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An Introduction to Elijah the Prophet

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Our Admonition Part 3

 “An Introduction to Elijah the Prophet”

Key Verses: 1Ki 17:1 – 1Ki 17:7

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Situation in Israel

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

1Ki 16:30  And Ahab the son of Omri did evil in the sight of the LORD above all that were before him. 

1Ki 16:33  And Ahab made a grove; and Ahab did more to provoke the LORD God of Israel to anger than all the kings of Israel that were before him. 

Ahab (you and me) provoked the Lord to anger with our wickedness and the Lord begins the process of bringing vengeance for His Temple which temple we are as His Elect  (1Co 3:16).

1Ki 17:1  And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said unto Ahab, As the LORD God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word. 

We learn that Elijah is a Tishbite of the sojourners (inhabitants) of Gilead.  Digging into these places supports Elijah being the bridge between Moses and Christ preparing the way of the Lord.

Gilead is being east of the Jordan river, symbolizes our yet carnal nature and last days before the Lord comes with the true grace of God that baptizes us and allows us to begin to conquer giants in the land.  This is in type what the crossing over the Jordan River entails as many studies have previously covered.  Gilead comes from a word of the same name that means heap of testimony or heap of witnessing which is exactly what Elijah does in confronting the wicked King Ahab and Jezebel.

There is little information on Tishbeh or Tishbite and the word is only used six times all in reference to Elijah.  Strong’s tell us the name means means “recourse” while other scholars say it means “one that takes captive”.

H8664, tishbı̂y, tish-bee’

Patrial from an unused name meaning recourse; a Tishbite or inhabitant of Tishbeh

Recourse refers to an avenue or source of help or assistance.  In this way the spirit of Elijah is the recourse (avenue) that lead us to Christ and initiates the turning from our wicked ways.   Elijah and John begin the final leg of the Lord’s process to take our captivity to sin captive.

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

The least in the kingdom of God is greater than John the Baptist or Elijah because they had not the grace of God revealed to them.  Elijah and John were only hearers and never lived to see the true grace that turns men into doers.  They will be taught in the lake of fire with the rest of mankind.  Elijah brings faith through the word but without the grace that saves.

Joh 1:17  For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.

Mat 11:11  Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.

Elijah represents the hearing of the Word for which we will suffer persecution and rejection by the world, yet we do not understand grace and the Lord’s purpose for an Elect.

Rom 11:2  God has not cast away His people whom He foreknew. Or do you not know what the Scripture says of Elijah, how he pleads with God against Israel, saying,

Rom 11:3  “LORD, THEY HAVE KILLED YOUR PROPHETS AND TORN DOWN YOUR ALTARS, AND I ALONE AM LEFT, AND THEY SEEK MY LIFE”?

Rom 11:4  But what does the divine response say to him? “I HAVE RESERVED FOR MYSELF SEVEN THOUSAND MEN WHO HAVE NOT BOWED THE KNEE TO BAAL.”

Rom 11:5  Even so then, at this present time there is a remnant according to the election of grace.

Elijah declaring a drought in the land is a rebuke of the (our) man of sin.  Drying up his lies (rain) and food by bringing a famine begins the process of decreasing the old man.

Rev 11:6  These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.

Yet Elijah is only the forerunner to Jesus Christ as was John.  Grace is still yet to come, and we will fall seven times and be overcome so the Lord can come resurrect us in newness of life with the Holy Spirit that had not yet been given in Elijah’s time (Joh 7:29).

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

Our new man is greatly nourished and the old man is decreased when we begin to hear the word of truth. Bringing a drought to that wicked man within us is done with the truth that vaporizes the lies of the harlot riding our beast that keeps us in bondage to the world.   The rain and the dew of the Lord is His truth and His doctrines which are spoken by His prophets and those He sends forth to speak words of fire (Jer 5:14).

Deu 32:1 Give ear, O ye heavens, and I will speak; and hear, O earth, the words of my mouth.

Deu 32:2 My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass:

The drought upon the old man’s water brings famine and makes us needy and sets us up to be sustained by our fellow brethren as we also find our husband IN Christ.  The Lord sends His prophets to bring life and food by the Word.

