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This is a revisit and update of an older post based on the increase in knowledge and revelation which the Lord has given to His little flock that He is moving onto maturity as we live out the Second Death and Lake of Fire in this age.

In the next series of studies, we, will Lord willing, cover the Old Testament types and shadows hidden in the stories of ancient Israel. We learn the spiritual significance and the application for us today (1Co 10:11) of the following terms and references.

  • Who are the Levites?
  • Who are the sons of Aaron?
  • Who are the priesthood?
  • Where and what is the Camp and Tabernacle?

Types and shadows always have a positive and a negative application. It is through this system of apparent contradictions that Christ keeps the seven seals on His Word for the “many called.” God’s Word uses one type to typify exact opposites. Examples of this principle in Scripture are:

  • A lion is both Christ and the Adversary – (Rev 5:5 vs 1Pe 5:8)
  • Christ is both a lamb and a lion (Rev 5:5 vs Rev 5:6)
  • Adam is both the beast and false prophet within, a living soul, and Christ, a quickening spirit.

1Co 15:45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.

1Co 15:46 Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. 1Co 15:47 The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven.

In studying the Scriptures, we look primarily look and apply the Word within ourselves because the Kingdom of God (Luk 17:21) is within us. It is within the Kingdom of God that the living Word (Christ) is being lived out (i.e. experienced) by His chosen people.

2Co 3:3  Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart (WITHIN).

Heb 4:12  ESV For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. 

But let’s also remember that the inward application of Scriptures never denies there will be an outward application also. So, both the inward and outward application of spiritual Levites and the sons of Aaron are applicable to us at our appointed times. All of God’s elect (Sons of Aaron), who are the true kings and priests of Christ, are drawn out of the gathering of spiritual Levites. We have seen this separation outwardly in recent events as the true church is sifted and only a remnant escapes and is brought onward to maturity.

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

Rom 11:5  Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace.

What does the tribe of Levi, apart for the Aaronic priesthood, represent? 

Who are the Levites in the OT SHADOW (being given the Law) and what did they do?

  • Levites are appointed over the Tabernacle, bearing the vessels, camping around it
  • Levites keep the charge of the Tabernacle
  • Levites are given to Aaron and his sons as a gift to prepare us for our roles

Num 1:50 But thou shalt appoint the Levites over the tabernacle of testimony, and over all the vessels thereof, and over all things that [belong] to it: they shall bear the tabernacle, and all the vessels thereof; and they shall minister unto it and shall encamp round about the tabernacle.

Num 3:6 Bring the tribe of Levi near, and present them before Aaron the priest, that they may minister unto him. Num 3:7 And they shall keep his charge, and the charge of the whole congregation before the tabernacle of the congregation, to do the service of the tabernacle.

Num 3:9 And thou shalt give the Levites unto Aaron and to his sons: they are wholly given unto him out of the children of Israel.

These truths are repeated in Numbers 18. The Levites are joined together with the much smaller flock called the sons of Aaron for a time and a season. Only the sons of Aaron can witness to the Truth and handle (rightly divide the Word) the vessels of the sanctuary within us.

Num 18:2 And thy brethren also of the tribe of Levi, the tribe of thy father, bring thou with thee, that they may be joined unto thee, and minister unto thee: but thou and thy sons with thee (sons of Aaron only) shall minister before the tabernacle of witness

Num 18:3 And they (the Levites) shall keep thy charge, and the charge of all the tabernacle: only they shall not come nigh the vessels of the sanctuary and the altar, that neither they, nor ye also, die.

Num 18:4 And they shall be joined unto thee and keep the charge of the tabernacle of the congregation, for all the service of the tabernacle: and a stranger shall not come nigh unto you.

Num 18:5 And ye shall keep the charge of the sanctuary, and the charge of the altar: that there be no wrath any more upon the children of Israel.

Num 18:6 And I, behold, I have taken your brethren the Levites from among the children of Israel: to you they are given as a gift for the LORD, to do the service of the tabernacle of the congregation.

Levi means “associated with him.” So, Levi is to be thought of as being associated with Christ and “His Christ “in the same sense as Leah was associated with Jacob.

Gen 29:34 And she conceived again, and bare a son; and said, Now this time will my husband be joined unto me, because I have born him three sons: therefore, was his name called Levi.

Leah was Jacob’s first wife. She is the wife he was given deceitfully, for his seven years of his labor. Leah, thinking that her labors would win her husband’s love has now born Jacob three sons, and she names this 4th son Levi, thinking that because of all she has done for Jacob, surely, he will now be associated with her. And this is what Levi represents. Levi is “associated with Christ.” It is the spirit of the Pharisee and Sadducee within us, which are full of dead man’s bones, hearers only, having only the Law & the Prophets and not being able to walk it out because Christ has not come the second time to us yet.

Mat 23:27  Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness. Mat 23:28 Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.

It is the spirit of hypocrisy where we say to do but we ourselves do not do, we sit in Moses’s seat (Mat 23:2). Being a Levite is our time having been given the Law & Prophets and raised up out of the sea, yet we are still a religious beast.

Rev 13:11  Then I saw another beast rising out of the earth. It had two horns like a lamb and it spoke like a dragon. Rev 13:12  It exercises all the authority of the first beast in its presence and makes the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose mortal wound was healed. Rev 13:13  It performs great signs, even making fire come down from heaven to earth in front of people,

This outward righteousness is insufficient for any man to enter the Kingdom of God. We remain in this state of disobedience, unable to overcome until Christ comes the second time with His baptism of fire when we begin our day of the Lord and dying to death  (Second Death) in the Lake of Fire. To be a spiritual Levite, we, at this stage, have only what we have been given which is the righteousness of the law. But is that enough?

Mat 5:20 “But I warn you—unless your righteousness is better than the righteousness of the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees, you will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven!

Neither Levi nor “a stranger (gentile)” were ever to “come near the vessels of the sanctuary and the altar.” Only the priests, the sons of Aaron, those being made into doers of the Word through abiding in the lake of fire, are allowed to go into the sanctuary and handle the vessels of the sanctuary and the altar. Here is how Paul puts it in spiritual terms:

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.

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

The sons of Aaron are to be separated from the Levites and beware partaking of their strange fire, which is false doctrines as we have seen regarding the Lake of Fire and the First Resurrection. The spiritual Levites within us [hearing the Word only] are to serve the true priests but they themselves cannot eat of the hidden manna.

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

Spiritual Levites within and those without us, are hearers only, still full of idols of the heart, divers and strange doctrines and are all that is not Christ. Spiritual Levites are us, before our Day of the Lord, before tried in the fire.

If we come near the vessels of the sanctuary and the altar at this stage, then both the Levites and the priests die. All of this is spiritually saying:

1Co 10:21 You cannot drink from the cup of the Lord and from the cup of demons, too. You cannot eat at the Lord’s Table and at the table of demons, too.

Those who “serve the Tabernacle” are those who are given to us for our benefit. We are the man of sin first before we become the last Adam, a quickening spirit, through a process of fiery judgment because judgment is now on our house for each of us, if we are His. At this stage, we say we are Jews but are not. We are spiritual Levites or uncircumcised Philistines.

Rev 2:9 I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and [I know] the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but [are] the synagogue of Satan.

The true work of God is to believe on Him and dying to death in this age and seeking the spiritual food that raises up the new man. This does not deny our outward good works (Gal 6:1), but the true sons of Aaron unlike the Levites, labor (do the work of God) to die the Second Death with Christ.

