings and do what they did spiritually.  Those lessons were indeed written specifically for our admonition (1Co 10:11. 1Pe 1:12). Ahab was Omri’s son and is arguably most famous marrying an outsider by taking Jezebel as his wife and being in charge when Elijah had the showdown with the false prophets of Baal at Mt. Carmel.

1Ki 16:31  And it came to pass, as if it had been a light thing for him to walk in the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, that he took to wife Jezebel the daughter of Ethbaal king of the Zidonians, and went and served Baal, and worshipped him.

King Omri who was Ahab’s father and a King of Israel who took the throne from King Zimri by violence.  Omri then survived a divided nation coup when he prevailed over his emerging counterpart Tibni by violence.  The whole history of Omri is contained in 1 Kings 16:16-28.   But these Scriptures are not there to just record history, there is a deeper message we must dig up.

Names are almost always instructive and here we see this definition according to Strong’s.

H6018, ‛omrı̂y, om-ree’

From H6014; heaping; Omri, an Israelite: – Omri.

Total KJV occurrences: 18

The root of Omri will be more instructive for our edification.

H6014, aw-mar’

A primitive root; properly apparently to heap; figuratively to chastise (as if piling blows); specifically (as denominative from H6016) to gather grain: – bind sheaves, make merchandise of.

Total KJV occurrences: 3

merchandise, 2

Deu_21:14, Deu_24:7

bindeth, 1

Psa_129:7 (2)

make, 1

Deu_21:14

Before we look at this let’s remember that salvation comes BY JUDGMENT and there is a prescribed way for us to judge and that is to judge righteously, according to the WORD.

Binding sheaves is what Omri means.  Binding is an important step of gathering stocks of grain in a harvest.  Sheaves represent men to be saved as the dream of Joseph and his brothers bowing down to him shows us (Gen 37:7).  There is a right way and a wrong way to harvest the Lord’s crops and bring forth the fruit of the land.  The right was is judge righteously and have no respect of persons meaning all things are known to be the work of the Lord.  It takes faith, mature faith to live to that standard and we are all getting there.

Omri represents the wrong way to serve the Lord.  He stands for one that uses wicked scales and deceitful weights.  Once again in the definition of Omri, we have a direct link to the merchandising ways of flesh.

Deu 24:7  If a man be found stealing any of his brethren of the children of Israel, and maketh merchandise [H6014] of him, or selleth him; then that thief shall die; and thou shalt put evil away from among you.

Only the mind of Christ can judge righteously not thinking above what is written.  The self-righteous religious beast (Rev 13:11) that thinks he is helping God out is buying and selling with the mind of the beast and not the mind of Christ.  The primary act as a King that Omri is recorded doing is one involving some merchandizing activities and it did not end well.

1Ki 16:24 And he bought the hill Samaria of Shemer for two talents of silver, and built on the hill, and called the name of the city which he built, after the name of Shemer, owner of the hill, Samaria.

1Ki 16:25 But Omri wrought evil in the eyes of the LORD, and did worse than all that were before him.

1Ki 16:26  For he walked in all the way of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, and in his sin wherewith he made Israel to sin, to provoke the LORD God of Israel to anger with their vanities (leading astray into false ways).

Shemer the Hill that Omri bought means the dregs or lees.

H8106, shemer, sheh’-mer

The same as H8105; Shemer, the name of three Israelites: – Shamer, Shemer.

H8105, shemer, sheh’-mer

From H8104; something preserved, that is, the settlings (plural only) of wine: – dregs, (wines on the) lees.

Total KJV Occurrences: 7

lees, 4

Isa_25:6 (2), Zep_1:11-12 (2)

wines, 2

Isa_25:6 (2)

dregs, 1

Psa_75:8

Shemer is linked to the dregs (lees) of the wine.  Dregs refer to the least desirable of something and in a liquid is the sediment impure bottom of the barrel.  This is the old stuff, the leftovers that has been kept.  The old wine and the law of Moses, the works of the flesh as it relates to WINE, is the dregs.  The dregs is the wine made for a carnal nation (Heb 9:10) but not the true Israel of God to drink.  One cannot put the new wine of Faith in Christ into bottles holding the dregs.  The two do not mix, we cannot serve God and fleshly mammon at the same time.  Furthermore, it is the wicked who drink the dregs of the wine.  The righteous of the Lord drink the Lord’s wine by enduring through a baptism of fire.

Psa 75:8  For in the hand of the LORD there is a cup, and the wine is red; it is full of mixture; and he poureth out of the same: but the dregs thereof, all the wicked of the earth shall wring them out, and drink them.

The good news in all of our judgment is that we learn by it.   It is guaranteed we will drink of the good stuff, the wine that will bring wrath to our old man and sinful ways.  The angels tells us that those who have this mark of the beast will indeed drink of this new wine.

Rev 14:10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:

Omri is you and me in due time as we all live by every word the Lord spoke.  Omri like all flesh when judgment first comes, tries to save (redeem) himself by the works of his own hands and uses that to justify ourselves to the Lord.  But flesh does not build the church of Jesus Christ.  Jesus Christ builds it thru His Christ only and it is all of faith and not of any man’s works.

Omri showed zeal but the same zeal for God Paul spoke about.  Such a zeal is not of faith and is what the immature do until they learn to judge righteously by being judged ourselves.themselves.

Rom 10:3 For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.

Rom 10:4 For Christ is the end of the (carnal) law for righteousness to every one that believeth.

That true church will not be built on a raised up (puffed up prideful) mound of flesh (a hill that is in the world).  It will only be built on the one and only true foundation that is Jesus Christ.

1Co 3:11 For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

We will of course first do what Omri did and build on a different foundation, on a hill in Samaria.  But our work will be revealed by fire in our day of the Lord.

1Co 3:13 each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is.

Next week we will start Chapter 7, the last chapter in Micah.  The fire will quickly begin revealing some things to us on the road to maturity.   Mic 7:1  Woe is me!……..

Sincere questions and comments are always welcome.  Please email me at peterjwilson56@gmail.com if I can be of service.

Micah Part 18 – Worshiping in Spirit & Truth #2

October 20, 2016

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Worshiping in Spirit & Truth #2

Key Verses:  Micah 6:5 – 6:9

This is part 2 of the study focused on the Lord teaching us to worship Him in the correct and prescribed manner. Meeting Christ at the well of living water initiates a new way of worship.

Joh 4:23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.

The letter of the Old Testament and its offerings and rituals of animal sacrifices are replaced in the new covenant with us knowing and worshiping Christ in the Spirit (Joh 6:63). This is possible only because we have been given the Holy Spirit. Truth has come to dwell in us.

