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The Peace Offering

The Peace Offering

(notes compiled from prior church teachings)

We continue in this series showing how the old testament shadows of spiritual reality were written for the admonition of the Elect who would come on the scene beginning at Pentecost.

1Co 10:11  Now all these things (including the giving of the physical offerings) happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

Finding peace with God and entering into His Rest requires that we understand these OT shadows and believe and trust in the Lord who is working all things in our life including both the good and the evil.  As our faith grows as we will see, this offering nourishes everyone in the Body of Christ.

We see the Peace Offering have different grades, it is offered upon a Burnt Offering and with leavened cakes. The Priest, the Priest’s children, the Offerer, all partake of this Offering. The Lord has His part in this Offering and we will look at how God, the Father, views this Offering. This Offering furthermore has two reasons being offered namely for thanksgiving and a “vow” being made.

The Different Grades of the Peace Offering:

The only grades in the Peace Offering are of the herd and of the flock. The Peace Offering can be of the herd, male or female, or it can be a lamb or a goat of the flocks.

It is of the herd and of the flock:

Lev 3:1 And if his oblation be a sacrifice of peace offering, if he offers it  of the herd; whether it be a male or female, he shall offer it without  blemish before the LORD.

Lev 3:6  And if his offering for a sacrifice of peace offering unto the LORD be of the flock; male or female, he shall offer it without blemish.

Lev 3:7  If he offer a lamb for his offering, then shall he offer it before the LORD.

We have seen in previous studies that different grades of an Offering show us the difference between a babe in Christ and those that are being made mature. As babes, we have a different view of Christ than a mature man in Christ, dying daily, doing the Word versus hearing the Word only. Mary Magdalene had seven devils (false doctrines) cast out of her as a babe in Christ. The Mary Magdalene that was witnessing to the disciples in Joh 20:18 that she ….. has seen the Lord and that he spoken these things to her was not the same woman as the one she was when she was first healed of her false doctrines.

Luk 8:2 And certain women, which had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary called Magdalene, out of whom went seven devils,

The Peace Offering is offered upon a Burnt Offering:

Lev 3:5 And Aaron’s sons shall burn it on the altar upon the burnt sacrifice, which is upon the wood that is on the fire: it is an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the LORD.

There is no turtle dove given as a Peace Offering. There are no washings of the different parts of the Offering. There are no restrictions of this Offering being a bullock only. Here are the only instructions given for offering the Peace Offering so far as the Offerer is concerned:

Lev 3:2 And he shall lay his hand upon the head of his offering, and kill it at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation: and Aaron’s sons   the priests shall sprinkle the blood upon the altar round about (of the herd).

Lev 3:8 And he shall lay his hand upon the head of his offering, and kill  it before the tabernacle of the congregation: and Aaron’s sons shall  sprinkle the blood thereof round about upon the altar (of the flock).

All the details given as we saw it in the Burnt Offering are missing and left out in the Peace Offering. Why is that? The reason being that those who understand this Offering already understand that the Burnt Offering belongs to God, the Father, which tells us that we are being judged FIRST, and that we are a kind of first fruits of His creatures. The Burnt Offering shows, prepares and baptizes us into Christ’s death who is FIRST IN ALL THINGS.

We are being judged from the north as it is TODAY in our Day of the Lord. Those eating at His altar know these things. So, the distinctions in the Burnt Offering are not mentioned in the Peace Offering, which nourishes God, Christ, the Offerer, the Priest and His children. In the Peace Offering we feast with Christ and His Father, we are “accepted in the Beloved,” we are communing with, and being interceded for IN and THROUGH Christ and “His Christ”.

When the Peace Offering is being offered with leavened bread:

Lev 7:11  And this is the law of the sacrifice of peace offerings, which he shall offer unto the LORD.

Lev 7:12  If he offer it for a thanksgiving, then he shall offer with the sacrifice of thanksgiving unleavened cakes mingled with oil, and unleavened wafers anointed with oil, and cakes mingled with oil, of fine flour, fried.

Lev 7:13  Besides the cakes, he shall offer for his offering leavened bread with the sacrifice of thanksgiving of his peace offerings.

We have seen that the Priests are partakers of the Burnt and Meat Offerings and that no Meat Offering can be made with leaven. Here is the Scripture:

Lev 2:11 No meat offering, which ye shall bring unto the LORD, shall be made with leaven: for ye shall burn no leaven, nor any honey, in   any offering of the LORD made by fire.

The Offerer has no part in either of the Burnt of Meat Offerings. Only in THIS Offering does the Offerer receive strength and nourishment. This Offering gives US strength and nourishment to “endure to the end”. We have a Body to carry us on eagle’s wings and although we have HYPOCRISY/LEAVEN in our hearts, we are ACCEPTED IN CHRIST!

