Worshiping in Spirit & Truth #2
Key Verses: Micah 6:5 – 6:9
This is part 2 of the study focused on the Lord teaching us to worship Him in the correct and prescribed manner. Meeting Christ at the well of living water initiates a new way of worship.
Joh 4:23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
The letter of the Old Testament and its offerings and rituals of animal sacrifices are replaced in the new covenant with us knowing and worshiping Christ in the Spirit (Joh 6:63). This is possible only because we have been given the Holy Spirit. Truth has come to dwell in us.
Joh 15:26 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:
Joh 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Thus begins the process of true spiritual circumcision made without hands (Col 2:11) from which flows the inward doing of the will of God. This emanates from our heart which is where the Lord looks to judge a man.
1Sa 16:7 But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.
In our Day of the Lord we are being taught to rend our hearts and not our outward garments. The Lord seeks after “men” that are after His own heart. Those men are the few who are being judged now so they will be become the leaders (captains) of His people by which the Lord will save all men via judgment. This is the role of Jesus Christ and “His Christ” and is being played out now to the few chosen in this age and to all mankind in the judgment to come.
1Sa 13:14 But now thy kingdom shall not continue: the LORD hath sought him a man after his own heart, and the LORD hath commanded him to be captain over his people, because thou hast not kept that which the LORD commanded thee.
We spent the better part of last week on Micah 6:5 where we start again this week. The Lord’s uses the Balaam experiences to spell out His controversy against us calling Him Lord but not obeying Him.
Mic 6:5 O my people, remember now what Balak king of Moab consulted, and what Balaam the son of Beor answered him from Shittim unto Gilgal; that ye may know the righteousness of the LORD.
Balaam is the most often referenced “false” prophet in the Bible signaling just how important the interplay between Balaam, Balak (the Moabite “flesh” King) and the people of Israel is to understand. Balaam represents all of us as we are still walking in the flesh and feigning worship to the Lord. Balaam had all the right (complete) doctrines and used this knowledge of hearing to portray himself as a man of God being puffed up in his own conceits. We see this feigned worship illustrated by the three times Balaam had Balak build seven altars to the Lord on which seven oxen and seven rams were offered. The heathen nations are to have nothing to do with helping us worship the Lord and here we have Balak building the altars and making the sacrifices with Balaam.
Num 23:1 And Balaam said unto Balak, Build me here seven altars, and prepare me here seven oxen and seven rams.
Num 23:2 And Balak did as Balaam had spoken; and Balak and Balaam offered on every altar a bullock and a ram.
As we learn through the story of Cain, the Lord is not interested in sacrifices and offerings unless they are built upon a burnt offering that speaks to our lives becoming a living sacrifice to the Lord and “His Christ”. The Lord has many commandments regarding how to approach Him and worship Him and yet Balaam (me and you) have little respect for the details including keeping the heathen away from the altar of God.
Num 23:15 And he said unto Balak, stand here by thy burnt offering, while I meet the LORD yonder.
Using the SUM of the Word we see that the Lord uses these Balaam experiences to teach Spiritual Israel an important lesson giving us a commandment not to seek the peace and prosperity of the heathen nations.
Deu 23:3 An Ammonite or Moabite (King Balak) shall not enter into the congregation of the LORD; even to their tenth generation shall they not enter into the congregation of the LORD forever:
Deu 23:4 Because they met you not with bread and with water in the way, when ye came forth out of Egypt; and because they hired against thee Balaam the son of Beor of Pethor of Mesopotamia, to curse thee.
Deu 23:5 Nevertheless the LORD thy God would not hearken unto Balaam; but the LORD thy God turned the curse into a blessing unto thee, because the LORD thy God loved thee.
Deu 23:6 Thou shalt not seek their peace nor their prosperity all thy days forever.