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

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

After announcing the famine against the wicked King Ahab, Elijah is sent to hide in the wilderness and is nourished by the Lord.

1Ki 17:2  And the word of the LORD came unto him, saying,

1Ki 17:3 Get thee hence, and turn thee eastward, and hide thyself by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan.

1Ki 17:4  And it shall be, that thou shalt drink of the brook; and I have commanded the ravens to feed thee there. 

1Ki 17:5  So he went and did according unto the word of the LORD: for he went and dwelt by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan. 

1Ki 17:6  And the ravens brought him bread and flesh in the morning, and bread and flesh in the evening; and he drank of the brook. 

1Ki 17:7  And it came to pass after a while, that the brook dried up, because there had been no rain in the land. 

The Brook Cherith is a place that is before the Jordan, meaning it is our experience before we are brought through the fiery baptisms that are necessary to enter into and possess the land.

Jos 1:11  Pass through the host, and command the people, saying, Prepare you victuals; for within three days ye shall pass over this Jordan, to go in to possess the land, which the LORD your God giveth you to possess it.

Rev 15:8  The temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God and from His power, and no one was able to enter the temple till the seven plagues of the seven angels were completed.

We are prepared to make this crossing that will take us three days of preparation (the whole process of spiritual completion).  Salvation is a slow process that comes by our learning from our mistakes and being taught by the correction brought by grace (Rom 5:20, Isa 26:9).

Cherith comes from a word meaning “cutting or separation”. It is here in the wilderness before the Jordan River’s fiery baptism that we are prepared of the Lord and begin to separate from the world WITHIN us and our former way of life.

Mat 25:32  And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:

1Ki 8:53  For thou didst separate them from among all the people of the earth, to be thine inheritance, as thou spakest by the hand of Moses thy servant, when thou broughtest our fathers out of Egypt, O Lord GOD.

Turning eastward is a symbol of immaturity and a yet carnal mindset. We have to be made ready to endure the trials and scourging of following the Sun and the Lord westward (Rom 1:20) in moving on to maturity.  Whether we move on to maturity or stay stuck facing east is all the Lord’s work in us.  A lack of faith will have us look back and trust in our own understanding and the ways of the world which is an abomination to the Lord.

Eze 8:15  Then said he unto me, Hast thou seen this, O son of man? turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater abominations than these.

Eze 8:16  And he brought me into the inner court of the LORD’S house, and, behold, at the door of the temple of the LORD, between the porch and the altar, were about five and twenty men, with their backs toward the temple of the LORD, and their faces toward the east; and they worshipped the sun toward the east. 

This represents our appointed time in spiritual Babylon where we are under the harlot’s influence and camp out in the wilderness and are fed by the Lord for our first witness period.

Rev 12:5  And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.

Rev 12:6  And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.

Birds represent spirits or doctrines (1Co 2:13) and fly in our heavens (mind).  We are first nourished by these fowls of Babylon (Orthodoxy and Spiritual) before Christ comes to purify His temple within us and create a totally new heaven and earth with fire.

Mat 13:31 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field:

Mat 13:32 Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof.

1Ki 17:6  And the ravens brought him bread and flesh in the morning, and bread and flesh in the evening; and he drank of the brook. 

The message in these verses have nothing to do with physical bread and meat, they are speaking of spiritual matters (Joh 6:63, 1Co 2:13).  These birds of prey like eagles, eat flesh and that is what they do in nourishing us as we begin to be separated from the world within and our carnal way of life.  These ravens in the positive are the commandments of the Lord, the bread of life that also becomes meat for the new man as our old man dies daily to the flesh.

Joh 6:48  I am that bread of life.

Joh 6:49  Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead.

Joh 6:50  This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die.

Joh 6:51  I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live forever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.

Joh 6:52  The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying, How can this man give us his flesh to eat?

Joh 6:53  Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.

Dying to self is the food for the new man and the ravens in our heavens play a role in all the Lord’s work.  Eating this flesh in spirit and in truth is what decreases the old man and increases the new.  In this way, John was being fed by the spiritual ravens as well in the wilderness.