1Co 12:12 (CLV) For even as the body is one and has many members, yet all the members of the one body, being many, are one body, thus also is the Christ.”

1Co 12:13 For in one spirit also we all are baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and all are made to imbibe one spirit.” [male or female – Gal.  3:28]

1Co 12:14 For the body also is not one member, but many.”

We are satisfied with our part in “the Christ” because FAITH is a gift and we are all being like the Lord (1 John 4:17) who was bruised for our sakes. Nothing is of us.

Isa 53:5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised  for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and  with his stripes we are healed.

The Father was satisfied with Christ in His Day of Judgment:

2Co 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that  we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

Eph 1:6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made   us accepted in the beloved.

This means we rejoice in our sufferings for the Church, filling up what is behind of the afflictions of Christ (Col 1:24-28).

We “know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you”. Our sense of acceptance and our sense of communion with God, the Father, depends upon how deeply we accept Christ as being SATISFACTORY and satisfying to His Father.

Joh 14:20 At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.

If we see Christ as accepted then we, “IN Him “are accepted and satisfying and satisfactory to God, the Father. Through partaking of Christ as the Peace Offering, we are nourished and strengthened in a way that takes us beyond fear of wrath, fear of our sins and trespasses. This Offering tells us that God, the Father, is satisfied with Christ. When we take our part of this Offering, we too are satisfied with Christ and “His Christ”. ALL parties partake of Christ:

Heb 10:8  Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law;

Heb 10:9  Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second.

Heb 10:10  By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

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

We are acceptable to the Father through Christ and “His Christ”!

1Pe 2:5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.

The Lord’s part in both the grades of the herd and the flock:

Lev 3:3  And he shall offer of the sacrifice of the peace offering an offering made by fire unto the LORD; the fat that covereth the inwards, and all the fat that is upon the inwards,

Lev 3:4  And the two kidneys, and the fat that is on them, which is by the flanks, and the caul above the liver, with the kidneys, it shall he take away.

Lev 3:6  And if his offering for a sacrifice of peace offering unto the LORD be of the flock; male or female, he shall offer it without blemish….

Lev 3:9  And he shall offer of the sacrifice of the peace offering an offering made by fire unto the LORD; the fat thereof, and the whole rump, it shall he take off hard by the backbone; and the fat that covereth the inwards, and all the fat that is upon the inwards,

Lev 3:10  And the two kidneys, and the fat that is upon them, which is by the flanks, and the caul above the liver, with the kidneys, it shall he take away….

Lev 3:12  And if his offering be a goat, then he shall offer it before the LORD…

Lev 3:14  And he shall offer thereof his offering, even an offering made by fire unto the LORD; the fat that covereth the inwards, and all the fat that is upon the inwards,

Lev 3:15  And the two kidneys, and the fat that is upon them, which is by the flanks, and the caul above the liver, with the kidneys, it shall he take away.

Lev 3:16  And the priest shall burn them upon the altar: it is the food of the offering made by fire for a sweet savour: all the fat is the LORD’S.

Lev 3:17  It shall be a perpetual statute for your generations throughout all your dwellings, that ye eat neither fat nor blood.

The Lord’s part in the Peace Offering is the fat (and the inwards and the rump). FAT symbolizes the health of the animal. We are BEING cleansed and healed through Christ and “His Christ”. We are His workmanship and He works all matters according to His will. Christ is satisfied and nourished by His Bride, His seed, accounted to Him for a generation. He sees the beginning and the end and everything in between!

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

Psa 22:30 A seed shall serve him; it shall be accounted to the Lord for  a generation. 31 They shall come, and shall declare his righteousness  unto a people that shall be born, that he hath done this.

The Offerer’s Part:

The Offerer gets the left shoulder, the back and the ribs. Through this Offering three parties are satisfied and nourished and strengthened. Everybody partake of this Offering. The Lord gets the inwards and the fat and the whole rump; the Priest and his sons get the right shoulder and the heave breast. The Offerer shares his Peace Offering with “all that be clean”.

Lev 7:19 And the flesh that toucheth any unclean thing shall not be eaten; it shall be burnt with fire: and as for the flesh, all that be clean  shall eat thereof.

We share Christ with God, and are nourished by Christ with God; God shares and is nourished by Christ with us; Christ Himself shares Himself with us and with God, the Father. Sharing Christ with His Father is communion. Telling our Father how much we see and appreciate all that He is accomplishing in us through the sacrifice of His Son; even asking to have so much of His Son grow up in us that we are exactly like Him in our Father’s eyes. Communion is sharing. The Father shares His Perfect Son with us. Only then are we “delivered from the law”. Only then will we go beyond our concern of suffering God’s wrath and begin to see that there is a relationship to be had which needs to be nourished and fed and enjoyed in feasting. That feasting is sharing Christ, both with Christ, “His Christ” and with His Father. Then we come to realize that they, too, find nourishment and satisfaction in that same PERFECT meal. As the children of God, we remember that it is better to give than to receive, Paul received the sweet-smelling Offering from Epaphroditus, an Offering acceptable to God.

