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Purifying Death in the Pot

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“Purifying Death in the Pot”

Key Verses:  2Ki 4:38 – 4:44

We return to the Book of Second Kings in the new series and cover another story where the prophet Elisha is called on to help the needy sons of the prophets.  Lord willing, we will learn some new things and be reminded of what we know as these events are all ours to live out.

1Co 3:21  Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours;

In covering these events it is also important to remember they portray shadows of the truth, yet the fullness of truth is found only in the sum of thy word (Psa 119:160 – ASV).  None of these Old Testament prophets received the promise (Heb 11:39) or the Holy Spirit (Joh 7:39) yet these stories are shadows and reminders of deeper spiritual truth revealed to us by the Holy Spirit.  Here are the first of two short parables in this study that declare spiritual realities to those given eyes to see and ears to hear.

2Ki 4:38  NKJV And Elisha returned to Gilgal, and there was a famine in the land. Now the sons of the prophets were sitting before him; and he said to his servant, “Put on the large pot, and boil stew for the sons of the prophets.” 

2Ki 4:39  So one went out into the field to gather herbs, and found a wild vine, and gathered from it a lapful of wild gourds, and came and sliced them into the pot of stew, though they did not know what they were. 

2Ki 4:40  Then they served it to the men to eat. Now it happened, as they were eating the stew, that they cried out and said, “Man of God, there is death in the pot!” And they could not eat it. 

2Ki 4:41  So he said, “Then bring some flour.” And he put it into the pot, and said, “Serve it to the people, that they may eat.” And there was nothing harmful in the pot. 

On the surface this reads like just another physical miracle of the Lord worked through one of His servants.  The Lord is certainly capable of feeding His people during the midst of a famine and can just say the word and any poison would disappear and the food would become edible.  Yet the physical miracle is not the point being made despite all the Babylonian speculation about which gourds and herbs were in this pot.  It is so easy to want to compare physical with spiritual to decipher what is being said yet those with ears to hear are taught differently.

1Co 2:13  Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 

There are many physical items cited that speak to spiritual truths and experiences.  A spiritual famine is when we do not hear the words of the Lord (Amo 8:11).  Such periods are caused of the Lord to make us needy and bring adjustments through the chastening grace (Heb 12:6, Tit 2:11) that is turning our hearts back to the Lord and His Christ.  Such is the setting in Gilgal and in the Body of Christ where are learning by judgment.

Psa 119:71  It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes.

The fire is of course the Word working righteousness via judgement.  To put on the mind of Christ, our fleshly carnal mind must be transformed and this new mindset (a new heaven) is changed only by the fiery trials of judgment.

Jer 1:13  And the word of the LORD came unto me the second time, saying, What seest thou? And I said, I see a seething pot; and the face thereof is toward the north.

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

Isa 65:17  For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.

Spiritual food is our thoughts and what we take to heart and act upon.  The pot itself is our mind where the battle for truth is being waged (Rev 12:7) and our food is made ready to eat.  The living bread and His “meat indeed” will only be found in a seething pot on a fire.  The transformation from a beast and man of sin into a mature of son of God is only done by being seethed in a pot full of trials and afflictions (Isa 48:10, Rev 15:8) brought on by the Word.

Heb 10:32  But call to remembrance the former days, in which, after ye were illuminated, ye endured a great fight of afflictions;

The Lord is the devouring fire in the midst of the Body of Christ (Isa 33:14, Heb 12:29) that is judging us now and teaching us righteousness as we die more each day.  Converting our mind requires being converted from a carnal mind to the mind of Christ trusting not in ourselves.

2Co 4:8  We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;

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

2Co 4:10  Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.

It is the collective mind of Christ that is the fire and is the fullness that dwells in the Body that is feeding us with judgment (Eze 34:16) which renews our minds in a fiery pot.  The Lord’s throne is in heaven, in our mind and from where we are fed the truth that matures us.

Rev 7:17  For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.

Gilgal as we have seen in prior studies means Wheels and is the first camp of the saints on the west side of the Jordan.  Gilgal symbolizes the Body of Christ, where the prophets of the Lord are gathered and from whence they set forth to battle the giants in the land within us (Luk 17:21). Let’s look deeper into the parable.

2Ki 4:39  KJV And one went out into the field to gather herbs, and found a wild vine, and gathered thereof wild gourds his lap full, and came and shred them into the pot of pottage: for they knew them not. 

“We are what we eat” applies spiritually as well as physically (Rom 1:20).  Learning to eat spiritually is learning to be diligent and to guard our hearts and what we allow into it.  We must learn to truly be separate from the world to be transformed.  Otherwise we will languish and be yet carnal and not progress.

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.

We learn not to go to the world but rather to the house of God for our nourishment not even thinking above what is written (1Co 4:6).  The field is the world (Mat 13:38) which is full of lies and false prophets masquerading as light. Thus, we are commanded and learn to try the spirits and prove all things.

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

But as the Scriptures teach, we learn obedience by suffering first for our disobedience and then we are corrected by our mistakes and sins (Jer 2:19, Tit 2:11).  The other jesus so easily deceives us through smooth and flattering words.

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

In our youth (immaturity), we forget to be diligent and readily gather wild herbs from the field that is the world.  Interesting the word for herbs is the same word as light as used in some well-known verses.

H219, ‘ôrâh

Feminine of H216; luminousness, that is, (figuratively) prosperity; also a plant (as being bright): – herb light.

Total KJV Occurrences: 5

herbs, 3       ——       2Ki_4:39, Isa_18:4, Isa_26:19

light, 2         ——           Est_8:16, Psa_139:12

Gathering herbs from the carnally minded world is our seeking light (truth) from the wrong sources.  We need to learn the schemes and devices of Satan who is a master disguiser.

2Co 11:14  And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.

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

It is our old man who lusts after the things of the world and wants the red pottage and instant gratification of right now.  This was one of the lessons of Esau, the rejected first Adam who demanded of Jacob the red pottage of the world (Gen 25:30-34). Bringing back wild cucumbers (gourds) in our garments (lap) is covering ourselves with worldly seeds and thoughts which is the mindset of self-righteousness and the law for a carnal nation.  Going above what is written is adding to the word, and brings poisonous thoughts, contrary to faith which results in only further deception and plagues of unbelief.

Rev 22:18  For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:

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

We continue in the story and the sons of the prophets (men of God in training) begin to partake of the stew of thoughts they are making on the fire.

2Ki 4:40 KJV  So they poured out for the men to eat. And it came to pass, as they were eating of the pottage, that they cried out, and said, O thou man of God, there is death in the pot. And they could not eat thereof.

Eating and drinking carnal thoughts is fornicating with other gods and brings damnation and leads to spiritual sickness and ultimately death if not corrected.

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.

Unless we eat the true living word, we are eating death. When worldly thoughts and wisdom is mixed in our mind there is death in the pot.

Rom 8:6  For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 

Rom 8:7  Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.

Until faith comes, and we are freed from the bondage of self-righteousness, that gets its power from the law of Moses/Gentiles (Rom 2:15), there will be death in our pot.

Rom 7:5  For when we were in the flesh, the sinful passions which were aroused by the law were at work in our members to bear fruit to death.

Rom 7:6  But now we have been delivered from the law, having died to what we were held by, so that we should serve in the newness of the Spirit and not in the oldness of the letter.

Getting the law of faith into our action and deeds requires many spiritual meals and lessons where we learn the narrow ways of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus.

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

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

Adding in worldly wisdom poisons the pot and is the natural condition of our yet carnal mind.  This is offering strange fire to the Lord as did Aaron’s sons (Lev 10:1) which resulted in death.  It is by examining our walk to see if we are in the faith (2Cor 13:5) that we can see the fruit of unrighteousness and know that we are eating and drinking unworthily.  We will see death in the pot and know an ingredient needs to be added.  We call out to the saints of God who are shepherds of the sheep that watch over one another and provide healthy nourishment.

1Pe 2:25 For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.

Joh 10:2  But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.

Eze 34:23  And I will set up one shepherd over them, and he shall feed them, even my servant David; he shall feed them, and he shall be their shepherd.

This is especially true of the elders the Lord has appointed over His Body.

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

1Pe 5:3  Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.

The Lord has raised up His Body to help us in our time of need.   The people of God respond.

2Ki 4:41  KJV But he said, Then bring meal. And he cast it into the pot; and he said, Pour out for the people, that they may eat. And there was no harm in the pot. 

The truth evaporates carnal lies.  That is what cleared the pot (mind) and made it safe to eat with no harm to be had.  The word translated “harm” in the KJV comes from two Hebrew words which make it clear what the harm in the pot was.

Harm H1697 H7451

H7451 is “RA”, the word for evil that we look at all the time and H1697 means WORD.

H1697, dâbâr – Total KJV Occurrences: 1446

word, 435

words, 373

thing, 184

Putting in the pure Word, is the meal or grain that cleanses our minds (the pot) and brings no harm to the new man but works only good (Rom 8:28).  The great commission has the Lord’s disciples preaching the word to those prepared to hear it.  With Christ risen and seated in our heavens (pots), any leaven taken in or poison drunk shall not harm us as the truth will purge it out and we will be healed of all our spiritual diseases.

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

Mar 16:18  They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

The meal [H7058] cast into the pot, is the word of God given to the hearers.  This process is what gives and increases our faith and allows us to stand in the face of trials.

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

Putting meal into the pot was putting the Word of God into the hearts and minds of the yet carnal “doubting Thomas’s” who are at first sinking in the time of great trial (famine).

Yet the message here about the meal flour is much deeper than just speaking or hearing words.  The greater action is us being doers of the Word (Jam 1:22).   Our obedience is doing the Word and that is what ultimately will purge the pot of its evil words (false doctrines, diseases) contrary to faith.

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

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

Jesus Christ is the Word and is the Meal that is saving His people from death via the transformative process of judgment now on the house of God.  As Christ was sent into the world, so is His Christ sent to do the same, even the greater works (Joh 20:21, Joh 16:12). The food of Jesus Christ is to do the will of His Father and feed His people.

Joh 4:34 “My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.

Mat 14:16 But Jesus said to them, They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.

Jesus Christ laid down His life for the brethren.  That is giving the brethren the living bread to eat and be nourished upon. As His Christ that is what our calling and election demands of us.  There is no greater love (obedience) than to lay down our life for our friends (Joh 15;13).

1Jn 3:16  Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren (Christ).

When we lay down our lives in service to the brethren, we are throwing Jesus Christ in us, the obedient word into the pot of trials and tribulations.  Nothing can harm a dead person and being dead to self and alive to Christ is the instant cure for death in the pot.  It is this gift and sacrifice through which we nourish the priests and prophets of the Lord.  Such is the symbolism of the Meal (aka Meat) offering in Scriptures that were a shadow of what our “DIVINE” or reasonable service requires.

Link to Study on Meal/Meat Offering

Like our Lord, His Christ (The Body) is a living sacrifice for one another that is nourishing all the Elect (The priests and Sons of Aaron symbolically).

Lev 2:1  And when any will offer a meat offering unto the LORD, his offering shall be of fine flour; and he shall pour oil upon it, and put frankincense thereon:

Lev 2:2  And he shall bring it to Aaron’s sons the priests: and he shall take thereout his handful of the flour thereof, and of the oil thereof, with all the frankincense thereof; and the priest shall burn the memorial of it upon the altar, to be an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the LORD:

Lev 2:3  And the remnant of the meat offering shall be Aaron’s and his sons’: it is a thing most holy of the offerings of the LORD made by fire.

Our meal offering must be built upon a burnt offering, symbolizing a life sacrificed to the Lord which makes it a sweet-smelling savor (Num 29:2-3).   A burned offering destroys SELF and is what makes the meal flour very fine (Mat 21:44).  Jesus Christ is the bread of life and as His Christ (1Jo 4:17). We feed each other.

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.

Giving of our selves is the putting meal (aka meat) into the pot.  This is our reasonable service and is what nourishes the Body of Christ.  The righteous are the Meat Offering who feed, comfort, clothe and visit Jesus Christ.

Mat 25:37  Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?

Mat 25:38  When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?

Mat 25:39  Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?

Mat 25:40  And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

Renewing our minds and separating from the world is what enables us to become that living sacrifice and to give the service and spiritual nourishment to the Body of Christ.

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.

Psa 132:15 I will abundantly bless her provision: I will satisfy her poor with bread.

Feeding the lambs of the Lord is laying down our lives for one another. We are the bread of life that is broken for each other in the Body of Christ.

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

1Co 11:26  For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come.

The Lord will never leave us or forsake us.  We need to cling to these promises when times are tough, and our faith is being tried.  In times of scarcity we are to go to the priests and the table of the Lord where we always have, plenty to eat and there are always willing and able servants to cast our cares upon.

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

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

It matters not from whence we have come.  Everyone in the Body has a gift and something to offer to feed, comfort, clothe and visit the brethren.

2Ki 4:42  KJV And there came a man from Baalshalisha, and brought the man of God bread of the firstfruits, twenty loaves of barley, and full ears of corn in the husk thereof. And he said, Give unto the people, that they may eat. 

2Ki 4:43  And his servitor said, What, should I set this before an hundred men? He said again, Give the people, that they may eat: for thus saith the LORD, They shall eat, and shall leave thereof. 

2Ki 4:44  So he set it before them, and they did eat, and left thereof, according to the word of the LORD. 

A man coming from Baal Shalisha, is one having been taught true doctrine by the enduring through the many tribulations of judgment.  The Hebrew word Shalisha H8031 is from a root meaning trebled or three, signifying the three-day process (Joh 2:19) that rebuilds the Lord’s temple that we are (1Co 3:16).  The mind of Baal is the mind of men, a carnal mind and one full of idols and false gods.  One coming from BaalShalisha has been healed of his spiritual diseases and is prepared for service and every good work, even bringing food!

