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The Shunammite Woman Gives Birth

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For Our Admonition Part 6

“The Shunammite Woman Gives Birth”

Key Verses:  2Ki 4:8 – 17

In this study, we cover a story that is a good example of how we are to rightfully divide the Word. All the Scriptures are Christ centric, meaning they are about our Lord and His Christ.  Coming to see this opens our understanding of the Scriptures and applying them to ourselves.

Luk 24:27 And beginning at Moses and all the prophets (Elijah and Elisha included), he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself

Luk 24:44  And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me. 

Luk 24:45  Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,

Here is the first part of this story we will quickly cover before getting to the death and resurrection by Elisha of the woman’s son.

2Ki 4:8  And it fell on a day, that Elisha passed to Shunem, where was a great woman; and she constrained him to eat bread. And so it was, that as oft as he passed by, he turned in thither to eat bread. 

2Ki 4:9  And she said unto her husband, Behold now, I perceive that this is an holy man of God, which passeth by us continually. 

2Ki 4:10  Let us make a little chamber, I pray thee, on the wall; and let us set for him there a bed, and a table, and a stool, and a candlestick: and it shall be, when he cometh to us, that he shall turn in thither. 

2Ki 4:11  And it fell on a day, that he came thither, and he turned into the chamber, and lay there. 

2Ki 4:12  And he said to Gehazi his servant, Call this Shunammite. And when he had called her, she stood before him. 

2Ki 4:13  And he said unto him, Say now unto her, Behold, thou hast been careful for us with all this care; what is to be done for thee? wouldest thou be spoken for to the king, or to the captain of the host? And she answered, I dwell among mine own people. 

2Ki 4:14  And he said, What then is to be done for her? And Gehazi answered, Verily she hath no child, and her husband is old. 

2Ki 4:15  And he said, Call her. And when he had called her, she stood in the door. 

2Ki 4:16  And he said, About this season, according to the time of life, thou shalt embrace a son. And she said, Nay, my lord, thou man of God, do not lie unto thine handmaid. 

2Ki 4:17  And the woman conceived, and bare a son at that season that Elisha had said unto her, according to the time of life.

Before we cover the story, let’s lay a little background.  Elisha means by most scholarly accounts “God is Salvation”. Elisha is said to be the son of Shaphat, which comes from a root word of the same name [H8199 – shaphat] meaning to judge. Plowing the earth and breaking up the hard parts and preparing it for new seed is what the Word of God spiritually is doing by our judgment. That is how Elijah found his successor prophet.

1Ki 19:19  So he departed thence, and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, who was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen before him, and he with the twelfth: and Elijah passed by him, and cast his mantle upon him.

As we think of Elisha it will help us to understand that he is a type of the grace and judgment that would come through Jesus Christ much later. Elisha represents the one coming after Elijah which is the same in type as the one coming after John the Baptist.  This fire represents chastening grace and follow our initial baptism into repentance.

Luk 3:16  John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire:

Luk 3:17  Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and will gather the wheat into his garner; but the chaff he will burn with fire unquenchable.

Shunem comes from a root word [H7764 “shûnıy”, shoo-nee] that means a place of rest or quiet. As such Shunem, through this Shunammite woman, symbolizes the Body of Christ.  It is with this woman that Christ’s Christ, (the Body), finds the secret resting place for God’s people where food, drink and rest is provided.

Psa 132:13  For the LORD hath chosen Zion; he hath desired it for his habitation.

Psa 132:14  This is my rest for ever: here will I dwell; for I have desired it.

It is only in Christ where the Lord’s people and prophets are fed and find rest.

Son 1:7  Tell me, O thou whom my soul loveth, where thou feedest, where thou makest thy flock to rest at noon: for why should I be as one that turneth aside by the flocks of thy companions?

Heb 4:3  For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.

This woman is said to be great, which is what she will end up being as the whole story in the Scriptures (the sum) regarding her is told.  Yet this first part is another witness of the Lord calling things that are not as if they already are. She is destined to be great and will be found a strong woman of faith but that is not the case when she is first touched by the Lord. When she is first touched by the Lord, she represents the great harlot.

Rom 4:17  (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.

By virtue of her already receiving those that Christ  is sending, she is becoming great as the Word of faith works in her heavens.

Luk 9:48  And said unto them, Whosoever shall receive this child in my name receiveth me: and whosoever shall receive me receiveth him that sent me: for he that is least among you all, the same shall be great.

This woman and her house represent those the Lord has prepared to hear the Word and come to faith and know the rest  being found only in Christ.  We are to stay and dwell in such places doing the greater works.

Luk 10:5  And into whatsoever house ye enter, first say, Peace be to this house.

Luk 10:6  And if the son of peace be there, your peace shall rest upon it: if not, it shall turn to you again.

Luk 10:7  And in the same house remain, eating and drinking such things as they give: for the labourer is worthy of his hire. Go not from house to house.

Luk 10:8  And into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you:

Luk 10:9  And heal the sick that are therein, and say unto them, The kingdom of God is come nigh unto you.

The woman and her old husband have been prepared to receive the Truth and embrace the messengers of the Lord sent to her household that bring it.

2Ki 4:10  Let us make a little chamber [H5944], I pray thee, on the wall; and let us set for him there a bed, and a table, and a stool, and a candlestick: and it shall be, when he cometh to us, that he shall turn in thither. 

The woman prays for the man of God to come make his abode in her household. The Lord knows what His saints need, and He makes provision in His chosen ones to take care of those needs (Php 4:19, Psa 23:1). The woman prepares an abode for Elisha (Christ to take root in their home).

Son 3:4  It was but a little that I passed from them, but I found him whom my soul loveth: I held him, and would not let him go, until I had brought him into my mother’s house, and into the chamber of her that conceived me. 

This word for chambers H5944 is the same one we saw in the last study that corresponds to the upper room of our heavens where the war is waged and salvation comes.  This is the place where the widow’s son was resurrected from his state of spiritual death.

1Ki 17:19  And he said unto her, Give me thy son. And he took him out of her bosom, and carried him up into a loft [H5944], where he abode, and laid him upon his own bed.

The woman’s work is all the Lord’s work because we of ourselves can do nothing (Joh 15:5) and we are His workmanship (Eph 2:10, Phi 2:13) being mere clay and the work of His hands (Isa 64:8). Christ is preparing a place for us in heaven to abide when we are being exalted with Him. This is the preparing and renewing of our minds to put on the mind of Christ by hearing and acting on the Word which is growing us in faith.

Joh 14:2  In my Father’s house are many abodes [mansions]: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 

 Jesus Christ is represented in all of these symbols regarding the chamber prepared for Elisha in the woman’s home. Christ is the wall that is built by the plumbline which represents the Word that is judging us now (1Pe 4:17) and all men in the lake of fire.

Amo 7:7  Thus he shewed me: and, behold, the Lord stood upon a wall made by a plumbline, with a plumbline in his hand.

Christ is also the bed, where we find rest and find peace from the trouble that is in this world.

Psa 23:2  He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

Christ is the table where we sit being supported by the saints and partake of the spiritual blessings including food, drink and anointing with oil (Joh 12:2-3) that is remaking all things new.

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

Psa 23:5  Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

As this woman, the Body is also the Church, which is the Light unto this world that comes from the Lord’s witnesses (Rev 11:3,  Isa 43:11)

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

Mat 5:15  Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.

Rev 1:12  And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks; 

Rev 1:13  And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.

The oil and anointing of the Lord is poured out by the Church (Zec 4:11-14). It is through this woman and her fellowship with the people of God that the wisdom of the Lord is made known to those the Lord is preparing to hear.

Eph 3:9  NKJV and to make all see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the ages has been hidden in God who created all things through Jesus Christ;

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

A day is written in our Book of Life when we come together in this mystery of fellowship with Christ and thus begins our judgment.

2Ki 4:11  And it fell on a day, that he came thither, and he turned into the chamber, and lay there. 

2Ki 4:12  And he said to Gehazi his servant, Call this Shunammite. And when he had called her, she stood before him. 

2Ki 4:13  And he said unto him, Say now unto her, Behold, thou hast been careful for us with all this care; what is to be done for thee? wouldest thou be spoken for to the king, or to the captain of the host? And she answered, I dwell among mine own people.

The story of the Shunammite woman is our story as we also come into the Truth, but dwell in unbelief despite receiving the Truth with joy. Like her, we, initially are still bound by the law that is not of faith (Rom 7:2) and remain married to our old husband.  Being without child is being without faith after we hear the Truth. The woman, like us, is not interested at first in the spiritual blessings of maturing in Christ but was in it for the physical blessings in this age.

Joh 6:26  Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled.

Joh 6:27  Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.

Wanting to dwell among her own people is wanting to hold onto life in this world being unable to pay the costs of being a disciple and to be separated as the true Church.  Contrast this unbelief with the faith of Ruth who was made willing to forsake all and follow Christ even to death.

Rth 1:16  And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God: 

Rth 1:17  Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: the LORD do so to me, and more also, if ought but death part thee and me.

This story of the Shunammite is an Old Testament witness to Paul dealing with the yet carnal Corinthians, who had all the gifts but had to wait for the coming of the Lord with grace to turn them into true believers and mindful of the things of the Spirit.

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

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

1Co 1:8  Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.

1Co 1:9  God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord. 

All we can do for carnal babes is speak the Truth and hope the Lord will quicken their spirits to trust in His precious promises if we believe. The man of God and his servant identify the problem as a lack of faith that can only come by hearing the Word.

2Ki 4:14  And he said, What then is to be done for her? And Gehazi answered, Verily she hath no child, and her husband is old. 

2Ki 4:15  And he said, Call her. And when he had called her, she stood in the door. 

2Ki 4:16  And he said, About this season, according to the time of life, thou shalt embrace a son. And she said, Nay, my lord, thou man of God, do not lie unto thine handmaid. 

The woman comes to the man of God standing in the very door that is Christ and His elect that are the pillars (Rev 3:12) and entryway (Gen 3:24) by which all men shall pass to enter into temple of God (Rev 15:8). Yet she is not ready to pass through, faith is needed to begin following Christ across the threshold of the door. The woman is told she will have a son and yet she does not believe in denying the words of Elisha.

When Christ tells us, we will bear a new son, symbolizing that we will be borne again, our unbelief is made manifest. This is a similar story to other famous promises of a son coming to an old woman and an old man.  At first Sarah did not believe, even laughing at the thought she could have a child in her old age. Yet the Lord is faithful to all of His promises (Psa 33:4) and all things are possible with God (Mat 19:26).

Gen 18:14  Is anything too hard for the LORD? At the time appointed I will return unto thee, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.

Being yet carnal we do not understand the things of the Spirit and only learn when Christ preaches to us the truth.

Joh 3:4  Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?

Joh 3:5  Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

Joh 3:6  That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 

It was through faith that come from hearing the Word from her husband that Sara’s faith was born and grew from which she got the strength to deliver the son of the promise.

Heb 11:11  Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised.

Walking by sight and not by faith, we judge in the flesh and our faith fails. In our immaturity we do not believe and need to be reminded time and time again of the need for patience, endurance and faith (Heb 10:36, Luk 21:19, Rev 14:12). Paul had to tell the carnal churches many times of the need for patience and trust for them to see the coming of the Lord within themselves. The new man being birthed and growing up comes via the process that is simultaneously decreasing and destroying the old man.

2Th 2:1  Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, 

2Th 2:2  That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.

2Th 2:3  Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition ….

2Th 2:5  Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? 

We are not told the details here but can rely on the sum of the Word (Psa 119:160 ASV) to know how this woman was further prepared and cared for during her gestation period leading up to giving birth to a new son.  We know that all things are ours (1Co 3:21) as we live by every word God spoke in the appointed times (Mat 4:4).

2Ki 4:17  And the woman conceived, and bare a son at that season that Elisha had said unto her, according to the time of life.

 Our marriage to Christ is a mystery that is likened to a physical marriage of a husband and a wife (Eph 5:32). Being fruitful and multiplying (bearing sons and daughters) is only done spiritually when one is intimate within The Christ. Conceiving seed of Christ requires us to be intimate with and to know our husband. This can only happen in The Christ by abiding and fellowshipping.

Gen 4:1 And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD.

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

Faith comes by hearing the Word and eating the Truth of God’s Word is hearing the truth.

Job 34:3 For the ear trieth words, as the mouth tasteth meat.

There is only one place to eat the Truth, at the Lord’s altar and table in The Christ.

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

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

This woman had been prepared all along to be chosen to hear the Word and come to faith and have this child. Looking back we are able to see how the Lord has put his messengers and fellow servants in our path to plant the seed and water the seed that brings life.

Rom 10:14  How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?

Rom 10:15  And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!

Breaking and eating bread as often as Elisha passed by this woman’s house was the ground work of hearing the Word that brings about faith and the conception of a new son or a daughter and the bringing of such a one onto maturity if God permits.

Mal 3:16  Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name.

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

We will end the study here as the son is born to the woman. Thus, begins the journey of moving on to maturity and growing in Christ. Looking ahead to our next study we will continue Lord willing, with the story of Elisha and this Shunammite woman and cover the second instance in Scriptures of the resurrection from the dead.

2Ki 4:32  And when Elisha was come into the house, behold, the child was dead, and laid upon his bed.

2Ki 4:33  He went in therefore, and shut the door upon them twain, and prayed unto the LORD.

2Ki 4:34  And he went up, and lay upon the child, and put his mouth upon his mouth, and his eyes upon his eyes, and his hands upon his hands: and he stretched himself upon the child; and the flesh of the child waxed warm.

This will be our second example of how we bring life to others that the Lord has put into His Body when we lay down our life for the brethren. As our Lord is, so are we as His Christ in this world (Joh 20:21, 1Jo 4:17).

Joh 10:15  As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep.

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Studies

Raising the Dead to New Life

Note:  Audio problems continued as yours truly forgot to hit record.  I now have three recordings to do over but the good news is they get better with a do over.  Stay tuned.