Col 3:14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.

Php 4:18 But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, well pleasing to God.

The Priest’s Part in the Peace Offering:

Lev 7:31  And the priest shall burn the fat upon the altar: but the breast shall be Aaron’s and his sons’.

Lev 7:32  And the right shoulder shall ye give unto the priest for an heave offering of the sacrifices of your peace offerings.

Lev 7:33  He among the sons of Aaron, that offereth the blood of the peace offerings, and the fat, shall have the right shoulder for his part.

Lev 7:34  For the wave breast and the heave shoulder have I taken of the children of Israel from off the sacrifices of their peace offerings, and have given them unto Aaron the priest and unto his sons by a statute for ever from among the children of Israel.

Lev 7:35  This is the portion of the anointing of Aaron, and of the anointing of his sons, out of the offerings of the LORD made by fire, in the day when he presented them to minister unto the LORD in the priest’s office;

In the Peace Offering we feast with Christ, our Priest and Mediator, and with His and our Father. In Christ, we can commune with both. To understand this, we must see Christ as He is presented to us in all the Offerings. He is the Offering, He is the Offerer, and He is the Priest and Mediator. He is everything but the Father “of whom are all things.” We are being made into priests and all things too because we are like Him in down payment form.

1Jn 4:17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.

Joh 14:28 Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I.

Seeing this communion which, through Him, we have with the Father, satisfies and nourishes the Lord. Everyone, including Christ Himself, finds satisfaction “in Christ” as the Peace Offering. As Priests, we are satisfied because through us as the Peace Offering in down payment form, others have communion with Christ and His and our Father (all those that are clean). We are BEING MADE Priests after the POWER of an endless life, being born again, like the wind (John 3:7).

Heb 7:16  Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life.

Heb 7:17  For he testifieth, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.

Children of the Priest:

There is one other party who also partakes of this Offering, namely the Priest’s children:

Lev 7:31 And the priest shall burn the fat upon the altar: but the breast  shall be Aaron’s and his sons’.

Num 18:9  This shall be thine of the most holy things, reserved from the fire: every oblation of theirs, every meat offering of theirs, and every sin offering of theirs, and every trespass offering of theirs, which they shall render unto me, shall be most holy for thee and for thy sons.

Num 18:10  In the most holy place shalt thou eat it; every male shall eat it: it shall be holy unto thee.

Num 18:11  And this is thine; the heave offering of their gift, with all the wave offerings of the children of Israel: I have given them unto thee, and to thy sons and to thy daughters with thee, by a statute forever: every one that is clean in thy house shall eat of it.

Who are the children of the Priest? If the Priest is Christ, then His children are His Church, His Bride. As Christ is presented to us in many different forms which are needed to portray to us His many functions as Sacrifice, Offering, Offerer, Temple, Altar, Vail and Vessels and Chief Cornerstone, etc., so too, is the Church, which is His body, also presented to us in many different forms. The Church is also called His body, lively stones, the son of the bondwoman, the son of the freewoman, the first Adam, the last Adam, Israel according to the flesh and the Israel of God, the vail of the temple, His bride, ten virgins, the olive trees, the fig tree, Jerusalem and New Jerusalem, etc. Each name reveals another aspect of the Church, or another degree of maturity in Christ. Within it means our “renewing mindset” as He increases and we decrease. “These are all the children of the Priest”. To partake of this Offering at all, “the sons of Aaron and his daughters” have to partake of the offering WITH the Priest. If this Offering is received it is THROUGH, the Priests.

So, it is to this day, we receive of Christ ONLY through the Word and THROUGH “The Christ”. The Church is in communion with Christ and His Father THROUGH the Offering of Christ/Living Word. The Church is, with the Priest, receiving nourishment and intercession through Christ in the presence of God in the Holy of Holies, where only the Priests can go. There is a qualifier when it comes to the Priests and their children:

Num 18:11 (b) I have given them unto thee, and to thy sons and to thy  daughters with thee, by a statute forever: every one that is clean in thy  house shall eat of it.

This is a spiritual statement about spiritual food:

Joh 4:24 God is Spirit: and they that worship him must worship  [him] in spirit and in truth.

Worshipping in Spirit and Truth means to remember the cup which we all partake of:

1Co 11:24  And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.

1Co 11:25  After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.

1Co 11:26  For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come.

1Co 11:27  Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.

1Co 11:28  But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.

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

Only a “clean Priest and his children” are permitted to partake of communion with God.

