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Restoration of the Land

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For Our Admonition Part 9

“Restoration of the Land”

Key Verses:  2Ki 8:1 – 8:6

We have one more “story” regarding the Shunammite woman who is instructive to our own growth and maturity in Christ.   Salvation and our sanctification, is a process, one that never ends while we occupy these clay vessels.  We should be striving continually as we endure the trials and temptations the Lord has defined for us all the way to the end.

Mat 24:13  But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

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

Here is our story involving Elisha, the woman, her household, Gehazi and the king.

2Ki 8:1  Then spake Elisha unto the woman, whose son he had restored to life, saying, Arise, and go thou and thine household, and sojourn wheresoever thou canst sojourn: for the LORD hath called for a famine; and it shall also come upon the land seven years. 

2Ki 8:2  And the woman arose, and did after the saying of the man of God: and she went with her household, and sojourned in the land of the Philistines seven years. 

2Ki 8:3  And it came to pass at the seven years’ end, that the woman returned out of the land of the Philistines: and she went forth to cry unto the king for her house and for her land. 

2Ki 8:4  And the king talked with Gehazi the servant of the man of God, saying, Tell me, I pray thee, all the great things that Elisha hath done. 

2Ki 8:5  And it came to pass, as he was telling the king how he had restored a dead body to life, that, behold, the woman, whose son he had restored to life, cried to the king for her house and for her land. And Gehazi said, My lord, O king, this is the woman, and this is her son, whom Elisha restored to life. 

2Ki 8:6  And when the king asked the woman, she told him. So the king appointed unto her a certain officer, saying, Restore all that was hers, and all the fruits of the field since the day that she left the land, even until now. 

Even after being raised from the dead (our last Study Part 8), we still have a walk to walk out. Our resurrection in down payment form is the beginning rather than the end of our trials and tribulations.

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

Act 14:22  Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.

Why is it that the Lord gives us seven years of plenty and then tries us by putting us through seven years of famine and drought?  Here is why.

1Pe 1:3  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

1Pe 1:4  To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,

1Pe 1:5  Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

1Pe 1:6  Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: 

1Pe 1:7  That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:

Our calling and election is a LIVING HOPE.  It is not a done deal, we have to live it out and Lord willing we will be found faithful, IF we stay on the course through thick and thin.

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

Joh 8:32  And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

There is a time and season for everything under the sun (Ecc 3:1).  We are all under this sun which is really all under The Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ.  This is because all things that happen are being done IN CHRIST.

Joh 15:1  I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.

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

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

The Lord uses these seasons of trial, temptation and famine to kill our old man and our carnal and fleshly desires.  These trials are most precious to the Lord because they are what is killing our old man and bringing forth the new man.

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

Before we move on, let’s remember where the land being spoken about is.

Luk 17:20  And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation:

Luk 17:21  Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you

It is all within God’s people.  Our possession of the land is our being given dominion over sin and abiding in life as we are given to overcome and obey the Lord.

Deu 8:1  All the commandments which I command thee this day shall ye observe to do, that ye may live, and multiply, and go in and possess the land which the LORD sware unto your fathers.

Elisha warns of the famine to come and the woman is led of the Lord to take her household (son and presumably her husband) into a carnal land for seven years.

2Ki 8:2  And the woman arose, and did after the saying of the man of God: and she went with her household, and sojourned in the land of the Philistines seven years. 

Even after coming to Christ, we are yet carnal as were the Corinthians (1Co 3:1-3).  We have to sojourn with the Philistines which is in the land of Israel yet are of the uncircumcision (1Sa 17:26) for our time and seasons appointed.  Yet that land is part of the promise given to Israel and we will be given dominion over this land.

Exo 23:31  And I will set thy bounds from the Red sea even unto the sea of the Philistines, and from the desert unto the river: for I will deliver the inhabitants of the land into your hand; and thou shalt drive them out before thee.

To understand this war raging within the land of Israel (inside your mind and walk), a lot can be learned looking out in the physical to see what the Lord is doing in the Kingdom of God within His elect in this age.  Israel is always at war with the Philistines even unto this very day (Rom 1:20).

 Wikipedia:  The Philistines were an ancient people known for their conflict with the Israelites described in the Bible. … In biblical Hebrew they become Pelishtim; in Greek, their land becomes Palestina, hence the terms Palestine and Philistine.

Spiritually speaking, the Philistines represent our flesh and its carnal lusts.  Even the root word of Philistines bears this out.

H6428, pâlash

paw-lash’

A primitive root; to roll (in dust): – roll (wallow) self.

Total KJV occurrences: 4

We have to wallow in the dust of our carnal mind for seven years before the land is restored unto Israel.  This is torment and herein lies the patience of the saints as we wait on this restoral or restitution of all things.

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

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

This is the activity going on now within God’s elect in the Kingdom of God.  This will play out outwardly at the Great White Throne judgment (aka the lake of fire) when all men shall be saved from their sins and go through the same judgment and torment the saints are enduring now in this age (Rev 14:10-12).  It takes all seven years (the complete time the Lord has ordained) of us striving between the flesh and the Spirit to be growing into maturity so we can enter into the land to possess the land.

Gal 5:17  For the flesh 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 old man is the one being starved and the one upon whom God’s wrath is fallen.  It is good we go thru a famine as otherwise the old man would not die (Rut 1:1-3).  This experience is preparing us for greater works in the Kingdom and Temple of the living God.  It is not us that drives out the heathen Philistines, it is Christ in us and the armies of Christ.