We are called to come out and be separate and not get entangled in the world’s (Balak’ s) affairs. The Lord uses the sins of Balaam to bring judgment upon us that will ultimately destroy those lustful and covetous spirits. Having true doctrine but not yet having been tried in the fire means we are being unable to obey the Lord. Until judgment destroys the idols of our hearts, our beast is ridden (led) by the harlot woman that loves to make merchandise with the flesh. The coming of Christ into His Temple puts an end to the merchandisers and gain seeking Balaam’s within.
The Balaam in all of us wants to hear and not obey. Using the Name of the Lord, Balaam openly sought worldly riches in peddling the Word (Num 22:18, Num 24:1). The Lord is wroth with those who seek after such rewards and gain. That spirit is alive and well in all flesh.
Jud 1:11 Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.
The Lord wants ALL of us, our whole hearts, souls and minds. That is what giving up our lives means which is our reasonable service as God’s elect. We are to become living sacrifices. This is the tithe of tithe given to the King of Kings that we were reminded of on the email list this past week. The weightier matters of the Law are the things that yield our obedience in all things.
Mat 23:23 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.
1Co 13:3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, [many good works, the works of our hands] and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity [obedience], it profiteth me nothing.
The next three verses confirm the Lord’s disinterest in outward sacrifice (our good works) when not offered in combination with the laying down of our lives that yields our obedience in all things. Micah, the prophet, reproves Israel and tell us what we have to do instead.
Mic 6:6 Wherewith shall I come before the LORD, and bow myself before the high God? shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves of a year old?
Mic 6:7 Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, or with ten thousands of rivers of oil? shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?
Mic 6:8 He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly [H4941], and to love mercy [H2617], and to walk humbly [H6800] with thy God?
The Lord wants our love which is our obedience (1Jo 5:3, 2Jo 1:6). He delights in our obedience versus our feigned love that we offer up with many sacrifices to justify ourselves in the flesh. Such deeds are nothing more than our self-righteous works that are filthy rags to God (Isa 64:6). Large numbers of worshipers and many good works; the hallmarks and sacrifices of Orthodoxy Christian churches do not impress the Lord.
Mat 9:13 But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
The blessed men of God walk not in the counsel of the ungodly but delight in obedience to the Law of Christ (Psa 1:2). The true sacrifices the Lord wants are a broken spirit and a contrite heart. A contrite heart is one that has been crushed to powder (Mat 21:44) by the fiery judgments of the Word.
Psa 51:16 For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering.
Psa 51:17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.
Mat 5:3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
The stories of old including Moses and Balaam are there to show us the shadow of the Truth. We, through our own efforts, will always fail to meet God’s requirements. The sacrifice the Lord delights in, is the offering of the Body of Jesus Christ which Body His elect are in every age.
Heb 10:10 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
Col 1:24 Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body’s sake, which is the church:
Let’s look at the three specific things that verse 6:8 declares that the Lord REQUIRES of us as it is the DOERS of His Word that shall be justified (Rom 2:13). Doing what the Lord requires is necessary to enter into His kingdom.
Mat 7:21 Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
This is the pivotal verse of the study.
Mic 6:8 He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?
Doing “justly” is better translated as doing “judgment”. Of 417 occurrences it is only translated as JUSTLY one time.
justly, 1 – Mic_6:8
We have to live through and endure the Lord’s judgments.
Eze 36:27 And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.
Eating the Body of Christ is partaking of the sacrifices and suffering in our day of judgment. This is abiding in the Word being fed with judgment (Eze 34:16, Rev 10:10). As we mature in our Day of the Lord and grow in the faith, we truly come to appreciate these judgments and the suffering that goes with them as a blessing. Hence we give thanks in ALL things knowing our judgment is a blessing to make us into sons of God.
Rev 1:3 Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.
Jas 1:12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation (trials): for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.
We live the judgments of God by going through them and this teaches us righteousness (Isa 26:9). This is how we learn to think like the Lord as the mind of Christ grows within us by this process.
1Co 2:15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.
1Co 2:16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ (The crown of life).