Joh 15:26 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:

Joh 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Thus begins the process of true spiritual circumcision made without hands (Col 2:11) from which flows the inward doing of the will of God. This emanates from our heart which is where the Lord looks to judge a man.

1Sa 16:7 But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.

In our Day of the Lord we are being taught to rend our hearts and not our outward garments. The Lord seeks after “men” that are after His own heart. Those men are the few who are being judged now so they will be become the leaders (captains) of His people by which the Lord will save all men via judgment.  This is the role of Jesus Christ and “His Christ” and is being played out now to the few chosen in this age and to all mankind in the judgment to come.

1Sa 13:14 But now thy kingdom shall not continue: the LORD hath sought him a man after his own heart, and the LORD hath commanded him to be captain over his people, because thou hast not kept that which the LORD commanded thee.

We spent the better part of last week on Micah 6:5 where we start again this week.  The Lord’s uses the Balaam experiences to spell out His controversy against us calling Him Lord but not obeying Him.

Mic 6:5 O my people, remember now what Balak king of Moab consulted, and what Balaam the son of Beor answered him from Shittim unto Gilgal; that ye may know the righteousness of the LORD.

Balaam is the most often referenced “false” prophet in the Bible signaling just how important the interplay between Balaam, Balak (the Moabite “flesh” King) and the people of Israel is to understand. Balaam represents all of us as we are still walking in the flesh and feigning worship to the Lord. Balaam had all the right (complete) doctrines and used this knowledge of hearing to portray himself as a man of God being puffed up in his own conceits. We see this feigned worship illustrated by the three times Balaam had Balak build seven altars to the Lord on which seven oxen and seven rams were offered.  The heathen nations are to have nothing to do with helping us worship the Lord and here we have Balak building the altars and making the sacrifices with Balaam.

Num 23:1 And Balaam said unto Balak, Build me here seven altars, and prepare me here seven oxen and seven rams.

Num 23:2 And Balak did as Balaam had spoken; and Balak and Balaam offered on every altar a bullock and a ram.

As we learn through the story of Cain, the Lord is not interested in sacrifices and offerings unless they are built upon a burnt offering that speaks to our lives becoming a living sacrifice to the Lord and “His Christ”. The Lord has many commandments regarding how to approach Him and worship Him and yet Balaam (me and you) have little respect for the details including keeping the heathen away from the altar of God.

Num 23:15 And he said unto Balak, stand here by thy burnt offering, while I meet the LORD yonder.

Using the SUM of the Word we see that the Lord uses these Balaam experiences to teach Spiritual Israel an important lesson giving us a commandment not to seek the peace and prosperity of the heathen nations.

Deu 23:3 An Ammonite or Moabite (King Balak) shall not enter into the congregation of the LORD; even to their tenth generation shall they not enter into the congregation of the LORD forever:

Deu 23:4 Because they met you not with bread and with water in the way, when ye came forth out of Egypt; and because they hired against thee Balaam the son of Beor of Pethor of Mesopotamia, to curse thee.

Deu 23:5 Nevertheless the LORD thy God would not hearken unto Balaam; but the LORD thy God turned the curse into a blessing unto thee, because the LORD thy God loved thee.

Deu 23:6 Thou shalt not seek their peace nor their prosperity all thy days forever.

We are called to come out and be separate and not get entangled in the world’s (Balak’ s) affairs. The Lord uses the sins of Balaam to bring judgment upon us that will ultimately destroy those lustful and covetous spirits. Having true doctrine but not yet having been tried in the fire means we are being unable to obey the Lord. Until judgment destroys the idols of our hearts, our beast is ridden (led) by the harlot woman that loves to make merchandise with the flesh. The coming of Christ into His Temple puts an end to the merchandisers and gain seeking Balaam’s within.

The Balaam in all of us wants to hear and not obey. Using the Name of the Lord, Balaam openly sought worldly riches in peddling the Word (Num 22:18, Num 24:1). The Lord is wroth with those who seek after such rewards and gain.  That spirit is alive and well in all flesh.

 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.

The Lord wants ALL of us, our whole hearts, souls and minds. That is what giving up our lives means which is our reasonable service as God’s elect. We are to become living sacrifices. This is the tithe of tithe given to the King of Kings that we were reminded of on the email list this past week. The weightier matters of the Law are the things that yield our obedience in all things.

Mat 23:23 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.

1Co 13:3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, [many good works, the works of our hands] and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity [obedience], it profiteth me nothing.

The next three verses confirm the Lord’s disinterest in outward sacrifice (our good works) when not offered in combination with the laying down of our lives that yields our obedience in all things. Micah, the prophet, reproves Israel and tell us what we have to do instead.

Mic 6:6 Wherewith shall I come before the LORD, and bow myself before the high God? shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves of a year old?

Mic 6:7 Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, or with ten thousands of rivers of oil? shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?

Mic 6:8 He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly [H4941], and to love mercy [H2617], and to walk humbly [H6800] with thy God?

The Lord wants our love which is our obedience (1Jo 5:3, 2Jo 1:6). He delights in our obedience versus our feigned love that we offer up with many sacrifices to justify ourselves in the flesh. Such deeds are nothing more than our self-righteous works that are filthy rags to God (Isa 64:6).  Large numbers of worshipers and many good works; the hallmarks and sacrifices of Orthodoxy Christian churches do not impress the Lord.

Mat 9:13 But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

The blessed men of God walk not in the counsel of the ungodly but delight in obedience to the Law of Christ (Psa 1:2). The true sacrifices the Lord wants are a broken spirit and a contrite heart. A contrite heart is one that has been crushed to powder (Mat 21:44) by the fiery judgments of the Word.

Psa 51:16 For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering.

Psa 51:17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

Mat 5:3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

The stories of old including Moses and Balaam are there to show us the shadow of the Truth.  We, through our own efforts, will always fail to meet God’s requirements. The sacrifice the Lord delights in, is the offering of the Body of Jesus Christ which Body His elect are in every age.

Heb 10:10 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

Col 1:24 Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body’s sake, which is the church:

Let’s look at the three specific things that verse 6:8 declares that the Lord REQUIRES of us as it is the DOERS of His Word that shall be justified (Rom 2:13). Doing what the Lord requires is necessary to enter into His kingdom.

Mat 7:21 Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

This is the pivotal verse of the study.

Mic 6:8 He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?

Doing “justly” is better translated as doing “judgment”. Of 417 occurrences it is only translated as JUSTLY one time.

 H4941, mishpât

judgment, 189

judgments, 108

manner, 36

right, 18

cause, 12

justly, 1 – Mic_6:8

We have to live through and endure the Lord’s judgments.

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.