Anything unclean is under the curse of attempting to contaminate the “most holy thing,” Christ and “His Christ”. That is why when we are informed that we have an altar at which those who serve the tabernacle have no right to eat, the verse before that is warning us against false doctrines (Heb 13:9-10). Nepios, immature sons, no better than a servant, though they are children of the Priest are unclean. They (US in our seasons) will not go beyond the six milk doctrines of Hebrew 6, or worse still we are so puffed up in our own spirituality that we “go beyond that which is written.” We have to judge ourselves constantly:

1Co 11:31 For if we would judge ourselves [try our own spirits], we should not be judged.

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

“Not discerning the Lord’s Body” is not “trying the spirits,” it is not “judging ourselves,” it is “eating and drinking unworthily.’

Heb 13:9 Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For  it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace [trials,  chastening]; not with meats [false doctrines], which have not profited  them that have been occupied therein.

Heb 13:10 We [if we are clean   children of the Priest] have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat  which serve the tabernacle.

God, the Father, in the Peace Offering: 

We as the Priest’s children in our Day of the Lord, rule the nations within and at the appointed time without and be God’s channel, through and by CHRIST/THE LIVING WORD and “His Christ”, to bring all mankind of all time into the All in ALL. This is what we are SHARING with God, the Father, and with Christ in this Peace Offering.

Eph 3:21 Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen

It is all done “in Christ Jesus.” And it is all that the Father is doing from before the foundation of the world.

Eph 2:18 For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.

Phi 3:10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and  the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;

Col 1:16  For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:

Col 1:17  And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.

Col 1:18  And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.

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

How does “all fullness dwell” in Christ? How is “all in all” attained?

Eph 1:22 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the   head over all things to the church, 23 Which is his body, the fullness of him that filleth all in all.

Col 1:22 In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:

Heb 13:15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.

If we eat a meal in communion with our friends in this life, and if we notice and miss them in their absence, how much more are we to enjoy and appreciate our communion with our Priest, Christ, and “His Christ “and our heavenly Father. And how much more does the Lord appreciate our friendship and communion with Himself and with His Father and ours.

Luk 22:14  And when the hour was come, he sat down, and the twelve apostles with him.

Luk 22:15  And he said unto them, With desire I have desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer: 

 Two Different Reasons for offering a Peace Offering:

  1. A) The first reason we offer a Peace Offering is for giving thanks, a freewill Offering, a gift, giving out of our abundance because freely we receive, freely we give (Matt 10:8).

Lev 7:12 If he offer it for a thanksgiving, then he shall offer with the sacrifice of thanksgiving unleavened cakes mingled with oil, and unleavened wafers anointed with oil, and cakes mingled with oil, of fine flour, fried.

Lev 7:13 Besides the cakes, he shall offer [for] his  offering leavened bread with the sacrifice of thanksgiving of his peace offerings.  

“Leavened bread WITH the sacrifice of thanksgiving is accepted with the sacrifice of the Peace Offering being offered as a freewill Offering and show us that while the Church is flesh and “cannot inherit the Kingdom”, our Priest, Christ, IDENTIFIES with us and is nourished with us in our communion with Him. The Church is the “leavened bread” of the Pentecost Offering. We have the Spirit in down payment form (Eph 1:13-14) and are being redeemed as such. We are being shown that we, the Church, are still in a “body of this death … sinful flesh”.

Rom 8:23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body  (Also Heb 9:15).

The state of our beings as we approach God as His “sweet smelling savor …. Peace Offering” IS LACKING in its parts because salvation is a PROCESS. Christ is IN us, Christ, the treasure in earthen vessels, is “accepted IN the Beloved” as an “unblemished … without spot” Offering, Christ in us in THIS capacity of His office and Offering, is invariably as “either a bullock or a lamb … [have some] thing superfluous or lacking in his parts”.

Lev 22:23 Either a bullock or a lamb that hath anything superfluous or  lacking in his parts, that mayest thou offer [for] a freewill offering; but  for a vow it shall not be accepted.

All of us, as sinful flesh, are “either a BULLOCK or a LAMB that hath anything superfluous or lacking in his parts”. We are the Temple of God (1 Co 3:16 17) and we offer polluted bread on His altar. The sick and the lame is our halfhearted service to the Lord. Hearers only, warming ourselves by the fire, we say … His Table is contemptible ……

Mal 1:7 Ye offer polluted bread upon mine altar; and ye say, Wherein have we polluted thee? In that ye say, The table of the LORD is contemptible.

Mal 1:8  And if ye offer the blind for sacrifice, is it not evil? and if ye offer the lame and sick, is it not evil? offer it now unto thy governor; will he be pleased with thee, or accept thy person? saith the LORD of hosts.

  1. B) The second reason offering the Peace Offering is for making a vow, which shows us the trustworthiness, faithfulness CHRIST, who is the Way, the faithful WITNESS:

Lev 7:16  But if the sacrifice of his offering be a vow, or a voluntary offering, it shall be eaten the same day that he offereth his sacrifice: and on the morrow also the remainder of it shall be eaten:

Lev 7:17  But the remainder of the flesh of the sacrifice on the third day shall be burnt with fire.

