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Micah Part 14 – Arise and Thresh O Daughter of Zion

September 14, 2016

Arise and Thresh O Daughter of Zion

Key Verses: Micah 4:9 – 4:13

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Judgment comes first on the house of God in this age which is only the chosen few that comprise God’s Elect also known as the Body of Christ. It is them (us Lord willing) that will be found faithful through their judgment process and be raised to serve the Lord and bring all others to judgment in the Lake of Fire in the age to come after the Millennium Reign.

1Co 11:32 But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.

If we are so blessed to be in that First Resurrection, we will be given thrones and the seat of judgment of the Lord (Rev 20:4). The Elect will be judging all mankind that represent the twelve tribes of Israel (Mat 19:28).

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:

Oba 1:21 And saviours shall come up on mount Zion to judge the mount of Esau; and the kingdom shall be the LORD’S.

It is the Body of Christ being judged now, who are the angels of the church and will be the Lake of Fire and bring all men to perfection as we speak words of fire (Jer 5:14).

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,

Heb 12:23 To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,

To make the cut and be used of the Lord we are paying A BIG PRICE in this life. It is costing us everything and that is what makes spiritual childbearing so excruciatingly painful (Luk 14:33, Mat 19:29). Bearing this torment is the patience of the saints (Rev 14:11-12).

Here are the five verses for Part 14.

Mic 4:9 Now why dost thou cry out aloud? is there no king in thee? is thy counsellor perished? for pangs have taken thee as a woman in travail.

Mic 4:10 Be in pain, and labour to bring forth, O daughter of Zion, like a woman in travail: for now shalt thou go forth out of the city, and thou shalt dwell in the field, and thou shalt go even to Babylon; there shalt thou be delivered; there the LORD shall redeem thee from the hand of thine enemies.

Mic 4:11 Now also many nations are gathered against thee, that say, Let her be defiled, and let our eye look upon Zion.

Mic 4:12 But they know not the thoughts of the LORD, neither understand they his counsel: for he shall gather them as the sheaves into the floor.

Mic 4:13 Arise and thresh, O daughter of Zion: for I will make thine horn iron, and I will make thy hoofs brass: and thou shalt beat in pieces many people: and I will consecrate their gain unto the LORD, and their substance unto the Lord of the whole earth.

Today’s verses like last week continue to tell us of the process and events in the Lake of Fire.   The Elect live them out now and then the Elect fulfill them in all men in the times to come. Living by every word includes keeping and doing the Lord’s judgments.

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

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.

This process is directly likened to child bearing throughout all Scripture.  Our flesh mourns and will be in pain but when the process runs its course, then we are no more in sorrow but joy.

Joh 16:21 A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world.

It is the process, the trials and temptations in which we are overcoming sin and our flesh.  Knowing this is how we learn to rejoice and give thanks for these painful experiences (Eph 5:30).

1Pe 1:6 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:

1Pe 1:9 Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.

The baptism by fire necessary for salvation comes suddenly in the night in our day of the Lord (1Th 5:3, Mat 25:6). We are in outer darkness and spiritually lame and do not understand at first what the Lord is doing. Yet when the Truth comes via the Spirit of God we learn and grow quickly enduring the pain, the pressure and tribulation we experience in our flesh to have all things made new in us.

Joh 3:8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.

Let’s look at the individual verses a little deeper.

Mic 4:9 Now why dost thou cry out aloud? is there no king in thee? is thy counsellor perished? for pangs have taken thee as a woman in travail.

A woman in travail cries out in anguish and we are no different. Overcoming sin and the pulls of the flesh are the birth pangs. Bringing forth the new man causes us to shout/cry aloud as we endure our season of feeling forsaken “is, was and will be”. Feeling forsaken and not yet understanding the purposes in judgment we pray amiss. The Lord is not saving the things He has purposed to destroy. We are the Temple being rebuilt in “three days” (Joh 2:19, 1Co 3:16).

Mat 24:2 And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.

Lam 2:8 The LORD hath purposed to destroy the wall of the daughter of Zion: he hath stretched out a line, he hath not withdrawn his hand from destroying: therefore he made the rampart and the wall to lament; they languished together.

The beginning has started, THE WORD has come to our heavens and our earth. The Lord does not come to bring peace but brings a sword. A huge war must be fought in every man’s heaven for salvation to come (Rev 12:7-10). When this process begins we have no understanding and there is no counsel or wisdom within us to explain it. This is the roaring and perplexity of the seas which is symbolism for our flesh and the flesh of all men when they travail under the judgment of God.

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.

The end is upon us and woe (the prophecy of further judgment) is announced to those with spiritual child and drinking only milk who have yet to endure the chastening to walk it out.

Luk 21:23 But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people.

The baptism by fire will make us doers of the Word and deliver us when all of our self-righteous efforts and cleaning the outside of the cup delivered nothing.

Isa 26:18 We have been with child, we have been in pain, we have as it were brought forth wind; we have not wrought any deliverance in the earth; neither have the inhabitants of the world fallen.

 

Mic 4:10 Be in pain, and labour to bring forth, O daughter of Zion, like a woman in travail: for now shalt thou go forth out of the city, and thou shalt dwell in the field, and thou shalt go even to Babylon; there shalt thou be delivered; there the LORD shall redeem thee from the hand of thine enemies.

Our overcoming by our crucifixion with Christ (As He is so are we – Joh 20:21) like our Lord happens outside the Holy City. We will be hated of all men, persecuted, reviled, spoken evil of and our enemies will be of our own household as the Scriptures teach. This enmity will both outside of us but also inside us as the flesh and spirit war against each other. These are the many tribulations that are necessary for us to enter the kingdom of God.

Rev 14:20 And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs.

Heb 13:12 Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate.

Heb 13:13 Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach.

The field represents the world (Mat 13:38) and we are ensnared or entangled in the affairs of the world until we are judged and only then are we given to truly come out and be separate (2Co 6:17, 1 Jn 2:16). We are getting there and now the Lord speaks of things that are not yet as if they are already done (Rom 4:17).

Joh 17:6 I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word.

The events in Jeremiah (Jer 25) tell us of our being taken captive in Babylon, by the Lord’s servant who inwardly is the old man, the king of Babylon within us and outwardly are the apostate orthodox churches. We don’t realize this speaks far more to us now than our time spent in the physical churches following the Jesus we first must know only in the flesh. Threshing wheat and winnowing the crop takes a beating process to break out the good from the bad.

Jer 25:10 Moreover I will take from them the voice of mirth, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride, the sound of the millstones, and the light of the candle.

Rev 18:23 And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived.

To have the voice of the bride taken away, we must have first had it. In our judgment the Lord is going to show us what our flesh is really made of, notwithstanding all of our knowledge and spiritual riches. Spiritual Babylon lives within us and that is where the harlot, the worst one of all sits within us after we come into the Body of Christ (Eze 23).

Our going into Babylon before we come out of her is hopefully a one-time event in the outward sense. But inwardly these are “is, was and will be” verses which we continually live out as we mature while abiding in the Truth. Through this winnowing, “little by little” process of judgment the Lord manifests disobedience in our walk and then brings fire (wind/spirit) upon us to burn it out of us. This is how things are truly sanctified throughout the Promised Land we are being possessing through salvation. The fan and instruments of threshing the Lord’s crop is the Body of Christ who judge ourselves and one another first.

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

The only way of redemption is through judgment and it is the Elect who are delivered first as a kind of firstfruits unto the Lord.

Rev 14:4 These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb.

This struggle with flesh and spirit is a lifelong affair after coming into the truth and until our Faith is tested by fire and we fail. After we are given the gift of faith, when we stumble in sin as righteous men “in training”, we get right back up (Pro 24:16) and continue the walk and the struggle knowing we are in the “process” of being saved.

Rom 8:22 For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now.

Rom 8:23 Not only that, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body.

Lord willing, we will learn patience and our faith will grow and little by little the new man is born and moves onward to maturity. Many walk with Christ for a time but very few are given to continue walking and will be found faithful in the end (Rev 17:14).

Heb 10:36 For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.

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

Heb 10:39 But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.

The new man will be saved and the old man who represents the King of Babylon within us and the same Lord that causes us to go into Babylon will deliver us out.

Jer 50:43 The king of Babylon hath heard the report of them, and his hands waxed feeble: anguish took hold of him, and pangs as of a woman in travail.

Here are the next two verses.

Mic 4:11 Now also many nations are gathered against thee, that say, Let her be defiled, and let our eye look upon Zion.

Mic 4:12 But they know not the thoughts of the LORD, neither understand they his counsel: for he shall gather them as the sheaves into the floor.

We can’t mix the world and the things of God. Doing such is known as spiritual fornication and that is what makes us a spiritual harlot in our day of judgment. The old man will seek to save its life with everything it has. Many nations within us will rise up against the new man and seek to defile the sincerity and truth of the true gospel and pure doctrines of Jesus Christ. It is a narrow way with lies and false doctrines on both sides.

Gal 5:17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.

Eze 23:17 And the Babylonians came to her into the bed of love, and they defiled her with their whoredom, and she was polluted with them, and her mind was alienated from them.

It is our own wickedness that shall be used to correct us in due time (Jer 2:19). Coming to see this shame and knowing what Paul meant in Romans 7 is an integral part of the process.

Nah 3:6 And I will cast abominable filth upon thee, and make thee vile, and will set thee as a gazingstock.

Rom 7:23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.

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

The nations gathered against the new man, both within now in this age and without in the age to come at the END of the Millennium; will be used to bring about an end to our flesh and ultimately the flesh of all mankind.

Luk 21:20 And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh.

The Elect of God live the Millennium out inwardly now in our day of the Lord and outwardly it will play out at the end of the symbolic 1,000-year period before the Lake of Fire.

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.

Those rebellious nations that know not the Lord will all be brought into submission. As we saw earlier and in Isaiah those nations will have their weapons converted to plowshares and they will learn war no more (Mic 4:3, Isa 2:4). Every knee will bow and tongue confess at the end of this judgment process that Jesus Christ is Lord.

Sheaves are bundles of grain gathered in the harvest time. It is by threshing those sheaves that the wheat is brought into the barn and the chaff is separated. Joseph’s dream of his brothers, the rest of Israel bowing before him is a shadow of the Elect’s rule and reigning with Christ and being the instruments of threshing.

Gen 37:7 For, behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and, lo, my sheaf arose, and also stood upright; and, behold, your sheaves stood round about, and made obeisance to my sheaf.

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.

Here is our last verse for today.

Mic 4:13 Arise and thresh, O daughter of Zion: for I will make thine horn iron, and I will make thy hoofs brass: and thou shalt beat in pieces many people: and I will consecrate [H2763] their gain [H1215] unto the LORD, and their substance unto the Lord of the whole earth.

When the going gets tough and the trials and afflictions heavy, our inclination is to go to sleep spiritually speaking instead of watching and praying as we are commanded. When we sleep, the enemy is able to come in and plant the tares and the lies that defile us and keep us from loving God by obeying Him. The Lord Himself has to give us faith and the zeal to walk it out and He alone is the one who wakes us from our sleep and pulls us up by the hands.

Luk 22:46 And said unto them, Why sleep ye? rise and pray, lest ye enter into temptation.

Mar 2:11 I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house.

Arising out of our carnal mindedness (which is death Rom 8:6) and learning to not think above what is written is how we walk in the light.

Eph 5:14 NKJV Therefore He says: “Awake, you who sleep, Arise from the dead, And Christ will give you light.”

If we will judge ourselves, we will not be condemned (judged) with the rest of mankind in the Lake of Fire. The true Elect is rising up and threshing starting with ourselves within.

1Co 11:31 For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged (in Lake of Fire)

2Co 13:5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates

The Body of Christ is, was and will be the judges and the deliverers as seen earlier (Rom 11:26, Oba 1:21). The Body is the copper (fine dust and brass e.g. the flesh) feet that describes Jesus Christ.

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;

Nah 1:3 The LORD is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the LORD hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet.

A horn represents power and strength. The Body of Christ is the lake of fire through which all men are being saved. To accomplish the Lord’s purpose, we are given a spiritual horn and a rod of iron. This is used to rule the nations and to bring judgment.

Rev 12:5 She bore a male Child who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron. And her Child was caught up to God and His throne.

Iron is instrumental in building the Lord’s house just as many other materials. This portends a spiritual meaning for us today.

1Ch 22:14 Now, behold, in my trouble I have prepared for the house of the LORD an hundred thousand talents of gold, and a thousand thousand talents of silver; and of brass and iron without weight; for it is in abundance: timber also and stone have I prepared; and thou mayest add thereto.

Iron represents the trials and tribulations we must endure to enter the Kingdom. It takes LOTS of iron (without weight) to be saved and break apart the false doctrines and deeply imbedded carnal mindedness that is at enmity with the Lord. Iron is normally thought of as a negative thing, it rusts, it is not pliable yet the Lord uses evil for good in saving mankind. The word brings iron down upon the rebellious nations within all men in the day it is heard.

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.

1Sa 2:10 The adversaries of the LORD shall be broken to pieces; out of heaven shall he thunder upon them: the LORD shall judge the ends of the earth; and he shall give strength unto his king, and exalt the horn of his anointed.

We are all sharpened when we break bread and speak the word together as judgment is now on the house of the Lord.

Pro 27:17 Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.

It is trusting in the Lord and His body and the multitude of counsellors by which the Elect are being saved now from our enemies. The breaking to pieces of the potter’s vessels is done by judgment, using this horn of iron that is also the Word. Collectively the Body of Christ is the Lord’s Battle Axe by the words of fire we speak to one another now and all mankind in the end. All of our fleshly strength and false doctrines that keep the old man alive will be broken in the winepress of the Lord.

Jer 51:20 Thou art my battle axe and weapons of war: for with thee will I break in pieces the nations, and with thee will I destroy kingdoms;

Jer 51:21 And with thee will I break in pieces the horse and his rider; and with thee will I break in pieces the chariot and his rider;

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

The translations really obscure the Lord’s doings in this last verse in chapter 4.

Mic 4:13 Arise and thresh, O daughter of Zion: for I will make thine horn iron, and I will make thy hoofs brass: and thou shalt beat in pieces many people: and I will consecrate [H2763] their gain [H1215] unto the LORD, and their substance unto the Lord of the whole earth

H2763, châram

Total KJV Occurrences: 51

destroyed, 23

Exo_22:20, Num_21:3, Deu_2:34, Deu_3:6, Jos_2:10, Jos_6:21, Jos_8:26, Jos_10:1, Jos_10:28, Jos_10:35, Jos_10:37, Jos_10:39-40 (2), Jos_11:12, Jos_11:21, Jdg_1:17, 1Sa_15:8-9 (2), 1Sa_15:15, 1Sa_15:20, 1Ch_4:41, 2Ch_32:14, Isa_34:2

destroy, 14

Deu_7:2 (3), Deu_20:17, Jos_11:20, Jdg_21:11, 1Sa_15:3, 1Sa_15:9, 1Sa_15:18, 1Ki_9:21, Isa_11:15, Jer_25:9, Jer_50:21, Jer_50:26, Jer_51:3

destroying, 5

Deu_3:6, Deu_13:15, Jos_11:11, 2Ki_19:11, Isa_37:11

consecrate, 1 – Mic_4:13

To consecrate something is to “make or declare it sacred”. In this way the translation is fine as the Lord is declaring His Temple to be sacred. But this consecrating comes by destruction and that is what is really being said. The Lord is DESTROYING this gain. Now what is this “gain” of ours that is being destroyed? The use of the Hebrew word translated here as gain quickly answers.