Judging righteous judgment is required of us to know as we are being prepared to judge the world in the Lake of Fire (1Co 6:2, Rev 20:4). Doing “justly” means we are being able to discern between the holy and the profane as we learn not to think above what is written (1Co 4:6).
The second requirement of the Lord is that we love mercy. But what is the Lord’s true mercy that we are told endures “forever” (Psa 136)? This forever (OLAM H5769) characteristic of mercy is the same as the “eternal” (AIONIOS – G166) or better said age abiding characteristic of our time of judgment (Mat 25:46). That judgment comes via the grace of God and is the very thing that saves us (Eph 2:8). Here is Strong’s definition of the Hebrew word for Mercy. It comes from a root word that means kindness or favor. Notice it reads very similar to the concept of grace and the favor of the Lord.
H2617, chêsêd, kheh’-sed
From H2616; kindness; by implication (towards God) piety; rarely (by opprobrium) reproof, or (subjectively) beauty: – favour, good deed (-liness, -ness), kindly, (loving-) kindness, merciful (kindness), mercy, pity, reproach, wicked thing.
Mercy is linked to kindness and is how the blotting out of sins comes about.
Psa 51:1 To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet came unto him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba. Have mercy [H2617] upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.
Heb 8:12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.
As we grow in faith we learn to love mercy as we love God and seek to obey Him with every fiber of our being. When we stumble, we have a need for more grace that we find when we seek Christ and come boldly believing His Word and Promises. Such faith brings the mercy and grace that moves mountains and brings salvation.
Heb 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
Rom 5:20 Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:
Grace and mercy are intricately linked, mercy leads to grace! We all are bound in an Egyptian prison in these bodies of clay but the Lord is giving us favor and show us mercy as He sets us free from that bondage.
Gen 39:21 But the LORD was with Joseph, and shewed him mercy, and gave him favour (grace H2580) in the sight of the keeper of the prison.
We find grace through the mercy (kindness) of the Lord. Through mercy and the resulting trials and tribulations, i.e. OUR JUDGMENT, OUR SUFFERING; we learn to love what the Lord is doing and seek to hasten the coming of the Lord. As we progress in faith, the love we have for God (our obedience) grows in the heart of the new man.
Rom 5:5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us
Deu 5:10 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me and keep my commandments.
Judgment is good, it is sweeter than honey (Psa 19:10) and His mercy by which the new man is being saved. It is the mercy of the Lord that enables us in due time to obey God which is what loving God means. In the same way the Lord shows mercy to us as His enemies, we are to show the same to our enemies.
Mat 5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
The enemies of Christ, which include us in the Body before our conversion, will all be converted the same way by hearing the Words of the Lord. We love mercy when we give mercy to our enemies.
Rev 11:5 And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed.
Rom 12:20 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirsts, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.
Mercy is found in the presence of the Body of Christ who are the cherubims and the Temple in which God dwells. The cherubims are made out this mercy seat and themselves becomes the mercy seat in showing mercy to others.
Exo 37:7 And he made two cherubims of gold, beaten out of one piece made he them, on the two ends of the mercy seat;
Exo 37:8 One cherub on the end on this side, and another cherub on the other end on that side: out of the mercy seat made he the cherubims on the two ends thereof.
Rom 11:31 Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy.
And how is that mercy administered? It of course comes by judgment that follows the Word whenever it is heard.
Rom 11:33 O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!
We deal out mercy when we are given to help others to prepare them and grow in their understanding as we open the seals, blow the trumpets and pour out the vials as the Lord’s instruments (Rev 6:1). It is only to the Church, His vessels of mercy (Rom 9:23) to which the manifold wisdom of God is made known in this age. We come to know the Lord and partake of His wisdom by living through judgment now.
