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Micah Part 8 – Pilgrims and Sojourners

Micah Part 8

Pilgrims Sojourners

God’s true people just do not fit into or conform to this world.  We truly are aliens and strangers to the carnal world as we sojourn on the earth being prepared for our roles to come.  We have just studied the need for being vigilant as we can easily be led right out of the truth if we do not take heed.  The Psalmist gives us a very good prayer to pray.

Psa 119:19 I am a stranger in the earth: hide not thy commandments from me.

Our entire life is becoming a living sacrifice to the Lord (Rom 12:1) more each day.  It is through the laying down of our lives (Gal 2:20) as our Lord did, that we become that sweet savor offering to the Lord and His Christ.  We do this together with those the Lord puts into His Body.

Num 15:14 And if a stranger sojourn with you, or whosoever be among you in your generations, and will offer an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the LORD; as ye do, so he shall do.

We have seen the work of the Canaanite spirits and its offspring, including the Jebusites and have seen how we must always be on guard against those self-righteous and prideful thoughts that can cut us off and separate us from the Lord.  This spirit is epitomizing the world and traces back to the pride of life we all have in our fleshly DNA.  But conquering and inheriting this land is our promise but first we must sojourn through this land and finish our course in these bodies.

Exo 6:4 And I have also established my covenant with them, to give them the land of Canaan, the land of their pilgrimage, wherein they were strangers.

We are so blessed to be the recipients of God’s mercy in this age.  That is the honor of being judged first and going through the trials and suffering that manifest the glory of the Lord within us.  The Apostle Peter strongly warns us of this ongoing battle and need for vigilance.

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

We have lost some sheep from the fold recently and this of course was written in their books and is for our sakes so we will learn and become more mature by exercising our senses (Heb 5:14).  Micah’s prophecy is written to those maturing in The Christ so they would be aware of these idols of heart that can snatch us right off the narrow road despite knowing what we already know and have experienced.  The #1 lesson so far in Micah is that this journey never ends as long as we occupy these vessels.  We must indeed endure to the end and finish the race to receive the Prize and be in the first resurrection (Mat 24:13, Php 3:14).

Before moving on, let’s first recap the key lessons we learned in this eleven city pilgrimage and important phases of growth in our maturation as a Disciple indeed.  These cities represent steps in our process of moving from a babe in Christ (beginning to learn the Truth) to the mature man of Christ.  Our wound of being in a body of flesh with a carnal mind that causes us to commit harlotry against our Husband, Jesus Christ, cannot be cured.

Mic 1:9 For her wound is incurable; for it is come unto Judah; he is come unto the gate of my people, even to Jerusalem.

The Lord’s method is to destroy the old with fire, which is the Word that judges us in a progressive journey towards maturity but only as we are able to receive it.

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

What a blessing for the new man when judgment has come to our gates.  We speak the words of fire (Jer 5:14) that judge those in Christ which means those in the Body.  Here are the verses that contain spiritual instruction to those given the zeal to dig for Truth and with “ears to hear and eyes to see”.

Mic 1:10 Declare ye it not at Gath, weep ye not at all: in the house of Aphrah roll thyself in the dust.

Mic 1:11 Pass ye away, thou inhabitant of Saphir, having thy shame naked: the inhabitant of Zaanan came not forth in the mourning of Bethezel; he shall receive of you his standing.

Mic 1:12 For the inhabitant of Maroth waited carefully for good: but evil came down from the LORD unto the gate of Jerusalem.

Mic 1:13 O thou inhabitant of Lachish, bind the chariot to the swift beast: she is the beginning of the sin to the daughter of Zion: for the transgressions of Israel were found in thee.

Mic 1:14 Therefore shalt thou give presents to Moreshethgath: the houses of Achzib shall be a lie to the kings of Israel.

Mic 1:15 Yet will I bring an heir unto thee, O inhabitant of Mareshah: he shall come unto Adullam the glory of Israel.

Declare it not at Gath:  Once in the Truth we learn quickly only the Lord can give one “ears to hear and eyes to see”.

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

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

Who are we to decide to whom the Lord gives His gifts?  We come to understand why when Christ’s heals someone spiritually, He tells them to go tell no one.  Immaturity is where we do not heed to these commandments nor do we yet fully understand them.

Mar 7:36 And he charged them that they should tell no man: but the more he charged them, so much the more a great deal they published it;

Of course the sum of the Word tells us to always be ready to given an answer to those who ask, but that is different than us declaring it at Gath.  We are only to go to the Body of Christ and show the priests of the Lord we have been cleansed and our spiritual maturing initiated.

Luk 5:14 And he charged him to tell no man: but go, and shew thyself to the priest, and offer for thy cleansing, according as Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.

A mature man has learned to wait on the Lord to put people in our lives that have been prepared to hear the Truth (Psa 10:17).  The Lord was sent and like Him we are sent ONLY to the lost sheep of the house of Israel (Mat 10:6).  These are spiritual words and symbols that represent God’s Elect in every age.  We don’t show Christ to the world.

Mar 8:29 And he saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Peter answereth and saith unto him, Thou art the Christ.

Mar 8:30 And he charged them that they should tell no man of him.

Weep ye not at all in the house of Aphrah:  Aphrah represents dust and is representative of the earth and the attributes of the carnal mind and its 200 million lies (Rev 9:16).  This dust is leaven, lies and false doctrines that will defile the temple of the Lord and make any house containing it unclean.  Getting and keeping dust (and leaven) out of our house is very important spiritually (Lev 14:41, 1 Cor 5:6).  It is so important that the Israelites were instructed to scrape the wall of dust showing us just how important keeping out impure thoughts is in our walk.  Maturing requires us to get over losing all things and to stop lamenting and weeping over the price we are having to pay for following after Christ. We are learning to appreciate the grace of God and what it is doing and will grow into our abilities to adhere to this verse.

1Th 5:18 In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

The Lord will not try us beyond what we can bear.   The old life must go and we are told not to weep or lament over the very things the Lord is destroying.  It is through judgment that we are redeemed!