H1215, betsa‛

Total KJV Occurrences: 16

covetousness, 10

Exo_18:21, Psa_119:36, Isa_57:16-17 (2), Jer_6:13, Jer_8:10, Jer_22:17, Jer_51:13, Eze_33:31, Hab_2:9

profit, 3 – Gen_37:26, Psa_30:9, Mal_3:14

dishonest gain, 2 –Eze_22:13, Eze_22:27

lucre, 1 – 1Sa_8:3

It is our covetousness, the very heart of the Jebusite spirits that we looked at earlier in this series. Judgment destroys the spirits within us that seek the riches of this world of one kind or another. Our pride and merchandising ways will be brought to the light and burned out.

1Pe 5:2 Feed (rule with judgment) the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;

As the governors of Judah, the Elect are made into torches that will consume the adversaries of the Lord now within ourselves and ultimately all men at the White Throne Judgment. We will execute our roles humbly which is the very reason we are enduring through this winepress of judgment first.

Zec 12:6 In that day will I make the governors of Judah like an hearth of fire among the wood, and like a torch of fire in a sheaf; and they shall devour all the people round about, on the right hand and on the left: and Jerusalem shall be inhabited again in her own place, even in Jerusalem.

Heb 1:7 And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire.

Next week Lord willing, we continue in the process and see in more splendor the raising up of Christ within us to smite the nations within. The Elect are undergoing on the job training for our roles to be the outward kings and priests of the Lord in the Millennium and “as” the Lake of Fire. We first live out these words and then if we are found faithful to the end; we will then be used to fulfill the Lord’s purposes as His Kings and His Priest doing service. Judgment is what molds us and prepares us for these specific duties.

Rev 1:6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen

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Micah Part 13 – The Lame Remnant

September 9, 2016

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Key Verses:  Micah 4:1 – 4:8

The way of salvation is through judgment.  All men are saved by the grace of a mighty God (Eph 2:8) and that grace is what scourges every son the Lord receives unto Himself.

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

Heb 12:7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?

For those with eyes to see, this process is no longer a mystery or a secret. We see the same process told many other ways and the Bible is totally consistent on the Truth. Other ways of saying it are 1) We learn obedience by the things we suffer (Heb 5:8), 2) No man enters into the Temple except by living out the seven vials of wrath against their wickedness (Rev 15:8), and 3) We learn righteousness when judgment is in our earth (Isa 26:9). This is old hat for those who have been walking in the Truth for a while.

Yet “Eternal Judgment” remains an essential truth, one of the foundational doctrines (Heb 6:2) that remains foolishness to carnally minded multitudes that comprise all of mankind. We must move beyond this basic foundation in our walk to mature.  This we will do only if the Lord permits as there is no free will involved in any matter of our lives. Only the elect of the Lord are being blessed beyond belief and given “eyes to see and ears to hear” (Rom 11:7, Mat 13:16).

The focus of Part 12 was the Lord putting His people into darkness before He brings them into the Light. We covered this season of apostasy, our falling away, leaving our first love, that we are told must be (2 Th 2:3) before the day of the Lord comes upon us “is, was and will be”.

Mic 3:6 Therefore night shall be unto you, that ye shall not have a vision; and it shall be dark unto you, that ye shall not divine; and the sun shall go down over the prophets, and the day shall be dark over them.

We are still in darkness here as we start Chapter 4 as verse 12 makes clear.

Mic 4:12 But they know not the thoughts of the LORD, neither understand they his counsel: for he shall gather them as the sheaves into the floor.

Judgment is the process by which the Lord reaps His harvest and all men in due time go from not knowing the Lord to knowing Him and His doctrines. We only come to see and understand these things, after the fact, by looking behind us (Rev 1:10) and as Christ is being glorified within us.

Joh 12:16 These things understood not his disciples at the first: but when Jesus was glorified, then remembered they that these things were written of him, and that they had done these things unto him.

Our travailing in birth pangs is about to begin yet we still do not understand His Word or His ways which are far different than the ways of the carnal mind. Nobody learns anything without experience and so it is with spiritual truths. We learn by doing, by keeping His judgments when that day is at hand. All disciples have to walk with Jesus for 3.5 years symbolically claiming they see but understanding not. The mind of Christ comes little by little as we endure on the journey.

Luk 18:34 And they understood none of these things: and this saying was hid from them, neither knew they the things which were spoken.

This “understanding not” is especially true about the strange act of judgment and having to die to be risen in newness of life. Judgment is now coming upon the house of Israel. It comes suddenly at midnight (Mat 25:6) in the darkest part of the spiritual night. Going out to meet the bridegroom is opening the door for judgment and ushers in the harvest of the Lord.

Psa 119:62 At midnight I will rise to give thanks unto thee because of thy righteous judgments.

Here the verses that comprise this study in Micah.

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.

Mic 4:2 And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.

Mic 4:3 And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.

Mic 4:4 But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and none shall make them afraid: for the mouth of the LORD of hosts hath spoken it.

Mic 4:5 For all people will walk everyone in the name of his god, and we will walk in the name of the LORD our God for ever and ever.

Mic 4:6 In that day, saith the LORD, will I assemble her that halteth, and I will gather her that is driven out, and her that I have afflicted;

Mic 4:7 And I will make her that halted a remnant, and her that was cast far off a strong nation: and the LORD shall reign over them in mount Zion from henceforth, even for ever.

Mic 4:8 And thou, O tower of the flock, the strong hold of the daughter of Zion, unto thee shall it come, even the first dominion; the kingdom shall come to the daughter of Jerusalem.

These verses in Micah and all the prophets apply to us inwardly and will apply outwardly as well in the appointed times. Judgment begins at the house of the Lord and it is the elect who are the first to be redeemed from the earthy and carnal way of life which is also the first resurrection.

Jas 1:18 Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.

Rev 14:4 These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb.

Since Mike’s study in Isaiah already covered these first three verses we won’t spend much time on them but encourage all to read that study that can be accessed here:  CLICK HERE.  These verses speak to the time after the Millennium in which all men shall be brought to salvation. This is also known as the LAKE OF FIRE and the time and method by which the Lord will accomplish and IS accomplishing His purpose and regather all things back to Himself.

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

There is an order to God’s plan by which all men shall be saved. There are three harvests hidden in these verses that tell of God’s plan for the salvation of all.

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: (1) Christ the firstfruits; (2) afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming [i.e The Elect at the First Resurrection]

1Co 15:24  (3) Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. [This is the final harvest thru the Lake of Fire]

The barley harvest during the days of unleavened bread, which typifies Christ, and the wheat harvest at the day of Pentecost, are both called a harvest of firstfruits. Christ was the firstfruit unto God (1 Co 15:20) and His sons are also a type of firstfruits (Jam 1:18) that are gathered first and that is typified by the Feast of Pentecost in type and shadow. Our judgment and lake of fire experience is now (1 Pe 4:17) in this age.  We are living these words out inwardly. It is the seed of Christ planted in us from which the new man comes forth as we are conforming into His image by judgment.

Rom 11:16 For if the firstfruit be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches.

As the Body of Christ, the government of Jesus Christ sits upon us, His firstfruits. We are the instruments through which salvation and peace comes upon the entire earth. That Prince of Peace comes by first putting down all rebellion and subduing all enemies to the Lord. If we are to be the Lord’s instruments of judgment, we ourselves have to overcome and endure to the end. Only then will we be given power over the nations within us but also power over the outward nations.

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.

Rev 20:4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.

The peace that surpasses all understanding is being accomplished by the blood of Christ. Without the shedding of blood (via judgment) there is no remission (putting away) of sin and no washing of our robes (lifestyle) to make them white.

Eph 2:14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;

Eph 2:15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;

Eph 2:16 And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:

Let’s look more into the verses and see what is going on in this “lake of fire” process that consumes the adversaries of the Lord and brings about His will for every man.

Mic 4:4 But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and none shall make them afraid: for the mouth of the LORD of hosts hath spoken it.

Mic 4:5 For all people will walk everyone in the name of his god, and we will walk in the name of the LORD our God for ever and ever.

The end of judgment brings dominion of Christ to the nations inwardly and outwardly. This is the true Sabbath and rest that remains for all men, the very people of God that are being saved by judgment. When we lie down in green pastures and abide by the still waters we are at peace (Psa 23).  Those who are in Christ have come into the Temple by enduring through the seven vials of wrath (Rev 15:8) and have cast out all fear of men and death. Our obedience that results from judgment is what accomplishes this.

1Jn 4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love

Psa 23:4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Bringing us into our own land and placing us under our own vine and fig tree is gathering the scattered sheep, which represent the elect now in this age, but all men in due time.

Eze 34:13 And I will bring them out from the people, and gather them from the countries, and will bring them to their own land, and feed them upon the mountains of Israel by the rivers, and in all the inhabited places of the country.

Eze 34:14 I will feed them in a good pasture, and upon the high mountains of Israel shall their fold be: there shall they lie in a good fold, and in a fat pasture shall they feed upon the mountains of Israel.

Eze 34:15 I will feed my flock, and I will cause them to lie down, saith the Lord GOD.

There is both positive and negative applications of sitting under vines and fig trees. They are what nourish us. We saw this verse earlier where we are enticed to sit under the vine and trees of the King of Assyria within us that will not submit to Christ.

2Ki 18:31 Hearken not to Hezekiah: for thus saith the king of Assyria, Make an agreement with me by a present, and come out to me, and then eat ye every man of his own vine, and every one of his fig tree, and drink ye every one the waters of his cistern:

We dwell securely, in safety and without fear when we walk in the Name of Christ.

1Ki 4:25 And Judah and Israel dwelt safely, every man under his vine and under his fig tree, from Dan even to Beersheba, all the days of Solomon

Walking in the Name of our God refers to our doctrine and our obedience, being a doer of the Word. Doing things in the Name of the Lord requires us to obey the Lord and cling to sound doctrine. Our reasonable service is sacrificing our life to the Lord. Our walk is being washed by the water of the Word and our life becomes a burnt offering that is sweet savour to the Lord and the new man but a stench of death to the world and the old man.

Eph 5:2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling savour.

Lev 1:9 But his inwards and his legs shall he wash in water: and the priest shall burn all on the altar, to be a burnt sacrifice, an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the LORD.

Sitting under our own vine and fig tree in the negative sense is symbolic of our time as a false prophets and a diviner. We call Him Lord but do not do what He says.

Mar 13:6 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.

Deu 18:20 But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die

As Christ increases within us and outwardly in due time as the lake of fire spreads, deliverance shall come and all rebellion shall be put down as things are done “in His Name”.

Mar 16:17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;

Jer 3:17 At that time they shall call Jerusalem the throne of the LORD; and all the nations shall be gathered unto it, to the name of the LORD, to Jerusalem: neither shall they walk any more after the imagination of their evil heart.

True peace only comes after a major war is fought in our heavens.  This happens in “that day” when there is a great struggle and the flesh wars against the spirit. The process ends with the casting out of Satan from our heavens (Rev 12:7-9). The man child within us has true doctrine and is settled but the multitudes within us represent all those nations within Israel that are yet rebellious.  Those nations need to be brought into submission. This typifies the great struggle between flesh and spirit, Esau and Jacob, in the womb as we travail in birth pangs.  The new man walks in the Name of Christ and the old man signified by the mixed multitudes within us walk by the name of their gods.

1Jn 5:19 We know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in the evil one.

 2Co 4:4 in whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of the unbelieving, that the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should not dawn upon them.

Yet this period of darkness is all the Lord’s work in us because we are the works of the Lord’s hands (Isa 64:8, Phil 2:13). Our entire life and our day of judgment, our day of the Lord; is a personal event we all experience inwardly in our heavens (mind) and on our earth (walk). The Lord through His Words will curse the vine and fig tree of the Assyrians within us. This is how the old man is spoiled, brought to his wits end and the branches being made white.

Joe 1:7 He hath laid my vine waste, and barked my fig tree: he hath made it clean bare, and cast it away; the branches thereof are made white.

It is the chosen few that are the first to enter into the Holy City and walk in its light (Rev 21:4).

Psa 23:6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

 

Mic 4:6 In that day, saith the LORD, will I assemble her that halteth, and I will gather her that is driven out, and her that I have afflicted;

Mic 4:7 And I will make her that halted a remnant, and her that was cast far off a strong nation: and the LORD shall reign over them in mount Zion from henceforth, even for ever.

In that day of judgment; the Lord is gathering back (assembling) those He has previously cast off into outer darkness to be destroyed (Psa 90:3). This is “the means” by which the Lord has devised to save all mankind.

2Sa 14:14 For we must needs die, and are as water spilt on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again; neither doth God respect any person: yet doth he devise means, that his banished be not expelled from him.

The new man within us, is the escaped remnant that the Lord is saving. The enmity of the carnal mind with the ways of the Spirit are slain and the rebellion is put down as we are being dragged to Him through the death of our old man. We want to appoint our own king and not be subject to the Lord but that first anointed king within us (King Saul) won’t obey the Lord and is being replaced by Jesus Christ (King David in type and shadow).  The old man is rejected and slain in order for the Lord to rule and reign within us.

1Sa 15:26 And Samuel said unto Saul, I will not return with thee: for thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, and the LORD hath rejected thee from being king over Israel.

Luk 19:27 But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me.

The process will manifest and be fulfilled outwardly in the Lake of Fire as all the enemies of the Lord will be subdued.

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

1Co 15:25 For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet.

The word halteth means lame, imperfect and conjures up weakness.  This is exactly what we have to become by the judgment and oppression the Lord sends us before we can be made strong. Paul and all mature men of God come to accept their afflictions and give the Lord thanks for them, knowing the righteousness they are working in us.

2Co 12:9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

2Co 12:10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.

The Lord has no use for anyone who thinks they of themselves bring anything to Him. We are given instructions on whom to bring to the feast of spiritual food at His table. Our giving and service is without seeking any gain, payback or usury.

Luk 14:12 Then said he also to him that bade him, When thou makest a dinner or a supper, call not thy friends, nor thy brethren, neither thy kinsmen, nor thy rich neighbours; lest they also bid thee again, and a recompence be made thee.