For Our Admonition Part 5

“Raising the Dead to New Life”

Key Verses:  1Ki 17:17 – 17:24

We continue with the events recorded in 1Kings 17 regarding Elijah and the widow of Zarephath.  This is the second part of this parable (Click here for the first part) and in this study we will see the first instance of anyone being resurrected from the dead in the Scriptures.   Here are the verses and remainder of 1Kings 17 that complete this part of Elijah’s ministry.

1Ki 17:17  And it came to pass after these things, that the son of the woman, the mistress of the house, fell sick; and his sickness was so sore, that there was no breath left in him. 

1Ki 17:18  And she said unto Elijah, What have I to do with thee, O thou man of God? art thou come unto me to call my sin to remembrance, and to slay my son? 

1Ki 17:19  And he said unto her, Give me thy son. And he took him out of her bosom, and carried him up into a loft, where he abode, and laid him upon his own bed. 

1Ki 17:20  And he cried unto the LORD, and said, O LORD my God, hast thou also brought evil upon the widow with whom I sojourn, by slaying her son? 

1Ki 17:21  And he stretched himself upon the child three times, and cried unto the LORD, and said, O LORD my God, I pray thee, let this child’s soul come into him again. 

1Ki 17:22  And the LORD heard the voice of Elijah; and the soul of the child came into him again, and he revived. 

1Ki 17:23  And Elijah took the child, and brought him down out of the chamber into the house, and delivered him unto his mother: and Elijah said, See, thy son liveth. 

1Ki 17:24  And the woman said to Elijah, Now by this I know that thou art a man of God, and that the word of the LORD in thy mouth is truth.

We are saved and raised to newness of life in spirit by the grace of God that is chastening us and is working through our faith.  God’s grace is what teaches and motivates us to do righteousness and perform the greater works.  The good works are the result not the cause of our salvation.

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

Eph 2:9  Not of works, lest any man should boast.

Eph 2:10  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

In the last study, Elijah came and imparted faith in the widow and that faith was blessed with a multiplication of the meal that sustained Elijah, the widow and her son.  In this study, we see what follows our initial coming to faith and in Elijah’s case, growing in faith to raise one from the dead.  This event is just a shadow of the truth because the grace of God had not yet been poured out nor the Spirit of truth given (Joh 7:39).  This story is a parable and an ensample for us, the Lord’s ministers (priests) in performing the greater works and doing unto others as is, was and will be done unto us.

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

Joh 5:25  Most assuredly, I say to you, the hour is coming, and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God; and those who hear will live.

Christ raised many from the physical dead, yet we are told our works (through  Him) are the greater works we can and will do when we operate in faith.

Joh 14:12  Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.

Joh 14:13  And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

This all points to the truth that physical death in the Scriptures are a shadow of spiritual death which is also likened to sleep. The truth is that death in the Scriptures symbolizes spiritual death as these words of the Bible are all spirit (Joh 6:63).  That was the primary lesson from the exchange with the carnal disciples about Lazarus and whether he was dead or just sleeping.

Joh 11:11  These things said he: and after that he saith unto them, Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep.

Joh 11:12  Then said his disciples, Lord, if he sleep, he shall do well.

Joh 11:13  Howbeit Jesus spake of his death: but they thought that he had spoken of taking of rest in sleep.

Joh 11:14  Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead.

Several other events and admonitions in Scripture reveal that physical death is used as a symbol of spiritual death (Luk 8:53, Mat 9:24, etc) which is outcome of our sleeping and not taking heed the narrow way.

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

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

The Elect of God are in the business of bringing spiritual healing and raising others from spiritual death.  That is what we do when we abide together, speaking words of fire (new tongues) freely giving what we have freely received.

Mar 16:17  And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues;

Mar 16:18  they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

This miraculous story is said to be “after these things” meaning it follows our coming to faith and being sustained in the wilderness during the first half of our witness (Rev 12:6).  The Lord tries all faith by trials (1Pe 1:7) and afflictions which is where we obtain the gold (truth) and come to know the Lord and receive garments of His righteousness (Rev 3:18).  It is through these many tribulations (Act 14:22) we are building our faith muscles, increasing our patience, hope and trust in the Lord.

Jas 1:3  Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.

Jas 1:4  But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

This OT parable is a shadow of the truth regarding the process of salvation after we have left Orthodoxy when we only know the other jesus (2Co 11:4).  As a new born babe in Christ, we are both this widow and her son.  Coming to faith releases us from the law for the lawless (1Ti 1:9) that kept us bound our entire life prior.  With that husband being dead, we are in-between the old and the new and are now free to marry Christ.

Rom 7:2 For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband.

The widow’s son is a child (1Ki 17:23), representing a babe in Christ which signifies our emerging and yet carnal and immature mindset that comes from only hearing the Word.  Faith comes by hearing and which is eating (taking to heart) the words of truth served up by the Lord’s preachers and prophets.  When we begin to hear of the real Jesus and the truth of the Lord’s commandments, it brings bitterness and woe and ultimately death to our fleshly way of life.

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

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

The first half of our witness for Christ will end in death as we are being overcome.  It takes the second coming of Christ with grace via judgment to revive us and make us into doers and overcomers.

Rev 11:7  And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them.

Paul came to see his wretchedness (Rom 7:24) by being unable to be obey the law and reaping the wages of his sin which is death.

Rom 7:9  I was alive once without the law, but when the commandment came, sin revived and I died.

Rom 7:10  And the commandment, which was to bring life, I found to bring death.

Rom 7:11  For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it killed me ……..

Rom 8:2  For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. 

Only the second coming of Christ frees us when grace is poured out. The end of our disobedience is a promised destruction through the Word (Php 3:18-19) as Christ brings life through death. When we give up trying to save ourselves and can see ourselves as the chief of sinners (1Ti 1:15) then we begin to be die to our flesh and the new man is able to rise.

Joh 12:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.

All men are sinners (Rom 3:10, Ecc 7:20) and in due time go through the process of dying and being resurrected spiritually (Mat 4:4). Sin works death in us which is necessary for us to see our need for a Savior and have no more confidence in our flesh.  This is how Satan is overcome when we become dead to self (Heb 2:14).  To get to this point we are first given to see the fruits of our own works.

Eze 18:4  Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.

Yet Praise the Lord even while we are dead in sin, Christ comes to save us and raises us up to sit together in heaven sharing one mind

Eph 2:5  Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)

Eph 2:6  And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:

When we are touched by the Lord’s prophets and given to partake of the Word, it brings darkness to the light and produces death.  Our reaction is the same as the woman as we first stumble in in our judgment.

1Ki 17:18  And she said unto Elijah, What have I to do with thee, O thou man of God? art thou come unto me to call my sin to remembrance, and to slay my son? 

Saying and doing are two different things.  When the going (faith trials) gets tough, we first fall down our seven times (Pro 24:16) until we learn to trust the Lord and His working righteousness within us (Phi 2:13, Isa 64:8).  But when our son is slain we have not counted the costs and our weak faith is manifested.  It is not until we can look behind us where Lord has brought us that we can see His wondrous works to the children of men in all of our trials.  A mature mindset knows that being faithful to death is how receive the prize.

Rev 2:10  Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.

This is where the Body of Christ is brought together to minister and comfort each other during our times of weakness and unbelief.  When we see a brother or sister in error, abiding in death, we are to go to them to correct and restore them.  The woman turns to Elijah and his righteous prayers, which along with the process, succeed in time with bringing the child back to life.

1Ki 17:19  And he said unto her, Give me thy son. And he took him out of her bosom, and carried him up into a loft, where he abode, and laid him upon his own bed. 

1Ki 17:20  And he cried unto the LORD, and said, O LORD my God, hast thou also brought evil upon the widow with whom I sojourn, by slaying her son? 

It is Christ’s Christ, the Body, who are the instruments of judgment and salvation for all men including ourselves now (1Co 11:31-32, Mat 19:28) and the rest of mankind in the Lake of Fire (1Co 6:2, Rev 20:4).   James cites Elijah and the power of his prayers with these instructions.

Jas 5:16  Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

Jas 5:17  Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months.

Jas 5:18  And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.

Jas 5:19  Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him;

Jas 5:20  Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.

These verses may not seem like they relate to judgment, but they very much are speaking about our day of the Lord in type and shadow.  The Lord’s people are being saved (redeemed) only by going through the process of judgment.

Isa 1:27  Zion shall be redeemed with judgment, and her converts with righteousness.

Rev 15:8  And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from his power; and no man was able to enter into the temple, till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled.

Truly amazing, how Orthodoxy reading the same Bibles we do,  think salvation means avoiding judgment and the lie of eternal hell.  Our spiritually dying is the prerequisite for judgment to begin at the house of God which house we are.  This is the Lord’s purpose in causing us to sin (Isa 63:17) so we reap the wages of sin which is death. This provides Him the occasion sought to cleanse His Temple and raise us up in new life.  That is very good news!!!

Heb 9:27  And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:

Heb 9:28  So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.

Our judgment like the son’s judgment here requires us to be weaned off the bosom (the milk) of his mother and move beyond the basic oracles of God.  We have to be drawn away from the bosom of our immaturity and taught to eat the strong meat.

Isa 28:9  Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts.

Heb 5:13  For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.

Heb 5:14  But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

Other resurrection’s from the dead stories (2Ki 4:34, Act 20:8, Act 9:37) also take place in the upper chambers of the dwelling.  We are the temple of the Lord (1Co 3:16) and it is in us, in heaven (our mind) where Christ sits.   In due time, we are called up to heaven (Eph 2:6), gathered in the upper room (Act 1:12) and seated with Christ (Rev 11:12).  In type and shadow this is what Elijah’s actions in bringing the child upstairs into his abode signify.  It is the one who judges all things according to the spirit, that knows the mind of the Lord and can instruct others by example.

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

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

A bed is a place of rest and where we lay our bodies for support and comfort.  Carnal thoughts and beliefs keep us bound to a bed of flesh and is death (Rom 8:6).  In the positive the bed upon which God’s people rest in His Word is a place of repentance from our “carnally minded” and dead works.

Heb 4:10  For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His.

Heb 4:11  Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience.

Repentance from these dead (carnally minded) works precedes the coming of Christ with judgment.  The spirit of Elijah is the spirit of John that brings us to repentance by laying us onto the resting place of the Lord, preparing us for judgment and the trials to follow (Mat 3:11-12).  When judgment comes, the old man will be taken away and the righteous man rises in his place.

Luk 17:34  I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left.

Elijah then acts to save the woman’s son.

1Ki 17:21  And he stretched [H4058] himself upon the child three times, and cried unto the LORD, and said, O LORD my God, I pray thee, let this child’s soul come into him again. 

1Ki 17:22  And the LORD heard the voice of Elijah; and the soul of the child came into him again, and he revived. 

When it says Elijah stretched himself upon the boy three times, it really is saying Elijah measured the son three times.  The usage of H4058 “madad” in the KJV English translations make this perfectly clear.

 H4058, mâdad

Total KJV Occurrences: 51

measured, 40

measure, 7

mete, 3

stretched, 1      1Ki_17:21

The number three symbolizes the process of our spiritual completion through judgment.  Knowing this, there is no mistaking what these activities in the upper room are symbolizing.  They symbolize judgment which is reviving us from the dead, awakening us to righteousness.

Hos 6:2  After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight.

Isa 51:17  Awake, awake! Stand up, O Jerusalem, You who have drunk at the hand of the LORD The cup of His fury; You have drunk the dregs of the cup of trembling ….

The Lord hears our prayers if they are made according to His will.  He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

Mar 11:22  And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.

1Jn 5:14  And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:

1Jn 5:15  And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.

Elijah now returns the son to the mother who has now experienced two miracles and as a result she now believes in Elijah and the words of the Lord he speaks.

1Ki 17:23  And Elijah took the child, and brought him down out of the chamber into the house, and delivered him unto his mother: and Elijah said, See, thy son liveth. 

1Ki 17:24  And the woman said to Elijah, Now by this I know that thou art a man of God, and that the word of the LORD in thy mouth is truth. 

We pass from death to life by coming through judgment now in this age.  That is how we do not come into judgment in the lake of fire to come.

Joh 5:24  “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.

Christ is now ascended into the heavens of His people.  His words are now being heard when spoken by the Body of Christ who are His instruments of salvation and the greater works.  Those who hear our words are being judged and they will rise from the dead.

Joh 5:25  Most assuredly, I say to you, the hour is coming, and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God; and those who hear will live.

Elijah returns the son to the house and delivers him to his mother.  This is symbolism of us being brought hearing the words of Christ in the Body of Christ who is the mother of us all.

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

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

Receiving back a son or daughter in Christ, brought to life and raised from the death of being carnally minded is indeed a miracle.  This is indeed a proof text of knowing whether someone is truly a man of God or not.

Mat 7:20  Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

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

This resurrection story in Kings is a shadow of the truth and grace that would only come later by Jesus Christ.  The first raising from the dead by the Lord in the gospels was raising the widow of Nain’s son.

Luk 7:12  Now when he came nigh to the gate of the city, behold, there was a dead man carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow: and much people of the city was with her.

Luk 7:13  And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said unto her, Weep not.

Luk 7:14  And he came and touched the bier (open coffin): and they that bare him stood still. And he said, Young man, I say unto thee, Arise.

Luk 7:15  And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak. And he delivered him to his mother.

Luk 7:16  And there came a fear on all: and they glorified God, saying, That a great prophet is risen up among us; and, That God hath visited his people.

Jesus Christ came with all authority and power in heaven and in earth (Mat 28:18).  The resurrections in the New Testament are immediate at the speaking of the Word to “arise”, “come forth” etc.  We are the Body of Christ including His Mouth thru which the Lord is speaking and His hands through which we are touching those He has prepared to hear and arranged to meet Christ.