We are being saved from famine in the same way we are saved from death and judgment.  It is by our old man experiencing these things that the new man is saved from them.

Eze 36:27  And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.

Eze 36:28  And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be my people, and I will be your God.

Eze 36:29  I will also save you from all your uncleannesses: and I will call for the corn, and will increase it, and lay no famine upon you.

Eze 36:30  And I will multiply the fruit of the tree, and the increase of the field, that ye shall receive no more reproach of famine among the heathen.

When we battle giants in our land and fall down our seven times, we are being chastened.  It’s so easy to revert to the righteousness of the law to justify ourselves but we do much better remembering who is being saved and who is being destroyed and this is all the Lord’s work.

1Th 5:9  For God hath not appointed us (the new man) to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,

1Th 5:10  Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.

1Th 5:11  Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.

Isa 64:8  But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.

It is this experience of evil, the Lord uses to humble us (Ecc 1:13 CLV) so we will remember our evil ways and be given the presence of mind (Christ) to obey God.

Eze 36:31  Then shall ye remember your own evil ways, and your doings that were not good, and shall loathe yourselves in your own sight for your iniquities and for your abominations.

In the times appointed, the seven years are completed and we, as this Shunammite woman, are being led of the Lord back to our own land where it will be restored unto us.

2Ki 8:3  And it came to pass at the seven years’ end, that the woman returned out of the land of the Philistines: and she went forth to cry unto the king for her house and for her land. 

The famine works its work in us and we are being prepared for the spiritual journey back home to our own land and our own people.  Such is the inheritance of God’s people and this abode is only in The Christ.

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

Coming to know this is how we are being prepared and made zealous for good works, the reason we have been put into this Body of Christ (Tit 2:14) and that is to serve.

Col 3:23 And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;

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

The trial of our faith is waiting on the Lord during these times of famine and struggle with the Philistines within.  This is how we are learning patience during this symbolic period of seven years (Luk 21:19, Rev 14:12).  We come to glory in our tribulations and all seasons the Lord is giving us as we are growing in faith and are given patience to wait upon the Lord to finish His work.  Only then do we learn to trust not in ourselves and what we see with our natural eyes, but instead stand on the Lord’s promises and the hope we receive from these promises when we believe.

Rom 5:3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;

Rom 5:4  And patience, experience; and experience, hope:

When our appointed time of sojourning is up, the famine ends and all our possessions we lost are being restored back unto us.

Job 42:10  And the LORD turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before.

This is the double blessing of our heavens and earth.  The Lord is in the business of calling light out of darkness that He creates in us that are comprised of a heaven and an earth.

Gen 1:1  In the (H7225 – firstfruits) beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

The heavens typify our mind which is becoming the mind of Christ through trials and suffering that decrease the old man and increase the new man.  The earth is our walk and outward actions which are also blessed as we are given dominion over sin.  John and all of God’s elect see this new heaven and new earth (in down payment form in this age) within them being formed as they are given to abide in the Holy City (Zion) which is also Christ’s bride.

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

Rev 21:2  And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

Col 1:19  For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;

Col 1:20  And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.

Col 1:21  And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled

Psa 134:3  The LORD that made heaven and earth bless thee out of Zion.

All men reap this blessing after coming through the lake of fire (Zion) in their day of judgment.  We cry out for restoration of our land and the fruits thereof as the people of God.

2Ki 8:4  And the king talked with Gehazi the servant of the man of God, saying, Tell me, I pray thee, all the great things that Elisha hath done. 

2Ki 8:5  And it came to pass, as he was telling the king how he had restored a dead body to life, that, behold, the woman, whose son he had restored to life, cried to the king for her house and for her land. And Gehazi said, My lord, O king, this is the woman, and this is her son, whom Elisha restored to life. 

Our new man (the king of Israel in this case) asks the servant about all the wonderful works and great things that Elisha (Christ) has done.  The Lord told us that blessed are those who believe in the miracles of Christ without seeing (Joh 20:29).  Yet we, as kings in training, are given signs in our immaturity in seeing the return of the woman and her son resurrected from the dead. We see this miracle in ourselves and we see it in others in the Body of Christ.

It is the elect of God who are the kings and priests of the Lord.

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

Our new man is already sitting on the throne of Israel (Christ in us) judging righteous judgment (Joh 7:24) within the Kingdom and nations within us (Luk 17:21).  This is just an earnest of our role to come in the Millennium Reign and the Lake of Fire.

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.

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

The woman makes her plea directly to the king of Israel which leads to restoration of her land.

2Ki 8:6  And when the king asked the woman, she told him. So the king appointed unto her a certain officer, saying, Restore all that was hers, and all the fruits of the field since the day that she left the land, even until now. 

The woman that we are individually and as part of the church (the elect), give birth to the son.  As any good mother, we naturally seek the well-being of our offspring as is the duty of all in Christ.  By the words we speak, and deeds we do, we are always making petitions for restoration of the land as we seek salvation and overcoming of our sins.

Luk 18:7  And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them?

The certain officer that is appointed here is the Body of Christ and the multitude of counselors in whom all of God’s people will trust.

Pro 11:14  Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety.

Wise counsel is righteous judgment which is evaluating all things through the prism of the Scriptures.  It is the elect of God, the only ones given to understand the Scriptures (Mat 13:10), who are the judges.  It is by those works (judgment) by which the land within every one of us is restored and the fruits of increase returned unto us two-fold (Zec 9:4, Isa 61:7).  These blessing to the new man are found only in The Christ.