Lev 7:18  And if any of the flesh of the sacrifice of his peace offerings be eaten at all on the third day, it shall not be accepted, neither shall it be imputed unto him that offereth it: it shall be an abomination, and the soul that eateth of it shall bear his iniquity.

Lev 7:19  And the flesh that toucheth any unclean thing shall not be eaten; it shall be burnt with fire: and as for the flesh, all that be clean shall eat thereof.

“All that be clean” points to trying the spirits to see whether our spiritual food is of Christ (2 John 1:10 and 1 John 4:1).

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.

The morning (Psa 49:14-15) and the “third day” (Luk 13:32, 1 Co 15:4, Hos 6:2) are symbols for resurrection from the dead, when Christ comes with His holy angels, “is, was and will be” and no flesh remains, all wood, hay and stubble are being burnt up. We are BEING RAISED UP from the state of DEATH/DISOBDIENCE.

Exo 12:10 And ye shall let nothing of it remain until the morning; and that which remaineth of it until the morning ye shall burn with fire.

Rom 13:11 And that, knowing the time, that now [it is] high time to awake out of sleep: for now, [is] our salvation [Christ, is the resurrection John 11:25] nearer than when we believed.

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

Leaven is not accepted in the Peace Offering given for a vow.

Lev 22:23 Either a bullock or a lamb that hath anything superfluous or  lacking in his parts, that mayest thou offer [for] a freewill offering; but for a vow it shall not be accepted.  

Both the Meat Offering at Pentecost and the Peace Offering given as a freewill Offering typify Christ IN His elect. Neither typify Him as our UNBLEMISHED SACRIFICE, both Offerings typify the Church (US) struggling against flesh in our daily walk being born in sin …… “lacking in his parts”, conceived in sin.

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

Psa 51:5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.

Vows are different and are words that mean exactly what they say. These sacrifices are

Christ in His various capacities. And the Father through Christ promised (a vow) to both Adam and Cain that in the end they would “rule over sin” (Gen 4:7). Every word out of Christ’s mouth is a vow. It IS BEING performed.

Eze 12:25 For I am the LORD: I will speak, and the word that I shall  speak shall come to pass; it shall be no more prolonged:  for in your  days O rebellious house, will I say the word, and will perform it, saith  the Lord GOD. 

2Co 1:19 For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among  you by us, even by me and Silvanus and Timotheus, was not yea and  nay, but in him was yea.

2Co 1:20 For all the promises of God in him   are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.

Christ’s Offering in this capacity when He makes a vow or a freewill offering in “beeves and sheep” is without spot or wrinkle, in this capacity Christ is PERFECT.

Lev 22:21 And whosoever offereth a sacrifice of peace offerings unto  the LORD to accomplish [his] vow, or a freewill offering in beeves or  sheep, it shall be perfect to be accepted; there shall be no blemish therein.

We are admonished not to make a vow; we do not know what tomorrow brings, can we be sure that we are going to be able to perform the vow? Do we say “we see”? We are a work in progress being saved.

Ecc 5:4 When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for he  hath no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed.

Jas 4:13  Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain:

Jas 4:14  Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.

Jas 4:15  For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.

Jas 4:16  But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil.

 

Mat 5:34  But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God’s throne:

Mat 5:35  Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King.

Mat 5:36  Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black.

Mat 5:37  But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.

The Peace Offering, with the two reasons of being offered, reminds us that, as Christ Himself, WE, still “bear the image of the earthy [but] we are in the PROCESS of bearing the image of the heavenly” (1Co 15:49). We have PEACE and STRENGTH and NOURISHMENT in this Offering knowing that we are accepted in the Beloved.

Joh 14:27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as theworld giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither  let it be afraid.

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“I Will Pass Thru the Land”

Key Verses:  Amos 5:14 – 5:23

In our day of the Lord, the elect of God who are being judged now (1Pe 4:17) are always learning. That is the function of grace and the purpose for our being punished for our sins and wicked ways. It is the occasion the Lord seeks to bring about and end to our flesh and our sins.  This is the process of dying daily that ushers in the newness of life in Christ Jesus.

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

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

Our faith grows and we mature through the experience of evil the Lord sends to us (Ecc 1:13, Psa 37:9). The repetitive nature of our falling down seven times is to devour any confidence we have in ourselves and in the flesh. As verse 5:13 showed, the wise will be silent (still) and endure the process of judgment with patience knowing it is how we are given the righteousness of the Lord. The sooner we are still; the sooner Jesus Christ is being exalted in our earth.

Psa 46:10 Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!

Here are the verses for our study of Amos’s words regarding the coming of the Lord.