Psa 19:9 The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.

Psa 19:10 More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.

We, in our immaturity weep and lament but this is good because it means that judgment now is on the house of God, which house we are (Ecc 7:2, 1 Cor 3:16, 1 Pe 4:17).

Pass by in naked shame, you inhabitant of Shaphir:  Shaphir means beautiful and is linked to the goodly heritage we are promised in Christ.  Yet before that beauty and light can shine outward from within us, we must be shown the shame of our own inward nakedness.  We must come to know in our hearts that apart from Christ we can do nothing and this includes good and evil (Isa 63:17, John 15:5).  Any righteousness of our own is the nakedness we hold onto as immature Christians.  Garments of self-righteousness and our sinfulness will be exposed.  The Lord is making it perfectly clear on the road to maturity (Ecc 3:18, Rom 7:24).  These verses are “is, was and will be” also.

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

2Th 2:4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

We are that man Christ exposes for not having the proper wedding attire.  This man is not someone else, it is you and me on the way to becoming a mature man in Christ.

Mat 22:11 And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment:

Mat 22:12 And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless.

The inhabitant of Zaanan does not go out:  Zaanan means Sheep Pasture.

 To mature, we need to get past the milk doctrines and go on to eat strong meat which is partaking of the fiery trials and suffering we have been appointed to as the people of God (Heb 6:1-3, Act 14:22).  To do this we have to eat the flesh of Jesus Christ at the Lord’s altar.

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.

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

In our immature state, we resist the call to fall in line with the Body as it will cut us off from the world and our past way of life.  Instead we try to protect or save that old life to some degree.  We warm ourselves by the fire but will not abide in it as we are yet uncomfortable and immature.  The Elect must follow where the Spirit leads the Body which are of ONE MIND.

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

We must remember the lesson of Lot’s wife.  We will indeed look back in our immaturity even after our hand is on the plow (Luk 9:62).  This makes us unfit for service in the Body of Christ until we get past this limitation.  This will only result in us denying the Lord when put to the test.  The Lord calls us to separate and is no friend of the lukewarm.

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

Rev 3:15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.

Beth Ezel mourns; its place to stand is taken away from you:  Bethezel means the house of separation and is tied to separating from the house of stones which represent our flesh and the works of the law.  Like all lessons to maturity, we learn by making mistakes, falling down (Pro 24:16) and being scourged (Heb 12:6) by a loving Father.  The house we build using our carnal mind (the earth) and mixing it with the Truth will not stand.  Christ builds only a sure foundation of the Rock which is the Body of Christ.  His kingdom unlike that of our father, the devil, cannot be divided, we are of one mind.  Streams of moving waters are the trials and tribulations that come with the Word to try our faith and chasten us.

Luk 6:49 But he who heard and did nothing is like a man who built a house on the earth without a foundation, against which the stream beat vehemently; and immediately it fell. And the ruin of that house was great.

The idea we can make covenants with Babylon and the world to keep the peace in our house will put us into bondage and prevent us from maturing.  Those covenants are covenants with death (carnal mindedness) and will be disannulled when the baptism by fire comes to try us (1 The 5:3, Isa 28:15).

We learned in our discussion that removing the stone, removing the House of Ezel, is how we are called out of darkness and death, resurrected and freed from our bondage.  The parable of Lazarus and his resurrection shows us this.

Joh 11:39 Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days.

Joh 11:44 And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.

We cannot serve two masters.  We cannot love God and also love this world as Babylon does.  We must leave the house of Bethezel behind and move on to maturity just as David had to leave Jonathan (1 Sam 20).

The people of Maroth anxiously wait for relief, but only bitterness awaits them as the LORD’S judgment reaches even to the gates of Jerusalem.

Maroth means “bitter springs” and speaks of the time we spew forth both sweet and bitter water out of our tongues and mouth.  Knowing the Truth and learning more every day, we want instant salvation.  We want deliverance NOW.  But Maroth is a necessary time in our maturation, a time where we mix bitter and sweet and are forced to learn righteousness and patience, both important criteria for the mature man in Christ.

Being humbled requires us to wait and to learn the prior lessons that of our own strength and initiative, we truly can do nothing.  This anxious waiting and the pain of suffering as we continue to struggle with sin is how the Lord used our own wickedness to correct us (Jer 2:9, Pro 24:16).  This age abiding period is where we learn patience and Maroth is a very important lesson to learn.

Rev 14:11 And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.

Rev 14:12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus

It is this patient process, abiding in the bitter springs of Maroth through which we are being saved and inherit the promises through the faith and patience we are learning.

Heb 6:12 That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

O inhabitant of Lachish, Harness the chariot to the swift steeds (She was the beginning of sin to the daughter of Zion.

Living by every word includes coming to see ourselves as the worst of the two whore harlot sisters, Aholibah, which is Jerusalem (Eze 23:3-4).  James speaks to us in the Body rebuking and exhorting us to godliness.

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

The seat of the beast within us is our carnal mind that is in agreement with our father the devil. This is the origins, the beginning of all of our sins as we were created in marred (Jer 18:4) sinful vessels of clay (Psa 51:5) destined to be destroyed by this journey.  This is what is burned out of us by the vials of the Lord’s wrath poured out by the angels in the Body.

Rev 16:10 And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain,

This process of destroying the chariot of the beast is a continual winnowing process.  Two thirds are always cut off and the remainder, the remnant, is brought once again through the fire of God’s Word.

Zec 13:9 And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The LORD is my God.

We don’t check the box saying we’ve done that.  This is, an “is, was and will be” process we are enduring for the remainder of our physical lives.  We are that “man of sin” as Lachish is imbedded into our carnal DNA.  A sword is always abiding in our house.

2Sa 12:10 Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine house; because thou hast despised me, and hast taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife.

Therefore, shalt thou give presents to Moreshethgath.  We recall that Micah is the Morashite, and comes from Moreshethgath.  All the Lord’s prophets come from spiritual Moreshethgath as the very word means possessor of a winepress.  This winepress is where we are being saved, this is our day of the Lord and how the harvest is brought into the Lord’s storehouse.

