Studies

The Sin Offering

“The Sin Offering burnt without the Camp”

(Compiled from prior posted church studies)

OT Shadows

Does Christ appear to us still in “flesh and bone” still in sinful flesh (John 20:27), or does He appear to us as invisible Spirit? Only, when we can “see” Christ in invisible Spirit (without a physical body), IS He appearing to us, as His people, “a second time WITHOUT sin”. Then only are we able to “see” clearly and then only are we being able to see these “things that are made” in Rom 1:20 which include these OT SHADOWS which points to the SPIRITUAL REALITY as it is for us TODAY (1 Co 10:11 -12).

Rom 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

And the more we understand “these things that are made”, the more we know God, the Father, and Jesus Christ, whom He has sent. This is age abiding life (eternal life).

Joh 17:3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

Description of the Sin Offering:

In the Sin Offering, the Offerer, Christ and “His Christ” comes as a convicted sinner to receive judgement due to them. Christ Himself, without sin, took our sins upon Him (the sins of His people and all humanity), and we, in down payment form, takes up the sin for each other and of all humanity in due time.

Lev 4:2 Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, If a soul shall sin through ignorance against any of the commandments of the LORD concerning things which ought not to be done, and shall do against any of them:

Lev 4:3 If the priest that is anointed do sin according to the sin of the people; then let him bring for his sin, which he hath sinned, a young bullock without blemish unto the LORD for a sin offering …….

Lev 4:12 Even the whole bullock shall he carry forth without the camp unto a clean place, where the ashes are poured out, and burn him on the wood with fire: where the ashes are poured out shall he be burnt.

Lev 4:13 And if the whole congregation of Israel sin through ignorance, and the thing be hid from the eyes of the assembly, and they have done somewhat against any of the commandments of the LORD concerning things which should not be done, and are guilty;

Lev 4:14 When the sin, which they have sinned against it, is known, then the congregation shall offer a young bullock for the sin, and bring him before the tabernacle of the congregation ……

Lev 4:21 And he shall carry forth the bullock without the camp, and burn him as he burned the first bullock: it is a sin offering for the congregation.

Lev 4:22 When a ruler hath sinned, and done somewhat through ignorance against any of the commandments of the LORD his God concerning things which should not be done, and is guilty;

Lev 4:23 Or if his sin, wherein he hath sinned, come to his knowledge; he shall bring his offering, a kid of the goats, a male without blemish ….

Lev 4:27 And if any one of the common people sin through ignorance, while he doeth somewhat against any of the commandments of the LORD concerning things which ought not to be done, and be guilty;

Lev 4:28 Or if his sin, which he hath sinned, come to his knowledge: then he shall bring his offering, a kid of the goats, a female without blemish, for his sin which he hath sinned.

The word for Offering is not used when speaking of a Sin or Trespass Offering in Hebrew:

The only word that is used in Leviticus in connection with above mentioned Offerings (Sin & Trespass), is the same word we find in Gen 4:7

Gen 4:7 IfH518 thou doest well,H3190 shalt thou notH3808 be accepted?H7613 and ifH518 thou doest notH3808 well,H3190 sinH2403 liethH7257 at the door.H6607 And untoH413 thee shall be his desire,H8669 and thouH859 shalt ruleH4910 over him.

H2403: khat-taw-aw’, khat-tawth’

From H2398; an offence (sometimes habitual sinfulness), and its penalty, occasion, sacrifice, or expiation; also (concretely) an offender: – punishment (of sin), purifying (-fication for sin), sin (-ner, offering).

All the Hebrew is saying is “sin”. It is not saying “Sin Offering”.

There is a word for Offering in Hebrew which we find in Lev 1:2.

Lev 1:2 SpeakH1696 untoH413 the childrenH1121 of Israel,H3478 and sayH559 untoH413 them, IfH3588 any manH120 ofH4480 you bringH7126 an offeringH7133 unto the LORD,H3068 ye shall bringH7126 (H853) your offeringH7133 ofH4480 the cattle,H929 even ofH4480 the herd,H1241 and ofH4480 the flock.H6629

The conclusion we come to, is that the Spirit wants us to know that when it is referring to a Sin Offering in Leviticus, although offering is understood, it only uses the word for sin so that we may focus on “sin”. In this study, we will talk about the Sin Offering, to make it easier as long as we know, in Hebrew it is speaking only of Sin H2403.

So, what is Sin?

1Jn 3:4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.

All the Sin of the world is found in:

1Jn 2:16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

This Offering is not a sweet-smelling Offering:

All the Offerings do not mention Sin except the Sin and Trespass Offerings. The other Offerings are necessary Offerings to approach God. The Sin and Trespass Offerings deals with confessed and judged sin which are exceedingly sinful, hateful and rebellious towards God.

Rom 8:7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.

The sweet-smelling Offerings is burnt on God’s altar and are accepted of the Father. The Sin and Trespass Offerings was and IS not accepted of the Father. Christ is both a sweet smell savour (Burnt-, Meat-and Peace Offerings) and a non-sweet smell savour (Sin and Trespass Offerings), because He is the First and the Last.

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 sweet-smelling savour.

1Jn 2:2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.

Different Details

The details given in this Offering, are far more varied than in any other sweet smelling Offering. The details given of how to cut and separate the parts of the animal, where the parts are to be placed, and about who gets which part of the Offering at all in the three grades of this Offering signify the depths of perception the Offerer has of Christ in His various functions.

Here we see the emphasis in the person of the Offerer, in the Trespass Offering we see the different trespasses.

In this Offering, there are different people/Offerers who offers this Offering:

We have the Offering for the anointed priest.

We have the Offering for the whole congregation.

We have the Offering for the ruler.

We have the Offering for one of the common people.

We have the Offering for specific sins.

The different varieties of the Offerer is symbolic of the work of Christ and “His Christ” in their functions of making atonement, that is being judged.

This Offering is not burnt upon the Altar of God:

This Offering is burnt on wood on the bare ground with fire, where the ashes are poured out.

Lev 4:11 And the skin of the bullock, and all his flesh, with his head, and with his legs, and his inwards, and his dung,

Lev 4:12 Even the whole bullock shall he carry forth without the camp unto a clean place, where the ashes are poured out, and burn him on the wood with fire: where the ashes are poured out shall he be burnt.

Christ suffered without the camp, and so it is for US.  It is a burning fiery experience burning out all the wood, hay and stubble, without the camp which signifies OUR rejection as well. We are cast out of the presence of God, enduring judgement now.

Heb 13:11 For the bodies of those beasts, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned without the camp.

Heb 13:12 Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate.

Heb 13:13 Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach.

1Co 3:13 Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.

The SIN Offering differs from a TRESSPASS Offering:

 In the Sin Offering no specific Sin is mentioned. This Offering speaks of Sin in general, being done in ignorance and we are BEING JUDGED when we see the need for a Savior, making an Offering for what we ARE.

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.

How was Christ made Sin?

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.

Christ was made of a woman, “shapen in iniquity” (Ps 51:5).

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

Christ was made under the Law, a servant, in the likeness of men.

Php 2:7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:

Php 2:8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

We are shapen in iniquity born into this world under the law.

Rom 8:20 For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,

Gal 3:23 But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.

Gal 3:24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.

Christ came in sinful flesh:

Rom 8:3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:

Php 2:7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:

Christ was made a curse for us:

Deu 21:22 And if a man have committed a sin worthy of death, and he be to be put to death, and thou hang him on a tree:

Deu 21:23 His body shall not remain all night upon the tree, but thou shalt in any wise bury him that day; (for he that is hanged is accursed of God;) that thy land be not defiled, which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance.

 Christ never committed a sin worthy of death, yet He was accursed of God, the Father. We and all of humanity, on the other hand, are guilty:

Rom 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:

Rom 5:14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.

Christ was without blemish and knew no sin:

 Christ, the Anointed Priest, was without sin, only an animal without blemish could be used for the Sin Offering. He was rejected of man and God, the Father, yet without blemish.

Lev 4:2 Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, If a soul shall sin through ignorance against any of the commandments of the LORD concerning things which ought not to be done, and shall do against any of them:

Lev 4:3 If the priest that is anointed do sin according to the sin of the people; then let him bring for his sin, which he hath sinned, a young bullock without blemish unto the LORD for a sin offering.

1Pe 1:18 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;

1Pe 1:19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:

We are being made without spot or blemish through Christ and “His Christ”, because we are the fullness of Him that fills all in all (Eph 1:23).

Eph 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;

Eph 5:26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,

Eph 5:27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

The Fat:

 The fat of the Sin Offering, was burnt upon the altar of God, to signify that the Offering through made a sin bearer, was perfect in itself. But the Body of the victim “even the whole bullock” was cast forth outside the camp. The fat belongs to God alone (Lev 4:8-12) as we have seen in a previous study.

The Blood:

 The blood is sprinkled on both the brazen and golden altars (purified) by the priests. Blood being shed within is symbolic of and means the death of the old man so that the renewed mindset can come forth. It refers to Christ, as Mediator, of the renewed Covenant, which are His Words (John 6:63).

Heb 9:15 And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.

Heb 9:16 For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator.

Heb 9:17 For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth.

Did the Father forsook Christ?

Mat 27:46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

Isa 53:10  Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.

We are being forsaken when being judged “is, was and will be” in our Day of the Lord:

Joh 16:16 A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me, because I go to the Father.

And the reason for all this?

We are being brought near through Him. WITHIN, the “mixed multitudes” symbolic for “gentiles, emotions, soul” etc. are being brought near as He increases (the man-child, the new man) and we decrease (the old man, the synagogue of Satan). A Fiery PROCESS to the end.

Eph 2:12 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:

Eph 2:13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.

Eph 2:14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;

It pleased God, the Father, to bruise Christ:

 Isa 53:3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

Isa 53:4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

Christ’s coming in sinful flesh is all being predestined by the Father.

Rev 13:8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

We are being bruised, dying daily to self. We studied this out in the Meat Offering.

Luk 4:18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,

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

Are we like Christ in down payment form?

 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:

God, the Father, has a predestined plan for all of mankind:

Act 4:27 For of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together,

Act 4:28 For to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined before to be done.

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

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

In other words, we are the first of His creatures being judged now whilst in vessels of clay.

1Pe 4:6 For for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.

1Pe 4:17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?

Our part, the journey ahead:

1Jn 3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

The Sin Offering is great joy to us because:

Through Christ we are being raised “is, was and will be”, BEING SAVED if we endure to the end, abiding in Him

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

Joh 8:31  Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;
Joh 8:32  And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

Act 13:39 And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.

Col 2:13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;

Col 2:14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;

Col 2:15 And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.

Like Christ, we lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters so that they may be sanctified.

2Co 4:11 For we which live are always delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.

2Co 4:12 So then death worketh in us, but life in you.

Ashes:

The Sin Offering is burned on the ground, which ground we are, the ashes are used for PURIFICATION, which is how we are BEING USED once The Lord has burned out all that should be burned out!

Num 19:9 And a man that is clean shall gather up the ashes of the heifer, and lay them up without the camp in a clean place, and it shall be kept for the congregation of the children of Israel for a water of separation: it is a purification for sin.

Num 19:10 And he that gathereth the ashes of the heifer shall wash his clothes, and be unclean until the even: and it shall be unto the children of Israel, and unto the stranger that sojourneth among them, for a statute forever.

Num 19:11 He that toucheth the dead body of any man shall be unclean seven days.

Num 19:12 He shall purify himself with it on the third day, and on the seventh day he shall be clean: but if he purify not himself the third day, then the seventh day he shall not be clean.

Num 19:13 Whosoever toucheth the dead body of any man that is dead, and purifieth not himself, defileth the tabernacle of the LORD; and that soul shall be cut off from Israel: because the water of separation was not sprinkled upon him, he shall be unclean; his uncleanness is yet upon him.

The ashes typify the FIRE of God’s Word in Christ, and through Him in us, which produces these ashes. It is through these ashes of Christ’s Body, that we are BEING purified. Through our burnt-up ashes, the rest of all humanity one day will come in, first for us within and then without.

Rom 11:30 For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief:

Rom 11:31 Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy.

Rom 11:32 For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.

The choosing of Christ’s sons, is at the expense of the many called but not chosen and the salvation of the many called, is by the channel of the mercy of the few chosen “the ashes of the red heifer” Christ and “His Christ”.  Only the faithful remains, Christ and His sons, within and without, the faithful WITNESS.

Rev 3:14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;

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

Summary:

This Offering is for what we ARE. Christ, our Savior, was made sin for what we ARE. Christ and “His Christ”, while in vessels of clay, was and is made of corruptible dust. We are sinfully NAKED when we are born, marred in the Hands of the Potter, shapen in inequity and conceived in sin.

Rom 8:20 For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,

We are made of a woman, made under the law. We all ARE, sinful flesh and flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God.

Rom 8:8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.

We are all these things whilst in our mother’s womb, having done neither good or evil:

Rom 9:11 (For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;)

Even Christ’s flesh was sinful flesh and was considered not good.  All flesh misses the mark and is a temporary dwelling status until the Lord remakes all mankind.