Joh 6:27  Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For on him God the Father has set his seal.” 

Joh 6:28  Then they said to him, “What must we do, to be doing the works of God?” 

Joh 6:29  Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.” 

The Levites are given to the priesthood, “the Lord, and His Christ,” to help minister to the priesthood, but they themselves cannot handle the vessels of service. Remember, Leah, was Jacob’s reward for his efforts just as her association with Jacob was the reward for her efforts. Neither typifies the true Christ. Listen to what Jacob says about Simeon and Levi:

Gen 49:1 And Jacob called unto his sons, and said, Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you that which shall befall you in the last days.

Gen 49:5 Simeon and Levi are brethren; instruments of cruelty are in their habitations.

Gen 49:6 O my soul, come not thou into their secret; unto their assembly, mine honour, be not thou united : for in their anger they slew a man, and in their self-will they digged down a wall.

Gen 49:7 Cursed [be] their anger, for [it was] fierce; and their wrath, for it was cruel: I will divide them in Jacob and scatter them in Israel.

“Come not into their assembly, be not united” with them, is our call to “come out of Babylon (state of death, state of disobedience, spiritually speaking) and be ye separate.” It is moving unto perfection leaving the milk behind (Heb 6) and not thinking above what is written.

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

Rev 18:4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her [last] plagues.

Christ is always calling His people out from the Levites who have been used to prepare us and by doing so perform a great service for the Lord.

Mat 26:12  For in that she hath poured this ointment on my body, she did it for my burial. 

Mat 26:13  Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached in the whole world, there shall also this, that this woman [the church of spiritual Levites] hath done, be told for a memorial of her. 

The law and the Prophets which is the shadow of the true resurrection being the resurrection to damnation where sin begins to be imputed in our lives. The law is  not able to make us perfect and is used to reveal our deep hidden sins and ultimately bring us to the living Christ seeing we are brute beasts and truly in need of a spiritual physician (a Saviour). Only the true sons of Aaron are being visited the second time by Christ in this age and given the faith which brings the true baptism by fire that is, was and will be sanctifying us within and without.

Gal 3:23  But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed. 

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

Christ coming the second time is what makes one a son of Aaron which is symbolism for God’s elect. When Christ comes the second time and brings in grace and truth, then begins our resurrection to life. This is when we are being taught to worship in Spirit and in truth and are moved onto maturity being remade into priests of God by the working of the Holy Spirit.

Heb 7:19 For the law never made anything perfect. But now we have confidence in a  better hope [the better resurrection] through which we draw near to God.

Heb 7:20 This new system was established with a solemn oath. Aaron’s descendants  became priests without such an oath,

Heb 7:21 but there was an oath regarding Jesus. For God said to Him, “The LORD has  taken an oath and will not break His vow: ‘You are a priest forever.'”

Heb 7:22 Because of this oath, Jesus is the One who guarantees this better covenant  with God.

The Spirit of God is what separates the spiritual priests from spiritual Levites within and without. The brethren we have recently been separated from are the outward spiritual Levites in this age. Those in orthodoxy are a mere shadow of the true Levites. The true sons of Aaron (the very elect), are brought out of the spiritual Levites that were used to prepare us to be made ministers of the Gospel. They have and are being cutoff off for our sakes.

Rom 11:28  As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers’ sakes.  Rom 11:29  For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance. Rom 11:30  For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief: 

How the Levites serve the priesthood?

The Levites (the Pharisee within us) and those without keep the charge of all of the tabernacle and are used to teach us the Law and the Prophets, which is what brings us to Christ.

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

They are the tutors and governors who help raise us up in Truth.

Gal 4:1  Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all; 

Gal 4:2  But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father. 

It is by their fall from grace, within and without, that salvation comes to the little flock the Lord has chosen in every age.

Rom 11:11 I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy.

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

Inwardly, it is leaving our first love and the multitudes within us that withstand God’s Word and our time walking with Christ yet betraying Him as Judas, that all serve to keep the Levites from eating before the golden altar. Yet they perform an incredible service [to] the tabernacle.

Mal 2:4  And ye shall know that I have sent this commandment unto you, that my covenant might be with Levi, saith the LORD of hosts.

Mal 2:5  My covenant was with him of life and peace; and I gave them to him for the fear wherewith he feared me, and was afraid before my name.

Mal 2:6  The law of truth was in his mouth, and iniquity was not found in his lips: he walked with me in peace and equity, and did turn many away from iniquity.

Mal 2:7  For the priest’s lips should keep knowledge, and they should seek the law at his mouth: for he is the messenger of the LORD of hosts.

There must be a great falling away before the Lord comes with His angels. So, our inward abandonment of sound principles in rightly dividing the Word (living by every word, one event for all, etc.) is leaving our first love and is required in preparing us for the second coming of Christ in our day of the Lord (2Th 2:3-4).

Malachi continues and confirms the Levites within and without ourselves corrupt the Word of God and cause many to stumble beginning with ourselves which has us perishing in our own doctrinal corruption.

Mal 2:8  But ye [Levi] are departed out of the way; ye have caused many to stumble at the law; ye have corrupted the covenant of Levi, saith the LORD of hosts.

Mal 2:9  Therefore have I also made you contemptible and base before all the people, according as ye have not kept my ways, but have been partial in the law.

Levi is those who have no right to eat at our altar because the altar is the cross and we cannot go there at this stage of our walk. Levi is the spirit who slew Christ and “His Christ”.

Rom 8:9  But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. 

It is so easy to just apply these truths outwardly in looking at our fallen brethren, yet we always have to look inside ourselves first. Who is serving the tabernacle and yet have no right to eat at the altar in the holy place? Where is it that the wheat and the tares grow together until the harvest? Who is it who has “dealt shamefully with the servants of the man who planted a vineyard and let it out to husbandmen?” Who is it who has said “let’s slay His Son and seize His inheritance?” Our day of Pentecost, our Day of the Lord, is yet to come.

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:

Luk 12:49 I am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I, if it be already kindled?

Levi is “another gospel, another spirit and another Jesus” which separates the Levites from the true priests. It is the leavening spirit of the Pharisee and the Sadducee.

2Co 11:4 For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.

Gal 1:8  But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. 

We first look within ourselves to find the spirit of Levi who is not obedient to the Word before we look outside. Unless our own logs are pulled from our eyes, we are in no position to help others come to the knowledge of the Truth.

Mat 7:5  Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye

We are blind before the Light (Christ, the Word) comes:

Mat 16:11 How is it that ye do not understand that I spake it not to you concerning bread, that ye should beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees?

Luk 9:45 But they understood not this saying, and it was hid from them, that they perceived it not [Christ’s apostles]: and they feared to ask him of that saying.

The coming of the fire is what begins to teach us righteousness (Isa 26:9, Tit 2:11) and then we can see clearly and out understanding is enlightened.

Mar 13:14 But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand,) then let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains:

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. 

We are in “the seven churches” before we become the seven angels in Christ’s right hand. We are joined to and associated with spiritual Babylon (aka the spiritual Levites) before we  “come out of her.” The spirit of the Levites is exemplified in the attitude of the first workers in the vineyard and even the older son of the prodigal son (Luke 15). Here is the spirit of a Levite exemplified who believes their service in the Father’s house deserves extra pay.