Joh 3:30  He must increase, but I (John the Baptist) must decrease.

Pro 30:17  The eye that mocks his father, And scorns obedience to his mother, The ravens of the valley will pick it out, And the young eagles will eat it.

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

Ravens in the negative sense would be carnal thoughts/doctrines that keep us in captivity in unbelief being immature and unable to progress in our walk of faith.  Our time in the wilderness and Spiritual Babylon (is, was and will be) is not wasted.  It is necessary to prepare us for things to come.  The winged fowls do exactly what they were created to do in feeding or destroying the old man and nurturing the new man in preparing for Christ’s coming.

Gen 1:21 And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

Eventually the drought proclaimed by Elijah effects all the inhabitants of the land.

1Ki 17:7  And it came to pass after a while, that the brook dried up, because there had been no rain in the land. 

The Lord brings the rain on the just and unjust alike (Mat 5:45).  In the same way, the spiritual rain (doctrines, thoughts for the old or new man) are withheld to bring about a change of heart and renewed mindset (Rom 12:1-2) in us.  The Lord knows how to use water sparingly or in abundance to accomplish His will in the life of every man alive.

Pro 21:1  The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.

1Pe 1:24 For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:

A time came to Elijah and will come to us when we have been prepared for ministry and service in the Kingdom of God.  The Lord dries up the brook that had nourished Elijah and sends Him forth on a new journey.  The next stop for Elijah will have him being sustained by a widow with hardly any food and then raising her son from the dead.  This requires him to be sent to Zarephath which means refinement and comes from a root word H6884 that’s all about purifying metals and as we will see.

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

The Lord will not try us beyond what we are able to bear (1Co 10:13).  We have to learn and be taught how to suffer and be able to give thanks to the Lord for that suffering (Eph 5:30).  We will look at this part of Elijah’s journey and Lord willing better understand what it means to be sent in the spirit and power of Elijah.

 

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Micah Part 19 – Wicked Scales and Deceitful Weights

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Wicked Scales and Deceitful Weights

Key Verses:  Micah 6:10 – 6:16

The setting here is still judgment living in the Day of the Lord now in this age if we are God’s Elect and in the age to come when all men and flesh shall see the salvation of the Lord (Luk 3:6).  With spiritual eyes to see and ears to hear we are now seeing the true doctrines and the real Jesus Christ and we are now hearing the Word in our heavens which is the rod that corrects us.  We truly are learning righteousness (Isa 26:9) and beginning to understand the Lord’s purposes and strange ways.

Mic 6:9 The LORD’S voice crieth unto the city, and the man of wisdom shall see thy name (Doctrines, The Body): hear ye the rod (The Word), and who hath appointed it.

The last study focused mainly on verse 8 and the three things the Lord shows us He requires in our worship of Him.

Mic 6:8 He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do judgment and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?

Here are the last seven verses to complete Chapter 6.

Mic 6:10 Are there yet the treasures of wickedness in the house of the wicked, and the scant measure that is abominable?

Mic 6:11 Shall I count them pure with the wicked balances, and with the bag of deceitful weights?

Mic 6:12 For the rich men thereof are full of violence, and the inhabitants thereof have spoken lies, and their tongue is deceitful in their mouth.

Mic 6:13 Therefore also will I make thee sick in smiting thee, in making thee desolate because of thy sins.

Mic 6:14 Thou shalt eat, but not be satisfied; and thy casting down shall be in the midst of thee; and thou shalt take hold, but shalt not deliver; and that which thou deliverest will I give up to the sword.

Mic 6:15 Thou shalt sow, but thou shalt not reap; thou shalt tread the olives, but thou shalt not anoint thee with oil; and sweet wine, but shalt not drink wine.

Mic 6:16 For the statutes of Omri are kept, and all the works of the house of Ahab, and ye walk in their counsels; that I should make thee a desolation, and the inhabitants thereof an hissing: therefore ye shall bear the reproach of my people.

Our obedience to what the Lord requires, comes about when light (truth, the Word) is shined into the hidden darkness and onto the deceitfulness of sin that still lies in our hearts (Luk 8:17, Luk 12:2). Until His work is finished in us and it won’t be until we shed these clay vessels, the Lord has something against us.  The process of judgment and our moving onto a mature man, a perfect man in Christ are one in the same process.  That is the reason the Lord gives us a Body and fills the functions of the church and ministries.

