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Micah Part 10 – Sheep Led to the Slaughter

Micah Part 10

Sheep Led to the Slaughter

Key Verses: Micah 2:7 – 2:13

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A New Testament witness to this prophecy would be this.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

H1224, botsrâh, bots-raw’

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

Total KJV Occurrences: 9

bozrah, 9

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

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

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

H123, ‘ĕdôm,  ed-ome’

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. Therefore shalt thou give presents to Moreshethgath.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

possess, 95

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

drive, 30

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

inherit, 21

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

possessed, 19

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

cast, 11

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

heir, 9

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

possession, 6

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Our Master puts a winepress in His vineyard within us.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Imparting Presents/Gifts to Moreshethgath

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

H7971, shâlach

Total KJV Occurrences: 880

sent, 461

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

send, 157

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

go, 76

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Achzib means lies and deception.

H392, ‘akzı̂yb, ak-zeeb’

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

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

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

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

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

H3576, kâzab, kaw-zab’

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

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

Total KJV occurrences: 4

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Micah Part 5 – The Winnowing Process

Book of Micah Part 5

The Winnowing Process

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

H4796, maw-rohth’

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

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

mar/ mârâh

Total KJV Occurrences: 38

bitter, 21

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

bitterness, 10

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

bitterly, 3

Isa_33:7, Eze_27:30, Zep_1:14

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

H4638, ma‛ărâth mah-ar-awth’

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

Total KJV occurrences: 1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 H3923

lâkı̂ysh

law-keesh’

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

Total KJV Occurrences: 24

lachish, 24

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Micah Part 4 – A House Built On Earth

Book of Micah Part 4

“A House Built On Earth”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Luk 17:32 Remember Lot’s wife.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

4. The inhabitant of Zaanan does not go out

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

H6629 – City of “Sheep or Flock”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

G1577, ekklēsia, ek-klay-see’-ah

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Our last city in this study is Beth Ezel.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

H680, ‘âtsal, aw-tsal’

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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In Christ,  PETE