 Eating the Body of Christ is partaking of the sacrifices and suffering in our day of judgment.   This is abiding in the Word being fed with judgment (Eze 34:16, Rev 10:10). As we mature in our Day of the Lord and grow in the faith, we truly come to appreciate these judgments and the suffering that goes with them as a blessing. Hence we give thanks in ALL things knowing our judgment is a blessing to make us into sons of God.

Rev 1:3 Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.

Jas 1:12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation (trials): for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.

We live the judgments of God by going through them and this teaches us righteousness (Isa 26:9). This is how we learn to think like the Lord as the mind of Christ grows within us by this process.

1Co 2:15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.

1Co 2:16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ (The crown of life).

Judging righteous judgment is required of us to know as we are being prepared to judge the world in the Lake of Fire (1Co 6:2, Rev 20:4). Doing “justly” means we are being able to discern between the holy and the profane as we learn not to think above what is written (1Co 4:6).

The second requirement of the Lord is that we love mercy. But what is the Lord’s true mercy that we are told endures “forever” (Psa 136)? This forever (OLAM H5769) characteristic of mercy is the same as the “eternal” (AIONIOS – G166) or better said age abiding characteristic of our time of judgment (Mat 25:46). That judgment comes via the grace of God and is the very thing that saves us (Eph 2:8). Here is Strong’s definition of the Hebrew word for Mercy. It comes from a root word that means kindness or favor. Notice it reads very similar to the concept of grace and the favor of the Lord.

 H2617, chêsêd, kheh’-sed

From H2616; kindness; by implication (towards God) piety; rarely (by opprobrium) reproof, or (subjectively) beauty: – favour, good deed (-liness, -ness), kindly, (loving-) kindness, merciful (kindness), mercy, pity, reproach, wicked thing.

Mercy is linked to kindness and is how the blotting out of sins comes about.

Psa 51:1 To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet came unto him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba. Have mercy [H2617] upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.

Heb 8:12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.

As we grow in faith we learn to love mercy as we love God and seek to obey Him with every fiber of our being. When we stumble, we have a need for more grace that we find when we seek Christ and come boldly believing His Word and Promises. Such faith brings the mercy and grace that moves mountains and brings salvation.

Heb 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

Rom 5:20 Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:

Grace and mercy are intricately linked, mercy leads to grace!   We all are bound in an Egyptian prison in these bodies of clay but the Lord is giving us favor and show us mercy as He sets us free from that bondage.

Gen 39:21 But the LORD was with Joseph, and shewed him mercy, and gave him favour (grace H2580) in the sight of the keeper of the prison.

We find grace through the mercy (kindness) of the Lord. Through mercy and the resulting trials and tribulations, i.e. OUR JUDGMENT, OUR SUFFERING; we learn to love what the Lord is doing and seek to hasten the coming of the Lord. As we progress in faith, the love we have for God (our obedience) grows in the heart of the new man.

Rom 5:5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us

Deu 5:10 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me and keep my commandments.

Judgment is good, it is sweeter than honey (Psa 19:10) and His mercy by which the new man is being saved.  It is the mercy of the Lord that enables us in due time to obey God which is what loving God means. In the same way the Lord shows mercy to us as His enemies, we are to show the same to our enemies.

Mat 5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

The enemies of Christ, which include us in the Body before our conversion, will all be converted the same way by hearing the Words of the Lord. We love mercy when we give mercy to our enemies.

Rev 11:5 And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed.

Rom 12:20 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirsts, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.

 Mercy is found in the presence of the Body of Christ who are the cherubims and the Temple in which God dwells. The cherubims are made out this mercy seat and themselves becomes the mercy seat in showing mercy to others.

Exo 37:7 And he made two cherubims of gold, beaten out of one piece made he them, on the two ends of the mercy seat;

Exo 37:8 One cherub on the end on this side, and another cherub on the other end on that side: out of the mercy seat made he the cherubims on the two ends thereof.

 Rom 11:31 Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy.

And how is that mercy administered? It of course comes by judgment that follows the Word whenever it is heard.

Rom 11:33 O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!

We deal out mercy when we are given to help others to prepare them and grow in their understanding as we open the seals, blow the trumpets and pour out the vials as the Lord’s instruments (Rev 6:1). It is only to the Church, His vessels of mercy (Rom 9:23) to which the manifold wisdom of God is made known in this age. We come to know the Lord and partake of His wisdom by living through judgment now.

Mat 5:7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

The third requirement is that we walk humbly before the Lord. All three requirements truly are ONE.  The dream is ONE and the BAPTISM is ONE. These three items of Judgment, Mercy and Humility cannot be separated or divided. The doctrines of Christ which are His bones cannot be broken. The proud are being humbled by the workings of Jesus Christ. Mary’s prophecy “is, was and will” be coming true in the lives of every man.

Luk 1:50 And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation.

Luk 1:51 He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.

Luk 1:52 He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree.

Notice again the tie of mercy to those that fear Him.  Showing again the real mercy of the Lord is the suffering that those given to believe have also been appointed to (Phi 1:29).  The Hebrew word for HUMBLY is H6800 which is only found twice and has no root word.

 H6800, tsâna‛, tsaw-nah’

A primitive root; to humiliate: – humbly, lowly.

Here is the only other use of H6800.

Pro 11:2 When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly [humbled] is wisdom.

Our pride yields shame when we are being judged but that is how we are brought low. A humble heart is a soft heart that is dead too self and the pulls of this world. A humble heart is found in someone that is living a crucified life with Christ Jesus, dying daily and accepting of the righteous judgments of the Lord. The pride of life and our confidence in the flesh is burned out of us when we love mercy and seek judgment. We begin to walk humbly when we truly offer ourselves up to our fellow man as a living sacrifice freely giving and expecting NOTHING in return.

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 (doing that which is our duty).

Luk 17:10 So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.

Freely we have received and freely we are to give. We are being created unto good works but those works are only acceptable to the Lord when there is no “I, ME and MY” in them. This way of service is what was hidden and is revealed to The Elect in the Law of the Offering and the Meat Offering in particular.  The greatest of all shall be the servant!

Joh 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

The world’s wisdom elevates pride and pits every man against the other. But the true servants of God are of low degree, they have been humbled and freed of their false gods and worshiping the works of their own hands as we saw in Part 16. The mercy of the Lord is destroying our pride and turning us into meek vessels by which we inherit the earth (Mat 5:5).

Mat 11:29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I (MY BODY) am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

The last verse of this study is verse 9.

Mic 6:9 The LORD’S voice crieth unto the city, and the man of wisdom shall see thy name: hear ye the rod, and who hath appointed it.