Act 7:49  Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool: what house will ye build me? saith the Lord: or what is the place of my rest?

We are being redeemed by the Lord through judgment.  This is how our land is restored.

Isa 1:26  And I will restore thy judges as at the first, and thy counsellors as at the beginning: afterward thou shalt be called, The city of righteousness, the faithful city.

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

The latter rain (Truth we receive) will come in abundance when we are being returned to the land of Israel.  The Lord promises to restore all that was eaten by our bondage to lies and carnal mindedness that had to be burned out of us in the land of the Philistines.

Joe 2:23  Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God: for he hath given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month.

Joe 2:24  And the floors shall be full of wheat, and the fats shall overflow with wine and oil.

Joe 2:25  And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you.

The restoration of the land requires the prayers and actions of righteous men that avail themselves much.

Jas 5:19  If anyone among you goes astray from the truth, brothers, and anyone turns him back,

Jas 5:20  know that the one turning a sinner from the error of his way will save the soul from death, and will hide a multitude of sins.

This officer of the king is the trust we put into the Body of Christ as the watchmen and overseers of the flock of God.

Eph 3:7  Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power.

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

The restoration of the land within ourselves comes when we are witnessing for Christ to the elect angels of Christ and throughout all the earth within and without.

Act 1:6  When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?

Act 1:7  And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.

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

I hope this study has reminded us that we struggle with many things and that we are clay in the Lord’s hands.  Everything is exactly on schedule for the Lord to finish His work and fully restore the land in the Kingdom of God within us.  It is our trusting in this Hope, despite all the signs contrary to that hope (our struggles with sin and the beast within) that will and IS saving us, if we endure to the end.

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

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

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

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

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

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Intimacy with Christ Raises the Dead

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For Our Admonition Part 8

“Intimacy with Christ Raises the Dead”

Key Verses:  2Ki 4:29 – 4:37

All true men and women of God have to come to their wits ends (Psa 107) and cry out for deliverance before they are being raised up with Christ.  It is a long and arduous process  (Rom 8:22, Act 14:22) that we cannot endure on our own.  We will discover or rediscover in this study the immutable truth that intimacy with Christ is needed to know Him and that oneness of mind is the very thing that is saving and raising us up.

Joh 5:39  NKJV You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me.

Joh 5:40  But you are not willing to come to Me (My Body, The Christ) that you may have life.

1Jn 1:7  But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another (Christ), and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.

Here are the final verses of this story of death and resurrection of the young son.

2Ki 4:29  KJV Then he said to Gehazi, Gird up thy loins, and take my staff in thine hand, and go thy way: if thou meet any man, salute him not; and if any salute thee, answer him not again: and lay my staff upon the face of the child. 

2Ki 4:30  And the mother of the child said, As the LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. And he arose, and followed her. 

2Ki 4:31  And Gehazi passed on before them, and laid the staff upon the face of the child; but there was neither voice, nor hearing. Wherefore he went again to meet him, and told him, saying, The child is not awaked. 

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

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

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

2Ki 4:35  Then he returned, and walked in the house to and fro; and went up, and stretched himself upon him: and the child sneezed seven times, and the child opened his eyes. 

2Ki 4:36  And he called Gehazi, and said, Call this Shunammite. So he called her. And when she was come in unto him, he said, Take up thy son. 

2Ki 4:37  Then she went in, and fell at his feet, and bowed herself to the ground, and took up her son, and went out. 

This is a story about resurrection from the dead.  Yet it is also a marriage story because it is a story about oneness with the Body of Christ who is also the wife (Eph 5:32) and Bride of Christ (Rev 19:7, 2Co 11:2).  This intimacy is both: 1) how we ourselves are saved from our sins and 2) in turn help save one another by having the same mind.  Such is the importance of fellowship and being connected to the living Christ via true communion.

Luk 22:17  And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, Take this, and divide it among yourselves: 

Luk 22:18  For I say unto you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God shall come.

His Kingdom has come within us, His elect in every age since Pentecost, and we are communing together eating the Bread of life and drinking His wine.  This intimacy is in matters of the Spirit and not physically whatsoever (Joh 6:63) as we all lie in the bed of Christ sharing one mind and resting in His truths.  Our spiritual body is the Body of Christ, of which we are just a part (1Co 12:12) if we are connected.

Eph 5:30  For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.

Eph 5:31  For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.

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

We continue to learn from this story both the do’s (Elisha) and the don’ts (Gehazi) of raising up the dead which is an integral part of our calling and election as the Lord’s disciples.

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

We saw last time that Gehazi represents a leprous “mixed multitude” spirit of faith and flesh (2Ki 5:27).  This is us trying to serve two masters and do right by God but keeping the old man alive.  Gehazi and we serve Christ with zeal yet before our hearts have been changed through heavy trials.  We have a lot of strong meat left to eat (Heb 5:13) before our obedience is being fulfilled and we are caused by scourging grace to obey the Lord (Rom 5:20, Eze 36:27).

Psa 37:28  For the LORD loveth judgment, and forsaketh not his saints; they are preserved for ever: but the seed of the wicked shall be cut off.

Elisha instructs Gehazi to prepare for the tough task and not to engage with the world on his way to raise the young son of faith back to life.  Walking the straight and narrow way is the walk of the people of God in following Christ’s commandments.