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

Moreshethgath is a time and place in our maturity when we are commissioned into service as an able minister of the grace of our Lord.  That is why the Lord has chosen us now.  It is FOR SERVICE.

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

We saw that the word “presents” was directly linked to us being sent.  That is exactly what the Scriptures tell us about the Elect and our being sent to be the ministers by which all men shall be saved in due time.

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

Once sent we are then equipped and able to be ministers of grace and serve the Body of Christ.

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.

Becoming an able minister of grace is “getting there”.  We are definitely maturing but have not yet arrived and lest we think otherwise we have the town of Achzib next to sojourn through.

The houses of Achzib are for a lying thing to the kings of Israel.  Achzib means lies and deception.  We should never forget how easy it is to be snatched away and led right out of the Body of Christ.  We have seen it happen before our very eyes and even from those who have walked with us for a very long time.  The lesson we learn as a maturing man and woman of God is to take heed and to be diligent and vigilant in guarding our gates and not allowing lies to take root in our heavens.  To be saved we must endure to the end or said another way, continue in the Truth.  Those are disciples indeed.

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

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;

We see in these later cities in our journey, the presence of the Canaanite spirits that always dwell with those who live in clay vessels.  We must remember this and beware prideful thoughts and spirits that will puff us up and lead us astray.  Godliness with contentment is great gain, but when we are looking to get something (gain) we begin to exalt ourselves in the congregation (Isa 14:14-15).  We must be vigilant against PRIDE.  The takeaway lesson of Achzib is the exhortation to engage in spiritual warfare.  This means to not only try the spirits (1 Joh 4:1) but to consider our every thought.

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

The maturing man will not be led astray and follow after spiritual harlots who bring in lies and seduce our carnal lusts with spiritual fornication.

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

Yet will I bring an heir unto thee, O inhabitant of Mareshah:  The root of Mareshah refers to the principalities that rule in our heavens.  In order to move onto maturity, we gain dominion over the dog and rebellious spirits that live in our flesh.  The Canaanite offspring include the children of Mareshah, the house of Caleb and the Jebusites.  We saw just how interwoven clay vessels are with these Jebusite Spirits.

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

These merchandising spirits lead us into peddling (buying and selling) the Word for ungodly gain.  We learn to be spiritual warriors in the Lord’s House and take those spirits captive.

Eph 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

Mareshah is where we are given to overcome the principalities of pride and self-righteousness so we are able to stay joined to the Body and go straight without wavering.  Few make it thru the strait gate at the end while many are led astray by false prophets that come to us looking like members of the Body of Christ but are actually ravening wolves (Mat 7:14-15).

Mareshah is where we find the valley of Zephathah.  Valleys are where we buy gold tried in the fire by learning to make righteous decisions and being diligent.  We saw that Zephathah has as its root H6822 that ties directly to our role of being watchmen over the flock of God.

Eze 3:17 Son of man, I have made thee a watchman [H6822] unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me.

A mature man in Christ is an able watchman, not afraid to bring up heresies and to challenge false doctrine, to even to go to a brother and sister and snatch them from the fire.

Jud 1:23 And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.

He shall come unto Adullam the glory of Israel:  Lastly we come to Adullam that is labelled “the glory of Israel”.  This is where we find our eternal rest and are joined together in service in the Lord’s Army in the Body of Christ.  Now working together, we abide and make spiritual war from this secret place.

Psa 91:1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

It is in this cave, which is darkness and death to the world and the old man (Exo 14:19-20), that the Light of this world, the Body of Christ is chosen and assembled as the Lord’s army.

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

Those the Lord chooses in Adullam are not esteemed by the world and appear as foolishness (1 Co 1:26-28).  The Lord chooses for His people those in distress and owing a great debt.

1Sa 22:2 And every one that was in distress, and every one that was in debt, and every one that was discontented, gathered themselves unto him; and he became a captain over them: and there were with him about four hundred men.

We have come to see the Lord’s hand and purposes in greater detail.  We have been prepared for the walk of a disciple and through this walk we are being brought onto completion and prepared of the Lord for every good work (Eph 2:10).

We are fighting the good fight of faith to the end and through many tribulations are entering into the kingdom of God.  So what is next, where does Micah go from here?  Let’s find out and complete Chapter 1 by covering this final verse.

Mic 1:16 NKJV Make yourself bald and cut off your hair, Because of your precious children; Enlarge your baldness like an eagle, For they shall go from you into captivity.

 We are becoming more mature but still battle the pulls of our natural state of carnality and the ways of the world we live in.  There remain idols of our hearts that are being made manifest by the light of Christ shining on the darkness within.  Abiding in the Body we are cleansed by the blood of Jesus Christ and the suffering we and our brethren endure for one another.  We live in the furnace of affliction (Isa 48:10) and are being purified by the chastening grace of God (Heb 12:6).

Jude warns us of certain men and thoughts that creep in unawares and leads us into lasciviousness.  With our pilgrimage through eleven cities we are still not complete.  With all this knowledge and experience will we remain faithful or will we rebel against the Lord?

Joh 6:70 Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil?

We should be humbled by seeing some fall away we considered mature and strong in the faith.  The pride of life is easily manifested and leads to fornication and despising of dominion and authority, even that which is established within the Body of Christ.  The Spirit of Korah (Core) is rebellion to the Lord and His Servants and has taken many a seeming mature man away from the Body.

Jud 1:11 Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.

A bald eagle is an American symbol of pride and that is also what a bald eagle represents in the negative sense in the Word.  The winnowing process is not over.  As we grow in faith, our children are the new mindsets we bring about as we mature.  Yet here in Micah 1:16, those children are still going into captivity because of pride and the rebellion that pride manifests.

Oba 1:3 The pride of thine heart hath deceived thee, thou that dwellest in the clefts of the rock, whose habitation is high; that saith in his heart, Who shall bring me down to the ground?