We can only learn to perform these requirements by hearing the Word of the Lord in the Holy City. That is when we come to “Know Christ” and see Him in the flesh and hear His rod which is His Word. The Lord’s Voice, the noise of judgment is heard from His elect angels.

Heb 12:22 But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,

Isa 66:6 A voice of noise from the city, a voice from the temple, a voice of the LORD that rendereth recompence (fire, judgment, the Word) to his enemies.

It is these elect messengers (angels) who perform all the greater works of the Lord (Joh 14:12) by opening the seals, blowing the trumpets pouring out the vials of wrath and being those who bring in the harvest. It is by both receiving and giving of this grace and mercy that we become men of wisdom in our appointed time of judgment.

Rev 14:15 And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe.

Rev 16:1 And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth.

The angels declare as this study does, the vengeance of the Lord, the vengeance for His Temple which Temple we His people are (1Co 3:16). All men will learn the Truth and become wise by enduring through judgment beginning with the house of God (Zion).

Jer 50:28 The voice of them that flee and escape out of the land of Babylon, to declare in Zion the vengeance of the LORD our God, the vengeance of his temple.

We learn obedience and gain the wisdom of the Lord by the things we suffer and this is what leads us to depart from evil.

Job 28:28 And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.

Next week Lord willing, we will finish Chapter 6. The Lord is sifting out the remnant of wickedness that lies at the heart of the beast. He does this by making us sick and showing us our need for a spiritual physician. Christ comes to those who need a physician and can acknowledge their wretched state and need for repentance. He comes to us by showing us our need for a spiritual doctor.

Mic 6:13 Therefore also will I make thee sick in smiting thee, in making thee desolate because of thy sins.

The Lord is revealing our vanities in worship and show us we are guilty of trusting in dead works and are fornicating still with the gods of Baal.

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Micah Part 17 – Worshiping in Spirit and Truth #1

October 14, 2016

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Worshiping in Spirit and Truth #1

Key Verses:  Micah 5:15 – Micah 6:5

The Lord’s people are commanded to come out and be separate and not mix with the nations of this world.  It is the mixing with the heathen world, within and without, that causes the Israel of God to integrate pagan customs and their gods into our worship.  God will have none of it.

Exo 23:23 For mine Angel shall go before thee, and bring thee in unto the Amorites, and the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Canaanites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites: and I will cut them off.

Exo 23:24 Thou shalt not bow down to their gods, nor serve them, nor do after their works: but thou shalt utterly overthrow them, and quite break down their images.

We ended Part 16 with the Lord plucking up our groves (Asherah Poles) which spiritually speak to the destruction of the idols of hearts and the works of our hands that we bow down after disobeying the Lord’s commandments.  The Lord has a very narrow way and a very specific criteria for how we are to worship Him which we learn in our “day of the Lord”.  This learning is done via the process of judgment which is also the way towards maturity which we are studying here in Micah.  The title of this study is “Worshiping In Truth and Spirit” which is taken from the account in John 4 with the woman at the well.

Joh 4:23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.

It is when we are drawn to meet Christ at this well of living water and begin to break bread and speak words with Him (via His Body) that we begin to worship in spirit and in truth.  With time we begin to no longer trust in the works of our own hands.  This is what the fiery ongoing trials brought on by the Word will do to confidence in flesh.

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

Joh 7:24 Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment

Even after coming to knowledge of the truth, we stubbornly disobey the Lord and hear His commandments and Word but don’t do them. Thankfully in His mercy, the Lord returns a second time to redeem us with fire and execute vengeance upon the heathen within us and in the outward in the ages to come at the Second Resurrection.

Mic 5:15 And I will execute vengeance in anger and fury upon the heathen, such as they have not heard.

The tribulation coming on the earth, inwardly and outwardly is not something we understand until it happens.  It is not something any man has seen or heard before neither can anyone understand it until they live it out.

Rev 16:18 And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great.

Act 13:41 Behold, ye despisers, and wonder, and perish: for I work a work in your days, a work which ye shall in no wise believe, though a man declare it unto you.

The understanding of the judgment of the Lord is a mystery not given for those yet carnal to understand.  The Lord will not try us in judgment beyond what we can bear (1Co 10:13). Our hearing and keeping of these judgments must wait till the appointed time.

Dan 12:9 And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.

Rev 10:4 And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write: and I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not.

We are not appointed to wrath but we are saved by living through that wrath and drinking the cup which Christ promised all men would drink (Mat 20:23).  We are saved by Christ living His life in us and our enduring the same sufferings and afflictions of our Lord (Rom 5:10).

Once we are brought into the marvelous light of The Christ we will then be able to understand what the Lord is doing and His purposes in it.  This is perk given only to the Lord’s Elect who are His prophets and through whom He reveals His secrets.  The Lord tells us what He is going to do before He does it. Are eyes are truly blessed to see and understand these things now as it is the only way we can endure our trials and tribulations with thanksgiving.

We continue the study with the first five verses of Chapter Six.

Mic 6:1 Hear ye now what the LORD saith; Arise, contend thou before the mountains, and let the hills hear thy voice.

Mic 6:2 Hear ye, O mountains, the LORD’S controversy, and ye strong foundations of the earth: for the LORD hath a controversy with his people, and he will plead with Israel.

Mic 6:3 O my people, what have I done unto thee? and wherein have I wearied thee? testify against me.

Mic 6:4 For I brought thee up out of the land of Egypt, and redeemed thee out of the house of servants; and I sent before thee Moses, Aaron, and Miriam.

Mic 6:5 O my people, remember now what Balak king of Moab consulted, and what Balaam the son of Beor answered him from Shittim unto Gilgal; that ye may know the righteousness of the LORD.

The first two verses begin with “hear ye” telling us the Lord is speaking to His people that have been given ears to hear and eyes to see.  Thus begins the Day of the Lord and the hour of judgment.

Pro 20:12 The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the LORD hath made even both of them

When we are called down to the Potter’s house, the BODY OF CHRIST, then and only then are our ears CAUSED to hear and begin the overcoming process.

Jer 18:2 Arise, and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause thee to hear my words.

Rev 2:7 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.

These first two verses call on us that “hear” the word of the Lord to arise from our sleep and get in the game.  We must learn to contend for the faith and fight the good fight of faith.

1Ti 6:11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.

1Ti 6:12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses

Jud 1:3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.

The Lord has a controversy with us His people.  The Lord is not impressed by the feigned worship of Him by men that call Him Lord but do not do what He says.

Luk 6:46 And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?

Joh 4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

Mat 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

2Jn 1:6 And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it

Rom 2:13 For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.