Eph 2:10  For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

We have been called and separated from the world to work in His Kingdom now and in the ages to come.  May we remember why we have been raised from the dead?  It is so we can do unto others what has been done unto us.  Such a high calling we have been given

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

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

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

Rev 22:17  And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.

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

Studies

Marriage Part 2 – The Law of Jealousies

The Law of Jealousies in Marriage

Introduction

The purpose for the institution of marriage is being shown us [Part 1] and it demonstrates the relationship between Christ and His Head. When we are granted to understand the purpose for the marriage union, we are then being able to understand the necessity of strong, healthy families to have a strong, healthy nation increase within us, spiritually speaking first. There is always an outward application.

Zec 2:10 Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion: for, lo, I come, and I will dwell in the midst of thee, saith the LORD.

Zec 2:11 And many nations shall be joined to the LORD in that day, and shall be my people: and I will dwell in the midst of thee, and thou shalt know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me unto thee.

Joh 3:30  He must increase, but I must decrease.

The Father, from the beginning, has purposefully created a waster, to destroy our marriage with our Head.

Isa 54:16 Behold, I have created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire, and that bringeth forth an instrument for his work; and I have created the waster to destroy.

Rom 7:14 for we have known that the law [Christ’s] is spiritual, and I am fleshly, sold by the sin;

The waster knows to tempt us to take matters into our own hands [our own reasonings, falling into our own lusts] and be unequally yoked [2 Co 6:14] with the nations within, our emotions getting the better of us [bound by the law].

Pro 18:7 A fool’s mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul.

1Co 7:39 The wife is bound by the law as long as her husband liveth; but if her husband be dead, she is at liberty to be married to whom she will; only in the Lord.

We are to retain and strengthen our marriage, and we see it is the unbeliever who leaves a marriage. Think within and without. The believer always seeks to nourish and strengthen the marriage …… take heed to deal well with our souls, the Word of God within, takes heed to nourish and strengthen our marriage to Christ. Lies do not stand against the Truth.

Mal 2:16 For the LORD, the God of Israel, saith that he hateth putting away: for one covereth violence with his garment, saith the LORD of hosts: therefore, take heed to your spirit, that ye deal not treacherously.

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

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

Luk 10:18 And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.

With that said, let us today study the topic of jealousy in the context of marriage. Think physical and spiritual, there is only One Lawgiver, which is Christ.

Jealousy

Scriptures reveal that jealousy, like every emotion, is a good thing to have when it is “godly jealousy”, which does not allow the waster to defile our marriages.

1Jn 5:18 We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not.

2Co 11:2 For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.

We are Christ’s, child bearer, Christ is jealous of us ….. cruel as the grave, lies and lovers will have to go.

Son 8:6 Set me as a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm: for love is strong as death; jealousy is cruel as the grave: the coals thereof are coals of fire, which hath a most vehement flame.

Exo 34:14 For thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God:

Pro 6:34 For jealousy is the rage of a man: therefore he will not spare in the day of vengeance.

This is the reason for Christ’s coming:

1Jn 3:8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.

If we have other lovers [idols of the heart], married to our father, the devil [lies & lovers], and our mother, that great harlot [disobedience], misery is coming.

Jer 4:30 And when thou art spoiled, what wilt thou do? Though thou clothest thyself with crimson, though thou deckest thee with ornaments of gold, though thou rentest thy face with painting, in vain shalt thou make thyself fair; thy lovers will despise thee, they will seek thy life.

2Ti 3:4 Traitors, heady, high minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;

When we depart from Christ’s Words, misery is finding us. Having other lovers, being under the law of the gentiles, yoked with the nations inside of us, confusion and every foul deed follows.

2Co 7:1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

We are each other’s helpers and need to take heed in the physical always. When we speak about physical marriages, we are to admonish each other as sisters, to be wives to our husbands even to unbelieving husbands. We obey Christ [Truth]rather than men [lies] but we certainly look at the physical aspects of our marriages as Christ instructs us to do. Is the inside of the cup clean, or do we only have a form of godliness? Our examples to our husbands go a long way.

Mat 15:18  but the things coming forth from the mouth from the heart do come forth, and these defile the man;

Mat 15:19  for out of the heart come forth evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, whoredoms, thefts, false witnessings, evil speakings:

Christ’s wife identifies with Him and wants to please and glorify Him alone! Christ’s wife is as jealous of Him as He is of her. Paul had a godly jealousy towards the Church, to present them without spot and wrinkle [2 Co 11:2].

1Ki 19:14 And he said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: because the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.

With the understanding that jealousy has a positive application, and that godly jealousy strengthens a marriage, we see that the end goal of positive godly jealousy is to present us a chaste virgin. We now consider a jealous spirit. Unjustified [not judged] jealousy destroys a marriage. Where there is faith [a gift], there is unity. It is grace through faith that is saving us. We have to be judged and see if our works are remaining.

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

When we are given the trial of losing our first love, we see Christ’s instructions for how that trust [returning to Him] is to be restored. We look at the OT shadow which points to the spiritual reality of the matter. Think within first, here is how we are judged to see whether we are guilty or not.

Num 5:12 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, If any man’s wife go aside, and commit a trespass against him,

Num 5:13 And a man lie with her carnally, and it be hid from the eyes of her husband, and be kept close, and she be defiled, and there be no witness against her, neither she be taken with the manner;

The words “with the manner” are not in Hebrew. We are being told is that she was not “taken in adultery, in the very act”.

Joh 8:4 They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.

There are no witnesses in this example, and when a woman is suspected by her husband of being adulterous, pointing to what is going on in our minds, not in the act; are there lies in our heavens, do we have other lovers, idols of the heart?

Num 5:14 And the spirit of jealousy come upon him, and he be jealous of his wife, and she be defiled: or if the spirit of jealousy come upon him, and he be jealous of his wife, and she be not defiled:

A jealous man is a dangerous man. Being defiled is being disobedient.

Pro 6:32  But whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding: he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul.
Pro 6:33  A wound and dishonour shall he get; and his reproach shall not be wiped away.
Pro 6:34  For jealousy is the rage of a man: therefore he will not spare in the day of vengeance.
Pro 6:35  He will not regard any ransom; neither will he rest content, though thou givest many gifts.

We all, are guilty of leaving our first love through the traditions of our fathers [old mindsets]. Christ provides a way to deal with this in a manner that keeps us clean [doctrine] and undefiled [obedience] and provides safety for a woman [Body, the Bride] who is being falsely accused by her jealous husband. Let us look at the OT example of how Christ cleanses us through the washing of water by the Word.

Eph 5:26  That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,

Here is the law [shadow] of jealousies.

Num 5:29 This is the law of jealousies, when a wife goeth aside to another instead of her husband, and is defiled;

Num 5:15 Then shall the man bring his wife unto the priest, and he shall bring her offering for her, the tenth part of an ephah of barley meal; he shall pour no oil upon it, nor put frankincense thereon; for it is an offering of jealousy, an offering of memorial, bringing iniquity to remembrance.

Whether there is basis for the husband’s jealousy is to be determined. The oil which represents acceptance by the Spirit of God and His Christ and the frankincense which represents the joy of that acceptance are not to be a part of this offering, which instead brings iniquity to remembrance. This man and the priest are both types of Christ, but it is Christ as His Body, in an earthen vessel, and this woman being us, as His Bride, who is also of the dust that is in the floor of the tabernacle.

Num 5:16 And the priest shall bring her near, and set her before the LORD:

Num 5:17 And the priest shall take holy water in an earthen vessel; and of the dust that is in the floor of the tabernacle the priest shall take, and put it into the water:

Now we have dust in the holy water of the laver. Moses was commanded to sanctify the laver, and it was only the fact that the laver was sanctified that this water is holy water and is now capable of judging this accused woman in this OT witness.

Exo 40:11 And thou shalt anoint the laver and his foot, and sanctify it.

Here is this laver and holy water which judge us in NT terms:

Joh 7:38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.

These rivers of living water are the words of Christ [John 6:63] judging us all.

Joh 6:68 Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life.

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

This holy water which is capable of making such judgments is in an earthen vessel, made of dust, and that holy water is combined with the dust of the tabernacle which symbolizes the same thing as the earthen vessel itself. In Adam, we are all the dust of the ground. It was the dust of the earth that was given to the serpent for his nourishment [Gen 3:14], and yet the same dust, also called an earthen vessel is becoming the “flesh and… bones” of Christ [Eph 5:30].

Gen 2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

1Sa 2:8 He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth up the beggar from the dunghill, to set them among princes, and to make them inherit the throne of glory: for the pillars of the earth are the LORD’S, and he hath set the world upon them.

Christ is using earthen vessels to execute His judgments within His Bride. Christ’s own anointed and sanctified “holy water” into which is placed “dust from the floor of the tabernacle”, both being in “an earthen vessel” is supernaturally, through this law of jealousy, discerning the spirits within His Bride.

Num 5:18 And the priest shall set the woman before the LORD, and uncover the woman’s head, and put the offering of memorial in her hands, which is the jealousy offering: and the priest shall have in his hand the bitter water that causeth the curse:

Placing the offering in her hand symbolizes her willingness to be judged and to be purified by the holy water that is judging her. Uncovering her head is a symbol of shame, because it is a shame for a woman’s head to be uncovered [1 Co 11:5-6] It is the priest who executes the judgment of this woman [church].

Num 5:19 And the priest shall charge her by an oath, and say unto the woman, If no man have lain with thee, and if thou hast not gone aside to uncleanness with another instead of thy husband, be thou free from this bitter water that causeth the curse:

This water symbolizing the Word of God causes a curse to come upon us when we are serving our belly. It is bitter in [our] belly [Rev 10:9] because our belly is the symbol for the desires of the carnal-mind flesh which is enmity against God [Rom 8:6-7].

Rom 16:17 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.

Rom 16:18 For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.

Php 3:18 (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ:

Php 3:19 Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)

We receive Christ with joy and love the sweetness thereof in our spiritual youth when we first encounter Truth. But when we are made to face the trials that come with being faithful to those words, then the sweet words become bitter in our belly. We lose our first love. Christ tells us that we are dust and will return to dust because we are marred from the beginning, the serpent tells us the we are spirit like God and cannot die. Who are we believing?

Gen 3:4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:

Physical death shadows spiritual death [disobedience]. What is said in hidden language is that only the faithful [Word of God] is remaining [always on going]. We have to become doers and not only hearers of Christ. If we obey our carnal thoughts [lies, lovers], which are our own lusts, when we know not to do that, that is lust, seed of the serpent, works of the flesh.

Eze 18:20 The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.

Rom 6:16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?

We are being married to Christ, have the gift of faith, yet lies with another.

Num 5:20 But if thou hast gone aside to another instead of thy husband, and if thou be defiled, and some man have lain with thee beside thine husband:

Num 5:21 Then the priest shall charge the woman with an oath of cursing, and the priest shall say unto the woman, The LORD make thee a curse and an oath among thy people, when the LORD doth make thy thigh to rot, and thy belly to swell;

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

This “swelling of the belly” has nothing to do with becoming fruitful and bringing forth children to God’s glory. This “swelled belly” is a deadly inflammation which results from having a thigh that is rotting and is robbing us of our ability to walk upright. We know this is so, because the conception of a child is what a woman who is justified by the bitter waters produces:

Num 5:22 And this water that causeth the curse shall go into thy bowels, to make thy belly to swell, and thy thigh to rot: And the woman shall say, Amen, amen.

Num 5:23 And the priest shall write these curses in a book, and he shall blot them out with the bitter water:

The bitter waters [Word] are fatal to our unfaithfulness, and at the same time the same waters “blot out… these curses”. Here is this same message in the NT

Joh 12:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.

Joh 12:25 He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.

1Co 3:15 If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

If we are being judged, seed comes forth.

Mat 13:8 But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.

It is the priest who causes the woman to drink the bitter waters of judgment.

Num 5:24 And he [the priest] shall cause the woman to drink the bitter water that causeth the curse: and the water that causeth the curse shall enter into her, and become bitter.

Num 5:25 Then the priest shall take the jealousy offering out of the woman’s hand, and shall wave the offering before the LORD, and offer it upon the altar:

It is also the priest who receives this offering from the woman and waves it before the Lord, and it is also the priest who burns the offering upon the altar and who “cause[s] the woman to drink the water”. We are each other’s lake of fire.

Num 5:26 And the priest shall take an handful of the offering, even the memorial thereof, and burn it upon the altar, and afterward shall cause the woman to drink the water.

Only after all these commandments have been “diligently” adhered to can a proper judgment be made whether this woman has been unfaithful. Only then will she, and we know the salvation that comes with this judgment being diligently executed upon her/us resulting in set apartness and obedience.

Num 5:27 And when he hath made her to drink the water, then it shall come to pass, that, if she be defiled, and have done trespass against her husband, that the water that causeth the curse shall enter into her, and become bitter, and her belly shall swell, and her thigh shall rot: and the woman shall be a curse among her people.

What is the outcome of this judgment? Either she has already been judged and purified and will not now be hurt of this judgment, or else she will now be judged for her sins. This is the purpose for all of God’s judgments. We are both women.

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

All judgment is the chasten[ing] of the Lord. This is the effects of judgement:

Isa 26:9 With my soul have I desired thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek thee early: for when thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.

The woman who is already judged is conceiving seed.

Num 5:28 And if the woman be not defiled, but be clean; then she shall be free, and shall conceive seed.

We are all unrighteous, sinning machines made to being destroyed.

Rom 3:9 What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin;

Rom 3:10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:

Rom 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

The priest executes upon her all this law, and keep all of His statutes.

Num 5:29 This is the law of jealousies, when a wife goeth aside to another instead of her husband, and is defiled;

Num 5:30 Or when the spirit of jealousy cometh upon him, and he be jealous over his wife, and shall set the woman before the LORD, and the priest shall execute upon her all this law.

This entire law of jealousy is about Christ and His wife, because Scriptures testify of [Christ] and are all part of “the testimony of Jesus Christ”.