Amo 5:14 Seek good, and not evil, that ye may live: and so the LORD, the God of hosts, shall be with you, as ye have spoken.

Amo 5:15 Hate the evil, and love the good, and establish judgment in the gate: it may be that the LORD God of hosts will be gracious unto the remnant of Joseph.

Amo 5:16 Therefore the LORD, the God of hosts, the Lord, saith thus; Wailing shall be in all streets; and they shall say in all the highways, Alas! alas! and they shall call the husbandman to mourning, and such as are skillful of lamentation to wailing.

Amo 5:17 And in all vineyards shall be wailing: for I will pass through thee, saith the LORD.

Amo 5:18 Woe unto you that desire the day of the LORD! to what end is it for you? the day of the LORD is darkness, and not light.

Amo 5:19 As if a man did flee from a lion, and a bear met him; or went into the house, and leaned his hand on the wall, and a serpent bit him.

Amo 5:20 Shall not the day of the LORD be darkness, and not light? even very dark, and no brightness in it?

Amo 5:21 I hate, I despise your feast days, and I will not smell in your solemn assemblies.

Amo 5:22 Though ye offer me burnt offerings and your meat offerings, I will not accept them: neither will I regard the peace offerings of your fat beasts.

Amo 5:23 Take thou away from me the noise of thy songs; for I will not hear the melody of thy viols.

Seeking good is seeking the Lord and not turning or wresting away the judgment of God. No man can enter into Christ any other way but by going through judgment (Rev 15:8, Exo 6:6). This the only way and we are refusing it at first but in the end, we most certainly drink the cup.

Jer 25:28 And it shall be, if they refuse to take the cup at thine hand to drink, then shalt thou say unto them, thus saith the LORD of hosts; Ye shall certainly drink.

This is the process is bringing death to the old man, the man of sin and our carnal thinking and ushers in the newness of life in Christ. Seven times the Lord tells us that judgment is coming to us that are prideful, trusting in appearances and being hypocrites (saying and not doing).

Mat 23:27 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness

The Lord is showing us that the power of God is not in our words but in power of our actions.

1Co 4:20 For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.

We become doers of the Word and are justified by faith as we are living by every word (Mat 4:4, 1Co 3:21) which is revealing to us what we are as flesh and blood. We can only glory in Christ.

Jer 9:23 Thus saith the LORD, let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches:

Jer 9:24 But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD.

The only way to seek the Lord is to be given the zeal and ability to lay down our lives. It is costing us everything to follow Jesus Christ (Luk 14:33) and only the Lord can prepare us to pay that price. It is a wonderful thing and a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.  The new man is blessed and the old man is destroyed as we establish justice in our gates.

Amo 5:15 Hate the evil, and love the good, and establish judgment in the gate: it may be that the LORD God of hosts will be gracious unto the remnant of Joseph.

Before we are dragged to Christ we have no judgment in our gate and know not the peace of the Lord.  We will first trust in vanity which is our perverted knowledge (double minded man) that mixes truth with carnal thinking and thereby wrests away righteous judgment.

Isa 59:4 None calleth for justice, nor any pleadeth for truth: they trust in vanity, and speak lies; they conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity.

When we begin to guard our gates, and stand in faith and wait on the Lord to perform His Word in us, then we are establishing judgment in our heavens. This is faith in action.

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

Mat 7:7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:

Mat 7:8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

This all sounds so wonderful and it is, but only for the new man. Be careful what you ask for! The Lord of Hosts is a Lord of unlimited armies in heaven and in earth. The Lord answers our prayers of faith when they are aligned with His will that is not a secret.

1Th 4:2 For ye know what commandments we gave you by the Lord Jesus.

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

1Th 4:4 That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour;

Establishing judgment is done by aligning God’s will with our walk. This leads to the prayer of faith as the Lord taught. Putting knowledge into action is praying this without ceasing.

Mat 6:10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

The Lord is establishing judgment in our gates now via the trials, suffering and afflictions that teach us and cause us to love one another (1Th 4:9) as we are humbled and our pride departs.

Amo 5:16 Therefore the LORD, the God of hosts, the Lord, saith thus; Wailing shall be in all streets; and they shall say in all the highways, Alas! alas! and they shall call the husbandman to mourning, and such as are skilful of lamentation to wailing.

Amo 5:17 And in all vineyards shall be wailing: for I will pass through thee, saith the LORD.

The Lord passing “through thee” speaks of the coming of Christ inwardly which is where the Kingdom of God is found in this age (Luk 17:20-21). The Hebrew word H7130 is used to derive the “through” in “pass through”.  Yet this word is the primary word for midst, within or inward.  The Lord passing through the land is the second coming of Jesus Christ within us for salvation.  He is now in His Temple inwardly working righteousness as we live by every word of God.