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

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

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

All who physically die must come to see that death is the death of the first Adam. Christ nor WE are saved from the death of the cross, His altar, which is the Way to Life. We fall short of the manifestation of the sons of God with the spiritual bodies which come after the natural bodies. If Christ was not sinful flesh, He could not experience DEATH and be resurrected again.

We need an Offering for what We ARE and for what God, the Father, MADE Christ. We see Christ as a trespass Offering long before we see Him as a Sin Offering. When we come to see that we are shapen in iniquity, a burden IS BEING lifted because the price for sin has been paid. Here is where we now stand with Christ, “His Christ” and the Father:

1Jn 4:16 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.

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.

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Doctrine, faith

The Two Covenants – Part 2

The Two Covenants Part 2

(Compiled from studies and posts by the elders)

We have looked at the law of the letter and the Law of the Spirit in Part 1. Today, we look a little more at the perfect Law of Liberty, the Renewed Covenant that is in Christ’s blood.

Mat 26:28 For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.

Perfect Love

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.

1Jn 4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.

What is this perfect love? This word “perfect” is being used in the context of matured love, a complete love and a love that is full of age Greek 5048 (from 5046 & 5056), as opposed to an immature childish love. Perfect love is the opposite of the love that focuses on all things aside from the true Christ, the love of the world and all things in it.

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.

1Jn 2:16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

Perfection in the Spirit, is when maturity and or completeness is the end goal, that we be thoroughly furnished unto all good works, that is, to be as our Father, which is in heaven IS perfect (Mat 5:48, 2Co 13:9, 2Ti 3:16-17). We, however, receive the fullness of the Spirit only when we are physically resurrected with Christ Lord willing.

“Perfect love” is keeping Christ’s Word, the means unto that Perfection.

Psa 119:96 I have seen an end of all perfection: [but] thy commandment is exceeding broad.

Php 3:12 Not that I have already obtained, or am already made perfect: but I press on, if so be that I may lay hold on that for which also I was laid hold on by Christ Jesus.
Php 3:13 Brethren, I count not myself yet to have laid hold: [of perfection] but one thing I do, forgetting the things which are behind, and stretching forward to the things which are before (ASV).

 Perfect love of God is perfect hatred to all that oppose Christ and are contrary to the ways of God, the Father, His Son and His Christ.

Psa 139:21 Do not I hate them, O Jehovah, that hate thee? And am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee?

Psa 139:22 I hate them with perfect hatred: They are become mine enemies. (ASV)

Obedience to the doctrine of Christ is how this love is being perfected, and we are to press on towards it. As our obedience is fulfilled, this love grows in us as we abide in the doctrine of Christ. It is love that grows and is abounding into perfection.

2Co 8:7 Therefore, as ye abound in everything, in faith, and utterance, and knowledge, and in all diligence, and in your love to us, see that ye abound in this grace also.

1Th 3:12 And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you:

 This perfect love “casts out fear”, and fear is contrasted with boldness. John is inspired to emphasize the end goal:

Joh 4:42 And said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world.

 Fear of whom should we be concerned with to be casting out of our heavens and earth?

Mar 13:22 For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.

1Jn 2:26 These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you.

False prophets and antichrists prophesy (1Co 14:3) falsely to deceive us within and without who do not confess the true Name of Christ.

1Jn 4:3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.

1Jn 4:5 They are of the world: therefore, speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.

Fear of them that seduce you, fear of the antichrists, fear of they of the world, which is all briefly comprehended in saying, the fear of men.

Pro 29:25 The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe.

The spirit of antichrist that is bringing great fear to us, requires vigilance to cast out. This is the Pharisee within and without, always accusing us. Paul, was exceedingly mad against the Living Church at first. The carnal mind wants to rule and have preeminence.

Act 26:10 Which thing I also did in Jerusalem: and many of the saints did I shut up in prison, having received authority from the chief priests; and when they were put to death, I gave my voice against them.

Act 26:11 And I punished them oft in every synagogue, and compelled them to blaspheme; and being exceedingly mad against them, I persecuted them even unto strange cities.

3Jn 1:9 I wrote unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not.

 3Jn 1:10 Wherefore, if I come, I will remember his deeds which he doeth, prating against us with malicious words: and not content therewith, neither doth he himself receive the brethren, and forbiddeth them that would, and casteth them out of the church.

He that fears is not being made perfect in love. What type of fear did John witness in the days of his flesh? John saw there was fear of the Jews. We do not want to die daily.

Joh 7:12 And there was much murmuring among the people concerning him: for some said, He is a good man: others said, Nay; but he deceiveth the people.

Joh 7:13 Howbeit no man spake openly of him for fear of the Jews.

 John saw a disciple of Jesus in fear of the Jews as he himself also was and the rest:

Joh 19:38 And after this Joseph of Arimathaea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, besought Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus: and Pilate gave him leave. He came therefore, and took the body of Jesus.

Joh 20:19 Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.

Three times we read John write for fear of the Jews. John knew what fear of men really entails; how it manifests, and how that fear is a snare holding many in bondage to be slaves of unrighteousness and slaves of lies.

Isa 57:11 And of whom hast thou been afraid or feared, that thou hast lied, and hast not remembered me, nor laid it to thy heart? have not I held my peace even of old, and thou fearest me not?

And it is continuing to be fulfilled in every generation, as it was in the days of John when he saw the cause of the fear that was in men causing the denying of Christ and His Christ within and without.

Joh 12:42 Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue:

Joh 12:43 For they loved the praise [fear] of men more than the praise [fear] of God.

The praise of men is linked to the fear of men. The praise of God is linked to the fear of God. No man can serve both. One has to be cast out (Mat 6:24). Fear, is, was and will be cast out when our obedience is being fulfilled, day by day for the rest of our lives in earthen clay vessels Lord willing. Fear of men, that is contrary to the fear of God, inhibits us from obedience to God.

Isa 8:12 Say ye not, A conspiracy, concerning all whereof this people shall say, A conspiracy; neither fear ye their fear, nor be in dread thereof.

Isa 8:13 Jehovah of hosts, him shall ye sanctify; and let him be your fear, and let him be your dread.

Heb 12:28 Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:

We are given an example of one apostle serving the Lord with boldness, with a more matured love having cast out the fear of men (one and the same as the fear of the Jews, of the circumcision) and another with less matured love fearing men and treasuring up torments for himself. This is us in the day of judgement which is now upon us.

Gal 2:11 But when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, [boldness in the day of Judgment] because he was to be blamed.

Gal 2:12 For before that certain came from James, he did eat with the Gentiles: but when they were come, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing them which were of the circumcision. 

Gal 2:13 And the other Jews dissembled likewise with him; insomuch that Barnabas also was carried away with their dissimulation.

Gal 2:14 But when I saw that they walked not uprightly according to the truth of the gospel, [devoid of perfect love, obedience to the gospel], I said unto Peter before them all, If thou, being a Jew, livest after the manner of Gentiles, and not as do the Jews, why compellest thou the Gentiles to live as do the Jews?

Peter was in such dread of the circumcision (Pharisees), that he played the hypocrite. Fear caused him to live a lie for a moment and not fear God. Fear cause a lot of torments trapping people in unrighteousness, lies, hatred and it takes time to overcome as the natural instinct is to prefer the old wine from the changes of the new.

Luk 5:39 And no man having drunk old wine desireth new; for he saith, The old is good. (ASV)

Perfect love is a growing event, little by little, day unto day as fear of men decreases, is cast out of our hearts and minds, and our obedience in the fear of the Lord increases. Do not fear and dread this spirit, and this takes Christ in us (Act 9:26, Act 26:10-11). In the day of judgment when antichrist spirit, like Saul, from Tarsus, is persecuting us to strange cities and putting some to death, this is taking great boldness through the power of God in us, Christ, to “not be afraid”, a supernatural event simply because the fear of death is very natural and very real. Not being naturally afraid of the spirit of antichrist is one and the same thing as not being afraid or fearful of death. As John wrote many times, only “Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Col 1:27) is greater than any antichrist, seducers, deceivers and false prophets that is in the world. We overcome that fear of men or death in us by keeping His commandments.

Heb 2:14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, [thus the fear of death] that is, the devil;

Heb 2:15 And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.

The power and fear of death that the children of the devil are temporarily given has no hold on Christ.

Joh 19:10 Then saith Pilate unto him, Speakest thou not unto me? [you do not fear me??!] knowest thou not that I have power [of death] to crucify thee, and have power to release thee?

Joh 19:11 Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power [of death and fear] at all against me, except it were given thee from above: therefore, he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin.

Christ with boldness, told John and the other disciples earlier:

Joh 14:30 Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me.

The fear of men binds and delivers us into many prisons of the world’s system within and without. The torment and stripes the fear of men produces includes the bondage to the carnal mind (bondage to death – Rom 7:23-24, Rom 8:2) that the Lord is freeing us from in the day of our judgment. Christ is the mediator to bring us from the fear and power of death to the fear and power of God under the NT.

Luk 21:12 But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, [of the fear of men] being brought before kings and rulers for my name’s sake.

Heb 9:15 And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, [and all its power and fears] they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.

That boldness Christ displayed in the face of death is what Paul refers to as a good confession, and we are striving for this every day and that is to fear Christ only.

1Ti 6:12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.

By having boldness in the day of judgment as a soldier of Christ, through perfect love.

1Ti 6:13 I give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth all things, and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession;

1Ti 6:14 That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ:

What is boldness in the Day of Judgment? Boldness for what?

In our day of judgement, the fear of men begins to be fading away because the riches of Christ are being esteemed far higher than the fear of men. Look at the example of Peter and John in the book of Acts.

Act 4:5 And it came to pass on the morrow, that their rulers, and elders, and scribes,
Act 4:6 And Annas the high priest, and Caiaphas, and John, and Alexander, and as many as were of the kindred of the high priest, were gathered together at Jerusalem …

Act 4:13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus …

Act 4:17 But that it spread no further among the people, let us straitly threaten them, that they speak henceforth to no man in this name.

Act 4:18 And they called them, and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus.

Act 4:19 But Peter and John answered and said unto them,

Here’s a demonstration of boldness in the day of judgement, and carnal fears, fear of men, spirits of many antichrists are being cast out.

Act 4:20 For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.

Act 4:21 So when they had further threatened them, they let them go, finding nothing how they might punish them, because of the people: for all men glorified God for that which was done.

It takes great boldness to tell the Jews, then and now, and their carnal supporters, that God is making of twain one new man (Eph 2:14-16, Rom 2:28). Speaking the Word in boldness in the midst of religious antichrists is to speak without fear of men. Great boldness is needed because it is inevitable that there will be contentions, even at times, persecution unto death. Think within first.

1Ti 3:13 For they that have used the office of a deacon well purchase to themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.

To be in the faith of God’s elect, boldness is a requisite to enter into the faith, walk in the faith, live and die by the faith of Christ.

Heb 10:19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest [the pure faith of God’s elect] by the blood of Jesus,

Php 1:20 According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death.

It takes the boldness of Christ in us to overcome the fear of men and confess a good witness, to speak the Truth as we ought to.

Php 1:14 And many of the brethren in the Lord, waxing confident by my bonds, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.

1Th 2:2 But even after that we had suffered before, and were shamefully entreated, as ye know, at Philippi, we were bold in our God to speak unto you the gospel of God with much contention.

Boldness is needed. Why? Because we do not know what tomorrow brings, we testify to the Gospel of grace.

Act 20:22 And now, behold, I go bound in the spirit unto Jerusalem, [Paul showing us an example of great boldness] not knowing the things that shall befall me there:

Act 20:23 Save that the Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions abide me.

Act 20:24 But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.

Eph 6:19 And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,

Eph 6:20 For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

Fear has torment. What is torment? Who fears?

The torment from the fear of false prophets, is only the one side of torment. Torment and pain is also coming from living under falsehood when we know the Truth. Knowing to do good, and doing it not for fear, is reserving one’s own punishment. There are consequences of disobedience to God’s Word that the natural man treasures up to himself wrath against the day of wrath unto the that Day (Rom 2:5-6).

Deu 28:58 If thou wilt not observe to do all the words of this law that are written in this book, that [Perfect love] thou mayest fear this glorious and fearful name, the Lord thy God;

Deu 28:59 Then the Lord will make thy plagues wonderful, and the plagues of thy seed, even great plagues, and of long continuance, and sore sicknesses, and of long continuance.

Deu 28:60 Moreover he will bring upon thee all the diseases of Egypt, [deliver you unto Satan] which thou wast afraid of; and they shall cleave unto thee.

Deu 28:61 Also every sickness, and every plague, which is not written in the book of this law, them will the Lord bring upon thee, until thou be destroyed.

Jer 2:19 Thine own wickedness shall correct thee, and thy backslidings shall reprove thee: know therefore and see that it is an evil thing and bitter, that thou hast forsaken the Lord thy God, and that my fear is not in thee, saith the Lord God of hosts.