Hills and mountains represent the higher forms and elevations of the earth that are closer to heaven.  Spiritually speaking, these represent the deep seated sins of pride and covetousness which we hold in unrighteousness that need to be leveled by the fire of the Lord.  Speaking the words bring fire against those idols and our sins.  These must be go (be brought low) for us to humbled so the Lord can then exalt us in due time (Jas 4:10).  It is judgment, eating the Word of God, the Flesh of Christ that brings the hills and mountains low.

Luk 3:5 Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be brought low; and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways shall be made smooth;

Trusting in true faith and asking according to His will guarantees our prayers will be answered and the mountains and hills moved out of the land within us.

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.

The strong foundations of the earth are these idols and besetting sins, the giants in the land that will be burned with fire as the increase of the earth is consumed.

Deu 32:22 For a fire is kindled in mine anger, and shall burn unto the lowest hell, and shall consume the earth with her increase, and set on fire the foundations of the mountains

2Pe 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.

2Pe 3:12 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?

The Lord’s reproves His people with judgment.  The translation of the Lord pleading with His people implies He is beholden to men and their will.  Such is a lie as the word translated pleading is H3198 and it mostly translated as Reprove or Rebuke or other variations of those words.  The Lord needs nothing from any man (Act 17:25) as He indeed is working ALL THINGS according to the counsel of His Will (Eph 1:11, Rom 11:36).

Mic 6:3 O my people, what have I done unto thee? and wherein have I wearied thee? testify against me.

The Lord will reprove and rebuke our sinful ways via the war He brings into our heavens.  This war is the many trials and tribulations we must suffer and endure to enter the Kingdom.  Trusting in our own works (gods) and our own righteousness, we all like JOB at first contend with the Lord and complain our judgments and trials are unjust and attempt to justify ourselves by our own works.

 Job 40:1 Moreover the LORD answered Job, and said,

Job 40:2 Shall he that contendeth with the Almighty instruct him? he that reproveth God, let him answer it.

Of course we have no testimony against the Lord and will only be brought to repent in dust and ashes of our complaints.  The people of God will learn contentment and the great gain that comes from knowing He truly is the Lord of All.  Our attempt to disannul the Lord’s judgments are met with mockery as the Lord reveals the extent of His Lordship.

Job 40:8 Wilt thou also disannul my judgment? wilt thou condemn me, that thou mayest be righteous?

Then after the Lord has His way with us in the whirlwind, we are brought to our senses and by His mercy granted repentance from our rebellion and self righteousness.  Our eyes of understanding are greatly improved the longer we abide in the fire of judgment.

Job 42:5 I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee.

Job 42:6 Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.

Mic 6:4 For I brought thee up out of the land of Egypt, and redeemed thee out of the house of servants; and I sent before thee Moses, Aaron, and Miriam.

Through Micah, the Lord references the patriarchs and in the next verse a key story of a false prophet to show us our sin and continued rebellion in failing to obey Him and worshiping the way true worshipers must worship.  Those stories remain for our admonition today (1Co 10:11).  All men are born slaves to sin and the ways of the world that is represented by Egypt.  We are redeemed from this “house of slavery” only by living through great judgments and time of journeying in the wilderness looking for the promise land of salvation.

Exo 6:7 And I will take you to me for a people, and I will be to you a God: and ye shall know that I am the LORD your God, which bringeth you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians.

Exo 6:8 And I will bring you in unto the land, concerning the which I did swear to give it to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob; and I will give it you for an heritage: I am the LORD.

The prerequisite (forerunner) to the judgment of God is our being drawn to Christ by being shown our sinfulness and rebellious ways through the Law of Moses also known as the Law of the Gentiles (Rom 2:14).

Gal 3:24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.

 1Ti 1:8 But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully;

1Ti 1:9  Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,

The law of Moses, the carnal commandments that are just a shadow of the true light that is the Law of Faith, are given to lead us to the real Christ in due time.  Those sacrifices we make in worshipping pursuant to the Law of the Gentiles does not cleanse our consciousness and take not away our sins.  Only living by the Law of Faith and the fiery grace can change our hearts.

Heb 10:1 For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.

Heb 10:2 For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins.

Heb 10:3 But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year.

Heb 10:4 For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.

Moses, Aaron and Miriam, all three represent our process of spiritual completion.  But we have to get beyond the righteousness that comes by the works of the law (Mat 5:20) if we wish to enter the kingdom of God.  The Lord goes on to state His case and controversy against us by bringing up the story of Baalam.

 Mic 6:5 O my people, remember now what Balak king of Moab consulted, and what Balaam the son of Beor answered him from Shittim unto Gilgal; that ye may know the righteousness of the LORD.

Balaam represents the Lord’s people when we are puffed up with knowledge and use those riches for gain.  The Micah study has several times already brought in this merchandising (Jebusite and Canaanite spirits) that has us in the flesh taking the things of God and using them to seek something valued by the flesh and carnal mind.

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

1Ti 6:7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.

1Ti 6:8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.

1Ti 6:9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.

Doing deals with fleshly kings (Balak) is not what the Lord demands in our worship and service.  We are to be separated from the world and not lust after the treasures of this earth and what its kings have to offer us (Mat 6:19-20).

Col 3:2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth

Mat 13:22 He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.

Balaam had the true knowledge of God, He spoke truthfully and prophesied of Christ’s coming (Num 24:17-18) and the deliverance of Israel from its enemies.  Balaam who represents you and me and all men in due season (Mat 4:4) is a merchandiser, he is a peddler of the Word.  Paul tells us it is the MAJORITY who do this.

2Co 2:17 For we are not as the majority, who are peddling the word of God, but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God in Christ, are we speaking.

Balaam’s covetousness of worldly riches leads to sin which brings a plague upon the Lord’s people.  We need to be diligent to get this spirit out of our midst and our heavens.   Fornication shall not even be named among the people of God (Eph 5:3).

Rev 2:14 But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication

We will live these words of forsaking the right way and loving the reward we get in the flesh.  We have lost some in the Body who have fallen for this deceptive spirit, having great knowledge but using it in search of ungodly mammon.   If we are found faithful through our judgment this will be cast out of us by our suffering and trials.

The end of the matter is Balaam was actually a false prophet and was known as a soothsayer also known as a witch.  As we saw last week, it is the duty of God’s people not to let a witch live.  Witches must be put to death by the people of God. (Exo 22:18).  Seeking things of the world makes one an enemy of God and the fate of Balaam was death by the sword.

Jos 13:22 Balaam also the son of Beor, the soothsayer (witch), did the children of Israel slay with the sword among them that were slain by them.

 The Lord works evil for good and despite the attempts to have Israel cursed by Balaam, Israel (you and me) is blessed by the experiences.