Eze 2:9 And when I looked, behold, an hand was sent unto me; and, lo, a roll of a book was therein;

Eze 2:10 And he spread it before me; and it was written within and without: and there was written therein lamentations, and mourning, and woe.

Turning us back to the Lord (granting repentance) is the Lord’s work in us (Psa 90:3) and this is His goodness (Rom 2:4) and the wonderful works of Psa 107.  His army executes His word.

Joe 2:11 And the LORD shall utter his voice before his army: for his camp is very great: for he is strong that executeth his word: for the day of the LORD is great and very terrible; and who can abide it?

Joe 2:12 Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning:

As God’s elect, it is upon us to whom this grace first appears and reveals to us our sins against the Lord and those we are piercing. Flesh has got to go and the carnal mind which remains at enmity with the ways of God must be done away. The Lord only turns us back to Him when we know the truth but are not doing the truth. When we come to see our sins, and come to know that we truly are the chief of sinners without Christ (1Ti 1:15), we wail and mourn over all the abominations we are committing in the land.

Jer 9:19 For a voice of wailing is heard out of Zion, how are we spoiled! we are greatly confounded, because we have forsaken the land, because our dwellings have cast us out.

Eze 9:4 And the LORD said unto him, go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof.

Rev 1:7 Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him.

It is the husbandmen of the Lord, you and me if we are His people; that is first spoiling the field and losing the spiritual harvest of the Lord.

Joe 1:11 Be ye ashamed, O ye husbandmen; howl, O ye vinedressers, for the wheat and for the barley; because the harvest of the field is perished.

The Lord’s vineyard is being taken from the old man and been given the new man. One is taken from the field and the other (new man) is left (Mat 24:40).

Luk 20:14 But when the husbandmen saw him, they reasoned among themselves, saying, this is the heir: come, let us kill him, that the inheritance may be ours.

Luk 20:15 So they cast him out of the vineyard, and killed him. What therefore shall the lord of the vineyard do unto them?

Luk 20:16 He shall come and destroy these husbandmen, and shall give the vineyard to others. And when they heard it, they said, God forbid.

Rachel weeping for her children (Jer 31:15, Mat 2:18) is a shadow of the Body of Christ who is the mother of us all (Gal 4:26, Mat 12:48-50). Like Rachel died in bringing forth Benjamin (Gen 35:15-16), so we too will give up our life to bring forth the children of the Kingdom for the Lord.

Col 1:24  Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body’s sake, which is the church:

2Co 1:6 And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation.

1Co 12:26 And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.

Our entry into the kingdom is with much tribulation as we are being fed judgment, hated by the world and always bearing the reproach of Jesus Christ with death always working in us.  We are there to hold each other up, bring comfort and pray for one another that we ARE BEING SAVED.

Joe 2:16 Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children, and those that suck the breasts: let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet.

Joe 2:17 Let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, spare thy people, O LORD, and give not thine heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them: wherefore should they say among the people, where is their God?

We need the Body and to be in fellowship to be spiritually healthy.  A NT version of Joel 2 is this.

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

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

Death brings new life. In the same way, mourning our destruction brings joy in the end.

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.

Going through this painful process and mourning our death and destruction of our former life, is bringing joy in the end.

Psa 30:5 For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning

Mat 5:4  Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

Isa 61:3  To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.

Being thrown into outer darkness is needed for us to come to see our true spiritual condition.  It is the Elect, the first children of the Kingdom who are judged and go through outer darkness.

Mat 8:12 But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth

Joh 9:39 And Jesus said, for judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind.

Seeking the Lord is seeking judgment in this age which brings the three woes (spiritual progression of judgment) that we live out in the Book of Revelation.

Amo 5:18 Woe unto you that desire the day of the LORD! to what end is it for you? the day of the LORD is darkness, and not light.

Amo 5:19 As if a man did flee from a lion, and a bear met him; or went into the house, and leaned his hand on the wall, and a serpent bit him.

Amo 5:20 Shall not the day of the LORD be darkness, and not light? even very dark, and no brightness in it?

We have heard the saying “it’s always darkest before dawn”. That is also a truism of the coming of Jesus Christ within us as the old is being destroyed as the new is coming forth. But it is a process as the darkness does not at first understand the light or the purposes and ways of the Lord.

Joh 1:5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

We come to understand the light (i.e. know the Lord) only by judgment and that by the Word performing its work in us.  We won’t know Him in truth and in Spirit until we are given to eat the true bread from heaven (Christ’s dying flesh) and drink the new wine of the renewed Covenant.

Deu 29:6 Ye have not eaten bread, neither have ye drunk wine or strong drink: that ye might know that I am the LORD your God

The new wine is dripping down from Mt. Zion (Joe 3:18) and is sanctify us by the washing of the Word. Yet this new light initially turns our old light (the old wine and our sun) into darkness.  Consequently, we stumble and are being snared and taken (Isa 28:13, Act 2:20).

