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Sanctification of the Promised Land

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For Our Admonition Part 13

“Sanctification of the Promised Land”

Key Verses: Judges 3:16 – 3:30

This is the second part of the story of Judge Ehud (See FOA Part 12 Here).  Ehud was raised up by the Lord to deliver Israel from the Moabite coalition with the Ammonites and Amalekites.  The promised land, the kingdom of God within us has been invaded and it is going to take the raising of one willing to be a warrior for God to bring freedom back to Israel.

2Co 3:17  For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 

With ears to hear and eyes to see, the coming of Christ raises us up a judge to give us power over our enemies and begin the many tribulations and wars we must live out inwardly.

Act 2:30 Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne;

Those wars all originate from our flesh and its marred carnal nature.

Jas 4:1 From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?

We ended last week with verse 21 and Ehud thrusting the dagger into the belly of King Eglon.  Let’s backtrack some before we go further into the details of how this heathen king, representing our carnal mind and all the inherent fleshly lusts is vanquished from the Promised Land within us.

Jdg 3:16  But Ehud made him a dagger which had two edges, of a cubit length; and he did gird it under his raiment upon his right thigh.

Jdg 3:17  And he brought the present unto Eglon king of Moab: and Eglon was a very fat man.

Jdg 3:18  And when he had made an end to offer the present, he sent away the people that bare the present.

Jdg 3:19  But he himself turned again from the quarries that were by Gilgal, and said, I have a secret errand unto thee, O king: who said, Keep silence. And all that stood by him went out from him.

Jdg 3:20  And Ehud came unto him; and he was sitting in a summer parlour, which he had for himself alone. And Ehud said, I have a message from God unto thee. And he arose out of his seat.

Jdg 3:21  And Ehud put forth his left hand, and took the dagger from his right thigh, and thrust it into his belly:

Jdg 3:22  And the haft also went in after the blade; and the fat closed upon the blade so that he could not draw the dagger out of his belly; and the dirt came out.

With Moabites in the promised land, there will not be the peace and freedom that only Christ ruling the land brings.  This story is a parable of the spiritual warfare we are waging in the kingdom of God within us.  There are lessons to be learned here (1Co 10:6, 11) as the Israel of God (the Body of Christ) strives to cleanse the land and sanctify the temple of God which temple we are (1Co 3:16).  Our old man who is of his father the devil (Joh 8:44) loves to eat the things of the flesh (i.e. dust – Gen 3:14) and is a very fat man.

Fat in the positive relates to the health of an animal and that is always given to the Lord.  Being strong in spirit is being fat in spirit but that requires us to be weak in the flesh and humbled by the word working judgment within us.

Psa 92:12 The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.

Psa 92:14 They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing; 

Fat in the negative is our following false doctrines, worshipping our beast and claiming God’s work as our work.  This is stealing the Lord’s glory and making ourselves as gods and is how we spiritually become a very fat man like King Eglon.  The God of the Moabites is Chemosh which means “to subdue” and specifically symbolizing putting us back into bondage to our carnal mind and flesh nature.

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 13:12  And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.

Solomon like us make the mistake of not separating from the world and allowing a strange woman and her 200 million carnal lies (Rev 9:16) to come into the land.  This is putting the beast that is a King Eglon back on the throne.

1Ki 11:7  Then did Solomon build an high place for Chemosh, the abomination of Moab, in the hill that is before Jerusalem, and for Molech, the abomination of the children of Ammon.

1Ki 11:8  And likewise did he for all his strange wives, which burnt incense and sacrificed unto their gods.

Our spiritual fat, the increase given of the Lord, is always to be given back by being burned on the altar which is our sacrificed life and reasonable service (Lev 1:5-8, Rom 12:1).  It is the wicked within us, the enemies of our own house, our carnal mind that are the enemies of God.

Psa 17:9  From the wicked that oppress me, from my deadly enemies, who compass me about.

Psa 17:10  They are inclosed in their own fat: with their mouth they speak proudly.

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

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

Laying up treasures for ourselves (Luk 12:21) will lead us to forsake the Lord and install Eglon on the throne of our deceitful hearts.

Deu 32:15  But Jeshurun waxed fat, and kicked: thou art waxen fat, thou art grown thick, thou art covered with fatness; then he forsook God which made him, and lightly esteemed the Rock of his salvation.

Judge Ehud comes to confront Eglon bearing a present from the people of Israel.   This present is an offering [H4503] meaning a sacrifice to this heathen king.  This is a representation of us bowing down to the wisdom that the world teaches and not standing on the Word.  After being brought into the marvelous light, we are to leave that darkness behind and have no fellowship with those dead works within and without.

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

An appointed end comes to every man (is, was and will be) when we end the giving of sacrifices to the Moabite King that has invaded the land.  This requires us to repent and turn away from the god of Chemosh and then confront the Moabite king.  In this story, the KJV translators used the word “quarries” for the Hebrew word [H6456] that is otherwise always translated as graven, stone or carved image.  To judge righteously we are turning away from the lies and idols of heart that first ensnare us in lukewarmness and unbelief.  Quarries which are deep pits where the stone is mined fits the story especially when we think of the bottomless pit that is the sea of all flesh.  These deep-seated carnal lies keep us from seeing the truth by blotting out the true doctrines of Jesus Christ.  Eglon whose names means “bullock” is our fat and puffed up man of sin who is our beast and the offspring of Satan.  As the king of our inward rock quarry, the Moabite will find lie (locusts) after lie (locusts) to keep the new man (Israel) in bondage.

Rev 9:10 And they (the locusts) had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months.

Rev 9:11 And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon.

The secret errand [H1697] of Ehud, is to speak the Word with power that comes when the dagger is thrust into the belly of our beast.  It is the Word which is judging us and destroying the king of Moab and all the Moabites from the land in our day of the Lord.  The greatest secret that nobody understands until it begins to happen is the revealing of this secret.

Col 1:26 Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints:
Col 1:27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery (secret) among the Gentiles; which is Christ (The WORD of GOD) in you, the hope of glory:

This all takes place in the parlor [H5944], another symbol for the upper room and the heavens where the battle for control of our mind is taking place.  The fact it is also labeled a summer parlor [H4747] indicates it is judgment time (i.e. hot, fiery, a furnace of affliction) on the house of God.  A summer parlor is where one cools off and seeks to get away from the heat of summer which is spiritually the judgment and wrath of God on the old man.    The Lord will find us when judgment time is come and there is no place our old man can hide.  When the fiery sword or dagger comes to our belly (flesh), it comes suddenly and there is no escape.

1Th 5:2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.

1Th 5:3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.

There are instructive details on how Ehud slew the Moabite.

Jdg 3:21  And Ehud put forth his left hand, and took the dagger from his right thigh, and thrust it into his belly:

Jdg 3:22  And the haft also went in after the blade; and the fat closed upon the blade so that he could not draw the dagger out of his belly; and the dirt came out.

We covered the significance of using our left hand putting both the right and left to work to overcome our enemies.  The two-edged dagger here is the Hebrew word for sword [H2719] which in the positive is the Word of God that destroys God’s enemies within us by bringing judgment.  We also discussed the viciousness and renown fighting abilities of Benjamites last study.    We will focus on the gory details that follow as we look for further admonition and edification on applying this parable to our own lives and walk.  The Lord is giving us this gory detail for a reason.

Ehud thrust in the dagger with such force it went clean into Eglon’s belly even enclosing over the handle such that the dagger could not be drawn back out.  This exemplifies the viciousness we are to take in warring against our flesh and destroying our inward enemies.

Eze 7:4  And mine eye shall not spare thee, neither will I have pity: but I will recompense thy ways upon thee, and thine abominations shall be in the midst of thee: and ye shall know that I am the LORD.

Mat 24:2  And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.

To progress towards salvation, we have to be unwavering in our faith.  The whole counsel of God must be proclaimed and obeyed.

Act 20:27  For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God.

Psa 119:160  The sum of thy word is truth; And every one of thy righteous ordinances endureth for ever.