Deu 23:5 Nevertheless the LORD thy God would not hearken unto Balaam; but the LORD thy God turned the curse into a blessing unto thee, because the LORD thy God loved thee.

The Lord’s waste nothing in working all things for His Counsel and even our disobedience is used to bring grace and scourging the very experiences that teach us true righteousness.

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

These temptations to peddle the word for gain and do deals with the world to bless our flesh will always be with us as we abide in these bodies of clay. It says Balaam answered Balak from Shittim to Gilgal.  This defines our journey as the Lord’s Watchmen and how the people of God are matured and overcome in the day of the Lord.  The definitions of Shittim and Gilgal tell of this process.

The whirling wheels that bring the judgment of fire is the Body of Christ.  We kill off the Balaam’s within and without in the appointed times.  The root words for Shittim and Gilgal reveal the meaning and both represent maturing stages of God’s Elect in their day of judgment.

 H7848, shiṭṭı̂ym, shit-teem’

Feminine of a derivative (the second form being only in the plural, meaning the sticks of wood) from the same as H7850; the acacia (from its scourging thorns): – shittah, shittim. See also H1029.

Exo 25:10 And they shall make an ark of shittim wood: two cubits and a half shall be the length thereof, and a cubit and a half the breadth thereof, and a cubit and a half the height thereof.

Exo 25:13 And thou shalt make staves of shittim wood, and overlay them with gold

Steve did a masterful job of covering the spiritual significance of all these symbols in the Awesome Hands series in the lessons from #90 – 100. Gilgal comes from a word that means wheel.

 H1536, gilgâl, ghil-gawl’

A variation of H1534: – wheel.

Total KJV occurrences: 1

Isa 5:28  Whose arrows are sharp, and all their bows bent, their horses’ hoofs shall be counted like flint, and their wheels like a whirlwind:

Eze 10:6  And it came to pass, that when he had commanded the man clothed with linen, saying, Take fire from between the wheels, from between the cherubims; then he went in, and stood beside the wheels.

It is traversing this journey from beginning to end that we learn righteousness.  In begins with the planting of the ARK (Word) in the Temple of God.  It ends with us being the instruments of judgment and being used of God to judge all mankind.

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.

Once we learn it and become the mature man of God, we can be used to teach others.  We lead by example by our DOING.

2Ti 2:2 And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.

Php 4:9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.

1Co 11:1 Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.

We will end this study here and finish up the topic of worshipping in truth and spirit Part 2.  The light that is Christ will eventually get to all our hidden darkness within.  The pride and covetousness we hide is not hidden to the Lord.

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.

The pride of man shall be brought low by the Lord exposing to us and burning it up in the fiery furnace of judgment.  This is how we will be able to obey Him and be caused to walk humbly before Him.  It will have nothing to do with our strength, our will or the works of our hands, it’s all Him.

Mic 6:8 He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?

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.

Joh 15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing

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Micah Part 16 – Destroying Our False Gods

October 6, 2016

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Destroying Our False Gods

Key Verses:  Micah 5:7 – 5:14

We are still talking judgment here in Micah Chapter 5. Judgment is NOW on the House of God as we abide in the Body of Christ following in the footsteps of our Lord and enduring suffering living out every word of the Scriptures including these.

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.

Micah also speaks of events in the age to come when the saints (the Body) shall judge all mankind as the Lake of Fire. All men come to know He is the Lord and we are conformed into His image only by enduring through the process of judgment. Man is not appointed to wrath yet it is by abiding through wrath that salvation comes. We shall certainly drink and be baptized with the same cup our Lord drank. We just do not know the particulars regarding the time the Lord ordained before the world was formed.

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 …

Mar 13:32 But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.

We are the Light unto this world but only to those given the eyes to see that light. Jesus Christ IS come in the flesh. He is operating in “The Christ” right now and this is what the Lord has been doing in the hearts and minds of all men He is preparing to hear His words.

Joh 12:47 And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.

Joh 12:48 He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.

Only those given the gift of faith can believe. Christ does not judge those that are without, that have not the gift of faith nor the ears to hear. Such men cannot believe, it is impossible to believe and to hear the words of God until faith comes (Joh 12:39). But a day comes to all of mankind when the harvest is gathered. Faith is given, a preacher is sent and judgment is then and now on the house of God. Let him who has ears hear the Word! Here are the verses for today.

Mic 5:7 And the remnant of Jacob shall be in the midst of many people as a dew from the LORD, as the showers upon the grass, that tarrieth not for man, nor waiteth for the sons of men.

Mic 5:8 And the remnant of Jacob shall be among the Gentiles in the midst of many people as a lion among the beasts of the forest, as a young lion among the flocks of sheep: who, if he go through, both treadeth down, and teareth in pieces, and none can deliver.

Mic 5:9 Thine hand shall be lifted up upon thine adversaries, and all thine enemies shall be cut off.

Mic 5:10 And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the LORD, that I will cut off thy horses out of the midst of thee, and I will destroy thy chariots:

Mic 5:11 And I will cut off the cities of thy land, and throw down all thy strong holds:

Mic 5:12 And I will cut off witchcrafts out of thine hand; and thou shalt have no more soothsayers:

Mic 5:13 Thy graven images also will I cut off, and thy standing images out of the midst of thee; and thou shalt no more worship the work of thine hands.

Mic 5:14 And I will pluck up thy groves out of the midst of thee: so will I destroy thy cities.

This “remnant of Jacob” represents the Body of Christ outwardly and inwardly represents the new man within us that is being saved. This little remnant being “in the midst “of many people is how the fire of the Word will spread to all men like wild fire spreads as judgment goes from house to house.

Psa 97:2 Clouds and darkness are round about him: righteousness and judgment are the habitation of his throne.

Psa 97:3 A fire goeth before him, and burneth up his enemies round about.

We saw in the past few studies that the Lord’s people are fed the bread of life and that bread is also judgment. The Body is who serves up this nourishment as our Lord and Head leads us. This is how the great multitude which no man can number (aka ALL MANKIND) is saved in due time within and without at the appointed times.

Rev 7:17 For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.

The baptisms of water and fire are done through The Christ. We are BEING saved in order to save others. We are ministered to in order to minister to others.

Exo 29:44 And I will sanctify the tabernacle of the congregation, and the altar: I will sanctify also both Aaron and his sons, to minister to me in the priest’s office.

Exo 29:45 And I will dwell among the children of Israel, and will be their God.

We minister to Jesus Christ now for the few chosen and will do so for all men in the future.

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 Body brings both the dew that waters the earth and the rain. This moisture is the truth of the Word, the pure and unadulterated doctrine that all men is coming to know in due time.