Mat 5:7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
The third requirement is that we walk humbly before the Lord. All three requirements truly are ONE. The dream is ONE and the BAPTISM is ONE. These three items of Judgment, Mercy and Humility cannot be separated or divided. The doctrines of Christ which are His bones cannot be broken. The proud are being humbled by the workings of Jesus Christ. Mary’s prophecy “is, was and will” be coming true in the lives of every man.
Luk 1:50 And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation.
Luk 1:51 He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
Luk 1:52 He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree.
Notice again the tie of mercy to those that fear Him. Showing again the real mercy of the Lord is the suffering that those given to believe have also been appointed to (Phi 1:29). The Hebrew word for HUMBLY is H6800 which is only found twice and has no root word.
H6800, tsâna‛, tsaw-nah’
A primitive root; to humiliate: – humbly, lowly.
Here is the only other use of H6800.
Pro 11:2 When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly [humbled] is wisdom.
Our pride yields shame when we are being judged but that is how we are brought low. A humble heart is a soft heart that is dead too self and the pulls of this world. A humble heart is found in someone that is living a crucified life with Christ Jesus, dying daily and accepting of the righteous judgments of the Lord. The pride of life and our confidence in the flesh is burned out of us when we love mercy and seek judgment. We begin to walk humbly when we truly offer ourselves up to our fellow man as a living sacrifice freely giving and expecting NOTHING in return.
Rom 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service (doing that which is our duty).
Luk 17:10 So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.
Freely we have received and freely we are to give. We are being created unto good works but those works are only acceptable to the Lord when there is no “I, ME and MY” in them. This way of service is what was hidden and is revealed to The Elect in the Law of the Offering and the Meat Offering in particular. The greatest of all shall be the servant!
Joh 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
The world’s wisdom elevates pride and pits every man against the other. But the true servants of God are of low degree, they have been humbled and freed of their false gods and worshiping the works of their own hands as we saw in Part 16. The mercy of the Lord is destroying our pride and turning us into meek vessels by which we inherit the earth (Mat 5:5).
Mat 11:29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I (MY BODY) am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
The last verse of this study is verse 9.
Mic 6:9 The LORD’S voice crieth unto the city, and the man of wisdom shall see thy name: hear ye the rod, and who hath appointed it.
We can only learn to perform these requirements by hearing the Word of the Lord in the Holy City. That is when we come to “Know Christ” and see Him in the flesh and hear His rod which is His Word. The Lord’s Voice, the noise of judgment is heard from His elect angels.
Heb 12:22 But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,
Isa 66:6 A voice of noise from the city, a voice from the temple, a voice of the LORD that rendereth recompence (fire, judgment, the Word) to his enemies.
It is these elect messengers (angels) who perform all the greater works of the Lord (Joh 14:12) by opening the seals, blowing the trumpets pouring out the vials of wrath and being those who bring in the harvest. It is by both receiving and giving of this grace and mercy that we become men of wisdom in our appointed time of judgment.
Rev 14:15 And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe.
Rev 16:1 And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth.
The angels declare as this study does, the vengeance of the Lord, the vengeance for His Temple which Temple we His people are (1Co 3:16). All men will learn the Truth and become wise by enduring through judgment beginning with the house of God (Zion).
Jer 50:28 The voice of them that flee and escape out of the land of Babylon, to declare in Zion the vengeance of the LORD our God, the vengeance of his temple.
We learn obedience and gain the wisdom of the Lord by the things we suffer and this is what leads us to depart from evil.
Job 28:28 And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.
Next week Lord willing, we will finish Chapter 6. The Lord is sifting out the remnant of wickedness that lies at the heart of the beast. He does this by making us sick and showing us our need for a spiritual physician. Christ comes to those who need a physician and can acknowledge their wretched state and need for repentance. He comes to us by showing us our need for a spiritual doctor.
Mic 6:13 Therefore also will I make thee sick in smiting thee, in making thee desolate because of thy sins.
The Lord is revealing our vanities in worship and show us we are guilty of trusting in dead works and are fornicating still with the gods of Baal.