Luk 14:13 But when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind:

Coming to our wits end and losing all confidence in the flesh is how we are being made strong in the Lord and Christ begins to reign over the inward Kingdom of God and the nations within. At the second resurrection, in the Lake of Fire, this will be fulfilled outwardly and the elect will be those instruments that usher in this salvation by this process of judgment (1Co 6:2, Mat 19:28).

Mic 4:8 NKJV And you, O tower of the flock, The stronghold [H6076] of the daughter of Zion, To you shall it come, Even the former dominion shall come, The kingdom of the daughter of Jerusalem.”

Dominion means control or rulership through sovereignty. We know the Lord is sovereign over all things, even the period of our deception and rebellion (Job 12:16, Eph 2:11, Mat 13:11). The first estate of the new man within us was we walked with the Lord. But we all have to leave our first love and abide through our period of sin and darkness before we are being turned back and assembled back with the Lord.  Man must live by every word God spoke even the darker ones.

Jud 1:6 And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.

Lord willing, if we are His elect, we will be found faithful in the end and turned back and respond by returning to our first love.

Rev 2:4 Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.

Rev 2:5 Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.

It is a serious calling to be a watchman, a tower in the flock of God. Ultimately we all are being raised up as these watchmen and will serve as such in our roles in ruling and judging during the Millennium and the Lake of Fire.

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

But we cannot be a lone watchman without being in the Body and abiding with the other watchmen.  We cannot be forsaking our assembling together where we reprove and chasten one other in judgment now that is on the house of the Lord.

Isa 52:8 Thy watchmen shall lift up the voice; with the voice together shall they sing: for they shall see eye to eye, when the LORD shall bring again Zion.

The watchmen are the Body of Christ and are the armies that follow the Word, that speak the Word that brings the wrath of God against our sinful and fleshly way of life (Rev 19:14). The process of judgment shows us this with stunning clarity as we see ourselves as beasts and our marred sinful condition. Only the coming of Christ will deliver us from this death and this bondage, o wretched men that we all are in the flesh (Rom 7:24).

Being crucified with Christ, we are dead to sin and the Lord is putting our enemies under His feet and has dominion over our works. All men in due time will be the Lord’s Temple and His sanctuary over which Christ has dominion.

Psa 114:2 Judah was his sanctuary, and Israel his dominion.

Rom 6:13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.

Rom 6:14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.

The word translated as “stronghold” in the KJV is the Hebrew word “ophel”.  Here is what Strong’s and the KJC Concordance say about it.

H6076, ‛ôphel, o’-fel

From H6075; a turior; also a mound, that is, fortress: – emerod, fort, strong hold, tower.

Total KJV occurrences: 9

emerods, 6

Deu_28:27, 1Sa_5:6, 1Sa_5:9, 1Sa_5:12, 1Sa_6:4-5 (2)

forts, 1

Isa_32:14

hold, 1

Mic_4:8

strong, 1

Mic_4:8 (2)

tower, 1

2Ki_5:24

 

We can see this word is most often translated as emerods, which is an archaic way of saying hemorrhoids. The primary and most infamous use of this word is the story in 1 Samuel 5 about the Philistines and the Ark of God being placed in the middle of their camp next to their god Dagon. This is a wonderful spiritual message in type and shadow of how the Word destroys our false gods and afflicts our flesh with judgment.  Dagon is broken into pieces and the Philistines are smitten with emerods in their secret parts.

1Sa 5:9 And it was so, that, after they had carried it about, the hand of the LORD was against the city with a very great destruction: and he smote the men of the city, both small and great, and they had emerods in their secret parts.

The only way this makes sense is to remember the two-edged sword has two sides. There is both a positive and a negative application to every Word of God. The root of this word means a raised mound.  An emerod is a “raised mound”, a fleshly affliction, in our secret places. Coming to see ourselves as afflicted, wretched men, lame and crippled, who of ourselves can do no good thing is indeed a huge blessing. Possessing this knowledge and the faith to walk it out, is a spiritual prerequisite (a stronghold) that will keep us on the narrow way.

Isa 2:11 The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, and the haughtiness of men shall be bowed down, and the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day.

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

One of the best things that can ever happen to us, is to be afflicted and made weak in the flesh.  This is what the Word does when it works in us through judgment. It is bringing to light all the dark things in due time and will show us our continual need for a spiritual physician and life coach.

Mat 9:12 But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick.

1Ti 1:15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.

Knowing these truths will help keep us humble and enable us to engage in spiritual warfare and to take thoughts captive that exalt themselves against obedience to Christ.  Next week Lord willing, the threshing of the wheat that represents judgment will be the theme as we finish Chapter 4 and begin Chapter 5.

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Micah Part 12 – Cast Out into Outer Darkness

August 31, 2016

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Cast Out Into Outer Darkness

Key Verses: Micah 3:6 – 3:12

In our last study of Micah, we saw a continuation of our rebellion to the narrow way of the Lord.  This was manifest in our partaking at His feast in an unworthy manner.  We need to learn how to feast in the kingdom of God the proper narrow way and get beyond our lusting after gain.  Arriving in the Truth begins the process and it never ends and we need to be watchful that we not begin biting and devouring our brothers seeking gain (usury) and preeminence.  This is not what the law of Faith commands.

Gal 5:14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

Gal 5:15 But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another.

Eating unworthily brings the vengeance of the Lord in its appointed time to teach us the right way.  He is burning disobedience out of us by the fire of His judgment that is revealing the glory of the Lord (Jesus Christ/the Word) working within us.

1Pe 4:13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.

Let’s move on and see the Lord’s purpose in forsaking His people for a little while by turning our light into darkness.  Here are the verses for today that will complete Chapter 3.

Mic 3:6 Therefore night shall be unto you, that ye shall not have a vision; and it shall be dark unto you, that ye shall not divine; and the sun shall go down over the prophets, and the day shall be dark over them.

Mic 3:7 Then shall the seers be ashamed, and the diviners confounded: yea, they shall all cover their lips; for there is no answer of God.

Mic 3:8 But truly I am full of power by the spirit of the LORD, and of judgment, and of might, to declare unto Jacob his transgression, and to Israel his sin.

Mic 3:9 Hear this, I pray you, ye heads of the house of Jacob, and princes of the house of Israel, that abhor judgment, and pervert all equity.

Mic 3:10 They build up Zion with blood, and Jerusalem with iniquity.

Mic 3:11 The heads thereof judge for reward, and the priests thereof teach for hire, and the prophets thereof divine for money: yet will they lean upon the LORD, and say, Is not the LORD among us? none evil can come upon us.

Mic 3:12 Therefore shall Zion for your sake be plowed as a field, and Jerusalem shall become heaps, and the mountain of the house as the high places of the forest.

When we come to the wedding feast, ill prepared with undisciplined eating habits and not properly dressed we are cast out into outer darkness (Mat 22:14).  This is a time of separation from the Lord because of our sins.  Part of learning requires us to fall away into destruction and then be turned back by the hand of the Lord (Psa 90:3).  Our day of the Lord and the completion of our baptism by fire will not come until we first fall away and judgment is later brought to the Gentile nations within us.  We try to serve two masters before we are taught we can only serve one.  A double minded man and spiritual harlot can expect to receive nothing from the Lord but more judgment.

Jos 24:20 If ye forsake the LORD, and serve strange gods, then he will turn and do you hurt, and consume you, after that he hath done you good.

This falling away (forsaking the Lord) precedes the Lord and His glory being revealed.  The Lord most assuredly is faithful to the new man who shall bear His image and glory.  Yet the Lord will forsake us for a little while to teach us obedience through suffering (Heb 5:8).  If we seek Him with all our hearts, we are finding Him (Jer 29:13), but if we forsake Him, He is forsaking us.

2Ch 15:2 And he went out to meet Asa, and said unto him, Hear ye me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin; The LORD is with you, while ye be with him; and if ye seek him, he will be found of you; but if ye forsake him, he will forsake you

The Lord sends His plagues including fire and brimstone on the land within for judgment.  This is promised when we have forsaken the Lord even after seeing many miracles and having been given many great deliverances in being dragged out of the world (Egypt).

Deu 29:25 Then men shall say, Because they have forsaken the covenant of the LORD God of their fathers, which he made with them when he brought them forth out of the land of Egypt:

Deu 29:26 For they went and served other gods, and worshipped them, gods whom they knew not, and whom he had not given unto them:

The righteous man, Jesus Christ, within us will never be forsaken even though it will feel like it as we endure our suffering and trials in the flesh.

Mat 27:46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

2Co 4:9 Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;

Isa 62:12 And they shall call them, The holy people, The redeemed of the LORD: and thou shalt be called, Sought out, A city not forsaken.

Working righteousness in us by judgment requires the forsaking of the old man who must die for the new man to come forth.  Let’s look further at the specific verses.

Mic 3:6 Therefore night shall be unto you, that ye shall not have a vision; and it shall be dark unto you, that ye shall not divine; and the sun shall go down over the prophets, and the day shall be dark over them.

Mic 3:7 Then shall the seers be ashamed, and the diviners confounded: yea, they shall all cover their lips; for there is no answer of God.

It His Elect, the very children of the Kingdom, who are the first to be cast into outer darkness.  Here there is weeping and gnashing of teeth as we cry out to save the flesh and endure judgments against our carnal way of life.  Being bound hand and foot we remain slaves to sin until the Lord comes the second time for salvation.  It is the chosen few who are first to show up to the feast without a proper garment.  “We are that man” as we eat and drink and feast in the kingdom of God yet unworthily.  As the first to be judged, whose lake of fire is now, we are bearing many stripes for having been given so much of God’s treasures.  We are seeing the shame of our nakedness and having our carnal wisdom confounded.

Mat 8:12 But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Psa 70:2 Let them be ashamed and confounded that seek after my soul: let them be turned backward, and put to confusion, that desire my hurt.

It is the Lord’s will to sanctify us and destroy that marred vessel of clay.  Being cast out into outer darkness with no vision, in strong delusion, serves to bring about the end of the old way of life “is, was and will be”.

Lam 2:8 The LORD hath purposed to destroy the wall of the daughter of Zion: he hath stretched out a line, he hath not withdrawn his hand from destroying: therefore he made the rampart and the wall to lament; they languished together.

Lam 2:9 Her gates are sunk into the ground; he hath destroyed and broken her bars: her king and her princes are among the Gentiles: the law is no more; her prophets also find no vision from the LORD.

The way we are brought into a Covenant with the Lord is by living through these seasons in our life.  It is necessary to humble us and make us pliable to be reshaped from our hardened condition of our sinful hearts.  A “deep sleep” symbolizing “death” fell upon Adam (Gen 2:21)  and Abraham (Gen 15:12) being a shadow of our process of spiritual completion.

We are the children of the kingdom who are doing this wickedness after having the Truth.  It is the elect who are these blind servants that will bear the shame our wickedness.

Isa 42:17 They shall be turned back, they shall be greatly ashamed, that trust in graven images, that say to the molten images, Ye are our gods.

Isa 42:18 Hear, ye deaf; and look, ye blind, that ye may see.

Isa 42:19 Who is blind, but my servant? or deaf, as my messenger that I sent? who is blind as he that is perfect, and blind as the LORD’S servant?

The repeating theme of judgment, the ongoing winnowing, cutting off and bringing the third part through the fire, “is, was and will be” occurring in our lives so long as we are in clay vessels.  Living by every word includes being a false prophet like Bar Jesus who uses the wiles of our carnal father the devil to pervert the straight and narrow ways of the Lord.  This is what we do when we reason with the wisdom of the world and the carnal mind.

Act 13:10 And said, O full of all subtilty and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord?

When the Lord puts His hands on us through the spoken Word we are being blind for a time and that is to judge and humble us.

Act 13:11 And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon thee, and thou shalt be blind, not seeing the sun for a season. And immediately there fell on him a mist and a darkness; and he went about seeking some to lead him by the hand.

The Bar [H1247] in Bar Jesus (Act 13:6) links back to Chaldea which is the land of the carnal mind, the land of UR from whence Abraham was told to depart.  Like Paul, all of the Lord’s true disciples are commissioned for the same reason which is to open the eyes of the blind that they may receive the gift of God.  We first are blind and given to not eat or drink anything for “three days” before we are given to see.  This signifying how we are continually brought to spiritual completion (the meaning of the number three) via progressive judgments.

Act 9:9 And he (Saul) was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor drink.

Jesus Christ has come into the world to bring judgment by the Word that “The Christ” speaks to those prepared to hear it.

Act 26:18 To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.

Joh 9:39 And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind.

Famine of the Word is also a type of darkness.  Our time of confusion, being confounded and ashamed is all the Lord’s work and the trial of our faith is how we are clothed in true righteousness.

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.

It pleases the Father to bruise us, His sons, for a time and seasons.  This affliction from the rod is how we learn righteousness in the same way a child is disciplined.

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

Lam 3:2 He hath led me, and brought me into darkness, but not into light.

Here is an OT witness to Hebrews 12:6 and the scourging grace of a loving Father,

Pro 13:24 He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.

The wisdom of the wise in the flesh, is continually being confounded (1 Co 1:27).  Abiding in outer darkness is how the flesh is brought to its wits end.  Where there is light there is still hope but we have to lose all hope and confidence in the flesh (Phi 3:3) to stand firmly in faith.  Hence the purpose for the season of darkness to tear down those fleshly strongholds.  When the going gets tough and we pray amiss to keep the flesh alive, the Lord will not hear us and this works righteousness in us as foolish as that sound to the natural man.

Lam 3:7 He hath hedged me about, that I cannot get out: he hath made my chain heavy.

Lam 3:8 Also when I cry and shout, he shutteth out my prayer.

The only way to have our shame covered once we are shown it, is to “buy gold tried in the fire” from the Master Refiner as we see in many Scriptures (Isa 48:10, Mal 3:3, and Rev 3:18).

Mic 3:8 But truly I am full of power by the spirit of the LORD, and of judgment, and of might, to declare unto Jacob his transgression, and to Israel his sin.

Mic 3:9 Hear this, I pray you, ye heads of the house of Jacob, and princes of the house of Israel, that abhor judgment, and pervert all equity

This is the second time in Chapter 3 (Mic 3:1) that Micah prays for the House of Jacob and its princes that naturally abhor judgment and pervert the right (equity) ways of the Lord.  The prayers of a righteous man are Words of fire and they will avail themselves much and that means they will bring judgment to what must be judged (Jer 5:14, Jam 5:16).  The Lord’s Prayer teaches us to pray for the coming of righteousness in our walks which is the actual doing of the Word versus just hearing it in our mind (heaven).  This is bringing about the will of God which is our sanctification.

Mat 6:10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

As judges in training, like Micah and the Lord’s prophets, we sit in down payment form on the throne of Israel judging the people (Mat 19:28) through Words of fire that consume all of God’s enemies in due time.  Jesus Christ IS come in the flesh, in the flesh of His people (Eph 5:30).  This coming the second time for salvation apart from sin, is to bring judgment and reprove our sin which yields righteousness.