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 1:12  And they (The Cherubims, God’s Elect, Whirling Wheels) went every one straight forward: whither the spirit was to go, they went; and they turned not when they went.

It is when we turn (do not go straight) that we turn to the left or to the right that we go above what is written and engage with a carnal world.  This is how we add to or take away from the Word of God which are the Lord’s instructions.  Such disobedience brings spiritual sickness and delays our entering into age abiding “eternal” life (Rev 22:18-19).

2Ki 4:30  And the mother of the child said, As the LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. And he (Elisha) arose, and followed her. 

2Ki 4:31  And Gehazi passed on before them, and laid the staff upon the face of the child; but there was neither voice, nor hearing. Wherefore he went again to meet him, and told him, saying, The child is not awaked. 

Gehazi’s efforts of raising the boy via Elisha’s staff failed to raise up spiritual life.  Knowledge alone does not cut it, it takes abiding in the fire that is Christ, which is evidence of our believing, by which we are set free from sin and prove ourselves (Joh 8:32).  The child did not hear, nor did he speak and remained dead in his bed.  Several lessons and inferences can be drawn from Gehazi’s spiritual impotence and failure at performing the greater works of Christ (Joh 14:12) in raising the spiritually dead to new life.

Mat 13:58  And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.

Unable to hear and speak spiritually is all of us when we are bound by lies (demons) that vex us in our unbelief.  It reminds us of a story of some carnal disciples, not yet converted, who themselves doubted and served two masters like Gehazi and who could not cast out the demon spirits keeping a boy vexed of the devil.  But Christ (Elisha) can and will and teach us how we can do it through Him (prayer and fasting).  The parable in Mark 9 is a NT witness to the failure of Gehazi and the success of Elisha in casting out deaf and dumb spirits which allows the boy to be raised to new life.

Mar 9:24  And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.

Mar 9:25  When Jesus saw that the people came running together, he rebuked the foul spirit, saying unto him, Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, and enter no more into him.

Mar 9:26  And the spirit cried, and rent him sore, and came out of him: and he was as one dead; insomuch that many said, He is dead.

Mar 9:27  But Jesus took him by the hand, and lifted him up; and he arose.

Mar 9:28  And when he was come into the house, his disciples asked him privately, Why could not we cast him out?

Mar 9:29  And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.

Another lesson is that those the Lord is working with in this age, His sheep, will not hear nor follow the voice of a stranger.  Gehazi, as a leprous gainsayer, is a stranger and a thief and a robber (Joh 10:1).  Those of God hear God’s Word when spoken by His sent preachers and angels (1Jo 4:6) and the voice of a stranger they will not follow.

Joh 10:4  And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.

Joh 10:5  And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.

When we have exhausted our own efforts of raising the dead by the strength and power of the flesh then Christ (Elisha) comes.

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

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

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

The details of Elisha’s actions here are very instructive in how we, as God’s elect, are to raise up the dead (Christ in us doing the work).  We are His instruments of salvation (Oba 1:21, 1Co 6:2) doing the greater works (Joh 14:12) to one another now and all men in the Lake of Fire age to come.

Shutting the DoorShutting the door is symbolic of what Christ does for us in separating (dragging) us from the world and our former way of life (disobedience).

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;

Christ is the door and the only way to find truth and life (Joh 14:6).  It is the Lord’s prophets and ministers that as His Christ, are the door, that all men must one day enter into the Temple that is the Body of Christ and the Tree of life.

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

Gen 3:24  So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.

By virtue of our entering in this way, we also then become shepherds of the sheep and able ministers of the grace of God.

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

Praying to the Lord:  We are told that everything we ask, we shall have, if we ask in faith consistent with the Lord’s will.  That prayer is also to be done in secret and not to win the praise or esteem of men (Mat 6:6).

1Jn 5:15  And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.

Joh 15:7  If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.

Elisha gets to know the boy: Elisha then lays down upon the boy symbolizing laying down his life for the sheep after the example of our Lord (Joh 20:21).  Like our Lord, we know who the Lord’s and we are following Christ’s example in laying down our lives for His sheep.

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

Joh 10:15  As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep.

A hireling like Gehazi is at this time, does not lay down his life (Joh 10:12-13) like the example of Elisha, a representation of Christ in type and shadow.  We see the spiritual example of breathing life into a person dying (Rom 1:20) by Elisha stretching and touching the boy.

Mouth to Mouth Resuscitation:  To be of one mind, we must kiss the Son that is the Body of Christ.  This is not a literal kiss, it is a commandment to not forsake the assembling of ourselves with one another (Heb 10:24-25).  This Body and our Lord is the only sacrifice for sins we have been given and we best take full advantage of our election.

Psa 2:11  Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.

Psa 2:12  Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.

Rom 16:16  Salute one another with an holy kiss. The churches of Christ salute you.

Eye to Eye:  There is not division within the true Body.  We all see eye to eye and are being like minded, with the mind of Jesus Christ.  We see things the same way and stand on the Word to judge righteous judgment and guide us in every action and thought.

Isa 52:8  Thy watchmen shall lift up the voice; with the voice together shall they sing: for they shall see eye to eye, when the LORD shall bring again Zion.

Luk 11:34  The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness.

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

Hand to Hand:  The work of God gets done by the hands of God which hands we are if we belong to Him.  God has brought us together in a Body for the express purpose of manifesting good works.  We saw the Mark 9 parable earlier where Christ takes the boy by the hand and lifts Him up.  That is an example of good works we The Christ do today.

