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Micah Part 8 – Pilgrims Sojourners

By Pete Wilson

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.

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Book of Micah Part 4 – A House Built On Earth

By Pete Wilson

We ended Part 3 by reviewing Mic 1:10 in a study entitled “moving on to maturity”.

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

We saw that moving onto maturity involves learning important lessons and separating from what is the common behaviors of the carnal mind.  Walking by faith and not by sight is what maturity brings.  The journey of Micah, the Morasthite, begins at Gath, the first of the eleven cities.  We saw in part 1 that the root word for Gath the city is the Hebrew word Gath that is most often translated as winepress.  So this entire journey is about moving us towards maturity via the process of judgment.

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.

The first thing we learn is to declare it not at Gath.  The world and the carnal mind will not be able to understand the mysteries of the Kingdom of God.

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

Mat 13:11 He answered and said unto them, because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.

We can’t be mature if we do not respect the Lord’s hands in blinding the entire world and only giving “ears to hear and eyes” to see to precious few.  We don’t declare the Lord at Gath as we must mature ourselves to be used in service and we must not cast pearls to spiritual swine.

Psa 10:17 LORD, thou hast heard the desire of the humble: thou wilt prepare their heart, thou wilt cause thine ear to hear:

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

Secondly, we saw that we must learn not to lament and wail about our trials.  We must not go to Aprhah, the house of dust and wallow in the self-pity of the carnal mind.  We need to appreciate the blessing that has befallen us and work (strive) to enter into the rest that remains for the people of God.

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

We cannot try to save our old way of life or else we will fall from grace.  We cannot return to that former way of life (house) for anything.  As we saw last week, it may cost us everything and we must be willing to pay it.  Lord willing, we will continue on as the Lord leads us towards a complete spiritual foundation remembering the message of Lot’s wife.

Luk 17:32 Remember Lot’s wife.

Luk 17:33 Whoever seeks to save his life, he will lose it. And whoever will lose it, he will preserve it.

So we have covered the first two cities we are commanded to pass thru on our way to maturity.  It is only once we finish the journey at the final city of Addulam that we will receive the inheritance promised.  We will be tempted into giving up and not pressing forward towards the prize of the higher calling.  But make no mistake, we must finish the race if we have hope of being in the blessed and holy first resurrection.

2Ti 4:7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:

Becoming a mature man is the reason given for the why the Lord has given us a Body and given us able ministers, teachers and all of the offices of the church.

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

The Lord’s own words tell us of this mystery as well.

Joh 17:23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.

 So let’s continue with our eleven city journey towards being made perfect and see what else the Lord wants us to take heed.  This study will cover just this one verse from Micah.

Mic 1:11 NKJV Pass by in naked shame, you inhabitant of Shaphir; The inhabitant of Zaanan does not go out. Beth Ezel mourns; Its place to stand is taken away from you.

 3. Pass by in naked shame, you inhabitant of Shaphir

Saphir – H8208:  From H8231; beautiful; Shaphir, a place in Palestine:

H8231: A primitive root; to glisten, that is, (figuratively) be (causatively make) fair: –  X goodly.

The root word H8231 is only found one time here in Psalm 16.

Psa 16:6 The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly [H8321] heritage.

Our heritage, is OUR INHERITANCE in Christ.  It is indeed a goodly and/or glistening outcome.  As the Elect of the Lord we are the light of this world and it is through us that the shining forth of righteousness is, was and will be coming.

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

Php 2:15 That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;

Luk 24:4 And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments:

Psa 80:1 … Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, thou that leadest Joseph like a flock; thou that dwellest between the cherubims, shine forth.

Yet make no mistake, it is the glory of the Lord that lights us up and does the shining and in total the Body, the Lamb of God, is the light all men will one day see and enter in by.

Rev 21:23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.

Yet before this light can shine in us and our raiment glisten as an inhabitant of Shaphir, we must pass by naked and ashamed.  We must first endure this journey from where we are righteous from the perspective of the flesh (the number 10) and see the disintegration and ruin of that which is perfect in the “flesh” (as best as flesh can be).  That is seeing the shame of our nakedness that is necessary to bring us to Christ, our inheritance, we find in Addulam the final city.

We have to be shown our sin and the depths of our depravity.  It is far more than the outward sin and things seen with our naked eyes.  Leviathan, the deep, lives within our carnal DNA and the Lord will make manifest what truly lives in our flesh.  We will say all the right things and have the knowledge of what is required of us as Paul says.

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

And yet the weak flesh must be shown that it is impossible to save ourselves.

Rom 7:24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?

Ecc 3:18 I said in mine heart concerning the estate of the sons of men, that God might manifest them, and that they might see that they themselves are beasts.