1Jn 4:2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God

Joh 16:8 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:

This occurs as often as we are coming and reasoning together and having our old man reproved and judged.  This is something we should hasten to do as we grow in the faith.

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

Our flesh naturally despises judgment and therefore we must take heed to not forsake the assembling together of the saints.  The next verses in Hebrews tells us why.  Far better to learn the lessons sooner than later because where sin abounds, grace abounds even more (Rom 5:20).

Heb 10:26 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,

Heb 10:27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries

It is continuing in Him, Christ the ‘Living Word and “The Christ” (in whom the Word dwells) that we become disciples indeed (Joh 8:31).  It is in assembly of the saints by which we are being made perfect.

Heb 12:23 To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect

The word for “equity” is actually the word for right or uprightness.  Our carnal minds are always perverting and twisting the right ways of the Lord.  Only the Lord makes crooked things straight and makes the straight things crooked.  This straightening is what judgment does.

Isa 42:16 And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead them in paths that they have not known: I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. These things will I do unto them, and not forsake them.

Judgment is what heal us of our spiritual infirmities and free us from the bondage of Satan.

Luk 13:13 And he laid his hands on her: and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God.

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;

Our next two verses we will look at together.

Mic 3:10 They build up Zion with blood, and Jerusalem with iniquity.

Mic 3:11 The heads thereof judge for reward, and the priests thereof teach for hire, and the prophets thereof divine for money: yet will they lean upon the LORD, and say, Is not the LORD among us? none evil can come upon us.

Flesh naturally seeks its own gain.  But we know the way of the Lord is for life to come through death. That is the true gain and the one we seek earnestly.  To reap eternal life, we are losing our life which means the old way of life and the old man must die.

Php 1:21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.

Yet flesh wrests away judgment and seeks its own gain instead.  Our seeking to get rich, meaning knowledge, attention, esteem, reputation, possessions and yes even money is a snare and a trap that will keep us from moving on to maturity (1 Tim 6:10).  Paul tells us to flee from such a thought life. Mind the inside of the cup first and put our thoughts on heavenly things!

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

In our prideful and still merchandising (buying and selling) state of mind we again see just how pervasive those “Jebusite spirits” are that have our natural brute beast seeking gain and reward.  This period of apostasy, darkness, leaving our first love who is the light of life, is being used to bring recompense in due time.  Yet we don’t know it and think we shall not see the Lord’s wrath.

Jer 5:12 They have belied (Denied) the LORD, and said, It is not he; neither shall evil come upon us; neither shall we see sword nor famine:

Jer 5:13 And the prophets shall become wind, and the word is not in them: thus shall it be done unto them.

Our giving to the Lord and “His Christ” cannot be for seeking riches or any kind of gain.  We are learning to be content with our wages and what we have been given.  Our giving should not be to get back.

Luk 14:13 But when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind:

Mat 6:4 That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.

As workers in the vineyard of the Lord’s, we are being paid a wage the Lord establishes and as slaves to righteousness, we have no room for any disputing (Mat 20:1-16).  The Lord has planned every detail of our life, what to give, how we give and what will be our reward for our labors.

1Co 3:8 Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.

The sin of the pride, covetousness, and the flesh all manifest in similar ways.  The very things recent studies have been exposing lie in the hearts of all flesh and are being rooted out in our day of judgment.  The Lord uses the occasion to bring His wrath for these sins His own people commit.  We spoke about usury and interest in the post study discussion last week.

Eze 22:12 In thee have they taken gifts to shed blood; thou hast taken usury and increase, and thou hast greedily gained of thy neighbours by extortion, and hast forgotten me, saith the Lord GOD.

Eze 22:13 Behold, therefore I have smitten mine hand at thy dishonest gain which thou hast made, and at thy blood which hath been in the midst of thee.

It all belongs to the Lord and we are not to lend and expect to make a profit as “freely we receive and freely we give to our brethren.

Mat 25:27 Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury.

Simon, the Sorcerer, is a story that applies to us on our road to maturity.

Act 8:18 And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money,

Act 8:20 But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money.

Act 8:21 Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right in the sight of God.

We are given sheep to feed and men to lay hands on, only as the Lord brings them to us with a heart being prepared by Him and ears to hear (Psa 10:17, Joh 21:15).  Here is our last verse.

Mic 3:12 Therefore shall Zion for your sake be plowed as a field, and Jerusalem shall become heaps, and the mountain of the house as the high places of the forest.

The words “for your sake” brings to mind a pivotal Scripture we come to affirm on our journey of being taught righteousness by judgment.

2Co 4:15 For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant (scourging) grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God

The plowing of our earth is necessary to prepare the soil for the planting of the seed of Christ that is yielding a bountiful harvest in the appointed times.  Trials and tribulations are necessary to break up the hardened places in our hearts and destroy our love for this world as the parable of the Sower show us (Mat 13:20-22).  Until that happens the good seed does not take firm root and yield its bountiful harvest of multifold increases to the Lord.  These stony places and thorns must be cleared off the land.  This is done by the hands of Jesus Christ ploughing the land of Zion within us.  This is also the fire that curses and burns up all the briars and thorns (Heb 6:8) which are the false doctrines and 200 million carnal lies of Rev 9:16.

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

Micah 3:12 is a verse quoted here by Jeremiah and there is a lesson to be learned in this.

Jer 26:17 Then rose up certain of the elders of the land, and spake to all the assembly of the people, saying,

Jer 26:18 Micah the Morasthite prophesied in the days of Hezekiah king of Judah, and spake to all the people of Judah, saying, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Zion shall be plowed like a field, and Jerusalem shall become heaps, and the mountain of the house as the high places of a forest.

Micah like Jeremiah, are prophets speaking to rebellious kings that are also maturing men in Christ.  This is King Hezekiah in Micah, King Jehoiakim in Jeremiah and all the Body of Christ in due time.  They wanted to kill Jeremiah who shined the light on their wicked ways and called them to repent of their evil and obey the Lord (Jer 26:13).  In Micah’s case, Hezekiah listened to the rebuke and the Lord repents of His evil and does not destroy them.

Jer 26:19 Did Hezekiah king of Judah and all Judah put him at all to death? did he not fear the LORD, and besought the LORD, and the LORD repented him of the evil which he had pronounced against them? Thus might we procure great evil against our souls.

And the lessons learned from Micah’s dealings with Hezekiah served the people to have faith and to stand up to judge one another (reason together) and teach the people of God the fear of the Lord and of His righteous judgments.  So it is to this day.  If we do not repent, grace and judgment just gets worse until we will learn by this destructive process.  In Jeremiah’s case, the king did not take heed the words of the elders who spoke to the assembly and the nation of Israel was soon taken captive to Babylon to live out 70 years of captivity.

The Lord lets the wheat and the tares grow up together until the harvest.  Men are both beasts and trees and that are caused to grow very tall and become very prideful leading up to our day of the Lord when we are being brought low again.  King Nebuchadnezzar, a servant of the Lord, had a vision that Daniel interpreted.   The interpretation gives us the understanding that we are that tall strong tree that is a sight unto to all the earth.

Dan 4:20 The tree that thou sawest, which grew, and was strong, whose height reached unto the heaven, and the sight thereof to all the earth;

But that tree is hewn down when the Lord sends the angels of the Lord to bring in the harvest.  The fact the roots are left in the earth shows us the “is, was and will be” aspect of our judgment and spiritual completion as these words never pass away.

Dan 4:23 And whereas the king saw a watcher and an holy one coming down from heaven, and saying, Hew the tree down, and destroy it; yet leave the stump of the roots thereof in the earth, even with a band of iron and brass, in the tender grass of the field; and let it be wet with the dew of heaven, and let his portion be with the beasts of the field, till seven times pass over him;

Here is a New Testament version of the watchers of the Lord bringing judgment that is the time of harvest.

Rev 14:18 And another angel came out from the altar, which had power over fire; and cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe.

Next week Lord willing, we begin Chapter 4 and will review the verses that are nearly identical to Isaiah Chapter 2 that Mike already reviewed last month in the Isaiah study.  A pivot has been made here in Micah 3 and we begin to see the more positive side of judgment emerge in Micah 4.  Next week we begin to see the Lord regathering us back to Himself and preparing us for the painful process of childbirth and bringing forth the new man.

Mic 4:8 And thou, O tower of the flock, the strong hold of the daughter of Zion, unto thee shall it come, even the first dominion; the kingdom shall come to the daughter of Jerusalem.

As we mature, inwardly we produce new children, which are the mindsets the Lord is then working on in this ongoing is, was and will be process of judgment.  Old things are passing away and everything is being made new.

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

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Micah Part 11 – Eating & Drinking Unworthily

August 25, 2016

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Eating and Drinking Unworthily

Key Verses:  Micah 3:1 – 3:5

We ended Part 10 at the conclusion of Chapter 2 with “the breaker” coming upon us and breaking up our old way of life.  We are now being led, dragged actually, by the Lord who is our Head.

Mic 2:13 The breaker is come up before them: they have broken up, and have passed through the gate, and are gone out by it: and their king shall pass before them, and the LORD on the head of them.

This is how the sheep are led to the slaughter and all things in our lives (our heavens and the earth) are made new (Rev 21:5).  Thankfully the Lord does indeed drag us (Joh 6:44) as we would never of our own “free will” walk into the winepress also known as the furnace of affliction.  We don’t bring ourselves out of bondage to the world and to sin, it is the Lord who does it and here is how He does it.

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

The focus of today’s study will be on eating and drinking in the kingdom of God.  This eating and drinking of course are all spiritual symbols of how we partake of Jesus Christ and His judgments.

Luk 22:30 That ye may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

Here are the verses we will cover today.

Mic 3:1 And I said, Hear, I pray you, O heads of Jacob, and ye princes of the house of Israel; Is it not for you to know judgment?

Mic 3:2 Who hate the good, and love the evil; who pluck off their skin from off them, and their flesh from off their bones;

Mic 3:3 Who also eat the flesh of my people, and flay their skin from off them; and they break their bones, and chop them in pieces, as for the pot, and as flesh within the caldron.

Mic 3:4 Then shall they cry unto the LORD, but he will not hear them: he will even hide his face from them at that time, as they have behaved themselves ill in their doings.

Mic 3:5 Thus saith the LORD concerning the prophets that make my people err, that bite with their teeth, and cry, Peace; and he that putteth not into their mouths, they even prepare war against him.

It is the Word that leads us and nourishes us from a babe in Christ unto a mature man sanctified and exercising self-control (dominion) over sin.  These verses in Micah show us the linkage to our eating spiritual food and our judgment.  They are both one and the same thing.  We grow in the Lord by eating and we become what we eat!

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.

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.

Starting on milk we move to maturity and with time progress to eating strong meat (Heb 5:13). Our purpose of coming together and fellowshipping and breaking bread is all about partaking in communion with Jesus Christ.  We are told to do this often.

1Co 11:24 And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.

1Co 11:25 After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, this cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.

Eating and drinking all refer to the one event of living by every word.  We shall certainly eat of His flesh and we will certainly drink of His cup right on schedule.

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

It is performing this vital function (Heb 10:25, Col 1:24) of eating and drinking by which we are growing and maturing in the same way a child eats and drink physical things with nutrients to grow and become stronger with time.  We learn by doing and this is why we come together to eat and drink.

1Co 11:20 When ye come together therefore into one place, this is not to eat the Lord’s supper.

Now let’s look at the specific verses.

Mic 3:1 And I said, Hear, I pray you, O heads of Jacob, and ye princes of the house of Israel; Is it not for you to know judgment?

We must eat a lot of spiritual food to grow up in Christ.  This is how we come to know judgment, discerning good and evil along the narrow way and grow in the mind of Christ.  This is how we come to know the Lord which is the very definition of life eternal.

Joh 17:3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

We, like Micah here, should be praying for the brethren that they would know judgment now in this age and become partakers of His divine nature that comes no other way.  We traverse this path to maturity all the way to brotherly love (2 Pe 1:7) to complete our training course in righteousness.  Yet our flesh abhors God’s judgment (Mic 3:9) and will do anything to remove or wrest it away.  We remove judgment from not only ourselves but also from others when we are snared by the Babylonian lies that twists making compromise and tolerating fleshly differences as love.  The Word does not pity, it does not spare and instead it destroys worldliness and carnal mindedness which is enmity with the Lord.  We are to be separate and have to carry a cross and bear persecution if we are given to obey.  There is only one way and one truth and that is Jesus Christ who is His Word.

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.

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

We should pursue peace with all men (Heb 12:14) but we don’t do that by compromising the commandments of the Lord.  Our pursuit of peace is also with holiness (obedience).  We must stand for faith and bear our cross otherwise we wrest judgment.

Deu 16:19 Thou shalt not wrest judgment; thou shalt not respect persons, neither take a gift: for a gift doth blind the eyes of the wise, and pervert the words of the righteous

Being taught and given the mind of Christ requires us to judge all things by the Word of God (1 Co 2:15).  We come to see ourselves as chief of sinners in our day of judgment as the Lord purposefully manifests evil in our house and shines the light of truth on our hidden wickedness and inequities.

Rom 1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;

Judgment is how we are being taught the things of Christ.  Judgment is how we come to know the Lord.  We do not learn any other way but by this process.

Exodus 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.

It is our going through judgment and learning by the scourging of grace that the law of Christ is written onto our hearts and minds.  Eating meat is the trials, the suffering, and the persecution … the losing of our life to gain it.

Joh 6:54 Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.

Joh 6:55 For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.

Mic 3:2 Who hate the good, and love the evil; who pluck off their skin from off them, and their flesh from off their bones;

Mic 3:3 Who also eat the flesh of my people, and flay their skin from off them; and they break their bones, and chop them in pieces, as for the pot, and as flesh within the caldron.

As we read verses like this we must always remember the Word is Spirit (Joh 6:63).  The carnal mind and those in orthodox Babylonian churches have no ability to study these verses much less explain them.  We must be given the requisite ears to hear and eyes to see that come only to the chosen few (Rom 11:7, Mat 13:10, Mat 22:14).  These words about eating flesh speak not to cannibalism by the flesh Jews of Micah’s time.  They speak to you and me and all of God’s Elect and our time of eating and drinking unworthily in the kingdom of God.  There are rules (commandments) and table manners in the house of God just like good parents teach their children physical table manners.  Paul spells out some of the problems and poor eating habits of the immature Corinthian church that apply as lessons and experiences to this very day. When we come to the Body of Christ primarily to receive rather than to give, we miss the point of being a servant. We all have to do it first, warming ourselves by the fire before we are given to serve.

1Co 11:21 For in eating every one taketh before other his own supper: and one is hungry, and another is drunken.

1Co 11:22 What? have ye not houses to eat and to drink in? or despise ye the church of God, and shame them that have not? What shall I say to you? shall I praise you in this? I praise you not.