Deu 32:2 My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass:

Num 11:9 And when the dew fell upon the camp in the night, the manna fell upon it.

It is His Body, the cloud of witnesses (Heb 12:1), that drop this dew upon the earth. It is the church that makes known the wisdom of the Lord.

Pro 3:19 The LORD by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding hath he established the heavens.

Pro 3:20 By his knowledge the depths are broken up, and the clouds drop down the dew.

Eph 3:10 To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God,

Without this dew upon the earth, there will be no fruit, showing again the importance of maintaining fervent fellowship and not being cut off from the Body.

Luk 8:6 And some fell upon a rock; and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because it lacked moisture.

The judgment of God does not tarry and waits for no man. It comes right on the Lord’s schedule declared from the beginning. We learn patience by waiting for Him to come.

Heb 10:37 For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry.

Mic 5:8 And the remnant of Jacob shall be among the Gentiles in the midst of many people as a lion among the beasts of the forest, as a young lion among the flocks of sheep: who, if he go through, both treadeth down, and teareth in pieces, and none can deliver.

All men in bodies of flesh are beasts and it is the elect of God who are first given to see this in stunning clarity (Mat 24:15, Ecc 3:18). It is these few elect who are the symbolic 144,000 who are given this new song to sing that is only learned in the winepress of the wrath of God.

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.

Men are likened to trees in Scriptures as we are made of wood (carnality), grow tall in our pride (puffed up with knowledge) and are cut down and humbled by the process of judgment. Christ is the roaring lion that prevails to open the seals and usher in the process of judgment. Christ does this through “His Christ” both now and at the White Throne Judgment at the Second Resurrection.

Rev 5:5 And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.

It is “The Christ” who is this lion among these beasts in the forest of trees. The angels of the Lord (the 144,000) are those that open the seals, blow the trumpets and also pour out the seven vials of wrath. This is all the work of the Lord which He does through His Body in bringing judgment.  Seven symbolizing completion and our judgement is being completed when this LION comes into our midst and works through His Body.

Rev 15:6 And the seven angels came out of the temple, having the seven plagues, clothed in pure and white linen, and having their breasts girded with golden girdles.

Rev 15:7 And one of the four beasts gave unto the seven angels seven golden vials full of the wrath of God, who liveth for ever and ever.

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.

Nobody is going to withstand the fire of the Lord in the day the Lion of the Tribe of Judah comes. Nobody can make war with the beast (Rev 13:4) except this Lion. The Lord’s will is being done and the banished are restored to Him (2Sa 14:14) by the means of judgment.

Joe 2:11 And the LORD shall utter his voice before his army: for his camp is very great: for he is strong that executeth his word: for the day of the LORD is great and very terrible; and who can abide it?

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

Here are the next two verses.

Mic 5:9 Thine hand shall be lifted up upon thine adversaries, all thine enemies shall be cut off.

Mic 5:10 And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the LORD, that I will cut off thy horses out of the midst of thee, and I will destroy thy chariots:

The Body is the hand of the Lord that is lifted up against the adversaries of the Lord and cuts them off by the fiery sword. All of the old man’s power and strength (our horses and chariots) will be overcome when this power from heaven within us is made manifest. The works of our hands do not save us and we need to lose all trust and confidence in the flesh. When our dependency on our own strength and the wisdom of this world is cut off then our horses and chariots have been destroyed. This is how we learn with time to not think above what is written.

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.

Hos 14:3 Asshur shall not save us; we will not ride upon horses: neither will we say any more to the work of our hands, Ye are our gods: for in thee the fatherless findeth mercy.

Horses and chariots are part of the described “merchandise” of the great harlot (Rev 18:12-13). Destroying the chariots is destroying the army of the beast which are the 2oo million false doctrines (Rev 9:9-16).

All that merchandising comes to and end and the kings of our inward earth and the kings of the outward earth will bewail and lament this taking away of their power and way of life. Taking this carnal and worldly thoughts captive is the warfare that must be fought in our day of the Lord that brings about the transformation and the mind of Christ.

Rom 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

The rebellion to the Lord is burned out of us by the fiery judgments. It is through our chastening in judgment we learn how to walk the narrow way. Maturing requires us to apply knowledge and overcome the strongholds of the flesh and carnal mind.

2Co 10:4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;

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 next four verses give greater details of what cutting off the horses and chariots really entails.  It entails removing our trust in the world and the works of our own hands.

Mic 5:11 And I will cut off the cities of thy land, and throw down all thy strong holds:

Mic 5:12 And I will cut off witchcrafts out of thine hand; and thou shalt have no more soothsayers:

Apart from Christ we can do nothing yet the carnal mind believes it’s in charge and controls its own destiny. Destroying these lies and the corresponding works of man’s hands is the focus of these Scriptures. Flesh cannot help to create many idols and build false gods and to worship them. This is what we do when we think we bring anything to the table and have dominion over our life. Abiding through judgment is how we are humbled and learn to not lean on our own understanding.

Jer 2:27 (NLT) To an image carved from a piece of wood they say, ‘You are my father.’ To an idol chiseled from a block of stone they say, ‘You are my mother.’ They turn their backs on Me, but in times of trouble they cry out to Me, ‘Come and save us!’

Jer 2:28 But why not call on these gods you have made? When trouble comes, let them save you if they can! For you have as many gods as there are towns in Judah.

The Lord mocks the old man who trusts in these numerous idols that are likened to cities and deceptive strongholds. These false gods are tossed into the fire of the Lord in our day of judgment to be destroyed. These gods cannot save and are exposed when we are caused to sin and rebel against the Lord and then the Word brings judgment.

Isa 37:19 And have cast their gods into the fire: for they were no gods, but the work of men’s hands, wood and stone: therefore they (The Assyrians) have destroyed them.

All such cities built and sustained by spiritual fornication shall be thrown down by the vengeance of the age abiding fire which is actually an age abiding period of time necessary to change our behavior and thought life.

Jud 1:7 Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.

 The role and definitions of witches and sorcerers are pretty much the same thing and the translations use the Hebrew words interchangeably in many places. Either way it’s our use of other forces and spirits (i.e. magic) to control outcomes instead of trusting in the Word and waiting on the Lord. King Saul, committed witchcraft when he disobeyed the Lord and worshipped Him the way he wanted to versus the narrow way we are commanded (1Sa 15:23).

Steve did a great study on witches and enchanters in the Awesome Hands series where he covered this verse in detail.

Exo 22:18 Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.

He showed the link to enchanters/witches and their attempts at imitating the things of the Lord.  The Lord’s Word is fire and the imitation is strange fire. Said another way, it is lies and false doctrines and those who bring strange fire, like witches must be put to death.