The heritage and the inheritance of the saints is salvation through Jesus Christ.  But that comes via the process in down payment form and in fullness only when we are raised from the dead.

Outward appearances rule the hearts and minds of the carnal mind.  First the natural and then the spiritual means that our first state of being in Saphir will be one where the focus is on the outside of the cup and being pleasing to men.  Knowledge of doctrine will indeed puff us up and take our eyes off the inward ongoing work of grace needed to purify the heavens with the blood of Christ.  In this state we will use our supposed godliness for gain all the while denying the power within us to stand against sin and the pulls of the flesh (Philistines).

2Ti 3:5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

We should indeed turn away from such a mindset.  Yet such folly will not go far.

2Ti 3:9 But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was.

The way the Lord is accomplishing this is by using our own wickedness to correct us.  We will be shown that we are the abomination (still) causing desolation in the temple of the Lord (Mat 24:15).  The Lord is going to discover the whoredoms of Jerusalem (Aholibah) and we shall see it like it really is.  All things will be brought to the light, no exceptions.  Our sin will be made bare and the vanity of our fleshly labor spoiled.

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

2Co 4:6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

Eze 23:29 And they shall deal with thee hatefully, and shall take away all thy labour, and shall leave thee naked and bare: and the nakedness of thy whoredoms shall be discovered, both thy lewdness and thy whoredoms.

But the Lord will come and reason with us via our abiding in Him via His Body.  This reproving by the angels of the Lord is how we will buy gold tried in the fire and be made ready as the Bride.

Isa 1:18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

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

4. The inhabitant of Zaanan does not go out

 Zaanan – H6630: From the same as H6629 used denominatively; sheep pasture; Zaanan, a place in Palestine

H6629 – City of “Sheep or Flock”

From an unused root meaning to migrate; a collective name for a flock (of sheep or goats); also figuratively (of men): – (small) cattle, flock (+ -s), lamb (+ -s), sheep ([-cote, -fold, -shearer, -herds]).

Not going out of our fenced and walled cities is a very bad thing.  Those symbols refer to the works of our hands to make ourselves pleasing to the Lord and allow us in our strong delusion to think we serve God and He accepts our sacrifices.  But He wants much more, He wants all of us.

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

To move onto maturity, we will 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, Phi 1:29).  Eating the “flesh” of Jesus Christ (John 6:51) is something the carnal mind cannot comprehend yet once in the Truth, we learn to eat this meat, to bear these trials with joy.

Joh 4:32 But he said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye know not of.

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

We cannot eat at the table of the Lord and the table of devils.  This is what we do spiritually speaking in Zaanan in the Philistine plain (in the days of our flesh).

1Co 10:21 Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils.

1Co 10:22 Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? are we stronger than he?

In our immature state we are settling in and be comfortable hanging around but not in the fire.  We will not take heed the commands to separate and come out of our Babylonian and worldly way of life within and without.  For some it will be laxness with days, times and years, for others it may be social life, others money, physical appearance, the list could be endless of what the snares and idols could be. But the end result is all the same.

Heb 6:8 But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned.

Those sacrifices we give to the Lord will be rejected when He comes with fire and we will learn it is far better to obey than to sacrifice.  Making sacrifices is giving lip service to the Lord’s commandments.  Obeying them is when we fear and tremble at the Word, knowing this.

Rom 2:5 But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God;

Rom 2:6 Who will render to every man according to his deeds:

The Lord’s people are called to separate from the world and to walk/endure a long journey.  We must hearken to the call of the trumpets and “come out of her” when called (Rev 18:4).  But our carnal minded mule is a stubborn beast that will not go willingly even after coming into knowledge of true doctrine.  We must be dragged to accomplish this commandment.

2Co 6:14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?

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

We have to work out our salvation and never quit working just like our Lord (Joh 5:17).  It is one thing to say we will go work for the Lord and follow Him, but our natural rebellious state must be exposed to us and our nakedness discovered as we saw in the prior city Shaphir.

Mat 21:30 And he came to the second, and said likewise. And he answered and said, I go, sir: and went not.

We won’t remember Lot’s wife and after having our hand put to the plow, we will indeed look back and refuse to move on with the flock.  Such a one is unfit for the kingdom.

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

Failing to leave the security of our brass walls and the comforts of the flesh and this world, we will not take heed to the commandments to follow the Lord.

Mat 16:24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

It is not enough to warm ourselves by the fire as Peter did and we also are doing at first.  This will only result in us denying the Lord.  That is what we do spiritually when we stay in Babylon with one foot, fearing men and what they will think of us and our strange doctrine.

Joh 18:18 And the servants and officers stood there, who had made a fire of coals; for it was cold: and they warmed themselves: and Peter stood with them, and warmed himself.