As priests of the Lord and shepherds of the flock (Joh 10:2) we ought to follow the Lord’s example to minister rather than to be ministered to.  Paul also showed that example of laboring to support the weak.

Act 20:35 I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.

When we pursue gain from the offerings and sacrifices of the brethren, we are sons of Belial, the wicked one and are eating from both tables and drinking from both cups.

1Sa 2:12 Now the sons of Eli were sons of Belial; they knew not the LORD.

1Sa 2:13 And the priests’ custom with the people was, that, when any man offered sacrifice, the priest’s servant came, while the flesh was in seething, with a flesh hook of three teeth in his hand;

Eating and drinking in the kingdom of God when done properly is how we die daily and become a living sacrifice for our brothers and sisters.  This is showing the Lord’s death till He comes (1 Co 11:26).

We are warned and admonished not to eat unworthily which of course we will do at first in order to then learn how to eat properly in the Body of Christ.  We examine ourselves and our faith, be diligent as we have been repeatedly seeing in Micah that we take communion properly in the house of God.

1Co 11:27 Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.

1Co 11:28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.

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.

We will remain weak babes and be spiritually sick and asleep when we eat unworthily and thereby pervert and twist the righteous judgments of God.  The Lord does not bless our halfhearted efforts and lack of diligence in our spiritual nutrition efforts.  He makes us weak and sickly and asleep to righteousness that will bring the occasion for further scourging and trials in the appointed times.  This is the process of sanctification from the inside out.  We are to take heed to our doctrine and what we eat but we also take heed how we eat and the fruit and the works of our labor in the Lord. Examination is required.

Psa 119:59 I thought on my ways, and turned my feet unto thy testimonies

Eze 18:28 Because he considereth, and turneth away from all his transgressions that he hath committed, he shall surely live, he shall not die.

We need to embrace our judgment and strive to hasten the coming of the Lord (2 Pe 3:12) to gain dominion over our sins and move on towards maturity.  To get there we suffer and endure the tribulations which we have been appointed to.  We must do this if we are to make the grade and be in that blessed and Holy First Resurrection.

1Co 11:32 But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.

These Micah verses speak to us eating at the table of the Lord but doing it unworthily.  We cannot have it both ways.  We can’t serve two masters and we can’t eat at two tables.  This pollutes the temple of God, which Temple we are and provokes the Lord to jealousy and brings His wrath.

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

Let’s look a little more at some of the symbolism.  Physical body parts foretell wisdom of spiritual body parts and what they represent.  Bones are the framework and pertain to doctrine, the foundation on which any matter and all truth is established.  The bones of Jesus Christ are His doctrines and the Scriptures we study and are living Words for God’s Elect.  The Scriptures are the Word that cannot be broken.

Joh 10:35 If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken;

Joh 19:36 For these things were done, that the scripture should be fulfilled, A bone of him shall not be broken.

The Elect of God are Jesus Christ whom the world rejects and persecutes.  We are His Body and are His flesh and of His bones.

Eph 5:30 For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.

Being immature and yet carnal we will still be at enmity with the Lord’s doctrines and the stringent requirements for our walk.  We hate good and love evil and flip flop them in our rebellion that seeks to wrest away judgment (Isa 5:20-21).  Robbing God is plucking/spoiling (stripping) the flesh off His bones remembering who His body, His flesh and His bones are.  An example would be seeking dishonest gain for our supposed godliness.

Our skin is our covering as a Body.  The Lord makes provisions and gives us, the sinners, “His saving by grace through faith” coverings for our nakedness.

Gen 3:21 Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.

Stripping off the skin(s) is being an accuser of the brethren and exposing one’s nakedness.  We are commanded to not uncover the nakedness of our brethren.  Ham and his offspring were cursed for exposing the nakedness of his father Noah (Gen 9:22).  Judging righteous judgment is obeying this commandment and respecting who is Lord of all things.

Lev 18:6 None of you shall approach to any that is near of kin to him, to uncover their nakedness: I am the LORD.

It is a narrow way and we have commandments on how to deal with sin and confront our brothers and sisters.  Our obeying God in all things it what covers the sins of the Body.

1Pe 4:8 NKJV And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “LOVE WILL COVER A MULTITUDE OF SINS.”

Stripping off the covering of the body is exposing it to all kinds of evils.  That spirit is what must be cast out of us.

Rev 12:10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.

We do this to ourselves of course but also to our neighbors and fellow brethren as prideful beasts that love to compare and measure themselves and judge in the flesh.  Looking down upon others and not judging righteous judgment is eating in the kingdom of God improperly.  When we do this we are eating strangled and torn meat which is another table rule we are commanded not to do.  The meat we eat, the Body of Christ is to be undefiled.

Act 15:29 That ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: from which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well. Fare ye well.

Lev 22:8 That which dieth of itself, or is torn with beasts, he shall not eat to defile himself therewith: I am the LORD.

Again the admonishment is to be careful and to take heed what we eat and to examine ourselves and our thought life.

Heb 13:9 Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein.

1Co 11:28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup.

1Co 11:29 For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.

The Lord has us fall down and err from His ways to use our own wickedness to correct us and teach us proper eating methods in the house of God.  Grace from a jealous God are being poured out upon us that is breaking our bones and old way of life (Lam 3:4-5).

We eat the body of Christ when we partake in the suffering in filling up in the afflictions for the sake of the church.  This is the suffering to which we have been appointed.  This is the true communion of our dying daily.

Mar 14:22 And as they did eat, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and brake it, and gave to them, and said, Take, eat: this is my body.

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:

Act 14:22 Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.

Doctrine and knowledge is important and it must be we drink and eat in the Kingdom of God.  Yet we also must take heed HOW we eat.  Doing the word and loving God and our neighbor is  of greater importance and is the purpose of the Lord giving us the food and drink at His altar.

Rom 14:17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.

 

Mic 3:4Then shall they cry unto the LORD, but he will not hear them: he will even hide his face from them at that time, as they have behaved themselves ill in their doings.

Our sin of eating wrongly is separating us from the Lord.  As our suffering and trials increase as “ye of little faith” we feel forsaken. All part of the Lord’s process to bring us to our wits end and we will thank Him in the end.

Isa 59:2 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.

Psa 107:27 They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wits’ end …..

Psa 107:31 Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!

Becoming a living sacrifice, that is the meat of an offering made by fire, is painful and will cause us to first cry unto the Lord to save our flesh.  But the flesh must go and the Lord is intent on destroying it not saving it.  So in those days, which is now on the house of God, the Lord is going to ratchet up the judgments in the whirlwind.  This is how we are being humbled and brought to our wits end.  He is not hearing the pleas and cries of our old man.

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

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

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

Pro 1:29 For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD:

Another OT witness of the Lord turning us into destruction and forsaking us for a little while to show us our sins and bring correction.

Deu 31:18 And I will surely hide my face in that day for all the evils which they shall have wrought, in that they are turned unto other gods.

Deu 32:20 And he said, I will hide my face from them, I will see what their end shall be: for they are a very froward generation, children in whom is no faith.

The Hebrew word raa H7489 which is the simple word for evil is where the translators used the phrase “they have behaved themselves ill” instead.  The Lord simply turns us over to Satan for the destruction of our flesh.  We do evil as the Lord is ordaining and in the appointed times be turned back through the power of His grace that comes from the Word.  That Word, which is “those bones cannot be broken”, and it is finishing the good work it starts.

Psa 34:19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.

Psa 34:20 He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken.

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:

Looking back with time we will see the mystery of God at work in all of our evil and apostasy.  This is the only way to become like Him knowing good and evil.

Isa 45:3 And I will give thee the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places, that thou mayest know that I, the LORD, which call thee by thy name, am the God of Israel.

Mic 3:5 Thus saith the LORD concerning the prophets that make my people err, that bite with their teeth, and cry, Peace; and he that putteth not into their mouths, they even prepare war against him.

The word for bite here is H5391 and here is how Strong’s defines it.

H5391, nâshak, naw-shak’

A primitive root; to strike with a sting (as a serpent); figuratively, to oppress with interest on a loan: – bite, lend upon usury.

Total KJV occurrences: 16

bite, 6

usury, 4

lend, 3

bit, 2

biteth, 2

bitten, 2

lent, 1

Serpents bite and sting flesh with their mouths.  This is what we do to our brethren and the flesh of Christ when we do not eat and drink properly at the Lord’s table.

Ecc 10:11 Surely the serpent will bite [H5391] without enchantment; and a babbler is no better

Ecc 10:12 The words of a wise man’s mouth are gracious; but the lips of a fool will swallow up himself.

We have to watch our words and ensure they are always seasoned with salt (Col 4:6).  We are called to pursue peace with all men and especially in the household of faith (Gal 6:10).  Interesting that this word for BITE is also the word for USURY or LEND.

Deu 23:19 Thou shalt not lend upon usury [H5391] to thy brother; usury [H5392] of money, usury [H5392] of victuals, usury of anything that is lent upon usury [H5391]

The related word H5392 means interest.  This tells us that we are not to be seeking gain of any kind.  Working in the fields of God is our reasonable service and our duty and we should expect nothing in return.

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

We bite the flesh, make war against our brethren when we communicate with such selfish hidden motives and agendas.  God’s people are to be unprofitable servants, not ones seeking and reaping profit in their service.

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.

We have to be wise to our prideful hearts and not allow ourselves to be puffed up, one against another.  Getting dominion over these thoughts and deeds is part of growing up and learning to eat and drink properly at the table of the Lord.

As the people of God, we go thru a season where we lust for meat.  We want knowledge above everything else and have an insatiable appetite to get more.  The Lord teaches us by turning us over to our idols of the heart.  We learn to seek meat in moderation by being judged for our excessive lusts for it as the story of the quail in Numbers shows us.

Num 11:33 And while the flesh was yet between their teeth, ere it was chewed, the wrath of the LORD was kindled against the people, and the LORD smote the people with a very great plague.

A mature man in Christ will get past the carnal desires for gain and seeking riches in the Kingdom.  Doing otherwise is a snare and drowns us in perdition and keeps us from entering into His rest and ceasing from our own works.

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

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

I hope we see more clearly the Lord’s hand in every aspect of our lives including causing us to err from His ways and do evil (Isa 63:17, Prov 16:9, Psa 78:49).  He does this to bring judgment and correct us and reshape us, His clay vessels, with water and with fire.  Both of which wash us and sanctify us as His bride without spot or wrinkle.

Isa 64:8 But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.

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

We will Lord willing pick up next week with this theme of us perverting God’s judgment before we learn through much scourging grace and the tribulations to go with it, to judge righteously.  Given our roles in the Millennium and as the lake of Fire, we best take seriously this responsibility.  If we cannot be trusted to judge righteously and be faithful watchmen now, how will the Lord put us into even greater responsibilities?

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Micah Part 10 – Sheep Led to the Slaughter

August 17, 2016

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Micah Part 10 – Sheep Led to the Slaughter

Key Verses: Micah 2:7 – 2:13

by Pete Wilson

Flesh and blood cannot and was never intended to inherit the kingdom of God.  The first born of God’s witnesses, our life walking after the flesh must be sacrificed to the Lord for the new man, the second witness to be resurrected with Christ (Rev 11:12).  The Elect are the first to endure this process (1 Pe 4:17) so they in turn can become the instruments by which all men will be judged and brought to eternal life (Rev 20:4).  To gain our life we must lose it now and that is likened to us going to a daily slaughter.

Rom 8:36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.

Judgment is the primary message of all the prophets.  It is both a wonderful and fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.  It depends on which side of the two-edged sword we are talking about.

Psa 139:12 Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.

Isa 45:7 I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.

The Lord works all things for the greater good of those who love (obey) Him.  This includes putting us into darkness, making us blind, so He can then bring us to the light.

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.

Mat 4:16 The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up.

1Pe 2:9  But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:

It is truly a blessing to be judged now in this age.  It comes to precious few who are able to read, hear and to keep (i.e. live out) the words and judgments spoken about in the Scriptures.

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.

Here are the verses for Part 10 of the study of the Book of Micah.

Mic 2:7 O thou that art named the house of Jacob, is the spirit of the LORD straitened? are these his doings? do not my words do good to him that walketh uprightly?

Mic 2:8 Even of late my people is risen up as an enemy: ye pull off the robe with the garment from them that pass by securely as men averse from war.

Mic 2:9 The women of my people have ye cast out from their pleasant houses; from their children have ye taken away my glory forever.

Mic 2:10 Arise ye, and depart; for this is not your rest: because it is polluted, it shall destroy you, even with a sore destruction.

Mic 2:11 If a man walking in the spirit and falsehood do lie, saying, I will prophesy unto thee of wine and of strong drink; he shall even be the prophet of this people.

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

Mic 2:13 The breaker is come up before them: they have broken up, and have passed through the gate, and are gone out by it: and their king shall pass before them, and the LORD on the head of them.

Let’s look at these verses in more detail and link them to the sum of God’s word and the gospel message of salvation.

Mic 2:7 O thou that art named the house of Jacob, is the spirit of the LORD straitened [H7114]? are these his doings? do not my words do good to him that walketh uprightly?

The word straitened [H7114] is only used as “straitened” one time of its 48 occurrences.  This is a poor translation and it would be better translated as “shortened” or “reaped” implying the Lord’s will is cut off or denied when we manifest sin and rebellion in our walk.  The paradox of Scriptures is that the Lord works all things in the life of His clay vessels.  His hand is not too short to save yet our inequities the Lord Himself is causing that separates us from the Lord is not a contradiction.

Isa 59:1 Behold, the LORD’S hand is not shortened [H7114], that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:

Isa 59:2 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.

The Lord forsaking us for a “little while” (Isa 54:7) is needed to humble us and bring judgment upon our sinful ways and carnal lusts.  This verse in Micah is a rhetorical question that reminds us that our falling into sin and rebellion is 100% the Lord’s doing.  He is working all things for the counsel of His will. Even our very sins are in the box of all things.

Jer 10:23 O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.

2Ch 20:6 And said, O LORD God of our fathers, art not thou God in heaven? and rulest not thou over all the kingdoms of the heathen? and in thine hand is there not power and might, so that none is able to withstand thee?

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.

Rom 9:21 Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?

The words of the Lord do good for the new man because over time this grace causes us to walk uprightly.  Isaiah answers the question of who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire and who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings (Isa 33:14).  It’s not people going to a place called eternal hell, it is those who are learning through scourging grace to gain dominion over sin.

Isa 33:15  He that walketh righteously, and speaketh uprightly; he that despiseth the gain of oppressions, that shaketh his hands from holding of bribes, that stoppeth his ears from hearing of blood, and shutteth his eyes from seeing evil;

The Lording causes us to err from His ways only so He can turn us back to Him and by that process teach us true righteousness.

Psa 90:3 Thou turnest man to destruction; and sayest, Return, ye children of men.