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

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

The Bride of Christ are kings and priests unto Christ who faithfully is executing this law.

Rev 1:6 and made us kings and priests to God and His Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

When we do execute… all this law… the man… shall be guiltless from iniquity and this woman shall bear her iniquity.

Num 5:31 Then shall the man be guiltless from iniquity, and this woman shall bear her iniquity.

The woman who is not defiled in this law, is cleared through judgment, and she is now free and shall conceive seed [life].

Num 5:28 And if the woman be not defiled, but be clean; then she shall be free, and shall conceive seed.

Here are the witnesses in the NT when comparing spiritual with spiritual. In this example down below, the renewing mindset is a chaste virgin having been made set-apart, not travailing [she has been already judged], not married to the law, having many more children, being found faithful. The dream is one.

Gal 4:27 For it is written, Rejoice, thou barren that bear not; break forth and cry, thou that travailest not: for the desolate hath many more children than she which hath an husband.

Isa 54:1 Sing, O barren, thou that didst not bear; break forth into singing, and cry aloud, thou that didst not travail with child: for more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife [law], saith the LORD.

Recap:

We see Christ increasing and we are decreasing, the faithful words of Christ [John 6:63] increasing [the women that conceive seed] and the seed of the serpent, our carnal thoughts, lies and lovers [enmity against Christ], decreasing which are demonstrated by these two women in the OT law of jealousies. In the NT witness: The one stays and the other is taken away.

Mat 24:41 Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.

The one woman who is judged and whose belly swells up, is taken away …. decreasing, hurt of the second death and the other women, who is judged and who remains [Christ], found faithful, conceives and is increasing.

So, the one is scattered [decrease] and the one is gathered [increase]. In this study, we looked primarily within. As noted before, there is always an outward application as well.

Mat 25:29 For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.

Faithful is Christ and His Christ. Stay close to the written Word.

Rev 3:14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;

Act 5:32 And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.

So, positive godly jealousy gathers us within, presenting us as chaste virgins [life] and a jealous Spirit which the Lord claims He IS [I am a jealous God] scatters us [death of the old man], makes us decrease being refined in the furnace of affliction.

Isa 48:10 Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction.

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Marriage Part 1 – The Spiritual Significance

The Spiritual Significance of Marriage

Introduction

Today we look at the spiritual significance of the many facets of marriage not only to our physical spouses but to our Husband, Christ, which Bride we are as a Body collectively. We know most of these teachings but it behoves us to think and ponder upon our spiritual and physical marriages as it is in our own days of the Lord.

Why do we need marriage? Are there spiritual lessons to be learned? Why was Adam given a woman instead of another man, which is the weaker vessel?

1Pe 3:7 Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.

Let us lay the foundation, starting at the beginning:

Gen 2:21 And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;
Gen 2:22 And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.
Gen 2:23 And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.
Gen 2:24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.

Marriage is the mystery Paul speaks about:

Eph 5:32 This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.

The spiritual meaning of “she was taken out of the man” reveals to us this hidden meaning of this verse:

Joh 16:27 For the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God.

Joh 17:8 For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me.

God, the Father, created Christ and in that sense Christ came out from His Head, for the specific purpose of creating the physical universe and for the specific purpose of creating all men of all time, and becoming the Saviour of all. Think giving life.

Col 1:15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:
Col 1:16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:

Christ was “the firstborn of every creature BECAUSE by him were all things created that are in heaven and in earth…”

Rev 3:14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;

The spiritual meaning of “sleep” is made clear in the NT.

Joh 11:11 These things said he: and after that he saith unto them, Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep.
Joh 11:12 Then said his disciples, Lord, if he sleep, he shall do well.
Joh 11:13 Howbeit Jesus spake of his death: but they thought that he had spoken of taking of rest in sleep.
Joh 11:14 Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead.

Being in “a deep sleep”, is a symbol of being dead. If we are given the understanding that the first Adam is a type of the last Adam, then we will know that the first Adam had to, “in a figure”, die before he could be given a wife who would, just like the last Adam, be given a wife who also must come “out of [Himself]”. Being dead is being in our natural state of unbelief and disobedience.

Rom 5:14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.

Spiritually, we are collectively being the espoused “chaste virgin”, who is the Bride.

2Co 11:2 For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.

It is being accomplished only as Adam’s “deep sleep” typifies, “through death”.

Col 1:22 In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:

Heb 2:14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;

Christ brought Adam’s wife to him, what is the spiritual lesson?

Gen 2:22 And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.

Who gave Christ His wife? It is clear that the Father is, was and will be giving Christ His wife, each in His own order.

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

Joh 17:12 While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.

The first Adam (a living soul), and Christ (quickening Spirit), the last Adam, both willingly died and die for their respective errant, sinful wives. As He is, so are we [1 John 4:17]:

1Ti 2:14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman [as the type of Christ’s called out ones] being deceived was in the transgression.

Joh 10:17 Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again.

Joh 10:18 No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.

Only the sons of Christ understand how integral Christ’s espoused wife is to His own purpose, death, resurrection, and inheritance.

Rom 4:25 Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.

The word “for”, translated from the Greek word “dia”, which means “through”. Christ was delivered up to be crucified through our offenses, and was raised from the dead through our justification. The Bride is being given to Christ “through death”.

When looking at the spiritual meaning of flesh and bone, we ask where does Eve come from?

Gen 2:23 And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.

Eve coming “out of Adam”, reveals that Christ Himself is the one out of whom Adam came. Christ IS the Word who said, “Let us make man in our image…”

Col 1:16 For by him [Christ] were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:

Scriptures teach that when God creates another, a second, for that which He created first, under those circumstances, that which is first, becomes the stronger, and becomes the Head of that which was created for the first and preeminent creation.

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

Christ was created before the man, Adam was created before the woman, and the Father is He “of whom are all things” (1Co 8:6). This is the lesson of the institution of marriage. It is through death that the Bride become “bone of [His] bones, and flesh of [His] flesh”. The purpose of showing us that a married couple are to be “one flesh”, spiritually typifying the one spiritual mind of the one body of Christ and His Bride.

Gen 2:24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.

The earthy type is created in a “marred… made to be destroyed” condition, the spiritual anti-type is being made to be of an “immortal” condition, “a spiritual body” [1 Cor 15:44].

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.

Rom 8:20 For the creature was made [” marred… in the Potter’s hand”] subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,

Adam called her Eve because she is the mother of all living. She is the weaker vessel.

Gen 3:20 And Adam called his wife’s name Eve; because she was the mother of all living.

The wife is being made for the husband for the purpose of giving life to others by her husband. The headship of God over Christ, and Christ being the Head of the man, and the man being the head of the woman, is all ordained to be symbolized by a man having short hair and thereby having an “uncovered… head”. The same symbol of submission to God’s ways is also symbolized by a woman having her head covered by her long hair. Please study 1 Co 11:4-7.

What is the point being made?

1Co 11:8 For the man is not of the woman; but the woman of the man. [and Christ for His Head]
1Co 11:9 Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man. [As the man was created for Christ]
1Co 11:10 For this cause ought the woman to have power on her head because of the angels [the messengers of Christ].

1Co 11:11 Nevertheless neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord.
1Co 11:12 For as the woman is of the man, even so is the man also by the woman; but all things of God.

1Co 11:13 Judge in yourselves: is it comely that a woman pray unto God uncovered?

What does “uncovered” mean?

1Co 11:14 Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him?
1Co 11:15 But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering.

This lesson reveals the submissive, fruitful function that Christ fulfils for His Head.

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

Col 1:15 Who [Christ, whose “head… is God”] is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:

Tit 3:8  This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men. 

 Christ is the Firstborn of every creature:

Col 1:17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist

We are being taught by the institution of marriage that there is no trinity. The invisible things are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made [Rom 1:20]. We sit at the Lord’s table in a prescribed manner.

1Co 8:6 But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.

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

Christ is integral to His Head and we are integral to Christ:

1Co 11:12 For as the woman is of the man, even so is the man also by the woman; but all things of God.

The man is by the woman tells us that Christ is a woman to His Head. Marriage teaches us that we are the weaker vessel, the called-out bride of our Husband and   reveals to us that Christ is the weaker vessel, in His relationship to His Head, by whom the Father has chosen to give life to all men. We are being saved by giving birth, not only to be married to Christ but giving Him children [a renewed mindset].

1Ti 2:15  Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety. 

Likened it unto getting married to Christ as being given faith as a gift, and bearing children is grace working through faith, in other words becoming doers of the true doctrine of Christ. So, faith comes by hearing [as a gift] and grace comes through trials. Our trials are to die to self.

Rom 10:17  So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. 

 Heb 2:9  But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man. 

How do we find a wife [new mindset]?

Pro 18:22 Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the LORD.

Remember, it is a good thing finding a wife, we still have to walk the marriage out! Let us look at how not to find a wife:

“Falling in love” is nothing more than falling in lust because every man is drawn away by his own lust.

Jas 1:14  But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. 

Jas 1:15  Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. 

We certainly need to be in love with our Husband, Christ, but never out of control, meaning not to give in to seducing spirits:

1Co 14:32 And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets.
1Co 14:33 For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.

So, godly love is something we are dragged to, through fiery trials, and that we do not just naturally fall into loving our spiritual husband Christ.

1Co 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

1Jn 5:2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.
1Jn 5:3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

Twice in the life of Samson we are shown what our uncontrolled emotions will produce within our lives. The first was his Philistine wife and the second was his experience with the harlot Delilah. Here is Samson’s out-of-control, impatient, rebellious words to his parents [The Father and Christ], after “falling in love”. This is us spiritually in our seasons.

Jdg 14:2 And he came up, and told his father and his mother, and said, I have seen a woman in Timnath of the daughters of the Philistines: now therefore get her for me to wife.

Jdg 14:3 Then his father and his mother said unto him, Is there never a woman among the daughters of thy brethren, or among all my people, that thou goest to take a wife of the uncircumcised Philistines? And Samson said unto his father, Get her for me; for she pleaseth me well.

We are as blind as bats when we are under the law, having false doctrines in our heavens listening to men [lies], tickling the ears and having many idols of the heart whilst and after being married to Christ. We lose our first love.

Joh 9:39 And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind.
Joh 9:40 And some of the Pharisees which were with him heard these words, and said unto him, Are we blind also?
Joh 9:41 Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth.

Samson and the Pharisees are types of us when we place our trust in the old covenant and the law of the gentiles to the exclusion of Christ’s Words concerning whom we are to marry. Israel, a spiritual type of God’s called-out people, was commanded to marry only another Israelite, and they were specifically prohibited from marrying anyone who was of another way of thinking and that is foremost within and without.

Deu 7:1 When the LORD thy God shall bring thee into the land whither thou goest to possess it, and hath cast out many nations before thee, the Hittites, and the Girgashites, and the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, seven nations greater and mightier than thou;
Deu 7:2 And when the LORD thy God shall deliver them before thee; thou shalt smite them, and utterly destroy themthou shalt make no covenant with them, nor shew mercy unto them:
Deu 7:3 Neither shalt thou make marriages with them; thy daughter thou shalt not give unto his son, nor his daughter shalt thou take unto thy son.

These nations were driven out, and we receive faith as a gift. Now we are not to lose our first love but we do and then the miraculous work of Christ within us takes place, destroying that which just naturally submit to the “seven nations greater and mightier than [we are]”. Those seven nations, idols of the hearts, in our heavens, is what turn us away from our spouse, Christ. We have many mindsets, before through fiery trials, our minds are being renewed day by day.

2Co 11:2 For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.

Eph 4:23  And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; 

 We are being forced to acknowledge our blindness, and die to self, before we are being delivered from the people [emotions] who are in the land of God’s people without the benefit of true circumcision. Going from hearing to doing is what is symbolized in this example. We have mixed multitudes within us that needs circumcision.

Jdg 16:30 And Samson said, Let me die with the Philistines. And he bowed himself with all his might; and the house fell upon the lords, and upon all the people that were therein. So the dead which he slew at his death were more than they which he slew in his life.

Falling in love produces the works of the flesh, and is, was and will be in every case, the opposite of “listen[ing] diligently to the voice of the Lord. In every case “the voice of the Lord” was/is completely ignored by those who “fell in love”, and the voice of the “the tempter… the devil is being heard and obeyed.

David lay with [another man’s wife] because he “fell in love with her”. He was supposed to go forth to battle, but sent others and in type he took a break from diligently listening to the voice of the Lord” [2 Sa 11;1-5]. When we diligently listen to Christ, and keep his commandments, we are doing spiritual battle. We take a break, trust in our own vision and pay a terrible and humiliating price in our days.

Recap:

Christ teaches us “the manifold wisdom of God”, and how to strengthen our marriages and how to grow in Spirit “by the church”, and that His Body of called-out believers speak in His behalf:

Luk 10:16 He that heareth you heareth me; and he that despiseth you despiseth me; and he that despiseth me despiseth him that sent me.

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

We learn that there is no such thing as falling in love, we are dragged to love our mate through the trials of marriage, which teach us that we do not live to ourselves, nor do we die to ourselves. In much patience, we are being saved by grace through faith, a process until the end.

Joh 6:44 No man can come to me [Love our husband, Christ], except the Father which hath sent me draw [Greek – hello, meaning ‘drag’] him: and I will raise him up at the last day.

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

 We learn that not everyone who says they are “in the Lord” is really in the Lord.

Mat 22:14 For many are called, but few are chosen.

Although not discussed, we learn through the examples of Adam, Isaac, and Boaz in the OT Scriptures that God has all of our wives [mindsets] “written in His Book” before we are being born in our day of the Lord, and in His time, He brings our wives to us and renews us. Look with spiritual eyes within. This is also true for the physical.

Psa 139:16 Thine eyes did see mine unformed substance; And in thy book they were all written, Even the days that were ordained for me, When as yet there was none of them.

We saw through the examples of these three men that it is in our long suffering that we possess both our souls and our marriages:

Psa 27:14 Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.