Mat 20:11  And when they had received it, they murmured against the goodman of the house,  Mat 20:12  Saying, These last have wrought but one hour, and thou hast made them equal unto us, which have borne the burden and heat of the day.  Mat 20:13  But he answered one of them, and said, Friend, I do thee no wrong: didst not thou agree with me for a penny? 

We are coming out of her, meaning we are all first the disgruntled  “laborers in His vineyard” before we become “content with our wage knowing we our unworthy servants only doing what has been commanded us (Luk 17:10).

The spiritual Levite in us are being crafted in again in our day of the Lord. Those that served us in preparing us for our role as the true priests will also be grafted in again in the times appointed by the Father. Christ is dragging us to Himself now and all men in the ages to come. Think within first.

Rom 11:25  For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. 

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

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

Levites spiritually are our enemy within (trusting in the righteousness of the law) and without for a season.

Rom 11:28  As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers’ sakes.

Rom 11:29 For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.

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

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

Rom 11:32 For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.

This separation and persecution is all being used to teach us to be mercifully knowing that whatever every man does is truly given them by the Lord. The gifts and calling of God will work righteousness in every man at the appointed times and transform all into the express image of the Lord. This truth should help us deal with the loss many still grieve over.

Rom 8:28  And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. 

Rom 8:29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. 

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

So, when the “first” [the Levites] who are now “last” are eventually paid, this will be the final outcome of it all:

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

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Isa 26:3  Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. 

As the Bride of Christ, His true wife, flesh of His flesh, and bones of His bones [Eph 5:30], we, are anxious for nothing and in everything through prayer and supplication with thanksgiving are making our requests known to our Husband. In today’s reflection we, prayerfully [the way we live our lives] consider and meditate upon Christ and His Christ ……

Php 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things

God, the Father, is causing us to present our thoughts, questions and prayer requests to Him through Christ and His Christ, lifting our burdens and clearing our minds from the worries of this life, Lord willing. Let us now consider and reflect upon the following Scriptures:

 Col 4:2  Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving; 

 Lord, give us a new perspective, a positive outlook and a renewed relationship with the Christ you have given us as an inheritance [Col 1:12]. Only You are perfect and as we are being perfected, help us to see each other with new eyes, new appreciation, compassion, and acceptance. Teach us how to pray for our brethren and make our prayers a true prayer of love [walking out Your commandments] because we know we love your children when we are being obedient to your Word [1 John 5:2].

Gal 5:22  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Gal 5:23  Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. 

Lord, help us to be each other’s helpers, servants, friends, comforters, and supporters as we create a peaceful resting place being of one mind, to come home to. Teach us to maintain good works, a woman [the Body, your Church], who is rich in You [positive application] and humble in Spirit, the kind of woman you are proud of, a glorious Church without spot or wrinkle [Eph 5:27]. A Woman who loves much.

Psa 128:2  For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands: happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee. 

Lord, as Head over us, we pray that Your work is being established in us. Give us enough confidence in the gifts You distributed to us so that we are being able to uplift our brethren and those around us. Open doors of opportunity for us, doors no man can close, to do those works that are acceptable to you as You are the One causing all things. Show us how to uplift the weak and encourage them to use their gifts however small, so we are all being knitted together in love, the bond of perfection. Let us consider the weak and the small.

Ecc 5:19  Every man also to whom God hath given riches and wealth, and hath given him power to eat thereof, and to take his portion, and to rejoice in his labour; this is the gift of God. 

Lord, give us the wisdom to handle knowledge [wealth] wisely as You are instructing us to do. Not adding or taking away from Your Word [Rev 22:18], so we can discern comparing spiritual with spiritual [1 Co 2:13], not having too much or too little [Prov 30:8] but staying on the narrow road. Help us to receive a full reward and our labour not be in vain but that we gather up treasures in heaven where the thief am not able to steal or destroy. Thank you for our double portion of You and Your people [Deut 32:9].

 Psa 37:25  I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread. 

Lord, help us to remember that we belong to you and be grateful for it. Make us good stewards of all that You give us and walk in total agreement with You, having Your mind. Help us to live free of burdensome debt [being under the law], as we are being perfected day by day. Where we have not been wise, bring restoration and peace and gives us guidance as we are being renewed day by day.

Pro 5:15  Drink waters out of thine own cistern, and running waters out of thine own well. 

Pro 5:16  Let thy fountains be dispersed abroad, and rivers of waters in the streets. 

Pro 5:17  Let them be only thine own, and not strangers’ with thee. 

Pro 5:18  Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy youth. 

Lord, we realize that an important part of our ministry is to come together often. Make this possible and make our relationship with each other continually new and alive as Your precious jewels [Son 7:1]. We pray that we are not tempted to seek another mind elsewhere but stay with what is written in Your Word [1 Co 4:6] .

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

Lord, please deliver us from the bondage of past mistakes. Remove from our midst [thoughts and deeds], that leads to spiritual fornication so that each of us knows how to possess our own vessels in sanctification and honor [1 Thess 4:4]. Let us redeem the time wisely and make time for You and Yours and discern the needs of others.

Php 2:1  If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, 

Php 2:2  Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. 

Lord, help us to demonstrate how much we care for one another. Remind us throughout the day to affectionately touch each other in prayers, hearts, and minds. Enable us to show compassion to all because we know there is only One Lawgiver. Breakthrough any hard-headedness and that part that refuses to change and to grow because we know that it is You who raises us up, it is You doing all things [Eph 1:11].

 Son 2:6  His left hand is under my head, and his right hand doth embrace me. 

Lord, we pray that we always greet each other with a kiss of love [1 Pe 5:14] for Your love is better than wine [Son 1:2]. We know it is only through the Words that You speak to us [John 6:63] that we are being able to do this. We trust in You to transform us and make us the wife You called us to be, beautiful instruments of righteousness.

Psa 26:2  Examine me, O LORD, and prove me; try my reins and my heart. 

Psa 26:3  For thy lovingkindness is before mine eyes: and I have walked in thy truth. 

Lord, help us to thirst for You and to not follow another. Make us hungry for your Word and recognize the voice of a stranger. Help us to take every thought captive that exalts against You and Your Body. Be our shield and buckler LORD of Hosts [Ps 35:2] because Your way is perfect, and Your Word is tried [2 Sam 22:31].

Psa 27:1  A Psalm of David. The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? 

Lord, we pray that You are perfecting us so that no fear takes place in us. Instead, we pray that Your Word is penetrating every fiber of our beings convincing us of the great love You have for us, far greater than anything we face in this world. We know nothing can separate us from Your love. We know You have given us not a spirit of fear but of power, love and a sound mind [2 Tim 1:7].

Psa 33:18  Behold, the eye of the LORD is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy; 

Lord, give us this day a godly fear of You. Unite our hearts to fear Your Name [Ps 86:12]. Let us have no fear of men [lies]. Teach us Your ways and help us to walk in Your Truths. Let godly sorrow work repentance in us so we may be saved and we are being saved [2 Cor 7:10].

1Co 7:17  But as God hath distributed to every man, as the Lord hath called every one, so let him walk. And so ordain I in all churches. 

 Lord, when You call us, so You enable us. Enable us to walk worthy of our high calling and become sons of God whom You intended for us to be. Continue to remind us what You wants us to do and not to become side-tracked with the things of this world. Lift up our eyes and let us be reminded why we are into being, chosen before the foundation of the world [Eph 1:4]. You have chosen us to show judgment to the Gentiles and with us, You are well pleased [Matt 12:18].