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

Tit 2:14  Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

We teach one another through the Word and by our examples of how we live our lives.  Laying hands on one another is how the Spirit of God is imparted and we grow in the faith and Lord willing move onto maturity by doing likewise as was done unto us.  Elisha putting his hands on the lad’s hands is illustration of the Body being joined together and learning and teaching one another through the Living Word.  The physical stories and events in the Bible are parables (Mar 4;11).  They show us that is it thru oneness with the Body of Christ that the Holy Spirit comes.

Act 19:6  And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.

This oneness brings warmth, there is heat that emanates from a physical body and there is also spiritual heat (via the Words of Fire) that emanates from the Body of Christ (Rom 1:20).  The Body is the fire (Isa 33:14-15) and we are each a flame of fire when we act according to faith and the commandments of the Lord.

Heb 1:7  And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire.

It is that fire that warms us to Christ and ultimately gives us a zeal for Christ and brings salvation and our ability to walk uprightly in obedience (Eze 36:27, Isa 48:10).

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

Being raised from the dead is a process as that is the same process of judgment that redeems us to the Lord (Exo 6:6, Isa 1:27, Rev 20:4).  Elisha’s patience and perseverance of stretching (bowing) himself over the dead child eventually pays off and the child sneezes seven times and opens his eyes awake and alive.

2Ki 4:35  Then he returned, and walked in the house to and fro; and went up, and stretched himself upon him: and the child sneezed seven times, and the child opened his eyes.

The word for sneezing or sneeze is found nowhere else in the KJV Bible and there is some dispute that this verse is mistranslated as sneezing is not found in the Septuagint.   Strong’s seems unsure of himself in guessing at an extended meaning.

H2237, zârar,zaw-rar’ – Total KJV occurrences: 1

A primitive root (compare H2114); perhaps to diffuse, that is, (specifically) to sneeze: – sneeze.

Breathing is a most important bodily function because without air, without sufficient oxygen, flesh dies very quickly.  We can survive days without food and water but only a couple of minutes without air.  The most vital sustenance of life is our process of breathing in and out.  Sneezing is an important part of this vital life function.  Here is Wikipedia’s explanation of what sneezing represents in the physical.

Wikipedia:  The function of sneezing is to expel mucus containing irritants from the nasal cavity. A sneeze is a semi-autonomous, convulsive expulsion of air from the lungs through the nose and mouth, usually caused by foreign particles irritating the nasal membranes

Spiritually speaking, applying Romans 1:20, sneezing is a very appropriate symbol of how we expel the toxins and poisons of our unbelief that keep us bound in sin and abiding in death.

Mar 7:20  And he said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man.

Mar 7:21  For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders,

Mar 7:22  Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness:

Mar 7:23  All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.

Abiding in truth will have us spontaneously expel (sneeze) out over times, the spiritual toxins (the sins, lies, unbelief) that are polluting our air and defiling our earth.  As we believe and receive Christ, we are given more power to stand and walk in righteousness.

Joh 1:12  But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

Joh 1:13  Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

The bowing and sneezing seven times is no random number.  We know the number 7 symbolizes COMPLETION. To be raised to new life and being matured in Christ, we, must be completed and live through the life and trials the Lord has written in our books before the world was even formed (Psa 139:16).  It is God’s elect, “The Christ” who are the priests (Rev 5:10) of God who carry the Word (Ark) and blow the seven trumpets of judgment in both the OT (Jos 6:4) and the NT (Rev 8:2).  As a type of Christ, Elisha, is showing us our role and duty as God’s angels to minister to one another.

Rev 15:7  And one of the four beasts gave unto the seven angels seven golden vials full of the wrath of God, who liveth for ever and ever.

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

One mind, one baptism, in the bed of Jesus Christ is our entering into the rest that remains for the people of God, which people we are Lord willing (Heb 4:9-10).  It is abiding in the Body where we are being judged and saved and raised to newness of life.

Joh 5:25  Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live. 

Joh 5:26  For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself;

Joh 5:27  And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man.

Our story ends with the boy awakening and being given back to his mother.

2Ki 4:36  And he called Gehazi, and said, Call this Shunammite. So he called her. And when she was come in unto him, he said, Take up thy son. 

2Ki 4:37  Then she went in, and fell at his feet, and bowed herself to the ground, and took up her son, and went out.

It is our coming to Christ in the upper room where we will take up our new born son of faith.  We cannot just read our Bibles and warm ourselves by the fire.  We have to abide in the fire and become the fire to be saved and save others.

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

This baptism by fire (Mat 3;11) is the second coming of Christ (Elisha) and is our entering into His rest.  This is what kills the old man, purge sin from our midst and raise us up to the glory of our Lord.  This is the goal we all should have in mind daily.

Rom 6:3  Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?

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

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

Rom 6:6  Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.

Rom 6:7  For he that is dead (to the flesh and the world) is freed from sin.

If one is struggling with sin and battling giants in the land, all of us in our times and seasons, these lessons are a great reminder of where we need to be focused to get deliverance.  The inclination of the carnal mind is to run and hide and cover ourselves.  Yet it is running towards Christ, towards the fire that will hasten (accelerate) the appearing of Jesus Christ within us (2Pe 3:12-13).  Hopefully that is the desire and goal of everyone reading this study.