These torments are stored up until the time the Lord delivers us through the destruction of the flesh. Just as we are being delivered from death through death, (Joh 12:24, Col 1:22, Heb 2:14) likewise, we, are and will be delivered, from ungodliness through the torment and pain of the destruction of the flesh, that is, the death of the cross. At the appointed time, the Lord teaches us His fear and dread by His Spirit.

Isa 28:14 Wherefore hear the word of the Lord, ye scornful men, that rule this people which is in Jerusalem.

Isa 28:15 Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell [Gk: Sheol, the abode of death – the carnal mind] are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves:

Many scorners and rulers of men within and without say in our hearts when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, …. when judgment day comes, it shall not come unto us, that is, we will not go through the heart-cleansing process of the wrath of God. This covenant with death, the fear of death, and all that it entails, are being destroyed today, if we are His.

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

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

It is all a demonstration of His Almighty power and age-lasting glory.

Rom 9:22 What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, [His fear] endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction:

Psa 90:11 Who knoweth the power of thine anger? even according to thy fear, so is thy wrath.

It is all a process unto salvation within and without.

1Jn 4:14 And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.

That is how we are and always will be being saved through His consuming fire, so that the fear of the Lord becomes our fear, no more fear of men and or fear of death.

Isa 8:11 The Lord has given me a strong warning not to think like everyone else does. He said,

Isa 8:12 “Don’t call everything a conspiracy, like they do, and don’t live in dread of what frightens them.

Isa 8:13 Make the Lord of Heaven’s Armies holy in your life (New Living Translation).

How does obedience (perfect love) relate to suffering and boldness?

There is and was suffering for the disciples then and now in perfect love of the brethren. Suffering is a central part of obedience in that the flesh is being denied and dying daily. We have been told numerous times:

1Th 3:4 For verily, when we were with you, we told you before that we should suffer tribulation; even as it came to pass, and ye know.

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

The transformative process is pain and sorrow, but results in a peace and love that surpasses all understanding, producing wisdom that is not of this world. The difference now is that suffering that comes (because of not being afraid/fearful of the men of this world, overcoming the flesh and confessing the Name of Christ) is now for righteousness’s sake, and not suffering for doing evil.

Rom 13:3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:

Rom 13:4 For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.

1Pe 3:13 And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good?

1Pe 3:14 But and if ye suffer for righteousness’ sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled;

We are no longer fearful and afraid of the terrors of men because the suffering is not worthy to be compared to the glory that lies ahead and already is.

Rom 8:18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

1Pe 3:17 For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, [in the Fear of God] than for evil doing [In the fear of men and love of this world].

That is how we become unafraid in heart and suffer for well doing.

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

Perfect love cast out all kinds of fear

The love of Christ works by fearing Him, by obedience to His commandments. Christ does not deny Himself. His fire to be feared remains from the beginning until the end, even as His love.

2Ti 2:13 If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.

In Him are all the characteristics of love, fear, righteousness, wisdom, knowledge, judgments and all spiritual attributes in one. What can separate us from the throne of God, as we have seen so far, is the fear of men, the Jews, fear of them that kill the body, fear of the enemy all summarized as fear of death.

Joh 12:31 Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world [whom we fear with the power of death] be cast out.

As Christ increases and we decrease we have no more fear of death. Boldness is coming as Paul, Peter and others displayed in the Acts of the disciples.

Rev 12:10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren [whom we used to fear in times past] is cast downwhich accused them before our God day and night.

Carnal fear causes many to turn aside from the righteousness of God and being leavened.

Deu 1:17 Ye shall not respect persons in judgment; but ye shall hear the small as well as the great; ye shall not be afraid of the face of man; for the judgment is God’s: and the cause that is too hard for you, bring it unto me, and I will hear it.

Our witness of Christ in this evil world, as evil men wax worse and worse, makes for spiritual blessings, contentions and warfare with persecutions, needing great boldness.

Mar 10:29 And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel’s,

Mar 10:30 But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life.

We are being persecuted even to “strange cities”.

Act 5:27 And when they had brought them, they set them before the council: and the high priest asked them,

Act 5:28 Saying, Did not we straitly command you that ye should not teach in this name? and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this man’s blood upon us.

Act 5:29 Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.

Perfect love is casting out the fearful, afraid and timid spirits (men) in our hearts.

Eze 2:6 And thou, son of man, be not afraid of them, neither be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns be with thee, and thou dost dwell among scorpions: be not afraid of their words, nor be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house.

It is by the fear of God we do service to the Lord himself out of the heart.

Col 3:22 Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God: 

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

The Spirit of God through Christ deliver us and teach us His fear.

Heb 2:15 And deliver them who through fear of death [the fear of man] were all their lifetime subject to bondage [A snare].

Isa 51:7 Hearken unto me, ye that know righteousness, the people in whose heart is my law; fear ye not the reproach of men, neither be ye afraid of their revilings.

Then boldness and blessings replace the fear of man:

2Ti 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear [of man, of death] but of power, and of [perfect] love, and of a sound mind.

Heb 13:6 So that we may boldly sayThe Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.

Isa 11:2 And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD;

Isa 11:3 And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears:

Isa 11:4 But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.

Isa 11:5 And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins.

It is the Elect of God who have been set from the bondage to the first covenant and the delusion of thinking we are responsible for our own salvation.  Salvation like all things, is the Lord’s work in His people who are mere clay in His hands (Isa 64:8, Phil 2:13).  The freedom we have in Christ, is not freedom to sin but it is freedom to cease from our own works and wait on the Lord to deliver on His precious promises.  It is in this patience of enduring torment in  our flesh that we possess our souls (Luk 21:19).  In this we should rejoice daily no matter where may find ourselves on the way to maturity.

Gal 4:22  For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman.

Gal 4:23  But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise.

Gal 4:24  Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar.

Gal 4:25  For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children.

Gal 4:26  But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.

Gal 4:27  For it is written, Rejoice, thou barren that bearest not; break forth and cry, thou that travailest not: for the desolate hath many more children than she which hath an husband.

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The Two Covenants – Part 1

The Two Covenants Part 1

(compiled from various prior elder studies and FAQs)

In this study, we are looking at the two Covenants in Scriptures and what exactly it means for us today.

Both Covenants namely the Old Covenant (Moses) and the Renewed Covenant (Christ) are likened unto the tree of good and evil and the tree of Life. Both were given by God, the Father, through Christ, and both have served, and is continuing to serve, different and separate functions in the Father’s plan and purpose through Christ and His sons.

The law of Moses was and IS today for a carnal, Christ-rejecting Israel. Yes, “the Israel of God” (Gal 6:16), those who come to know Christ, also shall be cut off (Rom 11:22) if not continuing to see that our standing in Christ brings us out from under the yoke (Act 15:10) of “bondage under the elements of the world” (Gal 4:3). These elements of the world under which we are being kept until we are being brought to Christ, are the law of Moses (Ten Commandments). Once we are brought to the real Christ, the law of the gentiles Rom 2:15 which are one and the same as the law of Moses no longer has dominion over us. This is pivotal to our understanding. All that is in the world is against Christ. If we are not in Christ, and under the law of faith we are not His. This is the law of the Gentiles and where all men are being carnally minded and abiding in death (Rom 8:6).

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;) 
Rom 2:16  In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.

The inability to distinguish between the two Covenants (Moses & Christ) keeps us from being able to differentiate between the physical Jew and the spiritual Jew. Not being able to differentiate between the old and the renewed is as vital as distinguishing Ishmael from Isaac in the OT shadow. One of them is the heir, no longer under the yoke and bondage to the elements of this world, but the one under the law is the son of the bondwoman who is not being made heir (Gal 4:21-31). Christ are not being in those under the law (Gal 4:19-21). The law of Christ (Gal 6:2) is as superior to the ten commandments and the law of the gentiles as meat is superior to milk.

Let us first look at the differences between the two Covenants, the Old Mosaic Covenant and the renewed Spiritual Covenant.  Here is a table that contrasts at least 30 distinctions with scripture witnesses as these two covenants are radically different.

 

Old Covenant

New Covenant

The Old Covenant … 2Co 3:14 the Renewed Covenant … 2Co 3:6
The First Covenant … Heb 8:7, 9:1 the Second one … Heb 8:7, 10:1-9
Comes by Moses …  Joh 1:17 comes by Christ … Heb 8:6, 9:15
Law of God in STONE … 2Co 3:3 Law of God in HEART … Heb 10:16
Law of MOSES … Act 13:38-39 Law of CHRIST … Gal 6:2
Law of FLESH … Rom 7:5-6 Law of the SPIRIT … Rom 8:2
NOT of faith … Gal 3:2 Vs. the Law of FAITH … Rom 3:27
Yoke of BONDAGE … Gal 5:1 Law of LIBERTY … Jas 1:25
Law of SIN … Rom 7:5-6 Law of RIGHTEOUSNESS Rom 9:30-31
Law of DEATH … 2Co 3:7 Law of LIFE … Gal 3:11,6:8
Christ removes the OLD … Heb 10:9 Christ enacts the NEW …Heb10:9
A SHADOW … Col 2:14-17 versus REALITY … Heb 10:1-18
Christ FULFILLS … Mat 5:17-18 COMPLETES … Heb 8:6, 10:9
Priesthood CHANGES … Heb 7:12 UNCHANGEABLE Priesthood  Heb 7:24
MANY sacrifices … Heb 9:12-13 ONE sacrifice for sin … Heb 10:12
IMPERFECT … Heb 7:19 PERFECT … Heb 7:19
Blood of ANIMALS … Heb 9:19 Blood of CHRIST … Mat 26:28
Circumcision … Exo 12:48 Uncircumcision … Rom 4:9-12
WORKS of law … Gal 3:10 NOT of works, GRACE … Eph 2:8-9
REMEMBERS sins … Heb 10:3 FORGETS sins … Heb 10:17
YEARLY atonement … Heb10:3 PERMANENT atonement … Heb 10:14
SINFUL priests … Heb 5:3 SINLESS priests … Heb 7:26
AARONIC priests … Heb7:11 MELCHISEDEC priest … Heb 5:5-10
MAN MADE tabernacle … Heb 8:5 HEAVENLY tabernacle … Heb 8:2,9:11
Out of LEVI … Heb 7:11 Out of JUDAH … Heb 7:14
WEAK, UNPROFITABLE … Heb7:18 POWER of ENDLESS LIFE … Heb. 7:16
NO inheritance … Rom 4:13 ETERNAL inheritance … Heb 9:15
Sacrifice of ANIMALS … Heb 9:13 Sacrifice of CHRIST …Heb 9:28
Purifies the FLESH … Heb 8:13 Purges the CONSCIENCE … Heb 9:14
PRODUCES wrath … Rom 4:15 SAVES from wrath … Rom 5:9
Perfects NOTHING … Heb 7:19 Perfects BELIEVERS … Heb 10:14
NO MERCY … Heb 10:28 COMPLETE MERCY … Heb 8:12
NO justification … Act 13:39 BELIEVERS justified … Act 13:39
BRINGS a curse … Gal 3:10 REDEEMS from the curse … Gal 3:13
ABOLISHED … 2Co 3:13 CONTINUES in glory … 2Co 3:11
Brings DEATH … 2Co 3:7 Brings RECONCILIATION … 2Co 5:18
ISRAEL ONLY … Deu 4:7-8, 5:3 ALL MANKIND  Mar 14:24, 2Co 5:14-19

 

Let us look at a few principals of what is being said above.

Ministration of Condemnation

Those imprisoned under the law are those to whom the law is addressed in our seasons. The law is not made for a righteous man.

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

Who are those who are under the law? It is all the world and they/we are “all… guilty before God” because the law is a ministration of death (2Co 3:7) and the ministration of condemnation (2Co 3:9). Why is that? Because the law is not at this time saving this world WITHIN and WITHOUT. Christ has no intention of saving the world. On the contrary, He is deliberately blinding the world to His Word and His Christ, within and without.

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.

Joh 12:39 Therefore they [God’s people] could not believe, because that Esaias said again,
Joh 12:40 He [God] hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them.

Reformation

Christ is a Reformer as Moses was and His reformation of the law becomes the Law of Christ for this reason:

Mat 24:34 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.
Mat 24:35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

Joh 16:7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.

This generation is the generation reading these Words. If we read and understand Christ’s Words, we fulfill them. His Words are His Law (John 6:63).

Heb 7:12 For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law.

Heb 9:10 Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation.

Rev 1:3  Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.

Speaking to Gentile Galatians, Paul is explaining that the promises which appear to the carnal mind to be made only to Abraham and to his “one seed” Isaac, are in spiritual reality being made to Christ and those who are IN Christ. It is only they, who are that “one seed”, to whom those promises ARE actually being given.

Gal 3:26 For ye [Gentile Galatians] are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.

Gal 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one [that “one seed… as Isaac was… Abraham’s seed”] in Christ Jesus.
Gal 3:29 And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

Being baptized into Christ, are making us children of promise … Abraham’s seed.