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

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

Eph 4:14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;

Eph 4:15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:

The angels (Elect of God) speak the Word and as the lights unto this world, shine the light on what yet needs work in our walk. Progress towards maturity is being made yet we need to become more diligent in our walk of faith.  The washing of one another’s feet is an important parable of the need for the Body to keep us on the narrow road (Joh 13:14).

Rev 2:18 And unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write; These things saith the Son of God, who hath his eyes like unto a flame of fire, and his feet are like fine brass;

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

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

Jezebel is most famous for corrupting her husband King Ahab and leading Israel further into fornication with the world and worship of the gods of Baal which are no gods at all but merely lies and false doctrines of the world.

Spiritual adultery and fornication are the works of the flesh (Gal 5:19) and is the outcome of Israel’s failure to come out and be separate (2Co 6:6). True doctrine (our food) is corrupted when we mingle strange fire (the 200 million lies of Rev 9:16) with the Lord’s truths. Inevitably compromises are made, leaven creeps in and one is led astray into spiritual adultery and fornication.  It is what Balaam did in causing Israel to sin (Rev 2:14) and it is what Jezebel did in causing King Ahab and Israel to depart from the living God.  Flattery and smooth talk of the rebellious woman will seduce us away from the truth (doctrine) and into spiritual adultery.

Pro 5:3 For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil:

In order to burn this adultery and fornication out of us, The Lord will put His people, the adulterers and adulteresses of James 4:4 into great tribulation to bring us to repentance.

Let’s now look at these individual verses at a deeper level.

Mic 6:10 Are there yet the treasures of wickedness in the house of the wicked, and the scant measure that is abominable?

Mic 6:11 Shall I count them pure with the wicked balances [h3976], and with the bag of deceitful weights [H68]?

Balances and weights refer to much more than our just our honesty in buying and selling things or handling money.  These symbols ultimately speak to our faithfulness to the Lord and how we judge all matters of life.

We weigh things on balances and in the spirit this is discerning between the good and the evil. The word for balances [H3976] comes from the root word which means to give ear, to hearken, to perceive.

H238 – ‘âzan, aw-zan’

A primitive root; probably to expand; but used only as a denominative from H241; to broaden out the ear (with the hand), that is, (by implication) to listen: – give (perceive by the) ear, hear (-ken). See H239.

Here is a pivotal verse in the OT showing us the application of hearkening to the voice of the Lord which requires us to weigh things on spiritual scales.

Exo 15:26 And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken [H238] to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee.

Giving ear or hearkening to the voice of the Lord requires making judgments based on what the Word says and not based on the wisdom of the world.  A spiritual man judges all things and as we mature we must learn to do this well according to the Ttruth.

Joh 7:24 Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.

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

Mal 3:18 Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.

The word translated as weights [H68] her in Micah 6 is the same word much more often translated as stones.

H68, ‘eben, eh’-ben

From the root of H1129 through the meaning, to build; a stone: – + carbuncle, + mason, + plummet, [chalk-, hail-, bead-, sling-] stone (-ny), (divers) weight (-s).

Total KJV occurrences: 272

stones, 143

stone, 105

weights, 6

Lev_19:36, Deu_25:13, Pro_16:11, Pro_20:10, Pro_20:23, Mic_6:11

Stones are what were used to weigh items on the scales.  The people of God uses the Word of God that is a stone to make these measurements on the scales of judgment.

Isa 28:16 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone [H68], a tried stone [H68], a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.

Isa 28:17 Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet: and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow the hiding place.

The treasure in the house of the wicked are the lies and false doctrines of the rebellious old man.  The Lord still has something against us when we hide these deceitful weights and hold them as treasure of our wicked fleshly hearts.  This is feigned worship and contrary to worshiping the Lord in Truth.  False weights and measures are an abomination to the Lord.  Learning to judge properly is important for the future judges of all mankind (1Co 6:2, Oba 1:21)

Lev 19:35 NKJV – You shall do no injustice in judgment, in measurement of length, weight, or volume.