Psa 20:4  Grant thee according to thine own heart, and fulfil all thy counsel. 

Lord, we pray that our desires are becoming less important and less in conflict with Yours. May we seek for Your direction and hear when You speak to us. May our eyes be enlightened to see what the Hope is of our calling [Eph 1:18].

 Job 5:8 I would seek unto God, and unto God would I commit my cause: 

Lord, take foolishness out of our hearts and let us quickly recognize the error of our ways. Open our eyes to see clearly the anticipated behavior of fools. May we reverence You and Your ways and seek to know the truth as You are ordaining it.

Jas 1:5  If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. 

Jas 1:6  But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. 

Lord, please instruct us while we are sleeping, so our hearts may awake and is awakening [Son 5:2]. We pray that we will do what is right and not follow after our own flesh. We know the wisdom of this world is foolishness to You. May we not buy into this worldly wisdom within and without but keep our eyes and ears focused on You and Your Christ [speaking of things if they already are].

 3Jn 1:2  Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. 

Lord, we pray that we are taking care of our bodies as you are causing us to do. May we eat food that is convenient for us [Prov 30:8] and rightly divide Your Word as to not stumble. Help us to deeply realize that our bodies [souls] are Your Temple and that You causes us to sacrifice it as holy and acceptable to You [Rom 12:1].

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

Lord, we pray that we will not be broken down by evil but being raised up by the power of God which is YOU, the Living Word, and all in whom You dwell. Fill us with Your Spirit and strengthen us to withstand temptation. Give us self-control as the precious fruit of the Spirit [Gal 5:22].

Psa 18:2  The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salv

Lord, please watch over us. Wherever we walk, secure our steps. Keep us in Your path so that our feet do not slip [Ps 17:5]. If our feet slip, uphold us with Your mercy [Ps 94:18]. Give us the wisdom and discretion that we walk safely and not fall into danger [Prov 3:21-23].

Psa 27:5  For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock. 

Lord, we pray that You will always be our fortress, strength, and stronghold wherever we may be. Make us dwell in the shadow of Your wings. Be our Rock and salvation so that we are not being moved or shaken. Although bad things are happening all around us, we pray that it may not come near us.

Lam 3:22  It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. Lam 3:23  They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. 

Lord, You have invited us to come boldly before Your throne [ Heb 4:16]. We come before Your throne and ask for grace [discipline] to strengthen our hearts and to give us patience as we wait on You. Help us to always rejoice in Hope, continuing steadfastly [Rom 12:12] because Your compassions fail not.

Psa 25:21  Let integrity and uprightness preserve me; for I wait on thee. 

Lord, let us become a woman [Church] of great integrity. Be with us to bear witness to the truth, so that in times of pressure, we will and are acting with confidence. Bind mercy and truth around our necks and write them on the tables of our hearts so we may find favor and high esteem in the sight of God and men [Prov 3:3-4]. Give us a teachable Spirit that is willing to listen to the Voice of wisdom and to grow in Your ways.

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

Lord, we pray that we will and are bearing good fruit out of the goodness that is You in us, the Hope of Glory. May the fruit of the Spirit sweeten all our dealings as others behold how we are walking in this life. Arise Lord into Your resting place, and let us, your priests be clothed with Your salvation, and rejoice in goodness. [2Ch 6:41].

Summary

 LORD, thank you for this time of refreshment of being in Your presence. AMEN.

FAQS

Sects in the New Testament

Note:  This is an addendum to a prior post on Cult Accusations Against the Body of Christ. That post can be found here:  Cult Accusations Against Christ

Sects in the NT

 The Pharisees were considered a sect in the NT and so were the Sadducees:

Act 15:5  But there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees which believed, saying, That it was needful to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the law of Moses.

Act 5:17  Then the high priest rose up, and all they that were with him, (which is the sect of the Sadducees,) and were filled with indignation,

Paul was a Pharisee [Acts 26:5] in his youth and was also called a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes. Christ was called a Nazarene, from the city, Nazareth [Matt 2:23]. Paul was a follower of Christ, thus called a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes.

Act 24:5  For we have found this man a pestilent fellow, and a mover of sedition among all the Jews throughout the world, and a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes:

 Whilst in Rome as a prisoner, the Jews that came to Paul’s lodging, said this about the sect of the Nazarenes:

 Act 28:22  But we desire to hear of thee what thou thinkest: for as concerning this sect, we know that everywhere it is spoken against.

But Paul also was under the Nazarite vow. Let us now briefly consider being under the vow of the Nazarites as given by the Lord through Moses [Num 6:1-2], seeing that Paul took the vow of a Nazarite, coming out from under this vow as he was maturing in Christ. We know that Paul in his earlier walk was keeping the feasts [Acts 18:21] and purifying himself signifying the accomplishment of the days of purification [Acts 21:26]. He was under the vow of the Nazarites, separating himself unto God.

Act 18:18  And Paul after this tarried there yet a good while, and then took his leave of the brethren, and sailed thence into Syria, and with him Priscilla and Aquila; having shorn his head in Cenchrea: for he had a vow.

This typifies us, as babes in Christ [1Co 3:1-4]. The Nazarite vow typifies the immature carnal zeal which is typical of carnal babes in Christ. A Nazarite makes his zeal known to all, by separating himself through a vow [Num 6:2]. He wants everybody to know that he is not like other men looking down on the publican [Luk 18:11]. We notice the three requirements of this vow [shadow] and what this is spiritually representing to us, Christ’s sons.

1] The Nazarite was forbidden to drink wine or strong drink or touching anything made of the fruit of the vine.

Num 6:3  He shall separate himself from wine and strong drink, and shall drink no vinegar of wine, or vinegar of strong drink, neither shall he drink any liquor of grapes, nor eat moist grapes, or dried.

This sounds so special. Here is the NT witness or parallel to this exclusiveness:

1Co 1:4  I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ;

1Co 1:5  That in everything ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge;

1Co 1:6  Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you:

1Co 1:7  So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ: 

But is this holiness really so glorious or is there something that excels?

2Co 3:6  Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.

2Co 3:7  But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away:

2Co 3:8  How shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious?

2Co 3:9  For if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory.

2Co 3:10  For even that which was made glorious had no glory in this respect, by reason of the glory that excelleth.

As spiritual Nazarites at the beginning of our walk, we too, do many wonderful works under this vow [type] [Matt 7:22-23] while we spiritually walk this out in our immaturity. We are blind as bats, as Samson, the lifelong Nazarite [Judges 13:5], whose eyes were put out [Judges 16:21] to then see, being made blind first [John 9:39-41, NT parallel]. Paul was three days without sight [Acts 9:9]. The symbolism of not being permitted to drink, eat or touch anything concerned with the vine tree or the fruit of the vine, is the symbol of Christ and His Words [Matt 26:26-29].

Luk 22:20  Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.

Joh 15:4  Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.

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.

After the days of our separation [type and shadow], we now partake of the fruit of the vine. We are now mature enough to partake of Christ, eat His meat and drink His blood [John 6:53].

2] The Nazarite could not cut the locks of his hair [Num 6:5] which symbolizes his own self-righteous works.

We know we have to exceed the righteousness of the law.

Mat 5:19  Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

Mat 5:20  For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.