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

We see verses of Scripture which forbid believers from marrying unbelievers who are not of the same mind. Be diligent and look within first, we are not being able to have two mindsets, because we will love the one and hate the other!

Amo 3:3 Can two walk together, except they be agreed?

1Co 6:15 Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid.
1Co 6:16 What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh.
1Co 6:17 But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.

An “unbeliever” includes not only a professing Christian who is not of the same “one mind” of Christ in the physical but foremost the ungodly thoughts we entertain.

2Co 11:4 For if someone comes and proclaims another Jesus than the one we proclaimed, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or if you accept a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it readily enough.

Php 1:27 Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;

In the examples of Samson and David, we learn that outward beauty alone [knowledge and tickling of the ears] provokes nothing more than the lust of our flesh [in our tongues and doings], leading us to disobedience and causing us to turn our knowledge of His sovereignty and His grace into a self-righteous, lascivious and permissive spirit.

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

We do that by being disobedient to what we know, we should be doing.

Rom 2:24 For the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles through you, as it is written.

Finally, we learn that those who marry an unbeliever before they come to know that marriage is “only in the Lord” are never to put away their spouse because that union is also a work of the same God who is working all things after the counsel of His own will for our good. What this says in hidden spiritual language is that the law is good in that it brings us to Christ [Galatians 4].

1Co 7:12 But to the rest [couples where one spouse is not a believer] speak I, not the Lord: If any brother hath a wife that believeth not, and she be pleased to dwell with him, let him not put her away.
1Co 7:13 And the woman which hath an husband that believeth not, and if he be pleased to dwell with her, let her not leave him.
1Co 7:14 For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband: else were your children unclean; but now are they holy.
1Co 7:15 But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart. A brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases: but God hath called us to peace.

Lord willing, we will look at more shadows typifying our union with Christ, our Husband, and learn to pay attention to the things He says concerning how to preserve and strengthen the institution of marriage.

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The Widow of Zarephath

NOTE: Audio was again of very poor quality as where I am staying has no WIFI.  Recordings of the study will be done and posted soon Lord willing.  We may postpone the next study in hopes of getting to a better connected environment.

For Our Admonition Part 4

The Widow of Zarephath

Key Verses:  1Ki 17:8 – 17:16

We continue in the new series “For Our Admonition” that is focused on drawing out spiritual lessons and reminders of the Lord’s plan and process regarding His Elect.  The Lord moves Elijah onward from hiding out from King Ahab, the most wicked king Israel ever had (1Ki 16:30).  There are greater works to be done and Elijah is commanded to go to Zarephath and be nourished by a widow.

 1Ki 17:8  And the word of the LORD came unto him, saying, 

1Ki 17:9  Arise, get thee to Zarephath, which belongeth to Zidon, and dwell there: behold, I have commanded a widow woman there to sustain thee. 

1Ki 17:10  So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, behold, the widow woman was there gathering of sticks: and he called to her, and said, Fetch me, I pray thee, a little water in a vessel, that I may drink. 

1Ki 17:11  And as she was going to fetch it, he called to her, and said, Bring me, I pray thee, a morsel of bread in thine hand. 

1Ki 17:12  And she said, As the LORD thy God liveth, I have not a cake, but an handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a cruse: and, behold, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and dress it for me and my son, that we may eat it, and die. 

1Ki 17:13  And Elijah said unto her, Fear not; go and do as thou hast said: but make me thereof a little cake first, and bring it unto me, and after make for thee and for thy son. 

1Ki 17:14  For thus saith the LORD God of Israel, The barrel of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail, until the day that the LORD sendeth rain upon the earth. 

1Ki 17:15  And she went and did according to the saying of Elijah: and she, and he, and her house, did eat many days. 

1Ki 17:16  And the barrel of meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of oil fail, according to the word of the LORD, which he spake by Elijah. 

The Lord makes a way for His people. Only He can always provide and put His people together to do the greater works of Christ (Joh 14:12).  Elijah is sent to teach (feed the flock) and be taught (fed by the flock) and that is why the Lord makes us needy and incapable of surviving cutoff from the Living Christ.

1Co 12:12  For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.

1Co 12:13  For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.

When our Lord’s ministry began, His words were rejected by His own people as will our words.  He then cited this Elijah story (parable) to indicate that He and His elect are only to go to the true Jews (Rom 2:28-29), the few chosen (Mat 22:14) who are also the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

Luk 4:24  And he said, Verily I say unto you, No prophet is accepted in his own country.

Luk 4:25  But I tell you of a truth, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elias, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, when great famine was throughout all the land;

Luk 4:26  But unto none of them was Elias sent, save unto Sarepta (Zarephath), a city of Sidon, unto a woman that was a widow.

This widow is a physical Gentile and is a type and shadow of the Lord’s prophets leaving their own who reject them and going to the Gentiles who are the true Jews prepared of the Lord.

Act 18:6  And when they opposed themselves, and blasphemed, he shook his raiment, and said unto them, Your blood be upon your own heads; I am clean: from henceforth I will go unto the Gentiles. 

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

The lost sheep of the House of Israel are scattered all over this world and from all nations, tribes and tongues, even unto spiritual Zidon.  A second witness to this truth is the parable of the Canaanite woman whose daughter was vexed by a demon who showed great faith and by example that she was of the true house of Israel. The Lord and His Christ go into Zidon to find and feed the lost sheep.

Mat 15:21  Then Jesus went thence, and departed into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon.

Mat 15:22  And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou Son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil.

Our reasonable service (losing our life) to the Lord is practicing pure religion.  This has us ministering to the spiritual widows and orphans who do not yet know the Lord in Spirit and in truth to whom the Lord sends us.

Jas 1:27  Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.

A widow is someone whose husband has died.  When we come out of Orthodoxy (the other Jesus), our former husband that bound us to the self-righteous law for the lawless is dead.  Our old way of life is perishing, and we are no longer bound by the law (Moses and Gentiles) that kept us bound for our entire life.  The hearing of the Word releases us from the law as that husband is now (is, was and will be) dead.

Rom 7:1  Know ye not, brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law,) how that the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth?

Rom 7:2  For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband.

Yet we still must come to know the true Jesus before we can be made ready and get married again.  The truth of the Word, we are now hearing, makes us into spiritual widows.  The fact is we need to be made ready and that only by enduring the wrath of God that clothes us in the proper garments.  We will remain a widow hearing only until we are made ready when grace appears.  The marriage to Christ comes after we have been made ready.

Rev 19:7  Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. 

Rev 19:8  And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.

There is great spiritual significance to the names and places in Scripture.

Zarephath Zarephath comes from the root word H6884 “tsaraph” which means refinement and is associated with metal works in a foundry’s furnace.

H6884, tsâraph – Total KJV Occurrences: 33

tried/try,  13

founder, 5

goldsmith, 5

pure, 2

melt, 2

Here are some uses of the root word for the name of Zarephath where we as a widow are approached by the prophets of the Lord.  It is in the Body where we are refined and purified in the Lord’s fiery furnace.

Psa 12:6  The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.

Isa 48:10  Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction.

Zarephath is where we are when faith first comes to us by way of a prophet sent by the Lord.  Zarephath is the wilderness, in the land of Canaan that is also Babylon.  The promised land given to Israel includes the land of Canaan which represents the gain seeking ways of flesh.

Oba 1:20  And the captivity of this host of the children of Israel shall possess that of the Canaanites, even unto Zarephath; and the captivity of Jerusalem, which is in Sepharad, shall possess the cities of the south.

Zarephath is a type of spiritual Babylon within us and represents the place or process of being refined through the interaction of the Word, the Lord’s prophets and our unbelieving widow mindset.

ZidonZarephath is also part of Zidon [H6721] which is known as Sidon and Tsidon in the NT and which traces back to the first born of Canaan (1Ch 1:13).  Sidon symbolizes fishing and where prey is hunted and caught in the nets of our carnal mindedness.  It represents a wealthy and merchandising city of the world (Rev 18:11) and a place of increased of goods as is Babylon (Rev 3:17).

Arguably the most famous Sidonian was Jezebel, the wife of King Ahab (1Ki 16:31), who seduced the king and brought fornication and Baal worship into Israel and who pursued the Lord’s prophets including Elijah.  Judgment comes in due time to the land of Zidon to burn out the Canaanite spirit in the temple and kingdom of God within us (Luk 17:21).  Spiritually speaking when we leave orthodoxy, we go into Canaan.  That is where the father of faith Abram (type of Christ) was sent and later received prophets and ate bread with them.

Gen 12:5  And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother’s son, and all their substance that they had gathered, and the souls that they had gotten in Haran; and they went forth to go into the land of Canaan; and into the land of Canaan they came. 

We find the widow and we ourselves are found by the prophet in our spiritual Zarephath.  It is here within the kingdom of God that the land begins to be refined by the fiery Word we are given to eat and drink.  Let’s reread the next verses as we look deeper into the story.

1Ki 17:10  So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, behold, the widow woman was there gathering of sticks: and he called to her, and said, Fetch me, I pray thee, a little water in a vessel, that I may drink. 

1Ki 17:11  And as she was going to fetch it, he called to her, and said, Bring me, I pray thee, a morsel of bread in thine hand. 

1Ki 17:12  And she said, As the LORD thy God liveth, I have not a cake, but an handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a cruse: and, behold, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and dress it for me and my son, that we may eat it, and die. 

When the Word of God meets the widow, we as that widow, are busy doing carnally minded things (gathering sticks of wood) to feed ourselves and sustain ourselves in the Spirit.  The woman had no hope, which defines the status of those separated from the gift of faith.

Isa 38:18  For the grave cannot praise thee, death cannot celebrate thee: they that go down into the pit cannot hope for thy truth.

The widow needs to hear the Word from the sent preacher (Rom 10:17) to grow in faith.

Psa 130:5  I wait for the LORD, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope.

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

If one has faith and a lively hope, then provision is being made by the Lord’s precious promises.

Joh 6:35  And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.

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

We are this woman who has no husband, caught in between the works of the law which has died in us and waiting on the coming of Christ with truth and grace.  We are then asked of the Lord by the prophet to give to all who ask of us and especially water, food and clothing.

Mat 5:42  Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.

Luk 6:30  Give to every man that asketh of thee; and of him that taketh away thy goods ask them not again.

Luk 6:31  And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.

Before the prophet comes with the word and boldness of a lion, we are this widow gathering sticks outside of faith.  This represents an immature mindset, when we are still under the influences and lies of the harlot being carnally minded and caught between the two mindsets of flesh and spirit.  Instead of sacrificing ourselves and losing our life, we are yet gathering wooden sticks, representing our outward self-righteous works of the law to sustain and save ourselves.  Fire must be spoken to ears that hear that will burn up this wood and bring forth a renewed mindset (Rom 12:2).

Jer 5:14  Wherefore thus saith the LORD God of hosts, Because ye speak this word, behold, I will make my words in thy mouth fire, and this people wood, and it shall devour them.

Making these two sticks into one stick is the promise of the mind of Christ (1Co 2:16) that will come to us more and more as we abide in the fire when chastening grace (Heb 12:6) appears.

Eze 37:16  Moreover, thou son of man, take thee one stick, and write upon it, For Judah, and for the children of Israel his companions: then take another stick, and write upon it, For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim, and for all the house of Israel his companions:

Eze 37:17  And join them one to another into one stick; and they shall become one in thine hand.

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

Rom 7:25  I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.

Elijah brings comfort and trust through the Word to the widow that is acted upon in faith.

1Ki 17:13  And Elijah said unto her, Fear not; go and do as thou hast said: but make me thereof a little cake first, and bring it unto me, and after make for thee and for thy son. 

1Ki 17:14  For thus saith the LORD God of Israel, The barrel of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail, until the day that the LORD sendeth rain upon the earth. 

1Ki 17:15  And she went and did according to the saying of Elijah: and she, and he, and her house, did eat many days. 

1Ki 17:16  And the barrel of meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of oil fail, according to the word of the LORD, which he spake by Elijah. 

The story of the widow acting in faith and giving ALL she had in giving her “two mites” is a similar parable to this widow’s story.  Both gave all they had in their poverty which is the epitome of faith in action and giving of their very life.

Luk 21:3  And he said, Of a truth I say unto you, that this poor widow hath cast in more than they all:

Luk 21:4  For all these have of their abundance cast in unto the offerings of God: but she of her penury hath cast in all the living that she had.

The widow of Zarephath comes to see that it is by giving all we have and trusting in the Lord by which we will be sustained.  She is taught this by the prophet and trusts that the meal will not waste and will indeed feed them for many days. A mature Solomon came to see this way of the Lord.

Ecc 11:1  Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days.

These stories teach us to give which requires trusting in the Lord and remembering we are just stewards of what the Lord has given to us.  It is the Lord through His prophets that the meal and oil is multiplied and the fire spreads.

Heb 6:13  For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself,

Heb 6:14  Saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee.

A dear brother added a great point I have now added into this study.  He pointed out that these  multiplied blessings from the Lord only come after we deny ourselves for His namesakes, as this widow has to make a cake for Elijah first and only after doing that she can make a meal for herself and her son.

1Ki 17:13  And Elijah said unto her, Fear not; go and do as thou hast said: but make me thereof a little cake first, and bring it unto me, and after make for thee and for thy son.

A NT witness to this same truth were these words of Jesus Christ.

Mat 19:29 And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.

I have seen firsthand how the Lord does this.  When we cast our bread onto the waters of mankind, to those few the Lord brings or sends to us; that bread is then found later multiplied and used to feed us back.  When we are being used to bring others into the true faith of Christ, we are casting our bread upon the waters and that work, and Word shall not return void (Isa 55:11) and will sustain us through the four seasons of life.

This story is mostly about the blessings of giving and trusting in the Lord to provide and not hoarding for ourselves the things the Lord has given to us.  This is true whether those things be physical or spiritual, the valuable things of life are to be poured out on the Body.  This is contrary to carnal thinking that does not know that Jesus Christ is come in His flesh (Eph 5:30).