Lev 19:36 NKJV – You shall have honest scales, honest weights [stones H68], an honest ephah, and an honest hin: I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt.

Pro 20:10 Divers weights, and divers measures, both of them are alike abomination to the LORD.

We can’t pick and choose the counsel of God we like and only apply that to our judgments.  We must apply the Sum of thy word which is the only truth.  Anything else is a the scant, lean or short judgment (measure) referenced here in Mic 6:10.  This work of judging, weighing things is also the Lord’s work in us.

Pro 16:11 A just weight and balance are the LORD’S: all the weights of the bag are his work.

Mic 6:12 For the rich men thereof are full of violence, and the inhabitants thereof have spoken lies, and their tongue is deceitful in their mouth.

Mic 6:13 Therefore also will I make thee sick in smiting thee, in making thee desolate because of thy sins.

The negative side of knowledge is it puffs us up and makes us rich.  Those riches unaccompanied by the fear of the Lord will be used by flesh to bring forth dishonest scales of judgment.  Mixing lies with truth is doing violence to the Word.  A lying tongue, a false witness and those that do violence are three of the six things the Lord expressly hates (Pro 6:16-19).  All of this comes about because of the influence (enticement) of the harlot that leads our beast and causes a lackadaisical Israel to worship other gods including the works of their own hands.

Pro 7:21 With her much fair speech she caused him to yield, with the flattering of her lips she forced him.

The power in the mouth of the locusts are the lies and false doctrines we are seduced into believing and worshipping and thereby doing violence and fornication with the harlot within us and without us.

Rev 9:20  And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk:

Rev 9:21 Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.

Until we are given a true zeal to please God and obey Him, a lascivious “loving the world” spirit will impede us from walking the narrow way.  These hidden lies and false doctrines in our heavens results in spiritual sickness that manifest unrighteous judgments.  This is what our beast and old man do to stay alive in the fire and secretly cling the plagues of Egypt (world) and Babylon (Rev 18:4, Rev 22:18).  A healthy Body within and without is disease/plague free.  A healthy Body judges itself and examines itself often to see if it is still in the faith and not committing fornication and sacrificing to idols.

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

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

Being diligent requires us to examine ourselves and our walk against the true scales of justice which is the SUM of the Word. It is a high calling that gets higher as we grow. It is our failing to judge righteous judgment that snares men and carnal minds in nets of deception.  Thinking above what is written brings deceit into our spiritual houses and perverts righteous judgment.

Jer 5:26  For among my people are found wicked men: they lay wait, as he that setteth snares; they set a trap, they catch men.

Jer 5:27 As a cage is full of birds, so are their houses full of deceit: therefore they are become great, and waxen rich.

Jer 5:28  They are waxen fat, they shine: yea, they overpass the deeds of the wicked: they judge not the cause, the cause of the fatherless, yet they prosper; and the right of the needy do they not judge.

As a false witness for the Lord (hearing but not doing) is not blessed. As we saw recently a witch and a sorcerer, one who uses powers outside the Word shall not be suffered to live (Exo 22:18).

Pro 19:5 A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall not escape.

The Lord will cause us to err from His way and show us our nakedness in order to correct us via the chastening scourging grace that comes to the sons of God (Heb 12:6). Our spiritually sick condition will ultimately be used for good in our judgment (Jer 2:19).  Christ comes not for the righteous but for the unrighteous and to turn acknowledged sinners to repentance (Luk 5:32).

Mic 6:14 NKJV You shall eat, but not be satisfied; Hunger shall be in your midst. You may carry some away, but shall not save them; And what you do rescue I will give over to the sword.

Mic 6:15 NJKV “You shall sow, but not reap; You shall tread the olives, but not anoint yourselves with oil; And make sweet wine, but not drink wine.

In destroying the pride of life, the Lord is going to frustrate our own works/efforts to show us He is the Lord and it is only through Him that our salvation comes.  It is necessary we first live our days in Babylon, deceived by the harlot and the Jezebel’s that cause us to commit fornication, eating defiled bread.  This too is all the Lord’s work and is what brings the occasion for us to drink the cup of wrath.