 What is the spiritual reality for us, after our vow [type] is fulfilled [when we mature in Christ]? We can cut our hair and live by a much more mature law. The symbolism of not being permitted to cut one’s hair, short hair being the symbol of the man who is the head of the woman, means in the spiritual language that Christ’s Spirit in us is ruling over our souls. This only comes as we are maturing through much sorrow of having fiery trials.

 1Co 11:3  But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.

1Co 11:4  Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonoureth his head.

 1Co 11:14  Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him? 

 3] The Nazarite could not touch a dead body until the days of his vow was fulfilled.

Num 6:6  All the days that he separateth himself unto the LORD he shall come at no dead body.

Num 6:7  He shall not make himself unclean for his father, or for his mother, for his brother, or for his sister, when they die: because the consecration of his God is upon his head.

 As spiritual Nazarites in type and shadow, we, are not able to eat all things or esteem every day alike at the beginning [Rom 14]. But as maturing sons, we reckon ourselves dead with Christ, dying daily [1Co 15:31] [Gal 2:20] and make ourselves unclean for Christ’s Body [type and shadow] filling up what is behind of the afflictions of Christ.

Rom 6:11  Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

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

 Paul, as a Nazarite, in the beginning, did not understand that the Lord is making Himself one new man and only whilst in Rome, not being under this vow anymore, now declares these Words:

Eph 2:11  Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands;

Eph 2:12  That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:

Eph 2:13  But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.

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 2:19   

 Coming out from under the Nazarite vow, all spiritual Nazarites Lord willing, will get past the need for any vows [type and shadow, when our separation is fulfilled] and will be made able and ready to follow Christ who says this concerning any vows:

Mat 5:34  But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God’s throne:

Mat 5:35  Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King.

Mat 5:36  Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black.

Mat 5:37  But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.

 Summary

We, as the sons of God, members of the many membered body of Christ, only have the Truth and His Spirit to ward off the fiery darts of our enemies. The Words of Christ never puts us to shame. Christ’s Words are Life [John 6:63]. The carnal world does not understand the Truths we hold and cherish [Joh 12:38].

2Co 13:8  For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth.

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

Dan 12:10  Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.

We, as the true Bride of Christ, are not members of a cult, but reformers as is Christ because as He is, so are we [1 John 4:17]. We rest in Him because He is our Sabbath.

 

Studies

Women in the Life of Moses

Spiritual Significance of Women in the Life of Moses

(This was a 2-part study, combined into one written study)

We will look at four women in the life of Moses. Women represent the church in type and shadow and looking through spiritual eyes, we learn much about the mindset of Moses, the well-favoured of God. Moses was and is faithful in his house, but he is not the Son. In this study we will see that the mindset of Moses as ordained by the Lord, is a mindset we have to move beyond to be found in Christ. With that being said, let us look at the women in the life of Moses.

Exo 33:17 And the LORD said unto Moses, I will do this thing also that thou hast spoken: for thou hast found grace [H2580, well favoured] in my sight, and I know thee by name.

Heb 3:2  Who was faithful to him that appointed him, as also Moses was faithful in all his house.
Heb 3:3  For this man was counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as he who hath builded the house hath more honour than the house.
Heb 3:4  For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God.
Heb 3:5  And Moses verily was faithful in all his house, as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken after;
Heb 3:6  But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.

Moses

For those with eyes to see, we see a pattern being played out in Scriptures which shows the is, was and will be nature of Christ. From before Moses was born, God, the Father, through Christ, has set into motion the things which would call Moses into a life of which he had not chosen and to which he would ultimately be used to save many people alive. This servant is chosen from a very particular tribe for a very specific purpose for His people. We are being set apart from our mother’s womb.

Exo 2:1  And there went a man of the house of Levi, and took to wife a daughter of Levi.
Exo 2:2  And the woman conceived, and bare a son: and when she saw him that he was a goodly child, she hid him three months.
Exo 2:3  And when she could not longer hide him, she took for him an ark of bulrushes, and daubed it with slime and with pitch, and put the child therein; and she laid it in the flags by the river’s brink.
Exo 2:4  And his sister stood afar off, to wit what would be done to him.

Psa 22:10 I was cast upon thee from the womb: thou art my God from my mother’s belly.

We, like Moses, have been predestined to be a servant unto the Lord. From the foundation of the world, we are being chosen to be a people unto the Lord for His purposes.

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:
Deu 14:2 For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God, and the LORD hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth.

The mother of Moses

In and of ourselves, we are not important but what we are being formed into is of great value to the Lord. Moses’s life is starting off in a type of baptism seeing as Moses mother creates an ark of bulrushes [papyrus]. Moses mother does this after a period of three months to show us that there is a process involved of growing us up in Christ so that we are being used in the capacity of being a saviour to the Lord’s people in order to bring them to the place of the Name of the Lord, mount Zion within first [having dominion over sin] and also without at the appointed times. Let us read from another Scripture about those ambassadors in vessels of bulrushes.

Isa 18:1 Woe to the land shadowing with wings, which is beyond the rivers of Ethiopia:

Isa 18:2 That sendeth ambassadors by the sea, even in vessels of bulrushes upon the waters, saying, Go, ye swift messengers, to a nation scattered and peeled, to a people terrible from their beginning hitherto; a nation meted out and trodden down, whose land the rivers [Egypt] have spoiled!

In this story of Exodus, God’s people and His land have been spoiled by the Egyptians but there is about to come a time when it is God’s people who spoil the Egyptians and, so it is for us today. The word ark where Moses was put is the same word used in Noah’s ark. This is not a coincidence because these two arks are both symbols of the Lord protecting His chosen people through His Word. Moses’s parents hid him for three months because they had faith. They were not afraid to disobey Pharaoh [man of sin]. Moses was a Hebrew born from Levite parents, and being nursed by his own mother until he was weaned [Ex 2:8-10]. Christ nourishes us and Moses’s parents, his sister, Miriam, and the midwives involved, are all symbols here in this story of his true family, Christ’s spiritual family for us. We are being nursed [as a nurse cherishes her children] in the family of God. It is what we hear from the beginning.

1Jn 2:7 Brethren, I write no new commandment unto you, but an old commandment which ye had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which ye have heard from the beginning.

1Th 2:6 Nor of men sought we glory, neither of you, nor yet of others, when we might have been burdensome, as the apostles of Christ.

1Th 2:7 But we were gentle among you, even as a nurse cherisheth her children:

1Th 2:8 So being affectionately desirous of you, we were willing to have imparted unto you, not the gospel of God only, but also our own souls, because ye were dear unto us.

Symbolically Moses’s natural family then represents the Body of Christ for us where we hear Truth for the first time and being nursed during this stage of our walk. This is what Moses’s mother and family shadows here, in other words, the mindset of Moses here is one that knows the Truth, but Christ is not come a second time yet.