Joh 4:34  Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work.

Joh 4:35  Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest! 

 Elisha threw meal into the pot and here the young minister does the same in bringing all he had, the firstfruits of the harvest to feed the flock.  It is better to give than to receive as giving brings multiplied blessings on the whole house.

Eze 44:30  The best of all firstfruits of any kind, and every sacrifice of any kind from all your sacrifices, shall be the priest’s; also you shall give to the priest the first of your ground meal, to cause a blessing to rest on your house. 

The Living Word (the flour, the meal), living through us will always accomplish the purposes for which it has been sent.  We have parables from the old and new that show the Lord feeding His people way beyond what the wisdom of the world would say is possible.

1Ki 17:16  The bin of flour was not used up, nor did the jar of oil run dry, according to the word of the LORD which He spoke by Elijah.

Mat 15:37  And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the broken meat that was left seven baskets full. 

The fruits and grain brought were young as the corn was still in the husk and barley is the earliest harvest in the year.  This newly minted minister (servitor) formerly of the mind of Baal questions whether his gift it is enough to satisfy the prophets.   The Word of the Lord which is His thoughts and His ways is boundless and will never run.   Those thoughts and ways are actioned through His Elect who are given and grow in the mind of Christ.

Isa 55:8  “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD.

Isa 55:9  “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.

Isa 55:10  “For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, And do not return there, But water the earth, And make it bring forth and bud, That it may give seed to the sower And bread to the eater, 

Isa 55:11  So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.

This young servitor is every one of us in the Body of Christ.  We need to know that every gift is precious in the sight of the Lord.  Giving our all, no matter what it is, pleases the Lord.

Psa 116:15  Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.

The parable of the widow’s two mites confirms how the Lord looks at our giving and especially giving of our very life.

Mar 12:42  Then one poor widow came and threw in two mites, which make a quadrans.

Mar 12:43  So He called His disciples to Himself and said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all those who have given to the treasury;

Mar 12:44  for they all put in out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all that she had, her whole livelihood.” 

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

Studies

Book of Esther Part 2 – Favor Given the King’s Wife

Book of Esther Part 2 – Favor Given the  King’s Wife

We have seen that Esther coming before the king contrary to the law, is a type of Christ laying down His life for us. Esther, is faithful in her calling and willing to lay down her life for her people. She is a type of Church, the truly elect. How do we know we are God’s elect and have indeed “passed from death unto life”? Here is the way to know we love our brethren, and at the same time know we are passing from death unto life.

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.

Many say they are the elect (Esther) of Christ, but it becomes clear that few know what the love of God is. Here is one of Christ’s commandments which very few men who claim they come in Christ’s Name is teaching or keeping.

Mat 5:43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.

Mat 5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

Esther, as type of God’s elect, is only doing so, is only accomplished by Christ Himself living His life of resisting the devil within her. When we love our brothers in accord with the scriptural definition of love, then we lay down our lives for our brethren.

1Jn 3:15 Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer  hath eternal life abiding in him.

1Jn 3:16 Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and  we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.

Joh 10:14 I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.

Esther appears before the king

Est 5:1 Now it came to pass on the third day, that Esther put on her royal apparel, and  stood in the inner court of the king’s house, over against the king’s house: and the king  sat upon his royal throne in the royal house, over against the gate of the house.

Esther puts on her royal apparel, our royal apparel, which is the anointing we receive  from Christ. It is upon Aaron (type of Christ) and upon his sons, types of the sons of  Christ. It is the faith given us by Christ, a gift.

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

1Jn 2:27 But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need  not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and  is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.

1Jn 2:28 And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may  have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.

Exo 29:21 And thou shalt take of the blood that is upon the altar, and of the anointing oil, and sprinkle it upon Aaron, and upon his garments, and upon his sons, and upon the garments of his sons with him: and he shall be hallowed, and his garments, and his sons, and his sons’ garments with him.

The king saw Esther standing as a type of us, standing not adding or taking away from  the Word of God. We tarry in Jerusalem …. until endued with power from on High … Luke 24:49

Rev 22:18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this  book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that  are written in this book:

Rev 22:19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy,  God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from  the things which are written in this book.

We obtain favour in Christ’s sight, here shadowed by Ahasuerus, the king. The king  extend his hand (H3027 meaning an open hand indicating power), extend the sceptre, a  rod of empire, drawing her near.

Est 5:2 And it wasH1961 so, when the kingH4428 sawH7200 (H853) EstherH635 the queenH4436  standingH5975 in the court,H2691 that she obtainedH5375 favourH2580 in his sight:H5869 and  the kingH4428 held outH3447 to EstherH635 (H853) the goldenH2091 sceptreH8275 thatH834 was  in his hand.H3027 So EstherH635 drew near,H7126 and touchedH5060 the topH7218 of the  sceptre.H8275

Heb 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

The King gives Esther (His Bride) Half of my kingdom

Est 5:3 Then said the king unto her, What wilt thou, queen Esther? and what is thy  request? it shall be even given thee to the half of the kingdom.

Psa 21:2 Thou hast given him his heart’s desire, and hast not withholden the request of his lips. Selah.

Half of my kingdom means only in the throne will I be greater …… Esther is replacing  Vashti and rules over Egypt. Remember the story of Pharaoh and Joseph as another  shadow of this principle, comparing spiritual with spiritual (1 Co 2:13).

Gen 41:40 Thou shalt be over my house, and according unto thy word shall all my  people be ruled: only in the throne will I be greater than thou.

Gen 41:41 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, See, I have set thee over all the land of  Egypt.

Esther devises her plan to act upon the destruction of the Jews by petitioning a banquet for the king and Haman, the enemy of the Jews. Christ, Shiloh, and His angels has to come so that Haman is being destroyed.

Est 5:4 And Esther answered, If it seem good unto the king, let the king and Haman  come this day unto the banquet that I have prepared for him.

Luk 17:33 Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.

Gen 49:10 The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come;

A thief in the night

Haman has to make haste. Christ comes as a thief in the night. Haman has no idea what is going to befall him.

Mat 24:43 But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.

Est 5:5 Then the king said, Cause Haman to make haste, that he may do as Esther hath  said. So the king and Haman came to the banquet that Esther had prepared.

Est 5:6 And the king said unto Esther at the banquet of wine, What is thy petition? and  it shall be granted thee: and what is thy request? even to the half of the kingdom it  shall be performed.

Est 5:7 Then answered Esther, and said, My petition and my request is;

Est 5:8 If I have found favour in the sight of the king, and if it please the king to grant  my petition, and to perform my request, let the king and Haman come to the banquet  that I shall prepare for them, and I will do tomorrow as the king hath said.

At the banquet of wine, we think of Christ turning the water into wine, read John 2:2- 10). We hear what we have heard from the beginning ……

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

1Jn 2:8 Again, a new commandment I write unto you, which thing is true in him and  in you: because the darkness is past, and the true light now shineth.

1Jn 2:9 He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until  now.

1Jn 2:10 He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of  stumbling in him.

1Jn 2:11 But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and  knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes.

It is an old commandment (love your enemies, turn the other cheek …… etc.) which we  are hearing from the beginning. We have to obey Christ in order for Haman, our man of  sin, to being destroyed.

2Th 2:7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will  let, until he be taken out of the way.

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:

In the meantime ……… Haman thinks he is the one

Est 5:9 Then went Haman forth that day joyful and with a glad heart: but when  Haman saw Mordecai in the king’s gate, that he stood not up, nor moved for him, he  was full of indignation against Mordecai.

Est 5:10 Nevertheless Haman refrained himself: and when he came home, he sent and  called for his friends, and Zeresh his wife.

Est 5:11 And Haman told them of the glory of his riches, and the multitude of his  children, and all the things wherein the king had promoted him, and how he had  advanced him above the princes and servants of the king.

Est 5:12 Haman said moreover, Yea, Esther the queen did let no man come in with the  king unto the banquet that she had prepared but myself; and tomorrow am I invited  unto her also with the king.

Est 5:13 Yet all this availeth me nothing, so long as I see Mordecai the Jew sitting at  the king’s gate.

Est 5:14 Then said Zeresh his wife and all his friends unto him, Let a gallows be made  of fifty cubits, high, and tomorrow speak thou unto the king that Mordecai may be  hanged thereon: then go thou in merrily with the king unto the banquet. And the thing pleased Haman; and he caused the gallows to be made.

Babylon in us does not know that it is Babylon. We perceive ourselves as God’s elect. Knowledge puffs up. We read earlier on in this OT shadow:

Est 3:8 And Haman said unto king Ahasuerus, There is a certain people scattered abroad and dispersed among the people in all the provinces of thy kingdom; and their laws are diverse from all people; neither keep they the king’s laws: therefore, it is not for the king’s profit to suffer them.

It is almost as if …… The LORD hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil (Prov 16:4).

Haman in us, the self-righteous Pharisee, thinks he is making it and this is the great deception……  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; 2 Th 2:3

Luk 12:15 And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s  life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.

Luk 12:16 And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man  brought forth plentifully:

Luk 12:17 And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no  room where to bestow my fruits?

Luk 12:18 And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater;  and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods.

Luk 12:19 And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many  years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.

Luk 12:20 But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of  thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?

Luk 12:21 So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.

Haman the Pharisee in us, does not know the times ………

Mar 13:33 Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.

Mat 16:2 He answered and said unto them, When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red.

Mat 16:3 And in the morning, It will be foul weather today: for the sky is red and  lowring. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the  signs of the times?

Haman prepares a gallows and the king is troubled

Haman, as the type of the ten horns of the beast, prepares a gallows on which he intends to ask the king to hang Mordecai (Est 5), and at this point, the king’s sleep is taken from him, resulting in a late-night reading of the chronicles revealing that Mordecai, has not been given His due reward for having saved the life of King Ahasuerus.

Est 6:1 On that night could not the king sleep, and he commanded to bring the book of  records of the chronicles; and they were read before the king.

Est 6:2 And it was found written, that Mordecai had told of Bigthana and Teresh, two  of the king’s chamberlains, the keepers of the door, who sought to lay hand on the king  Ahasuerus.

Est 6:3 And the king said, What honour and dignity hath been done to Mordecai for  this? Then said the king’s servants that ministered unto him, There is nothing done for  him.

This is we hear again what we have heard from the beginning. Faith comes by hearing,  we now delight to worship/obey what we hear. Remember Mordecai saved the king from  death earlier on in type. Mordecai saving the king typifying the spirit of Elias (John) as  we have seen earlier on.

Luk 7:26 But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? Yea, I say unto you, and much  more than a prophet.

Luk 7:27 This is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face,  which shall prepare thy way before thee.

Luk 7:28 For I say unto you, Among those that are born of women there is not a  greater prophet than John the Baptist: but he that is least in the kingdom of God is  greater than he.

In a moment

Est 6:4 And the king said, Who is in the court? Now Haman was come into  the outward court of the king’s house, to speak unto the king to hang  Mordecai on the gallows that he had prepared for him.

Est 6:5 And the king’s servants said unto him, Behold, Haman standeth in the court.  And the king said, Let him come in.

Est 6:6 So Haman came in. And the king said unto him, What shall be done unto the  man whom the king delighteth to honour? Now Haman thought in his heart, To whom  would the king delight to do honour more than to myself?

Est 6:7 And Haman answered the king, For the man whom the king delighteth to  honour,

Est 6:8 Let the royal apparel be brought which the king useth to wear, and the horse  that the king rideth upon, and the crown royal which is set upon his head:

Est 6:9 And let this apparel and horse be delivered to the hand of one of the king’s most  noble princes, that they may array the man withal whom the king delighteth to  honour, and bring him on horseback through the street of the city, and proclaim  before him, Thus shall it be done to the man whom the king delighteth to honour.

Est 6:10 Then the king said to Haman, Make haste, and take the apparel and the horse,  as thou hast said, and do even so to Mordecai the Jew, that sitteth at the king’s gate: let  nothing fail of all that thou hast spoken.

Est 6:11 Then took Haman the apparel and the horse, and arrayed Mordecai, and  brought him on horseback through the street of the city, and proclaimed before him,  Thus shall it be done unto the man whom the king delighteth to honour.

This story is a type of this NT prophecy:

Rev 3:9 Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.

The problem with Haman is his pride. Haman within is under the law which is not the law of Christ.

1Jn 2:16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

Haman within, is the daughter of Zion, walking with an outstretched neck with wanton eyes and mincing as we go.

Isa 3:16 Moreover the LORD saith, Because the daughters of Zion are haughty, and  walk with stretched forth necks and wanton eyes, walking and mincing as they go, and making a tinkling with their feet:

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

But even the Pharisee within us all, is beautiful in its time “is, was and will be”, it has to be for the kingdom of God to be ushered in.

Ecc 3:11 He hath made everything beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in  their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning  to the end.

The Lord sets up, the Lord removes

Haman is shamed and Mordecai is honoured typifying the old being replaced by the new. The Law of Christ is replacing the law of Moses (Ten Commandments) and the law of the gentiles (Rom 2:15) which are one and the same thing. The carnal mind are not subject to Christ (the poor) but only Christ is able to bring us out of death/disobedience.

Jud 1:13 Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever.

Psa 14:6 Ye have shamed the counsel of the poor, because the LORD is his refuge.

Psa 14:7 Oh that the salvation of Israel were come out of Zion! when the LORD  bringeth back the captivity of his people, Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel shall be glad.

Continuing…. Haman has his head covered, he is hasting to his house.

Est 6:12 And Mordecai came again to the king’s gate. But Haman hasted to his house  mourning, and having his head covered.