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

 

Studies

Women in the Life of Moses

Spiritual Significance of Women in the Life of Moses

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

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

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

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

Moses

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

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

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

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

1Pe 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
Deu 14:2 For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God, and the LORD hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth.

The mother of Moses

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pharaoh’s daughter

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mat 23:2 Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat:

Mat 23:3 All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not.

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

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

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

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

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

The wife of Moses

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Lord finds us while we are yet sinners.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Heb 4:1 Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it.

Recap

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mat 23:2 Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat:

Mat 23:3 All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The sister of Moses

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Num 20:7 The LORD told Moses,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Short Summary

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

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

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

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

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

Prophesy has its place and we need to take heed.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Reaping Death, a Trial of Our Faith

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“Reaping Death, a Trial of Our Faith”

Key Verses:  2Ki 4:18 – 4:28

We now continue with the events regarding the Shunammite woman (Click Here for earlier study).  This is the second mention in the Bible of death that will be followed by a resurrection to life. We will cover the death portion of the story and the mother’s response in seeking out Elisha this week and the details of the boy’s resurrection in our next study. There are multiple facets to the story with multiple characters and many spiritual lessons that all have applications to our life and our walk with God (1Co 3:21).

2Ki 4:18  And when the child was grown, it fell on a day, that he went out to his father to the reapers. 

2Ki 4:19  And he said unto his father, My head, my head. And he said to a lad, Carry him to his mother. 

2Ki 4:20  And when he had taken him, and brought him to his mother, he sat on her knees till noon, and then died. 

2Ki 4:21  And she went up, and laid him on the bed of the man of God, and shut the door upon him, and went out. 

2Ki 4:22  And she called unto her husband, and said, Send me, I pray thee, one of the young men, and one of the asses, that I may run to the man of God, and come again. 

2Ki 4:23  And he said, Wherefore wilt thou go to him today? it is neither new moon, nor sabbath. And she said, It shall be well. 

2Ki 4:24  Then she saddled an ass, and said to her servant, Drive, and go forward; slack not thy riding for me, except I bid thee. 

2Ki 4:25  So she went and came unto the man of God to mount Carmel. And it came to pass, when the man of God saw her afar off, that he said to Gehazi his servant, Behold, yonder is that Shunammite: 

2Ki 4:26  Run now, I pray thee, to meet her, and say unto her, Is it well with thee? is it well with thy husband? is it well with the child? And she answered, It is well. 

2Ki 4:27  And when she came to the man of God to the hill, she caught him by the feet: but Gehazi came near to thrust her away. And the man of God said, Let her alone; for her soul is vexed within her: and the LORD hath hid it from me, and hath not told me. 

2Ki 4:28  Then she said, Did I desire a son of my lord? did I not say, Do not deceive me? 

This parable (Hos 12:10) is about a young one in the faith, one that has not yet been given dominion to die to this world and instead is overcome and dies spiritually.  This is all of us in our time.  Dominion over sin only comes by and follows our first being slain and overcome.  Thus, the first half of our witness for Christ ends in the wrong kind of death.

Rev 11:7  When they finish their testimony, the beast that ascends out of the bottomless pit will make war against them, overcome them, and kill them.

The glorification of Christ in us requires that we first die, yet there are two aspects, the positive and the negative side of spiritual death (Heb 4:11).  First, we die spiritually and our overcome by sin and secondly as we are judged we are given the ability to rise up, overcome and begin to die to the lusts of the flesh.  Before we can reap the spiritual blessing of death to the flesh, we reap the wages of our sin (anything not of faith).

Rom 6:23  For the wages of sin is death (spiritual death – negative type); but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

The bearing of fruit unto eternal life requires Christ to come again for judgment bringing the fire to chasten us and quicken us by grace poured out through our faith.

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

Tit 2:12  teaching (chastening) us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age,

As the Israel of God, our reaping of death via our sins gives Christ the occasion to come cleanse His Temple (1Co 3:16) and glorify His Name within us (Eze 36:23).  Christ (Elisha) returns a second time after we spiritually die to bring salvation from our sins.

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

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

Only then can we begin to die in the Lord, losing our life to this world and bearing the peaceable fruit of righteousness (Heb 12:11, Rev 14:13).  The Lord wastes nothing even using our evil for good in bringing salvation and teaching us righteousness (Jer 2:19).

Luk 5:31  … They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick.

Luk 5:32  I came not to call the righteous, but (DEAD) sinners to repentance

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

The son is the woman’s offspring of her faith or said another way the renewing mindset growing within us (aka the new man).  The son comes to us by the prophesy of the Lord’s priests and prophets, in this case Elisha, a type of Christ, and representation of the Body of Christ in every age.  Faith comes by hearing (Rom 10:17) the Word spoken by God’s Elect that imparts faith to those prepared to hear those words.

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

The child grew meaning the child matured spiritually and that led to an appointed day where the Lord begins seeking the occasion to come again to mature us even more.  He does this by causing us to err from His ways (Isa 63:17, Jdg 14:14) to reap the wages of  sin that lies hidden in our fleshly members.

Eph 2:2  Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:

Eph 2:3  Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

The reaping of the Lord’s harvest comes at the end of the age (Greek word -AION) of us being carnally minded.  The angels of the Lord are the reapers meaning the Body of Christ which is the fire by which the man is harvested, and the old man is, was and will be destroyed.  Christ tells of this mystery in the explanation of the wheat and the tares.