Pharaoh’s daughter

In all of the Lord’s workings, He prepares a way before us so that His plan can continue to be established for those in this age He calls His people, so that everyone else can be called to be His people later. This preparation is no different for Moses in Exodus and for us in our own lives. Consider that this story is about Moses, and about Christ, and about Christ’s Body. Moses had to go into Egypt in order to come out of Egypt, losing his first love, moving away from the faith he once had through his true family, the Body of Christ [shadow], and this is us in type and shadow.  Let us read what happens next:

Exo 2:4  And his sister stood afar off, to wit what would be done to him.
Exo 2:5  And the daughter of Pharaoh came down to wash herself at the river; and her maidens walked along by the river’s side; and when she saw the ark among the flags, she sent her maid to fetch it.
Exo 2:6  And when she had opened it, she saw the child: and, behold, the babe wept. And she had compassion on him, and said, This is one of the Hebrews’ children.
Exo 2:7  Then said his sister to Pharaoh’s daughter, Shall I go and call to thee a nurse of the Hebrew women, that she may nurse the child for thee?
Exo 2:8  And Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, Go. And the maid went and called the child’s mother.
Exo 2:9  And Pharaoh’s daughter said unto her, Take this child away, and nurse it for me, and I will give thee thy wages. And the woman took the child, and nursed it.
Exo 2:10  And the child grew, and she brought him unto Pharaoh’s daughter, and he became her son. And she called his name Moses: and she said, Because I drew him out of the water.

Christ used the Pharaoh’s daughter and is using her to save Moses from Pharaoh. The meaning of Moses’s name, pulled out of the water refers to Christ saving His people from the hands of their enemies. Christ saved and is saving us from lies within and without. Paul talks about being in perils of waters:

Psa 18:16 (KJV) He sent from above, he took me, he drew me out of many waters.
Psa 18:17 He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them which hated me: for they were too strong for me.

2Co 11:26 In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren;

Under Pharaoh’s daughter, Moses, grew up as a prince of Egypt, yet he always knew that he was a Hebrew as we know our true calling in Christ. Moses grew up as a great man in words and deeds under the Pharaoh’s daughter. He was taught all the wisdom of the Egyptians. When we lose our first love and move away from the faith once delivered to us, the flesh grows stronger and stronger.

Act 7:21 (GNB) and when he was put out of his home, the king’s daughter adopted him and brought him up as her own son.

Act 7:22 He was taught all the wisdom of the Egyptians and became a great man in words and deeds.

Moses lived a very comfortable life, as the adopted son, he was eating in pleasure and this is us in type. His life was hedged, being dead whilst alive.

Rev 3:17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:

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

Lam 3:6 He hath set me in dark places, as they that be dead of old. Lam 3:7 He hath hedged me about, that I cannot get out: he hath made my chain heavy.

Mat 8:22 But Jesus said unto him, Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead.

Moses was forty years old before he decided to find out how his fellow Israelites were being treated. Forty is the symbol for trials. So, after forty years, Moses is being tried. Christ was tempted forty days.

Act 7:23 “When Moses was forty years old, he decided to find out how his fellow Israelites were being treated.

Mat 4:1 Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.

Mat 4:2 And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred.

When Moses saw how his people [Israel] were being treated, he decided to give up his life as a prince of Egypt and decided to suffer with God’s people instead.

Heb 11:24 (GNB) It was faith that made Moses, when he had grown up, refuse to be called the son of the king’s daughter.

Heb 11:25 He preferred to suffer with God’s people rather than to enjoy sin for a little while.

But unlike Christ who was tempted and never gave in, Moses failed in his own efforts. The mindset of Moses here in this story is being one of a hearer only. So, Moses through the idols of his heart, his conscience accusing or excusing him [Rom 2:15], thought that through his self-righteousness [which is of the law], he could save his people from the enemy. In type and shadow, this is us, thinking we can save ourselves and save others.

Exo 2:11 (CEV) After Moses had grown up, he went out to where his own people were hard at work, and he saw an Egyptian beating one of them.

Exo 2:12 Moses looked around to see if anyone was watching, then he killed the Egyptian and hid his body in the sand.

Exo 2:13 When Moses went out the next day, he saw two Hebrews fighting. So, he went to the man who had started the fight and asked, “Why are you beating up one of your own people?” Exo 2:14 The man answered, “Who put you in charge of us and made you our judge? Are you planning to kill me, just as you killed that Egyptian?”

This frightened Moses because he was sure that people must have found out what had happened.  Moses killed an Egyptian to protect a fellow Israelite. Shedding blood is not how you are being saved, nor you or your family within or without. That is an idol of the heart. We have a high calling, killing your brother is not leading your family within and without out of Egypt [world within and without]. Trusting in the riches of Egypt does not cut it.

Mat 5:22 But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.

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

So, this is the mindset of Moses whilst in Egypt under Pharaoh’s daughter. This is a process and the this is the pattern of how Christ operates when all is said and done, as He used Jacob’s trickery of Isaac to bring out Jacob’s good in the end. Christ also works out the wellbeing of Joseph’s brothers through the evil deeds they commit against Joseph as it is for us even today. Moses is a Pharisee of note, saying but not doing, killing a man whilst admonishing his brother.

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.

Mat 23:4 For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.

With this Egyptian mindset, we are not in Christ’s rest. Paul, admonishes against hypocrisy.

1Co 5:6 Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?

1Co 5:7 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:

1Co 5:8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

The wife of Moses

After killing the Egyptian, Moses escaped to Midian, where he gets married.

Exo 2:15 When the king heard what Moses had done, the king wanted to kill him. But Moses escaped and went to the land of Midian. One day, Moses was sitting there by a well,

Exo 2:16 when the seven daughters of Jethro, the priest of Midian, came up to water their father’s sheep and goats.

Exo 2:17 Some shepherds tried to chase them away, but Moses came to their rescue and watered their animals.

Exo 2:18 When Jethro’s daughters returned home, their father asked, “Why have you come back so early today?”

Exo 2:19 They answered, “An Egyptian rescued us from the shepherds, and he even watered our sheep and goats.”

Exo 2:20 “Where is he?” Jethro asked. “Why did you leave him out there? Invite him to eat with us.”

Exo 2:21 Moses agreed to stay on with Jethro, who later let his daughter Zipporah marry Moses.

Exo 2:22 And when she had a son, Moses said, “I will name him Gershom, since I am a foreigner in this country.”

The Lord finds us while we are yet sinners.

Isa 43:19 Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.

Isa 43:20 The beast of the field shall honour me, the dragons and the owls: because I give waters in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert, to give drink to my people, my chosen.

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

It is Zipporah, meaning bird, who we are given as a wife. We are given marriage [to Christ] to that which soars in the heavens. So, what does it mean to have Zipporah as wife, being one with her [Gen 2:24] or rather having the mindset of Zipporah as Moses has at this stage of his walk and this is us. In type it means that we all attempt at first to please Christ without being completely circumcised, and Zipporah, as the woman in this story, symbolizes the church within and without, as the force which opposes our complete circumcision. The fact that this happened when Moses was on his way back to Egypt to deliver his people Israel, demonstrates that this is an experience which is common to us all at the beginning of our own calling into the service of our Lord. We are all yet carnal babes in Christ even after being given to know Christ, and even being given spiritual gifts. We are in Egypt still.

1Co 1:5 That in everything ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge;

1Co 1:6 Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you:

1Co 1:7 So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ:

We, as Moses are enriched in Christ, having the testimony of the miracles Christ had shown us at the burning bush and come behind in no gift at this time. Nevertheless, these next verses applied to Moses and to us at the beginning of our walk.

1Co 3:1 And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, [ even] as unto babes in Christ.

1Co 3:2 I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able [to bear it], neither yet now are ye able.

1Co 3:3 For ye are yet carnal: for whereas [there is] among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?

1Co 3:4 For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I [am] of Apollos; are ye not carnal?