Mat 26:7  There came unto him a woman having an alabaster box of very precious ointment, and poured it on his head, as he sat at meat.

Mat 26:8  But when his disciples saw it, they had indignation, saying, To what purpose is this waste?

Mat 26:9  For this ointment might have been sold for much, and given to the poor.

Mat 26:11  For ye have the poor always with you; but me ye have not always.

Mat 26:12  For in that she hath poured this ointment on my body, she did it for my burial (death to flesh)

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

The memory or memorial of this lesson is this:  It is better to give than to receive!

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

 A key lesson to receiving the blessing of the Lord (understanding, healing of false doctrines, etc.) is to become a giver, which is the true fast the Lord desires from His people.

 Isa 58:7  Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh?

Isa 58:8  Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the LORD shall be thy rereward. 

2Co 9:6  But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully

We cannot serve God and mammon and the Lord tries and rewards us when we act according to faith.  To those who is given much, even more shall be given when they honour God.

Luk 16:10  He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.

The Lord blesses us when we give in faith of His promises as this widow gave to Elijah.  The meal never ran out and the oil never failed just as Elijah had spoken.  We can only give what the Lord has given to us even if that is two mites or a thimble of meal.  None of us have anything to do with our possessions of anything be it physical or spiritual valuables.  It is all of the Lord!

1Co 4:7  For who maketh thee to differ from another? and what hast thou that thou didst not receive? now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it?

The Word of the Lord will not fail. The Word is the meal and the oil is the anointing via God’s Spirit.  This is the sustenance we spiritually live on in every phase of our walk and maturity.  It comes through God’s prophets and angels (messengers), i.e. His elect and is also known as rivers of living waters.

Joh 4:14  But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

There is always food found in the gathering of the saints.  This Holy City is where the rivers of life flow endlessly with food for all seasons.

Eze 47:12 And by the river upon the bank thereof, on this side and on that side, shall grow all trees for meat, whose leaf shall not fade, neither shall the fruit thereof be consumed: it shall bring forth new fruit according to his months, because their waters they issued out of the sanctuary: and the fruit thereof shall be for meat, and the leaf thereof for medicine.

Even a poor destitute widow is needed in the Body and by acting in faith is able to give back and fulfill the needs of Jesus Christ and feed the flock of God as a shepherd herself (Joh 10:2).

 1Co 12:23  And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant

1Co 12:24  For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked:

Elijah is a man of faith, one sent to preach the Word that feed and sustain us in the wilderness.  This is an example of how we are to help the spiritual widows we find on whom the grace of God has not yet fallen.  We are the instruments to prepare them for what lies ahead, impart faith and hope by feeding them the pure word of God.

Mat 14:15  And when it was evening, his disciples came to him, saying, This is a desert place, and the time is now past; send the multitude away, that they may go into the villages, and buy themselves victuals.

Mat 14:16  But Jesus said unto them, They need not depart; give ye them to eat.

 The Lord knows how to nourish His children throughout all the stages of their growing up.

Act 20:28  Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.

Psa 37:3  Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. 

The woman did not die as she thought in her initial unbelief.  Eating meal made with oil brings life through the death (Joh 12:24) that life being the new  man increasing as the old man dies.

Joh 6:58  This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever.

Job 5:20  In famine he shall redeem thee from death: and in war from the power of the sword.

This story of the widow and her son is two-part parable of how the Lord saves us.  Going to Zarephath coincides with our going into spiritual Babylon where we hear the truth and grow in faith.  Yet Christ must come the second time with fire (grace) to save us and deliver us from our sins.  That as we all know comes by going through judgment in this age.  First comes the faith by hearing and that is followed by the grace that saves us by killing the man of sin.  The Lord prepares us for the greater trials to come only giving us what we can bear.

1Co 10:13  There hath no temptation (trial) taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

Lord willing, we will cover the grace part of the story next time that will focus on the death and resurrection of the widow’s son.

1Ki 17:21  And he stretched himself upon the child three times, and cried unto the LORD, and said, O LORD my God, I pray thee, let this child’s soul come into him again.

1Ki 17:22  And the LORD heard the voice of Elijah; and the soul of the child came into him again, and he revived.

Part two of this parable and the raising of the widow’s son to life is covered in the next study (part 5 – Raising the Dead to New Life)  in the series.  Click Here to read that now.

 

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Book of Esther Part 3 – Salvation is of the Jews

Esther Part 3 – Salvation is of the Jews

We continue in the story of Esther starting at the second day of the banquet of wine. We have seen Esther requesting the king and Haman to come to a banquet and then she requests the king and Haman to come to a banquet the next day which she is preparing for them. In a three process of judgement, two signifies coming out of her my people.

Banquet

The banquet reveals Esther’s plan to save her people from destruction by Haman’s decree. Esther as a type of God’s elect, is dying daily. “Dying daily” is being “killed all day long”, and it is “lying dead in the streets of that great city where also our Lord was crucified.”

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.

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

Est 7:1 So the king and Haman came to banquet with Esther the queen.

Est 7:2 And the king said again unto Esther on the second day at the banquet of wine,  What is thy petition, queen Esther? and it shall be granted thee: and what is thy  request? and it shall be performed, even to the half of the kingdom.

A humble heart

Esther, as a type of Christ’s Bride, is humble when she comes before the king to plead  for her life and the lives of her people. Esther is seeking judgement.

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

A humble heart is a soft heart that is dead too self and the pulls of this world within and without. A humble heart is found in someone that is living a crucified life with Christ dying daily and accepting of the righteous judgments of the Lord. The pride of life and our confidence in the flesh is burned out of us when we love mercy and seek judgment. We begin to walk humbly when we truly offer ourselves up to our fellow man as a living sacrifice freely giving and expecting nothing in return.

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

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

The law, typified by Haman, is only the schoolmaster bringing us to Christ, we are  being sold for bondwomen and bondmen being under the law.

Est 7:3 Then Esther the queen answered and said, If I have found favour in thy sight, O  king, and if it please the king, let my life be given me at my petition, and my people at  my request:

Est 7:4 For we are sold, I and my people, to be destroyed, to be slain, and to perish. But  if we had been sold for bondmen and bondwomen, I had held my tongue, although the  enemy could not countervail the king’s damage.

The end goal however is Christ. We are being saved by grace through faith (Eph  2:8). We pray the Lord does not pass us by.

Gal 4:30 Nevertheless what saith the scripture? Cast out the bondwoman and her son:  for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman.  Gal 4:31 So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free.

Exo 33:13 Now therefore, I pray thee, if I have found grace in thy sight, shew me now thy way, that I may know thee, that I may find grace in thy sight: and consider that this nation is thy people.

Gen 18:3 And said, My Lord, if now I have found favour in thy sight, pass not away, I pray thee, from thy servant:

The king’s wrath

The king’s decision is for Esther’s request, because of her humility shown before the king:

2Ch 34:27 Because thine heart was tender, and thou didst humble thyself before God, when thou heardest his words against this place, and against the inhabitants thereof, and humbledst thyself before me, and didst rend thy clothes, and weep before me; I have even heard thee also, saith the LORD.

Jas 4:10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

Est 7:5 Then the king Ahasuerus answered and said unto Esther the queen, Who is he,  and where is he, that durst presume in his heart to do so?

Est 7:6 And Esther said, The adversary and enemy is this wicked Haman. Then  Haman was afraid before the king and the queen.

Godly jealousy

The king is good to Esther in type and shadow is what the Lord “being good” to us really means. The Lord bringing tender mercies to us is all about the old man being destroyed in His jealousy and wrath so the new man is coming forth.

Psa 145:9 The LORD is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works.

Psa 119:156 Great are thy tender mercies, O LORD: quicken me according to thy judgments.

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

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

Est 7:7 And the king arising from the banquet of wine in his wrath went into the palace  garden: and Haman stood up to make request for his life to Esther the queen; for he  saw that there was evil determined against him by the king.

Haman, the Pharisee, within us all, hinders us to go unto the kingdom of God and  hinders others too. It defiles. It is the leaven of hypocrisy, saying and not doing.

Est 7:8 Then the king returned out of the palace garden into the place of the banquet of  wine; and Haman was fallen upon the bed whereon Esther was. Then said the king,  Will he force the queen also before me in the house? As the word went out of the king’s  mouth, they covered Haman’s face.

Luk 11:52 Woe unto you, lawyers! for ye have taken away the key of knowledge: ye  entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered.

Luk 11:53 And as he said these things unto them, the scribes and the Pharisees began to  urge him vehemently, and to provoke him to speak of many things:

Haman’s destruction is swift. The Lords destroys the wicked with the brightness of His  coming (2Th 2:8).

Est 7:9 And Harbonah, one of the chamberlains, said before the king, Behold also, the  gallows fifty cubits high, which Haman had made for Mordecai, who had spoken good  for the king, standeth in the house of Haman. Then the king said, Hang him thereon.

Est 7:10 So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai.  Then was the king’s wrath pacified.

Num 16:30 But if the LORD make a new thing, and the earth open her mouth, and  swallow them up, with all that appertain unto them, and they go down quick into the  pit; then ye shall understand that these men have provoked the LORD.

The law being changed

Est 8:1 On that day did the king Ahasuerus give the house of Haman the Jews’ enemy  unto Esther the queen. And Mordecai came before the king; for Esther had told what  he was unto her.

Est 8:2 And the king took off his ring, which he had taken from Haman, and gave it  unto Mordecai. And Esther set Mordecai over the house of Haman.

 

Heb 7:12 For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of  the law.

Heb 7:18 For there is verily a disannulling of the commandment going before for the  weakness and unprofitableness thereof.

Heb 7:19 For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by  the which we draw nigh unto God.

Saviors arise

God’s elect are His channel through which He intends to bring all men to Himself, and that includes bringing all Israel to himself when “the fullness of the Gentiles is come in:

Eze 16:55 When thy sisters, Sodom and her daughters, shall return to their former estate, and Samaria and her daughters shall return to their former estate, then thou and thy daughters shall return to your former estate.

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

The saviours are the people of God, the Lord is raising up through whom the greater works of salvation via judgment will be accomplished.

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

Joh 14:12  Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.

Salvation is accomplished by the Spiritual Jews, God’s very Elect in this age and in the lake of fire to come.

Joh 4:22  Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.

Continuing reading the story ….

Est 8:3 And Esther spake yet again before the king, and fell down at his feet, and  besought him with tears to put away the mischief of Haman the Agagite, and his  device that he had devised against the Jews.

Est 8:4 Then the king held out the golden sceptre toward Esther. So Esther arose, and  stood before the king,

Est 8:5 And said, If it please the king, and if I have found favour in his sight, and the  thing seem right before the king, and I be pleasing in his eyes, let it be written to  reverse the letters devised by Haman the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, which he  wrote to destroy the Jews which are in all the king’s provinces:

Est 8:6 For how can I endure to see the evil that shall come unto my people? or how  can I endure to see the destruction of my kindred?

Est 8:7 Then the king Ahasuerus said unto Esther the queen and to Mordecai the Jew,  Behold, I have given Esther the house of Haman, and him they have hanged upon the  gallows, because he laid his hand upon the Jews.

Esther, in type and shadow, is the saviour of her people as God sends Christ to be the savior of this world, so also Christ sends His Christ to be “saviors.”

Joh 20:21 Then said Jesus to them again, Peace [be] unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.

Sealed with the king’s ring

As Christ is the fullness of His Father, so too, is the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him [Christ]. Christ’s inheritance is in His saints. Without them, by God’s decree, Christ has no inheritance. Mordecai and Esther in type and shadow, are being used by the king to do his will:

Eph 1:18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,

Est 8:8 Write ye also for the Jews, as it liketh you, in the king’s name, and seal it with  the king’s ring: for the writing which is written in the king’s name, and sealed with the  king’s ring, may no man reverse.

The Lord makes known His manifold wisdom through the  Church

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

Eph 3:11 According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord:

Eph 3:12 In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him.

 

Est 8:9 Then were the king’s scribes called at that time in the third month, that is, the  month Sivan, on the three and twentieth day thereof; and it was written according to  all that Mordecai commanded unto the Jews, and to the lieutenants, and the deputies  and rulers of the provinces which are from India unto Ethiopia, an hundred twenty  and seven provinces, unto every province according to the writing thereof, and unto  every people after their language, and to the Jews according to their writing, and  according to their language.

Est 8:10 And he wrote in the king Ahasuerus’ name, and sealed it with the king’s ring,  and sent letters by posts on horseback, and riders on mules, camels, and young  dromedaries:

Esther demonstrates how to be a yielded vessel.  She exercised the patience required to obey God, she was obedient, which produced the fruit of salvation of her people.

Esther pleases her husband

When and if we are prisoners of Christ (with patience, long suffering), we feel and act the same way as the servant towards his master. We seek to please our Husband, as His virtuous wife, and that reflects in how we act day in and day out.

Neh 2:5 And I said unto the king, If it please H2895 the king, and if thy servant have found favour in thy sight, that thou wouldest send me unto Judah, unto the city of my fathers’ sepulchres, that I may build it.

Est 1:19 If it please H2895 the king, let there go a royal commandment from him, and let it be written among the laws of the Persians and the Medes, that it be not altered, That Vashti come no more before king Ahasuerus; and let the king give her royal estate unto another that is better than she.

Est 7:3 Then Esther the queen answered and said, If I have found favour in thy sight, O king, and if it please H2895 the king, let my life be given me at my petition, and my people at my request:

Put away the wicked one

 All the people is hearing…… the Jews are to be ready against that day to avenge  themselves on their enemies.

Act 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

Est 8:11 Wherein the king granted the Jews which were in every city to gather  themselves together, and to stand for their life, to destroy, to slay, and to cause to  perish, all the power of the people and province that would assault them, both little  ones and women, and to take the spoil of them for a prey,

Est 8:12 Upon one day in all the provinces of king Ahasuerus, namely, upon the  thirteenth day of the twelfth month, which is the month Adar.