Gal 4:28 Now we, brethren [Gentile Galatians], as Isaac was, are the children of promise

Christ tells us:

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

Physical Israel was told that God intended to send them a reformer like Moses. What Moses did was just as radical for that period of time as what Christ DOES is, was and will be. What was lawful before Moses IS not lawful after Moses. An example: Abraham and any of the patriarchs could build an altar and offer an offering anywhere. After Moses, that was illegal, and the offerings all had to be done through the priests at the tabernacle and the temple respectively. Moses made many changes, he was a reformer and shadows Christ, the ULTIMATE REFORMER of all times.

Deu 18:18 I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethrenlike unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him.

From the beginning, Christ tells Eve that her desire is against her husband, but her husband will and IS ruling over her. Christ is also telling Cain that sin is at the door, but Cain will in the end rule over sin.

Gen 3:16 Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to [Hebrew, against] thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.

Gen 4:6 And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen?
Gen 4:7 If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto [Hebrew, against] thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.

Rom 6:14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.

Here we have the promise of universal salvation which is still the milk of the Word. Eve’s submission to Christ, and sin’s submission to Cain, are both symbols of the deliverance of all from the rebellion against the Creator into which vanity we are being born.

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

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

Rom 8:20 For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,

The hundred and twenty people being in the upper room on Pentecost shadows the very few being chosen out of every generation since Christ, that are being saved in this life and whom the Lord is using to bring to Him the many in the next life. Within first and then without at the appointed times.

Rom 11:30 For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief:
Rom 11:31 Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy.

Christ is chastening the Pharisees for their blindness, and while it is true that we all “reap what we sow,” and give an accounting of our stewardship, it is also true that Christ does not intend for the mixed multitudes to be saved who came and come to Him. It was and is their “calling” to crucify Him, the Lord’s MO. All have to reject and kill Christ first before we can have a Savior. It is all by God’s hand and by God’s counsel. We first have the old, then we have the renewed.

Pro 16:4 The LORD hath made all things for himselfyea, even the wicked for the day of evil.

Act 4:25 Who [God] by the mouth of thy servant David hast said, Why did the heathen rage, and the people imagine vain things?
Act 4:26 The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord, and against his Christ.
Act 4:27 For of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together,
Act 4:28 For to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined before to be done.

Here are the same Scriptures:

Psa 2:1 Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?
Psa 2:2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed,

Christ told the men on the road to Emmaus:

Luk 24:25 Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken:
Luk 24:26 Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?
Luk 24:27 And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.

Moses and all the prophets is all of the Scriptures. They are expounding the things concerning Christ for those whose eyes are being opened to know Him.

Luk 24:30 And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed [it], and brake, and gave to them.
Luk 24:31 And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight.
Luk 24:32 And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?

No one has age abiding life that is to know Christ and His Father, without first “sitting at meat with Him” and spending time in His Word and learning from Him how to rightly divide His Word. That is how He opens the Scriptures to us.

2Ti 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

Eph 1:17  That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: 

At first, we walk with Christ and His Christ and do not recognize them until the time for us to “see and know” them.

Luk 24:16 But their eyes were holden that they should not know him.

We come to know that He is still here with us in the flesh of our brothers and sisters in Christ who are being faithful and obedient to His Words.

Act 22:8 And I answered, Who art thou, Lord? And he said unto me, I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom thou persecutest.

1Jn 4:2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:
1Jn 4:3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.

Those who fail to see Christ in the least of these my brothers, do not know Christ.

Mat 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

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

The least of these my brothers is all that are being placed in front of us. God’s sons consider all men to be their neighbors, their brothers and sons of God in time to come.

Gal 6:10 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.

1Ti 4:10 For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe.

1Jn 2:2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.

Law of the Gentiles

While we first encounter the Truth, whilst in the Body of Christ, we do not understand the Law of life, do not understand that our righteousness is to exceed that of the Pharisees. None of this is familiar to us, for the reason given in this verse of Isaiah.

Isa 3:1 For, behold, the Lord, the LORD of hosts, doth take away from Jerusalem and from Judah the stay and the staff, the whole stay of bread, and the whole stay of water,

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

 The OT Law says the exact opposite of the NT only in letter, and yet that is what it was to those who lived in OT times. When Christ says, “Leave nothing alive that breaths” that was what He physically means at that time. But when Christ COMES and OPENS our eyes to be able to compare spiritual with spiritual, what IS said of old IS changed. Now we understand that the kingdom of God is within us and “leave nothing alive that breaths” in that kingdom is WITHIN first.

1Co 2:13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
1Co 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know [them], because they are spiritually discerned.

Christ speaks in Words which man’s wisdom are not being able to understand. There is a change also of the law, but that reformation was ordained and prophesied from the beginning by the Lord who has both dispensations planned from the beginning. He blinds mankind to what He is doing, but He Himself never changes.

Mal 3:6 For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.

Act 6:14 For we have heard him say, that this Jesus of Nazareth shall destroy this place, and shall change the customs which Moses delivered us.

It is all for this reason:

Rom 11:32 For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.

The Sabbath

If we are in Christ, we are entering into our sabbath. Anyone who keeps a weekly sabbath is testifying against himself that he is still “under the law” and still has six days in which he is doing his own works. In Christ, we do His works in everything we do, all the days of our lives.

1Co 10:31 Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.

Christ had broken the sabbath and claimed to be the Son of God, therefore they seeked to kill Him. As He is, so are we (1 John 4:17).  This is truly a pivotal verse of truth.

Joh 5:18 Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God.

Christ and His apostles “as the priests… profane the sabbath and are guiltless”.

Mat 12:5 Or have ye not read in the law, how that on the sabbath days the priests in the temple profane the sabbath, and are blameless?
Mat 12:6 But I say unto you, That in this place is [one] greater than the temple.
Mat 12:7 But if ye had known what [this] meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless.
Mat 12:8 For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day.

Christ and His apostles broke and is breaking the sabbath and they and we are guiltless, because there is a change in the law and in the priesthood.

Heb 7:12 For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law.

The law of Moses is intended to be shadows of the reality. The law of Moses, is a shadow of the good things to come in and through the reformation that was “Christ’s blood in the New Testament”.

Heb 10:1 For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.
Heb 10:2 For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins.
Heb 10:3 But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year.
Heb 10:4 For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.
Heb 10:5 Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me:
Heb 10:6 In burnt offerings and [sacrifices] for sin thou hast had no pleasure.
Heb 10:7 Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.

Luk 22:20 Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup [of wine] is [symbolic of] the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.

Admonition

All is done for our admonition, so that we learn from the lives of the men in the OT, that the law of Moses IS never intended to change hearts and minds and IS not sufficient to give us life. Even the law of the gentiles which is the same thing. However, the law of Moses IS a very good schoolmaster to bring us to Christ and the law of the gentiles is purging out all of the idols of our wicked hearts being exposed in our day of the Lord, in our day of judgement, that first begins with us.

Gal 3:12 And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them.
Gal 3:13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:

All these things are “types of us”. Christ uses us, those who accept the reformations and are enduring the same trials, to bring to Christ those others to whom “all these things happened”, it is through the man child within that the rest within are being saved.

Rom 11:30 For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief:
Rom 11:31 Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy.

1Co 10:6 Now these things became types of us, for us not to be lusters after evil things, (CLV)

Eph 2:1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
Eph 2:2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
Eph 2:3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

Our unbelief (the law) was and IS given by Christ for the purpose of demonstrating that God Himself, is the power which is working all things after the counsel of His own Will. In the end, it is demonstrating that flesh has no glory in the kingdom of God.

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

1Co 1:27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;
1Co 1:28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:
1Co 1:29 That no flesh should glory in his presence.

 Summary

If we are sons of Christ, we have His Spirit in down payment form and we are under the renewed Covenant, the Law of Christ, which is the Law of God, the Father (Heb 10:16). It is the perfect Law of Christ (Gal 6:2), the Law of the Spirit (Rom 8:2), the Law of Righteousness (Rom 9:30-31), the Law of Faith (Rom 3:27), the Law of Liberty (Jas 1:25) and the Law of Life (Gal 3:11, 6:8).

 All that is not IN Christ, is against Christ. The carnal mind, being the old mindset, is part of the Lord’s strange work to making us anew. Being under the old, our breasts are full of milk, being wholly at ease in Zion (we have long left orthodoxy (Moses) but still have many idols of the hearts). Christ IS not come yet a second time without sin (Heb 9:28). We are being puffed up with knowledge. This is us, the modern-day Pharisee within. 

 Job 21:22 Shall any teach God knowledge? seeing he judgeth those that are high.

Job 21:23 One dieth in his full strength, being wholly at ease and quiet.

Job 21:24 His breasts are full of milk, and his bones are moistened with marrow.

There is also the Sadducee within us in type and shadow. Christ IS come for us a second time without sin (spiritually), in our day of the Lord, but we never eat with pleasure because of the bitterness of our souls. We do not like the wonderful work God does to the children of men and a root of bitterness defiles us, the spirit of disobedience.

 

 Job 21:25  And another dieth in the bitterness of his soul, and never eateth with pleasure.
Job 21:26  They shall lie down alike in the dust, and the worms shall cover them. 

The POWER of God, renewing our minds … making us anew, wants us to stop pointing the finger and giving thanks in all things. Making of twain one, under the renewed Covenant, the Law of Liberty.

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

Psa 107:22 And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare his works with rejoicing.

2Co 4:15 For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.

Php 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

Col 2:7 Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.

With Paul therefore, we say:

 2Co 12:10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.

Under the Headship of Christ, our healing comes forth and we are being renewed day by day, the Glory of the Lord our reward. The old waxes old and vanishes away.

Isa 58:8 Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the LORD shall be thy reward.

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Micah Part 11 – Eating & Drinking Unworthily

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Eating and Drinking Unworthily

Key Verses:  Micah 3:1 – 3:5

We ended Part 10 at the conclusion of Chapter 2 with “the breaker” coming upon us and breaking up our old way of life.  We are now being led, dragged actually, by the Lord who is our Head.

Mic 2:13 The breaker is come up before them: they have broken up, and have passed through the gate, and are gone out by it: and their king shall pass before them, and the LORD on the head of them.

This is how the sheep are led to the slaughter and all things in our lives (our heavens and the earth) are made new (Rev 21:5).  Thankfully the Lord does indeed drag us (Joh 6:44) as we would never of our own “free will” walk into the winepress also known as the furnace of affliction.  We don’t bring ourselves out of bondage to the world and to sin, it is the Lord who does it and here is how He does it.

Exodus 6:6 Wherefore say unto the children of Israel, I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will rid you out of their bondage, and I will redeem you with a stretched out arm, and with great judgments:

The focus of today’s study will be on eating and drinking in the kingdom of God.  This eating and drinking of course are all spiritual symbols of how we partake of Jesus Christ and His judgments.

Luk 22:30 That ye may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

Here are the verses we will cover today.

Mic 3:1 And I said, Hear, I pray you, O heads of Jacob, and ye princes of the house of Israel; Is it not for you to know judgment?

Mic 3:2 Who hate the good, and love the evil; who pluck off their skin from off them, and their flesh from off their bones;

Mic 3:3 Who also eat the flesh of my people, and flay their skin from off them; and they break their bones, and chop them in pieces, as for the pot, and as flesh within the caldron.

Mic 3:4 Then shall they cry unto the LORD, but he will not hear them: he will even hide his face from them at that time, as they have behaved themselves ill in their doings.

Mic 3:5 Thus saith the LORD concerning the prophets that make my people err, that bite with their teeth, and cry, Peace; and he that putteth not into their mouths, they even prepare war against him.

It is the Word that leads us and nourishes us from a babe in Christ unto a mature man sanctified and exercising self-control (dominion) over sin.  These verses in Micah show us the linkage to our eating spiritual food and our judgment.  They are both one and the same thing.  We grow in the Lord by eating and we become what we eat!

Joh 12:48 He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.

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.

Starting on milk we move to maturity and with time progress to eating strong meat (Heb 5:13). Our purpose of coming together and fellowshipping and breaking bread is all about partaking in communion with Jesus Christ.  We are told to do this often.

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.

Eating and drinking all refer to the one event of living by every word.  We shall certainly eat of His flesh and we will certainly drink of His cup right on schedule.

Mat 20:23 And he saith unto them, Ye shall drink indeed of my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with: but to sit on my right hand, and on my left, is not mine to give, but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of my Father.

It is performing this vital function (Heb 10:25, Col 1:24) of eating and drinking by which we are growing and maturing in the same way a child eats and drink physical things with nutrients to grow and become stronger with time.  We learn by doing and this is why we come together to eat and drink.

1Co 11:20 When ye come together therefore into one place, this is not to eat the Lord’s supper.

Now let’s look at the specific verses.

Mic 3:1 And I said, Hear, I pray you, O heads of Jacob, and ye princes of the house of Israel; Is it not for you to know judgment?

We must eat a lot of spiritual food to grow up in Christ.  This is how we come to know judgment, discerning good and evil along the narrow way and grow in the mind of Christ.  This is how we come to know the Lord which is the very definition of life eternal.