Est 6:13 And Haman told Zeresh his wife and all his friends everything that had  befallen him. Then said his wise men and Zeresh his wife unto him, If Mordecai be of  the seed of the Jews, before whom thou hast begun to fall, thou shalt not prevail  against him, but shalt surely fall before him.

Est 6:14 And while they were yet talking with him, came the king’s chamberlains, and  hasted to bring Haman unto the banquet that Esther had prepared.

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

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

Haman does not acknowledge Christ as His Head and therefore great shame comes to him. This is us in our seasons.

Job 8:22 They that hate thee shall be clothed with shame; and the dwelling place of the wicked shall come to nought.

Isa 33:10 Now will I rise, saith the LORD; now will I be exalted; now will I lift up myself.

Mat 5:17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come  to destroy, but to fulfil.

Mat 5:18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle  shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

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

To recap

In the book of Esther, we have thus far see the spiritual realities of the OT shadows:

Ahasuerus, the king, makes a feast, all the kingdoms of this world (Vashti, a type of Egypt) does not satisfy……… to be carnally minded is death.

Rom 8:5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that  are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.

Rom 8:6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and  peace.

Rom 8:7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law  of God, neither indeed can be.

Lev 18:20 Moreover thou shalt not lie carnally with thy neighbour’s wife, to defile  thyself with her.

We are not able to serve God and Mammon, we have to come out of her My people.

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

Mat 6:24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

We, though rich in knowledge (Egypt) think we can escape the judgments of God not knowing that we are and will live by every Word proceeding out of the mouth of God.

Mat 4:8 Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth  him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;

Mat 4:9 And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and  worship me.

Mat 4:10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt  worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

Ahasuerus, the king marries Esther, a virgin……called unto the marriage Supper of the Lamb.

Rev 19:9 And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the  marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.

Ahasuerus loses his first love and falls away, setting up Haman, the abomination of desolation in the Temple of God which Temple we are……

Eze 28:13 Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy  covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the  sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets  and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.

Eze 28:14 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou  wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of  the stones of fire.

Eze 28:15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till  iniquity was found in thee.

1Co 4:19 But I will come to you shortly, if the Lord will, and will know, not the speech  of them which are puffed up, but the power.

1Co 4:20 For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.

Esther, as types of us, has to lose and is losing her life, appearing before the king, she, through fiery trials and judgements, is coming to see that faith without works is dead.

Jas 2:14 What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have  not works? can faith save him?

Jas 2:15 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,

Jas 2:16 And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled;  notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what  doth it profit?

Jas 2:17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.

Esther requires Ahasuerus and Haman to come this day to a banquet of wine (Est 5:4), Christ is resurrected in us again, what we have heard from the beginning at the banquet of wine typifying the first resurrection………Ahasuerus sleep is taken and he remembers Mordecai and delights to honour him.

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.

Esther petitioned the king and Haman to attend the banquet the next day that she is preparing which is going and is destroying the man of sin…… with the brightness of Christ’s coming typifying our Day of the Lord is, was and will be.

Isa 34:8 For it is the day of the LORD’S vengeance, and the year of recompences for the controversy of Zion.

Joe 2:11 And the LORD shall utter his voice before his army: for his camp is very great: for he is strong that executeth his word: for the day of the LORD is great and very terrible; and who can abide it?

2 Pe 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.

In our next study, we will see how the mystery of the kingdom of heaven within us is revealed when the kingdoms of this world becomes the kingdom of Christ and His Christ within first and at the appointed time for all humanity.

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

 

 

Studies

Book of Esther Part 1 – The Main Players

Book of Esther Part 1 – The Main Players

Two Benjamites (meaning son of the right hand H1144 from H1121 & H3225), Mordecai and Esther (types of us), are being used by Christ to save the whole Jewish nation (the Israel of God in type) and bring freedom from the Babylonian and Persian (Egyptian) rule within us and without in due seasons at the appointed times. We are looking within first and see the book of Esther as type and shadow of the mystery of the Kingdom of God (Mark 4:11) being revealed IN US today.

Est 2:5  Now in Shushan the palace there was a certain Jew, whose name was Mordecai, the son of Jair, the son of Shimei, the son of Kish, a Benjamite;

Est 2:6  Who had been carried away from Jerusalem with the captivity which had been carried away with Jeconiah king of Judah, whom Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon had carried away.

Est 2:7  And he brought up Hadassah, that is, Esther, his uncle’s daughter: for she had neither father nor mother, and the maid was fair and beautiful; whom Mordecai, when her father and mother were dead, took for his own daughter.

The Apostle Paul (a Benjamite), is another example of how Christ is using the tribe of Benjamin. Paul declares that he was in physical terms from this tribe, which he counted as loss to his spiritual connection in Christ (Rom 11:1). This spiritual conversion to deem flesh as nothing, is also seen in the name change from the old Benjamite name of “Saul”, to “Paul” (meaning “little”):

Php 3:4  Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man thinketh that he hath whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more:

Php 3:5  Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee;

Php 3:6  Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.

Php 3:7  But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.

Spiritually Benjamin typifies those, who are sealed to be the spiritual Israel of God knowing that they are the wolves who completely devour and destroy the prey of flesh in the evening to eat His Bread in the morning – the resurrection from death (Exo 12:10; Exo 16:12; Psa 50:22; Hos 6:1). We are the witnesses of all the works of Christ in us, we are the wolves that divide the spiritual “spoil” among all in Adam is, was and will be within and without. In this process, we will be used and are being used by Christ to eventually bring spiritual harmony to all through our Head, Jesus Christ, at the appointed times (Oba 1:21; Eph 1:10).

Rev 7:8……Of the tribe of Benjamin were sealed twelve thousand.

Isa 11:6  The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together…..

Our “first man Adam”, has to die, and that through the death of that “first man Adam.… [our] new man, the last Adam”, is being born into “the kingdom of God.… within [each of us]” (Act 17:20-21). Spiritually speaking we are to count ourselves as having died to our old man and having already been resurrected in our new man, all in “earnest”, down-payment form, yet in spiritual reality.

Eph 1:11  In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:

Eph 1:12  That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.

Eph 1:13  In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,

Eph 1:14  Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

Let’s look now at the main players in this ancient story that tells of our spiritual marriage and salvation and all the people of God.

ESTHER

We see that Esther (type of Christ) is a lowly, orphaned Jewish maid, fair and beautiful called to be a queen, called to be the Bride of Christ (Est 2 :5-7), Christ’s true sons.

Luk 1:52 He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree.

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.

Esther has no lineage, as is Melchisedec, king of Salem, king of Peace, priest of God (Gen 14:18).

Heb 7:3 Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually.

Psa 27:10 When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will take me up.

As He is, so are we (1 John 4:17) and we are being made into a royal priesthood.

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

AHASUERUS, THE KING

 Christ and His Bride are being given the kingdoms of this world within via the agency of Ahasuerus, the king of the great Medo-Persian Empire. The way Christ is bringing this about was to cause the king to want to have a feast at which he displayed all the glory of his kingdom to all of His subjects. This is types and shadows of us. All the kingdoms of the world is found in Egypt.

Est 1:1  Now it came to pass in the days of Ahasuerus (this was the Ahasuerus who reigned over one hundred and twenty-seven provinces, from India to Ethiopia),

Est 1:2  in those days when King Ahasuerus sat on the throne of his kingdom, which was in Shushan the citadel,

Est 1:3  that in the third year of his reign he made a feast for all his officials and servants—the powers of Persia and Media, the nobles, and the princes of the provinces being before him—

Est 1:4  when he showed the riches of his glorious kingdom and the splendor of his excellent majesty for many days, one hundred and eighty days in all.

Ahasuerus entertained the princes and nobles of the provinces and then he entertained the common men. He allowed the queen, Vashti, to make a feast for the women in his royal house.

Est 1:5  And when these days were completed, the king made a feast lasting seven days for all the people who were present in Shushan the citadel, from great to small, in the court of the garden of the king’s palace.

Est 1:6  There were white and blue linen curtains fastened with cords of fine linen and purple on silver rods and marble pillars; and the couches were of gold and silver on a mosaic pavement of alabaster, turquoise, and white and black marble.

Est 1:7  And they served drinks in golden vessels, each vessel being different from the other, with royal wine in abundance, according to the generosity of the king.

Est 1:8  In accordance with the law, the drinking was not compulsory; for so the king had ordered all the officers of his household, that they should do according to each man’s pleasure.

Est 1:9  Queen Vashti also made a feast for the women in the royal palace which belonged to King Ahasuerus.

We, as king Ahasuerus (Mat 4:4), as the first Adam, come behind in no gift but are yet carnal. Christ IS not come yet; our day of judgement is not here yet. We are feasting but without Christ. Our drinking is according to the law, and we do so for our own pleasure ….

Jas 4:3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon  your lusts.

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

Who are we before Christ and His holy angels come to us, before our day of judgement?

Eze 16:5 None eye pitied thee, to do any of these unto thee, to have compassion upon thee; but thou wast cast out in the open field, to the lothing of thy person, in the day that thou wast born.

Eze 16:6 And when I passed by thee, and saw thee polluted in thine own blood, I said unto thee when thou wast in thy blood, Live; yea, I said unto thee when thou wast in thy blood, Live.

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

Jud 1:12 These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots;

Jdg 21:25 In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes.

VASHTI

On the seventh day, Ahasuerus, sent for Queen Vashti (typifying Egypt, an earlier type of Babylon) to show off her beauty.

Est 1:12 But the queen Vashti refused to come at the king’s commandment by his chamberlains: therefore, was the king very wroth, and his anger burned in him.

Vashti was rebellious to the king and it made him angry. God’s plan in action was for Esther to replace Vashti. We are chosen before the world began (2 Tim 1:9).  Vashti, typifies all that is in the world, to be carnally minded, is enmity against Christ and His Christ.

Rom 8:6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and  peace.

Rom 8:7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law  of God, neither indeed can be.

Pro 31:30 Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.

1Sa 15:23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.

Eph 5:22 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.

The Lord removes Vashti in order to start placing His bride in charge of the affairs of the kingdoms of this world within and without at the appointed times. What that tells us is that the ten horns on the beast destroys the great harlot before “the kingdoms of this world… become the kingdoms of our Lord and His Christ”. Ahasuerus, the king, removes Vashti and later in the story he destroys Haman before Mordecai and Esther are being freed from their enemies to place Christ and His Christ on the throne. Mordecai and Esther are types of us.

Rev 17:16 And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the  whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her  with fire.

Rev 17:17 For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their  kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled.

So, the king sends for his wise men to get advice on a decision concerning Vashti according to the law. We, as the king in type and shadow, do not judge according to Christ’s Law but according to the law (Rom 2:15) is, was and will be in due seasons. We do not judge righteously at this point in time. Our carnal reasoning tells us to get rid of Vashti, Egypt does not deliver.

Est 1:16 And Memucan answered before the king and the princes, Vashti the queen hath not done wrong to the king only, but also to all the princes, and to all the people that are in all the provinces of the king Ahasuerus.

Est 1:17 For this deed of the queen shall come abroad unto all women, so that they shall despise their husbands in their eyes, when it shall be reported, The king Ahasuerus commanded Vashti the queen to be brought in before him, but she came not.

Est 1:18 Likewise shall the ladies of Persia and Media say this day unto all the king’s princes, which have heard of the deed of the queen. Thus, shall there arise too much contempt and wrath.

1Co 12:26 And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.

Gal 5:9 A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.

A decree is sent out throughout the empire that Vashti comes before the king no more, her royal estate being given to another (Est 1:19) and that wives are to give honour to their husbands (Est 1:20) and that every man bear rule in his own house.

Est 1:20 And when the king’s decree which he shall make shall be published throughout all his empire, (for it is great,) all the wives shall give to their husbands honour, both to great and small.

Coming out of Egypt, the Queen to be is being made without spot or wrinkle. Esther goes through a purification process which is the washing of water by the Word.

Est 2:2 Then said the king’s servants that ministered unto him, Let there be fair young virgins sought for the king:

Est 2:4 And let the maiden which pleaseth the king be queen instead of Vashti. And the thing pleased the king; and he did so.

Eph 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave  himself for it;

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

Eph 5:27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or  wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

Esther is chosen out of all the virgins. She found favor with the keeper of the women, Hegai, God’s plan is at work for His elect (the new replacing the old).

Est 2:8 So it came to pass, when the king’s commandment and his decree was heard,  and when many maidens were gathered together unto Shushan the palace, to the  custody of Hegai, that Esther was brought also unto the king’s house, to the custody of  Hegai, keeper of the women.

Est 2:9 And the maiden pleased him, and she obtained kindness of him; and he speedily gave her things for purification, with such things as belonged to her, and seven maidens, which were meet to be given her, out of the king’s house: and he preferred her and her maids unto the best place of the house of the women.

Esther obtained favor from all who saw her, including the king. Esther knew who had placed her on the throne of the Medes and the Persians, and she was/is being faithful to her uncle Mordecai (a type of Christ), whom God had used to place her on the throne.

Pro 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own  understanding.

Est 2:17 And the king loved Esther above all the women, and she obtained grace and favour in his sight more than all the virgins; so that he set the royal crown upon her head, and made her queen instead of Vashti.

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

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

Esther as types of us is the king’s first love at this stage. The king makes a feast (Esther’s feast Est 2:18) and gives gifts. We, at this stage of our walk through the knowledge of truth that we have, are giving gifts to others. We are rich and increased with goods.

Luk 21:1 And he looked up, and saw the rich men casting their gifts into the treasury.