Moses’s uncircumcised son is an OT type of our own carnality. As Zipporah our flesh considers Christ, our spiritual husband, to be a bloody man because of the circumcision which seems too demanding on the flesh.

Exo 4:25 Then Zipporah took a sharp stone, and cut off the foreskin of her son, and cast [it] at his feet, and said, Surely a bloody husband [art] thou to me.

Exo 4:26 So he let him go: then she said, A bloody husband thou art, because of the circumcision.

Zipporah typifies Babylon within us all, who resists the ordinances of Christ, and that Moses is Christ to whom we say, You are a bloody husband unto me, because of the spiritual circumcision.

Rom 2:28 For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:

Rom 2:29 But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and c circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God

This is the mindset of Moses and us at this time, the Lord causing us not to overcome and entering into His rest. Instead of allowing the church world [Zipporah] to influence us to remain uncircumcised, we ought to rather lay aside every weight.

Heb 12:1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

1Co 15:31 I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.

Col 2:11 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, i n putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:

We have to have our houses in order and have our sons mindset] circumcised [circumcision typifying the putting off the things of the flesh], leading our people out of Egypt within and without. Christ requires circumcision and dying daily in Spirit. Here we see Moses unwilling to shed bled [circumcise his son], typically what the Sadducee does in us. Knowing to do better but not doing it.

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.

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

This mindset of Moses, being one with Zipporah, does not lead us into Christ rest.

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.

Recap

To summarize before we look at Moses’s sister, Miriam, the prophetess, let us freshen our memories about what we have learned in the first part of the study. We saw in the first part of the study that women represent the church in type and shadow [Rev 1:4], within and without, and looking through spiritual eyes, we learn much about the mindset of Moses through the women in his life. Moses, have been predestined to be a servant unto the Lord, and his and our lives, a pattern being played out which shows the is, was and will be nature of Christ or the revelation of Jesus Christ within us as Paul tells us. Moses was called into a life of service which he had not chosen as we also, are being called today, into a life of service through a fiery process.

Gal 1:11 But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. Gal 1:12 For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.

In this study, we first looked at Moses’s parents. Christ nourishes us and Moses’s parents, his sister, Miriam, and the midwives involved, are all symbols and shadows the mindset of Moses’s true family, or the Body of Christ for us. We are being nursed [as a nurse cherishes her children] in the family of God. It is what we hear from the beginning.

1Jn 2:7 Brethren, I write no new commandment unto you, but an old commandment which ye had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which ye have heard from the beginning.

Psa 22:9 But thou art he that took me out of the womb: thou didst make me hope when I was upon my mother’s breasts.

Next, we looked at the daughter of Pharaoh and the mindset it shadows. Moses had to go into Egypt [being the adopted son of Pharaoh’s daughter (Exo 2), a prince in Egypt] in order to come out of Egypt, losing his first love, moving away from the faith he once had through his true family, the Body of Christ [shadow], and this is us in type and shadow [MO of the Lord]. In Egypt, Moses and we lack nothing, our lives are being hedged, we are being dead whilst alive [Rev 3:17]. Moses and we are being tried after forty days [Act 7:23]. The Lord causing us to give up our lives as princes of Egypt [Heb 11:24] and causing us to suffer with God’s people instead.
Christ who was tempted never gave in, but we as Moses, fail in our efforts. The mindset of Moses here in this story is being one of a hearer only. So, Moses, through the idols of his heart, his conscience accusing or excusing him thought that through his self-righteousness [which is of the law], could and can save his people from the enemy. In type and shadow, this is us, thinking we can save ourselves and save others. We think we can come to Christ through the law of the gentiles.

Rom 2:12 For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law;

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

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

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

Shedding blood physically or spiritually is not how we are being saved, this is an idol of the heart. We have a high calling, killing our brethren is not leading our families within and without out of Egypt [world within and without]. Trusting in the riches of Egypt does not cut it [Mat 5, Rom 12]. We as Moses is a Pharisee of note, saying but not doing, killing a man whilst admonishing our brethren when we do this is, was and will be.

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.

Mat 23:4 For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.

With this Egyptian mindset, we are not in Christ’s rest. Paul, admonishes against hypocrisy [1Co 5:6].

Next, we looked at the wife of Moses to see what the mindset of Moses and we represents here. The Lord finds us while we are yet sinners [Isa 43, Rom 5]. It is Zipporah, meaning bird, who we are given as a wife. We are given marriage [to Christ] to that which soars in the heavens. We at first, attempt to please Christ without being completely circumcised, and as Zipporah in type, opposes our complete circumcision. We are yet carnal babes in Christ [1 Co 3] even after being given to know Christ, and even being given spiritual gifts.

1Co 1:5 That in everything ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge;

1Co 1:6 Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you:

1Co 1:7 So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ:

We, as Moses are enriched in Christ, having the testimony of the miracles Christ had shown us at the burning bush and come behind in no gift at this time. Nevertheless, these next verses applied to Moses and to us at the beginning of our walk. Moses’s uncircumcised son is an OT type of our own carnality. As Zipporah our flesh considers Christ, our spiritual husband, to be a bloody man because of the circumcision which seems too demanding on the flesh [Ex 4]. Zipporah typifies Babylon within us, who resists the ordinances of Christ, and that Moses is Christ to whom we say, You are a bloody husband unto me, because of the spiritual circumcision.

Rom 2:28 For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:

Rom 2:29 But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and c circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God

This is our mindset and the mindset of Moses at this time, the Lord causing us not to overcome and entering into His rest. Instead of allowing the church world [Zipporah] to influence us to remain uncircumcised, we ought to rather lay aside every weight [Heb 12].

We have to be of the circumcision [circumcision typifying the putting off the things of the flesh], leading our people out of Egypt within and without. Christ requires circumcision and dying daily in Spirit. Here we see Moses unwilling to shed blood [circumcise his son], typically what the Sadducee does in us. Knowing to do better but not doing it. This mindset of Moses, being one with Zipporah, does not lead us into Christ rest [Heb 4]. There is still one more church in Moses, an OT witness of us.

The sister of Moses

Here is Strong’s definition of the meaning of the name, Miriam:
H4813
mirya m
meer- yawm’
>From H4805; rebelliously; Mirjam, the name of two Israelitesses: – Miriam

A wife rebelling against her husband is as natural as the carnal mind being enmity and not being subject to the law of God [Rom 8:7]. It is all part of being a marred vessel first.

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

Mar 2:22 And no man putteth new wine into old bottles: else the new wine doth burst the bottles, and the wine is spilled, and the bottles will be marred: but new wine must be put into new bottles.

2Ti 2:20 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour.

Miriam was a prophetess. Being a prophetess and we are prophets Lord willing means this:

Exo 15:20 And Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took a timbrel in her hand; and all the women went out after her with timbrels and with dances.

Exo 15:21 And Miriam answered them [the women], Sing ye to the LORD, for he hath triumphed gloriously; the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea.

Miriam, as prophetess, leads the women [our souls within] with timbrels and dances in singing unto the Lord. Christ does not use prophesy to lead men into battle against the enemy [carnal mind] but Christ’s Words [John 6:63] are being used to battle against the wars in our heavens [Eph 6:12]. We know all is true in the natural or physical as well.

1Co 14:34 Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but [ they are commanded] to be under obedience, as also saith the law.

1Co 14:35 And if they will learn anything, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.