Oba 1:4 Though thou exalt thyself as the eagle, and though thou set thy nest among the stars, thence will I bring thee down, saith the LORD.

When we make ourselves bald we are removing our covering and acting in rebellion to the law of faith and instead relying upon the works of the law and our own righteousness to justify ourselves before the Lord.

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;

It is the accusing and excusing spirit within us that represents the law of self-righteousness that must be burned out of us to become useful to the Lord in service.  Even the Apostle Paul struggled with self-righteousness and resting in the law of Faith long after walking and preaching the Truth.  Paul took the Nazarite Vow and shaved his head thinking those acts served the Lord (Act 18:18).  This is a sign of Paul’s and our CONTINUED immaturity in our walk.  We are no different and make the same mistakes reverting back to the work of the law instead of standing on faith.    The fear of man and the pressures of this world will lead us to rebel against the Lord and leave our covering and headship.

Paul was talking to you and me, the Body of Christ in all his letters.  That law for a CARNAL nation is written on our deceitful hearts (Jer 17:9) and needs to be rewritten.  We are being given a NEW HEART by the trials of our walk of faith.

Eze 36:26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.

Heb 10:16 This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them;

Our salvation is completed through the death to our spiritually immature old man.  Cutting off our hair is representative of our bondage to the carnal law of Moses/Gentiles.  The Nazarite vow in the Law of Moses is the epitome of our carnal self-righteous works of the law to justify ourselves before God.  Being bald is representative of our continued rebellion to the law of liberty and the law of righteousness by faith.

We have no covering at all when our head is bald and we are in rebellion.  We looked at the sons of Canaan including Caleb (Dog Spirit) and Caleb’s offspring who beget Hebron who we are told is the father of Korah (1 Ch 2:42-43).  Korah/Core brings to mind the Korah rebellion (Numbers 16-17) against the servants of God (The Christ).  The name Korah itself comes from a root that actually means to make oneself bald.

H7141, ko’-rakh

From H7139; ice; Korach, the name of two Edomites and three Israelites: – Korah.

H7139, kaw-rakh’

A primitive root; to depilate: – make (self) bald.

The journey and refining process by cutting off and bringing the remainder through more fire continues after Adullam.  Our children, the new mindsets of our maturing faith, still need to go thru the winnowing process to overcome the law of the Gentiles that is in all flesh.  We constantly bring our children into submission and obedience to Christ through spiritual warfare.

Mic 1:16 KJV Make thee bald, and poll thee [H1494] for thy delicate children; enlarge thy baldness as the eagle; for they are gone into captivity from thee.

The sheep sacrificed to the Lord are not to be sheared.  These are spiritual statements about keeping our doctrines pure and our heavens undefiled.  The maturing mindsets must be guarded.

Deu 15:19 All the firstling males that come of thy herd and of thy flock thou shalt sanctify unto the LORD thy God: thou shalt do no work with the firstling of thy bullock, nor shear the firstling of thy sheep.

Cutting off our covering by our own works symbolizes our rebellion and removing ourselves from the covering of Jesus Christ our Head.  This word translated POLL in Mic 1:16 really means shear, shave or cut.

 H1494, gâzaz, gaw-zaz – A primitive root (akin to H1468); to cut off; specifically, to shear a flock, or shave the hair; figuratively to destroy an enemy:

Total KJV occurrences: 15

shear, 4

Gen_31:19, Gen_38:13, Deu_15:19, 1Sa_25:4

shearers, 3

1Sa_25:7, 1Sa_25:11, Isa_53:7

sheepshearers, 3

Gen_38:12, 2Sa_13:23-24 (2)

cut, 2

Jer_7:29, Nah_1:12

poll, 1

Mic_1:16

shaved, 1

Job_1:20

As Micah and Jeremiah show (Jer 7:29), we are told to go cut off our hair.  The Lord manifest’s rebellion within us to correct us (Mature Us) with His chastening grace and bring us into submission.  We are the Bride of Christ, of our one true husband.  Without a head covering we dishonor the Lord.

1Co 11:5 But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven.

He is our covering and without His Headship covering us we are bald and in rebellion and will bear the shame of our baldness.

1Co 11:6 For if the woman be not covered, let her also be shorn: but if it be a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be covered.

Our freedom and deliverance from the oppression and the workings of the carnal mind comes little by little over our entire lives.  We, like Solomon, the wisest of men in our earth, first misuse the wisdom we are given.  We spend it on our lusts and count the works we do as righteousness.  Yet they are still filthy rages of self-righteousness which we “is, was and will be” coming to see is all vanity.

Ecc 2:11 Then I looked on all the works that my hands had wrought, and on the labour that I had laboured to do: and, behold, all was vanity and vexation of spirit, and there was no profit under the sun.

We will Lord willing continue with Micah, starting in Chapter 2 in the next installment.

 

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Micah Part 3 – Moving on to Maturity

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Book of Micah Part 3

Moving on to Maturity

We always think we have arrived long before we do and we won’t arrive while we still occupy these clay vessels (Phil 3:12).  We must endure to the end to be saved (Mat 24:13).  We must move on to maturity if the Lord permits and this comes as we are given to eat strong meat, that meat being the enduring the trials and suffering of our lives in the clay. We learn by experience.

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

The Lord moves us along when our time has come and through this process our faith is increased and we little by little approach, enter in and possess the land that is promised.  The story of Israel at Horeb shows the Lord’s hand in our maturation and moving us from mountains that satisfy our flesh.

Deu 1:6 The LORD our God spake unto us in Horeb, saying, Ye have dwelt long enough in this mount:

Deu 1:7 Turn you, and take your journey, and go to the mount of the Amorites, and unto all the places nigh thereunto, in the plain, in the hills, and in the vale, and in the south, and by the sea side, to the land of the Canaanites, and unto Lebanon, unto the great river, the river Euphrates.

Deu 1:8 Behold, I have set the land before you: go in and possess the land which the LORD sware unto your fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give unto them and to their seed after them.