1Ti 6:17 Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not high-minded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;

MORDECAI

Esther was charged by Mordechai (an Israelite, H4782), her uncle, not to reveal her kindred. Her time is not ready yet. Let both the wheat and the tares grow together until the time of harvest…. (Matt 13:30)

Est 2:20 Esther had not yet shewed her kindred nor her people; as Mordecai, had charged her: for Esther did the commandment of Mordecai, like as when she was brought up with him.

Est 2:10 Esther had not shewed her people nor her kindred: for Mordecai, had charged her that she should not shew it.

Exo 19:5 Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine:

The Lord sets a plan for Mordecai, a “certain Jew”, who had been in captivity to establish his rulership, Mordecai here shadows John, the Baptist, who goes in the spirit of Elias to prepare the king’s heart, to make ready. The king is being saved by Mordecai at this time and shadows us hearing the Word. Spiritually speaking, hearing the Word of God leading to faith (faith comes by hearing Rom 10:17) is the preparation (hearing, trials) leading to the Passover (dying to self) that redeems us. Later in the story, Ahasuerus, the king is troubled, and remembers Mordecai and delights to honour him. As the process of judgement (fiery trials) continues in our lives, we delight in hearing Christ to obey Him.

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.

Here is how it plays out:

Est 2:21 In those days, while Mordecai sat in the king’s gate, two of the king’s chamberlains, Bighting and Teresh, of those which kept the door, were worth, and sought to lay hand on the king Ahasuerus.

Est 2:22 And the thing was known to Mordecai, who told it unto Esther the queen; and Esther certified the king thereof in Mordecai’s name.

Est 2:23 And when inquisition was made of the matter, it was found out; therefore, they were both hanged on a tree: and it was written in the book of the chronicles before the king.

Let us take note that Ahasuerus loved Esther more than the other women but he still has other women (concubines) as was king Solomon, the dream is one. Marriage is between one woman and one man, concubines do not cut it, Christ is a jealous for His throne.

Zec 1:14 So the angel that communed with me said unto me, Cry thou, saying, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; I am jealous for Jerusalem and for Zion with a great jealousy.

HAMAN

Haman (a Persian vizier H2001), in the story represents the man of sin, that is set up by the king and given a seat above all. Haman (the old man) will be and are being replaced by Mordecai (the new man, the true spiritual Jew in type) if we are Christ’s. Haman is the abomination of desolation standing in the Temple of God…… (Mark 13:14). His name reminds us of another vizier, Joseph, who raises to become the second most powerful man apart from the king. In Joseph, we see the positive application and in Haman we see the negative application.

Est 3:1 After these things did king Ahasuerus promote Haman the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, and advanced him, and set his seat above all the princes  that were with him.

Est 3:2 And all the king’s servants, that were in the king’s gate, bowed, and reverenced Haman: for the king, had so commanded concerning him. But Mordecai bowed not, nor did him reverence.

Est 3:3 Then the king’s servants, which were in the king’s gate, said unto Mordecai, Why transgresses thou the king’s commandment?

Est 3:4 Now it came to pass, when they spake daily unto him, and he hearkened not unto them, that they told Haman, to see whether Mordecai’s matters would stand: for he had told them that he was a Jew.

Est 3:5 And when Haman saw that Mordecai bowed not, nor did him reverence, then was Haman full of wrath.

Haman, as type of the Pharisee within us, not only wants to destroy Mordecai but also all the Jews, in other words, Haman in us seeks to destroy the Israel of God. We have another witness of the same event in Dan 3:12. Haman has the leaven of hypocrisy within his heart. This is us, is, was and will be in our day of the Lord as the hidden things of darkness is coming to the Light…… we are sometimes darkness, but now are we light in the Lord…. (Eph 5:8).

Psa 2:1 Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?

Psa 2:2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together,  against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying,

Psa 2:3 Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.

Psa 2:4 He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.

Act 4:27 For of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both  Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered  together,

Act 4:28 For to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined before to be done.

Haman has the king’s permission and the decree for the destruction of the Jews in the  Persian empire was appointed at the same time when the preparation for the Passover  was made. The trials which the Lord causes whilst we are being prepared causes us to  obey the Lord when it is time to die to self.

Est 3:12 Then were the king’s scribes called on the thirteenth day of the first month, and there was written according to all that Haman had commanded unto the king’s lieutenants, and to the governors that were over every province, and to the rulers of every people of every province according to the writing thereof, and to every people after their language; in the name of king Ahasuerus was it written, and sealed with the king’s ring.

Haman intends to destroy his enemies with the best flesh has to offer namely the law. Money symbolizes knowledge. The law of Moses and the law of the gentiles are not for righteous men but for murderers and evil doers (1 Tim 1:9).

Est 3:9 If it please the king, let it be written that they may be destroyed: and I will pay  ten thousand talents of silver to the hands of those that have the charge of the business,  to bring it into the king’s treasuries.

Est 3:10 And the king took his ring from his hand, and gave it unto Haman the son of  Hammedatha the Agagite, the Jews’ enemy.

Est 3:11 And the king said unto Haman, The silver is given to thee, the people also, to  do with them as it seemeth good to thee.

Mordecai finds out about the decree and he cries a bitter cry in sackcloth and ashes. All the Jews go into great mourning, fasting in sackcloth and ashes. We have an idea what it means to be in sackcloth and ashes and to cry. Spiritual fasting means to repent and change our ways. Here is the true fast.

Isa 58:6 Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to lose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?

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 reward.

Mordecai in type and shadow like the prophets before him, find out that the little book is sweet in our mouths but bitter in our bellies when we have to walk it out.

Rev 10:9 And I went unto the angel, and said unto him, Give me the little book. And he  said unto me, Take it, and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey.

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.

Rev 10:11 And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and  nations, and tongues, and kings.

Esther was told of this plot by one of the king’s chamberlains. Judas betrayed Christ for thirty shekels of silver, the old man wants to reign through self-righteousness. We sit in Moses’s seat, saying, but not doing and have the righteousness of the law but it is not Christ’s Law. We have to exceed the righteousness of the law and become hearers and doers. Haman promised to pay the king’s treasuries, in other words Haman in us promises victory over his enemies through knowledge.

Est 4:7 And Mordecai told him of all that had happened unto him, and of the sum of the money that Haman had promised to pay to the king’s treasuries for the Jews, to destroy them.

Esther is told by Mordecai that she has to go before the king to make supplication for her and her people. We need to die with Christ because as He is, so are we (1 John 4:17).

Est 4:8 Also he gave him the copy of the writing of the decree that was given at Shushan to destroy them, to shew it unto Esther, and to declare it unto her, and to charge her that she should go in unto the king, to make supplication unto him, and to make request before him for her people.

No one can go unto the king into the inner court without being called or be put to death. The king has lost his first love and Esther have not been called to come unto him in thirty days. Three times ten, ten representing completeness of the flesh and three a process thus thirty days typifying the beginning of judgement of the flesh.

Est 4:11 All the king’s servants, and the people of the king’s provinces, do know, that whosoever, whether man or woman, shall come unto the king into the inner court, who is not called, there is one law of his to put him to death, except such to whom the king shall hold out the golden scepter, that he may live: but I have not been called to come in unto the king these thirty days.

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

Mordecai lets Esther know that she would not escape being destroyed with the rest of her people. We are a Body collectively and cover each other.

Est 4:13 Then Mordecai commanded to answer Esther, Think not with thyself that thou shalt escape in the king’s house, more than all the Jews.

Est 4:14 For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father’s house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?

1Co 12:26 And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.

These are types and shadows of us today. Esther was not saved for her benefit alone, we are not being saved for our own benefit alone, but are being saved and used as the channel of salvation for all the rest of God’s creation.

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.

Like Christ Himself, God’s elect (Mordecai & Esther) is hated by the people who claim to be faithful (Haman) to the king. It is for the church which is His Body, that our afflictions are suffered just as it was with Mordecai and Esther.

Col 1:24 Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body’s sake, which is the church:

Esther coming before the king as we will see later in the story, contrary to the law, is a type of Christ laying down His life for us. Esther, had determined to obey the Lord, here typified by Mordecai, and let the Lord Himself determine what the outcome of obedience to His Word would be and are be. He works all matters to His own council.

Est 4:16 Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day: I also and my maidens will fast likewise; and so will I go in unto the king, which [is] not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish.

Abraham, we are told “received Isaac as one raised from the dead”, because Abraham had determined to obey God, and “sacrifice His only son.” Daniel coming forth from the lion’s den and the three Hebrew children represent those who are being raised from the dead as they come forth of the fiery furnace. All who lay down their lives as living sacrifices to God are being buried with Christ in His death and have been and are being raised with Him in glory (obedience) on the third day (day of judgement).

Rom 6:3  Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?

Rom 6:4  Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

Rom 6:5  For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection,

Rom 6:6  knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.

Esther informs Mordecai to have all the Jews to fast for her three days and nights and so would she, so she could go unto the king, but would do it even if it meant her life. Three typifies the process of judgment. Paul had to go through a fast for three days.

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

Est 4:16 Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day: I also and my maidens will fast likewise; and so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish.

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.

The Jews were already fasting before Esther asked them to fast for her three days and three nights. mourning among the Jews, and fasting, and weeping, and wailing; and many lay in sackcloth and ashes.

Est 4:3  And in every province where the king’s command and decree arrived, there was great mourning among the Jews, with fasting, weeping, and wailing; and many lay in sackcloth and ashes.

The Jews fasting was done during the Passover and the days of unleavened bread, in the first month, the month of Nisan, typifying the sacrifice of Christ, our spotless Lamb. Passover shadowing us being saved from the death angel! Who is the Passover?

Est 3:7 In the first month, that is, the month Nisan, in the twelfth year of king Ahasuerus, they cast Pur, that is, the lot, before Haman from day to day, and from month to month, to the twelfth month, that is, the month Adar.

Joh 1:29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

This preparation of the lamb in type in the OT is symbolic of the marriage supper of the Lamb in which Christ calls us His because He covers us with His blood. We see that Christ being the lamb being prepared represents the start of putting sin out of our lives.

Rev 19:9 And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.

In the next part we will look at Esther’s appearance before the King.

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The Floating Axe Head

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“The Floating Axe Head”

Key Verses: 2Ki 6:1 – 6:7

The focus of this new series entitled “For Our Admonition” is to draw out the spiritual significance of key events, conquests and parables from the OT books of the judges and kings of Israel; specifically, Judges, 1st and 2nd Samuel, 1st and 2nd Kings and 1st and 2nd Chronicles.  Why are these events so important to understand?

1Co 10:11  Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

2Ti 3:16  All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 

This series plans to exemplify the Bible “meaning what it means” rather than meaning what it literally says.  All these words are in parables, and written in similitudes, the Old and the New Testaments (Hos 12:10) to keep the world blind and only enable those blessed few given ears to hear and eyes to see and understand the mysteries of the kingdom of God (1Co 2:7, Rom 11:7).

Mat 13:13  Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. 

It is not only the WORDS, but the very EVENTS themselves that are in parables and thus hidden from carnal eyes and ears to understand.

Mar 4:11  And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all things are done in parables:

We are reviewing history but not for the history lesson but instead for ministration of spiritual understanding which was the reason for these historical events.

1Pe 1:12  Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us (the Elect) they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you ……

We begin the series with a short story about a sunken and lost axe head.

2Ki 6:1  And the sons of the prophets said unto Elisha, Behold now, the place where we dwell with thee is too strait for us. 

2Ki 6:2  Let us go, we pray thee, unto Jordan, and take thence every man a beam, and let us make us a place there, where we may dwell. And he answered, Go ye. 

2Ki 6:3  And one said, Be content, I pray thee, and go with thy servants. And he answered, I will go. 

2Ki 6:4  So he went with them. And when they came to Jordan, they cut down wood. 

2Ki 6:5  But as one was felling a beam, the axe head fell into the water: and he cried, and said, Alas, master! for it was borrowed. 

2Ki 6:6  And the man of God said, Where fell it? And he shewed him the place. And he cut down a stick, and cast it in thither; and the iron did swim. 

2Ki 6:7  Therefore said he, Take it up to thee. And he put out his hand, and took it. 

Only the Lord can work miracles including causing an axe head, a piece of heavy iron, to rise to the surface of water and float.  This story is not about a physical miracle but instead is an admonition of how we, as the Lord’s Axe, will have us, the chief of sinners, to rise above fleshly lusts and overcome sin. These miracles are impossible with man but are nothing to the Lord who is working all things (Mat 19:26) as salvation is His work in all of us (Isa 64:8). Jesus Christ brings truth and grace which shall not fail to have us rise up in victory over sin.

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

1Jn 5:4  For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.

The first symbol we see are “the sons of the prophets” introduced in our first verse.  Sons are the offspring of their father and inwardly and outwardly represent the “kings and priests in training” (our fellow brothers and sisters).  Paul and his spiritual son Timothy are perhaps the best example of this (1Co 4:15-16).

Elisha and God’s elect are given to minister grace and bring onto maturity by feeding them the Word of the Lord (Joh 21:15, Eze 34:16).  All the Lord’s prophets in training complain that the way is too “strait” as we are first unable to bear the burden of carrying our cross, not yet understanding or counting the cost.

Hab 1:2  O LORD, how long shall I cry, and thou wilt not hear! even cry out unto thee of violence, and thou wilt not save!

Luk 14:27  And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.

Our complaints in our immaturity (weak in faith) speak to our inability to overcome our enemies who are the adversaries of our obedience (the flesh, the sea, the waters).  Seeing how the Hebrew word H6862 “tsar” is primarily used helps us to see this more clearly in these verses.