 

Mic 2:8  NKJV Lately My people have risen up as an enemy— You pull off the robe with the garment From those who trust you, as they pass by, Like men returned from war.

Mic 2:9  The women of My people you cast out From their pleasant houses; From their children You have taken away My glory forever.

Oppressing our neighbor, doing violence by perverting God’s ways and truths with our worldliness (harlotry) makes us enemies of God (Jam 4:4) and targets for His wrath.  The churches of men, built on the lies of the great harlot, that are also within us are the women who spoil or strip off all of our Godly raiment, both the outer robe and the under garments of Christ’s righteousness.  Trusting in our own strength and our own righteousness, which are filthy rags (Isa 64:6) spoils the pure things of God.

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

In the time of our becoming a living sacrifice (Rom 12:1) our loving Father will scourge us with grace (Heb 12:6) and bring us back to Him.

Zep 1:8  And it shall come to pass in the day of the LORD’S sacrifice, that I will punish the princes, and the king’s children, and all such as are clothed with strange apparel.

Engaged in full time warfare (Eph 6:12) we become averse to the ongoing struggles and do not always remain vigilant in the good fight of faith.  Leaven can creep in unawares (Jud 1:4) and our deceitful hearts lead us astray (Jer 17:9, Pro 4:23) when we let our guard down.  We need to be constantly reminded of our ongoing warring against the flesh and never grow weary.

1Pe 2:11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;

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

Casting out our woman from their pleasant houses and taking away God’s glory from our children (maturing mindsets) is what disobedience brings about on our road to maturity.  “Pleasant houses” here in Micah refers to delicate houses and its root word H6026 (Anag) which links delicate houses with pliable or soft houses.  Our falling down and being judged bring this softness about.

Psa 51:3 For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me

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

Sin hardens our heart and makes us less pliable in the Potter’s hands.  We are warned to take heed and learn the lessons given to us by the Scriptures (1 Cor 10:11).

Heb 3:12 Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.

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

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

Heb 3:15 While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation.

Sin shall no longer be ruling in our mortal fleshly bodies.  Last week we saw that adding to our knowledge is a necessary ingredient to move on to maturity and bear the fruit of brotherly love which starts and ends with obedience (1 Jo 5:3).  This is a serious calling that requires diligent ongoing effort and endurance that only the Lord can and will give us in order to grow.

Rom 6:13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.

The word translated “forever” in Micah 2:9 is the Hebrew word olam H5769 and does not mean forever in the same way AION or AIONIOUS is mistranslated in the Greek New Testament.  Our period of judgment is not forever but is an age abiding period of time which the Lord uses to teach us the error of our sinful ways and is the very means of our salvation.  Thankfully, the Lord dies for us when we are yet still the chief of sinners and reconciles us through the death of that first (old) fleshly man Adam.

Rom 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Rom 5:9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.

We are saved from wrath by living through the wrath against our sins and lustful ways now in this age.

Mic 2:10 Arise ye, and depart; for this is not your rest: because it is polluted, it shall destroy you, even with a sore destruction [H2556].

The Lord will not let us enter into rest while sin is still ruling in our hearts.  The Lord must mix in faith, the ability to believe His word, for us to overcome and learn through our judgments.  We are increasingly given the ability to get up from our falling down and that is how we gain dominion, cease from our own works and find the rest that remains for the people of God.  Yet we need not be lax, slothful or at ease on the journey. Instead we must strive, labour, be diligent and work out our salvation with fear and trembling.

Heb 4:11 Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.

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

We looked at this word translated as “destruction”, H2556 “chebel” in Part 9.  It is only translated destruction one time in the 62 occurrences and as we saw it actually means cords or sorrows most of the time.  Either way, this destruction is speaking of the bondage (cords) to sin and the sorrows and pangs we deal with (because of that sin) in giving birth to the new man.  This is how the old man is destroyed and the beast put under subjection to the Christ in us.

Rom 8:22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.

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

Until we learn to arise and move on, we remain to relearn the lessons with more grace poured out upon our sins (Rom 5:20).  Being forgiven and given the healing to pick up our mat and walk comes with an admonition to continue to do well.

Joh 5:14 Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.

Our suffering and the judgments of the Lord by the Word (Joh 12:48) in the last days will not return void.  That Word will accomplish all the Lord’s purposes right on time.  We are saved from His wrath by the Lord remaking the marred (destroyed) vessel of clay.

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

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:

 

Mic 2:11  If a man walking in the spirit and falsehood do lie, saying, I will prophesy unto thee of wine and of strong drink; he shall even be the prophet of this people.

 Our carnal rebellious flesh loves to justify itself and rationalize its continued disobedience, turning grace into lasciviousness.  In the last days, we will at first heap upon ourselves teachers and false prophets that will tell us what our flesh loves to hear (2 Tim 4:3).

Jer 5:31 NKJV The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests rule by their own power; and My people love to have it so. But what will you do in the end?

This not someone else, it is you and me as the false prophet and the deceiver.  Living by every word includes all these words.

Job 12:16 With Him are strength and prudence. The deceived and the deceiver are His.

Eze 14:4 Therefore speak unto them, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Every man of the house of Israel that setteth up his idols in his heart, and putteth the stumblingblock of his iniquity before his face, and cometh to the prophet; I the LORD will answer him that cometh according to the multitude of his idols;

It needs be that we get drunk with wine and strong drink as that is key to learning good and evil and coming to know He truly is the Lord.  This is the falling away that must be.

 Deu 29:6 You have not eaten bread, nor have you drunk wine or similar drink, that you may know that I am the LORD your God.

As God’s kings and priests, we must first err and mishandle the things of God and stumble in our day of judgment.

Isa 28:7  But they also have erred through wine, and through strong drink are out of the way; the priest and the prophet have erred through strong drink, they are swallowed up of wine, they are out of the way through strong drink; they err in vision, they stumble in judgment.

This erring from His ways is every bit part of the life of Jesus Christ, who is the alpha and omega, the beginning and the end.  We must first bear the earthy image then the heavenly one (1 Co 15:49).

Eze 14:9 And if the prophet be deceived when he hath spoken a thing, I the LORD have deceived that prophet, and I will stretch out my hand upon him, and will destroy him from the midst of my people Israel.

The Lord is not doing this as some monster, He is doing it as a loving Father to teach us the right ways of life and to make us into His people.

Eze 14:11  That the house of Israel may go no more astray from me, neither be polluted any more with all their transgressions; but that they may be my people, and I may be their God, saith the Lord GOD.

It is our abiding in the fire of the Word, our lake of fire NOW by which our beast and false prophet days are burned up and we are given new garments of salvation (Rev 19:20).

Mic 2:12  I will surely assemble, O Jacob, all of thee; I will surely gather the remnant of Israel; I will put them together as the sheep of Bozrah [H1223], as the flock in the midst of their fold: they shall make great noise by reason of the multitude of men.

The same Lord that scatters His people and purposefully deceives them, gathers them back into the little flock that is the Body of Christ (Luk 12:32, Eze 34:12).  There His chosen sheep are fed spiritually and that includes being fed judgment.

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.

Jer 23:4 And I will set up shepherds over them which shall feed them: and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, neither shall they be lacking, saith the LORD.

A New Testament witness to this prophecy would be this.

Eph 4:11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;

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

1Pe 5:2 Feed (rule) the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;

It is these words of fire (Jer 5:14) that brings judgment and perfects us.  This is how over time we are edified and come to unity, the perfect man unto the fullness of Christ.  The Lord’s people make lots of noise in the day of salvation and abiding in judgment by fire of the Word.

1Sa 4:5 And when the ark of the covenant of the LORD came into the camp, all Israel shouted with a great shout, so that the earth rang again.

Psa 95:1  O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.

Jos 6:20  So the people shouted when the priests blew with the trumpets: and it came to pass, when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city.

This noise we make is linked to the sounds of the trumpets which represent the judgments of God that saves us from our sins!  The Word works in us via judgment.  This is how we enter into and possess the land for Christ receiving our salvation from sin.

Now let’s look at the word Bozrah and what it represents and that is the context from which the title “The Sheep Led to the Slaughter” was chosen.  E-Sword shows the Micah 2:12 word “Bozrah” as H1223 that is the same as H1224 in the Strong’s Dictionary as all other references to Bozrah are labelled.

H1224, botsrâh, bots-raw’

The same as H1223; Botsrah, a place in Edom: – Bozrah.

Total KJV Occurrences: 9

bozrah, 9

Gen_36:33, 1Ch_1:44, Isa_34:6, Isa_63:1, Jer_48:24, Jer_49:13, Jer_49:22, Mic_2:12 (2)

We will look at a few of these references but first note that Bozrah is part of the land of Moab (Jer 48:24).  Moab was an incestuous son of Lot whose name stands for the fleshly veil that keeps us separated from the Lord.  That veil of flesh must be removed for us to take heed the commandments of the Lord and walk as sons of the light.

Secondly note that Bozrah was also the capital city of Edom (Isa 34:6).  If we remind ourselves of what Esau and Edom symbolize we will be able to see this story applying to our personal day of the Lord more clearly.

H123, ‘ĕdôm,  ed-ome’

From H122; red (see Gen_25:25); Edom, the elder twin-brother of Jacob; hence the region (Idumaea) occupied by him: – Edom, Edomites, Idumea.

Gen 25:25 And the first came out red, all over like an hairy garment; and they called his name Esau.

Esau and Edom represent the first man Adam (red) which cannot inherit the kingdom of God (1 Cor 15:50) and must bow down and serve the younger new man within all of us (Gen 25:23).

The flesh must be done away with and this is done by gather of the sheep and bringing them together for judgment.  This takes place spiritually outside the camp in Bozrah, in the capital of our fleshly kingdoms.  The sword of the Lord brings the slaughter of our old ways (cutting off) as we abide in our judgment now in this age.

Also remember the meaning of a Morasthite from Part 1 was to be a possessor of a winepress.  Our suffering and dying daily with Christ in the day of our judgment (now) is how we are rightly called Morasthite’ s and obtain our garments of salvation.

Isa 63:1 Who is this that cometh from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah? This that is glorious in his apparel, travelling in the greatness of his strength? I that speak in righteousness, mighty to save.

Isa 63:2 Wherefore art thou red in thine apparel, and thy garments like him that treadeth in the winefat?

Isa 63:3 I have trodden the winepress alone; and of the people there was none with me: for I will tread them in mine anger, and trample them in my fury; and their blood shall be sprinkled upon my garments, and I will stain all my raiment.

The great tribulation that we must live through (not be raptured away) is how our clothes, our covering for sins is washed clean and made pure.

Rev 7:14 And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, these are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

One of God’s messengers (Philip, Pete, You….), members of the Body will be sent to show understanding to spiritual Eunuch’s of this great mystery and the Lord’s strange work.

Act 8:32  The place of the scripture which he read was this, He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so opened he not his mouth:

Act 8:33 In his humiliation his judgment was taken away: and who shall declare his generation? for his life is taken from the earth.

The reign of the beast and the life we know in the flesh must be lost in order for us to gain life eternal now in down payment form.  This is the only way we come to know the Lord in truth and in Spirit.  The princes and rulers of the carnal mind, the 200 Million lies of Babylon (Rev (9:16) will be slaughtered in the “harvest” of Bozrah.

Isa 34:5 For my sword shall be bathed in heaven: behold, it shall come down upon Idumea [EDOM] and upon the people of my curse, to judgment.

Isa 34:6 The sword of the LORD is filled with blood, it is made fat with fatness, and with the blood of lambs and goats, with the fat of the kidneys of rams: for the LORD hath a sacrifice in Bozrah, and a great slaughter in the land of Idumea [EDOM].

As the angels of God, His messengers and the means by which He does the greater works, we by speaking the word and watching over the flock operate the winepress and feed the people with judgment.

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

Rev 14:20 And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs.

Mic 2:13 NKJV The one who breaks open will come up before them; They will break out, Pass through the gate, And go out by it; Their king will pass before them, With the LORD at their head.

The destruction of the flesh and our way of life in the world is, was and will be occurring as we endure in these marred vessels.  But the purpose of our judgment is to bring us into unity of the faith and mature us into holy men of the Lord.  The Elect are the Body of Christ which is also the bride that is to be without spot (Eph 5:27).  Our wedding garments come with a very high price and only through much tribulation.  The Lord’s arm is not too short to save.  He will save us and it is by this process of judgment.  This is how we break out of our old ways.

Mat 21:44 And whoever falls on this stone will be broken; but on whomever it falls, it will grind him to powder.”

Neh 1:3 And they said unto me, The remnant that are left of the captivity there in the province are in great affliction and reproach: the wall of Jerusalem also is broken down, and the gates thereof are burned with fire.

There is a time and season for everything and breaking us down and destroying our carnal strongholds (Dukes of Edom) is a very necessary season of maturing.  Following the Spirit we will walk the straight and narrow way and exit the wide gate.  Entry into the Temple, which Temple God’s Elect are (1 Cor 3:16) is done by living out those vials of wrath (Rev 15:8, Rev 1:3) and being ministered to by fellow overcomers and messengers of the Lord.

Rev 3:12 Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.

It is those who have the true Jesus Christ as their Head abiding in the Body subject to its governance and the multitude of counselors that are the true sons of God.

Rom 8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

It is only those given the mind of Christ that are ONE with the Body and the Father.

Joh 17:21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.

Joh 17:22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:

We will see more detail of our period of being forsaken for a “little while” in next week’s study as we begin Chapter 3.

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Micah Part 9 – Adding to Knowledge

August 9, 2016

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Micah Part 9 – Adding to Knowledge

We have talked about diligence in the past few studies and we have learned how important our continued striving is towards our growth and ultimately our salvation. Those ruling and reigning with Jesus Christ, will be those who learned to stand and not fall when tested.

2Pe 1:10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:

The word diligence in modern English means a “careful and persistent work or effort”. Such is our walk of faith as it requires great care and persistent work on our part. No, we do not save ourselves but we do have to work out our own salvation with fear and trembling (Phi 2:12).

Natural plants and trees are either in the process of growing or else they are dying. So it is with us in the Body of Christ and in spiritual matters. Our stagnation towards maturity equals death.  We become partakers of His Holiness only by traversing this maturation process which requires us to keep moving and to add things to faith and to knowledge.

2Pe 1:3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:

2Pe 1:4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

Knowledge of Christ is the beginning and as we grow we become spiritual adults.

2Pe 1:5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;

2Pe 1:6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;

2Pe 1:7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.

2Pe 1:8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

We were shown this in an earlier study but it’s worth repeating. The process of salvation requires us to move and travail as the Lord commands us “to go into, get dominion (possess) over all the lands within His kingdom within us” (Luk 17:21).

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

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

Knowledge/hearing only gets us so far along this journey. The doing part comes into play and is required of us by the Lord. The end of the journey as Peter’s words show is serving Christ with brotherly kindness and love (agape). The love of God differs from the world’s love as it requires obedience that can only come about by our enduring through the process of judgment.