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

The Word of God in our bellies will bring out all the dirt and everything that defiles the temple of God.  The cleaning of the inside of our cup, the will of God, has commenced when the word is implanted into our bellies.  All will be revealed and come to the light.

1Th 4:3  For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication:

Mat 15:18  But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.

Luk 12:2  For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known.

The second part of our study will cover what happens after the Moabite King has been killed.  Ehud took some additional actions that are instructive to our walk.

Jdg 3:23  Then Ehud went forth through the porch, and shut the doors of the parlour upon him, and locked them.

Jdg 3:24  When he was gone out, his servants came; and when they saw that, behold, the doors of the parlour were locked, they said, Surely he covereth his feet in his summer chamber.

Jdg 3:25  And they tarried till they were ashamed: and, behold, he opened not the doors of the parlour; therefore they took a key, and opened them: and, behold, their lord was fallen down dead on the earth.

Jdg 3:26  And Ehud escaped while they tarried, and passed beyond the quarries, and escaped unto Seirath.

Remember that Eglon was not in Moab. The Moabites are invaders (carnal fleshly lies) from across the Jordan River that have entered and our possessing the city of palm trees.  The Moabite king dwelling within us (Israel) is a mixed multitude mindset who spews out both blessings and cursing out of our mouth (Jam 3:10-11).  The Moabites must be locked out.

 Neh 13:1  On that day they read in the book of Moses in the audience of the people; and therein was found written, that the Ammonite and the Moabite should not come into the congregation of God for ever; 

Neh 13:2  Because they met not the children of Israel with bread and with water, but hired Balaam against them, that he should curse them: howbeit our God turned the curse into a blessing.

Neh 13:3  Now it came to pass, when they had heard the law, that they separated from Israel all the mixed multitude. 

Locking the doors to our upper chamber is guarding our gates.  Taking carnal thoughts captive that exalt themselves against Jesus Christ is a lifelong good fight of faith.

1Jn 5:20  And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.

1Jn 5:21  Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.

Opening or closing a door spiritually also speaks to opening or closing one’s understanding of the things of the spirit.  Those doors are locked or opened only by the Lord.

Rev 3:7  And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth;

It is by binding and loosing, locking and unlocking doors of understanding that the Lord confounds the wisdom of the wise.  The Moabites are without understanding (locked out) to the strange act of the Lord in exposing and destroying the man of sin sitting in the temple.  A time comes after much torment that the door is opened only to discover their king is dead.

Jdg 3:25  And they tarried [H2342] till they were ashamed: and, behold, he opened not the doors of the parlour; therefore they took a key, and opened them: and, behold, their lord was fallen down dead on the earth.

The word for “tarried” [H2342]  in Jdg 3:25 is better expressed as pained or confounded.  Such is the torment of our old man as we endure being shown the shame of our nakedness when the judge is in our upper chamber.   As we abide with the judges of the world to come who are the angels of the Lord and this very Body of Christ that are speaking words of fire in our last days.

Jer 30:23  Behold, the whirlwind of the LORD goeth forth with fury, a continuing whirlwind: it shall fall with pain [H2342] upon the head of the wicked.

A well known NT witness of the torment and pain to the carnal mind within us.

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,(the Judge) and in the presence of the Lamb:

After a while, we are able to look behind us and the Lord unlocks the door so that we are given the understanding that our old man of sin, the King of Moab is dying and is dead and no longer the one leading us.

Gal 2:20  I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

This, of course, is an “is, was and will “ (i.e. a daily) process as the Moabites are always lurking nearby to the promised land as our own flesh and blood.  Escaping thru the midst we like Ehud we are able to move on and get beyond the false gods (our beast) we set up in our heavens that are the god of the Moabites and Ammonites (Chemosh and Molech).

1Ti 6:11  But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.

1Ti 6:12  Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.

The story concludes with Ehud escaping and seeking refuge with the children of Israel (aka the Body of Christ) in the high places of truth.

Jdg 3:26  And Ehud escaped while they tarried, and passed beyond the quarries, and escaped unto Seirath.

Jdg 3:27  And it came to pass, when he was come, that he blew a trumpet in the mountain of Ephraim, and the children of Israel went down with him from the mount, and he before them.

Jdg 3:28  And he said unto them, Follow after me: for the LORD hath delivered your enemies the Moabites into your hand. And they went down after him, and took the fords of Jordan toward Moab, and suffered not a man to pass over.

Jdg 3:29  And they slew of Moab at that time about ten thousand men, all lusty, and all men of valour; and there escaped not a man.

Jdg 3:30  So Moab was subdued that day under the hand of Israel. And the land had rest fourscore years.

Blowing a trumpet in the mountain of Ephraim (means double fruit – i.e. good works) is leading our maturing mindset back into war (judgment) with the Moabites to finish off this enemy that has been delivered into our hand.  This applies to what we do inwardly in our own heavens but also to those who hear the words and the testimony of Jesus Christ in us.

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

Christ will in due time subdue the Moabites that surround the land within us.  That will come when they are measured (judged) by the plumbline that is in is working righteousness.

2Sa 8:2  And (David) he smote Moab, and measured them with a line, casting them down to the ground; even with two lines measured he to put to death, and with one full line to keep alive. And so the Moabites became David’s servants, and brought gifts.

It will take the rest of our lives to keep the land cleansed of the Moabites.  Living in these clay vessels ensures this enemy is always just around the corner.  Therefore, the entryways into the promised land are to always be guarded.  Carnal thoughts (Moabites) are to be immediately captured and killed.

2Ki 3:24  And when they came to the camp of Israel, the Israelites rose up and smote the Moabites, so that they fled before them: but they went forward smiting the Moabites, even in their country.

A NT witness of this no mercy policy against the carnal thoughts is this admonition.

2Co 10:3  For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:

2Co 10:4  (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)

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

The fords of the river towards Moab were taken and controlled by Israel. Henceforth for a season (Ecc 3:1), no Moabites could enter into the land.  This is our battle that is being waged in heaven against our own flesh.

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

Eph 5:11  And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.

It is a common number of 10,000 when speaking about the destruction of the enemies of Israel (2Ch 25:11, Jdg 1:4, Lev 26:8, etc).  This number is derived using 10 to the 4th power as the number four symbolizes the whole of whatever is the subject under discussion.  The number 10,000 symbolizes the destruction of all (the whole) flesh and is found by multiplying the number 10 that symbolizes the perfection of the flesh four times (10 x 10 x 10 x 10).   Flesh I s not good (Mar 3:18) and is never good enough to enter the kingdom of God (1Co 15:50).  It was created to be destroyed and by that process, a new vessel come forth.

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

We will in due time slay 10,000 (carnal lies/lusts) Moabites who will first make us unhealthy (fat in the negative) and keep us wise in our own eyes.   No carnal lie can stand in the presence of the Truth.  This is how we put 10,000 Moabites to flight and can quickly cleanse the land.

1Jn 2:21  I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth.

Luk 10:17  And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name.

There is an entire 47 verse chapter of Jeremiah 48 devoted to the judgment of the nation of Moab.  The end will be the destruction of Moab as a new earth and a new heaven is made in our day of the Lord.  Cutting to the chase here is how it will end in the appointed time.

Jer 48:46  Woe be unto thee, O Moab! the people of Chemosh perisheth: for thy sons are taken captives, and thy daughters captives.

Jer 48:47  Yet will I bring again the captivity of Moab in the latter days, saith the LORD. Thus far is the judgment of Moab.

The story ends with Moab being subdued and the promised land returning unto rest for 80 years.  Entering into the rest of Christ requires us to work out our own salvation, making war in our heavens and taking the Moabites (our carnal thoughts and lusts) captive to the His commandments.  The war will both be outward with those we interact with but it will principally and always be applied inwardly as we are to be ready for battle every single day.

Mat 10:34  Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.
Mat 10:35  For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.
Mat 10:36  And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.

We must endure these hardships and daily battles with the Moabites nations.  We will lose some battles just as Israel did but we will win the war if we endure and keep on getting right back up when we do fail (Pro 24:16).