Lev 10:1 And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took either of them his censer, and put fire therein, and put incense thereon, and offered strange fire before the LORD, which he commanded them not.

Lev 10:2 And there went out fire from the LORD, and devoured them, and they died before the LORD.

A little leaven leavens the whole lump as there is no lie in the Truth (1Jo 2:21). When the Lord brings the fire in the midst of many people, His word executes a swift sentence on the sorcerers/witches and all that commit spiritual adultery.

Mal 3:5 And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against false swearers, and against those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger from his right, and fear not me, saith the LORD of hosts.

Here are the last two verses for the study.

Mic 5:13 Thy graven [H6456] images also will I cut off, and thy standing images out of the midst of thee; and thou shalt no more worship the work of thine hands.

Mic 5:14 And I will pluck up thy groves [H842] out of the midst of thee: so will I destroy thy cities.

These verses speak to destroying the idols of our heart, the strength we cling to that keeps the old man and the beast alive and thriving. Trusting in flesh is a big idol that denies the Lord and causes us to worship the very gods and images (i.e. the works of our hands) which the Lord commands us not to do.

Lev 26:1 Ye shall make you no idols nor graven image, neither rear you up a standing image, neither shall ye set up any image of stone in your land, to bow down unto it: for I am the LORD your God.

Becoming obedient to this command is how we enter into the true Sabbath, the rest that remains for the people of God (Heb 4:11). It is only entered into by many tribulations and judgments.

Lev 26:2 Ye shall keep my sabbaths, and reverence my sanctuary: I am the LORD.

Our repentance from dead works is an ongoing “is, was and will be” lesson as we are sharpened into a mature man. The word for graven [H6456] comes from the root word H6458 which means to carve or hew something.

H6458, pâsal, paw-sal’

A primitive root; to carve, whether wood or stone: – grave, hew.

The things we carve are things we make of our own hands. Spiritually speaking, things we make with our own hands are idols and are based on self-righteousness. When we worship these idols we are worshipping another god and practicing harlotry and buy and sell in seeking “riches” of the world. All confidence in flesh is removed in our day of judgment. Not until the new man comes forth (eight year) and our spiritual foundation is maturing (twelfth year), then we begin to purge these high places and the graven images and the groves from the kingdom within us.

2Ch 34:3 For in the eighth year of his reign, while he was yet young, he began to seek after the God of David his father: and in the twelfth year he began to purge Judah and Jerusalem from the high places, and the groves, and the carved images, and the molten images.

False gods are carved out the wood of our carnal reasoning and the stone of our hardened sinful hearts. Coming to see we are clay requires these self-righteous works to be burned up and cut off from our hands.

Exo 20:25 And if thou wilt make me an altar of stone, thou shalt not build it of hewn stone: for if thou lift up thy tool upon it, thou hast polluted it.

Jer 10:3 For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe.

Standing images is a poor translation, it really should say “pillars” or sacred pillars conveying the power, immovability and strength these carnal lies have in propping up the entire house of cards (flesh) that the Lords is now destroying with a mighty wind. Flesh so badly wants to worship itself and requires seven trumpets of judgment to be brought to full repentance as this “self-worship” is burned out of us.

Rev 9:20 And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk:

In the physical, “groves” are a grouping of trees and other woody plants. Groves are planted by men, they are the works of men’s hands and represent what we build in the strength and power of the flesh and our carnal mind (wood). It is when we fornicate with the world and not remain separated that we follow the false gods of Baal and worship their idols of wood and stone.

Jdg 3:5 And the children of Israel dwelt among the Canaanites, Hittites, and Amorites, and Perizzites, and Hivites, and Jebusites:

Jdg 3:6 And they took their daughters to be their wives, and gave their daughters to their sons, and served their gods.

Jdg 3:7 And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD, and forgat the LORD their God, and served Baalim and the groves.

The word for groves is “Asherah” and is 100% translated as groves in the KJV.

 H842, ‘ăshêrâh, ash-ay-raw

From H833; happy; asherah (or Astarte) a Phoenician goddess; also an image of the same: – grove.

Almost all English translations other than the KJV use the word Asherah or Asherim in conjunction with poles rather than the word “grove” when transcribing H842.  In fact, you cannot find the word Asherah in a search of the KJV but in nearly all other translations you see Asherah used instead of groves in the English rendering. Here are two examples.

Exo 34:13 KJV But ye shall destroy their altars, break their images, and cut down their groves:

Exo 34:13 NLT Instead, you must break down their pagan altars, smash their sacred pillars, and cut down their Asherah poles.

Jdg 6:25 And it came to pass the same night, that the LORD said unto him, Take thy father’s young bullock, even the second bullock of seven years old, and throw down the altar of Baal that thy father hath, and cut down the grove that is by it

Jdg 6:25 NIV That same night the LORD said to him, “Take the second bull from your father’s herd, the one seven years old. Tear down your father’s altar to Baal and cut down the Asherah pole beside it.

So when we read of groves, we should be thinking of our own works. Building groves is worshipping our own works and denying the Sovereign Lord. In this sense groves and Asherah poles mean the same thing as they are the idols of our hearts and the false gods we worship in the delusion we bring anything to the table and forget we are mere clay in His hands. Make no mistake, this falling away into apostasy is all the Lord’s work and how we are humbled in time.

Deu 4:27 And the LORD shall scatter you among the nations, and ye shall be left few in number among the heathen, whither the LORD shall lead you.

Deu 4:28 And there ye shall serve gods, the work of men’s hands, wood and stone, which neither see, nor hear, nor eat, nor smell.

The Lord not dwelling in temples made of human hands means far more than just the brick and mortar Babylonian churches. It includes the imagination of our wicked hearts and the works within our carnal mind to build a house for the Lord our way. Anything built of flesh is a house built on sand and will not stand the trials of faith when they come in our judgment. The Lord builds His church with His hands that being the Body who speaks Words that judge 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:

Our works are all likened to filthy menstrual rags (Isa 64:6).  It is the grace of God; the chastening judgment of our Father in heaven that saves us not our own works.

Eph 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

Getting flesh to submit and trust the Lord with our whole heart, mind and soul requires much more than head nodding when we hear the Truth (Exo 19:8, Mat 21:30).  Of course we know the Jews did not honor their commitment and neither will any man at first. We must live through the judgments of the Lord to be caused to obey His commandments (Eze 36:27). What a blessing this is to the new man and to all who press on for the upward calling of God.

 Rev 1:3 Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.

 Next week Lord willing, we will continue in Chapter 6 where the Lord lays out His controversy with us, the very cause for which He is now bringing judgment upon us. We will be commanded to get up and get in the game and start fighting the good fight of faith.

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