H6862, tsar

Total KJV Occurrences: 103

enemies, 26

adversaries, 21

trouble, 17

enemy, 9

adversary, 6

distress, 4

affliction, 3

strait, 3  – 2Ki_6:1

enemy’s, 2    foes, 2

We simply don’t have the faith at first to stand in the fire and take the heat of the Lord’s suffering (Phi, 1:29, Isa 48:10).  We are overcome by our flesh before we are being made into overcomers (Gen 49:19).  The promise made to a murderous Cain (all men) is that all mankind will rule over sin (Gen 4:7) in due time.  Overcoming is salvation and is accomplished by having our sins exposed and burned away in God’s consuming fire (Heb 12:29).

Rev 13:7  And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.

Rev 17:14  These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.

The sons of God, collectively are the church, the called-out ones (G1577 – Ekklesia) who are being led to separate themselves from their carnal enemies within and without.  Coming out of Babylon and separating ourselves from the world (abstaining from spiritual fornication) is a firm commandment of the Lord (Act 15:20, 2Co 6:16, Rev 18:4).  The people of the Lord are being of one mind and stay together in working out their salvation.

2Ki 6:2  Let us go, we pray thee, unto Jordan, and take thence every man a [one]  beam, and let us make us a place there, where we may dwell. And he answered, Go ye. 

2Ki 6:3  And one said, Be content, I pray thee, and go with thy servants. And he answered, I will go. 

2Ki 6:4  So he went with them. And when they came to Jordan, they cut down wood.

We see the symbols of the Jordan, a beam and wood in these verses, leading up to the axe head being lost.  Comparing spiritual with spiritual the meaning is dug out by the Lord’s kings in training (Pro 25:2) using the sum of the word (ASV – Psa 119:160).

The name Jordan, referring to the River, comes from the Hebrew word H3381 meaning to descend and go downward.  The Jordan River symbolizes our baptism into Christ being a key part of the one baptism of Eph 4:5 as we are being led out of the world and made into a mature man in Christ.  The Jordan River in its negative use, represents an obstacle we must get beyond to enter into the promised land and cleans the land of its defiling giants.  The giants are the besetting sins, idols and false doctrines that becomes spiritual nourishment to the new man when we are able to pass over Jordan by faith in the Word.

Num 14:8  If the LORD delight in us, then he will bring us into this land, and give it us; a land which floweth with milk and honey.

Num 14:9  Only rebel not ye against the LORD, neither fear ye the people of the land; for they are bread for us: their defence is departed from them, and the LORD is with us: fear them not.

Every man taking “a” beam is the Lord’s people having “one” [H259] Mind.  A beam is what holds up a roof and in fact the Hebrew word H6982 is translated either as beam or as roof, in its only use in the Scriptures.  As the temple of God, our roof or beam relates back to our mindset which must be transformed.

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

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

The carnal mind is what keeps us from believing and this must be chopped away by the battle axe of the Lord.  Only then will we be able to engage with the Lord and His Christ in overcoming the giants in the land.

Rom 8:6  For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

Rom 8:7  Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.

Men are likened to trees in Scripture and the carnal mind is symbolized by the same wood that must be devoured by the Word of God we are so blessed to be able to hear now in this age.

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.

Learning to walk by faith requires us to first walk by the works of the law and try to save ourselves by our own strength and initiative.  We cannot and will not get across the Jordan until we follow the priests of the Lord and stand still in the waters of Jordan.

Jos 3:3  And they commanded the people, saying, When ye see the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God, and the priests the Levites bearing it, then ye shall remove from your place, and go after it.

Jos 3:8  And thou shalt command the priests that bear the ark of the covenant, saying, When ye are come to the brink of the water of Jordan, ye shall stand still in Jordan. 

Chopping our beam of wood with an axe head that comes loose and SINKS into the river is symbolism for us saving ourselves by our own works.  The true circumcision is without hands (no iron tool is used) as salvation is solely of the Lord.

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

Exo 20:25  And if thou wilt make me an altar of stone, thou shalt not build it of hewn stone: for if thou lift up thy tool upon it, thou hast polluted it.

Living by every word God speaks (Mat 4:4, 1Co 3:21), we, are being ensured that our experience at failure is how we learn righteousness in the end (Isa 26:9, Tit 2:11).

2Ki 6:5  But as one was felling a beam, the axe head fell into the water: and he cried, and said, Alas, master! for it was borrowed

To learn to swim we first must sink into the waters and fail.  It is the same with overcoming sin When we do not have faith, we sink in the waters and are unable to rise above the flesh and a saviour is truly needed.

Psa 18:16  He sent from above, he took me, he drew me out of many waters.

Psa 18:17  He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them which hated me: for they were too strong for me.

Our faith is not our own, it is a gift (Eph 2:8, Jam 1:17) and is the faith OF Jesus Christ.

Eph 4:7 But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift

In that sense, the axe was borrowed, or as H7592 is more often translated, the axe was asked or requested of us to do the job.  Squandering our cherished gifts and being overcome and sinking into the waters brings torment (Rev 14:11) and suffering all in the presence of the Lamb and the saints of the Lord.  We are appointed to suffer (Phi 1:29) yet when we suffer for our lack of faith (i.e. unrighteousness) we are in in torment and are not happy.

1Pe 3:14  But and if ye suffer for righteousness’ sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled;

Our response to finding ourselves sunk into the waters of the Jordan, incapable of doing battle in the promised land is to seek help from Jesus Christ and specifically His Christ.

1Pe 5:5  Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble….

1Pe 5:7  Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

Jas 5:14  Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:

Jas 5:15  And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.

We, are individually as God’s elect, an axe head who is on a wooden handle (carnal fleshly body) but have and are growing into the mind of Christ as we travail together.  The word for axe head is actually the word for iron.

H1270, barzel

Total KJV Occurrences: 77

iron, 73

head, 2  Deu_19:5, 2Ki_6:5

ax, 1 2Ki_6:5

smith, 1

The Lord’s people are the iron or head of the axe.  This is the one mind of Christ that we sharpen each other with and exercise our spiritual senses to gain dominion over the Lord’s enemies.

Pro 27:17  Iron [H1270] sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.

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.

The negative side of iron is its representation of our carnality and immaturity before we are proven and remolded in the fire of judgment.  Iron in its unrefined state is rejected of the Lord and represents the works of the flesh.  But iron also has a positive side as it is used to squash all rebellion to the Lord’s ways and commandments.

The rod of iron is the mind of Jesus Christ, His Word, that is ruling in His elect.  As the Lord’s instruments of salvation, His prophets are the Lord’s battle Axe once being prepared for service. The carnal minds of all men and the heathen nations, within and without, are being smashed to pieces by the Lord’s battle exe.  Anything to do with our old man is destroyed by this axe.

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

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

Jer 51:23  I will also break in pieces with thee the shepherd and his flock; and with thee will I break in pieces the husbandman and his yoke of oxen; and with thee will I break in pieces captains and rulers.

It those given to overcome that will be given to rule and tread on the rebellious world.

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

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

Iron, in the positive, is also our trials and torment that come from the Word and our abiding in the heat and pressure of our day of the Lord.  The temple of the Lord is built with LOTS of iron which are the many tribulations by which we enter into Christ (Act 14:22).

1Ch 22:14  Now, behold, in my trouble I have prepared for the house of the LORD an hundred thousand talents of gold, and a thousand thousand talents of silver; and of brass and iron without weight; for it is in abundance  …

See these links for the iron study:  Iron Study Part 1 – Negative    Iron Study Part 2 – Positive

The axe head falling into the waters of the river Jordan is representative of us being overcome and snared in our initial service to the Lord.  We are learning the hard way to believe in the promises of Christ and there is always a way of escape for any temptation we are given (1Co 10:13). Those being justified by faith are building the Temple but without the use of any iron tool.  Jesus Christ is building His church (Mat 16:18) via His three-day process of judgment and He does not need any works of the flesh to help Him out (Act 17:25).

1Ki 6:7 And the house, when it was in building, was built of stone made ready before it was brought thither: so that there was neither hammer nor axe nor any tool of iron heard in the house, while it was in building.

Yet we learn to build the house by first building in error and having the fire of the Lord burn those works up (1Co 3:13-15).  Turning to our brethren, casting our cares upon Christ is how we are being lifted up in our time of trials and need.

2Ki 6:6  And the man of God said, Where fell it? And he shewed him the place. And he cut down a stick, and cast it in thither; and the iron did swim. 

The word for stick here is the same word for tree and wood [H6086] as it is far often translated.  Cutting down a tree and casting it into the waters was seen earlier in Israel’s history when they had no faith and could not drink the bitter waters.

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

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

Not being able to drink bitter waters is the same as sinking into the waters and being overcome.  In both cases it was due to our lack of faith or unbelief.  The solution the Lord’s prophet provided was the same then as it is today.  Christ is hung on a tree to die (Act 5:30) and so we are dying to self in order for the iron to rise in the living waters.  Cutting down our tree is dying daily with Christ.  It is the way we overcome the flesh and this world.

Rev 12:11  And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

1Jn 5:5  Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?

Dying to the flesh makes the bitter waters sweet and in this parable, allows the axe head to rise and float on the surface of the river.  The axe head rising is Christ being resurrected within us, which happens when we count all things in the flesh as loss to win the higher prize.

Php 3:9  And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:

Php 3:10  That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;

The axe head floating to the top of the water is a parable on how it is possible for Jesus Christ (and us as His Christ – Joh 20:21) to walk on water which is symbolism for overcoming the flesh. We sink if we believe not in the Lord.  The elect of God is that axe head as part of the Body of Christ.  We are sinking at first until a prophet of the Lord, aka our fellow brethren, comes with rebuke/admonition/encouragement (fire, grace) that raises us up.

Mat 14:29  And he (Jesus) said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.

Mat 14:30  But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. 

Mat 14:31  And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?

Our reasonable service is to lay down our lives for the brethren. This is another reason why it is better to give than to receive (Act 20:35) as giving our life is the greatest love (obedience) which yields the greatest blessings.  Our laying down our lives for the brethren as our Lord did for us, helps them to walk on water and be saved from their sins, a high calling indeed.

1Jn 3:16  Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.

Joh 15:13  Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

Elisha showed (taught) the less mature son the secret to overcoming and rising above the waters.  We must die to self and to our flesh to be of useful service in the kingdom of God now and in the ages to come.

2Ki 6:7  Therefore said he, Take it up to thee. And he put out his hand, and took it. 

Picking up our axe head is taking up our cross and following the Lord learning from our past shortcomings and the examples of our elders and mature brethren.

1Co 11:1  Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.

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.

Judgment by the Axe Head is already on the house of God (1Pe 4:17, Mat 3:10).   This is the fire that is correcting us and preparing us for our roles to come.

1Co 11:31  For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.

Being dead to sin and alive to Christ is what walking on water and standing upon the sea spiritually symbolizes.  Overcoming is accomplished with lots of heat and pressure hence the representation as a sea of glass!

Rev 15:2  And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God.

The axe head story is a parable that reveals the process of how we are being made into overcomers and rise above the flesh.  Judgment is how all men are redeemed (Exo 6:6, Isa 1:27) and the sooner we embrace that, knowing it is God’s will to destroy our flesh and carnal minds, the sooner we will see the coming of the Lord within us in fuller glory.

2Pe 3:12  Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?

2Pe 3:13  Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.

This series will continue, Lord willing, in the weeks ahead in looking at many more of the stories and events in the books of the kings that were written to help us endure to the end.

Sincere  questions and comments are welcome.  You can also email me directly at   peterjwilson56@gmail.com or pete@truthinscripture.com (a new email tied to this website).

A Servant in Christ,  Pete

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Habakkuk Part 8 – I Will Rejoice in the Lord

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“I Will Rejoice in the Lord”

Key Verses:  Hab 3:12 – 3:19

Last week we saw Habakkuk acknowledge the work of the Lord’s Christ, The Body in bringing the fire and light to bear that is saving us.  Light shining on our sins is necessary for sins to be confessed, forgiven and ultimately cleansed by the love of God growing in our hearts. Trusting in the Lord’s promises to come we stand in faith and rejoice in the glory to be revealed.

Rom 5:1  Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:

Rom 5:2  By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

The sun and the moon of the old man, are standing still and bowing down to the Truth.  All the lies and strength of our flesh will be devoured when the Lord is come with His armies.

Rev 19:13  And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.

Rev 19:14  And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.

We are being saved by each other and collectively Jesus Christ as His Body in which He has come in the flesh.  We see our salvation in progress and the “is, was and will be” character of the Word as we are turned and brought into the marvelous light that is The Christ.  The seven golden candlesticks are the Christ, the church by which the wisdom of God is being imparted into a new heaven and new earth.

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.

Habakkuk did not have a clue to the deep spiritual truths and symbolism’s he was writing when the Spirit of God gave him these words, but he was very much ministering God’s Elect who would not arise until the day of Pentecost (1Co 10:11, 1Pe 1:10-12).  Which leads us to our verses for today that will also complete the Prophecy of Habakkuk.

Hab 3:12  Thou didst march through the land in indignation, thou didst thresh the heathen in anger. 

Hab 3:13  Thou wentest forth for the salvation of thy people, even for salvation with thine anointed; thou woundedst the head out of the house of the wicked, by discovering the foundation unto the neck. Selah. 

Hab 3:14  Thou didst strike through with his staves the head of his villages: they came out as a whirlwind to scatter me: their rejoicing was as to devour the poor secretly. 

Hab 3:15  Thou didst walk through the sea with thine horses, through the heap of great waters. 

Hab 3:16  When I heard, my belly trembled; my lips quivered at the voice: rottenness entered into my bones, and I trembled in myself, that I might rest in the day of trouble: when he cometh up unto the people, he will invade them with his troops. 