Lev 26:26  And when I have broken the staff of your bread, ten women shall bake your bread in one oven, and they shall deliver you your bread again by weight: and ye shall eat, and not be satisfied.
Lev 26:27  And if ye will not for all this hearken unto me, but walk contrary unto me;
Lev 26:28  Then I will walk contrary unto you also in fury; and I, even I, will chastise you seven times for your sins.

The Lord builds His House, man does not build it.  The works of our hands are vanity.

Psa 127:1 Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.

Becoming at ease in Zion and seeking to build bigger barns is what a self-righteous spirit will do. But that life of gainsaying and coveting worldly mammon will be required of us and it is through that process of having things taken from us that we learn to trust only in the Lord.

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

Luk 12:22  And he said unto his disciples, Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on.

The initiation of our judgment will spoil the fruit of our self-righteousness works and reveal their vanity.  We can no longer be satisfied or be fed by the works of our own hands. All of our fleshly and carnal works turn to nothing in our day of the Lord.

Zep 1:13 Therefore their goods shall become a booty, and their houses a desolation: they shall also build houses, but not inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, but not drink the wine thereof.

Deu 28:39 Thou shalt plant vineyards, and dress them, but shalt neither drink of the wine, nor gather the grapes; for the worms shall eat them.

Deu 28:40 Thou shalt have olive trees throughout all thy coasts, but thou shalt not anoint thyself with the oil; for thine olive shall cast his fruit.

It is only the meek, those who are being humbled by judgment and coming to their wits end who shall eat and be satisfied.

Psa 22:26 The meek shall eat and be satisfied: they shall praise the LORD that seek him: your heart shall live for ever.

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

Mat 26:29 But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day (our day of the Lord) when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.

We will truly learn through our various periods of spiritual famine and thirst.  They are a necessary experience to make us dependent on the Lord and to know that apart from Him, we truly can do nothing (Joh 15:5).

Here is our final verse for the study.

Mic 6:16 For the statutes of Omri are kept, and all the works of the house of Ahab, and ye walk in their counsels; that I should make thee a desolation, and the inhabitants thereof an hissing: therefore ye shall bear the reproach of my people.

Worshiping the Lord deceitfully is what we first do when we follow the counsels of these two bad kings and do what they did spiritually.  Those lessons were indeed written specifically for our admonition (1Co 10:11. 1Pe 1:12). Ahab was Omri’s son and is arguably most famous marrying an outsider by taking Jezebel as his wife and being in charge when Elijah had the showdown with the false prophets of Baal at Mt. Carmel.

1Ki 16:31  And it came to pass, as if it had been a light thing for him to walk in the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, that he took to wife Jezebel the daughter of Ethbaal king of the Zidonians, and went and served Baal, and worshipped him.

King Omri who was Ahab’s father and a King of Israel who took the throne from King Zimri by violence.  Omri then survived a divided nation coup when he prevailed over his emerging counterpart Tibni by violence.  The whole history of Omri is contained in 1 Kings 16:16-28.   But these Scriptures are not there to just record history, there is a deeper message we must dig up.

Names are almost always instructive and here we see this definition according to Strong’s.

H6018, ‛omrı̂y, om-ree’

From H6014; heaping; Omri, an Israelite: – Omri.

Total KJV occurrences: 18

The root of Omri will be more instructive for our edification.

H6014, aw-mar’

A primitive root; properly apparently to heap; figuratively to chastise (as if piling blows); specifically (as denominative from H6016) to gather grain: – bind sheaves, make merchandise of.

Total KJV occurrences: 3

merchandise, 2

Deu_21:14, Deu_24:7

bindeth, 1

Psa_129:7 (2)

make, 1

Deu_21:14

Before we look at this let’s remember that salvation comes BY JUDGMENT and there is a prescribed way for us to judge and that is to judge righteously, according to the WORD.

Binding sheaves is what Omri means.  Binding is an important step of gathering stocks of grain in a harvest.  Sheaves represent men to be saved as the dream of Joseph and his brothers bowing down to him shows us (Gen 37:7).  There is a right way and a wrong way to harvest the Lord’s crops and bring forth the fruit of the land.  The right was is judge righteously and have no respect of persons meaning all things are known to be the work of the Lord.  It takes faith, mature faith to live to that standard and we are all getting there.