Eph 6:11  Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
Eph 6:12  For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

Being strong in the Lord requires us to engage in spiritual warfare using both hands like Ehud the Benjamite.  We must wage war against the Moabite nations and the fleshly lusts that wage war against our soul.

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

 

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Killing the Moabites Within Us

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For Our Admonition Part 12

“Killing the Moabites Within Us”

Key Verses:  Jdg 3:12 – 3:16

As covered in the last study (Enemies Left in the Promised Land), the book of Judges illustrates the beginnings of our true spiritual life and the sanctification and victory over sin.  This victory only comes by a long process of many tribulations (Act 14:22) and many wars within us.

Mat 24:4  And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.

Mat 24:5  For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.

Mat 24:6  And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.

We see in Judges; the repeated cycle of Israel being enslaved to its enemies and then the Lord raising up a deliverer to destroy the enemy and bring freedom. The Lord is working good and evil within us to bring about His perfect will (Phi 2:13, Eph 1:11).  Victories over our enemies do come, yet we are being caused to fall back into sin as we await the coming of the Lord within us (2Th 2:3-4). In type, these experiences in Judges are the time we await the second coming of Christ who will henceforth lead us into all righteousness and conquer

Jdg 18:1 In those days there was no king in Israel: and in those days the tribe of the Danites sought them an inheritance to dwell in; for unto that day all their inheritance had not fallen unto them among the tribes of Israel.

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

Doing the best we can with the limited resources the Lord has given us at this yet carnal stage, we do what is right in our own mind.

Last study we saw that the enemies of God are left in the land to further teach us and prepare us for the Lord’s fiery trials and chastening grace (Isa 26:9, Heb 12:6).  We are learning that the Word of God does indeed give us power over all our inward enemies, but as we will see in this study, we have to engage with both hands to act out our faith.  Let’s now look at the appointment of the second Judge, named Ehud and the activities going on in the Promised Land.  Othniel the first Judge has died and after a forty-year period of peace we read the following:

Jdg 3:12 And the children of Israel did evil again in the sight of the LORD: and the LORD strengthened Eglon the king of Moab against Israel, because they had done evil in the sight of the LORD. 

Jdg 3:13  And he gathered unto him the children of Ammon and Amalek, and went and smote Israel, and possessed the city of palm trees. 

Jdg 3:14  So the children of Israel served Eglon the king of Moab eighteen years. 

It is our man of sin, the lover of fleshly things who exalts himself against Christ.  This is the Moabite, the Ammonite, and the Amalekite within us that are just outside the Promised Land.  Moab is where the Lord renewed the covenant with Israel (Deu 29:1) and where Moses was shown the land and then died (Deu 34:5).  Moabites represent that which is born of flesh (Joh 3:6) which cannot inherit the Kingdom. Moab and Ammon came about from the incestuous relationship of Lot with his daughters (Gen 19:31-38).  In the history of Israel, Moab, Ammon, and Amalek (Esau) represent our own flesh and specifically the carnal mind and thoughts within.  That is where the war is being waged and where the man-child in us strives to grow up in the faith.

Mat 10:36 And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.

These inward enemies are often subdued but they keep on coming back to tangle and confound the Israel of God.  These carnal thoughts are worldly thoughts and the way to overcome them is to obey the Lord who will then bless us (Exo 15:26) when we kill those lies in our heavens.

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.

These incestuous fleshly mindsets are forbidden to enter our land and be in the congregation of the Lord.  We must take captive the Moabites and Ammonites that sneak into the land within.

Deu 23:3 An Ammonite or Moabite shall not enter into the congregation of the LORD; even to their tenth generation shall they not enter into the congregation of the LORD forever:

Judging righteous judgment is how the land is being possessed and dominion over flesh and our redemption given (Exo 6:6, Isa 1:27).  We learn to take captive these carnal thoughts that otherwise take Israel (us) captive.  These three nations and enemies are all to the east of Israel, signifying they are where we have come from (the world, being carnally minded), as we follow the Sun of Righteousness to the west and move onto maturity in the land of promise.  We see from the Sum of Scriptures that Israel is always at war with our flesh and the heathen nations the Lord is created for the purpose of trying our faith.  There is a Moabite around every corner to try us and to see if we walk in faith or allow our flesh to lead us.

2Co 10:3  For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:

2Co 10:4  (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)

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

While the Moabites serve us in overcoming giants in the wilderness (Deu 2:9-10 – Anakims and Emims), they remain adversaries to Israel to give us many trials to bring us to perfection in our day of the Lord.  Pearls of great price and precious stones like the natural ones are only made through much friction (war, battles, irritation) and lots of heat and water (Rom 1:20)!

The name Moab comes from H1 “Father” and means “of his father” and as the product of incest means our carnally minded father, the devil (Joh 8:44).  Our natural and carnally minded flesh is at enmity with the ways of the Lord and have the devil as their father. Moab is a representation of the ten headed beast of our father, the devil, as they share many goals and ambitions.

Jer 48:29  We have heard the pride of Moab, (he is exceeding proud) his loftiness, and his arrogancy, and his pride, and the haughtiness of his heart.

This is, was and will be the mindset of the Jews who believed on Christ (Joh 8:31), who come behind in no gift (1Co 1:7), having been given the truth, but we are yet carnal (1Co 3:3) and are fornicating with this world and mixing truth and lies.  This mindset will seek to kill Christ and will keep us bound in unbelief being yet carnal for eighteen symbolic years.

Joh 8:40  But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham….

Joh 8:44  Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

The second named nation working with Moab is Ammon which also links to our ungodly fornication (incest) with our own flesh (our father the devil) and not the Lord’s truth.

H5983, ‛ammôn, am-mone’

From H5971; tribal, that is, inbred; Ammon, a son of Lot; also his posterity and their country: – Ammon, Ammonites.

Amalek, the third heathen nation gathered by the Lord against Israel, is a descendant of Esau (Gen 36:12) and is yet another representation of our flesh that is rejected and cannot inherit the kingdom.  Our flesh will lead us away from the Lord and the narrow way as we saw the falling down of King Saul, the rejected anointed of the Lord. King Saul’s failure is our failure to utterly destroy our carnal thoughts and fleshly lusts that wage war against us.  Saul was given this command.

1Sa 15:3  Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass.

Yet his carnal mind rationalized it was fine to not to kill everything, so he picked and chose what to obey in the Lord’s commands and kept flesh alive.

1Sa 15:8  And he took Agag the king of the Amalekites alive, and utterly destroyed all the people with the edge of the sword.

1Sa 15:9  But Saul and the people spared Agag, and the best of the sheep, and of the oxen, and of the fatlings, and the lambs, and all that was good, and would not utterly destroy them: but everything that was vile and refuse, that they destroyed utterly.

Because of this pattern of disobedience, Saul was rejected as king.  We learn thru King Saul’s failure to precisely obey the Lord in dealing with our fleshly enemies.

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.

It is important to note and remember who it was that raised up this evil against Israel. It is, was and will be the Lord who did it.

Jdg 3:12 …. and the LORD strengthened Eglon the king of Moab against Israel.

He is the one who raises up the wicked one within and without for the day of evil (Pro 16:4) and is causing Israel to err from His ways (Isa 63:17).  The Lord brings the enemies of Israel (flesh) together and gathers them against us and sends us our every thought (Amo 4:13).  When the hand of the Lord is against us, there is no man who can stand. If the Lord wants to ensnare us in bondage to our enemies, there is nothing any man can do otherwise.

Dan 4:35  And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?

This three-nation alliance of nations comes and smites us (Israel) and ends up possessing the city of palm trees.  Known for their height and straightness in rising above the earth (overcoming) it is those being made righteous that are palm trees.

Psa 92:12  The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.

Psa 92:13  Those that be planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God.

To mature and grow in faith, God’s people first make many mistakes and are overcome by their inward enemies.  Thus, the mystery of why the Lord causes us to err and then brings the judgment and chastening that is raising us back up in Jesus Christ.