Hab 3:17  Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: 

Hab 3:18  Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation. 

Hab 3:19  The LORD God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places. To the chief singer on my stringed instruments. 

It is the unfaithful and unbelieving carnal man of sin upon whom the Lord’s anger is always focused in the day of judgment.

Joh 3:36  He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.

Through Him we will be baptized and drink of the cup of wrath that is delivered through the Body of Christ.

Rev 14:10  The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:

Until this wrath subsides, and we learn to walk by faith, we will not be given to enter His rest.

Heb 3:11  So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.

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

Gaining the mind of Christ comes about only by being beheaded.   Coming to see our marred abominable condition as flesh (Mat 24:15) and sinful nature as brute beasts (Ecc 3:18) is done by the light of the world.  The day of the Lord will reveal the wicked which will be destroyed by the brightness of Jesus Christ.

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

It is the Body, both now and in the future (we are the lake of fire); who pour out the seven vials that will complete the Lord’s work and save us.  It is these fiery trials and chastening that saves.

Rev 15:1  And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvellous, seven angels having the seven last plagues; for in them is filled up the wrath of God

This is the third time we see “Selah”, meaning INTERLUDE or BREAK in Habakkuk’s prayer adding importance to the Truth just told on which we should be meditating.  The profound truth of the roles of the Body and that only here “in Christ” is salvation to be found (Oba 1:21) is just that  important to remember.  Habakkuk further acknowledges the work of the Body of Christ in bringing destruction to his man of sin and by the ensample given to our man of sin.

The Lord’s people are redeemed with judgment (Isa 1:27) that us smiting the old man and the heads of the chiefs and princes in the land, nations and cities within us (Luk 17:21).

 Hab 3:14  Thou didst strike through with his staves the head of his villages: they came out as a whirlwind to scatter me: their rejoicing was as to devour the poor secretly. 

The word “staves” here is the plural of staff and is more often used as ROD [H4294].  Habakkuk is speaking here to the chastening grace that which is beheading the chiefs of the heathen nations within us and bringing about the mind of Christ (a new heaven) as we are corrected in our judgment.   This is the function of grace.

Tit 2:11  For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,

Tit 2:12  Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;

It is The Christ of Christ who minister grace and bring it via the Word.

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

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

The whirling wheels of Ezekiel are the brethren, grace ministers who are used of the Lord to teach and correct those the Lord is saving in this age.  Like Job, the Lord will teach us in our judgment out of the whirlwind (Job 40:6-8).  Collectively, the Body is that whirlwind (aka tempest) where the fiery trials and storms of life are the norm rather than the exception.

Isa 41:16  Thou shalt fan them, and the wind shall carry them away, and the whirlwind shall scatter them: and thou shalt rejoice in the LORD, and shalt glory in the Holy One of Israel.

The Lord’s heavenly army speaks the words that take captive sin (Jer 5:14) and provide the strength through faith to overcome the flesh.  In this verse, being poor is a negative meaning one is outside of faith and having little treasures in heaven.  Such a one leans on their own understanding and the righteousness of the law (self-righteousness) that is hidden in their hearts and minds.   Yet God sees our hearts and is changing us via the fiery words we hear from Christ.  Our lies and unbelief are gobbled up at the great supper announced by the Elect angels of the Lord.

Rev 19:17  Then I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the birds that fly in the midst of heaven, “Come and gather together for the supper of the great God,

Rev 19:18  that you may eat the flesh of kings, the flesh of captains, the flesh of mighty men, the flesh of horses and of those who sit on them, and the flesh of all people, free and slave, both small and great.”

It is at this great supper aka marriage feast that we the Body of Christ are dying daily as a living sacrifice to our flesh.  It is here at the wedding feast where we are being given to overcome all things.

Mat 22:4  Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage.

We first come unprepared to the feast not having been through trials of faith and needing more to be given a proper wedding garment that contains none of our own righteousness.  Such is the purpose for the temporary prosperity of the wicked (Hab 1:12) we bemoan at first and our being stripped naked, so we can be given His garments.

Php 3:9  And be found in him, not having mine erown righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:

The Lord and His Armies are bringing the war in heaven (Rev 12:7) and helping us to fight the good fight of faith.  This results in salvation and destroys the sea that represents the flesh and carnal mindedness of all mankind.

 Hab 3:15  Thou didst walk through the sea with thine horses, through the heap of great waters.

These clay vessels of mankind are what the  heap of great waters symbolizes.  The translators really obscured the meaning of this verse, by inventing a once off use of H2563 as “heap”.

H2563, chômer

Total KJV Occurrences: 30

clay, 11

homer, 10

mortar, 4

mire, 2

heap, 1

heaps, 1

homers, 1

Flesh is clay and is also represented as the sea in scripture.  Some examples…

Isa 60:5  Then thou shalt see, and flow together, and thine heart shall fear, and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee.

 Psa 18:16  He sent from above, he took me, he drew me out of many waters.

Psa 40:2  He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.

The new heaven and earth (mind and walk) coming to all mankind will have no more seas once all flesh is destroyed at the Great White Throne Judgment.  Such time is now in down payment form for the Elect and who are the first to be judged in the fire (1Pe 4:17).

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

We all are brought to our wits end of crying out for deliverance only by the Lord working many trials, tribulations and storms (i.e His wonders) in our seas.  These are the wonderful works of the Lord to the Israel of God and the means devised through which we are being saved.

Psa 107:23  They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters;

Psa 107:24  These see the works of the LORD, and his wonders in the deep.

Psa 107:25  For he commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof.

Psa 107:26  They mount up to the heaven, they go down again to the depths: their soul is melted because of trouble.

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

Psa 107:28  Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he bringeth them out of their distresses.

Psa 107:29  He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still.

Psa 107:30  Then are they glad because they be quiet; so he bringeth them unto their desired haven.

Our desired haven in is to walk by faith which means flesh is silent and in submission to the Lord.  This is how the promised rest for God’s people is entered into.  Finding His Rest is not entered into except with much tribulation

Hab 3:16  When I heard, my belly trembled; my lips quivered at the voice: rottenness entered into my bones, and I trembled in myself, that I might rest in the day of trouble: when he cometh up unto the people, he will invade them with his troops. 

Hearing the word is how faith comes (Rom 10:17) and how the old man is decreased and destroyed from the inside out. Our gift of faith and ears to hear, which allows us to eat at the King’s table (Heb 13:10) brings with it fiery trials and bitterness to our flesh.

Rev 10:9  And I went unto the angel, and said unto him, Give me the little book. And he said unto me, Take it, and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey.

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 entire phrase “he will invade them with His troops” all comes from the Hebrew word H1464 “gud” that is used in its only other use to mean to overcome. 

Gen 49:19  Gad, a troop shall overcome him: but he shall overcome at the last.

This is just another witness that it is through Christ, His Body, that salvation comes.  We are His troops (Rev 19) and it is by sojourning with this army (Christ), that we walk in the light and are cleansed from our sins (1Jo 1:7).

Habakkuk and us by living through our experience of evil is coming to see the Lord’s power at work in his life and the life of Israel.   With maturity we gain the faith and wisdom to begin to give thanks for all this trouble knowing it is the very thing saving us.  All things are truly for our sakes says the Scripture (2Co 4:15) yet coming to know this truth deeply takes time and it is only then we can begin to rejoice in the Lord and give thanks for ALL THINGS.  All of our suffering and dying is good stuff and for an intended good.

Rom 8:18  For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

Rom 8:19  For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.

Rom 8:20  For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, 

Rom 8:21  Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.

The righteous will fall down seven times but they get right back up (Pro 24:16).  This is us as we are encouraged in faith, and look to the hope of salvation and are no longer doubting  in the Lord’s promises.   It is in this place of rest where we are able to weather the storms the Lord is working in our seas and help and comfort others who are behind us in this learning.  No matter what we see in the physical we are learning to spiritual sing songs of rejoicing to the Lord.

Hab 3:17  Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: 

Hab 3:18  Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation. 

Hab 3:19  The LORD God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places. To the chief singer on my stringed instruments.

The works of the flesh AND the works of the Spirit are all the Lord’s work in us.  Whether we do good or evil, sprout or wither, succeed or fail, have plenty or endure famine; the Scriptures declare it is all of HIM.  All things are by Him and we in Him.

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.

Act 17:28  For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.

All things the Lord does work together for the greater good in preparing those He loves for service in His Kingdom (Rom 8:28).  It is coming to truly believe this, despite what our physical senses and the wisdom of this world say, that allow us to rest in Christ and rejoice.

Psa 107:22  And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare his works with rejoicing. 

Psa 48:11  Let mount Zion rejoice, let the daughters of Judah be glad, because of thy judgments

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.

All things are proven in the Lord’s kingdom and that includes our faith (1Pe 1:7).  I hope we have grown to see the Lord’s purpose and hands at work in trying us in all of our seasons of life.  Nothing will separate us from the love of Christ, all these situations and seasons in our lives are HIS WORK and are being used to reshape us.  We should and will learn to rejoice in Him no matter our circumstances.

Rom 8:35  Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

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.

Rom 8:37  Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

Rom 8:38  For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

Rom 8:39  Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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

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

 

When we prove faithful, the Lord promotes us and gives us more things to rule over.  This is how dominion comes and our joy in the Lord increases little by little as we mature.

Mat 25:23  His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

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

Making our feet like hind’s feet is the Lord causing us to follow HIM.  This is how we will tread on the high places (false gods and idols) and be overcoming the beast and all the giants in the land.  The Lord is our head, whom we follow through which we will get the victory if we stay connected to the living Christ.  The people are God, His sheep are led by the Spirit and go whichsoever way HE leads them (Joh 10:27).

Eze 1:12  And they went every one straight forward: whither the spirit was to go, they went; and they turned not when they went.

Eze 1:13  As for the likeness of the living creatures, their appearance was like burning coals of fire, and like the appearance of lamps: it went up and down among the living creatures; and the fire was bright, and out of the fire went forth lightning.

Habakkuk ends with a notation to the chief singer on his stringed instruments.  This Psalm is written to us as an encouragement and admonition to stay the course.   The just shall live by His faith!  We are the singers and musicians [H5329] having been taught a new song no other man can sing.

Rev 14:1  And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads.

Rev 14:2  And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps:

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

 

Psa 149:1  Praise ye the LORD. Sing unto the LORD a new song, and his praise in the congregation of saints.

Psa 149:2  Let Israel rejoice in him that made him: let the children of Zion be joyful in their King.

Our names are written in heaven and the Lord admonishes us all to rejoice in that above everything else.

Luk 10:20  Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.

Everyone of us is right on schedule, exactly where the Lord planned it from the beginning of the world (Psa 139:16, Isa 46:10).  The Lord is faithful even when we are not.  I hope we all can grow in faith and be prepared to stand strong in the trials we know are coming (1Pe 4:13) to shape and mold us as the Lord completes the good work He started in us.

1Jn 3:2  Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

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

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Habakkuk Part 7 – Being Saved by The Light

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“Being Saved by The Light”

Key Verses: Hab 3:4 – 3:11

The formerly wayward prophet (“Shigionoth”) who is now seeing the light of truth, continues with his Psalm of accountability and repentance wherein Habakkuk acknowledges the Lord’s hand in every phase of the life of Israel.  This is our story and our words, as we come to see truth and acknowledge we live by every word.  We are being taught of the Lord through judgment while we ourselves walk in the light (by fellowship) which is saving us from sin.

1Jn 1:7  But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

Here are the new verses we will explore in this seventh installment of Habakkuk.

Hab 3:4 And his brightness was as the light; he had horns coming out of his hand: and there was the hiding of his power. 

Hab 3:5 Before him went the pestilence, and burning coals went forth at his feet. 

Hab 3:6 He stood, and measured the earth: he beheld, and drove asunder the nations; and the everlasting mountains were scattered, the perpetual hills did bow: his ways are everlasting. 

Hab 3:7 I saw the tents of Cushan in affliction: and the curtains of the land of Midian did tremble. 

Hab 3:8 Was the LORD displeased against the rivers? was thine anger against the rivers? was thy wrath against the sea, that thou didst ride upon thine horses and thy chariots of salvation? 

Hab 3:9 Thy bow was made quite naked, according to the oaths of the tribes, even thy word. Selah. Thou didst cleave the earth with rivers. 

Hab 3:10 The mountains saw thee, and they trembled: the overflowing of the water passed by: the deep uttered his voice, and lifted up his hands on high. 

Hab 3:11 The sun and moon stood still in their habitation: at the light of thine arrows they went, and at the shining of thy glittering spear. 

Our salvation comes only through revealing of the man of sin that we are as natural brute beasts.  That revealing only comes through the brightness of the Lord’s coming as Paul tells us.

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:

Yet that coming is now and has been occurring every generation since Pentecost.  The Lord lives in His people and it is within them and through them that this brightness is revealed. Those chosen of God are brought into the light that is Jesus Christ.  The light and the power (H7161 – Horns), all emanating from the WORD, are all in His hand.  Those “awesome hands” are the Body of Christ who are doing the greater works.  Horns in Scripture signify POWER either positive or negative.  When the brightness that is Christ appears, we begin to see the power of the WORD COMING out of His chosen instruments of salvation.

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.

Joh 4:22 Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of (“ek” – out of) the Jews. 

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.

1Co 6:2 Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?

Just as our Lord is the Light of the World (Joh 8:12) so is His Christ who is sent as He was sent by His Father.

Mat 5:14 Ye (Christ’s disciples) are the light of the world….

Eze 1:13  As for the likeness of the living creatures, their appearance was like burning coals of fire, and like the appearance of lamps: it went up and down among the living creatures; and the fire was bright, and out of the fire went forth lightning.