Joh 17:3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

We, like Micah here, should be praying for the brethren that they would know judgment now in this age and become partakers of His divine nature that comes no other way.  We traverse this path to maturity all the way to brotherly love (2 Pe 1:7) to complete our training course in righteousness.  Yet our flesh abhors God’s judgment (Mic 3:9) and will do anything to remove or wrest it away.  We remove judgment from not only ourselves but also from others when we are snared by the Babylonian lies that twists making compromise and tolerating fleshly differences as love.  The Word does not pity, it does not spare and instead it destroys worldliness and carnal mindedness which is enmity with the Lord.  We are to be separate and have to carry a cross and bear persecution if we are given to obey.  There is only one way and one truth and that is Jesus Christ who is His Word.

Joh 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Mat 7:14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

We should pursue peace with all men (Heb 12:14) but we don’t do that by compromising the commandments of the Lord.  Our pursuit of peace is also with holiness (obedience).  We must stand for faith and bear our cross otherwise we wrest judgment.

Deu 16:19 Thou shalt not wrest judgment; thou shalt not respect persons, neither take a gift: for a gift doth blind the eyes of the wise, and pervert the words of the righteous

Being taught and given the mind of Christ requires us to judge all things by the Word of God (1 Co 2:15).  We come to see ourselves as chief of sinners in our day of judgment as the Lord purposefully manifests evil in our house and shines the light of truth on our hidden wickedness and inequities.

Rom 1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;

Judgment is how we are being taught the things of Christ.  Judgment is how we come to know the Lord.  We do not learn any other way but by this process.

Exodus 6:7 And I will take you to me for a people, and I will be to you a God: and ye shall know that I am the LORD your God, which bringeth you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians.

It is our going through judgment and learning by the scourging of grace that the law of Christ is written onto our hearts and minds.  Eating meat is the trials, the suffering, and the persecution … the losing of our life to gain it.

Joh 6:54 Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.

Joh 6:55 For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.

Mic 3:2 Who hate the good, and love the evil; who pluck off their skin from off them, and their flesh from off their bones;

Mic 3:3 Who also eat the flesh of my people, and flay their skin from off them; and they break their bones, and chop them in pieces, as for the pot, and as flesh within the caldron.

As we read verses like this we must always remember the Word is Spirit (Joh 6:63).  The carnal mind and those in orthodox Babylonian churches have no ability to study these verses much less explain them.  We must be given the requisite ears to hear and eyes to see that come only to the chosen few (Rom 11:7, Mat 13:10, Mat 22:14).  These words about eating flesh speak not to cannibalism by the flesh Jews of Micah’s time.  They speak to you and me and all of God’s Elect and our time of eating and drinking unworthily in the kingdom of God.  There are rules (commandments) and table manners in the house of God just like good parents teach their children physical table manners.  Paul spells out some of the problems and poor eating habits of the immature Corinthian church that apply as lessons and experiences to this very day. When we come to the Body of Christ primarily to receive rather than to give, we miss the point of being a servant. We all have to do it first, warming ourselves by the fire before we are given to serve.

1Co 11:21 For in eating every one taketh before other his own supper: and one is hungry, and another is drunken.

1Co 11:22 What? have ye not houses to eat and to drink in? or despise ye the church of God, and shame them that have not? What shall I say to you? shall I praise you in this? I praise you not.

As priests of the Lord and shepherds of the flock (Joh 10:2) we ought to follow the Lord’s example to minister rather than to be ministered to.  Paul also showed that example of laboring to support the weak.

Act 20:35 I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.

When we pursue gain from the offerings and sacrifices of the brethren, we are sons of Belial, the wicked one and are eating from both tables and drinking from both cups.

1Sa 2:12 Now the sons of Eli were sons of Belial; they knew not the LORD.

1Sa 2:13 And the priests’ custom with the people was, that, when any man offered sacrifice, the priest’s servant came, while the flesh was in seething, with a flesh hook of three teeth in his hand;

Eating and drinking in the kingdom of God when done properly is how we die daily and become a living sacrifice for our brothers and sisters.  This is showing the Lord’s death till He comes (1 Co 11:26).

We are warned and admonished not to eat unworthily which of course we will do at first in order to then learn how to eat properly in the Body of Christ.  We examine ourselves and our faith, be diligent as we have been repeatedly seeing in Micah that we take communion properly in the house of God.

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.

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

We will remain weak babes and be spiritually sick and asleep when we eat unworthily and thereby pervert and twist the righteous judgments of God.  The Lord does not bless our halfhearted efforts and lack of diligence in our spiritual nutrition efforts.  He makes us weak and sickly and asleep to righteousness that will bring the occasion for further scourging and trials in the appointed times.  This is the process of sanctification from the inside out.  We are to take heed to our doctrine and what we eat but we also take heed how we eat and the fruit and the works of our labor in the Lord. Examination is required.

Psa 119:59 I thought on my ways, and turned my feet unto thy testimonies

Eze 18:28 Because he considereth, and turneth away from all his transgressions that he hath committed, he shall surely live, he shall not die.

We need to embrace our judgment and strive to hasten the coming of the Lord (2 Pe 3:12) to gain dominion over our sins and move on towards maturity.  To get there we suffer and endure the tribulations which we have been appointed to.  We must do this if we are to make the grade and be in that blessed and Holy First Resurrection.

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

These Micah verses speak to us eating at the table of the Lord but doing it unworthily.  We cannot have it both ways.  We can’t serve two masters and we can’t eat at two tables.  This pollutes the temple of God, which Temple we are and provokes the Lord to jealousy and brings His wrath.

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.

Let’s look a little more at some of the symbolism.  Physical body parts foretell wisdom of spiritual body parts and what they represent.  Bones are the framework and pertain to doctrine, the foundation on which any matter and all truth is established.  The bones of Jesus Christ are His doctrines and the Scriptures we study and are living Words for God’s Elect.  The Scriptures are the Word that cannot be broken.

Joh 10:35 If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken;

Joh 19:36 For these things were done, that the scripture should be fulfilled, A bone of him shall not be broken.

The Elect of God are Jesus Christ whom the world rejects and persecutes.  We are His Body and are His flesh and of His bones.

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

Being immature and yet carnal we will still be at enmity with the Lord’s doctrines and the stringent requirements for our walk.  We hate good and love evil and flip flop them in our rebellion that seeks to wrest away judgment (Isa 5:20-21).  Robbing God is plucking/spoiling (stripping) the flesh off His bones remembering who His body, His flesh and His bones are.  An example would be seeking dishonest gain for our supposed godliness.

Our skin is our covering as a Body.  The Lord makes provisions and gives us, the sinners, “His saving by grace through faith” coverings for our nakedness.

Gen 3:21 Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.

Stripping off the skin(s) is being an accuser of the brethren and exposing one’s nakedness.  We are commanded to not uncover the nakedness of our brethren.  Ham and his offspring were cursed for exposing the nakedness of his father Noah (Gen 9:22).  Judging righteous judgment is obeying this commandment and respecting who is Lord of all things.

Lev 18:6 None of you shall approach to any that is near of kin to him, to uncover their nakedness: I am the LORD.

It is a narrow way and we have commandments on how to deal with sin and confront our brothers and sisters.  Our obeying God in all things it what covers the sins of the Body.

1Pe 4:8 NKJV And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “LOVE WILL COVER A MULTITUDE OF SINS.”

Stripping off the covering of the body is exposing it to all kinds of evils.  That spirit is what must be cast out of us.

Rev 12:10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.

We do this to ourselves of course but also to our neighbors and fellow brethren as prideful beasts that love to compare and measure themselves and judge in the flesh.  Looking down upon others and not judging righteous judgment is eating in the kingdom of God improperly.  When we do this we are eating strangled and torn meat which is another table rule we are commanded not to do.  The meat we eat, the Body of Christ is to be undefiled.

Act 15:29 That ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: from which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well. Fare ye well.

Lev 22:8 That which dieth of itself, or is torn with beasts, he shall not eat to defile himself therewith: I am the LORD.

Again the admonishment is to be careful and to take heed what we eat and to examine ourselves and our thought life.

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; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein.

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

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

The Lord has us fall down and err from His ways to use our own wickedness to correct us and teach us proper eating methods in the house of God.  Grace from a jealous God are being poured out upon us that is breaking our bones and old way of life (Lam 3:4-5).

We eat the body of Christ when we partake in the suffering in filling up in the afflictions for the sake of the church.  This is the suffering to which we have been appointed.  This is the true communion of our dying daily.

Mar 14:22 And as they did eat, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and brake it, and gave to them, and said, Take, eat: this is my body.

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:

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

Doctrine and knowledge is important and it must be we drink and eat in the Kingdom of God.  Yet we also must take heed HOW we eat.  Doing the word and loving God and our neighbor is  of greater importance and is the purpose of the Lord giving us the food and drink at His altar.

Rom 14:17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.

 

Mic 3:4Then shall they cry unto the LORD, but he will not hear them: he will even hide his face from them at that time, as they have behaved themselves ill in their doings.

Our sin of eating wrongly is separating us from the Lord.  As our suffering and trials increase as “ye of little faith” we feel forsaken. All part of the Lord’s process to bring us to our wits end and we will thank Him in the end.

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.

Psa 107:27 They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wits’ end …..

Psa 107:31 Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!

Becoming a living sacrifice, that is the meat of an offering made by fire, is painful and will cause us to first cry unto the Lord to save our flesh.  But the flesh must go and the Lord is intent on destroying it not saving it.  So in those days, which is now on the house of God, the Lord is going to ratchet up the judgments in the whirlwind.  This is how we are being humbled and brought to our wits end.  He is not hearing the pleas and cries of our old man.

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:

Pro 1:29 For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD:

Another OT witness of the Lord turning us into destruction and forsaking us for a little while to show us our sins and bring correction.

Deu 31:18 And I will surely hide my face in that day for all the evils which they shall have wrought, in that they are turned unto other gods.

Deu 32:20 And he said, I will hide my face from them, I will see what their end shall be: for they are a very froward generation, children in whom is no faith.

The Hebrew word raa H7489 which is the simple word for evil is where the translators used the phrase “they have behaved themselves ill” instead.  The Lord simply turns us over to Satan for the destruction of our flesh.  We do evil as the Lord is ordaining and in the appointed times be turned back through the power of His grace that comes from the Word.  That Word, which is “those bones cannot be broken”, and it is finishing the good work it starts.

Psa 34:19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.

Psa 34:20 He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken.

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

Looking back with time we will see the mystery of God at work in all of our evil and apostasy.  This is the only way to become like Him knowing good and evil.

Isa 45:3 And I will give thee the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places, that thou mayest know that I, the LORD, which call thee by thy name, am the God of Israel.

Mic 3:5 Thus saith the LORD concerning the prophets that make my people err, that bite with their teeth, and cry, Peace; and he that putteth not into their mouths, they even prepare war against him.

The word for bite here is H5391 and here is how Strong’s defines it.

H5391, nâshak, naw-shak’

A primitive root; to strike with a sting (as a serpent); figuratively, to oppress with interest on a loan: – bite, lend upon usury.

Total KJV occurrences: 16

bite, 6

usury, 4

lend, 3

bit, 2

biteth, 2

bitten, 2

lent, 1

Serpents bite and sting flesh with their mouths.  This is what we do to our brethren and the flesh of Christ when we do not eat and drink properly at the Lord’s table.

Ecc 10:11 Surely the serpent will bite [H5391] without enchantment; and a babbler is no better

Ecc 10:12 The words of a wise man’s mouth are gracious; but the lips of a fool will swallow up himself.

We have to watch our words and ensure they are always seasoned with salt (Col 4:6).  We are called to pursue peace with all men and especially in the household of faith (Gal 6:10).  Interesting that this word for BITE is also the word for USURY or LEND.

Deu 23:19 Thou shalt not lend upon usury [H5391] to thy brother; usury [H5392] of money, usury [H5392] of victuals, usury of anything that is lent upon usury [H5391]

The related word H5392 means interest.  This tells us that we are not to be seeking gain of any kind.  Working in the fields of God is our reasonable service and our duty and we should expect nothing in return.

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

We bite the flesh, make war against our brethren when we communicate with such selfish hidden motives and agendas.  God’s people are to be unprofitable servants, not ones seeking and reaping profit in their service.

Luk 17:10 So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.

We have to be wise to our prideful hearts and not allow ourselves to be puffed up, one against another.  Getting dominion over these thoughts and deeds is part of growing up and learning to eat and drink properly at the table of the Lord.

As the people of God, we go thru a season where we lust for meat.  We want knowledge above everything else and have an insatiable appetite to get more.  The Lord teaches us by turning us over to our idols of the heart.  We learn to seek meat in moderation by being judged for our excessive lusts for it as the story of the quail in Numbers shows us.

Num 11:33 And while the flesh was yet between their teeth, ere it was chewed, the wrath of the LORD was kindled against the people, and the LORD smote the people with a very great plague.

A mature man in Christ will get past the carnal desires for gain and seeking riches in the Kingdom.  Doing otherwise is a snare and drowns us in perdition and keeps us from entering into His rest and ceasing from our own works.

1Ti 6:6 But godliness with contentment is great gain.

1Ti 6:8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.