Palm trees are very much associated with God’s elect symbolically.  Given time there are many interesting symbolisms to pursue about palm trees including they are evergreen, large fruit yields (dates, coconuts, etc), ability to grow in dry places, can withstand high winds (trials), have very deep roots etc.  For brevity sake, there is one interesting connection about the Cherubim (messengers of God) who are these same palm trees that we see in the Scriptures speaking about the tabernacle of God and the Lord’s Temple which is the Body of Christ.  Ever notice how palm trees all look alike?  Well, that is because, in spirit, God’s palm trees are of one mind and are bearing the same stature (straight and erect) and fruit.  Here is Ezekiel’s description of the doors of the temple of God.  Of course, those doors are Christ and specifically the Christ (elect, the Body) thru whom all must pass to enter in (Rev 3:12, Joh 10:2).

Eze 41:20  From the ground unto above the door were cherubims and palm trees made, and on the wall of the temple.

Eze 41:21  The posts of the temple were squared, and the face of the sanctuary; the appearance of the one as the appearance of the other. 

The city of palm trees is also known as Jericho (Deu 34:3, 2Ch 28:15) and is in the land allocated to the tribe of Benjamin.  The city and plains of Jericho lies just west of Moab, on the western side (mature side) of the Jordan river and was the first conquest of Israel in the Promised Land (Joshua 6).  Before we get into the appointment and actions of Ehud, the Judge, let’s look deeper at the Moabite king who enslaves us (Israel).

King Eglon

Our enemies in the promised land last time was the king of Mesopotamia (Ethiopia, think the world) who also enslaves Israel.  This time the enemy is King Eglon of Moab who is a different rendering of the same first man Adam (the old man) and our beastly nature (Ecc 3:18) that has us leaning on our own understanding and carnal wisdom.  The name Eglon is from the same word that means a bullock or a male cow.

H5695, ‛êgel

From the same as H5696; a (male) calf (as frisking round), especially one nearly grown (that is, a steer): – bullock, calf.

Eglon traces back to a root H5696 that means to revolve or go in circles.  It is satanic mindset, the accuser of the brethren, whose origins create the Moabites that has us enslaved awaiting a judge and deliverer.

Job 1:7  And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.

Carnal wisdom attempts to encircle the camp of the saints (the mind of Christ) but our Moabite folly will proceed no further when the day of the Lord is at hand.

Rev 20:9  And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.

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

We are always to be on the lookout for Satan and his messengers and be diligent inwardly to guard our hearts and take such carnal thoughts captive.

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

We are bound to this Moabite King, who is our religious beast full of carnal lies and false doctrines for eighteen symbolic years (3 process x 6 number of man – flesh) until Christ comes.

Luk 13:11  And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself.

The power over clay (us) is always used for good in the end because it is by that process of having the Moabites destroyed within us that we learn the riches of His glory (righteousness).

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?

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,

Israel’s oppression and bondage to these heathen nations of our own flesh (sin) reach a hiatus (i.e. our wits end) and then we cry out to the Lord.  Our merciful Lord raises up a Judge to deliver us from our bondage.  Thus, the process of possessing the land has begun.

Jdg 3:15  But when the children of Israel cried unto the LORD, the LORD raised them up a deliverer, Ehud the son of Gera, a Benjamite, a man lefthanded: and by him the children of Israel sent a present unto Eglon the king of Moab. 

 It is instructive to our walk to look at all these names and symbols that define this Judge and deliverer of Israel.  There is great spiritual significance in Ehud’s lineage and description given us here in Jdg 3:15.

H261, ‘êchûd

ay-khood’

From H258; united; Echud, the name of three Israelites: – Ehud.

Eze 21:16  Go thee one way or other [H258], either on the right hand, or on the left, whithersoever thy face is set.

The Word, the Judge that is in us, is a unifier.  Ehud and all judgment, the commands of Christ, is what is exposing and eliminating our double-mindedness and life of serving two masters.  We won’t get too far cleansing the Promised Land if we waver in faith which is double-mindedness and where we live being immature and torn between the ways of God and the ways of the world

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

Jas 1:7  For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.

Jas 1:8  A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

There is only ONE way to go and that is to follow the Lord which way is straight without any variableness.

Pro 4:27  Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.

Mat 7:14  Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

Eze 10:11  When they went, they went upon their four sides; they turned not as they went, but to the place whither the head looked they followed it; they turned not as they went.

It is the carnal mindset in us that creates divisions in the Body of Christ and those Moabite nations need to be captured and kicked out of the land and congregation of the Saints.

1Co 1:10  Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.

Judge Ehud is also said to be the son of Gera who was the son of Benjamin.  We learn that Benjamin, Joseph’s younger brother, is some type for the elect who are given five times the portion of food that signifies grace (the number 5) that is given to those to whom the Lord loves (Heb 12:6).

Gen 43:34  And he took and sent messes unto them from before him: but Benjamin’s mess was five times so much as any of theirs. And they drank, and were merry with him.

The name Gera as in “son of Gera” also supports this additional meal/mess principle as Gera [H1617] means “grain” and comes from a root [H1626] meaning “a kernel” like of corn or grain.

Another noteworthy trait is that Ehud like many Benjamites is said to be left-handed (Jdg 20:16) and is extremely fierce in battle. Benjamites, in particular, are known for their fierceness and aggression in battle as the conquests of Saul, Jonathan, the Apostle Paul and others depict in overcoming the enemies of Israel.  We even see the “civil war” story in Judges 20 where the other eleven tribes have great difficulty in subduing a small Benjamite army.  The blessing of Jacob to Benjamin has great spiritual significance for each of the tribes of Israel every part of which we, as God’s Israel, are living out now in this age (Mat 4:4).

Gen 49:27  Benjamin shall ravin as a wolf: in the morning he shall devour the prey, and at night he shall divide the spoil.

Interesting to note that some translations like Brenton show the left-hand trait as being ambidextrous our using of both hands instead of saying left handed. Regardless, the ability to use our left hand or both hands is essential to bring deliverance to Israel and destroy the heathen nations within the Promised Land.

1Ch 12:2  They were armed with bows, and could use both the right hand and the left in hurling stones and shooting arrows out of a bow, even of Saul’s brethren of Benjamin.

As a Benjamite, Ehud exhibits this positive “wolf-like” traits. Unlike King Saul’s mistake with the Amalekite king, Ehud is very aggressive and merciless in disposing of the Moabite king.

Jdg 3:16  But Ehud made him a dagger which had two edges, of a cubit length; and he did gird it under his raiment upon his right thigh 

Jdg 3:21  And Ehud put forth his left hand, and took the dagger from his right thigh, and thrust it into his (Eglon’s) belly

Satan is the left hand of the Lord (Job 1:11-12) and the Elect in the right hand (Mat 25:33).  Through both hands, the Lord is creating and using evil for good purposes (Isa 45:7, Gen 50:20, Act 4:28). Within us, we too, are required to do evil in putting to death the enemies of God.  Outwardly, we surely must love our enemies as the Lord commanded and changed the law. But inwardly, we are never to allow lies and false doctrines and carnal thoughts to linger and exalt themselves against Christ.  Short FAQ on Satan as Left Hand

There is great significance in this language and the use of the left hand in killing the Moabite king. It links back to an age-old truth that it “takes two to tango” with our enemies.

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

Jas 1:22  But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.

Ehud, the Benjamite, is both a hearer and a doer of the word in type.  To become a doer of the WORD we must first become hearers.  All Benjamites are born of the right hand of God as the meaning of the name depicts.

H1144, From H1121 and H3225; son of (the) right hand; Binjamin, youngest son of Jacob; also the tribe descended from him, and its territory: – Benjamin.

Judging righteous judgment is how we overcome and are becoming doers.  But to do this, the Moabites must not be in our heavens or earth.  Notice Ehud makes a two-edged dagger (same word as a sword) and places it on his right thigh which is a symbol of a man’s strength.  To battle our enemies, we must be ready (girded) and have the sword on our right thigh that is guiding us in our walk.  This story of Ehud is a second witness to battle preparations Paul teaches us about the whole armor of God.

Eph 6:14  Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

Eph 6:17  And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

Notice the dagger (sword) is hidden under his raiment which is our covering in Christ.  Christ and His Christ are bold as a lion but are also gentle as doves.