1Co 14:36 What? came the word of God out from you? or came it unto you only?

1Co 14:37 If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord.

Here is an example how the process of being saved goes. Look at what we, as Miriam, does as God, the Father, through Christ, brings us out of Egypt sending before us Moses, Aaron and Miriam:

Num 12:1 And Miriam and Aaron spake against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married: for he had married an Ethiopian woman.

Num 12:2 And they [Miriam & Aaron] said, Hath the LORD indeed spoken only by Moses? hath he not spoken also by us? And the LORD heard it.

Miriam is mentioned first shadowing the instigator of the rebellion. Aaron, her brother, here in this witness, typifies God’s priests in every generation who are not being able to stand up against a woman [a rebelling church within and without] and who are disobedient to our high calling in Christ. Aaron here, typifies us, as the priests who are not acknowledging that the words written by Paul are the commandments of the Lord. We have to be doers of the Word, not hearers only.

1Co 14:37 If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord.

The women/church in us ignores Christ’s Words of Spirit and Life.

Joh 6:63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

Christ punishes the mindset of Miriam and Aaron’s rebellion against Moses [here typifying Christ]. Miriam and Aaron are being motivated by jealousy and not by racism against Moses’s wife, Zipporah, which they were just using to hide their jealousy of the seventy elders chosen by Moses.

Num 12:1 (ERV) Miriam and Aaron began to talk against Moses. They criticized him because he married an Ethiopian woman.

Num 12:2 (GNB) They said, “Has the LORD spoken only through Moses? Hasn’t he also spoken through us?” The LORD heard what they said.

The way the Lord punished Miriam with leprosy confirms this fact. Miriam is a symbol of the church which leads us in rebellion against Christ and against His elect, symbolized by Moses here in this story.

Num 12:10 (KJV) And the cloud departed from off the tabernacle; and, behold, Miriam became leprous, white as snow: and Aaron looked upon Miriam, and, behold, she was leprous.

Let us look at what happened after Miriam was healed of the leprosy and was accepted back in the camp of Israel.

Num 12:15 (ISV) So Miriam was isolated outside the camp for seven days and the people didn’t travel until Miriam was brought in.

Even though Miriam and Aaron rebelled against Moses in private, all of Israel learned about this rebellion and the consequence to Miriam because they had to wait for her to get healed before they continued their travel. We have to be healed of leprosy. A Little leaven leavens the whole lump.

This rebellious mindset of Miriam we see also as the mindset of Moses in another OT witness. Here are the Scriptures where Christ instructing Moses and Aaron to bring water to the people from the Rock.

Num 20:6 (ISV) Then Moses and Aaron went into the presence of the community at the entrance of the Tent of Meeting and fell on their faces. Then the glory of the LORD appeared to them.

Num 20:7 The LORD told Moses,

Num 20:8 “Take the rod, gather the community together, and then you and your brother Aaron are to speak to the rock right before their eyes. It will release water. As you bring water to them from the rock, the community and the cattle will be able to drink.

Did Moses obey Christ? Pay close attention to what happened next.

Num 20:9 (KJV) And Moses took the rod from before the LORD, as he commanded him.

Num 20:10 And Moses and Aaron gathered the congregation together before the rock, and he said unto them, Hear now, ye rebels; must we fetch you water out of this rock?

Num 20:11 And Moses lifted up his hand, and with his rod he smote the rock twice: and the water came out abundantly, and the congregation drank, and their beasts also.

Moses and Aaron did not exactly obey the Lord. The Lord told them to speak to the Rock [type and shadow of Christ] and after it releases water, they have to fetch the water [working, having faith John 5:17] and give it to the people. Instead of speaking to the rock, Moses struck it twice. Instead of fetching the water and giving it to the people, Moses and Aaron just let the people drink directly from it symbolizing warming ourselves by the fire and not dying daily if you look at this with spiritual eyes. The power of God is Christ and the Words Christ speaks, giving life giving waters to the nations within and without. We are the pillars in the Temple of God, nobody comes to the Father except through Christ and His sons.

Joh 5:17 But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work.

Num 20:12 (ERV) But the LORD said to Moses and Aaron, “You did not trust me enough to honor me and show the people that I am holy. You did not show the Israelites that the power to make the water came from me. So, you will not lead the people into the land that I have given them.”

Num 20:13 This place was called the waters of Meribah. This is where the Israelites argued with the LORD and where he showed them that he was holy.

God is not a respecter of persons. We suffer Christ’s wrath for our sins. It is in the same chapter that we are told of Aaron’s death. Moses dies later.

Num 20:23 (ERV) Mount Hor was near the border of Edom. The LORD said to Moses and Aaron,

Num 20:24 “It is time for Aaron to die and go to be with his ancestors [in the grave, not in heaven or in hell]. Aaron will not enter the land that I promised to the Israelites. Moses, I say this to you because both you and Aaron did not fully obey the command I gave you at the waters of Meribah.

Num 20:25 “Now, bring Aaron and his son Eleazar up to Mount Hor.

Num 20:26 Take Aaron’s special clothes from him and put these clothes on his son Eleazar. Aaron will die there on the mountain. And he will go to be with his ancestors.”

Num 20:27 Moses obeyed the LORD’S command. Moses, Aaron, and Eleazar went up on Mount Hor. All the Israelites watched them go.

Num 20:28 Moses removed Aaron’s special clothes and put them on Aaron’s son Eleazar. Then Aaron died there on top of the mountain. Moses and Eleazar came back down the mountain.

Num 20:29 All the Israelites learned that Aaron was dead. So, everyone in Israel mourned for 30 days.

Aaron as a type of us, getting punished should clearly show us that we should never think that we are immune to God’s wrath while we are in this sinful flesh. Christ suffered God’s wrath despite not committing any sin [Heb 4:15]. This event at the waters of Meribah is mentioned in Psalms and we are given a very important detail:

Psa 106:32 (ASV) They angered him also at the waters of Meribah, So that it went ill with Moses for their sakes;

Psa 106:33 Because they were rebellious against his spirit, And he spake unadvisedly with his lips.

Unlike Moses, the Lord never spoke unadvisedly with his lips. But very much like Moses, Christ suffered in His sinful flesh for our sakes.

1Co 2:10 (ISV) But God has revealed those things to us by his Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the deep things of God.

Moses’s rebellion caused him not to lead his people into the Promised land [Num 20].
What is the take of the mindset of Miriam i.e. rebellion in Moses? We have not to have prophesy only but also keep the sayings of this Book, all of it!

Rev 22:9 Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellow servant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God.

Short Summary

We looked at the mindset of Moses, the friend of God, through the eyes of the women in his life, which all represent the church within us at different stages of the process. We, as Moses, as the servant do not enter into the Kingdom of God, only sons of Christ enter in. We have to come to Christ and we know the Lord drags us to Him.

Joh 5:37 And the Father himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me. Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape.

Joh 5:38 And ye have not his word abiding in you: for whom he hath sent, him ye believe not.

Joh 5:39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.

Joh 5:40 And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.

Prophesy has its place and we need to take heed.

2Pe 1:19 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:

2Pe 1:20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.

2Pe 1:21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

We have to become doers of His Word [John 6:63]. This is a process which entails the Revelation of Christ and which is clearly being shown us through the different mindsets of Moses as portrayed by the churches within Moses and us! A Renewing mindset is what the Lord is doing with us.

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

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