Pro 4:19 The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.

Isa 59:10 We grope for the wall like the blind, and we grope as if we had no eyes: we stumble at noonday as in the night; we are in desolate places as dead men.

We cannot run or hide from the Lord’s hand. There is no escape, only the learning righteousness and patience in the day of His wrath. There is no other way into Christ except by living through the seven vials of wrath poured out by the seven angels of God (Rev 15:8).

Job 34:22 There is no darkness, nor shadow of death, where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves.

Rev 6:15 And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;

Rev 6:16 And said to the mountains and rocks, fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:

Rev 6:17 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?

The Lord has devised means to return His people to Himself and He is using spiritual lions, bears and serpents to bring judgment and punishment to His people. This is the chastening of a loving God to His children which seems so unpleasant at first (Heb 12:11).  Falling into sin and believing lies are all part of the Lord’s work to bring the occasion for the Lord to bring us out of darkness and into the marvelous Light that is Christ.

1Ki 13:26 And when the prophet that brought him back from the way heard thereof, he said, it is the man of God, who was disobedient unto the word of the LORD: therefore the LORD hath delivered him unto the lion, which hath torn him, and slain him, according to the word of the LORD, which he spake unto him.

Num 21:6 And the LORD sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died.

The Lord is shaking out all things in heaven and on our earth, such that only the unshakable things of Jesus Christ is remaining (Heb 12:26-27). The Lord despises our filthy works of self-righteousness (Isa 64:6) and the outward sacrifices we perform to make ourselves acceptable to the Lord.

Amo 5:21 I hate, I despise your feast days, and I will not smell in your solemn assemblies.

Amo 5:22 Though ye offer me burnt offerings and your meat offerings, I will not accept them: neither will I regard the peace offerings of your fat beasts.

Amo 5:23 Take thou away from me the noise of thy songs; for I will not hear the melody of thy viols.

We do have an altar that only those within the veil of Christ can eat (Heb 13:10). Yet the sum of the Word that is truth makes it clear that feasting (eating and drinking on knowledge of the Scriptures) is not the primary outcome, it is only a means to the end.

Rom 14:17 (NKJV) for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

Luk 13:26 Then shall ye begin to say, we have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets.

Luk 13:27 But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity.

Of far greater importance is that we walk in love and obey the foremost commandment in Spirit and in truth. We must remember the definition of the love of God which is our obedience.

Joh 15:9 As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.

Joh 15:12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.

Our offerings to the Lord are not acceptable to Him unless they are built upon a burnt offering which symbolizes a sacrificed life to the Lord and His Christ. Such is our reasonable service (Rom 12:1) in Christ.

Joh 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

Eph 5:2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.

We come to acknowledge the Lord in all things and give Him the glory in all things as otherwise our offerings are rejected as were Cain’s (Gen 4:5). The Peace Offering is symbolic of how we find peace with the Lord. That only comes through living a sacrificed life and it is this offering that nourishes us and enable us to endure to the end of our judgment.

Lev 3:5 And Aaron’s sons shall burn it (the peace offering) on the altar upon the burnt sacrifice, which is upon the wood that is on the fire: it is an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the LORD.

A broken spirit is a life laid down for the Lord that is dead to SELF. This is sweet smelling to the Lord and the true sacrifice the Lord demands. Dying daily is how eternal life is possessed.

Psa 51:17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

2Co 2:15 For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish:

Believing we and the brethren are beloved in the Christ and are exactly where we are supposed to be (Psa 139:16); is done by faith in the promises of God. This faith is needed to find true peace and stop trying to justify ourselves by the works of our hands. Faith is the substance of things not seen (Heb 11:1) and therein lies the patience of the saints in waiting for this coming hope to appear WITHIN us and others in the appointed times.

 Rom 5:1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:

Rom 5:2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God (being revealed in us).

The Lord shuts His ears from hearing our feigned worship and the outward appearance of righteousness (Pro 1:28). A double minded man serves SELF and we are told to expect to receive nothing to advance our man of sin and our self-righteousness (Jam 1:7).

Isa 59:2 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.

Jas 4:3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.

It is only as we are being redeemed by judgment that we are taught to sing the new song in the assembly of the saints that is pleasing and sweet to the Lord’s ears and nose.

Rev 14:3 And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth.

It is those who overcome and are standing on the sea of glass (overcoming the flesh) that are singing the new song that the Lord is pleased with. The words of the new song acknowledge the great works of the Lord and the justice in His judgments in all His ways.

Rev 15:3 And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints.

Next week Lord willing, the Lord is still passing through the land and bringing judgment as our sins and abominations are exposed so righteousness can be learned.

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

Pete Wilson

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Micah Part 8 – Pilgrims and Sojourners

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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.

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

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