Mat 10:16  Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.

Lions strike quickly out of nowhere it seems when capturing their prey.  The element of surprise works every time on a blind and unsuspecting enemy.

Pro 28:1  The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.

1Th 5:3  For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.

Our strength and sufficiency are of the Lord as is our ability to act in faith and kill our enemies within.  The carnal mind corrupts our walk and a time comes when a judgment comes upon our house via a judge the Lord is, was and will be raising up within us.  Real faith that moves mountains and destroys our enemies has works (actions) attached to it.  We must use both our hands to pray without ceasing and act out in faith to purify our heavens and earth.

1Ti 2:8  I will therefore that men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.

Isa 30:21  And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.

The Body of Christ is where wisdom is found.  Being wise as a serpent requires us to hold the Word in our right hand and the true riches, the doing of the Word, in our left hand.  This brings honor and glory to our heavenly Father.

Pro 3:15  She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her.

Pro 3:16  Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honour. 

Wisdom in the ways of God requires two arms.  We need doctrine and we need actions in faith.  The power of God will extend to both our hands and we will clap them in unison as we get victory after victory over our inward enemies.

2Co 6:7  By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left,

Isa 55:12  For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.

There are more instructions and details to the story details of Judge Ehud killing the Moabite King. We will look at those details next week in how King Eglon and the Moabites were vanquished from the land.

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Enemies Left in the Promised Land

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“Enemies Left in the Promised Land”

Key Verses:  Judges Chapter 2 and Jdg 3:1 – 3:11

In this study, we take our first but not last entry into the Book of Judges. This Book in the letter is a chronological history of Israel’s early days in the promised land.  Even a “Babylonian” website nails the physical history lesson in their summation of the Book of Judges.

The book of Judges describes a cycle that repeated itself multiple times during the reign of the judges. Because the Israelites failed to remove wicked influences from the promised land, they became entangled in sin and were conquered and afflicted by their enemies. After the Israelites cried unto the Lord for help, He sent judges to deliver them from their enemies. However, they soon returned to their sins, and the cycle repeated.

They are blind to the fact that these verses were written down by the prophets of old to minister and teach us, the true Israel of God.  Those stories happened to teach us the things we need to know about the Lord’s work in the kingdom of God.

1Pe 1:12  Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.

These events in Judges show the continued cycle of Israel falling away into evil, crying out to the Lord and then being saved out of those troubles.  Such is the ongoing cycle of many tribulations (Act 14:22) by which the true Israel (the Body of Christ) is being saved in this age.  Before we get to the specific story in Judges of the first appointed judge, let’s review some foundational truths about what these events portray in the kingdom of God.

The Promised Land

The land of Canaan in Scripture represents the promised land.  The land promise to Israel is the land within us that represents the Kingdom of God.  This is where Christ appears in the hearts and minds of His Chosen people to take back the kingdom for the Lord.  (Luk 17:20-21).  While the land is given to Israel (us) as a possession, the land must be overcome and be cleansed of the heathen nations and giants (besetting sins) that occupy it.  In Genesis the land promise is described as including the territories occupied by ten nations.  It only awaits the times appointed the Lord for this to be fulfilled.

Gen 15:18  In the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates:

Gen 15:19  The Kenites, and the Kenizzites, and the Kadmonites,

Gen 15:20  And the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Rephaims,

Gen 15:21  And the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Girgashites, and the Jebusites.

All ten of these people/nations are types for our flesh (and associated false doctrines) that are naturally at enmity with our new man and the ways of the Lord.   The land of Canaan will be humbled, it will bow the knee to Jesus Christ in the appointed time. The root word for Canaan [H3667] is Strong’s H3665 which very clearly shows the Lord’s masterpiece in declaring the end of all things from the very beginning (Isa 46:10).

H3665, kâna‛

kaw-nah’

A primitive root; properly to bend the knee; hence to humiliate, vanquish: – bring down (low), into subjection, under, humble (self), subdue.

Canaan is the son of Ham and was cursed by the Lord for Ham’s disobedience (Gen 9:25).  This all part of the Lord’s plan to save all mankind by remaking in its entirety the marred vessels of clay (Jer 18:4, Rev 21:5).  The first man Adam, his mindset and fleshly body was not designed to inherit the kingdom of God nor can it.  The Lord is changing the true Israel now in this age by bringing judgment upon the house of God.

1Co 15:50  Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.

1Co 15:51  Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,

The law of Moses gave us a shadow of the true law of faith.  But the principles work the same.  With obedience comes blessings and more power is given to us.  With disobedience, come curses and wrath and we are given over to our enemies to turn our hearts back to the Lord.

Blessing:  Deu 28:7 The LORD shall cause thine enemies that revolt against thee to be smitten before thy face: they shall come out against thee one way and flee before thee seven ways.

Curse:  Deu 28:48  And thou shalt serve thine enemies, which the Lord will send forth against thee, in hunger, and in thirst, and in nakedness, and in the want of all things; and thou shalt wear upon thy neck a yoke of iron until he shall have destroyed thee.

This land promised is traced back to Canaan’s lineage which is spiritually synonymous with the land of the Philistines (Palestine) that is always at war with Israel.   Yet it will be possessed by the Lord’s shepherd’s and flocks and sin will be ruled over in due time.

Zep 2:5  Woe unto the inhabitants of the sea coast, the nation of the Cherethites! the word of the LORD is against you; O Canaan, the land of the Philistines, I will even destroy thee, that there shall be no inhabitant.

Zep 2:6  And the sea coast shall be dwellings and cottages for shepherds, and folds for flocks.

Our walk of maturity is taking over this land little by little as the Lord gives us the victory.

Num 34:2  Command the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye come into the land of Canaan; (this is the land that shall fall unto you for an inheritance, even the land of Canaan with the coasts thereof:)

Salvation is a process of being saved and overcoming our enemies.  The Canaanite nations that occupy the promised land is our own flesh and the lusts thereof (1Jo 2:16).  These are the enemies of Israel whom we are overcoming and fighting every day of our life in these flesh bodies.  This land is being possessed slowly but surely in our day of the Lord which is the judgment now on the House of the Lord (1Pe 4:17).   It is an often-repeated theme that the Lord purposefully leaves the enemies (our own flesh) to later try and prove our faith.

Jdg 1:28  And it came to pass, when Israel was strong, that they put the Canaanites to tribute, and did not utterly drive them out. 

The Canaanites paying tribute to Israel illustrates the partial victory and partial dominion we have over our flesh when young and immature and doing battle in the promised land.  The Lord has plans for our enemies will use them to teach us righteousness by bringing trials and chastening.  Look at just some of the failures of the tribes of Israel in overcoming the enemies.

Jdg 1:29  Neither did Ephraim drive out the Canaanites that dwelt in Gezer; but the Canaanites dwelt in Gezer among them.

Jdg 1:30  Neither did Zebulun drive out the inhabitants of Kitron, nor the inhabitants of Nahalol; but the Canaanites dwelt among them, and became tributaries.

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

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

There is indeed a method to the Lord’s strange ways and all of it is being used for our good (Rom 8:28, 2Co 4:15).

Mat 10:34  Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.

Mat 10:36  And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household (think within) 

The fact is our flesh and deep-rooted beastly nature will always be with us. We must always stay vigilant in the fight of faith and never think we have arrived and put our guard down.

Jos 15:63  As for the Jebusites the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the children of Judah could not drive them out: but the Jebusites dwell with the children of Judah at Jerusalem unto this day. 

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

Another new testament witness of this same “always on” battle with flesh are these verses.

Gal 5:16  This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.

Gal 5:17  For the flesh (Canaanites) lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.

The Lord uses our enemies to ensnare us in bondage, so our hearts and minds will look to Him only (repent) for all things beginning with our deliverance. This methodology is a good work and wonderful work of the Lord to the children of men in destroying our false peace (1Th 5:3) and exposing our being at ease in Zion as we walk out our faith (Amo 6:1).  We reap what we sow and that applies to our disobedience and evil deeds.