The Lord will move us along by these words we study in Micah.  We will have our “yet carnal” way of life (unbelief) exposed and we will be commanded to move through and pass by eleven cities of Israel before we will be given our inheritance.

Mic 1:15 Yet will I bring an heir unto thee, O inhabitant of Mareshah: he shall come unto Adullam the glory of Israel.

But first we have an eleven city journey just as the Israelites had at Horeb.

Deu 1:2 (There are eleven days’ journey from Horeb by the way of mount Seir unto Kadeshbarnea.)

Eleven cities will be the focus of this and next week’s study as eleven demonstrates we have not yet arrived and the Lord has yet to give us the promise.  Eleven symbolizes the disintegration of the perfection of the flesh (the number ten) and is one short of our achieving a spiritual foundation represented by the number twelve.  A review of the study on numbers ten thru twelve will be helpful to understand this point (See links at the end).

 

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The eleven cities are in the Philistine plain and all have spiritual significance in our maturation and movement towards a complete spiritual foundation in Christ.  Those nations within us will ultimately all bow down to Christ, the heir and the ruler of these kingdoms and land within us (Luk 17:21).

Gen 37:9 And he (Joseph, a type for Christ) dreamed yet another dream, and told it his brethren, and said, Behold, I have dreamed a dream more; and, behold, the sun and the moon and the eleven stars made obeisance to me.

Our journeying west of the Jordan River through these cities is part of our judgment and we are brought to be the mature man.  Our going in the circles in the wilderness on the east side of Jordan is past, this is the real deal where we begin to seek out and overcome the giants and are being prepared to be used of the Lord in service as we will see later in Micah.  Let’s reset the context of Chapter one.

Mic 1:2 Hear, all ye people; hearken, O earth, and all that therein is: and let the Lord GOD be witness against you, the Lord from his holy temple.

Mic 1:3 For, behold, the LORD cometh forth out of his place, and will come down, and tread upon the high places of the earth.

From last week, we saw a connection between Samaria, where Christ finds us and Jerusalem the Holy City.  That connection is our idolatry and the worship of other gods that we bring with us from our worldly way of life.  It takes this journeying for us to possess the land with sanctity and to cleanse the temple which we are of these idols and bring us to obedience to the foremost commandment.

Deu 6:5 And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.

We saw last week that Jerusalem, representing us in the Body is far worse in its idolatry and harlotry than who we represent in Samaria when we know another jesus.

Eze 23:4 And the names of them were Aholah the elder, and Aholibah her sister: and they were mine, and they bare sons and daughters. Thus were their names; Samaria is Aholah, and Jerusalem Aholibah.

Eze 23:11 And when her sister Aholibah saw this, she was more corrupt in her inordinate love than she, and in her whoredoms more than her sister in her whoredoms.

It is this profaning of the Lord’s Name that ushers in our baptism with fire and brings about our sanctification in due time from a jealous God (Exo 34:14, Eze 36:23-24).  This is the judgment that comes first upon the House of the Lord.  Being in the Body, knowing true doctrine and having been given talents brings about a greater judgment as more is expected to those given much (Luk 12:48).  The appointed time has come!  The Lord is not going to show any pity to the blasphemers. He is bent on destruction and bringing death so that new life can come forth.

Eze 7:9 And mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity: I will recompense thee according to thy ways and thine abominations that are in the midst of thee; and ye shall know that I am the LORD that smiteth.

Lam 4:11 The LORD hath accomplished his fury; he hath poured out his fierce anger, and hath kindled a fire in Zion, and it hath devoured the foundations thereof.

These idols we hold in secret shall be utterly abolished in our day of the Lord (Isa 2:8).

2Co 6:16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

We will learn more details on this process as the Lord addresses the rebellious kingdoms and cities within us.  Here are the verses for today that will continue through next week also.

Mic 1:8 Therefore I will wail and howl, I will go stripped and naked: I will make a wailing like the dragons, and mourning as the owls.

Mic 1:9 For her wound is incurable; for it is come unto Judah; he is come unto the gate of my people, even to Jerusalem.

Mic 1:10 Declare ye it not at Gath, weep ye not at all: in the house of Aphrah roll thyself in the dust.

Mic 1:11 Pass ye away, thou inhabitant of Saphir, having thy shame naked: the inhabitant of Zaanan came not forth in the mourning of Bethezel; he shall receive of you his standing.

Mic 1:12 For the inhabitant of Maroth waited carefully for good: but evil came down from the LORD unto the gate of Jerusalem.

Mic 1:13 O thou inhabitant of Lachish, bind the chariot to the swift beast: she is the beginning of the sin to the daughter of Zion: for the transgressions of Israel were found in thee.

Mic 1:14 Therefore shalt thou give presents to Moreshethgath: the houses of Achzib shall be a lie to the kings of Israel.

Mic 1:15 Yet will I bring an heir unto thee, O inhabitant of Mareshah: he shall come unto Adullam the glory of Israel.

Some of these cities named here can be found in definition of the land inheritance given the children of Judah.  Remember this prophecy was seen in the days of the three Kings of Judah which is you and me if we are the elect and the kings and priests of the Lord.  All these cities promised must in due time be possessed by the children of Judah through whom the lineage of Jesus Christ comes forth (Mat 1:3, Luk 3:33, Gen 38).

Jos 15:20 This is the inheritance of the tribe of the children of Judah according to their families……… (verses 21-63 detail the cities)

Jesus Christ in the flesh will become Jesus Christ in the Spirit in the appointed times.  These verses show us the futility of our own efforts of trying to become righteous and holy by the Law of Moses.  The Lord has something against all these cities, they fall short of His glory.  It takes Christ coming with the fire and scourging of true grace to make us righteous and holy and even then, it is not us, but Christ being formed in us that meets that standard.

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

The last verse in this sequence Mic 1:15 speaks of our inheritance in Christ.  This is the land promised as these words are all spirit (Joh 6:63).  Despite all our failing efforts in the flesh to deliver ourselves, the promise given to us in due time.  The Lord will bring an heir unto thee.  This is the promise of salvation and being found IN HIM, in Jesus Christ that was ordained before the foundation of the world.