I hope we see more clearly the Lord’s hand in every aspect of our lives including causing us to err from His ways and do evil (Isa 63:17, Prov 16:9, Psa 78:49).  He does this to bring judgment and correct us and reshape us, His clay vessels, with water and with fire.  Both of which wash us and sanctify us as His bride without spot or wrinkle.

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

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

We will Lord willing pick up next week with this theme of us perverting God’s judgment before we learn through much scourging grace and the tribulations to go with it, to judge righteously.  Given our roles in the Millennium and as the lake of Fire, we best take seriously this responsibility.  If we cannot be trusted to judge righteously and be faithful watchmen now, how will the Lord put us into even greater responsibilities?

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Micah Part 3 – Moving on to Maturity

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Book of Micah Part 3 – Moving on to Maturity

By Pete Wilson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1. Declare it not at Gath

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2. Weep not in the house of Aphrah

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Judging Righteous Judgment

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Judging Righteous Judgment May 26 2016

By Pete Wilson

Making judgments is essential for the people of God.  The Scriptures command us to be vigilant and diligent to guard our way.  That means making judgments constantly as we must strive to stay on the narrow way and separate from the world and all things unclean.

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

1Pe 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

The Elect of God otherwise known as the Body of Christ will in fact be the judges of all mankind and will usher in salvation to all men in the appointed times.

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

1Co 6:3 Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?

Oba 1:21 And saviours shall come up on mount Zion to judge the mount of Esau; and the kingdom shall be the LORD’S.

Lest we forget, judgment is the process by which all men are saved.  There is no other way.

Exo 6:6 Wherefore say unto the children of Israel, I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will rid you out of their bondage, and I will redeem you with a stretched out arm, and with great judgments:

The promise given to Abraham, a type of God’s Elect, is that we and our households would do justice and judgment.

Gen 18:18 Seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him?

Gen 18:19 For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him. (i.e. Salvation)

So knowing these truths combined with a God given zeal for the House of the Lord, we should run towards these judgments knowing they hasten the formation of Christ in us.  The day of the Lord for each of us is a wonderful day for the new man but a terrible day for the old man.  Such is the conundrum that the carnal world and orthodox Christianity cannot see.

2Pe 3:12 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?

It is those of us who follow the Lord in the “regeneration”, the process of being born again by the Spirit of God, and washed in the water of the Word; that will sit on the throne of His glory judging Israel.

Mat 19:28 And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

This statement of the Lord of course applies both inwardly and outwardly in an “is, was and will be” manner.  Inwardly the Christ in us replaces the beast sitting on the Lord’s throne and brings salvation to the nations within us.

Psa 47:8 God reigneth over the heathen: God sitteth upon the throne of his holiness.

Judging Israel applies to those in the Body right now who are sitting in down payment form judging the twelve tribes of Israel right now.  We are the lake of fire to one another and it is by abiding with and in Christ, in the Word, that we are judged now.

1Co 11:31 For if we would judge ourselves, 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.

The Elect of God are in training for their future roles to be the saviors of all men which will be preceded by their reigning with Christ during the Millennium.  Those given this role will have lost their carnal mindedness (been beheaded) now in this life in the clay.

Rev 20:4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.

The only way we learn to do anything including becoming the judges of the world is by experience.  This is why we are given these trials and caused to fall down so we can learn true righteousness through this judgment process.

1Pe 4:17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?

Isa 26:8  Yea, in the way of thy judgments, O LORD, have we waited for thee; the desire of our soul is to thy name, and to the remembrance of thee.

Isa 26:9  With my soul have I desired thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek thee early: for when thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.

We best be becoming of full age now, getting lots of experience judging and being judged as that is how we become the mature man (Heb 5:14) learning how to discern good and evil (Gen 3:22).

This is the upward call of God also called the prize by Paul (Php 3:14) that hopefully we have been given the zeal to run and finish the race so we may attain to the first resurrection.

Rev 20:6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.

Babylonian Ditches on Both Sides

There are Babylonian ditches on both sides of the narrow way.  Most of us have been in both places and either not judging or making judgments after the flesh.  The sleazy grace mentality that says the Lord did it all for us on the cross and all we need to do is say a ten second sinners prayer for salvation encourages lasciviousness and causes us to wrest away the judgment of God and stay worldly.

Exo 23:2 Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil; neither shalt thou speak in a cause to decline after many to wrest judgment:

Generalizing Babylonian lies, there is another ditch on the other side of the way.  This ditch is one I would define as legalistic, condemning, blaming others with a mindset that always denies the Lord and makes man responsible for his own salvation and accountable for his own behavior.  Of course that is a lie as the Lord truly is the Potter and we merely are the clay and everything we do is His work in us (Isa 64:8).

Joh 15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

The insidiousness of all these false doctrines and both generalized ditches is that there is always some truth connected.  Yet the leaven or lies renders the doctrines spiritual poison and points to another “jesus”.  It is indeed a very narrow road with error and ditches on both sides of the road.  The people of God do not walk after the flesh but after the Spirit.  And if we do so, we are commanded to be judging ALL THINGS.

1Co 2:15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.

Yet the people of the Lord who are to judge all things, judge them spiritually.  That is what righteous judgment is all about.  It is based on the WORD and not the ways of this world.

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

 Lev 19:15 Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment: thou shalt not respect the person of the poor, nor honour the person of the mighty: but in righteousness shalt thou judge thy neighbour.

We judge all things but not according to the flesh and the ways of the world.  When we are carnal we will judge after the flesh.

Joh 8:15 Ye judge after the flesh; I judge no man.

Joh 8:16 And yet if I judge, my judgment is true: for I am not alone, but I and the Father that sent me.

This parable of Christ says He judges no one but then tells us how He judges.  This tells those with ears to hear that Christ, us, His Body, are to only judge according to the Scriptures.  We are not judged of any man because it is the WORD, the plumb line that is the measuring stick of judgment.  This is “the way” by which Christ in us is arisen.

Amo 7:5 Then said I, O Lord GOD, cease, I beseech thee: by whom shall Jacob arise? for he is small.

Amo 7:6 The LORD repented for this: This also shall not be, saith the Lord GOD.

Amo 7:7 Thus he shewed me: and, behold, the Lord stood upon a wall made by a plumbline, with a plumbline in his hand.

Amo 7:8 And the LORD said unto me, Amos, what seest thou? And I said, A plumbline. Then said the Lord, Behold, I will set a plumbline in the midst of my people Israel: I will not again pass by them any more:

Amo 7:9 And the high places of Isaac shall be desolate, and the sanctuaries of Israel shall be laid waste; and I will rise against the house of Jeroboam with the sword.

Rev 11:1 And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein.

How we judge that determines whether or not we are on the narrow way.  Our judgments must be according to the WORD.

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.

Judging Without Vs Within

Those without the Body of Christ we are not to be judging.  The reason for this is those outside the faith do not have spiritual ears to hear the Word now.  It is the Word that shall judge all men, but only in the last day of the carnal age for every man.  That day is today for the very few but for the rest of mankind that will come in the Lake of Fire at the Second Resurrection.  It is our speaking the Words of fire that brings judgment (Jer 5:14) but if someone cannot hear, they cannot now be judged.

Joh 12:47 And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.

Joh 12:48 He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.

We are commanded not to keep company with spiritual fornicators and not even share a spiritual meal with them (1 Cor 5:9-11).  The reasons are many fold.  First we can easily be corrupted by keeping bad spiritual company (1 Cor 15:33) and allowing even a little leaven into our spiritual house.

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

Secondly we are working against the Lord in trying to impart Truths on one who has not been prepared to hear.

1Ti 5:22 Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partaker of other men’s sins: keep thyself pure.

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

If the Lord has not opened one’s ears to hear we will know it quite readily.  His sheep do hear His voice that we speak.

1Jn 4:6 We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.

We are not to judge those people; we are to turn them over to the Lord who will use His instruments including Satan to destroy their flesh in due time.  We are to judge OURSELVES and those within THE BODY OF CHRIST ONLY.

1Co 5:12 For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within?

1Co 5:13 But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.

This is why we are told to put out those that bring heresy and openly live in sin.  We should not need to speculate over the Lord’s sovereignty and hopefully will believe taking such a seeming harsh act is actually the manifestation of what loving our neighbor actually entails.  Let the Lord have vengeance, only He can destroy the flesh and humble His little ones to return to their first love.

This is very difficult, a narrow road indeed especially when involving our physical families and loved ones.  It can seem so unloving to the natural man to not get engaged in the affairs of the world.

2Ti 2:4 No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.

Ezr 6:21 And the children of Israel, which were come again out of captivity, and all such as had separated themselves unto them from the filthiness of the heathen of the land, to seek the LORD God of Israel, did eat,

How do we obey the commands and take seriously our doctrines and purge out the leaven from our midst and stay on the narrow road? How do we be that ambassador for Christ yet be a watchman over the house of Israel? We are first and foremost to be examining ourselves and making sure we are walking in the faith and clinging to sound doctrine.

2Co 13:5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves.

 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.

God’s chosen people, His Elect, will be making judgments and meditating on the Word of God constantly and making the necessary judgments to strive to stay on the narrow road and avoid the spiritual diseases that plague Babylonians.

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

Deu 7:12 Wherefore it shall come to pass, if ye hearken to these judgments,and keep, and do them, that the LORD thy God shall keep unto thee the covenant and the mercy which he sware unto thy fathers:

 “Doing what is right in his sight” includes keeping leaven out of spiritual house.  The narrow way requires that we make many judgments and admonish one another.  Unless we are willing to speak up, be honest with ourselves first and also be willing to go to brothers and sisters as faithful watchman we are not trusting fully in the Lord.  We are here to watch over the flock of God and must learn to be obedient to those commands now.  Otherwise how can the Lord use us in the ages to come if we don’t move on to maturity now?  Here is how the body is to operate and to heal itself as we are the sum of our parts in the Body of Christ.

Jas 5:19 Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him;

Jas 5:20 Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.

There is a reason we have Matthew 18 and Levitius 13-14 and many other Scriptures.

Mat 18:15 Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother.

Mat 18:16 But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.

Mat 18:17 And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican.

A witness from the Old Testament would include the processes of dealing with leprosy in Leviticus.

Lev 13:2 When a man shall have in the skin of his flesh a rising, a scab, or bright spot, and it be in the skin of his flesh like the plague of leprosy; then he shall be brought unto Aaron the priest, or unto one of his sons the priests:

Lev 13:3 And the priest shall look on the plague in the skin of the flesh: and when the hair in the plague is turned white, and the plague in sight be deeper than the skin of his flesh, it is a plague of leprosy: and the priest shall look on him, and pronounce him unclean.

The Lord does not want us chopping off literal body parts, but in order to keep our walk clean and the entire Body of Christ pure we are given commands that require us to put our trust in Him and the work He will do in the heart of His creation.  We must be willing to chop off those unhealthy parts and cast them out less the entire body be impacted.

Mat 5:30 And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.

Preaching the Word to one another, the only ones with ears to hear and the focus of Christ’s ministry, brings rebuke and reproof to our sins and ungodly ways.  This is a good thing!

2Ti 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.

Col 1:28 Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:

Joh 16:8 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:

Mitch wrote a series on correction within the Body of Christ that is far more in-depth that what is being highlighted here.  Link at the end.

Not being faithful watchmen is a recipe for disaster and spiritual stagnation as Paul continues the instruction to Timothy.  This is speaking of what will happen within the Body of Christ.

2Ti 4:3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;

2Ti 4:4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

Thankfully the Lord is faithful to make His Elect watchmen who have a responsibility to oversee the flock and to warn, rebuke and discipline when we are led astray or living in error.  If we fail to warn and fail to blow the trumpet we will bear stripes for such disobedience.

Eze 33:7 So thou, O son of man, I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore thou shalt hear the word at my mouth, and warn them from me.

God’s Elect will be on this narrow road which will include blowing the trumpet, warning the people but how we do this is essential.

Jer 6:17 Also I set watchmen over you, saying, Hearken to the sound of the trumpet. But they said, We will not hearken.

We need to walk softly and carry a big stick!  But that stick is the WORD and that is what does the work.  We just need to bring these Truths to others and stand and let the Lord give the increase.  There is no place in the kingdom of God for harshness.  We must learn to be meek and gentle in Spirit but strong in the Words of fire that we speak.  I have failed miserably in trying to do right by being harsh, seemingly mean and looking down upon others and being an accuser of my brethren who ultimately is all men.

Judging men by the spirit means to recognize that no man is responsible for the behavior, that the Lord is indeed working ALL THINGS for the counsel of His will. Very few are given the faith to believe this truth and thus judge like Christ judged.

Joh 8:15 Ye judge after the flesh; I judge no man.

2Co 5:16 Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh

We stop judging men after the flesh and do it by the spirit of Truth, when we properly apply the sovereignty of God and learn to not even think above what is written.  If we are truly God’s people, we better be making judgments. The whole of Matthew seven tells us how to judge.  We will reap what we sow and that applies to judgment as well.

 Mat 7:1 Judge not, that ye be not judged.