Mat 13:40  As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world.

Mat 13:41  The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity;

Mat 13:42  And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.

We go out to this harvest with our “father” to the reapers.  The father in this parable and the woman’s husband is a representation of our old man (2Ki 4:14) that is tied to the law of the Gentiles (Rom 2:15).  This is whom we serve in our belief system that it is by our own works of the flesh by which we are saved.  Before we are given the mind of Christ (a spiritual mind) through the gift of God, we, are of the mindset of our father, the devil and naturally at enmity with the ways of the Lord (Gen 3:15, Joh 8:44).  This mindset has us eating and drinking unworthily reaping the resulting sickness and death.

1Co 11:29  For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.

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

Spiritually speaking, sleeping is the same as death.  Christ must come wake us out of our sleep (Eph 5:14) and He does this by the brightness of His coming.  When Christ comes again, unlike the first time He comes (Rev 13:3), there will not be any healing of the head wound.  The old mindset and head of our father the devil will be no more when we rise.

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

Nah 3:19  …. There is no healing of thy bruise; thy wound is grievous …

The Word we so eagerly embrace and begin eating turns bitter to our fleshly way of life (Rev 10:9), by shining light onto our sins.

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

Rom 7:23  But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.

The son of faith is placed upon the knees of his mother where he dies at noon which is the brightest part of the day.  There is great significance in these symbols.  Knees are the largest joint in the body and in the physical are essential in our movement and stability.   When we apply knees spiritually (Rom 1:20) we can see they represent sound doctrine.  The knees of the church, the mother of Christ, is pure doctrine that supports and guides our walk on the narrow way.

Luk 8:21  And he answered and said unto them, My mother and my brethren are these which hear the word of God, and do it.

We come to see our state of spiritual death only when we abide in the bright light (noon day) that is Jesus Christ through our fellowship and interaction with His Christ.

Rev 14:9  And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand,

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

The hour is come for Christ to be glorified (in type and shadow) in this child of faith. 

2Ki 4:21  And she went up and laid him on the bed of the man of God, shut the door upon him, and went out. 

2Ki 4:22  Then she called to her husband, and said, “Please send me one of the young men and one of the donkeys, that I may run to the man of God and come back.” 

2Ki 4:23  So he said, “Why are you going to him today? It is neither the New Moon nor the Sabbath.” And she said, “It is well.” 

2Ki 4:24  Then she saddled a donkey, and said to her servant, “Drive, and go forward; do not slacken the pace for me unless I tell you.” 

2Ki 4:25  And so she departed, and went to the man of God at Mount Carmel. So it was, when the man of God saw her afar off, that he said to his servant Gehazi, “Look, the Shunammite woman! 

 

The mother’s response is our correct response when our spiritual son falls into great trial and is sick and overcome in trespasses.  When we see ourselves as chief of sinners in need of repentance, we are told to run to the mountains that are “The Christ” casting all our care upon Him (1Pe 5:6, Psa 11:1).

Mat 24:15  When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)

Mat 24:16  Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: 

Laying our son on the prophet’s bed in the upper room of the house is symbolism for us trusting in the Lord and His promises to raise up the dead.  This is resting from our own works and call upon the elders and those in the church for help.

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

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

It takes eating a lot of strong meat (bearing trials and chastening) to become mature (Heb 5:13) in the faith.  While we have faith, our faith is initially weak until it is tried in the fire where we buy the true spiritual gold (learn righteousness).

Rev 3:18  I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see.

Yet we fail first and call upon our “old” husband and lean back on our own carnal understanding.  The mindset of our old man will resist the mind of the Spirit (Rom 8:7) and questions why we would go to the Lord and expose our sins and faults.  Yet that is how we are healed and raised back to life.

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

The mindset of being under the carnal law (the husband) has us going to Christ only on prescribed days (Sunday, new moons and sabbath’s) when an offering to God was commanded (Num 28:11).  The Lord is not pleased with are rituals and Babylonian sacrifices, He wants our whole heart (Mat 22:37) and gets it by putting us through these trials of life and death.

1Pe 1:7  NLT These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.

Rev 13:10  He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints. 

Saddling [H2280] a donkey and riding to Elisha symbolizes us being bound [H2280] to our yet carnal and immature stage of our faith but where we are being humbled and coming to Christ lowly.

Zec 9:9  Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.

A donkey or an ass is the perfect symbolism for our spiritual condition when we first come to The Christ.  We, as Christ, come riding our beast albeit one that is being humbled by trials and seeing the wages of our sin.  The scepter of the Word is bringing judgment as Christ (Shiloh) is come to the woman and her son and they are being saved and redeemed by judgment.

Gen 49:10  NKJV The scepter shall not depart from Judah, Nor a lawgiver from between his feet, Until Shiloh comes; And to Him shall be the obedience of the people.

Gen 49:11  Binding his donkey to the vine, And his donkey’s colt to the choice vine, He washed his garments in wine, And his clothes in the blood of grapes.

The woman has many things right in coming to Elisha and laying her son on the prophet’s bed, yet she has to learn to glory in her tribulations.  Such is our learning process, as we doubt because the cost of our discipleship (everything) is coming due.

Luk 14:33  So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.

It takes much experience of evil (Ecc 1:13) and most importantly our failure to learn this.

Rom 5:3  And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;

Rom 5:4  And patience, experience; and experience, hope:

Elisha sees the woman coming and sends Gehazi his servant to aid and comfort her.