Eph 1:9 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:

Eph 1:10 That in the dispensation of the fullness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:

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

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

Addulam is said to be the glory of Israel and is the last city mentioned on this progressive journey.  It represents the completion of the process and the enduring of the way and finishing our race.  We know who Israel is (The Body, the Elect) and we know the Lord shares His glory with nobody; so we can readily deduce that Addulam is in fact a symbol for The Christ.  The Body (The Christ) is this cloud of witnesses in which the glory of the Lord appears.

Exo 16:10 And it came to pass, as Aaron spake unto the whole congregation of the children of Israel, that they looked toward the wilderness, and, behold, the glory of the LORD appeared in the cloud.

Those clothed in the linen dipped in blood are the Cherubim’s in whom and above the glory of the Lord resides.

Eze 9:3 And the glory of the God of Israel was gone up from the cherub, whereupon he was, to the threshold of the house. And he called to the man clothed with linen, which had the writer’s inkhorn by his side;

Those speaking the words of fire (Jer 5:14) make up this devouring fire that consumes the adversaries of the Lord in the day they are heard.

Exo 24:17 And the sight of the glory of the LORD was like devouring fire on the top of the mount in the eyes of the children of Israel.

So it in this inheritance of Christ, the last city on this journey – (aka at Adullam) that we receive ministry and give the ministry of the manifold grace of the Lord.

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.

Strong’s claims the root word for Adullam (H5724) has an uncertain meaning.  Yet most bible based websites commonly trace this back and conclude that Adullam means refuge or retreat.  Addulam is probably best known as the cave where King David (New Man) hid from the pursuit of King Saul (Old Man).

1Sa 22:1 David therefore departed thence, and escaped to the cave Adullam: and when his brethren and all his father’s house heard it, they went down thither to him.

1Sa 22:2 And every one that was in distress, and every one that was in debt, and every one that was discontented, gathered themselves unto him; and he became a captain over them: and there were with him about four hundred men.

When we are oppressed and persecuted, Christ, our inheritance, is our refuge and where we also retreat too in times of trouble.

Psa 9:9 The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.

This is a key part of our inheritance to be given to come into to this house of refuge and to rest in the shadow the wings of the Cherubim.

Psa 57:1 To the chief Musician, Altaschith, Michtam of David, when he fled from Saul in the cave. Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast.

We are Christ and the Body of Christ is Christ — the two being inseparable as the Body is only complete with all of its parts (1 Cor 12:12).  It is in Christ that we will be delivered out of the hand of our enemies.

2Sa 22:1 And David spake unto the LORD the words of this song in the day that the LORD had delivered him out of the hand of all his enemies, and out of the hand of Saul:

2Sa 22:2 And he said, The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer;

It is from this inheritance given at Addulam that we go out in strength and make war and win the battles against our flesh.  We see this time and again in Samuel documenting the life of David and by extension your walk and my walk (Mat 4:4, 1 Cor 3:21).

2Sa 23:10 He arose, and smote the Philistines until his hand was weary, and his hand clave unto the sword: and the LORD wrought a great victory that day; and the people returned after him only to spoil.

2Sa 23:12 But he stood in the midst of the ground, and defended it, and slew the Philistines: and the LORD wrought a great victory.

2Sa 23:13 And three of the thirty chief went down, and came to David in the harvest time unto the cave of Adullam: and the troop of the Philistines pitched in the valley of Rephaim.

The series of prophetic words and the specific names places here in Micah are there to show us the futility of our own efforts to be righteous.  Once we have the Truth, we make a lot of changes and the outside of the cup is getting much cleaner.  Yet work remains and the deep things hidden within must be brought to the light of Christ.  This is the Lord’s doing and how He will complete the good work He has begun in all of us and in due time all men.

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

We will come back to focus on the eleven city journey but first need to cover verses 1:8-9 that will show us the futility of our unbelieving yet carnal state of mind being at ease in Zion.

Mic 1:7 And all the graven images thereof shall be beaten to pieces, and all the hires thereof shall be burned with the fire, and all the idols thereof will I lay desolate: for she gathered it of the hire of an harlot, and they shall return to the hire of an harlot.

Mic 1:8 Therefore I will wail and howl, I will go stripped and naked: I will make a wailing like the dragons, and mourning as the owls.

We will lament and mourn losing our old way of life.  It is very painful to see our labors (the hires of our harlotry of verse 7) burned with fire.  But that is what must be.

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

Wailing like dragons and mourning like owls as the KJV words it would better be described by the more common translations that in every other English translation uses jackals and ostriches. 

Mic 1:8 NKJV Therefore I will wail and howl, I will go stripped and naked; I will make a wailing like the jackals And a mourning like the ostriches,

 Mic 1:8 YLT For this I will lament and wail; I will go stripped and naked; I will make lamentation like the jackals, and mourning like the ostriches.

 Mic 1:8 LITV Because of this I will wail and howl; I will go stripped and naked; I will make a wailing like the jackal, yea, mourn like the daughters of an ostrich.

 Mic 1:8 DARBY For this will I lament, and I will howl; I will go stripped and naked: I will make a wailing like the jackals, and mourning like the ostriches.

Jackals are a type of dog known for being cowardly, operating at night and howling and wailing.  A perfect metaphor for what we all do when in our UNBELIEF (A DOG) when we don’t trust in the Lord and are not willing to wait on Him to deliver on His promises.  All such howling and wailing traces back to lack of faith or unbelief.

Not much gets done in the way of our spiritual completion when we are acting like a jackal.

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

We and the disciples cannot cast out demons (lying spirits, false beliefs) when we doubt and do not believe.

Mat 17:20 And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.

And lest we think this applied to those bad people over there in Babylon, think again!  Here are the ELEVEN who saw all the miracles and saw the risen Lord sitting in unbelief.

Mar 16:14 Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen.