Jdg 2:13  And they (Israel, you and me) forsook the LORD, and served Baal and Ashtaroth.

Jdg 2:14  And the anger of the LORD was hot against Israel, and he delivered them into the hands of spoilers that spoiled them, and he sold them into the hands of their enemies round about, so that they could not any longer stand before their enemies.

Jdg 2:15  Whithersoever they went out, the hand of the LORD was against them for evil, as the LORD had said, and as the LORD had sworn unto them: and they were greatly distressed.  (coming to our wits end – Psa 107:27)

Jdg 2:21  I also will not henceforth drive out any from before them of the nations which Joshua left when he died:

Jdg 2:22  That through them I may prove Israel, whether they will keep the way of the LORD to walk therein, as their fathers did keep it, or not.

There is indeed a time and purpose for every season under heaven (Ecc 3:1), even being in captivity to our enemies.  The Lord always works evil for good in the end (Gen 50:20) and that begins by seeing our sin and thereby beginning to know (learn) the right ways.

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.

Our captivity to our enemies will itself be taken captive as Christ takes His seat on His throne in our hearts (Eph 4:7-8) and we are placed into the Body of Christ (The Judges).  The Book of Judges is symbolizing our being ruled and judged now in the House of God.

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

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

We WILL fall, yet we Lord willing will get right back up.  That is the “seven times” pattern of Pro 24:16 that we see in Judges and the early history of Israel in the land.

Jdg 2:16  Nevertheless the LORD raised up judges, which delivered them out of the hand of those that spoiled them.

Jdg 2:17  And yet they would not hearken unto their judges, but they went a whoring after other gods, and bowed themselves unto them: they turned quickly out of the way which their fathers walked in, obeying the commandments of the LORD; but they did not so.

Jdg 2:18  And when the LORD raised them up judges, then the LORD was with the judge, and delivered them out of the hand of their enemies all the days of the judge: for it repented the LORD because of their groanings by reason of them that oppressed them and vexed them.

Jdg 2:19  And it came to pass, when the judge was dead, that they returned, and corrupted themselves more than their fathers, in following other gods to serve them, and to bow down unto them; they ceased not from their own doings, nor from their stubborn way.

When the judge within us is not on the job, we are eating and drinking unworthily.  The result is we sleep and are spiritually dead (1Co 11:29-30).  This is how we are learning diligence, vigilance and even patience by our mistakes that are 100% caused by the Lord (Isa 63:17, Joh 15:5).  We now come to the appointment of the first judge in Israel.

Jdg 3:1  Now these are the nations which the LORD left, to prove Israel by them, even as many of Israel as had not known all the wars of Canaan; 

Jdg 3:2  Only that the generations of the children of Israel might know, to teach them war, at the least such as before knew nothing thereof; 

Jdg 3:3  Namely, five lords of the Philistines, and all the Canaanites, and the Sidonians, and the Hivites that dwelt in mount Lebanon, from mount Baalhermon unto the entering in of Hamath. 

Jdg 3:4  And they were to prove Israel by them, to know whether they would hearken unto the commandments of the LORD, which he commanded their fathers by the hand of Moses. 

Jdg 3:5  And the children of Israel dwelt among the Canaanites, Hittites, and Amorites, and Perizzites, and Hivites, and Jebusites: 

Jdg 3:6  And they took their daughters to be their wives, and gave their daughters to their sons, and served their gods. 

Jdg 3:7  And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD, and forgat the LORD their God, and served Baalim and the groves. 

Jdg 3:8  Therefore the anger of the LORD was hot against Israel, and he sold them into the hand of Chushanrishathaim king of Mesopotamia: and the children of Israel served Chushanrishathaim eight years. 

Jdg 3:9  And when the children of Israel cried unto the LORD, the LORD raised up a deliverer to the children of Israel, who delivered them, even Othniel the son of Kenaz, Caleb’s younger brother. 

Jdg 3:10  And the Spirit of the LORD came upon him, and he judged Israel, and went out to war: and the LORD delivered Chushanrishathaim king of Mesopotamia into his hand; and his hand prevailed against Chushanrishathaim. 

Jdg 3:11  And the land had rest forty years. And Othniel the son of Kenaz died. 

In type, this appointed judge Othniel is our new man.  This judge is a younger brother (the brethren) of Caleb.  We all learn the truth and the fire spreads from one another and especially those angels of the Lord who have walked before us shown us these things (Rev 19:10).  It is those in the true Body of Christ who are His Elect of God and are the Lord’s angels that show us truth that is judging Spiritual Israel now and all men in the ages to come (1Co 6:2-3).

Mat 19:28  And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

Caleb and Othniel are from the tribe of Judah and Caleb is best remembered in the Scriptures as the only man besides Joshua not afraid to engage the enemies of Israel.

Num 13:30  And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it (subdue the land).

Num 13:31  But the men that went up with him said, We be not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we.

When the occasion has come to smite our enemies, the Lord raises up a deliverer who is also a judge.  Being delivered is being saved, they are the same thing.  The KJC for the Hebrew word “Yasha” demonstrates this clearly.

H3467, yâsha‛

Total KJV Occurrences: 207

save, 105

saved, 35

saviour, 13

help, 10

delivered, 8

Jdg_2:16, Jdg_2:18, Jdg_3:9, Jdg_3:31, Jdg_8:22, Jdg_10:12, Jdg_12:2-3 (2)

saveth, 7

preserved, 4

deliver, 3

salvation, 3

savest, 3

deliverer, 2      Jdg_3:9, Jdg_3:15

saviours, 2       Neh_9:27, Oba_1:21

The name Othniel means “force for God” and as the offspring of Kenaz [H7073] a word which means to hunt.  Babylon has its hunters in Nimrod (Gen 10) and the true Israel are spiritual hunters in seeking out and destroying the inward enemies of Israel.  Anointed of the Lord, we are sent to make war with our enemies.

Jdg 3:10  And the Spirit of the LORD came upon him, and he judged Israel, and went out to war: and the LORD delivered Chushanrishathaim king of Mesopotamia into his hand; and his hand prevailed against Chushanrishathaim.

Judging Israel and going to war with our enemies are one in the same thing.  It is through judgment and our judging righteously that the land is sanctified and brought into submission.

Isa 59:18  According to their deeds, accordingly he will repay, fury to his adversaries, recompence to his enemies; to the islands he will repay recompence.

Isa 59:19  So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard (THE WORD) against him.

There are two men and two witnesses in Scripture and as God’s people we are those men and those witnesses (old and new man).  Our old man of sin is this heathen King of Mesopotamia.  This King links back to Cush, another son of Ham and Canaan’s brother.  This king is a symbol of our idolatry in fornicating with the gods of this world which our flesh naturally loves to do.

Jer 5:30  A wonderful and horrible thing is committed in the land;

Jer 5:31  The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof?

Our idolatry is wonderful only in the sense it gives the Lord the occasion to bring judgment and pour out the grace and chastening we need. It is horrible because our wicked deeds of the flesh are an abomination to the Lord.  It was not surprising to see the meaning of the name of this king and enemy of Israel.

H3573, kûshan rish‛âthayim

koo-shan’ rish-aw-thah’-yim

Apparently from H3572 and the dual of H7564; Cushan of double wickedness; Cushan-Rishathajim, a Mesopotamian king: – Chushan-rishathayim.

Double wickedness is other side of the two-edged sword that is the double blessing to the new man we receive in due time.  To spoil our old man and expose our decrepit spiritual condition both our heavens (mind) and our earth (deeds, actions) will be made wicked by the Potter to bring us low and to a place where repentance can be granted.

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

When both our minds and deeds are sold into captivity of King Chushanrishathaim, we are being caused to err from the Lord’s ways and our every step is ordered of the Lord.  The word “good” is not in the Hebrew and original Scripture, it was added by carnal men to support their false doctrine that the Lord is not sovereign over all things.

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

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

The fact is we only come to know the Lord in the whirlwind of our judgment.  The Lord leaves the enemies in the land to give Him plenty of opportunities to chasten us and thereby teach us.