And this is all part of our continued harlotry and idolatry in Jerusalem and the wicked sister of Ezekiel 23, Aholibah.  One foot in and one foot out is a lukewarm state when we are at ease in the Body (Zion) and still baking our own bread and making our own gods. Speaking to Jacob My Servant, the Lord says this:

Isa 44:15 Then shall it be for a man to burn: for he will take thereof, and warm himself; yea, he kindleth it, and baketh bread; yea, he maketh a god, and worshippeth it; he maketh it a graven image, and falleth down thereto.

Isa 44:16 He burneth part thereof in the fire; with part thereof he eateth flesh; he roasteth roast, and is satisfied: yea, he warmeth himself, and saith, Aha, I am warm, I have seen the fire:

Isa 44:17 And the residue thereof he maketh a god, even his graven image: he falleth down unto it, and worshippeth it, and prayeth unto it, and saith, Deliver me; for thou art my god.

We must come all the way out, being lukewarm will not cut it in our day of the Lord. The Lord is not sharing His glory and our worship with any other gods.

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

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 very meaning of the word church and the Greek word Ekklesia is to be called out.

G1577, ekklēsia, ek-klay-see’-ah

From a compound of G1537 and a derivative of G2564; a calling out, that is, (concretely) a popular meeting, especially a religious congregation (Jewish synagogue, or Christian community of members on earth or saints in heaven or both): – assembly, church.

The Lord’s commandments are serious business, all of them as we learn with time.  Nothing is overlooked.  We learn the error of the carnal man in us by the story of King Saul and what he did and did not do in destroying the Amalekites.   The story in 1 Samuel 15 is long but the takeaway for us to take heed is this verse.

1Sa 15:22 And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.

Coming out and separating is a serious command and the stubbornness of the fleshly Philistine city of Zaanan within must be overcome.  Thankfully the Lord is faithful and He will DRAG us out by the process of devouring the walls we setup in our idolatry that we think serve the Lord.

Eze 13:15 Thus will I accomplish my wrath upon the wall, and upon them that have daubed it with untempered morter, and will say unto you, The wall is no more, neither they that daubed it;

This proud and strong spirit that has us serving the Lord our way will be destroyed as we abide as One in the Body of Christ, in the flock of His Pasture.

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

Our last city in this study is Beth Ezel.

Mic 1:11 NKJV Pass by in naked shame, you inhabitant of Shaphir; The inhabitant of Zaanan does not go out. Beth Ezel mourns; Its place to stand is taken away from you.

5. Beth Ezel mourns; its place to stand is taken away from you.

The fall of our house comes to mind with these words regarding Bethezel.  When the foundation on which we stand, our spiritual house, is exposed as a fraud, the house will not stand.  That house will fall and thereby fulfill the Word of God in our lives (Luk 13:34-35).  A house built on the earth, the carnal mind ….. anything other than faith, will not stand when tested by the Lord.

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.

A new earth is going to be established as we and all men endure this journey to perfection.

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

We saw last week in the second city, Aphrah, that the Lord’s people are not to weep or lament the destruction of our flesh and old way of life.  Instead we must learn to rejoice in what the Lord is doing and trust and be patient in His promises for deliverance (Rom 8:28).  In Bethezel we are further down the road on our journey towards the promised inheritance and salvation.   The divided house of Israel within us will be exposed in the day of our judgment and the house built and operated by the man of sin and “abomination of desolation” will not stand.  The house of FLESH, aka the house of stone will not stand.

Mar 3:24 If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.

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

The covenant we made with death (Rom 8:6 – to be carnally minded is death) will be disannulled.

Isa 28:18 And your covenant with death shall be disannulled, and your agreement with hell shall not stand; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then ye shall be trodden down by it.

The Lord is not going to act upon the mourning of the man of sin.  He is going to destroy that man and burn the heavens and the earth with fire.  There will be no place of refuge for the beast.

Pro 1:26 I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh;

Pro 1:27 When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you.

Pro 1:28 Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me:

The world and all of our fleshly idols and false doctrines will provide us no refuge as the vials of wrath come in increasing intensity in the fire and jealousy of the Lord.

Rev 6:17 For the great day of His wrath has come, and who is able to stand?”

Mal 3:2 But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner’s fire, and like fullers’ soap:

We would never willingly or proactively pay the costs of following Christ (Joh 6:65, Joh 6:44).   But as we mature we can look behind us and truly come to believe these verses and accept the will of God for our lives.

Ecc 7:1 A good name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of one’s birth.

Ecc 7:2 It is better to go to the house of mourning, than to go to the house of feasting: for that is the end of all men; and the living will lay it to his heart.