Omri represents the wrong way to serve the Lord.  He stands for one that uses wicked scales and deceitful weights.  Once again in the definition of Omri, we have a direct link to the merchandising ways of flesh.

Deu 24:7  If a man be found stealing any of his brethren of the children of Israel, and maketh merchandise [H6014] of him, or selleth him; then that thief shall die; and thou shalt put evil away from among you.

Only the mind of Christ can judge righteously not thinking above what is written.  The self-righteous religious beast (Rev 13:11) that thinks he is helping God out is buying and selling with the mind of the beast and not the mind of Christ.  The primary act as a King that Omri is recorded doing is one involving some merchandizing activities and it did not end well.

1Ki 16:24 And he bought the hill Samaria of Shemer for two talents of silver, and built on the hill, and called the name of the city which he built, after the name of Shemer, owner of the hill, Samaria.

1Ki 16:25 But Omri wrought evil in the eyes of the LORD, and did worse than all that were before him.

1Ki 16:26  For he walked in all the way of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, and in his sin wherewith he made Israel to sin, to provoke the LORD God of Israel to anger with their vanities (leading astray into false ways).

Shemer the Hill that Omri bought means the dregs or lees.

H8106, shemer, sheh’-mer

The same as H8105; Shemer, the name of three Israelites: – Shamer, Shemer.

H8105, shemer, sheh’-mer

From H8104; something preserved, that is, the settlings (plural only) of wine: – dregs, (wines on the) lees.

Total KJV Occurrences: 7

lees, 4

Isa_25:6 (2), Zep_1:11-12 (2)

wines, 2

Isa_25:6 (2)

dregs, 1

Psa_75:8

Shemer is linked to the dregs (lees) of the wine.  Dregs refer to the least desirable of something and in a liquid is the sediment impure bottom of the barrel.  This is the old stuff, the leftovers that has been kept.  The old wine and the law of Moses, the works of the flesh as it relates to WINE, is the dregs.  The dregs is the wine made for a carnal nation (Heb 9:10) but not the true Israel of God to drink.  One cannot put the new wine of Faith in Christ into bottles holding the dregs.  The two do not mix, we cannot serve God and fleshly mammon at the same time.  Furthermore, it is the wicked who drink the dregs of the wine.  The righteous of the Lord drink the Lord’s wine by enduring through a baptism of fire.

Psa 75:8  For in the hand of the LORD there is a cup, and the wine is red; it is full of mixture; and he poureth out of the same: but the dregs thereof, all the wicked of the earth shall wring them out, and drink them.

The good news in all of our judgment is that we learn by it.   It is guaranteed we will drink of the good stuff, the wine that will bring wrath to our old man and sinful ways.  The angels tells us that those who have this mark of the beast will indeed drink of this new wine.

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:

Omri is you and me in due time as we all live by every word the Lord spoke.  Omri like all flesh when judgment first comes, tries to save (redeem) himself by the works of his own hands and uses that to justify ourselves to the Lord.  But flesh does not build the church of Jesus Christ.  Jesus Christ builds it thru His Christ only and it is all of faith and not of any man’s works.

Omri showed zeal but the same zeal for God Paul spoke about.  Such a zeal is not of faith and is what the immature do until they learn to judge righteously by being judged ourselves.themselves.

Rom 10:3 For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.

Rom 10:4 For Christ is the end of the (carnal) law for righteousness to every one that believeth.

That true church will not be built on a raised up (puffed up prideful) mound of flesh (a hill that is in the world).  It will only be built on the one and only true foundation that is Jesus Christ.

1Co 3:11 For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

We will of course first do what Omri did and build on a different foundation, on a hill in Samaria.  But our work will be revealed by fire in our day of the Lord.

1Co 3:13 each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is.

Next week we will start Chapter 7, the last chapter in Micah.  The fire will quickly begin revealing some things to us on the road to maturity.   Mic 7:1  Woe is me!……..

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