Jdg 3:1  Now these are the nations which the LORD left, to prove Israel by them, even as many of Israel as had not known all the wars of Canaan;

Jdg 3:2  Only that the generations of the children of Israel might know, to teach them war, at the least such as before knew nothing thereof;

To learn war, one needs practice and experience.  This is why the enemies are left in the land.  Interesting to note there are FIVE Canaanite/Philistine lords which links these heathen nations never totally removed from the land to the chastening grace of God that is symbolized by the number 5 and its various multiples (Click for Number 5 Study).

We serve the Mesopotamian King in bondage for eight years. This timeline has great spiritual significance also as we are so blessed to know (Click for Number 8 Study).  These eight years are the time and experiences needed to be circumcised by the hand of God and have our new man increase to the detriment of the old man (Joh 3:30).   It takes eight days (years) to accomplish the circumcision of Jesus Christ, who we are if we are His people and of His flesh and bones in the Body of Christ (Eph 5:30).

Luk 2:21  And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called JESUS, which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb.

Rev 17:11  And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.

The Lord is always seeking an occasion to bring what is necessary to save us.  What is necessary is judgement (fire in our heavens and earth) and it is that process that is delivering us.

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

1Co 3:15  If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire (the word judging us in the last day Joh 12:48)

When we are caused to sin (Pro 16:9, Amo 3:6) and fornicate with our flesh and the heathen nations (the world); it gives our Father the occasion for judgment and to bring the best teacher of righteousness known to man.  The Lord is seeking His will to bring all men to repentance and that is done by seeking an occasion to pour out grace that is what saves us (Eph 2:8) and teaching us righteousness.

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

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

 

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

 

Psa 66:3  Say unto God, How terrible art thou in thy works! through the greatness of thy power shall thine enemies submit themselves unto thee.

Psa 66:4  All the earth shall worship thee, and shall sing unto thee; they shall sing to thy name. Selah.

It is by our learning thru our suffering under these cruel inward heathen kings that obedience comes to the land and the enemies are brought into submission.

Exo 23:22  But if thou shalt indeed obey his voice, and do all that I speak; then I will be an enemy unto thine enemies, and an adversary unto thine adversaries.

Heb 5:8  Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; 

To mature more judgment and more trials are ALWAYS needed and exactly what the Lord dials up for each of us (1Pe 4:13, Heb 5:14).

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

Our many failures in driving out the Canaanites is used to humble us and remove all confidence in our flesh.  Only then are can we be justified by faith alone and then we are being circumcised by the hands of God alone (Col 2:11).

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

Exo 23:30  By little and little I will drive them out from before thee, until thou be increased, and inherit the land.

After the victory by Othniel, the land has rest for forty years.  We know this rest at this stage of our walk is only temporary as the very verses makes clear.

Jdg 3:12  And the children of Israel did evil again in the sight of the LORD: and the LORD strengthened Eglon the king of Moab against Israel, because they had done evil in the sight of the LORD.

We must endure to the end to be saved as we are being saved now via the process.  We have more things to learn always about righteousness.  The Lord gives us times of trials, but He also gives us times of relative peace and prosperity to consolidate our learning.

Joh 16:12  I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.

These peaceful intervals in between the major war battles with our flesh are in type a kind of Millennium we live out now.  Our flesh is being ruled by a rod of Iron but has not yet been totally destroyed and will rise up again to confront and defy the Israel of God.  The IS, WAS and WILL BE nature of the Word applies to this ongoing battle and cycle of warfare with our flesh.  We are living out Judges (Mat 3:11) now as the Lord has raised up Judges via The Christ and The Word that lives in us.  The Lord via His Word is always winnowing down the old man to bring forth the new man.  There is always something more to be discovered and burned out while we live in flesh bodies.  The message to the churches is a message to us His Church and these words never pass away and the Lord always has some more work to be done to rid us of fornication with worldly nations and gods.

Rev 2:19  I know thy works, and charity, and service, and faith, and thy patience, and thy works; and the last to be more than the first.

Rev 2:20  Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.

Rev 2:21  And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not.

Blessed is the man that can read, hear and live out the words of judgment in the Book of Revelation (Rev 1:3).  In the same way, blessed are the men and woman of God that are being tried in the fire and given many battles with the enemies that the Lord has put and keeps in the Promised Land.

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

There comes a time to move on to greater maturity.  The Judge Othniel dies and the cycle of Israel’s (our) learning continues through the entire foundation of these twelve judges.

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

FAQS, Studies

Beware of Dogs Within

“The Dogs within”

 study notes by the elders compiled into one study for Women

We have seen in the past that we, as women, are the weaker vessels in the same way the Church is the weaker vessel to her Husband, Christ. We do not have the fullness of the Spirit as Christ had but only in down payment, an earnest deposit [2 Cor 1:22]. Therefore it is expedient for us to beware of the dogs within, the spirit that deceives us and lead us astray from the faith! This study is primarily focusing on the spiritual reality as it is for us today, those reading and keeping the sayings of this Book [Rev 1:3].

So, spiritually speaking, what is a dog or what is this spirit that is so deceitful and so powerful in leading us astray? We know one thing for sure and that is that dogs always return to their vomit. Dogs return to their vomit which is poisons and toxins rejected by the body and is not the law of Christ.

2Pe 2:22 But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.

Dogs are outside the holy city that is spiritual Jerusalem, which is the same as new Jerusalem. Dogs are associated with many forbidden things as this verse shows. Think within as this study is primarily looking at the inward application of dogs.

Rev 22:15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.

Those of the circumcision

Paul warns the new converts regarding those who were and are being circumcised [have faith] but that faith is not proven yet! It is us, at the beginning of our walk, refusing to leave the milk behind to go unto perfection and we are still under the law. This carnal law for the carnal nations within [Heb 7:16] influences us, as the Philippians, to abandon their faith and walk contrary to faith. The Lord shows us through history, the spiritual lessons to be learned.

Philippians 3:2-3 Beware of the dogs, beware of the evil workers, beware of the false circumcision; for we are the true circumcision, who worship in the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh.

Here are a few more verses concerning dogs:

Psa 22:16  For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet. 

Who seeked to kill Christ? Who seeks to kill the man child within? Here it is:

Mar 3:6  And the Pharisees went forth, and straightway took counsel with the Herodians against him, how they might destroy him. 

 Joh 11:47  Then gathered the chief priests and the Pharisees a council, and said, What do we? for this man doeth many miracles ….

Joh 11:53  Then from that day forth they took counsel together for to put him to death. 

 We know that the Pharisees were known for their hypocrisy and so is the Pharisee within us full of the leaven of hypocrisy having a form of godliness but denying Christ.

Mat 23:28 Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.

Mar 12:15 Shall we give, or shall we not give? But he, knowing their hypocrisy, said unto them, Why tempt ye me? bring me a penny, that I may see it.

Luk 12:1 In the meantime, when there were gathered together an innumerable multitude of people, insomuch that they trode one upon another, he began to say unto his disciples first of all, Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.

1Ti4:2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;

Jas 3:17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.

Dogs have not ears to hear and eyes to see Christ, the Renewed Covenant [Rev 3:22, Matt 13:9]. Blind watchmen and shepherds within us and without also!

Isa 56:10  His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber. 

Isa 56:11  Yea, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough, and they are shepherds that cannot understand: they all look to their own way, every one for his gain, from his quarter. 

Isa 6:12  Come ye, say they, I will fetch wine, and we will fill ourselves with strong drink; and tomorrow shall be as this day, and much more abundant. 

Christs points to the Pharisees as those being blind, with no eyes to see or ears to hear.

Mat 15:10  And he called the multitude, and said unto them, Hear, and understand: 

Mat 15:11  Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man. 

Mat 15:12  Then came his disciples, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the Pharisees were offended, after they heard this saying? 

Mat 15:13  But he answered and said, Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up. 

Mat 15:14  Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch. 

Whoever or whatever does not have ears to hear and eyes to see, is not the Israel of God. The whole world within and without ourselves do not have ears and eyes. There is always something in us to be burned out, wood, hay and stubble that we are blinded to at the appointed times!