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.

Ecc 12:13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.

We ended last week with our children, referring to our maturing mind going again into captivity because of our continued self-righteous rebellion to the law of faith. We start this week in Chapter 2 which is where the hidden things of darkness, the idols in our fields begin to be rooted out even more as we go further into the land in order to possess it.

Mic 2:1 Woe to them that devise iniquity, and work evil upon their beds! when the morning is light, they practise it, because it is in the power of their hand.

Mic 2:2 And they covet fields, and take them by violence; and houses, and take them away: so they oppress a man and his house, even a man and his heritage.

Mic 2:3 Therefore thus saith the LORD; Behold, against this family do I devise an evil, from which ye shall not remove your necks; neither shall ye go haughtily: for this time is evil.

Mic 2:4 In that day shall one take up a parable against you, and lament with a doleful lamentation, and say, We be utterly spoiled: he hath changed the portion of my people: how hath he removed it from me! turning away he hath divided our fields.

Mic 2:5 Therefore thou shalt have none that shall cast a cord by lot in the congregation of the LORD.

Mic 2:6 Prophesy ye not, say they to them that prophesy: they shall not prophesy to them, that they shall not take shame.

This sequence brings to mind the rebuke of the Scribes and Pharisees who claim to be the leaders of God’s people but actually are oppressing them. It is not enough to speak truth, we must learn to do it.

Mat 23:1 Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples,

Mat 23:2 Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat:

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.

Truth brings light to the darkness.  Over time the Word that is Jesus Christ shines on the darkness hidden in our hearts. Even with our new found knowledge of Truth, we are still devising inequity.  Even with the morning star arising within us, we have a long journey and a lot of growing yet to do. Many nations need to be conquered and many idols burned out.

Heb 6:1 Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,

Jesus Christ is the morning star and in our fallen state of pride we get puffed up and live out these words of Micah as Lucifer, the fallen angel (Isa 14:12-13). Our proud religious beast was not left behind in some Babylonian church. This takes place progressively as we are judged abiding in the fire of Christ. An angel speaking words of fire to us will show us the judgment of the great whore within us and the beast that was, is not and yet is (Rev 17:7-8).

Mic 2:1 Woe to them that devise iniquity, and work evil upon their beds! when the morning is light, they practise it, because it is in the power [H410] of their hand.

The power of our rebellious hand is the false god we worship in setting up and bowing down to the image of the beast within us. It is thru putting forth “our hand” of carnal flesh that we eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and as a consequence eventually become like gods (Gen 3:22). That partaking of life comes through death as we reap the wages of our sins in our day of judgment.  This is how and when we learn to add to our faith by living out the chastening grace of the Lord.

We can see the power of our hand is the power of the beast. The word translated “power” here in Micah 2:1 is really the Hebrew word for god.

Only 3 or 242 occurrences is it shown as power, the word really is god.

H410, ‘êl, ale

Total KJV Occurrences: 242

god, 224

mighty, 6

power, 3

Gen_31:29, Pro_3:27, Mic_2:1

god’s, 2

gods, 2

 

It is the power of the god (our image to the beast) we worship by the work of our hands that is the origins of our continued rebellion to the Lord. Our father the devil is where the power of this self-made god comes from.

Rev 13:2 And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.

We live out these words having the Truth but not doing it in our stiff necked rebellion.

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

It is only through the mercy of the Lord we can be snatched back from this deception. Few are given to endure in the fire and seek the safety of a multitude of counselors who are the watchmen of the flock. Without those safety nets darkness creeps in unawares.

Mat 6:23 But if thine eye be evil; thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!

 

Mic 2:2 And they covet fields, and take them by violence; and houses, and take them away: so they oppress a man and his house, even a man and his heritage.

“Knowledge is power” is a well-known adage in the business world. God’s people are indeed destroyed for lack of knowledge but the other side of the narrow way is where knowledge puffs up.  Given keys to the kingdom of God will bud our pride and lead to us doing violence to the Word.

Eze 7:10 Behold the day, behold, it is come: the morning is gone forth; the rod hath blossomed, pride hath budded.

Eze 7:11 Violence is risen up into a rod of wickedness: none of them shall remain, nor of their multitude, nor of any of theirs: neither shall there be wailing for them.

This of course is all the Lord’s work in us so we can be chastened and learn the truth by these fiery trials.  The Lord brings wrath upon our merchandising old man in that we are appointed.

Eze 7:12 The time is come, the day draweth near: let not the buyer rejoice, nor the seller mourn: for wrath is upon all the multitude thereof.

Spiritual violence is when we pervert and twist the Word for self-righteous gain. This is how we rob and oppress our neighbor including the man child within us.

Pro 22:22 Rob not the poor, because he is poor: neither oppress the afflicted in the gate:

Pro 22:23 For the LORD will plead their cause, and spoil the soul of those that spoiled them.

Mat 6:19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:

It traces back to a covetous spirit and our merchandising the things of the Lord. We are that man that has all the flocks but still takes the one from the poor man having just one (2 Sam 12:4).  We have seen that those Jebusites dwell with us in Jerusalem to this very day. Profaning what is holy and ravening after prey by seeking dominion and exaltation, we seek after gain.   The Lord is using these occasions to further mature us.

Eze 22:26 Her priests have violated my law, and have profaned mine holy things: they have put no difference between the holy and profane, neither have they shewed difference between the unclean and the clean, and have hid their eyes from my sabbaths, and I am profaned among them.

Eze 22:27 Her princes in the midst thereof are like wolves ravening the prey, to shed blood, and to destroy souls, to get dishonest gain.

Seeing the prosperity of the wicked is indeed a carnal reasoning that tempts us as that appeals to the carnal mind.  When we seek that prosperity we are doing violence and oppressing our neighbor. We know that the field is the world so coveting the fields refers to loving this world and the things of this world which we are commanded not to do (1 Jo 2:15). Not coveting was integral to the Ten Commandments yet the law of Faith has a much higher standard. We shall not covet anything and need to learn to be content where the Lord has us.

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.

1Ti 6:10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

The lustful desires of the carnal mind and the love of this world causes us to twist and pervert the Word of God. As aspiring soldiers of Christ we are maturing and learn to be content with our wages and where the Lord has us.

Luk 3:14 And the soldiers likewise demanded of him, saying, And what shall we do? And he said unto them, Do violence to no man, neither accuse any falsely; and be content with your wages.

Our wages are the gain or the reward we are given by the Lord. We are learning to be content in all things. Anything else is a prideful and lustful spirit within us that is contrary to faith.

Comparing and measuring ourselves against any man is very unwise and originates from our pride of life (2 Cor 10:12). True repentance leads to us being content with where the Lord has placed us in life. We cannot save ourselves or enter into the kingdom of God by our own strength and are told to wait on the Lord. The works of the law is our self-righteousness. The Lord does not need anything from us and it’s a carryover of our Babylonian idols that leads us to engage in violence as we seek to enter into the kingdom of our own initiative. Only the Spirit of the Lord through faith is able to work what is required to enter into the kingdom of God. Any other way is unbelief and what the “wine of violence” refers to.

Mat 11:12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.

Pro 4:17 For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence.

We learn via our maturing process that NO MAN can enter but only by living through the Lord’s judgments upon our carnal mind and sinful ways (Rev 15:8).  A mark of a maturing man is they are not coveting and are learning to be content with what they have and where they are in the Lord.

Heb 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

Eph 5:3 But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints;

 

Mic 2:3 Therefore thus saith the LORD; Behold, against this family do I devise an evil, from which ye shall not remove your necks; neither shall ye go haughtily: for this time is evil.

The Lord is the one causing and sending forth all evil (Isa 45:7, Eph 2:11, Psa 78:49). The evil made manifest within included (Isa 63:17) and is used of the Lord for further refining of the impurities in our heavens and earth. Only the fine metals that represent the purity of the Word is remaining.

Mal 3:3 And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness.

God’s elect are the sons of Levi who are being purified first now in this age. We are the worst harlots (Jam 4:4) because we know the truth and still don’t do it and this knowledge brings a higher standard of judgment (Luk 12:47). Here is a description of the son of Levi being judged.

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.

This process of being scourged and humbled brings dominion over sin and is putting the beast in subjection to Christ. This process is teaching us the fear of the Lord as we learn that we cannot out sin the grace of God (Rom 5:20). It is what keeps us on the straight and narrow road, trembling at every word of the Lord (Phi 2:12).

Eph 5:15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,

Eph 5:16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

Eph 5:17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.

Our stiff necked stubborn rebellious ways are coming to an end by the Lord stepping on the neck of our old man and religious beast.  Our rebellious beast becomes the footstool (Isa 66:1) as the Lord (Christ in us) takes his rightful place on the throne of our hearts. We learn the benefits of obedience and that our faith is rewarded with a promotion and even more trials to purge us. The Lord crushes Satan within us “is, was and will be” and destroys the pride of life by the baptism of fire that we live out in the Body of Christ. Our lake of fire is now and we are being taught patience in waiting for our deliverance.

Rom 16:20 And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.

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.

 

Mic 2:4 In that day shall one take up a parable against you, and lament with a doleful lamentation, and say, We be utterly spoiled: he hath changed the portion of my people: how hath he removed it from me! turning away [H7728] he hath divided our fields.

The Lord will turn us into apostasy, losing our first love and away from the Christ our inheritance. This is the “turning away” caused of the Lord to chasten us and then bring us back learning true righteousness versus self-righteousness by the experience. Here is the same word translated “turning away” [H7728] as it is elsewhere used in the Old Testament showing once again the battle with the pride of life.

Jer 49:4 Wherefore gloriest thou in the valleys, thy flowing valley, O backsliding [H7728] daughter? that trusted in her treasures, saying, Who shall come unto me?

The Lord does not come into our heavens and earth to bring peace or unity. He is coming into our lives in clay vessels to bring about division coupled with fire (Luk 12.51). We learn to separate by first not separating and backsliding into sin and worldliness.  These are our teaching moments and how we learn righteousness from our heavenly Father.

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

The kingdom of our father the devil (e.g. our carnal mind), will collapse by having its fields divided against itself (Mat 12:25). This is a necessary lamentation in order for us to be delivered from our sins. Deeply rooted carnal strongholds (pride) are being brought to the light and being destroyed in the fire of the Lord’s jealousy for us by judgment that is now on the house of God.

Lam 2:5 The Lord was like an enemy. He has swallowed up Israel, He has swallowed up all her palaces; He has destroyed her strongholds, And has increased mourning and lamentation In the daughter of Judah.

Turning grace into lasciviousness, we cause our children to remain in captivity and in bondage to deeply rooted sins and ungodly thoughts.

Lam 2:14 Your prophets have seen for you false and deceptive visions; they have not uncovered your iniquity, to bring back your captives, But have envisioned for you false prophecies and delusions.

Bringing the old man within us to our wits end is done by dividing the kingdom of Satan within us that leads to the taunting proverb spoken here in Micah and in Habakkuk.

Hab 2:6 Shall not all these take up a parable against him, and a taunting proverb against him, and say, Woe to him that increaseth that which is not his! how long? and to him that ladeth himself with thick clay!

And it is the Body of Christ, the remnant of the people who speak the words of fire that spoil the old man and carnal mindset within us.  Reaping what we sow, the spoiler within us is spoiled by the consuming fire of the Word.

Hab 2:8 Because thou hast spoiled many nations, all the remnant of the people shall spoil thee; because of men’s blood, and for the violence of the land, of the city, and of all that dwell therein.

Our pride and inequities will separate us from God (Isa 59:2) for a season and the Lord who causes this will then bring us back to the Truth by the process of judgment.

Mic 2:5 Therefore thou shalt have none that shall cast a cord [H2256] by lot in the congregation of the LORD.

Rebellious children have no inheritance in the kingdom of God. What this is really saying in plain English is the old man will not be defended or propped up as we abide in the Body, where the fiery words of Jesus Christ judge us in the last days.

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.

The OT stories of Israel are about the rebellious house of the Lord which is speaking about us His elect (1 Cor 10:11, 1 Pe 1:12). We hear and at first we do not hearken to His words.

Deu 9:23  Likewise when the LORD sent you from Kadeshbarnea, saying, Go up and possess the land which I have given you; then ye rebelled against the commandment of the LORD your God, and ye believed him not, nor hearkened to his voice.

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

Not hearkening to the voice of the Lord, spoken through His Body is having none to cast a cord in the congregation of the Lord. A three stranded cord is what ties us together and brings us into ONE MIND in Jesus Christ through the Spirit of God. The actual word for cord here in Micah is H2556. Here is how these Hebrew word was translated into English.

H2256, chebel / chêbel

Total KJV Occurrences: 62

cords, 12

Est_1:6, Job_36:8, Psa_140:5, Pro_5:22, Isa_5:18, Isa_33:20, Jer_38:6, Jer_38:11-13 (3), Eze_27:24, Hos_11:4

sorrows, 10

2Sa_22:6, Job_21:17, Psa_18:3-5 (3), Psa_116:3, Isa_13:8, Jer_13:21, Jer_49:24, Hos_13:13

line, 5

2Sa_8:2 (2), Psa_78:55, Amo_7:17, Zec_2:1

coast, 4

Jos_19:29, Zep_2:5-7 (3)

cord, 4

Jos_2:15, Job_41:1, Ecc_12:6, Mic_2:5

bands, 3

Psa_119:61, Zec_11:7, Zec_11:14

lot, 3

Deu_32:9, 1Ch_16:18, Psa_105:11

region, 3

Deu_3:4, Deu_3:13, 1Ki_4:13

ropes, 3

2Sa_17:13, 1Ki_20:31-32 (2)

company, 2

1Sa_10:5, 1Sa_10:10

lines, 2

2Sa_8:2, Psa_16:6

pangs, 2

Isa_26:17, Jer_22:23

portion, 2

Jos_17:14, Jos_19:9

portions, 2

Jos_17:5, Eze_47:13

country, 1

Deu_3:13-14 (2)

destruction, 1

Mic_2:10

pain, 1

Isa_66:7

snare, 1

Job_18:10

tacklings, 1

Isa_33:23

 

We see cords [H2556] primarily in the negative sense as the instruments that bind us in sin and pride.

Pro 5:22 His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be holden with the cords [H2556] of his sins.

2Sa 22:6 The sorrows [H2556] of hell compassed me about; the snares of death prevented me;

We see “Chebel” is often used as sorrows. It is even linked to birth pangs/sorrows as in these verses.

 Isa 26:17 Like as a woman with child, that draweth near the time of her delivery, is in pain, and crieth out in her pangs [H2556]; so have we been in thy sight, O LORD.

We do not want to go through this process child bearing, it’s too painful.  Flesh wants to hear the Word rather than to do it by being dragged to keep His judgments. Flesh and the carnal mind are always seeking to save its life. Yet there is no other way.