When we judge in the flesh we will be judged in the flesh.  It comes back to us.

Mat 7:2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.

If we truly love the Lord, we will want the same measure of Truth to be meted out to us in judgment.  There is no darkness that shall not be revealed and brought to the light (Luk 8:17).  So with this mindset it is a good thing when we are judged and we should be thankful for a brother or sister to point out leaven in our doctrine or sin in our walk.

The pride of man and the deceitfulness of sin that lies in our hearts is an easy snare and cause of stumbling until we learn to judge righteously. Before we go showing others the mote in their eyes, we had best learn to examine ourselves first and make sure we are not castaways (1 Co 9:27).  We can’t help anyone spiritually if we ourselves have poor spiritual eyesight.

 Mat 7:5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye (by making spiritual judgments, trying spirits).

We must learn to let God judge those without. Before we judge within the Body we must first judge ourselves.  If we cannot learn to judge and do it righteously in this age, we will have NO PART in being God’s judges during the Millennium Reign or at the Great White Throne Judgment. This is just how important it is that we learn to judge righteous judgment.  We must know when to judge and how to judge using the Scriptures as our plumb line.  The whole purpose of the Lord having an Elect is to make ready the remnant of His people through which all men shall enter into the city.

 Rom 11:31 Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy.

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

 Many times we are too hasty to judge things and do not wait on the Lord.  Another criteria of judging is to wait on the Lord to work His work in others and give the trees time to bear fruit.

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

 We will always know things by the fruit on the trees (Mat 7:16-20).

Loving our brothers includes pulling specks out of their eyes, judging all things, and judging righteous judgment. The doctrine that says judge nobody or nothing is not love. It is actually the spirit of a harlot church aka Spiritual Babylon that has NO JUDGMENT in it.

Isa 1:21 How is the faithful city become an harlot! it was full of judgment; righteousness lodged in it; but now murderers (hating the doctrines of Christ).

But the Lord is faithful even when we are not.  A day will come when He will restore judgment to the House of Israel.  Today is that day of salvation for the Elect of God.

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

The judgment of God by HIS WORD is what sanctifies us. It is how we are redeemed, it is what causes the death of the old man by the sword and fire of God.

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

Loving you neighbor as yourself is our commandment.  The mercy of the Lord is living thru the trials that brings forth salvation in due time.  Mercy will rejoice and triumph over judgment and we must trust in those promises and become obedient to the perfect law of liberty.

Jas 2:12 So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty.

Jas 2:13 For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment.

Bringing this judgment by the words we speak is how the mercy of the Lord is made manifest in our lives and how we give spiritual food, clothing and housing to our brethren who need it to sustain themselves. These are the greater works that bring salvation. Our faith without doing the works of judgment within the house of God are dead.

Jas 2:14 What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?

Jas 2:15 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,

Jas 2:16 And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?

Jas 2:17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.

All of us who have come through the door of “The Christ” are a shepherd of the sheep.

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

Those who will be abiding in everlasting burnings will be God’s Elect who abide in the fire of the Word judging righteous judgment.

Isa 33:14 The sinners in Zion are afraid; fearfulness hath surprised the hypocrites. Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings?

Isa 33:15 He that walketh righteously, and speaketh uprightly; he that despiseth the gain of oppressions, that shaketh his hands from holding of bribes, that stoppeth his ears from hearing of blood, and shutteth his eyes from seeing evil;

This calling comes with a duty to be the watchman on the wall and admonish and edify one another through the speaking of the Word and sharing of communion.  We must not neglect or take lightly such a high calling.  We need one another to be saved.  It is the only way we will learn to judge and be judged now.  Hence we are reminded of the importance of being connected.

1Jn 1:7  But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

Heb 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching

Comments and sincere questions are welcome.  You can also email me at peterjwilson56@gmail.com

Related Links:

Correction in the Body of Christ

Awesome Hands 51 

Milk Doctrine – Aionian Judgment

The White Throne Judgment

Purpose of the Lake of Fire of the Elect 

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Nahum Part 8 – Shaking by a Mighty Wind

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We ended last week with verse seven where our despicable spiritual condition has been made known and we have become a gazing stock.

Nah 3:6 And I will cast abominable filth upon thee, and make thee vile, and will set thee as a gazingstock.

Nah 3:7 And it shall come to pass, that all they that look upon thee shall flee from thee, and say, Nineveh is laid waste: who will bemoan her? whence shall I seek comforters for thee?

When we see our despicable spiritual condition, we flee to the mountains to hide out and try to escape the wrath that has befallen our old man and carnal way of life. Everything we knew or thought we knew is turned on its head in this ongoing “is, was and will be” process until we come to the mature man in Christ. The mighty wind, the Spirit of God, is sweeping across the face of the earth and its waters (Gen 1:2-3) as “light is called out of darkness”.

Rev 6:13 And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.

Rev 6:14 And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.

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;

We saw the call to “stand stand” and repent of our wicked ways in Nahum 2:8 but we are not standing at first. We flee to the safety of the crowd but the Lord searches us out.

Jer 46:20 Egypt is like a very fair heifer, but destruction cometh; it cometh out of the north.

Jer 46:21 Also her hired men are in the midst of her like fatted bullocks; for they also are turned back, and are fled away together: they did not stand, because the day of their calamity was come upon them, and the time of their visitation.

The words of Nahum speak of the same judgment, the same process by which Jesus Christ is revealed in us. The end of the old and ushering in of the new comes with this war and it comes by a flood of lies and false words that come against the house we first build on the sand of our self-righteousness when we hear but do not do the Word.

Luk 6:49  But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great.

Yet thankfully the Lord comes the second time and the day of the Lord is at hand and judgment is now on the house of God. It is vengeance for His Temple (1 Pet 4:17, 1 Cor 3:16). Here are the verses for today which will allow us to finish the Nahum study in nine installments and render a conclusion of the entire book next week Lord willing.

Nah 3:8 Art thou better than populous No, that was situate among the rivers, that had the waters round about it, whose rampart was the sea, and her wall was from the sea?

Nah 3:9 Ethiopia and Egypt were her strength, and it was infinite; Put and Lubim were thy helpers.

Nah 3:10 Yet was she carried away, she went into captivity: her young children also were dashed in pieces at the top of all the streets: and they cast lots for her honourable men, and all her great men were bound in chains.

Nah 3:11 Thou also shalt be drunken: thou shalt be hid, thou also shalt seek strength because of the enemy.

Nah 3:12 All thy strong holds shall be like fig trees with the firstripe figs: if they be shaken, they shall even fall into the mouth of the eater.

Nah 3:13 Behold, thy people in the midst of thee are women: the gates of thy land shall be set wide open unto thine enemies: the fire shall devour thy bars.

Let us also remind ourselves that the wisdom of Christ is foolishness to the natural “carnal” man (1 Cor 2:14). All this wrath coming against us and our old man and his wicked ways is actually the blessing of the Lord.

Rev 1:3 Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.

No man enters into Christ any other way. The writing of the law of Christ on our hearts, comes not by us inviting Christ into our hearts, but by the Lord bringing fiery trials to us and pouring out wrath upon our wicked carnal ways.

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

1Pe 4:12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:

No man is able to obey the Lord until the Lord causes it to happen and that only happens by us DOING (living through) these very judgments we are reading about.

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

Being brought to our wits ends requires all that we thought we knew to be shown for what it is i.e. (lies). We must go through this raging sea of our carnal mind in search of the truth in order for Christ to appear in the cloud that is “His Christ”.

Luk 21:22 For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled….

Luk 21:25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;

Luk 21:26 Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.

Luk 21:27 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.

Luk 21:28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.

And how are we redeemed? We need not speculate ( Exo 6:6, Mat 19:28, etc).

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

Here is our first verse to dig a little deeper.

Nah 3:8 (NKJV) Are you better than No Amon That was situated by the River, That had the waters around her, Whose rampart was the sea, Whose wall was the sea?

Despite what the thoughts of a carnal mind will tell us, there is no safety in numbers in escaping from God’s wrath against sin. Following the crowd is what flesh does to feel safe but it is no defense for our disobedience and the wrath of God that comes in our day of the Lord.

Exo 23:2 Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil; neither shalt thou speak in a cause to decline after many to wrest judgment:

Wresting judgment, the very thing that redeems us and blesses the new man, is what flesh will always think is right.

Isa 31:1 Woe to them that go down to Egypt for help; and stay on horses, and trust in chariots, because they are many; and in horsemen, because they are very strong; but they look not unto the Holy One of Israel, neither seek the LORD!

The mind of the whore of Babylon is to trust in the safety of numbers and the billions they deceive by the two hundred million lies (Rev 9:16). But as we have seen time and time again it is a false peace that will suddenly be shattered when Christ comes to make war and brings a sword.

1Th 5:3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape

Mat 10:34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.

Jer 51:8 Babylon is suddenly fallen and destroyed: howl for her; take balm for her pain, if so be she may be healed.

The sea is the wall of flesh that we trust in. We may know true doctrine but when the rubber meets the road we being yet carnal fall back and rely on the instincts of the flesh and all that we learn in Egypt. That wall falls as we saw in earlier studies because it is built with untampered mortar of slime, our filthy self-righteous works (Eze 13:10, Isa 64:6) and not the Word of Truth.

Nahum exposes this false security by asking if we are better than those in No Ammon which represents those that trust in the reasoning’s of the carnal mind and not the Word. The harlot like the people of No, sits on many waters which represent the flesh of all of mankind.

Rev 17:15 And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.

The strength of the harlot is the flesh and the carnal mind. The waters of the sea, which represent the flesh, are seemingly bottomless and this is where the seed of our father, the devil, lives deep in the DNA of these marred vessels of clay.

Rev 9:11 And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon.

Only the Lord can draw out Leviathan and bring salvation by slaying the great dragon within.

Job 41:1 Canst thou draw out leviathan with an hook? or his tongue with a cord which thou lettest down

Isa 27:1 In that day the LORD with his sore and great and strong sword shall punish leviathan the piercing serpent, even leviathan that crooked serpent; and he shall slay the dragon that is in the sea.

The Lord of course causes all things, even our days appointed in Nineveh and even putting Leviathan into this sea of the flesh to play. Seeing the works of the Lord, the wonder in the deep is very liberating.

Psa 104:24 O LORD, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches.

Psa 104:25 So is this great and wide sea, wherein are things creeping innumerable, both small and great beasts.

Psa 104:26 There go the ships: there is that leviathan, whom thou hast made to play therein.

Psa 107:24 These see the works of the LORD, and his wonders in the deep.

Our strength or rampart is the sea when spiritually we are in Nineveh. This word rampart comes from a word Steven reviewed in his Proverbs 31 (Link at end) study that means host or army.

H2426, chêyl    chêl, khale, khale

A collateral form of H2428; an army; also (by analogy) an intrenchment: – army, bulwark, host, + poor, rampart, trench, wall.

Total KJV occurrences: 8

The root of which comes from H2428 meaning a force and also includes the word translated as virtuous. As that study shows, we see that this force, this army, is associated with the word “pain” and in particular the context of childbirth, patience and coming through the whirlwind of  judgement.

Nah 3:9 Ethiopia and Egypt were her strength, And it was boundless; Put and Lubim were your helpers.

God’s people are called to truly be separate. Yet it takes us much travailing to learn these truths and become obedient. Our linkage to Egypt and the ways of the world run very deep.

No Amon (Ammon) is a place on the Nile River, also called Thebes, which was said to be the capital of Upper Egypt. These locations named here all pertain back to the land of Ham, Noah’s son, who was cursed for exposing the nakedness of his father.

Psa 105:23 Israel also came into Egypt; and Jacob sojourned in the land of Ham.

We first come see the power of the Lord in the land of Ham.

Psa 105:27 They shewed his signs among them, and wonders in the land of Ham.

Ethiopia comes from the Hebrew word Cush who was the son of Ham. Put is also a son of Ham and is what is translated as Libya in modern English (Gen 10:6). The word Lubim also ties to Ham and to Libya and is defined in Strong’s as follows.

H3864,  lûbı̂y   lûbbı̂y, loo-bee’, loob-bee’

Partial from a name probably derived from an unused root meaning to thirst, that is, a dry region; apparently a Libyan or inhabitant of interior Africa (only in plural): – Lubim (-s), Libyans.

I live in Africa and I will attest it is dry here. But in the spiritual, dryness refers to the absence of God’s rain, the doctrines and dew that drip from the heavens and water the earth. Dryness brings famine, parches the land and hinders the crops and trees from bearing fruit in seasons. Land that is dry is easily set ablaze and burned by fire as I have witnessed my first summer in Africa. These realities in the natural tell us in type and shadow how it works in the spiritual.

Rom 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

Via Nahum, the Lord is speaking to His Elect here in the whirlwind of our judgment. Now is that judgment on the house of God. Nahum is comparing us to the history of No Amon which was a very populated place in the world at that time. The references do not make much sense on the surface. How is a place surrounded by water, situated next to “the River” as some translations define it, given strength and helped by these four named places that are considered dry regions and devoid of green things?