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

Rom 11:8 (According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day. 

Rom 11:9 And David saith, Let their table be made a snare, and a trap, and a stumblingblock, and a recompence unto them: 

Rom 11:10 Let their eyes be darkened, that they may not see, and bow down their back always.

We are not to cast our pearls of truth before swine or give what is holy to the dogs.

Mat 7:6 Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.

Mat 15:26 But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it to dogs.

Christ never once in Scriptures went by night to seek out a Pharisee or Sadducee to try to convert that man. Nicodemus came to Christ by night to inquire of the Truth, and other Pharisees came to tempt Him, but He never once tried to deal with them unless they came tempting him. In every case, Christ never denied His and our Father, and He shut their mouths with the wisdom of His Words. He is still doing the same thing in us. Christ gives us the words and the wisdom we need at the hour we need it when we are resting in Him. We do not try and convert the enemy within, it leads to nothing!

Those in Covenant with Christ, has a table being prepared for them.

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

Being a proud Pharisee, having the righteousness of the carnal law is the Canaanite spirit at work that is deeply ingrained in our fleshly DNA. Canaan begot the Jebusites who are with us to this day [Jos 15:63]. We have to be on guard against those self-righteous and prideful thoughts that can cut us off and separate us from Christ. We are so blessed to be the recipients of God’s mercy in this age. That is the honor of being judged first and going through the trials and suffering that manifest the Glory of Christ within us.

1Pe 2:11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts (i.e. pride), which war against the soul

Circumcision of Christ and the false circumcision

The concision is the false circumcision which refers to us when we believe it is up to us to save ourselves and make ourselves righteous before Christ. Yet the true circumcision is without hands (no flesh involved).

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: 

By the works of the law (a law for the lawless and disobedient, i.e. For the dogs) no flesh is being justified.

Rom 1:17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. 

Rom 10:4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone that believeth. 

Gal 2:16 Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified. 

Paul used his own false beliefs to show us that he was of the concision before Christ mercifully took hold of him and by His hands began the true circumcision.

Php 3:8  Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, 

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:

We are to try the spirits and take to heart always being aware of the flood of deceivers that marks the last days within ourselves.

1Jn 4:3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. 

The church within ourselves falls away and we lose our first love as we see Paul and John both are telling us in an is, was and will be manner. We keep all the words of the prophecy of this Book [Rev 1:3]. Grievous wolves enter into our hearts and minds when this happens.

Act 20:29 For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.

Act 20:30 Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.

Carnal thoughts within who are outside the renewed Covenant of Christ/the Living Words of Christ is what defines the dog spirit within ourselves. We see this readily in the story of the Samaritan woman whose daughter had a demon.

Matthew 15:25-28 Then she came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, help me!” 26But He answered and said, “It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs.” 27 And she said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.” 28 Then Jesus answered and said to her, “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour.

 Paul is warning us about dogs and this is a warning about evil workers without and evil spirits within that disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. This certainly applies outwardly, yet the warning about evil workers, is to be taken inwardly as we first judge ourselves in this age. This applies to all Scriptures. These dog spirits are so insidious because they are backed up by a profession of faith. This is what makes these dogs/thoughts a dangerous threat to God’s people. Christ spoke a similar warning as Paul’s letter to the Philippians [Matt 7:15]. Dogs represent ungodly reasoning and as such are also the tares of the field that masquerade as the truth yet is trusting in the righteousness of the flesh as the typical Pharisee within does. We have to exceed the righteousness of the Pharisees.

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

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

 The pillar of faith is that the dead, will be and are being raised to life. That is the Gospel and while there will be judgment, all men/lies will henceforth be partakers in age abiding life [Rev 5:13, Phil 2:10]. We will and have dominion over sin in Christ.

1 Cor 15:13-17 Now if Christ is preached, that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 But if there is no resurrection of the dead, not even Christ has been raised; 14 and if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is vain, your faith also is vain. 15 Moreover we are even found to be false witnesses of God, because we testified against God that He raised Christ, whom He did not raise, if in fact the dead are not raised. 16 For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised; 17 and if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins.

The falling away from faith being puffed up is, was and will be, is also clearly demonstrated in the lives of the apostles in type, spiritually speaking our emotions leading us astray, the natural showing the spiritual realities or lessons of today. Titus fell away [2 Ti 4 :10] and John was kicked out of the churches he started [3 Jn 1:9].

Act 20:29 For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.

Act 20:30 Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.

 2Ti 1:15 This thou knowest, that all they which are in Asia be turned away from me; of whom are Phygellus and Hermogenes.

 Paul knew it takes time to mature and wait for the Lord to reveal Jesus Christ in us at our appointed time. Many within falls away before Christ comes. We are being marred in the Potters hand to be raised up again. The seed that is Christ will sprout in our hearts when God decides it is time.

 Galatians 4:16-19 So have I become your enemy by telling you the truth? 17 They eagerly seek you, but not commendably, but they wish to shut you out so that you will seek them. 18 But it is good always to be eagerly sought in a commendable manner, and not only when I am present with you. 19 My children, with whom I am again in labor until Christ is formed in you.

The enemies of dying to self [the cross of Christ], are many within and without.

Phil 3:18-19 For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: 19 whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame—who set their mind on earthly things. 

We are being led astray and following after the law of the gentiles [Rom 2:15]. These of the false circumcision are evil workers/thoughts who do Satan’s bidding yet truly we at first, believe we serve the Lord.

2 Cor 11:12-15 But what I do, I will also continue to do, that I may cut off the opportunity from those who desire an opportunity to be regarded just as we are in the things of which they boast. 13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. 14 And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. 15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works.

Condemning others and speaking of vanities are what these dogs within us do. The Spirit within us, Christ in us, the Hope of Glory, do not do such, but mark those who cause such divisions within ourselves and within the Body and shun them.

Ephesians 5:8-11 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light 9 (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), 10 finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. 11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them.

We do not loose heart and stay with the written Word, not being puffed up.

2 Cor 4:1-3 Therefore, since we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we do not lose heart. 2 But we have renounced the hidden things of shame, not walking in craftiness nor handling the word of God deceitfully, but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God. 2 Cor 4:3-6 But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, 4 whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.

 Satan, the servant of God, has us and our carnal thoughts, our dog spirit, blinded. Do not be fooled by external forms of godliness persuasive with swelling words of vanity and carnal knowledge of the Scriptures but remaining without any understanding.

2 Tim 3:1-5  But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!

Take very thought captive, separating from these dogs within that takes silly women captive within us.

2 Tim 3:6-7 For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts, 7 always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

2 Cor 6:14-15 Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? 15 And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever?

We endure the persecution of the multitudes within being saved, a process.

2 Tim 3:13 But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.

Dogs eat the crumbs that fall from the Master’s table. God has made a table for us.

Phil 2:14-16 Do all things without grumbling or disputing; 15 so that you will prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world, 16 holding fast the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I will have reason to glory because I did not run in vain nor toil in vain.

 Many outsiders/evil thoughts to the Covenant of Faith, will seek to enter in and spoil us. Things tickling the ears are leading us astray.

1 Tim 1:18-20  This charge I commit to you, son Timothy, according to the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you may wage the good warfare, 19 having faith and a good conscience, which some having rejected, concerning the faith have suffered shipwreck, 20 of whom are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I delivered to Satan that they may learn not to blaspheme.

Be on the watch for the dogs within, those evil workers that can so easily disguise themselves with external sweetness and flattery who are not the Words of Christ.

1 Thess 2:1-5 For you yourselves know, brethren, that our coming to you was not in vain, 2 but after we had already suffered and been mistreated in Philippi, as you know, we had the boldness in our God to speak to you the gospel of God amid much opposition. 3 For our exhortation does not come from error or impurity or by way of deceit; 4 but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not as pleasing men, but God who examines our hearts. 5 For we never came with flattering speech

 Let us do Christ, if the Lord permits, to do His good will and pleasure!

 Isa 58:13  If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words: 

Isa 58:14  Then shalt thou delight thyself in the LORD; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it. 

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