Spiritual jackals will end up going into the fire and that exactly how the Lord will turn our unbelief into belief and we will come to know He is truly the Lord of our heaven and earth.  To the chosen few, it comes in this age.

Rev 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

Using Romans 1:20, an ostrich has some interesting spiritual parallels.  They are the largest and strongest of the birds (pride, strength of flesh) and are known for their lack of wisdom (spiritual unbelief).   Job gives us the best biblical description of a spiritual ostrich.

Job 39:13 Gavest thou the goodly wings unto the peacocks? or wings and feathers unto the ostrich?

Job 39:14 Which leaveth her eggs in the earth, and warmeth them in dust,

Job 39:15 And forgetteth that the foot may crush them, or that the wild beast may break them.

Job 39:16 She is hardened against her young ones, as though they were not hers: her labour is in vain without fear;

Job 39:17 Because God hath deprived her of wisdom, neither hath he imparted to her understanding.

An ostrich is you and me that is resisting the work of the Spirit and contending with Christ.  An ostrich builds on a foundation of dust that will not stand and has no fear of the Lord.  We put the new things the Lord is raising into the earth of our carnal thinking and way of life.  An ostrich is deprived of wisdom and spiritual understanding as we also are before the Lord brings the fire to teach us.

The mourning of an ostrich is us when we complain in our unbelief and do not trust in the Lord as we begin to have to pay the costs of being saved.  It will cost us everything and we need to be prepared to give it.

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

Mic 1:9 For her wound is incurable; for it is come unto Judah; he is come unto the gate of my people, even to Jerusalem.

Judgment has come upon the Lord’s people, it is come to Judah and even unto the gates of the Holy City.  We know this time the deadly wound that is initially healed when we are in Babylon, will not be healed this time.  The beast is going to perish along with the false prophet within us.  It is coming into the gates of the Lord’s people that will begin the lake of fire experience that will save us.

Rev 19:20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.

Outwardly this too will play out at the end of the Millennium in the lake of fire at the 2nd Resurrection (Rev 20:10).  The theme of judgment is so central to salvation and how we obtain the mind of Christ and wear His Crown (Isa 28:5-6).

Having already spoken of the 11th city Addulam, let’s cover the first of the two cities as the Lord Having come into the Truth there is still much more tribulation necessary for us to finish the race and be prepared for the Lord’s service in the outward kingdoms. (Act 14:22).  Our flesh and its labor is never good enough to enter into the presence of the Lord.  Only thru the blood may we enter into Christ and that thru the Body and the living sacrifice of the church (Col 1:24, Gal 2:20)

Heb 10:19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,
Heb 10:20 By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; (i.e. The Body of Christ)

The Lord causes us to arise, leave the mountains of our fleshly comfort and move on to maturity in Christ.  We must be given to do this or we will fall in the unbelief of the carnal mind.

Heb 4:11 Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.

We have become at ease and Zion and are not working out our salvation with fear and trembling (Phi 2:12)

Amo 6:1 Woe to them that are at ease in Zion and that are secure in the mountain of Samaria, the renowned of the first of the nations, to whom the house of Israel come.

 

Mic 1:10Declare ye it not at Gath, weep ye not at all: in the house of Aphrah roll thyself in the dust.

The Philistines are a type and shadow of our flesh and the struggles to overcome that flesh.  Israel and the Philistines were constantly battling; it took many battles for the victory to come.  The land promised to Israel and to God’s Elect includes the land of the Philistines.  We will be given dominion over the flesh. That is salvation and will come to all men.

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.

The flesh does not go down easy.  We see in Joshua (a type of Jesus Christ) that even when he was old there was work yet to do to conquer the cities of Philistine.

Jos 13:1 Now Joshua was old and stricken in years; and the LORD said unto him, Thou art old and stricken in years, and there remaineth yet very much land to be possessed.

Jos 13:2 This is the land that yet remaineth: all the borders of the Philistines, and all Geshuri,

We will never get thru all these cities until the Son of Man comes to us and He brings the sword and the fire of the Holy Spirit (Mat 3:11).

Mat 10:23 But when they persecute you in this city, flee ye into another: for verily I say unto you, Ye shall not have gone over the cities of Israel, till the Son of man be come.

Until faith comes in sufficient measure, we fear the flesh and are afraid to fight the flesh living in unbelief being yet carnal.  In this state we will give into temptation as the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.  The fear of Goliath instilled in King Saul and his army was only conquered when David was risen up to slay the beast (1 Sa 17:10-11).

Even after David defeats Goliath of Gath and beheads him, the battle with flesh is not over and continues.  Saul and his son Jonathan succumb to the Philistines and are killed demonstrating the life long process of overcoming the flesh and gaining the victory.

2Sa 21:15 Moreover the Philistines had yet war again with Israel; and David went down, and his servants with him, and fought against the Philistines: and David waxed faint.

We will always be in this battle while in these clay vessels.  We must not grow weary (Gal 6:9) which is why we need to stay in fellowship to edify, exhort and help one another.  Lone sheep are easy prey!  Our victory is only in down payment form yet we should be growing strong as Christ in us matures and we strive to depart from inequity (2 Tim 2:19)

It was the most mature king (King Hezekiah, third in the succession of the three kings in Micah 1:1 – See Part 1 of Study) that ultimately defeated the Philistines many years after David’s battle.

2Ki 18:7 And the LORD was with him; and he prospered whithersoever he went forth: and he rebelled against the king of Assyria, and served him not.

2Ki 18:8 He smote the Philistines, even unto Gaza, and the borders thereof, from the tower of the watchmen to the fenced city.

This is true prosperity, being given dominion over sin and our flesh! 

We learn as we mature that salvation is truly of the Lord and we have nothing to do with it.  It is not by our might or strength but is only by the Lord’s Spirit that we are victorious over the Philistines (Zec 4:6).

Psa 44:3 For they got not the land in possession by their own sword, neither did their own arm save them: but thy right hand, and thine arm, and the light of thy countenance, because thou hadst a favour unto them.