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

The power of Jesus Christ through His Christ is hidden from carnal eyes and ears.  The veil of flesh prevents anyone from seeing it or understanding it until the Lord removes the veil and drags them to the Body of Christ (2Co 3:14, Mat 13:10).  The Body of Christ is the Lord’s Body and through whom He does His work and is a mystery and secret hidden from the world.

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

1Co 2:7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:

The Lord is coming to and appearing only to those brought to see their need for a physician.

Hab 3:5  Before him went the pestilence, and burning coals went forth at his feet. 

Our disobedience and rebellion are all part of God’s plan to bring us to a place of crying out for deliverance.  The Lord wounds us and also heals us (Deut 32:39, Job 5:18).  Being of the flesh first, we get sick with the diseases of Egypt which are the lies of the harlot (Rev 9:16).

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

This is what leads us to repent and go work for the Lord as the parable of the two sons tells us (Mat 21:29).  We must come to see our sickness first so that we may know that we need a physician.

Luk 5:31  And Jesus answering said unto them, They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick. 

Luk 5:32  I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

To get spiritually sick, we first go into Babylon and be deceived waiting for the appointed time for Christ to come call us out, so we no longer will be sick.

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

It is the enemies of Jesus Christ and His Narrow Way who we, as the Lord’s Body, bring the burning coals to, as we are being led of the Lord.  This is bringing salvation inwardly to God’s sons now and all mankind in the lake of fire to come.

Rom 12:20 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.

Christ’s Christ are the cherubims and the seraphims in the Bible, such symbolism telling us differing details of who we are as God’s instruments of salvation.  The spreading of the hot coals is how salvation comes and the promised land is purged of all sin.

Isa 6:6 Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar:

Isa 6:7 And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged. 

 Eze 10:2 And he spake unto the man clothed with linen, and said, Go in between the wheels, even under the cherub, and fill thine hand with coals of fire from between the cherubims, and scatter them over the city. And he went in in my sight.

We need to be dying daily with Christ (Gal 2:20) till He comes in fullness, the race is not over until the end.  We are spiritually sick and abiding in death (sleep) if we do not judge ourselves properly (righteously by the plumbline) NOW.

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.

1Co 11:31 For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged (later in the lake of fire)

1Co 11:32 But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world (later  in the lake of fire to come)

It is interesting to see that almost every other translation except the KJV took this word for Horn and used words insinuating rays of light instead.  Even the literal versions did this despite the fact H7161 is horn 75 of 76 occurrences in the KJV OT.

 Hab 3:4  YLT And the brightness is as the light, He hath rays out of His hand, And there—the hiding of His strength.

Hab 3:4 NKJV  His brightness was like the light; He had rays flashing from His hand, And there His power was hidden.

Hab 3:4  NLT His coming is as brilliant as the sunrise. Rays of light flash from His hands, where His awesome power is hidden.

Spiritually this is spot on as the power is the Word and the Word is the light that shines through us, God’s true people, who speak these fiery words that are also known as living waters flowing from our bellies (Joh 7:38).

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

When the light is judging us, our earth is being measured which put Gods enemies, the heathen nations, and our idols of flesh (the old man’s hills), to flight.

Hab 3:6  He stood, and measured the earth: he beheld, and drove asunder the nations; and the everlasting mountains were scattered, the perpetual hills did bow: his ways are everlasting.

The Lord measuring the earth is judgment day on the scales of righteousness according to the plumbline (Amo 7:8) being planted within us.  Getting a new mind, the mind of Christ, comes by the renewing of our mindsets in our day of the Lord.

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

The opening of the sixth seal symbolically ushers in the day of wrath against the man of sin and our carnal minds, that remove our idols and destroy all of our fleshly escapes.  As they say, you can run but you cannot hide applies to the Lord’s good work in all men.

Rev 6:14 And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places…

Rev 6:17 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?

Our spiritual beheading (Rev 20:4) is the only way we receive the mind of Christ which comes in the furnace of affliction (Isa 48:10) experiencing all seven vials of wrath (Rev 15:8).  This is accomplished when we appear before Christ for judgment.

Rev 20:11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.

Isa 65:17 For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.

The elect lives out these white throne verses now as judgment is now on the house of God as the end of our flesh is at hand in this age (1Pe 4:17).  The words of Jesus Christ will bring forth a new heaven and a new earth within every man once we begin to hear and live these words.

Mat 24:34 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.

Mat 24:35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

When Christ comes for judgment into our earth, then we see ourselves as the man of sin and the abomination of desolation.  All of our self-righteousnesses is seen for what it is truly is; the filthy menstrual rags of Isaiah 64:6.

Hab 3:7 I saw the tents of Cushan in affliction: and the curtains of the land of Midian did tremble

Hab 3:8  Was the LORD displeased against the rivers? was thine anger against the rivers? was thy wrath against the sea, that thou didst ride upon thine horses and thy chariots of salvation?

 Tents is symbolism for the first temple we are under the old covenant, the law of Moses and/or the law of the Gentiles. We are all first Ethiopians, aka heathen Gentiles, from the land of Cush who are dragged to Christ through the affliction in our tents (dwellings).  This first temple is one built through our own righteous works and not by the grace of Christ.  That dwelling place is being torn down and being replaced by a new one built on the righteousness that is only by faith.

We can see this in these words more clearly if we correct the poor translation of the word affliction in this verse.  This is not the normal word for affliction H6040 but is instead H205 which is more aptly translated inequity or wickedness.  The Word is the light that is shining into all areas of darkness in due time (Luk 8:17).

Eph 5:13 But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.

The curtains of Midian symbolize our self-righteous covering.  Perfection of the flesh according to the law of Moses is symbolized by the number 10 and were the instructions on how to construct the first dwelling place for the Lord (Exo 26:1-5).  But what was the goal for the law of Moses and we have to exceed that righteousness to enter into the kingdom of God (Mat 5:20) because it is all based on self-righteousness and not of faith (Gal 2:16).

Rom 3:27  Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith. 

Rom 3:28  Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.

Php 3:9  And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:

Midian and the Midianites comes from a root of the same name that means contentions that is derived from a word translated as strife.  So, it is clearly the representation of the land of Midian, as it is a place of our rebellion and contending with the Lord before the slaughter of our flesh is given so we can submit to His righteousness.  We take our first wife in Midian (Num 12:1, Exo 2:21) and are delivered in their hands awaiting our time of deliverance.

Jdg 6:1  And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD: and the LORD delivered them into the hand of Midian seven years.

Here are some examples of a Midianite spirit from the New Testament that are to be burned out of us.  It is a very common problem for all men that have the pride of life in their DNA.

Luk 22:24  And there was also a strife among them, which of them should be accounted the greatest.

1Co 1:11  For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you.

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

Midian is a type of Babylon from whence the Lord first appears to us as He did to Moses (Exo 3:10).  This is where we hear the call to come out of her and separate from the heathen nations (2Co 6:6, Rev 18:4).  Thankfully the Lord is jealous for His Temple and His people and bring war for His namesake.  It is because of the anointing, the Spirit of God, coming within us and our dwelling with that Spirit IN Christ, through which God’s elect defeat the massive Midianite armies and our yoke of oppression is removed.

Isa 9:4  For thou hast broken the yoke of his burden, and the staff of his shoulder, the rod of his oppressor, as in the day of Midian…

Isa 9:6  For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

As we mature in understanding and know the Lord’s is faithful to His Word (means business), it will hasten the coming of a new earth and a new heaven within us.

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.

2Pe 3:12  Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?

The law of sowing and reaping is instrumental in the Lord’s plan and how His “grace-nometer” of Rom 5:20 works in bringing us toward maturity.

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

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

The Lord is not angry at the spiritual rivers which represent our thoughts and beliefs, every one of which He is giving to His people (Amo 4:13, Prov 16:9, Eph 1:11, etc.).  As Job told us both the deceived and the deceiver are the Lord’s (Job 12:16).  We are the works of HIS HANDS (Phil 2:13, Isa 64:8).  We are being re-molded into new vessels (Jer 18:4, Rev 21:5) to make manifest good works and be the light of Christ to the world.

The Lord wastes nothing in His plan and as Habakkuk comes to understand this is all part of bringing us to repentance and teaching us to walk by faith; trusting not in ourselves but only in the Lord.  All our deception (Exo 4:11) and erring from His ways (Isa 63:17) sets up the occasion for our day of the Lord and vengeance for the temple in which God is now dwelling (1Co 3:16).  The story of Samson seeking a Philistine wife, strictly forbidden in Israel, tells this story and the Lord’s plan in using our evil deeds for good by seeking an occasion against our flesh (Jdg 14:1-4).  Some other witnesses include:

Jer 2:19  Thine own wickedness shall correct thee, and thy backslidings shall reprove thee: know therefore and see that it is an evil thing and bitter, that thou hast forsaken the LORD thy God, and that my fear is not in thee, saith the Lord GOD of hosts.

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

Rom 7:18  For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find no

Habakkuk and all the Lord’s people look behind themselves and see the purpose in what the Lord has and is working in our lives (2Co 4:15).  Our sin being exposed, despite our outward testimonies, all serves the Lord’s plan to soften us and make us pliable and useful in His kingdom.

Hab 3:9  Thy bow was made quite naked, according to the oaths of the tribes, even thy word. Selah. Thou didst cleave the earth with rivers.

God’s elect is the Lord’s bow (archers) that is set in the cloud (Gen 9:13-14) of many witnesses that is The Christ of Christ (Heb 12:1).  That is where Christ ascended into the minds (heaven) of His chosen people and has been ascending in every generation since.

Act 1:9  And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he (Christ) was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.

Before we can be clothed with Christ’s righteousness, we and all men, will first come to see our spiritual nakedness which refers to our marred (Jer 18:4, Psa 51:5) “no good” (Rom 3:12) position.

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

The Lord makes manifest our nakedness and strips us of our covering to humble us and bring us to repentance knowing there is nothing good but His Spirit dwelling within us.  We are learning dependence upon Christ and His Christ for all things and losing all confidence in our flesh (Phil 3:3).  That is how we are being converted from dogs, outside the covenant of faith, to becoming the true circumcision that is the Israel of God.

We see the word SELAH again in Hab 3:9. As we saw last time, Selah, symbolizes a break or a pause giving added weight of the importance of the matter just proclaimed.  Coming to see ourselves as the chief of sinners (1Ti 1:15) and a brute beast (Ecc 3:18), the man of sin (2Th 2:3) is a profound truth, required for the day of the Lord’s appearing to come.  We need to examine ourselves and our faith often, and reflect upon the Lord working ALL THINGS, including evil (Isa 45:7, Pro 16:4), our deceptions and idols (Job 12:16, Eze 14:4) to be re-shapened into Christ’s  righteousness.

Psa 37:23  The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.

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

The Lord breaks (cleaves) our earth using the rivers of lies and false doctrines that overwhelm us and bring us to our wits end in unbelief.  A kingdom divided against itself shall not stand and such is the end of Satan’s kingdom and the kingdom of our beasts as the Lord brings division (Luk 12:51-53) and the house collapses.

Mar 3:24  And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.

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

Mar 3:26  And if Satan rise up against himself, and be divided, he cannot stand, but hath an end.

Hab 3:10  The mountains saw thee, and they trembled: the overflowing of the water passed by: the deep uttered his voice, and lifted up his hands on high. 

Hab 3:11  The sun and moon stood still in their habitation: at the light of thine arrows they went, and at the shining of thy glittering spear. 

The light of Christ is saving us and bringing to an end the motion of following the flesh.  With greater faith, comes an increased ability to overcome the giants in the land.  Our mountains and idols will bow down in this day.  Vengeance is the Lord’s and when He comes for His Temple, which temple we are, the sun and the moon, referring here to our lies/false doctrines of unbelief and our outward self-righteousness’s, are not able to deceive us any longer.  The light of Christ, the Word of Truth, like arrows pierce our habitations and our carnal weapons of warfare are being laid down.

Isa 2:4  And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.

The truth exposes and rebukes our sins and wickedness’s.  All darkness will be brought to the light of Jesus Christ as the Body of Christ, the glittering (also translated as lightening) spear of God, which defeat the enemies of God within and without ourselves through judgment by the Word (Joh 12:48).  We saw this concept play out in type and shadow when Israel conquered the Amorites and slayed its five kings (grace thru faith) in the Book of Joshua.

 Jos 10:12  Then spake Joshua to the LORD in the day when the LORD delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel, Sun, stand thou still upon Gibeon; and thou, Moon, in the valley of Ajalon.

Jos 10:13  And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies. Is not this written in the book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day.

Jos 10:14  And there was no day like that before it or after it, that the LORD hearkened unto the voice of a man: for the LORD fought for Israel.

Next time Lord willing, we will pick up with Christ marching through the land with His Armies and finishing the good work He has started in each of us by remaking us in the fire on His Potter’s Wheel.

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Habakkuk Part 6 – The Goodness of God Brings Repentance

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“The Goodness of God Brings Repentance”

Key Verses:  Hab 2:18 – Hab 3:3

The righteous judgment of God falling upon God’s chosen people is truly a blessing for the new man (Rev 1:3).  This is the singular sign the Lord has given us that we have been chosen by Him and are being prepared for our roles in His Kingdom.

Luk 11:29  And when the people were gathered thick together, he began to say, This is an evil generation: they seek a sign; and there shall no sign be given it, but the sign of Jonas the prophet.

Luk 11:30  For as Jonas was a sign unto the Ninevites, so shall also the Son of man be to this generation.

And what was the ministry of Jonah, the one he and us try to run away from at first?

Jon 1:2  Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me.