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.

 

Mic 2:6 Prophesy ye not, say they to them that prophesy: they shall not prophesy to them, that they shall not take shame.

Our flesh does not want to have the shame of its nakedness exposed. We would rather hear smooth things. We would rather heap upon ourselves teachers (our prideful beast included) who will tell us what our carnal mind wants to hear and take away our judgment or reproach.

2Ti 4:3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;

Isa 4:1 And in that day seven women shall take hold of one man, saying, We will eat our own bread, and wear our own apparel: only let us be called by thy name, to take away our reproach.

As our judgment advances on the road to maturity, the rebellious nature within us is being cut off and will not able to claim any heritage with Christ. This comes about by us being taught the fear of the Lord by many scourging’s. Even with ears to hear and eyes to see, we are a natural rebellious house.

Eze 12:2 Son of man, thou dwellest in the midst of a rebellious house, which have eyes to see, and see not; they have ears to hear, and hear not: for they are a rebellious house.

Jer 5:21 Hear now this, O foolish people, and without understanding; which have eyes, and see not; which have ears, and hear not:

Jer 5:22 Fear ye not me? saith the LORD: will ye not tremble at my presence..

An “already arrived” attitude in the congregation seeks to wrest away (remove) the judgment of the Lord and we become slothful and at ease in Zion (Amo 6:1).  Our carnal mind (flesh) does not want to hear or apply the fiery Word to our sins.  Knowledge is king instead of the doing at this time, until we are matured through many tribulations and chastening’s.  We want to hear only smooth things as “the people of the Lord”.

Isa 30:9 That this is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of the LORD:

Isa 30:10 Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits:

To move on to perfection we are learning to judge righteously.  We cannot neglect the commands to be watchmen over the flock and always examining our own faith.

We will complete Chapter 2 next week Lord willing and will see how the focus on the road to maturity is to teach us these harder things to do, to be the judges of Israel. The next few studies will build on this theme of judging. To become expert judges we need lots of experience now.

Mic 3:1 And I said, Hear, I pray you, O heads of Jacob, and ye princes of the house of Israel; Is it not for you to know judgment

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?

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

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1Pe 4:3 For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries:

Walking with the same mind of Jesus Christ is how we overcome and are getting beyond the fleshly pursuits listed here by Peter.  Once we are chosen to suffer by the Lord and brought into the Truth and abide in the fire of the Body of Christ; we are no longer supposed to be living our lives the way the Gentiles (our former self included) live.

1Pe 4:1 Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin;
1Pe 4:2 That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God

Those precious few given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God can easily forget these warnings.  We have many reminders to stir up the truth and admonish and exhort us to beware of becoming slothful and lazy with regards to our battle with worldly lusts.  This sinful way of living needs to be put behind us.

Eph 2:2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
Eph 2:3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

Becoming a doer of the word and not just a hearer requires work as we will see. Jesus Christ did not come and is not still coming so we can continue to live in sin. He comes to set the captives (all men) free from our bondage to sin.  That is the very essence of what salvation is all about.

All of the Lord’s people will struggle with sin to some degree all the days we live in these marred vessels of clay. However the promise of salvation is we are being saved from our sins.  This comes little by little as the Scriptures declare and for good reasons that is to keep us from thinking we d0 it by our own strength and initiative.

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

Eph 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Eph 2:9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.

As we mature we must be able to look behind us and see progress being made as we are giving more and more dominion over sin. The Lord is surely long-suffering and this process takes far longer than we want in order to teach us patience.  Yet it is not a excuse to take a let’s eat, drink and be merry attitude.

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

All things becoming new include our old behaviors passing away in the Aorist Greek tense as the word is, was and will be working in our lives.

2Co 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passing away; behold, all things are becoming new.

Not seeing that progress should be a warning sign something is amiss.  We must examine ourselves to see if we are really in the faith.  The grace of the Lord that scourges us and teaches us and ultimately causes us to obey the Lord (Eze 36:27) can be received in vain.

2Co 6:1 We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain.

We receive such grace in vain, when we do not learn from our mistakes and the chastening the Lord brings for our sins.  If we fail to learn the lessons, we are doomed to repeat them and this will impede moving on to be a mature man in Christ.  There is a fine line between claiming ourselves to be the chief of sinners (which we are apart from Christ working in us) and to receive the grace of the Lord in vain.  To sit back and say the Lord is making you sin is being lascivious if we are not careful.

Rom 6:14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.

The Lord sends us trials and delegates the tempting of our sinful flesh to the enemy in order to test our faith.  Those that fail get more trials and more grace until they get it.

Jas 1:13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:

Knowing what real grace is is of utmost importance for our progress of being saved.  Grace is what scourges us and the resulting chastening is what teaches us to obey with time and repeated “lessons”.  We must learn that our every disobedience will result in our just reward from the Lord.

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

Tit 2:11  For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people,

Tit 2:12  chastening (training) us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age,

Where sin increases, the suffering and chastening in the heat of His furnace increases.

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

Still we are naturally brute beasts (Ecc 3:18, Rom 7:24) and it takes our entire lives to be fully delivered and we only ever receive it in down payment form until we are given our new spiritual bodies. We all fall victim to lascivious spirits that keep us in bondage to sin.  We need to be reminded of this and our need to get up and to get back on the narrow road and learn what went wrong and make changes in our walk.  To win the war we must (be given to) start and continue in winning the battles against our fleshly desires.

1Pe 2:11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;

Sin no longer should be ruling in our mortal fleshly bodies.  As our faith grows and actions are added to our faith and we (Christ rising up in us) begin to gain victories little by little.

Rom 6:12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.

This is a serious calling and a serious walk of faith that requires tremendous effort and endurance that the Lord will give us as we grow in faith.

Rom 6:13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.

We tend to focus only on the positive and not the negative aspects of the Word of God. It is a two edged sword and we need not forget either side.  Who wants to talk about sin and the chastening we are given in return?  Who wants to talk about us falling away and becoming a reprobate?  No, our flesh wants to rest and take it easy thinking knowledge is what it is all about.  We speak often to one another of the Lord’s Sovereignty in ALL THINGS but much less frequently of the battles and lessons REQUIRED to overcome sin and walk out our faith. We can’t misuse the sovereignty of God and use it implicitly as an excuse for our continued sinful ways.  We need to beware of lascivious spirits and remember we do not inherit the promises until we have done the will of God.

Heb 10:36 For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.

And what is that will?  We do not need to guess what it is.

1Th 4:3 For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from (spiritual ) fornication:

Our turning grace into lasciviousness is not something we are done with after we leave the physical Babylonian churches.  We need to beware of carrying this spirit even while we are in the truth today.  Jude was writing to us, the Body of Christ, when he penned these words.  We best beware of “those men”, especially our carnal deceitful hearts that creep in unawares with a lascivious spirit.  It’s what flesh loves to do.  Like Jude, we need to exhort one another to be diligent which means careful to contend for our faith.  It is this lazy spirit of sloth and lasciviousness that wants to use God’s sovereignty and the salvation promised to all men to avoid the need to strive and labor in our walk of faith.

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.

Jud 1:4  For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.

We can have all the truth we want but if we turn it into lasciviousness, we are denying the Lord and His Power within us.  Jude reminds us what happens if we do not move on to maturity and stop our progress of overcoming sin.

Jud 1:5  I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not.

It is a mistake to not be exhorting each other over this battle with sin. We are far too quick to just say it’s the Lord and go about our daily lives.  Battling and contending with this spirit is never ceasing until the day we physically die.

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

Our learning comes by suffering and being chastised by our Lord.  But we cannot continue to pursue the same course.

Heb 12:13 And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed.
Heb 12:14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:

1Pe 1:15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;

We know we must endure to the end and we do that by fighting, striving and working.  It is the last days and we are warned what happens in those days in each of us and this is what happens, we have a form of godliness but denying  the power of Christ in us (thru our unbelief) to change us.

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

Being cautious of pinning all of our sins on the Lord and using that to justify our continued bad behavior is how a lascivious spirit deceives us. Sure He is causing it but He is doing it to His people so we will learn to stop doing it.  We are fighting to lay hold of the life promised and flee from those things that defile us.

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

If we have issues with besetting sins, we need to be changing our behavior Lord willing to remove those things from our pathways.

Pro 22:3  A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.

At times we have humility but lack the fear that is so needed to bring us to obedience.

Pro 22:4  By humility and the fear of the LORD are riches, and honour, and life.

Guarding our hearts and the entry points into our life is required.  This is a serious matter requiring us to take ACTION.  Faith without these works are dead.

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

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

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

Contrary to the myths some apply to the Apostle Paul, he was not soft on sin, he warned every man and labored himself to the very end.

Col 1:28  Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:

Col 1:29  Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.

We are to be putting off the old man and putting on the new man.  This takes diligent action on our part.

Col 3:5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:
Col 3:6 For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:
Col 3:7 In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them.
Col 3:8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.
Col 3:9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;
Col 3:10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:

This is working out our own salvation WITH FEAR and TREMBLING.

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

We will never attain perfection in this life but we must beware the ditch on the other side of this narrow road.  Our entire life is the works of the Lord’ hands and no matter what we do,  it’s the Lord doing it.  Yet we must beware a lascivious spirit leading us away from fear and trembling at the Word.  If we stop striving diligently we are falling short.

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

We will reap what we sow. If we continue to sow inequity to that disobedience (no matter what it is) we are also reaping.  We have heard these things before but we are not taking heed of these serious matters.

Heb 2:1  Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things (i.e. strive and work) which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip.

Heb 2:2  For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward;

There are no free passes.  Grace is not a wink wink and no punishment.  Sin will be recompensed.

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

So don’t get me wrong here and this is not intended to discourage anyone, but rather encourage you.  We don’t save ourselves but I hope to instill in all of us a renewed respect and fear of the Lord.  When we do sin and it is brought to our attention we need to respond in faith.  We have seen people taken right out of the truth who failed to heed this and came to believe we are not to fear the Lord or tremble at every word.  We need to take seriously our sins and disobedience. When we fall down, we must take action and get right back up, Lord willing of course.  Unless we are given of the Lord to progress, and this takes WORK, we are falling short of the goal.

Heb 4:1  Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it.

So we must work and strive together to make our calling and election sure.  We need to add to our faith and our knowledge the things Peter mentions.  This is the only way we are made partakers of His Divine nature (i.e. saved from our sins) and escape the lusts of this world.  We can’t sit back and continue doing the same old worldly things and expect a different result.  That is called insanity.  We are moving on to maturity if the Lord wills.  The end of the matter is our obedience and this comes by ADDING to our knowledge and to our faith. This is how the DOING part comes about.

2Pe 1:5  And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;

2Pe 1:6  And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;

2Pe 1:7  And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity (LOVE)

We are made whole with the Lord when we obey the commandments.  That is the end of the matter as it relates to what the Lord is doing with us, His pieces of clay.

Ecc 12:13  Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole (duty) of man.

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.

2Ti 2:19  Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.

Once the salvation of all men becomes the new reality and we realize we were lied to all our lives, lasciviousness is a common trap our sinful flesh and deceitful carnal hearts will stimulate in our lives.  Why strive to obey the Lord since all men will be saved anyway?  But there are many reasons for such a thing, beyond this post to cover.  But one thing is for sure such an attitude is immature and there is no fear of the Lord in one’s eyes who thinks such a thought.  We all will learn and our continuing to learn that Jesus Christ is not a minister for sin.

Gal 2:17 But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is therefore Christ the minister of sin? God forbid.

So we must be very careful for thoughts that make it okay to justify our continued living in sin.  We are indeed slaves to sins when we start out.  But we need to stop being slaves to sin and become slaves of righteousness if we are going to make the cut for the first resurrection.

Rom 6:18  Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.

Rom 6:22  But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.

Freedom is not free as the world likes to say and that is true in the spiritual sense as well.  There is a price to be paid (count the costs) and we work for our freedom from sin and that is by becoming slaves to righteousness.  We won’t eat and progress if we do not work for it ourselves. Without us being given the zeal to work, we won’t eat and thereby won’t grow in our faith and maturity.   A lazy spirit leads to lasciviousness and abusing the grace of the Lord.

2Th 3:10 For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.

We learn this by being judged, yet if the behavior does not change, we are not learning and more grace is needed to work righteousness within us.  The sooner we get this done the sooner we can enter into rest.

Wisdom is the combination of KNOWLEDGE with understanding that comes with experience.  Fear of the Lord is necessary to move us on to be Holy as our Lord is Holy.  Until we get over our lasciviousness we are not progressing and need to be retaught basic oracles of the Lord including fear.

Pro 9:10  The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.

Wisdom results from this fear and that is how we learn the lessons and become wiser and wiser with the trials and temptations we are continually given.

Isa 33:5  The LORD is exalted; for he dwelleth on high: he hath filled Zion with judgment and righteousness.

Isa 33:6  And wisdom and knowledge shall be the stability of thy times, and strength of salvation: the fear of the LORD is his treasure.

A lazy attitude will keep us from maturing and we will continue to learn over and over again the function of grace until we get it.  Under the law of true faith, Jesus is not a minister for sin, He will judge His people and this is how that works.

Heb 10:26 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,
Heb 10:27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.

We will learn obedience by the things we suffer and the sooner we learn it the better off we will be.

Heb 10:28 He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses:
Heb 10:29 Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?

We learn to fear our physical fathers when our disobedience is punished and it is no different with our heavenly father.  In our day of abiding in the scourging grace we will learn to fear and we will be caused to stop our disobedience.

Heb 10:30 For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people.
Heb 10:31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

The Lord’s people are fellow laborers who are striving daily to ensure and progress onward to maturity.  We like the Apostle Paul, continue to learn and appreciate more and more the warnings of keeping our sinful ways under subjection lest we be castaway despite knowing all the truths we know.

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

The doing part is the hard part.  We have to walk out our faith and becoming a true example to others.  Otherwise we cannot be used for the Lord’s purposes now or for the Higher Calling in the ages to come.  If we don’t overcome we too, are becoming reprobates. We are proving our faith by passing the test and trials that are given to us.

2Co 13:5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?

We are warned about being deceived about this ongoing battle against sin.  Here are both John, Paul and Peter’s words written for our admonition.

1Jn 3:7 Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.
1Jn 3:8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.

Gal 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
Gal 6:8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.

1Pe 1:13 Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
1Pe 1:14 As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:
1Pe 1:15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;
1Pe 1:16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

It is those who overcome who will be given the Eight Promises of the Lord in the Book of Revelation.  Talk about a carrot, an incentive to strive and labor on this journey.  These promises are reserved only to those few that are being found faithful to the end.  Here are just the last three promises linked to overcoming (sin) that are cited.

Rev 3:12 Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.

Rev 3:21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.

Rev 21:7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.

Sincere questions or comments welcome. You can email me at peterjwilson56@gmail.com.

Your Brother in Christ,  PETE

 

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