All this land and all these cities are west of the Jordan (the land promise) signifying this is a later stage battle and the coming of Christ the second time for salvation apart from sin.  This is when the fleshly kings are smitten (Jos 12:7).  Conquering these cities and the nations they represent is speaking of salvation coming to the kingdom of God that is within you.  This comes via the process of judgment and this is how the land promised is given to Israel (The Elect) in due time.

Christ is both the first and the last which includes the first man of sin (Adam) in all of us.  First comes the natural and then the spiritual.  First the man of the earth, then the Lord from heaven (1 Cor 15:46-49).

Christ in the flesh will be followed by Christ in the Spirit yet that new man will only come forth after much tribulation and warring against the Philistines.  Let’s look at these cities in Micah that represent the whole of Philistine (our flesh) one by one and what is being said to see if we can glean some spiritual significance.

1. Declare it not at Gath

We saw in Part 1 the definition for Gath was a Philistine city.  We also saw that a Morasthite like Micah is defined as a possession of Gath.  We are dust in these clay vessels and will learn the excellency in us is of the Lord and not ourselves.

2Co 4:7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

When the Lord has come to heal us through the baptism by the Word and the resulting fire, the old man and his offspring are being killed.  The once strong men of the flesh are being slain of the Lord which is the good news and how Christ is formed in us.  Christ tells us to go tell no one when we are healed as our time has not yet come.  We must mature in the faith before we can be used of the Lord and best to sit at the feet of Christ for a season.

Luk 5:14 And he charged him to tell no (carnal) man: but go, and shew thyself to the priest, and offer for thy cleansing, according as Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.

Getting ears to hear, eyes to see and a mouth to speak the Word is truly a gift that comes only to the FEW CHOSEN (Mat 22:14) in this life.  Christ comes to us and it is Christ, through His Body that opens our ears and tongues.

Mar 7:34 And looking up to heaven, he sighed, and saith unto him, Ephphatha, that is, Be opened.

Mar 7:35 And straightway his ears were opened, and the string of his tongue was loosed, and he spake plain.

Mar 7:36 And he charged them that they should tell no man: but the more he charged them, so much the more a great deal they published it;

Mar 7:37 And were beyond measure astonished, saying, He hath done all things well: he maketh both the deaf to hear, and the dumb to speak.

David lamenting over the death of Saul and Jonathan (the old man in type) instructed Israel to declare it not in Gath.  The reason being the Philistine daughters within and without will be given reasons to triumph in their carnal reasoning’s.

2Sa 1:19 The beauty of Israel is slain upon thy high places: how are the mighty fallen!

2Sa 1:20 Tell it not in Gath, publish it not in the streets of Askelon; lest the daughters of the Philistines rejoice, lest the daughters of the uncircumcised triumph.

Which has helped me to better understand what we are being told in Revelation as the heathen will rejoice over our dying flesh in the days of our judgment.

Rev 11:10 And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth.

We learn the hard way that we have no ability to share the truths of God’s Word to those not prepared of the Lord to hear it.  Running back and telling the heathen men that represent Gath is not serving the Lord. We will only bring humiliation and shame on ourselves in our immaturity if we try to force knowledge our new found truth on anyone.  We must wait on the Lord and lay hands suddenly on no man (1 Tim 5:22).

Pro 20:12 The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the LORD hath made even both of them.

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

When we see the Kingdom of God in Truth and in Spirit we don’t go back to the flesh, we begin to separate.  Easier said than done but we will learn this thru the chastening of a loving Father.

Mat 24:17 Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take anything out of his house:

2. Weep not in the house of Aphrah

No pity parties allowed in the kingdom of God.  We should learn to rejoice in what the Lord is doing thru the trials and suffering we have been appointed to endure (Phi 1:28).

Jer 25:33 And the slain of the LORD shall be at that day from one end of the earth even unto the other end of the earth: they shall not be lamented, neither gathered, nor buried; they shall be dung upon the ground.

Eph 5:20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ

We will weep and lament at first as that is how we learn the truth by falling down.  Our flesh won’t like having its wall torn down and its foundation devoured with fire.

Rev 18:9 And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning

But we do not understand when we first endure this process, it is only by looking back we understand.  Our sorrow will be turned into joy once we really believe.

Joh 16:20 Verily, verily, I say unto you, That ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy.

Aphrah – H1036:  From H1004 and the feminine of H6083 (with preposition interposed); house to (that is, of) dust; Beth-le-Aphrah, a place in Palestine: – house of Aphrah.

Aphrah means house of dust.  Dust is representative of the earth, its particles and spiritually speaking this is the carnal mind and its 200 million lies.  This dust is leaven and will defile the temple of the Lord and make any house containing it unclean.  Getting and keeping dust out of our house is very important spiritually.

Lev 14:41 And he shall cause the house to be scraped within round about, and they shall pour out the dust that they scrape off without the city into an unclean place:

Mat 10:14 And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet.

We are not to go weeping in the house of dust.  That is seeking to save our carnal way of life, the very life the Lord is in the process of destroying.  We must lose that life of dust and come to rejoice in that process.

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

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

Luk 10:11 Even the very dust of your city, which cleaveth on us, we do wipe off against you: notwithstanding be ye sure of this, that the kingdom of God is come nigh unto you.

It is the carnally minded that weep in the house of Aphrah.  We are not to do this even though we all will do as the harlot within us is judged.

Rev 18:19 And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas, that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! for in one hour is she made desolate.

Weep not in the house of Aphrah is to weep not in the house of the flesh.  We need to rejoice in the trials we are given and learn to be content abiding in the furnace of affliction which is the mysterious way the Lord brings salvation to His people.  The beast that is not yet is, feeds on dust as his father the devil does.  On the way into the Holy City, we have to get past this lamenting our trials and learn to appreciate the suffering we have been appointed to endure.

Php 1:29 For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake;

 Next week we will continue the review with the remaining 8 cities of the Philistine plain that we must go through spiritually on our way into a permanent abode in the Holy City of Jerusalem.

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