Est 8:13 The copy of the writing for a commandment to be given in every province was  published unto all people, and that the Jews should be ready against that day to  avenge themselves on their enemies.

Est 8:14 So the posts that rode upon mules and camels went out, being hastened and  pressed on by the king’s commandment. And the decree was given at Shushan the  palace.

A crown of gold

Est 8:15 And Mordecai went out from the presence of the king in royal apparel of blue  and white, and with a great crown of gold, and with a garment of fine linen and  purple: and the city of Shushan rejoiced and was glad.

We are striving for an incorruptible crown.

1Co 9:25 And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.

Mordecai’s clothing represents royal apparel blue (heavenly) and white, and a garment of fine linen (righteousness of the saints) and purple (royalty).

Eze 44:16 They shall enter into my sanctuary, and they shall come near to my table, to minister unto me, and they shall keep my charge.

Eze 44:17 And it shall come to pass, that when they enter in at the gates of the inner court, they shall be clothed with linen garments; and no wool shall come upon them, whiles they minister in the gates of the inner court, and within.

There is a time when we rejoice in the Truth of the Word.

Est 8:16 The Jews had light, and gladness, and joy, and honour.

Est 8:17 And in every province, and in every city, whithersoever the king’s  commandment and his decree came, the Jews had joy and gladness, a feast and a good  day. And many of the people of the land became Jews; for the fear of the Jews fell upon  them.

Act 2:43 And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by  the apostles.

Act 2:44 And all that believed were together, and had all things common;

Act 2:45 And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every  man had need.

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,  Act 2:47 Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to  the church daily such as should be saved.

Mordecai waxes greater

Est 9:1 Now in the twelfth month, that is, the month Adar, on the thirteenth day of the  same, when the king’s commandment and his decree drew near to be put in execution,  in the day that the enemies of the Jews hoped to have power over them, (though it was  turned to the contrary, that the Jews had rule over them that hated them;)

Est 9:2 The Jews gathered themselves together in their cities throughout all the  provinces of the king Ahasuerus, to lay hand on such as sought their hurt: and no man  could withstand them; for the fear of them fell upon all people.

Est 9:3 And all the rulers of the provinces, and the lieutenants, and the deputies, and  officers of the king, helped the Jews; because the fear of Mordecai fell upon them.

Est 9:4 For Mordecai was great in the king’s house, and his fame went out throughout  all the provinces: for this man Mordecai waxed greater and greater.

 

Jos 3:7 And the LORD said unto Joshua, This day will I begin to magnify thee in the sight of all Israel, that they may know that, as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee.

Zec 8:12 For the seed shall be prosperous; the vine shall give her fruit, and the ground  shall give her increase, and the heavens shall give their dew; and I will cause the  remnant of this people to possess all these things.

 

Est 9:5 Thus the Jews smote all their enemies with the stroke of the sword, and  slaughter, and destruction, and did what they would unto those that hated them.

Est 9:6 And in Shushan the palace the Jews slew and destroyed five hundred men.

Est 9:7 And Parshandatha, and Dalphon, and Aspatha,

Est 9:8 And Poratha, and Adalia, and Aridatha,

Est 9:9 And Parmashta, and Arisai, and Aridai, and Vajezatha,

The ten sons of Haman hanged

Est 9:10 The ten sons of Haman the son of Hammedatha, the enemy of the Jews, slew  they; but on the spoil laid they not their hand.

Est 9:11 On that day the number of those that were slain in Shushan the palace was  brought before the king.

Est 9:12 And the king said unto Esther the queen, The Jews have slain and destroyed  five hundred men in Shushan the palace, and the ten sons of Haman; what have they  done in the rest of the king’s provinces? now what is thy petition? and it shall be  granted thee: or what is thy request further? and it shall be done.

Est 9:13 Then said Esther, If it please the king, let it be granted to the Jews which are  in Shushan to do tomorrow also according unto this day’s decree, and let Haman’s ten  sons be hanged upon the gallows.

Est 9:14 And the king commanded it so to be done: and the decree was given at  Shushan; and they hanged Haman’s ten sons.

The flesh has to go or better said:

Rom 7:4 Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of  Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead,  that we should bring forth fruit unto God.

Rom 7:5 For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did  work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death.

Rom 7:6 But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were  held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.

The Jews obtain salvation through Esther and Mordecai

 Let us read the story first:

Est 9:15 For the Jews that were in Shushan gathered themselves together on the  fourteenth day also of the month Adar, and slew three hundred men at Shushan; but  on the prey they laid not their hand.

Est 9:16 But the other Jews that were in the king’s provinces gathered themselves  together, and stood for their lives, and had rest from their enemies, and slew of their  foes seventy and five thousand, but they laid not their hands on the prey,

Est 9:17 On the thirteenth day of the month Adar; and on the fourteenth day of the  same rested they, and made it a day of feasting and gladness.

Est 9:18 But the Jews that were at Shushan assembled together on the thirteenth day  thereof, and on the fourteenth thereof; and on the fifteenth day of the same they rested,  and made it a day of feasting and gladness.

Est 9:19 Therefore the Jews of the villages, that dwelt in the unwalled towns, made the  fourteenth day of the month Adar a day of gladness and feasting, and a good day, and  of sending portions one to another.

Est 9:20 And Mordecai wrote these things, and sent letters unto all the Jews that were  in all the provinces of the king Ahasuerus, both nigh and far,

Est 9:21 To stablish this among them, that they should keep the fourteenth day of the  month Adar, and the fifteenth day of the same, yearly,

Est 9:22 As the days wherein the Jews rested from their enemies, and the month which  was turned unto them from sorrow to joy, and from mourning into a good day: that  they should make them days of feasting and joy, and of sending portions one to  another, and gifts to the poor.

Est 9:23 And the Jews undertook to do as they had begun, and as Mordecai had  written unto them;

Est 9:24 Because Haman the son of Hammedatha, the Agagite, the enemy of all the  Jews, had devised against the Jews to destroy them, and had cast Pur, that is, the lot,  to consume them, and to destroy them;

Est 9:25 But when Esther came before the king, he commanded by letters that his  wicked device, which he devised against the Jews, should return upon his own head,  and that he and his sons should be hanged on the gallows.

Est 9:26 Wherefore they called these days Purim after the name of Pur. Therefore for  all the words of this letter, and of that which they had seen concerning this matter, and  which had come unto them,

Est 9:27 The Jews ordained, and took upon them, and upon their seed, and upon all  such as joined themselves unto them, so as it should not fail, that they would keep these  two days according to their writing, and according to their appointed time every year;

Est 9:28 And that these days should be remembered and kept throughout every  generation, every family, every province, and every city; and that these days of Purim  should not fail from among the Jews, nor the memorial of them perish from their seed.

Est 9:29 Then Esther the queen, the daughter of Abihail, and Mordecai the Jew, wrote  with all authority, to confirm this second letter of Purim.

Est 9:30 And he sent the letters unto all the Jews, to the hundred twenty and seven  provinces of the kingdom of Ahasuerus, with words of peace and truth,

Est 9:31 To confirm these days of Purim in their times appointed, according as  Mordecai the Jew and Esther the queen had enjoined them, and as they had decreed  for themselves and for their seed, the matters of the fastings and their cry.

Est 9:32 And the decree of Esther confirmed these matters of Purim; and it was  written in the book.

Est 10:1 And the king Ahasuerus laid a tribute upon the land, and upon the isles of the  sea.

Est 10:2 And all the acts of his power and of his might, and the declaration of the  greatness of Mordecai, whereunto the king advanced him, are they not written in the  book of the chronicles of the kings of Media and Persia?

Est 10:3 For Mordecai the Jew was next unto king Ahasuerus, and great among the  Jews, and accepted of the multitude of his brethren, seeking the wealth of his people,  and speaking peace to all his seed.

Summary

This story ends in the salvation of the Jews and the destruction of their enemies who would have destroyed them. This brings us to the question of how the kingdoms of this world will be given over to the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb, who is and will be ruling the earth for “a thousand years”. These events in the book of Esther, are types and shadows and happened and are written for our admonition (1Co 10:11).

The story of Esther and Mordecai symbolizes the destruction of the enemies of God’s elect who wants to destroy us. In this study we focus on the within and we know there will be a without at the appointed times. All of these events foreshadow in some way what is taking place before we are being given our rulership of the kingdoms of this world just as Mordecai and Esther were given dominion over all the provinces of the Medo-Persian empire, after destroying those who would destroy them. Mordecai and Esther, as types of us, are separated from Christ first by Vashti and then by Haman. Both symbolize the enemies of the cross of Christ.

Php 3:18 (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ:

Php 3:19 Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things).

This is what we are told happens at that time when the kingdoms of this world… become the kingdoms of our Lord and His Christ within and without in its seasons.

Rev 11:1 And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein.

Rev 11:2 But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months. [Luk 21:24 “…until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled. “]

Rev 11:3 And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.

Rev 11:4 These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth.

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

It is only after God’s elect (Esther) come to be favored by the powers that be (king Ahasuerus), that the ten horns (Haman) makes war with the Lamb and are being destroyed by the Lamb (Rev 17:14). Haman is promoted by the king after the rejection of Vashti. Haman, as the Pharisee, is the enemy of the Jews. We are being hated and threatened for our lives within before we are being given to destroy our enemies. It is “the Lord and His Christ” who are typified by Mordecai and the people of Esther who are being slated for destruction by our enemies. We are naturally enemies of Christ because the carnal mind is not able to be subject to Christ and is being created in vanity.

As a type of Christ, Esther lays down her life for her people by appearing before the king without first being given a summons from the king and typifies our being willing to be “crucified with Christ” even as our enemies are intent upon our destruction.

The deliverance of Mordecai and Esther and the Jews from the gallows of Haman, all typify how we are being given favor of the leaders of this world within and in due time without, before we are being delivered from the hands of the ten horns of that same beast. This is just saying we first eat of the tree of good and evil before we eat of the tree of Life. The kingdoms of this world supernaturally become the kingdoms of our Lord and His Christ as Christ and His angels destroys the old man. Haman is hanged on the same gallows he had intended for Mordecai……. Out of your own mouth you will be judged your wicked servant…. (Luk 19:22).

In every case our salvation comes only after it becomes abundantly evident that the enemy is winning…… the law is not for a righteous man but for murderers …… and it is all intended to convey to us that we are being drafted by God and are not seeking to be offered up, and when we are disobedient when slaying the Lord, we, are not the winners but the losers, and that the Lord and us was and are being saved from death… in that He feared and we are being taught to fear Him.

Heb 5:7 Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared;

Esther as type is a shadow of Christ and His Christ who say the same thing under the same circumstances:

Luk 22:42 Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.

It is very interesting that it is “the king” who orders both the destruction and the salvation of the Lord’s people. It is at the banquet that Esther is promised by the king to give her request “to the half of [his] kingdom”. Esther, as the type of God’s elect, devises a means of overcoming the impossible task of reversing the effect of the king’s proclamation to destroy all the Jews in all of his 127 provinces (Est 1:1). These 127 provinces typify “the nations in the four quarters of the earth” over whom God’s elect are granted to rule for a thousand years:

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

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

This “broken to shivers” prophecy was fulfilled in type when the Jews were given to destroy all their enemies throughout the entire 127 provinces of the Medo-Persian empire (Est 9:1-4). This story, along with the story of Joseph and the story of Daniel and Shadrach, Meshech and Abednego, gives us the principles by which Christ is supernaturally making “the kingdoms of this world to become the kingdoms of our Lord and His Christ”. He troubles the powers that be, and He strikes them with a fear that cause us to favor His Word to the point we see Christ and His Christ as our only salvation. His is the power which gives men their thoughts, and with that power He is capable of working all things after the counsel of His own will (Eph 1:11).

Isa 66:15 For, behold, the LORD will come with fire, and with his chariots like a whirlwind, to render his anger with fury, and his rebuke with flames of fire.

Isa 66:16  For by fire and by his sword will the LORD plead with all flesh: and the slain of the LORD shall be many.

Isa 66:17  They that sanctify themselves, and purify themselves in the gardens behind one tree in the midst, eating swine’s flesh, and the abomination, and the mouse, [all the abominable false doctrines of men] shall be consumed together, saith the LORD.

Isa 66:18  For I know their works and their thoughts: it shall come, that I will gather all nations and tongues; and they shall come, and see my glory.

 

Luk 12:32 Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the  kingdom.

Luk 1:54 He hath holpen his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy; Psa 112:6 Surely, he shall not be moved forever: the righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance.

Ecc 7:8 Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof: and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit

And lastly, looking at the word Pur, Purim, reveals the meaning of a broken piece.

H6332 פּוּר    פּוּרים    פּרים pûr  pûrı̂ym  pûrı̂ym poor, poo-reem’, poo-reem’ From H6331; a lot (as by means of a broken piece): – Pur, Purim.

Your servants in Jesus Christ, Pete & Ronel

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Studies

An Introduction to Elijah the Prophet

NOTE:  The audio recording was of too poor quality to post and will need to be redone to be usable.  Plan to do this in the coming week so check back for the audio.  

Our Admonition Part 3

 “An Introduction to Elijah the Prophet”

Key Verses: 1Ki 17:1 – 1Ki 17:7

Elijah is the most often cited Old Testament prophet in the New Testament (30 times).  This fact is no coincidence (Mat 5:18, 2Ti 3:16) and is there to help teach us the ways of the Lord.  The experience of Elijah is our experience as we live by every word. These matters are at the center of the process of spiritual completion (think the number three) taking us out of the world onward to a mature man in Christ.

Joh 2:19  Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.

Elijah and his NT successor John the Baptist are the bridge (the connection) between Moses and Christ.

Mal 3:1  Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts.