The Lord destroys the old man within us, saving the remnant, Christ in us. He does this by turning those that trust in Egypt and its idols over to the king of Babylon within us. This is the occasion that brings judgment through the fire that is in our heavens.

Jer 46:25 The LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, saith; Behold, I will punish the multitude of No, and Pharaoh, and Egypt, with their gods, and their kings; even Pharaoh, and all them that trust in him:

Jer 46:26 And I will deliver them into the hand of those that seek their lives, and into the hand of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, and into the hand of his servants: and afterward it shall be inhabited, as in the days of old, saith the LORD.

The two hundred million lies of our carnally minded father the devil (Joh 8:44), are the innumerable grasshoppers/ locusts that cause us to err from the Lord’s ways and then endure wrath as we endure the death that is the wages of sin.

Jer 46:22 The voice thereof shall go like a serpent; for they shall march with an army, and come against her with axes, as hewers of wood.

Jer 46:23 They shall cut down her forest, saith the LORD, though it cannot be searched; because they are more than the grasshoppers, and are innumerable

Here is a second witness to how this multitude of No is cutoff in that day.

Eze 30:10 Thus saith the Lord GOD; I will also make the multitude of Egypt to cease by the hand of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon.

Eze 30:14 And I will make Pathros desolate, and will set fire in Zoan, and will execute judgments in No.

Eze 30:15 And I will pour my fury upon Sin, the strength of Egypt; and I will cut off the multitude of No.

When we see Jerusalem surrounded by armies of  flesh, when we see our innate helpless state incapable of obeying God after having fallen down seven times, then salvation has come.

Today is the day of our salvation. We best not receive the grace of God in vain but step up and separate from the heathen and unbelieving. This applies within and without.

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?

Here is our next verses

Nah 3:10 Yet she was carried away, She went into captivity; Her young children also were dashed to pieces At the head of every street; They cast lots for her honorable men, And all her great men were bound in chains.

Nah 3:11 Thou also shalt be drunken: thou shalt be hid, thou also shalt seek strength because of the enemy.

As the harlot wife of the Lord, when the Lord turns us over to the Assyrians within, the rod of His anger (Isa 10:5), we are bound in captivity to our carnality and fleshly way of life. We mix the old and the new wine and get drunk in seeking strength from the enemy who is yet thriving in our heavens. We are unable to deliver ourselves. This is how our own wickedness corrects us (Jer 2:19).

Isa 10:24 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD of hosts, O my people that dwellest in Zion, be not afraid of the Assyrian: he shall smite thee with a rod, and shall lift up his staff against thee, after the manner of Egypt.

The pride of man is very stubborn and it takes this baptism with fire to burn it out of us. Having Truth but not doing Truth is thinking we have already arrived (Phil 3:12-13).

Isa 28:1 Woe to the crown of pride, to the drunkards of Ephraim, whose glorious beauty is a fading flower, which are on the head of the fat valleys of them that are overcome with wine!

After receiving the Truth until we are proven with trials, we will wax fat on the things of the Lord. But vengeance is still to come for the Temple of the Lord.

Deu 32:15 But Jeshurun waxed fat, and kicked: thou art waxen fat, thou art grown thick, thou art covered with fatness; then he forsook God which made him, and lightly esteemed the Rock of his salvation.

Deu 32:16 They provoked him to jealousy with strange gods, with abominations provoked they him to anger.

But our self-righteous efforts of covering our sin and disobedience will fail; it will not keep us safe. We won’t be able to hide in the day of the Lord’s vengeance.

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

Being carnal and trusting in Egypt and the world is not believing on Christ. There is darkness still to be brought to the light and burned out of us.

Joh 12:46 I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.

Here is a great verse that we should use often to measure ourselves and examine our faith.

1Jn 2:9 He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now.

The clay vessels we are will be dashed to pieces in the day of our remaking from a marred vessel of clay into the son of the living God (Jer 18:3-4).

Psa 2:9 Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.

Living by every word God spoke ensures we will not take heed to these warnings and will all will first be disobedient before we are caused to be obedient. That is how one learns [is, was and will be]! So we too will be taken captive in Nineveh by the harlot. We will be in bondage waiting for the armies of Christ to come deliver us on the Mt. of Esau (Obe 1:21, Luk 21:24) and the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled in our walk.

The immature must be tried in the fire, this furnace of affliction to become the mature man in Christ.

Hos 13:16 Samaria shall become desolate; for she hath rebelled against her God: they shall fall by the sword: their infants shall be dashed in pieces, and their women with child shall be ripped up.

In this immature still carnal and “marred” condition, we cast lots for Christ so we can wear His garments and not be righteously judged. This is how we twist the Word of God and pervert it, making our own bread (Isa 4:1) to take away our judgment.

Luk 23:34 Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.

This is what we do, doing the opposite of being a watchman and we enable strangers to come in and take over the land. This is “buying and selling” we do in making merchandise in the Temple of God. It is all one and the same event.

Oba 1:11 In the day that thou stoodest on the other side, in the day that the strangers carried away captive his forces, and foreigners entered into his gates, and cast lots upon Jerusalem, even thou wast as one of them.

Joe 3:3 And they have cast lots for my people; and have given a boy for an harlot, and sold a girl for wine, that they might drink.

Yet the Lord will have none of it and will not put up with this defilement of His Name forever. His righteousness is only acquired by enduring through the very fiery judgments we are studying.

Rev 19:8 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.

Isa 26:9 With my soul have I desired thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek thee early: for when thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.

Overcomers will have had their old man and carnal mindedness dashed to pieces by the revelation of Jesus Christ within them.

Rev 2:26 (NKJV) And he who overcomes, and keeps My works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations—

Rev 2:27 ‘HE SHALL RULE THEM WITH A ROD OF IRON; THEY SHALL BE DASHED TO PIECES LIKE THE POTTER’S VESSELS’— as I also have received from My Father;

 Our next verse 12 brings to mind the events of Revelation Chapter Six.

Nah 3:12 All thy strong holds shall be like fig trees with the firstripe figs: if they be shaken, they shall even fall into the mouth of the eater.

The Elect of God upon whom judgment first falls are the first fruits unto the Lord (Jam 1:18, Rom 8:23). Fig trees are fruit trees and represent men and in the negative sense the immature in Christ. Immature fruit including untimely figs and sucklings, will not enter into the kingdom of God. Such fruit must be destroyed and the immature must mature by this process.

Mat 24:19 And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!

Fig trees are green and represent the mixture of leprous yellow and heavenly blue.

Son 2:13 The fig tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.

When we hold onto the strength of the world the fruit that is born for the Lord will not withstand the trial of our faith. There is not yet enough root and that tree and its fruit will wither in the heat of the day (Mat 13:6).

When the sixth seal is (was and will be) be coming upon us, the fruit produced by us being adulterers mixing the things of God with worldly things, will easily be shaken off the tree.

Rev 6:12 And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;

Rev 6:13 And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.

Our immature fruit, the figs, will fall to the earth and be devoured by the devourer as Nahum here proclaims when our day of the Lord is at hand. Our enemies will in due time become food for us, the bread of life as we mature in Christ via this process. This Nahum passage brings to mind Samson’s riddle which foretells of this mystery and the strange workings of the Lord.

Jdg 14:14 And he said unto them, Out of the eater came forth meat, and out of the strong came forth sweetness. And they could not in three days expound the riddle.

The meat represents the good that the Lord brings about from the evil and rebellion He works first within us for the counsel of His will. It is through our death, the death of the old man and our carnal ways of life, that bread is produced for the new man (Num 14:9).

The fig tree represents us and the fruit we bear for God in our immature state. We have not been tried by the fire. When tried in the fire, we will fail at first as this is how we are humbled in due time. The harvest comes in the fall so when we see the fruit appearing on our tree in our “summer” then we know judgment is nigh at hand.

Luk 21:29 And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees;

Luk 21:30 When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand.

Luk 21:31 So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand. [that is entered only by judgment]

Like John we do not understand it until we can look back and see it in our walk and life (Rev 1:12). As we saw in Part seven, the Lord making us vile is how we are made to fade away as a leaf which is the same as a fig falling from its tree.

Isa 34:4 And all the host of heaven shall be dissolved, and the heavens shall be rolled together as a scroll: and all their host shall fall down, as the leaf falleth off from the vine, and as a falling fig from the fig tree.

Isa 34:5 For my sword shall be bathed in heaven: behold, it shall come down upon Idumea, and upon the people of my curse, to judgment.

Being hearers only and not doers, we are not founded on the Rock but instead rely upon the strength of our flesh, our carnal mind and the lies of the great harlot for our salvation. But the Lord will come once again to shake all things and identify what cannot be shaken.

Heb 12:25 See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven:

Heb 12:26 Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven.

Heb 12:27 And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.

 I find it interesting that when we come to see our sin (chief of sinners) our first inclination is to cover ourselves with the works of our hands (the flesh) yet this is using fig leaves.

Gen 3:7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.

There are many parables about figs and fig trees, both positive and negative that we cannot possibly look at in this study. But we are on the negative focus here, the judgment of the great whore resulting in the beast and false prophet being tossed into the lake of fire.

Jer 5:17 And they shall eat up thine harvest, and thy bread, which thy sons and thy daughters should eat: they shall eat up thy flocks and thine herds: they shall eat up thy vines and thy fig trees: they shall impoverish thy fenced cities, wherein thou trustedst, with the sword.

Our time to reap what we have previously sown has come.

Hos 2:12 And I will destroy her vines and her fig trees, whereof she hath said, These are my rewards that my lovers have given me: and I will make them a forest, and the beasts of the field shall eat them.

Hos 2:13 And I will visit upon her the days of Baalim, wherein she burned incense to them, and she decked herself with her earrings and her jewels, and she went after her lovers, and forgat me, saith the LORD.

Here is our last verse for today.

Nah 3:13 Behold, thy people in the midst of thee are women: the gates of thy land shall be set wide open unto thine enemies: the fire shall devour thy bars.

Being hearers but not yet doers of the Word, the very thing that brings this baptism by fire; we are a woman playing the harlot. Casting lots for garments we are spiritual whores.

Eze 16:15 But thou didst trust in thine own beauty, and playedst the harlot because of thy renown, and pouredst out thy fornications on every one that passed by; his it was.

Eze 16:16 And of thy garments thou didst take, and deckedst thy high places with divers colours, and playedst the harlot thereupon: the like things shall not come, neither shall it be so

Eze 16:17 Thou hast also taken thy fair jewels of my gold and of my silver, which I had given thee, and madest to thyself images of men, and didst commit whoredom with them,

The locusts that bring darkness out of the bottomless pit within us are the lies and false doctrines of the carnal mind. The Lord turns us over to them as His way of bringing us the point of zero trust in our flesh (Php 3:3). We don’t go down easily as we have seen. James writes to the elect warning them of this continued adultery and fornicating with the world.

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.

When we are turned over to the king of Babylon for the destruction of our flesh, our gates are opened in our heavens (mind) for us to be devoured by the lies and false doctrines of the world and Babylon. Being an enemy of God and knowing the Lord puts all His enemies under His feet, explains the painful process we are enduring. All enemies include death and most assuredly include our carnal mindedness which is death.

1Co 15:25 For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet.

1Co 15:26 The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.

Rom 8:6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

Women also represent churches which we all are indeed FIRST as the harlot wife of the Lord.  As Mike’s study of the Book of Revelation showed, the relationship between a man and a woman is a type of the relationship between Christ and His church. The reason Nahum says those in the midst of us are woman is the same reason we are given these words from Revelation 9. Here we begin to be tormented in seeking death to our sins but not finding it because of the locusts that appear as women.

Rev 9:6 And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them.

Rev 9:7 And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle; and on their heads were as it were crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men.

Rev 9:8 And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions.

Women have long hair which gives the appearance of a wife subject to her husband, Christ, and His Word. But in reality we are still under the rule of another king named Abaddon and Apollyon (Rev 9:11), we are the adulterers that James says we are. The period of chastening and scourging that Nahum is speaking about is the same five months referenced also in Rev 9:10.

The Lord uses this occasion to bring fire within that devours the bars of flesh and copper that we trust in. We are being refined seven times in this furnace of affliction (Psa 12:6, Isa 48:10).

The end of the matter is we will not trust in our flesh or carnal mind anymore. We will live without walls and without these iron bars, trusting only in the WORD having no confidence in our flesh or the flesh of any man.

Eze 38:11 And thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates,

Php 3:3 For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.

Next week we hope to complete the study of Nahum and cover the final six verses. It will be a continuation of the judgment of the great whore and the burning up of the beast and false prophet within. Unlike the superficial healing of our wounded head in Nineveh, the rising of the SUN within us, grievously wounds the head of the beast from which there will be no healing.

Here is a preview of next week and the very last verse of Nahum.

Nah 3:19 There is no healing of thy bruise; thy wound is grievous: all that hear the bruit of thee shall clap the hands over thee: for upon whom hath not thy wickedness passed continually?

Questions and comments are welcome.  I can also be reached via email at peterjwilson56@gmail.com

Your Brother In Christ,  PETE

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