Ecc 7:3 Sorrow is better than laughter: for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better

What utter foolishness are these truths to the natural man!  It is when we lay these truths to heart that we are truly carrying our cross for the Lord.

Mat 10:38 And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.

We learn to stand not on the strength of the flesh or our knowledge but only on faith.  We will not lean on what our senses tell us because we are saved by hope (Rom 8:24) and faith is all based on the Word not what is seen (Heb 11:1).  Standing firm on the Word is the key to spiritual warfare as these well-known passages in Ephesians 6 proclaim.

Eph 6:11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

Eph 6:13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

H1018 is the Hebrew word for Bethezel and is only found once here in Micah.

From H1004 and H681 with the article interposed; house of the side; Beth-ha-Etsel, a place in Palestine: – Beth-ezel.  Total KJV occurrences: 1

It comes from H681 which is most often translated as “besides” or “near”.  It’s root is H681.

H680, ‘âtsal, aw-tsal’

A primitive root; properly to join; used only as a denominative from H681; to separate; hence to select, refuse, contract: – keep, reserve, straiten, take.

What is near the truth is still not the truth.  A little leaven indeed leavens the whole lump. There is both diligence and vigilance demanded of the church of Jesus Christ.

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

Heb 6:11 And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end:

As we reviewed about Zaanan, God’s people truly are separated and will be divided from the rest of the world by this eleven day “symbolic” spiritual journey.  The story of David and Jonathan will help us see the significance of Bethezel and that we must move on beyond it and separate as the Lord’s servants.

Beth means house and the second part of this name Ezel is what is instructive.  The word Ezel is only found one time in Scripture in the context of David and Saul’s son Jonathan parting ways.

1Sa 20:17 And Jonathan caused David to swear again, because he loved him: for he loved him as he loved his own soul.

1Sa 20:18 Then Jonathan said to David, Tomorrow is the new moon: and thou shalt be missed, because thy seat will be empty.

1Sa 20:19 And when thou hast stayed three days, then thou shalt go down quickly, and come to the place where thou didst hide thyself when the business was in hand, and shalt remain by the stone Ezel.

David and Jonathan earlier made a covenant (1 Sam 18:3) but that covenant shall not stand.  There is a lot more to this story but the key takeaway is that there is a great gulf (Luk 16:26) that no man can cross between the few chosen and many called and faithful.  The carnal mind will always be at enmity with the things of the Spirit.  We cannot serve two masters.  We cannot love God and also love this world as Babylon does.

1Jn 2:15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

In our relative immaturity, we will think nothing wrong with these covenants outwardly and even ones we make inwardly to justify our continued rebellion and remaining entangled in the affairs of the world.  But the Lord demands our whole heart, whole mind and all of our strength and He will get it.  As a wise man once said, good is the enemy of excellence.  The covenant we make with Jonathan, son of King Saul (our old or immature man in type) represents a covenant with Babylon and the world (Egypt).  This preserves us for a time and a season yet to move to maturity we must separate as the called out people and part ways as did Jonathan and David.

1Sa 20:42 And Jonathan said to David, Go in peace, forasmuch as we have sworn both of us in the name of the LORD, saying, The LORD be between me and thee, and between my seed and thy seed forever. And he arose and departed: and Jonathan went into the city.

This only lasting covenant is the one built on the ROCK (Christ, the PETRAS).  The building on the stones of flesh (PETROS) will not prevail against the gates of hell.

Mat 16:18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter (PETROS), and upon this rock (PETRA) I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

Beth Ezel represents our continued dependency/comfort with the world and its Babylonian ways.  We get support from it and carry on a lukewarm walk with the Lord.  But that support will be taken away, the Lord will separate us when the Lord brings spiritual earthquakes when the Lord and His Christ comes to us with words of fire (Zec 14:5).

The key takeaways of these three cities and what we need to learn and walk out is this:

Shaphir:  Any doubt on what we are in the flesh will be removed.  Oh wretched man that we are in these clay vessels.  Until we see that in its fullness we cannot move on to maturity (Rom 7:24)

Zaanan:  God is serious about separating His people from the world and its way of life.  The sooner we are given to come out of Babylon completely (physically, emotionally, spiritually) the quicker we mature and are usable in service.

Beth Ezel:  Christ comes with a sword and we must learn to abide in the fire and not make covenants that bring a false peace.  We must stand on faith in the Word as that is the only foundation upon which the church of Jesus Christ is built.

1Co 4:6 And these things, brethren, I have in a figure transferred to myself and to Apollos for your sakes; that ye might learn in us not to think of men above that which is written, that no one of you be puffed up for one against another.

We will pick up Lord willing in our next installment with Part 5 where we will begin with the city of Maroth, the sixth city of the eleven on our journey to become the mature man in Christ.

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In Christ,  PETE