The spirit and power of Elijah is the same as John the Baptist.  The stories have different details, yet the spiritual significance is the same and a double witness for us to learn by.  Elijah and John were prophets, but were in a special class with a duty to prepare the carnally minded for the coming of the Lord.

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

Mat 11:13  For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John.

Mat 11:14  And if ye will receive it, this is Elias, which was for to come.

The transfiguration of Jesus Christ was a vision showing the disciples and us by extension of the three stages we endure to become like Jesus Christ by ourselves being transfigured spiritually.  The number three signifies the process of our spiritual completion (maturation) and 1) Moses, 2) Elijah/John the Baptist and 3) Christ represent the three stages in which we walk with God.

Mat 17:2  And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light.

Mat 17:3  And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him.

Mat 17:4  Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias.

Moses represents our time in Orthodoxy also known as Babylon where we are drawn out of the world and into the wilderness seeking the truth.  But all we know here is the other jesus that is built upon the works of our flesh not knowing that the Lord is working ALL THINGS (Eph 1:11). This time (40 symbolic years) under this carnal law for a carnal nation (Heb 9:10) is not wasted, it is in fact good as it is used to bring us to the true Jesus in due time.

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

1Ti 1:9  Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient…..

Elijah like John is the bridge to Christ from this carnal law that binds all men (Rom 7:14).  Elijah’s coming initiates the Lord’s work in bringing the restitution of all things, the restoral of Israel inwardly in our hearts.

Mat 17:10  And his disciples asked him, saying, Why then say the scribes that Elias must first come?

Mat 17:11  And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things. 

Restoring the Israel of God, which the Elect are (Gal 6:16), is done by the Word working righteousness.  That requires faith which only comes by hearing the word (Rom 10:17) and so a preacher must be sent (Rom 10:14).  Thus Elijah and John comes first with the true gospel that make us hearers of the Word.  This lays the foundation for the coming of Christ with the grace of God to move us on to being doers and overcomers.  John in the spirit of Elijah preaches repentance and there is a overlap or segue as Jesus Christ comes on the scene of our lives.

Mar 1:4  John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins.

Act 19:4  Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.

Mat 4:17  From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Christ finishes the work and the process within us that began with Moses and then is advanced by Elijah yet awaits the coming of the Lord to  be completed.

Act 3:20  And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you:

Act 3:21  Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.

Elijah [H452] means Yahweh is God or God of Jehovah, the word being composed of El (God) and Jah (Yahweh).  The Lord sends Elijah to reawaken our consciousness and turn our deceived wicked hearts back to our Heavenly Father by the testimony of the Word against our sins and rebellion.  Coming to see our sins (1Ti 1:15, Rom 7:24) leads us to repentance and in due time turns our hearts in a new direction where we seek the things of the Spirit.

Mal 4:5  Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD:

Mal 4:6  And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.

The coming of the spirit and power of Elijah is the beginning of the end of the old man.  When Elijah aka John the Baptism is born into our hearts, we will rejoice thinking we have finally found the Lord.

Luk 1:14  And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth.

Luk 1:15  For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother’s womb.

Luk 1:16  And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God.

Luk 1:17  And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord

This is only the preparation stage for the true grace of God to be revealed by the brightness of the Lord’s second coming which will reveal our true wickedness.

2Th 2:8  And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming

John the Baptist was a representation of the Spirit of Elijah and begins the process of repentance and warns of the fire that would follow when Christ appears in the day of the Lord.

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

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

Getting our heavens right is the first step.  Yet it takes the second coming of Christ with judgment to turn us into doers and get the truth that is in heaven (mind), into our earth (Mat 6:10) or said another way into “our walk”.  Our feet, our deeds and actions need to be continually washed in the baptism of fire and water (Joh 13:8-10).  With this background let’s begin to move into the Scriptures where Elijah is introduced.

The Situation in Israel

Keep in mind the kingdom of God is within you (Luk 17:21) as we live out these words.  All the people and events speak to our life in the appointed times.  Elijah appears without any other noted history when King Ahab took over from his father Omri.  We will get to some of those dealings with Ahab later in this series but know the situation when Elijah first appears.

1Ki 16:30  And Ahab the son of Omri did evil in the sight of the LORD above all that were before him. 

1Ki 16:33  And Ahab made a grove; and Ahab did more to provoke the LORD God of Israel to anger than all the kings of Israel that were before him. 

Ahab (you and me) provoked the Lord to anger with our wickedness and the Lord begins the process of bringing vengeance for His Temple which temple we are as His Elect  (1Co 3:16).

1Ki 17:1  And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said unto Ahab, As the LORD God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word. 

We learn that Elijah is a Tishbite of the sojourners (inhabitants) of Gilead.  Digging into these places supports Elijah being the bridge between Moses and Christ preparing the way of the Lord.

Gilead is being east of the Jordan river, symbolizes our yet carnal nature and last days before the Lord comes with the true grace of God that baptizes us and allows us to begin to conquer giants in the land.  This is in type what the crossing over the Jordan River entails as many studies have previously covered.  Gilead comes from a word of the same name that means heap of testimony or heap of witnessing which is exactly what Elijah does in confronting the wicked King Ahab and Jezebel.

There is little information on Tishbeh or Tishbite and the word is only used six times all in reference to Elijah.  Strong’s tell us the name means means “recourse” while other scholars say it means “one that takes captive”.

H8664, tishbı̂y, tish-bee’

Patrial from an unused name meaning recourse; a Tishbite or inhabitant of Tishbeh

Recourse refers to an avenue or source of help or assistance.  In this way the spirit of Elijah is the recourse (avenue) that lead us to Christ and initiates the turning from our wicked ways.   Elijah and John begin the final leg of the Lord’s process to take our captivity to sin captive.

Luk 1:17  And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord. 

The least in the kingdom of God is greater than John the Baptist or Elijah because they had not the grace of God revealed to them.  Elijah and John were only hearers and never lived to see the true grace that turns men into doers.  They will be taught in the lake of fire with the rest of mankind.  Elijah brings faith through the word but without the grace that saves.

Joh 1:17  For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.

Mat 11:11  Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.

Elijah represents the hearing of the Word for which we will suffer persecution and rejection by the world, yet we do not understand grace and the Lord’s purpose for an Elect.

Rom 11:2  God has not cast away His people whom He foreknew. Or do you not know what the Scripture says of Elijah, how he pleads with God against Israel, saying,

Rom 11:3  “LORD, THEY HAVE KILLED YOUR PROPHETS AND TORN DOWN YOUR ALTARS, AND I ALONE AM LEFT, AND THEY SEEK MY LIFE”?

Rom 11:4  But what does the divine response say to him? “I HAVE RESERVED FOR MYSELF SEVEN THOUSAND MEN WHO HAVE NOT BOWED THE KNEE TO BAAL.”

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

Elijah declaring a drought in the land is a rebuke of the (our) man of sin.  Drying up his lies (rain) and food by bringing a famine begins the process of decreasing the old man.

Rev 11:6  These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.

Yet Elijah is only the forerunner to Jesus Christ as was John.  Grace is still yet to come, and we will fall seven times and be overcome so the Lord can come resurrect us in newness of life with the Holy Spirit that had not yet been given in Elijah’s time (Joh 7:29).

Rev 11:7  And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them.

Our new man is greatly nourished and the old man is decreased when we begin to hear the word of truth. Bringing a drought to that wicked man within us is done with the truth that vaporizes the lies of the harlot riding our beast that keeps us in bondage to the world.   The rain and the dew of the Lord is His truth and His doctrines which are spoken by His prophets and those He sends forth to speak words of fire (Jer 5:14).

Deu 32:1 Give ear, O ye heavens, and I will speak; and hear, O earth, the words of my mouth.

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

The drought upon the old man’s water brings famine and makes us needy and sets us up to be sustained by our fellow brethren as we also find our husband IN Christ.  The Lord sends His prophets to bring life and food by the Word.

Luk 4:25  But I tell you of a truth, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elias, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, when great famine was throughout all the land;

Luk 4:26  But unto none of them was Elias sent, save unto Sarepta, a city of Sidon, unto a woman that was a widow.

After announcing the famine against the wicked King Ahab, Elijah is sent to hide in the wilderness and is nourished by the Lord.

1Ki 17:2  And the word of the LORD came unto him, saying,

1Ki 17:3 Get thee hence, and turn thee eastward, and hide thyself by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan.

1Ki 17:4  And it shall be, that thou shalt drink of the brook; and I have commanded the ravens to feed thee there. 

1Ki 17:5  So he went and did according unto the word of the LORD: for he went and dwelt by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan. 

1Ki 17:6  And the ravens brought him bread and flesh in the morning, and bread and flesh in the evening; and he drank of the brook. 

1Ki 17:7  And it came to pass after a while, that the brook dried up, because there had been no rain in the land. 

The Brook Cherith is a place that is before the Jordan, meaning it is our experience before we are brought through the fiery baptisms that are necessary to enter into and possess the land.

Jos 1:11  Pass through the host, and command the people, saying, Prepare you victuals; for within three days ye shall pass over this Jordan, to go in to possess the land, which the LORD your God giveth you to possess it.

Rev 15:8  The temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God and from His power, and no one was able to enter the temple till the seven plagues of the seven angels were completed.

We are prepared to make this crossing that will take us three days of preparation (the whole process of spiritual completion).  Salvation is a slow process that comes by our learning from our mistakes and being taught by the correction brought by grace (Rom 5:20, Isa 26:9).

Cherith comes from a word meaning “cutting or separation”. It is here in the wilderness before the Jordan River’s fiery baptism that we are prepared of the Lord and begin to separate from the world WITHIN us and our former way of life.

Mat 25:32  And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:

1Ki 8:53  For thou didst separate them from among all the people of the earth, to be thine inheritance, as thou spakest by the hand of Moses thy servant, when thou broughtest our fathers out of Egypt, O Lord GOD.

Turning eastward is a symbol of immaturity and a yet carnal mindset. We have to be made ready to endure the trials and scourging of following the Sun and the Lord westward (Rom 1:20) in moving on to maturity.  Whether we move on to maturity or stay stuck facing east is all the Lord’s work in us.  A lack of faith will have us look back and trust in our own understanding and the ways of the world which is an abomination to the Lord.

Eze 8:15  Then said he unto me, Hast thou seen this, O son of man? turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater abominations than these.

Eze 8:16  And he brought me into the inner court of the LORD’S house, and, behold, at the door of the temple of the LORD, between the porch and the altar, were about five and twenty men, with their backs toward the temple of the LORD, and their faces toward the east; and they worshipped the sun toward the east. 

This represents our appointed time in spiritual Babylon where we are under the harlot’s influence and camp out in the wilderness and are fed by the Lord for our first witness period.

Rev 12:5  And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.

Rev 12:6  And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.

Birds represent spirits or doctrines (1Co 2:13) and fly in our heavens (mind).  We are first nourished by these fowls of Babylon (Orthodoxy and Spiritual) before Christ comes to purify His temple within us and create a totally new heaven and earth with fire.

Mat 13:31 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field:

Mat 13:32 Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof.

1Ki 17:6  And the ravens brought him bread and flesh in the morning, and bread and flesh in the evening; and he drank of the brook. 

The message in these verses have nothing to do with physical bread and meat, they are speaking of spiritual matters (Joh 6:63, 1Co 2:13).  These birds of prey like eagles, eat flesh and that is what they do in nourishing us as we begin to be separated from the world within and our carnal way of life.  These ravens in the positive are the commandments of the Lord, the bread of life that also becomes meat for the new man as our old man dies daily to the flesh.

Joh 6:48  I am that bread of life.

Joh 6:49  Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead.

Joh 6:50  This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die.

Joh 6:51  I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live forever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.

Joh 6:52  The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying, How can this man give us his flesh to eat?

Joh 6:53  Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.

Dying to self is the food for the new man and the ravens in our heavens play a role in all the Lord’s work.  Eating this flesh in spirit and in truth is what decreases the old man and increases the new.  In this way, John was being fed by the spiritual ravens as well in the wilderness.

Joh 3:30  He must increase, but I (John the Baptist) must decrease.

Pro 30:17  The eye that mocks his father, And scorns obedience to his mother, The ravens of the valley will pick it out, And the young eagles will eat it.

Rev 19:17  And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God;

Ravens in the negative sense would be carnal thoughts/doctrines that keep us in captivity in unbelief being immature and unable to progress in our walk of faith.  Our time in the wilderness and Spiritual Babylon (is, was and will be) is not wasted.  It is necessary to prepare us for things to come.  The winged fowls do exactly what they were created to do in feeding or destroying the old man and nurturing the new man in preparing for Christ’s coming.

Gen 1:21 And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

Eventually the drought proclaimed by Elijah effects all the inhabitants of the land.

1Ki 17:7  And it came to pass after a while, that the brook dried up, because there had been no rain in the land. 

The Lord brings the rain on the just and unjust alike (Mat 5:45).  In the same way, the spiritual rain (doctrines, thoughts for the old or new man) are withheld to bring about a change of heart and renewed mindset (Rom 12:1-2) in us.  The Lord knows how to use water sparingly or in abundance to accomplish His will in the life of every man alive.

Pro 21:1  The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.

1Pe 1:24 For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:

A time came to Elijah and will come to us when we have been prepared for ministry and service in the Kingdom of God.  The Lord dries up the brook that had nourished Elijah and sends Him forth on a new journey.  The next stop for Elijah will have him being sustained by a widow with hardly any food and then raising her son from the dead.  This requires him to be sent to Zarephath which means refinement and comes from a root word H6884 that’s all about purifying metals and as we will see.

1Ki 17:9  Arise, get thee to Zarephath, which belongeth to Zidon, and dwell there: behold, I have commanded a widow woman there to sustain thee.

The Lord will not try us beyond what we are able to bear (1Co 10:13).  We have to learn and be taught how to suffer and be able to give thanks to the Lord for that suffering (Eph 5:30).  We will look at this part of Elijah’s journey and Lord willing better understand what it means to be sent in the spirit and power of Elijah.