2Ki 4:26  (Gehazi) Run now, I pray thee, to meet her, and say unto her, Is it well with thee? is it well with thy husband? is it well with the child? And she answered, It is well. 

2Ki 4:27  And when she came to the man of God to the hill, she caught him by the feet: but Gehazi came near to thrust her away. And the man of God said, Let her alone; for her soul is vexed within her: and the LORD hath hid it from me, and hath not told me. 

2Ki 4:28  Then she said, Did I desire a son of my lord? did I not say, Do not deceive me? 

The word Shalom is the Hebrew word for peace and what is translated as “Well” in this story as the woman’s answers questions about her wellbeing.  This is the second time we see the woman claiming peace (it is well) in her life and life of her family when there is no such thing.

Jer 6:14  They have also healed the hurt of My people slightly, Saying, ‘Peace, peace!’ When there is no peace.

Our Babylonian pride, learned over 70 symbolic years, does not allow us to disclose our faults and expose our nakedness to others.  Like Adam and Eve, we will seek to cover ourselves with the works of our hands not truly believing the Lord sees all and works all things.  In the presence of Christ all are being revealed in due time.

1Co 4:5  Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God

We don’t easily admit that our faith has been overcome by sin and we are bearing the fruit of death.  We seek to hide this, but the Lord sees our heart, and nothing can be hid when we come into His presence.

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

We have not yet reviewed the other main player in this story who is Gehazi.  Gehazi represents a spirit of disobedience and gainsaying that is the conflict between the ways of God and the flesh.  The name Gehazi comes from two words H1516 and H2372 and means “valley of perception/vision”.  But a low point of vision represents an obscured view of truth where we seek to serve two masters.

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

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

The lessons in this story are as much about Gehazi failures and his (our) ineptitude as it is about the actions of the woman whose faith is being severely tried.  Gehazi will soon be exposed for his spiritual impotence caught between the spirit and the flesh and faith vs. unbelief.  Gehazi is outwardly godly and religious, yet inwardly is a gainsayer and lover of pleasure (2T 3:1-3:5).  Gehazi cannot perform the greater works as he tries to serve two masters.  Gehazi is unable to raise the dead child later in this story (2Ki 4:31) and we learn from the story of the healing of Naaman, Gehazi’s true spiritual condition.

2Ki 5:20  But Gehazi, the servant of Elisha the man of God, said, Behold, my master hath spared Naaman this Syrian, in not receiving at his hands that which he brought: but, as the LORD liveth, I will run after him, and take somewhat of him.

Elisha confronts Gehazi on his sin and the problem is clearly identified.

2Ki 5:27  The leprosy therefore of Naaman shall cleave unto thee (Gehazi), and unto thy seed forever. And he went out from his presence a leper as white as snow.

Gehazi is our mixed multitude state of being lukewarm trying to save our old life as well as gain the new.  Here in this story we see Gehazi commit another error by hindering those weak and struggling in coming to Elisha (Christ).  When the young in the faith struggle, those that are stronger are to bear their weaknesses and infirmities but by no means hinder anyone or every dissuade anyone from coming to Christ and casting all our care upon Him.  The unconverted disciples make the same mistake and we make the same mistake inwardly hindering the weak and the immature (the young) from coming to Christ (Elisha).

Mat 19:13  Then were there brought unto him little children, that he should put his hands on them, and pray: and the disciples rebuked them.

Mat 19:14  But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.

Rom 15:1  We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.

We are to be patient and gentle with the weak, inwardly and outwardly, knowing everyone is exactly where they are written in the Lord’s Book from the beginning (Psa 139:16, Isa 46:10, Act 17:26).

The strong are to minister to the weak and needy; but do it only in a gentle and peaceable way (Gal 6:1).  The fact Elisha puts up with a “weak in the faith” Gehazi (within ourselves and without) proves his obedience to these commands.

2Ti 2:24  And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,

2Ti 2:25  In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;

Our preventing babes from coming to Christ and laying at His feet is much displeased by the Lord and a sign and a reason for us to examine ourselves.

Mar 10:14  But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.

We are guaranteed fiery trials to try our faith (1Pe 4:13).  None of disciples which are His Elect asked to be elected nor did we count the cost before accepting.  When the heavy trials come, we cry out to Christ not wanting to be deceived anymore and reminding the Lord what He already knows.

Joh 15:16  Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you….

Rom 10:20  But Esaias is very bold, and saith, I was found of them that sought me not; I was made manifest unto them that asked not after me

We are always reminded that the Lord works all things, even the failings and shortcoming in our walk and it is through failure we learn to do it the right way.  It reminds me of the old saying about Thomas Edison, the inventor of the lightbulb.  He did not first invent the lightbulb, he first discovered 10,000 ways not to make a lightbulb.

Pro 24:16  For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.

Next study Lord willing, we will finish this parable and look at the intimate details of what Christ (Elisha) does to revive us and how we are being brought back to life and given back to our spiritual mother.  We will begin with the failed efforts of Gehazi to first revive the child and later see Elisha enter in and perform the miracle of raising one to newness of  life.

2Ki 4:33  He (Elisha) went in therefore, shut the door behind the two of them, and prayed to the LORD.

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

2Ki 4:35  He returned and walked back and forth in the house, and again went up and stretched himself out on him; then the child sneezed seven times, and the child opened his eyes.

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A Servant of Jesus Christ,  Pete