After being delivered from the belly of the beast, Jonah was sent again to preach the gospel (Jon 3:2) and bring the wicked people of Nineveh (part of the great Babylonian empire) to repentance.  Such is our journey too as we are being clothed in Christ’s righteousness.

The Lord speaks these five woes through His Body, through His Christ, doing the greater work now and in the ages to come.  We are being taught the narrow way of righteousness through these ongoing judgments as we sojourn in the fire.  Here is the final woe spoken to Habakkuk that will then lead us into Chapter 3 and the humbled response of Habakkuk, who as a type of God’s Elect is being granted repentance through these blessings of the Lord to the new man.

Hab 2:18  What profiteth the graven image that the maker thereof hath graven it; the molten image, and a teacher of lies, that the maker of his work trusteth therein, to make dumb idols? 

Hab 2:19  Woe unto him that saith to the wood, Awake; to the dumb stone, Arise, it shall teach! Behold, it is laid over with gold and silver, and there is no breath at all in the midst of it. 

Hab 2:20  But the LORD is in his holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before him.

Flesh was made to be destroyed (1Co 15:50, Jer 18:4) and not to be profitable in the kingdom of God.

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

The man of sin that make a graven image and worships other gods is thankfully cursed and will be destroyed along with all our self-righteous works .

Deu 27:15  Cursed be the man that maketh any graven or molten image, an abomination unto the LORD, the work of the hands of the craftsman, and putteth it in a secret place. And all the people shall answer and say, Amen.

Every man is the beast (Ecc 3:18) and the antichrist.  We, as His elect, are just the first given to see it with clarity (Mat 24:15, 2Th 2:11).

Rev 13:11  And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.

Rev 13:18  Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.

There is no life, no breath of God, found in these molten images and false gods.  Yet all men will worship our false gods and idols before we are being judged in the fire by a jealous Lord.  Spiritually speaking this is us taking credit for things, being prideful, thinking we did anything to advance our salvation.  All of which robs God of His glory and brings condemnation upon us in our day of wrath.

Jer 51:17  Every man is brutish by his knowledge; every founder is confounded by the graven image: for his molten image is falsehood, and there is no breath in them.

Isa 44:9  They that make a graven image are all of them vanity; and their delectable things shall not profit; and they are their own witnesses; they see not, nor know; that they may be ashamed.

Isa 44:10  Who hath formed a god, or molten a graven image that is profitable for nothing?

Only the Lord can calm the seas (our flesh) and put us into His Rest (silence).  That is the purpose of the trials (the great storm of wind) that makes us afraid and turn us back to the Lord.  When we know He is the Lord, then Christ is exalted in our earth.

Mar 4:37  And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full.

Mar 4:38  And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish?

Mar 4:39  And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.

Psa 46:10  Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.

The old man howls but the new man will cast forth our dead bodies with silence, knowing it is the Lord working righteousness within us.  We learn to drink the cup of wrath and give thanks to the Lord in all things, knowing it is all for the greater good of our sanctification as Christ is raised from the dead within us.

Zec 2:13 Be silent, O all flesh, before the LORD: for he is raised up out of his holy habitation.

As the Bride of Christ, we are His wife and learn to be in subjection to our husbands.

1Pe 3:1  Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives;

1Pe 3:5  For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands:

We can put on all the gold and silver (outward righteousness) we want, but it’s all in vain.  Only the Lord can build His Temple (Church) and that through chastening grace and fiery trials.

Psa 127:1  A Song of degrees for Solomon. Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.

Jas 5:1  Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you.

Jas 5:2  Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten.

Jas 5:3  Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days.

These woes are judgment and are fire of the Word which is exposing our erring from the Lord’s ways.  Both the causing of our erring (Isa 63:17) the subsequent correction via judgment is all part of the goodness of God that is leading us to repent.

Rom 2:4  Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?

Our judgment and trials are the wonderful works of the Lord.  These are the storms and the trials of life to which God’s people have been appointed to suffer and endure (Act 14:22, Phi 1:29).

Psa 107:21  Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!

The destructive and murderous and merchandising (gain seeking) ways of our flesh are used to turn our hearts back to Him (Psa 90:3).  Having experienced the chastening represented in these five woes, Habakkuk, pivots and gives an account (2Co 5:10) having been humbled by the experience of evil (Ecc 1:3 CLV) the Lord has sent upon him (Job 42:11).

Hab 3:1 A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet upon Shigionoth. 

Hab 3:2 O LORD, I have heard thy speech, and was afraid: O LORD, revive thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known; in wrath remember mercy. 

Hab 3:3 God came from Teman, and the Holy One from mount Paran. Selah. His glory covered the heavens, and the earth was full of his praise.

Habakkuk is, was and will be led to further repentance by the same process that we will experience and as the Book of Job illustrates in greater detail.  Thus, is the purpose of judgment and those the Lord working with being caused to sin so we can be corrected in the whirlwind as we first contend with and then submit to the Lord.  The fire burns up the old man leaving just dust and ashes of our self-focus.

 Job 42:5  I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee.

Job 42:6  Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes. 

 The first verse that sets up the prayer contains a word used only one other place in the Bible.

Hab 3:1 A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet upon Shigionoth [H7692] 

Here is the other verse.

Psa 7:1 Shiggaion of David, which he sang unto the LORD, concerning the words of Cush the Benjamite. O LORD my God, in thee do I put my trust: save me from all them that persecute me, and deliver me:

And here is what Tony brought out in the study of Psalm 7.

The first word of this psalm “ShiggaionH7692 ” speaks to this condition of being spiritually wayward and in need of help to seek the Lord’s direction in our life which comes about through trials and tribulation. The root of this word (“From H7686“) refers to a place of deception and error and ignorance and wandering. It is, as stated in the introduction, “praise to the LORD [that is] not accompanied with worshipping God in spirit and in truth”. But once we are judged then we go from the way that seems right to us in our carnal heavens to a blessed and settled relationship that is guided by the spirit of God and that worships God in spirit and truth (Rom_8:14, Joh_4:24).

 Coming to see our deception and our wayward paths off the narrow way, leads us to repent of our transgressions to the Lord.  It is only the humbled and repentant, those that know they need a Saviour that the Lord has come to save in this age.

Luk 5:32  I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

We have seen than knowledge puffs us up and requires the second visit to show us this and turn us into DOERS buying our gold in the fiery trials the Lord is bringing via the woes.

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

Repentance unto life is a gift of God that flows to His chosen people through the chastening grace.  Death of the old man is bringing life to the new man.

Act 11:18  When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life.

With our pride and wickedness exposed, we can now confess our sins and erring from His ways and begin to appreciate the righteousness being worked by judgment.  We can then pray the Lord’s prayer (thy kingdom come) and for His work to be finished yet in mercy.

Hab 3:2  O LORD, I have heard thy speech, and was afraid: O LORD, revive [H2421] thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known; in wrath remember mercy. 

Hab 3:3 God came from Teman, and the Holy One from mount Paran. Selah. His glory covered the heavens, and the earth was full of his praise. 

The work of God is to believe on the one He has sent (Joh 6:29).  It is our growing in faith (the just shall walk by faith) that is what working our own salvation means.  This is what makes us the true lights unto this world (Mat 5:14).

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

Php 2:13  For it is God which worketh (trying your faith) in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

Php 2:14  Do all things without murmurings and disputings:

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

Habakkuk is praying for more faith which comes with the Lord making known His secret ways and strange act of judgment.

Rom 9:22  What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction:

Rom 9:23  And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory,

As we endure, our carnal fears are being replaced by a godly fear built upon faith in the Word and the Lord’s promises both the good to the new man and the bad things for the old man.

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

Whether we live or die, endure more torment in hell, or find the peace and rest in Christ, it is all HIS WORK in us.  Herein lies our patience and learning longsuffering by experiencing it.

Rev 1:17 And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last:

Rev 1:18  I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.

This prayer of humility is one we all make as the old man is beat down and crushed to powder by the many tribulations by which we enter the kingdom of God.  Our spirit is indeed willing, but our flesh remain weak.  We are being revived on our third day which is judgment process and the very thing that is saving us.

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.

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

Joh 2:21  But he spake of the temple of his body.

The word for revive here in Hos 6:2 and Hab 3:2 is H2421  or “châyâh”This word is also a Hebrew word for quicken. The quickening spirit is the same as the reviving spirit.  This reviving is nothing less than the resurrection of Jesus Christ within us that henceforth guides us on the narrow walk of faith.

Psa 119:156  Great are thy tender mercies, O LORD: quicken me[H2421] according to thy judgments

Psa 119:159  Consider how I love thy precepts: quicken me[H2421], O LORD, according to thy lovingkindness.

 

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

1Co 15:47 The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven.

As we grow in faith and understanding in judgment, we see more clearly the work of God in all phases of our lives and the meaning of Christ being the first and the last takes on a broader meaning.  Habakkuk and we, through these experiences, we must live by (Mat 4:4), are maturing us in the faith. We are realizing that all things are being done in Jesus Christ.  Some witnesses….

Rev 22:13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.

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.

These two places named by Habakkuk spiritually signify this growing understanding of faith. Teman is the word for south and was the capital of Edom to the south of Israel.

H8486, têymân    têmân

tay-mawn’, tay-mawn’

Denominative from H3225; the south (as being on the right hand of a person facing the east): – south (side, -ward, wind).

The land of Edom in the south symbolizes the dwelling place of the man of the flesh, the first-born Esau, the first man Adam.  This man is still part of Jesus Christ as the Lord’s Words earlier reflected (1Co 15:45, Rev 1:8).  It is the Lord’s plan and purpose to remake (destroy) the first marred vessel of clay (Jer 18:4, Rev 21:5) beginning with the chosen few (1Pe 4:17) through His judgments.  This is the blessing of our election and calling.

Psa 19:9  The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.

Psa 19:10  More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.

We are all inhabitants of Teman (and Egypt, Babylon, etc.) before we are being made inhabitants of the Holy City of Jerusalem which is the Body of Christ.  Christ through His Body is dragging those so chosen to Christ and out of Teman.  This, by our speaking the Word (Jer 5:14).

 Jer 49:20  Therefore hear the counsel of the LORD, that he hath taken against Edom; and his purposes, that he hath purposed against the inhabitants of Teman: Surely the least of the flock shall draw them out: surely he shall make their habitations desolate with them.

Jer 49:22  Behold, he (thru The Body) shall come up and fly as the eagle, and spread his wings over Bozrah: and at that day shall the heart of the mighty men of Edom be as the heart of a woman in her pangs. 

The Lord works through His Christ (Joh 16:12).  A person searching for the rising son will be looking east at first and thereby in the spiritual south of Teman.  The Body is the Lord’s right hand and where His power of the Word is placed.  This verse tells us symbolically from whence the Lord comes.  He comes from and through His right hand which is the Body.

Paran means glorify/beautify and was the wilderness area in the south just to north of Sinai (Egypt).  Moses declared that the Lord came from Paran along with His Christ in these OT shadows of the law of faith that was to come.

Deu 33:2  And he said, The LORD came from Sinai, and rose up from Seir unto them; he shined forth from mount Paran, and he came with ten thousands of saints: from his right hand went a fiery law for them. 

Deu 33:3  Yea, he loved the people; all his saints are in thy hand: and they sat down at thy feet; every one shall receive of thy words.

Paran is first mentioned as the place where Ishmael (the first man Adam in type, the rejected anointed) dwelled after they were expelled from Abraham’s camp (Gen 21:21), and like Israel, Ishmael, became the patriarch of twelve tribes (Gen 25:16).  It is from Paran that we are being led of the Lord into the promised land (Num 10:12-13) which begins His glorification within us.

The word SELAH is inserted here in the same way that word is used in several of the Psalms, the only other place H5542 is found in the Bible.  It is found three times in Habakkuk’s prayer and 71 times in the Psalms.  This prayer of Habakkuk is of the same flavor as the Psalms in singing spiritual praises to the Lord, giving Him the glory for ALL things.  The word is said to mean “pause” or “break” and as Tony’s studies have brought out, it seems to be inserted after verses of profound spiritual truth.  These profound statements spiritually speaking give us things to ponder upon as we give praise to the Lord and grow and accept His Sovereignty in ALL THINGS.

God coming from Teman and Christ from Mt. Paran is showing our understanding that everything we do or anyone else does is IN CHRIST.

Act 17:28 For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.

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

These are basic foundational truths we acknowledge daily.  Yet these truths require us to pause and consider their vast importance on how we respond to stimuli in our life.  Such introspection will do us well to connect the dots and see the Lord’s hand in every aspect of our life (Isa 64:8, Phi 2:13) from day one to the last day.

Psa 139:16  Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.

The glory of the Lord will cover our heavens (minds) as we begin to trust in the Word and His promises and gain dominion over sin.  Our earth and those of our brothers and sisters in Christ, the church, will similarly be full of praise to the Lord, knowing we bring nothing to the table.  The saints collectively are the heavens

Eph 1:11  In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:

Eph 1:12  That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.

Eph 1:13  In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,

Eph 1:14  Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

As we grow in faith by the trials and afflictions, Lord willing, we are being humbled and made meek.  The old man is dying daily and the new man Christ within is rising up in the first resurrection in down payment form.  God’s people are inheriting their earth and gaining dominion over sin.

Mat 5:5  Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

Rev 20:6  Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.

We, like Habakkuk, grow in the faith and are turned back to the Lord as we progress through the seven vials of wrath, the three woes or even these five woes spoken of here.  It is all the same vision and plan of God.  We are being remade in the fire and these are the wonderful works of God to His people that He loves.

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

Next time Lord willing, we will continue with the prayer where Habakkuk ascribes the power of all Israel’s experiences to the Lord.  His faith and our faith are growing as we learn from our judgment.

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